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Japanator Live: Sal bumps shoulders with Ys I's evil creatures

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 13:30

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It's finally time for to change things up around here, and I figured that it's time for me to test my ramming skills in Ys I. Of course, I'll be testing my luck in the original game's most recent version, Ys I & II Chronicles+ since it happens to be the most definitive version of the title. That and I felt that I should fix my issue of not having any experience with Falcom's stuff.

Based on who I know of the series, Adol seems like he's a cool adventure so I look forward to bumping into evil with his mighty sword. I guess this means that he's the type of hero who pushes all obstacles out of his way.

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Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 4-5

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 08:00

I like GATE so far. Far from earlier rumors seemingly trumpeting it as "Japan's Tea Party: The Anime", the show has been a thoughtful and interesting take on a topic close to my nerdy heart. And with some of the action ratcheted down to leave room for more low-key movement and advancing the saga of Japan's military in Middle-Earth (or whatever the other side of the Gate is called), that thoughtfulness has managed to shine through.

In fact, it's the more fantastical, or rather, hyperbolic elements that end up as GATE's most notable stumbling blocks. 

 GATE episodes 4-5 screenshot

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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 10

Sat, 08/01/2015 - 04:00

Konnichi wa and welcome to Strong Style! The G1 Climax 24 tournament is almost over and the action is heating up. This week we skip ahead to day 11 of the tournament and the last day before the finals. Tonight's show is from August 8th, 2014 taking place at the Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium.

Konnichi wa and welcome to Strong Style! The G1 Climax 24 tournamant is almost over and the action is heating up. This week we skip ahead to day 11 of the tournament and the last day before the finals.

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Animator Expo's 25th short is ready to smash things up

Fri, 07/31/2015 - 04:00

It seems that I was right about the Japan Animator Expo project returning this week since their latest short is up on their site. Since this is the first episode of the series' third season, it's fitting for the 25th piece, "Hammerhead," to be a smash hit. In all seriousness, Otaro Maijo's ("The Dragon Dentist's" Director) latest animation has a guy bashing horrendous creatures with a freaking hammer.

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First Impressions: God Eater episodes 1-3

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 08:00

I've said time and again that God Eater is one of the best - if not the best - attempt yet by competing publishers to take a sip out of Capcom's giant Monster Hunter milkshake. With God Eater, developer Shift and Bandai Namco managed to combine that tried-and-true fight-and-carve gameplay loop with a more contemporary sci-fi style alternative and a deeper narrative, making God Eater a viable alternative to the ruling franchise.

Unfortunately for the anime series adaptation of God Eater, the monsters in the world of television are much tougher competition.

 God Eater episodes 1-3 screenshot

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Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax releases Oct 6 in the west

Thu, 07/30/2015 - 04:00

If you have ever wanted to beat up an anime character in locked one on one combat then maybe Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax is the game for you. Dengeki Bunko is a publishing company in Japan that helps release light novels like Sword Art Online and Durarara!!. The game was released in Japan early last year and I had my doubts about a western release due it's niche appeal. 

Sega is here to proved me wrong with a release of the first Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax in US, Europe, and South America October 6th. A limited special launch edition will come with a physical soundtrack for the game with tracks from famous Sega composers Teruhiko Nakagawa (Sonic Advance 2) and Jun Senoue (Sonic Adventure 2). The pre-order and physical release of the game is confined to the US with Europeans receiving a digital only release. 

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Kamen Rider Ghost's latest details are to die for

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 06:00

For a good while, it's been known that the latest bug-eyed hero in the Kamen Rider franchise was going to sport a supernatural motif. While we've seen glimpses of the show's titular character as a toy and a few scans of his design, the official magazine images of Kamen Rider Ghost and his forms have materialized in front of us.

Based on what's been shown so far, I'm really loving the idea behind the hero sporting a hooded jacket. Hell, the guy looks like a fusion between Hibiki, Wizard, and the Imagin from Den-O, which adds to his cool design.

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Do New Japan pro wrestlers kick out in their sleep?

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 04:00

A television show in Japan recently tackled a question of just how much fighting spirit runs through the being of your average New Japan pro wrestlers.

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Strong Style: New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS S2 episode 9

Tue, 07/28/2015 - 04:00

Strong Style is here again with your coverage of New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. Looks like my Friday nights are going to be busy for a while as yesterday it was announced that more episodes of New Japan wrestling have been ordered. This will take us right to the end of the year! The current season will run unto August before we jump right into season 3.

However, before we get to that point, we are jumping right into day 8 of the G1 Climax 24 Tournament. Tonight we go back to the Osaka Prefectural Gymnasium (AKA Bodymaker Collesium) on August 3rd, 2014 with Mauro and Frank Shamrock.

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Japanator Live: Sal gets his revenge on Chantelise's last boss

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 13:30

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

With Chroma Squad's three story routes complete, Sal is ready to take on Chantelise's final boss again. Now that he's found a better defensive item, there's a slight chance that he could turn the tables on this deadly foe. If not, then he can always hunt down the game's hidden treasures.

Will Sal succeed in helping Chante and Lise accomplish their goal or will he fail miserably again? Find out at 9:00 p.m. Central Standard Time on Japanator's Twitch channel to see if his new plan will grant him victory.

If this battle ends quicker than expected, then Sal plans to embark on his next journey, which might be related to a certain game series by the company known as Falcom. 

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First Impressions: Ultraman X episodes 1-2

Mon, 07/27/2015 - 05:00

For a good while, my only experience with the Ultra franchise was Mega Monster Battle: Ultra Galaxy Legends, which was directed by Koichi Sakamoto (Zyuden Sentai Kyoryuger and Ultraman Ginga S’ Director). Honestly, I’m still baffled by the fact that I didn't invest in the series back then. I mean, the movie had guys in suits knocking guys in rubber monster costumes through planets; therefore making it a good reason for me to check out the other titles.

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Week Ender - Virtual Reality Edition

Sat, 07/25/2015 - 08:00

This week's Week Ender is all about the Virtual Reality and the great worlds beyond that VR brings us that are great settings for fantasy action anime. There's always something interesting with characters from a world similar to our own be thrust into a fantasy world that is familiar yet different.

So let's strap on those VR headsets and jump into a different world that may just be too real.

Is there an ending from a VR themed anime that I didn't include? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know! 

Week Ender - Virtual Reality Edition screenshot

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Here's a quick sample of Animator Expo's Third Season

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 06:00

At last, the Japan Animator Expo project has uploaded a trailer for their upcoming season. From the looks of it, the third installment sounds like it'll be better than ever. I mean, we get to see another Tsuburaya hero get the anime short treatment.

Based on the list of the newer shorts was revealed a week ago, I can't wait to see how Akitoshi Yokoyama (Eva and Summer Wars' Key Animation) will handle the Giant of Light. Of course, a new animation that features Daoko is another fine treat to look forward to.

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Otakon 2015 is upon us!

Fri, 07/24/2015 - 04:00

Otakon 2015 is upon us! East Coast's largest anime con will roll out in full force tomorrow and throughout the weekend. As if it's easing its way into a 4-day event, Otakon's Matsuri even starred Back-On to perform some songs to get things going early. 

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First Impressions: GATE episodes 1-3

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 12:00

Confession time: When I first set out to write about GATE, I was actually prepared to defend it. That's a weird stance to take with regards to a program I had yet to even watch, I'll admit, but I really was about to get all political about the whole thing. Perhaps it was because some folks out there were insisting that GATE was some kind of propaganda tool for the dread specter of Japanese militarism that got my goat up, ready to act irrationally defensive simply as a way to displaying contrast to what I perceived to be a pack of self-righteous jerks.

Thankfully, I didn't need to resort to my prepared talking points, at least not based on GATE's first three episodes. And while it is true that one would be hard-pressed to find an anime that's friendlier to Japan's armed forces and the notion that they can be used (which is itself a political hot potato at its core), it's hardly secret propaganda.

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Check out this year's top-tier Sumo fashion crazes

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 08:00

Thanks to a YouTuber Kintamayama and his wonderful sumo coverage, we got a rare look at the ceremonial Kesho-Mawashi, or entrance ceremony belts that the sumo wrestlers are wearing in the current sumo wrestling tournament held in Nagoya. Japan.

Check out this year's top-tier Sumo fashion crazes screenshot

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Celebrate Secret of Evermore's 20th Anniversary with a remastered soundtrack

Thu, 07/23/2015 - 04:00

Oct. 1 may not be here yet, but that isn't stopping Sean Schafianski (Chrono Trigger: Jazz Arranged Version) from releasing his Secret of Evermore arranged soundtrack known as Secret of Evermore: Remastered Tracks. In terms of the guy's approach to his latest work, he did his best to capture the important aspects that made Jeremy Soule's (Icewind Dale and Skyrim's Soundtrack) original piece great. On top of that, he made sure to add his own twist to each tune.

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OP Up! Virtual Reality Edition

Wed, 07/22/2015 - 08:00

They weren't kidding when they said that the 90's is back, one promise of that decade was this exciting new technology called "Virtual Reality". This technology promised to take humans into new worlds beyond our imaginations by perfectly tapping into our sense of visual and auditory senses.

So popular fiction took note of this new hot thing and made movies and other fiction based on this tech. That is until it promptly died because the tech at the time just didn't cut it and was too expensive. Though things have changed in the past decade, we have better and cheaper tech thanks to smartphones and the promise of VR is back along with some anime about virtual reality and the consequences we may face with such new tech.

This week's OP Up! is all about anime featuring technology that offers a different reality than that of our own, different worlds giving us a fantasy that is almost within our reach. So let's get to it!

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Plans scrapped for site of Akira's final battle

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 08:00

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, announced that the plans for the centerpiece stadium of the 2020 Olympic games have been completely scrapped and the development will start from scratch.

The Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe announced that the plans for the centerpeice staduim of the 2020 Olympic games have been completely scrapped and the develoment will start from scratch.


The Stadium, designed by British-based architect Zaha Hadid, was compared to a Bicycle helmet and a child's training toilet, has gone nearly double over what was originally proposed back in 2013 when won the rights to the games. With an estimated price tag of 252 billion yen, the concept was veiwed as an ugly waste of money in a troubled economy. Meanwhile the stadium built for 's Olympics of 1964 was still being used before it was demolished recently.

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Rejoice! Five Boomslank shirts get reprinted

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 04:00

If you're into wearing sweet-looking clothes, our friends at Boomslank have reprinted not one but five shirts. But that's not all folks; instead of re-releasing each apparel, P-Shinobi has updated "Airport," "Flag," "Live," "Raiden," and "Tournament's" design.

Out of the five shirts that they reprinted, "Flag" might have to be my favorite one since it gives off a nice Karas vibe. Let's face it, I'm a sucker for characters in special suits, so it's no surprise that I enjoyed it the most.

If you're interested in buying the latest reprints by Ai-Fi's designers, you can head to Boomslank's page. From the looks of it, my list of shirts to own has grown once again.

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