Posters released for live-action film version of Attack on Titan

Written by: William on November 21, 2014 at 10:50 am | In CULTURE | No Comments

The first posters for the upcoming live-action adaptation of Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) have been released, showing the cast in costume as their respective characters.

Regardless of your taste in manga or anime, the posters are pretty awesome just in terms of graphic design.

It also gives fans of the Hajime Isayama series a chance to see how the cast of the upcoming big screen version measure up to the characters as depicted in their previous animated or comic-book incarnations. Oh, and the weaponry and hardware also get a very strong emphasis.

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attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

attack on titan shingeki no kyojin film movie live-action poster

The all-star cast includes Hiroki Hasegawa, Haruma Miura, model Kiko Mizuhara, idols Nanami Sakuraba and Ayame Misaki, Jun Kunimura, and Satomi Ishihara.

Kotaku did a nice comparison of the anime, manga and film versions of each main character.

Attack on Titan has become a commerical phenomenon in recent years and this majoro film adaptation is the icing on the cake. Filming on location at Gunkanjima, it will be released in Japan in summer 2015.

If you can’t wait, you can always stage your own mini Attack on Titan battle scenes on your desk with the Tsumikore EVO! Attack on Titan Mania.

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Design your own Attack on Titan character with Titan Montage app

Written by: William on November 17, 2014 at 8:54 am | In CULTURE | No Comments

It’s sold 40 million comic books and counting. The live-action film adaptation is coming to a big screen near you soon. And now you can design your own Attack on Titan character and have it eat people. The “Titan Montage” app lets you mutate a face to create an original titan, and then places it into scenes from the anime so you can see your monster run amok trying to devour victims.

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The app has been launched as a promo for an Attack on Titan exhibition about to kick off in Ueno in Tokyo. You can go to the special website and design a portrait in the distinctive Attack on Titan style, customizing all the parts of the face from the teeth to the hair, eyebrows, nose, mouth and facial structure.

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Your titan character is then inserted into the world of the manga. Your creation is first placed into an Attack on Titan pose against a randomly selected background image from the comic and anime series. Needless to say the titan is not looking to make friends with the smaller humans. There is also an option to have the site generate an anime scene with your titan racing around the landscape looking for people to gobble up.

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kyojin montage attack on titan app portrait creation character design customize

kyojin montage attack on titan app portrait creation character design customize

This is then dispatched into the digital nether of Facebook and Twitter, populating Japanese social media with caricature crowd-sourced titans!

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“Princess Jellyfish” exhibition at Shibuya Parco Museum: Male visitors must “cross-dress” in female clothes

Written by: William on October 27, 2014 at 8:47 am | In CULTURE | No Comments

A new exhibition event in Shibuya will turn all male visitors into crossdressers.

All right, let’s qualify that.

The exhibition, held in December and January at Shibuya Parco Museum, is a promo for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the manga “Princess Jellyfish”.

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The original, called “Kuragehime” in Japanese, is all about the goings-on at an apartment building populated only by female otaku, such as a girl obsessed with kimono and another with Chinese history. The tenants of the apartment in the threatened “Amamizukan” building are all girls. No boys are allowed, though the main character Tsukimi Kurashita (her mania is for jellyfish, hence the title) eventually allows a cross-dressing politician’s son into her life and of course, we can probably all guess how things turn out between them.

The exhibition will feature props, costumes and more from the world of the film and manga.

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princess jellyfish kuragehime film live action movie manga higashimura akiko rena nouen exhibition shibuya parco museum

princess jellyfish kuragehime film live action movie manga higashimura akiko rena nouen exhibition shibuya parco museum

As men are “banned” from the apartment building in the story, likewise the exhibition is ostensibly only open to female visitors. Should men turn up, they will be forced to wear “female items” if they want to enter the exhibition. At the time of writing we aren’t sure exactly what these are, though we doubt a mainstream space like Parco Museum would actually force young guys in Shibuya to wear skirts. If you want to see that kind of thing, head over to Shinjuku or Akihabara for the otoko no ko cross-dressing cosplay subculture trend.

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princess jellyfish kuragehime film live action movie manga higashimura akiko rena nouen exhibition shibuya parco museum

princess jellyfish kuragehime film live action movie manga higashimura akiko rena nouen exhibition shibuya parco museum

Following an anime series in 2010, the live-action film version of Akiko Higashimura’s comic is set for release on December 27th and stars Rena Nounen (of “Amachan” fame) in the gauche lead role.

“Kuragehime Exhibition”
Parco Museum (Shibuya Parco Part 1, 3F)
December 19th to January 12th
Tickets: ¥500

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“One Piece” exhibition canceled in Seoul due to Rising Sun Flag “nationalist” images

Written by: William on July 11, 2014 at 10:11 am | In CULTURE | 4 Comments

An exhibition based on the massively popular manga “One Piece” scheduled to take place at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul from July 12th has been canceled, it was announced on July 10th.

Organizers said they have made the decision after people realized that numerous motifs in the original manga were reminiscent of the Rising Sun flag, a symbol of Japanese militarism and which has a particularly painful resonance in Korea, a country which suffered from decades as a colony of Japan.

The TV anime version of “One Piece” has already been broadcast in Korea and so the content of the exhibition had previously been judged as harmless, according to the museum. As such, they agreed to rent out a section of the venue for the event. However, after being told that Rising Sun Flag images appeared in the original manga they changed their minds, although no such images were featured in the actual planned exhibits. As the museum is run as a public organization funded by the state they had no choice but to cancel the exhibition.

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Like in Japan, Eiichiro Oda’s “One Piece” is popular in Korea and the exhibition, along with sketches and other materials, was going to feature life-size models of the characters, bringing the world of the manga and anime to 3D life for visitors. It would have been very successful too if early numbers are anything to go by. The events company behind the show said it had received reservations alone from 5,000 people! Not surprisingly they are now looking for an alternative venue for their exhibition since there is clearly demand for it, regardless of the politics.

While it might seem inappropriate or even bizarre to hold a mainstream exhibition (i.e. a piece of entertainment) like this at a war memorial in the first place, the Seoul venue is actually very large and has multiple spaces for all kinds of functions and events.

A similar exhibition opened recently in Taiwan, also a former Japanese colony, apparently without similar issues.

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New photos released for new live-action film version of “Lupin III”

Written by: William on June 24, 2014 at 2:03 pm | In CULTURE | No Comments

The first set photos have been released for the upcoming live-action film adaptation of the popular TV anime “Lupin”. Starring Shun Oguri, Meisa Kuroki and Tadanori Asano, “Lupin III” will be released in Japan on August 30th.

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lupin iii film movie live action 2014 shun oguri

We love the look of this latest big screen version (following the 1974 film) of the iconic manga and anime by Monkey Punch (who has been a consultant on the new movie). It is supposed to show how the main characters all meet for the first time but updates the story to a contemporary setting.

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lupin iii film movie live action 2014 shun oguri

lupin iii film movie live action 2014 shun oguri

lupin iii film movie live action 2014 shun oguri

The big-budget movie has been filmed in Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong and elsewhere, and features an international starry cast. It is directed by Ryuhei Kitamura, who is known mostly for work in the science fiction and horror genres.

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lupin iii film movie live action 2014 shun oguri

Still no full trailer but anticipation is now super high for this film!

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Long-running manga “Oishinbo” censored over Fukushima series, suspended by publisher

Written by: William on May 19, 2014 at 9:06 pm | In CULTURE | No Comments

Long-running and popular manga “Oishinbo” has been suspended by its publisher, Shogakukan. The comic will no longer appear in the weekly manga magazine Big Comic Spirits from next week.

“Oishinbo”, ostensibly a gourmet manga, has been running a series called “The Truth about Fukushima” which has come under enormous criticism and pressure from politicians and Fukushima locals.

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The current issue devotes 10 pages to opinions from experts as well as letters of protest from Fukushima and elsewhere, alongside a statement from managing editor Hiroshi Murayama.

The controversy erupted after “Oishinbo” portrayed the effects of radiation exposure. The main character visited the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and then suffered from nosebleeds. Another character was depicted warning people not to live in Fukushima and this was seen as a lightly-veiled portrayal of the former mayor of Futaba, where the power plant is located.

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The cooking manga by Tetsu Kariya and Akira Hanasaki has been published since 1983, and has been previously adapted into a TV anime and TV live-action drama series.

In response to the outrage the publisher went so far as to send proofs to Ministry of the Environment for checking before the previous issue went on sale. The Ministry of the Environment has said that it did not request this, nor did it ask for corrections to be made.

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The suspension of “Oishinbo” is expected to be temporary, though no further details have yet been announced.

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DeNA hits over 2 million downloads with free comic book app Mangabox

Written by: Mina on January 28, 2014 at 3:49 pm | In CULTURE, LIFESTYLE | No Comments

For as long as I can remember, comic books have been tightly wrapped in plastic covers, refusing to reveal their content to any passersby in a bookstore. It hasn’t been too long since convenience stores also started binding their comic magazines with plastic strings, presumably to prevent us from browsing contents. After all, a brand-new magazine can easily be turned into a worn-out collection of pictures (while still worth a read) in a matter of hours with countless fingerprints on its covers.

In short, publishers can no longer offer manga for free. But an IT giant, DeNA, was generous enough to provide us with an alternative to ripping plastic strings of comic magazines secretly just to sneak a peek at the latest episode of our favorite manga series.

Mangabox is a free app that offers a great number of comic book series on a weekly basis, available both in Japanese and English. As of January 7th, a month after its release, Mangabox has achieved 2 million downloads. While being a “weekly” magazine, its content is updated more regularly, with three to five episodes added each day.

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Working in collaboration with giant publishers such as Kodansha and Shogakukan, Mangabox has attracted a wider range of comic-book fans who might get interested to read spin-offs from Kindaichi Case Files or Attack on Titan, both of which have proven mega-hits in recent years.

There is no doubt that their TV commercial has been a big boost to the success of what could possibly be Japan’s first business model for digitized comic magazines, as the publishers plan to monetize its content on physical and/or digital shelves eventually.

In this commercial, two characters from the above manga series appear and promote the app in a rather twisted way. Apparently, they feel exploited because now they are being offered to the public for free; yet the real twist of the advertisement is the fact that neither of the characters contributes to the content – their spin-offs do.

As expected, there is a note that says the app is for mature readers only, more specifically those who are 17 years or older. The nature of content varies, yet the following can be seen frequently, as stated in the official description: fantasy violence, persistent and sadistic violence, hard language or dirty humor, realistic violence, obscenity and gambling. (It’s amazing how they differentiate violence, as if each can stand as its own content category!)

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Mieru Record with Otowa: a manga music box mechanical organ

Written by: William on December 10, 2013 at 5:11 pm | In CULTURE | No Comments

This is an awesome innovation on what many people would say is a dying medium. And the best thing about it is that it doesn’t resort to digital or technological gimmicks. It just takes two very analogue things and makes them even better.

Mieru Record is a combination of a music box and a manga comic strip. With the former you usually have a cylinder, but there are types which use a punched tape strips of paper for the music box to “read” as musical notation, like the book music read by mechanical organs.

Mieru Record, a project which explores ways to fuse sound and manga, added manga cells to the music box punched tape strip, creating a manga music box organ, the Mieru Record with Otowa.

mieru record with otowa manga music box

In other words, it is a book that you listen to — and music that you read.

The idea is that the sounds and music accompany the manga strip both in terms of the melody and also the speed. As you turn you control the speed of the soundtrack, which in turn controls the speed with which you read the manga images that are revealed.

See how it works in practice with this video. Note how you slow down to read the parts with dialogue and then speed up over the more visual cells.

I guess this is like the pianists who used to accompany a silent film back in the days before talkies.

Mieru Record is a project that started earlier this year and this Mieru Record with Otowa is still only a prototype, so don’t expect it to be on sale any time soon.

mieru record with otowa manga music box

It worked with seven manga artist to create the music box’s music roll paper, and the results were exhibited in a book store and gallery in Tokyo over the summer.

mieru record with otowa manga music box

With more sophisticated music roll strips and organs we reckon you could create all kinds of audio manga experiences.

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One Piece characters promote local specialties and regional tourist attractions

Written by: Mina on November 20, 2013 at 10:11 pm | In CULTURE | No Comments

Sometimes I just wonder.

Japan is such a small country (geographically speaking, at least), so why do they even have to divide themselves into forty-seven prefectures and compete against each other? Recently I wrote a post on the result of recent survey which basically defined Japan’s most and least attractive places. The battle of yuru-kyara mascots is another means through which we get to know the undiscovered parts of this string of islands. Maybe we are all subconsciously waiting for super heroes who could represent all that Japan has to offer and unite us all together.

And One Piece might just offer the gang of heroes to do it.

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Now that the manga series has sold over 300 million copies, One Piece has no doubt proven its worth to be the ultimate representative of all prefectures in Japan. In the 3-Oku [300 million] campaign, forty-seven characters from One Piece appear on ads in local newspapers to represent each prefecture in collaboration with various local specialties, events and tourist destinations across the nation.

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Although almost all the featured items in these ads can be seen on the cover of major guidebooks, it’s a new approach that each prefecture is taking to show what they are proud of — whether it be the Tokyo Skytree (above), the hot springs of Gunma, Nebuta Festival of Aomori, Sasakamaboko (fish cake in the shape of a bamboo leaf) of Miyagi — or wara natto (natto wrapped in rice straw) for Ibaraki (below), recently announced the most unappealing prefecture in Japan.

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About two-thirds of the ads have been revealed on the website so far, and we have yet to see the remaining works.

In addition to newspaper ads, One Piece posters can be seen on the walls of seven major stations across the country (Sapporo, Sendai, Shibuya, Nagoya, Umeda, Hiroshima and Nishitetsu Fukuoka Tenjin) from November 4th to 26th at intervals of a week or so.

While I’m not the biggest fan of the manga, I do have to admit that One Piece is loved by so many that it has the power to surpass regionalism, which sometimes can get really ugly and messy.

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