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1:00 PM on 02.14.2014

Let Tetsuya Nomura be the judge of your Lightning artwork

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 f...

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HUGE: We're giving away 1,000 indie games photo
HUGE: We're giving away 1,000 indie games
by Tim Sheehy

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

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Contest: Congratulations to our Doujin Bundle winners! photo
Contest: Congratulations to our Doujin Bundle winners!
by Josh Tolentino

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!

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Contest: Guest Announcement and Win More Tickets photo
Contest: Guest Announcement and Win More Tickets
by Josh Totman

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!

Osu! Osu! Osu! Osu! JAPANATOR!

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Contest: Win indie games from the Doujin Bundle!  photo
Contest: Win indie games from the Doujin Bundle!
by Josh Tolentino

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 MermaidYatagarasuWar of the Human TanksYouseiCherry Tree High Comedy ClubCroixleur, 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!

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Contest: Win Tickets to Japan Expo! photo
Contest: Win Tickets to Japan Expo!
by Hiroko Yamamura

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!

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Congratulations to our contest winners! photo
Congratulations to our contest winners!
by Chris Walden

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:

Bacon_n_Lettuce
Canti
Jennifu
Robot Lunchbox
Vannstrange 

I'll be whisking off emails to you shortly, so keep an eye out for that (and make sure your Japanator accounts are up to date!). 

Thanks to MoeNovel for giving us the goodies, and keep your eyes on Japanator for more contests in the future.

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Contest: Win a copy of If My Heart Had Wings! photo
Contest: Win a copy of If My Heart Had Wings!
by Chris Walden

[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!

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Congratulations to our Moekanji Contest winners! photo
Congratulations to our Moekanji Contest winners!
by Salvador G Rodiles

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. 

Option Number One

Option Number Two

  • Kou
  • Grimsta

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! 

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Contest: Win a pack of Moekanji Cards from Danny Choo! photo
Contest: Win a pack of Moekanji Cards from Danny Choo!
by Salvador G Rodiles

[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-tor account, 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. 

Best of Luck, People! 

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Contest: My Neighborhood Totoro & Howl's Moving Castle photo
Contest: My Neighborhood Totoro & Howl's Moving Castle
by Hiroko Yamamura

That's right, now's your chance to win two amazing Hayao Miyazaki classics! Walt Disney Home Entertainment has just released a couple of my favorite Studio Ghibli films, My Neighborhood Totoro, and Howl's Moving Castle separately, as Blu-Ray and DVD combo packs. The best part of all this? They want to make sure one lucky Japanator reader gets a copy of both films!

I can't make a contest of this magnitude too easy for you, can I? So, since we're giving away both movies in both formats, we thought we might as well spread the contest across the glorious facets of the internet.

The rules are simple.

  1. Leave a comment here on why you would want to be my neighbor.
  2. Tweet to @Japanator Why Miyazaki's films move you.
  3. Like us on Facebook, and tell us on our wall what anime this season is making you howl!

One winner will be chosen by the staff on June 10th, based on creativity, humor, and all around entertainment. You must complete all three steps to be eligible, and if we have some ties, I'll see what fun stuff I have laying around my closet to give away for second and third place. Unfortunately, this contest is for people residing in the continental United States, but feel free to show some support on social media for the heck of it if you're not Stateside.

How does the high definition release look? What are the awesome new extras? Keep your eyes on the site for my double review next week. Good luck!

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Contest: Win a YuruYuri figure courtesy of JManga7 photo
Contest: Win a YuruYuri figure courtesy of JManga7
by Brad Rice

We've teamed up with the folks at JManga and JManga7 to give away a YuruYuri figure set, featuring Akaza Akari (visible and invisible versions) and Yoshikawa Chinatsu!

What do you have to do? It's quite easy: sign up for a free trial of JManga7. So really, all of you are winners already. While you're at it, you might want to give YuruYuri a read. The first chapter is free for everyone, so even if you don't want to sign up, give it a shot.

In addition to our grand prize, the YuruYuri figure, we have some runner up gifts: DVDs and YuruYuri hand towels. We'll select five runner-ups. 

For those who haven't tried out JManga or JManga7 yet, the sites are a legal way to read comics online. Backed by the major comics publishers in Japan, JManga and JManga7 give access to all sorts of titles, including ones not published in the US. JManga allows you to purchase individual titles, while JManga7 is more of a subscription service -- akin to Netflix Streaming or Hulu Plus.

So be sure to sign up today. The contest will run for one week, and will close on Friday, November 23rd, at midnight E.T. (GMT-5).

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