Discover a new way to find and share stories you'll love… Learn about Reading Desk

All Blogs / Local Interest / Japan / Popular


Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 2

Ranma 1/2 was my first anime. Sure, I might have watched a few feature-length titles like Ninja Scroll or Akira before sitting down to watch Ranma 1/2 with my half-Japanese friend who was always up on the latest games and anime out of...Show More Summary

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano Hinako Birthdate: October 13, 1994 Hometown: Tokyo, Japan Measurements: 84/51/87 cm Gracing the pages of Japanator this week is fan favorite, Sano Hinako. The gorgeous and talented actress has some new photosets making their round this month, and it would truly be a crime not to give you a peak. Show More Summary

Dragon Cavities beware: Animator Expo's first short is out

It seems like Anima(tor)'s Exhibition is off to a nice start, as the first short, The Dragon Dentist, is streaming on the project's Website. Best of all, the video features English subtitles, and the page contains the animation's artwork as well. Show More Summary

WTF Fridays: Creamy

Most desserts taste better with whipped cream on top, right? You'd think these guys would learn by now. I hope they have some Kleenex to blow their noses. Read more...

A Daily Dose of Music: Mr Children

Japan's second most popular band of all time, Mr. Children are back with a touching new single. The Shibuya based band which formed originally in 1988, and known as The Walls back then, have been tearing up charts for quite some time. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

It looks like I'm taking over the Daily Dose again, and I figured that it was time for me to attempt to bring some joy to everyone's lives. While we're on the topic of feeling positive, Sister MAYO's song, "Jumon Korin ~ Magical Force," is one of the many perfect tunes that can make anyone feel happy. Show More Summary

LeSean Thomas' Cannon Busters project looks amazing

While Western animation doesn't fall under Japanator's usual coverage, LeSean Thomas' (Boondocks, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series) recent Kickstarter project, Cannon Busters, has a few people who been in the anime industry, along...Show More Summary

Huzzah: Zyuranger is up on Amazon for pre-order

At long last, the original dinosaur-themed Sentai series is up on Amazon for pre-order. Best of all, the show's price is only $38.49, which is 30% off the set's $54.99 price tag. In other words, this is a really good deal, since theShow More Summary

Arrange pigeon drone booze parties with Kirin

Ever wanted to knock back a brew with a bunch of cool drones? Well, too bad, because Kirin's got the opportunity for you, with a new campaign stunt involving a little family of four drones, decorated to look like friendly pigeons. The...Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Nobodyknows

It's time again for a Daily Dose of Music! In honor of the increasing likelihood that Naruto might in fact not be over yet, let's take a trip down memory lane with the aid of Nobodyknows "Hero's Come Back!", the theme that launched Naruto...Show More Summary

Naruto may return in 2015

Let's take a big pinch of salt with this rumor, but it looks like early scans of the next issue of Shonen Jump have leaked, and with them the possibility that we've not yet seen the last of Naruto. A big splash page supposedly scanned from the issue promises a "new chapter" set for the spring of 2015. Show More Summary

See Hatsune Miku through Tetsuya Nomura's eyes

Are you ready to journey into the Uncanny Valley? You might not have a choice, because Tetsuya Nomura's already there, and he's populating it with his CG creations, the latest being this rendition of Vocaloid diva Hatsune Miku. ThisShow More Summary

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition to stream on YouTube for the third time

Don't you love it when a great performance gets an encore? While these opportunities only happen once after the big show, Garage Hero is making an exception, as Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's getting a third limited stream on their YouTube channel from Dec. Show More Summary

Tokyo old lady: A short photo story

Unless it’s a bar or there is booze involved, Tokyo isn’t necessarily the friendliest of cities. But, in the capital’s slowly dwindling older districts, it can be a very different story. Greetings are common, and conversations between strangers aren’t anywhere near as rare — the latter sometimes even occurring in the most comical of situations. […]

First Impressions: Your Lie in April

I have to admit, it's been a while since I've actually gasped while watching an anime. However, that's exactly what occurred after I processed the sheer beauty that was the first episode of A-1 Picture's Your Lie in April. I initially...Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: KANA-BOON

There's a few things your can always count on with Naruto Shippuden. Naruto will still not be Hokage, the fight scenes will take too long, and the music will always be fantastic. With the Shonen staple entering its final phases, I decided to try to catch up on the latest season, so I'd kind of understand the new movie when it comes out. Show More Summary

Final Fantasy XV full of pretty tech, pretty boys, pretty cars

Much as I enjoyed Final Fantasy XIII, even I could see that the franchise has been in sore need of a fresh approach, and despite having been in development for the better part of the last decade, Final Fantasy XV might just be that game,...Show More Summary

Tokyo invader (urban art)

French urban artist, Invader, recently visited Tokyo, and once again he left behind some of his distinctive creations — this time opting to mix things up a bit by appropriating some popular Japanese figures, such as Astro Boy and the commonly seen maneki-neko, or beckoning cat. But at the same time he hasn’t ditched the […]

Copyright © 2011 Regator, LLC