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Sega offering 19 games in the Humble Weekly Sale

The team at HumbleBundle.com are really good at pinching the pennies from your virtual wallet, even rivalling Steam's sales with its 'pay what you want' game bundles. This week is no exception, as Sega is stepping up and putting a hefty 19 ...

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Throw those hugging pillows away, Charlotte is here

Even at a whopping four feet long, this Charlotte plush is but a fraction of her true size. Still, this is as good as you're going to get without finding the one from the Good Smile Café, and it's not a bad compromise. Just look at t...

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You should probably back Channel A on Kickstarter

With Kickstarter being swamped primarily with projects by those in English-speaking countries, it's hard to find something on there that we would consider talking about on Japanator. Colour me surprised when Channel A appears out of nowhere...

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I called it: AKB rage video a hoax

Remember when that one AKB48 fan seemed to go a little bit crazy in video format at the news of Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi's alleged indiscretions? Back in that post, I wrote that I "sincerely hope that this an attempt to parody the hardest-...


Review: Final Fantasy: All the Bravest

Square Enix, what are you doing?  There have certainly been some interesting additions to the Final Fantasy universe of late, and after initially breaking the hearts of 3DS owners seeking out a localised Bravely Default, we wound up wi...


No plans to release the Wii Mini outside of Canada

The Wii Mini is puzzling. I'd be lying if I said it didn't look neat, but it's also kind of a shame that the Gamecube compatibility and online parts have been stripped from the console. Can't complain when it'll only cost you 99 of Canada's...


Facepalm: Demon's Score is way cheaper in Japan

Here's another entry for you to put in the annals of "What the hell, Square Enix?!": It looks like the company that gave us Final Fantasy and a ton of strange decisions, has made yet another one, for it seems like they really don't wan...


More Circle Pad Pro action to come with the 3DS XL

The Circle Pad Pro was hardly the most well-received handheld accessory to grace retail shelves, so it comes as no surprise that gamers are questioning the existence of a revised version for the upcoming 3DS XL system. O...


PSA: PS Vita games will be cheaper if you buy digital

Hey! Do you like saving money? Do you like buying video games legally?  Do you like downloading your video games? Do you like the PlayStation Vita? Do you like downloading PS Vita games legally and saving money doing so? If you answere...


Um, nevermind: No more free flights to Japan!

Remember how Japan said that they would be giving 10,000 free flights to foreigners in 2012? Well, not so much anymore. Japan's national tourism agency had high hopes for boosting visits to Japan with some free flights, but that's not happe...


Crunchyroll is apparently doing quite well for itself

I know not everyone out there is so hot on streaming due to the varying video quality you often find with these kinds of services. In my personal opinion though, I think streaming is absolutely the right direction the industry should be try...


Collectible pin badges! Oh, and an expensive red jacket

If you've ever watched Akira, you'll know that it features three major things that you would absolutely love to own. Kaneda's awesome motorbike, his equally awesome leather jacket, or the ability to make people explode. Fortunately for us w...


More mahjong goodness with Saki on its way

Anyone having intense mahjong cravings? If so, here's something you may be interested in! A new season of Saki is due to air in Spring, that much has been announced for a while now, but recently it was revealed that the spin-off Saki A...


Sell a kidney for a new Toradora! episode!

You know what would make a good Christmas present? The Toradora! box-set of course! Due to land on the 21st of December, the six-disc Blu-ray edition of this emotional roller-coaster will finally allow us to see the palmtop tiger in gloriou...


Celebrate Miku's 4th birthday with plenty of music!

Did you know that it was in fact the birthday of Hatsune Miku yesterday? You didn't? Well then I think you better make up for it by doing something nice, like perhaps buying one of 33 new releases that have just landed on HearJapan, voiced ...


New collaboration between Hello Kitty and... One Piece?

Sanrio, a company that specialises in creating character goods, will launch a somewhat unique venture in November of this year by bringing the worlds of One Piece and Hello Kitty together at last. Of course, this means nothing but glorious ...


iTunes Japan drops prices to closer match the U.S. dollar

When you try to line up Japan's Yen to the U.S. Dollar, it just doesn't work anymore. There was a time where 100 yen was a dollar, and you could easily figure out that thae dusty Sega Saturn game in the reduction bin in an Akihabara alley w...


Good citizens turn in cash and lost items after tsunami

When Americans face disasters like Hurricane Katrina, you can be sure there's a wave of looting and plundering soon to follow, as people take advantage of the crisis to pocket some abandoned money or merchandise. But the Japanese are much m...


4Kids files for bankruptcy protection over Yu-Gi-Oh!

They warned that it might come to this, and I guess it has. In order to stave off a lawsuit, 4Kids Entertainment has filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11. If you haven't been keeping up, TV Tokyo and Nihon Ad Systems sued 4Kids ...


4Kids responds to Yu-Gi-Oh! lawsuit, ready to take action

After 4Kids supposedly withheld money and made secret back room deals with FUNimation over the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, Nihon Ad Systems and TV Tokyo have chosen to terminate their license arrangement with 4Kids. In addition to no longer having...


FUNimation sales report for 2010 don't look so hot

It's been a tough time for FUNimation lately. With the news that broke out last year claiming Navarre, the parent company that owned FUNimation, was planning on selling the publisher, this slice of info doesn't seem like it will help the si...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 2/5 - 2/11

Well, this is pretty weird. For the first time in weeks, we see the top two films remaining locked in their positions, yet suffering a hearty punch to the gut in terms of economical gain at the box office. Last week, Gantz made a respectabl...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/29 - 2/4

Surprise, surprise--Gantz was number 1 in Japanese theaters this past week, allocating a healthy dose of necessary shock therapy to the overall box office total. My thoughts on the movie remain that it is generally uneven and not thoroughly...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/22 - 1/28

Just because I post Rock the Charts on a Friday rather than a Thursday doesn't mean that there's any less high-flying, pulse-pounding, attack-dodging action to be seen. Truthfully, the energy level of this column is up for debate, but I hav...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/15 - 1/21

I would love to to open up this post with some mean-spirited jabs to pay homage to Ricky Gervais' controversial hosting gig (likely his final time performing the duty of Master of Ceremonies) at the Golden Globes this past Sunday, but I'd r...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/8 - 1/14

Indifference.That's what this week's box office rankings embody, to the fullest extent of the word. Not only do they accommodate the emotion, but they impart it into anyone who glances at the disaster area of a chart. It's mid-January. The ...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 1/1 - 1/7

My most trusted sources for the 411 on Japanese box office standings must have, unfortunately for those of you who regularly follow this feature, taken simultaneous vacations last week. The charts were not updated in a timely manner, thus, ...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/18 - 12/24

This is the first occasion since I started writing this column that there has been an even number of Japanese and American released films appearing on the charts. Not only that, but I think this is also the highest number of U.S. films I've...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/11 - 12/17

We're starting the process of winding down 2010 here, and another week with minimal new film releases in Japan is set before us. It's good to see that Space Battleship Yamato is still performing considerably well in round 2, and although th...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 12/4 - 12/10

The Nippon box office yo-yo routine continues. After yet another instance of a drop from multiple new releases last RtC, this week brings not only two new titles (plus one that came back from limited distribution, Abacus and Sword) but a tr...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/27 - 12/3

I don't think there has been a week where essentially ZERO changes have needed to be made to Japan's box office standings (despite a small decrease in intake). Deathly Hallows Part 1 still reigns, bringing in a few million dollars less than...


Japanese Yen too strong, crushes Himeya's eroge store

Dammit, Japan! First you threaten to deprive me of the sick filth I love you for, and now you choke off one of the channels I can get it through? When will it end?! When?!!!!To be serious, though, it's not really Japan's fault. It's the fre...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/13 - 11/19

May 12th, 2010 - A text message appears on my phone: Mike. Paramount Japan is remaking Ghost. I'm going to go kill myself now. SWAYZEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEMy first thoughts when I learned of this information were: 1) It's too soon. 2) The po...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 11/6 - 11/12

I knew I would have to face this day soon enough.It's been over four months since the American release of Eclipse, and I'm proud to say that I've been completely sober of Twilight jokes, insults and negative puns ever since then. It's been ...


Domino's offers 2.5 million yen for one-hour job

Wait, stop the presses. ¥2.5 million for one hour of work at Domino's in Japan? Holy sh*tballs, that's awesome! What do you have to do, be the smartest person in the world? Solve some impossible pizza distribution problem?What? You...


How does inheriting 1.5 billion yen from grandpa sound?

The Japanese National Tax Agency (their IRS equivalent), got a tip from the German authorities about a hefty sum sitting in an account in Lichtenstein, to the tune of 1.5 billion yen ($18.6 million!). The account belonged to Shoichi Okinaga...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 10/30 - 11/5

The seesaw tendencies of the fall season's Japanese box office continue on this week. Last time, only one debut (The Lightning Tree) hit up the charts compared with the four new releases just seven days prior. Coinciding with the manner in ...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 10/23 - 10/29

The Japanese box office has been quite a monitary/fresh material rollercoaster of sorts within the past few weeks. Two columns prior, there was an atrocity of Scientological proportions. Then last week, a whole mess of debuts broke into the...


Another Dragon Ball manga revival rumor surfaces

It has been fifteen years since Akira Toriyama finished drawing the hit manga Dragon Ball, not counting updating some art for the rerelease in 2004 or the One Piece crossover Cross Epoch. That makes me feel old. It shouldn't, consideri...


Rock the Charts: Japan's box office numbers 10/16 - 10/22

I have to admit, last week's column was a frightening, couch-jumping spectacle to behold. Blame must be placed upon the lack of premiers within the top 10. This week is an entirely different situation with four, count 'em, four (higher than...


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