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Only on Japanese TV - Trade In Your Husband for a Young Hunk

Date: 2005 November 20th Sunday [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Mainichi Daily News is currently running a story about Love Love Chen, a Japanese game show where disgruntled wives can trade in their husband for three days and two nights for a new man who "matches their idea of a perfect partner". The show has been a huge hit for TV Nagoya since it started broadcasting in May this year. What's unexpected is that the show is aired on TV Nagoya instead of some tacky late night adult channel.

The ratings for the show are promising and what's unsurprising is that women like the show more than men, which is mainly due to the way wives get the better of their slacker husbands on the show.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Sailor Moon & Crayon Shin-Chan Songwriter Arrested for Drug Possession

Date: 2005 November 14th Monday [6:31] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

According to Mainichi Daily News, Masaki Araki the man who was responsible for the monster-selling hit animation theme songs for "Sailor Moon" and "Crayon Shin-chan," has been arrested for possessing speed, police said Saturday.

Araki who is 39, has been arrested for breaking the Stimulants Control Law for allegedly being in possession of a minute quantity of amphetamines.

Araki admitted to the accusations and he was quoted as saying ""I had it for my own personal use".

He was found carrying the drug when he was walking around in Shibuya-ku on Saturday last week, according to the police.

Source: Mainichi

USB Sake Bottle

Date: 2005 November 5th Saturday [6:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Following on from our Sushi USB Pens, as discovered by Spike, the USB food range is to be expanded with a USB Sake Bottle! SolidAlliance seems to be keen to release a whole Japanese dinner set of USB Pens, with sushi and shrimp varieties!

Source: SolidAlliance

Social Changes in Japan Create New Consumer Demands

Date: 2005 November 1st Tuesday [18:45] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

In one of those articles where the headline says it all, the Mainichi Daily News are reporting on the current Japanese Consumer trends. Apparently demographic changes and large amounts of deposable income in Japan are shifting the consumer markets and demand, as the Japanese desire for luxurious goods and lifestyles increases - "global luxury brands such as Baccarat, Gucci, Tiffany, Ritz Carlton and Coach Japan are taking advantage of Japan's challenging demographics". The article also mentions Silver aristocrats - Japanese over 65 years old (predominately female) many of whom are outliving their spouses by an average of 10 years.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Anime Sweets a Big Hit In Akihabara

Date: 2005 October 24th Monday [15:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

An enterprising confectionary company has discovered out how to make money from otaku! According to the Mainichi Daily News, Matsuya the 120 year sweet shop has had a huge hit selling traditional Japanese sweets sold in bags with anime characters printed on. Matsuya is based in Akihabara, the Japanese electronics district in Tokyo, a place frequented with otaku. This started 10 years ago when they first printed customers messages on the bags. At the end of last year they were approached by an Akihabara regular who wanted his own anime character printed on the candy bags, since then the sweets have proved popular with anime fans in the area!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Photo Blogging For Otaku

Date: 2005 October 17th Monday [16:01] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Websites

Blogging is all the rage at the moment, with everyone and their dog putting up content about this that and everything. Many blogs are just angst fests. However hunting around can be interesting and rewarding with many different takes on anime fandom and Japanese Culture in general. Photo Blog site Flickr offers a wealth of photos for otaku, featuring Gundam, some nice Catbus, the cast of Naruto and Evangelion! One enterprising otaku even has his own Calcifer to keep his car warm. There are tons of cool images for you too look at on Flickr, so why not add your own! ^_^

Source: Flickr

NASA Approved Manga

Date: 2005 October 8th Saturday [9:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Those clever people at NASA have teamed up with the Minneapolis College of Art and Design to produce manga that explains the NASA satellite mission to study the Earth's ionosphere. They're aiming this at "students between sixth ninth grade". The Otaku News Crew think this this a great way to teach kids about space and the science behind it.

The 24 page comic can be downloaded for free here.

Source: Slashdot

Virtual Pet Craze Still Strong In Japan

Date: 2005 October 6th Thursday [15:44] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

Japan Today are running a story about the popularity of virtual pets in Japan. It covers the latest incarnation of the Tamagotchi, the Tamagotchi Plus, which has infrared communication system, which allows a Tamagotchi to talk to others. It briefly mentions Nintendogs which is set to be the smash hit Christmas, along with the Blog Pet which learns language from the blogger and continues to update it when the blogger forgets! We're wondering if AI learning systems can learn angst too! ^_-

Source: Japan Today

Capsule Hotels with VIP Rooms

Date: 2005 September 29th Thursday [17:00] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Mainichi Daily News have an interesting story about VIP Rooms in Capsule Hotels. Normally capsule hotels are famed for being cheap and cheerful, literally just the bed stacked up like a rack of lockers, with a TV built into the side of the bed. These VIP Capsules have 20 percent more space and are ideal for tall or fat people, they also have novelty luxuries like pressure relieving mattress and pillows, feather quilts and bathrobes along with designer toiletries. These VIP capsules are prices accordingly.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Maid Hair Salon in Akihabara

Date: 2005 September 15th Thursday [6:49] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

Those Japanese folks keep surprising us with the opening of a new business venture that keeps expanding the Otaku Empire. In fact they are not satisfied with the usual Maid Café business and so they welcomed a new Maid Hair Salon in their community.

Read More... | Source: Akadot

Sushi Pillows For Otaku

Date: 2005 September 10th Saturday [11:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Every now and again, we see something so merchandise that makes as laugh. Have you ever wondered what to get the hungry otaku that has everything? Well, why not get them a novelty sushi pillow? It's literally a pillow made to look like sushi (since sushi made to look like a pillow would be wrong). The range includes California rolls, Tuna Nigiri, and other delicious treats to lounge on. At the moment the makers are only shipping in the US, which is a shame since we know a few people they'd be ideal for! Perhaps even a few restaurants could use them too.

Source: The Original Sushi Pillow

Popular Flash Anime Boosts Euro-pop Single Sales in Japan

Date: 2005 August 26th Friday [14:06] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

Anyone remember that catchy surprise hit "Dragostea Din Tei (Koi no Maiahi)" from O-Zone? It's currently the big hit in Japan, thanks to a fan using the song in a Flash anime. And of course, thanks to the song itself, with it's catchy lyrics and uplifting beat.

You can catch samples of the song, and the Flash held responsible at the official website.

Source: Animaxis

Is KyuuCON a Scam?

Date: 2005 August 25th Thursday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

After posting the press release from KyuuCon yesterday, it's been brought to our attention by various members of UK anime fandom that there is something fishy about KyuuCON. Firstly it appears that the venue mentioned the Plymouth Pavillions has not heard of KyuuCON or the organisers in question. The second major alarm bell is where the payments are going, into a personal bank account and not a building society account/non-profit account in the conventions name.

What's also interesting is their sudden change of heart, and the way they've just moved everything back a year. Plus this thread brought to our attention at the AyaCon Forum. At this current moment in time, based on what we have heard, we believe that KyuuCON is either very poorly organised or a cash grabbing scam, either way, we suggest you avoid KyuuCON for now.

Read More... | Source: Anime Fandom

Press Blow Oldest Anime Claims Out of Proportion

Date: 2005 August 23rd Tuesday [17:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Following on from our report of the oldest anime in Japan, it appears that it is more press hype than solid fact.

Anime expert Jonathan Clements sent us an e-mail with his take on the situation and highlights that most of the reports are merely speculative. Apparently the press have over exaggerated Matsumoto's guess into facts, currently their is very little evidence to support the claim that the film dates to 1907

Read More... | Source: Jonathan Clements

Japanese wins Hot Dog Contest

Date: 2005 August 15th Monday [7:22] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

According to Japan Today, Takeru Kobayashi of Japan took home the title of the World Hot Dog Champion for the 5th time. Kobayashi known as the world speed eating champion gulped down 100 barbecued-pork buns in the Hong Kong contest Sunday, some of them without even chewing, beating the first-runner up by a long, long swallow.

The first runner-up, Johnny Wu, managed to swallow only 47 of the steamed buns filled with barbecued pork which is a popular delicacy of Hong Kong.

Source: Japan Today

World Cosplay Summit 2005 Winners Announced

Date: 2005 August 14th Sunday [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following on from our earlier story, according to the Mainichi Daily News, a fantastic costume of Sirene from Devilman has won the top individual prize, Italian Giorgia Vecchini's costume even had Sirene's wings on her head, making it a huge and elaborate competitor in the competition!

The Mainichi Daily News site also has some photos of the finalists for this years summit. The competition had regional play offs in Asia, Europe and the USA.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

The Tokyo Beach Scene

Date: 2005 August 10th Wednesday [18:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

With the summer heat kicking in everyone wants to hit the beach. So in Tokyo sunbathers can visits the sands of Shibuya, where an artificial beach has been made available to the public for 9 days. 1,000 tons of white sand was imported from China to make this beach which has even has a special volleyball area. Built at a cost of 500m yen, it will also feature a concert, films and a fashion show. This original concept was inspired by the artificial beach made in Paris last year, and is a publicity stunt for SKY PerfecTV! who are hoping to attract around 200,000 eager visitors.

Source: BBC News

Strawberry Milk Sausages Sales Set For Success

Date: 2005 August 7th Sunday [12:32] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The popularity of fish-meat sausages is declining in Japan so seafood company Nissui, have been experimenting and according to the Mainichi Daily News Nissui have invented strawberry milk flavour fish-meat sausages. The strange taste combination was discovered after Nissui found that Japanese children's favourite fruit is strawberry. Apparently the after taste of strawberries remain. These strange fish sausages will be available in packs of 5 and from 1st September and will cost the same as regular fish-meat sausages.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Harajuku Styles Go International

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [16:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Otaku News has watched the Gothic Lolita crazy gain popularity in western otaku fandom and it seems that Japan Today have discovered a group of international girls all based in Japan who love the "Harajuku styles". The article profiles the group and their interest in the fashion crazes. For those wondering purikura is basically photo stickers taken in special photo booths.

Source: Japan Today

Otaku Could Revive Japanese Economy

Date: 2005 August 2nd Tuesday [16:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

According to Mainichi Daily News, Densha Otoko (Train Man as reported previously on Otaku News), has sparked an interest in otaku in Japan and also increased sales of items related to the story. The article mainly focuses on how much the otaku market is worth and mentions "moe sangyo" - products people don't need to have (hobby merchandise), which is worth an estimated 88 billion yen!

Apparently one private think tank believe that Japan's otaku population is about 2.8 mullion. If half of them feel in love the effect on the Japanese economy would be great, dating could make 330 billion yen!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Cosplay Parade at Nagoya

Date: 2005 August 1st Monday [10:40] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Anime

According to Mainichi Daily News about 100 cosplayers including nine foreign women surprised shoppers at Nagoya when they appeared in a cosplay parade at an Arcade in advance of the World Cosplay Summit 2005 to be held Aug. 7 at the Aichi Expo.

The Cosplayers left shoppers at the Osu Shopping Arcade delighted who gave them a sight they would normally not see everyday.

Ilsa, a 28-year-old woman working at the Expo's Belgian Pavilion and one of the cosplayers who hit the arcade, spoke up loudly for the costume culture.

Ilsa said "cosplay is now a word commonly used throughout the world." She added, "in Europe, cosplaying is not regarded as an activity only for otaku geeks."

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Realistic Robot Revealed

Date: 2005 July 27th Wednesday [7:26] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

According to BBC News Professor Hiroshi Ishiguru of Osaka University has unveiled the most human looking robot yet devised. The android Repliee Q1 is female in appearance and can currently only sit in a fixed position. She has 31 actuators in her upper body, powered by a nearby air compressor which are programmed to allow her to move like a human. Q1 has a soft silicon skin instead of a hard plastic shell, she can turn and react in a human like manner. The article also mentions R1, a predecessor to Q1 also designed by Professor Ishiguru that has the appearance of a five year old Japanese girl.

Source: BBC News

Gundam Museum Gets Revamped

Date: 2005 July 18th Monday [14:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Those clever people at TechJapan have discovered an article on the renewal of the Gundam Museum which is run by Bandai. The renewal includes a "V Operations Cockpit Reproduction", where visitors can take pictures of themselves inside a Gundam cockpit, otaku will also want to see the 2 story (that's 5.6 meters / 18 feet) 1/1 scale model of Gundam A-Parts! The Otaku News Crew wonder if Bandai will release a 1/1 Perfect Grade kit of this. ^_-

Source: TechJapan

Popular Japanese Talent (or Tarento)

Date: 2005 July 17th Sunday [13:35] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The Japan Times have just published a story on "Talent," or tarento, which explains the current status of Japanese TV.

Source: The Japan Times

More Otaku Test Details

Date: 2005 July 17th Sunday [12:39] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following up on our earlier story on the Otaku Test, The Japan Times Online are running a story on how big the response has been, apparently publisher Biblos expected only 1,000 people would apply, but it seems that the actual number will be much bigger. The article also has example questions for the test and a brief history of the origin of otaku.

Source: The Japan Times Online

Noodle Shop Owner Kidnapped and Beaten For Making the Tastiest Noodles

Date: 2005 July 12th Tuesday [13:36] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

According to Mainichi Daily News a 57 year old Management Consultant was arrested after kidnapping and beating the owner of a Noodle Shop beacause he was offering Japan's tastiest noodles.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Japan Fans Claim of Princess Diana's Ghost in British Film

Date: 2005 July 12th Tuesday [10:01] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Freaky Things

Yahoo News Japan recently stated rumours of Princess Diana's ghost seen in the British movie Creep (also known as 0-34 in Japan). This rumour has been circling around Japan for a few weeks, though fans in the West have yet to say anything (after some site searching). Out of curiousity, I think I'll have to watch the movie over again...

The particular scene, was apparently shot near the location of Princess Diana's funeral in September, 1997.

Source: Yahoo! News Japan

National Unified Otaku Proficiency Exam

Date: 2005 July 11th Monday [16:43] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Who is the biggest otaku? Is your friend Steve a bigger otaku than you? If so why? Well publisher Biblos are going to solve this question finally by holding the first Japanese national unified otaku proficient exam in their August 5th Edition of Elfix Magazine.

They claim they want to nurture an "otaku elite to carry the otaku culture through the 21st century".

The Mainichi Daily News explain that the magazine will even grade their otaku awareness level if readers write their answers down on a postcard and send it to the Elfix staff. The best results will be printed in the October 5th edition of the magazine.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Nippon Airways Dolls attract hundreds of fans

Date: 2005 July 5th Tuesday [8:51] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Retail

According to Mainichi Daily News, hundreds of fans gathered to buy dolls with baby faces and dressed in Nippon Airways female flight attendant's uniforms.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi

Looking For a Japanese Girlfriend? Then Get The T-shirt!

Date: 2005 July 1st Friday [19:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

At any anime convention apart from cosplayers, you'll notice another popular fashion with otaku, t-shirts. The most common seem to be standard series specific t-shirts with large prints of characters on them, over the last couple of years at anime conventions the more fashionable anime fans has been wearing t-shirts a bit different.

One had kanji and hiragana characters and took me a second to figure out what it said "Looking for a Japanese Girlfriend", I wondered if the guy wearing it actually knew what it meant, since I've seen many Japanese people wearing Engrish t-shirts, it makes sense that gaijin would also make similar mistakes! But apparently he did know what it said, and I've even heard cases were the t-shirts in question work. ^_^

I first noticed these t-shirts a few years ago, when I saw them at a UK anime convention, since them I've seen them at US and even Japanese anime conventions too. Where ever there is fandom, these t-shirts appear. We've been able to track down the makers of these t-shirts - Japan and US based J-List. Not wanting to miss out on a chance to get more information about this current trend the Otaku News Crew too the opportunity to interview J-List's founder Peter Payne to discover what other t-shirts they sold and why!

Read More... | Source: J-List

Bullet Train with Cat Ears

Date: 2005 June 28th Tuesday [14:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

It seems that having Cat Girls and a Cat Bus isn't enough for the Japanese, they've got to put cat ears on their Bullet Trains too! BBC News are reporting that the sleek new version of Japan's Bullet Train is being tested with air brakes for emergeny halts. The air brakes in question seem to resemble cat ears and are designed for rapid breaking in the event of earthquakes.

Source: BBC News

Geeky Girl Otaku

Date: 2005 June 19th Sunday [16:07] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Here at Otaku News, not only do we cover anime news, manga news and news for fans of Japan, but we also like to run stories on otaku! We have to, otherwise we would have to search for another name! ^_-

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about Female Otaku in Japan and fandom from their perspective. It certainly makes an interesting read. You'll also learn that Ikebukuro is the otaku girls paradise, while Akihabara is the guys (but everyone probably already knows about Akihabara, the electronic district in Tokyo).

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Adult Videos To Appear on PSP

Date: 2005 June 19th Sunday [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Mainichi Daily News are reporting Sony Computer Entertainment have been put in an awkward position due to a Tokyo adult video maker announcing that it intends to produce adult video discs in UMD format, which can be played on Sony's Playstation Portable.

"This is not desirable, but we don't have the right to stop sales (of the adult videos)," a Sony Computer Entertainment representative said.

On a seperate note last month Geneon announced they would release anime on the PSP.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Earliest Curfew in Osaka, Japan for teens

Date: 2005 June 10th Friday [15:18] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

According to Japan Today, the Osaka prefectural government is planning to revise an ordinance which will ban teens under 16 years of age from entering karaoke boxes, video arcades and other entertainment premises after 7 p.m.

Read More... | Source: Japan Today

Handshaking Goat at Kobe Zoo

Date: 2005 May 31st Tuesday [6:43] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Freaky Things

In Kobe Oji Zoo a goat is drawing huge crowds in order to shake its hoof according to park officials.

Read More... | Source: Mainichi

Real-Life Gundam Robot Developed

Date: 2005 May 16th Monday [16:11] | Posted By: Davie
Category: > Technology > Robotics

In Maebashi an enviromental machinery maker announced that it has developed a robot with features like the one in the Gundam Mobile Suit Animation Series.

Read More... | Source: Japan Today

Su Doku Newspaper Wars

Date: 2005 May 10th Tuesday [18:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

BBC's Newsnight show, have just run a TV version of this BBC News article about Su Doku. The article basically explains that a news paper war has broken out in the UK over the Japanese number puzzle Su Doku, an addicting game that can be solved using logic, so those with a phobia of mathematics can play! The game is becoming so popular it's actually now a selling point on newspapers front pages. Su Doku can be computer generated, so if you want to play take a look at Sudoku.com.

Source: BBC News

Women-only Train Carriages Roll Out In Tokyo

Date: 2005 May 9th Monday [18:04] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Following on from our story about perverts groping women on trains in Japan, according to theMainichi Daily News several private rail companies have come up with a solution, Women only carriages. They were introduced across the Tokyo Metropolitan area on Monday. So far the scheme seems popular with both men and women, as women feel safer and (most) men feel they won't get wrongly accused of groping any female passengers.

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Scissors, Paper, Stone Wins $20 Million Contract

Date: 2005 May 7th Saturday [7:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Picture this, you're the director of Japanese electronics corporation Maspro Denkoh, you've got a $20 million collection of Picassos and Van Goghs that you want to sell, but can't decide if the contract should go to Sotheby's or Christie's to auction them. So what do you do? Get a represtentive from each prestigious auction house to visit and explain the benefits of using their auction service? Why no! You get them to play scissors, paper, stone! BBC News has the details of this hilarious incident and also the result.

The winner actually planned ahead by asking staff's two 11 year old daughters for tips! ^_-

Source: BBC News

The Recent Phenomenon Of 'Sexy' Japanese Otaku

Date: 2005 April 29th Friday [14:40] | Posted By: Ash
Category: > Culture

The UK Times newspaper this week carried a two page article of at Bridget-Jones style blogger Artesia, who has written a document of her relationship with an Otaku man which has fascinated the Japanese and has asked serious questions about the conflict between old-world Japanese beliefs and the massive Otaku culture.

Read More... | Source: The Timesonline.co.uk

Garnier Release Manga Hair Styling Product In UK

Date: 2005 April 26th Tuesday [18:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Anime and manga fans in the UK have always dreamed of their favourite hobby becoming more mainstream, without doubt over the last year or so this has happened. What key indicators are we using for this? Sales figures in highstreet retailers? Availability of manga in bookshops? No, we're using hair products. Anime and manga characters have always been noted for having very distinct hairstyles and beauty products company Garnier have just released Fructis Style Manga Head styling putty in the UK. It seems that either their marketing department are cool and hip or Garnier have found a niche market of otaku who want to emulate their favourite characters.

Read More... | Source: Garnier Beauty Bar

Game Gear Goju

Date: 2005 April 3rd Sunday [15:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > Consoles

Following Azure and Wing's posting about April Fool pranks, TechJapan have discovered Sega had their own, a handheld games console with 50 screens - The Game Gear Goju!

Source: TechJapan

Idols Everywhere!

Date: 2005 March 31st Thursday [16:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Japan Today have just published an article that explains the inner workings of the Japanese Idol industry. This fascinating read highlights the fact that the Japanese industry is the reverse of the "western" industry, where Japanese Idols are hired and trained by agencies who give them a percentage of their earnings. It mentions a selection of agencies each with their own speciality in the market place. Interestingly enough agencies also teach their employees something that many western celebrities should have lessons in "things like how to hold their alcohol, how to spend money wisely".

Source: Japan Today

The State of Japanese Comedy On TV

Date: 2005 March 30th Wednesday [17:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Michael Naishtut has written a good article for Japan Today that focuses on the lack of decent comedy on Japanese TV. It also covers the different types of genres commonly associated with Japanese comedy and forms good introduction to anyone wanting to learn about such things.

Source: Japan Today

Bust-Up Gum Proves A Hit

Date: 2005 March 20th Sunday [12:32] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Freaky Things

No it’s not a new fight manga but a rose flavoured gum that is said to have amongst other things ‘amazing lifting powers’. The gum apparently is pink and comes in rose flavour retailing for approximately £10 for 200 pink tablets.

Source: Times Online

Osaka's Sleeping Hiruneya Now Closed

Date: 2005 March 15th Tuesday [16:11] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The Mainichi Daily News are covering a story about Japan's first Hiruneya a space were sleepy salarymen in Osaka can go for a quick nap. Salarymen paid 500 yen for every 30 minutes for the privilege of sleeping in tents. It has turned the creator Teruo Shibata into a minor celebrity, being featured in over 200 magazines. Sadly due to narrow profit margins, Shibata had to get a second job to keep the Hiruneya running and after 8 years he has decided to finally close the sleeping pad for salarymen.

Ironically the next day the Mainichi Daily News published a story about baldness being caused lack of sleep and a high sex drive. So if you're going bald, get more sleep!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

NASA Educate Using Pokemon Cards

Date: 2005 March 4th Friday [17:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

The keen eyes over at BritAnime have found out that NASA have teamed up with the Pokemon Trading Card Game to develop an in-school education tool! The new Deoxys cards are designed to explore viruses, metorites, DNA and the ozone layer.

Read More... | Source: NASA

Metrocon Seek Human Chess Pieces

Date: 2005 February 20th Sunday [12:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Florida anime convention Metrocon are currently seeking Cosplayer volunteers to participate in their Anime Human Chess Match. So if meet all their terms and conditions and can cosplay as one of the characters listed on their site why not give it a shot? It's also interesting to note that they've got ninja and pirate pawns.

The Otaku News Crew are pondering which anime characters are going to be which pieces, we suspect that Gendo Ikari will be a king for one side, while Rosette Christopher will be a bishop!

Source: Metrocon

Dateless Otaku?

Date: 2005 February 20th Sunday [10:48] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

Following on from our previous story about Densha Otoko (Trainman) MSNBC News Newsweek have posted a story chasing up the idea of otaku being unable to get dates with girls. It makes an interesting read and takes the whole idea of being an otaku from a few different perspectives.

Source: MSNBC News Newsweek

NTT Creates Human Area Networking

Date: 2005 February 19th Saturday [9:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology

The alert folk at TechJapan have discovered a bizarre new communication standard from NTT. Named "RedTacton", NTT has dubbed it a "Human Area Network". The idea behind it sounds like a gimmick from a Sci-Fi show, simply touch a RedTacton device with one part of your body and touch another RedTacton supporting device with another part of your body for an instant 10Mbps connection between the devices. TechJapan point their readers to the Official English Press Release.

The Otaku News Crew wonder if people using this technology will be able to transfer data with each other by simply shaking hands!

Source: TechJapan

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