Author Archive | Shipon

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Sendai Toranoana Opening

Joining the already popular Animate, Melon Books, Gamers & Volks, Toranoana have opened a Sendai store. Yesterday was the big day – alas I was indisposed on a island buffeted by a typhoon (note : car ferries are not fun in heavy seas), but when the weather cleared this morning I went in to check […]

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Protoculture News: Toranoana empire expands to Sendai

Sendai is already pretty well-equipped for otaku needs as the biggest city in Tohoku, the northern-most area of Honshu (Japan’s largest island). Joining the existing Gamers, Volks, Melon Books & Animate will soon be a Toranoana on Clis Road in the city center – a pretty decent-sized one too, by the looks of it. The […]

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Shipon spent a pre-Golden Week 5 days in Tokyo, taking in the sights, collecting photos and content for HD and, oh yeah, getting along to April 30th's <a href="http://www.comic1.jp/">Comic1</a> - the touted replacement for the now-defunct Comic Revolution convention. Tales of recognition, doujin and a mysterious loss of cash ensue. Also, pigeons!

Event Report: Comic1 doujinshi convention

Shipon spent a pre-Golden Week 5 days in Tokyo, taking in the sights, collecting photos and content for HD and, oh yeah, getting along to April 30th’s Comic1 – the touted replacement for the now-defunct Comic Revolution convention. Tales of recognition, doujin and a mysterious loss of cash ensue. Also, pigeons! Tweet

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On Sundays and holidays, Tokyo's capital for all things anime, computers, electronics and anything otaku closes it's main street. Chuo-Dori comes alive with singers, cosplayers and sightseers. It's a time for hanging out with friends, checking out upcoming talent and blatant consumerism. Shipon spent a day documenting the scene, then another 5 days blurring out people's faces.

Pure Love Renaissance: Sunday on Chuo-Dori

On Sundays and holidays, Tokyo’s capital for all things anime, computers, electronics and anything otaku closes it’s main street. Chuo-Dori comes alive with singers, cosplayers and sightseers. It’s a time for hanging out with friends, checking out upcoming talent and blatant consumerism. Shipon spent a day documenting the scene, then another 5 days blurring out […]

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Lucky Star Invades Akiba Stores

AkibaBlog posted a story complete with photographic evidence of the invasion of Lucky Star into stores. Not in the way you might think – it seems that everybody from second hand DVD dealers to figure shops to doujin shops to 2nd hand computer stores have been using Lucky Star characters in their signage, and this […]

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In the midst of my trip to Tokyo last weekend, my keitai rings. It's Shingo. "Hello? What's up? We still meeting today?" I ask. "<a href="http://pixel-maritan.net/20070413index.php">Maritan to Hanasou</a> signing event at K-Books in Akiba. Starts at 11. I can't get in in time. Can you make it?" comes the distorted voice (his phone ain't so good) of HDs Editor-In-Chief. "Hell's yeah," I reply, looking at the nearest subway clock. "I can be there in 10 minutes," I say. The next train is coming in 5 minutes and I have to travel one stop then change from subway to JR Line.

Event Report: “Maritan to Hanasou!” Book Signing

In the midst of my trip to Tokyo last weekend, my keitai rings. It’s Shingo. “Hello? What’s up? We still meeting today?” I ask. “Maritan to Hanasou signing event at K-Books in Akiba. Starts at 11. I can’t get in in time. Can you make it?” comes the distorted voice (his phone ain’t so good) […]

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