Truck Kyousoukyoku: Ai to Kanashimi no Rodeo

Truck Kyousoukyoku: Ai to Kanashimi no Rodeo

I’ve spent forever trying to track down a copy of Truck Kyousoukyoku: Ai to Kanashimi no Rodeo (Truck Mad Dash Melody: Rodeo of Love and Sadness) for the PlayStation 2 so I could capture a screenshot of these beachside soda machines.

In the process, I also learned about dekotora—the Japanese word for flamboyantly decorated art trucks like the ones featured in Truck Kyousoukyoku. At last, I have some cultural context for the tricked-out trucks that occasionally appear in the background of Street Fighter stages!

Simple DS Series Vol. 8: The Kanshikikan

Simple DS Series Vol. 8: The Kanshikikan - Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo

This drink machine is from Simple DS Series Vol. 8: The Kanshikikan – Kinkyuu Shutsudou!! Jiken Genba wo Touch Seyo, a visual novel for the Nintendo DS. I’ve developed a real knack over the past few years of muddling through dialogue trees in Japanese visual novels in order to screenshot the inevitable Act 2 soda machine, despite my inability to read even a single word of Japanese.

Alias

Alias

This soda machine from Alias for the PlayStation 2 was tougher to track down than a Rambaldi artifact!

*clears throat*

A Rambaldi artifact!

Seriously, nothing? Alias was a popular show not that long ago, people!