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2:00 PM on 07.13.2014

Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white

Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 07.13.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 36

Holy moly! Did Kamen Rider Gaim just do what I think it did? Since the show's plot has developed in a depressing way recently, I think we can all agree that there's no hope for anyone in this series. In fact, there’s no...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.12.2014

First Impressions: Glasslip

I've become a large fan of P.A. Works in the past year or two. The Eccentric Family and Nagi-Asu both proved to be among the top shows of their respective seasons, providing grounded drama in the midst of well-realized fantastical settings.  

Dae Lee



7:00 PM on 07.11.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: More River City Ransom

So, this dude's still going at this. I've figured it out. He's probably played like 3 games total, and they are chopping them up, to milk this as long as they can. I don't think I can keep going. How about I check in once in a while, and only post if there's a new game? Honestly these are killing me to watch...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano HinakoBirthdate: October 13, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, JapanMeasurements: 84/51/87 cm  This week's amazing idol is talented actress an model Sano Hinako. She's sporting a killer smile and lips that just don't quit. She's a super charming babe, that I would share a meal with anytime. However I just have to ask. What's with the knit hat in the tropical pictures? Is that a thing now?

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 07.11.2014

First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Persona 4 is among the most addictive and stubborn video game properties of the past 4 years -- you couldn't get rid of it if you wanted to! A lightning in a bottle that continues to hook us in with spin-offs and now, a second anime retelling. But this time, we're going full-on New Game Plus.  

Dae Lee



4:30 PM on 07.11.2014

Rejoice! Urobuchi to attend Japan Expo USA

Are you sad that you didn't get to meet Urobuchi at Anime Expo 2014? Well, now you're in luck, because Gen the Butcher's attending Japan Expo USA. Not only that, you'll also get the opportunity to get the guy's autograph whil...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.11.2014

WTF Fridays: It's potty time!

Yeah, these kind of things happen, and the world keeps turning. Everything is wrong.

Hiroko Yamamura



3:30 PM on 07.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588

I was reading through a bunch of my old recaps for Bleach - reading your old writing is a great way to make sure you don't get too full of yourself - and realized that I spend a lot of time talking about Bleach in generalities, rather than tackling the specifics of a given chapter or episode. Let's do that again for a bit, shall we?

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 07.11.2014

AKB48's Tomomi Itano joins San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

If for some reason you've had second thought about attending next week's J-Pop Summit in San Francisco next week, this should push you over the edge. The former AKB48 duck-face diva and mega pop-star Tomomi Itano now joins t...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Mole Song's Snow White Murder Case

Japan Cuts has officially begun. Last night, the festival kicked off with the latest Takashi Miike film to hit our shores, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, and then Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, which I've alr...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



10:00 AM on 07.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:30 PM on 07.10.2014

What if Doctor Who were a 70s/80s tokusatsu show?

Have you ever wondered what your favorite show would be like if it was made into a toku show? Well, Joshua Kahan managed to answer this question for many viewers with his latest video, Japanese Doctor Who. As a person who's ...

Salvador GRodiles



9:30 PM on 07.10.2014

Rejoice! Persona 4 Ultimax will be region free in North and South America

Back when Persona 4 Arena was announced to be region locked, many players were saddened from the outcome, since it limited most folks from playing the game as soon as possible. With Persona 4 Arena Ultimax hitting North Amer...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 684

It's time to consider what would actually happen if the above panel was more a certainty than a bait-and-switch. What if Naruto died? Well, for one, we'd probably have to change the title to Obito or Sasuke or even Team 7 if they wanted to honor the whole crew. And then the ending would probably be pretty dark.

Josh Tolentino



9:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard make...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Gundams, Riders, and Ultra Warriors join forces in Super Hero Generation

It's been a year since Bandai Namco's released a Compatible Hero game, as Heroes VS came out in 2013. Lo and behold, the team's ready to have the heroes from the Kamen Rider, Gundam, and Ultra series reunite in a new adv...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell?

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2014 Japan Cuts film festival, which means today starts our official roundup series. We're kicking things off with two of the biggest films to play at the festival, Sion Sono's brillia...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



4:00 PM on 07.09.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: GACKT vs Metalman

Not much has changed. GACKT still sucks at video games. Today he continues his Rockman 2 assault, actually getting to challenge Metalman. We actually get a smile out of the rock legend.

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 07.09.2014

First Impressions: Argevollen

If I were a less charitable and much lazier recapper, I'd point you to my First Impressions of Buddy Complex and call it a day. Heck, nearly all of it except the basic plot description still applies! That's because Argev...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 07.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Our favorite grumpy shiba-inu, Otousan graces us with his presence, Madoka gets a live-action, and I get hungry for chocolate snacks. I don't think my brain could handle much more. I also have an incredibly twisted desire for curry.

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 AM on 07.09.2014

These are the Japanese pun stickers you've always wanted

I'm delighted that I can share these delightful stickers with a wider, appreciative audience. MIS0HAPPY has this Store Envy shop loaded with stickers depicting my preferred form of humor: puns. Just look at the pictures becau...

Kristina Pino



10:00 AM on 07.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 AM on 07.09.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 13

Just as I predicted last time, Garo: Makai no Hana’s team didn't cut any corners in the show's production, as they fill our stomachs with more great visuals. On top of that, the series received a new opening theme ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.09.2014

AX '14: Cosplays

It's really amazing how Anime Expo continues to be one of the most diverse cons when it comes to cosplaying things from anime and manga. For those of us canvassing the whole thing, note that while the count of Homestucks have...

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 07.08.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: River City Ransom

Yup, GACKT is still gaming, but there's a change... The strangest thing is happening... it looks like he might be having a tiny bit of fun! This time he's brought his buddy Takumi in for a game of River City Ransom. Remember I said a TINY bit of fun.

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 07.08.2014

New Psycho-Pass movie trailer shows us a lot of nothing

I've been waiting patiently for any new information about the upcoming Psycho-Pass film, slated to hit theaters this winter. You can imagine my frustration when the site posted a teaser trailer, that shows us absolutely noth...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.08.2014

Space Dandy is looking Be@ry cool

The folks over at Medicom are always finding really interesting tie-ins to their highly collectable Be@rbrick and Kubrick line of figures. This time, our friends over at Tomopop have shared images of a limited edition of ever...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 07.08.2014

First Impressions: Akame ga Kill!

Like usual, I left it up to my lovely co-workers at Japanator to choose the anime I was going to watch this season. This technique has a few benefits and risks, as they might intentionally be setting me up a hellish few month...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 07.08.2014

Check out the first seven minutes of HAL

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:30 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a ch...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Rejoice! Viz reveals their plans for JoJo: Battle Tendency

When Viz announced that at Anime Expo 2014 they're releasing JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency in North America, I couldn't help but to rejoice over this matter. While we're aware that Battle Tendency's ge...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Three cheers for the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the third annual announcement of the Japan Cuts film festival by a Flixist writer. For those who don't know, Japan Cuts is the biggest Japan-focused festival in North America, and it has returned wi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



1:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 683

It's time now for a bit more Naruto, and to be honest, there's not all that much to say about the latest chapter despite the copious amounts of talking they do. And without a truly striking image to latch onto, the last week in Naruto ends up as yet more place-setting for the next set of steps in the fight, as well as another potentially infuriating hint-drop.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 07.07.2014

First Impressions: Sword Art Online II

Back in 2012, Sword Art Online’s first season caused a huge stir in the anime community. Most people hated the show because of Kirito’s character, while others started disliking the series when SAO was in the midd...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 07.06.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 18

Attention, all passengers. The ToQger Express has taken a scenic route during its most recent episode. Now let's give a round of applause to our special railroad worker, as he’s been a great help in improving our experi...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 07.06.2014

Final Impressions: Mekakucity Actors

To take a collection of narratively contained songs, light novels and manga and spin it into a television series makes this show a anthology about a unique group of characters connected to each other in the same (and perhaps multiple) universe(s).  

Dae Lee



8:00 AM on 07.06.2014

First Impressions: Aldnoah Zero

On a monolithic object in space, men in colonial attire stand around with grave faces as a young princess giddily marvels at the chance of visiting the primordial blue sphere that spawned all humans: Earth. What this show doesn't tell you right away, is that these people are in fact, Martians.

Dae Lee



6:00 AM on 07.06.2014

First Impressions: Locodol

As an avid idol fan myself, I've always appreciated when media takes care to pay attention to details and display that they themselves are enthusiastic about Idol culture. Wake Up Girls was one such anime, and I feel like Locodol will be a similar offering.

Dae Lee



3:00 PM on 07.05.2014

First Impressions: Sailor Moon Crystal

I never thought I'd be on the verge of tears after watching Usagi Tsukino's very first transformation into the pretty soldier of love and justice for the umpteenth time, but here I sit wiping tears away and swallowing back th...

Brittany Vincent



10:00 AM on 07.05.2014

Final Impressions: Is the Order a Rabbit?

Having completed this season, I have no reservations whatsoever when I say this is the best slice-of-life offering I've seen in years. Drama-free, happy-go-lucky, no-strings-attached episode after episode of fun characters and exceptionally great art.

Dae Lee



8:00 AM on 07.05.2014

Final Impressions: One Week Friends

Our lovable cast was in some trouble the last time we checked, but luckily for everyone, Kiryu is around to knock some sense into our protagonists. One Week Friends proved to be one of the strongest shows of the season, even if it doesn't have the flash or draw as other offerings.

Dae Lee



11:45 PM on 07.04.2014

Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide, Part 2!

The sun's up and it's time to get the heck into the shade and watch some Japanese cartoons! Welcome to the second part of Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide! Just as we did in yesterday's first part, we're here to ta...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 07.04.2014

First Impressions: Rail Wars!

Rail Wars was strangely one of my most anticipated this season. The premise of a train security force fighting against railway privatization extremists sounded just crazy enough to become something worth following, but the first episode left me a little perplexed.

Dae Lee



6:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 35

Wow. It’s surprising to see that things are getting even worse in Zawame City. Just when you think that the current crisis will be resolved, another calamity jumps in to remind viewers that the world’s in grave da...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

Name: Tomomi Itano Birthdate: July 3, 1991 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 76/56/79 cm  While she may not be tearing up the stage as a member of AKB48 anymore, the always adorable Tomochin is enjoying a hugely su...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:30 PM on 07.04.2014

AX '14: MangaGamer announces OZMAFIA, No, Thank You!!, and more

MangaGamer's ready to reveal their new titles, and team's ready to try something new. If you happen to be a fan of Otome and/or BL Games, then you'll be happy to know that MangaGamer's planning to localize OZMAFIA and No, Th...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 07.04.2014

WTF Fridays: Crack open that watermelon

There's nothing like a cold refreshing watermelon on the Fourth of July. I just wish I could find some way to crack this thing open...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!

It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game &nbs...

Josh Tolentino




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