Japanese PS4 date photo
Japanese PS4 date

What do you think of the PS4's Japanese release date?

I'm worried
Sep 10
While I am excited to get my hands on the PS4 this November, I can't help but be really saddened by the news of a February release date for Japan. Basically, it boils down to no big games Japanese games being released in the ... read
Re: Reverse Importation photo
Supreme Court chimes in, makes things complicated
[Some interesting legal decisions have just come down the pipe that could affect the time-honored pastime of importing cool stuff from overseas. Jeff brings us his analysis. Read about it below, and see some more coverage fro... read feature

When life gives you SHAFT, make SHAFT-AID
[Did you find Sasami-san@ganbaranai as confusing as I did? Well, don't drop or bash it just yet, because Jeff's got an expert breakdown of the first episode's deep-rooted symbolism. It's an enlightening read straight fro... read feature


[New Year's is a time of reflection, when one should take a look back and think about life, love, and, most importantly, the Japanese cartoons we've watched. To that end, we've gone and picked our favorite series of the year,... read feature


A swing and a miss...

Oct 27
Japan and all things Japanese are so "cool" that it hurts. It hurts so bad that I want you to kill me. Kill me like I'd want you to when I hear someone say uh-KEE-rah one more time. Or kill me like you'd kill me whe... read

Hello, and welcome to the first installment of Japanator Discusses, a roundtable-style feature that we resort to when a topic - and the thoughts and commentary inspired by it - is too big for any one editor to monopolize.Toda... read feature


Rant: Don't insult us. We CAN understand hostess bars

Mar 27
A few days ago a feature was posted on 1up detailing the Yakuza series' troubled history in the west. Reading it (I recommend you do) will no doubt leave you with the impression that Sega found itself frustrated and confused ... read

The dilemma of Twilight: The Graphic Novel

Mar 23
You'll notice that there is no "Recommends" anywhere in the title of this post; in a strange way, Yen Press has done me a tremendous service. As reported elsewhere, the lettering in Twilight: The Graphic Novel is ve... read

Chu-Bra!! review raises questions about fanservice

Mar 04
Over on Anime News Network, Carlo Santos posted a review of the first five episodes of Chu-Bra!!. While his overall opinion of the show sways much further towards the negative end of the spectrum than mine, I do agree with mu... read

Do manga magazines have to be disposable?

Feb 26
You've all heard it:"Manga is first printed in magazines- anthologies printed on cheap paper that will soon yellow and degrade. People throw away the magazines, and instead buy the published books for posterity." Th... read

The Otaku Dilemma: Manga or Anime?

Dec 11
Once upon a time, I used to buy a VHS of anime with my babysitting money and then watch it forty times, because it could be months before I could buy another one. While I hate to say anything that might make it sound like I c... read

A Certain Scientific Railgun: More range, please

Dec 06
I like A Certain Scientific Railgun; it's been a really interesting take on the "kids with superpowers" idea thus far. The writers consistently come up with clever ways for Mikoto and Kuroko to use their powers, so ... read

You don't hear a whole lot of requests for Casablanca 2.It's just not something people ask for. People aren't on pins and needles to find out what else Rick can hide from the authorities in Sam's piano. No one cares about I... read feature


Rant: The Guardian takes a huge unprovoked dump on the Japanese music scene

Oct 14
Welcome to the UK, where our world view has not changed since 1995. Or maybe 1985.At least that's the feeling you might get upon reading a recent post in the tritely titled "Turning Japanese" column over on The Guar... read

Anime inbetweeners get paid less due to Photoshop color fill tool

Oct 02
The helpful Ko Ransom translated one of the more interesting industry blog posts from Osamu Yamazaki, a veteran animator and animation director. Around May this past Spring, you might have recalled an industry-wide symposium ... read

Japanese eroge can do wonders for the game industry

Aug 29
[Editor's Note: If you're a regular visitor to Japanator, you probably to know more about Japanese eroge than the average person. The following article was originally posted on the Destructoid community blogs, and is as such ... read

News from the Eroge front: Arrests and apologies

Jun 26
The inquisition continues. As the eroge landscape slides further into the dark ages, new developments may threaten to accelerate the process. One of the most disturbing incidents so far involves a police raid on Tachibana Sho... read

Despair, for long skirts are the new hotness

Jun 22
Those looking to catch the upskirt view of a Japanese schoolgirl may be suprised to find themseleves brought low - real low - as the ever-mercurial landscape of schoolgirl fashion trends toward longer skirts. All over, the ro... read

Eden of the East: Top 5 interesting observations about Eden of the East so far

Apr 22
Eden of the East coverage:Monday: Top 5 reasons to watch Eden of the East todayTuesday: Hypno-dong(renamed from Hypno-penis)Wednesday: Top 5 interesting observations about Eden of the East so farFriday: Live Blog of Episode 3... read

Rant: Dragon Ball Evolution for the Dragon Ball fan

Apr 21
Dragon Ball Evolution, the time of our inevitable duel has arrived. We have hearing about this movie in some form for about seven plus years. Back then, when they first announced that this film was really going down, I was so... read

Rant: Why so serious?

Jan 15
Back in the day one of the aspects I loved about anime was how even comedy shows would have a hint of drama in them, which helped the audience member get that much closer to the characters. I knew I would never see someone li... read

Rant: Stop with the 'F' bombs already!

Dec 30
You know what grinds my gears? When fansubbers constantly use swears in fansubs, or simply drops one every now and then. Nothing takes me out of the moment more than when someone like Goku drops an ‘F’ bomb instea... read

Live-action Anime 2: Anime Harder (A chilling prediction!)

Oct 28
Yes, another anime has stepped up to join the aristocratic crowd of live-action anime adoptions, and its name is Ninja Scroll. The live-action anime club has been around for awhile, but right now we seem to be in an age of a ... read

JapanaTen: The top ten things anime cons should never ever lose

Jul 31
Ye Olde Otakone is coming up fast, and as we scurry around on our hamster wheels, trying like hell to make sure we all end up in approximately the same place(s) and time(s) August 8-10, it occurs to me that I'm... read

Anime/Manga companies: Why do you announce your products at conventions?

Jul 29
It kills me every time. I'm running down a hallway, breathless, dodging cosplayers and their unnecessarily massive props. I spin to the left to avoid a impromptu photo session. I dart to the right to get a quick eyeful of tha... read

Rant: God in the wired, Serial Experiments Lain

Jun 10
We live in a digital age, and Lain is our goddess of the social recluse. For those unfamiliar with Serial Experiments Lain, the show follows the social development of 14 year old Japanese school girl Lain Iwakura. While it is... read

Rant: Animation is the best medium for television

May 23
Most of you are like me and know what it feels to be an outcast, for sitting down after a hard day at work and turning on the television for an episode of anime. People judge you at this point, because they know that animatio... read

Rant: Speed Racer makes me want to go fast.

May 16
"The actors are lost amidst the orgy of pixels writhing around like the special effects equivalent of a bukkake film"This was a rotten tomato that amused me greatly. Of course we are discussing the Wachowski brother... read

Today, I am doing a public service announcement for those of you who haven’t watched the new anime series Golgo 13 this season, or for those of you who “don’t understand it.” I have a confession for al... read feature


One year ago today...

Feb 19
It's hard for me to believe, but one year ago today I was sweating my ass off, worrying about my very first post for Japanator. Turns out my new friend Eugene the Happy Fun-Time Ulcer wasn't totally created in vain, because t... read

Rant: I require a damn good opening!

Feb 19
There are a lot of anime fans out there that always skip the opening, cutting the fat and going directly to the delicious meat. But then there are people like me who can’t skip the opening, who would never even dream ... read

Rant: An otaku New Year resolution

Jan 28
Just admit it, we judge people for their viewing/reading habits. Be it Naruto, Full Metal Alchemist, Dragon Ball Z... there are code words predetermined to quickly break down our opinions of others. Why is that? Why is it tha... read

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