The Year in Kotaku East

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Here we are again. It’s December. It’s time to look back at the year in Kotaku East that was. You ready? I know I sure am.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Visiting Japan

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Going to Japan? Have questions? Perhaps, we have answers.

Why Ash from Pokémon Isn’t Dead Yet

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There is a good reason. You know, besides that he’s animated.

If Ever a Game Needed Explaining, It’s Gal Gun

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Ain’t that the truth.

Japan Invented the Selfie Stick. In 1983.

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What’s old is new. And kind of annoying.

What “Anime” Means

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It might not mean what you think it does.

The Face of Japan Is Changing, But Some Aren’t Ready

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They should get ready. This isn’t the future of Japan. It’s now.

Noctis from Final Fantasy XV Smells Okay, I Guess

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The scent of an RPG character.

The Most Gruelling Movie Jackie Chan Has Done

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Jackie Chan did an insane number of takes for one scene. Jackie Chan is not screwing around.

In the Boruto Movie, Naruto Is a Terrible Father

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That’s okay, I guess, because Boruto is a terrible name.

The Biggest Game in Japan You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

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Have you heard of Granblue Fantasy? No? You really need to read this.

The First Attack on Titan Movie Stinks

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The second part sucked, too.

Today, There Was a Rainbow Over Nintendo’s Kyoto Headquarters

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We miss you Mr. Iwata.

Samurai Slices A 100 Mph Baseball in Half

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Damn. Like, damn.

Twitch’s Uphill Battle For Japan

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While Twitch conquered the U.S., Japan seems to be a different story.

Chris Brown’s ‘Zero’ Artwork Sure Looks Familiar

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Hrm.

In Ace Attorney, Sherlock Holmes is a Crappy Detective

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“Ace,” he’s not.

Japan Is Trying To Destroy Tattoos

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People in power, making dumb decisions.

To contact the author of this post, write to bashcraftATkotaku.com or find him on Twitter@Brian_Ashcraft.

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DISCUSSION

greatotaku
GreatOtaku

With a face like that and she (Miss Japan) are upset and asked why Japanese thinks she’s DOESN’T LOOKS Japanese. I don’t know maybe because your FATHER is African American.

Ashcraft, the next time you write about mixed people in living in Japan, do the right thing and tell everyone that Miss Japan is ALSO AMERICAN. She has an American passport, she in fact can represent both America and Japan. Something you somehow FORGET to tell ignorant readers in America.