One Piece

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

Oda takes on the internet
Nov 12
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... read
Hayamin QA

Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview

Quick Q&A with a prolific seiyuu
Aug 24
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... read

Fan poll selects most powerful robot

Nobody expects the cat robot
Jun 26
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... read

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

And yes, there are .moe domains now
Apr 12
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... read

Korea and men's rights top Japanese wikipedia edit wars

AKB48 dominates Japan's pop culture debates
Apr 02
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... read
Japanator Loves

Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte

Just in time for Fanfiction Day!
Apr 01
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 ... read
Manga 4 Movies

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

All is coming into brains!
Mar 04
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... read
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... read feature


Introducing Japana-Tumblr, the Japanator sideblog

A companion to the Otaku's companion
Aug 07
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... read
MangaMagazine on iPad

MangaMagazine launches iPad app

A new platform for digital comics
Jul 18
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... read
Crunchyroll simulcasts

Crunchyroll to simulcast FREE!, Dog & Scissors, more

Jun 28
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... read
New FF9 Sidequest

New sidequest discovered in Final Fantasy 9

Treasure not even Zidane could find until now
May 27
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... read

Time for a winner: Toki Onjouji wins Saimoe 2012

Moe moe mahjong's first Saimoe win
Nov 04
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... read

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

Jun 21
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" ... read

PSA: PlayStation Network Store to go down in Korea

Jun 20
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... read

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

Jun 20
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 ... read

Display your waifu on Ore no Yome, the Otaku Pinterest

Jun 11
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 ... read

Election Year: Google+ to broadcast AKB48 Election Live

Jun 04
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... read

Japan launches social network site for hooligans

Apr 16
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... read

.hack returns with a new 3D CGI movie

Aug 24
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... read

Hulu is coming to Japan

Aug 11
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... read

HUGE Anime DVD/BD Sale at for Euro peeps

Jun 19
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... read

Wait, what? Nico Nico Douga building a dance club

May 24
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... read

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

May 18
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... read

Manga MMO Elsword enters open beta, has me conflicted

Apr 27
I know how these things go. In print, you get promised an action packed online adventure with unique characters, only to discover a shallow, slow-paced game where you get to kill one goblin every three hours, or pay real mone... read

Cool and cheerful Japanese energy conservation posters

Mar 23
In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, there has been a widespread call for energy conservation in effort to relieve the impact of the disasters and divert power to where it is really needed. Seeing a need to inf... read

EVE Online helps Japan quake aid in crazy EVE-like way

Mar 16
EVE Online is a pretty unique game. It and its unified, always-on player base manage to do things in their gameworld that few MMOs, nay, few games barely conceive. It's intimidating as all hell, but damn if it isn't fascin... read

Japan's Internet survives natural disasters

Mar 14
For a country that has endured as much as Japan has recently, you have to give them kudos for having a strong infrastructure. Despite the 9.0 quake that struck, a surprisingly low percentage of Internet connections dropped th... read

Hey guys, perhaps some of you aren't aware of the "Facebook-only" contest we're having, so I wanted to give everyone a head's up. As a way of promoting our social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook as an integr... read feature

Here, Gainax put some English subs on your Pleiades show

Feb 09
Hokago no Pleiades was something of a surprise to me when its first portions hit recently. Being a collaboration between Gainax and carmaker Subaru, I figured that the show would be little more than an extended car commercial... read

Watch Patrick Macias and Yuu Asakawa on Otaku-verse Zero

Feb 05
You might watch a lot of anime and read a lot of manga, but it's not every day that you get a proper show about anime, manga, and the Japanese pop culture that spawned it. And now you've got one. It's called Otaku-verse ... read

Here, watch the first episodes of Houkago no Pleiades now

Jan 31
They're embedded right after the jump, as Japan was kind enough to make this Subaru-Gainax collaboration Youtub-exclusive. So everyone can partake of Gainax-animated, carmaker-sponsored glory, no matter where they are.Of cour... read

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