Domokun Travels Back in Time to Give Birth to Modern Japan

Posted by Michael Pinto on Mar 19, 2010 in Animation, Hobbies and Collections

Domokun Daiwa Drama Ryoma Den

Domokun has many adventures — and for this set of goodies he’s joined the cast of the Japanese costume drama show Ryomaden. The story is based upon the life of Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本 龍馬) who lived in the 19th Century and played a key role in keeping Japan united while allowing for the creation of a modern government which will allow it to avoid be colonized by foreign powers. Ryōma was very much in love with technology, so I think he’d love the idea of westerners learning about his life story via the internet (although I’m not sure how he’d feel about Domo). Read more…

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Domo’s Dad: An Interview with Tsuneo Goda

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 22, 2010 in Animation

Thank you Tokyopop — I had no idea that Tsuneo Goda, creator of Domo came to the United States and did an interview! It’s amazing to think that Domo-kun was created all the way back in 1998, he’s really taken on a life of his own these past few years. From my own point of view the thing I’ve always liked about Domo is that he’s a stop-motion character which sets him apart from anime yet gives him a quirky quality that you can’t quite capture in computer animation.

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Diary of a Domo Devotee

Posted by Michael Pinto on Jan 9, 2010 in Hobbies and Collections

Domo and Mr. Usaji Journal

Once upon a time Domo goodies were so hard to come across, you had to order them from Japan and then wait, wait, wait; but these days you can find Domo paraphernalia almost everywhere. Dark Horse is continuing the reign of Domo with more goodies: Shown above is the Domo and Mr. Usaji Journal, and below are the Domo Sticky Note Book and the Domo Party Lights: Read more…

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Domo is Dead: Long Live On-Chan Nendoroid!

Posted by Michael Pinto on Apr 17, 2009 in Japanese TV

Time was not too long ago that Domo was the coolest thing not just for me — but for any self respecting hipster, creative professional or occasional otaku. But alas our favorite razor toothed character who was all but unknown in Japan conquered mainstream America, before you know it every damn yabbo could pick up a t-shirt at Walmart. But fear not as I have discovered a worthy mascot replacement: On-Chan Nendoroid (shown above) was created in 1997 to represent the Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co. and he sports a pet monster called Guchi. So if you want to be the first kid on your block to own your very own Nendoroid this figurine can be ordered from National Console Support, Inc. By the way here’s Nendoroid in action: Read more…

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