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9:00 AM on 03.22.2014

AB 2014: The Cosplayers

Anime Boston 2014 brings out the cosplayers from the US Northeast. If you look at what parades through the bigger cons' halls in the year, the earlier cons give you an indication of what's to come later in the year. Take a lo...

Jeff Chuang



10:30 PM on 02.25.2014

Persona 5 and others announced for NA

Atlus has gone and done it. In one fell swoop, they went and announced that Persona 5 (PS3), Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth (3DS), Persona 4: Dancing all Night (Vita), and  Persona 4 Arena Ultimax (PS3/360) will all ...

Elliot Gay



6:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the...

Ben Huber



10:00 PM on 01.19.2014

Happy birthday, Gaara!

I haven't kept up with the on-goings of Naruto and friends in a while, but one thing that has been consistent is my love for Gaara. Finding great artwork dedicated to today's birthday boy wasn't too hard, though limiting my g...

Kristina Pino



9:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Minecraft meets Studio Ghibli

You may or may not have already seen these pictures floating around on Imgur the past couple of days. Yes, that's right. Someone has taken the time to recreate the memorable scenery of Studio Ghibli's Spirited Away. For someo...

Amber Hunt



8:00 AM on 12.29.2013

Happy birthday, Utena Tenjou!

Utena Tenjou, the Revolutionary Girl, turns 17 today! And all these years later, she still inspires some beautiful artwork of which I've chosen a modest sample to share with you. Well, to be precise, a sample of 17 images sin...

Kristina Pino



8:00 AM on 12.27.2013

Happy birthday, Kagamine twins!

Today, December 27th, the Kagamine twins Rin and Len turn six years old. Though they're perpetually 14, there's always a steady flow of art, new costumes, and updated music for all members of the Vocaloid world, so let's enjo...

Kristina Pino



9:00 AM on 12.21.2013

Enter a mob war with JoJo: All Star Battle's new details

As Namco Bandai winds down towards the halfway point of their Bizarre Adventure, the traveling game development company is ready to give us a quick recap on JoJo's fifth story that covers the adventures of Giorno Giovana...

Salvador G Rodiles



3:00 PM on 12.12.2013

Happy birthday, Fuu Hououji!

Happy birthday to Fuu, the ever-gentle, ever-green (at least in eyes and dress) Magic Knight who stole my heart so many years ago. I always did like her powers and humor, and green is my favorite color. That and she was an am...

Kristina Pino



6:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Take a peek at Bayonetta: Bloody Fate's storyboards

Gonzo is making a Bayonetta movie, didn't you hear? You know what that means: time to run in terror! Ok, fine, maybe Gonzo isn't that bad, but they don't exactly have a stellar track record with their anime adaptions of video...

Ben Huber



11:00 AM on 11.08.2013

New The Idolm@ster: One For All screenshots emerge

Bandai Namco's upcoming PS3 idol producing simulator, The Idolm@ster: One For All, is the first main new entry in the series since the second game on the PS3 and 360. As such, it's not too surprising that the folks over there...

Elliot Gay



11:30 PM on 11.04.2013

JoJo: All Star Battle's new info will awaken your Stand

We've all known for a good while that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is going to land in the west next year; however, the fabulous people at Namco Bandai have revealed that the game will be released in Spring 2014...

Salvador G Rodiles



10:00 AM on 11.03.2013

MCM London Comic Con Oct 2013 cosplay gallery

Heading to the ExCel Centre for MCM London Comic Con isn't all about buying pricey import goods and hearing about the latest anime titles to be licensed, no sir! As is the case with all conventions that are vaguely anime-rela...

Chris Walden



10:00 PM on 10.29.2013

This year's Kawasaki Halloween Parade is a glorious treat

Halloween may be on the 31st of October, but that's not stopping the people of Kawasaki City from having their yearly parade before Hallow's Eve engulfs our lives. Overall, the attendees at the event continue to put on a grea...

Salvador G Rodiles



8:00 AM on 10.25.2013

First English screens for Danganronpa emerge

Spike Chunsoft's Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fantastic game. A combination of Ace Attorney-like trials and investigation, and 999/VLR-like atmosphere and plot progression, Dangan Ronpa is rich with personality. I p...

Elliot Gay



3:03 PM on 10.21.2013

New Please Teacher/Twins Blu-ray for its 10th Anniversery

Over the weekend, Japanese voice actress Ai Shimizu tweeted a series of photographs involving her cosplaying her character from Please Twin, Karen Onodera, going around the sights of Lake Kizaki. This was a part of ...

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 10.11.2013

NYCC 2013: Cosplays

New York Comic Con 2013 is underway. Building on prior years, Thursday is now a full day for a lot of the vendors and events at the con, and the crowd is out in force. Compared to last year even, the exhibit hall floors are w...

Jeff Chuang



9:00 AM on 09.30.2013

New Ar no Surge details and screenshots emerge

Japanese game developer Gust has been very busy these days. Between their upcoming Vita title, New Atelier Rorona, and finishing up Ciel no Surge, I can't help but be impressed. Yet here they are, making yet another game. New...

Elliot Gay



9:00 AM on 09.20.2013

TGS 2013: The shopping of TGS

No game show is complete without a place where you can buy lots of branded goods. TGS is certainly no exception to that rule. While it occupies a fairly small space on the show floor, TGS' merchandise area still has plenty of...

Elliot Gay



9:00 PM on 09.19.2013

TGS 2013: JDK Band live was amazing

This year at Tokyo Game Show, Falcom's well loved JDK Band put on a mini live performance lasting about 45 minutes. They played six songs from their library of music, including a few newer tracks and some classics. Six membe...

Elliot Gay



8:00 AM on 09.19.2013

TGS 2013: The booths of TGS Part 1

Tokyo Game show is a crazy place. It goes without saying that the show floor is constantly flooded with people running around to take a look at the next big thing. It's a sight to behold, which is why I wanted to give you fin...

Elliot Gay



8:14 PM on 09.18.2013

TGS 2013: The long lines of day one

It goes without saying that Tokyo Game Show lines are some of the longest in the business. Fortunately for me, I managed to snake through them pretty quickly to make my way to the show floor. I can't say the same for my coll...

Elliot Gay



4:00 PM on 09.13.2013

Idol of the Week: Yumi Sugimoto

Name: Yumi Sugimoto Birthdate April 1st, 1989 Hometown: Osaka, Japan Measurements 82/58/85 cm  While the weather may be cooling off in some areas, don't tell Yumi Sugimoto that! This week she's sporting some amazing swim...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.12.2013

San Japan 2013: Cosplay Gallery Part 3 of 3

San Japan, an annual Japanese culture and Anime Convention in the city of San Antonio, Texas, celebrates its sixth year with the alliterative subtitle "Sinister Six". If there's anything we love here at Japanator, it's allite...

Red Veron



2:00 PM on 09.11.2013

San Japan 2013: Cosplay Gallery Part 2 of 3

Here's the second wave of pictures from the annual San Japan Japanese Culture and Anime convention in San Antonio, Texas. Yes, it was still hot and I'm still complaining about since I had mild heatstroke even though I drank a...

Red Veron



4:00 PM on 09.10.2013

San Japan 2013: Cosplay Gallery Part 1 of 3

San Japan, an annual Japanese culture and anime convention in San Antonio, Texas celebrates its sixth year of bringing together otaku and other enthusiasts of different fandoms and a lone Japanator agent was there to take som...

Red Veron



2:00 AM on 09.06.2013

PAX: Cosplay

At every convention that I go to the first thing I normally scope out are cosplayers. Why, you may ask? Well, to be frank, cosplayers are the people that literally wear their passion on their sleeves. It’s something tha...

Josh Totman



1:00 PM on 08.27.2013

JX: Photos from the Omatsuri performance

As I touched upon in my Day Two impressions post, the Omatsuri performance was something that you shouldn't have missed it you were there at Japan Expo. It's not often that you get to see these types of festival celebrations ...

Josh Totman



11:00 AM on 08.27.2013

JX: The Sunday cosplay of Japan Expo

As promised, I am here with your cosplay fix from Japan Expo! Unfortunately, I went a bit light on the Saturday photos because of schedule conflicts, but I returned Sunday ready to start snapping away pictures of anyone that I came across. So here are Sunday's best that I could find out on the show floor. Enjoy!

Josh Totman



11:00 PM on 08.25.2013

Fukuoka Comic City 33 Cosplay of Doom

This past Sunday I had the great fortune of being able to go up to Fukuoka to attend Comic City 33, the premiere doujin event for Kyushu. We're talking thousands of people in a very small space selling their wares for a good ...

Elliot Gay



8:30 PM on 08.25.2013

JX: Noriyuki Iwadare Band live concert gallery

I love the music in Lunar: The Silver Star Story. You know, the one back on the Sega CD many moons ago. It was the first Japanese RPG that really moved me in many aspects. The story was great and the anime cut scenes were som...

Josh Totman



8:00 PM on 08.20.2013

Nicalis reveals an enhanced release of Grinsia

I'm a bit embarrassed about this, but the only game published by Nicalis that I got to play was the Wiiware release of Cave Story. But anyways, the company has recently announced that they will be releasing an enhanced versi...

Salvador G Rodiles



4:00 PM on 08.16.2013

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  My buddy Sal has been covering Idol of the Week for me for a bit, but now that I'm back in action, there's only one way...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:38 PM on 08.15.2013

Persona 4 Arena follow-up starts location test in Japan

[Update: It's unclear as to whether this is a full blown sequel or just a big update, but the Japanese used to describe it is "zokuhen," a word reserved for sequels and continuations. As of this writing only two new character...

Elliot Gay



9:00 AM on 08.15.2013

Otakon '13: Chiaki Ishikawa concert

Chiaki Ishikawa, best known as the partner of anime theme song composer and producer Yuki Kajiura in See-Saw, performed a short set to open for Yoko Kanno's experimental piano concert at Otakon 2013. Japantor was there to bri...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Otakon '13: Cosplay part 2, and others

Otakon 2013, or Otakon 20, featured a room full of past Otakon wares, such as the badge selections and con t-shirts of years past, all the way up from Otakon 1 in 1994. For long-time goers it's a tunnel back in time. For new ...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 08.10.2013

Otakon '13: Cosplay

Otakon 2013 is underway and it's a big deal. The local hotels and restaurants is decked out with Otakon-themed menu items, pins, and doing their best to make Otakon 20th one of the best experiences in my memory of past Otakon...

Jeff Chuang



1:08 AM on 08.09.2013

Guilty Gear Xrd is looking gorgeous

A lot of folks have been waiting a long time for a brand new Guilty Gear game to hit arcades/consoles. For a while it seemed like it would never happen; the rights to the series were no longer with Arc System Works, and they ...

Elliot Gay



8:00 PM on 08.02.2013

Idol of the Week: Anna Konno

Name: Anna Konno Birthdate: June 15, 1989 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 86/59/83 cm  Hiroko was blocked by a large pile of work, so I have decided to cover Idol of the Week again. Anna Konno's ge...

Salvador G Rodiles



5:30 PM on 07.29.2013

Disgaea D2's new English images has bribery and mint gum

NISA has come home with some new goodies, and they continue to bring joy to the heart of their fans! When I mean goodies, I'm talking about the latest English screenshots of Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. In one of the scre...

Salvador G Rodiles



7:00 AM on 07.28.2013

This Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies character art is snazzy

Ace Attorney 5 (Dual Destinies for all you cats in NA) just released here in Japan this past week, and it's glorious. I'm toward the end of the second case, and it's everything I've ever wanted from a new Ace Attorney game. E...

Elliot Gay



8:00 PM on 07.26.2013

Idol of the Week: Anri Sugihara

Name: Anri Sugihara Birthdate: June 12, 1982Hometown: Hiroshima, Japan Measurements: 89/56/80 cm Hiroko's out right now, so I have taken over Idol of the Week again. And what perfect way to cover the segment by havi...

Salvador G Rodiles



9:30 PM on 07.25.2013

YES! Kamen Rider Gaim gets more details and Urobuchi

If you thought that Kamen Rider Gaim was going to be a silly series, think again! Under the random fruit theme, it turns out that Urobuchi is going to be the script writer for the series. In other words, we can look forward t...

Salvador G Rodiles



9:00 PM on 07.22.2013

New details arrive for Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z

I still think Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z is a dumb name. No amount of new information about it will change my mind about that, but at least the game itself sounds like a good time. Our peeps at Destructoid are reporting that ...

Elliot Gay



10:00 PM on 07.19.2013

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  Hiroko's currently flooded with a ton of work right now, so I have taken the liberty of snatching Idol of t...

Salvador G Rodiles



10:00 AM on 07.19.2013

A Daily Dose of Music: May'n

Due to Hiroko being trapped in a mountain of work, I have been appointed with watching over Daily Dose once again. Preparing for her newest album release on July 24th, a preview of her May'n song known as ViViD as went ...

Salvador G Rodiles



4:00 PM on 07.16.2013

Namja Town serves up some delicious Shonen Jump treats

Shonen Jump fans with big appetites have even more reasons to visit Tokyo this summer. The Namco owned Namja Town has just opened their new J-World Tokyo theme park, and it comes packing some scrumptious looking treats for an...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.12.2013

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

Name: Tomomi ItanoBirthdate: July 3, 1991Hometown: Kanagawa, JapanMeasurements: 76/56/79 cm Hiroko's busy with some unexpected business, so she has left me in charge of Idol of the Week again. In a random occurrence of fate, ...

Salvador G Rodiles



8:00 AM on 07.09.2013

AX '13: Cosplay

For all that it has gone through, my trusty Sony NEX-5 camera has finally bit the dust due to its negligent owner leaving it somewhere it probably wasn't suppose to be. I've traveled far and wide with it, around the world in ...

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 07.05.2013

Idol of the Week: Yumi Sugimoto

Name: Yumi SugimotoBirthdate April 1st, 1989Hometown: Osaka, JapanMeasurements 82/58/85 cm Hiroko is busy with attending Anime Expo 2013, so she has ordered me to post a gallery of Yumi Sugimoto for this week's segment. Silly...

Salvador G Rodiles




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