“King of Thorn” (いばらの王) was one of the films that caught my eye at TAF 2010. The visual, soundtrack and story all looked great, and so I was in line to see it opening night, May 1. While the movie delivers in the style department, it fails to be compelling due to problems with plot and character development.
Without getting into too much detail, “King of Thorn” is basically a sci-fi survivor story. A mortal disease called the Medusa virus is running rampant on a global scale, and the fate of humanity looks grime. Once infected, the patient … Read the rest
Lotte’s new ACUO gum ad campaign features the girls of “Suzumiya Haruhi.” Naturally, I snapped a picture of the sign on the train. I noticed that Nagato, who has been on my mind since I watched the Haruhi movie, is dressed as a cat. This bothered me, because I just figured that they were abusing her image and forcing cute in the advert to sell product. Then I came home and saw the CM on TV. Brilliant. Cat mystery all cleared up, and Nagato is seriously cute. I bought five packs of ACUO today…. I feel somehow dirty and … Read the rest
This just showed up on the blog of the Japanese Figure & Hobby webshop Amiami: Kaneda’s Motorbike as known from AKIRA.
Release is set for the end of March and the model can already be preordered in the shop.
According to the review, the item is better than perfect. Keeping in mind they wanna sell the thing, apart from all the praise the information provided is:
* Product is still in production stage so the final look might differ from what you see in the pictures. Just as the stickers shown further down, subject to change.
* The … Read the rest
In the heartland of anime, manga and games, Akihabara, Schatz Kiste is a maid cafe dedicated to spreading Akihabara’s culture to Japan and the world. And now, indie soft vinyl kaiju are invading!
Kaiju and Cute Girls
Shock and Moe
Old-School Japan and Modern Akiba
3D and 2D
What will happen when these elements come together? The only thing guaranteed is that it’s definitely something you don’t want to miss!
Featured creators will be bringing new original figures for display and sale, and original photography and illustrations featuring a blend of Kaiju and Akiba culture will be on … Read the rest
I am super impressed with this design, which I just received from Yamaji Tomo. He is an independent creator, and this is all made in Japan, an increasingly rare combination that I’d like to support. It is called the HENGE h010101, and it sells for around US$1,100, but it has been discounted to US$577. Check out the demo.… Read the rest
This past week, weekly women’s magazine “An-an” featured a huge story on moe. We are talking 11 pages, the second largest story in the entire January 20 issue. While “Vogue” did something similar – manga and dolls as fashion - introducing moe into the mainstream domestic fashion vocabulary is an interesting move.
The article attempts to explain moe as experienced by women. The definition is actually good: Not a preference or type, but it a strange feeling you get in response to bearing or clothing. This is not love, because it has nothing to do with any real partner, and … Read the rest
Just saw this over at Temple University Japan, where I sometimes do guest lectures. Maybe I might join the Manga Club, too! Any thoughts on the quality of this Pikachu girl? I want to know up front if I am out of my league drawing wise…
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