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11:00 AM on 04.16.2014

Character updates for Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

As we got closer to the release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've finally got a good idea of what changes will be going on with the returning characters. In a recent post Shoryuken, a comprehensive breakdown of the changes fro...

Pedro Cortes



10:00 AM on 04.16.2014

East meets West in manga comic tribute

Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley. The image ...

Brad Rice



8:00 AM on 04.16.2014

First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Normally, I don't like reviewing shorts because it's really difficult to get a full review out of something that's less than five minutes long. Every so often though, you come across a short that manages to pack a ton of laug...

LB Bryant



10:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital

If you've been in the mood to dig into some high quality manga lately, why not give Oldboy a shot? The manga that inspired the fan-favorite movie has been out for years, but not always in ready stock. Now Dark Horse has ...

Brad Rice



8:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Releases of the Week: Wolfsmund is back

Happy Tuesday, readers! It's time for a new batch of releases, headed up by the latest volume in Vertical's Wolfsmund. The imposing castle is back for you to hate with a fiery vengeance, even though you'll be unable to put th...

Brad Rice



6:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Love Live School Idol Project Season 2

It's been around a year since the last time we saw the girls from Otonokizaka High School and a lot has changed in that time. The nine girls are still school idols, but now Honoka has stepped up to become the new student...

LB Bryant



5:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Sentai Filmworks brings over Love Lab

Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll...

Ben Huber



3:00 PM on 04.15.2014

Project Diva F 2nd developers talk PS4

It appears that the creators of the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva series are excited for its next (possible) iteration on the PS4. Producer Seiji Hayashi expressed: "Although nothing has been decided yet, personally I think it&...

Dae Lee



2:00 PM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Black Bullet

Taking place in the not too distant future, humanity has been infected with giant bugs called Gastrea. These bugs attack humans and infect them with a virus which then turns the victims into giant bugs themselves. There is no...

LB Bryant



10:00 AM on 04.15.2014

The Adventures of Ai-Fi 5

When we last left our favorite humanoid Japanator android, she had acquired a DVD copy of the anime masterpiece Bible Black. After looking up the show in her extensive, internal anime database, she is faced with a difficult decision.

Karen Mead



9:00 AM on 04.15.2014

First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its styl...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 04.15.2014

Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

You guys know me. I love horror and shoujo manga, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hadn't heard of Ao Haru Ride, however,it looks like something I might want to tune into, especially given the art style. The official sit...

Brittany Vincent



12:45 AM on 04.15.2014

Annotated Anime Roundup: Spring 2014 Week 2

Oh man, there's too many anime out! We can't handle it! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup! In case you've gleaned your first impressions from our top men and women of Spring's latest sensations in our Annotated Anime s...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang



3:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Freedom Wars for PS Vita coming to the west this year

Great news for PS Vita owners! Freedom Wars, a new title in the "monster hunter" genre by Shift (God Eater), was just announced for a localized release for the west, accompanied by a new trailer on the Playstation channel.&nb...

Dae Lee



2:00 PM on 04.14.2014

First Impressions: Mekakucity Actors

"Oh hey, a Shaft show! I didn't end up watching Nisekoi, so I'll be sure to watch this." This was the only reason I decided to pick up Mekakucity Actors. I had no idea that I was diving into what seems like a reasonably well-...

Chris Walden



1:00 PM on 04.14.2014

The Dose: Nana Mizuki

Vocal powerhouse Nana Mizuki is back with an epic new track to kick off your new week! Yes, the weather may not be cooperating today, but that doesn't mean we are getting what we want out of our music. Even if mother nature ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 AM on 04.14.2014

First trailer for Aldnoah.Zero premieres

I know that we're only two weeks into the spring season but that doesn't mean that we can't already be looking forward to the summer season. An example of this would be the highly anticipated new work from writer Gen Urobuchi...

LB Bryant



10:00 AM on 04.14.2014

First Impressions: Baby Steps

I really wish I was good at tennis. It's really the only professional sport that I have a lot of familiarity with, since my Mom often watched professional tournaments on TV dating back to when I was very young. I remember see...

Karen Mead



8:00 AM on 04.14.2014

Annotated Anime: The Irregular at Magic High School Ep 2

When I wrote my First Impressions for the first episode for Irregular at Magic High School, I said that I was sure that the series would be building toward something and I was very curious to know what it was. Now, after watc...

LB Bryant



8:00 PM on 04.13.2014

Former porn actress Yuma Asami pens autobiography

Yuma Asami, one of Japan's better-known adult video actresses, is spilling her secrets in a book titled Restart: Believe in Yourself. The book, set to hit Japanese shelves on May 8, details some of the reasons Asami took the ...

Brad Rice



4:00 PM on 04.13.2014

How Uniqlo plans to conquer America

If you're not yet familiar with Uniqlo, now is a good time to brush up on the company. Slowly but surely, the Japanese giant is rolling out stores across the US with plans of taking over the country with low-priced and well-p...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 04.13.2014

Shinji's voice actor set to marry Ms. Norway

No, Megumi Ogata isn't coming out of the closet by announcing her marriage to the reigning Ms. Norway. Spike Spencer, the voice actor best known for playing Shinji in Neon Genesis Evangelion and Rolo in Code Geass is set to m...

Brad Rice



11:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Attack on Titan inevitably headed to Toonami on May 3

I called this a few episodes into Attack on Titan when I watched it during its original run at Crunchyroll, but FUNimation has just made it official: Attack on Titan will be airing on Toonami beginning Saturday, May 3rd. If ...

Brittany Vincent



10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals

The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best....

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Sakura-Con 2014 to host Titan, SAO, Magi guests and more

Sakura-Con, the big spring-time anime con based out of Seattle, runs next weekend from April 18th to April 20th. We at Japanator will try our best to bring you coverage from the event covering the usual cosplay, news and gues...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd.  Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 04.12.2014

The Seven Deadly Sins manga gets an anime series

Nanatsu no Taizai, or better known as The Seven Deadly Sins, is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. It's about a princess who discovers the truth about her king guards, and is forced to run away. She is trying to find the sins to help ...

Amber Hunt



7:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Burlesque show inspired by Cowboy Bebop premieres early May

I love me a good burlesque show. Artful stripping to themes that are close to my heart? Please, give me more! It's one of the reason why I loved both Cosplay Burlesque shows when they were featured at Otakon several years bac...

Pedro Cortes



6:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Impressions: Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace

I firmly believe that Satelight's scifi space opera, Bodacious Space Pirates, is a series that deserves a better name. Even the original novel's title (Miniskirt Space Pirates) betrays the actual content of the show. Hell, I ...

Elliot Gay



5:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Part 1 of Attack on Titan film compilation duology releasing this winter

Had enough of Attack on Titan yet? I didn't think so, but just in case, here's a bit of news that'll either have you squealing your head off in fangirlish glee or shaking your head in disappointment that yet another series is...

Brittany Vincent



4:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Knights of Sidonia Blu-rays releasing with additional angles

Sci-fi anime Knights of Sidonia is already set for a Blu-ray release in Japan on May 28. While the disc will contain only the first two episodes, it's going to be packing additional angles fo certain scenes. Because it's dig...

Brittany Vincent



3:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Ken Sugimori Works art book releasing May 27

Ken Sugimori's original Pokémon designs are what I grew up with, and I truly dig his art style. I'm pleased that he's releasing his first art book ever on May 27th, even though that fact is a little difficult to believ...

Brittany Vincent



1:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Gurren Lagann stage play hitting Tokyo in October

Just who the hell do you think Kamina is? Do you think he'd star in a Gurren Lagann stage play adaptation? I think he'd want that, don't you? Good thing, because Office Endless announced plans for Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann -...

Brittany Vincent



11:00 AM on 04.12.2014

The World God Only Knows manga is ending soon

Sorry folks, but I'm about to make your Saturday a little miserable. We've known for a while that The World God Only Knows was due to end on its 26th volume, but we now have a date. We'll be saying goodbye to Keima, Elsie, Ha...

Chris Walden



8:08 AM on 04.12.2014

New character joins the fight in Neptunia VII

With Compile Heart's Neptunia VII (short for Victory II) announced and out in the open, details have started to roll in via the usual rags. This week's Dengeki Playstation magazine has revealed a brand new character, set...

Elliot Gay



8:00 AM on 04.12.2014

Black Desert might be the prettiest MMO I've ever seen

And yes, I'm aware that this is technically a Korean game, and that this site is called Japanator, but dammit, this game is too pretty to not be worth a mention. And this isn't the first time we've highlighted a Korean game,...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 04.12.2014

Yes, there is a Steve Jobs manga

Just when you thought manga couldn't get weirder, it did. A comic about Steve Jobs? Yup, that's right folks. An entire comic dedicated to Jobs and how Apple came to be. It may not be a huge hit world wide, but the students at...

Amber Hunt



9:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Jtor AM 26: All those horrible shows you love

This week's show is longer than usual because we discuss pretty much every show that exists. Join Tim "I think this show is stupid and you're stupid for liking it," Sheehy, Ben "I'm too nice to say you're stupid but I'll just...

Karen Mead



7:00 PM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: Ping Pong

Ping Pong is one of my most anticipated shows this season. It has an all-star cast, both of voice actors and animators, backed up by a talented auteur in the industry, Masaki Yuasa. However, you can have all the skilled staff in the world, but if the show itself isn't compelling, people won't stick around. How does Ping Pong hold up? I'll tell you, friends.

Ben Huber



6:00 PM on 04.11.2014

K: Missing Kings to premiere at AX and JX

Before the film opens in Japan, K: Missing Kings will premiere at Anime Expo and Japan Expo. King Records announced this information a few hours ago.  It opens in Japan on July 12th, but will air in LA at AX from July 3r...

Amber Hunt



5:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Go download the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle demo

You've just finished a week at work. Tough, right? You want nothing more than to just collapse at home, enjoy a nice cold drink and chill out. Don't worry, you deserve a good rest, but what are you going to do? Watch TV? You ...

Chris Walden



5:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack

Oh, the woes of living close to North Korea. Anybody living close the antagonistic, aggressive dictatorship has to worry about their constant threats of attack. Even if most of these threats are mere political posturing, it's...

Pedro Cortes



4:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Annotated Anime: Mushishi S2 episode 2

It's so nice to be back in the Mushishi saddle. It's like a warm, cozy blanket that wraps around and comforts you with soothing music and beautiful art. We had a strong opening episode but I've got to say: episode 2 was even better. Yup, you heard me. Let's jump right in to my impressions.

Ben Huber



4:00 PM on 04.11.2014

WTF Fridays: Have a beary nice day

Some women will complain about any gift you get them.

Hiroko Yamamura



3:30 PM on 04.11.2014

Log Horizon author announces new classes for world servers

Mamare Touno, the 2ch/4chan-friendly light novel author, has released on his website the a list of player classes for his fantasy setting MMORPG, Elder Tales, as detailed in the Log Horizon series. It's an exhaustiv...

Jeff Chuang



3:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Final volume of Gundam Unicorn gets another trailer

It's been four long years, but we're finally at the end of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. The OVA series, extended to seven episodes from the original solicitation of six, premieres its final episode in several Japanese theater...

Pedro Cortes



2:00 PM on 04.11.2014

First Impressions: The Comic Artist and His Assistants

I wanted to like this. Maybe it's just due to super-fond memories of Doujin Work, but I have a bias towards any anime that happens to be about making comic books. So even though I knew this was going to be a series about a pe...

Karen Mead



12:00 PM on 04.11.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ...

Brad Rice




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