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Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - January 2017

[TokyoTreat provided the box and the reviewer has an affiliate partnership with TokyoTreat] The nice folks over at TokyoTreat sent me a box from their New Year 2017 to check out and it is a greatly delicious way to ring the New Year! This ...

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Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Curry Edition

If you've never had Japanese Curry, I honestly feel bad for you. Japanese Curry is a culinary curiosity, it isn't as exotic as its Indian or Thai cousins and comes in different varieties from sweet, hot & spicy, fruity, or even a mix of...

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The Trial of Myotismon: Growing Up and Digimon's Legacy

In the second half of 2015, something amazing happened in the world of anime. Digimon returned. But not just any incarnation of the series, rather Digimon Tri is a continuation of the original first season, based on Taichi and the other D...

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A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Can this really be happening? Could life be this sweet? Yes, my friends we have two new songs from SCANDAL in one week. Don't ever say I don't do nice things for you. After Monday's video for Your Song, I had a feeling that this week was g...

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The World Cup in Japan through snacks

The World Cup fever is in full swing, so I figured it was about time I highlighted some of the stuff Japan has been producing to celebrate. Sure, you can head on to the mall and grab a hat, jersey, or stuffed Pikachu to show your spirit, o...

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Ken Sugimori Works art book releasing May 27

Ken Sugimori's original Pokémon designs are what I grew up with, and I truly dig his art style. I'm pleased that he's releasing his first art book ever on May 27th, even though that fact is a little difficult to believe. How is it th...

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Man who stole 3DS from grade schooler finally arrested

In a move that screams "get a job," or if I'm playing devil's advocate "why did this child store such a pricey item in the basket of his bicycle," a Nishinomiya City man was arrested for stealing a child's 3DS XL way back on February 23rd. ...

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Adidas hearts Pokémon with their latest promotion

As we get closer to the 2014 World Cup, expect to see a ton of sponsorship announcements in your local news. Let's face it: one of the world's largest sporting events is a great time to promote your product. That of course goes for a compan...

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Pokémon and Zelda special edition Monopoly sets are coming

I think Monopoly is a great game to play if you want to lose the will to live, your friends or both, but even I think I'll have trouble keeping my hands off the upcoming Pokémon special edition set. Unfortunately, all we know about i...

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Pokemon XY second movie trailer looks impressive

Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of colourful attack...

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Pokémon Battle Trozei lands on the 3DS in March

Thursday's Nintendo Direct brought a few new announcements with it, one of which will please us Pokémon fans. Remember Pokémon Trozei? It was a match-three game for the Nintendo DS, and not a particularly bad one at that. Sti...

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New Pokémon revealed in upcoming film and possible event

It's always fun to report new Pokémon news, because there's a whole lot of it. Recently we reported a brand new movie was in the works, but scant details had been released regarding what kind of new mythical monster would be making a...

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Pokemon Bank finally up for North America

After five weeks of delays, the Pokemon Bank is finally live for those in North America. Readers may remember how the Pokemon Bank crashed Nintendo servers when it went live in Japan, necessitating a delay in other regions until those issue...

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Pokémon Bank has appeared in Europe

You know, after months of watching fans of Pokémon X&Y eagerly awaiting the release of Pokémon Bank, it seems extremely odd that it would end up on the European eShop without any kind of grand announcement. Inste...

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Hulu braces for a Pokémon invasion

For the past few years, Hulu has been looking to expand its ever-growing selection of anime, and it's done pretty well for itself considering the competition, granted you still have you pay to access the majority of the content through you...

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Surprise house guests with a Pikachu roll cake

Rosanna Pansino has uploaded an episode to her delightful cooking show Nerdy Nummies with instructions on how to make a roll cake with a Pikachu motif. Technically, you can make it with any other Pokémon if you can apply what's in t...

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Snore the afternoon away on a Snorlax cushion

Nothing is more annoying than finding your path blocked by a sleeping Snorlax, but thanks to the folks at Banpresto, you won't need a Poké Flute to snag one of these comfy cushions. Instead, all you have to do is pre-order one from T...

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New details emerge about new Pokémon XY movie

February's issue of Shogakukan's Coro Coro Comics magazine has new detials about the latest Pokémon movie, Pocket Monster XY: Hakai no Mayu (Pokemon XY: Cocoon of Destruction). The summer flick opens in Japan on July 19th, and you ca...

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Every Pokemon ever scaled in one handy chart

When I saw this chart by DOTBstudios, which factors in all 649 Pokémon and sets them up in order and in scale with each other, I thought, "If ever I needed something to be a thing I can buy, this is it." And guess what? You can buy i...

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Don't leave on Pokemon adventures without a field guide

Kari Fry is so dedicated to your success as a Pokémon trainer that she created a beautiful field guide to all things Kanto. It kind of flew under our radar - this book was released at the end of November and it sold out last week - b...

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Show the world you caught a shiny with this Pokéball ring

As this generation grows older, we continue to find ways to incorporate our love of games and comics into more traditional societal actions. In this case, I'm referring to the engagement ring, the second-to-last symbol of tying your life to...

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Delightful Pokemon paintings by Kat Brunnegraff

Kat Brunnegraff is no stranger to us over at sister site Tomopop since she customizes toys. But this time around, she's appearing on Japanator for some fabulous Pokémon paintings I didn't know she created until Toysrevil showed off h...

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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Video Games

Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the path into purc...

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Red VS Blue: Watch all of Pokemon Origins in English now

Ah, Pokemon Origins. Even back when it was announced as a special one-off project meant for Japanese TV, there was never any doubt that this retelling of the very first Pokemon videogame's story (sans the corrupting influence of Ash Ke...

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Check out POKÉP for Pokemon tunes with punch

When you were exploring the brand new Kalos region and hunting for new pokémon, did you ever wish that the music featured more trap and bass? I'm going to admit up front that I have absolutely no idea what that even means, but that'...

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Pokefan creates an automatic shiny Pokemon finder

Those of us who haven't been so fortunate to catch shiny Pokémon during normal playtime may have been glad that the encounter ratio seems to have been tweaked. Horde battles increase the number of times you can roll that random numb...

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McDonald's 2014 Pokémon calendar is out soon

As another year winds down we naturally begin to think of one and only one thing. New Pokémon calendars! Right? Oh. Right. This is pretty much a thing that McDonald’s in Japan does every year but not so much in most other ...

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Feel the nostalgia for Lavender Town with Smooth McGroove

Smooth McGroove, yet another one of my favorite talented YouTube artists, has recently released a few bad-ass covers, such as the FFVII Battle Theme and the Victory Fanfare, as well as FFVIII's Man With the Machine Gun. But the latest upda...

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Bizarre Pokemon detective game revealed

There were teases about a new "unprecedented" Pokemon game on the horizon that would involve Pikachu, but I don't think anyone was expecting this. The Pokemon Company revealed that they're working on a detective game in which you solve crim...

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Pokemon hanafuda cards are coming

There is not much I know about the game of hanafuda other than the cards were one of the big sellers for Nintendo way back before video games could even possibly be a thing. Among Nintendo’s current big properties, it goes without say...

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Your iPhone is now a Pokedex thanks to Wolfram Alpha

Wolfram Alpha is a great search database and computational engine. It's what Siri on the iPhone pulls all its data from. That's why it's really cool that Wolfram Alpha added Pokemon data -- you can use that data however you'd like! It inclu...

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My First Pokémon Experience

Guys, I've got a confession to make. This may rock your world. This may disturb you. It may even affect my credibility and shine a light on everything I've written before. So, with a fair amount of trepidation, here's one of my deep, dark s...

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No Pokémon for you. You are all big now!

Yeesh. So apparently a high school in Japan sent out a memo saying “Hey kids, do not play video games too much. Also, absolutely by no means buy Pokémon X/Y or any games in the Pokémon series.” What gets me about ...

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Pokemon X&Y anime footage teased

Who's excited for Pokémon X and Y? If you count booking a few days off work to get stuck into them on release, then you could say I am. However, with each new generation of games comes a new variation of the anime, and the upcoming ...


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