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Josh Tolentino . Aug 30

Review: Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design

What comes to mind when one thinks of "tattoos"? Some might imagine the anchor on Popeye's forearm, the pointy tribal band encircling a local gym fiend's bicep, or the crude inkings associated with prison art.Thinking of "Jap...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 28

Wait, what? Amazon's making a live-action Idolmaster show

Are you ready for this? Are you LADY for this? Amazon certainly thinks so, because it's taking The [email protected], Bandai Namco's landmark idol-simulator/DLC factory, is coming to the one place it has never truly been: The real w...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 22

Uh, Japan's Prime Minister cosplayed as Mario for the Olympics

No, this is not an article from The Onion. Apparently, it really happened, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did, in fact, emerge from a giant green pipe at the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, dressed up as ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 21

Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Let's be honest here: Few people were expecting very much from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Not only is it a multimedia tie-in to a game, a JRPG no less, but the long shadow of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within continu...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 16

Here's some Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV to salve your pain

Final Fantasy XV the game may not be in the cards for another few months, but that won't stop some of the other stuff scheduled to happen. The CGI film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is still on track for a late Augu...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 15

Despair: Final Fantasy XV delayed to late Fall

One of the most remarkable things about Final Fantasy XV's development isn't its epic length, but how open the process has been over the last couple of years. Since the reins were handed over to director Hajime Tabata (who ha...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Aug 08

No, Japan's Emperor isn't stepping down (but he might want to)

In a rare national TV address, Akihito, the current Emperor of Japan, spoke frankly about his declining health and hinted that he may want to stand down from the Chrysanthemum Throne someday. This came after weeks of rum...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jul 06

Deep Silver to publish Atlus and Sega games (and Persona 5) in Europe

Time for some relief, European otaku: You'll get Persona 5 - and more - in your neck of the woods. Atlus and Sega have found a new partner for European publishing. The agreement comes in the wake of NIS America cutting i...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jul 04

Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

A happy Monday to you, and a happy July 4th to all our American readers! What better way is there to celebrate American independence than by staying home and watching a buttload of Japanese cartoons? Welcome to Japanator's Su...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 28

Brilliant Hearthstone ad pokes fun at Japanese corporate culture

It's a cliche at this point to describe Japanese work culture as "quite hierarchical", but it is true that bosses, company officials, and executives are afforded a level of deference that's not as common in other cultures. Un...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 24

Here are the otaku games to eye this Steam Summer Sale

It's that time again, eager gamers and deal-conscious customers: Valve's yearly Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off, and the prices are a-dropping. That's especially relevant to you, the fan of games from Glorious Nippon, a...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 19

Kick, punch, and crush ass through the '80s with Yakuza 0

The Yakuza games may be an institution when it comes to high-profile Japanese gaming these days, but strangely enough, they've never portrayed Japan's gangster culture at its true height, during the boom years of the lat...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 17

Here's your new look at the Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV CG movie

Call me negative, but this hype campaign for Final Fantasy XV feels like it's getting a bit out of hand. I mean, look, the game is out in late September, and I'm sure it'll be fine but now we've got a new CG movie set to...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 16

Here, let Gandalf lend some class to Unlimited Blade Works

There are no words for this, besides "HOLY SHIT SIR IAN MCKELLEN JUST READ THE UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS INCANTATION". It's even funnier when you see the 77-year-old, award-winning British actor pause ever so slightly when he en...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 16

Here's E3's good and bad news about Persona 5

A lot of folks weren't expecting much Persona 5-related news out of E3, as these kinds of reveals are typically reserved for Japan-based events, but lo and behold, the company held an E3 demo stream of the game, showing off g...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 15

The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild trailer looks absolutely beautiful

I'll freely admit that unlike many gamers that grew up as Nintendo loyalists in the late '80s and '90s, I don't have a very strong connection to The Legend of Zelda. I more or less skipped everything past A Link to the Past. ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 14

Gravity Rush 2's trailer looks great, is criminally ignored

E3 is on a lot of folks' minds right now, and Sony has just held its press conference, where there was a stunning lack of Gravity Rush 2, despite the fact that a full trailer was ready and available for the taking.  Well...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 13

Go full weeaboo with Overwatch's anime intros

Overwatch. It's all anyone can seem to talk about when it comes to hot new games, and with good reason: Blizzard's team shooter is kind of rad, and appeals to a lot of folks. Part of the reason for that is its deep bench...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 07

Time to GET HYPE: Atlus announces Persona 5 English release date

If you've been waiting on an English-language release date for Persona 5 before getting hyped up in anticipation, now is your time, waiting on the announcement of an English-language release date, are now at liberty to r...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 06

Try out Odin Sphere's long-lost 8-bit ancestor

I've always said that the games of Vanillaware feel like they came from an alternate history where 2D graphics continued to reign supreme instead of being supplanted by ever more realistic 3D tech. Now, with Odin Sphere Leift...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 01

Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Vanillaware may have been making games for close to a decade now, but for my money, nothing they've made has quite surpassed their first game*, Odin Sphere.  Not to say that their other games are bad. On the contrary, as...   0

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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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