Anime Film


2A trailer for Satoshi Kon’s upcoming film, PAPRIKA, is online for your viewing pleasure — don’t you just love YouTube — here. The film is set to come out in January of next year.


Waseda Tankakai

She’s probably going to bully me because I re-sized her image, but here’s the latest from Yuki, a piece she was commissioned to do.

Update (16/10/09): The image is no longer available.

Design Fashion Stores

Groovisions 2313T


A nice new tee from the Groovisions online store, GRV1788.


Johan Prag Update

Tokyo-based art director Johan Prag has just updated his site, and if you go see this month’s ADC exhibition at the Ginza Graphic Gallery and Creation Gallery G8 (ends July 29 — I saw the GGG part earlier in the month and quite enjoyed it) you’ll see his award-winning TV commercial for Kewpie Defe.


Cyclone Cleaner


I featured METAPHYS‘ Cyclone Cleaner a few months ago in my “On Design” column, and I’ve just been informed that it’s finally made it out to retail stores and you can now find it at, among other places, Idea Frames in Omotesando, VICEVERSA SHIBUYA, VICEVERSA SATELLITE in Daikanyama, and ACTUS in Funabashi.

Anime Film

Gedo Senki Getting Panned

Some bad news for the upcoming GEDO SENKI (TALES OF EARTHSEA) from Studio Ghibli:

Studio Ghibli’s Gedo Senki, which is to be released in theaters this week, has received a 2.3 rating (out of 5) on Yahoo Movies Japan by people who have seen advanced screenings. Comparatively, recent anime Tokikake received a 4.7 grade, Pokemon a 3.9, and Brave Story a 3.0. (Anime News Network)

PKN Postponed


Hope you didn’t make the mistake of heading to SuperDeluxe tonight thinking you would catch this month’s edition of PechaKucha Night! I almost made that mistake (PKNs are usually held on the last Wednesday of the month), and was planning on dropping by after work, but luckily I checked the global site and saw that they’ve postponed it a bit, to August 9 — mark your calendars! They have a partial list of presenters, and I see that PingMag founder Uleshka is even presenting, so should be fun!

I’m including a picture I got from Mark Dytham taken at the huge London event they had last month. How’s that for a PKN crowd!


Jin-Roh Online

I haven’t been able to watch it, but it would seem that this is a link to a new JIN-ROH anime short, “Images of the Last Battalion,” from Production IG.

Art Cafes Events Gallery Pause

Happy Time


This week at Cafe Pause we have an exhibition by artists Kazaho Setsu and Nikiniki called “Happy Time” (until July 30). Postcards — which you can see here and here — are sold for 150 yen.

Books Stores Web

Bondi Books Online Store

Bondi Books in Kichijoji has just launched an online store, that accompanies the books they already list on Amazon Japan.