15 of Japan’s Best April Fool’s Jokes From 2016

By Kristen Olson Evangelion X Godzilla Image: iDigitalTimes When Hideaki Anno of Evangelion fame posted that the Evangelion units would… Read More

Why Virtual Dating Apps Can Help Real-Life Dating

By Kristen Olson Above: Illustration by Christopher DeLorenzo “Whether I create a catastrophic couple or the happiest couple is really… Read More

Solid or Striped? Japanese Mythbusters Take On Anime Physics With Schoolgirl’s Skirts

By Kristen Olson Mythbusters may be wrapped in the US, but separating truth from fiction is far from over in… Read More

Japanese Mascots: Why Size Matters… When Traveling

By Kristen Olson Whether you’ve been on the giving, receiving, or happened-to-overhear-your-roommate’s-girlfriend end, at some point in our life we’ve… Read More

Male Teacher Cosplays As Female Characters, Gets Discovered By Own Student

By Kristen Olson Once upon a time Uncle Ben told Spiderman, “With great cosplay power, comes great notoriety.” While Uncle… Read More

Netflix Teams With Studio Behind Ghost In The Shell To Deliver ‘Perfect Bones’ Original Anime Series

By Kristen Olson Just last year, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings expressed the company’s intention to invest in more diverse show… Read More

Metal Gear Solid Creator Plans For An Anime-Inspiring Next Project

By Kristen Olson You can take the Kojima out of the Konami but you can’t take the passion for breaking… Read More

The King of Nerd Krunk: Kadesh Flow and his anime Hip-Hop landscape

How’d you get started in rapping? I actually was making fun of a friend who had bad breath. We made… Read More

Valentine’s Day and White Day: yes, things are different in Asia.

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Just like Christmas is very different in Japan, the Valentine’s Day celebration is only minimally… Read More

J.K. Rowling Announces Four Additional Wizarding Schools, Including One In Japan

By Kristen Olson When the High Queen of Wisdom and Wizardry J.K. Rowling speaks, we (the Internet) listen. And when… Read More

Odds Are Ever In Fans’ Favor As J-pop ‘No Dating’ Clauses Ruled Unconstitutional

By Kristen Olson Where there’s a will, now there’s an easier way. Previously on “Fantasies That Will Never Happen”, male… Read More

Take Your Cosplay from Inexperienced to Expert with this Cosplay Photo Tour

By Kristen Olson Reason #743 to move to Japan: their Cosplay game is smoking’ Ho ho! You didn’t expect me… Read More

Star Wars and the Japanese Connection

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Back before the 1960s, most people entered the American film industry through apprenticeships. Usually those… Read More

How Much Japanese Beauty Has Changed In 100 Years

By Kristen Olson Western styles and trends have had a huge influence on Japanese beauty through the times, and the… Read More

Demonically delicious: Sebastian of Black Butler becomes a BJD!

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Ball-Joint dolls (BJDs) are elegantly beautiful dolls made from modern plastic resin compounds. They are… Read More

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8 Movie Posters Whose Japanese Versions Sound Really… Different

By Kristen Olson Differences in marketing from the United States to overseas are actually pretty commonplace. Some are more egregious… Read More

Case Opened: 20th “Detective Conan” Film Title & Teaser Visual Revealed!

By Kristen Olson Earlier this month, Crunchyroll reported on a teaser video which hinted that the 20th installment in the… Read More

A Look Behind 10 Of The Sloppiest Moments In Anime

By Kristen Olson Animation is expensive. Really expensive. An average 22-minute episode of an anime costs around $123,000, and American… Read More

Show By Rock! releases some wild merch: “Itachari” bicycles

by Michelle “Ms. Geek” Klein-Hass Itasha, “Painful Cars,” have been a subculture of Otaku culture for quite a while. It… Read More