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See the Battle Angel Alita trailer with your normal sized eyes
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '17 at 05:13 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Battle Angel Alita, originally titled "Gunnm" in Japan, is a manga that started way back in 1990 about Alita, an amnesiac robot who is rebuilt after being found in a junkyard and discovers that there is something special about her. The manga caught the eye of filmmaker James Cameron in the 90's and he's been saying that he's been wanting to make an adaptation since after his monster hit Titanic. Much like Cameron's other box office CG success Avatar, he waited until the technology was good enough before attempting to adapt Battle Angel Alita and here we are now.

Boy, the technology sure is here now. The trailer above sure looks okay with the cool looking robot parts and with what little they show of the Alita's world. However, I know I am not alone when I say those slightly larger than human eyes sure are distracting, even though we fully know she isn't human as it is said in the trailer. After a few viewings of the trailer, I might be warming up to her eyes a bit but trying to get over the "uncanny valley"-ness of her look is not an easy task.

Battle Angel Alita comes out in US theaters on July 18, 2018



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Review: Ramna 1/2 OVAs & Movies Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on December 05 '17 at 01:04 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It’s been forever since I last seen anything related to the Ramna ½ franchise, and it makes me really happy that Viz Media is releasing the series via Blu-ray and DVD releases. I still remember the early Saturday mornings watching all kind of anime, including Digimon, Dragon Ball, Card Captor Sakura, and Ramna ½. I still have memories of having a sticker album in which had multiple scenes of the entire series and buying the packs weekly trying to fill up the entire album.

While I’ve seen the entirety of the series, of almost all of it, since I do remember missing episodes, and I missed some of the early episodes as well, I’ve never seen any of the movies or the OVA, so getting this Blu-ray set made me happy and I’m glad that I got to revisit memory lane.



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Review: Naruto Shippuden the Movie: Ransengan Collection Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on December 05 '17 at 10:25 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It’s been a while since I watched the first four Naruto Shippuden movies. Although they aren’t canon to the storyline unlike the last two movies, they were still quite enjoyable. The Rasengan Collection is just basically all movies that were previously released separately now in one packaging since it’s very apparent if you watch the trailers included in each movie, however that shouldn’t stop you from getting this.

Already caught up with Boruto, both anime and the manga, it felt a bit weird going back, especially since these movies take place before the great ninja war, with The Lost Tower taking place after the Pain Arc since it implies Jiraiya is already dead. However, revisiting Naruto’s teen days was quite refreshing from Boruto, which still has epic fights, but it’s a lot more peaceful than it’s predecessor series.



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Review: Ramna 1/2 OVAs & Movies Blu-Ray Set Review
Posted by News Fetcher on December 04 '17 at 11:40 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It’s been forever since I last seen anything related to the Ramna ½ franchise, and it makes me really happy that Viz Media is releasing the series via Blu-ray and DVD releases. I still remember the early Saturday mornings watching all kind of anime, including Digimon, Dragon Ball, Card Captor Sakura, and Ramna ½. I still have memories of having a sticker album in which had multiple scenes of the entire series and buying the packs weekly trying to fill up the entire album.

While I’ve seen the entirety of the series, of almost all of it, since I do remember missing episodes, and I missed some of the early episodes as well, I’ve never seen any of the movies or the OVA, so getting this Blu-ray set made me happy and I’m glad that I got to revisit memory lane.



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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Confession Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on December 04 '17 at 07:44 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
So here we are again, another Digimon Adventure Tri home movie release, another review. Digimon Adventure Tri Confession was first viewable during a Digimon panel in Anime Expo 2017, with cast members Joshua Seth, Colleen O’Shaughnessy, and Jeff Nimoy present and answering fan questions. What I find interesting is that that the third movie was viewable a whole month before the second movie came out in Blu-ray, albeit, they were selling it early during the con, or so I heard, but I digress. While it gives us more questions than answers, finally the story moves forward. This is also my second favorite Tri movie after the recent Coexistence/Kyousei movie. In fact, I actually like the movie more after a second watch.

Confession starts with an airplane malfunctioning and the pilots having to do an emergency landing, giving us an idea that Meicoomon is already having an effect in the real world. After that we get so some follow up from the second movie, with Mimi’s classmates congratulating her for a successful school festival, the Digimon agency investigating the area that Meicoomon went berserk, Meiko being sad about her missing Digimon, and Takeru and Hikari looking for their old partner Ken Ichijouji, which again, it really bothers me that there’s not mention of the 02 kids.



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Batman Ninja is more Samurai than Ninja but still looks pretty rad
Posted by News Fetcher on December 02 '17 at 08:54 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Batman been around for over 75 years, with a few dozen iterations and interpretations of the Dark Knight gracing all forms of media. Now, a new anime interpretation of the caped crusader from the far east surprises everyone with Batman Ninja. This story of the rich guy with issues that dresses up like a bat has him transported to the distant past of the Warring States Era of Japan. This era, also known as the "Sengoku Era" (1467 to 1603), is when Japan was divided under different groups and nations. Batman then does the thing he does best but in old Japan: be Batman.

As y'all can see in the trailer above and below, Batman is not alone in his Japan trip and his longtime foe, the Joker, is there too doing his best Kefka impression. Even more of Batman's friends and foes are along for the wild ride with all kinds of crazy looking stuff that I'm not even gonna try to make sense as to how or why anything is happening. I'm just gonna enjoy sit back and watch the Batsh--amurai insane spectacle of it all.

Batman Ninja has some pretty good people behind it with the director Jumpei Mizusaki and studio Kamikaze Douga, who worked on CG opening animation shows such as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and Gatchaman Crowds. Screenplay is by Kazuki Nakashima who wrote for awesome anime such as Gurren Lagann and Kill La Kill, character designer is Takashi Okazaki who did work on Afro Samurai. Music is by Yuugo Kano whose work can be found in shows such as JoJo's, PSYCHO-PASS, and AJIN.

This film will come out in Japan in 2018 with no news of an English language release date as of the writing of this post.

Via Crunchyroll

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Learn to make your own Japanese Plum Wine
Posted by News Fetcher on November 28 '17 at 06:03 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
If you are of legal drinking age in your country and just happen to like all things Japanese, Umeshu is something you might want to try besides the well-known Japanese staple sake. Umeshu is also more known and referred to as plum wine, this sweet Japanese lacquer is made by soaking sugar and unripe green plums in alcohol.

The video above from SimonAndMartina makes the process seem easy enough to make with Martina going through all the steps with the few ingredients required for the drink. But since involves a long period of keeping something away inside a container, it requires some effort with sterilizing and making sure everything is clean. The process in making Umeshu is steeping, basically soaking the plums to extract the flavor to mix into the shochu with sugar enhancing the sweetness.

I remember drinking Umeshu a few years ago and liking it despite my relatively neutral feelings with alcohol. Umeshu had a nice sweetness to it with the alcoholic potency one would expect from something with shochu. Check out the video above to see how Martin's Umeshu turned out.

Would you make this? If you do, call me over and I'll bring some leftover Japanese snacks I got from the dozen unboxings I have done.

Via SimonAndMartina



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Licensing GET: Well Go USA obtains the live-action Gintama movie
Posted by News Fetcher on November 27 '17 at 07:13 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
It looks like the week is off to an interesting start. Why is that? Well, it turns out that Well Go USA is releasing the live-action Gintama movie in North America on Blu-ray, DVD, and HD digital.

While this announcement came off as a surprise, I like how it goes well with the anime future home release in the West. I guess Crunchyroll's stream of the samurai comedy series helped its popularity grow a bit after Viz stopped releasing the original manga in North America.

Considering that the movie is directed by Yuichi Fukuda (The Hero Yoshihiko and Blue Blazes' Director), his experience with comedy guarantees that the film is among the small list of good live-action adaptations of anime and manga.

Even though I haven't seen or read Gintama, Japanator Writer Red Veron's love of the show got me to put it on my Crunchyroll queue. For now, my association with it is Gintoki and Kagura's appearance in the DS JUMP fighting games, along with the Gintaman opening.

With the film hitting North America on March 6, is anyone looking forward to watching it?

[via ANN]



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Grand Ceremony: Two Sentai actors tie the knot
Posted by News Fetcher on November 24 '17 at 09:03 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
We may live in a world where a new season of Akibaranger might never happen, but that isn't stopping us from appreciating Toei's Sentai parody series. Considering that the show featured cameos from the official installments, I found it neat that Masato Wada (Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger's Nobuo/Akiba Red) revealed that he married gravure idol Risa Yoshiki (Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters' Rika).

Wada talk about the marriage on his blog and the two of them are hoping to work hard as a couple. Also, I love the idea of an actor from an "unofficial" installment hooking up with an actress from an official series.

Since Wada and Yoshiki were both in shows that bring hope to people, I have a feeling that they'll continue to be a great team during their new journey through life.

[via The Tokusatsu Network]



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Mobile Suit Gundam UC is finally getting a new Blu-ray release
Posted by News Fetcher on November 12 '17 at 08:43 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
For a second, I felt like I was trapped in a state between a dream and a nightmare. I guess this was due to Right Stuf revealing some new Gundam-related surprises at Anime Nebraskon '17.

The biggest one has to be Gundam UC/Unicorn receiving another Blu-ray release. From the looks of it, this might be an affordable version of the OVA. Thanks to this announcement, more people will get to watch the installment that revealed the secret behind the Universal Century's chaos, along with seeing the robot's beautiful Destroyer Mode transformation sequence.

This reveal may not be a surprise, but it's nice that they rescued Gundam 00. To top it off, the entire program (including the film) will make its debut on Blu-ray in North America. If anything, its return to Crunchyroll was a sign of thing to come. Even though the movie, Awakening of the Trailblazer, was weak, the rest of the series was great since the main points were resolved. In a way, it was a better take on Gundam Wing's elements. It helped that we got to learn about the cast's backstory.

While we're on the topic of surprises, I'm shocked to hear about Gundam Age crossing the pond. Despite the show being written by Level-5 President and Professor Layton series Writer Akihiro Hino, the program ended up being one of the worst Gundam installments. At least the unit being synched to a machine that creates new gear was a neat idea. On the bright side, this release might be good for those who wanted to own the show.

In the end, it's good that Right Stuf and Sunrise are still bringing older Gundam shows to North America. At the moment, all three titles are hitting North America in the coming months for Blu-ray and DVD, so we might have to wait until next year.

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Get spooky with J-Novel Club's Yume Nikki and Ao Oni light novels
Posted by News Fetcher on November 02 '17 at 07:43 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
On the night of Halloween, the people at J-Novel Club summoned not one but two horror light novels. Coincidentally, they're both based on freeware video games. Long story short, Yume Nikki and Ao Oni crept their way into the service.

While I didn't play the two titles, I got to see them in action. Yume Nikki looked interesting with its 2D surreal environments and the strange things you can do the creatures. When I saw Former Japanator Associate Editor Elliot Gay overcome Ao Oni on his Twitch Channel, it reminded me a bit of Corpse Party, except you have to run from a deadly goofy-looking blue monster.

In the end, my small knowledge of the two properties made me want to play them one day. With the light novel version being part of J-Novel's subscription, it looks like people have another way to relive both titles. Hopefully, they do justice to their source materials since it's important for them to feel creepy.



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Streaming GET: Dynaman's English dub heads to Night Flight Plus
Posted by News Fetcher on October 30 '17 at 08:24 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
Before Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger was adapted into Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, an older Sentai show premiered in the U.S. During USA Network's Night Flight, an English dub of Kagaku Sentai Dynaman was shown during the program. From the looks of it, this version was a comedic take on the original.

As a reminder, the Website, Night Flight Plus, is streaming the series, which started last week. Sure, installments like Goranger and Battle Fever J appeared on TV, but their broadcast was limited to specific areas, such as Hawaii and certain parts of California.

With Night Flight Plus service being $3.33 a month, one will have to subscribe to watch Dynaman. From the looks of it, Night Flight's other segments are on the Website so it might be good for those who want to relive those moments. At the moment, you can only find three episodes of the series on there. Hopefully, we'll get the other half later on. That way, people can get a good laugh out of this parody dub.

[via Henshin Justice]



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Kick off your weekend with Shout! Factory TV's Megaranger marathon
Posted by News Fetcher on October 26 '17 at 08:23 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
We finally live in a world where the Sentai shows that were used for Power Rangers' Mighty Morphin continuity (Power Rangers Season 1 through 3, Zeo, Turbo, and in Space) are available in the West. Even though Denji Sentai Megaranger hits North America on Halloween, Shout! Factory is holding a marathon of the series on Oct. 28.

Just like the previous events, you can look forward to another segment filled with new information about the franchise. This time around, Den of Geek's Shamus Kelly is hosting this part.

Since the series is about a group of high school students becoming heroes after beating a video game, it's impressive how Saban adapted it into a show that connected the Power Ranger series' previous installments together. That, and we got to see the Rangers fight the Ninja Turtles.

Thanks to this stream, people can see if the show is worth owning on DVD. Who knows, it could lead to a special announcement. The marathon starts at 10 a.m. PST on Shout! Factory TV and Pluto TV's Channel 512, with the event focusing on Megaranger's first seven episodes. Depending on your time with the program, your curiosity level might surpass a one million.

[via Henshin Justice]



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Licensing GET: Kraken Releasing grabs Garo: Kiba the Dark Knight
Posted by News Fetcher on October 19 '17 at 04:24 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
When the Garo franchise says that "mankind has been given hope," they weren't joking around. This saying might as well be true since Kraken Releasing, a Section23 division, is bringing Garo: Kiba the Dark Knight to North America on Feb. 20.

While it was my least favorite film in the franchise, learning about the Dark Knight's origin. Part of it had to do with the movie's flashbacks being told in illustrations, instead of live-action. At least we got to see Keita Amemiya's inked pieces throughout the production.

Just like the original series, we'll be able to own it on Blu-ray. In other words, this is a great treat for tokusatsu fans. If both releases do well, I'm hoping for them to pick up Garo: Makai Senki, Beast of the Midnight Sun, Red Requiem, and Lament of the Dark Dragon in the future. In the meantime, I'll be happy about seeing another installment in the franchise go West.

[via Tokunation]



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Catch the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist film at Anime NYC
Posted by News Fetcher on October 18 '17 at 08:23 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
I don't know about you, but there's something great about a seeing a foreign film premiere at a new event before its release in its homeland. As Anime NYC gets ready for its debut in the Big Apple, the staff revealed that the live-action Fullmetal Alchemist movie is premiering at the event on Nov. 19.

Since the movie launches in Japan on Dec. 1, it looks like the con's attendees will get to see it first. To top things off, you'll get to meet the film's director, Fumihiko Sori (Appleseed 2004's Producer, Vexille's Director). If the movie does the source material justice, then the event's team picked a nice way to end the convention.

Anime NYC starts on Nov. 17, so we might be in for some new updates about the event. The screening will cost you $10.00, and it's required for people to own a con pass to attend as well. Considering that the two anime TV shows and the original manga have a special place in my heart, I'm hoping the live-action movie will have some great moments.

So is anyone planning to watch the movie at Anime NYC?



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Japan VS USA Robot fight is tonight! Watch it here at 9PM Central!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 17 '17 at 05:43 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Watch live video from MegaBotsInc on www.twitch.tv

[The Duel starts at 9PM Central!]

In 2012, the world was introduced to KURATAS, a giant 9,000 lbs piloted mech robot by Suidobashi Heavy Industries from Japan. The KURATAS was very much a prototype at the time and dubbed more as an "art piece" by its creators. Fast forward to 2015, Megabots inc from the US of A completed their own piloted mech Mk II MegaBot and challenged the Suidobashi Heavy industries' KURATAS of Japan to a robot duel to take place in a year. Suidobashi accepted the challenge and the world waited for this epic duel.

It is now 2017, a year longer than the initial challenge and the duel is now within an hour from now! The fighting will be a knock out system where disabling or knocking over the opponent will earn a victory. Join us here as we watch history unfold between the Eagle Prime and KURATAS, and see what will happen in this robot versus tractor robot fight.

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Enjoy this gallery of Japanese mascots getting stuck on stuff
Posted by News Fetcher on October 14 '17 at 03:03 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
The Japanese sure love their mascots, with colorful characters running around representing all kinds of things from consumer products to towns for tourism, they have one for pretty much everything. So it wouldn't surprising that these large and round mascot costumes would likely get stuck in Japan's world famous space-saving architectural design.

Someone on Imgur compiled pictures of this regular occurrence showing the great challenges of the mascot showbusiness when it comes to things like doorways or hallways or any narrow passage. You can't help but feel sympathy for the person inside the hot suit who can barely see anything but it is still a funny sight to see something like a cartoon-y situation in real life.

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J-List Snackbox DX: October 2017 - Japanator Unboxing
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '17 at 01:23 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
The recent rise in popularity of all these snack boxes by mail have given people alternatives in their snack game and with plenty of different services out there, there's something for everyone. For people like me who are into things from Japan, there's plenty of different services I can try out to satisfy my cravings for far east snacks. One of these services that I recently got to try is the J-List Snack Box DX from J-List.com and I made an unboxing video above just to check it out..

The J-List Snack Box DX for October 2017 comes with 16 different snacks (including Melon Pan, list below) weighing it at over 2 pounds and it's a big box alright. It also comes with a $5 coupon code for J-List. It's got some snacks that will have familiar flavors for westerners but just in a different and unfamiliar packaging. There are some snacks that will be new to westerners but nothing that would be truly out there that would cause some upset stomachs.

The most interesting item in the box that's quintessentially embodies the "weird Japanese thing" is the Garlic Shrimp Doritos. It's not as weird as it sounds, coming from someone who grew up on asian snacks that often incorporate seafood flavors. It wasn't fishy smelling or weird tasting and the garlic flavor that gave it a bit of a kick.

Check out the video above for the unboxing and a few of my thoughts on the snack box items.

Use the coupon code "Japanator" to get 250 points (a $2.50 value) for purchases over $20 at J-List (Not applicable to the preorders).




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WTF Fridays: I want to eat your pancreas
Posted by News Fetcher on October 06 '17 at 09:22 AM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
Yes, I want to eat your pancreas is an actual movie name based on a novel.



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Celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kamen Rider Black with some videos!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '17 at 07:53 PM
By Red Veron from Japanator:
30 years ago on this day, October 4, 1987 marked the premiere of a Japanese superhero TV show Kamen Rider Black. This was the eighth installment of the Kamen Rider series that started in 1971 created by the late Shotaro Ishinomori. Kamen Rider Black and its direct sequel, Kamen Rider Black RX, were the last TV show series made before its TV hiatus in the 1990s.

Kamen Rider Black follows the mold of the previous' iterations of the series: guy gets kidnapped by an evil organization that wants to turn him into a weapon of evil, but the hero finds a way to escape the control of evil and becomes a hero of good. The difference this time around is that the hero has a brother and they both get kidnapped to become the evil organization's king. This gave the show more drama and a bit of a darker tone, despite still having some goofy bits in there to lighten the mood since this is still a show for older kids.

Kamen Rider Black received a direct sequel with Kamen Rider Black RX, which was the primary source of the failed western adaptation of the series' Masked Rider by Saban (yuck). Kamen Rider Black RX still featured the same lead but with new villains, suits, and vehicles. But we're here to talk about Kamen Rider Black how I like it more since I never saw RX but stillknew of it through trading cards.

I have a personal connection to this show, I grew up watching it every sunday evening as kid in the Philippines, I fondly remember talking to my cousin about the mosquito monster and how we would contain it to prevent it from taking over humanity with its tiny mind control mosquitos. Kamen Rider Black was popular outside Japan, mailny in southeast asia and south america, and you can tell from all the comments on the videos on youtube.

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