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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



2:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Go for round two with Mitsuru, Teddie, and Elizabeth in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

The wait is almost over, as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is set to hit English-speaking shores in just under a week. That means Atlus has one last chance to rev up the hype machine for the sequel to one of the more surpr...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 09.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Luchino Fujisaki

Hiroko has left J-tor's headquarters for a while, so I've decided to post Luchino Fujisaki's ninja-themed song for Monday's Dose. Originally, "Ninja Na No," was featured in a promotional video for the 2014 Iga Ninja Film Fes...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous.

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692

If you were one of the many readers to think that this end to Naruto and Sasuke's struggle seemed a little bit too convenient, you were right to hold that view: This isn't the end. And really, how could it be?

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 09.22.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23

It looks like Garo: Makai no Hana is on a roll again. As the show begins its final arc, Amemiya and his crew have managed to remain on a solid winning streak for five episodes. Come to think of it, it wasn’t too hard for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us, as there were a some great bits of comedy and serious moments present in these segments.

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597

The continuing freak-off that is the Vandenreich army persists in the latest installments of Bleach, as if we weren't yet sure who the good guys were in this fight. Of course, being not-a-freak has never been an especially te...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 09.21.2014

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and t...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 09.20.2014

TGS 2014: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally gets a trailer

At long last, Atlus has uploaded a new video on Nicaea that covers Devil Survivor 2: Break Record's visuals. Originally, the game was supposed to come out during the Fall Season back in 2013 for the 3DS, but Atlus decided to...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's console release gets two Valkyria Chronicles characters

For a second, it seemed that Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's Sega characters for the title's PS3 and Vita release were limited to Virtua Fighter. Lo and behold, Selvaria and Alicia are now joining the game's roster. While I...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Sonic and Taiko Drum Master invades Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As the West continues to wait for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's arrival, the people at Capcom have revealed that the game is receiving some items that are based off of Sonic the Hedgehog and Taiko Drum Master. While the former ...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 09.18.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Final Fight

Tonight we take a look at GACKT playing one of my favorite games, Final Fight. He doesn't do too bad, and manages to lay some beatings on Poison and beat level one! However, I have to ask... Cody? I guess I would have taken GACKT as being a Guy kind of Guy. Yes, I judge you by the characters you pick in games... Isn't that the best way?

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer

This year's hardest to remember anime title award has already been won. Madan no Ou to Vanadis hits the airwaves in October, but you can start practicing your pronunciation now. The cutesy, harem-y, ecchi looking anime has a...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Feast your eyes on the newest Bloodborne trailer

I know, there's all sorts of exciting new games we've never heard of yet being announced at Tokyo Game Show this year. However, any readers that know me at all, know exactly what I was waiting for. New content from From Soft...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam

I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 09.18.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Singing toilets, Transformers, and Perfume are all over this week's commercial roundup from JPCMHD. There's plenty of fantastic music, exciting movie trailers, and video game action. We're finally starting to get caught up o...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Man, I've been trying to get my hands on this classic for quite a while. Back in 1994, Japanese rock pioneers X Japan was planning to make a full length anime film to put the icing on an enormously successful music career. T...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:15 AM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars

[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!] D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 09.17.2014

TGS 2014: So this is Final Fantasy XV

Well, it took 'em long enough - the better part of a decade - but it looks like ordinary players might actually see Final Fantasy XV in playable form before the heat death of the universe. And it might even be fun, judg...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Start your Engine! Kamen Rider Drive's full trailer shifts into overdrive

With two more episodes left until Gaim ends, a new trailer for Kamen Rider Drive has entered the fast lane. Surprisingly, I've come to terms with the show's title, since it occurred to me that Knight Rider's main charac...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days

[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh] When the anime adaptation of Sc...

MrRasczak



2:00 PM on 09.16.2014

You wish you had these cucumber skills

One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber. Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal....

Kristina Pino



12:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Funasshi goes for a dive

For some reason Japan just can not get enough of Funabashi City's yuruchara Funasshi. Last year the hyperactive pear was voted the number mascot in land of rising sun, somehow beating out the super popular Kumamon, who seems...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER

Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop produ...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax's English Story trailer enters the ring

We've reached September's halfway point, and Atlus is ready to localize a few more trailers for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The first one covers the game's story about the mysterious red fog that has engulfed the entire area. O...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.15.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: NEGOTO

Fall has started to peel away at the joys of summer, which means the gloom of winter isn't far behind! Fear not! The upbeat sounds of J-Pop are here to ensure we still good, and are able to face the work week with vigor. Thi...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer

Attack on Titan's top badass is the star of an upcoming OVA, which promises to reveal the cold eyed spinning slashed. Attack on Titan: No Regrets - Birth of Levi, takes us to the time before Levi joins up with the Survey Cor...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 09.13.2014

Happy Kaixa Day!

It's Sept. 13th, and it's time to celebrate an important holiday. Today marks the special day that's dedicated to Masato Kusaka, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kaixa. Due to the fact that the guy dials 9-1-3 on his Kaixa Phone before he ...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Change Leopardon! It's Henshin Time! covers Marvel's connection to Super Sentai

I may be late to the party again, but I felt that ToyBountyHunters' latest video in their It's Henshin Time series was worth sharing on here, since it's about Marvel's history with Toei. Aside from the Spiderman toku sh...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 09.12.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Ghouls 'n Ghosts

The 1988 Nintendo game Ghouls 'n Ghosts, known as Great Demon World Village in Japan is known as a really unforgiving game. I can clearly remember my unexpected temper tantrums every time Arthur would end up in his pantsu. I...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima

Name: Haruna Kojima Birthdate: April 19th, 1988 Hometown: Saitama, Japan Measurements: 80/60/86 cm  There a few things that you can count on in life. Death, taxes, and that AKB48 will continue showcasing s...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 09.12.2014

WTF Fridays: Mikasa takes on Colossal Titan!

This is just sick. Child abuse and Titan butt abuse in the same video. What is this world coming to? Also, what's with the bootleg Dj Snake and Lil Jon going on?

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has 20 extra minutes and a new trailer

Our friends over at FUNimation have shared the newest trailer for the DVD/Blu-Ray release of one of last year's surprise pleasures, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. I went into seeing this movie with very low expectations, and...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Arale and the rest of the Dr Slump crew want you to buy a Suzuki

One thing that I feel like manga and anime legend Akira Toriyama never really gets enough credit for are his mechanical designs. Sure, he's made some amazing characters in the Dragon Ball, Chrono Trigger, and Dragon Quest un...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto

Since we're closing out your work week, I thought we best keep things classy, as I'm quite sure debauchery is at the top of your weekend list. Once of the classiest gals in the game, Maaya Sakamoto is back with her newest tr...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:30 PM on 09.11.2014

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

Hiroko had to step out of the building for a few hours, so I've decided to help her in her journey to share GACKT's gaming adventures with everyone on here. Surprisingly, the guy decided to hop on the PS3, as he races his wa...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Hajime no Ippo punches a PS3 trailer right into your gut

I've never been much into boxing. It always looked so painful to watch two dudes (or ladies) smack each other in the face, even if the faces being smacked weren't mine per se. That said, boxing fiction is rife with tales of ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Here's Red Bull's (surprisingly good) Japanese game music documentary

I never would've imagined that a company best known for a drink designed to keep you awake for all-nighters doing your college thesis would come up with a pretty great documentary series about Japanese video game music, but ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Time now for your blast from the past! It's Old School Thursdays! Today's dose contains some real history for your ears, as we've got the original theme from Space Battleship Yamato, the anime that started it all. Well, almo...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 09.11.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episodes 23-26

Honestly, I never expected to use the word “Super Duper” around here, since the term feels rather childish. Then again, ToQger is a children's show after all, so I shouldn't be surprised when a term like this pops...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 09.10.2014

MAPPA's Garo anime summons a second trailer

As we're getting close to September's halfway point, the folks at MAPPA have used their Makai Swords to call upon a second trailer for Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames. This time around, we get to see the Golden Knight's anim...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 09.10.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Street Fighter II

It's been a little while since we checked in on the phenomena of ex-Malice Mizer frontman GACKT, hammering away at video games. It looks like we've moved up in console generations, and see GACKT actually seemingly trying for...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Terra Formars trailer crawls out of the shadows

As we eagerly await Josh's fantastic Fall Anime Preview Guide, trailers for this season's biggest and brightest are starting to trickle in. I'm actually just finishing up reading the Yu Sasuga manga, Terra Formars for review...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.10.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I know, I've fallen pretty far behind on sharing JPCMHD's fantastic commercial compilations, but it's time we start getting caught up with the fantastic summer offerings. This week we look back at some nice summer activities...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.10.2014

The Guardians of the Galaxy are set to make their anime appearance

I'm quite sure there's no way that you haven't seen this year's best movie, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy yet. However, if for some reason you've been on a 2D diet, drop what you're doing and take in one of the most enjoy...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.10.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Petit Milady

The amazing duo of Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsu are back with new single under their group, Petit Milady. If you don't know much about the lovely young ladies, you should know that they are two of the top seiyu in the game, ...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.09.2014

Sword crafted by legendary swordsmith Masamune has been discovered

If you're anything like me, the sheer mention of traditional Japanese steel gets you excited in ways you dare not mention publicly, especially if you want to stay off of government watch lists, and be able to freely travel wi...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.09.2014

A Hollywood remake of Space Battleship Yamato is prepping for launch

Fans of classic Japanese space opera have a reason to celebrate of be concerned, depending on your predisposition. US based Skydance Productions has acquired the rights to produce the remake of the seminal Leiji Matsumoto 197...

Hiroko Yamamura




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