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Which Japanese menswear magazine are you?


ACL provides insight into the wide array of premium men's mags
Mar 29
// Brad Rice
A Continuous Lean is one of the premiere sites for menswear content, and they have a nice breakdown of some of the Japanese men's magazines out there. If you've ever been interested in what Japan has to show you, their guide ...
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Persona Magazine

The Persona Magazine to return next month


Atlus preparing their hype machine.
Nov 21
// Elliot Gay
Back before Persona 4 Golden and Persona 4 Arena had hit their respective consoles, Atlus began running the Persona Magazine to hype up their popular franchise. Each issue featured interviews, new screenshots, and a few comic...
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Attack on Titan

Attack on Titan prequel is reprinted by demand


An early look into the new manga
Nov 08
// Amber Hunt
So apparently there will be a prequel manga based off of Levi, the protagonist in Attack on Titan. I haven't finished the series yet, nor have I read the manga. Everyone is talking about how amazing it is, though! I was alrea...

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Otaku USA to hit Wal-Mart shelves in July!


Jun 14
// Brad Rice
Great news for all of you Wal-Mart-shopping otaku: Wal-Mart will be replacing its Shonen Jump issues with Otaku USA starting July 31st. Shonen Jump ceased publication in March of 2012 after the launch of the digital platform ...
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Wait, what? The Madoka movie is actually a trilogy


Nov 08
// Josh Tolentino
Well, I didn't see that one coming. Or did I? It seems that the upcoming Puella Magi Madoka Movie-ca is a real thing. In fact it's three real things. A trilogy of Movie-cas, if you will. That is, unless you don't count compil...
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Print is alive! Persona series getting its own magazine


Oct 20
// Josh Tolentino
Madness! First a manga, then an anime, then a rerelease, then a fighter spin-off, and now, another social game and a monthly magazine! Yes, you read that right. Atlus is making Persona Magazine, a magazine that's all about th...
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AKB48's Maeda Atsuko isn't camera shy


Jun 25
// Hiroko Yamamura
Maeda Atsuko recently had a sexy photo spread in an issue of Anan magazine. The article talks about diet and how "perfect" Maeda's body is. Are you guys reading it for diet tips? Which is your favorite AKB48 gal? I don't know, I keep getting distracted by these pictures. [Via Tokyo Hive]  
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Hatsune Miku to appear in Weekly Playboy


Mar 24
// Bob Muir
Our sweet, innocent Vocaloid queen, appearing in Playboy? It sounds like a racy story, but it's not as naughty as you think. The March 28 issue of Weekly Playboy in Japan will feature the virtual idol, drawn by illustrator "b...
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Editor tells all about the 'Shounen Jump' relaunch


Nov 11
// Lauren Rae Orsini
What you know so far: Shounen Jump is getting relaunched.What Senior Editor Joel Enos just revealed in an interview with ICv2: it's going to be a lot bigger than you thought.
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Minor Pokemon leak somehow justifies jail time


Nov 02
// Bob Muir
And now for more news on Japan's police being totally hardcore. The Chikusei Police were on "cyber patrol," and - hold on, let's stop right there. Claiming you were on "cyber patrol" conjures up images of ...
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Kinokuniya USA says 'no more' to anime pin-up magazines


Jul 28
// Josh Tolentino
Ah, the pin-up magazine. Long the best way to get tons of pictures of hot ladies to put up on the wall of your man-child sanctuary, the likes of Megami and Nyantype also served as a great source for ambitious desktop wallpape...
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Yen Plus launches online version with free issue


Jul 26
// Bob Muir
After meeting an untimely end that so many print publications seem to be facing these days, Yen Plus has now relaunched online. To celebrate the new format choice, publisher Yen Press is offering free access to the August iss...
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See some screenshots from the Black Rock Shooter OVA


Jul 11
// Josh Tolentino
If you've ever wanted evidence of the creative feedback loop that powers the best otaku fads, one need look no further than Black Rock Shooter. What started as a single illustration and Vocaloid song (by Huke and ryo of Super...

Japanator Recommends: Cosplay Gen Magazine

Jul 04 // Karen Mead
CosplayGen is a gorgeous magazine, just gorgeous. I find the frequent rants about the sanctity of print from dead-tree-devotees a bit trite at this point, but the fact remains that there's just something really nice about flipping through a glossy magazine filled with great photography. Sure, I could look at cosplay photos all day long on the internet (and I've been known to do so), but it's just not the same.However, despite the fact that I give the mag full marks on the aesthetic level, this is not an unqualified rave- there is serious room for improvement as far as the editorial content is concerned. I knew there was a problem with the writing in CosplayGen from the very first sentence of the opening editorial: "With a history of over 20 years, nowadays cosplay came to represent more than a hobby..." Wait, 'nowadays cosplay CAME to represent?" Shouldn't it be 'cosplay has come to represent'? The entire magazine is like that: reasonably clear, but written in a slightly stilted manner, as though the writers aren't writing in their native language. In fact, they probably aren't- the editor in chief, Ruxandra Tarca, appears to hail from Romania, and most of the other writers have Eastern-European-sounding names. While it's touted as a "Worldwide Cosplay Magazine", and does feature cosplayers from all over the world, at the very least, the editorial staff seems to be centered in a non-English speaking part of the globe. Now there's nothing wrong with that- unless, of course, you happen to be creating a magazine that's written entirely in English. In the interests of full disclosure, as an editor by trade, the awkward English in CosplayGen probably bothers me far more than it would most readers: fixing awkward sentences is my day job. Not only am I more sensitive to them than most people, but when I see an awkward sentence suddenly I feel like I'm at work; not exactly the best mindset in which to sit down and enjoy something. However, I can't disregard the flaws in the writing as minor issues that won't bother most readers, because they extend deeper than minor grammar flubs. It's not just awkward phrasing that plague the magazine, but an overall lack of depth. An article about lighting by Thomas Kuan, a.k.a. Hexlord, features beautiful photography, but the editorial can be summarized as "natural light= free but unpredictable; artificial light= controllable but expensive." The sewing tutorial on the last page, The Beginner's Corner by Camelia Antal-Burlacu, seems to be potentially more useful, but the prose makes it difficult to understand her directions. I suppose it would be easy to understand if you already know how to sew, but that would seem to defeat the purpose of having an article for beginners.In fact, the most informative article in the issue isn't about cosplay at all, but fashion- while still not perfectly smooth, Mariuca Mihalache's article about Lolita fashion actually explains the hallmarks of the Lolita style and the motivations of those who dress in that style, both things I hadn't known and hadn't really thought to ask about. Also, the content of the magazine seems to fight with the organization at times. I would think that reviews in this sort of publication would be reviews of cosplay products and services, but the only review is of Comiket 77- a piece that reads more like a "how to have fun at Comiket" guide than a review in any sense. The article is reasonably informative and certainly belongs in the magazine, but why shoehorn it into a "reviews" section? Shouldn't it be easy enough to review one or two relevant products and make the Comiket article a feature? While the interviews with successful, even professional cosplayers like Yaya Han are the best part of the magazine, many of the interviewees answers also suffer from terminal vagueness- they generally offer advice along the lines of "Do what you want, don't let other people get you down." Of course, the magazine can't really be held responsible for the fact that their subjects provide vague answers, but in some cases follow-up questions seem called for. And yet, despite paragraphs and paragraphs of criticism, I'm still psyched for the next issue of CosplayGen; the enthusiasm of everyone involved for cosplay is infectious, and all of the problems I've mentioned are eminently fixable. Plus, the eastern European focus of the magazine is interesting in and of itself; did you know that there are over 500 cosplayers in Moscow, and that they have tons of festivals? I didn't, and it's genuinely exciting to know that there are vibrant cosplay subcultures all over the world that I never knew about before.If you'd like to order CosplayGen, you can go here to purchase the first issue. It would cost $11.06, including shipping, for me to get a copy here in New York; obviously, your mileage may vary (quite literally) depending on where you live. Also, you get a free copy of the latest issue of Otaku Magazine, which appears to be made by more or less the same people and has more or less the same strengths and weaknesses. Personally, I think CosplayGen benefits greatly from having such a clear focus; the issue of Otaku Magazine I received (the "End of the World" issue) was not to my tastes. Of course, it's a freebie, so if you order CosplayGen you may as well take a look and see if it's more your cup of tea than mine.Oh, and I might be cosplaying at Otakon this year; just sayin'.
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I haven't really done much cosplay; I dressed up as Rei Ayanami once, but that was back during those teen-aged years that I've been 99% successful at blocking out of my mind, so I can't tell you much about it. Besides, do I r...

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Cool story, TV Bros.: Love Plus+ makes the magazine cover


Jun 22
// Josh Tolentino
Had enough of our covering Love Plus, a game that's unlikely to ever come stateside, despite Konami's, err...unique disposition? No you haven't!Everyone's favorite virtual girlfriend sim has proven itself the phenomenon once ...
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When I was born, this is what an otaku room looked like


Apr 20
// Josh Tolentino
At least, that's what a series of scans from Newtype magazine circulating about the web would have you believe. The picture above is from 1985. The other two, from 1995 and the present day, depict the evolution of the modern ...
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Rockstars: K-ON!! gets on Rolling Stone cover


Apr 14
// Josh Tolentino
It seems that Ritsu and co. weren't kidding when they declared that they were out to become rock stars. Their dream of performing at the Budokan may be closer to fruition than they think, as Houkago Tea Time has made it onto ...
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Can you name all the anime in this Tokyo Anime Fair ad?


Feb 12
// Brad Rice
I was flipping through the latest weekly issue of Variety, and came across a big ol' ad for the Tokyo International Anime Fair happening in March. What caught my eye about the ad was the wide array of characters. I couldn't e...
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Japan taking its porn into the third dimension


Jan 13
// Brad Rice
In an effort to beat the other porn mags out, DVD Dream has decided to hop on the 3-D trend and provide a set of 3-D glasses for you to use while...enjoying the high-quality material that's included in DVD Dream's two discs.W...
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Yet another new Code Geass anime in the works?


Jan 06
// Josh Tolentino
That's right ladies and otaku, it seems that the mysterious power driving the Code Geass planning meeting has taken hold once more, announcing a new Geass for all lovers of CLAMP-designed noodle people to enjoy.Unlike the shu...
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Ichijinsha announces new cross dressing boys manga mag


Dec 29
// Colette Bennett
How would you like to purchase a magazine where you can see more of what Japan tastefully calls "male maidens"? Uh, yeah. Leave it to Japan, every time. Called WAaI! boys in skirts, this new manga mag from Ichijinsh...
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Required reading: The original AMV and ShojoBerry


Oct 21
// Brad Rice
Watching AMVs is one of the great pastimes of the otaku community. Creating them, too. I've always wondered where they came from, though. Well, Fanboy.com answered the question for me: Jim Kaposztas was the first. It's a fasc...
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Idol mag Sabra stops printing magazine, goes web-only


Oct 20
// Colette Bennett
Today is not such a hot day for fans of beautiful gravure idols. First that news that idol Natsume Sano has decided to call it quits, and then I see over at Danny Choo that print mag Sabra (similar to Maxim here in the states...
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'NANA' author Yazawa Ai tosses Cookie publication aside for sick leave


Jun 30
// Chelsea Thompson
According to Oricon (via MyAnimeList forums),  Yazawa Ai is suffering from a sudden and unexpected illness that requires some significant time off for treatment. As a result, publication of NANA will be suspended for the...
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Despera debuting as manga in Animage next month


Jun 08
// Brad Rice
Back at Sakuracon, Serial Experiments Lain creators Yoshitoshi Abe, Chikai Konaka, and Ryutaro Nakamura mentioned they've got an upcoming project called Despera coming out, but were relatively scant on details as to what exac...
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The death of print: Shoujo Beat no longer accepting subscriptions [update]


May 19
// Brad Rice
Well, the death of print marches on. Shoujo Beat, Shonen Jump's more demure sister magazine, is seeing the effects of the digital era. Once again, the otaku sphere of magazines available shrinks, with Newtype USA, PiQ, and An...
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Pantless loli WWII pilots second season CONFIRMED


Apr 28
// God Len
The rumor of the mysterious second season of Gonzo’s Strike Witches anime will finally be confirmed. But it isn’t confirmed now, but will be announced on Thursday in the first issue of Kadokawa Shoten’s Nyan...
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RIP Anime Insider, 2001 - 2009


Mar 26
// God Len
We are gathered here today to celebrate the life of Wizard Entertainment’s Anime Insider Magazine. In the Name of Haruhi, the merciful tsundere, we commit the body of Anime Insider to the peace of the grave. Anime Insid...
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Computer Arts Projects - Issue 118: The Japanese Issue


Jan 11
// Rio McCarthy
As I was browsing the magazine section of the local Borders bookstore I found a copy of the newest issue of Computer Arts Projects. It is a UK based magazine that has numerous tutorials, designs, tips, etc. to help in digital...
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Hot off the presses: Japanator in Famitsu!


Dec 16
// God Len
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that one of the dreams of every otaku has to be starring in a Japanese magazine, similar to the dream of being a Dragon Ball Z villain. Thanks to Famitsu and Otaku USA, Zero-Chan an...

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