Sunday, 26 July 2009

Oh Yes!

Ironman Anime trailer – straight from Danny Choo via Dark Diamond (where there is a Trailer for Wolverine – highly recommended to check that out as well)

Lots of debate on Danny Choo about whether this American story should be called Anime – it is being done by a Japanese Animation house and is being branded as Anime. My thoughts – I have a blurred line on US Cartoons and Japanese Anime. To me it is the feel of the picture not where it is made and who makes it. If the story and the look are Anime then it is Anime no matter where the story comes from. I like the idea of one of my favourite Marvel Hero’s being done in an Anime style regardless of the fact that the story started in the US. My 10 cents!

Friday, 24 July 2009

Cool Wedding Intro

we should have thought of this! via Boingboing

Guitars – Japan Style

While in Japan there was one thing I really wanted to do but was not sure if it would be possible. See some cool custom Japanese Guitars. My mate Les has been building his own guitars for a few years now and has just about gotten me into the craze… there are some awesome builds out there in net land if you want to look them up.

While in Shinyuku we passed a cool looking Guitar shop and I had to duck in to see what was what and here is what I found.


image I really liked this one as it has simple lines and switches for the pickups and what nots… The colour is also good and simple which for me is a plus. Cost 89,880 yen.

DSCN0271This store had everything you could need to build a guitar from scratch including some very cool pups in the glass case (bottom right). Me thinks Les would be jealous of this place!

Below is a selection of the custom guitars the place made or will make – which is pretty much anything you can think of.


Close up of the Angel Guitars






What that you say a 7-string guitar is “bassee” enough for you. Nah I what an 8-string Guitar… DSCN0277

Further proof it really has 8-strings!


Needless to say this store had some of the best examples of custom Guitars I have seen.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

John Scalzi in the Wild

Well not John himself but a few of his books.

I managed to snap these at a bookstore near our hotel in Tokyo – I know I have a lot more to blog about the trip but this will have to do for a start.


Reading left to right – Old Mans War, The Ghost Brigades, and The Last Colony.


Me with The Last Colony – I did think about buying them, but as I have them already and in a language I can actually read I left them in prominent position for a Japanese reader to find and buy! I know that John has posted these on his blog when he gets Author copies of them, but I thought it would be nice to see them all together and the covers are really good… I wish all covers where done like this it makes the books look really exciting… not that they are not exciting to read… I’ll go now…

But before I do… here is the Gundam which was built in Odaiba in Tokyo… It is so fantastic and I am so glad we got to see it. As you can see from the people standing at the base – it is BIG… REAL BIG. make my little model (which I am yet to start building) look a little small compared… but a don’t have the room to have a 4 storey Gundam in my yard so the Gundam on the shelf will have to do!


Tuesday, 21 July 2009


We arrived back into Sydney today from our two weeks in Japan. I have a lot to write about and heaps of pictures to post. For know you will all have to just have this sort message.


The camera battery gave out just as I was about to upload the pictures so I will blog more tomorrow and post a few pictures etc. For a teaser; I saw John Scalzi in the wild, we made it to the Gundam, I sang Karaoke with real Japanese Businessmen!, experienced an Onsen and spoke with a Geisha.