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12:10 PM on 05.05.2013

Girls und Panzer gets the best hug pillow ever

Ah, the dakimakura. Few things in otaku culture are more indicative of one's...*ahem* "power level" than being in possession of a large hug pillow emblazoned with the visage of your 2D spouse. That is, unless you're a fan of ...

Josh Tolentino


12:00 PM on 06.01.2011

Super Sonico hug pillow with arms hugs back!

I will always love Japan for their amazing inventions. Most recently, Nitro Plus has created a Super Sonico dakimakura hug pillow with outstretched arms to give you a hug. This way you'll never be lonely, right? This pillow c...

Tyler Jones

6:00 PM on 02.14.2011

Be My Valentine: Dakimakura!

Nobody has to be alone this Valentine's Day. Not when there are plenty of waifus to go around! You're looking at a picture of (a very sunburnt) me with Yoko, the lady who never lets me down. How many people are there in your life that are always up for a cuddle?

Lauren Rae Orsini

8:00 PM on 02.14.2010

Featured Fan Art: Segami Daisuke's Valentine's lineup

Welcome to Featured Fan Art, the Japanator column that soothes your desperately lonely tears.Today I'm going to cheat by featuring an artist that we've featured before. Then again, it's a very special day. Do you know what da...

Josh Tolentino

3:30 PM on 01.15.2010

NBC's 30 Rock features dakimakura lover James Franco

Do you watch NBC's 30 Rock? Yeah, I don't either. The latest episode features a dakimakura (love pillow), and that's at least somewhat relevant to our interests, isn't it?Is James Franco an otaku? He doesn't look the part, bu...

Dale North

3:30 PM on 12.14.2009

Prove you're truly ronery by making your own dakimakura

Wish you had a girl to call your own, but don't want to get rid of your giant dakimakura hugging pillow? Well, you're in a tough situation, I must admit. But if you value your dakimakura over a flesh-and-blood girl, I've got ...

Brad Rice

8:00 PM on 07.29.2009

Paw at this Kuso Miso hug pillow's well-endowed manhood

Yeah, that's right. A hug pillow (or dakimakura) featuring Abe Takakazu of the legendary comic Kuso Miso Technique was on sale at Wonder Festival this year for the butt-hurting price of 12,000 yen (about $127).Made by Questio...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 07.02.2009

Dakimakura on the go: here's the portable cell phone version

You know what a dakimakura is, right? A long body pillow that usually pictures a character from an anime series in various states of undress, which is for "decor" (which is a nice way of saying "dry humping&quo...

Colette Bennett

3:00 PM on 05.08.2009

Images, details and even a trailer from Akiba's 2009 Love Pillow Festival

It sounds like Akihabara's Love Pillow Festival 2009 Spring went down without a hitch. Dakimakura wares were sold on the street during this festival held on April 29th. Doujin circles, 12 vendors in all, came out to show off ...

Dale North