The Secret Japan Air Self-Defense Force Gundam – And Other Stories

In August 2014, Japan’s defense ministry announced a new “Space Monitoring Force.” It will utilize personnel from the Air Self-Defense Force (JASDF), the country’s air force. This new team is supposed to become active by … [Read more...]

The Dragon Ball Training Guide to Self-Improvement

Olympic judoka and UFC champion Ronda Rousey turned some heads and busted some scouters when she appeared at this year's Wrestlemania wearing a Dragon Ball Z t-shirt with an image of Vegeta and the phrase, "It's over … [Read more...]

Kid’s Anime for Japanese Learners

When I started learning Japanese, the inability to pick up on words in anime, movies and music frustrated me. Aside from "Okā-san!", "Otō-san!" and "Kusou!", I had trouble catching words and phrases and my listening skills … [Read more...]

The Ghibli Dictionary: A Japanese Study Guide Revolution!

Last year, a new English-Japanese dictionary was released in Japan for Japanese people learning English. This may not seem very special until you hear the title: Star Wars English-Japanese Dictionary for Padawan … [Read more...]

The 3 Anime You Should Watch This Season: Winter 2015

Another year, another season of anime to plow through, hoping to find a golden nugget or two amongst the dirt. We're changing up the (p)review format a bit here - instead of giving our first impressions on as many shows as … [Read more...]

Translation, Localization, and Nice Japanese Things: A Q&A with Matt Alt

When it comes to Japanese pop culture, I'm like a lot of fans. Despite years of off-and-on attempts at study, I don't know the language well enough to follow the original versions of manga, anime, or live-action drama and … [Read more...]

Better Than Pokémon!? How Yo-Kai Watch Is Marketing Itself To Japanese Children

“Can you draw Warunyan for me?” a girl asked during recess. “Warunyan is cool, but Orochi is stronger!” a boy standing nearby shouted. “I like Kyuubi!” another boy added as students gathered around the table. My … [Read more...]

When Manga Met Gaming: The Crossover Games The West May Never Receive

I think most people can agree that crossovers are awesome. I remember being a kid and constantly talking about who would beat whom in a fight (Hulk would totally beat Superman, My dad can beat up your dad etc). The thought … [Read more...]

Google Image Search Results In Japanese Versus English

By Koichi In the past we've written a bit about Google Image search and how it's useful for Japanese learning. For example, if you don't know what a Japanese word means, or if you just aren't sure about the translation … [Read more...]

What It’s Like To Date An Anime Character

During our dating in Japan series from the last week or two, we've covered all kinds of three-dimensional beings. Men. Women... okay, that's about it. But now it's time to diverge from that path, do some simple … [Read more...]

10 Imagined Futures as Predicted by Anime

Last week I wrote a post about robots and space and technology. That got me thinking about the future. And then that got me thinking about anime. A lot of anime gives us a glimpse of what the future might look like one … [Read more...]

What Japanese Kids Want To Be When They Grow Up (And What They End Up Becoming)

Children. So young! So full of promise! The world is their oyster and they haven't been crushed by life's merciless sky fist... at least not yet. Still though, it's fun to hear a child's hopes and dreams before they turn … [Read more...]