Gaming news: “Siren” series director wants to scare you once again


After working on the Siren series for years, Director Keiichiro Toyama and his team made Gravity Daze (AKA Gravity Rush) for the PS Vita. A bit of a jump in genres, you might think – though not from his perspective. Now it sounds like Toyama wants to go back to his horror roots.

The Gravity Daze development team, Team Gravity, had a teaser up at this year’s Tokyo Game Show indicating that there is a new game in the works. While details are under wraps at the moment, in an interview with Weekly Famitsu, Toyama stated, “All I can say [about the game] right now is that we’re working on it with the opinions and expectations of the users who’ve played Gravity Daze in mind.

When it was noted that developing Gravity Daze after spending years on the Siren series seemed like quite a shift in directions, Toyama interjected, saying “It may look like that from the outside, but the thought process behind Siren and Gravity Daze is actually quite similar: First you create a town, then you create an observing protagonist, then you develop the game having that protagonist get involved with a big incident. The graphics are different, but the building process is the same.”

Asked if there was any game he would personally like to make, Toyama stated, “I’ve worked on horror games for so long, so I accumulate a lot of ideas that would be good in a horror game. So I would like to make another horror game.”

Toyama remarked that in recent years, with game budgets getting bigger for package titles, it’s become harder to make good horror games – a genre that, in his opinion, generally works better as B-grade. “So I’d like to take a different approach and make a download-only game.” Toyama stated. “If I could make a download-only game that can be cleared in a few hours, like Journey, and offer an intense horror experience, I’d love to try something like that.

While Team Gravity will be working on their as-of-yet untitled new game for the time being, Toyama ended the interview promising his eventual return to the horror stage. How’s that for a happy Halloween treat?

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Gaming news: Siren Series Director Wants to Scare You Once Again


Korean film: “THE BERLIN FILE” to be released on Region 1 DVD December 24


Korean action auteur Ryoo Seung-wan (CITY OF VIOLENCE, CRYING FIST) delivers his signature style to the East meets West double agent intrigue in the breakneck thriller THE BERLIN FILE (베를린, Bereurlin, 2013) debuting on DVD December 24th from CJ Entertainment. Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean “ghost” agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Caught between his love of country and his wife, he must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

The stellar cast includes Jung-woo Ha (winner of the Best Actor award for this performance at the 2013 Baek Sang Art Awards), Suk-kyu Han (EYE FOR AN EYE), Seung-beom Ryu (PERFECT NUMBER, DOOMSDAY BOOK) and Gianna Jun (THE THIEVES, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN).

A tense illegal arms deal in a Berlin hotel suddenly descends into mayhem after a “ghost” agent named Jong-seong (Ha Jung-woo) appears on the scene. Secretly watching the deal go down is embattled South Korean intelligence chief Jin-soo (Han Suk-Kyu), the North Koreans and the CIA, who are all left trying to decode whether the ghost is a double-agent or taking the fall for a more insidious plot. Myung-soo (Ryoo Seung-bum) a young, notorious North Korean agent jumps into these treacherous waters to investigate loyalties of all involved and begins to implicate Jong-seong’s wife, Jung-hee (Gianna Jun), a translator at the North Korean embassy in the German capital. Caught between his love of country and his wife, Jong-Seong must quickly prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice.

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Korean film: “THE BERLIN FILE” to be released on Region 1 DVD December 24



LIFUL (Korea) 2013 Holiday Lookbook


Seoul-bred fashion label LIFUL MINIMAL GARMENTS welcomes the cooler months with a holiday lookbook. The range reinterprets common wardrobe staples like the parka in various styles, adding progressive flair to the outdoor-inspired garments.

Crafted with premium duck down, the thick outwear pieces feature a number of pocket compartments, while a hood trimming made from coyote and raccoon fur provide both style and functionality. Elsewhere, button-up shirts and pleated pants are crafted from luxurious wool and cotton, again showing LIFUL‘s dexterous design abilities. Head over to the LIFUL web page for the full collection.

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LIFUL (Korea) 2013 Holiday Lookbook

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Halloween Doesn’t Get Any Scarier than… Hayao Miyazaki?


Wanna see creepy, otaku-style, this Halloween?  Check out this Halloween costume of famed animator Hayao Miyazaki.

These photos, courtesy of Twitter user ryokutya55, were taken at the Kawasaki Halloween parade in Kanagawa. It is the largest and most famous Halloween parade in Japan.

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Halloween Doesn’t Get Any Scarier than… Hayao Miyazaki?



A Bathing Ape 2013 Fall/Winter “Color Camo Crazy” SHARK FULL ZIP HOODIE


A Bathing Ape‘s “Color Camo Crazy” edition of the BAPE STA is joined by a matching version of the SHARK FULL ZIP HOODIE for Fall/Winter 2013.

Featuring the silhouette’s usual shark graphic and varsity letters alongside a zippered placket that extends the length of the hood, the piece dons an all-over camo motif with blue, purple and red color-blocking.

Retailing for ¥24,990 JPY (approximately $255 USD), theColor Camo Crazy” SHARK FULL ZIP HOODIE is due to hit BAPE‘s Japanese spots this Saturday, November 2.

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A Bathing Ape 2013 Fall/Winter “Color Camo Crazy” SHARK FULL ZIP HOODIE


Hello Kitty in Super Robot Form


When you think of Japanesesuper robots,” iconic robots and mecha like Tetsujin 28-go and Mazinger Z come to mind. Soon, Hello Kitty will get in on the act.

Super robots usually have pilots, and this Hello Kitty super robot is piloted by, well, Hello Kitty.

This collectible is around 4 inches and has several different “modes,” like “Underwater Mode” and “Flying Mode.” Kitty-chan even has a “Rocket Punch” that shoots her fists off like missiles.

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Hello Kitty in Super Robot Form

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Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics

Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics

A young Chinese boy who was born with beaming blue eyes has stunned medics with his ability to see in pitch black darkness. Nong Yousui from Dahua, China has eyes that reflect neon green when light is shined on them. Doctors have studied Nong’s amazing eyesight since his dad took him to hospital concerned over his bright blue eyes.

They told me he would grow out of it and that his eyes would stop glowing and turn black like most Chinese people but they never did“, his Dad said.

Nong enjoys playing outside with his schoolmates but experiences discomfort when in bright sunlight, however can see completely clearly in pure darkness. To test his abilities, a Chinese journalist prepared a set of questionnaires which he was able to finish while sitting in a pitch black room. The tests show Nong can read and write perfectly without any light and can see as clearly as most people do during the day.

According to the World Record Academy (the leading international organization which certify world records), Nong has even set the world record for the first human who can see in the dark. In animals, night vision is made possible by the existence of a thin layer of cells, called the tapetum lucidum. And like a Siamese cat, Nong’s sky-blue eyes flash neon green when illuminated by a flashlight. Nong’s night vision has sparked interest around the world by vision scientists, evolutionary biologists, and genetic engineers. And this is good news for science as we may eventually be able to use genetic technologies to deliberately create such a condition ourselves.

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Chinese Boy with Ability to See in Pitch Black Stuns Medics


Porter Classic (Japan) 2013 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection


With the cooler season fast approaching, Porter Classic presents a capsule collection for its 2013 fall/winter range. With an emphasis placed on the capsule’s use of lightweight Melton wool, the Japanese label offers up two outerwear silhouettes, the pea coat and hooded jacket.

Both pieces boasts an array of pockets, quilted patterns and embroidery, and are heavily lined to enhance heat retention. Blending vintage motifs with modern design cues, Porter Classic presents another bold range for fall/winter. The jackets can now be purchased from Porter Classic for ¥86,625 JPY (approximately $880 USD).

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Porter Classic (Japan) 2013 Fall/Winter Capsule Collection


visvim (Japan) presents its 2013 Fall/Winter CARAVAN JKT SLUB (CORDUROY)


Like its coveted footwear offerings, Japanese fashion purveyor visvim has a nice way of translating rural, folksy aesthetics into wearable urban apparel. The CARAVAN JKT SLUB is a prime example, which has recently been highlighted out of the brand’s Fall/Winter 2013 offerings.

The piece is composed of premium corduroy at the exterior, and garnished with sherpa around the collar and body lining. This snap button offering comes with slashed hand pockets in addition to two convenient chest pockets.

Available in four colors – dark brown, light brown, navy, red – look for the CARAVAN JKT SLUB on visvim’s web shop soon.

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visvim (Japan) presents its 2013 Fall/Winter CARAVAN JKT SLUB (CORDUROY)