Interview

OMG it's Rina!
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi... read feature

Bueno reveals the tokusatsu industry's dark secrets
After a long and perilous journey, we've reached the end of our long interview with Bueno. To close things off, the man shares with us his plans for the future, along with his own thoughts on the tokusatsu industry and a cert... read feature

Bueno's story is about to get real
Welcome to the second part of our interview with the one and only Bueno. In this installment, the man talks about his experience with creating tokusatsu and shooting porn. On top of that, we get to learn the dark secrets behi... read feature

Bullets, Babes, Beer: The story of Bueno
Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream may have left the scene, but Japanator was able to ask Bueno, the film's Director and main hero, some questions. I guess you could say that he's the Stephen Chow of tokusatsu. Also, his n... read feature

Anison singer ready to rock
As a part of promotion for Lantis Festival Las Vegas, we were able to ask anison singer Faylan a few questions! Since her tie-in with CANAAN, Faylan has done a slew of rocking songs for various shows and games, like BlazBlue Alter Memory, Griasia no Meikyuu and Tokyo ESP. Big thanks to Lantis Fest for the opportunity! read feature

Delicious grapes and Hyouka
Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible! read feature

We have a final quick chat with the lovely Sayumi Michishige
After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have ab... read feature

With Hiromi Wakabayashi & Koyama Shigeto
At Anime Next 2014, the "Creative Officer" and "Creative Director" of Kill la Kill, Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi, respectively, did some show-and-tell for the crowd. Their Saturday panel on Kill la Kill was not ... read feature

Let's hear it for Hiro, Yamakan and the Wake Up Girls!
Anime Central and Crunchyroll teamed up over the weekend and brought to the USA the anime-idol group Wake Up, Girls! I am more than excited to be able to cover them over the weekend and attend some of their events. Below... read feature

Old school anison rockers kick back for some laughs
At Anime Boston 2014, epic anime theme song (anison) rock team JAM Project performed and threw a couple great shows. Japanator was able to join in on their press panel and take some Q&A time. Here are the juicy details ab... read feature

Anaru is a medical term, but what about Tsuruko?
Did you watch Anohana the Movie last week? I did, and it was definitely at least an one-hankie experience. Now you can relive it, especially the lighter moments, with the above Q&A taken with the producer of the series H... read feature

Creating original anime art in a licensed-chara world
By now, you've probably noticed Ai Fi, Japanator's lovely resident android, created by illustrator P-Shinobi of Boomslank. I like Ai Fi quite a bit; while aspects of her design remind me of some other anime and game character... read feature

Empathy, forgiveness, and the best food in Hiroshima
In conjunction with my review of Rising from the Ashes, I was given a special opportunity to interview its author, Dr. Akiko Mikamo. In case you haven't read the review yet (and why haven't you?!), here's the basic synopsis t... read feature

Talking all about the anime streaming channel
Neon Alley, the 24/7 streaming service for anime fans that delivers shows to your PS3, Xbox 360 and PC, just celebrated its first anniversary. In lieu of a birthday party, the service is launching a bunch of new shows on Octo... read feature

A true artist
Wow, talk about an awesome day! Back at Anime Expo this year I had the amazing opportunity to sit down with one of my favorite masters of anime, the illustrious Makoto Shinkai. If you've been living under a rock for the last ... read feature

Japanese and NA gaming together in one place
Gaming is more social than many like to give it credit for. Arcades used to play a huge part of this socialization but now the majority seems to happen with screens between the players. Of course there are still some arcades ... read feature

Lots of giggling girls
The fun loving group of Dempagumi.inc was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about some of the things that they like. I will warn you right now, the audio does peak when these girls get going. So if you have your speak... read feature

MAN, API, NON, and MICHELLE
The electro-pop band 1000say was kind enough to sit down with me and chat a bit about how they started and what 1000say means. We also talk about their tastes in music which was actually surprising. The range was quite large... read feature

The man behind Project Phoenix shares his words!
The flames of Project Phoenix's Kickstarter are growing with each passing day, and its heat will ignite the ultimate rebirth when the time comes. Last Saturday, I was given the honor to speak with Hiroaki Yura, the man behind... read feature

Voice over nerd
Funimation voice actors are like Pokemon to me. I've got to catch them all. Well, there is one less that I have to catch because I now have Ian Sinclair taken off my list. Ian has done a lot work for Funi such as Dallas... read feature

Fun, educational, and awkward
The always wacky and fun Michael Sinterniklaas was kind enough to sit down with me and talk about his work on both sides of the mic. He has worked on shows like GaoGaiGar as Gai Shishiô, Summer Wars as Kenji ... read feature

Creator of Evangelion
There are moments that define your otaku life. Some of them are minor, like getting that special edition of whatever you like, and then there are some that are huge, like meeting the man that created the series that solidifie... read feature

Team OreImo under the spotlight
To get you ready for the world simulcast of the Oreimo OVAs on Saturday, Japanator chatted up the Oreimo guests at Otakon 2013--light novel author Tsukasa Fushimi, his editor Kazuma Miki, and the director of the anime se... read feature

The godfather of tentacle porn speaks
Back in the late 90's, if the subject of anime was ever brought up, it usually devolved into one topic. Whether or not you had watched The Legend of the Overfiend (Urotsukidoji). You couldn't avoid it, and after some time, p... read feature

What's happening with the Tokyo Storm Trooper?
I had a chance to sit down with my old pal Danny Choo at Anime Expo this week, and catch up on what's been going on in his world. Danny is the prototype for entrepreneurial otaku. He is currently promoting his Mira... read feature

Nagahama answers to criticisms, and draws a complicated analogy
At Animazement 2013, North American fans were treated to a very busy Hiroshi Nagahama, the director of Detroit Metal City, Mushishi, and most recently the controversial Flowers of Evil. Still wrapping up on the production of ... read feature

Streaming world-wide
You might of heard that there is a new streaming site that has just launched out of Japan. It is being backed by some big names in the anime world like Aniplex, Sunrise, and Toei. What could that exactly mean for you, you ask? Well, let me let Eri Maruyama (International Business Development) at DAISUKI answer that as well as many more burning questions that I had about the new service. read feature

what a genius
Made famous from his tracks featuring Hatsune Miku, DJ kz aka livetune is one of my favorite producers. The soft spoken genius sat down with the folk over at the Miku Channel, and he gave some interesting insite to... read feature

Japan's hottest new icon
Earlier this year, we had a brief moment to sit down with the Harajuku music and fashion superstar, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu aka Kiriko Takemura. Fresh off the stage from a performance at Paris's Japan Expo, the adorable ... read feature

I like omurice too!
When it's time to start banging your head, you don't always think about turning to adorable little Japanese kids to supply the tunes. Our friends over at RESONANCE Media and Amuse, Inc. thought it would be a good idea to get ... read feature

Yes, it was one of the best moment of my life
I studied art in high school and college and actually now teach at a fairly prestigious art school. So, when I say that Haruhiko Mikimoto also known as HAL, is my favorite artist and character designer of ... read feature


Japanator scored an one-on-one interview with Gen Urobuchi! I was able to get a short interview with the creator of Fate/Zero and the collaborator of Madoka Magica and ask a few questions about his outlook in writing for anim... read feature







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