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A Look Behind 10 Of The Sloppiest Moments In Anime

Naruto PainBy Kristen OlsonAnimation is expensive. Really expensive. An average 22-minute episode of an anime costs around $123,000, and American shows tend to be double that amount. When a production company de Continue reading

Show By Rock! releases some wild merch: “Itachari” bicycles

ShowByRockBikeby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassItasha, “Painful Cars,” have been a subculture of Otaku culture for quite a while. It evolved from randomly plastering stickers on cars, to full wraps and cust Continue reading

Anime Merchandise Gets Bibbidi, Bobbidi, Boobidy!

np11By Kristen OlsonGiant anime boobs, also known as fan service, have had just about all they can stand. From titillating zero-gravity laws to weight proportions of back-breaking heights, the laws of phy Continue reading

Hot Spring + Hot Men = Hot DVD Night

Onsen1By Kristen OlsonLadies, has there been a towel-clad, handsome man-sized hole in your heart when you’re bathing? This Sunday could be your very last to bear such a burden, because the broadcasting stat Continue reading

Why Akiko Higashimura’s Manga ‘Himo Zairu’ Will Not Be Training Men Anytime Soon

Manga3By Kristen OlsonWith only two episodes out, manga author Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Musume) has suspended publication of her new manga, Himozairu. Published in Kodansha’s Mo Continue reading

Gotta Train Em Small: Real Life Pokemon Gym To Open In Japan Next Month

Poke1By Kristen OlsonTo add intensity to your desire to visit Japan, Sanoyas Interaction announced that they’re opening a real-life Pokémon training center in Osaka on November 19th. For those uninitiat Continue reading

Why James Cameron & Robert Rodriguez Have Our Vote To Make Battle Angel Alita

Alita1By Kristen OlsonWhen you’re a simple manga/anime fan, seeing the story you love so much being adapted into a (insert entertainment medium here), can often be painful. Sometimes it feels like whoever h Continue reading

Is this the new Kaiju golden age?

Godzilla2014by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassEvangelion auteur Hideaki Anno has teamed up with the Live-Action Attack on Titan director Shinji Higuchi to craft Japan’s response to last year’s Hollywood re Continue reading

Japanese Employment Site Attracts Would-Be Employees With RPG-Style Job Illustrations

Kyuryo2By Kristen OlsonIn an effort aimed at attracting the younger generation to relatively new professions (and perhaps providing an epic illustration of everday heroes in the work force) one Japanese empl Continue reading

Laundroid: yet another labor saving robot from Japan

RosieTheRobotFeatherDusterby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassEvery year, CEATEC, the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, parades the most advanced technologies Japan has to offer in a given year before the public. Continue reading

Inside Japan’s Disposable Housing Market: Why Folks Would Rather DIY-Not

Housing4By Kristen OlsonAs a young, potential homeowner in the United States, making the switch from apartment to your first home is a hefty investment. Unless you’ve just come out with the next Uber service, Continue reading

Bringing Trains Back: How The Kyoto Subway Is Doing It Right

Subway1By Kristen OlsonAbout two years ago, the bigwigs at the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau got together to brainstorm and figure out how to convince more people to ride the subway. Staggered by his Continue reading

Chuck Johnson: The Dojo Master Takes His Game To The Next Level

ChuckJohnsonHeadShotby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassChuck Johnson arrived in Japan with a desire to become a stuntman in Asian martial arts cinema, and with a love of the cultures of the region. Since 2004, when he Continue reading

Tokyo International Players to Turn Tokyo Into ‘Sensational Transylvania’ with “The Rocky Horror Show” Performance

RHPSBy Kristen OlsonHow’d you do I, see you met my faithful handymen…The Tokyo International Players (TIP) are paying homage to Richard O’Brien’s Sweet International-Vestite as they present their specta Continue reading

Down the rabbit hole: experiencing Volks Dolpa in LA 2015

RememberWhatTheDormouseSaidby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassThe first thing you absolutely, positively need to know about Asian Ball Joint Dolls and Asian Vinyl Dolls is that they should not be confused with those full-size Continue reading

Disabled Student Owns Mad Max Cosplay; Earns Forever Place In Valhalla

Cosplay1By Kristen OlsonWorld, meet Ben Carpenter – the engineering student showing us that one man’s spinal muscular atrophy is the same man’s brilliant Mad Max costume. It was just another lovely Dragon Con Continue reading

Just When You Thought Your Ankles Were Safe: Hiroshima’s Cat Street View

Cat1By Kristen OlsonAs part of an initiative launched in July, the tourism board of Hiroshima Prefecture has invented an all-new way to attract visitors to Onomichi City, and it’s right up the sterotypica Continue reading

A Visit to the Dragon Quest Themed Tavern: Luida’s Bar!

LuidasBar_SignBy Clay BohleAfter a day of questing through Tokyo, there’s no better place for a tired otaku to get a little R&R than Luida’s Bar. A ‘Dragon Quest’ themed tavern in Roppongi, the establishmen Continue reading

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

TraditionalStoneHankoby Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-HassIn most of Asia, you don’t just take a pen and sign stuff. Instead, one uses a seal. In Japan, it’s called an Inkan or a Hanko. In China, there are a myriad of seals u Continue reading

Anime Claims 28 of IMDB’s Top 250 TV Shows of All Time

By Kristen OlsonCurious which countries are behind the most beloved TV shows of all-time? The Internet Movie Database (AKA, IMDb) has spoken, and Japanese netizens will be pleased to know the Land of Continue reading

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