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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.

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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.

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).

Blu-ray: Akira

Blu-ray: Akira

Katsuhiro Otomo’s legendary anime film is finally going 1080p HD: Akira is now available in Blu-ray and includes English and Japanese audio in Dolby TrueHD plus subtitles.

Cowboy Bebop x Dissidia

Cowboy Bebop x Dissidia

It’s almost too much awesomeness for our ape brains to handle, but this Cowboy Bebop and Final Fantasy: Dissidia mashup mixes the former’s catchy intro with the latter’s characters.

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.

Video: Engine Oh G12

Video: Engine Oh G12

Holy. Crap. With over a minute for the transformation sequence alone, Engine Oh G12 is so ridiculously over-the-top we can’t help but love it anyway.

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.

Real Arcade Pro EX SE

Real Arcade Pro EX SE

Hori’s Real Arcade Pro EX SE is as close as you’ll get to the real arcade experience; the Xbox 360 controller is made with parts from Seimetsu, who builds real arcade cabinets.

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Trailer: Star Ocean

Trailer: Star Ocean

The trailer above for Star Ocean: The Last Hope is a bit like Final Fantasy meets Mass Effect; word is it’ll be more team-focused with a 4-party system when it drops 2/24 in North America.

Space Battleship Yamato

Space Battleship Yamato

We’re still trying to count all the turrets on this monster LEGO replica of Space Battleship Yamato; this classic anime actually bested Star Wars at the Japanese box office in 1977.

Gameplay: White Knight

Gameplay: White Knight

Loved the White Knight Chronicles trailer? this gameplay video has it all: a knight in shining armor, a damsel in distress and some four-legged biomechanical cannon thing from hell.

Puma Monster Pack

Puma Monster Pack

Get your growl on with Puma’s insanely detailed Japanese Monster Pack, styled off of kaiju films from the 50s-70s with wild textures that recall Godzilla, Mothra, Ghidora and more.

Chubu Mechatrobots

Chubu Mechatrobots

Ignoring their obvious phallic properties, these Chubu Mechatrobots by Kazushi Kobayashi are from an alternate reality 1950s; they’re on display at the Tokyo Cultuart shop.

Heartbeat Watch

Heartbeat Watch

If this Heartbeat Watch’s EKG stops beating the only thing dead is your battery: it spikes according to the time, not your pulse; simply recharge via USB to get the ol’ ticker going again.

Teaser: T-28

Teaser: T-28

Fresh from IMAGI (who brought us the Astro Boy and Gatchman teasers), T-28 is a resurrection of the Tetsujin manga; it hasn’t been picked up by a studio per se, but it sure looks promising.

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Hajirai Machine Girl

Hajirai Machine Girl

Coming to theaters January 23, Hajirai Machine Girl is not for the faint of heart; only in Japan would a machine gun emerging from a bikini girl’s behind seem even remotely normal.

Gameplay: Yakuza 3

Gameplay: Yakuza 3

This gameplay video for Yakuza 3 is light on any real innovation; it’s just a dude in a suit wailing on victim after victim in street brawls, but with the moves of a UFC/WWF fighter.

Chocolate Beer

Chocolate Beer

A collaboration between the Sapporo brewery and Royce Confections, this Chocolate Beer will be sold starting today in a limited run of 72,000 cans; it’s made with roaster malt and cacao.

Origamu by Mu Pan

Origamu by Mu Pan

Mu Pan’s Origamu paper sculptures make our paper cranes look positively lame; these intricately crafted pieces have a grace and fluidity that improves on traditional origami.

White Knight Chronicles

White Knight Chronicles

Coming to North America sometime in 2009, White Knight Chronicles is a third-person, full-length 100 hour RPG by Level-5; the trailer above is flat-out, jaw-dropping awesome.

Trailer: Demon’s Souls

Trailer: Demon’s Souls

We could deal without the continuous operatic wail in the background, but this trailer for Japanese action RPG Demon’s Souls is an absolute eyeful for medieval fantasy fans.

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy

Dissidia: Final Fantasy is out in Japan; this runnin’ / flyin’ / jumpin’ opening cinematic is both gorgeous and torture for North American fans, who will have to wait until mid-year 2009.

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2

Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2

Available 12/18 in Japan (Q1, USA), Dynasty Warriors Gundam 2 may be the bastard child of two franchises, but hordes of enemies + mecha + tweaked AI = one sexy bastard.

World’s Slimmest Houses

World’s Slimmest Houses

Despite rampant real estate speculation in the US, this collection of the World’s Slimmest Houses shows how critically short of space and cramped living in Japan is.

Kisai Tenmetsu Watch

Kisai Tenmetsu Watch

The folks at Tokyoflash been busy lately; hot on the heels of the NI is the Kisai Tenmetsu. Resembling a flashing traffic light, each color represents different units of time.

Trailer: Tekken 6

Trailer: Tekken 6

Minimal talking, lots of action, and superbikes is just the way we like it: this video for Tekken 6 is basically one long, gorgeous character intro. Note that it cuts out abruptly at the end.

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