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Full Throttle: Garage Hero takes a look at Kamen Rider Drive: Surprise Future

12 hours 40 min ago

Bueno of Garage Hero/Garage Pro TV has returned to share his thoughts on another tokusatsu movie. This time around, he's taking Kamen Rider Drive the Movie: Surprise Future for a joyride with his comrades Michael (Gun Caliber's Blue), Max (Cyber Ninja Tekkaraiger's Director, Ayakashi Zamurai's Producer), and Raymond of Greentea Media. From the looks of it, it seems that the film was average at best since its positive and negative aspects were equal.

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Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam

14 hours 40 min ago

Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version of Liarsoft's visual novel Kindred Spirits on the Roof (aka Okujou no Yurirei-san) to grace its storefront. Yes, you read that correctly, it's uncensored, and for all intents and purposes is an adult visual novel. That is definitely a first for a service that has generally stopped short of allowing that kind of content. Visual novels that have their own adult scenes have definitely been allowed before, but had to have those scenes edited or cut, so MangaGamer might be the first in a new normal for the service.

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Review: Game Art: Art from 40 Video Games and Interviews with Their Creators

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:00

Video Game art books are often bound by a specific game, game developer, genre or era with rare exceptions being anthology collections. It is rarer still to see both Eastern and Western video game art contained within a single title due to their contrasting art styles and philosophies. Game Art bucks these traditions to assemble one of the most versatile collections of video game art to be published and dives into the mind's of their creators provided by thought-provoking interviews and commentary on their work.

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Kamen Rider Ghost's special video takes us back to outer space

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 08:00

Now that September has started, the folks at Toei have spooked up a new video for Kamen Rider Ghost on their tokusatsu YouTube channel. Apparently, there seems to be a spaceship involved in this segment.

Wait a minute... Isn't this show's motif supposed to be spirits and historical figures? Why would the Eyecons come from another planet if they're meant to give Ghost the powers of the "Great Men?" In all seriousness, I didn't mind the video's opening segment since it could imply that the series might be an over-the-top program with humorous segments, kind of like Kamen Rider Fourze

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Go on a Sunday drive with Final Fantasy XV

Tue, 09/01/2015 - 03:00

Based on what we've seen so far, the most interesting parts of Final Fantasy XV  are looking less like "epic adventure" and more like "awesome road trip". And I'm totally down with that notion. Riding in a car with your buds can be just as exciting as saving the world, especially if the car in question is as cool as the Regalia, your regal limo.

The team at Square Enix seem well aware of that and have wisely spent some promo time on a video of Final Fantasy XV's "driving gameplay", going into unnecessary detail about the available camera angles. And strangely enough, the fact that they've gone to such lengths to simulate the experience of traveling by car makes FFXV feel like the most modern and contemporary Final Fantasy yet, even with all that sci-fantasy stuff from other trailers and continuing nonsense about crystals and whatnot. Call me pumped for it, I guess.

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Annotated Anime: Himouto! Umaru Chan episode 8

Mon, 08/31/2015 - 08:00

Just as Nagato Yuki-chan is entering summer, Himouto! Umaru-chan is entering winter as this episode features all the anime tropes of bringing out the kotatsu, visiting the shrines, and a good ol' colourful party that makes our real life party's look lifeless and monochrome. 
I'm gonna preface this recap by saying that there is a substantial chunk of animation after the credits so if you tend to close the screen when the ending song starts I'd suggest you go back. It brings one of the last side characters into the fold and it's the best part of this episode.

 Himouto! Umaru Chan episode 8 screenshot

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 707

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 12:00

After a couple of awesome flashback episodes, this week returns us to current day Dressrosa where exciting battles are going on, While the animation and fight scenes are fantastic, the same plodding pace makes a return reminding us all why we hate this arc. 

 One Piece episode 707 screenshot

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Annotated Anime: The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 14

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 11:00

And we're officially back to normal high school life with Nagato Yuki-chan. This episode returns to the literature club hanging out and having jokes at Kyon's expense with a dose of Haruhi to liven things up. Watchers may be disappointed by the departure of the Haruhi Nagato Yuki as it made this title a deeper artistic piece reflecting on memory, identities and was heavily complemented by a minimalist score. I came into Nagato Yuki-chan expecting slice of life so frankly I'm happy to see the return of happy go lucky consequence free activities of the literature club. 

 The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-Chan episode 14 screenshot

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Metal Gear Solid V's last commercial gives the bride away

Sun, 08/30/2015 - 08:00

Everyone knows Japanese commercials are delightfully zany, often bordering on surreal in a way that usually doesn't help much to sell the product itself. Thankfully for the world, Metal Gear is just as zany, perhaps moreso, and the latest commercial for Metal Gear Solid V is no exception. It features a wedding of two cardboard box-wearing lovebirds/Metal Gear fans and the similarly-attired father of the bride. 

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Japanator Live: It's time to loot Ys II's Shrine

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 14:30

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]

During last week's stream, I was able to return Adol to his human form. Thanks to this accomplishment, I've been left with a key that's capable of opening most of the doors in the dungeon I'm in. That said, this opportunity will give me the chance to jack all of the valuable riches from the villains who reside in the area.

Judging by the area's size, I might be closer to Ys II's final area. Then again, there's likely still a few places that I need to explore so we'll just have to see how things will turn out. Hopefully, I'll get some sweet new gear out during this segment.

Anyway, my looting spree starts at 9:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on the Jtor Twitch. Based on the events that happened last time, I think that I might get an overpowered broken spell as well.

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Strong Style: Two Title match Terror!

Sat, 08/29/2015 - 08:00

NJPW on AXS TV finishes out our look of the Destruction of Kobe event from September 21, 2014. Tonight we have two big title matches with the IWCP Tag titles and the IWGP Intercontinental title up from grabs. Both matches tonight also featured Bullet Club vs. CHAOS fights so they both should be good.

So let's go back one more time to the Kobe World Hall!

 Two Title match Terror! screenshot

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TRIGGER and Rikka's latest short is a great love letter to classic movies

Fri, 08/28/2015 - 15:00

For a good while, I had this idea in my head about how the world would analyze fiction in the next one thousand or million years. One of my ideas was that archeologists and historians would use them as the basis for new mythological stories. Flash forward to today, the latest short in the Japan Animator Expo project covers one possibility that can come from this outcome.

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Annotated Anime: One Piece episode 706

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 13:00

I don't think I've seen such a good episode of One Piece in recent memory. It's not just good, it's great! It's better than the whole Rebecca storyline, Dressrosa stuff, and anything that was done  after the time-skip. It ultimately delivers on why Corazon is such a big part to the Dressrosa story and the origins of Doflamingo-Law connection/ feud. 

 One Piece episode 706 screenshot

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R. Mika butt bounces her way into Street Fighter V

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 10:00

We've all wanted it and finally Capcom delivers. The blonde show boating pro wrestler Rainbow Mika finally makes her return to the cast of World Warriors since her debut in 1998 with Street Fighter Alpha 3. R. Mika is also the first grappler character to be announced for Street Fighter V and her move set has grown since her anime-inspired first appearance. 

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Annotated Anime: MY Love STORY!! episodes 15-18

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 09:00

I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relationship, or a single guy (or girl) is surrounded by several members of the opposite sex vying for attention. It's always a toss up with these shows, so I like to base my choices off of interesting concepts. 

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Gold Storm Soar episodes 17-19

Thu, 08/27/2015 - 04:00

Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is treading into climatic territories that make us think that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.

At this rate, the show’s rising action segments are only going to get higher right now. Perhaps that peak has been reached right about now.

Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is threading into territory that makes us believe that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.

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Annotated Anime: Himouto! Umaru Chan episode 7

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 12:00

I love when anime directly references stuff in real life and Himouto! Umaru-chan is one of the better titles to do it. They don't go for the subtle nod or the direct reference with the name bleeped out. Nope, this show goes all in with no subtlety in referencing Capcom (Gapcom) and Street Fighter (Space Stream Fighter). They even copy the logo, font and color scheme allowing no mistaken identity possible. This is great as Himouto! Umaru-chan references a lot of geeky stuff throughout.

Himouto! Umaru-chan

 Himouto! Umaru Chan episode 7 screenshot

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Annotated Anime: Bikini Warriors episodes 4-8

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 11:00

Boobs, crotch shot, potions, bra, string bikini, hero's journey, slime monster, tentacles, grinding, objectification, RPG trope, and nudity. 

If you disagree with three or more of the above words then Bikini Warriors is sadly not for you. If you agree with all of the words above then Bikini Warriors was made for you.

 Bikini Warriors episodes 4-8 screenshot

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Yakuza 5 is a big package of a small slice of Japan

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 10:00

If you've ever wanted to experience a small slice of urban Japan from the comfort of your own home, the Yakuza video game series has always been known to be the best game for the job. I find myself excited for big AAA games like Metal Gear Solid but surprisingly enough, I am also excited for Yakuza 5, which an older game on the PS3 that is only coming out this year.

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OP Up! Mobster Edition

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 09:00

Japanese mobsters, whom we call in the west as "The Yakuza" is referred to in Japan as 'violence groups' by normal people and are not seen in a favorable manner. Though that hasn't stopped Japanese entertainment in portraying them as other than just criminals, some even to show them that they have honor and principle despite... you know, the illegal crimes they are involved in.

This week's selection features Mobsters, those who are in organized crime gangs but usually the ones in anime are most often portrayed as anti-heroes so we'll be seeing a bunch of them below. So it's time for crime! (Please don't arrest me for that joke).

Did I not post about your favorite mobster-related anime opening? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

OP Up! Mobster Edition screenshot

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