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Boomslank

Beat the heat with Boomslank's upgraded "Carwash" shirt


It's about to get refreshing down here
May 22
Summer's looking hotter than ever this year and our friends at Boomslank have just what we need to conquer the scorching heat. Since water can cool people down during this season, the group's "Carwash" shirt is back with a ne... read
Boomslank

Sweet! Boomslank's "Zero Frame" and "Ronin" shirts get reprinted


It's time for a new mecha upgrade!
Mar 31
Listen up, people; our pals at Boomslank have decided to reprint two shirts recently. In case you missed out on purchasing their "Zero Frame" and/or "Ronin" shirt, the two apparels have returned to their store. Best of all, t... read
Boomslank

Get absorbed into Boomslank's "Reflection"


Boomslank's crew hit us with another solid design
Feb 20
Well, it looks like the guys at Boomslank are at it again, as they release another fine piece of apparel for the masses to wear. Interestingly, the guys came up with a short animation to go with their new shirt, "Reflection'... read
Magi Magi Magiro times Ten!
Today may be Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean that we’re in for a heap of bad luck. In fact, Mahou Sentai Magiranger tenth anniversary has landed on Feb. 13, 2015, which means that magic triumphs over random... read feature

FF8 HD

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like


If only it were actually happening
Nov 16
I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot... read
Boomslank

Boomslank comes at us with an epic new poster


Can't wait to have this on my wall
Nov 11
Our friends over at Boomslank finally have some new work to share, and this time it's an amazing new poster. The print entitled OLYMPUS stirs memories of everything I love about Gundam, Five Star Stories, and giant mechs in g... read
Dragon Ball

Live in Los Angeles? Q Pop is holding a Dragon Ball/Toriyama Tribute Art Show


Does this mean that there'll be over 9,000 art pieces?
Nov 10
With the Dragon Ball series' 30th anniversary around the corner, the people at Q Pop are preparing for an art gallery that's dedicate to Toriyama's series on Nov. 15 in Los Angeles. Not only that, people can look forward to v... read
Death Note

Death Note's Takeshi Obata drops some love at NYCC


Man I wish I could draw
Oct 21
Mangaka extraordinaire, Takashi Obata was on hand at New York Comic Con last week to the delight of Death Note, Hikaru no Go,  and Bakuman fans who were in attendance. The folks over at Viz gave us a peak at his amazing... read
Books

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book


Daicon Panda Sculpting 101
Oct 19
Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daico... read
Pokmon

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


Gotta scare em' all!
Oct 17
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... read
Enter 9-1-3!
It's Sept. 13th, and it's time to celebrate an important holiday. Today marks the special day that's dedicated to Masato Kusaka, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kaixa. Due to the fact that the guy dials 9-1-3 on his Kaixa Phone before he ... read feature

MonHun 4 Ultimate

Yes! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets a Poogie Hunting Horn


It's time to hug your piggy
Jul 03
Attention, fellow Hunters. The members of the Capcom Guild have revealed Europe's winner for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Weapon Design Contest, and the victor, Lin Setzekorn, managed to create a Golden Hunting Horn with a Poog... read
Manga

Watch Kaoru Mori draw a character better than you ever will


All of it by hand, no less
Apr 26
With a number of comics now produced by digital mediums, it's always nice to see when people work by hand. Kaoru Mori, creator of Emma and A Bride's Story, details the entire process in a six-video series. The first one, abo... read
Kill la Kill

Nail art is taken to a whole new level


I want them... badly.
Apr 18
Who doesn't want anime characters on their nails? The artists over at Color's Beauty Salon tweeted their most recent work at it got beyond popular in a matter of days. The famous Kill la Kill nails are making their way around... read
Twitter

Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine


I'm hollering.
Apr 05
Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was... read
Crimea

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied


She seems to be taking it well
Mar 29
Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ... read
Japan

Here's Levi and Mako on a banana


Bananas: The tastiest canvas
Mar 28
When I see a banana, I think of a tasty snack that's full of potassium. When Keisuke Yamada sees a banana, he sees a fresh, untouched artistic medium. That's right, Yamada takes the common banana and turns them into little ye... read
Anime

New character and PV contest for upcoming Gargantia OVA


A new character reveal and 300,000 yen on the line!
Mar 26
Gargantia on the Vendurous Planet is a series that I grow more fond every time I think back on it. The amazing art design, fun characters and the intricately crafted world left me wanting to see more adventures with Ledo and ... read
Architecture

Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses


Architecture's highest honor rewards disaster-focused architect
Mar 25
Japanese architect Shigeru Ban is the latest recipient of the Pritzker Prize, the most prestigious prize in all of architecture. What's stunning is the man built a portion of his work off of cardboard tubes. Ban is well known... read
Pretty pictures to help get you through the last of the cold
Because we can never have enough pretty pictures here at Japanator, it's time for some Ai Candy: awesome fan art that we think you may enjoy. To kick things off, our first theme is characters frolicking in a winter wonderland... read feature

Anime Studio 10

Anime Studio 10 boasts new options and tools


Now I just need 5,000 hours of free time
Mar 04
It's safe to say that creating original animation is the holy grail for a lot of anime fans, myself included. If you'd like to take that goal beyond the realm of idle daydreams, Smith Micro's Anime Studio program is something you should seriously look into. I've messed around a bit with Anime Studio 9.5, but now that 10 is out, it's a good time to take a quick look at what the program offers. read
Culture

Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware


Crafters to the Imperial Family show their immense skill
Mar 01
Japanese lacquerware producer Yamada Heiando opened their doors to filmmakers to give an idea of the delicate and perfect work that goes into making their products. Every piece they do is gorgeous and stunning -- fit for the... read
Art

UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game


Project reunites Vigil Games and adds many more
Feb 18
Here's something a little different from UDON Entertainment. Known for publishing some pretty nifty anime and video game artbooks, UDON will publish SUBSTRARA, an artbook for a game that doesn't exist. Created as a way to reu... read
Show the world what Lightning should really look like!
Square Enix and DeviantArt have teamed up for a fantastic contest in which artists are invited to create a custom look for Lightning. Anything about her appearance, from her body to accessories you'd want to see on her, are f... read feature

Child of Light

Ubisoft confirms Child of Light release date


Get your hands on this beautiful game!
Feb 08
Ubisoft finally confirmed when their new game Child of Light would be released! It will available for purchase on April 30th, 2014. You can buy it on Steam, get it for your Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, or the WiiU for just $... read
Art shows

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show


Designer combines pop culture and marketing.
Feb 04
Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the... read
Cool art

Game of Thrones meets feudal Japan


A match made in heaven
Feb 01
A Japanese Game of Thrones fan called Seiji has created a series of woodblock prints depicting scenes from Westeros as if they occurred in feudal Japan. There are eight images in all, and after making some waves where they we... read
Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Gaara!


Let's throw a beach party
Jan 19
I haven't kept up with the on-goings of Naruto and friends in a while, but one thing that has been consistent is my love for Gaara. Finding great artwork dedicated to today's birthday boy wasn't too hard, though limiting my g... read
Makizushi Art

Take a look at some makizushi art


You've never eaten sushi that looks like this
Jan 17
If you have been following me on here, you know that I know my way around a kitchen. Now, I can make makizushi (rolled sushi) the regular way, but I couldn't even dream about making it like Takayo "Tama-chan" Kiyota.&nbs... read
Katsuhiro Otomo

Art book of Katsuhiro Otomo's poster design on the way


A collection of the director's poster and graphic design work.
Jan 11
Here's a nifty gift or coffee table book for a Katsuhiro Otomo fan: an art book titled POSTERS: Katsuhiro Otomo X Graphic Design will be coming out next month. It features a wide collection of the posters and design Otomo has... read
Pokemon Art

Every Pokemon ever scaled in one handy chart


Yes, even the megalo-super-whatevers
Jan 07
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... read
Fate/Stay Night

UDON to publish translated Fate/Stay Night Artbooks


Unlimited Art Works
Jan 04
UDON is forever busy bringing fans delicious art books to this side of the Pacific. Adding to the huge list of titles they're releasing in the near future, Fate/Complete Material Volume 1: Art Material will be available June ... read






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