General Japan News
The magical girl genre has been around for decades and has experienced a bit of a renaissance as of late. It has now reached a wider audience with targeting audiences outside of young girls with different shows adding in different new things to the formula.
This week's selection is about girls in pretty garb using magic to kick ass and save the world. Enjoy!
Did I not mention your favorite Magical Girl anime opening? SHARE IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, YO!
Dragon Quest VIII was one of the few PS2 RPGs that didn't suck. In a time where JRPGs saturated the 6th console generation especially on Sony's black monolith, Square Enix still knew how to produce cream that rose above the crap. Now it is making a resurrection on the 3DS. Yep a previous Sony exclusive is skipping PSN, PSVita, and returning on the 3DS with new party members, voice over, and quests.
However recently Famitsu has reported that the stereoscopic 3D mechanic will not be used in the game. As a new 3DS owner, I rarely use the 3D even with the new head tracking feature of the newer 3DSes so I doubt feature would not be missed too much by the majority of 3DS owners.
Ask me anything I would like from a pre-order bonus and I would reply, a nice hardcover art book. It looks great sitting on the coffee table for guests to browse through and impressive on a bookcase surrounded by others. The contents are usually superb with high res images of favourite and familiar pieces. An added bonus would be an interview with the artist at the back or a tutorial or two about how they made a piece.
Gainax studio have quite a few different art styles ranging from the moe focussed IdolM@ster to the western powerpuffy depictions of Panty and Stocking. Japanese publisher Ichijinsha has unveiled an upcoming art book Telegenic, a survey of the animation work from animator/character designer Atsushi Nishigori on their website. There is such an eclectic and diverse range of art styles shown by Nishigori it will be a must have for aspiring artists.
There's something wonderful about seeing a place hold an art show to commemorate the greatness of certain things. Whether it's a beloved franchise or a show that many folks grew up with, the best thing about these events are seeing the artists' takes on those existing properties. While we're on the topic of art galleries, the folks at Q Pop are hosting a Tatsunoko Tribute festivity in the form of Sea Dragon Brothers: Tatsunoko Pro Tribute Art Show.
The first Dengeki Bunko was an unique specimen. Its a fighting game for anime characters crossed over with other anime characters, instead of the traditional fighting game characters. As a massive fighting game fan I was ecstatic to find that it was going to be released in the west later this year.
Dengeki Online announced yesterday that a sequel will be released this summer under the temporary title; Dengeki Bunko Fighting Climax New Work. This new game will feature re-balances, new systems, and Emi Yusa from The Devil is a Part-Timer! as a playable character along with the king of evil (Sadao Mao) as a support.
The Dressrosa arc had the potential to be one of my favourite arcs. The main bad guy was the enigmatic Donquixote Doflamingo, it carried on from Punk Hazard so we got to have more Law, and Dressrosa is a great location for some heart breaking moments as well as goofy fun. But the arc is dragging on and on and on. The Straw Hats have been on Dressrosa for 65 episodes and Luffy still hasn't confronted Doflamingo for their big showdown. More than a year has gone by and the end isn't close. Despite my huge passion for One Piece, the pacing really puts me off watching it week to week when there are better shows like Jojo that keep things entertaining with a monster of the week style format.
The mixing of two different tastes is prominent in Asian cuisine. Sweet and Sour, Hot and Sour, Sweet Chili etc. These are all fantastic flavours that give our favourite dishes a kick that we all love. Even the west has some polarising flavours when we wash down a juicy cheeseburger with a sweet cool shake. But has it gone too far when we're implementing fruits into our junk food?
I may’ve been keeping my fingers crossed for Garo: Gold Storm Soar to blow our minds with some amazing suit on suit action, but that isn’t stopping me from enjoying the show’s story. Since the series’ moving at a faster pace than Garo: Makai no Hana, this might be a great sign that the staff hasn't revealed their full hand yet. For now, let’s just say that it’s been a great distraction from the lack of creepy-looking costumes.
If this is anything to go by, then Gold Storm’s ability to keep us hooked hasn’t gone down yet. I guess you could say that things’ll go up from here on out.
Well, it's been weeks since we last checked in with the Stardust Crusaders, a group name, which, come to think of it, doesn't make all that much sense in the grand scheme of things.
I mean, sure there's a "Star" in "Star Platinum", and Egypt has a lot of dust, as well as a few Crusades, but...well, I guess it does make sense, after all. So let's carry on, then!
Tsugumi Ohba's writing combined with Takeshi Obata's art produced a heart pounding, page turning manga called Death Note that was later adapted into a widely popular TV anime, a ho-hum movie adaptation, and some more side stories. Suffice to say, Death Note fans have a lot of content they can enjoy to help immerse themselves into Ohba's modern gothic masterpiece.
Now a TV drama based off the manga will air on Nihon TV every Sunday starting in July. Actors and character visuals have been released today;
Welcome to Strong Style, Japanator's look into Japanese wrestling! This time out we look at my favorite wrestling show on American TV as it returns for a second season.
Can AXS keep up everything that made this show amazing during its first season? What does the producers pick to highlight from New Japan wrestling action? Take a read and find out!
We're getting close to the Japan Animator Expo project's final stretch, and the latest piece ends up being another adaptation (slightly NSFW) of a manga by Moyoco Anno. Just like the previous piece that adapted her work, "Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen" is animated in a way where it feels like a work of art. While it didn't feature any stop-motion scenes, the animation's textures, colors, and visuals made it feel like an old silent film.
At long last, my time to stream something has arrived. For my first gaming stream, you'll get to see me transform Japanator into a sentai team in Chroma Squad. This'll be a combine effort between the staff, since they helped me come up with the team's name and the preferences for their heroes.
Will Sal's experience with toku help him triumph over evil, or will his series fail miserably and cause Japanator to lose a lot of money? Find out at 11:00 p.m. CST to see if he has what it takes to create a fun toku program for everyone.
This week's Week Ender is about those fantasy anime with a bit of a twist to them. Fantasy fiction has always had outlandish and strange elements native to it but it's quite common to see a different take on the genre to breathe new life to it.
As I've shown you in this week's anime opening selection in OP Up!, here are the endings that cap off each episode of those new anime with a twist to them.
So is there an ending you love that I missed? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I WANT TO KNOW!
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