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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 699

Japan News - 22 hours 30 min ago

Donquixote Doflamingo has been one of my favorite villains in One Piece ever since he was introduced as one of the seven warlords of the sea. You only really saw him in-between arcs, but you could tell that he wasn't going to turn into an ally like Law or Buggy. He's a bad motherfucker and loves every minute of it. However, his latest appearance has shown me that behind the often cold calculated chuckle he is packing a lot of crazy.


 One Piece episode 699 screenshot

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GOT7 to Release New Mini Album Next Month

J-pop Asia - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 00:35
Sophomores GOT7 have announced their highly anticipated 3rd mini-album “Just right.” The new record will be out on July 13.
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Daichi Miura Announces 5th Studio Album

J-pop Asia - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:48
Daichi Miura has announced that he will be releasing a new studio album.
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Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west

Japan News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:00

Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way of saying Tamsoft's IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game based on 1st PLACE's own Vocaloid-based idol, Ia, stands as good a chance as any of usurping the aqua-haired queen's synthetic song throne. 

Unfortunately, that also means that, due to the music industry being a real pain in the ass to navigate, Tamsoft won't be bringing the game westward. Speaking to Siliconera, Producer Kenichiro Takaki noted that:

"Since it’s a music title, and since music is arguably one of the most protected media types artists have, that just means more doors to knock on and more approvals to get. It’s far more difficult than a Senran Kagura title."

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2PM Performed Solo Concert in Seoul: See Photos

J-pop Asia - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:08
Sextet 2PM has performed last weekend in Seoul with its 2-day solo concert “2015 2PM Concert House Party.”
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Steins;Gate finally gets a US release date on console

Japan News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:00

Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming. 

Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3 as well. Everyone should have a chance to play Steins;Gate, after all. Unfortunately, thanks to delays in the approval process, it's American console owners that get their chance last, on August 25th. 

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[Exclusive] Live Report of Countdown Asia Festival in Jakarta DAY 2

J-pop Asia - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 09:26
Part 2 of JpopAsia's coverage of the very first Countdown Asia Festival held June 6th to 7th in Jakarta
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[Exclusive] Live Report of Countdown Asia Festival in Jakarta DAY 1

J-pop Asia - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 04:46
JpopAsia recaps the very first Countdown Asia Festival held in Jakarta last June 6th to 7th
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Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 5

Japan News - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 04:00

It's par for the course that every love interest in anime that is out-numbered by the opposite gender by more than 1:2 will be completely ignorant of another's feeling. It's the harem curse that falls on all protagonists. They may be lucky enough to be fawned upon by many beautiful people, but they were not blessed with social sense. This rule does not apply to H-games or To Love Ru. In this case, Kyon is one hell of an idiot. 

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Japanator supports love!

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 15:15

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social media and the internet exploded with expressions of joy and relief, a recognition of the decades-long struggle for equality.

At Japanator we support and celebrate marriage equality, both in the US and in other countries where people face discrimination on the basis of who they love. That includes Japan as well, which despite a thriving yuri and yaoi subculture, still lacks many key legal protections and recognitions for same-sex unions and LGBT people in general.

It's been a time of remarkable progress for equality. Let's hope that phenomenon spreads further.

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Japanator Live: Sal traverses through Chantelise's lands

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 14:00

[Update: The stream has ended, but you can watch it here]

It turns out that Sal's last Chroma Squad stream ended up being his final one. While he managed to help the Japanatorger and their sixth member save the world from evil, the guy still plans to tackle the game's other routes in the future. Since he plans to stream the title at the point where the branching paths begin, he thought that it was time to change things up around here.

For this week's stream, Sal will play through Chantelise, the second game published by Carpe Fulgur, as he helps Elise with her quest to change her sister Chante back to normal. Even though he has a bit of experience with the title, his save data was lost when his old computer bit the dust. That being said, his second playthrough might be a breeze during the first half.

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Nise and Nekomonogatari Kuro Blu-ray set announced

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 12:00

A limited box set containing the Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black Blu-rays has been announced. New cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe was released recently featuring Araragi and his vampire counterpart Shinobu representing Nisemonogatari and the Fire Sisters with Tsubasa as the Black Hanakawa representing Nekomonogatari Black.

The Blu-ray set will also include commentary about the characters from the light novel author Nisio Isin. Pre-orders from Aniplex+ before 29th June will receive an exclusive T-shirt drawn by mangaka Ueda Hajime (FLCL).

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J-Stars Victory Vs+ releases early for EU and Australia

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 10:00

Weekly Shonen Jump is one of the biggest manga umbrellas in the industry, collecting some of the biggest franchises like; Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and Gintama. Their ventures from the black and white weeklies to interactive video games are common, although we don't get a lot coming to the west probably due to many Jump franchises being owned by different western companies.

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Week Ender - Military Edition

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 08:00

This weekend's Week Ender is all about military-related anime endings! Seems like I forgot a fan-favorite, Jormungand, which needs to be on here. So rejoice that your favorite loco arms dealer gets some loving this weekend.

Now fall in to formation and let's head out to this week's selection of military-related anime endings! Hooah.

Is there an ending to a military-related anime that I didn't put on here? SHARE IT ON THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know.

Week Ender - Military Edition screenshot

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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 5

Japan News - Sat, 06/27/2015 - 04:00

Welcome back to Strong Style! This week we begin something very cool as NJPW on AXS TV begins its coverage of the 24th annual G1 Climax Tournament! The coverage of the tournament will take us all the way into August with highlights from the tour.

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Drown away your sorrows with a new VA-11 HALL-A trailer

Japan News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 16:30

Back when Japanator Managing Editor Josh Tolentino wrote about VA-11 HALL-A, the bartending game that's set in a cyberpunk setting, my interest for the title was at a normal level.

While I didn't get to play the project's prologue, the game's idea of experiencing the world's story through the eyes of a bartender looks intriguing. That, and the Kamen Rider reference from one of the bar's TV screen caught my eye. Of course, my Venezuelan half is another factor that makes me want to check it out since it's not too often that you hear about a development team that's located in Venezuela.

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Lin to Go on Hiatus for the Second Time

J-pop Asia - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 16:16
Lin announced at its live at Umeda ZEELA on June 24th that the band will go on hiatus at the end of the year.
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Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Japan News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 12:00

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

You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!

 Ai Shinozaki screenshot

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Police Investigating Top Korean Idols For Cocaine Use

J-pop Asia - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:57
The Seoul District Prosecutor Office is currently investigating several stars under suspicion of using cocaine, including at least one major idol.
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Love Live!! Movie US theater listings are here!

Japan News - Fri, 06/26/2015 - 11:00

Your favorite pop idol waifus from the anime Love Live!! μ's (pronounced 'Muse') arrive at theaters across the US this September and we now have dates for the showings. So what is Love Live!!? Love Live!! is mixed media franchise that spans music, animation, physical merchandise, and now, a feature film.

This new film, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, features the girls of μ's going the United States of America and doing their school idol thang IN AMERICA. I haven't looked into too much into the plot because I don't want to spoil it for myself, which is easy because details of the plot are scarce. The movie showing dates vary from each city but they are within the days of 11th -13th of September.

Check out more listings on their official site: [Love Live!! USA site]

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