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Kamen Rider 555 and Zyuohger Actor turns August 10 into Zyuoh Bird Day

Japan News - 17 hours 49 min ago

I may have missed the actual day on this one, but I love seeing people coming up with new ways for their fans to enjoy the stuff they're involved in. Speaking of which, Kohei Murakami (Kamen Rider 555's Kusaka/Kamen Rider Kaixa, Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger's Bud/Zyuoh Bird) decided to have August 10 become Zyuoh Bird day.

Just like the meaning behind Kaixa Day, the date has a special meaning, since 810 could appear as "bado" in Japanese. While he talked about celebrating this festivity once, I'm interested in seeing if it'll become a recurring thing.

If it picks up, I wonder if people will create their own fan art of Bud/Zyuoh Bird like how they draw Kusaka/Kaixa every year. Until then, I'll try to finish Zyuohger before next year.

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Impressions: Love and Lies

Japan News - Sun, 08/13/2017 - 06:00

Love and Lies is set in an alternate reality where Japan has figured out a way to stop their socioeconomic issue of declining birth rates. How, you ask? They forbade love. In this new system, your marriage partner is picked by the government through some advanced scientific method that takes into account various factors like genetics and personality type. It’s called the “Red String of Science” which is basically a substitute for the common East Asian concept of “Red String of Fate.” In the latter, soulmates are connected by the proverbial string of fate but these days, we believe in hard evidence offered by the former concept.

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The new Kino's Journey features its star riding off into the sunset

Japan News - Fri, 08/11/2017 - 06:00

You know a title is gonna look good when it features the name "Beautiful World." In this case, we get to see the first trailer for the new Kino's Journey anime, Kino's Journey - The Beautiful World- The Animation, shows off its warm visuals.

While I would've preferred a sequel to the original series, I'm still glad to see the remake's nicer look. Heck, I still enjoyed the visuals in the previous adaptation so it's good to see that the anime continues with this great trend. Since it premieres during the Fall 2017 Anime Season, we won't have to wait more than a year to catch it.

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Tony Hawk and Japan Crate team up to kickflip Japanese snacks to your door

Japan News - Thu, 08/03/2017 - 17:10

Surprising collaborations seem to be nothing new these days but the surprising part never ceases to do so when it does happen. This time it's the legendary pro skater Tony Hawk teaming up with subscription snack service Japan Crate. I first saw this in a tweet by Tony Hawk yesterday (video tweet below) and took a second for it to register that it was the world renowned skater who helped greatly popularize the sport in the late 90's was touring a Japanese candy factory.

The tweet video by Hawk shows the Hawk family trying out candy at a candy factory in Japan, which shows the entire process of making and packaging the sweet treats to assembling the special Tony Hawk Japan Crate box. The Tony Hawk Japan Crate box will feature 14 Japanese snacks chosen by Tony himself along with a--- get ready for this, a skateboard fidget spinner. Yes, one of those things you see these days but shaped in a skateboard but with Tony Hawk's name on it which makes it cooler.

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Satisfy your craving for puppet action with a Thunderbolt Fantasy side story

Japan News - Wed, 08/02/2017 - 06:00

The original Thunderbolt Fantasy came off as a wonderful surprise for me since I didn't expect an action puppet show to become one of my favorite series of 2016. As we wait for its second season to premiere, the people at Pili, Nitroplus and Goodsmile are bringing us a side story project called Thunderbolt Fantasy: Shoshi Ikken.

Unlike the original series, this piece is an adaptation of the Thunderbolt Fantasy: Toriken Koki Gaiden novel. On top of that, it'll feature a tale about Shang Bu Huan that Urobuchi wrote. From the looks of it, the project will let us witness the events that led to the Screaming Phoenix Killer wanting to kill Gui Niao. 

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Garage Hero's Strega continues to look like a bloody good time

Japan News - Sun, 07/30/2017 - 06:00

When Garage Hero first revealed Gun Caliber's sequel, Strega, I was on board with seeing Soma Kusanagi's story continue. As the team continues to work hard on the film, we're treated to a trailer where the main "heroes" lay waste to their targets.

One of the things I love about the team is how their action and campy tone continue to feel exciting. No matter how many times I see someone gets beat to a bloody pulp, it always comes off as something that brings joy to its viewers. In fact, the crew's trailer continues to show off their great talent in creating entertaining toku productions.

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Japanator Unboxing: Tokyo Treat - June 2017

Japan News - Sat, 07/29/2017 - 14:00

[TokyoTreat provided a Premium box and the writer has an affiliate partnership with TokyoTreat]

TokyoTreat once again provides us with some snackage and sweets to satisfy our cravings for some Japanese treats. This time, we're checking out the June 2017 Premium box to sample the kind of products TokyoTreat features in their service. Each month's TokyoTreat box will have a theme that ties into the featured items and June 2017's theme is all about Rainy Day Snacks. June is the start of when the rainy season starts in that side of the world and TokyoTreat put together a nice selection for those days when you stay in and chill at home.

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Densha Otoko's Writer joins Kamen Rider Build's staff

Japan News - Fri, 07/28/2017 - 06:00

Man. It's been a while since I heard about Densha Otoko/Train Man. My only knowledge about the series is its connection to a likely true story about an otaku hooking up with a girl he saved during a train ride. Thanks to a few people on Japanator, I was interested in checking out the J-Drama and/or its other iterations, such as the manga.

So why am I talking about Densha Otoko? It turns out that the j-drama's Writer, Shogo Muto, is writing Kamen Rider Build. Then we have Ryuta Tasaki (Kamen Rider W and Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger's Director) making a comeback as the program's Director, with his last toku TV series being Drive. Since they brought us a nice amount of good things, the story might be entertaining.

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San Antonio is getting a Power Rangers convention

Japan News - Wed, 07/26/2017 - 06:00

For those who don't reside in the West Coast, it can be a challenge to attend Power Morphicon. Speaking of Power Rangers-related events, San Antonio is about to join the legion of areas with toku-themed conventions.

The nice part about the area's event, Morphinominal Expo, is that it's free, and it'll feature guests from the franchise, such as Justin Nimmo (Power Rangers in Space's Zhane/Space Silver Ranger) and Amy Rolle (Power Rangers Lost Galaxy's Trakeena). To top it off, you can expect there to see some panels and other activities as well.

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At long last, Keijo is now an actual sport

Japan News - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 06:00

You know an event is big when an anime and manga series inspires people to turn a fictional activity into a real thing. In this case, a group of Keijo!!!!!!!! fans from Portugal decide to turn the title's signature sport into an actual activity.

Unlike the original, the Keijo Portugal's version has the players wear pads on their chests and behinds for safety measures when they use them to knock their opponent out of the arena. In reality, we don't want anyone to go through what Nozomi experienced when she was mastering the Vacuum Butt Cannon. Of course, the rules are modified for it to be realistic, which would still make it an interesting sport. 

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Shout! Factory grabs Power Rangers Lost Galaxy's source material

Japan News - Sat, 07/22/2017 - 13:30

For a good while, my body has adapted to the underworld's sub-zero temperatures. During Comic-Con '17, Shout! Factory confirms this climate change as they reveal their plans to release Seiju Sentai Gingaman, the show that was adapted into Power Rangers Lost Galaxy, on DVD.

Honestly, I was surprised about this news since it felt weird for Shout! Factory to commence this plan before seeing how Denji Sentai Megaranger does in North America. My guess is that their streams of their previous Super Sentai titles on their Website, Tubi TV, and Amazon Prime U.K. played a role in their decision to commit to this release.

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One Piece is getting a live-action TV series for some reason

Japan News - Fri, 07/21/2017 - 09:00

Eiichiro Oda's One Piece is arguably the most popular anime series in Japan, so with how much anime has garnered interest in the West it was only a matter of time before some Western company wanted to try their hands at a live-action version. The major question, however, is how exactly is this supposed to happen? 

According to the Japan Times, Weekly Shonen Jump Editor-in-Chief Hiroyuki Nakano announced that Tomorrow ITV Studios with Marty Adelstein (the producer behind Prison Break, Last Man Standing, and uh, Cristela) will be handling the live-action TV series with Adelstein noting just how damn expensive a show like this will have to be. 

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The next Kamen Rider gives off a nice W vibe

Japan News - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 06:00

When a show decides to recycle a previous idea, it can either be a good or bad thing. In the worst case, it could lead to the team running out of ideas. In terms of reused concepts, Kamen Rider Build, the show that'll replace Ex-Aid, has a system that's similar to the detective-themed show, Kamen Rider W.

While the main Rider's suit has two halves, the difference is that his powers come from special bottles. Interestingly, he uses an organic and an inorganic piece when he transforms, which sets it apart from W. His default form is RabbitTank, which looks like a fusion between Kamen Rider W FangJoker and Kamen Rider Drive Type Speed.

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Persona and RWBY characters to be in New BlazBlue Arc System works game

Japan News - Sun, 07/16/2017 - 13:00

This weekend is the weekend of fighting games, with the annual Evolution fighitng game tournament in Las Vegas, and wouldn't you know it good guy Arc System Works just announced a new crossover fighting game featuring characters from very different franchises. BLAZBLUE CROSS TAG BATTLE is a new title coming next year at 2018 featuring characters from Arc System Works games such as Ragna from BlazBlue and Yu Narukami from the Persona 4 series.

This new title will also feature the character Hyde from the Arc System works published title Under Night In-Birth and a very surprising addition with Ruby Rose from the 3D CG animated show RWBY. No other characters have been announced or which platform so stay tuned for news about this game with a very surprising roster.

Check out the trailer below, which is all kinds of bananas.

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Kizuna Ai tries to translate some english phrases in new video

Japan News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 18:30

If you have been under a rock the past year, a new "virtual YouTuber" from Japan has caught the eye of anime enthusiasts, and that is Kizuna Ai. This virtual 2D host is not the first of her kind but today's technology allows Ai-chan to be very expressive and her voice actress is really good at her job. Kizuna Ai's YouTube channel has almost 700,000 subscribers in less than a year and she has some plenty of great videos for viewers to enjoy in many languages.

In her latest video, Ai-chan tries to read and translate some english phrases. Some of these phrases will be familiar to those who like anime and manga. So check out some of her videos below, enjoy!

Kizuna Ai tries to translate some english phrases in new video screenshot

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Loot Anime: Rise Up - Japanator Unboxing

Japan News - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 16:00

When humanity is under a grave threat, humans need to gather together to fight for the future! There is always great strength in numbers and with the human spirit, nothing is impossible. This month's loot anime is all about anime of the power of humanity: believe in the might of Gurren Lagann, get in the robot with Neon Genesis Evangelion, fight for humanity's right to exist in Knights of Sidonia, find the answers in BLAME!, and save the universe with Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Check out the video above and the gallery below to get a look at the contents of the latest Loot Anime crate themed "Rise Up".

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Bleach live action teaser trailer promises some big sword action

Japan News - Fri, 07/07/2017 - 13:00

We finally get to see a teaser trailer of the upcoming live action adaptation of Bleach after news of production and filming late last year. This live action adaptation is directed by Shinsuke Sato, who directed the live action film adaptations of GANTZ and the live action Death Note film sequel, Death Note: Light Up The New World. Starring Sota Fukushi as Ichigo Kurosaki, who played lead Gentarou Kisaragi/Kamen Rider Fourze in the 2011 TV show Kamen Rider Fourze.

This live action film adaptation is based on the first 8 volumes of the Bleach manga (everything before they go to Soul Society) and is slated to come out in Summer 2018 in Japan.

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Check out Destructoid's feature on Garage Hero's productions

Japan News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 16:00

Ever since Gun Caliber, the independent tokusatsu group Garage Hero has been making their own pieces to provide people with more options in the realm of tokusatsu.

Since the team has released a few things since then, I did a piece for Destructoid about my thoughts on their productions. Here are some of the things I said about them:

Check out Destructoid's feature on Garage Hero's productions screenshot

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Celebrate 15 years of FLOW with their special Go!!! music video

Japan News - Thu, 07/06/2017 - 11:10

If you've been an anime fan for the past decade or longer, you may have probably seen Naruto and despite whatever you felt about the show, it had some great catchy opening songs that can at least get you in the mood for ninja action. FLOW, a popular Japanese band that has done plenty of pretty great anime opening songs is one of those that lent their talent to Naruto with the song "GO!!!" and its when they got their big break back in 2004.

FLOW is now celebrating their 15th Anniversary and has released a mini album "Fighting Dreamers" back in June 28, aptly named after the lyrics of "GO!!!", will feature songs from the band along and special version of "GO!!!". This new special version of "GO!!!" features popular voice actors singing in their character voice from shows that featured FLOW opening songs.

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