Cowboy Bebop? Sunrise have run out of ideas

Apr 01
Sunrise, what's wrong with you? Seriously guys this is a load of rubbish. In a lame attempt to try and make something cool like Dragon Ball Z, they've just picked two random words and made an anime out of it. Cowboy Bebop? Wh... read

Oh, damn: Kamisama Dolls writer can't a confirm sequel

Oct 19
Oh, damn indeed. I found Kamisama Dolls to be one of the more pleasant surprises of last season. It had a cool premise, lady characters who were almost invariably insane and/or adorable, and made the most of its wild shifts i... read

Denno Coil app is both great and awful

Feb 24
With piracy so utterly rampant in the anime industry, companies are trying to find different ways to provide legal copies of their material to consumers. Sites like Crunchy Roll and publishers like FUNimation stream old and c... read

My Aniki Can't Be This Hedgehoggy

Dec 29
Cannot unsee. Cannot unthink.Rage on. read

Morning Musume piss off Koreans with ill-advised blog

Nov 04
In a severe case of think before you type,  Kameri Eri and Tanaka Reina of Morning Musume fame have found themselves caught in a bit of racist trouble with a photo posted on Tanaka's blog. The photo has the girls posing ... read

Foreign students grow a ton of weed, get caught

Nov 02
Well, you can put that in your pipe and smoke it. A Tunisian and a Colombian student are caught growing a ton of chronic near Kochi University. The Man found a few plants on the balcony of the student's apartment as well as a... read

Final Impressions: Occult Academy

Oct 07
I'm not mad at you Seikimatsu. I'm just...disappointed.You started off so well, what with your nice animation, good soundtrack, bizarre sense of humor, different character designs, sci-fi/occult set up, you had a lot going fo... read

Gantz live-action showing everywhere but America

Jul 10
Well, it's not showing everywhere. It isn't showing in Nigeria, for example. At least not yet. But it is going to show in France (at the Cannes film festival, no less), as well as Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgiu... read

Beckii Cruel is wet

Jul 10
Game's over. [@BeckiiCruel] UPDATE: OMFG GUYS I JUST WON THE INTERNET.  read

Some things never change: cops love panties

Jul 06
I've seen far too many stories popping up in the crime section of Japanese news aggregates lately involving police officers unable to control themselves when given an opportunity to plunder, or in this case, capture footage o... read

Japanese arrest man for speeding via Nico Nico & YouTube

Mar 08
There's a first time for everything, right? Japanese police recently arrested a man for exceeding the speed limit by roughly 140 kilometers per hour--for those of us who live in US, that's roughly 86 miles over the posted spe... read

Boy shot in head with arrow, doesn't notice

Feb 03
You know bowguns? Yeah, pretty cool-looking weapons. They shoot arrows, but in a way are like a lazy-man's bow. However, that's not important, especially not to a Yokohama man who was in an especially pissed-off mood. Feeling... read

Chinese commercial rips off Lucky Star

Jan 27
Oh, China. What have they made that's originally theirs, again? Oh, yeah, kanji, I guess. Other than that and some pottery, it seems like China have made a full time business of ripping off other people's stuff. Case in point... read

Licensed One Piece breast mousepads are things that exist

Jan 19
At a certain point in one's journey through the otaku subculture, one learns not to put anything beyond the means or will of the horny otaku. Almost anything perverted you can name will be done or has been done at some point ... read

Summary: What the hell: breast-feeding a silver-haired boy so he can gain energy to fight demons and otherworldy monsters. I don't even know where to start with Seikon no Qwaser (Qwaser of Stigmata). It's like a giant black h... read feature


China's newest anime, Astro Plan, looks a bit familiar

Jan 09
When it comes to bootlegs in China, I'm usually covering the side of hilarious knock-off toys or the pain of getting a fake through an eBay auction. China has gotten a bit more ambitious, as they are now copying the series themselves. There is just something that seems all too familiar about a new series coming out this year, Astro Plan. Check out the horror after the jump.  read

Sea Shepherd boat collides with Japanese whaling vessel

Jan 07
Controversy time!Sea Shepherd, the marine conservation organization that delights in harassing Japan's illegal whaling fleet, had a run of bad luck yesterday when their state-of-the-art "stealth" trimaran Ady Gil co... read

Hello Kitty alarm fails: blogger demands retribution

Jan 05
This morning, my special Hello Kitty Alarm Clock did not go off. My kind and thoughtful future in-laws purchased said alarm clock just for me, and it has failed in its sole duty to make an obnoxious high-pitched noise at a pa... read

Stick your tongue out at linguistics FAIL

Dec 22
Apparently, some South Korean parents are convinced that their children cannot speak English well because their tongues are too short. To combat this, err, problem, some South Korean doctors are now offering to perform a proc... read

Confessions of a (bad) fan artist

Nov 28
Japanator has often taken a moment to celebrate good fanart, but as we all know, not all fanart is good; in fact, the grand majority of it is nothing to write home about. I think it's about time to take a look at some fanart ... read

Noriko Sakai sentenced to 18 months in prison

Nov 10
As you may have noticed we have been following the Noriko Sakai trial, and today we found out another bit of news about it you may be interested in if you have been following too. According to Cartoon Leap Sakai has in fact b... read

Why Angel Cop sucks (but is still awesome)

Nov 07
Ichiro Itano's 1989 OVA Angel Cop is anime at its absolute worst. It's an explotation piece attempting to masquerade as social commentary, rife with over-the-top violence, extreme gore, nationalistic jingoism and, worst of al... read

Toro gets evicted, new app to replace Mainichi Issho

Nov 03
This is the worst news I have ever had to report. For three years, SCEJ's Mainichi Issho has been a free app for the PS3, and as far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest things mankind has ever conceived. If you play it, you... read

Looking for more K-ON! goodies? Maybe not these ones...

Oct 08
Who doesn't want more K-ON! goodies? Sure, you may be fretting about buying the K-ON! nendoroids and Beach Queen figures, but why not add one more thing to your shopping list? Well, I suppose a quick stroll down quality lane ... read

Pancakes from this Dragon Ball Z fryer might not grant wishes

Sep 23
But they will look awesome. Look at those little stars and the "Kame" character on those things! I wonder if it will imprint those on other foods. But is this really the time to be selling (or rather still be sellin... read

The mighty, how they fall: Yakuza are stealing Peko-chan statues

Sep 13
Times are hard, and everyone's having to find new, humiliating ways to make ends meet. It seems that goes the same for organized criminals.It's not like it used to be for the yakuza. All the glamour is gone from the job, and ... read

This Belldandy PVC figure shows considerable creative shift over the years

Sep 08
Ah My Goddess! isn't just a manga and anime series. At this point, it's an institution. The serial has continued for nearly twenty-one years now, and as far as I can tell, Keiichi and Belldandy still haven't worked up the cou... read

The sincerest form of flattery? Chinese anime traces 5cm per Second

Sep 04
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. If that were true, it seems that China is absolutely infatuated with Makoto Shinkai's 5 Centimeters Per Second: A chain of short stories about their distance.According to Gigazine,... read

Record of Box Art Failure: This was nearly your Agarest War

Aug 30
I think it's fairly safe to say that most Japanese male character designs fall a bit on the fabulous side of the fence. Not everyone likes that kind of thing, and their preferences can have an impact on one's sales. As such, ... read

Shabu shabu is a drug? Maybe that's why I like it so much

Aug 19
Shabu shabu is addictive, but it isn't amphetamine. A Forbes article on druggie J-pop star Noriko Sakai incorrectly called the delicious dish a drug, though. From the article:Amphetamine crystals, known locally as shabu ... read

And now you know: Police put out drug use PSA in the wake of Noriko Sakai scandal

Aug 12
Above you can see a drug awareness video put out by Japanese authorities in the wake of the recent scandal involving singer/actress Noriko Sakai. Sakai disappeared for a brief period following the arrest of her husband on d... read

Otakon 09: We're done with day one like it's Naruto

Jul 18
So, we're here at Otakon. And so far, it's absolutely fantastic. In reality, Yesterday was a really slow day for all of us. Sure, we've heard about Kannagi from Bandai and FUNimation bringing us the new Detective Conan films.... read

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