Anne Ferrero is one of my favorite creators of video content (Branching Paths, Toco Toco TV) and she has just launched yet another series you can watch on YouTube called The Manga Concierge. As the title suggests, each episode takes a look at a few manga series. The first episode is themed on games, and includes the titles Banjo no Polaris (about chess), Final Re:Quest (inspired by Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, with art that looks like an 8-bit game), and Gutshot (about poker).
The latest episode of Toco Toco TV covers artist Kazuki Umezawa. It’s interesting to see how he mixes digital (collages) and physical (paint) in his works, as well as the influence from being part of a collective.
This is a pretty good blog — and Twitter account — if you want to check out old records from Japan. It’s in Japanese, but the point here is really to look at the awesome collection of covers. Looks like they organize a lot of nice events too.
My buddy Duncan Shotton has just re-launched his website, which now does an even better job of showing off his wonderful — and fun — products. Via Canvas.
The latest episode of Toco Toco TV covers pro gamer Fuudo, and for me it’s an especially nostalgic episode as most of it is set in Ikebukuro — where I lived for around 13 years — and shows off the arcades I spent a lot of time in while working on the Arcade Mania book.
I’ve recently become excessively obsessed with Jeremy Parish’s fantastic YouTube Channel (yes, I’m ridiculously late to the party on this), and among everything I’ve been watching, I’ve been quite enjoying watching his “Good Nintentions: 1985” series (available in this handy playlist), which acts as a perfect accompaniment to my current 1985 movie marathoning (22 movies so far). Each video is a fantastic little documentary on the game it covers, and it’s just insane how he is able to produce such great videos, in such quantity, on such a consistent basis. The best news is that he has just stepped down from his role as editor-in-chief of USgamer (leaving the site in the capable hands of Kat Bailey) to devote all of his time on these videos and podcasts — you can support him through Patreon (and this Patreon is specifically for the video stuff).
It was pretty exciting to see the photo you see here, taken as a giant banner for the game I worked on for most of 2016 was being put up in Akihabara. We all know that western releases don’t get that much attention in Japan, and so it’s pretty great to see For Honor get featured front and center in the heart of Tokyo’s “electronic” district. I also see that Famitsu is hosting a special site dedicated to the game.
Paranoia Girls, an experimental illustrated story written by Parick Macias and drawn by Yunico Uchiyama is now being shared through Wattpad (it was running on Tumblr), and as they explain, “the text for Wattpad will contain revisions and should be considered a 2.0 version.”
I’ve known Mike Sheetal for most of my life in Tokyo. One of the co-founders of the design/advertising agency UltraSuperNew, he switched gears a bit last year by founding a new game-oriented creative agency called Playbrain (bringing him back to his game dev roots). This week saw the launch of a new project by that agency, a game community site called Dekki. The site is still in its early stages, but is already home to a Hearthstone community, with more coming soon. They’re also producing two web shows on Twitch: Dekki World in Japanese and Dekki Does Japan in English.
Borderless Cafe is another site to add to your “Tokyo Cafe Hunting” folder — come on, we all have one, right? I especially like the posts under the “tokoyocoffeescene” tag. Thanks go out to Patrick Benny for the heads-up on this one.