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6:00 PM on 01.09.2015

Animator Expo's eighth short is all about daily routines

After a two week break, Animator Expo has returned to the scene, as they stream their eighth short to the public. For a very simplistic piece (in terms of the story), Tomorrow from there delivered a neat take on the concept o...

Salvador GRodiles

6:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Rejoice: FUNimation plans to stream anime outside of North America

Are you upset over the fact that FUNimation's anime streams are only available in North America? Luckily, the studio's help section has revealed that they're planning to expand their digital content to other regions this...

Salvador GRodiles

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12
by Jeff Chuang

Last time on Shirobako, the final episode of Exodus is in trouble as Aoi cannot find enough animators to complete the complex and difficult animations needed for the climatic moment. This week, in a stroke of fortune, Aoi runs into a particular animation veteran--or god to some--by the name of Kanno, who directed a popular show called Ava that aired in 1995. 

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Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide! photo
Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!
by Josh Tolentino

Winter may be upon us, and as the weather cools, it's the perfect time to curl up by the fire or stick your legs under the kotatsu and let the Japanese cartoons roll! This is Japanator's official Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

As ever, we're here to dig deep into the dozens-strong animated offerings straight from Glorious Nippon, to separate the wheat from the chaff and tell you just what might be worth watching, as well as to tell you what we'll be keeping an eye on ourselves.

This winter seems thankfully light in total new series count, with a few standouts, a lot of sequels both widely anticipated and out of left field, and some intriguing newcomers. Let's check 'em out!

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11:00 PM on 01.02.2015

Memories of Phantasm's third and fourth episodes are streaming on YouTube

I may be fashionably late to the festivities, but Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s third and fourth episode have blasted their way into YouTube before we transitioned into the new year. Just like the previous...

Salvador GRodiles

Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5 photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5
by Salvador GRodiles

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. While I didn’t get to watch a lot of anime shows during the year, there were still a few titles that brought joy to my life. I guess you could say that I was lucky with the choices that I made throughout the year. Also, I blame my obsession with heroes who vanquish evil while wearing spandex and/or leather suits, since I could’ve been keeping up with more anime titles instead. Curses! Just kidding.

With introductions out of the way, it’s time to get this show on the road.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12
by Josh Tolentino

Another week, another installment of my third-best anime of 2014. But as a fitting Christmas Eve present (the episode went live on December 24th), we get to unwrap the lovely gift that is the timely arrival of Meijin Kawaguchi III, and his legendary Gunpla, the Amazing Red Warrior.

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Japanator Awards 2014: Jeff's Top 5 photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Jeff's Top 5
by Jeff Chuang

It was a great 2014 in terms of the anime mill--each season offered something pretty special, and a wide variety of interesting titles. Still, a handful of titles rose to the occasion for me, and I didn't have much of a problem doing a top 5 or 6. I'll pull my hair out if you asked me to do a top 10, since there are a dozen shows that will compete for the remaining 4-5 spots; it's that kind of a year. And if my taste in anime was wider and I had more time in 2014 to watch more shows, it would have been impossible to do a top 10. There were so many solid shows in so many different categories. Anyways, let's get started.

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Japanator Awards 2014: Josh's Top 5 photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Josh's Top 5
by Josh Tolentino

It's that time of the year, everyone. That time that tells us to think back on the year that just passed us by, and see what of it was best worth remembering. Memories made, lessons learned, and most importantly, Japanese cartoons watched. It's the 2014 Japanator Awards!

Well, "awards" may be something of a misnomer this year, as we're going personal this 2014. This year, we're each picking out a handful of our favorite artifacts from Japan's pop-cultural landscape. Given what's usually covered on Japanator, those favorites are likely to be anime television series, but we could be picking movies, live-action shows, or what-have you. Whatever it took to make 2014 a year worth remembering is fair game.

So let's get on with it!

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10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done...

Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 11 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 11
by Jeff Chuang

If you told me that an anime about working in the animation industry will give you one hell of a cliffhanger, I would not have believed you. That's because nobody would ordinarily associate a matter-of-fact approach to real life with page-turning strategies employed largely by pulp manga and daytime soap. It turns out Shirobako decided to show me otherwise.

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10:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Jigen film, Yowapeda, and more

The New Year is about to begin in less than two weeks, and Discotek Media is on a winning licensing streak. Why you say? Well. It turns out that the company is releasing Lupin the Third: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and ...

Salvador GRodiles