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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc. photo
Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.
by Jeff Chuang

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 pretty much everyone), but also suggestions for some odds and ends that didn't fit into any of the other guides, but still make great gifts for the right people.

However, unlike the items in the previous three guides, the products on this list range from difficult to impossible to pick up at retail, so you'd better get your cyber-shopping started now.

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Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store photo
Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store
by Jeff Chuang

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 Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for $15 or Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together for $10. Still it is neat to see Final Fantasy XIV for the PC at $15 already. Or you could buy yet another copy of Final Fantasy VII for $5, I wouldn't judge. The list of games on sale is long and also includes plenty of non-Japanese games, like Kane & Lynch 2: Dog Days; because it's a great gag gift to give to Dog Days fans. Strangely enough, the Hitman: Absolution SD figures are also on sale at 50% off. I guess that makes sense because so is Hitman: Absolution (only $15 for the Professional edition). Another thing you could do is try out Final Fantasy: The 4 Heroes of Light and see what the big deal is for the upcoming spiritual-sequel, Bravely Default.

The sales will end on Monday, so this is a great thing to keep in mind if you are out shopping on Black Friday. Gotta get the best info so you don't end up impulse-buying something more expensive! Or you can use it to beat the rush, since buying at home is what pros do these days. I'm going to assume the existing deal with free shipping will stack, if you order over $100 worth of things--that would be a sizable haul.

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6:00 PM on 11.11.2013

PSA: PlayStation Vita hardware on sale at Radio Shack

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 ...

Josh Tolentino



Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale photo
Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale
by Josh Tolentino

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't have to pay a lot for a whole bunch of Japanese games on the PS Vita. Huzzah! 

Starting...well, a couple of days ago, a veritable host of the Vita's top wares go on sale via the PlayStation Network, and will go even more on sale if you've got PS Plus. Gravity Rush, one of the platform's best games to date, is even free as part of the PS Plus instant game collection. Other hot bangers like Soul Sacrifice, Atelier Totori Plus, and Street Fighter X Tekken are on sale, too. 

And on the week of the 20th, you can pair your copy of Dragon's Crown with Vanillaware's other Vita game, Muramasa Rebirth, along with the likes of Ragnarok Odyssey and Metal Gear Solid HD Collection

That's a lot of games, and it's not even the full list (you can check that out below). So, Vita owners, see anything you like?

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6:00 PM on 07.20.2013

Add Studio Ghibli's best to your vinyl collection

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...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 03.13.2013

Evangelion body spray is the Essence of Shinji

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...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 03.07.2013

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 02.17.2013

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 02.10.2013

Accel World AR shirts are as augmented as the show is

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...

Josh Tolentino

5:45 PM on 02.02.2013

Don't forget to get your shield at 7-Eleven

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...

Eric Koziol

10:00 AM on 01.21.2013

Now you can have your GACKT and drink it too

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...

Hiroko Yamamura





2:00 PM on 12.19.2012

This Metal Gear bento is the greatest bento

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...

Josh Tolentino