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



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



7:00 PM on 03.14.2015

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition shoots its way back to YouTube

Spring may be known as that the Season of Allergies, but Bueno and Garage Hero have decided to overcome this issue with their fourth YouTube stream of Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition. This time around, people can watch...

Salvador GRodiles



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



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



2:00 PM on 02.16.2015

We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Toys, Choreography, and Toku's current state

After a long and perilous journey, we've reached the end of our long interview with Bueno. To close things off, the man shares with us his plans for the future, along with his own thoughts on the tokusatsu industry and a cert...

Salvador GRodiles



3:00 PM on 02.13.2015

Cannon Busters' Website now has a Pledge option

It's been a good while since Cannon Busters met its goal, and LeSean Thomas and his team are have updated the show's Website with a new option. If you missed out on backing the project during its Kickstarter phase, Cannon Bus...

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



12:00 PM on 02.05.2015

We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Ninjas, Zombies, and Hardships

Welcome to the second part of our interview with the one and only Bueno. In this installment, the man talks about his experience with creating tokusatsu and shooting porn. On top of that, we get to learn the dark secrets behi...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 01.27.2015

We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Wushu, Porn Stars, and making it in Japan

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream may have left the scene, but Japanator was able to ask Bueno, the film's Director and main hero, some questions. I guess you could say that he's the Stephen Chow of tokusatsu. Also, his n...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Hello, Major: Scarlett Johansson is the star of Ghost in the Shell

At times it seems like Dreamworks' planned live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has been in development hell for so long that we were contemplating writing a script that automatically tagged any story about it wi...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 01.04.2015

PSA: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream gets extended

Right when it was certain that Gun Caliber's stream would end on Jan. 5, the folks at Garage Hero have decided to show the film until Jan. 15. In other words, everyone who's leveling up during the upcoming week are in for a g...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.29.2014

Quick Reminder: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition is streaming on YouTube for one more week

Don't mind me again. I'm just here to let you all know that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition is streaming online. However, Bueno and Garage Hero have decided to extend the stream from New Years to Jan. 5. In other words...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 12.07.2014

Reminder: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition returns to YouTube this Friday

Don't mind me, I'm just passing by to let everyone know that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's returning to YouTube on Dec. 12. However, Bueno and Garage Hero have decided to give people an early Christmas miracle...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 12.03.2014

Huzzah: Cannon Busters' Kickstarter ends at $156k

Well, people; it's finally happened. Cannon Busters' Kickstarter has ended with a total amount of $156,535.00, which means that, LeSean Thomas' one step closer towards making his adventure series a reality. Since they've mana...

Salvador GRodiles



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



8:00 AM on 11.27.2014

Yakuza Kick: Let's take a look at The Making of Yakuzambie

There's something interesting about witnessing a film's team talk about their experience on certain projects. Whether it's learning about the actors' thoughts on their work or the director's inspiration, I've always found th...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anni...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 11.17.2014

Garage Hero's Yakuzambie short is now on YouTube

Halloween may be over, but that doesn't mean that we can't watch a few zombies get killed on screen. Since Garage Hero uploaded Yakuzambie on their YouTube channel, we can now experience this moment, as we see a Yakuza membe...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 11.14.2014

A New Dragon Ball Z film is expected next year

The new issue of V Jump has announced information that a new Dragon Ball Z film will be released on April 25th of 2015. There's very few details at this time, besides the fact very exciting fact that Akira Toriyama will be de...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 11.10.2014

The Last: Naruto The Movie will be 'a love story'

The main plot of Naruto may be over, but that won't be stopping this ninja train. No, sir. After all, there's still the upcoming film, The Last: Naruto The Movie to take into account. And if you're in the crowd that igno...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.06.2014

LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters project looks amazing

While Western animation doesn't fall under Japanator's usual coverage, LeSean Thomas' (Boondocks, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series) recent Kickstarter project, Cannon Busters, has a few people who been in the anime indust...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 11.05.2014

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition to stream on YouTube for the third time

Don't you love it when a great performance gets an encore? While these opportunities only happen once after the big show, Garage Hero is making an exception, as Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's getting a third limited stream on...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.03.2014

Let a Girls und Panzer girl take all the tension out of Fury

[Update: It seems Kadokawa's taken down the video. We'll update the post with a new source as soon as we can find one.] Far be it from me to tell people how to promote things, but the way Brad Pitt's new war movie Fury, abou...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 11.01.2014

Switch On: Generation Kikaida to release Kikaider Reboot in North America

I don't know about you, but 2014 has been a good year for toku fans, since Zyuranger is heading to North America, and two Ultra shows are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, To top off things off, Generation Kikaida/JN Produc...

Salvador GRodiles



7:30 PM on 10.29.2014

Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started whe...

Salvador GRodiles



3:30 PM on 10.28.2014

Garm Wars: The Last Druid looks amazing

Momoru Oshii screened his latest live-action Production I.G. film, Garm Wars: The Last Druid this week at The Tokyo International Film Fest. The amazing looking film is actually his first English language outing for the vete...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 10.20.2014

Quick Reminder: Mighty Boy short film is streaming on FIBABC

I may not have read any of Naoki Urasawa's (Monster, 20th Century Boy, Pluto) works, but there's something neat about seeing a group people creating a short film based on one his stories. In this case, a Spanish team have dec...

Salvador GRodiles



6:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Taiyo! Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode goes live

I may be late to the festivities again, but I thought that it was interesting to share part one of Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode. To those who aren't familiar with the solar-powered samurai, the show's main character is L...

Salvador GRodiles



5:30 PM on 08.27.2014

Ninja Vanish! Garage Hero's Hayate project gets its own page

As Garage Hero continues to work hard on completing Gun Caliber, the team has gone ahead and created a page for Hayate: Asakusa's Ninja Hero, a ninja-themed tokusatsu project that's aimed towards children. At the moment, the ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies c...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announ...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

So I guess the Ninja Turtles are Japanese Kappa, now?

That seems to be the story Paramount have gone with in their new "Legend of the Yokai" trailer for this year's big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, opening on August 8th. According to the stylized animations and ster...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Devil's Path, The Pinkie, and Greatful Dead

It's been a little while since my last one of these, and I'm sorry about that. But I haven't actually died or anything, and there's still more to come! With just three days left in the festival (tonight included), some of the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



11:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Mole Song's Snow White Murder Case

Japan Cuts has officially begun. Last night, the festival kicked off with the latest Takashi Miike film to hit our shores, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, and then Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, which I've alr...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



7:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: Why Don't You Play the Eternal Zero in Hell?

Tomorrow marks the official start of the 2014 Japan Cuts film festival, which means today starts our official roundup series. We're kicking things off with two of the biggest films to play at the festival, Sion Sono's brillia...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



4:00 PM on 07.07.2014

Three cheers for the 2014 Japan Cuts Film Festival!

Hello everyone! Welcome to the third annual announcement of the Japan Cuts film festival by a Flixist writer. For those who don't know, Japan Cuts is the biggest Japan-focused festival in North America, and it has returned wi...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



2:00 PM on 06.30.2014

Arpeggio of Blue Steel heads to the big screen next year

I was a bit shocked with myself, that my favorite anime of last year was actually the sci-fi/moe mash-up, Arpeggio of Blue Steel. Usually, I base my initial interests off two things, either mecha design or character design. W...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 06.26.2014

The new Lupin live-action trailer is here!

The live adaption of the classic anime thief Lupin III, is set to hit theaters in Japan on August 30th, but you don't have to wait that long to get a glimpse. There's a new trailer making its rounds, and this time the video ...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 AM on 06.12.2014

Ken Watanabe does Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven

Japanator's about more than anime, don't you know! It's also about watching dignified hunks like Ken Watanabe do a samurai take on Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven, and that's exactly what this is.  Yurusarezaru...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 05.10.2014

The Akira Project is out: Watch the whole thing here

Well, that was quick. Just last week CineGround's crowdfunded adaptation of Katsuhiro Otomo's masterpiece was giving folks a peek behind the curtain, but after a few days, it looks like this weekend was the day to unleash th...

Josh Tolentino



11:59 PM on 05.03.2014

The Akira Project teases behind-the-scenes goodness

Hollywood isn't the only party trying get some hot Akira live-action, err...action. The Canadians are, too! Montreal-based production outfit CineGround is hard at work on The Akira Project, an effort dedicated to doing ...

Josh Tolentino



5:00 PM on 05.03.2014

The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan

Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 05.03.2014

Gainax's Aoki Uru set for 2018

Last year, Studio Gainax announced that they were finally returning to their Aoki Uru film project. A sequel to the classic Royal Space Force: The Wings of Honneamise, the film was initially conceived of in 1992, but for a va...

Elliot Gay



8:00 AM on 05.02.2014

2nd and 3rd Rurouni Kenshin films get a full length trailer

I was a big fan of the first live action Rurouni Kenshin film. It had pacing problems, but on the whole, I felt that it did a strong job of capturing the tone of the manga while adapting the material in a way that worked for...

Elliot Gay



12:00 PM on 04.26.2014

The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan

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. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 04.18.2014

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

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's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...

Brad Rice



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




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