Here's to the Crazy Ones
The thought of hitchhiking as a form of travel sounds crazy; the implementation of actually doing it in Japan sounds impossible. Well, here's to the crazy ones who want to hitchhike in Japan.
In short, I hitchhiked from the e...
The music of the Gallian Front
[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano of Scarlet Moon Promotions, is a former contributor to Japanator.]
[Update: An earlier version of this post erroneously asserted that Scarlet Moon Productions was responsible for the release of ...
The 25th G1 Climax tournament is coming!
With AXS TV covering concert festivals the last month, Strong Style has taken a bit of a break. Next week, however, we kick things into high gear with 10 shows in 6 weeks covering the 25th G1 Climax tournament. With so much action crammed into a month and a half, Japanator gives you a little preview of what to expect from Strong Style and New Japan Pro Wrestling.
Gone too soon
Deaths may be a fact of life, but it's always sad when someone is taken too soon. That's the case for Japanese voice actress Yuko Mizutani, a veteran of Japan's voice acting scene who was best known for playing Sakiko Sakura,...
If only they were for sale
There's something wonderful about seeing people using their creativity to improve their pet's living space. When done right, the new environment gives the animal the ability to frolic in a manner that grants them more freedo...
There Can Only Be One Winner
During my first trip to Japan, I heard a lot of people talk about Okonomiyaki. I didn't know what it was, except that some people labeled it the Japanese equivalent to pizza. I don't agree. It's more of a pancake than anything else. Nonetheless, I was interested in this pancake-pizza.
Did Adol stock up on espresso coffee?
Is it me or does Falcom's latest Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana trailer feel like Adol and his comrades are loaded on a ton of caffeine? Not that it's a bad thing since the gang's movements are making the game look really f...
Not unless you're a celebrity, at least
One of the more common pieces of fan mail we get comes in the form of inquiries from fans looking to break into anime creation.
It's not an uncommon impulse, to want to try your hand at making what you love to watch, but impu...
Put This On Your List
When it comes to Japanese sweets, it's difficult to taste ones that aren't satisfactory. Unless we're talking about anko (sweet red bean paste), which I still haven't gotten quite used to. But during my first couple of days r...
Women love a Shafu
When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of women rise in recent times. That of the hardworking rickshaw puller.
A place you REALLY don't want to be
If you watch anime or pay attention to Japanese culture long enough, the subject of hotels inevitably comes up. Be it either Mountain hot bath retreats, hourly love hotels, and those ever quirky capsule hotels. But there is a new type of hotels that is on the rise, especially in Tokyo. Corpse hotels.
And it's not what you think.
Also, a new voice for Igor!
It's time, folks! Or rather, it will be time...in a few short months. After months of silence last year's delay and weeks of drip-fed promotion culminating in a final countdown, Atlus has announced the Japanese release ...
Hold on to your gas!
A downloadable guide put out by The Hokkaido Tourism Organization to help foreigners understand the customs of Japan's northernmost island sparked a bit of an outrage recently when it was found it to be offensive.
Valkyria Azure Revolution
Come on in, the Sinning's fine
It's been a while since we last heard from Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Sega's PS4 follow-up to one of the PS3's (and PSP's) best games, Valkyria Chronicles. Now the company's loosening the tap a bit as the game's planned late...
It's time to go on a new journey
For a good while, The Hero Yoshihiko has been on my list of shows to watch, since it looks like a fun comedy series that'll please any RPG fan. With a new season being announced, my urge to catch up with the low-budget series...
Dominion's main event!
Hello, Japanator readers and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
Ths week we conclude our look at the 2015 Dominion card with the main event of that show. We've had some incredible action so far from this show so this is expected to be a real barn burner. So let us go back one last time to the Osaka-Jo Hall and July 5, 2015, for the action!
Investigation Team Go!
It's been a while since we last heard from Persona 5, following the delay in the game's release date from late last year to sometime this year. Atlus seemed content to know that most folks who cared knew what Persona w...
Another helping from Osaka
Welcome back puro fans to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
Before we begin I'd like to send my thoughts to those in the Kyushu area of Japan right now as they've been hit with a couple of s...
Prelude to Resurgence!
If you've just seen the trailer for the new, Japan-originated Godzilla movie, Godzilla Resurgence, you might have been surprised to find that none other than Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are collaborating on the film.
Replacement logo on the way
At least one of the major issues that have plagued the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo will be resolved later this month as the search for a new logo has narrowed down to four.
As we've posted before, The Olympic games of Tokyo h...
Makabe and Ishii have more fun
Hello Hello, fans and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at new Japan Pro wrestling on AXS TV. This week we are back at the Osaka-Jo Hall looking at the Dominion card from 2015.
This week's matches are a bit of a ...
Starring Toru Yano of course!
Hello again you motley crew of April fools and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. While most wrestling fans have their eyes to Texas this weekend for Wrestlemania, we turn our eyes...
The Finals of the Super Jr.s
Greetings Puro fans and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
Last week we took a look at the first day of competition from the 2015 Best of the Super Jr.s tournament. The competition...
Best of the Super Jr.s begins!
Hey hey gang we are back with Strong Style as Japanator looks at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
This week we start a look at the Best of the Super Juniors tournament. This tournamnt is much like the G1 tournament where yo...
When IBM announced its intention to Make Anime Real™ by producing a Sword Art Online-based virtual reality experience, I was a tad skeptical. After all, even the most advanced VR tech in the world can just barely convi...
6 person matches!
Happy Weekend to you all and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
This week we go back to Wrestling Dontaku 2015, held in Fukuoka on May 3rd. In our second part of looking at the event, we have two big title matches and an all-star 6 man match waiting for us.
Jim Ross and Josh Barnett join us in the booth once again.
IC Title on the line!
Hello, again gang. After a week off we are back with Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.
This week we start a new era of the show as Jim Ross becomes the new play by play man for our weekly lo...
Classic wrestling anime to be rebooted
During an announcement made on Thursday, New Japan Pro Wrestling Chief Owner Takaaki Kidani announced that the company would be producing a revival of the classic Tiger Mask anime series.
The original series was based on &nbs...
A Purr-ty big response!
Aoshima is a small island in a remote part of the Ehime prefecture of Japan. It's the kind of small island you mind find a martial arts master residing, or the kind of place you'd take a high school class for a trip (don't forget the commemorative metal collars!). The whole island is only about 8 miles around and is occupied by about 16 people-
-and oh yeah...
As the gods intended
File this one under "It's happening!", because it really is: Sword Art Online is getting a game adaptation in the medium that it helped make famous: Virtual Reality. IBM have announced a new online VR game project title...