Cassette Girl photo
Cassette Girl

Twilight: Animator Expo's 35th short pays homage to a classic Gainax title

The Format War return
Oct 09
// Salvador GRodiles
The Japan Animator Expo project's third season has released its final announced short (slightly NSFW), and they managed to end it with a huge bang. For the finale, Hiroyasu Kobayashi (The Rebuild of Eva movie series...
Haruhi photo

Today in Anime: Happy Birthday Haruhi Suzumiya

The creator of SOS Brigade and the world
Oct 08
// Anthony Redgrave
Today at Japanator we celebrate the patron saint of modern anime Haruhi Suzumiya, the titular character of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She captured the hearts and minds of fans around the globe and because of her addictive personality even created a real fictional religion about spreading lots of excitement around the world. 
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Indivisible Indie GoGo Campaign Launched

From the makers of Skullgirls
Oct 05
// Anthony Redgrave
Before people start rolling their eyes at another post about a crowd-funded game needing backers, listen to me. These guys know what they're doing and they've gone through development hell with their last game and came out o...
Robot on the Road photo
Robot on the Road

Hiroyuki Okiura's recent piece takes us on a road trip with a perverted traveler

Yee Haw!
Oct 02
// Salvador GRodiles
For some unknown reason, I've always found it fascinating when a project would release a new segment that shares a similar theme with its predecessor. In this case, the Japan Animator Expo's 34th short, "Robot on the Road" (N...

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Simulcast GET: Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans heads to and Hulu

New Gundam series for everyone!
Sep 30
// Salvador GRodiles
It looks like there's another good reason to be a Gundam fan this year, since the upcoming series, Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans, hits and Hulu on Oct. 4 at 7:30 p.m. Japan Standard Time/3:30 a.m. Pacifi...
Kamen Rider Ghost photo
Kamen Rider Ghost

Raise your hoodies: Kamen Rider Ghost's new preview has entered the building

Just in time for Halloween
Sep 28
// Salvador GRodiles
As Kamen Rider Ghost gets ready to materialize in our world this Sunday, a new preview has arrived from the spirit world to give us a better look at our new spooky hero. So far, it's doing a fine job in giving us the main th...
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Red Moon turns your favourite waifus into women

By the power of the Blood Moon
Sep 28
// Anthony Redgrave
I hope Japanator readers were able to catch a glimpse of the Supermoon lunar eclipse today. It happened around 3 am in my neck of the woods, but it was worth rubbing those sandy eyes to see that red dot in the sky. The more o...
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Humanity Wins: Muv-Luv's Kickstarter is off to an amazing start

This calls for a celebration
Sep 27
// Salvador GRodiles
After an amazing great start on Thursday, the Kickstarter for Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative has reached its goal to be localized in the West. In other words, the BETA might as well pack their bags and leave Earth...
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It's Showtime: Big O's Director hits us with a cool giant robot short

Can you spot the Marvel reference?
Sep 25
// Salvador GRodiles
You know you're in for a treat when the Japan Animator Expo project releases a mecha anime short that's directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama, the man who brought us The Big O. Even though the piece took place in an area that's in p...
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4chan x 2chan

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

Moot agreed, don't bother him about it
Sep 22
// Josh Tolentino
Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the...

Ajikan hits Europe for a second tour this November

Sep 22
// Anthony Redgrave
Old school hard rockers from the late 90's ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION are heading to Europe for a second tour. Anime fans may know their signature rock style in opening themes such as Haruka Kanata (Naruto), Rewrite (Fullmetal...
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Shmup giant Cave heads to Steam with Mushihimesama

Return of the Bullet Hell King
Sep 19
// Anthony Redgrave
The bullet hell genre is one of the most niche genres in gaming. Simulation, Eroge, and point and click adventure games have proven to be popular enough to make it into mainstream web news in the past decade, but the shmup fa...
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Neon Genesis Impacts

Animator Expo's third Eva short is all about music and friendship

Evangelion has never been this cute
Sep 18
// Salvador GRodiles
Another Evangelion-related short has invaded Animator Expo, and its impact is surprisingly cuter than the usual stuff we expect out of the series. Instead of focusing on the Eva pilots and the folks at NERV, "Neon Genesis Imp...
Gundam VS Force photo
Gundam VS Force

Praise G: Gundam Extreme VS Force heads to Asia in English

Cheers, Mobile Suit fans!
Sep 17
// Salvador GRodiles
Now here's something that you don't see every day: During TGS '15's SCEJA Conference Asia Session, the folks at Bandai Namco have announced that they're bringing Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme VS Force, the upcoming title i...
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Check out the latest short by ME!ME!ME!'s Director

Colorful crazy flowers everywhere!
Sep 11
// Salvador GRodiles
Hibiki Yoshizaki (Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ and ~Tsuki ni Naku~'s Opening Episode Director) is back with another insanely surreal Japan Animator Expo piece (slightly NSFW) that features Daoko's lovely voice. Un...
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Kingdom Hearts 2.9

Of course there's a PS4 rerelease of Kingdom Hearts II coming

Sep 09
// Josh Tolentino
I love LinkedIn. It might not be terribly helpful with getting me a day job, but the way folks still feel obligated to update their resumes anyway in a public manner gives up a lot of fun little tidbits for this whole "games ...
The Ultraman photo
The Ultraman

Animator Expo's Ultraman short is chock-full of toku goodness

The courage you gave me was 110 Million!
Sep 04
// Salvador GRodiles
As Ultraman X continues to rock the airwaves with its hero that fights bad guys with his sweet-looking monster armors, the Japan Animator Expo project has united with the Giant of Light to bring us a short that'll make any Ul...
2020 Tokyo Olympics photo
2020 Tokyo Olympics

2020 Tokyo Olympic Games scraps logo

More controversy for plagued games
Sep 04
// Soul Tsukino
The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee announced that it is scrapping the current logo for the games after the designer, Kenjiro Sano, had been accused of plagiarism. Almost since the logo's unveiling, it was met with a lot o...
Kamen Rider Ghost photo
Kamen Rider Ghost

Kamen Rider Ghost's special video takes us back to outer space

It's Spooky Space Time!
Sep 01
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: Toei region locked the Kamen Rider Ghost special video.] Now that September has started, the folks at Toei have spooked up a new video for Kamen Rider Ghost on their tokusatsu YouTube channel. Apparen...
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Bureau of Proto Society

TRIGGER and Rikka's latest short is a great love letter to classic movies

Reality and fiction are about to collide
Aug 28
// Salvador GRodiles
For a good while, I had this idea in my head about how the world would analyze fiction in the next one thousand or million years. One of my ideas was that archeologists and historians would use them as the basis for new mytho...
Street Fighter V photo
Street Fighter V

R. Mika butt bounces her way into Street Fighter V

Double Butt Bounce Finisher!
Aug 27
// Anthony Redgrave
We've all wanted it and finally Capcom delivers. The blonde show boating pro wrestler Rainbow Mika finally makes her return to the cast of World Warriors since her debut in 1998 with Street Fighter Alpha 3. R. Mika is also t...
Persona 4 photo
Persona 4

Insert Coin Clothing shows off their Persona 4 range

Funky Student approves
Aug 23
// Anthony Redgrave
Anyone that has played Persona 4 will know that every day is great when you shop at Junes. The store that had become the HQ for the Investigation Team now has an official wearable merch courtesy of Insert Coin Clothing. Inser...
Kill la Kill photo
Kill la Kill

From birth to Kill la Kill, Mako Mankanshoku's life is revealed by Sushio

Everything is adorable
Aug 22
// Anthony Redgrave
Trigger's Kill la Kill was a fantastic romp through a not so typical Japanese school and the cherry on top of this anime sundae was the adorable Mako Mankanshoku, the underachiever that always has your back. Recently characte...
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Endless Night

Michiko & Hatchin Director's new short takes us to the ice rink

In which figure skating gets to shine
Aug 21
// Salvador GRodiles
To this day, some of the best Animator Expo pieces have been the animated music video. Compare to most of the project's segments, these anime shorts tend to have a beginning, middle, and end to their stories. Mind you, there ...
Gosei Sentai Dairanger photo
Gosei Sentai Dairanger

Tenshin Da: Dairanger is up for pre-order

The five stars have finally aligned!
Aug 19
// Salvador GRodiles
It's been a month since Shout! Factory announced that they're releasing Dairanger in North America, and the show is can now be pre-ordered at the company's Website. While it's unfortunate that one can't reserve the serie...
Tokyo gifs photo
Tokyo gifs

Gorgeous pixel-art gifs capture the humble side of Tokyo life

So peaceful and tranquil
Aug 16
// Anthony Redgrave
Sundays are designed to be lazy. Wake up late, coffee and novel 'til noon, walk or gardening 'til night, and then if you're like me getting all the homework and projects finished for deadline Monday!  Artist Yuuta T...
Final Fantasy VII photo
Final Fantasy VII

Check out Final Fantasy VII as a 2D brawler

Final Fantasy Meets Final Fight
Aug 15
// Anthony Redgrave
You cannot dispute that Final Fantasy VII is the most beloved game in the Final Fantasy series. It had a huge impact in the western market, an extended lifespan with the Compilation of Final Fantasy VII, and its remaster was...
Bubu & Bubulina photo
Bubu & Bubulina

Animator Expo's 27th short is a colorful treat

Cartoony visuals everywhere
Aug 14
// Salvador GRodiles
Whenever the Japan Animator Expo project pops out a decent piece, a stronger one takes its place. In this case, Takashi Nakamura's (Robot Carnival's "Nightmare" short and Tree of Palme's Director) piece, "Bubu ...
Comedy Skit 1989 photo
Comedy Skit 1989

Experience Animator Expo short 26's twin-related hijinks

The Showa era of comedy is back, baby
Aug 07
// Salvador GRodiles
Is it me or was this week's Animator Expo short a bit weak on the humor side? Who knows, it might have to do with my lack of experience with Showa era comedy skits. Then again, "Comedy Skit 1989" made me giggle during so...
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Two words: Space Whiskey

Drinking finally reaches space!
Aug 06
// Soul Tsukino
In one small step to getting closer to anime space travel, Japanese distillery Suntory Holdings has announced they will be sending various whiskeys into space to age aboard the International Space Station.
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Rest in Peace: Masayuki Izumi passes away

A great antihero has left our world
Aug 04
// Salvador GRodiles
Ladies and gentlemen; it pains me to tell you all that Masayuki Izumi passed away on July 28. Sadly, the guy left to the other side at 35, which was too soon for someone at that age. The cause of his death was an undisclosed ...

Attack on Titan: Junior High preview released

Aug 02 // Soul Tsukino
The series has a familiar start it seems with a gathering of the town.. sort of...okay it's the first day of the school year ceremony. A guest arrives to watch over the ceremony. The reaction is one of surprise. But as you can see things stray a bit from how these events played out in the original. Yeah, this is gonna be a different kind of Titan series.. I mean THIS is the school they are going to: It looks like the Industrial arts wing of Hogwarts. I mean the titans are still scary. But I have a hard time seeing this series having people chewed in half or having met their end going face first into a giant tree. But fear not! This little preview DOES show there is a lot of eating going on. I just D'awwwwed. I bet you did too, be honest. The series looks to be released sometime in October of this year, so in the meantime see this preview of the adventures of Mini-Erin and all his buddies. [embed]34116:4965:0[/embed]     The series has a familiar start it seems with a gathering of the town.. sort of...okay it's the first-day school ceremony.
Attack on Titan photo
But will Senpai notice them?
The mega-popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan has played host to several spin-off stories from the series. Now you can add one more to the list with Attack on Titan: Junior High, where things get slightly smaller, a...

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Animator Expo's 25th short is ready to smash things up

It's Hammering Time!
Jul 31
// Salvador GRodiles
It seems that I was right about the Japan Animator Expo project returning this week since their latest short is up on their site. Since this is the first episode of the series' third season, it's fitting for the 25t...
Dengeki Bunko photo
Dengeki Bunko

Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax releases Oct 6 in the west

Limited edition exclusive to US
Jul 30
// Anthony Redgrave
If you have ever wanted to beat up an anime character in locked one on one combat then maybe Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is the game for you. Dengeki Bunko is a publishing company in Japan that helps release light novels li...
Kamen Rider Ghost photo
Kamen Rider Ghost

Kamen Rider Ghost's latest details are to die for

Who you gonna call?
Jul 29
// Salvador GRodiles
For a good while, it's been known that the latest bug-eyed hero in the Kamen Rider franchise was going to sport a supernatural motif. While we've seen glimpses of the show's titular character as a toy and a few ...
Japan Animator Expo photo
Japan Animator Expo

Here's a quick sample of Animator Expo's Third Season

Summer is about to become cool
Jul 24
// Salvador GRodiles
At last, the Japan Animator Expo project has uploaded a trailer for their upcoming season. From the looks of it, the third installment sounds like it'll be better than ever. I mean, we get to see another Tsuburaya hero g...
Secret of Evermore photo
Secret of Evermore

Celebrate Secret of Evermore's 20th Anniversary with a remastered soundtrack

Don't underestimate a dog's loyalty
Jul 23
// Salvador GRodiles
Oct. 1 may not be here yet, but that isn't stopping Sean Schafianski (Chrono Trigger: Jazz Arranged Version) from releasing his Secret of Evermore arranged soundtrack known as Secret of Evermore: Remastered Tracks. In t...
2020 Tokyo Olympics photo
2020 Tokyo Olympics

Plans scrapped for site of Akira's final battle

Futuristic biker gangs not to blame
Jul 21
// Soul Tsukino
The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that the plans for the centerpiece stadium of the 2020 Olympic games have been completely scrapped and the development will start from scratch. The Prime Minister of Japan, ...
Boomslank photo

Rejoice! Five Boomslank shirts get reprinted

Now even cooler than ever
Jul 21
// Salvador GRodiles
If you're into wearing sweet-looking clothes, our friends at Boomslank have reprinted not one but five shirts. But that's not all folks; instead of re-releasing each apparel, P-Shinobi has updated "Airport," "Flag," "Live," "...
One Piece photo
One Piece

One Piece cast don denim for Jeanist contest

One Piece's next top model
Jul 17
// Anthony Redgrave
Japanese toy company Banpresto have made a website dedicated to finding out which pirate wore it best based on the popular One Piece franchise. Called Jeans Freak, the Jeanist contest allows fans, non-fans, and everyday inter...

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