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1:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?

Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Tekken 7's producer is NOT happy about what you think of his idol

Another day, another teacup-sized tempest. Today's videogame drama is brought to you by Tekken 7, which began its spate of character reveals by leading with a new girl named Lucky Chloe, a blonde, twin-tailed breakdance-figh...

Josh Tolentino

Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls! photo
Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!
by Josh Tolentino

It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game  featuring moe-fied World War II-era warships? 

That's right, I'm talking about the United States Navy!

Thankfully, it's not just patriots like myself who realize this injustice. A artist who goes by "November☆" realized that only Japan's kantai was collected in Kantai Collection (plus a cameo by Bismarck) and sought to correct the imbalance by illustrating a few US Navy capital kan-musu ("ship girls") to join the fleet, including the aircraft carriers U.S.S. Yorktown, Enterprise, and Hornet, the battleship U.S.S. Iowa, and even the never-built Montana-class battleship, U.S.S. Louisiana, the last battleship ever ordered by the navy.

Check out some more illustrations in the gallery below, and give an all-American salute to this Chinese artist for helping represent the good ol' U.S. of A in a Japanese videogame!

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10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino

The Moe Files photo
The Moe Files
by LB Bryant

I've now been working with Japanator for about three months and I've noticed something: There's a severe lack of moe content on this site for whatever reason, and that needs to be fixed. That's why I've decided to step up and deliver The Moe Files, what I hope will become a regular feature here.

In this column, I will take a look at series from the near and distant past and let you know exactly how moe they are. Everything from Azumanga Daioh to YuruYuri (and everything in between) will be covered in this feature as I share with you what makes the series or sometimes just a particular character moe and why it is worth watching (or not watching in some cases). These aren't going to be normal, run of the mill reviews... these will be tough cases that only The Moe Files can handle. [Editor's Note: Don't try this at home, kids.]

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Review: Blessing of the Campanella photo
Review: Blessing of the Campanella
by LB Bryant

In 2010, Funimation simulcasted a fantasy series called Blessing of the Campanella and then, once concluded, it quietly went away. For months no one brought it up again until 2013 when Right Stuf revealed at a summer convention that they had licensed the series and planned on releasing it. Fast forward a few months and now you can find the series on store shelves, but is it worth the trip to pick it up? 

Taking place in the city of Ert'Aria, the story follows an adventuring clan named Oasis who are much beloved by the populace and take on odd jobs or quests for people. One night, the clan is watching a meteor shower when one particular burst of energy hits a nearby tower. When one of the members, Leicester, investigates he finds a young girl named Minette who declares him to be her father. 

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8:30 PM on 01.22.2014

Monster Monpiece is heading west, losing some loli cards

Wow. I suppose this is truly the flipside of advocating for more diversity in videogames. After all, there's always the chance that a new type of game might not be something you're into, or even something you dislike. That s...

Josh Tolentino

First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren photo
First Impressions: Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Ren
by Chris Walden

Wonderful, wonderful Chuunibyou, what a surprise conclusion to 2012's slate of anime you were. It's no secret that I'm quite fussy with the shows that KyoAni pumps out, but this slice-of-life/science fiction/romance/comedy was gripping from the get-go. Suffice to say that made me pretty excited for the continuation, even though the justification for a sequel is dubious at best. 

But hey, it happened, and nothing could hold me back from more adventures with the crazy-yet-lovable Rikka and her overly patient boyfriend, Yuuta. But what do we even want from a sequel? I'm not sure, but I might not be too worried about it so long as we reach the end of this season without feeling the need to wonder why this exists in the first place.

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9:00 AM on 12.28.2013

Simulcast GET: Crunchyroll grabs Saki The Nationals

As we're preparing for the 2014 Winter Anime Season, Crunchyroll is getting ready to play their hand in the game known as anime simulcasting. For their first move, Crunchyroll has announced that they're going to simulcast Sak...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 12.23.2013

Ron! Next season of Saki gets a teaser trailer

So then folks, who has been keeping up with the Saki anime? Shame on you if you haven't, because it really is the show that caters to everyone's tastes. Moe? Check. Crazy special powers? Check. Not so hidden yuri moments? Ch...

Chris Walden

Otakon '13: An Interview with Oreimo's creators photo
Otakon '13: An Interview with Oreimo's creators
by Jeff Chuang

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 series Hiroyuki Kanbe--right before the world premiere of the episodes at Otakon 20.

It's rather difficult to talk about Oreimo before you watch the somewhat controversial ending that was revealed via the recently released, last volume of the light novel. However these hard questions about incest just has to be asked, right? Who will you choose? More importantly, will the anime deviate from the novel?

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Impressions: Stella Women's Academy Class C3 photo
Impressions: Stella Women's Academy Class C3
by Josh Tolentino

Melding cute girls and an unusual activity of some kind is hardly a new thing. Hundreds of full anime, manga, and book series have been mined from the rich vein of "Girls x [Weird Pastime]", and Gainax's Stella Women's Academy, High School Division Class C3 is just the latest in the trend.

Given the show's early episodes, you might think that the above subtitle is indeed correct, that Class C3 is pretty much "Girls und Airsoft", or "K-ON! with fake guns" (if Upotte! was "K-ON! as guns"). 

At the same time, as of episode four, this airsoft show may be harder than it lets on at first.

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