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9:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Avril Lavigne's latest music video is hard on cute, Japanese stereotypes

When Avril Lavigne's latest music video for "Hello Kitty" surfaced earlier today, it hit the higher-brow internet with a wave of pain. I'm not sure what it really is about it, so you better see for yourself. The use of forei...

Jeff Chuang


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3:30 PM on 04.22.2014

Blue Exorcist now available on Netflix streaming

Earlier today, Aniplex announced that Blue Exorcist, the complete series is now available for Netflix instant streaming. Although the series has been available via Hulu and Crunchyroll for some time, many users prefer Netflix...

Tim Sheehy

9:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Fatal Frame Wii U in the works: Plus a film, novel and comic too

Fatal Frame and the Wii U were destined for each other. The Wii U tablet was practically made to become my Camera Obscura, fighting for my life and sanity with my dwindling Type-Zero film. With no title or date released yet, ...

Dae Lee

4:00 PM on 04.21.2014

New Monster Hunter 4G Trailer surfaces

Monster Hunter 4G (Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate for us in the west), unleashed its new trailer featuring high-octane hunting action. We get a good look at the 'Desert' area that was newly added, as well as the numerous bosses t...

Dae Lee

3:00 PM on 04.21.2014

Daisuki announces M3 simulcast

Well this is it. With only a couple of series left to premiere, this looks to be one of the final simulcast announcements of the season and it goes to Daisuki. In a press release sent out last night, the streaming site has re...

LB Bryant

1:00 AM on 04.21.2014

First clip of Masaaki Yuasa-directed Adventure Time episode

Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and stor...

Ben Huber

10:00 PM on 04.20.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Crunchyroll announces two more simulcasts

So SakuraCon has come and gone but we still have more news to share with you that came out of our weekend in Seattle. Yesterday, Crunchyroll held an industry panel at the con and despite getting through the bulk of their pane...

LB Bryant

6:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Snag El Hazard - The Magnificent World Blu-ray box set on July 30

I've been interested in El Hazard - The Magnificent World for some time, given its classic animation style and fantasy elements. I've just never been sure of which El Hazard I needed to start with or if I would like it, and I...

Brittany Vincent

4:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Sony upgrades Shinji's ratchet old SDAT tape player with HD audio

Stupid Shinji and his stupid tape player. All he ever does is replay that one track. You'd think he'd get tired of it by now, or at the very least he could upgrade to a CD player or an iPod. But no, he's still stuck with a So...

Brittany Vincent

3:35 PM on 04.19.2014

Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK

Babymetal, the band the internet is just now getting around to hyping up, will be performing alongside bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden this year in the UK's Sonisphere Festival. It only seems like just yesterday Hiroko h...

Brittany Vincent





1:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal event to be livestreamed April 27 on Niconico

Little by little, the pieces are all coming together to form the upcoming Sailor Moon series we've all been waiting for. We're getting dangerously close to the final product, and there's another exciting event to add to the l...

Brittany Vincent

9:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Rejoice?! Akiba's Trip 2 might be coming to PS4 this summer

I played Acquire's open world strip-action game, Akiba's Trip 2, when it came out in Japan this past year. While it wasn't exactly a mind blowing experience one way or the other, I had my fun with it. I think there are defini...

Elliot Gay

5:11 AM on 04.19.2014

Huzzah! DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair gets a NA release date

If you didn't play DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, what exactly are you doing reading this? Shut your computer off, head to your local store, and buy yourself a copy. You deserve it. It's one hell of a game. Fi...

Elliot Gay

7:30 PM on 04.18.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Viz Media announce World Trigger headed to print

This afternoon Viz Media held their own Sakura-Con industry panel and although it could likely be described as brief, they did manage to excite us with an announcement or two. Most notably, that Daisuke Aishihara's action-pac...

Tim Sheehy

7:00 PM on 04.18.2014

First look at Atelier Shallie's plot and characters

Let's take a further look into the new Atelier game coming out, Atelier Shallie. More characters and their bio's have been released, along with a bunch of screenshots and previews. So let's get right into it. First, we have o...

Amber Hunt

4:22 PM on 04.18.2014

Sakura-Con '14: Aniplex announces dub project for Magi season 2

Aniplex at Sakura-con has announced a special audition for Magi. The season two of Magi will have a Bang Zoom! dub. In addition, there will be public auditions at Anime Expo this summer for roles in Magi. Also, Aniplex of Ame...

Jeff Chuang

3:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Hatsune Miku is rebuilt in Legos

People everywhere are taking their love for 2D characters to the next level. In other words, we're rebuilding them, cosplaying them, and making them come to life. But we all know we prefer them in 2D. Anyways, ChaosBrick show...

Amber Hunt



Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts? photo
Jtor AM 27: Are they going to school with ghosts?
by Karen Mead

This week, some staff members who shall remain nameless would rather have a Game of Thrones podcast then talk about silly Japanese cartoons all day. But alas, we are Japanator, not DaenerysTargaryenator, so we must persevere through a season of less-than-inspiring shows. We do however manage to discern a few bright lights of hope in the form of One Week Friends and Ping Pong, and Ben would be totally up for discussing Mushishi S2 if anyone else would ever watch it.

Notable questions of the week: Will the Gurren Lagann stage play feature giant paper mache robot heads? Is the school in Kamigami no Asobi filled with ghosts, and if so, shouldn't Yui be a little concerned about that? Has L.B. discovered the ultimate secret behind Nisekoi? And finally, what does BONES have against hiring actual writers who know how to write more than one story? All this, and more, on an exciting, conflict-filled Jtor AM 27!

...Oh and Tim of all people watched Marvel Disc Wars, seriously I don't even know where to start with that.

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10:00 AM on 04.18.2014

New alternate outfits for Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment characters

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is getting closer to its release date, which means more and more stuff is being revealed about the game. I don't know about you, but for me that's pretty exciting.  One main point in the...

Amber Hunt

6:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lady Gaga planning to tour with Hatsune Miku

The title says it all. Pop star Lady Gaga is allowing Hatsune Miku to tour with her and open the concert from May 6th - June 3rd. She first surprised K-Pop fans with her announcement about Crayon Pop, and now she is surp...

Amber Hunt

5:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Juice up your USB devices with Sailor Moon AC chargers

Now that I'm an adult and I have some disposable income if I decide I don't want to eat or wear clothes, there's a whole wealth of Sailor Moon stuff out there for me to buy and then wallow in when it inevitably winds up on my...

Brittany Vincent





4:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lots of new Persona 3 movie stuff revealed

Today we're talking Persona 3 the Movie. A lot of stuff is being released for the film, and I'm quite excited.  A second trailer was posted, which includes the famous love hotel scene. Everyone is talking about it! Hones...

Amber Hunt

3:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD

If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and fi...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 AM on 04.17.2014

Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi

Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male tr...

Brittany Vincent

2:00 PM on 04.16.2014

New mascot Unity-chan to spark interest of Japanese game devs

Sometimes, you need to be a little more creative to market a product. Japan is known to attach cutely drawn anime mascots to practically anything nowadays, from Internet Explorer to automated robotic vacuum cleaners. Game Watch attended a event held by Unity Technologies Japan, and saw that they took it one step further.

Dae Lee

5:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Sentai Filmworks brings over Love Lab

Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll...

Ben Huber

3:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Project Diva F 2nd developers talk PS4

It appears that the creators of the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series are excited for its next (possible) iteration on the PS4. Producer Seiji Hayashi expressed: "Although nothing has been decided yet, personally I think it&...

Dae Lee

8:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

You guys know me. I love horror and shoujo manga, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hadn't heard of Ao Haru Ride, however,it looks like something I might want to tune into, especially given the art style. The official sit...

Brittany Vincent

5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang