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SCANDAL

SCANDAL manga recommendations


Even rockstars like manga
May 21
J Rock Girl Group SCANDAL have just finished performing in Mexico with their next stop being on the other side of the world, Hong Kong. But despite this busy lifestyle they still have time for Japanator's favourite literature... read
Swords and Sorcery?
So the new hot thing in popular fiction in Japan is taking the traditional same old stuff and putting a new spin to it. This new surge is quite prevalent in the fantasy genre, with injecting new life into stories with themes ... read feature

Asian Kung Fu Generation

A Daily Dose of Music: Asian Kung Fu Generation


They blew it up!
May 18
I've always been a big fan of Japanese Rock from The Pillows to SCANDAL but I've never taken any formal Japanese language classes except for the random words picked up from anime. So when a new track comes out by J-Rock old ... read
Never Ending Tears
If this week's OP Up! openings stir up emotions of sadness in you, then this week's endings on Week Ender will be sure to make you feel even more of those feelings. Endings do have more impact than openings since they're the ... read feature

OMG it's Rina!
As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


SCANDAL rock!
May 14
This week we're not taking the Japanator time machine too far back. We're only taking a seven year trip this time, back to 2008 with SCANDAL's break-out hit Doll. It's amazing to see how much the Osaka ladies have developed ... read
Liek Evrytiem
Anime is a powerful medium that uses visuals and sounds that can evoke many feelings and some of those feelings can get you a little choked up. Whether it be the music or the characters in an anime, we associate many feelings... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume


You need to relax
May 13
It's Wednesday, which means you probably deserve a chance to relax a bit. What better way to kick your shoes off than with some soothing tunes? This week the ladies of Perfume are back with the charming new number, Relax in ... read
Final Quarter Play
More anime sports stuff come your way with this weekend's Week Ender! Sports anime and manga have been around for decades, the stuff you see in today's stuff are built upon decades of refinement and tradition. Using contempor... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit t... read
SPORTSBALLS
So there was a big boxing event last weekend and people are upset because a Filipino congressman lost at boxing. This made me think of sports anime and how I haven't made an OP Up! about sports anime yet.So this week's late e... read feature

Changing History, Unchanging Heart
Bleach was featured in this week's OP Up because of its many awesome openings and the same amazing quality is also present in the endings. Bleach has about 30 endings(!) and most are really good, so we're gonna feature small ... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project


We're going to the space over the future!
May 01
Hiroko has left the building for a bit, so I've decided to take over her Daily Dose segments. Since it's Friday, I figured that we could welcome the weekend with JAM Project's recent music video for "SKILL," which was the ma... read
Vidya Music

Sweet Dreams: Game Music Lullabies Volume II will soothe your soul


Sleep tight, my friends
Apr 30
[Disclaimer: Jayson Napolitano, Prescription for Sleep's Producer, was a Contributor for Japanator. No relationships, personal, or professional, were factored into this News Post.] If there's two things that I love, it's vide... read
The Death and The Strawberry
Bleach has always been one those anime that had really great opening and ending sequences with great music with visuals that amaze when it gets creative. I was always impressed by the openings and often looked forward to the ... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Bump of Chicken


Never not amazing
Apr 28
Man, everything Bump of Chicken touches is like pure gold. The Chiba rockers have been on an absolute tear since their debut in 1994, and really have been getting progressively better. Their newest single Colony is just as epic. Sweet animation and weird alien landscapes help layout a lovely new video. Unique vocals, lush guitars and a killer hook help round out a memorable new rock ballad. read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Aoi Eir


Epic
Apr 27
The lovely and amazing Aoi Eir is back with her newest single, Lapis Lazuli. The dramatic song is featured as the theme to the new adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I haven't had a chance to check out the show, but ... read
Journey back a decade
I just realized that it's been ten years since Honey and Clover aired, one of my all-time favorite anime ever. It had beautiful art, a good story with relate-able characters, and an amazing soundtrack. That got me thinking ab... read feature

Love Live!

Love Live Movie goes international in new trailer


From the East coast to every coast!
Apr 24
We finally get a new trailer for the upcoming Love Live! School Idol MOVIE, which is a feature length film featuring the next (and final) adventure of the franchise's lead idol group, μ's. Love Live! is this crazy multimedia franchise that has garnered quite a following around the world with the music, anime, merchandise, and that really fun music rhythm game on mobile devices. read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday


Fantasy throwback
Apr 23
I know, I posted this one a while back. It's just when I get a song in my head, it's hard to stop thinking about! This week's Old School Thursday is a trip back to 1990 and the OVA smash hit, The Record of Lodoss War. Althou... read
Saving the world in style
Superhero movie season is upon us now and everybody's getting excited to see people in colorful costumes doing cool action moves. So it should perfect for me to give y'all a nice selection of openings from anime that feature superheroes.Got any favorite super hero anime and super hero anime openings? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!    read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: daoko


Staying hip
Apr 22
I've been severely neglecting Japan's burgeoning hip-hop scene for too long. While I'm not much a B-Boy myself, I tend to listen to acts that tends to dip their feet into more of the R&B spectrum. Today I present to you ... read
Last Season's Endings
Winter season may be over but some of the endings from last season's shows still echo in my mind, making me miss those shows that have been over. Let's take a look at some of last season's nice endings.Which one are your favorites? SHARE WITH US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!        read feature

See some of last season's best openings!
Last season had some really great shows and a few surprises even though the lineup didn't seem that strong. Since we just started a new season, I'm back with some openings for this week's OP Up! with a few that I thought were pretty good.Which one is your favorite from last season? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! read feature

Momoiro Clover Z

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment


What is their power level?
Apr 13
The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira To... read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY


A visual treat
Apr 13
It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo proj... read
Anime Matsuri

See more Anime Matsuri cosplay from RealTDragon


Check out more great cosplay from Anime Matsuri!
Apr 10
Anime Matsuri was last weekend and I saw some great cosplay at the annual convention in the heart of Houston, Texas. I ran into RealTDragon there who happens to read Japanator and make a lot of awesome cosplay-related videos ... read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


It's been 10 years?
Apr 09
You know you're Old School when you think of Bleach as new school anime. Can you believe it's been 10 years since Okinawa Japan's Orange Range's hit single Asterisk graced the opening of Bleach? 10 years? I know the anime wa... read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: CTS Featuring Hatsune Miku


Back to the basics
Apr 07
Brush off those dancing shoes, as CTS is ready to drop the beat. Back in 2011  Kurousa-P dropped the classic Hatsune Miku tune, Senbonzakura on Nico Nico Douga. Needless to say, the track is now considered a Vocaloid cl... read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume


Pick up your feet
Apr 03
Ayano, Yuka and Ayaka are back to get you off your feet Perfume's latest video for Pick Me Up. It's a poppy EDM number, that doesn't go to far in either extreme. The song remains dancey while retaining pop charms, which I do... read
Don-don Donuts!
PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park w... read feature

Game and Watch
Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games. read feature

Show by Rock!!

Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness


Game on!
Mar 22
Airing this spring season is an anime adaptation of the mobile rhythm music game Show by Rock!!., which is a surprising collaboration of the Sanrio (the Hello Kitty people) and mobile game publisher/developer Greechs.The stor... read
Neutron Jammin' Canceller
I have spoken to many anime fans and it seems that Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny elicits a very mixed reaction. There are those who absolutely love it and those who think it's the worse thing ever. I sit in the middle of those... read feature

It was St. Patrick's Day yesterday so...
Yesterday was Saint Patrick's Day, a day that people in the US use as an excuse to pinch others not wearing green, wear green, and get drunk in the middle of the day. I am writing in this in the past so why not use this as a ... read feature

Asian Kung-Fu Generation

Asian Kung-Fu Generation 2015 Japan Tour


Rocking all around Japan
Mar 18
I could go on a massive rant about how, why, and what I love about Asian Kung Fu Generation. From their supremely magnificent album Sol-Fa, to their more experimental works with Magic Disk and World World World, and finally t... read
Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z


Choir time?
Mar 17
I didn't see this one coming at all! In stark contrast to their latest collaboration with American rockers Kiss, Momoiro Clover Z come back with the new ballad, Seishunfu. The perfect song for the upcoming Spring season, it'... read
Wandering Samurai X
I'm sure plenty of y'all out there grew up with the very popular Samurai X and saw it as it aired on Toonami in the late 90's in the US. In 2012, Rurouni Kenshin got a live action film adaptation and got two sequels in 2014.L... read feature

Music

A Daily Dose of Music: Asian Kung-Fu Generation


J-Rock and Roll
Mar 12
Easter is almost upon us. Whether you're Christian or not, I think we can all enjoy the prospects of a new season, hunting for eggs and the large amount of chocolate themed goods in every supermarket. Asian Kung-Fu Generatio... read
Reversed Edge Redemption
So I just saw the third live action movie adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin last weekend and thoroughly enjoyed myself. The live action film trilogy of Ruroni Kenshin were surprisingly good: great action choreography, beautifully... read feature







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