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AX '15: Right Stuf to release Zeta Gundam, Victory Gundam, and more

16 hours 54 min ago

Good news, everyone; during Anime Expo '15, the gang at Right Stuf have revealed the next phase of their Gundam distribution deal with Sunrise. This time around, the company plans to release Victory GundamGundam X, and the two Turn A Gundam compilation films in North America. If that isn't enough to quench your thirst for more Mobile Suits, then you'll be glad to hear that Zeta Gundam's been picked up as well.

Judging by their latest acquisitions, it looks like the company now has managed to acquire all of the Universal Century Gundam TV shows. At the moment, the only missing titles are Char's Counterattack, F-91, and the side stories, such as 08th MS Team. If anything those installments might be next on their agenda later on.

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Japanator's Summer 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 17:30

The Summer is nigh and the sun is out, and you know what that means, folks: Huddle indoors and watch Japanese cartoons! Well, come to think of it, that's our solution to every season, but hey, we're probably biased. After all, this is Japanator's Summer 2015 Anime Preview Guide, where we give the rundown on the latest and greatest animated offerings, straight out of Glorious Nippon!

We're running a tad late as it is, as the first entries to the season have already kicked in the door and made their way onto the airwaves and intertube cables, so without further ado, let's do this

Japanator's Summer 2015 Anime Preview Guide! screenshot

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Week Ender - Love is Love Edition

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 09:00

Love is love! If two people want to love each other, then they should. I'm not in that relationship so it is none of my business. This weekend's selection of anime endings are all about girl's love and boy's love, and there a lot of people out there who love that sort of thing. I've personally seen a bunch of girl's love stuff (mostly the romcoms) and they're pretty fun.

Is there a boy's love and/or girl's love anime endings that you love that I didn't put up on here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wants to know!

Week Ender - Love is Love Edition screenshot

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Celebrate USA's birthday with anime videos of America

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 08:00

Happy Birthday, USA! This weekend is the celebration of the great nation of the United States of America. So using the rights I am granted by this great nation, I've thrown together a few videos from Japanese animes featuring some USA-related stuff to celebrate the founding of this great union.

So slap some burgers and hotdogs on the grill, sit back and enjoy some videos from anime about the USA.

Celebrate USA's birthday with anime videos of America screenshot

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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 6

Sat, 07/04/2015 - 04:00

Hello, welcome back to Strong Style. Happy 4th of July to our American readers as we once again take a look at the G1 Climax 24 tournament.

Last week we took a look at three matches from the opening day of the tour, and this week we skip ahead to day four with a look at four matches that took place from the Akita Prefectural Gymnasium on July 23rd, 2014.

Hello, welcome back to Strong Style. Happy 4rth of July to our American readers as we once again take a look at the G1 Climax 24 tournament.


Last week we took a look at 3 matches from the opening day of the tour, and this week we skip ahead to day four with a look at four matches that took place from the Akita Prefectural Gymnasium on July 3rd, 2014.


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IMPORTED collects Japanese game music's greatest tunes

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 17:00

Video Game soundtracks are one of the rarer goodies found in any collection. I'm more inclined to collect art books than CDs but if a soundtrack has me tapping my feet to the beat I will hunt it down. It's a shame that most of them only see a Japanese release unless they are included as part of a pre-order bonus.

Producer Kevin Pescoran shares my feelings on the transatlantic problem of music distribution so he did something more than blog about it, he created IMPORTED. This album collects some of Japan's biggest video game composers and mixes an eclectic list of genres from jazz to electronic. The list of artists featured is below in order of their appearance on the album; 

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Shaft mash up art exhibit Madogatari looks incredible!

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 10:00

Shaft has to be one of my favourite anime studios just because they made the Monogatari Series. I love that anime to pieces; from the extremely witty dialogue to the contrasting colour art style. The studio is coming up to its 40th anniversary and will be celebrating by combining their two biggest shows together; Monogatari and Puella Magi Madoka Magica to make Madogatari. 

Sadly it isn't a cross-over like the upcoming Nisekoi/Monogatari show but an art exhibit featuring graphics from both Monogatari and Madoka Magica. Apart from the destinations and dates there hasn't been a lot of information posted on the exhibition but, they do have a really really cool website that you should totally check out. It's almost like a mini-exhibit for us westerners too poor to make the trip across the world. 

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PSA: New Japan Pro Wrestling's data gets breached

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 08:00

New Japan Pro Wrestling announced at a press conference today that the personal information of 18,000 customers has been leaked online by an unknown hacker. The data leaked includes customers' names, addresses, credit card information, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

In the press conference the president, chairman, and director of New Japan said that the leak was a result of outdated design of the New Japan website and that anyone who bought tickets or joined the official NJPW fan club between August 28, 2013, to April 28, 2015, were vulnerable. However, this does not seem to affect those who joined NJPW's online streaming service, New Japan World, as its website is much newer with a more secure design.

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Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai series unsheathes a new trailer

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 06:00

As Garage Hero continues to work hard on their upcoming projects, the group has taken the time to upload a new Ayakashi Zamurai trailer. This time around, we get to see more of the fantasy samurai show's comedic segments as we see a dramatic murder transform into a funny moment.

Asides from seeing Keisaku Kimura and Aimi Sekiguchi's great chemistry in action again, the trailer three random guys were a fun bunch. Of course, you can't go wrong with a character named Sumaito Meganosuke. Hell, if that name doesn't scream badass main character, then I don't know what does. 

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Review: Ressha Sentai ToQger

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 04:00

When it comes to TV shows that run for a year, it’s hard to imagine that a long series could improve when its early segments failed to impress most viewers. In many cases, if you can’t grab the audience during the program’s early acts, then there’s no point in continuing with the rest of the journey. This situation explains ToQger’s run since it had a rough start before it grew into the enjoyable experience that we know today.

Seeing that my least favorite Sentai shows (such as Goseiger) have featured strong finales, there’s a good chance that ToQger’s improvements will guide the series down this direction. In fact, this strength is one of the major aspects that makes these shows about color-coded spandex heroes fighting evil emotional at times. I guess you could say that the team's development from battling each Monster-of-the-Week is a factor that makes these titles worth keeping up with.

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Death Note TV Series is not related to the manga

Thu, 07/02/2015 - 11:00

After the revelation of a Death Note TV series, pictures and actors being released, fans have been disgruntled by the faithfulness to the source material. Death Note is a manga turned anime and subsequently live action movies about a high school student Light Yagami as he discovers a notebook that can kill people. 

The newly announced TV drama that will be airing on Nippon TV follows the university student Light Yagami as he studies, attends idol gigs specifically Misa Amane's group Ichigo Berry, and resides with his father and sister. While they have the names correct the setting and context isn't true to the original.

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OP Up! Love is Love Edition

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:00

Being able to love the one you love is great and here at Japanator, we support that. I mean, if you want to spend the rest of your life with someone you love, you should have that choice to do it. So this week's OP Up! is all about the genre of girl's love and boy's love anime.

So let's get to some anime openings about love between people that care about each other!

Did I not post your favorite opening from a boy's and/or girl's love anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!

OP Up! Love is Love Edition screenshot

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Watch out, BETA: Muv-Luv localization to get Kickstarted

Wed, 07/01/2015 - 04:00

It looks like visual novel fans are in for some good news. The gang at DegiGames and Ixtl have revealed that they're creating a Kickstarter to localize Muv-Luv and Muv-Luv Alternative. While the funding campaign will focus on the games' all-ages release, the official Muv-Luv Twitter page states that the titles' uncut version are on their agenda.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 699

Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:00

Donquixote Doflamingo has been one of my favorite villains in One Piece ever since he was introduced as one of the seven warlords of the sea. You only really saw him in-between arcs, but you could tell that he wasn't going to turn into an ally like Law or Buggy. He's a bad motherfucker and loves every minute of it. However, his latest appearance has shown me that behind the often cold calculated chuckle he is packing a lot of crazy.


 One Piece episode 699 screenshot

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Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:00

Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way of saying Tamsoft's IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game based on 1st PLACE's own Vocaloid-based idol, Ia, stands as good a chance as any of usurping the aqua-haired queen's synthetic song throne. 

Unfortunately, that also means that, due to the music industry being a real pain in the ass to navigate, Tamsoft won't be bringing the game westward. Speaking to Siliconera, Producer Kenichiro Takaki noted that:

"Since it’s a music title, and since music is arguably one of the most protected media types artists have, that just means more doors to knock on and more approvals to get. It’s far more difficult than a Senran Kagura title."

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Steins;Gate finally gets a US release date on console

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:00

Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming. 

Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3 as well. Everyone should have a chance to play Steins;Gate, after all. Unfortunately, thanks to delays in the approval process, it's American console owners that get their chance last, on August 25th. 

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Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 5

Sun, 06/28/2015 - 04:00

It's par for the course that every love interest in anime that is out-numbered by the opposite gender by more than 1:2 will be completely ignorant of another's feeling. It's the harem curse that falls on all protagonists. They may be lucky enough to be fawned upon by many beautiful people, but they were not blessed with social sense. This rule does not apply to H-games or To Love Ru. In this case, Kyon is one hell of an idiot. 

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Japanator supports love!

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 15:15

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social media and the internet exploded with expressions of joy and relief, a recognition of the decades-long struggle for equality.

At Japanator we support and celebrate marriage equality, both in the US and in other countries where people face discrimination on the basis of who they love. That includes Japan as well, which despite a thriving yuri and yaoi subculture, still lacks many key legal protections and recognitions for same-sex unions and LGBT people in general.

It's been a time of remarkable progress for equality. Let's hope that phenomenon spreads further.

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Japanator Live: Sal traverses through Chantelise's lands

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 14:00

[Update: The stream has ended, but you can watch it here]

It turns out that Sal's last Chroma Squad stream ended up being his final one. While he managed to help the Japanatorger and their sixth member save the world from evil, the guy still plans to tackle the game's other routes in the future. Since he plans to stream the title at the point where the branching paths begin, he thought that it was time to change things up around here.

For this week's stream, Sal will play through Chantelise, the second game published by Carpe Fulgur, as he helps Elise with her quest to change her sister Chante back to normal. Even though he has a bit of experience with the title, his save data was lost when his old computer bit the dust. That being said, his second playthrough might be a breeze during the first half.

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Nise and Nekomonogatari Kuro Blu-ray set announced

Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:00

A limited box set containing the Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black Blu-rays has been announced. New cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe was released recently featuring Araragi and his vampire counterpart Shinobu representing Nisemonogatari and the Fire Sisters with Tsubasa as the Black Hanakawa representing Nekomonogatari Black.

The Blu-ray set will also include commentary about the characters from the light novel author Nisio Isin. Pre-orders from Aniplex+ before 29th June will receive an exclusive T-shirt drawn by mangaka Ueda Hajime (FLCL).

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