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Tokyo gifs

Gorgeous pixel-art gifs capture the humble side of Tokyo life

So peaceful and tranquil
Aug 16
// Anthony Redgrave
Sundays are designed to be lazy. Wake up late, coffee and novel 'til noon, walk or gardening 'til night, and then if you're like me getting all the homework and projects finished for deadline Monday!  Artist Yuuta T...
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Rejoice! Five Boomslank shirts get reprinted

Now even cooler than ever
Jul 21
// Salvador G Rodiles
If you're into wearing sweet-looking clothes, our friends at Boomslank have reprinted not one but five shirts. But that's not all folks; instead of re-releasing each apparel, P-Shinobi has updated "Airport," "Flag," "Live," "...
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Live in Los Angeles? Q Pop is hosting a Mushroom Kingdom Tribute Art Show

A.k.a. Mario Paint Live
Jun 26
// Salvador G Rodiles
I may not be a big Mario fan like I used to be, but I still enjoy playing his games when they grab my attention. Nonetheless, my love for Yoshi and the Mushroom Kingdom's other inhabitants remains unchanged since they helped ...
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Live in Los Angeles? Q Pop's holding a Tatsunoko Tribute Art Show

May 27
// Salvador G Rodiles
There's something wonderful about seeing a place hold an art show to commemorate the greatness of certain things. Whether it's a beloved franchise or a show that many folks grew up with, the best thing about these events is s...
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Beat the heat with Boomslank's upgraded "Carwash" shirt

It's about to get refreshing in here
May 22
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Sweet! Boomslank's "Zero Frame" and "Ronin" shirts get reprinted

It's time for a new mecha upgrade!
Mar 31
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Get absorbed into Boomslank's "Reflection"

Boomslank's crew hit us with another solid design
Feb 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
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'...

Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger!

Feb 13 // Salvador G Rodiles
特撮落書き詰め by take 我ら、魔神の王となれ by Lynx 戦隊つめあわせ by SILVIA マジ夫婦 by ビーノ 魔法 by ときえだ 勇気と希望の魔法使い by hiro 【特撮詰め】魔法+特命[バディロイド擬人]+wizard by クサ★審神者♀ 「魔法+特命」黄と金と銀 by クサ★審神者♀ ナイとメア by IWA 緑のあにき by hiro 一目惚れ by hiro 父(修正) by bump 集結 スーパー戦隊ロボ by 佐藤@コミティアQ18a スーパーアニキタイム by 風間 マージマジ!by 津島直人 インフェル雛 by ヨリヲ 戦隊色々詰め by 春眞ナクト ニチアサ過去絵まとめ by 死神 マジ! by 猛禽パンチ マージ☆マジーロ by Izumi Rion うちゅうのほうそくがみだれる!by 秋秀川小早 ぼくらの列車王 by 秋秀川小早 メア by らいすた マジレン ワイバーン擬人化 by ドライマンゴー ファイヤーカイザー by ロボ部のクロ マジキング by BUTA ナイとメア by らいすた 太陽につつまれる by 蒼馬
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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...

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

If only it were actually happening
Nov 16
// Josh Tolentino
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...
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Boomslank comes at us with an epic new poster

Can't wait to have this on my wall
Nov 11
// Hiroko Yamamura
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...
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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
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Death Note

Death Note's Takeshi Obata drops some love at NYCC

Man I wish I could draw
Oct 21
// Hiroko Yamamura
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...
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Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book

Daicon Panda Sculpting 101
Oct 19
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Get into the spirit of Halloween with Junji Ito's Pokmon illustrations

Gotta scare em' all!
Oct 17
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...

Happy Kaixa Day!

Sep 13 // Salvador G Rodiles
カイザの日2014 by ゆうの カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ by 華焔@文化部統括委員長萌え 無題 by QUICK カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!カーイーザ!by ゆうき カイザの日!by みっちゃん 913 awakening by ひいらぎはじめ 9月13日 by はらら@913の日 カイザの日2014 by ねこのら カイザケーキ by かめこ 仮面ライダードライザ by 中島ゆいちろ 草加雅人ならダイジョーブッ☆★ by 英知 カイザ!by しぶがき カイザの日ですね。by アベ カイザの日2014 by 晶 913(カイザ)、スマブラに参戦!?by マルバ 九一三葬 by 葵野 今日は何の日? 913の日 by ジョウカ→ Dullahan by yk 9! 1! 3! by Kkハムスター 913 DAY by 大村@変身D02ab カイザキティ by ぽむ/.崩壊プリン カイザの日 by モッチャす
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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 ...

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MonHun 4 Ultimate

Yes! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets a Poogie Hunting Horn

It's time to hug your piggy
Jul 03
// Salvador G Rodiles
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...
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Watch Kaoru Mori draw a character better than you ever will

All of it by hand, no less
Apr 26
// Brad Rice
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...
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Kill la Kill

Nail art is taken to a whole new level

I want them... badly.
Apr 18
// Amber Hunt
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...
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Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine

I'm hollering.
Apr 05
// Ben Huber
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...
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Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

She seems to be taking it well
Mar 29
// Josh Tolentino
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 ...
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Here's Levi and Mako on a banana

Bananas: The tastiest canvas
Mar 28
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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New character and PV contest for upcoming Gargantia OVA

A new character reveal and 300,000 yen on the line!
Mar 26
// Dae Lee
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 ...
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Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses

Architecture's highest honor rewards disaster-focused architect
Mar 25
// Brad Rice
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...

Ai Candy: Snow Days

Mar 19 // Karen Mead
The only image I myself have contributed to this is the pic of Ai-Fi making a snowman above; all other images belong to their creators. To see more work by any of these talented artists, clicking on the links provided will take you to their galleries. 1.雪 by DANTERU I know I know, Miku already? What can I say, I love those teal pigtails of hers. I like the way this image uses all kinds of snow textures without showing any white snow-- it feels cold, yet cheerful. 2. 雪の中の壹歧日和 by 肆月玖日 Hiyori from Noragami enjoys a hot beverage. Anatomically it's a leeeetle bit strange, but I love the mood of this drawing. Really reminds me of going into the lodge to get a cup of hot chocolate when you've been skiing, that super-cozy-having-a-hot-drink-in-the-cold feeling. 3.鬼灯様 寒椿 by にちか I have to admit, Hozuki was probably the last character I expected to come across while searching through fan art. Thanks go out to Ichika for turning our favorite demonic bureaucrat into quite the bishounen. A light dusting of snow makes it look like he just got back from a tour of one of the lesser Cold Hells. 4.遅刻だよっ by 雪訪 There are, upon a conservative estimate, 47 billion pictures of Kanon girls standing in snow looking sad. This one seemed to capture the essence of them all though: that overwhelming "Please hug me I is cold!" feeling. 5. 白霞罸 by CE-8 So apparently this is what Rukia from BLEACH looks like these days? Only took 15 or so years for her to get a cool alternate form, I guess. 6.ゆきみこ by ましゃゆき So one of the Touhou Project girls built a tiny snowman with a witches hat? Then ate a snack? Not quite sure what's going on here, but something about the storybook quality of this illustration grabbed me. 7. 三峰真白 by 天河 早輝 Drawing Mashiro from Engaged to the Unidentified in snow seems to have become a Thing; I could have filled this whole thing with Snow Mashiros. Love the "seeing your breath" effect. 8.キス♪ キス♪ キ… by みっきー@GLF カリーノ37 I was expecting to find a whole bunch of pics of Sakura Trick's Yuu and Haruka kissing in their winter coats; in the end, this was the only one I found. I think it fits the bill though....d'awww. 9.nyoom by velvetcat09 It's little Polar Bear and little Grizzly from Polar Bear Cafe. I don't know what else you could possibly want out of life. 10.夏目 by うさこ@ついった I admit, I don't really know what Natsume Yuujinchou is. But I kind of want this guy's coat. 11. ❄ by うさこ@ついった This artist really, really likes Kirito from Sword Art Online. Happy Kirito, Sad Kirito, Genderswap Kirito-- all the Kiritos. 12,君に届け by +1 Somewhere, there are people that don't love Sawako and Kazehaya from Kimi ni Todoke. I hear tell these are the same people who murder kittens in their sleep. Kind of fun, huh? As an added bonus, here's the EVIL! version of Ai-Fi building a snowman:  BWAH HAH HAH!    
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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...

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Anime Studio 10

Anime Studio 10 boasts new options and tools

Now I just need 5,000 hours of free time
Mar 04
// Karen Mead
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.
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Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

Crafters to the Imperial Family show their immense skill
Mar 01
// Brad Rice
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...
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UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game

Project reunites Vigil Games and adds many more
Feb 18
// Pedro Cortes
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...
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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...

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Child of Light

Ubisoft confirms Child of Light release date

Get your hands on this beautiful game!
Feb 08
// Amber Hunt
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 $...
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Art shows

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Designer combines pop culture and marketing.
Feb 04
// Ben Huber
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...

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