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3:00 PM on 05.01.2014

Breakout idol Kanna Hashimoto now powers mobile game girlfriend

The Japanese mobile game Girlfriend (Beta) has an all-star seiyuu cast and launched late last year. It accidentally fueled a meme earlier this year, when veteran voice actress Sakura Tange's French-named character crunched o...

Jeff Chuang

5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang

11:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 03.01.2014

2014 JSDF calendar will recruit you with cuteness

What's a better recruitment tool than cute girls? Japan's last recruitment tool, moe mascots for the JSDF, saw recruitment numbers rise by 20%, so why not try real girls? The 2014 JSDF calendar features models posing in unifo...

Brad Rice

1:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Are you lady?! New Idolmaster: All For One details

I'm a secret Idolmaster fan. Ok, maybe it's not so secret since I'm publishing that fact on the internet, but oh well. The reality is that I'm pretty excited for the new PS3 game, The Idolmaster: All For One. Players wil...

Elliot Gay

6:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Kana Hanazawa says 'no boys allowed' for meet & greet

Sorry guys, you're going to have to sit this one out in the cold. Kana Hanazawa's next meet and greet event is going to be a girls-only affair. The event, dubbed Kana Matsuri, will feature a meet and greet, live performance, ...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Utada Hikaru to tie the knot

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have your still beating hearts ripped directly from your chest. The lovely Utada Hikaru is soon to be off the market, again. Yesterday, Hikki took to her website and announced to her fans that...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that inciden...

Karen Mead

10:00 AM on 01.24.2014

Wake Up, Girls! PV clips show idols in the flesh

The seven girls of Wake Up, Girls! anime are an unusual representation of their real idol selves as the group Wake Up, Girls! It's got this interesting gap going when the anime and the idol group is made in twain, one based ...

Jeff Chuang



First Impressions: Wake Up, Girls! photo
First Impressions: Wake Up, Girls!
by Jeff Chuang

When critic and director Yutaka Yamamoto announced that his next work would involve an idol group made up of girls from the Tohoku region, it was easy to be skeptical and make a face; I know I did. Given his outspoken and often controversial outbursts regarding not just his works but the state of the entertainment industry in Japan, it's easy to get cynical about his intentions. And, to be fair, anyone who's seen Fractale from start to finish may have second thoughts about watching another full-length TV anime from him.

With Wake Up, Girls (WUG for short), director Yamamoto is taking his ideas about anime and drama to the idol industry. It kicks off with a 52-minute movie, and that segues straight into a 1-cour TV show. This first impression piece will focus on the movie as well as the first episode of the TV anime, as the movie is almost a must-watch if you want the full WUG experience. Don't make the mistake of skipping the movie, because you'll miss out on what makes this series so unmistakably Yamamoto.

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1:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Let's dating Yukari Tamura!

[Update] With a heavy heart  I must inform you that the video has been taken down. But, if you are really curious, the Blu-ray is only $50! (Dot, dot, dot.) Ah, technology. It allows us to do things that we would normal...

Eric Koziol

3:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Kohaku New Years show to feature Linked Horizon

The 64th Kohaku Uta Gassen, or that NHK Kohaku new years variety show where top popular singers from teams red battle the same from team white, will feature Linked Horizon. And guess what they will sing?  Anime music has...

Jeff Chuang