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9:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach 609

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

Josh Tolentino


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7:30 PM on 10.29.2014

Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started whe...

Salvador GRodiles

6:00 PM on 10.29.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Tekken

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura

5:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Wasabi flavored tooth paste?

I don't really know anyone who truly enjoys the act of brushing their teeth. It's not that it's an unpleasant experience, it's all just a bit boring. However, if for some reason you were itching to make brushing your teeth bo...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 10.29.2014

The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet

Sony is readying its new Share Play system for the PS4 system in Japan. Basically, it allows players to allow another player to take over their controls via the Sony Network, similar to passing the controller to someone else...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Dragon Ball Z fan video blows Hollywood release out of the water in 2 minutes

When you have some love for a project, it really shows. Throw in some decent acting, a knack for special effects, and some martial arts skills --you are onto something special. Dragon Ball Z fan group, Robot Underground is m...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 10.29.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Any week with Tommy Lee Jones is a good week. Throw in some adorable Otousan, and I feel pretty good. The commercial for the new Suzuki car being endosed by Arale is in there, as well as some really expensive kids' backpacks...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 698

Oof. That's gonna leave a mark. At least it's over, though! Almost.

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Ikimonogakari

Today I present to you the fantastic smooth rock trio Ikimonogakari hailing from Kanagawa. You might be most familiar with group from their hit contribution to Naruto Shippuden, Blue Bird. The classy group got their start ac...

Hiroko Yamamura

6:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just relea...

Hiroko Yamamura

5:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Valkyria Chronicles finally rolls onto PCs

One of the all time favorite games around the Japanator office is the 2008 PS3 strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles. It's unique mix of strategy, twisting story, amazing character design, and surprisingly deep character develop...

Hiroko Yamamura





3:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Garm Wars: The Last Druid looks amazing

Momoru Oshii screened his latest live-action Production I.G. film, Garm Wars: The Last Druid this week at The Tokyo International Film Fest. The amazing looking film is actually his first English language outing for the vete...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1

Psycho Pass season two is in full swing and as usual, your favorite Editor in Chief is late to the game. So, things kind of pick up right where season one left off, albeit a bit too casually. In fact, the whole episode plays ...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When ...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:30 AM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 2-3

The more I watch of Unlimited Blade Works, the more I'm convinced that everyone would've been better off if each episode were an hour long rather than the standard length. It'd work, even if the show became bi-weekly because ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 10.28.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei X Aimer

I am loving today's Dose! Two of my favorite contemporary Japanese music acts have teamed up for a fantastic new track. The indie rock fellas from Galileo Galilei have brought in the the sultry sounds of the always mysteriou...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Anime: Terra Formars episodes 4-5 photo
Annotated Anime: Terra Formars episodes 4-5
by Josh Tolentino

When last I wrote about Terra Formars I noted its tonal and structural similarities to another of the year's darlings, Attack on Titan. That got some folks riled up for some reason, but I'm standing by those words, especially now that the show has been revealed to take a particular kind of glee in twisting the knife.

Like its spiritual sibling following a "no one is safe" ethos when it comes to character death and then savoring the righteous anger that follows every escalation of mankind's war against the roach menace. Attack on Titan is hardly the first bleak anime ever, but it and Terra Formars definitely live in the same neighboorhood, shopping for groceries at the same grimy convenience stores and wearing the same intimidating scowls on their faces.

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10:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Kamen Rider Summonride's new screenshots are all about the stages

Even though Kamen Rider Summonride contains a few features that should've been in the Battride War series (such as a co-op option), I'm still on the fence on whether to Drive the Game or not. As a series of new images enter t...

Salvador GRodiles

5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Fist of the North Star goes Moe

Yes, you read the title correctly. The classic dystopian blood, guts, and martial arts series Hokuto no Ken is going moe. If Kenshiro could, he'd hit the tsubo to explode his own brain before this upcoming contest by NicoNico...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Princess Jellyfish prequel manga is a go

Fans of Princess Jellyfish have a lot to be excite about this year. The hit anime and manga series will be seeing a live-action adaptation at the end of the year, as well as two prequeal chapters in Kondansha Kiss to celebrat...

Hiroko Yamamura



Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14 photo
Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14
by Hiroko Yamamura

After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have absolutely no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. Michishige leaves the always revolving line-up to the other 13 girls, with new girls being added to the gorgeous line-up.

Morning Musume saw a big spike in popularity last year, after a few years of a lull. Many contribute the group's success to Michishige's unique presence and grace, as well as god given amazing looks. Before their show in New York earlier this month, Sayumi took a few moments to speak to me about her thoughts on leaving the mega-pop machine.

Japanator -  Michishige-san, thank you for taking the time to speak to your fans in the United States. What are your expectations for your upcoming show in New York? What do you think of U.S. fans?

Sayumi Michishige - U.S. fans always show such strong feelings, and it's been a long time since I've seen them face to face. They're going to see a new side of Morning Musume。with a lot more dancing.

Japanator - Morning Musume has had non-stop success since their first single, "Morning Coffee". What is the secret to the group's success and popularity?

Sayumi Michishige - Four new members were announced recently, and it's our biggest group in a long time. Morning Musume is constantly developing by adding unique and colorful members. I think that this style of group which never loses freshness grabs the heart of the fans.

Japanator - We are all very sad to hear you are graduating this year, and feel you have really been the face of the group for so long. Can you tell us about any immediate acting or singing projects you would like to announce?

Sayumi Michishige - It seems like it's coming up fast, but at the same time there's a lot of work to do until that day. I'm thinking about what I can do for MorningMusume right up until the end.

Japanator - What has been the hardest part of being the leader of Morning Musume? Are you a little relieved to be graduating?

Sayumi Michishige - The challenge is about how to treat and teach the junior members. I wanted to be in the position of a leader, but I had never actually been in that position before. So, at the beginning I agonized a lot.

Japanator - While visiting New York, is there anything you are hoping to do in your free time?

Sayumi Michishige - There are so many great places to see! New York is a place for fashion, so I'm thinking about that.

Japanator - Please give a message for your fans in the United States and the readers of Japanator.

Sayumi Michishige - It seems like a long time, but now we're coming to the U.S. and the moment has come to perform live in New York. We will perform with all we've got, so please follow us!

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10:00 AM on 10.27.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Rhymeberry

Women are incredibly under represented in hip-hop in Japan, so it's always refreshing when new players step into the game. Today I introduce to you self proclaimed "rap idols" Rhymeberry. Their new track, IDOL ILLMATIC is ac...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 601-602 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 601-602
by Josh Tolentino

After a couple of chapters spent seemingly breaking down Royal Guards' invincible mystique, it all gets built back up again, with the arrival of one guy: Oetsu Nimaiya.

And while the precedent Bleach has established for itself threatens to quickly undermine all of the puffy-vested blacksmith's actions, it's about the journey, rather than the destination at this point. That's what I tell myself, anyway.

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7:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Animator Expo's trailer contains some amazing visuals

If you've been in the mood to experience some beautiful anime shorts, then you'll be happy to hear that the Anima(tor)'s Exhibition'll showcase 30 different pieces by different directors on niconico when Nov. 9 arrives. Inte...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 3 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 3
by Jeff Chuang

Shirobako episode 3 brings us to Aoi's primary tasks to the finish. We first see the innocuous name sake--the white jewel case that hosts the final cut of the TV episode, thus "shirobako." The joy ride continues all the way to the end.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 695-697
by Josh Tolentino

At this point, we're not even three chapters from THE END OF NARUTO, and yet I'm left with little to comment on.

That's not to say that these last few chapters have been bad, or the ending especially shallow, but simply that as far as "endings" go, there's simply not that much "happening" in a narrative sense.

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5:00 PM on 10.24.2014

Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku

During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a v...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 10.23.2014

Zyuranger's English DVD cover art features too much blue

It's been a good while since Shout! Factory announced their plan to release Zyuranger on DVD, and the company has revealed an image of the show's cover art. Based on the design, the cover doesn't look too bad-- even...

Salvador GRodiles