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6:00 PM on 10.22.2014

Trademark no Jutsu: 2015's Sentai series gets a title

We have a few weeks until October returns to the shadows, and it's time to learn about the 39th Sentai show's title. Going by the name of Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, the next installment in the franchise'll likely fe...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 10.22.2014

First Impressions: Shirobako

Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, ...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 10.21.2014

Death Note's Takeshi Obata drops some love at NYCC

Mangaka extraordinaire, Takashi Obata was on hand at New York Comic Con last week to the delight of Death Note, Hikaru no Go,  and Bakuman fans who were in attendance. The folks over at Viz gave us a peak at his amazing...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chatmonchy

If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, you might want to hold off on watching this video. All the swirling colors and intense tone took me by surprise, so I needed to get my body ready for such aural intensity. As usual...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Quick Reminder: Mighty Boy short film is streaming on FIBABC

I may not have read any of Naoki Urasawa's (Monster, 20th Century Boy, Pluto) works, but there's something neat about seeing a group people creating a short film based on one his stories. In this case, a Spanish team have dec...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Uncensored Terra Formars to air on Crunchyroll

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was totally shocked by the hardcore, over the top censorship of this season's Terra Formars. I mean come on! I've seen 10 second commercials on TV this week that showed way more than what was...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 10.19.2014

Let's Rock! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign coming in December

Are you ready to rock?! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is shaping up to be one of the best-looking fighting games in recent memory, thanks to its amazing anime-style graphics rendering tech. I honestly can't say much about the fi...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.19.2014

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book

Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daico...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 10.18.2014

First Impressions: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

These day it's hard to imagine an active otaku who isn't at least passingly familiar with Fate/stay night, Type-MOON's juggernaut of a visual novel series.  I'm sure those sorts of folks exist, though, and the duty ...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 10.17.2014

Get into the spirit of Halloween with Junji Ito's Pokémon illustrations

I may not be knowledgeable in the realm of horror stuff, but there's something interesting about seeing Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo) create a series of scary Pokémon illustrations throughout the month of October. While I h...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 10.16.2014

Zawame City's map gets redesigned in Gaim's home release

Do you remember the time when Kamen Rider Gaim featured a map of Zawame City that resembled Gotham City? Well, that moment is now gone, since the Blu-ray/DVD version of the show's 33rd episode contained a different map from t...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 10.16.2014

Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2's English screenshots dive into the character bios

I may not own a Vita, but I still look forward to the day when I get to experience the main Neptunia games on-the-go. As Idea Factory prepares for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation English relea...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 10.15.2014

First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

Gundam Build Fighters was a show aimed at children and designed to promote the toys Bandai wants them to build. It also happened to be the most refreshing Gundam show in years, and an love letter to Gundam's endurin...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 10.13.2014

Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo

I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 10.12.2014

First Impressions: Terra Formars

Let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Terra Formars is not very good "Mars" fiction. The concept of Martian colonization and its myriad possibilities is just about the furthest thing from this show's mind, ev...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 10.11.2014

Rejoice: Right Stuf to distribute more Gundam shows in North America

At long last, Right Stuf's deal with Sunrise has expanded outside of Gundam UC, as the company's been given the rights to release the original Gundam series in North America. On top of that, Right Stuf is distributing Gu...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 10.10.2014

All hail Lastation: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart goes West

The time to celebrate has arrived, Nept... er, I mean Noire fans, because Idea Factory's bringing Noire's spin-off strategy RPG game to North America and Europe in early 2015. In case you forgot about Black Heart's title...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 10.10.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 598-600

Since Ywach and his party of Quincy butt-kickers have entered the Soul King's palace itself, we shift focus. Now Bleach is all about the battle between the aforementioned and the Royal Guard, who are (allegedly) above all others when it comes to all things Soul Reaper.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 10.10.2014

WTF Fridays: I love balloons

Why just admire a balloon when you could ...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 AM on 10.10.2014

Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!

October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell th...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 10.09.2014

Holy Snap: A person walks a polar bear through Shibuya's streets

At first sight, I was surprised that someone decided to take a polar bear to Shibuya, since the concept behind this action isn't something that you don't see everyday. Based on the animal's movements, it's obvious that the p...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 10.09.2014

So what did you think of Miku on Letterman last night?

So yeah, it happened. It's still seems weird that a Vocaloid was on the David Letterman show! I personally can't quite get my head around the whole thing. I was pretty glad that they played Sharing the World, but question it...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Exercise your mouths in the most disturbing way possible. Watch someone get their fash mashed in by a strawberry! There's even some footage of or buddy Kyary Pamyu Pamyu shopping! Yup, JPCMHD's commercial round up has it all...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 2007, and to the humble beginnings of the amazing band supercell. One of Ryo's first productions using Miku was the Nico Nico Douga success, Melt. He actually created a video using artist 119's imager...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 10.08.2014

Digimon All-Star Rumble's new trailer is all about the Supers

Back when Bandai Namco announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for the PS3 and 360, I ended up having mixed feelings on the news. On one side, it's neat that we're getting a multiplayer party brawler where we can fight as our favo...

Salvador GRodiles



4:30 PM on 10.08.2014

Catch Miku on Letterman's Late Show tonight

To kick off a flurry of Miku events in the USA in the coming weeks, the famous vocaloid (we can legitimately call her that now, right?) will perform for the Late Show with David Letterman tonight. Starting on Thursday, Octobe...

Jeff Chuang



2:00 PM on 10.07.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: 9mm Parabellum Bullet

The Yokohama hard rockers 9mm Parabellum Bullet are back with a nasty new cut. The always forward sounding alt-rock band from Japan has a new single with Seimei no Waltz, and it's a blistering number. The track gets going out the gate and doesn't let up, yet still doesn't go into the realm of not being musical.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 693-694

Well, I'm sure you've heard the news by now, but The End is near, and it's coming in six-odd chapters. It's not completely over, of course. There's still a movie to go, the anime is some months behind even if they never touch...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's latest trailer shows off its new characters

As Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax prepares for its console debut in November, the game receives a new trailer that gives us the rundown on the title's content. This time around, we get to see Izaya, Accelerator, and Dokuro-c...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 10.06.2014

The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-ha...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 10.06.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Gran Turismo 6

So GACKT is finally on a PS3, only one generation behind current times. He's also not all that bad at Gran Turismo. However, who's idea was it to put him behind the wheel of a Honda Fit? Doesn't the Japanese superstar deserve something a bit more plush? We even get to see a hint of celebration, treating himself to a Toyota GT 86.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Cowboy Bebop HD will be right on time for Christmas

What is probably one of the most anticipated Blu-Ray remasters in a long time, is set to be released just in time for Christmas on December 16th. The video from FUNimation looks fantastic, with the colors and details looking...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Durarara!! x 2 returns this January

Yes, the wait is almost over. Fans of the ultra-popular series Durarara!! only have a few more months left, until they can return to the wild streets of Ikebukero. Durarara!! x 2 will be split in three parts, kicking off Jan...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.06.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tigarah e Laura

As the days are starting to get darker earlier, it's important we keep the energy and party going on The Dose. Kicking your week off is the fresh new song from Tigarah e Laura, the newest artistic collaboration project from ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.06.2014

Monkey face jesus returns!

Do you remember a few years back, when a retiree from Zaragoza "restored" the painting of Jesus known as Ecce Homo? Well, the image made headlines due to the poor lady's animu-style paintbrush skills, which made jesus look mo...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.05.2014

Kamen Rider Summonride's first trailer gives off a Gauntlet vibe

When Bandai Namco announced that they were giving Kamen Rider the Skylanders treatment in Kamen Rider Summonride, I will admit that I was a bit curious about the title will play. Now that the team has shown us the ...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 10.04.2014

Japanator's Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide!

As the leaves turn, so do the hearts of men, as humanity's collective consciousness casts its gaze upon matters of true universal importance: The next batch of animated offerings from Glorious Nippon. This is Japanator's Fall...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday

Morning Musume changed their name this year into Morning Musume '14. I'm not 100% sure what that really means for the flagship idol group of Hello! Project, but they're having a concert in NYC's Best Buy Theater on Sunday, October 5th. You can get tickets here and partake their first live in New York. We'll be there to take a look.

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episodes 10-13

It may have happened sooner than expected, but Sword Art Online II is ready to deliver the final showdown between our heroes and Death Gun. While the right pieces were set in motion, the story decided to take it slow, as...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Miku's Halloween Dance Party's age limit is now 18+

As everyone is adapting to the month of October, the folks at Miku Expo have made an update to their upcoming Hatsune Miku Halloween Dance Party event. Originally, the event was meant for people who're 21 or older, but t...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Sugoi Japan wants you to vote for your favorite anime and manga

Sugoi Japan is a publisher effort--by rounding up a bunch of the publishers and getting endorsements from some celebrities, maybe Japan can highlight some of the most engaging and popular anime, manga and light/entertainment ...

Jeff Chuang



6:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Taiyo! Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode goes live

I may be late to the festivities again, but I thought that it was interesting to share part one of Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode. To those who aren't familiar with the solar-powered samurai, the show's main character is L...

Salvador GRodiles



5:30 PM on 09.29.2014

This New 3DS commercial shows off Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Kawaii Touch

I may not be a huge Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, but it's hard to say "no" to her style that brings us an abstract take on cute things. Speaking of which, Nintendo made an interesting move when they chose to feature Pamyu in the N...

Salvador GRodiles



10:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames' new trailer features more Makai Knight action

Right when I was starting to have some doubts about MAPPA's Garo anime, the show's newest trailer destroyed my main concerns. While the Makai Knights were moving too fast during the last video, the action sequences present i...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon

It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN US...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Of course there'd be a new One Piece: Pirate Warrriors game!

Like death, taxes, and the heat death of the universe, new Warriors games are a thing you can count on, and it looks like Koei Tecmo are readying a veritable fleet of new One Piece-themed mega-brawlers to go alongside t...

Josh Tolentino



7:30 PM on 09.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Whenever Wednesday shows up, it's usually a sign that we're getting closer to Friday. In order to celebrate everyone's accomplishment in getting this far, I figured that one of JAM Project's songs would be perfect for this o...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Anna Tsuchiya

There's nine days left until October rises from the shadows, and Anna Tsuchiya's expressing her light and dark side in her latest song, "LUCIFER." While the music video has nothing to do with All Hallows' Eve, Tsuchiya gives...

Salvador GRodiles




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