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4:00 PM on 02.25.2015

OP Up! Naruto Edition

Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published ...

Red Veron




Week Ender - My Favorites Edition photo
Week Ender - My Favorites Edition
by Red Veron

So it was my birthday last wednesday so I chose to post some of my favorite openings over at OP Up! and now I am doing the same here on Week Ender. So here I am giving you a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. Most of these are happy because I like endings with a happy or uplifting tone.

Hope y'all enjoy this week's selection.

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OP Up! My Favorites Edition photo
OP Up! My Favorites Edition
by Red Veron

This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I just didn't want to think up of a theme this week and want to take it a bit easy (not that my job here is hard, it's quite easy).

So this week's selection is about my favorite anime openings that I can think off the top of my head. These openings may have been good though the anime they are featured in may not be as good (unless stated otherwise in the description) but they still are openings that I look up from time to time or even have on my iPod for working out.

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Week Ender - Presidents Edition photo
Week Ender - Presidents Edition
by Red Veron

It's President's Day weekend in the US and I only know that because my brother who is in high school has a day off while I have to go learn Japanese. So why don't we have endings with presidents? What I really mean are presidents of student council in Anime.

So with this flimsy excuse of a theme to make a selection of anime endings, have a look at the stuff I prepared below. Enjoy!

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OP Up! Serious Dark Edition photo
OP Up! Serious Dark Edition
by Red Veron



Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

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Week Ender - Emotional Shounen Edition photo
Week Ender - Emotional Shounen Edition
by Red Veron



This weekend's edition of Week Ender is about the gentler emotions we find in the endings of shounen action genre. The shounen action genre is known for the hot blooded explosive emotions such as anger or excitement but today we explore the anime endings that are calmer and focuses on the more quiet reflection of all the events that we have just seen in the show.

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OP Up! Cute Girls Edition photo
OP Up! Cute Girls Edition
by Red Veron


Sketch Switch
Anime: Hidamari Sketch
Year: 2007

Hump day is here again and here is  your weekly heapin' serving of openings. I don't know if it's an actual genre but the "Cute-girls-doing-cute-things" (or CGDCT) is a thing that I consider to be a category of stuff full of sunshine and rainbows. Look, I love my edgy grimdark anime but I love to balance it out with some light and fluffy cute slice-of-life stuff.

Here is a mix of openings of  popular anime in the genre. First up above is from Hidamari Sketch, from SHAFT, the same studio that made the Madoka Magica and the Bakemonogatari series. This was SHAFT's first attempt at a straight slice-of-life anime without any supernatural element. Hidamari Sketch is a fun and light show without any heavy drama. Good for starting out with the genre.


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Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition photo
Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition
by Red Veron


"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Year: 2006

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular and prolific anime studios in the last ten years.

We start off these videos with their first big hit with the ending for the monster success that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song Hare Hare Yukai became as popular as the show and the featured dance routine also became a familiar sight at anime conventions.

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OP Up! Super Robot Edition photo
OP Up! Super Robot Edition
by Red Veron


Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening sequences that get you ready for some overpowered giant mecha beating up on some alien baddies.

This first video above is from the grand daddy of all super robots. Tetsujin 28-go is one of the earliest Japanese animated shows to be adapted for US audiences. Known in the US as Gigantor when it was brought over, the 1963 show Tetsujin 28-go is based off the 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Tetsujin 28-go is a bit different from what we consider a Super Robot show nowadays. Instead of being inside the robot and yelling out his robotic super moves, Shotaro Kaneda, the young detective boy protagonist of Tetsujin 28-go (not to be confused with Kaneda from Akira), controls the the titular super robot with a handheld remote control device (while wearing those short detective shorts) and beating up on monsters of the week. Just look at that opening video, it's from a time that most you readers' parents weren't even born yet.

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Happy Holidays from Japanator photo
Happy Holidays from Japanator
by Hiroko Yamamura

Can you believe it's only a matter of days until the year is almost over? 2014 just came and went like it was nothing, however it was still one for the record books. We can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff we have planned for 2015, and the new faces we can't wait to introduce you to.

From the bottom of my heart, and from everyone on staff here at Japanator, we would like to thank you for your continued support. We consider our readers no less than friends, and look forward to enjoy several more years of banter, otaku-flexing, and good old fashioned debate. Without you guys, I would basically be talking about weird Japanese stuff to my dog, who is already pretty sick of me at this point.

Now for the important part. What swag did you guys get? Lemme see the good stuff! 

Did any of you get the PG Unicorn kit? If you did, I'm on my way over.

 

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Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I photo
Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I
by Hiroko Yamamura

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a lot of access to sweet and savory items from back home quite easily, but I know for some, the tastes of the east are not as easily aquired.

Here's where services like Taste Japan come into play. In the UK you can pay a monthly subscription fee of £15, and they will deliver you an exciting box of treats to your doorstep. The fine people of Taste Japan sent us a box for free to review, and of course I did not refuse an opportunity to stuff my fat face. 

In this first video we take a look at the contents of the shipment, in the follow up I'll be chowing down.

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Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5 photo
Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5
by Hiroko Yamamura

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The music, color pallets, and those eyes! Yes, I still love Your Lie in April.

It feels weird going so gaga for a show. I'm trying to remain as objective as possible, but it just feels like new love. After Kosei and Kaori gain the adoration of those in attendance for their insane show, we find Kaori is hospitalized, claiming that this is the first time that she's fainted. She says it in such a way, that we can't help but want to believe her. Too bad we find out later, that's just not true. Tsubaki is confronted by a long time crush, but is just not having the reaction she thought she would. Ryota is still pimping his goods and scoring goals.

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First Impressions: Your Lie in April photo
First Impressions: Your Lie in April
by Hiroko Yamamura

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually gasped while watching an anime. However, that's exactly what occurred after I processed the sheer beauty that was the first episode of A-1 Picture's Your Lie in April. I initially steered away from the show, writing it off as a bit of a comedy/cutesy version of Kids on the Slope, a show which I admired, but never really attached to, even though it is set in my home town of Sasebo. Luckily, I had some spare time this week, and crammed the first four episodes in a much needed anime escape.

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Happy Halloween from Japanator! photo
Happy Halloween from Japanator!
by Hiroko Yamamura

Happy Halloween to all of our awesome readers. I know things have been a bit unstable around the site as we make some changes, but you can definitely look forward to some great treats in the upcoming few weeks. No tricks, I promise. Well... I can't control Salvador's pranking ways, so if he does something it's not on me.

To celebrate this day of costumes and scares, I wanted to share one of my all time favorite videos of when Morning Musume all sit around and watch the classic Japanese horror film, The Ring. I still crack up every time I see this!

So wether you are curling up to an old episode of Hellsing, or throwing on your Colossal Titan mask for a night out --make sure you have a great evening. We look forward to you visiting us again soon!

<3 Hiroko

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Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14 photo
Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14
by Hiroko Yamamura

After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have absolutely no intentions of slowing down anytime soon. Michishige leaves the always revolving line-up to the other 13 girls, with new girls being added to the gorgeous line-up.

Morning Musume saw a big spike in popularity last year, after a few years of a lull. Many contribute the group's success to Michishige's unique presence and grace, as well as god given amazing looks. Before their show in New York earlier this month, Sayumi took a few moments to speak to me about her thoughts on leaving the mega-pop machine.

Japanator -  Michishige-san, thank you for taking the time to speak to your fans in the United States. What are your expectations for your upcoming show in New York? What do you think of U.S. fans?

Sayumi Michishige - U.S. fans always show such strong feelings, and it's been a long time since I've seen them face to face. They're going to see a new side of Morning Musume。with a lot more dancing.

Japanator - Morning Musume has had non-stop success since their first single, "Morning Coffee". What is the secret to the group's success and popularity?

Sayumi Michishige - Four new members were announced recently, and it's our biggest group in a long time. Morning Musume is constantly developing by adding unique and colorful members. I think that this style of group which never loses freshness grabs the heart of the fans.

Japanator - We are all very sad to hear you are graduating this year, and feel you have really been the face of the group for so long. Can you tell us about any immediate acting or singing projects you would like to announce?

Sayumi Michishige - It seems like it's coming up fast, but at the same time there's a lot of work to do until that day. I'm thinking about what I can do for MorningMusume right up until the end.

Japanator - What has been the hardest part of being the leader of Morning Musume? Are you a little relieved to be graduating?

Sayumi Michishige - The challenge is about how to treat and teach the junior members. I wanted to be in the position of a leader, but I had never actually been in that position before. So, at the beginning I agonized a lot.

Japanator - While visiting New York, is there anything you are hoping to do in your free time?

Sayumi Michishige - There are so many great places to see! New York is a place for fashion, so I'm thinking about that.

Japanator - Please give a message for your fans in the United States and the readers of Japanator.

Sayumi Michishige - It seems like a long time, but now we're coming to the U.S. and the moment has come to perform live in New York. We will perform with all we've got, so please follow us!

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I'm looking for some new friends, want to join the team? photo
I'm looking for some new friends, want to join the team?
by Hiroko Yamamura

Do you love Japanese pop culture, music, or anime? Are you so deep into Yuri or Yaoi that you can't look at yourself in the mirror sometimes? Perhaps you know how to do all of Summoning Hand Jutsus from Naruto by heart. If so we might just be great friends.

We're looking for some interns at Japanator right now, and hope you might want to join the team. Just to make things clear, I'm looking for people who are experts at what they're into. We don't really do casual here, we go all the way.

You'll also need some writing chops. You don't need to be a Pulitzer Prize-winning author, but the skill and talent to really express those hentai feelings you have deep inside is, in the words of the sages, "totes import". Some writing experience will help.

So, if you want to hang out with some of the coolest friends I've ever made, I'd love it if you emailed me via team@japanator, and tell me a little bit about yourself. Also, you'll need to write up a Community Blog entry about a kick-ass Japanese thing you enjoyed recently. It could be a recap of a show you loved, a review of a game you played, a report on an awesome meal you had, or a place you visited. The sky's the limit, and as you might have guessed, we'll be using the entry to help us determine if you're right for the site.

The most important thing is that you have a love for this stuff, as that's the glue that keeps us all together. I'm looking forward to seeing how you show it!

Hiroko Yamamura
Editor-in-Chief 

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