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Cowboy Bebop? Sunrise have run out of ideas

Sunrise, what's wrong with you? Seriously guys this is a load of rubbish. In a lame attempt to try and make something cool like Dragon Ball Z, they've just picked two random words and made an anime out of it. Cowboy Bebop? Why do we need to...


Oh, damn: Kamisama Dolls writer can't a confirm sequel

Oh, damn indeed. I found Kamisama Dolls to be one of the more pleasant surprises of last season. It had a cool premise, lady characters who were almost invariably insane and/or adorable, and made the most of its wild shifts in tone every we...


Denno Coil app is both great and awful

With piracy so utterly rampant in the anime industry, companies are trying to find different ways to provide legal copies of their material to consumers. Sites like Crunchy Roll and publishers like FUNimation stream old and current shows on...


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...


Foreign students grow a ton of weed, get caught

Well, you can put that in your pipe and smoke it. A Tunisian and a Colombian student are caught growing a ton of chronic near Kochi University. The Man found a few plants on the balcony of the student's apartment as well as a couple of extr...


Final Impressions: Occult Academy

I'm not mad at you Seikimatsu. I'm just...disappointed.You started off so well, what with your nice animation, good soundtrack, bizarre sense of humor, different character designs, sci-fi/occult set up, you had a lot going for you. You did ...


Gantz live-action showing everywhere but America

Well, it's not showing everywhere. It isn't showing in Nigeria, for example. At least not yet. But it is going to show in France (at the Cannes film festival, no less), as well as Germany, Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Belgium, Indonesia an...


Some things never change: cops love panties

I've seen far too many stories popping up in the crime section of Japanese news aggregates lately involving police officers unable to control themselves when given an opportunity to plunder, or in this case, capture footage of the holy (hol...


Japanese arrest man for speeding via Nico Nico & YouTube

There's a first time for everything, right? Japanese police recently arrested a man for exceeding the speed limit by roughly 140 kilometers per hour--for those of us who live in US, that's roughly 86 miles over the posted speed limit. The a...


Boy shot in head with arrow, doesn't notice

You know bowguns? Yeah, pretty cool-looking weapons. They shoot arrows, but in a way are like a lazy-man's bow. However, that's not important, especially not to a Yokohama man who was in an especially pissed-off mood. Feeling the rage of th...


Chinese commercial rips off Lucky Star

Oh, China. What have they made that's originally theirs, again? Oh, yeah, kanji, I guess. Other than that and some pottery, it seems like China have made a full time business of ripping off other people's stuff. Case in point: this commerci...


Licensed One Piece breast mousepads are things that exist

At a certain point in one's journey through the otaku subculture, one learns not to put anything beyond the means or will of the horny otaku. Almost anything perverted you can name will be done or has been done at some point by some otaku. ...


First Impressions: Seikon no Qwaser

Summary: What the hell: breast-feeding a silver-haired boy so he can gain energy to fight demons and otherworldy monsters. I don't even know where to start with Seikon no Qwaser (Qwaser of Stigmata). It's like a giant black hole, emerging f...


China's newest anime, Astro Plan, looks a bit familiar

When it comes to bootlegs in China, I'm usually covering the side of hilarious knock-off toys or the pain of getting a fake through an eBay auction. China has gotten a bit more ambitious, as they are now copying the series themselves. There...


Sea Shepherd boat collides with Japanese whaling vessel

Controversy time!Sea Shepherd, the marine conservation organization that delights in harassing Japan's illegal whaling fleet, had a run of bad luck yesterday when their state-of-the-art "stealth" trimaran Ady Gil collided with the...


Hello Kitty alarm fails: blogger demands retribution

This morning, my special Hello Kitty Alarm Clock did not go off. My kind and thoughtful future in-laws purchased said alarm clock just for me, and it has failed in its sole duty to make an obnoxious high-pitched noise at a particular time. ...


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 ...


Confessions of a (bad) fan artist

Japanator has often taken a moment to celebrate good fanart, but as we all know, not all fanart is good; in fact, the grand majority of it is nothing to write home about. I think it's about time to take a look at some fanart on the other en...


Noriko Sakai sentenced to 18 months in prison

As you may have noticed we have been following the Noriko Sakai trial, and today we found out another bit of news about it you may be interested in if you have been following too. According to Cartoon Leap Sakai has in fact been sentenced t...


Why Angel Cop sucks (but is still awesome)

Ichiro Itano's 1989 OVA Angel Cop is anime at its absolute worst. It's an explotation piece attempting to masquerade as social commentary, rife with over-the-top violence, extreme gore, nationalistic jingoism and, worst of all, antisemitism...


Toro gets evicted, new app to replace Mainichi Issho

This is the worst news I have ever had to report. For three years, SCEJ's Mainichi Issho has been a free app for the PS3, and as far as I'm concerned, one of the greatest things mankind has ever conceived. If you play it, you know that the ...


Looking for more K-ON! goodies? Maybe not these ones...

Who doesn't want more K-ON! goodies? Sure, you may be fretting about buying the K-ON! nendoroids and Beach Queen figures, but why not add one more thing to your shopping list? Well, I suppose a quick stroll down quality lane will answer tha...


Record of Box Art Failure: This was nearly your Agarest War

I think it's fairly safe to say that most Japanese male character designs fall a bit on the fabulous side of the fence. Not everyone likes that kind of thing, and their preferences can have an impact on one's sales. As such, publishers some...


Shabu shabu is a drug? Maybe that's why I like it so much

Shabu shabu is addictive, but it isn't amphetamine. A Forbes article on druggie J-pop star Noriko Sakai incorrectly called the delicious dish a drug, though. From the article:Amphetamine crystals, known locally as shabu shabu is common...


Otakon 09: We're done with day one like it's Naruto

So, we're here at Otakon. And so far, it's absolutely fantastic. In reality, Yesterday was a really slow day for all of us. Sure, we've heard about Kannagi from Bandai and FUNimation bringing us the new Detective Conan films. But walking ar...


Man becomes trap, tries to get loan, fails at both

The global economic downturn's been affecting everyone, and the people of Japan are no exception. They just left their own recession relatively recently. Credit is harder than ever to come by, and folks are employing alternative means to ge...


Manga spine designers try their hardest to kill off OCD fans

I wouldn't go so far as to consider myself OCD, but I do like it when I own a series of something and the spines all match up. I was less than pleased when Viz changed their logo several years back, but I'm not so far gone that I need to ha...


A-Kon '09: So.. there was cosplay, at least.

It was a pretty sad sight, at least I'd like to say that because honestly, there wasn't much to see. For what is the longest running Anime convention in the US, you'd expect there to be major announcements, numerous guests, and at the very ...


GAR Friday: The most wussy beer ever: Kirin Free

Slamming down beers and pounding the table in victory. Respectable. Manly. Kinda awesome. But not when it's this beer.Kirin Free claims to be the first brew with 0.00 percent alcohol. Not this almost-pure crap. And they seem proud of that! ...


I can now understand why Japan hates Google Street View

Yes, this has to be the worst one of them all. This poor guy was caught naked (or maybe in a black thong?) as the Google Street View car happened to be driving by, filming everything in the area. But why is this guy naked in the first place...


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