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May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura

So there's a katana made out of meteorite

There's not much cooler than a traditional forged Japanese katana. That is of course, unless there a katana made out of meteorite iron! Guess what? There is. So yeah, if you happen to be visiting Tokyo Skytree anytime soon, I...
May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura

Japanator Interviews: SCANDAL

As you probably already know, we are huge fans of SCANDAL at the Japanator office. The Osaka based all female band have been tearing up Japan since coming together back in 2006. They've come a far way from their days performi...
May 14 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we're not taking the Japanator time machine too far back. We're only taking a seven year trip this time, back to 2008 with SCANDAL's break-out hit Doll. It's amazing to see how much the Osaka ladies have developed ...
May 13 // Hiroko Yamamura

AKB48 find out who is the best at blowing

Oshima Ryoka and Mogi Shinobu of AKB48  faced off during a new episode of AKBINGO! This time, it was their cheeks, lungs and taste for insects that was put to the test! Which gal was better at blowing! Who enjoys the crunch of flying protein?
May 13 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume

It's Wednesday, which means you probably deserve a chance to relax a bit. What better way to kick your shoes off than with some soothing tunes? This week the ladies of Perfume are back with the charming new number, Relax in ...
May 08 // Hiroko Yamamura

WTF Fridays: It's Gyoza time

Everybody loves a succulent gyoza, but really... Who has time for all that?
May 08 // Hiroko Yamamura

Japanator Live: Bloodborne final stream

  After a few very enjoyable and grueling weeks, I'm finally at end game. Well, as much as Souls games give you end game anyways. I'm at the final boss of the first play through. We're going to kick things off at 11PM ...
May 08 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki

Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit t...
Apr 28 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Bump of Chicken

Man, everything Bump of Chicken touches is like pure gold. The Chiba rockers have been on an absolute tear since their debut in 1994, and really have been getting progressively better. Their newest single Colony is just as epic. Sweet animation and weird alien landscapes help layout a lovely new video. Unique vocals, lush guitars and a killer hook help round out a memorable new rock ballad.
Apr 28 // Hiroko Yamamura

Praise Shenron! Dragon Ball returns to TV in the Summer

I should have seen it coming. After the huge success of the last two Dragon Ball Z films, and the waves of merchandise that was tied in, I guess the thought of a new Dragon Ball TV series shouldn't come as a surprise. The Aki...
Apr 27 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Aoi Eir

The lovely and amazing Aoi Eir is back with her newest single, Lapis Lazuli. The dramatic song is featured as the theme to the new adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I haven't had a chance to check out the show, but ...
Apr 23 // Hiroko Yamamura

XenobladeX checks all the right boxes

I haven't touched my Wii U in quite some time. While I don't game nearly as much as I should, it's the system that's seen the least amount of miles in my collection. Luckily, XenobladeX will likely change all of that. This i...
Apr 23 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday

I know, I posted this one a while back. It's just when I get a song in my head, it's hard to stop thinking about! This week's Old School Thursday is a trip back to 1990 and the OVA smash hit, The Record of Lodoss War. Althou...
Apr 22 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: daoko

I've been severely neglecting Japan's burgeoning hip-hop scene for too long. While I'm not much a B-Boy myself, I tend to listen to acts that tends to dip their feet into more of the R&B spectrum. Today I present to you ...
Apr 13 // Hiroko Yamamura

Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira To...
Apr 13 // Hiroko Yamamura

Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot

Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I neve...
Apr 13 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY

It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo proj...
Apr 09 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

You know you're Old School when you think of Bleach as new school anime. Can you believe it's been 10 years since Okinawa Japan's Orange Range's hit single Asterisk graced the opening of Bleach? 10 years? I know the anime wa...
Apr 07 // Hiroko Yamamura

Hide your Wallets! Yokai Watch heads to America

There's no denying it. Yokai Watch is the king of Japan still. It looks like Jibanyan and the rest of the Yokai's are heading to the United States, and they have their eyes on your wallet. The first game will be released in ...
Apr 07 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: CTS Featuring Hatsune Miku

Brush off those dancing shoes, as CTS is ready to drop the beat. Back in 2011  Kurousa-P dropped the classic Hatsune Miku tune, Senbonzakura on Nico Nico Douga. Needless to say, the track is now considered a Vocaloid cl...
Apr 03 // Hiroko Yamamura

WTF Fridays: Sushi is for the dogs

Do you make your dog sushi on their birthday? Must be good to be a dog.
Apr 03 // Hiroko Yamamura

Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem trailer explodes my mind

I watch a lot of anime and video game trailers, as you can probably guess. However, I can only count on one hand the times a video has totally blown my mind and left me confused! During the Nintendo Direct show yesterday, a ...
Apr 03 // Hiroko Yamamura

Don't object to the new Ace Attorney trailer

Nintendo fans have reason to celebrate, as the beloved 3DS game gets set to release in Japan this July. I've never gotten into the Ace Attorney games myself, as I have the patiene of a gnat. However, this one just seems a lo...
Apr 03 // Hiroko Yamamura

Prepare to return to Knights of Sidonia

Last year's breakout hit, Knights of Sidonia is getting set to return to airwaves next week, and there's a new commercial to get you prepared. So, what is that thing Nagate is talking to? It sure looks a bit.. Umm.. nevermin...
Apr 03 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume

Ayano, Yuka and Ayaka are back to get you off your feet Perfume's latest video for Pick Me Up. It's a poppy EDM number, that doesn't go to far in either extreme. The song remains dancey while retaining pop charms, which I do...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

Hollywood has laid out plans to remake every anime you ever loved

After the news of the upcoming Ghost in the Shell, Akira and Robotech films getting the green-light, it was probably just a matter of time until news of this scale was announced. In an unprecedented move, all of the major Hol...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

Macross Frontier prepares to launch Stateside

The day that no one ever thought would come has arrived. Harmony Gold USA has released rights to the popular Macross anime series to distributor, Blockbuster Video. According to the newest press release from the estate of the...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

Sony has announced games for the Playstation Vita

In unprecedented news, Sony Japan alongside Sony North America have announced that they will be releasing games for the Playstation Vita portable console. During the press conference, Sony President Kazuo Hirai discussed the ...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

The official Neon Genesis Evangelion trailer is here

On the heels of the news that Hideaki Anno would be at the helm of the upcoming Godzilla movie, the great news continues. The crew in Japan had gotten news of an upcoming Hollywood live-action version of the classic anime ser...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

K-Pop and J-Pop are now officially the same

In a response to social media pressures, the Japanese and Korean recording industries have come together to official make the terms, K-Pop and J-Pop interchangeable. Reacting to overwhelming videos and Facebooks posts where t...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

Last Guardian receives release date

Gamers can finally let out a sigh of relief. The long delayed Playstation game has finally been dated for release on the Playstation 5 on April 1, 2016. The upcoming Team Ico game has seen many false signs of hope in the past...
Apr 01 // Hiroko Yamamura

One Piece manga to end next week

In shocking anime and manga news, Eiichiro Oda has decided to end his long running manga One Piece next week. The abrupt news coincides with the announcement that Shonen Jump has decided to shut down permanently due to a pape...
Mar 17 // Hiroko Yamamura

Wonder why Korean and Japanese students can't speak English?

The guys over at RocketNews24 posted a pretty interesting video, where they interviewed some Japanese and Korean students about why they had difficulty speaking English, even though they had studied the language for a long t...
Mar 17 // Hiroko Yamamura

Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin II is up to bat

I have to admit that I wasn't blown away with the first Origin OVA. I think I might have built the whole thing up in my head a bit too much, and was hoping for some more juicy Char history. There's something about the style ...
Mar 17 // Hiroko Yamamura

It's Ultraman Ginga S time!

Been short on your Ultraman fix? Good! Because Tsuburaya has quite a little treat for you fans, with their stream of the first four minutes of the newly released Ultraman Ginga S: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! Now that's ...
Mar 17 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

I didn't see this one coming at all! In stark contrast to their latest collaboration with American rockers Kiss, Momoiro Clover Z come back with the new ballad, Seishunfu. The perfect song for the upcoming Spring season, it'...
Mar 17 // Hiroko Yamamura

Saint Seiya returns next month

Get your polish ready! Toei's Saint Seiya is set to return to the airwaves next month, and you're going to want your armor looking spiffy. The show will be available via a stream on Bandai's channel globally, so many fans of...
Mar 06 // Hiroko Yamamura

The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried

I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptati...
Mar 06 // Hiroko Yamamura

A Daily Dose of Music: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Our favorite Harajuku girl, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with a great new single, Mondai Girl. It's easily the best release she's had all year, keeping fresh and modern. The video is a pretty hilarious parody of herself, showing that even after a stressful year, she hasn't lost her lighthearted approach. Very excited to hear the rest of the new stuff, and I love the visuals!

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