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Highschool Hijinks, Animé Adoration and Mega Man【Videos】

It’s Friday! Glad to see you all made it.

What a week it’s been. We’ve seen raging AKB48 fans, 98-year-old college students, hand grenades in the mail, all-you-can-eat natto, and of course those hilarious Photoshop creations from China. But that’s not all! Courtesy of our pals over at Niconico, we’ve got three genuinely awesome videos for you right here!

Awkward high school boys, 80s video game hero Mega Man and a crying baby who simply adores Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, all after the jump.

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It’s Hump Day! Take a Tip from Our Furry Friend Maru and Relax

Japanese Internet celebrity Maru has been on the scene for a few years now, shooting to stardom when his owner, YouTube user Mugumogu, uploaded a series of videos of the cat launching himself into boxes and paper bags seemingly far too small to accommodate him. These days, he’s taking life a little easier, but I think we could all learn a thing or two from Maru: the undisputed king of sunshine naps.

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Too Cute to Eat? A Berry Special Treat for Cat Lovers and Hello Kitty Fans!

It’s strawberry season in Japan! Bright red ruby-like berries are now on display at supermarkets everywhere, and many restaurants and pastry shops are promoting strawberry cakes and confectionaries. And it all looks positively mouth-watering. But a certain berry that has recently been the topic of attention among Japanese Twitter users may be almost too cute to eat! Read More

Japanese Netizen’s Pet Hamster Needs to Go on a Diet【Photo】

It’s not just today’s kids who are feeling the effects of a high-calorie, low exercise lifestyle; some of our pets are getting a little wide around the waist, too. Shared by a Japanese Twitter user late last week, this photo shows a hamster that could do with spending a little more time on the running wheel as he can’t quite squeeze himself down his plastic slide. Cute/sad/funny photo after the break.

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Spain-Style Hello Kitty Created By Barcelona Olympic Artist, Javier Mariscal

Hello Kitty gets a funky new makeover!

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Cute or Not Cute? Five Things Women Do That Men Really May Not Be Into

If you hadn’t already noticed, “cute” is a huge part of Japanese culture. From franchised characters known around the world (yes, all the usual favorites like Hello Kitty and Pokémon, to name but two) to local government mascots, Japan is full of cute in various shapes and sizes. But when it comes to passing judgment on what constitutes cute behavior from girls and what doesn’t, there seems to be a significant difference of opinion between the sexes.

See what you think of the opinion of some Japanese men collected on Japanese summary site NAVER Matome. Does any of it ring a bell? Read More

Fluffy “Space Balls” Want to Keep Your Apartment Dust Free!

What is it with Japan and weird cleaning devices today? No sooner have we received news of a remote-controlled “awesome mop” and driveable dustbin than these fluffy little creatures turn up intent on keeping our homes clean!

Going by the moniker Mocoro (a play on the word marimo, a round, fluffy moss ball, and korokoro the onomatopoeic word for a rolling object) these new time savers/lazifiers from Japanese home appliance company CCP are designed to roll around your room picking up dust while you put your feet up.

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Feline Fantasy: Japanese Homebuilder Creates Ultimate Home for Cat Lovers and their Furry Friends

How much do you love your cat? Really, how much? Would you consider purchasing an entire home specifically designed to make life as pleasant as possible for your favorite feline? If so, Japanese homebuilder Asahi Kasei may have just what you’re looking for. And for the hardcore cat lover, it just might be—sorry can’t resist—the cat’s meow.
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Keep Your Phone’s Earphone Jack Clean with These “Glued to the Toilet” Plugs

We’re sure that there are plenty of people out there who enjoyed just a smidgen too much alcohol or Christmas pudding over holidays and ended up glued to the toilet as a result. Or, if you’re situated in this writer’s native UK, perhaps you’ve recently become acquainted with the chuckle-fest that is Noro virus as it sweeps through the nation like a modern-day diarrhoea and vomit-sponsored Beatlemania.

Well now you can relive that episode of gastric hell on earth with these cute earphone jack stoppers featuring tiny black and white plastic figures clinging to the toilet for dear life while appealing to the gods to “let it stop, oh please let it stop!”

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Starbucks Japan Serving Cups of Cheer for the New Year

It all started with a simple message: “Benkyou Ganbare.” Good luck with your studies.

And then the pictures of Starbucks cups came rolling in.

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McDonald’s Turned into Maid Cafe in Taiwan

While McDonald’s Japan has been known to run some customer-pleasing promotions in the past, no amount of free hamburgers can top the stunt performed by the young female crew of one Taiwanese McDonald’s, who dressed up in pink maid outfits on New Year’s Eve.

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Startling Nature Footage Reveals Penguins Are Kind of Jerks

Penguins, otherwise known as the tuxedo wearing clown princes of the Antarctic, have amused us for centuries.  Their cute little waddles and fluffy babies can warm even the coldest of hearts.

However, new footage taken by researchers has shed light on a previously unknown facet of penguin life – they’re kind of dicks.

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Hamsters Are Watching You

“Hamsters are watching you.”

Before, when I said this to people on the streets they would run away and get the police involved.

Well who’s laughing now? Thanks to this video documentation uploaded on YouTube, my paranoid delusions have been proven to be real. In it, the brave camera person captured a hamster stakeout in progress.

My delirium was further validated by Yahoo! who chose this shocking footage as the “10th best animal video of 2012.”

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This 7-Year-Old Japanese Girl Can Dance Better Than You

Well it looks like the end of the world theory based on the prophecy of civilization that couldn’t predict its own demise turned out to be bunk. What better way to celebrate than with adorable videos of a 7-year-old Japanese girl dancing in public?

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Japanese YouTubers Giving Away Cute Sandwich Cutters Worldwide in Creative Collaboration

One of the the things people find most charming about food in Japan is how creative the presentation can be. From adorable panda rice balls to over the top bento lunchboxes, the Japanese have perfected the art of making food something that you can enjoy with both your eyes and your mouth.

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at food presentation à la Japan, six Japanese YouTube channels are holding a giveaway for a set of cute sandwich cutters, as well as introducing six creative ways to use them.

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Cat Nuts! Small, Furry and Surprisingly Cute

It’s a funny old world. One minute I’m covering breaking news about North Korea’s sudden long-range rocket launch, the next I’m eyes-deep in photos of feline genitalia. Never a dull day here at RocketNews24!

Nevertheless, thanks to this small collection of photos presented by Japanese netizens earlier this week, we now know that our furry little feline friends are owners of the smallest, cutest sets of nuts that there ever were. Admittedly, there are few, if any, pairs of love buds out there in the world that would ordinarily have us chuckling away in front of our computer screens or the female team members squealing “kawaiiii!” (“cuuute!”), but we’re positive that those of you brave enough to click the link below will soon agree that cats have genuinely adorable balls.

Wow. What a sentence that was.

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Genius Feline Inventor Creates Heat Generating Device!

Mrs. Fluffy-Paws III (above) shocked the engineering world recently with her development of a new form of heat generating energy.  The device known as Sibli-Chair is a seat-like contraption that creates heat without the use of expensive electricity or dangerous fuels like gasoline.

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Amazing Photos of the Earth’s Weirdest Creatures at the 2013 Insect Academy Awards

As a child I used to love going into the nearby field and searching for new insects. In my area the ultimate prize was a praying mantis, however, like most people, as I grew I came to be more and more uncomfortable around things with more than four legs.

For those of us with an acquired distaste for insects, RocketNews24 is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Insect Academy Awards. It’s a great way to reconnect with a whole planet of those magical little creatures we used to love.

And for those of your who are hardwired to hate things with dozens of eyes, these winners might just change your feelings. To help get you warmed up we’ll kick of the awards ceremony with the “Cutest” award.

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Doraemon (No, it’s Not Hello Kitty This Time) Cosplays to Bring You Luck in the New Year!

At RocketNews24, we love seeing well-known characters indulging in a bit of fun cosplaying. Last month, we showed you Hello Kitty turning herself into a Thanksgiving main dish, and it appears she’s not the only one transforming into food form. This time, Doraemon has made himself available in a mochi (rice cake) costume for the Japanese New Year, and darn it, he actually looks cute doing it! Read More

Japan Has a Fashion Magazine for Elementary School Girls, May Be of Interest to Child Molesters as Well

During a brief stint teaching English at a rural elementary and junior high school in Japan a few years ago, I was surprised to see how much more fashionable Japanese kids are than their American counterparts.

Not actually at school; they were all in their school or gym uniforms on schooldays (though many elementary schools now allow personal clothes). But when the weekend hit, many of my students would transform into little fashionistas and roam the local shopping mall—with a parent or guardian, of course.

I always wondered where they picked up their fashion sense from, and after seeing a few pages from JS Girl, a semimonthly fashion magazine for elementary school-aged girls in Japan, I think I finally get it, and it makes me a little sad.

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