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WTF

WTF Fridays: Kabe-don & don'ts


A little sekuhara with your blouse?
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Girl, that dress would look better on my bedroom floor
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The Raid Samurai Edition

Check out this awesome samurai short from The Raid's director


Getting chanbara all up ins
Jan 28
// Josh Tolentino
The Raid was one of the coolest martial arts films of all time, and a lot of that was due to the expert choreography of director Gareth Evans and his crew. So count me as interested when he puts out a kick-ass samurai-themed...
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McDonald's

Watch people try out McDonald's Chocolate French Fries


Sweet and Savory
Jan 27
// Red Veron
Japan has always been associated with weird and unusual stuff, and the food they come up with is usually what turns heads when they come up with something new or different. McDonald's Japan, taking something so American as Fr...
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Cowboy Bebop

Figure skater jams to Cowboy Bebop theme


See ya, Skate Cowboy
Jan 26
// Red Veron
Figure skating is the last thing I ever thought I would have to write about here on Japanator but today is the day. This past weekend was the 2016 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and figure skater Kevin Reynolds, clad ...

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Sumo

Japanese-born sumo wrestler wins first tournament in ten years


Enter the land of the giants!
Jan 26
// Soul Tsukino
In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, history was made when ozeki-ranked (second highest rank in sumo) Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese-born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade. The 31-year-o...
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'Lucky Man' race

Check out Japan's recent 'Lucky Man' race event


May the winner have an amazing new year
Jan 10
// Salvador GRodiles
When it comes to receiving good luck, most of the requirements for this blessing usually require a prayer or a special type of offering. However, there are some cases where you'll have to compete against a large group of peo...
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Tekken IRL

Watch this martial artist bring Tekken's Kazuya to life


Eat it, Evil Ryu!
Jan 10
// Josh Tolentino
Most fighting games may not have an especially strong connection to real-life martial arts, but that doesn't mean they're completely unrealistic or impossible to "do" in meatspace. The trick is in finding the right game to r...
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Christmas


The most wonderful time of the year~
Dec 25
// Anthony Redgrave
I don't think I'll need to preface this Today in Anime section with an explanation about Christmas. It's grown past it's pagan roots and grown into an international holiday celebrated by cultures all over the world and that i...
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Weird Snacks

Strawberry cake potato chips? Look at some weird Japanese snacks!


Strange is the normal
Dec 20
// Red Veron
Food science is a wonderful subject in making amazing food magic with making foods taste better, last longer, and even making possible food combinations that wasn't even thinkable in the past. We've always thought of Japan a...
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WTF

WTF Fridays: SAAAAAAAFE


SO CLOSE
Dec 18
// Red Veron
Whew.
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WTF

WTF Friday: That Place Looks Familiar


What is this I Don't Even
Nov 20
// Red Veron
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Meowgaroo Jumpsuit

This cat jumpsuit lets you bond with your feline purrfectly


Sounds Ameowzing!
Nov 19
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something uplifting about hugging an animal-- especially if they're your pet. In a way, it can help relieve one's stress from a rough day at work, which is one of the best things about taking care of a dog, cat, or a...
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WTF

WTF Fridays: Office Productivity


How to sell software
Nov 06
// Red Veron
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Culture Festival


Yakisoba, animal cafes, live rock bands
Nov 03
// Anthony Redgrave
Culture Festivals are a staple of Japanese school anime, but it's a concept that is lost on many westerners. As the years went on I just rolled with it. It was just a thing that Japanese schools did. My school used to have a ...
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Haruhi

Today in Anime: Happy Birthday Haruhi Suzumiya


The creator of SOS Brigade and the world
Oct 08
// Anthony Redgrave
Today at Japanator we celebrate the patron saint of modern anime Haruhi Suzumiya, the titular character of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She captured the hearts and minds of fans around the globe and because of her addictive personality even created a real fictional religion about spreading lots of excitement around the world. 
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WTF Friday

WTF Fridays - Japanese Man


How to be a Weeaboo
Sep 25
// Red Veron
Don't hate, James Bond did it too.
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4chan x 2chan

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder


Moot agreed, don't bother him about it
Sep 22
// Josh Tolentino
Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the...
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WTF Fridays

WTF Fridays: You are [NOT] ready


Musical Impact
Sep 18
// Red Veron
 
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Metal Gear Solid V

Watch Hideo Kojima say goodbye to Metal Gear


Kept you waiting, huh?
Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
Whatever you might think of the series that defined his career, there's no doubting that Hideo Kojima is one of the most prominent figures in gaming history, and arguably the closest a major game developer has come to matchi...
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MangaGamer Uncensored

Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam


Hot stuff
Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version ...
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Metal Gear Solid V

Metal Gear Solid V's last commercial gives the bride away


Plus mecha nostalgia with Kojima
Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
Everyone knows Japanese commercials are delightfully zany, often bordering on surreal in a way that usually doesn't help much to sell the product itself. Thankfully for the world, Metal Gear is just as zany, perhaps mor...
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IMDB

IMDB's list of top anime reads like 'Ask an American'


But of course it would be, I guess?
Aug 24
// Josh Tolentino
There's nothing like a big ol' debate about what counts as "the best", and even anime - perhaps especially anime - are no stranger to this particular type of nerd catnip. Everyone's got their own little "toplist", including t...
Avengers face masks photo
Avengers face masks

Avenge your pores with Marvel superhero skin-care masks


Justice just got a new complexion
Aug 21
// Josh Tolentino
The heroes of Japanese anime and manga have it easy. Thanks to the typical art style of the medium, most protagonists never have to worry about facial blemishes or the state of their pores, because they have none! Real people...
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Anime Sneakers

Get your Fate/stay night gear on


When you are a head to toe otaku
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
No hardcore Fate/stay night fan would hit the town without a pair of officially licensed sneaker from UBIQ. The shoe maker is coming out with two sets of kicks, inspired by both Saber and Archer. I can't say that I'm a fan of...
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Japanese reality

Some misconceptions about Japan


Not everyone dresses VK?
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
Two of my favorite Youtube vloggers, Sharla and Rachel have thrown together a cute little video talking about a few misconceptions about Japan that visitors might have. It's worth a whirl, and the comments section of the vid...
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Evangelion

Evangelion anime cell fetches big bucks


That's a lotta Rei
Aug 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
If there's one thing I spend too much money on, it's definitely anime cels. While my collection isn't that big, I'm pretty happy with what I've acquired over my many years of fandom. I usually buy cels that don't feature the ...
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Gal Gun Double Peace

Some madmen want to bring Gal Gun: Double Peace overseas


Friendly Fire!
Aug 10
// Josh Tolentino
Far be it from me to play "cultural gatekeeper" when comes to deciding which products warrant the privilege being adapted for overseas consumption, but I think it's not a controversial opinion to think that some things are be...
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Suntory

Two words: Space Whiskey


Drinking finally reaches space!
Aug 06
// Soul Tsukino
In one small step to getting closer to anime space travel, Japanese distillery Suntory Holdings has announced they will be sending various whiskeys into space to age aboard the International Space Station.
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2020 Tokyo Olympics

Plans scrapped for site of Akira's final battle


Futuristic biker gangs not to blame
Jul 21
// Soul Tsukino
The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that the plans for the centerpiece stadium of the 2020 Olympic games have been completely scrapped and the development will start from scratch. The Prime Minister of Japan, ...
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Iwata was 55
[Update: Developer legend and Nintendo General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto issued a statement in reaction to Iwata's death, saying that he was "surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness."] In a brief statement issu...


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