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Mid-Autumn Festival

To all folks out there who celebrate - happy Mid-Autumn Festival! Here we have Mirai and Kizuna Smart...

Even AKB48 want to kick Nintendo's butt

Nintendo's been ramping up the hype train for its next Super Smash Brothers game, and in Japan, that means getting AKB48 involved, naturally. It's a good thing that one of the key features of the upcoming 3DS and Wii U game is the ability...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 21-22

If the last couple of episodes seemed tailored towards characters who still hadn't forgiven Kakyoin for his actions way back in episode 2, this latest two-parter feels addressed to make Polnareff pay for his comparatively greater sins. After all, dude got Avdol, one of anime's best black men, killed. He needs to suffer. Read more...

Let's get fired up for Kamen Rider Drive's first promo

Move along, folks. There's nothing to see here. In all seriousness, since I'm not a professional police officer, you can ignore my previous statement when you check out Kamen Rider Drive's latest preview. While the video only covered...Show More Summary

Tokyo alley cat

For a city that in many ways seems unfriendly to animals, there are a surprising amount of stray — or at least semi-stray — cats knocking about. Creatures that whether scavenging, or more than likely cajoling food from some of the capital’s many cat fans, seem to survive quite comfortably. Allowing them to roam Tokyo’s […]

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 594-595

Now that we've reached this latest stage in Bleach's Quincy v. Soul Reaper freak-off, I'm pretty glad to see that Tite Kubo still has a good handle on how to escalate a fight. Because there's nothing quite like raising the stakes. Read more...

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 9

As Sword Art Online II begins to imply that the Phantom Bullet Arc is coming to a close, things are starting to get intense around these parts. In the midst of this event, A-1 has fully recovered from their injuries, so that they can get ready to load up the big cannons. Show More Summary

Tokyo past and present in a tiny bar

This bar has featured on Tokyo Times before, albeit from a slightly different angle. But whichever way you choose to frame it, the sense of past and present is always a feature.

Rejoice! Viz is holding a Sailor Moon streaming event

If you missed out on watching Sailor Moon's English episodes at Anime Expo and Otakon 2014, then you'll be happy to hear that Viz's having a Sailor Moon Moonlight Party where they're streaming the show's first four newly dubbed episodes on Hulu and Neon Alley on September 5 at 8:00 p.m. Show More Summary

Final Impressions: Kanpai Senshi After V

Back when After V premiered during the Spring Season, I couldn't help but to be excited over the fact that we were getting a sitcom about a Sentai team that spends their time in bars after battle. While the show’s premise was amusing, the series had its faults when the New Yellow episodes started to kick in. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Morning Musume

I know it's only been a week or so since I first shared this song with you guys via Idol of the Week, but I just can't get this song from 2012 out of my head! The Hello! Project group of amazingly talented girls is set to take take the US by storm next month, when they play to eager J-Pop fans at the Best Buy Theater on October 5th in NYC. Show More Summary

The quiet loneliness of a Japanese coastal town

Most of the standard images of Japan are packed, bustling streets, with even busier trains. They are true representations too. At least in regards Tokyo and the country’s other big cities. But escape the concrete metropolises and it’s a very different scene altogether. One made all the more extreme by the ongoing movement away from […]

Here's everything you wanted from Sony's TGS presser

It wasn't all about a fifth Persona game, y'know! Quite a bit happened when Sony took the stage just before the Tokyo Game Show opened this year, to barrage our faces with sweet trailers for games known and new, as well as the firstShow More Summary

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 690

Welcome (again) to the second incarnation of this week's Annotated Manga for Naruto! It seems that some technical foulup wiped all the text from the recap while the watchers were looking the other way (or asleep). Never fear, though, for a good ninja always keeps a backup, and this is it. Apologies for the mixup! Read more...

Restaurant smiles and reflections

In Tokyo, just like everywhere else in the world, there’s little that beats the simple pleasure of some good food with friends or family. A feeling that is clearly reflected here.

TGS 2014: Oh look, it's Persona 5's first real trailer

Took 'em long enough! Atlus has finally revealed Persona 5 with a gloriously vague anime trailer for the game, due out on PS3 - and PS4 - next year. The latest mainline entry in the Persona series will be directed by Katsura Hashino,...Show More Summary

Tokyo fashion: Complete colour and pattern coordination

For someone who is just about capable of wearing similar socks, this fella’s impeccably matched and colour coordinated outfit was nothing short of a meticulously planned marvel.

Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 3

Final installment of the green tea series is up for your viewing pleasure. It was a heck of a ride tasting all the green tea snacks that I got my hands on. Some were great, and some, were not that great... The main thing though is, just get out there and try something new. You never know when you will find that new favorite snack.

Pull Over! Kamen Rider Drive gets a preview and more

First, I'd like to apologize for my constant ramblings about Kamen Rider Drive. Either way, my apology isn't stopping me from posting the show's preview that was featured in TV Asahi's morning news program, Good! Morning. On top of that, Toei's press conference for the series has revealed some new details on Drive's premise, staffers, and cast. Show More Summary

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