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11:00 PM on 03.29.2014

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

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Here's Levi and Mako on a banana

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...

Pedro Cortes

2:00 PM on 03.26.2014

New character and PV contest for upcoming Gargantia OVA

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 ...

Dae Lee

8:00 PM on 03.25.2014

Shigeru Ban nabs Pritzker Prize with cardboard houses

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...

Brad Rice



Ai Candy: Snow Days photo
Ai Candy: Snow Days
by Karen Mead

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, i.e. snow. Now you may be thinking "Why pick snow? Winter's just about over!" Oh ho ho, not if you live in New York it isn't! We often get our worst snowstorms in April; upstate, they've been known to get them as late as May.

So while you're likely sitting out under a shady tree, sipping iced tea and enjoying the subtle aroma of freshly-budded flowers as a cool spring breeze kisses your skin, think of me still shivering in my igloo apartment. For me, these snow and ice filled scenes still represent the harsh reality, but for you, please enjoy them as a colorful send-off to the chilly season. Unless of course you live in Greenland or something, then I should probably just shut up. How is it up in Greenland, anyway? I've always wanted to know.

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9:00 AM on 03.04.2014

Anime Studio 10 boasts new options and tools

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.

Karen Mead

10:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

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...

Brad Rice

2:00 PM on 02.18.2014

UDON to publish SUBSTRATA, an artbook for a fake game

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...

Pedro Cortes



Let Tetsuya Nomura be the judge of your Lightning artwork photo
Let Tetsuya Nomura be the judge of your Lightning artwork
by Kristina Pino

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 fair game. The only real fine print here is whatever you do, it should fall within the scope of the FFXIII series in terms of any references you make that involve Final Fantasy games.

For a look at all the official rules, a collection of reference art, submission guidelines, and everything else you might need to know, you can check out the official page. At the time of writing, there's still a week left to submit an entry, and as I implied in the heading of this article: Tetsuya Nomura is judging this contest personally. There will be three (3) grand prize winners, who are getting an original sketch from Nomura, a custom XBox360, US$1,000, the FFXIII trilogy for XBox 360, a shirt (unfortunately a fixed size instead of based on the winners), and a keychain.

This contest is open to artists anywhere on the planet, as long as they're over 13 years of age and follow all the guidelines, which are clearly listed on the contest's landing page.

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3:00 PM on 02.08.2014

Ubisoft confirms Child of Light release date

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 $...

Amber Hunt

6:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

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...

Ben Huber





9:00 AM on 02.01.2014

Game of Thrones meets feudal Japan

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...

Kristina Pino