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Founder of Japandaman - Australia's premier Japanese pop culture website!

Nintendo 3DS launch tonight!!

Unless you’ve been living/sleeping under a rock, you’d know that Nintendo’s latest handheld, a true successor to the current DS, is launched tonight at midnight however not all stores are doing a midnight. As in the store where I have my pre-order is not so I’ll be picking mine up on the way to work tomorrow morning 🙂 In case you’re wondering what all the brouhaha is about, the 3DS is a helluva lot more powerful than the current DS but the biggest selling point is that it offers 3D gaming without wearing special glasses…yes, you read that correctly. The 3D can be adjusted via a nifty slider on the side of the unit so you can adjust how deep the 3D is or you can even turn the 3D off altogether if it strains your eyes of the game looks better at different levels of 3D-ness? Anyways one of the biggest launch titles if undoubtedly Streetfighter IV 3D Edition whereby the developer, Capcom, have managed to pack in and utilise all the 3DS has to offer including Streetpass and Spotpass. If you don’t what I’m talking about, here’s a link. And if you’re not convinced on how holy this even really is, have a gander at the trailer for Streetfighter below…awesome stuff!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGslprZGEGo

So me and a mate will be there to take pics and soak in the atmosphere for Aussie Gamer, pics to follow on that tomorrow 🙂

More later!! 🙂

My TGS (Tokyo Game Show) reel

I was fortunate enough to attend the Tokyo Game Show last September while I was in Japan with my wife and family. On the side I contribute to an Australian gaming site called Aussie Gamer who managed to “swindle” a couple of press passes for myself and the Laucha. I did a bit of filming using my iPhone and only last night managed to finally compile it together using iMovie for iPhone. It’ll be in two parts as YouTube won’t allow me to post a vid longer than 15 minutes so this is the first one and admittedly probably the more interesting one as well!! All the games in the vid have now been released but it was great to see and play Marvel Vs. Capcom 3, Vanquish, 360 Kinect, Monster Hunter Portable 3rd and many more titles 🙂 The 2nd vid will go up in the next few days.

The J-Pop Project begins…

Have started to trawl through the Oricon charts to begin doing some gathering work for my J-Pop mix that I’ll start working on soon…I figure I’ll have a mixture of old and new in there, something for all J-Pop fans…for the uninitiated out there, J-Pop stands for Japanese Pop music which is extremely infectious and catchy. Some groups or artists leading the charge in Japan are AKB48(my fave), Ayumi Hamasaki and Hey!Say!Jump…keep in mind though that just like all forms or music, it ain’t for everyone. For those in Australia, the Oricon charts are like our Aria Charts so pretty much the bible of popular music according to sales. I do dabble in Dj’ing from time to time and will be posting links to my mixes here in the very near future…mainly RnB/Top 40 but there are a couple of House mixes that I did for a party. Another thing I’ll be looking at is an 80’s music mix which is probably my fave genre of music apart from J-Pop and game/anime OST’s but more on that later. In the meantime, have a clip of an absolutely awesome song from fripSide called Only My Railgun…a song like that belongs in an anime, amirite?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqx8tAdID9w

More Japan Quake “reporting”

Found another site that showcases the international news sources that are reporting the recent events in Japan and completely blowing using sensationalist tactics to create fear and panic amongst the rest of the world. It’s keeping a tally of such sites and giving them a score out of ten to rate how badly they are exaggerating the facts…once again I’m not denying the facts but when you have a well respected Japan based blogger like Danny Choo also saying the same things, it makes you wonder…have a read and post comments below.

Journalist Wall of Shame

Japandaman’s blog moves home

So my net buddy, Jack the budding entrepreneur from SocialSpore.com has given me some space on his server for my blog. The idea being that, hopefully soon, I’ll have my own sub domain, for example, japandaman.socialspore.com. that’d be nice but with any luck and hard work, it won’t be too far away!! Anyways, I’ve also noticed that since the import, some pics look blocky but if you click on them to blow them up, they come up just fine. Not sure is anything can be done about this 🙁 But in other news, I’ve finally finished work on the short but sweet video from the Tokyo Game Show 2010 which was completed using iMovie on the iPhone 4. As I type, the vid is being uploaded to youtube and from there I’ll post it here. I’m also going to look at Facebook and Twitter integration as I don’t want to be updating each social space separately…pointless. Anyways, I’ll get back to it!!

People need to be better informed.

Am really peeved at the way that the major news outlets are reporting the crisis with emphasis on the radiation danger over in Japan. By all accounts from bloggers and people actually living there, there appears something to be concerned about but the news outlets are really using scare tactics to the rest of the world and then you have people completely misinformed citizens talking about what’s really going on over there…have a link below from a respected news site that tells it like it is…no scare tactics just plain facts.

We Should Stop Running Away From Radiation

Game Bar A Button, Akihabara – An Otaku Experience

One of the more cooler things I got to experience in Japan was a bar that I had heard about but had no idea where it was. Called the Game Bar A Button in Akihabara, the pics I had seen of it looked cool and very much my kind of bar. I was lucky enough to hook up with a friend of mine in Japan who was going there to film an event and asked if I wanted to tag along…as if I was going to say no?!?!? Pics below…

 

 

 

 

Tons and tons of controllers from all generations…
Some controllers and consoles I had never seen or heard of 🙂

 

These were not nailed or glued down and no one steals them!! Try doing that in Melbourne before some console geek makes a break for it 🙁

 

 

 

 

Manga that you can help yourself to as long as you can the local tongue 🙂

 

Hmm…Panasonic Q…sexy…

 

You had me at Dreamcast…

 

 

 

And the reason why we were all there…for Kikuta San! For the uninitiated, Kikuta San is responsible for the score to Secret of Mana on SNES amongst mnay others, one of the most highly revered RPG’s ever. He’s one of the most in demand and constantly busy composers in Japan and he makes time for his fans by posting where he’s making his announcements on his blog! Who else, big name musician, connects with their fans in such an intimate, and without fanfare, setting??

 

What I was dying over though was to the right of Kikuta San…that’s right…that’s a development Dreamcast. Looks like a PC probably because it ran Windows CE but that, along with Kikuta San, was a MASSIVE highlight. Shout outs to Hiroaki Yura, Director of the Eminence Symphony Orchestra, who made time to hang with me…the best trip so far 🙂

 

 

I think I might end up posting more of my pics from Japan now that I have the posting bug…there’s tons in interesting pics I have in my collection 🙂