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Mao Abe Announces Pregnancy

J-pop Asia - 4 hours 29 min ago
In a statement made on her official website, Mao Abe has announced that she is 3 months pregnant.
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JYJ's Jaejoong To Join Military On March 31

J-pop Asia - 5 hours 43 min ago
JYJ's Jaejoong has announced that he will be enlisting into the military on March 31.
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New Dragon Ball Z movie features Frieza's final final form

Japan News - 8 hours 14 min ago

Grab your capsule corp jackets and set your scouters for power levels because last Sunday saw the release of a new Dragon Ball Z movie trailer. Dragon Ball Z: Fukkatsu no F (Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection of F) features the return of possibly the most famous Dragon Ball Z villain Frieza. As a quick recap; Frieza is a big bad alien that Goku kills on Namek but he is brought back as a cyborg only to die again at the hands of a time travelling Trunks at the start of the Trunks saga. The last we see of Frieza outside the movies was in Hell where he teamed up with Cell to take out Goku. 

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Start off your Spring Break with Viz's upcoming digital manga titles

Japan News - 12 hours 14 min ago

I may be more of a fan of reading things physically than digitally, but Viz's March digital manga roster contains some interesting titles, since they resurrected a few Tokyopop titles. On top of that, Tokyo Ghoul and Spell of Desire are joining the company's arsenal of downloadable goodies as well. In other words, March might be a good month for folks who read their stuff on their tablets and phones.

Interestingly, Tokyo Ghoul and Spell of Desire both fall into the supernatural genre, since one story involves the Ghoul society in Japan and the other has to do with a recently awakened witch that runs an herb shop. If anything, I guess that Viz chose to go with a special theme for their recent releases. 

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Review: Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines

Japan News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 13:00

[This review originally appeared on Destructoid]

Like many games of its type, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines features a tiny graphic in its text boxes to remind players they can press a button to advance to the next line. Usually the graphic is of an X or O button pressing itself, but Oreshika's is of a little weasel pushing a button with its nose.

It's animated, and viewed from the side the little weasel can also look just like a person, sitting on their knees Japanese-style, bowing respectfully, over and over. That behavior's almost emblematic of the game's attitude, as it's so eager to let players do what they like (sometimes to their own detriment) that it almost comes off as desperate. 

But hey, they're gonna be dead soon anyway, so perhaps some deference is warranted.

 

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BUMP OF CHICKEN to Release New Single "Hello,world! / Colony"

J-pop Asia - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 08:58
BUMP OF CHICKEN will be releasing a double A-side single titled "Hello,world! / Colony" on the 22nd of April!
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Ayaka to Release "iTunes Session" Album in 110 Countries

J-pop Asia - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:35
Ayaka has just revealed that she will be releasing her "iTunes Session" in a total of 110 countries!
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UNiTE. to Release New Single "Marble"

J-pop Asia - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 02:16
Visual Kei band UNiTE. announced the release of a new single titled "marble" (マーブル). Today we want to talk about the details of that release and also the versions you can get your hands on in Europe!
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YOSHIKI Announces X JAPAN Activities Through Social Network Services

J-pop Asia - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 21:51
YOSHIKI recently announced that X JAPAN will be heading out for a world tour this year through his official account in social network services!
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Idoling!!! To Disband In October

J-pop Asia - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 11:48
Idoling!!! will be ending its group activities in October.
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F.T. Island To Release 5th Album This Month

J-pop Asia - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 10:27
FNC Entertainment announced that F.T. Island will be its 5th studio album in March.
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Attack on Titan x Aqua Clara Promo has some Amazing Prizes

Japan News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 09:37

The increasingly popular Attack on Titan is partnering up with the Japanese water cooler provider Aqua Clara to wage war against dehydration. The link between killing titans and ensuring adequate hydration is extremely tenuous, but I don't want to be dehydrated when I'm fighting a 3 metre class of paper work. 

Attack on Titan x Aqua Clara Promo has some Amazing Prizes screenshot

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Brighten your day with a lengthy 3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2 trailer

Japan News - Mon, 03/02/2015 - 04:00

Attention, people; Bandai Namco has launched a 14-minute trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, which is the perfect cure to obliterate anyone's bad mood. This time around, we're treated to more of the usual action from the game's newcomer-- including a certain special move that gets our blood boiling to maximum levels.

Besides seeing more Diebuster-related goodness, the other great thing about Tengoku Hen's new trailer was experiencing more of the Full Metal Panic! light novel's content. Once again, it's neat to see that the game's covering the post Full Metal Panic! The Second Raid content, since it lets us see the light novel's machine battle it as glorious 2D sprites.

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Royz Announces a New Beginning

J-pop Asia - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 23:06
At Royz' tour final at Tokyo Zepp DiverCity yesterday the band announced to start over and will release a new single with a suitable title: "THE BEGINNING".
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A9's Show and Tora Team Up for Rock Unit DIAWOLF

J-pop Asia - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:40
A9 vocalist Show and guitarist Tora joins forces to form the side project DIAWOLF
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Alice Nine Rises Once Again as A9 with New Song "Phoenix"

J-pop Asia - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 14:11
Alice Nine is back with a new song. Now dubbed as A9, the reinvigorated group has released "Phoenix" on YouTube and has announced the arrival of a mini-album in August.
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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 683

Japan News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 12:00

It seems wherever the Straw Hats go, there will always be chaos. It's pretty rare for them to land on an island, wait peacefully for the log pose to adjust then carry on without getting into an 8 episode fight. I'm sure it has happened before in a filler, but recently they've been doing some major landscaping an island before hoisting the main sail for departure. Dressrosa is one of their finest works as not only is it undergoing major re-construction but also mass murder on all it's citizens. With that pleasant note let's talk about this episode.

 One Piece episode 683 screenshot

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DanMachi trailer asks if it's okay to pick up girls in a dungeon

Japan News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 10:00



The interestingly titled bestselling light novel series Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?, known as DanMachi for short,  is getting an anime adaptation in the spring. The anime adaptation is by animation studio J.C. Staff and the anime is set to air on April 15, 2015 in Japan.

DanMachi is follows the adventures of dungeon adventurer Bell Cranel and the goddess he serves, Hesutia, in the city of Orario which happens to be a gateway to a huge underground maze known as "Dungeon". Many seek to explore the dungeon for fame and fortune while Bell also aspires for those things, he wants meet some ladies as well.

So is it okay to pick up girls in a dungeon?

DanMachi trailer asks if it's okay to pick up girls in a dungeon screenshot

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Impressions: Gundam The Origin I: Blue-Eyed Casval

Japan News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 08:00

Char Aznable.

In all of Mobile Suit Gundam's long history, there's perhaps no better icon of the franchise (besides the Gundam itself) than the Red Comet and his trademark mask. In fact, Char himself has become a fixture of Gundam itself, far beyond the Universal Century. Whenever a masked villain appears anywhere near a science-fiction setting in anime, comparisons to Char will ensue.

The thing is, though, that's not even his real name, which is what makes this first installment of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, so fascinating.

 Blue-Eyed Casval screenshot

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Anna Tsuchiya to perform at Anime Matsuri 2015

Japan News - Sun, 03/01/2015 - 06:00


Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston.

This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna Tsuchiya, former model turned award winning actress and singer whose works include singing the opening theme song (and Nana's singing voice) for the anime adaptation of Nana and for performing the rockin' opening song for Kamen Rider Fourze.

This is going to be Anna Tsuchiya's first full on concert on US soil and it will be at Anime Matsuri 2015. Other acts at Anime Matsuri include:

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