Monday, 31 January 2011

J's Chimes: Copy Paste & Upgrade...


Copyright infringement hits in one of China's Theme Park when it erected a complete copy of the Gundam RX-78-2 in Orange. With such, there were lots of criticism and talks about it in forums and nonetheless actions were taken to take it down... However, instead of disappearing from sight, it seems that it was given a makeover...


The actual 1/1 scale statue of the Gundam RX-78-2 was built in Odaiba as part of Mobile Suit Gundam’s 30th anniversary celebrations back in July last year. And now you could see the total resemblance of it from above.


And so it seems like they got a little creative and began gearing more accessories up... Some even said that it looks like a combination of Mazinger + Zaku with the Gundam Suit... Looks pretty weird... An so the infringement becomes invalid and a new original Gundam is born...

Sunday, 30 January 2011

J's Chimes: PainStation


PainStation was created by two German designers. It’s almost a normal Pong game. But when you lose you don’t just feel the disappointment, you also feel pain. Your left hand is positioned on the Pain Execution Unit. And missing the ball results in different types of pain. You may feel heat, punches or electroshock of varying duration depending where the ball hits. The game ends when one of the players decides that he had enough pain...


A typical design of the PainStation console which is pretty much exaggerated due to its bulky unit just for a pong game... Just when you thought you could get all comfortable wriggling your joystick of your PS3, wait till you try PainStation instead...


I wonder who still wants to play Pong... One fo the most pixellated 2D classic game where you'd prevent the ball from flying out of your court... And when that happens, you get tortured in the process... Not worth it for the pain you'll be experiencing... Perhaps if you are a Sadist or Masochist, this may be something you've been looking for...


The execution unit aren't a pretty sight too... Guess you gonna get burned, electrocuted or beaten up by a machine you will soon come to hate... This game will create riots in a way or another...


And how bad were the wounds...? A little black, bruises and cuts will soon be coming to you soon playing this without fail... So maybe perhaps you might wanna expert this so that you could become a pro in torturing people without the need to do it yourself, but through a friendly little game of Pong...

Saturday, 29 January 2011

J's Chimes: Never Judge A Teacher By Its Cover...

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Just when you thought that this is good, wait till you see what happens next. Perhaps you should reconsider and never to judge a book by its cover so soon... If classes were like this, I believe many will fall ill real soon with such an amazing sight to behold...

Friday, 28 January 2011

J's Chimes: 5 Funny Facts About Naruto...


And I would believe many would watch Naruto but then do you know some strange funny facts about this manga? Here's what we gonna find out soon enough...


1. “Itachi” means “weasel”. In Japanese superstition and belief, the weasel is a symbol of bad luck and something that would bring misfortune. What the hell were his parents thinking?? Giving him a name like that?


2. Bakudan is Deidara’s favorite food – that’s funny because Bakudan is a homonym for bomb/explosion.


3. Shino’s last name “Aburame” means “Oil Woman”. Apparently, shino, his dad and his group were identified as male.


4. Like his sensei, Rock Lee’s character seems to be inspired by Bruce Lee, as shown from his name and having the same birthday. Additionally, Bruce Lee once received the same type of injury as Rock Lee did in the Chunin Exams against Gaara, and he was also never expected to walk, much less fight again.


5. Did you notice in part of the Naruto anime that during chunin exam, the fight between Naruto & Neji is copied from Cowboy Bebop & Sasuke’s fighting style (Valley of the End) is copied from Conan Lee in the movie ”ninja in the dragon’s den”. Lee’s Drunken Master Boxing Style (during his fight with Kinimaro) was influenced by Jackie Chan.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

J's Chimes: The Dead Are Back For More Space...


Once again the popular Survival Horror game titled Dead Space is back with a second installment. More gruesome and intense than ever, Dead Space will surely make you scream and go crazy while fighting for survival. Released on the 25 Jan 2011 this year, Dead Space 2 features both singleplayer and multiplayer mode to fight the monsters known as Necromorphs.


Engineer Isaac Clarke returns in Dead Space 2 for another blood-curdling adventure in the sequel to Dead Space 1. After waking from a coma on a massive space city known as "The Sprawl", the lone survivor of a horrific alien infestation finds himself confronting a catastrophic new nightmare. Battling dementia, hunted by the government, and haunted by visions of his dead girlfriend, Isaac will do whatever it takes to save himself and dominate the gruesome onslaught.


The game's pretty cinematic and gives a great and deadly ambiance of the infested station that crawls with the many necromorphs that roamed the place. Not every moment is calm or a safe haven as the second installment releases more terror than ever before, leaving you at the mercy of those flesh ripping monsters. Dead Space 2 currently retails at approximately SGD$58 and above so you might wanna grab a copy because its a recommended game for this year...


Yup, whatever you might see here is the actual footage and gameplay of the game. If you have yet to know what Dead Space is about, there's even a recap mode in the game mode. Or you could even simply purchase Dead Space 1 and play it as it's now a platinum hit which is priced at SGD$39.90 each. You can also visit the website here for more info. Time to survive the horror once again...

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

J's Chimes: Animes To Watch This Season


It's about a month since the new anime season begins. All animes this winter are already airing more or less so let's take a quick look at what's in store for you to watch and catch up with the episodes before it's too late...

BEELZEBUB

Strong delinquent Oga picks up a baby that turns out to be the son of the Great Demon King! Chosen to raise the baby until he's in age of destroying mankind, together with the demon maid Hilda, they're sure to make mankind die... of laughter!

DRAGON CRISIS

A normal high school boy Kisaragi Ryuji's peaceful life is turned into an adventure by the return of his second cousin Eriko. Ryuji and Eriko seize a relic box from a black broker. In the box, they find a red dragon girl Rose. In order to protect Rose from the black organization, Ryuji decides to fight using his power as a relic handler

FREEZING

Beings from a different dimension have started a war with mankind. To counter this threat an academy called "Genetics" that trains female warriors called "Pandora" who can wield special weaponry and armor was formed. Kazuya Aoi decided to enroll in this school because of a promise with his sister, an outstanding alumnus who died in battle. There he meets Bridgette L. Satellizer nicknamed "The Untouchable Queen" due to her solitary demeanor but also the top student of the academy whose battle simulation streak was undefeated until he came...and slowly changed her.

FRACTALE

The story takes place on an island resembling a futuristic Ireland, where a "Fractale System" is beginning to collapse. One day, Clain finds an injured girl called Phryne under a cliff, who disappears leaving a pendant. Clain sets out for a journey with the girl-shaped avatar Nessa to look for Phryne and discovers the secret of the Fractale System.

GOSICK


Gosick takes place in 1924 in a small, made-up European country of Sauville. The story centers on Kazuya Kujo, who is a transfer student to St. Marguerite Academy, where urban legends and horror stories are all the rage. There he meets Victorique, a mysterious yet beautiful and brilliant girl who never comes to class and spends her days reading the entire content of the library or solving mysteries that even detectives can't solve...

HOUROU MUSUKO

Fifth grader Nitori Shuuichi is a rather feminine boy who looks good in girl's clothes, enjoys things like baking, and tends to have mostly female friends. He and his sixth grade sister Maho transfer to a new school, where Shuuichi ends up sitting next to Takatsuki Yoshino, a tomboy that he gets along well with. Soon, they both discover each other's secrets, and find that they are not so different; in fact, they are very much the same.

INFINITE STRATOS

In the near future, a Japanese scientist engineers a powered exoskeleton called "Infinite Stratos" A 15 year old Japanese boy, named Ichika Orimura, is discovered to be capable of operating an IS. Realizing the potential, Ichika is forced by the Japanese government to attend the prestigious Infinite Stratos Academy, an international academy where IS pilots from all over the world are trained. Thus his busy school life surrounded by girls begins.

KIMI NI TODOKE 2ND SEASON

Sawako Kuronuma, called Sadako by her classmates for her resemblance to the character Samara from 'The Ring', has always been feared and misunderstood because of her appearance. There are rumors that Sawako can see ghosts and curse people. But when her idol, the popular Kazehaya, begins talking with her, everything changes. She finds herself in a new world, making new friends and talking to different people. Sawako opens up to new people, making it easy for them to hurt her or help her. Which will her new friends do?

KORE WA ZOMBIE DESU KA

Ayumu Aikawa is a zombie, resurrected by a necromancer named Eucliwood Hellscythe after being killed by a serial killer. As he tries to make the best of his undead life, he encounters a magical girl named Haruna and inadvertently takes her magic powers, being forced to become a magical girl in the process...

ONIICHAN NO KOTO NANKA ZENZEN SUKI JANAIN DAKARA NE
Nao Takanashi loves her brother Shūsuke despite the incest taboo. Nao thinks that Shūsuke is her blood relative, but in fact she is an adopted daughter, whose parents already died. After Nao learns the fact, she wants to normally fall in love with Shūsuke because siblings by adoption can marry under the family law in Japan, but his old girl friend Iroha Tsuchiura obstructs Nao's wish, claiming to him that Nao is his sister even if she is an adopted child.

PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA

There exist familiars who have the power to grant one wish to a chosen girl. However, that girl must then become a magical girl and fight against witches, evil creatures born from curses that are responsible for murders and suicides. A schoolgirl named Madoka Kaname and her friend Sayaka Miki are approached by a familiar named Kyubey and magical girl named Mami Tomoe with offers of becoming magical girls. Another magical girl named Homura Akemi tries to prevent Madoka from making such a deal.

RIO - RAINBOW GATE

The "Howard Resort Hotel" is an entertainment destination where people gather from around the world to grab huge fortunes. In the casino is a beautiful female dealer named Rio Rollins, known far and wide as the "Goddess of Victory". In order to approach closer to her mother, one of history's greatest dealers, she does battle to gather up the legendary cards called "gates". Those who gather all 13 gate cards are presented with the title MVCD (Most Valuable Casino Dealer), proof that they are a top dealer...

YUMEKUI MERRY

Yumeji Fujiwara, a young male student like any other, gained the power to see the aura of other people's dreams. Since then, he started to have weird dreams with cats following him for an unknown reason. One day, as he was about to come back home after his errands, a mysterious girl named Merry falls on top of him who is actually a dream demon and is searching for a way to go back into her world...

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

J's Chimes: McD Will Scare The Sponge Out Of You...


A certain Japanese Advert for the McDonald's Happy Meal set that was aired in Japan became a sensation all for the wrong reason. It shows some kids turned hysterical over some Sponge Bob Square Pants Toys and scream for joy in a very exaggerated way. The advertisement is high in such a way that its excessive shouting and madness has been criticize by many people that it may well scare kids away from buying a Happy Meal and the product...

Monday, 24 January 2011

J's Chimes: Ads To Touch For...


Advertisement boards are now made to touch with a seemingly eye-catching part for people to grope and laugh out loud. Guess its a promotion of a new eroge game nonetheless which explains the protruding part...


Attention getting it is, it's kinda creative in a way as we normally wouldn't thought of something like this for an ad. However due to the fact that it is placed in a seemingly dangerous area where all eyes are watching you groping a signboard...


Putting such at the electronic sensors isn't such a good idea too since people would be walking through the entrance and would be really strange to be caught groping such items in public... perhaps you should navigate to somewhere else safer?

Sunday, 23 January 2011

J's Chimes: Funny Japanese Commercials


Japanese commercials are rather creative and comedic and tends to get your attention when you watch them. Some of which are so amazingly weird or does have little connection with the actual product itself. However they tickle our funny bones because it's amazingly hilarious and gets people talking...


Even Takuya Kimura is scouted for the Nissin cup noodle commercial. Has a little Indian touch to it and stuff. Singapore should have more of such commercials so as to lighten your day up...


Sometimes I wonder if its just the ice cream or maybe something else which is worth taking a photo... Perhaps both are good in some ways or another...

Saturday, 22 January 2011

J's Chimes: Tenga Gets Animated Mascots


Tenga, A company that specializes in making its ona cups or preferably known as masturbatory products, decides to create their very own manga characters as mascots for their products. They even name them Tengirls and for some reason or another, it attracts a couple of attention and probably not many people would know what it is...


Tenga creates a character for each of their products presumably by their names and looks. For example a soft type is depicted from a lolicon character whereas a US Tenga is depicted by a strong women probably because of the products shear size and stuff...


And there's plenty more where that came from with the all new Flip Hole types in 2 colors Black and White... It's amazing how Japan could even turn a product like that into manga girls...


Still don't know what we are talking about? Then take a look at this video and understand what this is about. And if you seriously wanted to have a feel of it, I suggest heading down to Marina Square in a shop known as Cactus where products displayed by people are sold. Try playing dumb and ask what Tenga is to the sales assistants and see what they reply...

Friday, 21 January 2011

J's Chimes: Anything's Possible With Practice


Practice makes perfect, and even so if you continue to work on your passion to achieve your goal. No matter how bad it might be, and as you continue to draw and improve, you'll get better eventually. A typical example could be as seen above where some amateur took about 10 years to get fantastic results. (Click On Pictures for a bigger view)


Even babies who drew from the start of age begins to improve over a course of 6 years with what supposedly looks like a bear takes form in the year 2009. And would likely drew better in the near future ahead if his passion is genuine.


An artist I have high respect on because his artwork dramatically improves into a professional level from the year 2007 onwards. And it keeps getting better there after which is shockingly of quality...


This artist already has the talents to draw a good artwork but decides to change his style of drawing throughout the years. You can clearly see it through the details, art form and even from the character's eyes...


This particular artist decides to move on from drawing a still character into something of a more artistic pose and style throughout the years. His first 5 years are mostly portrait pictures which are normal and not till 2006 that he decides to move on experimenting with creative poses to spice up his drawings.


Judging from the artwork, this would probably be the work of a real artist who works in an animation firm. To have such a level of drawing standard certainly shines above the rest of the artists above. Now if only I could draw as well as them...

Thursday, 20 January 2011

J's Chimes: Itasha Laptops


Tony Taka, a top erotic illustrator who drew for the H games like Sora No Iro Mizu No Iro and Fault! have had his drawings Itasha on Laptops. Costing 150,000 yen or approximately SGD$2346, the specs are more or less sufficient if brought to our country. Comes with 2 designs but would prefer the gothic dress girls a lot more. Tony Taka is also famous for drawings in Shining Wind and it's a shame Xecti wasn't a model in this Laptop Itasha. Well, there are still many ways in which you do get this for cheap... For example printing it out and pasting it on your laptop for the same effect and all or have it done through retail shops which can help print it and make a new cover for your Laptop...

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

J's Chimes: Final Fantasy XIII To Get Part 2


Strangely enough, Final Fantasy XIII is getting a continuation this year as announced by Square Enix. Despite the criticism about the previous game, it seems like they had decided to lay another bet which many fans doubt it would be enough to fully satisfy what they really want. The Final Fantasy Franchise has been wobbly these years due to the fact that the RPG eras have been long gone and FPS have been the hottest in recent years...


Despite all of that, a little introduction video of the new FFXIII-2 is not only visually stunning, but seems kinda fun in some ways or another. However, I would probably wait for the reviews and judgment first before deciding on purchasing anymore Final Fantasy series games...

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

J's Chimes: Spice Up Your Facebook...


Got a little bored with your Facebook profile picture? How about making a continuous banner of your photos that runs onto into the status bar on your profile page? Experimented it a little when I stumbled upon Youtube clip by accident that gives a tutorial on how to make these... Below is a short clip in which you can view and learn how to make this...


However if you do not have the photoshop software to make this, there are many other ways to make this too. All you need is MS paint and that's about it. (I did it using MS paint so you don't actually need something so sophisticated for your artistic work...)

Monday, 17 January 2011

J's Chimes: When Cartoons Meet Art...


Moving to western animations for a change, someone had this crazy idea of blending cartoons with classical artworks to create something extraordinary... Imagine replacing a picture of a child into piglet from the animation Winne The Pooh.


Everyone knows Pepé Le Pew because of his behavior. People ran away from his intense odor because he's a skunk. But never did you expect him to be hugging someone in a classical painting by some ingenious people who drew him over of what supposedly to be a child.


The Tasmanian Devil, usually seen as a spinning whirlwind also appears in one of the paintings above. This time he grabs a naked woman and soars to the skies... Perhaps he needs a real woman for a change...


Cinderella's been carried by an Angel in this beautifully blended artwork which somehow makes it kinda unique in its own way or another... Reminds me of the movie titled Space Jam... Somehow or rather, such movies are on a decline...


When your horse is being replaced by a goofy looking horse that holds a flower in its mouth, you know this isn't gonna be good... even though you may had dressed up properly like the man riding on it... Looks weird too...


Out of nowhere, Bambi appears in your photo and 2 children dons a skunk on the woman's head... So what else is new?