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Jan 09 // Mike LeChevallier

First Impressions: GOSICK

Putting aside the eye candy, the music and the strong voice acting cast for but a moment, the very first aspect pertaining to GOSICK's presentation that jumps out at me is how briskly it is paced, and how successfully it pull...
Jan 06 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/1 - 1/7

My most trusted sources for the 411 on Japanese box office standings must have, unfortunately for those of you who regularly follow this feature, taken simultaneous vacations last week. The charts were not updated in a timely...
Jan 06 // Mike LeChevallier

Happy (slightly belated) birthday, Hayao Miyazaki

It's kind of sad when all it takes is a momentary glance at the trending topics section of my Twitter timeline to send me into a state of panic. With all sorts of notable people dying over the past few days, and the 2010 pass...
Jan 05 // Mike LeChevallier

Thanks, Photoshop: Strike Witches demo at Iruma Air Base

Whether or not you give a rat's ass propeller's blade about Strike Witches, the sheer amount of fanboyerism and stances, for or against the franchise, amounts for some amusing Internet bafflement from time to time.In this cas...
Jan 04 // Mike LeChevallier

Final Impressions: Arakawa Under the Bridge

I've come up with an arguably pretty accurate ratio regarding anime that I've recently been field-testing, and it revolves around what might quite possibly be amongst the top factors that would turn people off to a particular...
Jan 03 // Mike LeChevallier

Monday MADness: Dead Leaves x Girl Talk

[Monday MADness is a weekly column that highlights some of the best work in the world of anime music videos. Check out our archives for videos that will move your heart and make you want to pirate Final Cut Pro.]It's be...
Dec 29 // Mike LeChevallier

A Special Episode: Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge - 12

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Japanator as a whole...
Dec 29 // Mike LeChevallier

My Aniki Can't Be This Hedgehoggy

Cannot unsee. Cannot unthink.Rage on.
Dec 29 // Mike LeChevallier

Japanator Presents: The Best OPs/EDs of 2010

We here at Japanator shot the collective you-know-what, and from our point of view, music in anime was generally unbalanced this year. Indeed, there were a number of great shows with strong OSTs to boot, but they were admitte...
Dec 28 // Mike LeChevallier

Final* Impressions: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Your version of bondage lacks self-control.--GarterbeltWith that statement, it's almost as if the immortal afro priest himself is addressing this possibly series-concluding episode of Panty & Stocking. Compared to the las...
Dec 23 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/18 - 12/24

This is the first occasion since I started writing this column that there has been an even number of Japanese and American released films appearing on the charts. Not only that, but I think this is also the highest number of ...
Dec 21 // Mike LeChevallier

The end is nigh: Gainax reveals some final P&S details

There's one episode remaining of Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, a show that started out as easily the most divisive series of the year and arguably ended up bringing many people together in a kind of strange unison as ...
Dec 16 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/11 - 12/17

We're starting the process of winding down 2010 here, and another week with minimal new film releases in Japan is set before us. It's good to see that Space Battleship Yamato is still performing considerably well in round 2, ...
Dec 16 // Mike LeChevallier

Info dump: list of US theaters to screen Gantz in 2011

We've already informed you that the Gantz live-action adaptation will be playing in American theaters one entire release week before Japan's. We've also notified you that this version will indeed be dubbed over in English. No...
Dec 15 // Mike LeChevallier

A Special Episode: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - 11

[Editor's Note: We're not just a (rad) news site -- we also publish opinions/editorials from our community & employees like this one, though be aware that it may not jive with the opinions of Japanator as a whole, or...
Dec 15 // Mike LeChevallier

Put the paintbrush to your eye: new Okamiden trailers ftw

I'm not going to sit here and drop a lengthy explanation of why you should play the original Okami if you haven't already. If you want to experience one of the best games of the last decade, look no further. There. I'm done w...
Dec 09 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/4 - 12/10

The Nippon box office yo-yo routine continues. After yet another instance of a drop from multiple new releases last RtC, this week brings not only two new titles (plus one that came back from limited distribution, Abacus and ...
Dec 06 // Mike LeChevallier

Lincoln Center to pay tribute to Satoshi Kon this month

'Twas three nights before Christmas, when all through the Lincoln CenterPlenty of otaku were stirring, and maybe the ghost of Satoshi Kon.-A variation on a poem, per my request, by a seven year old girl regarding the topic of...
Dec 04 // Mike LeChevallier

Takeshi Kitano invents new painting style with bicycles

Takeshi "Beat" Kitano is a king amongst men (hey, he did have that castle for a while), a true renaissance man who has done everything from act, direct, write, sing, play music, dance, and host television shows to n...
Dec 04 // Mike LeChevallier

Disgaea 4's opening animation has everything you need

Nippon Ichi always delivers fantastic OP sequences; they're so good that I tend to watch them nearly every time I boot up one of their games (okay, that's a bit of a stretch but you get my point).Recently the absolutely-chock...
Dec 03 // Mike LeChevallier

Advantage America: Gantz movie to hit U.S. screens first

Sometimes here at Japanator, we're wrong about stuff.Well, Josh wasn't necessarily incorrect in his initial post--he was simply reporting what seemed to be the case at the time. Nearly five months later, though, and the prove...
Dec 02 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/27 - 12/3

I don't think there has been a week where essentially ZERO changes have needed to be made to Japan's box office standings (despite a small decrease in intake). Deathly Hallows Part 1 still reigns, bringing in a few million do...
Dec 01 // Mike LeChevallier

Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls

Of all the accessories most appropriate to be paired with the likes of the Dragon Ball franchise, one might believe golf-related products to fall somewhere near the bottom of that particular list. On the other hand, there are...
Nov 25 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/20 - 11/26

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. While you're all enjoying the comfort of friends and family as well as other various autumn festivities, I'm sitting here typing up another edition of Rock the Charts--because the Japanese box off...
Nov 22 // Mike LeChevallier

shitemita has Monster Hunter munchies

It's been awhile since either Dale or myself has posted one of shitemita's Japanese food product examination videos, and there's a good reason for this. As of late, he's been uploading at a very high rate of frequency and the...
Nov 22 // Mike LeChevallier

Japanator Recommends: Zettai Hero Project

This is the beginning of a long, long battle. How long? About the length of a whole game. Like, probably as long as 2 seasons of an anime.--Z.H.P. instruction booklet, opening words.Ready to grinding?--Josh TolentinoI often m...
Nov 22 // Mike LeChevallier

Monday MADness: K-ON! x Kanye - POWER

[Monday MADness is a weekly column that highlights some of the best work in the world of anime music videos. Check out our archives for videos that will move your heart and make you want to pirate Final Cut Pro.]I reall...
Nov 19 // Mike LeChevallier

FUNimation widens its live-action cache with 5 new titles

If you've been consistently visiting our site over the past couple of weeks, then you've clearly been subjected to the flanking Robogeisha ad banners that greeted you upon your arrival. I dismissed them at first, but then I a...
Nov 18 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/13 - 11/19

May 12th, 2010 - A text message appears on my phone: Mike. Paramount Japan is remaking Ghost. I'm going to go kill myself now. SWAYZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMy first thoughts when I learned of this information were: 1) It's too ...
Nov 15 // Mike LeChevallier

President Obama visits Japan, hangs out with robots

One thing I've come to admire about President Obama is the fact that, no matter how awkward the situation may be, he is essentially always able to maintain an unmatched cool and calm composure. Whether it be at countless tire...
Nov 14 // Mike LeChevallier

FMA: Brotherhood movie teaser now streaming

Not only has it been four months since the Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood anime concluded, but the same amount of time has passed since the theatrical expansion was given the green light. So, here we are in November, and th...
Nov 12 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/6 - 11/12

I knew I would have to face this day soon enough.It's been over four months since the American release of Eclipse, and I'm proud to say that I've been completely sober of Twilight jokes, insults and negative puns ever since t...
Nov 10 // Mike LeChevallier

Figure animator extraordinaire plamoo returns to power

Over a year ago, Josh keyed us in on the marvelous stop motion videos of YouTube user plamoo. It was honestly one of my favorite video-related posts before becoming a member of the Japanator team. There was something so cleve...
Nov 09 // Mike LeChevallier

A Special Episode: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt ep. 6

[Sometimes anime can get really interesting. Sometimes it gets so good, or unusual, or groundbreaking that a simple blurb in Annotated Anime just doesn't cut it. Sometimes it's just A Special Episode. That time is now.] Befor...
Nov 09 // Mike LeChevallier

Get your kicks with these K-ON!!, uh...kicks

Even as we had to solemnly bid farewell to the anime that simultaneously ignited and broke many a moe-fuled heart, there are still plenty of K-ON!! products to fill that void in your soul that can only be replaced by the girl...
Nov 06 // Mike LeChevallier

Anime IRL: why it should never exist

Have you ever become so emotionally connected to your anime that you feel like it's actually becoming part of you? Like it has seeped its way so far into your life that it is preventing you from having any sort of a sexual re...
Nov 05 // Mike LeChevallier

For a limitied time: Gundam Be@rbricks with Pepsi Nex

Seasonal business collaborations are pretty cool, and often the consumer public benefits more than the temporarily partnering companies themselves. This might be such an occasion.So, you guys like Bearbricks right? And you wo...
Nov 05 // Mike LeChevallier

Japanator (Kind of) Recommends: DBZ Tenkaichi Tag Team

Read very carefully the words in which I am about to lay out before you, because there's a sort of conundrum at hand here that needs pre-establishing. See, my personal situation with the entirety of this franchise is the basi...
Nov 04 // Mike LeChevallier

Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 10/30 - 11/5

The seesaw tendencies of the fall season's Japanese box office continue on this week. Last time, only one debut (The Lightning Tree) hit up the charts compared with the four new releases just seven days prior. Coinciding with...

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