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Now you can own a replica of Misato's gun holster

Are you a Misato cosplayer? Maybe you're a hardcore airsoft gun fan? Perhaps you're a combination of the two, and cosplay while taking out enemies in intense airsoft battles? I have good news for you -- an official gun holster modeled after...

 
 
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Viz releasing Princess Mononoke: The First Story

Just about everyone is a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki's output, especially Princess Mononoke. But I imagine not as many folks know about the original story (of the same name) that Miyazaki put together. The book was a collection of rough illus...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 19

After all the insanity from last week, it's time for Hazama to take it easy. We can just sit back, relax, and enjoy the peaceful world he's helped create. No serious crimes, no violence, just an average life. It's so peaceful it's almost un...

 
 
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Viz licenses Naoki Urasawa's Master Keaton manga

Here's an unexpected announcement: Viz Media has licensed Naoki Urasawa's (of Monster, Pluto, and 20th Century Boys fame) Master Keaton manga series. The classic series ran from 1988 to 1994, inspired a TV anime, and a host of OVAs. It was ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 9

I always say that the best part of Space Dandy is seeing the individual talents of each director and animator every episode. Variety is the spice of space, and Dandy visits just about everywhere. Even the plants are alive this time, and it'...

 
 
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Sentai licenses Katsuhiro Otomo's Short Peace

Short Peace has finally been licensed -- it took long enough! Katushiro Otomo's anthology featuring his work along with several other skilled directors has been picked up by Sentai Filmworks. It'll release on digital outlets soon, with a bi...

 
 
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New CM for Yuasa's Ping Pong anime

Are you feeling the excitement for Ping Pong? Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming adaptation of the popular manga looks to be filled with all the typical Yuasa-ness we've come to expect. The story features two players who are long time friends, Peko ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 18

No, really. WHAT IS GOING ON? Samurai Flamenco, how can your writing be so good? It has no right being this excellent, given your material. This is probably the best episode of SamuMenco yet, but if you haven't followed the series thus far,...

 
 
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Holy crap: the new Godzilla movie looks amazing

I love Godzilla and I'm so excited that the upcoming Hollywood adaptation is actually respecting the source material. I don't mean that it's rigidly adhering to the old films -- I mean that it really understands what makes Godzilla compell...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 8

Space Dandy wants to pull at your heartstrings. They want to make you laugh and cry. That's a tough line to walk. Can they succeed at doing both? Well, "The Lonely Pooch Planet, Baby" does a lot of things right. I've got my full thoughts be...

 
 
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New Captain Earth PV shows up

BONES is returning this spring with a new original series: Captain Earth. The name is a little silly, but it has some of BONES great staff behind it -- most of them folks from Star Driver. Now, I covered Star Driver way back when it first ...

 
 
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Check out the first minute of Knights of Sidonia

Here's your first chance to watch a clip from the upcoming anime adaption of Knights of Sidonia! The CGI series is being made by Polygon Pictures, and will air in Japan in April. But fear not, international fans! Netflix will be streaming ...

 
 
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The Kill la Kill Mako shirt everyone will be wanting

You know, I think Nudist Beach would be okay with you wearing clothes -- but just in this one instance! Hardcore Chocolate, a company (with the best name ever) that makes clothing based off of movies, wrestling, and other "punk" things, is ...

 
 
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Countdown to March on Death Note 10th Anniversary Site

Man, I hadn't thought I'd be writing about Death Note anytime soon. The 10th anniversary of Death Note is coming up (holy crap it's been 10 years?), so there's going to be a bit of a celebration. A website went up to promote the anniversary...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 7

Dandy, you're going to get yourself in trouble some day. Actually, I take that back -- you're in trouble all the time. How about... his antics will eventually get everyone killed! Wait, that happened too. Hmm, now I'm not sure how to phrase...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 17

Samurai Flamenco, I can always count on you to surprise me. This was actually one of the best episodes yet, because it combined so many of the things I've come to love about SamuMenco into one giant ball of bright colors, yelling, and silli...

 
 
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The end of Rog & Tyrone

I just had to share this: Ryan Pollard, the fellow who first uploaded the original "Rog" video, has posted the epic conclusion to the saga, featuring Rog and Tyrone in the End of Rogelion. I won't spoil any more of it, just click play and ...

 
 
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Shu Takumi's next project is... Ace Attorney!

A bunch of interesting news came out yesterday from the Nintendo Direct, but what I found most exciting was an announcement from Nintendo of Japan, stating what Shu Takumi's next game would be. Takumi is one of my favorite game designers, i...

 
 
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Here's two US TV spots for The Wind Rises

Here are the two latest TV spots from Touchstone Pictures, advertising The Wind Rises. They're definitely playing up the whole "Hayao Miyazaki's last film" angle, especially with awards just around the corner. While I'm not sure if it'll w...

 
 
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Bandai Premuim lists Space Dandy clothing, belt

Perhaps you're a fan of Space Dandy -- perhaps you're a die-hard fan of Space Dandy. Maybe you want to dress to emulate your dandy idol? Well Bandai Premium has the products for you! The online store has started taking pre-orders for a coup...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 6

Variety is the spice of life, right? Every episode of Space Dandy is a bit different from the last one. Sometimes it's totally different! Each installment is a special snowflake that either flounders or stands tall above the rest -- which i...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 16

It's time for the time in every superhero's life when they have to face the most trying time of their career: being a fugitive and escaping the government! This week we have an entire episode devoted to Hazama's impressive escape skills, as...

 
 
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ImoCho gets moved back after complaints

ImoCho (Recently, My Sister Is Unusual) has been getting a lot of press recently. This is due mainly to the show being pushed back to a later timeslot after Japan's Broadcasting Ethics & Program Improvement Organization (BPO) launched a...

 
 
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Mighty No. 9 live-action adaption on the way

Video games! Who needs 'em! What's really cool is live-action, that's what! Keiji Inafune may be riding a wave of success after his Mega Man spiritual successor Mighty No. 9 blazed past Kickstarter goals and into the internet's collective h...

 
 
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Bruce Yan mixes logos and Ghibli in solo art show

Some of you may know that in addition to panhandling and being managing editor of Japanator, I also am a freelance graphic designer, often creating prints for gallery shows and clients. As such, I like to pay attention to the wide world of ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 5

You know, Dandy, you're an alright guy! Sure, you might just talk about boobs and asses all the time, but you've still got a heart of gold. Space Dandy is on an upward spiral! Every episode I enjoy more than the last. Every episode improves...

 
 
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Nintendo bringing over Tomodachi Collection?

Here's some good news from Nintendo this week: company president Satoru Iwata recently was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal on their plans to revitalize the company's lagging Wii U sales. However, Iwata dropped a little announcement i...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 15

Are you ready, true believers? It's the twist you've all been waiting for! Guess who it was all along?! No, I won't spoil it in my opening paragraph -- you've got to read a bit further for that. But Samurai Flamenco is continuing on it's in...

 
 
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Rog and Tyrone, the inadvertent spokespeople of anime

By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two well-dressed m...

 
 
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RIP: veteran voice actor Ichiro Nagai passes away

Sad news: veteran voice actor, famous for his roles in a myriad of anime, Ichiro Nagai, has passed away at the age of 82. He was found collapsed in his hotel room on Monday and taken quickly to a hospital. Nagai's agency says that the cause...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy episode 4

It finally happened, guys! It finally happened! Space Dandy broke the "first half is not funny or entertaining" curse! Truly, you can't do zombies wrong. Before I jump into things let me preface this AA article: it was a really entertaining...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco episode 14

At this point I shouldn't be surprised by any of the crazy things that happen in Samurai Flamenco. I really shouldn't. Every time I think it's done, it does something more insane. But here I was, sitting in my chair, yelling at the screen a...

 
 
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Vertical licenses Tonari no Seki-kun manga

Once again proving themselves to be a shrewd company, Vertical Publishing has licensed Tonari no Seki-kun, by manga author Takuma Morishige, and will release it under the title My Neighbor Seki this fall. Vertical's Ed Chavez revealed this ...

 
 
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Healthy ratings for Space Dandy at top of Toonami charts

How dandy! It looks like Space Dandy is doing pretty well in the ratings game! For the third week in a row Dandy has topped Toonami's ratings charts and even outperformed several other late-night TV shows. While it's not, you know, beating ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Space Dandy ep. 03

Space Dandy, I am officially diagnosing you: you have "first half of every episode is kind of boring" disease. You haven't fixed it yet. Surely there must be some meds you can take for it? I'm really trying to like you, and there are glimme...

 
 
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Sentai licenses Magical Warfare because sure, why not?

Briefly: Sentai Filmworks' latest grab this season is the magic-themed action anime Magical Warfare. I'll be honest though: I have no clue if the show is any good, as I haven't watched it (although I've caught a few details from other folks...

 
 
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Masaaki Yuasa is back with Ping Pong on Noitamina

Masaaki Yuasa has returned, this time with a TV anime on Noitamina! He'll be adapting the popular manga by Taiyo Matsumoto, Ping Pong, for TV audiences along with Tatsunoko. The manga was adapted into a live-action film back in 2002, as we...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Samurai Flamenco ep. 13

I'll be honest: the last two episodes of Samurai Flamenco were good, but they didn't really grab me. This, though... this episode grabbed me. SamuMenco is best when it takes your happy expectations of tokusatsu adventures and tosses them ou...

 
 
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Now you can be Gendo in real life by wearing his goggles

Here's a hot new item in the Evangelion Store: Gendo Ikari's goggles from Evangelion 3.0. They're not identical to the ones worn in the film, but they're probably as close as you're going to get for a mass-produced item. It comes with a cas...

 
 
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Gundam creator Tomino to collaborate with Legacy Effects

Here's one of your favorite things, internet: an announcement of an announcement! The creator of Gundam, Yoshiyuki Tomino, will be collaborating with the Hollywood special effects company Legacy Effects to create "movies based on Japanese m...

 
 


About Ben Huberone of us since 6:20 AM on 09.23.2013

I'm the managing editor of Japanator by day, and a roving freelance graphic designer by night!

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