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Tokyo corner shop conversations

Supermarkets pretty much stock everything you could ever want; all under one roof. And convenience stores are exactly what their name suggests — a blessing on so many occasions. But neither of them can come anywhere close to offering the conversation and companionship that a traditional corner shop does.

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in palette, and unfortunately every show just wasn't catching my eye. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's identity,...Show More Summary

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar

OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know what's up. It also...Show More Summary

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18

Whenever Garo: Makai no Hana goes through a weak moment, the show somehow manages to come out strong during the next episode. That being said, a backstory and a progression segment is just what the doctor ordered to help improve the program’s quality. Thanks to a special touch, things are still looking bright for the series’ overall quality. Read more...

Japanese scarecrows: Sinister, serene and also cyclists

Due to their chosen line of work, it’s apt that Japanese scarecrows are somewhat on the sinister side. Sometimes even going as far as disturbing. But times change it would seem, even if their job title doesn’t. And with cycling clearly now a thing. There are hints at what could be described as serenity. Possibly […]

Freedom Wars finally getting its freedom soon

Ah, Freedom Wars. Sony have been teasing this Monster Hunter-alike from the developers of God Eater for what feels like forever, and despite the game coming out in Japan to warm regard, we never got a solid release date. Such was the...Show More Summary

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a trailer for...Show More Summary

Yasukuni Shrine on August 15: The anniversary of Japan’s surrender

On National Foundation Day, events at Tokyo’s controversial Yasukuni Shrine are surprisingly low-key, with only a gathering of uniform-clad nationalists for a a brief ceremony, along with a smattering of more conventional visitors and curious onlookers. The anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of World War Two, however, is a very different affair altogether. […]

The cutest dog bums in Japan

Let’s skip the usual niceties and soon head to the details of this survey conducted by iBRIDGE’s Research Plus for goo Ranking, looking into, as it were, cute dogs’ rears. Ranking result Q: What dog breeds do you think have cute bums? (Sample size=500, multiple answer) Rank   Percentage 1 Shiba 39.0% 2 Corgi 20.6% […]

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho! Read more...

Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies can be hard toShow More Summary

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games

It's time for this year's Summer Comiket, and besides immense lines, hordes of otaku, and treasure troves of the greatest and latest in Japan's indie creation scene, there are also...videogames. Of course, in keeping with Comiket's spirit...Show More Summary

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author. I guess basically...Show More Summary

Tokyo salaryman’s bent double dash home

After the stress of an early morning commute — along with whatever hassles the day brought — it’s time once again for the late dash home.

Vroom! Kamen Rider Drive's design has entered the parking lot

It's finally time for us to take a look at the new car-themed Driv...er, I mean Rider's design. Overall, the new Rider's appearance looks great, since Drive's Type Speed Form is basically a fusion between Kamen Rider Accel Trial from...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles before we get the chance to take in the action. Show More Summary

CJ Night Jakarta 2014

Photos from last years CJ Night Jakarta which we will be doing again this year - same venue (Jakarta D...

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592

When last we left the latest melee on Bleach's order of battle, Captain Kurotsuchi's revived Arrancar seemed to have GiGi Gewelle and her zombie troops in the bag. That is, until she brought out her trump card, a "zombie" Captain Hitsugaya, who was last seen half-dead following a tussle with Bazz-B and Cang Du. Show More Summary

Otakon '14: Cosplay

Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and what kind...Show More Summary

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