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Feb 20, 2020 at 18:30.

Pokémon Anime Accused Of Whitewashing

Pokémon Anime Accused Of Whitewashing
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Gym Leader Bea from Pokémon Sword and Shield appears in the most recent episode of the Pokémon: Twilight Wings anime. Notice anything different about the character’s animated version?

Below are Bea’s official game art and a...

Feb 20, 2020 at 18:00.

Tokyo Ramen Restaurant Won't Allow Foreigners Because Of Coronavirus

Tokyo Ramen Restaurant Won't Allow Foreigners Because Of Coronavirus
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Ueno Sanji, a ramen restaurant in Tokyo, is only allowing Japanese customers due to COVID-19 concerns. The owner (pictured) claims that this is not discrimination but his duty to protect his family, his employees and his...

Feb 18, 2020 at 19:30. 17 comments

Lovely New Nintendo Switch Lite Color Announced For Japan [Update: And North America]

Lovely New Nintendo Switch Lite Color Announced For Japan [Update: And North America]

Say hello to the newest member of the Nintendo Switch family. It might look like a pink Switch Lite, but the color is actually coral, a pink or red shade of orange named after sea creatures of the same color.

Living Coral was Pantone’s color of 2019, which might explain the choice?

Slated for release on March 20 in Japan, it joins turquoise, gray and yellow Nintendo Switch Lites.

In...

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Feb 18, 2020 at 18:30.

Dragon Quest Themed ATMs in Japan

Dragon Quest Themed ATMs in Japan
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For a country where Dragon Quest is so popular that there are DQ themed convenience stores , ATMs featuring the classic RPG font and the character Slime seem inevitable.

Below is one of the Dragon Quest Lawson stores in...

Feb 17, 2020 at 19:00. 8 comments

Rice Balls Like You've Never Seen Before

Rice Balls Like You've Never Seen Before
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YouTuber Onigiri Gekijou (Rice Ball Theater) specializes in making rice balls that are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen lots of rice balls!

Onigiri Gekijou calls this “onigiri art,” and is uploading how-tos on...

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Feb 17, 2020 at 16:30. 11 comments

It's Almost Like The Akira Manga Predicted The Coronavirus Outbreak

It's Almost Like The Akira Manga Predicted The Coronavirus Outbreak
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Akira certainly did predict the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The manga and ensuing anime are set against the backdrop of the impending 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It also appears that one panel in the manga refers to measures for...

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Feb 14, 2020. 1 comments

Square Enix Cafes Are Covered In Final Fantasy VII Remake

Square Enix Cafes Are Covered In Final Fantasy VII Remake
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Square Enix has rolled out a handful of cafes to serve food, sling drinks and showcase its games. There are no better places to cover with Final Fantasy VII Remake decor.

It’s not only the Square Enix Cafe in Tokyo and Osaka...

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Feb 13, 2020. 4 comments

Sailor Moon Is Getting An Ice-Skating Show Starring Evgenia Medvedeva

Sailor Moon Is Getting An Ice-Skating Show Starring Evgenia Medvedeva
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This was inevitable. Champion figure skater Evgenia Medvedeva previously proved that Sailor Moon cosplay works well with skating. Now, she’s going to star in a figure-skating show that will right wrong and triump over...

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Feb 12, 2020. 6 comments

Our Favorite Cosplay Of This Winter's Wonder Festival

Our Favorite Cosplay Of This Winter's Wonder Festival

Actually, it’s always time to cosplay. But sometimes, it’s good to have an excuse to dress. This past weekend’s Wonder Festival figure expo provided just that.

Cosplayers gathered in Chiba, Japan to show off their cosplaying skills:

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Feb 12, 2020. 9 comments

This Month Shows Off Excellent New Anime And Video Game Figures

This Month Shows Off Excellent New Anime And Video Game Figures
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Over the weekend, the Wonder Festival figure expo got underway in Chiba, Japan. There were lots of cool figurines and statues on display. Some were mass-produced, some were prototypes, and some were fan-made. Many of them...

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Feb 11, 2020. 23 comments

Japanese TV Channel Stops Airing Interspecies Reviewers

Japanese TV Channel Stops Airing Interspecies Reviewers
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Earlier this month, Funimation announced that it would no longer stream Interspecies Reviewers, stating the show fell outside its standards. Now a Japanese TV channel is also canceling the program.

IT Media reports that...

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Feb 06, 2020. 13 comments

MMA Fighter Does An Excellent Cosplay Of Dragon Ball's Android 18

MMA Fighter Does An Excellent Cosplay Of Dragon Ball's Android 18

This is MMA fighter Itsuki Hirata. To get ready for her next bout in Jakarta, she’s been sparring, pumping iron and dressing up like Android 18 from Dragon Ball. 

Previously, Kotaku introduced a DJ that did an excellent Android 18 cosplay. It was quite good! But Hirata’s cosplay is even more impressive because she not only looks like the character but is also a professional fighter.

“I’m...

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Feb 06, 2020. 2 comments

In Japan, Animal Crossing Switch Pre-Orders Delayed Due To Coronavirus

In Japan, Animal Crossing Switch Pre-Orders Delayed Due To Coronavirus
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Pre-orders for that beautiful Animal Crossing-themed Switch and its matching carrying case have been moved from February 8 to TBA.

As reported earlier , coronavirus has impacted Nintendo’s supply chain, affecting Switch...

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Feb 06, 2020. 16 comments

How To Wear Sickness Masks Without Fogging Up Your Glasses

How To Wear Sickness Masks Without Fogging Up Your Glasses
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

If you wear glasses, like I sometimes do, you know that sickness masks fog them up right quick. The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department has tips on how to avoid that.

According to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department,...

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Feb 06, 2020. 3 comments

Coronavirus Will Impact Nintendo Switch Production And Shipment To Japan

Coronavirus Will Impact Nintendo Switch Production And Shipment To Japan
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Today, Nintendo announced that, due to the affects of the coronavirus, there will be delays of Chinese-made Switch consoles and peripherals bound for the Japanese market.

According to Nintendo, production and shipment of...

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Feb 06, 2020. 11 comments

How To Buy The Animal Crossing Switch Parts Separately, From Japan

How To Buy The Animal Crossing Switch Parts Separately, From Japan

Everybody’s losing their minds over Nintendo’s new Animal Crossing-styled Switch hardware . The Tom Nook-themed dock! The pastel Joy-Cons! Whatever’s on the back of it! Many of the millions of people who already own a Switch are tempted to upgrade just for the new look, but wish they could just buy the accessories separately. Well, you can—from Nintendo’s Japanese store.

Nintendo’s Japan-only...

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Feb 05, 2020. 8 comments

The Studio Ghibli Theme Park Should Be Incredible

The Studio Ghibli Theme Park Should Be Incredible
Kotaku East East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am.

Excited? You should be. An official Studio Ghibli theme park will be built in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. The first concept art we saw looked great. The latest concept art does, too.

The park will be divided into different...

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Feb 04, 2020. 4 comments

Composer Joe Hisaishi Describes His Creative Process

Composer Joe Hisaishi Describes His Creative Process
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Princess Mononoke. Castle in the Sky. Kikujiro. It’s hard to imagine any of these films without composer Joe Hisaishi’s iconic scores. Decade after decade, he’s consistently written some of the most memorable movie music of...

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Feb 03, 2020. 22 comments

Funimation Says Anime Interspecies Reviewers Goes Too Far, Stops Streaming It

Funimation Says Anime Interspecies Reviewers Goes Too Far, Stops Streaming It

Each season, I write short, one-sentence summaries of upcoming anime . Here is the one for Interspecies Reviewers: “An elf and a human visit various brothels to see which humanoid species they like best.”

So, yeah, here’s a show about characters having sex with different human-like species to figure out which one is their favorite. The show’s premise and trailers seemed to indicate what was...

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Jan 30, 2020. 22 comments

Damn, The Nintendo Switch Is Doing Well

Damn, The Nintendo Switch Is Doing Well

Today, Nintendo released its financials for April to December 2019. One thing that sticks out is just how much of the company’s coffers are filled by the Switch. It’s not surprising considering a revamped Switch console, the Switch’s China launch and the Pokémon Sword and Shield juggernaut.

During this period, software sales were powered by Pokémon Sword and Pokémon Shield to the tune of...

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