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FF XIII Shiva Bike

FF XIII Shiva Bike

Final Fantasy XIII’s ridiculously detailed Shiva Bike looks even hotter in real life with this 21″ transforming modelM by Kotobukiya; it includes two figures that combine into a single bike.

Lion Dog Koshirae

Lion Dog Koshirae

Bugei’s Lion Dog is an epic Koshirae set with epic origins; inspired by Japan’s golden age of swords, it’s made by modern sword art teachers, polishers, and the renowned Hanwei forge.

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Stop Motion Gundam

Stop Motion Gundam

John Huang’s Stop Motion Gundam videos are mobile suit mayhem at its finest; he not only uses anime fighting styles and special effects, but mixes in Dragon Ball and Star Wars.

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Ghost in the Shell 2.0

Mamoru Oshii’s anime classic goes Blu-ray with Ghost in the Shell 2.0, which features new CG scenes and a remixed soundtrack; purists, breathe easy: the original version is also included.

Overview: Resonance of Fate

Overview: Resonance of Fate

You’ll need to speak Japanese to understand this Overview trailer for Resonance of Fate, but a video is worth a thousand words (and bullets): gameplay starts about 3 minutes in.

Japanese Barcodes

Japanese Barcodes

Proof that the Japanese have embraced capitalism more thoroughly (and happily) than anyone else: these vanity barcodes are made by d-barcode and are fully scannable.

Akira: Kaneda & Bike

Akira: Kaneda & Bike

Akira fans are in for a treat with faithfully rendered 1:6 scale models of Kaneda and his bike; we’re most impressed by the latter, which sports LED lights, sound effects, and a working suspension.

Giant Gomora Costume

Giant Gomora Costume

The latest on our list of over-the-top costumes literally towers over us: this animatronic Gomora suit stands 10 ft. tall and 20 ft. long, moves its head and arms, shrieks, and spits vapor.

3D Dot Game Heroes

3D Dot Game Heroes

Launching 11/5 in Japan for the Playstation 3, 3D Dot Game Heroes has us giddy for its 3D voxel approach to retro-style, 2D graphics; no word yet on an international release date.

AK 100: Akira Kurosawa

AK 100: Akira Kurosawa

While Akira Kurosawa’s later works are an acquired taste, there’s no denying how badass Rashomon and Seven Samurai were; AK 100 collects all 25 films of his career on 25 DVDs.

Folk Monster Anatomy

Folk Monster Anatomy

The Japanese own the giant lizard scene now, but their love affair with monsters goes way back: these Folk Monster Anatomy posters explore their grisly (and somewhat tasty) innards.

Anatomy of Domo

Anatomy of Domo

After dissecting LEGOs, Dunnys and even Gummy Bears, Jason Freeny takes his scalpel to Domo: we’re still not sure if the fur and teeth are scarier or the blood and guts are.

Finished: Gigantor

Finished: Gigantor

Kobe’s 59 foot tall Gigantor is finished; costing $1.5 million and weighing 50 tons, it’s Japan’s way of saying “In your face!” to the 1995 quake as it also serves as the city’s guardian angel.

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Power Loader Exosuit

Power Loader Exosuit

It not only looks like Aliens’ exoskeleton, but the Power Loader suit works like one too: known as a dual-arm power amplification robot, it’s able to lift 220 lbs with ease. Thanks, Sonic!

TGS: Front Mission Evolved

TGS: Front Mission Evolved

The initial teaser was too short to feature, but this storyline trailer for Front Mission Evolved fleshes out the plot with new cinematics and gives us a sneak peek at gameplay.

TGS: Final Fantasy XIII

TGS: Final Fantasy XIII

Even if you don’t understand Japanese, you’d really have to be soulless to not get excited by this 7 minute Final Fantasy XIII trailer; it’s stuffed to the gills cinematics and gameplay.

TGS Trailer: FF XIV

TGS Trailer: FF XIV

This TGS 09 trailer for Final Fantasy XIV starts off pretty somber, right up until 1:40 when Armageddon hits for 20 glorious seconds; we hope some of this is actual gameplay.

Launch: Katamari Forever

Launch: Katamari Forever

Available 9/30 on the PS3, Katamari Forever gives the Prince new moves such as the Prince Hop and King Shock while players can use cel-shading, wood grain and other graphic filters.

High-Speed Robot Hand

High-Speed Robot Hand

Like a scary-fast robotic Allen Iverson, the University of Tokyo’s High-Speed Robot Hand makes dribbling, throwing, catching, and other human activities look like child’s play.

Samurai Underwear

Samurai Underwear

Boxer briefs go bushido with Samurai Underwear: each design is named after famous shogun or samurai, and is breathable, moisture wicking, and itch free; fiefdom not included.

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DORYU Pistol Camera

DORYU Pistol Camera

Issued to Japanese police, the Doryu 2-16 Pistol Camera features a grip with trigger that gives new meaning to shooting pictures; it’s a 16 mm movie camera with Nikkor 25mm lens.

Free: Translation Party

Free: Translation Party

Translation Party shows the meaning behind lost in the translation: it repeatedly takes a phrase between Japanese and English, with often unintentionally humorous results. Thanks, Scott!

Zombie Boot Camp

Zombie Boot Camp

Munching on brains is hard work: employees at Japan’s Ultimate Horror Maze are seen above in a Zombie Boot Camp, after reports that they were no longer scary enough.

FMA Play Arts figures

FMA Play Arts figures

Fresh from Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, these Play Arts figures give Ed, Al and Mustang a distinctly more grown-up look than we’re used to, but it works: they come out 10/09.

Trailer: Evangelion 1.0

Trailer: Evangelion 1.0

Evangelion 1.0 finally makes it to the US July 17th at 77 theaters; it’s part of a four-movie arc that rebuilds the original anime with notably improved animation and faster-pacing.

Webcam Music Video: Sour

Webcam Music Video: Sour

Insanely complex but utterly inspirational as well, Japanese band Sour creates an amazing webcam-based music video for “Hibi no Neiro” using their fans from around the world.

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