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Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai series unsheathes a new trailer

As Garage Hero continues to work hard on their upcoming projects, the group has taken the time to upload a new Ayakashi Zamurai trailer. This time around, we get to see more of the fantasy samurai show's comedic segments as we see aShow More Summary

Review: Ressha Sentai ToQger

When it comes to TV shows that run for a year, it’s hard to imagine that a long series could improve when its early segments failed to impress most viewers. In many cases, if you can’t grab the audience during the program’s early acts, then there’s no point in continuing with the rest of the journey. Show More Summary

The Kenko Shindan/Health Check In Japan: Is It Mandatory?

In our earlier article, Kenko Shindan - The Japanese Health Check, we broke down the process of getting through an annual health check at work. Whilst some people welcome the prospect of a poke and prod on the company's money, for many, being ordered by the suits to the hospital remains something of a sore point. Show More Summary

Tokyo bar in what’s basically a shed

In what is little more than a converted shed situated beside a suburban station’s bicycle parking space, several men of a certain age regularly gather to drink and eat. The place probably seats about seven. Any more would be uncomfortable cozy. And the toilet is in another shed at the other end of the bike […]

Death Note TV Series is not related to the manga

After revelations of a Death Note TV series being announced, pictures and actors being released, fans have been disgruntled by the faithfulness to the source material. Death Note is a manga turned anime and subsequently live action movies...Show More Summary

AX 2015 Merchandise

Its that time of year again - America's largest anime and Japanese culture convention Anime Expo opens...

OP Up! Love is Love Edition

Being able to love the one you love is great and here at Japanator, we support that. I mean, if you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you love, you should have that choice to do it. So this week's OP Up! is all about the...Show More Summary

Watch out, BETA: Muv-Luv localization to get Kickstarted

It looks like visual novel fans are in for some good news. The gang at DegiGames and Ixtl have revealed that they're creating a Kickstarter to localize Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative. While the funding campaign will focus on the games'...Show More Summary

Cup Noodle deserving of World Heritage status?

An interesting survey from Video Research Ltd looked at awareness of washoku (Japanese food), with a focus on rather than the traditional Intangible Cultural Heritage of Washoku full meals, new foods and fast foods. Demographics Between the 27th of February and the 7th of March 2015 1,000 people aged between 15 and 69 from all […]

Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 699

Donquixote Doflamingo has been one of my favorite villains in One Piece ever since he was introduced as one of the seven warlords of the sea. You only really saw him in-between arcs, but you could tell that he wasn't going to turn into an ally like Law or Buggy. Show More Summary

Living In Japan: Troubleshooting Common Train Problems

Without doubt, Japan can boast loudly and proudly about having one of the best train systems in the world. But I'm a worse person for it. The regularity and reliability of trains over here has turned this writer into something of a spoilt brat. Show More Summary

Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west

Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way of saying...Show More Summary

Steins;Gate finally gets a US release date on console

Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming. Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3 as well. Everyone should have a chance to play Steins;Gate, after all. Show More Summary

Culture Japan Online Store

It gives me great pleasure to announce that our first online store is now open ^o^ The Culture Japan...

Vending machines and vinyl umbrellas

In the sprawling, concrete surroundings of Japan’s cities — or even amidst the rice fields that cover a lot of the countryside — the vending machine is an ever-present sight. And in June, when rainy season uncomfortably dampens the capital, clear vinyl umbrellas are just as ubiquitous. But genuine characters combining the two, are sadly […]

Surprising stuff kids could buy in post-war Japan

goo Ranking recently published a list of stuff people were surprised to learn kids could buy in post-war Japan, specifically the Showa Era, up to 1989. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 23rd and 27th of April 2015 500 members, 50:50 male and female, of their monitor […]

Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 5

It's par for the course that every love interest in anime that is out-numbered by the opposite gender by more than 1:2 will be completely ignorant of another's feeling. It's the harem curse that falls on all protagonists. They may be lucky enough to be fawned upon by many beautiful people, but they were not blessed with social sense. Show More Summary

Japanator supports love!

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social media andShow More Summary

Japanator Live: Sal traverses through Chantelise's lands

Watch live video from japanator on It turns out that Sal's last Chroma Squad stream ended up being his final one. While he managed to help the Japanatorger and their sixth member save the world from evil, the guy still plans to tackle the game's other routes in the future. Show More Summary

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