3:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma trailers look delicious

Shounen cooking anime Shokugeki no Soma, known in the US as Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, is going to air this April. Food Wars is about Soma Yokihara, a young and skilled chef who wants to work as a chef in his father's rest...

Red Veron



1:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Hibike! Euphonium trailer shows off all that nice brass

Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the manga Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is set to air this upcoming spring season on April 7, 2015. While this anime seems similar to K-On!, another KyoAni anime about girls playing musi...

Red Veron



6:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Durarara!! x2 Shou English dub announced by Shizuo and Izaya

Headless riders? Gangs based off internet chat rooms and geometric clothing items? An urban fantasy anime set in the dangerous streets of fictional Ikebukuro? This can only mean one thing. Durarara!! Be prepared to re-e...

Anthony Redgrave



5:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Check out the new Beyond the Boundary movie trailers and premiere bonus items

Back in 2013, Beyond the Boundary proved that Kyoto Animation can do still do action anime since it's been a while since their last attempt with Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. I loved it and wanted much more of this actio...

Red Veron



2:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 28-33

It's been a while since we last checked in with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the fun thing about this kind of story is that not a lot of plot movement happens from week to week. The true character of the series really only u...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition

The term "Chuunibyou" translates to "Second Year Middle School Syndrome" and is simply defined as "one who has delusions of grandeur". Those who have it, mainly young teens in the second year of middle school, believe that th...

Red Veron



8:00 AM on 03.07.2015

Overcome the apocalypse with Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker's extra goodies

With two month left until Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker arrives in North America, Atlus has revealed the extra goodies that'll come with the game's survival kit. Of course, you can't overcome the Septentrione and...

Salvador GRodiles



4:30 PM on 03.06.2015

WTF Fridays: Happy Birthday

It's your party

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 03.06.2015

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's new trailer is fixated on...meat

Mention "meat fixation" to a fan of Persona 4 and you'll most likely trigger fond memories of Chie Satonaka, the franchise's resident martial arts junkie and legendary carnivore. That said, I think even Chie would find ...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 03.06.2015

The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried

I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 03.06.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Our favorite Harajuku girl, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with a great new single, Mondai Girl. It's easily the best release she's had all year, keeping fresh and modern. The video is a pretty hilarious parody of herself, showing that even after a stressful year, she hasn't lost her lighthearted approach. Very excited to hear the rest of the new stuff, and I love the visuals!

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 03.06.2015

Animator Expo's new trailer gives us a taste of its 2nd season

[Update: The list of participants has been updated] As the Japan Animator Expo gets ready for its triumphant comeback next week, the project gives us a spectacular trailer that showcases the new shorts that'll invade the...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 03.05.2015

OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition

I apologize for the late post of Japanator's premiere anime opening roundup feature (Sorry, Len) due to my sudden illness because of crazy bipolar Houston weather where it's 83F (28C) one day and then it's 43F(6C) the next da...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.05.2015

Battleship Musashi rediscovered 70 years after World War II

I'm not sure who should be more overjoyed by this news: History buffs or Kantai Collection fans. Perhaps both? I am, of course, referring to a cool tweet from a fellow named Paul Allen, formerly a founder of Microsoft and now...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 03.05.2015

Puzzle/RPG Kaden Shoujo turns washing machines into school girls

In school it was required I took French for a few years. During this time I learnt that sometimes inanimate objects have a gender, which was probably the philosophy behind Kaden Shoujo. Except in this case everything is ...

Anthony Redgrave



9:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Seven Seas' Space Dandy Deck-Building Game Kickstarter meets its goal, baby

Out of all the possible anime series that could get a deck-building game, Space Dandy felt like it was the least likely candidate to receive this treatment. Lo and behold, Seven Seas' new tabletop games division, Seven Seas ...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Kancolle heals your battle scars with Hakujuji

What do pharmaceutical supplies and school girls posing as battle ships have in common? Not much apart from cross promotion. Japanese medical and hygiene provider Hakujuji and web based game turned moe anime Kancolle are team...

Anthony Redgrave



12:00 PM on 03.04.2015

New Dragon Ball Z movie features Frieza's final final form

Grab your capsule corp jackets and set your scouters for power levels because last Sunday saw the release of a new Dragon Ball Z movie trailer. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F) f...

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 AM on 03.04.2015

Start off your Spring Break with Viz's upcoming digital manga titles

I may be more of a fan of reading things physically than digitally, but Viz's March digital manga roster contains some interesting titles, since they resurrected a few Tokyopop titles. On top of that, Tokyo Ghoul and Spell of...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 03.03.2015

Review: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

[This review originally appeared on Destructoid] Like many games of its type, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a tiny graphic in its text boxes to remind players they can press a button to advance to the next l...

Josh Tolentino



1:37 PM on 03.02.2015

Attack on Titan x Aqua Clara Promo has some Amazing Prizes

The increasingly popular Attack on Titan is partnering up with the Japanese water cooler provider Aqua Clara to wage war against dehydration. The link between killing titans and ensuring adequate hydration is extremely tenuous, but I don't want to be dehydrated when I'm fighting a 3 metre class of paper work. 

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 AM on 03.02.2015

Brighten your day with a lengthy 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2 trailer

Attention, people; Bandai Namco has launched a 14-minute trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, which is the perfect cure to obliterate anyone's bad mood. This time around, we're treated to more of the usual action...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 03.01.2015

Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683

It seems wherever the Straw Hats go, there will always be chaos. It's pretty rare for them to land on an island, wait peacefully for the log pose to adjust then carry on without getting into an 8 episode fight. I'm ...

Anthony Redgrave



2:00 PM on 03.01.2015

DanMachi trailer asks if it's okay to pick up girls in a dungeon

The interestingly titled bestselling light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, known as DanMachi for short,  is getting an anime adaptation in the spring. The anime adaptation is by animation ...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.01.2015

Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of G...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 03.01.2015

Anna Tsuchiya to perform at Anime Matsuri 2015

Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston. This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna T...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.28.2015

Week Ender - Naruto Edition

The Naruto manga is officially done and with the Naruto: The Last movie, the story of Naruto is officially over. It's been a long 15 years since Naruto began back in 1999 in Japan, when Bill Clinton was still in the White Hou...

Red Veron



10:15 AM on 02.28.2015

Sip Tea like a Detective in the Conan Café

Does anyone remember Tower Records? The music retail store that got shut down due to internet piracy and mis-management. I only really remember them because waaay too many customers wanted to go there in Crazy Taxi. Well, Tower Records Japan is still going strong and will be undergoing a major make over to promote the new Case Closed movie "Sunflowers of Inferno".

Anthony Redgrave



10:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Don't lose your way with KILL la KILL's 8-bit opening

Listen up, you pigs in human clothing; Studio Megaane has used the power of his Retro Kamui to transform KILL la KILL's first opening theme into a stylish chiptune. Of course, the threads in the guy's latest work are sewn ni...

Salvador GRodiles



1:12 PM on 02.27.2015

Humble Weekly Bundle is Turning Japanese

The Humble Bundle is a collection of games often related to a theme that allows customers to pay what they want for the set. Usually there is an extra pair of games added in if you pay above the average amount. These bundles have been successful because they're cheap, DRM-free, and gives customers the choice of where their money goes. 

Anthony Redgrave



10:00 AM on 02.27.2015

Feast your eyes on Beat Down Boogie's amazing Katsucon '15 cosplay videos

Aw man, it's a good while since I attended a con. Let's just say that my schedule hasn't been open to partake in these events. Luckily, the gang at Beat Down Boogie have done not one but two videos that showcase Katsucon 201...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 02.27.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 16-19

Shirobako remains my favorite anime since a long while, and since I last recapped, it continues to roll forward like an unstoppable boulder of heartful comedy. I can only apologize about the late update since you, and Shirobako, deserved better. Let's see how Shirobako's momentum knocks down the pins our ace project manager Aoi Miyamori manage to overcome to produce the Third Aerial Squad.

Jeff Chuang



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




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