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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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Josh Tolentino . Feb 17

Annotated Anime: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu episodes 4-6

The last time we checked in on Shouwa Rakugo, it was shaping up to be one of the best (or at least, most grown-up) anime series to air in years. Anime fans looking for more mature, grounded plotting and complex character work...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Feb 07

Now you can get your Naruto anime fix on Steam

Rejoice, ninja fans, because Naruto has come to Steam! And no, I'm not referring to the bountiful slate of Ultimate Ninja Storm releases, but instead to a raftload of honest-to-goodness anime, courtesy of ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Feb 02

Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 13-16

The last time we checked in with GATE, A-1 Pictures' chronicle of the Japan's encounter with nothing less than an entire other world, I noted that the show was considerably less, well...controversial than I had been led to be...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Feb 02

Answer some questions and win a free game from MangaGamer

Are you into lesbian ghosts?  If not, how about a free game? All you've got to do is tell MangaGamer, publisher of far more than lesbian ghost games, about what you want to see from them, by filling out this handy survey...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 28

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

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...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 27

First Impressions: Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu

If you've ever held the opinion that the medium of Japanese anime could stand to see more mature stories for adults, you absolutely owe it to yourself to at least try watching Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.  I'm not...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 19

First Impressions: ERASED

If there's anything universal to the experience of being an adult, it's probably regret. Or more specifically, regretting the mistakes of childhood. Come on, you've done it before, too, I'm sure. Perhaps you've lost touch wit...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 16

Review: Gravity Rush Remastered

Gravity Rush is and remains one of the coolest games on the PS Vita, even three years after its original 2012 release. Unfortunately for fans of cool games, the PS Vita didn't get into nearly as many hands as Sony was ho...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 14

Ghost Dive: Your essential primer to Ghost in the Shell

It's been more than two decades since the original Ghost in the Shell film came out, and the name still resonates as one of the most well-known examples of Japanese anime around. At the same time, it's been quite a while...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 10

Watch this martial artist bring Tekken's Kazuya to life

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...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 10

First Impressions: Active Raid

If you held a gun to my head and demanded I tell you my favorite anime series of all time (you could've just asked, jeez!), Patlabor: The Mobile Police would definitely be on that list. Though I encountered it relatively...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jan 07

Try to ignore the d-bag marketing for this neat translator gizmo

Here's a new one to file under "Why We Can't Have Nice Things": Tone-deaf marketing stunts. Like this one, for a neat little thing called the "ili" Wearable Translator. It's a little white slab about a bit smaller than an Ap...   0




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