Friday, May 30, 2008

"Hope on a Rope"

"This is from my friend Taku, who was telling us about the Jesus soap he has. I assume the writing can befound on the package. Bizzareness aside, isn't it kinda blasphemous to be rubbing a graven image of the Lord all over your body?"-Stephie-baachan

"wash away your sins with it!only good clean living will get you to heaven so lather up and cleanse your body and soul. holy rose water fragrance,delicious!" - Packaging

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Futurama Movie - Beast with a Billion Backs Trailer

Well, I'm boned. This film looks great. I personally can' wait. Although "Bender's Big Score"was rough in the pacing and story department, I think the Futurama guys will do a fine job with this one. I LOVE the campiness of this cover.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

A Re-Post....but with Colbert!

The link I put up with O'Reilly flipping out on Insider Edition got taken down. Well, Stephen Colbert covered this video on his show and it is not readily available on Comedy Central. Man, some people are going to be pissed...

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Nazis in Space and JESUS!

How could I not post something that has Nazis in Outer Space?

"Towards the end of World War II the staff of SS officer Hans Kammler made a significant breakthrough in anti-gravity. From a secret base built in the Antarctic, the first Nazi spaceships were launched in late ‘45 to found the military base Schwarze Sonne (Black Sun) on the dark side of the Moon. This base was to build a powerful invasion fleet and return to take over the Earth once the time was right. Now it’s 2018, the Nazi invasion is on its way and the world is goose-stepping towards its doom."

For more information, visit for a great look at an interesting internet film!

And for shits, a Jesus Comic Book!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Machine Girl is Coming....this Summer....

This is NOT SAFE FOR WORK due to the massive awesomeness (over the top violence), but this small inkling of a film just makes me hunger for more...more awesomeness...

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Large Scale Japanese "Green Light, Red Light" Game

In Japan, you can bear witness to the GREATEST game of "Green Light, Red Light" ever! I couldn't even imagine how the rest of the populace reacted to people freezing in the middle of a crosswalk. Truly extraordinary....

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Office Japanese Style!

I don't watch SNL. However, Steve Carell hosted this past weekend which makes for an awesome show OBVIOUSLY. Well, I found the show to be thoroughly entertaining because Steve Carell is a master of improv. However, what really stood out on Saturday Night was the sketch with the Japanese Office. Hosted by Richard Gervais, it is a pretty hysterical look at the ORIGINAL INSPIRATION for the Office...

This was from when Rainn Wilson (Dwight) hosted the show. The Office parody is funny, but not as ridiculous as the Japanese Office.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Crazy Pizzas!

To cap off the Burger Craze, I decided to transition into weird pizzas. Here's the perfect transition food....

The Happy Meal Pizza with Chicken Nuggets, Fries, and TWO BURGERS! Cheeseburgers to be exact. I hope you have enjoyed this hamburger coverage. Next week, I'll cover pizzas where the sky is the limit with all the toppings!

Chilean Batman Post

Well, I can't imagine this being a traditional Batman story. I thought about translating it with my high school level of spanish. However, I decided to let your imaginations run wild. Things to think about. This has to be some sort of fan comic or novel. It just HAS TO BE.

1) Why is the CIA written on his insignia?
2)Batman has green eyes? I never knew that!
3) Robin definitely wants Batman...or does he?
4)Is that Batman or a Blowup Doll?

Speculate! Courtesy of Scans Daily as usual...

Superman Slaps Politicians Part One

Over time, I've learned to realize that this blog is becoming a COMIC BOOK blog. Aside from my fascination with Japanese culture or video games, I end up posting more about comic books than anything. I don't plan to transform this into a comic book blog, but I am fascinated by the percentage. Do I have a percentage calculated? Nope. I could have lied about that though. WAIT. It's 45 percent! Sure. I'm wrong. Count it yourself. HA! You're far too lazy to do that. Hell, I'm too lazy to do that. Man, I'm tired.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Pizza Hut Japan-Style!

I have no idea why I decided to get on a food kick. Not a normal food kick either. In this post, I became fascinated with corporate advertising. Although we're all familiar with advertising in our American shows (30 Rock and Arrested Development came to mind). I've never seen it in an American cartoon. Well, that's not true. I must have. This is AMERICAN television, after all. I just cannot think of any major example. After all, we create televisions based upon toy lines (transformers and GI Joe, for instance). However, I noticed this in Japanese animation too!

"Darker than Black" offers a simple example of in-show advertising. In this case, animators drew in Pizza Hut restaurants into a background. It doesn't interrupt any plot or contribute to any character development.

Now, we get to "Code Geass." Notice that Pizza Hut box next to green haired anime girl in a boy's uniform? Well, the pizza actually contributes to her character/personality! She's like 500 years old and first defined by her addiction to Pizza Hut pizza. Not convinced?

They even bothered to show scenes of her accumulating points on an application card! What is Cheese-kun though?
That is Cheese-kun! He is a giant piece of mozzarella specifically designed for Japanese advertising. Pizza Hut in Japan made me start Google searching.

Danny Choo's blog offered a very interesting investigation into Pizza Hut's presence in Japan. I borrowed some images from him to showcase how different the Pizza Hut experience is in Nippon!

It is important to first remember that Japanese people live in neighborhoods that are pretty packed together. The primary vehicles for delivering pizzas lies in these Vespas. These are also depicted in "Code Geass" as well.

According to Danny Choo, this pizza's "crust is filled with prawns and mayonnaise and the main body can be filled with whatever you want. A large one for 3,550 yen (31 USD)."

I'd recommend looking at this pizza menu by clicking on the image to zoom in. It's pretty extraordinary. Pretty interesting...

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Chinese Juggler: The Video Game!

I don't think I have to say anything. Really. I don't think I have anything to say. Try. Make me say something. I dare you. Alright. This game looks awful and that cover isn't as offensive as I initially thought. This is what we call in the blogging world as "random thing I found" day. (TO BE FAIR, that is ALMOST everyday in the Opera House).

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Burger in a Can!

Following on the Hamburger Madness, I present to you....CHEESEBURGER in a CAN!

Apparently, this is sold in the UK. Man, this is insane.

Mmmmm....Steam Burgers...

Fresh Canned Goodness!

Not so tasty in this shot....

When I build a nuclear fallout shelter, pack me a couple of these!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Bill O'Reilly can't read teleprompters and HULKS out!

A Short Post!

Bill O'Reilly Snaps...Again - Watch more free videos

This video has been taken down a couple of times. However, everyone needs to see this. Wow, Bill O'Reilly is a total tool. This is clip from his Inside Edition stint a while back. As you will see (or hopefully be able to see), Bill has a fight with the teleprompter.

Big Hamburgers

Wow, I must really hate doing work. Here you go. The pictures speak for themselves. First, let's look at a standard big hamburger.

Wow, that's pretty big. Typical US Happy Meal Size...

80 lbs? A Thailand restaurant? Wow. Show me what else you got...

123 lbs? Alright, I'm going to lie down...

134 lbs. Apparently, you can biggie-size for 50 more dollars.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

The Great American Care-Package

As many of you know, Stephie-baachan (our Japanese correspondent), is in Japan. DUH. Well, a few of us sent her a special All American Care Package. As proof of our success, I told our correspondent to take a picture of her spoils. She really liked the gift and said it totally made her YEAR. Well Done, everyone!

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Simpsons Manga

Ever wondered how your favorite AMERICAN cartoon heroes would look as Japanese manga character? Well, South Park experimented with this a while back with their infamous NINJA episode with all those BAD-ASS weapons. On Free Comic Book Day (last weekend), Bongo Comics released a short comic which is sort of an "Elseworlds" spin on the Simpsons. Alright, I'll admit it. It doesn't look bad. What I find interesting is how this manga approach also provides a somewhat more realistic take on the Simpsons despite putting them in a decidedly typical "super-exciting-ridiculous Japanese tale. I do want to note though that this was designed by Americans than Japanese mangakas. Still, I found this worth posting.

Bart, Nelson, and the Comic Book Guy! What surprises me here is that Comic Book Guy would never be participating in any sports event. He should serve as being the only recurring character that breaks the fourth wall on a weekly basis. Why isn't he criticizing the comic strip itself? I'm also having a hard time getting used to the fact that Bart has hair. After watching the cartoon for so long, I've always assumed that his head was just crown-shaped (like Jughead....though he actually has a hat...)
Wow, Kent Brockman and Krusty look REALISTIC in that first panel. It is also nice to see Kenny and Milhouse here too. Wow, I thought it was impossible for Milhouse to look nerdier. Well, I was wrong.
Wow, Marge and Maggie look great here. Their designs here are unexpected, but really work well here. Homer looks pretty damn good too in Manga form. He looks fatter than his American self and the beard LOOKS like a beard.I'm not sure what this demon is actually supposed to represent. Wow, Lisa has hair too. Impressed.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Racism in X-Men Comic Books

This is a pronounced and very blatant reference to racism in X-Men comics. In this case, "mutie" is the equivalent of "nigger" in the Marvel Universe for mutants. Honestly, I never thought of mutie as being a terrible word or didn't get the sense that X-Men characters were even offended by this. However, I guess they are offended. Clearly, Kitty Pryde did not like what the "Rock was cooking."

Thursday, May 8, 2008

The Summer Movie Lineup that you won't hear about!

Welcome to the summer of blockbuster films. Honestly, I haven't seen a lineup this good since...well I honestly don't remember. Week after week, there is at least going to be one film worth seeing. Well, I thought it would be great to look at films that you won't see this summer! Odds are, you have never heard of any of these films. It's easy to forget that the summer box office isn't about explosions or hype. These films are going to fly under the radar. I realized lately that films like "Planet B-Boy" won't get the attention they deserve unless someone actually forcibly drags someone to the theater. Although I"m not condemning the public audience for not having eclectic tastes, I just find it sad when interesting films are just ignored. Well, I'll focus on one film each time for shits and giggles.

This film looks fascinating. It reminds me of Pan's Labyrinth, Adventures Baron Muchashen, and Princess Bride put into a blender. Color me interested.

"Los Angeles, circa 1920‘s, a little immigrant girl (Catinca Untaru) finds herself in a hospital recovering from a fall. She strikes up a friendship with a bedridden man (Lee Pace) who captivates her with a whimsical story that removes her far from the hospital doldrums into the exotic landscapes of her imagination. Making sure he keeps the girl interested in the story he interweaves her family and people she likes from the hospital into his tale."

Characters include "steam punk hereoes" such "as an Indian, an ex-slave, an explosive expert, a masked bandit, and in a bit of revisionist history, famed evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin. They unite to fight a common enemy, Gov. Odious, the "bad man." (Wikipedia Entry)

Wow, this film just got more awesome. This FRIDAY! I still want to see Speed Racer, but this film looks great too.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Holy Shit, "RAIN" was on the Colbert Report!

This is the second post in a row that I decided to begin with "HOLY SHIT." Well, I'm really excited that Colbert's long-time nemesis, Rain, finally came onto the show. For the unfamiliar audience, Rain is a major Korean sensation. He sings, dances, and acts. He's a really popular Asian artist. Well, Stephen Colbert has always treated Rain as his nemesis because he almost always gets beaten in the popularity poll on websites or select magazines. Well, Rain finally came! Take a look, folks. It's the second video, but the first video sets up the rivalry.


Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Holy Shit. The New Two Face is going to be AWESOME.

We all knew that Two Face was going to end up in the Dark Knight. That's a given. In fact, as a long time Batman fan, I have already predicted that the Joker is going to create Two Face in this one. He may directly cause it or maybe it will follow the typical origin of Two Face being accidentally created while Batman tries to save the day. Instead of teaming up against Joker, Two Face will act in his own way to beat the Joker through more "violent" means.

Based on the trailer, Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne will start off as rivals as well (for Rachel Dawe's affections) which will be significantly different. I'm open to the idea that Two Face won't be evil, just misguided in this route to take down the Joker. Although Two Face has always been a villain, he has his owns strange sense of justice. With a flip of a coin, he decides the fate of the world.

This sequel will be compared to Iron Man, but they really should not be compared. Iron Man is much more light-hearted and truly a comic book on the screen. The Dark Knight is less of a comic book, but more of a director's take on the Batman mythos. This looks like a great summer.
Also, I just realized that I may have spoiled the film. Well, in the words of Stephen Colbert, "tough titties..." Or was that Rob Cordry?

Monday, May 5, 2008

A Look at the Shortpacked Comic Strip!

I recently came across this awesome strip called "Shortpacked!" Although it is geared toward the nerd community, I do believe that it can be a really funny strip to the uninitiated. Generally, all my favorite strips are superhero-related. Here are a few featuring Batman and Captain America!

This is an excellent piece of commentary regarding the ridiculous "alternative" action figures for superheroes. When would Superman ever need a rocket launcher? When would Spider-Man need "Hydro-Vehicle Action"? Of course, these costumes almost always make no sense. This was a lovely strip.

Well, I always did wonder how Captain America adjusted to the modern times. Actually, Captain America joined the Avengers in 1963-1964. As a result, it really does make me wonder about the Captain American prior to the later 60s when "shit started going KRAZY." Back in those times, the extent of dealing with complicated issue such as race was primarily done through the X-Men. Of course, this X-Men team consisted of "vanilla white" individuals who just happened to have powers. Today, the X-Men team serves better as a homosexuality metaphor. This can be best seen in X-Men 2/3 with the Iceman coming out to his family and Angel trying to hide his true nature with a razor in the bathroom. God, X-Men 3 was terrible despite a great opening number...

Iron Man review should be up later this week. In a brief summary though, Iron Man is the BEST start to any superhero franchise in recent memory. It's like having Spider-Man 2 or X-Men 2, but as the opening film of a trilogy. For those who thought this was looking bad, I think you really need to take a closer look. This is easily the most enjoyable film of the year if you're a comic book fan or not...

This isn't even my official review!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Iron Man Fun: Day One

Hey, Iron Man is out! I'm catching the superhero flick tomorrow night! For now, please enjoy this small mock advertisement. This is actually a parody of old comic ads that were actually more serious in tone. Basically, weak kid of beach gets picked on which leads to same weak kid deciding to mail in money to get really buff. It always ends with the weak kid getting the girl yet becoming the enemy he hated so much at the beginning. Truly tragic in an odd way. Perhaps, IRONy is more like it. Get it? IRON-y? Hahaha. God, I suck sometimes.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Crying Sumo Baby Contest = The Future?

"An annual "crying sumo" contest for babies, in which pairs of infants are brought together to see who can cry the first or the loudest, was held at Tokyo's Sensoji Temple on Sunday."

Hoo boy. Where do I begin. Alright, basically this is a contest to determine which baby can scream/cry the loudest. Sumo wrestlers hold up babies and attempt to scare them into oblivion. The winning baby...wins....I have no idea. Honestly, I have no idea. I can't help, but compare this story to another award-winning tale called "Monsters Inc."

I'm willing to guess that these sumo wrestlers are not using the fear of children to power the cities of Japan. Then again, Japan is pretty bizarre. If someone told me that Tokyo Tower needed to be powered by the cries of children, I wouldn't be that surprised. Japan has always been on the forefront when it comes to modern-day tech. It would only be a matter of time before it would hit the American Shores in the guise of some sort of "Wii" game. Excuse me, gentlemen, welcome to "WII TEARS!"

Original Article here. Like many other Japanese events, this is done to promote good health. Good grief, thanks for being so original. You have all these wacky festivals, but they always promote the same damn thing. Good Health. Bah.