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  1. There Is A Sailor Moon Crystal Cafe In Japan, Just Leave Me There To Die

    ~*KAWAII*~

    In collaboration with Namco's Ani-ON! Station cafe in Shinjuku, Sailor Moon Crystal has opened its very own Usagi-themed cafe! Just take me there to eat Serena's Favorite Waffles and drink themed beverages forever.

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  2. Tomorrowland‘s Japanese Trailer, for the Disney Conspiracy Theorist in All of Us

    Mr. Toad's Wild Ride is totally in on this too.

    Last Monday's Tomorrowland trailer might have brought us George Clooney in a bathtub rocket, but Japan's version actually gives us a little more details on what to expect from the movie, plot-wise. (Batshit absurdity, apparently. If this trailer exhausts you, imagine what it must feel like to be an Illuminati truther all the time.)

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  3. The Search For Sex-Positive Hentai

    Harder than you might think.

    According to Porn MD, “hentai” is the fourth most searched porn term in the world - in other words, approximately everybody alive has seen anime characters grinding. That also means that I can say with a pretty decent amount of certainty that you, dear readers, have seen some. It’s alright, friends; you’re safe here.

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  4. Japanese Juice Company Creates a Backpack That Feeds Tomatoes To Runners

    The rest of the world better ketchup.

    Between smart watches, fitness trackers, and tomato dispensing backpacks, wearable technology is the way to go. Yup, you read that right —if the latter is on your wish list, The Tomatan has got you covered.

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  5. Meowlingual “Cat Translator” Device Will Tell You What Your Cat’s Thinking for $169

    The Cat Whiskerer. Whisperer? Whiskerer.

    I can't vouch for the Meowlingual's accuracy, but I can say that upon visiting the product's page I was also recommend Dog Wine. If that doesn't give a pet translator some credibility, I don't know what will.

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  6. I, Reservations? Futuristic Japanese Hotel to Have 90% Robotic Staff

    We welcome our new concierge overlords.

    If there's anything I've learned from Fawlty Towers, it's that the human element of customer service has disastrous consequences more often than not. Given that, imminent robot takeover doesn't seem like such a bad price to pay for a timely wake-up call or impeccable check-out system, does it?

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  7. Evangelion Fans In Japan Launch Crowdfunding Campaign To Send a Spear of Longinus To The Moon

    Bang, zoom!

    2015 isn't just the year that we're all supposed to get hoverboards and power laces—it also marks the beginning of the classic anime Neon Genesis Evangelion, in which a group of teenagers must save the world from the aftermath of a cataclysmic event. Thankfully our teenagers today don't actually have that problem, but that hasn't stopped fans from trying to recreate an iconic part of the show—AKA, that part where the spear of Longinus gets stuck into the Moon.

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  8. Remember That Time Japan Invented The Most Adorable Robot Snowplow Ever?

    More like Yuki-T'awww, AM I RIGHT GUYS

    Meet Yuki-Taro. He's a little robot who was developed by the Hokkaido Regional Development Bureau, and unveiled to the world at the Aichi Expo in 2005. He also poops ice bricks like a little snow WALL-E. He's my new best friend. We're going to be very happy together.

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  9. Amazon Now Selling $1 Million Rideable Robot Designed to Fire Guns When its Pilot Smiles

    Amazon Optimus Prime.

    Amazon: good for reviving cult geek TV shows, pissing off Captain America fans, and rapid delivery of giant ridable killer robots, I guess?

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  10. Do Yourself A Favor And Watch Two Full Episodes of The Japanese Spider-Man

    Yeah yeah yeah, wow!

    Do you love kitschy action adventure television from the '70s? Do you love Spider-Man? Do you love giant robots and motorcycle racing? Sit down: we have a wonderful surprise for you.

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  11. Cats Are Not Enough: Japan Now Has Cafes for Domesticated Owls

    Owl have what she's having.

    Owl cafe: the cat cafe's natural predator.

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  12. Move Over, Catbeards: The New Hotness Is Turning Your Cats Into Cartoon Characters

    What are YOU looking at?

    Remember the old cat meme that involved trying to position your pet in such a way that their mouth looked like yours? Yeah, I don't know about you guys, but I have no idea how those people did that. Cats are impossible to wrangle at that distance. Better to just make fun of them from afar with the clever use of shifting perspectives!

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  13. These Are Actual Ads For the Attack on Titan Museum Exhibit In Tokyo

    An on that day, mankind received a grim cheeseburger!

    Starting in late November, Ueno Royal Museum in Tokyo is set to host an Attack on Titan exhibit. But how do you successfully advertise for a series that's mostly about giant monsters eating people without making anyone lose their lunch? By adding some lunch, of course!

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  14. Things We Saw Today: SCYTHER! (Translation: This Is The Best Lady Scyther Pokémon Cosplay Ever)

    Scyther scy!

    This Scyther outfit by Termina Cosplay might take the Pokémon cosplay cake. Seriously, how bad-ass does she look? I wouldn't even trust my Charmander against her. (via Fashionably Geek, photo by Reid Brazel)

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  15. Dorkly Presents The Best Fanart From Nintendo’s New Super-Kawaii 3DS Ad

    Too much cuteness for one post.

    Nintendo released a new ad for the 3DS in Japan, and it was (of course) incredibly cute. The adorableness has inspired a wave of fanart, and the best pieces are collected over on Dorkly! Including 1920s beach dress Peach, hipster-dad Bowser, and definitely-crushin'-on-each-other Peach and Zelda.

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  16. Japanese Scientists Think Climate Change Could Alter Human Male-to-Female Birth Ratio

    And just like that, Congress cares about global warming.

    Since the '70s, Japan has seen a surprising fluctuation in the gender ratio of babies born in the country; specifically, there's been an increase in deaths of male fetuses in relation to deaths of female fetuses, which leads to more female babies being born. Surely that can't have anything to do with the way the temperature has been shifting in Japan over the past 40 years. What's that you say? It might? Well, uh oh.

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  17. Japanese Talking Animatronic Rocket Raccoon Will Either Bring You Joy Or Terror

    Ohhhhh... yeah?

    Guardians of the Galaxy came out in Japan this weekend, and to celebrate, they created this horrifying abomination very lifelike talking animatronic Rocket Raccoon. My Japanese is non-existent and I have no idea what the reporter is asking him, but the Japanese Rocket's voice actor actually gives BCoops a run for his money. No one show this to DARPA.

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  18. Japan’s Burger King Introduces “Kuro Burger” With Black Cheese, Buns, and Sauce

    ./' I see a burger and I want it painted black ./'

    God, would you get a look at the sad state of fast food products these days, with their stupid preppy yellow cheese and their red ketchup? They're such conformists. If you consider yourself beyond all that gross consumerism, then Japan's Burger King has the perfect thing for you to rebel against those other sandwich-sheeple while still getting to actually participate in gross consumerism anyway.

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  19. There Goes Our Money: Japan’s Premium Bandai Introduces New Line of Sailor Moon Lingerie & Dresses

    Cut to my wallet shouting "LOVELYYYYYYY" and then dying.

    Today I put it to my coworkers that eventually we might get very close to hitting peak Sailor Moon. We all laughed it off until sweatdrops appeared on our foreheads and we forgot what we were talking about. You know what we should have been talking about? The amazing merch coming out of Japan right now. Holy dang, guys, it's the school uniform I always wanted to wear but didn't have to because I went to public school!

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  20. Japan Has a Freaking Batman, and He’s Buddies With the Police Now

    I want a Batman!

    If you need more evidence that Japan is out-innovating the U.S., look no further than the fact that they now have a freaking Batman. Get your head in the game, America! Video's of the Chiba province's "Chibatman" have been making the Internet rounds, and now he's been called in by police and gained their approval.

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