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Josh Tolentino . May 27

Ghost in the Shell live-action gets Rila Fukushima

The seemingly unending saga of Hollywood's adaptation of Ghost in Shell continues, as hubbub about the long-in-making film has morphed from justified concerns over the quality of the adaptation (which haven't gone away, ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 24

Valkyria Chronicles soundtrack gets released outside Japan for the first time

[Disclosure: Jayson Napolitano of Scarlet Moon Promotions, is a former contributor to Japanator.] [Update: An earlier version of this post erroneously asserted that Scarlet Moon Productions was responsible for the release of ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 23

Get your idols-and-murder fix with AKB48's Hulu horror show

If your life has been lacking in sugar sweet pop idols, as well as chilling doses of horror and/or murder, a recent announcement by Hulu might be the one magic bullet to take down both your problems. Indeed, the streamin...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 22

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

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 ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 21

Come to New York and check out Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE next week

I've been trying to avoid all mention of Nintendo and Atlus' joint project Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE, partly because I don't want to be tempted into picking up a Wii U. That said, the thing really does make an impressio...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 20

Veteran voice actress Yuko Mizutani passes away

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,...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 20

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

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...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 16

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

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 ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 12

So I translated that new Persona 5 trailer

It took the newest trailer for Persona 5 to make me break my self-imposed media blackout about the game. After all, I already knew I wanted the damn thing, so I didn't need any extra convincing. But I did watch it, and it was...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 12

Want to make anime in Japan? Don't expect to get rich doing it

One of the more common pieces of fan mail we get comes in the form of inquiries from fans looking to break into anime creation. It's not an uncommon impulse, to want to try your hand at making what you love to watch, but impu...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 05

GET HYPE: Persona 5 launches in September

It's time, folks! Or rather, it will be time...in a few short months. After months of silence last year's delay and weeks of drip-fed promotion culminating in a final countdown, Atlus has announced the Japanese release ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 03

Wait, what? Tenchi Muyo to get a fourth season

File this one under "Hold on, let me check what year it is", because Tenchi Muyo! is set to be A Thing again!  Well, that's not entirely fair. Fans of one of the most influential harem anime of modern times haven't ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 01

Behold the glory of Idolmaster: Platinum Stars' full gameplay

The time has almost come for the PlayStation 4 to be graced with a proper [email protected] presence, and Bandai Namco has seen fit to remind us all of that fact, with some new gameplay footage straight from the Nico Nico Chou...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 29

Steam's Anime Weekend sale reveals the depths of our infiltration

Sony isn't the only place putting the deals out for Golden Week. Steam, that hive of all other things Japanese when it comes to gaming, has just pulled the trigger on its Anime Weekend Sale. Running through Monday May 2nd, th...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 28

We brain-dove Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online, and came back with answers

A team-based multiplayer shooter isn't the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about a Ghost in the Shell video game - the first thing is a Basset Hound simulator. But after that, Nexon and Neoples have done a p...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 27

It's a golden time for Sony's Golden Week 2016 PlayStation sale

If you have an interest in cool Japanese things - and I'd wager you do, having visited this site and all - you might be aware that Golden Week, that most anticipated cluster of Japanese holidays, begins tomorrow, on April 29t...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 26

Uh-oh: NIS America cuts ties with Atlus in Europe, Oceania

It's been a long time since it has truly sucked to be a European gamer, but this latest development certainly qualifies, particularly for Europeans and residents of Australia and Oceania that are fans of Atlus' games. NIS Ame...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 25

Meet the Grave Sinners of Valkyria: Azure Revolution

It's been a while since we last heard from Valkyria: Azure Revolution, Sega's PS4 follow-up to one of the PS3's (and PSP's) best games, Valkyria Chronicles. Now the company's loosening the tap a bit as the game's planned late...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 22

You've got 'til May 5 to figure out what Persona 5's counting down to

It's been a while since we last heard from Persona 5, following the  delay in the game's release date from late last year to sometime this year. Atlus seemed content to know that most folks who cared knew what Persona w...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 20

Behold the glory of the Star Fox Zero anime

Star Fox is back, folks! And it seems back in a way that explicitly recalls the glory days of SNES-based 3D games and peppy animal-people bloodlessly fighting other animal-people. If nothing else, that Saturday morning carto...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 19

Annotated Anime: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable episode 3

In today's episode of Diamond is Unbreakable, the plot thickens a tad, shedding more details on just why Morioh is so boned. Similarly, we meet a new foe who will, given the way the OP sequence goes, will be a member of the squad before long.   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 19

Sony may sell an upgraded PlayStation 4 model codenamed 'NEO' soon

It looks like it's almost officially A Thing now: After weeks of rumblings and rumors regarding its existence swirled, more concrete (though still unconfirmed) information has emerged around supposed plans by Sony to produce ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 18

Review: Trillion: God of Destruction

The Final Boss Battle has been a staple of game design since about as long as games have had combat in them, and for the most part, a game is about how players lead their heroes to that final encounter, often plowing through ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 14

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

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...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 10

First Impressions: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable

I honestly didn't know what to expect going into David Production's latest phase in adapting the epic JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, Diamond is Unbreakable. Besides some background details gleaned from Wikipedia and the...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 01

JapanaHow: Tips for Bathing Your Catgirl

Hello, and welcome to JapanaHow, our new semi-regular How-To column covering the basics of life once you've Made Anime Real.  If you're one of the growing number of people who've Made Anime Real, you may find yourself th...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Apr 01

Japanator's Spring 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

It may be April 1st today, but it's also the start of the Spring Anime Preview, which means that folks can have fun with boisterous humor and anticipation for the latest in Japanese cartoon goodness. This is Japanator's Spring 2016 Anime Preview Guide! Head on below for a roundup of the most notable anime series of the quarter, and tell us in the comments about what you're planning to watch!   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 31

Final Fantasy XV gets a release date, demo out now

You've heard (and probably seen) the new Final Fantasy XV anime episode by now, but surely it's the game itself that matters most? Indeed, Square Enix's premiere boy band road trip simulator will be ready for consumptio...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 25

Praise Atomsk: New episodes of FLCL are incoming

If you're an anime fan of a certain age, you're probably going to find this news quite exciting (or perhaps terrifying): New episodes of FLCL are on the way!  For the uninitiated, FLCL (aka Fooly Cooly) was a G...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 24

MangaGamer puts the axe to Soul Link and Shuffle!

Here's a quick PSA for folks hankering for a classic visual novel to read: MangaGamer is discontinuing sales of two titles by March 31st: Shuffle! and Soul Link, both developed by Navel.  According to the company, t...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 21

Yes, Trillion: God of Destruction is also kind of a dating sim

It wouldn't be a niche JRPG without some vaguely salacious feature, and Trillion: God of Destruction is set to provide on that front, thanks to a set of romance-sim-inspired features. The latest trailer covers the game'...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 20

Bring it home to Aincrad in Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization

While the most interesting Sword Art Online-related news of the week was the yesterday's infodump regarding IBM's VR take on The Kirito Show VR Edition Sword Art Online: The Beginning, folks interested in actual videoga...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 19

Hot deals on JoJo's, Fatal Frame this weekend on PSN

Destructoid's Jordan Devore claims that grabbing Platinum Games' rollicking brawler Transformers: Devastation for less than a Jackson* is the centerpiece of this weekend's PSN Flash Sale. I respectfully disagree, because...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 19

Virtual Reality Sword Art Online actually works, it turns out

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...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 17

GDC pays touching tribute to the late Satoru Iwata

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 ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 14

Hello, Goodbye Despair: Danganronpa 2 gets a PC port

The Danganronpa games are fantastic. Stylish, tense, and utterly engrossing, they're easily among my favorite visual novels, and I recommend that everyone play them. Thankfully, that just got a lot easier, as people won't hav...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 04

Takeshi Kitano heads up Section 9 in Ghost in the Shell live-action movie

The long-planned live-action Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell takes another step towards being An Actual Thing™, as the casting announcements have begun to roll in. And in a move that seems to break with ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Mar 04

Square Enix's Steam sale chops chunks off Final Fantasy and more

It's no surprise that here at Japanator we're into Japanese games, but we're also into saving a bit of money while getting them, which makes Square Enix's Publisher Weekend sale on Steam quite relevant to both of those intere...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Feb 28

Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

Endings are hard. Whether you're putting the finishing touches on a blog post or finding a way to wrap up a decade-and-a-half-long epic, concluding almost any affair in a way that satisfies all involved is a challenge. That's...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Feb 22

Finally, an actual Sword Art Online Virtual Reality game

File this one under "It's happening!", because it really is: Sword Art Online is getting a game adaptation in the medium that it helped make famous: Virtual Reality. IBM have announced a new online VR game project title...   0




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