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Ouch, that's harsh, Bandai Namco

I guess it's time for Tales fans to give up on the dream. Even Bandai Namco's Twitter account is quick to put the kibosh on any hopes these last few holdouts had. Then again, it has been years and years since Tales of Vesperia came out,...Show More Summary

Majority of Japanese children recognise the necessity of foreign languages

The social learning company Surala recently conducted a survey into school children’s opinions of overseas. Demographics Between the 1st and 20th of August 2015 480 children who used the Surala social learning service completed a survey offered after they logged into the Surala service. The sample was 55.6% male, 15.8% in primary school, 74.8% in […]

How Much Does it Cost .. to Travel Between Tokyo and Osaka?

Tokyo and Osaka are Japan’s economic powerhouses. Every day, an army of besuited office workers race between the two cities to keep the wheels of finance, commerce, and industry turning. Unsurprisingly then, they’re well connected, and if you’ve got the money, getting from one to the other should be an absolute breeze. Show More Summary

Humanity Wins: Muv-Luv's Kickstarter is off to an amazing start

After an amazing great start on Thursday, the Kickstarter for Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative has reached its goal to be localized in the West. In other words, the BETA might as well pack their bags and leave Earth, since things areShow More Summary

Gritty Shinjuku drinks

With the fairly recent addition of a fancy new hotel and cinema complex, Tokyo’s wonderful grubby Kabukicho red light district has started to see distinct signs of gentrification. So families now mill around on a day out, and tour groups regularly move through en masse, frantically firing off smartphone and tablet photos like their lives […]

Impressions: Shuriken Sentai Ninninger episodes 1-30

When it comes to delicacies that blend things together, the sandwich is one of those meals that smash a bunch of stuff in between two slices of bread. So what does this have to do with tokusatsu? Well, one thing that I’ve noticed about...Show More Summary

Does your Facebook profile photo annoy the Japanese? 20 ways it might.

goo Ranking conducted this survey into Facebook, etc, profile photos that annoy people. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 18th and 21st of August 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. This time everyone was aged between 20 […]

Japanator Live: It's the Ys Origin Final Countdown

Watch live video from japanator on Well, folks. It looks like I managed to reach the Tower of Darm's final set of floors in Ys Origin. If things go according to plan, I shall somehow triumph over the area's final four or five floors. Show More Summary

Strong Style: Kickin' it in Osaka

Konnichiwa to this week's strong style! This week NJPW on AXS TV once again takes us back to the Bodymaker Coliseum in Osaka for our second week. We have two big title matches on tap sandwiched around a tag team match. This show once again is from November 8th, 2014. Show More Summary

It's Showtime: Big O's Director hits us with a cool giant robot short

You know you're in for a treat when the Japan Animator Expo project releases a mecha anime short that's directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama, the man who brought us The Big O. Even though the piece took place in an area that's in peril, the Robot Expo's crew seemed like they were treating the crisis as an actual robot battle royale. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: School-Live! episodes 7-11

I've got a complicated relationship with zombambos. I've gotten tired with the genre, but I can't help but stay invested in how different characters are effected in different medias. Each media provides unusual takes, and anime is no different. Show More Summary

AFAID 2015 Photos

AFA Indonesia 2015 starts today! I will be updating this post with photos whenever I get a chance to e...

Quiet Tokyo beers

With work clearly no longer one of his worries, a few quiet beers to wile away a warm afternoon didn’t seem like the worst idea in the world.

Looking For A Place To Eat? Magazine Picks Tokyo's Best Restaurants

Settling on a place to eat in any of Japan's urban conurbations can be a technicolor nightmare. Signs might be illegible, there are often no windows to have a gawp through, and restaurants can be stacked on top of one another like an advanced game of Jenga. Show More Summary

AFAID 2015 Merchandise

Its that time of year again! AFA Indonesia starts this Friday at Jakarta International Expo. I've j...

A Week in Tokyo 201509

The first post in the A Week in Tokyo series that I wrote was back in November 2007. It's been interes...

West Tokyo’s natural wonders

Tokyo’s often brightly decorated streets are fascinating to explore. They are gritty, attention grabbing and absolutely littered with good bars and eateries. In fact so seemingly limitless are the city’s offerings that even relatively small areas possess more than enough stimulation for countless lives, let alone the measly one we are limited to. But escaping […]

Final Fantasy XII HD remake all but confirmed by strategy guides

If you told me last year, when I bought my PS4, that a goodly number of the titles I'd be hearing about in the coming years would be ones from the previous generations, I wouldn't have believed you. Alas, I would've been wrong, because...Show More Summary

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the creation...Show More Summary

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