Has watching too much anime on your phone left you with painful hand cramps? Then you're in luck, because Japanese anime network Animax made a hands-free, crotch-harness smartphone holder that looks like a huge swan growing out of your private parts. Now you can watch all the anime you want!
This story about a young woman and an old man probably won't end the way you think. The duo sit and have a conversation about the elder's health. His spirits are good, despite a few natural aches and pains. Then things take a turn for the weird, as the woman recalls their history together, dating back to 18 years prior. As the dialogue continues down that dark path, the man recalls getting into regular fights, and she forgives him for causing trouble.
Taiyo Kikaku's Tokyo division made a video for Nissin Chikin ramen that appropriates a dizzying array of Japanese ad tropes. "SamuraiDroneCatIdolSuperhumanRubeGoldbergViewerWarningTooExplosiveHighSchoolGirl"—a breathless title that references all the stuff it plays with—is a kinetic, visually impressive piece of business that includes contemporary ad trends like drones, parkour sequences and complex Rube Goldbergian visual stunts. It also parodies Shiseido's "High School Girl," a viral spot for NTT Plala, and Marukome's "Definition of Japanese Kawaii" (itself a visually rich ad for soup).
A man who can't keep the lights on for his family leaves home on a five-year quest, and returns as a human firefly who lights up his entire village. That is the bizarre, ultimately tragic plot of this "Firefly Man" ad for Ocedel Lighting in Japan. It won a silver in Film and a bronze in Film Craft last week at Cannes Lions, and before that, it was the Grande Film winner at this year's Asia Pacific AdFest.
The U.S. presidency is fine and all, but would Donald J. Trump stop there? Surely he would realize there's a whole yuuuge world out there waiting to be dominated.
Imagine a plush rooster with a frog's foot where its comb should be. Such a creature now exists, thanks to a new campaign in Japan. To raise awareness of a shortage of child organ donors, Dentsu employee Akira Suzuki and a colleague created "Second Life Toys," which hopes to resurrect worn-out stuffed animals by combining them with parts from other fuzzy beasts.
Having passed the 100-day mark until the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio last week, and with the torch relay starting today, the countdown to the Games of the XXXI Olympiad is officially on.
In Japan, TBWA isn't just making ads. It's coming up with new—and quite peculiar—ways to identify medical students who have the dexterity to make brilliant surgeons.
Sagami Original Condoms has filmed animal courtship rituals as performed by humans, and the results are both strange and seductive.
BERLIN, Germany—Major marketers Mini Cooper and John Lewis shared the stage with little-known upstarts Shiseido and ElaN Languages in accepting Grand Prix honors from the Epica Awards. The France-based award show, judged by professional journalists (including myself) who cover the global ad industry, announced its top winners at an awards ceremony here in Berlin tonight.