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Official ‘One Piece’ Restaurant Opening in Japan

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As much action and drama Eiichiro Oda packs into his insanely-popular One Piece manga, there's always been a heavy undercurrent of foodie themes in the series. OP protagonist Captain Monkey D. Luffy feasts so often that one of the first members he recruited (before a navigator, mind you) to his Straw Hat

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Bizarre Custom Batvan from Japan Contains Massive Spoilers

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At the moment, the identity of the creator of this custom van is as mysterious as the superhero who inspired it (it wouldn't belong to Batman Inc. Japanese hero Mr. Unknown, would it? Or perhaps Super Young Team's Most Excellent Superbat?). After w

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Massive Aerial Batman Symbol Strikes Fear Into the Heart of Google Maps

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Google Maps proves its worth once again with the revelation of what must surely be the single best military installation to have ever existed. Painted atop an airplane hanger at the U.S. Air Force base in Kadena, Okinawa in Japan is none other than the famous emblem of the Batman. Ther

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Tony Stark Is Turning Japanese in Iron Man Anime Intro [Video]

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Iron Man is a pretty good fit for anime, if you think about it: a brilliant, arrogant playboy billionaire who dons a mechanical suit often to fight other mechanical suited menaces in explosive mechanical battles over glittering cityscapes. Madhouse's "Iron Man" anime is heading to G4

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Life-Size Gundam’s Spare Parts Auctioned for Charity in Japan

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Innumerable "Mobile Suit Gundam" fans have dreamed of making like series protagonist Amuro Ray and piloting Japan's (unfortunately strictly ornamental) scale replica of the RX-78-2, but given that the scenario isn't exactly in the cards, bidders on Japan's Yahoo! Auctions site settled for the next best thing on Monday and purchased three spare parts and three unused decals from the mech with the proceeds going to charity.According to Anime News Network, those who won the Mobile Suit swag raised a combined 4,001,000 yen (around $

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Astro Boy, Superman and More Help Out On Japanese Subway Posters

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Bootlegged Asian Batman incarnations didn't pull any punches fighting off giant robo-monsters and pirates, and neither did Superman or Astro Boy in explaining proper subway protocols to Japanese passengers in Tokyo. You might very well find yourself paying mor

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Giant Mobile Suit Gundam Time-Lapse Is Deeply Relaxing [Video]

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Few things in life are as haunting as the gigantic 1/1 scale Gundam statue lording over the Namco Bandai factory in Shizuoka, Japan. How anybody can think that creating such a massive piece of cybernetic architecture is actually a good idea is beyond me - seriously, there are times where I feel like I'm the only one who remembers the "Terminator" franchise

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Japanese Green Lantern: Hilariously Mistranslated Oaths

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We recently saw the Japanese Green Lantern t-shirt below via Kiel Phegley at the Cool Kids Table, and first of all -- nice. I wish it came in a babydoll size the way I wish that about pretty much all of the a

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Japan Works To Convert ‘Neon Genesis Evangelion’ Fans Into Tourists

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With its reputation as a manga and anime metropolis (and Kaiju hub), Otaku don't need much convincing to trip out to Tokyo. For those requiring extra incentive, however, the Japan National Tourism Organization has put together a special map and poster designed to appeal to fans of Gainax's "Neon Genesis Evangelion

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Remote Controlled Fighting Gundams Herald The Apocalypse And That’s Okay

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As if it wasn't bad enough that Japan has already constructed a 60-foot Gundam statue that's destined to murder us all, now we've got remote controlled fighting versions of the mecha suits to worry about as well.

Kotaku has posted a video from the International Robot Expo in Tokyo featuring a one-on-one battle between

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