CHECK OUT THIS BEER COMMERCIAL FROM THE STUDIO BEHIND ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’
This commercial for Murphy’s Irish Stout by Production I.G. reminds me how much cooler anime was in the 90’s. You know, before they all took place at some kind of magical karate high school.
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Man. Cyberpunk anime really needs to make a comeback.
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CHECK OUT THIS BEER COMMERCIAL FROM THE STUDIO BEHIND ‘GHOST IN THE SHELL’

This commercial for Murphy’s Irish Stout by Production I.G. reminds me how much cooler anime was in the 90’s. You know, before they all took place at some kind of magical karate high school.

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CHECK OUT THIS CLASSY MAGIC: THE GATHERING BAR IN JAPAN

Shibuya, Japan is home of Mint Shibuya, a sports bar/trading card game shop hybrid featuring elegant seating for Magic duels, a swanky bar, and they even serve food - not Slim Jims and Combos like most game shops, but REAL food!

The pictures above really don’t do the place justice. Check out the video below for a better look.

Man. My local game shop holds Friday Night Magic in a crusty old basement. In the summer time, it gets so hot that moisture from the pipes in the ceiling drip down onto our heads. Super annoying/kinda’ gross. Maybe I should move to Shibuya.

SEE ALSO: Custom Adventure Time Magic Cards
GROSS, MAN: SPAGHETTI POPSICLES
All I can imagine is some little fat kid who was tired of his mom making him wait until after dinner to eat popsicles. “I’ll show you. I’ll show ALL OF YOU!!!,” the little boy that I made up in my head probably thought to himself. Then he grew up and created this atrocious affront to frozen desserts so that he could eat dinner AND a popsicle at the same time.
(via That’s Nerdalicious)

GROSS, MAN: SPAGHETTI POPSICLES

All I can imagine is some little fat kid who was tired of his mom making him wait until after dinner to eat popsicles. “I’ll show you. I’ll show ALL OF YOU!!!,” the little boy that I made up in my head probably thought to himself. Then he grew up and created this atrocious affront to frozen desserts so that he could eat dinner AND a popsicle at the same time.

(via That’s Nerdalicious)

Totoro Makes Everything OK
In case you needed some cute in your day, here’s a photo of a little girl getting a kick out of the Totoro window display at the Studio Ghibli museum. This moment was caught on camera by vinyl toy designer, Martin Hsu.

Totoro Makes Everything OK

In case you needed some cute in your day, here’s a photo of a little girl getting a kick out of the Totoro window display at the Studio Ghibli museum. This moment was caught on camera by vinyl toy designer, Martin Hsu.

Here’s the Retail Version of Bayonetta: Bloody Fate
While there hasn’t been any news on a Western localization, the Bayonetta anime will be heading to Blu-Ray this summer. It will come with what looks like a soundtrack CD and some artwork.

Here’s the Retail Version of Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

While there hasn’t been any news on a Western localization, the Bayonetta anime will be heading to Blu-Ray this summer. It will come with what looks like a soundtrack CD and some artwork.

From our sister site, blindboxed:

Martin Hsu’s Miyazaki Tribute Up for Pre-Order Tomorrow (1/21)

Limited to 300 pieces, Martin Hsu’s Miya-San resin figure will be up for pre-order starting tomorrow and ending 1/31/14. The newly retired Miyazaki directed the majority of Studio Ghibli’s films such as My Neighbor Totoro and Castle in the Sky. Pre-orders start a 2PM here.

THE SIMPSONS DID A MIYAZAKI TRIBUTE

Hayao Miyazaki, he Japanese master of animation celebrated his 73rd birthday on January 5th and The Simpsons paid tribute. There’s references to My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, Ponyo, and more.

[Via Giant Robot]

ALBOTAS PSA: SPACE DANDY DEBUTS AT 11:30 P.M. THIS SATURDAY ON TOONAMI

From Shinichiro Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop, and Samurai ChamplooSpace Dandy kinda’ has a Heavy Metal vibe to it. And they play Misfits in the trailer above, so I’m already sold. Also, boobies. It’s also worth mentioning that the series will be debuting in the U.S. before it airs in Japan.

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR ANIME FANS
With the holiday season upon us, you’re most likely running around in a frenzy trying to figure out the perfect gifts for those in your life. While holiday presents may not be a huge deal to you, it always feels good to get the right item for those you love and care about the most. Although your high maintenance friends and family members may seem like they’d be the hardest to please, those with unique hobbies or fetishes can be even more difficult to shop for. Luckily, anime lovers aren’t that difficult, and there are a variety of cool anime gift ideas to choose from. Here are some anime holiday presents that are sure to please even the most discerning anime fan. 
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Anime Accessories
 Anime is known for its style, and high-quality anime will typically have characters designed by popular artists like Kantoku, Tony Taka, Itaru Hinoue, and Ume Aoki. Therefore, Anime artbooks focusing on a specific series, specific artist, or a mishmash of styles from different series and/or artists can make a great gift for the anime enthusiast in your life, particularly if he or she appreciates animation as an art. For the jewelry-loving anime chick, there is an assortment of anime characters available in a range of jeweled pieces made of actual gold, silver, and diamonds. You may have to shell out some dough to pay for these expensive accessories, but it’s worth it for the glamorous anime fan. While you may not be able to find anime-inspired jewelry items at your local jewelry store, online shops on Etsy carry a bevy of unique anime jewelry pieces.
Anime Viewings
 For anime fans who double as a gamers, a visual novel can be a great present because it combines two things they enjoy. Many romantic comedies and harem anime are based on visual novels, so they’re also good gift for anyone who likes those genres. While visual novels mostly involve reading text, there are some that contain different mini games and others that play more like RPGs. Although most people stream anime videos online, many anime lovers prefer to purchase actual videos that they can add to their collections. Investigate the videos that are on your anime fan’s wish list or visit a fan site for the latest anime videos trending with followers. If your anime addict has a wild side, a saucy anime video or naughty love doll from Adam & Eve is the perfect fun, holiday gift.
Anime Toys
 Toys are huge in anime circles, so they make the easiest presents to give to anyone into anime. Whether you choose small, cheaper items like anime eyes glasses as stocking stuffers or go opt for bigger toys like a play set, there is a plethora of anime toys to choose from. There are loads of websites hocking anime action figures and other toys and collectibles, so purchasing an anime toy may be your best (and easiest) bet. Keep in mind that you may have to do a bit of searching for those most-coveted anime toys and figurines.

HOLIDAY GIFTS FOR ANIME FANS

With the holiday season upon us, you’re most likely running around in a frenzy trying to figure out the perfect gifts for those in your life. While holiday presents may not be a huge deal to you, it always feels good to get the right item for those you love and care about the most. Although your high maintenance friends and family members may seem like they’d be the hardest to please, those with unique hobbies or fetishes can be even more difficult to shop for. Luckily, anime lovers aren’t that difficult, and there are a variety of cool anime gift ideas to choose from. Here are some anime holiday presents that are sure to please even the most discerning anime fan. 

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Space Adventure Cobra Series Finally Coming to DVD

Right Stuff will be publishing episodes 1-15 of Space Adventure Cobra, come March. While the original film has been available on DVD for a while, this will be the first release of the series on DVD (and BluRay) to feature English subs.

If you’re unfamiliar with the series, here’s a quote that will tell you everything:

"My name is Cobra. The unkillable man with a gun for an arm."

Buy: Cobra the Space Pirate Figma
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brownkidd’s picks

CRITICAL HIT SHOT GLASS
Perfect for dungeon raids with friends, duels between planeswalkers, or just sipping solo by the fire.
Price: $12

BREAKING BAD: I AM THE DANGER
This visual companion to all five seasons of the greatest scripted drama in television history is the perfect way to relive the best moments from the series if you don’t have time for a Netflix marathon.
PRICE: $12

TREATS! MAGAZINE
Think of it as a more highbrow, artsy-fartsy version of Playboy. Each issue of this quarterly fine art periodical features beautiful photographs of gorgeous women and so much care is put into the design of each issue that it’s more like a coffee table book than an actual magazine.
PRICE: $40 print / $10 digital

SONY SMARTSHOT DIGITAL CAMERA LENSES
Turn your smartphone into a legit cameras with the QX10 and QX100 lenses from Sony. The lenses sync wirelessly to your iOS or Android device and will make all your selfies and cat pics look super pro. Considering the QX100 features the same sensor and lens as Sony’s RX100MII and is a few hundred smackers less, we’d say these give you plenty of bang for your holiday buck.
PRICE: $250 (QX10) | $500 (QX100)

PADDLE YOUR OWN CANOE: ONE MAN’S FUNDAMENTALS FOR DELICIOUS LIVING BY NICK OFFERMAN
From the official product description:

Growing a perfect moustache, grilling red meat, wooing a woman—who better to deliver this tutelage than the always charming, always manly Nick Offerman, best known as Parks and Recreation’s Ron Swanson?

'Nuff said.
PRICE: $16

POCKET WATERCOLOR KIT MADE FROM AN ALTOIDS TIN
You can never go wrong with cool handmade shit for the holidays. There’s a buttload of tutorials showing different ways to turn an Altoids tin into a watercolor paint box, but if you’re a bit more adventurous when it comes to crafting, the Altoids Survival Kit, mini flashlight, and portable BBQ are all pretty impressive.
PRICE: Like a few bucks.

HOBONICHI TECHO 2014 DAILY PLANNER
Forget Moleskine, the new go-to cult favorite stationary for creative types is the Hobonichi Techo. This daily planner is fully customizable with heaps of sweet accessories and covers available - and it was designed by Shigesato Itoi, the creator of the Earthbound/Mother series which is also a cult favorite!
PRICE: $25

MOONRISE KINGDOM BLURAY/DVD/DIGITAL COMBO PACK
Wes Anderson is by far the most stylishly unique film directors alive today. While this may not be the best Wes Anderson story, it’s easily his most well-crafted film to date. The characters and setpieces are brilliant, the genius pacing of the story is accompanied by a pitch-perfect score that crescendos into an mighty explosion in the third act. Moonrise Kingdom is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the arts of acting and film making.
PRICE: $35 $20
marc’s picks

AKIRA 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY/DVD COMBO
Akira is 25 years old and still looks amazing. The 25th Anniversary Edition Bluray is the best you’re going to get, short of viewing the movie in a theater.
PRICE: $25

S.H. FIGUARTS GREEN RANGER FIGURE
The original Power Rangers toys were incredibly well done for their time. And they were huge, too! This series has even more intricate details and articulation and comes with all sorts of accessories. Currently, the Green Ranger, Pink Ranger, and two versions of the Red Ranger are available, with the rest of the team arriving in 2014.
PRICE: $30


¥3,000 PLAYSTATION NETWORK CARD
There are so many great vintage games on the Japanese PSN. If a game isn’t quite awesome enough that I want to have a physical copy in my collection - or i the physical copy is just too damn expensive — I’ll just pick it up here for way cheaper.
PRICE: $50

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1Q84 BY HARUKI MURAKAMI
If you ask me, Haruki Murakami is the best living fiction author. His most recent story sounds as trippy as ever. Put aside some time though. This one clocks in at nearly 1,000 pages.
PRICE: $13
kevin’s picks

ANYTHING FROM HARI KARI
I mean, this is my clothing company. I’m kinda trying to push sales here. If you could buy that one shirt called “The Burger Shirt,” that’d be really cool. Andrew “Angimoto” Douglas, who also works pretty close with Mega64 and Math the Band, made our last batch of shirts and he did an awesome fucking job with them. Seriously, they look incredible in person and they feel great on your body, so it’d be pretty neat if you guys bought a couple of shirts this holiday season for yourself and/or others. And keep in mind I don’t sell shirts at dumb prices so people can afford them, so feel free to buy two Hari Kari shirts for the price of one Supreme garment.
Price: $15-$30


VERY CASUAL BY MICHAEL DEFORGE
In a world where everyone is all too familiar with superheroes like The Hulk, Iron Man, and Batman, it’s hard pushing the idea of originality in comics for folk who don’t read them. I love showing people the weird and insane comics that are constantly being created and take full advantage of the comic book medium altogether, and if I had to choose one staple from 2013 that did just that, it’d be Very Casual by Michael DeForge. This is a gift I’d give to someone who appreciates art and storytelling with an open mind for oozing creativity and sickening unique fantasy, sprinkled with superb black humor.
Price: $13


ZIIIRO SATURN GUNMETAL DIGITAL WATCH
Ziiiro makes a ton of badass watches, but this one uses the word “gunmetal,” to describe its color. Holy shit that’s hot. It looks super future and its digital segments around its face tells you the hour, while the tiny lines toward the center shows you the minutes. If I were a super rad wife, I’d get this for my husband, but I’m not so I’m probably going to get it for myself this holiday season.
Price: $230

…LIKE CLOCKWORK BY QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE
The entire year had some amazing music releases from Kanye West, Earl Sweatshirt, Deafheaven, and so many others, but Queens of the Stone Age released an absolute masterpiece called …Like Clockwork back in June that needs to be forever remembered. There’s a really nice double LP set that includes lyrics, and artwork from illustrator, Boneface, for every single song on the record. It looks insanely nice. I grabbed it earlier this year and it’s an absolute essential for a music aficionado that collects vinyl.
Price: $30



HEX GALLERY 13” CONVERTIBLE SLEEVE
Yo this shit is sexy as FUCK. This baby has a pocket for your Macbook Air AND your iPad. It keeps its rectangle shape and it doesn’t ever appear bulky, granted you actually have stuff to put in it. This is the perfect backpack for everyone who wants covert comfort for their electronics and pocket items, as well as having some sleek style to still mack on bitches while wearing a backpack.
Price: $60


MINDSPLOITATION: ASININE ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE ONLINE HOMEWORK CHEATING INDUSTRY BY VERNON CHATMAN
This year, I got really into Wonder Showzen and PFFR, the dudes behind Adult Swim shows Delocated and Xavier: Renegade Angel. Vernon Chatman, a member of PFFR who currently writes and produces for Louie and used to write Wonder Showzen, wrote a book this year that perfectly captures PFFR’s humor and concepts. The book is called Mindsploitation: Asinine Assignments for the Online Homework Cheating Industry and it is absolute genius. Vernon emails these homework websites that write essays for students and asks them to write the most insane shit he could possibly think of, like a eulogy for the dead grandma he always hated and a love letter to the teacher he’s turning his essay assignment to. It’s one of the funniest things I’ve read all year and I highly recommend gifting it to weirdo friends with a great sense of humor. 
Price: $13


GOD IS DISAPPOINTED IN YOU BY MARK RUSSELL
Well, the other thing I read this year that I thought was absolutely hilarious is a book called God Is Disappointed In You, which was written by Mark Russell and illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist, Shannon Wheeler. It’s a sharp, witty rewrite of the entire Holy Bible, giving rules and stories from Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The book is profane and excellent prose, giving some solid satire and cutting the unnecessary fat out of the Bible’s stories to provide some comedy gold.
Price: $20



HEAVYWEIGHTS ON BLURAY
Yeah, I’m putting this on my list, fuck you if you don’t like this movie. Everyone always talks about Good Burger and no one ever talks about Heavyweights and it’s upsetting. Grab the Blu-ray edition of this Disney beauty for reasons explained here by yours truly. You have no soul if you don’t enjoy this flick.
Price: $15



WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT: 25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION BLURAY
This is actually my favorite Disney movie. It’s now released on Blu-ray and its two-discs are packed with new commentary, a documentary on Roger Rabbit, a couple of shorts, and some other sweet extras. An absolute classic.
Price: $15


HIP-HOP FAMILY TREE BY ED PISKOR
If there’s anything I’ve learned about Ed Piskor, it’s that he does his research. Hip-Hop Family Tree conveys that perfectly. This is an essential graphic novel for hip-hop heads and comic book readers everywhere — it’s accurate and shows the stories of some of hip-hop’s earliest rap stars. A great gift for music lovers who also appreciate the arts.
Price: $15

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THE LIVE ACTION ‘ATTACK ON TITAN’ PORN IS A THING AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE
The popular manga/anime sensation gets Rule 34'd.
(WARNING: This is a very, very, VERY NSFW post. You’ve been warned.)
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No way! I totally wear the same costume when I play with my action figures too!




Just like the manga and anime, plenty of nekkid dudes nommin’ on fools…


… and freaking the hell out about it.



And boobies, because porn. You can’t tell, but all of the ::ahem:: “actors” are wearing flesh-colored tape on their naughty bits. I kinda’ think the chick’s totally fell off in this pic though.


Remember back in the Street Fighter II days when you’d pause the game to see up Chun-Li’s skirt? I wonder if the photographer was thinking about that when he took this pic. That’s his life now!


God, this is weird.


She travelled door-to-door looking for a decent top and pair of pants, but she could never find any in her size. I heard she got an eating disorder after that. No wait - she was disorderly and started eating people.


This shit looks serious you guys.


Okay, now it just looks silly. I swear “The Sound of Music” popped into my head when I saw this.


I somehow keep forgetting this is a porn. It’s good to be reminded of things. I think all reminders should come in the form high-kicking crotch-shots, but that’s just me.


I truly wonder what she’s thinking right now. This picture is both tragic and poetic, yet somehow erotic, but that’s probably just ‘cause there’s boobs in it.


Oh, hey! A person wearing clothes!




The chick in the back is actually allergic to porn, that’s why she’s wearing a mask. Her doctor recommended that she change professions, but nothing can stop her from her dreams, ya’ know? I admire that.


"Snap ya’ fingers. Do ya’ step. You can do it all by yo’ self."


Man… she’s still wearing clothes. That’s pretty dumb.




Okay, Internet, these green screen shots are ripe for PhotoShopping. Do your worst.




And then they all had sex with each other right before a bunch of naked giants ate them. And then had sex with each other.


Hey it’s these guys again! That dude’s pot belly gives me confidence in my future career as a porn star.


Looks like she’s doing that cute “nyan” cat thing that chicks sometimes do in anime.


You know how in porn there’s almost always that one scene where a chick flicks her bean while watching a couple go at it? I’m pretty sure this is that scene.


Can’t tell if I’m aroused or creeped out. Moving right along…


This is what happens when you spend 3/4 your budget on action figures, tiny villages, body paint and flesh-colored tape instead of saving for special effects.


"Acting."


Little boxes on the hillside.


Little boxes made of ticky tacky.


Little boxes on the hillside, little boxes all the same.
The lawsuit-evadingly titled Charge on Themis - Titan Soldiers hits Japan on DVD and digital download on Jaunary 10, 2014. Can’t freaking wait.
(Kotaku via Asagawo Blog)

THE LIVE ACTION ‘ATTACK ON TITAN’ PORN IS A THING AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE

The popular manga/anime sensation gets Rule 34'd.

(WARNING: This is a very, very, VERY NSFW post. You’ve been warned.)

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Action and Horror Characters Turn Cutesy Manga

Artist Matsuda Yuusuke turned the likes of Hellraiser, Hellboy, Alien, Robocop, Predator, and Terminator, into some really cute manga characters. Funny how badass these dudes and franchises all are and how rather cute Yuusuke turned them. Comic pages from the artist can be found here and here on the Predator manga, though the dialogue is written in Japanese.

(via iO9)

Live-Action Kiki’s Delivery Service Trailer

Here is the first live-action trailer of Kiki’s Delivery Service, based off Eiko Kadono's fantasy novel series of the same name. The film will open in Japan on March 1, 2014.

(via AnimeNewsNetwork)

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