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Hiroko Yamamura . Aug 13

Would you like some fries with your Yo-kai?

So, I haven't actually watched a full episode of Yo-kai Watch or played the games. I have just ended up buying gobs of toys for my nieces and nephews, as they are insane about the highly successful series. In some weird way ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Aug 13

Get your Fate/stay night gear on

No hardcore Fate/stay night fan would hit the town without a pair of officially licensed sneaker from UBIQ. The shoe maker is coming out with two sets of kicks, inspired by both Saber and Archer. I can't say that I'm a fan of...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Aug 13

Some misconceptions about Japan

Two of my favorite Youtube vloggers, Sharla and Rachel have thrown together a cute little video talking about a few misconceptions about Japan that visitors might have. It's worth a whirl, and the comments section of the vid...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Aug 13

A Daily Dose of Music: FLOW

Naruto Shippuden is winding down, but that doesn't mean that we shouldn't expect the finest J-Rock as usual! The 34th ending to the series bring us back to one of the series's favorite bands, FLOW. With two singers and amazi...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Aug 13

Evangelion anime cell fetches big bucks

If there's one thing I spend too much money on, it's definitely anime cels. While my collection isn't that big, I'm pretty happy with what I've acquired over my many years of fandom. I usually buy cels that don't feature the ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 26

Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Name: Ai ShinozakiBirthdate: February 26, 1992 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 87/60/88 cm  You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 26

WTF Fridays: Oh deer

When your squad just wants to chill.   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 26

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto

Closing out these hectic weekdays is a track from the lovely Maaya Sakamoto. The Tokyo native is no stranger to anime music, contributing to huge series like Macross Frontier. She's also an acomplished voice actress, known b...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 24

Japanator is hosting a cosplay party in Chicago this Sunday

If you happen to be in Chicago this weekend, make sure you swing by Mitsuwa Marketplace at 1PM CST, as Japanator is hosting a cosplay party, in preparation for Japan Day Chicago next month! We are official sponsors of the eve...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 24

Chop the head off a tuna on your wedding day

Slicing a wedding cake together is so passé nowadays. Why not be hip and butcher a giant sea creature with your 3D waifu? With hair like this guy, you know there's no way his wedding is going to be less than awesome! ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 24

Yo-kai Watch sets to haunts Disney XD

This is a fair warning to your wallet in advance now. Yo-kai Watch is on its way, prepare your wallet. The anime and video game phenomena that has swept through Japan and emptied the wallets of many Japanese parents is set t...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 24

A Daily Dose of Music: Kindan no Tasuketsu

I have to tell you, it's been a hell of a week. While there's been a plethora of amazing new songs hitting Japanese charts and new acts coming out of the woodwork, I think we deserve a bit of a relaxing tune. Yes, I have you...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 24

Yakuza stage play heads to video

Stage plays and live musicals aren't really my thing. However, seeing the footage of the Yakuza theatre run makes me think I might have been missing out on some serious fun. The show isn't running at this time, but they've c...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 23

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Yes, I know it's been forever since I've shared Japan's finest commercial offerings. Well, fret no more my friends, let's see all that is for sale across the pond! Of course JPCMHD has lovingly collected these in beautiful H...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 23

A Daily Dose of Music: MAN WITH A MISSION X Zebrahead

This Tuesday we check back in with one of our favorite recent rocks bands out of Japan, Shibuya's MAN WITH A MISSION. This time they team up with the American band Zebrahead, based out of Los Angeles. Their new collaboration...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 23

The newest live action Attack on Titan trailer brings the action

I'm still not ready to say wether I'm excited for the live action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's ridiculously popular Attack on Titan series yet. The film has a lot going for it, a decent budget and good actors should help m...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 22

It's officially the start of Third Impact

Hardcore Neon Genesis Evangelion fans have been waiting for today for some time. That's right, synchronize watches... Today June 22, 2015 is the day that the events of Evangelion take place. Today is the day you get in the damn robot.   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 22

Ultraman X gets a new trailer

I'm way behind (like decades) on my Tokusatsu selection, but this new Ultraman X trailer is looking pretty good! He's looking like he's got some new gear in his arsenal, and can deliver a pretty sweet side kick. The scene with the ship doesn't look so hot, but who knows.. could be a great romp! The show hits the airways on July 14th, and will be the 41st Ultraman on the lineup!   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 22

A Daily Dose of Music: Suiyoubi no Campanella

The hot new group Suiyoubi no Campanella have been causing quite a stir with their latest track aptly named Suiyoubi no Campanell demo 6. The track was only available at the Hokkaido Tower Records location, and the onli...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 10

Feast your eyes on twelve minutes of the new Ghost in the Shell movie

We're only a couple weeks away from the premier of Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie, in Japan, so you can expect promotion to be kicking into high gear. If you're still on the fence, you probably might be interested in the ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Jun 10

A Daily Dose of Music: Charisma.com

Ready for something a little bit different? In preparation for their July major label debut, Charisma.com have launched a video for their latest single, Ostubone Rock. The eclectic track combines J-Pop sensibilities with som...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 29

There's a little preview of Shiina Ringo's new song

Watching commercials doesn't always suck. Especially when they star the lovely Shiina Ringo and feature a tidbit of her upcoming new song! Her upcoming song Kamisama Hotekesama alongside the ZAZEN BOYS!   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 29

Such a beary awesome dance move

There has been quite a few videos floating around for the upcoming Playstation Vita game, Persona 4: Dancing All Night. All of them have been absolutely adorable, but now that it's Teddie's turn to cut a rug, there's no way I couldn't share my excitement! Please hurry up, I want to dust off my Vita!    0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 29

WTF Fridays: Hot cakes

There's no way that isn't burnt, and there's no way this isn't my dream come true.   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 29

Ghost in the Shell: The New Movie shows off its new trailer

I can't say that I was all that enthralled with Ghost in the Shell Arise. It really felt like we were retreading familiar water, and the sharp deviation from Masamune Shirow's designs were jarring. I'd go as far as saying I ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 29

A Daily Dose of Music: Yun*chi

Last month we we finally saw the release of Yun*chi's highly anticipated cover EP, Ani*Yun~anime song cover~. Much to many music fans' delight, the electro-pop star has brought some fun new energy to some classics, making th...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 14

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 14

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 14

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 ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 13

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?   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 13

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 ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 08

WTF Fridays: It's Gyoza time

Everybody loves a succulent gyoza, but really... Who has time for all that?   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 08

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 ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . May 08

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 28

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.   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 28

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 27

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 ...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 23

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 23

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...   0

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Hiroko Yamamura . Apr 22

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 ...   0




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