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Nendoroids rarely get cuter than Wind Waker Link

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 15:00

Over at Tomopop, we're used to seeing all manner of toy from a variety of shows. It's rare to have a figure pique all of our interests, and one such figure is Good Smile Company's Nendoroid Wind Waker Link. Coming from a loved entry in a more popular franchise, it should be a surprise how many of us like it over there, but man, GSC really knocked it out of the park with this one. With his three expressions (neutral, happy, aggressive and sneaky), his sword, shield, baton and heart piece, there's a lot of stuff here that can you use to make some pretty great poses.

Not only that, but the little guy recently went up for pre-order. For the stock price of ¥3,704, you can own Link come late August 2014, baring any delays. For the links, head on over to Tomo and show them sweet, sweet love!

[via Tomopop]

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Lady Gaga planning to tour with Hatsune Miku

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 14:00

The title says it all. Pop star Lady Gaga is allowing Hatsune Miku to tour with her and open the concert from May 6th - June 3rd. She first surprised K-Pop fans with her announcement about Crayon Pop, and now she is surprising vocaloid fans with this news!

As a fan of Miku myself, and a lot of things in general, I tend to see people get upset when something like this happens. I guess it's more of a "I don't want this thing I love to be exposed to the world," because you feel ownership over it. I haven't been up to date with what fans think of Gaga and her Miku obsession, but I would love to know what all of you think. Are you happy she will be on tour with the pop star, or would you rather keep the vocaloid all to yourself? Just imagine hearing Miku herself on the radio. 

Here's a list of all the tour dates Miku will open for Lady Gaga. 

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Juice up your USB devices with Sailor Moon AC chargers

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 13:00

Now that I'm an adult and I have some disposable income if I decide I don't want to eat or wear clothes, there's a whole wealth of Sailor Moon stuff out there for me to buy and then wallow in when it inevitably winds up on my bedroom floor, because I have no room. Well, here's a piece of merchandise I can actually use, at least once a day: a Sailor Moon silicone AC charger!

At any given moment I'm tapping away on my phone, answering emails or tweeting or doing all that noble stuff, my phone battery is probably draining. Since these bad boys are USB chargers, I can slap my iPhone cord into one, chill, and come back to either the Cosmic Heart Compact or Crystal Star Brooch. They even fold up to look all perfect and pristine when not in use, but I think they look like that anyway. And so squishy!

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Lots of new Persona 3 movie stuff revealed

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 12:00

Today we're talking Persona 3 the Movie. A lot of stuff is being released for the film, and I'm quite excited. 

A second trailer was posted, which includes the famous love hotel scene. Everyone is talking about it! Honestly, can June come faster please? You can see the trailer below.

The next coolest thing about the new Persona movie is the new key visual that has been released. The poster features Aigis and the main protagonist. Is it just me or does the picture sort of remind you of Bakemonogatari? Maybe it's the fact they look like they're falling. Anyways, have a look at the visual key in the gallery below.

Lastly, the Persona 3 movie website has an updated list of all the voice actors for the film. You can see it here. In the comments below, let us know what part of the new Persona movie you're most excited for!

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Third Berserk Golden Arc trilogy film available on Blu-ray and DVD

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 11:00

If you didn't already know this about me, I'm a huge Berserk fan. I've even got Guts' brand tattooed on my left shoulder. If I could, I'd have my own behelit. Alas, the best I can hope for is getting to watch the third and final film of the Berserk trilogy, Berserk: The Golden Age Arc III - The Advent, as it's now available on DVD and Blu-ray.

Our very own Elliot reviewed the film upon its initial Japanese run back in February of last year, and while he dug it alright, I'm hoping the English dub treatment does it justice enough so that I can forgive some of the strange CG animation in favor of some Griffith weirdness. You guys know what I'm talkin' about, don't you?

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Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 09:00

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dungeon for Aladdin and Alibaba. In that sense, it completes a story. In another sense, given Magi's ongoing manga, the first season of the anime is only just the beginning.

Watching the series through the second time, it gave me time to focus on some of the little things that I either didn't notice or didn't pay much attention to the first time around. The visuals are better; the animation got a bump compared to the TV airing as, presumably, the production team went back and made minor fixes. The famed Morgiana dance scene looks better than ever on home video.

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Annotated Anime: Selector Infected WIXOSS 2

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 07:00

In this episode we learn that Yuzuki's whole fixation on her twin brother Kazuki is even worse than we thought, but she gets a reprieve when the show introduces Akira, who is such an awful person that everyone else looks fantastic by comparison. Meanwhile, Ruko still doesn't have any wishes because she doesn't know that she's supposed to Become Everybody's Hope yet (what?), and card stores in this world don't know how to sell cards.

 Selector Infected WIXOSS 2 screenshot

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The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 06:00

It's time to head back to 1998, as today's music is coming from Mr Reichi Nakaido. This is the first of two places you may have heard his music if you're into your anime, as he composed most of the soundtrack for Serial Experiments Lain, including the ending theme up top. He was into both rock and blues, as is quite apparent in the surreal yet calming Tooi Sakebi. A perfect ending theme for that show, in my completely biased opinion.

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Girls und Panzer for the PS Vita showcases tank-on-tank violence

Thu, 04/17/2014 - 05:00

Girls und Panzer: Senshadō, Kiwamemasu!, the PS Vita game based on the surprise hit anime series, has yet another video to show you -- giving you a taste of what a heated battle against Kuromorimine High School's formidable German tanks is like. 

The video highlights many of the features the game has been touting: new recordings of voice work done by the original cast including brand new lines for unique situations, the game play mechanic which allows you to switch from tank to tank within your team (with adorable transition screens), as well as a good look at the driving and aiming mechanics for the tank themselves. The background music is turned off in the video, showcasing the unique tank sounds and voice work.

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Sentai Filmworks swoops in and makes a damsel out of Kamigami no Asobi

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 22:00

Adding to their recent list of acquisitions, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Kamigami no Asobi, a reverse harem darling that Karen, L.B., and myself all agree is full of pretty men and worth watching, especially for the male transformation sequence at the beginning of the first episode, a la Nudist Beach. I'm proud to see it becoming a trend. Now we need a third contender and we'll be just peachy.

Kamigami no Asobi (impressions are forthcoming at the time of this writing) is actually based on an otome game of the same name, transplanting a human girl into a school full of gods. She's tasked with hanging out with all the pretty menfolk and whatnot, teaching them what it means to be human and of course, as we all know, falling in love along the way. My bet is on Blondie-kun, whose name escapes me at the moment, but his faux-Super Saiyan transformation was, dare I say it, god tier, and he's definitely the character I'd go after.

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Viz launches All You Need Is Kill rebrand, graphic novel

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 16:00

With the live action adaptation of All You Need Is Kill (rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow) set to release on June 6, Viz's Haikasoru line is preparing to capitalize on the blockbuster film. They'll be dropping an updated version of the book, rebranded as Edge of Tomorrow and featuring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt on the cover.

The book will retail for $7.99 to target the mass market paperback crowd. It'll hit shelves April 29th, a month and change ahead of the film's release.

And on May 6th, Viz will push out a graphic novel adaptation of the book, retaining the All You Need Is Kill title. It's written by Haikasoru editor Nick Mamatas, with artwork by Lee Ferguson (Green Arrow). It'll retail for $14.99. An eBook version will be available for most major devices at $8.99 a piece.

Will you be lining up to see Edge of Tomorrow, readers?

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Signs of Doom! Sony sells off its Square Enix stock

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 14:30

Fanboys and girls rejoice, for the corporations you've pledged your loyalty to have given you some extra ammo to use in your eternal conflict. It seems consumer electronics giant and PlayStation maker Sony has decided to offload all of the stock it holds in publisher and JRPG giant Square Enix. And I mean all of the stock, approximately 9.52 million shares, worth ¥4.8 billion ($47 million). 

Naturally, this caused an uproar in the game wars, and quite a few nerds took a tack similar to "Hah! Final Fantasy XIII sucked so bad that even Sony disowned Square Enix!", or "Sony must be doing terribly to be selling off the office furniture...and by 'office furniture' I mean 'stocks in a company they practically owned for much of the PS1 and PS2 eras'!"

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Puzzle & Dragons heads to arcades...a second time

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 12:00

I think we're all at least somewhat aware of how widely spread Puzzle & Dragons fever is in Japan, but I think their latest project is definitely a good indicator of its success. We've known since last year that Square Enix were developing an arcade game called Puzzle & Dragons Battle Tournament, which looks to bring some fierce competition along with it. That arcade machine is due to launch this Spring. That's right, it hasn't even released yet and we're already hearing of a second!

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The Dose: HALCALI

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 11:00

"Oh no, they let Brittany do The Dose? SAVE US!" 

Chill. I'm only doing it for one day. You can deal with that, surely. Ohaaa lucky~! I've got an oldie but a goodie from duo HALCALI, a pretty chill tune that'll get you grooving in your seat and coming back to the video multiple times today. Mark my words. "Strawberry Chips" is a personal favorite of mine, going back to the days of my forum-trolling, Ayumi Hamasaki-loving self who was super into Bleach and Japanese culture. I've since mellowed out a whole lot, but this song always takes me back to that time and the relationships I was cultivating then. 

It's also just a super fun song to try and learn the words to. I chose a subtitled video for exactly that reason, so sing along with the subs and let this song be your theme song today! You're welcome. 

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New mascot Unity-chan to spark interest of Japanese game devs

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 10:00

Sometimes, you need to be a little more creative to market a product. Japan is known to attach cutely drawn anime mascots to practically anything nowadays, from Internet Explorer to automated robotic vacuum cleaners. Game Watch attended a event held by Unity Technologies Japan, and saw that they took it one step further.

New mascot Unity-chan to spark interest of Japanese game devs screenshot

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Review: Steins;Gate

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 09:00

[As originally posted at Destructoid.]

Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Steins;Gate, the visual novel that inspired a 24-episode anime series, film, and several other spinoffs, has woven a masterful tale that explores the trope in a manner not unlike the popular deconstruction of magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

We're all familiar with the philosophy that altering even the smallest detail from a past event could alter the future drastically, but how much damage could a text message do? Could it destroy the hopes and dreams of everyone you love? How far could you go to make things right again?

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Character updates for Ultra Street Fighter 4 revealed

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 07:00

As we got closer to the release of Ultra Street Fighter 4, we've finally got a good idea of what changes will be going on with the returning characters. In a recent post Shoryuken, a comprehensive breakdown of the changes from Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition Ver. 2012 to Ultra were translated. In it, each characters altered moves, frames and hit-boxes are explained in detail. Also, the Red Focus Attacks/EX, delayed wake-up and Ultra Combo Double were properly explained. I'm really interested in the Red Focus attacks and EX moves. That'll definitely spice up gameplay.

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East meets West in manga comic tribute

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 06:00

Comic Book Resources has a weekly column where a stable of artists draw fan requests, compiled by theme. A recent post collected western redesigns of anime and manga characters -- something distinctly up our alley.

The image in the header was done by Marco D'Alfonso and depicts a Jack Kirby-style Akira remake. The full image is in the gallery, along with Sean McFarland's Kirby-style Attack on Titan image and Mathieu Parent's Kirby-style Lupin the Third piece.

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First Impressions: Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san

Wed, 04/16/2014 - 04:00

Normally, I don't like reviewing shorts because it's really difficult to get a full review out of something that's less than five minutes long. Every so often though, you come across a short that manages to pack a ton of laughs, heart and potential into a bite-sized package. This is one of those times. 

In this yuri comedy, you have two main characters and a supporting best friend character. Inugami-san is a girl who likes cats despite her name and Nekoyama-san is a girl who likes dogs despite her name. They are introduced by a straight man... err, mutual friend, and thus begins their friendship. 

 Inugami-san to Nekoyama-san screenshot

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Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital

Tue, 04/15/2014 - 18:00

If you've been in the mood to dig into some high quality manga lately, why not give Oldboy a shot? The manga that inspired the fan-favorite movie has been out for years, but not always in ready stock. Now Dark Horse has the first three volumes available digitally for $18.99.

Right now Dark Horse only has the first three volumes available online, but I hope that they'll continue to release more volumes in the coming weeks. After all, it doesn't hurt them to put the entire collection online -- it only hurts if they put half of it online.

Oldboy manga hits Dark Horse Digital screenshot

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