Who among you is itching to break free and cut loose, but can’t do so because the nearest convention is weeks away!? Fear not – for I have brought the solution!
Descending from the haven of rock heaven in 2003, led by Amaterasu herself, the US has been graced with a musical showcase that has rocked hard and rocked its patrons even HARDER!
What the hell am I talking about, you ask? I’m talking about the annual rising sun band showcase – JAPAN NITE!
Every year, an eclectic selection of Japanese bands and artists gather for a short but epic concert tour across the good old US-of-A. Awesomely exploding onto the stage at the SXSW music conference in Austin, TX – Japan Nite will once again bring to you solid walls of sound!
New Yorkers rejoice! Well, those who like Mario, at least. Then again, that's probably everyone. So, New Yorkers rejoice! Celebrating the release of Super Mario 3D Land, set for US release on November 13, Nintendo is bring Mario-related celebrations to Times Square in New York City one day before the release.
Nintendo is known for having some great game launches, so how are they handling their flagship character? By turning Times Square into the Mushroom Kingdom. Guests will nab Tanooki ears and tails while running through green pipes, grabbing coins, and leaping towards the famous flag pole. In pure Nintendo fashion, the Big N will be handing out game-related food. The first 1,000 guests to tweet at the event using the #SuperMario3D hashtag will able to munch on a slice of Mushroom Pizza! Oh, you clever, clever people!
Think that is already great? Think again! Toys 'R Us in Times Square will be holding a limited sale of the game one day early. Sounds pretty amazing. So if you're in the area on November 12 at 10 AM, why not stop by and pretend you're Mario* for a while?
*Princess not included
It wasn't too long ago that the news of Chinatown Fair's closing spread like wildfire. At first it was rumored, then it was confirmed, then it was denied but eventually, the inevitable happened and the famed arcade lost its lease. Many claim that it was the last bastion of the East Coast fighting game community. But although it may no longer be there, it will always live on in our memories. Not only, that but you can be a part of keeping that memory alive with an upcoming documentary. Check out the trailer below!
San Francisco, CA (April 18, 2011) Viz Media, LLC (Viz Media), one of the entertainment industry's most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, together with Japanese licensor Ohta Shuppan, welcomes renowned manga (graphic novel) artist Natsume Ono for a personal appearance and special event celebrating her work, hosted by the Kinokuniya Bookstores of America Company (Kinokuniya Bookstore) in New York City on Tuesday, May 10th starting at 7:00pm.
Kinokuniya Bookstore is located at 1073 Avenue of the Americas, between 40th St. & 41st St., New York City.
The event will feature commentary from Ono on her past and present works and her continued evolution as one of the foremost manga artists and graphic novel storytellers, hosted by Megumi Sato of Samurai Beat Radio. An audience Q&A session will follow. A raffle contest (open to all attendees, one raffle ticket per person) also will award one lucky Grand Prize winner an original Natsume Ono artwork, signed in-person by the artist; 2 additional runner-up winners will get a Natsume Ono print. Each winner will also have the opportunity to have Ono sign one personal item at the event.
How nice would it be to have maids around? Everyone likes maids and if you don't... I don't even.
Well, if you're lucky enough to be settling in New York City, or at least around the city, in about a week, there will be a Maid Cafe show. Reni Mimura, the "Japanese Cosplay Singer" as she calls herself, is performing a Maid Cafe show with Moé Moé.
Date: December 19th (SUN)
Place: 432 6th Avenue between 9th & 10th Street, New York, NY (Amber Village)
Time: 12:00pm to 3:30pm
Maid Cafe open @ 12pm; Show @ 1:30pm
Admission fee $12 @ the door/ $10 if you cosplay (Lunch not included)
For those people who don't know who Reni Mimura is, she is a Maid cosplayer who sings J-Pop. She has appeared at several conventions and shows, one being the New York Anime Festival with Moemiru, a small group division of cosplay singers who she picked out. As for those who also don't know what a Maid Cafe is, it is basically a regular cafe shop with tea and cake. However, the one quirk about it is that the waitresses are all in Maid uniforms and they'll throw out phrases like "お帰りなさいませ、ご主人様 / Okaerinasaimase, Goshujin-sama" for "Welcome home, Master". Maid Cafes definitely aren't for those who are fearful of Maids.
As most of the staff here at leetNEET are settled in NYC, we might be showing up there... maybe. It is on a Sunday afternoon so hopefully everyone can go and enjoy the Moé Moé Kyun while having tea and cake.