General Japan News

Do you have what it takes to get published in Weekly Shonen Magazine?

Japan News - Tue, 10/18/2016 - 16:00

For a good while, I've always been behind the idea of contests that let people get the chance to get their stories published if they win. Speaking of which, the Comic Website MediBang is teaming up with the folks at Weekly Shonen Magazine, the publication that Hajime no Ippo and Fairy Tail are serialized in, to hold a contest where anyone in the world can enter to win the chance to have their own story published in the Weekly Shonen Magazine App.

As for the other prizes, the other winners will get the chance to have their comic critiqued by one of Weekly Shonen Magazine's editors. Since MediBang held a contest like this with the folks at Weekly Shonen Jump, it's nice that the company teamed up with another manga magazine to make this contest happen again.

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Japanator LIVE - World of Final Fantasy

Japan News - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 13:00

[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!]

The demo of World of Final Fantasy surprised everyone early today and tonight we shall take a look at this demo for PlayStation 4! This new game features many iconic characters and stuff from the Final Fantasy series it plays like old school turn-based games from the series! Join us tonight while we chat and play! 

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Japanese artist Fuzichoco wants to bring her art to puzzle form

Japan News - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 12:00

The company Playing Ground Puzzles has joined with the artist Fuzichoco to bring the deep and colorful anime-inspired illustrations to puzzle fans with a Kickstarter program.

The anime inspired illustrator has partnered with the puzzle company to bring a fun way to pass some time and bring together a wonder picture to take you away to a far off land.

Japanese artist Fuzichoco wants to bring her art to puzzle form screenshot

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Review: Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy

Japan News - Mon, 10/17/2016 - 08:00

It wouldn't be too much of a stretch at this point to declare that Jiro Ono - head chef at Tokyo's Sukiyabashi Jiro restaurant - is one of the most visible Japanese culinary professionals in the world. Thanks to his and his restaurant's starring role in David Gelb's 2011 documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi, Jiro and his son Yoshikazu have become practically synonymous with the idea of sushi as cuisine, an experience emblematic of Japanese food, and to a certain extent, of Japanese culture and its emphasis of exemplary craftmanship.

The fame of Jiro Ono, and Sukiyabashi Jiro are what make a book like Sushi: Jiro Gastronomy possible. But paradoxically, it's that same fame that leads me to ask just what purpose the book serves, or who it's for.

[Header image by Kenta Izumi]

 Jiro Gastronomy screenshot

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New website publishes Japanese Light novels in English

Japan News - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 14:00

A new Website has been launched that will bring Japanese light novels in English to eager fans all over the world. J-Novel Club is partnering with publishers Hobby Japan and OVERLAP, with hopefully more to come in the future to provide legal online access to the light novels that is popular with teens and anime fans alike.

The service is $54 for a year basic membership and each week will release a new chapter or part of their line up of light novels along with access to a members forum. Premium members will get to receive one free e-book version of a novel each month!

Currently, the site carries four light novels: Occultic;Nine, Brave Chronicle: The Ruinmaker, My Big Sister Lives in a Fantasy World, and My Little Sister Can Read Kanji, with six more series coming soon.

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Strong Style: A whole lot of that flippy sh*t

Japan News - Sun, 10/16/2016 - 06:00

Greetings one again to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. We are looking at the big show, WrestleKingdom 10, from the Tokyo Dome on January 4, 2016. We have seen some incredible action so far and this week looks to be just as amazing.

Let's get to the action!

 A whole lot of that flippy sh*t screenshot

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Japanator Live: Alter people's fates with This Starry Midnight We Make

Japan News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 14:00

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

So I was able to progress further in This Starry Midnight We Make, but I hit a couple walls while I was trying to complete the last set of character stories to complete the chapter. From the looks of it, I might have to create a cosmic entity to progress further.

Judging by the requirements I need to get to the next set of tasks, I wouldn't be surprised if I upset the balance of the universe tonight. If I was able to create a supernebula last time, then there's a chance that I could bring forth a second big bang somehow.

If things go according to plan, I might get closer to finishing Chuuya and Hamomaru's experiment. Hopefully, things well end nicely for everyone. 

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Weekend Japanatainment - Fall 2016 OP Edition

Japan News - Sat, 10/15/2016 - 04:00

The fall anime season is here and I'm gonna be referencing something about the change in weather with the new anime line up but I'll save you from that cliche and I'll bring up that there is something for everyone this season.

We've got some shows for fanservice, we've got manly shows, shows about men getting close together, and shows about girls being close as well. Just check out some of great anime openings below from this season and tell me about the shows you're gonna watch this season in the comments.

Are there any anime or anime openings form the fall season that you love? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! We wanna know!

Weekend Japanatainment - Fall 2016 OP Edition screenshot

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Tiger Mask W makes his real-life wrestling ring debut!

Japan News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 08:00

In a crossover that many fans of Japanese wrestling knew would probably happen, the title character from the new anime Tiger Mask W made his debut in a real-life wrestling ring on October 10th.

During the pre-show for New Japan Pro Wrestling's King of Pro-Wrestling show, a real life Tiger Mask came to the ring to face one of his foes from the show, Red Death.

The anime, which debuted on October 1st, is co-produced by Toei animation as well as New Japan Pro Wrestling and featured some big names from NJPW like "Rainmaker" Kazuchika Okada, Hiroshi Tanahashi, and Yugi Nagata appearing in animated form.

Tiger Mask W makes his real-life wrestling ring debut! screenshot

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Brave man sings Dragonball Z theme for The Voice Thailand

Japan News - Fri, 10/14/2016 - 06:00

If you're unfamiliar with The Voice, it's a show where a singers attempt to grab the attention of four famous singers with nothing but their voice. But it's never been that interesting to us until now. 35 year old Ditthawat Chaikaewruchikorn auditioned for the show singing Dragonball Z's famous opening theme (Japanese, of course), "Cha-La Head-Cha-La." 

Eventually getting the attention of all four judges (as each of the famous singer coaches flips their chair around when they like a contestant), Chaikaewruchikorn even breaks out the Doraemon and Saint Seiya themes and further works his way into our hearts. 

I hope he goes on to win the whole shebang. 

Brave man sings Dragonball Z theme for The Voice Thailand screenshot

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure hitting Toonami this weekend

Japan News - Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:30

Announced earlier this year, this English dub release of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's first season, Phantom Blood, is releasing on Toonami this Saturday! Airing after Dragonball Z Kai, let's hope JoJo will get the wider audience it deserves. While the fandom is huge now, I feel like it could get even bigger with the Toonami launchpad. 

Let's hope the English cast can voice the show with the right amount of ridiculousness. JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood airs on Adult Swim's Toonami block Saturday, October 15th and 12:30AM EST/PST. Here's the synopsis from the press release: 

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Final Impressions: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc

Japan News - Wed, 10/12/2016 - 08:00

Ever since the Danganronpa 3 anime’s staff was revealed, I always had faith that this show would do a great job in wrapping up the whole series. With Kazutaka Kodaka (The Danganronpa game series’ Writer) being involved with the project and Norimitsu Kaiho (School-Live’s creator) handling the writing, it seemed like a lot of heart was placed into this production.

The end result was two arcs that aimed to bring us two different stories that surprisingly came together towards the end of the series. However, this segment shall still only focus on Danganronpa 3 – Despair Arc, which made way for the event that many folks were waiting for.

[Note: This post will mention elements that are classified as spoilers from the Danganronpa series.]

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First Impressions: Keijo!!!!!!!!

Japan News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 15:30

Keijo!!!!!!!! has both the best and worst first episode I have ever seen in anime. It's most likely one of the biggest surprises of the Fall season merely for its audacity to exist. In a wonderful maelstrom of fan service, slick action animation, cute girls with rubber spines, "sports," and giant butts clashing with other giant butts, Keijo!!!!!!!! delivers something only possible through the anime medium. 

Whether or not the rest of the series can hold up to the standards of its premiere is definitely a question moving forward, but (pun intended) who cares about all of that? Honestly if you're going to watch something for the fan service, it might as well be this. 

 Keijo!!!!!!!! screenshot

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Japanator LIVE - Dragon Quest Builders

Japan News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 13:00

[Stream will begin at 9PM 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!]

Dragon Quest Builders is finally here! It just released on the North American PlayStation store today and we are taking a look at it tonight! Let's hang out and watch me build and stuff! Come back here for a link to the stream!

[Stream will begin at 9PM 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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Review: Orange

Japan News - Tue, 10/11/2016 - 08:00

I was very excited for Orange, an anime adaptation of the manga, since it did incredibly well as a live-action film and there was generally a positive buzz surrounding this series. Did it meet my expectations? I enjoyed it and while it was one of my favourite series from the summer season, aspects of it could definitely have been improved. My main fascination with this anime is that at first glance it may appear like your usual slice-of-life high school drama but it harbours dark undertones and tackles some heavy issues.

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Aw, yeah: Gun Caliber's first episode is now locked and loaded

Japan News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 16:00

Alright, people. It's time to shoot evil where it hurts because the first episode of the Gun Caliber web series is now on Garage Hero's YouTube channel. Of course, this is the original movie split up into various parts.

One thing that sets this release over the film's Bootleg Edition is that it features the complete soundtrack. With the web series being in HD, it's a great reason to rewatch Bueno's film again. In other words, it does a great job in preparing us for the day that Garage Hero can secure a distributor to release the film on DVD.

Based on the first few songs shown in the series, it's cool to see that they mesh nicely with the film's first fight scene. If you're interested in checking out the series, you can head here (NSFW).

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Licensing GET: Kraken Releasing nabs the original Garo series

Japan News - Mon, 10/10/2016 - 14:00

Ladies and gentlemen: It appears that hell's temperatures have reached a subzero level since another miracle has happened. During Atlanta's Monsterama Convention that happened last weekend, Section 23's division known as Kraken Releasing revealed that they're bringing the first Garo tokusatsu series to North America next year.

Ever since FUNimation brought over the Garo anime to North America, a part of me was hoping that the franchise's original tokusatsu installments would cross the pond as well. Thanks to this news, people who got into the franchise through Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames can now check out the 2005 show that started it all. Best of all, they even have plans to bring the other Garo titles as well, which will likely be based on how well the first show does in the West.

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Rejoice: LeSean Thomas and Crunchyroll team up for Children of Ether

Japan News - Sun, 10/09/2016 - 14:00

Whenever I hear about a bunch of cool groups collaborating on a production, I tend to rejoice over this wonderful news. Speaking of team-up projects, Crunchyroll revealed at New York Comic-Con '16 on Oct. 6 that they're working with LeSean Thomas to create Children of Ether.

LeSean Thomas' upcoming title is set in a dystopian city, and it revolves around the Rhonda, a woman with mysterious powers that's running from an attacker. Also, this happened after her dad died. During her struggle, she'll meet a couple orphans and people that will guide her through the metropolis. 

 LeSean Thomas and Crunchyroll team up for Children of Ether screenshot

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Strong Style: Gold and Grudge match

Japan News - Sun, 10/09/2016 - 06:00

Welcome, my friends to the show that never ends, Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV.

This week, we are in week two of our coverage of WrestleKingdom 10, the big event held on Jan. 4, 2016, at the Tokyo Dome. This is NJPW's yearly big event and probably the biggest single event in wrestling outside of Wrestlemania.

In this week's edition, we look at two big tag team matches from the show, both with titles on the line, both with The Bullet Club, and one match that is a bit of a swan song for some regulars of Strong Style. Add to that a big grudge match and we will have a fun time this week!

Let's get to the ring!

 Gold and Grudge match screenshot

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Japanator Live: Creating This Starry Midnight We Make's stars is an important matter

Japan News - Sat, 10/08/2016 - 13:00

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

Well, folks. Tonight, I attempt to complete my task of mastering the ways of making stars again, as the folks of This Starry Midnight We Make's world are in need of some miracles. From the looks of it, I might have to tinker around with the tools at my disposal.

Since this power to change people's fates via the creation of new stars, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a segment where a specific group tried to take control of the basin later on. In fact, something tells me that the authorities that appear in most of the character-related quests might play a big role later on.

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