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Kiki's Bakery

For those unfamiliar with Kiki's Delivery Service, it's a Japanese animated fantasy film produced by Studio Ghibli that tells the story of a young witch, Kiki, who moves to a new town and uses her flying ability to earn a living. Now, a real-life Kiki's Bakery from the anime has opened in Yufuin Floral Village in south-west Japan. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Psycho-Pass Gun

The Psycho-Pass story takes place in an authoritarian future dystopia, where omnipresent public sensors continuously scan the Psycho-Pass of every citizen in range. The sensors measure mental state, personality, and the probability that the citizen will commit crimes, alerting authorities when someone exceeds accepted norms. To enforce order, the officers of the Public Safety Bureau carry hand weapons called Dominators. Cerevo has made these guns a reality, and it will hit stores in March, at the price of $680. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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Totoro Cake

For those who have never seen "My Neighbor Totoro", it's basically a Japanese animated fantasy film written and directed by Hayao Miyazaki and produced by Studio Ghibli. The film tells the story of the two young daughters of a professor and their interactions with friendly wood spirits in postwar rural Japan. These fans have transformed some of the characters into beautiful-looking cakes. Continue reading to see more.

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Holographic DBZ Goku

What happens when you combine holograms, projectors and Dragon Ball Z's Goku? This amazing light show, complete with his trademark energy blast and flames. This kamehameha animation was created by ZW Design, a Brazil-based technology and software development firm. Unfortunately, they have not yet announced plans to create a commercial version so fans worldwide can put on their own DBZ shows with whatever action figures they may have in their collection. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to watch the five most popular viral videos of today, including an Apple engineer talking about the 2015 MacBook (spoof).

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Anime People Art

Photo credit: Robert DeJesus

Always wondered what you'd look like as an anime character? Wonder no more, as artist Robert DeJesus can take just about any photo and give them a cartoon-like makeover. Here's what the artist requires: "Send a single person selfie style photo reference to my email and I'll send you back a price and payment method when a spot becomes available and if I like the photo. Commission rate begins at twenty dollars for just a digital file version selfie style (just below the shoulders to the top of the head) sketch. Extra fees will apply for these sort examples: to have the pencil drawing sent USPS (depending on where you live), how much more the body is included in the photo, special requests like asking to add or subtract things for the sketch, and so on." Continue reading for more examples and the commission page.

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As many anime fans already know, the movies / shows aren't normally made with English speakers in mind, so many things get lost in translation, or just downright make no sense. For example, the clip above is obviously showing some type of aircraft taking off, but was translated to "release of fried chicken, complete!". Continue reading for more.

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No, this isn't a fan-made commercial, but rather a real anime video promoting Microsoft's Internet Explorer 11. It's titled "Internet Explorer: The Anime," and stars Inori Aizawa. According to The Verge, it's "set in the kind of dystopian world you'd find in Akira, Inori finds herself being chased by killer robots." Continue reading for the video and more information.

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The top-grossing film on its opening weekend, Toy Story went on to earn over $361 million worldwide. Reviews were entirely positive, praising both the animation's technical innovation and the screenplay's wit and sophistication, and it is now widely considered by many critics to be one of the best animated films ever made. Now here's how two of its most famous characters would look in a Japanese anime, or so one fan thinks. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of exactly how a space toilet works.

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My Neighbor Totoro fans rejoice! What you're seeing above is a real-life recreation of Satsuki and Mei's house, right down to the interior furnishings. It was built in 2005 for the World's Fair near Nagoya, Japan and was designed by Hayao Miyazaki's son Goro. Continue reading for more pictures.

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The Exodus by Suprine looks to be something straight from an anime and / or Fast and Furious movie, complete with an unpainted metal frame. At $55,000, it's basically a 130-horsepower lay-back motorbike with a roll cage and a perspex windscreen. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures and information.

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