Commotion at Akihabara Station as bomb squad called in to remove suspicious object

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Dramatic scenes were captured on film today as specialist teams and truckloads of equipment were sent to the busy station in Tokyo.

At 11:00 a.m. this morning, a busy station entrance at JR Akihabara Station was cordoned off by police as specialist teams were called to the scene to deal with a suspicious object discovered in the public toilet near the Showa Dori turnstiles.

According to news reports, a staff member came across the strange object in the unisex multipurpose toilet (a restroom designed for use by mothers, seniors, and the disabled) and alerted the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department.

The police department responded immediately by sending their bomb disposal unit to the station to deal with the situation.

The dramatic scenes caused a commotion in the vicinity of the station, with passers-by like Twitter user @siokara_kamemak capturing the event on camera and uploading the images to social media.

Members of staff and customers at a restarant near the station entrance were asked to evacuate outside while the arrival of a strange-looking blue crane on the back of a police truck led everyone to believe that this was a serious incident.

News outlets reported that the suspicious item was a clear plastic case containing electrical components such as batteries and a lead. According to some, it contained what looked to be the head of an automatic aroma diffuser, while others reported that it was part of a sensor that had been removed from the automatic lid of the sanitary bin. The box had been attached to the underside of a baggage shelf inside the toilet with adhesive tape.

The commotion continued for several hours until the suspicious package was deemed to be safe and taken away for further testing, with the entrance reopened to the public at approximately 2:00 p.m. Police are currently investigating the matter and will be viewing surveillance videos to try and determine who was responsible for the incident.

Sources: Net Lab, Asahi Shimbun, TBS News
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Mystery of flesh-melting road in Kawasaki solved

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Simply stepping foot on a stretch of pavement in Kawasaki has left at least three people with injuries on their feet.

Strangeness broke out on the bank of the Tama River which runs between Kawasaki and Tokyo earlier this month. Three cases of people who received chemical burns on their feet after running along the river were reported.

▼ Approximate area of the incidents

Each victim was using the same stretch of a marathon course but noticed nothing out of the ordinary prior to their injuries. Park officials were baffled and on 5 April closed down a 250 stretch of pavement.

An investigation by the Kanto bureau of the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism revealed on 20 April that the source of this hazardous pathway was actually in its construction.

When paving the road an excessive amount of lime was used, and when it rained the lime dissolved into puddles of caustic alkaline liquid. When unwitting runners passed trough these corrosive deposits, the liquid would soak into their shoes and then cause a chemical burn on their feet.

Although less notorious than their acid counterparts, bases can also be highly corrosive and cause severe damage to flesh as illustrated in this documentary on soap making that I found called Fight Club.

Readers of the news were horrified to learn that typically mild-mannered roads can be so vicious.

“That’s the first time I ever heard of something like that. They ought to come down hard on the contractors.”
“It’s like the ground in video games where you get damaged just by walking on it!”
“Maybe those joggers should have been running faster?”
“If it’s alkaline, doesn’t that melt flesh into a gooey mess?”
“Luckily, no one decided to run barefoot.”
“Are we becoming the new China?”
“I’m worried about the impact that must have had on wildlife in the area.”
“Can’t they just balance it out by adding some acid to it?”

While it would have been a neat experiment to try, rather than adding acid to the pavement, the authorities simply tore up and removed the offending surface and are expected to take around two weeks to ensure the area is pH balanced again.

Hopefully this serves as a reminder to always be cautious around puddles, and of course to never drink or eat from them because you never know what kind of chemical stew is brewing inside. Luckily, this was only an isolated incident on a small stretch of road, because Kawasaki has been known to get very wet at times.

Source: Norimono News via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Wikipedia/ペーター (edited by SoraNews24)



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Fullmetal Alchemist, One Piece Voice Actor Ed Blaylock Passes Away

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Voice actor for King Bradley, Sengoku was 64.

Dallas, Texas-based radio station WRR 101 revealed on Thursday that voice actor and radio host Ed Blaylock (Thomas Edwin Blaylock, Jr.) passed away on Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 64.

As a voice actor, Blaylock played the role of Fuhrer King Bradley in both the Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood television anime series. He also reprised the role in the Fullmetal Alchemist: Premium Collection and Fullmetal Alchemist: Seven Homunculi VS State Alchemists video anime series. He additionally played Fritz Lang in the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Movie – Conqueror of Shamballa film.

Other notable roles include Sengoku in One Piece, Director in Barakamon, and Sebas Tian in Overlord. He also played minor roles in more than 40 anime, including Attack on Titan, Tokyo Ghoul, Blood Blockade Battlefront, Dragon Ball, Toriko, Fairy Tail, Gunslinger Girl, Case Closed, Baccano!, A Certain Magical Index II, and more.

Outside of voice acting, Blaylock was the weekday evening announcer for WRR 101, and he worked for the station for more than 10 years. He also appeared in stage plays in Dallas, and acted in the “Living History” program where he portrayed real-life historical figures in period costume to give talks to schoolchildren. He also worked as a boom operator for sound recordings of films shot in the United States and Europe.

Thanks to jlaking and getchman for the news tip.

Featured image: Facebook/WRR 101
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If Grant is taller than Katie, but shorter than Zac, but Katie is taller than Zac, then WHAT THE F*CK IS HAPPENING?!

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If you’ve got 25 grand lying around, you might be able to buy this life-sized anime girl statue

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Really, is there any more sensible way to spend that money than in obtaining a 1:1-scale figure of the female lead of one of anime’s most popular harem series?

Just like human beings need a strong sense of identity for a rich, fulfilling life, so too does an anime series need to understand exactly what itself is in order to be successful. In the case of To Love-Ru and its follow-up To Love-Ru Darkness, the people in charge of the anime and manga know that while they’ve got science fiction and comedy elements, it’s the harem aspects that really make it popular.

So it wasn’t too shocking last year when manufacturer Design Coco produced a life-size stature of To Love-Ru’s Momo. But like I said, To Love-Ru is a harem series, and you can’t have a harem with just one girl, so Design Coco is back with a 1:1-scale figure of Momo’s older sister Lala.

Made of fiber-reinforced plastic, the Lala statue stands 173.5 centimeters (68.3 inches) tall and is 65 centimeters across at its widest point, so this is targeted at not just people with a lot of space for the character in their heart, but also a lot of room in their home to devote to displays of fandom.

The manufacturer touts the figure as being a faithful and thorough recreation of Lala’s “galactic-class nice body,” which is amply displayed by her skimpy swimsuit.

▼ Or maybe this is lingerie? The product description doesn’t really seem too concerned about nitty-gritty fashion semantics.

Lala, for the most part, may look like an ordinary (though extremely well-endowed) Earth girl, she’s actually an alien from the planet Deviluke, as evidenced by her tail.

▼ No, I’m not talking about her butt. She literally has a tail.

And while Design Coco’s work is lovingly lascivious, that doesn’t mean they put in a half-effort on less provocative parts of the figure. The detail work on Lala’s flowing hair, for example, is rather impressive.

And for those still on the fence about whether they’d like to buy this statue or not, the manufacturers would also apparently really like you to consider the contours of Lala’s feet and mouth.

However, between the figure’s size, quality, and limited quantities (only 10 units will be produced), it commands a hefty price of 2.8 million yen (approximately US$25,260). Moreover, to even be allowed to drop that much cash on this piece of anime merch, you’ll have to be randomly selected from among a pool of would-be buyers.

For those willing to throw their hat in the ring, Shueisha (publisher of the To Love-Ru manga) is accepting purchase applications online here between now and May 31. Winners will be informed by June 2, so if you’re feeling lucky, you’ll want to start clearing out some floor space over the summer.

Source: Shueisha via IT Media
Images: Shueisha (edited by SoraNews24)



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Experience Attack on Titan in a whole new way with special planetarium screenings this summer

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Relive that day for yourself, this summer in Tokyo.

This summer, two Konica Minolta planetariums in Tokyo – the “Tenkū in Tokyo Skytree Town” theatre in Oshiage and “Manten in Sunshine City” in Ikebukuro – will be showing special screenings of an Attack on Titan story made for the planetariums.

Fans of the wildly popular manga and anime series are sure to remember how it all began “that day” when the titans breached the city walls which protected them.

That day, the human race remembered the terror of being dominated by them, and the shame of being held captive in a birdcage…

That birdcage, being the walls protecting the city, is now the walls of the planetarium as the audience becomes part of the story itself. The show, titled Shingeki no Kyojin IN THE DOME ~Heishitachi no Hoshizora~ (Attack on Titan IN THE DOME ~Soldiers’ Starry Sky~), utilizes the planetariums’ 360-degree layout and intense surround sound acoustics to fully bring viewers into the story, in a new retelling of the hopelessness of that day.

Showings at Tenkū in Tokyo Skytree Town will run from Saturday, May 20 until Sunday, October 1. Showings at Manten in Sunshine City will start the following week on Saturday, May 27 and run until Sunday, October 29.

A special weekday-only event will also be held at both venues during those dates, in which you can use your smartphone to play a riddle-solving game along with characters from the anime, Eren, Levi, and Armin. Those who solve the riddle will win special limited-addition stickers.

Show schedules can be found on the planetarium websites, here for Tenkū and here for Manten. Ticket reservations can also be made online up to 14 days in advance. We can’t guarantee that it will be better than the live-action movie, but it’s sure to be an intense experience!

Source: @ Press
Top image: Kinoca Minolta Planetarium



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Keep cockroaches at bay with Japanese bug-hater’s clever, non-chemical idea

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Home-made “bombs” aren’t lethal, let you swap insect invaders for a pleasant smell.

With spring half-way done, it won’t be long until the weather gets hot and humid in Japan. But while the summer months are perfect for a trip to the beach or one of Japan’s rooftop beer gardens, things can be quite a bit unpleasant at home, as the warmer part of the year is also when you’re most likely to have cockroaches showing up.

Disgusting to look at and hard to kill, the ideal solution, of course, is to prevent roaches from hanging out in your home in the first place. To that end, Japanese Twitter user @adreamorreality has a simple, non-chemical solution.

You only need two things (or three, if you count a spoon for scooping): dried peppermint, and empty tea bags, which in Japan you can pick up for less than a buck a pack at 100 yen stores. Fill the tea bags with peppermint, close them up, and place them wherever you’re concerned about cockroaches making an unwanted appearance, such as your kitchen or closets.

While @adreamorreality affectionately calls the bundles “mint bombs,” they’re not explosive booby traps. Instead, the scent of the oils present in the peppermint is highly repulsive to cockroaches, and so the packets work as non-lethal repellants. In spots that are ordinarily especially attractive to the pests, such as underneath the sink, @adreamorreality recommends leaving two mint pouches.

@adreamorreality says she used to encounter cockroaches in her home several times a year, but since enacting her “mint bomb” defense plan, she hasn’t seen a single one. That definitely makes this deterrent sound like a great idea, instead of waiting until after you spot a cockroach and relying on freezing sprays, vacuum guns, or the courage of other people to take care of the problem.

Source: Hachima Kiko
Featured image: Twitter/@adreamorreality

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Japan’s Zelda: Hyrule Lifestyle merch includes Master Sword umbrella, “secret” music sound sensor

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Make your everyday life a little more legendary with a Hylian shield shoulder bag and other Nintendo nods.

Merchandiser Banpresto’s Ichiban Kuji lottery system is an unusual sales framework. The way it works is customers walk into a 7-Eleven convenience store or participating bookshop, arcade, or specialty store that sells the raffle tickets, pay the fee, and win a randomly determined prize.

Of course, in order to convince people to go for something without knowing exactly what they’re going to get, Banpresto has to offer some pretty tempting prizes. In the past, those have included adorable sleeping bag Pikachus and R2-D2 cookware, and now Ichiban Kuji is teaming up with video game giant Nintendo’s Legend of Zelda franchise.

Many of the prizes may look like miniature toys in the tweeted photo, but they’re actually all practical items even adult fans can use in their daily lives, in keeping with the collection’s name of Hyrule Lifestyle. Those Hylian shields, for example? They’re really 35-centimeter (14-inch) single-strap shoulder bags. Wondering why the Master Sword looks shorter than usual? Because it expands into an umbrella.

The pixilated heart is, in fact, a serving dish that measures 20 centimeters in length. At the top right of the photo are rubberized key chains and key covers, the coolest of which turns your key into a sword that original 8-bit Link is thrusting. There are also card cases for IDs or train passes, drinking glasses, and a Breath of the Wild alarm clock that wakes you with Zelda’s voice.

But the most imaginative prizes are actually the two nondescript boxes, one green and the other brown. They’re sensor-equipped speakers that you can rig to go off when you open a door or drawer, and they play either the iconic, instantly recognizable pieces of music that have accompanied opening a treasure chest or finding a secret passage in the Zelda games for decades.

The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Lifestyle Ichiban Kuji campaign starts on May 20, and, as is the norm for Ichiban Kuji, will continue for an undisclosed amount of time or until all prizes have been claimed. This iteration is priced at 620 yen (US$5.60) per play (Rupees not accepted as payment).

Source: Banpresto via Hachima Kiko
Featured image: Twitter/@ZeldaOfficialJP



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New live-action Tokyo Ghoul trailer

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A new trailer was released this week for a live-action Tokyo Ghoul movie, which was announced last summer.

Tokyo Ghoul is a popular manga series which follows Ken Kaneki, a college kid who gets transformed into a half-ghoul. Ghouls are kind of like vampires – they’re fast, strong, can heal fast, and have heightened senses. But instead of drinking human blood, they eat human flesh. Totally different, right?

While Ken is on a date with the pretty Rize Kamishiro, his date reveals herself to be a ghoul and attacks him. Rude.

Ken survives, but is transformed into a half-ghoul. Now he must learn to survive and cope as a skin-eating monster in a world that doesn’t take kindly to skin-eating monsters.

Creator Sui Ishida published the first episode back in 2011. His manga was adapted into an anime in 2014, then smartphone and PS Vita games in 2015. Tokyo Ghoul’s live-action treatment is set to release June 2017 in Japan. No international release date is set.

It seems like director Kentarō Hagiwara is keeping fairly close to the manga. We recognize several characters from the manga, including Rize the she-ghoul who is the story’s catalyst.

An interesting side note – the costumes were designed by Christian Dada designer Masanori Morikawa, a Japanese clothing designer who’s a big name in the international fashion scene. Morikawa’s work typically ends up in fashion magazines and on runways alongside Chanel and Marc Jacobs (which this humble blogger knows nothing about). But apparently Morikawa is a huge fan of the series and decided to lend his talents to help Tokyo Ghoul look sleek.

He did a decent job with Kaneki’s mask, which is super freaky. Imagine if a titan from Attack on Titan put on a black latex S&M mask. Horrific, but it manages to pump up the “creep” factor about 10x, which is what the story thrives on.

Check out the trailer. Let us know what you think.

Featured image: YouTube/松竹チャンネル/SHOCHIKUch

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American Kirby is hardcore, but Japanese Kirby is panties【Photos】

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Further proof that the beloved, globular Nintendo video game star is marketed very differently in the two countries.

You might not guess it from looking at him, what with his skin being as smooth and unlined as ever, but Kirby, star of the Nintendo-published franchise, is celebrating his 25th year in the video game industry. Kirby of the Stars (renamed Kirby’s Dream Land for English-speaking territories) came out for the Game Boy on April 27, 1992, and to mark Kirby’s quarter-century milestone, Japanese lingerie brand Yummy Mart is releasing a line of Kirby-themed intimate apparel and accessories.

Starting things off are the Kirby panties, priced at an affordable 1,680 yen (US$15).

▼ “Kirby of the Stars” is written across the front in Japanese text.

If you’re looking for a top-and-bottom set, 4,980 yen will get you a bustier and pair of panties that bear Kirby’s name but not his image.

For lounging about the house, there’s the 5,980-yen pajama set

Prefer a one-piece look? Yummy Mart has you covered with a 3,980-yen mini dress, though the short hemline is only one of the reasons it’ll take a certain amount of courage to wear if other people are around.

And rounding off the collection are two choice pieces of non-clothing Kirby merch: the 1,680-yen eye mask

…and 3,980-yen backpack.

The whole lineup will be available from April 26 through Yummy Mart’s online shop, but the very first place you can get your hands on these items will be at Yummy Mart’s retail location in Tokyo’s Harajuku neighborhood, which will start selling the collection on April 22. Like Yummy Mart’s Pikachu panties from last year, quantities are likely to be limited, so you’ll want to move fast if you want to suck up some of this unique Kirby merch.

Shop information
Yummy Mart (Harajuku branch) / ヤミーマート(原宿店)
Address: Tokyo-to, Shibuya-ku, Jingumae 6-6-9, 1st floor
東京都渋谷区神宮前6-6-9 1F
Open noon-8 p.m.
Website

Source: Kai-You, PR Times
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