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8:00 PM on 01.04.2015

PSA: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream gets extended

Right when it was certain that Gun Caliber's stream would end on Jan. 5, the folks at Garage Hero have decided to show the film until Jan. 15. In other words, everyone who's leveling up during the upcoming week are in for a g...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 01.04.2015

Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Winter may be upon us, and as the weather cools, it's the perfect time to curl up by the fire or stick your legs under the kotatsu and let the Japanese cartoons roll! This is Japanator's official Winter 2015 Anime Previe...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 01.02.2015

Memories of Phantasm's third and fourth episodes are streaming on YouTube

I may be fashionably late to the festivities, but Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s third and fourth episode have blasted their way into YouTube before we transitioned into the new year. Just like the previous...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 01.02.2015

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out

Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 01.02.2015

Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho

Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible!

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 12.31.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows

Due to there being a short amount of tokusatsu airing on television these days, I was on the fence on doing a list about my favorite hero shows for the year. Compare to the 70s and 80s, there aren't that many shows airing bes...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.29.2014

Quick Reminder: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition is streaming on YouTube for one more week

Don't mind me again. I'm just here to let you all know that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition is streaming online. However, Bueno and Garage Hero have decided to extend the stream from New Years to Jan. 5. In other words...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 12.28.2014

Go Ninja: Get psyched up for Ninninger's first promos

I may be late to the festivities once again, but it's time to look at Shuriken Sentai Ninninger's heroes in motion. Silly enough, these videos caught me by surprise, as I wasn't expecting to see a promotional video...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 12.28.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. While I didn’t get to watch a lot of anime shows during the year, there were still a few titles that brought joy to my life. I guess you could say that I was lucky wi...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.27.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12

Another week, another installment of my third-best anime of 2014. But as a fitting Christmas Eve present (the episode went live on December 24th), we get to unwrap the lovely gift that is the timely arrival of Meijin Kawaguchi III, and his legendary Gunpla, the Amazing Red Warrior.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.26.2014

Rejoice no Jutsu: Ninninger reveals its premise, cast, and staff

The new year is around the corner, and TV Asahi's Ninninger page is ready for its next mission. This time around, the show's cast, production team, and premise leap out from the shadows to surprise its upcoming viewers. Howev...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 AM on 12.26.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Jeff's Top 5

It was a great 2014 in terms of the anime mill--each season offered something pretty special, and a wide variety of interesting titles. Still, a handful of titles rose to the occasion for me, and I didn't have much of a probl...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 12.25.2014

Happy Holidays from Japanator

Can you believe it's only a matter of days until the year is almost over? 2014 just came and went like it was nothing, however it was still one for the record books. We can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff we have p...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 12.25.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Josh's Top 5

It's that time of the year, everyone. That time that tells us to think back on the year that just passed us by, and see what of it was best worth remembering. Memories made, lessons learned, and most importantly, Japanese car...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Final Impressions: Garo: Makai no Hana

When Keita Amemiya decided to return to the Garo franchise, this gave the show's fourth season the opportunity to go back to its roots, as the detailed costumes made a triumphant return. Despite the great callbacks ...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 11

If you told me that an anime about working in the animation industry will give you one hell of a cliffhanger, I would not have believed you. That's because nobody would ordinarily associate a matter-of-fact approach to real life with page-turning strategies employed largely by pulp manga and daytime soap. It turns out Shirobako decided to show me otherwise.

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Despair: Americana Dawn's Kickstarter failed to reach its goal

Oh my. I never expected that it would come to this, but I'm afraid that Americana Dawn's Kickstarter couldn't achieve its $70,000 goal, since they were only able to rake in $28,239. While this means that Foster's jo...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Jigen film, Yowapeda, and more

The New Year is about to begin in less than two weeks, and Discotek Media is on a winning licensing streak. Why you say? Well. It turns out that the company is releasing Lupin the Third: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and ...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Special One-Piece Chopper film receives new animation

The now classic One Piece story arc of when the crew links up with Dr. Tony Tony Chopper will have new animation to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary. The tear-jerking film will on December 31st in Japan, providing a perfect way for anime fans to ring in the new year. One Piece: The Movie: Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura is the perfect treat for all chopper fans.

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Yu-Gi-Oh! returns in 2016!

Today the popular Kazuki Takahashi series Yu-Gi-Oh! updated its website for its upcoming 20th anniversary project with a lovely synopsis of its now classic time-line. The clip also confirms that the show will begin airing a ...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11

With the team high on the sweet taste of victory, we take a break from the road to the national championship for the customary training section. This is where we learn just what the Try Fighters are up against, now that they're playing in the big leagues.

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 12.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chelsy

We're hitting the home-stretch of 2014, but that doesn't mean that the amazing music from Japan is going to be slowing down. Today we take a look at the adorable three piece from the Honey Bee Studio team's latest effort, YE...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Prophecy unveils a creepy new live-action trailer

The uber popular manga Prophecy, written by Testuya Tsutsui is getting an adaptation on the big screen in Japan. The tale of unfulfilled justice and judgment makes its debut in theaters on June 6th, adding to the already solid summer movie line-up. I hope the film can give the slow burning crime thriller a bit of justice, as the shots look pretty good so far!

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+ answers all the big questions

The biggest question of them all being "When the hell is Bandai Namco releasing Jump Stars Victory VS?" in English. The answer to that is "Next summer, on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and all under the somehow even more nonsensica...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.22.2014

Naruto: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4's first trailer gets straight to the end

The Valley of the End, that is, which, if you're unfamiliar with Naruto history, is a big ol' waterfall created by the final battle between ninja historical figures Madara Uchiha and Hashirama Senju. The location f...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Final Fantasy XV's really looking nuts

OK, Square Enix, you've got me. Despite my best attempts to remain thin-lipped and cynical about the prospects of Final Fantasy XV, the latest trailer you lot put out at Jump Festa yesterday has officially gotten me hype. Fo...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Explore Evangelion's ruined world in Animator Expo's seventh short

It's been two weeks since Animator Expo featured a piece that was based on an existing anime property, and the project is now ready to release another special short. This time around, Tadashi Hiramatsu's (worked on Key Animat...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Hayate: Asakusa's Ninja Hero's latest updates strike from above

Man. I don't know about you, but there seems to be a lot of ninjas entering the new year all of a sudden. Thankfully, a majority of them happen to be good, so there's a good chance that the shadow assassins won't burn people ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10

Our "imprisoned" director finds his creative spark, while Misa finds courage to get out of a prison of a different kind. A week later Aoi might be the key to help these the two to freedom, if she can overcome the most difficult task of them all. Shirobako, finally, gears up to the final episode...of Exodus.

Jeff Chuang



8:15 PM on 12.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11

This is the episode in which things go according to plan. Well, mostly anyway. And where things don't follow the plan, we and our heroes still come out ahead, ready for the next stage.  So, all in all, a raid well-executed.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Rejoice: NIS America reveals Fate Ultimatum's release date and more

As we're getting closer to the holidays, the folks at NIS America have announced that The Awakened Fate Ultimatum hits North America on March 17, 2015, with Europe getting their release on March 20, 2015. Since the game invol...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Tuturu: Steins;Gate's PS3 and PS Vita version go West

Now this is what I call an unexpected turn of events, people. If you've been yearning to play more visual novel titles on your consoles, then you'll be happy to hear that Steins;Gate's PS3 and Vita release are heading to Nort...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?

Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.16.2014

Tales of Zestiria unleashes some details about its world

For a good while, we've known that Tales of Zestiria was returning the franchise's roots. Since the game's story involves dragons, it was no surprise that the development team had a medieval fantasy world in mind for the...

Salvador GRodiles



12:05 PM on 12.15.2014

This is what Final Fantasy XV sounds like in English

And here it is, the dub of the long-overdue Final Fantasy XV, aka Riding In Cars With Boys 2. It's a good sign that Square Enix seems to be putting out information about this perennially delayed game on the regular now, afte...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.15.2014

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 takes it to the next-gen

Japan isn't very well-known for the phenomenon of annualized franchises, at least not at the level of top-tier triple-A productions like Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, and...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10

Perhaps I was being premature when I declared that Unlimited Blade Works had finally gotten over its tendency to swing between "boring" episodes and action-packed showcases, because the last two weeks have seen a return ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609

Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established p...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.13.2014

3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2's trailer will heat up your blood

At long last, Bandai Namco has uploaded the first trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, and things are looking interesting for Super Robot Wars Z's finale. First and foremost, Diebuster is making its debut in the ...

Salvador GRodiles



1:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey.  But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Race through an apartment room in Animator Expo's sixth short

Well. I believe that Animator Expo's most recent short (NSFW) has broken a new record. Going by the name of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed, ...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Rejoice: Lantis Festival gets a JAM Project solo performance concert

For a good while, it's been known that the legendary anison band, JAM Project, were going to be at the Lantis Festival in Las Vegas. However, Lantis Festival has announced that the group'll be doing solo performances througho...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Aw snap, Ninninger's toys reveal Shurikenjin's gimmicks

It's time to look at Ninninger's first set of toys, and things are starting to look even more promising for the upcoming ninja-themed Sentai series. Of course, the best thing out of this toyline is the Shurikenjin, since it's...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Tekken 7's producer is NOT happy about what you think of his idol

Another day, another teacup-sized tempest. Today's videogame drama is brought to you by Tekken 7, which began its spate of character reveals by leading with a new girl named Lucky Chloe, a blonde, twin-tailed breakdance-figh...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker has twice the content

It's been a few years, but we've finally gotten word on the status of Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, the updated 3DS re-release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. Last we heard, mysterious "quality issues" had pushe...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Streaming GET: Crunchyroll nabs Ultraman 80

It looks like Hell is still frozen, as Crunchyroll has added Ultraman 80 to their collection of Ultra shows. Thanks to the site's recent actions, there's a good chance that we're in for a glorious Toku Christmas this yea...

Salvador GRodiles



8:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Oh man, Suikoden 2 is out, go get it now now now

Oh, finally. It only took, like, sixteen years, but Suikoden II, one of my favorite games of all time and one of the greatest RPGs ever made, to come to downloadable platforms on this side of the pond. Konami's made the thing...

Josh Tolentino



2:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10

Are you a raider? Do you have the will, the drive, the bladder control to stomach the toughest raiding game in the MMO wasteland? Then join our guild! It's what we do! Just ask our guild master! Send him a tell!

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios

I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is...

Hiroko Yamamura




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