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Japanator goes to AniMaine 2016: Day 3

So Sunday started off on a much better note than day 2 for the reason I actually got sleep! Sleep is a wonderful thing during a convention. Again nothing in the early morning got my attention so I wasn't in a hurry. We both got ready and pa...

 
 
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Japanator goes to AniMaine 2016: Day 2

So day 2 of AniMaine didn't start with a bang but with a yawn as I got around 2 hours of sleep the night before. As the con got started with a few morning panels, we headed to the restaurant for breakfast buffet. A whole lot of bacon and sa...

 
 
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Japanator goes to AniMaine 2016: Day 1

Hello, Japanator readers and welcome to our post-convention wrap up of AniMaine 2016 from the Best Western Merry Manor Inn in South Portland Maine. I am Soul Tsukino and I will be your guide for this wonderful get-together. AniMaine is a sm...

 
 
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Japanator goes to AniMaine Bangor 2016

This weekend and era came to a close as Otakon, one of the east coast's biggest conventions, was held in Baltimore for the last time. Since 1999 the convention has been held at the Baltimore Convention Center and had seen its attendance gro...

 
 
Overwatch photo

Go full weeaboo with Overwatch's anime intros

Overwatch. It's all anyone can seem to talk about when it comes to hot new games, and with good reason: Blizzard's team shooter is kind of rad, and appeals to a lot of folks. Part of the reason for that is its deep bench of interesting...

 
 
4chan x 2chan photo

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the creation of 4c...

 
 
Gal Gun Double Peace photo

Some madmen want to bring Gal Gun: Double Peace overseas

Far be it from me to play "cultural gatekeeper" when comes to deciding which products warrant the privilege being adapted for overseas consumption, but I think it's not a controversial opinion to think that some things are better left at ho...

 
 
Fury photo

Let a Girls und Panzer girl take all the tension out of Fury

[Update: It seems Kadokawa's taken down the video. We'll update the post with a new source as soon as we can find one.] Far be it from me to tell people how to promote things, but the way Brad Pitt's new war movie Fury, about a tank crew s...

 
 
Manga apartment photo

When you visit Japan, try a manga apartment

What's the first thing you want to do when you visit Japan? If your answer is "Sit around reading manga in the first room I arrive at," then Slow Curve has just the lodging for you! Slow Curve have announced that they're working with real-e...

 
 
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The Simpsons are pretty big Shonen JUMP readers

This one's more of a blip compared to the cameo-fest in last week's issue of Spider-Man, but I'm intrigued by a peculiar level of anime savvy shown in a new visual gag from Sunday's episode of The Simpsons. Doing their yearly "Treehouse of ...

 
 
 
Lap Pillow sim photo

Finally: Japan simulates the lap-pillow in VR

If Japan and tech-savvy otaku continue to apply their peculiar brand of innovation to the latest tech, we may get the 2D-loving world we've always dreamed of sooner rather than later. The latest blow against the tyranny of 3D employs the O...

 
 
IM@S toys photo

So some guy has 13 [email protected] character standees

So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rarely sold to the ...

 
 
Happy July 4th! photo

Celebrate July 4th with some US Navy ship girls!

It's AMERICA day today, and you know what's pretty cool and American? The United States Navy! And you know what cool American thing is grossly underrepresented in Kantai Collection, everyone's favorite strategy game  featuring moe...

 
 
Madness.moe photo

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Interlink. They're d...

 
 
4kids Kill la Kill photo

4kids takes on Kill la Kill: Meet Bully la Bully

I'm tempted to post this without comment, but that would be unprofessional of me. So meet Bully la Bully, the 4kids-style redub of Japanimation sensation Kill la Kill. Tumblr user Tony Le created the video based on this old pitch document,...

 
 
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Japanator Loves: AxB: Fanfic a la carte

Sometimes fanfiction happens by chance, like my shipping Agrias and Ramza. Sometimes it happens by divine mandate, like our whole new direction here at Japanator. And sometimes it happens because you asked for it. That third way is the late...

 
 
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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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Japanese maids won't judge your otaku bedsheets

Admit it: if and whenever you get a chance to go to Japan, you'll spend way too much money on shameless character goods. If you've already bought a dakimakura pillow, then you might find yourself upgrading to a full sheet set. Don't worry, ...

 
 
Rog & Tyrone photo

Rog and Tyrone, the inadvertent spokespeople of anime

By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two well-dressed m...

 
 
Shingeki no Racing photo

Attack on Horse Racing

Are you familiar with the Japan World Cup? If not, you should check that out before you continue. Good? Good! Now, you might be thinking that a collaboration between that and Attack on Titan may be an odd one, and well...you'd be right. It ...

 
 
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Shocking news: introverts more likely to talk about anime

How likely are you to tell all your friends about your hobbies on social networks? Statistics say you're going to! Recently, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania did a study that analyzed the language and wording used by 75,000 Fac...

 
 
Final Impressions photo

Final Impressions: Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen

Seems it isn't just Genshiken that can disappear for years and come back with a vengeance. Everyone's favourite animated series about animated dolls has returned, bringing back the Alice Game and all of the crazy jargon that goes along with...

 
 
Final Imps: Genshiken 3rd photo

Final Impressions: Genshiken Nidaime

Six years. That's how much time passed between Genshiken 2 and the confusingly named sequel Genshiken Nidaime, otherwise known as Genshiken Second Season. However, while fans of the show can certainly ponder the reasoning behind such a...

 
 
Cosplay v. Characters photo

Editorial: When erotic designs, cosplay and figures meet

You might have noticed some people talking about the description of how Hideo Kojima and his team create the next Metal Gear Solid project. Specifically, Kojima tweeted how one of his characters are designed. The reaction seems confusing--n...

 
 
Custom Eva Nike sneakers  photo

The custom Nike Evangelion sneakers to wage war for

I am by no means a sneakerhead. I'll drop plenty of money on clothes, but sneakers are an area where I just put down the minimum on some Onitsuka Tigers or Adidas and call it a day. If you want to take your geek pride to the next level and ...

 
 
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JX: Day two impressions

Saturdays at a convention are always the best day of the convention. You have the whole day to do everything that you want without a time limit of any sort. I mean, there is no need to go to work or school tomorrow, right? With that, Japan ...

 
 
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JX: Day one impressions

It's been a busy day for us here on day one of Japan Expo USA. Tim and myself were running all over the place trying to see what this convention has in store for us. You know, in between guest interviews and such. We were able to make it ou...

 
 
Maid Cafe NY  photo

Rejoice, New Yorkers: A Maid Cafe is opening soon in NYC

Congratulations, people of the Big Apple; Horizon Enterprise Group, Inc. is going to have a Grand Opening of New York's very first Maid Cafe! And from the looks of it, the people that are bringing this treasure to NYC are excited to share t...

 
 
Culture Japan expansion photo

Aw snap, Culture Japan goes through a new expansion

Let's give a toast to Danny Choo once again, because Culture Japan is going to expand by moving to Tokyo during the summer. With the new expansion, they're looking to hire some new people to work in their Tokyo office! If you happen to be s...

 
 
Attack on Titan 3DMG photo

Prepare to take down Titans with your 3D Maneuver Gear

Wow. This has to be one of the best cosplay props I've ever seen. A gifted Attack on Titan fan has blessed all of nerdkind by creating his very own set of "working" Three-Dimensional Maneuver Gear! In case you've never seen Attac...

 
 
Gargantia fanart photo

Behold, the winners of the Gargantia fan chara contest

Well, it took a while for Production I.G. to decide, but it seems that the people behind Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet have picked a gaggle of winners for their big fan-created character contest last month. The Pixiv legions delive...

 
 
Attack on Titan fan-game photo

Get your swords out, it's an Attack on Titan videogame!

Oh, if only this lovely little browser-based project was an actual, officially-published Attack on Titan videogame, rather than the result of a Chinese fan's creativity. The core concept's pretty great! In case you've no inclinat...

 
 
Attack on Hilarity photo

Attack on Hilarity

Everyone already understands that the opening for Attack on Titan is one of the most epic opening songs. It is so epic, that it can make anything more epic. If you don't believe me, take a good look at the video gallery below.

 
 
LOL anime languages! photo

Moonspeak: Maou-sama and Gargantia's languages cracked

Ah, fantasy. You know it's a fantasy world (including the fantasy of science-fiction) when the world in question has its very own made-up gibberish language. This spring in particular is rife with them, and the two most notable are The Devi...

 
 
JET Program Expansion photo

English teachers ahoy: Japan to expand JET program 200%

Have you ever wanted to live in Japan? If you're reading this site, chances are you've at least considered it. And for many an English-speaker, the most accessible gateway to living in Glorious Nippon has been the Japan Exchange and Teachin...

 
 
Girls und Panzer photo

Girls und Panzer gets the best hug pillow ever

Ah, the dakimakura. Few things in otaku culture are more indicative of one's...*ahem* "power level" than being in possession of a large hug pillow emblazoned with the visage of your 2D spouse. That is, unless you're a fan of old World War I...

 
 
Attack on Titan piano photo

Check out this cool piano cover of Attack on Titan's OP

It's not secret that I'm in love with Attack on Titan's opening theme, Guren no Yumiya (Linked Horizon). After discovering group leader Revo through Bravely Default's amazing soundtrack, I've been devouring anything the man has touched. Yo...

 
 
Jump-shot Dragon Ball photo

This fun trend in photography is jump-shot Dragon Ball

It's great the hilarious and awesome things you can do just by getting your timing right. The cool results this time come straight from schoolgirls all over Glorious Nippon getting into the habit of "fake Dragon Ball" photography, taking pi...

 
 
Life (not) After Rinko photo

Life (not) after Rinko

You can be a realist and move on with your new games, new anime, new favorites, and your ever-renewing life. Or you could be serious about your relationships and realize that we have to live with our choices. Sometimes what we post online i...

 
 




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