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Rest in Peace: Masayuki Izumi passes away

A great antihero has left our world
Aug 04
// Salvador GRodiles
Ladies and gentlemen; it pains me to tell you all that Masayuki Izumi passed away on July 28. Sadly, the guy left to the other side at 35, which was too soon for someone at that age. The cause of his death was an undisclosed ...
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Death Note

Death Note TV series announced and characters revealed

More deaths than Game of Thrones
May 25
// Anthony Redgrave
Tsugumi Ohba's writing combined with Takeshi Obata's art produced a heart pounding, page turning manga called Death Note that was later adapted into a widely popular TV anime, a ho-hum movie adaptation, and some more side sto...
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Junjou Romantica

Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release

Love lives!
Jun 12
// Kristina Pino
Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package...
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Crunchyroll x FUJI TV

Crunchyroll partners with FUJI TV to stream 21 dramas

Some of them are required viewing
Apr 07
// Chris Walden
Remember when Crunchyroll used to show Japanese drama? I kid, but let's be honest, it's been pretty slim pickings on the drama front as so much time and effort was instead poured into acquiring anime simulcasts. However, this...

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Braving Inwards.

Come meet the Kyoryugers of 100 years in the future

What is this sophisticated child-generating technology?
Jan 27
// Chris Walden
We do still have a few weeks of dinosaur-related sentai action, but if the conclusion to the story and a few movies don't seem like enough content for you, why not get excited for the upcoming special? Set 100 years after th...
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An American take on Boys Over Flowers

Will it be worth the watch?
Dec 26
// Amber Hunt
So I'm a little obsessed with drama, typical for a girl right? I was a big fan of the British show Skins, and then later found myself in love with Boys Over Flowers. If I could describe to you how much I adore it, I woul...

Slice of life: Sunny manga grabbed by VIZ Media

The boring lives of teenage orphans
May 09
// Kristina Pino
If you're a fan of slice of life, here's a thing for you. Sunny, by Taiyo Matsumoto, has been grabbed by VIZ Media and translated by Michael Arias (producer: The Animatrix). The release of the first volume of this manga will ...

BWAHAHAH! Josh Groban singing in Japanese!

Oh, Josh...
Oct 19
// Dale North
You guys know who Josh Groban is, right? He's a very talented multi-platinum selling 'easy listening' vocalist that has 'raised up' so many weddings with his music that I get teary just thinking about his voice. So, again, s...

Rejoice? Live action xxxHOLiC drama incoming

Sep 06
// Elliot Gay
I'm not on very good terms with Clamp these days. I absolutely adore their early work (Card Captor Sakura, Magical Knight Rayearth), but their recent stuff hasn't done much for me whatsoever. I've heard good things about xxxH...

Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- to rival TMA?

Jul 05
// Chris Walden
Remember there is going to be a live-action Sengoku Basara series? Well, the official site now has a trailer to show off some of the characters involved, and I can tell you now, we're in for a treat. You also get to hear a l...

EXILE's Akira to star in Great Teacher Onizuka remake

May 24
// Bob Muir
For a long time, people have loved GTO, a.k.a. Great Teacher Onizuka, the story of a gang-member-turned-awesome-teacher. The original manga ran from 1997 to 2002, which spawned a live-action TV drama, a movie, and an ani...

Strawberry Night gets a night out to the theaters

Mar 23
// Josh Totman
Fuji TV's mystery drama Strawberry Night has just ended as of last Tuesday. The drama ended with a high 15.9% viewer rating for the final episode and a 15.4% viewer rating average for the season. That's some pretty strong num...

Waifu Amami Yuki to star in Kaeru no Oujo-sama

Feb 28
// Josh Totman
FujiTV just announced that Amami Yuki will be playing the role of a legendary musical star in the upcoming musical drama series Kaeru no Oujo-sama. This is not anything new for Amami Yuki. She has had a very successful backgr...

Yakuza spin-off will receive a TV drama

Feb 13
// Chris Walden
According to Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, there will be a television adaptation of the upcoming Yakuza spin-off game; Yakuza: Black Panther 2. The drama will be an eleven-part series that airs late at night, and will be released in ...

Crunchyroll simulcasting Nisemonogatari, among others

Jan 04
// Bob Muir
The Winter 2012 season is upon us, and that means it's time for the licensing announcements to start rolling in! Bust out your Crunchyroll accounts, because they've acquired simulcasting rights for Bakemonogatari sequel Nisem...

Liar Game: Reborn trailer appears, still no Nao

Dec 28
// Chris Walden
Who is up for some glorious drama? The full-length trailer for the second and upcoming movie Liar Game: Reborn has just surfaced, showing off some familiar faces in Akiyama (Shota Matsuda) and Fukunaga (Suzuki Kosuke). As we ...

The Ranma 1/2 live drama trailer is here

Nov 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Your nervous wait is finally over. The trailer for the Ranma 1/2 live drama trailer is finally ready to be viewed! I have to say, this look better than I expected. I guess the use of the word drama had me worried. It looks ev...

The Truth: New Liar Game film inbound

Oct 05
// Chris Walden
If you take a look inside Weekly Young Jump, you will notice that there is an announcement for a new Liar Game film! Interestingly enough, it seems that Kanzaki Nao may not be making an appearance. In the article itself, it s...

Ranma 1/2 is going to be a live action drama

Sep 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
Wow, talk about blast from the past! Rumiko Takahashi's classic sensation Ranma 1/2 is going to be made into a two hour drama, to be aired on NHK in December. I'm pretty excited to see some sex changing, animal ...

Rejoice: Ouran Host Club to get live action drama!

May 19
// Brad Rice
The Ouran High School Host Club franchise has proven to be spectacularly popular not only in Japan, but in the U.S. as well. Now, five years past when the 2006 anime was released, the show is finally making its way ...

Hikari Mistushima turns up the heat with Miike's Icimei

May 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Sexy idol Hikari Mitsushima is having an awesome year. She'll be appearing opposite heart throb Eita in the upcoming Takashi Miike 3D flim, Ichimei -- a remake of the Japanese classic, Seppuku. The fi...

Mnet teams up with Comcast to bring Asian media to cable

Apr 06
// Brad Rice
Exciting headline, isn't it? Sometimes, these cable deals can seem a little boring, but this one caught our eye: a company called Mnet is teaming up with Comcast to distribute Asian pop culture in a dedicated channel. So, the...

Arakawa goes live-action, might bring creepiness with it

Apr 01
// OxKing
Arakawa Under the Bridge was one funny show. A lot of people seem to agree as well, and if I were to just point out a single favorite thing out of the entire surrealist comedy, I'd have to say that the live-action previews fo...

Saki Aibu dons a fat suit for her newest drama, Rebound

Feb 16
// Colette Bennett
Saki Aibu -- you know that pretty girl from Zettai Kareshi and Buzzer Beat? Yep, that's the one. The same one you see above sporting a full fat suit. If you can't even recognize her, that's good, because that's exactly what t...

Be my Valentine: I'm sweet for you, Hanazawa Rui

Feb 14 // Colette Bennett
Actor Oguri Shun is a pretty hot dude, and I've painted him with my saliva way back when we had Idol Day. Thing is though, most j-drama fans will tell you that when you really fall for an actor, it's usually because of a certain role they play in a show. Oguri Shun was some hot J-dude when I watched Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, but then, I saw a little show he did by the name of Hana Yori Dango (incidentally, we're currently watching and discussing it on my drama podcast, Dorama Club, if you want to check it out).  In Hana Yori Dango, Shun plays the role of Hanazawa Rui, one member of a very exclusive rich boys club called F4. Makes him sound like a total dbag, doesn't it? And yet somehow, he isn't at all. Instead, he's like, the hottest thing ever. He really knows how to dress, he's always stepping in and saying or doing the right things, he always seems to be reading a book (smart! ooh!) and best of all, he likes to sit in the windowsill at his house, gaze longingly out the window, and play the violin. PLAY THE VIOLIN. WHO IN REAL LIFE PLAYS THE VIOLIN, LOOKS HOT AND IS NICE? WHO? That's why I want to ask Rui to be my Valentine. He's way too good to be true, sure, but that's why we watch anime and j-drama -- to fantasize about impossibly awesome people that we wish really existed. So Rui, look. I want you to come over, pick me up in whatever sexy ass car you drive. Let's go out to a nice dinner, and then let's go back to your place, and I want to sit in the windowsill and I want you to play me some songs on your violin.And then I'm going to give you the valentine I got for you. I really hope you like it. Hanazawa Rui, will you be my Valentine?

Since it's Valentine's Day, it's obviously a holiday where you have a special opportunity to do one thing: openly declare your love. We do that a lot in our Confessions series, but today at Japanator, we're going to give Vale...


JapanaTen: Further feeding your J-drama addiction

Feb 01
// Colette Bennett
[Editor's note: Yaiko of Asian Pop Shock fame has kindly agreed to give us her take on the next ten dramas you must see. Enjoy!]  Hello, Japanator readers! Your new J-drama fangirl, Yaiko, here with my ina...

TBS announces their most expensive j-drama ever

Jan 19
// Colette Bennett
I have a lot of good looking studs in my J-boy harem, but some of them will only come out for the best of the best. After all, you get deeply established enough in this business, you get to do what you want. Take SMAP member ...

Kuuchuu Buranko is going live-action, maybe UPSIDE DOWN

Dec 10
// OxKing
Wait, what?Some of you might remember Kuuchuu Buranko as an anime on the noitaminA block in late 2009, and even fewer might have remembered sitting through it without getting a headache. Well, for those who missed it, th...

Yakuza game getting live-action, manga adaptations

Aug 28
// Josh Tolentino
You'd be forgiven for not noticing, given the series' relatively poor performance overseas, but the Yakuza (aka Ryu ga Gotoku)games are pretty huge in Japan. With five games and even an Edo-period spinoff, Sega's surprisingly...

Oguri Shun and Mao Inoue together again in new drama

Aug 23
// Colette Bennett
Ah, one of the most beloved almost-pairings in the J-drama world: Mao Inoue's Makino and Oguri Shun's Rui from Hana Yori Dango. Any fan of that show will quiver when you mention them, and the idea of seeing them together in a...

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