Posts Tagged: Japan

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cubewatermelon:

Let’s Speak English #15!

I’m convinced there’s a Japanese company that prints nothing but vague sports-looking shirts in English. It’s awesome.

My favorite Engrish shirt is still one that had a picture of an ionic column and said “I have great conductor”

"NUMBERS plus PLACE NAME" are definitely the most confusing shirts, especially when they are misspelled. It’s like the factory that churns them out is just going by whatever designs emerge from the fax machine, and sometimes the fax is illegible but they just run with it.

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cubewatermelon:

Let’s Speak English #50!

we actually read several of her comments, and they were full of the Japanese equivalent of “UGHHH” and “BLUHHH” and “WHEN AM I GONNA GET MARRIED”

…You’re in sixth grade, kid. Calm yourself!!

Japanese society has a thing for women getting married by 25 (complete with gross jokes about women who don’t), so a sixth grader is already halfway to the deadline.. Time to panic!

(via lunulata)

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gamespite:

More songs about gaming and Japan

I published a massive story last nightover at USgamer that’s somewhere between a feature, a blog post, and digressive stream-of-conscious. It represents several months’ worth of note-taking at interviews, events, and even in casual conversations, with a huge amount of supporting research to make sure I had numbers and dates correct. Thankfully, it’s been getting almost universal praise, which is a huge relief. After spending so much time chipping away at and rewriting this thing, I completely lost my sense of perspective about it. All I can see are all the things I wish I had more time to refine and expand on. But it was two weeks late as it is, and at some point you just have to rip off the bandage. Hopefully it came out OK.

It’s “almost universal praise,” because — as seemingly happens any time we write about Japan — a handful of anime dudes feel like I’m attacking their Constitutional right to infantilize and fetishize young girls. I’m not, guys. Wrap yourselves in a warm blanket of moé. Follow your tsundere bliss. Idealize trembling schoolgirls to the point that you’re ruined for real human interaction, for all I care. Your fantasies and fixations are your own business. I’m just saying that all, or even most, Japanese games are not moé games, and it’s counterproductive to conflate the two terms.

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Read Jeremy’s entire story, it goes places. I think I was maybe part of it, sort of? We certainly talked about this stuff while we were in Tokyo.

I hope the “handful of anime dudes” were not led by a former USGamer employee.

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gamespite:

It’s getting all ’80s up on my Tumblr dash.

gamespite:

It’s getting all ’80s up on my Tumblr dash.

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English reviews of Bayonetta 2 came out today. These tweets are not a review, but in response to the hubbub that surrounded them:

followed by two tweets from yours truly:

for the record, I have played very little of Bayonetta (1, none of 2) and I remain curious about the games. No one here - not me or winnersusedrugs, not most critics I’d wager - is saying the games are gross or you are gross if you love them. But for all the angry dudes yelling at Polygon’s Arthur Geis for giving B2 a 7.5 and happening to cite sexism in his review, you’re nuts. He’s not “misrepresenting” the game to “further an agenda,” he’s expressing his opinion. And frankly, given how completely wedded Bayonetta is to sexuality, I’m more suspicious of reviews that don’t mention it at all (for better or for worse)

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caraellison:

Google translate is having a party on the Pizza Hut Japan website. YOU GO GOOGLE TRANSLATE! GANBATTE <3

I promise that “special horse bulgogi” is not horse meat

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lordmo:

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lordmo:

oh shit! Makoto is real!

The movie with the notorious balls-ripping fatality.

EXCUSE ME!!!

This is from the second film of the Sister Street Fighter series, which was a spinoff of Sonny Chiba’s Street Fighter series starring his protege Etsuko Shihomi, and which does not feature Sonny Chiba. (The first Sister Street Fighter had him as a side character named “Hibiki”, the sequel here instead features Yasuaki Kurata in his first Japanese starring role). The scrotum ripping death was in the first Street Fighter film, which did star Sonny Chiba as the basis of Takuma from the Art of Fighting series.

* retracts into wall on hokey, clacky hydraulic platform, ride resumes *

Thanks a lot for the correction. ^_^ 

I forgot that this movie was separate from Chiba’s Street Fighter movies.

I think I speak for everyone when I say we could all stand to learn a lot more about the Street Fighter movies. I’ve only seen the first one, and that was years ago.

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♪ ピタゴラ スイッチ ♪

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nodo-chinko:

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A folding fan for billionaires made by Japanese money.

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Castlevania’s Greatest (!?) Hits

christhehoff:

I love the Castlevania series. I love the classic horror themes, the action, the exploration, the presentation—I love almost everything about it. With Halloween drawing close, it seems like a good time to shine a spotlight on the franchise, and I’m pleased to see I’m not the only one who thinks…

Castlevania music is just about the best music video games has to offer, which makes these awkward tunes all the more unpleasant to hear.

If you’ve ever wanted to imagine what an English rap song made for a Japanese audience sounds like, here are THREE. I’m guessing they handed the MC whatever lyrics Konami’s staff cooked up and he did what he could to turn it into…”music”

Yes, this is worse than “I Am The Wind.”

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