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See the Battle Angel Alita trailer with your normal sized eyes

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 15:00

Battle Angel Alita, originally titled "Gunnm" in Japan, is a manga that started way back in 1990 about Alita, an amnesiac robot who is rebuilt after being found in a junkyard and discovers that there is something special about her. The manga caught the eye of filmmaker James Cameron in the 90's and he's been saying that he's been wanting to make an adaptation since after his monster hit Titanic. Much like Cameron's other box office CG success Avatar, he waited until the technology was good enough before attempting to adapt Battle Angel Alita and here we are now.

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Review: Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection Blu-Ray Set

Tue, 12/05/2017 - 07:30

It’s been a while since I watched the first four Naruto Shippuden movies. Although they aren’t canon to the storyline unlike the last two movies, they were still quite enjoyable. The Rasengan Collection is just basically all movies that were previously released separately now in one packaging since it’s very apparent if you watch the trailers included in each movie, however that shouldn’t stop you from getting this.

 Already caught up with Boruto, both anime and the manga, it felt a bit weird going back, especially since these movies take place before the great ninja war, with The Lost Tower taking place after the Pain Arc since it implies Jiraiya is already dead. However, revisiting Naruto’s teen days was quite refreshing from Boruto, which still has epic fights, but it’s a lot more peaceful than it’s predecessor series.

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Review: Ramna 1/2 OVAs & Movies Blu-Ray Set

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 21:00

It’s been forever since I last seen anything related to the Ramna ½ franchise, and it makes me really happy that Viz Media is releasing the series via Blu-ray and DVD releases. I still remember the early Saturday mornings watching all kind of anime, including Digimon, Dragon Ball, Card Captor Sakura, and Ramna ½. I still have memories of having a sticker album in which had multiple scenes of the entire series and buying the packs weekly trying to fill up the entire album.

While I’ve seen the entirety of the series, of almost all of it, since I do remember missing episodes, and I missed some of the early episodes as well, I’ve never seen any of the movies or the OVA, so getting this Blu-ray set made me happy and I’m glad that I got to revisit memory lane. 

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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Confession Blu-Ray Set

Mon, 12/04/2017 - 17:00

So here we are again, another Digimon Adventure Tri home movie release, another review. Digimon Adventure Tri Confession was first viewable during a Digimon panel in Anime Expo 2017, with cast members Joshua Seth, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, and Jeff Nimoy present and answering fan questions. What I find interesting is that that the third movie was viewable a whole month before the second movie came out in Blu-ray, albeit, they were selling it early during the con, or so I heard, but I digress. While it gives us more questions than answers, finally the story moves forward. This is also my second favorite Tri movie after the recent Coexistence/Kyousei movie. In fact, I actually like the movie more after a second watch.

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Batman Ninja is more Samurai than Ninja but still looks pretty rad

Sat, 12/02/2017 - 18:30

Batman been around for over 75 years, with a few dozen iterations and interpretations of the Dark Knight gracing all forms of media. Now, a new anime interpretation of the caped crusader from the far east surprises everyone with Batman Ninja. This story of the rich guy with issues that dresses up like a bat has him transported to the distant past of the Warring States Era of Japan. This era, also known as the "Sengoku Era" (1467 to 1603),  is when Japan was divided under different groups and nations. Batman then does the thing he does best but in old Japan: be Batman.

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Learn to make your own Japanese Plum Wine

Tue, 11/28/2017 - 15:00

If you are of legal drinking age in your country and just happen to like all things Japanese, Umeshu is something you might want to try besides the well-known Japanese staple sake. Umeshu is also more known and referred to as plum wine, this sweet Japanese lacquer is made by soaking sugar and unripe green plums in alcohol.

The video above from SimonAndMartina makes the process seem easy enough to make with Martina going through all the steps with the few ingredients required for the drink. But since involves a long period of keeping something away inside a container, it requires some effort with sterilizing and making sure everything is clean. The process in making Umeshu is steeping, basically soaking the plums to extract the flavor to mix into the shochu with sugar enhancing the sweetness.

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Licensing GET: Well Go USA obtains the live-action Gintama movie

Mon, 11/27/2017 - 16:30

It looks like the week is off to an interesting start. Why is that? Well, it turns out that Well Go USA is releasing the live-action Gintama movie in North America on Blu-ray, DVD, and HD digital. 

While this announcement came off as a surprise, I like how it goes well with the anime future home release in the West. I guess Crunchyroll's stream of the samurai comedy series helped its popularity grow a bit after Viz stopped releasing the original manga in North America.

Considering that the movie is directed by Yuichi Fukuda (The Hero Yoshihiko and Blue Blazes' Director), his experience with comedy guarantees that the film is among the small list of good live-action adaptations of anime and manga.

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Grand Ceremony: Two Sentai actors tie the knot

Fri, 11/24/2017 - 06:00

We may live in a world where a new season of Akibaranger might never happen, but that isn't stopping us from appreciating Toei's Sentai parody series. Considering that the show featured cameos from the official installments, I found it neat that Masato Wada (Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger's Nobuo/Akiba Red) revealed that he married gravure idol Risa Yoshiki (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters' Rika).

Wada talk about the marriage on his blog and the two of them are hoping to work hard as a couple. Also, I love the idea of an actor from an "unofficial" installment hooking up with an actress from an official series.

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Mobile Suit Gundam UC is finally getting a new Blu-ray release

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 06:00

For a second, I felt like I was trapped in a state between a dream and a nightmare. I guess this was due to Right Stuf revealing some new Gundam-related surprises at Anime Nebraskon '17.

The biggest one is Gundam UC/Unicorn receiving another Blu-ray release. From the looks of it, this might be an affordable version of the OVA. Thanks to this announcement, more people will get to watch the installment that revealed the secret behind the Universal Century era's chaos, along with seeing the robot's beautiful Destroyer Mode transformation sequence.

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Get spooky with J-Novel Club's Yume Nikki and Ao Oni light novels

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 06:00

On the night of Halloween, the people at J-Novel Club summoned not one but two horror light novels. Coincidentally, they're both based on freeware video games. Long story short, Yume Nikki and Ao Oni crept their way into the service. 

 While I didn't play the two titles, I got to see them in action. Yume Nikki looked interesting with its 2D surreal environments and the strange things you can do the creatures. When I saw Former Japanator Associate Editor Elliot Gay overcome Ao Oni on his Twitch Channel, it reminded me a bit of Corpse Party, except you have to run from a deadly goofy-looking blue monster.

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Streaming GET: Dynaman's English dub heads to Night Flight Plus

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 06:00

Before Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was adapted into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, an older Sentai show premiered in the U.S. During USA Network's Night Flight, an English dub of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman was shown during the program. From the looks of it, this version was a comedic take on the original.

As a reminder, the Website, Night Flight Plus, is streaming the series, which started last week. Sure, installments like Goranger and Battle Fever J appeared on TV, but their broadcast was limited to specific areas, such as Hawaii and certain parts of California.

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Kick off your weekend with Shout! Factory TV's Megaranger marathon

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 06:00

We finally live in a world where the Sentai shows that were used for Power Rangers' Mighty Morphin continuity (Power Rangers Season 1 through 3, Zeo, Turbo, and in Space) are available in the West. Even though Denji Sentai Megaranger hits North America on Halloween, Shout! Factory is holding a marathon of the series on Oct. 28.

Just like the previous events, you can look forward to another segment filled with new information about the franchise. This time around, Den of Geek's Shamus Kelly is hosting this part.

Since the series is about a group of high school students becoming heroes after beating a video game, it's impressive how Saban adapted it into a show that connected the Power Ranger series' previous installments together. That, and we got to see the Rangers fight the Ninja Turtles.

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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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