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Toyota X Vocaloid photo
Toyota X Vocaloid

Toyota X Vocaloid team up to rock the new Prius

Flashing screen incoming
Feb 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
This video is a whole lot of wut, but hey... it sounds pretty good! If you didn't have your afternoon cup of coffee yet, you can skip it. This video's got enough hype in it to keep you going until tomorrow. I don't feel any ...
Yo-Kai Watch photo
Yo-Kai Watch

Would you like some fries with your Yo-kai?

I need these!
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
So, I haven't actually watched a full episode of Yo-kai Watch or played the games. I have just ended up buying gobs of toys for my nieces and nephews, as they are insane about the highly successful series. In some weird way ...
Anime Sneakers photo
Anime Sneakers

Get your Fate/stay night gear on

When you are a head to toe otaku
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
No hardcore Fate/stay night fan would hit the town without a pair of officially licensed sneaker from UBIQ. The shoe maker is coming out with two sets of kicks, inspired by both Saber and Archer. I can't say that I'm a fan of...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios

There should be a climbing wall
Dec 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is...

Music photo

A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

Lol what?
Nov 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo...
Counter SAttatrike Titan photo
Counter SAttatrike Titan

Counter-Strike on Titan?

AWP some kawaii titan
Oct 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Now here's a collaboration I didn't see coming. Attack on Titan is teaming up with the Nexcon developed Counter-Strike Online game in Japan. It's an Asian market version of the popular Valve shooter, which I spent endless hou...
Music photo

Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

Perfume is never a bad thing
Oct 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just relea...
Megadeth X Jojo photo
Megadeth X Jojo

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

How appropriate
Oct 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...
Dr Slump photo
Dr Slump

Arale and the rest of the Dr Slump crew want you to buy a Suzuki

Throwback sales tactics
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
One thing that I feel like manga and anime legend Akira Toriyama never really gets enough credit for are his mechanical designs. Sure, he's made some amazing characters in the Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest un...
Spacy Dandy figure photo
Spacy Dandy figure

Space Dandy is looking [email protected] cool

Some buy this for me
Jul 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable [email protected] and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...
Gundam watch photo
Gundam watch

It's time to buy a Gundam new watch

No Char jokes here
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Gundam has seen its share of plenty of merchandise tie-ins. Lately the series has begun really branching into the fashion and accessories market, but none of it has really tickled my fancy. This new Casio G-Shock watch is exa...
Godzilla booze photo
Godzilla booze

Power up your Atomic Breath with Godzilla shochu

I need this now
Jun 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm not quite sure what most people thought about the recent Godzilla film reboot. Personally, I loved the film. It's actually hard for me to dislike anything Godzilla, so you could probably gues I was excited to see this lim...
Ultraman photo

The Mother of Ultra has a mean shopping streak

Is your mom that hot?
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
Does it ever freak you out when your mom tries to dress sexy? Imagine being Ultraman! The Mother of Ultra has shown up alongside some well dressed Kaiju in new ads for AMU shopping complex, showing off huge leaps and Ultra dance moves. Yeah, I feel uncomfortable too. However, I have a strong need to shop now.
Macross Cafe photo
Macross Cafe

Head to Ikebukuro to dine on your favorite Macross F treats

What's on the menu?
Jun 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you happen to be in Japan on July 27th, and love Macross you are in luck. The Namco run Characro cafe will be having a limited time cross over with the Macross Frontier series. The preliminary designs show some pretty cool...
Setsubun photo

Robocop's prime directives need to adjusted

Now that's a bizarre crew
Feb 06
// Hiroko Yamamura
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...
Attack on Titan shirts photo
Attack on Titan shirts

Attack on Shopping Mall

Anime goods in unlikely places
Jan 30
// Hiroko Yamamura
I work on a college campus, so I can see Attack on Titan is all the rage with the kids nowadays, but I had no idea that its popularity had made its way to the local shopping mall! Apparently the purveyors of all things hip an...
Sadako on the job photo
Sadako on the job

The Ring's Sadako is hard up for a job

I'm not scared anymore
Aug 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
So, when The Ring first bust onto theaters back in 1998, there weren't many things scarier than Sadako Yamamura. The creepier walk, and terrifying hair were an instant horror classic. Even when the American remake hit theate...
Sadako 3D 2 photo
Sadako 3D 2

The Ring's Sadako wants to help you on your next date

Now that's a third wheel
Jul 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
The Ring's Sadako Yamamura (Sorry, no relation) seems to be popping up everywhere nowadays. She's throwing pitches at baseball games, and even has a Hello Kitty collaboration! I have to say all of this has made her slighly l...
Namja Town photo
Namja Town

Namja Town serves up some delicious Shonen Jump treats

I always thought Majin Buu looked tasty!
Jul 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
Shonen Jump fans with big appetites have even more reasons to visit Tokyo this summer. The Namco owned Namja Town has just opened their new J-World Tokyo theme park, and it comes packing some scrumptious looking treats for an...
Daily Dose photo
Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Music: Hatsune Miku

Who wants pizza? P-I-Z-Z-A!
Jul 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
The Dominos Pizza promotion alongside Vocaloid superstar Hatsune Miku is in full swing! Not only has the international fast food pizza giant begun rolling out Miku branded delivery bikes, they;re even planning an upcoming co...
Star Wars Pocky photo
Star Wars Pocky

Vader won't have to Force me to eat Pocky

What's up with these kids?
Jul 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
It seemed as though Darth Vader and his trusty Storm Trooper were finally getting some kind of break. They had been actively campaigning the newest Star Wars attraction at Tokyo Disneyland, and were deserving of some much ne...
Evangelion Shick photo
Evangelion Shick

Mid-life crisis Gendo is still is rocking the razors

I don't like seeing him smile
Jun 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
You didn't think you'd seen the last of mid-life crisis Gendo Ikari yet!? He's up to his uncharacteristic antics again, and still wanting you to get on these Shick Hydro 5 razors. Interestingly enough, he's not try...
Ghost in the Shell: Arise photo
Ghost in the Shell: Arise

Ghost in the Shell: Arise - Another Mission is live

Are tablets futuristic anymore?
Jun 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Are you one of those people that get annoyed by those who always have their face in their smart phone? Some people seem to be using their iPhone and iPads everywhere! You probably won't have much love for Major Kusanagi afte...
Ghost in the Microsoft photo
Ghost in the Microsoft

Major Kusanagi fights the future with Microsoft gear

You've found my weak spot!
Jun 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Man, I've been wanting a Microsoft Surface RT Pro for a while now. I'm pretty entertained by my iPad, but the tablet's use of its Wacom pen, looks like manga drawing heaven. Sure, it'd probably end up in my unused pile of ga...
Star Tours photo
Star Tours

The ladies can't resist Vader's saber in Osaka

No Den Den town?
Apr 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Not satisfied with the occupation of Sapporo, Darth Vader and his trusty Storm Troopers have continued their exploration of the spoils of Japan. This time they've ended up in the good time city of Osaka. ...
Doreamon Olympics photo
Doreamon Olympics

Doraemon is trying to help Tokyo host the Olympics

What tricks could the naughty cat be hiding?
Apr 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Japan's most famous, earless, robotic cat is at it again, and now he's on a mission for Tokyo. The Japanese Olympic Committee has appointed the famous Fujiko F. Fujio creation as the ambassador for Tokyo's bid of th...
Star Tours photo
Star Tours

The Empire casts its net across Sapporo

They don't seem to be enjoying the local shrimp
Apr 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
After taking over the lovely island of Okinawa, Darth Vader and his trusty couple of Storm Trooper have moved their conquests to the hip Japanese city of Sapporo. While experiencing Hoth-like conditions, the E...
Madoka Cider photo
Madoka Cider

Enjoy the sweet taste of Madoka Cider

Yes, I'll take the whole set please
Apr 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
I need this whole set. The taste of Magical Girls Surely can't be bad
Star Tours photo
Star Tours

The Force is strong in Okinawa

Even Vader needs some down time
Mar 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
The Star Wars attraction, Star Tours at Tokyo Disneyland is getting a major revamp, and it looks like the Imperial Fleet has taken notice. In a charming new commercial, Sith leader, Darth Vader and a couple of Storm Troopers...
DBZ Food photo
DBZ Food

Goku's hair has never looked this delicious before

All of this is making quite hungry
Mar 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It looks like KFC isn't the only place doing interesting promotional products for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods movies. Instead of just making some silly toy, Japanese convenience store chain, Mini-...
DBZ KFC photo

Son Goku's secret is eating KFC

Fried chicken power!
Mar 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ever wonder why Son Goku's power level is so high? It's because he gets down on some fried chicken! A new commercial is airing in Japan, advertising the new KFC, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of the Gods promotion. Even though getti...

Be a Friend to the victims of Tohoku

Suit your iPhone up for a good cause
Feb 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's hard to believe it's almost been two years since disaster struck the people of Tohoku and surrounding regions. Many survivors are still attempting to try to piece their lives back together. Japanese mobile phon...

Hatsune Miku is going GaGa

She's still more real than Lady GaGa
Feb 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Dance music fans are probably familiar with mega-producer of the moment Zedd. The young producer has been tearing up the dance charts for quite some time now, and is about to go big-time with the new album he has produced for...

Psycho-Pass fans can become real Enforcers for a day

No guns, no game
Feb 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Do you fancy yourself a bit a detective? Want to see what it's like to take justice into your own hands? Well, if you're game, and perhaps a fan of this season hit anime series, Psycho-Pass, the newest attraction a...

Does your Valentine have a sweet tooth for Macross F?

Now this you can send me!
Feb 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Do you have a sweetie in Japan who also adores Macross Frontier? Does any favorite Japanator editor come to mind? Who ever your Miss Macross may be, I'm sure they'd be elated to receive these lovely looking pastries...

Macross's Kawamori mechs out some Subaru action

Sexy combinaton
Jan 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Macross creator and all around mecha design god, Shoji Kawamori has lent his hand to some amazing anime, but also cool products. Of course I'm going to fawn over the creator of the VF-1J and some of the original Transformers ...

KFC serves up some tasty Gohan

At least there's not figures to make me jealous
Jan 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Man, KFC in Japan is so much cooler than the one by my house. When I've gone to pick up an order they've even once told me they are out of chicken. How does a fried chicken joint run out of fried chicken? In Japan they don't ...

Toyota invokes the soul of Char Aznable

The concept comet seems to be getting serious
Jan 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
We've seen cross over between the love of anime and vehicles numerous times. For some reason one Gundam character and his iconic mecha seem to be called upon more often than any other. The one and only, Char Aznabl...

Acchan adds star power to the new Toyota Doraemon ad

Robot cat powered cars?
Sep 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
The Toyota ads featuring real world actors as famous Doraemon characters, has just added another superstar to their line-up. Former AKB48 front woman, Atsuko Maeda takes on the role of Jaiko, alongside Naoya O...

UCC Coffee and Evangelion reunite for new designs

I can't stop buying these!
Sep 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Right on schedule, UCC and Evangelion have announced their newest canned coffee collaboration with the new Neon Genesis Evangelion: 3.0 You can (not) Redo movie. Just like previous installments, the cans will c...

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