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Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima


AKB48 scores an A+
Sep 12
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... read
Corgi power

This corgi's costume is over 9,000


Oh my dog
Aug 29
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... read
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige


Good morning to you
Aug 22
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... read
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 ... read feature

Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi


Enticing eyes
Aug 01
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 ... read
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako


She looks like a snacker
Jul 11
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? read
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... read feature

Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano


The queen of duckface!
Jul 04
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... read
AMERICA
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... read feature

Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki


Girl. how I've missed you
Jun 27
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... read
Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


The return of the queen!
Jun 13
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,... read
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 ... read feature

ANorth: Cosplay

Anime North '14: Cosplay


Every con is going to have a bancho Mako this year huh
May 29
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... read
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... read feature

Anime Boston

AB 2014: The Cosplayers


Dressed up or not, you gotta plan your day right
Mar 22
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... read
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 ... read feature

Art shows

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show


Designer combines pop culture and marketing.
Feb 04
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... read
Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Gaara!


Let's throw a beach party
Jan 19
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... read
Spirited Away

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli


Spirited Away is recreated.. through Minecraft?
Jan 16
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... read
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... read feature

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... read feature

Vidya

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


Joining the mafia has never been this fabulous
Dec 21
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... read
Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!


Shot through the heart
Dec 12
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... read
Bayonetta

Take a peek at Bayonetta: Bloody Fate's storyboards


You can look but it's only a SAMPLE!
Nov 12
Gonzo is making a Bayonetta movie, didn't you hear? You know what that means: time to run in terror! Ok, fine, maybe Gonzo isn't that bad, but they don't exactly have a stellar track record with their anime adaptions of video... read
The Idolm@ster

New The Idolm@ster: One For All screenshots emerge


Go my way with that shiny smile
Nov 08
Bandai Namco's upcoming PS3 idol producing simulator, The Idolm@ster: One For All, is the first main new entry in the series since the second game on the PS3 and 360. As such, it's not too surprising that the folks over there... read
Vidya

JoJo: All Star Battle's new info will awaken your Stand


Spring is going Star Platinum
Nov 04
We've all known for a good while that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is going to land in the west next year; however, the fabulous people at Namco Bandai have revealed that the game will be released in Spring 2014... read
Never have you seen a Link so confused.
Heading to the ExCel Centre for MCM London Comic Con isn't all about buying pricey import goods and hearing about the latest anime titles to be licensed, no sir! As is the case with all conventions that are vaguely anime-rela... read feature

Cosplay

This year's Kawasaki Halloween Parade is a glorious treat


Kawasaki City's inhabitants know how to get into the holiday spirit
Oct 29
Halloween may be on the 31st of October, but that's not stopping the people of Kawasaki City from having their yearly parade before Hallow's Eve engulfs our lives. Overall, the attendees at the event continue to put on a grea... read
Dangan Ronpa

First English screens for Danganronpa emerge


This Vita release will be to die for
Oct 25
Spike Chunsoft's Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fantastic game. A combination of Ace Attorney-like trials and investigation, and 999/VLR-like atmosphere and plot progression, Dangan Ronpa is rich with personality. I p... read
Please Teacher

New Please Teacher/Twins Blu-ray for its 10th Anniversery


Grandmother of otaku tourism gets special release
Oct 21
Over the weekend, Japanese voice actress Ai Shimizu tweeted a series of photographs involving her cosplaying her character from Please Twin, Karen Onodera, going around the sights of Lake Kizaki. This was a part of ... read
NYCC Cosplay

NYCC 2013: Cosplays


Samples from Thursday
Oct 11
New York Comic Con 2013 is underway. Building on prior years, Thursday is now a full day for a lot of the vendors and events at the con, and the crowd is out in force. Compared to last year even, the exhibit hall floors are w... read
Ar no Surge screenshots

New Ar no Surge details and screenshots emerge


Featuring a mute robot hero
Sep 30
Japanese game developer Gust has been very busy these days. Between their upcoming Vita title, New Atelier Rorona, and finishing up Ciel no Surge, I can't help but be impressed. Yet here they are, making yet another game. New... read






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