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Trailer: Item Getter

Trailer: Item Getter

If you can ignore the atrocious English, this Item Getter trailer is like watching a Hayao Miyazake film; it’s a DS RPG that allows users to create their own items through alchemy.

Obento Lunch Boxes

Obento Lunch Boxes

Flickr user Derek is one lucky dude; not only does his girlfriend pack Japanese-style “bento” lunches, but arranges them into characters from Wall-E, Katamari, and Totoro. Thanks, Tenshi!

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EleeNoLITE Wheel Watch

EleeNoLITE Wheel Watch

Guys with a penchant for mechanicals will like EleeNoLITE’s Wheel Watch; it’s an unusual analog watch with notched cutouts that slowly fill depending on the hour and minutes.

Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster

Mitsuoka Himiko Roadster

With all the 60s/70s style throwbacks coming out of Detroit lately, Mitsuoka’s Morgan-clone Himiko is a breath of fresh air; its internals are actually based on a Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Book: Arcade Mania

Book: Arcade Mania

Kotaku’s Brian Ashcraft puts his time spent in Japan to good use with Arcade Mania; it explores the land of the rising sun’s game centers and the powerful hold gaming has on Japanese culture.

Ritmo Sereno Motorcycles

Ritmo Sereno Motorcycles

Japan’s Ritmo Sereno takes existing BMW R100 and R80 motorcycles and turns them into custom works of retro beauty; customers can choose from either in-house or sourced parts.

Resident Evil 5 C.E.

Resident Evil 5 C.E.

Our Japanese counterparts always seem to get the best collector’s editions, and this one for Resident Evil 5 is no different; it comes with a USB drive disguised as a T-virus vial.

Gundam Helmet

Gundam Helmet

None of us here own a motorcycle, but that’s not stopping us from craving this limited edition Gundam Helmet; it’s stenciled with goofy Engrish, but still looks mighty sweet in gold.

Trailer: Yakuza 3

Trailer: Yakuza 3

We don’t understand a lick of Japanese, but that doesn’t make this trailer for Yakuza 3 any less cool: it’s a shame that the previous game flopped in the states, as this one will be Japan-only.

Teaser: Astro Boy

Teaser: Astro Boy

Manga doesn’t get much more original than Astro Boy, so we’re excited to see this teaser for the upcoming CG film due out in 2009. It’s made by the same studio that’s doing Gatchaman.

51 Japanese Characters

51 Japanese Characters

Distiling an entire culture into caricatures is no small task, but “Gaijin” Peter Machat’s 51 Japanese Characters collectible postcards have done just that: they’re limited to 500 pieces.

AFA08 Toy Exclusives

AFA08 Toy Exclusives

Lucky enough to be in Singapore 11/22-23? Anime Festival Asia 2008 is a must see: Bandai, Kotobukiya and Medicom will all be dropping exclusive toys from Gundam, Tetsujin and more.

Akira, American Style

Akira, American Style

With a Warner Bros live-action Akira due in 2009, American Akira is both hilarious and terrifying, similar to what might happen if Michael Bay made a Transformers movie. Oh, wait…

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Casio Exilim W63CA

Casio Exilim W63CA

Although it’s Japan only, we’d welcome Casio’s W63CA Exilim cameraphone in the States; it features an 8.1 MP camera, anti-shake and a 3.1″ organic EL display which swivels.

Japanese Art Trucks

Japanese Art Trucks

Snapped by Roger Snider, Japanese Art Trucks are wildly customized (and often inhabited) by their owners; if an 18 wheeler and Tokyo’s Ginza ever mated, these rigs would be their progeny.

Trailer: Dragon Quest IX

Trailer: Dragon Quest IX

Although it’s not scheduled for release stateside, this Dragon Quest IX trailer really wowed us with the DS’ graphic abilities; the game features co-op multiplayer and turn-based combat.

R/C Mechagodzilla

R/C Mechagodzilla

If last week’s 11″ Mechagodzilla wasn’t enough, this 20″ variant is a walkin’, wrist twirlin’, head swivelin’, screechin’, roarin’ and LED flashin’ monster worthy of the name Gojira.

Trailer: Ninokuni

Trailer: Ninokuni

Hayao Miyazaki fans are gonna love Ninokuni, Studio Ghibli’s first major foray into the gaming world with Japanese developers Level-5: think Howl’s Moving Castle meets Totoro.

Tomy Robo-Q

Tomy Robo-Q

We haven’t figured out a way to man them up yet, but these tiny 3.4cm tall Tomy Robo-Qs will be sure to delight the ladies by navigating around obstacles and just being ridiculously cute.

Negadon: Monster from Mars

Negadon: Monster from Mars

We don’t get enough Kaiju out west, which is why we’re loving this 7 min collection of the best parts of Negadon: The Monster form Mars; it’s part of a 25 min CGI short made in 2006.

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VOTOMS Scopedog

VOTOMS Scopedog

Coming this January: Max Factory will be releasing this sweet Scopedog unit from the Japanese anime series, Armored Trooper VOTOMS. Check out all those hands and attachments!

Dragon Armor Kabuto Helmet

Dragon Armor Kabuto Helmet

For the feudal warlord in all of us: this original 16th century Japanese Dragon Armor Helmet (Kabuto) is made with riveted plates of iron and is signed by the blacksmith on the back.

Teaser Trailer: Gatchaman

Teaser Trailer: Gatchaman

Above is an extremely short teaser for the upcoming Gatchaman movie. It looks almost like a spinoff of the recent Speed Racer movie; let’s just hope it has a coherent storyline.

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Murasaki Storytelling Robot

Robo-Garage’s Murasaki prototype robot is no slouch at storytelling; “she” actually uses an MP3 player. The ‘bot rolls on two wheels and articulates her head and arms with an eight-axis system.

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