Ladies, prepare to be romanced by a hot guy with a horse’s body in this bizarre new dating app

Ever dream of being kabe-doned by a horse? Neither did we, but now you can in the new Horse Prince game…and no, we’re not horsing around.

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Better than a Ouija board: Spot Message helps you communicate beyond the veil

You’ll literally be able to hear hello from the other side.

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Spy on a hot prisoner with amnesia in Capcom’s new mobile romance sim

In this newly-released mobile romance app from Capcom, players must find clues to a crime by spying on an incarcerated mega-hottie with amnesia…

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Problems drawing body parts hampering your manga artist aspirations? Let this app lend you a hand

Who’s got two thumbs and likes to help artists? Handy Art Reference Tool does!

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aDanza: Japan’s wild music player app featuring dancing alpacas, sumo wrestlers and more! 【Video】

With a tagline of “So kimoi (strange), so kawaii (cute)”, we knew we had to check this out.

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A new tool for cosplayers – a business card with tons of photos “on it”

Can’t choose just one picture for your cosplayer card? Now you can have as many as you want with a new app aimed at reinventing the business card!

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Romance an ancient Egyptian god in the newest bizarre dating sim for mobile

The dating simulator scene is getting weirder and weirder, so it’s hard to be surprised by anything they come up with these days. Humans are already old news and we’re now used to romancing all manner of strange creatures. Even so, this mobile game for girls caught my eye with its unique character designs and by promising love with powerful ancient Egyptian deities.

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Change your Twitter “Like” hearts into fun “Like” sushi with a fun new web app!

Here’s something for you, sushi and Twitter lovers the world over!

Earlier this week, a Japanese net user uploaded a free Chrome web extension which converts the Twitter “Like” heart icon into a delicious sushi icon instead. It may not be the most earth-shattering new function to ever pop up on the internet, but hey, it’s the little things in life, right?

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Banish your love rivals, fantasize over your crush’s recorder in weird new game app

More than once, I’ve been baffled by characters in Japanese dramas getting excited at the thought of having a kansetsu kisu, or “indirect kiss.” Apparently, the thought of drinking out of the same cup or using the same straw as the object of your affection is akin to kissing them indirectly.

With the release of a new romance simulation mobile game, you too can experience the thrill of a young Japanese schoolboy about to have a kansetsu kisu with the girl of your dreams–but only after you get your hands on the recorder she uses in music class!

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Asahi Shimbun’s app featuring moe school-girl broadcasters is a deceptively good study tool

As in any country, a Japanese newspaper’s credibility often rests on a very fine political line. If their reporting leans even a little left or right, they run the risk of being called a stack of toilet paper scribbled on by talentless hacks by half the population. It’s a precarious position, and one in which releasing an app wherein you dress up school girls as a reward for current event awareness only seems to provide fuel for your detractors.

And yet on October 14 one of Japan’s leading newspapers, Asahi Shimbun, released just such an app called Kikasete Tensei Jingo. It features several moe girls reading from selected editions of the paper’s long-running Tensei Jingo editorial column. However, as pointless as it may appear on the surface there is some heavy language practice potential buried in there.

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Train and transform your hero into a prime beefcake in otome romance game Muscle Paradise

Do you even lift? ‘Cos these macho guys certainly do! While the heroes of otome games, story-based romance games aimed at women, tend to err on the feminine side, the hunks in this mobile game cater specifically to women (or men!) who like their guys beefy. And when I see beefy, I mean ox-on-steroids beefy.

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“100 Neko” recreates all the fun of filling an alley with scores of cat butts on your iPhone

Do you like cats? Do you like video games? Do you believe we all exist in a infinite number of dimensions simultaneously and our consciousness can shift between these coexisting realities depending on the choices we make?

If so, I think I know a game you might like. It’s a fun little time waster called 100 Neko by PDC Okinawa, in which the goal is to lure adorable little cats onto your screen with treats and one of those furry wand things. It’s also quite charming.

Let’s see how it works, shall we?

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Pokémon to Oldiemon! New joke app features beloved characters with paunches and wrinkles

Pokémon as a franchise has been chugging along for quite a while now, and it has a fan base that’s aged right along with it. This means that you’re more likely to find grown-up Pokémon fans than you are, say, Yokai Watch fans, which has more of a kid-dominated fan base. There’s even a Pokémon magazine that’s just for adults now.

So maybe it makes sense that Pokémon fans who are starting to get a little creaky in the joints might be interested in this new joke game application which features middle-aged Pokémon, aka Ojimon! (Ojisan meaning uncle or middle-aged man.)

Come and check out wrinkly Pikachu, greying Charmander, and the rest of the gang!

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Galaga x Tekken crossover app previewed in video

The official YouTube channel for the Tekken franchise began streaming a promotional video for Galaga Tekken, a free smartphone game app that was first teased as an April Fools’ Day joke.

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Nurture your inner cat collector with “Neko Atsume” the kitty-catching game for Android and iOS!

You know what everyone in Japan loves these days? Smartphone games. They keep you busy on the daily commute without requiring too much in-depth concentration, and Japanese smartphone game makers are seriously smart – they know how to keep players hooked. By combining the human need for constant “reward” feedback with our penchant for adorable cartoon kitties, they’ve come up with a winner of an app that everyone who likes fun can’t stop playing – Neko Atsume!

Now available for both Android and iOS and with a whole slew of new features, there’s never been a better time to get into this incredibly addictive yet simple cat-collecting time-waster

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Sodatete Nihon Ningyo app lets you raise your own Japanese doll! Results may vary…and terrify

Japanese dolls stand among the world’s best in craftsmanship and elegance. But how much do you know about the technique of actually making one? Luckily, there’s an app which simulates the experience of creating your own doll called Sodatete Nihon Ningyo (Raise a Japanese Doll)!

That might sound intimidating, but the developers have presented it with a simple interface much like Tamagotchi or Digimon so that anyone can join the traditional fun. Here’s a quick run down of how it works.

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McDonald’s Japan to release “complaint app” to help restore faith in the company

The once mighty fast food chain McDonald’s has fallen on hard times in Japan lately, suffering a heavy blow when it become entangled in an expired meat scandal about a year ago.

Although other establishments were also implicated in the problem, the public in Japan seems to be holding an especially big grudge against the golden arches. On 9 March, the company announced that Japanese sales were down 28.7 percent from the same month in the previous year.

In response, McDonald’s Japan is looking to improve its customer service and restore public faith in the company. How? By releasing a new app for smartphones that will allow customers to lodge complaints with more convenience and speed than ever before!

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Emoji break out of their chat boxes to tell story of Disney’s Frozen

With the upcoming Disney animated short Frozen Fever set to debut in theatres on March 13, you might be in need of a recap of the original film, so check out this two-and-a-half-minute video of Frozen as told through emoji.

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Struggling with Japanese? Let Tako lend you a hand…or five

Yes, I know octopi have eight tentacles not six, but Tako of Takos Japanese has five. It’s the same cartoon logic that makes the Simpson family all have eight fingers. And yes, I know the name should probably read “Tako’s Japanese.” Really though, let’s not get bogged down in talk of appendages and apostrophes right now.

Today we’re here to look at a new Japanese study app released by Spain-based Giant Soul Interactive. A lot of Japanese study apps found online are either fun but limited in content or deep but boring and stodgy. Learn Japanese with Tako (recently changed from “Takos Japanese”) aims to strike a happy balance of a fun way to learn the language that’s also rich in content. Let’s find out if they succeed.

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Frozen’s Anna is pregnant and needs a C-section…but don’t worry, there’s an app for that

Have you ever wondered what happened to Anna after the Disney movie Frozen ended? Well, according to one iPhone app maker, Anna married her new beau Kristoff and immediately got pregnant. She’s nine months in and in need of a C-section. But who will perform the surgery?! You will, with this silly new app available on the Apple app store. 

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