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This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

Japan News - 23 hours 2 min ago

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recent Godzilla remake.

Unlike that game, this new one actually lets you control Godzilla itself, along with a bunch of his greatest foes and allies, including, King Ghidora, Biollante, Mothra, Detroyah, Hedorah, several incarnations of Mecha-Godzilla, and that punk-ass Ultraman wannabe Jet Jaguar. There's even an appearance by 2014 Godzilla, also known as Hollywood Godzilla, Fatzilla, Chubzilla, and "American" Godzilla.

To make the trailer cuter, it's even narrated and scored like a '70s Kaiju flick. Bandai Namco really know their audience. The game's out on December 18th in Japan, but no word's come down about an English release.

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MORRIE Releases Previews to Long-Awaited Album

J-pop Asia - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 01:55
Legendary jrock vocalist MORRIE will release his first album in twenty years on December 25th. Snippets of the songs included in "HARD CORE REVERIE" can now be heard in a special album trailer uploaded recently.
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[Exclusive] JPOPASIA Interviews TarO&JirO, AMIAYA and Dorothy Little Happy

J-pop Asia - Sat, 11/22/2014 - 00:28
JpopAsia caught up with Jpop artists TarO&JirO, AMIAYA and Dorothy Little Happy when they performed in Indonesia for annual music event J-Music LAB 2014 in hai Day last November 8-9
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The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin trailer is here

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:00

So much Char, my mind can't even...

 The Origin trailer is here screenshot

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It's time for some Neptunia-related updates

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:00

For a good while, we already knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for the Neptunia series, as Idea Factory's shipping Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire to Western shores. Speaking of which, Idea Factory has revealed that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation hits North America on Jan. 27, 2015 as a physical and digital release. On top of that, Europe's getting the game digitally on Jan. 28, with a physical version hitting stores on Jan. 30. Last but not least, the game is compatible with the Playstation TV, which means most player'll get to save the world of Gamindustri on the tube as well.

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Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:00

Name: Ai Shinozaki
Birthdate: February 26, 1992
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Measurements: 87/60/88 cm 

I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and there's no way you would forgive me if I held out! Halloween just looks like more fun than in Japan than it is in my neck of the woods. I had some teenage kids who didn't even dress up, children who demanded more candy, and no idols at my door. Would you give Ai a trick or treat?

If she and her friends came dressed like that to my doorstep, I'm sure I'd give them all the Pocky they could carry!

 Ai Shinozaki screenshot

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Super Junior's Shindong Delays Military Enlistment Due To Back Pain

J-pop Asia - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:49
Super Junior member Shindong has pushed back his military enlistment date to sometime at the beginning of 2015 due to a back injury that is causing him pain.
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WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00

Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a bit.

I actually had no idea that Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon and the band The Roots made an appearance, and I'm sorry I missed the original airing. This is pretty darn funny. Come on, that fish segment? WTF?

 Jimmy Fallon went to the Library? screenshot

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Final Fantasy: Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

What started off as the little Sony PSP title that just didn't want to come Stateside has finally morphed into a full fledged HD next-gen title. There's a new English trailer for the upcoming Square Enix game, and the wait until March 17 just got harder. I've been waiting way too long to meet you Final Fantasy: Type 0.

 Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous screenshot

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Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and charming Char Aznable in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I: The Blue-Eyed Casval.

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BIGBANG Hip-hop sub-unit GD x Taeyang Sings its Own Trap Music: Watch New MV “GOOD BOY”

J-pop Asia - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 07:08
New BIGBANG sub-unit “GD x Taeyang” has unveiled its highly anticipated music video for “GOOD BOY.”
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A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:00

It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo. I never really got into Owl City as they sounded a bit too much like a watered down version of The Postal Service, but when their songs came on the radio I never really tuned out.

This new track is not too bad. It's still way too Ben Gibbard-y from my tastes, but Fukase's added vocals make the track a bit more charming. At the very least it's nice to see the Tokyo rock band get some recogniztion. I just wish they didn't have the Asian sounding synth lines added in there, just kind of cheapens the whole thing. Gong!

 Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI screenshot

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EXO Proves Popularity among Japanese Fans Gaining 36 000 of Audience in Tokyo

J-pop Asia - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 05:58
Ten-member K-Pop act EXO, being on tour “EXO FROM. EXOPLANET #1 -THE LOST PLANET-,” made a stop in Tokyo, Japan.
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Animator Expo's third short has some catchy tunes

Japan News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:00

I knew that something good would come out of Japan Animator Expo, and the third short (NSFW), ME!ME!ME!, managed to exceed my expectations-- event if it's on the bizarre side. At the same time, TeddyLoid and daoko's singing did a great job in transitioning the video from a segment that felt like an otaku's inner fantasy to a strange scenario where a guy in a high-tech suit battles an army of creepy-looking digital ladies. Also, it was neat to see that the short's main character owned figures of Misato, Rei, and Asuka in the video.

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MBLAQ Releases Details For 7th Mini Album "Winter"

J-pop Asia - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 14:32
MBLAQ has released the track list and details for the group's 7th mini album "Winter".
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Shun Oguri Says His Life Is Now Centered Around His Child

J-pop Asia - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 12:16
During a GQ Japan event, Shun Oguri talked about his new life as a father.
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NEWS Announce Upcoming Single

J-pop Asia - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 09:31
It has been announced that Johnny's Entertainment boy band NEWS will be releasing a new single titled "KAGUYA" on the 7th of January, 2015.
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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606

Japan News - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

 Bleach chapters 605-606 screenshot

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SCANDAL Announces European Tour

J-pop Asia - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 18:41
SCANDAL is set to go on tour through Europe in April 2015.
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Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

Japan News - Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm back on board. Check out the latest barrage of publicity for the movie, a series of costumed cast posters showing Eren (played by Haru Miura), Mikasa (played by Kiko Mizuhara), Armin (played by Kanata Hongo), Hanji (played by Satomi Ishihara), Sasha (Nanami Sakuraba), Jean (Takahiro Miura), and a bunch of new characters created by Isayama for the movie.

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