If The Simpsons Characters Were Otaku

Imagine that all The Simpsons characters were into anime, manga, and Japanese video games. They would probably say stuff like this. That’s the central premise of Twitter user WeebSimpsons, which has been churning out gems…

Giant Gundam Statue Now In A Japanese Buddhist…

Diehard Gundam fans might view the anime with an almost religious fervour. Now at a Buddhist temple in Nagoya, Japan, they can pray with a large Mobile Suit looking on. According to Asahi.com, the statue…

Learn Game Programming With A Japanese Maid

Want to learn Unity? What about make a game in VR? Recently, seminars were held in Japan that taught first-timers programming with the help of Japanese maids. Maids, of course, are iconic figures in Japanese…

The Rarest Stuff We Found In Akihabara’s Game…

You can blow a lot of money in Akihabara, the Tokyo district that houses the world’s densest cluster of nerd-related storefronts. And if you have far more cash than sense, you can throw it down…

A Life-Sized Mega Man Plush Toy For $290

Who needs a new Mega Man game when there is a life-sized Mega Man you can hold while wondering what the heck Capcom is up to? Okay, maybe we need a new Mega Man game.…

Madhouse Isn’t Doing One Punch Man Season 2

When hit anime One Punch Man comes back for its second season, the studio that handled it the first time around won’t be returning. Madhouse did season one, which debuted in 2015. That studio has…

Japan’s Newest Giant Gundam Is Finished And So…

This weekend, the one-to-one scale Unicorn Gundam was officially unveiled in Tokyo. It looks fantastic. The 64.6-foot statue replaced a previous giant Gundam that went up in 2012 and came down this past March. Advertisement…

First Permanent Sailor Moon Store Opens In Japan

Until now, the only Sailor Moon stores in Japan have been temporary pop-up shops. That’s changed with the country’s first permanent Sailor Moon store opening in Tokyo’s Harajuku. According to The Japan Times (full disclosure:…

It Sucks When Ultraman Lands In Your City

In Japanese superhero and monster movies, massive battles lay waste to cities. We rarely get to see what it’s like to experience that from the point of view of a regular citizen, but that’s exactly…

The Cosplay Of The Tokyo Game Show

[Image: Brian Ashcraft | Kotaku] It’s that time again. Time for cosplayers to descend on the Tokyo Game Show. The two public days bring out some of the most talented and most interesting cosplayers around.…

Nioh Complete Edition Is Arriving In Japan Later…

At Tokyo Game Show 2017, developer Koei Tecmo announced that Nioh is getting a complete edition. This will include the base game, along with the add-ons Dragon of the North, Defiant Honor, and Bloodshed. The complete…

Inside Is Coming To Switch

Inside was one of the best platformers of last year. It was a dark and thoughtful tale players could complete in about two hours. This makes it perfect for flights and car trips, which is…

Sonic The Hedgehog Is Teaming Up With Hooters…

While Sega says it’s created guidelines for Sonic, the assumption would be that promoting-Sonic-with-Hooters falls under them. I guess? Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Sega announced that it will be collaborating for a Sonic…

Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain Is A Damn…

For years, the Earth Defense Force games have been compared to B-films. They’re fun, campy, and gleefully stupid. The newly announced Earth Defense Force: Iron Rain, however, is bringing some big changes to the series:…

Why Studio Ghibli Isn’t Involved With Ni No…

One of the biggest selling points of the first Ni No Kuni was the involvement of Studio Ghibli. For the sequel, however, the famed anime studio’s name is nowhere to be found. Level-5 and Akihiro…

How Akira Toriyama Designed Android 21

As recently revealed, Dragon Ball FighterZ has an original fighter called Android 21. Even though the character was created by Namco Bandai for the game, the company explained how the character was designed by Dragon Ball…

The Booths Of The Tokyo Game Show 2017

The Tokyo Game Show is underway! Today is the first business day, which means the show isn’t yet open to the general public. The masses of people won’t arrive until Saturday, giving us unobstructed views…

Never, Ever Eat The Pac-Man Curry

While trying out Mario Kart VR et cetera at Bandai Namco’s VR Zone Shinjuku yesterday, I visited the cafe inside the virtual reality arcade. I was about to make a mistake. The cafe was called…

Sony Is Releasing A Monster Hunter World PS4…

Typically, when Sony releases themed game hardware, the consoles come out the same day that the games do. That’s not the case for this Monster Hunter World PlayStation 4. Perhaps that’s because people in Japan…

Sony Is Releasing A Monster Hunter World PS4…

Typically, when Sony releases themed game hardware, the consoles come out the same day that the games do. That’s not the case for this Monster Hunter World PlayStation 4. Perhaps that’s because people in Japan…

Final Fantasy IX Is Out Now For PlayStation…

The latest Final Fantasy heading to the PlayStation 4 is fan favorite Final Fantasy IX. Update: It’s out now, and mildly enhanced. Originally released on the PlayStation in 2000, the game has since been re-released…

Final Fantasy IX Is Headed To PlayStation 4

The latest Final Fantasy heading to the PlayStation 4 is fan favorite Final Fantasy IX. Originally released on the PlayStation in 2000, the game has since been re-released as a PSone Classic in 2010 and…

A Quick Tour Of One Of The Best…

The Akihabara branch of Japanese games retailer Super Potato is one of the best game stores on the planet. If you’ve never been, you can do the next best thing and take a tour of…

This used to be Tokiwa Musen, which billed…

This used to be Tokiwa Musen, which billed itself as Akihabara’s “oldest, smallest game shop.” This is where you used to be able to go to get new releases for heavily-discounted prices, conveniently located right…

Japan Lines Up For Super Famicom Mini Pre-Orders 

This Saturday, pre-orders for the Classic Mini Super Famicom kicked off in Japan. At stores in Tokyo and Osaka, fans showed up in droves. The Classic Mini Super Famicom comes packed with 21 games, including…

The most worthless 3DS game in the world?

The most worthless 3DS game in the world? Probably Monster Hunter 4, which sold a colossal 4 million copies in Japan, more than almost anything else. Now they can’t give them away; witness a whole…

I’m in Japan!

I’m in Japan! Tokyo Game Show begins later this week, but I’ll be joining Ashcraft in bringing you news of whatever else I find while exploring Tokyo starting... now. Here is a plate of Hinoya,…

The Secret, Dull Lives Of Gundam 

If you thought Gundam was about large mecha fighting each other, you are correct. But what if it was about mecha with boring, everyday lives? Artist Ika Ninja’s art depicts just that. Below are some…

Blade Runner Is Getting A Short Anime From…

Shinichiro Watanabe of Cowboy Bebop and Samurai Champloo fame is directing a short Blade Runner anime. Sony Pictures Japan has uploaded a sneak peek of the short. The short anime is called Blade Runner Black…

The Genius Of The Dragon Ball Manga

It’s not just the characters that make Dragon Ball so great. It’s not just the stories that they they tell. It’s also the way Akira Toriyama lays out the manga. It’s truly wonderful. Here’s why.…

How To Make Figure Photos More Dramatic

If you take figure photos, here’s an easy way to make them into action shots: throw some sand or dirt. That’s what Twitter user Negikatsu7 has been doing for his dramatic figure photos, and the…

Coca-Cola Coffee Released In Japan

It’s called Coca-Cola Coffee Plus, and it has fifty percent more caffeine and fifty percent less calories. According to Shin-Shouhin (via Get News), Coca-Cola Coffee Plus is a vending machine exclusive in Japan. Each 190ml…

You Are Not Looking At Gundam Box Art 

Previously, Kotaku showed off Gundam models painted to look like anime images. Now, check out these models painted to look like box art. You’re familiar with that, no? Models have traditionally been packaged in boxes that…

Cosplay Roofing Service Begins In Japan

That’s right, for a limited time only, a Japanese roofing company has started a new cosplayer service for customers. Nara-based roofing company Mori Kenchiku Bankinkogyo is rolling out a “On the Roof Cosplay Counter-Plan Service”…