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8:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superst...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8

Shirobako takes a step back in these latest two episodes to talk about our individual motivations. While it doesn't quite avoid all the usual pitfalls most 22-minute episodes of anime fall into when they tackle complicated and deep topics like this, it gave us a few good interwoven examples to draw on. At the same time, Shirobako never ceases to be educational. Maybe it's the cat therapy.

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more ...

Jayson Napolitano



8:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Draw: Animator Expo's fourth short is out for revenge

Gather around, people. The next short in the Japan Animator Expo project has been uploaded (NSFW) onto their Website before its targets could draw their weapons. While the fourth piece doesn't bring the abstract goodness that...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Huzzah: J-List/JAST USA unleashes a series of new announcements

The holidays are among us, which means that many outlets are having a bunch of sales as we speak. Speaking of which, J-list is having a sale until Dec. 2 where people can get up to 18% off any product (based on how much they ...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 11.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a n...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Yakuza Kick: Let's take a look at The Making of Yakuzambie

There's something interesting about witnessing a film's team talk about their experience on certain projects. Whether it's learning about the actors' thoughts on their work or the director's inspiration, I've always found th...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Digital Manga starts a Kickstarter to translate Ludwig B

Digital Manga Inc. is ready to do another Kickstarter to bring Tezuka's stories to the West. This time around, they're focusing on translating Ludwig B, a manga about Beethoven's childhood. Since the manga is only two volume...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 11.26.2014

Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a ...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 11.25.2014

Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've j...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anni...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Journey through Colonial America in Americana Dawn

There's something amazing about seeing two great things come together to form a nice package. In this case, Max Lam and her team, Bit Bonton, have opened a Kickstarter for Americana Dawn, a JRPG-influenced game that lets the...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co...

Josh Tolentino



10:10 PM on 11.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8

Ever done a raid just to kill one mob? Of course not, that's weird. But it's what the Maidens of Watermaple just did. And in doing so, they've saved Akihabara, as well as netted Akatsuki some phat loot. 

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.22.2014

This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recen...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin trailer is here

So much Char, my mind can't even...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 11.21.2014

It's time for some Neptunia-related updates

For a good while, we already knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for the Neptunia series, as Idea Factory's shipping Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire to Western shores. Speaking of which, Idea Factory h...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 11.21.2014

WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?

Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Final Fantasy: Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous

What started off as the little Sony PSP title that just didn't want to come Stateside has finally morphed into a full fledged HD next-gen title. There's a new English trailer for the upcoming Square Enix game, and the wait until March 17 just got harder. I've been waiting way too long to meet you Final Fantasy: Type 0.

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and char...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 11.21.2014

Animator Expo's third short has some catchy tunes

I knew that something good would come out of Japan Animator Expo, and the third short (NSFW), ME!ME!ME!, managed to exceed my expectations-- event if it's on the bizarre side. At the same time, TeddyLoid and daoko's sing...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.20.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm b...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7

Christmas comes early to the world of Elder Tale, but the presents are far worse than any lump of coal, for the Santa Claus of this database is less a benevolent gift-giver than a violent death-bringer with a mad-on for Adventurers. What's to be done about this serial killer's depredations?!  Call in the girls, that's what.

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 11.19.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE

Hiroko has stepped out of the building to take care of some important matters, so I've decided to borrow her space for the day. In order to help everyone speed through the week, I felt that the full version of Kamen Rid...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Lantis Festival in Las Vegas is now a thing

Lantis is a Japanese music label that focuses on anime music. It has been a long time coming and the label is putting on a series of festivals in Japan this year. Earlier during this summer, news broke that Lantis will also t...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 11.19.2014

This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming ...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.19.2014

Final Impressions: Kamen Rider Gaim

Back when it was announced that Urobuchi would become Kamen Rider Gaim’s Main Writer, it was certain that 2013’s Rider series was going to be an interesting tale. Despite Gaim being a children’s show, t...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about. Better still, it casts many of my previous comments about Inou Battle's "true nature" in doubt. And in this case, I'm quite glad to be wrong.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

Man, has this been an amazing few months of music or what? I was just thumbing through some of last year's Daily Doses, remembering how it was a bit of a musically dry year for me. Things have been really fantastic so far, a...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 AM on 11.18.2014

Contest: Win Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings!

[Update: Contest is over, everyone! The winners will be contacted by the email address they signed up for Japanator with!] We've got a treat for you story-game fans out there, and it comes to you courtesy of our buds at ...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Garage Hero's Yakuzambie short is now on YouTube

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that we can't watch a few zombies get killed on screen. Since Garage Hero uploaded Yakuzambie on their YouTube channel, we can now experience this moment, as we see a Yakuza membe...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Frieza will return in 2015

The previously announced Dragon Ball Z movie, slated for 2015 has released its first key visual, and it's one that's going to drum up some reaction. Yes, it looks like Frieza is coming back. In the upcoming Dragon Ball Z...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 5-6

Much as the header image would lead you to believe, the latest episodes of Inou Battle aren't about hard rock, starting a band, or even the chuuni value of music appreciation. No, instead the stories of episodes 5 and 6 ...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.17.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Yunchi

It's time again for another dose of hot music, and today's offering comes to you courtesy of up-and-comer Yunchi (aka Yun*chi) and her new single, "Wonderful Wonder World". You may recognize it as the ending theme for the cu...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 11.16.2014

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 11.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 6

Shirobako continues to be an important anime series for anyone that's interested in how their favorite Japanese cartoons are made. Not to say that it's some kind of primer for how the industry works, though it goes furth...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Animator Expo's second short focuses on riding bicycles

Now that Japan Animator Expo has uploaded its second anime short, it seems that the project has yet to create a solid piece. While Hill Climb Girl gave us a simple premise about bicycle racing that evolved into a love story, ...

Salvador GRodiles



7:30 PM on 11.14.2014

Gundam Build Fighters Try's first opening gets an amazing 8-bit remix

As Gundam Build Fighters Try continues to impress us with its Solid Winning Streak, Studio Megaane has used his Retro Gunpla building skills to turn the show's opening into an 8-bit masterpiece. All in all, Megaane's ta...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei

Name: Miwako Kakei Birthdate: March, 6, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 89/60/60 cm  So snow is finally starting to fall in my current hometown of Chicago. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! What gives...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 11.14.2014

WTF Fridays: Mo Fiya

Let's hope this lady isn't in charge when someone yells fire. Staged or not? I can't quite tell. I'm actually hope so.

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.14.2014

A New Dragon Ball Z film is expected next year

The new issue of V Jump has announced information that a new Dragon Ball Z film will be released on April 25th of 2015. There's very few details at this time, besides the fact very exciting fact that Akira Toriyama will be de...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.14.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Hello Sleepwalkers

It's been a little while since I checked in with Japanese rocks Hello Sleepwalkers, but their newest single has me doubting my choices. The high energy track, Hyakkiyakou is full of some really incredible vibes, really showc...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:30 PM on 11.13.2014

It's time to listen to Sailor Venus' new English voice

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect Viz to release another Sailor Moon dub clip so soon. At least this means that we can finally see Minako/Sailor Venus' new voice in action. Overall, Cherami Leigh knocked it out of the ball...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Streaming GET: Crunchyroll grabs Ultraman Leo

Ladies and Gentlemen. Once again, I'd like to remind everyone that Hell has officially frozen over. With Ultraman Leo now streaming on Crunchyroll, I think it's safe to say that the underworld has become a winter wonderland. ...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro

If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking wh...

Josh Tolentino



5:30 PM on 11.12.2014

Sailor Jupiter brings down the thunder in Sailor Moon's new dub clip

As Viz prepares for the release of Sailor Moon's second box set, the company has uploaded a new preview that shows off Makoto/Sailor Jupiter's new voice. Also, it seems that Viz's going back to YouTube again, which might hav...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6

Though we took quite a break between installments of our coverage of Gundam Build Fighters Try last time, I'm not about to let a good battle pass by, especially not as things are beginning to heat up for Team Try Fighters. Plus, this week's engagement, though short, is a lovely treat for anyone who loved the Universal Century's more realistic spinoffs.

Josh Tolentino




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