Yamato Movie English Website

Yamato live-action film website in English. Hat tip: Jeff Blend

China Wins

In the battle over nautical excursions, ramming procedures and saving face, China will win. They are too damned-big not to.

The Fourth Horseman

Yeah, that's weird.

H/T Big Hollywood

Bubblegum Crisis -- Priss Doll

PSYCHE! It's actually Mattel's take on Debbie Harry.

I hit the Schellabration . . .

and all I got was this lousy graphic!

But seriously, it was a good time. Free tours and sampling at the brewery, along with oompah bands and the Concord Singers, cheap brats and beers, and wandering Narren. This is probably the first time I've visited the place and left without even a buzz!

Here's to the next 150 years!


Pokemon Cockfighters

"Bay Voltron" - - Ha!

Found this at Topless Robot. Hilariously bad.

Full-Length Yamato Trailer

Toho has the full length trailer (100 sec) for Space Battleship Yamato up. Pluses: scenes of Underground City, Yamato under construction (bottom view), Cosmo Zero launching and in action, other Earth fighters and spacecraft, group shot of Black Tiger pilots, a shot of Mamoru Kodai, several scenes of what appears to be a ground assault of some kind, two or three scenes of Kuroki Meisa (Yuki) looking predictably adorable, and lots of KimuraSMAP with Farrah-perfect hair. Minuses: interminable cock-rock theme song by Steven Tyler (yes, that Steven Tyler ). Downloadable as .flv; worth looking at.

71 days to go.  Yamato... hasshin!

Old Japan in Neo Tokyo

My significant other is always complaining about the Japan she sees whilst glancing over my shoulder at in-opportune times, and yet there's something to be said for the parts of Japan --and even Tokyo-- that have preserved the very best of the country's base culture*.

Here's a glimpse into Old Japan, and it's conveniently located in Tokyo:

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H/T Japan Probe

*To be fair, she hates American Pop Culture, too ; )

The Ford that Got Away

Faster than a flaming Ferrari . . . and not street-legal ; )

"Retro" Super 7 Jumbo Stormtrooper CM

Gotta love it.....total Popyesque funk. Haven't gotten one of these yet (retail is about $300) but I have handled one....very cool. The S7 crew did this right. Rumor has it that they are planning a Boba Fett and Darth Vader.


Yebisu Beer, 1930

Yep, I have a one-track mind : )

H/T Pink Tentacle

P.S. Danno, the August Schell 150th anniversary party is this weekend!

Little Norse Prince Valiant

Hat tip to Mike Toole!

And I'll form the....USB plug?!

The folks over at Incubot have gotten the rights to make Voltron USB flash drives....it's the 21st Century version of the Trapper Keeper! I have a "Nekobot" USB drive and it's just as much "fun rubbery toy" as it is "utilitarian data storage".


Panty & Stocking est arrivé

Gainax's Next Big Thing is here. The trailer for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt streamed today over at Kadokawa Shoten's Yūtūbe chanaaru. Gurren Lagann it ain't — the new show looks less like the latest from The Studio That Brought You Eva and more like something from the Cartoon Network, if the Cartoon Network still was about cartoons and was programmed by creative types instead of vacant-eyed corporate drones. The new show is helmed by Gainax utilty infielder and erstwhile Gurren director Hiroyuki Imaishi, which bodes well if you like the wackier side of the 'Nax. It's about two angels who come to Earth to right wrongs, etc. using underwear-based weapons: Panty, a blonde who "likes to have sex with men", and Stocking, raven-haired killer gōsurōri in Beetlejuice tights. Panty wields a panty-based gun; Stocking's hose turn into swords. Yes, you read that correctly. There's also a Giant Black Man named Mr. Garterbelt and a kooky mascot character named Chuck (the knockoff of/tribute to Jhonen Vasquez' "Gir" character that most of you have probably heard of) to round out the cast.

I have to admit I like what I'm seeing here so far: PuffyAmiYumi + Lucky Star + FLCL. Could this be the bracing dose of new and refreshing that anime has desperately needed for so long? Or will Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt be Suck in its purest form? We shall see.

DROOL: 1/12 Gundam Machinder

How much for the leetle girl?

Gundam toy or SMART Car? Decisions, decisions . . .

COLLECT 'em ALL: Takatoku 1/3000 SDF-1

'I suck at Facebook', but thought I'd share this link anyway : P

COLLECT 'em ALL: Takatoku 1/3000 SDF-1


The Japanese are freakin' me out, man.

H/T Pink Tentacle

Holy Flaming Ferraris!

This article from the Christian Science Monitor caught my eye. I still can't believe I saw* one of these in Nowhereland, MN, earlier this summer.

*Note: It wasn't on fire, but it was still a hot car :)

Boozing Hausfrau style

10 different Izakaya appetizers and all-you-can drink booze, only Y2480~!
Only in Japan . . .

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Neil's selling his toys on ebay

Clover Gundam DX Gattai Diecast toy
Clover Gundam DX Gattai Diecast toy

Neil Nadelman has decided to let go of his Gundam Gattai DX diecast playset by Clover. Who'll be the lucky bidder?

LULZ at Cat Smurfs

Leigh Scott rants some more about Avatar:

Power up your TARDIS, turn on your lightsaber, and set your phasers to stun because we are about to geek out kids.

Not content with making over $2 billion worldwide, James Cameron is re-releasing “Avatar” in theaters. Supposedly, a lot of people couldn’t see it in 3D because there were other films in theaters at that time hogging up half the screens. How dare they? Who do those people think they are?

In the same L.A. Times interview where Mr. Cameron explains his re-release rationale, he opines that he is making a franchise with “Avatar” that will compete with the works of Tolkien. He thinks the story of the Cat Smurfs will have the same staying power as “Star Wars.”