Highly articulated six-inch Mechagodzilla action figure for $94.99

I never imagined I’d live in a world where six inch action figures retail for around a hundred bucks. 

I never imagined I’d live in a world where six inch action figures retail for around a hundred bucks. 

The Anime Expo 2017 is why I don’t go to events like this anymore

Anime Expo 2017 was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Things didn’t go as smooth as they should have. People were forced to stand in long lines for hours just to get in. The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), the event’s organizer, blamed the problem on safety and security. Welcome to … Continue reading “The Anime Expo 2017 is why I don’t go to events like this anymore”

Funimation Roku app will not allow streaming of TV-MA programming

The Funimation Roku app, FunimationNow (version 1.0 build 110) will not allow me to stream TV-MA rated content. I can watch such content on my computer or on my Xbox One, but not on any of my Roku devices. When I try to watch a show that’s rated TV-MA, I see a blue screen with the words, “Sorry! This … Continue reading “Funimation Roku app will not allow streaming of TV-MA programming”

Scarlet Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’

Paramount and Dreamworks Pictures released the first image from the upcoming movie Ghost in the Shell. It’s a live-action version of the popular anime of the same name. The image shows Scarlet Johansson in the starring role of cyborg Major Kusanagi. In the anime, Major Kusanagi is Japanese. Scarlet Johansson is not Japanese. Some people are bothered by this fact. The director … Continue reading “Scarlet Johansson in ‘Ghost in the Shell’”

Hello Kitty's parents sound like a couple of jerks

It turns out that Hello Kitty, the iconic character created 40 years ago by the Japanese company Sanrio, is not a cat, but a human girl. She’s also not Japanese, she’s British. Who know? Christine R. Yano, anthropologist from the University of Hawaii and author of Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek across the Pacific, that’s … Continue reading “Hello Kitty's parents sound like a couple of jerks”