May 2015

Yum or Yuck? Depends On What Side of the Pacific You’re From!

Yum or Yuck? Depends On What Side of the Pacific You’re From!

Americans assume that their taste in food is universal, considering that American cuisine is a hodge-podge of cuisines from all over the world. However, they would be sadly mistaken. When one considers that, at least where processed food is concerned, adding lots of salt, fat and sugar is an almost universal go-to strategy. It’s tempting for North American palates, but when Asians try American foods, they often consider our foods overkill.

Otaku no Video: Shirobako’s honored ancestor to get a new life on Blu-Ray?

Otaku no Video: Shirobako’s honored ancestor to get a new life on Blu-Ray?

Shirobako just recently wrapped. I’m actually catching up on it through Crunchyroll now, and enjoying it immensely. The series is set in the world of Anime production. Never mind that the anime industry is kind of a grim place unless you are a key creative or an executive: Shirobako character Erika Yano is based on a real person director Tsutomo Mizushima knew, and she’s no longer in the business because it’s just a brutal slog for scary low wages.

Heisei Samurai vs Ebi Furai Fastball!

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By Clay Bohle

The real-life fruit ninja is back! Isao Machii, the Iaijustu practitioner fondly known as ‘Heisei Samurai,’ or ‘Modern Samurai,’ holds five Guiness World Records for his incredible swordsman feats. He’s putting those skills on display for the world once again in a new SoftBank commercial, which features Isai Machii slicing various objects shot out of a fastball machine at speeds up to 93 miles per hour (150 kph), including a delicious looking fried shrimp!

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EbiFastball

‘Would you like some tartar sauce with your katana-flayed shrimp, sir?’ ‘Why, yes, I think I would. Actually, why don’t you oil down the blade with tartar sauce so I get a nice even coat of creamy goodness with each slice.’

The Heisei Samurai slices and dices the ebi as it travels through the air at an incredible 80 miles per hour (130 kph)! In the commercial, he also cuts through an orange flying at 50mph (80 kph), and a glowing red orb launched at a screaming 93 miles per hour (150 kph)! That’s one fast sword arm.

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OrangeFastball

The video is a promotion for SoftBank’s speedy new Sharp Speed Platinum Band LTE service:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTFRvEg4BHw

Isao Machii is an Iaijutsu proponent who resides in Kawanishi, Hyogo. In 2005, he created the Shushin-ryu Iaijutsu style. He teaches Iaijutsu at the “Shushin-kan” Iaido training venue and devotes himself to his studies every day with the aim of restoring the traditions of Muso Jikiden Eishin-ryu. His Guinnes World Records include: “Most sword cuts to straw mats in three minutes,” “Fastest 1,000 martial arts (iaido) sword cuts,” “Fastest tennis ball cut by sword,” “Fastest BB pellet cut by sword,” and “Most martial arts sword cuts to one mat (Suegiri).” 
We imagine “Fastest Fried Shrimp cut by sword” will soon be added to that list.

Sources:

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2015/05/16/expert-swordsman-isao-machii-is-back-and-fighting-fried-shrimp-at-130kmh-for-softbank/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcMKfz1n6L6erIlyyowlOOA

Hosoda’s ‘The Boy And The Beast’ Gets Theatrical Release In U.S.

Hosoda’s ‘The Boy And The Beast’ Gets Theatrical Release In U.S.

Guess who’s coming to dinner? Assuming dinner is in the U.S., Mamoru Hosoda’s “The Boy And The Beast!” When French film studio Gaumont International was deciding which distributor would chaperone their latest sweetheart around the U.S., a distributor with loyalty and ambition was on the forefront of the agenda. And when it comes to upholding the Mamoru Hosoda flag, no distributor has been more invested than FUNimation Entertainment