Hiroko Yamamura

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Idol of the Week

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki


Beach time!
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Name: Ai ShinozakiBirthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Oh deer


Where's Santa?
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
When your squad just wants to chill.
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto


It's almost the weekend
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Closing out these hectic weekdays is a track from the lovely Maaya Sakamoto. The Tokyo native is no stranger to anime music, contributing to huge series like Macross Frontier. She's also an acomplished voice actress, known b...

Japanator Party photo
Let's party hard!
If you happen to be in Chicago this weekend, make sure you swing by Mitsuwa Marketplace at 1PM CST, as Japanator is hosting a cosplay party, in preparation for Japan Day Chicago next month! We are official sponsors of the eve...

Maguro wedding photo
Maguro wedding

Chop the head off a tuna on your wedding day


This dude has some sweet hair
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Slicing a wedding cake together is so passé nowadays. Why not be hip and butcher a giant sea creature with your 3D waifu? With hair like this guy, you know there's no way his wedding is going to be less than awesome! ...
Yo-kai Watch photo
This is your warning
This is a fair warning to your wallet in advance now. Yo-kai Watch is on its way, prepare your wallet. The anime and video game phenomena that has swept through Japan and emptied the wallets of many Japanese parents is set t...

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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Kindan no Tasuketsu


Take a breather
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
I have to tell you, it's been a hell of a week. While there's been a plethora of amazing new songs hitting Japanese charts and new acts coming out of the woodwork, I think we deserve a bit of a relaxing tune. Yes, I have you...
Yakuza play photo
Yakuza play

Yakuza stage play heads to video


Hard looks included
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
Stage plays and live musicals aren't really my thing. However, seeing the footage of the Yakuza theatre run makes me think I might have been missing out on some serious fun. The show isn't running at this time, but they've c...
Japanese commercials photo
Japanese commercials

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!


The return!
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yes, I know it's been forever since I've shared Japan's finest commercial offerings. Well, fret no more my friends, let's see all that is for sale across the pond! Of course JPCMHD has lovingly collected these in beautiful H...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: MAN WITH A MISSION X Zebrahead


Getting mad!
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
This Tuesday we check back in with one of our favorite recent rocks bands out of Japan, Shibuya's MAN WITH A MISSION. This time they team up with the American band Zebrahead, based out of Los Angeles. Their new collaboration...
Attack on Titan photo
Convinced yet?
I'm still not ready to say wether I'm excited for the live action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's ridiculously popular Attack on Titan series yet. The film has a lot going for it, a decent budget and good actors should help m...

Evangelion Day photo
Evangelion Day

It's officially the start of Third Impact


The LCL will flow!
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
Hardcore Neon Genesis Evangelion fans have been waiting for today for some time. That's right, synchronize watches... Today June 22, 2015 is the day that the events of Evangelion take place. Today is the day you get in the damn robot.
Ultraman X photo
Ultraman X

Ultraman X gets a new trailer


Nice gear
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
I'm way behind (like decades) on my Tokusatsu selection, but this new Ultraman X trailer is looking pretty good! He's looking like he's got some new gear in his arsenal, and can deliver a pretty sweet side kick. The scene with the ship doesn't look so hot, but who knows.. could be a great romp! The show hits the airways on July 14th, and will be the 41st Ultraman on the lineup!
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Suiyoubi no Campanella


Now that's a demo
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
The hot new group Suiyoubi no Campanella have been causing quite a stir with their latest track aptly named Suiyoubi no Campanell demo 6. The track was only available at the Hokkaido Tower Records location, and the onli...
Ghost in the Shell photo
Getting hype?
We're only a couple weeks away from the premier of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, in Japan, so you can expect promotion to be kicking into high gear. If you're still on the fence, you probably might be interested in the ...

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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Charisma.com


Time to quit your day job?
Jun 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ready for something a little bit different? In preparation for their July major label debut, Charisma.com have launched a video for their latest single, Ostubone Rock. The eclectic track combines J-Pop sensibilities with som...
Sheena Ringo photo
Sheena Ringo

There's a little preview of Shiina Ringo's new song


Even a little is a lot
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Watching commercials doesn't always suck. Especially when they star the lovely Shiina Ringo and feature a tidbit of her upcoming new song! Her upcoming song Kamisama Hotekesama alongside the ZAZEN BOYS!
Persona 4  photo
Persona 4

Such a beary awesome dance move


This game will own you
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
There has been quite a few videos floating around for the upcoming Playstation Vita game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. All of them have been absolutely adorable, but now that it's Teddie's turn to cut a rug, there's no way I couldn't share my excitement! Please hurry up, I want to dust off my Vita! 
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Hot cakes


How many maids does it take?
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no way that isn't burnt, and there's no way this isn't my dream come true.
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GITS

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie shows off its new trailer


Oooh action
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
I can't say that I was all that enthralled with Ghost in the Shell Arise. It really felt like we were retreading familiar water, and the sharp deviation from Masamune Shirow's designs were jarring. I'd go as far as saying I ...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Yun*chi


Do you get me?
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last month we we finally saw the release of Yun*chi's highly anticipated cover EP, Ani*Yun~anime song cover~. Much to many music fans' delight, the electro-pop star has brought some fun new energy to some classics, making th...
Katana photo
Katana

So there's a katana made out of meteorite


The power of the heavens
May 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's not much cooler than a traditional forged Japanese katana. That is of course, unless there a katana made out of meteorite iron! Guess what? There is. So yeah, if you happen to be visiting Tokyo Skytree anytime soon, I...

Japanator Interviews: SCANDAL

May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura
SCANDAL interview photo
OMG it's Rina!
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi...

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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


SCANDAL rock!
May 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
This week we're not taking the Japanator time machine too far back. We're only taking a seven year trip this time, back to 2008 with SCANDAL's break-out hit Doll. It's amazing to see how much the Osaka ladies have developed ...
Blow off photo
Blow off

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing


Mmmmm cicada
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Oshima Ryoka and Mogi Shinobu of AKB48  faced off during a new episode of AKBINGO! This time, it was their cheeks, lungs and taste for insects that was put to the test! Which gal was better at blowing! Who enjoys the crunch of flying protein?
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume


You need to relax
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's Wednesday, which means you probably deserve a chance to relax a bit. What better way to kick your shoes off than with some soothing tunes? This week the ladies of Perfume are back with the charming new number, Relax in ...
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: It's Gyoza time


Who's got time?
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Everybody loves a succulent gyoza, but really... Who has time for all that?
Japanator Live photo
Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Bloodborne final stream


Last boss time!
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
  After a few very enjoyable and grueling weeks, I'm finally at end game. Well, as much as Souls games give you end game anyways. I'm at the final boss of the first play through. We're going to kick things off at 11PM ...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit t...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Bump of Chicken


Never not amazing
Apr 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
Man, everything Bump of Chicken touches is like pure gold. The Chiba rockers have been on an absolute tear since their debut in 1994, and really have been getting progressively better. Their newest single Colony is just as epic. Sweet animation and weird alien landscapes help layout a lovely new video. Unique vocals, lush guitars and a killer hook help round out a memorable new rock ballad.
Dragon Ball photo
Dragon Ball

Praise Shenron! Dragon Ball returns to TV in the Summer


Is this a good thing?
Apr 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
I should have seen it coming. After the huge success of the last two Dragon Ball Z films, and the waves of merchandise that was tied in, I guess the thought of a new Dragon Ball TV series shouldn't come as a surprise. The Aki...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Aoi Eir


Epic
Apr 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
The lovely and amazing Aoi Eir is back with her newest single, Lapis Lazuli. The dramatic song is featured as the theme to the new adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I haven't had a chance to check out the show, but ...
Xenoblade photo
Xenoblade

XenobladeX checks all the right boxes


Can not wait
Apr 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
I haven't touched my Wii U in quite some time. While I don't game nearly as much as I should, it's the system that's seen the least amount of miles in my collection. Luckily, XenobladeX will likely change all of that. This i...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday


Fantasy throwback
Apr 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
I know, I posted this one a while back. It's just when I get a song in my head, it's hard to stop thinking about! This week's Old School Thursday is a trip back to 1990 and the OVA smash hit, The Record of Lodoss War. Althou...
Music photo
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: daoko


Staying hip
Apr 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
I've been severely neglecting Japan's burgeoning hip-hop scene for too long. While I'm not much a B-Boy myself, I tend to listen to acts that tends to dip their feet into more of the R&B spectrum. Today I present to you ...
Momoiro Clover Z photo
Momoiro Clover Z

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment


What is their power level?
Apr 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira To...
Dissidia  photo
Dissidia

Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot


The gang's all here
Apr 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I neve...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY


A visual treat
Apr 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo proj...
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Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


It's been 10 years?
Apr 09
// Hiroko Yamamura
You know you're Old School when you think of Bleach as new school anime. Can you believe it's been 10 years since Okinawa Japan's Orange Range's hit single Asterisk graced the opening of Bleach? 10 years? I know the anime wa...
Yokai Watch photo
Yokai Watch

Hide your Wallets! Yokai Watch heads to America


Are you ready for the onslaught?
Apr 07
// Hiroko Yamamura
There's no denying it. Yokai Watch is the king of Japan still. It looks like Jibanyan and the rest of the Yokai's are heading to the United States, and they have their eyes on your wallet. The first game will be released in ...

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