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Prepare for takeoff: Super Robot Wars BX is now a thing

It's been a month since 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2 hit Japan and the next title has been revealed. Titled Super Robot Wars BX, this upcoming game's being made for the 3DS and it plans to improve on the features from Super Robot Wars UX. Show More Summary

Review: Starless: Nymphomaniacs' Paradise

So here I am, brand new writer for Japanator looking for content I can write for the site. The offer is made to review a game that I had heard plenty of buzz about in Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, a visual novel type game from Japan that was being released for English speaking audiences. Show More Summary

First Impressions: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

I’ve had a lot of trouble catching on to anime over the years, but every so often there’s a show that sounds so incredibly insane that I can’t help but watch it. That’s how I got reeled into a shows like One Piece or When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace, and that’s exactly how I fell in love with Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma. Show More Summary

Live action screens from Bakuman movie

Movies based off anime/manga have faired much better than their geeky partner video games. The Death Note movie may have faltered a little due to the massive change in story but all the characters looked great and it felt like a Death...Show More Summary

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episode 5

Back when I said that Garo: Gold Storm Soar had potential, I wasn’t fooling around. With each passing episode, the show continues to shine brighter than before. As we start to see the series' various story elements come together, the big mystery continues to leave us intrigued. From the looks of it, the franchise is still in good shape. Read more...

A Daily Dose of Music: Asian Kung Fu Generation

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION - Planet of the Apes from Ajikan México DF on Vimeo. I've always been a big fan of Japanese Rock from The Pillows to SCANDAL but I've never taken any formal Japanese language classes except for the random words picked up from anime. Show More Summary

Can’t Keep Your Clutter Under Control? Tidy Up Services In Japan!

Last month (April 2015), Time Magazine published its annual list, The 100 Most Influential People. The list features celebrity ever-presents like Kanye West and Kim does my bum look big enough in this Kardashian, as well as political heavyweights, Obama, Putin and Merkel. Show More Summary

Odd foreign mannequins in a faded Japanese fashion shop

In older parts of Tokyo, and especially out of the city itself, faded fashion shops are far more common than any big brand stockist. Businesses that are stuck in the past both in the clothes they sell, and the kinds of customers they occasionally attract. This particular place, however, made up for any lack of […]

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 19

Ufotable's take on Unlimited Blade Works may be in many ways the Fate/stay night adaptation fans always wanted, but it's not without its sticking points. Besides the usual caveats that can be attached to a property as self-serious Fate...Show More Summary

My life is over!

Today’s fun from goo Ranking is a look at what moments make Japanese think their life is over. Note that the answers include actual experiences and imagined but dreaded events. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 25th and 27th of March 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and […]

Political struggles dominate Animator Expo's 22nd short

It's hard to believe that Animator Expo's latest short (NSFW), "Ibuseki Yoruni," decided to implement an age gate, since their previous titles like "ME!ME!ME!" didn't have this feature. My guess is that it might be connected to the character...Show More Summary

Week Ender - Cry Edition

If this week's OP Up! openings stir up emotions of sadness in you, then this week's endings on Week Ender will be sure to make you feel even more of those feelings. Endings do have more impact than openings since they're the last thing that you see right after something sad that leaves you hanging.So please, enjoy this week's endings.SPOILER WARNING. Show More Summary

Kanda Matsuri

If you like anime and traditional Japanese culture then you may want to stick the Kanda Matsuri (Kanda...

It's Judgement Time: Dekaranger to return as a V-Cinema

Oh my. Right when it felt that Hurricanger was going to be the only Sentai show to get the 10 Years After treatment, a new beacon of hope has surfaced for toku fans. Seeing that it's been ten years since Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger came to a close, Toei gives us a hard-boiled announcement as the show's main cast reveals the series' upcoming V-Cinema. Show More Summary

Feel emotions again with Your Lie in April OVA

I know many of you are still trying to get over the ending Your Lie in April and the wound in your hearts are still fresh, so why don't we take a look at a more simpler time? News of a 23rd anime episode just hit and instead of an epilogue,...Show More Summary

Take a break with the sailor scout loungewear

Being a self proclaimed connoisseur of Japanese culture, I know that the iconic sailor uniform is a epitome of youth, coming of age, senpai worshipping, and fighting evil by moonlight. There have been many different variations of the...Show More Summary

Grab a Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate gets a release date for Europe

Well, folks; May has arrived and it turns out that PQube's release of Steins;Gate for the PS3 and Vita has been pushed to June 5 for Europe. While it's unfortunate that we won't get to experience the Future Gadget Lab's adventures this...Show More Summary

An old Tokyo bar and its even older owner

Away from the bright lights and busy streets, Tokyo boasts a huge number of local bars, many of which are run by senior citizens. Fascinating, often grubby little places that are filled with as much character as their unflagging and friendly hosts. And this small bar and eatery is no different, along with the added […]

So there's a katana made out of meteorite

There's not much cooler than a traditional forged Japanese katana. That is of course, unless there a katana made out of meteorite iron! Guess what? There is. So yeah, if you happen to be visiting Tokyo Skytree anytime soon, I suggest that you check out the katana which is displayed alongside the 350 million year meteorite it came from as well. Show More Summary

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