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World Cup photo
Eat your way through the games
The World Cup fever is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I highlighted some of the stuff Japan has been producing to celebrate. Sure, you can head on to the mall and grab a hat, jersey, or stuffed Pikachu to show...

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Attack on Titan

Colossal Titan now terrorizing various landmarks around Japan


The chibiest of Colossal Titans
Jun 18
// Kristina Pino
Most tourist attractions and gift shops in Japan aren't complete without a huge selection of various cute phone straps and keychains you can buy as a memento. You can find them with Hello Kitty, Stitch, One Piece characters, ...
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Daily Dose

A Daily Dose of Ab Crunches: Wonder Core


Happy Birthday!!
Jun 17
// Josh Tolentino
Hiroko's out today, which leaves you trapped in here with me! Bahahaha! And for today's Dose, hot abdominal fitness courtesy of this commercial for the Wonder Core exercise machine, starring the sensational six-pack of ...
Princess Water photo
Princess Water

Drink a tall glass of your favorite Disney princess


Bourbon water nails it
Jun 17
// Kristina Pino
Entabe reports that Bourbon brand drinking water is now going to come in bottles with Disney Princess designs on its labels. The designs themselves are rather pretty: fashion designer-looking artwork with pastel watercolor wa...
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Food

Got a rice cooker? Then you can make some tasty pancakes too!


I gotta get me one of those.
Jun 16
// Pedro Cortes
The rice cooker is an appliance that you see pretty often in anime and dramas. Considering how important rice is in the general Japanese diet, that shouldn't be a surprise. What is surprising are the various other things you ...
Mister Donut photo
Japan's version of a cronut emerges
With my return to Japanator comes the return of videos in which you get to watch me eat stuff from Japan with more regularity. My first entry in this new era of food videos features an inspired dish, the Mr Croissant Donut, ...

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Unforgiven

Ken Watanabe does Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven


Can't wait until they do Dirty Harry!
Jun 12
// Josh Tolentino
Japanator's about more than anime, don't you know! It's also about watching dignified hunks like Ken Watanabe do a samurai take on Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, and that's exactly what this is.  Yurusarezaru...
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Attack on Titan

The Scouting Legion takes on the Bearded Titan


This is going to get hairy
Jun 10
// Josh Tolentino
So what if they want to devour us whole for reasons unknown? The least we can do is make them look good while doing it, right? Apparently, that's Schick's logic for trying to hawk safety razors for the sake of mankind's grea...
Attack on Titan photo
Attack on Titan

Move over, Gendo: Attack on Titan now selling razors


How do Titans shave?
May 31
// Josh Tolentino
Hey, remember when Gendo Ikari and the Evangelion crew teamed up with the forces of crass commercialism to hawk razorblades? Yeah, that happened, and now mankind's greatest challenge isn't a bunch of giant, skinless cann...
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Science

Japan wants to farm the sun...IN SPACE


That'll be an interesting crop to pick
May 06
// Pedro Cortes
Through some of the worst disasters can come some of the best, most innovative ideas. After the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Fukushima, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA for short, has ...
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Anime

Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018


That's a long ways away
May 03
// Elliot Gay
Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...
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Video Games

Vita rhythm game IA/VT's latest trailer is colorful in all the right ways


Tap tap tap
May 02
// Elliot Gay
Marvelous is clearly making a bid for some of that sweet Project Diva pie with their upcoming rhythm game, IA/VT -Colorful- For the uninitiated, IA/VT is a music game starring IA, a brand new Vocaloid that started to gain tr...
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Video Games

New 5 minute Persona Q trailer is too hype


There's another gameplay trailer too
May 02
// Elliot Gay
The past few months of Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth trailers have been fairly brief. Character overviews, brief bits and pieces of battles; there hasn't been a beefy video exploring the entire game in quite some time. ...
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Project Z

Taito's 'Project Z' endeavor is actually a Left 4 Dead game


Grabbin' peels.
Apr 30
// Brittany Vincent
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Left 4 Dead in Japanese arcades? It's more likely than you think. Actually, it's definitely going to happen. Taito's been teasing a "Project Z" for some time now for its Nesic...
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Pokmon Art Academy

Be the very best artist there ever was with Pokmon Art Academy


Gotta draw 'em all
Apr 29
// Brittany Vincent
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] I've always wanted to learn how to perfect my nonexistent drawing skills, but games that promise to help me bone up on my technique just don't tickle my fancy. They're so dry. So boring...
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Video games

Experience the sights and sounds of Corpse Party: Blood Drive with their new trailer


What's that noise?
Apr 28
// Dae Lee
The latest entry in the Corpse Party franchise, Corpse Party: Blood Drive, seeks to put a final touch to the first game that released on the PSP. Some interesting story and character details were revealed to us, but now we c...
Monster Hunter photo
Monster Hunter

Shred with this ridiculous Monster Hunter guitar


It'd play a mean rendition of "3's & 7's"
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] My, how time flies. Capcom's indomitable Monster Hunter series has been around for ten years now, and to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Capcom has teamed up with ES...
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Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush has a bizarro nationwide ad campaign in Japan


I'm not quite sure what they're saying, but it has nothing to do with candy
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Candy Crush Saga is coming to Japan in a big way, as developer King has prepared a slew of rather bizarre commercials for its freakishly addictive mobile puzzler. With King ha...
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Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth Mokona prizes headed to Japanese Sega amusement centers


A cuddly plushie for your trouble
Apr 26
// Brittany Vincent
Magic Knight Rayearth is a classical magical girl series that should be on your radar if you haven't already taken the plunge, especially since Mokona plush prizes are hitting Sega amusement centers in Japan. The '90s series ...
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Justin Bieber

Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident


Do you even geopolitics?
Apr 26
// Josh Tolentino
I don't have anything against The Bieb. In fact, I find the hate for him somewhat petty. I mean, it's not like he's against vaccines or whatever. That said, causing an international incident is something you really shoul...
Video Games photo
Video Games

New Persona Q key illustration, fusion details, and guest contributors emerge


One hell of a collaboration
Apr 26
// Elliot Gay
Each new week brings with it a host of new details about Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' Etrian Odyssey-like 3DS Persona game.  I'm completely okay with this. This week we have a new key illustration in the fo...
Video Games photo
Video Games

2nd Tales of Zestiria trailer hits the net


It looks like a Tales game
Apr 26
// Elliot Gay
Bandai Namco's Tales games will always have a special place in my heart. Not all of them are great, but there's something comforting about knowing they'll always be there. It's one of the few long running RPG series that sti...
Video Games photo
Video Games

Meiji era Ace Attorney game gets its first trailer


Be right back guys, screaming into a pillow
Apr 23
// Elliot Gay
Ace Attorney is easily one of my top five favorite video game series. It's weird, it's got fantastic characters, and the music gets my blood pumping at all the right times. I loved Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and to say I ...
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Japan

Mt. Fuji-shaped ice goes best with whisky


Adds...I dunno, elevation or something
Apr 21
// Pedro Cortes
I like to collect strange ice molds. I've got some shaped like Tetris pieces, Space Invaders, the symbol for Pi and many more. A new one that popped up in our inbox was this mold for Mt. Fuji. Designed for whisky aficionados,...
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Japan

Japanese version of Harry Potter theme park opens in July


Get your wands and owls ready!
Apr 21
// Pedro Cortes
Come July 15, Harry Potter fans in Japan will be getting their own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Announced on April 18 in Osaka, the Japanese version of Universal Studios will be opening their Harry Potter l...
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Sword Art Online II

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


Get a double dose of SAOII this year and vote on your favorite SAO stuff!
Apr 19
// Brittany Vincent
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...
Babymetal photo
Babymetal

Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK


Lots of babies and lots of metal
Apr 19
// Brittany Vincent
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...
Video Games photo
Video Games

New Black Heart Noire spin-off game gets an adorable trailer


No seriously
Apr 19
// Elliot Gay
Having never played a single Neptunia game, perhaps I'm the worst person to be writing anything about a game in this franchise. Be that as it may, the latest trailer for spin-off Vita game Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin...
Video Games photo
Video Games

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


This is a weird choice
Apr 19
// Elliot Gay
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...
Video Games photo
Video Games

The Idolm@ster: One For All to feature DLC Cinderella Girls and Million Live idols


These new girls are totally ready to lady
Apr 18
// Elliot Gay
To be quite honest, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Bandai Namco's The Idolm@ster: One For All. The fact that it's not a numbered game made me suspicious that it'd be a throwaway entry in the series. That may still be the...

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