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Japan's shrimp ice cream sounds like an intriguing summer treat
Posted by News Fetcher on August 17 '17 at 07:12 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
To this day, seafood is one of the meat groups that hasn't disappointed me. As the people of Niigata Prefecture's Uonuma invent the Nanban Shrimp soft serve to attract more tourists, I'm willing to see if I can maintain this statement.

Aside from having two shrimps, the vanilla soft serve is topped with miso powder and a Senbei rice cracker. From the looks of it, I could see it having a decent balance between its sweet and salty flavors.

In the end, the desert sounds tamer than Japan's other odd ice cream flavors, such as viper and cow tongue. Since it costs ¥350 (around U.S. $3.18), I'm willing to pay that much to take the dive.

[via Crunchyroll]



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Kamen Rider 555 and Zyuohger Actor turns August 10 into Zyuoh Bird Day
Posted by News Fetcher on August 16 '17 at 07:13 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

[via Orends: Range]



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Impressions: Love and Lies
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '17 at 07:57 AM
By Karishma Roy from Japanator:
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.

Compared to your usual arranged marriages where parents, relatives or some weird psychic pick out the individual they think suits you best, this method, which is apparently backed up by reliable data, sounds slightly better to the average citizen. From a government perspective, I think it’s a pretty good move. It serves to reduce a lot of other issues Japan faces at the moment, including the popular “hikikomori” crisis.



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The new Kino's Journey features its star riding off into the sunset
Posted by News Fetcher on August 11 '17 at 07:43 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

With Crunchyroll having the simulcasting rights to the anime, more people will get to catch this remake officially in a few months. When that day arrives, I'm going to enjoy seeing the kind of places Kino and her talking bike Hermes will encounter during their trips across the land.

On that note, is everyone looking forward to reliving Kino's adventures?

[via ANN]



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Tony Hawk and Japan Crate team up to kickflip Japanese snacks to your door
Posted by News Fetcher on August 03 '17 at 07:22 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
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.

There is also another promo video of Tony Hawk in Japan about the collaboration below giving us some insight on this very interesting box of goodies. We'll try to get one of these special Tony Hawk Japan Crates for an unboxing video, as well as maybe something special for those wanting to get a Japan Crate so stay tuned!

Check out more details over at Japan Crate



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Satisfy your craving for puppet action with a Thunderbolt Fantasy side story
Posted by News Fetcher on August 02 '17 at 07:22 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Huan, Niao, and Phoenix Killer's voice actors are returning in Shoshi Ikken, with Isshin Chiba (.hack series' Silver Knight, Tekken series' Jin) voicing a new character called Tekkisen. Since the team brought us a teaser for the project, I'm looking forward to hearing about its premiere date. Hopefully, Crunchyroll will stream it in the future. That way, we could catch the whole series on one platform.

[via ANN]



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Garage Hero's Strega continues to look like a bloody good time
Posted by News Fetcher on July 30 '17 at 07:10 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Every time I see Bueno and his crew work on an R-rated hero project, I always think about how their stuff captures the spirit of tokusatsu better than Adi Shankar's Power/Rangers short, a fan piece that failed to do justice to the original series and its genre.

While we're on the topic of independent works, the team is taking Strega to Indiegogo to help obtain funds so they can deliver the finishing blow to the project. The campaign goes up on Aug. 25, which means that they have a good amount of time to get us pumped. While the campaign won't affect the movie's fate, it could help Garage Hero gain their ideal budget sooner than expected. Last but not least, I'd like to wish them the best with achieving their goals.



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Japanator Unboxing: Tokyo Treat - June 2017
Posted by News Fetcher on July 29 '17 at 03:12 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
[TokyoTreat provided a Premium box and the reviewer 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.

As always, the Premium tier TokyoTreat box puts together a nice selection of sweet and savory snacks. Some even blend the two tastes for a rather unique blend, such as the "Black Thunder Kaki no Tane" which is one of those small seasoned savory Japanese rice cracker snacks inside a chocolate candy bar that just brings in a surprising taste sensation with the sweet and then spicy savory flavor in every bite.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Sakura Kinako KitKats are another one of those exclusive Japanese KitKat flavors that is just very difficult to get in stores in the western hemisphere. The Sakura Kinako KitKats brings together that cherry blossom (which usually are a blend of red and pink fruit flavors) and nutty kinako (roasted soybean powder).

TokyoTreat also now has a dagashi pack included in all tiers and has some small packs of sweet and savory snacks. It also includes one Umaibo, which literally translates to "Delicious Stick" and is a corn puff stick that can be either sweet or savory in flavor. Check out the video above for a more comprehensive look at the items in the box.

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Densha Otoko's Writer joins Kamen Rider Build's staff
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '17 at 07:12 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Speaking of plot, Build is set in a world where Tokyo is split into three regions, and people are dealing with creatures called Smash. From the looks of it, these events might be the aftermath of mankind finding a mysterious box on Mars. It's worth noting that this show has a science theme, and our hero is officially the smartest Heisei Rider. On top of that, his ability to change forms is called the "Law of Victory."

If the action team goes all out with the motif, it could result in some solid segments where the main Rider uses actual scientific formulas against his foes. At the moment, my concern with the series is its broadcast date being on Sept. 3, which is a month before Super Hero Time's schedule change. Hopefully, the new airing time won't affect the show's format and quality. For now, I'm interested in seeing if this Build will have a good chemistry with its viewers.

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San Antonio is getting a Power Rangers convention
Posted by News Fetcher on July 26 '17 at 07:12 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Compare to other free conventions, the event's team are doing more than the others since they have a nice amount of variety. Morphinominal Exp will run from Sept. 2 through Sept. 3, which is nice for a gathering where you don't need to lose a Power Coin. Hopefully, it'll do well enough for it to be a recurring thing in San Antonio.



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At long last, Keijo is now an actual sport
Posted by News Fetcher on July 24 '17 at 08:11 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Right now, the group is searching for more people to join them while they prepare for the Portugal's first actual Keijo event. Hopefully, it'll do well enough for it to catch on since it would be interesting to see it being played worldwide. Most importantly, I hope that the manga's creator, Daichi Sorayomi, learns about it, as it could brighten his day.

[via Crunchyroll]



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Shout! Factory grabs Power Rangers Lost Galaxy's source material
Posted by News Fetcher on July 23 '17 at 07:22 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

Of course, Gingaman isn't set in a space station, and it takes a different route from its Americanized adaptation. Instead, the heroes utilize Earth's energy to protect the planet from space pirates and other evil groups. Based on its ideas, the show's assortment of villains could keep things interesting. Also, there are segments where the Rangers dress in cowboy-like attire and ride horses.

While the series doesn't have a release date, it hits North America next year. If Shout! Factory's Sentai stuff continues to do well, I'm still hoping for them to pick the installments that weren't adapted into Power Rangers. For now, I'm satisfied with living on a planet where hell continues to be frozen.

[via The Tokusatsu Network]



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One Piece is getting a live-action TV series for some reason
Posted by News Fetcher on July 21 '17 at 10:22 AM
By Nick Valdez from Japanator:
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.

Series creator Oda apparently is alright with the project as long as "it never lets down the fans that have been supporting the series for 20 years." But seriously, even with Oda's support, how is this going to work? One Piece is one zany piece of fiction, and in a world with rubber band men, soap bubble ladies, and dudes with exploding boogers, how is any of that going to translate?

There aren't any concrete details for this series yet, but hopefully we can avoid another 4Kids-like botch. Oh, and Adelstein is also working on the live-action Cowboy Bebop series too. Jeez, man.

Popular manga 'One Piece' to be remade into live-action TV drama [Japan Times]



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The next Kamen Rider gives off a nice W vibe
Posted by News Fetcher on July 19 '17 at 07:02 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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.

His other transformations include NinNinComic and KeyDragon, which are cool in their own way. Hell, I love how the former might be a shout-out to Naruto and how the former could be a pun based on Kamen Rider Ryuki. Of course, he'll be able to use his tanks like how W uses his Gaia Memories. So far, I'm sold on the suit so Build has my attention.



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Persona and RWBY characters to be in New BlazBlue Arc System works game
Posted by News Fetcher on July 16 '17 at 02:41 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
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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WTF Fridays: If you can't beat them...
Posted by News Fetcher on July 14 '17 at 03:30 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:


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Kizuna Ai tries to translate some english phrases in new video
Posted by News Fetcher on July 13 '17 at 08:14 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
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!



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Loot Anime: Rise Up - Japanator Unboxing
Posted by News Fetcher on July 13 '17 at 05:32 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
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".



Next month's Loot Anime is themed: "Action Comedy". It features goodies from One Punch Man, Trigun, Konosuba, Highschool DxD, and FLCL.

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

If you are interested in signing up for next month's themed box, use the code "JAPANATOR" for $3 off first your order at Loot Anime!



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Bleach live action teaser trailer promises some big sword action
Posted by News Fetcher on July 07 '17 at 02:03 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
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 film is slated to come out in Summer 2018 in Japan.

The great success of the live-action Rurouni Kenshin films garnered years ago pretty much opened up the floodgates to a lot of live-action film adaptations of anime and manga that would require bigger budgets due to CG and other special effects.

This movie will be distributed by Warner Bros Japan, the same folks distributing the upcoming live action Gintama film and distributed the live action Rurouni Kenshin films as well, so there is a chance that this might not turn out as bad as some may think.

Let's just hope this one turns out well, what do you think?



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Check out Destructoid's feature on Garage Hero's productions
Posted by News Fetcher on July 06 '17 at 06:03 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
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:



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