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...
Unlock new "adventurers" from iconic Final Fantasy character designer Yoshitaka Amano and a new scenario from Yasumi Matsuno, designer of Final Fantasy XII. Also, Terra Battle received the highly anticipated online co-op mode update that allows players to work together to clear stages and adds summons to the battlefield.
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.
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!
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 absolutely no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. Michishige leaves the always revolving line-up to the other 13 girls, with new girls being added to the gorgeous line-up.
Morning Musume saw a big spike in popularity last year, after a few years of a lull. Many contribute the group's success to Michishige's unique presence and grace, as well as god given amazing looks. Before their show in New York earlier this month, Sayumi took a few moments to speak to me about her thoughts on leaving the mega-pop machine.
Japanator - Michishige-san, thank you for taking the time to speak to your fans in the United States. What are your expectations for your upcoming show in New York? What do you think of U.S. fans?
Sayumi Michishige - U.S. fans always show such strong feelings, and it's been a long time since I've seen them face to face. They're going to see a new side of Morning Musume。with a lot more dancing.
Japanator - Morning Musume has had non-stop success since their first single, "Morning Coffee". What is the secret to the group's success and popularity?
Sayumi Michishige - Four new members were announced recently, and it's our biggest group in a long time. Morning Musume is constantly developing by adding unique and colorful members. I think that this style of group which never loses freshness grabs the heart of the fans.
Japanator - We are all very sad to hear you are graduating this year, and feel you have really been the face of the group for so long. Can you tell us about any immediate acting or singing projects you would like to announce?
Sayumi Michishige - It seems like it's coming up fast, but at the same time there's a lot of work to do until that day. I'm thinking about what I can do for MorningMusume right up until the end.
Japanator - What has been the hardest part of being the leader of Morning Musume? Are you a little relieved to be graduating?
Sayumi Michishige - The challenge is about how to treat and teach the junior members. I wanted to be in the position of a leader, but I had never actually been in that position before. So, at the beginning I agonized a lot.
Japanator - While visiting New York, is there anything you are hoping to do in your free time?
Sayumi Michishige - There are so many great places to see! New York is a place for fashion, so I'm thinking about that.
Japanator - Please give a message for your fans in the United States and the readers of Japanator.
Sayumi Michishige - It seems like a long time, but now we're coming to the U.S. and the moment has come to perform live in New York. We will perform with all we've got, so please follow us!
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 only packed to the max--a rarity for these types of guests--but the works-in-progress they showed us during the panel was something you just had to be there for, if you are huge fans of the show. For consolation, the pair sat down with the press and offered some Q&A time.
Shigeto Koyama is most notably one of the ex-Gainax guys that worked alongside what makes up Studio Trigger today during their years on Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking. Today Koyama is responsible for several Trigger shows in addition to Star Driver, Heroman, and Captain Earth. Wakabayashi is a Trigger old timer who has also been through the thick of it along with director Hiroyuki Imaishi and the rest, and has a front row seat in the production process.
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 the jump contains a list of pictures, questions and answers for the seven-girl idol team from their press panel, but also a few from the anime producer and director Hiroaki Takeuchi and Yutaka Yamamoto, respectively.
The Wake Up, Girls! attended ACEN to help promote their movie and TV show, both are currently streaming from Crunchyroll. And as those of you who have seen the show may expect, having the seven idols in front of you really does complete the full experience. Lastly, for the unfamiliar, the Wake Up Girls, from left to right (top image), are Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita, Minami Tanaka, Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Kaya Okuno, and Yoshino Aoyama. On the left of WUG is director Yutaka Yamamoto, and on the right is producer Hiroaki Takeuchi.
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 about their international fan base and the crazy things they've experienced in the past 14 years, including what happened just the night before during their "solo" live where each JAM Project member performed a solo segment.
It's hard to fully capture what JAM Project does in words, like it is difficult to capture their full sound in a studio recording. If you've attended their lives you might know how it best; there's just something special that forms between the performers and the audience. During the Q&A the group was laid back and some of the guys (namely Fukuyama) were chuckling at the various exploits they've experienced. So take the below interview with some levity. Spoiler: it includes a broken bone, women's undergarment and anison superstar Nana Mizuki.
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...
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 characters, on the whole she feels like her own unique entity. In that sense, she's a good representative of P-Shinobi's work in general: a style that isn't afraid to acknowledge many influences from within the world of anime, yet still feels fresh and distinct.
When not busy creating Japanator-approved robots, Boomslank also sells T-shirts, prints, and cell phone cases featuring P-Shinobi's original, anime-inspired artwork. Naturally, I was curious what it's like to run an original-anime-art business, and the guys at Boomslank were kind enough to sit down and talk shop with me for a while. I found the three brothers who run the business to be passionate, friendly guys who love talking anime, so we kind of ended up talking about Attack on Titan when we were supposed to be talking about expanding product lines. Still, I think it all worked out in the end.
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 to get you ready for the rest of this article:
This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of the World War II.
But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war.
Now, read on to see Dr. Mikamo's responses to 10 questions I sent her way after reading her book.
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 October 18th, including Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic and even some older fan favorites: Revolutionary Girl Utena and Ranma 1/2. The VIZ Media channel also features some live action series, convention coverage, JRock, and other programming relevant to the discriminating otaku.
In celebration of their first anniversary (and because we had a ton of questions), Neon Alley was kind enough to grant us an exclusive interview with Program Director Kevin Kleinrock. Read on to find out about the key ideas behind the service, what we can expect from Neon Alley going forward, and why you should consider integrating this ambitious anime lifestyle channel into your, well, lifestyle.
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 few years you may not know about his ground breaking works like; The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters per Second, and his recent masterpiece, Garden of Words.
Unfortunately my audio recorder bit the big one during our meeting, so much of the interview is paraphrased. Luckily, I have an amazing memory! We only had a few minutes to catch up since his schedule was so packed, but I hope you enjoy the words we did exchange, and gain some insight to the amazing man.