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As we roll into the endgame for Shirobako, our longtime Producer-san Jeff Chuang faces a crisis at his own day job, and called me in for support. So far, so Shirobako, and here I am to take over the weekly recap for the time ...


Over the past few weeks, I've been re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with a friend. He enjoys the characters, setting, martial arts, and story because Avatar is a really good show. But the last two episodes we've seen; T...


Take a look at this new announcement trailer for the anime adaptation of the popular light novel series Mikagura School Suite. The novel series was created by composer Last Note, who has composed many vocaloid songs, and used...


Today happened to be "Pi Day" where today's date in the USA being 3-14-15, which is exactly the same as the number Pi being 3.1415. Many people have used today's celebration of the irrational number to promote math and as a g...


Ah, whiskey and pocky: The snack of champions. Gunpla Battle champions, that is! With the latest installments of Build Fighters Try out of the way, the road has been paved to the finals, with the buildup handled by two of the better engagements in the series' run so far. 


I don't know about you, but these past few weeks felt a bit empty, since the Japan Animator Expo project was on break. Now that the segment's back in action, Mahiro Maeda's Kanón short (NSFW) is ready to wow every...


Anime can cloud a person's expectations on reality. Doing Kendo will not make me into a bad ass samurai no matter how much I try, and I'm pretty sure I'll never find a public swimming pool as clean and clear as they are in&nb...


I may be a little behind on this thing, but I thought that this set of announcements were worth mentioning around here. For the first order of business, Right Stuf and Sunrise have announced that Turn A Gundam Part 1 com...


So I just saw the third live action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The live action film trilogy of Ruroni Kenshin were surprisingly good: great action choreography, beautifully...


Shounen cooking anime Shokugeki no Soma, known in the US as Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, is going to air this April. Food Wars is about Soma Yokihara, a young and skilled chef who wants to work as a chef in his father's rest...


Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the manga Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is set to air this upcoming spring season on April 7, 2015. While this anime seems similar to K-On!, another KyoAni anime about girls playing musi...


Headless riders? Gangs based off internet chat rooms and geometric clothing items? An urban fantasy anime set in the dangerous streets of fictional Ikebukuro? This can only mean one thing. Durarara!! Be prepared to re-e...


Back in 2013, Beyond the Boundary proved that Kyoto Animation can do still do action anime since it's been a while since their last attempt with Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. I loved it and wanted much more of this actio...


It's been a while since we last checked in with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the fun thing about this kind of story is that not a lot of plot movement happens from week to week. The true character of the series really only u...


The term "Chuunibyou" translates to "Second Year Middle School Syndrome" and is simply defined as "one who has delusions of grandeur". Those who have it, mainly young teens in the second year of middle school, believe that th...


I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...


[Update: The list of participants has been updated] As the Japan Animator Expo gets ready for its triumphant comeback next week, the project gives us a spectacular trailer that showcases the new shorts that'll invade the...


I apologize for the late post of Japanator's premiere anime opening roundup feature (Sorry, Len) due to my sudden illness because of crazy bipolar Houston weather where it's 83F (28C) one day and then it's 43F(6C) the next da...


Out of all the possible anime series that could get a deck-building game, Space Dandy felt like it was the least likely candidate to receive this treatment. Lo and behold, Seven Seas' new tabletop games division, Seven Seas ...


What do pharmaceutical supplies and school girls posing as battle ships have in common? Not much apart from cross promotion. Japanese medical and hygiene provider Hakujuji and web based game turned moe anime Kancolle are team...


Grab your capsule corp jackets and set your scouters for power levels because last Sunday saw the release of a new Dragon Ball Z movie trailer. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F) f...


The interestingly titled bestselling light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, known as DanMachi for short,  is getting an anime adaptation in the spring. The anime adaptation is by animation ...


Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of G...


Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston. This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna T...


The Naruto manga is officially done and with the Naruto: The Last movie, the story of Naruto is officially over. It's been a long 15 years since Naruto began back in 1999 in Japan, when Bill Clinton was still in the White Hou...


Does anyone remember Tower Records? The music retail store that got shut down due to internet piracy and mis-management. I only really remember them because waaay too many customers wanted to go there in Crazy Taxi. Well, Tower Records Japan is still going strong and will be undergoing a major make over to promote the new Case Closed movie "Sunflowers of Inferno".


Listen up, you pigs in human clothing; Studio Megaane has used the power of his Retro Kamui to transform KILL la KILL's first opening theme into a stylish chiptune. Of course, the threads in the guy's latest work are sewn ni...


Shirobako remains my favorite anime since a long while, and since I last recapped, it continues to roll forward like an unstoppable boulder of heartful comedy. I can only apologize about the late update since you, and Shirobako, deserved better. Let's see how Shirobako's momentum knocks down the pins our ace project manager Aoi Miyamori manage to overcome to produce the Third Aerial Squad.


Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published ...


It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.


Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:...


One of the finest anime every made is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Discotek Media announced that the Hayao Miyazaki classic will finally makes its US Blu-Ray debut on April 28th! So freaking excite! News of the release was announced last year, but we finally get a date!


I don't usually cotton much to so-called "character trailers" when they pop up in the usual game and anime hype cycle. They're usually nothing more than bits of voiced fluff, when I'd prefer to let the full work speak for it...


Ahoy there Japanator! Ensign Redgrave reporting for duty. I'll be taking over the SS. Annotated Anime for One Piece so I hope you're ready.  From last we left our heroes, the devious Doflamingo had started the hunger gam...


So it was my birthday last wednesday so I chose to post some of my favorite openings over at OP Up! and now I am doing the same here on Week Ender. So here I am giving you a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. Most of these are happy because I like endings with a happy or uplifting tone.Hope y'all enjoy this week's selection.


The second season of Kiniro Mosaic premieres on Japanese airwaves on April 5th and we finally get more blonde moe British engrish in our "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" anime once again. The second season is titled Hello!! Kin...


The upcoming Studio Bones series, Blood Blockade Battlefront is looking pretty darned good. The story is based on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular manga, which began soon after he finished Trigun Maximum. Anime character designs a...


This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I jus...


The internet erupted as you might expect when DreamWorks Pictures announced that the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi had gone to Caucasian actress, Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. It looks like...


Right when I was expecting Megaane to follow a specific format with his 8-bit Digimon remix songs, the guy tries something different. Instead of doing another one of  the franchise' original opening themes, Megaane chos...






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