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Go-Go-Gaijin: ComiPo! Vocaloid For Comics!?

Maybe this software should be called “Comicoid”, because after five minutes of tinkering with it I realized right away who this software was for. Vocaloid, the hit music software that allows musicians and composers to create vocals for a singer-less song, took Japan by storm and has been a huge inspiration to up-and-coming songwriters. I […]

Posted on September 20, 2011 at 05:18 by Brooke Stephenson · Permalink · 9 Comments
In: Anime, Comics, Japanese Entertainment, Reviews, Webcomics · Tagged with: , , , ,

Go-Go-Gaijin: Lost In Translation, The Movie Quiz

Going to the movie rental store in Japan to find an American movie to watch can be a little aggravating. I know the English title of the movie, but often that’s not enough. I need to know the Japanese title, and it’s not always the simple matter of translating English into Japanese. When bringing movies […]

Posted on September 19, 2010 at 23:30 by Brooke Stephenson · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Columns, Japanese Entertainment, Movies, Opinions/Editorials · Tagged with: , ,

Go-Go-Gaijin: More Real Than Reality TV

I despise reality TV. I like documentary styled shows, but all the people who whore their kids out for money, the Kardashians, Paris Hilton, and Jersey Shore can jump in a rocket and broadcast their talent forsaken programs on some other planet for all I care. This is where Japanese TV is a big winner […]

Posted on August 9, 2010 at 04:38 by Brooke Stephenson · Permalink · Comments Closed
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Go-Go-Gaijin: Pokémon At The Movies

Going to the movies in Japan is still something of an event, partly because they have limited edition merchandise on sale at the theater for the movies currently showing. You are also guaranteed a relatively quiet theater, a clean seat, and slightly above average beverages and snacks. Every year there is one movie event I […]

Posted on July 12, 2010 at 03:24 by Brooke Stephenson · Permalink · One Comment
In: Reviews · Tagged with: , , , ,

Go-Go-Gaijin: Baseball Mascot Misnomers

Japan loves mascots. I mean, anything and everything gets a smiling, fluffy, easily recognizable official symbol for bumper stickers and keychains and whatever other marketable venues there may be. The police have a mascot, the newspapers have a mascot, the national broadcasting association even has a mascot. But with the mascot demand as high as […]

Go-Go-Gaijin: Tokyo Comic Fest Comitia

Here in Tokyo we just celebrated a nationally-recognized three-day consecutive holiday known as Golden Week, “golden” because it is a prime opportunity for travel-based businesses to rake in the yen. Without using any precious vacation days, adults can relax and take a trip to the local onsen, or hot springs, go to Hawaii, or just […]

Posted on May 9, 2010 at 22:16 by Brooke Stephenson · Permalink · Comments Closed
In: Events · Tagged with: , , , , , ,