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3:30 PM on 03.13.2014

Sega offering 19 games in the Humble Weekly Sale

The team at are really good at pinching the pennies from your virtual wallet, even rivalling Steam's sales with its 'pay what you want' game bundles. This week is no exception, as Sega is stepping up and putt...

Chris Walden

2:00 PM on 10.14.2013

Throw those hugging pillows away, Charlotte is here

Even at a whopping four feet long, this Charlotte plush is but a fraction of her true size. Still, this is as good as you're going to get without finding the one from the Good Smile Café, and it's not a bad compromise....

Chris Walden

5:00 PM on 03.18.2013

You should probably back Channel A on Kickstarter

With Kickstarter being swamped primarily with projects by those in English-speaking countries, it's hard to find something on there that we would consider talking about on Japanator. Colour me surprised when Channel A appears...

Chris Walden

10:00 AM on 03.01.2013

I called it: AKB rage video a hoax

Remember when that one AKB48 fan seemed to go a little bit crazy in video format at the news of Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi's alleged indiscretions? Back in that post, I wrote that I "sincerely hope that this an attempt to paro...

Josh Tolentino

Review: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest photo
Review: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest
by Chris Walden

Square Enix, what are you doing? 

There have certainly been some interesting additions to the Final Fantasy universe of late, and after initially breaking the hearts of 3DS owners seeking out a localised Bravely Default, we wound up with this gem of a game. Except, when you dig under the surface of said gem, you realise it was just a boring old rock after all.

The trailer for the game is certainly intriguing, to the point where I was waiting around the app store for it to finally appear. I have a good two hour commute either side of my day job, so why not try out something that could finally fill the void left by the awesome 10,000,000? As the only chump to cough up the money, I'll be your guide. Onwards!

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10:00 AM on 12.02.2012

No plans to release the Wii Mini outside of Canada

The Wii Mini is puzzling. I'd be lying if I said it didn't look neat, but it's also kind of a shame that the Gamecube compatibility and online parts have been stripped from the console. Can't complain when it'll only cost you...

Chris Walden

12:00 PM on 09.26.2012

Facepalm: Demon's Score is way cheaper in Japan

Here's another entry for you to put in the annals of "What the hell, Square Enix?!": It looks like the company that gave us Final Fantasy and a ton of strange decisions, has made yet another one, for it seems like they r...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 06.28.2012

More Circle Pad Pro action to come with the 3DS XL

The Circle Pad Pro was hardly the most well-received handheld accessory to grace retail shelves, so it comes as no surprise that gamers are questioning the existence of a revised version for the upcoming 3...

Chris Walden

6:00 PM on 02.02.2012

PSA: PS Vita games will be cheaper if you buy digital

Hey! Do you like saving money? Do you like buying video games legally?  Do you like downloading your video games? Do you like the PlayStation Vita? Do you like downloading PS Vita games legally and saving money doing so?...

Josh Tolentino

Um, nevermind: No more free flights to Japan! photo
Um, nevermind: No more free flights to Japan!
by Dale North

Remember how Japan said that they would be giving 10,000 free flights to foreigners in 2012? Well, not so much anymore.

Japan's national tourism agency had high hopes for boosting visits to Japan with some free flights, but that's not happening as the budget was not approved. Japan does not have the cash to fly you over! The bad news comes directly from a statement on the JTA's website:

The project titled Fly to Japan! (to offer flight tickets to 10,000 foreigners with high potential to communicate Japan’s attractions), which had been covered in a number of media in autumn this year, was not approved as a governmental draft budget of FY 2012.


It makes sense, though. The country is still in repair, and the money they would have spent on flights would be better used on fixing things at home. It would be hard those still in need to hear that some foreigner was flown over to raid Akiba instead.

Still, I think that those that planned to visit still should. Japan needs your help and cash, so you'd be doing them a favor. I plan to visit in 2012.

Maybe they can revisit the free flights program in the future.

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8:00 AM on 12.01.2011

Crunchyroll is apparently doing quite well for itself

I know not everyone out there is so hot on streaming due to the varying video quality you often find with these kinds of services. In my personal opinion though, I think streaming is absolutely the right direction the industr...

Elliot Gay

7:00 PM on 10.07.2011

Collectible pin badges! Oh, and an expensive red jacket

If you've ever watched Akira, you'll know that it features three major things that you would absolutely love to own. Kaneda's awesome motorbike, his equally awesome leather jacket, or the ability to make people explode. Fortu...

Chris Walden