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Japan creates a hyper-intense fishing game that’s not for the faint of heart【Video】

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 08:00 PM PDT

Fishing enthusiasts–do you think you have what it takes to beat this extreme “God-level fishing game”?

I’m not really one for fishing. Maybe it’s the tedious wait involved, maybe it’s the uncertainty if anything’s going to nibble at all, but if someone begins talking to me about how much they love the art of wrangling in a big one, I immediately feel like a fish out of water (pun intended).

Maybe what I need is just an added layer of excitement to spice up the wait. If that’s the case, I’ll be sure to download the mobile device fishing game shared by Japanese Twitter user @SenBarou which recently created quite a buzz on the Internet after his awestruck comment and gameplay video:

“I may have downloaded the most god-level fishing game ever…”

The video starts off fairly calm, with the small red bait lazily flowing underwater. All of a sudden a silver fish chomps down on it and is subsequently tugged above water.

As soon as the fish catapults above the surface, everything turns chaotic. The music escalates, the reel spins wildly, and the player begins monitoring the fish’s remaining HP and line tension using the screen meter. A curvaceous, bespectacled beauty also materializes in the lower corner of the screen to provide guidance and encouragement.

But that’s not the real shocker. About 40 seconds into the video, just as the fish’s HP is almost completely whittled down, a giant shark leaps out of nowhere and snatches the fish in a torrent of spray and blood! Now the player has to contend with the added tension and try not to break the line. Great, just great…

Around the one-minute mark, your guide announces “It would be nice if we had some friends…,” and seemingly without waiting for a response enlists the help of two other apparent fishing experts named Eva and Angela. Eva first unleashes her hidden weapon (spirit animal?), a giant whale who breaches directly onto the shark and tosses it into the air like a minnow. Angela then unleashes what looks to be a water cyclone to further the conquest.

Finally, the screen flashes “SUCCESS” as the shark’s HP drops to zero and the music erupts into a chorus of cheers. Your guide congratulates you with the message, “Awesome! To think that you would catch a great white shark! You’re amazing.

@SenBarou shared his further thoughts in another tweet that illustrated some of the other surprising twists in the gameplay:

“I laughed at the sound effects in the promotional video, but it’s super amazing how your friends will rush to your aid with things like a machine gun and attack with thunder.”

By the way, the game is known as Fishing Strike in English and can be downloaded from Netmarble’s website for either iOS or Android here. Might we suggest giving it a try if you’ve always wanted to try extreme fishing from the comfort of home?

Source: My Game News Flash
Images: Twitter/@SenBarou

“Annoying to put on clothes,” Kochi City official arrested for taking out garbage naked

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 06:00 PM PDT

Not saying I agree with what he did, but he does have a point.

It was a sunny morning on 16 April when Kenichi Kuroiwa, a Kochi City Property Division manager emerged from his apartment building to take out the trash at 6:20 am. Carrying his white garbage bag and wearing nothing but shoes, Kuroiwa walked along the building path to the residents’ garbage collection box, as is his civic duty.

However, before he could reach his destination, a police officer suddenly came out of nowhere and asked, “What are you doing?”

The answer didn’t really matter because Kuroiwa was caught red-bottomed and arrested on the spot for public indecency. It was also clear that the officer’s timing was too perfect, and Kuroiwa must have realized he had be the target of a sting operation.

The arresting officer later told media: “Last week, we got reports from area residents that ‘a naked man often appeared in the neighborhood at around 6 a.m.’ so investigators were put on stakeout.”

Authorities also said that Kuroiwa was cooperating and admitted to the charges, saying he did it because “it’s annoying to put on clothes.” Police say they believe he is telling the truth and not some out-of-control exhibitionist. Readers of the news, however, still have their reservations.

“Be honest man, you like doing that.”
“It’s only troubling to put on clothes if you’re an ape.”
“I too think it’s annoying, but the embarrassment is more powerful.”
“I’d believe him if it only happened once, but this was an addiction for the guy.”
“It must get warm in Kochi early.”
“Come on. We’re talking about slapping on some shorts, not putting on a tuxedo.”

The fact that this was a common enough occurrence does suggest something beyond being too lazy to put on pants. Perhaps the police accepting Kuroiwa’s excuse is their way of letting him off with a warning, because in Japanese law public indecency is defined by the intent of showing people your junk rather than incidentally letting it all hang out, if you’ll excuse my legal jargon.

Kuroiwa was said to be a responsible employee who assesses public facilities for renovations and also worked on the Tsunami Evacuation Tower, being built in preparation for a major earthquake. A co-worker told Nikkan Gendai, “I was surprised because he wasn’t the type of guy where I would say, ‘yup, it figures.'”

Hopefully Kuroiwa’s nature-boy days are no more now, not only for the appetites of his neighbours but for his own safety. There tend to be some really big crows hanging around garbage bins in the morning, and as they say, early bird gets the worm.

Source: Nikkan Gendai, Nikkan Sports, Itai News
Top image: Pakutaso

Weekly Shonen Jump teams up with Georgia to bring us limited-edition manga-printed coffee cans

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 10:30 AM PDT

Why choose between coffee and manga when you can have both in this latest promotion celebrating 50 years of comic history?

Japanese comic magazine Weekly Shonen Jump has been pumping out immensely popular titles for the past few decades, forever changing the world's perspective on manga and anime.

To celebrate its 50th year in the comic industry, Weekly Shonen Jump has collaborated with coffee brand Georgia to design a lineup of beverages featuring some of their iconic manga series.

▼ 40 of them are available for purchase and ten
others are acquired exclusively through a lottery system.

Various manga scenes are imprinted on the cans, with unique codes located at the bottom allowing customers to enjoy one issue of their choosing, free of charge via the Weekly Shonen Jump app.

What's more, input five codes between now and 3 June and you stand a chance to win five ultra rare cans not obtainable any other way. Entering another five unique codes between 4 June and 16 July will automatically enter you for a draw to win another five rare cans, all delivered to your doorstep in a special Weekly Shonen Jump box.

The imprinted manga characters all have quotes that have been altered with a bit of coffee twist, and here are ten of our favorites:

"This might be unnecessary assistance, but it's a
limited-edition packaging."
(Izuku Midoriya, My Hero Academia)

"I've never missed drinking a can of Georgia
after a meal. Never missed it!"
(Kakashi, Naruto)

"I'll become the Coffee King!" (Monkey D. Luffy, One Piece)

"It's my treat, Frieza!!!!" (Goku, Dragon Ball)

"Our commitment to taste will not falter.
That's my way of the coffee!"
(Naruto Uzumaki, Naruto)

"Alright, our eyes have met. Now buy this for me." (Gintama, Gintama)

"I prefer super low sugar!" (Vegeta, Dragon Ball)

"I want to drink café au lait!!" (Chopper, One Piece)

"I see you wish to drink more." (Ryoma Echizen, The Prince Of Tennis)

"You're the strongest if you drink Georgia!" (Shoyo Hinata, Haikyu!!)

These amazing prints are merely ten out of the 50 available, featuring characters from popular series packed with epic battles like Yu Yu Hakusho, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Saint Seiya, Bleach, and many more.

The promotion begins on 23 April and ends on 31 October, so there's plenty of time to pick up a Georgia can or two and enjoy reading some free comics right away. How cool is that?

Source: Georgia via Coca-Cola Japan, Entabe
Images: Coca-Cola Japan

Square Enix now hiring talented individuals for key positions in Final Fantasy VII remake

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 08:00 AM PDT

Development of the much-anticipated title is progressing smoothly, or is it really?

Video game giant Square Enix shocked the world with a nostalgic trailer of a Final Fantasy VII remake, fulfilling fans' desires to revive one of the most iconic RPG games ever made.

Now, almost three years after the reveal, the company has put up an ad looking for a talented battle planner and a level planner to join their team, two vital roles that should probably have been filled early during development.

▼ What on earth is going on?

According to the recruitment website, the battle planner will be in charge of establishing a robust combat system, designing enemies and bosses, as well as creating a leveling system dictating players' growth and parameters throughout the game.

The level planner is in charge of constructing workflows for locations and coming up with various level layouts using the game design tool, Unreal Engine 4.

▼ Wait, so the combat sequence we saw
in the awesome trailer wasn't the real thing?

▼ You have to admit, it does bear a striking resemblance to
Final Fantasy XV's real-time combat system that was released a year later.

So what we saw in the trailer could very well be a battle engine borrowed from early Final Fantasy XV as a placeholder for the E3 2015 reveal, with models of Cloud and Barrett slapped on.

Square Enix has remained tight-lipped on the title's progress, but what's worrying is that recruitment of such core members has been underway since last month, indicating that they're either truly looking for the cream of the crop or having trouble finding suitable game designers.

Judging by the look of things, it seems unlikely that Square Enix will have much Final Fantasy VII-related stuff to show at this year's E3, with fans having to wait a few more years before they can see main protagonist Cloud Strife dress up as a woman again.

Source: E-career via Hachima Kiko
Top image: Pakutaso
Insert image: Pakutaso, YouTube/Square Enix NA

Chinese city begins fighting jaywalkers by spritzing them with mist【Video】

Posted: 22 Apr 2018 02:00 AM PDT

Pfft! Hear that? Pfft! That’s the sound of justice!

Jaywalking is a crime that knows no boundaries. All over the globe people are strolling across roads at red lights or without using crosswalks as if they own the damn place. It is a scourge that must be eliminated if we are ever to become a truly enlightened society.

China has been at the forefront of jaywalking countermeasures recently. In various parts of the country, they have enacted face-scanning systems and cameras that project offenders onto large screens highlighting their shame… of walking in the middle of the road where everyone can see them anyway.

On 18 April, Huangshi City in Hubei Province unveiled a new crimefighting device in the form of a post equipped with an infrared sensor. The post is installed in a busy intersection, and then, when someone attempts to cross during a red light, the sensor picks them up and PFFT! The are puffed with a mist.

The following video shows the startling effect such a tool delivers to evildoers.

While spritzing with water is a tried-and-true method against pets, humans by and large tend to react differently to it. So it’s hard to tell if this tactic is effective in the long run.

Chinese netizens were less than optimistic:

“It will eventually become a de facto hand wash station.”
“That’s a good place to cool my dogs off when they’re barking.”
“Aren’t they worried old ladies will bring buckets and use it to collect water?”
“Great! Install equipment usually found on playgrounds at busy intersections.”
“I think it is a waste of water.”
“So jaywalking on rainy days isn’t a problem then?”
“That’s gonna knock out some frail elderly person.”
“So essentially they’re saying we can’t rely on the police for this problem?”

Okay, so there isn’t a lot of support for the misdemeanor-misting, but what have any of them done to combat jaywalking? Not much I'd wager.

Still, it’s fair to say this scheme has room for improvement. In the right weather conditions I might be compelled to jaywalk just to get a refreshing puff of cool moist air.

If they really want to make this a deterrent, then they should load those babies up with the mist that gets generated by the sea of people at the biannual Comiket convention. What's worse than getting tagged with the condensed moisture of hundreds of thousands of otaku?

Source: Record China, Toychan
Top image: YouTube/The world video