The latest episode of Toco Toco TV is definitely the weirdest one I’ve watched yet, featuring game creator Yoko Taro (Drakengard, Nier). It’s a fantastic episode, and fits Taro’s personality perfectly — from the strange scenes at home (pictured) to him typing nonsense on a computer at the studio (“I can’t see the cursor,” over and over again). I’d also love to visit that pinball place in Osaka. Anne has outdone herself on this one, and I can’t wait for the next episode, which will focus on Editmode, the company behind The King of Games clothing line.
There’s a new episode of Toco Toco TV out, again game-related but more on the traditional side, profiling pro shogi (Japanese chess) player Manao Kagawa. Next episode will yet again be game-related, covering Nier-creator Yoko Taro.
The latest episode of Toco Toco TV brings the series back to the world of games, this time focusing on game creator Katsura Hashino, best known for his work on the Persona series. There’s a lot of great examples of how Tokyo helped form the world you experience in Persona 5, as well as a little peek at his next game.
I was quite looking forward to watching this documentary series that just debuted on Netflix this weekend, following the tease from Scott Dadich in the latest issue of Wired (Dadich is Executive Producer on the series). I watched the first episode, covering one of my favorite illustrators, Christoph Niemann. It’s really well done, with slick animation used throughout to highlight the work, and I love the mix of interviews and staging to illustrate a point. Can’t wait to watch the rest.
“Chicano” is a short documentary by Louis Ellison and Jacob Hodgkinson that looks at the similarities and differences between Chicano (Mexican American) culture in America and in Japan. It was shot in Tokyo and Osaka.
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.
Here’s a beautiful little short (wish it was longer) about visiting manga creator Takao Yaguchi (Tsurikichi Sanpei) in his hometown of Yokote, in Akita prefecture. It was in part produced by Anne Ferrero (Branching Paths, Toco Toco TV).
The first episode of Toco Toco TV for 2017 is up, and it features mangaka unit UME. Also, the description on the page teases that the next episode will be about pro gamer Fuudo.
Even though I have a big amount of respect for the series, I don’t actually have that much experience with Dragon Quest games – the first one I played was DQ8 on PS2, and then I played a bit of DQ9 on DS, but didn’t get super far in it. This year I played a bunch of Dragon Quest Heroes, and liked it for what it was (Dynasty Warriors-like with more RPG elements and pretty graphics), and then played the Dragon Quest Builders demo. So after all of this, it was a couple of days ago when I watched a recent documentary from NHK about the series (in celebration of its 30th anniversary) that I just got in the mood to go and play the very first game, which I had bought for iOS a while back, but hadn’t really played much. I started the game again, and 2-3 hours later I was still playing. Two days later, I’ve reached the final castle, and am just in need of a bit more grinding before I’m ready to face the final boss. And yes, I’ve already bought Dragon Quest II (the DQ games on iOS are currently on sale). As for the quality of the iOS version, I’m not crazy about using a virtual pad to move around, but I do find it convenient to play (I’m playing on iPhone this time), and I’ve gotten used to it.
You may recall the wonderful 100 Views of Tokyo illustrated book by Shinji Tsuchimochi, that I mentioned here a while back. It’s quite nice to see Tsuchimochi get even more coverage courtesy of the latest episode of Toco Toco TV.