Is This Girl Real or Virtual?

For years, gamers have developed feelings for characters that don't exist in the traditionally tangible world. They might look real, but the characters are a composition of art and reality. They are virtual. » 6/14/11 2:00am 6/14/11 2:00am

The Queen of Pokémon

In the West, when someone says Pokémon, you think about your favorite Pocket Monster, the cartoons, or the games themselves. The same goes for Japan, but there's something else that comes to mind. Make that, someone else. » 6/03/11 2:00am 6/03/11 2:00am

When You Have Too Much Money, Questionable Judgment, and Like Idols

There's a good reason this gentleman is covering his face. If you just spent a hundred thousand bucks on girly pop music, would you show yours? » 5/27/11 2:00am 5/27/11 2:00am

The Young Girl Who Loves Old Games

After one of Japan's most beloved gaming mascots Takahashi Meijin revealed that he was leaving Hudson Soft, 23-year-old pin-up model Haruna Anno took to Twitter and her blog. She knew that he was leaving beforehand and talked to Takahashi about his decision, revealing that the conversation made her weep. But there's… » 5/24/11 2:00am 5/24/11 2:00am

These Guys Will Freak You Out, Then Amaze You

At the Taipei Game Show earlier this year, event areas had girls on stage dancing to pop tunes. But that's not where the real action was. » 5/17/11 4:00am 5/17/11 4:00am

Dead Wii Is Funny. Dead Lady Is Not.

In Japan, pin-up model Aki Higashihara's blog is notorious. It's called the "Death Blog", after manga Death Note. In the popular comic, writing people's names in the "Death Note" notebook leads to their demise. On the Japanese internet, the same is said about Higashihara's blog. » 5/13/11 2:00am 5/13/11 2:00am

Sleep with This Voice Actress (Again)

When voice actress Rie Tanaka isn't capturing the hearts of otaku, she's snuggling up next to them vicariously through her hug pillow. One Rie Tanaka hug pillow has been available for purchase. Until now. » 5/09/11 7:30am 5/09/11 7:30am

A Man In A Dress Fights A Woman In A Dress

When Yuichiro "Jienotsu" Nagashima isn't dressing up as girls from bullet hell shooters, he's kicking people's ass. He's a professional K-1 kick boxer. But is he any good at fighting games? » 2/24/11 6:30am 2/24/11 6:30am

Revenge Of The Akihabara Flasher

Back in 2008, before the stabbings, Akihabara was a carefree place. Otaku ("geeks") roamed from shop to shop, maids passed out fliers and cosplayers posed up a storm. The Akihabara Massacre changed all that, but things are normalizing. Want proof? The area's most famous flasher is ready to hit the streets of Akiba… » 2/24/11 2:00am 2/24/11 2:00am

Metal Gear Nut Turned Stripper Is Now A Fugitive

Since she was 15 years of age, Minako Komukai worked as a pin-up model. Somewhere along the line she got into Metal Gear Solid and drugs. » 2/17/11 2:00am 2/17/11 2:00am

Can Somebody Please Help This Lady Find Her Monsters?

This past weekend, collectible figurine event Wonder Festival was held in Chiba, Japan. Collectors and cosplayers gathered for the festivities. Voice actress Haruna Ikezawa was in attendance, and she ended up having a rotten time. » 2/09/11 3:00am 2/09/11 3:00am

Japan's Biggest Pornstar To Become China's Biggest Popstar?

Sola Aoi, star of adult films like Oral Infection and Perverted Neighbor, has already captured the imagination of China with her ample talents, but is looking to do the same with her singing voice. » 1/18/11 2:00am 1/18/11 2:00am

No Game Is This Scary

Night of Sacrifice is an upcoming horror game for the Wii. A melodramatic, alarming teaser trailer of bikini model Saya Hikita playing through it showed the 21-year-old ending up in tears. But the game can't be that scary, can it? » 1/17/11 4:00am 1/17/11 4:00am

3,000 Mega Man Fans Got This Lady A Job

Making decisions by yourself on who to hire is hard. It's easier when you have 3,000 people do it for you, which is exactly what happened for this Mega Man Legends voice actress! » 1/14/11 7:00am 1/14/11 7:00am

Can This Pop Princess Be A True Gamer With No PS3?

During the last decade, Japanese singer Maki Goto was a big pop star. Now, she's a big gamer. That is, a big gamer apparently without a PS3. » 1/10/11 2:00am 1/10/11 2:00am

Who Was That Masked Model?

In Japan, there are idols for everything, whether it be trains, personal computers or, of course, video games. They have one thing in common: they're all smiley and cute. But what about an idol that never showed her face? » 12/29/10 2:00am 12/29/10 2:00am

Kinect's Not So Popular In Japan, But This $1,000 Shirt Is

When Kinect went on sale in Japan, there was a big promotional event at a retailer in Akihabara. Over a hundred people lined up, and roughly half of them are now in possession of a very valuable collectible. » 12/17/10 4:00pm 12/17/10 4:00pm

Naughty Kids Don't Get Coal, They Have To Watch This

To promote the PlayStation Move, Sony dressed two idols in Santa suits and gave them Move controllers. Ready to lose 12 minutes of your life? No, seriously. » 12/16/10 7:00am 12/16/10 7:00am