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YouTuber takes horror to the next level by recreating Sadako’s spooky TV screen exit in AR【Video】

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 07:00 PM PST

There are many practical uses for the Apple ARKit, and scaring the living daylights out of your children is most certainly one of them. 

Sadako is the poster child of Japanese horror films. Ever since her on-screen (and literally “off-screen”) debut in 1998’s Ring, followed by her American counterpart Samara’s debut in the 2002 Hollywood remake The Ring, the pinnacle of horror has been associated with a long-haired specter dressed in white crawling out of your TV screen to scare the crap out of you.

…Wanna have some fun with that scene?

Thanks to augmented reality (“AR”) builders, such as the Apple ARKit, now anyone can create apps on their portable devices to blend the real world with virtual objects. AR is perhaps most famous for its presence in the smartphone game Pokémon Go, but the sky is really the limit when it comes to the number of possible ways it can be adapted for both educational and entertainment purposes. For example, you can even recreate that exact scene from Ring/The Ring in the comfort of your own home, as YouTuber Mike Woods showed the world:

Even though your brain is telling you that it’s AR, you can’t help but feel an icy jolt of terror when Samara seemingly materializes from the screen, synchronized to the shrieks of Mike’s kids. Although the most horrifying aspect of the whole video is perhaps that it was filmed vertically…

If that wasn’t enough to raise the hairs on your arm, here’s another The Ring AR-enhanced gem by Twitter user @shekitup:

While Sadako/Samara’s design here isn’t quite as detailed as in the previous example, it does have the contortionist-like, uninterrupted crawl and hallway-chase scene for added terror.

Huh. After watching both of those examples, I, for one, will stick with using AR exclusively for catching Pikachu and pals.

Sources: YouTube/Mike Woods, Apple
Featured image: YouTube/Mike Woods

Amazing graduation project card game made by Kyoto University art student is simply incredible

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 06:00 PM PST

So well crafted, in fact, that visitors to her exhibition stole some of them!

University students get really creative when it comes to final year projects, particularly when they hail from art and design faculties where their intricate works are just downright genius.

Such is the case for Kyoto University art major @wanekomimo, who spent an entire year crafting an elaborate card game suitable for young girls. Since it was a project exhibition, she went all out and decorated a corner with cute cardboard dressers, posters, and cutouts of the game's leading characters.

▼ Wait, you're telling me that she made these all by herself?

Dolly Cordi, as the card game is called, involves the player choosing a character card among five available, then drawing clothing or fashion accessory cards to overlay onto them.

According to Twitter pictures, each piece seems to have different values and rarity, with acquisition somehow facilitated by other elements of the game including counters and other special cards. Every piece belongs to part of a fashion set, and successfully assembling them provides bonuses.

▼ Combine fashion with cards and you get Dolly Cordi.

The game rules are incredibly well-thought out and sounds like fun for visitors to her exhibition corner, as winners of the game get prizes for coordinating tasteful fashion on their "dolls" (hence the name "Dolly Cordi").

Dolly Cordi was an instant hit among attendees due to its incredible craftsmanship, but things took a turn for the worse when she discovered that some of her cards had mysteriously vanished.

"A lot of cards got stolen and the sets can't be completed.
I really want them returned. I'm depressed."

After putting a year of effort into her project, it's heartbreaking to see people mistreat it. Let's hope those responsible own up soon and allow her to graduate with fond memories of creating her very own fashion coordination card game.

Dolly Cordi is a mighty impressive production to say the least, made even more amazing by the fact that it was created by one student and could have easily passed as a commercial trading card game. Between it and that graduation project involving dishes making sound effects for food, the future looks bright and bizarre, just like we like it.

Source: Twitter/@wanekomimo via Togech
Featured image: Twitter/@wanekomimo
Insert image: Pakutaso

Chinese boy unleashes torrent of pee on elevator control panel, regrets immediately【Video】

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 05:00 PM PST

Elevator retaliates prank with swift karmic justice.

It's common sense to respect a facility that literally carries life in its cradle, but if the humble elevator decides to take a break, then the best one can do is to wait it out, even if it takes five whole hours.

However one boy from Chongqing City, China decided to throw rationality out the window when he entered a lift on 23 February. Checking out a nearby advertisement while nonchalantly unzipping his pants, he took a leak on the control panel according to surveillance camera footage.

▼ Dude, that's seriously not cool.

The footage makes it clear that this was intentionally malicious, seeing that he actually walked closer to the buttons and indulged in a bit of real-life Splatoon.

▼ Gotta hit them all for bonus points?

With the amount of disrespect pouring onto the control panel, it doesn't come as a surprise then that the system short-circuited, trapping the boy in the elevator's confined space together with his rank urine.

It didn't take long before he was rescued from his predicament, and though he was safe for the moment, the surveillance video somehow "leaked" onto the Internet, bringing with it a flood of scathing comments.

When the boy's parents were confronted about their son's nefarious deed, they doubted the authenticity of the video, claiming that he wasn't tall enough to urine directly onto the control panel.

Japanese netizens facepalmed and gave their judgement:

"The elevator hit enrage mode."
"There sure are a lot of people peeing in elevators these days."
"Not tall enough to reach the control panel? What kind of an excuse is that?"
"What kind of people are they to not admit fault when there's clear video evidence like that?"

Now I'm no physics expert, but that prank could have electrocuted the boy if the current managed to travel up his stream. Nevertheless, such tendencies aren't limited to only males, as females can be just as guilty too.

Source: NewsweekJapan, YouTube/Crazy China Videos via Hachima Kiko
Images: YouTube/Crazy China Videos

Ultimate Gundam ranking being held nationwide including all series and movies, voting on now!

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 09:30 AM PST

It’s time to stand up and be counted, and help choose the coolest stuff to ever come out of the entire 40-year universe of Gundam.

Starting 2 March, the vast population of Gundam fans are being asked to hit the polls and vote for their favorite stuff from any of the 59 Gundam TV shows, movies, and OVAs that have been created up to 2017’s Gundam Build Fighter Battlogue.

There are four main categories to choose from: Works, Mobile Suits [Mecha], Characters, and Songs. While that may sound simple at first, this vote is including every single one of those things that has appeared since Mobile Suit Gundam debuted in 1979. First, voters can select only one of the series’ iterations such as Mobile Suit Z Gundam, Gundam-W Endless Waltz, and even the kinda weird SD Gundam Sankokuden Brave Battle Warriors.

Then, voters will be asked to select from the over 2,000 characters that have ever appeared in a Gundam work. Given the sheer number, the organizers are being kind and letting us vote for five per person. However, you cannot vote for the same character multiple times.

The Mobile Suit catagory is also massive with over 900 pieces of technology to select from not just including bipedal mobile suits but many other vehicles and weapons as well. Voters can choose three, but again, only one mecha per vote.

▼ Fear not all you millions of Oggo fans out there,
your voices will be heard too!

Finally, the perhaps often-overlooked rich collection of music that has graced the series over these many years. There are over 200 songs, in fact, among which voters must select two.

▼ A few tracks from Gackt such as “Mind Forest”
are among the collection of song to choose from

Voting will be held from 2 March to midnight on 20 April. Then the results will be announced at a massive televised event titled The All-Gundam Grand Vote (Zen-Gundam Daitohyo) on 5 May on NHK BS Premium. The three-and-a-half-hour program will take a look back at Gundam‘s four-decade legacy while declaring the finalists in each category.

But before then, NHK BS Premium will air another hour-long retrospective, Reikishi Hiwa Gundam Historia on 2 April. During this they will announce the interim results giving die-hard supporters a chance to go out and campaign for your favorites while there’s still time left.

There doesn’t appear to be any restriction on voting from overseas either, so if you would also like to support a few of your favorite things from Gundam wherever you are, now is the chance (just as long as you can navigate the Japanese language voting site).

Once I find a way to get the lobster-shell MSN-04 Sazabi added as a write-in candidate, I’ll be right there with you!

Event information
All-Gundam Grand Vote / 全ガンダム大投票
NHK BS Premium
5 May, Starting at 9 p.m.
Voting Website (Voting runs from 2 March to midnight on 20 April, 2018)

Source: NHK PR
Top image: SoraNews24

Digimon staff give skating champion Yuzuru Hanyu a present he would not likely soon forget

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 07:00 AM PST

A showering of gifts might be the norm for the Olympic gold medalist, but this one could mean the most to him.

Yuzuru Hanyu's dashing good looks and unmatched elegance on ice has earned him a legion of devoted supporters, including one really famous manga artist.

When Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co. conducted an exclusive post-Olympics interview with Yuzuru about which songs calmed his nerves before every competition, the star skater mentioned the late Koji Wada's "Butter-Fly" as the number one tune that helped him achieve inner peace each time.

▼ Which also happens to be the opening theme
of digital monster anime, Digimon Adventure.

Yuzuru said during the radio interview:

"Although Koji Wada is no longer around, I love Digimon's opening theme as I'm a Digimon fan in the first place. The song carries strong images of feathers and wind, of flying headfirst into the breeze. I think Koji Wada might have been watching over me from above."

It didn't take long before his heartfelt words reached their ears of staff working on Digimon, and touched by the fact that their work contributed in helping Yuzuru defend his world title, they drew a fitting tribute to congratulate him on his well-deserved gold medal.

▼ It looks like Omnimon, Renamon, Terriermon and Guilmon
have been supporting him all this time.

Although Japanese netizens knew that he was an avid fan of Winnie the Pooh and dark manga series Tokyo Ghoul, this juicy bit of information was news to them:

"People who like Digimon can't be bad."
"So Yuzuru's actually Taomon?"
"I had no idea he liked Digimon…."
"This is great! Kinda like a collaboration."
"So he's a fan of

Now all that’s left is for Yuzuru Hanyu to come full circle and do a breathtaking routine using "Butter-Fly", just like how another Olympic skater did with music from the anime Yuri!!! on Ice.

Source: Twitter/@jinke_jinke via Hamsoku
Featured image: Twitter/@jinke_jinke

Japanese artist turns child’s coloring book pages into beautiful masterpieces

Posted: 04 Mar 2018 01:00 AM PST

Who needs adult coloring books when regular kid’s coloring books can look this spectacular?

A sign of a good artist is that they can create something beautiful no matter the medium they're given to work with, be it makeup instead of markers or Microsoft Excel instead of a traditional digital artist studio.

Even simple coloring book pages made for children can be turned into amazing pieces of art in the right hands, as Japanese Twitter-user convexoconcave showed when he posted the recent works his wife did:

“My artist wife tried her hand at coloring our son’s
coloring book, and the results are spectacular.”

In the photos you can see what the blank pages from the coloring book looked like — just simple outlines of various Japanese trains, meant for young kids to color in with markers or crayons. But with a bit of watercolor paint and a skilled hand, his wife added her own touch to the pages, giving them depth and dimension.

The different colors set a mood for each one as well: using dark greys and blues to give a more solemn feeling to the first Shinkansen picture, while the greens and yellows in the second picture greatly brighten the mood.

Of course, Japanese Twitter was quite impressed by her handiwork:

“Amazing! Of course a professional artist doesn’t need to go out and buy an adult coloring book to pull off something like this.”
“I have the same coloring book, but this is really something.”
“Now this is art!”

While this isn’t the first artist who’s had their way with a children’s coloring book before, we’ll definitely take these beautiful watercolor scenes over horrifying macho Pikachu any day!

Source: Twitter/@convexoconcave via My Game News Flash
Featured image: Twitter/@convexoconcave