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Yotsuba&! tops Amazon Japan's manga sales for 2013

We've already seen what's been some of the hottest music this year in Japan, now let's turn our attention to everything they're buying. Amazon Japan released its listings of the top sellers of the year in just about every category. Som...

 
 
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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.

You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyon...

 
 
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Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store

And it's not just games from the Final Fantasy line, but a lot of titles are on sale at the Square-Enix online store. Many of the titles on sale are going for about 50% off retail, which means you can buy a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3D:&n...

 
 
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PSA: PlayStation Vita hardware on sale at Radio Shack

Hey, North Americans, I hear you're getting a PlayStation 4 soon! You know what would be a good companion machine for that monster? A PlayStation Vita! At least, Sony and Radio Shack seem to think so. Sony's done its part by engineering the...

 
 
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Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale

Hey, you know what's cool? Games from Japan for the PS Vita! You know what else is cool? Not paying a lot for videogames! It just so happens that Sony agrees with me, and has decided that for the next fortnight or so, you won't have to pay ...

 
 
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Add Studio Ghibli's best to your vinyl collection

Does music really sound better when you play it off vinyl? I'm too much of a musical philistine to answer that question, but what I can say is that if you're the type to collect records and also happen to be the type who loves the works of ...

 
 
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Evangelion body spray is the Essence of Shinji

Add another link to the illustrious, endless chain of Evangelion-themed merchandise, folks. Cosmetics brand Creer Beaute has shacked up with the brand that spawned a million torso-plugsuit water bottles to produce an appropriately sane prod...

 
 
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Sega takes to Facebook to ask you to support Miku for PS3

If you're at all familiar with the Hatsune Miku phenomenon, you'll know that her Japanese handlers have long been interested in marketing the virtual idol outside Glorious Nippon. From Toyota commercials to Mikunopolis, to an actual presenc...

 
 
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JoJo All Star Battle gets a release date, fab box art

Fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cyberconnect2, or crazy 3D anime fighting games can all start marking their calendars now, because Namco Bandai has confirmed an August 29th release date for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. ...

 
 
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Accel World AR shirts are as augmented as the show is

Say what you will about Accel World, but one of the cooler things about it was its kickass vision of a future that's fully integrated with augmented reality (AR) tech. Imagine a world where Google Glasses fully took over, and everything's ...

 
 
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Don't forget to get your shield at 7-Eleven

Downloadable content. Bonus stuff for your games! For Dragon Quest VII's 3DS release, 7-Eleven stores in Japan will be having a promo where players will be able to go to a 7-Eleven and download a light shield and a shard. The promo will run...

 
 
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Now you can have your GACKT and drink it too

Go anywhere in Japan, and somehow you will run into the phenomena known as GACKT. Wether its music, movies, videos games, or books --the man is everywhere. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the former Malice Mizer frontman...

 
 
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This Metal Gear bento is the greatest bento

It's...it's beautiful, like the Mount Rushmore of boxed lunches. Except some stupid mountain doesn't have the faces of two of the world's greatest soldiers (Solid Snake, Big Boss) and one guy whose idea of cool ninja style is to wear cyborg...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Goods and Music

The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed media, but now...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Manga and Books

The holiday blitz continues, as does Japanator's blitz of holiday shopping advice! After telling you which videogames and anime to buy for you and yours, today we're getting all "old-fashioned" by making recommendations for (gasp!) print me...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime and Film

Hello again, and welcome to the next part of Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide! The other day we gave you our recommendations for the best videogames, but now it's time to take a look at the latest batch of stuff to pile into stocking...

 
 
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Ace Combat's going PC, but where are my Idolmaster skins?

Don't get me wrong! It's cool and all that Namco Bandai's paying more attention to the PC. They've started porting superb titles like Dark Souls - albeit imperfectly - and with the latest announcement that they're gracing PC players wi...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Games

The holidays are upon us, dear readers, and where that usually means celebrating togetherness and occasionally the birth of a major religious figure, it also means having to shell out tons of monies for gifts to distribute to frie...

 
 
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Get your shopping on with pre-Black Friday sales

Looking to spend all that holiday gift money on your friends yourself? Well, here's a chance to blow everything you've got left after that Criterion sale earlier this month. Right now, there are three big sales going on: FUNimation's titles...

 
 
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Criterion DVDs are 50% off at Barnes and Noble

Right now, Barnes and Noble has the entire Criterion Collection on sale for 50% off, making the often-pricy discs a little more accessible. What's great about the Criterion Collection is that the company often does a great remaster of class...

 
 
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Atlus shows how to apply the Persona 4 Golden Vita skin

You only have to look at a PS Vita to know that the system's got a gorgeous OLED screen to display all those pretty graphics with. However, the knowledge that comes with handling Sony's handheld station-of-play is that the thing is a damne...

 
 
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Riding these Madoka scooters is not suffering

Actually, I might have to take that headline back, considering that these special Madoka Magica-themed electric scooters, produced by Brain Police Light, are mini-scooters, which have a seat height of about two feet tall. Depending on your ...

 
 
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Importers Beware: New PS Vita firmware locks memory cards

Hold it right there, person about to update his or her PS Vita's firmware to the latest version, which is v1.80! Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Do you have another PSN account located in a different region (say, Japan, Europe or ...

 
 
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Toyota summons a Char Aznable hatchback

Or should we call it a "Char-iot"? Hah! In case a topless flat-chested ladyboy wasn't enough to sell you on the Toyota Auris, they've also come up with a sweet body and interior kit themed after The Red Comet himself, Char Aznable. Unveile...

 
 
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Atlus announces Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Edition

Hey remember the time Atlus included cool stuff with the premium editions of its games? Yeah, those were the heady days of...yesterday, when they announced the "Solid Gold Premium Edition" of Persona 4 Golden. Good times! Folks willing to c...

 
 
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Thanks, Atlus: Persona 4 Golden preorders get Vita skin

In case you needed another reason to be hyped up for the North American release of Persona 4 Golden, here it is: A preorder bonus! Atlus is including a free P4G-themed Vita skin with preorders of the game. It's the same skin, designed ...

 
 
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PSA: Buy a PS Vita from Amazon, get Gravity Rush

In case you've been on the fence about getting yourself a PS Vita, a new Amazon offer might just help your decision. Buying a PS Vita, be it the 3G/Wi-Fi bundle or the regular Wi-Fi only model, will net you not only the handheld and its glo...

 
 
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Prepare to Stamp Rally in San Francisco for...Evangelion?

San Francisco Bay Area-based otaku have it pretty good, despite not being on the main US convention circuit. I attribute this fortune almost single-handedly to San Francisco's Japantown  neighborhood. They put on a ton of super-interes...

 
 
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She's Winner! Hatsune Miku's Chrome ad wins at Cannes

Yes, that Cannes. The one in France. Well, the "Direct Lions" part of it anyway, the one that's concentrated on advertising rather than movies (cue snarky comment about all movies being ads anyway). Hatsune Miku, everyone's favorite five-y...

 
 
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Election Year: Google+ to broadcast AKB48 Election Live

Want to watch some nerd event that's NOT somehow related to E3 this week? Are you an idol fan (or planning to become one)? Japan and Google have just the thing for you! This Wednesday, June 6th, they'll be livestreaming the 4th AKB48 Genera...

 
 
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Have delusions of Grand Delusions with Akibaranger's gun

Sure, the Akibarangers may be protecting Akihabara each week from urban-renewal horrors, but what about your favorite nerd neighborhood? What about your favorite mall, secret hideout, gated community, basement, attic, or whatever else stere...

 
 
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Tokyo Sky Tree Town and aquarium are ready for your money

The Tokyo Sky Tree isn't just for TV broadcasting. It's also expected to be a major tourist attraction once it opens to the public on May 22. On May 10, the Japanese media got to check out Tokyo Sky Tree Town, the area surrounding the tower...

 
 
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Hatsune Miku goods are now available at Hot Topic

Alright Miku fans, pack it in, Vocaloid is over. Hot Topic has started selling various Hatsune Miku-branded merchandise at its oh-so-counterculture mall stores. You can buy shirts for girls and guys adorned with the blue-haired idol's ...

 
 
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Fate/Zero sleeping masks give everyone else nightmares

Sure, you may have heard of eye masks with eyes drawn on the front, even ones with anime-style eyes drawn on them, but these new Fate/Zero-themed ones are easily the most original I've seen. Just look at Caster's googly eyes or Assassin's.....

 
 
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Is Evangelion now hawking Schick razor blades?

In about half a day, Neon Genesis Evangelion's Gendo Ikari will make up his mind to do...something. There's been a countdown clock running for a new Schick razor blades promo featuring Evangelion, and judging by the picture above, it looks ...

 
 
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Check out Final Fantasy XIII-2 modeling Prada clothes

Folks always joke or whine about how Final Fantasy and other JRPG or anime characters never wear "realistic" clothes or seem designed with cosplay in mind more than practicality. They've got a point. For the most part, most RPG clothing, Fi...

 
 
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Professor Mordin teaches you all about Mass Effect 3

Do you know about Mass Effect? No? Too bad, because Electronic Arts will stop at nothing to get you to care about the last game in their grand sci-fi trilogy. They'll fly all the way to orbit to grab interest from people who just care ...

 
 
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Look surprised: K-ON! movie is making a lot of money

Like it or not, K-ON! is an incredibly succesful franchise. Testament to that is the news of how much money has been generated following the release of the film just two days ago. Just to reiterate, it's been out two days. With me? Good.&nb...

 
 
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Japanator's Holiday Shopping Guide 2011: Toys 'n Stuff

Happy Friday, everyone! Just as Friday brings the end to the week, so does it bring the end of a week's worth of amazing recommendations from our experienced editors. Yes, friends, 'tis sad but true: This is the last installment of Japanato...

 
 
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PSA: RightStuf begins its 12 Days of Savings

In this case the "S" in "PSA" means SWEET DEALS. Preeminent anime retailer RightStuf has begun its "12 Days of Savings" mega-sale. In fact, the whole sale will be going on for longer than twelve days, lasting through December 12th, 2011. An...

 
 




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