3:00 PM on 02.24.2015

KFC and Potato Chips. Together at Last

There are some Japanese snacks that wouldn't fly in the west. Pocari Sweat has the connotation of drinking someone's perspiration, and their eclectic Kit Kat flavours can make some taste buds shudder. But this concept already has me salivating.

Anthony Redgrave



2:00 PM on 02.20.2015

WTF Fridays: Beauty is Skin Derp

Girl you look good.

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 02.03.2015

Now we're cooking: Final Fantasy kitchen knives forged

Final Fantasy and ridiculous swords: The two concepts just seem to go together, even when, practically speaking, many a hero's blade in that franchise would likely be more useful chopping vegetables than monsters. ...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 02.02.2015

Universal Studios' Attack on Titan and anime attractions are pure nightmare fuel

I took a trip to western Japan last year, and my big regret of the trip was not finding enough time to visit Himeji castle, the best-preserved traditional castle in the country. I think it's time to add another regret to the ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 02.02.2015

It takes just one man to make a One Punch Man anime

If there's anything I've learned over the years of writing about the things I enjoy, it's that making those things - in this case, anime - is very hard work, often done by large numbers of very talented people. That makes th...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World

This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my y...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 01.27.2015

Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker

Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan

Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P♡ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 01.20.2015

This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner

Dogs may have a great reputation for being loyal to their owners, but that doesn't stop them from messing with their caretakers from time to time. In this case, Mari-chan the Shiba Inu decides to fool around with her master ...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

What do American teens think of J-Pop?

I'm a bit of a Youtube React Channel junky. I especially love the show when they cover stuff that's near and dear to my heart, so you can be sure my interest piqued when the word "J-Pop" showed up on my playlist. I won't spo...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 01.09.2015

Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!

All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 01.06.2015

Meet Shaheen, Tekken's first Saudi character

Bandai Namco are revving up the hype machine for Tekken 7, and with their latest character reveal, we finally get our first glimpse at what came of that call for feedback Chief Developer Katsuhiro Harada made in August. ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 01.02.2015

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out

Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaiss...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?

Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be...

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios

I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 12.05.2014

WTF Fridays: I want pizza!

I don't think I've seen people get this excited about a pizza since the Olsen Twins.

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon

You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 11.24.2014

Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by.  The champion builder has co...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.21.2014

WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?

Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 11.16.2014

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scot...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.14.2014

WTF Fridays: Mo Fiya

Let's hope this lady isn't in charge when someone yells fire. Staged or not? I can't quite tell. I'm actually hope so.

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 11.07.2014

WTF Fridays: Creamy

Most desserts taste better with whipped cream on top, right? You'd think these guys would learn by now. I hope they have some Kleenex to blow their noses.

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 11.05.2014

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pi...

Josh Tolentino



10:30 AM on 11.05.2014

See Hatsune Miku through Tetsuya Nomura's eyes

Are you ready to journey into the Uncanny Valley? You might not have a choice, because Tetsuya Nomura's already there, and he's populating it with his CG creations, the latest being this rendition of Vocaloid diva Hatsune Mi...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 11.03.2014

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment

What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 10.31.2014

WTF Fridays: I hope you like rabbits

Rabbits are cute right? Even if there's a rabbit hoard of them rushing you with glowing red eyes? Well maybe not the last part... These things sure know how to breed.

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 10.29.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Tekken

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.29.2014

Wasabi flavored tooth paste?

I don't really know anyone who truly enjoys the act of brushing their teeth. It's not that it's an unpleasant experience, it's all just a bit boring. However, if for some reason you were itching to make brushing your teeth bo...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.29.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Any week with Tommy Lee Jones is a good week. Throw in some adorable Otousan, and I feel pretty good. The commercial for the new Suzuki car being endosed by Arale is in there, as well as some really expensive kids' backpacks...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Fist of the North Star goes Moe

Yes, you read the title correctly. The classic dystopian blood, guts, and martial arts series Hokuto no Ken is going moe. If Kenshiro could, he'd hit the tsubo to explode his own brain before this upcoming contest by NicoNico...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.24.2014

Watch a sumo wrestler go up against a polar bear in Shinjuku

During the early week of October, there was a video that featured a person walking a polar bear through Shibuya to promote LALSH's Oct. 24 announcement. Now that the promised day has passed in Japan, Eagle Liang uploaded a v...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 10.20.2014

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 10.19.2014

Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book

Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daico...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 AM on 10.17.2014

Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's hap...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 10.13.2014

Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo

I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places ...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 10.10.2014

WTF Fridays: I love balloons

Why just admire a balloon when you could ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 10.09.2014

Holy Snap: A person walks a polar bear through Shibuya's streets

At first sight, I was surprised that someone decided to take a polar bear to Shibuya, since the concept behind this action isn't something that you don't see everyday. Based on the animal's movements, it's obvious that the p...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 10.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Exercise your mouths in the most disturbing way possible. Watch someone get their fash mashed in by a strawberry! There's even some footage of or buddy Kyary Pamyu Pamyu shopping! Yup, JPCMHD's commercial round up has it all...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 10.06.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Gran Turismo 6

So GACKT is finally on a PS3, only one generation behind current times. He's also not all that bad at Gran Turismo. However, who's idea was it to put him behind the wheel of a Honda Fit? Doesn't the Japanese superstar deserve something a bit more plush? We even get to see a hint of celebration, treating himself to a Toyota GT 86.

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.06.2014

Monkey face jesus returns!

Do you remember a few years back, when a retiree from Zaragoza "restored" the painting of Jesus known as Ecce Homo? Well, the image made headlines due to the poor lady's animu-style paintbrush skills, which made jesus look mo...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 09.18.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Final Fight

Tonight we take a look at GACKT playing one of my favorite games, Final Fight. He doesn't do too bad, and manages to lay some beatings on Poison and beat level one! However, I have to ask... Cody? I guess I would have taken GACKT as being a Guy kind of Guy. Yes, I judge you by the characters you pick in games... Isn't that the best way?

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 09.18.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Singing toilets, Transformers, and Perfume are all over this week's commercial roundup from JPCMHD. There's plenty of fantastic music, exciting movie trailers, and video game action. We're finally starting to get caught up o...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:15 AM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars

[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!] D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Funasshi goes for a dive

For some reason Japan just can not get enough of Funabashi City's yuruchara Funasshi. Last year the hyperactive pear was voted the number mascot in land of rising sun, somehow beating out the super popular Kumamon, who seems...

Hiroko Yamamura



7:00 PM on 09.12.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Ghouls 'n Ghosts

The 1988 Nintendo game Ghouls 'n Ghosts, known as Great Demon World Village in Japan is known as a really unforgiving game. I can clearly remember my unexpected temper tantrums every time Arthur would end up in his pantsu. I...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 09.12.2014

WTF Fridays: Mikasa takes on Colossal Titan!

This is just sick. Child abuse and Titan butt abuse in the same video. What is this world coming to? Also, what's with the bootleg Dj Snake and Lil Jon going on?

Hiroko Yamamura



9:30 PM on 09.11.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Gran Turismo 6

Hiroko had to step out of the building for a few hours, so I've decided to help her in her journey to share GACKT's gaming adventures with everyone on here. Surprisingly, the guy decided to hop on the PS3, as he races his wa...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 09.10.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Street Fighter II

It's been a little while since we checked in on the phenomena of ex-Malice Mizer frontman GACKT, hammering away at video games. It looks like we've moved up in console generations, and see GACKT actually seemingly trying for...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.10.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I know, I've fallen pretty far behind on sharing JPCMHD's fantastic commercial compilations, but it's time we start getting caught up with the fantastic summer offerings. This week we look back at some nice summer activities...

Hiroko Yamamura




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