All of us that were Dragon Ball fans when we were kids tried at some point to imitate the famous Kamehameha attack. Coinciding with the release of the much anticipated Dragon Ball Z movie, a new trend has emerged among Japanese schoolgirls to take photos doing Kamehamehas and other similar attacks. This kind of photos remind me of the photos taken by Natsumi Hayashi from Yowa Yowa camera.
Today, March 30th 2013, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods – ドラゴンボールZ 神と神 is released in Japanese movie theatres. It’s been 17 years since the release of the last movie based on the Dragon Ball universe!
And what is more, it is NOT a spin-off from the main timeline of the manga like the previous 17 Dragon Ball movies. This new movie, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods, is considered to be an official part of the main plot of the series which is set during the ten year time skip between chapters 517 and 518 of the original manga. It is also the Dragon Ball-related production with the highest implication by Akira Toriyama since he finished drawing the manga more than 15 years ago.
The expectations are very high and the marketing campaign has been all around Tokyo during the last few weeks. For example KFC fast food restaurants have offers in which you can get cool things like Dragon Ball radars or bottles with Dragon Ball-shaped lids.
In the convenience stores Lawson and Ministop you can also find several articles related to the new Dragon Ball movie, like for example Son Goku hairstyle french fries.
The Kodansha magazine Kiss has started to publish a manga by the mangaka Mari Yamazaki based on the biography of Steve Jobs written by Walter Isaacson. If you haven’t read Isaacson’s book yet maybe reading it in manga form will be a more fun way to understand the life of Steve Jobs.
I think that Mari Yamazaki drawing style, known for her excellent work Thermae Romae, is perfect for a biographical manga. In the following video you can see how Mari Yamazaki draws the manga directly with her graphics tablet:
The first 17 pages of the Steve Jobs manga can be read for free at Yahoo Bookstore.
The responsible to declare the start of the sakura blossom season in Tokyo announced it last Sunday, just after 11:00 a.m. when he counted how many flowers had bloomed in the representative cherry tree that is checked every year at Yasukuni temple.
The man counted six flowers and the meteorological agency pronounced the official opening of the sakura blossoms in the city. It’s been 50 years since the sakura hadn’t blossomed so early in Tokyo, as the first cherry tree flowers at Yasukuni temple are usually not seen until the last week of March. This early blossom has confused some people, which are used to the sakura season starting timely every year. It was strange that the sakura blossomed before the end of the winter.
If you have Easter holidays in your country and are visiting Japan you are lucky! For us living here in Tokyo we have to bring forward our hanami plans.
Ramen Dreams is a short documentary dedicated to ramen that has just been released. It follows the line of Jiro Dreams, the documentary film about sushi, but this time the main topic is ramen instead of sushi.
Keizo Shimamoto is the chef featured in Ramen Dreams and in addition to being a cook he also travels troughout Japan to eat ramen in different places. Legend has it that last year he ate in more than 600 different ramen restaurants! Almost 2 ramen dishes per day! (After eating ramen he tells the world about it through his blog)
Once again, another example of how passionate can Japanese people be about food!
The short documentary can be enjoyed in YouTube:
More info: Ramen Dreams.
Since 2011 Jean Reno has been playing the role of Doraemon in Toyota TV commercials. The commercials are surrealist and very ridiculous. I still can’t see how Jean Reno could be a good actor to portray Doraemon!
In this commercial you can also see one of the AKB48 graduate girls, Atsuko Maeda.
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