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12:00 PM on 07.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Our favorite grumpy shiba-inu, Otousan graces us with his presence, Madoka gets a live-action, and I get hungry for chocolate snacks. I don't think my brain could handle much more. I also have an incredibly twisted desire for curry.

Hiroko Yamamura


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




5:00 PM on 04.27.2014

Veteran actor Kai-kun retires from Softbank Otousan role

For seven years, we've been accustomed to Kai-kun playing the fatherly figure in Softbank's series of ads. Now it's official: Kai-kun is retiring from acting at an elderly 11 years old and handing over the role to his son, Ka...

Brad Rice

12:00 PM on 09.18.2013

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

With summer coming to a close, the advertisements are ramping up, preparing to stockpile Japanese consumers with entertainment in the colder months. This week's roundup, courtesy of JPCMHD is not without tons of energy and e...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.30.2013

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I'm not sure how many of you are in the market for the addable new Mercedez Benz A-Class, but if you were, I'd be mad jealous. That car looks cute! That's just one of the new commercials rounded up by our friend JPCMHD. Ther...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 03.05.2013

Feast your eyes on Japan's latest TV commercials

The commercials airing in Japan over the last couple weeks have been pretty darn entertaining. We have some advise from Robert Dinero, a visit from Koda Kumi, and some delicious looking Kit-Kat. This all comes from the hard ...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 02.12.2013

Be a Friend to the victims of Tohoku

It's hard to believe it's almost been two years since disaster struck the people of Tohoku and surrounding regions. Many survivors are still attempting to try to piece their lives back together. Japanese mobile phon...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 11.08.2011

Otasan insists you use Ultra Wi-Fi

The world's most popular Shiba-Inu, Otosan is back! This time he's not alone! Ultra-man and the rest of the Shirato family want to get you on Ultra-Wifi, the newest mobile hot spot product from Softbank. I always love the Sof...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 PM on 04.25.2011

Otosan plays ball

Hey everyone, new Japanator intern Tyler Jones here. You may or may not know me from Tomopop, but for those of you who don't I have decided to win your trust and admiration with videos of loveable dog Otosan playing dogeball....

Tyler Jones

5:00 PM on 01.03.2011

A giant meteor has flipped Otou-san upside down!

Otou-san? Otou-san? Are you alright? Clearly, the giant meteor that's heading towards Earth has you all flustered. It certainly doesn't help that the family's meatballs are suddenly up and disappearing! The video after the ju...

Brad Rice

8:53 AM on 10.20.2010

Otousan hates the new guy; I love the new pots

HAHAH! These Softbank commercials keep on getting better and better. Kai-kun is seriously becoming a better actor with age. His portrayal of a pissed off Otousan is spot-on here.I love how angry he is. He doesn't li...

Dale North

12:00 PM on 08.30.2010

Otousan's new dad just happens to also be my husbando

You know that we like to keep up with the adventures of Softbank's adorable mascot Otousan around here. However, there's only one thing that's better than a new Otousan commercial, and that's an Otousan commercial with Matsud...

Colette Bennett





4:30 PM on 08.18.2010

Softbank's Oniisan ties the knot

Dante Carver, who plays the son/brother in the popular "Otosan" Softbank ads, got hitched to 23 year old fashion model Akiko Matsumoto earlier this month. For those of you who aren't too familiar with...

Tim Sheehy