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Review: Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell has been around for a long time. Since the release of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga in 1989 and Mamoru Oshii’s arguably more influential 1995 film adaptation, the saga of the cyborgs of Section 9 has influen...

 
 
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A few minutes of Ghost in the Shell to watch and/or judge

There's just a week to go until Ghost in the Shell heads off to theaters, and Paramount is betting that at least some folks will still want to see the film, even after they give away five whole minutes of it.  Embedded below, the ...

 
 
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Ghost in the Shell gets carried away on its own memes

Is there anything more Ghost in the Shell than something getting utterly dragged by the memes it helped spawn? Heck, that's basically the plot of Standalone Complex, when you think about it. Of course, successful marketing and thematic...

 
 
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Review: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

What's in a name? For Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, the name is everything. I'm not referring to "Ordinal Scale", the word from the title, though. I'm referring to Sword Art Online, the title that has, to this day, loomed large...

 
 
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Ghost in the Shell's 'motion posters' are gif-tastic

With just a few weeks to go until the Ghost in the Shell live-action film actually happens, I continue to find myself surprised it exists and even more surprised that it looks kind of rad. What we've seen so far isn't the same as the o...

 
 
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Happy Cat Day!

The best thing about living in a world with more than one country is that folks in the right frame of mind can celebrate certain holidays more than once. Like Cat Day, which is today in Japan.  Whereas Cat Day in North America usually ...

 
 
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Get to know the Major in the new Ghost in the Shell trailer

Despite many years of ambivalence and some really bad recent political optics, I think I can finally say that I'm excited to see the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie. The latest trailer does away with the teasing and gives folks a ...

 
 
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Now you too can relive the glory of the Anisong World Matsuri

If anime fandom is the bedrock of otaku culture, Anisongs - the songs that serve as anime series' opening and ending themes - are its voice. For a lot of fans, anisongs are also their gateway to Japanese music as well, as many of the artist...

 
 
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Impressions: Fate/Grand Order: First Order

I have to admit that I was initially rather disappointed to learn that Fate/Grand Order: First Order was being planned as a one-off TV special, rather than a full-season TV series, as the rumors had originally stated. After all, i...

 
 
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Japanator Awards 2016: Josh's Top 5 Anime of the Year

It’s that time of the year again, and increasingly I’ve found the biggest challenge of picking an anime of the year is actually remembering what I watched. This isn’t to say that the shows have been bad or forgettable...

 
 
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Tiny Japanese meal cookies are too cute to eat

Japanese food can be known for its presentation, and in some cases its carefully considered portion sizing, but this might be going a step too far...if we're talking about actual food. Japanese artist Masako (known as "chi___ko" on Instagra...

 
 
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Review: Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch at this point to declare that Jiro Ono - head chef at Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant - is one of the most visible Japanese culinary professionals in the world. Thanks to his and his restaurant's sta...

 
 
 
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Say hello to the next PlayStation, the PS4 Pro

The image above has pretty much covered all the necessary information, but in case our server's acting wonky or you're a details type of person, here's the skinny: After months of rumors, leaks, broken street dates, and speculation, Sony ha...

 
 
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Review: Japanese Tattoos: History * Culture * Design

What comes to mind when one thinks of "tattoos"? Some might imagine the anchor on Popeye's forearm, the pointy tribal band encircling a local gym fiend's bicep, or the crude inkings associated with prison art.Thinking of "Japanese tattoos" ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Let's be honest here: Few people were expecting very much from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Not only is it a multimedia tie-in to a game, a JRPG no less, but the long shadow of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within continues to hang over...

 
 
 
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Despair: Final Fantasy XV delayed to late Fall

One of the most remarkable things about Final Fantasy XV's development isn't its epic length, but how open the process has been over the last couple of years. Since the reins were handed over to director Hajime Tabata (who had previously he...

 
 
 
 
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Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

A happy Monday to you, and a happy July 4th to all our American readers! What better way is there to celebrate American independence than by staying home and watching a buttload of Japanese cartoons? Welcome to Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime...

 
 
 
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Here are the otaku games to eye this Steam Summer Sale

It's that time again, eager gamers and deal-conscious customers: Valve's yearly Steam Summer Sale has just kicked off, and the prices are a-dropping. That's especially relevant to you, the fan of games from Glorious Nippon, as in the last c...

 
 
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Kick, punch, and crush ass through the '80s with Yakuza 0

The Yakuza games may be an institution when it comes to high-profile Japanese gaming these days, but strangely enough, they've never portrayed Japan's gangster culture at its true height, during the boom years of the late 1980s. These ...

 
 
 
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Here, let Gandalf lend some class to Unlimited Blade Works

There are no words for this, besides "HOLY SHIT SIR IAN MCKELLEN JUST READ THE UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS INCANTATION". It's even funnier when you see the 77-year-old, award-winning British actor pause ever so slightly when he encounters the ba...

 
 
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Here's E3's good and bad news about Persona 5

A lot of folks weren't expecting much Persona 5-related news out of E3, as these kinds of reveals are typically reserved for Japan-based events, but lo and behold, the company held an E3 demo stream of the game, showing off gameplay as well...

 
 
 
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Gravity Rush 2's trailer looks great, is criminally ignored

E3 is on a lot of folks' minds right now, and Sony has just held its press conference, where there was a stunning lack of Gravity Rush 2, despite the fact that a full trailer was ready and available for the taking.  Well, thankfully ir...

 
 
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Go full weeaboo with Overwatch's anime intros

Overwatch. It's all anyone can seem to talk about when it comes to hot new games, and with good reason: Blizzard's team shooter is kind of rad, and appeals to a lot of folks. Part of the reason for that is its deep bench of interesting...

 
 
 
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Try out Odin Sphere's long-lost 8-bit ancestor

I've always said that the games of Vanillaware feel like they came from an alternate history where 2D graphics continued to reign supreme instead of being supplanted by ever more realistic 3D tech. Now, with Odin Sphere Leifthrasir bei...

 
 
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Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Vanillaware may have been making games for close to a decade now, but for my money, nothing they've made has quite surpassed their first game*, Odin Sphere.  Not to say that their other games are bad. On the contrary, as far as making ...

 
 
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Ghost in the Shell live-action gets Rila Fukushima

The seemingly unending saga of Hollywood's adaptation of Ghost in Shell continues, as hubbub about the long-in-making film has morphed from justified concerns over the quality of the adaptation (which haven't gone away, considering tha...

 
 
 
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Get your idols-and-murder fix with AKB48's Hulu horror show

If your life has been lacking in sugar sweet pop idols, as well as chilling doses of horror and/or murder, a recent announcement by Hulu might be the one magic bullet to take down both your problems. Indeed, the streaming service has p...

 
 




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