This week the earth shook, babies cried, and the very logic of existence was thrown into doubt: an American anime is being exported to Japan, and since the Obon holiday equals a very slow tech week, the ultimately circular cultural force of animated images is all we’re talking about!
Postmodern French TechnoFunk Action Figures? Okay, so musicians often have likenesses of themselves created and marketed, but they aren't generally what would be be considered "action figures," i.e., posable, articulable, and in this case thoroughly high-quality mini-facsimiles. No, see - Daft Punk hold a special place in the global pop-cultural consciousness.
No Strangers to the Powered Exoskeleton Anyone who pays even the slightest attention to Japanese sci-fi should be well aware of the long-running powered robotic suit fetish. In many cases, the suits themselves are almost like characters. Given such a legacy, it's no surprise that art has inspired life and Japan is far and away the global leader in developing actual robotic suits for force amplification and rehabilitation.
World’s Most Popular Manga/Anime? While that might be debatable, Hajime Isayama’s 5-year-old serial - his first at that - certainly has been the most visible franchise of the past year (One Piece certainly is a contender here, too).
Latest Edition to the 'Everyone on Earth Likes Ladies' Marketing Series Young ladies in swimsuits... we're often want to point out the marketing value theirein, and naturally at this URL we're particularly interested in how the Japanese do.