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10:00 AM on 11.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

Man, has this been an amazing few months of music or what? I was just thumbing through some of last year's Daily Doses, remembering how it was a bit of a musically dry year for me. Things have been really fantastic so far, a...

Hiroko Yamamura



Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! photo
Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!]

We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at Moenovel! The fine folks over there have given us five copies of their hit visual novel If My Heart Had Wings, in commemoration of the game's impending release on Steam, everyone's favorite digital distribution platform.

Those five copies are going out to five lucky commenters who can answer a simple question below! All you have to do is visit the game's website and find the answer, then place in a comment on this post while logged into Japanator (this part's important, otherwise we won't be able to contact you if you win!). The winners will be selected randomly from the pool of correct answers and contacted upon the game's release.

You've got from now until November 23rd, 2014, at 2200 (10PM) CST to post your answers, so get to it!

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9:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Garage Hero's Yakuzambie short is now on YouTube

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that we can't watch a few zombies get killed on screen. Since Garage Hero uploaded Yakuzambie on their YouTube channel, we can now experience this moment, as we see a Yakuza membe...

Salvador GRodiles

5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Frieza will return in 2015

The previously announced Dragon Ball Z movie, slated for 2015 has released its first key visual, and it's one that's going to drum up some reaction. Yes, it looks like Frieza is coming back. In the upcoming Dragon Ball Z...

Hiroko Yamamura



Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6 photo
Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6
by Josh Tolentino

Much as the header image would lead you to believe, the latest episodes of Inou Battle aren't about hard rock, starting a band, or even the chuuni value of music appreciation. No, instead the stories of episodes 5 and 6 are about Inou Battle showing its true nature to anyone hoping that the members of the Literature Club would eventually discover their epic destinies, as is the fate of all people with superpowers.

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8:00 AM on 11.17.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Yunchi

It's time again for another dose of hot music, and today's offering comes to you courtesy of up-and-comer Yunchi (aka Yun*chi) and her new single, "Wonderful Wonder World". You may recognize it as the ending theme for the cu...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 11.16.2014

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot...

Josh Tolentino



Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6
by Josh Tolentino

Shirobako continues to be an important anime series for anyone that's interested in how their favorite Japanese cartoons are made. Not to say that it's some kind of primer for how the industry works, though it goes further deeper into the production  process than virtually any non-documentary work to date.

No, Shirobako's importance lies in using 2D, animated fictional characters to humanize the 3D, flesh-and-blood people that make anime.

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9:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Animator Expo's second short focuses on riding bicycles

Now that Japan Animator Expo has uploaded its second anime short, it seems that the project has yet to create a solid piece. While Hill Climb Girl gave us a simple premise about bicycle racing that evolved into a love story, ...

Salvador GRodiles





7:30 PM on 11.14.2014

Gundam Build Fighters Try's first opening gets an amazing 8-bit remix

As Gundam Build Fighters Try continues to impress us with its Solid Winning Streak, Studio Megaane has used his Retro Gunpla building skills to turn the show's opening into an 8-bit masterpiece. All in all, Megaane's ta...

Salvador GRodiles

6:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei

Name: Miwako Kakei Birthdate: March, 6, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 89/60/60 cm  So snow is finally starting to fall in my current hometown of Chicago. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! What gives...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 11.14.2014

WTF Fridays: Mo Fiya

Let's hope this lady isn't in charge when someone yells fire. Staged or not? I can't quite tell. I'm actually hope so.

Hiroko Yamamura