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The Real Monkey Island...?

I wonder if LucasArts knows that "Monkey Island" is used for the villains' base in Kamen Rider.

 When I was little I played some Super Mario, some Excite Bike, maybe even a bit of Duck Hunt (and yes, I cracked myself up trying to shoot that damn dog), but no game really got me going until somewhat later, when my aunt brought by a few DOS-based adventure games: Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, and more importantly (for me), Monkey Island.
 
I'm a fan to this day.

But I always figured the island was totally fictional, until I spotted this post from Gigazine. Apparently there really is a "Monkey Island," or rather, a Sarushima (yes, saru = monkey and shima = island). It's uninhabited now, but has a bustling trade of day-trippers interested in the island for its historical value (it used to be a fortress), and/or its pop culture value...it's the island where Shocker, the (fictional) organization that battles the Kamen Riders, maintains their (fictional) base.



 SHOCKERS and a Kamen Rider
 SHOCKERS and a Kamen Rider

It's pretty near to the US naval base Yokosuka, and it also looks really cool. Maybe I'll have to add this one to my list of destinations next time I go to Japan...
Kelleth moderator on Jan. 12, 2010 at 9:12 a.m.
 Cool i always wondered where they filmed that
 
I think that`s Nigo vs Garagaranda but the pic is actually to blurry to recognize the actual kaiju involved
sunfloweron Jan. 12, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.
That's fun to know!  I was surprised to find out the VA for Guybrush Threepwood is the writer of a food blog I love...
giaon Jan. 12, 2010 at 11:43 a.m.
@sunflower: No way, Dominic Armato does a food blog!? LINK PLEASE! <3<3
sunfloweron Jan. 12, 2010 at 12:50 p.m.
 
@gia: Yep.  He blogs Top Chef, does restaurant reviews, and shares some recipes.  He's highly knowledgeable about food.
John_Martoneon Jan. 12, 2010 at 2:04 p.m.
Maybe they should do a cross over...
giaon Jan. 12, 2010 at 8:29 p.m.
@sunflower: SO awesome. *subscribes*
Lanon Jan. 12, 2010 at 10:30 p.m.
But no monkeys or pirates... :(

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