[Last chance! Be sure to enter now or forever hold your peace! - Chris]
Oh, you lucky folks! Thanks to MoeNovel we have five boxed copies of the upcoming If My Heart Had Wings English release. What's more, each of these will come with a mini comic/art book, which I'm sure you'll appreciate looking at the screenshots!
If My Heart Had Wings is a story about how Aoi Minase, a young guy who has just returned to his hometown, meets the wheelchair-bound girl Kotori Habane, stuck on a hill with a flat tyre. Not long after their meeting they spot a glider in the skies above them, and both decide that they would one day like to fly through the skies. You can try out the demo if you want to learn more, which you can snag from the official website.
All you have to do to win one of these prizes is give me a description of your own visual novel character, then pop it in the comments below. It could be the ideal love interest, a crazy donut-loving maniac or even a robot-alien that is allergic to bad jokes. Descriptions can be as long or short as you like, and we'll be picking our favourites as the winners. He/she doesn't need to be funny to get our approval, most of us here are budding visual novel players, so we'd appreciate a well constructed character just as much! You have until 11:59pm CST on June 27th, and be sure you have a Japanator account so that we can email you if you win.
This contest is open worldwide, but do remember that the prizes will not be shipped until after the games release on June 28th. Good luck everyone!
Sorry for taking too long on revealing the winner. Apparently, there was this major power outage at Japanator HQ, and we had to drive away the cats in the most non violent way possible. It was a long battle, but we were able to come to a closing stand point with the felines. Unfortunately, we're still recovering from the deep scratch wounds. Oh wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, the Moekanji Contest winners! Without further ado, let's reveal the winners for both options.
Once again, congratulation, folks! At the moment, the Moekanji Packs are currently shipping to our sender, aka Hiroko, so be on the look out for an email from us during the week. To the winners of Option Number One, the extra prize (The Fate/Stay Night t-shirt or the Totoro Origami) will be a surprise, so you'll have to pray that you get the item that you've been hoping for. Also, you can check out all of the entries for Option Number One in the gallery below.
Before we wrap things up, I would love to give an Honorable Mention to Kleber J Davila for doing an outstanding job on his Mirai-chan piece. His entry may have been late, but we cannot deny Kleber's piece from being shown in the gallery.
Actually, I would like to give a big thanks to everyone who entered. That said, congratulations, everyone!
[Update #2: The contest is now closed. Thanks for entering, the winner will be revealed later on in the day]
[Update: We have revealed the two surprize prizes that Hiroko is giving away for option number one.]
At the end of May, the cuteness in the form of Moekanji will be available for people to purchase. Thanks to Danny Choo, we will be giving away four Moekanji packs. Instead of having one way for you guys to win these lovely adorable cards, you will have two options!
For your first choice, we require you to do a fanart of Mirai-chan wearing a shirt that features Japanator’s logo, aka the cute smiley Cyclops. Once you are done with your entry piece, be sure to post your completed work in the Community Blog section of Japanator with the headline Moekanji Contest. Since it takes a lot of hard work to create good artwork, the two winners of the first option will also get a surprise item from Hiroko’s stash in the form of a Fate/Stay Night T-shirt or a Totoro origami.
To those who lack the drawing talent to participate in option number one, the second option will require you to leave a comment below about your reasoning behind learning Japanese. If you are interested in entering but haven’t learned any Japanese yet, you could give us an answer about your reasoning behind wanting to learn Japanese instead. Your answer can either be serious or goofy, so do your best to be creative with your reply.
You have until June 8th (11:59 PM) to submit your entry, and you are only allowed to enter in one option, so choose wisely. Also, the contest will be open to US residents only – sorry, international readers. Once we choose our two winners from both contests, we will contact the victors through their email on their J-toraccount, so make sure that you have one before you enter. After we pick the two winners for both options, we will reveal the winners on June 9th, along with a gallery of all of the entries for option number one.
That's right, now's your chance to win two amazing Hayao Miyazaki classics! Walt Disney Home Entertainment has just released a couple of my favorite Studio Ghibli films, My Neighborhood Totoro, and Howl's Moving Castle separately, as Blu-Ray and DVD combo packs. The best part of all this? They want to make sure one lucky Japanator reader gets a copy of both films!
I can't make a contest of this magnitude too easy for you, can I? So, since we're giving away both movies in both formats, we thought we might as well spread the contest across the glorious facets of the internet.
The rules are simple.
Leave a comment here on why you would want to be my neighbor.
Tweet to @Japanator Why Miyazaki's films move you.
Like us on Facebook, and tell us on our wall what anime this season is making you howl!
One winner will be chosen by the staff on June 10th, based on creativity, humor, and all around entertainment. You must complete all three steps to be eligible, and if we have some ties, I'll see what fun stuff I have laying around my closet to give away for second and third place. Unfortunately, this contest is for people residing in the continental United States, but feel free to show some support on social media for the heck of it if you're not Stateside.
How does the high definition release look? What are the awesome new extras? Keep your eyes on the site for my double review next week. Good luck!
In addition to our grand prize, the YuruYuri figure, we have some runner up gifts: DVDs and YuruYuri hand towels. We'll select five runner-ups.
For those who haven't tried out JManga or JManga7 yet, the sites are a legal way to read comics online. Backed by the major comics publishers in Japan, JManga and JManga7 give access to all sorts of titles, including ones not published in the US. JManga allows you to purchase individual titles, while JManga7 is more of a subscription service -- akin to Netflix Streaming or Hulu Plus.
So be sure to sign up today. The contest will run for one week, and will close on Friday, November 23rd, at midnight E.T. (GMT-5).
Since it's almost Halloween, we think it's about time we gave you guys another little treat. This time we have an awesome giveaway from our friends over at Boomslank.com. The Boomslank brothers kicked off their awesome T-shirt business by first designing lovely wallpapers, this then turned into some amazing graphic tees printed on soft American Apparel shirts.
Personally, I'm usually not a fan of non Uniqlo anime T's, but these are just amazing. Each shirt features a slick graphic, of completely original artwork. Also, each design is quite limited, so looking fresh is never a problem. They even started making some really adorable iPhone cases.
I'm sure you are wondering what sick, twisted task I'm going to put you through for these? Hit the jump for details.
Well, here we are! Today is the 31st of August, the day that Tales of Graces f hits stores across Europe, and we're about to give one of you a fantastic poster signed by none other than Hideo Baba himself. I gathered the Japanator staff in the darkest closet I could find and subjected them to episodes of Phi Brain until they agreed on a winner. It didn't take long at all, though it took them a while to gain their vision back. Oh, what we'll do for you guys!
Congratulations to mangaman74, you now have one more signed poster than you had this morning! We'll be in contact with you shortly, so keep an eye on your emails.
Many thanks to all those that took the time to enter, and thanks again to Namco Bandai UK for giving us the cool swag to give away. Keep your eyes peeled for more contests in the future folk, we just want to ply you with goodies!
[This contest has ended! Thanks for entering, and we'll reveal our winner shortly!]
On August 31st, the much anticipated Tales of Graces f will finally be available in Europe. I'm sure the RPG fans amongst us are waiting patiently, but we've got a contest that should keep you busy until then!
The lovely folk over at Namco Bandai UK have given us a fantastic prize to give away, and if you have read the title of this post or glanced down at the gallery, you will know what it is! Yes, it is in fact a signed Tales of Graces f poster! But the real question is, who is it signed by? None other than Hideo Baba, the producer of the game! How cool is that?
Entry is simple! All I want you to do is come up with a name for a new "Tales of" game, then explain to me in a short sentence or two what the shocking plot twist would be! Here's an example:
Tales of Football
The protagonist, a soccer prodigy, travels to the US to play professionally, only to discover American football is a different sport altogether.
And that's it! You have from now until 6pm GMT on the 30th to leave your entry as a comment on this post, where the rest of the Japanator wonder squad will pick their favourite. We will then reveal who our lucky winner is on the 31st, the day that Tales of Graces f is released. Be sure you have a Japanator account, as we want to make sure we can get in contact with you if you win! I'm afraid that the contest is open to UK residents only, and please don't spam entries (this contest wants quality, not quantity!). Good luck everyone!
That show brings up a lot of feelings for a lot of people. For some, it's a fond memory of those early days of anime -- staying up late to watch each episode of the show on Adult Swim. For others, it might bring up insipid hatred of half-assed cosplay.
And for some of you: it fuels the slash fiction that you still haven't stopped writing.
No matter what feeling FMA kindles, we've got something for you: we're pairing up with FUNimation for the release of Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos to give away a copy of the movie, an entire set of Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and a theatrical poster of the film signed by the cast.
What do you need to do? Post in the comments and tell us what memories you have of Fullmetal Alchemist. The contest will be over Saturday 5/19 at midnight E.T.
For the past week, we've been trying to find homes for two awesome DVD bundle packs containing all 12-episodes of both the X-Men and Iron Man Madhouse Studios animated series. As mentioned last Friday, the shows were directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) and Yuzo Sato (Gokusen) respectively, and written by Warren Ellis; making them a treat for both anime and comic book lovers alike.
Both series are scheduled to hit stores on April 24th, and two lucky people are guaranteed to have their copies safely delivered to their doorstep; courtesy of Sony and Marvel. We are happy to announce that our winners are:
A while back, Marvel got together with Madhouse Studios and Sony Entertainment to produce two 12-episode animated shows based on the internationally acclaimed comic books X-men and Iron Man. Both series, directed by Fuminori Kizaki (Afro Samurai, Basilisk) and Yuzo Sato (Gokusen, Biohunter) respectively, were written by no other than Mr. Warren Ellis. They are scheduled to hit stores on April 24th.
We are happy to announce that we just got our hands on two kick-ass bundle packs featuring all 12-episodes of both shows. Both DVD bundles come equipped with English and Japanese audio channels, English subtitles, and a handful of special features --including an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the shows, commentary by the series' creators, and an interview with Keiji Fujiwara, the voice of Tony Stark in Iron Man.
All you have to do to score yourself a copy of both shows is make sure that you have registered a Japanator account under a valid email address and post a comment below, we will choose two winners at random. If your Livefyre ID doesn't match your Japanator username, please include it in your comment. The contest is open to all registered readers in the US and Canada, and will close on Friday, April 20th at noon CST --enter today!