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The 2014 Winter Tokyo Wonder Festival is happening

Right now, collectible toy-enthusiasts all over the world are flocking to Japan for Tokyo Wonder Festival. The bi-annual event, held in Chiba each year, features the latest must-have garage kits and often provides fans with a glimpse at som...

 
 
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Cloudbuilt takes ninja-platforming to the next level

Here at Japanator, we tend to be very picky when it comes to covering Western-developed games. When it comes to our gaming coverage, we typically stick to titles developed by Japanese developers or on rare occasions, titles that feature Ja...

 
 
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A behind-the-scenes look at Lightning Returns

Square Enix recently released a special behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming action-RPG Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. The first part of an on-going series, titled "Inside the Square," features insights from some of the creativ...

 
 
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STARCHILD International launches English website

Last night, anime record label STARCHILD International launched their official English-language web-portal. While the website isn't particularly robust, it's simply intended to keep fans up to date on their latest releases. It also provides...

 
 
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Atlus publishing Conception II in Europe as digital-only

This probably shouldn't come as much of a surprise, but Atlus has officially announced that they'll be publishing Conception II in Europe as a digital-only title, skipping retail. I suppose that isn't so bad, but it might be a change of pac...

 
 
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Hulu braces for a Pokémon invasion

For the past few years, Hulu has been looking to expand its ever-growing selection of anime, and it's done pretty well for itself considering the competition, granted you still have you pay to access the majority of the content through you...

 
 
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Snore the afternoon away on a Snorlax cushion

Nothing is more annoying than finding your path blocked by a sleeping Snorlax, but thanks to the folks at Banpresto, you won't need a Poké Flute to snag one of these comfy cushions. Instead, all you have to do is pre-order one from T...

 
 
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Gaze upon these fresh screens from Demon Gaze

Here's a new batch of screenshots for Kadokawa's upcoming PlayStation Vita dungeon crawl Demon Gaze. Originally released in Japan around this time last year, we've been patiently waiting for the English localization since NIS America m...

 
 
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Dragon Ball Z Abridged updates with new episodes

It's been awhile, having taken a breather to release a parody of Attack on Titan, but the folks at Team Four Star are back with new episodes of their popular cult-parody series, Dragon Ball Z Abridged. If you've been following it to date, ...

 
 
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Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z trailer touts online co-op

Here's a recent trailer from Namco's upcoming 3D brawler, Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z. The clip supposedly covers some of the online functionality featured in the game, which allows up to 8 players to engage in a 4 on 4 battle, or battle ro...

 
 
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Mega Man board game kickstarter enters its final hours

By now you've probably heard of this kickstarter for a Mega Man board game. It's been all over the net, and covered on practically every major gaming site out there. Well, it's down to the final hours, and the project has managed to raise o...

 
 
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Funimation snags rights for One Piece, season 6

Earlier today, Funimation announced that they've acquired the rights for home video distribution of One Piece, season 6. One Piece, of course, remains super popular with fans and Funimation seems to be doing a fantastic job with the series,...

 
 
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Yaoi imprint SuBLime celebrates its anniversary

If you're big on boys love, or just feel the occasional urge to stock up on some yaoi, Viz Media has got you covered. Their specialized Yaoi-centric manga imprint, SuBLime -- oh, the BL is capitalized... I see what they did there -- is cele...

 
 
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Connect new worlds with Harvest Moon

I'm sure I could go on and on about MarvelousAQL's next entry in the Harvest Moon saga, and how its shaping up to be the most anticipated 3DS farming simulation of all time, but I'm sure anyone who really cares already knows everything alr...

 
 
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Vertical licenses Witchcraft Works manga

Although they've yet to make any official announcements, it appears Vertical has licensed the Witchcraft Works manga, originally published in Kodansha's bi-monthly seinen magazine good! Afternoon. Amazon and Random House have listed th...

 
 
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More Hisaishi, Ghibli soundtracks headed to iTunes

According to a recent tweet, Studio Ghibli will be adding more soundtracks from their library to the Apple iTunes digital marketplace -- at least, more than there already were to begin with and that's not many. In fact, a search for Studio ...

 
 
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A Senran Kagura cooking game? Yes, please

Unlike some outlets, we tend to approach games like Senran Kagura with an open mind -- after all, what's not to love? Two schools of busty vixens, trained in the deadly arts of Ninjutsu, who constantly battle each other while seemingly obl...

 
 
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Moribito added to Neon Alley's mid-season schedule

Viz Media's streaming network Neon Alley is half way through their fall season of programming. To mark the occasion they'll be adding some new programming to their schedule, starting with the mid-season debut of 2007's Moribito: Guardi...

 
 
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Our first real look at Hollywood's adaption of Kite

Hollywood's upcoming live-action adaption of Yasuomi Umetsu's anime cult-classic Kite has been in development for years. Thanks to this new trailer, we're finally getting our first real look at the film, and it's not pretty....

 
 
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Toonami's trailer for Space Dandy episode 2

So the first episode of Space Dandy aired and reactions seem mixed. I'm sure Ben didn't expect the response to be so polarizing, but I admit I saw it coming a mile away. Any time a series receives this much hype, it's bound to disappoint s...

 
 
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Bravely Default censorship is worse than expected

First Tharja, and now this -- it's as if Nintendo can't help themselves. We've known for awhile now that there were some minor alterations being made to character designs for the western release of Square-Enix's Bravely Default. The mu...

 
 
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Sentai licenses Engaged to the Unidentified

Sentai Filmworks have once again thrown caution to the wind, having licensed yet another anime before it's even aired, namely Engaged to the Unidentified -- a 12-episode series based on a four-koma manga of the same name. A bit of a mo...

 
 
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The winner of Japanator's best male character of 2013

The case could be made that 2013 was a strong year for women in anime. That said, there were also plenty of great candidates for best male, and though it may seem like we've overlooked quite a few, many of them lacked an x-factor which set ...

 
 
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Video: Forging Chrom's Falchion from Fire Emblem

I'm not sure what I'd do with a replica of Chrom's Falchion from Fire Emblem: Awakening, but I certainly have a healthy respect for the art of smithing. As evidenced in the video above, forging a sword -- even if it's just a novelty or pro...

 
 
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Happy New Year from Japanator

This has been a year of ups and downs and though we've gone through quite a few changes around the network, Japanator's future is looking much brighter. I want to thank each and every one of our loyal readers, especially those who've been a...

 
 
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The winner of Japanator's worst anime of 2013

The anime industry shovels out plenty of bad anime every year, and usually that would make this decision a difficult one. After taking the time to whittle down our list, we held a vote to see which anime would take home our not-so-prestigio...

 
 
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SuBLime Yaoi manga now available for Kindle

I won't pretend to read, or even truly understand the fascination with Boys Love genre, but I know there's a fair amount of you out there who do, so some of you may be really excited by this bit of news. VIZ Media's yaoi manga imprint SuBLi...

 
 
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Check out the latest t-shirt design from Boomslank

Our good friends at Boomslank have released a brand new t-shirt for you to gush over. Simply titled "Tournament," their latest design depicts two schoolgirls exchanging blows on a busy street, surrounded by a crowd of on-lookers -- because ...

 
 
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Nominees for Japanator's best male character of 2013

I realize we've got a rather short list for best male nominees this year, and despite being handed a hefty list of nominees by my staff, very few names on the list really stood out, and even then, I had to determine which character from eac...

 
 
 
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The Dose: yu-yu

Hiroko's out today, so I'm stepping up to the plate. Today's dose features the theme song from God Eater 2, the critically acclaimed action RPG released in Japan last month for both the PSP and PlayStation Vita. After its release...

 
 
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Help fund a Moe-themed guide for headphone enthusiasts

Audiophiles and headphone enthusiasts may be interested in helping kick-start this interesting project we've stumbled across -- Lunatic Joker's Moe Headphone Guidebook 2013. The doujinshi guide will reportedly feature an in-depth ...

 
 
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New Attack on Titan 3DS DLC to feature Sasha

The Nintendo 3DS exclusive Attack on Titan: The Last Wings of Mankind is getting some DLC in the form of an extra story route featuring none-other than everyone's favorite culinary enthusiast, Sasha Blouse. I'm not entirely sure w...

 
 
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The nominees for Japanator's worst anime of 2013

It's the end of the year, and that means it's time to list off some of the best and worst titles of the year. However this year, I've decided that we'll be handing out awards and letting our staff vote to decide who deserves the honors. We'...

 
 
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Final Fantasy XIV coming to steam?

If you were one of those people waiting for permission from your Steam overlords to purchase a copy of Final Fantasy XIV, you're in luck. In a recent notice relating to server maintenance, it notes that additional "worlds" or servers would ...

 
 
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Impressions: Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Rebellion

Last week, fans finally had an opportunity to attend screenings of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, the third and final chapter of the trilogy. Given the ending of the previous film -- or the series itself, seeing as the prev...

 
 
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Live-action Kiki's Delivery Service seems cringe-worthy

By now, you may have already happened upon this trailer for the upcoming live-action Kiki's Delivery Service, and if you're like me, you must have found it painful to watch. Although I loved the original animated feature, and would li...

 
 
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New trailer shows off Sengoku Basara 4 gameplay

Feast your eyes on the latest gameplay trailer for my favorite Samurai Warriors clone -- Sengoku Basara 4. Okay, I admit calling it a Samurai Warriors clone might be a bit much, but it's difficult to overlook all the similarities. The...

 
 
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Latest trailer for Wizard Barristers seems thrilling

If you haven't caught the latest trailer for Studio Arms upcoming series Wizard Barristers: Benmashi Cecil, you're missing out. No, it's not quite Space Dandy, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't be psyched about it. Set to premiere this J...

 
 
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It's complete; fans finally manage to translate Ys V

For Ys collectors and Falcom fans everywhere, there's always been a Ys V-shaped hole in our hearts. For the longest time, the game has remained the only entry in the on-going series exclusive to Japan -- that is, until now. A team of dedica...

 
 


About Tim Sheehyone of us since 11:55 AM on 03.24.2008

Tim is the former Editor-in-Chief of Japanator, a content media specialist by day, and pro-blogger by night. His posts can be found scattered throughout the Modern Method network. Also, he writes awesome music.
 
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