I am that man called Karl, a new addition to the Japandaman.com writing staff.
Now I’m going to be bringing a few different things to the site. At the moment I’ve got 2 projects in the works. Project one will be the “Ranger Rewind Podcast”; an audio podcast where I will be going through every single episode of Power Rangers (826+ episodes over 22 seasons and counting!) and giving impressions and commentaries on them with my good friend and co-host CJ Bowman. This should hopefully be a weekly podcast lasting about an hour in length and covering 2-3 episodes at a time. So please give that a listen.
The other project I’ll have going on is a Anime Recommendation column once every 3 or so weeks. In this project I’ll be giving you my personal picks for each anime season, complete with updates as to things I add or remove from my anime viewing habit.
Other then that, I might be posting the odd Tokusatsu story or project. These will mainly focus on Kamen Rider & Super Sentai items such as toys, TV shows, etc. I’m a big fan of the genre and can’t wait to share that love with you guys and girls!
Outside of doing things here, I’m also doing a live weekly podcast on professional wrestling and also doing video game reviews on Youtube. If Japandaman himself allows it, someday I’ll link you to the sites that host that content. I’ve been doing online media for over 6 years, so I hope you’ll enjoy my experience as I journey into the world of Japanese Pop Culture here.
The weekend that just passed saw the commencement of the convention season for 2015 with Supanova rolling into Melbourne. Melbourne is the first of many stops for the Supanova train. Always attracting many Supa Star guests, this year was no different. From Christopher Lloyd from Back to the Future, George Takei from Star Trek, Charisma Carpenter from Buffy and Angel, Jason David Frank from Power Rangers and loads more!
A convention of this calibre is always a great spot for cosplayers to converge and show off what they’ve been working on, sometimes up to months before the actual event. They come from all over Australia to meet up and arrange photoshoots and make new friends. Here’s a photo album from the IJM Facebook page.
Japandaman was on site doing his duties for TV show It’s Japan, Man! along with co-host, the always kawaii Neko. This year IJM decided to put together a little cosplayer highlights video so even if you couldn’t make it, this video will give you an idea of the fun that went down.
Hope you’ve had a look at the photo gallery above, now here’s the It’s Japan, Man! cosplay video highlight reel.
AnimeJapan is easily one of the largest cons in Japan revolving around anime/manga which is held at the Tokyo Big Sight. The event recently wrapped up on the March 21 & 22 weekend which were the two public days.
The event attracts TV stations, anime developers, game developers, various merchandise manufacturers plus loads more related companies. As with all these events, the company booths employ cosplayers to act as booth babes and hand out flyers, pamphlets and free swag.
This article was published on Crunchyroll with the pics being taken by Ransui Sato.
Shingeki no Kyojin, or as it’s known in the West, Attack on Titan, is a hugely popular dramatic series which started life as a manga before evolving into a superior anime series. The series has so far spawned one season however a second season will be released as well. But before that, there’s a live action movie being released in two parts. The first part will be hitting Japanese theatres on August 1st while the second one releases on September 19th.
Here’s your first look trailer at the live action movie which is looking pretty great with some scary CGI titans. No action scenes of Mikasa, Levi, Eren or anyone else but this is only a teaser 30 second trailer. Fingers crossed the next trailer has more footage.
Attack on Titan is such a massively popular series, from the manga through to the anime, 3DS game and loads of merchandise. Capcom have recently announced that they’re the AoT series will be branching off into the world of arcades.
We know that the game will be launching in Japan during Summer and that during the announcement trailer, they showed the phrase “Sacrifice Your Heart.” Hopefully we’ll have more details as they come to light.
You know when you’re at work and you’re thirsty so you head to the water cooler? Imagine how much more interesting it would be and how different the conversation would be if the water coolers looked like this.
Aqua Clara is a Japanese based water cooler manufacturer who have a range of coolers called “Dress-Up Server” cooler models. These models have interchangeable front panels and replace them with ones featuring Levi, the Colossal Titan or Eren. The coolers go live on February 26th which is the day the official site will have updated information on the campaign.
Studio Ghibli is a much loved animation studio cranking out such beautiful classics as My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle and the Academy Award winning, Spirited Away. If you happen to visit Japan, then a visit to the Studio Ghibli Museum is a must. You’ll be able to see exclusive artwork and other treasures that normally aren’t seen outside of Japan.
And then of course, there’s the souvenirs. Most people like to bring home a little trinket of their visit and thanks to Rocket News, we can show you a sample of what’s on offer.
Has anyone been lucky enough to go to the Ghibli Museum? We’d love to see pics of your goodies that you picked up there!
Many a Naruto fan have been excited at the prospect of the ninja they all know and love come to life in a live action adaptation. It’s isn’t a movie but rather a stage play that has come to fruition and below you can see an updated gallery of the cast. So who’s excited for this? And how awesome are the costumes!?
Have a trailer for the show as well.
Is anyone keen to see this in Japan? For more info, head on over to the official site.
Osaka has their own version Tokyo’s Akihabara known as Otaroad. Some would even say that Otaroad is superior to Akiba in many ways and a bigger range of goods despite being smaller in size.
Now another hugely popular franchise is set to have their own store in Otaroad. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is set to have a new pop up store located at Geestore Annex Osaka. They also happen to be an associate company of cosplay merchandise label, Cospa. The space is normally reserved for exhibitions relating to anime and gaming titles. Feast your eyes on the pics from the store below, the pics are courtesy of Mikikazu Komatsu.
No word on how long the store will stay open for so if you’re a fan, and who isn’t, then run don’t walk to this exciting new store.