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Sequel to Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax for summer release

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 07:00

The first Dengeki Bunko was an unique specimen. Its a fighting game for anime characters crossed over with other anime characters, instead of the traditional fighting game characters. As a massive fighting game fan I was ecstatic to find that it was going to be released in the west later this year. 

Dengeki Online announced yesterday that a sequel will be released this summer under the temporary title; Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax New Work. This new game will feature re-balances, new systems, and Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-Timer! as a playable character along with the king of evil (Sadao Mao) as a support.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 694

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 06:00

The Dressrosa arc had the potential to be one of my favourite arcs. The main bad guy was the enigmatic Donquixote Doflamingo, it carried on from Punk Hazard so we got to have more Law, and Dressrosa is a great location for some heart breaking moments as well as goofy fun. But the arc is dragging on and on and on. The Straw Hats have been on Dressrosa for 65 episodes and Luffy still hasn't confronted Doflamingo for their big showdown. More than a year has gone by and the end isn't close. Despite my huge passion for One Piece, the pacing really puts me off watching it week to week when there are better shows like Jojo that keep things entertaining with a monster of the week style format. 

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Vitamin Chips. Orange flavoured potato chips return to stores

Tue, 05/26/2015 - 05:00

The mixing of two different tastes is prominent in Asian cuisine. Sweet and Sour, Hot and Sour, Sweet Chili etc. These are all fantastic flavours that give our favourite dishes a kick that we all love. Even the west has some polarising flavours when we wash down a juicy cheeseburger with a sweet cool shake. But has it gone too far when we're implementing fruits into our junk food? 

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episode 6

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 16:00

I may’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for Garo: Gold Storm Soar to blow our minds with some amazing suit on suit action, but that isn’t stopping me from enjoying the show’s story. Since the series’ moving at a faster pace than Garo: Makai no Hana, this might be a great sign that the staff hasn't revealed their full hand yet. For now, let’s just say that it’s been a great distraction from the lack of creepy-looking costumes.

If this is anything to go by, then Gold Storm’s ability to keep us hooked hasn’t gone down yet. I guess you could say that things’ll go up from here on out.

 Gold Storm Soar episode 6 screenshot

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 38-44

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 08:00

Well, it's been weeks since we last checked in with the Stardust Crusaders, a group name, which, come to think of it, doesn't make all that much sense in the grand scheme of things.

I mean, sure there's a "Star" in "Star Platinum", and Egypt has a lot of dust, as well as a few Crusades, but...well, I guess it does make sense, after all. So let's carry on, then!



 Stardust Crusaders episodes 38-44 screenshot

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Death Note TV series announced and characters revealed

Mon, 05/25/2015 - 05:00

Tsugumi Ohba's writing combined with Takeshi Obata's art produced a heart pounding, page turning manga called Death Note that was later adapted into a widely popular TV anime, a ho-hum movie adaptation, and some more side stories. Suffice to say, Death Note fans have a lot of content they can enjoy to help immerse themselves into Ohba's modern gothic masterpiece. 

Now a TV drama based off the manga will air on Nihon TV every Sunday starting in July. Actors and character visuals have been released today;

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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS season 2 episode 1

Sun, 05/24/2015 - 04:00

Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look into Japanese wrestling! This time out we look at my favorite wrestling show on American TV as it returns for a second season.

Can AXS keep up everything that made this show amazing during its first season? What does the producers pick to highlight from New Japan wrestling action? Take a read and find out!


 New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS season 2 episode 1 screenshot

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Animator Expo's 23rd short adapts another Moyoco Anno manga

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 15:00

We're getting close to the Japan Animator Expo project's final stretch, and the latest piece ends up being another adaptation (slightly NSFW) of a manga by Moyoco Anno. Just like the previous piece that adapted her work, "Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen" is animated in a way where it feels like a work of art. While it didn't feature any stop-motion scenes, the animation's textures, colors, and visuals made it feel like an old silent film.

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Japanator Live - Sal gets his Henshin on with Chroma Squad

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 10:00

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At long last, my time to stream something has arrived. For my first gaming stream, you'll get to see me transform Japanator into a sentai team in Chroma Squad. This'll be a combine effort between the staff, since they helped me come up with the team's name and the preferences for their heroes.

Will Sal's experience with toku help him triumph over evil, or will his series fail miserably and cause Japanator to lose a lot of money? Find out at 11:00 p.m. CST to see if he has what it takes to create a fun toku program for everyone.

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Week Ender - Fantasy Twist Edition

Sat, 05/23/2015 - 08:00

This week's Week Ender is about those fantasy anime with a bit of a twist to them. Fantasy fiction has always had outlandish and strange elements native to it but it's quite common to see a different take on the genre to breathe new life to it.

As I've shown you in this week's anime opening selection in OP Up!, here are the endings that cap off each episode of those new anime with a twist to them.

So is there an ending you love that I missed? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANT TO KNOW!

Week Ender - Fantasy Twist Edition screenshot

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Super Robot War BX's first trailer fills our bodies with delicious courage

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 14:00

If there's one thing that the Super Robot Wars series does right with their trailers, it's that they tend to fill people's hearts with a huge surge of hot-blooded energy. In most cases, this high dosage of enthusiasm can result in a person having the best day of their lives. 

Speaking of good times, the first trailer for Super Robot Wars BX hits us with some great animations that put Super Robot Wars UX to shame. For the record, I'm not saying that SRW UX was a bad game, I just felt that the team could've made the visuals look similar to the two Z titles on PSP.

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Beat the heat with Boomslank's upgraded "Carwash" shirt

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 06:00

Summer's looking hotter than ever this year and our friends at Boomslank have just what we need to conquer the scorching heat. Since water can cool people down during this season, the group's "Carwash" shirt is back with a new upgraded look. 

As for these new updates, the main change is that the sign's content is different and there are more jets flying around in the background. Other than that, the jet received a sweet new makeover. Once again, the changes manged to amplify the piece's greatness even further. Hell, I'm even feeling the Macross, Yukikiaze, and Sky Crawlers vibe that inspired P-Shinobi to create the stylish apparel.

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Canadian makes impact in Sumo debut

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 04:00

It's not often you see a representative of the great white north inside the sumo halls of Japan, in fact it's been 30 years. Not since future WWF pro wrestler, the late John Tenta, made his debut in 1985 has a Canadian taken park in Japanese sumo. This past month a young 20 year old man with the birth name of Brodik Henderson broke that drought.

Wrestling under his sumo wrestling name of  Homarenishiki, the 338 pound Mae-zumo (lowest sumo rank, a rookie) finished his first tournament with a 3-1 record, losing only to a wrestler who had previous college experience.

Learn more about Henderson (including footage of his first bout!) and Sumo in general below.

Canadian makes impact in Sumo debut screenshot

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Crunchyroll adds PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team! original comic

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 16:00

Crunchyroll has announced the latest offering from their “Crunchyroll Originals” manga/comic line with PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!, an all-new, full color digital webcomic, set in Tokyo's Harajuku fashion district and made in collaboration with PARK, a local store. In the comic, Harajuku under assault by aliens, and only "a trio of treasure-seeking shop girls" can save the day. 

The comic will be written by Patrick Macias and illustrated by Tokyo-based artist Mugi Tanaka, who originally created the characters as PARK's mascots. The comic begins serialization on May 28th, and for fashion hounds, Crunchyroll will be offering items from PARK itself via its web store.


 Crisis Team! original comic screenshot

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SCANDAL manga recommendations

Thu, 05/21/2015 - 05:00

J Rock Girl Group SCANDAL have just finished performing in Mexico with their next stop being on the other side of the world, Hong Kong. But despite this busy lifestyle they still have time for Japanator's favourite literature manga. Yep even Rockstars like to indulge in the black and white bindings of a good manga series. 

GoBoiano got to speak to the girl rockers about their favourite manga and they have some interesting recommendations. Bassist Tomomi favours the shojo classic Sailor Moon, while the anime fan and lead guitarist of SCANDAL Mami is excited for the live action Attack on Titan adaptation.

I'm surprised that Mami did not recommend One Piece since she is also a big fan of that series and instead opted for Terra Formers. 

[Via GoBoiano]

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OP Up! - Fantasy Twist Edition

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 08:00

So the new hot thing in popular fiction in Japan is taking the traditional same old stuff and putting a new spin to it. This new surge is quite prevalent in the fantasy genre, with injecting new life into stories with themes of 'swords and sorcery'. Unusual surprises are now expected in these genres, usually bringing in either a dose of reality or even something from our actual reality.

This week's OP Up! features a few of those shows' openings, which gives you an idea of how different these stories are from the tired old stories from which they are inspired. Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite fantasy anime with a twist? Did I miss your favorite? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANNA KNOW!

OP Up! - Fantasy Twist Edition screenshot

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Annotated Anime: One Piece 693

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 05:00

Yo ho ho! Ensign Redgrave back on the helm to deliver the SS Japanator through the Grand Line safely and to document the adventures of the Straw Hat Crew. I've been MIA for a while so I'll summarise the missing 9 episodes in bullet points. 

 One Piece 693 screenshot

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Prepare for takeoff: Super Robot Wars BX is now a thing

Wed, 05/20/2015 - 04:00

It's been a month since 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2 hit Japan and the next title has been revealed. Titled Super Robot Wars BX, this upcoming game's being made for the 3DS and it plans to improve on the features from Super Robot Wars UX. From the looks of it, SRW BX has already abandoned SRW UX's DS-looking sprites in favor of ones that resemble the Z series' style; therefore making it a better installment than the last one on Nintendo's handheld system.

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Review: Starless: Nymphomaniacs' Paradise

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 16:00

So here I am, brand new writer for Japanator looking for content I can write for the site. The offer is made to review a game that I had heard plenty of buzz about in Starless: Nymphomaniac's Paradise, a visual novel type game from Japan that was being released for English speaking audiences. "I'll do it!" I say. I've played the X-change series of games before, along with a few others. Plus the art looked really good.

I was so naive.

 Nymphomaniacs' Paradise screenshot

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First Impressions: Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma

Mon, 05/18/2015 - 10:00

I’ve had a lot of trouble catching on to anime over the years, but every so often there’s a show that sounds so incredibly insane that I can’t help but watch it. That’s how I got reeled into a shows like One Piece or When Supernatural Battles Become Commonplace, and that’s exactly how I fell in love with Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma. It’s got everything you’d want from entertainment: slick animation, hilariously weird fan service, and it’s all wrapped up in a shonen fashion (which doesn’t always work, but it’s still worthwhile).

After watching the first five episodes, I wanted to talk about it so badly I reached out to the good folks here at Japanator and they’ve agreed to let me gush about this cool food anime. Let’s go on this crazy ride together.

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