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Will Sailor Moon Get A New English Voice?
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 05:00 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
I have to admit, as excited as I am for the new Sailor Moon anime we're supposedly getting one of these days, the question "Who's going to be handling the dub?" hasn't exactly been at the forefront of my mind. I'm more concerned about how the animation is going to look and whether or not Minako will be crazy enough, because you can't have a proper Sailor Venus without the crazy.

That said, it's an interesting question; as reviled as the Sailor Moon English dub was (in all its various incarnations), the criticism was more due to the cuts and attempts at Westernization than the actors' performances. Nowadays we can safely expect an uncut dub, so does that mean fans might be open to hearing some of the original dub actors reprise their roles in the new series? Many still trash the dub and will undoubtedly demand a fresh start (to the extent that they acknowledge the dub's existence at all), but for a lot of people-- including me-- dubbed Sailor Moon was their introduction to anime. Those voices are a part of our collective childhood.



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Japanator's Fall 2013 Anime Preview Guide!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
The fall anime season just kicked off, and you guys need to know who's covering which shows for Annotated Anime. Here at Japanator, we like to imagine that you base your viewing decisions strictly on which of your favorite staffers is taking up coverage duties, so clearly this is mission-critical information. Also, if you still haven't decided what to watch because you're a terrible procrastinator, here's our preview of some of the most notable shows on the slate for this season.



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Japanator Arena: Beyond the Grave vs Seras Victoria
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Gene Starwind fired off every Caster Shell in his arsenal, but Vash was able to see each one coming from a mile away. Since Vash can move at high speeds, Gene was depleting his ammo reserves trying to land a hit. In keeping with his vow not to kill, the 60 Billion Dollar man decided to just knock Gene out with the butt of his gun. With Gene lying on the floor unconscious, Vash could only look forward to having a drink with the man after he wakes up from his long sleep. Vash the Stampede wins! (10 > 9)

Since it's month of October, Japanator Arena is hosting a series of matches that revolve around characters with properties that are associated with Halloween. For our first matchup, my good friend Baron Von Vogl helped me find two undead fighters that specialize in using heavy weaponry.



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Jtor AM Episode 1: Back in Red and Black
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 12:15 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
What else can I say: the Japanator podcast is back. Myself, Tim, Ben and Sal sat down to talk about anime and video game news, the fall anime roster, and whether or not koala bears are deserving of love and adoration or complete and total scorn. Tim and Ben also argue about Attack on Titan for what feels like about thirty hours, even though the show is barely an hour long. It's magic!

I don't know about you guys, but I know I've really missed hosting this show, so I hope you enjoy listening to us talk anime.



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A Look At: Tanto Cuore iOS
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Jeff Chuang from Japanator:
Tanto Cuore is a tabletop card game where two to four players compete to be the best master or mistress of maids. Originally developed by Japanese game maker Arclight, this Dominion-style deck building game was ported by a West Coast-based company Japanime Games a few years back, and is now available on iOS.

Those of us who regularly visit large cons might have noticed a booth in the dealer's room with a few people dressed up as maids promoting Tanto Cuore. Now you don't even have to go that far to have a look, if you rock an iPhone or iPad. More importantly, these maids make an offer that is really, really difficult to refuse.



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Rider Give! Kamen Rider 1 brings hope to kids in Thailand
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
In the past, Japan has been protected by costumed heroes that go by the name of Kamen Riders. These great warriors of justice have stopped evil organizations (such as Shocker) from threatening the lives of Glorious Nippon's people. However, the actions of a bug-eyed biker aren't just limited to one country.

Donning the original Kamen Rider's costume, a businessman known as Akihiro Tomikawa rides into the slums of Bangkok, Thailand to bring toys to the children in the area. In addition to his act, Tomikawa completes the heroic experience by making a dynamic entry with the Cyclone, Kamen Rider 1's signature motorbike.

The best part of this action is that Tomikawa travels to Bangkok every two months to brighten the lives of the kids in the area. Thanks to his actions, he has proven that Riders can protect innocent lives through nonviolent methods. While a Rider Kick has the power to triumph over evil, a Rider Give can be more effective in most scenarios.

As we give Tomikawa a big Rider Salute for his actions, you can check out the images of his noble performance in the gallery below.

[via JEFusion]



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Superhero Time: The Summer Season refuses to go home
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
Welcome to another installment of Superhero Time, where the Summer season refuses to give Autumn its spot. Apparently, there was a quarrel between the two siblings, which has caused Autumn to go into a state of depression. Unless Autumn stands up for itself, the season of sweltering will displace pumpkin-spice-everything until Winter enters the scene.

Now if Winter finds out that Summer is being a stingy brat, then we might have ourselves a battle that could affect the Earth's climate. In order to give Autumn the support that it needs, you can read about my latest rambling about Kyoryuger while Kamen Rider Wizard and Garo Season 3 are going through their Final Impressions. Otherwise, global warming will happen, or something. I think this metaphor might have made more sense in my head.



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Here is an awesome pic showing design changing over time.
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 06:00 AM
By Eric Koziol from Japanator:
Now this is an interesting image.



Worry not if you do not speak Japanese. It basically talks about the differences in the two stereotypical designs of the different times. And I gotta say, having them right next to each other is pretty mind-blowing. There are a lot of subtle things, like how high or low the mouth is positioned, how voluminous hair is and all sorts of other neat little details to compare.

[via 38miyoji on Twitter]



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Final Impressions: Eccentric Family
Posted by News Fetcher on October 05 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Brittany Vincent from Japanator:
In the beginning, I wasn't exactly impressed with this quirky little tale. I was mildly interested, but only at the most basic level -- it certainly didn't seem as though this family of transforming tanuki and their friends would be exciting, or able to sustain an entire series, for that matter. But by the end of the thirteen-episode run, I found myself wiping tears from my eyes after taking in what I now consider to be one of the best series I've seen in quite some time. It's going to be bittersweet, saying goodbye to my favorite tanuki family, but all good things must come to an end.



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MangaGamer releasing Kara no Shoujo Voiced Edition
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 07:00 PM
By Brittany Vincent from Japanator:
Looking for something a little naughty yet intellectual to spice up your day? Running low on awesome visual novels? As of today, MangaGamer is now distributing Innocent Grey's 18+ psychological thriller Kara no Shoujo, now available with voices.



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Sentai licenses Golden Time and Diabolik Lovers
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 06:00 PM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
It's a double dose of licensing news for Sentai Filmworks, just a week ahead of New York Comic Con: they're bringing us both Golden Time and Diabolik Lovers.

Golden Time is a law-school based romance, featuring your oh-so-typical amnesiac and his childhood friend (that he's now forgotten about) played by Yui Horie. Hnnnggg. Just watch the trailer while I excuse myself for a few moments.

Meanwhile, Diabolik Lovers is a "sexy vampire show," according to the folks at Sentai. Don't get too excited -- this won't be on a True Blood level of sexy. It is a reverse harem title, with a supernaturally sensitive girl living with six other-worldly hotties. I'm sure the girls will be screamin' over this one.

Both titles will be available shortly in digital formats, while physical media releases will follow sometime in 2014.



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Redline is now free to watch on Youtube!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:


It's the evening, and you're winding down from what has probably been a busy week. You think about what you could possibly do for some rest and relaxation over the coming weekend, to fully prep your mind and body for another round in the ring known as "life". With no answer, you bound around the house in utter confusion. You'll never get any rest at this rate.

But don't you worry, because we've got plans for you. Manga Entertainment has got your back.

The superbly animated Redline is on Youtube for everyone's viewing pleasure, and you'd be doing a disservice by skipping over it. It doesn't matter if you've seen this film or not, what matters is that you have Internet access and absolutely no excuse to watch this at least once over the weekend.

Time for a rewatch, I think.



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Rock the Charts for the Week of October 4th
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
Despicable Me 2 certainly had good numbers in its second week, but not enough to fight off newcomers Like Father, Like Son and The Apology King. The Japanese film market is holding strong, with this week seeing a higher overall income amongst the top ten when compared to last week.

Also worth noting this week is the strong presence of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin, which continues to show a strong presence on the New York Times' list every time a new volume debuts. If you haven't picked up the manga yet, the fact that everyone else is should spur you on already. Even if you're not dedicated Gundam fan, the manga is well worth your time.

Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:
Quote:
Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Hirihiri no Hana by Not yet
2. No Limit by Exile
3. Exile Pride by Exile

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin Vol. 3
2. Attack on Titan Vol. 7
3. A Bride's Story Vol. 5

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Like Father, Like Son
2. The Apology King
3. Despicable Me 2
Check out the full lists after the jump!



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First Impressions: Beyond The Boundary
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
When the Japanator editors recently got together to discuss the fall season and this show came up, I said "Oh right, looks like K-ON!! meets Bakemonogatari." Then Tim and Ben both kind of sighed. Even though it was over the internet, I'm pretty sure that if we were in person, they both would have been rolling their eyes at me. Both assured me that despite the fact that Beyond the Boundary is being made by Kyoto Animation, and the subject matter deals with creepy demon monsters, my glib summary was way off-base.

"It's in a different style," they said. "It's a new direction for KyoAni," they said.

Well, now I've seen the first episode and I'm here to tell you I was dead-on the first time: Beyond the Boundary is absolutely K-ON!! meets Bakemonogatari. I knew I was on to something. So far, I'm liking it, but you know what? I like being right so much more.



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First Impressions: Coppelion
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Brittany Vincent from Japanator:
The apocalypse has never been more beautiful. Coppelion is a testament to studio GoHands' ability to inject great-looking animation, environments, and character designs into just about any project. Comparing any one of the series in my Annotated Anime rotation last season to this show just reminds me of how great I really had it during this first episode. I know I'm supposed to feel hopeless and filled with dread just thinking about surviving in a post-nuclear wasteland, but I can't. It's too pretty. Everything else begins to look a little dull in comparison. I'm really digging it. I think you will, too.



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Watch JAM Project's performance on Google+ Music Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Ben Huber from Japanator:


If you've ever wanted to see JAM Project live, I have news for you... from Google. Earlier today Google+ Music Friday, a weekly music livestream, featured the one and only JAM Project performing live. If you're like me and missed it, it's all archived on YouTube so you can see it anytime! They also debut a music video for their latest, "Thumb Rise Again," and have a good deal of discussion and Q&A. It's a full hour and a half of video content!

I'm glad to see more livestreams like this happening in Japan, too. Especially when viewers outside Japan can watch as well. Worldwide fans are getting it much better these days.

Are you a big JAM Project fan? I haven't always kept up with their recent output, but they seem to still be rocking as hard as ever -- and having fun, too. Maybe I just haven't been watching the right shows that they're doing the OPs for. Sound off on your favorite JAM Project song in the comments! I want to know what people think is their best work.



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Fangirl summarizes Free! for you
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:


I wrote up my final impressions of Free! a couple of days ago, but I guess it's possible that some of you haven't seen KyoAni's swimming opus yet. For those of you regretfully still in that category, you don't necessarily have to commit to watching 12 episodes of anime: British vlogger Jennie Jutsu has you covered. She goes through the entire emotional journey of Free! in barely more than a minute. I think my favorite part is the look on her face when she says "Unnecessary female character." Such derision.



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Japan developing AR glasses for real-time translation
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 01:30 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
I already giggle a little every time I see people walking around with Google Glass, but imagine seeing every foreigner walking around with a visor like the one pictured here. Well, that's the future NTT Docomo is working towards. Unveiled at the CEATEC gadget fair in Japan earlier this week, their augmented reality tech will supposedly provide travelers with real-time translations for menus, and other important documents. To be fair, the notion is a bit exciting, especially if you've ever had to navigate through some of the less-touristy parts of Tokyo, or Japan in general.

The company plans on having the technology ready and available in time for the 2020 Olympics, but of course, by then our smartphones might already provide similar functionality. Still, could you imagine walking around and seeing everyone rocking one of these head-mounted displays? I really hope they end up looking a little nicer than that.

[via JapanToday]



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Final Fantasy XIII recapped in new video
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:


I'm sure it's been awhile since any of us have played Final Fantasy XIII, but with Lightning Returns around the corner, Square Enix has provided us all with a video recapping the events of the game. Of course, they haven't gotten around to dubbing or even subtitling the video yet, so unless you speak a fair of Japanese, you'll have to make due. Assuming you've played the game, you should be able to recall what all the conversations were about. If not, just assume they're talking about l'cie, fal'cie, or cocoon, or something. Just pick one of those buzz words, and you'll be probably right.

To be honest, all I seem to recall about the game was how much I hated Vanille, thniking Snow looking like a hobo, and that Lightning was constantly pissy about stuff. I'm not sure if she ever turned that frown upside down, but I guess we'll find out when she returns this February.

[via polygon]



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Final Impressions: Danganronpa: The Animation
Posted by News Fetcher on October 04 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Brittany Vincent from Japanator:
Danganronpa: The Animation initially seemed like a good idea, but as the series wore on, it began to lose steam. With each information-packed episode, my interest started to waver -- especially since I already knew what the outcome would be. Though translating the madcap action of the cult PSP hit was a great way to get fans excited for next year's English release, it seemed to do just the opposite, scaring potential fans away with information overload and a mile-a-minute narrative that never should have been squeezed into a 13-episode stretch. Still, it covered the game's events satisfactorily, despite its insistence to speed through the content.



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