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Fury photo
Fury

Let a Girls und Panzer girl take all the tension out of Fury


A tank movie for tank otaku
Nov 03
[Update: It seems Kadokawa's taken down the video. We'll update the post with a new source as soon as we can find one.] Far be it from me to tell people how to promote things, but the way Brad Pitt's new war movie Fury, abou... read
Manga apartment photo
Manga apartment

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment


Behold the manga apartment
Nov 03
What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're work... read
The Simpsons photo
The Simpsons

The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers


And Bessatsu Shonen, too
Oct 20
This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly... read
Red Bull photo
Red Bull

Here's Red Bull's (surprisingly good) Japanese game music documentary


Go Diggin' In the Carts
Sep 11
I never would've imagined that a company best known for a drink designed to keep you awake for all-nighters doing your college thesis would come up with a pretty great documentary series about Japanese video game music, but ... read
Lap Pillow sim photo
Lap Pillow sim

Finally: Japan simulates the lap-pillow in VR


How long 'til a picking-your-ear mode?
Aug 06
If Japan and tech-savvy otaku continue to apply their peculiar brand of innovation to the latest tech, we may get the 2D-loving world we've always dreamed of sooner rather than later. The latest blow against the tyranny of 3... read
IM@S toys photo
IM@S toys

So some guy has 13 Idolm@ster character standees


And I managed to get one too.
Aug 03
So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rare... read
Happy July 4th! photo
AMERICA
It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game &nbs... read feature

Madness.moe photo
Madness.moe

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


And yes, there are .moe domains now
Apr 12
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... read
4kids Kill la Kill photo
4kids Kill la Kill

4kids takes on Kill la Kill: Meet Bully la Bully


Go, Riley, Go!
Apr 01
I'm tempted to post this without comment, but that would be unprofessional of me. So meet Bully la Bully, the 4kids-style redub of Japanimation sensation Kill la Kill. Tumblr user Tony Le created the video based on this old ... read
Japanator Loves photo
Japanator Loves

Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte


Just in time for Fanfiction Day!
Apr 01
Sometimes fanfiction happens by chance, like my shipping Agrias and Ramza. Sometimes it happens by divine mandate, like our whole new direction here at Japanator. And sometimes it happens because you asked for it. That third ... read
Yowapeda photo
Yowapeda

Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists


Girl power? More like girl pedal!
Mar 22
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 ... read
otaku goods photo
otaku goods

Japanese maids won't judge your otaku bedsheets


They'll make sure you're ready to say goodnight to your OTP
Feb 21
Admit it: if and whenever you get a chance to go to Japan, you'll spend way too much money on shameless character goods. If you've already bought a dakimakura pillow, then you might find yourself upgrading to a full sheet set... read
Rog & Tyrone photo
The tale of online fans that tossed two testimonial video actors into battle.
By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two... read feature

Shingeki no Racing photo
Shingeki no Racing

Attack on Horse Racing


The fight with the titans is escalated.
Nov 23
Are you familiar with the Japan World Cup? If not, you should check that out before you continue. Good? Good! Now, you might be thinking that a collaboration between that and Attack on Titan may be an odd one, and well...you'... read
Social Media photo
Social Media

Shocking news: introverts more likely to talk about anime


XD lol! Introverts on social media love talking about anime and manga!
Oct 30
How likely are you to tell all your friends about your hobbies on social networks? Statistics say you're going to! Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania did a study that analyzed the language and wording use... read
Final Impressions photo
Two timelines filled with crazy dolls
Seems it isn't just Genshiken that can disappear for years and come back with a vengeance. Everyone's favourite animated series about animated dolls has returned, bringing back the Alice Game and all of the crazy jargon that ... read feature

Final Imps: Genshiken 3rd photo
Witty reference.
Six years. That's how much time passed between Genshiken 2 and the confusingly named sequel Genshiken Nidaime, otherwise known as Genshiken Second Season. However, while fans of the show can certainly ponder the reasonin... read feature

Cosplay v. Characters photo
Kojima points out the obvious, so what's next?
You might have noticed some people talking about the description of how Hideo Kojima and his team create the next Metal Gear Solid project. Specifically, Kojima tweeted how one of his characters are designed. The reaction see... read feature

Custom Eva Nike sneakers  photo
Custom Eva Nike sneakers

The custom Nike Evangelion sneakers to wage war for


All the sneakerheads be totes jelly over these
Aug 26
I am by no means a sneakerhead. I'll drop plenty of money on clothes, but sneakers are an area where I just put down the minimum on some Onitsuka Tigers or Adidas and call it a day. If you want to take your geek pride to the ... read
Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

JX: Day two impressions


More and better
Aug 25
Saturdays at a convention are always the best day of the convention. You have the whole day to do everything that you want without a time limit of any sort. I mean, there is no need to go to work or school tomorrow, right? Wi... read
Japan Expo photo
Japan Expo

JX: Day one impressions


It's roomy
Aug 24
It's been a busy day for us here on day one of Japan Expo USA. Tim and myself were running all over the place trying to see what this convention has in store for us. You know, in between guest interviews and such. We were abl... read
Maid Cafe NY  photo
Maid Cafe NY

Rejoice, New Yorkers: A Maid Cafe is opening soon in NYC


The Big Apple is getting their first maid cafe!
Aug 07
Congratulations, people of the Big Apple; Horizon Enterprise Group, Inc. is going to have a Grand Opening of New York's very first Maid Cafe! And from the looks of it, the people that are bringing this treasure to NYC are exc... read
Culture Japan expansion photo
Culture Japan expansion

Aw snap, Culture Japan goes through a new expansion


Cheers, Danny Choo!
Jun 26
Let's give a toast to Danny Choo once again, because Culture Japan is going to expand by moving to Tokyo during the summer. With the new expansion, they're looking to hire some new people to work in their Tokyo office! If you... read
Attack on Titan 3DMG photo
Attack on Titan 3DMG

Prepare to take down Titans with your 3D Maneuver Gear


*Queues up "Guren no Yumiya"*
Jun 25
Wow. This has to be one of the best cosplay props I've ever seen. A gifted Attack on Titan fan has blessed all of nerdkind by creating his very own set of "working" Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear! In case you've n... read
Gargantia fanart photo
Gargantia fanart

Behold, the winners of the Gargantia fan chara contest


See them in the series finale
Jun 24
Well, it took a while for Production I.G. to decide, but it seems that the people behind Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet have picked a gaggle of winners for their big fan-created character contest last month. The Pixiv... read
Attack on Titan fan-game photo
Attack on Titan fan-game

Get your swords out, it's an Attack on Titan videogame!


Sie sind die Jaeger!
Jun 21
Oh, if only this lovely little browser-based project was an actual, officially-published Attack on Titan videogame, rather than the result of a Chinese fan's creativity. The core concept's pretty great! In case you... read
Attack on Hilarity photo
Attack on Hilarity

Attack on Hilarity


Best...opening...song...EVER!!!
May 24
Everyone already understands that the opening for Attack on Titan is one of the most epic opening songs. It is so epic, that it can make anything more epic. If you don't believe me, take a good look at the video gallery below. read
LOL anime languages! photo
LOL anime languages!

Moonspeak: Maou-sama and Gargantia's languages cracked


Ih'j all Vkeer ho pe!
May 08
Ah, fantasy. You know it's a fantasy world (including the fantasy of science-fiction) when the world in question has its very own made-up gibberish language. This spring in particular is rife with them, and the two most notab... read
JET Program Expansion photo
JET Program Expansion

English teachers ahoy: Japan to expand JET program 200%


Hangs gigantic 'Help Wanted' sign outside door
May 06
Have you ever wanted to live in Japan? If you're reading this site, chances are you've at least considered it. And for many an English-speaker, the most accessible gateway to living in Glorious Nippon has been the Japan Excha... read
Girls und Panzer photo
Girls und Panzer

Girls und Panzer gets the best hug pillow ever


Hugs in the night for your HE ammo
May 05
Ah, the dakimakura. Few things in otaku culture are more indicative of one's...*ahem* "power level" than being in possession of a large hug pillow emblazoned with the visage of your 2D spouse. That is, unless you're a fan of ... read
Attack on Titan piano photo
Attack on Titan piano

Check out this cool piano cover of Attack on Titan's OP


This is really, really awesome.
Apr 15
It's not secret that I'm in love with Attack on Titan's opening theme, Guren no Yumiya (Linked Horizon). After discovering group leader Revo through Bravely Default's amazing soundtrack, I've been devouring anything the man ... read
Jump-shot Dragon Ball photo
Jump-shot Dragon Ball

This fun trend in photography is jump-shot Dragon Ball


2D power in 3D real life
Mar 29
It's great the hilarious and awesome things you can do just by getting your timing right. The cool results this time come straight from schoolgirls all over Glorious Nippon getting into the habit of "fake Dragon Ball" photogr... read
Life (not) After Rinko photo
Life (not) After Rinko

Life (not) after Rinko


Still the only one, number 1
Feb 14
You can be a realist and move on with your new games, new anime, new favorites, and your ever-renewing life. Or you could be serious about your relationships and realize that we have to live with our choices. Sometimes what w... read
Life After Rinko photo
Life After Rinko

Life after Rinko


Moving on with my life.
Feb 14
The road to recovery was long and arduous, but as many good friends had told me, time is a great healer. I was able to abandon thoughts of venturing to the smoky prison to see her once again, and instead made preparations to ... read
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I really hope this Wota's reaction to AKB48 is a joke


Really, I do.
Feb 09
Unsurprisingly, the rain of "scandals" continues to pour on AKB48, this time due to Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi having the temerity to attend a group party with *gasp* men in it, just days after the now-infamous "Mii-chan Affai... read
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Cosplayer Protip: Don't let bigots ruin your hobby


Wise words from an African-American cosplay goddess
Feb 06
You'd think that we'd have had enough of nerd "facepalm" moments in the last few days, but it's always worth calling out internet jerks. To shrug and say "Meh, internet" is letting them win. That's the case with one Chak... read
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Some jerk's vendetta gets Kuroko's Basket banned


Sadness from Comiket 83
Dec 10
Never underestimate the power of otaku. Now, I'd like to say that that phrase is some kind of testament to nerd ingenuity or some other super cool thing, but the tone I must adopt this time is one of warning, that this is onc... read
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Watching you stuff your stocking this year
The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed... read feature

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Get out the Vote: Pick JManga's Translation Battle winner


Language change we can believe in
Nov 11
I'd think it's a fairly safe assumption to make that one ambition of pretty much any non-Japanese manga fan is to learn to become fluent in Japanese. And for many  an otaku, the first step down the road to Nihongo-master... read
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Japan Expo '12: Seriously guys, stop it


Jul 08
We've caught more of you making out on the show floor today than we did yesterday. We snapped a picture of a few of them, but I fumbled with my camera for too long to get twice as many. Have some class -- do it in the hotel room! read






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