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Anime Next '14: Cosplay photo
Anime Next '14: Cosplay
by Jeff Chuang

Anime Next 2014 in Somerset, New Jersey, spotted some terrific weather. It was almost nicer outdoors than indoors because the air conditioning was having problems on Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel, where many of the panels were hosted. The cosplayers are all outside anyway, large patches of landscaped lawn make shooting a little easier under the sun, as long as you can navigate the shadows from the trees.

With the World Cosplay Summit qualifier, Anime Next is moving up in some ways, and the cosplay reflect that. There are quite a few good ones, plus as a very good indicator of what's going to be out there at the big summer cons this year. Yeah I'm looking at you, Levi and Ryuuko. The gallery is just over there, you know what to do.

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8:00 AM on 05.29.2014

Anime North '14: Cosplay

Anime North 2014 is one huge con this year, and the convention's parking lot proved to be a nice gathering place for all kinds of cosplayers. The sun beat down hard during Saturday's prime hours, but many persevered nonethele...

Jeff Chuang

ACEN '14: The Cosplays photo
ACEN '14: The Cosplays
by Jeff Chuang

Over the weekend, midwest's cosplayers marched out en force at Anime Central 2014. Let's take a look after the jump.

The trend with Titan doesn't seem to slow down, and there are a bunch of decent survey corps members roaming the con. But in large numbers it all seems to blur, unlike the more striking titan cosplayers. Still, the usual seems to make a mark, such Homestuck and the like. It just seems Kill la Kill is quick to overtake Free one's best excuse to wear as little clothes as possible at a con, despite ACEN '14 was still quite chilly overall, weather-wise.

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9:00 AM on 03.22.2014

AB 2014: The Cosplayers

Anime Boston 2014 brings out the cosplayers from the US Northeast. If you look at what parades through the bigger cons' halls in the year, the earlier cons give you an indication of what's to come later in the year. Take a lo...

Jeff Chuang

Persona 5 and others announced for NA photo
Persona 5 and others announced for NA
by Elliot Gay

Atlus has gone and done it.

In one fell swoop, they went and announced that Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4: Dancing all Night (Vita), and  Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) will all be getting English language releases in North America. None of this is particularly surprising, but I know a whole lot of people have been waiting for this news. Are you happy now?


Persona 5 and Dancing All Night are currently scheduled to cross the ocean sometime in 2015,while Persona Q and Arena Ultimax will be hitting this fall. Some of these dates are a little bit far out, but I don't think anyone was expecting all of these games to hit in 2014.

For those of you not in the know, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover featuring the cast of both P3 and P4, done up in the style of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey games. Dungeon exploring, first person battles, and a huge pool of playable characters are the order of the day here. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game in which Narukami, the protagonist of P4, dances to some chill beats in order to fell some Shadows. It's being co-developed by Dingo, the developers of the first Hatsune Miku Project Diva game. Persona 4 Arena Climax is the sequel to Arena, a 2D fighting game designed by Arc System Works. 

Last but certainly not least is Persona 5, the big one. Details are still thin, but its comforting to see Atlus finally talking about it out in the open.

Atlus sent us a whole bunch of screenshots and trailers for the games, so feel free to check those out below and bask in all the glory.

Time to get hype!

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6:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the...

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 01.19.2014

Happy birthday, Gaara!

I haven't kept up with the on-goings of Naruto and friends in a while, but one thing that has been consistent is my love for Gaara. Finding great artwork dedicated to today's birthday boy wasn't too hard, though limiting my g...

Kristina Pino

9:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

You may or may not have already seen these pictures floating around on Imgur the past couple of days. Yes, that's right. Someone has taken the time to recreate the memorable scenery of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. For someo...

Amber Hunt

Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou! photo
Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou!
by Kristina Pino

Utena Tenjou, the Revolutionary Girl, turns 17 today! And all these years later, she still inspires some beautiful artwork of which I've chosen a modest sample to share with you. Well, to be precise, a sample of 17 images since that's the magic number.

I'm actually pretty happy with this batch, not just because it's Utena and she's awesome, but also because of the variety in art styles present. It's a real delight, so please enjoy the gallery below! Here's the full list of credits:

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Happy birthday, Kagamine twins! photo
Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!
by Kristina Pino

Today, December 27th, the Kagamine twins Rin and Len turn six years old. Though they're perpetually 14, there's always a steady flow of art, new costumes, and updated music for all members of the Vocaloid world, so let's enjoy some of it in the gallery below!

Rin and Len happen to be my favorite Vocaloid characters, and I happen to own a fair amount of figures of the two (including the ones in the header, which were photographed by me), so it was tough narrowing down all the great artwork out there to just a handful for this post. I opted to feature art that was created recently (within the last six months) in order to really cut things down. It helped.

Full credits for each image featured:

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9:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Enter a mob war with JoJo: All Star Battle's new details

As Namco Bandai winds down towards the halfway point of their Bizarre Adventure, the traveling game development company is ready to give us a quick recap on JoJo's fifth story that covers the adventures of Giorno Giovana...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!

Happy birthday to Fuu, the ever-gentle, ever-green (at least in eyes and dress) Magic Knight who stole my heart so many years ago. I always did like her powers and humor, and green is my favorite color. That and she was an am...

Kristina Pino