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8:00 AM on 06.12.2014

Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release

Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package...

Kristina Pino


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Mistwalker Celebrates Terra Battle's 500K Downloads Milestone

Having now surpassed 500,000 downloads, Terra Battle fans will soon enjoy new characters from the original character and dragon model designer of Panzer Dragoon, Manabu Kusunoki. For more information on upcoming milestones and recently unlocked milestones, please visit Terra Battle's Download Starter.






Valentine's Day: Our Favorite Anime Romances photo
Valentine's Day: Our Favorite Anime Romances
by Karen Mead

It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Actually, where I am, it's mostly snow in the air, but I have faith that there's plenty of love out there too. This time of year, we at Japanator like to take a moment to look back and remember some of our favorite romantic pairings from anime new and old. Hopefully perusing this list will be a fun thing for you and the special otaku in your life to do while keeping away the winter cold with plenty of fine chocolates and hot cocoa.

Of course, if the special person in your life happens to be a non-otaku, that's fine too (although they may not get the whole hug-pillow thing.) We're not judgmental. And if you happen to be one of the many who is without a significant other at the moment, may this year be the one where you find your very own special someone-- assuming that's actually what you want, not being judgmental! Flying solo has its perks too!

Actually, you know what? I am going to be judgmental of AMBER, and only Amber, because look below to find out what her "favorite" romance is. Seriously girl? Seriously? Oh well. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I know this holiday is supposed to be about romantic love, but the truth is that I love you all for reading this little website of ours.

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12:00 PM on 11.02.2013

Romance and Christmas spirit abound in Sweet Rein vol. 1

VIZ Media is ready to kick off the holiday season early with the release of a new shoujo series titled Sweet Rein. The first volume will be out on November 5th both in print (US$9.99) and digitally (US$6.99) via the VIZ Manga...

Kristina Pino



JapanaTen After Dark: Our 10 Favorite Fanservice Fiestas photo
JapanaTen After Dark: Our 10 Favorite Fanservice Fiestas
by Josh Tolentino

Had enough of love, romance, and all that other junk? No need for all that gooey cootie-filled stuff?

Well, we've got the list feature for you, an opposite number to the tender caresses of a Valentine's Day love-fest. Yes, today's After Dark special covers ten of our favorite fanservice-filled anime series. After all, what else could we do after the lengthy discussion we had!

Head on below to check out our nominees (some of them are NSFW), and sound off about your favorite forces for fanservice in the comments!

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8:00 PM on 02.14.2013

Life (not) after Rinko

You can be a realist and move on with your new games, new anime, new favorites, and your ever-renewing life. Or you could be serious about your relationships and realize that we have to live with our choices. Sometimes what w...

Jeff Chuang

12:00 PM on 02.14.2013

Life after Rinko

The road to recovery was long and arduous, but as many good friends had told me, time is a great healer. I was able to abandon thoughts of venturing to the smoky prison to see her once again, and instead made preparations to ...

Chris Walden



A Daily Dose of Love: Valentine's Day Edition photo
A Daily Dose of Love: Valentine's Day Edition
by Hiroko Yamamura

Happy Valentine's Day Japanator readers! Although you may not particularly enjoy celebrating a Hallmark Holiday, I like to just use it as an excuse to tell you guys how much I love you and share some love for anime around. We adore battles, great music, and awesome action sequences in anime, however it's the love stories that tend to leave an impression on you long after they end.

Today we crack open the usually cold, cold hearts of your favorite editors, and find out one of their favorite love scene's or kisses. Sometimes tragic, often beautiful, love scenes (not sex scenes) in anime often represent the the climax, or the achievement of the series, so keep in mind there may be spoilers after the break. So sit back relax, and take a bite out of the chocolate on you desk that I sent you.

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5:00 PM on 09.18.2012

Let Them Eat Romance: Rose of Versailles licensed

Now here's a blast from the past. In a move I definitely did not anticipate (though this probably stems from my cluelessness regarding the genre), Right Stuf has acquired the license to - of all things - Rose of Versaill...

Josh Tolentino



Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope photo
Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope
by Bob Muir

No one can deny that Kids on the Slope had fantastic pedigree. It's the adaptation of Yuki Kodama's award-winning josei manga, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and with music by Yoko Kanno. Based on the pairing of Cowboy Bebop vets Watanabe and Kanno, I expected another anime heavily influenced by jazz, as I imagine many viewers did. This couldn't have been farther from the truth.

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2:00 PM on 04.23.2012

Inflatable fun to be had with Record of Agarest War 2

I didn't play much of the first game, I'll admit. Most of my time was put into Disgaea 3, so Record of Agarest War has just been sitting in a draw somewhere, waiting to be revisited. What I did play was pretty cool though, bu...

Chris Walden

12:00 PM on 02.16.2012

9 things that Japanese girls don't like about otaku

Japan's dating scene has gotten so bad that even the government is getting involved, in hopes of getting more couples to get it on. They're pushing girls to put themselves out there more and teaching guys how to be likable on...

Bob Muir





12:00 PM on 02.15.2012

Japan tries to teach people how to date and reproduce

Japan is rapidly greying. Over a quarter of the population is 65 years of age or older; the population will likely shrink as much as one-third within 50 years. If it does, social security will be heavily strained for the next...

Bob Muir