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Check out Flixist's review of Your Name

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 06:00

Body swapping comedies are a huge subgenre in anime, but they haven't been explored in film in quite a while. The latest major effort is Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and it's the highest grossing anime film of all time. But how does it stack up? 

Hubert Vigilla reviewed the film over at Flixist, and here's a bit of what he had to say about it: 

Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all-time, and it hasn't even come out in the United States yet. It beat Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; give it a few more months and Your Name may beat Spirited Away as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time.

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Review: Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 12:00

It's incredible how fast time flies. I remember like it was yesterday when I wrote my review for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which was also my first piece on Japanator. You can read the full review here. Considering the movie came out a year and a half ago, I'm really surprised how long it took to come to Blu-ray. The Last: Naruto the Movie didn't take this long to release, but I guess they wanted it to be close to the release of the new Boruto series coming this April. 

 Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set screenshot

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Annotated Anime: Tiger Mask W episodes 23-25

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 08:00

We are nearing the end of the second season and it looks like The Third has emerged as the new power player for the GWM. Tiger the Dark is back on the active GWM roster and despite the ongoing goofiness of the relationship with Ruriko, Tiger Mask is still chugging along. As we get to another crucial point in the series, let's see where things go.

 Tiger Mask W episodes 23-25 screenshot

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Here's some of April Fools' Day '17's anime and tokusatsu industry announcements

Mon, 04/03/2017 - 04:00

If there's one thing about April Fools' Day that brings despair to the heart of people everywhere, it's the fake announcements that companies make on this faithful day of pranks. While we know they're not true, most of these segments can hit us hard since they'll likely never come true.

In light of this yearly ritual, I posted some of the anime and toku announcements that made my day.

Here's some of April Fools' Day '17's anime and tokusatsu industry announcements screenshot

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Garage Hero's April Fools' joke was a brilliant social experiment

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 16:30

With April Fools' Day being over, Bueno of independent tokusatsu studio Garage Hero posted a video where he talks about his motive behind his recent prank and social experiment about the state of Strega, the sequel to his R-rated comedic hero film Gun Caliber.

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Review: Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 08:00

By now, many of the anime fanbase has seen the critically acclaimed Your Name, or Kimi no na wa as known in Japan, which will hit theaters in North America this April. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Makoto Shinkai, who was also responsible for directing the movie. From trailers and from what I read I’ve seen prior it’s Japanese release, I thought the concept of the movie was interesting, and it has caught my attention since then.

 Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa) screenshot

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Strong Style: Wrapping up G1 26!

Sun, 04/02/2017 - 06:00

Hello fans and Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.

For wrestling fans it is a VERY big weekend with Wrestlemania and all the other wrestling events happening in Orlando this weekend. After I finish here I'm plunking down and watching the WWE Hall of fame after watching WCPW earlier in the day. Lots to watch even if you aren't there in person.

But right now the business at hand is the wrap up of the G1 tournament. Our first hour takes us to the Sumo Hall in Tokyo on August, 13, 2016. We are wrapping up Block B as we crown Hirooki Goto the winner of Block A last week.

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Tiger Mask W put down for rabies

Sat, 04/01/2017 - 08:00

It was announced with sadness today that famed hero Tiger Mask W had to be put down after showing symptoms of a rabid infection. Ringside doctors made the call after a disoriented and foaming Tiger Mask attacked wrestler Dragon Young during a match who instantly fell unconscious and started twitching.

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Otakon '17: Anisong World Matsuri summons Yousei Teikoku

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 08:00

We still have a long way to go before Otakon '17 is upon us, and a new group has been added to their Anisong World Matsuri event. For their fourth announcement, Yousei Teikoku are making their debut at the con. In other words, their music shall make you believe in fairies again; thus allowing your heart to become pure.

While I only got to hear the group through The Qwaser of Stigmata, Future Diary's opening and The Guided Fate Paradox's trailers, the Fairy Empire's princess and her group's performance gave off a nice Akiko Shikata (Ar tonelico series' opening, Cross Ange's Music) vibe.

Based on Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon's roster so far, it looks like the con's attendees are going to rock very hard during the event's concerts. Depending on how things go, Yui and her crew might succeed in converting more people into fairy believers. 

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Review: Ghost in the Shell

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 04:00

Ghost in the Shell has been around for a long time. Since the release of Masamune Shirow’s seminal manga in 1989 and Mamoru Oshii’s arguably more influential 1995 film adaptation, the saga of the cyborgs of Section 9 has influenced pop culture and science fiction for nearly a generation.

That puts Rupert Sanders’ new film in a difficult position. The ideas Ghost in the Shell deals with are now old hat, and approaching looking a bit quaint, all things considered.

How would a new movie, with Scarlett Johansson representing the Major’s latest, flesh-and-blood incarnation, be able to feel fresh and cast its shadow over a new generation? Is that even possible?

 Ghost in the Shell screenshot

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These special takoyaki will make you want to eat the planet

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 15:00

If you ever wanted to know what it was like to eat the Earth, Twitter User @kyooochang decided to make her batch of takoyaki resemble the blue planet. Sure, the taste is the same, but the craft behind its structure makes the whole thing worthwhile.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about her takoyaki is how she was able to add the continents to the mixture, which was done through letting them cook longer in the same position. From the looks it, @kooochang made sure that it didn't affect the final product's taste. To top it off, the extra thing that she added to the mix was the royal blue food coloring.

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Look forward to more Universal Century anime goodness this June with Gundam Twilight Axis

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 14:00

With Gundam Thunderbolt's second season launching on GundamInfo, Sunrise revealed that they have another Gundam project in store for us. Just like the current Universal Century show, their new title, an adaptation of the Light Novel Gundam Twilight Axis, will receive the net anime treatment in June; however this upcoming title will premiere on the Gundam Fan Club Website.

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Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Food Edition

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 13:00

Food and culture are very intertwined, and Japan is one of those countries that likes to take it very seriously (Yes, more than you) which is probably why a lot of their food is known across the world (instant ramen counts). Japanese food is something you probably like if you are on this site or clicked on this link to read about this eastern cuisine.

Even if you don't, I've got a few fascinating videos featuring food videos all about food from the land of the rising sun. So this week's Japanatainment is on Japanese foods in its many forms! Enjoy--- or as the Japanese say before every meal, Ittadakimasu!

Is there a Japanese food or a video of Japanese food you like? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

Weekend Japanatainment - Japanese Food Edition screenshot

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J-Novel club announces new title from legendary author

Sun, 03/26/2017 - 11:00

J-Novel Club has announced they are adding the light novel, Bluesteel Blasphemer, to their lineup starting March 25 with a free preview.

The latest addition to the Japanese light novel website come from author Ichirou Sakaki who has written such titles as Chaika - The Coffin Princess, Outbreak Company, and Scrapped Princess-- many of them that have received anime adaptations. J-Novel Club brings this work to you in full English to enjoy.

J-Novel club announces new title from legendary author screenshot

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Japanator LIVE: It's time to deliver Angel Express' second batch of letters

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 15:00

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

I may've managed to go through every delivery route in Easy Game Station's Angel Express, but the game decided to pull a Ghouls 'n' Ghost and force players to deliver more mail to the same areas again. At least the title's true ending might feel rewarding.

From the looks of it, I might have to explore every route again, which might end up being a bit of a pain. Of course, the main obstacle is dealing with the heroine's tendency to fall slower than other characters in 2D platformers.

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Strong Style: A Block beatdown

Sat, 03/25/2017 - 08:00

Hello and welcome to another edition of Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Tonight we once again have two big hours as we wrap up the A block in the G1 26 tournament. We are at the Sumo Hall in Tokyo on August 13, 2016 and Day 17 for tonight's night of action!

 A Block beatdown screenshot

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ANiUTa to let otaku around the world stream their favorite music

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 18:00

Trying to stream Japanese music legally is not easiest thing for those who love those eastern jams that are outside Japan. The Japanese music industry is notorious for not making it easy to stream their music but it seems that a miracle has happened with this new announcement. This March 24, 2017, all major Japanese music labels have partnered up to launch ANiUTa, a monthly Japanese music streaming subscription service that will feature music from anime, video games, vocaloid, and tokusatsu(!).

ANiUTa, a portmanteau of 'Ani' from Anime and 'Uta' meaning song in Japanese, will have over 50,000 songs will be available on the service (20,000 of which will be exclusive to the service) which will feature the latest releases and back catalogue. ANiUTa will also provide other stuff in the form of special content from TV shows and special collaboration with voice actors. Extra services include access to priority concert ticket sales and anime merchandise for sale.

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Check out Flixist's review of Power Rangers

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 08:00

If you're a fan of Super Sentai, chances are you've seen Power Rangers. After 10,000 years Lionsgate and Saban's reboot has finally hit the big screen, but how did it turn out? It's neither as bad as I had anticipated, nor is it as good as I had hoped. 

Here's an excerpt from the review

Make no mistake, I have no delusions over the quality of the Power Rangers property. This was tough to adapt, I'm sure, and the end result is much better and worse than I had anticipated. 

Much like Power Rangers, I too am confused. Although I didn't like a lot of its editing choices, and feel like it could've been trimmed for brevity, I want to see this cast in another film with all of the kinks ironed out. There's powerful potential here, you just have to sit through this one first. 

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A few minutes of Ghost in the Shell to watch and/or judge

Thu, 03/23/2017 - 05:00

There's just a week to go until Ghost in the Shell heads off to theaters, and Paramount is betting that at least some folks will still want to see the film, even after they give away five whole minutes of it. 

Embedded below, the scene comes from the beginning of the movie, and details Scarlett Johansson's character doffing her coat for a skin-tight thermoptic camo suit and diving off the side of a futuristic building to participate in a riff on Ghost in the Shell's iconic skyscraper assassination scene.

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Death Note live action teaser from Netflix is here

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 08:05

After a decade of waiting, a western-made movie adaptation of the hugely popular (and easily cosplayable) Death Note is finally a real thing that you can watch soon. This is an adaptation from Netflix, the same service that brought you many great original series' such as Terrace House and Orange is the New Black. Director is Adam Wingard, whose recent work include last year's Blair Witch and parts of the V/H/S films.

The trailer looks okay so far, giving off a very uneasy vibe and we get so see 'Kira'. They actually use the name 'Kira' in this adaptation, I wonder how they'll write the use of that name that into a western setting. I'm getting a very Mr Robot vibe from the trailer, if you haven't seen it, Mr Robot is about a genius hacker guy who uses his hacking skills to exact justice into the world and things go crazy. So that is an appropriate style for this adaptation to copy.

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