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The sadness of a fake Japanese policeman?

It could be argued that most Japanese policemen have very little to do — the hunt for stolen bicycles or giving directions taking up much more of their time than anything truly important. But even that dwarfs this poor fella’s duties. A figure whose only task appears to be to stand still and look completely […]

The most awful ways to die in Japan

goo Research recently published a bit of a strange topic for a survey, ways the Japanese would absolutely hate to die. Demographics goo Rankings have switched permanently to a different research company, iBRIDGE’s Research Plus, where between the 18th and 23rd of July 2014 500 members of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. […]

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames' new trailer features more Makai Knight action

Right when I was starting to have some doubts about MAPPA's Garo anime, the show's newest trailer destroyed my main concerns. While the Makai Knights were moving too fast during the last video, the action sequences present in the latest one were just about right. Show More Summary

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon

It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN USA sounds like they're a company that distributes canned pony meat. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Whenever Wednesday shows up, it's usually a sign that we're getting closer to Friday. In order to celebrate everyone's accomplishment in getting this far, I figured that one of JAM Project's songs would be perfect for this occasion.Show More Summary

Of course there'd be a new One Piece: Pirate Warrriors game!

Like death, taxes, and the heat death of the universe, new Warriors games are a thing you can count on, and it looks like Koei Tecmo are readying a veritable fleet of new One Piece-themed mega-brawlers to go alongside their Three Kingdoms-themed...Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Anna Tsuchiya

There's nine days left until October rises from the shadows, and Anna Tsuchiya's expressing her light and dark side in her latest song, "LUCIFER." While the music video has nothing to do with All Hallows' Eve, Tsuchiya gives off a spooky aura, as her makeup and wardrobe make her look like an undead figure. Show More Summary

Go for round two with Mitsuru, Teddie, and Elizabeth in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

The wait is almost over, as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is set to hit English-speaking shores in just under a week. That means Atlus has one last chance to rev up the hype machine for the sequel to one of the more surprising new entries...Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: Luchino Fujisaki

Hiroko has left J-tor's headquarters for a while, so I've decided to post Luchino Fujisaki's ninja-themed song for Monday's Dose. Originally, "Ninja Na No," was featured in a promotional video for the 2014 Iga Ninja Film Festival back in March. Show More Summary

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous. Read more...

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692

If you were one of the many readers to think that this end to Naruto and Sasuke's struggle seemed a little bit too convenient, you were right to hold that view: This isn't the end. And really, how could it be? Read more...

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23

It looks like Garo: Makai no Hana is on a roll again. As the show begins its final arc, Amemiya and his crew have managed to remain on a solid winning streak for five episodes. Come to think of it, it wasn’t too hard for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us, as there were a some great bits of comedy and serious moments present in these segments. Read more...

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597

The continuing freak-off that is the Vandenreich army persists in the latest installments of Bleach, as if we weren't yet sure who the good guys were in this fight. Of course, being not-a-freak has never been an especially telling sign of moral superiority in this series, what with freak-in-chief Kurotsuchi being one of Soul Society's top people. Show More Summary

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and the moreShow More Summary

TGS 2014: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally gets a trailer

At long last, Atlus has uploaded a new video on Nicaea that covers Devil Survivor 2: Break Record's visuals. Originally, the game was supposed to come out during the Fall Season back in 2013 for the 3DS, but Atlus decided to push the game to 2014 to improve the game's quality. Show More Summary

TGS 2014: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's console release gets two Valkyria Chronicles characters

For a second, it seemed that Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's Sega characters for the title's PS3 and Vita release were limited to Virtua Fighter. Lo and behold, Selvaria and Alicia are now joining the game's roster. While I haven't dived into Valkyria Chronicles yet, it's nice to see that Dengeki Bunko's adding more Sega characters to the mix. Show More Summary

TGS 2014: Sonic and Taiko Drum Master invades Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As the West continues to wait for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's arrival, the people at Capcom have revealed that the game is receiving some items that are based off of Sonic the Hedgehog and Taiko Drum Master. While the former sounds like an odd choice to put in the MonHun series, the Sonic item is actually an armor for your Felyne. Show More Summary

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