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Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo


On a stroller, of course
Oct 13
// Salvador GRodiles
I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places ...
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These are the Japanese pun stickers you've always wanted


I love puns
Jul 09
// Kristina Pino
I'm delighted that I can share these delightful stickers with a wider, appreciative audience. MIS0HAPPY has this Store Envy shop loaded with stickers depicting my preferred form of humor: puns. Just look at the pictures becau...
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The Eccentric Family

The Eccentric Family plushies on the way


Don't let the bloody fool's blood fool you!
Oct 02
// Ben Huber
The Eccentric Family has been one of the highlights of the past season for me. It combined Japanese mythology with average life in a way that was really enjoyable -- and adorable. Tanuki, tengu, and more are part of the tale,...
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French manga artist Lowra brings characters to real world


Cute little concept
Feb 28
// Josh Totman
Ever wanted the characters in your manga to jump off the pages and into the real world? I know I do every time I read hentai, but that's not the point. The point is French manga artist Lowra has done just that with her drawin...
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Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president


Jul 24
// Bob Muir
Another day, another Morning Puppy post! Wait, that's not a running feature? Why the hell not? Japan's latest prime minister Yoshihiko Noda recently met with Vladimir Putin in Mexico. Eventually, Noda promised to deliver an ...

First Impressions: Saki Episode of Side A

Apr 16 // Josh Totman
In this rendition of the series, we are going back in time a bit to see where Nodoka's humble beginnings began. It's a very small flashback which only takes a part of the first episode. What we are really set up for is a parallel story to the first series. Basically, Nodoka's first mahjong club friends are on a path to meet up with the future champion in the national tournament. This is where the whole "Side A" part in the title comes from. Now, this is not the whole story. Watching the ending, you will see people from the first series show up, so this might not just be a catching up story but a far more in-depth story of how everyone came to be. I'm not really holding my breath either way. All this is going to be for me is my cute slice of life anime for the season. I want nothing more then a feel-good anime that will make you giggle and smile. The pastel colored world is nice and vibrant, blinding you with as many bright colors as you can imagine. But since this is world is only filled with females, it fits nicely around them. Speaking of which, I don't really recall any males in the second one either except for an announcer. It looks like the character designs haven't changed much from the original series, which is always a good thing in my opinion. We also get to see how much Nodoka has "grown up" in the few short years since she started playing. Don't look at me like that, you know what I mean. It's the only ridiculous thing about the series along with the over the top playing styles. So what if I have never wanted to be a stuff penguin more in my life then now. I said don't look at me like that... The over the top special techniques are still there to make a simple game of mahjong into an all out war. This is done so much in card battle games it's kind of ridiculous. I understand it makes the drama better for something that is normally boring, but it seems too much at times. Maybe I just long for more of the psychology of the game to come out in more of a heavy banter then graphical effects. Then again, I am watching kids play these games and you don't want to evoke mental destruction on them...or do you. So far I am liking what I am seeing here. I was a fan of the first one, so it was natural for me to pick the second series. Compared to the other new shows of the season that I am covering or just watching, this will be a nice change of pace. Now that I think about it, is this series moe or not? I don't think it really is because it doesn't seem cute enough for it to be. What do you guys think about it? Moe or no?
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It was nice to see that the mahjong anime Saki would be getting a second season. The first season was cute, lovable, and didn't teach you much about mahjong. At least, I didn't learn anything like I was hoping for. That'...

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More Hanasaku Iroha arriving in 2012


Dec 10
// Chris Walden
If you've been rolling around in the foetal position since the end of Hanasaku Iroha earlier this year, then you'll be pleased to here that it won't be too long until we see some more of her hectic hot spring adventures. On t...
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Election held for stray cat idols


Oct 10
// Bob Muir
What does your town do when it has a lot of stray cats? If you lived in the town of Saga, it would make them celebrities instead of calling animal control. Two years ago, Saga decided to deal with its stray cat problem by cho...

First Impressions: C3

Oct 03 // Chris Walden
So, what is C³ all about then? Well, with all my knowledge on this show coming from the first episode, I'm not completely sure. The lead male Haruaki, who incidentally has the personality of a wet flannel, receives a mysterious cube in the post from his father. While later admitting that he often receives weird things from him, he completely disregards the cube, goes to bed, and acts surprised when a young and naked girl emmerges from it late at night to go and steal rice crackers.  I mean come on, it's Japan! This happens every day! Anyway, those are the last of my complaints... for this episode! The girl in question, named Fear, claims that she was sent to him because she has the power to curse people. Luckily for us, Haruaki is invulnerable to curses! Anyway, he agrees to take her in and things start to return to normal. Another girl, namely Konoha, arrives in the morning with some breakfast, only to see a scantily clad Fear. After a squabble and the obligatory boob jokes, Flannel and Konoha head to school while Fear stays home to watch TV. The house is subsequently destroyed.  Hmm, don't think I'm missing anything. Oh yeah, there was a spider!  Sorry, I'm being harsh again! The episode was in fact just introducing Fear's character, and judging by the synopses that you can read across the Internet, things really haven't kicked off yet. The end of the show revealed that there is indeed a semblance of a plot arriving, and while I may be taking a very sarcastic stance to this show at the moment, I'm genuinely interested to see where this heads.  The opening was certainly one of the more impressive features of this show thus far. You can go watch that over here, but do try to watch it in 720p or above. See, there are two main reasons why I love this opening already. The first is that the animation is so fluid, it genuinely looks impressive. With a dance, it was obviously going to need it, but it exists, it works well and it looks amazing! The other is of course the music itself. Now, this kind of music has been done before, that much is obvious, but it's such a sweet track that matches the animation so well. It's an upbeat opening that I hope will compliment what I expect will be a dark show in the latter episodes.  Speaking of the art though, it most certainly is up to scratch. No terribly drawn objects in the background as yet, and everything looks lush and striking. Take for example Fear's hair. At first glance you may not notice it, but she actually has a pearlescent sheen to it that is present for the entire of the episode, not just something that the opening plays on. It frankly looks great, as it seems to have simply hit the right level of subtlety.  So finally, a conclusion of sorts. Would I recommend it yet? Well, it certainly isn't bad, but it hasn't quite impressed me yet. I'll be sticking with it for sure, as I'm genuinely hopeful that the plot will rear its ugly head in the next episode or so and sort this show out. It's a pretty competent comedy though, all things considered, so if you're looking for a giggle then it's probably worth 20 minutes of your time.  [C³ is apparently due to start streaming on ANN, so look out for it!]
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I'm not normally interested in picking up ecchi shows. Not that I have anything against them, but it's hard for me to find a good one. The only show that springs to mind even now is Chobits, which I do adore, but you may even...

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Latest Madoka tie-in features... guide dogs?


Sep 24
// Chris Walden
Those Madoka girls sure have been getting around haven't they! Their latest endeavour sees the ever popular snack-fiend Kyouko Sakura appearing on a poster for 'The National Federation of All Japan Guide Dog Training Institut...
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Sign away your soul with a talking Kyubey pen


Sep 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
I love Kyubey. So empty, so evil, so collectable! The latest little Puella Magi Madoka Magica piece of merchandise I threw my money away on, is this cute talking pen they have over at AmiAmi. Looks perfect for signi...
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Plush Kyubey spreads love, hugs and fear


Sep 15
// Chris Walden
"What happens if you cross a hugging pillow with pure evil?" It's a question that many of us have asked ourselves. Japanese character-goods designer Cube snagged a license for Mahou Shoujo Madoka★Magica, and their lates...
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The Most Useless Machine strikes back!


May 15
// Hiroko Yamamura
Leave it up to the Japanese to give The Most Useless Machine a soul. Even Stephen Colbert couldn't resist playing with it. Add in some classic emotes and dramatic music, and this snazzy contraption is elevated to a whole...
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First Impressions: Dog Days


Apr 18
// Pedro Cortes
I'm a pretty big fan of Zero no Tsukaima. It definitely isn't high art, tasteful, or, well, even very good. What I do like about it are the appealing character designs, silly ecchi humor, Rie Kugimiya, and a fairly interestin...
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Submit to the adorable zombie apocalypse in I Love Zombie


Dec 13
// Bob Muir
Zombies are horrible creatures, the remnants of humanity reanimated into a mockery if their former lives. Their slow shambling, their mindless craving of human flesh, their ability to grow their numbers through infection...I ...
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Cute video of the day: many small boxes and Maru


Nov 13
// Ben Huber
There's something delightful about Maru. He's just so innocent, and he loves boxes so much.In a turn of events that I wouldn't call surprising at all, Maru's owner presents the cat with a small box. You can guess what happens...
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Japanese dog plays marriage counselor, stops fights


Nov 12
// Crystal White
Sometimes I like to bring you guys just a little bit of pure cuteness. Japan's coverage of animal-based news never ceases to both surprise and entertain me with its ridiculousness.  Recently, a television program covered...
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Why the dancing-on-YouTube phenomenon isn't stupid


Nov 11
// Lauren Rae Orsini
Sometimes Colette likes to give us tough assignments here at Japanator.This time, she found another one of those girls dancing on YouTube and challenged us to write an expose about why this phenomenon isn't stupid.Let's see what I can come up (and watch the vid) with below the jump.
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Who wants a pet rodent the size of a dog?


Nov 03
// Lauren Rae Orsini
OK, it's actually a capybara, but those things are basically enormous rats. And Japanese child actress Mana Ashida wants one as a pet. In this video, "Shimura Zoo" lets her see what it would be like. I know this vid...
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This bathtub dog is the cutest thing you will see today


Oct 24
// Bob Muir
Okay, this one Japanese dog owner puts their dog in their tub for a hot bath. You may think this would lead to lots of splashing around and panicking, but you would be totally wrong, because this dog is too cute for that. He ...
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Hilarious zombie prank scars children for life


Oct 15
// Bob Muir
Little kids are so gullible. They'll totally buy into a stork bringing newborn babies or the existence of Santa Claus. So if you, say, stage a situation where tons of people are running away from a single zombie that's headed...
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Too small box and Maru


Oct 14
// Brad Rice
Silly cat, boxes are for kittens!
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First Impressions: The World God Only Knows


Oct 07
// Pedro Cortes
Katsuragi Keima likes flat girls. No, not of the delicious flat variety. I'm talking about straight 2D, like on the screen of a PSP. The man likes him some galge and to those on the net he's known as the "God of Conquest...
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Sailor Moon bento, the best lunch ever


Sep 28
// Crystal White
Most people only wish their lunch could be ranked in levels of awesome, and this Sailor Moon bento box totally qualifies! Of course, your average bento box isn't quite this elaborate, which is why this design is act...
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This may be one of the cutest dog videos in existence


Sep 23
// Crystal White
It's no secret here at Japanator that we absolutely adore cute animals. And no, I'm not talking furries. I mean real, adorable, innocent animals. So on occasion, we like to bring you a video that does absolutely nothing for y...
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Chimp plays baseball, actually interests me in the game


Jul 21
// Bob Muir
Monkeys are awesome. End of discussion. Now that we've established that inarguable fact, let's see what awesome things monkeys are doing now. With their awesomeness. Because they're awesome.This week: baseball, the American p...
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Moe encyclopedia teaches nothing but cuteness.


May 21
// Crystal White
Moe, you say? Encyclopedia, you say? For years, we have faced the conundrum of why we can't have both an encyclopedia and moe, all in one conveniently adorable package. Or at least this has been a problem for me, if not the r...
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Learn how to crochet your very own L sackboy!


May 19
// Tim Sheehy
Not too long ago, we posted a video detailing how to make your very own Totoro. Well, GoldenJellyBean is back and this time she wants to show us how to craft our very own L sackboy! While it might seem like an unholy union of...
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How to crochet your very own Totoro


May 05
// Tim Sheehy
Of all the Studio Ghibli films, My Neighbor Totoro is probably one of the most memorable. I really loved everything about the film, from the characters to the adorable theme song. After watching it for the first time&nbs...
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Penguin Problems now has coffee line


Mar 21
// Karen Mead
I love coffee; I love penguins. It is one of the great tragedies of my existence that I can never indulge in these two passions simultaneously. Always, I must pick; Do I want a cup of fragrant, delicious coffee? Or do I want ...

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