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Review: The Night Parade

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Review: The Night Parade

Kathryn Tanquary has created a beautiful story of magic, spirits, family, and growing up. It takes place in rural Japan, and each character is more bizarre and whimsical than the last.

While the plot is often simplistic and random, younger readers might enjoy the adventure. I kept hoping for some kind of logic to Saki’s journey to find the Midnight Prince, but in the end everything happened because that’s what was supposed to happen, and the main character succeeds because she’s the main character.

Which, if you think about it, is the way a lot of myths and fairy tails turn out, so maybe that’s all the logic you need.

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Anime Expo’s Charity Auction to Benefit Japanese Disaster Relief

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Anime Expo’s Charity Auction to Benefit Japanese Disaster Relief

Each year, tens of thousands of anime fans gather in Los Angeles for Anime Expo (AX), America’s largest anime convention.  This year, it is held July 1 -4. And, each year, the convention staff holds an auction, in which attendees can bid on items donated by sponsors and industry professionals.  All proceeds go to a charity chosen before the event.

This year, given the tragedies that recently struck Japan, Anime Expo announced that it will donate proceeds from the auction to the Japanese Red Cross Society, a cause that is both worthy and fitting, given the nature of the convention. As Marc Perez, chairman and CEO of the SPJA, put it: “While news of the disaster may start to recede from the headlines by July, we know it will still be top-of-mind for anime fans who have a heartfelt connection with the people of Japan.”

The SPJA, or the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation, is the non-profit organization that created and produces Anime Expo. You can visit www.spja.org for more information on the organization and its mission, or www.anime-expo.org for more information on Anime Expo and its charity auction.

3DS Sells Out in Japan, Big Surprise

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3DS Sells Out in Japan, Big Surprise

In a shocking turn of events, the Nintendo 3DS sold out pretty much instantly when it became available in Japan.

Customers began lining up at game stores often before midnight the night before the release of the 3DS, and most shops began announcing that they were sold out as early as 9:30 AM the morning of its launch. And in some cases, pre-ordering wouldn’t have helped – some stores warned in advance that they would be offering same-day sales only.

For fans that missed out this round, unfortunately no official news has been released about exactly when to expect more 3DSes in stock. But according to Andriasang.com (where you can also find more photos and details about the madness of launch day), more stock is “on the way.”

Sushi Candy – Because Regular Candy is Just Too Boring

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Sushi Candy – Because Regular Candy is Just Too Boring

Back in the day, it took up so much time out my day to eat sushi and candy separately. But now that Japan has combined them, I have much more free time!

Really though, Japan never ceases to come up with things shaped like other things. Mainly things shaped like sushi. Erasers, pillows, and now candy that you assemble yourself!

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Japan really knows how to sell a game

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Japan really knows how to sell a game

Oh Japan.  Is there no end to your cuteness, awesomeness, randomness, and, of course, weirdness? In this Japanese commercial, you’ll see young Japanese teenagers playing Sonic Free Riders for the Kinect. The commercial shows how COOOOOOOOL and AMAZING this game is! It also shows how big and clear a room needs to be to play the game.

Enjoy the stereotypical ad past the break.

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Muscle March Informercial

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As expected, this game will have a lot of WTFs involved. Muscle March is already out on WiiWare.  If you haven’t picked it up yet, well, I don’t blame you. As seen in the fake infomercial above, I too don’t want to turn into a body builder that goes around in a small (almost thong) like bikini bottom.

Robot Gymnastics – More proof that we will all die

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Just wait for the robot to make your jaw drop. No, I’m not going to tell you the exact second in the video where something spectacular happens.  You need to let the moment build, marinate, and then realize that sometime in the near future, these robots that Japan are making for fun will be the end of all of us.

Nice going Japan.  Why can’t you just stick to your crazy memes and cosplay?

Muscle March releases in the US on January 18

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Man does this game look nuts. Namco Bandai’s soon to be released WiiWare game Muscle March will be muscling it’s way into the Wii market this Tuesday, January 18th. Weighing in at five dollars this WiiWare title seems to be based off of the popular Japanese (there was an American version but I think it got canned) game show hole in the wall. Except instead of men and women in spandex suits they have muscle men and women (and a polar bear) who run really fast through walls while making the same pose as the “nefarious thief ” who has stolen your valuable protein.  Also once you are close enough to the thief you shake the Wiimote really fast to try and tackle him.  Looks funny. Maybe worth it for five dollars provided you have friends around to play it and laugh at it together.

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