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A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...   more

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week photo

Check out the first seven minutes of HAL

This one seemed have just slipped by me. Studio WIT, which is a subdivision of the mighty Production I.G. has a new animated film coming out, under the unassuming title HAL. The name gives me some serious Space Odyssey flash...   more

Check out the first seven minutes of HAL photo

Idol of the Week: Tomomi Itano

Name: Tomomi Itano Birthdate: July 3, 1991 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 76/56/79 cm  While she may not be tearing up the stage as a member of AKB48 anymore, the always adorable Tomochin is enjoying a hugely su...   more


WTF Fridays: Crack open that watermelon

There's nothing like a cold refreshing watermelon on the Fourth of July. I just wish I could find some way to crack this thing open...   more

WTF Fridays: Crack open that watermelon photo

Feel the charm of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There

There's a lot of whispers going around about the upcoming animated film, When Marnie was There. The movie is the famed animation house Studio Ghibli's first film without any involvement from founders Isao Takahata and Hayao ...   more

Feel the charm of Studio Ghibli's When Marnie was There photo

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros

Japanese indie rock band Alexandros are no strangers to weird controversy. Last year they were accused of copying an Australian band' music video, a story you might have a hard time remembering due to the fact that they were...   more

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros photo

Happy Fourth of July!

Greetings fellow anime freaks. I just wanted to check in, and wish a happy American Independence Day to the coolest readers from the staff at Japanator! While many will spend the day celebrating America's liberties, or rememb...   more

Happy Fourth of July! photo

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Sometimes you're all thumbs...   more

It's awesome Japanese commercial time! photo

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Super Dodgeball

So I wanted to keep you guys tuned into GACKT's daily gaming special, but now I'm not too sure. Today he went at the Famicom classic, Super Dodgeball, and the results couldn't be any more boring. Maybe if he took his sun gla...   more

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Super Dodgeball photo

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we're going to focus on things a little bit differently, and look at a 90's alternative rocker. When I first heard Matthew Sweet on the radio I really didn't think he was anything special. His songs had some kind o...   more

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays photo

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...   more

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend photo

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Rockman 2

Ever want to watch the ultra-talented, super sexy GACKT play video games poorly? Well, you better clear out your calendar for the year, because he's set to do it daily, and share his exploits with the world. Weird? Yes. Intr...   more

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Rockman 2 photo