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Apologies to anyone in marketing who might be reading this, but video game ads don't usually do much to get me excited. I think the last one that really made an impact was the one for Saints Row IV where they misspelled the name of the game and then went back to correct it all while blaring dubstep, and showing you explosions, but even that wasn't exactly "memorable," you know?
Now imagine that you're heading over to the department store, thinking about picking up a new video game, and you round the corner to see Goku from Dragon Ball Z and Monkey D. Luffy from One Piece in the middle of a life-sized brawl that has shattered the street, snapped a lamppost and flipped a car. Well, if you're heading to the Shibuya Parco store in Tokyo, that's exactly what you'll see, as an awesome promo for the upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. And it is awesome.
I know almost nothing about Yoshito Usui's Crayon Shin-chan because anime is for nerds, but from what I gather, it involves a lot of butts. So many butts, in fact, that an enterprising Japanese confectioner has released a snack kit where you can make pudding in the shape of both the lead character's face and a slightly disturbing disembodied ass, which you can then eat.
Why exactly you would want to do this, I am not sure, but I will admit that when it's all together, itdoes look pretty delicious. Check out a video detailing the entire process below!
In America, July 4th is a good day to fulfill the destiny of so much combustible powder and cardboard. In Japan, however, New Year's Eve and basically the entire month of August are prime time for firework displays. It being the birthplace of Pokemon, Japan's been the host of numerous Pocket Monster-themed displays in recent years, especially as multi-break shell technology has allowed for explosive illustrations to light up the night sky. Yes, that means Pikachu's face and Pokeballs of all flavors going boom! before your very eyes.
I've never been a huge fan of DragonBall Z, Akira Toriyama's long-running story of landscape shots, shouting and occasional super ultimate planet-destroying martial arts attacks. Admittedly, that sounds like something I'd be totally into, so I'm starting to think that it's not the story I don't like, but just the way it's presented...
Movies: Tony Stark wishes us all happy holidays in a new still from the upcoming Iron Man 3 movie. Hopefully that includes a happy new year, too.
Creators: Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson passed away yesterday at the age of 83 after influencing generations with his numerous sci-fi TV series...
For a small sub-section of a generation raised on the special effects-enriched slugfest Power Rangers franchise -- in any of its many, many flavors, from the classic Mighty Morphin to Samurai, through things like Ninja Storm, Dino Thunder and the classic* Mystic Force -- there is likely no cooler idea than getting drunk in the company of an honest-to-goodness Power Ranger...