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4chan x 2chan

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

Moot agreed, don't bother him about it
Sep 22
// Josh Tolentino
Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the...
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IMDB's list of top anime reads like 'Ask an American'

But of course it would be, I guess?
Aug 24
// Josh Tolentino
There's nothing like a big ol' debate about what counts as "the best", and even anime - perhaps especially anime - are no stranger to this particular type of nerd catnip. Everyone's got their own little "toplist", including t...
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Persona 4

Insert Coin Clothing shows off their Persona 4 range

Funky Student approves
Aug 23
// Anthony Redgrave
Anyone that has played Persona 4 will know that every day is great when you shop at Junes. The store that had become the HQ for the Investigation Team now has an official wearable merch courtesy of Insert Coin Clothing. Inser...
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Kill la Kill

From birth to Kill la Kill, Mako Mankanshoku's life is revealed by Sushio

Everything is adorable
Aug 22
// Anthony Redgrave
Trigger's Kill la Kill was a fantastic romp through a not so typical Japanese school and the cherry on top of this anime sundae was the adorable Mako Mankanshoku, the underachiever that always has your back. Recently characte...

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Tokyo gifs

Gorgeous pixel-art gifs capture the humble side of Tokyo life

So peaceful and tranquil
Aug 16
// Anthony Redgrave
Sundays are designed to be lazy. Wake up late, coffee and novel 'til noon, walk or gardening 'til night, and then if you're like me getting all the homework and projects finished for deadline Monday!  Artist Yuuta T...
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RWBY heads east with Japanese voice cast announced

It's also a gun
Jun 10
// Anthony Redgrave
Rooster Teeth has expanded massively in the last few years. Not content with Western domination with their hit shows; Red vs. Blue, Achievement Hunter, and up coming fan supported film Lazer Team, they are now preparing to re...
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One Piece

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro

Oda takes on the internet
Nov 12
// Josh Tolentino
If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking wh...
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Hayamin QA

Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview

Quick Q&A with a prolific seiyuu
Aug 24
// Jeff Chuang
At Otakon 2014 Japanator was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with one of the most prolific voice actresses in otaku anime and games of the past several years. Saori Hayami appeared at the con on behalf of Aniplex and h...
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Fan poll selects most powerful robot

Nobody expects the cat robot
Jun 26
// Pedro Cortes
The argument about the strongest robots in anime is one that will continue in perpetuity. I mean, it's hard to get any sort of consensus about what to even include on the list. Giant robots are one thing, but do you include a... photo

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

And yes, there are .moe domains now
Apr 12
// Josh Tolentino
Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...
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Korea and men's rights top Japanese wikipedia edit wars

AKB48 dominates Japan's pop culture debates
Apr 02
// Brad Rice
Where are the Internet's biggest battles waged? On the field of Wikipedia, naturally. Some pages are a brutal wasteland of endless edits back and forth by any number of polarized sides. In English, George W Bush and List of W...
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Japanator Loves

Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte

Just in time for Fanfiction Day!
Apr 01
// Josh Tolentino
Sometimes fanfiction happens by chance, like my shipping Agrias and Ramza. Sometimes it happens by divine mandate, like our whole new direction here at Japanator. And sometimes it happens because you asked for it. That third ...
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Manga 4 Movies

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

All is coming into brains!
Mar 04
// Josh Tolentino
I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Rog and Tyrone, the inadvertent spokespeople of anime

Jan 29 // Ben Huber
Obviously, they submitted orders for videos with scripts featuring the most silly and over-the-top writing, deriding popular anime or declaring Satsuki (from Kill la Kill) as "best girl." They lampooned their fellow otaku for their tastes and tried to make the actors say Japanese words in the silliest way possible. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning, with a video ordered from a user named "activerog" or Rog. [embed]31332:3447:0[/embed] Like most internet memes, it's difficult to pinpoint the origin of the joke (and expiring 4chan threads don't help), but the earliest video I was able to locate on YouTube was uploaded on December 10, 2013, over a month ago (by Ryan Pollard). Since then, countless /a/ and /s4s/ threads have spread, and as more people caught wind of Rog's Fiverr page, more orders poured in. Suddenly, someone who had originally only dealt with businesses promoting products or other testimonials was flooded with an onslaught of anime-related video requests -- all at five dollars a pop. And then a second person, labeled Tyrone, showed up. Where was this all going? While it's easy to laugh at the speakers who attempt to pronounce difficult Japanese words, I wondered if perhaps there was a different side to this phenomenon. What did "Rog" and "Tyrone" think of all this? Were they aware of their minor internet celebrity? I wanted to find to out -- so I went straight to the source and chatted with both spokespeople. [embed]31332:3448:0[/embed] Roger Stockburger is a motivational speaker, life coach, and network marketer from Australia with an endearing accent. He expressed an enthusiasm for video and internet content the whole time we chatted, saying that his web presence has always been a big part of his life.  "Before YouTube [...] and GoPros, I strapped a Sony Handicam onto a Helmet and went snow skiing," he told me, and "that was in the early 90's." He touted his Facebook page as proof of his marketing skills and popularity. When he first started getting requests for anime-related videos, he quite literally said "WTF?" He also started to catch YouTube Poop edits of his videos (YTP videos are remixed and regurgitated modifications of existing video content). At first he wasn't sold on the idea, saying they were "a bit below the belt," but once he took a closer look, he realized all the time and effort being put into these edits was a creative use of users' talents that was "quite cool and impressive." [embed]31332:3449:0[/embed] Still, users were essentially paying Rog to recite jokes to other anime fans online. Speaking through his videos, they declared "Kill la Kill the Evangelion of anime" and that he "does not use VLC, because I use god-tier MPC." (For the uninitiated, there is plentiful and needless debate over which media player is the best to use for watching anime, either VLC or MPC.) The videos railed against fans' favorite "waifus" declaring that "your tastes are bad." Clearly, some fans thought they needed to fight back (or more likely, wanted in on the joke). So how else, than to fight fire with fire? [embed]31332:3450:0[/embed] A new challenger approaches! Enter "Tyrone" (first by Burotaku). Unlike Rog, the internet didn't know this fellow's real name, so they assigned him one of rather racially dubious quality. Tyrone was hired to combat Rog's Australian anime empire with a variety of messages, from one issuing a decree that "Wakfu is clearly superior to all anime ever produced" to another that reviews Chuunibyou season 2, where he says that "Rikka is super kawaii." There was also the hilariously awkward lolicon video, above. "That floor!" [embed]31332:3451:0[/embed] Obviously, Tyrone is not his real name. In actuality, he's Gordon Hurd, born in Cameroon but now living in Britain, a motivational speaker, author, preacher, and former TV presenter. Yes, that's quite the list of jobs, but it doesn't stop there: he also runs a Christian ministry. Even with all this, he finds time for making videos on Fiverr. He says he originally thought the flood of requests was due to "a new thing on the market" but soon found that he found himself "enjoying doing anime videos." He laughed and added, "but I keep begging the sellers for the right pronunciations." [embed]31332:3452:0[/embed] Perhaps the most hilarious anecdote was his tale of a client that asked him to to shout for the entire 30-second duration of the video. "My wife rushed down during the shoot as she thought I was hurt!" He also noted that some users have asked him "to feign being Obama," but he said the strangest one was "recently when I was asked to pass for... a single mum!" I'm still trying to find that video. Gordon also mentioned that due to the popularity of the anime-themed video requests, he decided to check out some anime himself. He told me that he watched "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and plans to watch more. I can only assume he meant an anime AMV, which (frankly) is adorable. Perhaps one user will feel bad about making him read that lolicon script, now. [embed]31332:3460:0[/embed] While Gordon and Roger have never crossed paths in real life, their videos have collided virtually aplenty. Both of them have also been aware of their digital faux-arguments; Rog said what caught his interest was that "some of them were some impressive hits on YouTube." Gordon even mentioned interacting with users in the comments, saying that while he loved how involved they were, some were "so involved one of them even shoved me off in a YouTube comment with words I cannot write here." Well, that's YouTube comments for you. [embed]31332:3453:0[/embed] Amidst the myriad of video-uploading, something emerged: a strange sense of unity. Though fans were hurling insults at each other, it was a gentle ribbing rather than vitriolic hate. Usually denizens of 4chan are powered by hate -- either of moe or of moe detractors -- but this was something they (mostly) came together to support. Of course, I couldn't leave without getting a video from both Rog and Gordon, now could I? I decided to continue the theme of unification among otaku and attempt to bring everyone together, although even I couldn't resist a few jokes here and there. [embed]31332:3454:0[/embed] [embed]31332:3455:0[/embed] "Now, I just love doing videos especially when buyers return positive, encouraging comments," says Gordon. He plans to continue doing anime-themed videos as long as the orders keep coming in. Perhaps one day a true collaboration between the two will happen, and the anime fandom on this side of the internet will collapse. Before I finished, I asked Rog one last question: who is "best girl?" I expected him to answer with the typical joke answer, "Satsuki," but instead he surprised me. "Geez, who is best girl, tough one to answer. That blonde one with the big tits, whatever her name was." I think they'll fit in here just fine.
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The tale of online fans that tossed two testimonial video actors into battle.
By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two...

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Introducing Japana-Tumblr, the Japanator sideblog

A companion to the Otaku's companion
Aug 07
// Josh Tolentino
Remember the days when a "Tumbler" was a term for some kind of cup? Well, those still ARE those days, but a similarly-pronounced word, "Tumblr" seems to be the thing among internet folks. As trend-chasers of the highest order...
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MangaMagazine on iPad

MangaMagazine launches iPad app

A new platform for digital comics
Jul 18
// Brad Rice
A recently-spawned comics site,, just launched their iPad app today. It's a free download that allows you to view MangaMagazine's library of titles, created by artists from around the world. No, there aren't...
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Crunchyroll simulcasts

Crunchyroll to simulcast FREE!, Dog & Scissors, more

Jun 28
// Josh Tolentino
Alright, folks. Summer is almost here! Not climatically, I mean. In that sense summer's been here for at least a week. I'm talking, naturally, about the anime programming season, and it shall be upon us like a surprise sunbur...
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New FF9 Sidequest

New sidequest discovered in Final Fantasy 9

Treasure not even Zidane could find until now
May 27
// Chris Walden
The ninth instalment of the Final Fantasy series is held in high regard by a lot of people, which only makes it all the more shocking that a previously undiscovered sidequest has been found a good thirteen years after the gam...

Time for a winner: Toki Onjouji wins Saimoe 2012

Moe moe mahjong's first Saimoe win
Nov 04
// Josh Tolentino
And it's over! The official 2ch Saimoe 2012 tournament is over (as of a couple of days ago, really), and we have a winner! According to the whims of the internet and the deadly organization of the pro-Saki voting bloc, i...

Uh-oh: Japan passes SOPA-alike, Youtube could be outlawed

Jun 21
// Josh Tolentino
Urk. I've always resisted (sometimes illogically), the characterization of Japan as a backwards country ruled by out-of-touch old people and shady corporate special interests. After all, it's easy shorthand for "Crazy Japan" ...

PSA: PlayStation Network Store to go down in Korea

Jun 20
// Josh Tolentino
Now yes, I know this site is called "Japanator", which would nominally keep Korean news off our radar - not until we launch our peninsular offshoot "Joseonator", anyway - but I'd think this news is significant enough to put u...

She's Winner! Hatsune Miku's Chrome ad wins at Cannes

Jun 20
// Josh Tolentino
Yes, that Cannes. The one in France. Well, the "Direct Lions" part of it anyway, the one that's concentrated on advertising rather than movies (cue snarky comment about all movies being ads anyway). Hatsune Miku, everyone's ...

Display your waifu on Ore no Yome, the Otaku Pinterest

Jun 11
// Josh Tolentino
Hey! You know what's hot right now on this series of tubes?! The Pinterests, that's what's hot! It's all so...Pinteresting, the way all the housewives and regular, non-2D-obsessed net denizens are into posting their favorite ...

Election Year: Google+ to broadcast AKB48 Election Live

Jun 04
// Josh Tolentino
Want to watch some nerd event that's NOT somehow related to E3 this week? Are you an idol fan (or planning to become one)? Japan and Google have just the thing for you! This Wednesday, June 6th, they'll be livestreaming the 4...

Japan launches social network site for hooligans

Apr 16
// Michelle Rodanes
These days there's a social network catering to just about every kind of demographic. Interested in hanging out with fellow runners, researchers, pineapple lovers, jet skiers, or amateur snuff film makers? you got it! There's...

.hack returns with a new 3D CGI movie

Aug 24
// Bob Muir
Proving that truly abandoning a brand will never happen even as returns continue to decrease, CyberConnect2 has announced .hack//The Movie, the latest installment of the massive multimedia franchise. The movie is set in a new...

Hulu is coming to Japan

Aug 11
// Dale North
I love me some Hulu. US Hulu, that is. The funny thing is that I mostly watch Japanese stuff on it! You get some J-drama on there and I'll never need anything else. I think Japan will love it just as much as I do. Hulu has re...

HUGE Anime DVD/BD Sale at for Euro peeps

Jun 19
// OxKing
No one ever likes spending money. In a way, we're all greedy pricks and are sticklers for anything that saves us a little dough. However, whenever we at Japanator mention a sale or discount for anything, people outside of the...

Wait, what? Nico Nico Douga building a dance club

May 24
// Josh Tolentino
You read that right. Nico Nico Douga - Japan's nerd video den and home of the scrolling "wwwwwwwwww" - is building its very own dance club. Well, it's more of an event hall, really, but it's certainly constructed like a dance...

Adoratroll returns; says your favorite anime is s-s-s**t!

May 18
// OxKing
She is a normal highschool student, apart from the fact that she's a head shorter than her classmates and has a reputation for being "the cute one." She longs to break out of her role by trying to be mean to her classmates a...

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