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Japan News - 6 hours 40 min ago
For the last couple of months I've been enjoying the sports series Yowapeda. It's a solid mix of drama, sports action and comedy (though it's no Kuroko's Basketball). What I didn't know though is that the author of the original manga, Wataru Watanabe, actually has some other works that are completely different from Yowapeda. You learn something new everyday it seems.
This morning news hit the wires revealing that another series written by Watanabe titled Majimoji Rurumo has been green lit for an anime series and will be premiering this summer. A mix of fantasy and comedy, the original series ran from 2007 to 2011. So what is this series about? Join me after the jump to hear all about it and the upcoming anime adaptation.
Japan News - 8 hours 40 min ago
It's time again for another edition of your favorite weekly flashback, Old School Thursdays. This week, I'm going to bring back a classic I posted a few years ago, but I'm sure no one is going to complain to my boss... I hope. I was flipping through my collection last night on random, and just couldn't find a song that felt right. Suddenly this week's selection light up my speakers, and I was filled with an immense wave of nostalgia. I think it's important you feel it too.
While Faye Wong is not Japanese, that doesn't make her appearance on Japanator any less appropriate. The Queen of Canto-Pop was actually the first singer out of Hong Kong to really turn me on to modern Chinese music. Gorgeous, quirky, and immensely talented, I just couldn't get enough of her alternative music sensibilities she bought to the 90's music scene. If for some reason you've never seen Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express, I suggest you get on that immediately.
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 22:21
DIR EN GREY's official website announced the release date and contents of Blu-Ray/DVD "DUM SPIRO SPERO AT NIPPON BUDOKAN".
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 18:46
In case you wonder what the members of Lolita 23q are currently doing: Today we will inform you about the new bands of two members and what happened to the other members of Lolita 23q!
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:22
Ace Attorney is easily one of my top five favorite video game series. It's weird, it's got fantastic characters, and the music gets my blood pumping at all the right times. I loved Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and to say I was excited for the next entry would be the understatement of the century.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 17:00
[As originally posted at Destructoid.]
Omocat is a stellar artist and kindred spirit, and she's responsible for some excellent art and a particularly badass jacket that I want to wear. She's also hard at work creating a beautifully surreal game known as Omori via Kickstarter that's already hit its funding goal, but you should probably go ahead and toss some money the project's way anyway. For science.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 15:00
Ever wonder what it's like being on top of the world as a host? Naoki of "Club Fantasy" is just that: selected as Japan's #1 host in 2011, Naoki has it all. He's currently managing the host club, acting as frontman for musical group Never Fade, and has a weekly show he's on.
Vice Japan took a look inside of the crazy world of hosting through Naoki's eyes. The video follows him through the hosting experience, what it's like to train some of the guys, and meeting the clientele that frequents the club.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:30
Sentai Filmworks has kept the Japanator staff plenty busy this season by announcing license after license. Earlier today they sent out another press release announcing their latest acquisition, No Game, No Life. The series will get the usual digital treatment soon which will be followed by a home video release at an unspecified later date.
The Madhouse produced title first premiered earlier this month on Crunchyroll and I had the fortune to review the first episode (spoiler alert: I didn't really like it). Despite my feelings on it, Sentai Filmworks obviously feels like it will be enough of a hit that it deserves a release in this region (he says as though his opinion actually has any kind of sway or weight).
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 14:19
EXO member Lu Han will be making his acting debut in an upcoming Chinese film tentatively titled "Mid-Twenties".
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 13:00
Feel like you can't get enough hentai? Want to gather with like-minded individuals? Well Project-H has you set! If you're planning on visiting Anime Expo this year, Project-H will be running a Hentai Festival on Saturday, July 5 from 10pm onwards.
The event will have everything you dreamed of: adult toys and books from vendors, panels, giveaways, prizes, and much much more. There'll be games that test your skills and wit, and some "one-on-one activities" -- just what will go on behind the velvet curtain, we don't know. But we're excited.
If you've got a favorite title from Project-H's catalogs, you might want to line up right away: they'll have autographed boards from some of their artists, which will surely be a prized possession to some.
With any luck, we'll have someone there. Probably Tim, because he's the best at being grumpy while looking at sex toys.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 12:00
Another day, another set of Sailor Moon toys, replicas, or all-around awesome merchandise that I want to hoard and keep all to myself. Is there no end? I don't think there is. Banpresto has just launched a new brand of figures aimed at adult women known as Girls Memories, and with it a slew of arcade prizes from Sailor Moon. So basically, a bunch of things I need to have but don't need to spend money on.
The "Sailor Moon Collectible Figures for Girls 1" set is up first, releasing at the end of April with that awful, awful name. Super deformed versions of Sailor Moon, Sailor Mercury, Sailor Mars, and Luna will be available for your prize-winning pleasure.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 09:00
You know, as much as I enjoyed Madoka Magica, it's one series I haven't purchased any merchandise from. There's such a huge sampling of stuff, too. But I haven't even seen any of the films or the tie-in material, so I guess that makes sense.
I might change my mind starting with Bandai's absolutely beautiful light-up Soul Gem collection, complete with interchangeable tops to reflect corruption. They would look simply fantastic adorning my shelf with all the rest of my anime bric-a-brac, so I'm really tempted to find a way to purchase these once the time comes.
These gems will retail for 5,400 yen (roughly $54) and are set to begin shipping in August, but you can pre-order right now! That's plenty of time for me to see the films and get caught up, thankfully.
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 08:46
Ichiko Aoba, a Japanese singer-songwriter, will perform in Taiwan on April 26th and Hong Kong on April 27th.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 07:00
It wasn't too long ago that we first told you about the upcoming anime series Momo Kyun Sword. The series, which will feature animation produced by Tri-Slash and Project No.9, is a re-imagining of the famous Japanese story Momotaro with a busty female lead. Not familiar with Momotaro? Let me enlighten you... basically the story is about an elderly couple who find a giant peach. From that peach is born a child who eventually befriends three animals (a pheasant, a monkey and a dog) and then goes on to slay some ogres. In this anime version, Momotaro is a young girl and the ogre is stealing treasures from her homeland which leads her to go on a big adventure with her animal companions.
Sound interesting? Join me after the jump to check out the trailer!
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 06:00
When Hollywood films make their way to Japan, they usually spare no expense in treating fans to a memorable theme song. The upcoming Marvel Comics romp, The Amazing Spider-man 2 is no exception. In fact, they've called upon two of my all time favorite female artists.
Singer and actor Mika Nakashima teams up with R&B superstar for the surprising new tune, Fighter. When I heard about the collaboration I was thinking about some slinky, smooth R&B track, but was surprised that they decided to deliver a rock ballad. I can't say I love the decision. While the vocal work is fantastic, the music is just kind of there. Maybe I bult up the anticipation a bit too much on this one, but the choice of music is totally disappointing.
Japan News - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 05:00
The show wastes no time delivering on the double face-off we were promised, only it's not as exciting as I would have hoped. Yuzuki loses hard to Akira because she's an idiot, while Ruko wins because she's been practicing WIXOSS every night with her awesome grandma -- I mean, they don't say that's why she won, but it totally is, right?
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 04:43
MIYAVI's latest self-titled album is now available for digital download in more than 60 countries.
J-pop Asia - Wed, 04/23/2014 - 02:18
THE BAWDIES will be releasing a new single titled "NICE AND SLOW / COME ON" on the 25th of June (Wednesday).
J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 23:40
Luna Sea is set to release official tour pamphlets as e-books and two special edition books by Guitar/Bass and Drum Magazine in celebration of their 25th anniversary.
Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 17:00
When Avril Lavigne's latest music video for "Hello Kitty" surfaced earlier today, it hit the higher-brow internet with a wave of pain. I'm not sure what it really is about it, so you better see for yourself.
The use of foreign-language lyrics in the chorus is something anime music listeners are used to; it's very common in J-pop and K-pop. But what happens when it's the reverse? There's something subversive about that in an English-language song.
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