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Japan Truck Advertising

For quite a number of years now, Japan has had a form of advertising that I found quite interesting -...

Shibuya past and present

Shibuya is well known for its youth fashion, busy crossing and bright lights. But it isn’t all kids and a bewildering kaleidoscope of colour. Look carefully and the past still exists in the present. A past that’s just as interesting too — possibly even more so.

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero attention to over the last few years. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order. Read more...

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's opening theme, "ideal white," has received its Chip Seal. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episodes 7-8

When last we checked in with Gundam Build Fighters Try, "teamwork" was the name of the game, as Fumina debuted her support-specialized Winning Gundam, acting as a true leader should, to bridge the gaps between her two superstars, Yuuma...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 7-8

Shirobako takes a step back in these latest two episodes to talk about our individual motivations. While it doesn't quite avoid all the usual pitfalls most 22-minute episodes of anime fall into when they tackle complicated and deep topics like this, it gave us a few good interwoven examples to draw on. Show More Summary

Electric Skateboard Review

Today we take a lookie at my spanking new electric skateboard called the Yuneec E-GO Cruiser - probabl...

Review: Ranma 1/2 Set 3

After reviewing Ranma 1/2 set 2 earlier this month, I knew it was time to hunker down and dig deep. This series had a seven season run, and while this latest re-issue from Viz Media has resequenced the episodes to align more with the manga, there are still seven planned sets. Show More Summary

Draw: Animator Expo's fourth short is out for revenge

Gather around, people. The next short in the Japan Animator Expo project has been uploaded (NSFW) onto their Website before its targets could draw their weapons. While the fourth piece doesn't bring the abstract goodness that ME!ME!ME!...Show More Summary

Huzzah: J-List/JAST USA unleashes a series of new announcements

The holidays are among us, which means that many outlets are having a bunch of sales as we speak. Speaking of which, J-list is having a sale until Dec. 2 where everything on the Website is on sale for 18% off. Aside from the sale, J-list/JAST...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 4-7

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers, as well as you savvy non-Americans who've appropriated their holiday as an excuse to stuff your faces! You might be full of coma-inducing food right about now, but we've got a nice hotShow More Summary

Japanese autumn colours

A cliched scene for sure. Arguably almost too traditionally Japanese to be true as well. But at the same time it is, without a doubt, really quite beautiful.

Yakuza Kick: Let's take a look at The Making of Yakuzambie

There's something interesting about witnessing a film's team talk about their experience on certain projects. Whether it's learning about the actors' thoughts on their work or the director's inspiration, I've always found these moments to be intriguing, as it lets people view certain mediums in an entirely different way. Show More Summary

Tora Kigurumi

Looks like our Kizuna-chan is about to clap her grubby mitts on the snacks again ^^

BJD Kigurumi

Looks like our Kizuna-chan is about to clap her grubby mitts on the snacks again ^^

Digital Manga starts a Kickstarter to translate Ludwig B

Digital Manga Inc. is ready to do another Kickstarter to bring Tezuka's stories to the West. This time around, they're focusing on translating Ludwig B, a manga about Beethoven's childhood. Since the manga is only two volumes, the people...Show More Summary

Desk Diary 2014/11/27

Going to try something crazy - update the website with a post everyday ^^; For the past year its be...

Japanator Eats: Taste Japan video unboxing part I

There's few things that I love more than anime and video games. One of them is unfortunately my unhealthy obsession with chowing down on snacks, particularly Japanese snacks! I live in Chicago right now, and actually have a lot of access...Show More Summary

Home Workspace

Going to try something crazy - update the website with a post everyday ^^; For the past year its be...

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