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Robots want you to get your hair did

Leave it to the Japanese to find complex robotic ways to do the most mundane tasks. Enter Panasonic's Head Care Robot! The Clockwork Orange looking machine will do things like wash your hair, massage it, and scare the heck out of you. Perh...


Robotics;Notes will have an anime this October

The third of 5pb's visual-novels, following ChäoS;HEAd and Steins;Gate, will be receiving the anime treatment this October. It is due to air in the noitaminA block, along with an original anime called Psycho-Pass. Fans of 5pb in p...


Android mannequin is waiting for you...to shop!

Walking by a department store windows you normally see mannequins in the windows selling the latest clothing lines of their respected store. Not moving, still and lifeless. Then one day you walk by this display of a woman sitting down with ...


ASIMO gets an upgrade

I didn't think Honda's wonderful ASIMO robot could get any cooler, but it just did! The newest version of the Advanced Step in Innovative MObility unit can now run up to nine km per hour, and can even jump on one foot! Stare into the lifele...


Nissanime? Car manufacturer now designing mechs

All the way back in August, Bandai announced that they would be creating a new anime titled Rinne no Lagrange, but very little else was known about it. It was eventually detailed that it would involve a 17-year old girl called Kyono Madoka ...


Tetsu-jin 28 cares about breasts

The famous 50 ton Tetsu-jin 28 stature in Japan's city of Kobe was lit up pink, to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month on Sunday. The 50 foot goliath was illuminated by 40 pink lights, as park of the city's Pink Ribbon Festiva...


A fine moment in Japanese robotics

You'd think with all of their abilities in robotics that perhaps some creations out of Japan would be a little more...cool? I guess this robot is really good at what it does, but puts all of it's amazing abilities to lame use. This particul...


Be charmed by charming Fireball Charming trailers

Anime's greatest robot manzai comedy duo is back! I am, of course, referring to Drossel von Flugel and her butler Gedachtnis, the stars of Fireball. In case you didn't know what Fireball is, it was a 2008 series of two-minute CG-animated sh...


MSG: Unicorn Ep. 3 trailer goes up, as do my trousers

Quite a few months back, I was incredibly impressed with Bandai's first release of Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. Although I haven't finished the review for the second episode (it's still in the works, keep an eye out for it!), the second epis...


Creepy robot recommends bug spray in this commercial

Android recommended! If it's good enough for this rubber faced robo-gal, then it's definitely good enough to keep the mosquitoes away from your real flesh and blood. Or...wait a minute!This Japanese commercial for Kincho Preshower bug repel...


Huge model of Yamato ship goes up, lacks grizzled captain

The live action version of Space Battleship Yamato comes out early next month and a 15-meter model of the titular ship will pop up in the Akasaka Sacas area of Tokyo. According to the article posted on Cinema Today, the model is based off o...


President Obama visits Japan, hangs out with robots

One thing I've come to admire about President Obama is the fact that, no matter how awkward the situation may be, he is essentially always able to maintain an unmatched cool and calm composure. Whether it be at countless tiresome press conf...


Gemini F, an acting robot, takes the stage in Japan

Japan is really pushing this robot thing to new extremes -- now it's encroaching upon the entertainment industry.The robot Gemini F, which can been seen "acting" in the video after the jump, was part of a short play called Sayonar...


The future is terrifying

Yes, to quote Colette, the future is indeed terrifying once you see this video. Japanese robotics are extremely advanced. First, we had Asimo, who couldn't go up a flight of stairs without tumbling and cracking his poor visor/face, and we l...


JapanaTen: Ten reasons to watch Macross

It's no secret that a bunch of us here at Japanator are fans of the Macross series. When you have a franchise that has remained relevant for 20+ years, you're bound to make a few fans. Sadly, due to frivolous licensing problems, it's likely...


Japanator Recommends: Diebuster

Awhile back I wrote a post about Gunbuster's Noriko Takaya. In it, I waxed philosophical about the change Noriko goes through in the span of six episodes (and several thousand years). Noriko's (and subsequently Gunbuster's) mantra of "...


Skynet sings pop songs

Fine. This robot isn't Skynet. But just you wait. You'll be sorry we built her.Recently, Japanese robot model HRP-4C performed a song with an accompanying dance troupe, produced by SAM of J-pop group TRF. The robot performed "Deatta Ko...


The first 14 minutes of Gundam Unicorn Vol. 2 on Youtube!

Replicating their move for the first volume of Mobile Suit Gundam: Unicorn, Bandai has put out a preview of its latest OVA series, due out October 30th on PSN and November 12th on Blu Ray. This time around we get a 14 minute preview instead...


First Impressions: Super Robot Wars OG - The Inspector

Fans of giant honkin' robots beating the crap out of each other should be familar with the Super Robot Wars brand. Originally a set of strategy games staring dozens of licensed robots from popular series like Mobile Suit Gundam, Macross, Ev...


Yaskawa-kun, the amazing ice cream making robot

Yaskawa-kun is a big-headed robot that makes and sells soft serve ice cream cones at Tokyo's Summerland (one of my favorite places ever!) theme park. He uses his robot arms to squirt soft serve into cones -- swirl and all -- and then tops i...


China builds giant Optimus Prime out of junk

Last week, we saw an Optimus Prime built out of everyday household items. That was last week. This week, Optimus Prime comes in the form of 40 feet and 6 tons of junk.Yes, China has seen fit to enter the Japan-dominated giant robot circuit ...


Optimus Prime rocks Brooklyn

Look at this sh*t!He might not be able to transform and roll out, but the Brooklyn Optimus Prime is still an impressive cosplay feat. The creation of Peter Kokis, this sweet exoskeleton is incredibly made from ordinary household and hardwar...


Mega Man Online to be a side-scrolling RPG?

I'm not even sure what to make of this. I love Mega Man, probably more than I should -- after all, the series probably ran its course years ago -- but this latest announcement has left me both worried and hopeful. 4gamer is r...


Gaiking CG teaser trailer needs more color, less grit

Look, I know that we don't really see the future the same way now that we did thirty years ago, but there's got to be a better way to modernize classic mecha designs that does not involve sandblasting all the color off and exposing all the ...


$19.99? Angelic Layer is too awesome to cost only $19.99!

One anime that will always stand in my top ten will be Angelic Layer. I can't even really explain why, but I love this anime. Bones adapted it from the Clamp manga, but the details don't matter. Something about it is just magical to me.&nbs...


Exclusive Q&A: Front Mission Evolved

As any fan knows it's been quite a while since any game in the Front Mission franchise landed on English-speaking shores. So long, in fact that a few dedicated gamers went and did it themselves. Now, the series is set for a return, albei...


Mecha transform sequence warms me toward Goseiger

I stated some time ago that 2010's new sentai series Tensou Sentai Goseiger looked pretty boring, on account of the be-mouthed helmets and card-based theme. But now that they're into their second episode and unveiled their customary giant r...


Not cool, people: Humanoid baby robo is not cool

Yikes. Oh My Yikes. I appreciate that robot research is trying to make life-like creations, but this one is scary just from looks. The Machine Perception Laboratory at the University of California, San Diego is working with Japanese robotic...


Remo Humanoid Kit: one step closer to virtual girlfriends

There's a new robot in town, and while it isn't an adorable Persocom/Marionette/Emotional Doll System/Artificial Humanoid created by the Data Overmind/etc., we're getting there. The Remo Humanoid Kit (Remo is short for Remote Brain) can be ...


International robot expo was cool, devoid of earthquakes

Last time this one kid I knew went to the big robot convention, it didn't turn out so swell. There was this huge earthquake and he got separated from his sister and -- well, I suppose that's beside the point. This year, the International Ro...


Embarrassed for Japan: Dancing schoolgirl robot

AHAHAHHAHAHAHA! BWAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!I love everything about this video. I exploded with laughter while watching it. I love how there's a nice long introduction to the J-pop song our sailor fuku-clad robot is going to dance to. It's the p...


Dancing robots with lightsabers!

Normally, this space would be filled with some snarky comment to the tune of "WTF Japan is so weird LOL". However, I know you're not here to listen to me crack wise about Japanese culture... you're here for the dancing robots. So,...


Alert: H1N1 spreads to robots in Japan

The Swine Flu is so strong and so mutated that even robots are getting it.I know what you're thinking. You're thinking that a robot can't possibly catch a viral sickness. Well, this one can. In fact, if he gets H1N1, he'll actually get the...


Creepy, fuzzy robot teaches elderly to exercise

How else are Japan's elderly going to keep fit? They can't do something normal like walk around the block or do some sit-ups. They have to have a fuzzy, crazy-looking robot as an exercise instructor.This freaky thing doesn't look like some...


Awww yeeeaah: Get yer hot robot-on-robot action right here!

I've often joked that the rapid advance of robot technology in Japan would doom us all.And yet, I am filled with hope, love, and horniness as I see the video after the jump. It should rightly cause me to recoil in horror and disgust, prayin...


If you need some TLC, RIBA robot nurse can help you out

You know, it's easy to visualize yourself sick in bed while a super hot nurse in a white vinyl dress takes care of your runny nose, but let's face it: that's more a fantasy than a reality. If you'd like a gigantic adorable bear to take care...


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