World Order – Have A Nice Day (in Akihabara)

Japanese music video for Have A Nice Day by techno-pop group World Order. Decent song, interesting choreography and video concept…

The MV featured many elements of Tokyo’s Akihabara Electric Town, e.g. cosplay, specialist stores, maid cafe, anime, arcades, and girl group AKB48 etc.

World Order was formed in 2009 by Genki Sudo, a retired mix-martial artist and kickboxer, who also wrote most (if not all) of the group’s songs.

Doraemon turns minus 100 years old

Doraemon Hong Kong Harbour CityPopular Japanese comic/cartoon character Doraemon is celebrating his “early birthday” on September 3, exactly one hundred years before he was born.

The character was created (as manga) in 1969 and has turned into a huge franchise (anime, movies, video games etc.) and culture icon in Japan and East Asia.

The series tell the story of a robotic cat (Doraemon) who was sent back in time by a young kid from the future to aid an incompetent schoolboy named Nobita, his great grandfather, in order to change the family’s continuous misfortune.

What makes Doraemon really popular among readers/viewers is his ability to pull out various futuristic gadgets from his magic pocket. Some of the ideas might seem extraordinary these days, but obviously amusing to people in those ages (yours truly included).

Photo from an exhibition in Hong Kong’s Harbour City shopping mall for the special occasion, via Doraemon’s official Facebook [Jp].

Rurouni Kenshin (2012) movie trailer

English subbed Japanese trailer for Rurouni Kenshin, a live action adaptation from the popular namesake anime/manga. The film is scheduled for August release.

The story revolves around Himura Kenshin – once a fearsome assassin in wartime era who turned into a wanderer who help to maintain peace and help the needed once the war was over. I’m not a fan of live adapations from a manga/anime, but this looks ok.

The movie stars Takeru Satoh, Emi Takei, Munetaka Aoki and Yuu Aoi. Yosuke Eguchi, one of my favourite Japanese actors, plays a minor role as Kenshin’s old foe.

Japanese anime tattoo

Photos by Benny [Jp], an American tattooist who’s based in Osaka, via Dannychoo

Japanese anime tattoo

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Animax Asia brand spot – anime style

A recent brand spot by Animax Asia – a Japanese anime TV network operated by Sony Pictures. Love its tagline… “Some stories need to be told, anime style…”

The background music goes well with the video; it’s the instrumental version of Kpop singer Park Jung-min’s Not Alone which was released earlier this year.