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6:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

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?

Hiroko Yamamura



AX '14: Cosplays photo
AX '14: Cosplays
by Jeff Chuang

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 dropped, they are still a force to reckon with. What is more of a surprise is the percentage of Kill la Kill cosplayers versus Attack on Titan cosplayers--it's about even. This is distinctly not so much the case at every other con I attended this year where survey corps jackets reigned, so it's something that stuck out to me.

Maybe it's the July SoCal sun that makes the Nudist Beach "outfits" all that more sensible? Put on some sunscreen guys! Maybe that's also what makes our guests of honors at AX, Ami Koshimizu and Ryouka Yuzuki, cosplay their Kill la Kill characters as well. Unfortunately technical difficulty prevented me for featuring those two, but instead you can check out anison duo Angela in their team Blue get-up from the K: Missing Kings premiere.

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4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

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...

Hiroko Yamamura



Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls! photo
Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!
by Josh Tolentino

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  featuring moe-fied World War II-era warships? 

That's right, I'm talking about the United States Navy!

Thankfully, it's not just patriots like myself who realize this injustice. A artist who goes by "November☆" realized that only Japan's kantai was collected in Kantai Collection (plus a cameo by Bismarck) and sought to correct the imbalance by illustrating a few US Navy capital kan-musu ("ship girls") to join the fleet, including the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet, the battleship U.S.S. Iowa, and even the never-built Montana-class battleship, U.S.S. Louisiana, the last battleship ever ordered by the navy.

Check out some more illustrations in the gallery below, and give an all-American salute to this Chinese artist for helping represent the good ol' U.S. of A in a Japanese videogame!

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4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki

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...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

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,...

Hiroko Yamamura



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?

Good.

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