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Lovely rural Japan ladies

Despite far less interaction with foreign types, it’s always surprising how much more open and welcoming people tend to be in Japan’s countryside. The ready smiles, willingness to talk and general nonchalance providing an inexplicable contrast to many urban situations — particularly so in supposedly cosmopolitan Tokyo. A considerably more relaxed approach to life that […]

Japanator Live: It's time to finally escape from Danganronpa's despair

Watch live video from Japanator on www.twitch.tv [The stream starts at 9 p.m. Central Standard Time] I may have said that I was going to put an end to Danganronpa's despair last week, but I didn't expect for the last trial to end up the way it did. Show More Summary

Strong Style: Osaka ass-kicking time!

Welcome back puro fans to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Before we begin I'd like to send my thoughts to those in the Kyushu area of Japan right now as they've been hit with a couple of strong earthquakes this week. Show More Summary

Week Ender - Last Season (Winter 2016) Edition

I am really digging the use of a lot of colors in openings and endings lately, it's a trend I am fully embracing and wish that the creativity with the new style leads to more beautiful eye candy. This week's selection of endings (orShow More Summary

First Impressions: Kabaneri of The Iron Fortress

So what can we expect from Wit Studio this time around? Well, more of the same - don't take that as a criticism, it's an observation. Wit Studio has brought us a number of post-apocalyptic stories, where humanity is on the brink, fighting...Show More Summary

Moving House in Japan: What you need to do after the move.

In a previous post I wrote about my experience of moving house/apartment in Japan using a removal service. (Moving House In Japan: The Removal Service) The saga of moving doesn't end there. In Japan, post move, there's a whole bunch of paperwork that needs to be done in order to make everything official. Show More Summary

Here's a quick look at Garage Hero's Tokusatsu Film School series

As Bueno and the rest of Garage Hero/Garage Pro TV are working hard on Strega, the group launched the first trailer for their tokusatsu tutorial series, Tokusatsu Film School. Since the first episode will focus on teaching folks howShow More Summary

How Much?! Weekly Expense in Japan (April 9 - 15)

Debunking or exacerbating the myth that Japan is an expensive country. It’s that time of the week, people, when we sift through the detritus of receipts and nervous looking 1,000 yen notes to find out where some our money went this week in Japan. Show More Summary

Here's Scarlett Johansson as Major Kusanagi in live-action Ghost in the Shell

If you haven't heard, America is getting a live action version of Masamune Shirow's Ghost in the Shell. To celebrate the start of production, Paramount and Dreamworks just gave us our first look at Scarlett Johansson as the lead character, Major Motoko Kusanagi, as she pensively looks at something far away. Show More Summary

An empty, mostly shuttered Japanese street

Tokyo’s streets are notoriously busy. Streets that’ll only get busier too, as more and more people move to the capital. But the continued growth of Tokyo, along with Japan’s other large cities, can obviously have a devastating effect on the surrounding regions — particularly so when coupled with a declining population. Not unusually resulting in […]

Check out the Studio Ghibli Kaiju short that inspired the new Godzilla

If you've just seen the trailer for the new, Japan-originated Godzilla movie, Godzilla Resurgence, you might have been surprised to find that none other than Hideaki Anno and Shinji Higuchi are collaborating on the film. That's not entirely...Show More Summary

Review: Nights of Azure

Being a big fan of Gust, I always anticipate their next RPG title. When Nights of Azure got introduced, I thought the premise and the characters were quite interesting. Focusing on a same-sex relationship right off the bat between the...Show More Summary

First Impressions: Haifuri

Keeping up with the news, one thing that I knew about Haifuri before watching the first episode was that it's about a bunch of moe high school girls working as some kind of sea patrol. The soft designs and color schemes on the PR material evoked a feeling of healing, lack of a better word. Show More Summary

Three Kingdoms-themed Tokusatsu Legend Hero's official stream now has English subtitles

You gotta hand it to companies who decide to make their works viewable to people from other regions since it lets them expand their audience. One fine example of this feat is that the YouTube page for the Korean and Chinese Co-production...Show More Summary

Hanami Experience: Partying it up with a bunch of YouTubers!

Ah, hanami an experience shared by many tourist who literally just want to watch flowers. I was no different in my journey through Japan as a representative and head honcho of The U.S. Association for Fancy Tea Parties. When I firstShow More Summary

Godzilla Resurgence's new trailer will bring fear to your heart

I might be a minority on this view, but I wasn't a big fan of Garreth Edward's Godzilla movie. Even though the film did justice to the King of Monsters, the film failed to make me care about the movie's main character, Ford, which affected my time with it. Show More Summary

OP Up! - Last Season (Winter 2016) Edition

The new season is here and last season is sooooo last season but that won't stop me from looking back at some of the openings that I really liked. A lot of shows have taken inspiration from Jojo's Bizarre Adventure and totally went with...Show More Summary

Salaryman (in Japan): Panic Attacks

A few years ago, I had short burst of panic attacks (in Japan). The first one went something like this;A precursor - Sitting in a university lecture hall, waiting for one of those JLPT tests to start; the invigilators came in, and doing their best impression of a Nazi said something along the lines of, ‘The doors are closed now. Show More Summary

I have SEEN some stuff.

Guys, sometimes as a foreigner it can be weird to live here. There’s a lot to get used to, and sometimes it’s just a little too much for my brain to handle.On bad days, the things I see lead to me grumpily rage-writing about [for example]...Show More Summary

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