The TBS weekly drama Nigeru wa Haji da ga Yaku ni Tatsu (NigeHaji) is hugely popular in Japan, and its theme song “Koi” is a big hit. The dance that accompanies the theme song, the “Koi Dance” (“ Love Dance”) is performed at the end of each episode and has had famous celebrities like Hello Kitty, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, and figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu do their own versions.
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics were capped with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe coming out of a green pipe dressed as Mario, so it’s odd to see that Nintendo characters aren’t part of an upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics promotional merchandise campaign. A line of merchandise featuring some of Japan’s most beloved characters is missing any representation from Nintendo.
Nintendo’s upcoming Switch convertible console has gotten a listing on UK game seller GameSeek. The Nintendo Switch reveal is set for January 12, but this info might be an early error.
Retro-Bit has debuted the Super Retro Boy at CES 2017. This new handheld will allow you to play Game Boy, Game Boy Color, and Game Boy Advance games.
Saturday, SMAP, one of Japan’s oldest and most beloved pop idol bands still together, broke up. Though fans attempted to convince the group not to break up, even taking out newspaper ads worth $342,000 USD, the band decided to break up.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Bureau of Transportation and rapper SALU have teamed up to promote the Toei Oedo Subway Line. The Toei Oedo Line is the longest and deepest subway line in Japan, and has so many turns and inclines that it’s been compared to riding a roller coaster.
This giant Pikachu, seen in a Japanese Pokémon Center is absolutely adorable. In the clip you can hear a woman saying that Pikachu is going to use denko sekka (“Quick Attack”). It’s super effective!
The YouTube channel Jugglersynchro has combined Super Mario, Rubik’s Cubes, and stop-motion video capture into something awesome. As you can see in the video below, it took a lot of hard work and dedication to pull these short sequences, in which Mario is animated using only Rubik’s cubes.
The University of South Carolina is offering a class called “Reading and Writing About Magical Girls,” as an English 101 course. The course encompasses the tropes of the magical girl genre while mixing in feminism and political thinking.
Harvest Moon: Save the Homeland and Harvest Moon: A Wonderful Life were both PlayStation 2 games that had their share of issues. Although they were charming and fun, they were plagued by slowdowns and other errors. The ESRB has recently rated both of these titles for PlayStation 4 though, so they may be getting the second chance at life they deserve.
Play Arts Kai is bringing three Final Fantasy characters to life in their critically claimed statue forms. We’re in for a real treat this time around too. Cloud and Barret are getting a figure featuring their Final Fantasy VII Remake designs. These figures are one of our first chances to see the new character designs unclose and personal, and they look amazing.
Hirohiko Araki and Converse are collaborating to release a line of sneakers with a JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable theme. The sneakers will be released through Bandai's official shopping website, Premium Bandai.