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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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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 19-23

Have I told you that My Love Story!! is my favorite anime of the season? Although I jumped into these annotations majorly late, I've been glued to the screen each week just waiting on the latest release. It's the most fun I've had with anim...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 15-18

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relations...

 
 
 
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First Impressions: MY Love STORY!!

 MY Love Story!! (or Ore Monogatari!!) is an unconventional shoujo manga that’s received an anime adaptation this season.  The story follows unlikely protagonist Takeo Gouda, an extremely tall and strong high school freshman...

 
 
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Pick up Sailor Moon tribute album on vinyl June 25

It's Brittany again with another dose of Sailor Moon merchandising to populate the Japanator Sailor Moon tag! I kid, but hey, it's kind of true! Today I bring news and good fortune about the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Tribute Album going ...

 
 
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Shoujo series Ao Haru Ride receives first promo video

You guys know me. I love horror and shoujo manga, and all kinds of stuff in between. I hadn't heard of Ao Haru Ride, however,it looks like something I might want to tune into, especially given the art style. The official site for the anime...

 
 
 
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Shonen Showdown: Happiness Charge PreCure Episodes 3-4

It's another double dose of Happiness Charge PreCure as I get up to speed on the series for regular Shonen Showdown coverage! This week we're rapidly developing some characters and checking out some new PreCards. I'm ready for the third Pre...

 
 
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First Impressions: Happiness Charge PreCure! Episodes 1-2

I'm no stranger to magical girl anime, but I've never watched a PreCure series. I've always been interested, but once I sat down and started watching, the daunting task of sitting through 50+ episodes of each series no longer appealed to me...

 
 
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Review: Kamisama Kiss

When I dream of becoming God, these fantasies usually don't involve a white-haired pretty boy with fox ears who follows me around and does my bidding; clearly, I've been doing it wrong. Now that Kamisama Kiss has taught me the error of my w...

 
 
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Exploring shoujo manga

Look guys, it's my first video! Let it never be said that I've been left behind in the age of new technology by sticking solely to writing text! Actually, I've totally been left behind in the age of new technology (I worked in newspapers, ...

 
 
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Review: Sailor Moon

As a Sailor Moon fan, or "Moonie" of 15 years, it's kind of amazing that I never got around to reading the entire manga until now. I guess it's not that weird when you think about it; early on, I was all about anime and had little interest ...

 
 
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A Look @: Sweet Rein, vol. 1

Last week saw the release of the first volume of Sweet Rein, a Christmas-themed love story published by VIZ Media. It's a translation of Sakura Tsukuba's Yoroshiku Master, which is finished, and mercifully short (three volumes). Indeed, it'...

 
 
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Hana Doki Kira Kickstarter showcases shoujo

There's a lot of projects on Kickstarter with some link to anime or manga these days, and while we can't keep tabs on all of them, we try to let you know about anything particularly interesting that pops up. One of the latest is Hana Doki K...

 
 
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Romance and Christmas spirit abound in Sweet Rein vol. 1

VIZ Media is ready to kick off the holiday season early with the release of a new shoujo series titled Sweet Rein. The first volume will be out on November 5th both in print (US$9.99) and digitally (US$6.99) via the VIZ Manga App, Nook, iBo...

 
 
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Manga Reborn Kickstarter adds Satonaka Michiko title

I already let you know about the Manga Reborn Kickstarter, which seeks to make a bunch of lesser-known manga legally available in English. Normally, the fact that the Kickstarter has added another title to the project wouldn't necessarily q...

 
 
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JX: Viz reveals their newest manga plans

I don't know about you, but it looks like Viz has shifted into a manga overdrive with their latest announcements from Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. On the digital side of things, Skip Beat, W Juliet, Sugar P...

 
 
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Kimi no Iru Machi getting an anime adaptation

The Akiba reports that Kimi no Iru Machi, a manga/story by the same creator of Suzuka, which has only had a couple of OVAs will now be adapted until a full-on show. There aren't really any details further than that, though. We're not s...

 
 
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Be still my heart, Marmalade Boy returns

You probably wouldn't be able to guess from my love of sci-fi anime, but the romantic anime series, Marmalade Boy is one of my all time favorites. I usually don't dig in shoujo anime and manga, but the Marmalade Boy TV series was one of tho...

 
 
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Rejoice! Aksys to bring PSP otome game Sweet Fuse to NA

The PSP is the console that just refuses to die, almost 10 years after its North American launch. The good folks at Aksys Games have announced that they'll be bringing Idea Factory's otome game Sweet Fuse: At Your Side (Bakudan Handan) to N...

 
 
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Say "I Love You" says hello to Sentai Filmworks

Say "I Love You" is an anime airing this season about two misunderstood high school students falling in love... but that can't be right, because there's another anime airing this season called The Monster Seated Next to Me that's also ...

 
 
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Inu Yasha: The Final Act coming to DVD and BD in November

Inu Yasha: The Final Act, the long-awaited conclusion of the epic Inu Yasha series which went on and on... forever... is slated to be immortalized in DVD and Blu-ray with dubs this coming November, according to this article by Crunchyroll f...

 
 
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Let Them Eat Romance: Rose of Versailles licensed

Now here's a blast from the past. In a move I definitely did not anticipate (though this probably stems from my cluelessness regarding the genre), Right Stuf has acquired the license to - of all things - Rose of Versailles. In case you...

 
 
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Absolute Boyfriend being adapted for the stage

Yuu Watase's Absolute Boyfriend is getting a stage adaptation. In March 2013, the play will open at an unannounced theater in Tokyo. The story concerns Riiko Izawa and her attempts to get a boyfriend. In the process, a perfect man shows up ...

 
 
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Media Blasters rescues Fushigi Yuugi, rereleasing DVD set

Out of the blue, Media Blasters has announced via their Facebook page that they have acquired the license to Fushigi Yuugi, the 1995 series that ran for 52 episodes and spawned a few follow-up OVAs. The anime was previously published by the...

 
 
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Japanator Recommends: Revolutionary Girl Utena Pt. 1

Surrealism is difficult to pull off properly in any genre or medium. Sure it's easy to slap some bizarre stuff next to a speaking character and say that it's surreal, but it rarely adds more to the final product. It usually takes away more ...

 
 
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Jellyfish Princess fully licensed for US release, kulala~

This last fall season, FUNimation simulcasted the light-hearted anime Jellyfish Princess (aka: Kuragehime), which ended up becoming well-received here at Japanator, if not being considered a bit too short. Not too long following t...

 
 
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Nanoha creator's next series is DOG DAYS

Moetron brings word that the latest Newtype has announced the next project for Tsuzuki Masaki, the creator of the popular Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha franchise. Starting in April, DOG DAYS will begin airing, being produced by...

 
 
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Ultra Maniac going on Hulu and iTunes, courtesy of Viz

And now, more digital anime news. Viz is releasing Ultra Maniac on not just Hulu, not just iTunes, but both Hulu and iTunes. You could pay for it or not pay for it, isn't that great? The first five episodes of the series are available ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Kuragehime/Jellyfish Princess

This show is NOT about a jellyfish princess. Protagonist Tsukimi makes this clear: even though her mother told her as a child that all girls grow up into princesses, something has gone wrong and she’s just a nerdy girl. A charming ner...

 
 
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Kaichou wa Maid Sama! and female strength

When a friend suggested I check out Kaichou wa Maid Sama! (President is a Maid!) I was expecting a bubbly shoujo comedy-romance. I was half right. The leading lady, Ayuzawa Misaki, is anything but bubbly. The class president who works as a ...

 
 
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No More Mutants: X-Men Misfits and more get axed

Dark times are nigh for fans of east-west comic book crossovers, as X-Men Misfits, a shoujo-manga-styled adaptation of everyone's favorite mutant franchise has been separated from its ability to exist, Scarlet Witch style.Deb Aoki at About....

 
 
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First Impressions: Hime Chen! Otogi Chikku Idol Lilpri

Summary: Do you have a five-year-old daughter? No? Move along, nothing to see here.They said it was impossible, but I proved them wrong; I've found a shoujo show that makes Yumeiro Patissiere look deep. Sure, it's not like I was expecting a...

 
 
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First Impressions: Kaichou wa Maid-sama

Summary: Middle of the road shoujo fare that's probably nothing more than a promotional tool for the manga.I'll admit: I fall pretty easily for shoujo material. Stuff like Lovely Complex or Crimson Hero? I drink that milkshake. I drink it a...

 
 
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What we want from a new Sailor Moon

While it's nebulous at the moment whether or not Toei is planning on doing anything new with the franchise, after this little announcement, there's certainly nothing wrong with considering the possibility of a new Sailor Moon TV series. If ...

 
 
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Sailor Moon Returns! (kind of)

The good news is that Sailor Moon is back, baby! The bad news is that it's really only back in Italy.Now, no offense to Italy, but when I first heard whisperings of a Sailor Moon revival, I was hoping for a new anime series or something- no...

 
 
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Japanator Recommends: Sketchbook

This review was in real danger of becoming a "Japanator (Doesn't) Recommend" because this show is so slow. For the first episode or two, I shifted in my chair, wondering why a show I wanted to like seemed to be trying so hard to b...

 
 
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Aurora Sale: Mega Cheap Manga!

'Tis the season for nonstop shopping, what with all the holidays at this time of year. Sales are especially appreciated, particularly when it's sales on manga. If you know someone who wants manga for gifts, or if you want to buy some manga ...

 
 
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Why Kimi ni Todoke should be over

It's not at all difficult to surmise that Kimi ni Todoke has become quite a favorite here at Japanator. Not only do we bring it up often, even when talking about other shows, but we discuss it in the cblogs (and recently, the forums) more t...

 
 




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