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Releases of the Week: Attack on Titan spinoffs drop

Get your Gear on, because we've got two new Attack on Titan spinoffs hitting shelves this week. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall and Junior High will both test the market and see just how hungry everyone is for this blockbuster series. If i...

 
 
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What in this room is made of chocolate?

You know Japanese variety shows are interesting, to say the least. In this episode, one of the games they had looks awfully salivating. The staff got together some master chocolatiers and had them craft objects within a room setup. The sho...

 
 
 
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Vertical debuts Spring 2014 reader survey

Do you want to make your voice heard? Vertical is always open to what its readers want, and their seasonal reader survey is the best way to do so. Apart from following them around at convention after convention, pestering them constantly. E...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

It's a big week for anime releases. You might all be too poor to buy anything after shelling out all that money for Psycho-Pass, but box sets galore call your name. Casshan and Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water are two worth snagging, along w...

 
 
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2014 JSDF calendar will recruit you with cuteness

What's a better recruitment tool than cute girls? Japan's last recruitment tool, moe mascots for the JSDF, saw recruitment numbers rise by 20%, so why not try real girls? The 2014 JSDF calendar features models posing in uniforms, supposedly...

 
 
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Yamada Heiando shows what it takes to make lacquerware

Japanese lacquerware producer Yamada Heiando opened their doors to filmmakers to give an idea of the delicate and perfect work that goes into making their products. Every piece they do is gorgeous and stunning -- fit for the Imperial Famil...

 
 
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Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn to hit PS3 this summer

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam is a hell of a drug. I'm going to decline to state just how much time I've spent chasing 100% completion in that game, but know that it's a lot. Well, it looks like I'm about to kiss my summer goodbye: Namco Bandai ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28

I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its current pace and hol...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Love, Election and Chocolate

We're just past Valentine's Day, but there's still plenty of extra candy sitting around at local retailers, just waiting to be purchased at half price. While you're doing that, why not pick up Love, Election and Chocolate from RightStuf? Th...

 
 
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Stop what you're doing and buy Earth Defense Force 2025

Stop what you're doing: Earth Defense Force 2025 is out What's that? You've got work for the foreseeable future, and you'll get fired if you take off all of this week and next week without any notice? If a job won't let you drop everything ...

 
 
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Models show off the upcoming Sailor Moon lingerie

In the name of professional otaku journalism, we're obligated to report on the Sailor Moon lingere as much as necessary. Brittany already brought us word of the set's release, and now we've got images from a magazine ad campaign featuring m...

 
 
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Japanese maids won't judge your otaku bedsheets

Admit it: if and whenever you get a chance to go to Japan, you'll spend way too much money on shameless character goods. If you've already bought a dakimakura pillow, then you might find yourself upgrading to a full sheet set. Don't worry, ...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21

It took a naked man strapped to a car to unseat The Eternal Zero at the Japanese box office. Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's manga by the same name, which sells like gangbusters i...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Robotics;Notes hits shelves

Looking for something good to sit down and watch this weekend, readers? There's no better way to beat the freezing cold (or suffocating drought) than by watching Hidamari Sketch or Robotics;Notes. If you've been meaning to catch up on Jormu...

 
 
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NIS America bringing Danganronpa 2, Disgaea 4 to PS Vita

At yesterday's NIS America press event, the game localizer announced four new titles for 2014 for the US and European markets. If you're a Vita owner, then you've got two sequels to look forward to: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair and D...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

I think Japan's just about ready for Valentine's Day, with something like Back Number's Fish, a song about lost love. Watch the music video above if you want to see a guy singing about losing his love. Because what gets you in the mood bet...

 
 
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NIS America licenses Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress

The latest anime film to hit Western shores will be TMS Entertainment's Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress. TMS is best known for handling production on Akira, and based on watching the trailer for Fuse, they didn't slack on this movie either. Set...

 
 
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Hirose Dyeworks keeps a 400-year-old tradition alive

Take a minute and watch Yuichi Hirose narrate how Hirose Dyeworks keeps a 400-year-old kimono dyeing method alive in the modern day of Japan. The quality of their work is fantastic, as seen in the video and on their website. While I won't ...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Manga for everyone young and old

There's a hefty group of manga this week, with Wandering Son and Knights of Sidonia leading the way. New volumes of Tiger & Bunny, Deadman Wonderland, and Magi are all worth your time as well. Also, there are a lot o...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/7

Well, this is suprising. I honestly never expected The Wolf of Wall Street to debut high in Japan. The movie is three hours long, heavy on dialogue, and has more cocaine than Bogota. Perhaps it's the cocaine that's the big draw. Well that a...

 
 
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Omocat's weeaboo jacket is the baddest gear in town

Hey. Hey you. You want to rep your otaku pride, but tell other people not to mess with you? Omocat's got a fresh jacket coming out on February 28th, and it's worth considering buying. Just take a look at how badass it is. Would you mess wit...

 
 
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Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F hits US PS Vita in March

Yesterday, Sega announced what we've all been eagerly waiting for: Project Diva F is coming to the PS Vita in March! After the release of the PlayStation 3 back in August, Sega has been hard at work getting the PS Vita version of the game. ...

 
 
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Kana Hanazawa says 'no boys allowed' for meet & greet

Sorry guys, you're going to have to sit this one out in the cold. Kana Hanazawa's next meet and greet event is going to be a girls-only affair. The event, dubbed Kana Matsuri, will feature a meet and greet, live performance, and a talk show...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Taiga will never leave us

There's plenty to sink your teeth into, readers. If you haven't already bought from Nippon Ichi before, they've got a slew of box sets coming out this week. That includes non-special editions of Kimi ni Todoke and Natsume's Book of Friends,...

 
 
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Listen to denpagumi.inc cover Beastie Boys' 'Sabotage'

Yes, this is real. If you've ever wanted to listen to a girl group cover one of the Beastie Boys' most memorable songs, now's your chance. Sadly, the girls didn't put out a full-length video like the original, but I'll take this bizarre an...

 
 
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South Korea hosts 'Comfort Women' exhibit at French con

The Japanese government is none too pleased by an exhibit at France's Festival de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme, one of the biggest manga festivals in Europe. The exhibit in question details Japan's atrocities during World War II, focusing ...

 
 
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Dogo Onsen celebrates 120th anniversary with art show

Are you planning a trip to Japan sometime this year? If so, you might want to consider an excursion to Matsuyama. It'd be a 5-hour train ride from Osaka, but you'll be visiting a rare historical sight and get to stay there. Dogo Onsen, whic...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/31

Once again, The Eternal Zero is showing little signs of stopping its domination of the Japanese box office. Japan has a habit of latching on to a film and keeping it in the #1 spot for 10 weeks or so, shrugging off all other challengers. We...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: From to the New World is a shocker

It's a short week of releases, folks. So short, in fact, that there's not much point putting the full list after the jump. We've got one anime release worth highlighting in Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, and a whopping three manga releases. ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Silver Spoon Season 2

Once again, we're in the backwoods of Japan! Silver Spoon is back for its second season, and it's one of the few shows I stuck with during the broadcast season. How will we see things resolve? Will we finally see Hachiken get the girl? Will...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/24

Finally, the Attack on Titan craze is subsiding, at least as far as the New York Times' Bestsellers list shows. Now we've got Naruto and Yu-Gi-Oh! sitting amongst the top of the bestsellers list once again. It's good to see some of the youn...

 
 
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First Impressions: HamaTora

When a job needs doing, but requires that extra special touch, you go to a Minimum Holder. They've got powers ranging from neutralizing gravity to controlling lighting. And Hamatora is just the agency to submit your request to. This rag-tag...

 
 
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Shinjuku snapshot: 'Stainless' captures Tokyo life

Adam Magyar put together a fascinating and beautiful video, capturing everyone on the platform as a train pulls into Shinjuku station. Shot at 50fps, "Stainless" features countless people trapped in stillness or showing the slightest hint ...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Open the Medaka Box

It's not a big week for anime releases, with just Medaka Box Abnormal and Blue Sumbarine No. 6 showing off the Blu-ray goods. But fear not, the manga side has plenty to offer! The short list includes Haganai, Black Butler, Higuras...

 
 
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Rock the Charts for the Week of 1/17

With the new year well under way, we've got some fresh music from AKB48 star Misaki Iwasa topping this week's charts, with the cast of Kuroko no Basketball following up shortly thereafter. Who says industry-manufactured pop isn't king? On t...

 
 
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Releases of the Week: Taisho Baseball Girls is up at bat

It's a sexy week of releases, readers. Project-H has a few titles to debut for you, including The Tale of Boobs and Nyotai-ka!. Add to that the latest volume of Wolfsmund and you have some titles that you'd better cover up if you plan on re...

 
 
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Suntory to buy Beam Inc. for $16 billion

Suntory is looking to grow into the world's third largest spirits brand with the planned purchase of Beam Inc., the maker of Jim Beam and Maker's Mark. The purchase is set to cost a whopping $16 billion. But for the Japanese brand, this is ...

 
 
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Super Heroine Chronicle's 4th trailer shows 2 new charas

With Super Heroine Chronicle just around the corner -- it hits shelves on February 6 -- Bandai Namco released another video to prep you for their Super Robot Wars-like crossover extravaganza. We've got characters from Higurashi, Infin...

 
 
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Live action Patlabor project to feature working mecha

You might remember Suidobashi Heavy Industry's KURATAS that hit WonFes back in 2012. The robot blazed around the Internet, catching lots of peoples' eyes -- when Suidobashi started taking orders for the mech, it nabbed over 3,000 despite it...

 
 


About Brad Riceone of us since 7:44 PM on 07.28.2007

Brad helped found Japanator.com in 2006, and currently serves as an Associate Editor. He's covered all aspects of the industry, but has a particular preference for the business-end of things, and is an avid seinen and josei manga reader. You'll also find him following Japanese politics!
 
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