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Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese TV Commercials Edition

If there's one thing that's a constant with what westerners say about Japan is that Japanese TV commercials tend to be wacky and weird. I like to think that they're done to be memorable, like who wouldn't forget about a commercial about one...

 
 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - Disney Channel Japan Edition

Hey, this is something new you probably haven't seen before on the internet in the last two years and we're totally not beating a dead horse meme. Yes, Cory White House de Chou Taihen! is on here but that brilliant anime milestone...

 
 
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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set

One of my favorite franchises without a doubt has to be Digimon. I just have so many memories of it during my childhood. From watching Digimon Adventure to playing Digimon World on the original PlayStation, there wa...

 
 
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Review: One Punch Man Blu-ray Set

It really doesn’t feel like too long ago when One Punch Man first aired back in 2015, as I still remember it like yesterday when I was watching it alongside other Fall seasonals, like My Love Story. Honestly, not only because I watche...

 
 
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Check out Flixist's review of Your Name

Body swapping comedies are a huge subgenre in anime, but they haven't been explored in film in quite a while. The latest major effort is Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and it's the highest grossing anime film of all time. But how does it stack...

 
 
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Review: Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set

It's incredible how fast time flies. I remember like it was yesterday when I wrote my review for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which was also my first piece on Japanator. You can read the full review here. Considering the movie came out a year ...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)

By now, many of the anime fanbase has seen the critically acclaimed Your Name, or Kimi no na wa as known in Japan, which will hit theaters in North America this April. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Makoto Shinkai, who ...

 
 
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Review: Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell has been around for a long time. Since the release of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga in 1989 and Mamoru Oshii’s arguably more influential 1995 film adaptation, the saga of the cyborgs of Section 9 has influen...

 
 
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Check out Flixist's review of Power Rangers

If you're a fan of Super Sentai, chances are you've seen Power Rangers. After 10,000 years Lionsgate and Saban's reboot has finally hit the big screen, but how did it turn out? It's neither as bad as I had anticipated, nor is it as good as ...

 
 
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A few minutes of Ghost in the Shell to watch and/or judge

There's just a week to go until Ghost in the Shell heads off to theaters, and Paramount is betting that at least some folks will still want to see the film, even after they give away five whole minutes of it.  Embedded below, the ...

 
 
 
 
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Typhoon Noruda to hit US via Sentai Filmworks

Sentai Filmworks is bringing the film Typhoon Noruda to US shores, the 2015 movie is directed by former Studio Ghibli animator Yujio Arai ( From Up On Poppy Hill, Secret World of Arriety). Its character designer and Animation dire...

 
 
 
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Ghost in the Shell gets carried away on its own memes

Is there anything more Ghost in the Shell than something getting utterly dragged by the memes it helped spawn? Heck, that's basically the plot of Standalone Complex, when you think about it. Of course, successful marketing and thematic...

 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Spider-Man Edition

Power Rangers is one of the most cleverly disguised cultural import the US has ever received from Japan, taking Japanese footage from Super Sentai and then mixing in some bad acting footage from US actors. We've taken a lot of stuff f...

 
 
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Take a brief tour of Ghost in the Shell history

The live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell is almost ready to break through that window to shoot some murderous robo Geishas, but not many know about that this franchise has been around for a long time all starting from a manga t...

 
 
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Review: Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale

What's in a name? For Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, the name is everything. I'm not referring to "Ordinal Scale", the word from the title, though. I'm referring to Sword Art Online, the title that has, to this day, loomed large...

 
 
 
 
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New ReLife music trailer gives us that youthful feeling again

A new music trailer of the live action adaptation of ReLife just came out featuring a cover of the song "Sakura", performed by singer-songwriter Sonoko Inoue with the part rap done by the film's lead actor Taishi Nakagawa. The song, "Sakura...

 
 
 
 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - Hatsune Miku Commercials Edition

Japan is quite commonly stereotyped as a land full of crazy commercials and this belief is not wrong. Attention-grabbing attempts at trying to sell consumers on products and other tactics such as mascots only get bigger and louder with seem...

 
 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - 2007 Anime OP Edtion

It has been decade since 2007, a great year for anime with plenty of shows from that year that still pop up in must watch anime lists because many of them hold up to this today. I was looking at a show from 2007 and found other noteworthy s...

 
 
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March comes in like a Lion marches to theaters this March

March comes in like a lion was one of last year's best anime (that is still airing), written by Honey and Clover author Chika Umino and brought to the small screen by the studio SHAFT (Madoka Magica, Bakemonogatari) with the...

 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - DragonBall Z + Linkin Park Edition

If you were on the anime internet around the turn of the century, there was a prevalence of anime music videos that combined clips of the hit anime Dragon Ball Z with the music of the "nu-metal" band Linkin Park. It was quite the trend...

 
 
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Review: One Piece Film Gold

If there’s something we can all agree on, it’s that the recent One Piece movies has been epicuticular — Strong World, Film Z and now Film Gold. It’s no wonder that these films have been great since Eiichiro Oda have ...

 
 
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Strong Style: Best Match Ever

Hello Japan wrestling fans and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV! We are back after a break and we start off the first show of the year with WrestleKingdom 11's MAIN EVENT! It seems AXS TV h...

 
 
 
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Watch Kyuranger's heroes strike a cosmic pose

At long last, we get to see Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's constellation-themed heroes in action. Thanks to TV Asahi, the first teaser for the show gives us a better look at the team's costumes. While we only get to see the team doing a pose,...

 
 
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Weekend Japanatainment - Cartoons Made in Japan Edition

Wait, what? Yes, I just blasphemously compared your beloved Japanese anime with American cartoons. Now, before you all start grabbing your imitation 'Made in China' Katanas and ninja run over to the Japanator building intending to HISATSU-R...

 
 
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Check out Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's otherworldly cast

Ever since Kyuranger's suits were revealed, I was behind the idea of a constellation-themed Sentai team with nine members. With the show's cast and staff announced, the franchise's 41st show is starting to look more interesting. Even though...

 
 
 




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

 

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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!"

 

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