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From the final episode of Battle Tendency
Apr 05
// Josh Tolentino
Well, once David Productions are done doing Neptunia, at any rate.
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Ultra Jump gathers Jump's finest to create a Jojo tribute


Za Warudo times 25!
Sep 19
// Salvador GRodiles
Last time I got to see a Jump tribute was when they got a bunch of Jump manga artist to do fan arts of the One Piece characters for one of the anniversaries of One Piece. Considering that Jojo is getting a new game and a new ...
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Za Warudo(wide): JoJo's All-Star Battle may be going west


Oh please oh please oh please!
Sep 18
// Josh Tolentino
ORAORAORAORAORA!!! But don't break out your MUDAMUDAMUDAMUDA!!! just yet, because there might just be hope of getting the Cyberconnect2-developed fighter Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle to countries where ...
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Gurren Lagann art book is for charity, go buy one!


Sep 08
// Chris Walden
Fan of the drill-centric series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann? Well if you nodded (you did nod, right?) and you also happen to own a Kindle, it's time once again to bust that piggy bank open and fork over some cash. Luckily, it'...

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Gunbuster posing up for a special edition Blu-Ray release


Aug 04
// OxKing
Everyone who loves the phrase "hard work and guts" and doesn't live in Japan, prepare to get jealous: The Gainax OVA Aim for the Top! Gunbuster is expecting a complete Blu-Ray re-release, complete with bonus footage, new comm...
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Badass: Man uses SCUBA gear to rescue family from tsunami


Mar 27
// Josh Tolentino
For every story of disaster-related foolishness, there's a story of disaster-related courage, and Hideaki Akaiwa's story is about as courageous as they come. According to Badass of the Week (I recommend you read their account...
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Get pumped, Cat Shit One releases on February 5


Jan 26
// Josh Tolentino
And in English, no less! The adventures of tier one operator rabbits Packy and Botasky as they rescue soldiers from camel terrorists is coming to Blu-ray and DVD. It's out on February the 5th, and you can pick it up from Amaz...
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Potato-dono is my hero


Jul 22
// Bob Muir
I wish I could be half the man Potato-dono was. Making curry is not for the weak of heart.
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These Sengoku Basara 2 trailers are way too short


Jun 05
// Tim Sheehy
These 15-second commercials for the upcoming season of Sengoku Basara do little to quench my thirst,  but I suppose we'll just have to make due. They don't really provide any information, aside f...
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Legends of the Dark King gets a disc replacement program


Apr 28
// Tim Sheehy
I'm sure some of you couldn't wait to get your hands on Sentai's original release of Legends of the Dark King back in September -- after all, anything related to Fist of the North Star is, by proxy, full of gar and ...
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Sentai Filmworks announces Golgo 13 for July


Apr 24
// Brad Rice
For those of you who claim that anime isn't manly enough, there's always Golgo 13, the legendary assassin with a crotch that attracts women like catnip. It's a franchise I hear touted by many as one of the bastions of manline...
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I think I just saw Junichiro Koizumi


Mar 10
// Rank57
[Editors Note: This is a promoted Community Blog, written by one of our readers. If you would like to see your own Cblog on the front page, warm up your keyboard and write something awesome! ~Jon Snyder]Live, in Brazil. ...
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Fist of the North Star game has useless motorcycles in it


Mar 03
// Josh Tolentino
Most Koei games make it a point to show that riding things is pointless. Dynasty Warriors and other related titles all include the riding of horses, but the only reward for a player choosing to do so is death. Riding a horse ...
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Confessions 17: Simon


Feb 05
// Anti-Spiral
Hello.We hope that We are not intruding upon your Day of Men, but We thought the moment opportune to engage in what you Spirals call a "confess-ion."We hereby submit Our confess-ion to one Spiral in particular, the ...
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Man Day: Why I am better for Kamina than Yoko


Feb 05
// Colette Bennett
Ah, Kamina. There is nothing more GAR than an image of your face. I know that the flame that burns twice as bright usually only burns half as long, as that old adage certainly applies to you. Usually, I find myself drawn to t...

JapanaTen: Ten shows you that teach you how to be a man

Feb 05 // Brad Rice
Gao Gai GarRemember when you were seven years old and watching shows like Transformers and Power Rangers? Well, Gao Gai Gar has all of that excitement PLUS the spirit of a hot-blooded man. Each episode of Gao Gai Gar may be formulaic, cheesy and seizure-inducing, but the absolute pride that everyone takes in their job, from President Taiga on down, will surely fill you with manly spirit.By the end of the night, you'll be authorizing Final Fusion. Having that sort of faith in doing the impossible is the first step to being a man. NarutoNaruto is the best of the big three shonen protagonists when it comes to being manly. He gets the shit beat out of him. Constantly. No matter how many times he gets cut down or beaten within an inch of his life, something inside him pushes him to get up and keep going. Despite all the hardship he goes through, Naruto still believes he's going to save his friends and get the girl.And you know what? He will. That's what manly spirit teaches you. BECK: Mongolian Chop SquadKoyuki, our little protagonist in BECK, isn't very manly. He gets pushed around, is full of indecision and can barely speak up for himself. Yet this show isn't about throwing punches or becoming the world's strongest disciple. It's about discovering yourself. The show is all about self-discovery, especially when it comes to music, and what it means to grow up.Learning more about yourself is one of the most critical parts of becoming a man. If you can't have confidence in who you are, how can you keep on fighting? Black LagoonYou think you know who you are now? That's good, because we're going to completely turn your life upside down. Rock teaches us how to roll with the punches and adapt to a lifestyle that is not what you originally signed up for. He goes from the comfortable yet boring life of a salaryman to being an accomplice in hijackings, murders and god knows how many other crimes, all while trying to keep a shred of his own humanity in the process.Rock teaches us that even when the Devil has the hots for you, it's important to remember who you are and stick to your guns. Gankutsuou: The Count of Monte Cristo Everything in your life is going right. You've been promoted to your ship's captain, you're about to marry the woman you love, and it seems like everybody is your friend. Then you get arrested for some reason and thrown into prison for half your life. Now what?Time to take revenge. The Count of Monte Cristo reminds you that even after so many years, someone who has gone and caused you great suffering and anguish should not get off scott-free. You may have to bide your time and hold out hope, but never let yourself be beaten by others. G GundamReally, this show is just giant robots punching each other over and over again. But it never gets old. Remember: only men can effectively pilot Gundams. Put a woman in charge and you get Allenby, a crazy girl who's controlled by her emotions. Great Teacher OnizukaOnce you've settled yourself and gotten an image of who you are, suddenly these punk kids test your limits. You're playing on their turf, and are constricted by rules that you have to learn as you go along. So what, do you just cow down and take their abuse.Not in a million years. If you learn anything from Onizuka, it's how to beat people at their own game. When you break the rules, you break them so spectacularly and produce such amazing results that they can't fire you. If you're up against the ropes, don't give up. Fight back with all you've got, and you'll come out on top. The Legend of KoizumiYou want to protect your country? Then you'd better take a lesson from former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi, who will do anything, and I mean anything, to protect his country from the horrors that await if he loses a game of mahjongg. He'll take on all comers: The Pope, Hu Jintao, George H.W. Bush and his eternal nemesis, Kim Jong Il in order to keep Japan safe, and show off the power of the Rising Sun. What Koizumi teaches us is that if someone threatens the land you live in and love with all your heart, do all that you can to defend it. That's part of what it means to be a man. K-ON!Sorry, needed to take a break from all this "being a man" stuff for a minute before we tackle the last leg of this feature.Gurren LagannWhen you've found that one girl who you love more than anyone else, enough to put a ring on her finger, you've made a commitment: you are going to fight for that woman for the rest of your lives. If she gets taken? Well, be ready to punch a hole in reality and duke it out with the antithesis of humanity in order to get her back.Remember that when you're telling a girl you love her. You should honor your words, and be ready to do whatever it takes to make her happy and keep her safe. That's the biggest lesson in Gurren Lagann, and you had better not forget it.
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"Being a man" is not an easy thing to do. There's no real guide to how to be an upright citizen, how to honor and care for your one true love, or what to do when your back is up against the wall. We have to discover...

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GRIT THOSE TEETH!


Feb 05
// Simon
What's that? You think we're done for? Of course; there's no point to trying any more and we may as well just give in and take our deaths without any real struggle. What kind of man are you?We've fought for how many years now...
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Celebrating 20 years of the Brave series


Feb 05
// Brad Rice
Yesterday struck the 20th anniversary of the Brave series, most notably dropping Gao Gai Gar onto the world. Coming from the folks at Takara, they were looking to create something new after their Transformers brand had starte...
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Welcome to Man Day!


Feb 05
// Brad Rice
There's a certain magic to men. Sure, they're brash and bone-headed, charging into situations that they have no hope of winning, almost guaranteeing to get themselves killed. But somehow, through sheer force of will or just d...
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More Fist of the North Star Musou screens!


Dec 26
// Tim Sheehy
For those of you, who like me, are eagerly awaiting Koei Tecmo's upcoming Fist of the North Star Musou title, you're in luck. Our buddies over at Dtoid have posted some new screens from the upcoming game via Fa...
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Volks creates the best Gurren Lagann figure of all time


Dec 14
// Brad Rice
Simply put, I am in awe. Sadly, there are only 300 for sale, and it'll be $400. Still, feast your eyes upon this and bask in its glory. If you're going to Comiket, pick one up for me, please?
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Macross Day wouldn't be complete without a tribute to Roy


Nov 20
// Tim Sheehy
Roy Focker is quite possibly the manliest man to grace anime to date. Not only does he womanize with the best of them, he's got the rugged good looks shared only by the likes of Captain Harlock, and Kamina himself. When he's ...
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Master Asia's hot-blooded men gallery


Nov 13
// Master Asia
So it's Idol day, huh? Two can play at this game.I don't believe in celebrating that which is cute or sexy. These things matter not to a warrior! Simply look forward to those who will challenge you, and the man that will one ...

JapanaTen: Ten most spineless male protagonists

Nov 12 // Brad Rice
10. Shinji Ikari/Naota/Simon the DiggerThese are the famous whiners. An interesting bit of info I've read is that (supposedly) Naota and Simon are Gainax saying "What if Shinji were raised in different circumstances?" Interesting to think about, for sure. This trio kicks off the list because, for as much whining and self-doubt we had to deal with watching these shows, the characters manage to take a stand and go batshit insane (Shinji) or break the laws of reality with their manliness (Simon). 9. Kietaro Urashima (Love Hina)Guh. More than anything, Keitaro epitomizes the poor self-image that Japanese men have about themselves, with his refusal to speak up and just clear any misunderstandings that people impose on him. Instead, he takes the verbal and physical abuse, probably because he's a masochist at heart. I can't even begin to think about the number of characters that followed him.8. Tamaki Suou (Ouran High School Host Club)Sure, the man exudes confidence and a princely manner, but it's nothing more than a bluff. The flourishes, the fawning, the bold statements: it's all to try and hide the fact that he can't even man up and ask the girl he loves out on a date.Look, she really doesn't care about your mansion or your boat or your lions. She's a very down-to-earth girl who believes in frugality and practicality. So learn to appeal to those senses and make her yours already. Otherwise, I'll be rooting for Mori to take her. He'd be able to do it without even saying a word. 7. Kyon (The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi)Didn't expect to see him on the list, did you? Well, when you think about it, for all the talking that Kyon does, he's not really one for action. He'll listen to whatever Haruhi says, and as much as he might protest, he never actually says anything. Sure, he's got the hots for Mikuru and Yuki, but does he do anything about it? No.He even went over to Yuki's place. Where it was just the two of them. C'mon, Kyon, learn to man up. Or are you just waiting for the right time to get intimate with Koizumi? 6. Shinzo Abe/Yasuo Fukuda/Taro AsoJapan, you're the #2 economy in the world, and after That Great Man (Junichiro Koizumi) stepped down, he was followed by these men? They lasted a whopping year in their roles as Prime Minister, leading Japan to nowheresville. You have been the most uninspiring and ineffective leaders when it comes to Japan in my recent memory.Yukio Hatoyama, of all people, is doing more than all three of you combined. Really, what happened to that warrior spirit? I guess it's clear that this list of spineless protagonists has had an effect on your psyche. Learn to man up and govern properly before stepping back into the Diet.  5. Kouta (Ane Doki) Imagine being in this 13-year-old's predicament: you have a mysterious girl who's several years older than you with an awesome body deciding to come live with you, all the while teasing with sexual innuendos, and at the same time dealing with the petite class idol who's fallen for him. Horrible life, right?Here's my solution: pick a girl and stick it in her already. They both want you -- it's plainly obvious -- but the class idol is the one that won't break your heart. So just make a choice already, and pick her. 4. Harunobu Madarame (Genshiken)We get it. You're a sniveling otaku. But when you're confronted with a girl who actually doesn't mind talking with you and who you begin to have feelings for -- especially when she complains about how her relationship isn't working out all that well -- don't go and screw everything up by trying to distance yourself from her.Really, this is your chance not only to man up and get yourself into a relationship, making both of you dramatically happier (well, at least you), but also to make a change in yourself so that you're not the creepy otaku that everyone hates. You could actually become a normal member of society. 3. Kamille Bidan (Zeta Gundam) "Kamille is a man's name, and I'm a man!" Unable to take a little bit of teasing, Kamille finds himself punching military officers, and then proceeding to steal a Gundam in order to get revenge. For some name calling. Kamille epitomizes the socially mal-adjusted teenager. It seems that no matter what happens, all he can do is bitch and act like a spoiled brat. Commander Bright, I really need you to teach this kid that the entire universe doesn't revolve around him. 2. Ren Mihashi (Big Windup)Back when I reviewed Big Windup, listening to Ren Mihashi bitch about every little problem and misinterpret everyone's actions as a sign that they hated him really got to me. Sure, I understand that his entire middle school career conditioned him like that, but even after your teammates show that they care about you? Stop babbling and throw the ball already. The series would've been half as long if you had just shut up and pitched.1. Hideo Aiba (Sundome)I love Sundome, I really do, but Hideo, the main character, is the biggest waste of life in the world of manga. This is a man who will masturbate with a rusty nail in his urethra just because a girl told him to.  He's a member of the "Roman Club," which is essentially a cabal of worthless rejects of the school "promising" to stay virgins through the end of high school. Like they really need a pact to accomplish that goal. Hideo has no redeeming qualities, and can't work up the courage to just take what's sitting right there in front of him. Seriously, man the fuck up and stick it in Kurumi already. She's constantly pushing you around, humiliating you and for all you know, she might be sleeping around with other guys, all while denying you her goodies. So just man up already, stick it in her, and make her your proper girlfriend.
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The spineless male protagonist. His indecision or ability to do things for himself is a surefire way to stretch a storyline on and on and on. How else would stories like To Love-ru or Love Hina go on for as long as they did? ...

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Osu! True manliness really IS achieved by joining the Ouendan


Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
From the Victorian rules of etiquette to the way of Bushido, every age establishes its own ideals for behavior and conduct. What is Japan's new standard? Kuda Mutenda, a Tokyo Agricultural University ("Nodai") stud...
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I've got a special spot in my heart for New York Anime Fest. It might be because I don't have to travel four hours to get there or anything extravagant. It might also be because Peter Tatara and everyone at Reed does an aweso...

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30th Gundam Perfect Mission video is....perfect *sniff* (update)


Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
[Update: It seems the forces of copyright protection are at work, and have taken down the original embed. I put up another one, but it's unfortunately a shaky-cam version. - Josh] This....this is a man's romance.It is w...
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Tuesday Otaku Debate - Sol Badguy vs Ragna the Bloodedge


Jul 28
// Tim Sheehy
Thank god that con season is over. I'd like to think I'm through with them for the rest of the year, though you never know. Something could come up that'd make me book tickets for another con in an instant, but somehow I...
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Advicemaster Asia: How to end your harem lovelife


Jul 05
// Master Asia
[Our newest columnist, Master Asia, has joined us here at Japanator to dispense advice on just about any subject you can imagine. Master Asia was the form--]Fools! Do you not know who I am? I am Master Asia! The Undefeated of...
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AX 09: FUNimation licenses Sengoku Basara


Jul 05
// Brad Rice
Excited for the manliest musical ever? Well, while you're waiting for the Broadway version, you can check out the just-licensed title Sengoku Basara. I was busy being filmed by the TV crew, but hearing word from various tweet...

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