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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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4:00 PM on 06.10.2014

Pigeon-date sim Hatoful Boyfriend getting English remake

Forget Danganronpa. Ignore Hakuoki. Trash Katawa Shoujo. If there was ever any proof that visual novels and their ilk are real, actual things that might just matter outside Japan, this is it. Hatoful Boyfriend, the Japan...

Josh Tolentino



Congratulations to our Really? Really! contest winners! photo
Congratulations to our Really? Really! contest winners!
by Josh Tolentino

Hey, remember when we announced that contest where we and MangaGamer gave away copies of Shuffle! sequel Really?Really! ? That happened, and we now have a handful of winners!

  • Kageryu
  • Yukari
  • ctim
  • Zakamutt
  • AlteredOtaku

Congratulations to everyone who won! MangaGamer will be contacting you shortly with instructions on how to claim your game! For everyone else who didn't win but are still interested in the game, Really? Really! is now available!

[Note: The contest entries are based on the MangaGamer IDs you sent in, so they might not be the same as the username you registered for your Japanator account!]

 

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Contest: Win Really? Really! from MangaGamer! photo
Contest: Win Really? Really! from MangaGamer!
by Josh Tolentino

[Update: Contest's over! Thanks to everyone who joined up!]

Have you had enough of Navel's visual novel sensation, Shuffle!? That's a silly question. Of course you haven't!

But what isn't silly at all is the fact that we're hooking up with MangaGamer to give away a bunch of copies of Really? Really! (link NSFW), the sequel to Shuffle!.  for the low, low, price of absolutely free!

Check out the details on how to enter the contest below!

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Review: World End Economica Episode 1 photo
Review: World End Economica Episode 1
by Brittany Vincent

[Originally posted at Destructoid.]

Visual novels are a finicky medium. It's difficult enough to drum up interest because of their exotic origins, and harder still to find an audience due to their nature -- it's a bunch of reading. And you can't always be sure that the story you're reading is going to be one that you'll want to invest dozens of hours in. On one hand, you've got a menagerie of engaging tales that capture the imagination and ensnare the reader until the very end. On the other, you've got a set of stories with dull, flavorless dialogue and uninteresting protagonists.

Why waste time on a less-than-stellar adventure when there are juicier ones at your disposal? I find myself asking this question and others when it comes to World End Economica Episode 1, Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's three-part visual novel series that follows a teenager who runs away from home and attempts to make a living for himself in the world of day trading. It's ambitious in scope, but ultimately ends up failing due to a lack of interactivity and a protagonist that's difficult to root for.

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8:00 PM on 04.27.2014

MangaGamer announces Lapis Gunner and more

MangaGamer has two new wriggly titles to please its fans: Lapis Gunner and Milles, Knight of Anal Tyranny. Lapis Gunner is the sequel to Ruby Striker, where the title character goes back to save her friend from tentacle ...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends coming to PCs near you!

The last time I wrote about the PC version of Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, it was under the assumption that it would probably never be localized for the west and resigned myself to possibly picking up a console version...

Dae Lee

8:00 AM on 04.12.2014

Black Desert might be the prettiest MMO I've ever seen

And yes, I'm aware that this is technically a Korean game, and that this site is called Japanator, but dammit, this game is too pretty to not be worth a mention. And this isn't the first time we've highlighted a Korean game,...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 04.04.2014

Final Fantasy XIV now in open beta on PS4

If you've been waiting to experience Final Fantasy XIV on PS4, now's your chance. From now until April 7th, the game will be made available as an open beta using live servers, allowing you to venture into to the world of Hyda...

Tim Sheehy

6:30 PM on 03.21.2014

Attack on Titan invades Monster Hunter Frontier G

Those titan hunters sure get around, don't they? It's pretty impressive actually, considering their species is essentially trapped in one place. This time they've managed to dodge harms way outside the city walls long enough ...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 03.17.2014

Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends is coming to PC

Tecmo Koei recently announced that Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends will be getting a PC release in Japan on May 23. The PC version comes with the ability to adjust the graphics quality (like good PC ports should), includin...

Dae Lee





6:30 PM on 03.14.2014

New trailer shows off Final Fantasy XIV 2.2 update

With the PlayStation 4 release just weeks away, Square Enix shared a video detailing some of the changes being made in the upcoming version 2.2 content patch for their flagship MMORPG, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Titl...

Tim Sheehy