3:00 PM on 02.26.2015

SCANDAL up my Social Media

When social media was first coming out, it was primarily a place for my friends to connect outside school. We myspaced for a bit then moved onto Facebook to share our school boy exploits. But it wasn't until I got onto Twitter when I started to see social media becoming a platform for celebrities to stay connected to fans and vice versa.

Anthony Redgrave



4:00 PM on 02.25.2015

OP Up! Naruto Edition

Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published ...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Now here's a Dragon Ball Z fan film that gets it right

Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Aw snap, Sakura-Con '15 gets a series of BlazBlue events

I may be a little late to the party, but I felt that this announcement was worth sharing around here. Anyway, the gang at Arc System Works and Strangely Compelling Media (BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend's localization, Phant...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Check out a Hollywood pro's ultraviolent take on Power Rangers

Don't you love it when, for some trick of fate or circumstance, the idle fantasies you used to dream up when you were a dumb kid somehow come true? That's what happened for a lot of folks a couple days ago when Director Jose...

Josh Tolentino



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



1:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro comes to Blu-Ray

One of the finest anime every made is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Discotek Media announced that the Hayao Miyazaki classic will finally makes its US Blu-Ray debut on April 28th! So freaking excite! News of the release was announced last year, but we finally get a date!

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Celebrate the Vita's birthday with some great Japanese games

It's been three years since the Playstation Vita came out and the little handheld has survived with a great stable of Japanese games. Those who own the Vita or want to get a Vita are now in for a treat with a great sale featu...

Red Veron



10:00 AM on 02.24.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Arashi

You may not believe it when you look outside, but Spring is just around the corner. With it brings fantastic new anime, lovely new music and this year a new Arashi single! The Winter isn't that bad, if there's some Arashi wa...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Let Risette navigate you through Persona 4: Dancing All Night

I don't usually cotton much to so-called "character trailers" when they pop up in the usual game and anime hype cycle. They're usually nothing more than bits of voiced fluff, when I'd prefer to let the full work speak for it...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 02.23.2015

More Final Fantasy XV footage than you can shake a phantom sword at

It still feels almost unreal after so many years of being nothing more than a twinkle in Tetsuya Nomura's eye, but Final Fantasy XV looks like it might be an actual game that might be released. Square Enix is banking on...

Josh Tolentino



9:59 PM on 02.22.2015

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary

[This post originally appeared on Destructoid.com] No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" i...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 02.22.2015

Rejoice: My Hero Academia to be released physically

I don't know about you, but it seems that Viz Media is in a super good mood this week. Aside from their unexpected acquisition of the 2011 Ultraman manga, the company has plans to release My Hero Academia, the latest manga by...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 02.22.2015

New Atelier Rorona 3DS trailer is tiny and cute

Item sysnthesis RPG Atelier Rorona makes its way to the Nintendo 3DS in Japan on March 3, 2015, sporting a new "tiny and cute" chibi look on the Nintendo handheld. The new look is due to the limitations of the 3DS hardware wh...

Red Veron



2:58 AM on 02.22.2015

Annotated Anime: One Piece 682

Ahoy there Japanator! Ensign Redgrave reporting for duty. I'll be taking over the SS. Annotated Anime for One Piece so I hope you're ready.  From last we left our heroes, the devious Doflamingo had started the hunger gam...

Anthony Redgrave



4:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Week Ender - My Favorites Edition

So it was my birthday last wednesday so I chose to post some of my favorite openings over at OP Up! and now I am doing the same here on Week Ender. So here I am giving you a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. Most of these are happy because I like endings with a happy or uplifting tone.Hope y'all enjoy this week's selection.

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Kiniro Mosaic's second season arrives in April

The second season of Kiniro Mosaic premieres on Japanese airwaves on April 5th and we finally get more blonde moe British engrish in our "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" anime once again. The second season is titled Hello!! Kin...

Red Veron



10:00 AM on 02.21.2015

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 character vids flame fists and rumble balls

Infusing One Piece with the hack and slash gameplay of Dynasty Warriors may not be my first choice when making a One Piece game, but it has certainly been successful enough to warrant a third sequel. One Piece: Pirate Warrio...

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Get absorbed into Boomslank's "Reflection"

Well, it looks like the guys at Boomslank are at it again, as they release another fine piece of apparel for the masses to wear. Interestingly, the guys came up with a short animation to go with their new shirt, "Reflection'...

Salvador GRodiles



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



4:00 PM on 02.20.2015

Idol of the Week: Anna Konno

Name: Anna Konno Birthdate: June 15, 1989 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 86/69/83 cm  Do you guys remember the legend of this thing called the sun? I heard it provided warmth to humans. I had even heard a sil...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 02.20.2015

WTF Fridays: Beauty is Skin Derp

Girl you look good.

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.20.2015

We finally get a taste of Bloodborne's story

If there's one game I've been waiting for this generation, it's definitely Bloodborne for the Sony PS4. The game is from From Software, the team that brought us the finest game ever made, Demon's Souls. They've shared a "sto...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 02.20.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei

The indie rockers from Hokkaido, Galileo Galilei are back with their new song, Koi no Jumyo. It's hard not to swoon over Yuuki Ozaki's amazingly smooth vocals, and poppy guitar work. I always find their ballads so incredibly...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 02.20.2015

I can't wait for Blood Blockade Battlefront

The upcoming Studio Bones series, Blood Blockade Battlefront is looking pretty darned good. The story is based on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular manga, which began soon after he finished Trigun Maximum. Anime character designs a...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Yup, this song is eight years old now. Don't you feel ancient now? This week's throwback song is none other than Motteke! Sailor Fuku! As the opening to Kyoto Animation's wildly popular Lucky Star series, the song has gained...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Enrol as a Virtual Exchange Student in Tokyo School Life

Visual novels are nothing new in Japan but they're still incredibly niche in the west. I don't think we'll be seeing copies of Clannad or School Days on the shelves of Gamestop anytime soon, but they're gradually finding thei...

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 AM on 02.19.2015

Licensing GET: Viz grabs the 2011 Ultraman manga

It looks like Viz Media's tapping into their toku side, as they've licensed the Ultraman manga that's written and drawn by Linebarrels of Iron's Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi. Honestly, I'm still very surprised ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 02.18.2015

Sailor Moon Symphony: Fund SERASYMPHONY's bid to play the west coast

Sailor Scouts and classical music lovers rejoice! iconiQ The Soundtrack Orchestra, the musical geniuses behind the Sailor Moon Symphony are wanting to put on a live performance on the west coast. Titled Sailor Moon Symphony:...

Anthony Redgrave



12:00 PM on 02.18.2015

OP Up! My Favorites Edition

This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I jus...

Red Veron



10:00 AM on 02.18.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Capsule

Yasutaka Nakata and Toshiko Koshijima are back with their new album, Wave Runner. The first single Another World is ready to take EDM dance-floors by storm by its infectious grooves and thumping beats. Capsule have always be...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Fans don't want to see Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi

The internet erupted as you might expect when DreamWorks Pictures announced that the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi had gone to Caucasian actress, Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. It looks like...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Digimon Frontier's English 8-bit opening will lift your spirit

Right when I was expecting Megaane to follow a specific format with his 8-bit Digimon remix songs, the guy tries something different. Instead of doing another one of  the franchise' original opening themes, Megaane chos...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Haruhi Suzumiya and the SOS Brigade return to TV in April

There's no hiding the fact that I am bananas for Haruhi Suzumiya and the entire SOS Brigade. It was actually one of the shows that brought me back into anime fandom heavily, during a time that my interest was really starting ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Watch 7 minutes of the Red Comet in Gundam: The Origin

Fans of the Red Comet, rejoice! We finally get to see Char Aznable in action in this new trailer for the upcoming first part of the OVA adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. The trailer features Char Aznable laying wa...

Red Veron



10:00 AM on 02.17.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto

Man, I have been away from The Dose way too long. There's been a surplus of some amazing music videos piling up, that I just haven't had a chance to share with you yet! Next up is the new single from the amazingly talented v...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 02.17.2015

Naoki Urasawa joins the 21st Century and gets a Twitter account

Acclaimed mangaka and all around cool dude, Naoki Urasawa has finally made a Twitter account! The news might not be all that exciting for everyone, but being that he's pretty much my favorite, it's huge news for me! The man i...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 02.16.2015

We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Toys, Choreography, and Toku's current state

After a long and perilous journey, we've reached the end of our long interview with Bueno. To close things off, the man shares with us his plans for the future, along with his own thoughts on the tokusatsu industry and a cert...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Commercials for The Heroic Legend of Arslan are here

It's been quite a long time since I've heard the title, The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I remember there was a pretty sweet OVA series a while back, as well as a very popular series of novels and manga. It looks as though the s...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 02.16.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Shiina Ringo

What a better way to kick off your week than a new track from former Tokyo Jihen lead singer, Shiina Ringo. Always reinventing her sound, and delivering upfront music, her new song Shijou no Jinsei does not disappoint. Raw, ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 02.16.2015

Sword Art Online II heads to Toonami

Prepare to enter Gun Gale Online! The wildly popular, Sword Art Online will be showing its second season on Toonami next month, starting on March 28th. I was actually really late to the whole SAO game, but now that I've caught up, I can honestly call myself a fan. If you haven't had a chance to watch the first season, you have a little over a month to get caught up!

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 02.15.2015

Week Ender - Presidents Edition

It's President's Day weekend in the US and I only know that because my brother who is in high school has a day off while I have to go learn Japanese. So why don't we have endings with presidents? What I really mean are presidents of student council in Anime.So with this flimsy excuse of a theme to make a selection of anime endings, have a look at the stuff I prepared below. Enjoy!

Red Veron



10:15 AM on 02.15.2015

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6

Kantai Collection has an identity crisis. It's trying to split the difference between a splashy, substance-free fan-service fiesta for existing fans of the game it's based on, a more sedate genre piece featuring girls be...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 02.14.2015

JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness

Hey there, buddy. Was today a rough day for ya? I know how you feel. All those "normals" and their stupid capitalist rituals that are designed to exploit those foolish enough to fall it. I am here to give you some suggestions on some good anime shows you can find to forget about today and to enjoy this weekend.

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.14.2015

JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by

[Author's Note: This is for those who want romance, those who do not scroll no further! I have something else for you later today]Valentine's day falls on a weekend this year and I know some of you are in the mood for some ro...

Red Veron



5:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Fight off the D-Reaper with Digimon Tamers' 8-bit opening

Well, people; it seems that my prayers have come true, as Studio Megaane remixes another Digimon opening, This time around, the guy Retro Digi-Modified Digimon Tamers' opening, "The Biggest Dreamer," which manages to co...

Salvador GRodiles



3:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Cannon Busters' Website now has a Pledge option

It's been a good while since Cannon Busters met its goal, and LeSean Thomas and his team are have updated the show's Website with a new option. If you missed out on backing the project during its Kickstarter phase, Cannon Bus...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 02.13.2015

Happy Tenth Anniversary, Mahou Sentai Magiranger!

Today may be Friday the 13th, but that doesn’t mean that we’re in for a heap of bad luck. In fact, Mahou Sentai Magiranger tenth anniversary has landed on Feb. 13, 2015, which means that magic triumphs over random...

Salvador GRodiles



3:00 PM on 02.11.2015

OP Up! Serious Dark Edition

Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

Red Veron




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