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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



12:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Feel the charm of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There

There's a lot of whispers going around about the upcoming animated film, When Marnie was There. The movie is the famed animation house Studio Ghibli's first film without any involvement from founders Isao Takahata and Hayao ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros

Japanese indie rock band Alexandros are no strangers to weird controversy. Last year they were accused of copying an Australian band' music video, a story you might have a hard time remembering due to the fact that they were...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 07.04.2014

Happy Fourth of July!

Greetings fellow anime freaks. I just wanted to check in, and wish a happy American Independence Day to the coolest readers from the staff at Japanator! While many will spend the day celebrating America's liberties, or rememb...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 AM on 07.04.2014

AX '14: NIS America to localize three new games

Anime Expo 2014 is among us, and NIS America has revealed three new titles that they're planning to localize in the west. If you happen to be a Vita owner, then you'll enjoy the first game on the list, since htoL#NiQ: The Fir...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 07.03.2014

AX '14: Sekai Project to localize Grisaia no Kajitsu, planetarian

At Anime Expo Sekai Project announced that they are partnering with Visual Arts, the studio that publishes high profile Key titles, to release planetarian in English officially. There was a previous release of it with a ...

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Yes! Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate gets a Poogie Hunting Horn

Attention, fellow Hunters. The members of the Capcom Guild have revealed Europe's winner for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate Weapon Design Contest, and the victor, Lin Setzekorn, managed to create a Golden Hunting Horn with a Poog...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Anime Expo 2014 is going on now

Anime Expo is upon us again this July 4th weekend. We'll try to bring the latest announcements there to you, and other important coverages from downtown Los Angeles. The list of guests at Anime Expo is long and impressing as ...

Jeff Chuang



3:00 PM on 07.03.2014

Ken Watanabe is headed to Broadway

Today, in news that has me grinning ear to ear, I found out that Ken Watanabe (The Last Samurai, Memoirs of a Geisha, Godzilla [2014]) is going to play the King in a production of Rodgers and Hammerstien's The King and I on ...

Kristina Pino



2:00 PM on 07.03.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Sometimes you're all thumbs...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 07.03.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Super Dodgeball

So I wanted to keep you guys tuned into GACKT's daily gaming special, but now I'm not too sure. Today he went at the Famicom classic, Super Dodgeball, and the results couldn't be any more boring. Maybe if he took his sun gla...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we're going to focus on things a little bit differently, and look at a 90's alternative rocker. When I first heard Matthew Sweet on the radio I really didn't think he was anything special. His songs had some kind o...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.02.2014

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Check out a short version of the Cling Cling MV by Perfume

Following up on my previous post about Perfume's new single, here's a look at the "short version" of the Cling Cling music video! As expected, I love what I can hear and see of it in this clip. Those gals are such superstars...

Kristina Pino



4:00 PM on 07.02.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Rockman 2

Ever want to watch the ultra-talented, super sexy GACKT play video games poorly? Well, you better clear out your calendar for the year, because he's set to do it daily, and share his exploits with the world. Weird? Yes. Intr...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.02.2014

The new Black Butler: Book of Circus trailer is now served

There's a sexy new trailer for the highly anticipated new Black Butler television series, set to debut this month. Black Butler: Book of Circus is set to cover the enigmatic Ciel Phantomhive's journey a bit closer to the ori...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide, Part 1!

It's the summertime, and the weather is high. You can reach right up, and touch the sky. When the weather's fine, we've got Japanese cartoons on the mind! It's the first part of Japanator's Summer 2014 Anime Preview Guide! Th...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 07.02.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Can this really be happening? Could life be this sweet? Yes, my friends we have two new songs from SCANDAL in one week. Don't ever say I don't do nice things for you. After Monday's video for Your Song, I had a feeling that ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.02.2014

New Freedom Wars story trailer looks mighty good

So the rock that I currently live under doesn't seem to have any connection to what is going on in the video game world. If it did, then I wouldn't just be now finding out about the futuristic co-op action game Freedom Wars ...

Josh Totman




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