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2020 Tokyo games

2020 Tokyo Olympics new logo search down to final four

Replacement logo on the way
Apr 09
// Soul Tsukino
At least one of the major issues that have plagued the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo will be resolved later this month as the search for a new logo has narrowed down to four. As we've posted before, The Olympic games of Tokyo h...
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Dragonball Z

The New Day goes Super Saiyan at Wrestlemania 32

Complete with tails!
Apr 05
// Soul Tsukino
Sunday night, World Wrestling Entertainment put in it's annual biggest event of the year, Wrestlemania. The 32nd wrestling event took place from Dallas Texas's AT&T Stadium and was announced to have an attendance of 101,7...
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Japanese-born sumo wrestler wins first tournament in ten years

Enter the land of the giants!
Jan 26
// Soul Tsukino
In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, history was made when ozeki-ranked (second highest rank in sumo) Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese-born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade. The 31-year-o...
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Tekken IRL

Watch this martial artist bring Tekken's Kazuya to life

Eat it, Evil Ryu!
Jan 10
// Josh Tolentino
Most fighting games may not have an especially strong connection to real-life martial arts, but that doesn't mean they're completely unrealistic or impossible to "do" in meatspace. The trick is in finding the right game to r...

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New Japan Pro Wrestling

Pirate Raid: New Japan Pro Wrestling loses major stars to WWE

Big names put in their notice
Jan 08
// Soul Tsukino
In what could end up being the story of the year in Japanese wrestling, several names on the NJPW roster handed in their notices in or around the WrestleKingdom 10 event on January 4rth. During what is NJPW's version of the A...

WrestleKingdom 10 looks to be unforgettable

Dec 30 // Soul Tsukino
NJPW Rumble: Gedo, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Satoshi Kojima, Yuji Nagata, Manabu Nakanishi, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Ryusuke Taguchi   IWGP Jr. Tag team title: ReDRagon (champions) vs. Roppongi Vice vs. Young Bucks vs. Matt Sydel/Ricochet [embed]34650:5301:0[/embed]   NEVER 6 man title (To crown first champions): Toru Yano & The Briscoes vs The Bullet Club (Bad Luck Fale/Yujiro Takahashi/Tama Tonga)   ROH Title: Jay Lethal (champion) vs. Michael Elgin   IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Title: Kenny Omega (champion) vs. Kushida [embed]34650:5303:0[/embed]   IWGP Tag team title: Doc Gallows/Karl Anderson vs. Global Bash Heel (Togi Makabe and Tomoaki Honma) [embed]34650:5304:0[/embed]   Hirooki Goto vs. Tetsuya Naito [embed]34650:5305:0[/embed]   NEVER Openweight Title: Tomohiro Ishii (champion) vs. Katsuyori Shibata [embed]34650:5306:0[/embed]   IWGP Intercontinental Title: Shinsuke Nakamura (champion) vs. A.J. Styles [embed]34650:5307:0[/embed]   IWGP Title: Kazuchika Okada (champion) vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi [embed]34650:5308:0[/embed] On paper, this looks to be a killer show. The big question is can Tanahashi and Okada face each other for the third time main eventing this show (and the umpteenth time at major events) and still knock it out of the park? Chances are good there. A.J. Styles has said that despite fighting a back injury, he will be able to perform on the big stage. If he doesn't reaggravate it, he and Nakamura will have a dandy. Ishii and Shibata is making me drool already. And that the rumble looks like a fun one. So tune in on January 4 (check for differences in your time zone) on NJPW's streaming service New Japan World to see all the action in both Japanese and in English with Kevin Kelly, Matt Striker, and Yoshi Tatsu. Hiroyoshi Tenzan, Jado, Jushin Thunder Liger, Manabu Nakanishi, Ryusuke Taguchi, Satoshi Kojima, Tiger Mask and Yuji Nagata.
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Japan's Wrestlemania goes down January 4
If you have been following Japanator's coverage of NJPW on AXS TV or are just a fan of Japanese pro wrestling in general, then you are probably familiar with WrestleKingdom. It has become the biggest wrestling event for New J...

Impressions: Kuroko's Basketball Extra Game

Nov 12 // Christian Chiok
A couple of months after the main series has ended, Tadatoshi Fujimaki released its continuation called Kuroko’s Basketball: Extra Game which features Kuroko and Kagami alongside the Generation of Miracles working together as Team Vorpal Swords aiming to beat Team Jabberwock, a street American Basketball team composed of  Nash Gold and Jason Silver, who have extraordinary talents that surpasses the Generation of Miracles, as well as other three nameless players who are on the same level as the former Teiko players. The arc starts off with Jabberwock playing against Team Strky, a team composed of recently graduated third years from Shutoku, Too, Rakuzan, Kaijo and Yosen. After Jabberwock defeated Strky by a landslide, Jabberwock insulted Strky and as well as the entire country of Japan by stating that they are monkeys and they have no right playing Basketball. As that kind of person that really gets involved and engaged with stories, seeing Team Strky get humiliated made me feel a bit hopeless, as if I was part of that setting. I can't say that their arrogance and their need to insult Japanese players really affected me, but it made me dislike the characters from the start. While it may sound contradicting, in cases like Kuroko's Basketball, I consider giving me a good reason to dislike the antagonist a good way to get myself engaged in a story.  Kagetora offended (as well as the rest of Japan, of course), it drove him to form Team Vorpal Swords and scheduled a game against Jabberwock for the following week. As a result, Kagetora had to pay for their expenses as well. Ever since the original series started, I always wondered how well can the Generation of Miracles fare with American players, especially a team that has beaten some professional NBA players. As soon as I read that, I was already expecting them to get crushed, of course, to a much lesser extend compared to Team Strky. Overall, this first chapter was a good introduction on the new set of antagonists. While I think addressing Japan as “monkeys” went too far, and it gave me enough reason to immediately despise the characters, it was still a good way on showing their personalities and more reason to root for Team Vorpal Swords once the game started. Whether its a battle series, sports series or any series that features competition, I consider it important that the antagonists are shown destroying the protagonists' comrades as a way to tease their abilities and power. It may be cliche, but Fujimaki pulled it off right. With Team Strky being annihilated by Jabberwock despite Strky being composed of highly skilled players, plus the insults, it made the anticipation of the main match even harder.  The best part of the chapter was the ending, where all seven players, being Kuroko, Kagami and the rest of the Generation of Miracles met up in the gymnasium to train, as it felt like it was a throwback to their former Teiko days—before they turned arrogant and showed comradery. It was definitely one my favorite arcs in the series. While Kagami wasn’t part of Teiko of course, seeing him with the Generation of Miracles was good fan service.  If you're a fan of the original series and was left with the need of more content, I would definitely recommend that you read Extra Game. The first chapter so far starts off well featuring the Dream Team we wanted to see since the series ended.  Naturally, as stated above, before reading Extra Game, it is imperative that you watch or read the original Kuroko's Basketball series. 
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Make It Flashy!
Ever since emerging myself into the wonderful world of Anime and Manga, I’ve being a fan of many sports series such as Hajime no Ippo, Captain Tsubasa, Slam Dunk, and Prince of Tennis. One of my rece...

2020 Tokyo Olympics photo
2020 Tokyo Olympics

New sports may debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Baseball, bowling, Wushu on the list
Jun 24
// Soul Tsukino
The International Olympic committee (IOC) announced that it has narrowed down the list of proposed sports to be added to the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo. The Tokyo 2020 Additional Event Programme Panel was tasked with l...
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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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WTF Fridays: Fair fight?

Olympian vs plebeian
May 02
// Hiroko Yamamura
50 vs 3? Sounds good to me!
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Hello Kitty

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

The bogu of my dreams
Feb 08
// Kristina Pino
A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...
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Japanese skateboarder Gou Miyagi needs no rules

Serious skills
Dec 16
// Hiroko Yamamura
Growing up, I was hard core into skateboarding. In fact, along with anime and manga, it was pretty much the focus of my youth. Nowadays the sport has flourish into something bigger and awesome than I could have imagined, but...
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Osaka mountain biking

Mountain bikers speed down a temple trail in Osaka

Nov 05
// Kristina Pino
Last Sunday, over 100 mountain bikers had a downhill race at Osaka's Katsuoji Temple. Apparently, it's the first time that one of these races has ever occurred in such a place, though previous runs have happened at shrine si...
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Tokyo Olympic bid committee's final presentation

A video meant to inspire
Sep 12
// Tim Sheehy
Having finally won their bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics in Neo Tokyo, Japan's Tokyo 2020 bid committee has posted their final presentation film to remind us that sports is a thing. Also, apparently, nothing is more ins...
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Doreamon Olympics

Doraemon is trying to help Tokyo host the Olympics

What tricks could the naughty cat be hiding?
Apr 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Japan's most famous, earless, robotic cat is at it again, and now he's on a mission for Tokyo. The Japanese Olympic Committee has appointed the famous Fujiko F. Fujio creation as the ambassador for Tokyo's bid of th...

You don't have to wait 7 days for Sadako's opening pitch

Apr 26
// Bob Muir
As part of a promotion for the upcoming Sadako 3D, the famous ghost from The Ring showed up at the Tokyo Dome to throw the ceremonial opening pitch. The Hokkaido Ham-Fighters (whose mascot is a bear for some reason) and the ...

Sadako from The Ring will be pitching at a baseball game?

Apr 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
In what has to be one of the most bizarre movie promotions I have ever heard of. Sadako Yamamura (no relation) of The Ring fame, will be throwing the opening pitch at an upcoming baseball game. The Hokkaid...

One Piece My Ball Stamp isn't as painful as it sounds

Sep 26
// Chris Walden
Fan of playing a few rounds of golf? Always losing your balls? Tired of getting your balls mixed up with your friends balls? Well then, there is an unfortunately named product simply beckoning for your hard earned pennies. It...

MMA fighter Kazushi Sakuraba has mad Doraemon skills

Sep 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm not sure how many people of this site follow mixed martial arts or its roots, but if you do, Kazushi Sakuraba and his anime antics are no stranger to you. In my eyes Saku is the probably the greatest fighter of ...

AKB48's second annual Janken tournament winner is crowned

Sep 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Alright, let's get serious for a moment. We're talking about AKB48 and a game of paper, scissors, rock. Who will be the victor! Who's head will end up on a spike? Wait, what? Sorry I got a bit excited there. Watch the stunning competition after the jump! [Thanks Ric Quintanilla for the tip]

Two more Sumos charged with fixing matches

Apr 01
// Tim Sheehy
Sumo wrestling is pretty serious business in Japan. Matches are often televised and people still fill arenas to watch it on a regular basis. It's not exactly a lucrative sport either. If you've got a low ranking -- most&...

Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls

Dec 01
// Mike LeChevallier
Of all the accessories most appropriate to be paired with the likes of the Dragon Ball franchise, one might believe golf-related products to fall somewhere near the bottom of that particular list. On the other hand, there are...

Japan's little league could take the world stage

Aug 24
// Tim Sheehy
I've never been big on sports. Sure I enjoy watching some on occasion, but in terms of actual fandom, I'm not the guy to talk to about it. When it comes to baseball, I'm even less interested, but Japan, on the other hand, lov...

Air Gear gets an OAD with its 30th manga volume

Jul 22
// Bob Muir
Are you a fan of Oh! Great's popular skating manga Air Gear? Do you pine for more episodes than what 2006's anime adaptation by Toei Animation could provide? Then get excited, because more animated goodness is heading your wa...

Chimp plays baseball, actually interests me in the game

Jul 21
// Bob Muir
Monkeys are awesome. End of discussion. Now that we've established that inarguable fact, let's see what awesome things monkeys are doing now. With their awesomeness. Because they're awesome.This week: baseball, the American p...

Fish are the new barbells

Jun 23
// Bob Muir
This is a video about cats weightlifting fish. Let that sink in for a moment. The concept will feel weird at first, as it should, because this is entirely ridiculous. And yet, something about it just makes sense, like it's th...

Japan celebrates Big Windup day, forgets to invite me

May 27
// Brad Rice
Japan has a fanatic love affair with baseball, so it's only natural that they manage to seamlessly tie in the hit anime (in Japan, anyways) Big Windup with the sport itself. June 30th will be Big Windup Day at the Nippon Ham ...

Suprise! Crunchyroll brings you Giant Killing

May 21
// Ben Huber
Giant Killing has gotten a pass quite a bit this season. A sports anime? Most people are quite content with Big Windup, but if you're not a baseball fan, there's always football (soccer for you crazies)! Given that the World ...

Eri Yoshida makes her way to the US baseball world

Apr 14
// Brad Rice
Eri Yoshida is a name that keeps popping up here at Japanator. She was the first woman to debut in a men's league in Japan, and although it was mostly a publicity stunt for the WBC, Eri Yoshida is nobody to laugh at. She's ev...

Ando, Asada and Suzuki compete in World Championships

Mar 23
// Karen Mead
Just because the Olympics are over doesn't mean it has to be the end of Japanese figure skating coverage on Japanator; it's a beautiful sport. And I like all the pretty, shiny outfits. Shut up.Just like during the Olympics, t...

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