Shakugan no Shana III Airing Fall 2011

News, Shakugan no Shana

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Reports from the 2ch Light Novel subforum indicate that Shakugan no Shana will be seeing a third, and final season this fall. Titled 灼眼のシャナⅢ(Final) or Shakugan no Shana III (Final)in English. It will feature the same staff as the two previous seasons of Shana.

STAFF
Original Art – Ito Noizi

Character Design – Ootsuka Mai

Animation: J.C.STAFF

CAST

Shana: Kugimiya Rie

Sakai Yuji: Hino Satoshi

Alastor: Ebara Masashi

Hopefully it will turn out well.

Source.

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2011 Summer NTTdocomo PRIME Series Roundup

Japan, News, Technology

Yes, the apex of high-spec phones, uncontested across the globe. These are perhaps the highest spec phones one can buy at this very moment. Now with the new unlock policies, all phones sold by NTTdocomo are available unlocked – meaning gone are the days of hypersim instability and weak signals.

Well, lets get to it.

SHARP AQUOS SHOT SH-10C


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Representing the the latest in advanced phones from SHARP, the AQUOS SHOT SH-10C is packed with the latest technology. Featuring a 16.1MP CCD sensor as well as a 3D-capable LCD complemented by a high IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing & IP5X dustproofing, this phone has it all.

The style is reminiscent of STYLE-series models while signaling a break from traditional SHARP design. In fact, the exterior reminds me of a CASIO CA003 from au by KDDI whereas the interior is similar to that of Fujitsu F-03B.

  • 16.1MP CCD sensor, 1080p FULL HD video recording capable, 3D image capable
  • 3.4” New Mobile ASV LCD, FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable
  • 15.5mm thick (22mm maximum), 139g
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing, IP5X dustproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Rotating axis display, can be used as touchscreen when folded
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

 

Fujitsu F-09C


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Fujitsu has been a minor player in the handset market prior to its major breakthrough, the F-01A. Since then, it has grown rapidly, setting the benchmark with F-01B, F-04B and the F-06B. The F-09C is Fujitsu’s latest attempt to further raise the bar.

The F-09C is the successor of the F-06B, which introduced their proprietary “Yoko-motion” technology to a waterproof, slider form.

Befitting of the PRIME Series tag, the F-09C features IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing (the highest level achievable commercially). It means that you can immerse this phone in water deeper than 1m for prolonged periods and the phone will still function.

The camera sensor is now soured from Sony, using the 16.3MP Exmor R for Mobile featuring 3D image and video capability, as well as HDR photography.

  • 3.5” FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable, touchscreen
  • 16.3MP CMOS sensor, 3D image/video capable
  • 15.8mm thick, 138g
  • IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Yoko-motion display, can turn 180degrees horizontally
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

 

Casio EXILIM keitai CA-01C


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The CA-01C is Casio’s first ever phone produced for NTTdocomo. Before this, Casio was most often associated with au by KDDI for producing many eye-catching models over the last couple of years.

Visually, the CA-01C resembles a CA003/CA005 from about a year ago. However, its specs have seen a great boost in comparison to the two models. The camera is the same Sony unit as the one in the Fujitsu, with the 16.3MP unit that is capable of recording 1080p FULL HD video.

The 3.4” FWVGA display supports glasses-free 3D display and the ability to switch between 2D/3D mode. The phone is protected by IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing, an industry benchmark comparable to the Fujitsu F-09C.

  • 3.4” FWVGA resolution (854×480), 3D-capable
  • 16.3MP CMOS sensor, 3D image/video capable
  • 16.9mm thick, 149g
  • IPX5/IPX8 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • Rotating axis display, can be used as touchscreen when folded
  • FM Transmitter

 

Panasonic LUMIX Phone P-05C


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Panasonic stirred the keitai world with the introduction of its first branded phone, aptly called LUMIX Phone P-03C half a year ago. Since then, the team at Panasonic has worked to improve the user experience while maintaining the familiar shape of the phone.

The biggest news is in the camera. As a first ever for Japanese keitai phones, P-05C features optical image stabilization. This means better looking photos that won’t be affected by vibration and hand movements. This feature becomes most apparent during photo session in low-light conditions, as well as during the capture of 1080p FULL HD video.

  • 3.3” FWVGA resolution (854×480)
  • 13.2MP CMOS sensor, optical image stabilization
  • 17.7mm thick, 149g
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n)

2011 Summer NTTdocomo Smartphone Roundup

Japan, News, Technology

NTTdocomo has released its highly anticipated smartphone lineup for the Summer/Fall 2011 collection. Perhaps the most exciting news is that all phones sold by NTTdocomo will be available for SIM unlock starting with this season, which means you can very well be using one of these phones natively outside Japan!

Here is a quick roundup of the major phones and its features. All (except F-07C) are are based on the Android OS.

NEC MEDIAS WP N-06C


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As said in the title “WP” the MEDIAS N-06C is a waterproof successor to the N-04C that was release this past February. The N-06C keeps the familiar shape and slimness of the N-04C, while adding IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing. The OS gets upgraded to Android 2.3, with T9 support. Other Japan-specific features include IR, osaifu-keitai i-mode mail and 1seg TV tuner.

  • 4” FWVGA resolution (854×480)
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • 7.9mm thin, 9.7mm maximum, 113g
  • IPX5/IPX7 waterproofing
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

Fujitsu FMV LOOX F-07C


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Fujitsu has entered uncharted territory with the F-07C, which combines a Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit with the tried-and-true Symbian OS that’s on most Japanese keitai handsets. With Windows 7, this phone is more accurately classified as a UMPC – or ultra mobile PC.

This UMPC includes all features that are standard on Japanese keitai handsets. It is aimed mostly towards the people who carry both a smartphone and a Japanese keitai (to augment missing features from smartphones).

  • 4” SVGA resolution (1024×600)
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • Intel Atom Z600 @ 1.2GHz
  • 19.8mm thick, 218g
  • 32GB SSD
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

Panasonic P-07C


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The Panasonic P-07C is Panasonic’s first attempt at the Android smartphone market. Loaded with Android 2.3, the P-07C features a large 4.3” LCD screen as well as Panasonic’s own take on the Android OS.

Other features are very standard for Japanese smartphones (which surpass the specs of overseas smartphones).

  • 4.3” screen
  • 5.1MP CMOS sensor
  • 14mm thick
  • 3G/GSM WORLD WING compatible (usable in Canada)
  • WiFi (802.11b/g/n), GPS

 

SHARP AQUOS PHONE SH-12C


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SHARP released their first Android smartphone a year ago in the form of SH-10B, with Android 1.6 and a unique form factor suited to Japanese users. It was followed 6 months ago by a more concentrated effort, resulting in spectacular and groundbreaking phones such as the 003SH (3D display & CCD camera) and SH-03C LYNX 3D. This season, SHARP is focusing on strengthening their 3D portfolio.

The AQUOS PHONE SH-12C incorporates a 3D camera as well as a 3D display. Nearly all specs have received a boost from the 003SH, SHARP’s prior flagship smartphone.

  • 4.2” QHD resolution (960×540), 3D-capable
  • 8.0MP dual sensor w/ProPix engine capable of 3D images and video
  • HDMI-out for playback on TV

The 2011 Sendai Earthquake

Japan, News

As many of you may already know, a M9.0 earthquake has stuck Japan on March 11, 2011 at 2:46pm. A tsunami came 5~30min after the initial shaking.

I’m an expat that lived there for half my life. I’m Japanese in every way imaginable.

I have also lived through the Great Hanshin Earthquake, the largest modern earthquake that struck Kobe, Osaka, Kyoto and Nara on January 17, 1995. 6434 people died in that earthquake, measuring M7.9. My experiences mean that this earthquake is relevant to me in every way.

It’s just hard to imagine a quarter of my homeland be turned to nothing in the most horrific way imaginable. It’s utterly difficult and dreadful…

Granted, I lived in the Kansai region, in the west so I have no relatives in the Tohoku region. However, I do have friends and people I know there – including one in Sendai, one of the hardest hit areas. He is doing fine, alongside 20-odd other friends scattered around Tokyo, Yokohama and Saitama.

For me, twitter has been instrumental in collecting information, as well as Ustream. The TBS live broadcast is on Ustream – go look for it if you can understand Japanese. I am also reporting for the English community by translating TBS broadcast live.

The images and videos of shaking and the waves just brought me close to tears. Beneath that wave are potentially hundreds of people that never got a chance to run away in time. Among the tons of rubble are people that never was able to get away. It makes me feel utterly powerless just sitting here, on the other side of the Pacific. I want to do something. I want to join a rescue team and go back.

For now, I have donated to the Canadian Red Cross. If you care about Japan, please help in any way you can. There’s more to Japan than anime and manga. There are the lives of people that make them, the lives of people that support the nation. Just because Japan is a developed world, does not mean we don’t need assistance.

Thank you for reading this.