October 2015

Why Akiko Higashimura's Manga 'Himo Zairu’ Will Not Be Training Men Anytime Soon

Why Akiko Higashimura's Manga 'Himo Zairu’ Will Not Be Training Men Anytime Soon

With only two episodes out, manga author Akiko Higashimura (Princess Jellyfish, Tokyo Tarareba Musume) has suspended publication of her new manga, Himozairu. Published in Kodansha's Monthly Morning 2 manga magazine, the series followed a group of unemployed young men looking to better their romantic prospects by teaching themselves domestic skills that would make them more attractive partners to professional women.

Why James Cameron & Robert Rodriguez Have Our Vote To Make Battle Angel Alita

Why James Cameron & Robert Rodriguez Have Our Vote To Make Battle Angel Alita

When you’re a simple manga/anime fan, seeing the story you love so much being adapted into a (insert entertainment medium here), can often be painful. Sometimes it feels like whoever has the big bucks to make the film happen couldn’t describe two episodes from the series and as a result, the essence of the story can be lost in greed, subs, and dubs (I’m looking at you, live-action Attack on Titan). 

Gotta Train 'Em Small: Real Life Pokemon Gym To Open In Japan Next Month

Gotta Train 'Em Small: Real Life Pokemon Gym To Open In Japan Next Month

To add intensity to your desire to visit Japan, Sanoyas Interaction announced that they’re opening a real-life Pokémon training center in Osaka on November 19th. For those uninitiated, part of the process of becoming a Pokémon Master is making a pilgrimage to gyms where trainers can strengthen their skills and bonds with their adorable biological arsenal. 

Inside Japan's Disposable Housing Market: Why Folks Would Rather DIY-Not

Inside Japan's Disposable Housing Market: Why Folks Would Rather DIY-Not

As a young, potential homeowner in the United States, making the switch from apartment to your first home is a hefty investment. Unless you've just come out with the next Uber service, you'll most likely find a sweet, previously-owned fixer-upper house to modernize throughout your stay and make the commitment to dead batteries, DIY, and the dividends that result from home ownership. But the low-quality housing stock in Japan is a product of a real estate market that’s very different from that in the United States.