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The original Garo series makes its North American debut on HIDIVE
Posted by News Fetcher on June 26 '17 at 03:12 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
As we wait for Kraken Releasing to release the original Garo series on home video in North America, the late-night tokusatsu program has appeared on HIDIVE, a new streaming service that mostly features Sentai Filmworks titles, last Friday.

The show's first four episodes are on the service for premium users, and you can expect a new one every Friday. However, you'll have to pay $3.99 a month to use HIDIVE, which isn't too bad.

Since the anime got to introduce people to the premise of people in wolf-themed armors fighting against demons called Horrors, now they'll get to see the 2005 show that started this franchise as they see the Golden Knight in modern times.

According to Tokusatsu Network, the show's first box set hits Blu-ray on Oct. 17, which sounds like another perfect thing to watch during the month of All Hallows' Eve.

[via The Tokusatsu Network]



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Weekend Japanatainment - Disney Channel Japan Edition
Posted by News Fetcher on June 25 '17 at 03:02 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Hey, this is something new you probably haven't seen before on the internet in the last two years and we're totally not beating a dead horse meme. Yes, Cory White House de Chou Taihen! is on here but that brilliant anime milestone is not alone and brought some of his Japanese version tomodachi over for some American burgers.

Cory White House de Chou Taihen! is one of those live-action shows from the Disney Channel that are usually just children's sitcoms that are pretty innocent and saccharine most of the time which would be perfect to export to other countries. Japan is one of those countries and some of the shows got some Japanese versions for their openings (Sorry, no Hannah Montana Japanese OP) and the results are very interesting. Some of the songs actually sound good being that Ska being sung in Japanese is much more fun than in English.

So for those that are actually reading these words and didn't skip over to just watching the videos, just head on over below and start watching these curiosities. ENJOY!

Which one is your favorite (aside from Cory White House de Chou Taihen!, of course)? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, I WANNA KNOW!



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Impressions: Golden Kamuy Manga Vol. 1
Posted by News Fetcher on June 24 '17 at 09:36 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
One of my favorite things as an Otaku is being introduced to series that I had no idea they existed. When receiving my Dragon Ball Super manga volume from Viz Media, I got Golden Kamuy alongside it. Just by the front cover and back cover itself, and the synopsis, I thought it was very interesting, so I started reading it as soon as I finished (re)reading the Dragon Ball Super manga, which was fairly quick.



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Loot Anime: Unnatural - Japanator Unboxing
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 02:53 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
As with many manga and anime, beings of otherworldly origin are a common staple in the media featuring all kinds of crazy stuff from the supernatural and paranormal. This month's Loot Anime is all about those Unnatural forces: Featuring Mob Psycho 100's world beyond our own hidden from plain sight, Parasyte's creepy alien invaders, Noragami's spiritual reality and Death Note's sinister entities.

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

Next month's Loot Anime is themed: Rise Up! It features goodies from Gurren Lagann, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Knights of Sidonia, BLAME!, and Voltron: Legendary Defender.

Loot Anime is a monthly mystery subscription box featuring items related to your favorite anime and manga. There will be 4-6 items with each box, about $60+ in retail value, licensed, and most are 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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WTF Fridays: There are no sushi in this video
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 12:12 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:


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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on June 23 '17 at 09:22 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
One of my favorite franchises without a doubt has to be Digimon. I just have so many memories of it during my childhood. From watching Digimon Adventure to playing Digimon World on the original PlayStation, there wasn’t a moment when I wasn’t thinking about Digimon. Unlike Dragon Ball, which the series was done when Dragon Ball GT ended, Digimon has always been active with constantly bringing new series such as Savers and both seasons of Xross War, being the most recent. Though Digimon as a franchise is around 10 years younger than Dragon Ball, just like when Dragon Ball Super got announced, we got the same feeling when a continuation of the Adventure series got announced.

It was 2014, during Digimon’s 15<sup>th</sup> anniversary, when Digimon Adventure Tri got announced. While all we got as a teaser of Tai being in high school alongside Koromon, the announcement itself was pretty hype. By then we all thought it was going to be a new series until we found out it was going to be a series of six movies released in different periods, like Code Geass: Akito the Exiled, and the like. Though that was a bit disappointing to hear, it didn’t kill the hype for me, even if it meant waiting a lot of time for each release. Personally, the wait for the first movie first like forever, but in November of 2015, the first movie finally came out on Crunchyroll, simultaneously with the theatrical release in Japan.



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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Manga Vol. 1
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '17 at 09:22 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Dragon Ball has been one of the most popular franchises in Japan during the last three decades, and with good reason, and when it finally ended, it really makes you feel empty, at least it did for me when I finished watching all three series—yes, including Dragon Ball GT.

While Dragon Ball GT did so many things wrong, there are three things that Dragon Ball GT did well, its soundtrack, Super Saiyan-jin 4, and the ending sequence. It shows us from the point when the story was just a charming journey between a boy and a girl in a quest to find all the Dragon Ball to when the series became more action-packed in Z.



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Licensing GET: UDON nabs Tatsunoko's crossover superhero manga
Posted by News Fetcher on June 22 '17 at 08:02 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
My experience with Tatsunoko may be small, but I did enjoy their modern iterations of their classic properties, such as Gatchaman Crowds. With Infini-T Force, a title that features some of the company's heroes in the same setting, premiering this fall, it looks like UDON made a great move as they're releasing its original manga this September.

For those who don't want to wait until fall, UDON will sell a limited edition of the manga's first volume at Anime Expo '17. Since the Infini-T Force anime will make its debut at the con, it sounds like a nice way to get people pumped up for this title.

With characters from Gatchaman, the original Casshan, Hurricane Polymar, and Space Knight Tekkaman joining forces to save different worlds, this might fulfill people's needs for a Tatsunoko title that focuses on being a campy superhero story.

So is anyone looking forward to picking up Infini-T Force?



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Review: One Punch Man Blu-ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 10:23 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It really doesn’t feel like too long ago when One Punch Man first aired back in 2015, as I still remember it like yesterday when I was watching it alongside other Fall seasonals, like My Love Story. Honestly, not only because I watched more anime then, but 2015 must be one of my favorite years in anime as we did get a lot of good shows. So, one year and a half after the series finished airing in Japan, we finally got the Blu-ray set available featuring both the original Japanese audio and English dub—though, to my knowledge, the dub has been available for quite a while now.



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Meet the real Meijin Kawaguchi at Anime Expo '17
Posted by News Fetcher on June 21 '17 at 09:02 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
Now here's a familiar name from an awesome Gundam anime. It turns out that Bluefin will have the Master of GunPla (Gundam and plastic fused together), Meijin Kawaguchi, appear at this year's Anime Expo. Of course, the person attending the con is the real deal, instead of Takuya Sato.

Aside from people getting the chance to get the guy's autograph, Kawaguchi will appear in an industry panel, which might be a nice treat for those who love to build Gundam model kits.

Since I never got to dive into GunPla beyond building three model kits, I was a surprised that the "Meijin" title from Gundam Build Fighters and Try was based on a real person. I guess this is another example of learning something interesting about the things one loves.

With Bluefin hosting the GunPla Builders World Cup, they made a nice move in having Kawaguchi appearing at Anime Expo '17 since he's one of the contest's judges.



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See you next year, Attack on Titan
Posted by News Fetcher on June 18 '17 at 05:42 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
As Attack on Titan Season 2 comes to an end, a bit of news about the series has surfaced. Instead of people having to wait a long time for the show to continue, we can expect the anime to return in 2018.

In light of this news, FUNimation uploaded a teaser for Attack on Titan's third season on their YouTube channel, which contains some images from the original manga. If anything, this is a good sign that it'll get simulcasted again in the future.

Since I enjoyed the series, I'm curious to see how things will turn out after the way how Season 2 ended. From the looks of it, this scenario could result in the wait between future seasons to go down.

So is anyone looking forward to Attack on Titan Season 3 next year?

[via Crunchyroll]



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Old, New, and Abandoned? See what's up with Japanese Houses
Posted by News Fetcher on June 17 '17 at 04:22 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
A few months ago, YouTube channel Life where I'm from, showed us what a modern Japanese home. While not anything extravagant, this new house looks to be similar to modern affordable housing in the United States, save for a few very clever features you would probably only see in Japan.

Now, Life where I'm from brings us a four videos about Japanese houses again and gives us a better idea of the housing situation is in Japan, which we rarely see in the various Japanese media. These videos showcase innovation and a fusion of modern with tradition, as well as some problems that need some good attention.

First of the videos is about the cost of a new house in Japan, second is about abandoned houses in Japan and why they get abandoned, the third is a tour of an old Japanese home that is more than a hundred years old, and last is a quick tour of a house exhibition center where prospective house buyers can take a look at some model homes.

Check out the videos below!



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Beyond Fan Service: On the messed-up people of Scum's Wish
Posted by News Fetcher on May 31 '17 at 01:03 PM
By Karishma Roy from Japanator:
Scum’s Wish is twelve episodes of a mature, romantic and psychological drama set at a Japanese high school. I will emphasise the “psychological” tag because this series is one hell of a mindf*** and perhaps because of that it has made it into my all-time favourite anime list (woop woop!). It is based on a 2012 manga by Mengo Yokoyari and produced by Studio Lerche.

The story centres around students Hanabi Yasuraoka and Mugi Awaya, both of whom are in love with different teachers from their school. Hanabi has the hots for her homeroom teacher/childhood friend/ big brother figure (she calls him “onii-chan” - meaning older brother in Japanese) Narumi Kanai. However, her passionate and excitingly forbidden love is one-sided as Narumi has his sights set on his female colleague and music teacher, Akane Minagawa. Now, Akane is a spectacularly messed up, sadomasochistic woman who is the focus of Mugi’s tragically unrequited love. She used to tutor Mugi when he was in middle school and that’s where his ruin began. Ah, a wonderful love quadrangle!

To complicate things further, there are three other main supporting characters: Sanae Ebato who has feelings for her friend Hanabi, Noriko Kamomebata (aka the only sort of likeable character) – a childhood friend of Mugi’s who is in love with him, and a creepy dude (Atsuya Kirishima) who is Sanae’s cousin and claims he loves her. Basically, everyone wants someone they cannot have but try to win them over anyway. They are desperate, VERY flawed (scum’s indeed), lack common-sense in some instances which had me screaming at my laptop screen, and appear to spend most of their time indulging in sexual activity. There is a LOT of sex and although it isn’t porny, I’m sure a lot of the viewers masturbated to this. But hey, no judgments here!

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Check out Flixist's review of Your Name
Posted by News Fetcher on April 05 '17 at 08:06 AM
By Nick Valdez from Japanator:
Body swapping comedies are a huge subgenre in anime, but they haven't been explored in film in quite a while. The latest major effort is Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and it's the highest grossing anime film of all time. But how does it stack up?

Hubert Vigilla reviewed the film over at Flixist, and here's a bit of what he had to say about it:

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Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all-time, and it hasn't even come out in the United States yet. It beat Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; give it a few more months and Your Name may beat Spirited Away as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time.

Shinkai built a strong following thanks to his OVA short Voices of a Distant Star (2003) and his feature-length debut The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004). Some herald Shinkai as the next Miyazaki. (Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and most recently The Boy and the Beast also comes up in these discussions.) Yet Your Name seems like a fluke mega-hit. That may be a western perspective. It's a body swap movie, that quintessential 1970s/1980s comedy subgenre genre, and it's so earnest that it doesn't have the feel of your usual blockuster cash grab.

Since its release in Japan last year, the buzz for Your Name has been ecstatic. Some critics wondered why it wasn't up for a Best Animated Film Academy Award. It's sort of warranted. Just sort of. While I liked Your Name, I'm not sure I like-liked it

You can read the full review here.

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Check out Flixist's review of Your Name
Posted by News Fetcher on April 05 '17 at 08:04 AM
By Nick Valdez from Japanator:
Body swapping comedies are a huge subgenre in anime, but they haven't been explored in film in quite a while. The latest major effort is Makoto Shinkai's Your Name, and it's the highest grossing anime film of all time. But how does it stack up?

Hubert Vigilla reviewed the film over at Flixist, and here's a bit of what he had to say about it:

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Makoto Shinkai's Your Name is the highest-grossing anime film of all-time, and it hasn't even come out in the United States yet. It beat Hayao Miyazaki's Spirited Away; give it a few more months and Your Name may beat Spirited Away as the highest-grossing Japanese film of all-time.

Shinkai built a strong following thanks to his OVA short Voices of a Distant Star (2003) and his feature-length debut The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004). Some herald Shinkai as the next Miyazaki. (Mamoru Hosoda, director of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, Summer Wars, and most recently The Boy and the Beast also comes up in these discussions.) Yet Your Name seems like a fluke mega-hit. That may be a western perspective. It's a body swap movie, that quintessential 1970s/1980s comedy subgenre genre, and it's so earnest that it doesn't have the feel of your usual blockuster cash grab.

Since its release in Japan last year, the buzz for Your Name has been ecstatic. Some critics wondered why it wasn't up for a Best Animated Film Academy Award. It's sort of warranted. Just sort of. While I liked Your Name, I'm not sure I like-liked it

You can read the full review here.

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Review: Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '17 at 01:52 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It's incredible how fast time flies. I remember like it was yesterday when I wrote my review for Boruto: Naruto the Movie, which was also my first piece on Japanator. You can read the full review here. Considering the movie came out a year and a half ago, I'm really surprised how long it took to come to Blu-ray. The Last: Naruto the Movie didn't take this long to release, but I guess they wanted it to be close to the release of the new Boruto series coming this April.



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Annotated Anime: Tiger Mask W episodes 23-25
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '17 at 09:54 AM
By Soul Tsukino from Japanator:
We are nearing the end of the second season and it looks like The Third has emerged as the new power player for the GWM. Tiger the Dark is back on the active GWM roster and despite the ongoing goofiness of the relationship with Ruriko, Tiger Mask is still chugging along. As we get to another crucial point in the series, let's see where things go.



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Here's some of April Fools' Day '17's anime and tokusatsu industry announcements
Posted by News Fetcher on April 03 '17 at 05:50 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
If there's one thing about April Fools' Day that brings despair to the heart of people everywhere, it's the fake announcements that companies make on this faithful day of pranks. While we know they're not true, most of these segments can hit us hard since they'll likely never come true.

In light of this yearly ritual, I posted some of the anime and toku announcements that made my day.



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Garage Hero's April Fools' joke was a brilliant social experiment
Posted by News Fetcher on April 02 '17 at 05:52 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
With April Fools' Day being over, Bueno of independent tokusatsu studio Garage Hero posted a video where he talks about his motive behind his recent prank and social experiment about the state of Strega, the sequel to his R-rated comedic hero film Gun Caliber.

Before April Fools' Day arived, Bueno started off his joke with an update on Garage Hero's Facebook page that talked about him selling Strega to Toei, and that the film would be retooled into the next Kamen Rider TV show that'll replace Ex-Aid. In fact, he was even able to a few toku blogs to help him with the prank, such as Orends: Range and Daisuki Toku.

While Bueno could've kept the prank exclusive to April Fools' Day, it was neat of him to set this whole thing up two days before the special occasion, since he wanted to see if more people will talk about his upcoming project if the title "Kamen Rider" was slapped on it. To an extent, his plan served as another example of specific fan groups only caring about a certain genre or medium if a well-known brand is in its name.

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Review: Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)
Posted by News Fetcher on April 02 '17 at 11:13 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
By now, many of the anime fanbase has seen the critically acclaimed Your Name, or Kimi no na wa as known in Japan, which will hit theaters in North America this April. The movie is based on the novel of the same name by Makoto Shinkai, who was also responsible for directing the movie. From trailers and from what I read I’ve seen prior it’s Japanese release, I thought the concept of the movie was interesting, and it has caught my attention since then.



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