Traditional Japanese Pokemon


 I’ll admit that I’ve never really gotten Pokemon, I played Pokemon Pearl or Diamond for a while on my DS and it was just tedious. I do like the mythology behind it though, I like the concept of Pokemon and I’m impressed with the creativity that goes into creating how ever many  Pokemon there are (646 apparently).

I also like traditional Japanese art and am fascinated by the mythology that goes behind them. That is probably why I like these two images by Japanese artist “Nojo”  (Page in Japanese). It reminds me of the Kakidan Ekotoba monster scrolls I’ve seen linked to before. I actually think I prefer these Pokemon designs to the original Manga/Anime versions… 



Via Koldun

Pixelated Samus Cos-Play

I’m not a cos-player, and I never will be. Probably because I can’t be bothered expending the effort to make a costume that I will wear only once. This Samus Costume however is inspired. Deviant Art User Chozoboy made a pixelated Samus costuem that works from both sides.

He took inspiration from/printed out (I would assume) this sprite sheet for Samus from the Super Metroid:

 It’s a shame it doesn’t look nearlt as impressive face on…



Samus Con Cosplay by ~ChozoBoy on deviantART.

Amazon UK’s riot gear sales soar



Apparently sales of aluminium baseball bats on Amazon have gone up 6000% due to the London riots…

I had a look at the list just now and it looks like the items on the movers and shakers list are for the most part part stuff you can use for self defense, although the top item is currently a camping stove:

The next few Items are mainly baseball bats, nunchucks and other hitty things…

Hopefully by the time they arrive in the post they wont be required.

I’m surprised that there are no cricket bats on the list, this being the UK, although I am heartened to see that one of the items is not a baseball bat but in fact a rounders bat.

I wonder if in the aftermath of the riots there will be a sudden interest in people playing baseball in the UK? at least one of those kits comes with a ball…

See the list for yourself here it’s nice to see that despite the chaos a trampoline and a hammock still make the top 20…

Although it looks like it’s just the netting for the trampoline, I wonder if people are using it to seal up their houses and shops.

The comments on the reviews don’t leave you under any illusions as to why there has been a sudden rise in the purchase of these items:

I think a solid wooden one may do more damage, but these pretty good. The grip is very firm.

This item also doubles as a bat, for playing rounders. [link]


I never go to Hackney or Salford, without it. It feels much more solid than a wooden bat, and makes a substantial impact when it hits a ball or bone-like structure. I store it under my bed, for easy access.

Either size is fine [link]

Via CNN MoneyAug