For Japan's Nerd Heroine, Pokémon is a Bridge Between Strangers

Shoko Nakagawa, Japan's own nerd heroine and queen of Pokémon hasn't exactly had an easy upbringing. Her school life after elementary school was mostly filled with rejection and alienation from classmates due to her being different. But staying true to her love of Pokémon has paid off in spades as she recalls in her… » 8/22/13 8:00am 8/22/13 8:00am

Summer's Here, So Cover Yourself with Bugs!

This is Shoko Nakagawa. In Japan, she's a famous popstar and TV personality. She appears in Nintendo commercials and voices Pokémon characters. She also likes putting cicadas on her hair and face. » 7/17/13 4:00am 7/17/13 4:00am

This Is Japan's "Sad Keanu" Meme

Shoko Nakagawa is a superstar. She records music, she appears on TV shows, and she even voices Pokémon anime characters. You'd think she would be happy! Maybe she is. But, in this meme, she's Japan's equivalent of Sad Keanu. Awww. » 4/04/13 4:30am 4/04/13 4:30am

This Pokémon Nerd Hero Is Way Good at Drawing

One of my favorite things is watching people draw. I'm not very good at drawing, but there's something relaxing about watching people who are. Late last year, Japanese celeb Shoko Nakagawa appeared on a variety program and was able to show off how talented she is at art (and how other celebrities aren't!). » 1/14/13 7:40am 1/14/13 7:40am

The Queen of Pokémon Will Gross You Out. Again.

Like clockwork, every summer in Japan, you can hear cicada, or "semi" (セミ), throughout the country. That buzzing cry is something that people instantly associate with the season. And like clockwork, idol Shoko Nakagawa is back this August with more stomach-churning cicada photos. Yay?


See Nakagawa, who is Japan's… » 8/13/12 6:30am 8/13/12 6:30am

This Japanese Celebrity Knows How To Help the PS Vita (Hint: Final...)

Sony's PS Vita sure is struggling! Launching new hardware isn't easy—just ask Nintendo. But while Nintendo was able to turn the 3DS around, Sony hasn't done that yet with the Vita. Japanese celebrity and Pokémon queen » 8/08/12 5:50am 8/08/12 5:50am Shoko Nakagawa might have the logical answer.

Boy, This Lady Loves The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time

When nerd heroine Shoko Nakagawa isn't appearing in Pokémon movies, she's putting molted bug shells in her hair. And when she's not doing that, she's doing other things, like appearing in commercials! » 8/03/11 8:30am 8/03/11 8:30am

This Post Will Ruin Your Breakfast

Shoko Nakagawa, queen of Pokémon and star of an upcoming Zelda commercial, gained fame a few years back for sticking her cat's head in her mouth and smelling its butt. She has another unusual hobby. » 8/02/11 8:30am 8/02/11 8:30am

Lady Goes Bananas over Zelda Commercial Appearance

Robin Williams and his daughter are in a commercial for The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time 3D. They both were probably pretty stoked, but did they go mental? Like this? » 7/14/11 8:00am 7/14/11 8:00am

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

The Rise Of The Nerd Princesses

In 2006, an unknown named Olivia Munn began hosting a program on game-centric network G4. Five years later, she's sitting on Dave Letterman's chair and readying her sitcom debut. Olivia Munn is a new breed, that stretches beyond the US. » 1/14/11 2:00am 1/14/11 2:00am

The Most WTF Box Art Of 2010?

It may belong to the Nintendo DS game based on Japanese science program "Tobidase! Kagaku-kun," starring the skinless Mr. Science, famous geek spokesperson Shoko Nakagawa and comedian Naoki Tanaka, who hunt animals for scientific purposes and make amazing box art. » 11/30/10 10:00pm 11/30/10 10:00pm

Which Pokemon Song Do You Like Better?

Nerd hero and cat-butt-sniffer Shoko Nakagawa (pictured) belted out a the ending theme for the televised Pokémon. Sadly, her song has been replaced. But is the new song better? » 3/05/10 6:00am 3/05/10 6:00am