General Japan News
Japan News - 14 hours 4 min ago
Akihiko Yoshida, character designer at Square Enix, has left us all with a shocking message recently! You might recognize his works in games like Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, and his most recent work, Bravely Default: For the Sequel. Yoshida has been working alongside Square Enix since 1995, which is nearly 18 years.
Well on December 5th, Yoshida officially confirmed that he will no longer be working with the company. An art book called The Art of Bravely was released and shipped with copies of Bravely Default: For the Sequel in Japan. In the book, Yoshida left us a heartfelt note explaining that him and Square Enix are finished.
Japan News - 15 hours 4 min ago
I got to tell you, the weekend couldn't have arrived soon enough. It's been a real fun week of music. We've mostly been jamming out to some energetic rock & roll jams, keeping us motivated at our desks, and dealing with our crazy work days. Now that Friday's here, don't you think you deserve to relax a bit?
Well, make sure you kick your heels up for this one, as Aqua Terrarium is going to help melt that stress away. We have the newest single from the fantastic Nagi Yanagi. You probably know her best from her contributions to ryo's supercell, but her solo work has an amazing character of its own. The video itself is also quite charming, and perfect for bringing the day down a notch.
Japan News - 16 hours 4 min ago
It's time to enter the railways again, because the images of Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger's heroes, giant robot, and toys are here! Based on my experience with the Sentai franchise, the Tokkyugers have one of the simplest designs in all of Super Sentai. Personally, this puts them at first place, a ranking that was once was held by the Kakurangers-- at least in my opinion.
Japan News - 17 hours 4 min ago
It was a sure thing that after Namco Bandai's PSP release, Sword Art Online: Infinity Moment, sold over a few hundred copies, they were gonna get another game out ASAP.
Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment for the Vita looks to up the ante fairly significantly on both gameplay and visual levels. The game still starts in the city Arc Sophia, but it has undergone large changes in terms of its layout and the things you can do in it. As Kirito, you can now hold hands with your partner character and even carry them throughout the town. Whether or not this actually has an effect on the gameplay is still unknown at this time.
Japan News - 18 hours 4 min ago
Having played the original Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc a total of two times, I can't wait to see how folks new to the series will react when NIS America releases its localization out west next year. It's a glorious little game with a whole lot of ideas and a fantastic cast of characters. In my opinion the anime adaptation is the worst possible way to experience Dangan Ronpa.
The fine folks at NIS America have released the first English language trailer for the game, providing a brief glimpse of the voice acting and a look at the characters. As far as dubs go, I actually think this sounds pretty solid. If anything, I'm not crazy about Monokuma's voice, especially compared to Nobuya Oyama's amazing performance.
Check out the trailer above and let us know what you think in the comments below. Are you excited for some trigger happy havoc?
Japan News - 19 hours 4 min ago
Which world do you prefer? The real world? Or the world of TV shows, in which colorful characters appear each week and entertain you? We're in a weird spot in Samurai Flamenco, and it makes me incredibly curious as to where things are headed. Superheroes (like those seen in tokusatsu shows) are tricky to pull off in real life. It's risky, life-threatening, and according to SamuMenco, more mundane than you might expect.
Japan News - 20 hours 4 min ago
Haganai, short for Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, is a light novel written by Yomi Hirasaka. It has been given several manga adaptions, and even has a 12 episode anime. Well now, the series is going to get its own live action film! If you are not sure what the story is, I'll sum it up for you.
The original is about Kodaka Hasegawa, a transfer student at a private Catholic school. He is worried about making friends, as most new children do. However, he ends up making one friend, Yozora Mikazuki. Seeing as both of them have no social lives, like myself, they decide to become friends. That friendship grows into something they're calling the Neighbour's Club.
Japan News - 21 hours 4 min ago
Tokyo-based design firm Nendo created a deliciously clever set of paint tubes for the Seibu department store: chocolate paint tubes. It looks like you're giving an art supply kit to your favorite creative, but in fact each tube has a sugary surprise inside.
Good luck getting your hands on these, as they're sure to be a limited holiday-season release and I doubt they will ship internationally. If you've been thinking about a last-minute trip to Tokyo, now's the time to buy the ticket and hop on board.
It's worth noting that this isn't Nendo's first foray into the world of chocolate arts and crafts. Back in 2007, they debuted a chocolate pencil, which looks just as delicious. Who knows what they'll come out with in the near future!
J-pop Asia - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:49
BoA has been cast in the upcoming film "Big Match", marking the idol's first role in a Korean film.
J-pop Asia - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 18:16
Visual Kei band L&DS announced the release of a new single titled "Lovers &..." that is scheduled to drop in January.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 17:00
Yayoi Kusama is one of the most influential living artists to come from Japan. She was an influence for Andy Warhol, and served as a precursor to pop art and feminist art movements. Her life is an utterly fascinating story, especially for the fact that she voluntarily committed herself to a hospital back in 1977 and has lived there ever since.
From now until December 21st, she's running her latest exhibition in New York City. It features 27 large-scale paintings, an infinity room, and a video installation. The above video is her message to the viewers. Give it a watch, and go investigate her work.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 16:00
Well played, Golden Time. You've successfully managed to give us just enough of what we wanted from the shock ending of the previous episode without turning the rest of the series into emo-Banri versus the world. What this has done is changed Banri's character into something far more interesting than a straight-up body swapped guy, and it's going to be really interesting to watch this progress. He's going to break at some point, and boy are there going to be fireworks!
But enough of that, on with the episode at hand. While you certainly don't need me to remind you of what Ghost-Banri got up to last episode, you may need your memory jogged to recall that Koko is apparently ill, having missed a few days of school. She's also been very awkward since the sleepover at Banri's place, and it's probably not because she went through that dodgy box of his (although I suppose that could depend on what she found in there.)
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 15:00
For Ys collectors and Falcom fans everywhere, there's always been a Ys V-shaped hole in our hearts. For the longest time, the game has remained the only entry in the on-going series exclusive to Japan -- that is, until now. A team of dedicated fans and translators at Aeon Genesis have painstaking translated the elusive title, giving many English-speakers their first opportunity to experience the game in their native language.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 13:00
[Update: It's been confirmed. Final Fantasy VIII has officially launched on Steam.]
After a false start, Final Fantasy VIII on Steam might actually be coming. NeoGAF detectives have found some new info on the Steam registry for FFVIII, with regional restrictions and payment options recently popping.
This typically means that somebody is prepping an item for release, so don't be surprised if you hear some more info on it in the next couple of days. As I still have my copy of FFVIII, I won't be picking it up, but hey, I know a bunch of people that'd love to have it, so more power to them.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:00
In an effort to hype us all to death -- and no, we certainly don't mind -- Bandai Visual has reaffirmed Space Dandy's January 4th premiere for Adult Swim's Toonami block. They've also passed along a short list of English voice actors currently involved with the show, courtesy of Funimation. There's plenty of familiar names, such as Ian Sinclair, Alexis Tipton, Joel McDonlad, and so on -- sorry Bebop fans, no Steve Blum. We've included the full list below.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 12:00
What is it with Japan and its tendency to name cool stuff after things that terrify westerners? First they found a company called Cyberdyne to make a robot exoskeleton called "HAL", and now one Japanese scientist is proposing to build a giant laser beam on the moon...to point directly at Earth!
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 11:00
Briefly: here's a great Nintendo 3DS deal you should jump on ASAP! Best Buy has the excellent Fire Emblem: Awakening for only $14.99 on their online shop. As of this writing, their online stock has sold out, but you can still nab it via in-store pickup! Even Best Buy's pre-owned price isn't this good ($24.99). Of course, you can get it digitally too, but the sale price doesn't apply there.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 10:00
I'm warning you now. Even if you prepare yourself to not flinch from this one, I'm betting you still do. I knew exactly what was coming and I still was jostled!
The commercial sure knows how to scare people into buying winter tires. While you may not be running into these circumstances on your community, I guess I doesn't hurt to be prepared. However, you never know who, or what may visit you on your drive home alone tonight!
It got you didn't it? I knew it. I just watched it again, and it still got me!
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 09:00
File this one under “Beautiful but oh wow that price.” At about three hundred and ninety US dollars (¥39,000), this watch celebrates 60 years of Galaxy Express 999 manga artist Leiji Matsumoto. This is not some random thing either as Leiji himself supervised the watch’s design. Black and silver are available and I'd say the watch captures the feel of the series without looking tacky. Although the silver more so than the black. Not an easy task, even for a watch designed to be sold for about four hundred dollars.
There are (unsurprisingly) only 999 of each being made. Better that than the price being $999, I suppose. A charming nod to the fans is made with a replica of the unlimited use pass, just like the one that was stolen from Tetsuro so many times. You can see more on Imperial Enterprise’s site.
Japan News - Thu, 12/05/2013 - 08:00
What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime from the creators of "KOWBOI BEEBAP!!", Samurai Flamenco is still thoroughly in WTFBBQ country, a swimsuit episode for Kill La Kill is effectively impossible since no mere bathing suit could be more revealing than Ryuko's battle outfit, Linda-sempai is bad at dealing with moral dilemmas, Celia-sempai wins everything just for existing, and Sal and I fight over who gets to propose to Pierre from Kamen Rider Gaim first. Considering the fact that I'm already married, I guess Sal has the edge there, but maybe we can work something out? I really do dig that Durian Rider.
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