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Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- to rival TMA?


Jul 05
// Chris Walden
Remember there is going to be a live-action Sengoku Basara series? Well, the official site now has a trailer to show off some of the characters involved, and I can tell you now, we're in for a treat. You also get to hear a l...
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Asura gets animated with some awesome DLC


Feb 21
// Chris Walden
Studio 4°C, the brains behind great animations like Mind Game, Steamboy and of course, Detroit Metal City, have announced that they will be doing what they do best for the upcoming Capcom title; Asura's Wrath. This will c...

JapanaTour: Sendai

Jan 26 // Chris Walden
After receiving permission from Tokugawa Ieyasu, Date Masamune had a new castle built on Mount Aoba in Sendai, and it's at this point that Sendai began to grow. Why did he want to build a new castle? He just really didn't like his current one! The surrounding city was built soon afterwards, and it continues to flourish to this day. Sendai has become famous for its extravagant festivals, as well as gaining the nickname 'gakuto', or 'academic city', due to the number of colleges and universities they have.  Sendai is also particularly famous for it's scenic views, especially around the Akiu and Sakunami hot springs. You can also find the Matsushima here, which are 260 pine tree covered islands that are hailed as one of the 'three views of Japan'. Unfortunately, Sendai was devastated in the 2011 earthquakes, though it didn't take them long to get to work restoring the area.  Fun Fact Time! Did you know that Sendai has popularised a few different foods? One of these is 'gyutan', which you can try out for yourselves when you go for lunch! Oh, it's cow tongue, usually served grilled. You never know, it may taste great! It's back to the bullet train again, so you'll want to head over to Tokyo station to catch it. If you have the Japan Rail Pass, you'll want the 'Hayate' train, but if you're paying for the trains individually, you're mad you may as well take the 'Hayabusa'. Those with the Rail Pass can't use it, but it's only three hundred yen more expensive than a regular 'Hayate' train fare (¥10,890 instead of ¥10,590), and will get you there a little quicker. You'll want to do the following: From Tokyo Station, take the 'Hayate' shinkansen (if you have a Rail Pass) or the 'Hayabusa' (if you don't) to Sendai station. This should take about an hour and a half (Hayabusa) or a little under two hours (Hayate).  Remember to carry your Japan Rail Pass and your Passport at all times! Luckily this is one of the shorter trips outside of Tokyo, but I'd still recommend bringing along a few games or something. My DS saw a lot of play time, I'll tell you that. A short walk from the station you will find the 'Loople Sendai' bus service. Using this, you can pay a mere ¥600 for unlimited travel on it's route, which will take you to many of Sendai's significant historical locations. You'll need to buy a ticket at the bus station from a small booth, and you'll notice the buses from afar, as they have a very old-fashioned look.  One place definitely worth checking out is the Date mausoleum, known as the Zuihoden. Date Masamune himself ordered that it built upon his death, and it was finally completed in 1637, after under a year in construction. Many of the Date clan are buried here, including some members of the family that did not necessarily become daimyo. It's a beautiful place to visit, as it contains many elaborate stone statues and ornate buildings. A lot of the structures were damaged or destroyed in 1945 during the Second World War, but have since been restored. There is also a small museum here, containing items that were excavated after the 1945 bombings during reconstruction of the Zuihoden. You will also find a guest book here, which you can sign and leave messages in. If you get the chance to visit, see if you can find my entry! Fun fact time! Did you know that, contrary to popular opinion, Date Masamune didn't wear an eyepatch to prevent accidental laser-related accidents? He lost the sight in one of his eyes to smallpox, which caused his mother to try and get his younger brother made heir to the Date clan instead. In response, Date killed his brother, thus preventing future arguments on the matter. Some people claim that Date removed the eyeball himself, where others say he had Katakura Kojuro do it for him. Regardless, he didn't let the eye hamper his reign as daimyo, though it is the reason behind his 'One-Eyed Dragon' nickname.  Of course, it would be silly to visit Sendai and not visit Aoba Castle. If you survive the climb up the hill to get to it (tip: take the bus) you'll be treated to one of the best views in the whole of Japan. Of course, this is my own opinion, but I went up enough towers to give a pretty good opinion, I think! It's from up here that you will see the towering statue of Date Masamune on a horse (seen in the header image). On good days, there will also be people dressed up as Sengoku era warriors, who I imagine will talk a little bit about the history of the place. If you can't understand Japanese like myself, it at least makes for an awesome photo opportunity. The majority of the castle is still in ruin, both from being dismantled in part in the 1870s, as well as the 1945 bombings, but there are some beautiful sights to see and I would strongly recommend going along with a camera.  The Sendai Loople will also take you past the Sendai City Museum, which houses well over 90,000 items of interest. It has a ¥400 entry and has a wide range of different exhibits, not necessarily limited to the Sengoku era. There is certainly a fair amount of it though, including full suits of armour (replica and originals) and weaponry, letters from one daimyo to another and all sorts of other cool things. Some of the one-off exhibits they like to run may have an additional entry fee, but to be honest, the main museum will certainly hold your interest. Even if history isn't your thing, you may want to consider coming so that you can try on a replica of Date Masamune's helmet. I certainly had a good laugh messing around with it, but here's a picture of a friend of mine wearing it instead. Sold yet? Fun fact time! Did you know that the 'City of Lights' festival in Riverside, California was an idea taken from Sendai? Every December it holds the 'Sendai Pageant of Starlight', which involves adorning the trees in Aoba-dōri and Jōzenji-dōri with over a million tiny orange lights. Apparently the light it casts on the harsh, cold weather is very pleasant, and no doubt a sight to see if you are in Japan at the time. Chances are that you've seen something related to Tanabata in manga/anime. This particular festival is hugely celebrated in Sendai, where they will hang intricate decorations and hold parades at the beginning of August. People will often write a wish on a 'tanzaku', which are small strips of paper, and tie them to bamboo. Food stalls and carnival games can also be seen, and the Sendai festival in particular hosts a huge fireworks display. This is held every August 5th, so you may want to consider renting a hotel room overnight so that you can enjoy it. Unfortunately, the shinkansen doesn't run at late hours.  That brings us to a close, so I hope you enjoyed this look into the land of never-ending parties. If you want to write about your own experiences, have any further questions or even have some tips of your own, leave them in the comments below! 
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THIS. IS. JAPANATOUR! Apologies for the two weeks of no-show, I had a really silly deadline at University I had to make amongst other things. But never mind that, as this week we'll be heading to lands once trodden by the One...


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Those familiar with Sengoku Basara, or perhaps even Hyakka Ryouran will be aware of who Sanada Yukimura is. Well, if you want more hot blooded samurai adventures with him (sorry Hyakka fans!) in the Warring States Period, the...

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Ni no Kuni heading stateside!


Sep 18
// Chris Walden
You may have seen the gorgeous looking trailer for the PS3 exclusive 'Ni no Kuni: Shiroki Seihai no Joō' on Japanator fairly recently. The collaboration between both Studio Ghibli and Level-5 is certainly not one you sho...
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Be enthusiastic! Sengoku Basara Blu-ray has sweet extras!


Sep 02
// Chris Walden
It's time to ready your wallet and put your guns on, as the Blu-ray release of the popular documentary Sengoku Basara: The Last Party will have an absolute wealth of extras. The first pressing is the version receiving all of ...
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Gintama to return to television?


Dec 01
// Crystal White
A scan of the cover of the 53rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump reveals that yes, Ginatama is coming back to the airwaves! All fans rejoice! The heavens open! The powers that be have blessed the wor...
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Crunchyroll makes an offer you can't refuse


Nov 27
// Lauren Rae Orsini
It's like a used car salesman teamed up with Crunchyroll. You know, the one who's always like, "These deals are so crazy I must be NUTS to offer them to you!" Because this is ridiculous.I'm a big fan of Crunchyroll ...
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The best Japan tribute video ever created


Oct 28
// Dale North
Most of you got that I wasn't very serious with yesterday's A swing and a miss blog. Most of you joined in the fun and contributed to the silly list, but a few of you took offense. My apologies. Our long-standing mo...
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Nickelodeon releases new Avatar series


Jul 22
// Crystal White
Nickelodeon has confirmed in an official press release that the company will be releasing a new show related to their successful Avatar: the Last Airbender series. The new series is titled Avatar: the...
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Confirmed! Toaru Majutsu no Index gets second season!


Jun 07
// Crystal White
So you guys remember, oh about three weeks ago, when I was a bright, fresh, new intern who still had hopes and dreams and hadn't yet been corrupted by the ways of Japanator? Well back then, I wrote about a rumor stating that ...
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Someone's making a Russian eroge


Jan 11
// Josh Tolentino
It's quite simply titled "IIchan Eroge Project," developed by the appropriately-named "IIchan Eroge Team," IIchan being the Russian-language equivalent of 4chan or 2ch.There's not too much known about the ...
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This 'ere Sakura Wars trailer has rootin' tootin' hollerin' dub, y'all


Sep 23
// Josh Tolentino
And it's so cute it could cut a gopher from its hole!But if yer gonna be one of them durn sticks-in-the-mud who's a-lovin' them crazy moon languages, NIS America has ya covered, seein' as it's a-comin' on two discs, one wi...
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Osu! True manliness really IS achieved by joining the Ouendan


Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
From the Victorian rules of etiquette to the way of Bushido, every age establishes its own ideals for behavior and conduct. What is Japan's new standard? Kuda Mutenda, a Tokyo Agricultural University ("Nodai") stud...
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30th Gundam Perfect Mission video is....perfect *sniff* (update)


Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
[Update: It seems the forces of copyright protection are at work, and have taken down the original embed. I put up another one, but it's unfortunately a shaky-cam version. - Josh] This....this is a man's romance.It is w...
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Gackt dances alongside furries, hostesses, redeems both simultaneously


Aug 16
// Josh Tolentino
Pop star, poet, author, actor, designer, model, Kamen Rider and all-around sexy man Gackt has done the impossible and redeemed furries, often used as internet punching bags, and hostesses, often accused as being bags, thro...
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Comiket 76 gets rolling, the anime trailers start flowing in


Aug 14
// Josh Tolentino
The 76th installment of Comiket, the biannual otaku event, has begun! News, doujinshi, goods and everything otaku is up for glorious consumption. It is the place where artists are found and rise to prominence, and where ...
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Welcome Home: VIZ opens cinema dedicated solely to Japanese film


Jul 17
// Josh Tolentino
If you live in and around San Francisco, you may know of Japantown, an area of the city that's full of great Japanese shops, restaurants, and cultural areas. It's like Chinatown, except curiously clean, much smaller, and with...
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I called it: Kenka Banchou 3 is now Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble


Jul 15
// Josh Tolentino
The people have spoken, and Atlus has complied: The US release of their upcoming PSP banchou-brawling-beat 'em up  will be called Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble.Earlier in the month, Atlus sent out a survey asking the fans ...
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Third Impact what? Haruhi and the SOS Brigade decimate Nerv


Jul 10
// Josh Tolentino
Check out this supremely well-edited video mashup of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Neon Genesis Evangelion, wherein the SOS brigade takes on Nerv in a no-holds barred brawl. My favorite portions of the video are at ...
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Thanks a lot, Miyazaki city: The world's biggest hamburger looks DISGUSTING


Jul 07
// Josh Tolentino
I'm sure Miyazaki city is a nice place. Their tourism page shows off a bunch of shrines, great-looking beach scenery, and interesting restaurants. I know that the recession has hit tourism hard as people elect to stay home,...
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Rejoice, (Ero)gamers: Nitroplus is in bed with JAST USA


Jul 04
// Josh Tolentino
Just as it seemed that all the emerging eroge news of late was bad eroge news, a ray of light pierced the darkened skies, assuring English-speaking eroge fanatics that yes, they would still be getting new enough fap material ...
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FUNimation simulcasts One Piece, and I...


May 14
// God Len
FUNimation should now be called, OMG you are the best company in the world forever times one million-imation, for doing the impossible, making this otaku’s dream come true. FUNimation announces today that they will be ...
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Epic Eden of the East tribute video made by Japanator superstar!


May 06
// God Len
Eden of the East Tribute from Ace0fClub5 on Vimeo.You know that great ending for Eden of the East, the one with the crazy stop-motion paper animation? Well, Japanator reader and guest blogger AceOfClub5 decided that this wa...
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Colonel Sanders rescued from Dotonbori river, Osaka curse to end?


Mar 13
// Brad Rice
Back in 1985, the Hanshin Tigers won the national championship, and the city of Osaka went wild in celebration. One of the more famous incidents was that many denizens of the city lifted up and threw a statue of Colonel Sande...
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Rumor smashed! New Fullmetal Alchemist series is for real


Aug 20
// God Len
Don’t you hate it when a company denies the existence of a rumor, only for that rumor to come true a couple of months later? I know I do, and I also know where to focus my anger toward, and that place is studio BONES. H...
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Rocket Punch! New Mazinger anime is on its way!


Jun 13
// God Len
Time for all Mazinger fans to get their Breast Burn on and celebrate because a new Mazinger anime is on its way. Its name is Z Mazinger and it is based off the Z Mazinger manga which is originally based off the Mazinger Z ani...
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Happy 500th chapter release One Piece!


May 24
// God Len
500 chapters down, 500 more to go. One Piece has come a long way since its first chapter back in August of 1997. Back then Eiichiro Oda, mangaka of One Piece originally planned the story to last five years, but as ball began ...
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BREAKING NEWS!! Super Robot Wars had a baby!


Apr 16
// God Len
What do Dragon Ball and Super Robot Wars now haven in common? The letter Z. Yes, this week’s Famitsu just announced the newest game in the franchise, Super Robot Wars Z for the PS2; proof enough that the PS2 is not dead...
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Fangasm senses tingling: Zelda manga in English!


Apr 04
// Aoi
Good ol' ANN tells us that Right Stuf has listed two volumes of The Legend of Zelda for an October release. Disbelievers will note its listing for preorder here, right above the gritty Southern drama, as you usually find thes...

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