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Week Ender - Winter 2015 Edition

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 12:00

Winter season may be over but some of the endings from last season's shows still echo in my mind, making me miss those shows that have been over. Let's take a look at some of last season's nice endings.

Which one are your favorites? SHARE WITH US IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

 

 

 


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Impressions: Knights of Sidonia: Battle for Planet Nine

Sun, 04/19/2015 - 09:00

And...we're back!

Yes, it's been quite a while since the last time Japanator went in-depth with Knights of Sidonia. In fact, we're verging on a full year since the last recap. That's partly my fault. You could say I mimicked the speed of the Sidonia itself when it came to recapping.

But that era is over, just like a certain era of our hero Nagate Tanikaze's life. Now it's time to Battle for Planet Nine!

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Japanator LIVE - Watch some Ground Zeroes action tonight!

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 17:40

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Tonight, I will be playing some Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes because Redbox didn't have Bloodborne and I want to take it easy tonight. Even though Ground Zeroes isn't as hard as Bloodborne, I still get stressed out with sneaking around in stealth games so there is still going to be those times that I will screw up on camera and fail spectacularly.

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It's your kids, Naruto! Something's gotta be done about your kids!

Sat, 04/18/2015 - 04:00

I'll be honest, I've always wanted to say that in relation to, something, so I may as well say it now that the new teaser for Boruto -Naruto the Movie- is out. But it's not just Marty Naruto's kid that's the problem: Sasuke's kid, Sarada, is prominently featured as the next-generation rival.

Kishimoto only knows what the plan is for the new ninja generation, beyond the fact that Naruto is officially more a brand than a name at this point. Which leads me to wonder just how long every future movie, manga, or TV show set in this world will have to be subtitled "Naruto the [Media Format]" to remind the masses that the ninja thing is Still A Thing.

The movie opens on August 7th, with Yuko Sanpei (aka Qwaser of the Stigmata's Sasha) cast to play Boruto and Kokoro Kikuchi (aka Heartcatch Precure's Potpourri) cast to play Sarada.

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Animator Expo's Diary of Ochibi adaptation will make you hungry

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 16:00

I don't know about you, but whenever I watch a food-related piece, my craving for tasty delicacies goes up. Seeing that the Japan Animator Expo project's 18th short starts off with a segment that takes place in a bento, one can't help but to search for a quick meal right away. Interestingly, "The Diary of Ochibi" anime started off as a crowdfunding project to adapt Moyoco Anno's original manga. That said, it was cool to see the funded project on Animator Expo's Website, since it's a nice way to spread the piece even further.

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Garage Hero's upcoming Hayate web series goes on hiatus

Fri, 04/17/2015 - 04:00

Well, folks; it looks like Garage Hero's upcoming ninja-themed web series, Hayate, has been put on hold for now. The reasoning behind the hiatus is because of the group's production on Ayakashi Zamurai, Garage Hero's show for Toei and YouTube Space Tokyo's Jidaigeki project, and two other pieces. While it's unfortunate that we'll have to wait a while before we watch Hayate save Asakusa, Tokyo from evil, it's good to hear that Bueno and his team are occupied with other major projects. If anything, this might be a good sign that they're going to reach new heights this year.

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OP Up! - Winter 2015 Edition

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 17:00

Last season had some really great shows and a few surprises even though the lineup didn't seem that strong. Since we just started a new season, I'm back with some openings for this week's OP Up! with a few that I thought were pretty good.

Which one is your favorite from last season? TELL ME IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

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Japanator LIVE - Watch Red be a total noob at Bloodborne

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 16:10

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For the first time, Red is going to play Bloodborne and he is going to be horrible at it because he is a total noob that is afraid of everything and hates stressful games. Red is also going to get drunk off some strong beer. Since he is a lightweight, expect some hilarious moments as he gets angry at his diminished motor skills due to the influence of alcohol.

I hope you enjoy watching me be bad at a video game.

Livestream kicks off at 10PM CST.

 

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Final Impressions: Sword Art Online II

Wed, 04/15/2015 - 04:00

There’s something wonderful about having a show make you feel emotional-- especially when you were certain that the series couldn’t top its first half. One moment you’re expecting the program to fall apart when it when it failed to live up to its earlier storyline. Then, like a ninja that sneaks up on its targets, your skepticism transforms into a pool of tears that flows out of your eyeballs. I guess that’s how I sum up my experience with Sword Art Online II’s Mother’s Rosario Arc.

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Momoiro Clover Z get the full Dragon Ball treatment

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 12:00

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z finally get to earn that Z at the end of their name. As the cover of their upcoming single for Z no Chikai, the girls have been illustrated by non other than Dragon Ball series creator, Akira Toriyama! I didn't think they'd be able to top being illustrated by Fist of the North Star's Tetsuo Hara, but this might take the cake.

The track is the theme song for the new Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F movie, and will be released at the end of the month!

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Dissidia Final Fantasy is looking pretty hot

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 10:00

Time to get brawling in Midgar! Team Ninja's newest outing for Square Enix is a fresh entry to the Dissidia fighting series. The upcoming Sony PS4 game is an adaptation of the arcade game, with some sexy new upgrades. I never really got into the PSP title, as the controls on the handheld just didn't make a good fighter controller for me.

The trailer feels just right on this one, and with Team Ninja's history of fighting game controls, this promises to be quite the entry.

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A Daily Dose of Music: MEJIBRAY

Mon, 04/13/2015 - 08:00

It's not that often that I cover the Visual Kei scene, but every once in a while there's a band that stands out to me. This week we're kicking off the Dose with MEJIBRAY, which has transformed from singer Tsuzuku's solo project into a rocking band. Their newest single, Nepenthes was released earlier this month.

It's a pretty intense metal track, tinged with death metal vocals, yet retains high energy sensibility. The band's makeup and outfits look fantastic as well. A lovely, complete sound, and stands out of the VK crowd.

 

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Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episode 2

Sun, 04/12/2015 - 08:00

Who would ever buy an android that has to go to the bathroom? 

Worse still, who would ever buy an android that, though it doesn't age, degrades in much the same way that people do when its up there in years?

These are questions I'd like to ask of SAI, the big company behind Plastic Memories' setting.

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Animator Expo's 17th short hits us with a quick mystery

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 16:00

It's time to look at another Animator Expo short and we might have to put on our thinking caps. Compare to the other stories, "Three Fallen Witnesses" throws us in the middle of a situation where two detectives are investigating a case where the victim was burned to death. However, the main intriguing thing about Satoru Utsunomiya's (Akira's Key Animations) piece was the truth behind the crime scene.

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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 13-14

Sat, 04/11/2015 - 10:00

When last we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, ufotable's big, fabulously expensive-looking adaptation of Fate/stay night's most beloved story arc left our heroes in the lurch. Though an adorable date opened episode twelve, the last installment before the show went on hiatus will be remembered by many as the day our heroes lost their beloved Saber (or rather "Seibaaaa!").

Unfortunately for people who aren't fans of losing, episode thirteen shows us that Shirou and Rin have a ways yet to fall before hitting rock bottom.

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WTF Friday: SHOCKER

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 14:00



Yes, that is a certain German Fuhrer crossed with a Starfish monster.

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See more Anime Matsuri cosplay from RealTDragon

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 13:00



Anime Matsuri was last weekend and I saw some great cosplay at the annual convention in the heart of Houston, Texas. I ran into RealTDragon there who happens to read Japanator and make a lot of awesome cosplay-related videos on Youtube.

RealTDragon's video above showcases some of the great cosplay you expect to see at Anime Matsuri with some nice music and hijinks on the side. Check out the great cosplay craftsmanship and you definitely feel the love and enthusiasm from the cosplayers in the video.

There may be also a video from Anime Matsuri of me somewhere saying embarrassing things to a cute girl in a Groudon onesie but that shouldn't be any of your concern.

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First Impressions: Plastic Memories

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 08:00

There's a lot I don't get about Plastic Memories. There a few critical points that I encountered in its first episode that don't make a huge amount of sense to me, nor would they to any sensible contemporary person.

That's great!

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Watch Garage Hero tear Super Hero Wars GP to shreds

Fri, 04/10/2015 - 04:00

Aw snap, Bueno of Garage Hero and his friends are about to get real, as they share their thoughts on Super Hero Wars GP: Kamen Rider 3, which might as well be called Super Mario Kart: Let's Go Kamen Rider Edition. This time around, he's being joined by Raymond Allen Arcega of Green Tea MediaBluez Noiz DJ Ain Matsushita, and Michael Anthony Kinder (Gun Caliber's Blue), who are all ready to give this film the Fatal Recoil that it deserves.

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Japanator LIVE - Hiroko Plays Bloodborne & Gives Stuff Away Tonight!

Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:00

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Once again, it's time to watch Hiroko die a lot, and make stupid mistakes in Bloodborne! See her smoke and swear at the TV a lot! This week we will have some fun giveaways during the show, so make sure to tune in tonight!

Livestream kicks off at 10PM CST.

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