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Impressions: Love and Lies

Love and Lies is set in an alternate reality where Japan has figured out a way to stop their socioeconomic issue of declining birth rates. How, you ask? They forbade love. In this new system, your marriage partner is picked b...

 
 
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Impressions: Golden Kamuy Manga Vol. 1

One of my favorite things as an Otaku is being introduced to series that I had no idea they existed. When receiving my Dragon Ball Super manga volume from Viz Media, I got Golden Kamuy alongside it. Just by the fron...

 
 
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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Manga Vol. 1

Dragon Ball has been one of the most popular franchises in Japan during the last three decades, and with good reason, and when it finally ended, it really makes you feel empty, at least it did for me when I finished watching all three ...

 
 
 
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Impressions: Dragon Quest Builders Demo

Last night, I streamed Dragon Quest Builders on Japanator Live, the latest spinoff of  Dragon Quest series that takes a lot of inspiration from the sandbox creation genre (made popular by Minecraft) and infuses it with its ow...

 
 
 
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Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

A happy Monday to you, and a happy July 4th to all our American readers! What better way is there to celebrate American independence than by staying home and watching a buttload of Japanese cartoons? Welcome to Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime...

 
 
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Impressions: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash episodes 1-4

There’s something great about playing anime roulette when one chooses a show to cover—especially if it’s a title that one isn’t too familiar with. Before I jumped into the anime adaptation of the light novel Grimgar ...

 
 
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Impressions: Yo-kai Watch Manga Vol. 1 and 2

Ever since the first game released in Japan back in 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS, the Yo-kai Watch franchise has captivated the entire Japanese population. While the manga was published a few months before the game officially released but it f...

 
 
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Impressions: Kamen Rider Ghost episodes 1-9

If there’s one thing that’s scary about an ongoing franchise, it’s when the latest series gets a budget cut. In some cases, this scenario won’t stop the team from delivering an entertaining program; however, there ar...

 
 
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Impressions: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger episodes 1-30

When it comes to delicacies that blend things together, the sandwich is one of those meals that smash a bunch of stuff in between two slices of bread. So what does this have to do with tokusatsu? Well, one thing that I’ve noticed abou...

 
 
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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 5

Welcome back to Strong Style! This week we begin something very cool as NJPW on AXS TV begins its coverage of the 24th annual G1 Climax Tournament! The coverage of the tournament will take us all the way into August with highlights from the...

 
 
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Strong Style: NJPW on AXS season 2 Episode 4

Welcome back to Strong Style! This week's show has AXS TV going back for our third episode of New Japan Pro Wrestling's Dominion 2014 event from Bodymaker Coliseum in Osaka. This week's show includes a heavy hitting tag match and an Interco...

 
 
 
 
 
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Impressions: Yamada-Kun and the Seven Witches

Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches is the latest work from manga author Miki Yoshikawa, whose previous popular work was Yankee-kun and Megane-chan (Known in some territories as Punk Flunk Rumble), a comedy about a delinquent guy and a girl w...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

In my mind, in the story I've built for myself for lack of genuine information, Gundam Build Fighters is The Little Gundam That Could, a show and concept that someone in the bowels of Bandai or Sunrise had to fight for, the staff ...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Shirobako

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily.  Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Fu...

 
 
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Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Char Aznable. In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of Gundam itse...

 
 
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Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies can be hard to f...

 
 
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Impressions: L'Arc~en~Ciel Live Concert Viewing

I've known about the Japanese singer Hyde ever since hearing his theme song to the anime Blood+ and I've known about the band L'Arc~en~Ciel since hearing their theme for the anime Moribito. Over the years, I haven't heard much more than tha...

 
 
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First Impressions: Nobunaga the Fool

The newest series by Satelight, created by Macross mastermind Shoji Kawamori is pretty much a history buffs dream come true, or their worst nightmare. Being that my history knowledge is quite bad, I can’t tell you all that much about ...

 
 
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Impressions: AnoHana the Movie

In 2011 I, along with many others around the world, discovered and fell in love with a little series known simply as AnoHana. It tells the tale of a group of estranged friends who are reunited by the ghost of their dead childhood friend in ...

 
 
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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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PAX: General impressions

The Seattle video game epic that is known as PAX Prime is now over. All four days were loud and crowded as usual, but what would you expect from a convention that had been spawned from Penny Arcade. The total amount of things to see and do ...

 
 
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A look at: Cirque du Freak #9

A little over two months ago I looked at volume eight of this series, and things were getting pretty good. For those of you who didn't read me then, cliff-notes: Darren, main character, meets a vampire and is turned into one to save his the...

 
 
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First Impressions: Wakfu

[Update: This article originally listed an April start date for the North American open beta, however we've been informed that this is not the case. The international open beta taking place in April will not be open to North America. The&nb...

 
 
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A look at: Cirque du Freak #8

When I think of Cirque du Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is that odd-looking movie that sort of came and went, with John C. Reilly as one of the lead actors playing a vampire. Mr Reilly caught my attention, but "high school kid s...

 
 
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A look at Higurashi When They Cry #11

I had the great pleasure of giving a look at the previous volumes of the Higurashi When They Cry manga last week, an arc that spun a new outlook on what the Higurashi setting is capable of providing in way of interesting and thrilling story...

 
 
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A look at Higurashi When They Cry #9-10

While the anime adaption of the visual novel Higurashi When They Cry gets a bad wrap because of its animation and horrendous English dub, I still highly regard the franchise as having one of the most thrilling and intere...

 
 
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A look at Pandora Hearts #4

To summarize the story so far in two long sentences, Pandora Hearts is a manga about 15 year old Oz Vessalius, who has been dumped into a legendary "broken toy chest" of a prison called The Abyss. He escapes after befriending and ...

 
 
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The Bible Black story or: How I learned to love hentai

[I almost never have any stories to tell, really. I mean, I hardly ever do anything crazy each day, and even when me and other friends decide to roam about town, nothing too extreme comes out of it...just a funny experience and a good ti...

 
 
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Why do I love it: Kimi ni Todoke

[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 raised...

 
 
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First Impressions: Ookami-san to Shichinin no Nakamatachi

Summary: Once Upon A Time there were scopophobics, grown-up Taigas, flat chests, Cinderella drop-kicks, a bunch of Railgun alumni, and Neko Neko Knuckles. And they lived happily ever after.Let's get this bit of semi-relevance out of the way...

 
 
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E3 10: Rune Factory 3 has plenty of human-monster bonding

As most of you probably know by now, Rune Factory is a spin-off of the popular Harvest Moon series -- focusing more on action than farming. That's not to say that farming doesn't happen during the series, but it's safe to say that it really...

 
 
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E3 10 : A look at Natsume's Harvest Moon DS: Grand Bazaar

Before E3 ended, I managed to swing by Natsume's booth to check out their upcoming games. With sequels to both Harvest Moon, and its fantasy based spin-off, Rune Factory, as well as several new titles -- including the fa...

 
 
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E3 10: Koei Tecmo's booth was beautiful and brutal

Recently merged, Koei Tecmo's combined library of upcoming titles seem to go together like apples and cinnamon. The booth on the other hand puts forth the image of singular entity, despite the fact that in addition to their own games, they ...

 
 
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E3 10: Hands on with the Capcom booth

I'm glad that I've finally found time to sit down with a somewhat, but not very, reliable internet connection so I could share these impressions from the E3 floor. Despite the fact that Tuesday was insane -- relatively, at least, considerin...

 
 
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First Impressions: Persona -Trinity Soul-

A majority of those who played Persona 3 for Playstation 2 have known, in the bottom of their hearts, that this would make a wonderful anime. For the game plays much like an anime itself, perfectly switching between an active school life ...

 
 




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