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One Piece My Ball Stamp isn't as painful as it sounds

Fan of playing a few rounds of golf? Always losing your balls? Tired of getting your balls mixed up with your friends balls? Well then, there is an unfortunately named product simply beckoning for your hard earned pennies. It's called the '...


MMA fighter Kazushi Sakuraba has mad Doraemon skills

I'm not sure how many people of this site follow mixed martial arts or its roots, but if you do, Kazushi Sakuraba and his anime antics are no stranger to you. In my eyes Saku is the probably the greatest fighter of all time, his b...


AKB48's second annual Janken tournament winner is crowned

Alright, let's get serious for a moment. We're talking about AKB48 and a game of paper, scissors, rock. Who will be the victor! Who's head will end up on a spike? Wait, what? Sorry I got a bit excited there. Watch the stunning competit...


Two more Sumos charged with fixing matches

Sumo wrestling is pretty serious business in Japan. Matches are often televised and people still fill arenas to watch it on a regular basis. It's not exactly a lucrative sport either. If you've got a low ranking -- most Sumos do -...


Score 9000 under par with Dragon Ball golf...balls

Of all the accessories most appropriate to be paired with the likes of the Dragon Ball franchise, one might believe golf-related products to fall somewhere near the bottom of that particular list. On the other hand, there are weirder promot...


Japan's little league could take the world stage

I've never been big on sports. Sure I enjoy watching some on occasion, but in terms of actual fandom, I'm not the guy to talk to about it. When it comes to baseball, I'm even less interested, but Japan, on the other hand, loves it. Right no...


Air Gear gets an OAD with its 30th manga volume

Are you a fan of Oh! Great's popular skating manga Air Gear? Do you pine for more episodes than what 2006's anime adaptation by Toei Animation could provide? Then get excited, because more animated goodness is heading your way - in Japan, a...


Chimp plays baseball, actually interests me in the game

Monkeys are awesome. End of discussion. Now that we've established that inarguable fact, let's see what awesome things monkeys are doing now. With their awesomeness. Because they're awesome.This week: baseball, the American past time that J...


Fish are the new barbells

This is a video about cats weightlifting fish. Let that sink in for a moment. The concept will feel weird at first, as it should, because this is entirely ridiculous. And yet, something about it just makes sense, like it's the most natural ...


Japan celebrates Big Windup day, forgets to invite me

Japan has a fanatic love affair with baseball, so it's only natural that they manage to seamlessly tie in the hit anime (in Japan, anyways) Big Windup with the sport itself. June 30th will be Big Windup Day at the Nippon Ham Fighters v. Sei...


Suprise! Crunchyroll brings you Giant Killing

Giant Killing has gotten a pass quite a bit this season. A sports anime? Most people are quite content with Big Windup, but if you're not a baseball fan, there's always football (soccer for you crazies)! Given that the World Cup is coming u...


Eri Yoshida makes her way to the US baseball world

Eri Yoshida is a name that keeps popping up here at Japanator. She was the first woman to debut in a men's league in Japan, and although it was mostly a publicity stunt for the WBC, Eri Yoshida is nobody to laugh at. She's even making the f...


Ando, Asada and Suzuki compete in World Championships

Just because the Olympics are over doesn't mean it has to be the end of Japanese figure skating coverage on Japanator; it's a beautiful sport. And I like all the pretty, shiny outfits. Shut up.Just like during the Olympics, the big story at...


Mao Asada sets Olympic record, wins Silver Medal

It says something about the astounding level of performance in this Olympics that the woman who landed a record-destroying three triple axels, two of them in the same program, wasn't even the top scorer. While Kim Yu-Na of Korea walked away...


Mao Asada wows in Ladies Short Program

I'm old enough to remember when Midori Ito was the hot young Japanese figure skater, so I have some perspective on the matter, but I don't know when Japan decided to own Ladies Figure Skating. After Tuesday's Short Program, two Japanese ska...


Alright! Big Windup coming back for a second season!

The latest volume of the Big Windup manga brings some great news: production on another season of the show has been green-lit, and the second season will be debuting in the Spring of 2010. I fell in love with the first season, even if the m...


Card game rips off NBA, King of Fighters simultaneously

As seems to be the case with any Japanese franchise these days, there seems to be a trading card adaptation of The King of Fighters video game series. That's hardly news.What is news is that a Chinese otaku, for whatever reason, decided to ...


Matsui leads the Yankees to win the 2009 World Series

The Evil Empire New York Yankees are once again the World Series Champions. For their 27th title, the Yankees defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4 games to 2. In last night's Game 6, none came up bigger than Godzilla, otherwise known as Hid...


Surfing with a tatami goes about as well as you'd expect

Surfing isn't the easiest thing in the world to do, so why go and make it harder by using a tatami mat for a board? I guess just so you could say it's been done.After waxing down the board, giving it a few practice strokes in the sand and m...


Sumo grand champ Asashoryu announces divorce

That's right: if you're a woman who happens to be a chubby-chaser, then you've got the chance to land yourself a jackpot of a man here. The sumo grand champion Asashoryu announced that he's getting a divorce from his wife of five years. The...


Japan wins the WBC, and Eri Yoshida makes her debut

If you're not much of a sports person, then you might have missed the news that Japan won the World Baseball Classic last week. Japan took its second victory in a row, third overall, after beating out Cuba, the US, and finally South Korea i...


Epic! One Piece to appear on Italian volleyball uniforms

There are a lot of things out there that make me giddy, and this is definitely one of those things. Italy’s Pallavolo Modena Volleyball team is dressing two of its players with jerseys starring One Piece’s Monkey D. Luffy. Howev...


Fun Friday AMVs: Jam Sports

Atio -Jam SportsUploaded by atioThis AMV does not feature JAM Project as you might have originally guessed. No, this is an AMV about the wonder of sports and sports anime. In fact there is probably more live action footage in this video th...


1920's baseball and Korean MMO getting anime adaptations

Alright, who's ready for some baseball? And not the usual Major-type stuff, either. I'm talking full-out 1925-style rules here. The Taisho Yakyuu Musume novels (Taisho Baseball Girls) are going to be adapted into an anime, according to Octo...


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