Sakamoto Ryoma a low ranking samurai is credited with unifying Japan, modernizing the country and even setting up the first modern company. In recent years in part to an NHK Taiga drama he’s had a revival of interest. Posters featuring his image and of course a couple of 3D mascots.
Hakusyon stands outside the Incubator Bank of Japan but perhaps not for very much longer. Known in the west from the cartoon ‘The Genie Family’ or ‘Bob in a Bottle’, the show starred Hakusyon Daimaou. His name literally means “Sneeze Satan.” The friendly Arabian genie would grant wishes to anyone who sneezes near his bottle but was sent back if they sneezed again.
Atom, or Astro Boy as he is known in the West, takes the front cover of Idle Idol so we thought it was about time we had a look at the different designs of this iconic character.
The Japanese love robots, they pioneer in the creation of them, Testuwan Atomu was the first to create a cartoon character robot with Atomu (Astro Boy) old people have robot pets for companions and luckily for me they have loads of robot figures everywhere.
I went to the 2010 Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF2010) on Sunday and found many Idle Idols. The event was held in Tokyo Big site in Odaiba.
If you’ve ever visited Japan you will have seen him, the unmistakable grinning robotic cat. Doraemon is from the 22nd century, he came to present day earth to help the young Nobita, a young boy who is always getting picked on by bullies and shouted at by his teachers and parents.