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Which anime characters do you share a birthday with? This website will tell you

A pretty major difference between anime and western animation is the amount of detail Japanese productions put into character profiles and backstories. For just about any significant anime character, you can be sure the creators have decided on things such as a family name, exact height in centimeters, favorite food, and, in the case of sex-appeal female characters, bust, waist, and hip measurements.

If nothing else, characters almost always have an official birthday, even if there’s never an episode highlighting it or any other part of the story affected by, for instance, Attack on Titan’s Levi being born on December 25. Now, a fan-produced website has compiled a database of anime birthdays, allowing you to plug in your own to see which characters you could conceivably share a cake with.

Called Kyaratan (a mashup up of kyarakuta/character and tanjobi/birthday), the site currently has data for almost 10,000 anime characters available here. Scrolling down from the top page presents you with three different ways to sift through the listings. If you want to bring up a list of all the characters from a series, you can search by the first syllable of the series’ title in Japanese.

▼ Across the top, from left to right, that’s a, ka, sa, ta, na, and ha, and along the bottom it’s ma, ya, ra, wa, and English letters and numbers

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Users can also search by the first syllable of the character’s name.

▼ Characters that are Japanese seem to be listed under their family names, while other characters are listed under their given names.

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Where things really start to get fun, though, is when you search by calendar date.

▼ January to June on the top, July to December on the bottom.

Clicking on any of the months brings up the same page, which has a calendar for the entire year. Simply click on the date you want to check, and the site will produce a list of characters born on that day.

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For example, as I’m writing this it’s August 3, so…

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…we should be wishing a happy birthday to one piece’s  Marshall D. Teach and some other characters further down the list.

While the site’s navigation is all in Japanese, the results happily include the series title in English and the character’s name spelled out using the Roman alphabet.

So what character do you share your birthday with?

Source: Jin

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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

“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.

▼ The Pictuarium kit comes with an aquarium, lid, and the special fish and snack cards you                          need

img_5639▼ Draw your own fish on the special card providedr0005602▼ Place the lid on top of the aquarium and set your phone face down. You can then use your phone’s camera to scan your fishr0005581▼ Watch your creation come to life in its virtual world! You can even take selfies of you and your friends, and swim around your virtual aquarium with your creations!

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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.

▼ Comfy?

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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

Bloodbath: Why Do So Many Anime Characters Have Nosebleeds When They’re Aroused?

Any anime or manga fan will tell you that the sight of characters suffering sudden, sporadic nosebleeds when they’re sexually aroused is not uncommon in Japanese-created works.

A male character catches a glimpse of a girl undressing, a girl has the object of her affection wink seductively at her, a character trips and finds his face inches from a female character’s ample bosom; the result is always the same- a flushed face followed by a gushing nosebleed.

The idea is that sexual arousal causes an increase in blood pressure, which in turn sets off a nosebleed. It’s certainly true that arousal or embarrassment can cause us to flush– I can clearly recall my face bursting into flames when I was 12 years old and the girl in my class whom I was madly in love with was dared to kiss me on the cheek– but could it really cause a nosebleed?

NicoNico News turned to a medical professional to find out whether there’s any truth to the anime phenomenon, or whether it’s just an old wives’ tale…

Dr Kōichiro Kanaya, an ear, nose and throat specialist at the Kaneyama Clinic, Yamaguchi prefecture, is on hand to shed some professional light on the case of the nosebleed-suffering sexually aroused…

“It’s true that blood pressure rises when we’re sexually aroused, and it’s been well documented, but there is no connection between arousal of this kind and nose-bleeds.”

Now that’s the kind of doctor we like- straight to the facts.

Nosebleeds usually start because of damage to the septum, the good doctor tells us, which is why so many little kids who can’t keep their fingers out of there can often be seen in the school nurse’s office with tissue jammed up their nostrils…

“Since the inside of the nose is one of the more fragile parts of the body, I can understand where the theory that increased blood-pressure caused by sexual arousal causes nosebleeds might come from;” Dr Kanayama continues, “but the human body is made from some pretty soft, flexible stuff, so I couldn’t really say that the argument is entirely sound.”

So why on earth would we see this happening in anime and manga so often?

Dr Kanayama has a theory about that:

“In the past, people like pro wrestlers would intentionally give themselves small cuts on their forehead in order to build tension and atmosphere in a match. I can only imagine that the idea of extreme stimulation and an excess of energy was portrayed in the same way with nosebleeds, and it’s come to be the accepted method of representing that feeling.”

So, it’s just a way of expressing… other… bodily explosions, huh? I suppose we can live with that. It certainly helps keep anime a little less ‘R’ rated…

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The first time I ever saw an anime character suffer a nosebleed, outside of boxing story Hajime no Ippo, anyway, was in the peculiar series Hare no chi Guu. At the time I had no idea what was going on when a young nurse character suddenly started gushing blood while spinning around, and I simply passed it off as yet another bizarre joke, but since then I’ve seen it everywhere.

According to NicoNico News, though, seeing anime and manga characters’ noses explode is nothing to worry about- they’re perfectly healthy. If anything, they’re a little too healthy…

We’ll leave you now with a great little video- and ode to nosebleeds in cheeky anime Baka and Test, otherwise known as Baka to Test to Shōkanjū (Idiots, Tests, an Summoned Breasts).

We hope you like the colour red…

Source: NicoNico News

New action manga stars… anthropomorphized blood cells?

saibouforfeatureA Japanese manga artist has introduced a new manga series which follows a team of red and white blood cells trying to protect the human body they call home.

Of course, no matter how dramatic and complicated the human body is, it probably wouldn’t make for a very exciting comic book to just have a bunch of actual red blood cells just floating along in the blood stream and talking to each other, so Akane Shimizu, creator of the series – which is titled Hataraku Saibou – did the logical(?) thing and represented the various cells as human characters.

There aren’t a whole lot of details about the plot available at time of writing, but based on images, it looks like each of the various cell types will be portrayed in a way that’s characteristic of the real-life cell’s job. So, the red blood cells are depicted as delivery girls (side note: in their red jackets they actually kind of look like female versions of Fry from Futurama), the white blood cells are a squad of elite fighters, the platelets have big glue gun-looking weapons and such.

It looks like, based on what little in the way of plot synopsis we could dig up, the series will be a sort of action/drama/comedy hybrid (but then again, what manga isn’t, really?), splitting its time between the action-oriented scenes of the white blood cells and platelets, and the more day-in-the-life stuff of the frantically working red blood cells and whatnot. It’s also safe to bet that the stories will be at least somewhat educational, but that doesn’t seem to be the main focus.

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Hataraku Saibou is actually a continuation of a one-off work, Saibou no Hanashi, from the same author, which received the Sirius New Age Award for excellent manga from a new author.

There’s no word yet on if or when a foreign publisher will pick up the manga for publication outside of Japan. Something tells us anthropomorphic blood cell action manga don’t make the jump west very often, so hardcore readers may need to cross their fingers for a fan translation and/or learn Japanese

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Nihon Gentei (Japan limited)

Typing “Nihon gentei” (日本限定) in the search function of Amazon.jp will show you a lot of products only destined for the Japanese market. Nihon gentei stands for  “japan limited”, will bring up products made by domestic makers for the Japanese market or limited products by foreign makers for the Japanese consumers. Check out what we found, and/or conduct your own search by copying and pasting the Japanese characters in any search engine.

umi no toriton sound track on vinyl
umi no toriton sound track on vinyl
Luminox 3051BlackOut Japan limited
Luminox 3051BlackOut Japan limited
God Eater vol.4 Blu-ray
God Eater vol.4
Blu-ray
Japan limited official One Direction cosmetics pouch
Japan limited official One Direction cosmetics pouch
[Amazon.co.jp limited] Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector's Edition ready to reserve XBOX ONE
[Amazon.co.jp limited] Halo 5: Guardians Limited Collector’s Edition ready to reserve
XBOX ONE
Zippo NO200 Harley-Davidson, model black HDP-18
Zippo NO200 Harley-Davidson, model black HDP-18
Asia live in San Francisco 2012- original Axis  30th anniversary`2012 tour
Asia live in San Francisco 2012- original Axis 30th anniversary`2012 tour
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Orfeo D’or, Japan limited 30cd box
Only for the Japanese market; RivitaLash, eyelash revitalizer
Only for the Japanese market; RivitaLash, eyelash revitalizer
Tokyo Xanadu Limited BOX (soundtrack + Book + original rubber strap included)
Tokyo Xanadu Limited BOX (soundtrack + Book + original rubber strap included)
portrait-in-darts Phil "The Power" Taylor Japan Limited Edition DVD
portrait-in-darts Phil “The Power” Taylor Japan Limited Edition DVD