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12:00 PM on 04.11.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 11

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week, Mobile Suit Gundam proves just how dominant of a force ...

Brad Rice



7:00 PM on 04.07.2014

Princess Jellyfish film announced

I know there is a small but dedicated fanbase out there for Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime). Both the original manga by Akiko Higashimura and the anime by Brain's Base for Noitamina were great versions of the story, and I'm a...

Ben Huber



8:00 PM on 04.04.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for April 4

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. With all of Kodansha's Attack on Titan side titles out right now, the s...

Brad Rice



5:00 PM on 04.03.2014

Haruka and Michiru competing for "Gayest Cartoon" on LogoTV

If you've been following my several Sailor Moon posts or the blurb I wrote up about my favorite anime couple, you should know I harbor an unhealthy obsession with Sailor Uranus and Sailor Neptune. I think they're absolutely g...

Brittany Vincent



11:00 AM on 03.29.2014

One Direction song will be the theme for Say I Love You film

I don't know about you, but I am so excited for the Say I Love You film! I didn't read the manga yet, but I did watch the anime series and I was totally hooked the entire time. Well, when I heard that they were making a live-...

Amber Hunt



6:00 PM on 03.28.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 28

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Here's a shocking development: Attack on Titan title tops the best...

Brad Rice



6:00 PM on 03.24.2014

The Grudge gets a Hollywood reboot

The Grudge was part of the Japanese horror wave in the early 2000s that hit the West and gave millions the irrational fear of long, messy bed-hair and gutteral throat sounds. To my surprise, a reboot of The Grudge was sa...

Dae Lee



1:00 PM on 03.22.2014

Psycho-Pass 2 trailer and much more

I hope you like Psycho-Pass because it sure does have a lot of exciting things coming up! First of all, the second season of the series has finally been announced, and will be airing in October. That's a little bit away, but ...

Amber Hunt



6:00 PM on 03.21.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 21

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Japan loves Disney. Everyone loves Frozen. So it's only natural that Ja...

Brad Rice



8:00 AM on 03.21.2014

Gundam 35th anniversary brings new movie, OVA, TV show

I hope you're ready for a whole lot of Gundam in the next couple months, because the air is about to get thick with Minovsky Particles. To commemorate the 35th year of Gundam, Sunrise is prepping an onslaught of media for fan...

Pedro Cortes



6:00 PM on 03.14.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 14

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. The Japanese box office took a massive tanking this past weekend, dropp...

Brad Rice



10:00 PM on 03.07.2014

What in this room is made of chocolate?

You know Japanese variety shows are interesting, to say the least. In this episode, one of the games they had looks awfully salivating. The staff got together some master chocolatiers and had them craft objects within a room...

Brad Rice



6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7

It's Rock the Charts with a new name. We highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Kiki's Delivery Service (the live-action version) made its debut this we...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 03.06.2014

Pokemon XY second movie trailer looks impressive

Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of c...

Chris Walden



3:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Godzilla stops destroying cities to eat a delicious Snickers

What is it about this chocolate treat that could sedate such a terrifying monster? The caramel? The peanuts? The remaining half of the plastic wrapping? And what does this mean for the original film and the painstaking work ...

Chris Walden



5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28

I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its curre...

Brad Rice



5:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Holy crap: the new Godzilla movie looks amazing

I love Godzilla and I'm so excited that the upcoming Hollywood adaptation is actually respecting the source material. I don't mean that it's rigidly adhering to the old films -- I mean that it really understands what makes G...

Ben Huber



7:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film

They're really serious about promoting the upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live-action film. So serious, that the studio had its star actress Fuka Koshiba suspended 15 meters in air from a crane while dressed in costume...

Tim Sheehy



12:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21

It took a naked man strapped to a car to unseat The Eternal Zero at the Japanese box office. Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's manga by the same name, which sells lik...

Brad Rice



7:00 PM on 02.19.2014

Super Toku Time: Brought to you by O.J. Sprite

[Editors Note: This story has been promoted from our community blogs. The words and content expressed do not necessarily reflect the views of Japanator or its staff. To start your own community blog, or learn more, click here...

Salvador G Rodiles



12:00 PM on 02.18.2014

Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth

To say that Persona 3 changed the RPG landscape in significant ways is no overstatement. Atlus' PS2 RPG arrived late in the life cycle of the console, yet miraculously managed to find dedicated audiences on both sides of the ...

Elliot Gay



11:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

I think Japan's just about ready for Valentine's Day, with something like Back Number's Fish, a song about lost love. Watch the music video above if you want to see a guy singing about losing his love. Because what gets you ...

Brad Rice



4:00 PM on 02.13.2014

NIS America licenses Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress

The latest anime film to hit Western shores will be TMS Entertainment's Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress. TMS is best known for handling production on Akira, and based on watching the trailer for Fuse, they didn't slack on this mo...

Brad Rice



1:00 PM on 02.08.2014

Some upcoming film releases in Japan for 2014

For those of us who enjoy going to the movies now and again and live in Japan, it can be frustrating to have to wait ages for some international films, but not so long for others. Keeping track of their releases can get confu...

Kristina Pino



11:00 AM on 02.07.2014

New trailer for sentai comedy Joshizu

Yuichi Fukuda's sentai comedy Joshizu has a new 40 second trailer out now. The comedy revolves around Naoko Akagi (played by Mirei Kiritani), a busy career-oriented woman who's been chosen as Red in a new all-female super he...

Josh Totman



10:00 AM on 02.07.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7

Well, this is suprising. I honestly never expected The Wolf of Wall Street to debut high in Japan. The movie is three hours long, heavy on dialogue, and has more cocaine than Bogota. Perhaps it's the cocaine that's the big dr...

Brad Rice



9:39 PM on 02.06.2014

Live action Patlabor films get a new trailer

  My singular hope for Mamoru Oshii's live action The Next Generation: Patlabor films is that they're good, solid, fun. I don't need them to be groundbreaking or even modern classics. I just want to be able to watch...

Elliot Gay



5:30 PM on 02.04.2014

Patema Inverted to screen in New York in March

From the creator of Time of Eve and Aquatic Language, Yasuhiro Yoshiura's first big major feature, Patema Inverted, will get its North American premiere on March 8th. The movie already toured much of the world on th...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 AM on 02.01.2014

Game of Thrones meets feudal Japan

A Japanese Game of Thrones fan called Seiji has created a series of woodblock prints depicting scenes from Westeros as if they occurred in feudal Japan. There are eight images in all, and after making some waves where they we...

Kristina Pino



5:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31

Once again, The Eternal Zero is showing little signs of stopping its domination of the Japanese box office. Japan has a habit of latching on to a film and keeping it in the #1 spot for 10 weeks or so, shrugging off all other ...

Brad Rice



4:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Does Miyazaki dislike anime fans?

There is so much going on for Hayao Miyzaki right now. It was recently his birthday, he's making his last film, and he's retiring. He's a mastermind, really. No one can argue with that after seeing his films and following alo...

Amber Hunt



11:00 AM on 01.27.2014

Come meet the Kyoryugers of 100 years in the future

We do still have a few weeks of dinosaur-related sentai action, but if the conclusion to the story and a few movies don't seem like enough content for you, why not get excited for the upcoming special? Set 100 years after th...

Chris Walden



2:00 PM on 01.25.2014

Get freaked out by even more live-action Titans

Mr. Josh Totman showed you guys the behind the scenes video of the Attack on Titan commercial! Pretty cool, right? Judging by that video, and this one, I can tell the film is going to be amazing! I'm really, really excited f...

Amber Hunt



6:00 PM on 01.24.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/24

Finally, the Attack on Titan craze is subsiding, at least as far as the New York Times' Bestsellers list shows. Now we've got Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh! sitting amongst the top of the bestsellers list once again. It's good to see s...

Brad Rice



7:00 PM on 01.17.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17

With the new year well under way, we've got some fresh music from AKB48 star Misaki Iwasa topping this week's charts, with the cast of Kuroko no Basketball following up shortly thereafter. Who says industry-manufactured pop i...

Brad Rice



7:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Jiji gets computerized

Who else is super excited for the live-action Kiki's Delivery Service film? We've been keeping you updated since it was first announced. However, I think this is by far the coolest thing I've heard about the film since the be...

Amber Hunt



11:00 PM on 01.15.2014

Whew, I guess there's no new Tekken movie after all

I think we just dodged a bullet, friends. The rumor burning up the internet about a new Tekken live-action movie was mistaken. It seems that actor Kane Kosugi, who was pegged to star in the rumored movie (given the title Tekk...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 01.13.2014

Live action Patlabor project to feature working mecha

You might remember Suidobashi Heavy Industry's KURATAS that hit WonFes back in 2012. The robot blazed around the Internet, catching lots of peoples' eyes -- when Suidobashi started taking orders for the mech, it nabbed over 3...

Brad Rice



4:00 PM on 01.13.2014

Third Madoka film to have English subs in Japan

Are you getting Madoka withdrawal symptoms? Want something to cure that itch? Well, assuming you've got some money to play with, you could consider putting in a pre-order for the Japanese release of the third movie, Pue...

Chris Walden



1:00 PM on 01.13.2014

New Tekken movie to be inflicted on world

As if one terrible movie wasn't enough, it looks like we'll be getting more of that Tekken mythos being put to celluloid. Yep, according to Japan's Cinema Today, a Tekken prequel is being worked on. Starring Kane Kosugi, from...

Pedro Cortes



10:00 AM on 01.12.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/10

Are you ready for some Golden Bomber? Their new single "101st Curse" debuts this week, and skyrockets to the top of the Oricon charts. Visual kei cannot be stopped. Elsewhere on the Oricon charts, the Christmas music scene dr...

Brad Rice



3:30 PM on 01.06.2014

Our first real look at Hollywood's adaption of Kite

Hollywood's upcoming live-action adaption of Yasuomi Umetsu's anime cult-classic Kite has been in development for years. Thanks to this new trailer, we're finally getting our first real look at the film, and i...

Tim Sheehy



11:57 PM on 01.04.2014

Cooler Japan: Japanese gov't opening new anime channel

I'm hardly in a position to say whether Japan's culture export-focused "soft power" initiative, dubbed "Cool Japan" is successful, but whatever you think of it, it's good news to see that they're still rolling along with it. ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.27.2013

Toonami's last movie of December

Well ladies and gents, the time has come to make an announcement about Toonami's final movie of December. For nearly the past 2 months I have kept you all updated, and this Saturday will be the last movie.  They started ...

Amber Hunt



8:00 PM on 12.26.2013

An American take on Boys Over Flowers

So I'm a little obsessed with drama, typical for a girl right? I was a big fan of the British show Skins, and then later found myself in love with Boys Over Flowers. If I could describe to you how much I adore it, I woul...

Amber Hunt



1:00 PM on 12.21.2013

Dinosaurs run wild in Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters' trailer

I may be stating the obvious here, but it's not everyday that we get to see three dinosaur-themed Sentai teams in one film. In fact, you could say that Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters completes the Tri-force of Dinosaurs, since we h...

Salvador G Rodiles



4:00 PM on 12.20.2013

There are Space Pirates in this rather Bodacious trailer

I have a confession to make. I haven't actually watched Bodacious Space Pirates before.  Yes, that's right, which is kinda odd even for me as it looks like just the right kind of dumb that I'd be into. It might just be ...

Chris Walden



8:27 PM on 12.16.2013

First look at live action Rurouni Kenshin's Shishio

More live action Rurouni Kenshin news has rolled in, this time revealing Tatsuya Fujiwara's version of the fan favorite villain, Makoto Shishio. Much to my personal surprise, the production team clearly didn't stray too far f...

Elliot Gay



6:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Space Brothers anime film slated for Summer 2014

Space Brothers has seen great success since its debut in 2008. It was nominated for the Manga Taisho award in 2009 and 2010; adapted into an anime in April 2012; adapted into a live-action film in May 2012. Now it's gett...

Brad Rice




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