South Korea Declares Lady Gaga Concert “Unsuitable for Minors”

South Korea Declares Lady Gaga Concert “Unsuitable for Minors”

It looks like little monsters hoping to see Lady Gaga kick off her world tour in Seoul on April 27 will have to stay in their caves: on March 30, a South Korean government agency decided to ban people under age 18 from attending the US pop diva’s concert on the grounds that it is “harmful to minors.”

The decision was made by the Korea Media Ratings Board, which, oddly enough, approved Gaga’s 2009 concert in South Korea to be suitable for ages 12 and up. Regarding their change in attitude, the board cites that some of Lady Gaga’s songs are “unsuitable for minors” and “sensationalist.”

The age ban is the first in 7 years, since minors were prohibited from attending a Marilyn Manson concert in 2005.

The unexpected change has forced event organizer Hyundai Card to issue refunds to teenagers it had sold tickets to after anticipating the April 27 concert would receive the same rating as the 2009 concert.

Hyundai Card has also received formal requests from several Christian groups in Korea to cancel the concert due to Lady Gaga’s glorification of homosexuality and “promotion of a culture of promiscuity through blatant sexual images.”

We personally think Lady Gaga has produced far more terrifying things than a culture of lewd sexuality.

Source: Searchina

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South Korea Declares Lady Gaga Concert “Unsuitable for Minors”

Anime idols going abroad as Love Live! movie announced for release in U.S., 12 other territories

Anime idols going abroad as Love Live! movie announced for release in U.S., 12 other territories

Not so long ago, being a Japanese idol singer was purely a domestic gig, with even the biggest stars of the genre remaining more or less unknown outside their home country. But thanks to the spread of Japanese pop culture around the world over the last decade and a half, that’s not really the case anymore. These days, it’s not uncommon for J-pop idols, especially those with an anime connection to boost their foreign exposure, to make appearances overseas.

Now, in a case of animated art imitating life, the high school idols of Love Love!, Japan’s biggest current idol anime hit, will be heading abroad as the upcoming Love Live! theatrical feature has been announced for international release.

It’s been almost a year since Love Live! wrapped up its second 13-episode TV season. The franchise hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, though, as fans still continue to buy merchandise and turn out in droves for related events, including this month’s Love Live!-endorsed Kanda Matsuri festival .

Still, it’s been a long time since fans have had any new anime to watch in the saga of the animated would-be teen idols. Their patience is about to be rewarded on June 13 with the opening of the franchise’s first theatrical feature, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, across Japan.

When licensed for overseas release, many anime movies go straight to Blu-ray or DVD, and even when a theatrical run is in the cards, it often comes far after the one in Japan. For example, Studio Ghibli’s latest film, When Marnie Was There, came out in Japan last summer but is only now arriving at theaters in the U.S.

So the international community of Love Livers, as Love Live! fans have taken to calling themselves, will be happy to know that their wait will be far shorter, as Love Live! The School Idol Movie’s, website has been updated with release dates for 13 territories outside Japan starting as early as August.

▼ Promotional image for the Love Live! movie

Anime idols going abroad as Love Live! movie announced for release in U.S., 12 other territories

Currently, the official list of overseas premiers and dates is:

Australia (September)
Bruenei (Early October)
Hong Kong (August 6)
Indonesia (October 21)
Korea (early August)
Malaysia (October 1)
New Zealand (September)
Philippines (October 1)
Singapore (October 8)
Taiwan (early August)
Thailand (late August)
U.S.A. (September 12)
Vietnam (Early October)

To celebrate, Emi Nitta, voice actress of Love Live! character Honoka Kosaka, recorded this special message for foreign fans.

According to the website, Australian screenings are currently planned for Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney, and venues in Auckland and Wellington in New Zealand. The U.S. release will be handled NIS America, which previously licensed the Love Live! TV series, with showings expected in Los Angeles, New York City, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. And while American Love Livers are no doubt disappointed that they’ll have to wait a few weeks more than their counterparts in Asia to see the movie, you have to admit that it’s appropriate timing to premiere Love Live! The School Idol Movie just about the time summer vacation ends.

Related: Love Live! The School Idol Movie Countdown Website
Sources: Inside Games via Jin , Love Live! official website
Top image: Love Live! official website
Insert image: Love Live! official website

Anime idols going abroad as Love Live! movie announced for release in U.S., 12 other territories

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

Everyone loves a good corn dog. From freezer burned to deliciously golden brown in about 30 minutes in the oven, it’s the all-American snack for both kids and adults. Japan has its own version of this classic, known simply as the “American dog”, but instead of a corn-based batter it uses a wheat-based one. Many argue over the superiority of corn vs. wheat, but the fighting is about to end, because Korea has swooped in with its own version and it is mighty impressive. Introducing the Kogo!

The Kogo isn’t a new viral food that is only making waves recently, but actually a staple of Korean street-meat society. You may want to pack your bags and be ready to board a plane for Korea once you’ve seen a picture of one up close. We warned you…

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

You might be thinking one of two things right now. Either A) “oh, that old thing”, or B) “what on earth is that?” For those who fall into category B, let us first explain the wonder that is the Kogo. Called a Kogo or Potato Dog, it’s a hot dog on a stick that is coated in tiny pieces of fried potato. French fries around your hot dog? Sounds like a dream come true! If you’ve ever wanted a little more oomph to the flavor profile of a corn dog, then you may want to give these guys a try. Slathered in ketchup, since hey, these are potatoes, they have built up a strong following by foodies in Korea.

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

If you are a member of category A, you may have recognized this food from a Reddit post from three years ago. No signs of this ultimate junk food in Japan, but a lot of Japanese netizens seem to go out of their way, not to mock the Koreans for coming up with this delicious “monstrosity”, but to mock Americans, who surely love this kind of food. A quick search reveals that these heart stoppers, surprisingly, aren’t commonly found in the US, if at all. Not that there aren’t other food choices which would be equally bad for you.

Outside of Korea, it’s actually Canada that has taken up the charge of providing potato-wrapped hot dogs to the masses. The name, Kogo, comes from a popular brand of frozen corn dogs in Canada, Pogo, thus a Korean-style Pogo becomes a Kogo! You can find these “spud-dogs” at restaurants as close as Montreal.

Picks in Montreal, home of a pretty good burger too

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dogImage: Food Spotting

If you’ve got a fryer at home, it doesn’t seem to be too difficult to do it yourself. In fact, many people have tried; here’s a recipe you can attempt if you are craving some homemade meat on a stick. If you happen to take a trip out to Korea, you will find more than just simple potato dogs, you will find that Korean street vendors have taken serving a hot dog on a stick into a gotta try ‘em all flavor festival!

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

These Korean masterpieces can be seen as early as 2007, which makes us wonder why Japan has taken this long to sit up and notice when the entire country seems to love French fries and hot dogs.

DIY Potato dog? Sure, why not!

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

Here’s hoping you will start finding these sold at festival vendors next summer, if not an exact copy of the recipe, surely with a little Japanese twist. The wieners are in your court, Japan!

Source: Byokan Sunday
Images: The Last Appetite , Top image edited by RocketNews24

Korea’s kogo is the ultimate French-fry-encrusted corn dog

She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

Fans may be counting the days with anticipation until the launch of the new Sailor Moon anime series in July, but in the meantime, the good folks at Bandai have come up with yet another attractive product inspired by the series. Yes, the new “Pullip Sailor Moon” has just become available for pre-order, and it looks like Sailor Moon fans now have one more lovely product to seriously covet. And unlike some of the other Sailor Moon goods from Bandai, this one is not just a cute gadget, but a re-creation of the magical guardian warrior herself!

But what exactly is this “ Pullip “? It’s a line of fashion dolls created by Korean designer Cheonsang Cheonha, and while usually they can be custom-made with your choice of hairstyle, make-up and clothes, this time they’ve collaborated with the popular anime/comic series to produce the Pullip Sailor Moon, which we think looks quite amazing.

She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

Pullip dolls characteristically have slightly over-sized heads, which adds to their charm, and the Sailor Moon version of the doll is no exception. They’ve also recreated Sailor Moon’s trademark double bun with trailing gorgeous long hair, as well as the costume, tiara and Moon Stick which fans are sure to be familiar with. And like the standard Pullip dolls, Pullip Sailor Moon can move her eyes right and left and even give you a charming wink!

She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

The doll also has quite a range of movement in her joints, which should allow her to strike various poses, including the famous “in the name of the moon” pose.

As you may expect from the obvious detail and quality, this re-creation of our favorite magical heroine doesn’t come cheap. The doll is available from the Premium Bandai online shop for 17,280yen (US$170), and the actual product is scheduled to be delivered in July.

And as an added bonus, when you order now throughout the Premium Bandai site, your Sailor Moon doll will come with a miniature Luna plush toy!

▼ Now, isn’t the miniature Luna just adorable?
She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

Here’ a look at some more pictures of Sailor Moon as Pullip:

▼The parts of the doll, including the arms can be moved to assume various positions.
She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

▼ A full view of the doll, seen here brandishing her Moon Stick She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

▼The doll seen from the back — check out her gorgeous long hair!She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

▼Just look at the details on her face and costume!She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

▼Yes, she can wink!She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

▼A close-up of the doll’s face — her large eyes and perfectly formed pink lips are exquisite!She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

So, Pullip Sailor Moon is quite a cutie, isn’t she? We wouldn’t be surprised if she turns out to be extremely popular regardless of her considerable price tag. Hmm … although if you buy one of these dolls, you may want to take extra good care of her, just to make sure she doesn’t punish you in the name of the moon!

Original Article by: Anji Tabata (c)Pouch
Source and photos: Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Project site and Premium Bandai online shop
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She’s a doll, literally — Sailor Moon set to delight fans in cute three-dimensional form!

“I want to kill them!” Shocking Video of Young Japanese Girl Giving Anti-Korean Speech Appears Online

“I want to kill them!” Shocking Video of Young Japanese Girl Giving Anti-Korean Speech Appears Online

In a video uploaded to YouTube yesterday, a young Japanese girl gives a harrowing speech on the streets of Tsuruhashi, Osaka, in which she openly expresses her hatred of Koreans. Amid cheers of support from members of her own group, the girl goes on to state her desire to kill the “piece of crap” Koreans living in the area, threatening a repeat of the Nanking Massacre in response to the Koreans’ “arrogance”.

The full, shocking video after the jump.

Believed to have been shot near to Osaka’s Tsuruhashi Station during anti-Korean protests on 24 Feb., the following video was uploaded to YouTube in the wake of similar demonstrations this past weekend. In it, the young speaker repeatedly warns Koreans to return to their own country before the anger of the Japanese becomes so great that they are killed. As well as making reference to the atrocities that occurred in 1937 when an estimated 250,000 Chinese were killed by the Imperial Japanese Army in Nanking, the girl’s cries of “go home” and “this is not your country” are met with cheers from men and women off-camera. The girl is believed to be a part of one of the nationalistic, extreme-right groups that have become especially vocal in recent months and see Koreans in Japan as harmful to the country.

Nationalistic groups are nothing new in Japan, but the level of anger and the frequency of their demonstrations in recent times have caught the attention of many, causing a great deal of unrest among both Koreans residing in the country and everyday folk who abhor such behaviour .

Here is the video in full:

Extreme stuff.

Video via YouTube

“I want to kill them!” Shocking Video of Young Japanese Girl Giving Anti-Korean Speech Appears Online

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

You like sausage, right? Of course you do. But no one ever wants to see how the sausage is made. So why did this plastic surgery clinic in Seoul think it was a good idea to display two towering columns filled with the jaw bones of their past patients? It’s enough to make you rethink your pursuit of the perfect chin.

Like some twisted scene out of Saw or even your run of the mill bone graveyard, the remnants of approximately 1,000 people stand piled high at a clinic in the swanky Gangnam district of Seoul (yes, the same Gangnam from the horse-riding tuxedo-wearing Psy). If the “art piece” is anything to go by, business is doing well. If it’s hard for you to imagine why this plastic surgeon came to own so many jaw bones, here’s some before and after shots of Korean women who had chin surgery:

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

Get the idea? The bone tower photo was posted on the clinic’s homepage and horrified people around the world. It has since been taken down following a government order to dispose of the installation and an investigation into the clinic’s medical practices. The clinic could face fines for the improper disposal of body parts because, you know, they didn’t dispose of them at all.

Now who wants some barbecue ribs? I’m starving!

Source: Jiji
Images: Anime Visual , Surge Cosmetic

Plastic surgery clinic in Seoul makes art out of patients’ jaw bones

Korean Officials to foreign tourists: “If you contract MERS, we’ll give you $3,000!”

Korean Officials to foreign tourists: “If you contract MERS, we’ll give you $3,000!”

As you may have heard, there’s an epidemic in South Korea. Since last month, more than 150 people have contracted the deadly MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) virus, among whom 19 have died.

As a result, foreign tourists in South Korea have been leaving the country in droves, and the usually-thriving tourism industry has been suffering. To try and help alleviate matters, South Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has made a somewhat unusual decision: they will pay tourists US$3,000 if they contract MERS while in South Korea.

It is currently believed that one 68-year-old South Korean man who returned from a trip to four Middle Eastern countries is the cause of the MERS outbreak. However, locating this “patient zero” has done little to help; South Korea’s economy has come to a stand-still with thousands under quarantine and nearly 3,000 schools closed due to fears of the disease spreading.

And that’s not all. According to Kim Chong, the country’s vice minister of tourism, over 100,000 foreign tourists have canceled their trips to South Korea. This is terrible news for a country that typically sees more than a million foreign tourists cross its borders on an average month.

To try to encourage tourists not to abandon their plans to visit South Korea, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism issued a statement on June 15 saying that they would pay $3,000 in travel fees and medical bills to any foreign tourist who becomes infected by MERS while in South Korea. The new policy doesn’t take effect until June 22 however, so be sure not to get sick until then!

Now, this may sound like a crazy plan on the surface of it – getting $3,000 for contracting a disease with a mortality rate of 35% doesn’t seem like the best deal in the world. But to be fair, so far there have been no confirmed cases of MERS outside of any hospitals. So as long as you don’t visit a hospital for any reason while in South Korea, chances are you’d be fine. But is it a risk you’d be willing to take?

What do you think? Would the $3,000 make a difference in your travel plans?

Source: Record China via Yahoo! Japan News , CNN ( 1 , 2 ), Yahoo! News
Featured/top image: Flickr (Pictures of Money)

Korean Officials to foreign tourists: “If you contract MERS, we’ll give you $3,000!”