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Why Google Translate wasn’t particularly useful in Japan Tech News 24 MAY 2015

Ryan and I managed to navigate our way around Japan pretty well over the course of our whirlwind holiday last year.

However, this wasn’t because some useful translating tool like Google Translate was making everything understandable to us, nor more importantly allowing other people to understand us.

No, it was entirely due to the helpful course that big cities have undertaken in an effort to open up Japan to more foreigners – by putting up the romaji (literally Romanization of Japanese characters) versions of names everywhere!

In fact, Google Translate was pretty much completely useless to us over there. (A point made painfully apparent when we tried to converse with Terrance’s new parent-in-laws and after a half hour of trying the tools, resorted to hand gestures, nodding and waving)

Anyway, British presenter and tech personality Tom Scott and Gretchen McCulloch put together this great little video explaining just why it is that computers seem to suck so badly at translation. (Hint, it is not their fault)

Makes sense to me.

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Related Link: Youtube | Tom Scott

Figurine: Satsuki Kiryuin (Senketsu) from Kill la Kill by Good Smile Company Toys 20 MAY 2015

Hobby products manufacture Good Smile Company turned to the final scenes of hit anime Kill la Kill to come up with this particularly angry looking figurine – antagonist Satsuki Kiryuin, armed and ready for bloody action, wearing Senketsu – the Kamui (Godrobe) sentient sailor uniform made up of Life Fibers.

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The figure is based on the garage kit created and sold by Iwanaga Sakurako from Shokubutu Shojo-en, with this PVC figure version having been sculpted and painted to be as close to the original kit as possible.

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Kill la Kill is an anime television series produced by Trigger. It follows vagrant schoolgirl Ryuko Matoi on her search for her father’s killer, which brings her into violent conflict with Satsuki Kiryuin, the iron-fisted student council president of Honnouji Academy, and her mother’s fashion empire.

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Satsuki Kiryuin is the 18-year-old ruthless student council president of Honnouji Academy. She administers Goku Uniforms to students using various hierarchical schemes such as a no-late day and battle royale-esque tournaments such as the Naturals Election. She wields a katana named Bakuzan which can sever Life Fibers and dons the Kamui named Junketsu. She serves as a major antagonist to Ryuko for most of the series. After having learned the true nature of the Life Fibers at an early age, she uses the Honnouji Academy Cultural & Sports Grand Festival to begin her rebellion against her mother and the Life Fibers.

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Related Link: Kill la Kill | Characters | Good Smile Company

Figurine: Noire / Black Heart from Hyperdimension Neptunia by Alter Toys 17 MAY 2015

Japanese figurine maker Alter is releasing this particularly aggressive (but in a cute way), 1/7 scale, anime styled version of Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Noire, aka Black Heart, figure late October 2015.

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With her look faithfully replicated from both the anime and game, Noire comes in her standard HDD bodysuit processor unit with her signature large sword plus accessories and wings.

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Hyperdimension Neptunia is a video game series of role-playing games created and developed by Idea Factory. The series debuted in Japan on August 19, 2010 with the video game of the same name exclusively for the PlayStation 3, later re-released as an enhanced remake under the name Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 1 for the PlayStation Vita. Two sequels, Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk2 and Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, in addition to the remake titles for both of them and three spin-offs on the PlayStation Vita, have also been released. Another sequel on the PlayStation 4, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory II, was released in 2015. It has also branched off into a manga, light novel and anime media franchise.

A television anime series adaptation, titled Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation, began airing in July 2013.

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Games within the series takes place in the world of Gamindustri, which is divided into four regions: Planeptune, Lastation, Lowee, and Leanbox. Each region is completely different from the others in appearance and atmosphere, with each representing a specific video game console. In the beginning of the story, the four goddesses are fighting each another for “shares” in a war known as the Console War.

Noire, aka Black Heart, is the goddess of Lastation (representing the PlayStation 3), who has a very individual personality and likes to perform things by herself in her own time, yet is quite forgiving and fair. She initially has a strained relationship with Neptune, who acts as her rival.

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Related Link: Wikipedia | Characters | Alter

Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li (Saku) Cosplay 25 APR 2014

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li! (Popular Japanese cosplayer/gravure model Saku is behind this particular one in case you’re wondering.)

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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Street Fighter II Cosplay: Chun-Li [Red] (Saku) Cosplay 24 APR 2014

Fight! The classic Street Fighter franchise graces our cosplay feature today, with the appearance of Ms. thunder thighs herself, lightning fast Chun-Li! (Popular Japanese cosplayer/gravure model Saku is behind this particular one in case you’re wondering.)

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Capcom’s creation, Chun-Li must go down as one of the legends in the all important gaming fighting genre. Making her first appearance in Street Fighter II: The World Warrior, Chun-Li has since gone on to appear in just about all subsequent Street Fighter fighting games.

Her Mandarin name of Chun (Spring) Li (Beautiful), in other words a single young girl filled with the beauty of spring, completely belies her true nature and prowess, as this battle-hardened warrior can hold her head up high amongst the toughest of them out there.

For her backstory, Chun-Li is painted as an undercover Interpol agent who enters the Street Fighter tournament in order to get closer to the enigmatic and evil M. Bison, who happens to have murdered her father. Armed with her vicious Lightning Kick, this girl is quite simply out for revenge!

One last notable thing to mention is that Chun-Li holds the honour of being the first playable female character in a fighting game, meaning she now proudly holds the title of “First Lady of Fighting Games” – among enthusiasts of course.

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Black Lagoon Cosplay: Revy (Bambee) Cosplay 12 MAR 2014

Japanese cosplayer Bambee slips into her denim “Daisy Dukes” shorts, picks up some nasty looking guns, and adopts a perhaps not quite mean enough attitude – in other words most of the necessary ingredients to bring to life Black Lagoon’s resident shooter, Revy!

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Ill-tempered, foul-mouthed, merciless and a sadistic killer, Revy is the Lagoon Company’s shooter, certainly not a woman who you should be arguing with, but for some reason has so far refrained from killing Rock, despite his attitude towards her!

Revy is one of the deadliest fighters in the series, whose skill with firearms and ability to dodge bullets is almost superhuman and unparalleled. There are only a few other characters, such as Roberta and Ginji, that can hold their ground against her in combat.

Her weapons of choice are a pair of modified Beretta 92FS’s; which are made out of stainless steel and had their barrels extended from 4.9″ to 5.9″ each (the 5.9″ is the combat MOD barrel) and also adapted for silencers. They are engraved with the words “9mm Sword Cutlass” on both sides, the Jolly Roger of the pirate Calico Jack (which is also inlaid into the ivory grips), and a manufacture inscription in Thai. Due to her ambidextrous marksmanship skills, she is nicknamed “Two Hand” by the denizens of Roanapur, which is based on Douglas E. Winter’s novel Run. Revy is also proficient in the use of other weapons, such as high powered rifles and the M79 grenade launcher.

Constantly living on the edge of life, Revy has developed a rather bleak, almost nihilistic outlook on life, relying only on her own power, skills, and money. She does believe in God but not emotions. However, she seems to respect and trust her companions.

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Kill la Kill Cosplay: Ryuko Matoi (Moeri) Cosplay 03 MAR 2014

The very popular, very over the top, and often very naughty, Kill la Kill anime features in today’s cosplay insert, coming to us courtesy of Japanese cosplayer Moeri who manages to bring to life a very serious Ryuko Matoi, pumped and ready for battle!

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Kill la Kill is set at Honnouji Academy, a fictional high school in Tokyo Bay set in post-apocalyptic Japan that is dominated by its fearsome student council, led by Satsuki Kiryuin. The council members wear special uniforms called Goku Uniforms that grant them superhuman abilities, which they use to oppress the rest of the school’s students and staff. Ryuko Matoi, a 17-year-old vagrant schoolgirl wielding half a scissor-shaped longsword, transfers to Honnouji Academy in search of the owner of the other half of the scissor blade, the person who killed her father.

Defeated by the council after interrogating Satsuki over the killer’s identity and whereabouts, Ryuko comes across a sentient sailor uniform she names Senketsu, who puts himself on Ryuko. Using Senketsu’s special abilities, Ryuko stands up against Satsuki and her henchmen, the Four Heavenly Kings, to liberate Honnouji Academy from their iron grip and find out the truth behind her father’s murder.

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Final Fantasy VII Cosplay: Tifa Lockhart (Chihane) Cosplay 11 FEB 2014

Although not a full-time cosplayer, Japanese gravure idol Chihane does a good job of bringing to life popular Final Fantasy VII gal, Tifa Lockhart – fighting gloves and all!

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Tifa Lockhart is a player character in Square Enix’s role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Created by character designer Tetsuya Nomura, she has since appeared in the fighting game Ehrgeiz and cameo appearances in other titles, as well as the CGI film sequel to Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children and related games and media as part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. As of Advent Children, Tifa is voiced by Ayumi Ito in Japanese, and by Rachael Leigh Cook in English.

A member of the terrorist group AVALANCHE and owner of the 7th Heaven bar, Tifa is the childhood friend of Cloud Strife, the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Convincing him to join the group to keep him close and safe, she later assists him in saving the planet from the game’s villain, Sephiroth. Elements of The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII later touched upon her character further, such as the film Advent Children in which she attempts to convince Cloud to let go of his self-imposed guilt and move on with his life after Sephiroth’s defeat.

Named the pin-up girl of the “cyber generation” by The New York Times, Tifa has been compared to Lara Croft as an example of a strong, independent and attractive female character in video games. Sources such as IGN and UGO.com have repeatedly praised both the character’s strength and appearance and described her as one of the best female characters in gaming, while Play named her the “most adored” of the Final Fantasy series’ female characters. In 2007, Dengeki PlayStation named her the eighth best fictional character all time to appear in games for the Sony PlayStation.

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Final Fantasy VII Cosplay: Tifa Lockhart (Azusa Yoshizuki) Cosplay 11 FEB 2014

Although not a full-time cosplayer, Japanese model Azusa Yoshizuki does a good job of bringing to life popular Final Fantasy VII gal, Tifa Lockhart – black skirt and all!

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Tifa Lockhart is a player character in Square Enix’s role-playing video game Final Fantasy VII. Created by character designer Tetsuya Nomura, she has since appeared in the fighting game Ehrgeiz and cameo appearances in other titles, as well as the CGI film sequel to Final Fantasy VII, Advent Children and related games and media as part of the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII series. As of Advent Children, Tifa is voiced by Ayumi Ito in Japanese, and by Rachael Leigh Cook in English.

A member of the terrorist group AVALANCHE and owner of the 7th Heaven bar, Tifa is the childhood friend of Cloud Strife, the protagonist of Final Fantasy VII. Convincing him to join the group to keep him close and safe, she later assists him in saving the planet from the game’s villain, Sephiroth. Elements of The Compilation of Final Fantasy VII later touched upon her character further, such as the film Advent Children in which she attempts to convince Cloud to let go of his self-imposed guilt and move on with his life after Sephiroth’s defeat.

Named the pin-up girl of the “cyber generation” by The New York Times, Tifa has been compared to Lara Croft as an example of a strong, independent and attractive female character in video games. Sources such as IGN and UGO.com have repeatedly praised both the character’s strength and appearance and described her as one of the best female characters in gaming, while Play named her the “most adored” of the Final Fantasy series’ female characters. In 2007, Dengeki PlayStation named her the eighth best fictional character all time to appear in games for the Sony PlayStation.

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