Japanator.com: anime news, original features, and weird stories from Japan, updated daily!

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

11:00 AM on 04.18.2014

The Dose: Kuroki Nagisa

You got Chris yesterday, and Brittany the day before that, and now you've got ME! The Dose is fully under our control! While Hiroko's away, the staff will play. Bwahahaha! And by "play", we of course mean "embed awesome...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 04.17.2014

Lady Gaga planning to tour with Hatsune Miku

The title says it all. Pop star Lady Gaga is allowing Hatsune Miku to tour with her and open the concert from May 6th - June 3rd. She first surprised K-Pop fans with her announcement about Crayon Pop, and now she is surp...

Amber Hunt

10:00 AM on 04.17.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

It's time to head back to 1998, as today's music is coming from Mr Reichi Nakaido. This is the first of two places you may have heard his music if you're into your anime, as he composed most of the soundtrack for Serial Expe...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 04.16.2014


"Oh no, they let Brittany do The Dose? SAVE US!"  Chill. I'm only doing it for one day. You can deal with that, surely. Ohaaa lucky~! I've got an oldie but a goodie from duo HALCALI, a pretty chill tune that'll get you ...

Brittany Vincent

1:00 PM on 04.14.2014

The Dose: Nana Mizuki

Vocal powerhouse Nana Mizuki is back with an epic new track to kick off your new week! Yes, the weather may not be cooperating today, but that doesn't mean we are getting what we want out of our music. Even if mother nature ...

Hiroko Yamamura

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

10:00 AM on 04.11.2014

The Dose: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

As we all hoped, our friend Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back. Yes, I was totally off in thinking we might be retiring, I can admit that the idea was absurd! Too bad though, I thought she might have a bright future picking out a lov...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 04.10.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursday

For today's weekly flashback we go back to 1997, and pay our respects to one of the most beloved video games of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Rated by many as their favorite RPG, Final Fantasy VII was the game that kicked the...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 04.09.2014

The Dose: Yui Horie

Wednesday usually means that we're all hitting a bit of a lull in our work week. Staring like zombies at your computer screens, stamping off TPS reports. In these cases we need something extra sugary, with that special caffe...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 04.07.2014

The Dose: LoVendoЯ

Kicking off this week is a surprising new release from the UP-FRONT CREATE managed band, LoVendoЯ. The new single has a way more matured and sophisticated rock sound than I was expecting. Powerful pop-rock, yet emotion...

Hiroko Yamamura

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

2:00 PM on 04.04.2014

The internet tries to catch up with Japanator & BabyMetal

Remember when we introduced you to BabyMetal back in 2011, courtesy of our friend Ric Q?Well, it looks like the pint size headbangers have gone viral. I can't seem to not see their videos pop up in my social media feed latel...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 04.04.2014

The Dose: Kamen Joshi

Do you sometimes think that the girls from Alice Project are just too hideous to look at? Perhaps your dream idol girl looks a bit more like Jason from Friday the 13th than Mariko Shinoda. If you fall into either categories,...

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 04.03.2014

New Sailor Moon musical debuting this summer

Another day, another piece of awesome Sailor Moon news while counting down to the new anime series releasing this summer. Today, the 20th anniversary Sailor Moon website released details about a second musical coming this sum...

Brittany Vincent

10:00 AM on 04.03.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Hello, everyone! It's time for The Dose! With Hiroko feeling under the weather, you've got me to take over Old School Thursdays, so let's go time-traveling! I was planning to pick a sweet Gundam theme to honor the sweet...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 04.02.2014

HIMEKA no longer signed with label, looking for a new home

On her Twitter account yesterday, Canadian-born anime music act HIMEKA, who was with the Japanese anime/game record label 5pb, announced that she is no longer signed with 5pb. The tweets details her career in Japan as a forei...

Jeff Chuang

2:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Haneda Airport hosting Anime Music Festival on March 2015

If you ever wanted to fly to Tokyo but don't want to shell out for hotels, here's an event that you can (ostensibly) attend without ever leaving the airport! In celebration of its one year anniversary of expansion and increas...

Dae Lee

10:00 AM on 04.02.2014

The Dose: Ken Hirai & Namie Amuro

Nope. This isn't another April Fools trick. This track is real, and it's here, just for you. J-Pop fans should probably know how epic the the idea of Ken Hirai and Namie Amuro teaming up is. Two talented, painfully beautiful...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 03.31.2014


You know what? It's been a little too long since I've kicked The Dose into high gear. It's also been brought to my attention that my eye hasn't been watching the exciting new Visual Kei action that's been cooking up in Japan...

Hiroko Yamamura

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

10:00 AM on 03.28.2014

The Dose: Bump of Chicken & Hatsune Miku

Some combinations just work. Peanut butter and chocolate, Red Bull and vodka, Shinji and Kaworu. However, if you told me Bump of Chicken and Hatsune Miku teaming up was a good idea, I probably thought you were preparing me f...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 03.27.2014

CNN declares World Order the new Gangnam Style?

I know we just took a look at World Order's new video for Have a Nice Day yesterday on The Dose, but while scrolling through CNN's website I came across a pretty hilarious headline. "Is this the new Gangnam Style?" While I w...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 1994, and the popular Shibuya-kei band, Pizzicato Five. P5 were best known for their funky 1960's English pop sound, often paying homage to innovators of the funky sound. Stylish, zany, and innovative...

Hiroko Yamamura

11:00 AM on 03.26.2014

The Dose: World Order

Anytime Genko Sudo is involved in something, you know it's going to be spectacular. The former mixed martial arts fighter has another release with his now super popular World Order music outfit. While the band is known for t...

Hiroko Yamamura

8:00 AM on 03.26.2014

Impressions: L'Arc~en~Ciel Live Concert Viewing

I've known about the Japanese singer Hyde ever since hearing his theme song to the anime Blood+ and I've known about the band L'Arc~en~Ciel since hearing their theme for the anime Moribito. Over the years, I haven't heard muc...

LB Bryant

10:00 AM on 03.25.2014

The Dose: livetune featuring Yuuki Ozaki

Dojin music circle extraordinaires livetune are back, and this time Kz is packing some serious heat. Originally known for his epic Vocaloid led tracks, Kz has taken his livetune project far beyond its original Hatsune Miku b...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.24.2014


It's finally Spring! Even if mother nature doesn't want to cooperate, the season for sunshine, rolled down windows, and bumping tunes is upon us. I keep telling myself to keep up the hope as I shovel the dirty snow off of my...

Hiroko Yamamura

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

10:00 AM on 03.20.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Well guys, I'm back from a fabulous vacation and ready to delve back into the depths of Japan's old school favorites. This week we're heading back to 2003, to one of my favorite J-Pop tunes of all time. I'm sure you've all b...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 03.18.2014

T.M. Revolution to perform themes for Disk Wars: The Avengers

Those of who you who've been eagerly awaiting Marvel's latest foray into the world of animation with Toei's Disk Wars: The Avengers may be pleased to learn that Takanori Nishikawa, more commonly known by his stage name T.M. R...

Tim Sheehy

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

2:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Hatsune Miku collaborates with Bump of Chicken for 'Ray'

Bump of Chicken's latest album 'Ray' released on March 12 and to promote it, a music video was released on Youtube featuring Hatsune Miku performing a variation of the song with the band.  Crypton Future Media was heavi...

Dae Lee

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

4:30 PM on 03.07.2014

Attack on Titan news round-up; Phantasy Star, Sakura-Con and more

This week has seen its fair share of Attack on Titan-related news. To start, the official soundtrack has been licensed by Anime Limited, and is now available digitally through iTunes, Amazon UK and Google play. The rele...

Tim Sheehy

10:14 PM on 03.04.2014

IN FLUX: Brand new east-meets-west musical collaboration now available

Ever wonder what it'd be like if Japanese video game music composers worked together with western composers? Wonder no longer. Brave Wave Productions latest album, IN FLUX, features a host of big and lesser known names in the...

Elliot Gay

6:00 PM on 03.04.2014

L'Arc~en~Ciel to broadcast a concert at theaters across the US

Renowned Japanese rock act L'Arc~en~Ciel have announced plans to broadcast their upcoming concert at Japan's National Stadium on March 22nd live via satellite, allowing North American fans the opportunity to join in on the ex...

Tim Sheehy

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

10:00 AM on 02.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we're taking a huge step into the past, back to the exciting anime era of 1986. I actually didn't get a chance to watch the Rumiko Takahashi classic, Maison Ikkoku until much later in life, but still consider it on...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.26.2014

The Dose: Leo leiri

Things are really starting to heat up for Fukuoka's Leo leiri. The 19 year old singer-songwriter has had some amazing hits and anime tie ins in the past, but now she's sporting some real anime credibility with her newest vid...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.25.2014

The Dose: Aural Vampire

You don't hear the term "darkwave" tossed around much anymore, but it's still very appropriate for Tokyo's Aural Vampire. The band is back, led by enigmatic front-woman EXO-CHIKA sporting some slick, yet cute looking vampire...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.24.2014

The Dose: Crystal Kay

I often dream about my favorite J-Pop stars finding success in the United States. While some develop a pretty solid cult following, not many bands outside of rock acts and classic innovators have had much luck making a trans...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Nylon Pink covers Real Emotion from FFX-2

Just in time to get us pumped for the upcoming release of FFX/FFX-2 HD Remaster, Los Angeles-based band Nylon Pink has recorded a pretty spiffy cover of Real Emotion. Remember that part at the beginning of X-2 where Yuna com...

Karen Mead

3:00 PM on 02.21.2014

The Dose: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Something is up here, and I can't quite get a grasp of what's going on. On one hand we have what I think i my favorite Kyary Pamyu Pamyu song so far, and on the other hand we have a strangely somber message. Is this Kyary's ...

Hiroko Yamamura

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

10:00 AM on 02.20.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursday

Oh man, Macross Frontier how I love thee. As a huge fan of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series and movie, I was unfortunately continually disappointed with the follow up shows. While, each had their redeemin...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 02.19.2014

The Dose: Atsuko Maeda

Are you bellies full of Valentine's Day candy? Even if that special someone didn't confess their heart to you this year, there's still plenty of love in the in air. All in the form of buying very cheap, marked down candies a...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 02.18.2014

Blue Dragon's Haruka releases new album

When an artist leaves a major record label and disappears from the industry, it takes a lot of drive and ambition to mount a comeback, let alone your own record label, but that's exactly what singer-songwriter Haruka has don...

Tim Sheehy

1:00 PM on 02.18.2014

New twin vocaloids Anon and Kanon to debut March 3rd

I love Japanese music but I've never really gotten in the whole vocaloid phenomenon. I know about the various vocaloids and saw Hatsune Miku's Anime Expo concert on DVD (I wasn't able to see it live unfortunately) but even if...

LB Bryant

3:00 PM on 02.14.2014

SakuraCon announces ELISA as musical guest of honor

Taking place at the end of April (the 18th to the 20th to be exact), SakuraCon in Seattle is my home away from home. I've hit the convention every year for the last few years and have always had a blast though this year is go...

LB Bryant

Back to Top

Advertising on Japanator is available: Please contact them to learn more