8:00 AM on 02.27.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 16-19

Shirobako remains my favorite anime since a long while, and since I last recapped, it continues to roll forward like an unstoppable boulder of heartful comedy. I can only apologize about the late update since you, and Shirobako, deserved better. Let's see how Shirobako's momentum knocks down the pins our ace project manager Aoi Miyamori manage to overcome to produce the Third Aerial Squad.

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 02.25.2015

OP Up! Naruto Edition

Naruto: The Last just premiered last weekend in theaters across the United States and the story of Naruto Uzumaki's adventures has come to a close. It's been 16 years since the first chapter of the Naruto manga was published ...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.25.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 02.25.2015

Now here's a Dragon Ball Z fan film that gets it right

Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 02.24.2015

Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro comes to Blu-Ray

One of the finest anime every made is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Discotek Media announced that the Hayao Miyazaki classic will finally makes its US Blu-Ray debut on April 28th! So freaking excite! News of the release was announced last year, but we finally get a date!

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 02.23.2015

Let Risette navigate you through Persona 4: Dancing All Night

I don't usually cotton much to so-called "character trailers" when they pop up in the usual game and anime hype cycle. They're usually nothing more than bits of voiced fluff, when I'd prefer to let the full work speak for it...

Josh Tolentino



2:58 AM on 02.22.2015

Annotated Anime: One Piece 682

Ahoy there Japanator! Ensign Redgrave reporting for duty. I'll be taking over the SS. Annotated Anime for One Piece so I hope you're ready.  From last we left our heroes, the devious Doflamingo had started the hunger gam...

Anthony Redgrave



4:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Week Ender - My Favorites Edition

So it was my birthday last wednesday so I chose to post some of my favorite openings over at OP Up! and now I am doing the same here on Week Ender. So here I am giving you a few of my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head. Most of these are happy because I like endings with a happy or uplifting tone.Hope y'all enjoy this week's selection.

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.21.2015

Kiniro Mosaic's second season arrives in April

The second season of Kiniro Mosaic premieres on Japanese airwaves on April 5th and we finally get more blonde moe British engrish in our "cute-girls-doing-cute-things" anime once again. The second season is titled Hello!! Kin...

Red Veron



8:00 AM on 02.20.2015

I can't wait for Blood Blockade Battlefront

The upcoming Studio Bones series, Blood Blockade Battlefront is looking pretty darned good. The story is based on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular manga, which began soon after he finished Trigun Maximum. Anime character designs a...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.18.2015

OP Up! My Favorites Edition

This week's theme is about my personal favorites, but not all of them since I really can't keep track of all of them. Why is it about a few of my favorites? Because it's my birthday today and I do what I want. Honestly, I jus...

Red Veron



8:00 AM on 02.18.2015

Fans don't want to see Scarlett Johansson as Kusanagi

The internet erupted as you might expect when DreamWorks Pictures announced that the role of Major Motoko Kusanagi had gone to Caucasian actress, Scarlett Johansson in the upcoming Ghost in the Shell adaptation. It looks like...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Digimon Frontier's English 8-bit opening will lift your spirit

Right when I was expecting Megaane to follow a specific format with his 8-bit Digimon remix songs, the guy tries something different. Instead of doing another one of  the franchise' original opening themes, Megaane chos...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Haruhi Suzumiya and the SOS Brigade return to TV in April

There's no hiding the fact that I am bananas for Haruhi Suzumiya and the entire SOS Brigade. It was actually one of the shows that brought me back into anime fandom heavily, during a time that my interest was really starting ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.17.2015

Watch 7 minutes of the Red Comet in Gundam: The Origin

Fans of the Red Comet, rejoice! We finally get to see Char Aznable in action in this new trailer for the upcoming first part of the OVA adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin. The trailer features Char Aznable laying wa...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.16.2015

Commercials for The Heroic Legend of Arslan are here

It's been quite a long time since I've heard the title, The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I remember there was a pretty sweet OVA series a while back, as well as a very popular series of novels and manga. It looks as though the s...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 02.16.2015

Sword Art Online II heads to Toonami

Prepare to enter Gun Gale Online! The wildly popular, Sword Art Online will be showing its second season on Toonami next month, starting on March 28th. I was actually really late to the whole SAO game, but now that I've caught up, I can honestly call myself a fan. If you haven't had a chance to watch the first season, you have a little over a month to get caught up!

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 02.15.2015

Week Ender - Presidents Edition

It's President's Day weekend in the US and I only know that because my brother who is in high school has a day off while I have to go learn Japanese. So why don't we have endings with presidents? What I really mean are presidents of student council in Anime.So with this flimsy excuse of a theme to make a selection of anime endings, have a look at the stuff I prepared below. Enjoy!

Red Veron



10:15 AM on 02.15.2015

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6

Kantai Collection has an identity crisis. It's trying to split the difference between a splashy, substance-free fan-service fiesta for existing fans of the game it's based on, a more sedate genre piece featuring girls be...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 02.14.2015

JapanaTen: Ten shows to make you forget Valentine's loneliness

Hey there, buddy. Was today a rough day for ya? I know how you feel. All those "normals" and their stupid capitalist rituals that are designed to exploit those foolish enough to fall it. I am here to give you some suggestions on some good anime shows you can find to forget about today and to enjoy this weekend.

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 02.14.2015

JapanaTen: Romantic Comedies to celebrate Valentine's by

[Author's Note: This is for those who want romance, those who do not scroll no further! I have something else for you later today]Valentine's day falls on a weekend this year and I know some of you are in the mood for some ro...

Red Veron



5:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Fight off the D-Reaper with Digimon Tamers' 8-bit opening

Well, people; it seems that my prayers have come true, as Studio Megaane remixes another Digimon opening, This time around, the guy Retro Digi-Modified Digimon Tamers' opening, "The Biggest Dreamer," which manages to co...

Salvador GRodiles



3:00 PM on 02.11.2015

OP Up! Serious Dark Edition

Time to get down and dark! This time of the year fosters dark and depressing feelings for some of you out there who might find yourself lacking the company of a certain person. So we might as well go all out with those gloomy feelings with some anime openings to some dark and serious anime openings for this week.

Red Veron



6:00 PM on 02.10.2015

Digimon Adventure's opening digivolves into Chiptunemon

Ever since Studio Megaane started branching out into other genres outside of tokusatsu and mecha anime titles, the guy blessed the world with some well-made 8-bit remixes that tackle other forms of anime, along with a few We...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 02.08.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 17

It's worth pointing out that among many similarities to other episodes in the series, this week's installment of Build Fighters Try is the second time they've spent the opening minutes on the puppy-love angle between Fum...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 02.07.2015

Week Ender - Emotional Shounen Edition

This weekend's edition of Week Ender is about the gentler emotions we find in the endings of shounen action genre. The shounen action genre is known for the hot blooded explosive emotions such as anger or excitement but today we explore the anime endings that are calmer and focuses on the more quiet reflection of all the events that we have just seen in the show.

Red Veron



11:00 AM on 02.07.2015

Simulate your own anime production in Anime Studio Story

Have you been enjoying P.A.Works' latest anime about making anime, Shirobako? Well, now you can now experience runing your own anime studio in Kairosoft's new simulation game, Anime Studio Story, which is much like their prev...

Red Veron



10:00 PM on 02.06.2015

Animator Expo's 12th short focuses on a berserk 3D Eva unit

It seems that Animator Expo has presented us with another Evangelion-related short for our viewing pleasure. Interestingly, Evangelion: Another Impact takes us to a new location where a new Eva called Unit Null goes...

Salvador GRodiles



3:30 PM on 02.06.2015

Love Live! School Idol Movie teaser trailer is a tease

If you haven't been paying attention lately, Love Live! School Idol Project is another one of those multimedia franchises combining high school girls, idols, music, anime, and live action voice actress promotions into one bra...

Red Veron



8:00 AM on 02.05.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 14-15

Times like this I wish I have all the time in the world to drill into the last two episodes of Shirobako, because they are rich. I guess you might already guessed that to me, most every episode of Shirobako is rich in some wa...

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 02.04.2015

OP Up! Cute Girls Edition

Sketch SwitchAnime: Hidamari SketchYear: 2007Hump day is here again and here is  your weekly heapin' serving of openings. I don't know if it's an actual genre but the "Cute-girls-doing-cute-things" (or CGDCT) is a thing ...

Red Veron



5:30 PM on 02.03.2015

Live in San Antonio? Come check out Alamo Drafthouse's weekly toku screening event

It's been known for a good while that most Alamo Drafthouse Cinema hold special anime screening events, and San Antonio's Westlakes theater is no stranger to this feature. Aside from anime, San Antonio's Anime at the Alamo ev...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 02.03.2015

RIP: RWBY, Dead Fantasy creator Monty Oum dies

Whatever you might think of a creator's work, it's never easy to hear news about their passing, especially at a young age. That's the case with Monty Oum, an animator at Rooster Teeth studio and creator of the 3D animated act...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 02.02.2015

Twin Tails day is upon us again and let us celebrate!

Today is February 2nd in Japan, which is the officially designated day to celebrate the iconic hairstyle: The Twin Tails. The day "2-2" was chosen because of how the 2's look like two bunches of hair on both sides much like t...

Red Veron



4:00 PM on 02.02.2015

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel

I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 02.02.2015

It takes just one man to make a One Punch Man anime

If there's anything I've learned over the years of writing about the things I enjoy, it's that making those things - in this case, anime - is very hard work, often done by large numbers of very talented people. That makes th...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 01.31.2015

New Knights of Sidonia movie PV shows off new angles

One of the most memorable shows from last year, Knights of Sidonia, is getting a compilation movie with new camera angles and improved audio. The compilation movie promises an increase in quality. Now we get to see more of th...

Red Veron



1:00 PM on 01.31.2015

Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition

"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaYear: 2006Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings....

Red Veron



10:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Animator Expo's eleventh short unleashes TRIGGER and Rikka's kaiju

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect to see Studio TRIGGER involved in another Animator Expo short. Unlike their previous piece, the company's teaming up with Studio Rikka (Time of Eve, Pale Cocoon) to bring us PP33: Power Pla...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 01.30.2015

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 4

It's not always easy to accept when a show doesn't meet up with our expectations. We form a picture of what it "should be" in our heads, and when it goes in a different direction, one of two things usually happens: 1. We deli...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about ...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 01.28.2015

OP Up! Super Robot Edition

Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening ...

Red Veron



10:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker

Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.26.2015

Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 3

If you thought Kan Colle was just going to be about cute girls displacing not nearly enough water for their supposed channeling of old warship souls, episode 3 is here to toss some water on that notion. And it's not the ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.24.2015

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27

It's been far too long, but after its season-long hiatus, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has returned to the airwaves!  And neither Joseph Joestar's Stand-user party nor the hardworking folks at David Production are wasting any time getting back in the saddle, as they dive into Egypt to hunt down Dio Brando once and for all.

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 01.23.2015

Awaken your Samurai Soul with Animator Expo's tenth short

Is it just me, or has Animator Expo been on an amazing roll lately? After impressing us with TRIGGER's Gridman anime piece, Graphinica's (YuriKuma Arashi and Rage of Bahamut: Genesis' special effects) ready to take a shot at ...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS. Let's fighting!

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.21.2015

Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated]

[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!] It's January 9th, but sometimes it...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.20.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14

Watching Build Fighters Try is fascinating, not just because it's a fun, well-produced piece of mecha entertainment, puppy love and Fumina reaction-face gallery, but also to compare it to the first Build Fighters se...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 01.20.2015

Momoiro Clover Z vs. Kiss' insanely amazing music video has entered the scene

At long last, Momoiro Clover Z's YouTube channel finally uploaded the music video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," which features the colorful group alongside Kiss. To top things off, Sushio's animation was scrumptious...

Salvador GRodiles




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