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Lightning from Final Fantasy XIII is Louis Vuitton’s New Model

In December 2015, it was revealed by Louis Vuitton’s creative director, Nicolas Ghesquiere, that Lightning, a popular character from a Final Fantasy game, has been chosen to model for the Spring-Summer 2016 campaign. Louis Vuitton is a renowned French fashion house which has been named as the world’s most valuable luxury brand more than once.…

Date Otherworldly Beings in Shall We Date?: Angel or Devil+

Shall we date?: Angel or Devil+ is a romantic fantasy simulation game with illustrations akin to shojo manga. It is available in the Apple app store and on Google Play. Like other games in the Shall We Date series, there are three endings: Sweet ending, Happy ending, and Super Happy ending. In the story, you…

7 Interesting Otaku Types You May Meet on Your Travels

Otaku can be loosely termed as “geeks” in the English language. Basically, otakus are people who are obsessed with a certain interest – sometimes to an unhealthy extent. These are some of the common types of otaku you may come across in Japan. 1. Anime/Manga Otaku This type of otaku generally has a large collection…

Nendoroids, Making Otaku Collections More Impressive Since 2006

Nendoroids (aka Nendos) are stylised figures of popular anime and game characters which are very popular among collectors in Japan and around the globe. They are manufactured by Good Smile Company, who are leaders in the Japanese hobby enthusiast world. The company was founded in 2001 and makes many other collectibles such as the Figma…

Japanese Gaming History: The Third Console War

Rise of the West Microsoft was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s Microsoft became the industry leader in home computer operating systems and one of the world’s largest brands, making their founder the richest man in the world. After watching nearly 2 decades of home game consoles slowly suck away…

Final Fantasy: A Story of Success Through Japanese Gaming History

The Final Fantasy franchise is one of the biggest in gaming. The franchises spans over 30 years and has 15 main entries, and a countless horde of related games and spin-offs. In total, the franchise has moved over 110 million units, that makes several billions of US dollars. But, this massive juggernaut had a much…

4 Unrevealed Gamers’ Destinations in Kyoto

I am a big gamer. I love playing as many different games as possible, and coming to Japan meant that I got super excited about new gaming possibilities that would hopefully appear. The most famous area to go to for this kind of Japanese culture would probably be around Akihabara in Tokyo. But, that’s not…

Japanese Gaming History: The Second Console Wars

Rise of the Playstation After Sony’s humiliation at the hands of Nintendo at the 1991 CES (Consumer Electronics Show), Sony’s president Norio Ohga was furious and craved revenge. He asked a young up-and-comer Ken Kutaragi to develop a console that could finally topple Nintendo from their perch.   en.m.wikipedia.org/ Kutaragi attacked the project with relish.…