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Saturday Afternoon Theater: BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects

By chance we scanned a tweet from @wildgrounds sharing a link to the documentary BRINGING GODZILLA DOWN TO SIZE: The Art of Japanese Special Effects(2008). This is a documentary interviewing the actors, special effects artists, directors and the like about the insane popularity of the Godzilla franchise and why, after all these years, the king of all monsters who still stomps about Tokyo the the 21st century remains a man in a rubber suit.

Watch the documentary below the cut.

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In Aqua City Odaiba Shopping Mall in Tokyo, Japan: GODZILLA CHRISTMAS TREE!

We want this in our back yard. All year long.

Once we get a back yard, that is.

via unusual life and buzz feed

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The Future: Japanese Scientists Create Spherical Flying Hover Drone, 26 years After REAL GENIUS

A few weeks ago Japan’s Ministry of Defense revealed a helicopter hover drone that can fly up to 40 MPH. It can also roll on the ground or up a wall under full control of the operator. This new thing has obvious uses in defense and security. Hell, pick any high technology dystopian future, evil genius base or shady multinational corporate entity in fiction and you’ll see a fleet of these suckers.

But a Google+ user pointed out what should have been obvious from the get go. This hover drone could revolutionize certain aspects of filmmaking. We’re embarrassed the creative idea didn’t come to us before the hard practical uses.

Another thing that struck us about this machine is that the 1980s movie REAL GENIUS prophesied it about 26 years prior.

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Focus: 2011 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami

We’ve noted several articles, photographs and videos in the time since learning of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last week. If you follow our Twitter(also noted to the right side of this Newsmine) you’ll get some of this information real-time.

Now here are the other links we’ve noted in the last few days.

Help Japan
Signalnoise created a Help Japan poster(which is now sold out) in order to raise money for disaster relief.

Canada: Text REDCROSS to 30333 to donate $10
USA: Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Ireland: Text REDCROSS to 57500 to donate €5

There is a Reuters article that suggests if you want to help Japan that you should focus your efforts on the Red Cross, Doctors Without Borders or Save the Children.

We leave it to you to decide how best to contribute aid.

More photos, videos and articles under the cut.
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Tumblr Watch: Melisaki. Pulse. Pause. Repeat.

We’re doing our damnedest to maintain a PG-13 to hard R rating these days. So we have to warn that despite the images shared here, there are lots of naked ladies, and a fair bit of peen, in Melisaki’s photo archives. They are more ‘naked art pieces’ than ‘up to mischief nekkid.’

But we figure a NSFW warning would be more than fair.

It has a lot of great selections from professional photography of the second-half-of-20th century which is usually invisible to the internet’s view of history

Official site:

Ah, hell. NSFW shot under the cut.

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Capitalism vs Bushido…

…or the downfall of “GoldmanSachs with guns.”

hiramatsusitsIt’s unheard of, the sort of numbers of yakuza who are being laid off.”

Hiramatsu now works as a truck driver and, in his spare time, is learning to use computers and play the guitar — despite a missing pinky he chopped off years ago with a kitchen knife to atone for a sin he prefers not to discuss.

Hiramatsu is proudly old-school. His broad tatooed back features a samurai warrior clasping a knife between his teeth beneath a rippling black cod. His arms are laced with sakura cherry flowers, an ancient symbol of Japan.

Sitting cross-legged in a Tokyo house, he says he doesn’t have much time for the new generation of mobsters who have traded the mean streets for the corporate boardrooms, and their nine-milimetre automatics for the Nikkei-225.

Times are tough for everyone, it seems.

(via AFP)

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Manga has “Soft Power,” May Save Japan’s Economy

sayonarazetsubou1_500While other countries bail out banks, slash interest rates and prop up struggling industries, Japan is pinning its hopes for economic recovery on a less likely source: manga comic books.

As part of 15 trillion yen of fresh stimulus measures unveiled today, Japan hopes to raise the percentage of its exports of “soft power” – manga, animated films, video games and pop music – from 2% of the total to 18% over the next decade, creating half a million jobs.

“Japanese content, such as anime and video games, and fashion draw attention from consumers around the world,” the prime minister, Taro Aso – a self-confessed manga addict – told reporters this week as he waved copies of magazines from China and Taiwan featuring Japanese pop stars on their covers.

First, “manga” is “comic books.” Saying “manga comic books” is just as silly as saying La Brea Tar Pits. We don’t usually like being this pedantic but that just irks us.

Second, wow, an elected official who brazenly declares his love of geek culture and forms a mass following of “otaku” that generously follows him to the ends of the Earth. How cool is that!? Wouldn’t it be neat if we had such a leader?


Editor’s Note: The image in the quoted news is of Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei. We have no idea if SZS is Prime Minister Taro Aso favorite manga or if he even knows it exists. But we needed a snappy image to make the text pop. And so we picked our favorite.

(via @largeheartedboy,

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Watch: The Earth Eclipse the Sun

Suggested musical cue when watching the above noted below:
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