A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 2

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them! In part one, we discussed illustration-based collectibles, like key chains and charms. In part two, we’re going 3D with collectible figures, dolls, and plushies. Japan is incredibly adept at bringing characters to life as covetable figures and plushies, and we can only skim the surface of the full range of > Read More


A Guide to Japanese Anime and Game Character Collectibles: Part 1

The Japanese collectibles market features a dizzying array of concepts, series and brands. It can be tough to navigate, especially if you don’t speak Japanese! In this two-part series, we’ll introduce some popular collectible concepts, and tell you where they came from and where you can get them. In part one, we’ll deal with illustration-based collectibles, while part two deals with figures, dolls and plushies. The main forms of 2D collectible series in Japan are acrylic key chains (アクリルキーホルダー, lit. acrylic key holder) with a ball-chain or key ring fastener, and rubber phone charms > Read More


Popular Mobile Games in Japan

The rise of smartphones has led to the rise of mobile games, and every day millions of people all over the world are losing themselves in worlds inside their phone, tapping, sliding, and shaking from morning to night. Japan is no different - but many of the top games inside Japan seem to not make it over the border. We think that’s a shame, so we’ve picked 11 top titles that we think you should try playing. People just can't get enough of these characters, meaning that anime versions are imminent for several of these games. Find one that intrigues you and give it a go! GranBlue > Read More


10 Love Live! Merchandise to Get You on the “Top 20” List

Watch out Vocaloid; there’s a new group of idols on the rise, and they’re stealing the hearts of otaku around the world with their cute uniforms and cheerful auras! The Love Live! School Idol Project successfully debuted in 2010, producing music CDs, anime adaptations, video games, manga, and viral music videos. Fortunately, fans don’t have to wait until the upcoming release of Love Live! Sunshine project to dance to the school idol rhythm. From Love Live! plushies and iPhone cases, to shoes and nail art, let’s look at 10 five-star merchandise that’s sure put any fan on Love Live!’s coveted > Read More


Importing Japanese Video Games for PlayStation Consoles and more!

Before the Internet, buying video games was simple. You saw what your local shop had in stock and chose a game from that selection and that was it. But now thanks to the internet, we hear of games from other countries that you would’ve never seen in your local shop. Japan has a wealth of games that are destined to never be released overseas. And while getting your hands on a copy of the newest release from your favorite series can be problematic due to the language barrier, importing Japanese video games doesn’t need to be a hassle and we’re here to help! > Read More


Let’s Duel! An Inside Look at Japanese Yugioh Cards

For overseas players, the idea of spending money on Japanese Yugioh cards may never cross your mind; but if you stick with the game long enough there will come a time when you switch from casual gamer to hardcore collector and when that happens, you’ll have to wipe away the drool as you begin seeking out all the cool ultra-rare cards available only in Japan. Want to know what makes a Japanese card coveted by collectors? Read on! > Read More