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JapanaTen: The Highs and Lows of Generation V Pokemon

Let's talk numbers here for a minute. The Pokemon video game series recently celebrated its 15th anniversary on February 27th. Since the initial release of Red/Blue (Green in Japan) in 1996, four generations have amounted, each of them addi...

 
 
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An Otaku's Valentine's Day Aria: "3D Can't Beat a Waifu"

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. To kick off the associated festivities here at Japanator (it's been awhile since you've seen some Confessions pieces, am I right?), here's a video that will likely make most folks simultaneously grin and cri...

 
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 2/5 - 2/11

Well, this is pretty weird. For the first time in weeks, we see the top two films remaining locked in their positions, yet suffering a hearty punch to the gut in terms of economical gain at the box office. Last week, Gantz made a respectabl...

 
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/29 - 2/4

Surprise, surprise--Gantz was number 1 in Japanese theaters this past week, allocating a healthy dose of necessary shock therapy to the overall box office total. My thoughts on the movie remain that it is generally uneven and not thoroughly...

 
 
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Thanks, 4chan: The University of Anime

Love it or loathe it, sometimes you just have to admit that images of somewhat respectable caliber surface upon 4chan's /a/ board.At first glance, I thought this to be another tier chart of sorts, but with closer inspection, I found it to...

 
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/22 - 1/28

Just because I post Rock the Charts on a Friday rather than a Thursday doesn't mean that there's any less high-flying, pulse-pounding, attack-dodging action to be seen. Truthfully, the energy level of this column is up for debate, but I hav...

 
 
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Late DJ/producer Nujabes to be honored next month

Let's jump into an extreme scenario here, just for the hell of it.If I was held at gunpoint, forced to choose my favorite anime OST of all time, there's very little doubt in my mind that I would opt to holler out "Samurai Champloo!&quo...

 
 
 
 
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A look inside: Gamera and other kaiju (literally)

One of my favorite moments from this past season of Mad Men is when Don Draper and Lane Pryce embark upon a random, misguided and utterly bro-tastic night out on the town in the tense hours before the new year rolls in, bringing along with ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/15 - 1/21

I would love to to open up this post with some mean-spirited jabs to pay homage to Ricky Gervais' controversial hosting gig (likely his final time performing the duty of Master of Ceremonies) at the Golden Globes this past Sunday, but I'd r...

 
 
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JapanaTen: The Best and Worst 'Parts' of Panty & Stocking

2010 is now behind us, and as we journey ahead into a lush landscape of new Japanese animation territory we leave in our wake the bulk of the best series to arrive on our computer screens, various other monitors and mobile devices within th...

 
 
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Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/8 - 1/14

Indifference.That's what this week's box office rankings embody, to the fullest extent of the word. Not only do they accommodate the emotion, but they impart it into anyone who glances at the disaster area of a chart. It's mid-January. The ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Dragon Crisis!

How many times have we seen the mysterious girl trapped in a box scenario? How many times have we seen the girl, once released from said box, demonstrate incredibly shy and meek behavior for the next batch of episodes before she truly start...

 
 
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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 pulls the agility o...

 
 
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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 manner, thus, ...

 
 
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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 passing of prime an...

 
 
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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 case, the ever rel...

 
 
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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 series. Plain ...

 
 
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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 been over a month...

 
 
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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, or how our mo...

 
 
 
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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 admittedly few and far...

 
 
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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 last twelve episod...

 
 
 
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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 U.S. films I've...

 
 
 

2010: The Year in Film

Now, I know the Jtor community is well-versed in all media formats and doesn't watch anime alone, so I can only assume that it's shameless self-promotion time. Post your own lists here if you wish. Discussion = encouraged.

 
 
 
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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 the weeks rolle...

 
 
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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, and although th...

 
 
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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. Now, whether this...

 
 
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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 how our moms r...

 
 
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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 with that. Now o...

 
 
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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 Sword) but a tr...

 
 
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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 this post.Too ...

 
 
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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 nearly any other...

 
 
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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-full-of-anime-...

 
 
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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 proverbial tables ap...

 
 
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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 dollars less than...

 
 
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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 weirder promot...

 
 
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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 office doesn't tak...

 
 
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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 subject of his...

 
 


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