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We Chat With Gun Caliber's Bueno: Wushu, Porn Stars, and making it in Japan

8 hours 54 min ago

Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's stream may have left the scene, but Japanator was able to ask Bueno, the film's Director and main hero, some questions. I guess you could say that he's the Stephen Chow of tokusatsu. Also, his name is the Spanish word for "good," which means that he's destined for greatness.

Due to the amount of information that Bueno shared with us, this feature'll be split into three parts, since the interview is too big to be made into one post. That being said, the first feature will focus on Bueno's connections, and his adventures in Japan.

Join me below as we begin the first part of our interview with Garage Hero's founder. 

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Buy some Japanese navy propaganda, get a free Arpeggio sticker

10 hours 54 min ago

Think "Military-Entertainment Complex", and videogames like Call of Duty or even the actual U.S. Army-sponsored shooter America's Army comes to mind. That's not the only way cross-promotion can happen though. Sometimes cute girls who are actually warships can get involved to, such as this latest collaboration between the Arpeggio of Blue Steel anime series and Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force to promote a new documentary about the JMSDF's newest warships Myoukou, Atago, and Teruzuki.

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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 3

Mon, 01/26/2015 - 08:00

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 a repair bucket either.

Indeed, it's episode 3 that takes what may be a hard left turn into unexpected-yet-historically-accurate drama, though at this early stage it's impossible to tell if it's a trend that will hold (thus threatening to make Kan Colle a more interesting TV series, or break, allowing it and its viewers to remain in safe, comfortable waters.

 Kantai Collection episode 3 screenshot

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

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 13:00

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. 28. Best of all, the Purple Goddess is only charging people a special entry fee of $14.99, which is 50% off of Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth1's actual price. However, this deal'll expire after the first week of Neptune's debut on Steam, so you'll want to take advantage of this kind offer as soon as possible.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27

Sat, 01/24/2015 - 08:00

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.

 Stardust Crusaders episodes 25-27 screenshot

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Awaken your Samurai Soul with Animator Expo's tenth short

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 17:00

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. The end result was a vibrant music video where Koichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop's Spike, DBZ: Battle of Gods' Beerus) sings an upbeat tune to a colorful samurai story. Best of all, the main hero/cool-looking afro samurai robot with shades in the video is none other than Yamadera himself. When I mean that he's the protagonist, I'm talking about his appearance as well (in his human form at least).

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PSA: Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds hits Steam today

Fri, 01/23/2015 - 04:00

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. Hopefully, they have plans to release the Kurisu DLC as well. That way, everyone can have access to the title's Steins;Gate-related goodness.

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This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan

Thu, 01/22/2015 - 08:00

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. The girls auditioned from a pool of over two thousand applicants, and together hold a combined weight of 380kg (about 838lbs).

And lest you think Pottya was formed as some kind of cruel joke, the girls had this to say:

“It’s our job to shoot down claims about whether or not we can be idols because we’re not slim, now that we’ve gotten all of the members together and formed the group. Our aim is to become traditional singing and dancing idols, and give proof that even bigger girls can achieve their dreams.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 12:00

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!

 Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 15 screenshot

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A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 10:30

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. I've been quite critical of the duo's previous few releases, as they've just been sounding like constant rehashes. I'm not sure if it's just the effect of a new girl, but Border actually feels like a breath of fresh air.

 ClariS screenshot

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

Wed, 01/21/2015 - 08:00

[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 feel like the new year's quite begun yet, doesn't it? Maybe some brand-new, absolutely free anime box sets can wipe 2014's haze from your mind? Thanks to our friends at Right Stuf, your house for hot deals, you've got the opportunity to test the notion out!

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This adorable Shiba Inu loves to mess with its owner

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 14:00

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. From releasing a measuring tape to forcing her owner to blow the candles on his cake too early, you could tell that the cute Shiba Inu's having a blast with making the guy suffer.Since she sprayed him with water while he was studying, it's no surprise that this outcome would occur during their acting session.

Speaking of mischievous dogs, Mari-chan's actions reminds me of my dog's recent habit where he would hop on my bed to wake up. Thankfully, his actions are more of a big help than a hindrance, which is one of the many reasons why I'm glad to have him around to this day.

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

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 08:00

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 just how the Build Fighters brand has evolved over the weeks and months.

Sunrise's sophomore gunpla battle effort is both an effective continuation of its predecessor's legacy, but like its characters, mecha, and setting, it's also a different sort of beast, with different goals and ambitions.

 Gundam Build Fighters Try eps. 13-14 screenshot

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

Tue, 01/20/2015 - 04:00

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. Also, it was nice to see that he drew the girls in the same art style that was featured in KILL la KILL's second ending theme, which was based on a popular design in Japan.

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Level Up: Crunchyroll's Premium Members now have unlimited manga access

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 15:00

I may be late to the party again, but I thought that it was worth noting that Crunchyroll has granted their Premium Members the ability to access their magma... um, I mean manga library. In other words, the anime subscribers can now get drunk off of Ye Olde Simulpub's manga selection. While this special gift is a good thing for the folks who watch anime, this also means that the company is eliminating the Manga membership service. As for the people who have the Manga-only subscription, Crunchyroll's giving them a 30-day free trial of the All-Access service, which is better than nothing.

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First Impressions: Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~

Sun, 01/18/2015 - 10:00

The first episode of Kantai Collection kicks off with what might be regarded as an almost galling display of pretentiousness: Against a black background, a serious-voiced woman recites the Gosei, a set of five meditative precepts laid out by Imperial Japanese Navy Vice Admiral Hajime Matsushita. To this day, naval students at Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Forces are encouraged to reflect on them every evening.

For better or worse, the material that follows doesn't anywhere near that level of consideration, but if nothing else, Kantai Collection puts on a good display as a properly entertaining anime about cute girls wearing big guns. 

 Kantai Collection ~Kan Colle~ screenshot

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TRIGGER shows off their toku side in Animator Expo's ninth short

Fri, 01/16/2015 - 15:00

Oh my. I never imagined that we would see an anime short that's based off of an existing toku show on Amimator Expo's Website. Based on the quality of the project's recent piece, one could tell that Studio TRIGGER's Gridman animation is an amazing love letter to the original live-action TV series from the 90s. Since the piece mostly focused on Gridman's fight scenes, folks who watched Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad back in the days'll still get a kick out of this short, as the program borrowed its action footage from Denkou Choujin Gridman.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 13

Thu, 01/15/2015 - 04:00

With the new year break behind us, it's time to hit the ground running at Musani. With Honda's departure and the new anime project for Third Aerial Girls Squad secured, Aoi gets thrown right in the fire as the lead production desk. How will team Musani sprint to the finish line, one which is a year away?

 Shirobako episodes 13 screenshot

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Rejoice: Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai DX to release worldwide in May

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 18:00

It's been known for a good while that the latest Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai title for the 3DS was heading West, However, Sega surprised us with some amazing news, as Project Mirai DX hits stores worldwide during the month of May. As for the release date, Miku's making her first stop in North America on May 26, which'll be followed by a debut appearance in Japan and Korea on May 28. To finish off this wonderful performance, Europe's getting their share of the action on May 29.

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What do American teens think of J-Pop?

Wed, 01/14/2015 - 10:00

I'm a bit of a Youtube React Channel junky. I especially love the show when they cover stuff that's near and dear to my heart, so you can be sure my interest piqued when the word "J-Pop" showed up on my playlist. I won't spoil the video for you, but I have to say I'm a bit surprised by some of the assumption made by these Youtubers. I wouldn't go as far as calling them "racist", but I guess I'm always surprised when people guess others' races without knowing. Also, when a Japanese person does anything athletic, why are they always a ninja?

Besides all that, there's actual some descent insight given to idol culture, and other interesting, accurate J-Pop facts. Most importantly, one of my favorite all time videos pops up. I'm sure you know which one I'm talking about.

[Via finalfanboy.com]

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