ChiiruChan's Otaku Blog

This blog is about anime, manga, music, movies, and other stuff from Asia.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Selling Save Game Data?

Nintendo is claiming people who exchange save data are infringing its copyright.

Nintendo is concerned about sales of Pokémon save data (in copied, original or modified form) on auction sites, and its Pokémon subsidiary clearly wants what it regards as infringing auctions to be pulled:

“Even by just copying save data using whatever method, and selling it, they’re criminally infringing our copyright.”

Whether a publisher can claim copyright over player saves is legally untested ground, and it is not clear whether Yahoo! Auctions (Japan’s major online auction venue) is willing to go along and ban such auctions.

Japan has recently been tightening its copyright regime to unheard of levels – downloading is banned, “ripping” or format shifting is about to be banned, and police have run amok arresting people for such wicked offences game lending.

Strangely, the profits of major publishers continue to shrink…


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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Hot spring town hopes for tourism boost from teenage boy's geisha debut

NASU, Tochigi -- A boy in his late teens has made a sensational debut as a geisha here in this hot-spring town, raising local tourism officials' hopes for a boost in visitors.

Going by the stage name "Akari," the 19-year-old male geisha is a new face at the long-established geisha house "Fujinoya" in the Nasu hot-spring resort. As a longtime fan of female impersonators on stage, Akari had always been interested in working as a geisha and joined the geisha house through an acquaintance.

"It's not easy to become a geisha, but we welcomed Akari because he seemed to have a strong will (to be a geisha)," says Fujinoya Proprietress Hiroko Nemoto. Akari is the first male geisha at the house in its 76-year history, according to Nemoto.

Akari began preparing for his debut at the end of October and rehearsed dancing, played taiko drums and wore a geisha wig. Finally, early this month he performed along with his senior geishas in front of customers for the first time.

With all the makeup, including bright red lipstick, applied to his face, the kimono-clad boy excels as the character Akari. Although the boy is strongly built, it is actually difficult for one to tell Akari is not a woman.

On Dec. 20, in his fourth performance in front of customers, Akari elegantly danced and played taiko with three other geishas at a year-end party held at Matsukawaya Nasu Kogen Hotel, and received a warm round of applause.

It is said that it takes at least three years to learn all of a geisha's repertoire. Akari, however, is full of enthusiasm for his career, saying, "I want to mature as a geisha as soon as possible and entertain customers." Nemoto also focuses on training Akari, planning to give him his own unique skills.

Meanwhile, Nobuhiko Hirokawa, the hotel's chairman who previously headed the tourist associations of the town of Nasu and Tochigi Prefecture, expressed his support for Akari, describing the debut of a male geisha as "newsworthy."

P.S. In the image, Akari is to the right. Article from

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How to get your PS3 back to regular TV from HDMI.

Ok. I had a bit of trouble with this. I got a used PS3 so it didn't come with instructions. I went to a friends house and turned the settings from my regular TV to HDMI on the PS3. In order to fix the problem of your PS3 not turning on when you get home because of the HDMI... simply plug the PS3 in like normal.... hold down the power button on the front, not the switch in the back, which should be on, and wait for it to beep twice. This sets it back to 480i and to regular non-HDTV.

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Gantz the movie to show in Southern Virginia!

News: Staff: Live-Action Gantz to Open in U.S. in January

Taken from the wonderful ANIME NEWS NETWORK!
The staff of the two-part live-action film adaptation of Hiroya Oku's science-fiction action manga Gantz announced that the first film will have advance screenings in the United States starting on January 20, 2011. According to the staff at the film's Japanese premiere on Monday, it will eventually run in 300 theaters in the United States. The first film will open in Japan on January 29, and the second film will open on April 23.

Now for my little bit of info... I know of two LOCAL places near me that are showing the Gantz movie. I can't tell you the time for the McAurther one, but the AMC one is 8-11PM.

Mac Arthur Center 18
300 Monticello Ave.
Norfolk, VA 23510

AMC Hampton Towne Centre 24
1 Town Center Way
Hampton, VA 23666

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Sakura Wars Video Game... FINALLY making it to the US!

Information from

Sakura Wars has been dangled in American gamers' faces forever. I think there finally came a point where we all just gave up on having a title in the series released here. I guess they thought that no one would want to play a 1920's strategy role-playing game with dating sim elements.

Well, I hope someone wants to play a 1920's strategy role-playing game with dating sim elements, because a Sakura Wars title is finally on the way here. NIS America is bringing Sakura Wars: So Long, My Love to the Wii this fall. Unlike your standard SRPG, what you do and say makes a big difference. Character interaction determines the game's outcome and even ending.

The game has 8 chapters, each with 4-5 hours of gameplay in it. You'll battle both on the ground and in the air, starting off in mechanized robo-suits that can transform into jets that fly. Oh, and your mech suits use swords. Oh, Japan. When it's all said and done, you'll see one of six fully animated endings.

P.S. A Playstation 2 Sakura Wars game is also in the works!

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Funny Sailor Moon Story.

An article on Yahoo News reports that a discontinued Sailor Moon themed set of school supplies directs children to call a phone number which is now being used for an off shore phone sex service. The phone number was originally used by a Sailor Moon fan club but has since been reassigned since the School supply kit was discontinued in 1996.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Machine Girl

I just finished watching the movie Machine Girl. It was about a school girl who had to avenge the death of her brother. He was killed by the Yakuza. It was a very violent movie. If you don't like gore and bizarre mutilations this movie is not for you. I was surprised that the special effects were good. I have seen far worse effects. The movie called Stacy had very bad effects. It is still my favorite zombie movie. Machine Girl was a very sad movie. I wish there were not bullies in school. There are so many movies that bullies show up in. The anime called Gantz had many bullies. There was even a biker gang. Machine Girl even mentioned a biker gang. If you like the idea of tempura arm, amputation, finger sushi, drill bras, machine gun arms, chainsaws and revenge this is for you. ^_^; Oh, and don't forget the massive deaths.

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