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Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident

I don't have anything against The Bieb. In fact, I find the hate for him somewhat petty. I mean, it's not like he's against vaccines or whatever. That said, causing an international incident is something you really shouldn't do, no mat...

 
 
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The Dose: Old School Thursdays

It's time again for another edition of your favorite weekly flashback, Old School Thursdays. This week, I'm going to bring back a classic I posted a few years ago, but I'm sure no one is going to complain to my boss... I hope. I was flippi...

 
 
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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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Get your swords out, it's an Attack on Titan videogame!

Oh, if only this lovely little browser-based project was an actual, officially-published Attack on Titan videogame, rather than the result of a Chinese fan's creativity. The core concept's pretty great! In case you've no inclinat...

 
 
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Anisama Shanghai 2012 axed due to Anti-Japan protests

In case you've not been following international news of late, you're in for a bit of facepalming over politics. It seems the rising tensions between China and Japan over the territorial status of the Senkaku islands (called "Diaoyu" in...

 
 
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Chinese hotel has some anime vibes going on

Want to get get down and dirty while Howl and Sophia are watching? How about catching some Zs while Mr Satan is happily grinning at you? Well you can, kind of. A new hotel in Anhui, China has some rooms built out just for anime fans, comple...

 
 
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Another day, another Chinese rip-off, now about trains

By now, you're probably aware that China has few scruples about "reusing" other people's concepts, to put it kindly. Recently, Chinese netizens found yet another example of China's media plagiarism when they came across an online clip for a...

 
 
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Jackie Chan raises millions for Japan relief

There is a well known rivalry between China and Japan at times, but if you look at what Jackie Chan's done, you'd never know it. The famous actor, often known for doing all of his own stunt work, got right down to business after the earthqu...

 
 
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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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Shocker: Chinese fake Gundam statue gets rocked in court

If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then China's been sucking up to a lot of folks lately, this time in the form of a life-size knock-off of the famous 1/1-scale Gundam statue, located in Odaiba and Shizuoka.The Middle Kingdom's...

 
 
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Man sneaks aboard airplane wearing elderly mask

Yeah, it's about as weird as it sounds. A man from Hong Kong got aboard a flight to Vancouver while wearing a mask to look like an elderly caucasian man. In fact, the mask was so convincing that no one even stopped him throug...

 
 
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Man gets arm stuck in toilet trying to rescue cell phone

A Chinese man from Jiangsu province managed to get his arm stuck in the the pipe of a toilet after trying to retrieve his dropped cell phone. Emergency teams arrived to aid the man, and saved him with only minor cuts and bruises to his arm....

 
 
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Middle aged Sailor Moon commercial will have you laughing

On Hong Kong's J2 TVB network, a new commercial for a live-action television version of Sailor Moon has been airing to the dismay of many Chinese on the web. But why the complaints? Well, the show is a re-imagining of Sailor Moon, with the ...

 
 
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Chinese economy trumps Japanese in Hetalia-unrelated move

It sounds like a new Hetalia fanfic: After years of burgeoning growth, China has dominated Japan and become the world's second largest economy. The news came from Tokyo on Monday when economists noticed that Japan's economy, valued at ...

 
 
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China builds giant Optimus Prime out of junk

Last week, we saw an Optimus Prime built out of everyday household items. That was last week. This week, Optimus Prime comes in the form of 40 feet and 6 tons of junk.Yes, China has seen fit to enter the Japan-dominated giant robot circuit ...

 
 
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Chinese boosting Japan's weak economy through tourism

I've seen enough Chinese people in Tokyo to think that it's a totally normal thing. But apparently the numbers are up for Chinese visitors, and that's helping out Japan's weak economy. Last year's count of 481,696 Chinese tourists is a new...

 
 
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Celebrate Chinese New Years with some tiger girls!

While everyone else is busy with their Valentines Day posts, I've decided to go out of my way to make sure nobody forgets the real holiday that happens to be going on right now. It's Chinese New Year! For those of you who are...

 
 
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Chinese commercial rips off Lucky Star

Oh, China. What have they made that's originally theirs, again? Oh, yeah, kanji, I guess. Other than that and some pottery, it seems like China have made a full time business of ripping off other people's stuff. Case in point: this commerci...

 
 
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Astro Plan... toys?

China is famous for producing bootleg toys, including such gems as "RobocAr Energon" and the classic "Super Combination Robot". Another fine product of the Middle Kingdom is bootleg anime, such as the recent Macross ripo...

 
 
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China's newest anime, Astro Plan, looks a bit familiar

When it comes to bootlegs in China, I'm usually covering the side of hilarious knock-off toys or the pain of getting a fake through an eBay auction. China has gotten a bit more ambitious, as they are now copying the series themselves. There...

 
 
 
 
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Tuesday Otaku Debate: Lu Bu vs. Miyamoto Musashi

Last week we entered into the depths of hell as we voted for the worst character to cosplay at a convention, or in your living room if you don’t go to conventions. This all arrived from a theory I have that states that bad cosplay see...

 
 
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Best way to send your letters: Boy love stamps and stationary

In Japan, along with doujinshi, many fans make and sell stationary based on their drawings. However, it seems that China has taken the lead in being able to sell off official boy love goods. Don't worry, it will be nothing like the picture ...

 
 
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It’s Lu Bu! A Three Kingdoms anime is coming our way!

Those who say Japanese and Chinese relations are strained are crazy because they haven’t heard the news that a joint Chinese-Japanese adaptation of the famous novel the Romance of the Three Kingdoms is underway. For those of you livin...

 
 
 
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The middle kingdom’s newest prince

Anime News Network reports that the shonen-ai sports manga The Prince of Tennis has been picked up (stolen) by China and will be made into a live-action television drama (aka. construct shoes by gunpoint). The plan is to release this show...

 
 
 
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Kung Fu Hustle: Axe Kickin' Edition coming at the end of July

For those of you who are fans of Stephen Chow's films (and you really should be), his film Kung Fu Hustle will be getting a re-release on July 31st with a special edition. The "Axe Kickin' Edition" will contain the film itself in 2.40:1 a...

 
 
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New internal Red Scare: Light Yagami and his wacky hijinks

In China, an important kid-centric holiday is coming up fast, and what better way could a Communist government show they care than seizing and destroying some of the best manga in existence? Authorities are ordered to seize "illegal te...

 
 
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Welcome to the heartless Disney World

May I present to you Shijingshan Amusement Park, where you might just be lucky enough to meet, Mickey and Minnie Cat, Gronald Duck, Wazup Kitty, and Doraeman. Yes, China has done it again; no longer do they bootleg DVD’s or purses, but ...

 
 
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Giant Gundam Lantern Squats Over Taiwan

Jtor reader Cody sent us a tip regarding this giant 1:2.5 scale Gundam lantern. It was the centerpiece for the Lantern Festival celebration at CKS Memorial Hall, Taipei. While the centerpiece is usually an animal form, this year a competi...

 
 
 
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Curse of the Golden Flower review

Now, just because the title of the site says Japanator doesn't mean that we can't also cover things from China and Korea. One of my professors constantly reminds us that the history of China, Japan, and Korea, are all interlinked, and it'...

 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment, Playstation 3 propaganda edition!

You know and I know that finding a Playstaion 3 on launch day was an impossible task. (extreme sarcasm mode: on)This wasn’t SONY’s fault; no, the blame goes to those damn foreigners! How dare they sell the Playstation 3 outside of Jap...

 
 




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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"