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Review: Chroma Squad

May 05 / by Josh Tolentino
Ever since a badly-dubbed lady popped out of a dumpster on the moon, sending a weird computer-man to seek "teenagers with attitude," geeks of a certain age have been on the lookout for a game that can capture the es...
 
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Review: Omega Quintet

Apr 30 / by Josh Tolentino
Omega Quintet is a game of firsts. Chronologically, it's the PlayStation 4's first exclusive Japanese RPG (Final Fantasy Type-0 originally being a PSP game). It's also developer Compile Heart's first PS4 game, and b...
 
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Atlus tweaking Dungeon Travelers 2 to not get banned

Apr 26 / by Josh Tolentino
Fans of the To Heart series, or of developer AquaPlus' various visual novel franchises, are no doubt pretty excited by the impending release of Dungeon Travelers 2 on the PS Vita. Like Aquapazza, Dungeon Travelers 2&nbs...
 
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Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 3

Apr 23 / by Josh Tolentino
If you were looking for more intriguing world-building or sci-fi details to chew on in this installment of Plastic Memories, you may be disappointed. On the other hand, if you came for tender and chuckle-worthy romantic hijin...
 
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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 15

Apr 21 / by Josh Tolentino
And so ends one of the sadder stories (and backstories) in Fate/stay night's large (some might say overly large) collection of sad backstories. Of course, having a sad backstory is par for the course in a Type-MOON-based fiction, so that's not remarkable in and of itself, but Ufotable's presentation of such in their take on Unlimited Blade Works is certainly worthy of note.
 
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Impressions: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

Apr 19 / by Josh Tolentino
And...we're back! Yes, it's been quite a while since the last time Japanator went in-depth with Knights of Sidonia. In fact, we're verging on a full year since the last recap. That's partly my fault. You could say I mimicked ...
 
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It's your kids, Naruto! Something's gotta be done about your kids!

Apr 18 / by Josh Tolentino
I'll be honest, I've always wanted to say that in relation to, something, so I may as well say it now that the new teaser for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- is out. But it's not just Marty Naruto's kid that's the problem: Sa...
 
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Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2

Apr 12 / by Josh Tolentino
Who would ever buy an android that has to go to the bathroom?  Worse still, who would ever buy an android that, though it doesn't age, degrades in much the same way that people do when its up there in years? These are questions I'd like to ask of SAI, the big company behind Plastic Memories' setting.
 
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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14

Apr 11 / by Josh Tolentino
When last we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, ufotable's big, fabulously expensive-looking adaptation of Fate/stay night's most beloved story arc left our heroes in the lurch. Though an adorable date opened episode twel...
 
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First Impressions: Plastic Memories

Apr 10 / by Josh Tolentino
There's a lot I don't get about Plastic Memories. There a few critical points that I encountered in its first episode that don't make a huge amount of sense to me, nor would they to any sensible contemporary person. That's great!
 
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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37

Apr 09 / by Josh Tolentino
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure may be best known in this day and age for helping define the landscape of shonen storytelling conventions, but one thing that shouldn't be ignored is ome of the sheer creativity creator Hirohiko ...
 
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Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

Apr 06 / by Josh Tolentino
In my mind, in the story I've built for myself for lack of genuine information, Gundam Build Fighters is The Little Gundam That Could, a show and concept that someone in the bowels of Bandai or Sunrise had to fight ...
 
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Japanator's Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Apr 03 / by Josh Tolentino
Spring is in the air, folks! First-semester romance, flower-viewing parties, and the first blooms of the season! And like those youngest, prettiest buds, we here at Japanator are ready to scope out the brand-newest (and brand...
 
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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

Mar 30 / by Josh Tolentino
Welcome to the latest installment of Annotated Anime, brought to you by the Church of GunplaBattology. In the header you can see the benefits being a Build Fighter™ can bring to your life. Our two latest recruits have g...
 
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There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Mar 29 / by Josh Tolentino
Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer revea...
 
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Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

Mar 28 / by Josh Tolentino
Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn...
 
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Final Impressions: Shirobako

Mar 28 / by Josh Tolentino
Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it. 
 
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Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Mar 26 / by Josh Tolentino
Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, S...
 
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First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

Mar 26 / by Josh Tolentino
If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese ...
 
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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35

Mar 24 / by Josh Tolentino
What is this, a gambling anime? Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?
 
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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23

Mar 23 / by Josh Tolentino
Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes. Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anti...
 
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Studio MADHOUSE winds up for One Punch Man anime

Mar 21 / by Josh Tolentino
[Update: Check out a hot cam promo for the show below, straight from the AnimeJapan 2015 show floor!] I must say that as hyped-up as I am about the prospect of a hot new anime adaptation of One Punch Man, the skeptic in ...
 
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It's happening: One Punch Man anime officially announced

Mar 19 / by Josh Tolentino
Given the climate of anime production these days, one could see it as inevitable, but as a fan of the One Punch Man manga, it's pretty exciting to hear that the show will finally be getting a TV anime adaptation.  U...
 
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Review: Bladestorm: Nightmare

Mar 17 / by Josh Tolentino
Bladestorm: Nightmare is not a Dynasty Warriors game. That bit of information might be good or bad news, depending which side of the fence one falls on with regard to Tecmo Koei's long-running brawler series. A...
 
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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 20-22

Mar 16 / by Josh Tolentino
As we roll into the endgame for Shirobako, our longtime Producer-san Jeff Chuang faces a crisis at his own day job, and called me in for support. So far, so Shirobako, and here I am to take over the weekly recap for the time ...
 
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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 21-22

Mar 14 / by Josh Tolentino
Ah, whiskey and pocky: The snack of champions. Gunpla Battle champions, that is! With the latest installments of Build Fighters Try out of the way, the road has been paved to the finals, with the buildup handled by two of the better engagements in the series' run so far. 
 
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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 28-33

Mar 07 / by Josh Tolentino
It's been a while since we last checked in with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, but the fun thing about this kind of story is that not a lot of plot movement happens from week to week. The true character of the series really only u...
 
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Persona 4: Dancing All Night's new trailer is fixated on...meat

Mar 06 / by Josh Tolentino
Mention "meat fixation" to a fan of Persona 4 and you'll most likely trigger fond memories of Chie Satonaka, the franchise's resident martial arts junkie and legendary carnivore. That said, I think even Chie would find ...
 
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Battleship Musashi rediscovered 70 years after World War II

Mar 05 / by Josh Tolentino
I'm not sure who should be more overjoyed by this news: History buffs or Kantai Collection fans. Perhaps both? I am, of course, referring to a cool tweet from a fellow named Paul Allen, formerly a founder of Microsoft and now...
 
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Review: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

Mar 03 / by Josh Tolentino
[This review originally appeared on Destructoid] Like many games of its type, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a tiny graphic in its text boxes to remind players they can press a button to advance to the next l...
 
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Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Mar 01 / by Josh Tolentino
Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of G...
 
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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 18-20

Feb 25 / by Josh Tolentino
It's been a while since we last checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, but being able to watch the last few episodes in quick succession as I caught up to the latest developments has led me to one, inescapable conclusion: Sekai might be the Try Fighters' ace, but Fumina is their MVP.
 
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Now here's a Dragon Ball Z fan film that gets it right

Feb 25 / by Josh Tolentino
Today seems to be a banner day for notable and/or impressive fan creations, so let's keep the ball rolling. Remember Dragon Ball: Evolution? If you're lucky enough not to, it was quite awful. This new project, Dragon Ball Z:...
 
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Check out a Hollywood pro's ultraviolent take on Power Rangers

Feb 25 / by Josh Tolentino
Don't you love it when, for some trick of fate or circumstance, the idle fantasies you used to dream up when you were a dumb kid somehow come true? That's what happened for a lot of folks a couple days ago when Director Jose...
 
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Let Risette navigate you through Persona 4: Dancing All Night

Feb 23 / by Josh Tolentino
I don't usually cotton much to so-called "character trailers" when they pop up in the usual game and anime hype cycle. They're usually nothing more than bits of voiced fluff, when I'd prefer to let the full work speak for it...
 
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More Final Fantasy XV footage than you can shake a phantom sword at

Feb 23 / by Josh Tolentino
It still feels almost unreal after so many years of being nothing more than a twinkle in Tetsuya Nomura's eye, but Final Fantasy XV looks like it might be an actual game that might be released. Square Enix is banking on...
 
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Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary

Feb 22 / by Josh Tolentino
[This post originally appeared on Destructoid.com] No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" i...
 
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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episodes 5-6

Feb 15 / by Josh Tolentino
Kantai Collection has an identity crisis. It's trying to split the difference between a splashy, substance-free fan-service fiesta for existing fans of the game it's based on, a more sedate genre piece featuring girls be...
 
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Persona 5 is the Lupin III RPG you never knew you wanted

Feb 11 / by Josh Tolentino
How about that Persona 5 trailer, eh? While the sensible voice in my head cautions me against getting too hyped-up for games that aren't out yet, but the Persona-fan voice in my head is currently drowning it out with shouts a...
 
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Golgo 13 is officially Too Old For This Sh*t

Feb 09 / by Josh Tolentino
Indeed, like a certain police officer, the legendary assassin Golgo 13 is just a few weeks from retirement...literally! After nearly forty-seven years in serialization, the longest-running currently published manga is set to ...
 
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