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R-Rated hero comedy movie Strega brings out the badass sidekick

Japan News - Thu, 04/19/2018 - 04:00

2018 may be shaping up to be a good year for tokusatsu, but I'm still waiting for the one who may top them all. Nothing against the other shows, but Bueno and Garage Hero continue to bring us a great take on the genre as they hit us with a new trailer for their R-Rated Henshin Hero comedy movie, Strega.

This time, we're introduced to Sayuri/Virsago, the heroine who'll act as Soma's partner in the film. She is played by AV actress Mai Miori, who appeared in the 2018 Netflix film, The Outsider, as well.

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Impressions: Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction

Japan News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 14:55

Being a fan of Inio Asano’s work, such as Oyasumi Punpun, What a Wonderful World, Umibe no Onna no Ko among others, I have had Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction on my “plan to read” for a long time but never really push myself into reading it, especially with other series having more priority at the time. Thankfully Viz Media released the first volume of the series, so I was finally able to check it out. The first volume so far was entertaining, and I would like to read more as more volumes come out, however, I feel like it’s very slow as well.

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Impressions: City

Japan News - Wed, 04/18/2018 - 12:00

It’s hard to believe that it has already been 7 years since Nichijou released. It’s one of the many series that has really helped me cope with stress during my time in school. The characters were silly and funny, and story-wise, there wasn’t a lot to grasp, so it kept me easily entertained. Unfortunately, I was never able to try out the manga, but it’s still on my plan to read list, which I plan to read soon now that the manga has been done since 2015. A year later after Nichijou, Keiichi Arawi has released City, which shares the same comedic tendencies as Nichijou, but with an even more bizarre protagonist.

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Japanese Guitarist MIYAVI Reveals 'DAY2' World Tour 2018 Dates For May

Japan News - Tue, 04/17/2018 - 09:30

Universal Music Japan recording artist MIYAVI, known as The “Samurai Guitarist” and star of Angelina Jolie-directed film Unbroken, has announced the North American dates of his “Day 2 World Tour 2018. He will perform live concerts in 6 major U.S. and Canadian cities in May. Check them out below: 

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Review: Sound Of The Sky Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 09:00

I remember when I learned about So Ra No Wo To, or Sound of the Sky, and initially watched it for the moe, and because it looked like another K-On, except in the military, so I started it with the mentality that it was just going to be another show I would watch for the “funsies”. Though I usually don’t mind watching moe now, the story or the characters at least must be compelling, like Yuru-Camp and A Place Further than the Universe but are two shows that I consider like K-On but done much better. But enough about K-On since this review has nothing to do with it. While So Ra No Wo To did start out as “moe girls doing moe girls things”, the story eventually took a twist that made me look at the series past it’s moe designs.

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Impressions: The Young Master's Revenge

Japan News - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 03:00

Have you ever been humiliated enough that you held a grudge for 10 years and then travel back to enact your revenge? Probably not. The Young Master's Revenge revolves a Leo, a young boy who had his pride torn to shreds by Tenma, a girl from a wealthy background who was always getting him into trouble. The straw that broke the camel’s back was when Leo got turtle bites on his butt cheeks and humiliated for life. Now, years after his father’s successful clothing business has made him the heir to a fortune, he searches out Tenma to enact a dastardly plan—he’ll get his revenge by making her fall in love with him and then crush her heart.

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Impressions: Otherworldly Izakaya Nobu

Japan News - Fri, 04/06/2018 - 02:30

Regardless of your culture and background, or your fandom – video games, western media like comics, cartoons, movies, and of course, anime and manga, we can all agree that food is what brings everyone together. Personally, when I look at food that looks really good in media, I can't help to feel really hungry, to the point where I order food right away from online delivery services. Otherworldly Izakaya 'Nobu' does a great job at bringing characters together as well as introducing Japanese cuisine to people from a different culture – not just to the characters, but us, as Western readers, as well.

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Impressions: Kaguya-sama Love is War

Japan News - Thu, 04/05/2018 - 19:30

After re-reading My Hero Academia and Tokyo Ghoul, preparing for their upcoming (or current anime seasons depending on when this is published), I thought I needed to read something different, so I looked into the recently released first volume of Kaguya-sama Love is War. After reading the synopsis, it immediately caught my attention.

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Garage Hero hits us with another fun April Fools' joke

Japan News - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 14:00

For this year's April Fools' Day, Bueno of the independent tokusatsu group, Garage Hero, teamed up with a few people to come up with a fun idea. Joining forces with tokusatsu blog Websites like Orends: Range and JEFusion, they came up with a joke news post about the Kamen Rider Build movie having a Rider called Kamen Rider Terra.

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Studio Trigger's Gridman anime introduces us to its cast and giant hero

Japan News - Tue, 03/27/2018 - 14:00

Back when Studio Trigger announced the new Gridman anime at Anime Expo '17, I was happy to see Akira Amemiya (Inferno Cop and Ninja Slayer from Animation's Director) being involved in another project based on the '90s tokusatsu. If it looks familiar, you likely saw it in the form of Superhuman Samurai Syber-Squad, which borrowed the Japanese version's action scenes.

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Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light Remastered

Japan News - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 15:30

It’s been almost 14 years since the original Yu-Gi-Oh! The Movie: Pyramid of Light hit theaters in North America. I still remember that summer where I went to Burger King a lot just for the happy meals toys, too, even though I was a few years past the acceptable age to get those. Unfortunately, I don’t have those anymore. It was a time where I was young and less critical and still heavily enjoyed dubs too, so I remember enjoying the movie a bit. 14 years later after reaching it, the enjoyment isn’t the same. At first, I didn’t really mind the plot and the inconsistencies, but after watching it again, it really got to me. However, the 4Kids dub is the true champion of the movie.

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FLCL's sequel brings out The Pillows goodness on June 2

Japan News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:00

Whenever a title finishes its run, there's a good chance that its story is complete. As FLCL's new seasons hit us with a cool trailer, I'm still siding with those who think that they aren't necessary.

Aside from the original show having a satisfying conclusion, the other reason behind my stance is that the first series was the result of Gainax wanting to make something happy after being sad from working on End of Evangelion, which likely played a role in the OVA's hyperactive over-the-top nature. Since the sequel's team is lacking the old one's mentality, the new FLCL might not be on a similar level to its predecessor.

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 is now a thing

Japan News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:00

So a recap special of the anime, Mob Psycho 100, was shown at an event in Japan and it set the stage for the show's second season to be announced. In other words, another adaptation of ONE's (One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100's Creator) works is on a roll.

The best news about it is that BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and My Hero Academia's Animation Production) and the first season's original staff are making a comeback, so the quality should be consistent. 

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Licensing GET: Seven Seas nabs a manga about a Magical Girl Delinquent

Japan News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

I love it when a story changes things up through having a lead that's different from the genre's usual character archetypes. Speaking of subverting usual things, Seven Seas is bringing the manga Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! to North America. Obviously, the product's name speaks for itself.

Despite it having a long light novel-like title, I love that it's about a magical creature who accidentally turns a delinquent into a magical girl. The kicker is that it assumed that her cute appearance meant that she was an innocent person. While it sounds like it might be a gritty series, the manga is a parody of the genre so we can expect it to drive certain themes into the ground.

The manga's first volume hits North America on Oct. 9, which is a bit of a lengthy wait. Of course, I'm excited to see how the heroine's action will affect the city since she doesn't care about the bystanders who appear during her battles.

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Get drunk with Coca-Cola Japan's upcoming alcoholic drinks

Japan News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:00

I may not be big on Coke, but I enjoy mixing it with rum and a bit of lemon. While we're on the topic of mixing booze with soda, Coca-Cola's Japan branch is planning to release an alcoholic beverage in the region. Interestingly, it's their first one in the country.

While they dabbled in wine business during the '70s, it's interesting that they're going back to this format in a different area. Their beverage is going to be a Chu-Hi, a Japanese alcoholic drink that uses carbonated water in the mix, so we can expect a neat take on this product.

Right now, the thing that comes to my mind is alcoholic variants of Coca-Cola's various sodas. Heck, I wouldn't mind an alcoholic version of Coke that's different from Cuba Liber (Coke with rum), along with one based on Sprite. Who knows, I might get to try this canned booze when I visit Japan for the first time one day. Until then, we'll have to wait until they reveal more information on these drinks. 

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PROMIC has launched the Japan Anime Music Lab

Japan News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:20

Last week, PROMIC, the leading Japanese entertainment industry foundation to support the growth of Japanese music internationally, has launched Japan Anime Music Lab, or JAM LAB for short. 

The website, which you can find here, serves as an official information hub to connect international audiences and entertainment and music industry professionals with the top echelon of Japanese “ani-song” artists and their respective official representatives. 

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Review: Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 08:15

Just like Free!, Yuri on Ice is something I wanted to avoid watching, basically, one reason that it’s mostly fanservice for girls (I love Kuroko’s Basketball and that’s basically Yaoi galore), but mostly because I’m not interested in figure skating. However, a few months ago ice skating and men flexibility came into a group conversation among my friends, and with me lacking knowledge about both topics, a friend made me watch Yuri on Ice with her, and honestly, minus the BL between the protagonist, it was an enjoyable watch.

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Review: Akiba's Trip: The Animation

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:10

I’ve been a fan of the Akiba’s Trip series ever since it debuted on the PSP, especially since it was the “weeb” version of Way of the Samurai, which is by the same developer. While the gameplay isn’t spectacular per se, it’s still really fun, and combining the fact the story is Visual Novel-esque, it adds a lot of replayability, especially when you want to see end girl’s ending. Six years later, the game gets an anime adaptation featuring an original story. Looking at previous series like God Eater, Ace Attorney and especially Danganronpa (Both Persona 4 series were decent, in my opinion), we know that anime based on video games are usually bad news, so the series featuring an original story gave me a little bit of hope. Sadly, that was far from the case.

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Review: Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:05

Looking back at my Top 5 of 2016, perhaps Keijo (stylized as Keijo!!!!!!!!) shouldn’t be in the Top 5, especially after catching up with series released during that time, but it still was a very enjoyable watch. Despite its quirkiness, I still viewed it as an enjoyable sports series, because regardless of it’s concept, it still followed tropes that sports series has. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I watched it solely as a sports series. We all know why we watched Keijo, and I’m not ashamed of it.

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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Part 3 Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:05

With another Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray release comes another set of 13 episodes, and this time the series finally starts with its own original arc and not bad retellings of the movies. The Universe 6 arc introduces the God of Destruction of Universe 6, Champa, who is Beerus’ twin brother. We also get introduced to Vados, who is Whis’ sister. Right off the bat I really started enjoying this arc when it first aired since it developed the concept of there being other universes in the Battle of Gods movie.

 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 Blu-Ray Set screenshot

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