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10:00 AM on 01.29.2015

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about ...

Josh Tolentino


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OP Up! Super Robot Edition photo
OP Up! Super Robot Edition
by Red Veron


Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening sequences that get you ready for some overpowered giant mecha beating up on some alien baddies.

This first video above is from the grand daddy of all super robots. Tetsujin 28-go is one of the earliest Japanese animated shows to be adapted for US audiences. Known in the US as Gigantor when it was brought over, the 1963 show Tetsujin 28-go is based off the 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Tetsujin 28-go is a bit different from what we consider a Super Robot show nowadays. Instead of being inside the robot and yelling out his robotic super moves, Shotaro Kaneda, the young detective boy protagonist of Tetsujin 28-go (not to be confused with Kaneda from Akira), controls the the titular super robot with a handheld remote control device (while wearing those short detective shorts) and beating up on monsters of the week. Just look at that opening video, it's from a time that most you readers' parents weren't even born yet.

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We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Wushu, Porn Stars, and making it in Japan photo
We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Wushu, Porn Stars, and making it in Japan
by Salvador GRodiles

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream may have left the scene, but Japanator was able to ask Bueno, the film's Director and main hero, some questions. I guess you could say that he's the Stephen Chow of tokusatsu. Also, his name is the Spanish word for "good," which means that he's destined for greatness.

Due to the amount of information that Bueno shared with us, this feature'll be split into three parts, since the interview is too big to be made into one post. That being said, the first feature will focus on Bueno's connections, and his adventures in Japan.

Join me below as we begin the first part of our interview with Garage Hero's founder. 

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14 photo
Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14
by Josh Tolentino

Watching Build Fighters Try is fascinating, not just because it's a fun, well-produced piece of mecha entertainment, puppy love and Fumina reaction-face gallery, but also to compare it to the first Build Fighters season and see just how the Build Fighters brand has evolved over the weeks and months.

Sunrise's sophomore gunpla battle effort is both an effective continuation of its predecessor's legacy, but like its characters, mecha, and setting, it's also a different sort of beast, with different goals and ambitions.

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First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ photo
First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~
by Josh Tolentino

The first episode of Kantai Collection kicks off with what might be regarded as an almost galling display of pretentiousness: Against a black background, a serious-voiced woman recites the Gosei, a set of five meditative precepts laid out by Imperial Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita. To this day, naval students at Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces are encouraged to reflect on them every evening.

For better or worse, the material that follows doesn't anywhere near that level of consideration, but if nothing else, Kantai Collection puts on a good display as a properly entertaining anime about cute girls wearing big guns. 

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13
by Jeff Chuang

With the new year break behind us, it's time to hit the ground running at Musani. With Honda's departure and the new anime project for Third Aerial Girls Squad secured, Aoi gets thrown right in the fire as the lead production desk. How will team Musani sprint to the finish line, one which is a year away?

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First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! photo
First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
by Josh Tolentino

Magical Boys. 

As I mentioned back in our Winter 2015 Preview Guide, just mentioning the concept drives home just how golden it is. There's so much potential in the idea of a Magical Boy show, with all the trappings and tropes that make Magical Girl shows so evergreen, that it might just be a bad indicator of the state of the industry if it took this long for it to happen.

That's not to say that Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! gets away on premise alone. True to the legacy of Director Shinji "Daily Lives of High School Boys" Takamatsu and writer Michio "Shirobako" Yokote, the misadventures of the Battle Lovers make for the funniest anime viewing of the season. 

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Lantis Fest Vegas: An Interview with Faylan photo
Lantis Fest Vegas: An Interview with Faylan
by Jeff Chuang

As a part of promotion for Lantis Festival Las Vegas, we were able to ask anison singer Faylan a few questions! Since her tie-in with CANAAN, Faylan has done a slew of rocking songs for various shows and games, like BlazBlue Alter Memory, Griasia no Meikyuu and Tokyo ESP.

Big thanks to Lantis Fest for the opportunity!

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12 photo
Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12
by Jeff Chuang

Last time on Shirobako, the final episode of Exodus is in trouble as Aoi cannot find enough animators to complete the complex and difficult animations needed for the climatic moment. This week, in a stroke of fortune, Aoi runs into a particular animation veteran--or god to some--by the name of Kanno, who directed a popular show called Ava that aired in 1995. 

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Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho photo
Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho
by Jeff Chuang

Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible!

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Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Salís Top 3 Toku Shows
by Salvador GRodiles

Due to there being a short amount of tokusatsu airing on television these days, I was on the fence on doing a list about my favorite hero shows for the year. Compare to the 70s and 80s, there aren't that many shows airing besides the usual Super Sentai and Kamen Rider programs. While Garo has been receiving more installments lately, there still isn't enough content to warrant a special list-- even if the Ultra series releases a new series here and there. However, there are a few instances where we’re surprised with some unexpected projects like Akibaranger and After V, which means that there are some instances where the medium receives more stuff. Combined with a few original toku films that enter the scene once in a while, the tokusatsu industry still has some form of a fighting chance in this day and age; thus granting the medium the right to appear in its own special list.

Anyway, let’s get ready to transform, as we take a look at the top three toku shows that quenched my thirst for justice during 2014. As a heads-up, I’m only doing one series per franchise, since it wouldn’t be fair for the other contenders.

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Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5 photo
Japanator Awards 2014: Sal's Top 5
by Salvador GRodiles

It’s hard to believe that 2014 is almost over. While I didn’t get to watch a lot of anime shows during the year, there were still a few titles that brought joy to my life. I guess you could say that I was lucky with the choices that I made throughout the year. Also, I blame my obsession with heroes who vanquish evil while wearing spandex and/or leather suits, since I could’ve been keeping up with more anime titles instead. Curses! Just kidding.

With introductions out of the way, it’s time to get this show on the road.

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