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Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

I can not get enough
Dec 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sayumi Michishige Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan Measurements: 87/58/86 cm  So the doe eyed beauty, Sayumi Michishige is Momusu no more. She finally graduated the band after having the longes...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Halloween treats look so sweet
Nov 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
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...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

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

Colossal cosplay
Nov 19
// Josh Tolentino
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...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei

Nov 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Miwako Kakei Birthdate: March, 6, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 89/60/60 cm  So snow is finally starting to fall in my current hometown of Chicago. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! What gives...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Them eyes
Nov 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sano Hinako Birthdate: October 13, 1994 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 84/51/87 cm  Gracing the pages of Japanator this week is fan favorite, Sano Hinako. The gorgeous and talented actress has some new photos...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Ai love you
Oct 31
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  When I haven't done Idol of the Week for a while I start to feel bad about depriving my dear friends of the lovely comp...

Happy Kaixa Day!

Sep 13 // Salvador GRodiles
カイザの日2014 by ゆうの カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ by 華焔@文化部統括委員長萌え 無題 by QUICK カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!by ゆうき カイザの日!by みっちゃん 913 awakening by ひいらぎはじめ 9月13日 by はらら@913の日 カイザの日2014 by ねこのら カイザケーキ by かめこ 仮面ライダードライザ by 中島ゆいちろ 草加雅人ならダイジョーブッ☆★ by 英知 カイザ!by しぶがき カイザの日ですね。by アベ カイザの日2014 by 晶 913(カイザ)、スマブラに参戦!?by マルバ 九一三葬 by 葵野 今日は何の日? 913の日 by ジョウカ→ Dullahan by yk 9! 1! 3! by Kkハムスター 913 DAY by 大村@変身D02ab カイザキティ by ぽむ/.崩壊プリン カイザの日 by モッチャす
Kaixa Day photo
Enter 9-1-3!
It's Sept. 13th, and it's time to celebrate an important holiday. Today marks the special day that's dedicated to Masato Kusaka, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kaixa. Due to the fact that the guy dials 9-1-3 on his Kaixa Phone before he ...

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima

AKB48 scores an A+
Sep 12
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Haruna Kojima Birthdate: April 19th, 1988 Hometown: Saitama, Japan Measurements: 80/60/86 cm  There a few things that you can count on in life. Death, taxes, and that AKB48 will continue showcasing s...
Corgi power photo
Corgi power

This corgi's costume is over 9,000

Oh my dog
Aug 29
// Dale North
Cosplay? Corgsplay? With their long shape, oversized head, and ridiculous features, Welsh Corgis make the best costume dogs. And as members of the herding dog group, they're a perfect fit as scouter users. I almost couldn't b...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

Good morning to you
Aug 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sayumi Michishige  Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan   Measurements: 87/58/86 cm   This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayu...

Otakon '14: Cosplay

Aug 13 // Jeff Chuang
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Otakon '14 Cosplay photo
Loving it live
Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and ...

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi

Enticing eyes
Aug 01
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Asuka Kishi Birthdate: November 4th, 1991 Hometown: Osaka, Japan Measurements: 90/58/88 cm  I actually know very little about this week's idol, Asuka Kishi. When I was looking online for the gal who ...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

She looks like a snacker
Jul 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Sano HinakoBirthdate: October 13, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, JapanMeasurements: 84/51/87 cm  This week's amazing idol is talented actress an model Sano Hinako. She's sporting a killer smile and lips that just don't quit. She's a super charming babe, that I would share a meal with anytime. However I just have to ask. What's with the knit hat in the tropical pictures? Is that a thing now?

AX '14: Cosplays

Jul 09 // Jeff Chuang
AX Cosplays photo
Including some esteemed guests!
It's really amazing how Anime Expo continues to be one of the most diverse cons when it comes to cosplaying things from anime and manga. For those of us canvassing the whole thing, note that while the count of Homestucks have...

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

The queen of duckface!
Jul 04
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Tomomi Itano Birthdate: July 3, 1991 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 76/56/79 cm  While she may not be tearing up the stage as a member of AKB48 anymore, the always adorable Tomochin is enjoying a hugely su...
Happy July 4th! photo
It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game &nbs...

Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki

Girl. how I've missed you
Jun 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Risa Yoshiki Birthdate: July 27, 1987 Hometown: Chiba, Japan Measurements: 80/59/88 cm  Since we're only on our second week of seeing amazing gravure idols from Japan, I thin it's best that we visit with some of...
Idol of the Week photo
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

The return of the queen!
Jun 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm The fact that Ai Shinozaki has decided to show her adorable face as well as other assets around here can mean only one thing,...

Anime Next '14: Cosplay

Jun 09 // Jeff Chuang
Cosplay photo
The Pool is open for business
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 ...

ANorth: Cosplay photo
ANorth: Cosplay

Anime North '14: Cosplay

Every con is going to have a bancho Mako this year huh
May 29
// Jeff Chuang
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...

ACEN '14: The Cosplays

May 19 // Jeff Chuang
Cosplays photo
Is that a ship daughter?
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...

Anime Boston photo
Anime Boston

AB 2014: The Cosplayers

Dressed up or not, you gotta plan your day right
Mar 22
// Jeff Chuang
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...

Persona 5 and others announced for NA

Feb 25 // Elliot Gay
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Atlus news photo
It's a Persona party
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 ...

Art shows photo
Art shows

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Designer combines pop culture and marketing.
Feb 04
// Ben Huber
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...
Birthday Gallery photo
Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Gaara!

Let's throw a beach party
Jan 19
// Kristina Pino
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...
Spirited Away photo
Spirited Away

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

Spirited Away is recreated.. through Minecraft?
Jan 16
// Amber Hunt
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...

Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou!

Dec 29 // Kristina Pino
Utena Color by mjbarrosm Revolution by AlmightyHighElf Utena by i-s-p Revolutionary Girl Utena by カミー Utena Tenjou by LeslieREVOLUTION Utena by nina Prince Wannabe by PhuiJL 絶対運命黙示録 by ぶ Revolutionary Girl Utena by イグニカ@twitter Utena by 片足貓 ♣ [header image] ポニテウテナ by 風李たゆ revolutionary girl Utena by maze-d utena wip by muju (I can't believe this isn't a finished work!) The Rose Prince by shibamura-prime Revolutionary Girl Utena by HOM Utena + World Revolution by BakaMandy Utena by Rin54321 Have any suggestions for future fan art galleries? Shoot them my way: kristina (at) japanator (dot) com. If you have any additional, sourced art to add to the collection below, feel free to link them in the comments!
Birthday Gallery photo
Pink Overdose
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 sin...

Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!

Dec 27 // Kristina Pino
Len and Rin Kagamine by brittneyvet97VOCALOID02 by yui-22Vocaloid - Kagamine Rin and Len Brotherly Love by To-TheStarsLen Kagamine :3 Dibujo by UriclubTkMagnet Len by Nanamychildren's war by taniikoKagamine Len by Squ-chanKagamination by projectTiGERLen Kagamine by Zixair1愛は戦争 by zenyuRin Rin! by iwasp0nthiswei鏡音レン also by zenyuRin Beautiful by KagamineRinAppends Have a suggestion for a future fan art gallery? Let me know directly: kristina (at) japanator (dot) com. Also feel free to link to any sourced Kagamine twins artwork you like in the comments below.  
Birthday Gallery photo
If they aged, they'd be legal in Japan
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 enjo...

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

Joining the mafia has never been this fabulous
Dec 21
// Salvador GRodiles
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...
Birthday Gallery photo
Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!

Shot through the heart
Dec 12
// Kristina Pino
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...

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