The Mystery of Cup Noodle’s Mystery Meat is Finally Cleared

2017-09-20 01:31

When Cup Noodle released its Mystery Meat Festival noodles last year to celebrate its 45th anniversary, fans of the ubiquitous instant noodles were surprised by Nissin’s bold move. After all, for the past 45 years since it first appeared on store shelves, all it took for customers was a cursory glance at the ingredients list to realize that Cup Noodles original flavor contained pork. And yet, the tasty pieces of protein floating in their cups clearly contained other ingredients which were not yet identified. For the company to embrace the “mystery factor” and make it into a selling point created a renewed interest in the true identity of this “mystery…

Fullmetal Alchemist Anime Director Criticizes Live Action Film’s All Japanese Cast

2017-09-20 01:48

Takes on the all-Japanese cast of the upcoming live action Fullmetal Alchemist film seem to cover the spectrum of reservation, optimism, and apathy, but original anime director Seiji Mizushima has at least made his opinion known. During a roundtable discussion at Tokyo’s 2017 Nikufes (Meat Festival–which may seem random, but the festival has been promoting itself with idol and anime song performances) the director of the popular anime series stated that “It was a bad idea to only use Japanese actors”, reports Anime News Network. The comments were made during an open discussion with Hiroshi Kanemaru (Popin Q) and Tomoki Misawa (Urawa no Usagi-chan), while talking about anime as a…

Set Sail on Yokohama Bay for a Pirate-Themed Anime Song DJ Party

2017-09-19 06:39

Since the mid-2000s, Japan has developed and refined a unique spin on club culture called anikura (a term combining “anime songs” and “club”), in which DJs play anime songs or other genres within the Akiba-kei, or Akihabara style spectrum (namely, anime songs, songs from tokusatsu and action hero shows, video game and PC game music, idol songs, songs by anime voice actors, dempa songs, chiptune, etc.) — either in their original form or as remixes with EDM — and VJs plays clips from anime or other media matching the tunes. At first limited to clubs like MOGRA Akihabara and Club Tsukiakari Yumeterasu in Kawasaki, anime song DJ parties can now…

It’s a Fukui Sharknado! Or is it?

2017-09-19 01:49

Sometimes, certain less populated prefectures of Japan which are less commonly frequented by tourists and less commonly known by average city-dwellers are characterized in popular culture as wild and dangerous. For the most part, such characterizations are tongue-in-cheek, and even the locals enjoy playing it up. This seems to be the case with Fukui, located in the central Chubu region of the Honshu island facing the Sea of Japan, and one of the least populated prefectures. This picture posted on Twitter last Saturday by @oyayubi_814, along with the caption: “Fukui…dangerous!” caused quite a stir. It would seem to be a hammerhead shark lying on a street gutter, clearly far removed…

“Blackface Potato Chips” Leave Questionable Aftertaste

2017-09-15 05:03

One of the features characterizing the Japanese commercial food and beverage industry is that new variations of products, whether in flavor, packaging, or size, continually appear on the market, some lasting a whole season, others only lasting a few weeks. In other words, consumers can expect to see something new at all times. A stroll through the aisles of a Japanese convenience store is never boring. Right now, this is what you’re likely to see in the potato chips section of your local store: source: Grape Inc. “Wait a second? What’s a Japanese man in blackface doing on the cover of that bag of chips?” you may wonder. It turns…

Cowboy Bebop Director Shinichiro Watanabe Is Directing A Blade Runner Anime Short

2017-09-15 05:06

Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo director Shinichiro Watanabe will have his hands full in collaborating on the U.S. live-action TV series of Cowboy Bebop, but in the mean time he will be keeping himself busy as he directs and writes the script for an upcoming short Blade Runner anime. Titled Blade Runner Black Out 2022, the anime short is set in the year 2022, between the original Blade Runner film and the upcoming Blade Runner 2049. According to Cinema Pia, the story will revolve around massive blackouts on the West Coast of the United States, which leads to a food shortage crisis. A scientist develops a new artificial farming method…

Japan’s Scariest Haunted House Experience Has Guests Wander Through An Abandoned Hospital

2017-09-15 04:49

Japan’s fascinating lore of vengeful spirits and abundance of spooky abandoned spots has resulted in some particularly interesting horror-themed services (as well as Instagram accounts), such as a taxi cab tour that drops you off at a series of haunted spots. Sometimes it’s the basics that are most terrifying, and that can be seen at Fuji-Q Highland’s Super Scary Labyrinth of Fear, an abandoned hospital-themed maze that claims to be the longest and scariest house of horrors in the world. Located in Yamanashi prefecture, the Fuji-Q Highland amusement park is most known for its adventurous roller coasters, it’s 900 meter long labyrinth of terror is one of its most sought-after…

Universal Studios Japan Is Opening Up Final Fantasy And Sailor Moon Attractions

2017-09-14 10:18

As part of their Universal Cool Japan initiative (an effort to promote popular Japanese entertainment around the world), Osaka’s Universal Studios Japan has often tapped into the appeal of popular Japanese video game and anime fiction, building attractions inspired by Neon Genesis Evangelion and even offering up a Super Nintendo World complete with Mario Kart racing. Now the park has announced that it will be introducing attractions inspired by two mega-popular franchises in Final Fantasy and Sailor Moon. 【更新】ユニバーサル・スタジオ・ジャパン®の大人気イベント『ユニバーサル・クールジャパン 2018』にセーラームーンの参加が決定しました!世界観をリアルに体感できるイベントです。https://t.co/DhSpGfeoMC pic.twitter.com/hcbYhSlMRu — セーラームーン25th公式 (@sailormoon_25th) 2017年9月13日 Starting on January 19th of 2018, USJ will offer a variety of Universal Cool Japan 2018 attractions inspired by Final Fantasy, Great Detective Conan, and…

When You Have a Hair-Trigger Switch For Your Public Facade

2017-09-14 09:35

Most of us probably know people like this. They’re Mr. or Ms. Congeniality in public, whether with classmates or with coworkers, never a wrinkled brow on their face or a stern look in their eyes. But can you really be certain that their personality is genuine? Of course, many of us have public facades, there’s no arguing that. However, in a society such as Japan where preserving harmony is highly valued, there is a lot of pressure to maintain a happy demeanor, pressure which many are impatient to relieve as soon as it’s no longer required. This was the inspiration for a simple but effective three-cell panel by Himeyuri, author…

“Re:Zero” x Lawson Collaboration Will Make September a Month to Rem-ember

2017-09-12 09:53

Fans of the ever-popular blue-haired part-coiffed younger sister maid demoness, Rem, from the anime “Re:Zero: Starting Life in Another World” have been treated to some exciting news lately. Not only was there an announcement on Sunday of a new original OVA episode, but there’s a delightful collaboration with convenience store mainstay Lawson to look forward to as well! source: (C)長月達平・株式会社KADOKAWA刊/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活製作委員会 (C)Lawson, Inc. From September 13 to October 16, Lawson is coming out with several types of Rem collaboration goods, some of them sold in select stores and others available for purchase online. Here is what has been announced thus far: Acrylic Figure Stands source: (C)長月達平・株式会社KADOKAWA刊/Re:ゼロから始める異世界生活製作委員会 (C)Lawson, Inc. These attractive acrylic…

Give Your Skin A Ghibli Shine With Charming Set Of Studio Ghibli Girl-Themed Moisturizers

2017-09-11 12:05

For fans of celebrated animation studio Studio Ghibli in Japan, Donguri Kyowakoku is a must-visit paradise. The Studio Ghibli specialty shop has offered a variety of exciting items in the past, including a No-Face Piggy Bank that devours coins and burps, embroidered vintage Japanese jackets, and a character-inspired tea collection harvested from the real-life Totoro forest. Now the Studio Ghibli goods emporium is offering a lineup of Studio Ghibli female character moisturizing creams with cool can designs. The moisturizer series comes courtesy of cosmetics brand Steam Cream, and features the popular female characters of Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, and Whisper of the Heart. There are two character-themed creams from…

This Inspirational Dancer Isn’t Bound by her Wheelchair

2017-09-10 09:52

Meet Ayananana. She dances as an odorite, following a performance genre that has blossomed in the past ten years. Fans of mostly Vocaloid or J-pop upload dance videos to popular video sharing sites like NicoNico Douga and YouTube. Here she is performing “Onegai Daarin” (Please, Darling) by ONE: Ayananana was already interested in dance since she was 13, although she didn’t perform for the public. However, she later faced a life-changing event which cast a shadow over her aspirations. She was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a rare disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nerves, causing numbness in limbs and other parts of the body….

Sailor Moon Cafe Opens In Japan With Colorful And Nostalgic Character-Themed Menu

2017-09-08 05:59

One of Japan’s most popular anime-themed pop-up shops is back, with the Sailor Moon Cafe 2017 officially opening up at four different locations in the country. While previous iterations of the cafe have featured Sailor Moon themed food and drink, the 2017 edition offers perhaps the most distinct and character driven menu yet, with a colorful menu sure to satisfy fans of the popular animated series. Source: Sailor Moon Cafe While the shop is once again a limited-time offer, the restaurant is worth a trip to sample at the wide variety of Sailor Moon-themed food, drink, and desserts–as well as take home memorabilia. Food: Luna and Artemis Good Friends Burger…

It Turns Out Mario Isn’t Actually A Plumber Anymore

2017-09-05 10:54

For video game fans visiting Japan, it sometimes comes as a surprise that when discussing the occupation of perhaps the most famous video game character of all time, there seems to be some confusion. Despite his pipe-traveling adventures, the fact that Mario doesn’t actually do much related to his profession in either his games or promotions has resulted in knowledge of him being a plumber to be a little less known in Japan. There may be a much simpler reason, however, as Nintendo recently clarified that Mario is not actually currently in the plumbing business. マリオが配管工やめてた…。 pic.twitter.com/59jjl0rUoF — たす (@hinatas_Q) 2017年9月3日 As can be seen on the recent character profile…

Chun-Li And Cammy Lingerie Sets Take Street Fighter To The Bedroom

2017-08-30 04:10

If you’re looking for something different in terms of lingerie in Japan, it’s not just limited to frills and fancy laces. Over the years we’ve seen themed lingerie sets modeled after Neon Genesis Evangelion, different breeds of cats, and even the 12 Zodiac Signs. Clothing and accessory brand Super Groupies, however, focuses on anime and video games, and in keeping in line with their previous releases, is now introducing a Street Fighter themed lingerie set modeled after the clothes of Chun-li and Cammy. Source: Super Groupies Here’s a closer look at the lingerie sets, which are modeled after the classic China dress and military outfits of the two popular fighting…

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