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Studio Khara sues Gainax over unpaid royalties

As we continue to wait patiently for Eva 4.0's possible completion, a Studio Khara ends up going through a major turn of event. It turns out that they're suing Gainax for not fulfilling their deal to pay Khara royalty fees of the ...

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Uh-oh: Anime Expo could be harmed by sudden regulations

I think we can all agree that youths need protection from creeps and other predators, but what's happening at this year's Anime Expo in the name of protecting the children seems to be a bit...undesirable. Last week, the Society for the...

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Korea and men's rights top Japanese wikipedia edit wars

Where are the Internet's biggest battles waged? On the field of Wikipedia, naturally. Some pages are a brutal wasteland of endless edits back and forth by any number of polarized sides. In English, George W Bush and List of WWE personnel&nb...


Shinjuku boos bara billboard for HIV awareness

An interesting struggle is going on in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ni-Chome, a popular gay neighborhood. VIIV Healthcare, a pharmaceutical company that makes an HIV drug, selected popular gay artist Poko Murata to draw up an HIV awareness ad to run in...

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Lawyers publish book to empower job seekers

The image of the put-upon salary man in Japanese culture is a powerful one. It is seemingly part of the cultural identity, where after college you jump in a suit and find a job at a big corporation and generally be unhappy while chipping aw...

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And the new owner of Atlus is...

[Update #2: Sega Sammy have confirmed their acquisition of Atlus. Sega Dreams, a new division formed by Sega, will be the ones to handle Index Holdings.] [Update #1: Sega Sammy have initially denied reports of the purcha...

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Pray for the best: 20 companies are now bidding on Atlus

Thing are boiling down to the important moment right now, since the auction that will determine the fate of Atlus is now receiving its bids. At the moment, there are 20 companies fighting for control of Atlus, and the bids have reached clos...

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For Sale: Index ready to take bids for Atlus

It has begun. Atlus' troubled parent company Index has just announced that it's just about ready to start selling off aspects of its operations as part of its "Civil Rehabilitation" proceedings (effectively the Japanese equivalent of bankru...

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Memento Mori: Atlus parent company files for bankruptcy

[Update 2: According to their official press release (and NeoGAF mod duckroll's translation), Index realizes that the games division is the most desirable and profitable part of their business. They plan on seeking out and choosing a sponso...

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Gattai: FUNimation's divisions combine into a new group

Oh hey, this sounds interesting. It looks like FUNimation is going to consolidate their divisions into a new group known as Group 1200 Media. Under this new name, Group 1200 Media plans to release other forms of entertainment besides the us...

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A special message from our founder

As you may know, Japanator is part of the esteemed ModernMethod network, a group of sites that includes our figure-loving friends at Tomopop, the film buffs at Flixist, and of course, our gaming pals at Destructoid.  Earlier today, our...


Japanator's 2012 US Industry Review

Looking back on 2012 is so in-vogue today. So, before you stab your eyes out from looking at all the lists and recap posts, here's one more for you to read: our look back on health of the US anime and manga industry. We are a niche within a...


FUNimation Channel VOD launches on Optimum

Nothing like a bit of good news to end the week on, right? For all of those people subscribing to Optimum TV, you now have the option of subscribing to FUNimation's Video on Demand service. For $6.95/month, you'll have access to the followi...


Japan Expo '12: Kaze President hates America

While at Japan Expo, one of the interesting events that happened was during the Awards Ceremony. Kaze, now a division of Viz, was accepting an award for the best shojo manga published that year: Dengeki Daisy. During his acceptance speech, ...


Japan Expo '12: Japan Expo coming to California

There’s an obvious reason why they brought American press over: to let you know that Japan Expo is coming to the United States! The con will be invading northern California starting next Summer, with plans to move into San Francisco p...


HearJapan to shutter June 30th

We've written about them over the years, but it's sad to say that our friends at HearJapan are closing shop. Citing unanticipated costs in redesigning their website, the company will be ending their business on June 30th. Until then, users ...


Viz to release latest Evangelion manga same day as Japan

This is interesting: Viz just sent out a release noting that they'll be participating in a simultaneous release of Neon Genesis Evangelion Vol. 13 with Japan. The title will be available in stores and on the Viz Manga app on November 2...


Bento Books runs Kickstarter campaign for Math Girls

It appears that Kickstarter really is becoming an avenue for smaller publishers to get titles out there. Bento Books, a collection of veteran translators, is asking for $9,000 in order to translate and publish Math Girls, the manga adaptati...


DMP uses Kickstarter to fund license of Tezuka's Barbara

DMP has done it again. In just one weekend, they managed to get enough buy-in from manga faithful in order to fund their license of Osamu Tezuka's Barbara, a title that's described as "dark" and "experimental." Previously, DMP had brought o...


An upcoming documentary on the Hafu experience

It's no secret that Japan is a closed country. For anyone who has visited there, there is a clear delineation between those who are Japanese and those who are not. Ultimately, you are an outsider, and are just there to visit. For those who ...


Navarre ceases distributing in 2012, FUNimation affected

And the ongoing drama between anime licensing powerhouse FUNimation and its (some-what former) parent distributor Navarre Corp. continues, as FUNimation will lose all privilages to release physical home media videos (DVDs and Blu-rays) as o...


Tales Studio to be eaten by Namco Bandai Games

In a move that might seem to come out of left field, Namco Bandai Games will be dissolving and absorbing the Namco Tales Studio, assembled in 2003 to work exclusively on the Tales of franchise. This change is to be effective as of January 1...


Fashion model names her child after a pirate

Hikari Kamikawa, a Japanese fashion model, recently named her newly born son after Portgas D. Ace, a character from the super obscure anime One Piece. Luckily enough for the boy, he only adopted a small part of fire-fist's name, and from no...


Video: Officials give shocking answers about Fukushima

It may be less apparent in North American news, but Fukushima is still a very strong problem for Japanese living in the prefecture. In a meeting with select persons from the government concerning the prefecture, most of the citizens were in...


Anime Expo hosting an Anime and Manga Studies Symposium

Looking for something a little extra special while you're at Anime Expo? The folks at the Anime and Manga Research Circle are going to be hosting a series of discussions throughout the convention weekend on a series of topics. The group has...


FUNimation sales report for 2010 don't look so hot

It's been a tough time for FUNimation lately. With the news that broke out last year claiming Navarre, the parent company that owned FUNimation, was planning on selling the publisher, this slice of info doesn't seem like it will help the si...


FUNi forced to drop 1,336 defendants from its lawsuit

The lastest update in FUNimation's One Piece lawsuit has taken a turn against the company. Anime News Network has the latest update, and it looks like the judge presiding the case has forced FUNi to drop all but one of the defendants i...


FUNimation may not be sold off after all

In the latest earnings report, FUNimation's parent company Navarre mentioned that they had not yet gotten an "adequate offer" from another company to buy FUNimation off their hands. They're still looking to sell the company, they ...


FUNimation suing 1337 people over One Piece 481

Did you download episode 481 of One Piece off of BitTorrent? Well, I hate to tell you, but FUNimation has filed a legal suit against 1,337 John Does for illegally downloading episode 481 of One Piece via BitTorrent, complete with IP address...


It's finally here- Large Bagel: The Anime

The moment has come.It's been a long time coming, but fans of the NAAMASAA's (North American Anime/Manga Awareness Society Awards of America) award-winning manga Large Bagel, written by manga-ka (also a winner of several NAAMASAA awards) &q...


Press misses Japanese Foreign Minister's war apologies

The Japanese press is not the best at covering its own history-making events, it seems. Our Man in Abiko caught wind of this, and brought to light the news that the ultra-conservative Foreign Minister of Japan, Seiji Maehara, visited Austra...


Personal packages from Japan to US will be limited to 1lb

Thanks to the overly worried nature of the US security teams, pressure has been put on Japan (and a number of other countries) to prevent suspect packages from making it to our shores. As such, no package over 1lb in weight will be shipped ...


Japanese publishers forming American manga portal

There's always been joking around here that the American companies are going to be cut out as middle-men by the Japanese firms as they make a play for a greater chunk of the money in the American anime and manga market.It's still a bit of a...


Space Battleship Yamato producer Yoshinobu Nishizaki dies

Sad news for fans of classic anime, as Yoshinobu Nishizaki, the producer of Space Battleship Yamato, fell to his death from a boat this past Sunday at 12:35. ANN reports that the 75-year-old man was riding on the steamboat Yamato,...


Looking for OreImo simulcast? Head on over to ANN for it

That's right, the overlords of anime news (we love you guys~) have nabbed the simulcasting rights to OreImo, otherwise known as My Little Sister Can't Be This Cute!. I guess they took a shot with it, knowing just how much their target audie...


K-ON!! plot to end at episode 24, 'extras' coming

On September 14th, 2010 -- a date which will live in infamy -- the show known as K-ON!! will suddenly and deliberately come to an end in the Empire of Japan.The fans of K-ON!! were at peace with the studio Kyoto Animation, expecting a full ...


Otakon '10: Serious Business with Brad Rice Episode 1.5

Episode 2 is on it's way, I swear.While at Otakon, I was invited to be on the Anime Journalism panel with Ed Sizemore and Christopher Macdonald -- a big mistake, if you ask me. Nonetheless, I spent the better part of an hour talking about j...


Kannagi's Yamakan predicts end of anime home video sales

Apparently director Yutaka Yamamoto, a.k.a. Yamakan, is not too happy with the current state of the anime industry. Despite just releasing the highly anticipated OVA Black Rock Shooter through his own production company Studio Ordet, Yamaka...


Nuclear powers sending representatives to Hiroshima event

For the first time in, well, ever, the U.S., Britain, and France will all be sending official government representatives to a memorial event held for victims kiled by the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima. The three nuclear powers have surpr...


OneManga closing, Square launching digital manga store

Life sure is changing now that SDCC is underway. Two well-timed pieces of news are that the major manga hosting site, OneManga, has announced that they will be removing all of their hosted manga -- regardless of licensing status -- by the e...


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