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2:00 PM on 07.13.2014

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

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...

Josh Tolentino


9:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

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...

Josh Tolentino

2:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Family Mart cashier's enthusiasm is something to behold

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...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 06.10.2014

The Scouting Legion takes on the Bearded Titan

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...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 03.26.2014

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 03.22.2014

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

1:00 PM on 03.15.2014

Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Yay Consumer Electronics: PS4 sells 322,083 in Japan

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...

Josh Tolentino

10:30 PM on 02.21.2014

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 12.16.2013

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

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...

Brad Rice



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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