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R-Type

Feast your eyes (but not your ears) on this awesome R-Type tribute


No one dies on the first boss
May 22
// Josh Tolentino
Animation savant Paul "Otaking" Johnson has struck again, following up his great, '90's-style anime tribute to TIE Fighter with a similar tribute to the classic shooter game R-Type. Once again, Johnson's mastery of the ...
Yuko Mizutani photo
Yuko Mizutani

Veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani passes away


Gone too soon
May 20
// Josh Tolentino
Deaths may be a fact of life, but it's always sad when someone is taken too soon. That's the case for Japanese voice actress Yuko Mizutani, a veteran of Japan's voice acting scene who was best known for playing Sakiko Sakura,...
Idolmaster/Civil War photo
Idolmaster/Civil War

Get Lady for idol-on-idol violence in this Marvel-Idolmaster mashup


Pick a side, Producers!
May 20
// Josh Tolentino
Putting anime in my superhero comics? It's old hat. But putting The [email protected] in my blockbuster Hollywood hero brawls? Now that's something I can get behind! From the galactic heroes at Bin1 Pro...
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Anime Expo

Uh-oh: Anime Expo could be harmed by sudden regulations


Why now?
May 16
// Josh Tolentino
I think we can all agree that youths need protection from creeps and other predators, but what's happening at this year's Anime Expo in the name of protecting the children seems to be a bit...undesirable. Last week, the ...

Waterscape photo
Waterscape

Haruka Misawa's aquariums deliver a new take on fishes and plants living together


If only they were for sale
May 15
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something wonderful about seeing people using their creativity to improve their pet's living space. When done right, the new environment gives the animal the ability to frolic in a manner that grants them more freedo...
Rickshaw Pullers photo
Rickshaw Pullers

Japanese ladies love them some rickshaw-pullers


Women love a Shafu
May 07
// Soul Tsukino
When the single women of Japan are asked about the types of guys they are into, you get the usual answers of rock singers, pilots, and of course Foreign men, but the men of one particular occupation have seen their stock in the eyes of women rise in recent times. That of the hardworking rickshaw puller.
Corpse Hotels photo
Corpse Hotels

Book your dearly departed at a Corpse Hotel today!


A place you REALLY don't want to be
May 06
// Soul Tsukino
If you watch anime or pay attention to Japanese culture long enough, the subject of hotels inevitably comes up. Be it either Mountain hot bath retreats, hourly love hotels, and those ever quirky capsule hotels. But there is a new type of hotels that is on the rise, especially in Tokyo. Corpse hotels. And it's not what you think.
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Hokkaido

Hokkaido is taking the air out of tourism


Hold on to your gas!
Apr 29
// Soul Tsukino
A downloadable guide put out by The Hokkaido Tourism Organization to help foreigners understand the customs of Japan's northernmost island sparked a bit of an outrage recently when it was found it to be offensive. C...
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WTF Fridays

WTF Fridays: Every Anime


BAN THIS SICK FILTH
Apr 15
// Red Veron
Below is the fan remix
Godzilla Resurgence photo
Godzilla Resurgence

Check out the Studio Ghibli Kaiju short that inspired the new Godzilla


Prelude to Resurgence!
Apr 14
// Josh Tolentino
If you've just seen the trailer for the new, Japan-originated Godzilla movie, Godzilla Resurgence, you might have been surprised to find that none other than Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are collaborating on the film. Tha...
2020 Tokyo games photo
2020 Tokyo games

2020 Tokyo Olympics new logo search down to final four


Replacement logo on the way
Apr 09
// Soul Tsukino
At least one of the major issues that have plagued the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo will be resolved later this month as the search for a new logo has narrowed down to four. As we've posted before, The Olympic games of Tokyo h...
BABYMETAL photo
BABYMETAL

BABYMETAL rocks the Late Show in their US television debut


METARU IDORU
Apr 07
// Red Veron
If anyone remembers when Hatsune Miku showed up at the Late Show back in in late 2014, it was a bit of an awkward affair. I don't think anyone bothered to explain properly about Miku and her popularity in Japan, but earlier t...
Sword Art Online VR photo
Sword Art Online VR

Virtual Reality Sword Art Online actually works, it turns out


Well...sort of.
Mar 19
// Josh Tolentino
When IBM announced its intention to Make Anime Real™ by producing a Sword Art Online-based virtual reality experience, I was a tad skeptical. After all, even the most advanced VR tech in the world can just barely convi...
GDC 2016 photo
GDC 2016

GDC pays touching tribute to the late Satoru Iwata


Not a dry eye in the house
Mar 17
// Josh Tolentino
One of the sadder events in recent memory for gamers was the passing of former Nintendo President Satoru Iwata. Aged 55, he played a key role at Nintendo for many years, contributing to the development of games like Balloon ...
White Day photo
White Day

Give back to Women on White Day!


Repay that Valentine's Chocolate
Mar 14
// Red Veron
Exactly a month after Valentine's Day, Japanese men try to repay women who've given them chocolate during the oddly named "White Day". Also celebrated in other nearby countries such as China, South Korea, and Taiwan; this hol...
Cat Island photo
Cat Island

Japan's Cat Island gets lots of love to fight food shortage


A Purr-ty big response!
Feb 29
// Soul Tsukino
Aoshima is a small island in a remote part of the Ehime prefecture of Japan. It's the kind of small island you mind find a martial arts master residing, or the kind of place you'd take a high school class for a trip (don't forget the commemorative metal collars!). The whole island is only about 8 miles around and is occupied by about 16 people- -and oh yeah... Aoshima
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Happy Valentine's Day!


Get lovey with your Waifu and Husbando!
Feb 14
// Anthony Redgrave
No matter the country, the day of love and romance will always fall on the 14th day of the second month of the year. Valentine's day is a day dedicated to being with your loved one and is common practice to exchange heart-sha...
Ramen photo
Ramen

Chocolate Ramen is here for Japanese Valentine's Day


Savory and Sweet
Feb 12
// Red Veron
Japan is one of those places synonymous with odd and interesting food science with their culinary products and here we are again reporting on just that. Chocolate is the common staple for Valentine's day in Japan, and now swe...
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: Kabe-don & don'ts


A little sekuhara with your blouse?
Feb 05
// Hiroko Yamamura
Girl, that dress would look better on my bedroom floor
The Raid Samurai Edition photo
The Raid Samurai Edition

Check out this awesome samurai short from The Raid's director


Getting chanbara all up ins
Jan 28
// Josh Tolentino
The Raid was one of the coolest martial arts films of all time, and a lot of that was due to the expert choreography of director Gareth Evans and his crew. So count me as interested when he puts out a kick-ass samurai-themed...
McDonald's photo
McDonald's

Watch people try out McDonald's Chocolate French Fries


Sweet and Savory
Jan 27
// Red Veron
Japan has always been associated with weird and unusual stuff, and the food they come up with is usually what turns heads when they come up with something new or different. McDonald's Japan, taking something so American as Fr...
Cowboy Bebop photo
Cowboy Bebop

Figure skater jams to Cowboy Bebop theme


See ya, Skate Cowboy
Jan 26
// Red Veron
Figure skating is the last thing I ever thought I would have to write about here on Japanator but today is the day. This past weekend was the 2016 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and figure skater Kevin Reynolds, clad ...
Sumo photo
Sumo

Japanese-born sumo wrestler wins first tournament in ten years


Enter the land of the giants!
Jan 26
// Soul Tsukino
In Saturday's finale of the New Year's Grand Sumo Tournament, history was made when ozeki-ranked (second highest rank in sumo) Kotoshogiku became the first Japanese-born wrestler to win a tournament in a decade. The 31-year-o...
'Lucky Man' race photo
'Lucky Man' race

Check out Japan's recent 'Lucky Man' race event


May the winner have an amazing new year
Jan 10
// Salvador GRodiles
When it comes to receiving good luck, most of the requirements for this blessing usually require a prayer or a special type of offering. However, there are some cases where you'll have to compete against a large group of peo...
Tekken IRL photo
Tekken IRL

Watch this martial artist bring Tekken's Kazuya to life


Eat it, Evil Ryu!
Jan 10
// Josh Tolentino
Most fighting games may not have an especially strong connection to real-life martial arts, but that doesn't mean they're completely unrealistic or impossible to "do" in meatspace. The trick is in finding the right game to r...
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Christmas


The most wonderful time of the year~
Dec 25
// Anthony Redgrave
I don't think I'll need to preface this Today in Anime section with an explanation about Christmas. It's grown past it's pagan roots and grown into an international holiday celebrated by cultures all over the world and that i...
Weird Snacks photo
Weird Snacks

Strawberry cake potato chips? Look at some weird Japanese snacks!


Strange is the normal
Dec 20
// Red Veron
Food science is a wonderful subject in making amazing food magic with making foods taste better, last longer, and even making possible food combinations that wasn't even thinkable in the past. We've always thought of Japan a...
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: SAAAAAAAFE


SO CLOSE
Dec 18
// Red Veron
Whew.
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Friday: That Place Looks Familiar


What is this I Don't Even
Nov 20
// Red Veron
Meowgaroo Jumpsuit photo
Meowgaroo Jumpsuit

This cat jumpsuit lets you bond with your feline purrfectly


Sounds Ameowzing!
Nov 19
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something uplifting about hugging an animal-- especially if they're your pet. In a way, it can help relieve one's stress from a rough day at work, which is one of the best things about taking care of a dog, cat, or a...
WTF photo
WTF

WTF Fridays: Office Productivity


How to sell software
Nov 06
// Red Veron
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Today in Anime

Today in Anime: Culture Festival


Yakisoba, animal cafes, live rock bands
Nov 03
// Anthony Redgrave
Culture Festivals are a staple of Japanese school anime, but it's a concept that is lost on many westerners. As the years went on I just rolled with it. It was just a thing that Japanese schools did. My school used to have a ...
Haruhi photo
Haruhi

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. 
WTF Friday photo
WTF Friday

WTF Fridays - Japanese Man


How to be a Weeaboo
Sep 25
// Red Veron
Don't hate, James Bond did it too.
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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...
WTF Fridays photo
WTF Fridays

WTF Fridays: You are [NOT] ready


Musical Impact
Sep 18
// Red Veron
 
Metal Gear Solid V photo
Metal Gear Solid V

Watch Hideo Kojima say goodbye to Metal Gear


Kept you waiting, huh?
Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
Whatever you might think of the series that defined his career, there's no doubting that Hideo Kojima is one of the most prominent figures in gaming history, and arguably the closest a major game developer has come to matchi...
MangaGamer Uncensored photo
MangaGamer Uncensored

Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam


Hot stuff
Sep 02
// Josh Tolentino
Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version ...
Metal Gear Solid V photo
Metal Gear Solid V

Metal Gear Solid V's last commercial gives the bride away


Plus mecha nostalgia with Kojima
Aug 30
// Josh Tolentino
Everyone knows Japanese commercials are delightfully zany, often bordering on surreal in a way that usually doesn't help much to sell the product itself. Thankfully for the world, Metal Gear is just as zany, perhaps mor...
IMDB photo
IMDB

IMDB's list of top anime reads like 'Ask an American'


But of course it would be, I guess?
Aug 24
// Josh Tolentino
There's nothing like a big ol' debate about what counts as "the best", and even anime - perhaps especially anime - are no stranger to this particular type of nerd catnip. Everyone's got their own little "toplist", including t...

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