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Smut-peddling nun a Japanese celebrity. AWESOME.

On the heels of a recent tragedy in my household - a robbery involving my roommate's beloved tenor sax and my five-year-accumulated PS2 memory card with all my files on it...WRRYYYYYY - I turned to the Intarwebz for solace, and happened upo...

 
 
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Japanator Review: The Twelve Kingdoms: Sea of Wind

Another year has come and gone, and with it, the second of Fuyumi Ono's seven books of The Twelve Kingdoms. The first was a very well-translated and thoughtfully presented take on the story that first caught my eye in anime form, what with ...

 
 
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New Hayao Mizayaki movie? Sold! Whatever it is!

Rejoice, otaku, for we have solid confirmation of a new Ghibli movie, from the good folks at Japan Probe; it's Gake no Ue no Ponyo (Ponyo on the Cliff), and it seems to be a modern take on "The Little Mermaid," i.e. the one where ...

 
 
 
 
 
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Lesbians don't equal profit?

Good ol' Mainichi notes the progress of a shaky medium, namely non-pornographic yuri, in a magazine exclusively for yuri stories. I kinda find girl-on-girl nonsuccess hard to believe, and not just because yuri means "lily" and the...

 
 
 
 
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Ikkicon A'splode: A wrap-up

Well, that's that already for Ikkicon 2--yessirree, we're skipping from Saturday to concluding remarks, thanks to Aoi's power of sleeping through most of Sunday. But! Saturday, Ye Olde Biggest Con Day, certainly had a crapton to offer, and ...

 
 
 
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Con-inator: Ikkicon is go! ...Almost

February 8-10--that's Ikkicon 2, the little con that could (replace five-running Ushicon, which went plooey for various uncomfortable reasons), right here in Texas' liberal oasis of weirdness, Austin! I live right nearby, so I'll be tickled...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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New adults allowed to drink, vote, and pay out the wazoo

Today was the first non-New Year's holiday of 2008 in Japan: Seijin no Hi, roughly translated as either "girls wear kimono that cost as much as cars but aren't nearly as comfortable" or "Coming-of-Age Day," probably the ...

 
 
 
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Japan visits upon us an unholy marriage, and it is delicious

Just the thing to rouse me from my winter's nap: these magnificent bastards used a technique commonly applied to fusing metals and created a chocolate-flavored strawberry. 'Twas simple, apparently, 'cause all you have to do is freeze-dry th...

 
 
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The voices! They're...quite interesting, actually

Once upon a time, there was a show called Captain N and the Game Master. It was late-80's marketing cheese of the most whoreish sort, starring such innovative characters as Simon Belmont, Mega Man, and some kid with a magic game control...

 
 
 
 
 
 
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First Impressions: Prism Ark

Prism Ark is part of the hordes of new shows released this season, differentiated slightly by its pedigree: back in 2000, a company called - why not? - Pajamas Soft released an adult visual novel (porn) called Prism Heart, an...

 
 
 
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Japanese officials busted for fanboying giant robots at work

I emerge from two weeks of nonstop employment and creep back onto the Web to find that some extremely high-level dorks have also been doin' their thing on the clock. Six suit-wearing guys in the Japanese Agricultural Ministry have been ...

 
 
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Sumo wrestlers = big misogynist babies

A woman tried to enter a sumo ring and was forcibly removed by a referee and a sumo wrestler, who were aghast that a female would violate a longtime Shinto asshole tradition of women being unclean and icky and bad to have in sacred are...

 
 
 
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Eva-rithmetic: 62 pounds of subtext equals 120,000 bucks

Gainax - who only need introduction as Evangelion's creators if you're a total dweebus or perhaps some form of noob- has just managed to peddle a bigger-than-Rei-sized replica of the Spear of Longinus from an Eva at Work a...

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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It's a Bleach Wii-for-all!

Certain awesome sources have indicated that the Bleach Wii game, Bleach: Shattered Blade, will not in fact be edited for pre-US-release characters and other story content when we get it over here. The game is centered on Arturo, some new ...

 
 
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Make way for the "eye-phone" jokes

A Japanese company is planning to unleash new technology straight out of Minority Report and lots of other James Bond-y eye-scanning movies I can't recall off the top of my head: Oki has come up with iris-recognition software for camera p...

 
 
 
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In which one cheap shot deserves another

It's not that I'm bitter about some people listening to announcements of Ouran getting licensed and getting plastered while I work 25 hours a day and miss the new Harry Potter launch tonight or anything; I'm just a little cranky that the ...

 
 


About Aoione of us since 5:02 AM on 06.22.2008

'Ello, luvs. I be a sometime editor o' Jtor, dependent on my school and work schedule. Thanks for reading! Remember, the first one's free.
 
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