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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 3

If you thought Kan Colle was just going to be about cute girls displacing not nearly enough water for their supposed channeling of old warship souls, episode 3 is here to toss some water on that notion. And it's not the magic water from...Show More Summary

What not to do when being introduced to your Japanese partner’s parents

goo Ranking published an entertaining survey on the worst faux pas when visiting your boyfriend or girlfriend’s parents’ home. Demographics goo Rankings asked iBRIDGE’s Research Plus to conduct this survey, where between the 9th and 11th of December 2014 500 members, 250 male and 250 female, of their monitor group completed a private internet-based questionnaire. […]

Planeptune rules: Neptunia Re;Birth1 heads to Steam on Wednesday

It's been a good while since Idea Factory International announced their plans to release Compile Heart's games on Steam, and now the company's ready to commence the first phase. While I may be late to this announcement, I still think that it's worth mentioning that Neptune's expanding her territory to Steam on Jan. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27

It's been far too long, but after its season-long hiatus, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has returned to the airwaves! And neither Joseph Joestar's Stand-user party nor the hardworking folks at David Production are wasting any time getting back in the saddle, as they dive into Egypt to hunt down Dio Brando once and for all. Read more...

Awaken your Samurai Soul with Animator Expo's tenth short

Is it just me, or has Animator Expo been on an amazing roll lately? After impressing us with TRIGGER's Gridman anime piece, Graphinica's (YuriKuma Arashi and Rage of Bahamut: Genesis' special effects) ready to take a shot at doing their own short for Studio Khara and Dwango's ongoing project. Show More Summary

Why foreign men dislike Japanese women’s gait

Omron, a healthcare electronics manufacturer, published a survey that serves to advertise their new female-oriented device that diagnoses one’s walking style, with this survey asking foreign men what they think of Japanese women’s way of walking. Demographics Between the 23rd and 31st of October 2014 the company Neon Marketing, on behalf of Omron and underwear […]

PSA: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds hits Steam today

If you've been itching to play a fun 2D beat em' game on the PC, then you'll be happy to know that MAGES' Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds game's now on Steam. Thanks to Degica's help in making this release possible, more folks'll get to experience Phantom Breaker's spin-off. Show More Summary

Stares and beers in a Tokyo bar

Some places are way more photogenic than others, and despite the limited space, the bar below is definitely one to go back to — hence its numerous appearances on these pages over the years. It has arguably the grubbiest lamp one could ever imagine. Character and customer-wise it sometimes seems like it’s stuck in the […]

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan

Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P?ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first live gig set for the end of the month, but we're already heavy with factoids about their founding. Show More Summary

Mirai x Kinokuniya Singapore

Thanks to all those who went to a branch of Kinokuniya in Singapore to either get a new or exchange th...

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15

It hasn't even been 24 hours since the last Build Fighters Try recap, but let's get this train going. After all, we've finally arrived at...THE NATIONALS. Let's fighting! Read more...

A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

If you've been hoping for a bit of variety from tween sensation ClariS, it looks like your prayers might be answered. It looks as though Alice has departed, and Karen has stepped up to the plate. It may actually be a step in the right direction. Their new song Border is the lovely theme song to Tsukimonogatari. Show More Summary

Contest: Ring in the New Year with this Right Stuf giveaway! [Updated]

[Update: The contest is over, and congratulations to Japanator Community Member Gnikdrazil ! We'll be contacted soon at the email address you used to register to Japanator with more details!] It's January 9th, but sometimes it just doesn't...Show More Summary

This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner

Dogs may have a great reputation for being loyal to their owners, but that doesn't stop them from messing with their caretakers from time to time. In this case, Mari-chan the Shiba Inu decides to fool around with her master while the two of them pursue an acting career. Show More Summary

Pink-haired, blue-eyed Japanese host

Or at least I’m guessing he’s a host: the elaborate hairstyle, non-standard suit and him coming from the direction of Kabukicho, Tokyo’s infamous red light district. But, love thief — the moniker given to those in that profession by this must-see documentary — or not, what definitely isn’t up for debate is his wonderfully distinctive […]

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14

Watching Build Fighters Try is fascinating, not just because it's a fun, well-produced piece of mecha entertainment, puppy love and Fumina reaction-face gallery, but also to compare it to the first Build Fighters season and see justShow More Summary

One in five Japanese internet users have a tablet computer

Lifemedia Research recently conducted a survey into tablet computers. This is the sixth time they have conducted this annual survey; last year 18.8% of the sample owned a tablet, so ownership has grown, but of the non-owners, 46.0% last year wanted one, whereas this time the interest has dropped to 38.5%. Demographics Between the 26th […]

Momoiro Clover Z vs. Kiss' insanely amazing music video has entered the scene

At long last, Momoiro Clover Z's YouTube channel finally uploaded the music video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," which features the colorful group alongside Kiss. To top things off, Sushio's animation was scrumptious meal during the beginning of the video, since it featured some wild colors and crazy visuals. Show More Summary

Taipei Event Details

I'm leaving for Taiwan this Friday for what I guess would be a Taipei Tour. We got 3 events that we ne...

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