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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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Review: Orange

I was very excited for Orange, an anime adaptation of the manga, since it did incredibly well as a live-action film and there was generally a positive buzz surrounding this series. Did it meet my expectations? I enjoyed it and while it was ...

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Wait, what? Amazon's making a live-action Idolmaster show

Are you ready for this? Are you LADY for this? Amazon certainly thinks so, because it's taking The Idolm@ster, Bandai Namco's landmark idol-simulator/DLC factory, is coming to the one place it has never truly been: The real world. Indeed, t...

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Rejoice: Two new Utada Hikaru singles launch this month

When one becomes a parent, the world around them tends to change as it marks the beginning of a new journey in life. As Utada Hikaru was preparing her new album while trying to balance her new path, it turns out that folks are getting two s...

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Rest in Peace: Masayuki Izumi passes away

Ladies and gentlemen; it pains me to tell you all that Masayuki Izumi passed away on July 28. Sadly, the guy left to the other side at 35, which was too soon for someone at that age. The cause of his death was an undisclosed condition that ...

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Death Note TV series announced and characters revealed

Tsugumi Ohba's writing combined with Takeshi Obata's art produced a heart pounding, page turning manga called Death Note that was later adapted into a widely popular TV anime, a ho-hum movie adaptation, and some more side stories. Suffice t...

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Junjou Romantica getting a DVD Litebox re-release

Shungiku Nakamura's Junjou Romantica remains a relevant title for overseas fans these days, it seems, because Nozomi Entertainment announced they'll be re-releasing the entire first season this September in one 3-disc package. It'll feature...

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Crunchyroll partners with FUJI TV to stream 21 dramas

Remember when Crunchyroll used to show Japanese drama? I kid, but let's be honest, it's been pretty slim pickings on the drama front as so much time and effort was instead poured into acquiring anime simulcasts. However, this is about to ch...

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Come meet the Kyoryugers of 100 years in the future

We do still have a few weeks of dinosaur-related sentai action, but if the conclusion to the story and a few movies don't seem like enough content for you, why not get excited for the upcoming special? Set 100 years after the events of the...

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An American take on Boys Over Flowers

So I'm a little obsessed with drama, typical for a girl right? I was a big fan of the British show Skins, and then later found myself in love with Boys Over Flowers. If I could describe to you how much I adore it, I would. It gave me s...


Slice of life: Sunny manga grabbed by VIZ Media

If you're a fan of slice of life, here's a thing for you. Sunny, by Taiyo Matsumoto, has been grabbed by VIZ Media and translated by Michael Arias (producer: The Animatrix). The release of the first volume of this manga will be May 21st, bo...


BWAHAHAH! Josh Groban singing in Japanese!

You guys know who Josh Groban is, right? He's a very talented multi-platinum selling 'easy listening' vocalist that has 'raised up' so many weddings with his music that I get teary just thinking about his voice. So, again, super-talented, ...


Rejoice? Live action xxxHOLiC drama incoming

I'm not on very good terms with Clamp these days. I absolutely adore their early work (Card Captor Sakura, Magical Knight Rayearth), but their recent stuff hasn't done much for me whatsoever. I've heard good things about xxxHOLiC, but I've ...


Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- to rival TMA?

Remember there is going to be a live-action Sengoku Basara series? Well, the official site now has a trailer to show off some of the characters involved, and I can tell you now, we're in for a treat. You also get to hear a little of the en...


EXILE's Akira to star in Great Teacher Onizuka remake

For a long time, people have loved GTO, a.k.a. Great Teacher Onizuka, the story of a gang-member-turned-awesome-teacher. The original manga ran from 1997 to 2002, which spawned a live-action TV drama, a movie, and an anime, all around ...


Strawberry Night gets a night out to the theaters

Fuji TV's mystery drama Strawberry Night has just ended as of last Tuesday. The drama ended with a high 15.9% viewer rating for the final episode and a 15.4% viewer rating average for the season. That's some pretty strong numbers for a dram...


Waifu Amami Yuki to star in Kaeru no Oujo-sama

FujiTV just announced that Amami Yuki will be playing the role of a legendary musical star in the upcoming musical drama series Kaeru no Oujo-sama. This is not anything new for Amami Yuki. She has had a very successful background singing an...


Yakuza spin-off will receive a TV drama

According to Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, there will be a television adaptation of the upcoming Yakuza spin-off game; Yakuza: Black Panther 2. The drama will be an eleven-part series that airs late at night, and will be released in April, shortly ...


Crunchyroll simulcasting Nisemonogatari, among others

The Winter 2012 season is upon us, and that means it's time for the licensing announcements to start rolling in! Bust out your Crunchyroll accounts, because they've acquired simulcasting rights for Bakemonogatari sequel Nisemonogatari. Ever...


Liar Game: Reborn trailer appears, still no Nao

Who is up for some glorious drama? The full-length trailer for the second and upcoming movie Liar Game: Reborn has just surfaced, showing off some familiar faces in Akiyama (Shota Matsuda) and Fukunaga (Suzuki Kosuke). As we discovered earl...


The Ranma 1/2 live drama trailer is here

Your nervous wait is finally over. The trailer for the Ranma 1/2 live drama trailer is finally ready to be viewed! I have to say, this look better than I expected. I guess the use of the word drama had me worried. It looks every bit as wild...


The Truth: New Liar Game film inbound

If you take a look inside Weekly Young Jump, you will notice that there is an announcement for a new Liar Game film! Interestingly enough, it seems that Kanzaki Nao may not be making an appearance. In the article itself, it says that Akiyam...


Ranma 1/2 is going to be a live action drama

Wow, talk about blast from the past! Rumiko Takahashi's classic sensation Ranma 1/2 is going to be made into a two hour drama, to be aired on NHK in December. I'm pretty excited to see some sex changing, animal changing, hot ...


Rejoice: Ouran Host Club to get live action drama!

The Ouran High School Host Club franchise has proven to be spectacularly popular not only in Japan, but in the U.S. as well. Now, five years past when the 2006 anime was released, the show is finally making its way back to televis...


Hikari Mistushima turns up the heat with Miike's Icimei

Sexy idol Hikari Mitsushima is having an awesome year. She'll be appearing opposite heart throb Eita in the upcoming Takashi Miike 3D flim, Ichimei -- a remake of the Japanese classic, Seppuku. The film is currently...


Mnet teams up with Comcast to bring Asian media to cable

Exciting headline, isn't it? Sometimes, these cable deals can seem a little boring, but this one caught our eye: a company called Mnet is teaming up with Comcast to distribute Asian pop culture in a dedicated channel. So, the type of thing ...


Arakawa goes live-action, might bring creepiness with it

Arakawa Under the Bridge was one funny show. A lot of people seem to agree as well, and if I were to just point out a single favorite thing out of the entire surrealist comedy, I'd have to say that the live-action previews for next week's e...


Saki Aibu dons a fat suit for her newest drama, Rebound

Saki Aibu -- you know that pretty girl from Zettai Kareshi and Buzzer Beat? Yep, that's the one. The same one you see above sporting a full fat suit. If you can't even recognize her, that's good, because that's exactly what they were going ...


Be my Valentine: I'm sweet for you, Hanazawa Rui

Since it's Valentine's Day, it's obviously a holiday where you have a special opportunity to do one thing: openly declare your love. We do that a lot in our Confessions series, but today at Japanator, we're going to give Valentines to the c...


JapanaTen: Further feeding your J-drama addiction

[Editor's note: Yaiko of Asian Pop Shock fame has kindly agreed to give us her take on the next ten dramas you must see. Enjoy!]  Hello, Japanator readers! Your new J-drama fangirl, Yaiko, here with my inaugural post. Ag...


TBS announces their most expensive j-drama ever

I have a lot of good looking studs in my J-boy harem, but some of them will only come out for the best of the best. After all, you get deeply established enough in this business, you get to do what you want. Take SMAP member and excellent a...


Kuuchuu Buranko is going live-action, maybe UPSIDE DOWN

Wait, what?Some of you might remember Kuuchuu Buranko as an anime on the noitaminA block in late 2009, and even fewer might have remembered sitting through it without getting a headache. Well, for those who missed it, there seems to be...


Yakuza game getting live-action, manga adaptations

You'd be forgiven for not noticing, given the series' relatively poor performance overseas, but the Yakuza (aka Ryu ga Gotoku)games are pretty huge in Japan. With five games and even an Edo-period spinoff, Sega's surprisingly realistic port...


Oguri Shun and Mao Inoue together again in new drama

Ah, one of the most beloved almost-pairings in the J-drama world: Mao Inoue's Makino and Oguri Shun's Rui from Hana Yori Dango. Any fan of that show will quiver when you mention them, and the idea of seeing them together in a new drama just...


Bloody Monday X Inception Poster

You know Bloody Monday? The manga (and later, TV show) about a genius hacker who battles against various odds using his computer often gets compared to 24, but really, it is its own beast altogether. On the other hand is the recent movie (a...


JapanaTen: The Beginners Guide to J-drama

You may have noticed that since I started writing more frequently at Japanator, our coverage of J-drama has gone significantly up. Along with semi-clothed Japanese boys, but you know, as much as that may seem like the reason I fell in love ...


Trailer for Love Shines in Rainbow Color leaves me pink

I'm almost finished watching Tsuki no Koibito, and it's been such a great show that I knew that I would be a great big drama-shaped hole where it used to be if I didn't find a suitable replacement. Then I remembered that Fuji TV was betting...


Morning Musume talks major smack about Arashi

Think that Morning Musume's Michishige Sayumi is all sweetness and puppy nuzzles? Think again. According to Tokyo Hive, the young star made a recent appearance on the Arashi variety show Himitsu no Arashi-chan. As a part of the Mannequin Fi...


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