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Japan's Fighting Robots Are The Future Of Sumo

Tiny battle robots facing off in a small ring, knocking the crap out of each other. The future of sumo is now. Since 1990, this yearly robot sumo competition has been held in Japan. The Japan Times, where I am a columnist, reports that starting in 2014, international teams have been invited to battle. Via YouTuber Robert McGregor, here is a robot sumo supercut from over the years. Incredible. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Ride A Dragon Ball Flying Nimbus, See Things In 3D

Indoor amusement park J-World Tokyo is rolling out a new Dragon Ball themed “virtual roller coaster” called “Zenkai Flying Nimbus.” As Famitsu notes, the Flying Nimbus attraction holds two riders. It doesn’t move, but it lets riders experience the thrill of flying through the air Dragon Ball style by projecting 3D images on a screen. It also shoots wind and mist to really sell the idea of movement. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Summer Lesson Gets Inevitable Porn Adaptation

[Image: TMA] Namco Bandai’s VR game Summer Lesson already got an erotic game clone, but now it has been turned into a VR porn parody called Private Lesson. This was bound to happen. Who knew it would take so long? Note: This article contains content some readers might find objectionable. Virtual Schoolgirl Demo Now Goes International In Summer Lesson, there’s studying, singing, and head shaking. Lots of head shaking. Read more The original game Summer Lesson: Hikari Miyamoto was released in October 2016 on the PS4, and here we are in, well, summer 2017.  Advertisement Starring Rena Aoi, this VR-only experience (link NSFW) is 46 minutes long. As the flick’s cover art explains, 16 minutes of that is “dramatic parts,” while the remaining 30 minutes is other stuff. Like in Summer Lesson, viewers get to interact in VR. But this being a Japanese adult movie, some parts of it are censored. [Image: TMA] Private Lesson was released on June 20 in Japan. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Spider-Man Cosplayers Fill Airplane 

Budget carrier Jetstar unveiled a Spider-Man themed plane in Japan and filled it with Spider-Man cosplayers. This is part of Jetstar’s summer campaign, which is tied to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Spider-Man plane isn’t so amazing, but look at all these friendly neighborhood cosplayers on this motherfucking plane taking off from Tokyo bound for Osaka. Folks applied to ride the Spider-Man plane’s maiden flight, with one of the stipulations being that they had to be in Spider-Man costumes. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Japanese Sales Chart: Strong Arms Launch Helps Switch Win the Week

The only notable new release last week in Japan was Arms for Nintendo Switch, which sold more than 100,000 copies and easily topped the software chart. Thanks to the big new game, Switch hardware sales rose by more than 10,000 week-over-week, giving it another 1st place victory. As for Tekken 7 on PlayStation 4, sales fell from 12,460 in its second week to 5,407 in its third week, but it still managed to finish in 5th. Lifetime sales are now sitting at 76,600. According to Media Create, here’s the 20 best-selling retail games, along with how each system sold in Japan from June 12 to June 18, 2017: Games (Lifetime) Arms (Switch) – 100,652 Mario Kart 8 Deluxe (Switch) – 16,822 (522,091) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (Switch) – 10,200 (504,726) Monster Hunter XX (3DS) – 8,638 (1,521,453) Tekken 7 (PS4) – 5,407 (76,603) Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana (PS4) – 4,697 (47,964) Dragon Ball Heroes: Ultimate Mission X (3DS) – 3,598 (167,050) Grand Theft Auto V (Low Price Version) (PS4) – 3,588 (349,575) NieR: Automata (PS4) – 3,198 (344,841) Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon (3DS) – 2,971 (3,275,414) Minecraft: PlayStation Vita Edition (PS4) – 2,940 (1,164,180) Seiken Densetsu Collection (Switch) READ FULL…

Kiki's Delivery Service Grows Up, Eats Instant Ramen

Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service stars a 13-year-old witch named Kiki. She’s now been reimagined as a 17-year-old high school student in a new instant ramen spot. For Nissin’s “Hungry Day” campaign, the noodle maker roped in manga artist Eisaku Kubonouchi to design older versions of Kiki and her pal Tombo. The commercial’s theme is 青春 (seishun) or “youth,” and in it, Kiki confesses her romantic feelings to Tombo. Kiki’s Delivery Service was originally a novel by Eiko Kadono, but this short anime clip does seem to draw from the Ghibli retelling. (Just check out how it depicts Kiki’s cat, Jiji!) Tombo, however, looks different: hip and handsome, and not very Ghibliesque. I always thought he turned out differently when he grew up. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Giant Peeing Statue Isn't An Attack On Titan Character

You’d be forgiven if you thought this statue depicted a Titan from Attack on Titan. Even Yuuki Kaji, who voices Eren Yeager in the original anime, can see the similarity. Can you? Kaji (above) recently spotted the statue on the way to an event in Finland, posing for a photo and even doing a Survey Corps salute. Advertisement As Atlas Obscura explains, this artwork was created by Finnish artist Tommi Toija and first shown in 2014. It’s been reminding folks of Attack on Titan for years. The urinating, however, isn’t something you’d see a Titan do. Biting people’s heads off? Yes. Tinkling? No. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Japanese Airport Cosplays As Nintendo Advertisement

Travellers arriving at Kansai International Airport in Osaka will soon be greeted by Nintendo characters plastered all over the place. Starting June 23, Nintendo is setting up what it’s calling the “Nintendo Check In” at the airpot’s Terminal 1 with Switch, 3DS, and smart device titles. The airport is also slipping on some huge Nintendo banners and decking out elevators in Super Mario characters. All this makes jet lag less awful! Nintendo is a good look for Japanese airports. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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An open letter to Konami and its fans – The point of no return

Konami, Konami, Konami, so we meet again. You are, quite frankly, the shining example of how to take a successful business (one with lots of good reputation among the gaming community) and flush it all down the toilet. Now, don’t get me wrong, you’re making a killing in the mobile market, so much so that you have abandoned the core… READ FULL STORY AT THEGG!

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Recent Japanese Pokémon Tournament Full Of Monsters You Rarely See

This weekend’s Japanese National Championships proves that competitive Pokémon plays almost like an entirely different game in the franchise’s home country. While every Japanese top eight team had some common picks you might spot at other tournaments around the world, players made plenty of choices that are almost never seen anywhere else. As an example, the grass-type Tsareena, has never placed well… except for this weekend, where it was spotted on the team belonging to Ryouta Ootsubo, the champion who took first place at the tournament. There’s a reason for that, of course. Unlike most players on the planet, who can qualify for the World Championships by collecting championship points at best-of-three tournaments, Japanese players can only qualify by placing highly in an online, best-of-one tournament called the Japan Cup. Then, the top 50 from that tournament are invited to Japanese Nationals, another (mostly) best-of-one tournament, to compete for a chance to skip the first day of Worlds competition. Advertisement While the difference between a best-of-three and a best-of-one may not seem like such a big deal to the uninitiated, it completely changes the way Pokémon is played among the pros. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Attack On Titan's Third Season Airing In 2018

[Image: Funimation] The wait between Attack on Titan’s first season and its second one was around four years. Thankfully, the wait for season three won’t be that long. Season three will begin airing next year. Below is the official teaser for season three. The teaser is only 15 seconds, but at least it’s something. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Dragon Ball FighterZ Compared To The Manga

Doesn’t Dragon Ball FighterZ look incredible? And the best part might be that so much of that look is taken straight from the Akira Toriyama’s original art. These comparisons are via Twitter user Mizumaki_7:  This is wonderful. Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Pokémon's First Japanese Theme Song Returns

[Image: TV Tokyo] When the original Pokémon TV anime debuted in Japan on September 8, 1998, the theme song was “Mezase Pokémon Masutaa” or “Aim to be a Pokémon Master.” Now in 2017, the theme is back! The current series Pokémon Sun Moon began using the theme this week to mark the 20th anniversary of Pocket Monsters. If you’ve never seen the old Japanese opening, have a look and a listen: The show has been used for several Pokémon anime series, getting different versions over the years.  Rica Matsumoto, who voices Ash in the Japanese series, recorded the original version and is back for this 20th anniversary one.  Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Anime Hit Your Name Makes Cosplay Easy

If you are looking for outfits for a Your Name cosplay (or ways to express Your Name fandom), look no further! Bandai is releasing the real-life version of sleep shirt Mitsuha worn in the film. Priced at 6,804 yen ($61), it will be released in Japan this August.  Or you could get the jacket Taki wore. It’s 25,920 yen ($233) and will also be released this August in Japan.  No word on international releases for either.  READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!