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Annotated Anime: Tiger Mask W episodes 17-19

Mon, 02/20/2017 - 06:00

Tiger Mask W seems to have an ongoing struggle with itself. It seems to keep coming off the rails more times than the mine cart in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom. It sometimes looks like the animators are entertaining themselves with in-jokes than putting on a show. However, when they are on point it's a good series, but there is just so much fluff. Will it keep up with this batch? Of course, it will!

 Tiger Mask W episodes 17-19 screenshot

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Norigami Taco's sushi tacos sound like an intriguing combination

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 17:00

I might've said this before, but I'm a huge fan of cuisines that combines things that many people would classify as a terrible mix. One of these special combos is Norigami Taco's tacos that feature shells made out of fried tempura seaweed.

From sushi ingredients to ramen and normal taco content, I'm tempted to try out Norigami's delicacy. To think this idea came from a group of people who were a bit drunk during a slow night at a sushi restaurant. Hell, this makes the food's origin a priceless one.

While Norigami Taco only appears at especial events in Los Angeles, they're hoping to gather funds to form their own shop. Hopefully, they'll succeed since they have a great concept that deserves to be exposed to as many people's stomachs as possible. In the meantime, I'll have to add their tacos to my list of things to try when I visit California one day.

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Monsterpalooza '17 adds Garo Creator Keita Amemiya and Godzilla Suit Actor Mizuho Yoshida

Sun, 02/19/2017 - 14:00

When it comes to monsters designs in live-action titles, I've always been fascinated with the concept of creating creature costumes and makeup effects. Of course, this is one of the various reasons why I was drawn into becoming a fan of the tokusatsu medium. This factor plays a role in me being excited about Keita Amemiya (Garo franchise's Showrunner, Chojin Sentai Jetman's Director) and Mizuho Yoshida (Godzilla, Mothra, King Ghidorah: Giant Monsters All-Out Attack's Godzilla Suit Actor, Gamera 2: Attack of Legion's Legion Suit Actor) attending the monster design-themed convention, Monsterpalooza.

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Strong Style: Super Juniors Finals!

Sat, 02/18/2017 - 12:00

Hello again Puroresu fans and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we take off from last week as we look at the finals of the 23rd Best of The Super Juniors tournament. So let's go back to June 6th, 2016 and the Sendai SunPlaza for the action!

 Super Juniors Finals! screenshot

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Japanator LIVE: Solving thermomewclear equations with Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 14:00

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

I didn't expect to see a new energy source that mixes the nuclear with cats. Lo and behold, this is a thing in Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils. Not that it's a bad thing since it's one of the game's silly elements. That, and it was one of the factors that brought peace to our world.

What's not funny is the ordeal one has to overcome while they help the bunny girl break her cat ears-related curse. Nonetheless, it's been fun trying to figure out how to progress to the next area so we could take down all of the devils.

Since we have four main bosses left to kill, I'll see if I could free this gal from her predicament that's far from bad. When you look at the big picture a bunny girl with cat ears sounds like a combination that'll strike people's hearts with a large wave of cuteness.

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J-Novel Club adds In Another World With My Smartphone to its line up

Fri, 02/17/2017 - 09:00

The folks over at J-Novel club have added a new title to their lineup of Japanese light novels for English readers by announcing they will carry "In Another World With My Smartphone" for its premium members.

J-Novel Club adds In Another World With My Smartphone to its line up screenshot

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Get to know the Major in the new Ghost in the Shell trailer

Thu, 02/16/2017 - 08:00

Despite many years of ambivalence and some really bad recent political optics, I think I can finally say that I'm excited to see the Ghost in the Shell live-action movie. The latest trailer does away with the teasing and gives folks a proper look at what to expect from the story.

Put together by director Rupert Sanders and screenwriters Jamie Moss and Ehren Kruger, it looks like we can expect a big ol' mashup of influences, plot points, premises and themes from all across the Ghost in the Shell franchise. In interviews, Sanders hinted that the film wouldn't be a straight retread of the manga or anime's Puppetmaster storyline, and that they looked to, among other things, the "Individual Eleven" arc from Ghost in the Shell: Standalone Complex 2nd GIG for inspiration. 

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Husbando Alert! iDOLM@STER SideM gets anime adaptation

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 16:10

Male idol lovers (and haters) beware! You're all gonna be in for a new wave of animu male idols that will likely flood anitwitter in the near future. The mobile game, The iDOLM@STER SideM, will receive an anime adaptation similar to that of the mobile game The iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS back in 2015. This announcement was made a recent event for the game,  The iDOLM@STER SideM 2nd STAGE ~ORIGIN@L STARS~, and more details will be revealed on March 15.

Why March 15? That date is designated as "315 day" from the "315 Production", which is similar to the in-universe name of the talent agency "346 Pro" talent agency in The iDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS and ties into the SideM game.

What do you think? Is this gonna be the next obsession in fujoshi/fudanshi otaku social media?

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Radwimps brings songs from Your Name to English

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:45

The official theatrical release of the English-language dub of the hit film Your Name is coming to the west on April 7 and with that upcoming release are English-language versions of the songs made for the film by the band radwimps. The band, radwimps, recorded English-language versions of their songs "Dream Lantern", "Zen Zen Zense", "Sparkle", and "Nandemo Ii ya".

Your Name is the fourth highest grossing film in Japan making $212 million and made $281 million worldwide. It hasn't even released in many countries yet outside Japan, which is probably why the push for making this anime film to cater more to English-speaking audiences.

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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero (Part 3) Redo

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 15:00

[Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!]

Tonight, I try not to be a complete failure and actually check to see if my microphone works as we come back to take a second quick trip to the late 1980's again in the THIRD part of our stream of Yakuza 0 from Sega.

This Yakuza games are beat-em-up styled games with RPG elements framed by a good crime drama story. There is also a small but dense open world approximation of a Tokyo district to explore but instead of modern day Japan, we get to see the height of the bubble economy in that time period.

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Reopen Autodesk Saya: New Game! Season 2 enters development

Mon, 02/13/2017 - 04:00

Whenever a team finishes a project, they tend to start the next one after the current one goes gold-- or way later. Speaking of successors, a second season of the Video Game Development-themed Anime New Game! was announced at the Next Level Fan Appreciation event on Feb. 12 at Toyosu PIT.

While New Game! wasn't the Shirobako of game development-themed anime shows, it ended up being a cute and silly take on a team's work life. Since the entire cast was entertaining in their own way, it'll be nice to see how Doga Kobo will adapt the original manga's next arc. Hopefully, Nenecchi will return as a tester. That way, they'll still have someone who's good at pointing out the game's unnoticed flaws and continuity issues.

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Weekend Japanatainment - Hatsune Miku Commercials Edition

Sun, 02/12/2017 - 14:00

Japan is quite commonly stereotyped as a land full of crazy commercials and this belief is not wrong. Attention-grabbing attempts at trying to sell consumers on products and other tactics such as mascots only get bigger and louder with seemingly no ceiling to limit the insanity. Hatsune Miku is one such mascot, starting out as a mascot for a voice synthesizer software, Miku has become one of the most recognizable characters in many circles on the internet.

Hatsune Miku's success has had big companies use her as part of their advertising campaigns in Japan and overseas. So today's Japanatainment is all about the green twin-tailed virtual diva's commercials. Enjoy!

Is there a weird Japanese commercial you love? Which commercial did you like here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

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Japanator LIVE: Lifting curses with Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 16:30

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

It looks like we're heading into another bunny-themed game as we're trying to free a bunny girl from a cat girl curse in Bunny Must Die! Chelsea and the 7 Devils. My guess is that we might see some shout-outs to Daicon IV.

The only thing I know about the game is that you'll need to find a power up to be able to more backward. Judging by this mechanic, I have a feeling that I'm in for a punishing adventure in this free-roaming 2D sidescroller.

If luck is on my side, I should be able to push forward in our quest to stop these seven devils. No matter how rough things get, the origin of our heroine's curse and her desire for revenge might make us laugh a bit.

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Here's a quick preview of JAM Project's upcoming music video

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 14:30

If you're looking for a way to energize yourself, a short version of JAM Project's music video for "THE EXCEEDER" has appeared on Lantis' YouTube channel. So far, it a nice way to prepare people for the group's upcoming album THE EXCEEDER, which launches on March 1.

Based on what we were shown, the gang's performance made me want to hear the rest of the song. Luckily, "THE EXCEEDER" will appear in Super Robot Wars V, so the people who get the game will get to hear it before the album's debut since the game hits Japan and Asia on Feb. 23.

Aside from the full version of "THE EXCEEDER," the album comes with JAM Project's song, "NEW BLUE." Since the latter song is also in Super Robot Wars V, we won't have to wait too long to check out these tunes out.

[via Crunchyroll]

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Strong Style: Bring on the Juniors!

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 06:00

Hello and welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Now that the Wrestlekingdom coverage is over we get back to business. This week we take a look at some of the matches from the Best of the Super Juniors XXIII tournament.

Like the G1 Climax and the World Tag league, the BOTSJ tournament takes place over several days. The Juniors are split into and A block and B block and whoever gets the most points after wrestling all the other guys in their particular block goes into the finals against the winner of the other block. The tournament winner gets an IWGP Junior Heavyweight Title shot if the champion doesn't win it himself.

The Blocks are split like this:

Block A: Gedo, David Finlay, Bushi, Rocky Romero, Kushida, Kyle O'Reily, Matt Sydal, and Ryusuke Taguchi

Block B: Chase Owens, Baretta, Jushin Liger, Tiger Mask, Bobby Fish, Ricochet, Volador Jr., and Will Ospreay

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Tsurezure Children anime adaptation to hit this summer

Sat, 02/11/2017 - 04:00

Tsurezure Children, translated as "Tedium Children", is about the different love scenarios of a large cast of high school students, will receive an anime adaptation that will air in the summer season of 2017. Originally a 4-koma (Four panel comic) webcomic by Wakabayashi Toshiya under the name "Wakabayashi Toshiya's 4-Koma Collection" in 2012, Tsurezure Children will be adapted by Studio Gokumi, who has worked on shows such as Kiniro Mosaic, A-ChannelYuuki Yuuna wa Yuusha de Aru, and this season's Seiren.

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Eromanga Sensei anime gets opening song from ClariS

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 17:00

ClariS, a duo formed by two junior high students Clara and Alice back in 2009 on NicoNico, has performed manysongs for anime including the likes of Oreimo and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Now, the duo (with a new member Karen replacing Alice) will provide the opening song for the upcoming anime adaptation of the "sibling romantic comedy" Eromanga Sensei, a title about high schooler Masamune Izumi is also a light novel author and his shut-in sister Sagiri. Unbeknownst to him, she is also his illustrator who makes erotic drawings for his books. 

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Get a taste of the Sailor Moon performance for Anime Matsuri!

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 16:00

Sailor Moon fans are in for a treat this coming April in Houston, Texas of all places, where a special performance by the cast of the Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon: The Musical will be held at Anime Matsuri convention. Anime Matsuri, an annual anime and Japanese culture convention in Houston, Texas, will be featuring a "special performance" from the cast which will include:

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WTF Fridays: Curry

Fri, 02/10/2017 - 12:30


 Curry screenshot

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Japanator LIVE - Yakuza Zero (Part 3)

Thu, 02/09/2017 - 15:30

[Note: I am so sorry, my microphone broke and did not record any voice audio. I will redo the entire video again next time.]

[Stream will begin at 10PM US Central Time over at the Japanator YouTube page and the video of the stream will also be posted here during and after the stream, so check it out!]

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