RocketNews 24 (by Krista Rogers):
On April 28, CCP, a subsidiary of Bandai, will release an underwater recording device dubbed the “Submariner Camera” which can take up-close pictures and videos of your fish like never before. Designed in the guise of a miniature submarine, the gadget is controlled via an infrared remote control and is capable of underwater navigation, surfacing, and left-right rotation.
▼ The Submariner Camera
▼ The infrared remote control
▼ It even comes with headlights on each side for some nocturnal navigation!
▼ Use the bait-holding extendable arm to lure unsuspecting fish into the camera’s field of view.
The camera (VGA: 640×480 pixels, 30 FPS) is able to record videos for approximately five minutes and can store approximately 800 photos (Quad-VGA: 1280×960 pixels) in its built-in 256MB internal memory. Use the accompanying USB cable to upload the best shots onto your computer and share them with friends.
The submarine is safe for use in any water 50°C (122°F) or below, meaning it could also be a fun little party trick at your next pool party, or even a way to keep your little ones entertained long enough to give them a bath.
About the only downside to this nifty little gadget is its hefty 10,778 yen (US$100) price tag (tax included).
Angry Asian Man:
Last weekend at WonderCon, DreamWorks Animation unveiled new artwork and footage for its highly anticipated upcoming original series Voltron: Legendary Defender, premiering June 10 on Netflix. They also introduced the voice cast, which includes none other than The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun.
Inspired by the classic, fan-favorite 1980s cartoon series, executive producer Joaquim Dos Santos and co-executive producer Lauren Montgomery — the team behind The Legend of Korra and Avatar: The Last Airbender— reimagine the Voltron legend in an all-new comedic, action-packed animated saga.
The series follows five teenage friends who embark upon an epic journey when they are transported from Earth into the middle of a sprawling intergalactic war, and become pilots for five robotic lions in the battle to protect the universe from evil. Only through the power of teamwork can they unite to form the might warrior Voltron!
The voice cast includes Kimberly Brooks as Princess Allura; Rhys Darby as Coran; Josh Keaton as Shiro, Black Lion; Tyler Labine as Hunk, Yellow Lion; Jeremy Shada as Lance, Blue Lion; Bex Taylor-Klaus as Pidge, Green Lion; and Steven Yeun as Keith, Red Lion.
Thirteen episodes of Voltron: Legendary Defender debut on June 10, exclusively on Netflix.
Anime News Network:
Sailor Moon holds a unique place in the anime fandom as a common entry point for many 90s kids and introducing queer characters to children’s television.
Fan communities filled in the gaps for censored American version. Fans attracted to a show focusing on strong female friendship, romance, and super powers could turn to the internet and find what was missing, including the truth about the show’s characters.
In the latest episode of Vice’s American Obsession mini-documentary series, viewers can learn about some of the influence Sailor Moon had on LGBTQ+ kids growing up in the 90s. The documentary interviews cosplayers at last year’s Anime Expo, Viz Media‘s Charlene Igram, and other fans of the anime series.
Players of the Wii U game—which allows you to make and share your own Mario levels—can now add keys and locked doors to their designs. Additionally, they can drop in Red Coins. Collect five and a key appears.
It’s a small feature addition, the sort of thing that wouldn’t take Nintendo very long to implement. But it will cause a fundamental shift in the types of levels players can create. With keys, doors, and collectible-triggered unlocks, you can make non-linear levels that demand thorough exploration to finish. This can lead to levels that feel more like an adventure than a run to the finish.
One extra feature that goes along with the key item adds another wrinkle. Keys also can be hidden inside enemies, which must be defeated to get the key. This unlocks the ability to create boss fights—those epic enemy encounters that must be won before Mario can move on.
Since the game’s September launch, Mario Maker creators have pushed against the limits of the game’s editor, which is intuitive and seamless but doesn’t quite let you do everything you’d find in an official Mario level. People have devised elaborate kludges to simulate mid-level checkpoints and have tried creating “boss battle” type situations to varying, and ultimately unsatisfying, results.
RocketNews 24 (by Oona McGee):
Now you can enjoy hanami cherry blossom views at any time of day.
Japanese company Citizen has just released a special watch ahead of the country’s springtime hanami cherry blossom viewing period. Aimed at the female market, the limited-edition timepiece features a pretty pink face, along with an image of falling blossoms and a sakura-shaped cut-out design to show off the mechanical movement within.
Swarovski crystal embellishments can be seen on both the front and the underside of the watch, and to offer some extra versatility, the timepiece comes with a pink leather band so you can change the look to suit any outfit or occasion. Whether you plan to keep the pretty sakura watch for yourself or give it as a gift, the timepiece comes in a gorgeous box, decorated with pink blossoms.
Like the pretty blooms themselves, these wristwatches won’t be around for long as only 1,500 of them are being produced. Priced at 52,000 yen (US$455.65) plus tax, they can be ordered from Citizen stockists around the country.