8:00 AM on 03.29.2015

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4

  It’s been a while since we’ve visited the world of Ranma 1/2. It was my favorite anime growing up, though I never came close to seeing all that the series had to offer. Like many people out there, I’v...

Jayson Napolitano



4:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 03.28.2015

New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Zoku CM is here with more sour-faced looks

The commercial for the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is here and boy, the ever anti-social unlikable main protagonist Hachiman looks as anti-social as ever. Looks like there's a new female lead character in t...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Week Ender - PA Works Edition

PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park w...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.28.2015

Final Impressions: Shirobako

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it. 

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 03.28.2015

Gothic Fashion no Jutsu! Silver rings inspired by Naruto's dark side

Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green l...

Anthony Redgrave



6:00 PM on 03.27.2015

Check out Animator Expo's adorable ghost short

If you had a rough day today. then Animator Expo's 15th short might be the thing to lift your spirits. Not only that, Shigeto Koyama's (Diebuster's Mechanical Designs) Obake-chan piece takes the concepts of ghosts and changes...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 03.26.2015

Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 03.26.2015

First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 03.25.2015

OP Up! Anime Game Edition

Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

Red Veron



6:00 PM on 03.24.2015

This anime-inspired Star Wars fan video will convert you to the Dark Side

I might get attacked for saying this, but I'm not a huge fan of the Star Wars series. While I enjoyed the original trilogy, Genndy Tartakovsky's amazing Clone Wars miniseries, and a few of the brand's games, my views to...

Salvador GRodiles



12:15 PM on 03.24.2015

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35

What is this, a gambling anime? Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 03.23.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23

Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes. Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anti...

Josh Tolentino



3:30 PM on 03.22.2015

Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness

Airing this spring season is an anime adaptation of the mobile rhythm music game Show by Rock!!., which is a surprising collaboration of the Sanrio (the Hello Kitty people) and mobile game publisher/developer Greechs.The stor...

Red Veron



4:00 PM on 03.21.2015

Studio MADHOUSE winds up for One Punch Man anime

[Update: Check out a hot cam promo for the show below, straight from the AnimeJapan 2015 show floor!] I must say that as hyped-up as I am about the prospect of a hot new anime adaptation of One Punch Man, the skeptic in ...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 03.21.2015

Accidental Upskirts and Fondles: To Love Ru Darkness Season 2 Scheduled

I watched the first season of To Love Ru and enjoyed it for the most part. It similar to the American Pie series. They're both titillating harmless fun that will make your brain turn to mush if exposed for too long. And ...

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 AM on 03.21.2015

Review: Naruto: The Last

Naruto is a name known throughout the anime and manga world that stands alongside shounen action staples such as Dragon Ball and Bleach. Masashi Kishimoto’s orange-clad ninja has been around since 1999 and has grown ...

Red Veron



5:30 PM on 03.20.2015

Animator Expo's 14th short gives off a nice Panty & Stocking vibe

Animator Expo has only been back for two weeks and Imaishi's short (NSFW) has hit the Web. Titled SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED, TRIGGER's piece feels like a mix between Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Dead Le...

Salvador GRodiles



6:20 PM on 03.19.2015

It's happening: One Punch Man anime officially announced

Given the climate of anime production these days, one could see it as inevitable, but as a fan of the One Punch Man manga, it's pretty exciting to hear that the show will finally be getting a TV anime adaptation.  U...

Josh Tolentino



2:04 AM on 03.19.2015

Attack on Titan live action movie footage is here

The good stuff starts at the 0:57 second mark. Get hyped.

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.18.2015

OP Up! Green Edition

Yesterday was Saint Patrick's Day, a day that people in the US use as an excuse to pinch others not wearing green, wear green, and get drunk in the middle of the day. I am writing in this in the past so why not use this as a ...

Red Veron



2:00 PM on 03.17.2015

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin II is up to bat

I have to admit that I wasn't blown away with the first Origin OVA. I think I might have built the whole thing up in my head a bit too much, and was hoping for some more juicy Char history. There's something about the style ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 03.17.2015

Saint Seiya returns next month

Get your polish ready! Toei's Saint Seiya is set to return to the airwaves next month, and you're going to want your armor looking spiffy. The show will be available via a stream on Bandai's channel globally, so many fans of...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 03.16.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 20-22

As we roll into the endgame for Shirobako, our longtime Producer-san Jeff Chuang faces a crisis at his own day job, and called me in for support. So far, so Shirobako, and here I am to take over the weekly recap for the time ...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 03.15.2015

Annotated Anime: One Piece 684

Over the past few weeks, I've been re-watching Avatar: The Last Airbender with a friend. He enjoys the characters, setting, martial arts, and story because Avatar is a really good show. But the last two episodes we've seen; T...

Anthony Redgrave



12:00 PM on 03.15.2015

See some culture club battles in Mikagura School Suite trailer

Take a look at this new announcement trailer for the anime adaptation of the popular light novel series Mikagura School Suite. The novel series was created by composer Last Note, who has composed many vocaloid songs, and used...

Red Veron



9:30 PM on 03.14.2015

Celebrate Pi day with a minute and half of pai

Today happened to be "Pi Day" where today's date in the USA being 3-14-15, which is exactly the same as the number Pi being 3.1415. Many people have used today's celebration of the irrational number to promote math and as a g...

Red Veron



4:00 PM on 03.14.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 21-22

Ah, whiskey and pocky: The snack of champions. Gunpla Battle champions, that is! With the latest installments of Build Fighters Try out of the way, the road has been paved to the finals, with the buildup handled by two of the better engagements in the series' run so far. 

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 03.13.2015

Animator Expo's 13th short looks artistically amazing

I don't know about you, but these past few weeks felt a bit empty, since the Japan Animator Expo project was on break. Now that the segment's back in action, Mahiro Maeda's Kanón short (NSFW) is ready to wow every...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 AM on 03.13.2015

Dive into the world of Free! with their second artbook

Anime can cloud a person's expectations on reality. Doing Kendo will not make me into a bad ass samurai no matter how much I try, and I'm pretty sure I'll never find a public swimming pool as clean and clear as they are in&nb...

Anthony Redgrave



8:00 AM on 03.12.2015

Right Stuf reveals Turn A Gundam and Please Teacher's release date

I may be a little behind on this thing, but I thought that this set of announcements were worth mentioning around here. For the first order of business, Right Stuf and Sunrise have announced that Turn A Gundam Part 1 com...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 03.11.2015

OP Up! Samurai Edition

So I just saw the third live action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The live action film trilogy of Ruroni Kenshin were surprisingly good: great action choreography, beautifully...

Red Veron



3:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Food Wars: Shokugeki no Souma trailers look delicious

Shounen cooking anime Shokugeki no Soma, known in the US as Food Wars: Shokugeki no Soma, is going to air this April. Food Wars is about Soma Yokihara, a young and skilled chef who wants to work as a chef in his father's rest...

Red Veron



1:00 PM on 03.08.2015

Hibike! Euphonium trailer shows off all that nice brass

Kyoto Animation's adaptation of the manga Hibike! Euphonium (Sound! Euphonium) is set to air this upcoming spring season on April 7, 2015. While this anime seems similar to K-On!, another KyoAni anime about girls playing musi...

Red Veron



6:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Durarara!! x2 Shou English dub announced by Shizuo and Izaya

Headless riders? Gangs based off internet chat rooms and geometric clothing items? An urban fantasy anime set in the dangerous streets of fictional Ikebukuro? This can only mean one thing. Durarara!! Be prepared to re-e...

Anthony Redgrave



5:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Check out the new Beyond the Boundary movie trailers and premiere bonus items

Back in 2013, Beyond the Boundary proved that Kyoto Animation can do still do action anime since it's been a while since their last attempt with Full Metal Panic: The Second Raid. I loved it and wanted much more of this actio...

Red Veron



2:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 28-33

It's been a while since we last checked in with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the fun thing about this kind of story is that not a lot of plot movement happens from week to week. The true character of the series really only u...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 03.07.2015

Week Ender - Chuunibyou Edition

The term "Chuunibyou" translates to "Second Year Middle School Syndrome" and is simply defined as "one who has delusions of grandeur". Those who have it, mainly young teens in the second year of middle school, believe that th...

Red Veron



3:00 PM on 03.06.2015

The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried

I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 03.06.2015

Animator Expo's new trailer gives us a taste of its 2nd season

[Update: The list of participants has been updated] As the Japan Animator Expo gets ready for its triumphant comeback next week, the project gives us a spectacular trailer that showcases the new shorts that'll invade the...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 03.05.2015

OP Up! Late Adaptation Edition

I apologize for the late post of Japanator's premiere anime opening roundup feature (Sorry, Len) due to my sudden illness because of crazy bipolar Houston weather where it's 83F (28C) one day and then it's 43F(6C) the next da...

Red Veron



9:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Seven Seas' Space Dandy Deck-Building Game Kickstarter meets its goal, baby

Out of all the possible anime series that could get a deck-building game, Space Dandy felt like it was the least likely candidate to receive this treatment. Lo and behold, Seven Seas' new tabletop games division, Seven Seas ...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 03.04.2015

Kancolle heals your battle scars with Hakujuji

What do pharmaceutical supplies and school girls posing as battle ships have in common? Not much apart from cross promotion. Japanese medical and hygiene provider Hakujuji and web based game turned moe anime Kancolle are team...

Anthony Redgrave



12:00 PM on 03.04.2015

New Dragon Ball Z movie features Frieza's final final form

Grab your capsule corp jackets and set your scouters for power levels because last Sunday saw the release of a new Dragon Ball Z movie trailer. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F) f...

Anthony Redgrave



2:00 PM on 03.01.2015

DanMachi trailer asks if it's okay to pick up girls in a dungeon

The interestingly titled bestselling light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, known as DanMachi for short,  is getting an anime adaptation in the spring. The anime adaptation is by animation ...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 03.01.2015

Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of G...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 03.01.2015

Anna Tsuchiya to perform at Anime Matsuri 2015

Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston. This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna T...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.28.2015

Week Ender - Naruto Edition

The Naruto manga is officially done and with the Naruto: The Last movie, the story of Naruto is officially over. It's been a long 15 years since Naruto began back in 1999 in Japan, when Bill Clinton was still in the White Hou...

Red Veron



10:15 AM on 02.28.2015

Sip Tea like a Detective in the Conan Café

Does anyone remember Tower Records? The music retail store that got shut down due to internet piracy and mis-management. I only really remember them because waaay too many customers wanted to go there in Crazy Taxi. Well, Tower Records Japan is still going strong and will be undergoing a major make over to promote the new Case Closed movie "Sunflowers of Inferno".

Anthony Redgrave



10:00 PM on 02.27.2015

Don't lose your way with KILL la KILL's 8-bit opening

Listen up, you pigs in human clothing; Studio Megaane has used the power of his Retro Kamui to transform KILL la KILL's first opening theme into a stylish chiptune. Of course, the threads in the guy's latest work are sewn ni...

Salvador GRodiles




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