German airlines artwork like where’s Waldo
from Rob, August 26th, 2014 5:43 am, Japanese Culture

German airline Lufthansa has put together a campaign that features images of 14 different destinations they fly to, drawn by artists of each respective country. The title of the campaign is ‘Passengers on tour’ and each image is a ‘hidden object cartoon’ featuring stylized representations of the country’s culture, famous landmarks, animals, and so on.

In the midst of all the business in each image, an airline passenger is hidden, holding a suitcase with the Lufthansa logo and the idea is for you to find them. It’s basically like looking for Wally in the Where’s Wally? series (or Waldo for all you Americans out there). Remember spending hours poring over a particularly packed picture then finally giving up in frustration, only to have his stripey jumper practically jump off the page at you when you come back to it later? Good times.

To start you off, here we have Japan represented in one bright and busy image exploding with movement and bold colors. The picture is crammed with things that represent Japanese culture, from anime characters to folk craft objects like daruma and maneki-nekoHow many references do you recognise? And where is that pesky passenger?


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Power Morphicon Live – Sale and Streaming Event!
from Bill, August 19th, 2014 4:52 pm, comic book, Japan

Power Morphicon Live
Sale and Streaming Event!

Power Morphicon will be here in one short week, but Shout! Factory’s Power Morphicon Live sale starts today! Rocket over to to check out the Saban DVD Collections (Power RangersTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation, VR TroopersBeetleborgs). There’ll be discounts, free shipping, social media giveaways, contests, and a free collectible poster (with qualifying purchases). Be sure to check it out before the sale ends September 2nd.

Power Porphincon Live

Can’t make it to Pasadena for Power Morphicon? On Saturday, August 23rd, we’ll be live-streaming straight from the Power Morphicon floor! You can enjoy all of the excitement and action from your computer, tablet or mobile device. And it’s totally FREE. for all of the details.

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Shipping This Week: 24″ Head-to-Tail Godzilla Action Figure with Sound!
from Bill, July 22nd, 2014 4:50 pm, comic book, Entertainment, Japan, Movies, Toys


Shipping This Week: 24″ Head-to-Tail Godzilla Action Figure with Sound!

ALERT: Godzilla has reached land! The massive 24″ Head-to-Tail Godzilla Action Figure with Sound has made landfall and will be shipping out to retailers this week. Soon the aisles at your local store will be filled with the roaring of the mighty Godzilla! For more ferocious images and to hear Godzilla roar, visit our awesome […]

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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, 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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