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Monster Hunter – Odaiba

Posted in Places, Shops, Stuff by tokyobling on July 25, 2013

If you have been in Japan for more than a few weeks this past decade you are almost bound to have heard of or seen the massively popular adventure TV game, Monster Hunter by the game company Capcom. When I was visiting Tokyo’s seaside Odaiba district the other day I came across a massive pop-up store based on the game, it was almost like a little theme park with a couple of huge and incredibly well done blow up monsters. The monsters were hugely popular with tourists and kids, most of whom I doubt have ever played the game itself! There was even corner inside the store where you can practice roasting the meat of your hunted monsters, every time you roasted it well the little meat roasting tune would sound and you’d get bonus points – a hilarious little detail that you can only understand if you have played the game. I have, for about 3 hours, many years ago. There’s even a video on Youtube with 173,822 hits of some guy playing the meat roasting tune on a recorder!

Even if you aren’t much interested in games it is good to remember at least the title of this game, it is easily one of the most popular games in Japan right now, with quite a cosplay following as well! Click the Monster Hunter tag to get all my posts about Monster Hunter!

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  1. yoshizen said, on July 25, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Very well photographed.
    I’m very impressed by the skill of designing those inflatable monsters.
    In the aspects of soft material, to anticipate how it going to be shaped,
    when it was inflated,and design, cut, joint together etc etc. almost incredible work.
    It is in deed, intriguing thought, how this craftsman started and gained the skill ?
    And where the material came from, who is manufacturing, etc etc ?
    —– And all it’s for those fantasy ? Unbelievable !

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    • tokyobling said, on July 25, 2013 at 10:54 am

      Thank you! I was impressed as well, they probably have cgi programmers and laser cutting machines that cut out the exact proportions of printed material. These kind of huge blow up dolls are very popular in Japan. I can only imagine the cost!

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  2. thiathiachan said, on July 26, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Reblogged this on My Art Work and commented:
    cool

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  3. Charles Millen Photo said, on July 27, 2013 at 3:52 am

    If only I could fit one of those in my house!

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