Tuesday, October 31, 2006

"A Halloween Rant" Warning: Excessive Expletive Usage (aka Lots of Swearing)

Hi hi minna-san! 'Tis Rin. X3 It is that time again, Halloween is now here and you have survived the process of finding a costume whether your costume ended up how you originally imagined it. For instance, I STILL don't have a pair of freaking white pants! *Snarls* Anyway, even though this holiday is great and a lot of fun it also has its bittersweet points. I found a BRILLIANT AMV that helps describe some of the issues intertwined with this ~FrEaKy~ holiday. This AMV is done to a rant made by the infamous Foamy the Squirrel. If you don't know this squirrel be prepared for he is ONE RABID SQUIRREL. Please, though as to not be offended reread the title again, for this does have quite a bit of swearing that some of you lovely pockers will not appreciate. Thanks, and have a safe yet HaPpY HaLLOwEen!!

Play the Video! Muwahaha...ha

Monday, October 30, 2006

Cool robot vehicle transports man around Tokyo

(Via BoingBoing.net)

"Just outside Harajuku station today I saw the craziest/funniest/most dumbfounding thing I've seen in Japan to date. The machine containing this man was fully mobile and powerful enough to get up and down the curbs with ease, not to mention immaculately put together."

Some more pictures of this thingy thing!

Ninja Consultant Radio Show Ep 32 Posted

Ninja Consultant episode #32 is now online. Just click on the pink play button right above the Gabbly chat.

You'll hear the latest episode of Ninja Consultant- a podcast about anime, manga and ninjas. It'll stream right in the window, so you can chat and enjoy the show.

In this episode: "What's an animatic?"

Pumpkin Carving!

Like mai Pumpkin? xD Its an owl!

Send in your pumpkin carving creations to pocky@ani-pock.net, or post them in the comments!

Don't have a pumpkin this year? Stick around! There will be online pumpkin carving on Ani-Pock on Halloween!

More pictures of Pocky's pumpkin

Less Than Three <3

Hey, everyone, Celley here!

Got a little cutesy animation for you here. It's called "Less Than Three", and is based on a song about a girl who goes online afterschool to chat with her internet boyfriend.

The song is very catchy, and the animation is very chibi looking. It gets better as you watch, so don't run away too quick!

Click on the picture to the left or click the link below to watch!

Have a good one!!

Less Than Three

Ani-Pock Asks: What will you be for Halloween?

Hey guys! With Halloween just days away, what will you be this year?

Leave a comment with what you plan to be, or what you were last year.

If you email me pictures, I can post them up! Pictured here is the costume I made a few days ago.

As you can see, I'm a cardboard robot this year! :D

Send in pictures to pocky@ani-pock.net
(I can even blur faces out if ya want!)

More pictures of my costume

Friday, October 27, 2006

The Hello Kitty Wacom Favo tablet

"Here comes the Wacom Favo Hello Kitty powered tablet! It's an A6 tablet measuring 208x203.8x17.8mm and weighing only 500g. Since it’s a Wacom tablet, it works on both PCs and Macs." (via Akihabara News)

More Pictures here!!

Grandpa Japan

A young Japanese magician goes for the old look and pulls some very interesting tricks!

Monday, October 23, 2006

Akihabara's Maid Cafes

(via Kotaku) Patrick Macias hosts a look at Akihabara's maid cafes for NHK. Audio is in English!

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Japan Talent Show: Pole vaulting!!

From NTV's "Kasou Taishou" show, a group of ameature performers recreate a polevaulting scene in the same manner the commonly known "Ping Pong Matrix" clip was concieved!

AMV~Anything you can do, I can do better! WATCH ME

Hi, hi! ^_^ This is Rin again, and tonight I'm bringing you all some entertainment. I stumbled onto this AMV (Anime Music Video) done to the song "Anything you can do I can do better". This features the anime "Fullmetal Alchemist" which if you haven't seen yet, what are you waiting for? Anyway, this was put together pretty well and the reactions in this amv is so fitting to the song, and to the characters so enjoy!

BREAKING NEWS: Cloak of Invisibility a Reality!

Kip here with some breaking news!
You may have heard in recent years scientists have been developing a fabric with cameras woven into it. When a person wears the fabric the cameras record the images behind the individual and project it on the front of the cloaking fabric so that the person seems see-through. Kazutoshi Obana from the University of Tokyo is demonstrating the now infamous cloak. This method of invisibility is called optical camouflaged technology.

Just yesterday a team of scientists unveiled the next level of this technology. By using light-bending radar and microwave rays, it is possible to hide visible objects. The scientists successfully hid a copper cylinder from view with only a few shadows giving away the illusion. At this time the cloak is not perfect and can only cloak some objects.

The entire Associated Press article in the Japan Times is available here (or click the thumbnail!).

The Ultimate FLCL Collection

Kip again.
The new FLCL Ultimate Edition DVD's look like a hit. If you wasted your money on the individual sets you might as well sell them to your brother who has so desperately wanted them since when they first came in the mail. So you got the limited edition shot glass with volume three? Big deal!

Check out the FLCL Production Blog. There's too many extras to describe here, and for around $50.00 it seems like a great addition to any anime collection.

Alright, stop me if I sound like a salesman...

(Not Pictured- FLCL Ultimate Edition DVD)

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Devastated Kid!!

Pocky here, still recovering from that darn cold Lucy gave me over Skype right before my birthday! xD Anywho, in the following video, you'll be clueless for the first half (video is only 1 minute total), but watch the flower boy's reaction thereafter... :D

Cute Korean Pocky Feeding Game!

Hiiii~! Tis Lucy :3

I was strolling along some cute games, where i came past a Pocky Feeding Game!
It's so cute @www@ But kinda hard to get used to. Basicly, feed the kittys with money by pressing zxc depending on where they are, but tell the ugly yellow cat and the evil ninja one to bog off. That's what i got so far anyway, post any tips on how to play or how far you got!

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Jet-Propelled Wing Takes Flight

Kip here, filling in for Pocky while he is away.
Alright, before we begin, one and a two and a three, Happy Birthday to you... XD

Well, here's a bit of news that caught my interest. If you remember in the movie Nausicaä and the Valley of the Wind, the characters in the valley would fly around on these jet-propelled wings or gliders.

This model on the left is from the Ghibli museum.

However, some Japanese students and artists got together just a few months ago to test out an actual flying version they were working on.

Pictures from their flight are available on this Japanese web stite dubbed "Project OpenSky".

And if you have time, be sure to check out the movie of the flight!

Black Cat Manga Volume 6 Now Online

Volume 6 of the Black Cat Manga has now been uploaded!

There was a delay in uploading on time because I was sick >.< Please enjoy now though!

The link for Ani-Pock's Manga section can be found in the Ani-Pock Network browser at the top of your screen (see pic).

Anime Review - "Gakuen Alice" by Rin!

Hiiiiii! This is Rin! ^-^ *waves franctically* Anyway, I am here today to tell you all about an anime that I have been watching. It's taken awhile to see what I have seen of it, because the subbing on this series is going pretty slow, but I highly recommend it, especially to the girls here. (I never watch anime dubbed. *cringes*)

This anime is called "Gakuen Alice" (gakuen means school in Japanese) and it's about a 10 year old girl named Mikan who gets torn from her best friend Hotaru when Hotaru transfers into the Alice school. "Alice" in this story stands for any special talents or powers that certain individuals possess which kinda makes them "superhuman". Anyway, whoever is found to have an "alice" ends up at this Academy. The genre of this anime is comedy, but it's also really cute too! ^.^ So go ahead and follow Mikan's adventure to find her friend Hotaru and see what surprises lie ahead for Mikan when she discovers something important about herself.

You know you want to click the link! XDDD

Gakuen Alice Ep.1 Pt. 1

Monday, October 16, 2006

Tokyo City Panoramic Picture

Via Plasticbamboo: Hi all! The following is a panorma taken from a hotel room in Tokyo. I didn't take this one, but its pretty close to the view I saw when I was in Tokyo this summer. Make sure you try zooming in all the way! Enjoy!

Sunday, October 15, 2006

What Pocky flavor are you? Quiz

I got... Chocolate Organge!! I didn't even know they had it!

You Are Chocolat Orange Pocky

Your attitude: funky and flavorful
Rich and deep - yet zingy and zesty
You are the perfect partner in crime

Thanks for sending this in Jent!

Sushi-shaped pillows

Hi all! Sorry for the lack of updates. I am home in Southern Cali for my birthday. There will be some exicting things hapeneing on Ani-Pock next week, some of them include a give away series and a "Grow Ani-Pock" campaign. So be sure to check back often next week! -Pocky

The Californa Roll in this picture is $36.

"The following describes each section of the sushi pillow" -"rice" puffy white cotton material with rice patterns -"seaweed" is a emerald green seaweed (very realistic looking),-"center portion" is cotton with a hand painted pattern and appears on both sides of the pillow in mirror image."


Thursday, October 12, 2006

More of the cast of Ani-Pock!

Here is another one from Ash! More to come he says. So sit tight if you are not in one yet!

A bit of the cast of Ani-Pock!

Put together by Ash!:
Ash says the second version will contain more people!

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Japanese street art 1 week Timelapse

A 5 minutes and 49 seconds YouTube music video showing Japanese street artists painting on wall for a week. The wall always changes with different art works.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Ani-Pock Podcast page Updated

Now includes summaries and music theme credits! Also re-ordered listing so that newest episode is on top and added download links.
Enjoy! Open Podcast page now >>

New Pocky CM (commercial) in Japan!

Oh yessssssss! New commercial for Pocky Chocolate in Japan. Its shall we say...simple but effective XD *rewatchs it*

Japanese cat that can Stand Up!!

Thanks to the awesome PlasticBamboo blog again, we have this clip of a cat (neko rather xD) from Japan that can stand on its hind legs!


Ani-Pock Podcast Episode 006

Ep 006: "We're going with Smexy!"

Episode 6 is here! Today we are joined by Rei and Zaku !

In this episode: New Ani-Pock feature (Jpop radio player), Holy @$#& a ninja video! (video on this blog), and awesome new Gundam toy (giant 5 foot tall figurine)!

Opening theme: "Invoke" from Gundam Seed Anime

Running time: 9:45

Well what are you waiting for, click the pink play button to listen, or right click here and choose save as)

Listen to all the previous shows here !

Pio Pio Fruit game!!

Pio Pio Game!

Sounds simple: Fly the birdy to eat the fruits and avoid the rocks

BUT: There will be distractions and the game window will rotate/shrink!

Have fun, and post your scores in the comments

Click the thumbnail or here to play!

The Ultimate Computer Gaming Desk

"Made by Japanese company M-S-Y, this US $500 plus (just the desk, no gear) beast features loads of mini-tables for peripherals and extra monitors and speakers. "

The table weighs about a 100 pounds. ^_^

(Via Kotaku)

Monday, October 09, 2006

Giant Gundam Toy coming to stores Soon

" The new Gundam toy, to hit shops in time for Christmas, is 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) tall and has 14 movable body parts. It will retail for 350,000 yen ($3,000)."

Now wouldn't you want to dress up like this for Halloween?? ^_^

(via TokyoTimes)

Watch Pocky and AgentPaper Draw!

Hi guys! I was procrastinating writing my paper when I saw AgentPaper drawing, so I joined him and we drew this random thing! Hope you like it! -Pocky

Sunday, October 08, 2006

Vote for Ani-Pock Please!

Hey guys, it's time to Vote for Ani-Pock again! Were trying to move up on the "Top 50 Anime links" list. Help make us number 1! All you have to do is click the button below and click on vote! This will help grow the Ani-Pock community! I will be adding aditional chat rooms and drawing boards if the demand becomes that high.

Thanks everyone!
Vote Here:
Vote at Anime-Links!

Virtual Pikachu Javascript!

hehe this amused me for a while. On this page, you'll find a virtual pikachu, which you can: Poke, clean, give medicine, give food, scratch and tickle.

Note: You have to catch a Pikachu to begin, so click that button first! Click thumbnail or this link to play.

Holy !#@& a ninja! Video

A college prank where a kid acts like he's being chased by a ninja. The last scene is my fav.

Click the play above or this link to watch

Saturday, October 07, 2006

Want an Ani-Pock.net email account?

Hey all! Want an @ani-pock.net email address?
I've got 10 slots open for now!

All Ani-Pock Webmail accounts feature an amazing 2GB (2,000 MB) of mail storage! Ani-Pock Webmail is totally safe, and NOT even I will have access to your passwords!

Ani-Pock.net Webmail is powered by Google's Gmail. So want that @ani-pock.net address? Leave a comment below, with your Ani-Pock name, and a brief reason why! -Pocky

Friday, October 06, 2006

Ani-Pock Podcast Episode 005

Ep 005: "It'll be exactly 175"

Episode 5 is here! Today we are joined by Ichigo Stars and Zaku !

In this episode: Gaia Online (A really big online anime community), Foot driven Japanese bike (video on this blog), and Jent's Drawing video!

Opening theme: "Misha's Theme" from Pita Ten Anime

Running time: 9:54

Well what are you waiting for, click the pink play button to listen, or right click here and choose save as)

Listen to all the previous shows here !

Watch Jent Draw!

Hi guys! I know you all know Jent, but have ya ever watched her draw from start to finish? I figured out to do some recording, added some music, increased the speed and voila! Watch below! -Pocky

Foot-Driven Motorbike in Japan

Now this you have to see! I don't know how to describe it. Its a motorbike, but the wheels have been replace by little mechanical feet! Watch the video below! (via TvinJapan)

Thursday, October 05, 2006

New Ani-Pock Feature: "World Time"

Hey guys! Small new feature added.

Mini Web has been replaced with "World Time". World Time page shows 9 clocks.

This should help Ani-Pock members coordinate meeting times with other members in other parts of the world!

Jump to the main Ani-Pock page.

Ani-Pock Podcast Episode 004

Ep 004: "I want one!!!!"

Episode 4 is here! Today we are joined by Lucy and her brother George!

In this episode: Anime we have been watching (FLCL), manga we have been reading (Death Note), Sega Robot Cat (Yume Neko) and real life pikachu video!

Opening theme: "Hoshikuzu Namida" from GunBuster 2 by ACKO

Well what are you waiting for, click the pink play button to listen, or right click here and choose save as)

Listen to all the previous shows here !

Sega's Robot Cat toy

From source:

"Five sensors at different locations on Yume-Neko’s body allow you and the cat to engage in tactile communication. Pet Yume-Neko Smile on the head and it starts purring and flicking its tail around. Stroke its back and it starts to get sleepy. Yume-Neko also likes it when you touch its cheek, and it apparently enjoys being flipped over on its back to have its chest stroked."

Click to watch the video!

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Japanese man recites 100,000 digits of mathematical constant to break world record

Via Mainichi:
"A Japanese man has broken his own world record for memorizing the mathematical constant pi, reeling off 100,000 digits from memory in an attempt lasting more than 16 hours."

Read the full story here!

Ninja Consultant Radio Show Ep 31 Posted

Ninja Consultant episode #31 is now online. Just click on the pink play button right above the Gabbly chat. You'll hear the latest episode of Ninja Consultant- a podcast about anime, manga and ninjas. It'll stream right in the window, so you can chat and enjoy the show.

In this episode: "Gunbuster Feedback"

Jump to the main Ani-Pock page to listen.

Black Cat Manga Volume 5 Now Online [169 pages]

Volume 5 of the Black Cat Manga has now been uploaded, and will remain online until October 15th. Please finish reading volume 5 before then, since it may be removed after that date to save bandwidth.

The link for Ani-Pock's Manga section can be found in the Ani-Pock Network browser on the main Ani-Pock.net page.

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Exploding Hello Kitty toys recalled

via Engadget: "Takara is being forced to recall specific Hello Kitty dolls which featured a heatable disc that could be warmed and stuffed within the lining to keep kids toasty while resting." o.O ?????

Read more here. Leave a comment if you figure out what it means! Original Japanese link here also.

Monday, October 02, 2006

USB heated computing gloves

Via the Awesome PlasticBamboo blog:

"The gloves can be worn as a normal when you’re out and about, but once you’re at the computer, you can peel back the tips to make them fingerless for typing. Apparently, these will heat your hands up quicker than your central heating, plus they even have their own temperature control!" $25 in Japan!
Click to read more.

vNES - Virtual Nintendo Entertainment System online!

"Here, you can play NES Games in your browser, using Java Applet Technology.Before you begin, please make sure you understand the controls..." Over 385 games!!

The controlls are as follow:

[Z key = A Button] [A key = B Button] [Enter key = Start] [Control = Select]

Click here to launch!

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mario Media Browser- Nintendo MP3 files galore!

Hey you Nintendo fan! The "Mario Media Browser" has a TON of Nintendo game music MP3's (about 2GB worth).
From the original NES to the Nintendo DS, lots to choose from.

Jump to the Pokemon Gold and Silver music here. (86 songs!!)

Jump to Super Mario music here. (32 songs!)

Otherwise, view the entire collection here!

Hey I want to see more cool stuff!!

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