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8:00 PM on 04.18.2014

Daily Beast claims Hollywood has been "ripping off" anime

With this week's release of Transcendence, a movie where a scientist played by Johnny Depp escapes his death by digitizing himself, talk has started up again about concepts that first appeared in anime showing up in big Holly...

Pedro Cortes



10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 04.11.2014

WTF Fridays: Have a beary nice day

Some women will complain about any gift you get them.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 04.09.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

It's the midweek party time that I use your lunch break to catch you up on the fantastic commercial offerings from the far East. This week we're still catching up on JPCMHD's round-up from earlier in the year, but I didn't w...

Hiroko Yamamura



7:00 PM on 04.05.2014

Japanese Twitter user reveals the truth behind Thomas the Tank Engine

Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was...

Ben Huber



4:00 PM on 04.04.2014

WTF Fridays: True enthusiasm

This classic really needs no explanation. I mean, THIS CLASSIC NEEDS NO EXPLANATION!!!!!

Hiroko Yamamura



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



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



7:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Hidden batch of risque Tezuka art released by his daughter

Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...

Ben Huber



10:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Schwarzenegger & Willis starring in new Kowa coffee ads

The latest bit of marketing for Kowa's new "Power" canned-coffee line features aging-action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis getting their hands dirty and shouting power at the top of their lungs. While it's...

Tim Sheehy



2:00 PM on 03.28.2014

WTF Fridays: You say Tomato

No one will ever beat Yuko Murukajiri. No one.

Hiroko Yamamura



9:05 AM on 03.28.2014

Sony's HMZ-T3 lets you visit 765Pro office, say hello to IM@S girls

The video above is not Project Morpheus, Sony's newly announced VR initiative at this year's Game Developers Conference. This is existing tech using the head-mounted display that Sony released in 2013, plus a new head-tracki...

Jeff Chuang



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



1:00 PM on 03.26.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I know it's been a few weeks, but it's time we get caught up with the newest ads circulating on Japanese airwaves. I want to make sure you don't miss a beat, so we're checking out our friend JPCMHD's February offering. It' i...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:59 PM on 03.22.2014

Ultraman prefers Hawaii as a vacation destination

Japanese tourists love Hawaii. I can't blame them, it's lovely, but part of the reason is surely its proximity to Glorious Nippon, making it an easy port of call for tourists who don't want to go too far. Hence the thriving t...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 03.22.2014

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists

I love Japanese words. That might come as natural, given where I'm writing, but the way Japanese use words - foreign words in particular - is appealingly idiosyncratic. Case in point: "Boom". Where we filthy foreigners might ...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Adidas hearts Pokémon with their latest promotion

As we get closer to the 2014 World Cup, expect to see a ton of sponsorship announcements in your local news. Let's face it: one of the world's largest sporting events is a great time to promote your product. That of course go...

Pedro Cortes



4:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Man travels across Japan on a series of stolen bikes

There's something romantic about leaving what's comfortable and just going. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, the idea of the open road and adventure is seductive and will pop into the mind of most people in our most restless ...

Pedro Cortes



10:00 AM on 03.05.2014

World's oldest living person celebrates another year

[Editors note: This story was originally published as "World's oldest person celebrates another year." Our headline has been updated for the sake of clarification. Naturally, we apologize for any mental anguish this may have ...

Pedro Cortes



3:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Is this an advertisement, or just a strange video?

Oh, the wonders of Facebook. Some of the things I find on there are beyond strange, and I recently came across this gem. A lot of people were talking about it, so I knew it was going to be weird nonetheless. But I'm not reall...

Amber Hunt



8:00 AM on 02.28.2014

Squall dumps Rinoa, marries White Mage instead

I have to admit: as much as my husband and I both adore a certain long-running JRPG series, it didn't occur to either of us to make our 2012 wedding ceremony Final Fantasy-themed. We did think of making it Persona-themed, bu...

Karen Mead



1:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Beware the kraken with the Deep Sea Curry

I love seeing specialized dishes at Japanese cafes. It's incredible how much attention and detail go into some of these drinks and plates. Most of the time, these items look delectable and I want them in front of me as soon a...

Pedro Cortes



3:30 PM on 02.24.2014

These Kill la Kill Lego figures are the best

The Internet can be a wonderful place sometimes, and getting to see characters from Kill la Kill crafted out of the finest Danish plastic reassures me on this. Not only do we have a pretty faithful Mako, but we have a Kamui S...

Chris Walden



5:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Figure skating fans create skating otome game

One of the things that's changed in fandom since I've become an otaku is the way that all of those hypothetical "wouldn't it be cool if...." ideas are way more likely to actually come to fruition. 20 years ago, if a bunch of ...

Karen Mead



5:00 PM on 02.21.2014

WTF Fridays

If you laugh, you are a bad person. 

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 02.08.2014

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...

Kristina Pino



8:00 PM on 02.07.2014

WTF Fridays

Being able to feel the terror through inanimate eyes is amazing indeed.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:30 PM on 02.06.2014

Robocop's prime directives need to adjusted

Every year in Japan, cheerful hoards of people gather on February 3rd to celebrate Setsubun. The holiday is basically a way to ring in the new year, and rid your life and home of any bad spirits. It's pretty festive occasion...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 02.05.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

We're well into 2014, but that doesn't mean the advertising fun is going to slow down in Japan anytime soon. While JPCMHD's latest round up doesn't quite pack the punch of the last offering, there's some really charming entr...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 01.31.2014

Animal rights poster becomes internet meme

Quick, what's the first thing you think of when you see the header image? For most, it's a statement about how animals are not delicious and shouldn't be eaten. For the internet, it's an opportunity for silliness. The poster ...

Pedro Cortes



9:00 AM on 01.31.2014

Pentagon shaped oranges are a thing now

Not that this is a large stretch from square watermelons, but some fruit farmers in Ehime prefecture thought that a four sided fruit was not good enough for them, so they went out and made a five sided orange called Goka...

Josh Totman



12:00 PM on 01.30.2014

Attack on Shopping Mall

I work on a college campus, so I can see Attack on Titan is all the rage with the kids nowadays, but I had no idea that its popularity had made its way to the local shopping mall! Apparently the purveyors of all things hip an...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 01.29.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

It’s now time to take a look at 2014’s commercial offerings, and all the goodies the companies in Japan want to sell to you. This round up from friend of the site, JPCMHD has the energy levels up to 10 on this ti...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 01.28.2014

Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers

The image of the put-upon salary man in Japanese culture is a powerful one. It is seemingly part of the cultural identity, where after college you jump in a suit and find a job at a big corporation and generally be unhappy wh...

Pedro Cortes



2:00 PM on 01.22.2014

Vocaloids get some Chemical X, join Powerpuff Girls

Piapro have announced some new goodies for a Powerpuff Girls and Vocaloid collaboration in the form of adorable phone charms. What makes them extra cute is the collab goes both ways: while we're seeing Luka, Miku, and the twi...

Kristina Pino



12:00 PM on 01.16.2014

Tokyo gets some serious Kit-Kat love this month

We at Japanator love our Kit-Kats. Sweet, chocolatey, crispy goodness. While they may not be the most premium chocolate candy out there, it's the magical combination of those thin wafers and mid-grade chocolate that just hit ...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 01.15.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

I got to say, this Holiday season's Japanese commercial selection had me wanting a bit more. Usually the silly meter is cranked to 10, in hopes of selling what ever crazy thing is out there to make a present for your lovely ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 01.11.2014

Would you take the Curry Challenge?

I've made no secret of my love for Japanese curry: that hearty, comforting sauce; those piles of silky, pillowy rice; sliced pork with a crispy-fried outside and a juicy, delectable inside. All together, it makes for a nigh-p...

Karen Mead



2:00 PM on 01.10.2014

Major Miyazaki love shown on The Simpsons

You know, for as much as people criticize The Simpsons, there are still moments that make me love that show. This is one of them. In one of the latest episodes, Homer and a companion stagger out after some intense drinking a...

Pedro Cortes



11:59 PM on 01.04.2014

Cospa names Attack on Titan top cosplay seller

One of the cool things about cosplay's increasing profile is that it's no longer exclusive to people who can make their own costumes. While the best pro cosplayers and their bespoke outfits certainly deserve the props they ge...

Josh Tolentino



11:57 PM on 01.04.2014

Cooler Japan: Japanese gov't opening new anime channel

I'm hardly in a position to say whether Japan's culture export-focused "soft power" initiative, dubbed "Cool Japan" is successful, but whatever you think of it, it's good news to see that they're still rolling along with it. ...

Josh Tolentino



10:05 PM on 01.04.2014

Realtor values Naruto's apartment at $100,000

Anime and manga characters get pretty cool digs. More often than not, they're living almost completely independently in housing that they couldn't possibly afford at their usual middle- and high-school ages. Makes you wonder ...

Josh Tolentino



2:10 PM on 01.04.2014

Watch Japan make stuff float using the magic of sound

Well, "magic" is hardly the right word for it, since there's some pretty solid science behind these Japanese scientists' ability to make things float in thin air, but at first glance it's pretty hard not to get all giddy abo...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.26.2013

Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference

Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing th...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 12.24.2013

You best show Obaachan some respect on the dancefloor

Next time you see a little Obaachan walking down the streets of Tokyo you best recognize, and show a little respect. You never know when she might throw down some mean dance moves, and challenge your DDR skills. While that p...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 12.22.2013

KFC serving up the sandwich of WIN to get 2014 started

KFC Japan have announced a new sandwich, which will debut on December 26th, that's all about winning. The do-your-best sandwich (or sandwich of WIN, if you prefer) features a minced (then fried) pork and chicken patty with ca...

Kristina Pino



3:00 PM on 12.18.2013

I can't stop staring at Masaaki Hiromura's book clock

A super cool digital clock was recently installed at Shibuya in front of a department store featuring disembodied hands turning the pages of books as they mark the time. As you can see in the video above, there are three boo...

Kristina Pino



8:00 AM on 12.18.2013

Van itasha is just crazy

Itasha is a loose term for fixing up your mode of transportation with all sorts of images of anime characters, figures, dakimakura (hugging pillow), or anything else you can find. Most people just slap some decals on the outs...

Josh Totman



12:00 PM on 12.16.2013

Japanese skateboarder Gou Miyagi needs no rules

Growing up, I was hard core into skateboarding. In fact, along with anime and manga, it was pretty much the focus of my youth. Nowadays the sport has flourish into something bigger and awesome than I could have imagined, but...

Hiroko Yamamura




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