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Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide, Part 2! photo
Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide, Part 2!
by Josh Tolentino

The sun's up and it's time to get the heck into the shade and watch some Japanese cartoons! Welcome to the second part of Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide! Just as we did in yesterday's first part, we're here to take a sidelong glance at the newest anime of the season (including a few that beat us to the broadcast punch), in an effort to decide what we'll be watching and writing about!

Now get on below and check 'em out, then tell us what you'll be watching in the comments! 

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First Impressions: Rail Wars! photo
First Impressions: Rail Wars!
by Dae Lee

Rail Wars was strangely one of my most anticipated this season. The premise of a train security force fighting against railway privatization extremists sounded just crazy enough to become something worth following, but the first episode left me a little perplexed.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 35 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 35
by Salvador GRodiles

Wow. It’s surprising to see that things are getting even worse in Zawame City. Just when you think that the current crisis will be resolved, another calamity jumps in to remind viewers that the world’s in grave danger. With the Overlord Inves’ leader now taking action, Kouta is in need of a serious plan; otherwise, he’ll be walking into minefield right about now.

If the end of the world wasn’t bad enough, our main hero’s about to learn about a big secret that’ll change his opinion towards a certain person. Let’s just say that Gaim is on the path towards making people suffer once more. At this rate, I doubt that things are going to be happy in Butcher Land any time soon.

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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

3:30 PM on 07.04.2014

AX '14: MangaGamer announces OZMAFIA, No, Thank You!!, and more

MangaGamer's ready to reveal their new titles, and team's ready to try something new. If you happen to be a fan of Otome and/or BL Games, then you'll be happy to know that MangaGamer's planning to localize OZMAFIA and No, Th...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 07.04.2014

WTF Fridays: Crack open that watermelon

There's nothing like a cold refreshing watermelon on the Fourth of July. I just wish I could find some way to crack this thing open...

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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12:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Feel the charm of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There

There's a lot of whispers going around about the upcoming animated film, When Marnie was There. The movie is the famed animation house Studio Ghibli's first film without any involvement from founders Isao Takahata and Hayao ...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 07.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros

Japanese indie rock band Alexandros are no strangers to weird controversy. Last year they were accused of copying an Australian band' music video, a story you might have a hard time remembering due to the fact that they were...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 07.04.2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Greetings fellow anime freaks. I just wanted to check in, and wish a happy American Independence Day to the coolest readers from the staff at Japanator! While many will spend the day celebrating America's liberties, or rememb...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 AM on 07.04.2014

AX '14: NIS America to localize three new games

Anime Expo 2014 is among us, and NIS America has revealed three new titles that they're planning to localize in the west. If you happen to be a Vita owner, then you'll enjoy the first game on the list, since htoL#NiQ: The Fir...

Salvador GRodiles

7:00 PM on 07.03.2014

AX '14: Sekai Project to localize Grisaia no Kajitsu, planetarian

At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ...

Jeff Chuang