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Tokyo Photo Walk 2015/01

Time for a photowalk around my neck of the woods in Tokyo with the usual compact Sony RX100 M3. The n...

Rejoice: FUNimation plans to stream anime outside of North America

Are you upset over the fact that FUNimation's anime streams are only available in North America? Luckily, the studio's help section has revealed that they're planning to expand their digital content to other regions this year. WhileShow More Summary

Japanese cosplay contradiction?

2015 is the year of the sheep, an animal that is regularly referenced in relation to the Japanese character due to a perceived tendency to unquestioningly follow others. A sweeping generalisation that admittedly contains some truth, and yet at the same time is almost comically incorrect.

Hello, Major: Scarlett Johansson is the star of Ghost in the Shell

At times it seems like Dreamworks' planned live-action adaptation of Ghost in the Shell has been in development hell for so long that we were contemplating writing a script that automatically tagged any story about it with "rumor". That...Show More Summary

Meet Shaheen, Tekken's first Saudi character

Bandai Namco are revving up the hype machine for Tekken 7, and with their latest character reveal, we finally get our first glimpse at what came of that call for feedback Chief Developer Katsuhiro Harada made in August. Back then heShow More Summary

Electronic cash usage – majority use card-based solutions

internetcom recently reported on a survey by NTT Com Research (formally goo Research) into electronic cash, their third regular look at such a subject. Demographics Between the 11th and 17th of December 2014 1,072 members of the NTT Com Research monitor panel completed aprivate internet-based questionnaire. 53.4% of the sample were male, 2.3% in their […]

Huzzah: Two JAM Project and Yousei Teikoku albums head to iTunes

As Lantis Festival gets ready to take Las Vegas by storm, JAM Project's albums, Best Collection X - X Cures Earth and Thumb Rise Again, have hit iTunes recently, which might keep people entertained until they get to see the anisong band live soon. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 12

Last time on Shirobako, the final episode of Exodus is in trouble as Aoi cannot find enough animators to complete the complex and difficult animations needed for the climatic moment. This week, in a stroke of fortune, Aoi runs into a particular animation veteran--or god to some--by the name of Kanno, who directed a popular show called Ava that aired in 1995. Read more...

PSA: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream gets extended

Right when it was certain that Gun Caliber's stream would end on Jan. 5, the folks at Garage Hero have decided to show the film until Jan. 15. In other words, everyone who's leveling up during the upcoming week are in for a great Bothday celebration. Show More Summary

Tokyo shopping disappointment?

For a nation of devout shoppers and bargain hunters, early January is nothing short of a gift from the New Year gods; the abundance of sales creating the perfect opportunity to rein in those inevitable back to work blues with a serious bout of retail-related therapy. But, just like in all other aspects of life, […]

Japanator's Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Winter may be upon us, and as the weather cools, it's the perfect time to curl up by the fire or stick your legs under the kotatsu and let the Japanese cartoons roll! This is Japanator's official Winter 2015 Anime Preview Guide! As ever,...Show More Summary

CJ Night Kuala Lumpur 201412

CJ Night KL 2014 was held on the day after Comic Fiesta on the 29th December 2014 at the Aloft Hotel l...

How Japanese choose gyms

No doubt a common New Year Resolution will be to get fit, so with this in mind goo Research asked what points peope take into consideration when choosing a sports gym to join. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 22nd of October 2014 500 members, 250 male […]

New Year postcards that annoy

Happy New Year of the Sheep to all my readers! Let’s kick off with a look at features of New Year postcards that annoy people. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where on the 19th of December 2014 500 female members of their monitor group (note: an all-female sample seems […]

Memories of Phantasm's third and fourth episodes are streaming on YouTube

I may be a fashionably late to the festivities, but Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~'s third and fourth episode have blasted their way into YouTube before we transitioned into the new year. Just like the previous two episodes, Manpuku Jinja streamed them as well. Show More Summary

Japan Ministry of Defense's surveillance robot is almost ready to roll out

Good news, everyone! It turns out that the Japanese Ministry of Defense's Technical Research and Development Institute is close to finishing their special surveillance robot. Going by the name of the Throwable Type Reconnaissance Robot, this tiny unit is capable of traveling into various areas to scout the region. Show More Summary

Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho

Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible! Read more...

Snow-capped Mount Fuji

At the start of a new year, the focus is very often on new beginnings, along with the changes that have occurred, and will continue to occur, around us. But some things never change. Not perceptibly anyway. And their beauty never, ever, fades.

Japanator Awards 2014: Sal?s Top 3 Toku Shows

Due to there being a short amount of tokusatsu airing on television these days, I was on the fence on doing a list about my favorite hero shows for the year. Compare to the 70s and 80s, there aren't that many shows airing besides the usual Super Sentai and Kamen Rider programs. Show More Summary

Happy New Year 2015

Happy New Year folks! Hope you are having a good time with family, friends or your 2D waifu or hasuba...

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