The Twilight Zone

October 7, 2010

After hearing about everything Atron and David experienced in Japan, it definitely sounds like a surreal experience.  I’ve always wondered what it would be like visiting Japan ever since I’ve grown to like their media, specifically when I witnessed Japan’s girl group AKB48 skyrocket in terms of popularity.

A place where AKB48 posters are regularly hung on the sides of buildings and singles can be bought in any music establishment?  A place that has an official store where I can buy goods directly without an expensive middle-man?  Where their magazines and photobooks are casually lain about in a 7-11?  It’s definitely not the world I live in.  Even throw-away fliers for various merchandise baring the sacred ‘AKB48’ logo feel like they have some sort of value simply because they don’t exist outside of Japan.

While I have to scour and look for whatever media my favorite idols appear in through the internet, all I would need to do in Japan is turn on the television.

Such thoughts were even more punctuated when I came across this Japanese commercial for the XBox 360’s ‘Kinect’.

It’s a pretty funny commercial, parodying old ads from the 70’s and 80’s, complete with antiqued audio, questionable dubbing and a grainy-bleached aesthetic; but the casual inclusion of SKE48’s Matsui Jurina and Matsui Rena had me doing a double-take.  Was that really them?  In a ‘Kinect’ ad?  I bet the general public didn’t think much of it, but that’s what’s so funny; how the ordinary becomes extraordinary just because I live across the ocean.

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K-On! Hokago Live! is coming up soon.

September 18, 2010

Now that I’ve dedicated myself to picking up a PSP(a pink one at that), I’m running into PSP titles without even looking for them.

I’ve come across this trailer for a K-On! music/rhythm/button-pressing game coming out this September 30th in Japan.

the presentation looks really nice, and the game play looks more approachable compared to the madness that is DJ Max.  K-On!: Hokago Live! looks like a game I can play on the go without hours of practice.  Looks like I should start compiling a list of PSP games I’ll be picking up after AKB 1/48.


New ‘The Last Guardian’ Teaser

September 16, 2010

Ps3’s The Last Guardian makes another appearance at the Tokyo Game Show, reminding me and thousands of others about its arrival.  This trailer shows more of its trademark puzzle-platforming elements, and its beautiful aesthetics look even better than it has in previous trailers.

One thing that makes me sad: as a release date, it says “Holiday 2011”, which probably means late fall of next year.  I’ve waited this long, I suppose I can wait…another year and a couple months.


STREET FIGHTER X TEKKEN

July 24, 2010

goddamn it, i KNEW there was a reason to go to comicon this year.

i’m excited, way more than the limp dick that will be marvel vs capcom 3.

click here for the kick-ass gameplay presenation.

YES.  GIVE ME A CHARACTER LINE UP.