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JoJo's Hoodies

Stardust Crusaders hoodies are JoJo's Bizarre Apparel


Wear 'em like arcana
Aug 07
Have you ever wanted a Stand of your very own? Too bad, they aren't real, but clothing brand BEAMS may have just brought us the next best thing, in the form of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed hoodies, designed to look like St... read
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PS4

Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white


Step it up, Nippon!
Jul 13
Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies... read
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Yamaha anime

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque


But no bike fights, apparently
Jul 09
We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard make... read
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Family Mart

Family Mart cashier's enthusiasm is something to behold


Have pride in what you do
Jun 12
Sometimes you see people doing unexpected things that just brighten your day. Take this cashier who is serving up change and goods in style. The man obviously takes some serious pride in his job, and aims to please his custo... read
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Attack on Titan

The Scouting Legion takes on the Bearded Titan


This is going to get hairy
Jun 10
So what if they want to devour us whole for reasons unknown? The least we can do is make them look good while doing it, right? Apparently, that's Schick's logic for trying to hawk safety razors for the sake of mankind's grea... read
JoJo Exquisite photo
JoJo Exquisite

How much money will you drop for all this JoJo bling?


More like 'JoJo's Bling-zarre Adventure'!
Mar 26
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has always been one of the most fabulous things around. It's no surprise that creator Hirohiko Araki's striking art style has been used to create work for luxury brands and fashion lines like Guc... read
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Yowapeda

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists


Girl power? More like girl pedal!
Mar 22
I love Japanese words. That might come as natural, given where I'm writing, but the way Japanese use words - foreign words in particular - is appealingly idiosyncratic. Case in point: "Boom". Where we filthy foreigners might ... read
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Gunpla

Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits


Build Fighters to follow?
Mar 15
It's actually funny: For as much access as North American anime fans have to Japan's pop culture output these days, there really are some things that are still difficult to find over there. For example, it's easy to get your ... read
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PS4

Yay Consumer Electronics: PS4 sells 322,083 in Japan


A good start
Feb 26
In case you didn't know, the PS4 has just launched in Glorious Nippon, three months after its North American and European debuts, and the numbers are in for the new platform's first two days of Japanese sales: The console ha... read
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K Blu-ray

Viz to put out K as an A-grade Blu-ray combo pack


Pretty boys and pretty pack-ins
Feb 21
Much as I've embraced our digital media future, I still have a soft spot in my heart for sweet physical extras. After all, I did once buy a copy of Sakura Taisen that I didn't have a machine for just to get a hilarious-l... read
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Amazon

Yotsuba&! tops Amazon Japan's manga sales for 2013


Evangelion 3.33 ranks as #1 Blu-ray/DVD
Dec 16
We've already seen what's been some of the hottest music this year in Japan, now let's turn our attention to everything they're buying. Amazon Japan released its listings of the top sellers of the year in just about ever... read
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Jam some bombastic tunes in your stocking
You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pret... read feature

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SQEX sale

Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store


Sales end Cyber Monday
Nov 27
And it's not just games from the Final Fantasy line, but a lot of titles are on sale at the Square-Enix online store. Many of the titles on sale are going for about 50% off retail, which means you can buy a copy of Kingd... read
PS Vita sale photo
PS Vita sale

PSA: PlayStation Vita hardware on sale at Radio Shack


All the portable gaming you can eat!
Nov 11
Hey, North Americans, I hear you're getting a PlayStation 4 soon! You know what would be a good companion machine for that monster? A PlayStation Vita! At least, Sony and Radio Shack seem to think so. Sony's done its part by ... read
Japan PS Vita Sale photo
Japan PS Vita Sale

Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale


Hook some big savings!
Aug 14
Hey, you know what's cool? Games from Japan for the PS Vita! You know what else is cool? Not paying a lot for videogames! It just so happens that Sony agrees with me, and has decided that for the next fortnight or so, you won... read
Ghibli vinyl photo
Ghibli vinyl

Add Studio Ghibli's best to your vinyl collection


Audiophiles and animephiles unite
Jul 20
Does music really sound better when you play it off vinyl? I'm too much of a musical philistine to answer that question, but what I can say is that if you're the type to collect records and also happen to be the type who love... read
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Evangelion Body Spray

Evangelion body spray is the Essence of Shinji


Irresistible to both ladies and apocalypses
Mar 13
Add another link to the illustrious, endless chain of Evangelion-themed merchandise, folks. Cosmetics brand Creer Beaute has shacked up with the brand that spawned a million torso-plugsuit water bottles to produce an appropri... read
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Project Diva F Facebook

Sega takes to Facebook to ask you to support Miku for PS3


Shall social media be her savior?
Mar 07
If you're at all familiar with the Hatsune Miku phenomenon, you'll know that her Japanese handlers have long been interested in marketing the virtual idol outside Glorious Nippon. From Toyota commercials to Mikunopolis, to an... read
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure photo
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure

JoJo All Star Battle gets a release date, fab box art


And an equally fab limited edition, too
Feb 17
Fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cyberconnect2, or crazy 3D anime fighting games can all start marking their calendars now, because Namco Bandai has confirmed an August 29th release date for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Al... read
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Accel World AR shirts are as augmented as the show is


The future of clothing is here
Feb 10
Say what you will about Accel World, but one of the cooler things about it was its kickass vision of a future that's fully integrated with augmented reality (AR) tech. Imagine a world where Google Glasses fully took over, an... read
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Don't forget to get your shield at 7-Eleven


Dragon Quest items available at this convenience store
Feb 02
Downloadable content. Bonus stuff for your games! For Dragon Quest VII's 3DS release, 7-Eleven stores in Japan will be having a promo where players will be able to go to a 7-Eleven and download a light shield and a shard. The... read
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Now you can have your GACKT and drink it too


Where is he not?
Jan 21
Go anywhere in Japan, and somehow you will run into the phenomena known as GACKT. Wether its music, movies, videos games, or books --the man is everywhere. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the former Malice... read
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This Metal Gear bento is the greatest bento


Snake? Snake? Luuunch!!!
Dec 19
It's...it's beautiful, like the Mount Rushmore of boxed lunches. Except some stupid mountain doesn't have the faces of two of the world's greatest soldiers (Solid Snake, Big Boss) and one guy whose idea of cool ninja style is... read
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Watching you stuff your stocking this year
The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed... read feature

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Fill your library!
The holiday blitz continues, as does Japanator's blitz of holiday shopping advice! After telling you which videogames and anime to buy for you and yours, today we're getting all "old-fashioned" by making recommendations for (... read feature

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Brought to you by Santaskander Claus
Hello again, and welcome to the next part of Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide! The other day we gave you our recommendations for the best videogames, but now it's time to take a look at the latest batch of stuff to pil... read feature

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Ace Combat's going PC, but where are my Idolmaster skins?


No rejoicing until I get them!
Nov 28
Don't get me wrong! It's cool and all that Namco Bandai's paying more attention to the PC. They've started porting superb titles like Dark Souls - albeit imperfectly - and with the latest announcement that they're gracin... read
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Electronical entertainments for your magitechnickal machines!
The holidays are upon us, dear readers, and where that usually means celebrating togetherness and occasionally the birth of a major religious figure, it also means having to shell out tons of monies for gifts to dis... read feature

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Get your shopping on with pre-Black Friday sales


Nov 21
Looking to spend all that holiday gift money on your friends yourself? Well, here's a chance to blow everything you've got left after that Criterion sale earlier this month. Right now, there are three big sales going on: FUNi... read
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Criterion DVDs are 50% off at Barnes and Noble


And we've got some Japanese recommendations for you
Nov 09
Right now, Barnes and Noble has the entire Criterion Collection on sale for 50% off, making the often-pricy discs a little more accessible. What's great about the Criterion Collection is that the company often does a great re... read
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Atlus shows how to apply the Persona 4 Golden Vita skin


You wouldn't want to smudge it all up, would you?
Nov 05
You only have to look at a PS Vita to know that the system's got a gorgeous OLED screen to display all those pretty graphics with. However, the knowledge that comes with handling Sony's handheld station-of-play is that the t... read
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Riding these Madoka scooters is not suffering


Instead, it is embarrassing
Oct 30
Actually, I might have to take that headline back, considering that these special Madoka Magica-themed electric scooters, produced by Brain Police Light, are mini-scooters, which have a seat height of about two feet tall. Dep... read






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