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Posting some news and commenting on them.

Super expensive Gundam T-shirts!

That’s right, according to “”Darkanger”, a member of the MAL news team, you can now buy an expensive T-shirt created by the team effort of Bandai and Mastermind.

This T-shirt features a gundam hand stitched with Swarovski crystals. The cost of the shirt is 200,000 ¥ or about $1,670, or about £830. A less expensive version made with glass beads will be available in U.S., France, Italy, Singapore, China and Japan at the price of 38,000 ¥ or about $320, or about £160. See this link for the news source: http://myanimelist.net/forum/?topicid=3845.

Would you go out and buy one? If yes, the expensive one or the “not so expensive” one?

8 Bit Games as Art

Seamus Venus
Botticelli probably didn’t have Seamus in mind when he was thinking of Venus. “Seamus Venus,” by Misha; $400.

This isn’t exactly anime related, but it does have something to do–a lot to do–with another part of Japanese pop culture, a culture that most of you reading this have probably experienced if you’re my age or older. What am I talking about? 8-bit console games, of course! Well, the curators at Gallery Nineteen Eighty Eight, which specializes in cultural artifacts and art from that year, have an annual exhibit called I Am 8-Bit. Artists submit paintings, sculptures, and other artworks inspired by your favorite Nintendo and arcade games from the 1980s. Not all of them are quite as colorful and friendly as we might remember, though. :) Still they are selling in the hundreds of dollars!

No, it’s probably not high art. But it sure does bring back memories…albeit filtered through a twisted lens.

See the LA Times review of the show here. The gallery is in downtown Los Angeles.

Final Battle
“Final Battle,” by Blinky. $400. Shigeru Miyamoto probably wouldn’t approve.

Debu Note!

I think this parody of Death Note pretty much is a signal that this show has made it into the mainstream of Japanese pop culture, not just the otaku niche. (The same applies to any musician who gets parodied by Weird Al.) Not to mention that it’s awfully funny…in a Super Size way, if you know what I mean.

Anyone know what show this comes from? It’s definitely from a SNL/Mad TV type show.

The third installment in the “Girls with Guns Trilogy” from Bee Train

I don’t know if this is news to anyone, but according to Wikipedia, Bee Train’s coming out with what Kōichi Mashimo of Bee Train calls, the third installment of the “girls with guns trilogy”.
The name of this show is going to be called El Cazador de la Bruja, and it will begin airing in April.

For more info please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Cazador_de_la_Bruja , which got the news from http://www.animenewsservice.com/archives/janx.htm
and for more backgroud http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/encyclopedia/anime.php?id=7509
I can’t wait for the body count to go up! I hope…