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OP Up! Love is Love Edition

Jul 01 // Red Veron
[embed]34020:4880:0[/embed]"Kimi = Hana"Anime: Junjou RomanticaI know nothing about BL anime so I'll just comment on this opening. I like the song in this opening. Pretty minimal in the budget but you don't really need that much for an anime about pretty dudes holding hands and getting close.[embed]34020:4881:0[/embed]"Hanaji"Anime: Maria HolicA pretty crazy opening and it's from SHAFT, the studio that makes crazy looking stuff. Visually striking with all the colors blending in with the minimalist style that studio employs, along with using painting as a theme (like painting stuff, not art). A fun and weird one to watch.[embed]34020:4882:0[/embed]"LΦvest"Anime: Love Stage!!I must apologize that I am not familiar with BL and this show, so I will comment on the opening. I really like this opening; it's pretty, the character designs are great, and it shows off the show well. The show involves the main character, Isumi, who is a very androgynous guy who actually looks to cause some pants confusion, and Ryoma, a guy who fell for Izumi while Izumi was dressed up as  a girl ten years prior to them meeting again.[embed]34020:4883:0[/embed]"I've been waiting in that forest"Anime: Yuri Kuma ArashiA crazy show that a need to finish watching, this one is about a bears gaining intelligence equal to humans and rising up against humanity. Somewhere along the line, lesbian bears happen. It's a crazy premise but it is a visually beautiful show and is a never ending source of insanity.Did I not post your favorite opening from a boy's and/or girl's love anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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Never back down on LOVE
Being able to love the one you love is great and here at Japanator, we support that. I mean, if you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you love, you should have that choice to do it. So this week's OP Up! is all...

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Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west


As if you needed another reason
Jun 29
// Josh Tolentino
Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way...

Week Ender - Military Edition

Jun 27 // Red Veron
[embed]34003:4865:0[/embed]"Never Dying Flower"Anime: Full Metal Panic!A nice ending featuring some photos of the cast strewn around a table until you realize that these are probably recon pics. Very creative ending and most of the art featured are made for the ending and not just lazily taken from the show.[embed]34003:4866:0[/embed]"In beyond dark"Anime: Gunparade MarchStarts out all solemn and sad but gradually changes to something better give you some hope in this rather dark show about humanity on the brink of extinction.[embed]34003:4867:0[/embed]"Faith"Anime: Silver Will ArgevollenThis ending has some of cool imagery of mecha on the battlefield blowing stuff up while not forgetting about the boots on the ground that keep the mission going on. Something we rarely seen in these shows about operations involving complex machinery are the people keeping things running. [embed]34003:4869:0[/embed]"Enter Enter MISSION"Anime: Girls Und PanzerDon't dismiss this one as just another 'moe' show or one about "cute girls doing cute things", this one is more about "cute girls doing cute things while awesome tank battles happen" kind of show. Conceived by an author who likes tanks more than cute girls, the cute girls in this show only serve as a medium to deliver cool tank stuff and tank battles. Try this show if you like tanks.[embed]34003:4868:0[/embed]"Laterality"Anime: Jormungand: Perfect OrderHer name is Coco and she is loco. She is also an arms dealer.Is there an ending to a military-related anime that I didn't put on here? SHARE IT ON THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know.
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I don't know what you've been told
This weekend's Week Ender is all about military-related anime endings! Seems like I forgot a fan-favorite, Jormungand, which needs to be on here. So rejoice that your favorite loco arms dealer gets some loving this weekend.No...


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A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto


It's almost the weekend
Jun 26
// Hiroko Yamamura
Closing out these hectic weekdays is a track from the lovely Maaya Sakamoto. The Tokyo native is no stranger to anime music, contributing to huge series like Macross Frontier. She's also an acomplished voice actress, known b...

OP Up! Military Edition

Jun 24 // Red Veron
[embed]33991:4853:0[/embed]"Tough Intention"Anime: Silver Will ArgevollenA more realistic military take on the mecha genre where the show follows a mechanized platoon that is right in the battlefield during a war between two fictional nations.[embed]33991:4854:0[/embed]"Atashi no Machi, Ashita no Machi"Anime: Library WarThis one is set in an alternate history where a government group is formed to censor books in libraries and a local militias are formed to protect libraries. A very interesting setting that more people need to check out.[embed]33991:4855:0[/embed]"The Door of Truth"Anime: Gunparade MarchOne of those "Humanity on the brink of extinction" stories, this one has militaries resorting to training small groups of young people to fight against an alien enemy. No overpowered robots or magical weapons in this one, prepare for the worst.[embed]33991:4856:0[/embed]"Tomorrow"Anime: Full Metal PanicSet in a world where the Cold War isn't over and technology is available to create giant piloted robots for warfare, this show follows a young man who grows up in the battlefield and is then placed in a Japanese High School setting. Equal parts of comedy and action make this show a fun time.Did I not include your favorite military themed anime opening in this week's selection? Right that wrong and SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I want to know!
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You are voluntold to enjoy this list
This week's selection of anime openings for OP Up! is all about military themed anime. The military has been a theme ripe for action and anime has always found it to be a good source of great entertainment. From the military ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Kindan no Tasuketsu


Take a breather
Jun 24
// Hiroko Yamamura
I have to tell you, it's been a hell of a week. While there's been a plethora of amazing new songs hitting Japanese charts and new acts coming out of the woodwork, I think we deserve a bit of a relaxing tune. Yes, I have you...
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A Daily Dose of Music: MAN WITH A MISSION X Zebrahead


Getting mad!
Jun 23
// Hiroko Yamamura
This Tuesday we check back in with one of our favorite recent rocks bands out of Japan, Shibuya's MAN WITH A MISSION. This time they team up with the American band Zebrahead, based out of Los Angeles. Their new collaboration...
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A Daily Dose of Music: Suiyoubi no Campanella


Now that's a demo
Jun 22
// Hiroko Yamamura
The hot new group Suiyoubi no Campanella have been causing quite a stir with their latest track aptly named Suiyoubi no Campanell demo 6. The track was only available at the Hokkaido Tower Records location, and the onli...

Week Ender - Foodie Edition

Jun 20 // Red Veron
[embed]33970:4833:0[/embed]"Become a smile"Anime: Gourmet Girl GraffitiBy far one of the best food oriented anime in recent years, this one combines food with the insanity and beautiful detail by anime studio SHAFT. Cute girls eating appetizing anime food never gets any better than this show and this ending is a great way to show those aspects of the show. Highly recommended if you like: SHAFT, food, and cute girls.[embed]33970:4834:0[/embed]"Sunday"Anime: Yakitate!! JapanA fun and educational ending with a live action cooking with making some delicious looking bread. I am starving as I write these little paragraphs.[embed]33970:4835:0[/embed]"Spice"Anime: Food WarsDesigned to whet your appetite for food and "other things", this is an upbeat ending with a catchy tune alongside colorful visuals.[embed]33970:4836:0[/embed]"Formula of Smiles"Anime: Ben-ToA more laid back and gentle ending to contrast the over-the-top action featured on the show. Nice way to wind down. I am hungry.Did I miss an anime ending about food that you like? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I must knowowowowow!
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Delicious Smell
The weekend is here again and I'm sure y'all have been salivating since last wednesday's OP Up! Foodie openings. So here are some anime endings from anime about food and food products. So much like a hungry customer at a rest...

Japanator Interviews: Cristina Vee

Jun 17 // Anthony Redgrave
Japanator - How many times do your friends pester you for impersonations of their favourite character? Cristina - My immediate friends don't really ask me for impersonations, but I usually force them on them anyway! The worst is actually at conventions; I've been asked multiple times at panels to give a sample of Riven or Homura Akemi and their response after the fact is sometimes "....pretty close", or "....that was okay". It's hard to maintain a voice after air travel and speaking all weekend, haha! Japanator - Out of all the characters you have played from anime and video games; which one had been the most interesting to get into the mind set of? Cristina - If you take a look at my resume, you might notice a trend. Many of my characters are emotionally damaged or just completely broken. It's awesome. I really loved voicing Homura Akemi in Madoka because of everything she goes through. I don't think I've seen a character as well developed as her in the last ten years of anime. That being said, I really enjoy completely throwing myself off the deep end. I voiced Four in Drakengard 3 and I had such a blast because she is completely nuts. She is past the point of redemption. Japanator - Veecaloid Pop is a game that was made for you Cristina, is this a rarity, or do you get a lot of fan made games? Cristina - I don't know of any other voice actors who have their own video game-- correct me if I'm wrong! I feel so lucky to have the amazing, talented friends who put me in this unique position. Adam Tierney, James Montangna, Lindsay Collins, and Andrew Lim are as passionate about games, art, and music as they come. Japanator - Will we see a duet between Cristina Veecaloid and Milky in the near future? Cristina - I think a duet might be crossing the streams a little too much! Milky's next single is coming along beautifully though. I'll give you one hint: it's about corgis. Japanator - Which one would you rather be in real life: a cosmic idol or a magical girl (sans contract of course!)?  Cristina - I think it's very telling about my personality that I became a voice actor. I don't really enjoy being in the limelight, but I love being part of a team and making an impact. I'm going to go with magical girl! I'm thinking more along the lines of Sailor Moon and not Madoka Magica. I'd love to save the world without the mental anguish, thank you very much!   How many times do your friends pester you for impersonations of their favourite character?
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Voice Idol, Game Star
Cristina Vee is becoming one of the most prolific voice actresses in the English dub anime industry. Her sweet vocals can be heard in K-On giving life to the scaredy cat bassist, or as the hot-tempered shrine maiden Sail...

OP Up! Foodie Edition

Jun 17 // Red Veron
[embed]33964:4823:0[/embed]"LIVE for LIFE ~Ookamitachi no Yoru~"Anime: Ben-ToAn over-the-top show about fighting over discounted supermarket boxed lunches sounds as good as it's ridiculous premise. Think of a battle anime but people are fighting over cheap dinner but with martial arts moves and other techniques.[embed]33964:4824:0[/embed]"Comet Cloud"Anime: Yakitate!! JapanAn anime about a boy out to make a national bread for Japan who also happens to have "solar hands", where he has hands warmer than that of a normal human's hands. A fun and educational show that happens to also be a competitive shounen action show but fighting is done through cooking.[embed]33964:4825:0[/embed]"Dramatic"Anime: Honey and CloverNot exactly a show about food but this opening features some appetizing food as well as it is fun to watch.[embed]33964:4826:0[/embed]"The Song of Hope"Anime: Food WarsThe latest of this season about cooking and competing in making food in a cutthroat cooking academy where the main character is a genius teen cook. The food is drawn very deliciously well, as well as the pervy depiction of women (and men).Did I not feature your favorite anime about food? PLEASE SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I want to know!
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Ittadakimasu!
Who doesn't love food? Food is a universal thing that people love and anime has tackled the subject of food for a long time. From cooking food to appreciating food, anime has done it all, and even more when you check out this week's selection of openings. Enjoy!Did I not feature your favorite anime about food? PLEASE SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I want to know!

Week Ender - Making Music Edition

Jun 13 // Red Veron
[embed]33944:4807:0[/embed]"Konna ni Chikaku de"Anime: Nodame CantabileA pretty great ending featuring a song by half-Korean/half-African American music artist Crystal Kay, whose pop RnB music gives you an enjoyable ending and something different for an anime featuring classical music.[embed]33944:4808:0[/embed]"NO, Thank You!"Anime: K-On!!The second ending to the one of the shows that popularized the "cute girls doing cute things" genre while delivering some great music on the side, the song featured in this ending has a more rock edge compared to the other songs in the show. Probably my favorite song from the show that isn't pop-centric.[embed]33944:4809:0[/embed]"Tutti!"Anime: Sound! EuphoniumKyoto Animation, the studio that animated this show, has begun the tradition of trying to make endings as a vehicle to popularize characters from their shows (as well as the voice actresses of those characters). This all started with K-On!! (featured above) and KyoAni seems to not be stopping anytime soon.[embed]33944:4810:0[/embed]"Don't say LAZY"Anime: K-On!!I take it back about the other K-On!! ending above, this song is also a favorite of mine. Okay, I like pretty much all the songs in from this show. They're pretty nice to listen to while working out.Do you have any anime endings that are from anime about making music with music instruments? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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Play that funky music, waifu-poi
This weekend's Week Ender features anime endings from anime about making that sweet music with all them musical instruments. Anime is a great medium to feature music with sound and visuals combining to make great viewing expe...

OP Up! Making Music Edition

Jun 10 // Red Veron
[embed]33936:4801:0[/embed]"Hit in the USA"Anime: BeckA pretty fun opening featuring some iconic Americana with a fun song entirely in english. Despite the grammatical errors, it's still pretty catchy and fun to sing.[embed]33936:4802:0[/embed]"Utauyo!! Miracle"Anime: K-On!My favorite opening from this show, it combines a frenetic pace with an equally energetic song while not forgetting to be cute. This opening also captures the feel of the spirit of high school girls with the silly things they do in the opening.[embed]33936:4803:0[/embed]"Allegro Cantabile"Anime: Nodame CantabileMy favorite opening out of this week's selection, this one is has it all: a lively and catchy song, attractive visuals all in a neat a simple opening. Great show that I urge you all out there to check out.[embed]33936:4804:0[/embed]"Dream Soldier"Anime: Sound! EuphoniumThis season's anime that's creating all that buzz (I'm behind a few episodes so I dunno what's going on. A feast for the eyes, from Kyoto Animation, the same studio that brought us K-On! (featured above), this opening just shows how refined they've become in making their openings.Did I not feature your favorite musical instrument-related opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna HEAR from you. HAHAHAHAHAHA.BONUS VIDEO[embed]33936:4805:0[/embed]
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Making sweet music together
This week's OP Up! is all about them bass. Well, not exactly but it features anime openings that have musical instruments and the people who make that music. Anime, being a visual and auditory medium, definitely adds to a sto...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Charisma.com


Time to quit your day job?
Jun 10
// Hiroko Yamamura
Ready for something a little bit different? In preparation for their July major label debut, Charisma.com have launched a video for their latest single, Ostubone Rock. The eclectic track combines J-Pop sensibilities with som...

Week Ender - Workplace Edition

Jun 07 // Red Veron
[embed]33925:4790:0[/embed]"Heart no Edge ni Idomō Go to Heart Edge"Anime: Working!!Sung by the male voice cast of the show, this ending is for them fangirls whom I just found out that exist and they are really into the male voice actors.[embed]33925:4791:0[/embed]"Two-Dimension's Love"Anime: Denki-gai no Honya-san! A simple ending but still very fun and cute ending with all the girls of the show and the actresses that voice them.[embed]33925:4792:0[/embed]"Takarabako (Treasure Box)"Anime: ShirobakoAn ending keeping in true with the second half of the season with the jet anime theme featured in the show along with the anime production theme of the show.[embed]33925:4793:0[/embed]"Hachimitsu Doki"Anime: Servant x ServiceA super soothing and cute ending featuring the female characters in a slumber party. I really looked forward to this at the end of each episode.Bonus Video[embed]33925:4794:0[/embed]Did I miss any anime endings from anime that feature a workplace setting? What is your favorite? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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After work chillin'
This week's theme for Week Ender is all about anime that are in a workplace setting. The openings in this week's OP Up featured a more lively tune while this week's endings in Week Ender have more of a chill vibe.Please enjoy...

OP Up! Workplace Edition

Jun 03 // Red Veron
[embed]33912:4779:0[/embed]"May I help you?"Anime: Servant X ServiceFrom the same author of Wagnaria (originally titled Working!! in Japan), this one is about civil servants helping out citizens. Of course, this one wouldn't be interesting if the cast weren't all eccentric and/or interesting in their own ways. A very fun show that you can probably show non-anime fans.[embed]33912:4780:0[/embed]"Kajiriki no Ringo" (A half-eaten apple)Anime: Denki-Gai no Honya-sanIt just had to happen sooner or later, but here is a show about otaku who work in a manga bookstore in Akihabara, which is considered a mecca for anyone who likes anime and manga. You get your cast of different characters each with their own unique quirk that is just an endless resource for comedy.[embed]33912:4781:0[/embed]"A Colorful Box"Anime: ShirobakoThe surprise hit of last year, this show pretty much brought back a studio from a bunch of recent failures. So what does an anime studio that had a bunch of misses do? They make an anime about making anime and how it isn't so easy trying to make one. Surprisingly enjoyable even if it takes a while to get going, this one is a must see for any person interested in how anime is made and would love to see creatives at work.[embed]33912:4782:0[/embed]"Someone Else"Anime: Working!! OPFrom the same person that went on to make Servant X Service that is also featured in this week's selection, this is a much zanier workplace comedy that features people working in a chain restaurant. Very fun show with two seasons already made with a third one coming soon. Highly recommended.Did I forget to include an opening from your favorite workplace anime (or one that features a workplace)? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW BECAUSE I THIRST FOR THAT KNOWLEDGE!
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Workin' for a livin'
When I'm not watching anime about magical girls or giant robots, I like to watch slice-of-life anime featuring seemingly normal people get into comedic situations. A subset of these slice-of-life anime just happen to be set i...

Week Ender - Magical Girl Edition

May 30 // Red Veron
[embed]33905:4773:0[/embed]"Honey"Anime: Cardcaptor SakuraA very chill song for a laid back ending where you are watching Sakura through a window making you feel that you are very much a creeper for doing so.[embed]33905:4774:0[/embed]"Secret Ambition"Anime: Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha StrikerSTaking 10 years after the first series, this one features old lady Nanoha taking on a more mature role. Where did the high school part go? I want to see that one. Perhaps their saving that as a final series or movie.[embed]33905:4775:0[/embed]"Shining Sky"Anime: Vividred OperationNot exactly a magical girl show but still has the elements that define the genre with things such transformation sequences and otherworldly forces trying to take over the world. From the same minds as Strike Witches, this show provides a bounty of booty close ups as well as crotch close ups in lieu of the bare pantsu seen in Strike Witches.[embed]33905:4776:0[/embed]"Moonlight Densetsu"Anime: Sailor MoonThis is the first ending for the original adaptation of the Sailor Moon. This one ran for the first 166 episodes, which is insane considering how popular the anime was in the day.[embed]33905:4777:0[/embed]"Gekko"Anime: Sailor Moon CrystalI haven't kept up with the new adaptation but I like the idea of a show like Crystal reintroducing a new generation to Sailor Moon. Though you may want to wait for the Blu-ray release for a more "polished" version.Did I miss your favorite magical girl anime ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW BECAUSE I WANNA KNOW!
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Girls Und Magic
The recent resurgence of the Magical Girl genre in popularity has brought us many entries in the genre and even the remake of one of the great magical girl anime, Sailor Moon. While not many can compare to the great Sailor Mo...

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There's a little preview of Shiina Ringo's new song


Even a little is a lot
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Watching commercials doesn't always suck. Especially when they star the lovely Shiina Ringo and feature a tidbit of her upcoming new song! Her upcoming song Kamisama Hotekesama alongside the ZAZEN BOYS!
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A Daily Dose of Music: Yun*chi


Do you get me?
May 29
// Hiroko Yamamura
Last month we we finally saw the release of Yun*chi's highly anticipated cover EP, Ani*Yun~anime song cover~. Much to many music fans' delight, the electro-pop star has brought some fun new energy to some classics, making th...

OP Up! Magical Girl Edition

May 27 // Red Veron
[embed]33887:4761:0[/embed]"Danzen! Futari wa PreCure"Anime: Futari wa Pretty CurePreCure is an magical girl series that's been around since 2004 and has become the girl superhero counterpart to the live action Kamen Rider series for boys. Also has a following of creepy adult men.[embed]33887:4762:0[/embed]"Synchrogazer"Anime: Senki Zesshou SymphogearNot quite a traditional magical girl show but still follows certain elements found in the magical girl genre. This show adds crazy over-the-top action and a music motif where the girls sing while they fight to activate their powers.[embed]33887:4760:0[/embed]"Connect"Anime: Mahou Shoujo Madoka MagicaThe show that brought the magical girl genre to more audiences with its dark tone and stylish action. Madoka has spawned many imitators trying to marry the usual light and fluffy magical girl themes with more grim realism and not many have met the same success.[embed]33887:4764:0[/embed]"Innocent Starter"Anime: Magical Lyrical NanohaA series that has a dedicated following and has spawned multiple seasons, this series still is going strong with TV anime and movie adaptations and even a new currently-running series.[embed]33887:4765:0[/embed]"Sailor Moon Theme"Anime: Sailor Moon (US Dub)You know this opening.BONUS VIDEO:[embed]33887:4763:0[/embed]This promo video designed for distributors is for a canceled US remake of Sailor Moon. Referred to as "Saban Moon", referencing the similar style of how the adaptation of Power Rangers by the company Saban, this show has a mix of live action and original US animation. Did I not mention your favorite Magical Girl anime opening? SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YO!  
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Magical (Middle School) Girls
The magical girl genre has been around for decades and has experienced a bit of a renaissance as of late. It has now reached a wider audience with targeting audiences outside of young girls with different shows adding in diff...

Week Ender - Fantasy Twist Edition

May 23 // Red Veron
[embed]33872:4752:0[/embed]"Sticking Places"Anime: Yu-Shibu:I Couldn't Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a JobA fanservice-heavy show that had a nice premise that didn't get that developed in the first season (which is how these things based off light novels always turn out to be). The long titled show is a fun watch for those that like the fanservice and waifus that this show generously provides the viewer. More focused on a story it tries to tell rather than a workplace comedy that one might expect from the title.Lots of fanservice in that ending.[embed]33872:4753:0[/embed]"Oracion"Anime: No Game No LifeA fuzzy and warm-feeling inducing ending song that is a nice touch to the often exciting episodes of the show is a nice breather, except for that one scary one that got spooky.[embed]33872:4754:0[/embed]"Ringo Biyori~ The Wolf Whistling Song"Anime: Spice and WolfA pretty cheerful song that sounds like it was made by a bearded old man who happens to be music artist in the late 60's, this one is matched by the really amusing story book images that accompany it.[embed]33872:4755:0[/embed]"Watashi no Houseibako"Anime: Outbreak CompanyIn this quite cute ending, we get to see Petralka act all adorbs while wandering around by herself  oncastle grounds. We get to see more of this part of her in this ending since it's the 'dere' part of her Tsundere character where 'tsun' takes precedence.[embed]33872:4756:0[/embed]"Tsumabiku Hitori"Anime: The Devil is a Part-timerA laid-back ending with Chiho mostly just chillin' and being pretty, a great contrast to the lively and high-tempo opening song.So is there an ending you love that I missed? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANT TO KNOW!
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Dungeons, Dragons, and Double Ds?
This week's Week Ender is about those fantasy anime with a bit of a twist to them. Fantasy fiction has always had outlandish and strange elements native to it but it's quite common to see a different take on the genre to brea...

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SCANDAL manga recommendations


Even rockstars like manga
May 21
// Anthony Redgrave
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...

OP Up! - Fantasy Twist Edition

May 20 // Red Veron
[embed]33862:4747:0[/embed]"Zero!!"Anime: The Devil is a Part-timerPutting a twist on the "Hero Versus the Demon Lord" story, this show places the aforementioned Hero and Demon Lord into our world. The Demon Lord escapes into modern day Tokyo and finds himself in need of basic necessities so he has to take up a part-time job and find a way back. Pretty great fun.[embed]33862:4748:0[/embed]"Univer Page"Anime: Outbreak CompanyIf you ever needed to invade a foreign land, there are many ways to do it: by military force or by taking over the hearts and minds of the people. If you opt for the latter peaceful option, you're gonna need something powerful like a religion. Well, I know one thing that people treat like religion: Otakudom.So let's take one of the biggest otaku ever and send him to a fantasy world ruled by magic and strange creatures, and introduce them to the joys of Haganai and Attack on Titan and let's see if we can capture the imagination of some people who've never even experienced indoor plumbing.[embed]33862:4749:0[/embed]"Headwind"Anime: MaoyuuOne of the early works that put a spin on the "Hero versus Demon Lord" story, this one focuses more on the social and political aspects of the oft-used story trope. This one provides more of a grounded perspective of a world beset in such a conflict and how complicated it really is and isn't just some grand heroic tale.[embed]33862:4750:0[/embed]"This Game"Anime: No Game, No LifeThe most different entry on this week's selection, this one combines the fantasy setting with dueling competitive mind games. A video game obsessed pair of step-siblings bored of the challenges in our world are whisked to a world populated by different nations and races.These races were once at war but found peace in competing in games bound by rules. This new world excites them and they find themselves helping out a kingdom that is on the verge of being taken over.A really great twist on the fantasy world with the duels that have clever solutions is pretty entertaining.Which one is your favorite fantasy anime with a twist? Did I miss your favorite? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANNA KNOW!
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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 ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Asian Kung Fu Generation


They blew it up!
May 18
// Anthony Redgrave
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 ...

Week Ender - Cry Edition

May 16 // Red Veron
[embed]33848:4745:0[/embed]"The Big Dango Family"Anime: ClannadI have not seen Clannad yet. Apparently this ending song makes people really sad. I am sorry.[embed]33848:4744:0[/embed]"Secret Base ~The Thing you Gave Me~ (10 years after Ver.)"Anime: AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That DayA song that just hits you right there after each episode. Slowly builds up to that ending that you know is approaching closer every episode.[embed]33848:4743:0[/embed]"Brave Song"Anime: Angel Beats!This song ended each episode (except for the last one) and capped off each episode with a bittersweet note. This song just starts to feel heavier as the show went on, especially in the later episodes when we get to see more of the character's back stories.[embed]33848:4742:0[/embed]"Ichiban no Takaramono" (My most precious treasure)Anime: Angel Beats!This is the song that the show ends on and just doesn't take you on a ride on the feels train, it runs you over with it. The song accompanies the usual ending but with a different twist and a slow pang of loneliness creeps over you as each character in the picture fades away. Still makes me cri evritym.Did I miss an anime ending that makes you sad? PLEASE SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANT TO SEE!
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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 ...

Japanator Interviews: SCANDAL

May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura
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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...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays


SCANDAL rock!
May 14
// Hiroko Yamamura
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 ...

OP Up! Cry Edition

May 13 // Red Veron
[embed]33834:4734:0[/embed]"Aoi Shiori"Anime: AnoHanaOh boy, a show that I watched in a weird time of my life where I was not the happiest and this one really got to me that I haven't gotten around to seeing the movie version. The opening song gives already takes you down on a feels trip and preps you that this show is not going to happy-happy. Wait for this weekend's Week Ender where I have this show's ending song which is takes you on a more intense feels trip.[embed]33834:4735:0[/embed]"My Soul, Your Beats!"Anime: Angel Beats!An original anime project that ended earlier than it should, Angel Beats! still makes me cry (inside) every time I hear the surprisingly great music that it has for a show about a weird school and angels. I found this anime years later on a streaming service while trying to get over something and this one really got to me. Even if sad stuff isn't your thing, the great soundtrack may win you over.[embed]33834:4736:0[/embed]"Ebullient Future"Anime: Ef ~ A Tale of MelodiesA lot you probably haven't seen this one. Ef is a great collaboration between the anime studio SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) and one man feels train conductor/anime director Makoto Shinkai (Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days) with Shinkai's amazing music wizard Tenmon.This one started out as a visual novel (yes, that's why it's sad) but got an adaptation for an anime and still packs the emotional punch with that great team behind it. Beautiful and emotionally evoking shots with breathtaking music make this one a must-see for those who want something sad yet beautiful.[embed]33834:4737:0[/embed]"Hikaru Nara"Anime: Your Lie in AprilTOO SOON. TOO SOON. I CAN'T TALK ABOUT THIS ONE YET. THE PAIN IS STILL TOO REAL. NOPE.Did I not put your favorite sad anime opening up here? THEN SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!! I WANT TO SEE IT AND CRY WITH YOU, BABY!!!
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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...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume


You need to relax
May 13
// Hiroko Yamamura
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 ...

Week Ender - Sports Edition

May 09 // Red Veron
[embed]33817:4726:0[/embed]"Start it right away" by HyadainAnime: Kuroko No BasukeI forgot how fun this ending is and have totally fallen behind with this show. I think basketball is a great sport that translates well to anime with all speed, technique, the direct one-on-one nature of the plays. I am really glad to see the sport see a resurgence in anime and manga, and I like how all the pretty boys in this one is attracting women to the sport.[embed]33817:4727:0[/embed]"Ah Yeah"Anime: Haikyuu!Great song with a more retrospective style with clips of stuff that happened in past episodes. Normally I don't like those but the song totally sets up the right mood for looking back.[embed]33817:4728:0[/embed]"Sekai ga Owaru Made wa"Anime: Slam DunkA slower rock ballad song that is sooooo 90's that it's great (for people like me). Minimal animation but does the job well.[embed]33817:4729:0[/embed]"Blaze Away"Anime: EyeShield 21Because a reader brought up this show in the OP Up!, I just had to include this one. I did watch this show waaaaay back in the day but dropped it when they were in Houston (which is where I lived) and got turned off at how they portrayed it as some Japanese suburb (dumb reason, right?). But I did remember liking this ending a lot and how it felt like a 90's Japanese rock song that they had in a lot of anime back in the day.Did I miss something? What is your favorite sports anime and sports anime ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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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...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki


Ai Love
May 08
// Hiroko Yamamura
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...

OP Up! Sports Edition

May 07 // Red Veron
[embed]33808:4714:0[/embed]"Imagination" by SPYAIRAnime: Haikyuu!! (2014)A great first opening to a show about volleyball. I know, volleyball isn't considered to be what guys usually play but this show captures the dynamic action found in volleyball and the usual sports drama people love and expect out of this kind of show.[embed]33808:4715:0[/embed]"Kimi ga Suki da to Sakebitai" by ZYYGAnime: SLAM DUNK (1993)Possibly one of the most loved (if not the most) anime and manga out there last time I checked, and with all the remakes and reboots these days, SLAM DUNK deserves one and needs one badly. A personal favorite of mine and one that I watched with my teammates when I was in High School varsity basketball right before a game.Fluid animation with an inspiring song that can pump you up as if you were an athlete right before a big game. A favorite of mine.[embed]33808:4716:0[/embed]"Under Star" by Shocking LemonAnime: Hajime no Ippo (2000)A really good opening for an anime from 2000 that still holds up. This one got a recent anime sequel series for a manga that's been running since 1989. The recent boxing match this past weekend is what inspired me and this series is the first show that came to mind.[embed]33808:4717:0[/embed]"Tada Hitori" by Bakudan JohnnyAnime: Ping Pong The Animation (2015)Part of my backlog that I need to get around to watching, Ping Pong's opening is rather unique and intriguing. It has that charcoal drawing look with a style that reminds me of a 90's music video, which isn't surprising since that fun song it has completes the entire thing.[embed]33808:4718:0[/embed]"Zettai ni dare mo" by ZYYGAnime: SLAM DUNK (1993)The second opening to the anime SLAM DUNK and this anime's openings are well done for their time. This one continues the momentum that the first one built up and shows off the main character Sakuragi getting his act together in the opening.I love the feel of the early morning run captured by this opening and you see how much Sakuragi is working hard to be a stronger and better athlete.BONUS: One of the many Fanmade Live Action Remake of the SLAM DUNK opening[embed]33808:4719:0[/embed]Which one is your favorite sports anime and opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
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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...

Week Ender - Bleach Edition

May 02 // Red Veron
[embed]33794:4704:0[/embed]"Mask" By Aqua TimezA pretty dang cool ending that is the last ending for the anime. Not very complicated but still gives you a nice feeling with seeing Ichigo's friends helping him out to get back on his feet. I always like seeing Ichigo dealing with his "other self".[embed]33794:4705:0[/embed]"Life is like a boat" By Rie FuThe first Bleach ending and being very simple, does the job well with a great soulful song from Rie Fu. This song has been on my iPod since the first time I saw the show. Still stirs up feelings of what I had at the time.[embed]33794:4706:0[/embed]"My Pace" by Home Made KazokuI'm torn on this one, I like the high energy intro that has the soothing chorus but I associate this song with the excruciating wait for the fillers to end. It was episode after episode, wishing for the filler to end but nope.[embed]33794:4707:0[/embed]"Sakura Biyori" by Mai HoshimuraA very beautiful ending song that I totally forgot about and am very glad to have rediscovered. A nice way to end an episode with an uplifting song that gives you some nice and warm feels.Which one is your favorite Bleach ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!
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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 ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project


We're going to the space over the future!
May 01
// Salvador GRodiles
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...
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Sweet Dreams: Game Music Lullabies Volume II will soothe your soul


Sleep tight, my friends
Apr 30
// Salvador GRodiles
[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...

OP Up! Bleach Edition

Apr 29 // Red Veron
[embed]33787:4698:0[/embed]"Asterisk"The original opening that started it all. I remember going in blind with Bleach and was just wowed with how fun the opening got with the characters having fun. I didn't expect the show to end up being some sort of endless battle anime and just yearned for the shorter adventures they had with monster-of-the-week type of enemies. [embed]33787:4699:0[/embed]"Ranbu no Melody"A really impressive and stylish opening for Bleach. You can really see the great potential of the people who made this opening. You can see the clever shortcuts that they made that afforded them the really cool looking stuff in there. After rewatching this one, this may have become one of my favorites.[embed]33787:4701:0[/embed]"Tonight, Tonight, Tonight"One thing I really liked about Bleach is seeing the characters in fashionable street clothes and this opening has that. Tite Kubo, the author, often has art of the characters depicted as such and you can totally feel that he wants to put them in a more "normal" setting. This opening has the usual cool Bleach OP elements: stylish, exciting, creative, and with simple but efficient parts. [embed]33787:4700:0[/embed]"Velonica"This is another great example of how great the Bleach openings are with the visuals. This one combines static character portraits complimented by dynamic animation that follows. I love the use of color in the background and the Bleach logo with the characters in their cool poses, usually shounen anime will just use boring standard backgrounds.Which one is your favorite Bleach opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!
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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 ...

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A Daily Dose of Music: Bump of Chicken


Never not amazing
Apr 28
// Hiroko Yamamura
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.
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A Daily Dose of Music: Aoi Eir


Epic
Apr 27
// Hiroko Yamamura
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 ...

Week Ender - Spring 2005 Edition

Apr 25 // Red Veron
[embed]33779:4688:0[/embed]"Waltz" by SuneohairAnime: Honey and CloverAs previously mentioned, Honey and Clover is an all-time favorite that anyone who likes josei (shoujo for older crowds) drama should definitely check out. An underrated gem that any fan of shoujo drama should check out if they want something a bit more 'mature'. [embed]33779:4689:0[/embed]"Broken Wings"Anime: Trinity BloodI never really got to check out this anime but I do know a lot of people who love the manga and the anime. Sadly, the author of the original light novels, Sunao Yoshida, passed away before the novels were completed but a friend stepped in to help finish. I'll still definitely check this out when I can.[embed]33779:4690:0[/embed]"Fly"Anime: Comic Party RevolutionBased on a PC dating sim game that originally had some sexual stuff edited out for an all-ages release consoles, this is the second season to an anime about people in a doujin circle. The members of the circle are making stuff for the 'Comic Party' which is based off  the real-life "Comiket" (Comic Market) that happens twice a year in Metropolitan Tokyo. A harem comedy drama, you know what to expect from it.[embed]33779:4691:0[/embed]"Omna Magni"Anime: AquarionHaven't seen much about this one but reading that this is an homage to super robots of the 1980's has my interest piqued. This ending is also pretty enchanting with its ghostly ethereal vocals with the very pretty storybook visuals. I just can't pinpoint the language used but I've seen people suggest that it's esperanto.[embed]33779:4692:0[/embed]"Bokura no Jikan"Anime: Futakoi AlternativeBy far one of the strangest and best ideas in anime that I have ever seen are in this show. Futakoi Alternative is a sort of sequel to Futakoi, which is a generic harem romcom that features twins, but this sequel is so much more and then some.Take all the female characters and put in a new male lead that is not boring harem MC, turn them all into action movie heroes capable of fighting and put them in comedic situations that involve guns and explosions. That explanation isn't even doing justice to explain the insanity that this show brings to the table.Also, this ending does not represent the show.[embed]33779:4693:0[/embed]"Secret Base"Anime: Eureka SevenThis is one of those shows from 10 years ago that wowed me with the style and visuals that provided something different in the mecha action genre. I never got to see the full run but I do appreciate this show and like much of the stuff in it. Got any anime favorites from 2005? Check out this list and let's reminisce in the comments below!!!
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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...

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Love Live Movie goes international in new trailer


From the East coast to every coast!
Apr 24
// Red Veron
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.

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