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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.

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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.

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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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New Tales Of Game 'Tales of Arise" Announced

Japan News - Mon, 06/10/2019 - 05:46

Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced Tales of Aris, the latest entry in their popular JRPG franchise—Tales Of. Yusuke Tomizawa, who is head of the God Eater franchise, will be in charge the Tales Of development team as well as the franchise and its latest chapter promises to deliver new storylines, gameplay dynamics, and worlds for players to explore in this new entry. Tales of Arise will be releasing in the west in 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.  

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Dragon Ball Game: Project Z Revealed As Dragon Ball Z Kakarot

Japan News - Sat, 06/08/2019 - 20:00

Dragon Ball Game: Project Z, which was initially announced earlier this year, has been showcased in this year's Microsoft E3 briefing and revealed as Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. The CyberConnect2 developed game is an all-new Action RPG that will feature the most accurate, dramatic, and epic telling of the Dragon Ball Z canon storyline, from Goku's perspective, or as the game's title suggests, Kakarot's. 

Players will be able to experience frantic battles and challenging quests while developing life-long friendships as they take on the journey to protect Earth from fearsome villains. Additionally, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot will also present resolutions to long unanswered questions from the Dragon Ball Z storyline through light-hearted side quests.

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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Set 3 Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Mon, 06/03/2019 - 11:35

I don't think I have to repeat myself on how much I love Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Stardust Crusaders was part of my Top 5 in 2015 and Diamond is Unrbreakable was part of of my Top 5 in 2016. To reiterate why I loved the Stardust Crusaders anime, or rather, the Battle in Egypt arc, the anime adaptation was highly enjoyable and it was very pleasing that it finally got the animation treatment it deserved. The animation was great and it definitely has a great set of characters. 

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Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Japan News - Wed, 05/22/2019 - 09:30

When the first trailer for Detective Pikachu dropped, I was left speechless. Not because a live action Pokémon movie was made, but rather because of the CGI. It wasn’t bad by any means—I personally liked the realism in all the Pokémon, but that ones the thing. While there was a few that look really cute or cool just like their anime or video game designs, some of them look really creepy, but not in any terrible way or anything—but rather in a good way, giving us a good representation of what they would look in real life.

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Review: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (NS)

Japan News - Sun, 05/19/2019 - 22:45

A lot of games are making its way into Nintendo’s home console-portable hybrid system and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is no exception. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in April 2013, a year later than the vanilla version, then on PC on January 2016 and PS4 and Xbox One in October 2017. The Dark Arisen brought technical improvements and additional content, which critics praised when the game originally released.

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Viz Media Reveals Activities And Special Guests Details for Anime Central 2019

Japan News - Mon, 05/06/2019 - 10:30

VIZ Media has announced that the MEGALOBOX English voice cast members Kaiji Tang and Lex Lang will be participating in a panel and signing session. Fan favorites from Sailor Moon such as Stephanie Sheh and Sandy Fox, will also attend as special guests.

Additionally, attendees will learn the latest on a wide range of upcoming releases and other news during the official VIZ Media and Shonen Jump panels and celebrate the Guardians of Love and Justice at the Official Sailor Moon panel. During the weekend, the VIZ Media booth will offer a wide variety of retail products available for purchase. VIZ will also host fun booth activities such a Sailor Moon-themed photo-opportunity!

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Review: Pokémon: Indigo League Season 1 Standard Edition

Japan News - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 12:20

It’s been so many years since I consecutively watched the original Pokemon series. I’ve seen clips on YouTube here and there, but it has been a while since I watched the series episodes back to back, and I was glad I finally got revisit the roots of the Pokemon anime. My first time experiencing the anime was back in 1999 when I was little and living in Peru. I think it was initially showing back in 1998 in Cartoon Network, but my family couldn’t afford that then, so I had to resort watching all of my anime in local TV, which already showed a lot anyway. This was before I discovered the games later that year though, too.

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Impressions: Boruto: Naruto Next Generation Set 1

Japan News - Sat, 05/04/2019 - 06:00

Almost two years after Boruto: Naruto the Movie, the inevitable anime sequel to Naruto: Shippuden؅—Boruto: Naruto the Next Generation came out in Japan which is a year after the manga’s release. As much as I enjoyed the Boruto movie, as you can see in my review, a whole Boruto continuation is something that I wasn’t completely thrilled about. On one hand, I did really want to see Boruto’s story but not at the large scale of a long running series. (It has over 100 episodes as of this month!)

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VIZ Media Opens Portfolio Reviews For Their New VIZ Originals Imprint

Japan News - Sun, 04/28/2019 - 19:05

If you ever wanted to get your work officially published, whether its your artistic work or your stories, VIZ Media takes their VIZ Originals imprint to the next level by inviting aspiring artists and writers to apply for portfolio reviews taking place at some of North America’s biggest pop culture shows.

The VIZ Originals imprint features English-language creator-owned graphic novel content for a global market, and is committed to supporting independent artists and helping them execute their creative visions.

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OTAQUEST LIVE Concert Event Starts On July 3rd in Los Angeles

Japan News - Sat, 04/27/2019 - 20:30

OTAQUEST LIVE, the one-night-only live concert will feature live concert performances by J-Pop superstars who have helped to define the vibrant sound, styles, moves and images that drive Japanese pop culture. The performers include Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, and m-flo, as well as the first North American live performances from CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, and Hiroomi Tosaka.

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