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Arpeggio of the Blue Stee

Arpeggio of Blue Steel heads to the big screen next year


Can you handle the maritime cuteness?
Jun 30
// Hiroko Yamamura
I was a bit shocked with myself, that my favorite anime of last year was actually the sci-fi/moe mash-up, Arpeggio of Blue Steel. Usually, I base my initial interests off two things, either mecha design or character design. W...
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Lupin III

The new Lupin live-action trailer is here!


I'm not sure how I feel about this yet
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
The live adaption of the classic anime thief Lupin III, is set to hit theaters in Japan on August 30th, but you don't have to wait that long to get a glimpse. There's a new trailer making its rounds, and this time the video ...
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Unforgiven

Ken Watanabe does Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven


Can't wait until they do Dirty Harry!
Jun 12
// Josh Tolentino
Japanator's about more than anime, don't you know! It's also about watching dignified hunks like Ken Watanabe do a samurai take on Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, and that's exactly what this is.  Yurusarezaru...
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The Akira Project

The Akira Project is out: Watch the whole thing here


Tetsuoooo!
May 10
// Josh Tolentino
Well, that was quick. Just last week CineGround's crowdfunded adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's masterpiece was giving folks a peek behind the curtain, but after a few days, it looks like this weekend was the day to unleash th...
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Akira

The Akira Project teases behind-the-scenes goodness


And it actually looks good!
May 03
// Josh Tolentino
Hollywood isn't the only party trying get some hot Akira live-action, err...action. The Canadians are, too! Montreal-based production outfit CineGround is hard at work on The Akira Project, an effort dedicated to doing ...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan


The top charts for the week of May 3rd
May 03
// Brad Rice
Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...
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Anime

Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018


That's a long ways away
May 03
// Elliot Gay
Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...
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Rurouni Kenshin

2nd and 3rd Rurouni Kenshin films get a full length trailer


Kyoto is on fire
May 02
// Elliot Gay
I was a big fan of the first live action Rurouni Kenshin film. It had pacing problems, but on the whole, I felt that it did a strong job of capturing the tone of the manga while adapting the material in a way that worked for...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan


The top charts for the week of April 26th
Apr 26
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...
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Bestsellers

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped


The top charts for the week of April 18th
Apr 18
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

Apr 11 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of April 6th 1. Kidsuitara Kataomoi by Nogizaka46 - Week 1 2. No Mercy by BAP - Week 1 3. High Five by Yuma Nakayama - Week 1 4. Grotesque by Ken Hirai feat. Namie Amuro - Week 1 5. Mitaiken Future by FTIsland - Week 1 6. Touge Koe by Fukuda Kouhei- Week 1 7. Sakura Horizon by Idoling NEO - Week 1 8. Kourei no Ryuugou by NMB48 - Week 2 9. Lalala/850 yen per hour by Kamereo - Week 1 10. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 3 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of April 13th 1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol. 5 - Week 1 2. Soul Eater Vol. 19 - Week 1 3. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 42 4. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 3 5. Attack on Titan: Junior High Vol. 1 - Week 2 6. Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days Vol. 3 - Week 1 7. Puella Magi Madoka Magica: The Different Story Vol. 1 - Week 1 8. Attack on Titan Vol. 10 - Week 8 9. Fairy Tail Vol. 36 - Week 1 10. Alice in the Country of Clover: March Hare - Week 2 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of April 6th 1. Frozen - Week 4, grossed $8.24 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 5, grossed $1.73 million 3. Heisei Rider vs. Showa Rider - Week 2, grossed $1.57 million 4. The Snow White Murder Case - Week 2, grossed $1.16 million 5. Team Batista Final: Kerberos no Shozo - Week 2, grossed $923k 6. The Secret Life of Walter Mitty - Week 3, grossed $639k 7. One Third - Week 1, grossed $614k 8. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 4, grossed $557k 9. Kamisama no Karute 2 - Week 3, grossed $434k 10. Sakura Saku - Week 1, grossed $252k Source: Box Office Mojo
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Gundam: The Origin supplants Attack on Titan
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ...

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Jellyfish

Princess Jellyfish film announced


However it suffers from a severe lack of details.
Apr 07
// Ben Huber
I know there is a small but dedicated fanbase out there for Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime). Both the original manga by Akiko Higashimura and the anime by Brain's Base for Noitamina were great versions of the story, and I'm a...
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The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 4


Attack on Titan and Frozen to dominate charts forever
Apr 04
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. With all of Kodansha's Attack on Titan side titles out right now, the s...
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Sailor Moon

Haruka and Michiru competing for "Gayest Cartoon" on LogoTV


Haruka and Michiru on national TV is awesome
Apr 03
// Brittany Vincent
If you've been following my several Sailor Moon posts or the blurb I wrote up about my favorite anime couple, you should know I harbor an unhealthy obsession with Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. I think they're absolutely g...
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Say I Love You

One Direction song will be the theme for Say I Love You film


What do fans think about this?
Mar 29
// Amber Hunt
I don't know about you, but I am so excited for the Say I Love You film! I didn't read the manga yet, but I did watch the anime series and I was totally hooked the entire time. Well, when I heard that they were making a live-...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 28

Mar 28 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of March 23rd 1. Mirai to ha? by SKE48 - Week 1 2. Boku no Soba ni ha Hoshi ga Aru by Tackey & Tsubasa - Week 1 3. Hadaka no Hadaka no Hadaka no Kiss by Juice = Juice - Week 1 4. Hone by BugLug - Week 1 5. Free Character Song Duet #4 by Mamoru Miyano and Nobunaga Simazaki - Week 1 6. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48 - Week 2 7. Retsu-sha Sentai Tokkyuujā by Isedaiki - Week 1 8. Ai Subeki Ashita, Isshun to Isshou o by GReeeeN - Week 1 9. Tsunaida Te Kara by back number - Week 1 10. Naniwa no Haniwa by Takoyaki Rainbow - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of March 30th 1. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall Vol. 1 - Week 1 2. One Piece Vol. 70 - Week 2 3. Nisekoi Vol. 2 - Week 2 4. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11 - Week 2 5. Black Bird Vol. 18 - Week 2 6. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 40 7. Attack on Titan Vol. 11 - Week 6 8. Fairy Tail Vol. 35 - Week 2 9. Midnight Secretary Vol. 4 - Week 2 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 2 - Week 23 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of March 16th 1. Frozen - Week 1, grossed $7.53 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 2, grossed $3.98 million 3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 1, grossed $1.90 million 4. Robocop - Week 1, grossed $985k 5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Week 3, grossed $965k 6. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji - Week 5, grossed $865k 7. Silver Spoon - Week 2, grossed $778k 8. The Eternal Zero - Week 13, grossed $486k 9. Kiki's Delivery Service - Week 3, grossed $421k 10. 12 Years a Slave - Week 2, grossed $322k Source: Box Office Mojo
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Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best...

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Movie

The Grudge gets a Hollywood reboot


'The Grudge' producers return to make another 'The Grudge'!
Mar 24
// Dae Lee
The Grudge was part of the Japanese horror wave in the early 2000s that hit the West and gave millions the irrational fear of long, messy bed-hair and gutteral throat sounds. To my surprise, a reboot of The Grudge was sa...
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Psycho-Pass

Psycho-Pass 2 trailer and much more


A second season, new first season, and a film?
Mar 22
// Amber Hunt
I hope you like Psycho-Pass because it sure does have a lot of exciting things coming up! First of all, the second season of the series has finally been announced, and will be airing in October. That's a little bit away, but ...

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21

Mar 21 // Brad Rice
Oricon Top Ten Singles for the week of March 16th 1. Sakura, Minna Tabeta by HKT48 - Week 1 2. Kimi ga Inai, Ano Hi Kara by Acid Black Cherry- Week 1 3. Sakura Appareshon by Denpagumi Inc.- Week 1 4. With You by 9nine - Week 1 5. Hikari no Signal by Kis-my-Ft2 - Week 2 6. Californi by Ketsumeishi - Week 1 7. Starting Over by HachaMecha- Week 1 8. Saki Shika Mukanee by AKB48 - Week 3 9. The World's End by Horie Yui - Week 1 10. Parallel by Keytalk - Week 1 Source: Oricon New York Times Top Ten Manga for the week of March 23rd 1. One Piece Vol. 70 - Week 1 2. Blue Exorcist Vol. 11 - Week 1 3. Pokemon Adventures Vol. 21 - Week 1 4. Black Bird Vol. 18 - Week 1 5. Nisekoi Vol. 2 - Week 1 6. Nijigahara Holograph - Week 1 7. Phantom Thief Jeanne Vol. 1 - Week 1 8. Midnight Secretary Vol. 4 - Week 1 9. Fairy Tail Vol. 35 - Week 1 10. Attack on Titan Vol. 1 - Week 39 Source: The New York Times Japanese Box Office for the week of March 16th 1. Frozen - Week 1, grossed $7.53 million 2. Doraemon: Shin Nobita no Daimakyo - Week 2, grossed $3.98 million 3. Precure All Stars New Stage 3 - Week 1, grossed $1.90 million 4. Robocop - Week 1, grossed $985k 5. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Week 3, grossed $965k 6. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji - Week 5, grossed $865k 7. Silver Spoon - Week 2, grossed $778k 8. The Eternal Zero - Week 13, grossed $486k 9. Kiki's Delivery Service - Week 3, grossed $421k 10. 12 Years a Slave - Week 2, grossed $322k Source: Box Office Mojo
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Frozen dominates Japanese box office
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Japan loves Disney. Everyone loves Frozen. So it's only natural that Ja...

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Mobile Suit Gundam

Gundam 35th anniversary brings new movie, OVA, TV show


Tons of robots coming down the pipe
Mar 21
// Pedro Cortes
I hope you're ready for a whole lot of Gundam in the next couple months, because the air is about to get thick with Minovsky Particles. To commemorate the 35th year of Gundam, Sunrise is prepping an onslaught of media for fan...
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The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 14


Nijigahara Holograph breaks into top 10 on debut week
Mar 14
// Brad Rice
Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. The Japanese box office took a massive tanking this past weekend, dropp...
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Chocolate

What in this room is made of chocolate?


Hint: just about everything
Mar 07
// Brad Rice
You know Japanese variety shows are interesting, to say the least. In this episode, one of the games they had looks awfully salivating. The staff got together some master chocolatiers and had them craft objects within a room...
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The Bestsellers

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7


Kiki's Delivery Service has strong showing in Japan
Mar 07
// Brad Rice
It's Rock the Charts with a new name. We highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Kiki's Delivery Service (the live-action version) made its debut this we...
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Pokemon XY Movie Trailer

Pokemon XY second movie trailer looks impressive


Even if it's really short
Mar 06
// Chris Walden
Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of c...
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Manga 4 Movies

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish


All is coming into brains!
Mar 04
// Josh Tolentino
I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...
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Godzilla Snickers Advert

Godzilla stops destroying cities to eat a delicious Snickers


Mmm, marketing.
Mar 01
// Chris Walden
What is it about this chocolate treat that could sedate such a terrifying monster? The caramel? The peanuts? The remaining half of the plastic wrapping? And what does this mean for the original film and the painstaking work ...
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Rock the Charts

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28


Kanjani puts two singles in top 10
Feb 28
// Brad Rice
I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its curre...
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Godzilla

Holy crap: the new Godzilla movie looks amazing


I can't even tell you how excited I am.
Feb 25
// Ben Huber
I love Godzilla and I'm so excited that the upcoming Hollywood adaptation is actually respecting the source material. I don't mean that it's rigidly adhering to the old films -- I mean that it really understands what makes G...
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TV & Film

Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film


Suspended 15 meters above the ground
Feb 22
// Tim Sheehy
They're really serious about promoting the upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live-action film. So serious, that the studio had its star actress Fuka Koshiba suspended 15 meters in air from a crane while dressed in costume...






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