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AKB48's Rio Okawa Dislocated Right Knee

J-pop Asia - 2 hours 28 min ago
AKB48 member Rio Okawa has dislocated her right knee, forcing her to go on a temporary hiatus.
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EXID Faces Racist Coverage Of Trip To LA By US Media Outlet TMZ

J-pop Asia - 4 hours 31 min ago
EXID's recent trip to LA has become a hot topic in the Korean music industry due to racist coverage of the group's arrival at LAX airport.
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First Impressions: Garo: Gold Storm Soar

Japan News - 12 hours 5 min ago

Back when it was announced that Ryuga from Garo: The One Who Shines in the Darkness would appear in a new Garo series, there are two possible outcomes that could come out of this. On one hand, we get to see Ryuga as a more experience Makai Knight. On the other, this meant that we would have to deal with a Garo installment that mostly uses CG for its monsters and armored wolf heroes. Thankfully, there was hope in the latter not happening too often, since the Garo series’ creator, Keita Amemiya, has returned to direct the sixth TV series (fifth if you don’t count the Garo anime, Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames) in the franchise.

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Koda Kumi Asia Live 2015 Scheduled this July

J-pop Asia - Sun, 05/03/2015 - 01:59
Koda Kumi has announced performance dates in Taiwan and Singapore as part of her "Koda Kumi Asia Live 2015" tour
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It's time for an extra helping of ME!ME!ME! and Another Impact

Japan News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 14:00

Right as we begin the month of May, Animator Expo's 20th short arrives in two parts. Unlike the project's previous helpings, we're thrown back into "ME!ME!ME!" (NSFW) and "Evangelion: Another Impact's" setting; however, these two pieces are a remix and a making-of video, which is something that I didn't see coming.

While I was a big fan of "ME!ME!ME!," its remix short was alright, since the music video only featured edited clips from the original piece. If anything, TeddyLoid and daoko's track continues to be a delicious treat for the ears.

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Simultaneously Release Vinyl Versions of Past Albums

J-pop Asia - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 10:48
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's previous 4 albums will be released in vinyl format on August 19
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A9 Uploads New PV for Phoenix and Making Of

J-pop Asia - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 09:02
A9's official YouTube channel had unveiled two new videos: an alternate version to Phoenix PV and making of
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Week Ender - Bleach Edition

Japan News - Sat, 05/02/2015 - 06:00

Bleach was featured in this week's OP Up because of its many awesome openings and the same amazing quality is also present in the endings. Bleach has about 30 endings(!) and most are really good, so we're gonna feature small few of them (the ones that haven't been taken down by the copyright sharks).

So here is a few of the endings for Bleach, I'm going to be partial of the earlier stuff since I went into my break from anime around when the second filler arc hit so I'm not familiar with the later ones. Just tell me your fave in the comments. Enjoy!

Which one is your favorite Bleach ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

Week Ender - Bleach Edition screenshot

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A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Japan News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 13:00

Hiroko has left the building for a bit, so I've decided to take over her Daily Dose segments. Since it's Friday, I figured that we could welcome the weekend with JAM Project's recent music video for "SKILL," which was the main theme for Super Robot Wars Alpha 2. To commemorate the group's 15th anniversary, the entire video features over 600 fans watching them rock their socks off-- now that's what I call going the extra mile.

Because of the song's segments about space, the future, flying, and "MOTTO," I now have the urge to hunt down the Super Robot Wars Alpha games. Also, the invigorating and energetic passion coming from both JAM Project and their fans adds some extra spice to "SKILL's" great quality.

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WTF Fridays: Brooklyn Rage

Japan News - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 06:00

 Brooklyn Rage screenshot

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Trial Listening Video Released for New Namie Amuro Album "_genic"

J-pop Asia - Fri, 05/01/2015 - 03:47
Songstress Namie Amuro releases video teasing all the tracks for her upcoming album "_genic" out June 10. Collaboration with David Guetta likewise announced
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Review: Omega Quintet

Japan News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 17:00

Omega Quintet is a game of firsts. Chronologically, it's the PlayStation 4's first exclusive Japanese RPG (Final Fantasy Type-0 originally being a PSP game). It's also developer Compile Heart's first PS4 game, and by certain logic, the first JRPG to plumb Japan's idol subculture.

If only being such a pioneer had resulted in a game that actually put its best foot forward.

[Note: This review originally appeared on Destructoid]

 

 Omega Quintet screenshot

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First Impressions: MY Love STORY!!

Japan News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 16:00

 MY Love Story!! (or Ore Monogatari!!) is an unconventional shoujo manga that’s received an anime adaptation this season.  The story follows unlikely protagonist Takeo Gouda, an extremely tall and strong high school freshman who takes being compared to a sumo wrestler as a compliment.  He is wildly popular with guys at school for his strength and big heart, but has had bad luck with women due to his looks.  

 

 

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Sweet Dreams: Game Music Lullabies Volume II will soothe your soul

Japan News - Thu, 04/30/2015 - 04:00

[Disclaimer: Jayson Napolitano, Prescription for Sleep's Producer, was a Contributor for Japanator. No relationships, personal, or professional, were factored into this News Post.]

If there's two things that I love, it's video games and sleep. Now, the two have come together as Scarlet Moon Records (sounds like a Touhou or Type-Moon term) unleashes Prescription for Sleep: Game Music Lullabies Volume II, the sequel to their soundtrack that features arrangements of various vidya tunes into soothing melodies that'll send you to Slumberland.

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E-girls Member Ami To Make Solo Debut This Summer

J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 10:49
E-girls member Ami has announced that she will be making her solo debut over the summer.
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OP Up! Bleach Edition

Japan News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 08:00

Bleach has always been one those anime that had really great opening and ending sequences with great music with visuals that amaze when it gets creative. I was always impressed by the openings and often looked forward to the OP more than the show whenever the story just dragged on.

It wasn't easy to get openings for a popular show like Bleach with the copyright sharks taking down all the videos with the music. Now my faves aren't on here but pretty much all the OPs are really great.

Which one is your favorite Bleach opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!!!

OP Up! Bleach Edition screenshot

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Celebrate Golden Week with great discounts on PSN!

Japan News - Wed, 04/29/2015 - 06:00

It's Golden Week once again and the Playstation Network is here again with some discounts on Japan-inspired games and movies! I've been waiting for these games for a few of these games to go on sale since I love Japanese games and may pick up something to play on a future stream.

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Aoi Eir Announces 3rd Album & 1st Nippon Budokan Concert

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 22:14
Aoi Eir has announced that she will be releasing her 3rd studio album, titled "D'AZUR", on June 24.
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T-ara's Eunjung Cries While Discussing Group's Bullying Scandal

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 20:07
In a moment of unfiltered emotion, T-ara member Eunjung cried as she openly discussed the emotional toil she experienced due to the group's past bullying scandal.
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MUCC Announces New Mini Album to be Released in June

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/28/2015 - 10:47
Today Japanese band MUCC celebrated its tour final at EX THEATER Roppongi and announced at the live that a new mini album will be released in summer.
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