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1:00 PM on 04.16.2014

Review: Steins;Gate

[This review was originally posted at Destructoid here.] Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays ...

Brittany Vincent


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11:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Character updates for Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

As we got closer to the release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've finally got a good idea of what changes will be going on with the returning characters. In a recent post Shoryuken, a comprehensive breakdown of the changes fro...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 04.16.2014

East meets West in manga comic tribute

Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley. The image ...

Brad Rice

8:00 AM on 04.16.2014

First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Normally, I don't like reviewing shorts because it's really difficult to get a full review out of something that's less than five minutes long. Every so often though, you come across a short that manages to pack a ton of laug...

LB Bryant

10:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital

If you've been in the mood to dig into some high quality manga lately, why not give Oldboy a shot? The manga that inspired the fan-favorite movie has been out for years, but not always in ready stock. Now Dark Horse has ...

Brad Rice

8:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back

Happy Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new batch of releases, headed up by the latest volume in Vertical's Wolfsmund. The imposing castle is back for you to hate with a fiery vengeance, even though you'll be unable to put th...

Brad Rice

6:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2

It's been around a year since the last time we saw the girls from Otonokizaka High School and a lot has changed in that time. The nine girls are still school idols, but now Honoka has stepped up to become the new student...

LB Bryant

5:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Sentai Filmworks brings over Love Lab

Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll...

Ben Huber

3:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Project Diva F 2nd developers talk PS4

It appears that the creators of the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series are excited for its next (possible) iteration on the PS4. Producer Seiji Hayashi expressed: "Although nothing has been decided yet, personally I think it&...

Dae Lee

2:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Black Bullet

Taking place in the not too distant future, humanity has been infected with giant bugs called Gastrea. These bugs attack humans and infect them with a virus which then turns the victims into giant bugs themselves. There is no...

LB Bryant

10:00 AM on 04.15.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5

When we last left our favorite humanoid Japanator android, she had acquired a DVD copy of the anime masterpiece Bible Black. After looking up the show in her extensive, internal anime database, she is faced with a difficult decision.

Karen Mead





9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its styl...

Jeff Chuang

8:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

You guys know me. I love horror and shoujo manga, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hadn't heard of Ao Haru Ride, however,it looks like something I might want to tune into, especially given the art style. The official sit...

Brittany Vincent

12:45 AM on 04.15.2014

Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 2

Oh man, there's too many anime out! We can't handle it! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup! In case you've gleaned your first impressions from our top men and women of Spring's latest sensations in our Annotated Anime s...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang

3:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Freedom Wars for PS Vita coming to the west this year

Great news for PS Vita owners! Freedom Wars, a new title in the "monster hunter" genre by Shift (God Eater), was just announced for a localized release for the west, accompanied by a new trailer on the Playstation channel.&nb...

Dae Lee



First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors photo
First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors
by Chris Walden

"Oh hey, a Shaft show! I didn't end up watching Nisekoi, so I'll be sure to watch this."

This was the only reason I decided to pick up Mekakucity Actors. I had no idea that I was diving into what seems like a reasonably well-established fandom, involving a bunch of Vocaloid songs and the stories that they may or may not be telling. 

I still haven't listened to any of these songs, or attempted to figure out what the deal is with this fandom, as I figured it'd be better to just go in blind. Or at least, as blind as the people I follow on Twitter would allow me to be. 

The hype reached a fever pitch when it aired on Saturday, and while screenshots of Vocaloid-y looking characters began to trickle onto my timeline, I was busy wondering whether this was going to be another Black Rock Shooter

Nah, I think we're okay. Shaft is handling it, after all!

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1:00 PM on 04.14.2014

The Dose: Nana Mizuki

Vocal powerhouse Nana Mizuki is back with an epic new track to kick off your new week! Yes, the weather may not be cooperating today, but that doesn't mean we are getting what we want out of our music. Even if mother nature ...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 04.14.2014

First trailer for Aldnoah.Zero premieres

I know that we're only two weeks into the spring season but that doesn't mean that we can't already be looking forward to the summer season. An example of this would be the highly anticipated new work from writer Gen Urobuchi...

LB Bryant



First Impressions: Baby Steps photo
First Impressions: Baby Steps
by Karen Mead

I really wish I was good at tennis. It's really the only professional sport that I have a lot of familiarity with, since my Mom often watched professional tournaments on TV dating back to when I was very young. I remember seeing Michael Chang score his famous, around-the-net Match Point in...what was it? 1995? Wow, I feel old, let's move on.

I've tried playing, but I just don't seem to be cut out for it. There's something wonky with my depth perception or something, so I always stick out my racket to where I think the ball is, only to be wrong and miss entirely. I don't know, maybe this is a correctable problem and I'm just too lazy to put in the requisite practice, but I've pretty much given up on ever playing seriously at this point. Now, with Baby Steps, I can explore the possibility of a world where I was not too lazy to learn how to hit that darn ball properly, and it's pretty neat.

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Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2 photo
Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2
by LB Bryant

When I wrote my First Impressions for the first episode for Irregular at Magic High School, I said that I was sure that the series would be building toward something and I was very curious to know what it was. Now, after watching the second episode, I'm not so sure that I'm that curious anymore if it means that we're going to be spending the next twenty-something weeks listening to Tatsuya and Miyuki casually flirting with each other. 

The story behind this week's episode is that Miyuki has been invited to join the student council. Before she accepts however, she implores all of the present members to also invite her brother, Tatsuya, to join as well because... well, I'm not not really sure why. She just wants him there. Unfortunately there's a rule in place which doesn't allow members of the reserve class to join. You'd think that this would be the end of the discussion, but a member of the disciplinary committee thinks up a loophole which would allow Tatsuya to join. This goes over well with everyone except for the vice presiden,t whose full name includes Hattori Hanzo. Yes, seriously. 

After Hattori goes on and on about how a Weed shouldn't be allowed to join, Tatsuya challenges him to a magic battle in order to prove that his sister wasn't just being a raving, brother-crushing loon when she said that Tatsuya could hold his own on the disciplinary committee if he had to.

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8:00 PM on 04.13.2014

Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

Yuma Asami, one of Japan's better-known adult video actresses, is spilling her secrets in a book titled Restart: Believe in Yourself. The book, set to hit Japanese shelves on May 8, details some of the reasons Asami took the ...

Brad Rice





4:00 PM on 04.13.2014

How Uniqlo plans to conquer America

If you're not yet familiar with Uniqlo, now is a good time to brush up on the company. Slowly but surely, the Japanese giant is rolling out stores across the US with plans of taking over the country with low-priced and well-p...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 04.13.2014

Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway

No, Megumi Ogata isn't coming out of the closet by announcing her marriage to the reigning Ms. Norway. Spike Spencer, the voice actor best known for playing Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rolo in Code Geass is set to m...

Brad Rice

11:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Attack on Titan inevitably headed to Toonami on May 3

I called this a few episodes into Attack on Titan when I watched it during its original run at Crunchyroll, but FUNimation has just made it official: Attack on Titan will be airing on Toonami beginning Saturday, May 3rd. If ...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino



Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals photo
Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals
by Jeff Chuang

The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best.

Saki is the sort of sports-like anime where intense moment-to-moment moves turn the tides of the story, from Richii, Ron and Tsumo. Mythical powers and solid statistical play are the rules of the day. But at the same time, a large contingent of us are watching Saki for the inter-character sub-plots. Who befriended who? What's this girl's story? And in that sense, Saki tells a story no different than what you might find on a sports program on TV. So in that sense, the last episode felt like a behind-the-scenes video of what happens in this world's premium sport, appropriately.

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9:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Sakura-Con 2014 to host Titan, SAO, Magi guests and more

Sakura-Con, the big spring-time anime con based out of Seattle, runs next weekend from April 18th to April 20th. We at Japanator will try our best to bring you coverage from the event covering the usual cosplay, news and gues...

Jeff Chuang



Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014 photo
Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014
by Josh Tolentino

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd

Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine evening, including the latest from Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece and Bleach! Catch it all below after you read the latest round of First Impressions from all the new Spring anime series!

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8:00 PM on 04.12.2014

The Seven Deadly Sins manga gets an anime series

Nanatsu no Taizai, or better known as The Seven Deadly Sins, is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. It's about a princess who discovers the truth about her king guards, and is forced to run away. She is trying to find the sins to help ...

Amber Hunt