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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!

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.

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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.

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…

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.

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