i'm confused... are you saying they do or don't encourage innovation?
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Another in the SMT series, which differentiates itself with a tactical RPG gameplay rather than just turn by turn. Again, the plot is apocalyptic but is set in modern Tokyo rather than a futuristic or post-apocalyptic one. While it feels lighter than some of the others, the implications of your choices still feel just as heavy, and there are plenty of endings to choose from. Good game.
This anime is based off the Japanese light novel series of the same name about a group of immortals during the prohibition era. It features unique story, funky music, a great cast of characters (including sadists and true narcissists), and blood and gore with the exact right amount of creepiness. One of my favorite series.
WOGE is a unique anime series set in an American-ish word (and includes actually kind of accurate English subtitles) made for Japanese MTV. Um... Honestly you just have to give it a try. The combination of ridiculous characters, vocal acting, and funny animation just makes it hilarious. This episode is iconic to the series. It's Necessary~
Though they recently went major, Negoto retains the sound of an all-girl indie rock band from Japan. Like a lot of Japanese indie rock, their songs are light and melodic. I was impressed with how much power and energy they put into their songs, which I find lacking in a lot of all-female rock groups. Their debut single "Charon" is a good song to start with.
Simple, raw, Japanese indie rock. Sometimes you can't tell if they're energetic or apathetic. Their songs tend to be light, not particularly emotional or angsty, it's simple, clean, and honest. For a first listen I recommend "everything is my guitar."
Yuzu is a duo that started out as street musicians and then quickly rose to fame with their charming, folky pop songs. They've evolved their style over time without becoming cheesy. My personal favorites will still be the tambourine and harmonica filled songs of their earlier years, like Sayonara Bus and Natsuiro.
Yes, they are a cheesy idol boy band from one of Japan's top corporate music companies. BUT I will tell you that even though their looks are mediocre and their songs are just well written consumer pop, their variety shows are hilarious and despite being tops in terms of popularity in Japan, they don't get too full of themselves. I applaud them for that. And yeah, their songs do get catchy.
Made by the same makers of the Ace Attorney series, it's a different type of detective story but contains the same kind of feel. The story line and addition of 3D graphics and the unique gameplay makes this puzzle-detective-problem solving game so fun I was worried I'd beat it too fast. Like the Ace Attorney games however, it's a singular story line so replay value isn't great.
Unique gameplay, one of the rare games I've seen that takes full advantage of the DS's two screens and touch screen format. Interesting storyline set to an accurate portrayal of modern Shibuya, Tokyo, so much so that it's almost like being a tourist. Fun music, and good replay value. Definitely worth a try.
Graniph is a clothing company from Japan that specializes in t-shirts (and variations) with graphics by designers all over the world. Moderately priced, they ship all over including the US. They're starting to carry more diverse items than just T-shirts as well, and they have some good shipping deals at times. Great place for graphic tees, or that one simple item to spice things up.