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2:30 PM on 01.21.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

If you've been hoping for a bit of variety from tween sensation ClariS, it looks like your prayers might be answered. It looks as though Alice has departed, and Karen has stepped up to the plate. It may actually be a step in...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

What do American teens think of J-Pop?

I'm a bit of a Youtube React Channel junky. I especially love the show when they cover stuff that's near and dear to my heart, so you can be sure my interest piqued when the word "J-Pop" showed up on my playlist. I won't spo...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Fire Emblem returns to the 3DS

Man, I love me some Fire Emblem. As my top game of 2013, Fire Emblem Awakening really checked off the list of things of love in video games, and still keeps me warm just thinking about it. The updated graphics, characters de...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 01.14.2015

SCANDAL prepare to invade North America

Ask and you shall receive my friends. It looks like one of my all time favorite Japanese rock bands is coming back to North America! The always amazing SCANDAL are heading to the United States and Mexico and have announced co...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 01.14.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

I've always been quick to defend against the critics of Ayumi Hamasaki's lengthy career. After a 16 years in the business, there's bound to be a fair amount of ups and downs. However, I have to admit that there hasn't been a...

Hiroko Yamamura

9:00 PM on 12.25.2014

Happy Holidays from Japanator

Can you believe it's only a matter of days until the year is almost over? 2014 just came and went like it was nothing, however it was still one for the record books. We can't wait to share with you all the fun stuff we have p...

Hiroko Yamamura

5:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Special One-Piece Chopper film receives new animation

The now classic One Piece story arc of when the crew links up with Dr. Tony Tony Chopper will have new animation to celebrate the show's 15th anniversary. The tear-jerking film will on December 31st in Japan, providing a perfect way for anime fans to ring in the new year. One Piece: The Movie: Fuyu ni Saku, Kiseki no Sakura is the perfect treat for all chopper fans.

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Yu-Gi-Oh! returns in 2016!

Today the popular Kazuki Takahashi series Yu-Gi-Oh! updated its website for its upcoming 20th anniversary project with a lovely synopsis of its now classic time-line. The clip also confirms that the show will begin airing a ...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 12.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chelsy

We're hitting the home-stretch of 2014, but that doesn't mean that the amazing music from Japan is going to be slowing down. Today we take a look at the adorable three piece from the Honey Bee Studio team's latest effort, YE...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 12.22.2014

Prophecy unveils a creepy new live-action trailer

The uber popular manga Prophecy, written by Testuya Tsutsui is getting an adaptation on the big screen in Japan. The tale of unfulfilled justice and judgment makes its debut in theaters on June 6th, adding to the already solid summer movie line-up. I hope the film can give the slow burning crime thriller a bit of justice, as the shots look pretty good so far!

Hiroko Yamamura

3:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios

I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 12.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

It's back to the dance-floor for ex-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano. The amazingly catchy tune definitely has some K-Pop vibes going on, but still manages to features Tomo-chin's cute energy and inexplicable presence. The message ...

Hiroko Yamamura