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12:00 PM on 07.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Our favorite grumpy shiba-inu, Otousan graces us with his presence, Madoka gets a live-action, and I get hungry for chocolate snacks. I don't think my brain could handle much more. I also have an incredibly twisted desire for curry.

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 07.09.2014

These are the Japanese pun stickers you've always wanted

I'm delighted that I can share these delightful stickers with a wider, appreciative audience. MIS0HAPPY has this Store Envy shop loaded with stickers depicting my preferred form of humor: puns. Just look at the pictures becau...

Kristina Pino

10:00 AM on 07.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 13 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 13
by Salvador GRodiles

Just as I predicted last time, Garo: Makai no Hana’s team didn't cut any corners in the show's production, as they fill our stomachs with more great visuals. On top of that, the series received a new opening theme that’s sung by a certain Anisong Band that everyone knows. In other words, we'll be jamming all Summer long!

Judging from the content that’s been presented so far, Garo Season 4’s ready to take things up a notch again. Hopefully, nothing'll go wrong again, since we’re focusing on the show’s main cast again.

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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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6:00 PM on 07.08.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: River City Ransom

Yup, GACKT is still gaming, but there's a change... The strangest thing is happening... it looks like he might be having a tiny bit of fun! This time he's brought his buddy Takumi in for a game of River City Ransom. Remember I said a TINY bit of fun.

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura





2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Space Dandy is looking Be@ry cool

The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable Be@rbrick and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...

Hiroko Yamamura



First Impressions: Akame ga Kill! photo
First Impressions: Akame ga Kill!
by Hiroko Yamamura

Like usual, I left it up to my lovely co-workers at Japanator to choose the anime I was going to watch this season. This technique has a few benefits and risks, as they might intentionally be setting me up a hellish few months for laughs, but it also keeps me a bit safe from the anime hype train. This summer Josh Totman threw Akame ga Kill! my way, which I have luckily read a few issues of. I haven't yet decided if knowing what is coming is a good thng or not.

The mighty Studio White Fox has taken the reigns on this one with Tears to Tiara and Ichigo 100% director Tomoki Kobayashi at the helm of the beloved manga adaptation. The series is known for its brutality and high body count, all while mixing in a healthy dose of moe, and sophomoric humor. Make no doubt this is not a horror series, this is honest to goodness shonen business. However, that doesn't mean that it won't still shock, tantalize, and entertain. I guess we have all summer to figure out how well it's worked.

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10:00 AM on 07.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



Check out the first seven minutes of HAL photo
Check out the first seven minutes of HAL
by Hiroko Yamamura

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash backs of glowing red circles, but I think the name is where the similarities end.

FUNimation is handling the dub, and so far it sounds alright to my usually biased ears. I can say that the film does look quite nicely detailed, and the character designs look tasty. Dae actually posted a review of the film a bit back, so you shuld probably check it out. The anime seems like a mix of some Rojin Z, and some Astroboy alongside some quickly love story. I'm going to have to make sure he sends me his screener ASAP!

Why do dubs always seem so loud?

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587
by Josh Tolentino

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a challenge to recap in words, especially for a series that gets by on striking visuals and badass poses. 

Similarly, there's little here that happens in terms of plot movement, but Bleach does do something quite memorable, which is to remind us that it has a sense of humor.

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