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6:30 PM on 12.02.2013

Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.

You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pret...

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games
by Brittany Vincent

Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the path into purchasing something like My Baby Girl or Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football. I've played both, and you don't want to go down that road. Really. Now, you may not see all of these popping up as criminally cheap deals, but you can rest assured that you're giving the gift of awesome compared to so many other titles out there. We've scaled down our selections to games we feel that would best cater to the Japanator audience, so keep that in mind when perusing the list. If you're a good girl or boy this year, you might be able to get some of them for yourself if you've cleared out your backlog. 

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Guide: Manga
by Brad Rice

Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift.

Are you standing in front of the aisle this very minute, unsure of what to buy? Don't worry, we've got you covered.

Manga makes a great gift (much better than anime or videogames) because you can easily add on based on how much you like the person. Secret Santa at your anime club? One volume. College buddy? Three volumes. Your significant other? A complete series.

Follow me after the jump, and we'll delve into all the titles you should buy this season.

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime
by Karen Mead

Wondering what to pick up for the otaku in your life this holiday season? Well, you should be. If you give someone a bad anime this year, who knows what could happen? Friendships could be lost over the misguided gift of Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc. Your own mother may slap you until you're red as Santa's hat if you try to slip a copy of the Nakaimo: My little sister is among them! under the tree. How can you give the gift of colorfully animated entertainment without fear?

That's where we come in! Just in time for Cyber Monday, here's Japanator's annual guide to some of the better, eminently gift-worthy anime that's come out recently. We aim to help you select premium presents that will elicit huge grins rather than pained groans from your cartoon-loving friends and family. Of course, I'm just playing around here, and your loved ones probably wouldn't really disown you over some bad anime gifts...but I'd still stay far away from that Kenshin OVA, just in case. It's pretty bad.

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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Goods and Music photo
Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Goods and Music
by Josh Tolentino

The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed media, but now it's time to delve into the realm of the musical, as well as the weird

It's our Music and Goods shopping guide! Get on below to check out our favorite suggestions for the best in music, toys, and other random crap that you can use to show your affection (or hate) for your loved ones (or foes)!

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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Manga and Books photo
Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Manga and Books
by Josh Tolentino

The holiday blitz continues, as does Japanator's blitz of holiday shopping advice! After telling you which videogames and anime to buy for you and yours, today we're getting all "old-fashioned" by making recommendations for (gasp!) print media!

Of course you could probably get most of your books in some sort of electronic format, the better for storage and portability and making use of your computer-machines, but some books are special. Like the ones Jeff and I are going to tell you about below!

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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime and Film photo
Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime and Film
by Josh Tolentino

Hello again, and welcome to the next part of Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide! The other day we gave you our recommendations for the best videogames, but now it's time to take a look at the latest batch of stuff to pile into stockings and tree-undersides, particularly in the field of entertainments, both animated and live-action.

Read on as Brad, Salvador, Josh, Elliot, Jeff, Pedro, and yours truly pick out the best and brightest from the year's crop of anime and film for you!

 

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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Games photo
Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Games
by Josh Tolentino

The holidays are upon us, dear readers, and where that usually means celebrating togetherness and occasionally the birth of a major religious figure, it also means having to shell out tons of monies for gifts to distribute to friends, enemies, frenemies and loved ones, that all may be jolly and materially richer for it.

Of course, some of the choicest material riches that one can distribute to friends, enemies, frenemies and loved ones are pieces of interactive entertainment software, colloquially known as "videogames". That's what we Japanator are here, tonight, to help you out with! Below you'll find a list of some of our favorite videogames from this year that you can shell out your tons of monies on, for the joy of others - or yourself.

Read on below and find out what Japanator Recommends for your videogame enjoyment!

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Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Toys 'n Stuff photo
Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Toys 'n Stuff
by Josh Tolentino

Happy Friday, everyone! Just as Friday brings the end to the week, so does it bring the end of a week's worth of amazing recommendations from our experienced editors. Yes, friends, 'tis sad but true: This is the last installment of Japanator's 2011 Holiday Shopping Guide.

Don't despair, though! The week ends on a high, slightly eccentric note, as Pedro, Jeff, and Hiroko take you on a whirlwind tour of this year's crop of toys, figures and random stuff, suited for otaku of any stripe, and those near and dear with a sense of humor!

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Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Music and Film photo
Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Music and Film
by Josh Tolentino

The holiday monster approaches ever closer, and the only thing you can do to slay it is to make sure you've got stuff for all yourself, your friends, and your loved ones! That's why Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide is here this year!

Tonight brings out the best and brightest in this year's crop of J-music and J-movies, with our consumerist catalog curated by Jeff, Chris, Marcus and Hiroko, all for your perusal!

Also, we put in that porn parody of Steins;Gate.

Get below and start reading, then tell us what you're planning to grab for you and yours!

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Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Manga and Books photo
Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Manga and Books
by Josh Tolentino

Clear your shelves, friends and readers! Gift-giving time approaches, and one must prepare for the tide of sweet, sweet books and manga to come squeezing into your library! Let it never be said that we at Japanator ignore the still serenity of print for the sultry motions of anime and videogames. Never!

Today we bring you our picks, straight off the press and into your hearts. Jeff, Kristina and I browsed far and wide for our favorites, braving strange stores, poorly organized sections, and those annoying people that just sit in the middle of the manga section, reading and never actually buying anything.

Deadbeats! Now, turn the page and read our notes below!

Oh, and don't forget to treat our anime and game recommendations as commands! Buy, you fools!

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Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Games photo
Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Games
by Josh Tolentino

What's up (videogame) players?! Shopping's up, that's what! And we're here to help you with that! Sadly, we can't actually buy anything for you, but we'll be happy to tell you what to buy for your friends this holiday! And remember, you are your own best friend. 

Today's topic: Videogames! Them electronic entertainments that are sweeping the nation(s) are big on the list of things to get for nerds of nearly any stripe, and we'd be awful people not to have a few recommendations on hand for those in need of help with their choosing.

Which brings Elliot Gay, Chris Walden, and yours truly here to tell you how (and where) you can "get game". That's how the kids say it now, right?

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