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Japanator Exclusive: Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo Talks About About Trails of Cold Steel 3's New Class VII, Ys VIII & More

Tue, 10/01/2019 - 12:30

Almost three months later, my coverage for Anime Expo 2019 still isn't done. While I didn't have the chance to properly conduct the interview in person due to some difficulties, I did get to briefly meet Nihon Falcom President's Toshihiro Kondo (as seen in the last picture.) during the convention. 

However, with the help of NISA, I was able to get answers for my interview via e-mail, in which he answers many questions of the upcoming Trails of Cold Steel 3, Ys VIII on the Switch, and about other Falcom titles. 

Christian Chiok (CC): When I had the chance to try out the game during the convention, I noticed the combat is different than the previous two games. Can you elaborate what has changed in Cold Steel 3?

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Check out a day in the life of a Professional Cosplayer

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 18:00

PAOLOfromTokyo brings us another one of his Japanese lifestyle videos that features a Japanese person's day in their life such as that of Japanese Salaryman or workers in a car repair shop that gives us a glimpse into the Japanese working culture (Check out the videos below). This new video shows us a day in the life of a professional Japanese cosplayer, Yuzuchi, it's something a lot of us who are tuned into the anime culture might be familiar with but we rarely get to see it from a Japanese viewpoint.

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My Hero One’s Justice 2 Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch

Thu, 09/26/2019 - 18:00

The latest issue of Weekly Shonen Jump revealed My Hero One's Justice 2—the sequel to last year's anime brawler, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The PS4 and Nintendo Switch versions will release both physically and digitally while the Xbox version will be digital exclusive in Japan. A release date has yet to be revealed. 

My Hero One’s Justice 2 Confirmed for PS4, Xbox One, and Switch screenshot

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San Japan 2019: Cosplay Gallery

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 17:00

It's been ages since I last dropped by San Japan in San Antonio and I was able to make a quick stop at the anime convention by the Alamo. The San Japan cosplay on display was on very much point and I was able to grab a few shots. The growth of the convention in the last 6 years was just overwhelming. I frankly wasn't prepared for all of the great cosplay and regret not getting so much more.

So check out this very small sample of the great cosplay at the convention and look forward to more in the future!

 Cosplay Gallery screenshot

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Sat, 09/14/2019 - 11:00

I’ve been a fan of Uchikoshi’s work ever since 1999—since the very first time I held my copy of Pepsiman for the PlayStation One in my hands. Naturally, I didn’t know who the developer of the game was, let alone who the 3D modeler of the game was, all I thought was “Pepsi made this game.” It wasn’t until 2009 where I encountered his work again, given that most of his previous work where never localized outside of Japan then.

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Spend a day in a Japanese Language school in this video

Tue, 09/10/2019 - 18:00

I'm sure many of you out there who love the land of the rising sun dream of visiting the holy land of Anime someday. For those who do get to make the trip to the far east, the realization that subtitles do not exist in real life and an actual understanding of the language is required is a thing and just can't be obtained from just watching anime alone.

One can prepare for the a few key phrases and words to get around but what about those who need a little help and are gonna be in Japan for a bit? Well, Japanese language schools are available and in this latest video by Abroad in Japan, we get to see just who goes to these schools and find out the learning process goes on at these places.

Spend a day in a Japanese Language school in this video screenshot

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Weekend Japanatainment: Twin Peaks Edition

Sun, 08/25/2019 - 12:00

I must confess to you, dearest Japanator reader: I have not seen Twin Peaks yet, which is a big gap in my pop culture knowledge space of all things quirky and weird. It's just that the ultra slow pace of the first few minutes of the show just makes me quickly lose interest. Though I now have great renewed interest in the show now that I found out that Twin Peaks was pretty big in Japan around when it first came out.

Here are a few videos about just how big Twin Peaks was in the land of the rising sun.

 Twin Peaks Edition screenshot

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Thu, 08/22/2019 - 06:00

Earlier last month, I had the opportunity to interview both producer and director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICHI about CRYSTAR, covering what the game will bring to the genre, their inspirations for the game, and the overall theme. Considering it involved something as unique as tears, and being a fan of things that involve purgatory, it caught my attention.

CRYSTAR is about Rei, a girl who awakens in limbo along her younger sister Mirai. While trying to make it back to their original world, they are attacked by an unknown creature. In order to protect Mirai, a superpower awakens within Rei. However, she was unable to control her power thus ends up killing Mirai.

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Step through the looking glass in this new Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris trailer

Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:30

Sword Art Online Alicization just wrapped up earlier this year and I noticed many fans were left hanging for more until the next installment of the popular franchise. Those fans are in for a treat with the announcement of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, which is set in the recently concluded SAO season.

As with the other Sword Art Online games, it looks like this will follow along with the latest series story and setting wise but with some differences to give the Alicization Lycoris its own unique identity. One of these additions is in a new character, Medina Orthinanos, who seeks to become an Integrity Knight and to clear her family name as shown in the trailer.

No release date as of yet, but with the timing of the next bit of news below, I am making an educated guess that it may be early next year. So hang tight until then for your next Kirito adventure.

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Weekend Japanatainment - 1960s Otaku Edition

Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:00

From times of old, this classic Japanator feature rises back from the hole it fell into and now it's back to entertain you with some good old Japanese videos! We bring Japanatainment back with some really old stuff that is older than probably all y'all reading right now. A lot of you young whippersnappers (yes, you are still young even in your thirties) likely started watching anime in the 90's, and might've missed out on the weeb stuff from the previous decades.

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Review: Millennium Actress (Remastered)

Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:15

We all know about the greatness of the late Satoshi Kon, who passed away due to pancreatic cancer on August 24th, 2010—almost 9 years ago. He was responsible for directing and writing masterpieces like Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue—which got a remaster release last year, and Millennium Actress, which premiered during Anime Expo first and will premiere to the public this week in English dub and subs. While I will still review the movie itself to newcomers that haven’t experienced the movie yet, this will mostly cover on the remaster version and if it’s worth revisiting it.

I don’t have a home release version of the movie, but I will be using the Amazon Prime streaming version in comparison to my given screener. I haven’t had the chance to experience the movie in theaters yet, but given the quality improvement, like Perfect Blue, it’ll surely be a memorable experience.

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Japanese Girl Group FAKY to Perform at Otakuthon 2019

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:35

Japanese Girl Group FAKY, known for their anime theme songs for series like Black Clover (ED4), Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate-Hen, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue will be attending this years' Otakuthon event held in Montreal, Quebec for the first time on Friday August 16th, 2019. The concert will be held in Room 210 wit tickets priced at $20 in addition to the base convention admission. 

Japanese Girl Group FAKY to Perform at Otakuthon 2019 screenshot

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Review: KILL la KILL -IF

Fri, 08/02/2019 - 19:30

I’ve been a hardcore fan of anime-based video games since my earliest years of gaming. I still remember playing Dragon Ball Z: The Legend and how awesome it was reliving the entirety of Dragon Ball Z, starting from Raditz, all the way to the Kid Buu fight. It was a simple 3 vs 3 3D anime fighter, but it was so much fun. I also have fun memories playing the Gundam, and other Weekly Shonen Jump series games on various platforms. Don’t get me started with Digimon Rumble Arena. Those were the days.

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Kyoto Animation studio attacked by arsonist, dozens hurt

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 03:15

[Update: The death toll now stands at 33]

Late on the morning of July 18th, Japan time, an arsonist spread an unknown liquid around the "Studio 1" building of famed anime production company Kyoto Animation (also known as "KyoAni"), and ignited it, setting the building alight. The building, located in Fujimi Ward of Kyoto City, was where most mainline production from the studio was carried out (KyoAni had other buildings in neighboring cities and other locations). It hosts over 70 people on a normal workday.

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Japanator Exclusive: A few questions with CRYSTAR's Fuyuki Hayashi & RIUICHI

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:00

Even though it's due out on console and PC on August 27., you'd be forgiven for not knowing what the deal is with CRYSTAR, Spike Chunsoft's new JRPG.

That's because it was developed by what right now is the lesser-known team at FURYU, including Producer/Director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICHI. Thankfully, I had a chance to speak to both of them about their careers and the game itself at this year's Anime Expo!

 A few questions with CRYSTAR's Fuyuki Hayashi & RIUICHI screenshot

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Japanator Exclusive: An Interview with Too Kyo Games' Kotaro Uchikoshi

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 06:30

Kotaro Uchikoshi is a legend among Japanese game designers. A director and writer best known for his visual novel and adventure game work - particularly the Infinity and Zero Escape series - Uchikoshi was an institution at veteran publisher Spike Chunsoft. He also wrote the concept for the anime series The Girl in Twilight. As of last year, though, he's gone indie, forming Too Kyo Games alongside Danganronpa series luminaries Kazutaka Kodaka and Masufumi Takada

And there are few signs he's stopping, with directing work under his belt for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES at Spike Chunsoft and writing for two new projects at Too Kyo. I was lucky to catch up with this busy guy at this year's Anime Expo, and we got to discussing his work, and what to expect next!

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Japanator Exclusive: Granblue Fantasy Producer Yuito Kimura Talks Season 2, Versus & Mobile Game

Wed, 07/10/2019 - 08:00

After conquering Japan and a sizeable portion of import-friendly otaku, Cygames and its crown jewel Granblue Fantasy are ready to push deeper into mainstream gaming with Granblue Fantasy Versus, a fighter developed by top-line studio Arc System Works. Of course, with Versus poised to be many non-Japanese players' first-ever exposure to Granblue Fantasy as a whole, we were left with a few questions about how the company planned to put its best foot forward, as well as a few posed by hardcore GBF players.

To that end, we caught up with Cygames executive Yuito Kimura (Granblue Fantasy's lead Producer), and Creative Director Tetsuya Fukuhara at Anime Expo 2019 to get the goods! Read on for our exchange, plus a bit of helpful advice from Kimura himself about the best way to get started with GBF!

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch

Fri, 07/05/2019 - 18:00

Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, the fourth installment in the Pirate Warriors series developed by Omega Force, for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch during this year's Anime Expo event. This is the first entry of the Pirate Warriors series on the Xbox family consoles. 

 Pirate Warriors 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch screenshot

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