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Congrats to our If My Heart Had Wings giveaway winners!

17 hours 6 min ago

Free stuff is great, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've just chosen them, thanks to the power of random selection.

Congratulations to our lucky handful, whose names and user accounts were selected out of the pool of correct answers to the contest question:

Kerlin

DarkDarts

MSJ

Lesik

Binary Mind

You lucky handful, you! You'll be contacted soon via email with your Steam keys! 

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Huzzah: More Garo installments are heading your way

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 19:00

Ladies and gentlemen. I seems that we're in for an amazing Thanksgiving Week, as a bunch of Garo project get announced during the Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving event. Since next year is going to be the franchise's 10th anniversary, it's time to make way for the franchise's latest announcements.

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Journey through Colonial America in Americana Dawn

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 17:00

There's something amazing about seeing two great things come together to form a nice package. In this case, Max Lam and her team, Bit Bonton, have opened a Kickstarter for Americana Dawn, a JRPG-influenced game that lets the players experience America's history during the 18th century. Since the title'll take place during two centuries, players will get to witness the events past the 1700s as well. However, Americana Dawn events are a new take on America's colonial era, as the game's main character is a water spirit named Foster. During his quest, you'll get to witness various events like the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. In other words, there's a good chance that we could team up with George Washington at one point in the adventure.

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Check out this amazing 'anime-style' Gundam model

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 16:00

Rejoice, otaku, for the utopia that is the 2D world is much closer than we thought. All it is is a matter of shading, if the jaw-dropping work of Gunpla builder Mumumuno is anything to go by. 

The champion builder has combined an expert understanding of lighting, color blending, and shading in his custom-painted RX-78-2 model to create a Gunpla that perfectly mimics the animation of the original 1979 TV series, all the way down to the telltale cel-animation details on the joints and contours of the suit. They've even gone so far as to create custom accessories to mimic the stretched and irregular shapes of the series' special effects, like the long arc of a flashing beam saber blade

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Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 8

Sun, 11/23/2014 - 18:10

Ever done a raid just to kill one mob? Of course not, that's weird. But it's what the Maidens of Watermaple just did. And in doing so, they've saved Akihabara, as well as netted Akatsuki some phat loot. 

 Log Horizon 2 episode 8 screenshot

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This Godzilla game trailer tugs at your kaiju-lovin' heart

Sat, 11/22/2014 - 04:00

And here I was thinking I wouldn't have to cart my PS3 out of the closet anymore. Now Japan's gone and teased a pretty nifty looking Godzilla game, one that's a far cry from the official tie-in app for Hollywood's recent Godzilla remake.

Unlike that game, this new one actually lets you control Godzilla itself, along with a bunch of his greatest foes and allies, including, King Ghidora, Biollante, Mothra, Detroyah, Hedorah, several incarnations of Mecha-Godzilla, and that punk-ass Ultraman wannabe Jet Jaguar. There's even an appearance by 2014 Godzilla, also known as Hollywood Godzilla, Fatzilla, Chubzilla, and "American" Godzilla.

To make the trailer cuter, it's even narrated and scored like a '70s Kaiju flick. Bandai Namco really know their audience. The game's out on December 18th in Japan, but no word's come down about an English release.

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The second Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin trailer is here

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:00

So much Char, my mind can't even...

 The Origin trailer is here screenshot

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It's time for some Neptunia-related updates

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 18:00

For a good while, we already knew that 2015 was going to be a good year for the Neptunia series, as Idea Factory's shipping Neptunia Re;Birth 2 and Hyperdevotion Noire to Western shores. Speaking of which, Idea Factory has revealed that Hyperdimension Neptunia Re;Birth 2: Sisters Generation hits North America on Jan. 27, 2015 as a physical and digital release. On top of that, Europe's getting the game digitally on Jan. 28, with a physical version hitting stores on Jan. 30. Last but not least, the game is compatible with the Playstation TV, which means most player'll get to save the world of Gamindustri on the tube as well.

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Idol of the Week: Ai Shinozaki

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:00

Name: Ai Shinozaki
Birthdate: February 26, 1992
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Measurements: 87/60/88 cm 

I know we just had a visit from our favorite idol Ai Shinozaki, but she's sporting some adorable cosplay this week, and there's no way you would forgive me if I held out! Halloween just looks like more fun than in Japan than it is in my neck of the woods. I had some teenage kids who didn't even dress up, children who demanded more candy, and no idols at my door. Would you give Ai a trick or treat?

If she and her friends came dressed like that to my doorstep, I'm sure I'd give them all the Pocky they could carry!

 Ai Shinozaki screenshot

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WTF Fridays: Jimmy Fallon went to the Library?

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:00

Silent Library was based off a segment of a Japanese show, Downtown no Gaki no Tsukai ya Arahende!! Yes, that is a really long name. While it didn't quite pack the same punch as the original, it was a pretty funny show for a bit.

I actually had no idea that Late Night host, Jimmy Fallon and the band The Roots made an appearance, and I'm sorry I missed the original airing. This is pretty darn funny. Come on, that fish segment? WTF?

 Jimmy Fallon went to the Library? screenshot

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Final Fantasy: Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 10:00

What started off as the little Sony PSP title that just didn't want to come Stateside has finally morphed into a full fledged HD next-gen title. There's a new English trailer for the upcoming Square Enix game, and the wait until March 17 just got harder. I've been waiting way too long to meet you Final Fantasy: Type 0.

 Type-0 trailer looks gorgeous screenshot

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Get a little Char history in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Blue-Eyed Casval

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 08:00

Man, I totally had no idea this was happening. Somehow I totally missed the news that there was a new OVA series coming out about some back story about our favorite Gundam characters. First up is the ever mysterious and charming Char Aznable in Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin I: The Blue-Eyed Casval.

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A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 06:00

It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo. I never really got into Owl City as they sounded a bit too much like a watered down version of The Postal Service, but when their songs came on the radio I never really tuned out.

This new track is not too bad. It's still way too Ben Gibbard-y from my tastes, but Fukase's added vocals make the track a bit more charming. At the very least it's nice to see the Tokyo rock band get some recogniztion. I just wish they didn't have the Asian sounding synth lines added in there, just kind of cheapens the whole thing. Gong!

 Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI screenshot

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Animator Expo's third short has some catchy tunes

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 04:00

I knew that something good would come out of Japan Animator Expo, and the third short (NSFW), ME!ME!ME!, managed to exceed my expectations-- event if it's on the bizarre side. At the same time, TeddyLoid and daoko's singing did a great job in transitioning the video from a segment that felt like an otaku's inner fantasy to a strange scenario where a guy in a high-tech suit battles an army of creepy-looking digital ladies. Also, it was neat to see that the short's main character owned figures of Misato, Rei, and Asuka in the video.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 605-606

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 08:00

It's the moment you've been waiting for, Bleach fans. It's all come to this...a big fight between two senior citizens, an epic battle of who has the most magnificent facial hair and the saltiest opinions about kids today. Which grandpa will win?

 Bleach chapters 605-606 screenshot

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Attack on Titan's live-action cast posters look real badass

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 16:00

I'll readily confess that I haven't paid much attention to Attack on Titan since the anime finished its run last year, but now that the live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's blockbuster manga is further along, I'm back on board. Check out the latest barrage of publicity for the movie, a series of costumed cast posters showing Eren (played by Haru Miura), Mikasa (played by Kiko Mizuhara), Armin (played by Kanata Hongo), Hanji (played by Satomi Ishihara), Sasha (Nanami Sakuraba), Jean (Takahiro Miura), and a bunch of new characters created by Isayama for the movie.

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Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 12:00

Christmas comes early to the world of Elder Tale, but the presents are far worse than any lump of coal, for the Santa Claus of this database is less a benevolent gift-giver than a violent death-bringer with a mad-on for Adventurers. What's to be done about this serial killer's depredations?! 

Call in the girls, that's what.

 Log Horizon 2 episodes 4-7 screenshot

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A Daily Dose of Music: Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 11:00

Hiroko has stepped out of the building to take care of some important matters, so I've decided to borrow her space for the day. In order to help everyone speed through the week, I felt that the full version of Kamen Rider Drive's opening by Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE would be the perfect tool for helping people reach Friday at a faster pace than before.

As a person who wasn't too fond of Kamen Rider Eternal's human identity, I was impressed by Mitsuru Matsuoka and his group's work on "SURPRISE-DRIVE." On top of that, it was cool to see that the band managed to make the instrumental segments of the song feel like something that would go well with racing. Also, the music video made me wish that I had the power to turn any car that I drive red, since it would save me money on getting a paint job.

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Lantis Festival in Las Vegas is now a thing

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 09:00

Lantis is a Japanese music label that focuses on anime music. It has been a long time coming and the label is putting on a series of festivals in Japan this year. Earlier during this summer, news broke that Lantis will also throw a series of oversea festivals in 2015 and the first stop is Las Vegas. Finally, Lantis has finally released the details of the show in January.

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This ad for a Unicorn Gundam model goes full Psycho (Frame)

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 08:00

I've never been that much into model-making, Gundam or otherwise, so I've never had much of a reason to pay attention to commercials for the things. Then again, if they're all as cool as Bandai's new ad for an upcoming 1/60th-scale Perfect Grade Unicorn Gundam (from Gundam Unicorn, naturally), I may have to keep an eye out in the future.

The highlight is a hyper-detailed piece-by-piece assembly of the whole model, followed by a CG demonstration of its seamless transformation into "Destroy Mode", where clear red bits pop out and the Unicorn's horn splits into the familiar Gundam V-fin. More traditional staged glory shots follow, showing off the model's accessories, as well as a separate sequence for an optional LED kit to give your Unicorn the full treatment. 

Perfect Grade plamos are a waste on a snap-build plebian like myself, but damn if I don't still want one right now.

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