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[Akihabara, Tokyo] – S.H.Figuarts Exhibition

12 Aug

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

KingOfMonstersIn my mind there are pairings that seem so right that one wonders if they can exist without the other. Pairings that one never may question, because to do so would bring at best puzzled looks, and at worst scorn.

I can think of the famous pairings of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, chocolate and peanut butter, and Akihabara and collectible figures.

Okay, that last one was a bit a stretch. You can pair most anything with Akihabara and no one would bat an eye; Akihabara and cosplay, Akihabara and electronics, Akihabara and anime. You see, there is a lot we can pair with such a wonderful place.

And it is in this wonderful place in the Chiyoda ward of Tokyo, that you will find the latest thing to catch your eye. I dare you to walk past it.

The Tamashii Nations’ Akiba Showroom is having a S.H.Figuarts exhibition in the JR Akihabara Station. The exhibition spans two rooms and many recognizable brands can be seen. The Brands of Sailor Moon, Kamen Rider and Himitsu Sentai Goranger are just a sample of what can be viewed. There is even a figure dedicated to the late pop legend Michael Jackson.

The S.H.Figuarts exhibition started August 4, 2014.

 
Source: Dochi Hoko
YouTube Video: Jenny Silver

Akihabara Maid Cafe Robbed of Y130, 000

4 Nov

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Police on Monday that a maid cafe in Tokyo’s Akihabara district was robbed of 130, 000 Yen.

According to police reports, the robbery took place at 8:30 pm on Sunday night (November 3) at the MaiDreamin Café. According to the Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) , the police are saying the man who had stayed in the café under the guise of customer for over an hour, finally approached the cash register as though to pay his bill.  A surveillance camera captured images of the man pulling out a knife and grabbing the 25-year-old employee sales clerk by the collar. After forcing her to put all the money from the till into a bag, the man ran out the emergency exit.

The employee was shaken but unharmed. police said.

The suspect is said to be in his 20s, roughly 170 cm tall, and wearing a black suit and sunglasses.


 
Additional news report from ANN News on TV Asahi:
http://news.tv-asahi.co.jp/news_society/articles/000015373.html

Maid café is a sub-category of costume play (cosplay) cafés. Maid cafés are a place where the servers (waitresses) are dressed in maid costumes and act as servants. The maids treat their customers as if they were masters or mistresses in their own private home. The first permanent maid café, Cure Maid Café, was established in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan in March 2001.

Source(s): Japan Today and News on Japan.

Akihabara Featured in PS3 Release

22 Oct

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

akiba3If you can’t afford to go to Akihabara in real life then I guess the next best thing is being there digitally. And that is what is possible with an upcoming PS3 release.

Akiba’s Trip 2 is an adventure game sequel from the original Playstation Portable (PSP) release of 2011. In this sequel, much as the original, the protagonist has to save Tokyo from blood sucking demons. The demons appear as normal people but only the player’s special cell phone, called Mirror Snap, can let you tell the evil beings from the innocents.akiba2

Once revealed the player will have to engage in close combat until the demon in question is weakened. And the only way to truly kill a blood sucking demon is by stripping them of their clothes, exposing them to sunlight and killing them.

We learn from recent reports that real Akihabara stores such as Karaoke Adores, Tsukumo, Dear Stage, Sutadonya and Go Go Curry are featured in the game.

Akiba’s Trip 2 will be released in Japan on November 7, 2013 for the PS Vita and PS3.

Source(s): YouTube user AcquireVideoOfficial, GadgetFreak, Giant Bomb and Gematsu.

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[Chiyoda, Tokyo] Pretty Undead Maids All in a Row

14 Oct

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Translation: "Warning! There is a zombie outbreak in this building!"

Translation: “Warning! There is a zombie outbreak in this building!”

Halloween isn’t widely celebrated in Japan but there is at least one place in Japan you can go to get your ghoul on, Schatzkiste, a Akihabara culture café is holding their fourth annual Maid of the Dead in Chiyoda, Tokyo.

Schatzkiste is part of a franchise of maid cafés. And at the Akihabara location you’ll be treated to some fun in the form of zombie maids who’ll serve you some frighteningly fun food. Some of the tasty treats that will be featured are Nameless Horror Omurice, Smashed Brain Cheese Cake and Eyeball Juice.

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Akihabara: Playground and Home to Geeks

1 Oct

By James Shaw and Ed Sum

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J: The documentary Akihabara Geeks follow the lives of a few of the inhabitants of Akihabara or as it’s been nicknamed “Electric Town.”

And as I like to call the inhabitants “damn lucky,” oh what I would not do to live there, where many geeks congregate. It would be like a large convention every day. The documentary is not hard-hitting by any means. In fact it could almost act as a holiday advertisement for Akihabara. We get to know some of the occupants and they seem to be like anyone else with their own dreams and their own little quirks, except for one resident who is painted as downright odd.

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