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Aw snap, Garage Hero share their thoughts on the Ultraman Ginga S movie

12 hours 50 min ago

 

If you've been interested in checking out Ultraman Ginga S the Movie: Showdown! The 10 Ultra Warriors, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Director, Producer, and Hero), Michael (Gun Caliber's Blue), Max (Hayate's Co-Producer) and Jarvis (Gaion Sigma's Agent Rufus) were able to express their views on the movie's quality. Just like Garage Hero's previous movie reviews, the group's review segments make me feel like I'm watching an awesome group of friends talking about a movie they've just seen, which is one of the best aspects of their film discussions.

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Deculture! Sony grabs Robotech for live-action options

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:00

Yep, you read that right: Robotech. Not Macross, but the world of Rick Hunter, Veritechs, hovertanks, and the Robotech Masters. That Robotech, the oddly compelling Frankenstein's monster assembled from cuts of Macross, Southern Cross, and Mospeada by the late Macek and his folks at Harmony Gold.

Sony Pictures have nabbed the license from its old holders at Warner Brothers (who picked up the rights from Harmony Gold), and plan to "move quickly" on a live-action feature, with producers and writers who helped make films like 300 and G.I. Joe reportedly on board.

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First In, The Last Out: Naruto The Last finally clear for Philippine release

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 05:00

If you're reading this, chances are you're based in North America: The majority of Japanator's traffic comes from that area. That said, you might be curious as to how folks in other countries outside Japan get their Japanese cartoon fix, and this newest tidbit might just interest you: Naruto: The Last has just been cleared for airing in cinemas in the Philippines.

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Omega Quintet's latest English trailer has dancing idols

Thu, 03/26/2015 - 04:00

Alright, people; Spring's around the corner and it's time to look at Idea Factory International's most recent trailer for Omega Quintet, Compile Heart's PS4 title where you battle the forces of evil with an idol group. While the video looks like a normal idol performance at first sight, we're actually witnessing the game's PVS (short for Promotional Video System) feature, which lets you customize your own idol music videos.

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OP Up! Anime Game Edition

Wed, 03/25/2015 - 11:00

Anime and video games come together like fried chicken and ketchup. I put fried chicken on my ketchup. There are plenty of anime-based games and game-based anime so today let's focus on a few anime based on video games.

OP Up! Anime Game Edition screenshot

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This anime-inspired Star Wars fan video will convert you to the Dark Side

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 14:00

I might get attacked for saying this, but I'm not a huge fan of the Star Wars series. While I enjoyed the original trilogy, Genndy Tartakovsky's amazing Clone Wars miniseries, and a few of the brand's games, my views towards the franchise isn't on the same level as the things that I'm passionate about.

Speaking of which, Paul Johnson/the other OtaKing (the Doctor Who anime short) has completed his animated Star Wars short, which gives off an '80s sci-fi anime film or OVA vibe. Instead of being about the Jedi Knights and/or the Rebels, TIE Fighter focuses on the battles through Empire's perspective. The end result gave us a nice piece that features a great amount of detail that emulates the coloring found in many classic titles.

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Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 08:15

What is this, a gambling anime?

Actually, scratch that. The better question is: Why are two episodes of a battle anime portraying the drama of gambling better than a number of actual gambling anime?

 Stardust Crusaders episodes 34-35 screenshot

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Accurately measure oppai with the BraFile

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 04:00

Knowing a ladies' three sizes is a blessing and curse. It shows that you are accurate and observant but to the woman in question it just means you're a massive pervert. There has only been one person I know that has the ability to accurately predict the three dress sizes of a female accurately, and that guy is a fictional cook on a pirate ship.

A Japanese company called 'Soft on Demand' has invented a device that when held up to a woman's chest will measure her cup size. This see through glass ruler will allow users to stop doubting them selves when buying lingerie for the fairer sex. Although the pictures seem accurate, I highly doubt that it has a 100 % valid.

The BraFile is a wonderful product for those needing to know the bust size of that special someone without directly asking for their secret measurements. 

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Rawr: TyranoBuilder lets you make your own visual novels

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 18:00

I may be prehistorically late to the festivities, but there's something intriguing about Nyu Media's collaboration with STRIKEWORKS. Thanks to their cooperation, TyranoBuilder, a user-friendly program that lets you create your own visual novel titles, hits Steam on Mar. 27, which happens to be this Friday.

In accordance to Nyu Media and the adorable girl in a T-Rex costume, TyranoBuilder features an easy interface, since you don't have to worry about programming things into your game. However, if you're interested in going the extra mile with your creations, the title lets you do full scripting. Once you complete your project, you're given the option to release it for the PC, MAC, iOS, Android, HTML5, and CSS3; thus giving people the chance to check out your work.

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Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 23

Mon, 03/23/2015 - 08:00

Exposition. Rising Action. Climax. Dénouement. These should be familiar, if you remember your grade-school literature classes.

Real life, however, isn't so convenient. More often than not, life is a lingering anticlimax bracketed by exposition, and for the unlucky, catastrophe. And even then to reduce a real life to those terms is to do it a disservice.

Thank goodness Shirobako's a story, then!

 Shirobako episode 23 screenshot

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Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 11:30



Airing this spring season is an anime adaptation of the mobile rhythm music game Show by Rock!!., which is a surprising collaboration of the Sanrio (the Hello Kitty people) and mobile game publisher/developer Greechs.

The story of this one is about a girl who gets sucked into the titular game's world where she becomes part of a band and strives to become the best in the land. An interesting property from the people behind it and it is stated to target adult males. Sanrio really wants that target demographic. Check it out for yourself if it becomes successful as it airs on Japanese TV on April 5, 2015.

Show by Rock!! trailer shows off the rockin' cuteness screenshot

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Relive the Grand Line in One Piece Pirate Warriors 3 English trailer

Sun, 03/22/2015 - 04:00

Yep here is another One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 trailer but this time it isn't showing off new playable characters

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Studio MADHOUSE winds up for One Punch Man anime

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 12:00

[Update: Check out a hot cam promo for the show below, straight from the AnimeJapan 2015 show floor!]

I must say that as hyped-up as I am about the prospect of a hot new anime adaptation of One Punch Man, the skeptic in me knows that capturing what's great about the original manga will depend largely on how good the adapting studio is at putting out lavish, high-quality visuals, ones that can do justice to artist Yusuke Murata's illustrations.

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Accidental Upskirts and Fondles: To Love Ru Darkness Season 2 Scheduled

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 09:00

I watched the first season of To Love Ru and enjoyed it for the most part. It similar to the American Pie series. They're both titillating harmless fun that will make your brain turn to mush if exposed for too long. And like the American Pie series, after I watched the whole 26 episodes I had no desire to watch any more. 

This doesn't seem to be the popular consensus as after I dropped the show in 2008, it had spawned a line of OVAs, and two sequels; Motto To Love Ru and To Love Ru Darkness. The latter will have a second season premiering this summer. The banners for the weekend tradeshow AnimeJapan have been erected and on them show the girls of To Love Ru

Looks like we're going to have a summer of misunderstood intentions, pink haired aliens, blonde emotionless assassins, and lots and lots of unintentional sexual harassment. 

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Week Ender - SEED Edition

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 08:00

I have spoken to many anime fans and it seems that Gundam SEED and SEED Destiny elicits a very mixed reaction. There are those who absolutely love it and those who think it's the worse thing ever. I sit in the middle of those two viewpoints, while I love the mecha and the more updated reimagining of the original Gundam elements in SEED, I do dislike certain elements in the show.

I think the best part of the show is the soundtrack and many people seem to agree, there are plenty of really great openings and endings in the Gundam SEED series. Now I present some of those endings for this weekend's edition of Week Ender.

Week Ender - SEED Edition screenshot

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Review: Naruto: The Last

Sat, 03/21/2015 - 04:00

Naruto is a name known throughout the anime and manga world that stands alongside shounen action staples such as Dragon Ball and Bleach. Masashi Kishimoto’s orange-clad ninja has been around since 1999 and has grown up with a generation or two of anime and manga fans, with the manga concluding last November in Japan. The last manga chapter of Naruto offered up a glimpse into a decade into the future, introducing new characters as well as showing old friends all grown up.

 The Last screenshot

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Animator Expo's 14th short gives off a nice Panty & Stocking vibe

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 13:30

Animator Expo has only been back for two weeks and Imaishi's short (NSFW) has hit the Web. Titled SEX and VIOLENCE with MACHSPEED, TRIGGER's piece feels like a mix between Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt and Dead Leaves, since the animation features a similar art and humor style to both projects.

What else can I say? Imaishi hit us with another fun title-- unless if you're not into sex jokes. Of course, the stylish characters and the animation's usage of black and yellow meshed well together. Also, the music reminded me a lot of Panty & Stocking's soundtrack, which is another great plus.

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Praise Dr. Pepper: Steins;Gate's special edition includes a Metal Upa

Fri, 03/20/2015 - 04:00

For a good while, I was on the fence on whether I should play Steins;Gate on the PC or consoles. Now that PQube has announced a special edition for the game's PS3 and PS Vita release, I might have to lean towards the latter for now, since it comes with a freaking Metal Upa.

Aside from the Metal Upa, the Steins;Gate El Psy Kongroo Edition includes an artbook, a few badges, and your very own Future Gadget Lab pins. In other words, if you missed out on the pins from JAST's Limited Edition of the game's PC release, this is your second chance to grab them.

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It's happening: One Punch Man anime officially announced

Thu, 03/19/2015 - 14:20

Given the climate of anime production these days, one could see it as inevitable, but as a fan of the One Punch Man manga, it's pretty exciting to hear that the show will finally be getting a TV anime adaptation. 

Um..yeah, that's actually all we have to go on at the moment besides some artwork at this website. Bandai Visual are set to announce more details, presumably the cast and staff, over the next couple of days at Anime Japan 2015. In the meantime, there have been a number of pretty cool fan works built on an until-now hypothetical One Punch Man anime, including this awesome opening sequence storyboard.

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Attack on Titan live action movie footage is here

Wed, 03/18/2015 - 22:04



The good stuff starts at the 0:57 second mark. Get hyped.

Attack on Titan live action movie footage is here screenshot

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