Saturday 30 January 2010 @ 1:28 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
It was two years ago when we found out about Miteru Dake, a series of videos of women simply staring at a camera aimed at helping Japanese men overcome shyness. But really we all know it’s for guys who get their kicks out of having women stare them down.
Well Japan might not be know for it’s gender equality, but weird fetishes are the great equalizer and so now there’s Miteru Dake For Lady a DVD filled with videos of men staring at the camera. Ladies, do you enjoy this, or is it as stupid as the other version?
Also, would the universe collapse were I to place 2 screens facing each other playing both versions of these?
Sunday 15 November 2009 @ 2:05 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Being a language teacher in a foreign country is never easy, in a country as prejudiced and complex as Japan it’s even harder. Here’s a little video which pokes fun at the ridiculous and uncomfortable situations of an English teacher in Japan. It’s a bit hit-or-miss but I was cracking up one minute in.
Now if you excuse me I have to go call the police, there’s a lood party next door.
Friday 13 November 2009 @ 12:35 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
We’ve all heard horrible voice acting, for crying out loud, we love anime and there’s hardly a better example of horrible voice acting than english dubbed anime. Games are no exception though, specially during the days of the PSX and the early years of the PS2. Here’s a video compilation of some of Videogame’s worst voice acting moments.
It becomes pretty obvious pretty fast that bad voice acting is out there and there’s plenty of it, but that there’s also a huge amount of horrendous dialogue to begin with, specially Japanese games localized to english. Dear localizers, stop trying to sound like what you think a cool 13 year old sounds like. Now if you’ll excuse me “I have to stay alive and write this article before I die”.
Monday 9 November 2009 @ 12:11 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Who hasn’t had one of those days where a super hero team starts harassing you for no reason? I know it happens to me at least twice a month! This is also the story of Katori Shintaro, who never thought he was a good guy, but never thought he was a bad guy either. Especially not one bad enough to destroy the earth.
This skit came out years ago, before DDN even existed, for completition’s sake and due to the request of Sanime over in our chat, we’re posting it.
Monday 2 November 2009 @ 10:46 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Japan is at it again, trying its best to have mecha out as soon as possible. This time they are not going the giant robot route, a la Gundam, but are once again pursuing the power suit, a la Patlabor. Engineers at Kyoto’s Activelink Co. have developed this little beauty you see above, called the Dual-Arm Power Amplification Robot, or DAPAR for short. Sure it needs a better name but it’s nearly fully movable and amplifies both arm and leg movement, enabling you to lift over 90 kg without a hitch.
Yeah, it cant hurl armored vehicles like pillows just yet but they are aiming to make it fully mobile and have it in practical use by 2015. Add a couple of extra years and they’ll have the DAPAR swinging an oversized sword and firing an enormous sub-machine gun.
Friday 18 September 2009 @ 12:18 am | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
It appears the PS3 version of Ninja Gaiden 2 will feature motion control. More specifically, it will include motion controlled breasts. Now, given the demographic of anyone who buys any Team Ninja game, this is a killer feature. And as such, the trailer above advertises it in the most honest way possible.
Remember those extremely excited families on Wii game trailers? Yeah we all know that’s over-acted. But this? This is exactly what will happen.
Thursday 27 August 2009 @ 9:48 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
Let’s get ready for the weekend with a nice cup of WTF, shall we? Ah, I’ve got the perfect video for you, please enjoy!
Confused enough yet? These are ads for Mameshiba, a small kind of cell phone strap line of mascots. They are small bean-dogs which always seem to have some disheartening trivia for you. The name is a play on words involving dogs and a word for small and bean, we wont get into it as it’s not really funny unless you are Japanese and. You’ve got polite cute dog-beans eager to ruin your day while a dramatic sad song plays in the background, I don’t think an explanation is needed, I don’t think you really want an explanation. It’s perfect just the way it is.
Somebody at Oasis clearly knows what appeals to young otaku men. They ticked every box for this commercial. 2 girls on a bed in netball outfits: check. One girl feeding the other a tasty beverage as she has her mouth suggestively wide open: check. Japanese dialogue: check. Japanese girls screaming “No!” in high pitched voices: check. A city being attacked by sonic rays: check. A J-Pop jingle: check, check, check! All that was missing was some up-skirt panty shots, a school uniform, and a bit of para para.
TV commercials in the UK pretty much suck. It goes in phases. Sometimes you’ll get lots of cool adverts air at a given time, then you’ll get a load of shit ones. So this definitely stuck out to me and my mates when it aired. It threw me through a loop. Because I never though an advert so Japanesey would air on UK TV. Who knows! It could be a new trend thing. Especially as this comes after the Mikado advert.
For those who want to see more of the girls in the ad, you can watch them giggling and mucking about on a laptop here. And if you’ve got a webcam and mic setup on your desktops or laptops, you can play the official Rubberduckzilla games here.
Saturday 9 May 2009 @ 10:46 pm | By Ivan 'Nahu' Lozano
While Japan is obviously getting ready for the come of our future robot overlords, by ushering the come of said overlords themselves, then teaching the future generations how to defend against it with shows like Gundam and Macross.
However Japan is also getting their young ones ready for a bunch of other impending emergencies, like the Zombie apocalypse. Like in the video above when a TV show subjects 3 little kids to a simulated Zombie attack, complete with setting up traps, barricading and melee combat. These kids will outlive us all when the undead rise.
In all seriousness though, as hilarious as this is, if it were done anywhere else besides Japan people would be outraged at the trauma they are causing these kids. Myself? I think that kid at the end is now more of a man now that all of us could ever hope to be.
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