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Anime McDonald’s looks like an awesome place to work part-time 【Video】

Beautifully drawn anime ad shows the emotional friendships that can come from a part-time job.

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Studio Ghibli adapts the world’s oldest manga into short animation for conservation project

Centuries-old designs brought to life by Japan’s most celebrated animation house.

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Energetic schoolgirl’s “Pension dance” commercial for Nagano bank isn’t easy to forget

This dance and and its accompanying catchy little jingle, nicknamed the “brainwashing song,” are currently stuck in people’s heads around Japan.

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Sweating, snuggling models and voice actresses steam up series of spicy ramen ads 【Videos】

Dialogue, including “Master, would it be all right if I put you into my mouth?”, is just as sultry as the visuals.

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Japanese music stores engage in war of words over idol handshake events

Has music become nothing more than extra content for idol handshake events?

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Japan’s Okamoto trials voice-activated condom-dispensing belt in new promo【Video】

Always be prepared, or so the boy scouts’ saying goes. And with this bizarre spring-loaded, condom-dispensing belt, you will be!

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Kana Hanazawa doesn’t understand her latest commercial 【Video】

It’s not unusual for stars to perform in Japanese commercials, but what they’re asked to do can sometimes lead to head-scratching.

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Japanese university says your girlfriend might dump you, other harsh truths in recruiting ad

Some universities try to recruit students by telling them about all the fun they’ll have there, but not this Tokyo institute of higher learning.

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Final Fantasy’s last heroine is Louis Vuitton’s next model 【Photos】

Like a star athlete who just won a championship, video game heroine Lightning has followed up on saving the world of Final Fantasy XIII by landing an endorsement deal.

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“World’s first washable smartphone” goes on sale in Japan accompanied by cheese-tastic ad【Video】

Foolishly allowed a sticky-fingered child to hold your phone? Have a crippling fear of germs and wish you could disinfect everything? Now there’s a smartphone you can wash with soap and water!

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Toyota wants Japan to think of its new model Prius as an “erotic” vehicle【Video】

Why drive a boring old hybrid when you could have an Erotic Vehicle?

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Fans criticize Softbank’s anime character live-action phone ads as ‘disrespectful’

Last month, SoftBank‘s series of commercials depicting several classic anime characters all grown up premiered. The ads star Kyoko Koizumi (Tokyo Sonata, Hanging Garden) as Usagi Tsukino (Sailor Moon), the proprietess at Moon Ribar an atmospheric rooftop bar. She’s assisted by Maruko-chan (Chibi Maruko-chan, played by Suzu Hirose) and welcomes guests like Fist of the North Star‘s Kenshiro (famous Kabuki actor Ichikawa Ebizō XI), Obocchama-kun (played by Shinnosuke Mitsushima), Duke “Golgo 13” Tōgō (played by Fumiyo Kohinata), Joe Yabuki (Ashita no Joe, played by comedian Naoki Matayoshi) and Astro Boy himself, played by Masato Sakai (Honey and Clover).

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“My son didn’t look back when I waved.” Toyota ad will leave you choked up, wanting to call home

You might think that Japanese advertisements are all Hollywood celebrity endorsements or surreal tales of busty schoolgirls with nose rings, but when it wants to, Japan can make commercials that yank on the heartstrings as strongly as anywhere else in Asia. Getting the waterworks flowing today is Toyota, asking the question, “Do you care about your parents as much as they love you?”, and while the video is short on cars, it makes up for that with plenty of tears.

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Ready for a dose of feels? Grab the tissues because this daughter’s love is beautiful【Video】

We here at RocketNews are a soft bunch at heart. We’ve been affected by tear-inducing, feel-good videos from countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand, and now it’s Singapore that’s got us by the feels with a touching new clip.

Based on a true story, this commercial plays more like a short art film, with atmospheric shots and superb acting that seems too real to be rehearsed. Come with us as we take a peek into the life of a graduating high school girl who looks after two younger siblings and her widowed, wheelchair-bound father, as she sacrifices her education and future for her family. Oh, and bring that box of tissues with you – you’ll be needing it!

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Adorable Kikkoman ad from 1900s shows even a soy sauce company knew cats entertain

Kikkoman is one of the most famous brands of soy sauce, especially since it comes in such unique container that is open on two sides and can never be closed. The company has been around since 1917, so they’ve had a lot of years to think of ways to advertise for the salty sauce around the world. One of their cutest ads comes from 1933 and features a crew of dancing cats in black skirts that make us squeel “KAWAII!”

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“So you like big guns, eh?” Japan’s TV ad for World of Tanks is surprisingly cheeky 【Video】

Here at RocketNews24 we’re pretty big fans of funny and unpredictable Japanese TV ads, whether they’re for Cup NoodleBatman dubs, or English schools.

And just by looking at the thumbnail for this Japanese ad for World of Tanks, the multiplayer online game that just announced that it’s coming to PlayStation 4 this year, we knew we were going to be in for a treat.

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Probably the greatest, weirdest ad for sanitary napkins you’ll ever see【Video】

You have to feel for advertising copywriters sometimes. They have to come up with interesting and convincing ways to sell all manner of products, regardless of how mundane and unappealing they may be. But every so often, an ad comes along that makes us wish we’d been on the team that came up with it, it’s so breathtakingly weird.

After all, it’s not every day that you get to pitch ‘woman with sanitary undies for a head has suspicious red liquid drinking contest with rival sanitary napkins’.

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Nana Mizuki teaches us the proper way to eat eel

Nana Mizuki (Hinata in Naruto, Fate in Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Cure Blossom in Heartcatch Precure!) is now the “image girl” (celebrity spokeswoman) for Nakau, a Japanese restaurant chain specializing in donburi (rice bowls) and noodles.

A new commercial featuring Mizuki in a kimono advertises Nakau’s eel set meal, Unamabushi, and explains that there are three proper ways of eating the grilled eel: 1) by itself; 2) with the provided toppings; and 3) with the rice, toppings, and dashi (Japanese fish broth) in the bowl. (This is similar to a Japanese dish called ochazuke, essentially rice in tea.)

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Samsung’s latest ad is eerily similar to recent Apple ads

Samsung just released its latest ad for the Galaxy S6 Edge, and it looks eerily familiar.

In April, Apple made this ad for the Gold Edition of Apple Watch. When you look at Samsung’s ad and the Watch spot side by side, the similarities border on ridiculous.

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Ghibli makes 3rd brush painting-inspired TV ad for Nisshin

Studio Ghibli produced a third commercial inspired by sumi-e (traditional Japanese brush painting) for Nisshin Seifun Group, a Japanese food and manufacturing conglomerate, the company began airing the ad in Japan on Sunday. Like the first and second commercials that aired in 2010 and 2012, respectively, the new “Onaka Suita Ne no Uta” (I’m Hungry Song) ad stars Konyara, a cat that Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki himself drew. Two new kittens, Kuroneko and Buchi, join Konyara and Ko-Konyara in the third commercial.

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