Officially unofficial sentai themed late night drama06 June, 2013 by Chad
Akibaranger is a difficult show to explain. Even the series’ name is a bit of a misnomer, and despite being called “unofficial” the show is created by the same people at Toei who’ve made some of the beloved Sentai and Kamen Rider tokusatsu. But instead of being the usual low-budget, live-action superhero flicks targeted at children, the team uses the tokusatsu idea loosely to deliver a novel, at many times hilarious after hours comedy.
The thriller series for the discerning viewer28 May, 2013 by Mus
Psycho-Pass is an anime that follows the crime-busting exploits of police inspector Tsunemori Akane. Set in a future where Japan is fully isolated from the rest of the the world, the country is run by the Sybil System which evaluates citizens based on their Psycho-pass, determining everything from their tendency to commit crimes to their career paths.
Last minute shopping frenzy on the last day26 May, 2013 by Grace
Following our plans, we woke up a bit earlier on this day with the intention to reach Harajuku by 10am. We had turned in earlier the previous night to rest up, so we weren’t sleepy or tired. One of the reasons for waking up early was that it was the last day and we wanted to maximize time.
A wonderful time spent away from the city21 May, 2013 by Grace
Quickly approaching the end of our short holiday, we took a break from the city for once and headed to the beautiful island of Enoshima, located in Fujisawa City of Kanagawa. I was especially excited for this day because it was the most out-of-the-way place on our itinerary, and have seen photos posted of it from celebrities and friends.
The self distributed photographs for SKE48, NMB48 and HKT4820 May, 2013 by Chad
In this part of the series we take a look at the AKB48 sister groups own take on theater distributed photographs. Unsurprisingly, the groups of SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 derive their distribution formula from their Akihabara origin group but also add on to or modify their methods.
A day spent more on shopping than sightseeing16 May, 2013 by Grace
Having set aside more time for rest this day, we headed off to Odaiba in the late morning feeling energised and refreshed. It was also yet another cold windy day, but at least the weather was really good and skies were clear.
Weekend heroines prove their mettle with sophomore album14 May, 2013 by Mus
Momoiro Clover Z has been at the head of the idol sengoku jidai, a rising group that comes closest to threatening AKB48′s hegemonic hold over the proverbial Iron Throne of Japanese music. In April of 2013, the 5 girls from Stardust Promotions released their second album, titled 5th Dimension. The album reached the top of the Oricon charts, selling a total of nearly 200 thousand copies over three weeks.
Yokohama didn't disappoint, even with bad weather in the way11 May, 2013 by Grace
After 3 days in Tokyo, we had a slight change of environment in the form of Yokohama. Having a bit of trouble finding the place to buy the special discounted Minatomirai Ticket due to wrongly understanding that it was not sold at Shibuya Station at all, our plans were delayed so during the day we had to cut short some places we intended to visit.
An update to the Japanese mobile phone situation06 May, 2013 by Chad
Some time ago we looked at the Japanese SIM card rental options and deduced that if you’re visiting for a short holiday, the best thing to do would be to stick with your local carrier’s roaming plan. The situation’s changed quite a bit since then and many of the previous SIM card options are now defunct, though the previous conclusion still stands. However for those staying for a longer duration or who require internet access on the go, B-Mobile’s prepaid data cards provide an excellent alternative.
AAA's tour opening day was my first concert in Japan05 May, 2013 by Grace
We started off the next day waking up early, in order to pack up our stuff, check-out and move to our next hotel which was located one stop away from Shinjuku Station on the Yamanote Line. The initial plan was to take a taxi there since we had to carry all our luggage, but realising that we wouldn’t have to change train lines at all if we took one from Tokyo Station, we decide to save the money. Our hotel in Hatchobori did provide a free shuttle to Tokyo Station anyway, and most guests checking out took advantage of it.
As is common every year, AKB48 has once again released the Sousenkyo appeal videos. These are short snippets that the girls can use as campaign videos. Numbering over 250 videos in total, these are worth checking out, if only to see your favourites. The listing can be seen on the official Sousenkyo site.
Enjoying ourselves in geek heaven02 May, 2013 by Grace
Still reeling from the disappointment of missing the Tsukiji tuna auction in the morning, we took the train for tech gadget and anime paradise Akihabara, which would hopefully make the day better. Since it was still pretty early when we reached, there weren’t too many people.
The monthly AKS released photographs01 May, 2013 by Chad
AKB48 theater photos are are series of photographs produced directly by AKS themselves. They’re the second main type of AKB48 collectible photos and with the ceasing of B.L.T. photographs can now be considered the most popular kind to be collected. AKB48 theater photos, in their current form emerged in 2009 as a more common alternative to B.L.T. photographs.