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J-List Snackbox DX: October 2017 - Japanator Unboxing

The recent rise in popularity of all these snack boxes by mail have given people alternatives in their snack game and with plenty of different services out there, there's something for everyone. For people like me who are into things from ...

 
 
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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Blu-Ray Set

If you have been following me since my debut, you would know that Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure is one of my favorite series ever. Stardust Crusaders was part of Top 5 of 2015 series, while Diamond is Unbreakable was part of my Top 5 serie...

 
 
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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Determination Blu-Ray Set

So just a few months after Digimon Adventure Tri Reunion home release, Shout! Factory released Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination, the second installment in the movie series. I remember watching Determination when it initially came out a...

 
 
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Review: Diary of a Tokyo Teen

To be completely blunt, I didn't expect much going into Christine Mari Inzer's Diary of a Tokyo Teen. When I was approached for a review of the book, I accepted because I really dug the art and figured it'd be a nice, light little read that...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Keijo!!!!!!!!

At the start of the Fall 2016 season, as the Japanator staff chose anime to cover, Managing Editor Josh Tolentino warned me about selecting Keijo!!!!!!!!. He told me to be sure about covering this show because I'd have to keep up with it ev...

 
 
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Japanator Awards 2016: Nick's Top 5 Anime of the Year

While 2016 has been kind of a bummer year all around, there have been some great anime releases. Series challenging typical action tropes, traditional animation, conventional character growth, and even redefined how long an anime had to be ...

 
 
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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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Code Geass getting new sequel project and film trilogy

Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion was one of the first anime I had ever seen. Its story of one kid mind controlling himself into a political uprising caught my attention and held it throughout its two seasons. In celebration of its 10th ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Keijo!!!!!!!! has both the best and worst first episode I have ever seen in anime. It's most likely one of the biggest surprises of the Fall season merely for its audacity to exist. In a wonderful maelstrom of fan service, slick action anim...

 
 
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Kaixa Day is upon us

[Update: I added an extra Kaixa piece to the post.] [Disclosure: Salvador is friends with Xian. No relationships, professional or personal, were factored into posting his piece.  Once again, it's time for us to treat everyone around us...

 
 
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Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime Preview Guide!

A happy Monday to you, and a happy July 4th to all our American readers! What better way is there to celebrate American independence than by staying home and watching a buttload of Japanese cartoons? Welcome to Japanator's Summer 2016 Anime...

 
 
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Review: Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE

When Nintendo first announced a crossover project between their Fire Emblem series and Atlus' Shin Megami Tensei series, no one expected the final project to a videogame where pop idols transform into heroes in order to fight monsters comin...

 
 
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Review: Grand Kingdom

Being a fan of the JRPGs, I always look forward to new additions to the genre, especially ones that offer a unique gameplay style that separates itself from other series. While not entirely unique, when first announced, Grand Kingdom caught...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Odin Sphere Leifthrasir

Vanillaware may have been making games for close to a decade now, but for my money, nothing they've made has quite surpassed their first game*, Odin Sphere.  Not to say that their other games are bad. On the contrary, as far as making ...

 
 
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First Impressions: Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto

I fell really hard into the manga scene about 10-12 years ago. I pretty much checked manga scan sites everyday. They're not so cool now that I can afford to buy whatever volume of manga I want (and, you know, it's still theft), but they wer...

 
 
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GET HYPE: Persona 5 launches in September

It's time, folks! Or rather, it will be time...in a few short months. After months of silence last year's delay and weeks of drip-fed promotion culminating in a final countdown, Atlus has announced the Japanese release date of Persona...

 
 
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First Impressions: Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-

Out of all the anime this season, one in particular really stood out to me. Taking two common anime plots and essentially mushing them together into some kind of peanut butter and monster sandwich, Re: ZERO - Starting Life in Another World ...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Myriad Colors Phantom World

If you've been following along with my occasional thoughts on Myriad Colors Phantom World, you've no doubt noticed how many times I've gone back and forth on the series as a whole. While folks in the comments suggested that I just take the ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Myriad Colors Phantom World episodes 7-9

I've been hard on Myriad Colors Phantom World since its inception because I went in expecting more from Kyoto Animation's effort. Their past shows have been great when they work, so I was hoping this too would be one of the better series in...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Myriad Colors Phantom World episodes 4-6

To tell you all the truth, I've been drafting and deleting this article for awhile now. The more I write recaps, and the more I start watching anime (I just finished Netflix's Seven Deadly Sins a bit ago, too), the more I start noticing sim...

 
 
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Impressions: Dimension W episodes 1-6

Anime with a futuristic, science fiction setting are always a toss up. For example, another science fiction series this season, Luck & Logic, ended up being awful halfway through its second episode. So I was really nervous about Dimensi...

 
 
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First Impressions: Myriad Colors Phantom World

Animation is a fantastic medium. With it you can do all sorts of otherworldly things like outlandish hair colors, crazy stories full of physical feats you can't do in the real world, and most importantly, you can really nail boob physics. A...

 
 
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Review: Gravity Rush Remastered

Gravity Rush is and remains one of the coolest games on the PS Vita, even three years after its original 2012 release. Unfortunately for fans of cool games, the PS Vita didn't get into nearly as many hands as Sony was hoping. Thankfull...

 
 
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Final Impressions: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I first found Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma through manga. Although I fell out of touch with the anime for several years, I've been periodically reading manga through that time. One of my favorites turned out to be Food Wars for its ran...

 
 
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Final Impressions: MY Love STORY!!

Forgive me for sounding like a broken record, as I'm sure I've said this in the past, but I'm a sucker for good romantic comedies. While there isn't exactly a big list of films I could point to, there are definitely a boatload of romantic a...

 
 
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Final Impressions: School-Live!

School-Live! (or Gakkou Gurashi!) nearly slipped under the radar. If you had no idea of the more sinister plot afoot, you'd probably skip the series thinking it's yet another show about four young girls doing young girl things. None of the ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 21-23

I hate how some shonen series are handled. If a shonen manga doesn't have the audience or allotted budget of a big Shonen Jump property like One Piece or Gintama, then its anime adaptation is doomed to "seasons." Instead of continuing week ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: School-Live! episodes 7-11

I've got a complicated relationship with zombambos. I've gotten tired with the genre, but I can't help but stay invested in how different characters are effected in different medias. Each media provides unusual takes, and anime is no differ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 19-23

Have I told you that My Love Story!! is my favorite anime of the season? Although I jumped into these annotations majorly late, I've been glued to the screen each week just waiting on the latest release. It's the most fun I've had with anim...

 
 
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It's time to celebrate Kaixa Day!

Ladies and Gentlemen. The numbers have aligned for us to open our eyes for the festivity known as Kaixa Day. As always, Kohei Murakami, the guy who plays as Masato Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa from Kamen Rider 555, has updated his blog with an...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 17-20

In the last annotated recap, I couldn't stop talking about how great the next arc, the Autumn Elections, was going to be. It's the manga's best to date, and if the anime plays its cards correctly, it's going to be the show's best to date. B...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 15-18

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relations...

 
 
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First Impressions: School-Live!

Zombies are played out at this point. Numerous movies, television shows, comics, manga, and anime have been churned out each tackling the genre but failing to do anything interesting for a long time. Each piece of zombie media has their aud...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 13-16

Shokugeki no Soma is quickly turning into the highlight of my week. The only problem with covering a Shonen-type series like this is that each episode isn't very substantial on its own, but the overall package is compelling enough to keep t...

 
 
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Nintendo President Satoru Iwata passes away

[Update: Developer legend and Nintendo General Manager Shigeru Miyamoto issued a statement in reaction to Iwata's death, saying that he was "surprised at this sudden news and overcome with sadness."] In a brief statement issued through its ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma episodes 9-12

Last time we left off, Souma and the other chefs were taking part in an annual Totsuki Academy camp where they have to pass a few tests. We're currently in the middle of the first test as Chef Inui wants pairs of chefs to cook a Japanese di...

 
 
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Shaft mash up art exhibit Madogatari looks incredible!

Shaft has to be one of my favourite anime studios just because they made the Monogatari Series. I love that anime to pieces; from the extremely witty dialogue to the contrasting colour art style. The studio is coming up to its 40th annivers...

 
 




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

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

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!"

 

Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"

 

Orange"Would you change your past?"

 

God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"

 

A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"

 
 
 
 
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