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Avenge your pores with Marvel superhero skin-care masks

The heroes of Japanese anime and manga have it easy. Thanks to the typical art style of the medium, most protagonists never have to worry about facial blemishes or the state of their pores, because they have none! Real people are not so ble...

 
 
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Stardust Crusaders hoodies are JoJo's Bizarre Apparel

Have you ever wanted a Stand of your very own? Too bad, they aren't real, but clothing brand BEAMS may have just brought us the next best thing, in the form of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure-themed hoodies, designed to look like Star Platinum, Hi...

 
 
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Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white

Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies would try to c...

 
 
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Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard maker Yamaha wants ...

 
 
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Family Mart cashier's enthusiasm is something to behold

Sometimes you see people doing unexpected things that just brighten your day. Take this cashier who is serving up change and goods in style. The man obviously takes some serious pride in his job, and aims to please his customers. It's pret...

 
 
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The Scouting Legion takes on the Bearded Titan

So what if they want to devour us whole for reasons unknown? The least we can do is make them look good while doing it, right? Apparently, that's Schick's logic for trying to hawk safety razors for the sake of mankind's greatest enemy, and...

 
 
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How much money will you drop for all this JoJo bling?

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has always been one of the most fabulous things around. It's no surprise that creator Hirohiko Araki's striking art style has been used to create work for luxury brands and fashion lines like Gucci, in addition...

 
 
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Virtuous (Bi)Cycle: Yowapeda inspires lady cyclists

I love Japanese words. That might come as natural, given where I'm writing, but the way Japanese use words - foreign words in particular - is appealingly idiosyncratic. Case in point: "Boom". Where we filthy foreigners might say something's...

 
 
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Gunpla Banzai: Barnes & Noble selling Gunpla kits

It's actually funny: For as much access as North American anime fans have to Japan's pop culture output these days, there really are some things that are still difficult to find over there. For example, it's easy to get your eyeballs on lic...

 
 
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Yay Consumer Electronics: PS4 sells 322,083 in Japan

In case you didn't know, the PS4 has just launched in Glorious Nippon, three months after its North American and European debuts, and the numbers are in for the new platform's first two days of Japanese sales: The console has sold 322,083 ...

 
 
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Viz to put out K as an A-grade Blu-ray combo pack

Much as I've embraced our digital media future, I still have a soft spot in my heart for sweet physical extras. After all, I did once buy a copy of Sakura Taisen that I didn't have a machine for just to get a hilarious-looking steampun...

 
 
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Yotsuba&! tops Amazon Japan's manga sales for 2013

We've already seen what's been some of the hottest music this year in Japan, now let's turn our attention to everything they're buying. Amazon Japan released its listings of the top sellers of the year in just about every category. Som...

 
 
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Japanator's 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide: Music and Misc.

You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyon...

 
 
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Final Fantasy games on sale via Square-Enix Online Store

And it's not just games from the Final Fantasy line, but a lot of titles are on sale at the Square-Enix online store. Many of the titles on sale are going for about 50% off retail, which means you can buy a copy of Kingdom Hearts 3D:&n...

 
 
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PSA: PlayStation Vita hardware on sale at Radio Shack

Hey, North Americans, I hear you're getting a PlayStation 4 soon! You know what would be a good companion machine for that monster? A PlayStation Vita! At least, Sony and Radio Shack seem to think so. Sony's done its part by engineering the...

 
 
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Japanese games star in the next PS Vita sale

Hey, you know what's cool? Games from Japan for the PS Vita! You know what else is cool? Not paying a lot for videogames! It just so happens that Sony agrees with me, and has decided that for the next fortnight or so, you won't have to pay ...

 
 
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Add Studio Ghibli's best to your vinyl collection

Does music really sound better when you play it off vinyl? I'm too much of a musical philistine to answer that question, but what I can say is that if you're the type to collect records and also happen to be the type who loves the works of ...

 
 
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Evangelion body spray is the Essence of Shinji

Add another link to the illustrious, endless chain of Evangelion-themed merchandise, folks. Cosmetics brand Creer Beaute has shacked up with the brand that spawned a million torso-plugsuit water bottles to produce an appropriately sane prod...

 
 
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Sega takes to Facebook to ask you to support Miku for PS3

If you're at all familiar with the Hatsune Miku phenomenon, you'll know that her Japanese handlers have long been interested in marketing the virtual idol outside Glorious Nippon. From Toyota commercials to Mikunopolis, to an actual presenc...

 
 
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JoJo All Star Battle gets a release date, fab box art

Fans of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, Cyberconnect2, or crazy 3D anime fighting games can all start marking their calendars now, because Namco Bandai has confirmed an August 29th release date for JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle. ...

 
 
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Accel World AR shirts are as augmented as the show is

Say what you will about Accel World, but one of the cooler things about it was its kickass vision of a future that's fully integrated with augmented reality (AR) tech. Imagine a world where Google Glasses fully took over, and everything's ...

 
 
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Don't forget to get your shield at 7-Eleven

Downloadable content. Bonus stuff for your games! For Dragon Quest VII's 3DS release, 7-Eleven stores in Japan will be having a promo where players will be able to go to a 7-Eleven and download a light shield and a shard. The promo will run...

 
 
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Now you can have your GACKT and drink it too

Go anywhere in Japan, and somehow you will run into the phenomena known as GACKT. Wether its music, movies, videos games, or books --the man is everywhere. So it shouldn't come as any surprise that the former Malice Mizer frontman...

 
 
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This Metal Gear bento is the greatest bento

It's...it's beautiful, like the Mount Rushmore of boxed lunches. Except some stupid mountain doesn't have the faces of two of the world's greatest soldiers (Solid Snake, Big Boss) and one guy whose idea of cool ninja style is to wear cyborg...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Goods and Music

The time is now, dear readers, as we come closer and closer to the time of gift-giving, and also to the end of Japanator's shopping guide season! We brought you our gift suggestions for videogames, anime and film, and printed media, but now...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Manga and Books

The holiday blitz continues, as does Japanator's blitz of holiday shopping advice! After telling you which videogames and anime to buy for you and yours, today we're getting all "old-fashioned" by making recommendations for (gasp!) print me...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Anime and Film

Hello again, and welcome to the next part of Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide! The other day we gave you our recommendations for the best videogames, but now it's time to take a look at the latest batch of stuff to pile into stocking...

 
 
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Ace Combat's going PC, but where are my Idolmaster skins?

Don't get me wrong! It's cool and all that Namco Bandai's paying more attention to the PC. They've started porting superb titles like Dark Souls - albeit imperfectly - and with the latest announcement that they're gracing PC players wi...

 
 
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Japanator's 2012 Holiday Shopping Guide: Games

The holidays are upon us, dear readers, and where that usually means celebrating togetherness and occasionally the birth of a major religious figure, it also means having to shell out tons of monies for gifts to distribute to frie...

 
 
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Get your shopping on with pre-Black Friday sales

Looking to spend all that holiday gift money on your friends yourself? Well, here's a chance to blow everything you've got left after that Criterion sale earlier this month. Right now, there are three big sales going on: FUNimation's titles...

 
 
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Criterion DVDs are 50% off at Barnes and Noble

Right now, Barnes and Noble has the entire Criterion Collection on sale for 50% off, making the often-pricy discs a little more accessible. What's great about the Criterion Collection is that the company often does a great remaster of class...

 
 
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Atlus shows how to apply the Persona 4 Golden Vita skin

You only have to look at a PS Vita to know that the system's got a gorgeous OLED screen to display all those pretty graphics with. However, the knowledge that comes with handling Sony's handheld station-of-play is that the thing is a damne...

 
 
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Riding these Madoka scooters is not suffering

Actually, I might have to take that headline back, considering that these special Madoka Magica-themed electric scooters, produced by Brain Police Light, are mini-scooters, which have a seat height of about two feet tall. Depending on your ...

 
 
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Importers Beware: New PS Vita firmware locks memory cards

Hold it right there, person about to update his or her PS Vita's firmware to the latest version, which is v1.80! Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Do you have another PSN account located in a different region (say, Japan, Europe or ...

 
 
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Toyota summons a Char Aznable hatchback

Or should we call it a "Char-iot"? Hah! In case a topless flat-chested ladyboy wasn't enough to sell you on the Toyota Auris, they've also come up with a sweet body and interior kit themed after The Red Comet himself, Char Aznable. Unveile...

 
 
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Atlus announces Persona 4 Golden Solid Gold Edition

Hey remember the time Atlus included cool stuff with the premium editions of its games? Yeah, those were the heady days of...yesterday, when they announced the "Solid Gold Premium Edition" of Persona 4 Golden. Good times! Folks willing to c...

 
 
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Thanks, Atlus: Persona 4 Golden preorders get Vita skin

In case you needed another reason to be hyped up for the North American release of Persona 4 Golden, here it is: A preorder bonus! Atlus is including a free P4G-themed Vita skin with preorders of the game. It's the same skin, designed ...

 
 
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PSA: Buy a PS Vita from Amazon, get Gravity Rush

In case you've been on the fence about getting yourself a PS Vita, a new Amazon offer might just help your decision. Buying a PS Vita, be it the 3G/Wi-Fi bundle or the regular Wi-Fi only model, will net you not only the handheld and its glo...

 
 
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Prepare to Stamp Rally in San Francisco for...Evangelion?

San Francisco Bay Area-based otaku have it pretty good, despite not being on the main US convention circuit. I attribute this fortune almost single-handedly to San Francisco's Japantown  neighborhood. They put on a ton of super-interes...

 
 
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She's Winner! Hatsune Miku's Chrome ad wins at Cannes

Yes, that Cannes. The one in France. Well, the "Direct Lions" part of it anyway, the one that's concentrated on advertising rather than movies (cue snarky comment about all movies being ads anyway). Hatsune Miku, everyone's favorite five-y...

 
 




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