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Japanator Live: VA-11 Hall-A's New Year's Eve event is about to get celebrated

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 15:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]

I may have been in a pinch last week, but I was able to somehow save Jill from being evicted from her humble abode; thus preventing her from living in Glitch City's dangerous streets. Then again, her boss might've been generous enough to let Jill stay at her place until she can get right back on her feet.

Anyway, this victory left me with a sweet taste in my mouth, which went well with the title of the game's third chapter. While we're on the topic of this soothing flavor, something tells me that this might represent the feeling of VA-11 Hall-A's good ending.

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Strong Style: More Destruction!

Sat, 07/23/2016 - 08:00

Hello again and welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we look at the top matches from the Destruction of Kobe show, taking place on September 27, 2015. This takes place four days after the matches we saw last week, and while last week's show was... meh, this week is sure to deliver with two big matches from the show. Let's get to the action!

 More Destruction! screenshot

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Wry: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure joins Toonami this October

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 13:00

If there's one show that would go well with Toonami, JoJo would be a perfect addition to the lineup. Lo and behold, the folks at Toonami revealed at their Pre-Flight panel at San Diego Comic-Con '16 that the show hits the block this October.

Of course, this means that more people will get to see why many folks enjoy seeing the series' cast partake in ridiculous fights while everyone partakes in fabulous poses and scenarios where the main hero must find a way to turn the table on their opponents. Since the show will start with its first season, folks will get to see Jonathan and Joseph Joestar's adventures before they get a taste of Jotaro.

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Godzilla Resurgence stomps its way to the Americas

Fri, 07/22/2016 - 12:00

Just when people were starting to doubt if Godzilla Resurgence (known as Shin Gojira in Japan) was ever coming to the United States, anime localization company Funimation comes to save day. Funimation announced today at San Diego Comic Con that they will bring over the new film about the iconic movie monster to theaters in the US, as well as video releases on physical and digital formats. Not only will Funimation bring the movie to the US, they will bring it over to all of the Americas which includes North, Central, South, and the Caribbean.

No theatrical date has been announced yet but Funimation plans to bring it to theaters in late 2016, which shouldn't be as far behind as the Japanese premiere a week from now on July 29, 2016. I hope y'all are as delighted by this news as I am and I cannot wait to see this film featuring Japanese people sitting at conference tables talking about a giant monster.

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Review: 7th Dragon III Code: VFD

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 08:00

By now, the 3DS has been known to be the perfect platform for gamers to get their JRPG fix. Games such as the Etrian Odyssey series, the Shin Megami Tensei series, the Bravely Default series and naturally the Pokemon games made the system worth getting. Now Sega has delivered 7th Dragon III: Code VFD, the fourth and final installment in the 7th Dragon series and also being the first installment to reach the west. However that shouldn’t be a turn off as gamers can jump right in without playing the previous three games.

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Japanator Live: Celebrate Mega Christmas in July with VA-11 Hall-A

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 15:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]

After I felt sad over failing to pay Jill's electric bill last week, I decided to reload my previous save date in VA-11 Hall-A to see if I could fix things. Lo and behold, I was able to turn things around as it required me to sell a few pricier drinks while maintaining a perfect service record.

Since Glitch City is experiencing their share of the holiday season, something tells me that I'm about to see how Mega Christmas is celebrated in a cyberpunk setting. Considering that it's still July in our world, a part me is happy that these events have intersected today since I'm a huge fan of correlating segments.

Hopefully, when Jill's next big bill arrives, I'll be able to help her overcome better than before. For now, I'm excited to see how the game's cast will act during Dana's special event.

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Strong Style: never say NEVER!

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 08:00

Hello again! After a break last week, welcome back to Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. 

With the G1 Climax Tournament finished and Tanahashi standing tall with the trophy and the Title shot, we now take a look at the Destruction 2015 in Okayama event from September 23, 2015. To say the booking on this show is a little...bizarre is an understatement. NJPW just crowned a new number one contender after a grueling 19-day tournament, so what do they do? Stick him in the third match on the show teaming with ROH's Matt Sydel taking on Bad Luck Fale and Tama Tonga. The IWGP Champion Okada teamed with Toru Yano to take on A.J. Styles and CODY HALL!  Nakamura and the IC Champion Goto lead teams of five in an elimination match, so the main event matches were the Jr. Heavyweight Title and the NEVER Openweight title. Bold choice to the main event with those two belts.

Let's see how it turns out!

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Final Impressions: Space Patrol Luluco

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 08:00

Not many shows have the guts to end during the beginning of a new season. One possible reason is that it would confuse the masses if the title were to end after making a comeback. Despite this move being very risky, this is what allowed Luluco to shine brighter than ever, as Imaishi and his team did the impossible and ended the show during the first episode of the show’s fifth season.

Of course, it helps that these seasons aired weekly during the Spring 2016 Anime Season; otherwise, this might’ve been a huge gamble for everyone at Studio TRIGGER. 

 Space Patrol Luluco screenshot

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Japan's Emperor plans to step down in near future

Wed, 07/13/2016 - 11:00

In a report from the NHK today, it was said that Japanese Emperor Akihito may abdicate his role in the next few years and pass along the title to his son, Crown Prince Naruhito. The reports state that Akihito wishes not to be Emperor if he has to reduce his duties in the role due to health and age. The 82-year-old mentioned his advancing age in recent years, and he has said that the Imperial Household Agency suggested that he cut back on his schedule.

Japan's Emperor plans to step down in near future screenshot

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Cannon Busters is off to a great start

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 12:00

A few days back, the pilot for Cannon Busters launched for its backers on July 8. Prior to this event, a trailer for the pilot surfaced, which gave us a preview of the cast's performance.

So far, the whole gang gave off a great first impression, as everyone nailed their roles-- including Filipe Smith (Peepo Choo's Creator, All-New Ghost Rider's Artist and Writer) Philly the Kid. In fact, it was enough to get me pumped for the day when the show's pilot can be viewed by non-backers.

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Capsule Hotels go upscale in Akihabara

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 10:00

A new hotel in the trendy area of Akihabara is taking the idea of the capsule hotel to an all new level of luxury. While capsule hotels are known as low priced, cramped, one night layovers for drunks and tired salarymen. That image may change with the opening of the Anshin Oyado Luxury Capsule Hotel.

Capsule Hotels go upscale in Akihabara screenshot

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Review: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven

Mon, 07/11/2016 - 08:00

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is the only property with such, well, bizarre characters, insanely disproportional art, backbreaking victory poses, operatic plot, and enough bravado to carry all of this on machismo alone. Thanks to its no holds barred approach to storytelling, the long running manga (which just got an anime adaptation a few years ago) has accumulated a huge following. 

Which is why JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven is such a crushing disappointment. The bizarre quality the show is so proud of became a washed out, sluggish mess. In fact, the only truly bizarre thing about Eyes of Heaven is how it expects anyone to play it. 

 Eyes of Heaven screenshot

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Valkyrie Drive gets weaponized for the West

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 15:30

Now this is a bit of a surprise: It turns out that PQube is bringing over Valkyrie Drive: Bhikkhuni, the 3D brawler game by Senran Kagura Series Producer Kenichiro Takaki where girls turn other girls into weapons through intimate moments, to North America and Europe this year for the Vita as a physical and digital release.

Mind you, my surprised reaction isn't about the game coming over to the West; it's that I was expecting XSEED Games to be the ones to handle this release. My guess is that they still have a ton of stuff on their plate to finish localizing, such as Trails in the Sky the 3rd and Touhou: Scarlet Curiosity. If anything, this move allows for more of Marvelous' titles to head West, which is always a good thing.

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Japanator Live: Mix up some tasty drinks with VA-11 Hall-A

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 14:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]

If there's one thing that I love about alcoholic beverage mixes, it's the random names that each concoction gets. In many cases, the drink's title represents the feeling that you'll get when you take a shot or sip of that specific booze.

Since VA-11 Hall-A's drinks like the Gut Punch and Moonblast live up to their name, the game is making me want to hunt down mixtures that are similar to these beverages so I could experience their taste and feel myself. In other words, if a VA-11 Hall-A drinks recipe book for people to replicate the game's signature drinks ever were to surface, I might buy it as soon as possible.

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NHK World to cover Sumo in English!

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 12:00

NHK World has announced that they will carry English language coverage of top league sumo wrestling on their channel and online.The show, Grand Sumo Highlights will air several times a day on NHK World, and also will be available on the NHK World On Demand  Youtube channel.

NHK World to cover Sumo in English! screenshot

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Garage Hero's Red Sun is ready to slice up evil

Sat, 07/09/2016 - 08:00

At long last, the first episode of Garage Hero's new short known as Red Sun has launched on their channel. Just like their Inzector Alpha series, the title will likely focus on Red Sun showing us how he takes down his enemies with his fiery sword.

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JapanaTour: A boat ride around Tokyo Bay

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 08:00

As your plane arrives at Narita airport, your heart begins to race; after all, you'll be walking the streets of Tokyo, hanging out in Shibuya, and getting lost in the labyrinth known as Shinjuku station. However, there's something you may have missed when fantasizing your experience in Tokyo, and that is traveling by boat – nope, not a typo. Let's dive in.


If you look at the map of Japan, you'll notice Tokyo Bay, which surrounds Tokyo, Chiba, Kawasaki, Yokohama and furthermore. Here's a fun fact: the region is the largest industrialized area throughout all of Japan. And if you're into history, you'll be thrilled to discover that it was Matthew Perry who sailed into Tokyo Bay (previously known as Edo Bay) on the 8th of July, 1853, to negotiation with the Tokugawa shogunate, which eventually resulted to a peace and trade treaty between Japan and the U.S. in 1854.


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Fireball: Lisa Ortiz heads to Otakon '16

Fri, 07/08/2016 - 04:00

It may not be the month of August yet, but that isn't stopping the folks at Otakon from making more guest-related announcements. This time around, Voice Actress Lisa Ortiz (the Slayers TV series' Lina, Lodoss War's Deedlit) is making an appearance at the convention.

While I have only seen a bit of her performance as Lina in the original Slayers TV series' English dub, I did enjoy her take on the destructive sorceress who works hard to get what she wants. Let's just say that I'm interested in seeing how she handles the Dragon Spooker's lines in the later episodes and seasons.

With this year's Otakon happening from Aug. 12 through 14, I have a feeling that the con's guest roster will continue to grow stronger soon. Until then, it's great that people who missed out on meeting Ortiz in the past will get to see her at the event this year.

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Today in Anime: Ponytail Day

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 08:00

Japan likes to obsess over different things blowing up the ordinary and mundane to make them fantastic and exciting. Think about how many slice-of-life anime shows there are based on a high school. I don't think my high school life was ever that exciting and yet I'm hooked week after week on the trivial antics of Azumanga Daioh, Hyouka, and Lucky Star

The latter is the focus of our Today in Anime segment as today is not only the birthday of the Hiiragi twins but also Ponytail Day!! A questionable holiday that is debatable whether it is a nationally celebrated holiday.


 Ponytail Day screenshot

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Daisuki jumps on the premium service bandwagon

Wed, 07/06/2016 - 12:00

As many streaming sites are currently offering premium services, it was only a matter of time until the gang at Daisuki would add this feature to their Website. Lo and behold, this day has arrived, and the beta for the premium membership starts on July 8 for the United States and Canada. Afterwards, the full version of it will launch later in the summer. Of course, the premium option will expand to other regions in the future.

Just like the premium options in many other Websites, people will get to watch Daisuki's current ongoing anime titles as they launch on the platform, with regular and guest members having to wait a week after the release; however, the special thing about this new format is that people with a non-premium account can still watch Daisuki's shows in HD.

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