Oh yeah, I’m clickbaiting all you social media folks today.
It’ll be worth it. I promise.
After an interview fell through this afternoon, in order to not be a complete bum for the day I decided to finally put my full energy into another New Year tradition that I’ve been half-assing for a little while now:
Cleaning my room.
I’ve done an entire post about the subject in the past, and to be honest the overall appearance of the room hasn’t changed much since then.
It will sometime soon when I finally get this new computer together and put in a proper spot, but for now you can get the gist of things from that other post. All the decor is mostly the same.
Arguably the most notable thing I had originally wanted to talk about with this post was how nice it feels to finally clear off a usually cluttered surface.
Because just look at this:
Especially with the new calendar, it’s looking pretty slick.
At least until you turn around and look at where all the stuff wound up…
Slightly less slick.
Though I’ll admit it’s also satisfying to remind myself how much I usually put up without it looking too busy.
However, if you’re keen on picking up context clues with blog post headlines, featured images and past tense language in text, you know that I wound up finding something completely different to talk about.
Something much more whacky and interesting.
Hidden away behind my bookshelf in an unopened plastic casing was this astounding poster:
You may be wondering why I decided to just put up a picture of the woman’s face instead of the full image for my Featured Image, and to be fair it’s 99 percent just to be funny clickbait.
But it’s also because that was genuinely my reaction when I first unraveled this thing.
Now you can’t just dig up something this bizarre and not try to do a little bit of research into it.
As the corner of the poster suggests, this was a promotional poster for “Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution,” a 2014 game released on the most notable last gen consoles besides the Wii U.
I never played the game, and in fact I don’t think I’d even heard of it until right now.
So where the hell did this poster come from?
Well, according to this Reddit post I found from way back in the day, it was a promotional item given out at GameStop for pre-ordering Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution.
But after a while, employees just started to give them away with anything. I must have picked it up alongside some totally different game and forgot about it.
I shared this rare finding with my friends and together we did a bit more fun elaboration into it. For instance, my friend Nina (who lives in Japan and is studying to be a translator) gave us a bit of insight into exactly what it says:
Knowing this is basically like a cheesy B-movie poster is kind of fascinating, honestly.
Then my friend Jonathan went out to YouTube and found us some footage of Mecha Naruto in action.
It’s something else.
Probably the most beautiful nightmare fuel I’ve seen in a long time.
Just look at his ultimate jutsu. I’m dumbfounded staring at such a glorious spectacle and frankly want to go thank anyone who was involved in the executive decision to include it in the game.
It’s just that good.
I’m absolutely putting this up on my wall tonight. Probably right up next to my Mega Diancie poster.
Gotta fit that call to action in here somewhere, so let me know what kind of weird stuff you’ve found while cleaning up around the house! This is probably one of the more strange things I’ve ever dug up, so I’d be curious to know if any of you have some similarly unexpected items hiding away.
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