Monthly Archives: August 2014

Transformers Pua Book Review

There have been some really nice Transformers art books aimed at adults released in Japan.  The first, Transformers: Generations set the bar almost impossibly high, by featuring pictures of literally EVERY Transformers toy released (and some that WEREN’T) in Japan up through Generation 2.  Since 2007, there have been multiple Transformers books released nearly every […]

Japanese Theatrical Programs

Going to the movies in Japan isn’t cheap.  The basic price is usually about 18 USD, and there’s no discount for matinees.  Add on another few bucks to watch your movie in 3D (and I always do, since I’m a sucker for 3D), and a few *more* for the luxury of an IMAX screen, and […]

Famitsu’s Top Ten Famicom Games

In 2003, Japan’s leading game magazine, Famitsu, published a list of the top 100 Nintendo Family Computer games, as chosen by the fans.  And that list was…controversial, to say the least.  Much as been made of just how strange the list was.  In fact, there’s a whole article on it here. Still, I used this […]

Fukuoka Famicom Fun

If you’re a serious Famicom (or any Japanese video game, really) collector, Tokyo is the place for you.  All (and I do mean ALL) of those hard to find titles show up with almost frightening regularity at second hand game stores.  If Super Potato, Retro Game Camp, Friends, Mandarake, or Friends don’t have what you’re […]

Super Sentai Advanced World Gashapon Set Review

Super Sentai/Power Rangers (sorry to all those I’ve offended by lumping the two together) is one of those things that I got into towards the end of my childhood.  For a year or so, I thought it was the coolest thing *ever*.  And so, every now and then, for the sake of nostalgia, I’ll take […]

Evangelion Campaign @ 7-11

There’s no sense in complicating this.  “Omake” means “bonus” or “premium” in Japanese.  It’s free stuff given away with other products, usually for promotional purposes.  The most popular product to affix omake to is soft drinks.  Cans of coffee, for instance.  Or bottles of water, soda, juice, or whatever. From the 7th of August through […]

Family King Nintendo Famicom Joystick Review

Today, I’m looking at another Family Computer joystick.  This time, it’s the Family King.  A joystick that boasts an automatic centering system.  This joystick, like the previous entry in the series, was produced by Spital (pronounced Supitaru).  Also like the previous entry, the joystick was released in Type 1 and Type 2 variations.  This is […]