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Japanator Recommends: Tiger & Bunny: The Beginning

I loved Sunrise's super hero TV anime, Tiger & Bunny. Despite the quality of writing dropping in the last few episodes, I was truly fond of the main cast and had a great time just watching them interact with another. When the series end...


Japanator Recommends: Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time

The Growlanser series has had a slightly inconsistent release schedule in the West. The second, third, and fifth games made it out --while the first and sixth never did. Now the PlayStation Portable version of the fourth game in the series,...


Japanator Kind Of Recommends: Way of the Samurai 4

There's no doubt that the Way of the Samurai franchise is an intriguing series, but is nearly opaque to those unfamiliar with the franchise. One's enjoyment of such games can depend significantly on prior experience with Acquire's work. Wit...


Japanator Kind of Recommends: X-Men

You know, it has been a while since I have gotten the opportunity to experience anything related to the X-Men franchise. The last time that I got to watch something related to X-Men was when I saw X-Men: The First Class in theater...


Japanator Recommends: Double Dragon Neon

WayForward Technologies is responsible for a glut of some of the best reboots available over the past few years, including the excellent A Boy and His Blob and BloodRayne: Betrayal. Revitalizing classic franchises is a lucrative operation, ...

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Import Review: Hatsune Miku Project DIVA f

I don't think I need to tell you just how massive the Vocaloids are, so it's absolutely no surprise that the popular Project DIVA series would see a fourth portable release. However, Project DIVA F isn't on the PSP like the three games befo...


Japanator Recommends: It's Over 9000!

For the record, as many of you may well be aware, I'm a bit of a Vegeta fangirl. We're talking massive amounts of fanfiction, being banned from the school library back in 6th grade for printing 100 pages of Vegeta pictures, and carrying aro...


Review: Eryi's Action

You may remember Nyu Media from some of the other games they have localised, namely Cherry Tree High Comedy Club and the eXceed Collection. The games were pretty darn good, so we just had to check out what their latest offering would have i...


Japanator Recommends: Persona 4: The Animation

You could devote every bit of 200+ hours to completing Persona 4, as I did with Persona 3, but sometimes life gets in the way -- you know, that thing that bugs you in between work, games, anime, leisure, and sleep? High school doesn't last ...


Japanator Recommends: School Days HQ

Ah, high school: tests, cute teachers, culture festivals, crushes, maniacal students, and terrifyingly infatuated students. Er, wait. That's not the high school we remember. That sounds more like the goings-on at Sakakino Academy of School ...


Japanator Recommends: Tales of Vesperia: The First Strike

The original Tales of Vesperia, released in 2008 on the Xbox 360, was something of a break through for the current generation. In many ways one of the first big JRPGs to hit an HD console, Vesperia got a lot of things correct. Despite being...


Japanator Recommends: Rurouni Kenshin

Live action adaptations of long running manga are more miss than they are hit. A great majority of filmmakers attempt to condense years of story and character development into a relatively short runtime, typically leading to rushed, inconsi...


Japanator Kinda Recommends: Panty and Stocking

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was, without a doubt, a unique venture by Gainax. Unlike all their other shows about giant robots and emotional teenage boys, this one featured two hyper-sexualized angels looking to earn their wings and g...


Japanator Recommends: Atelier Meruru

As a newcomer to the Atelier series, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the cheery art style, gorgeous pastels, and sunny disposition exhibited in the game's trailers. It surely resembled a rollicking good time, but coming in late to t...


Japanator Recommends: The eXceed Collection

Most of you remember that time when I lost against Michelle when I attempted to grab Cherry Tree High Comedy Club. Little did she know, I manage to come across another game that fell out of her purse when she knocked me out. It turns out th...

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Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Rental Magica

The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya achieved something wonderful with its deliberate swapping of chronological episodes and the order in which each serial was broadcasted. Once viewers pieced together the puzzle it was a joy to rewatch the se...


Japanator Kind of Recommends: Vampire Hunter D Vol 18

While light novels are a relatively new concept stateside, they've been around for ages in Japan. They've been the source of many popular franchises, including Slayers, Boogiepop Phantom, Kara no Kyokai, A Certain Magical Index, The Melanch...


Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Unchained Blades

I'm not the biggest RPG nut, but over my last decade of gaming, I have appreciated most of the RPGs I've played. After starting on Pokemon, I've played a Final Fantasy or two, and even delved into Persona. But until recently, I'd never even...


Japanator Recommends: Oreimo Vol. 1

On the surface, a series like Oreimo may appear to be saturated with silly gimmicks and sexual hijinks with a hint of incest. When you get to know eroge-obsessed Kirino and all those important to her, it morphs into something completely di...


Japanator Recommends: Dirty Pair Features Collection

The Dirty Pair series has proven a mainstay over the years when it comes to the girls with guns genre, and for good reason: it brings laughs, slapstick comedy, action, and gorgeous women like Yuri and Kei together in a neon-colored package....


Japanator Recommends: Flutter

When it comes to sweet stories with feel-good endings, Juné Manga always deliver the right kind of boys love. Flutter is a one-book story about two men that work for the same company, but generally not together. Asada has noticed his...


Japanator Recommends: exist†trace - VIRGIN

Well well well, looks like I have something new to fill my ear holes with. Now I might be a little biased in this review because I had the great pleasure in seeing these lovely ladies live at Sakura-con last year. It was a wonderful concert...


Japanator Recommends: Calpis

It's been a hot summer for most of us. What goes good with summer? A nice cold drink. Now normally this is where "cold frothy beer" would be the absolute correct answer, but I am pretty sure most readers either are under age or not into dri...


Japanator Recommends: Deardrops

Overdrive's ongoing theme of "rock epics" continues with Deardrops, which is the follow-up to the decidedly popular Kira Kira. Kira Kira was quite exciting and pretty popular at that, crossing rock and roll with cutesy J-pop and plenty of g...


Japanator Recommends: Oblivion Island

When I opened up my package from Funimation, I admittedly frowned. Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror did not sound like something something I was going to jive with. Even if is a children's movie, it's a pretty generic sounding t...


Japanator Recommends: Starry Sky

Starry Sky, the manga adaptation of the popular otome game of the same name, is a bittersweet tale of young love that is simultaneously heartwrenching and saccharine, and while it occasionally dips into stereotypical trope territory, it sti...


Japanator Kind Of Recommends: Fractale

Fractale got some interesting press leading up to its release. Yutaka Yamamoto, production director of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and director of Kannagi, said that he was going to retire if Fractale didn't do well. That's a pretty l...


Japanator Recommends: Caramel Corn

One thing that kind of strikes me as funny is the name of this snack. Now we here in the US think of the name caramel corn and instantly think of caramel cover popcorn. Which is awesome by the way. So when I got to the store and find a bag ...


Japanator Recommends: Boogiepop Phantom

I didn't start off as a fan of horror. When I was a kid, I was terrified of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. I hated monsters of just about any kind and stuck to safe and happy things. While my stance on the genre...


Japanator Recommends: Final Fantasy Theatrhythm

Square Enix's highly anticipated entry to rhythm games has finally arrived for the Nintendo 3DS. Pushing the already fully charged hype train is one of the most beloved of franchises, the Final Fantasy series. The series has always been lau...


Japanator Recommends: The Wolf Children Ame and Yuki

Ever since The Girl Who Leapt Through Time hit Japanese theaters in 2006, the film world has kept their collective eyes on director Mamoru Hosoda. His follow up work, Summer Wars, garnered similar critical praise and fans found themselves w...


Japanator Recommends: Ramune

Next up on our world wind tour of snacks we have one of the main staples in an otaku's fridge, ramune. There is not a place that you can go nowadays that doesn't carry the stuff. Which to me, is a very good thing. If I get a hankering for s...


Japanator Recommends: Blue Exorcist

It seems like only yesterday (actually, it was like nine months ago) that Blue Exorcist aired in Japan and Hiroko published this article with her full thoughts on the show. Now, its license has been realized in a full DVD release and I've g...


Japanator Recommends: ETHER VAPOR Remaster

ETHER VAPOR Remaster is a strange shooter. It's a Japanese indie game for the PC that boasts some fairly impressive visuals, crazy camera work and a pretty solid soundtrack. Hell, there's even a story present if you're into that kind of thi...


Japanator Recommends: Umaibo

Ah the crunchy sound of an Umaibo. Such a sweet sound, like a oh so good Cheetos. But alas, this not a Cheetos at all. It's in the shape of a large tube with a hole in the middle. Is that cheese flavor? Well, one is cheese flavor, the rest ...


Japanator Recommends: Japan Expo's Premium VIP Lounge

Cons can suck, frankly. You’re out on your feet all day, there’s no way to get away from the crowd, and because the event is in the middle of summer, it’s hot as balls no matter where you go. One of the perks of our all-st...


Review: Street Fighter x Tekken

I don't think there were many of us that even considered the possibility that Ryu could end up jabbing a few fists in the face of Kazuya Mishima. I mean, when you think about it, having a crossover game with the Tekken franchise isn't as od...


Japanator Recommends: Berserk Golden Age Arc II

Berserk is one of those long running manga series that just has such a rich, fascinating world and history. When I first heard they would be adapting the Golden Age arc into a series of three theatrical films, I was more than just a little ...


Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Japan Expo's Churros

Churros! When you’re tired, a little hungy, and want a nice pick-me-up, what else could you ask for? Especially when you’re in a France and a dealer’s room with above-average food. In part, I just wanted to make Dale North...


Japanator Recommends: Heaven's Lost Property Forte

Second seasons of anime scare me, same with movies. You go in thinking that it should be good or better than the original only to be disappointed in the end. Well I am glad to say that I was not disappointed at all with this second season. ...


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Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"


Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"


Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"


Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"


Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"


Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"


Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"


One Piece Film Gold"Welcome to Grand Tesoro!"


Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"


Orange"Would you change your past?"


God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"


A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"