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...]