Maybe these mouse pads with 3D anime butts may cheer you up at work?

Kenny Ong Contributor

By Kenny Ong in New Products on Tuesday 27 January 2015

Or they may be declared NSFW even if you protest vehemently to Human Resource that they really are wonderful wrist rests. Manufactured in where else but Japan, you get both sexes to choose from. Who knows? Pressing on them repeatedly may just be the cure for stiff fingers from constant typing.

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Just what goes into an elaborate cosplay photoshoot is about to be revealed (and it’s hilarious)

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Friday 9 January 2015

You’ve probably seen those awesome cosplay photoshoots-your favourite characters in signature outfits posing in iconic stances. But have you ever wondered what went into those photos? In reality, those cosplay photos take a whole lot of time and energy to produce. Just take a look at some of them and try not to laugh: pretend […]

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Pharrell’s new video is an anime produced by Takashi Murakami: it’s amazing, of course

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By Zolton in New Music on Wednesday 1 October 2014

You’ve got to give it to Pharrell Williams. Not content with releasing the biggest hit of 2013 and most viral music video of 2014 (444 million views and counting), and supplying the vocals and melody to the next best song of 2014, he’s now teamed up with legendary artist, Takashi Murakami, for his latest music video, It Girl.

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Artist creates awesome anime artwork on a single Post-it note

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By Kenny Ong in New Art on Monday 8 September 2014

I hate Post-its as they were often scrawled with ‘I want this by 10 am tomorrow’ when they arrived at my work desk, stubbornly stuck on top of a stack of files. If only they came in the form of Akira Nagoya’s beautifully cut artwork. The China-Born Japanese artist is a kakmikiri (loosely translated as paper cutting) master, and many of his designs are inspired by centuries-old imagery, such as the phoenix, or nature’s flowers.

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This is possibly the only pair of DIY anime jeans in the world

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By Kenny Ong in New Fashion on Friday 22 August 2014

While fashion designers all over the world are wringing their hands in despair over what new designs they can possibly come up with for the next season’s pair of must-have jeans, one German cosplayer already has it down pat. Make it anime, of course! Known only as Kirameku for now, she has cunningly made good use of some water-based textile paints to draw strategically positioned 2D lines and creases on a pair of plain denim jeans.

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Japanese artist draws uses toast as his canvas

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By Dilsey in New Art on Sunday 5 January 2014

We’ve seen anime in all shapes and forms – from cosplayers to the extreme individuals who undergo plastic surgery to resemble their favourite heroes. But Hittomii, a Japanese-artist, draws anime on toast. Cocoa powder, green tea powder and turmeric powder are just some of the ingredients used to create these awesome masterpieces.

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Your favourite characters in S&M garb

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By Rachel Oakley in New Art on Tuesday 17 December 2013

Who doesn’t love a little S&M now and then? Well, if you’re feeling alone in your fetish, these characters in full S&M garb will make you feel right at home. These sculptures by Richard Ankron were at the Art Basel Miami and in a simple project statement, Ankron explains that the ‘objects are selected by their character, cleaned, masked, dipped or poured several times with synthetic rubber.’

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Anime characters as weathermen

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Design on Saturday 7 December 2013

Oh, Japan. You never fail to be so interesting. Did you know? Japanese weathermen use anime characters in helping deliver the news, and generally make the weather more interesting. NHK, Japan’s biggest network, has characters like Haru-chan, Spring-chan, Rainy Season-chan, Summer Shougun, Fall-chan, and Winter Shougan. What a brilliant idea, right? I would infinitely like […]

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Hayo Miyazaki characters get Art Nouveau’d

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By Inigo del Castillo in New Illustration on Saturday 28 September 2013

Hayao Miyazaki is a Japanese film maker, animator, manga artist, screenwriter, and producer. His films, such as Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, Nausicaa, and My Neighbor Totoro, have garnered worldwide acclaim and praise. So basically he’s like the Japanese Walt Disney (He even has a matching moustache! Sort of).

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Celebrities with manga makeovers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Wednesday 25 September 2013

We don’t even recall how we got here, but these manga-inspired images of celebrities are pretty cool. Who knew, for instance, that Scarlett Johansson could look right at home as a pink-haired manga babe with emerald green doll-like eyes?

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Mandarake: a hideout for anime and manga fans

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By Dirty Robot in Cool Websites on Tuesday 13 August 2013

If you love cool toys, anime, manga and video-games, then look no further than Mandarake. It has it all and is pretty much the first point of call to find certain things that are no longer available, or if you just generally want something fresh. The love I have for this shop is just too […]

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Kawaii Batman and other unlikely crossovers

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By Low Lai Chow in New Trends on Friday 24 May 2013

We don’t know how we ended up at this gem online with these unlikely mashups of Japanese and US pop culture. We don’t know what kind of demented mind thinks of something as random as Kawaii Batman, Doreamon Alien or, yes, even a Pika Fuhrer — but we dig it.

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Ghost in the Shell: Arise trailer

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By Annie Churdar in New Film on Thursday 21 February 2013

Here’s a sneak peak from Ghost in the Shell: Arise. I don’t understand Japanese, but the intriguing scenes of a beautiful girl lifting her hands to reveal her cyber robot prosthetics captured my attention right away. Originally created in 1989 as written Manga, this cyberpunk series is getting a face-lift for modern audiences. As a […]

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Well-endowed Mortal Combat mousepad

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By Rebekah Rhoden in New Products on Monday 4 February 2013

If you’re into anime or well-endowed women, this is the mousepad for you. I’m sure it’s very helpful for computer users with carpal tunnel syndrome, but it might be a little awkward around the workplace.

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Illustrations of anime characters made in the foam of latte

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By Rondal Scott III in New Art on Thursday 29 November 2012

I always have great respect for people who seem incapable of turning off their creativity, people like Kazuki Yamamoto who has seemingly mastered the art of illustrating various characters (mostly anime) in the foam of a latte. Aside from anime, Yamamoto has also illustrated the likes of Popeye, TinTin, Link (Legend of Zelda), Charlie Brown and The Beatles – each with an impressive level of detail and made even more inspiring when you consider the patience it takes to complete each one.

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