Feast your eyes on the latest gameplay trailer for my favorite Samurai Warriors clone -- Sengoku Basara 4. Okay, I admit calling it a Samurai Warriors clone might be a bit much, but it's difficult to overlook all the similarities. There's plenty of third-person, button-mashing combat against hordes of enemies with seemingly little in the way of AI -- not that it's a bad thing, mind you. Fortunately, Sengoku Basara goes above and beyond to offer more in the way of objectives, and abilities. Oh, and let's not forget that they've turned Masamune Date into a complete bad ass.
Any way, the latest trailer shows off some of the new challenges and abilities you might have to face in the latest installment of the game, assuming it ever makes its way overseas. Something tells me it will, but you never know -- especially given Capcom's spotty record localizing the previous entries in the series. Let's hope it's on their radar.
Watching speed runs is a guilty pleasure of mine, and I can certainly appreciate the effort that goes into finding exploits and the ways to best utilise them. If you've ever seen the Super Mario 64 speed runs where you can pass through locked doors just by holding a rabbit, you'll understand what I mean.
It seems the latest game in the franchise is currently being explored by enthusiasts, with the above video being posted yesterday showing level 6-5 being cleared in a measly 28 seconds. Watching a feline Princess Peach being propelled across a level to land perfectly in a pipe doesn't get old, believe me. I've kind of had this video playing over and over for a while now.
Arpeggio of Blue Steel took things slow last week as Kongou and Gunzou had a field day to talk about the reason why they may be at each other's throats. The seaside summit gave all of the characters a break, and set up this week's showdown between Kongou's fleet and Gunzou's run to deliver those precious warheads to America.
It's hard to not make a face when what typically goes as "harem" is now "fleet" in Arpeggio, but that's what happens when Takao joins forces with Gunzou. Not only that she is now a hair more honest about her feelings, but we also have an exciting fireworks show going--and not just the romantic, cat-fighting sort. How will Gunzou and Takao do on the battlefield?
Back at the end of October, we heard that The Chernin Group bought a stake in Crunchyroll, boosting its valuation somewhere short of $100 million. Crunchyroll finally came out with a statement to assuage fans' concerns, and it's much of what you'd expect.
The key points of shinji's message was that this investment is to help Crunchyroll expand its services within the anime and manga niche. The investment from TCG doesn't mean that Crunchyroll is changing its direction as a business, or trying to shoehorn in content that doesn't fit with the site.
The snow is falling and schools and businesses are closed all along the Northeast, which means it's the perfect time to curl up with a cup of tea and your credit card. Tuesday is here, and that means there's anime and manga to buy!
The two most important items on my list are the latest volumes of Wandering Son and Knights of Sidonia. Both are great titles that are well-worth your money, and I'll keep shoving them down peoples' throats until they're at the top of the Bookscan charts.
On the anime side, box sets of Btooom!, Gatchaman, and Kokoro Connect's OVA are some of the highlights. Be sure to check out the full list of releases after the jump and let us know what you're getting!
When the landscape of western horror simply isn't extreme enough for you, you need another way to satisfy your cravings. Freddy, Jason, and Michael Myers may be enough to terrify the masses, but you're looking for something a little more exotic, right? Lucky for you, the land that brought you your favorite anime series is rife with decidedly more disturbing offerings. We bring you JapanaTerror, a weekly rendezvous with the disgusting and the depraved. Whether it's anime, manga, film, or a novel, you'll find something of value to disturb and delight. We'll cover everything, from bizarre body horror to the craziest thrill rides we can find. Pull those covers tight and lock the doors, because you're about to be haunted.
The hilarious team over at RocketNews24 were on a mission. The last version of Microsoft's Kinect system for the XBox 360 was a very cool idea. It had one huge problem, it needed a lot of room and light to work. Both things typically not available to a Tokyo gamer in their home.
Well, the good news is that it sure looks like it works. The bad news is you really only have the snoozer XBox One title, Kinect Sports Rivals to play it on. While the system still doesn't have a launch date in Japan, this change may help them actually sell some systems this time around. Personally, my living room is tiny, so having a Kinect that works is a welcome inclusion.
As mentioned previously, we here in Miami don't get a lot of geeky stuff to enjoy. We have a couple of conventions down here, but for the most part we have to travel north for anything of real value. That's why I like to take a moment to chat with the audience in any major event, as these people are usually aching for something interesting and are likely to be more excited than your usual fan.
In order to catch that excitement, I talked to a few folks who were waiting for the Adrienne Arsht Center door to open. I mean, in a concert filled with hardcore FF fans, I had to know what everybody was waiting to hear. So go on and watch the video to find out what the fans were clamoring for!
Also, keep a look out for our last Distant Worlds video, which will feature more from Uematsu himself. I know, I said Uematsu would be in video 2, but hey, things happen in life! Enjoy.
When I first started hearing about kaho I was absolutely skeptical. Every music site was dubbing the 15 year old prodigy the next Utada Hikaru. In my opinion that statement is blasphemy alone, so this young lady had a lot of proving to do.
Well, with her debut song Every Hero, I'm starting to become a believer. In fact, not only has she worked with Hikki in the past, much of her background is the same. She's a native English speaker, and comes from a strong musical background. The song even has nods to some of the styles that made Utada Hikaru the Queen of J-Pop she is.
What do you guys think? Hype or hero? I guess only time can tell. I'm feeling it.
As with all things Final Fantasy, Final Fantasy VII gets special treatment above and beyond everything else. Jayson at Destructoid got his hands on an early copy of the Final Fantasy VII vinyl records, representing a "best of" of the game's soundtrack. Spanning four sides and 29 songs, the 1200-disc run is a surefire collector's item.
Not one, but two menu items are getting a cheesy update at McDonald's Japan. For images of what I'm mentioning below, check out the gallery!
The first is a side menu item which is limited to the winter season: cheese potato dippers. The little potato balls have cheddar and mozzarella inside, and will come with a special dipping sauce to compliment the taste. They'll begin serving these tomorrow (Dec. 11th) for ¥150 per order of five pieces.
The second item is a change to the quarter pounder and chicken fileo sandwiches to have white cheddar instead of the usual cheese. While you'll be able to enjoy quarter pounders with white cheddar if you're in Japan starting tomorrow along with the cheesy potato bites, you'd have to wait until Sunday the 15th to sink your teeth in a chicken fileo sandwich with white cheddar.
Hey tankers! There's a new game coming out for you lot that isn't World of Tanks, War Thunder, Battlefield, or ArmA! Heck, in regards to mood, it's probably the opposite of those, and it's called Girls und Panzer: Master Panzerfahren, based on one of 2012's best shows
You've seen the trailer for the prospective PS Vita "Dramatic tank battle" simulator, but now Namco Bandai wants you to gawp at the majesty of still photos, with more screenshots of gameplay and the game's rendered tank models. Check 'em out in the gallery, and wonder just where in the town of Ooarai one could fit a city-sized aircraft carrier!
It's been a good while since Project Phoenix's Kickstarter came to a triumphant close, and their page has update with a link to an animation test that features a simple model running around with a sword. While the character's model isn't complete yet, I'm going to assume that this is a first look at Marcus' movements, since his artwork depicts him as a warrior with a sword.
Puzzle & Dragons continues to show its dominance of the Japanese casual game scene with yet another collaboration, this time recruiting the help of some young and talented hunters. Killua and Kurapika of Hunter x Hunter fame will be available as of December 27th as part of the 'first wave' of characters, so expect to see Gon and maybe even that doctor guy before the end of the promotion.
But why? To promote the upcoming movie, of course! Hunter x Hunter: -The Last Mission- will be showing in cinemas on the same day, so you can snack on some popcorn while watching the film in the daytime, then get to bed early to collate your thoughts on the movie while meeting the cast again in Puzzle & Dragons. Or something like that.
I know we're living in the future and virtually everything can be downloaded to your computer via streams of data, but sometimes, you just want a nice game box. Sometimes, you just want to have a physical product in your hand, either because it makes a snazzier gift (you can put a sparkly bow on it and everything!), or just because you want to be able to show it off proudly on your shelf.
Galaga is a pretty great game. It's one of the staple titles of a good arcade, and one that I've put way too much money into whilst growing up. With the recent addiction for developers remixing classic games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders, it seemed only a matter of time until we got one for Galaga. Wait, didn't Galaga Legions DX come out?
It seems Namco Bandai aren't quite done with the franchise just yet, as we'll soon be getting yet another variation. This time we have an anime responsible, as the hotly anticipated BONES show Space Dandy will be invading the arcade title, which'll head to iOS and Android next year. The result is Space Galaga, a colourful free-to-play game partnering a wacky new anime with some wacky enemy designs. Seems like we're going to be in for a crazy ride, assuming the game makes it out of Japan.
I was getting worried about what anime I would be watching this Winter season. For some reason nothing was really lining up with my tastes, until my buddy Jeff Chuang mentioned that Macross's Shoji Kawamori was behind the upcoming, Nobunaga the Fool. As you might have guessed I jumped on top of the show immediately!
I actually don't know too much about the Satelight show, and The Fool francise in general, but I'm looking forward to finding out more! The starring voice actors; Marmoru Miyano. Yoko Hikasa, Yuki Kaju, and Takahiro Sakurai give us all short introduction to their roles in the show, followed by an exciting look at the show. Fast forward to the 2:21 mark if you're not into being patient today.
We feel, at Japanator, that this story between man and battleships deserves a closer look and perhaps your attention. Many wrote off Arpeggio of Blue Steel early as typical otaku fodder, given its somewhat cliche marriage between military science fiction and weapons-as-moe-girls. We also acknowledge that such a combination might occasionally yield something worthwhile, and that might be the case here.
It might be premature to compare Arpeggio with greats such as Girls und Panzer or what not. But after 8 episodes I have at least given it the benefit of the doubt, as the story weaves competently between character development and intense submarine battles, with enough surprises on both ends to keep things fresh and interesting. Let's catch up on the story in one shot, if you haven't been following it in the weekly roundup.
You know the holidays are really upon us when you start seeing snow in your favorite music videos! This week we're kicking off the dose with the painfully adorable, Luna Haruna. The Gothic Lolita superstar seems to have made the transition nicely into full blown popstar, all without losing any of that ridiculous charm.
Her newest video is her version of snowdrops, which is featured as the newest ending to the Monogatari series. Apparently, this is now the Koimonogatari arc, but I really couldn't tell you. I haven't watched the series since Bakemonogatari, but I hear it's worth another look. Maybe this track will make em change my mind! It's just so darn cute.
A long two years ago, a live-action Attack on Titan film was announced. We didn't know much more than it's happening and Tetsuya Nakashima was directing.
Studio Toho finally gave the world an update, saying the film will be released in 2015 and instead of Nakashima directing the flick, Shinji Higuchi will be helming the film. Higuchi is best known to us as one of the founders of Gainax, but also has directed the 2012 film The Floating Castle and headed up special effects for several Gamera films.
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