MY Love STORY!! photo
Nice guys finish first
 MY Love Story!! (or Ore Monogatari!!) is an unconventional shoujo manga that’s received an anime adaptation this season.  The story follows unlikely protagonist Takeo Gouda, an extremely tall and strong high ... read feature

Sailor Moon photo
Sailor Moon

Pick up Sailor Moon tribute album on vinyl June 25

Check out these gorgeous new vinyl sleeves
Apr 26
It's Brittany again with another dose of Sailor Moon merchandising to populate the Japanator Sailor Moon tag! I kid, but hey, it's kind of true! Today I bring news and good fortune about the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Tribu... read
Ao Haru Ride photo
Ao Haru Ride

Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

I hadn't heard of it either, but it looks pretty good!
Apr 15
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... read
Wolf Girl & Black Prince  photo
Wolf Girl & Black Prince

Wolf Girl & Black Prince manga series is becoming an anime and I want in

Sadistic dudes? Yes please
Apr 08
The latest issue of Shueisha's Bessatsu Margaret is about to announce an anime edition of Ayuko Hatta's Wolf Girl & Black Prince, and I'm extremely interested. You guys remember Hot Gimmick, right? This sounds so totally ... read
PreCure photo
PreCures can't fall in love
It's another double dose of Happiness Charge PreCure as I get up to speed on the series for regular Shonen Showdown coverage! This week we're rapidly developing some characters and checking out some new PreCards. I'm ready for the third PreCure to make her appearance. How about you? read feature

PreCure photo
It's magically delicious!
I'm no stranger to magical girl anime, but I've never watched a PreCure series. I've always been interested, but once I sat down and started watching, the daunting task of sitting through 50+ episodes of each series no longer... read feature

Kamisama Kiss photo
Doing the God thing
When I dream of becoming God, these fantasies usually don't involve a white-haired pretty boy with fox ears who follows me around and does my bidding; clearly, I've been doing it wrong. Now that Kamisama Kiss has taught me th... read feature

Manga photo
Magazines for 10-year-olds are the best
Look guys, it's my first video! Let it never be said that I've been left behind in the age of new technology by sticking solely to writing text! Actually, I've totally been left behind in the age of new technology (I worked ... read feature

Sailor Moon photo
14 volumes of moonlight romance
As a Sailor Moon fan, or "Moonie" of 15 years, it's kind of amazing that I never got around to reading the entire manga until now. I guess it's not that weird when you think about it; early on, I was all about anime and had l... read feature

Sweet Rein vol. 1 photo
Santa Claus is a cute girl and she's coming to town
Last week saw the release of the first volume of Sweet Rein, a Christmas-themed love story published by VIZ Media. It's a translation of Sakura Tsukuba's Yoroshiku Master, which is finished, and mercifully short (three volume... read feature

Shoujo photo

Hana Doki Kira Kickstarter showcases shoujo

Kickstart the sparkly-sparkly
Nov 05
There's a lot of projects on Kickstarter with some link to anime or manga these days, and while we can't keep tabs on all of them, we try to let you know about anything particularly interesting that pops up. One of the latest... read
Sweet Rein vol. 1 photo
Sweet Rein vol. 1

Romance and Christmas spirit abound in Sweet Rein vol. 1

Santa Claus and reindeers just belong together
Nov 02
VIZ Media is ready to kick off the holiday season early with the release of a new shoujo series titled Sweet Rein. The first volume will be out on November 5th both in print (US$9.99) and digitally (US$6.99) via the VIZ Manga... read
Manga photo

Manga Reborn Kickstarter adds Satonaka Michiko title

The Old Testament, shoujo-style?
Oct 30
I already let you know about the Manga Reborn Kickstarter, which seeks to make a bunch of lesser-known manga legally available in English. Normally, the fact that the Kickstarter has added another title to the project wouldn'... read
Japan Expo USA photo
Japan Expo USA

JX: Viz reveals their newest manga plans

Nana fans are given hope.
Aug 26
I don't know about you, but it looks like Viz has shifted into a manga overdrive with their latest announcements from Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. On the digital side of things, Skip Beat, W Julie... read

Kimi no Iru Machi getting an anime adaptation

Awww, it's all grown up!
Mar 12
The Akiba reports that Kimi no Iru Machi, a manga/story by the same creator of Suzuka, which has only had a couple of OVAs will now be adapted until a full-on show. There aren't really any details further than that, thou... read
Marmalade Boy returns photo
Marmalade Boy returns

Be still my heart, Marmalade Boy returns

Why am I getting so giddy?
Feb 28
You probably wouldn't be able to guess from my love of sci-fi anime, but the romantic anime series, Marmalade Boy is one of my all time favorites. I usually don't dig in shoujo anime and manga, but the Marmalade Boy TV series... read

Rejoice! Aksys to bring PSP otome game Sweet Fuse to NA

It's that game where you're Keiji Inafune's niece
Feb 15
The PSP is the console that just refuses to die, almost 10 years after its North American launch. The good folks at Aksys Games have announced that they'll be bringing Idea Factory's otome game Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakud... read

Say "I Love You" says hello to Sentai Filmworks

hehehe, clever headline, 10/10
Nov 16
Say "I Love You" is an anime airing this season about two misunderstood high school students falling in love... but that can't be right, because there's another anime airing this season called The Monster Seated Next to ... read

Inu Yasha: The Final Act coming to DVD and BD in November

And now I'm all full of nostalgia feelings
Sep 29
Inu Yasha: The Final Act, the long-awaited conclusion of the epic Inu Yasha series which went on and on... forever... is slated to be immortalized in DVD and Blu-ray with dubs this coming November, according to this article b... read

Let Them Eat Romance: Rose of Versailles licensed

Sep 18
Now here's a blast from the past. In a move I definitely did not anticipate (though this probably stems from my cluelessness regarding the genre), Right Stuf has acquired the license to - of all things - Rose of Versaill... read

Absolute Boyfriend being adapted for the stage

Apr 16
Yuu Watase's Absolute Boyfriend is getting a stage adaptation. In March 2013, the play will open at an unannounced theater in Tokyo. The story concerns Riiko Izawa and her attempts to get a boyfriend. In the process, a perfec... read

Media Blasters rescues Fushigi Yuugi, rereleasing DVD set

Jan 12
Out of the blue, Media Blasters has announced via their Facebook page that they have acquired the license to Fushigi Yuugi, the 1995 series that ran for 52 episodes and spawned a few follow-up OVAs. The anime was previously p... read

Surrealism is difficult to pull off properly in any genre or medium. Sure it's easy to slap some bizarre stuff next to a speaking character and say that it's surreal, but it rarely adds more to the final product. It usually t... read feature


Jellyfish Princess fully licensed for US release, kulala~

May 12
This last fall season, FUNimation simulcasted the light-hearted anime Jellyfish Princess (aka: Kuragehime), which ended up becoming well-received here at Japanator, if not being considered a bit too short. Not too l... read

Nanoha creator's next series is DOG DAYS

Jan 07
Moetron brings word that the latest Newtype has announced the next project for Tsuzuki Masaki, the creator of the popular Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise. Starting in April, DOG DAYS will begin airing, be... read

Ultra Maniac going on Hulu and iTunes, courtesy of Viz

Nov 10
And now, more digital anime news. Viz is releasing Ultra Maniac on not just Hulu, not just iTunes, but both Hulu and iTunes. You could pay for it or not pay for it, isn't that great? The first five episodes of the series... read

First Impressions: Kuragehime/Jellyfish Princess

Oct 17
This show is NOT about a jellyfish princess. Protagonist Tsukimi makes this clear: even though her mother told her as a child that all girls grow up into princesses, something has gone wrong and she’s just a nerdy girl.... read

When a friend suggested I check out Kaichou wa Maid Sama! (President is a Maid!) I was expecting a bubbly shoujo comedy-romance. I was half right. The leading lady, Ayuzawa Misaki, is anything but bubbly. The class president ... read feature


No More Mutants: X-Men Misfits and more get axed

Apr 13
Dark times are nigh for fans of east-west comic book crossovers, as X-Men Misfits, a shoujo-manga-styled adaptation of everyone's favorite mutant franchise has been separated from its ability to exist, Scarlet Witch style.Deb... read

Summary: Do you have a five-year-old daughter? No? Move along, nothing to see here.They said it was impossible, but I proved them wrong; I've found a shoujo show that makes Yumeiro Patissiere look deep. Sure, it's not like I ... read feature


Summary: Middle of the road shoujo fare that's probably nothing more than a promotional tool for the manga.I'll admit: I fall pretty easily for shoujo material. Stuff like Lovely Complex or Crimson Hero? I drink that milkshak... read feature


What we want from a new Sailor Moon

Feb 06
While it's nebulous at the moment whether or not Toei is planning on doing anything new with the franchise, after this little announcement, there's certainly nothing wrong with considering the possibility of a new Sailor Moon... read

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