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First Impressions: GOSICK

Jan 09 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/1 - 1/7

Jan 06 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Happy (slightly belated) birthday, Hayao Miyazaki

Jan 06 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Thanks, Photoshop: Strike Witches demo at Iruma Air Base

Jan 05 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Final Impressions: Arakawa Under the Bridge

Jan 04 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Monday MADness: Dead Leaves x Girl Talk

Jan 03 / by Mike LeChevallier
[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...
 
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A Special Episode: Arakawa Under the Bridge x Bridge - 12

Dec 29 / by Mike LeChevallier
[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...
 
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My Aniki Can't Be This Hedgehoggy

Dec 29 / by Mike LeChevallier
Cannot unsee. Cannot unthink.Rage on.
 
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Japanator Presents: The Best OPs/EDs of 2010

Dec 29 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Final* Impressions: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt

Dec 28 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/18 - 12/24

Dec 23 / by Mike LeChevallier
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 ...
 
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The end is nigh: Gainax reveals some final P&S details

Dec 21 / by Mike LeChevallier
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 ...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/11 - 12/17

Dec 16 / by Mike LeChevallier
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, ...
 
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Info dump: list of US theaters to screen Gantz in 2011

Dec 16 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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A Special Episode: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt - 11

Dec 15 / by Mike LeChevallier
[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...
 
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Put the paintbrush to your eye: new Okamiden trailers ftw

Dec 15 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/4 - 12/10

Dec 09 / by Mike LeChevallier
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 ...
 
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Lincoln Center to pay tribute to Satoshi Kon this month

Dec 06 / by Mike LeChevallier
'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...
 
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Takeshi Kitano invents new painting style with bicycles

Dec 04 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Disgaea 4's opening animation has everything you need

Dec 04 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Advantage America: Gantz movie to hit U.S. screens first

Dec 03 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/27 - 12/3

Dec 02 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls

Dec 01 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/20 - 11/26

Nov 25 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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shitemita has Monster Hunter munchies

Nov 22 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Japanator Recommends: Zettai Hero Project

Nov 22 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Monday MADness: K-ON! x Kanye - POWER

Nov 22 / by Mike LeChevallier
[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...
 
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FUNimation widens its live-action cache with 5 new titles

Nov 19 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/13 - 11/19

Nov 18 / by Mike LeChevallier
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 ...
 
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President Obama visits Japan, hangs out with robots

Nov 15 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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FMA: Brotherhood movie teaser now streaming

Nov 14 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/6 - 11/12

Nov 12 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Figure animator extraordinaire plamoo returns to power

Nov 10 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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A Special Episode: Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt ep. 6

Nov 09 / by Mike LeChevallier
[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...
 
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Get your kicks with these K-ON!!, uh...kicks

Nov 09 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Anime IRL: why it should never exist

Nov 06 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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For a limitied time: Gundam Be@rbricks with Pepsi Nex

Nov 05 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Japanator (Kind of) Recommends: DBZ Tenkaichi Tag Team

Nov 05 / by Mike LeChevallier
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...
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 10/30 - 11/5

Nov 04 / by Mike LeChevallier
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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