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8:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Daily Beast claims Hollywood has been "ripping off" anime

With this week's release of Transcendence, a movie where a scientist played by Johnny Depp escapes his death by digitizing himself, talk has started up again about concepts that first appeared in anime showing up in big Holly...

Pedro Cortes


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10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 04.11.2014

WTF Fridays: Have a beary nice day

Some women will complain about any gift you get them.

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 04.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

It's the midweek party time that I use your lunch break to catch you up on the fantastic commercial offerings from the far East. This week we're still catching up on JPCMHD's round-up from earlier in the year, but I didn't w...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine

Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was...

Ben Huber

4:00 PM on 04.04.2014

WTF Fridays: True enthusiasm

This classic really needs no explanation. I mean, THIS CLASSIC NEEDS NO EXPLANATION!!!!!

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 04.04.2014

The internet tries to catch up with Japanator & BabyMetal

Remember when we introduced you to BabyMetal back in 2011, courtesy of our friend Ric Q?Well, it looks like the pint size headbangers have gone viral. I can't seem to not see their videos pop up in my social media feed latel...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ...

Josh Tolentino

7:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Hidden batch of risque Tezuka art released by his daughter

Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Schwarzenegger & Willis starring in new Kowa coffee ads

The latest bit of marketing for Kowa's new "Power" canned-coffee line features aging-action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis getting their hands dirty and shouting power at the top of their lungs. While it's...

Tim Sheehy

2:00 PM on 03.28.2014

WTF Fridays: You say Tomato

No one will ever beat Yuko Murukajiri. No one.

Hiroko Yamamura





9:05 AM on 03.28.2014

Sony's HMZ-T3 lets you visit 765Pro office, say hello to IM@S girls

The video above is not Project Morpheus, Sony's newly announced VR initiative at this year's Game Developers Conference. This is existing tech using the head-mounted display that Sony released in 2013, plus a new head-tracki...

Jeff Chuang

2:00 PM on 03.27.2014

CNN declares World Order the new Gangnam Style?

I know we just took a look at World Order's new video for Have a Nice Day yesterday on The Dose, but while scrolling through CNN's website I came across a pretty hilarious headline. "Is this the new Gangnam Style?" While I w...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 03.26.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I know it's been a few weeks, but it's time we get caught up with the newest ads circulating on Japanese airwaves. I want to make sure you don't miss a beat, so we're checking out our friend JPCMHD's February offering. It' i...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:59 PM on 03.22.2014

Ultraman prefers Hawaii as a vacation destination

Japanese tourists love Hawaii. I can't blame them, it's lovely, but part of the reason is surely its proximity to Glorious Nippon, making it an easy port of call for tourists who don't want to go too far. Hence the thriving t...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 03.22.2014

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists

I love Japanese words. That might come as natural, given where I'm writing, but the way Japanese use words - foreign words in particular - is appealingly idiosyncratic. Case in point: "Boom". Where we filthy foreigners might ...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Adidas hearts Pokmon with their latest promotion

As we get closer to the 2014 World Cup, expect to see a ton of sponsorship announcements in your local news. Let's face it: one of the world's largest sporting events is a great time to promote your product. That of course go...

Pedro Cortes

4:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Man travels across Japan on a series of stolen bikes

There's something romantic about leaving what's comfortable and just going. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, the idea of the open road and adventure is seductive and will pop into the mind of most people in our most restless ...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 03.05.2014

World's oldest living person celebrates another year

[Editors note: This story was originally published as "World's oldest person celebrates another year." Our headline has been updated for the sake of clarification. Naturally, we apologize for any mental anguish this may have ...

Pedro Cortes

3:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Is this an advertisement, or just a strange video?

Oh, the wonders of Facebook. Some of the things I find on there are beyond strange, and I recently came across this gem. A lot of people were talking about it, so I knew it was going to be weird nonetheless. But I'm not reall...

Amber Hunt

8:00 AM on 02.28.2014

Squall dumps Rinoa, marries White Mage instead

I have to admit: as much as my husband and I both adore a certain long-running JRPG series, it didn't occur to either of us to make our 2012 wedding ceremony Final Fantasy-themed. We did think of making it Persona-themed, bu...

Karen Mead





1:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Beware the kraken with the Deep Sea Curry

I love seeing specialized dishes at Japanese cafes. It's incredible how much attention and detail go into some of these drinks and plates. Most of the time, these items look delectable and I want them in front of me as soon a...

Pedro Cortes

3:30 PM on 02.24.2014

These Kill la Kill Lego figures are the best

The Internet can be a wonderful place sometimes, and getting to see characters from Kill la Kill crafted out of the finest Danish plastic reassures me on this. Not only do we have a pretty faithful Mako, but we have a Kamui S...

Chris Walden

5:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Figure skating fans create skating otome game

One of the things that's changed in fandom since I've become an otaku is the way that all of those hypothetical "wouldn't it be cool if...." ideas are way more likely to actually come to fruition. 20 years ago, if a bunch of ...

Karen Mead

5:00 PM on 02.21.2014

WTF Fridays

If you laugh, you are a bad person. 

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 02.08.2014

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...

Kristina Pino

8:00 PM on 02.07.2014

WTF Fridays

Being able to feel the terror through inanimate eyes is amazing indeed.

Hiroko Yamamura

2:30 PM on 02.06.2014

Robocop's prime directives need to adjusted

Every year in Japan, cheerful hoards of people gather on February 3rd to celebrate Setsubun. The holiday is basically a way to ring in the new year, and rid your life and home of any bad spirits. It's pretty festive occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 02.05.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

We're well into 2014, but that doesn't mean the advertising fun is going to slow down in Japan anytime soon. While JPCMHD's latest round up doesn't quite pack the punch of the last offering, there's some really charming entr...

Hiroko Yamamura