Pottya photo

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan

They ain't heavy, they're my idols!
Jan 22
Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P♡ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first... read
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Get free stuff from Right Stuf!
[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!] It's January 9th, but sometimes it... read feature

Jeff's Best of 2014! photo
Totally did not copy Josh's Top 5
It was a great 2014 in terms of the anime mill--each season offered something pretty special, and a wide variety of interesting titles. Still, a handful of titles rose to the occasion for me, and I didn't have much of a probl... read feature

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Happy New Year from Japanator

Thanks for a fantastic year!
Dec 28
This has been a year of ups and downs and though we've gone through quite a few changes around the network, Japanator's future is looking much brighter. I want to thank each and every one of our loyal readers, especially thos... read
Meet Ai-Fi photo
The big green robot has a little sister now.
For the longest time, Japanator has been without an official mascot, and while we've had some guests make appearances throughout the years -- most-notably Yotsuba -- we never really had one to call our own. It hasn't been eas... read feature

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Japanator's got a new look; more changes to come

Please pardon our dust
Oct 18
If you're browsing the site this evening, you may have noticed our shiny new background and fiery-red text. These are just a few of the big changes we have planned for the site in the coming weeks. We still have a few bugs an... read
Ad-Free Memberships! photo
Automatic contest entries, discounts, responsive mobile site, and new video shows
We here at ModernMethod are rolling out a membership program across all four sites called HUGE. The program is meant to be a game-changer for the entire network, allowing us to bring you better content than you've ever seen b... read feature

Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

Getting ready for Japan Expo

Working into the night
Aug 23
The night before Japan Expo is upon us. Tim and myself are burning the midnight oil gearing up for the event. Just got done eating some sushi and knocked back some drinks looking forward to what we have planned tomorrow. Stuf... read
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Introducing Japana-Tumblr, the Japanator sideblog

A companion to the Otaku's companion
Aug 07
Remember the days when a "Tumbler" was a term for some kind of cup? Well, those still ARE those days, but a similarly-pronounced word, "Tumblr" seems to be the thing among internet folks. As trend-chasers of the highest order... read
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Insights from the boss
As you may know, Japanator is part of the esteemed ModernMethod network, a group of sites that includes our figure-loving friends at Tomopop, the film buffs at Flixist, and of course, our gaming pals at Destructoid.  Ear... read feature

We're going through changes
You may have noticed that over the past few months Japanator has made a few changes here and there. The lovely folk with the clacky keyboards at Modern Method want to know what the most important people at Japanator want to s... read feature


The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya achieved something wonderful with its deliberate swapping of chronological episodes and the order in which each serial was broadcasted. Once viewers pieced together the puzzle it was a joy to... read feature


You know you're in for a ride when the anime you're about to watch has one of those retarded-long light novel titles involving a sister and way too many words to easily abbreviate. The marketing material calls it Nakaimo... read feature


Natsuiro Kiseki, ironically, concluded right before the start of July, the customary time all the Japanese kids get out of school. I tend to enjoy anime that has a seasonal theme and airs at the same time of the year. Natsuir... read feature


Guys, Seattle is going to be crawling with cosplayers tomorrow. Some really good, some kinda terrible. The thing with conventions like Sakura-Con 2012, which I sure all attendees know officially begins tomorrow morning, is th... read feature


Got a spare five bucks? as your attorney I advise you to go take advantage of this awesome sale: Japanator and Tomopop T-shirts, for both ladies and gents, are currently on clearance at the Splitreason shop. T-shirts fro... read feature


Welcome once again ladies and gentlemen, to your one stop for info on the Japanese game releases for the week, Go West!.  This week sees the release of a few high profile Nintendo titles that are bound to get some you ex... read feature


Cooking Otaku: Brownies (of love)

Feb 14
The magical day is upon us. It will be the night dreams are made of. Or nightmares because you forgot to make or get anything for your guy/girl friend. Never fear. Your friendly neighborhood Cooking Otaku is here to... read

Buy Japanator shirts on the cheap, before they're gone!

Jan 17
No, seriously. Buy buy buy. This is a great time to get yourself some Japanator t-shirts on the cheap. Take a hop over to our SplitReason store, where they're only $5 a piece for guys and dolls' t-shirts. And you know you wan... read

Update: Sorry guys, no new podcast tonight.

Jan 12
...but we'll let you know when we're back into the swing of things! Nobody's dead, we just had some some trouble behind-the-scenes (to put lightly). We figured it'd be better to let you all know instead of being mean and lett... read

You're home from school. You're bored with not much to do. You spend all day reading Japanator. Why not have some fun and join us? We're looking for a few good writers to join the staff and help us make this site great. This ... read feature


All the cookies and presents might be gone...

Dec 26
...but this upcoming Thursday, Japanator still has one more treat for you! read

What is it like to spend a day in my shoes? Well, for one, it's great... being able to play with a beard all day is surprisingly fun, and you get to sleep in until 1-2PM! Wowzah! Some other cool things come out of being aweso... read feature


PSA: Buy Japanator's shirts, they're on sale

Nov 07
Yes, dear readers, our lovely lovely logo t-shirts are now available for a measly $10 (a "Hamilton" in President-to-Money parlance). These great shirts, available in both regular and baby tee formats, feature our awesome logo and its key element, the cyclopean all-seeing-anime-eye. Pick 'em up, and maybe a few t-shirts from our sister sites Destructoid and Tomopop. Because they're cool too. read

Profile pages working again, users can upload avatars!

Jul 26
We've dusted off the profile page, so if you've got an avatar you've been wanting to use, no more hoping and waiting in the forums! Go here to change your avatar, and celebrate your newfound freedom! read

Update on Jtor job applications (You can still apply!)

Jul 18
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who's applied thus far to work at Japanator. We've gotten a huge flood of applications, and we're doing all we can to sort through them. Naturally, if you haven't applied yet, ... read

Have you ever had the dreams and desires to write for a large audience about your greatest passion? If you live and breathe anime, manga and all things Japanese, then you might be interested to know that we're looking for a f... read feature


Make a contract with SplitReason's shop to buy them! They're available in sizes suitable for males, as well as females. See? All bases covered! Your torso with thank you for covering it in such classy otaku-companion wear. Re... read feature


Yotsuba & Deliverance

Apr 27
Journal Entry 781: My previous writings have been sparse and rough. As I, Ben, lay in my carpet-less and cold room, I wonder what my boss is doing right now. (Brad Rice is a prepubescent girl with the voice of mount... read

Here at Japanator.com we often write for fans, and talk about fans, and do other fan things. But sometimes we forget that we're fans, too! Of ourselves, so we figured that our art would be way better to use as header images than any weird pictures we can booru up and crop to size. So enjoy the grandeur of our works today, because you have no choice. OMG SO KAWAII SUGOI ^_^ read feature


Yokatta! Goro is fine

Mar 14
Goro, our favorite Japanese Welsh Corgi, is fine. That's a huge relief as he and his owner, SiroWan, live 400km from Sendai. I'm also fine. Thanks for the love, Japanator. It means a lot. If all goes well, I'll be back home in America very soon. I love this country dearly, and I'll definitely come back soon, but now's a good time to leave and go home. read

Weekend Wrapup: "How was your week?" edition

Mar 12
Well, that was a pretty crazy week, wasn't it? We've got a lot of news this week, much of it on the huge earthquake Japan endured. Dale experienced it firsthand and gave us a little update, too. Our best wishes and prayers wi... read

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