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  1. The Japanese Covers for A Song of Ice and Fire are to (All Men Must) Die For

    Cover-based book judgement all the way.

    Japanese publisher Hayakawa's A Song of Ice and Fire covers have been around for awhile, but their extreme gorgeos-ity knows no statute of limitations.

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  2. Looking At Female Characters in Anime and Manga Through a Western Feminist Lens

    Well, here it goes.

    The portrayal of female characters in anime and manga is a complex discussion, not only because of the various tropes that exist but also because of the cultural perspectives through which they must be filtered and digested. While the subject of female characters in anime and manga is not as frequently written about here at The Mary Sue, it nonetheless has become a topic of discussion not only by the Japanese consumers but those like myself.

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  3. President Otakubama Thanks Japan for Anime and Manga

    What about sushi?

    Japan's Prime Minster, Shinzo Abe, visited the White House this week to discuss trade within the Pacific Rim (the geography, not the movie). While it was, for the most part, a business visit, it was also a good chance for Obama to thank Abe for Japanese cultural imports.

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  4. Humanoid Robot Helps Customers in Tokyo Department Store

    Uncanny valley, anyone?

    Toshiba Corp. has unveiled their humanoid robot in an upscale department store in Tokyo to provide audio guidance to customers.

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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