Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Hachette 3D Puzzle 122

Some of the drawbacks to playing with the Gakken 8-bit micro-controller are that there's a learning curve for the software, you have to be on a PC to write and transfer the code, and you have to be able to sit down and build new circuits to plug into the Japanino to control. None of which are surmountable when you have to commit to 16-hour days on the weekends for work. Meaning that, even after buying the kit, I was able to talk myself into buying another Hachette kit, this one #122 (1680 yen, $17.50 USD). As I wrote before, I prefer the 3D jigsaw style puzzles to the simple 2D brain teasers, so I have no real interest in kits #121 or #123. The website shows a total of 125 kits, but #124 wasn't due out for another couple of days (from when I wrote this), and #125 wouldn't be out until near the beginning of June. I did like the looks of 124 so I wanted to get it right after it came out. Anyway, the only remaining 3D puzzle that Shosen Book Tower had that I wanted was the 3-sided pyramid, so I got that on Saturday.



Of the 4 kits I have now, the pyramid was definitely the hardest to solve. It's only got 4 pieces, but they're so irregular and twisty that it's not immediately obvious how they fit together. Also, while most of the pieces were built using glue, one end part of one piece used double-sided tape and the tape was falling apart. When I fixed it using glue, I had so much trouble solving the puzzle that I thought I'd glued the end piece on wrong, or that the tape had been there for a reason. After a couple of hours of setting it down and then picking it back up again, I suddenly noticed that one piece was finally sitting in a way that made it look like the outer edge of a pyramid. That gave me my starting point and I eventually found the second piece that fit in with the first. It quickly became obvious that I was rebuilding the puzzle backwards, from the first piece off to the last piece off, so when I got to piece three, I had to take piece one off to get piece three to fit. That took another couple of minutes. Even then, I had trouble getting the last piece to align to fit the gaps in the semi-assembled pyramid and I had to take pieces 1 and 2 off to be able to put 4 into place. But, at the end it was finally solved and it was amazing just how simple it looked fully assembled. Even with the starting trick, it's still a challenge for me.



The mook has 2 pages describing the pyramid puzzle. The first featured game is a gambling card game called "Sotta" in Japanese. It's the Korean game of "Hwata", called "Go Stop" in English. The second featured game is 酒令, maybe pronounced "shurei" (I can not find a Japanese pronunciation of the game, or a link to the pieces for it. It seems to be a mix of throwing dice and playing dominoes pieces, originally from China.) The last 4 pages show the solution for kit #121. The two pages of logic puzzles have a mix of kanji brain teasers, a 5x5 sudoku puzzle where certain groups of numbers need to add up to specific totals, the standard 5x5x5 elimination puzzle (of the "Keiko bought the sweater, and Reiko bought something blue" type). Plus 2 simple math puzzles.

The memory test painting is William-Adolphe Bouguereau's "Homer and his Guide" (1874).



The mook's great if you're interested in learning about new games from around the world, but it would better if the articles included links to websites for where to buy the games from (rather than my having to hunt for them). As for the rest of the puzzles and brain teasers in the book, not so much. I only did 4 of the 10 or so puzzles, and only got 3 of them right. One of the three was so vaguely defined that I had to guess which of the infinitely correct possibilities was the one they were looking for. Final assessment - get the pyramid puzzle to play with, the mook to look at the pretty pictures, and ignore the brain teasers inside the mook.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Tako Adventure

Sometimes, you've just got to sit there and say "I wish I could get paid to have an octopus on my head". "A Tako (octopus) Adventure". Starring Tako-kun.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Radio kits - Gingatsushin

You just can't blink. Living in Tokyo, you never know what you're going to find, or where. Blink and you'll miss it. Case in point is the Gingatsushin website, which carries, among other things, crystal growing kits and crystal radio kits. I happened across this site directly because of my interest in maid cafes. I'd just visited Cirque de la Lune, a semi-Victorian themed cafe just outside the north border of the Akihabara district, where I found some interesting crystals on display in the goods corner. But, it wasn't until on a whim I checked out the links page from the Cirque website that I stumbled on Gingatsushin, the site where the crystal kits are available for sale. The radio kits, too. These are cool-looking kits, in the 4000-6000 yen range ($44-$66 USD). If you like the Gakken Otona no Kagaku kits, I think you'll love these.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Garo #43


Garo #43, Mar., '68. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 234 pages.


カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #39


By Sampei Shirato (白土三平). 98 pages.
The scene starts out at the seaside where two groups of villagers happen upon a mass of seashells washed up on the shore, and it quickly devolves into a battle to see who gets to keep the mollusks. No one notices the shattered cross of wood floating in the waves nearby. A ways off, Saesa comes to in Kushiro's hut, and get into a battle of words over whether Saesa has ever been in love, or if love is worth anything. Kushiro has a henchman now, who runs into the hut to say that they've got work. Kushiro takes the girl into his long boat, where they encounter a small whale. The other two are terrified of drowning and Kushiro ends up wrecking the boat rather than capturing his prey. He vows to try again later.

Teburi and some gang members try to steal one of the magistrate's turtles, only to be thwarted by Kamui in his royalty disguise. Kamui lures Teburi out to a cave in the mountains, where he says that the turtles on the magistrate's grounds are fakes. The one everyone really wants has already been located. They carve up the turtle to reveal some writing on the inside of the shell. It's only half of a message, with the other half in the feudal lord's care in Edo. Teburi prepares for his trip to the big city, but Kamui announces that he'd already taken the second turtle when he had been there. Together, the two halves of the message point to some location out in the wastelands surrounded by 6 peaks. Kamui and Teburi work together to run ropes from the peaks, then dig where they all cross, uncovering a stone plynth. The two then get into a drawn-out ninja battle to see who'll survive in order to find out what's under the plynth. Finally, Kamui gets the upper hand and removes a box from under the rock, which contains a scroll detailing a secret alliance between the lords of Kamui's and Teburi's lands. Teburi is crushed to find out his leader had betrayed him, and kills his own gang to prevent the secret from getting out.



"「平常」と「異常」の隔り" (Alternating Normalcy and Strangeness) #36
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.
Article.



青春の墓 (Adolescent Gravesite)


By Akira Ogawa (おがわあきら). 20 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
Akira is finally back with a short-one shot. A high school boy is involved in a love triangle between two other friends. The one male friend reads a script the boy has written and thinks that it's going to be a hit, and the girl both of them like could be the star of the show. The rival then announces that he and the girl may get married soon. Some time later, the girl arrives at the boy's house to announce that the rival fell ill quickly and has died. The boy runs over to the rival's house, and sees the script in the rival's room, and ends up modifying it to put himself in the role opposite the girl in the play. Time goes by and everything seems to be going according to the boy's plans, until the girl commits suicide and leaves a note saying that she just couldn't live without her true love to support her. The boy's spirit is crushed and he says goodbye to his innocence.



おこつ狂想曲 (Okotsu Rhapsody)


By Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). 18 pages.
The owner of a newly automated crematorium is showing some customers the new facilities (including a self-service area which consists of a brick-lined room, several cans of gasoline and some matches). A penniless would-be customer arrives hoping to be killed in such a way as to let his family get his insurance money. He's rejected by several firms, until at one point he accidentally falls down the stairs and breaks his neck. After he's cremated and his remains are sent to his wife, she complains that his gold fillings are missing from the ashes in the urn.



美徳の栄え (Glory of Virtue)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりたくにこ). 24 pages.
Madam Haruko's prayers have been answered and she gets her mother's money. This attracts the relatives from chapter 1, plus their hangers-on, who now set up camp in her house. This causes the water and gas bills to climb, and she tries praying to the gods again for assistance. This time, they're of no help and she attempts to hang herself. But, she messes up and gets her hands stuck in the noose instead, which causes her to swing into a window and break it. When she frees herself, two angels in a passing rocket are attracted by the broken glass and announce themselves. Seems that their planet is in need of a beautiful woman like her. The relatives say that it's probably a trap, but Madam Haruko sees this as a chance to become queen. She tells the angels to take her with them in the rocket, and the relatives and hangers-on all say that they want to go along with her. As the rocket leaves Earth, Madam Haruko sits in a throne and gloats.



汽笛 (Steam Whistle)


By Tetsuhiro Morimoto (森本哲弘). 18 pages.
A boy and his dog play along the train tracks, waiting for passing trains to come by and then race to oneside to hide and watch them go. The boy's mother had told him to stay away from trains, but she's not around anymore to stop him. No real story, and nothing resolved at the end.

Nothing in English or Japanese on Tetsuhiro, unless you assume he's the one working at Fuji Electric. His style is pretty well-developed, but there is a tendency for the boy's body to look several year's older than his face and head in certain panels. I'm assuming that he worked as someone's assistant for a while.



勝又進 作品集 (Katsumata's Creation Collection) #21


By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 13 pages.
Unit numbering is back to normal.



日本忍法伝 (Japan Ninja Arts Legend) #26


By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 6 pages.
Subtitled (狂心の渠 (Crazy for a Ditch), Part 22). The Japanese subtitle is very "nonstandard", and so the English translation is more of a wild guess. The first two characters come out as "crazy mind" and the last is "ditch or canal". It makes sense if you read the text, which is a bit beyond me at the moment.



鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #10


By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 28 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
The fake Kitaro (FK) finds himself in a boggy hell. The real Kitaro jumped into the river after them, but he can't swim and passersby have to help pull him to shore. He did manage to get Neko Musume away from FK, but she died anyway. Kitaro's father offers to go to hell to try to get the demon vest back from FK, and is flattened by a car while standing in the middle of a street. FK initially thinks that hell is pretty neat, lacking other people, a need to go to school or having to work. But, he does eventually get hungry, then discovers that the fish in the bog are all just skeletons. Kitaro's father (AKA: Otosan) shows up and declares that the lack of food is one side of hell - if FK doesn't leave, he'll waste away and turn into a mummy after 100 hours. They start looking for the tunnel entrance into hell proper, which then takes them to a house where Neko Musume's spirit has taken up residence. FK panics and runs away, getting lost in hell's vast reaches, the absence of other people suddenly making him very lonely.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

hohohoho

矢那恋汰 (Yana Kotta). You just have to love the website URL. http://betty.jp/hohohoho/. Found the business card for this artist at Cirque de la Lune. Very high quality work, if you like light shojo goth.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Green and yellow Kitkats

Time to return to that weird and wonderful world populated with our dear, dear friends - Smeer and lava-face - and their dog, Lookoutboy!



When we last saw them, Smeer had been strolling through the Japanese food aisles, closing in on the bag candy section, when lava-face noticed that their dog was soundly asleep in the middle of the freeway again.



Kitkat recently had green tea bars on the market in Tokyo. It's a fairly large bar, but at something like 147 yen, it's more than I want to pay for a Kitkat (I only buy these things to write about them here). The green tea (matcha) aroma is really strong, but the taste is much more subdued. The "chocolate" is a bit soft and waxy-like, unlike the texture of real chocolate. On the other hand, I've noticed the same effect with other commercial chocolate bars, so it's not a flaw present in just this one bar.



A couple of days later, I found the banana Kitkat single bars at Jason's, discounted to 58 yen. Much more reasonable, and I got two (one to eat on the way home and one for the photo). The banana flavor is pretty strong, but it's the standard candy banana, and not really close to the real thing. Still, if you like banana candies, this is pretty good. The "chocolate" is more like regular milk chocolate without having that waxy sensation of the green tea bar. Recommended, if you like Kitkat, and you can get it for under 60 yen.






Jason's also had these sugar-coated peanuts on sale for one or two days for about 100 yen each. When I went back again they were gone. Japan does not do "normal" flavors. "Milk" is a popular flavor, as is green tea. Here, we have coffee and brown sugar (in Japanese, it's known as "black sugar"). The coffee flavor was along the lines of a sweetened cafe au lait, but with an unpleasant bitter aftertaste.



The brown sugar peanuts were really good, and were almost exactly what you'd expect from sugar-coated peanuts in the U.S. Of the four items here, I'd buy the brown sugar peanuts again. Very crunchy.

Lookoutboy! dinner...

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Discover Hirosaki

The city of Hirosaki, in Aomori, is running a "Discover Hirosaki" campaign to attract tourists from Tokyo as part of a 400th anniversary celebration for the Hirosaki castle.



These posters were in the Akihabara JR station. What caught my eye were the manga/ukiyo-e-like paintings set over what's either really highly-detailed background paintings, or photos. A mix of old art styles and new.



Takamaru-kun says "come to Hirosaki or I'll eat your face."

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Gundam Air, Yokai Database

ANA Gundam plane
All Nippon Airways has had anime-themed artwork on its planes before. This time they're going to do a Gundam theme, which will run about 1 year.


Japanese Ghouls
The Asahi Shimbun ran an article on the Yokai database, since the time for ghost stories is coming up. The database only allows Japanese name entry, but it supports hiragana and katakana as well as kanji. Try entering the below words and then check out the ukiyo-e and related artworks that pop up. Afterward, you can grab cross tags to search for more creatures.

かっぱ
きつね
たぬき
ウサギ
ねこ
いぬ
さる
カニ

ねずみ

The Asahi Shimbun also chose to talk about some of the currently-running manga that features Kabuki and Noh characters.
Kabuki and Noh taking center stage in manga.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Eyes



Remember I mentioned cat cafes? Here's the entrance to Nekotcha (Cat Tea), a cat cafe in Yokohama, on the third floor above the Lawson's convenience store, and the Honey Honey maid cafe. Now, if they'd only have a cat maid cafe...



(Actually, there was a cat maid cafe (Maid with Cat) in Akihabara, but they closed their doors last year. - -; )


Neko Cha


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Found this little display in the front garden of someone's house between Ultra Town and Seijogakuenmae.

Animal lantern


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Now, here's an interesting thing. This is a close-up shot of the underside of a bridge just south of Yokohama train station. I've seen shock absorbers for bridges, but never chains. Apparently, Yokohama has some wicked nasty winds, and needs special precautions to keep the bridges from blowing away.

bridge chains


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One morning, I was stepping out of the apartment to go cycling along the Tamagawa, and I looked out across the river to Shinjuku, like I usually do to check the weather and air quality, when I saw this.



If you've ever wondered where Godzilla hangs out during the day between parties, now you know.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Garo #42


Garo #42, Feb., '68. Cover by Sampei Shirato. 234 pages.


カムイ伝 (Kamui-den) #38


By Sampei Shirato (白土三平). 78 pages.
The chapter starts out with Shousuke in prison, commiserating with the merchants and townspeople also locked up there. Outside, the villagers and rabble band together in an intended raid on the money changers in order to burn all the paper. At the last minute, an official arrives to say that they're going to be going back to a metal-based system. A little later, the magistrate sends attackers against Kuroya, but they're all slaughtered by Guntarou's little brother. Guntarou himself then turns around and has Kuroya's head impaled on spikes in the town square. A few samurai rejoice over Kuroya's twist of fate, until they notice a new tenant moving into his old shop under the name Dai Kuroya (Big Kuroya).

Master ninja Teburi tracks down Kamui, who's currently working as the dog handler for Guntarou. Kamui allows himself to be captured, and rather than divulge the secrets he knows, allows himself to also be tied to a cross and placed head upside down in the nearby cove. Teburi leaves two henchmen at the cove to witness Kamui's eventual drowning when the tide comes in. Teburi himself meets up with Saesa, who says that she's discovered that the magistrate has fed magnets to his pet turtles, and that somehow having magnetic turtles is tied in to the magistrate's plans. Saesa then asks where Kamui is, and Teburi tells her to go to the cove. She tries to rescue her beloved Kamui but the two henchmen stop her, until all three of them are stabbed in the back with throwing knives from an unknown source.



"歩道と車道の「民主主義」" ("Sidewalk and Street 'Democracy'") #34
By Koshi Ueno (上野昂志). 2 pages.
Article.



二岐溪谷 (Futamata Keikoku)


By Yoshiharu Tsuge (つげ義春). 18 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
(Futamata is a place name in Hokkaido.) The main character, who probably really is Tsuge himself, has arrived at Futamata, a remote hot spa resort located in some hills next to a river. The character buys some bananas and checks out a stream where he discovers that the elusive fish there enjoy eating banana peals. He races back to the resort to get some fishing line, but the owners have everything packed up for closing the resort for the season. The traveler returns to the stream, but the bananas are also gone. He takes a soak in the onsen and encounters the monkey that's been causing mischief at the spa for a while now. That night, there's a huge storm and the monkey gets trapped on some branches in the middle of the raging stream. The monkey's cries keep the traveler awake at night. The next morning, the storm is over and the monkey's nowhere to be seen.



存知論的反マンガ (Appreciating Anti-Manga)
By Junzou Ishiko (石子順造). 4 pages.
Junzou (1929-1977) was a recognized art critic. In this 4-page article, he examines Yoshiharu Tsuge's manga.



勝又進 作品集 (Katsumata's Creation Collection) #18


By Susumu Katsumata (勝又進). 16 pages.
Looks like we have another numbering problem, in that in the last issue, Susumu had done chapter 19. He's also split up into 2 parts again, with the first part being 9 pages, and the second, 7 pages, comes after Yuu Takita below.



おお、暁の光に (Oh, Towards Daybreak)


By Seiichi Hayashi (林静一). 13 pages.
This is a rather strange, nonsensical allegory featuring a Batman-like superhero that is trying to fight crime on behalf of his "mama" - Marilyn Monroe dressed up as the statue of liberty. He's asked to help Japan, in the form of a legion of frogs, to fight the "enemy", but a female frog nurse reveals that there's enemies within the ranks as well as without. At the end, Marilyn turns out to be a dessicated corpse and batman says that she's not really dead, just resting.



日本忍法伝 (Japan Ninja Arts Legend) #25


By Mamoru Sasaki & Satsuko Okamoto (佐々木 守 & 岡本 颯子). 6 pages.
Subtitled (北の挽歌 (Elegy for the North), Part 21).



糞奇談 (Strange Poop Happenings)
By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 1 page.
A little 1-page all-text short story. Literally, the title translates to "Droppings Strange Story". I'm tempted to call it "bull shit story".



悪徳の不幸 (Madam Haruko: Misfortune of Corruption)


By Kuniko Tsurita (つりたくにこ). 26 pages.
This is a "play with no prologue or epilogue" to be held at 3 AM. Madam Haruko, a cruel, money-hungry woman mistreats everyone that tells her to give them their money back. Eventually, she gets a phone call saying that her mother was crushed in an accident, sending her into a rage because the inheritance money isn't going to fall into her hands. At the end, she calls on the gods for intervention. To be continued in part 2.



風太郎 (Vagrant) #1


By Ryouichi Ikegami (池上遼一). 20 pages. This is a featured manga on Nihon-go Hunter this week.
Fuutarou, a young, one-eyed boy, arrives in a seedy district in Osaka in search of his father. A pair of drifters takes him to a construction site where a man matching the father's description is up wandering along the scaffolding of the building. Fuutarou climbs up as well, but slips. The other man makes a grab to save the boy, but falls and lands on the ground several stories below. The man is taken to the hospital, where the doctor says he'll be ok, but they've got concerns over who'll pay for the costs. Fuutarou realized that the man wasn't his father, based on the shape of the guy's hand, and he disappears to keep looking. However, he leaves some money behind, which the two drifters use to pay the other guy's bills.

From the artist of Crying Freeman. This is the start of a short serialized story.



三等陸尉凹山三助の憂欝 (3rd Class Ouyama Sansuke's Depression)


By Yuu Takita (滝田ゆう). 19 pages.
Another strange little story with a Japanese officer leaving his wife behind to go to the base, where he's ordered to go out and sweep for an unexploded American bomb sitting underneath some present-day water and gas pipes. As he and the team try to disarm the bomb, the ticking sound gets louder and he fantasizes being back in bed with his wife. He wakes up, then stands at the window and looks out over the city, smoking a cigarette in the rain.



鬼太郎夜話 (Kitaro Night Stories) #9


By Shigeru Mizuki (水木しげる). 24 pages.
The fake Kitaro and Nezumi Otoko are in a bind. They have three days to visit hell, get proof they were there and come back for the TV show. Nezumi comes up with a plan to destroy Neko Musume's chances at becoming a singer by having the fake Kitaro (FK) infiltrate the song contest she's entered and release a mouse during her performance. The trick works, and Neko Musume is unable to control her urges, turning into a were-cat in the middle of the song and chasing the mouse out of the theater. FK then goes to her house and tricks her into visiting a bridge where he tries to talk her into committing suicide with him. The idea is that a dual suicide is sure to get him sent to hell, but the yokai vest will be enough to let him return to the land of the living. At about this time, the real Kitaro returns home and sees the pail and shovel FK forgot behind him (to be used for bringing hell soil back with him) and he follows the footprints in the dirt to the bridge. FK panics and jumps off the bridge, pulling Neko Musume with him. FK drowns, then finds himself in a bog in hell.

At the same time, Mishima, the singer infected with Nezumi Otoko's vampire plant seed, has turned into an odd-looking piece of driftwood with a single sprout coming out of one end. An art dealer finds him and sells him to a coffee shop as ornamentation. Just so happens that it's the coffee shop where FK and Nezumi Otoko were making their original plans, but unable to move or talk, Mishima can't tell anyone what he's overheard.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Yokai Fund

The Metropolis magazine ran a story on the Yokai Fund, which is looking for investors for funding a monster and ghost research project. At a minimum, the collector's items are way cool and worth having, if you like Gegege no Kitaro.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Noburo Ofuji: Pioneer of Japanese Animation

Every so often I run into one of the head honcho's of the Tokyo Anime Center during one of my runs over there during my lunch break on the weekends. I've got 20 minutes before I have to get back to the office, which doesn't give me a lot of time for talking. But, I do sometimes pick up info this way that I would have missed otherwise. At the table that carries fliers for some of the other anime/manga museums around Japan, he picked up an advertisement for the National Film Center (located in the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art) and emphasized that the upcoming show promoting the works of anime pioneer Noburo Ofuji is something really worth going to see.



Entitled "Noburo Ofuji: Pioneer of Japanese Animation", it will run from June 29 to Sept. 9. Check out the online schedule to see if there's something in particular you want to watch in advance. There will be periodic guest speakers making appearances as well.

Friday, June 18, 2010

April-June edition of the "related articles in the media"

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

Generic New News
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Japan Times

Darling is a Foreigner

Gundam cafe opens in Akihabara

Japan Zines

Doraemon to make 3-D debut at Expo

Review of an audio tape tour (1890 yen for the book and CD, 1260 yen for just the MP3 audio file download) of Akihabara. Fine for people that don't really like Akihabara (and are willing to put up with Galbraith narrating the tape). If you really want a tour guide for Akiba, go to Akibanana, one of the "walk-with-a-maid" companies, or stop at Takarada (the gift shop just west of the JR Akihabara station, which also offers tours). I wouldn't bother with this audio tour, myself.
Take a guided tour of 'Akiba-land'


Daily Yomiuri

Manga relates abduction of Megumi Yokota

The world of Doraemon comes to life

Review of Black Blizzard By Yoshihiro Tatsumi

CoFesta's dream of world peace--through 'kawaii'

The doe-eyed world of Makoto Takahashi

Anime production knows no borders

Thermae Romae review

Gundam Cafe offers new Akihabara base

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Metropolis

“Boys in skirts”

Prince of Tennis: The Musical

The Pop Life section of the Met was written by Patrick Galbraith for about 1 year. Love him or hate him (I consistently fell into the latter category) Patty could be counted on to write (badly) about life and activities in Akihabara, and stuff regarding anime, manga and video games. On the other hand, a number of readers had complained at one point of exactly that - too much anime, manga and Akiba showing up in the Met, and Pop Life in specific. Looks like times have changed. Some of the recent Pop Life articles (which used to run every other week, but is now about once a month) have been written by Jamie Lano, and have absolutely zero interest for me. But, some of the artwork accompanying the Japanese Trekkie article raised a red flag (foreigner attempting to copy something outside their skill set) to the point where I finally decided to google her. Jamie's lived in Japan for 5 years, and has worked for a while in one of the studios doing the Prince of Tennis manga. Ironically enough, one of the interviews with her last year for Japan Today was written by Patty. Her manga-like work does nothing for me, but it is a major achievement, being accepted in a manga studio, so I guess she's doing something right. I'll just have to be patient, and see if she ever writes anything in Pop Life worth reading.

Helen McCarthy's "Art of Tezuka Osamu" book

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Thursday, June 17, 2010

TAC - Hanamaru



Each one of the Tokyo Anime Center exhibits stays up for only about 2-4 weeks at a stretch, so I end up having to blog about them fairly often. And it's again time to do so. Today, it's for the Hanamaru DVD release. Exhibit runs until July 11.



I went in on Monday, and found that the TAC was already closed at 6:30, half an hour early, in order to do the set up. First time I've seen them putting up an exhibit. Looks kind of messy.




























They do have the projector wall set up so you can have your photo taken with a Hanamaru picture in the background, but when I went in the TAC was holding another of their live anime voice actor radio show recordings. All of the tables had been moved out of the way and were blocking the projector wall, so I didn't bother trying to take a shot of it.