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A Daily Dose of Music: Especia

If you haven't noticed, the 80's is back in full swing in Japan -- whether the artists can effectively emulate the era or not. One pop group that is embracing the blown-out campiness of the era is Especia, as evidenced in this PV for No1 Sweeper. Read more...

Colossal Titan now terrorizing various landmarks around Japan

Most tourist attractions and gift shops in Japan aren't complete without a huge selection of various cute phone straps and keychains you can buy as a memento. You can find them with Hello Kitty, Stitch, One Piece characters, and local...Show More Summary

Studious looks under the train tracks

This bookshop under the train tracks has always fascinated me, but the chance to photograph it, along with a customer just as interesting, has remained frustratingly elusive. Until, that is, I saw the fella below. And yet in the end, getting an image of him catching my eye, rather than a book catching his, turned […]

Watch Part 2 of Kamen Rider Girls' Kamen Rider Battride War II playthrough

It's been three weeks since we last saw the Kamen Rider Girls play Kamen Rider Battride War II. Now the idol group is back to try out Kamen Rider Kiva, Den-O, Gaim, and Wizard. Unlike Bandai Namco's last video, the ladies are up against...Show More Summary

Discotek Media licenses Super Dimension Century Orguss

Continuing in their bid to license and/or rescue all the awesome old properties, Discotek Media will release Super Dimension Century Orguss sometime next year. All 35 episodes will be available with the Japanese language track and English subtitles, but what's interesting is that the first 17 episodes will have the U.S. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Ab Crunches: Wonder Core

Hiroko's out today, which leaves you trapped in here with me! Bahahaha! And for today's Dose, hot abdominal fitness courtesy of this commercial for the Wonder Core exercise machine, starring the sensational six-pack of Japanese actor...Show More Summary

Drink a tall glass of your favorite Disney princess

Entabe reports that Bourbon brand drinking water is now going to come in bottles with Disney Princess designs on its labels. The designs themselves are rather pretty: fashion designer-looking artwork with pastel watercolor washes. Snow...Show More Summary

BABYMETAL is coming to LA

When BABYMETAL announced its world tour this year, I was severely disappointed that the US was not listed in the schedule. But lo and behold, we just got breaking news tonight that BABYMETAL will be reigning its particular brand of hell down upon Los Angeles on July 27th! The concert will be at The Fonda Theater at 8:00PM PDT. Show More Summary

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Shin Mazinger Z Impact

Today is a joyous day for Go Nagai and super robot anime fans everywhere. Discotek Media has announced on their Facebook page that they've licensed Shin Mazinger Z Impact (a.k.a. Shin Mazinger: Shogeki Z-Hen!). As a person who's been...Show More Summary

Nami Tamaki covers your favorite Gundam hits

Gundam fans are no stranger to the lovely, Nami Tamaki. The beautiful Wakayama native is responsible for multiple Gundam Seed hits, including one my favorites, Believe. This time she's decided to cover other fantastic songs from theShow More Summary

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 16

There comes a time when a person decides to keep up with a series that’s been letting them down. Many viewers stick with a terrible program for the sake of entertaining people, while others hope that the show will get better later on. Show More Summary

Got a rice cooker? Then you can make some tasty pancakes too!

The rice cooker is an appliance that you see pretty often in anime and dramas. Considering how important rice is in the general Japanese diet, that shouldn't be a surprise. What is surprising are the various other things you can do with a rice cooker. Show More Summary

Head to Ikebukuro to dine on your favorite Macross F treats

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 Macross art work, and should have a snazzy interstellar menu. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

J-Pop's original princess has returned with a hot new video for her single Lelio, from her new album Colours. While Ayu hasn't quite been hitting the highs she may have hit in the past, this new song shows she still has something to offer the music scene. Show More Summary

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 680

Now THIS is a final boss fight. And if we're all lucky? It really is the FINAL boss fight. Read more...

Annotated Anime: One Week Friends 10 & 11

As I suspected, as we go into our final few episodes, the self-contained nature of the series has become less the case, as Kujo's presence has given way to a series of unavoidable events spanning multiple entries. Read more...

Anime Next '14: Studio Trigger

At Anime Next 2014, the "Creative Officer" and "Creative Director" of Kill la Kill, Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi, respectively, did some show-and-tell for the crowd. Their Saturday panel on Kill la Kill was not only packed to...Show More Summary

Knocking big knockers

goo Ranking took a look at big breasts, specifically the problems with them. Demographics The survey was conducted between the 26th and 28th of March 2014, and 1,048 people completed a private web-based questionnaire. Note that the score in the results refers to the relative number of votes for each option, not a percentage of […]

The World Cup, Cops and Shibuya Crossing

Even with the country’s wonderfully relaxed licensing laws, a kick-off time of 10am for Japan’s first game of the 2014 World Cup seemed to suggest a huge police presence really wasn’t necessary. But a huge police presence was exactly what Shibuya got. A funnelling of fans and shoppers that admittedly seemed like a good idea […]

Holy Snap! Kamen Rider Gaim's setting resembles Gotham City

Have you ever watched a show where you came across an unexpected observation that blew your mind? Well, Kamen Rider Gaim 33rd episode featured a surprising discovery no one saw coming. Long story short, a map of Zawame City was shown...Show More Summary

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