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Hey, remember when we announced that contest where we and MangaGamer gave away copies of Shuffle! sequel Really?Really! ? That happened, and we now have a handful of winners!
[Update: Contest's over! Thanks to everyone who joined up!]
Have you had enough of Navel's visual novel sensation, Shuffle!? That's a silly question. Of course you haven't!
But what isn't silly at all is the fact that we're hooking up with MangaGamer to give away a bunch of copies of Really? Really!(link NSFW), the sequel to Shuffle!. for the low, low, price of absolutely free!
Check out the details on how to enter the contest below!
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 fair game. The only real fine print here is whatever you do, it should fall within the scope of the FFXIII series in terms of any references you make that involve Final Fantasy games.
For a look at all the official rules, a collection of reference art, submission guidelines, and everything else you might need to know, you can check out the official page. At the time of writing, there's still a week left to submit an entry, and as I implied in the heading of this article: Tetsuya Nomura is judging this contest personally. There will be three (3) grand prize winners, who are getting an original sketch from Nomura, a custom XBox360, US$1,000, the FFXIII trilogy for XBox 360, a shirt (unfortunately a fixed size instead of based on the winners), and a keychain.
Just a heads up for all of our HUGE members. Our colleagues at Destructoid are giving away 1,000 indie game codes courtesy of IndieGameStand. Those of you who've signed up for HUGE, our network-wide subscription service, either through Destructoid, Japanator, or one of our other fine sites, will be receiving first dibs, allowing you to download a free game from the IGS online shop. Just click here to grab your free game code, create an account on IGS (or login with Facebook) then redeem that code here.
To scope out what they have to offer, head over to Destructoid and view some trailers. If you haven't signed up for HUGE, it's not too late to do so! Learn more about the membership and its numerous perks here.
Alright, indie game lovers and doujin connoisseurs, the time is now! Our Doujin Bundle giveaway is over, and we have ten winners who'll get free codes for a bundle of sweet Japanese indie games courtesy of Groupees!
Check out the list of winners below! We selected entries at random, so if the gods of chance have smiled upon you, contact us at this email address to get your code!
As you all know, Japan Expo is right around the corner on August 23rd - 25th in beautiful Santa Clara, California! If you haven't already bought your tickets to party already, we are going to give you guys another shot at winning some more tickets!
There are already loads of awesome guests already going to be there, but there is always room for more, right? I am proud to say that we have the inside scoop on a new guest before anyone else. We are pleased to announce that Gamushara Oendan is coming to cheer on anyone and everyone that they can find. Head on over right now to the Japan Expo's Facebook page and watch the greeting video!
While there, make sure that you put "Osu! Osu! Osu! Osu! Japanator!" in the comments section of the video announcement. That will be your entry into the contest! Hurry because the party is coming up and I would hate for any of you to miss it! I want to see as many Japanator readers there as possible so we can take over!
You like indie games? Of course you do! Japan's got a thriving indie (doujin) scene, and our pals at Groupees gave us a bunch of codes for the first Doujin Bundle to give away!
The Doujin Bundle is a Humble Bundle-style collection of localized Japanese indie games, including Cafe 0 ~The Drowned Mermaid, Yatagarasu, War of the Human Tanks, Yousei, Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, Croixleur, and Ether Vapor Remaster!
All you have to do to get your chance at winning a copy of the Doujin Bundle is leave a comment below! We'll be giving away 10 codes and select the winners at random by Thursday, August 15th at 11:59PM Central! Limit of one entry per person. Each code unlocks all seven games above as well as the unlockable bundle bonuses, which includes games, soundtracks and more!
It's only a couple weeks away until Japan Expo launches its first convention on US soil! I had the pleasure of attending the show they did in Paris last year, and was totally blown away by all the entertainment, and exciting things that were happening. While there's all sorts of anime, gaming, and mange to be enjoyed --the convention has something really unique mixed in. A look a Japanese culture.
There's going to be martial arts demos, traditional crafts, and lots of yummy food in Santa Clara on August 23rd-25th, and we want to make sure we meet up with some of our readers while there. So, without further ado let's give away some tickets!
To enter, just like the Japan Expo Facebook page, and write on the wall "Japanator rules the moon!" on their wall. Yup, the moon... we rule it. Over the next couple weeks we'll random choose a few posts to give tickets to. One lucky winner may even have a chance to punch Japanator's Josh Totman and Tim Sheehy on the convention floor. I just have to make sure to not tell them it's happening.
Japan Expo will be hosting some amazing guests this year, including Gainax's Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, BONES president Masahiko Minami, and from Phoenix Wright, Tasuro Iwamoto and Noriyuki Iwadare. Bringing the music will be You Kikkawa, J☆Dee’Z, Dempagumi.inc, and 1000say. There's some other fantastic guests on the bill, with new cool people being announced daily. We hope to see you guys in sunny California for what's sure to be an awesome event!
First of all, I'd like to thank everyone that entered this contest! We received a crazy number of responses, and we couldn't be happy to see so many people leave their lurker-selves behind to give us their character ideas.
However, we only have five prizes to give away. It was a tough decision to pick out our favourites, but after some discussion, drinking and a few staring contests, we have our winners. Congratulations to the following:
[Last chance! Be sure to enter now or forever hold your peace! - Chris]
Oh, you lucky folks! Thanks to MoeNovel we have five boxed copies of the upcoming If My Heart Had Wings English release. What's more, each of these will come with a mini comic/art book, which I'm sure you'll appreciate looking at the screenshots!
If My Heart Had Wings is a story about how Aoi Minase, a young guy who has just returned to his hometown, meets the wheelchair-bound girl Kotori Habane, stuck on a hill with a flat tyre. Not long after their meeting they spot a glider in the skies above them, and both decide that they would one day like to fly through the skies. You can try out the demo if you want to learn more, which you can snag from the official website.
All you have to do to win one of these prizes is give me a description of your own visual novel character, then pop it in the comments below. It could be the ideal love interest, a crazy donut-loving maniac or even a robot-alien that is allergic to bad jokes. Descriptions can be as long or short as you like, and we'll be picking our favourites as the winners. He/she doesn't need to be funny to get our approval, most of us here are budding visual novel players, so we'd appreciate a well constructed character just as much! You have until 11:59pm CST on June 27th, and be sure you have a Japanator account so that we can email you if you win.
This contest is open worldwide, but do remember that the prizes will not be shipped until after the games release on June 28th. Good luck everyone!
Sorry for taking too long on revealing the winner. Apparently, there was this major power outage at Japanator HQ, and we had to drive away the cats in the most non violent way possible. It was a long battle, but we were able to come to a closing stand point with the felines. Unfortunately, we're still recovering from the deep scratch wounds. Oh wait, what was I talking about again? Oh yeah, the Moekanji Contest winners! Without further ado, let's reveal the winners for both options.
Once again, congratulation, folks! At the moment, the Moekanji Packs are currently shipping to our sender, aka Hiroko, so be on the look out for an email from us during the week. To the winners of Option Number One, the extra prize (The Fate/Stay Night t-shirt or the Totoro Origami) will be a surprise, so you'll have to pray that you get the item that you've been hoping for. Also, you can check out all of the entries for Option Number One in the gallery below.
Before we wrap things up, I would love to give an Honorable Mention to Kleber J Davila for doing an outstanding job on his Mirai-chan piece. His entry may have been late, but we cannot deny Kleber's piece from being shown in the gallery.
Actually, I would like to give a big thanks to everyone who entered. That said, congratulations, everyone!
[Update #2: The contest is now closed. Thanks for entering, the winner will be revealed later on in the day]
[Update: We have revealed the two surprize prizes that Hiroko is giving away for option number one.]
At the end of May, the cuteness in the form of Moekanji will be available for people to purchase. Thanks to Danny Choo, we will be giving away four Moekanji packs. Instead of having one way for you guys to win these lovely adorable cards, you will have two options!
For your first choice, we require you to do a fanart of Mirai-chan wearing a shirt that features Japanator’s logo, aka the cute smiley Cyclops. Once you are done with your entry piece, be sure to post your completed work in the Community Blog section of Japanator with the headline Moekanji Contest. Since it takes a lot of hard work to create good artwork, the two winners of the first option will also get a surprise item from Hiroko’s stash in the form of a Fate/Stay Night T-shirt or a Totoro origami.
To those who lack the drawing talent to participate in option number one, the second option will require you to leave a comment below about your reasoning behind learning Japanese. If you are interested in entering but haven’t learned any Japanese yet, you could give us an answer about your reasoning behind wanting to learn Japanese instead. Your answer can either be serious or goofy, so do your best to be creative with your reply.
You have until June 8th (11:59 PM) to submit your entry, and you are only allowed to enter in one option, so choose wisely. Also, the contest will be open to US residents only – sorry, international readers. Once we choose our two winners from both contests, we will contact the victors through their email on their J-toraccount, so make sure that you have one before you enter. After we pick the two winners for both options, we will reveal the winners on June 9th, along with a gallery of all of the entries for option number one.