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So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Final Fight

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:00

Tonight we take a look at GACKT playing one of my favorite games, Final Fight. He doesn't do too bad, and manages to lay some beatings on Poison and beat level one! However, I have to ask... Cody? I guess I would have taken GACKT as being a Guy kind of Guy. Yes, I judge you by the characters you pick in games... Isn't that the best way?

 Final Fight screenshot

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Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:00

This year's hardest to remember anime title award has already been won. Madan no Ou to Vanadis hits the airwaves in October, but you can start practicing your pronunciation now. The cutesy, harem-y, ecchi looking anime has an interesting mix of character design styles, as well as a sweet song from Konomi Suzuki.

The show is adapted from the popular light novel of the same name, and I know the manga has some naughty pictures, but I can't even begin to tell what the plot is of this show. It looks like it might have some action, poorly armored women, and guys with good hair. I just wanted an excuse to say the name aloud! There's swords, so it's gotta be watchable, right?

Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer screenshot

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TGS 2014: Feast your eyes on the newest Bloodborne trailer

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 10:00

I know, there's all sorts of exciting new games we've never heard of yet being announced at Tokyo Game Show this year. However, any readers that know me at all, know exactly what I was waiting for. New content from From Software's upcoming PS4 slasher, Bloodborne! Yup, I am pleased.

When I heard that the team responsible for perhaps my favorite console game of all time, Demon's Souls were finally making a next-gen game, I was elated. The sheer beauty, detail, and design of the "Souls" games just didn't belong on last gen systems anymore. There was so much we weren't seeing. Just one peek at this trailer shows us all that these design team can deliver! I mean it is freaking gorgeous, look at how the weapons snap to attention!

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TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:00

I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part of Square Enix, but they were enjoyable and engaging when you cast aside your preconceived notions of what "makes" a Final Fantasy game and other such twaddle. They were what they were, and nothing more, which was perhaps the problem.

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It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 08:00

Singing toilets, Transformers, and Perfume are all over this week's commercial roundup from JPCMHD. There's plenty of fantastic music, exciting movie trailers, and video game action. We're finally starting to get caught up on Japan's commercial offerings, but we still have to reflect a bit on what's been a great year of commercial entertainment!

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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 06:00

Man, I've been trying to get my hands on this classic for quite a while. Back in 1994, Japanese rock pioneers X Japan was planning to make a full length anime film to put the icing on an enormously successful music career. To get people excited they put together a lovely pilot for the film, but unfortunately for everyone, the film never came into fruition.

In 1999 they released the video, which served as the video for their song Rusty Nails as a bonus in their PERFECT BEST album. Well, rock icon and X Japan drummer/ vocalist Yoshiki has finally posted the fantastic video to Youtube for all to finally enjoy in all its glory.

Bands just aren't as epic as X Japan anymore, are they? 

 Old School Thursdays screenshot

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TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 22:15

[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!]

D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game Show this year. 

Destructoid founder Niero took a picture of that booth, and you can check out the whole thing below. I wouldn't advise doing so if you're at work, though.

I shall say no more, for words aren't needed now. We may never need them again.

 Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars screenshot

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TGS 2014: So this is Final Fantasy XV

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 18:00

Well, it took 'em long enough - the better part of a decade - but it looks like ordinary players might actually see Final Fantasy XV in playable form before the heat death of the universe. And it might even be fun, judging my the spiffy new trailer above, which features well-haired young men, fancy cars going off-road, and hitting monsters in the face with preposterously large swords.

Additionally, Square Enix has announced that a playable demo of their long-gestating new baby will be included with copies of Final Fantasy Type-0 HD, which is scheduled for release in March of 2015. 

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Start your Engine! Kamen Rider Drive's full trailer shifts into overdrive

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 17:00

With two more episodes left until Gaim ends, a new trailer for Kamen Rider Drive has entered the fast lane. Surprisingly, I've come to terms with the show's title, since it occurred to me that Knight Rider's main character doesn't use a motorbike. Seeing that Drive shares some similarities with the classic '80s TV series, it's obvious that the show's staff wanted to use the "Rider" term in the same manner.

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Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days

Wed, 09/17/2014 - 08:00

[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh]

When the anime adaptation of School Days, a dating sim developed by interactive fiction maker Overflow, first aired, it quickly gained notoriety for its slowly rising darkness, with an ending so shocking that it is still brought up when discussing particularly violent scenes in anime. The juxtaposition of tone and action, of wanton cruelty and emotional abuse against the seemingly lighthearted face of a common, uninspiring romance series makes School Days just as relevant now as when it first aired.

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You wish you had these cucumber skills

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 10:00

One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber.

Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal. This video of a dude cutting and arranging one cucumber into a beautiful bowl of beauty is, like, I dunno, the Mona Lisa of finger foods for me right now.


(via Neatorama; placeholder header image via)

You wish you had these cucumber skills screenshot

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Funasshi goes for a dive

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 08:00

For some reason Japan just can not get enough of Funabashi City's yuruchara Funasshi. Last year the hyperactive pear was voted the number mascot in land of rising sun, somehow beating out the super popular Kumamon, who seems to have picked up quite a few fans this year.

For some unknown reason, Funasshi is constantly shown on TV in some sort of tough spot, freaking out. Today we see the poor dude taking a swim in the United States, for some undisclosed reason. I mean, why not?

The whole thing is actually for a TV special which airs next week on TV.

Funasshi goes for a dive screenshot

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A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER

Tue, 09/16/2014 - 06:00

Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop production powerhouse.

His newest song, Daisuki no Hito Dakara features the smooth and sexy vocals from GOLDEN BOMBER's Sho Kiryuin. Both artist get to really explore a very pleasant, sensual side, which I find quite appealing. The video is also quite cute, showing aching hearts in a Japanese Karaoke parlor. Only for the lonely!

 livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER screenshot

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Persona 4 Ultimax's English Story trailer enters the ring

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 17:00

We've reached September's halfway point, and Atlus is ready to localize a few more trailers for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The first one covers the game's story about the mysterious red fog that has engulfed the entire area. Other than that, the preview is just there to give us a quick glimpse of P4AU's premise.

Most importantly, Atlus has unleashed Marie's English trailer to the masses, as we see her use the word "stupid" in many silly ways (such as "stupidnotactlovemachine"). Next up, Aigis comes in with her silly remarks, as she makes Junpei look bad. And to wrap things up, we receive a trailer where Adachi unleashes his dickish behavior on the entire gang.

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Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 08:00

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part release. The first five episodes will hit stores on November 11th, with part two being releases on December 9th. Both have a suggested retail price of $59.98.

If you still only have the DVD's or for some crazy reason have not seen the show yet, this is a great chance to pick up one of Japanator's most recommended shows. Pre-orders will start today, and can be picked up at RightStuf.com. I think I've figured out something I need under my Christmas tree this year!

[Updated- Sorry I misread the PR]

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A Daily Dose of Music: NEGOTO

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 06:00

Fall has started to peel away at the joys of summer, which means the gloom of winter isn't far behind! Fear not! The upbeat sounds of J-Pop are here to ensure we still good, and are able to face the work week with vigor. This week we kick things off with the all ladies band, NEGOTO.

Their newest single, Ammonite! is super poppy number, with a lot of whimsy and retro attitude. The ladies have been going for eight years strong now, and show no signs up letting up. I've had the pleasure of seeing them live before, and they are really a special band. The video captures their whimsical energy quite well, and makes us remember not to take music too seriously!

 NEGOTO screenshot

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Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 04:00

Attack on Titan's top badass is the star of an upcoming OVA, which promises to reveal the cold eyed spinning slashed. Attack on Titan: No Regrets - Birth of Levi, takes us to the time before Levi joins up with the Survey Corps, and how he ended up meeting up with Commander Erwin. Maybe we'll also find out how he became so great at cleaning?

The OVA will be released in two parts, with the first episode coming out December 9th, with the follow up arriving April 9th of next year. 

Captain Levi's past is revealed in upcoming OVA trailer screenshot

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Happy Kaixa Day!

Sat, 09/13/2014 - 14:00

It's Sept. 13th, and it's time to celebrate an important holiday. Today marks the special day that's dedicated to Masato Kusaka, a.k.a. Kamen Rider Kaixa. Due to the fact that the guy dials 9-1-3 on his Kaixa Phone before he transforms, many toku fans have decided to turn Sept. 13th into Kaixa's special day. Hell, even Kohei Murakami (Kamen Rider 555's Masato/Kaixa) celebrates this day, as he writes a yearly blog post to commemorate this special occasion.

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Change Leopardon! It's Henshin Time! covers Marvel's connection to Super Sentai

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 18:00

I may be late to the party again, but I felt that ToyBountyHunters' latest video in their It's Henshin Time series was worth sharing on here, since it's about Marvel's history with Toei. Aside from the Spiderman toku show, the guys at ToyBountyHunter talk about Marvel's involvement with the Super Sentai shows, Battle Fever J, Denziman, and Sun Vulcan

Interestingly, It's Henshin Time!'s third episode briefly mentioned Stan Lee's failed attempt to bring Sun Vulcan to the U.S. before Haim Saban created the Power Rangers franchise, which is a neat piece of history.

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So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Ghouls 'n Ghosts

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 15:00

The 1988 Nintendo game Ghouls 'n Ghosts, known as Great Demon World Village in Japan is known as a really unforgiving game. I can clearly remember my unexpected temper tantrums every time Arthur would end up in his pantsu. I have have great respect for anyone who has a level of mastery of the game. 

So, I have to wonder whose idea it was to put poor GACKT up to this test? I have to say his reaction and freak outs are pretty entertaining in this one. He's more animated than usual and seems to genuinely be trying. I feel for you GACKT, come let me hold you.

 Ghouls 'n Ghosts screenshot

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