JAPAN HAS A PIKACHU CAFE AND THE FOOD LOOKS FREAKING INCREDIBLE

A limited-time Pikachu Cafe opens in Roppongi Hills, Tokyo this weekend along with a Pikachu the Movie XY Exhibit. I can’t stop staring at the mango pudding parfait and those little hot dog things make me wish EVERY hot dog came with Pokémon printed on them.

(Kotaku via Inside games)

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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.

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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.

Simpsons x A BATHING APE Baby Milo Collection

BAPE has announced a collab with The Simpsons. You have no idea how happy this makes me. Japanese streetwear with the coolest television show to ever exist on network TV? Wild.

(via Bape)

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

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)

The Other Mario Movie
Not to toot my own magic flute, but I know a lot about videogames. But I had no idea a Mario Bros. anime existed.
Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! was released in 1986 and never made it out of its Japanese homeland. Directed by ex-Sanrio employee, Masami Hata, this was the very first film based on a videogame. It was first released in theaters (which is strange considering its 60 minute runtime) and then on VHS, never to receive a DVD version.
Need this in your collection? Unfortunately, all the coins in the Mushroom Kingdom couldn’t get you copy. Apparently the tape is even hard to find in Japan, let alone the West. Its Wikipedia page even claims it to be one of the rarest films of all time.
Someone must have gotten a hold of one though, since you can view its fansub on YouTube.

The Other Mario Movie

Not to toot my own magic flute, but I know a lot about videogames. But I had no idea a Mario Bros. anime existed.

Super Mario Bros.: Peach-Hime Kyushutsu Dai Sakusen! was released in 1986 and never made it out of its Japanese homeland. Directed by ex-Sanrio employee, Masami Hata, this was the very first film based on a videogame. It was first released in theaters (which is strange considering its 60 minute runtime) and then on VHS, never to receive a DVD version.

Need this in your collection? Unfortunately, all the coins in the Mushroom Kingdom couldn’t get you copy. Apparently the tape is even hard to find in Japan, let alone the West. Its Wikipedia page even claims it to be one of the rarest films of all time.

Someone must have gotten a hold of one though, since you can view its fansub on YouTube.

Fonts Made From Retro Japanese Storefronts

These retro fonts are unique to older storefronts in Japan, only available to view on old barbershops and florists. You can’t find any information on them in typography journals or anything of the sort, but thanks to three friends with interest in these fonts, the letters were restored with the help of the storeowners who helped create them.

Rintaro ShimohamaNaoki Nishimura, and Shinya Wakaoka gained the permission of several storeowners who have no prior experience in graphic design, but did have a hand in creating their store signs, and recreated each set of fonts to make available to download as a part of a project called Noramoji (nora meaning “stray,” moji meaning “text”).

The proceeds from buying the old fonts actually go to the storeowners who helped recreate the fonts from their stores. Pretty neat!

(via Spoon & Tamago)

Hari Kari Black Friday Sale

I’m clearing a lot of inventory space with my clothing company, so here’s a Black Friday deal for people looking for clothes. $10 shirts and $8 tanks. Buy stuff. They’re dirt cheap right now. Check out the shop and clear the space so I can afford more to produce more clothing!

Winter Promos for Japan’s Lawson Convenience Stores

Japan chain convenience store, Lawson, is rolling out some Winter promos involving Attack on Titan. Rad stuff you may never see in person, but it’s cool to take a gander at these potato chips and energy drinks involving an awesome anime series.

Kawaiistanza by Angimoto
This incredible print is called “Kawaiistanza,” and it’s created by the amazing Angimoto. It’s George Costanza from Seinfeld, of course, with cutesy Japanese undertones for kawaii purposes. Want it? Order it now for only $8 via his webstore. Bargain!

Kawaiistanza by Angimoto

This incredible print is called “Kawaiistanza,” and it’s created by the amazing Angimoto. It’s George Costanza from Seinfeld, of course, with cutesy Japanese undertones for kawaii purposes. Want it? Order it now for only $8 via his webstore. Bargain!

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion) Draws Akira
Author of the Evangelion manga series, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, recently provided artwork for Japan’s Anime Busience magazine in celebration for Akira’s 25th anniversary. I couldn’t find any hi-res images anywhere, but it’s pretty neat to see Sadamoto draw Kaneda for the issue’s cover. Sick stuff.

Yoshiyuki Sadamoto (Evangelion) Draws Akira

Author of the Evangelion manga series, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, recently provided artwork for Japan’s Anime Busience magazine in celebration for Akira’s 25th anniversary. I couldn’t find any hi-res images anywhere, but it’s pretty neat to see Sadamoto draw Kaneda for the issue’s cover. Sick stuff.

blindboxed:

Star Wars x A Bathing Ape Baby Milo Toys
A Bathing Ape teamed up with Star Wars about two years ago to create some awesome t-shirts. They’re at it again, but this time they’re using plastic instead of cotton. The toys are being produced by Medicom and will be released on Saturday, November 23, in Japan.
These might look like super deformed Darth Vader and Storm Trooper toys at first, but removing their helmets reveals them both to be Baby Milo in disguise. I’d make a Star Wars / Planet of the Apes tie-in movie joke right here, but I don’t even want to think about the horrors that movie would bring.
Click the link for more photos!
[source: BAPE Japan Facebook Page]

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blindboxed:

Star Wars x A Bathing Ape Baby Milo Toys

A Bathing Ape teamed up with Star Wars about two years ago to create some awesome t-shirts. They’re at it again, but this time they’re using plastic instead of cotton. The toys are being produced by Medicom and will be released on Saturday, November 23, in Japan.

These might look like super deformed Darth Vader and Storm Trooper toys at first, but removing their helmets reveals them both to be Baby Milo in disguise. I’d make a Star Wars / Planet of the Apes tie-in movie joke right here, but I don’t even want to think about the horrors that movie would bring.

Click the link for more photos!

[source: BAPE Japan Facebook Page]

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