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Densha Otoko's Writer joins Kamen Rider Build's staff

Man. It's been a while since I heard about Densha Otoko/Train Man. My only knowledge about the series is its connection to a likely true story about an otaku hooking up with a girl he saved during a train ride. Thanks to a few people on Jap...

 
 
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Mazin Go: Atomic element 113 is now called nihonium

Whenever a new scientific discovery is made, I can't help to be impressed by the hard work that people put into the research-- especially when we see them come up with a name for the fruits of their labor. With element 113 being offici...

 
 
 
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Japan wants to farm the sun...IN SPACE

Through some of the worst disasters can come some of the best, most innovative ideas. After the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and subsequent meltdown at Fukushima, the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA for short, has developed an id...

 
 
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Anime-style robot on science journal causes rage

When you think of robotics, what's the first thing to come to mind? For me, I think of the killing machines from the Terminator series. For most others that aren't hellbent on seeing a robot apocalypse, they might think of cute gynoids like...

 
 
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Japanese robot wins DARPA challenge, is anime reference

Robots are great. A lot of folks would agree with me, including the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the institution doing all manner of top-secret, top-awesome projects for the government. Another thing they do that's ac...

 
 
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Pollution from China found at Mt. Fuji

Mt. Fuji, one of the most picturesque locales in the world, is suffering from Chinese pollution. According to an article from Japan Today, scientists have found that the famous mountain has almost double the amount of Mercury in the air com...

 
 
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Japan sent a talking robot to space

In a move that could only be described as either totally awesome or fiscally irresponsible, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- or JAXA for short -- has delivered a talking robot to the International Space Station. It's purpose? To p...

 
 
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Science! Why tsundere girls are appealing

Why do guys like tsundere girls? Surely going after a girl that doesn't abuse you seems a lot safer? Is there some reason why guys will go along with the verbal barrage (other than the obvious reason)? Yoshihito Naitou, a psychologist ...

 
 
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Snore no more with a robotic teddy under your heady

Science has done it again! Invention after invention, experiment after experiment, there's always something to post about when it comes to the newest tech from Japan. Of course, a lot of it seems to cure the most worthless of ailments, spen...

 
 
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32nd Annual Nihon Sci-Fi Awards recognize Madoka Magica

We've seem to have been rolling in the Madoka news lately, because aside from being released in the US early next year, the series is now nominated for a rather big award. Every year, the Nihon Science Fiction Taisho Award recognizes&n...

 
 
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A look inside: Gamera and other kaiju (literally)

One of my favorite moments from this past season of Mad Men is when Don Draper and Lane Pryce embark upon a random, misguided and utterly bro-tastic night out on the town in the tense hours before the new year rolls in, bringing along with ...

 
 
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Ukiyo-e prints show doctors and drugs fighting diseases

Though normally thought of purely for use as artistic canvases, ukiyo-e (woodblock prints) have at times served a more informative role. The University of California San Francisco owns a collection of 400 health-themed pieces of art from Ja...

 
 
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Japanese SPACE BEER!

Japan, always on the cutting edge of technology, has created yet another scientific innovation that's guaranteed to change the face of humanity: SPACE BEER! This new product, developed by Sapporo Breweries Limited, was brewed with hops cult...

 
 
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Akiba:F makes blood donation awesome, desirable

I've always felt a little guilty about not being able to donate blood. Due to the wealth of prescription medication constantly flowing through my veins, I'm banned from doing so. But now, I feel especially inadequate, because this new blood...

 
 
 
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Spice and Wolf author shows off his portfolio

His investment portfolio, appropriately enough.Spice and Wolf is one of my new favorite shows. Despite being about medieval merchantry, it manages to convey suspense on the level of a show like Code Geass, without all that crazy "Geass...

 
 
 
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Old-ass man takes on big-ass hornets...with a vacuum cleaner

While Japan's aging population continues to be a major concern in the long term, the country is still home to some of the spriteliest geezers you might find.Among them, this man, aged seventy-eight, who still works as an exterminator, reg...

 
 
 
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Awww yeeeaah: Get yer hot robot-on-robot action right here!

I've often joked that the rapid advance of robot technology in Japan would doom us all.And yet, I am filled with hope, love, and horniness as I see the video after the jump. It should rightly cause me to recoil in horror and disgust, prayin...

 
 
 
 
 
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Touch a hologram with the "Holo" tactile-feedback display

The ultimate otaku dream of being able to interact effectively with 2-D characters is slowly coming to realization, as researchers at Tokyo University's Shinoda Lab have managed to combine holographic technology with ultrasonic waves to del...

 
 
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Chew on this: Rat gets new teeth thanks to stem cells

Hate going to the dentist? Can't stand the sound of the drill or the smell of powdered tooth? Afraid of anaesthetic injections or getting gassed? Worry no more, because the same developments that gave you glow-in-the-dark animals might make...

 
 
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University of Georgia math professor teaches origami

I'm sure many of you out there have made cranes and frogs using the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, origami, but you might not have thought about the math behind it. University of Georgia math professor Robert Rumely has been tea...

 
 
 
 
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Japan hates Twitter: Only 2.6% ever tweeted

Tweeting isn't for everyone. I myself haven't completely warmed up to this intertube sensation. It might take a lot longer for Japan at large though, as a recent survey by the iBridge monitor group revealed that just 2.6% of Japanese people...

 
 
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We're Doomed: Massive jellyfish invasions incoming

As if machine rebellion and amphibian plagues weren't enough, it seems that another sign of the end times has popped up in the form of terrifying swarms of monstrous jellyfish. Scientists monitoring jelly activity off the coasts of China an...

 
 
 
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Japan slams lunar orbiter into the moon...for science!

Japan has done many things in the interest of science. Discovered giant squid, built full-scale Gundams, and even taken video of the Earth rising from the Moon. And now add slamming their lunar orbiter Kaguya into the Moon, in order to moni...

 
 
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Japanator review: Strain - Strategic Armored Infantry

As I write this review, I realized I have a bias towards this genre--90s and early 2000s science fiction anime that takes place in space. My mind is often littered with the thoughts for things like Gundam, Macross, Nadesico, Vandread, Outla...

 
 
 




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Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"

 

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"

 

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"

 

One Piece Film Gold"Welcome to Grand Tesoro!"

 

Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"

 

Orange"Would you change your past?"

 

God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"

 

A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"