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Yet to be the oldest kid on the block, this East Coast implant writes cryptic things about JP folklore, the industry or dirty moe. Attend cons and lives the "I can buy Aniplex releases" life.





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Avril Lavigne's latest music video is hard on cute, Japanese stereotypes

When Avril Lavigne's latest music video for "Hello Kitty" surfaced earlier today, it hit the higher-brow internet with a wave of pain. I'm not sure what it really is about it, so you better see for yourself. The use of forei...   more

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Sakura-Con '14: Aniplex announces dub project for Magi season 2

Aniplex at Sakura-con has announced a special audition for Magi. The season two of Magi will have a Bang Zoom! dub. In addition, there will be public auditions at Anime Expo this summer for roles in Magi. Also, Aniplex of Ame...   more

Sakura-Con '14: Aniplex announces dub project for Magi season 2 photo

Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dung...   more

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First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its styl...   more

First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT photo

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...   more

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Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals

The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best....   more

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Sakura-Con 2014 to host Titan, SAO, Magi guests and more

Sakura-Con, the big spring-time anime con based out of Seattle, runs next weekend from April 18th to April 20th. We at Japanator will try our best to bring you coverage from the event covering the usual cosplay, news and gues...   more

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Log Horizon author announces new classes for world servers

Mamare Touno, the 2ch/4chan-friendly light novel author, has released on his website the a list of player classes for his fantasy setting MMORPG, Elder Tales, as detailed in the Log Horizon series. It's an exhaustiv...   more

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First Impressions: Kenzen Robo Daimidaler

There are a few key pieces of information that would help one to further understand the idea behind Kenzen Robo Daimidaler anime. First, the word "midara" means lewd, and the phrase sounds just like the words they're singing ...   more

First Impressions: Kenzen Robo Daimidaler photo

Arpeggio ships transform into stuffed bears, comedy ensues

Remember Arpeggio of Blue Steel? That computer-generated anime about ship girls that's not Kancolle? The show is getting a TV rerun in Japan, and for the occasion, a clip to promote the rerun and home video release surfaced ...   more

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Final Impressions: World Conquest Zvezda Plot

I don't have a good grasp as to how to truly enjoy enjoy an anime like World Conquest Zvezda Plot, where clever writing and smart world building paint an internally consistent story, but what happens in this story about a lit...   more

Final Impressions: World Conquest Zvezda Plot photo

HIMEKA no longer signed with label, looking for a new home

On her Twitter account yesterday, Canadian-born anime music act HIMEKA, who was with the Japanese anime/game record label 5pb, announced that she is no longer signed with 5pb. The tweets details her career in Japan as a forei...   more

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