Robo-Geisha is one crazy movie +

Bit NSFW. Well, I’ve never been one to shy away from crazy Japanese cult movies. As a matter of fact, I didn’t think I would find one that topped Tokyo Gore Police. Silly me. Leave it to the minds that created Machine Girl and Tokyo Gore Police to team up and create this over the […]

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A 3 foot horror story +

The bathroom in many homes is a very lonely room. You only visit it when you need something, and not for the pleasant atmosphere the room provides. So is it really hard to believe that the lonely bathrooms around the world holds a deep seated grudge for the humans that use it? I think not. […]

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A real Hello Kitty +

If you are reading this website right now, I would find it very hard for you to not know what Hello Kitty is. One could argue that it is one of the most well known Japanese brands right up there with Honda and Sony. This video has nothing to do with Hello Kitty other than […]

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Kids vs Zombies +

So, Andrea subliminally tricked me into purchasing Left 4 Dead on Steam, and I have been enjoying playing it for the past few days now. Funnily enough, I have to play Louis everytime I play online because well… my real name is Louis and I’m African-American. You may be wondering what zombies have to do […]

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Ichi the Killer Bento +

Gore movies are one of my many favorites from Japan. The last one I watched was Tokyo Gore Police a few months ago. What can I say about that besides it was unbelievably gory… As for the actual story, I think I could of written something better as weekend homework in the 4th grade. But […]

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Naoto Fukasawa’s Fruit Juice +

They say that the way food or drinks look plays a major influence on how well we like it. I would have to agree. These are some awesome fruit juice packaging from Industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Looking at the strawberry box, it looks as if the packaging may even feel like the specific fruit it […]

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Mini Nikon SLR in Japanese candy +

Gilco is one of Japan’s oldest candy companies, and is home to the popular Glico caramel candy as well as the legendary Pocky. For about 80 years now, inside the Glico caramel candy boxes there is a small toy called “Omake of Glico” (Small gift of Glico). It started off as little toys kids would […]

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Space Invaders Bank +

Tomy has done it again. If you are old enough to remember space invaders, this functioning bank will trigger your nostalgia reflex. Personally I remember the game, but I’m too young to remember the actual table. We did have a functioning Atari when I was a child though. Ah. Memories.

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Otakustuff.com: Stuff for Otaku! +

OtakuStuff.comWow, I didn’t realize it has been that long without a post from me. What have I been doing you ask? Well just before Christmas, I came up with an idea for a site, and spent the whole Christmas break while I was in Pensacola, jotting down ideas, and drawing up sketches. There are quite a few good sites scattered across the net that gather information and presents them in a neat list. However, I didn’t feel as though they have the same goals that I would with a news aggregation site.

First, there is DannyChoo.com. If you have never heard of the site, you must of been under a rock or lost in Akihabara never to be seen again! DannyChoo.com is a huge, and always interesting read about all sorts of Otaku goodness. They have a lot of user activity, but ultimately the main content is a blog from Danny Choo himself. He decides what to show his users. That’s where my site, OtakuStuff.com is going to differ. I believe that the users should determine what deserves to be read, not me. A good example of this concept is Digg.com.

The second site that does a pretty good job is JapanSoc.com. I have heard this site’s name before, but never actually read the site until Ken from WhatJapanThinks.com posted an article about it a few days ago. When I heard about it from the article, I had second thoughts about continuing work on OtakuStuff.com. But after looking at JapanSoc.com‘s articles and posts, I realized that we have 2 different audiences. JapanSoc.com‘s aim is to be a site dedicated to social bookmarking for Japan. That’s a larger scope of users than I am after. My goal is to be a place for Otaku to find news that interests them, plain and simple. In JapanSoc.com‘s category list, I felt as though OtakuStuff.com could technically fit into their first category, “Anime and Otaku.” As a matter of fact, they only have 1 site listed in that category, so I take it as there isn’t much Ota interest as of yet on JapanSoc.com. I feel as though sites don’t necessarily have to be related to Japan to make it onto OtakuStuff.com. Any new video game, sci-fi movie, or cool piece of tech news could fit into OtakuStuff.com.

As I was writing this post, I visited JapanSoc.com and found a link to yet another site, TokyoGraphers, that has decided to close down for the time being due to JapanSoc.com added functionality and size. If those two sites had the same goal, Japan social news aggregation, then I can understand why he chose to close down his site. However, the internet is a pretty big place. Could the world have survived 2 Japan social news sites? Sure! People have different likes and dislikes, and would have chosen which site they wanted to use based upon personal preference. Everyone apologized to each other, but was anyone really at fault? I don’t think so. It was nice to see everyone take it so well though. The Japan niche in the blogosphere has some really nice karma!

Well back to OtakuStuff.com. Still a lot of work ahead, modules in development, and ideas in the works. I can tell when I am excited about something, because I will get only about 4 hours a night of sleep and be wide awake in the morning itching to get back to work. I think I will do just that.

3 Responses to “Otakustuff.com: Stuff for Otaku!”

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    JapanSoc Voting Button for Blogs « LongCountdown.com Says:

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    xorsystNo Gravatar Says:

    Thanks for that clarification. And good luck to you at JapanSoc.

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    Nick RamsayNo Gravatar Says:

    Thanks for bringing up JapanSoc. It’s still very new but is getting some attention now and I can’t wait for it to grow and grow. OtakuStuff.com looks awesome, and you’re right about it targeting a different crowd to JapanSoc, so no worries there. Actually, TokyoGraph is only closing its bookmarking section – the forums, articles, blog and other stuff are still going strong. Anyway, good luck with the blog and OtakuStuff. If you ever want to chat about Pligg, drop me a line!

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