Last weekend, Osaka's Den-Den Town, the city's geek district, held a street festival. Previously, Kotaku showcased some of the unusual cosplay on display during the event. There was more. Much more.
This Sunday, two individuals tragically lost their lives in a senseless attack. And yesterday, a well-known Japanese journalist tried to connect the stabbings to otaku (geek) culture. Well, that didn't take long.
Earlier this month, a 55 year-old junior high school teacher allegedly took pictures up a young woman's skirt at an anime shop in Osaka's geek district, Den Den Town.
On May 12, a 54 year-old junior high school teacher spent the evening at anime shop, Animate, in Osaka's geek district, Den Den Town.
The lines for the Nintendo 3DS didn't start this morning. No, many of them started last night. Those who waited in line were most likely able to snag a 3DS. Those who simply waited probably weren't as lucky.
Den-Den Town, Osaka's "denkigai" or "electric town", is known for its used game retailers like Super Potato and figure shops like Osaka Gundams. There are also the maid cafes, where folks can get a coffee and talk to a maid. Some, however, are serving way more than coffee.
June 24 is going to be a big day for otaku games in Japan. Enormous. Gianormous. Huuuuuuuuuuge. Here's why:
Time changes us all. And not only us, but our rooms. Otaku are no exception!
Well, that was quick. Real quick.
Forget Osaka's shady R4 cartridge retailers, the city has one shop that is openly advertising the device. And rubbing it in Nintendo's face in the process.
Girls in stockings. Girls in wigs. Girls in frilly dresses. Over the weekend, the cosplaying hoard took to the streets of Osaka's Den-Den Town in the annual Nipponbashi Street Festival.
See those signs? They read, "Majikon" — Japanese for R4. And they are pointing into a random apartment building.
Forget those mythical panty vending machines! This vending machine in Osaka's Den-Den Town is selling R4 devices.
Osaka nerds can breathe easy. Hopefully. Two male suspects have been arrested for "otaku gari", AKA "otaku hunting."