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10:00 AM on 03.28.2015

Gothic Fashion no Jutsu! Silver rings inspired by Naruto's dark side

Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green l...

Anthony Redgrave

8:00 AM on 03.24.2015

Accurately measure oppai with the BraFile

Knowing a ladies' three sizes is a blessing and curse. It shows that you are accurate and observant but to the woman in question it just means you're a massive pervert. There has only been one person I know that has the abili...

Anthony Redgrave

9:00 AM on 03.18.2015

Asian Kung-Fu Generation 2015 Japan Tour

I could go on a massive rant about how, why, and what I love about Asian Kung Fu Generation. From their supremely magnificent album Sol-Fa, to their more experimental works with Magic Disk and World World World, and finally t...

Anthony Redgrave

9:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Dino-mite: A new dinosaur species has been discovered in Japan

Ever since I was a kid, I've always been fond of dinosaurs, since they're literally giant reptiles with their own unique feature, such as huge wings, fierce claws and deadly spikes. While we're on the topic of prehistoric cre...

Salvador GRodiles


8:00 AM on 03.10.2015

Japan uses their ninja skills to increase tourism

I know that I joked around in the past about 2015 being the Year of the Ninja, but Japan's recent tourism-related move might as well turn my made-up holiday into a real thing. Long story short, the Japanese government have de...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Battleship Musashi rediscovered 70 years after World War II

I'm not sure who should be more overjoyed by this news: History buffs or Kantai Collection fans. Perhaps both? I am, of course, referring to a cool tweet from a fellow named Paul Allen, formerly a founder of Microsoft and now...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Kancolle heals your battle scars with Hakujuji

What do pharmaceutical supplies and school girls posing as battle ships have in common? Not much apart from cross promotion. Japanese medical and hygiene provider Hakujuji and web based game turned moe anime Kancolle are team...

Anthony Redgrave

1:37 PM on 03.02.2015

Attack on Titan x Aqua Clara Promo has some Amazing Prizes

The increasingly popular Attack on Titan is partnering up with the Japanese water cooler provider Aqua Clara to wage war against dehydration. The link between killing titans and ensuring adequate hydration is extremely tenuous, but I don't want to be dehydrated when I'm fighting a 3 metre class of paper work. 

Anthony Redgrave

3:00 PM on 02.24.2015

KFC and Potato Chips. Together at Last

There are some Japanese snacks that wouldn't fly in the west. Pocari Sweat has the connotation of drinking someone's perspiration, and their eclectic Kit Kat flavours can make some taste buds shudder. But this concept already has me salivating.

Anthony Redgrave

5:37 PM on 02.20.2015

AKFG News: iTunes Albums and New Single

Asian Kung-Fu Generation may not roll off the tongue as well as some other band names but their sound is definitely iconic. Playing on top of animated openings like Naruto, Fullmetal Alchemist, and Bleach, AKFG helped en...

Anthony Redgrave

12:00 PM on 02.11.2015

Persona 5 is the Lupin III RPG you never knew you wanted

How about that Persona 5 trailer, eh? While the sensible voice in my head cautions me against getting too hyped-up for games that aren't out yet, but the Persona-fan voice in my head is currently drowning it out with shouts a...

Josh Tolentino





3:00 PM on 02.10.2015

Let's take a look at an instant Military meal from Japan

Now I've had my share of US military rations, better known as "Meals-Ready-to-Eat" (MREs) I've often wondered how other countries handled their on-the-go meals for their troops. US military MREs aren't the tastiest and often ...

Red Veron

8:00 PM on 02.09.2015

Golgo 13 is officially Too Old For This Sh*t

Indeed, like a certain police officer, the legendary assassin Golgo 13 is just a few weeks from retirement...literally! After nearly forty-seven years in serialization, the longest-running currently published manga is set to ...

Josh Tolentino

4:00 PM on 02.02.2015

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel

I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 02.02.2015

It takes just one man to make a One Punch Man anime

If there's anything I've learned over the years of writing about the things I enjoy, it's that making those things - in this case, anime - is very hard work, often done by large numbers of very talented people. That makes th...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World

This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my y...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 01.27.2015

Touhou games may come to PlayStation this year

Ah, Touhou Project. The hyper-popular series of bullet-hell shooters has long been a Holy Grail of sorts for non-PC-owning otaku, and the efforts to get games with the Touhou brand on various consoles have bee...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker

Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 01.20.2015

This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner

Dogs may have a great reputation for being loyal to their owners, but that doesn't stop them from messing with their caretakers from time to time. In this case, Mari-chan the Shiba Inu decides to fool around with her master ...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 01.10.2015

Japan's PSN users sure love them some western games

If there's one stereotype about the Japanese game industry that's more true than not, it's that Glorious Nippon hasn't gotten the hang of The Internet and its many facets quite as quickly or in the same way as the rest of the...

Josh Tolentino



PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale photo
PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale
by Josh Tolentino

Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last couple of years, slowly, but 2014 was a real kick in the pants when it came to seeing the fruits of Japan's "doujin" development scene outside the shadowy confines of Comiket. 

The most notable phenomenon has been the veritable Cambrian explosion of visual novels and other "anime" games on Steam, which is the de facto face of PC gaming, which to most folks is dominated by western-style titles. However, thanks to Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and perhaps the decline of the home console market in Japan, more "Japanese-style" games than ever are on the platform.

And if you needed even more evidence of the obvious, here it is: The latest Steam weekend sale is themed all around "anime". More than 40 games in the anime vein, developed both within Glorious Nippon and without, are getting crazy discounts from now until January 12th.

Notable among the offerings are Christine Love's Korean-themed visual novels, Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, the animal romance sensation Hatoful Boyfriend, Nyu Media's Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, World End Economica from the author of Spice and Wolf, no less than two Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, XSEED's ports of Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Origins, and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and the dating-sim/travel primer Go Go Nippon! 

All those and more are going for cents on the dollar (or whatever currency Steam makes you pay in), so pick your favorites and possibly spend less than you normally would!

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10:00 AM on 01.09.2015

Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!

All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ...

Josh Tolentino





10:00 AM on 01.02.2015

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out

Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 12.13.2014

3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2's trailer will heat up your blood

At long last, Bandai Namco has uploaded the first trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, and things are looking interesting for Super Robot Wars Z's finale. First and foremost, Diebuster is making its debut in the ...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon

You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 11.22.2014

This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recen...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro

If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking wh...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 11.05.2014

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pi...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 11.04.2014

Final Fantasy XV full of pretty tech, pretty boys, pretty cars

Much as I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, even I could see that the franchise has been in sore need of a fresh approach, and despite having been in development for the better part of the last decade, Final Fantasy XV might ...

Josh Tolentino