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Books

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book


Daicon Panda Sculpting 101
Oct 19
// Salvador GRodiles
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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Pokmon

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


Gotta scare em' all!
Oct 17
// Salvador GRodiles
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 GRodiles
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 GRodiles
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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Manga

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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Twitter

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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Crimea

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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Japan

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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Anime

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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Architecture

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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Culture

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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Art

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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Cool art

Game of Thrones meets feudal Japan


A match made in heaven
Feb 01
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Gaara!


Let's throw a beach party
Jan 19
// Kristina Pino
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...
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Makizushi Art

Take a look at some makizushi art


You've never eaten sushi that looks like this
Jan 17
// Josh Totman
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...
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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
// Ben Huber
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...
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Pokemon Art

Every Pokemon ever scaled in one handy chart


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

UDON to publish translated Fate/Stay Night Artbooks


Unlimited Art Works
Jan 04
// Pedro Cortes
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 ...

The winner of Japanator's best anime art of 2013

Jan 02 // Josh Tolentino
And without further ado, our winner: Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet While there were shows that were more stylish, more fluidly animated, or even more creative this year, few others kept everything together like Gargantia did for its run, and that's a tough job to accomplish for even the most experienced studio. The impact of consistency and coherence on a show's visual signature are too often underestimated, and the able talents at Production I.G. once again earned their reputation for rock-solid production values. There was nary a moment that the show didn't seem to be putting its best foot forward visually, from the intense CG space battle in the pilot episode to the undersea exploration and odd-duck historical flashbacks later on. But it's not as if being able to throw scads of money and man-hours at the production was the sole determinant of I.G.'s success with Gargantia, though. No, the capable art direction of Hirotsugu Kakoi (who's also credited on such visually distinct anime as Sayonara Zetsubou-Sensei and the first installments of Kyousougiga) coupled well with the vibrant character designs of Hanaharu Naruko to give the show a coherent, well-realized, deliciously colorful mood, where every aspect seemed to fit in-- even when the premise involved a spaceman from a futuristic society landing on a post-apocalyptic waterworld. Well, not everything fit in. That bit with the belly-dancing somehow felt more out-of-place than all of Chamber's hot black beam weaponry. [Editor's Note: I will defend Amy's belly-dancing all day long, so whatever, Josh!] But hey, this is a "best art" award, not a "perfect art" award, and Gargantia's art was attractive and consistent for the entire run of the show. Congratulations to Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet!
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Who's the prettiest Japanese cartoon?
Writing about our "Best Art" category for the Japanator Awards is great. Unlike our "Best Anime", character, or even the musical categories, the cool thing about checking out the best art of the year in Japanese cartoons is t...

Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!

Dec 27 // Kristina Pino
Len and Rin Kagamine by brittneyvet97VOCALOID02 by yui-22Vocaloid - Kagamine Rin and Len Brotherly Love by To-TheStarsLen Kagamine :3 Dibujo by UriclubTkMagnet Len by Nanamychildren's war by taniikoKagamine Len by Squ-chanKagamination by projectTiGERLen Kagamine by Zixair1愛は戦争 by zenyuRin Rin! by iwasp0nthiswei鏡音レン also by zenyuRin Beautiful by KagamineRinAppends Have a suggestion for a future fan art gallery? Let me know directly: kristina (at) japanator (dot) com. Also feel free to link to any sourced Kagamine twins artwork you like in the comments below.  
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If they aged, they'd be legal in Japan
Today, December 27th, the Kagamine twins Rin and Len turn six years old. Though they're perpetually 14, there's always a steady flow of art, new costumes, and updated music for all members of the Vocaloid world, so let's enjo...

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Fashion

Check out the latest t-shirt design from Boomslank


A shirt for the fighter in all of us
Dec 21
// Tim Sheehy
Our good friends at Boomslank have released a brand new t-shirt for you to gush over. Simply titled "Tournament," their latest design depicts two schoolgirls exchanging blows on a busy street, surrounded by a crowd of on-look...
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Book clock

I can't stop staring at Masaaki Hiromura's book clock


Watch those disembodied hands move!
Dec 18
// Kristina Pino
A super cool digital clock was recently installed at Shibuya in front of a department store featuring disembodied hands turning the pages of books as they mark the time. As you can see in the video above, there are three boo...
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Pokemon Art

Delightful Pokemon paintings by Kat Brunnegraff


I would catch all these
Dec 17
// Kristina Pino
Kat Brunnegraff is no stranger to us over at sister site Tomopop since she customizes toys. But this time around, she's appearing on Japanator for some fabulous Pokémon paintings I didn't know she created until Toysrev...
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Birthday Gallery

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!


Shot through the heart
Dec 12
// Kristina Pino
Happy birthday to Fuu, the ever-gentle, ever-green (at least in eyes and dress) Magic Knight who stole my heart so many years ago. I always did like her powers and humor, and green is my favorite color. That and she was an am...

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