Monday, September 1, 2014

Building a Better Pikachu

A secret warehouse in southern Kyushu is the home of a project to build the world's largest Pokemon character, as part of Japan's recent militarization campaign. Classified documents leaked to the net indicate that the SDF plans to officially include the pika-megadon in their next catalog of exportable weapons in early 2015.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Aug. articles in the media

Here's the batch of articles to show up in the media from Aug., regarding anime, manga and related stuff.

Japan Times

Original 'Barefoot Gen' manga on atomic bombings goes on display

A deeper look at Hayao Miyazaki's nature

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Taika-hen (Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno)

Big Evangelion statues sell in minutes for cool 1.8 million yen apiece

Comiket grows stronger each year

Daily Yomiuri

'Japan Houses' to tout washoku, manga

Govt, publishers to demand operators of online manga piracy shut down sites

When Marnie Was There review

Anison concerts: A kaleidoscope of color and sound

Manga museum welcomes 2 millionth visitor

Pliny the Elder: Manga artists take historic look at Roman genius

Private girls’ comic library in western Tokyo takes visitors back to childhood

Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar


Ghost in the Shell Art Exhibition set to hit Tokyo, Osaka

New 'Saint Seiya' feature wows audiences with gritty realism

English-dubbed 'JoJo's Bizarre Adventure' makes U.S. debut

New 'Sailor Moon' audience hits 1 million in just 2 days

Japan to crack down on illegal uploaders of anime, manga

Improved AnimeJapan 2015 scheduled for March 20-22

Volume 2 of 'Evangelion: 3.0' art book

Second chapter of Tezuka's 'Legend of Forest' to be premiered

Miyazaki eyes producing anime shorts as Studio Ghibli suspends full-length production

'Shinkansen Love' Exhibit fetes 50th anniversary of first bullet train

Gajo Sakamoto's 'Tank Tankuro,' other prewar manga go digital

‘ONE PIECE’ exhibition mega hit in Taiwan

New 'Gundam' feature film to hits theaters

Postwar tale on 'Giovanni's Island' screened in Russia

'Attack on Titan' dominates U.S. graphic novel market

New 'Dragon Ball Z' film announced for spring 2015

35 years since debut, 'Gundam' continues to attract legions of new fans

Special trailer for animated 'Garo' series revealed

Anpanman tops Bandai poll as kids' favorite character for 13th straight year

Sayoko Kinoshita: Hiroshima anime festival celebrates 30 years of love, peace

Westernized 'Doraemon' successful in North American run

Much-ballyhooed film on founder of 'gekiga' to hit theaters in November

Retired anime giant Miyazaki to receive honorary Oscar

Realistic locales catch young 'Yokai Watch' gamers' imaginations

Legendary sci-fi writer Sakyo Komatsu's earliest work found in U.S. archive

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Eva Racing

7-11 is now promoting Evangelion racing, a motorcycle race team.

Friday, August 29, 2014

4 Liters of Shochu

This is what four liters of shochu (1 gallon) looks like. Granted, it's really watered down, to 20% alcohol (40 proof), but it's only 1,400 yen ($15 USD). The 26% version is only an additional 100 yen. Tastes like cheap rum. Fine as a mixer. From the generic line, Topvalu.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bar Heathen

I love this sign. Bar Heathen. "I demand a better future."
It's a shame that the bar is just a regular little hole in the wall, but they have a great name.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kirin Fire

Kirin put out a line of can coffee with the Japanese national soccer team on the label. After their humiliating defeat at the World Cup, the stores quietly unloaded the rest of the stock. They're all gone now.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Beat Up

Boxing gyms have such interesting names in Japan...

Actually, it's a dance studio that had closed for remodeling and reopened in June under a new name. The parking garage underneath used to be a Cocos convenience store, until the walls were ripped out and the floor repaved.

Small mini-adventure:

One night, I was walking to work and I'd passed Beat Up with the intention of taking a photo for the blog. Since it was dark out, the lights in the studio showed the dancers pretty well. And, there were two women in the parking lot practicing their moves away from the main group. (I haven't checked to see if a mirror has been put up on the far back wall.) As I got closer to the spot where I took the above shot, I noticed a teenager in the doorway of the adjacent building, standing with a pair of earphones in, staring up at the window. I doubt he was there waiting for his sister to come out to walk her back home.

As an additional side-note, "Beat Up" is an excellent example of the Japanese tendency to append "up" to the end of words to mean "improve", such as to "skill up".