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Releases of the Week: Magi shows us a whole new world

Japan News - Wed, 08/15/2018 - 11:00

It looks like we hit a slow week today as the batch is smaller than usual. Sure, we have 23 things coming out, but the other times provided us with a large amount of Japanese entertainment.

If you missed out on its earlier run, FUNimation gave Outlaw Star the "Classic" box set treatment, which makes it cheaper than its previous Blu-ray release. To this day, it's one of my favorite sci-fi anime shows and I loved how it blended space with Eastern elements. I mean, this show had magical space pirates, samurai, ships with arms, and a gun that shoots spells. Who knows, it might've been one of the inspirations for the series known as Firefly since they share a similar setting. If that isn't the case, then I guess it could be a coincidence.

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Viz Media is streaming Jojo's Bizzare Adventure right now via Twitch TV

Japan News - Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:10

If for some very insanely odd reason you still have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure in your anime backlog, then right now is the perfect chance to catch up on the series. Viz Media, the master distributor of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, will be streaming all three season of the series via Twitch TV for two weeks. 

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Dr. Stone and Radiant launch this September in North America

Japan News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 19:52

Earlier this week, Viz Media has announced that they will be releasing manga adventure DR. STONE on September 4th with an MSRP of $9.99 USD and $12.99 CND. For those unfamiliar with it, the series it's written by Riichiro Inagaki, who previously worked on EYESHIELD 21, and drawn by Boichi.

It will be available digitally as well on September 4th via Viz Media's official website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Check out the series' summary below:

In DR. STONE, one fateful day all of humanity is suddenly turned to stone. Many millennia later, high school student Taiju frees himself from the petrification and finds himself surrounded by statues. The situation looks grim—until he runs into his science-loving friend Senku! Together they plan to restart civilization with the power of science!

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Releases of the Week: Garo continues to cut evil in half

Japan News - Thu, 08/09/2018 - 06:00

A week has passed and we're hit with another glorious tokusatsu release. This time, the second season of the late-night series, Garo, arrives to free us from the darkness. At this point, I hope that Kraken Releasing's releases of the franchise continue to do well. That way, we can get the rest of them in North America.

Honestly, I'm still wrapping my head around this since there was a time when people were talking about these titles never leaving Japan. Now that we're seeing more of them coming over, I'm glad that I can support them officially. Best of all, it gives others the chance to see what makes these shows fun.

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Releases of the Week: Timeranger ushers in a new era

Japan News - Wed, 08/01/2018 - 14:00

So I leave this segment for a week and a miracle happens when I return. It turns out that Mirai Sentai Timeranger arrived in our time period from the year 3000. Looking back, it's amazing that Shout! Factory managed to get this far with its Super Sentai releases. As for this piece's absence during last week, let's just say that we were going through an under-construction phase.

If you watched Power Rangers Time Force, I heard that the source material is similar. However, its differences involve how the team's story started, along with the fate of a certain character. Of course, this aspect pleases my appreciation for seeing two franchises tell a different story with the same suits, robots and monsters.

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Review: Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms

Japan News - Fri, 07/20/2018 - 13:10

At many points of your life, the concept of immortality has been brought up, whether it’s an author’s interoperation in media or perhaps in a conversation. Mari Okada, who is responsible for the composition of highly praised series such as Anohana and Kiznaiver makes her directorial debut with Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms otherwise known as Sayoasa in Japan. Maquia presents the idea of immortality by playing with the idea of outliving your love ones by many years, even hundreds of years, leading to loneliness. The protagonist, Maquia, is from a clan where all the members stop aging in their mid-teens. Other themes include motherhood and racial identity, as that’s two struggles she faces throughout the entirety of the movie.

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Releases of the Week: Hang out in Ikebukuro with more Durarara!!

Japan News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 15:30

When the Durarara!! anime premiered in 2010, I liked how it presented us with a dangerous place filled with down-to-earth individuals. Even if some of them were involved in some extreme actions, the show convinced us that some of them will look after those they trust.

So what does this have to do with releases? Well, the original light novel's tenth book came out, and my gut feeling tells me that it covers more stuff that might've not appeared in the anime. Since Erika and Walker (a.k.a. the series' best duo) are featured with their buddies on the cover, this installment deserves extra props.

As I started thinking about Inio Asano, Dead Dead Demon's Dededede Destruction's second volume enters the scene. Japanator Writer Christian Chiok enjoyed it when it first launched so we can expect it to be impressive. 

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Delta H Con 2018 Cosplay Gallery

Japan News - Sun, 07/15/2018 - 20:15

It's summer once again with the con season blazing in regards to the heat, especially in the southern part of the US but the cosplayers are looking cool over at this year's Delta H Con in Houston, Texas. I'm back once again to check out some cosplay at the growing anime and gaming convention in one of the major cities in the country and I must say it's getting bigger along with some impressive cosplay on display. It was quite a bit difficult to get a lot of pictures and video (incoming in a couple of days) with the sheer amount of people spread out all over the moderately sized venue.

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Dragon Ball Super Movie 'Broly' Coming Out in January 2019 in North America

Japan News - Fri, 07/13/2018 - 03:14

The latest Dragon Ball Super movie has been a hot topic as of late as the movie title as well as the first promotional poster was revealed. Dragon Ball Super Broly, which is the first Dragon Ball Super movie and the twentieth Dragon Ball movie will bring back the popular movie character Broly, as the title of the movie suggests. While Broly is a very popular character, he's also a very disliked character by many as well, so the direction of the movie was questioned. However, thankfully Akira Toriyama confirmed that the character will be rebooted for this movie, bringing back hope to the Broly nay-sayers while still pleasing Broly's fans. 

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Releases of the Week: You can't stop Garo's Divine Flame

Japan News - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 16:30

It's hasn't been a month since the last live-action Garo release came out, and things are looking good for the Golden Knight. This time, we're seeing Garo the Movie: Divine Flame hitting home video in North America. The anime film is a sequel to Garo: The Animation, which I need to finish. From what I saw, it left me with a good impression. 

As Planet With presents us with Satoshi Mizukami (Lucifer and the Biscuit Hammer's Creator), the fourth volume of his manga called Spirit Circle arrives to satisfy people's desire for his storytelling style. According to a friend of mine who loves his works, it continues to show off the guy's great method of setting up his characters and world.

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The new Ultraman's YouTube stream now has English subtitles

Japan News - Wed, 07/11/2018 - 06:00

One surprise that caught me off guard is the current Ultraman show, Ultraman R/B, not appearing on Crunchyroll. The reason why this is strange is that the service simulcasted 2015's Ultraman X, 2016's Ultraman Orb, and 2017's Ultraman Geed. With the new installment appearing on Netflix Japan, we may have to give up on seeing it in the usual spot.

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J-Novel nabs Orphen, Amagi Brilliant Park, and a couple interesting goodies

Japan News - Sat, 07/07/2018 - 06:00

Anime Expo started on Thursday, and J-Novel unleashed a new arsenal of titles on their Website. Coincidentally, one of them answered my prayers as the original Sorcerous Stabber Orphen light novel launches in English. Honestly, I'm not too familiar with it, but the art featured in the anime and PS2 game gave me a good vibe.

Since it revolves around a magic school dropout trying to save his friend who accidentally became a dragon, it sounds right up my alley. That, and it looks like it's another fun fantasy story from the '90s.

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Releases of the Week: Gundam 00 brings back the armed interventions

Japan News - Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:00

The 4th of July came and went as fireworks covered the sky all over the United States. Speaking of independence, this week represents the return of Gundam 00, so you can rewatch the Celestial Being pilots' attempt to unite the world. All in all, this shows that Rightstuf and Sunrise's partnership to bring the franchise's older shows to North America continues to go well.

If you've been itching to do a fabulous pose, JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders drops by to bring the "ORA ORA ORA" and "MUDA MUDA MUDA" towards your direction. You'll get greeted with a "WRY" as well. 

The manga side brought us some good shonen stuff as One Punch Man and The Seven Deadly Sins hit us with their latest volumes. As I go through my recurring dilemma of coming across things I've been meaning to check out, My Hero Academia Vigilantes drops by to give us another side of the main series' world. 

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Boomslank's new shirt will make you want to pilot a badass robot

Japan News - Sun, 07/01/2018 - 17:00

So I was thinking about how there need to be more shirts of original giant robots and a glorious miracle happened. It turns out that Boomslank released a new mecha shirt called "Megalith," which gives us the feeling of seeing a unit launch into the sky.

Interestingly, P-Shinobi's inspiration for the shirt was the song "Megalith Anus Dei" from Ace Combat 4. While the game deals with jets, the piece shows that its more about the feeling you get from the tune than the title's content. Since his intentions if for the person to feel overwhelmed, a giant robot worked well on this topic. The idea of watching it fly by captures this moment well. Who knows, this shirt might make you three times faster if you wear it.

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Releases of the Week: Garo gives mankind hope

Japan News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 13:00

I don't know about you, but the final week of June hit us with a ton of new things from glorious Nippon. One of the releases I'd like to focus on is the North American debut of Garo Special: Beast of the Demon Night, which is a direct continuation of the original late-night tokusatsu series. 

Honestly, this release is dear to me since it continues to create a glorious moment that fans of the genre never saw coming. Hopefully, it'll continue to meet Kraken Releasing's expectations. That way, we could see all of the live-action installments in the West.

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The next Konosuba anime brings Megumin's explosions to the big screen

Japan News - Wed, 06/27/2018 - 06:00

One of the biggest surprises of 2017 and 2016 was Konosuba's two seasons. Other than being among the shows that led to Studio Deen bringing us a series of solid hits, it was fun seeing Kazuma and his party of dimwits' attempts to survive in a fantasy world. I guess there's a plot about defeating a demon lord, but the priority seems to be in the antics.

As we went a full year without hearing any news of a sequel, the anime getting its own movie. Whether it'll be a sequel or self-contained story will depend on future updates. For now, we know that J.C. Staff (Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? and Slayers' Animation Production) is handling the animation, and the key staff members are returning. In other words, we're getting a nicer version of the title with the main people we know and love.

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JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's anime makes a golden comeback this October

Japan News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 13:00

Well, people. It seems like 2018 is going to be a great year to be a fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Part of it has to do with the manga's fifth arc getting an anime adaptation in the form of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind.

The thing that sets it apart from other long series is that each saga is set in a different time period, along with focusing on a different cast of characters. While they're all connected, each story gives off a different feeling, which is one of JoJo's strong points. That, and it features ridiculous poses, along with the heroes finding clever ways to use their abilities to stop their foes.

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WTF Fridays: A man of culture

Japan News - Fri, 06/22/2018 - 12:00

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J-Novel's latest acquisition focuses on managing dungeons

Japan News - Thu, 06/21/2018 - 06:00

It looks like J-Novel brought us a story that sheds light on the ways of keeping a dungeon in check. With the lead known as a Keima being a slacker, Lazy Dungeon Master may throw some challenges to help him be more productive.

Other than managing the place, he has to protect the Dungeon Core, which happens to be a cute girl called Rokuko. If she dies, then the guy will perish as well. 

Just like their previous releases, Vol. 1's first chapter can be read on J-Novel Club for free. This format helps people decide if it's worth paying for the content available on the Website, which costs $4.50 a month. So far, the laziness angle shows that it has some potential.

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Releases of the Week: Start your life in another world with Re:ZERO

Japan News - Wed, 06/20/2018 - 18:30

It's time to welcome a big release as Re:ZERO: Starting Life in Another World came out in North America on home video. Since it was one of my favorite shows of 2016, this news made my day. 

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