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Otakus get creative with 3DS augmented reality

It was only a matter of time, really, before the otaku and hacking communities managed to find a way to play with the Nintendo 3DS augmented reality features much in the same way the Kinect has been modified. For those of you not in the kno...

 
 
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Japan brings even more live-action adaptations!

On Saturday, an announcement was made by Betsucomi magazine that Obata Yuki's Bokura ga Ita a.k.a. We Were There is set to get a live-action adaptation in 2012. Bokura ga Ita is a high school romance story, and is supposedly ...

 
 
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Japanese gaming industry about as popular as porn

I suppose this really doesn't surprise anyone. I mean, c'mon, what's more popular than video games and sex? According to some recent statistics, the Japanese video game market did roughly 493.7 billion yen in business in the past year, whic...

 
 
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Japanese student arrested for cheating on exam

Oh yes, you read that right. Sounds a little crazy, huh? An unnamed 19-year-old boy was arrested for using his cell phone in order to get answers to the Kyoto University entrance exam. The boy used his phone to post test questions to a ques...

 
 
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News flash: A-bomb jokes still not funny

A show on the BBC by the name of QI committed quite the social faux pas last December, and is still causing worldwide debate today. What could possibly be so offensive? A few panelists on the show joked about about Tsutomu Yamaguchi (n...

 
 
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Get your fill of Appleseed XIII this summer!

Apparently Japan really wants you to see Appleseed XIII this summer. The official website announced on Friday that Appleseed XIII will debut on the Internet, Blu-ray, and theaters simultaneously this June. Theaters in Tokyo a...

 
 
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Japanese man sneaks into female public bath

This kind of seems like the typical fare in weird Japanese news, but the best part? It took the bath customers quite a while to tell that there was a man in their midst. On Sunday, 49-year-old Yoshio Okawara, a security guard from Yokohama....

 
 
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Thanks for participating in the Ys giveaway contest!

If for some reason you weren't aware, we had an awesome contest on Twitter over the course of Thursday and Friday giving away PSN codes for Ys I and II Chronicles for their PSP or PSP Go. Along with XSEEDGames we gave away five codes t...

 
 
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Star Blazers set to air on SyFy in April

Woohoo! Seems the SyFy channel just keeps adding more anime to their lineup, and who can complain about that? The original Star Blazers will begin airing on the SyFy channel as of April 21 (a Thursday, which is where all of SyFy's anim...

 
 
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Japanese PlayStation Home gets Disgaea 4 space!

It seems like the Japanese version of PlayStation Home is always getting these nice additions that America never gets to see. Well this time is no exception. The Japanese PlayStation Home is receiving a Disgaea 4 home space. The new space i...

 
 
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A few minutes of English subbed Gundam UC on Bandai site

Heard about Gundam UC but not sure if you're ready to shell out the cash for the DVD or Blu-ray version? Well now you can get a few free minutes on the Bandai Channel to get a taste of the series for yourself, and it has English subtitles f...

 
 
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Wikileaks reveals Japanese spy agency

Call me cynical, but I kind of figure that if you don't assume every industrialized nation has a spy agency, then you're a bit naïve. A thread on FG revealed a link to The Sydney Morning Herald which covers the Wikileaks revelation tha...

 
 
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Kinect hack lets anyone blast a kamehameha!

Ever since the Kinect officially came out, people have been hacking away like crazy in order to get nearly anything they can imagine manipulated on screen. This hack definitely ranks up there with some of the cooler ones I've seen. Or maybe...

 
 
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X-Men gets an anime adaptation, looks awesome

Surprise, everyone! Looks like the X-Men are coming to Japan in anime form! Now I know this wouldn't be the first time a Marvel franchise has attempted the crossover to eastern audiences, with Iron Man and Wolverine having tried to mak...

 
 
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Japanator Kind of Recommends: Kaleido Star season 2

Most of you probably remember that I was very disappointed with season one of Kaleido Star. I wasn't drawn in by the story, I was underwhelmed by the English voice acting and I felt more annoyed than entertained by the show as a whole. So a...

 
 
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Final Fantasy VII rap album is surprisingly good

We've all heard our share of nerdcore rap and rock, often with a bit of chiptunes thrown in. The problem with these artists tends to be that they feel inaccessible to those who aren't real hardcore nerds, or those who don't get all of the r...

 
 
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Strike Witches anime director asked to work on film

Kazuhiro Takamura, the same director who has been at the helm for two seasons of Strike Witches has been asked to take the lead directing a Strike Witches feature film which is scheduled for release in 2012. The film was originally ann...

 
 
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School children in Oregon are immersed in Japanese

Who would've thought that Portland, Oregon would be one of the places spearheading a Japanese language immersion program for children as young as five? In order to get students learning a language more easily as well as improving cognitive ...

 
 
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How JRPGs stole my heart: a Final Fantasy love affair

Oh JRPGs, the Final Fantasy series in particular. You are a cruel mistress. You enslaved me as a young child and I have become a servant to your whims. I have accepted your vanity, your complexity, and your neediness for hours and hours of ...

 
 
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Male version of NMB48 idol group planned!

So for all those out there who like groups like NMB48, you'll be getting a brand new idol group very much like it. Oh, and this time, it's FULL OF BOYS. According to Sports Nippon newspaper, a major entertainment agency will be creatin...

 
 
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Sengoku Basara movie confirmed!

For all of those who love their over the top and super manly Sengoku Basara, you're in for a treat! A feature film has just been confirmed by Production I.G. that a movie based on the animated series is in the works! The film will premiere ...

 
 
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Interview with Yoshitaka Amano reveals an inspiring life

I'm a big fan of Yoshitaka Amano's work, and no, not just because he's done work on nearly all of the Final Fantasy titles. I respect Amano as an artist and for his unique style. He's someone I can look up to as a fellow artist in terms of ...

 
 
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Kimi ni Todoke season 2 DVDs come with fun extras!

According to the official Website of Kimi ni Todoke, the second season set of DVDs will come with some nice extras for fans. The second DVD volume of season two will contain an extra animated short titled Mini Todo Gekij...

 
 
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Dragonaut DVD box set Facebook contest!

Hey guys, perhaps some of you aren't aware of the "Facebook-only" contest we're having, so I wanted to give everyone a head's up. As a way of promoting our social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook as an integral part of the ...

 
 
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Teen arrested for distributing manga scans online

Sometimes you really have to wonder what goes through people's heads. On Saturday, an 18-year-old male student located in Katagami City in Akita Prefecture was arrested for distributing manga scans online. Now normally, I might si...

 
 
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Hatsune Miku appears on the cover of Clash, fans rage

The most recent issue of UK magazine Clash features an article on the future of music, discussing the infamous and widely popular Hatsune Miku. The article discusses how Miku is like something out of a sci-fi novel, a digital pop ...

 
 
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Japanese company makes birthday cakes for dogs

Japanese company Lovina has begun selling a pretty unique item. The Tokyo based company sells birthday cakes for dogs! The cakes are made to look like the dog for whom the cake is for, and they're a good likeness! The ca...

 
 
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A look at Black God #11

This volume of Black God starts off with Mikami and Excel escaping from an apartment building only to run into Saishu from the Shishigami tribe. What occurs next is an violent fight between Saishu and Mikami, spanning several pages and...

 
 
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Say hello to Catherine's sexy soundtrack

The Catherine soundtrack is looking quite saucy, just as it should be! The cover is hand drawn, which is a nice touch in today's CGI world, and is in contrast to the cover for the actual game. Inside the wonderful soundtrack ...

 
 
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Want to live out your Eva fantasy? Check out this hotel!

No, not that kind of fantasy, sicko. I mean the kind that dreams and butterflies are made of.As of March 2011, the Japanese Highland Resort located next to Mount Fuji will propose the idea for an Evangelion themed r...

 
 
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Chinese Gundam rip off goes from fake to fug

First of all, bonus points if you know that fug is totes the new abbrevs for "fugly." Extra bonus points if you managed to read that sentence and understand it.Ahh, the fake Chinese Gundam. Like most other Chinese knockoffs, the C...

 
 
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K-ON!! and The Girl Who Lept Through Time Blu-ray covers!

Get ready, moe fans! Bandai Entertainment has just announced that their official English language website and trailer for K-ON!! is currently available! Bandai has also revealed that the Blu-ray and DVD for Vol. 1 of K-ON!! n...

 
 
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First three Kamen Riders to reunite after 37 years

Kamen Rider is about to celebrate its 40th anniversary! Woo! That's a long time! And to celebrate, Kamen Rider is coming out with a new movie entitled OOO Den-O All Riders: Let's Go Kamen Rider which will be released on ...

 
 
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Love hotels try to pose as their less sexy brethren

Ever walked into a hotel for a regular stay and realized you ended up in a cheap love hotel for an afternoon tryst?Yeah, me too.Apparently a new trend is building in Japan wherein love hotels attempt to pose as regular hotels in o...

 
 
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New ThunderCats show is anime-tastic, airing on CN

Thunder, thunder, ThunderCats, HOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.For those of you who remember the classic ThunderCats series as fondly as I do, you'll be pleased to know that the show is getting a mode...

 
 
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Momofuku's delicious ramen app comes to the iPad

The restaurant chain Momofuku is coming out with an iPad app that's full of delicious things! The app will be called Lucky Peach and is going to be released quarterly, run by David Chang, owner of Momofuku, and NYT food writer Pet...

 
 
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Anime themed Buddhist temple seeks out otaku generation

Even religion is becoming hip to the idea of moe-blobs in order to garner more visitors! A Buddhist temple in Hachioji called Ryohoji temple is integrating anime stylings to get the younger generation interested in coming to the s...

 
 
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Macross Frontier concert to be held in PlayStation Home

If you've got a Japanese PSN account and access to the Japanese version of PlayStation Home then you're in for a treat! PS Home will be hosting a virtual Macross Frontier concert featuring avatars bearing the likeness of Sheryl an...

 
 
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Syfy to begin airing Chrono Crusade

According to television network Syfy's official schedule, the channel will begin airing episodes of Chrono Crusade on February 22 at 11 p.m EST with two back-to-back episodes. First up is the pilot episode, followed by "The C...

 
 
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Tamayura isn't just a set of OVAs anymore!

That's right, Tamayura is going to be an animated television series very soon! The show started out as a set of four OVAs, with its volumes being released between September 6 to December 6 2010. The original OVAs were directe...

 
 


About Crystal Whiteone of us since 4:40 PM on 05.17.2010

I'm a Senior Illustration major, a girl gamer, and an all-around pretty cool person if I do say so myself. Get to know me!
 
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