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1:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!

It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game &nbs...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

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

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...

Josh Tolentino

11:00 PM on 04.01.2014

4kids takes on Kill la Kill: Meet Bully la Bully

I'm tempted to post this without comment, but that would be unprofessional of me. So meet Bully la Bully, the 4kids-style redub of Japanimation sensation Kill la Kill. Tumblr user Tony Le created the video based on this old ...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 04.01.2014

Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte

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 ...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 03.22.2014

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists

I love Japanese words. That might come as natural, given where I'm writing, but the way Japanese use words - foreign words in particular - is appealingly idiosyncratic. Case in point: "Boom". Where we filthy foreigners might ...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Japanese maids won't judge your otaku bedsheets

Admit it: if and whenever you get a chance to go to Japan, you'll spend way too much money on shameless character goods. If you've already bought a dakimakura pillow, then you might find yourself upgrading to a full sheet set...

Brad Rice

Rog and Tyrone, the inadvertent spokespeople of anime photo
Rog and Tyrone, the inadvertent spokespeople of anime
by Ben Huber

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 well-dressed men argue about anime. Intrepid internet users had discovered Fiverr.com, a site that let's you pay $5 to another person for services or goods. Many of the most popular products on here are testimonial videos, where actors or ordinary folks looking to make a quick buck record themselves reading a provided script in front of a webcam. It's simple, effective, and rife for mischief. What do you think happened when 4chan got a hold of it?

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12:00 PM on 11.23.2013

Attack on Horse Racing

Are you familiar with the Japan World Cup? If not, you should check that out before you continue. Good? Good! Now, you might be thinking that a collaboration between that and Attack on Titan may be an odd one, and well...you'...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 10.30.2013

Shocking news: introverts more likely to talk about anime

How likely are you to tell all your friends about your hobbies on social networks? Statistics say you're going to! Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania did a study that analyzed the language and wording use...

Ben Huber

Final Impressions: Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen photo
Final Impressions: Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen
by Chris Walden

Seems it isn't just Genshiken that can disappear for years and come back with a vengeance. Everyone's favourite animated series about animated dolls has returned, bringing back the Alice Game and all of the crazy jargon that goes along with it.

After a rather insane start to the series (and for all the wrong reasons), it was easy to jump to the conclusion that this show was a disaster. However, the second episode was exactly what we'd wanted from the beginning, and everything seemed salvaged....at least, in theory.

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Final Impressions: Genshiken Nidaime photo
Final Impressions: Genshiken Nidaime
by Chris Walden

Six years. That's how much time passed between Genshiken 2 and the confusingly named sequel Genshiken Nidaime, otherwise known as Genshiken Second Season. However, while fans of the show can certainly ponder the reasoning behind such a delay (it probably has something to do with the three year break of the manga,) there's no reason to expect this installment would deviate from the quality of the previous offerings.

And it didn't. A few alterations were made due to the ending of the original manga and the time skip between school years, which means we have new members joining the cast this time around. But don't worry, there's plenty of familiar faces still in the club, and even the graduates even show up from time to time.

But is this really necessary? With Sasahara, Kousaka and Madarame leaving the school, all of the characters you could label as the protagonist are no longer around. Instead, it's Ogiue who takes control as the president of Genshiken, leading a club that is now largely female. Is this what we wanted?

Pretty much, yes.

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Editorial: When erotic designs, cosplay and figures meet photo
Editorial: When erotic designs, cosplay and figures meet
by Jeff Chuang

You might have noticed some people talking about the description of how Hideo Kojima and his team create the next Metal Gear Solid project. Specifically, Kojima tweeted how one of his characters are designed. The reaction seems confusing--not surprising, as the meaning of what Kojima has tweeted is not exactly clear, context notwithstanding.

In a nutshell, Kojima specifically said that he asked the character designer to first create characters that are more erotic in a way that'll encourage people to cosplay or buy figures of the character. What does this say about those of us who do exactly that? Or enjoy games with these kind of design paradigms? Or everyone else?

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