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Licensing GET: Kraken Releasing grabs Garo: Kiba the Dark Knight

Thu, 10/19/2017 - 14:30

When the Garo franchise says that "mankind has been given hope," they weren't joking around. This saying might as well be true since Kraken Releasing, a Section23 division, is bringing Garo: Kiba the Dark Knight to North America on Feb. 20. 

While it was my least favorite film in the franchise,  learning about the Dark Knight's origin. Part of it had to do with the movie's flashbacks being told in illustrations, instead of live-action. At least we got to see Keita Amemiya's inked pieces throughout the production.

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Catch the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film at Anime NYC

Wed, 10/18/2017 - 06:00

I don't know about you, but there's something great about a seeing a foreign film premiere at a new event before its release in its homeland. As Anime NYC gets ready for its debut in the Big Apple, the staff revealed that the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie is premiering at the event on Nov. 19. 

Since the movie launches in Japan on Dec. 1, it looks like the con's attendees will get to see it first. To top things off, you'll get to meet the film's director, Fumihiko Sori (Appleseed 2004's Producer, Vexille's Director). If the movie does the source material justice, then the event's team picked a nice way to end the convention.

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Japan VS USA Robot fight is tonight! Watch it here at 9PM Central!

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 16:15

Watch live video from MegaBotsInc on www.twitch.tv

[The Duel starts at 9PM Central!]

In 2012, the world was introduced to KURATAS, a giant 9,000 lbs piloted mech robot by Suidobashi Heavy Industries from Japan. The KURATAS was very much a prototype at the time and dubbed more as an "art piece" by its creators. Fast forward to 2015, Megabots inc from the US of A completed their own piloted mech Mk II MegaBot and challenged the Suidobashi Heavy industries' KURATAS of Japan to a robot duel to take place in a year. Suidobashi accepted the challenge and the world waited for this epic duel.

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Enjoy this gallery of Japanese mascots getting stuck on stuff

Sat, 10/14/2017 - 13:00

The Japanese sure love their mascots, with colorful characters running around representing all kinds of things from consumer products to towns for tourism, they have one for pretty much everything. So it wouldn't surprising that these large and round mascot costumes would likely get stuck in Japan's world famous space-saving architectural design.

Someone on Imgur compiled pictures of this regular occurrence showing the great challenges of the mascot showbusiness when it comes to things like doorways or hallways or any narrow passage. You can't help but feel sympathy for the person inside the hot suit who can barely see anything but it is still a funny sight to see something like a cartoon-y situation in real life.

Via AV Club

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J-List Snackbox DX: October 2017 - Japanator Unboxing

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 12:00

The recent rise in popularity of all these snack boxes by mail have given people alternatives in their snack game and with plenty of different services out there, there's something for everyone. For people like me who are into things from Japan, there's plenty of different services I can try out to satisfy my cravings for far east snacks. One of these services that I recently got to try is the J-List Snack Box DX from J-List.com and I made an unboxing video above just to check it out..

The J-List Snack Box DX for October 2017 comes with 16 different snacks (including Melon Pan, list below) weighing it at over 2 pounds and it's a big box alright. It also comes with a $5 coupon code for J-List. It's got some snacks that will have familiar flavors for westerners but just in a different and unfamiliar packaging. There are some snacks that will be new to westerners but nothing that would be truly out there that would cause some upset stomachs.

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WTF Fridays: I want to eat your pancreas

Fri, 10/06/2017 - 08:00

Yes, I want to eat your pancreas is an actual movie name based on a novel.

 I want to eat your pancreas screenshot

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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kamen Rider Black with some videos!

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 18:30

30 years ago on this day, October 4, 1987 marked the premiere of a Japanese superhero TV show Kamen Rider Black. This was the eighth installment of the Kamen Rider series that started in 1971 created by the late Shotaro Ishinomori. Kamen Rider Black and its direct sequel, Kamen Rider Black RX, were the last TV show series made before its TV hiatus in the 1990s.

Kamen Rider Black follows the mold of the previous' iterations of the series: guy gets kidnapped by an evil organization that wants to turn him into a weapon of evil, but the hero finds a way to escape the control of evil and becomes a hero of good. The difference this time around is that the hero has a brother and they both get kidnapped to become the evil organization's king. This gave the show more drama and a bit of a darker tone, despite still having some goofy bits in there to lighten the mood since this is still a show for older kids.

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The next Sword Art Online anime is adapting the Alicization Arc

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 06:00

[Update: Aniplex uploaded the trailers for the two Sword Art Online shows on their YouTube channel.]

It's been a while since Sword Art Online the Movie: Ordinal Scale hit theaters, and I was wondering when we would receive more information about the series' new installment. As the Dengeki Bunko Fall Festival happened on Sunday, the folks at the Sword Art Online panel revealed that the sequel will cover the original light novel's "Alicization Arc."

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J-Novel converts fantasy characters into otakus with Outbreak Company

Fri, 09/29/2017 - 06:00

For a good while, I've been meaning to check out the anime adaptations of Ichirou Sakaki's works, such as Outbreak Company and Chaika - The Coffin Princess. Right when I had the author on my mind, J-Novel released another one of his works on their service.

Since the Outbreak Company anime never received a sequel, people can now read the original light novel on J-Novel. When I heard about its premise being about a guy converting the people of a fantasy world into otakus, I was interested in seeing how it turned out. In fact, Naruhisa Arakawa's (Kamen Rider Kuuga and Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger's Writer) involvement with the adaptation's composition helped. That, and it contained a reference to the Super Sentai parody series, Akibaranger.

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Garage Hero's Strega campaign gets extended (Update)

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 10:00

[Update 1: Garage Hero weren't able to finalize the campaign extension since they found out about the option when it ended. The team is using the money they received to fund the movie and backers can look forward to getting their rewards.]

[Update 2: While they didn't meet the stretch goal, Garage Hero made connections with a developer. A Strega game being made for PC and Android is still possible.]

As we reach the end of Garage Hero's Indiegogo campaign for Strega, the team extended its deadline to the end of October. The great part about it is that it reached around $5,340, which is a bit past the halfway mark. 

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Loot Anime: Work For It! - Japanator Unboxing

Mon, 09/25/2017 - 17:00

If there's one common element in a lot of anime, it's the almost endless struggle to achieve a dream or complete a mission. From training to make oneself stronger to working a job just to make ends meet, anime is crazy enough to mix the mundane grind with exciting adventure and hijinks for our entertainment.

Loot Anime brings us some goodies from anime all about the grind with last month's box featuring: the hilarious action-packed Gin Tama, the stylish action of Soul Eater, supernatural detectives of Bungo Stray Dogs, and dragon turned human dressed up as a maid in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid.

What is Loot Anime? It is a monthly mystery subscription box featuring merchandise from anime and manga. There will be 4-6 licensed items with each box, about $60+ in retail value, as well as exclusive Loot Anime merchandise.

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Streaming GET: Garage Hero's Gun Caliber film blasts its way to Vimeo On Demand

Sun, 09/24/2017 - 15:00

I going to feel silly now, but I missed the memo when Vimeo started to have On Demand content. So why am I bringing up this today? Well, it turns out that SRS Cinema put Gun Caliber on the service for people to rent and/or download.

Of course, this version of Gun Caliber is the movie version, so you'll get to watch Soma mess with the people of Japan without switching videos. As for the price, it'll cost you $4.98 to rent it for a day. If you want to own it digitally, this option is available for $14.95.

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Canada gets anime tourism commercial from Your Name creators

Sat, 09/23/2017 - 14:00

Last year marked the release of Your Name, one of the most successful anime films to come out in Japan and worldwide. Your Name wowed audiences with stunningly beautiful animation and evoked many emotions within its viewers while netting some pretty major awards and accolades. Now the creators of Your Name, renowned director Makoto Shinkai and the studio CoMix Wave, has now put their skills to work to promoting the beautiful sites of Canada.

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Strega's new stretch goal enters the realm of mecha

Fri, 09/22/2017 - 06:00

The Indiegogo campaign for Gun Caliber's sequel, Strega, is almost coming to a close in three days and Garage Hero are unleashing another stretch goal. If they rake in $70,000, the film's hero will go up against a giant spider robot that's piloted by a certain U.S. president.

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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Season 1 Blu-Ray Set

Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:30

If you have been following me since my debut, you would know that Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure is one of my favorite series ever. Stardust Crusaders was part of Top 5 of 2015 series, while Diamond is Unbreakable was part of my Top 5 series of 2016, as well as my favorite Jojo part. Additionally, I also had the opportunity to review the first volume of Stardust Crusaders which you can find here. While the series has been available in English since last year via Adult Swim, we just recently got the Blu-Ray set which in packaged in an amazing looking box.

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Mari Ijima returns to California's Macross convention

Tue, 09/19/2017 - 13:00

As we wait for Super Dimension Convention, the evolved form of MacrossWorld Con, to start next month, the event is having Mari Ijima (a.k.a. the voice of Lynn Minmay) attend as the guest of honor. 

Of course, Ijima will hold a concert at the convention, so people will get to hear her perform again. With Harmony Gold preventing other Macross installments from leaving Japan, it's good that the team behind the event gave the franchise's fan a place for them to meet up and express their love of the series.

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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Determination Blu-Ray Set

Fri, 09/15/2017 - 05:26

So just a few months after Digimon Adventure Tri Reunion home release, Shout! Factory released Digimon Adventure Tri.: Determination, the second installment in the movie series. I remember watching Determination when it initially came out and ended up hating it. While typically I do love my slice of life in Digimon, Determination was really filler-y and it only made the story progress during the last 20 minutes of the movie. We waited four months for the movie to come out, and we had to wait for another six to see the third one, so it was frustrating.

However, considering this Blu-Ray set came out after I watched the third and fourth movie via Crunchyroll – which both developed the story some more, going back to Determination was more enjoyable, almost like the same effect you get when you watch a series in one sitting versus watching it on a weekly basis, or in this case, every four or six months.

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Japanator LIVE - Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA

Sun, 09/10/2017 - 16:20

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it at the Japanator YouTube page or on the video below, so check it out!]


We're back tonight for another stream, we apologize for the weird site construction goings on, and we're here to check out the upcoming Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA. This new entry in the Ys series got a great score so check out my review over at Destructoid!

Ys VIII has the series protagonist Adol Christin shipwrecked in a mysterious island of Seiren and another new action-packed adventure of survival begins. So join me tonight as I play the first hour or so of this new anticipated title!

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Indie tokusatsu film Strega's crowdfunding campaign is ready to rock

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 06:00

At long last, Bueno and his crew have started their Indiegogo campaign to gather the remaining funds to finish Strega, the sequel to the R-rated toku comedy movie Gun Caliber. So far, the gang did a good job at presenting people with the important details, along with being transparent about the project. In other words, you can feel their burning soul for wanting to create the type of things they want to watch.

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Indie tokusatsu film Strega's crowdfunding campaign is ready to rock

Sun, 08/27/2017 - 06:00

At long last, Bueno and his crew have started their Indiegogo campaign to gather the remaining funds to finish Strega, the sequel to the R-rated toku comedy movie Gun Caliber. So far, the gang did a good job at presenting people with the important details, along with being transparent about the project. In other words, you can feel their burning soul for wanting to create the type of things they want to watch.

Categories: General Japan News