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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!

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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.

Movie Trailer: Robo-Geisha

Movie Trailer: Robo-Geisha

NSFW: Like Austin Powers meets Ghost in the Shell meets every B-horror flick ever created, Robo-Geisha is so over-the-top in terms of ways to die it’s almost ensured a cult following.

A Castle On The Ocean

A Castle On The Ocean

Folded over the course of four years, Wataru Itou’s A Castle On The Ocean is a papercraft spectacle; it’s on display at Uminohotaru, a service area which is itself situated on the ocean.

SD1 Flint Lighters

SD1 Flint Lighters

First made in 1976, Japanese lighter manufacturer Sarome’s SD1 is their oldest model in production; each is assembled by hand with a solid brass case and traditional flint design.

Life-Sized Tetsujin

Life-Sized Tetsujin

It’s no surprise, but Japan’s getting taken over by 59-foot tall giant robots: first, the 1:1 Gundam, and now a similarly-sized Tetsujin which will be permanent installed in Kobe this October.

O-No Sushi Figures

O-No Sushi Figures

Andrew Bell’s Never Look Back is well-known to vector artists and has been recreated as a set of an O-No Sushi urban vinyl figures; it’ll come in a limited edition blue and standard red.

Laptop Cooler Desk

Laptop Cooler Desk

Too bad it’s Japan-only, because we’d love to get our hands on this Lap Desk; it includes a built-in USB-powered laptop cooler, mousepad, cupholder and folds flat for storage.

Kyoukagaikokaku Zero

Kyoukagaikokaku Zero

We’re unfamiliar with Kakugo no Susume (one of anime/manga’s most violent series), but this Kyoukagaikokaku Zero figure is pure badass; it’s a poseable figure with die-cast parts.

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Photos: Life-Sized Gundam

Photos: Life-Sized Gundam

The 59-foot tall, life-sized Gundam on Tokyo’s Odaiba Island we previewed earlier is finished; it looks even better in real life, as evidenced by these stunning night shots by Pink Tentacle.

RoboCar

RoboCar

It resembles Disney’s Cars, but ZMP Inc’s RoboCar is designed (and priced) for academic use; it’s a Linux-powered robotics platform with stereo CCD cameras and image recognition.

E3 Trailer: Bayonetta

E3 Trailer: Bayonetta

From Devil May Cry’s creator, this estrogen-laden trailer for Bayonetta lays the action on thick (and fast) with top-notch visuals, wicked boss battles and a bevy of Sarah Palin lookalikes.

E3 Trailer: White Knight

E3 Trailer: White Knight

White Knight Chronicles jumps the gun with this E3 trailer; it’s light on actual gameplay and mixes old and new cinematics, but we’re happy that it’ll be the first true online RPG for the PS3.

Robotopusu

Robotopusu

Developed as a mobile crane, Robotopusu (“Robotops”) looks ready to rend humans limb from limb with its two giant claw arms and four legs; each claw and grasp up to 220lbs.

Trailer: Project Trico HD

Trailer: Project Trico HD

From folks who brought us Ico and Shadow of the Colossus, this internal trailer for Project Trico shows promise with faint echoes of The Neverending Story’s Falkor and Atreyu.

Trailer: Resonance of Fate

Trailer: Resonance of Fate

We like this new trailer for Resonance of Fate (aka End of Eternity), but it seems to be a bit too American: the last half is filled with fast action sequences and the heavy metal-ish music.

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Secret Trailer: White Knight

Secret Trailer: White Knight

This Forgotten Secret trailer for White Knight Chronicles starts off with butterflies and ballroom dancing; in other words, it’s ripe for all the slick sword-swinging mayhem afterwards.

Supreme MX Shades

Supreme MX Shades

Supreme’s MX shades put a Japanese spin on classic retro frames with an acetate-wrapped wire frame core and impact resistant, UV proof lenses; they’ll be available May 14th.

BlazBlue Limited Edition

BlazBlue Limited Edition

BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Limited Edition includes special packaging, a two-disc soundtrack and video disc; most importantly, it’s a free upgrade and limited to the first run.

1:6 Saizo Kirigakure

1:6 Saizo Kirigakure

Straight from Kazuaki Kiriya’s Goemon, this 1:6 Saizo Kirigakura figure captures much of the lush detail from the movie with a slick armored Ninja suit and face guard.

Preview: Muramasa

Preview: Muramasa

With over 100 blades, a distinctly Japanese style and hordes of enemies, this preview for Vanilla Ware’s Muramasa gives Wii owners plenty of reason to be excited; it comes out 7/28.

Tokyo Stereographic Pics

Tokyo Stereographic Pics

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen stereographic pictures, but this collection of photos by Flickr user heiwa4126 looks particularly sweet thanks to the location (Tokyo) and HDR editing.

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