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K-Pop and J-Pop are now officially the same

In a response to social media pressures, the Japanese and Korean recording industries have come together to official make the terms, K-Pop and J-Pop interchangeable. Reacting to overwhelming videos and Facebooks posts where the terms...Show More Summary

Last Guardian receives release date

Gamers can finally let out a sigh of relief. The long delayed Playstation game has finally been dated for release on the Playstation 5 on April 1, 2016. The upcoming Team Ico game has seen many false signs of hope in the past, but in...Show More Summary

New Magical Girls course announced at Tokyo University

The prestigious Tokyo U has announced a new course for 2016 that will focus on the occult elements of the female form. Called the "Applications of Magical Girls Science", Tokyo U will be the first higher education establishment in Japan...Show More Summary

One Piece manga to end next week

In shocking anime and manga news, Eiichiro Oda has decided to end his long running manga One Piece next week. The abrupt news coincides with the announcement that Shonen Jump has decided to shut down permanently due to a paper shortage. Show More Summary

Smart Doll Plus

Smart Doll Plus It gives me great pleasure to announce our new product - Smart Doll Plus - the futu...

Smart Doll 005 Eiji Seiun

Introducing Smart Doll 005 - Eiji Seiun. Eiji is a soft vinyl 1/3 scale (approx 64cm tall) fashion dol...

Black Ghost beware: Cyborg 009 gets a new anime

Back when Toonami had a weekday afternoon block, I caught the 2001 Cyborg 009 anime on TV. One of the things that kept me watching was the main cast's battle against Black Ghost, since they had to deal with their issues that came from being turned into cyborgs by the evil organization. Show More Summary

Muroran, the dying Hokkaido town: A return

Last year, knowing nothing about the town other than that it was a good location on the way to, and from, some of Hokkaido’s more scenic spots, I spent an all too brief stopover in Muroran. Like so many other places in the region — and Japan as a whole outside the big cities — […]

Sweet! Boomslank's "Zero Frame" and "Ronin" shirts get reprinted

Listen up, people; our pals at Boomslank have decided to reprint two shirts recently. In case you missed out on purchasing their "Zero Frame" and/or "Ronin" shirt, the two apparels have returned to their store. Best of all, the former...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 23-24

Welcome to the latest installment of Annotated Anime, brought to you by the Church of GunplaBattology. In the header you can see the benefits being a Build Fighter™ can bring to your life. Our two latest recruits have gone completely...Show More Summary

Young working women and acne

Orbis, a cosmetics company, has recently released an acne care series of potions, thus commissioned a survey into acne care to coincide with the launch. Demographics Recently Orbis surveyed 500 women between the ages of 25 and 35 and in full-time employment; no further details were given on the demographics or the sample selection method, […]

Watch Japanator Stream some Japanese games

Watch me play Samurai Warriors 4 on the Playstation 4 tonight at 9PM Central DST via Twitch. It won't be on the usual Japanator Twitch account (which will broadcast all Japanator streams in the future) but will be on my temporary Japanator Twitch account: redjapanator Watch me talk about anime and the game I am playing. Show More Summary

A cat boasting pearls perched amongst the cherry blossom

It’s that time again when the cherry trees bloom, people in kimono enjoy picnics and cats inexplicably bust out their best pearls.

There is, in fact, a 3rd episode of Code Geass: Akito the Exiled

Wow, and here I thought Code Geass had just about departed from living memory, when Bandai releases a trailer to remind us that no, we're not done yet. Or rather, that we'll finally be done soon, since the trailer reveals the release date for the third episode of the long-delayed Akito the Exiled OVA. Show More Summary

What makes people think someone might be an otaku

goo Ranking recently published a look at what makes people think someone might be an otaku, a geek/nerd too interested in games or anime. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 10th and 12th of February 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed […]

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 4

It’s been a while since we’ve visited the world of Ranma 1/2. It was my favorite anime growing up, though I never came close to seeing all that the series had to offer. Like many people out there, I’ve tried to pick up the out-of-print...Show More Summary

Astro Boy Reboot flies like the Man of Steel

Ah, Astro Boy. Once the scion mascot of all things "Japanimation", the plucky robo-kid's fortunes have fallen on harder times than anyone this important to anime's history deserves. Even a blockbuster CG film adaptation didn't help all...Show More Summary

New My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU Zoku CM is here with more sour-faced looks

The commercial for the second season of My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is here and boy, the ever anti-social unlikable main protagonist Hachiman looks as anti-social as ever. Looks like there's a new female lead character in this newShow More Summary

Final Impressions: Shirobako

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily. Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche. I love it. Read more...

Week Ender - PA Works Edition

PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park with their latest anime about an anime studio who has been trying to make their comeback. Show More Summary

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