Why Don’t We Have These in The West? Retro Game Bars!

The state of webdesign in Japan is miles behind that used elsewhere, but Game Bar Continue in Osaka seems to be in America Muri (Think China Town but American but not really) And has a host of video game consoles that you can rent by the hour as well as booze (From my reading you aren’t allowed to bring your own games, although the statement might be that you are allowed to bring your own games…

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Also in Osaka is Game Bar Dendo which just has a static page. Although that has got a map on it…

And and address:

2nd floor leisure Misono 2-3-9 Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Building Sennichimae ? 542-0074

TEL 06-6648-8148

Although sadly it seems like you can’t play any of their games, they are just for display… Points deducted for that I think…

In Kyoto you can find Cafe la Siesta who have a slightly nicer website but it’s also impossible to navigate as it’s all in a frame that is pretendinf to be a game console…

They DO have a map that looks quite retro:

More importantly they have a giant Game Boy!

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Who doesn’t want to play this shit?! Their menu is pixelated too:

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Source Hiyoko-g and again and again…

So why don’t we have this kind of thing in the west? Maybe we don’t have the geek culture they do in Japan, but I think that enough people would come to one of these if it was in a big enough city, and maybe diversified into board games too?

Neon Genesis Evangelion Themed DSLR

Pentax parades Evangelionflavored Q10s
EVA-1 Shinji Ikari

 

It’s not often I get talk about both anime and photography, Pentax are releasing an Evangelion themed Q10 DSLR in April, sadly it’s Japan only and they are only making 1,500 of each model so the chances of getting your grubby mitts on one is fairly low. But you can dream.

It’s going to clock in at 59,800 Yen ($660 or a little over £400)  for that that you get a 12.4 megapixel, mirrorless interchangable lens camera which can also shoot video in fill HD.

It’s apparently not just going to come in the above EVA-1 colour palette but will be available in the other EVA models as well.

TYPE00: Ray
EVA-00 Rei Ayanami
TYPE02: Asuka
EVA-02 Asuka Langley

Weird But Hypnotising Vocaloid Spoof

I can’t stop watching this, the YouTube video describes this as “The Most Disturbing Anime Video Ever” it’s not disturbing at all though, it’s a spoof on the “Vocaloid” genre of music popular in Japan.

On a side note here is Nyan Cat in Project Diva a Vocaloid Rhythm Game for the PS Vita…

Japanese Turn UK Into Cute Anime Girl

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Apparently a discussion thread on a Japanese website lead to them designing an anthropomorphic version of the UK as a cute anime/manga girl. There are a bunch of other designs inspired by this on this page, I’ve collated some of my favourites including the thought process behind transforming the UK in the gallery below.

Via Kotaku

Slumber Party Cafe in Akihabara

Soineya

Just when you thought Japan coudn’t get any weirder, in comes the Soineya ‘co-sleeping specialty shop’ a cafe in Akihabara (Where else…) where you can fork over $80 for “sleep” with a girl. I assume coffee is extra?

From the website via Google Translate (Because it’s funnier that way):

 Japan’s first! ? Ya “lying” from Akihabara shop of lying. I spend the time that you just feel the skin loose. Provides you with a simple and ultimate healing of lying.

Apparently they are opening another one in Shinjuku soon.

And just in case you were wondering:

The shop is strictly prohibited sexual act and adult services. If you were forced, there is the case you will be leaving the way.

Interested? Want a break down of the prices?

3000 yen admission fee ?
? 3,000 yen for 40 minutes the first time only

Usually
3000 yen for 20 minutes
40 minutes 5,000 yen
6,000 yen for 60 minutes
120 minutes 11000 yen
16 000 yen to 180 minutes
for 4 hours 20000 yen
25,000 yen 5 hours
6 hours 30 000 yen
50,000 yen for 10 hours (service fee nomination)

(500 yen per hour) $ 10 nomination fee
* The nomination fee will not be applied except for this nomination.

? Options
Customer third arm pillow 1000 yen a girl
$ 10 to break even in three minutes the girl you
3 minutes ¥ 1,000 customers to the head of the girl Iikoiiko
look at each other one minute 1000 yen
1000 yen one wearing clothes
3 minutes reflexology 1,000 yen
2,000 yen reflation thirds reverse
¥ 1000 3 minutes Hizamakura
2000 yen 3 minutes Hizamakura reverse

? There is also the option can not be by girl

I don’t even know what some of the options mean…

The site has a list of profiles for the girls but it’s all just placeholders, and it looks like there is a Google calendar where you can schedule ahead. My Japanese isn’t good enough to make out much more from this site, but colour me bemused.

Interested? Want to follow then on Twitter? Well you can do that too! @akibasoineya

Their twitter feed is a bit odd, I did find this on it though…

Hat tip to Lost at E Minor

Fucking Prawns!

I was in TSUTAYA in Shibuya last week, and while browsing the Blue Ray/DVD section I saw this little sticker and thought: No it can’t be!

Surely enough there is a little cartoon prawn, presumably by the staff, to draw your attention  to the film. I enjoyed District 9 but for weeks after I kept on saying “I hate those Fucking Prawns” in a really bad South African accent.

This amused me no end and will hopefully amuse you. If it doesn’t amuse you then you are probably a fucking prawn!

Japanese SDF Recruitment Posters

Apparently in Japan they advertise for recruits to the Special Defense Force (Japan aren’t allowed to have a military due to a clause that was added to their constitution after WWII) using manga. Look at how cute that girl is, she is missing her boyfriend who is away helping people for his country. The above image is from the 2012 campaign below are the 2011 and 2010 posters.

Via RocketNews24

 

The Science of Perving

I could spend hours trying to find out what the japanese in this article is trying to say, or I can infer from the imagery that it is trying to teach you the optimal angles for staring up a girls skirt while walking up a set of stairs.

I wish I knew what book or magazine this came from, I’m sure it would be a gold mine…

via UFunk

Land of the Rising Dead

This image is by the same person(~StudioStobie) who did the Mario Totoro image that I posted as an aside to my last post. I like the play on words and I’m surprised that there isn’t already a zombie movie with this title… There is a D20 RPG Supplement called Weird War II: Land of the Rising Dead but no movie…