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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.

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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.

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.

Toy: Phone Braver 7

Toy: Phone Braver 7

Proof that Japanese cellphones are waaaay better than ours, Phone Braver 7 is a crimefighting ABS/diecast toy based on a TV drama; it transforms and can change facial expressions.

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Kabutom RX-03

Kabutom RX-03

Styled after a rhinoceros beetle, Kabutom RX-03 is an 11 meter, 15 ton robot created by 60 year-old Takahashi-san; it can be piloted or remote controlled and can carry passengers.

Trailer: End of Eternity

Trailer: End of Eternity

The Japanese debut trailer for End of Eternity is out, not that language matters — there’s no speech, just lots of gorgeous visuals that really show off the game’s steampunk overtones.

KDDI Idda G9

KDDI Idda G9

KDDI’s Idda G9 sliderphone may be Japan only, but we’re fawning over its stainless steel frame and titanium finish; it packs a 3″ touchscreen, 3.2 MP camera and pico projector support.

Debut: The Secret World

Debut: The Secret World

Hot chick comes home, makes a milkshake, spots a monster and wipes out half the apartment trying to kill it: just another day in The Secret World, an MMORPG that mixes modern with magic.

Web Trend Map 4

Web Trend Map 4

Take 333 of the most important websites and the 111 most influential people and you have Web Trend Map 4; it’s mapped in the style of the Tokyo Metro and is limited to 1,000 pieces.

Music Video: Stady

Music Video: Stady

Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon, Stady is the work of visual music director Ohashi Takashi; it’s a chill mix of acoustic guitar, light drum beats and hypnotically sequenced shapes.

Trailer: Infinite Space

Trailer: Infinite Space

Epic space battles, maniacal villains and cherubic heroes with wild hair: Infinite Space’s trailer honors anime’s grandest traditions and is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s Childhood’s End.

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Mega64: MGS 4

Mega64: MGS 4

This Metal Gear Solid 4 video starts off like any other, at least until God himself (aka Hideo Kojima) appears and proceeds to get super-stealthy awesome on the streets of San Francisco.

Giant Toroyan Robot

Giant Toroyan Robot

Incredibly grotesque yet awe-inspiring, Kenji Yanobe’s Giant Torayan robot is a 24 foot tall robo-baby sculpture that breathes fire and sings; it’s on display in Tokyo’s Roppongi district.

Hakodate Tourism Videos

Hakodate Tourism Videos

Hakodate is likely the first city to destroy itself in an effort to attract tourists: giant robots and squid battle fleets annihilate whole city blocks in the hilariously epic video above.

Trailer: Cat Shit One

Trailer: Cat Shit One

AKA Apocalypse Meow in the US, Cat Shit One instantly reminds us of George Orwell’s dystopic Animal Farm, with cute animals armed to the teeth. It’s a 12-episode anime series.

Book: Sneaker Tokyo

Book: Sneaker Tokyo

Too bad it’s only available in Japan: Sneaker Tokyo is a treasure trove of info on the past, present and future of Tokyo sneaker culture; it’s packed with interviews, images and previews.

Movie Trailer: Goemon

Movie Trailer: Goemon

Stuffed to the brim with over-the-top visuals, this full 138-second trailer for Goemon is unabashedly epic; it’s directed by Kazuaki Kiriya of Casshern fame and opens this May in Japan.

Life-Sized Gundam

Life-Sized Gundam

Staying up for only two months starting from July at Tokyo’s Odaiba island, this life-sized Gundam will protect earthlings with its 59-foot tall height, 50 lights and movable head.

Space Invaders Piggy Bank

Space Invaders Piggy Bank

This 1:6 scale mini-Space Invaders Piggy Bank is a multifunctionalist’s dream: it not only stores your 100 yen coins, but actually lets you play Space Invaders on its LCD screen.

Elecom Scope Node

Elecom Scope Node

Elecom’s Scope Node Mouse may be slick, but is it actually functional? It promises pen-like usability by placing its 1600 dpi sensor between the index finger and the thumb.

TV Trailer: LaMB

TV Trailer: LaMB

LaMB is based on futuristic “laminated suits” that prisoners wear to convert them to slaves, and is anime TV network Animax’s first original movie; it’ll premiere March 24th in Asia.

Movie Trailer: Yatterman

Movie Trailer: Yatterman

In Yatterman, a boy builds a robot dog which shoots iron pellets out of its nose, eats bone-shaped powerups, and unleashes mini robots that dismantle enemies. Oh so Japanese, and oh-so cool.

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