Previously announced last year that the annual Japantown Anime Faire held in San Francisco would be on indefinite hiatus, the organizers have announced that it's back renamed as the Otaku Amusement Festival.
It will be held this year on Saturday November 14 and Sunday November 15 at the Fort Mason Center.
When Nintendo isn't busy sending it's calvalcade of polite Japanese businessmen to your home, hocking Wii consoles door-to-door, the big N spends it's time making quirky commercials and Youtube promo spots (and video games, I guess).. The best one I've come across is for a game that has been on store shelves for a little over a week and stars Mario's gruff, greedy, and gluttonous nemesis: Wario. The big treasure-hunting lummox would like you to view his crazy, off-the-wall Youtube video -- in which he demonstrates his repertoire of abilities while the world, and the actual Youtube page, shatters under his might. So if you've got a bit of time, catch it (The video is embedded above, but it begs to be seen in full, so click here to view it), and perhaps you'll find your very own treasure. Okay, that was a bold-faced lie, there is no treasure, but it's still worth a couple minutes of your time.
Apparently Alter is releasing a limited variation to the now famed 1/6 scale swimsuit KOS-MOS figure from the Playstation 2 trilogy Xenosaga. The new figure called "KOS-MOS swimsuit ver. another type [Orange]" will feature orange highlights instead of the blue found on the original, and can only be preordered through Hobby Japan's online store located here for 9,240 yen.
The last day to place your preorder is on October 9 so I suggest you might want to contact a deputy service soon.
Volks has updated their site a few days ago with the 7th figure from the PVC M.O.E. (Model of Entertainment Collection) figure line, Aschen Brodel from the Nintendo DS game Mugen no Frontier: Super Robot Wars OG Saga.
The game was codeveloped with Monilith Soft most famous for their work on the Playstation 2 series Xenosaga hence Brodel's resemblance to one of the characters from Xenosaga.
Volks added a 1/7 scale Kaguya Nanbu, also from the DS Super Robot Wars game, a few months back.
The 1/7 scale Brodel will be available only to Japanese reisdents through Volk's online store for 7,500 yen and be released in 2009.
From the available stock photos, it seems Volks needs to work on their figure skin tones. It would be nice if they airbrushed a bit to add shadows and highlights.