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Mario Kart
  Watch Video Nintendo recently had a Mario Kart 8-centered Direct, and they ran through a bunch of the new features in game. They revealed some new playable characters (Baby Rosalina and Pink Gold Peach), the new ability to upload replay...   read

Lupin III
  Watch Video Lupin is heading back to Cagliostro after 35 years. A digitally remastered version of The Castle of Cagliostro, Hayao Miyazaki's first theatrical film, and beloved Lupin the Third movie, will begin showing in Japanese theate...   read

Mushishi
Time for another tale of the supernatural and humanity colliding, just so perfectly as to deliver a moral about life. Perhaps the best way to describe Mushishi is to call it a fable. The moral is always clear and directly tied to the mushi, but then again they don't beat you over the head with it like many other fables. Let's jump in.   read
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Ping Pong
After the intense matches of last week, we get a second dose of climactic battles, this time between Peco and Akuma, then Kong and Dragon. We're still fairly early in the series, so I don't think it's much of a surprise to say that the people you might be rooting for don't get very far. Or maybe you're rooting for someone else?   read
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MAPPA
You may know about FicZone 14, an otaku convention in Granada, Spain. It's a fairly recent event, but it's been nabbing some big-name guests pretty rapidly. Most recently, they featured Masao Maruyama, a producer and co-found...   read

Kuragehime
A short while ago we reported on the announcement of a Princess Jellyfish film (based off of Akiko Higashimura's manga), but the listing neglected an important detail: whether it was live-action or animated. I surmised that i...   read

Lupin III
  Watch Video Hey you! Yeah, you! Do you want to see a short teaser for the upcoming Lupin III live-action adaption? I bet you do! This 30-second clip came out a few days ago, but it was covered in the typical trappings of Japanese TV, so...   read

Mushishi
Gather round, little ones, it's time for another dark tale of mystical creatures and people getting involved with strange things they don't understand. Thankfully, we have a guide to help us understand all the mushi we encounter: Ginko! Yes, his skilled hand and expert advice will guide you through the tough and bewilder land covered with mushi, all for the low price of $19.95!   read
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Ping Pong
Hey, what's going on?! We finally have an opening! That's not too bad for an initial treat this week. Actually, it's a really well-done OP, with some impressive work in storyboarding and animating -- you also don't get spoiled on short bits from the episode anymore, either. It's a win-win all around! And you know, Shinya Ohira is freaking awesome.   read
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Adventure Time
  Watch Video Some really cool news came out of WonderCon 2014 for anime fans, in a place you might not expect: the Adventure Time panel. At the panel for the popular show, it was announced that Masaaki Yuasa would direct, write, and stor...   read

Godzilla
  Watch Video I think I'll take a few more excuses to write about Godzilla before the film comes out! Yes, this new Godzilla poster is just about perfect. I wish it was a tad more detailed, but other than that, it's pretty spot-on. I'd lik...   read
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Mushishi
Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.   read
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Lupin III
  Watch Video I don't know about you guys, but I'm super hyped for the Lupin III special film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen. It's directed by Redline director Takeshi Koike and features music by James Shimoji (also of Redline) and will tell ...   read
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Ping Pong
The focus switches from Peco to Smile this week, as he is about to be swept into something he doesn't want to be a part of. His coach wants to bring out his skills, but as we all know, Smile doesn't want to make that effort. Let's jump in and see where everyone is headed this episode. No matter what happens, we're going to get some Yuasa goodness.   read
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Love Lab
Hello! Welcome back, Sentai, it's good to see you again. What can I do for you today? Ah, you'd like to license Love Lab? An excellent choice! Let me just wrap that up for you and we'll get you on your way! I'm certain you'll...   read

Ping Pong
Ping Pong is one of my most anticipated shows this season. It has an all-star cast, both of voice actors and animators, backed up by a talented auteur in the industry, Masaki Yuasa. However, you can have all the skilled staff in the world, but if the show itself isn't compelling, people won't stick around. How does Ping Pong hold up? I'll tell you, friends.   read
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Mushishi
  Watch Video It's so nice to be back in the Mushishi saddle. It's like a warm, cozy blanket that wraps around and comforts you with soothing music and beautiful art. We had a strong opening episode but I've got to say: episode 2 was even better. Yup, you heard me. Let's jump right in to my impressions.   read
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Nintendo
  Watch Video A while back we got word that Nintendo was going to be bringing over the incredibly popular Tomodachi Collection. Today, Nintendo released a surprise Nintendo Direct that detailed the game mechanics and the release date...   read

Lupin III
A while back we heard tale of a live-action Lupin III film on the way. Now, we've gotten our first look at the actors in costume, so you can judge them! Yes, judge them. Who looks like a washed-up cosplayer? Who looks like a ...   read
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Jellyfish
I know there is a small but dedicated fanbase out there for Princess Jellyfish (Kuragehime). Both the original manga by Akiko Higashimura and the anime by Brain's Base for Noitamina were great versions of the story, and I'm a...   read

Twitter
  Watch Video Let's end your week right: with a creepy drawing of Thomas the Tank Engine! Japanese Twitter user Yui apparently took some photos of an old notebook of hers, in which she drew several illustrations of Thomas. I imagine it was...   read

Licensing
Briefly: FUNimation has announced their latest nab this season. They'll be licensing and simulcasting Ping Pong, Masaaki Yuasa's upcoming Noitamina show, so you'll be able to catch it on their site and Hulu. The simulcast beg...   read

Mushi-shi
I never expected to be writing that headline. A second season of Mushi-shi, the melancholic, atmospheric anime by Hiroshi Nagahama and the crew at ARTLAND never really seemed like a likely event. But yet, here I am writing first impressions of Mushi-shi season 2. I'm really excited, guys -- but in a relaxed, mystical way. You know, just like the show.   read
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Fanfiction
Fanfiction. What is it good for? Everything. And nothing. Sure, you might be able to create a variety of situations in which your favorite characters discover their budding sexualities while also crossing the boundaries of ti...   read
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Space Dandy
We're halfway through Space Dandy, but now we've got to take a break. Lame! At the very least, we're going out on a bang -- a QT-themed bang! Yup, as you may have gathered from the previews last week, this episode is all about QT and his love for coffee. Man, he sure does love coffee. I'm not missing anything here, right? It's just about coffee?   read
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Tezuka
Want to take a walk on the weird side? Osamu Tezuka, the god of manga, drew a lot of risque and taboo things in his lifetime. He tackled a variety of subjects (sexuality, politics, etc) that at the time pushed the boundaries ...   read
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Attack on Titan
  Watch Video If you've been listening to Jtor AM, you know Tim and I have been talking about Titanfall plenty these past few weeks -- and with good reason. Who doesn't love giant robots plummeting from the sky, ready to do battle? No one...   read

Kill la Kill
  Watch Video Kill la Kill might be over, but that doesn't mean you won't get one last look into the world! A short teaser of an OVA has shown up, giving us the very briefest of glimpses. It's mostly just background art, to be honest, but...   read

SamuMenco
Well, the final episode of Samurai Flamenco finally came out (thanks for that delay, guys), so now I can talk about the last installment of this crazy series. It's really hard to write about it, because so much of it feels in...   read
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Space Dandy
Dandy, you just go looking for trouble, don't you? We're almost done with the first season, and you still keep getting everybody into weird situations. Well, I suppose it's a good thing. Because otherwise we would've have a TV show in the first place. Got to keep that comedy ball rolling, eh? So how about a shape-shifting alien episode?   read
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About Ben Huberone of us since 6:20 AM on 09.23.2013

I'm the managing editor of Japanator by day, and a roving freelance graphic designer by night!

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