Even the most revered aspects of Japanese culture can be jabbed and poked at for laughs. Food, particularly that which is unique to Japanese culture, is truly honored and considered essential and fundamental to the Japanese character - but it's not off limits.
Our friends over at Tokyo Otaku Mode - the very same who've brought us sushi socks, Attack on Titan Jenga and 2015 calendars, Japanese-designed Iron Man and Daft Punk figurines, and much more - have assembled a pretty fantastic gallery of some very accomplished (in many ways) cosplayers. We picked out our 15 favorite shots to share, but do click through if you want more, more, more.
There Might Never be a Hatsune Miku Live-Action Portrayal Because the Digital Render is Already too Good And given the character’s wholly manufactured existence and disparately crowdsourced evolution, that seems appropriate. To get hip to what we’re saying here, go ahead and hit the full-screen, crank up the resolution to 1080p60, and you’ll see: meatspace humans need not apply.
World’s Most Popular Manga/Anime Clones Jenga! We said it before: the popularity ranking might be debatable, but there’s no doubt that Hajime Isayama’s now 5-year-old serial - his first at that - certainly has been the most visible franchise of the past year.
Hatsune Miku isn't based on a person, she exists only as a hologram, and her voice is not recorded, but derived from a software platform used specifically to generate artificial singing voices. For becoming a blunt cudgel of ironic logic, Hatsune Miku gets our respect. And also because she plays with a full band - that's pretty badass, too.
World’s Most Popular Manga/Anime Gets a Calendar! We said it before: the popularity ranking might be debatable, but there’s no doubt that Hajime Isayama’s now 5-year-old serial - his first at that - certainly has been the most visible franchise of the past year.
In addressing the question of how to restore Japan’s economic prosperity and make the nation a model for reform, Japanese political and industrial leaders should look for inspiration from an unconventional source: the growing airsoft-based Survival Games subculture.
From Contributor and otaku/subculture enthusiast Reece Scott: