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When trains and otaku come together


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Nov 28
// Amber Hunt
Do you love trains as much as you love anime? Well, someone on YouTube certainly does. Yes friends, this is in fact a cross over between the two. This channel is dedicated to filming trains, and basically playing anime openin...
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Sentai brings us the K-On! and Colorful movies


Jan 24
// Brad Rice
That's right. Mugi and company are back for their London adventure. Prepare yourselves for another year of K-On! themed posts here on Japanator. Sentai has promised that the show will be released "soon" on Blu-ray and DVD, in...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Minako Kotobuki


Apr 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ever wanted to have your hair brushed by the Easter Bunny? Well, Minoko Kotobuki's new video for Kokoto Sukai can make all your dreams come true. It's a fun pop track with excellent rock sensibility and a crazy rabbit to boot. You may know of miss Kotobuki best for her role as Tsumugi Kotobuki on K-On!

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A Daily Dose of Music: Our Favorite Anime Endings


Apr 03
// Hiroko Yamamura
Well guys and gals, it's that time again! We peek into that dark and disturbing place known as the souls of your all star Japanator editors. We had a great time sharing our favorite openings with you on The Daily Dose, but th...
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K-ON! gets after school upgrade to the PS3


Mar 07
// Josh Totman
Looks like Sega will be porting its PSP music game K-ON! After School Live!! to the PS3. The port will feature updated graphics to the HD realm and the capability to share your PSP data with the new version, so you don't have...
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Aki Toyosaki's Hey Jude cover is fun, even to hate on


Feb 29
// Jeff Chuang
I was figuratively crawling in my skin when I listened through Aki Toyosaki's cover of "Hey Jude," now on Youtube. It's not so much a murdering of a classic Beatles piece as much as hearing your average anime seiyuu pinching ...
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Jealous that Hokago Tea Time are spending all of their time in London as of late? Well, it looks like we have news of the next best thing, as the second season of the moe-music show will be localised by Sentai Filmworks on bo...

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K-On fans visit London movie locations


Feb 13
// Michelle Rodanes
The latest fad in anime location pilgrimages appears to involve K-On! fans visiting London real-life locations featured in the Come with Me film. Recently, a handful of threads plastered with fan travel photos have begun to s...
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Look surprised: K-ON! movie is making a lot of money


Dec 05
// Chris Walden
Like it or not, K-ON! is an incredibly succesful franchise. Testament to that is the news of how much money has been generated following the release of the film just two days ago. Just to reiterate, it's been out two days. Wi...
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Do you know how much all the K-ON movie merch costs?


Nov 27
// Josh Tolentino
I'll tell you. A lot of money. More specifically, over 70,000+ Japanese Yen, according to an anonymous otaku who may or may not be the person who spent roughly $920 to buy all that stuff. Yup. Face masks, eye shades, clear fi...

Japanator Theater 08: BLAP!

Nov 19 // OxKing
Psycho Soldier Theme - Probably the most intense themes song I've heard, lyrically-wise... Neon Genesis Fredvangelion - Part of the Limp Mixbit Collection, where Lim Bizkit songs are mixed with... actually, just take a look for yourself. Fred Durst has a Rei figure, that must mean he likes anime, right?Created by wheels.  Cat is twisting a waist - Title says it all. SHOCKING SOULJA BOY NEWS!!! - MUST SEE! デカ王とラ王 - Almost majestic in a way... ダンス猫 - Okay, I guess Bleeep really loves cat videos... Is It Anime? - A fun game that you can play by yourself at home. Is it anime? 六小福+有福 - Don't worry, I swear this is the last of these videos... My Treat for Azusa - Yes, yes. I know Azusa's birthday was last week and everything, but here is a special video I found that can probably perfectly express all of our feelings on the matter... Birthday Song for Azusa - ...to top it off, I figured I would post a little something made from yours truly. Not only do I spend an assload of time on YouTube, but I also contribute, too! With a wonderful singing voice, at that! Klay-ON! (OP) - GO! GO! KLAYMEN!: Since we're on the topic of Azusa and K-On!, let's finish the night off with perhaps the greatest video ever. Remember when I mentioned Limp Mixbit? Well, let's just say that Bleeep's apart of that, too. Now if you excuse me, I'm going to be chilling out with the most annoying Zelda fans at a midnight release party tonight. Wish me luck... and by that, I mean pray that I don't stab anybody. Have a video or suggestion to share? Hit us up in the comments, or via email and Twitter. To send it in, link said video down in the comments, via my email ( [email protected] ) or by clicking the image below.
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Here we are again: Japanator Theater is here for another week, and this time I've got a special dose of strange videos, courtesy of your friend Bleeep. Tonight, we go through his collection of videos he created and ...

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Happy Birthday Azu-nyan!


Nov 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
If you're reading this site you're probably doing one of two things. You've either ditched work, and are still partaking in your 24 HR marathon of Skyrim, or you are celebrating K-ON!'s adorable guitarists's birthda...
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Mad Bank-ON: K-ON!! merchandise makes 15 billion yen


Nov 06
// Josh Tolentino
In case you were thinking that Ho-kago Tea Time had finally gone away for good (clearly you were ignoring the continuing manga and the upcoming movie), new sales figures have confirmed Yui and crew's profitable popularity. Ac...
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Ho-kago Tea Time promote their film at Universal Studios


Oct 22
// Chris Walden
In celebration of the K-On! film showing on December 3rd, Universal Studios Japan will be holding a special event that will display life-size models of all five members. For coming to visit, you will also receive a commemorat...
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Want to date a fellow K-On! fan?


Oct 06
// Hiroko Yamamura
A big part of finding a great partner in life is having similar interests. How about dating fellow otaku? What if they were a K-On! fan? Well Yattaruimode is having an "i'm Single" event, just for fans of K-On!...
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GO!GO! MANIAC on your iPhone


Sep 20
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's a new app for iOS called Strum Stage that allows you to bang out some pretty sweet guitar riffs, but that's not what I'm here to report. What is important is that they have featured a sweet demo of someone belting out K-On's GO!GO! MANIAC on their YouTube channel! Now that is some smart otaku marketing! Who wants to start an iOS band with me? [Via Crunchyroll]
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Full trailer for the K-On! movie is a riot!


Sep 05
// Chris Walden
The full trailer for the K-On! movie has finally been released on the official website, ready to tempt you out of your money for the December 3rd release. Fans will be pleased that there have also been three new songs confirm...
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All hail the queens: K-ON! movie to take place in the UK


Aug 13
// Josh Tolentino
[Editor's Note: We've changed the post title. Apologies to anyone offended by the previous one. - Josh] Ho-kago Tea Time arrives on December 3rd. Prepare your body.
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Here's the best Downfall and K-On parody


Jul 25
// Brad Rice
And here you thought we were done with these Downfall parodies. Enjoy.
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K-ON! movie trailer streamed


Apr 30
// Crystal White
Had enough K-ON! yet? I thought not. The official Website for K-ON!!'s first feature film began streaming the first teaser trailer on Friday, with the film opening on December 3 in Japan, in over 130 theaters. Additional...

Japanator Kind of Recommends: K-On!

Apr 29 // Brad Rice
K-On! Disc 1 [DVD]Studio: Kyoto AnimationLicensed by: Bandai EntertainmentRelease Date: April 26, 2011MSRP: $29.99  It's hard to fluff up the K-On! story beyond what it really is: a show about a bunch of girls in a high school band who mostly eat cake and drink tea. Occasionally they play "Fuwa Fuwa Time." They go on summer vacation trips in order to practice to be the best girl band ever. But mostly it's about these girls just sitting and talking. And eating cake. It lies far on the extreme of the slice of life and moe genre. If you were looking for something along the lines of Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad, where the girls learn to discover themselves through music and ultimately achieve their dreams after fighting tooth-and-nail for them, then you are sadly mistaken. The show is mostly about showing off these relationships between the girls, and the music takes a very strong backseat to the show. There are times when the music is put on stage to shine, such as at the school festival and other live performances, but those times are rare compared to the overwhelming majority of the show.  But that doesn't mean this show isn't totally worthless. Over the course of all three seasons, K-On! proves itself to be a show about friendship and growing up in life, and by the end proves itself to be quite touching. The only issue is, these themes aren't particularly explored until the third season, with the impending threat of graduation looms over their head and the character perspectives shift some. Until then, it's mostly just tea and cake. As I mentioned earlier, the love/hate aspect of the show really manages to skew your perspective on things. For some, such as myself when I first watched it, it was an interesting show to kick back and relax to. Watching K-On! was a chance to watch cute girls do cute things without feeling guilty for watching a fluffy show -- unlike Ladies vs. Butlers!, for example. If you're on the other side, though, as I am now after having watched K-On! once through already, the show feels like a slow and laborious half hour without any payout at the end. It can be truly frustrating to watch. I've hemmed and hawed over which way to go with this review, because I have those conflicted feelings of jaded emotion versus the nostalgia of my first time watching it. Ultimately, I suggest watching K-On!. The show is a fun romp in the park the first time around, the music is catchy, and if you manage to make it to the third season, you might even cry a bit. But watch it in Japanese. While I can't judge the singing all that much (the first concert would take place on the second DVD), Cristina Valenzuela didn't do a bad job at the live performance at Otakon last year wasn't bad. She sang as a reasonable facsimile of Mio, and I enjoyed it. But the regular banter between all the characters on the DVD just felt…plain. It's extremely difficult to cast voice actresses for high school girls, because they either come off as too high-pitched and peppy (as Stephanie Sheh does for Yui) or far too old (as Laura Bailey did for Nodoka). It's not that they do a bad job, it's just that the characters don't have that same spark of life to them as the Japanese cast did. If you're a die-hard dub fan, you won't be suffering in pain to watch this show, it's just not my recommended viewing method. K-On! was a good show in its specific medium -- as a week-to-week broadcast show that gave us a little bit of insight into these characters' lives, almost as a chunk of our own. We were able to catch up with a group of friends and see what they had been up to. But watching it in a different medium, where you can watch multiple episodes back-to-back, is like having those friends stay for too long. The cute antics start to get on your nerves, and the time that they're there just seems to drag on. Certainly, the show has its merits and I'm glad to have watched it when I did, but I don't think it will stay as a show to rewatch. Score: 6.0 – Okay. 6s are just okay. These series usually have many flaws, didn’t try to do anything special, or were poorly executed. Some will still love 6s, but most prefer to just skip them. Read more reviews before you decide.
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For those of you who have yet to taste the Kool-Aid of K-On!, now's your chance to finally take a sip. Bandai has just released the first 4-episode disc of this series, and it's your chance to finally join the rest of us in t...

A look at K-ON! #2

Mar 29 // Jeff Chuang
K-ON! #2Published by: Yen PressWritten & Illustrated By: kakiflyTranslated by: Jack WiedrickRelease date: March 29, 2011MSRP: $11.99 I imagine most people took notice of K-ON! manga as having seen the anime first. If you are curious, volume two covers the events from the start of the second year of high school for Yui, and marks the appearance of Azusa Nanako. It ends roughly around the new year party (season 1 OVA). The anime adaptation added and moved some stuff around, so don't expect to see everything you saw in the anime here. Along the same lines, there are some differences in translation that you just have to live with, like Gitah/Gitaa versus Guita for example; or worse, Azunyan versus Azumeow. Like volume 1 of K-ON! from Yen Press, the translation notes at the end makes all of this somewhat clear in terms of what the translator was going for and how he came to that decision. You can sort of tell the translator do know the anime and is doing a commendable job trying to reconcile it all by keeping it literal and cross over as much of the original meanings and puns as he can, while making it localized enough to understand easily. Azunyan (and she will always be Azunyan!), unsurprisingly, is just as cute in the manga as she is in the anime (tanned and untanned), and that's saying something. Sawako's facade also begins to crack much more noticeably in the manga, probably because they made some overt jokes about that. In the 4-panel, or 4-koma, format, the jokes and punchlines are pretty much right there for you to see. For the most part, kakifly's execution of the manga is pedestrian. Most of the jokes are pretty much what you would expect given the setup, so I find the read much more enjoyable if I don't think too much about it. It goes against my otaku-ish instincts of trying to analyze and find all kinds of details, and yet that is also part of the manga's charm. In other words, this is a manga for the otaku, and not so much for someone looking for a quick laugh, even if there's some of that. One of the more rewarding detail that do show up in the manga is kakifly's own experience as a musician. The "Yui fixes guitar at the shop" arc happens in this volume, so we get a glimpse as to how Japanese ax owners take care of business. The really cheesy bonus strip where Ritsu and Mugi makes pun of the various instrument brands was tops, and I have to take my hat off for the excellent translation. In the author's notes section you even get a glimpse of kakifly's axes. The color pages that graced volume 1 continued into volume 2. Again, for the anime viewers, you probably remember seeing some of those full-size character arts in the anime OP sequences. Another neat feature of the manga is seeing some of the jokes in the in-between-chapter sketches. Some of them even made it to the anime proper; and even those that weren't were all pretty funny. Lastly, for the unaware, kakifly's production can't match up to the jaw-dropping anime adaptation, so don't expect any gorgeous pinup character illustrations in the manga. The art style is simple, with a comedic focus. In the end, I think K-ON! manga is definitely something fans of the anime should check out. It adds some context to what you may have enjoyed greatly, and by itself it gives you a glimpse as to what the original creator was gunning for, before all the "untan" and "jaka jaka jan jan" ruined it/made it GLORIO. For the rest of us, well, don't tell me I didn't warn you about what you're getting into, sinking $12 on a book about 120 or so pages of nothing much happening.
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Do I really need to explain what K-ON! is to you? It's that anime where nothing really happens, and a high school band makes me laugh and cry by slowing worming into my heart. Maybe that sounds closer to a description of the ...

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Japanese learn about the anime industry via documentary


Mar 21
// Josh Tolentino
So you thought the only people who did documentary series on Japanese culture and the fanciful world of anime were foreigners trying to find their country's greatest otaku? Nay, I say! Even regular Japanese must learn of thei...
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YES, YES, A THOUSAND TIMES YES. The new comic launches in Manga Time Kirara May 11th, and stars Yui, Ritsu, Mio and Mugi as they go through life at university. The next Genshiken? I think so. Also launching in Manga Time Kira...

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The K-ON! movie will debut on December 3rd in Japan


Feb 21
// Brad Rice
One, two, Yui's coming for you. Three, four, better lock your door. Five, six, grab your crucifix. Seven, eight, gotta stay up late. Nine, ten, never sleep again.
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Rejoice: The K-ON! manga is set to return


Feb 07
// Josh Tolentino
You didn't think it would stay gone forever, did you? Cute girls doing cute things in a band is too cute to go away!A brief page in the latest issue of Manga Time Kirara (K-ON!'s home publication) promised a "spring rest...
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K-ON!! and The Girl Who Lept Through Time Blu-ray covers!


Jan 31
// Crystal White
Get ready, moe fans! Bandai Entertainment has just announced that their official English language website and trailer for K-ON!! is currently available! Bandai has also revealed that the Blu-ray and DVD for Vol...
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Monday MADness: K-ON! x Kanye - POWER


Nov 22
// Mike LeChevallier
[Monday MADness is a weekly column that highlights some of the best work in the world of anime music videos. Check out our archives for videos that will move your heart and make you want to pirate Final Cut Pro.]I reall...
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Get your kicks with these K-ON!!, uh...kicks


Nov 09
// Mike LeChevallier
Even as we had to solemnly bid farewell to the anime that simultaneously ignited and broke many a moe-fuled heart, there are still plenty of K-ON!! products to fill that void in your soul that can only be replaced by the girl...
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K-ON!! fans can waste money on a branded cassette player


Nov 04
// Bob Muir
Oh man, the marketing guys in charge of K-ON!! must think they can take a dump in a box and have people buy it as long as it has a picture of Mio on the outside. Check out their latest scheme as found by Alafista: fans w...

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