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What if Star Wars was a black-and-white samurai film?

As many folks prepare for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's theatrical premiere, the gang at Beat Down Boogie have prepared a Star Wars fan short, Star Wars Samurai: The Blind Jedi, that's inspired by Akira Kurosawa's stuff and the Zatoichi mo...

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Drink like a samurai with Kotobukiya's katana coasters

If there's one thing that's similar about a katana and a drink on a table, it's that they both contain an important piece that serves as a means to protect something. The former's handguard makes sure that the person doesn't get cut by...

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Check out this awesome samurai short from The Raid's director

The Raid was one of the coolest martial arts films of all time, and a lot of that was due to the expert choreography of director Gareth Evans and his crew. So count me as interested when he puts out a kick-ass samurai-themed short using th...

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Garage Hero series Ayakashi Zamurai is now on YouTube

You know, it feels kind of weird to see the Toei ocean wave sequence appear before a Garage Hero project. Nevertheless, it's great to see that Bueno and his group got to team up with them and YouTube Space to create Ayakashi Zamurai. Once ...

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Check out Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai teaser

Garage Hero's Hayate web series may have been put on hold, but their latest project, Ayakashi Zamurai, has received its first teaser. Based on the trailer's content, it looks like the group's hitting us with another fun project, as neat ac...

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2nd and 3rd Rurouni Kenshin films get a full length trailer

I was a big fan of the first live action Rurouni Kenshin film. It had pacing problems, but on the whole, I felt that it did a strong job of capturing the tone of the manga while adapting the material in a way that worked for film. I'm pret...

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Miyazaki spinning new yarns, this time about samurai

ANN reports that Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has spilled the beans on a project Miyazaki is currently working on: a manga set in the warring states period of Japan featuring samurai and badass sword-fighting. I think that deep, deep down,...


Banzai! XSEED releasing Way of the Samurai 4 on August 21

Fans of Acquire, XSEED, and awkward-but-compelling Japanese can rejoice, because Way of the Samurai 4 has a release date! And it's soon, too. The world of hilariously exaggerated animations, sword collecting, choice and consequence, and gen...


Japan Cuts Roundup, Day 1: 7/12/12

[For the month of July, Japanator's sister site Flixist will be covering the Japan Cuts film festival, which is running in New York City from the 12th until the 28th. For your convenience, we will be posting review roundups h...


New Kenshin game unsheathes its first set of screenshots

After losing a one on one duel against the man formerly known as Battosai the man-slayer, I have finally been able to obtain some more information related to Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story Saisen. While the s...


Shonen Jump Alpha serializes Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration

The first time I heard of Rurouni Kenshin wasn't from some Samurai X OVA, it was from an extremely early issue of the US Shonen Jump, highlighting popular series from Weekly Shonen Jump. After the anime started airing on Toonami, Viz announ...


New Kenshin manga is a retelling of the original story

If you were hoping for an entirely new Rurouni Kenshin tale when we first heard about a new manga coming, this might disappoint you. (Then again, why do you want more when the 28-volume original manga wrapped up quite nicely?) Rurouni Kensh...


Hiten Mitsurugi Style, Kenshin gets a new game for PSP!

It has been two years since we read about a Rurouni Kenshin game unsheathing its sword on the PSP. Two years have passed since then, and the wandering swordsman is ready wander his way back to the PSP for a new game that is set to come out ...


Learn how samurai did seppuku with this handy diagram

Have you messed up so bad that only in death can you reclaim your honor? Ever wonder just how to commit seppuku or harakiri? Thanks to an infographic from Tumblr user error88, now you too can engage in ritualistic suicide![Editor's note: Do...


Live-action Ruro-Ken cuts up some behind-the-scene videos

August 25th is a long way from now, and there has also been a slight becaon of hope that the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie will have some of the light hearted moments thrown in. For the sake of not confusing people, Ruro-Ken is short fo...


No way! Way of the Samurai 4's going stateside!

In what is some rather delightful news for fans of quirky Japanese games and samurai culture alike, XSEED has seen fit to localize Acquire's Way of the Samurai 4 for a North American release. Any Acquire fan will know that the Way of the Sa...


Xam'd director & Geass writer creating Fuse Gansaku movie

There was some talk a few years ago about an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, a reimagining of Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, a classic Japanese epic by Kyokutei Bakin. The original 19th century novel has been adapte...


New Rurouni Kenshin trailer suggests a more balanced film

The latest trailer for Rurouni Kenshin is getting me more interested than the previous trailer. Instead of a string of action shots, we do get a sense that Kenshin is trying to live a more normal life, but keeps getting forced to use his ol...


DLC for One Piece: Pirate Warriors draws from cover pages

In shonen manga, the cover pages are awesome! Most of the time, they show the characters in exotic locales and fancy costumes that wouldn't fit in with the current storyline. Some of my personal favorite cover pages are in Bleach, when Tite...


Put your guns on for Sengoku Basara leg mouse pad

Boob mouse pads still make me laugh a bit inside every time I see them. Maybe it's just the idea that they're real products, maybe it's how classy they try to make some of them look. For whatever the reason, it makes me smile. Girls (or any...


Put ya guns on! Sengoku Basara HD Collection announced!

It's party time, ladies and gentlemen. Capcom, on a roll following their recent barrage of Ace Attorney news, has announced that it will be bringing a Sengoku Basara HD Collection to PS3 in Japan this Summer. Details are pretty much non-exi...


New Rurouni Kenshin images are pleasing

And the onslaught of Rurouni Kenshin live action shots continues with this new, small set of images. This time around we have Kenshin facing off with Jinei Udo, who should be familiar to fans of Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga. This seems to confi...


Wait, WHAT? Nobunaga's Ambition together with Pokemon?!

I usually hate writing posts with that cliche "What is this I don't even" comment but WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN Wha-what?! How?! Why?! These are the things I think when someone announces that Pokemon, the cute, everlasting catch em' all mon...


Guns beat swords in Total War: Shogun 2's new expansion

Guns are better than swords. Shootin’ a dude is easier than cuttin’ a dude. It’s safer too, at least for the dude doin’ the shootin’. And it seems that Sega and The Creative Assembly are ready to realize that h...


Be enthusiastic! Sengoku Basara Blu-ray has sweet extras!

It's time to ready your wallet and put your guns on, as the Blu-ray release of the popular documentary Sengoku Basara: The Last Party will have an absolute wealth of extras. The first pressing is the version receiving all of these nifty fea...


Help the samurai rise in Shogun 2's new DLC

Are you tired of the sengoku period? Most games, books, and media having to do with Japanese history are obsessed with the endless series wars between the Date, the Takeda, the Oda, the Chosokabe, and hundreds of other clans great and small...


Samurai Warriors 3: Empires coming to PS3, has 600 dudes

And I don't just mean "600 people you kill". After all, in the average Warriors game you kill 600 dudes a minute. Instead, the dudes in question are sengoku-era heroes and notables. That's a lot of heroes and notables, considering the origi...


New Total War: Shogun 2 DLC revea-OMG WARRIOR NUNS

Total War: Shogun 2 is a rather excellent strategy game and any would-be rulers of Glorious Nippon would do well to give it a look. Unfortunately, the base game doesn't offer that much for Buddhists of a military bent. Sure, factions can hi...


PSP Sengoku Basara Chronicles Heroes gets a trailer

What little of the Sengoku Basara PS3 game that I played really impressed me. It struck me as a fresh, fash-paced take on the Dynasty Warriors 3D beat-em-up style game that had become a bit stale. It also helps that the characters are aweso...


Watch an epic fight between a samurai and some shadows

It's the very fight you've dreamed of in all of your favorite action cartoons and CG movies, only, it's in live-action this time, performed by artist Taichi Saotome with the aid of a carefully coordinated "shadowgraph". It's like when you c...


Check out Shogun 2's multiplayer options, awesome hats

War is hell. Hell is other people. So what better kind of hell is there than war with other people? That's like, hell squared. Turns out Shogun 2 knows this, which is why The Creative Assembly have beefed up the game's multiplayer options...


Shogun 2's CG intro says people in castles are jerks

Well, it doesn't say it outright, but that's certainly the implication. On the surface of it, the video below merely depicts a duel of honor between a samurai of the Takeda clan (the four-diamond crest on red is unmistakable) and a sohei&nb...


Here's a lady with an accent to tell you Shogun 2's story

You thought Sega and Creative Assembly's sequel to Shogun: Total War was about samurai? Hah! You thought wrong. It's actually about an amnesiac boy with great hair that happens upon a weapon with great power, and embarks on an epic journ...


Way of the Samurai 4 coming to PS3 with many choices

Of course, folks familiar with Acquire's quirky series of videogames would know that a Way of the Samurai game always has plenty of choices to make. From choosing which factions to support to whether or not you want your samurai to wear a g...


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