Imagine a future full of electric cars where everyone’s a passenger. Where traffic is not only managed but controlled by a digital network. Where on-demand ride-sharing services have become the norm, and the only human drivers are emergency crews behind the wheel of super-fast vintage “antiques” tasked with taking…
Shuichi Shigeno’s Japan-based street-racing series Initial D began in the mid-’90s and took nearly two decades to complete. The original manga soon took anime form, and was even adapted into video games and live-action film. The franchise is a significant contributor to Japanese car culture, yet works especially well…
We’ve covered the anime car (or itasha) phenomenon in Japan previously on Jalopnik East, and at the time we mentioned that actual automakers were getting in on it. Well, Subaru partnered with famous anime studio Gainax (of Neon Genesis Evangelion) to produce an anime called Wish Upon the Pleiades (you know, Subaru =…
For nearly four decades, Mobile Suit Gundam has defined the giant robot genre, and anime in general. As much an examination of war as a simple action series, Gundam can be intimidating for new viewers... but it doesn’t have to be.
One of those facts about a Japanese commute which contributes to the "weird Japan" stereotype, there are a lot of anime themed cars. It can't be helped. Why? Because it's true. It's not unusual to see one or two during rush hour, or a few scattered throughout a parking lot.
This isn't only the most hideous car offered for sale this year on the planet Earth, but also expensive and rare. There's only one of these cars in existence. And nearly six hundred people put in orders to buy it at 7-Elevens in Japan.
Just look at that. Do it! It's called the 7-Eleven Limited Evangelion Orochi. It's not only incredibly ugly, but incredibly rare. It's also the most expensive item 7-Eleven has ever offered for sale. That's right, 7-Eleven.
Outstanding news for anyone who loves drifting, Japan, and unassuming Toyotas that decimate vastly more powerful cars: a new Initial D movie is coming this fall! And here's the first full-length trailer.
The latest Subaru Forester commercial in Japan features some very unlikely and very large co-stars: "Titans" from hit anime Attack on Titan.
Well, this might be the best Japanese town then, no?
Of course they do! Well, at least in one town. Hakone, Japan, which is located outside Tokyo, has Neon Genesis Evangelion electric car changers.
Today, a Ferrari 458 Spider was cruising around Tokyo's geek district, Akihabara. Things got freaky.
Road construction isn't what I would call "cute". It's hard work. Dangerous. Sweaty. There's nothing cute about that. Japan, however, might beg to differ.
In the classic Japanese anime Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, the heroine Nausicaä flies a glider called a "Mehve". The anime might be a work of fiction, but the glider isn't. Not any more.
And it kind looks like a tank. Well, one covered with dead fish. It does. See?
"Itasha" (痛車) literally mean "painmobile", but they are Japan's sticker-covered geek cars. The decals often feature anime, manga or video game characters. "Ita" either refers to the pain inflicted on the wallets of the car owners—or the folks who see the cars.
This might not be Neo-Tokyo, but that sure looks like Shotaro Kaneda's bike in cyberpunk anime Akira. Masashi Teshima from Fukuoka, Japan thought he'd like an Akira bike for himself and spent seven years and ¥10 million (US$121,000) to make it.
Lupin from Japanese anime Lupin the Third drives a Fiat 500 in the classic flick Lupin the Third: Castle of Cagliostro. The car is very much part of the character's lore.