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Japanator Live: Gurumin's Phantom Prince is about to get dethroned

Japan News - 11 hours 32 min ago

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I may not have been able to bring peace to the Monster World last week, but I managed to fulfill the requirements to make everyone happy. All that's left is for me to defeat the evil prince who intends to make all creatures miserable.

Seeing that I'm at Gurumin's last segment, this might be the end of my journey through Falcom's titles. Sure, I could fully stream The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky games, but that would be too much for a weekly thing.

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Get some Love Live Lovin' on Valentine's Day

Japan News - 16 hours 32 min ago

Next weekend is a certain date that may be a bit harsh for some of you out there, though I may have some news that may help ease that feeling for some of you all out there. Love Live! is a fun show about high school girls trying to save their school from shutting down by becoming pop idols so they can attract more students.

Sounds silly, right? I surprisingly enjoyed the first season and need to get around to the second season, and now there is a great way for fans to get the second season along with the first season in a more convenient package.

Love Live! fans in the US should clear their schedules this coming February 14 for the official video release for the Love Live! Season 2 Premium Edition and Love Live! Season 1 Premium Edition. Fans should like the stuff in Love Live! Season 2 Premium Edition which include:

-Premium hardcover slip case

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Strong Style: The attack is back!

Japan News - 17 hours 32 min ago

Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we go back to the Sumo Hall in Tokyo for a look at more of the "Invasion Attack" show from April 5, 2015. This week we have a big title match and a return grudge match.

Let's get to the action!

 The attack is back! screenshot

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Week Ender - Collectible Creatures

Japan News - 18 hours 32 min ago

They sure did make a lot of cartoons that were secretly commercials back in the day and I gotta say that the ones from Japan were the best. The cartoons (which were secretly anime) had a different flavor compared to the US cartoons that were created primarily for the US market. Rice balls were turned into burgers, violence was toned down, though one show (Medabots) embraced the Japanese-ness with an episode all about making good octopus balls (takoyaki, which I will be eating tomorrow!).

Man, I sure miss those days so let's take a look at some anime endings from those shows below. 

Is there an anime or anime ending from a show all about collecting sentient creatures that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

 

Week Ender - Collectible Creatures screenshot

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Rest in Peace: Creature Artist Yasushi Nirasawa passes away

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 13:00

Sad news, everyone; it turns out that the great creature illustrator Yasushi Nirasawa passed away at the age of 52 on Feb. 2. According to his Twitter page, his passing was caused by kidney failure.

In case this is your first time hearing about the guy, Nirasawa designed some of Shin Megami Tensei IV's boss demons. Other than that, he drew the Undead from Kamen Rider Blade, the Horrors from Garo, the Worms from Kamen Rider Kabuto, the Imagin from Kamen Rider Den-O, Hells Angel's creatures and the Zangyack Empire from Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger.

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Idol of the Week: Risa Yoshiki

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 12:00

Name: Risa Yoshiki
Birthdate: July 27, 1987
Hometown: Chiba, Japan
Measurements: 80/59/88 cm

You know when I poke my head around the Japanator office it can only mean one thing.. The return of Idol of the Week! Yeah I know, we don't really need to talk too much about it and make things awkward. So, without further ado, I present some new snaps of one of our regular favorites, the tokusatsu princess, Risa Yoshiki.

I'm feeling good about this.

 Risa Yoshiki screenshot

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WTF Fridays: Kabe-don & don'ts

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:00

Girl, that dress would look better on my bedroom floor

 Kabe-don & don'ts screenshot

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Naruto Shippuden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ trailer

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 11:00

I know I haven't been around the site for quite a while, but last I heard.. Naruto was ending or something. Well, it looks like the story lives on, in some type of spin off at least. Naruto Shippuden: Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ is an anime adaptation of the popular novel of the same name. I can't give you much background on it, but it seems dark and it looks Sasuke. Two things that might make me give it a whirl.

 Itachi Shinden-hen ~Hikari to Yami~ trailer screenshot

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Japanator LIVE: CyberSleuthing with Digimon!

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 10:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.]

An exciting new Digimon game is here and I can't wait to get a start on it! I'll be playing the latest release Digimon Story: CyberSleuth on the Playstation 4 tonight for y'all to enjoy! This new entry in the series is a turn based JRPG where we have dangerous Digimon  trying to enter our world intending to destroy it. Now we have to stop them as cyber detectives with the help of Digimon friends!

I'll provide a link here shortly before broadcast, you can subscribe to our Japanator Youtube page for the mean time to notify you when we start up.

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A Daily Dose of Music: flumpool

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 09:10

The rock don't stop. It's finally Friday, and that means it's time to cut loose a little. To bring it in right, we have the Osaka four piece, flumpool. It's hard to believe they are now celebrating their ninth year with the new single, Yoru Wa Nemureru Kai?

The high energy track is due to hit shelves next week, but has been available digitally for a bit of time. 

 flumpool screenshot

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Impressions: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash episodes 1-4

Japan News - Fri, 02/05/2016 - 04:00

There’s something great about playing anime roulette when one chooses a show to cover—especially if it’s a title that one isn’t too familiar with. Before I jumped into the anime adaptation of the light novel Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash by Ao Jumonji, the series seemed like it was going to be a straight-up fantasy series. Lo and behold, the show ended up being a program about adjusting to a new world.

Whether the show falls into the trapped-in-a-game genre or not will depend on how it develops in the next few weeks. For now, the idea of a party from our world struggling to live in a fantasy setting turned out to be a neat idea that gives the series potential.

 Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash episodes 1-4 screenshot

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What's that? Kakuranger pre-orders have revealed their location

Japan News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 16:00

If there's one thing that I've learned in my life, it's that you never underestimate a ninja's ability to strike from the shadows. As I was rejoicing over Shout! Factory's plans to release Kakuranger this year, the group caught me off guard with their update on the show being open for pre-order.

Just like the starting price for the two previous Super Sentai collections, the set costs $53.97, which is a nice price for a 53-episode series. Of course, the best news is that it launches on May 17, which means that we might be in for some good news during this year's Comic-Con. Again, this will al depend on how well the show does during the timeframe between both dates. Nonetheless, the possibility of this extra announcement has me excited right now.

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Japanator LIVE: Saving the Earth from alien attack!

Japan News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 14:00

I'm back, everyone! It's been ages since I've done a stream and tonight I'll taking on some aliens in the new release of Earth Defense Force 4.1: Shadow of New Despair. I've been hacking away at this game for a while now and there is a lot of content here for people who want to try it out. I'll blowing up giant insects and alien ships as well as punching giant lizards while piloting a giant robot. Sounds fun? It is.

I'll provide a link here shortly before broadcast, you can subscribe to our Japanator Youtube page for the mean time to notify you when we start up.

See you there!

 Saving the Earth from alien attack! screenshot

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Toyota X Vocaloid team up to rock the new Prius

Japan News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 13:00

This video is a whole lot of wut, but hey... it sounds pretty good! If you didn't have your afternoon cup of coffee yet, you can skip it. This video's got enough hype in it to keep you going until tomorrow. I don't feel any increased urge to drive a hybrid vehicle now, but I might be looking at my cup holder a little differently now. Any fans of the Prius Impossible Girls? Did 100 different people design them?

Toyota X Vocaloid team up to rock the new Prius screenshot

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OP Up! - Collectible Creatures Edition

Japan News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 10:00

Commercials disguised as TV shows have been around since the dawn of television and they're still around. Anime just is one of those perfect medium (it's not a genre) to sell products to children and even adults, and anime franchises designed to have a collectible aspect just appeals to the hoarder in all of us.

We've grown up with these and for this week's theme of anime openings and endings, we're gonna check out some anime based on collectible creature franchises and these properties are still alive in one form or another. So let's check these out! Enjoy!

Is there an anime or opening from anime with collectible creatures that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

OP Up! - Collectible Creatures Edition screenshot

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A Daily Dose of Music: BUMP OF CHICKEN

Japan News - Thu, 02/04/2016 - 09:05

Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes, A Daily Dose returns for at least a little while. What could stir its return? Some amazing music pouring out of Japan of course! What better way to kick things back off than with the hot new track from Chiba Japan's BUMP OF CHICKEN!

Their latest single Butterfly is an interesting mix of EDM synth-lines and the band's typical "feel good" rock style. While the song lacks a bit of the bite that some of their recent offerings have been steering towards. Still, it's a fun track that's welcome during these dreary days. Their new album Butterflies is due out next Wednesday. 

 BUMP OF CHICKEN screenshot

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OMAKASE Launch Box Unboxing

Japan News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 15:00

These days, there are plenty of those monthly box subscription services where you a box of some nice assorted themed items every month or so but the quality of the products in those boxes may be hit or miss at times. I've dabbled in some and swore them off after being burned twice but when I got my hands on OMAKASE, which means loosely translates to "Chef's Choice", I've definitely come around to these subscription box services.

OMAKASE is a bimonthly box subscription service by Viewster.com, who not only offer some nice exclusive limited edition anime goodies in a box to your doorstep every two months for $29 (plus shipping and handling), they also offer digital goods such as music and comics with ad-free anime streaming which add up to some great value. Check out my video below of my unboxing of their launch box, which sadly isn't available anymore but a good indicator of the quality of their product.

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Get some Hatsune Miku goodies with OMAKASE

Japan News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00

OMAKASE is one of those subscription services by Viewster that provides a themed bimonthly box of curated limited-edition merchandise, along with access to ad-free streaming anime, comics, and music. They've done themes based on properties such as Kill La Kill and Naruto, and now they're taking on everyone's favorite virtual diva, Hatsune Miku. Miku's not alone with this, she's got the rest of her friends with her; Kagamine Rin & Len, Megurine Luka, MEIKO, and KAITO.

If you're a fan of Miku and her friends, you may wanna check out Viewster's OMAKASE offering for the months of March-April since they're featuring exclusive limited edition items that can only be obtained from their service (if you subscribe by March 23).

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Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 13-16

Japan News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 12:00

The last time we checked in with GATE, A-1 Pictures' chronicle of the Japan's encounter with nothing less than an entire other world, I noted that the show was considerably less, well...controversial than I had been led to believe by some folks who knew of the source material.

Instead, what I found was a modern-day take on the likes of The Irresponsible Captain Tylor, with a bit of Outbreak Company thrown in for good measure.

In the episodes since, particularly in this second season, GATE's gone much further towards earning its allegedly malign reputation, though in the process has become a much more interesting and thoughtful show for it.

 GATE episodes 13-16 screenshot

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Answer some questions and win a free game from MangaGamer

Japan News - Tue, 02/02/2016 - 08:00

Are you into lesbian ghosts? 

If not, how about a free game? All you've got to do is tell MangaGamer, publisher of far more than lesbian ghost games, about what you want to see from them, by filling out this handy survey. This includes a few fields where you can cite specific titles you want to see localized, so folks hoping to see one game or another cross the pond should fill out the form.

Lastly, enter your email into a field at the end, and you could win a copy of lesbian ghost game Kindred Spirits On The Roof, which last made the news as Steam's first uncensored adult visual novel.  

Answer some questions and win a free game from MangaGamer screenshot

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