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Jul 04 // Josh Tolentino

Japanator's Summer 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

The Summer is nigh and the sun is out, and you know what that means, folks: Huddle indoors and watch Japanese cartoons! Well, come to think of it, that's our solution to every season, but hey, we're probably biased. After all...
Jun 29 // Josh Tolentino

Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west

Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way...
Jun 29 // Josh Tolentino

Steins;Gate finally gets a US release date on console

Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming.  Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3...
Jun 27 // Josh Tolentino

Japanator supports love!

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social me...
Jun 25 // Josh Tolentino

But of course Lelouch is in Persona 5 trailer!

[Update: Courtesy of Gematsu, an alternate link to the trailer has been found. Check it out below!] Much to some fans' disappointment, Persona 5 didn't make a huge splash at E3 this year. Rather than put Atlus' lat...
Jun 16 // Josh Tolentino

Summer Lesson is everything right about VR

Virtual Reality's a thing, right? The prospect of really putting players "somewhere else" in a more substantial way is just too appealing to dismiss completely. That said, for most of the tech demos out there, that "somewher...
Jun 16 // Josh Tolentino

Quick Fund Event: Yu Suzuki's Shenmue III kickstarter already funded

E3 usually isn't the biggest thing to look forward to for fans of Japanese games, but there are always exceptions. This year is one of those exceptions, and Nintendo hasn't even begun its broadcast yet! Everyone brought some ...
Jun 15 // Josh Tolentino

This is Metal Gear Solid V's big trailer, and its thesis

No matter what you might think of Hideo Kojima and the series that made his name, there's no doubting that each one is something of an event, and it looks like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won't be an exception ...
Jun 15 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 23

Putting aside the fact that the last five episodes of Unlimited Blade Works could easily have been cut down to about three without any appreciable loss, it's still gratifying to see the show take time out to include abso...
Jun 14 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 46-47

I really didn't want to have to do this recap, because we're right up against Stardust Crusaders' endgame, which means that the bodycount has to rise. And really, who likes to watch people die? Don't answer that!
Jun 12 // Josh Tolentino

Transform and Ink-Roll Out: Splatoon gets a Transformers homage

Nintendo's friendly shooter Splatoon is definitely looking to be the mimetic flavor of the moment, judging from the amount of buzz it's been generating online, but hey, if it somehow results in awesome art and whatnot, I...
Jun 09 // Josh Tolentino

Wait, what? Final Fantasy XV demo and Type-0 getting patched

Hearing the news that a console game is getting a patch shouldn't be the kind of thing that makes a man feel old, but for some reason the announcement that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and its accompanying Final Fantasy XV d...
Jun 08 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 22

This one's likely to be a short recap as Unlimited Blade Works downshifts, in preparation for the final two episodes. Instead, I invite viewers whose main experience with the Fate franchise is via Fate/Zero to ...
Jun 05 // Josh Tolentino

Ain't Squiddin': Splatoon x Squid Girl is the crossover to watch

It looks like Splatoon's the game to take the world by storm this year. Nintendo's paint-themed squid-kid shooter's quickly barged its way into the gamer hivemind on a spray of bright paint, and you know what that means: Cros...
Jun 02 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 20-21

And here we are: The fight that defines the whole of Unlimited Blade Works: The final battle between Shirou Emiya...and Shirou Emiya, or rather, Shirou Emiya's future self, as Archer, the embittered hero. It goes about as wel...
May 31 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episode 45

As well as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has held up after all these years, there are occasionally moments when you realize just how old it is. It could be a general feeling, like the absence of some more post-modern tricks o...
May 29 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episodes 7-8

This face right here. That was pretty much what I looked like when episode 7 opened, with the ever so interesting gag of seeing Tsukasa freak the eff out about Isla doing his laundry for him. It's an amazing scene, one unprecedented in Japanese animated romance stories, surely!
May 25 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 38-44

Well, it's been weeks since we last checked in with the Stardust Crusaders, a group name, which, come to think of it, doesn't make all that much sense in the grand scheme of things. I mean, sure there's a "Star" in "Star Platinum", and Egypt has a lot of dust, as well as a few Crusades, but...well, I guess it does make sense, after all. So let's carry on, then!    
May 17 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 19

Ufotable's take on Unlimited Blade Works may be in many ways the Fate/stay night adaptation fans always wanted, but it's not without its sticking points. Besides the usual caveats that can be attached to a prop...
May 12 // Josh Tolentino

Behold, the Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover nobody asked for

I've been getting back into reading comic books of late, the fabled "ame-comi" from across the Pacific, and one fun part of American comic book culture is the practice of "Free Comic Book Day", when comic stores and publisher...
May 11 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 16-18

The last time we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, we'd seen the lengths Ufotable was willing to go to give the passing of Ilya and Berserker the gravitas that moment deserves. It worked, for the most part, though t...
May 10 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episodes 4-6

A month and change. That's actually a very short time, when you think about it. For example. I haven't written a recap of Plastic Memories in almost three weeks. That's about half the time Isla's got left on her android clock, and with the latest three episodes, we're just about ready to start plumbing the show's potential depths.
May 06 // Josh Tolentino

Your first look at Ufotable's God Eater anime

I've mentioned this before, but of the many games that tried to steal Monster Hunter's fire, I liked God Eater the most. While mechanically it was often just "diet" Monster Hunter, its approach to storytelling and anime...
May 05 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Chroma Squad

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...
Apr 30 // Josh Tolentino

Review: Omega Quintet

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...
Apr 26 // Josh Tolentino

Atlus tweaking Dungeon Travelers 2 to not get banned

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...
Apr 23 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 3

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...
Apr 21 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 15

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.
Apr 19 // Josh Tolentino

Impressions: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

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 ...
Apr 18 // Josh Tolentino

It's your kids, Naruto! Something's gotta be done about your kids!

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...
Apr 12 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2

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.
Apr 11 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14

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...
Apr 10 // Josh Tolentino

First Impressions: Plastic Memories

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!
Apr 09 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 36-37

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 ...
Apr 06 // Josh Tolentino

Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

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 ...
Apr 03 // Josh Tolentino

Japanator's Spring 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

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...
Mar 30 // Josh Tolentino

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

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...
Mar 29 // Josh Tolentino

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

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...
Mar 28 // Josh Tolentino

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

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...
Mar 28 // Josh Tolentino

Final Impressions: Shirobako

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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