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Review: Tokyo School Life

Japan News - Tue, 04/16/2019 - 21:10

While I played my fair share of visual novels over a couple of years, it’s still not a genre I’ve completely involved myself with aside from the mainstream titles. While I’ve seen Tokyo School Life in my recommended a few times on Steam or when going through the Steam queue to get trading cards during sales, from a quick skimmed, it never caught my interest enough to even know what it was about, until the game was announced for Switch.

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Impressions: Alt Lab's Smash Stick: Analog Arcade Stick

Japan News - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 09:30

For as long as I’m been invested in traditional fighting games, Fight Sticks or Arcade Sticks, whichever name you prefer, have been my controller of choice, at least for PlayStation systems. However, for the more casual fighting games, such as anime games or the party brawlers like Smash Bros, I just used a regular controller—it really never occurred to me to play them using a Fight Stick, especially since I never had one on Nintendo systems until the Nintendo Wii, for Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. That’s when I started playing Super Smash Bros. Brawl with it, but it didn’t feel too natural and went back to using the Gamecube controller and ditto for Smash for Wii U.

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Impressions: Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Volumes 2-3

Japan News - Sat, 04/13/2019 - 05:00

It’s been almost a year since I read and reviewed the first volume of Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction. Personally, I had mixed thoughts about it. While the character interactions and the tone were fantastic, the story did move slow, without any real progression. However, both Volume 2-3 completely changes that while retaining the wacky character interactions.  

 Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Volumes 2-3 screenshot

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Japanator Unboxing: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel: Decisive Edition

Japan News - Wed, 04/10/2019 - 23:40

Almost two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to play the PS4 version of Trails of Cold Steel, which I wrote a port report about here. While I preferred the Steam version, I was very satisfied with it for the most part, and I recommended it regardless if they are a newcomer or veteran of the series.

Additionally, XSEED already released a special edition of the game labeled the "Decisive Edition" which comes packed with a 50 Mira Coin, which looks pretty cool, the game's OST, and a beautifully illustrated Ssteelbook, with Rean on the front. (Which will match Cold Steel 2's Steelbook featuring Crow once that releases: 

 Decisive Edition screenshot

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Review: The World Next Door

Japan News - Mon, 04/08/2019 - 19:00

I’ve been a big fan of Viz Media ever since my early years of when I migrated to the United States. For the longest, I've known them as the manga publishers for many of our beloved series such as Naruto, Dragon Ball, Bleach, One Piece, and even the Mega Man NT Warriors manga, which I remember reading a lot back in the day in my local library.

Many years fast-forwarded, and Viz Media published their first game, The World Next Door, and honestly, I thought it was something I wouldn’t see happening. The first time I found out about it was during New York Comic Con 2018 where they have demos of the game as well as a free prologue comic for attendees to grab. While they had a partnership with What Pumpkin Games' game Hiveswap, Viz Media wasn’t really the publisher according to Steam.

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PS4 Port Report: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

Japan News - Fri, 03/29/2019 - 17:10

It's been over three years since one of the best JRPGs of recent time reached North America, which my former colleague and friend Sal reviewed at the time as well. A year and a half later, the game hit Steam supporting 4K/resolution as well as 60 fps, a Turbo Mode, which increases the speed of the game by quadruple the speed, and the option to play with the original Japanese voices and text (which was added late last year) and approximately 50% added lines of English voice-overs. It was a great PC port that offered various settings, even the ability to change the field of view. 

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Impressions: Kaguya-sama Love is War Vol 2-5

Japan News - Tue, 03/26/2019 - 16:30

It’s undisputable that the year has kicked off with a excellent section of anime, such as Mob Psycho, The Promise Neverland, Shield Hero, and Kaguya-sama: Love is War. All strong contenders that could easily net Anime of the Year, even at this early stage. I know that’s a bold statement, considering the strong line-up that it’s coming this year. Anime in 2019 is definitely looking bright.

Earlier last year, I had the opportunity to review the first volume of Kaguya-sama: Love is War—which I greatly enjoyed. The main characters are very likable, the story can be relatable, and the comedy and character interactions felt natural, too. I was more than happy to dive in into the later volumes, especially with the series getting an anime announcement.

 Kaguya-sama Love is War Vol 2-5 screenshot

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Review: Disgaea 5 Complete (PC)

Japan News - Fri, 03/22/2019 - 02:00

I immensely enjoyed Disgaea 5 when I originally played it on PlayStation 4, so I knew I had to get the Complete Edition on Steam when it came out. I would have gotten it on the Switch, but I didn’t have one at the time. I would get it on the Switch to have the game on the go for sure.

The Disgaea 5 Complete, as the name states, it’s the complete version of the game with all the available DLC, but aside from that, it has all the same features from the original version. It’s still one of the best in the series and one of the best titles within the genre available this generation.

 Disgaea 5 Complete (PC) screenshot

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Review: The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince

Japan News - Mon, 03/18/2019 - 13:00

As a fan of Japanese games, I’m always open to trying out a variety of Japanese published and developed games, even the slightly lewd and questionable ones (although there’s a line.) I’m particularly a fan of a lot of the niche games published by NIS America, such as the Yomawari games, Hotaru no Nikki or any of NIS games that has either Yu Mizokami or Masayuki Furuya as character designers.

I’m always excited to see more games designed by either of them, so I was happy when The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince. It really reminded me of A Rose in the Twilight, except this is less eerie and depressing. Even the puzzles were similar, except more matching of their corresponding settling.

 The Liar Princess and the Blind Prince screenshot

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Review: The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist

Japan News - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 14:00

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is one of regarded as the best anime of all time according to MyAnimeList, with an average score of 9.24, scored by 847,835 users as of this post. And honestly, it’s well deserved. Not only did Bones did a fantastic job with the animation (for the most part), but it was well adapted as well. It undoubtedly can be considered a masterpiece.

I’m usually a fan of artbooks, especially video game artbooks, because it contains all of the aesthetic process of the game, including concept arts, environments, and character artworks, in different outfits of how they came to be in their final design. While particularly, I never owned an anime artbook, I was interested in getting this one.   

 The Complete Art of Fullmetal Alchemist screenshot

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Impressions: Dr. Stone Volumes 1-2

Japan News - Sun, 03/17/2019 - 08:55

Being a longtime fan of Riichiro Inagaki’s Eyeshield 21, I was very much looking forward to his new work—Dr. Stone. Despite the huge difference in settings, the former being an (American) football series and Dr. Stone involving science, and it’s presented in a way where the reader can learn fun facts about the subject in combination with an interesting story, setting, and awesome characters.

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Impressions: Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha

Japan News - Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:00

When it comes to discussing joke characters within the Dragon Ball fandom, you’ll often hear Yamcha or Krillin, but mostly about Yamcha. Even since the early Dragon Ball days, the desert bandit was used as a measuring stick to show a glimpse of the villianspower. One of his most humiliating moments was when he was killed by a Sabaiman—a moment forever attached to his name as it has created many memes, figures, and even a recreation of the pose in the baseball episode in Dragon Ball Super.

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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray Sets Parts 4 & 5

Japan News - Fri, 01/11/2019 - 03:00

It’s hard to believe that Dragon Ball Super ended almost over a year ago—time surely flies fast. It’s even crazier that the Universe 6 arc was almost three years ago as well, which also feels recent. Even though I recently watched these episodes due to their recent dub / Blu-ray releases, it’s all fresh in my mind.

The Universe 6 was a pretty good teaser of what was to come later throughout the series, and the Future Trunks arc was great with the return of a beloved character and the introduction of a concept that has been all over the fandom for years—the concept of an evil Goku, in other words, Goku Black.

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Annotated Anime: Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Episode 1

Japan News - Sun, 01/06/2019 - 19:50

If you read my Mob Psycho 100 review from last year, you know that it’s one of my favorite series from 2016. It was really quirky with a great cast of characters, great animation and story—Shigeo and Reigen’s chemistry as student and mentor, respectively, was overall great. Earlier last year, an OVA episode named “The Miraculous Unknown Psychic” was released recapping all the events from the first season narrated by Reigen Arataka in form of him attempting to write a bestselling book.

I usually don’t bother watching previous season recaps, especially if the series is still fresh in my mind but watching this one was enjoyable—it was well executed, and it shows the relationship between Shigeo and Reigen hasn’t changed.

 Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 Episode 1 screenshot

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MBLAQ's Seung Ho Assaulted By Former Employee

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 13:20
A former J.Tune Camp employee hit MBLAQ member Seung Ho over the head with a glass cup during a drunken argument at a bar.
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Super Junior's Siwon Displays Opposition Against Same-Sex Marriage, Supports Kim Davis

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 12:21
Super Junior member Siwon has come out in opposition of same-sex marriage through a series of retweets on his twitter account.
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TOKIO's Taichi Kokubun To Get Married

J-pop Asia - Fri, 09/11/2015 - 11:21
TOKIO member Taichi Kokubun has announced that he will be getting married to a non-celebrity woman.
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Perfume Makes Appearance In New Apple iPhone 6s Commercial

J-pop Asia - Thu, 09/10/2015 - 11:59
Perfume has made an appearance in the celebrity-filled commercial for Apple's new phone, the iPhone 6s.
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Rihwa Covers Yu Takahashi's "Ashita wa Kitto Ii Hi ni Naru", Featured In New Commercial

J-pop Asia - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:46
Rihwa has covered Yu Takahashi's latest single "Ashita wa Kitto Ii Hi ni Naru" which has been picked up for a new car commercial.
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Ailee Won't Delay Album Release Despite Fractured Foot

J-pop Asia - Wed, 09/09/2015 - 10:09
Despite fracturing her foot during a music video shoot, Ailee's upcoming album release will not be delayed.
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