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Hidey-ho, Jtorinos! Even if most of the con dust has settled for most of us, vacuumed up and thrown out by the mundanity of real life, we'll still have the strength to corral another news roundup today. As usual, it...   read

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This one's title was a bit too large a mouthful, I thought; the full name was actually "Inspirational Lecture for Aspiring Artists & Writers." It fit in its schedule slot box thingy, but...   read

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San Japan left me full of warm and gushy impressions, up to and including the full-blown case of headache-y sniffles I came down with Sunday night, and the days of drugged sleep resulting therefrom; luckily, mo...   read
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San Japan '08: Day 1

Adjust the microscope of your Convention Senses, if you would, on a mental map of the U.S., and zoom in. Now do it further. No, more, past that huge Ota-smelling one, in Baltimore, the one I am not attending with my site...   read

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Ye Olde Otakone is coming up fast, and as we scurry around on our hamster wheels, trying like hell to make sure we all end up in approximately the same place(s) and time(s) August 8-10, it occurs to me that I'm...   read

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So, 'bout a month ago, we found out that the infamous "WaiWai" section of Mainichi was being shut down because it was full of salacious crap that made its country of origin look like a bunch of loli-loving unnatural...   read

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Proponents of seeing women without adequate butt-clothing, rejoice, for another incarnation thereof is emergent in Japan. It's not new, per se, as Japan Probe points out: fundoshi are traditional men's loincloths, u...   read

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In the few consecutive times I've been online this past month, abortive attempts to write about Inuyasha aside - seriously, one got closed prematurely via roommate, one eaten, and one killed itself in Gmail by ...   read

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Japan Today had a really brief but weird tidbit for all you airless-void-lovin' people: On July 1, some guys yclept First Advantage will start letting Japanese couples line up to get hitched about 100 kilometers above the Ear...   read

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The Japanese have come up with some strange, high-tech and even violent means of saving money in nonsmashable personal containers; as the latter blog points out, men and kids are not the ones wielding the principal financial ...   read

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I couldn't bring myself to horizontally crop this one from o'er at Sankaku, a full-size replica of Guts' Dragon Slayer from that heartwarming coming-of-age tale, Berserk, and the only other sword permitted in international &q...   read

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Only marginally creepy, probably because no terrifying features are identifiable, but I still can't approve of this thing being genuinely intended as a working substitute for female love, as opposed to, say, one of those toys...   read

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There's something unbelievably refreshing about abandoning your higher tastes for a couple of hours and diving headfirst into a big, man-sweaty pool of shounen. You can forget intricate plots, carefully constructed character ...   read

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A-kon '08: AMV Contest(s)!

I've put this post off, not only because the past week has seen me running around like a monkey on acid back and forth 'cross central Texas getting ready to go back to "school" or "move" or whatever th...   read

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A-Kon '08: Anime Hell

This con staple took place a tiny bit late, which is not notable at itself in a huge, busy Friday-night con environment; what stuck out here was that several key volunteers and/or Anime Hell guys seemed to be sick or otherw...   read

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On the con schedule, it was called "Gossip" with those two writers, but really, it was last year's Storytelling panel all over again, which was not a good thing so much as a magnificent concession to the fact that l...   read

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A full day's rest and no alcohol have set me up nicely to talk about some little ol' con from this weekend in Dallas; with my chocolate all melted, my L wig broken and a couple of fantastic souvenirs, I'll always be able to t...   read

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Well, in case I do, that's the work of one Hisashi Tenmyouya, an artist whose "neo-nihonga" art style produced this fantastic little glob of fantasticness back in '05. Oh, and it recently sold for the Hong Kong doll...   read

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Last night and the night before, over 300 theaters 'cross the country rolled out the first live-action adaptation of some series no one's ever heard of, something about a notebook and some slob who makes sweet-kabobs. (At thi...   read

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I gave in to both my X chromosomes here and just finished a solid 20-second "Awwww" at the story of one Yosuke Nakamura, an African grey parrot who was separated from his family for several days in a city near Tokyo...   read

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More exciting news outta Otakon '08: this time, they've announced a superdupertriplechocolate special mystery guest, but not the person's identity. Instead, we get to guess it based on several criteria:1) It's a Japanese pers...   read

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Evil corpotate entity Facebook Inc. has just announced their intentions to launch a Japanese tentacle of their massive social-networking hentai monster, emphasizing that the site is very safe and awesome and you should totall...   read

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Hell yes, says I. Why? Because the "Pied Piper of Saipan," during the July 1944 invasion of that island, single-handedly and repeatedly went off on his own, against orders, to persuade hundreds of Japanese civilia...   read

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This is pretty unbelievable, and not in the fun anime waif-with-G-cups kind of way; F*cked Gaijin tells us Japanese police arrested a gentleman who was reported to be "acting violently," and the suspect doused himse...   read

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As promised, here's where you can buy tickets to the Bleach movie if you're lucky enough to have a participating theater in your area. As I expected, there are three theaters in my artsy-fartsy neck of the woods showing both ...   read

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One of my favorite pastimes, besides donating 40 hours of my life to FF: Crisis Core, is analyzing cultural nuances in stories about porn, and this one hit the jackpot. First up in the disturbingly detailed account of one wom...   read

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That's right, folks. At least seven cafes in Tokyo are notable in that you primarily pay 8-12 bucks an hour to hang out with a bunch of kittes whilst you drink your tea. This caught my attention for many reasons, not just my ...   read

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I think I'm going nuts. For one thing, I was sure when I got up this afternoon that I had, sometime last night, posted a cutesy post here about Tokyo cat cafes. I seem to have done so only in my head. o_O Thankfully, it was b...   read

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Cardiologists at Keio University have found some success with cultivating menstrual blood cells alongside rats' heart cells and coaxing some of it to turn into heart-y material in the process. This is a huge step: you can get...   read

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Our super-secret informational sources have revealed that Bleach: Memories of Nobody is gonna be in theaters for exactly two nights, June 11 and 12. (Wednesday and Thursday? Weird. I s'pose the theaters don't wanna fork over ...   read

 

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