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Catch Gun Caliber this Saturday at Anime Festival Orlando '16

Japan News - 19 hours 18 min ago

It looks like the people of Florida are in for a treat, as Garage Hero's Indie Tokusatsu Film Gun Caliber gets a screening at this year's Anime Festival Orlando. To top it off, Bueno (Gun Caliber's Star, Director, and Producer) will make an appearance through a live stream to talk with the folks who're showing the movie.

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Cool off from the summer heat with some Japanese Ice Cream

Japan News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 13:00

If you've ever lived anywhere that has some crazy humidity, then you know how summer can just completely ridiculous where it feels like being in a sauna every single time you're outdoors. Japan just happens to be one of those places and I completely sympathize with people on that part of the world and especially in places that do not have many places that have air conditioning to take refuge from the heat.

From the far east, we get a summer themed video from one of my favorite Japan-based YouTubers, Simon and Martina, trying out some Japanese ice cream and similar treats to beat that stupid and sticky humid heat.

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Ghost in the Shell: First Assault Online rolls out the big guns ahead of launch

Japan News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 12:00

So it’s been almost eight months since I had the opportunity to play Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex - First Assault Online before it went Early Access, in which I wrote my thoughts about. To keep it short, I enjoyed what I played. This time around I had to the opportunity to try the new updates, which includes a new mode called Ghost Assault, two new maps—Headquarters and Underground, and Kuro, a new operative new to the game.

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Review: God Eater Resurrection

Japan News - Thu, 07/28/2016 - 08:00

The Monster Hunter franchise's meteoric rise in Japan in the past decade has given birth to a new genre that is still going strong in Japan with numerous contenders that spring up every so often. While many Japanese games that tried to cash in on the hot new "Hunting" genre but only a very few achieved enough success even stick around where Monster Hunter still reigns king.

God Eater is one of those hunting games that sold pretty well in Japan and garnered a following and even made it to the US where the hunting genre is not as big. Now the first game in the series gets another chance to prove itself in the West and I'm here take a look at all the new shiny graphics and content in what is the third and definitive version of the first game of the God Eater franchise.

 God Eater Resurrection screenshot

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First Impressions: Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope's Peak High School - Despair Arc

Japan News - Wed, 07/27/2016 - 08:00

Sometimes in life, the greatest things are those that occur out of an unexpected turn of events. These opportunities can give many people the chance to do things that they normally couldn’t do. In my case, Spike Chunsoft’s decision to release Danganronpa 1 and 2 on Steam allowed me to feel the true despair of seeing the cast in both titles go through Monokuma’s killing game. It was also thanks to this event that I was able to prepare for the game's sequel anime series that’ll wrap up the game’s main story once and for all.

Compare to Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak High School – Future Arc, Danganronpa 3 – Despair Arc's first two episodes takes a sillier approach to the story as we get reacquainted with the cast of the second game. For the most part, it serves as a nice alternative to the series’ other arc; therefore, preparing us for a whole new level of despair.

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Idol group-themed Indie Tokusatsu Wota Senshi Center gets a teaser

Japan News - Sun, 07/24/2016 - 06:00

Back when Wota Senshi Center was first announced, I was down with the idea of an idol group-themed hero that uses Mix CDs to activate his moves. Of course, Garage Hero Alumni Daryl Delosreyes' (Gun Caliber's Sky Black and one of Skulldier's grunts) creation shines brightly in the indie project's teaser.

One of the things that made Center a fun hero is his graceful bow that he does before he engages his opponents in battle. It's cool to see that he activates his Mix CDs through a CD player-like mechanism on his wrist, which complements the medium that an idol group's music is printed on. Also, the guy finishes people off with a fiery baton, which covers the performance angle.

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

Japan News - 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!

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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!

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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

Japan News - 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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