Keep your life in order with this Sailor Moon day planner and its flip-book art

Sailor Moon is a busy girl. Along with having to juggle her responsibilities as both a regular junior high school student and the guardian of humanity, she’s got a packed social calendar of hanging out with her friends and going on dates with her boyfriend/helping him recover his senses from one of his worryingly frequent brainwashings.

If you’ve got a similarly large number of appointments to keep track of, maybe you could use a little help from this Sailor Moon day planner featuring dozens of stylish touches and flip-book art inspired by the franchise.

The 2016 Sailor Moon schedule book has a whopping 192 pages, all encased in a zip-close synthetic leather cover accented with the Crisis Moon Compact and mentor cats Luna and Artemis.

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Inside, you’ll find an address list, rail and subway map of Tokyo, BMI table, and pointers on letter-writing and business etiquette. The pages that will see the most use, though, are the monthly and weekly calendars, plus the blank memo sheets.

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In the bottom right corner of each month’s page, you’ll find a Sailor Moon costume.

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But since one of the strengths of the series is its ensemble cast, each month features the outfit of a different magical girl or formally dressed masked man.

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There’s more fun waiting on the weekly schedule pages, which have monthly tabs in the image colors of the various Sailor Senshi and flip-book art of Luna and Artemis sharing a smooch or watching a shooting star soar by.

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Finally, the book also comes with 34 memo pages, once again with Sailor Moon artwork adorning the corners.

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The 3,942-yen (US$32) Sailor Moon schedule book can be ordered here through the Premium Bandai online store. Delivery is scheduled for December, just in time to use in the new year.

Let us order it for you, and receive all the bandai points you get with this purchase for use on your next purchase!

Remember; if a pre-ordered product doesn’t get delivered (it sometimes happens) we will reimburse you the complete amount..

New children’s superhero BABYTECTOR comes straight out of the womb ready for action!

Usually when people think of a superhero, they imagine someone big or strong, like Captain America or Baymax from Big Hero 6. That said, it’s important to remember that heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and when it comes to superheroes, Japan has quite the variety. But among Japanese good guys, it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Anpanman, a superhero made out of anpan, a bean jam-filled pastry, definitely has a monopoly on the baby and toddler market. However that might be about to change with 441LABO’s newest superhero, Newborn Hero BABYTECTOR.

Newborn Hero BABYTECTOR, or Shinseiji BABYTECTOR as he’s called in Japanese, is a superhero figure series by hobby company 441LABO born of the concept of a fighting baby.

BABYTECTOR was designed by artist Shoichi Mukai, who modeled the original version after his newborn son. In the light of child abuse and other real world problems that affect young children, Mukai came up with the idea of having children protecting other children instead of relying on outside society to intervene. The original design for BABYTECTOR incorporated diaper and pacifier-like elements as part of its armor for protection from all those big ol’ baddies lurking out there.

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At first only the original BABYTECTOR design was up for sale, retailing at 15,800 yen (approx. US$128) each, but recently LABO441 unveiled three types of custom designs for which the company started taking orders on July 23. Custom designs include the BABYTECTOR PS (Perscription) series, ONE OFF, and FULL ORDER. Depending on which one a buyer choose, these new BABYTECTORS can run anywhere from 17,800 to 39,800 yen (US$142 – $322).

▼ BABYTECTOR PS, with 20 different color choices

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▼ BABYTECTOR ONE OFF and FULL ORDER custom designs

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With so many of the custom order releases already gone, it looks like BABYTECTOR is well on the way to winning the hearts of the masses. You have to admit, he would be a cute nursery addition or a nifty toy for new dads that also happen to be hobby enthusiasts. In fact, he just might be the most adorable superhero we’ve seen yet, fighting hard to make the world a better place before bed time.

Source: KAI-YOU.net
Top image/insert images: 441LABO

Brace yourselves, because panty-scrunchies are now real, buyable accessories

Earlier this month they unveiled a new accessory based on thet concept of mixing panties of knickers with a scrunchy!

The new product for sale is called pantsu shushu (パンツシュシュ), literally “panty scrunchies.” We can’t imagine that the creative duo behind the new fashion item, Hiroka and Pochi, will find themselves with much competition on the market for something which looks like a regular scrunchie when tied…

318…but actually untwists into an adorable pair of miniature undies!

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If that ingenious design still isn’t doing it for you, here are three other ways listed on the product’s website to enjoy your new fashion accessory:

1. Surprise your friends by casually pulling it out of your hair and remarking with surprise, “Oh my goodness, panties!”

2. Slip one around your thigh while basking in the warm glow of the summer sun and boys’ stares (OK, that’s a tad bit creepy…)

3. Secretly leave one on the desk of a boss you hate and watch as he/she becomes a source of laughter around the office.

The scruchies are available on Village/Vanguard’s online store for 756 yen (US$6.11) each. The site also proclaims such lofty tidbits of wisdom as “The possibilities are infinite! ‘Panties are the universe,’” and “This is Cool Japan.”

▼ Now if only these things were around back in 2010 when AKB48 filmed their music video for the single “Ponytail to Shushu” [“Ponytail and Scrunchie”]!

Source: Narinari
Images: Tumblr (Hirota to Pochi)
Top image: Tumblr (Hirota to Pochi)

“Pictuarium”, the virtual aquarium that brings your doodles to life!

Fish may make low-maintenance pets compared to cats and dogs, but they are still fragile creatures, and you may find that neglecting to clean the tank, forgetting to feed them, or letting their water get too warm in the summer months will send Bubbles to an early, watery grave. Even with utmost care, some fish don’t have very long lifespans, and no one likes saying goodbye to a beloved pet.

Well, now you can forgo the aquarium maintenance and not worry about the heartache, by creating your own invincible fishy friends and bringing them to life through your iPhone with Takara Tomy Arts’ new Pictuarium!

The Pictuarium hit the shelves around the end of June , and uses an iPhone application to bring your very own hand-drawn water creatures to life in a virtual aquarium. Interact with your pets as they swim around, and even give them little treats if you like.

r0005586The process is simple-just draw your own creative creature design on the special “fish card” provided, place your phone face down on top of the aquarium, and scan your picture using the special app. Your very own fish gets projected and brought to life in the virtual aquarium!

After watching the videos and reading all about it, we knew we had to grab one of these things for ourselves.

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This is sure to provide as much entertainment, if not more, for the grown-up crowd as it will for the kids. And at only 1,922 yen (US$15.53) +17points for hours of fun, it’s definitely worth the purchase.

You can get your own Pictuarium here through the Takara Tomy Mall!

You need an iphone 5 or 6 though, so those with android phones (I had to borrow my missus iphone) are out of luck for now.

Are you a big enough otaku for a seven-meter (23-foot) Monster Girls anime pillowcase?

In any industry, it’s important to keep innovating to stay one step ahead of your competitors. That’s true even for comic artist Okayado, whose stock-in-trade is sexy 2-D characters.

Okayado has been tapping a new market with his manga Monster Musume, also known as Everyday Life with Monster Girls, and its currently airing anime adaptation. As a true professional, though, Okayado knows that merchandising is the lifeblood of a successful franchise, and so he’s designed an anime girl pillowcase featuring Monster Musume’s female lead.

So far that’s par for the course for a hit among otaku, but what makes this pillowcase special is that it’s a shocking seven meters (23 feet) long!

Monster Musume’s basic framework isn’t particularly unique. Earnest but loveless everyteen Kimihito Kurusu’s ordinary life is suddenly interrupted by a series of hijinks, and when the dust clears, he finds himself living with a bevy of beautiful females. But what sets Okayado’s hit apart from countless other harem series is that all of Kimihito’s housemates are mythical beasts, or at least some hybrid of mythical beast and attractive anime girl.

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The cast includes centaurs, harpies, and mermaids, but the girl with the most time in the spotlight is Miia, a creature from Greek legends called a lamiai. From the waist up, Miia looks like a human girl, but past her hips her body turns into that of a monstrous snake, which she likes to wrap around Kimihito while sleeping next to him.

▼ Preview for Monster Musume (Warning! Video contains ridiculously large monster breasts)

Seeking to capitalize on the series’ boost in popularity from its recent anime premiere, Okayado himself has penned new artwork for a Miia pillowcase. But rather than some tiny scaled-down version of the character, the pillowcase is life-sized, showing Miia in her full seven meters of scantily clad scaliness.

pf-1Ostensibly, the idea is to use a regular-sized pillow as Miia’s torso, then wrap the rest around yourself and sleep like Kimihito does.

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And no, for the record, we don’t really get what’s going on with Miia’s butt, although we’re sure the manga goes into minute detail about such anatomical matters.

This limited-edition piece of Monster Musume merchandise will be on sale at the upcoming Summer Comiket, which will be held in Tokyo from August 14 to 16. It’s obviously strictly for the series’ most loyal fan, as not only will it cost a cool 100,000 yen (US$800), its massive size means it’ll be incredibly difficult to hide when friends come over.

Sources: Monster Musume official website, Hachima Kiko, IT Media、rocketnews24

Accessories inspired by samurai armor blend traditional Yamanashi designs and crafts

Yamanashi Prefecture is perhaps most famous for its beautiful scenery – which of course includes Mt. Fuji – but the prefecture is also home to a number of traditional crafts. One technique in particular, called “koshu-inden,” has been widely praised. Pioneered by a company established in the 16th century, this leather-working art was once used to decorate samurai armor and is considered by some as emblematic of samurai bravery.

Now, you too can wear accessories bearing this symbolic design and crafted by that legendary company thanks to a collaboration that has produced a number of beautiful bracelets. Check out some of the items below.

yoroi1Established in 1582, Inden-ya was the first to develop as secret technique using lacquer with deerskin to create a special leather with a strong luster. Using the nami uroko design, the triangles composed of dots like fish scales above, Inden-ya’s creations were often used to decorate samurai armor during the Warring States Period.

yoroi2Recently, Inden-ya started a collaboration with the Japanese accessory brand Kagayaka to create a line of items using the nami uroko pattern called Yoroi. Of course, “yoroi” is the Japanese word for armor, and this line is meant to evoke the image of samurai bravery. Perhaps the most striking item in the line is the “Wide Plain,” which is made of silver and the inden deerskin leather, both bearing the nami uroko design.

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But beauty comes a price — and one of these bangles will set you back up to 66,960 yen (about US$540).

If you’d like to bolster your bravery for a slightly lower price, the line also includes the Kumihimo charm.

yoroi7With rope made by the Kyoto-based company Showen Kumihimo, the charm features a silver medallion with the nami uroko design on the back. The rope was inspired by odoshige, roped used to tie together pieces of armor by samurai leaders. It was meant to both beautify the armor and magnify the dignity of the wearer.

yoroi6The line also includes another bangle item called Katana, named after the japanese sword, obviously.

yoroi3 yoroi4The nami uroko design is etched into the interior of the band, which is made of silver and clearly resembles the sword that inspired it. Perhaps the least showy piece of the line, the Katana bracelets come in a number of different materials, including silver, premium silver, and ibushi (oxidized silver, shown above).

The Kanata ranges up to 63,720 yen (about $512), depending on the material.

Inden-yan originates from Koshu, an area with a number of long-lived traditions. You can see a few of them in the video below. You can also learn more about the company and their techniques on Cool Japan Press.

To find a list of shops offering these (and other) items, head over to Kagayaka’s website or to purchase online check out Wabist.

source: rocketnews24

Want to be a manga artist, but can’t draw backgrounds? Website has environments you can download

If you’re a budding manga creator, odds are you spend most of your time working on your character artwork. That’s probably a wise choice, too, as most famous comic artists focus on drawing their stories’ leads, and hand off work on other details, such as background art, to a team of assistants.

Of course, another reality of being a budding manga artist is that you probably don’t have a publisher bankrolling your comic and paying for the abovementioned team of assistants. But thankfully there’s now a way for you to pour your efforts into story and character art and still produce something that looks polished, thanks to a new Japanese website that sells ready-to-use manga backgrounds.

Haikei Soko, or “Background Factory,” just began service on July 21. As the name implies, the website has a stockpile of backgrounds that you can purchase, download, and then augment with your own original characters, effects, and dialogue

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As the vast majority of Japanese comics are published in black and white, the environments are devoid of color. Single backgrounds are priced at just 270 yen (US$2.20), while two-piece sets are 432 yen and three-background bundles 648 yen.

Haikei Soko’s products are grouped by location, with the largest selection of artwork being for Japanese schools

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bg-7▼ Where else are your characters supposed to bump into each other or excrete bodily waste?bg-5Currently, Haikei Soko has roughly 100 backgrounds available on its website here, which should be enough for you to get started on your tale of teen lovers, teen martial artists, or teen martial artists lovers right now. The company also promises to have an additional 100 backgrounds available every month, and if that’s still not enough to keep pace with your drawing, odds are you don’t really need any help in the first place.

The site is completely in Japanese so if you can’t make head or tail from it, mail us we are glad to help you.

Official ukiyo-e project brings a bit of historical Japan to a galaxy far, far away

Japan is just as crazy about Star Wars as the rest of the world and everyone is eagerly awaiting the new movie, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, on December 18, 2015 (Good news! It’s being released in Japan at the same time as most of the world!). So it’s the perfect opportunity for a number of Star Wars affiliated projects to get under way. One project is striking a chord with our love of Japan and our love of Star Wars as it combines a traditional art form with a very non-traditional universe.

The connections between Japan and Star Wars are well documented and quite amazing. Even visually, just by looking at Darth Vader’s iconic helmet you can see that it was inspired by the headgear helmets worn by the samurai in the way it extends down the neck and features a faceplate. It’s also easy to find Star Wars merchandise with their own Japanese spin on them like lightsaber chop sticks, Star Wars inspired sake cups and Star Wars characters re-imagined in a Japanese style.

This latest project, funded through the Japanese crowd funding site Makuake, puts a traditional stamp on the Star Wars universe. While the characters have been drawn in an ukiyo-e style before, this might be the first time prints have been officially approved by Lucasfilm. Three gorgeous prints combine the epic Star Wars tale with the beauty of Japan by depicting scenes and characters from the movies.

star-wars-3star-wars-2star-wars-4The real gem of the bunch is the close-up okubi-e of Darth Vader. An okubi-e is a Japanese portrait print in the ukiyo-e style showing only the head or the head and upper torso.  Masumi Ishikawa, the designer of these ukiyo-e, wanted to arrange the Death Star like a moon in the background and have Darth Vader standing in the middle of flames of hatred. This print also includes the name “Darth Vader” represented by ateji, kanji that sounds like the name. Usually the characters are chosen for their sound only, but these kanji have a meaning as well. Ishikawa chose the ateji, 堕悪巣俾荼 which can be read as “daasu beida and also has the meaning of a “suffering servant that fell to the webs of evil”.

The other two prints feature a scene from the Battle of Hoth and Queen Amidala posed with R2-D2. Each piece of artwork is intricately crafted in wood and then expertly printed onto paper. You can see some of the work in a behind the scenes video from their Makuake page.

As traditional art and an official Star Wars product, the ukiyo-e prints are not cheap. A single print can be purchased by supporting their Makuake project for 54,000 yen (US$ 438.84), while a lucky few have already purchased the limited run of all three prints for 162,000 yen ($1,316.54).

star-wars-6 star-wars-8If you have the money to spare, this might be the most traditional Japanese way to display your geekiness to the world. The Makuake campaign just started, but each piece is only being printed 100 times and they are going fast. Head on over to their project page if you want to own one of these amazing pieces of art for yourself.

Update: Darth vader and the 3 piece set are sold out for now, while the other two are close to being sold out.

Let us know if you want to own a very unique piece of art, don’t think too long though.

OHTHEGUILT japanese urban fashion

Have you wondered what the young ladies and lads are wearing in Japan? Well the answer to that is…. clothes. We surely wished sometimes that Japan was one big nude society, well with some ground rules, like not below 18 years old and not over 60…but hey, reality can be as pleasant or unpleasant to the eye as our silly daydreams.

Most youngsters here dress up to the nines, be it casual , Lolita, haute couture, or any other colorful style you can bump into on the Japan streets.

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Especially the group aged between 20 and 25, really put their effort in it. The reason that this age group is so specific is due to the fact that japanese junior and senior highs all wear uniforms, then when they become university students they go bonkers, lots of drinking, lots of nanpa (hunting for mates eh..to mate with), lots of self exploration and little studying is done.

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And this is how the school uniforms really look like.
And this is how the school uniforms really look like.

When they graduate they have to wear a corporate uniform once they enter a company, whether it’s a suit or a real uniform. So they all put their best effort in it to create a “look”, and they want the best.

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Inspired by the fashion and the music of the Beastie Boys…

OH! THE GUILT  started in 1993 with two friends, who both lived in the States and both shared a love for skateboarding, punk and rap…..basically the beastie boys. They traveled to the US and bought sneakers and clothes with the purpose of selling them on flea markets….yes you could make a fortune selling stuff to the bargain hunting Japanese after the economic bubble collapsed.

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A Japanese flea market..

In 1996, they opened their first store called TFL or time for living from the Beastie Boys song, selling authentic US made products to a growing group of young Japanese embracing the “urban street” style and also its lifestyle….skateboarders, rap music lovers,dj’s, musicians, etc found the style they subconsciously longed for. Strong, high quality, loose fit and fairly priced.

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They organized a tribute concert for Adam Yauch..they never forget their roots.

Soon they opened another shop and another, business was  great, but as business grew, so did their clientele, the urban street style was no longer a copy of the US style they came to love…it had evolved into a true homegrown style, brands like Bathing Ape showed how far. They felt they needed to make a new step. Just selling other companies’ products started to become less satisfying because their own desire to create their own unique brand was increasing day by day.

In 2005, they announced the arrival of their own brand; OH!THE GUILT named after a Nirvana song. This brand is a perfect blend of US/UK/French urban style mixed with the street flair of Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya, designed by Japanese and produced by Japanese.

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OH!THE GUILT fashion is timeless, and while other big brands like BAPE and Evisu drowned in their own popularity, OH!THE GUILT never needed a gimmick like a big sign to show off that a person was wearing a certain brand, they are confident in their quality and design and most of all in their customers, OH!THE GUILT doesn’t need it wearers to show off the clothes, it needs the clothes to show off the wearer.

In 2014 they received the rights to open a  XLARGE in Nagoya city, making them the only shop in the Tokai area selling this brand..and this made the circle round for the two owners.

OH!THE GUILT doesn’t sell outside Japan, making japanwebshopping.com the sole sales point for this brand for overseas customers, we buy and ship it to you for a mere 10% commission of the whole shipment excluding shipping cost. We can keep you informed when new products arrive and where there’s a sale.

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Pro: Six idols fighting over you! Con: They’re all super-powered and violent!! Soda ad: Crazy!!!

There’s a pretty common male fantasy in Japan that goes like this: You’re sitting alone in your classroom at lunchtime, when suddenly, a cute female classmate walks up to you. With your heart fluttering and your stomach growling, you find out she’s ready to satisfy both, as she pulls out a bento lunch box filled with homemade goodies and, while smiling sweetly, asks if you’d eat lunch with her.

Now take that same scenario, but expand the cast from one girl to six. Even better, right?

Sure, at least until you find out that all six of your lady suitors have superpowers and violent streaks, like what happens to this unsuspecting guy in the craziest soda ad we’ve seen in quite a while.

Starring in the ad are the ladies of Dempagumi.inc, a six-member idol unit who’re all self-professed otaku.lm-1

Dempagumi.inc has arguably won as many fans for their pretty smiles and sunny personalities as they have for their musical skills, so there are probably plenty of guys who’d be happy to hear them excitedly call out to him with “Senpai (upperclassman)!” Still, these girls seem like they might be just a little too enthusiastic seeing as how they’re climbing in through the classroom window instead of sing the door.

As it turns out, “enthusiastic” doesn’t even begin to do justice to the gusto they show in their race to be the first to reach their collective crush.

But is the ad really as out of control as it seems? Let’s take a look at the lyrics of the song that plas throughout and see if they can provide some sort of context.

You can be anything you wanna!
We want Mets!
We’re the funky spunky younger generation!
We want Mets!
Get the boys! Get the girls!
We want Mets!
We’re the funky spunky younger generation!
We want Mets!
Get the boys! Get the girls!

Nope, not a drop. Still, what the ad lacks in meaning it more than makes up for in energy. All the same, though, we think that if we were in his position, we’d respond to these declarations of love in the exact same way as the guy in the ad.