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12:00 PM on 09.02.2014

Here's everything you wanted from Sony's TGS presser

It wasn't all about a fifth Persona game, y'know! Quite a bit happened when Sony took the stage just before the Tokyo Game Show opened this year, to barrage our faces with sweet trailers for games known and new, as...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 09.01.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690

Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep). Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup!

Josh Tolentino



8:30 AM on 09.01.2014

TGS 2014: Oh look, it's Persona 5's first real trailer

Took 'em long enough! Atlus has finally revealed Persona 5 with a gloriously vague anime trailer for the game, due out on PS3 - and PS4 - next year. The latest mainline entry in the Persona series will be directed by Ka...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 08.31.2014

Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 3

Final installment of the green tea series is up for your viewing pleasure. It was a heck of a ride tasting all the green tea snacks that I got my hands on. Some were great, and some, were not that great... The main thing though is, just get out there and try something new. You never know when you will find that new favorite snack.

Josh Totman



8:00 AM on 08.30.2014

Pull Over! Kamen Rider Drive gets a preview and more

First, I'd like to apologize for my constant ramblings about Kamen Rider Drive. Either way, my apology isn't stopping me from posting the show's preview that was featured in TV Asahi's morning news program, Good! Morning. On...

Salvador GRodiles



11:19 AM on 08.29.2014

This corgi's costume is over 9,000

Cosplay? Corgsplay? With their long shape, oversized head, and ridiculous features, Welsh Corgis make the best costume dogs. And as members of the herding dog group, they're a perfect fit as scouter users. I almost couldn't b...

Dale North



10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length ...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 08.28.2014

Buckle up for some new details on Kamen Rider Drive

As we're experiencing the final week of August, Televi-kun's recent issue has revealed some new information on Kamen Rider Drive, and it looks like the next show will have a police theme to go with the car motif. That being s...

Salvador GRodiles



5:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Ninja Vanish! Garage Hero's Hayate project gets its own page

As Garage Hero continues to work hard on completing Gun Caliber, the team has gone ahead and created a page for Hayate: Asakusa's Ninja Hero, a ninja-themed tokusatsu project that's aimed towards children. At the moment, the ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream

Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of...

Elliot Gay



8:00 AM on 08.26.2014

Power Morphicon '14: Power Rangers Dino Charge's cast and new trailer have Morphed In

I may have been a little late on my transformation sequence, but that isn't stopping me from sharing the following stuff about the next Power Rangers series. Anyway, a new trailer for Power Rangers Dino Charge was shown...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 08.25.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episodes 40-41

We’re at the bottom of the inning, and Urobutcher continues to hit his home-runs like it’s no tomorrow. Based on the current score board, Kamen Rider Gaim's events from episode 40 and 41 have changed the playing field for the upcoming segments. One thing for sure, the last stretch is going to be an intense journey through the fruit aisle.

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

A Letter to Momo opens in America this week

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy ki...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 08.25.2014

SHAKIRA

Sometimes the internet is full of wonderful things...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.25.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Hatsune Miku

Japan's top Vocaloid is serving vocal duties for the newest monster of a track by producer extraordinaire, Hachioji-P. The new track, Carry me Off is a pretty intense dance floor number, with big bass breakdowns, and a stomp...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:30 PM on 08.24.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 593

Bleach is lookin' good, if you don't mind my saying.  I don't mean that by the state of its plot or the quality of its writing, but I do think that this last chapter has put out surprisingly striking visuals, a strong contrast to the relatively lackluster panels of the last few weeks.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 08.24.2014

Visual novel CLANNAD is getting a Steam release in English

During their panel at Japan Expo USA, Sekai Project announced that they are releasing Key/Visual Arts's CLANNAD visual novel on Steam. It will be the full-voiced edition of the game. However there aren't much more details bey...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 08.24.2014

Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview

At Otakon 2014 Japanator was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with one of the most prolific voice actresses in otaku anime and games of the past several years. Saori Hayami appeared at the con on behalf of Aniplex and h...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 08.23.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 689

Just a couple of weeks ago - when the last chapter of Naruto hit the presses - I mentioned how it unusual it was that Kakashi got a straight-up power upgrade, thanks to dear, departed Obito. After all, the typical high-stakes Naruto fight almost never leaves the proceedings up to raw strength, and yet here's Kakashi with the only thing better than having one Sharingan - two Sharingan!

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

Name: Sayumi Michishige  Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan   Measurements: 87/58/86 cm   This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayu...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 08.22.2014

WTF Fridays: Good taste

It's amazing, how unsophisticated some palates can be...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

The always exquisite Hokkaido native, Eir Aoi is back with a highly energetic new single, fully cement herself as one of J-Pop's most promising new artists. When she burst on the scene in 2011, her quick rise to fame from th...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in pa...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 08.21.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 08.20.2014

Get robots drunk in VA-11 HALL-A's cyberpunk bar

OK, I'll admit it right now: The main reason I'm posting about VA-11 HALL-A, a indie bartending game, is because of its website, located at a domain called (and I'm not kidding) Waifubartending.com. These people know wh...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.20.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 17-18

Whenever Garo: Makai no Hana goes through a weak moment, the show somehow manages to come out strong during the next episode. That being said, a backstory and a progression segment is just what the doctor ordered to help improve the program’s quality. Thanks to a special touch, things are still looking bright for the series’ overall quality.

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Freedom Wars finally getting its freedom soon

Ah, Freedom Wars. Sony have been teasing this Monster Hunter-alike from the developers of God Eater for what feels like forever, and despite the game coming out in Japan to warm regard, we never got a solid release date....

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a ...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 08.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies c...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 08.15.2014

Behold the glory of Comiket 86's doujin games

It's time for this year's Summer Comiket, and besides immense lines, hordes of otaku, and treasure troves of the greatest and latest in Japan's indie creation scene, there are also...videogames. Of course, in keeping with Co...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author....

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Vroom! Kamen Rider Drive's design has entered the parking lot

It's finally time for us to take a look at the new car-themed Driv...er, I mean Rider's design. Overall, the new Rider's appearance looks great, since Drive's Type Speed Form is basically a fusion between Kamen Rider Accel Tr...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:45 PM on 08.13.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 592

When last we left the latest melee on Bleach's order of battle, Captain Kurotsuchi's revived Arrancar seemed to have GiGi Gewelle and her zombie troops in the bag.  That is, until she brought out her trump card, a "zombie" Captain Hitsugaya, who was last seen half-dead following a tussle with Bazz-B and Cang Du. Will the frozen prince live up to his reputation as a (now-posthumous) prodigy?

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.13.2014

Otakon '14: Cosplay

Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and ...

Jeff Chuang



2:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Natural Doctrine prides itself on killing you, apparently

It looks like Natural Doctrine is really attempting to introduce strategy players to the cruelty of natural selection, if the latest trailer for NIS America's new PS4, PS3, and Vita game is to be believed.  Though ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 08.11.2014

What?! Kamen Rider Summonride contains a Skylander-like system

Oh my. I never expected to see the day that the Kamen Rider franchise would receive a game that'd be similar to Skylanders, Disney Infinity, and Nintendo's Amiibo toys. Then again, both Kamen Rider and Super Sentai have their...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Please tell Harada about Arabs so Tekken 7 gets better

When it comes to character design, fighting games aren't usually known for nuance or sensitivity. For most creators it's generally more important to have a distinct, stylish character than one that's entirely sensitive to wha...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 08.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto 688

Though we did just bid goodbye to the fifth wheel in Team 7's Reunion of Destiny, we were still left with a lingering question: Without the former final boss, how would the leads stand up to a risen deity?  More particul...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.11.2014

Under the Dog Anime Kickstarter has some great talents behind its wheel

First, I'd like to apologize for being late to the party in regards to news about the Kickstarter for Under the Dog, an anime that features story elements similar to those found in titles like Akira and Ghost in the Shell. H...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 08.10.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 22

Wait a minute! I thought that marriage was supposed to be a wonderful time when two people who love each other want to start a family. Normally, everyone gets to partake in some food and an extravagant cake during the ceremon...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 08.10.2014

Let's raise our swords for the Garo anime's characters and staff

For a good while, I was speculating that Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames was going to be a prequel to the late-night tokusatsu franchise. As Garo Project's website for the anime revealed the TV series' four main characte...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.10.2014

Japanator Eats: Mango Ritz Bits Sandwiches

I just had to try these when I saw them at the store. I've never seen (or noticed) there were flavors besides cheese for Ritz Bits Sandwiches, and lately I've had trouble finding mango juice in my area, so I figured maybe a mango-flavored snack would satisfy my craving. As I type this, I've got the bag open next to me and the smell is kind of making me queasy. It's that strong.

Kristina Pino



8:00 PM on 08.09.2014

Otakon '14: MangaGamer grabs eden*, euphoria, and more

As Otakon 2014 continues to invade Baltimore's region, MangaGamer's ready to reveals their latest acquisitions. This time around, the company's working on a goal that'll please many visual novel fans if everything goes accor...

Salvador GRodiles



8:30 PM on 08.08.2014

Super Hero Generation's first trailer is dynamically delicious

It looks like Bandai Namco has uploaded Super Hero Generation's first trailer. Overall, it looks amazing! I mean, what more can I say? The video gives us a nice sample of what to expect from our favorite Gundams, Riders, and...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 08.08.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 5

At long last, Slow Art Online is ready for the moment that we've all been waiting for. It's finally time to see how A-1 handles the first fight that features you know who. In all seriousness, is this really the thing that we ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.08.2014

PSA: Dragon's Crown free, more discounts on PSN Sale

It's not every day that you can get a bunch of good deals on a cool games, and that day has come if you're the type to buy things on PlayStation platforms. Both versions of Atlus' excellent Dragon's Crown are free to members ...

Josh Tolentino




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