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Japanator and Siliconera are merging!

Japan News - Tue, 02/11/2020 - 06:00

We are about to head into a new era… a Siliconera, if you will. Siliconera and Japanator are teaming up. All of the news and features you’d expect from Japanator are going to find a new home at Siliconera, where we’ll all work together to talk about our passion for Japanese games and culture. Now that we’re both part of the same network, we feel like it’s only natural to perform a Fusion Dance and team up.

Don’t think of this as a goodbye. Think of this as a “We’re moving down the street.” The people you know and love from Japanator will all still be here. We’re just all coming together as one community. You’ll just stop at this website to visit Japanator instead: japanator.siliconera.com.

Japanator and Siliconera are merging! screenshot

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Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid Receives 2.0 Update; Adds PS4 Cross-play & Cross-progression

Japan News - Wed, 02/05/2020 - 12:31

Power Rangers: Battle for the Grid, the fighting game based on the popular Power Rangers franchise have received a 2.0 update. The fighting game based on the Japanese tokusatsu franchise Super Sentai now features  crossplay and cross-progression across PS4, Switch, Xbox, and PC. 

 Battle for the Grid Receives 2.0 Update; Adds PS4 Cross-play & Cross-progression screenshot

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Review: Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot

Japan News - Sun, 02/02/2020 - 21:30

If you have been following me for the longest, you know Dragon Ball games aren’t new to me, with my Dragon Ball Xenoverse 2 review being available at Destructoid, our sister site. However, that was over three years ago, and we got Dragon Ball Fusions and Dragon Ball FighterZ right in between, which I didn’t really review on the site. While the focus is to review Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot, I will also briefly talk about the previous games.

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“Lovelive! Sunshine!!”Aqours' Aina "Ainya" Suzuki debuts as a solo artist

Japan News - Sun, 02/02/2020 - 17:12

Aina Suzuki, also known as Ainya, who has voiced various characters in different anime with her most prominent role being Mari Ohara from “Love Live! Sunshine!!”, has finally debuted as a solo artist from Lantis.

Additionally, her song “Hikariiro no Uta” is the ending theme of the TV anime “HATENA☆ILLUSION” and will voice the heroine Kana Hoshisato as well. Hikariiro no Uta” is written by the singer-songwriter ZAQ. You can watch the music video below:

You may also listen to her others songs on these streaming platforms

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Japanator Exclusive: An Interview with TRUE

Japan News - Sun, 02/02/2020 - 17:00

TRUE, also known as Miho Karasawa, is a singer and songwriter from Tokyo known for her work on Violet Evergarden, Buddy Complex, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Maria the Virgin Witch, and Sound! Euphonium.

After witnessing her performance alongside her Lantis colleagues at the concert on Friday, November 15th at Anime NYC, I had the honor to interview her the following day to talk to her about her origins and her work.


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Review: JunkFood Custom Arcades Hitbox/Stickless

Japan News - Sat, 02/01/2020 - 16:33

A few months ago, I had the opportunity to review the Razer Panthera EVO, which I liked a lot. The buttons where mechanical, it’s very light, and it’s easy to customize. An all-around improvement from the previous iteration. While I have always used Arcade sticks for the past 10 years, or even longer if we count actual arcade cabinets, I never had the chance to use a hitbox.

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Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video

Japan News - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 19:00

Soba noodles are one of those simple but tasty staple dishes one can find in many Japanese restaurants around the world. Primarily made from buckwheat, soba noodles are usually the other noodle dish opposite of the now more popular ramen noodles in Japanese restaurants.

Life Where I'm From, a YouTube channel I've featured before, is featuring the humble soba noodle from it's harvesting as its main ingredient buckwheat to how it's prepared as a dish by the farmer's restaurant. You can't get any fresher than that, I haven't had a proper soba noodle in a while and this video is just making me want to make it myself with some buckwheat to get that pure soba taste.

Enjoy this video and I hope y'all are craving soba now as much as I am after watching it.

Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video screenshot

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Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video

Japan News - Fri, 12/27/2019 - 19:00

Soba noodles are one of those simple but tasty staple dishes one can find in many Japanese restaurants around the world. Primarily made from buckwheat, soba noodles are usually the other noodle dish opposite of the now more popular ramen noodles in Japanese restaurants.

Life Where I'm From, a YouTube channel I've featured before, is featuring the humble soba noodle from it's harvesting as its main ingredient buckwheat to how it's prepared as a dish by the farmer's restaurant. You can't get any fresher than that, I haven't had a proper soba noodle in a while and this video is just making me want to make it myself with some buckwheat to get that pure soba taste.

Enjoy this video and I hope y'all are craving soba now as much as I am after watching it.

Feast your eyes on Soba from farm to table in this video screenshot

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

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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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: Razer Panthera Evo

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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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Review: The Alliance Alive HD Remastered

Japan News - 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!

Japan News - 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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Check out a day in the life of a Manga Author!

Japan News - 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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Review: Disgaea 4 Complete+

Japan News - Fri, 11/01/2019 - 11:35

It’s been many years since I played the original Disgaea 4 when it released on PS3 and later the PlayStation Vita a few years later. While it’s not of my favorites, the cast of characters was great, and it had a hilarious narrative. Like the usual Disgaea re-releases, the game with all the available DLC ever released, similar to the PlayStation Vita version, however, this time the game will have brand new tweaks and functionality to make it a brand new Disgaea experience.

 Disgaea 4 Complete+ screenshot

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MBLAQ's Seung Ho Assaulted By Former Employee

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:20
A former J.Tune Camp employee hit MBLAQ member Seung Ho over the head with a glass cup during a drunken argument at a bar.
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Super Junior's Siwon Displays Opposition Against Same-Sex Marriage, Supports Kim Davis

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 12:21
Super Junior member Siwon has come out in opposition of same-sex marriage through a series of retweets on his twitter account.
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TOKIO's Taichi Kokubun To Get Married

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:21
TOKIO member Taichi Kokubun has announced that he will be getting married to a non-celebrity woman.
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