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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



2:00 PM on 01.18.2015

First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~

The first episode of Kantai Collection kicks off with what might be regarded as an almost galling display of pretentiousness: Against a black background, a serious-voiced woman recites the Gosei, a set of five meditative...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 01.16.2015

TRIGGER shows off their toku side in Animator Expo's ninth short

Oh my. I never imagined that we would see an anime short that's based off of an existing toku show on Amimator Expo's Website. Based on the quality of the project's recent piece, one could tell that Studio TRIGGER's Gridman a...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 01.15.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13

With the new year break behind us, it's time to hit the ground running at Musani. With Honda's departure and the new anime project for Third Aerial Girls Squad secured, Aoi gets thrown right in the fire as the lead production desk. How will team Musani sprint to the finish line, one which is a year away?

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 01.14.2015

First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!

Magical Boys.  As I mentioned back in our Winter 2015 Preview Guide, just mentioning the concept drives home just how golden it is. There's so much potential in the idea of a Magical Boy show, with all the trappings and ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 01.13.2015

Streaming GET: Golden Boy heads to Crunchyroll

There's something wonderful about having a Website stream an older title that's dear to one's heart. In this case, one of my favorite perverted comedy anime shows of all time, Golden Boy, has found a home in Crunchyroll ...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 01.09.2015

Animator Expo's eighth short is all about daily routines

After a two week break, Animator Expo has returned to the scene, as they stream their eighth short to the public. For a very simplistic piece (in terms of the story), Tomorrow from there delivered a neat take on the concept o...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Rejoice: FUNimation plans to stream anime outside of North America

Are you upset over the fact that FUNimation's anime streams are only available in North America? Luckily, the studio's help section has revealed that they're planning to expand their digital content to other regions this...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 01.05.2015

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12

Last time on Shirobako, the final episode of Exodus is in trouble as Aoi cannot find enough animators to complete the complex and difficult animations needed for the climatic moment. This week, in a stroke of fortune, Aoi runs into a particular animation veteran--or god to some--by the name of Kanno, who directed a popular show called Ava that aired in 1995. 

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 01.04.2015

Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Winter may be upon us, and as the weather cools, it's the perfect time to curl up by the fire or stick your legs under the kotatsu and let the Japanese cartoons roll! This is Japanator's official Winter 2015 Anime Previe...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 01.02.2015

Memories of Phantasm's third and fourth episodes are streaming on YouTube

I may be fashionably late to the festivities, but Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s third and fourth episode have blasted their way into YouTube before we transitioned into the new year. Just like the previous...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 12.28.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. While I didn’t get to watch a lot of anime shows during the year, there were still a few titles that brought joy to my life. I guess you could say that I was lucky wi...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.27.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 12

Another week, another installment of my third-best anime of 2014. But as a fitting Christmas Eve present (the episode went live on December 24th), we get to unwrap the lovely gift that is the timely arrival of Meijin Kawaguchi III, and his legendary Gunpla, the Amazing Red Warrior.

Josh Tolentino



11:00 AM on 12.26.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Jeff's Top 5

It was a great 2014 in terms of the anime mill--each season offered something pretty special, and a wide variety of interesting titles. Still, a handful of titles rose to the occasion for me, and I didn't have much of a probl...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 12.25.2014

Japanator Awards 2014: Josh's Top 5

It's that time of the year, everyone. That time that tells us to think back on the year that just passed us by, and see what of it was best worth remembering. Memories made, lessons learned, and most importantly, Japanese car...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.24.2014

Asians and Swiss get a merry Gundam Christmas

While not everyone celebrates the Christmas season, the occasion has become widespread enough that most companies usually trot something out to commemorate the holiday. The fine folks running the Gundam.info website have done...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 PM on 12.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 11

If you told me that an anime about working in the animation industry will give you one hell of a cliffhanger, I would not have believed you. That's because nobody would ordinarily associate a matter-of-fact approach to real life with page-turning strategies employed largely by pulp manga and daytime soap. It turns out Shirobako decided to show me otherwise.

Jeff Chuang



10:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Licensing GET: Discotek grabs Jigen film, Yowapeda, and more

The New Year is about to begin in less than two weeks, and Discotek Media is on a winning licensing streak. Why you say? Well. It turns out that the company is releasing Lupin the Third: Daisuke Jigen's Gravestone on DVD and ...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Special One-Piece Chopper film receives new animation

The now classic One Piece story arc of when the crew links up with Dr. Tony Tony Chopper will have new animation to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary. The tear-jerking film will on December 31st in Japan, providing a perfect way for anime fans to ring in the new year. One Piece: The Movie: Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura is the perfect treat for all chopper fans.

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 11

With the team high on the sweet taste of victory, we take a break from the road to the national championship for the customary training section. This is where we learn just what the Try Fighters are up against, now that they're playing in the big leagues.

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Yu-Gi-Oh! returns in 2016!

Today the popular Kazuki Takahashi series Yu-Gi-Oh! updated its website for its upcoming 20th anniversary project with a lovely synopsis of its now classic time-line. The clip also confirms that the show will begin airing a ...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Explore Evangelion's ruined world in Animator Expo's seventh short

It's been two weeks since Animator Expo featured a piece that was based on an existing anime property, and the project is now ready to release another special short. This time around, Tadashi Hiramatsu's (worked on Key Animat...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10

Our "imprisoned" director finds his creative spark, while Misa finds courage to get out of a prison of a different kind. A week later Aoi might be the key to help these the two to freedom, if she can overcome the most difficult task of them all. Shirobako, finally, gears up to the final episode...of Exodus.

Jeff Chuang



8:15 PM on 12.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11

This is the episode in which things go according to plan. Well, mostly anyway. And where things don't follow the plan, we and our heroes still come out ahead, ready for the next stage.  So, all in all, a raid well-executed.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10

Perhaps I was being premature when I declared that Unlimited Blade Works had finally gotten over its tendency to swing between "boring" episodes and action-packed showcases, because the last two weeks have seen a return ...

Josh Tolentino



1:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey.  But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Race through an apartment room in Animator Expo's sixth short

Well. I believe that Animator Expo's most recent short (NSFW) has broken a new record. Going by the name of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed, ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10

Are you a raider? Do you have the will, the drive, the bladder control to stomach the toughest raiding game in the MMO wasteland? Then join our guild! It's what we do! Just ask our guild master! Send him a tell!

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam".  But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Kishimoto gives us a peak behind Naruto's studio

Can you believe Naruto is really coming to a close? It seems like only yesterday the world was under a total Naruto invasion, with most people being unable to run into the spiky haired blonde ninja around every corner. Well,...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real. I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over. .

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9

Here's an MMO confession of mine: I was never much of a raider. Even as a high schooler with virtually unlimited free time, I didn't want to give that much of it to any one game, and without the social element guilds provided...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's&nb...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superst...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.29.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8

Shirobako takes a step back in these latest two episodes to talk about our individual motivations. While it doesn't quite avoid all the usual pitfalls most 22-minute episodes of anime fall into when they tackle complicated and deep topics like this, it gave us a few good interwoven examples to draw on. At the same time, Shirobako never ceases to be educational. Maybe it's the cat therapy.

Jeff Chuang




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