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Crazy Earphones

Crazy Earphones

Literally listen to ear-splitting music with these Japanese-made in-ear Crazy Earphones, which are available in painful (katana, arrows) and quirky (mushrooms, ears) flavors.

Video: Underwater Enterprise

Video: Underwater Enterprise

An Aqua Modeler in Japan puts the ship back in spaceship with this remote-controlled, underwater capable Enterprise; they’ve also converted Battleship Yamato and the USS Voyager.

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Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

Airship: Final Fantasy XIII

It may be purely cinematic and completely Japanese, but this Airship video for Final Fantasy XIII is worth a billion words; the first part is mostly dialog, with more action in the second.

Video: The TV Show

Video: The TV Show

Set to music by Manabe Takayuki, Sugimoto Kousuke’s seemingly endless The TV Show will blow your mind; it’s an independent effort by Kousuke, who is a self-taught animator.

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System Extreme Clocks

Anti System’s Extreme Clocks are time trials of a different sort: the clocks come in three completely one-of-a-kind designs that are made from 20″ BMX tires and recycled skateboards.

New Era Danchi Cap

New Era Danchi Cap

APPLEBUM’s Danchi fitted cap pays literal homage to their origins with a stunning all-over printed Tokyo nightscape; it’s a modified New Era 59FIFTY with thermal lining and embroidery.

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.

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.

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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.

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!

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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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