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Step through the looking glass in this new Sword Art Online Alicization Lycoris trailer

Japan News - Mon, 08/19/2019 - 16:30

Sword Art Online Alicization just wrapped up earlier this year and I noticed many fans were left hanging for more until the next installment of the popular franchise. Those fans are in for a treat with the announcement of Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, which is set in the recently concluded SAO season.

As with the other Sword Art Online games, it looks like this will follow along with the latest series story and setting wise but with some differences to give the Alicization Lycoris its own unique identity. One of these additions is in a new character, Medina Orthinanos, who seeks to become an Integrity Knight and to clear her family name as shown in the trailer.

No release date as of yet, but with the timing of the next bit of news below, I am making an educated guess that it may be early next year. So hang tight until then for your next Kirito adventure.

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Weekend Japanatainment - 1960s Otaku Edition

Japan News - Sun, 08/18/2019 - 14:00

From times of old, this classic Japanator feature rises back from the hole it fell into and now it's back to entertain you with some good old Japanese videos! We bring Japanatainment back with some really old stuff that is older than probably all y'all reading right now. A lot of you young whippersnappers (yes, you are still young even in your thirties) likely started watching anime in the 90's, and might've missed out on the weeb stuff from the previous decades.

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Review: Millennium Actress (Remastered)

Japan News - Sun, 08/11/2019 - 09:15

We all know about the greatness of the late Satoshi Kon, who passed away due to pancreatic cancer on August 24th, 2010—almost 9 years ago. He was responsible for directing and writing masterpieces like Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue—which got a remaster release last year, and Millennium Actress, which premiered during Anime Expo first and will premiere to the public this week in English dub and subs. While I will still review the movie itself to newcomers that haven’t experienced the movie yet, this will mostly cover on the remaster version and if it’s worth revisiting it.

I don’t have a home release version of the movie, but I will be using the Amazon Prime streaming version in comparison to my given screener. I haven’t had the chance to experience the movie in theaters yet, but given the quality improvement, like Perfect Blue, it’ll surely be a memorable experience.

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Japanese Girl Group FAKY to Perform at Otakuthon 2019

Japan News - Fri, 08/09/2019 - 17:35

Japanese Girl Group FAKY, known for their anime theme songs for series like Black Clover (ED4), Cardfight!! Vanguard: Legion Mate-Hen, and Gundam Build Fighters: Battlogue will be attending this years' Otakuthon event held in Montreal, Quebec for the first time on Friday August 16th, 2019. The concert will be held in Room 210 wit tickets priced at $20 in addition to the base convention admission. 

Japanese Girl Group FAKY to Perform at Otakuthon 2019 screenshot

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Review: KILL la KILL -IF

Japan News - Fri, 08/02/2019 - 19:30

I’ve been a hardcore fan of anime-based video games since my earliest years of gaming. I still remember playing Dragon Ball Z: The Legend and how awesome it was reliving the entirety of Dragon Ball Z, starting from Raditz, all the way to the Kid Buu fight. It was a simple 3 vs 3 3D anime fighter, but it was so much fun. I also have fun memories playing the Gundam, and other Weekly Shonen Jump series games on various platforms. Don’t get me started with Digimon Rumble Arena. Those were the days.

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Kyoto Animation studio attacked by arsonist, dozens hurt

Japan News - Thu, 07/18/2019 - 03:15

[Update: The death toll now stands at 33]

Late on the morning of July 18th, Japan time, an arsonist spread an unknown liquid around the "Studio 1" building of famed anime production company Kyoto Animation (also known as "KyoAni"), and ignited it, setting the building alight. The building, located in Fujimi Ward of Kyoto City, was where most mainline production from the studio was carried out (KyoAni had other buildings in neighboring cities and other locations). It hosts over 70 people on a normal workday.

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Japanator Exclusive: A few questions with CRYSTAR's Fuyuki Hayashi & RIUICHI

Japan News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 10:00

Even though it's due out on console and PC on August 27., you'd be forgiven for not knowing what the deal is with CRYSTAR, Spike Chunsoft's new JRPG.

That's because it was developed by what right now is the lesser-known team at FURYU, including Producer/Director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICHI. Thankfully, I had a chance to speak to both of them about their careers and the game itself at this year's Anime Expo!

 A few questions with CRYSTAR's Fuyuki Hayashi & RIUICHI screenshot

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Japanator Exclusive: An Interview with Too Kyo Games' Kotaro Uchikoshi

Japan News - Thu, 07/11/2019 - 06:30

Kotaro Uchikoshi is a legend among Japanese game designers. A director and writer best known for his visual novel and adventure game work - particularly the Infinity and Zero Escape series - Uchikoshi was an institution at veteran publisher Spike Chunsoft. He also wrote the concept for the anime series The Girl in Twilight. As of last year, though, he's gone indie, forming Too Kyo Games alongside Danganronpa series luminaries Kazutaka Kodaka and Masufumi Takada

And there are few signs he's stopping, with directing work under his belt for AI: THE SOMNIUM FILES at Spike Chunsoft and writing for two new projects at Too Kyo. I was lucky to catch up with this busy guy at this year's Anime Expo, and we got to discussing his work, and what to expect next!

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Japanator Exclusive: Granblue Fantasy Producer Yuito Kimura Talks Season 2, Versus & Mobile Game

Japan News - Wed, 07/10/2019 - 08:00

After conquering Japan and a sizeable portion of import-friendly otaku, Cygames and its crown jewel Granblue Fantasy are ready to push deeper into mainstream gaming with Granblue Fantasy Versus, a fighter developed by top-line studio Arc System Works. Of course, with Versus poised to be many non-Japanese players' first-ever exposure to Granblue Fantasy as a whole, we were left with a few questions about how the company planned to put its best foot forward, as well as a few posed by hardcore GBF players.

To that end, we caught up with Cygames executive Yuito Kimura (Granblue Fantasy's lead Producer), and Creative Director Tetsuya Fukuhara at Anime Expo 2019 to get the goods! Read on for our exchange, plus a bit of helpful advice from Kimura himself about the best way to get started with GBF!

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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch

Japan News - Fri, 07/05/2019 - 18:00

Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, the fourth installment in the Pirate Warriors series developed by Omega Force, for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch during this year's Anime Expo event. This is the first entry of the Pirate Warriors series on the Xbox family consoles. 

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Impressions: Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Volumes 4-5

Japan News - Thu, 06/13/2019 - 06:42

It’s been two months since my last Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction, so the consistency has improved. I will try to review every volume as they come form now on, too, especially since the story has progressed well in these two volumes, with new plot and character developments that separates the series from your average slice of life but still keeping the wacky character interactions from always.

The volume starts off with Futaba, who is going to Tokyo for University. However, due to the incidents that are currently having in Tokyo, her father is against it and says, “Only Losers Go To Tokyo.” She ends up going and encounters her friend Makoto, who is dressed as a girl. While in their flight, they counter one of the invader’s spaceship.  As the story progresses, it tackles more the morality over fighting the invaders, with citizens protesting weapons that kill the invaders.

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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Coming to PC, PS4 & Nintendo Switch On September 20th

Japan News - Tue, 06/11/2019 - 07:00

Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that the beloved action role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will get remastered featuring upgraded graphics on PS4 and PC. Additionally, the original version that released on 2013 exclusively on PS3 will come to the Nintendo Switch. Both versions are scheduled to release on September 20th, 2019.

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Raiden V: Director's Cut Coming to the Nintendo Switch On July 25th

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 17:49

UFO Interactive Games has announced Raiden V: Director’s Cutthe latest addition to the Raiden franchise—the popular shoot'em up series, will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on July 25th digitally and physically via a one-time limited print run package.

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Exclusive Screening of "Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution" To Be Shown At Anime Expo 2019

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 17:33

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) will be showing an exclusive screening of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution during Anime Expo 2019. The newest animated Pokémon movie will make it's debut at 3:30pm. on July 4 in the Main Events Hall B.at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Bluefin Unveils Their New Tranformers Collectibles From Flame Toys

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 16:30

Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has revealed their new Transformers collectibles expanding its line with a pair of stunning new model kits from Flame Toys.

Based on IDW’s Transformers acclaimed comic series, Flame Toys’ officially licensed releases of the Bumblebee Furai model kit and the Megatron Furai model kit will add eye catching and unique additions to any ardent fan’s personal collection. The Flame Toys Bumblebee Furai kit is available now while the Megatron Furai kit will will be releasing in July.

Bluefin Unveils Their New Tranformers Collectibles From Flame Toys screenshot

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Code Vein Will Finally Release On September 27th

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 15:55

Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that Code Vein will be releasing on September 27th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. They also released a trailer which covers the thirst for vengeance the Revenants and Lost have against each other in a fight for survival against a crumbling world.

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VIZ Media Reveals Their Special Guests & Activities For Anime Expo 2019

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 15:20

Viz Media has revealed their plans, along with special guests and retail exclusives, for Anime Expo 2019, which will take place from July 4th toJuly 7th in Los Angeles.One of Viz Media's Special Guest of Honor is Bisco Hatori who is the creator of the bestselling Ouran High School Host Club, Behind the Scenes, and Millennium Snow will have a dedicated panel and host autograph sessions throughout the event. Other special guests include voice actors Zach Aguilar, known for One Punch Man’s Genos and Billy Kametz known for Josuke of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable will join in the discussion on the SHONEN JUMP panel.

VIZ Media Reveals Their Special Guests & Activities For Anime Expo 2019 screenshot

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Viz Media Announces Cat Lady

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 13:55

Viz Media has revealed Cat Lady during Licensing Expo 2019, the world’s largest and most influential annual licensing industry event. Cat Lady is currently in development by Rose City Games, who released The World Next Door on PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch this year. Just like the former, the game will be published VIZ Media continuing the partnership between the companies to develop, produce and release original indie video games.

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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Will Be Releasing on September 24th in North America & September 27 In Europe for PS4

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 11:00

NIS America has announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, the third entry in the Trails of Cold Steel series, will launch for PlayStation 4 on September 24 in North America and, September 27 in Europe, and on October 4th in Australia and New Zealand, according to the game's English official website

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Elden King Revealed During E3 2019; A FromSoftware Game Written By George R.R. Martin & Hidetaka Miyazaki

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 09:20

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced Elden Ring, an expansive fantasy Action-RPG game developed by FromSoftware, known for their Dark Soul games,a nd recently Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game will be directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the influential and popular Dark Souls franchise and will create the game's world alongside George R.R. Martin, author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, or Game of Thrones as known by many. The following are comments by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin respectively.

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