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Final Impressions: Shirobako

Japan News - 13 hours 1 min ago

Spoiler alert: Shirobako ends happily. 

Of course, that's really only a spoiler to the most stubborn and obnoxious of curmudgeons. There was really no other way for this show to end. And to be frank, it ended as it should have: Full to bursting with sappy, sentimental, idealistic, feel-good cliche.

I love it. 

 Shirobako screenshot

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Week Ender - PA Works Edition

Japan News - 13 hours 1 min ago

PA Works is a studio that has had great success as of late with their original anime Shirobako. That wasn't the case with their previous works since their last hit, Hanasaku Iroha but they've been hitting it out of the park with their latest anime about an anime studio who has been trying to make their comeback. Who knew that them making an anime about making anime and themselves would be so successful?

Well, this weekend's Week Ender is about PA Works and they've got some good endings in there. Well, I have a couple that I really like so I'll just throw those in with some others. Enjoy!

Week Ender - PA Works Edition screenshot

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Gothic Fashion no Jutsu! Silver rings inspired by Naruto's dark side

Japan News - 15 hours 1 min ago

Even though Naruto ended last winter, it doesn't prevent us at Japanator from talking about our favourite orange clad ninja. When it comes to fashion, I'll be hard pressed to recommend anything from the Naruto series. Green latex jump suits and flak jackets with pockets for ninja scrolls aren't going to see a resurgence as this summer's hottest style. 

As part of the fashion line "Naruto Moonless Night", Bandai Fashion Net are producing two silver rings based on the monstrous Demonic Statue of the Outer Path and #1 ninja scumbag Danzo. These design choices focus on Naruto's darker elements hence the Moonless Night motif which will later expand to other accessories including wallets.

Both silver rings are nice references to the shonen show though I think the Sharingan embedded arm is the better of the two designs. I really like how they used red stones to emulate the Sharingans making it look as creepy as it did in the show. 

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KAMIJO Celebrates 20th Anniversary with Best Album

J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 21:46
Solo artist KAMIJO celebrates his 20th anniversary this year and will release a best album for this occasion.
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Check out Animator Expo's adorable ghost short

Japan News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 14:00

If you had a rough day today. then Animator Expo's 15th short might be the thing to lift your spirits. Not only that, Shigeto Koyama's (Diebuster's Mechanical Designs) Obake-chan piece takes the concepts of ghosts and changes it from scary to cute. Instead the animation using the eight-minute time frame to tell a whole story, we're treated to a series of skits that sets up for some small laughs.

Besides the cute jokes, Obake-chan's other strength is how the team utilizes a very simplistic layout for the animation. The light brown background feels like it was done on light brown paper and the character's white lines help compliment the piece's ghost theme. Of course, the unexpected surprise at the end was priceless as well.

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T-ara's Eunjung To Make Her Solo Debut

J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 09:35
T-ARA member Eunjung has announced that she will be making a solo debut with a Duble Sidekick produced track.
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Aw snap, Garage Hero share their thoughts on the Ultraman Ginga S movie

Japan News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:00

If you've been interested in checking out Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Director, Producer, and Hero), Michael (Gun Caliber's Blue), Max (Hayate's Co-Producer) and Jarvis (Gaion Sigma's Agent Rufus) were able to express their views on the movie's quality. Just like Garage Hero's previous movie reviews, the group's review segments make me feel like I'm watching an awesome group of friends talking about a movie they've just seen, which is one of the best aspects of their film discussions.

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MIYAVI Reveals Details on "The Others"

J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:46
We've already reported on MIYAVI's new album "The Others" that will drop on April 15th. Today we can give you details on the track list!
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2PM's Members All Renew Contract With JYP Entertainment

J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 16:53
All 6 members of 2PM have renewed their contracts with JYP Entertainment for another 3 years.
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AKB48's Kawaei Rina To Leave Group Due To Assault

J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 11:26
Unable to move past the traumatic assault she experienced last year, AKB48 member Kawaei Rina has decided to leave the group and will pursue an acting career instead.
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Former AKB48 Manager Secretly Filmed Group Members Undressing & Showering

J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:36
Former AKB48 manager Takashi Nodera has been revealed to have illegally filmed the group members doing various private activities such as undressing and taking showers.
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2AM's Seulong And Jinwoon Leave JYP Entertainment

J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:35
2AM members Seulong and Jinwoon have decided not to renew their contracts with JYP Entertainment, effectively disbanding the group.
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Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Japan News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:00

Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada by the late Macek and his folks at Harmony Gold.

Sony Pictures have nabbed the license from its old holders at Warner Brothers (who picked up the rights from Harmony Gold), and plan to "move quickly" on a live-action feature, with producers and writers who helped make films like 300 and G.I. Joe reportedly on board.

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First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

Japan News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:00

If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese cartoon fix, and this newest tidbit might just interest you: Naruto: The Last has just been cleared for airing in cinemas in the Philippines.

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Omega Quintet's latest English trailer has dancing idols

Japan News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:00

Alright, people; Spring's around the corner and it's time to look at Idea Factory International's most recent trailer for Omega Quintet, Compile Heart's PS4 title where you battle the forces of evil with an idol group. While the video looks like a normal idol performance at first sight, we're actually witnessing the game's PVS (short for Promotional Video System) feature, which lets you customize your own idol music videos.

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AKB48 Forms New Unit Dendenmu Chu!

J-pop Asia - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 16:12
AKB48 has formed a new unit named Dendenmu Chu! which will make its debut on the group's next single.
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Girl's Day's Hyeri To Play Female Lead In Upcoming Drama "Reply 1988"

J-pop Asia - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 15:21
Girl's Day member Hyeri has been cast to play the female lead in "Reply 1988", the 3rd installment of the popular drama series.
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[Exclusive] JpopAsia Interviews VAMPS

J-pop Asia - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:47
VAMPS will be going on tour across the United States in April. JpopAsia had the opportunity to talk to the band before it embarked on its upcoming tour.
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OP Up! Anime Game Edition

Japan News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:00

Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

OP Up! Anime Game Edition screenshot

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Experience Japanese Pop Culture at Penang Anime Matsuri 2015

J-pop Asia - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 00:46
For the first time ever, the Malaysian state of Penang will be hosting the Penang Anime Matsuri - Summer Party (PAM2015)!
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