Last night, anime kids went nuts when #makeanimeboring was made one of the top US trending topics on Twitter, complete with jokes like "Howl's Moving Trailerhome" and "Galaxy Public Transportation 999" and "Business Suit Gundam." More after the jump.
Whether being an "otaku" has positive or negative connotation shifts. It might be dragged down by association with social ills, or buoyed by cute stories like Densha Otoko and the notion that otaku spend enough to contribute to the economy. A financial planner has now proposed a formula for calculate an "otaku coefficient" based on that spending. More after the jump.
Japanese indies record label Edge Records is planning to release a new audio CD titled "You can sleep together with your sisters CD" this winter. The CD for all ages features conversations with four little sisters aged from 10 to 15 who want to sleep together with their big brother so much. Hit the jump for more details.
Two weeks after my July report, I visited the Akihabara town, the Mecca of Otaku in Tokyo again. Surprisingly, most of the anime/game-related street ads and posters have been already changed and the city has a totally new look. Check the August photo report after the jump!
Akihabara is the best place to know the current trend among Japanese anime fans. The most advertised anime title in the town now is no doubt the DVD/Blu-ray set of the two Puella Magi Madoka Magica films "Hajimari no Monogatari" and "Eihen no Monogatari," which was just released in Japan on July 24. Check the latest look of the most famous otaku town in the world after the jump!!
It seems anything can be business in Japan. A group called "Sukumizu Sensha Jikkou Iinkai/School Swimsuits Car Wash Executive Committee" has started accepting pre-orders for car wash service by two girls in school swimsuits in Akihabara for a limited time between July 25 and August 31. Hit the jump for more information.
A Tokyo-based private group "Emergency meeting to stop the rubella outbreak" has conducted a campaign to promote the preventive measures for rubella since March. They revealed a new campaign poster featuring a cute moe girl illustration. Check her out after the jump.
The "Komekami! Moe Rice" project has posted a 2 minutes 9 seconds anime promotional video on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga on June 13th. The group have offered many rice-related goods featuring the seven bishoujo girls from 14 to 22 years old since 2010. Check the video after the jump!