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Annotated Manga: Bleach 609

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 17:00

This week seems to be one for short recaps, but where one recap this week was short because very little needed to be said that wasn't conveyed in a single panel, this week's installment of Bleach left me desperately wishing that the chapter title, "What The Hell" were a more apt descriptor of what actually went on in the pages.

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Yakuzambie's teaser looks like a bloody good time

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 15:30

Halloween is around the corner, and Garage Hero has uploaded a quick trailer for Bueno's (Gun Caliber) short known as Yakuzombie, that pits a Yakuza against a horde of zombies. Silly enough, the whole fiasco started when the undead interfered with the Yakuza Boss' daughter's plan to turn her deceased father's right-hand man into her sex slave.

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

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 14:00

You know what I've not been doing? I haven't been torturing you and trying to put you to sleep enough! Thus, GACKT Games returns! This time he's stinking up a storm with Tekken, missing roundhouses and executing the occasional knee to the head with Law.

The whole thing is honestly really hard to watch. Whoever thought up this concept is either a genius or jerk. Either way, let the pain commence!

Also... I'm running out of GACKT pictures for headers.

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Wasabi flavored tooth paste?

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 13:00

I don't really know anyone who truly enjoys the act of brushing their teeth. It's not that it's an unpleasant experience, it's all just a bit boring. However, if for some reason you were itching to make brushing your teeth both painful and unpleasant, there might just be a product for you.

The shop of all weird things in Japan, Village Vanguard is selling the highly unusual product now, admitting that even they don't know what to do with it. They suggest that you might be able to prank someone with it, or force a punishment for a lost bet with it. Personally, I'll be just fine with my Colgate.

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The new Japanese PS4 trailer is super sweet

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 12:00

Sony is readying its new Share Play system for the PS4 system in Japan. Basically, it allows players to allow another player to take over their controls via the Sony Network, similar to passing the controller to someone else. From what I've heard so far, the feature actually works quite well.

They've concocted a new commercial that for some reason just got right in the heart. Perhaps it's because I'm typing this exhausted at the end of the night, or I just like seeing gamers get a little win once in a while. What ever it is, it's pretty darn sweet. I need to go look at some violent robots to wash all the sentimentality off me.

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Dragon Ball Z fan video blows Hollywood release out of the water in 2 minutes

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 10:00

When you have some love for a project, it really shows. Throw in some decent acting, a knack for special effects, and some martial arts skills --you are onto something special. Dragon Ball Z fan group, Robot Underground is making a web series covering the "History of Trunks" in the webisode, Dragon Ball Z: Light of Hope.

They're really going all of on this great looking production. Watching self-made projects like these make me feel like I really waste my free time. I wish I could make projects like these! The story involves the Androids, Trunks and Goku, sticking pretty close to the original source material. I'm definitely excited to see their final project. To keep updated with their progress make sure to stick close to their Facebook page.

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It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 08:00

Any week with Tommy Lee Jones is a good week. Throw in some adorable Otousan, and I feel pretty good. The commercial for the new Suzuki car being endosed by Arale is in there, as well as some really expensive kids' backpacks. My personal favorite is probably the Smash Brothers commercial that has an appearance from AKB48.

As usual, the goods are provided by our friend JPCMHD. For you J-Pop fans, there's some Momoclo bits, as well as other pop star favorites. Don't watch this one on an empty stomach!

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 698

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 06:30

Oof. That's gonna leave a mark.

At least it's over, though! Almost.

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A Daily Dose of Music: Ikimonogakari

Wed, 10/29/2014 - 04:00

Today I present to you the fantastic smooth rock trio Ikimonogakari hailing from Kanagawa. You might be most familiar with group from their hit contribution to Naruto Shippuden, Blue Bird. The classy group got their start actually playing outside of subway stations, slowly working their way up to a major release.

Since then, they've become quite a musical staple in the anime soundtrack world. Their newest track, Netsujou no Spectrum can be found as the opening theme to The Seven Deadly Sins. Always energetic and well controlled, they are a band you can always count on delivering quality dramatic music.

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Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 14:00

So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just released the video for the new song, I Won't Let you Down, and it includes a cameo from J-Pop goddesses Perfume. Reason enough to give the song a whirl, right?

Eh... still not a fan.

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Valkyria Chronicles finally rolls onto PCs

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 13:00

One of the all time favorite games around the Japanator office is the 2008 PS3 strategy game, Valkyria Chronicles. It's unique mix of strategy, twisting story, amazing character design, and surprisingly deep character development make it a game worth revisiting. SEGA confirmed today that the game will soon be making its way to the PC, and hopefully gaining a the wider audience that it deserves. I'm hoping the mouse and keyboard controls add a bit to the control elements of the game, making certain strategies easier to deploy.

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Garm Wars: The Last Druid looks amazing

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 11:30

Momoru Oshii screened his latest live-action Production I.G. film, Garm Wars: The Last Druid this week at The Tokyo International Film Fest. The amazing looking film is actually his first English language outing for the veteran film maker, who is responsible for such visual feasts as Ghost in the Shell and Avalon. The ideas began over 15 years ago, but it was decided that the technology was still too far behind to bring his vision to reality.

Well, the trailer looks absolutely gorgeous, but if I had to guess I'm sure it'll be a bit of a story telling mess, much like Avalon. Initial reviews are slowly starting to come in, and we'll let you know if any release information is revealed in the coming days. 

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Annotated Anime: Psycho Pass episode 1

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 10:00

Psycho Pass season two is in full swing and as usual, your favorite Editor in Chief is late to the game. So, things kind of pick up right where season one left off, albeit a bit too casually. In fact, the whole episode plays off like another day at the office. The surviving members of the original team are still in tact, with Akane in the lead.

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Most notably Ginoza is now in a role of enforcers, and has gotten way more emo, and of course, Shinya is not to be found. The team is brought in to deal with an explosives expert whose Crime Coefficient is not really effected by their action. They of course come packing their sexy Dominators, and chase ensues.

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Seriously, stop pirating anime and manga

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 08:00

There's no denying that piracy is rampant amongst anime and manga, which is deplorable given how affordable and accessible things are now. I know this makes me sound old, but you kids have no idea how good you have it. When I really began my dip into fandom hardcore, the cost and availability of things wasn't even a fraction of what people have access to now.

Behind every cell, drawing, and design is a person just trying to earn a wage. The pay for is deplorable at best, making it somewhat a labor of love for many mangaka and animators. If you like something, give it back the love that it deserves.

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Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 2-3

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 07:30

The more I watch of Unlimited Blade Works, the more I'm convinced that everyone would've been better off if each episode were an hour long rather than the standard length. It'd work, even if the show became bi-weekly because of it. 

If nothing else, Ufotable seem to be making their own episodes seemingly with that in mind, as the last two weeks have felt like the front and back halves of a single longer production. The unintended result is a week that comes across as very quiet, and possibly boring, followed up with delicious excitement lacking in real narrative progress. 

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A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei X Aimer

Tue, 10/28/2014 - 04:00

I am loving today's Dose! Two of my favorite contemporary Japanese music acts have teamed up for a fantastic new track. The indie rock fellas from Galileo Galilei have brought in the the sultry sounds of the always mysterious Aimer. The result is a smooth, yet upbeat rock track, perfect to enjoy the last of the warm weather that we've been treated to.

The track, Banana Fish no Hamabe to Kuroi Niji is paired with some interesting still imagery that is simple, yet effective. It's cute, charming, and endearing all at the same time. To make things fair, Kazuki Ozaki of GG remixed a track on Aimers new EP. A fantastic entry to what's been an amazing musical Fall so far.

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Annotated Anime: Terra Formars episodes 4-5

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 19:00

When last I wrote about Terra Formars I noted its tonal and structural similarities to another of the year's darlings, Attack on Titan. That got some folks riled up for some reason, but I'm standing by those words, especially now that the show has been revealed to take a particular kind of glee in twisting the knife.

Like its spiritual sibling following a "no one is safe" ethos when it comes to character death and then savoring the righteous anger that follows every escalation of mankind's war against the roach menace. Attack on Titan is hardly the first bleak anime ever, but it and Terra Formars definitely live in the same neighboorhood, shopping for groceries at the same grimy convenience stores and wearing the same intimidating scowls on their faces.

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Kamen Rider Summonride's new screenshots are all about the stages

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 18:00

Even though Kamen Rider Summonride contains a few features that should've been in the Battride War series (such as a co-op option), I'm still on the fence on whether to Drive the Game or not. As a series of new images enter the scene, my opinion remains unchanged, as a majority of them focus on the stages that players'll explore. Other than that, there are a few shots of the Riders showing off their Forms through the Power-U Chips.

Judging from the designs, the Crystal World's level designs are average at best. However, Kamen Rider Scissor's appearance in one of the images imply that Summonride might feature more villains from the franchise than the Battride War titles, as Odin and Ryuga were the only Kamen Rider Ryuki adversaries in the latter.

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Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 13:00

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto hasn't scored with Hinata or Sakura yet. Man, all that fighting has these kids' priorities all mixed up!

Anyways the cover to the soundtrack for The Last: Naruto the movie seems to have fans in an uproar, as it features Naruto casually strolling around with the lovely Hinata, with Sakura's pink mop nowhere in sight. Is everyone reading into this too much? Is this even something to care about? I don't understand why they don't all just get a bit experimental with each other! They fight hard all day, they deserve a bit of R&R.

Oh yeah, the story art isn't the soundtrack art, that's below...

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Fist of the North Star goes Moe

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:00

Yes, you read the title correctly. The classic dystopian blood, guts, and martial arts series Hokuto no Ken is going moe. If Kenshiro could, he'd hit the tsubo to explode his own brain before this upcoming contest by NicoNico even takes place. This year the video giant celebrates the Tetsuo Hara series with their Hidebu Festival, which includes viewings of content, as well as fun contests.

This year's Moe of the North Star contest will be judges by Hara himself, and the winner will have the art published in Monthly Comic Zenon. You can check out the rules on the main site, but you can be sure that if you moe-up my man Shin, I will make sure there is a comfy place for you in hell. I'm scared to see the results of this one...

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