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Our favourite videographers, Rescue The Princess, are at it again, this time giving the rest of the world a look at Halloween time in Japan! And as usual, there’s many cool sights with loads of interesting people, cosplays and just general shenanigans. This was filmed at the street party in Shibuya which I need to get to one year 🙂
Halloween is upon us and we at Japandaman thought we’d get into the spirit by showcasing a list of the top 10 scariest horror games. A lot of thought went into this and no doubt you’ll have your own thoughts and favourites which we’d love to hear about. Maybe we’ll give them a go and see how long we can last playing them in the dark…
In no particular order, our list starts with…
10. Alan Wake
With the eerie, not of place Twin Peaks-esque setting, this game hit that nerve in your body that unsettles you from the word go. It’s not so much that it’s a game full of gore and horror but what it does do it substitute those factors for something that is more disturbing and mildly uncomfortable. It’s a game that does it well and has inspired other games since then.
This is one game that came out of nowhere and scared the crap out of many gamers. With it’s weird dreamlike states and illusions caused by Alma, the little girl that is creepy soley by existing. The first person view, watching things happening when there’s no one else in view, makes the hairs on the back of your stand up and has you looking over your shoulder. A true classic even today.
8. Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem
This is Nintendo Gamecube game has a special place in my heart. With it’s unique time travelling levels and the use of the cleverly implement Sanity Meter, you can never tell if what you’re looking at is real or just in your head. Once the Sanity Meter kicks in, you can expect things to happen like the volume on your TV adjust itself, the Gamecube itself crashing or even in-game power ups not working like they’re supposed to. But…are these things really happening or is it all in your head?
7. Until Dawn
One of the newer titles in this list landed on the PS4 in grand style with it’s incredible visuals, recognisable actors, stunning locales and brilliant storytelling. With the characters in the game all trying to survive with a maniac on the loose, the cabin and dark, snow filled environment make the perfect setting for many jumps and yelps. You can’t help but develop to have feelings for your favourite characters while you learn to detest others. And the sharp design of the game sees the decisions you make while talking to your in-between levels psychiatrist come back to haunt you later in the game. Is any decision you make in the game truly the right one?
6. Fatal Frame II: Crimson Butterfly
No list would be complete without a mention of the Fatal Frame series and Crimson Butterfly truly had us shook during the playthrough. Using an ancient camera as your only defence seems like a foolish weapon but when you weigh it up against the spooky spectres which can be beaten by it, you quickly learn that the camera is your best friend. With a storyline involving two sisters, guilt and loss, it sets the scene for one of the most disturbing entries in the series. If you get the chance, play the Wii U entry, Fatal Frame: Maiden Of Black Water, another worthy entry.
Outlast ticks all the boxes for a truly scary experience. Asylum, check. Dark environments, check. Enemies bigger than life, check. Little to no weapons, check. Employing a first person perspective, this is one game that throws you right into the action and early on you see that you’re up against insurmountable odds. With scary enemies (mouths sewn shut) and terrifying men (wearing someone’s skin), this is one game that will stay with you after the credits roll.
4. Resident Evil 4
Another game that hit the Nintendo Gamecube and ripped the survival horror franchise right open. With main protagonist, Leon Kennedy sent into a wooded area with weird religious characters, all the while fighting his way through with limited ammo while trying to find the daughter of the USA, it’s a scarily brilliant game. And even after you find her, the scares don’t stop there as you basically have to head to the extraction zone while also trying to protect her, Ashley. She’s not the brightest girl which makes for some extremely tense moments in the game. The re-release on the Wii and again the PS4 opened up the experience to a new audience and if you haven’t played it yet, we strongly urge you to. This is a true classic, ageless game.
3. Resident Evil 1
With it’s claustrophobic mansion setting, extremely limited save opportunities and ammo, fighting off zombies, zombie dogs and other assorted nasties was never more scary or creepy when this game hit up the PS1. It introduced gamers around the world to the concept of Survival Horror and started a series that has had more ups than downs. The STARS team need your help to rescue their missing members, can you find them before you get eaten alive?
This demo which was to be a new Silent Hill new game has been shelved but this demo from Hideo Kojima and film maker, Guillermo Del Toro, brought a truly unique experience to Playstation. How they manage to effectively take one hallway, place it on repeat and offer a new experience each time you walk through it is truly astonishing and quite a unique experience. It isn’t what you see that makes it scary but rather what you don’t see and what keeps you guessing around each corner. It has jumps, thrills, puzzles and more. Truly a shame that it’s only a teaser.
1. Silent Hill 2
Another series that needs to be mentioned is Silent Hill and in particular Silent Hill 2. Set in a town covered in a perpetual mist with a radio that begins to spew out static any time an enemy is near will play on your nerves. Because you can’t see them until they’re usually on top of you, the static noise will often have you walking in the opposite direction, too scared to confront what awaits you in the dark. You control James Sunderland who receives a note from his dead wife and of course has to investigate. However at every turn, he has to battle his inner demons as he finds himself swimming in a pool of regret, guilt and fears. A truly atmospheric experience.
What do you say? Do you agree, disagree, have your own list? We’d love to hear about them, let us know!
Halloween in Japan is going down and it’s jumped in popularity over the past handful of years where it used draw the attention of a few hundred to well over 100,000 in Tokyo. So if you happen to be in Japan right now and are wondering where to go to see the Halloween sights for 2017, then look no further, we have you covered.
We’ve mentioned Halloween before in previous posts but it really is an amazing place to check out the Halloween cosplay and fun that the locals get up to. It’s chockfull of people wearing crazy outfits and even more outlandish make up. Here’s a look at Halloween in Shibuya:
Date (unofficial): 30th October 2017
2. Ikebukuo Halloween Cosplay Festival
We recently ran a post about this very event, in case you missed it you can give it a look right here. Suffice to say that it’s another fun filled event which be loaded full of Halloween antics.
Date: 28&29 October 2017
Website: http://ikebukurocosplay.jp/ (Japanese)
3. Roppongi Halloween Parade
This will be a huge event as Roppongi is actually one of the first places in Tokyo that started the whole Halloween craze in the first place so no doubt they’ll be throwing a massive party! There’s parades, heaps of food stalls, cosplay, live music and loads more!
Date: 22nd October 2017
4. Kawasaki Halloween 2017
Kawasaki will be throwing a massive shindig with cosplay comps, food stalls, live music and a dance party. The theme this year is “LOVE & JOY!” which pretty much sums up the night.
Date: 29th October 2017
5. Tokyo Tower Halloween Night Fantasia
Even famous landmark Tokyo Tower gets into the act and festivities by throwing a massive event. The tower itself will be decked out in Halloween themed art and NAKED will be supplying an impressive digital art projection. There’s also free costume hire so you really don’t have an excuse to join in.
Date:~31st October 2017
Hours:18:00～22:50 (projection mapping)
6. Odaiba Fireworks 2017 & Halloween Beach Festival
If you want to see Halloween in with a bit more bang then Odaiba has you covered as they’ll be having a fireworks display as well to light up the sky. The fireworks show will be synchronised to music while having stunning Rainbow Bridge in the background. Food stands, a Halloween parade and performances round off the night and while you’re there, stop by the new Unicorn Gundam and say hello!
Date: 21 October 2017
Ticket : 5,800 yen~
7. Shibuya Otona Halloween Party
Not content with having a street festival, Shibuya joins the list again with another event they’re throwing for Halloween. Whilst the first event on this list is official, this is the official event thrown by Shibuya. It’ll be held at the Hikarie Building on the 9th floor and promises to be a less crowded event than the street party.
Date: 28th October 2017
Admission Fee: FREE
Website: http://otonahalloween.com/ (Japanese only)
8. Disney Halloween @Tokyo Disney Resorts
If Disney is more your thing then this destination has you covered. Halloween time at the Disney theme parks is always a fun event event with parades, themed food, music performances and decorations as far as the eye can see. And that’s just the parks, the various Disney resorts also join the fun and deck themselves out in true Halloween style.
Date:~31st October 2017
9. Puro Halloween Party @Sanrio Puroland
You didn’t think everyone’s favourite feline had been left out, did you? Hello Kitty receives the Halloween treatment as well courtesy of Sanrio Puroland. All the Sanrio characters have been given the Halloween makeover and been transformed into even more cutesy versions of themselves.
Date:~31st October 2017
10. Halloween Buffet @Hilton Tokyo
And lastly, for those with a bit more upmarket taste, the Hilton Hotel is getting into the act with a Halloween buffet loaded with an obscene amount of Halloween themes candy and treats which will look great on anyone’s Instagram account. Just take a look at the pic below!
Date: ~31st October 2017
Hope something in the list grabbed your eye and if yo do attend any of the events, we’d love to see your pics. Just drop us a line or make a submission and we’ll post them right here for you!
Source: JW Web Magazine
Ikebukuro in Tokyo is known for being another centre for otaku goodness. However, something else it’s also known for is hosting the kickass Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 in the near future. Hosted by Niconico, a Japanese based video social sharing site, the Ikebukuro East Entrance area of the JR station will undergo a stunning transformation from 29th to 30th October 2017 (Saturday and Sunday).
This is an event that takes place each year attracting cosplayers decked out in the best Halloween cosplay. There will also be events and activities to engage the participants and really make it a fun event. The best part of the event is that it takes place all over Ikebukuro, it isn’t dedicated to just one street or area of the town.
The annual event has been happening since 2014 and it’s growing in popularity as year passes. Now entering it’s 4th year, organisers are expecting up to 10,000 cosplayers taking part. The event is also streamed online and in the past has attracted 240,000 online viewers on Niconico Live Streaming. Anyone can take part as there’s an open invitation and there’s zero cost involved. The main part of the event will be taking place on the familiar Otome Road and will also encompass the nearby Minami Ikebukuro Park, no doubt there will be many cosplay photoshoots going down.
If you can’t be there in person, don’t sweat because as previously mentioned, the event will be live telecast on Niconico. Here’s the streaming schedule below:
Niconico Live Streaming Schedule
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 – Stage Live Streaming- [DAY 1]
Date: October 28th 10:45～
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival 2017 – Stage Live Streaming- [DAY 2]
Date: October 29th 11:00～
Here’s some more information for those lucky enough to be in town:
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival Outline
■ Dates: October 28th (Sat.) ～ October 29th (Sun.) 10:00-18:00
■ Main Sponsor : Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival Executive Committee (niconico / Animate Ltd. )
■ Co-host : Toshima-ku / Sunshine City
■ Management and Production : Animate Ltd. / Dwango Co., Ltd. / Hacosta Inc.
■ Support: acosta! / Cure World Cosplay / COSPLAY MODE / Cosplayer’s Archive / World Cosplay Summit /
niconico / Hareza Ikebukuro Developer / Vantan
■ Participation Fee: Participation and viewing are free of charge.
■ Cosplay Changing room / Luggage Storage Area : 1000 Yen (tax included)
■ Official Website: ikebukurocosplay.jp
Ikebukuro Halloween Cosplay Festival – Event Highlights
● Niconico Cospllection (Oct.28th & Oct.29th – 11:00～17:00)
Source: WOW Japan
Halloween has come and gone for another year (tear) but even in Japan, the taxi drivers in Fukuoka got into the spirit (see what I did there?) and celebrated the event. The drivers from the taxi company, Lucky Taxi, decked themselves out in zombie cosplay as they went about their daily business and the results were amazing!
Check out this guy above! Imagine getting picked up by him?
And the cabs themselves aren’t spared either.
The promotion only ran for one day so we’ll have to see what they get up to next Halloween!
Tokyo Fashion have been busy in Shibuya covering the recent three day street party Halloween event in Shibuya which saw the streets get closed and thousands of Halloween cosplayers take to the streets and just have a great time. There’s some amazing cosplays in these clips and some very cute and funny ones too. One thing that Japan does very well is take things to the next level!
It’s that scary time of year again…it’s HALLOWEEN TIME!! This looks like a great time to take a look back at some of the scariest anime’s ever, cuddle and snuggle up and get your freak on with these classics! And warning…SPOILERS IN THE TRAILERS!!!
2. Corpse Party
4. Tokyo Ghoul
5. When They Cry
6. Elfen Lied
7. Ghost Stories
10. Ghost Hunt
Time to see what goodies I received in the October Tokyo Treat box, this month the theme was Halloween and Autumn Flavours! Highlights were the cool pair of chopsticks and the special Tokyo Treat x Halloween sticker they threw in!
To get your own Tokyo Treat box and check out their different membership tiers, check out their official site: Tokyo Treat.
Halloween has come and gone for another year and for something new, I thought it would be a great idea to have a retrospective look at past game commercials, covering Wonder Swan, N64, Gameboy Advance and more, that have been spooky or creepy in way or another. There’s some great ones in there that will make your skin crawl 🙂