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6:00 PM on 11.21.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 11.14.2014

Idol of the Week: Miwako Kakei

Name: Miwako Kakei Birthdate: March, 6, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 89/60/60 cm  So snow is finally starting to fall in my current hometown of Chicago. I mean, it's not even Thanksgiving yet! What gives...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 11.07.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano Hinako Birthdate: October 13, 1994 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 84/51/87 cm  Gracing the pages of Japanator this week is fan favorite, Sano Hinako. The gorgeous and talented actress has some new photos...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols

Hey! Are you making a videogame or anime? Then you need idols! That's the hot stuff now, be it an idol character, an idol sequence, or a licensed song from some idols or done in idol style. Idols! And it doesn't matter if yo...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Morning Musume '14 in NYC

At their show in New York City's Best Buy Theater earlier this month, Morning Musume '14 brought not only their glamorous selves to the Big Apple, but droves of fans all across America. There are even travelers from up Canada...

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 10.31.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  When I haven't done Idol of the Week for a while I start to feel bad about depriving my dear friends of the lovely comp...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14

After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have ab...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday

Morning Musume changed their name this year into Morning Musume '14. I'm not 100% sure what that really means for the flagship idol group of Hello! Project, but they're having a concert in NYC's Best Buy Theater on Sunday, October 5th. You can get tickets here and partake their first live in New York. We'll be there to take a look.

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 09.12.2014

Idol of the Week: Haruna Kojima

Name: Haruna Kojima Birthdate: April 19th, 1988 Hometown: Saitama, Japan Measurements: 80/60/86 cm  There a few things that you can count on in life. Death, taxes, and that AKB48 will continue showcasing s...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 09.08.2014

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

Nintendo's been ramping up the hype train for its next Super Smash Brothers game, and in Japan, that means getting AKB48 involved, naturally.  It's a good thing that one of the key features of the upcoming 3DS and ...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 08.22.2014

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

Name: Sayumi Michishige  Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan   Measurements: 87/58/86 cm   This week get our visit from our favorite member of Japan's hit sensation Morning Musume, Sayu...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi

Name: Asuka Kishi Birthdate: November 4th, 1991 Hometown: Osaka, Japan Measurements: 90/58/88 cm  I actually know very little about this week's idol, Asuka Kishi. When I was looking online for the gal who ...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano HinakoBirthdate: October 13, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, JapanMeasurements: 84/51/87 cm  This week's amazing idol is talented actress an model Sano Hinako. She's sporting a killer smile and lips that just don't quit. She's a super charming babe, that I would share a meal with anytime. However I just have to ask. What's with the knit hat in the tropical pictures? Is that a thing now?

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 07.04.2014

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

Name: Tomomi Itano Birthdate: July 3, 1991 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 76/56/79 cm  While she may not be tearing up the stage as a member of AKB48 anymore, the always adorable Tomochin is enjoying a hugely su...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.02.2014

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 06.27.2014

Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki

Name: Risa Yoshiki Birthdate: July 27, 1987 Hometown: Chiba, Japan Measurements: 80/59/88 cm  Since we're only on our second week of seeing amazing gravure idols from Japan, I thin it's best that we visit with some of...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Perfume are finally coming to the US!

I can't believe it. This year is freaking amazing for fans of Japanese pop music. First, we have the return of May'N at the J-Pop Festival in San Francisco. Next, we find out out the pint-sized head bangers of BABYMETAL are ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 06.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Especia

If you haven't noticed, the 80's is back in full swing in Japan -- whether the artists can effectively emulate the era or not. One pop group that is embracing the blown-out campiness of the era is Especia, as evidenced in this PV for No1 Sweeper.

Dae Lee



1:35 AM on 06.17.2014

BABYMETAL is coming to LA

When BABYMETAL announced its world tour this year, I was severely disappointed that the US was not listed in the schedule. But lo and behold, we just got breaking news tonight that BABYMETAL will be reigning its particular br...

Dae Lee



11:00 PM on 06.13.2014

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai Shinozaki Birthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm The fact that Ai Shinozaki has decided to show her adorable face as well as other assets around here can mean only one thing,...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 05.21.2014

ACEN '14: Wake Up, Girls!

Anime Central and Crunchyroll teamed up over the weekend and brought to the USA the anime-idol group Wake Up, Girls! I am more than excited to be able to cover them over the weekend and attend some of their events. Below...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Morning Musume '14 is coming to NY in October '14

Idols, while a huge part of the music and marketing culture in Japan, is incredibly niche overseas, making it hard for even the biggest acts to justify coming stateside for concerts. Morning Musume, despite it's deep history ...

Dae Lee



3:00 PM on 05.01.2014

Breakout idol Kanna Hashimoto now powers mobile game girlfriend

The Japanese mobile game Girlfriend (Beta) has an all-star seiyuu cast and launched late last year. It accidentally fueled a meme earlier this year, when veteran voice actress Sakura Tange's French-named character crunched o...

Jeff Chuang



5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang



11:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 03.01.2014

2014 JSDF calendar will recruit you with cuteness

What's a better recruitment tool than cute girls? Japan's last recruitment tool, moe mascots for the JSDF, saw recruitment numbers rise by 20%, so why not try real girls? The 2014 JSDF calendar features models posing in unifo...

Brad Rice



1:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Are you lady?! New Idolmaster: All For One details

I'm a secret Idolmaster fan. Ok, maybe it's not so secret since I'm publishing that fact on the internet, but oh well. The reality is that I'm pretty excited for the new PS3 game, The Idolmaster: All For One. Players wil...

Elliot Gay



6:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Kana Hanazawa says 'no boys allowed' for meet & greet

Sorry guys, you're going to have to sit this one out in the cold. Kana Hanazawa's next meet and greet event is going to be a girls-only affair. The event, dubbed Kana Matsuri, will feature a meet and greet, live performance, ...

Brad Rice



12:00 PM on 02.04.2014

Utada Hikaru to tie the knot

Ladies and gentlemen, prepare to have your still beating hearts ripped directly from your chest. The lovely Utada Hikaru is soon to be off the market, again. Yesterday, Hikki took to her website and announced to her fans that...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Cosplayers reenact Beyond the Boundary idol dance

Hey, remember that crazy filler episode of Beyond the Boundary where the whole crew tries to take down a monster by distracting it with an idol dance number? I seem to recall spending way more time writing about that inciden...

Karen Mead



10:00 AM on 01.24.2014

Wake Up, Girls! PV clips show idols in the flesh

The seven girls of Wake Up, Girls! anime are an unusual representation of their real idol selves as the group Wake Up, Girls! It's got this interesting gap going when the anime and the idol group is made in twain, one based ...

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 01.11.2014

First Impressions: Wake Up, Girls!

When critic and director Yutaka Yamamoto announced that his next work would involve an idol group made up of girls from the Tohoku region, it was easy to be skeptical and make a face; I know I did. Given his outspoken and oft...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Let's dating Yukari Tamura!

[Update] With a heavy heart  I must inform you that the video has been taken down. But, if you are really curious, the Blu-ray is only $50! (Dot, dot, dot.) Ah, technology. It allows us to do things that we would normal...

Eric Koziol



3:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Kohaku New Years show to feature Linked Horizon

The 64th Kohaku Uta Gassen, or that NHK Kohaku new years variety show where top popular singers from teams red battle the same from team white, will feature Linked Horizon. And guess what they will sing?  Anime music has...

Jeff Chuang



5:00 PM on 10.29.2013

Arpeggio's Trident release first single, "Blue Fields"

Arpeggio of Blue Steel's ending theme "Blue Fields" features several of the voice actresses from the series, Mai Fuchigami, Manami Numakura, and Hibiki Yamamura, who've formed a virtual idol group with their characters from t...

Tim Sheehy



9:00 PM on 10.23.2013

Hyperdimension Neptunia PP going west

I totally called this one early in the year. NISA has announced that they're localizing idol simulation Vita game Hyperdimension Neptunia PP for North America and Europe. The game's title is currently tentative, and we only h...

Elliot Gay



3:00 PM on 10.22.2013

Arashi and Ayase to host NHK New Year's Eve special

NHK have posted an early announcement regarding the hosts for their upcoming 64th annual News Year's Eve special Kohaku Uta Gassen. Once again, aging-boy band Arashi will be hosting for the fourth year in a row, and this...

Tim Sheehy



5:00 PM on 10.19.2013

Uta Pri idols form theatrical groups

As a fan of the series Uta no Prince Sama Maji Love 2000%, I would like to keep the masses up to date with all the news that's pertinent to this franchise. The problem is that half the time, I don't understand any of the news...

Karen Mead



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



6:00 PM on 08.29.2013

JX: An interview with Dempagumi.inc

The fun loving group of Dempagumi.inc was kind enough to sit down with me and chat about some of the things that they like. I will warn you right now, the audio does peak when these girls get going. So if you have your speak...

Josh Totman



1:01 PM on 08.26.2013

Utada Hikaru blogs about mother's passing

On Monday, August 26, Utada Hikaru updated her personal blog to write about her mother, who passed away last week. It is the first entry from Utada since March of 2011.  In the aptly-titled blog post "On the mo...

Jeff Chuang



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



8:00 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 GRodiles



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 GRodiles



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 GRodiles



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 GRodiles



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 GRodiles



8:00 PM on 07.03.2013

Eriko Sato's bringing sexy back

Eriko Sato, easily one of my favorite idols of all time, has released her latest photo book in over a decade. Time's not often kind to an aging model, but Sato, who turns 32 later this year, has managed to maintain her stunni...

Tim Sheehy



6:00 PM on 06.21.2013

Idol of the Week: Mio Uema

Name: Mio Uema Birthdate: February 5, 1993 Hometown: Fukuoka, Japan Measurements: 75/56/76 cm With hot weather comes hot swim suits. This week the lovely Mio Uema has some fantastic fashions to share with you. This tast...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.17.2013

Are you lady? iDOLM@STER film hits late 2013

Things have been quiet ever since The iDOLM@STER feature film was announced a while back. Details are still light, but at least we have a time frame for release. The movie is set to hit Japanese theaters at the end of 2013, i...

Elliot Gay




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