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Let's Rock! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign coming in December

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 09:00

Are you ready to rock?! Guilty Gear Xrd Sign is shaping up to be one of the best-looking fighting games in recent memory, thanks to its amazing anime-style graphics rendering tech. I honestly can't say much about the fighting system itself as the last Guilty Gear title I played was XX back in the day, but those graphics are pure candy for the eye.

And the title's coming soon to English-speaking shores, as Aksys games have announced a release date for the PS3 and PS4 versions: December 16th, 2014. A limited edition of the game will include a soundtrack, art book, special box, and a keychain replicating Sol Badguy's belt buckle.

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Learn how to create daicon radish animals with this upcoming book

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 04:00

Are you interested in learning how to make daikon radish art?  If you answered "yes," then you'll be happy to know that Daikon Radish Artist Kimimarokku's releasing a book that teaches people the basics of creating daicon radish sculptures for only ¥ 900 (around US $8.42), which is a good deal. Aside from being a guide book. people can look forward to seeing ten Kimimarokku pieces, along with 32 works from other artists (such as the Marukome miso company's sculpt of Marukome-kun). As a huge veggie lover, it's cool to see someone who specializes in making art out of vegetables show people the ropes, since it'll encourage more people to hop on the activity.

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First Impressions: Fate/stay night Unlimited Blade Works

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:00

These day it's hard to imagine an active otaku who isn't at least passingly familiar with Fate/stay night, Type-MOON's juggernaut of a visual novel series. 

I'm sure those sorts of folks exist, though, and the duty falls to Ufotable to make both them and the fans - or "Type-Lunatics" as some like to call themselves - happy. And this'll be a the second try, because to hear many veterans tell it, Studio DEEN didn't quite manage the job with their Fate/stay night TV series and Unlimited Blade Works movie.

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Get into the spirit of Halloween with Junji Ito's Pokémon illustrations

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 15:00

I may not be knowledgeable in the realm of horror stuff, but there's something interesting about seeing Junji Ito (Uzumaki, Gyo) create a series of scary Pokémon illustrations throughout the month of October. While I haven't read Ito's works yet, the current piece that he did for the collaboration project managed turn Banette into a creepier spirit than before.

Seeing that Banette goes after the people who disowned it when it was a doll, Ito's first piece captured the Pokémon's vengeful desire to bring turmoil to its victim. That being said, I can't wait to see his other ghost-type-related works, since there are many great themes that could strike fear into our hearts (such as a Yamask or Duskull piece).

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Edge of Spider-verse packs in the anime references

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 22:00

While western superhero comics (known as "Ame-comi" in Glorious Nippon) don't usually fall under Japanator's purview, there's no denying that the influence of anime and manga can reach far and wide. That's exactly what's happening in the latest issue of Marvel Comics' Spider-Man franchise.

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Zawame City's map gets redesigned in Gaim's home release

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 18:00

Do you remember the time when Kamen Rider Gaim featured a map of Zawame City that resembled Gotham City? Well, that moment is now gone, since the Blu-ray/DVD version of the show's 33rd episode contained a different map from the one shown in the original broadcast. In other words, the folks at Toei used their digital wizard skills to change the map's design.

While Toei didn't reveal the reasoning behind the edit, there's a good chance that they did it to avoid a getting into a copyright lawsuit from Warner Bros. and DC. Unfortunately, this means that my random theory about Toei making a Batman tokusatsu show is out of the question. Either way, this change is minor, as it doesn't affect Gaim's overall quality.

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Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2's English screenshots dive into the character bios

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 04:00

I may not own a Vita, but I still look forward to the day when I get to experience the main Neptunia games on-the-go. As Idea Factory prepares for Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation English release, a few screenshots from Gamindustri have surfaced. While the images are mostly character portraits, the party members' profiles manage to give off a quick laugh-- especially Uni's current title.

Even though I found the sisters to be the weakest link in the Neptunia anime, I had a feeling that they were better characterized in Neptunia mk2. Since Re;Birth 2 is an updated version of the second game, I'm definitely excited to see Nepgear, Uni, Ram and Rom's true personalities in action.

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First Impressions: Gundam Build Fighters Try

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 09:00

Gundam Build Fighters was a show aimed at children and designed to promote the toys Bandai wants them to build. It also happened to be the most refreshing Gundam show in years, and an love letter to Gundam's enduring legacy, as well as its oldest fans.

Now, here's Gundam Build Fighters Try, which is, for better or worse (though there's not much "worse" to this proposition, a second helping of all of the above.

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Feast your eyes on a man walking nine cats through Tokyo

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 17:00

I may be more of a dog fan than a cat one, but it's hard to ignore an adorable moment where a guy takes his Chinchilla and Himalayan Cats for a walk in the streets of Tokyo. Instead of walking them like a dog, the man places all nine of his cats on a stroller, as they lounge around without a care in the world. Surprisingly, the cats are all comfortable in the stroller, which shows that they are purrfectly content with their ride.

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First Impressions: Terra Formars

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 10:00

Let's get the obvious thing out of the way first: Terra Formars is not very good "Mars" fiction. The concept of Martian colonization and its myriad possibilities is just about the furthest thing from this show's mind, even three episodes in. But that's hardly a problem, because tough badasses have insect powers and use them to beat up cockroach versions of the Hulk.

Which is good enough for me.

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Rejoice: Right Stuf to distribute more Gundam shows in North America

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 15:00

At long last, Right Stuf's deal with Sunrise has expanded outside of Gundam UC, as the company's been given the rights to release the original Gundam series in North America. On top of that, Right Stuf is distributing Gundam ZZ and Turn A Gundam as well.

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All hail Lastation: Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart goes West

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 17:00

The time to celebrate has arrived, Nept... er, I mean Noire fans, because Idea Factory's bringing Noire's spin-off strategy RPG game to North America and Europe in early 2015. In case you forgot about Black Heart's title, Hyperdevotion Noire: Goddess Black Heart takes us into the world of Gamarket, which might explain the game's adorable chibi style. Right when Noire was close to winning the console wars, a mysterious entity strips the CPUs of their powers. Of course, this leads to the goddesses joining forces to save Gamarket from evil.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 598-600

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:00

Since Ywach and his party of Quincy butt-kickers have entered the Soul King's palace itself, we shift focus. Now Bleach is all about the battle between the aforementioned and the Royal Guard, who are (allegedly) above all others when it comes to all things Soul Reaper.

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WTF Fridays: I love balloons

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:00

Why just admire a balloon when you could ...

 I love balloons screenshot

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Celebrate Moe Day with MangaGamer!

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 21:00

October 10th is a special day for fans of moe and puns, because today is Moe Day! Why, you ask? Well, the Kanji characters for "October 10th" (十月十日) just so happen to line up just right to spell the Kanji character for "Moe" (萌). That makes it a perfect day to celebrate all things moe.

MangaGamer gets the idea, and is holding a "Moe Day" 24-hour sale, starting right now and ending at 11:59PM EST. They've got a raftload of their most popular visual novels and dating sims, including the Shuffle! series, Da Capo!, Kira Kira, Edelweiss, and others, all at half off. 

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Holy Snap: A person walks a polar bear through Shibuya's streets

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 18:00

At first sight, I was surprised that someone decided to take a polar bear to Shibuya, since the concept behind this action isn't something that you don't see everyday. Based on the animal's movements, it's obvious that the polar bear is either a robotic creature or a person in a suit. Either way, this doesn't change the fact that Shibuya's residents got to experience a random stunt like this.

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So what did you think of Miku on Letterman last night?

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:00

So yeah, it happened. It's still seems weird that a Vocaloid was on the David Letterman show! I personally can't quite get my head around the whole thing. I was pretty glad that they played Sharing the World, but question it a bit due to it not being as main stream as something like The World is Mine.

Even the best bands feel a bit muted on Letterman, but yeah... The energy just didn't feel right. Maybe it was the lighting and angle, but Miku just didn't have enough presence. Also, the frame rate seemed strangely low for such a high profile performance. I know they are limited with what they are able to do, but she seemed to really fall to the background of the band itself. What's your opinion?

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It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 08:00

Exercise your mouths in the most disturbing way possible. Watch someone get their fash mashed in by a strawberry! There's even some footage of or buddy Kyary Pamyu Pamyu shopping! Yup, JPCMHD's commercial round up has it all this time around.

My favorite of the bunch is actually a new Lexus commercial, as well as the commercial for one of my favorite places in the world, Sunshine City. As we're catching up, you'll probably notice that we're still looking at summer commercials, but it's a nice reminder of how fleeting it really was.

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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

This week we go back to 2007, and to the humble beginnings of the amazing band supercell. One of Ryo's first productions using Miku was the Nico Nico Douga success, Melt. He actually created a video using artist 119's imagery without permission, and contacted them for permission later. Well, the two got along amazingly and the tale of how supercell was formed was history.

The group has expanded into much larger horizons, now providing tracks for hit shows, and hiring the who's who of the industry for vocal work. However, their early Vocaloid work still remains some of their most beloved music.

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Digimon All-Star Rumble's new trailer is all about the Supers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 18:00

Back when Bandai Namco announced Digimon All-Star Rumble for the PS3 and 360, I ended up having mixed feelings on the news. On one side, it's neat that we're getting a multiplayer party brawler where we can fight as our favorite Digimon. On the other, the roster felt a bit small for a Digimon Rumble title, as the game has only 12 playable characters. Due to these conflicting matters, I wasn't sure where I stood on the matter.

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