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Cowboy Bebop? Sunrise have run out of ideas


Apr 01
// Chris Walden
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...
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Oh, damn: Kamisama Dolls writer can't a confirm sequel


Oct 19
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Denno Coil app is both great and awful


Feb 24
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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My Aniki Can't Be This Hedgehoggy


Dec 29
// Mike LeChevallier
Cannot unsee. Cannot unthink.Rage on.

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Morning Musume piss off Koreans with ill-advised blog


Nov 04
// Pedro Cortes
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 ...
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Foreign students grow a ton of weed, get caught


Nov 02
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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Final Impressions: Occult Academy


Oct 07
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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Gantz live-action showing everywhere but America


Jul 10
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Beckii Cruel is wet


Jul 10
// Mike LeChevallier
Game's over. [@BeckiiCruel] UPDATE: OMFG GUYS I JUST WON THE INTERNET.
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Some things never change: cops love panties


Jul 06
// Mike LeChevallier
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...
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Japanese arrest man for speeding via Nico Nico & YouTube


Mar 08
// Tim Sheehy
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...
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Boy shot in head with arrow, doesn't notice


Feb 03
// Ben Huber
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...
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Chinese commercial rips off Lucky Star


Jan 27
// Colette Bennett
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...
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Licensed One Piece breast mousepads are things that exist


Jan 19
// Josh Tolentino
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 ...

First Impressions: Seikon no Qwaser

Jan 11 // Ben Huber
Ignoring the boobs (for a moment, at least), let's take note of the dialogue. Tomo refers to Mafuyu as her Prince Charming repeatedly, not only creating silly sexual connotations (which I'm sure is its intention) but also attempting to establish that Mafuyu takes care of Tomo. But if you take one look at Tomo, we already know she's stuck firmly in the air-headed, bosom-tastic, submissive sexual object position. She's obviously not going to do anything for herself. But that's putting a bit too much thought into this crap already.When the girls head to school, the two bullies, (the arrogant daughter of the dean and the tomboy, how original) bother Mafuyu, and Tomo steps in, asking them to stop the argument. Somehow, this turns into some sort of hump-fest up against the wall. The pure ridiculousness of this scene (even within the ridiculousness of the show itself) is just an example of how every pose and animation is made to be somehow suggestive. I'll probably end up saying it several times but: if you wanted to make a hentai OVA or something like that THEN MAKE A HENTAI OVA. This just ends up being leashed fanservice that never goes where a viewer would want it to go.I don't think I really need to say anything about this. They discover a young, silver-haired boy and what do you know? He gropes Tomo.And this is what you see during the groping. Since they enjoyed the groping (and he was wounded, or something), they take him back to their place.They seemed pretty confused about the boy's gender and decided that there was only one logical way to solve that mystery. Either way, before they can take off his pan-asonic headphones he runs away. Mafuyu goes looking for him, only to see the church on fire. She rushes inside and finds the serial-killer that has conveniently been mentioned earlier in the episode.WHAT.No really, I don't even know what the serial-killer was doing here. She was about to touch Mafuyu or something. The screen pans away, we hear some moans and squeals, then this. I really wish there was more to write about this weirdness, but the screenshot says it all.Ordained by God to touch your boobs? Maybe I should have gone to ministerial school. I should note, as far as the first episode goes, this is the closest you get to seeing any skin. Sorry Japan! Maybe the upcoming uncensored airing will satisfy you. Hot and saucy? I can't really tell, to be honest. The villain pretty much stands around while Sasha "gains energy." So after Allen Walker defeats the serial-killer in a single hit, he disappears, only to show up at school the following day as the new transfer student. Of course, he's the new Edward and all the girls have to make an impression on him. The annoying tomboy and dean's daughter team up again to bother Sasha, and he decides to melt the table leg, so they fall to the ground.Somehow, something gets stuck. I really didn't get this scene either. I was about to go into a tirade about how this makes no sense, but then I decided to just save my energy for later. Should I really waste my time on arguing how see didn't even fall in a way that something COULD theoretically get stuck? I could feel the brain cells melting away watching this.Mafuyu can't believe Sasha just told the two bullies. She even saves that expressions for later.No, not here, this is pretty normal. He seems pretty enthusiastic about the whole ordeal, though.Oh, where have I seen you before? Oh yeah, just two minutes ago.The ending consists of the girls riding in, sitting in, and jumping out of a bathtub to generic-sounding music. Following that, the final scene features all of the girls hopping into the tub, like some kind of reverse clown car. Also, why is the room in black and white, but the reflection on the floor is in color?What I liked:Um, some of the girls were sorta hot?What I didn't like:Shoddy animationPoor story, stupid idea mistaken for good oneAny actual benefit gained from fanservice never comes to fruition due to heavy editing. Will the uncensored version be better? Probably not.That I watched this thing in the first place.Should have just been hentai anyway and save us all some trouble.
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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...

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


Jan 09
// Andres Cerrato
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.
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Sea Shepherd boat collides with Japanese whaling vessel


Jan 07
// Jon Snyder
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...
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Hello Kitty alarm fails: blogger demands retribution


Jan 05
// Karen Mead
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...
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Stick your tongue out at linguistics FAIL


Dec 22
// Karen Mead
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...
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Confessions of a (bad) fan artist


Nov 28
// Karen Mead
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 ...
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Noriko Sakai sentenced to 18 months in prison


Nov 10
// Colette Bennett
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...
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Why Angel Cop sucks (but is still awesome)


Nov 07
// Jon Snyder
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...
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Toro gets evicted, new app to replace Mainichi Issho


Nov 03
// Topher Cantler
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...
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Looking for more K-ON! goodies? Maybe not these ones...


Oct 08
// Brad Rice
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 ...
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Pancakes from this Dragon Ball Z fryer might not grant wishes


Sep 23
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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The mighty, how they fall: Yakuza are stealing Peko-chan statues


Sep 13
// Josh Tolentino
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 ...
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This Belldandy PVC figure shows considerable creative shift over the years


Sep 08
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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The sincerest form of flattery? Chinese anime traces 5cm per Second


Sep 04
// Josh Tolentino
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,...
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Record of Box Art Failure: This was nearly your Agarest War


Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
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, ...
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Shabu shabu is a drug? Maybe that's why I like it so much


Aug 19
// Dale North
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 ...

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