So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…

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Typhoon. Noun. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a typhoon is “a hurricane occurring especially in the region of the Philippines or the China sea”. One might want to add — that based on current events — that typhoons hold grudges against the House of Mario and Donkey Kong. And Metroid and Zelda and Pikmin and Kirby and Animal Crossing and Pokemon and Star Tropics and Kid Icarus and Star Fox and….. Continue reading “So A Typhoon Renamed ‘Nintendo’ to ‘intendo’, So Sayeth Mother Nature…”

The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…

Screenshot: Hungry Dongry

While Studio Ghibli had actually built a real-life version of the house from My Neighbor Totoro in Aichi Prefecture, you weren’t allowed to spend the night in it. It turns out ANOTHER replica existed in Nagasaki Prefecture that patrons could spend the night for $45 USD (or 5,000 yen) a night. That doesn’t seem to be the case now, as this replica of Satsuki and Mei’s house is now managed by a local nursery school. Continue reading “The Real-Life “My Neighbor Totoro” House People Used to be Able to Sleep In…”

Nintendo to Release FIVE-DISC Special Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild”

A listing has popped up over at Play-Asia for a Limited Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild” which includes a Zelda-themed Playbutton (a portable music player that comes with pre-installed songs), some special edition packaging different from the standard edition, and a Sheikah Slate (straight from the game) slip-on cover for the box everything comes in. Either way, both editions of the soundtrack includes 5 discs, with each CD containing about 36 tracks each. Wooooooooowwwww…. Continue reading “Nintendo to Release FIVE-DISC Special Edition Soundtrack for “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild””

Presenting the Official Mega Man Bicycle. Just What The World Needed…

This year will mark the 30th anniversary of the Mega Man (or Rockman) video game series in Japan. To mark this marvelous occasion, Japanese bicycle maker KhodaaBloom recently released a special bike on February 17th.  “What so special about this bike?” you may ask. Well, the bike in question is adorned by the color motif, the Japanese box art design and the 8-bit pixellated design of the … Continue reading Presenting the Official Mega Man Bicycle. Just What The World Needed…

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The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…

Japanese company Triad created this unique set of memo pads, called Omoshiro Blocks (or “fun blocks”), which slowly reveals an architectural sculpture as you remove each page from the pad. It’s almost like you’re excavating a historical structure while making daily reminders to yourself! SCORE! Thanks to the precision of laser-cutting, these Omoshiro Blocks let it users make notes on over 100 appealing sheets of colored paper, while at the same time unveil amazingly detailed 3D architectural treasures distinctive to each note pad.  The pads contain tiny paper replicas of historic sites, ranging from the Tokyo Tower, to Sensō-ji, to the Buddhist Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto, and more. Continue reading “The More You Use This Memo Pad, More Architectural Sculptures Are Revealed…”

Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift

A robot travels automatically inside Nagoya University Hospital carrying a load of drugs and test samples. (Ayako Tsukidate)

Nagoya, Japan once had a whole museum dedicated to robotics, so it comes to no surprise (at leas to us here at The PractitioNERD) that a local hospital will add robots developed by Toyota Industries — a subsidiary of the automaker that produces auto parts and electronics — to its medical staff. While these bots won’t be conducting surgeries (yet, anyway), come this February, four robots will be deployed at Nagoya University Hospital will transport medicine and test samples from floor-to-floor for a one-year trial period during its 5PM to 8AM night shift. Should the trial succeed in assisting the staff during times when fewer people are walking the floors, the hospital may elect to deploy more units. Continue reading “Next Month, A Japanese Hospital will use Robots to help during the Night Shift”

The Live-Action Contra TV Series & Film Will Get A Worldwide Release

Konami has teamed up with Starlight Media, a Chinese media giant, to create a live-action Contra movie AND a TV drama series. In fact, the film project was originally revealed earlier this year, and movie’s plot, according to the press release, appears to be taking elements from the varying storylines from both the Japanese and English versions of the game. Continue reading “The Live-Action Contra TV Series & Film Will Get A Worldwide Release”

The DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship – Doc’D #68

Oh dear Lord, we DEFINITELY have to talk about THIS championship! In this pro wrestling-themed episode of PractitioNERD Documented, or “Doc’D”, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the history, hilarity, and…just…plain-awesome-absurdity of the Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship title from Dramatic Dream Team, a.k.a. DDT, Wrestling.

1) Dramatic Dream Team Pro-Wrestling [ddtpro.com, youtube.com/ddtofficial]
2) Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship Title History [https://goo.gl/XuBK8s]
3) “Here’s how Two Wrestling Bloggers won an actual Japanese Championship Title” from The PractitioNERD, August, 31,2016 [https://goo.gl/EBkbqE] Continue reading “The DDT Ironman Heavymetalweight Championship – Doc’D #68”

One-Punch Man – Geek Me Five #22

In this episode of Geek Me Five, host Montez McCrary will be discussing the ongoing Japanese superhero parody webcomic, manga and anime series, One-Punch Man.

1) One-Punch Man Anime [Hulu: https://goo.gl/FjaF7i; Daisuki: https://goo.gl/tufAlD]
2) One-Punch Man Webcomic & Manga [Webcomic: http://galaxyheavyblow.web.fc2.com; Manga: http://amzn.to/2jfajlu]
3) One-Punch Man Wikia/Fandom webpage [Wikia/Fandom: https://goo.gl/AZwl4p; Reddit: https://goo.gl/5bHixg; My Anime List: https://goo.gl/nTQq6A] Continue reading “One-Punch Man – Geek Me Five #22”