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Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 20:30
 The Store is LIVE!
Refresh: onelldesign.com/store

Edit: All limits have been lifted and you may place additional orders. Thank you!

You may place ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR tonight. We are seeing a high volume of traffic and need everyone's cooperation to make this as smooth as possible. After the initial dust settles, we will allow customers to place another order. Thanks for your understanding and support. Have fun!

Please note the Buildstation has also been updated with past releases.

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Rig Crew II

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 20:30
 The Store is LIVE!
Refresh: onelldesign.com/store

Edit: All limits have been lifted and you may place additional orders. Thank you!

You may place ONE ORDER WITHIN THE FIRST HOUR tonight. We are seeing a high volume of traffic and need everyone's cooperation to make this as smooth as possible. After the initial dust settles, we will allow customers to place another order. Thanks for your understanding and support. Have fun!

Please note the Buildstation has also been updated with past releases.

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Disruptive Behavior

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 19:53

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Disruptive Behavior

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 19:53

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Core Interface

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 19:26

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Core Interface

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 19:26

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Warning Signs

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 17:11

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Warning Signs

Glyos Transmission Blog - 7 September, 2014 - 17:11

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Sion Sono’s TOKYO TRIBE Press Notes

SciFi Japan - 7 September, 2014 - 12:29
Photo courtesy of Nikkatsu Corporation. © 2014 INOUE SANTA/TOKYO TRIBE FILM PARTNERS
Sion Sono Tackles the Tokyo Criminal Underworld! Source: Nikkatsu Corporation, Toronto International Film Festival Official Movie Site: tokyotribe-movie.com (Japan) Set in an alternate Tokyo of the near future, director Sion Sono continues his run of sensational films with the explosive street gang tale, TOKYO TRIBE (トウキョウ トライブ, Tokyo Toraibu). The film is the first live-action adaptation of the best-selling manga series Tokyo Tribe 2, by Santa Inoue, which has sold 2 million copies and has been published in Asia and even the west to great popularity. Continued...
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GIRLS, AND CEPHALOPODS, AND KONGS: OH MY!Behind-the-Scenes on KING KONG VS. GODZILLA

August Ragone - 7 September, 2014 - 02:00
スナップ写真『キングコング対ゴジラ』より。


Candid publicity photo courtesy of Genju Ota. ©Toho Co, Ltd.

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Unseen Forces

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 September, 2014 - 15:02

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Unseen Forces

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 September, 2014 - 15:02

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The Art of Japanese Monsters Softcover Edition Coming this October

SciFi Japan - 6 September, 2014 - 06:21
Source: Sean Linkenback
A work-in-progress preview of Alex Wald's cover art for the softcover edition of The Art of Japanese Monsters. Image courtesy of Sean Linkenback. © 2014
Unauthorized Guide to Godzilla Collectibles author Sean Linkenback has announced a new softcover edition of his latest book, The Art of Japanese Monsters, will be available starting October 13th. Featuring a new cover illustration by Alex Wald (American Splendor, Japan’s Favorite Mon-Star), this reference guide to Japanese science fiction film posters from 1954 to present contains artwork from over 60 different films, including the Godzilla, Gamera, and Mothra series; RODAN, GAPPA, the Majin films, WAR OF THE GARGANTUAS, THE H-MAN, and many more. Linkenback explains... "After the amazingly quick sell-out of the hardcover edition of The Art of Japanese Monsters (less than one month at both wholesale and retail), I've been fielding calls and emails from collectors all over the world who are just now hearing about the book and wondering how they can get a hold of a copy. Wanting to stay true to my word that the hardcover would be a limited edition and not be reprinted, I made the decision that if I went back and did a softcover version that it would have to be abridged, thus ensuring that the people who stepped up early and purchased the hardcover still had their interests protected." Continued...
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Mission Details

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 September, 2014 - 00:01
This list was a bit of a roller coaster to put together, as I received everything later than planned (I always check the goods in hand before completing and publishing the official release specifics). My sincere apologies for the late posting of the final details.

It's hard to believe that it was four years ago that we first met the original Rig Crew, introduced in one of our longest Passcodes, Soul of the Traveler. I remember working around the clock with Marcus and Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland, as we collectively went a little more bananas with each passing day. The end result was an absolute and complete collaboration, and I'm still very thankful for how far Marcus and Rich pushed the limits to make something that I still believe holds up after a pretty good amount of time. That project will forever be one of my favorites, and the outcome of our triple attack produced something that transported the three of us into a very satisfying and creative dimension.

A couple notes about this new assortment:

-The painted accents on Gearius and Klace feature the first decorated Dark Traveler chest piece (they should know better than to mess around with that armor).

-There are four PVC colors mixed between the Travelers, consisting of Brown, Dark Brown, Black and Sand (the old Gear's Edge hue).

-The Armorvor wolf head officially makes its exit after this round.

-The Glyans once again are configured in the "Hunter" build, utilizing the Dark Traveler outer scarf and belt to beef things up.

We are still on track for this Sunday, September 7th at 9:30PM EST! 

On to the list!


Rig Crew II


Glyan -Rig Crew Standard (Brown/Black with Green visors and White tampo w/ reconfigured Dark Traveler scarf and belt) $8
Glyan -Rig Crew Reverse (Black/Brown with Black visors and White tampo w/ reconfigured Dark Traveler scarf and belt) $8

Rig Crew Operator Gearius (Brown/Black/Sand with painted eyes/ Dark Brown accents and White tampo w/ Dark Traveler head/Traveler belt/Traveler scarf/Inner Dark Traveler scarf) $9
Rig Crew Commander Klace  (Black/Dark Brown with painted eyes/ Dark Brown accents and White tampo w/ Dark Traveler head/Traveler belt/Traveler scarf/Inner Dark Traveler scarf) $9
Rig Crew Tracker Durleryn (Sand/Brown/Dark Brown with painted eyes and White tampo w/Phanost head and Dark Brown Pheyden head/Pheyden chest/Pheyden pelvis) $9 

Armorvor  -Rig Crew Mimic (Brown/Black Paint with Green visors and bonus head) $9
Armorvor  -Neo Phase (Clear Green with Black visors and bonus head) $9
Armorvor  -Stealth MK V (No Paint and bonus head) $8

Crayboth Reverse Disruptor Elite $4
Crayboth ??? $4


Swing Joint Set -Brown $4
Swing Joint Set - Black $4

Hub Set -Brown with Black accent and White tampo $4
Hub Set -Black with Green accent and White tampo $4
NOTE- Each Hub Set is sold in a specific Drone configuration.

Axis Joint Set -Brown $4
Axis Joint Set -Black $4 
Axis Joint Set -Neo Phase (Clear Green) RESTOCK $3 SPECIAL PRICE 
 
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Brown with Black accent $2
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Black with Green accent $2


Super Crayboth -Disruptor Pod Leader (Purple Vinyl/Dark Purple paint/Light Pink accents) $25

Heavy Armored Rig -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo prints) $25

Core Block -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo print) $12 

Conversion Set (consists of 1 short Rig Arm and 1 Long Rig Arm for customizing vinyl figures) -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo prints) $12


Marcus and I have been wanting to run a new version of Gearius for a bit, and this year lined up to be the right one to bring the old Traveler back, along with Klace in some Real Type hues. Speaking of hues, the subtle combinations of browns and grays in this wave took a number of attempts to get just right, and definitely ranked high up there in the challenge department. We hope you like how everything turned out!

Thanks for reading this word whirlwind!



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Mission Details

Glyos Transmission Blog - 6 September, 2014 - 00:01
This list was a bit of a roller coaster to put together, as I received everything later than planned (I always check the goods in hand before completing and publishing the official release specifics). My sincere apologies for the late posting of the final details.

It's hard to believe that it was four years ago that we first met the original Rig Crew, introduced in one of our longest Passcodes, Soul of the Traveler. I remember working around the clock with Marcus and Rich "Disasterpeace" Vreeland, as we collectively went a little more bananas with each passing day. The end result was an absolute and complete collaboration, and I'm still very thankful for how far Marcus and Rich pushed the limits to make something that I still believe holds up after a pretty good amount of time. That project will forever be one of my favorites, and the outcome of our triple attack produced something that transported the three of us into a very satisfying and creative dimension.

A couple notes about this new assortment:

-The painted accents on Gearius and Klace feature the first decorated Dark Traveler chest piece (they should know better than to mess around with that armor).

-There are four PVC colors mixed between the Travelers, consisting of Brown, Dark Brown, Black and Sand (the old Gear's Edge hue).

-The Armorvor wolf head officially makes its exit after this round.

-The Glyans once again are configured in the "Hunter" build, utilizing the Dark Traveler outer scarf and belt to beef things up.

We are still on track for this Sunday, September 7th at 9:30PM EST! 

On to the list!


Rig Crew II


Glyan -Rig Crew Standard (Brown/Black with Green visors and White tampo w/ reconfigured Dark Traveler scarf and belt) $8
Glyan -Rig Crew Reverse (Black/Brown with Black visors and White tampo w/ reconfigured Dark Traveler scarf and belt) $8

Rig Crew Operator Gearius (Brown/Black/Sand with painted eyes/ Dark Brown accents and White tampo w/ Dark Traveler head/Traveler belt/Traveler scarf/Inner Dark Traveler scarf) $9
Rig Crew Commander Klace  (Black/Dark Brown with painted eyes/ Dark Brown accents and White tampo w/ Dark Traveler head/Traveler belt/Traveler scarf/Inner Dark Traveler scarf) $9
Rig Crew Tracker Durleryn (Sand/Brown/Dark Brown with painted eyes and White tampo w/Phanost head and Dark Brown Pheyden head/Pheyden chest/Pheyden pelvis) $9 

Armorvor  -Rig Crew Mimic (Brown/Black Paint with Green visors and bonus head) $9
Armorvor  -Neo Phase (Clear Green with Black visors and bonus head) $9
Armorvor  -Stealth MK V (No Paint and bonus head) $8

Crayboth Reverse Disruptor Elite $4
Crayboth ??? $4


Swing Joint Set -Brown $4
Swing Joint Set - Black $4

Hub Set -Brown with Black accent and White tampo $4
Hub Set -Black with Green accent and White tampo $4
NOTE- Each Hub Set is sold in a specific Drone configuration.

Axis Joint Set -Brown $4
Axis Joint Set -Black $4 
Axis Joint Set -Neo Phase (Clear Green) RESTOCK $3 SPECIAL PRICE 
 
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Brown with Black accent $2
Phase Arm/Gobon Blaster Single Set -Black with Green accent $2


Super Crayboth -Disruptor Pod Leader (Purple Vinyl/Dark Purple paint/Light Pink accents) $25

Heavy Armored Rig -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo prints) $25

Core Block -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo print) $12 

Conversion Set (consists of 1 short Rig Arm and 1 Long Rig Arm for customizing vinyl figures) -Rig Crew (Light Gray Vinyl/Gray Paint with Black accents and White tampo prints) $12


Marcus and I have been wanting to run a new version of Gearius for a bit, and this year lined up to be the right one to bring the old Traveler back, along with Klace in some Real Type hues. Speaking of hues, the subtle combinations of browns and grays in this wave took a number of attempts to get just right, and definitely ranked high up there in the challenge department. We hope you like how everything turned out!

Thanks for reading this word whirlwind!



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The History of Robot Anime

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:43

Robots

The Japanese government commissioned a report on the history of Japanese robot animation. Yes, the government. My government's robot studies are undoubtedly focused on stuff like killer Predator and Reaper drones. Japan's? Astro Boy, Tranzor Z, and Voltron. More power to 'em, I say. (Pun intended.) "Japan" and "robots" go together like chocolate and peanut butter. It's fair to say that no other country has become so intimately associated with robots both real and fictional.

But until now, precious few have explored the history of the robot shows that are a virtual synonym for Cool Japan. Ryusuke Hikawa wrote the majority of the report. He's been on the front lines of otaku culture since day one, chairing the fan club that played a big role in getting the Space Cruiser Yamato movies made back in 1977. Today he's one of Japan's top anime critics and I can't think of anyone better suited to have authored the report along with Sunrise's Koichi Inoue and writer Daisuke Sawaki. 

AltJapan was hired via the Mori Corporation to translate the 90-page beast into English. And now it's available for free download on the Agency for Cultural Affair's Media Arts Content site. (Scroll down for the  English link.)

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Hello, Doraemon

AltJapan - 20 March, 2014 - 20:15

Doraemon_english

The English-language ebook editions of Fujiko F. Fujio's classic manga "Doraemon" have started coming out. AltJapan translated it for Voyager Japan in association with Fujiko Productions - some 12,000-plus pages over the course of last year, easily the biggest manga localization with which we have ever been involved. It's finally being released in 3-episode chunks: volumes one through ten have come out via the Kindle Store as of this posting. (Apologies if you can't see them - they're only available for download in North America at present.)

This release is a really big deal. Doraemon is Japan's single most popular character, yet the comic has never been officially released in English. There have been a handful of bilingual editions created for students of English, but never a truly localized edition intended purely for enterainment's sake.

If you've never read Doraemon, you can't truly call yourself a connosieur of manga. I challenge anyone to find a middle-aged or younger Japanese person, otaku or not, who hasn't read at least a few pages (and probably a lot more than that.) It is the first sci-fi most Japanese read. It's part of the fabric of Japanese life in the same way that classic Disney films or Peanuts are in the West. The cast of characters are archetypes: Nobita the nerd, Sneech the rich kid, Big G the bully, Shizuka the neighborhood idol. They are given homage in countless other works, parodied in nationwide advertising campaigns for car companies. People casually drop references to them in daily conversations in the same way an American might refer to Homer Simpson's love of donuts or Lucy yanking the football away from Charlie Brown. 

So why hasn't it ever come out in English before? It's hard to say. Perhaps because manga and anime are often associated with dark, edgy imagery in America, and that's the last word anyone would ever apply to Doraemon. It is kids' entertainment par excellence, but quintessentially Japanese kids' entertainment, meaning it's filled to the brim with subtle cultural references, occasional nudity, and inevitable toilet humor of the sort that sends certain types of parents into a tizzy. And simply due to the age of the series - it debuted in 1969 - modern-day analogues of many of Doraemon's "22nd century" gadgets are available to anyone with a credit card. The Asahi Shimbun quotes a "former industry ministry official" theorizing that Americans can't sympathize with a passive loser like Nobita, but that can't be right - Charlie Brown is an even gloomier protagonist, minus any hope of salvation from a pal like Doraemon.

Whatever prevented Doraemon from getting an English release didn't stop it from being translated into many European and Asian languages, where it retains a huge following (particularly in SE Asia.) The English-speaking world is simply behind the curve on this one, and it's been our loss - until now. Doraemon is a cornerstone of Japanese pop culture, and it has been an honor to be part of the team that is bringing it out in English for the very first time.

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