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Monthly Archives: July 2010

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Ripley Under Ground (M) 5:45-7:30am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF LPGA Golf: Evian Masters 7:30-9am W World News Hour 8-10am N1 MLB: Mariners vs. Twins 9-11:50am N1 Medium: Season 5 10-11am W Royal Pains: Season 1 11-11:50am W The Pacific: Part 2 noon-1pm W The Mummy ...

Jul 31, 2010 | No Comments | 618 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 For Love of the Game (M) 5:30-8am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 MLB: Mariners vs. White Sox 9-11:50am N1 World News Hour noon-12:50pm N1 CSI NY: Season 5 2-2:50pm W PBS Newshour ...

Jul 30, 2010 | No Comments | 820 views

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You Tube Pick

World’s luckiest commuters

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 568 views

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Extra Extra

Two lucky writers got some happy news earlier this month when they were chosen as winners of the 143rd Akutagawa and Naoki prizes. Burgeoning author Akiko Akazome was awarded the Akutagawa for her novel Otome no Mikkoku (“The Anonymous Tip of a Virgin”), which takes up the question of the identity of the person who ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 711 views

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Gaijin Gamer

The increasing complexity of game software story writing and the constant improvements in graphic and production design have sparked a debate within the creative community about their status as works of art. On one side, you have folks like Roger Ebert, who say that video games can never be art (he has since reconsidered this ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 539 views

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Extra Extra

August 4 Alice in Wonderland (Tim Burton, 2010) Post Grad (Vicky Jenson, 2009) The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (Rebecca Miller, 2009) Echelon Conspiracy (Greg Marcks, 2009) AUGUST 6 Coraline (Henry Selick, 2009) AUGUST 11 District 9 (Neill Blomkamp, 2009) Moon (Duncan Jones, 2009) August 25 Clash of the Titans (Louis Leterrier, 2010) An Education ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 545 views

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Terebi

All across Tokyo, preparations are underway for the 33rd annual Sumida River Hanabi Taikai, when approximately 20,000 fireworks will light up the night sky over Asakusa. The two-hour-long spectacle is a competition between rival groups, who strive to outdo each other with stunning displays of everything from traditional warimono hanabi to famous cartoon characters. Known ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 1,325 views

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World News 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W MLB: Red Sox vs. Angels 8-10:50am N1 The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (M) 8:30-11:20pm W World News noon-1pm N1 The Astronaut Farmer (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-2:50pm N1 CSI ...

Jul 29, 2010 | No Comments | 769 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W Stalag 17 (M) 8:30-10:35am W BS World Documentary 10-11am W The Day the Earth Stood Still (M) 10:35am-12:10pm W MLB: Red Sox vs. Angels 11am-1:50pm N1 The Last Boy Scout (M) 12:10-2pm W ...

Jul 28, 2010 | No Comments | 749 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 The Naked and the Dead (M) 8:30-10:45am W BS World 10-11am N1 Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series (M) 10:45am-12:05pm W MLB: Red Sox vs. Angels 11am-1:50pm N1 WBA ...

Jul 27, 2010 | No Comments | 716 views

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PGA Golf: RBC Canadian Open 5-7am N1 Good Morning World 7-8am N1 World News Hour 8-9am N1 The Desert Rats (M) 8:30-10am W MLB: Angels vs. Rangers 9-11:50am N1 World News Hour noon-1pm N1 Max Payne (M) 12:10-2pm W CSI NY: Season 5 2-2:50pm W ABC News 2-3pm N1 Criminal Minds: Season 4 3-3:50pm W ...

Jul 26, 2010 | No Comments | 773 views

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PGA Golf: RBC Canadian Open 5-7am N1 Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-9am N1 The Pacific: Part 1 8-9am W CSI: Season 9 9-10am W BS World 10-10:50am N1 Cold Case: Season 6 10-11am W Primeval: Season 3 10:50-11:35am 1 MLB: Red Sox vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 Gran Torino (M) 11:30am-1:30pm W LPGA Golf: ...

Jul 25, 2010 | No Comments | 735 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 The Bridge on the River Kwai (M) 6:10-9am W Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-10am N1 MLB: Angels vs. Rangers 9am-noon W BS World 10-11am N1 Medium: Season 5 10-11am W Royal Pains: Season 1 11am-12:30pm W MLB: Red Sox vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 ...

Jul 24, 2010 | No Comments | 832 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 Bill’s Food 7-7:30am W Hollywood Express 7:30-8am W CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 Run Silent, Run Deep (M) 8:30-10:10am W BS World 10-11am N1 MLB: Red Sox vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 Charlie, the ...

Jul 23, 2010 | No Comments | 801 views

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Top 5

What series got you into anime? Men Gundam Neon Genesis Evangelion Dragonball Space Battleship Yamato Doraemon Women Sailor Moon Studio Ghibli works Gundam Dragonball One Piece Survey of 2,141 HMV users, May 26-June 14 (www.hmv.co.jp)

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 554 views

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Featured Website

While we hear there are still a few Stone-Age companies that ban employees from sites like Gmail and YouTube, such draconian practices are, for the most part, a thing of the past. Still, even if we’re technically free to browse the interwebs as we please, brazenly checking Twitter under your boss’ watchful eye is perhaps ...

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 910 views

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Extra Extra

Manga may be the big thing in Japan, but Kinokuniya wants Tokyo-based fans of Western comics to know they’re not forgotten. On July 13, the mega book retailer unveiled Japan’s largest selection of comics at its Shinjuku flagship store. Thanks to a recent renovation, the already impressive stock of English-translated manga has also been expanded—to ...

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 772 views

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Terebi

Goofy comedian Hironari Yamazaki (a.k.a. Zakiyama), one half of popular manzai team Untouchable, goes solo for his very own primetime program. Each episode of Hayarimono Nokkari Variety: Zakiyama ga Kuru!! will see the funnyman head to a different location around Japan to investigate a recent trend. He’ll be accompanied by guest stars drawn from the ...

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 2,301 views

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You Tube Pick

Sneaky little buggers

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 496 views

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TV Guide

World News 5-6am N1 Australia (M) 5:10-8am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W MLB: Angels vs. Yankees 8-11am N1 Attack! (M) 8:30-10:20am W World News noon-1pm N1 Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li (M) 12:20-2pm W Ice Age: The Meltdown (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 ...

Jul 22, 2010 | No Comments | 641 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W MLB: Angels vs. Yankees 8-11am N1 A Bridge Too Far (M) 8:30-11:30am W CSI: Season 8 12:35-1:30pm 12 Ice Age (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-3pm N1 CSI NY: Season ...

Jul 21, 2010 | No Comments | 697 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 Beach Red (M) 8:30-10:20am W BS World 10-11am N1 Wimbledon (M) 10:20am-noon W MLB: White Sox vs. Mariners 11am-2pm N1 WBO Boxing: Yuri Foreman vs. Miguel Cotto noon-2pm ...

Jul 20, 2010 | No Comments | 665 views

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Golf: US Women’s Open 5-7am N1 Meet Dave (M) 6-7:35am W Good Morning World 7-8am N1 Battle of Britain (M) 7:40-10am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 Deep Blue (M) 8:15-9:50am N2 MLB: Angels vs. Mariners 8:50-11:30am 1 BS World Documentary 10-11am N1 Beverley Hills Chihuahua (M) 10-11:35am W Pearl Harbor (M) 11:50am-2:55pm W World ...

Jul 19, 2010 | No Comments | 679 views

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PGA Golf: US Bank Championship 5-7am N1 The Sands of Iwo Jima (M) 7-8:51am W Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-9am N1 CSI: Season 9 9-10am W Cold Case: Season 6 10-11am W MLB: Mariners vs. Angels 10am-1pm N1 Primeval: Season 3 10:50-11:35am 1 Terminator 2: Judgement Day (M) 11:30am-2pm W NPB Baseball: Baystars ...

Jul 18, 2010 | No Comments | 675 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 The Man with the Golden Gun (M) 5:30-7:50am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-10am N1 BS World 10-11am N1 Medium: Season 5 10-10:55am W Criminal Minds: Season 4 11-11:50am W MLB: Mariners vs. Angels 11am-2pm N1 The Terminator (M) noon-1:50pm W Harry Potter ...

Jul 17, 2010 | No Comments | 654 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Then She Found Me (M) 6-7:50am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 BS World 10-11am N1 MLB: Mariners vs. Angels 11am-2pm N1 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-3pm N1 Cold Case: Season 5 ...

Jul 16, 2010 | No Comments | 601 views

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You Tube Pick

The end is nigh

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 566 views

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Terebi

Given the incredible amount of food porn to be found on Japanese TV, it’s a wonder that there aren’t more programs like this. TV Tokyo’s Kaiten! Dream Shop is a documentary-style show about chefs struggling to open the restaurants of their dreams. This week’s episode showcases two very different restaurateurs: lifelong noodle buff Shibamori, who ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 677 views

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Top 10

Haneyuri (actress, Moyashimon) Hayato Koshizuki (self-help guru) Predators Gucci Hitomi Manaka (actress who recently changed her name to Machiko Kochi) kyodai meiro (“huge maze”) ikan no i (“express regret”) Kumiko Yamashita (singer) Kasouken no Onna (TV series) Hotaru no Hikari (TV series) Source: Google Trends (www.google.co.jp/trends), July 8.

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 686 views

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Extra Extra

Author Manabu Miyazaki, a self-described “freelance yakuza,” has filed a lawsuit against Fukuoka Prefecture in a case involving gangsters, comics and censorship. The prominent writer and social critic—who gained an international following with the 2005 English translation of his memoir, Toppamono: Outlaw, Radical, Suspect, My Life in Japan’s Underworld—claims that the Fukuoka government infringed on ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 1,208 views

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Gaijin Gamer

No handheld console in history has come close to the Nintendo DS in terms of market success. Since its 2004 release, the device has had three makeovers—the DS Lite, the DSi and, last fall, the DSi XL. The fact that practically every Japanese citizen owns one of these likely inspired Nintendo to remake the console ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 590 views

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World News 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 The Ramen Girl (M) 6:10-7:55am W CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Chip ‘n Dale: Rescue Rangers 8-8:30am W World News 8-9am N1 BS World Documentary 10-10:50am N1 The Happening (M) 10:50am-12:30pm W World News noon-1pm N1 Category 7: The End of the World (M) 12:30-2pm W ...

Jul 15, 2010 | No Comments | 671 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 MLB: All-Star Game: American League vs. National League 9am-1pm N1 Category 7: The End of the World (M) 12:30-2pm W CSI: Season 8 12:35-1:30pm 12 Jumanji (M) 1:30-3:30pm ...

Jul 14, 2010 | No Comments | 600 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 BS World 10-11am N1 WBO Boxing: Vazquez Jr. vs. Bedak 10:30am-12:25pm W World News noon-1pm N1 Category 6: Day of Destruction (M) 12:30-2pm W Big Trouble in Little ...

Jul 13, 2010 | No Comments | 616 views

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Golf: US Women’s Open 4-7am 10 Soccer: FIFA World Cup: Final (R) 7-9am N1 MLB: Yankees vs. Mariners 10am-1pm N1 High School Musical 3: Senior Year (M) 10:30am-12:30pm W Category 6: Day of Destruction (M) 12:30-2pm W The Day of the Jackal (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 ABC News 2-3pm N1 Cold Case: Season 5 2-3:50pm W ...

Jul 12, 2010 | No Comments | 594 views

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Golf: US Women’s Open 4:50-8am 10 PGA Golf: John Deere Classic 5-7am N1 Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-9am N1 CSI: Season 9 9-10am W BS World 10-11am N1 Primeval: Season 2 10:50-11:35am 1 CSI NY: Season 5 10-11am W MLB: Yankees vs. Mariners 11am-2pm N1 Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 2 11:30am-3:55pm ...

Jul 11, 2010 | No Comments | 678 views

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Golf: US Women’s Open 4:55-8am 10 World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF World News Hour 8-10am N1 BS World 10-11am N1 Medium: Season 5 10-11am W MLB: Yankees vs. Mariners 11am-2pm N1 Criminal Minds: Season 4 11-11:50am W Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 2 11:30am-4pm Nhi NPB ...

Jul 10, 2010 | No Comments | 624 views

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Golf: US Women’s Open 4:55-8am 10 World News Hour 5-6am N1 The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 5-8am W Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W Cleaner (M) 8:30-10am W BS World 10-11am N1 MLB: Yankees vs. Mariners 11am-2pm N1 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-3pm N1 ...

Jul 9, 2010 | No Comments | 533 views

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You Tube Pick

A truly “classical” performance

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 525 views

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Extra Extra

Last January, university student Yukie Doi set out with a mission: to hitchhike the length of Japan using Twitter. The enterprising 19-year-old, who tweets as @yukie0339, managed to freeload her way from one destination to the next by putting out calls for people to give her a ride or let her crash for the night. ...

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 586 views

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Top 10

Goku (Dragonball, by Akira Toriyama) Masuo Fuguta (Sazae-san, by Machiko Hasegawa) Kazumi Araiwa (Cooking Papa, by Tochi Ueyama) Medama Oyaji (Gegege no Kitaro, by Shigeru Mizuki) Kintaro Yajima (Salaryman Kintaro, by Hiroshi Motomiya) Kosaku Shima (Shima Kosaku Series, by Kenshi Hirokane) Isono Namihei (Sazae-san, by Machiko Hasegawa) Toshio Asakura (Touch, by Mitsuru Adachi) Mitsuyoshi Anzai ...

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 583 views

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New Series

Monday Natsu no Koi wa Nijiiro ni Kagayaku Struggling actor from a showbiz dynasty (Jun Matsumoto) meets a mysterious older woman (Yuko Takeuchi) while… skydiving. First episode: July 19 at 9pm on Fuji TV, channel 8. Tuesday Joker: Yurusarezu Sousakan Masato Sakai stars in this psychological drama about a gentle police officer who spends his ...

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 1,169 views

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World News 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 The Ultimate Fighter: Heavyweights 6:30-8am W CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W BS World Documentary 10-10:50am N1 MLB: Royals vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 The Devil’s Advocate (M) 11:30am-2pm W PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-2:50pm N1 Cold Case: Season 5 ...

Jul 8, 2010 | No Comments | 583 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W MLB: Royals vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 The Secret Life of Bees (M) noon-2pm W CSI: Season 8 12:35-1:30pm 12 Submerged (M) 1:30-3:30pm 12 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-3pm N1 Cold Case: Season ...

Jul 7, 2010 | No Comments | 688 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 Man on Wire (M) 8:30-10:10am W World News Hour 10-11am N1 The Visitor (M) 10:10-11:55am W MLB: Royals vs. Mariners 11am-1:50pm N1 WBC Boxing: Soto vs. Dominguez noon-2pm ...

Jul 6, 2010 | No Comments | 593 views

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PGA Golf: AT&T National 5-7am N1 Good Morning World 7-8am N1 CSI: Season 9 8-8:50am W World News Hour 8-9am N1 CSI New York: Season 5 8:50-9:40am W MLB: Royals vs. Angels 9-11:50am N1 Criminal Minds: Season 4 9:40-10:30am W Michael Jackson: King of Pop (M) 10:30-11:20am W World News Hour noon-1pm N1 Counter Measures ...

Jul 5, 2010 | No Comments | 615 views

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TV Guide

PGA Golf: AT&T National 5-7am N1 State of Play (M) 7-9:10am W Chuggington 7:30-8am BSF Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 2 9-9:25am Nhi Street Kings (M) 9:10-11am W MLB: Royals vs. Angels 10am-12:50pm N1 Primeval: Season 2 10:50-11:35am 1 UFC 116: Akiyama vs. Silva; Lesnar vs. Carwin 11am-2:30pm W Star Wars: The Clone Wars: ...

Jul 4, 2010 | No Comments | 630 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 Valkyrie (M) 6:55-9am W MLB: Royals vs. Angels 11am-1:50pm N1 Cold Case: Season 6 11:25am-12:15pm W Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Season 1 11:30am-4pm Nhi Royal Pains: Season 1 12:30-1:58pm W JGT Golf: Toshin Golf Tournament 1:30-2:30pm BSJ Japan Gymnastics Association: Japan Cup 1:30-2:55pm 8 ...

Jul 3, 2010 | No Comments | 664 views

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World News Hour 5-6am N1 Good Morning World 6-8am N1 CBS Evening News 7:30-8am BST Buzz Lightyear of Star Command 8-8:30am W MLB: Mariners vs. Yankees 8-10:50am N1 World News Hour noon-12:50pm N1 A Time to Love and a Time to Die (M) 1-3:15pm N2 PBS Newshour with Jim Lehrer 2-3pm N1 Private Practice: Season ...

Jul 2, 2010 | No Comments | 573 views

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Gaijin Gamer

In anticipation of the late-2010 big-name releases, here are the titles we’re most looking forward to: Gran Turismo V: greatest racer ever—need we say more? Fallout: New Vegas: a truly immersive experience Metroid: Other M (pictured): back in top form once again Castlevania: Lords of Shadow: long-awaited series re-“vamp” (get it?) The Last Guardian: on ...

Jul 1, 2010 | No Comments | 510 views

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