Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Hokuto no Ken Fan Video

The not-Kenshiro guy looks to be the same character who was also starred in this masterful work.

Crazy Barrage of Zangief

There's also Crazy Barrage of Haggar.


Kilink is Turkey's version of the Italian anti-hero Killing, who was in turn influenced by a similar Italian character named Kriminal.

Also, as you're about to see in these three 1967 films, Kilink was a sadistic bastard.

(Warning: NSFW for all kinds of reasons.)

Kilink in Istambul:

Kilink vs. The Flying Man:

Kilink: Strip and Kill:

More Kilink info here.

Michael Jackson's Punch-Out!! (2001)

Centipede Commercial (1982)

For the Atari 5200:

Watch another Centipede commercial here.

Memory (1964)

An animated short film, privately produced by Osamu Tezuka:

(NSFW: nudity)

Jumping is another Tezuka short worth watching.

Dissect an Alien (1986)

Read one man's account of Dissect an Alien here.

RCA Victor Tape Cartridge (1958)

"The RCA Victor tape cartridge (also known as the Magazine Loading Cartridge and SoundTape) was a magnetic tape format designed to offer stereo quarter-inch reel-to-reel tape in a more convenient format for the home market. It was introduced in 1958, following four years of development, at the same time as the stereophonic gramophone record." - Read more...

See one of them in action here.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Ikaruga Ambidextrous Playthrough

Clip from stage 4:

Other stages: [1] [3] [5]
More Ikaruga playthrough videos: Here.

Entertech Water Guns

Evangelion Fan OP

Lords of Thunder Promotional Video

See also: This.

Robot Air Hockey

Udonge in HTML

According to this she's a character from some of the Touhou Project games.

Takako Minekawa - Milk Rock (1997)

See another Takako Minekawa video here.

Rubylight - Love , On ! (2006)

Super Mario Bros. Special (1986)

"Super Mario Bros. Special is a video game released by Hudson Soft in the spring of 1986. It is the first officially licensed sequel to Super Mario Bros.. Despite the fact it is a direct sequel to the biggest selling game of all time, it is not particularly highly regarded or well-remembered. This is no doubt due to its being developed by a third-party developer and being released only on a primitive Japanese computer platform for a limited time. Nintendo had no part in its actual game development." - Read more...

For the NEC PC-8801:

Watch the rest of this harrowing journey here.

İlhan İrem - Sensiz de Yaşanıyor (İşte Hayat) [1977]

İlhan İrem - Günaydın (1983)

Monday, June 25, 2007

Haruhi Eva

Karateka Yukai

Otaku Economics

The Otaku Group from a Business Perspective: Revaluation of Enthusiastic Consumers - by Ken KITABAYASHI (December 1, 2004)

           The otaku group is no longer a niche market. According to a survey conducted by Nomura Research Institute (NRI) that targeted the five major otaku fields (comics, animation, idols, games and PC assembly), the total number of enthusiastic consumers, known as otaku, in Japan is estimated to be 2.85 million with a market size of 290 billion yen. Thus, the existence of the group is becoming increasingly measurable in the consumer market.
           A common aspect of these enthusiastic consumers is that their consumption behavior is driven by admiration, sympathy, and pursuit of their "ideals." In addition to their extreme patterns of consumption, the behavioral principle of otaku is also characterized in that they devote themselves, with strong passion for their ideals, to creating fan fictions (fanfics) based on their own peculiar arrangements and interpretations.
           Their passion and creativity will be the driving force for bringing about industrial innovation. Businesses should not treat enthusiastic consumers merely as "loyal customers" but rather study their consumption behavior to find seeds of innovation.

Read the full .pdf file here.

Lucky Star Bebop

This + this = this:

There's also EvaBebop.

Transformers Collection

Transformers Karaoke

From Expomanga 2005, Madrid:

Transformers Cosplay

Transformable costumes from Japan Expo 2004, Paris:

More TF cosplay videos: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

Transformers Stop-Motion Animation

Some kind of New Numa-related contest submission:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Transformers: Fanaticons

This, by the way, was the winning entry.

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Criterion Videogame Collection

Not real, just some generic covers I whipped up one night a couple years ago while pondering the possible existence of such things.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Evil Cereal Mascots of the 1960's

Suddenly these delicious cereals look more like delicious psychiatric medications.

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See also: Wilma the Winsome White Whale
Discuss in the forums.

Elmo vs. Vegeta (2007)

From the 2007 Anime North convention:

Same thing, different angle:

And from yet another angle:

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Otaku USA: First Impressions

Good. Really good – probably the first time I seriously got into a magazine in the last decade or more. It also, however, marked the first time I’ve ever had to pay ten bucks for a magazine. So. Here's a bit of a preview for those who have yet to check it out:

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First, some of the better pieces of I've read thus far:

THE LIFE AND TIMES OF TRANSFORMERS - A two-page timeline of the Transformers franchise dating back all the way to 1980 and the days of Micro-Change and Diaclone figures.

FEEL THE COSMO OF GUNPLA!! - Inspiring words on surfing and Gundam models from a curious fellow who calls himself Masked BAKUC.

BANDAI HOBBY CENTER BREAK-IN - A rare, behind-the-scenes look at "the 'Area 51' of the Japanese toy industry."

WONDER FESTIVAL REPORT - Intense coverage from the trenches of what seemed to be a loud, chaotic, sweaty, and highly unpleasant toy convention.

THE LEGEND OF CAPTAIN MAXX - A not-totally-coherent-or-sane interview that somehow left me wanting a Captain Maxx figure of my very own.

JAPANESE TOY STORE DISPLAYS AND CHILDRENS' RIDES - One man's latest otaku acquisitions. Includes a seven-foot Mirrorman figure, as well as pieces of hero-themed amusement park rides (see below).

As for the magazine's weaker points:

GAME REVIEWS - Game-related features would probably work better (perhaps stuff not unlike this or this, or even this), but either way, coverage of games like MotorStorm and GRAW 2 seems a bit tame compared to some of the more out-there topics tackled elsewhere in the magazine.

DVD WITH TRAILERS AND DUBBED ANIME - The anime definitely needs a Japanese language option, but aside from that it'd just be awesome to have some exclusive video content (con footage, people's junk collections, etc.) that compliments some of the articles from the magazine.

Still – these are ultimately minor grievances. The magazine is bizarre and glorious, and if it met my warped standards of “good” any more than it already does, it probably wouldn’t have made it this far to begin with.

Also, while the newsstand price of $9.99 an issue is indeed a bit steep, $4.99 an issue—which is what it breaks down to if you subscribe—isn't bad at all.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

The Space Giants / Magma Taishi

Japan's first color tokusatsu TV series (more info here).

From the 70's dubbed version:

And from the original 1966 version:

Saturday, June 9, 2007

Godfrey Ho

From Wikipedia:

“Godfrey Ho (1948–) is a Hong Kong-based movie director. He is best known for his "Ninja" films, a series of 1980s martial arts films made with a cut-and-paste technique. Ho would film footage for one film, and then edit and splice the shots together in a different order, often adding in footage from other films, and then dubbing over the result to create an (almost) coherent finished product. This allowed him to create four or five films with the budget of one, though it is often difficult to discern how much of the finished product he actually filmed himself. According to the IMDB, Ho has directed over 90 films, of which approximately 40 contain the word "ninja" in the title.”

The Ninja Terminator (1985):

Ninja Thunderbolt (1985):

Black Ninja (1987):

The Vampire Raiders (1988) [Maybe NSFW]:

Undefeatable (1994) [Maybe NSFW]:

Freddy Krueger Hotline

Your Number's Up! (UK, 1991):

Sunday, June 3, 2007

"Hare Hare Yukai" [Rockman Ver.]

based on the "Hare Hare Yukai" dance from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya:

Here it is synched up with the show.

"Motteke! Sailor Fuku" [Rockman Ver.]

First, (re)acquaint yourself with the intro to the show Lucky Star. Then watch this:

This also looks promising, even if I'm not completely sure what exactly it is.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Hokuto no Ken (Live Action)

Korean version:

A couple more clips of the Korean version here.

The rest of these come from what appears to be some kind of bootleg movies from Taiwan. Still looking for more information on them.

More clips here and here.

Max Headroom Pirating Incident (1987)

More info here. A subtitled version can be found here.

Here's what CBS News had to say about it the next day:

Cutie Honey (1973)

Friday, June 1, 2007

Melvins - "Matt-Alec" (1984)

Here they are in 2005, still abnormally good for their age.

Trent Reznor Interview (1985)

Trent Reznor (then of the Exotic Birds) talks about electronic music on the Cleveland local news.

Additional amusement on Reznor's behalf can be had here and here.

Fecal Matter - "Sound of Dentage" (1985)

This is actually a fan video that combines footage from a 1984 Kurt Cobain home movie with a song from the group's Illiteracy Will Prevail demo.