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Muroran: The slowly dying Hokkaido town

Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, is justifiably famous for its beautiful scenery; the region’s mountains, lakes and rolling hills making it a huge draw for tourists, both in the relatively cool summer, and the powder snow blessed winter. But for all its natural splendour, even the most cursory of glances away from its famous sights brings […]

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War! Read more...

Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Wizard (Gaim didn't exist back then). Show More Summary

Anime Expo 2014

Anime Expo 2014 took place a few weeks ago in Los Angeles at LACC which was attended by over 80,000 an...

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fifth day of the week.Show More Summary

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse. Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot. Read more...

A drunk and unladylike Tokyo transvestite

Despite the obvious care taken beforehand, a couple of drinks too many transformed this Tokyo transvestite’s evening into a considerably more unladylike conclusion. And shot from a different — although admittedly rather dubious — angle, it’s an even less ladylike end. The NSFW result of which can be seen here.

Ufotable's take on Fate/stay night UBW looks hot

In what can only be described as a "oh wait, really?" kind of moment, Ufotable revealed this past Sunday that their upcoming new Fate/stay night TV series would be adapting the Unlimited Blade Works route of the video game. I can hear...Show More Summary

Feast your eyes on two new Sailor Moon dub previews

Well played, Viz Media. Right when you've gotten us used to checking YouTube for the latest Sailor Moon-related dub previews, the company decided to upload their newest videos on Hulu instead. Despite Viz's unexpected move, I'm beginning to like the new Sailor Moon dub even more with each new preview. Show More Summary

Tokyo heat, humidity and exhaustion

The heat, and particularly the humidity of summer in Tokyo is difficult to deal with — it’s exhausting, basically. A daily struggle that for the city’s ever-growing number of older residents, must be even tougher.

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38

It’s time to go back to Kamen Rider Gaim’s main story, and things are about to get fierce again. Is there no more hope for our heroes to triumph over evil? Well, I guess there’s one option that Gaim’s main cast could use to win, butShow More Summary

Mirai Retronium

The initial sales of Smart Doll in June earned us more revenue in just a couple of days which would ha...

SDCC '14: Shout Factory! to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD

Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to announce that hell has frozen over. Why you say? Well, it turns out that Shout Factory! has plans to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD. As a person who's been wanting to actually own a Sentai...Show More Summary

Check out Kamen Rider Drive's gadgets and four-wheeled vehicle

Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be, this new hero might as well call himself Kamen Driver. Show More Summary

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time right when we were hoping for the show to follow up on Mayuri's development. Luckily, there are a few redeeming qualities to this outcome. Show More Summary

Tsukishima Monja

If you are travelling in Tokyo then you will want to try some of the local traditional grub. There is...

Simple Tokyo street food and drinks

Tokyo’s varied selection of old, basic bars and eateries are well documented on Tokyo Times. But, when the weather gets warmer, those wonderfully no-nonsense characteristics are carried out on to the street. Meaning the same cheap and cheerful food. The same clutter and grime. And perhaps most importantly of all, the same fantastically relaxed atmosphere.

First Impressions: Terror in Resonance

A new, original anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music from Yoko Kanno?Whose hand do I shake for making this happen? Terror in Resonance was a wildcard since it was announced, featuring a relatively unknown studio (MAPPA) and a story that revolves around teenage terrorists with some frightening plans. Read more...

Akiba's Trip gets a release date, PS4 version crossing pond

XSEED games are really going all-out with their upcoming release of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. Not only have they ported the Acquire's open-world Akihabara cosplay vampire-stripping game to the English language, they've gone the extra mile and added dual-language voiceovers as well as exclusive female-oriented fanservice content. Show More Summary

Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 2

All your green tea snacks are belong to me. All your green tea snacks are belong to me. All your green tea snacks are belong to me.

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