Archive for February, 2015


Feb26

Mr.’s art exhibit in Seattle

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Superflat Japanese pop artist Mr. has worked with big named from around the world in the creation of his otaku-themed artwork, including his mentor Takashi Murakami as well as musician Pharrell Williams. In a large step for the artist, Mr. has debuted his first solo exhibition in the United States with “Live On: Mr.’s Japanese Neo-Pop” at the Seattle Asian Art Museum! The exhibit is a collection of a variety of Mr’s artwork from the past 15 years, including large-scale paintings, clothing design, installations, and more.

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One of the center pieces to the exhibit are Mr.’s found object dioramas, created from trash and everyday objects in the wake of 2011’s devastating tsunami disaster in Japan. Mr. identifies himself as an otaku, passionate about anime and videogames, as well as the works he creates. Using those works to provide a deep insight into the otaku subculture as well as addresses a variety of social issues and anxieties.

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The show, which has been open to the public in Seattle since its opening on November 22, 2014, has drawn numerous favorable reviews, and astounded visitors for the past few months. Mr.’s exhibit will remain open until April 5th, and is a must-see for pop art fans and everyday visitors alike!

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Feb24

Alex Chinneck’s gravity-defying car installation

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Known for his work in abstract art installations, ranging from melting wax buildings to levitating walls, Alex Chinneck has displayed his newest installation piece in London this past week, titled “Pick Yourself Up and Pull Yourself Together”. This latest piece was created in collaboration with Vauxhall Motors in order to promote their new Corsa Supermini automobile, and uses ingenious techniques to suspend the car fifteen feet above ground in a seemingly gravity-defying feat! The car, which seems to be driving upside down on an upheaved piece of tarmac peeled from the pavement, takes advantage of sturdy steel supports hidden from signt in order to keep the piece secure and safe for passerby to gaze at. The artwork was erected overnight, and will remain on display at the South Bank Center in London, England until February 26th.

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Feb23

Naruto stage musical to feature midair acrobatics

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Since the Naruto manga ended last year, there have been a variety of movies, comics, exhibits, and more celebrating the 15-year long series and its characters, and now a stage show is set to join those ranks! “Live Spectacle Naruto” will strive to retell the entire story from the manga series, and will feature musical pieces, dance, and even acrobatics to recreate the ninjas’ signature techniques. The musical strives to maintain accuracy to the manga, and has carefully chosen actors and costumes in order to faithfully recreate their looks in the real world, which can be seen in the first official visuals for the musical. The show will begin its stage performance in Tokyo and across Japan from March 21st to May 10th, when the performance will then begin airing in Macau, Malaysia, and Singapore throughout May.

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Feb19

Lost Dr.Seuss storybook uncovered

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Dr. Seuss, world renowned storybook author and cartoonist, created a number of classic children’s books in his time, including bestsellers like “Green Eggs and Ham”, “Cat in the Hat”, “Horton Hears a Who!”, and many more. When he passed away in September 1991 at the age of 87, many fans thought that the end had come for the beloved Seuss storybooks. However, over 23 years after his death, an unreleased storybook from Dr. Seuss has been found! The book, titled “What Pet Should I Get?” was discovered in Seuss’ home in 2014 by his widow and secretary, and included an entire completed manuscript and set of illustrations. Thanks to this discovery, this forgotten Seuss book will finally be released to the public this July, over two decades after it was previously worked on! On top of that, two other books are scheduled to be published, based on other manuscripts and material found in the home. “What Pet Should I Get?” is available now for pre-order, and is sure to brighten up children’s lives across the world this summer!

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Feb19

Dissidia Final Fantasy announced for arcades

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Final Fantasy has spawned numerous entries in its world-renowned franchise over the past decades, with spinoff games like the 1v1 fighting game “Dissidia Final Fantasy” and the rhythm game “Theatrhythm Final Fantasy” paying tribute to the dozens of beloved characters and games. With the online MMO “Final Fantasy XIV” and the upcoming “Final Fantasy XV” releasing soon, video game company Square-Enix has announced a new entry into the Dissidia franchise with an arcade-exclusive fighter!



The Dissidia series, which has focused on free-flowing action battles between iconic Final Fantasy characters, will head to arcades in a new battle format. While previous Dissidia games have been entirely 2-player battles, the arcade version will feature battles between two teams of three characters, allowing up to six people to play together at once! The teaser video released earlier this week shows off the game’s new graphics and just a few of the playable characters scheduled to appear in the game. While not much else is known yet about the new game, or whether or not it will release in America, more news is sure to come as work continues on the game, so stay tuned!

Feb09

Evangelion short streamed online

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Animator Expo, a weekly collaboration between anime artists across the medium, recently uploaded a CGI animated short based on the popular Evangelion series. Titled “Evangelion – Another Impact”, the short was headed by Sola Digital Arts, the animation studio behind the recent “Captain Harlock” movie, and was directed by Shinji Aramaki, whose works include anime like Bubblegum Crisis, Megazone 23, and Halo Legends. The short, meant to be an aside to the Evangelion story, features a brand-new Eva Unit, as well as complex CGI environments and animation. Check out the short in the video below!

Feb09

First look at new Thunderbirds series

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The original “Thunderbirds” television show, which aired from 1964 to 1966, astounded viewers across the world with its use of miniatures and iconic puppets in order to create a thrilling television series for children and adults alike. Over 50 years since the show’s original airing, the Thunderbirds are coming back to television with “Thunderbirds are Go!”, thanks to ITV Studios and Pukeko Pictures!
This new series will span 52 episodes across two seasons, and continue to follow the Tracy family and their rescue exploits.



In the newest teaser released earlier this February, fans got their first look at the scenery of the new Thunderbirds series, compliments of special effects and model team WETA Workshop, who are best known for their work on the Lord of the Rings franchise. The trailer shows off the new animation style used in “Thunderbirds are Go!”, which is a combination of CGI and classic miniature models. The trailer shows off iconic vistas, like Tracy Island’s various rooms and hangars. The new Thunderbirds series is set to begin airing on April 15th, with more news to come as we get closer to release.

Feb06

Android Mini Series 05 at TOMODACHI

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2015 has brought Android fans a new surprise with the release of the 5th Android Mini Collectible blind box series! The previous series released in late 2013, and the newest series doesn’t disappoint, bringing 16 new designs from artists like Andrew Bell, Jon Paul Kaiser, Devilrobots, and more. Android fans will be glad to hear that this brand-new set of 3″ Android collectibles is available now at TOMODACHI! Check out either of our in-store locations at the Rosedale Shopping Center or the Mall of America to get your hands on some cool new Android merchandise!