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Bar Oasis opens for business later this month

Bar Oasis 2 Aftertaste 1 finally has a release date and it's sooner than you think, March 24th. The third sequel to the bartender simulator cum visual novel, Bar Oasis was received warmly for its excellent soundtrack and colourful cast...

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Return to Bar Oasis very soon with After Tastes

It's been more than a year later since the last Bar Oasis game was released and finally, Corner Studios have started to trickle out information on the next chapter Bar Oasis: After Tastes. Bar Oasis is an iOS bar role-playing game released...

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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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Black Desert might be the prettiest MMO I've ever seen

And yes, I'm aware that this is technically a Korean game, and that this site is called Japanator, but dammit, this game is too pretty to not be worth a mention. And this isn't the first time we've highlighted a Korean game, nor will it be...

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Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack

Oh, the woes of living close to North Korea. Anybody living close the antagonistic, aggressive dictatorship has to worry about their constant threats of attack. Even if most of these threats are mere political posturing, it's got to make th...

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CNN declares World Order the new Gangnam Style?

I know we just took a look at World Order's new video for Have a Nice Day yesterday on The Dose, but while scrolling through CNN's website I came across a pretty hilarious headline. "Is this the new Gangnam Style?" While I was excited to s...

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South Korea hosts 'Comfort Women' exhibit at French con

The Japanese government is none too pleased by an exhibit at France's Festival de la Bande Dessinee d'Angouleme, one of the biggest manga festivals in Europe. The exhibit in question details Japan's atrocities during World War II, focusing ...

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Kingdom Under Fire II to set PS4 alight...someday

Hey, remember Kingdom Under Fire? I do...sort of. Way back in the earliest days of Korea's game industry, Kingdom Under Fire was a somewhat dumpy fantasy-themed Starcraft clone. But developer Phantagram (and later Blueside) p...

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A Daily Dose of Music: F.T. Island

Sure, K-Pop sales may slowly be on a decline in Japan, but that isn't getting in the way of these amazing boys from Korea. We haven't featured any international bands in a little while, so I thought it might be appropriate to feature the b...

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Can the Old Boy remake bring anything new?

When the film adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya's Old Boy manga was released in Korea, it sent shockwave across the film industry. The grittiness, plot, and twists still have people talking today, and its place in history was set. I w...

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Spike Lee's Old Boy remake gets a poster

I never picked up the original Old Boy manga, but I was a really big fan of the Chan Woo Park film. Ever since I heard Spike Lee had decided to remake the film for Western audiences, I've been quite wary of the concept. However, since the K...

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Review: DJMAX Technika Tune

Prior to playing DJMAX Technika Tune for this review, I could count the number of times I had listened to K-Pop music on one hand, one of those being PSY's "Gangnam Style". To some, that would make me only slightly more qualified to re...


Gundam Style!

The hilarious Korean video for the song Gangnam Style by Psy has become an instant social networking phenomenon and overnight meme. I knew I wasn't alone when I started humming the words "Gundam Style" along with the song! Yup, it gets eve...


PSA: PlayStation Network Store to go down in Korea

Now yes, I know this site is called "Japanator", which would nominally keep Korean news off our radar - not until we launch our peninsular offshoot "Joseonator", anyway - but I'd think this news is significant enough to put up. Sony will be...


The non-twin Olsen is in talks for the Old Boy remake

I want Pizza! Wait, wrong Olsen. Elizabeth Olsen, the younger sister of the sensation known as the Olsen Twins, is now in talks with producers about the lead female role in the Spike Lee's remake of Old Boy. Park Chan-Wook's original Korean...


A Daily Dose of Music: T-ARA

For today's daily dose we decide to cross the pond, and take a look and some exciting new ladies from Korea. T-ARA have released a Japanese version of their hit Bo Peep Bo Peep. The single is due on shelves September 28th, as the&...


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 ...


Has North Korea been censored out of Homefront Japan?

Hey, ever watch Red Dawn? It's a movie about how America is taken over by the soviets. Homefront is a new game that's kind of like that, except you replace Russia with North Korea. Or, in the case of Japan's version of Homefront, "A Ce...


Morning Musume piss off Koreans with ill-advised blog

In a severe case of think before you type,  Kameri Eri and Tanaka Reina of Morning Musume fame have found themselves caught in a bit of racist trouble with a photo posted on Tanaka's blog. The photo has the girls posing in what looks t...


Terrifying Pikachus will make both you and your baby cry

Oh god! What is going on here? What is happening with these things?Pikachu buggy rides are apparently a common sight outside stores in Japan, but in South Korea, they're a little, well, wrong. These things are goddamn terrifying! Two of the...


North Korea demands apology for Japanese colonialism

Back in 1965, Japan and Korea put aside their differences over Japan's brutal colonization of Korea - which included forcing men into military service, forcing women into sexual slavery as "comfort women," seizing thousands of art...


South Korea punishes people for their ancestor's crimes

Yes, this article does have to do with Japan, before you ask.During the colonization of Korea at the turn of the 20th century, there were a number of pro-Japanese Koreans that decided to help facilitate their new overlord's desires on the p...


Koreans wage internet war upon 2ch, FBI on the case

Well, when on the internet Korea and Japan seem to be perpetually at war, but a more severe blow was dealt against Glorious Server-Downed Nippon apparently after a group of South Korean netizens orchestrated a Denial-of-Service attack upon ...


Stick your tongue out at linguistics FAIL

Apparently, some South Korean parents are convinced that their children cannot speak English well because their tongues are too short. To combat this, err, problem, some South Korean doctors are now offering to perform a procedure called a ...


Facepalm: Xenophobes call Korean kids 'spies'

Now look here, Japanese ultranationalists. I understand that you might be getting the willies over Korea. Its northern half lobs missiles at Glorious Nippon for giggles, and its southern half seems to be sucking up some of your crap animati...


FUNimation will make their own anime

FUNimation has appointed executive Chris Moujaes to the post of Director of Original Animation. Now, Moujaes, previous President and Chief Creative Officer of Boomstar Inc., seems like a reasonably qualified fellow, so there's no controvers...


G-Dragon's Butterfly PV is stunning

Occasionally I'll throw up a PV by a Japanese artist, either because I want to showcase a new release, or just because I love the song. In this case however, we're taking a look at one of the latest releases by Korean solo artist, G-Dragon....


Pangya art director SeeD dies of illness

SeeD, the art director for the Pangya series of golf games, has passed away from an unnamed illness. The news first dropped on the Twitter feed of SeeD's friend, musical composer esti, who says that he'll write a memorial song for late frie...


Under the Radar: Korean Antique Bakery live action trailer

Here's something that I missed: Back at the end of 2008, a Korean version of the yaoi title Antique Bakery came out. The film follows the plot of the manga almost exactly, just transposing the names to Korean. And so the film was a hit, dra...


Does Japan need to build an underwater tunnel to South Korea?

The blog, Rising Sun of Nihon thinks so. They came up with six reasons why a tunnel needs to be built between Japan to South Korea. This thought process initially began rolling during the World Cup held in Japan back in 2002, but never came...


The mystery of the empty boats

Here is a very strange story over at Asahi, 29 empty boats within a span of just two months have washed up onto coastlines of seven prefectures that face the sea of Japan. Out of those seven prefectures, Ishikawa and Niigata have the high...


Korean Advent Children Parody music video

Not even a week later Japanator is graced with another parody video; this time it's an Advent Children Parody within Ivy’s newest music video, "Sonata of Temptation". This is almost an exact replication of Tifa’s fight scene, fist for...


Are Japanese longer than Americans?

In the dumbest survey I've heard of in a long time, Spanish researchers Andromedical say that Japanese men have slightly larger penises than Americans. Mainichi reports that Japanese rank 10th, with their 13 centimeters slightly beating o...


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