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J-Stars Victory VS+

Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+ answers all the big questions

Everyone comes out to party
Dec 22
The biggest question of them all being "When the hell is Bandai Namco releasing Jump Stars Victory VS?" in English. The answer to that is "Next summer, on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and all under the somehow even more nonsensica... read
Doesn't matter if you're black or white
Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established p... read feature

Assassination Classroom

Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga

Can you kill Koro-sensei?
Dec 04
Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom... read
Wings n' things
When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground. The intended destination of this "take from the poor, give to the rich" approach to group dynamics was clear enough, and in this chapter, we deal with the repercussions.  read feature

It's been a long road (to ninja)
....and that's that.  read feature

Naruto Part 3?

Naruto may return in 2015

The next generation?
Nov 05
Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supp... read
What, indeed
This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages. read feature

The End of Naruto

The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

Good night, sweet (ninja) prince
Oct 06
I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-ha... read
Lifting more than just busts
I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a ch... read feature

Momma goes both hot and cold
If there's been one advantage to having Kaguya be a truly "God"-type enemy for Naruto and Sasuke to throw down with, it's anticipating how effin' awesome everything is going to look when it all appears in an installment ... read feature

The gang's all here
I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression. That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of badasses we're more familiar with, yes? read feature

Viz Media

Rejoice: Viz reveals their plans for Anime Expo '14

Sailor Moon fans are in for some good news
Jun 18
It was a glorious day when Viz Media announced that they licensed Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Now Viz’s planning an event for Anime Expo 2014 that’ll please Sailor Moon, Gargantia's fans. During the ... read
The B*tch is Back
And now we move into the endgame. Wait. Didn't I just say that? I did! Well, this is getting us off to a good start, isn't it? read feature

Return of the Mack
The Mack is back, and by "Mack" we mean, "The Strawberry", because Bleach is once again graced by the presence of its lead character. It makes for quite the entrance, as Kenpachi, the one guy in this series nobody e... read feature

One Piece

One Piece crosses 310M volumes sold

Oda celebrates with tonsil surgury
May 29
BREAKING NEWS: One Piece is pretty damn popular. Well, that might not be so breaking. It's been at the top of the shonen game for years, and now we have some numbers to back that up. With the 74th (!) volume selling four mil... read
Face-melting fury
Welcome to the next evolution of our Shonen Showdown fight show recap! In case you haven't noticed, we at Japanator have sunsetted the Annotated Anime Roundup, and honored every show we cover with its own, solo post. Our reca... read feature


Here are the 20 most popular manga

Confirmed: Pirates beat assassins
May 02
Last week on a post about the Attack on Titan manga reaching 30 million volumes sold, I wondered what the numbers were for other popular series. Several days later, Mangazenken posts which are the top 20 manga series based on... read
Hunter x Hunter

Hunter x Hunter manga to resume

Apr 22
You know, I had a feeling we'd be getting this announcement soon, seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is creeping closer and closer to the final complete arc from the manga. If you're not clued up on what's been going on for ... read
Jump like you mean it
If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...may... read feature

Your face when
Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone! Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now.  It's an extra full house this week, with ... read feature

Video Games

J-Stars Victory VS gets one final 13 minute promo

All the Shonen heart
Mar 09
I love me a good crossover multiplayer game, and Bandai Namco's upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. looks to fill that hole in my life quite nicely. Featuring over 50 characters from Shonen Jump characters spanning the magazine's 4... read
J-Stars Victory Vs.

Five new characters join the J-Stars Victory Vs. roster

Three playable and two in support
Feb 17
Getting sick of all the J-Stars news? I certainly hope not, because here's the next serving! According to a leaked scan of this month's V-Jump, there are five more combatants joining the already sizeable cast; three as fully ... read
An unexpected reference
Hello and welcome to the latest installement of Shonen Showdown, your weekly recap of the best in battle anime and manga! We've got the full cast in this week, with sweet double-dose recaps of One Piece, Naruto, and Hunt... read feature

NS:UNS Revolution

Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution features old Kages

Including Papa Gaara and Papa A
Jan 21
You know, the current Naruto arc is an absolute gold mine for CyberConnect2, as it's allowing them access to so many new and interesting characters. They've already boasted that the roster in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja ... read
J-Stars Victory Vs.

Hisoka joins J-Stars as support, plus new screenshots

Straight into my veins, please.
Jan 16
Well that didn't take very long! After yesterday's news of four new characters, we have a leak revealing the two bonus villains that were teased via silhouettes. Of course, like many people figured, it's Toguro from Yu Yu Hak... read
More J-Stars Characters

Four new villains announced for J-Stars Victory Vs.

With another two 'kind of' announced.
Jan 15
The roster for J-Stars Victory Vs. just can't stop growing, with the next issue of Weekly Shueisha Jump revealing that another four villains will be joining the fight. We have Madara Uchiha from Naruto, Akainu from One Piece,... read
The fine line between love and hate is laced with violence
Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this comin... read feature

All You Need Is Kill

Simulpub of All You Need is Kill on the way

Manga will release simultaneously in US as well.
Dec 27
You might've heard that the Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill is getting a Hollywood movie adaption starring Tom Cruise. Yes, it's a little weird that it's happening at all. Granted, the movie's titled is being change... read
Rurouni Kenshin

First look at live action Rurouni Kenshin's Shishio

I can get behind this
Dec 16
More live action Rurouni Kenshin news has rolled in, this time revealing Tatsuya Fujiwara's version of the fan favorite villain, Makoto Shishio. Much to my personal surprise, the production team clearly didn't stray too far f... read
Rurouni Kenshin

New Rurouni Kenshin visual shows off live action Misao

Tao Tsuchiya is up to bat
Dec 11
We finally have our first image of the live action version of Misao Makimachi from the upcoming pair of Rurouni Kenshin films. As with the rest of the cast, young Tao Tsuchiya looks more than appropriate for the fan favorite ... read
Hunter x Hunter x P&D

Hunter x Hunter invades Puzzle & Dragons

Pretty sure it's my turn soon.
Dec 09
Puzzle & Dragons continues to show its dominance of the Japanese casual game scene with yet another collaboration, this time recruiting the help of some young and talented hunters. Killua and Kurapika of Hunter x Hunter f... read
HxH: -The Last Mission-

Hunter x Hunter: -The Last Mission- gets a teaser trailer

There's something familiar about the guy with the knife...
Nov 22
You know, considering the premise for Hunter x Hunter: The Phantom Rouge was actually pretty good, it was even more of a shame that the film turned out to be such a let down. I mean, it wasn't awful or anything, but it reall... read
One Piece

One Piece: Romance Dawn gets US release date

Europe is getting it first-- wait, what?
Nov 21
I've been looking for a reason to buy a 3DS and I may have finally found one: One Piece: Romance Dawn, the One Piece RPG, is coming to the Americas on February 11. A European release date of November 29 was previously announc... read
The ultimate arm wrestling match of the century!
*ding, ding, ding* It's Over! It's hard to believe that Adol wasn't able to triumph over the Link last week. While Adol could've ended the match with his time-stopping spell, Link countered his move with the help of his Magic... read feature

Hunter x Hunter manga

[Update] Hunter x Hunter hiatus might finally be ending

Wait, you mean Hunter x Hunter still exists?!
Nov 05
[Update: Sadly this has been proven to be false. Such is the case with these kinds of early leaks, but it's still disappointing. So yeah, Hunter x Hunter will not be returning this December.] I got bit by the Hunter x Hunter&... read
J-Stars Victory Vs.

Two versions of J-Stars Victory Vs. has me puzzled

Now you can buy the one with music, I guess
Oct 23
When I played Namco Bandai's upcoming Shonen Jump 3D battler, J-Stars Victory Vs., back during TGS, I had a grand old time. I'm still not particularly fond of the visual style they decided to go with, but the game felt a whol... read
Standing at the end of the world
Hello and welcome to the latest installment of Shonen Showdown, your weekly look at the fights that determine the fate of the world! And like a giant burning fox-dude and his other giant burning friend, we stand together, come what may! Today's dose of burning spirit and brotherly fervor comes to you courtesy of the latest from Hunter x Hunter, Naruto, and Bleach! read feature

Hello, and welcome to the latest installment of Shonen Showdown, the weekly boys-anime and manga throwdown from Japanator, the master of strategically placing young heroes' elbows uncomfortably close to heaving busoms! Don't ... read feature

TGS 2013 J-Stars

TGS 2013: Offscreen J-Star Victory VS footage

Lots of craziness. Lots of Jump!
Sep 19
I wrote a short preview for J-Stars Victory VS earlier today, and now I have video of the game in action.  This is a complete single player match that I think does a good job of showing what J-Stars is all about. Check ... read
It'll be a grand battle!
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that nearly three quarters of Namco Bandai's Tokyo Game Show booth is composed of Shonen Jump games.  Perhaps the biggest of the bunch is J-Stars Victory VS for the PS3 and the Vita. A fou... read feature

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