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Slashing Bluelight Away with Sword Art Online’s Eyewear

27 Jun

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By Ed Sum (The Vintage Tempest)

Timbuk 3 sang the praises for donning dark spectacles in their song, “Future’s So Bright I Gotta Wear Shades” but I was never sure about donning generic looking sunglasses. The multimedia franchise Sword Art Online explores virtual worlds where its heroes can enter (after putting on a specialized headwear instead of simply glasses) but never leave … and for fans to wear a product based on this series on their eyes will not doubt show to the real world how serious they are with being an otaku, especially when sitting outside in public and staring at their smartphones too long. Although these are meant to be simply computer glasses for indoor use, I’m sure anime fans want to show off their cred.

This piece of protective-wear is designed to filter out harmful blue light. The technology has been around for a fair number of years as generic eye-wear, as a coating over prescription lenses or clip-on over regular glasses. Not many entrepreneurs have decided to turn it into a fashion line, which is what this line is about.

Orders are being taken from June 27 to August 6, 2016 through Otakumode. This item is expected to ship on December 2017.

Three designs sporting different blades (belonging to the main characters) along the arm are offered. They are Kirito’s Elucidator / Dark Repulser, Asuna’s Lambent Light and Sinon’s Hecate II.

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Japan’s Graniph is Breaking out the Lum Wear for All Ages!

13 Jun

Lumclothing1By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Still going strong after all these years Rumiko Takahashi’s creation of Urusei Yatsura finds a way to reach a new generation of anime fans. As of June 14th, Graniph’s of Japan will be carrying officially licensed Urusei Yatsura clothing for both children and adults in their store. Takahashi’s Yatsura exploded in the 1980’s as an animated series after first premiering in the “Weekly Shōnen Sunday” in 1978. The manga ran until 1987 while the animated series was broadcast from 1981 to 1986. In all 195 episodes of the series, 11 OVAs, and 6 theatrical films tells the adventures of lascivious Ataru Moroboshi after he saves planet earth against an invading horde of aliens (the Oni) in a deciding game of tag, only to find he’s now saddled with the combatant from a misunderstood marriage proposal. Ataru’s girlfriend and intended betrothed Shinobu Miyake, is less than pleased. Though Ataru has no interest in his new bride-to-be, he must try to rekindle the flame of love with Shinobu and avoid Lum’s jealous electrical shock attacks.

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Mass Marketing Minion-Mania is with Kinder Surprise!

3 Jul

despicable_me_2_minions-wideBy Ed Sum (The Minion Addict)

Unless you have been living under a rock or cave, the Minions are invading the planet! That is, from grocery to big box stores, there are more than toy products. While I was out shopping this past month, I saw General Mills Minions cereal, licensed boxers from Despicable Me 2 and Chinese knock-offs at the gift shop in Chinatown. These adorable yellow puff n’ stuffs might also be set to invade the television screen too. Well, if a series is in development, Illumination Entertainment is not telling but I will not be surprised. These single-celled organisms have one simple goal: serve someone evil and show they are not inept. There’s no better strategy than to appear anywhere so they tell everyone they are willing to help!

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A How to Train Your Dragon 2 Merchandise Update

9 Jun

By Trader Johann (Trader at Large)

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How to Train Your Dragon fans will soon be inundated with merchandise from various fronts. Lucky AMC theater goers who attend a special screening Jun 12 (and who may have to be part of the AMC Stubs program) will get a commemorative dragon pin. Over on Walmart.com, there is a ZinePak exclusive for people buying the soundtrack — it comes with a nifty looking Nightfury patch. Topps also will have trading cards ready for some outlets to carry, but the list does not end there.

The real good stuff has to belong to the two books (one now available) that Cressida Cowell, original author and creator of this exciting series, has penned. These books expand her literary HTTYD universe with The Complete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species (How to Train Your Dragon) and How To Train Your Dragon: Incomplete Book of Dragons.

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