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1:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a n...

Josh Tolentino


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Mistwalker Announces Upcoming Terra Battle Concert

Terra Battle concert planning is now underway as the popular mobile-RPG surpasses 1 million downloads in less than a month. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.




8:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Yakuza Kick: Let's take a look at The Making of Yakuzambie

There's something interesting about witnessing a film's team talk about their experience on certain projects. Whether it's learning about the actors' thoughts on their work or the director's inspiration, I've always found th...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Digital Manga starts a Kickstarter to translate Ludwig B

Digital Manga Inc. is ready to do another Kickstarter to bring Tezuka's stories to the West. This time around, they're focusing on translating Ludwig B, a manga about Beethoven's childhood. Since the manga is only two volume...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a ...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've j...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anni...

Salvador GRodiles

9:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Journey through Colonial America in Americana Dawn

There's something amazing about seeing two great things come together to form a nice package. In this case, Max Lam and her team, Bit Bonton, have opened a Kickstarter for Americana Dawn, a JRPG-influenced game that lets the...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co...

Josh Tolentino

10:10 PM on 11.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8

Ever done a raid just to kill one mob? Of course not, that's weird. But it's what the Maidens of Watermaple just did. And in doing so, they've saved Akihabara, as well as netted Akatsuki some phat loot. 

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 11.22.2014

This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recen...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin trailer is here

So much Char, my mind can't even...

Hiroko Yamamura





10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

It's time for some Neptunia-related updates

For a good while, we already knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for the Neptunia series, as Idea Factory's shipping Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire to Western shores. Speaking of which, Idea Factory h...

Salvador GRodiles

6:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 11.21.2014

WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?

Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Final Fantasy: Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous

What started off as the little Sony PSP title that just didn't want to come Stateside has finally morphed into a full fledged HD next-gen title. There's a new English trailer for the upcoming Square Enix game, and the wait until March 17 just got harder. I've been waiting way too long to meet you Final Fantasy: Type 0.

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and char...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 11.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Animator Expo's third short has some catchy tunes

I knew that something good would come out of Japan Animator Expo, and the third short (NSFW), ME!ME!ME!, managed to exceed my expectations-- event if it's on the bizarre side. At the same time, TeddyLoid and daoko's sing...

Salvador GRodiles



Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606
by Josh Tolentino

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

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8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7 photo
Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7
by Josh Tolentino

Christmas comes early to the world of Elder Tale, but the presents are far worse than any lump of coal, for the Santa Claus of this database is less a benevolent gift-giver than a violent death-bringer with a mad-on for Adventurers. What's to be done about this serial killer's depredations?! 

Call in the girls, that's what.

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3:00 PM on 11.19.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE

Hiroko has stepped out of the building to take care of some important matters, so I've decided to borrow her space for the day. In order to help everyone speed through the week, I felt that the full version of Kamen Rid...

Salvador GRodiles





1:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Lantis Festival in Las Vegas is now a thing

Lantis is a Japanese music label that focuses on anime music. It has been a long time coming and the label is putting on a series of festivals in Japan this year. Earlier during this summer, news broke that Lantis will also t...

Jeff Chuang

12:00 PM on 11.19.2014

This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming ...

Josh Tolentino



Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when it was announced that Urobuchi would become Kamen Rider Gaim’s Main Writer, it was certain that 2013’s Rider series was going to be an interesting tale. Despite Gaim being a children’s show, this restriction didn’t stop Gen the Butcher from using his knives to make the show's characters suffer. In fact, the aftermath resulted in a solid story that took us back to the early Heisei Rider shows where intense scenarios reigned supreme.

As Gaim’s final six episodes get ready to leave the stage, it time for us to bow down to the fruity performers before the curtains close for good.

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Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7
by Josh Tolentino

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about.

Better still, it casts many of my previous comments about Inou Battle's "true nature" in doubt. And in this case, I'm quite glad to be wrong.

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10:00 AM on 11.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

Man, has this been an amazing few months of music or what? I was just thumbing through some of last year's Daily Doses, remembering how it was a bit of a musically dry year for me. Things have been really fantastic so far, a...

Hiroko Yamamura



Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! photo
Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!]

We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at Moenovel! The fine folks over there have given us five copies of their hit visual novel If My Heart Had Wings, in commemoration of the game's impending release on Steam, everyone's favorite digital distribution platform.

Those five copies are going out to five lucky commenters who can answer a simple question below! All you have to do is visit the game's website and find the answer, then place in a comment on this post while logged into Japanator (this part's important, otherwise we won't be able to contact you if you win!). The winners will be selected randomly from the pool of correct answers and contacted upon the game's release.

You've got from now until November 23rd, 2014, at 2200 (10PM) CST to post your answers, so get to it!

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9:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Garage Hero's Yakuzambie short is now on YouTube

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that we can't watch a few zombies get killed on screen. Since Garage Hero uploaded Yakuzambie on their YouTube channel, we can now experience this moment, as we see a Yakuza membe...

Salvador GRodiles

5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Frieza will return in 2015

The previously announced Dragon Ball Z movie, slated for 2015 has released its first key visual, and it's one that's going to drum up some reaction. Yes, it looks like Frieza is coming back. In the upcoming Dragon Ball Z...

Hiroko Yamamura