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Pokmon

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Junji Ito's Pokmon illustrations


Gotta scare em' all!
Oct 17
// Salvador GRodiles
I may not be knowledgeable in the realm of horror stuff, but there's something interesting about seeing Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo) create a series of scary Pokémon illustrations throughout the month of October. While I h...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL


Best week ever?
Jul 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
Can this really be happening? Could life be this sweet? Yes, my friends we have two new songs from SCANDAL in one week. Don't ever say I don't do nice things for you. After Monday's video for Your Song, I had a feeling that ...
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Eat your way through the games
The World Cup fever is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I highlighted some of the stuff Japan has been producing to celebrate. Sure, you can head on to the mall and grab a hat, jersey, or stuffed Pikachu to show...


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Pokmon Art Academy

Be the very best artist there ever was with Pokmon Art Academy


Gotta draw 'em all
Apr 29
// Brittany Vincent
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] I've always wanted to learn how to perfect my nonexistent drawing skills, but games that promise to help me bone up on my technique just don't tickle my fancy. They're so dry. So boring...
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Ken Sugimori Works

Ken Sugimori Works art book releasing May 27


Pokmon, Quinty, Jerry Boy, and more
Apr 12
// Brittany Vincent
Ken Sugimori's original Pokémon designs are what I grew up with, and I truly dig his art style. I'm pleased that he's releasing his first art book ever on May 27th, even though that fact is a little difficult to believ...
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Pokmon 3DS XL

Man who stole 3DS from grade schooler finally arrested


Like taking candy from a baby and going to jail for it.
Apr 02
// Brittany Vincent
In a move that screams "get a job," or if I'm playing devil's advocate "why did this child store such a pricey item in the basket of his bicycle," a Nishinomiya City man was arrested for stealing a child's 3DS XL way back on ...
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Japan

Adidas hearts Pokmon with their latest promotion


Hint: Snorlax is a great goalkeeper
Mar 17
// Pedro Cortes
As we get closer to the 2014 World Cup, expect to see a ton of sponsorship announcements in your local news. Let's face it: one of the world's largest sporting events is a great time to promote your product. That of course go...
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Special edition Monopoly

Pokmon and Zelda special edition Monopoly sets are coming


And they'll take your money before throwing you in jail
Mar 10
// Chris Walden
I think Monopoly is a great game to play if you want to lose the will to live, your friends or both, but even I think I'll have trouble keeping my hands off the upcoming Pokémon special edition set. Unfortunately, all ...
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Pokemon XY Movie Trailer

Pokemon XY second movie trailer looks impressive


Even if it's really short
Mar 06
// Chris Walden
Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of c...
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Pokemon Battle Trozei

Pokmon Battle Trozei lands on the 3DS in March


That's Pokemon Link: Battle for us Europeans
Feb 15
// Chris Walden
Thursday's Nintendo Direct brought a few new announcements with it, one of which will please us Pokémon fans. Remember Pokémon Trozei? It was a match-three game for the Nintendo DS, and not a particularly bad o...
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Pokmon

New Pokmon revealed in upcoming film and possible event


Diancie is totes adorbs.
Feb 15
// Brittany Vincent
It's always fun to report new Pokémon news, because there's a whole lot of it. Recently we reported a brand new movie was in the works, but scant details had been released regarding what kind of new mythical monster wo...
Pokmon photo
Pokmon

Pokemon Bank finally up for North America


Rejoice!
Feb 06
// Pedro Cortes
After five weeks of delays, the Pokemon Bank is finally live for those in North America. Readers may remember how the Pokemon Bank crashed Nintendo servers when it went live in Japan, necessitating a delay in other regions un...
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Pokemon Bank

Pokmon Bank has appeared in Europe


And about time, too.
Feb 04
// Chris Walden
You know, after months of watching fans of Pokémon X&Y eagerly awaiting the release of Pokémon Bank, it seems extremely odd that it would end up on the European eShop without any kind of grand anno...
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Pokmon on Hulu

Hulu braces for a Pokmon invasion


Multiple films, old seasons and specials included
Jan 30
// Tim Sheehy
For the past few years, Hulu has been looking to expand its ever-growing selection of anime, and it's done pretty well for itself considering the competition, granted you still have you pay to access the majority of the cont...
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Nerds in the Kitchen

Surprise house guests with a Pikachu roll cake


Eat the yellow bugger once and for all
Jan 30
// Kristina Pino
Rosanna Pansino has uploaded an episode to her delightful cooking show Nerdy Nummies with instructions on how to make a roll cake with a Pikachu motif. Technically, you can make it with any other Pokémon if you can ap...
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Otaku goods

Snore the afternoon away on a Snorlax cushion


It actually looks pretty comfortable, too
Jan 28
// Tim Sheehy
Nothing is more annoying than finding your path blocked by a sleeping Snorlax, but thanks to the folks at Banpresto, you won't need a Poké Flute to snag one of these comfy cushions. Instead, all you have to do is pre-o...
Pokmon photo
Pokmon

New details emerge about new Pokmon XY movie


Xerneas and Yveltal duking it out?
Jan 09
// Brittany Vincent
February's issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine has new detials about the latest Pokémon movie, Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokemon XY: Cocoon of Destruction). The summer flick opens in Japan on July 19th, and you can bet it'll hit elsewhere shortly after. Hopefully. 
Pokemon Art photo
Pokemon Art

Every Pokemon ever scaled in one handy chart


Yes, even the megalo-super-whatevers
Jan 07
// Kristina Pino
When I saw this chart by DOTBstudios, which factors in all 649 Pokémon and sets them up in order and in scale with each other, I thought, "If ever I needed something to be a thing I can buy, this is it." And guess what...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide


The Field Guide to Kanto, that is, because we're old school
Dec 21
// Kristina Pino
Kari Fry is so dedicated to your success as a Pokémon trainer that she created a beautiful field guide to all things Kanto. It kind of flew under our radar - this book was released at the end of November and it sold ou...
Pokmon photo
Pokmon

Show the world you caught a shiny with this Pokball ring


You should probably choose a Luxury Ball
Dec 17
// Pedro Cortes
As this generation grows older, we continue to find ways to incorporate our love of games and comics into more traditional societal actions. In this case, I'm referring to the engagement ring, the second-to-last symbol of tyi...
Pokemon Art photo
Pokemon Art

Delightful Pokemon paintings by Kat Brunnegraff


I would catch all these
Dec 17
// Kristina Pino
Kat Brunnegraff is no stranger to us over at sister site Tomopop since she customizes toys. But this time around, she's appearing on Japanator for some fabulous Pokémon paintings I didn't know she created until Toysrev...

Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games

Dec 02 // Brittany Vincent
For the dark and brooding MegaTen fan in your life... [embed]30590:3164:0[/embed] Shin Megami Tensei IV (3DS)MSRP: $49.99  You just can't go wrong with Shin Megami Tensei IV. Shin Megami Tensei is a long-running franchise with a colorful, varied past. Where games like Final Fantasy are hopeful, fantastical, and chock-full of Western fantasy tropes, MegaTen is generally more "modern" and comfortable as the dark horse of Japanese RPGs, combining dark, matter-of-fact storytelling with a mixture of mythological monsters and fearsome demons. It's also off the charts on the quirk scale, with plenty of strangeness to go around. The fourth entry in the core Shin Megami Tensei mythos was a long time coming, but it's finally arrived - on the Nintendo 3DS, to boot. The newest entry is an excellent starting point for newcomers, providing tour through the elements that made the MegaTen games great in the first place. It feels great, it's optimized for handhelds, and it's perfect for on the go play. The ever-changing world, morality system, and droves of demons are enough to lure you in and keep you engaged to fight through the difficult sections, so take some pride when doling out this baby for the holidays. If my word isn't enough, check out Tim's review.  Atlus has presented Shin Megami Tensei fans with another great entry to the series with a fresh new look, while keeping the experience familiar enough to entice them. Newcomers should find an intriguing tale, and a unique role playing experience but may be put off by its difficulty. For the hardcore fans, the games does offer multiple endings, as well as a new game plus. Shin Megami Tensei IV presents a grand story, beautiful art, deep dungeons to explore, and hundreds of demons to meet, all set to an amazing soundtrack -- a must have for role playing fans everywhere. For the Tales lover who can't get enough of the grind... [embed]30590:3165:0[/embed] Tales of Xillia (PS3)MSRP: $39.95   With fantastical narratives, whimsical characters, and well-constructed mechanics, the Tales series of JRPGs is generally held in high regard, with adoring fans all over the globe -- and the latest Western release should be right up your alley. Our own Chris Walden reviewed the game for us, and gave it an 8/10, with his ringing endorsement: "Tales of Xillia sets a high bar for other JRPGs entering the western market, as its combination of likeable characters, rich worlds and an enjoyable battle system prove that there's life in this genre yet. Sure, there are some unfortunate blemishes here and there, but if you want to dive into a good old swords 'n' stats JRPG, this should definitely be one to consider. Hopefully the sequel builds upon the successes of the original, so you can colour me excited for the eventual 2014 release. In the meantime, be sure to dig into this gem in preparation." For the budding prosecutor in your life... [embed]30590:3167:0[/embed] Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies (3DS)MSRP: $29.99 (eShop only) The latest entry in the long-running Phoenix Wright saga is a rousing one, with plenty of new cases, laughs, and head-scratching to go around. It just so happens that Dual Destinies could be one of the best Ace Attorney games yet, as Ben scored it a fantastic 9/10. With revamped animations, dialogue with actual voices (!) and other cool surprises, it's no wonder it landed a spot on our list. Ben sums it up like so: "[...] while this is the easiest AA game to jump into cold, I still advise you to play the earlier games in the series first. It's definitely not required, but the experience is much richer if that background is there. If you're a longtime Ace Attorney fan who isn't exactly sure about these new changes, I highly recommend you ignore your reservations and jump in pronto! It doesn't quite reach the highs set by AA3, but it's still an incredibly solid entry. Don't let the digital-only release hold you back -- Ace Attorney 5: Dual Destinies is one of the best 3DS games, and one of my favorite games this year. If you miss out on Phoenix Wright's triumphant return, I must simply object!" For the aspiring pop stars and Vocaloid fans... [embed]30590:3168:0[/embed] Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F (PS3/Vita)MSRP: $39.99   Everyone's favorite Vocaloid has her own rhythm game in the vein of Gitaroo Man, so that's basically a celebration on its own. Even if you're not into Vocaloid, if you dig sugary pop and awesome music games, you owe it to yourself to either pick this one up or surprise that future pop star in your life with a copy of Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F in their stocking. Chris dug it, scoring the Vita iteration an 8/10: "Project DIVA F is another great game to add to the series, with just a few problems holding it back from being perfect. The visuals are fantastic on the Vita, the interface looks great and the song selection is solid for returning players. The addition of star notes is really the biggest issue the game has, as it really doesn't add any positives to the gameplay. I suggest if the thought of them puts you off buying this, you wait for the PS3 version. No touch screen to ruin the fun! The price is also quite substantial, so I'd lean towards waiting for that version if you have to pick between the two. Still, portable DIVA is definitely a good enough reason to pick this up, and hey, nothing wrong with earning a few more trophies either. Just remember that you'll need another memory card if you don't have a Japanese PSN account and want the DLC." For those who want to be the best, like no one ever was... [embed]30590:3169:0[/embed] Pokémon X & Y (3DS)MSRP: $39.99  The games press (including myself) have been singing the praises of the latest Pokémon games for some time, and for good reason: they're awesome. Pokémon X & Y offers a plethora of old and new ideas that work extremely well together, with online trading tools, mini games like Pokemon-Amie to endear your party members to you, and plenty of other reasons to keep playing long after you’ve become a Pokémon Master. It’s the best-looking and most accessible game so far, and this is the direction the series needs to go in in the future, especially since the games seem to have found a meaningful mix of new and old monsters to please all generations of fans.  For Ghibli fans who love a good traditional RPG... [embed]30590:3170:0[/embed] Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch (PS3)MSRP: $29.99 Fans of Ghibli films and anime will find plenty to love about this old-school traditional romp, and it's heartwarming in all the right ways. It's almost as if you're playing through an actual Ghibli movie, barring some annoying voiceovers here and there. Studio Ghibli could have drawn from any film in its well-established stable, but crafting from the ground up with Level-5 resulted in what is one of the best RPGs available on the PlayStation 3. Children, adults, and the young-at-heart alike should find common ground with Oliver, even if Mr. Drippy is an obnoxious little snit. Chris awarded it a 9 out of 10. "Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch is, quite simply, one of the most noteworthy RPGs in recent years. Released in a genre that has grown increasingly stale, it pulls out all the stops to blow away any and all preconceptions and show that there is life there yet. But it's not content with just showing it has a few new tricks, no, it demonstrates to us all that it can rival even the most highly regarded games in the genre. I can count the number of memorable RPGs on one hand, so the beautiful and vibrant world of Ni no Kuni is in sparse but good company." For fans of brawlers that ooze style... [embed]30590:3171:0[/embed] Dragon's Crown (PS3/Vita)MSRP: $49.99 Dragon's Crown is nothing short of gorgeous, from its macabre illustrations to its sometimes hilarious character animations. Luckily, it's more than just a spectacle, combining the addictive nature of a role-playing game with the drop-in and drop-out stylings of a great party game. Though many will of course remain divided as to whether or not a certain bouncing bosom is trying too hard, those who decide to take the plunge will be rewarded with a challenging yet accessible cooperative journey that begs to be played again and again. Josh Tolentino had a look at the game as well, and awarded it a 9 out of 10! Check out his review here. "Despite these fumbles, Dragon's Crown is an expertly-crafted brawler that adds depth, nuance, and freshness to an aging formula, and presenting it in a sublime homage to its genre ancestors as well as classic cliches of sword-and-sorcery role-playing. Hail to the king, adventurers!" For Metal Gear fans who actually liked Raiden... [embed]30590:3172:0[/embed] Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance (360/PS3)MSRP: $39.99  This hack-and-slash adventure featuring Raiden wasn't as well-received as it could have been, but it's still an intriguing time for players who dug what they saw of Raiden in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. Over-the-top boss fights, trademark Kojima action, and more make this an action romp fans will flock to even if to catch a whiff of something other than Metal Gear stealth action. It's not perfect, but it's an interesting alternative to RPGs, fighters, and adventure games.  For gamers who prefer off-the-wall strat-RPG action... [embed]30590:3173:0[/embed] Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness (PS3)MSRP: $49.99  I reviewed this especially wacky entry in the Disgaea series, and I was quite keen on it, awarding a 9 out of 10. Check out my full review here, but the gist is that I found it to be an awesome starting point for those new to the games and an all-around value-packed choice that would make a great gift.  "A slick interface, high-definition models and cut scenes, and a spot-on script work in tandem to keep things up to the level of excellence we've come to expect from Disgaea, and the characters themselves (including some fresh faces) are as charming as ever. When you're not plotting your next move, you'll likely be doubled over with laughter. It's rare that video games exhibit such a rare eye for comedic timing, but this script nails it. The dub is fantastic as well; Laharl still exudes that same plucky confidence, and over the course of the game you start to feel a little of it yourself." For ravenous monster hunters... [embed]30590:3174:0[/embed] Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate (3DS/Wii U)MSRP: $39.99  True, the Monster Hunter games can be a little daunting for players who have never experienced the thrill of taking down an especially difficult bounty, but once you take the plunge you'll find it tough to come back to games that don't require you to work at conquering enemies. There's an entire sea of other players out there to work alongside, so you're essentially giving the gift of new friendship to whomever you choose to buy this for. Plus, you can play on a console or opt for the portable version, which is just as good. Still not out of funds yet after perusing all these holiday guides? What are you, Scrooge McDuck? In any case, whether you're hoarding the very last pennies in your piggy bank for something special, or you've been holding out all this time for different sort of gift, Japanator's last shopping guide for the season will cover music and other miscellaneous gift ideas. Get your body ready. 
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Spread some cheer and awesome video games this year
Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the...

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Pokemon Origins

Red VS Blue: Watch all of Pokemon Origins in English now


But does he want to be the very best?
Nov 25
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, Pokemon Origins. Even back when it was announced as a special one-off project meant for Japanese TV, there was never any doubt that this retelling of the very first Pokemon videogame's story (sans the corrupting infl...
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Grimecraft - POKP

Check out POKP for Pokemon tunes with punch


Wubs confirmed.
Nov 14
// Chris Walden
When you were exploring the brand new Kalos region and hunting for new pokémon, did you ever wish that the music featured more trap and bass? I'm going to admit up front that I have absolutely no idea what that even m...
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Pokémon X/Y

Learn your Pokémon weaknesses with this beautiful chart


Do you know the weakness of fairies?
Nov 13
// Eric Koziol
If there's anything that deserves a spot on your wall, it’s this Pokémon weakness chart. Pokémon X & Y have seemingly brought back a lot of players who’ve not caught a ‘mon or hundred-and-f...
Automatic shiny pokmon photo
Automatic shiny pokmon

Pokefan creates an automatic shiny Pokemon finder


Puts my hunting to shame.
Nov 07
// Chris Walden
Those of us who haven't been so fortunate to catch shiny Pokémon during normal playtime may have been glad that the encounter ratio seems to have been tweaked. Horde battles increase the number of times you can roll t...
Pokémon photo
Pokémon

McDonald's 2014 Pokémon calendar is out soon


Because you just gotta see 'em every day
Oct 29
// Eric Koziol
As another year winds down we naturally begin to think of one and only one thing. New Pokémon calendars! Right? Oh. Right. This is pretty much a thing that McDonald’s in Japan does every year but not so much...
Smooth McGroove on YT photo
Smooth McGroove on YT

Feel the nostalgia for Lavender Town with Smooth McGroove


More from Kristina's favorite YouTubers
Oct 29
// Kristina Pino
Smooth McGroove, yet another one of my favorite talented YouTube artists, has recently released a few bad-ass covers, such as the FFVII Battle Theme and the Victory Fanfare, as well as FFVIII's Man With the Machine Gun. But ...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Bizarre Pokemon detective game revealed


Partner with Pikachu to solve... oh god, that Meowth was MURDERED!
Oct 28
// Ben Huber
There were teases about a new "unprecedented" Pokemon game on the horizon that would involve Pikachu, but I don't think anyone was expecting this. The Pokemon Company revealed that they're working on a detective game in which...
Pokemon photo
Pokemon

Pokemon hanafuda cards are coming


And they look amazing
Oct 19
// Eric Koziol
There is not much I know about the game of hanafuda other than the cards were one of the big sellers for Nintendo way back before video games could even possibly be a thing. Among Nintendo’s current big properties, it g...

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