Although the Power Rangers and Super Sentai franchises have been forever linked since Power Rangers began 24 years ago, the Western side of things has never had creative input on the making of the Japanese show — it has simply been left to create its own series out of Super Sentai footage. That's changing this year.
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Although there's been a short teaser trailer for the Japanese live-action adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's beloved manga, we didn't actually get to see all that much of the Elric brothers — until now that is, even if they're hidden in shadows and steam.
Next year, Power Rangers will grace our screens with both a big new movie and a new TV series, featuring Power Rangers ninjas (and, as previously discussed, a cowboy ninja). But not even that can match the complete and utter insanity that its Japanese counterpart is cooking up for its new season.
Now I'm not a baby, but I can imagine it would be really cool if my parents just knew it was diaper changing time without me crying about it and disturbing everyone within a thirty-mile radius. A team at Ritsumeikan University in Japan gets it — they're working on a urine-powered diaper sensor that can tell when it's time for a changing.
As adorable robots go, it seems almost impossible to ever get angry at The Force Awakens' BB-8. Which is why turning the little robot into an alarm clock is such a brilliant idea, because no matter how tired or grumpy are, you'll never be tempted to throw BB-8 across the room when he frantically tries to wake you up.
Godzilla isn't just a Kaiju that's the king of the monsters. Godzilla doesn't just spend its time mindlessly destroying the world with its atomic breath in brain-numbing American remakes that no one should spend two hours watching. Or, fine, Godzilla is that in America. But in Japan, Godzilla represents so much more.
Video: The Japanese city of Beppu is known for its countless hot springs and spas that pop up around them. So much so, that the city's mayor, Yasuhiro Nagano, pledged to build an entire spa-themed amusement park — although it might not be quite as awesome as the one featured in this promotional video.
Video: You'd assume that when the earth opens up to swallow a big chunk of a crowded city it would take months to fix the damage. But in the Japanese city of Fukuoka, it took repair crews just four days to fix a massive five-lane-wide sinkhole that suddenly appeared last week.
If you haven't read up on tardigrades, or "water bears" as they're more commonly known, take a few minutes and familiarise yourself with the microscopic creatures that are nearly indestructible. Then you'll understand why you must own this adorable stuffed version.