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Cosplayers Wanted - Storm Trooper Escort Provided

Date: Wednesday 6th May 2009 [17:23] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Events

Are you a cosplayer? Are you free on Saturday 16th May 2009 and able to get to London? The people behind the London MCM Expo are looking for 10 cosplayers. They want you to help with publicity for the Expo, you'll be protected by a group of Storm Troopers (yes Storm Troopers ^_^).

The mission is a daring raid on Oxford Street. Where you'll be handing out flyers. The cosplayers will be given free passes to the Expo as a way of saying thank you.

Read More... | Source: London MCM Expo

Is Mikado Pocky? A Taste Comparison

Date: Sunday 26th April 2009 [16:27] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Cuisine

UK readers might have noticed adverts on TV, for a product called Mikado, which looks strikingly like the favourite otaku snack Pocky.

In this article we'll do a taste comparison and reveal the differences, and answer the question, is Mikado Pocky?

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

Dragonball Evolution Review

Date: Wednesday 8th April 2009 [14:35] | Posted By: LittleWoodenBoy
Category: > Anime > Film

Here's a review of the the live action film based on Akira Toriyama's manga Dragonball. The story follows Son Goku as he tries to finad the seven Dragonballs in order to defeat the evil Piccolo.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

HRP-4C the Humanoid Female Robot

Date: Monday 16th March 2009 [16:33] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Technology > Robotics

BBC News have some interesting video footage of a life-like walking female robot.

The HRP-4C has 30 motors in it's body which allow to walk and move it's arms. It also has 8 motors in it's face to create various expressions.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

Evangelion Merchandise Selection

Date: Sunday 8th March 2009 [14:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Retail

Anime and merchandise naturally go hand in hand, with some titles just a thin excuse to create merchandise. Generally the more popular the series, wider and crazier the variety of merchandise available. With Neon Genesis Evangelion, regarded one of the most popular titles of all time, I thought it would be worth looking into the more unusual merchandise available from the franchise. When researching this article I expected to find some oddities, after all you can even get an Eva Unit-01 mountain bike. However I was really surprised by what's out there!

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

USB Lunch Box Keeps your food nice and hot

Date: Monday 19th January 2009 [18:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

We love USB powered gadgets and so do many Japanese gadget manufacturers. Tokyo Mango have discovered another great bit of gear by Thanko. The USB Hot Lunchbag. It keeps your meal at a constant 60 degrees Celsius until it's lunch time.

Source: Tokyo Mango

Canadian Man Builds Perfect Woman

Date: Thursday 11th December 2008 [14:08] | Posted By: Spike
Category: > Freaky Things

A news story from The Sun found via Slashdot (so it HAS to be true) reports on a man from Ontario, Canada who has constructed himself the perfect woman.

Read More... | Source: The Sun

Miterudake The Eye Contact DVD

Date: Tuesday 25th November 2008 [15:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Wired have posted an article about a rather strange Japanese DVD, Miterudake (which translates as just looking), is aimed at introverted otaku who have trouble making eye contact with others. It features plenty of footage of ladies to make eye contact with. Each one is in front of a white background. They blink and you make eye contact with them, and that's all there is. Wired helpfully point out you can buy it on Amazon Japan here

Source: Wired

Batman Manga from 1966

Date: Wednesday 29th October 2008 [18:52] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

Boing Boing have posted an article about the discovery of a manga version of Batman from 1966. Apparently these comics have been lost for ages and have recently been found and compiled into a new book Bat-Manga!: The Secret History of Batman in Japan.

The book features the authentic manga by Jiro Kuwata, who was commissioned to do a regular Japanese version of Batman. It's aimed at a Japanese audience with different expectations than those in the west.

"The result was stunning: a weird blend of genius suspense and gonzo weirdness, as villains turn into dinosaurs, commit strange crimes, rise from the dead, and rampage through a mangified Gotham City that has the streamlined wonderfulness of space-age Japanese pop culture."

Source: Boing Boing

Gaming Cosplay World Record set in London

Date: Tuesday 28th October 2008 [17:59] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

Following on from our earlier article about the Gaming Cosplay World Record we can confirm that they did break the record on Saturday 25th October 2008, for the largest gathering of people dressed up as video games characters. A total of 342 people were dressed as characters from games, narrowly beating the record set only last week in Germany with 337 people. These figures were verified by Guinness World Records.

Disappointingly the number for the London record could have been bigger, but some people were disqualified for dressing as characters that weren't primarily video games characters (we did warn about this), such as Lego Batman, or Indiana Jones. The question is how long will this record be held?

Source: BBC News

Anime Central Vanishes from Sky

Date: Saturday 6th September 2008 [21:08] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers with satellite TV may not have noticed the disappearance of UK based anime channel Anime Central from channel 199. For the last few months at least all the channel broadcast was Ghost In the Shell:SAC and Cowboy Bebop in a constant loop, although they are both excellent shows, they're not really something a TV station can exist on alone.

Read More... | Source: Otaku News

New Non Photographic Law is a bit vague

Date: Thursday 29th May 2008 [18:12] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

Some anime and manga fans in the UK might have heard about the new proposals which would ban obscene images of children. The proposals mainly cover drawings and computer-generated images, however due to certain parts of the proposals being a bit vague, it's not exactly certain what images are classed as obscene. The mainstream press are keen to wrongly cite manga as one such example.

Read More... | Source: BBC News

GONZO make progressive metal music video

Date: Monday 31st March 2008 [17:13] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Production > Gonzo

We've been sent some interesting details about anime studio GONZO, who have produced a music video for progressive metal band Dream Theater.

Read More... | Source: Dream Theater

Britney goes anime

Date: Sunday 16th March 2008 [10:10] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Freaky Things

First Courtney love was involved in the Princess Ai project now Britney Spears latest music video "Break the ice" features an anime style music video. ICv2 report that it was animated in South Korea who do a lot of work for anime studios.

After seeing it's very reminiscent of anime such as GiTS and the Animatrix.

Source: IcV2

Gwen Stefani's Death Note Perfume

Date: Sunday 9th March 2008 [13:25] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

While this isn't exactly, new I'm sure not all our readers keep up to date with perfume releases. Pop star Gwen Stefani has released a fragrance called L, under her L.A.M.B. line (Love. Angel. Music. Baby). The amusing thing is the choice of font used for the L line of cosmetics, it's the same as the L that appears in Death Note, when L is on screen.

We're wondering if this is a just a random coincidence, or if it's something else, as Gwen Stefani has sung about Harajuku Girls before, so she (or her PR people), would have at least a basic understanding of Japanese pop culture.

Visit the L.A.M.B Fragrance website to see lots of L's. ^_^

Source: L.A.M.B. Fragrance

Akira gets bad press

Date: Monday 21st January 2008 [22:06] | Posted By: Voxie
Category: > Current Affairs

A Sun article on the case regarding Meredith Kercher's death last November points out that suspect Raffaele Sollecito has the words "AKIRAFUGA" as his computer's password.

"The court was told the password for his computer is AKIRAFUGA. Akira is a character in violent sado-masochistic Manga comics.

Fuga is Italian for flee. One Akira story relates how the 'hero' ran after trying to rape students.

Sollecito was remanded in custody. "

I think some further analagy is needed on the term "akira" here...

Read More... | Source: The Sun Online

Five Girls Name Moe talk now on-line

Date: Thursday 10th January 2008 [16:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime

Jonathan Clements' talk "Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic", from Swansea Animation Days, is now up on-line as a web stream. You can watch his talk on-line, while it's up. As we've come to expect from Jonathan it's amusing, informative and backed with solid figures and statistics.

Source: Five Girls Name Moe: The Anime Erotic

Anime Cancelled Following Axe Murder

Date: Monday 24th September 2007 [19:27] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

Two anime series get cancelled after a girl kills her father with an axe!

Read More... | Source: Mainichi Daily News

Dance Dance: Revolution keeps you fit

Date: Monday 17th September 2007 [18:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming

It seems that physical education teachers in the UK have discovered what gamers have known for ages, that Dance Dance: Revolution keeps you fit. Schools in the UK have taken up DD:R classes to keep children fit in school. Apparently you can burn about 400 to 600 calories an hour in these classes, so it can be fun to keep fit and exercise. The classes are being used as a platform to get children fit, help them exercise regularly and encourage them to go to the gym.

Source: BBC News

Manga shares gain in Japan

Date: Thursday 13th September 2007 [8:49] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Manga

As a slightly strange side effect of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announcing his exit, shares in manga retailers in Japan have surged with speculation that manga fan Taro Aso is the leading candidate to replace Mr Abe.

According to BBC News, Mr Aso is a big promoter of manga abroad. They cite the rise of manga publisher Broccoli gaining 71% and Mandarake (a retail store in Japan which is a treasure trove for otaku), jumping 13%.

The article states that Mr Aso served as foreign minister, and suggested that embracing Japanese pop culture was an important step in cultivating ties with other countries. If this is the case the Otaku News crew would like an invite to Japan to meet with Mr Aso to help promote manga and anime. ^_-

Sadly the BBC gets some facts wrong about anime and manga stating that they have "psychedelic colours and outlandish story lines", and emphasises the more explicit side of anime and manga. They also manage to mention Spirited Away and Quentin Tarantino in the same sentence, which I'm sure can lead to all sorts of associations for those who haven't actually seen the wonderful family film that is Spirited Away.

The article also states that Mr Aso created an International Manga Award to honour non-Japanese cartoonists.

Source: BBC News

Touchy, Feely Ad

Date: Thursday 30th August 2007 [18:56] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

New game ad allows customers to feel up a cardboard cutout. Really.

Read More... | Source: Wizard Magazine

Hello Kitty Punishes Police

Date: Thursday 9th August 2007 [18:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News are running a strange story about the Thai police in Bangkok. Police officials have come up with a way of punishing their officers who break the rules, they make the offending officer wear a large bright pink Hello Kitty arm band. The guilty officers have to wear the snazzy arm bands in the office for a few days, but are not allowed to disclose their offences, which leads to deliberate speculation about what they have done.

Source: BBC News

British rural tea-rooms seek geisha girls

Date: Thursday 12th July 2007 [17:03] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News are currently running an interesting story about the quest for geisha in Cumbria. The Lake District is a popular destination with Japanese tourists. So much so that Cumbria Tourism has translated a map of tea-serving places off the beaten track into Japanese and even hosting a Green Tea Day on 19th July 2007. Cafes on the tea trail are advertising for geishas to help with intricacies of the tea ceremony. Experts are also required to help translate the more trickier recipe names like "tarty tarn drizzle" into Japanese.

Fully-trained geisha are rare and apparently would charge up to £7,000 (more than $13,000 USD) to fly across from Japan. So the tourist association is hoping some more local experts can help out. Which is why I'm really posting this story on Otaku News. I know of our readers would be able to help. Any experts when it comes to tea etiquette in Japan should contact Cumbria Tourism. I'm sure a few translators could come in handy too. ^_-

Source: BBC News

Russian ninja caught in Italy

Date: Wednesday 13th June 2007 [4:51] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

In what can only described as a truly bizarre story reported by BBC News, it seems that Italian police have arrested a Russian robber wearing a ninja like outfit. He has all the hallmarks of an excellent manga villain, dressed all in black the ex-military robber equipped with a night scopes, bow and a knife breaks into farmer's houses and robs them and their families.

The wannabe ninja was only caught out when a farmer was expecting him and was ready and waiting with a rifle. Coming down the stairs the farmer tripped on the last step, letting the gun off and frightening the robber away, who instead of jumping into trees or flipping out, hopped into a bicycle and made a getaway into a nearby cornfield, where he was followed and later caught by police.

Source: BBC News

Naruto but not as we know him

Date: Monday 11th June 2007 [14:40] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Whilst the confusion over the inclusion of the Japanese voices in Ubisoft's Naruto 360 game still reigns supreme (did they never think they might release it in Japan in these post IdolM@ster days?) it seems that a Naruto themed character will appear in Rayman: Raving Rabbids 2.

This means keen fans will be able to pitch him in mini game battle against other themed Rabbids including Spider-man.

Source: Gametrailers

Extreme Origami

Date: Saturday 24th March 2007 [18:47] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

The Times On-line have published an interesting article about Extreme Origami, the article focuses on computer geeks coding programs to create some incredibly complex folding problems. The article mentions super geek Robert Lang, a former NASA scientist who is a professional folder, consulting with car companies on the best way to fold their airbags and space telescopes!

Source: Times On-line

UK MP fears reduction of British children's TV

Date: Monday 19th March 2007 [15:30] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

The Guardian are reporting on British Conservative MP John Whittingdale's recent speech at the Incorporated Society of British Advertisers conference. Mr Whittingdale is the chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee. He's rather worried about a children's TV and the impact of pulling food advertising from children's TV - "[It will] have a damaging effect on children's broadcasting that will lead to money going out of it, the effect will be fewer children's programmes produced in this country except for the BBC," the main concern he stresses is increase in imported Children's TV - "There will be a growth of the likes of Japanese anime cartoons and American animated content which is something we are concerned about and may need to be addressed as part of challenge of maintaining public service plurality."

So in a nut shell he's worried that there won't be enough British produced children's TV, as ITV has been reducing it's children's output. The Otaku News crew want more TV greats like Danger Mouse. ^_^

Source: The Guardian

We all want a Perfect Piece Tachikoma

Date: Friday 9th March 2007 [17:53] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Toys

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex fans will be pleased to hear about the new toy from MegaHouse, it's a 1/20 scale Tachikoma model, with lots of articulation and even an opening pod that can fit the included Makoto figure inside! Known as the Perfect Piece Tachikoma the set is about 13cm tall, comes with a book, a wrench and other fun accessories. As expected the main eye can move around even it's oil intake tray opens for you to put in a can of oil to keep everyone's favourite jumping spider like robot well fed. Complete with both gatling gun and grenade launcher front gun, it's a real must have for the hardcore fan.

Read More... | Source: MegaHouse

Manga Toilet Paper

Date: Friday 9th March 2007 [8:56] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

Up until now, whenever you wanted to read manga while doing your business in the bathroom, you had to take the actual book and/or magazine with you, then set it somewhere while you got started and finished. You still can do that, but now there's an alternative. At least in Japan, there is, because now manga can now be found on... toilet paper.

Famous 4-panel manga artist and TV talent Yakumi Tsuru recently made a deal with paper goods company Banbix to sell toilet paper that have his manga illustrations and 4-panel comics printed on it. Called Food Toipe, the toilet paper can be purchased in cases of 50 rolls for 8,500 yen (approximately 80 US dollars) from the Banbix website. You can also find images of the paper at the same website. No word, though, as to whether or not the illustrations featured on the paper are new material or reprints of Tsuru's previous work.

Source: Anime News Network

Kelly Osbourne: Turning Japanese

Date: Thursday 1st February 2007 [5:34] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK readers who can view ITV2 may want to tune in tonight (Thursday 1st February) to catch Kelly Osbourne:Turning Japanese, it starts at 9pm and is repeated on Sunday 4th February at 10pm. Kelly Osbourne embarks on a working holiday exploring aspects of Japanese culture.

The first episode alone has her managing a Love Hotel in Tokyo, training with Samurai and working in what appears to be an otaku Maid Cafe. The second episode has her going to a manga convention in cosplay!

Read More... | Source: ITV2

Maid Cafe in Toronto

Date: Tuesday 5th December 2006 [7:21] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Freaky Things

Canada can now boast it's first maid cafe. You have to feel a little sorry for the girls who work there, I mean isn't Canada cold? Aren't those skirts a little too short then? Where's the Hawaiian outlet? Judging by the menu it seems to be mainly snack food. Not that I suspect most of our readers would go for the food.... That said I imagine a trip to Canada is cheaper than Japan.

Source: Boing Boing

PS3 Disasters Already

Date: Saturday 18th November 2006 [9:44] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Freaky Things

A dislocated jaw and gunshot customers already reported at releases for the new PS3.

Read More... | Source: G4TV.com

More single grain sushi fun

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [15:28] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Culture

Following on from our eariler article about single grain sushi Otaku News reader totsubo over at Ege-Sushi sent us some photos of his single grain sushi creations.

Source: Ege-Sushi

Panty Explosion the game

Date: Friday 10th November 2006 [13:54] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Gaming

Every so often we get stories which I'm sure will generate some interesting key word stats next time Joe checks them, this is one. Panty Explosion is a good ol' fashioned RPG available in book and PDF form here's what the website says:

"Panty Explosion is a psychic schoolgirl adventure game. Each player takes the role of a normal Japanese student. One of you, perhaps more then one of you, is a psychic with devastating and terrifying powers."

I'm currently wondering if a rat flail +5 could beat a a psychic schoolgirl...

Read More... | Source: Atarashi Games

Japanese traumatised by Paris

Date: Monday 23rd October 2006 [3:24] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

A syndicated press article reports that around a dozen Japanese tourists each year need psychological treatment after visiting Paris. Apparently the real Paris does not meet their expectations, with unfriendly locals and scruffy streets. Harsh customer service when compared to Japanese shops and everyone looking stern on public transport seem to be key factors.

More bizarrely some people have extreme symptoms of being traumatised in Paris, with individuals believing their hotel room was bugged, another thought that she was being attacked by microwaves, with one man certain he was Louis XIV, this sounds like a plot from a crazy anime series.

Source: The Scotsman

Chinglish bad Engrish begone!

Date: Sunday 15th October 2006 [13:22] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Those familiar with Engrish the nonsense English found in Far Eastern countries where English can be written in unpredictable and impossible to understand ways, will no doubt feel a bit of sympathy towards Beijing who are trying to clamp down on what BBC News have dubbed Chinglish in time for the 2008 Olympics. People can report the mistranslations and a panel of English professors and expatriates will review the signs and hopefully provide a more meaningful translation.

Source: BBC News

Defending Anime Fans

Date: Friday 6th October 2006 [3:46] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Fandom

The trouble with being an anime fan is that people often get the wrong idea, and then start talking about stereotypical stuff about how crazy people are in Japan. Dragon who is the president of the London Anime Club and has also written a shopping guide to anime and electronics in Tokyo has posted a good defence to being called an otaku:

I got into an "arguement" with somebody at work over the term Otaku. They accused me of dressing up in costume and being obssively knowledgeable about the subject. "Fine," I said. "Just like the rest of the perverts who you see dressed up in strange costumes and hanging round in parks on Sundays, or that gather in huge crowds dressed in outlandish gear singing stupid songs and generally idolising over their obessions. Who spend huge amounts of money buying all the latest things. They have pictures on their bedroom walls. They follow the latest news and interviews very great glee. They seek out fellow fanatics and discuss the latest events. Such obsessives like you. Only in this country they are known as football fans."

So note down the otaku are just the same as football fan strategy and use it next time people call you weird for liking those strange Japanese cartoons! ^_-

Source: London Anime Club

Japanorama Episode 2 - Otaku

Date: Wednesday 13th September 2006 [12:18] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

UK viewers able to access BBC Three, will want to tune into Japanorama on Thursday 14th September 2006 at 11pm. The show will be reporting on otaku the Japanese nerds (if you're reading Otaku News, you should already know what an otaku is ^_^).

It looks like the show will be focusing on the rise of otaku and why so many of them can only feel love for manga, anime and model collecting. Host Jonathan Ross will also be reporting on Cosplay, as well as Maid Cafes. We're guessing Japanorma will also cover Akihabara, Train Man (Densha Otoko) and if we're lucky a convention like Winter WonderFest.

Source: BBC Three

Japanorama Returns

Date: Monday 4th September 2006 [3:57] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Anime > TV

Keen readers of TV guides may have spotted the return of Japanorama, Jonathan Ross' TV show focusing on the more cool and bizarre side of Japanese culture. The previous season was well worth watching, and this latest instalment promises to be just as entertaining and informative.

UK Viewers (with freeview/cable/satellite) can catch Japanorama on BBC Three starting Thursday 7th September at 11pm, this weeks episode Ross explores the meaning of kakoii, Japanese for cool.

Source: BBC Three

A Big Gundam of Your Very Own

Date: Friday 4th August 2006 [12:38] | Posted By: Azure
Category: > Freaky Things

Fans in the past have built massive Gundam models now you can own an official one of your own for a mere 350,000 yen. It's 1.5m and weighs 35kg, and if you're very interested is based on a HY2M RX-78-2 Gundam.

Source: Insert Credit

Free Visual Novel Construction Tool Released

Date: Monday 24th July 2006 [3:58] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Gaming > PC

Fans of dating games will be pleased to hear that the nice folks from CuriousFactory and Buredo have released a free game engine and construction kit, designed at making Visual Novels easy to produce in English. In a nutshell this will allow users to create their own interactive stories, anime and manga fans will probably be most familiar with dating games, but the companies are keen to promote that you can also produce other games using their game engine.

A good story is a must, good artwork is always nice too, but there are some crafty ways around this, such as taking photos of things and then using a bit of photoshop magic. Itíll be interesting to see if any otaku take up developing games on this engine. Currently the engine is Windows only.

Read More... | Source: Blade Visual Novel Engine

ADV Cleans Up Hacker Mess

Date: Tuesday 16th May 2006 [11:31] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Anime

ADV Films fixes up an attack by Turkish hackers.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Earwax Removal Japanese Style

Date: Tuesday 18th April 2006 [14:31] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

BBC News have posted an amusing article written by Christopher Hogg, detailing his visit to a Tokyo beauty salon and his experience with their latest treatment, ear canal cleaning while you watch! Japanese people have traditionally cleaned the inside of their ears out with a mimikaki (also known as a bamboo ear pick, which is similar to a surgical curette). This high tech service however has a difference from the traditional bamboo one, as the ear scoop has a minature camera at the end, allowing the customer to see the inside of their ear canal and all the ear wax being scooped out!

Apparently Japanese men use this service more, as women do a better job of cleaning their ears out.

Source: BBC News

Weird Things at Tokyo Zoo

Date: Tuesday 24th January 2006 [18:42] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Many news outlets, including BBC News are covering a story about a rat snake that has befriended a hamster in Tokyo Zoo. Apparently Aochan the snake had refused to eat frozen mice, so the zoo keepers offered the snake a hamster as a tasty snake. Instead of eating the rodent Aochan made friends with the fuzzy little fellow. The hamster who has been named Gohan (the Japanese word for meal and also a good Dragonball reference), sometimes falls asleep sitting on top of the snake!

The zoo keepers have never seen anything like it. ^_^

Source: BBC News

Death Sentence Upheld for Otaku Murderer

Date: Monday 23rd January 2006 [10:34] | Posted By: Jeremy
Category: > Current Affairs

Tokyo Supreme Court upholds death sentence for the Otaku Murderer.

Read More... | Source: Anime News Network

Otaku Burns Down House After Mother Refuses to Buy Him Dolls

Date: Friday 20th January 2006 [17:20] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Here at Otaku News, we're used to covering the news on otaku, who are lets face it often lacking social skills, however this man takes it to the extreme. According to Mainichi Daily News, a jobless man (aged 27) set fire to a futon in his mothers house after she refused to buy him some dolls. After the house burnt down, he turned himself in to the police. We believe this is one of the more severe temper tantrums parents can experience for denying their children toys!

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Britain Goes Sodoku Mad

Date: Tuesday 10th January 2006 [15:09] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Freaky Things

Amusingly Crisscross are currently running an article about Britain's current Sodoku Craze, it briefly covers the history of the numbers game and how The Times started the Sodoku wars in the national newspapers.

Source: Crisscross

Ninja Tourist Tour

Date: Sunday 18th December 2005 [15:36] | Posted By: Joe
Category: > Current Affairs

The Mainichi Daily News are currently running a story about a ninja skills roadshow taking place in Taiwan next month. Experts are from Iga in Mie, an area famed for the ninja art. The event is planned by the Iga tourist association aims to give demonstrations at hotels and department stores with blowgun darts and ninja starts. Apparently the ninjas will then use their skills to infiltrate further afield including South Korea, America and Europe. We have yet to hear if these ninjas will be wailing on their guitars, as this would be totally cool and by that we mean totally sweet. ^_-

Source: Mainichi Daily News

Photo Blogging For Otaku

Date: Monday 17th October 2005 [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: Saturday 8th October 2005 [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

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