Yes, Anime Themed Cars Are Pretty Common In Japan

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. » 12/20/14 10:00am 12/20/14 10:00am

A Shocking Number of People Want This Fugly Anime Car

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. » 12/03/14 8:00am 12/03/14 8:00am

Neon Genesis Evangelion Turned into a Hideous Japanese Car

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. » 11/11/14 7:55am 11/11/14 7:55am

Hell Yes A New Initial D Movie Is On Its Way

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. » 5/21/14 10:00pm 5/21/14 10:00pm

Attack on Titan Brings Nightmare Fuel to Subaru Commercial

The latest Subaru Forester commercial in Japan features some very unlikely and very large co-stars: "Titans" from hit anime Attack on Titan. » 1/24/14 8:37am 1/24/14 8:37am

Yes, Anime Style Electric Car Charging Stations Exist in Japan

Of course they do! Well, at least in one town. Hakone, Japan, which is located outside Tokyo, has Neon Genesis Evangelion electric car changers. » 11/26/13 8:00am 11/26/13 8:00am

Everyone Wants to Ride Motorcycles Like in Akira

You know the coolest scene in the classic 1988 anime Akira? It's when Kaneda slides his motorcycle to a halt. Haven't you wanted to do that? Well, you're not the only one! » 7/23/13 12:25pm 7/23/13 12:25pm

Japan Has the Cutest Construction Signs You'll Ever See

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. » 7/11/13 9:18am 7/11/13 9:18am

How One Man Wants To Bring an Iconic Anime Glider to Life

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. » 7/03/13 9:08am 7/03/13 9:08am

Toyota Is Making a Gundam Car. You Can Buy It.

Not to be outdone by Volkswagen, Toyota is slated to sell a nerdy car of its own: a Toyota Auris customized in the image of Gundam character Char Aznable. » 1/10/13 10:00am 1/10/13 10:00am

Japan's Geekiest Cars Run On Nerd Fuel

"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. » 9/27/12 12:10pm 9/27/12 12:10pm

The Akira Bike Of Your Dreams Is Racing Across Japan

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. » 4/06/12 6:30am 4/06/12 6:30am

Lupin the Third, The Hell Are You Doing With That Car?

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. » 3/15/12 8:15am 3/15/12 8:15am

Garrett Hedlund offered lead role in Akira. Crap.

Here's some horrible news coming straight from the Hollywood adaptation of Akira. Garrett Hedlund has reportedly been offered the role of Kaneda. Now we can trade in our fears about whitewashing for a new set of worries about the world's blandest Kaneda to ever ride a Huffy into a futuristic McDonalds. » 11/03/11 4:45pm 11/03/11 4:45pm

Toyota Cartoon Explains To Kids Why Their Cars All Look Alike

This screen-cap is from a cartoon Toyota produced to help kids understand how their cars are made. It starts with a meeting, charts and one paranoid engineer noticing "they all look the same..." [Toyota] » 11/13/09 4:00pm 11/13/09 4:00pm

Itasha: Japan's Creepiest Car Fetish

There are Japanese trends we wholly approve of, like dekotora, and then there's Itasha. Literally translated to mean "painful car" this trend is incredibly creepy. » 7/23/09 12:00pm 7/23/09 12:00pm

Nissan's A Manga Maniac: Two Concept Vehicles To Appear In New "Ghost…

The Japanese side of the Carlos Ghosn love child, the automaker Nissan, has teamed up with animation studio Production I.G., to remake the full-length feature "Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - Solid State Society." Why Nissan, you ask? The better for product placement, we respond. The science-fiction film,… » 8/04/06 10:39am 8/04/06 10:39am