Godzilla Resurfaces In A New Mini-Series
from Bill, May 16th, 2014 8:28 pm, comic book, Entertainment, Japan

Godzilla Resurfaces In A New Mini-Series
An Apocalyptic Wasteland Awaits The King Of The Monsters! 

San Diego, CA (May 6, 2014) – This summer, the fire-breathing goliath, Godzilla faces a ravaged earth in the brand new mini-series Godzilla: Cataclysm! Like the previous critically acclaimed Godzilla mini-series, Godzilla: The Half-Century War, this new five-issue series explores a self-contained journey of epic proportions!

Last seen in the monster apocalypse, Godzilla has all but abandoned humanity. In the ashes of a nightmarish future, an elder tribe leader, Hiroshi, is haunted by the monsters of the past that nearly wiped out mankind. As danger begins to escalate for his tribe, the memories of the past may well be the key to saving the future.

Industry veteran Cullen Bunn (The Sixth Gun) brings his renowned talents to the series as writer, with the immensely skilled Dave Wachter (Night of 1,000 Wolves) handling the art in this dystopian Cataclysm.

“I’ve wanted to write a Godzilla story for as long as I can remember,” said Bunn, “before I even started Kindergarten, I drew a book titled ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS, which featured Godzilla, along with other monsters, terrorizing the world. The story started with Godzilla erupting from an iceberg and ended when the military dropped a massive sword on his head. I like to think that my storytelling sensibilities have matured since those days, but the desire to write a Godzilla story has remained with me.”

2014 marks the 60th anniversary of Godzilla stomping on to the screen and captivating audiences worldwide. Fans can catch Godzilla every month in the ongoing IDW Godzilla series, Godzilla: Rulers of Earth. Godzilla: Cataclysm will come crashing down, starting this August. Follow IDW on Facebook, facebook.com/idwpublishing and on Twitter @IDWPublishing for information and updates.

About Toho Co., Ltd.Founded in 1932 and headquartered in Tokyo, Toho Company, Ltd. is one of the leading entertainment conglomerates in Japan. Toho is best known worldwide as the producer of twenty-eight Godzilla motion pictures, based upon a character the company unleashed on the world back in 1954, and masterpiece films directed by Akira Kurosawa. Toho has been the number one distributor of motion pictures in Japan (both domestic and foreign) for eight consecutive years since 2003. The company is also, throughout Japan, the leading producer of theatrical works and one of the largest owners of office buildings and theaters.

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About IDW Publishing

IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS, G.I. JOE and MY LITTLE PONY; Paramount’s Star Trek; Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; 2000AD’s Judge Dredd; The Rocketeer; Toho’s Godzilla; Wizards of the Coast’s Magic: The Gathering and Dungeons & Dragons; and the Eisner-Award winning Locke & Key series, created by best-selling author Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints, Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio, and the multiple award-winning Artist’s Edition imprint.

IDW’s critically- and fan-acclaimed series are continually moving into new mediums. Currently, Jerry Bruckheimer Films and Disney are creating a feature film based on World War Robot; Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Warner Brothers are producing a film based on Ashley Wood’s Lore; Michael Bay‘s Platinum Dunes and Sony are bringing Zombies vs. Robots to film, Kurtzman/Orci are producing a movie based on Locke & Key at Universal.

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The Wonderful World of Miyazaki
from Rob, April 15th, 2014 10:34 pm, Anime/Manga Reviews

It was relatively recently announced that superstar anime icon, Hayao  Miyazaki, is retiring from the business. He was semi-retired back in 1997 but came back with a vengeance. Mixed emotions have spurred up the internet with so much bravado that I feel compelled to write this article.


But, before I go jumping the gun, let me explain who Miyazaki is.  The co-founder of Studio Ghibi and anime director of classics like Spirited Away and My Neighbor, Totoro. He has been working in the business for 50 years now.

Most fans have a feeling of sadness due to this news of Miyazaki’s retirement. His films have transported us all to worlds of magical excitement and thrills. All the while, he kept all the movies family friendly.

His partnership with Disney has allowed a new age of fans, who aren’t gifted in the world of anime, to simply enjoy his works. This new audience will probably feel the most lost due to them just recently discovering his films.

I first discovered the world of Miyazaki through his first film in what will become known as Studio Ghibli, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. I saw it dubbed in English back in 1985 on HBO. I didn’t know what the film’s name was so I called it “HBO science fiction movie.”

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind (Kaze no Tani no Naushika, 1984), was an adventure film that introduced many of the themes which would recur in later films: a concern with ecology and the human impact on the environment; a fascination with aircraft and flight; pacifism, including an anti-military streak; feminism; and morally ambiguous characterizations, especially among villains.

I have watched that film so much that I tend to judge all other Miyazaki films by this standard. This is a grave mistake on my part since Miyazaki will not simply rehash an idea. Never will two films capture a similar feel or style.

This brings me to what critics feel is his greatest film, Princess Mononoke. In 1995, Miyazaki began work on Princess Mononoke, which uses the ecological and political themes of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,  but tells the story in vibrant color and action. The story is about a struggle between the animal spirits inhabiting the forest and the humans exploiting the forest for industry. The film was released on July 19, 1997 and was both a financial and critical success; it won the Japan Academy Prize for Best Picture.


Shortly after Princess Mononoke’s success, Miyazaki went into semi-retirement. In working on the film, Miyazaki redrew 80,000 of the film’s frames himself. He also stated at one point that Princess Mononoke would be his last film.

Of course, like all the greats, Miyazaki could not retire fully and returned to the world with Spirited Away. Critics across the globe loved and cheered this film.


With 50 years of fantastic, imaginative and downright enjoyable films along with few very good mangas under his belt, the great Miyazaki has a legacy that may never be surpassed and he can retire and bask in the admirations of his peers and his devoted fan base, young and old.

The real question is will he stay retired this time? With icons like Stan Lee at 91 years young still working the business, the real question is why should he retire. His imagination is great and his talent is still strong,  which he still might be able to contribute more to the world of anime and manga.

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Goku and Luffy destroy Shibuya
from Rob, March 30th, 2014 11:56 am, Anime/Manga News

One Piece and Dragon Ball Destroy a store front in the heart of Shibuya.

The front of department store Shibuya Parco in Tokyo is a scene taken straight out of. Any great Anime or Manga! One Piece’s Luffy threw a massive punch into the pavement decimation on a grand scale while Goku charges up a deadly attack using his famed kamehameha!

This sculpture was on display until March 23 and was installed to promote manga fighting game J-Stars Victory Vs.

photos courtesy of Game Watch Impress.









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Akira meets Batman in the Honda NM4 Vultus.
from Rob, March 30th, 2014 11:52 am, Japanese Culture

Ever since Akira graced the eyes of fandom the world wide, we all have wanted a motorcycle that would not only be stylish but fast to boot.

The Honda NM4 Vultus is a showroom ready bike that has us grabbing our pill designed leather jackets and screaming for Tetsuo.






Press release below: Honda Announces NM4 Vultus – New Model with a Futuristic Edge

21 March 2014

Honda announces the new NM4 Vultus, a ground-breaking machine inspired by futuristic machines seen in the anime and manga television and film styles, known collectively as “Japanimation”.

Created by a young design team who remained true to their original concept at every stage through to production, the NM4 Vultus brings radical style to the streets, with function from the future for a new breed of rider. The NM4 represents a machine capable of crossing traditional two-wheeled lines and reaching out to a wider audience.

Vultus is Latin for appearance, expression – or face. The NM4 Vultus, with its LED lights, future-shock style and stealth bomber silhouette presents a look that will not have been seen in any cityscape this side of an anime movie…

Underneath the brooding menace is a rock-solid chassis and engine package. Packed with low-friction technology, its 745cc twin-cylinder engine is canted forward, creating space and a low centre of gravity. Delivering strong low and mid-range power and torque for smooth acceleration coupled with excellent fuel economy, it’s also equipped as standard with Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), giving the rider options between automatic twist-and-go D and S mode – plus trigger-operated computer game-style manual MT mode. Intuitive and easy to use, it adds to the futuristic appeal of the NM4 Vultus and is the perfect complement to the engine’s gutsy, usable performance.

Media Information and images are available for download from:
Honda UK Newsroom: http://newsroom.honda.co.uk
Honda European Media Resource: www.hondanews.eu

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“January in Japan”
from Rob, March 1st, 2014 6:53 pm, Video


This Week at Japan Society: Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?
from Bill, February 2nd, 2014 1:26 pm, Japan



Next Wednesday, an expert panel goes behind the seams of Lolita, the kawaii cult fashion (and sometimes lifestyle) that could only have been born in Japan. Gwynn Galitzer, performance artist and Founder of Dirty Bird Productions, moderates the panel featuring Japan’s former “Kawaii Ambassador” Misako Aoki, appointed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in 2009, Carolyn Dee, author of the popular Lolita blog F Yeah Lolita and administrator of the largest English-speaking Lolita online community, and Christina Gleason, researcher of Lolita culture, author of the blog Ramble Rori, and founder of the first Northeast USA alternative fashion conference, RuffleCon.

Japanese boutique Baby the Stars Shine Bright will present a collection of coveted Lolita fashions direct from Japan chosen specifically for our event. A meet and greet wine reception with Lolita icon Misako Aoki follows.

January 30–February 6, 2014

0523 event  LECTURE
Lolita Fashion: Costume or Culture?
Wednesday, February 5, 6:30 PM

Japan’s playful and avant-garde take on Victorian-era clothing, known as Lolita, has created a vibrant fashion subculture that started on the streets of Harajuku and has spread overseas. A panel of experts committed to both living and understanding Lolita delves into the origins, history, styles, international permutations, and what’s new and on the horizon.


Registration Open for Spring Courses

Registration is open for Spring Japanese, Intensive Weekend Japanese, Hiragana and Katakana Workshops, Shodo and Weekend Shodo, English, and our new Rodoku course. We are also pleased to now offer online registration.


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Katakana Lessons

Learn to read and write the Japanese alphabet known as Katakana with these 10 flashcard videos!


Upcoming Events

Toray’s Strategy for Expanding in the Composite Materials Industry
Tuesday, February 11, 12 PM

In this lecture, Moriyuki Onishi, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Torayca & Advanced Composites Division of Toray Industries, Inc., discusses Toray’s strategy for further expanding its business in composite materials and carbon fiber, with a particular focus on its regional strategy in the U.S.


After Life FILM
After Life
ワンダフルライフ (Wandafuru Raifu)

Wednesday, February 19, 7 PM

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s second feature is a moving and reflective fantasy in which the recently deceased arrive at a way station before going onto the next world, having to determine the one memory to take with them. Presented on the one-year anniversary of Donald Richie’s passing.


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Japan the Otaku Show: Maruhan game center
from netlex, January 20th, 2014 11:52 am, Japan The Otaku show

Japanese game centers are an explosion of lights and sounds.

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Christmas Godzilla style
from Rob, December 18th, 2013 5:51 pm, Japan

We have see this online before, but this was posted today on Stan Winston’s school Facebook page.


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