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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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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.

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.

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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.

Video: Tmsuk Enryu

Video: Tmsuk Enryu

This six-ton Tmsuk T-52 Enryu robot translates to “rescue dragon;” a pair of arms can each lift 1100 pounds, ideal for earthquake and accident rescue ops (or taking out deranged cyborgs).

EX Getter Robo

EX Getter Robo

Getter Robo has a special place in the pantheon of combining robot fiction, which is why fans will likely be ogling these awesome (but pricey) die-cast redesigns of Getter 1, 2 and 3.

DVD Trailer: Kurau

DVD Trailer: Kurau

From the same studio that brought us Full Metal Alchemist, Kurau Phantom Memory’s 24 episodes are available as a DVD box set; you’ll get both English and Japanese audio plus subtitles.

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Mini Arcade Machines

Mini Arcade Machines

It was every 80s kid’s dream to have a home arcade; you’ll be able to do so on a small scale with the Sega Taikan Collection, which includes five mini cabinets (one is a mystery).

Trailer: Lost Planet 2

Trailer: Lost Planet 2

Resident Evil 5 producer Jun Takeuchi announces Lost Planet 2 in the rather lengthy trailer above; it’s an ice world no more with jungle climes, but we’re most excited by the co-op play.

Intro Cinematic: SF IV

Intro Cinematic: SF IV

With February 17th just around the corner, Capcom has dropped Street Fighter IV’s opening cinematic; we’re happy that it features the slick, hand-drawn style seen in earlier trailers.

Preview: White Knight

Preview: White Knight

While the cinematic and gameplay trailers were nothing short of awesome, this narrated GTTV preview for White Knight helps to fill in the blanks for the upcomingPS3 exclusive RPG.

Tokyoflash Heko Watch

Tokyoflash Heko Watch

Tokyoflash continues to ply the minimalist and esoteric oceans with the Heko Watch; three rows of LEDs (one visible, two hidden) are all that mar its otherwise smooth stainless steel face.

Amadana Stick Calculator

Amadana Stick Calculator

The calculator is the last thing we’d call stylish, but the Amadana Stick Calculator comes in at a svelte 8mm with an elongated design that (almost) makes doing our taxes appealing.

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