Samurai Champloo Is Back!

In case you missed it, SAMURAI CHAMPLOO is back, and oh my, what a great return. The second season kicks off with a great episode that manages to allude to Harajuku (Ura-Edo), graffiti artists, and even manages a cameo by a certain Warholian lover of art… Seems like the show is turning more and more into and ASTERIX & OBELIX portrayal of the past (or even LUCKY LUKE) — Goscinny was brilliant at mocking the present in the middle of his Roman-era setting. It’s great to have the show back on air, and watching it I really got the feeling that I was reuniting with some old friends.

Oh, and is the Czech picture book in the recent episodes of MONSTER the creepiest thing ever or what! The episode that recounts the story, in the style of the book, chilled me to the bones.

Canon Powershot A95

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I’ve been due for a new camera for what feels like ages now, and after a week or so of research, I settled on the Canon Powershot A95. It’s not the coolest digital camera out there, but it looks like the perfect combination of what I was looking for in a camera. I only got it last night, so haven’t had that much of a chance to use it yet, but I’m sure you’ll be seeing the results here soon.

Move on Asia

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Damn, can’t believe I missed this. Ends tomorrow (Sunday), but I won’t be able to go.

“Move on Asia” is coming to Japan! Originally held at Seoul, Korea in May 2004, “Move on Asia” is an Art Festival covering animation and single-channel video art. Works by 45 artists from 11 countries will be on display, in hopes that this network of Alternative Space artists will further expand and flourish. (Tokyo Art Beat)

It’s happening at the Tokyo Wonder Site in Ueno. Get more info at the TAB page.

Paper Katamari

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If you haven’t tried the PS2 game KATAMARI DAMACY yet, well, what are you waiting for? It’s fun as hell, addicting (believe me), and features a killer soundtrack. The following site has a pattern that you can print out to then build the main character of the game. Sure, doing so probably puts you in a level of gaming adoration that you might not want to share publicly, but hey, I think I crossed that point a long, long time ago. Link via Boing Boing.