Condoms in Japan are an underused breed, judging by the rampant venereal disease and unplanned pregnancies. As such, condom brands try all kinds of wacky campaigns to get young men and women interested in using their products. This also includes free giveaways. Earlier this year, Tenga gave away complimentary condoms to newly enfranchised voters at the House of Councillors election. You might be forgiven for thinking that otaku are the demographic with the least need for contraception in their lives, but you would be wrong. That is, if Comiket is to be believed. A booth at the ...

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When the PlayStation VR was previewed in 2014, it immediately generated controversy for its "creepy" schoolgirl demo content and ended up being cancelled from that year's Tokyo Game Show. Now that the console is released this month, perhaps we can assume Sony has firmly put that unfortunate episode behind it? Not necessarily, since the demo -- Bandai Namco's Summer Lesson -- was actually released as a commercial game, and that means players are going to find and advertise less savory ways to enjoy it. Which is what this Japanese YouTuber, who made an instructive video to tell ...

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We continue our reports about Tokyo Game Show 2016. We are a little late on these reports but we were too busy to post. TGS always walks that fine line between the exciting big releases of the gaming industry and veering off into creepy (but to us, intriguing) world of virtual dating and sex. Here is certainly one example. Virtual reality was the big theme at the show, as expected, though it wasn't all mainstream uses of the technology. As we know, the adult implications for VR are huge and a major thing in the industry in Japan, too. The developers M2 Co. Ltd have created ...

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AKB48's latest dubious attempt to exploit money from otaku fans is really scraping the bottom of the ludicrous barrel. Now there is going to be an online claw crane game called Kami no Te (Hand of God) from June 18th that allows you to win cans of air. Yes, you read that right. The prize for downloading and playing the game is Bakukan, which is literally a can filled with air. The precious ether is supposedly taken from the air on the stage at the AKB48 45th single release election event. So you are getting the air shared by your favorite idol, whether that be Yuki Kashiwagi, Rino ...

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Dakimakura Kisai is a "festival" for hug pillow fans to celebrate their beloved anime character-decorated cushions while moshing their hearts out to rock music. For the fourth event, the festival was held at Shinjuku Antiknock, a gig venue, on December 6th. Unfortunately we couldn't be there in person but reliable subculture online magazine KAI-YOU was, so here are some pictures to give you some idea of what this unique event is like. Essentially this is a concert event for the band milktub, which is led by vocalist bamboo -- a colorful performer also known for making ...

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A kiss isn't always something most otaku have experienced yet. And they certainly haven't experienced it with their 2D idols (after all, who has?). But that doesn't stop their fevered imaginations -- nor does it stop the people who want to make money out of otaku wet dreams. The candy Kanro Ame has a new flavor: game idol kiss. Girl Friend Beta, for those poor unenlightened souls out there, is a iOS and Android phone game, with a PlayStation Vita spin-off, manga versions and even an anime adaptation. Quite an industry already. Essentially it's a dating simulator game with various ...

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In Japan, there are often "stamp rallies" at train stations or other places. These marketing campaigns encourage people to come to the location and collect stamps from certain spots. This means you have to visit several places, increasing foot traffic at malls, stations, and so on. Usually they are innocuous promos for kids. But not always. A stamp rally for the anime series Valkyrie Drive Mermaid has adopted a novel approach: you "stamp" your picture of a female anime character with breasts. Remember, the Valkyrie Drive franchise is so popular it even became a sex doll ...

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We've just discovered @toto_sh1, who is a "self-proclaimed photographer". Well, plenty of those about. But he or she has created this awesome series of an otaku taking his blow-up lover on a date to Asakusa, and we can't resist sharing. They first set off for their adventure by riding the subway together. The other passengers seem unperturbed. They do all the usual tourist stuff like posing at the Kaminarimon gate and take a ricksha together. They have someone draw their caricature and enjoy an ice cream. But it all ends in tragedy in the ...

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Japan's top sex dolls manufacturer Orient Industry, in another display of their constant inventiveness, has teamed up with make-up effects studio Jiro to create Rinka Kagurazaka Link a Doll. Rinka Kagurazaka is, as fans will know, the oldest of the Kaguzarazaka sisters from the "Valkyrie Drive Bhikkhuni" video game series. The Link A Doll has "wi-fi support" (to do what?) and can play Rinka's voice (though the mouth does not move), with a "Valkyrie body". There are certain other features whose details are not listed on the website but are mentioned in the trailer below: ...

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Evangelion and Rei Ayanami is one the pinnacles of otaku fantasy. So anything involving lingerie maker Peach John and Evangelion is surely going to get some juices flowing, especially when the model is haafu Elaiza Ikeda. Behold: the Peach John Evangelion Eva lingerie. There are five colors available for the Peach John Evangelion Eva bra sets, plus three colors for the Lance of Longinus bra, and numerous other items like nighties and Pen-Pen pajamas. The items can be reserved from October 5th. Like previous Sailor Moon Bandai-Peach John collaboration (memorably ...

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Here are some nice shots of the booth babes (known as "companions" in Japanese -- if only they truly were) at the recent Tokyo Game Show. Clearly these girls are hired for their considerable assets. 【TGS2015おっぱいコンパニオンさんシリーズNo.02】アンビションブースですが、ちょwwwおっぱいメガネとか最高ってレベルじゃねぇぞwwwww #TGS2015 pic.twitter.com/ekTAsvHs4n — もえーしょんタントゥー (@tantou_KAI) September 17, ...

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Kotaku has shared a story about what may be the "longest hug pillow in the world". The dakimakura in question features human-snake lady Miia from the anime and manga Monster Musume, which is an ultimate masochist fantasy. Of course, the hug pillow cover matches Miia's long, slivery body with its length, which could strength down between floors! 7 meters (22.96 feet) of hug pillow glory! It was popular with fans, selling out (it was only made in a single batch, surely?) when it went on display at the recent Comiket in Tokyo, priced ¥100,000 ...

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We came across this story of a "super fan" and his love for schoolgirl Manaka Takane. Of course, Manaka Takane is a character from the Love Plus virtual dating game by Konami. And she and a special fan went on a trip for the summer. They chose as their date destination Atami, the hot spring resort in Shizuoka that is one of the location of Love Plus -- and already a well-known spot for otaku to go in search of 2D girls come to life. Twitter user Menokomakiri took Manaka with him to Atami -- or least a full-body suit of the 2D ...

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You've heard of itasha cars in Japan. What about a ita-train? That's what they have in Taiwan, where they take moe to extremes on the subway. The walls, windows and ceiling were decked out in anime characters. Hordes of men were spotted wildly photographing the characters. There were also some maids there to celebrate the opening. The characters are the K.R.T. Girls (Xiao Qiong and Emilia), known as Takame Shojo in Japanese, the specially created anime character mascots for the train service in Kaohsiung. Taiwan has quite a moe fetish, it ...

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Otaku fans of the anime series Love Live! are literally worshipping their favorite 2D characters. A certain promo at a game arcade was recently snapped showing posters of the Love Live! girls lined up along a wall with tatami matting for fans to come and pay their respects. This meant to get down on their knees and kowtow. Not just prostrating in reverence. At least one fan made an offering! He gave a sweet cake to his animated goddess. Several anonymous otaku seemed to follow suit and leave multiple offerings behind for Honoka Kosaka and the other girls of Otonokizaka ...

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As we know, idol groups, most notoriously AKB48, will exploit fans who want to purchase ways to vote for members in "election" or for chances to shake their hand. They do this by selling these privileges as slips of paper included with CDs or other products. The most recent campaign has been a tie-up with Kodansha's Young Magazine, an iconic weekly manga magazine. Kodansha chose a number of idol candidates from various groups (AKB48, NMB48, SKE48, HKT48) and said fans could choose the idol who will appear in a sexy swimsuit photo shoot. (The ladies on the cover are actually from ...

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Even a 2D anime character has feelings, you know. Otaku love to decorate their hug pillow (dakimakura) with an anime character cover. Their companion is theirs to squeeze and talk to at night. But Rina Makuraba, developed by Koichi Uchimura, takes things to another level. She is a hug pillow that responds to your touch verbally. Just stroke her to elicit a "conversation". She has a real personality and will even get cross with you if you get too touchy-feely. As we know, a cute girl getting angry at you is a fetish in Japan. The system is called Itaspo ...

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Mineo is a mobile virtual network operator. It offers a range of services. As reported by Rocketnews 24, apparently one of these is making giant (and we mean, GIANT) anime hug pillows! Mineo is so big now they even have a mascot, Maineo-tan. In this video they showed off a new blow-up hug pillow of Maineo-tan that is six meters long and two meters wide. Needless to say, the otaku customer who unwittingly finds himself with the giant character has to sacrifice some things in his small home to get her to fit in his apartment. But once they are snuggled up, he seems ...

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It just goes to prove: being an middle-aged otaku does not mean you stop being attractive to the opposite sex. Toshio Okada, the famous anime producer and writer, and co-founder of Gainax (Evangelion), has been exposed as a mass philander. The 56-year-old chubby otaku had his cat let out of the bag when a picture of a smooch with a younger lady was leaked online. The 21-year-old girl posted the Purikura (photo booth) pic on Facebook on December 31st, along with screen captures of her exchanges with Okada on Line where he says he loves her. The girl did it because she claimed ...

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Remember the Zettai Ryouiki Flashing Skirt? We blogged about it late last year as a cool gadget-cum-cosplay item that really draws attention to that sexy area of the upper thigh, known as zettai ryouki ("the absolute zone"). In this skirt, developed by Kiyoyuki Amano of Kayac Inc, multi-colored flashing lights have been added to a Hatsune Miku miniskirt. It looked awesome before but now the creators have set up a proper Tumblr account with lots of great images of the flashing skirt in action. So next time you see a girl in Akihabara with what looks ...

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We're a bit late with this but we love it. Live2D Euclid is a system created by Live2D to animate characters in a rich 3D environment. Reported by the reliable chaps at DigInfo, the technology allows you to interact with 2D illustrations in a 3D space. Of course, the demo is an anime girl character! Live 2D models can be animated and moved freely, while retaining the defining characteristics of the original illustrations, which are difficult to reproduce with regular 3D models. Due to this unique feature, Live2D has been used in over 100 commercial products since its release ...

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What happens when otaku ask the gods for good fortune for the year ahead? Ita-ema, that's what. These are the ema plaques, usually hung on boards at Shinto shrines in Japan to ask for fortune in work, love or study, but here with a very moe twist. It is common to decorate a plaque with a handwritten message and perhaps a little illustration, but we think these worshippers are revealing their true religious idols. These "Ita-ema" have been appearing at Kanda Myojin Shrine in east Tokyo (and elsewhere) since a few years ago, getting more numerous and inventive with each New ...

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They say that otaku are weak. They say they wouldn't last long in a fight. But not this otaku. He wears otaku armor! @umigame2D designed and made this unique suit of Love Live! anime character merchandise, adding more and more layers until you see the results before you. The "armor", as some are calling it, is made of badges, bags and other "figure goods". By the pictures he has also apparently been wearing it outside, so don't be shocked if you see this figure lurking ...

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You see! It's not just Japanese guys! Other Asian men also have a thing for dakimakura. Artist Lee Kan Kyo originally hails from Taiwan, though he came to Japan in 2007 to study. Now he is holding his first solo exhibition in Japan at Guardian Garden gallery in Ginza. And the theme? Pop art-style dakimakura Dutch wife hug dolls. The exhibition "Dream That Girl (Don't Stop)" -- which may or may not be ironic -- will be held from January 13th to January 29th. It will feature around 13 exhibits of Lee Kan Kyo's original idol ...

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A man in his late thirties living in Tokyo earlier this year sued AKS, the company that manages AKB48, as well as King Records (AKB's record label), and Google Japan for "nonfulfillment of financial obligations" after he had been denied the chance to shake hands with his favorite idol, Karen Iwata. The verdict on the case was heard in a court in Tokyo on November 20th. The court threw out the Hidenobu Onishi's suit, since it ruled the complainant had the choice to purchase or not purchase the band's CDs with the handshaking event tickets. The fan had previously sent AKB member ...

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