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Donquixote Doflamingo has been one of my favorite villains in One Piece ever since he was introduced as one of the seven warlords of the sea. You only really saw him in-between arcs, but you could tell that he wasn't going to turn into an ally like Law or Buggy. He's a bad motherfucker and loves every minute of it. However, his latest appearance has shown me that behind the often cold calculated chuckle he is packing a lot of crazy.
Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way of saying Tamsoft's IA/VT Colorful, a rhythm game based on 1st PLACE's own Vocaloid-based idol, Ia, stands as good a chance as any of usurping the aqua-haired queen's synthetic song throne.
Unfortunately, that also means that, due to the music industry being a real pain in the ass to navigate, Tamsoft won't be bringing the game westward. Speaking to Siliconera, Producer Kenichiro Takaki noted that:
"Since it’s a music title, and since music is arguably one of the most protected media types artists have, that just means more doors to knock on and more approvals to get. It’s far more difficult than a Senran Kagura title."
Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming.
Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3 as well. Everyone should have a chance to play Steins;Gate, after all. Unfortunately, thanks to delays in the approval process, it's American console owners that get their chance last, on August 25th.
It's par for the course that every love interest in anime that is out-numbered by the opposite gender by more than 1:2 will be completely ignorant of another's feeling. It's the harem curse that falls on all protagonists. They may be lucky enough to be fawned upon by many beautiful people, but they were not blessed with social sense. This rule does not apply to H-games or To Love Ru. In this case, Kyon is one hell of an idiot.
In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social media and the internet exploded with expressions of joy and relief, a recognition of the decades-long struggle for equality.
At Japanator we support and celebrate marriage equality, both in the US and in other countries where people face discrimination on the basis of who they love. That includes Japan as well, which despite a thriving yuri and yaoi subculture, still lacks many key legal protections and recognitions for same-sex unions and LGBT people in general.
It's been a time of remarkable progress for equality. Let's hope that phenomenon spreads further.
[Update: The stream has ended, but you can watch it here]
It turns out that Sal's last Chroma Squad stream ended up being his final one. While he managed to help the Japanatorger and their sixth member save the world from evil, the guy still plans to tackle the game's other routes in the future. Since he plans to stream the title at the point where the branching paths begin, he thought that it was time to change things up around here.
For this week's stream, Sal will play through Chantelise, the second game published by Carpe Fulgur, as he helps Elise with her quest to change her sister Chante back to normal. Even though he has a bit of experience with the title, his save data was lost when his old computer bit the dust. That being said, his second playthrough might be a breeze during the first half.
A limited box set containing the Nisemonogatari and Nekomonogatari Black Blu-rays has been announced. New cover art by character designer Akio Watanabe was released recently featuring Araragi and his vampire counterpart Shinobu representing Nisemonogatari and the Fire Sisters with Tsubasa as the Black Hanakawa representing Nekomonogatari Black.
The Blu-ray set will also include commentary about the characters from the light novel author Nisio Isin. Pre-orders from Aniplex+ before 29th June will receive an exclusive T-shirt drawn by mangaka Ueda Hajime (FLCL).
Weekly Shonen Jump is one of the biggest manga umbrellas in the industry, collecting some of the biggest franchises like; Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, and Gintama. Their ventures from the black and white weeklies to interactive video games are common, although we don't get a lot coming to the west probably due to many Jump franchises being owned by different western companies.
This weekend's Week Ender is all about military-related anime endings! Seems like I forgot a fan-favorite, Jormungand, which needs to be on here. So rejoice that your favorite loco arms dealer gets some loving this weekend.
Now fall in to formation and let's head out to this week's selection of military-related anime endings! Hooah.
Is there an ending to a military-related anime that I didn't put on here? SHARE IT ON THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know.
Welcome back to Strong Style! This week we begin something very cool as NJPW on AXS TV begins its coverage of the 24th annual G1 Climax Tournament! The coverage of the tournament will take us all the way into August with highlights from the tour.
Back when Japanator Managing Editor Josh Tolentino wrote about VA-11 HALL-A, the bartending game that's set in a cyberpunk setting, my interest for the title was at a normal level.
While I didn't get to play the project's prologue, the game's idea of experiencing the world's story through the eyes of a bartender looks intriguing. That, and the Kamen Rider reference from one of the bar's TV screen caught my eye. Of course, my Venezuelan half is another factor that makes me want to check it out since it's not too often that you hear about a development team that's located in Venezuela.
Name: Ai Shinozaki
Birthdate: February 26, 1992
Hometown: Tokyo, Japan
Measurements: 87/60/88 cm
You know the drill. When there's a new photoset by our main waifu Ai Shinkozaki, you know I'm going to be all about it. The lovely and talented queen of gravure is back with a jaw dropping visit to the beach, complete with an adorable yukata! Ahhh summer!
Your favorite pop idol waifus from the anime Love Live!! μ's (pronounced 'Muse') arrive at theaters across the US this September and we now have dates for the showings. So what is Love Live!!? Love Live!! is mixed media franchise that spans music, animation, physical merchandise, and now, a feature film.
This new film, Love Live! The School Idol Movie, features the girls of μ's going the United States of America and doing their school idol thang IN AMERICA. I haven't looked into too much into the plot because I don't want to spoil it for myself, which is easy because details of the plot are scarce. The movie showing dates vary from each city but they are within the days of 11th -13th of September.
Check out more listings on their official site: [Love Live!! USA site]
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