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A Daily Dose of Music: Ai Shinozaki

Yup, you're reading this correctly. This isn't another edition of Idol of the Week! Japanator's favorite all time idol is back with a slick new single, showing off her vocal prowess with the song A-G-A-I-N. I have to admit that I'm impress...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Bump of Chicken

Man, everything Bump of Chicken touches is like pure gold. The Chiba rockers have been on an absolute tear since their debut in 1994, and really have been getting progressively better. Their newest single Colony is just as epic. Sweet anim...

 
 
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Praise Shenron! Dragon Ball returns to TV in the Summer

I should have seen it coming. After the huge success of the last two Dragon Ball Z films, and the waves of merchandise that was tied in, I guess the thought of a new Dragon Ball TV series shouldn't come as a surprise. The Akira Toriyama wri...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Aoi Eir

The lovely and amazing Aoi Eir is back with her newest single, Lapis Lazuli. The dramatic song is featured as the theme to the new adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan. I haven't had a chance to check out the show, but as a fan of the...

 
 
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XenobladeX checks all the right boxes

I haven't touched my Wii U in quite some time. While I don't game nearly as much as I should, it's the system that's seen the least amount of miles in my collection. Luckily, XenobladeX will likely change all of that. This is one trailer t...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursday

I know, I posted this one a while back. It's just when I get a song in my head, it's hard to stop thinking about! This week's Old School Thursday is a trip back to 1990 and the OVA smash hit, The Record of Lodoss War. Although I never cont...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: daoko

I've been severely neglecting Japan's burgeoning hip-hop scene for too long. While I'm not much a B-Boy myself, I tend to listen to acts that tends to dip their feet into more of the R&B spectrum. Today I present to you the 18 year old...

 
 
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Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira Toriyama! I didn'...

 
 
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Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot

Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I never really got in...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY

It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo project into a rock...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

You know you're Old School when you think of Bleach as new school anime. Can you believe it's been 10 years since Okinawa Japan's Orange Range's hit single Asterisk graced the opening of Bleach? 10 years? I know the anime wasn't made yeste...

 
 
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Hide your Wallets! Yokai Watch heads to America

There's no denying it. Yokai Watch is the king of Japan still. It looks like Jibanyan and the rest of the Yokai's are heading to the United States, and they have their eyes on your wallet. The first game will be released in 2016 by Nintend...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: CTS Featuring Hatsune Miku

Brush off those dancing shoes, as CTS is ready to drop the beat. Back in 2011  Kurousa-P dropped the classic Hatsune Miku tune, Senbonzakura on Nico Nico Douga. Needless to say, the track is now considered a Vocaloid classic, and one ...

 
 
 
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Shin Megami Tensei X Fire Emblem trailer explodes my mind

I watch a lot of anime and video game trailers, as you can probably guess. However, I can only count on one hand the times a video has totally blown my mind and left me confused! During the Nintendo Direct show yesterday, a trailer was fin...

 
 
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Don't object to the new Ace Attorney trailer

Nintendo fans have reason to celebrate, as the beloved 3DS game gets set to release in Japan this July. I've never gotten into the Ace Attorney games myself, as I have the patiene of a gnat. However, this one just seems a lot more exciting...

 
 
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Prepare to return to Knights of Sidonia

Last year's breakout hit, Knights of Sidonia is getting set to return to airwaves next week, and there's a new commercial to get you prepared. So, what is that thing Nagate is talking to? It sure looks a bit.. Umm.. nevermind. The new seas...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Perfume

Ayano, Yuka and Ayaka are back to get you off your feet Perfume's latest video for Pick Me Up. It's a poppy EDM number, that doesn't go to far in either extreme. The song remains dancey while retaining pop charms, which I don't feel like p...

 
 
 
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Macross Frontier prepares to launch Stateside

The day that no one ever thought would come has arrived. Harmony Gold USA has released rights to the popular Macross anime series to distributor, Blockbuster Video. According to the newest press release from the estate of the now deceased C...

 
 
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Sony has announced games for the Playstation Vita

In unprecedented news, Sony Japan alongside Sony North America have announced that they will be releasing games for the Playstation Vita portable console. During the press conference, Sony President Kazuo Hirai discussed the details of thei...

 
 
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The official Neon Genesis Evangelion trailer is here

On the heels of the news that Hideaki Anno would be at the helm of the upcoming Godzilla movie, the great news continues. The crew in Japan had gotten news of an upcoming Hollywood live-action version of the classic anime series and sprung ...

 
 
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K-Pop and J-Pop are now officially the same

In a response to social media pressures, the Japanese and Korean recording industries have come together to official make the terms, K-Pop and J-Pop interchangeable. Reacting to overwhelming videos and Facebooks posts where the terms are us...

 
 
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Last Guardian receives release date

Gamers can finally let out a sigh of relief. The long delayed Playstation game has finally been dated for release on the Playstation 5 on April 1, 2016. The upcoming Team Ico game has seen many false signs of hope in the past, but in a rece...

 
 
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One Piece manga to end next week

In shocking anime and manga news, Eiichiro Oda has decided to end his long running manga One Piece next week. The abrupt news coincides with the announcement that Shonen Jump has decided to shut down permanently due to a paper shortage. Jap...

 
 
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Wonder why Korean and Japanese students can't speak English?

The guys over at RocketNews24 posted a pretty interesting video, where they interviewed some Japanese and Korean students about why they had difficulty speaking English, even though they had studied the language for a long time in school. ...

 
 
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Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin II is up to bat

I have to admit that I wasn't blown away with the first Origin OVA. I think I might have built the whole thing up in my head a bit too much, and was hoping for some more juicy Char history. There's something about the style of the trailer ...

 
 
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It's Ultraman Ginga S time!

Been short on your Ultraman fix? Good! Because Tsuburaya has quite a little treat for you fans, with their stream of the first four minutes of the newly released Ultraman Ginga S: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors! Now that's an ultra-mouthf...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

I didn't see this one coming at all! In stark contrast to their latest collaboration with American rockers Kiss, Momoiro Clover Z come back with the new ballad, Seishunfu. The perfect song for the upcoming Spring season, it's sweet and sap...

 
 
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Saint Seiya returns next month

Get your polish ready! Toei's Saint Seiya is set to return to the airwaves next month, and you're going to want your armor looking spiffy. The show will be available via a stream on Bandai's channel globally, so many fans of the old school...

 
 
 
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The new Haruhi visuals have me quite worried

I'm not quite sure what to think here. I was pretty darn excited to hear that Haruhi Suzumiya was returning to television with The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan. The the fear hit. A new studio was taking over the adaptation of the spin ...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Our favorite Harajuku girl, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with a great new single, Mondai Girl. It's easily the best release she's had all year, keeping fresh and modern. The video is a pretty hilarious parody of herself, showing that even aft...

 
 
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Lupin the Third: The Castle of Cagliostro comes to Blu-Ray

One of the finest anime every made is finally making its way to Blu-Ray! Discotek Media announced that the Hayao Miyazaki classic will finally makes its US Blu-Ray debut on April 28th! So freaking excite! News of the release was announced l...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Arashi

You may not believe it when you look outside, but Spring is just around the corner. With it brings fantastic new anime, lovely new music and this year a new Arashi single! The Winter isn't that bad, if there's some Arashi waiting at the en...

 
 
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Idol of the Week: Anna Konno

Name: Anna Konno Birthdate: June 15, 1989 Hometown: Kanagawa, Japan Measurements: 86/69/83 cm  Do you guys remember the legend of this thing called the sun? I heard it provided warmth to humans. I had even heard a silly story of a t...

 
 
 
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We finally get a taste of Bloodborne's story

If there's one game I've been waiting for this generation, it's definitely Bloodborne for the Sony PS4. The game is from From Software, the team that brought us the finest game ever made, Demon's Souls. They've shared a "story" trailer, wh...

 
 
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A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei

The indie rockers from Hokkaido, Galileo Galilei are back with their new song, Koi no Jumyo. It's hard not to swoon over Yuuki Ozaki's amazingly smooth vocals, and poppy guitar work. I always find their ballads so incredibly touching. They...

 
 
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I can't wait for Blood Blockade Battlefront

The upcoming Studio Bones series, Blood Blockade Battlefront is looking pretty darned good. The story is based on Yasuhiro Nightow's popular manga, which began soon after he finished Trigun Maximum. Anime character designs are provided by ...

 
 


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