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Review: One Piece Film Gold

If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that the recent One Piece movies has been epicuticular — Strong World, Film Z and now Film Gold. It’s no wonder that these films have been great since Eiichiro Oda have ...

 
 
 
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Cosplay Excellence at Jump Festa 2016, Part 2

Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can check out his tra...

 
 
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Cosplay Excellence at Jump Festa 2016, Part 1

Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can check out his travelogue he...

 
 
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Long Lines and Good Times: A Visit to Jump Festa 2016

Editor's Note: If you're in Japan and a manga fan, Christmas comes early each year, as Jump Festa, Shueisha's celebration of all things Shonen JUMP, takes place shortly before the big day, promoting manga, anime, video games, merchandi...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 5

Things start to pick up in the animated chronicle of the man who Belive In Justice and Hold A Determination To Fist*, as the theme of this week's episode is "testing", whether against bureaucracy, your teacher, or yourself. Let's get some u...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 3

One Punch Man? More like One Punch Per Week Man, am I right? The Fall season's prettiest show continues into its third week, as Saitama and Genos head out to confront their first real enemy, the House of Evolution. Will this be the week tha...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 2

Welcome to the latest recap of One Punch Man, the only anime series that probably doesn't need a recap, for so obvious is the plot, am I right? As it turns out, not quite. A fair bit goes on in today's installment, and while deviations from...

 
 
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First Impressions: One Punch Man episode 1

One Punch Man is easily the most anticipated anime series of this Fall, and for good reason. ONE and Yusuke Murata's manga is a heavy hitter in the pages of Shonen Jump, and its lead character, Saitama, is the heaviest hitter of all. T...

 
 
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J-Stars Victory Vs+ releases early for EU and Australia

Weekly Shonen Jump is one of the biggest manga umbrellas in the industry, collecting some of the biggest franchises like; Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and Gintama. Their ventures from the black and white weeklies to interactive ...

 
 
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Shonen Jump J-Stars Victory VS+ answers all the big questions

The biggest question of them all being "When the hell is Bandai Namco releasing Jump Stars Victory VS?" in English. The answer to that is "Next summer, on the PS3, PS4, PS Vita, and all under the somehow even more nonsensical title of J-St...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609

Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established pattern. Every s...

 
 
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Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga

Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom.  I'll ad...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604

When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground. The intended destination of this "take from the poo...

 
 
 
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Naruto may return in 2015

Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supposedly scanned ...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach 603

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the ch...

 
 
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The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-half-long super-n...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 587

I've said it before, and I'll say it again: Not a whole lot happens in any single chapter of Bleach. Oftentimes a given 16-20 page installment is little more than the next few steps in a fight, which can, at times, prove a challenge to reca...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 682

If there's been one advantage to having Kaguya be a truly "God"-type enemy for Naruto and Sasuke to throw down with, it's anticipating how effin' awesome everything is going to look when it all appears in an installment of Naruto: Ulti...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 584-585

I've got to hand it to the Sternritter: Though we've barely known any of them for more than a panel or two, they do make quite the powerful impression. That said, it's high time we spent these last portions of Bleach in the company of ...

 
 
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Rejoice: Viz reveals their plans for Anime Expo '14

It was a glorious day when Viz Media announced that they licensed Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal. Now Viz’s planning an event for Anime Expo 2014 that’ll please Sailor Moon, Gargantia's fans. During the festivity, Viz ...

 
 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 582-583

The Mack is back, and by "Mack" we mean, "The Strawberry", because Bleach is once again graced by the presence of its lead character. It makes for quite the entrance, as Kenpachi, the one guy in this series nobody expected to see ...

 
 
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One Piece crosses 310M volumes sold

BREAKING NEWS: One Piece is pretty damn popular. Well, that might not be so breaking. It's been at the top of the shonen game for years, and now we have some numbers to back that up. With the 74th (!) volume selling four million copies, th...

 
 
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 579-581

Welcome to the next evolution of our Shonen Showdown fight show recap! In case you haven't noticed, we at Japanator have sunsetted the Annotated Anime Roundup, and honored every show we cover with its own, solo post. Our recaps were guilty ...

 
 
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Here are the 20 most popular manga

Last week on a post about the Attack on Titan manga reaching 30 million volumes sold, I wondered what the numbers were for other popular series. Several days later, Mangazenken posts which are the top 20 manga series based on their publicat...

 
 
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Hunter x Hunter manga to resume

You know, I had a feeling we'd be getting this announcement soon, seeing as the Hunter x Hunter anime is creeping closer and closer to the final complete arc from the manga. If you're not clued up on what's been going on for the past few ye...

 
 
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First Impressions: Haikyu!!

If we were ranking these new shows based on animation quality alone, Haikyu!! would be king of the mountain; out of everything I've seen so far this season, only the first episode Captain Earth has better animation...maybe. Possibly. T...

 
 
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Shonen Showdown 3-9-2014

Hey there! It's time again for some sweet Shonen Showdown goodness, so put on your happy faces, everyone! Oh, maybe not that happy. OK, please take off your happy face now.  It's an extra full house this week, with recaps of the b...

 
 
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J-Stars Victory VS gets one final 13 minute promo

I love me a good crossover multiplayer game, and Bandai Namco's upcoming J-Stars Victory Vs. looks to fill that hole in my life quite nicely. Featuring over 50 characters from Shonen Jump characters spanning the magazine's 45 year history,...

 
 
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Five new characters join the J-Stars Victory Vs. roster

Getting sick of all the J-Stars news? I certainly hope not, because here's the next serving! According to a leaked scan of this month's V-Jump, there are five more combatants joining the already sizeable cast; three as fully playable charac...

 
 
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Shonen Showdown 1-25-2014

Hello and welcome to the latest installement of Shonen Showdown, your weekly recap of the best in battle anime and manga! We've got the full cast in this week, with sweet double-dose recaps of One Piece, Naruto, and Hunter x Hunter&nbs...

 
 
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Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution features old Kages

You know, the current Naruto arc is an absolute gold mine for CyberConnect2, as it's allowing them access to so many new and interesting characters. They've already boasted that the roster in Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolutio...

 
 
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Hisoka joins J-Stars as support, plus new screenshots

Well that didn't take very long! After yesterday's news of four new characters, we have a leak revealing the two bonus villains that were teased via silhouettes. Of course, like many people figured, it's Toguro from Yu Yu Hakusho and Sousuk...

 
 
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Four new villains announced for J-Stars Victory Vs.

The roster for J-Stars Victory Vs. just can't stop growing, with the next issue of Weekly Shueisha Jump revealing that another four villains will be joining the fight. We have Madara Uchiha from Naruto, Akainu from One Piece, Makoto Shishio...

 
 
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A Look @ Nisekoi, vol. 1

Nisekoi turned out to be one of those happy discoveries you sometimes stumble upon when you aren't looking for anything particular, read a silly synopsis, and think, "Why not?" I wasn't too sure what to expect from this coming in, except th...

 
 
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Simulpub of All You Need is Kill on the way

You might've heard that the Japanese light novel All You Need is Kill is getting a Hollywood movie adaption starring Tom Cruise. Yes, it's a little weird that it's happening at all. Granted, the movie's titled is being changed to the terrib...

 
 
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First look at live action Rurouni Kenshin's Shishio

More live action Rurouni Kenshin news has rolled in, this time revealing Tatsuya Fujiwara's version of the fan favorite villain, Makoto Shishio. Much to my personal surprise, the production team clearly didn't stray too far from the source ...

 
 
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New Rurouni Kenshin visual shows off live action Misao

We finally have our first image of the live action version of Misao Makimachi from the upcoming pair of Rurouni Kenshin films. As with the rest of the cast, young Tao Tsuchiya looks more than appropriate for the fan favorite character. Tsuc...

 
 




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