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12:00 PM on 11.10.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 2-5

It's been a while last we checked in with Build Fighters Try, but for a fan of the first season, things have been going about as well as can be expected. Sunrise has once again managed to deliver an easily digested, intricately produced action show that also manages to mine the nostalgia of Gundam fans old and young. So far, so good.

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.08.2014

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 2

Ranma 1/2 was my first anime. Sure, I might have watched a few feature-length titles like Ninja Scroll or Akira before sitting down to watch Ranma 1/2 with my half-Japanese friend who was always up on the latest gam...

Jayson Napolitano



6:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano Hinako Birthdate: October 13, 1994 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 84/51/87 cm  Gracing the pages of Japanator this week is fan favorite, Sano Hinako. The gorgeous and talented actress has some new photos...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Dragon Cavities beware: Animator Expo's first short is out

It seems like Japan Animator Expo is off to a nice start, as the first short, The Dragon Dentist, is streaming on the project's Website. Best of all, the video features English subtitles, and the page contains the animat...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.07.2014

WTF Fridays: Creamy

Most desserts taste better with whipped cream on top, right? You'd think these guys would learn by now. I hope they have some Kleenex to blow their noses.

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.07.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Mr Children

Japan's second most popular band of all time, Mr. Children are back with a touching new single. The Shibuya based band which formed originally in 1988, and known as The Walls back then, have been tearing up charts for quite ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.06.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

It looks like I'm taking over the Daily Dose again, and I figured that it was time for me to attempt to bring some joy to everyone's lives. While we're on the topic of feeling positive, Sister MAYO's song, "Jumon Korin ~ Mag...

Salvador GRodiles



10:30 AM on 11.06.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapters 699-700

....and that's that. 

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.06.2014

LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters project looks amazing

While Western animation doesn't fall under Japanator's usual coverage, LeSean Thomas' (Boondocks, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series) recent Kickstarter project, Cannon Busters, has a few people who been in the anime indust...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 11.05.2014

Huzzah: Zyuranger is up on Amazon for pre-order

At long last, the first dinosaur-themed Sentai series is up on Amazon for pre-order. Best of all, the show's price is only $38.49, which is 30% off the set's $54.99 price tag. In other words, this is a really good deal, since...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 11.05.2014

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pi...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.05.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Nobodyknows

It's time again for a Daily Dose of Music! In honor of the increasing likelihood that Naruto might in fact not be over yet, let's take a trip down memory lane with the aid of Nobodyknows "Hero's Come Back!", the theme t...

Josh Tolentino



11:30 AM on 11.05.2014

Naruto may return in 2015

Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supp...

Josh Tolentino



10:30 AM on 11.05.2014

See Hatsune Miku through Tetsuya Nomura's eyes

Are you ready to journey into the Uncanny Valley? You might not have a choice, because Tetsuya Nomura's already there, and he's populating it with his CG creations, the latest being this rendition of Vocaloid diva Hatsune Mi...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.05.2014

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition to stream on YouTube for the third time

Don't you love it when a great performance gets an encore? While these opportunities only happen once after the big show, Garage Hero is making an exception, as Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's getting a third limited stream on...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.04.2014

First Impressions: Your Lie in April

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually gasped while watching an anime. However, that's exactly what occurred after I processed the sheer beauty that was the first episode of A-1 Picture's Your Lie in April. I ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: KANA-BOON

There's a few things your can always count on with Naruto Shippuden. Naruto will still not be Hokage, the fight scenes will take too long, and the music will always be fantastic. With the Shonen staple entering its final pha...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 11.04.2014

Final Fantasy XV full of pretty tech, pretty boys, pretty cars

Much as I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, even I could see that the franchise has been in sore need of a fresh approach, and despite having been in development for the better part of the last decade, Final Fantasy XV might ...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Aw Snap: Attack on Titan to cross over with the Marvel universe

Now here's something that you don't hear everyday. Marvel Comic's Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski has announced that Attack on Titan is crossing over with the Marvel universe in Japan. Best of all, the special segment'll...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Let a Girls und Panzer girl take all the tension out of Fury

[Update: It seems Kadokawa's taken down the video. We'll update the post with a new source as soon as we can find one.] Far be it from me to tell people how to promote things, but the way Brad Pitt's new war movie Fury, abou...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 11.03.2014

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment

What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols

Hey! Are you making a videogame or anime? Then you need idols! That's the hot stuff now, be it an idol character, an idol sequence, or a licensed song from some idols or done in idol style. Idols! And it doesn't matter if yo...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Morning Musume '14 in NYC

At their show in New York City's Best Buy Theater earlier this month, Morning Musume '14 brought not only their glamorous selves to the Big Apple, but droves of fans all across America. There are even travelers from up Canada...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 4

On her day off, Aoi the animation assistant meets up with her high school buddies and keep in touch. It sounds like just the thing a 20-something female working out in the big city would do on an off day. Except these people ...

Jeff Chuang



7:00 PM on 11.01.2014

Switch On: Generation Kikaida to release Kikaider Reboot in North America

I don't know about you, but 2014 has been a good year for toku fans, since Zyuranger is heading to North America, and two Ultra shows are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, To top off things off, Generation Kikaida/JN Produc...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Caliber On: Garage Hero is starting a Tokusatsu Tutorial series

Prior to becoming a toku fan, one thing that I’ve always loved about live-action movies and TV shows were the costumes and props. Whether they’re monsters or combat suits, there’s something wonderful about s...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  When I haven't done Idol of the Week for a while I start to feel bad about depriving my dear friends of the lovely comp...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Trailer for Arpeggio of the Blue Steel DC compilation movie surfaces

While it doesn't seem like there's going to be any new content for fans of the Arpeggio of the Blue Steel -Ars Nova- anime, any chance to see my favorite battleships in action gets me giddy. I was totally surprised at how mu...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.31.2014

WTF Fridays: I hope you like rabbits

Rabbits are cute right? Even if there's a rabbit hoard of them rushing you with glowing red eyes? Well maybe not the last part... These things sure know how to breed.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Counter-Strike on Titan?

Now here's a collaboration I didn't see coming. Attack on Titan is teaming up with the Nexcon developed Counter-Strike Online game in Japan. It's an Asian market version of the popular Valve shooter, which I spent endless hou...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.31.2014

The Last: Naruto the Movie trailer is here!

Naruto fans rejoice! There's finally a new trailer for the highly anticipated upcoming film, The Last: Naruto the Movie. I haven't followed the story in quite some time except for the tidbits that Josh drops me once in a whi...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48 Team Surprise

After the last few line-up changes, my interest in AKB48 really took a nose dive. Once the ladies who I grew to love moved on, my interest in the super ground slowly dropped off. Well, to my surprise, the AKB48 sub group, AK...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 AM on 10.31.2014

Happy Halloween from Japanator!

Happy Halloween to all of our awesome readers. I know things have been a bit unstable around the site as we make some changes, but you can definitely look forward to some great treats in the upcoming few weeks. No tricks, I ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.31.2014

Another Resident Evil remaster is on its way

There's no doubt that I love me some Resident Evil. When the game first debuted on the Playstation system ages ago, I was so in love with the game. It's cheesy acting, truly scary moments, and amazing graphics blew me away. ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Atlus USA summons five new Persona Q English trailers

Ever since I hopped on the Etrian Odyssey bandwagon, Persona Q's been on my radar for quite some time. Anyway, Atlus has uploaded a couple trailers that cover the game's Fusion System, along with showing off Marie, Elizabeth...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Impressions: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

"What would you do if you had superpowers?" It's a question people love to ask each other, and the answers are usually quite mundane. They often involved finding ways to make lots of money using superpowers. Very few of us wo...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.30.2014

Valkyria Chronicles PC comes very soon, for pretty cheap

We already knew that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to the PC in an unexpected, but entirely pleasant surprise, but Sega wasn't forthcoming with the actual details. Until now, that is. The game's coming out on November 1...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach 603

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

Josh Tolentino



7:30 PM on 10.29.2014

Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started whe...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 10.29.2014

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

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Wasabi flavored tooth paste?

I don't really know anyone who truly enjoys the act of brushing their teeth. It's not that it's an unpleasant experience, it's all just a bit boring. However, if for some reason you were itching to make brushing your teeth bo...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.29.2014

The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet

Sony is readying its new Share Play system for the PS4 system in Japan. Basically, it allows players to allow another player to take over their controls via the Sony Network, similar to passing the controller to someone else...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Dragon Ball Z fan video blows Hollywood release out of the water in 2 minutes

When you have some love for a project, it really shows. Throw in some decent acting, a knack for special effects, and some martial arts skills --you are onto something special. Dragon Ball Z fan group, Robot Underground is m...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.29.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Any week with Tommy Lee Jones is a good week. Throw in some adorable Otousan, and I feel pretty good. The commercial for the new Suzuki car being endosed by Arale is in there, as well as some really expensive kids' backpacks...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:30 AM on 10.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 698

Oof. That's gonna leave a mark. At least it's over, though! Almost.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Ikimonogakari

Today I present to you the fantastic smooth rock trio Ikimonogakari hailing from Kanagawa. You might be most familiar with group from their hit contribution to Naruto Shippuden, Blue Bird. The classy group got their start ac...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just relea...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Valkyria Chronicles finally rolls onto PCs

One of the all time favorite games around the Japanator office is the 2008 PS3 strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles. It's unique mix of strategy, twisting story, amazing character design, and surprisingly deep character develop...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Garm Wars: The Last Druid looks amazing

Momoru Oshii screened his latest live-action Production I.G. film, Garm Wars: The Last Druid this week at The Tokyo International Film Fest. The amazing looking film is actually his first English language outing for the vete...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1

Psycho Pass season two is in full swing and as usual, your favorite Editor in Chief is late to the game. So, things kind of pick up right where season one left off, albeit a bit too casually. In fact, the whole episode plays ...

Hiroko Yamamura




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