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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

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

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

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

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
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
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

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

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

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

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

This Metal Gear bento is the greatest bento

Snake? Snake? Luuunch!!!
Dec 19
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
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

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

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

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
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

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

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

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

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

Importers Beware: New PS Vita firmware locks memory cards

Aug 29
Hold it right there, person about to update his or her PS Vita's firmware to the latest version, which is v1.80! Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Do you have another PSN account located in a different region (say, Ja... read

Toyota summons a Char Aznable hatchback

Aug 26
Or should we call it a "Char-iot"? Hah! In case a topless flat-chested ladyboy wasn't enough to sell you on the Toyota Auris, they've also come up with a sweet body and interior kit themed after The Red Comet himself, Char A... read

Atlus announces Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Edition

Aug 25
Hey remember the time Atlus included cool stuff with the premium editions of its games? Yeah, those were the heady days of...yesterday, when they announced the "Solid Gold Premium Edition" of Persona 4 Golden. Good times! Fol... read

Thanks, Atlus: Persona 4 Golden preorders get Vita skin

Aug 16
In case you needed another reason to be hyped up for the North American release of Persona 4 Golden, here it is: A preorder bonus! Atlus is including a free P4G-themed Vita skin with preorders of the game. It's the same ... read

PSA: Buy a PS Vita from Amazon, get Gravity Rush

Aug 01
In case you've been on the fence about getting yourself a PS Vita, a new Amazon offer might just help your decision. Buying a PS Vita, be it the 3G/Wi-Fi bundle or the regular Wi-Fi only model, will net you not only the handh... read

Prepare to Stamp Rally in San Francisco for...Evangelion?

Jun 28
San Francisco Bay Area-based otaku have it pretty good, despite not being on the main US convention circuit. I attribute this fortune almost single-handedly to San Francisco's Japantown  neighborhood. They put on a ton o... read

She's Winner! Hatsune Miku's Chrome ad wins at Cannes

Jun 20
Yes, that Cannes. The one in France. Well, the "Direct Lions" part of it anyway, the one that's concentrated on advertising rather than movies (cue snarky comment about all movies being ads anyway). Hatsune Miku, everyone's ... read

Election Year: Google+ to broadcast AKB48 Election Live

Jun 04
Want to watch some nerd event that's NOT somehow related to E3 this week? Are you an idol fan (or planning to become one)? Japan and Google have just the thing for you! This Wednesday, June 6th, they'll be livestreaming the 4... read

Have delusions of Grand Delusions with Akibaranger's gun

May 25
Sure, the Akibarangers may be protecting Akihabara each week from urban-renewal horrors, but what about your favorite nerd neighborhood? What about your favorite mall, secret hideout, gated community, basement, attic, or what... read

Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

May 14
The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrou... read

Hatsune Miku goods are now available at Hot Topic

May 03
Alright Miku fans, pack it in, Vocaloid is over. Hot Topic has started selling various Hatsune Miku-branded merchandise at its oh-so-counterculture mall stores. You can buy shirts for girls and guys adorned with the blue... read

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