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OP Up! My Favorites Edition photo
OP Up! My Favorites Edition
by Red Veron

This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I just didn't want to think up of a theme this week and want to take it a bit easy (not that my job here is hard, it's quite easy).

So this week's selection is about my favorite anime openings that I can think off the top of my head. These openings may have been good though the anime they are featured in may not be as good (unless stated otherwise in the description) but they still are openings that I look up from time to time or even have on my iPod for working out.

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Week Ender - Presidents Edition photo
Week Ender - Presidents Edition
by Red Veron

It's President's Day weekend in the US and I only know that because my brother who is in high school has a day off while I have to go learn Japanese. So why don't we have endings with presidents? What I really mean are presidents of student council in Anime.

So with this flimsy excuse of a theme to make a selection of anime endings, have a look at the stuff I prepared below. Enjoy!

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OP Up! Serious Dark Edition photo
OP Up! Serious Dark Edition
by Red Veron



Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

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Week Ender - Emotional Shounen Edition photo
Week Ender - Emotional Shounen Edition
by Red Veron



This weekend's edition of Week Ender is about the gentler emotions we find in the endings of shounen action genre. The shounen action genre is known for the hot blooded explosive emotions such as anger or excitement but today we explore the anime endings that are calmer and focuses on the more quiet reflection of all the events that we have just seen in the show.

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OP Up! Cute Girls Edition photo
OP Up! Cute Girls Edition
by Red Veron


Sketch Switch
Anime: Hidamari Sketch
Year: 2007

Hump day is here again and here is  your weekly heapin' serving of openings. I don't know if it's an actual genre but the "Cute-girls-doing-cute-things" (or CGDCT) is a thing that I consider to be a category of stuff full of sunshine and rainbows. Look, I love my edgy grimdark anime but I love to balance it out with some light and fluffy cute slice-of-life stuff.

Here is a mix of openings of  popular anime in the genre. First up above is from Hidamari Sketch, from SHAFT, the same studio that made the Madoka Magica and the Bakemonogatari series. This was SHAFT's first attempt at a straight slice-of-life anime without any supernatural element. Hidamari Sketch is a fun and light show without any heavy drama. Good for starting out with the genre.


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Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition photo
Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition
by Red Veron


"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Year: 2006

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular and prolific anime studios in the last ten years.

We start off these videos with their first big hit with the ending for the monster success that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song Hare Hare Yukai became as popular as the show and the featured dance routine also became a familiar sight at anime conventions.

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OP Up! Super Robot Edition photo
OP Up! Super Robot Edition
by Red Veron


Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening sequences that get you ready for some overpowered giant mecha beating up on some alien baddies.

This first video above is from the grand daddy of all super robots. Tetsujin 28-go is one of the earliest Japanese animated shows to be adapted for US audiences. Known in the US as Gigantor when it was brought over, the 1963 show Tetsujin 28-go is based off the 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Tetsujin 28-go is a bit different from what we consider a Super Robot show nowadays. Instead of being inside the robot and yelling out his robotic super moves, Shotaro Kaneda, the young detective boy protagonist of Tetsujin 28-go (not to be confused with Kaneda from Akira), controls the the titular super robot with a handheld remote control device (while wearing those short detective shorts) and beating up on monsters of the week. Just look at that opening video, it's from a time that most you readers' parents weren't even born yet.

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Happy Holidays from Japanator photo
Happy Holidays from Japanator
by Hiroko Yamamura

Can you believe it's only a matter of days until the year is almost over? 2014 just came and went like it was nothing, however it was still one for the record books. We can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff we have planned for 2015, and the new faces we can't wait to introduce you to.

From the bottom of my heart, and from everyone on staff here at Japanator, we would like to thank you for your continued support. We consider our readers no less than friends, and look forward to enjoy several more years of banter, otaku-flexing, and good old fashioned debate. Without you guys, I would basically be talking about weird Japanese stuff to my dog, who is already pretty sick of me at this point.

Now for the important part. What swag did you guys get? Lemme see the good stuff! 

Did any of you get the PG Unicorn kit? If you did, I'm on my way over.

 

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Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I photo
Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I
by Hiroko Yamamura

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 lot of access to sweet and savory items from back home quite easily, but I know for some, the tastes of the east are not as easily aquired.

Here's where services like Taste Japan come into play. In the UK you can pay a monthly subscription fee of £15, and they will deliver you an exciting box of treats to your doorstep. The fine people of Taste Japan sent us a box for free to review, and of course I did not refuse an opportunity to stuff my fat face. 

In this first video we take a look at the contents of the shipment, in the follow up I'll be chowing down.

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Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5
by Hiroko Yamamura

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The music, color pallets, and those eyes! Yes, I still love Your Lie in April.

It feels weird going so gaga for a show. I'm trying to remain as objective as possible, but it just feels like new love. After Kosei and Kaori gain the adoration of those in attendance for their insane show, we find Kaori is hospitalized, claiming that this is the first time that she's fainted. She says it in such a way, that we can't help but want to believe her. Too bad we find out later, that's just not true. Tsubaki is confronted by a long time crush, but is just not having the reaction she thought she would. Ryota is still pimping his goods and scoring goals.

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First Impressions: Your Lie in April photo
First Impressions: Your Lie in April
by Hiroko Yamamura

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually gasped while watching an anime. However, that's exactly what occurred after I processed the sheer beauty that was the first episode of A-1 Picture's Your Lie in April. I initially steered away from the show, writing it off as a bit of a comedy/cutesy version of Kids on the Slope, a show which I admired, but never really attached to, even though it is set in my home town of Sasebo. Luckily, I had some spare time this week, and crammed the first four episodes in a much needed anime escape.

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Happy Halloween from Japanator! photo
Happy Halloween from Japanator!
by Hiroko Yamamura

Happy Halloween to all of our awesome readers. I know things have been a bit unstable around the site as we make some changes, but you can definitely look forward to some great treats in the upcoming few weeks. No tricks, I promise. Well... I can't control Salvador's pranking ways, so if he does something it's not on me.

To celebrate this day of costumes and scares, I wanted to share one of my all time favorite videos of when Morning Musume all sit around and watch the classic Japanese horror film, The Ring. I still crack up every time I see this!

So wether you are curling up to an old episode of Hellsing, or throwing on your Colossal Titan mask for a night out --make sure you have a great evening. We look forward to you visiting us again soon!

<3 Hiroko

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