After a day of questing through Tokyo, there’s no better place for a tired otaku to get a little R&R than Luida’s Bar. A ‘Dragon Quest’ themed tavern in Roppongi, the establishment offers real-world delicacies and “potions” modeled after in-game items. You can chow down a turkey leg branded with the Dragon Quest logo, a slime monster meat bun, or a curry with a delicious, detached hand in it. All the while, theme music from the game plays through the tavern’s speakers.
In most of Asia, you don't just take a pen and sign stuff. Instead, one uses a seal. In Japan, it's called an Inkan or a Hanko. In China, there are a myriad of seals used for many, many reasons, but the one most people use is called a Xinming Yin. In South Korea, it's called a Dojang. It can be very simple or very elaborate.
Curious which countries are behind the most beloved TV shows of all-time? The Internet Movie Database (AKA, IMDb) has spoken, and Japanese netizens will be pleased to know the Land of the Rising Sun is also rising in the ranks of television. In fact, 28 of the 250 television series are supplied by Japanese production committees!
Before you begin reading, open up another window or another tab and follow this link. Then, grab a pair of headphones or turn up your speaker and skip to track 5, “Krystal”.
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Sōichirō Hatano's Myriad Colors Phantom World (Musaigen no Phantom World) officially set for anime adaption as Kyoto Animation (Sound! Euphonium, Amagi Brilliant Park, Free!) develops it's slate of light novels. The title won an honorable mention in the novel category of the 2013 Kyoto Animation Awards.
Attack on Titan fans rejoice! No, it’s not a Season 2 release date yet, but it just might fill that Titan-shaped hole in your heart until then. In 2012, the world was graced with an adorable manga series called Attack on Titan: Junior High. Created by Saki Nakagawa, the manga sends Eren, Misaka, and the gang back to those wonderfully awkward middle school days. This October, the anime version will see its debut.