General Japan News

New Knights of Sidonia movie PV shows off new angles

Japan News - 12 hours 3 min ago

One of the most memorable shows from last year, Knights of Sidonia, is getting a compilation movie with new camera angles and improved audio. The compilation movie promises an increase in quality. Now we get to see more of the action and feel even more of the despair and death that Sidonia just loves to drop on its viewers.

Premiering in movie theaters in Japan on March 6, lucky movie goers will get a special treat in the form of character illustration copy prints from Sidonia author Tsutomu Nihei. The first 30,000 viewers in the first week will get a print of the Sidonia protagonist Nagate Tanikaze and those in the second week will get one of Shizuko Hoshijiro.

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tricot Unveils Full Tracklist for 2nd Full Album

J-pop Asia - 12 hours 26 min ago
The talented trio's 2nd full album will feature 12 tracks and will be released on March 18th
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NoGod Marks 10th Anniversary with Greatest Hits Album

J-pop Asia - 13 hours 24 min ago
NoGod will release a 2-disc album containing their greatest hits on April 08th
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Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition

Japan News - 15 hours 3 min ago

"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"
Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Year: 2006

Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings. This week's spotlight goes to Kyoto Animation, commonly referred to as "KyoAni", one of the most popular and prolific anime studios in the last ten years.

We start off these videos with their first big hit with the ending for the monster success that is The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. The ending song Hare Hare Yukai became as popular as the show and the featured dance routine also became a familiar sight at anime conventions.

Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition screenshot

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Animator Expo's eleventh short unleashes TRIGGER and Rikka's kaiju

Japan News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 18:00

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect to see Studio TRIGGER involved in another Animator Expo short. Unlike their previous piece, the company's teaming up with Studio Rikka (Time of Eve, Pale Cocoon) to bring us PP33: Power Plant No. 33, which is set in a city that's powered by a giant electric monster called Eleki-Magma (a.k.a. Kaiju No. 33).

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Annotated Anime: Kantai Collection episode 4

Japan News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 10:00

It's not always easy to accept when a show doesn't meet up with our expectations. We form a picture of what it "should be" in our heads, and when it goes in a different direction, one of two things usually happens:

1. We delight in the novelty of uncertainty.

2. We resent it not being what we wanted it to be.

Risking the #2 scenario is especially perilous when it comes to making a moe anime, as most otaku really don't watch these kinds of shows to be made anxious about the future. 

That in mind, it's not surprising that the sudden sinking of Kisaragi last week left a sour taste in many a Kan Colle fan's mouth. "What happened to my comfy show about cute boat girls?!", they asked all over the internet.

The answer it seems, was that it was all just waiting for Kongou to show up.

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Rejoice: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax goes West

Japan News - Fri, 01/30/2015 - 04:00

Well, folks. I've said it a couple times, and I'll say it again: Hell has officially frozen over, people! This time around, Sega's smacked us with an unexpected announcement, as Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax heads West for the PS3 and Vita this summer. In terms of release format, North America's getting the physical and digital treatment, with Europe having to settle with a digital option.

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Jessica Jung Searching For TV And Movie Roles

J-pop Asia - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 12:38
During an appearance at a Yves Saint Laurent Beaute press event in Hong Kong, former Girls' Generation member Jessica Jung told reporters that she is on the hunt for TV and movie roles.
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New Earth Defense Force 4.1 trailer shows off new toy

Japan News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 09:00

We just got a new awesome trailer for one of my highly anticipated games for 2015, Earth Defense Force 4.1: THE SHADOW OF NEW DESPAIR, and my lust for B-movie-esque video game bug stomping just got lustier (you know what I mean). This PS4 game is actually an enhanced version of 2013's Earth Defense Force 4, which was released in 2014 in the US as Earth Defense Force 2025 on both PS3 and XBox 360.

This new trailer for the newest installment in the Earth Defense Force (also referred to as EDF) series shows off the new weapons you can get to use in your alien and bug splattering mayhem. Seen in previous trailers, we get to see the Baram Walking Fortress which is a giant robot, fighting a Godzilla-type monster. I simply cannot wait to pilot that giant robot and punch some giant alien monsters.

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Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 16

Japan News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 06:00

Despite its reputation for grit and mature storytelling about deep subjects like war and..stuff, the extended Gundam franchise is host to a great many ludicrous and silly things. For me, one of the silliest things about Gundam, especially the original Gundam series, is the Core Block System.

For those unfamiliar, it's that system that allows a little transforming plane (the "Core Fighter") to form the "abs" of the original Gundam, which would assemble the legs, head, and upper torso around it. Given the original series' reputation as pioneering a concept of giant robots in a military, wartime context, the Core Block System and its combining glory feels like a weird holdover from the Super Robot days, where every robot assembled itself with an eye towards spectacle more than practicality.

Thank goodness for Minato Sakai and his Build Busters teammates, then.

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Watch this guy use his amazing nose to play Super Mario World

Japan News - Thu, 01/29/2015 - 04:00

Niconico 【実験】 マリオワールドに鼻に差したリコーダーで挑む

This might surprise most people on here, but Super Mario World was actually one of the first titles that got me into playing video games. As for the reason why I didn't get to play games before the SNES, this was due to my young childhood being mostly about playing outside, and traveling with my family to different places. Then things began to change when my folks gave me an SNES that came with Super Mario World for Christmas. After that fated event, I was finally able to embark on my journey through the realm of gaming.

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OP Up! Super Robot Edition

Japan News - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 13:00

Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening sequences that get you ready for some overpowered giant mecha beating up on some alien baddies.

This first video above is from the grand daddy of all super robots. Tetsujin 28-go is one of the earliest Japanese animated shows to be adapted for US audiences. Known in the US as Gigantor when it was brought over, the 1963 show Tetsujin 28-go is based off the 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

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ViViD will Disband

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 12:04
Sad news for ViViD fans: The band announced to stop all activities in April.
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Namie Amuro Rumored To Be Considering Making An American Debut

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 11:31
According to a report from the Business Journal, Namie Amuro has received an offer from American music label Warner Music Group and is seriously considering breaking into the American market.
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Souiumono Announces "UN-DEADHOUSE"

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 09:16
Souiumono fans can look forward to a brand new single that will drop in March.
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PENICILLIN Announces First Cover Album

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 04:46
PENICILLIN announced to release a cover album titled "Memories~Japanese Masterpieces~" in March.
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Tamaki Hiroshi to Act alongside KinKi Kids' Koichi Domoto in Upcoming Fuji TV Drama SP

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:41
Tamaki Hiroshi will be teaming up with KinKi Kids' Koichi Domoto in Fuji TV's latest drama SP "Tensai Tantei Mitarai ~ Nankai Jiken File [Kasa wo oru onna]".
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Mukai Osamu Attends Screening Event for Drama SP 'Eien No Zero'

J-pop Asia - Wed, 01/28/2015 - 00:05
Mukai Osamu and the cast of upcoming TV Tokyo drama SP "Eien no Zero" appeared in its screening event.
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Crossfaith's Kazuki Goes on Hiatus after Being Diagnosed with Basal Ganglia Damage

J-pop Asia - Tue, 01/27/2015 - 20:46
Crossfaith's Kazuki decided to take a break from band activities in order to recover from basal ganglia damage.
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