Tag Archives: Japan

Get “Hali Gali” with WARPs UP latest music video!

15 Nov

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WARPs UP, a four-piece dance group with members from Japan and China and fans in both territories, have announced their latest song, ‘Hali Gali’, which is now on YouTube and as a limited release in China.

The music video for ‘Hali Gali’ is directed by filmmaker Kenichiro Shimizu (PELE) and Tokyo-based creative group REALROCKDESIGN, which also produces large-scale outdoor festivals and sensory entertainment show STAR ISLAND. Shimizu, working with Daito Manabe (Rhizomatiks), was the videographer and editorial director on British artist Squarepusher’s ‘Terminal Slam’ video. His works have garnered acclaim for their innovation and creativity, with ‘Terminal Slam’ receiving the Computer Animation Category Honor Award at Austria’s Ars Electronica Award 2020.

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Japan’s Mega (Toy) Hobby Expo Goes Online!

8 Oct
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Three-Day Event Hosted by MegaHouse Opens to Global Audiences From 10/30 to 11/1

New and exciting products from the world of anime, manga, and gaming will be revealed when leading Japanese figure and toy company MegaHouse Co., Ltd. presents the MegaHobby Expo Online from Oct 30th to Nov 1st, JST, 2020.

This annual event is now open to viewers worldwide for the first time via the internet! It’s a showcase for a new generation of hobby collectables. Upcoming items from the following smash hit entertainment properties are expected to appear.

Cyber Formula
Demon Slayer
Digimon Adventure
Mobile Suit Gundam
One Piece
And Many Others!

This year’s MegaHobby Expo has been recrafted as a “virtual convention” where visitors from around the world can enjoy new figure and product reveals, participate in interactive events and explore booths from participating Japanese toy and figure exhibitors such as Alter, Hobby Japan, Kotobukiya, Aniplex+, Dengeki Hobby WEB, Licorne, Yoyogi Animation Gakuin, and MIMEYOI.

MegaHouse figures are renowned by collectors for their amazing level of detail and visual impact. The new figure at the MegaHobby Expo can be viewed in advance in 360°. Visitors will be able to then share their favorite angles on social media.

The MegaHobby Expo will be hosted from Oct. 30th to Nov.1st, JST, 2020 at the official MegaHobby website at https://megahobbyexpo.jp. The website and contents will remain online until Nov. 16.

For more information, please visit MegaHouse on Twitter, Instagram or their official website (English)

Project Dreams at Fantasia 2020! How to Build Mazinger Z’s Hanger

29 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Digital Film Festival 2020
International Premiere
August 29th, 2020

Just when you think real life can’t imitate fantasy–namely making a full scale RX-78-2 Gundam that can move–cinema has upped the scale by postulating if we can build a working underwater hanger bay to house the Mazinger Z. The ambition is there, with an appropriate soundtrack to boot, and I couldn’t help but cheer and yell, “gambatte”. The question is, can the civil engineering company Maeda Corporation (fantasy marketing division) build it?

To note: Yes, this company is real and yes, they actually made actual plans to build this for real.

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Wotakoi: On Why Love is Hard for Otaku in this Movie Review

29 Aug

By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)

Fantasia Festival 2020
North American Premiere
Aug 29, 2020

Based on the manga of the same name, Wotakoi: Love is Hard for Otaku (ヲタクに恋は難しい,) by Fujita is a hilarious live action musical comedy that doesn’t require audiences to know anything about the source material.

Narumi Momose (Mitsuki Takahata) is a young office worker who reads yaoi manga. She keeps this fact hidden very well. Also, she likes Hirotaka Nifuji (Kento Yamazaki). They knew each other when really young, and now he’s working in the same building as her. He’s always had difficulty expressing his feelings to her and it’s very amusing to watch them rekindle their relationship. She’s high strung and he’s mild mannered.

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