Category Archives: Japanese Pop Culture

Today’s Nico Nico: CNNwwwww

The famous Bad Apple!! monochrome PV made it to CNN, but the best thing was that the anchor claimed it was made by stop motion photography. Apparently, the original PV was made using a 3D software because you wouldn’t get antialiasing and detailed rotations otherwise. The guy who made the stop motion version below just […]

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The Evolution of Creativity: Nico Nico Douga and Doujinshi Subculture in Web 2.0

I gave a talk on Nico Nico Douga at Barcamp Bangkok on January 26, 2008. The event itself was fun and I got to meet a lot of interesting people, many of whom shared some obsession with Japanese media like I do. I’m posting here a revised version of the talk script and the talk […]

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Wonder Festival 28

I attended the 28th Wonder Festival today. Although I’m no figure collector, I do enjoy going there just to take photos. (I think I might have become a camera freak lately…) Here are some figures I thought were seriouly cool:

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Sunshine Creation 34 Window Shopping List

Cardcaptor has returned to Japan for an internship again, and he is going to attend Sunshine Creation 34, aka Sankuri 34, this coming Sunday. Let us take a look at circles he’s going to check out.  恋愛漫画家 (A-12ab): For the new Code Geass book. サークルAV (A-47ab): Let’s see what they have to offer. Pink Chuchu […]

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Bandai, Gunpla, and the World

Today, I attended the panel presentation “Toy As Media: Bandai, Giant Robots, and Future Entertainment” organized by Prof. Ian Condry of MIT. The panelists were Katsuhiro Izumi, who’s a Chief Producer in the Boy Toys department of Bandai, and Adam Newman of Bandai’s International Business Strategy wing. The lecture room was packed, the presentation was […]

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Random Bits #1

Upon seeing this blog entry, I ventured to Akihabara on August 19th in search of the Asa & Kaede bed sheet that comes up with the special edition of Dengeki Hime (or is it the other way around?). The bed sheets were sold out at almost all the stores I want to, including Animate, Melon […]

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Wonder Festival 2006 (Summer)

In the past few weeks, there has been a big hype on a certain event in the anime blog community; perpetrators include Heisei Democracy and ikimashou. They generated a hype big enough that a person who’s not really into that sort of things like me want to check the event out myself. So, on Sunday […]

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Comiket 70 Loot

As I am too lazy to write a full-blown report on the other days of Comiket yet. (Hopefully, I’ll get it done by this weekend.) I figure I’ll post pictures of the loot I managed to get. Although it may be pale in comparison to Shingo‘s ginormous collection, I think it offers a wider variety […]

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Comiket 70 Report: Friday August 11

August 11 marked the second time I participated in the holiest ritual of the otaku, the Comic Market. Having been granted permission to take Friday off, I went to the largest doujinshi convention in the world three days straight, fought the most ginormous crowd I’ve seen in my life, and threw away 1/3 of my […]

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