Here at Kotaku East, we're all about stories. Whether it's amazing, cool, weird, or hilarously stupid, if our Eastern friends have a story to share, we make sure to tell you all about it. And this year certainly had more than enough tales of all four types.
What follows is just a small sample of what Kotaku East brought you in 2013.
Most Chinese cities have problems with smog, and sometimes it gets bad enough to inspire comparisons to Bespin. Or Silent Hill. Or Blade Runner's Los Angeles. You get the picture.
Keep in mind, not all Japanese Twitter users are stupid. These people, however, are. Extremely stupid.
North Korea and doctored photos go hand in hand. Here, we have a look at some of the most outstanding examples.
Or rather, GKs. It's complicated. Let us explain.
One of the more creative photo fads to come out of Japan. These must be fun to make.
Manners! In South Korea, they're serious business. Heck, they're serious business everywhere, especially when you're dealing with a President.
The Chinese version of Iron Man 3 has a few bonus scenes not available elsewhere. It's also kind of insultingly stupid.
If you're married in Japan, you receive okozukai—pocket money. Basically, it's a second salary you get from your wife.
Hilarity ensues when a military propaganda show on Chinese TV mistakes Master Chief's iconic outfit for actual U.S. military concept armor.
Technically, it was the 2020 Neo-Tokyo Olympics. It still counts!
Don't ask Chinese netizens to touch up photos for you. Just don't. Unless you're looking for some laughs instead of actual results, in which case, go ahead.
Protip: if you want to open a World War II pop culture-themed café, don't fill it up with Nazi memorabilia. There has to be a balance.
I'm just surprised the robber never took her phone.
The story of how a mean nickname turned into a racial slur against Koreans. No, really.
Want a few more laughs? Ask the netizens of Korea to "improve" your photos.
Like bomb melons. Bomb melons are the best.
Political commentary in Miyazaki's latest film brings out the worst in Japan's netizens.
Pigs, babies, pregnant people (?!), same thing.
I just feel sorry for the turtle.
Yes, they've actually built a full-scale replica. There's a 45-minute tour!
It's embarrassing childhood pictures taken to an art form. They'll be so glad to see these once they're older.
They're popular with students—I can see why.
Swimsuits are the scourge corrupting today's youth.
The People's Liberation Army might be a tad oversensitive. Just a tad.
A community heart-to-heart with the creator of Mega Man—mostly about his new game, Mighty No. 9.
Remember what I said about embarrassing childhood pictures? Yeah, these are way worse.
30 minutes of stop-motion bliss, all done by a single person from Japan. Amazing.
Still not convinced that North Korea is the king of bad photoshops? Here's another example to convince you.
Keep in mind when buying these that drunk cats are a lot more likely to send embarrassing texts to exes.
Why the hell would tourists attack random animals? Why would anyone?
Japan is a-ok on the sex front. There's babies and everything. No need to worry.
The story of the legendary Sony Japan Studio, which developed memorable classics like Shadow of the Colossus and Ape Escape.
Mixing the clothing styles of two countries? You are an awful person, Katy Perry. For shame.
Looking at these just makes me hungry.
The tale of one (possibly insane) man's vendetta against the creator of Kuroko's Basketball.
That should be mostly it for 2013, folks. Look forward to lots more weird and wonderful stories next year!
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