If you read Paul Krugman's New York Times columns, you'll get the impression that the liberal, Nobel Prize-winning economist isn't exactly what you'd call a blithe spirit. However, in his current visit to Japan, he found himself remarkably cheered by seeing otaku culture in action. More after the jump.
It is officially announced that TC Entertainment will release a HD new master edition Blu-ray of Gainax's classic two-episode OVA Otaku no Video in Japan on November 17, 2014. The comedy OVA series was released in 1991 depicting the real otaku life in the early 1980s Japan. Hit the jump for more information.
As you know, every time I visit Tokyo for various purposes (this time it was for the Summer Comiket), I try to find a time to walk around the world-famous otaku city, Akihabara, to check street ads and displays featuring the latest anime/game titles. Hit the jump for the August 2014 edition.
While the cool costumes and pretty people seem to have gotten the most attention from this weekend’s World Cosplay Summit event in Nagoya, Japan, the area was also littered with a ton of funky anime car itasha vehicles. Watch a pair of videos that document these “hot wheels” after the jump!
Since March 2010, Key-th, the Kanagawa-based company has been known for its "Curtain Damashii" brand featuring popular anime series such as K-ON!, Oreimo, Sword Art Online, and Madoka Magica. Its latest entry is the TV anime adaptation of Yui Hara's four-panel manga Kin-iro Mosaic. Check the details of the cute products after the jump.
During my stay in Tokyo last weekend, I also had an opportunity to walk around the world-famous otaku city Akihabara as usual for a new street ad feature article for the News, in addition to the Engaged to the Unidentified anime exhibition and other not-yet-reported events. Check out the latest look of the town after the jump.
Cospa's casual neckties featuring the characters from popular anime series such as Love Live!, Sword Art Online, Oreimo, and Madoka Magica, have been well-received by the hard core fans. Its official site has revealed the item lineup for the up-coming Anime Japan 2014 including the newest neckties of the two girls from Girls und Panzer, Miho and Yukari. Hit the jump for the details.
Resourcing company Dip has been branching into otaku business lately with an interactive app guide to pilgrimages to the locations that inspired popular anime. And, in time for the holiday, they've conducted a special Otaku Awareness Survey - Valentine's Day Edition. See the results after the jump.
Following the Infinite Stratos heroines last December, the Osaka-based PC retailer Unitcom will release new Ita-laptops/visualize note PCs featuring Neptune and Noire, the two main heroines from Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation on March 10. Check the details after the jump.
It was time again for the meeting of itaboarders, the snowboarding equivalent of the folks who drive anime decorated cars or itasha. Among the 300 folks on scenes were plenty of Love Live fans, a few repping KanColle and Jun'ya "ZUN" Ota, the mastermind behind popular doujin game Touhou Project (and beer enthusiast). Get a look after the jump.
The 9th Annual Otaku Senryu contest is on in Japan and this means the open call for the contest mascot in Nyako Shikibu is on as well! The open call is for the character mascot with cat ears and a calligraphy brush for both the illustration and model category. The 6th annual contest is limited to male models and crossdressing is encouraged! More after the jump!
I am staying in Tokyo now for Comic Market 85 held at Tokyo Big Sight on December 29-31. I had an opportunity to visit the world-famous otaku city Akihabara the day before the three-day event. Check the latest anime/game street ads in the Mecca of otaku after the jump.