A week ago, Japan was hit by the worst recorded earthquake in the country’s history. It and the resulting tsunami that followed have killed thousands and caused suffering to thousands more, as well as destroying infrastructure that threatens the well-being of the entire country. The situation at the damaged Fukushima reactors is grave. It is […]
A photo review of the (ero) bike outfit Rider PVC figure released by Orchid Seed in September 2010. With a design from Happoubi Jin this is a figure that has a lot going for it from the outset – but don’t take my word for it. HD figure reviews are back!
I went down to Tokyo on December 31st for the third day of Comic Market 79. It was my first Comiket in awhile, having been mired deep in the World of Warcraft for the past three ‘kets; I opted to take it easy and didn’t plan an ambitious schedule of morning stakeouts or freezing line-stands […]
Today’s visit to Akiba was marked by good Turkish food, nationalist marches, and the duty free salesmen caught between them. Read on for a bunch of pictures and a short video from the protest.
If you put an anime heroine in a cosmetics factory, would her lips be the extra-dimensional hammerspace into which all the lipstick would flow?
Rumors of the death of Heisei Democracy may have been exaggerated, but rumors of its new unlife have not – I’m slowly crawling my way back to the real world, through layers of dust accumulated over two years of Warcraft addiction. In that time a lot has passed by without comment in these pages, and […]
I took a walk through the grounds of the Buddhist temple and amusement park near my apartment this afternoon with camera in tow. I was shooting with a Pentax K-x and the kit lenses that came with it, along with a separate macro lens. This was a test of the camera to start becoming more […]
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- Alice Vocal Collection 2
December 8, 2011 | 3:45 pm
In 2010, eroge maker Alice Soft’s sound director Shade produced an album that compiled some of the most memorable songs from the brand’s 20+ year history of games, bringing new instrumentation and assembling a cadre of elite vocalists to lyrically empower the formerly instrumental-only tracks. Now, a year after Alice Vocal Collection was released to […]
- Decompression, Phase 1
December 6, 2011 | 11:09 am
The week before I left Japan was a blur of packing, preparation, and taking care of loose ends of my life and work there. Somehow it all came together at the last moment, resulting in the shipment of 33 boxes via seamail across the Pacific to my new home in Seattle. Two months later, they’ve […]
- Summer 2011 Events
July 17, 2011 | 6:31 pm
I went to Takasaki today and stopped by Melon Books to pick up the catalogs for Wonder Festival Summer 2011, which is next Sunday (July 24th), and Comiket 80, which runs from August 12th through the 14th (Melon was giving away a free plastic carrying case with the Comiket catalog, which is the other object […]
- Rance Quest Official Site Online!
April 21, 2011 | 7:30 pm
The official website for Rance Quest, the 8th installment in the Rance series from Alice Soft, went live today. Among the details released are that the game is scheduled for “Summer 2011” release, requires a 1024×768 display, is a 3D isomorphic sprite-based RPG with up to five characters in the party, and includes recurring characters […]
- To Heart 2 PSP Dungeon RPG site open
January 27, 2011 | 6:18 pm
Aquaplus opened an official site today for To Heart 2 Dungeon Travelers, a 3D dungeon RPG for the Playstation Portable scheduled for release on May 26th, 2011. The game is more fully scooped in a Famitsu update that was posted today as well. The initial impression is of a playstyle similar to Final Dragon Chronicle […]
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