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9:00 AM on 03.22.2014

AB 2014: The Cosplayers

Anime Boston 2014 brings out the cosplayers from the US Northeast. If you look at what parades through the bigger cons' halls in the year, the earlier cons give you an indication of what's to come later in the year. Take a lo...

Jeff Chuang

Persona 5 and others announced for NA photo
Persona 5 and others announced for NA
by Elliot Gay

Atlus has gone and done it.

In one fell swoop, they went and announced that Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4: Dancing all Night (Vita), and  Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) will all be getting English language releases in North America. None of this is particularly surprising, but I know a whole lot of people have been waiting for this news. Are you happy now?


Persona 5 and Dancing All Night are currently scheduled to cross the ocean sometime in 2015,while Persona Q and Arena Ultimax will be hitting this fall. Some of these dates are a little bit far out, but I don't think anyone was expecting all of these games to hit in 2014.

For those of you not in the know, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth is a crossover featuring the cast of both P3 and P4, done up in the style of Atlus' Etrian Odyssey games. Dungeon exploring, first person battles, and a huge pool of playable characters are the order of the day here. Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a rhythm game in which Narukami, the protagonist of P4, dances to some chill beats in order to fell some Shadows. It's being co-developed by Dingo, the developers of the first Hatsune Miku Project Diva game. Persona 4 Arena Climax is the sequel to Arena, a 2D fighting game designed by Arc System Works. 

Last but certainly not least is Persona 5, the big one. Details are still thin, but its comforting to see Atlus finally talking about it out in the open.

Atlus sent us a whole bunch of screenshots and trailers for the games, so feel free to check those out below and bask in all the glory.

Time to get hype!

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6:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the...

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 01.19.2014

Happy birthday, Gaara!

I haven't kept up with the on-goings of Naruto and friends in a while, but one thing that has been consistent is my love for Gaara. Finding great artwork dedicated to today's birthday boy wasn't too hard, though limiting my g...

Kristina Pino

9:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

You may or may not have already seen these pictures floating around on Imgur the past couple of days. Yes, that's right. Someone has taken the time to recreate the memorable scenery of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. For someo...

Amber Hunt

Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou! photo
Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou!
by Kristina Pino

Utena Tenjou, the Revolutionary Girl, turns 17 today! And all these years later, she still inspires some beautiful artwork of which I've chosen a modest sample to share with you. Well, to be precise, a sample of 17 images since that's the magic number.

I'm actually pretty happy with this batch, not just because it's Utena and she's awesome, but also because of the variety in art styles present. It's a real delight, so please enjoy the gallery below! Here's the full list of credits:

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Happy birthday, Kagamine twins! photo
Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!
by Kristina Pino

Today, December 27th, the Kagamine twins Rin and Len turn six years old. Though they're perpetually 14, there's always a steady flow of art, new costumes, and updated music for all members of the Vocaloid world, so let's enjoy some of it in the gallery below!

Rin and Len happen to be my favorite Vocaloid characters, and I happen to own a fair amount of figures of the two (including the ones in the header, which were photographed by me), so it was tough narrowing down all the great artwork out there to just a handful for this post. I opted to feature art that was created recently (within the last six months) in order to really cut things down. It helped.

Full credits for each image featured:

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9:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Enter a mob war with JoJo: All Star Battle's new details

As Namco Bandai winds down towards the halfway point of their Bizarre Adventure, the traveling game development company is ready to give us a quick recap on JoJo's fifth story that covers the adventures of Giorno Giovana...

Salvador GRodiles

3:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!

Happy birthday to Fuu, the ever-gentle, ever-green (at least in eyes and dress) Magic Knight who stole my heart so many years ago. I always did like her powers and humor, and green is my favorite color. That and she was an am...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Take a peek at Bayonetta: Bloody Fate's storyboards

Gonzo is making a Bayonetta movie, didn't you hear? You know what that means: time to run in terror! Ok, fine, maybe Gonzo isn't that bad, but they don't exactly have a stellar track record with their anime adaptions of video...

Ben Huber

11:00 AM on 11.08.2013

New The Idolm@ster: One For All screenshots emerge

Bandai Namco's upcoming PS3 idol producing simulator, The Idolm@ster: One For All, is the first main new entry in the series since the second game on the PS3 and 360. As such, it's not too surprising that the folks over there...

Elliot Gay

11:30 PM on 11.04.2013

JoJo: All Star Battle's new info will awaken your Stand

We've all known for a good while that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is going to land in the west next year; however, the fabulous people at Namco Bandai have revealed that the game will be released in Spring 2014...

Salvador GRodiles