Time-lapse video shows the awesomely orderly efficiency of otaku lining up at Comiket【Video】

We can all learn from the extraordinary discipline exhibited by these otaku.

Comiket, the world’s largest anime convention, welcomes more than 500,000 attendees every year who’re eager to get their hands on rare manga, unique collector’s items or show off sizzling hot cosplays.

It’s not easy to manage such a huge crowd in a limited space, and if left to the attendees’ own devices, the entire convention would no doubt end up in utter chaos. Luckily, otaku in Japan are a disciplined bunch.

▼ Japanese Twitter user @Netiel shows us a time-lapse video
of attendees queuing to get into Tokyo Big Sight.

Throngs of people are ushered in orderly batches and lined up in neat rows like clockwork, an astounding feat considering that this year’s Comiket was also one of the hottest in recent years.

Temperatures soared close to 40 degrees Celcius (104 Fahrenheit) during the event’s three days, and it’s amazing how attendees could be so well-behaved even in the unbearable heat.

▼ This astonishing orderliness can be clearly observed in the 2011 Winter Comiket too.

It’s difficult to see what’s happening when you’re just one among many people on the ground, and Japanese netizens are quite impressed by the video’s perspective:

“That’s human Tetris!”
“Reminds me of that game, The Last Guy. Anyone agree with me?”
“Japanese people are quite awesome, eh?”
“Every Japanese citizen should participate in Comiket to train for emergency evacuation drills.”
“They look just like ants.”

Are anime conventions this neat and orderly in your neck of the woods? It’s incredible how Comiket attendees can keep calm and move as one with a single purpose of getting into otaku heaven, almost making us forget they were scrambling over one another in the Opening Dash before that.

Source, featured image: Twitter/@Netiel
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Chinese man turns himself into human rollerblade, gets arrested for zooming on roads【Video】

Arguably a much preferable outcome than getting run over by cars.

There’s much joy to be had in speeding down a smooth pavement on a skateboard. For many, the unique combination of freedom and speed can be rather addictive.

But one man in Ürümqi, China took his love for speedy wheels a little too far. He’d apparently been caught on several surveillance cameras zipping down roads while wearing what is known as a rollerblade bodysuit.

▼ Don’t ever try this if you value your life.

Like its namesake, rollerblade bodysuits consist of sturdy panels attached with motor-powered wheels that can accelerate the wearer to high speeds. It sounds like a really cool toy, but the lack of sufficient padding means that the user’s body is at the mercy of bumpy roads or uneven ground.

What’s worse is that vision is obscured as the wearer is forced to slide at high speeds while facing down, which obviously turned the Chinese man into a disaster just waiting to happen.

▼ One driver said that “it’s just too ridiculous.” We agree.

Local police quickly arrested the daredevil five minutes after he was spotted zooming past cars in his 100,000 CNY (US$14,615) rollerblade bodysuit. When questioned by officers, he admitted traveling to France to learn how to fashion the outfit.

▼ Perhaps his inspiration came from Jackie Chan’s rollerblade bodysuit in Chinese Zodiac.

Japanese netizens found the whole situation amusing nonetheless:

“This is the first time I’ve seen this, but it’s interesting.”
“Did he want to become Jackie Chan?”
“He probably would have been fine if he’d just attached a license plate.”
“Looks fun!”

We’re just glad he was stopped before something bad happened. As cool as speeding around town in a rollerblade bodysuit sounds, as long as you aren’t Jackie Chan, wearing it onto roads clearly meant for cars is going to end up tragic.

Source: YouTube/CoolChina via Toychan
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Twitter user’s eyesight improves after playing VR game for five hours a day for five months

This would normally be incredibly straining on the eyes, but it turned out to be a blessing for this Japanese man.

Playing video games for too long has been thought of being dentrimental to brain development in children, and it’s really hard to imagine how staying glued to a TV or computer screen all day can be healthy.

However, maybe that’s just a misconception. For an alternative anecdote, take Japanese Twitter user 0yasum13. He reportedly plays a lot of VR games, racking up about 700 hours of game time in 140 days. That’s roughly five hours a day.

Staring at a tiny bright screen in VR headset for five hours every day would strain our eyes, possibly inflicting irreparable damage. But for 0yasum13, his eyesight somehow miraculously improved.

▼ He played VRChat, a free-to-play social game.
(Translation below)

“I’ve worn my VR goggles every day for about five months now, and it appears that my eyesight has improved. An eye examination revealed that my vision has improved from 0.3 to 1.0. I’ve always worn glasses, so I was really surprised when I could safely drive without wearing them. I wonder if it’s something to do with the two-meter focal point of VR goggles.”

▼ Are VR goggles the miraculous cure for vision impairment?

In an interview with Japanese video sharing website Niconico, 0yasum13 revealed that his choice of VR goggles was the Oculus Rift. Before he began delving into the world of VRChat in April 2017, he suffered moderate vision loss, measuring 0.3 and 0.5 for his left eye and right eye respectively. His eyesight was a solid 1.5 when he was young, but began deteriorating after he turned ten.

And as he continued chatting with online friends in the game, his vision slowly improved as he spent more time in VRChat. It was an extremely gradual process that was hardly noticeable, but on the morning of 3 August 2018, he felt the urge to take off his glasses to drive his car.

▼ That’s when he realized something had changed.

0yasum13 was excited yet still a little dubious as to how playing VR games could improve his eyesight, but he couldn’t deny the facts. His vision had recovered from 0.3 to an astonishing 1.0, which is classified as normal vision without the need for glasses.

So what were his Oculus Rift settings? When 0yasum13 calibrated the interpupillary distance (IPD) setting — the lateral distance between the pupils of each eye — he made sure to open his eyes as wide as he could. His brightness was also set a little dimmer than default, and he never wore glasses whenever he played.

▼ Remember to take this with a grain of salt.
(Translation below)

“Just remember that this is only limited to my experience. If you wish to improve your eyesight, please consult an ophthalmologist. If it’s your first time with VR, I’d highly recommend a game that allows you to explore wide open spaces rather than terrifying roller coasters.”

It bears mentioning that using VR headsets has not been scientifically proven to improve eyesight yet, and that 0yasum13’s case is perhaps a rare one. Before running out to buy an Oculus Rift in the hopes of improving your vision, we at SoraNews24 recommend that playing games, VR or not, should always be done in moderation.

Source: Twitter/@0yasum13 via Otakomu, Niconico News
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We tested out an anti-UV umbrella to see how much it cools us down in this dreadful summer heat

Is it just a marketing gimmick or a brilliant invention of the century?

During summer in Japan, women are sometimes seen walking around holding umbrellas to shield them from the relentless sun. Mysteriously, this practice of using an umbrella to protect against sun instead of rain hasn’t spread to Japanese men. Are the men missing something, or is the humble umbrella’s function only limited to rain protection?

To determine if umbrellas actually help keep our temperatures down when outdoors, our Japanese-language reporter Ahiru Neko thought it best to try it out firsthand. He’d never used one in the sun before, as he always had the impression that such practices were part of women’s fashion.

And so Ahiru Neko bought his first ever anti-UV umbrella from Amazon, which came with a coating that blocked 99.9 percent of the sun’s UV rays.

▼ Will this thing really work?

He stepped out of the office and into a blazingly hot Shinjuku. He almost regretted his decision, but realized that this was the perfect way to test his umbrella’s powers.

▼ The sun threatened to reduce him into ash.

▼ Ahiru Neko brought with him a nifty infrared thermometer for more accuracy.

▼ The gadget was pointed to his chest, which obtained an initial reading…

▼ …of 37.6 Celcius (99.7 Fahrenheit).

Raising up his umbrella, he immediately felt the sun’s pervasive rays retreat from his skin.

▼ He was now in shade, but it still felt crazy hot.

▼ He took a leisurely stroll but quickly noticed that the
only people using umbrellas around him were women.

▼ Nevertheless, he did observe a marked
difference in temperature. Or was it all in the mind?

▼ It felt awkward, and the only way he could feel
at ease was to pretend that it was raining.

▼ Ahiru Neko arrived at his starting point and measured his temperature.

35.3 Celcius! This anti-UV umbrella protected him from two degrees worth of sun!

He was a little apprehensive about its safety though. Specifically, those spoke tips were dangerously positioned at eye level, ready to gouge out the eyeballs of the unwary.

▼ Which is no different when using them in the rain,
when you think about it.

▼ The conclusion? Yes, it does cool down its user a bit.


Interested individuals should check out the umbrella on Amazon Japan here.

It’s amazing that you can shave off two Celcius off simply by carrying around some portable shade with you, something which can be achieved with the anti-UV umbrella or perhaps a sun protection mask too. Keep these handy items on you, and you’ll find Japan’s summer much more tolerable.

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New “social apartment” that comes with attached movie theater will open soon in Saitama

Fancy having a private 20-seat cinema at your doorstep? You can get exactly that for an affordable monthly rent of $525.

Renting an apartment in Japan can be expensive, and unless you plan on living with ghosts, it’s hard to find reasonably cheap accommodation with attached facilities.

That’s where “social apartments” come in, providing high-quality shared amenities like stylish kitchens and lounges where residents can socialize and have fun without breaking the bank.

Films Wako is a social apartment complex located in Wako City in Saitama, a stone’s throw away from Tokyo. What sets it apart from the rest is that it also includes a luxurious 20-seat movie theater equipped with surround sound and a 4K projector.

▼ Watch your favorite movies in an easily-accessible private cinema.

The projector also comes with screen mirroring functions, allowing people to watch YouTube videos or Netflix series in comfort. And the great thing is that when you’ve had enough of movies for the night, just leave and head off to your own apartment room.

▼ Relax and chill out with friends over coffee in a spacious lounge.

The building that houses Films Wako was built in July 1992 with reinforced concrete construction, and is located just a nine minute’s walk from a train station that can whisk residents to the heart of Tokyo.

There’s plenty of rooms to choose from, as a total of 123 studio apartment are available in the five-storey complex, each ranging from 13.4 to 16.9 square meters (44 to 55.4 square feet). Its two-year rent plan varies from 58,000 to 66,000 yen (US$524 to $596) per month, which excludes management fees, water, and electrical expenses.

▼ Challenge housemates to a game of billiards…

▼ …or work on projects and study in a cozy cafe environment.

Although Films Wako officially opens in October, interior viewing is already available to the public. Once opened, residents can enjoy various movie collaborations, events, workshops and organized activities centered around the theater to enrich their living experience in Japan.

Films Wako may be the perfect apartment for movie buffs, but people with little interest in films can still enjoy the various amenities on offer for a very reasonable price. The biggest drawback for some may be the nine-minute walk to the train station, and if that’s a dealbreaker, then how about having a train station on the first floor instead?

Source: AV Watch via Otakomu
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Station and Lawson convenience store near Tokyo Big Sight gear up for a blazing Summer Comiket

With hundreds of banners and posters already set up, everyone’s pitching in to help with the biggest anime convention in the world.

Summer Comiket is coming, promising a wealth of unique anime and manga goods found nowhere else. Visitors from all over will flock to Tokyo Big Sight, hoping to catch a glimpse of the world’s largest anime convention.

And as 10 August approaches, even the nearby train station begins taking on an anime hue. Numerous posters and banners featuring the latest anime transform the otherwise dull interior into a trippy anime tunnel.

▼ Kokusai Tenjijo Seimon Station may be empty for now,
but it’ll be teeming with attendees soon.

▼ All available space is taken up by large poster arrays
of cool characters and new anime series.

▼ Look around and you’re bound to find something awesome.

▼ Ads along the escalator make it feel like a stairway to otaku heaven.

Attendees will likely come across hotly anticipated anime series and favorite characters, making the station a perfect spot to take some photos and check out upcoming titles.

▼ New stuff for Yu Yu Hakusho, Code Geass and Sword Art Online!?

Such is the scale of Summer Comiket, where even the surrounding buildings and facilities prepare to receive hundreds and thousands of attendees. A nearby Lawson convenience store is also gearing up for the grand event, stocking up on survival goods that’ll help visitors cope with the unbearable heat.

▼ Filled to the brim on shelves are all manner of
sports drinks, energy drinks and salt tablets.

It appears the Summer Comiket experience begins the moment we step out of the train and into the station, promising an unforgettable adventure of a lifetime. Remember to drink plenty of fluids and wear appropriate clothing though, as this summer’s Comiket will be one of the hottest in recent years.

Source: Twitter/@YB5589, Twitter/@kerberos0011, Twitter/@sakura39samurai via Otakomu
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Japanese educator embezzled $69,200 over four years to fund mobile game microtransactions

Mobile games sure are fun, but that’s no reason to steal money meant for education.

Mobile games can be addictive, often resorting to lottery mechanisms with low chances for players to get rare and powerful characters. And it seems Japanese gamers in particular are willing to shell out their hard-earned money, essentially making them the biggest spenders in the world when it comes to mobile games.

The urge to splurge on microtransactions can be overwhelming for some, and one Japanese male educator in his forties just couldn’t resist spending money on his favorite games. Problem was, the money used didn’t belong to him in the first place.

▼ The man was a deputy director who worked in
Kyoto University of Education from April 2015 to March 2018.

He managed the funds of an education support group during that time. But instead of safekeeping money paid by parents for student extracurricular activities and overseas studies, he continuously stole from it as if it were his private piggy bank.

The culprit transferred to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology in April 2018, but as he didn’t hand over any transaction records to his successor, an investigation was launched.

After being confronted, he admitted that he embezzled a total of 7.7 million yen (US$69,213) to fund mobile game microtransactions and purchase secondhand premium plastic models. Expressing deep regret, the educator has since returned the full amount that was stolen.

▼ Miraculously, Kyoto University of Education decided not to press charges.

As politicians have been punished for misappropriating much less, letting this ex-deputy director off the hook so lightly just seems really strange. It’s unknown whether the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology will take further action, but we sure hope justice will be meted out in some way for the sake of everyone.

Source: Asahi Shimbun via Otakomu
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