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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 701

We've now entered the back story portion of the arc where tragedy is the dish of the day. No matter how pleasant and beautiful the setting may seem, the shit will hit the fan and the tear ducts will open once Mother Sea begins to play. I've never cried while watching One Piece, it so happens something gets in my eye when that song plays. Read more...

A Daily Dose of Music: Asian Kung Fu Generation

ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION - Planet of the Apes from Ajikan México DF on Vimeo. I've always been a big fan of Japanese Rock from The Pillows to SCANDAL but I've never taken any formal Japanese language classes except for the random words picked up from anime. Show More Summary

Review: Chroma Squad

Ever since a badly-dubbed lady popped out of a dumpster on the moon, sending a weird computer-man to seek "teenagers with attitude," geeks of a certain age have been on the lookout for a game that can capture the essence of what it means...Show More Summary

Whisky habits in Japan

Whisky, specifically Scotch, is going through a bit of a mini-boom right now in Japan, with the widely-popular morning drama (daily, 15 minutes over breakfast) this year being about the first Japanese whisky distiller and his Scottish wife. Although the whisky company the story is based on is Suntory, it was Asahi that conducted this […]

Fifteen secrets about Funassyi

Fresh from his appearance at the Foreign Correspondents Club of Japan, goo Ranking revealed fifteen secrets on Funassyi, the hyperactive pear fairy from Funabashi in Chiba. Let’s skip the usual demographics and get to the secrets revealed by Funassyi’s own words: Rank Secret 15 Funassyi’s rival is Rob Halford, lead singer of Judas Priest 14 […]

Persona 4: Dancing All Night's new trailer is fixated on...meat

Mention "meat fixation" to a fan of Persona 4 and you'll most likely trigger fond memories of Chie Satonaka, the franchise's resident martial arts junkie and legendary carnivore. That said, I think even Chie would find it difficult to...Show More Summary

Localization no Jutsu: Press Start's latest video is all about 8-4

Prior to learning about Mighty No. 9's existence, I was unaware of 8-4's (Fire Emblem Awakening and Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate's localization) existence. Silly enough, the group known as Press Start have released a video called 8-4: Ninjas...Show More Summary

My First Visit To Japan

Born and raised in the UK, I fell in love with Japan towards the end of the eighties and discovered a...

Chaika gets hers in this 'Avenging Battle' trailer

I liked what I saw of Chaika the Coffin Princess. In fact, at first glance I was convinced that someone was blatantly ripping off the underappreciated Scrapped Princess, until I found out they were from the same author. I guess basically...Show More Summary

Smart Doll

Everything you need to know about Smart Doll and More! And sorry for the lack of updates ><

Belated Monthly Musings: Favorite Inu x Boku SS Endings

We're off to a good start, yes? Sometimes, a series comes along that blindsides you with how good it is. You didn't catch any discernible hype, but you were hooked from the first few minutes. For me, Inu x Boku SS is one of those series. Show More Summary

Street Fighter 4 glitch leads to 276-hit combo

I love me a good combo video. There's nothing like seeing a guy rock a game system hard and eek out strings of nasty hits. This vid from Youtube user biffotasty uses a very particular glitch to be able to go beyond the normal hit-counter and get 276 hits. Show More Summary

New Fate/Stay Night trailer features Taiga's lesson

Aniplex Japan has posted a new trailer for the remake of Fate/Stay night by animation studio ufotable. It's not really different from the first Fate/Stay night trailer shown from Anime Japan earlier this year, but it's worth a look since the footage still looks real nice. Show More Summary

Morning Musume 14' is coming to NY in October '14

Idols, while a huge part of the music and marketing culture in Japan, is incredibly niche overseas, making it hard for even the biggest acts to justify coming stateside for concerts. Morning Musume, despite it's deep history and becoming...Show More Summary

Breakout idol Kanna Hashimoto now powers mobile game girlfriend

The Japanese mobile game Girlfriend (Beta) has an all-star seiyuu cast and launched late last year. It accidentally fueled a meme earlier this year, when veteran voice actress Sakura Tange's French-named character crunched out her name in a series of adorable weird sounds. Show More Summary

Shonen Showdown 4-20-2014

Welcome to another weekly installment of Shonen Showdown, your everyday look at the latest in battle shows. This week we're catching up on the status of our favorite anime memes, and it appears that the evergreen "Moe Moe Kyun!" remains perennially popular, even among people who themselves could be described as "perennial". Show More Summary

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most popular manga out there, beating out Bleach, Soul Eater, and Attack on Titan. Show More Summary

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

It's time to head back to 1998, as today's music is coming from Mr Reichi Nakaido. This is the first of two places you may have heard his music if you're into your anime, as he composed most of the soundtrack for Serial Experiments Lain, including the ending theme up top. Show More Summary

Puzzle & Dragons heads to arcades...a second time

I think we're all at least somewhat aware of how widely spread Puzzle & Dragons fever is in Japan, but I think their latest project is definitely a good indicator of its success. We've known since last year that Square Enix were developing...Show More Summary

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