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7:00 PM on 03.19.2014

Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awarene...

Brad Rice

8:00 AM on 12.11.2013

Sagami Rubber debuts world's thinnest condom

Japanese condom manufacturer Sagami Rubber Industry has broken through to a new level of thinness: a .01mm thick condom. After spending ten years working on this product, Sagami has seen its condom fly off of store shelves in...

Brad Rice

9:00 AM on 04.11.2013

A quickie about love hotels

When Japan sets out to perfect something, they seem to go a bit overboard at times. This is evident by just looking at some of these rooms that you can rent in love hotels in Japan. Love hotels are primarily frowned...

Josh Totman

4:00 PM on 02.01.2013

AKB's Minami Minegishi humiliated for being a human being

[Update: The apology video has been removed following an official response by AKB management. An English-translated transcript of Minegishi's statement is available at the bottom of this post.] Ah, an "Oh, Japan" moment. ...

Josh Tolentino

Japanator After Dark Special Review: Seduce Me photo
Japanator After Dark Special Review: Seduce Me
by Josh Tolentino

[While western games aren't technically in Japanator's purview, there's no denying the fact that Glorious Nippon is among the leading purveyors of quality porn games. No Reply Games' Seduce Me is the latest attempt to dent that dominance, touting deep relationships and role-playing elements. In the interest of seeing how it measures up to the average dating sim, we've republished Destructoid's official review for your enjoyment. -Josh]

Seduce Me is only on our radar because it was developed by folks who worked on the Triple-A Killzone franchise, and later denied a place on Steam's Greenlight project. We likely wouldn't have noticed it, much less be reviewing it, had Valve not opted to shut it out. But here we are.

There are myriad reasons that gamers of all stripes should support a game like Seduce Me. Games should be free to tastefully tackle sex as a subject without being punished commercially or by culture at large. As an effective outlet for base urges, games should be able to do more than violence and still be commercially successful. An "AO" rating from the ESRB shouldn't be a kiss of death. The culture at large should be less shy about one of the most natural human activities. The list goes on.

Unfortunately, for gamers and for developer No Reply, Seduce Me is not the game that will do the things above.

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7:00 PM on 07.08.2012

Japan Expo '12: Seriously guys, stop it

We've caught more of you making out on the show floor today than we did yesterday. We snapped a picture of a few of them, but I fumbled with my camera for too long to get twice as many. Have some class -- do it in the hotel room!

Brad Rice

11:00 PM on 07.05.2012

Japan Expo '12: Please don't suck face at the show

Please, people. We’ve already caught two of you shoving your tongues down your significant other’s throats in the middle of the show floor. We take terribly invasive pictures.

Brad Rice

1:00 AM on 08.17.2011

TMA at it again with the porno "Hinichijou"

A lot of people tell me "Wow, Nichijou is probably one of the best shows to air in the past two seasons for anime", and for a while I would usually say to them "Yeah, I guess...". Lately, however, I found that the newest...


First Impression: 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku photo
First Impression: 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku
by Jeff Chuang

If Japanese otaku were to crack a joke on old virgins, this may very well be it. Remember B Gata H Kei? You're about to see the next level of "oh Japan" on the same train of thought, in 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku.

The literal translation for 30-sai no Hoken Taiiku is along the lines of "Health Education for 30-year olds." Originally a guide book with a sense of humor, this anime adaptation takes the same route as you would expect from a "manga's guide to sex for people who's missed out"; probably a good idea if you ever plan to be sexually active. 

But who are we kidding! This is otaku fodder. So it begs the question then: why make an anime out of it? If it is going to make fun of inexperienced, tensed nerds toiling away their hard-earned salary in various sex goods, who's going to be left to watch (or even buy) this anime? Click on and find out!

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12:28 PM on 04.06.2011

Big pink penises and candy vaginas at Japanese festival

One of my favorite Japanese video bloggers, jetdaisuke, shot some footage at Kanamara Matsuri, a festival that celebrates big penises. It used to have something to do with fertility, but now it's all about the lulz.  The...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 03.11.2011

Japanese gaming industry about as popular as porn

I suppose this really doesn't surprise anyone. I mean, c'mon, what's more popular than video games and sex? According to some recent statistics, the Japanese video game market did roughly 493.7 billion yen in business in the ...

Crystal White

Need more smutty hentai? Kitty Media's got you covered photo
Need more smutty hentai? Kitty Media's got you covered
by OxKing

Let's face it: Japanator's Ero Week was a success. A complete, utter, very disturbing success. To those who hated every second of it and wished that we'd cover more stories on funny Youtube videos instead, then this news is NOT for you, because I have some new hentai releases for you bastards.

Kitty Media, a division of the licensing company Media Blasters, that specializes in hentai and eroge releases has announced some perverted GET's for you guys...and sometimes girls. The titles Like a Mom and Step MILF are released on April 19th and 26th respectively for those in need for mother-complexes, while Twin Angels is being re-released by Kitty Media on the 26th as well. You can also check out other fine stuff at Kitty Media's COMPLETELY NSFW website.

This all begs the ultimate question... why am I promoting pornography for seemingly no reason or gain? The answer:

I dunno.

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10:00 PM on 01.28.2011

Love hotels try to pose as their less sexy brethren

Ever walked into a hotel for a regular stay and realized you ended up in a cheap love hotel for an afternoon tryst?Yeah, me too.Apparently a new trend is building in Japan wherein love hotels attempt to pose as regu...

Crystal White

3:00 PM on 01.23.2011

You don't want to see this man's life-size Rei papercraft

Yes, it's made from paper, and it's life-size, but it's also anatomically correct. In an "Ero Week" kind of way.Yeah, so see the video below. It's safe for work, but you can see the less-safe videos over at his channel.I think it's saying something that our intrepid tipster, upon sending this information to our tips line, asked to remain anonymous. Thanks, anonymous tipster!

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 01.22.2011

Ero Week: Romantic ero doujins

With the coming of Ero Week, I can hop on top of my internet roof in this virtual neighborhood and shout at the top of my lungs...I! HEART! PORN! Now I'm not talking about an unhealthy love or attraction to the adult industry...

Pedro Cortes

Ero Week: The deal-breaker photo
Ero Week: The deal-breaker
by Tim Sheehy

The other day, I read Brad's harrowing tale of how he lent his girlfriend a copy of Sundome, fully expecting to be dumped within days of having done so. It gave me a good laugh, but reminded me of how hentai can be a perilous fetish -- at least, in terms of relationships.

I've had my fair share of relationships over the years, and thinking back I can actually remember of a few instances where hentai played some sort of role in determining the nature of the relationship, but only once was it ever a deal-breaker. So what exactly happened? Hear all about that after the jump.

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Ero Week: Why hentai just doesn't do it for me photo
Ero Week: Why hentai just doesn't do it for me
by Crystal White

It's no secret here at Japanator that many of us enjoy hentai. As a subset of the anime genre, some may even consider it essential viewing depending on how good the story is (if any). Over the years, I've known plenty of people who have watched various hentai shows and enjoyed them. And yes, I know more people than just Brad with an extensive viewing history of the subject.

I've always kind of wondered what the appeal was. Now, before you get all Captain Obvious on me and respond back, "Well, it's sex, duh!" Let me explain. I've watched a bit of hentai. What anime fan hasn't? It's nearly inescapable. And contrary to many people I know, I just can't get into it. In light of Ero Week here, this got me thinking. Why doesn't hentai do it for me? Am I the exception to the rule?

Read on to hear my self reflection on hentai, and hear why this girl just doesn't lust over the 2D boys and girls.

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6:00 PM on 01.18.2011

The boy addiction: A Yaoi Experience

So, I've noticed that yaoi (yOW-ee) is pretty under-represented on Japanator, and it's also the subject of much fuss and disdain considering our general reader demographic. For the girls, though. For those closet-freaks that ...

Kristina Pino

9:00 PM on 01.17.2011

This toilet paper is strangely arousing

Those looking for a sexy way to go to the bathroom - wait, let me start over. Those looking for a premium erotic experience on the toilet - hm, that sounds iffy too. There's no good way to lead into this news, so I'll just sa...

Bob Muir

11:00 PM on 01.06.2011

Japanese man secretly films over 1,000 women

A 45-year-old man in Ehime Prefecture was arrested on Wednesday for being a total creeper. Particularly for taking "indecent videos" of two shop assistants in Matsuyama last November. The man also had tons of i...

Crystal White

8:00 AM on 12.14.2010

Brothels featuring love dolls are in demand, and rising!

There are a lot... a lot... of things that I would rather simulate instead of the real thing. For example, I would much rather play Gran Turismo any day over speeding down a freeway at 150 MPH (241.4 KPH for all of you fancy ...


10:00 AM on 11.24.2010

TMA has you covered for OreImo incest fantasies

It seems like OreImo can't catch a break recently. It's stirring up controversy on a number of fronts, all while pushing the incest trend which is becoming a little too popular. The classy folks at TMA, who make live-action ...

Brad Rice

10:13 AM on 11.18.2010

Japanese wrong about the opposite sex, says survey

Guys think you know everything about girls. Girls believe everything they read in those magazines about guys. You're all wrong. We're all wrong.It seems that they have the same problem in Japan. Website Cobs Online surveyed g...

Dale North

4:00 PM on 11.01.2010

In Japan, sexual harassment is the new detention

A teacher from Saitama prefecture has an interesting way of dealing with forgetfulness or misbehavior when it comes to his students. The 59-year-old teacher at Ogi Elementary School in Iruma created three self procl...

Crystal White

10:03 AM on 10.25.2010

Hooters opens its first Tokyo location

Tokyo is getting its first Hooters. The Akasakamitsuke location opens Monday night, and will feature service from 30 Japanese girls and a bonus 10 foreigners. The staff was picked from over 400 applicants.  Above you'll ...

Dale North

11:00 PM on 09.16.2010

The vids of shitemita: the curious case of soda pudding

Oh, YouTube user shitemita. It's been awhile, my Japanese food product examining friend.There has been a vacancy of my analysis of shitemita's videos as of late because, frankly, the quality of the merchandise he has been spo...

Mike LeChevallier

3:30 PM on 08.31.2010

Creature found in Japanese waters looks like a...

OH MY GOD! WHAT THE HELL AM I LOOKING AT?This above photo was taken at Miyako port. It's a creature that was found 200 meters down, and it obviously looks like something...well, it doesn't quite look like that. And when you f...

Dale North

11:00 AM on 08.25.2010

World's first 3D porn movie features Japanese porn stars

[Warning: The below video the jump has very slight nudity (only brief bare breasts), but I'd still consider it Not Safe For Work.]With as big as 3D films are becoming, you'd have to know that full-blown 3D porn was coming up ...

Dale North

10:00 AM on 08.13.2010

Share your eroge escapades with your friends on Twitter

I love Twitter. Where else can you read all about what everyone has had for breakfast? But let's say you want to get more personal than that. A LOT more personal.Just my luck, the eroge company Moonstone has integrated Twitte...

Lauren Rae Orsini

1:40 AM on 07.14.2010

No lack of passion in Beckii Cruel's latest number

Okay guys, Beckii has recently fashioned a stage backdrop out of felt musical notes and blank compact discs. I can't stress this enough. From the header image alone, you can presumably gather that bedroom-dancing sensation Be...

Mike LeChevallier