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Wind up Geek’s Cool Japan: Ghostbusters Music Vid Offers Best of Old and New

29 Jun

GhostbustersJapanBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

If Fall Out Boy‘s version of the Ghostbusters theme song is not for you, then stop your crying and dry your eyes because Japan has something a little more retro to offer (and sweeter on the ears).

Japanese comics Tomochika (Why Don’t You Play In Hell?), Oniyakko Tsubaki (Miss Kurosawa Film), Naomi Watanabe (Tug of War!) and Shizuyo Yamasaki (Maniac Hero) star in this homage to the original Ray Parker Jr. music video, complete with neon lights. While the music video was shot on a soundstage, the reason behind such a move may have been to give it a retro feel. But the reboot still retains a presence throughout, the female Ghostbusters are all donned in the latest uniforms and carry the 2016 edition Proton Packs. One the director’s instructions may have been to “have fun” because the female cast (and the ghostly dancers) have taken it to heart.


Source(s): Polygon.

Video Source(s): Ghostbuster News.

Wind up Geek’s Cool Japan: Cool Commercials – ANA’s Cover of Star Wars Theme

13 May

ANABy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

All Nippon Airways (ANA) rolled out this commercial on their official YouTube channel the day before Star Wars fans were to wish each other May the Fourth (or “may the force be with you, always”). This commercial that ANA has produced promotes their specially painted Star Wars passenger jets, three of them in fact. The jets were finished on October 2015, just in time for the release of Star Wars VII – The Force Awakens in theatres in this country.

The first jet is emblazoned with the Star Wars logo whereas the other jets each represented characters from the Star Wars films, both old and new. For the older fans, you can be a passenger on a jet adorned as R2-D2, but for fans who have been introduced to the Star Wars universe through the latest film, BB-8 may be more familiar.

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Wind up Geek’s Cool Japan: Nipponbashi Street Festa 2016

21 Mar

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

NipponbashiStreetFesta2016Every year in Denden Town in Osaka there is held one of the biggest anime-themed events. The streets to Denden are closed to traffic every March 20th from 11am to 5pm to make way for a colourful festival of cosplayers in elaborate costumes, robot performances, live music and more. This year the cosplay looked so good. I have to thank the participants of the Nipponbashi for always striving to make the Festa better. As one former spectator attested “I remember when it was just a bunch of guys dressed as Sentai heroes.”

The cosplayers in this photo appear to be representing characters from the 1988 anime series Mashin Hero Wataru directed by Shūji Iuchi (Crush Gear Turbo). The plot is about a 9-year-old boy named Wataru Ikusabe (戦部 ワタル) who is transported to a magical realm called Soukaizan (創界山) by a dragon. In this realm Wataru befriends the Soukaizan natives. Using his new-found powers to transform a clay sculpture into a somewhat autonomous and small Super Robot, he journeys with his new-found friends to rid the realm of an evil, demonic ruler.

The Festa welcomes visitors from all over the world. But Otaku no Culture would to remind people who plan to visit Osaka (or Japan for that matter) in the future, please use proper ettiquette by learning what is considered rude in Japan, and be respectful not only of the surroundings but of the people you meet. Because the way you conduct yourself will reflect on other visitors in future.

The Nipponbashi Street Festa is held every year on March 20th. For more information, visit the website here.

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Source(s): Vintage Anime Fans Facebook group and Renato Rivera Rusca.
Photo Source(s): アミス ケネディ.

Wind up Geek’s Cool Japan: McDonald’s New Commercial, I’m Loving It.

18 Mar

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

McDonaldsJapanTeamI’m going to get this off my chest right now, I’m not fond of McDonald’s, at least not the North American version. It’s not McDonald’s food, it’s their marketing and how they’ve changed from a family restaurant to a cafe atmosphere, If I want to go to a café I would go to one that isn’t operated by a fast food company. That being said, I hear Japan‘s McDonald’s is run a little different from their North American counterpart. In the United States Ronald McDonald commercials may have been pushed out in favour of the “I’m Lovin’ It” jingle (based off the song “I’m Lovin’ It” by Justin Timberlake) in the world but in Japan they are at least creating interesting (and sometimes wacky) corporate commercials.

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