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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



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



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



12:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:30 AM on 10.28.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 2-3

The more I watch of Unlimited Blade Works, the more I'm convinced that everyone would've been better off if each episode were an hour long rather than the standard length. It'd work, even if the show became bi-weekly because ...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Annotated Anime: Terra Formars episodes 4-5

When last I wrote about Terra Formars I noted its tonal and structural similarities to another of the year's darlings, Attack on Titan. That got some folks riled up for some reason, but I'm standing by those words, espec...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...

Hiroko Yamamura



7:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Animator Expo's trailer contains some amazing visuals

If you've been in the mood to experience some beautiful anime shorts, then you'll be happy to hear that the Anima(tor)'s Exhibition'll showcase 30 different pieces by different directors on niconico when Nov. 9 arrives. Inte...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 10.26.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 3

Shirobako episode 3 brings us to Aoi's primary tasks to the finish. We first see the innocuous name sake--the white jewel case that hosts the final cut of the TV episode, thus "shirobako." The joy ride continues all the way to the end.

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 10.23.2014

First Impressions: Log Horizon 2

We neglected to cover Log Horizon back when it debuted, beyond first look by Karen, who came away distinctly unimpressed. That was a missed opportunity, because, like many a good show, Log Horizon was very much a sl...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.22.2014

First Impressions: Shirobako

Shirobako is many things--a story about a struggling animation studio, an anime production starting to go haywire, the promise of five young women in the pursuit of their dreams, and that is just to list a few. Shirobako, ...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Uncensored Terra Formars to air on Crunchyroll

I'm sure I'm not the only one who was totally shocked by the hardcore, over the top censorship of this season's Terra Formars. I mean come on! I've seen 10 second commercials on TV this week that showed way more than what was...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.18.2014

First Impressions: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

These day it's hard to imagine an active otaku who isn't at least passingly familiar with Fate/stay night, Type-MOON's juggernaut of a visual novel series.  I'm sure those sorts of folks exist, though, and the duty ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 10.15.2014

First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

Gundam Build Fighters was a show aimed at children and designed to promote the toys Bandai wants them to build. It also happened to be the most refreshing Gundam show in years, and an love letter to Gundam's endurin...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 10.12.2014

First Impressions: Terra Formars

Let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Terra Formars is not very good "Mars" fiction. The concept of Martian colonization and its myriad possibilities is just about the furthest thing from this show's mind, ev...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 10.11.2014

Rejoice: Right Stuf to distribute more Gundam shows in North America

At long last, Right Stuf's deal with Sunrise has expanded outside of Gundam UC, as the company's been given the rights to release the original Gundam series in North America. On top of that, Right Stuf is distributing Gu...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Cowboy Bebop HD will be right on time for Christmas

What is probably one of the most anticipated Blu-Ray remasters in a long time, is set to be released just in time for Christmas on December 16th. The video from FUNimation looks fantastic, with the colors and details looking...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.06.2014

Durarara!! x 2 returns this January

Yes, the wait is almost over. Fans of the ultra-popular series Durarara!! only have a few more months left, until they can return to the wild streets of Ikebukero. Durarara!! x 2 will be split in three parts, kicking off Jan...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.04.2014

Japanator's Fall 2014 Anime Preview Guide!

As the leaves turn, so do the hearts of men, as humanity's collective consciousness casts its gaze upon matters of true universal importance: The next batch of animated offerings from Glorious Nippon. This is Japanator's Fall...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episodes 10-13

It may have happened sooner than expected, but Sword Art Online II is ready to deliver the final showdown between our heroes and Death Gun. While the right pieces were set in motion, the story decided to take it slow, as...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 10.02.2014

Sugoi Japan wants you to vote for your favorite anime and manga

Sugoi Japan is a publisher effort--by rounding up a bunch of the publishers and getting endorsements from some celebrities, maybe Japan can highlight some of the most engaging and popular anime, manga and light/entertainment ...

Jeff Chuang



10:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames' new trailer features more Makai Knight action

Right when I was starting to have some doubts about MAPPA's Garo anime, the show's newest trailer destroyed my main concerns. While the Makai Knights were moving too fast during the last video, the action sequences present i...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon

It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN US...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous.

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer

This year's hardest to remember anime title award has already been won. Madan no Ou to Vanadis hits the airwaves in October, but you can start practicing your pronunciation now. The cutesy, harem-y, ecchi looking anime has a...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days

[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh] When the anime adaptation of Sc...

MrRasczak



12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 09.15.2014

Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer

Attack on Titan's top badass is the star of an upcoming OVA, which promises to reveal the cold eyed spinning slashed. Attack on Titan: No Regrets - Birth of Levi, takes us to the time before Levi joins up with the Survey Cor...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods has 20 extra minutes and a new trailer

Our friends over at FUNimation have shared the newest trailer for the DVD/Blu-Ray release of one of last year's surprise pleasures, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. I went into seeing this movie with very low expectations, and...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Time now for your blast from the past! It's Old School Thursdays! Today's dose contains some real history for your ears, as we've got the original theme from Space Battleship Yamato, the anime that started it all. Well, almo...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 09.10.2014

MAPPA's Garo anime summons a second trailer

As we're getting close to September's halfway point, the folks at MAPPA have used their Makai Swords to call upon a second trailer for Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames. This time around, we get to see the Golden Knight's anim...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 09.10.2014

Terra Formars trailer crawls out of the shadows

As we eagerly await Josh's fantastic Fall Anime Preview Guide, trailers for this season's biggest and brightest are starting to trickle in. I'm actually just finishing up reading the Yu Sasuga manga, Terra Formars for review...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.10.2014

The Guardians of the Galaxy are set to make their anime appearance

I'm quite sure there's no way that you haven't seen this year's best movie, Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy yet. However, if for some reason you've been on a 2D diet, drop what you're doing and take in one of the most enjoy...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.09.2014

A Hollywood remake of Space Battleship Yamato is prepping for launch

Fans of classic Japanese space opera have a reason to celebrate of be concerned, depending on your predisposition. US based Skydance Productions has acquired the rights to produce the remake of the seminal Leiji Matsumoto 197...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 09.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22

If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins. After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 09.06.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9

As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Since there are many important at play during these major moments, let's hope that the team hits their main target.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 09.04.2014

Rejoice! Viz is holding a Sailor Moon streaming event

If you missed out on watching Sailor Moon's English episodes at Anime Expo and Otakon 2014, then you'll be happy to hear that Viz's having a Sailor Moon Moonlight Party where they're streaming the show's first four ...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 8

It seems that A-1 might be in the clear right now. And to think that the BoB tournament was the key to helping Sword Art Online II move in the right direction. However, my main concern right now is that the Phantom Bullet Arc won't take up an entire season. Based on the direction the show is taking, this event might be the one to determine the storyline's actual length.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.29.2014

Happy Birthday, Makoto Kikuchi!

Makoto Kikuchi, from The Idolm@ster series, celebrates her birthday on August 29th. It'll be her ninth annual celebration this year as the maturing arcade-turned-multimedia franchise kicked off its 9th year via a full length ...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 08.27.2014

Review: Persona 3 The Movie: #2 Midsummer Knight's Dream

Despite its pacing problems and general lack of an overarching story, I enjoyed Persona 3 The Movie: #1 Spring of Birth. As far as animated film adaptations of long games go, I think it did a novel job of compressing hours of...

Elliot Gay



2:00 PM on 08.25.2014

A Letter to Momo opens in America this week

The award winning Production I.G. film A Letter to Momo, is set to hit theaters this week, and with any luck might be hitting your home town. The beautiful looking film has the makings of a classic, and is a tale of a shy ki...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 7

Yikes. I never expected to be concerned about Sword Art Online II’s well-being. While there was a bit of hope for A-1 to get back on track, things are taking a slight turn for the worse with the way how they followed up on the show’s latest conflict. From the looks of it, the SAO II might be in a grim state until things pick up again.

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.21.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 6-7

When Hanayamata first introduced Yaya, she played with a band. If we logically assume the story is about the formation of a yosakoi club, then the band probably has to go. How does it happen? More importantly, how does Yaya's...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 08.19.2014

Watch The Tale of Princess Kaguya's North American trailer

Studio Ghibli may be pondering its potentially bleak future right about now, but that doesn't mean it won't be delivering dreams to the screen for people in the meantime. Case in point: Distributor GKids has just released a ...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 08.16.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 18-20

After a bit of a wait, we're back with more Stardust Crusaders, and things get kind of nuts. Of course, that's hardly something we should be surprised by in a series called JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. But anyway, onward, dear readers! Rally ho!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.15.2014

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author....

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 6

Right when I was feeling comfortable with Sword Art Online II’s pacing, A-1 decides to speed things up a bit. One moment, the presentation’s going smooth, and all of a sudden, the show breezes through two battles ...

Salvador GRodiles




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