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It's a Japanator Christmas Special!

Dec 25 // MARC
On a more serious note, Happy New Year and all that other stuff, guys! Pretending to be so awkward has never felt so... you know, awkward. It's been about over a year since I've started helping out, and one thought of mine has always stood out: Keep on being awesome, everyone... and I'll try to do the same!

What is it like to spend a day in my shoes? Well, for one, it's great... being able to play with a beard all day is surprisingly fun, and you get to sleep in until 1-2PM! Wowzah! Some other cool things come out of being aweso...


Happy Holidays from Japanator

Dec 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
So, it's 8 AM in Chicago right now, I wanted to make sure to be the first to wish you a happy holiday and a merry Christmas from your friends at Japanator. It's been a fatalistic year for me at the site, and we still have a f...

Your birthday is on December 24th, a great day for posting [email protected] galleries! May you be gifted with greater self-confidence, a proper story arc, and a gold-plated shovel.

Japanator Discusses: What we got for Christmas

Dec 25 // Josh Tolentino
Brad Rice:Well, on the Japanese side, I got me some Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, starring Takeshi Kitano and David Bowie. SO EXCITE. Otherwise, I got a bunch of facial care (badger-hair brush, shave soap, etc) and some board games -- Arkham Horror and A Touch of Evil. Overall, been a nice Christmas for me <3Mike LeChevallier:I think I'm just getting money, though--it's all I ever ask for nowadays. I tend to get more cash if I just ask for it à la carte then would be the amounted value of any gifts I would receive. Plus, I know my family is lazy. So it works out for everyone.Lauren Orsini:I don't ask for, recieve, or give nerdy stuff for Christmas. My family still things that my nerdy hobbies are a big joke! I got some makeup, clothes, a 2 terabyte external harddrive for my mac, and an update for my GPS.Bob Muir:I got one of those Mario 25th anniversary red DSi XL systems, Scott Pilgrim on Blu-ray, a custom photo book of my family's trip to France, and some fancier looking clothes. And some shirts with buttons on them (I know, so rare for me!), a blazer, a plaid jacket, dress pants, basically stuff from Urban Outfitters and the Gap. I'm happy! Tim Sheehy:I got a coffee maker, and sushi drops from J-List. We gave my brother an Xbox 360 -- he likes shootan games.Josh Tolentino:It seems my family doesn't quite know how to pick out nerdy presents, though I'm not complaining. I received five T-shirts and a luggage weighing scale (not sure how that got in there), plus some cash. On the giving side, though, I curried points as the "cool uncle" with my nephew, through the gift of the fabulous Valkyria Chronicles for the PS3. I also gave him Demon's Souls, so I'm worried he might regard that game one might regard a lump of coal in his stocking.-And that's it for us! Why don't you get in the comments and tell everyone about your ecks-mas spoils! Panty and Stocking demand it!

Had enough of Christmas posts? Too bad, because here's another one, but one that emphasizes the best parts of Christmas, short of that whole "celebrating the birth of Christ" part: presents, and the act of giving an...


Holy Beckii Cruel-Wannabe! It's a Christmas miracle!

Dec 25
Oh, sweet. I love Fruits Basket. Merry Christmas, everyone![Via King_gg on the '4ums]

Japanator Original: Wild Predictions & Surprises for 2011

Dec 24 // MARC
Dragonball live-action TV series is leaked: January 14th-  Earlier this week, is was reportedly leaked by Toei Animation via Twitter that a live-action adaptation of the manga Dragonball was near completion. The tweet read: Happy to announce a new partnership in re-creating our classic anime! Trailer right here:! Shortly after, the message was taken down, and an official release statement was given out by Toei, stating that "...the series was not yet to be announced" and that the "one responsible for releasing the information has been removed from the project". Unfortunately, the person who tweeted it was the director and writer of the series, Daisuke Nishio. The series is now claimed to be on hiatus, searching for a new director to continue the series. Although no one has yet stepped up to take this role, fans of the series have already begun to hold online petitions, claiming that they want Yutaka Yamamoto, responsible for such series as The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Black Rock Shooter, to direct. Yamamoto responded to such outcries via his personal website shortly after. That's fine that people want me to direct this new series, but as much as I regret to inform my fans, I will not be taking on this project. There is still a strong chance that I can continue making generally positive works, and  I have no intentions to ruin that. The status of the series is still unknown. Soulja Boy anime announced, clothing line to follow:  February 3rd- Soulja Boy, responsible for the much-talked about songs "Anime" and "Goku," has recently announced a partnership with Gonzo in creating a spin-off series featuring his likeness. He told USA Today that "this was something [he's] been wanting to do for a long f***ing time.""Hell yeah, this is a great chance to get everybody into what I'm interested in," he said. When asked about what the story would center on, he suddenly became violent."Me, motherf***er," he screamed. "It's about me! I do all sorts of worthwhile s**t that needs to be put put into a different medium. You see, animation is art, and there's so much to be tapped from that art. If you can imagine a reality show that's a lot like Samurai Jack, then that's probably what my show's going to be about."When asked how involved anime was in his life, he gave a heartily laugh. "It's been there forever, man. It's just who I am. You know, for a long time of my life, I didn't want my passion to ruin my image as a rapper. But then, I saw Death Note, and I was all like: 'aw, man. This is me. Kira is like me!.' No joke!"He went on to talk about the clothing line going along with the anime show, saying that it was heavily influenced by common clothing worn in anime.  The line includes a Karate Gi with Soulja Boy's name and brand logo on the back, as well as various high school sailor uniforms for females. Also included are hoodies, head beanies, basketball jerseys and tank tops, all inspired by Soulja Boy's favorite anime: The Boondocks.Shigeru Miyamoto leaves Nintendo to work at Tecmo INC April 1st- Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of such classic video games Super Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, and Luigi's Mansion, shocked the video game world when he announced that has has left Nintendo for the game company Tecmo for the position of Vice President. The reason for his leave, according to Miyamoto's lawyer, was due to multiple reasons.Reports of dispute between Miyamoto and Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime have been circulating for a while now since the two played a demo session of Wii Sports (bowling) at Tokyo Game Show back in 2006, and even resulted in the two exchanging insults to each other on multiple social network sites.Miyamoto has gone on to state that " least people at Tecmo won't force me to remake games over and over." It is not known yet what Miyamoto will help work on, but an anonymous source tells us that his next project is Dead or Alive Xtreme 3: Dead Sexy.Evangelion 3.00 and 4.00 canceled due to loss of interest from AnnoMay 29th- Hideaki Anno, director of the hit anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, pulled the plug on the planned tetralogy Rebuild of Evangelion. He gave an interview to the May edition of the Japanese magazine Newtype, going on to say, "I have never felt so relieved about anything since this decision. Honestly, I cannot recommend selling out enough."According to employees at Studio Khara, the production studio at which the animated films were planning to be released from, Anno's decision was blunt and unexpected. One worker reported the event.We were just working on finishing up the rough draft to [the third film], and then suddenly, Director Anno came into the room, loud as can be, saying he had an announcement. In the end, he simply said: 'Well, it's been a good run, but I'm done. Thank you so much for doing this s**t for this damn long, but now it's time for me to pack up and take it home, boys', and with that, he one knew what to do! We sat around for hours.Hideaki Anno went directly to his house, and has since not returned to doing any kind of work. When questioned at his luxurious homestead, Anno was very open about his decision."Yeah, I just don't really care anymore," he said. "I retrospect, I could have stopped this s**t years ago!" Anno continues to make an 11-digit annual profit in Japan. Sawako Kuronuma found murdered, killer still on the runSeptember 15th- Here at Japanator, we like to report the awesome, hilarious news every chance we get...but today is sadly not one of those days. 16 year-old Sawako Kuronuma was found dead last morning, along side some brush besides a walking path in a park near her home. It was presumed that foul play were involved, and happened while she was walking to school. Many were saddened to the tragic news upon hearing it. Numerous students admired Sawako, who had only just recently making friendly advances towards other students.An anonymous male had reported to the police that he claimed he knows who the potential killer to be. The identity of the suspect has also been withheld, but it is known that the suspect and victim were once close friends.Sadly, there is no sign of a cause of death at this time.  Yen Press to sue Japanator for likeness of Yotsuba character December 3rd- Shortly following the celebration of their two year anniversary of the "Yotsuba &..." parody, Yen Press, licensor of the offical English translation of the Yotsuba& manga, is pressing charges on copyright violation towards the website, after its numerous cease and desist claims were ignored."I didn't think it was that big of a deal," claims the creator of the column, Ben Huber. "I got a lot of letters but...psshh! What can they do about it?""Well, we're done here," says Editor-in-Chief of Japanator, Brad Rice. "In the wise words of the late John Lennon, 'F**k it, we're out of here!'"We tried to find Mr. Rice for some more questioning, but his whereabouts have been unknown for the past few weeks. Kiyohiko Azuma, creator of the manga Azumanga Daioh as well as, more importantly, Yotsuba&, posted on his Twitter regarding the issue:"Today I learn that my characters are being played off as fools. Such a sadness is in my heart..." Japanator is looking at an estimated 10 million USD loss over the dispute. Unfortunately, 1/3 of that staff are still trying to pay off college tuition. -- seems like anything could be possible in the year 2011. Happy holidays, everyone!

The holidays are closely approaching, and every year, December serves as an entire month to anxiously await  new gifts to receive. To me though, all it serves for my high expectations is unfulfilled wishes and lame ...


Save on S.A.V.E.! FUNimation releases anime up to 58% off

Dec 08
Well, we all love deals, and here at Japanator, we love to give you the latest bargains for your pitiful otaku wallets. Lately, when asked how to get the newest anime on the cheap, one of the best opt...

Hyadain makes the most angry, messed up Christmas song

Nov 30
// Dale North
Famed Japanese YouTube remixer Hyadain hasn't released much lately, but he's back this week with a new Christmas song. Before you head the other direction from Christmas music overload, know that this one is hilarious and fan...

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