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Monthly Archives: February 2010

Coming Soon

Mar 5 Taken (Pierre Morel, 2008) Mar 10 Orphan (Jaume Collet-Serra, 2009) Mar 17 The Final Destination (David R. Ellis, 2009) Becoming Jane (Julian Jarrold, 2007) Mar 19 Saw 6 (Kevin Greutert, 2009) The Burning Plain (Guillermo Arriaga, 2008) The Descent: Part 2 (Jon Harris, 2009) 2012 (Roland Emmerich, 2009) Mar 25 The Boat That ...

Feb 25, 2010 | No Comments | 633 views

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Gaijin Gamer

I picked up the new Bioshock 2 despite the fact that the first-person shooter has never been my favorite genre—for all Call of Duty’s jaw-dropping graphics, I couldn’t muster more than a few days of interest in its campaign and multiplayer modes. The original Bioshock was the great exception, becoming the first console shooter to ...

Feb 25, 2010 | No Comments | 654 views

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Extra Extra

Industry insiders and fanboys everywhere are gearing up for next month’s Tokyo International Anime Fair, one of the largest events of its kind (www.tokyoanime.jp). The four-day spectacle at Tokyo Big Sight features industry exhibits, stage performances by foreign and local anime artists, and the Tokyo Anime Awards. There’s also the annual Charity Auction, where fans ...

Feb 18, 2010 | No Comments | 660 views

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Top 10

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Gavin Hood, 2009) Prison Break: The Final Break (Kevin Hooks and Brad Turner, 2009) Transporter 3 (Olivier Megaton, 2008) Crank: High Voltage (Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, 2009) Gokusen The Movie (Toya Sato, 2009) Knowing (Alex Proyas, 2009) Terminator Salvation (McG, 2009) Amalfi: Megami no Hoshu (Hiroshi Nishitani, 2009) Rookies: Sotsugyo (Yuichiro ...

Feb 18, 2010 | No Comments | 728 views

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Extra Extra

Oh, the times, they are a-changin’. The online community is abuzz with the news that NHK has jumped on the Twitter bandwagon. Though the official account (@NHK_PRPR) has just launched, it’s already amassed nearly 20,000 followers. Why the sudden popularity, especially considering that TBS (@tbs_channel) and NTVNTVNTV (@nittele_da_bear) have nowhere near as many followers? It’s ...

Feb 11, 2010 | No Comments | 1,000 views

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Terebi

Many foreigners complain about the blandness of Japanese TV, but London Hearts is one program that likes to stir things up. Hosted by comedy duo London Boots—a.k.a. Atsushi Tamura and Ryo Tamura (no relation)—the variety show has ended up on the Japan PTA’s naughty list for five straight years. This week’s episode sees the return ...

Feb 4, 2010 | One Comment | 3,001 views

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Extra Extra

Mind-bendingly odd manga Legend of Koizumi is coming to animated life this month (www.mudazumo.jp). The ongoing series by Hideki Owada shows how former PM (and gaming aficionado) Junichiro Koizumi settles international disputes through epic mahjong battles against major world leaders. The OVA goes on sale February 26, while vol. 3 of the manga was released ...

Feb 4, 2010 | No Comments | 605 views

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Featured App

For Tokyoites who find themselves short on time (and money), the evening meal is often a cup of instant noodles slurped while hunched under the kotatsu. But the experienced conbini cook knows that there’s more to instant ramen than just boiling water—draining the packet without losing the contents requires perfect timing and expert reflexes. Enter ...

Feb 4, 2010 | No Comments | 833 views

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Saikin Spotlight

Some things about Japan are refreshingly constant: packed trains, the sea of humanity that is Shibuya crossing, and the ubiquitous manga adorned with frolicking girls in bikinis. But now, one of those longstanding traditions is coming to an end. The January 20 issue of Shonen Magazine features two men on the cover for the first ...

Feb 4, 2010 | No Comments | 603 views

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