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Follow a day in the life of a Japanese video game developer!

Sat, 11/30/2019 - 13:00

PAOLOfromTOKYO is back on here once again with his Day in the life series of videos featuring Japanese people going doing their daily thing with their jobs and other life activities.

This time around it's a Japanese game programmer and his name is Masa. They don't mention the game development company by name but the games featured by the company makes it obvious that it's Bandai Namco (known as Namco Bandai outside Japan), the company behind the Tekken, Ace Combat, and other popular franchises.

I've heard that a lot of these companies in Japan are a bit more traditional but a tech oriented company like Bandai Namco seems very modern with certain perks that they provide for their programmers as seen in the video. The amenities provided are what you would expect in a typical office setting but nothing fancy.

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Review: Razer Panthera Evo

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 14:10

As you can imagine from my profile description, I’ve been a fan of fighting games for a while now. While I was never too good at it then and even now, many years later, I still say I’m pretty terrible at them. But for me, it’s always going to be a highly enjoyable genre, one that brings me joy, especially when facing an opponent face to face—right next to each other. It’s been my favorite genre since King of Fighters ’94 and since my first day I stepped into the arcades.

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Review: The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 07:30

It wasn’t too long since The Alliance Alive was released on the Nintendo 3DS, with the game releasing on Summer 2017 in Japan and March 2018 in the west. Even though the Nintendo Switch has already come out worldwide, the Nintendo 3DS was still receiving titles. Personally, given that I didn’t enjoy The Legend of Legacy at all, I looked past it. However, a year and a half later after the North American release, the game was ported and enhanced to the Nintendo Switch, this time the game being published by NIS America.

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Check out a day in the life of a Manga Author!

Sun, 11/17/2019 - 17:30

If y'all haven't noticed, we like manga here at Japanator and we're sure that y'all are as well and we found a video that might be pique y'all's interest. PAOLOfromTokyo is back with another video in his 'Day in the Life' series and now it's all about a manga artist. The process of making manga has been something that has been shown in manga and anime but with this video, we get to see real people do actual work.

The mangaka featured in the video is Reiji Miyajima, and his manga is Kanojo Okarishimasu, looks pretty interesting and I'm sure you'll go check out after watching this video. Miyajima's office is one of the more modern ones with a lot of the process done with computers, which is quite a different process than what we've seen depicted in some anime and manga that involves pens and papers.

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See Japanese future tech in these videos from CEATEC 2019!

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 17:00

Cutting edge technology is what many out there would think when one thinks of Japan. While Japan isn’t quite the titan it once was when it comes to high tech toys for the average consumer, tthat innovation isn't quite gone just yet. At CEATEC 2019, that spirit of futuristic Japanese technology is still alive and well but it’s a bit more on selling tech to businesses than it is to the regular consumer.

CEATEC, or the Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, is an annual technology exhibition and conference at the Makuhari Messe convention center located in Chiba City. This yearly trade show features the latest and greatest that Japanese tech companies have to offer.

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Japanator Exclusive: Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo Talks About About Trails of Cold Steel 3's New Class VII, Ys VIII & More

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:30

Almost three months later, my coverage for Anime Expo 2019 still isn't done. While I didn't have the chance to properly conduct the interview in person due to some difficulties, I did get to briefly meet Nihon Falcom President's Toshihiro Kondo (as seen in the last picture.) during the convention. 

However, with the help of NISA, I was able to get answers for my interview via e-mail, in which he answers many questions of the upcoming Trails of Cold Steel 3, Ys VIII on the Switch, and about other Falcom titles. 

Christian Chiok (CC): When I had the chance to try out the game during the convention, I noticed the combat is different than the previous two games. Can you elaborate what has changed in Cold Steel 3?

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Review: Ni no Kuni Wrath of the White Witch Remastered

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 19:02

Ni No Kuni is easily one of my favorite games from the last generation alongside big hitters like Red Dead Redemption and The Last of Us. The game was initially released as a DS title exclusive for Japan in which got a PS3 remake a year later. With Studio Ghibli producing the game’s animated cutscenes and game graphics, it carried that charm that the Ghibli movies hold. Not only that, but with the game being written and produced by Akihiro Hino, who was responsible for other projects like the Dark Cloud series, I had so much to be excited about.

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Check out a day in the life of a Professional Cosplayer

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:00

PAOLOfromTokyo brings us another one of his Japanese lifestyle videos that features a Japanese person's day in their life such as that of Japanese Salaryman or workers in a car repair shop that gives us a glimpse into the Japanese working culture (Check out the videos below). This new video shows us a day in the life of a professional Japanese cosplayer, Yuzuchi, it's something a lot of us who are tuned into the anime culture might be familiar with but we rarely get to see it from a Japanese viewpoint.

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My Hero One’s Justice 2 Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 18:00

The latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealed My Hero One's Justice 2—the sequel to last year's anime brawler, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions will release both physically and digitally while the Xbox version will be digital exclusive in Japan. A release date has yet to be revealed. 

My Hero One’s Justice 2 Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch screenshot

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San Japan 2019: Cosplay Gallery

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 17:00

It's been ages since I last dropped by San Japan in San Antonio and I was able to make a quick stop at the anime convention by the Alamo. The San Japan cosplay on display was on very much point and I was able to grab a few shots. The growth of the convention in the last 6 years was just overwhelming. I frankly wasn't prepared for all of the great cosplay and regret not getting so much more.

So check out this very small sample of the great cosplay at the convention and look forward to more in the future!

 Cosplay Gallery screenshot

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Sat, 09/14/2019 - 11:00

I’ve been a fan of Uchikoshi’s work ever since 1999—since the very first time I held my copy of Pepsiman for the PlayStation One in my hands. Naturally, I didn’t know who the developer of the game was, let alone who the 3D modeler of the game was, all I thought was “Pepsi made this game.” It wasn’t until 2009 where I encountered his work again, given that most of his previous work where never localized outside of Japan then.

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Spend a day in a Japanese Language school in this video

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 18:00

I'm sure many of you out there who love the land of the rising sun dream of visiting the holy land of Anime someday. For those who do get to make the trip to the far east, the realization that subtitles do not exist in real life and an actual understanding of the language is required is a thing and just can't be obtained from just watching anime alone.

One can prepare for the a few key phrases and words to get around but what about those who need a little help and are gonna be in Japan for a bit? Well, Japanese language schools are available and in this latest video by Abroad in Japan, we get to see just who goes to these schools and find out the learning process goes on at these places.

Spend a day in a Japanese Language school in this video screenshot

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