It's a glasses holder, a picture frame and a way to give cute specs to your favorite anime character, if that's your thing. Not that it has to stop at anime, but anime girl faces are provided. In typical Japanese literalist fashion, this item is called "Funny Trick." Or, depending on how you interpret Japanese, "Fannie Trick." You decide which works for you.
Now, I'm presuming that if you need a glasses holder, that removing them and putting them on a frame would make any image within said frame beside the point, as your glasses have to be removed from your eyes, and now you can't see your fetish in focus. In other words, you're going to want to buy multiples.
How long do you think it'll be before we get picture frames with pony ears or unicorn horns?
In honor of the anime master's retirement, this week's episode of The Simpsons will pay tribute to his most famous films, in a sequence where Homer apparently gets drunk in Little Tokyo and starts to see the world in Miyazaki-vision, which includes Apu's Moving Kwik-E-Mart.
We love to bash the recycled plotlines of the show, but when they do tributes like this, they do them very well indeed. See if you can count the references before somebody on YouTube does, and makes a video of it.More >>
While my good buddy Mike Toole handled the best manga of the year, 'tis now the time for me to do the same for some of the best anime to come down the ol' pike in 2013!
However: this is not a typical "TOP TEN BEST OF" list based upon arbitrary numerical values. No sir! I don't like doing those. Not because I don't fancy myself as some immense arbiter of taste - I sure do, by golly - but rather, I know that a lot of you patient TR readers out there aren't cramming every single anime into their mind's gullet. So instead of a Best Of, this is the Ten Most Notable Anime of 2013! Anime that deserve attention, that broke from the mold, or did something otherwise remarkable or interesting.More >>
That's me in the above picture dressed as a character from Bioshock Infinite; my friends and I were exhausted after an afternoon spent scouting the various Las Vegas locales for decent spots for cosplay photos. We were already tired, frustrated, spent, and far too eager to hop in the car and head for home.
Otakon Vegas is an interesting idea. Otakon, one of the largest conventions in the US, decided to literally roll the die and spread its tendrils from the East Coast to the Mojave desert, setting up shop on the Mezzanine level of the Planet Hollywood (formerly the Aladdin) hotel. I hadn't been to Las Vegas as a proper adult in my life - I went to the strip as a 17-year-old lad on a class trip, which is decidedly not the proper way to potentially enjoy a city as firmly rooted in the sins of man as Vegas.
To Otakon Vegas I went. After my girlfriend bribed the guy at the checkout booth for a "complimentary upgrade," I saw some cool things but experienced a lot of pain. So here are 3 cool things I did at Otakon Vegas! Plus 6 awful things I now realize I hate about Las Vegas!More >>
Collecting highlights from all the all the tidbits you might have missed over the weekend.
Everyone LOVES to bash The Simpsons on the weekend thread. But I dare you try and bash this.
This week's contributors include Anyone00, Timely-Tardis-Lego, rkwsuperstar, SlyDante777, Gallen_Dugall, troi, skrag2112, andre_morello, troi.More >>
The fact that this hasn't happened yet can only mean that Lucasfilm never saw the money in it. I find it unlikely that Disney will make the same error.
In the meantime, here you go - the terrible '80s Japanese interpretation that never was. Frankly, I'm amazed this parody did the "lightsaber arm" thing before official canon did...though I'm uncomfortable saying that, for fear somebody will bring up an obscure, terrible video game wherein it did happen.
Corporate lawyers: you are unwise to lower your deFENSES!More >>
There are different ways to measure popularity online. Some say pageviews; others say hits. In this case, we're looking at something a little different.
What stories from 2013 caused people to click through from other sites, or come to us from a search engine? What we found are not necessarily the absolute most popular stories on the site, but the top landing pages of 2013. In other words, if you normally come to the main page first, these don't include you. These are the stories that attracted the most non-regulars...and I hope turned some of them into regulars in the process. (This list does not include popular posts from other years, like the eternally retweeted list about Firefly's Chinese curses.)
If you know the Internet well, many of these will not surprise you. But a few might.More >>
Remember the giant Space Jam effigies on the weekend thread, built for burning down on New Year's Eve? Here's a little context. Ecuador native and regular reader Federico Oporto sent me these great photos of some far superior offerings, along with an explanation...More >>
Putting together a top ten list of action figures for a given year is a difficult thing even under the best circumstances. Unless you've got an Academy-like cadre of voters to draw from, no single writer is going to be knowledgeable enough to know the best figure from every action figure line. And even if such a thing were possible, that writer would then have to weigh the relative merits of figures of entirely different sizes, shapes, and source material and determine whether one is somehow "better" than another.
If it happened to be a pretty weak year for action figures, one might have a chance. But 2013 was an exceptionally good year. Despite ever-rising production costs and a declining market share, 2013 was a banner year for action figures, with a number of long-awaited, fan-demanded toys finally being immortalized in plastic.More >>
Satoshi Kon, by Jennie Warren, LA Weekly
You know, I don't usually do annual lists like these. Something about breaking up a year of great media into a formula weirds me out. But Luke asked me nicely for my take on manga in 2013, and I think it's worth taking a look at the spread of excellent new and ongoing fare that's hit shelves and tablets this past year. Both manga and anime are staging something of a comeback from a low period, with a variety of great stuff on TV, in bookstores, and available online. The manga boom of the early 2000s gave way to a chilling bust, but the industry is starting to shake that funk off and produce some sustained hits and important works. Let's look at my picks for ten of the best.