Category Archives: Japanese

First shot from the “All You Need Is Kill” film is less than inspiring…

I’ll start with a picture;

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I want this so much it hurts.

It’s a mech. It’s a mech you can sit in and pilot. It’s a mech you can sit in and pilot that comes with a (water) rocket launcher and twin (BB) gatling guns. Oh, and when you smile it shoots stuff. What the Hell is there not to like?

It’s built by Suidobashi Heavy Industries, a group of mech enthusiasts (and fething genius’) in Japan, and was unveiled at Wonder Festival in Tokyo last weekend. It’s not going to be winning any Gundam Fights, but seriously, YOU CAN GET INSIDE AND PILOT IT!

I want to get one and give it a custom paint job, then use it to drive to and from work during the week, and to fight other Kuratas units at the weekend. But at $1.3 million (that’s about £827000 in real money) I probably won’t have too many opponents…


Book Review: All You Need Is Kill, by Hiroshi Sakurazaka

This book is a first for me; it’s a Japanese light fiction novel which is something that I’ve never read before, but having explored this hitherto unknown region of literature I can tell you I’ll definitely be reading more. To put it simply, I loved this book. You could probably stop reading right now, and go off and order your own copy on the strength of my opinion, but I know that at least some of you will want to know why I loved it.

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How to win an election? BUILD A GUNDAM!

At least, that seems to be the view held by Japan’s (where else?) Liberal Democratic party. Their ploy to regain leadership after losing it to the current leaders the Democratic Party of Japan is to seriously consider building bi-pedal mecha. They’re due to discuss the idea in an upcoming broadcast on Japanese video platform Nico Nico – I shall be watching YouTube awaiting the translation!

Vote for me! Er, I mean LDP!

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