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A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48 Team Surprise

Japan News - 8 hours 23 min ago

After the last few line-up changes, my interest in AKB48 really took a nose dive. Once the ladies who I grew to love moved on, my interest in the super ground slowly dropped off. Well, to my surprise, the AKB48 sub group, AKB48 Team Surprise has resurfaced.

The line-up was originally put together to promote the team's Pachinko game, and as far as I knew, it faded away. As you can see they are back, and they are packing serious fire power by bringing along my favorite former AKB48 member, Mariko Shinoda. I don't actually know what the arrangement is, but I do know I enjoy Saigo ni Ice Milk wo Nonda no wa Itsudarou? (Bara no Gishiki.)

Whew, that is a long title! It is a very sweet ballad though, and I hope we see more of Miss Shinoda in the future.

 AKB48 Team Surprise screenshot

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Happy Halloween from Japanator!

Japan News - 9 hours 23 min ago

Happy Halloween to all of our awesome readers. I know things have been a bit unstable around the site as we make some changes, but you can definitely look forward to some great treats in the upcoming few weeks. No tricks, I promise. Well... I can't control Salvador's pranking ways, so if he does something it's not on me.

To celebrate this day of costumes and scares, I wanted to share one of my all time favorite videos of when Morning Musume all sit around and watch the classic Japanese horror film, The Ring. I still crack up every time I see this!

So wether you are curling up to an old episode of Hellsing, or throwing on your Colossal Titan mask for a night out --make sure you have a great evening. We look forward to you visiting us again soon!

<3 Hiroko

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Another Resident Evil remaster is on its way

Japan News - 10 hours 23 min ago

There's no doubt that I love me some Resident Evil. When the game first debuted on the Playstation system ages ago, I was so in love with the game. It's cheesy acting, truly scary moments, and amazing graphics blew me away. It really was the game that kick started the survival horror genre.

Since then, the formula has gotten a bit stale, and these constant remakes are not really working for me. Sure, some games work when uprezzed to HD, but I feel like the Gamecube remake was really enough. However, there must be a lot of nostalgic folks out there, as Capcom is set to release another HD remake of the classic game. 

There is supposed to be revamped controls and outfits as well. As you might have guessed, I'm probably going to skip this 2015 release, but who knows? I might suddenly get a hankering for some green herb.

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Kameleo Brings Together Songs for which All Members Lent Their Voices

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 23:16
Visual Kei band Kameleo brought together songs where you can hear all of the members singing. Check out the track lists!
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Atlus USA summons five new Persona Q English trailers

Japan News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 19:00

Ever since I hopped on the Etrian Odyssey bandwagon, Persona Q's been on my radar for quite some time. Anyway, Atlus has uploaded a couple trailers that cover the game's Fusion System, along with showing off Marie, Elizabeth, Margaret, and Theodore's antics,

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otoiroha to Release 2nd Single

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 18:46
In June the members of Visual Kei band Ray°C formed a new band: otoiroha. Now they announced the release of their 2nd single.
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Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra Performs at Java Sounds Fair 2014

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 14:36
Japanese ska band, Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, rocked the stage of Java Sounds Fair 2014, held on October 24 at Jakarta Convention Center Senayan.
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Impressions: When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace

Japan News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 12:00

"What would you do if you had superpowers?"

It's a question people love to ask each other, and the answers are usually quite mundane. They often involved finding ways to make lots of money using superpowers. Very few of us would volunteer to do what superheroes are supposed to do, namely fight crime and save the innocent.

That's OK! As virtually the entire history of popular fiction has taught us, power isn't what makes a hero heroic. And the stars of When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace are no heroes.

 When Supernatural Battles Became Commonplace screenshot

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AKB48's Mayu Watanabe Suffers Acute Tonsillitis

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:42
AKB48 member Mayu Watanabe has suffered acute tonsillitis, causing her to temporarily take a break from group activities.
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B.A.P Cancels Japan Tour, Indefinitely Suspends Japanese Album Release

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:36
With the group going on hiatus after the day is over, B.A.P has cancelled its tour in Japan and indefinitely suspended the released of its 1st Japanese studio album.
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Valkyria Chronicles PC comes very soon, for pretty cheap

Japan News - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 09:00

We already knew that Valkyria Chronicles was coming to the PC in an unexpected, but entirely pleasant surprise, but Sega wasn't forthcoming with the actual details. Until now, that is. The game's coming out on November 11th, less than two weeks from now, and will cost a measly $20. UK-based and European gamers pay slightly more thanks to a £15/€20 in those regions, but overall the prices are at the budget level, fitting for the port of a PS3 title that's closing on five years old.

The game will also include all of the DLC released, such as an EX Hard Mode difficulty, a mission chain starring the Edy detachment (a handful of fan-favorite characters), a set of challenge maps, and "Behind Her Blue Flame", a story starring Selvaria Bles, one of the antagonists from the main plot.

Not a bad deal, if you ask me. Now all we need to do is convince Sega to localize Valkryia Chronicles 3!

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Crimson Shiva Announces New Single and Live DVD

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 05:46
Visual Kei band Crimson Shiva announced the release of a new single for January and live DVD for November.
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Guitarist will Leave REDRUM

J-pop Asia - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 01:16
Just last year Visual Kei band REDRUM lost its vocalist - but gained a new one shortly after. Unfortunately there will be another member departure in the near future.
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Annotated Manga: Bleach 609

Japan News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:00

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

 Bleach 609 screenshot

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Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Japan News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:30

Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started when the undead interfered with the Yakuza Boss' daughter's plan to turn her deceased father's right-hand man into her sex slave.

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So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Tekken

Japan News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:00

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasional knee to the head with Law.

The whole thing is honestly really hard to watch. Whoever thought up this concept is either a genius or jerk. Either way, let the pain commence!

Also... I'm running out of GACKT pictures for headers.

 Tekken screenshot

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Ai Kago's Husband Turns Himself In To Police

J-pop Asia - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:35
A week after the Tokyo police department issued a warrant for his arrest, Ai Kago's husband Haruhiko Kago has turned himself in.
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Wasabi flavored tooth paste?

Japan News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:00

I don't really know anyone who truly enjoys the act of brushing their teeth. It's not that it's an unpleasant experience, it's all just a bit boring. However, if for some reason you were itching to make brushing your teeth both painful and unpleasant, there might just be a product for you.

The shop of all weird things in Japan, Village Vanguard is selling the highly unusual product now, admitting that even they don't know what to do with it. They suggest that you might be able to prank someone with it, or force a punishment for a lost bet with it. Personally, I'll be just fine with my Colgate.

Wasabi flavored tooth paste? screenshot

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The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet

Japan News - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00

Sony is readying its new Share Play system for the PS4 system in Japan. Basically, it allows players to allow another player to take over their controls via the Sony Network, similar to passing the controller to someone else. From what I've heard so far, the feature actually works quite well.

They've concocted a new commercial that for some reason just got right in the heart. Perhaps it's because I'm typing this exhausted at the end of the night, or I just like seeing gamers get a little win once in a while. What ever it is, it's pretty darn sweet. I need to go look at some violent robots to wash all the sentimentality off me.

The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet screenshot

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Zhou Mi Collaborates With EXO's Chanyeol & Tao For Solo Debut

J-pop Asia - Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:31
Zhou Mi's upcoming solo debut single "Rewind" will feature raps by EXO members Chanyeol and Tao.
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