General Japan News
For a good while, I had this idea in my head about how the world would analyze fiction in the next one thousand or million years. One of my ideas was that archeologists and historians would use them as the basis for new mythological stories. Flash forward to today, the latest short in the Japan Animator Expo project covers one possibility that can come from this outcome.
I don't think I've seen such a good episode of One Piece in recent memory. It's not just good, it's great! It's better than the whole Rebecca storyline, Dressrosa stuff, and anything that was done after the time-skip. It ultimately delivers on why Corazon is such a big part to the Dressrosa story and the origins of Doflamingo-Law connection/ feud.
We've all wanted it and finally Capcom delivers. The blonde show boating pro wrestler Rainbow Mika finally makes her return to the cast of World Warriors since her debut in 1998 with Street Fighter Alpha 3. R. Mika is also the first grappler character to be announced for Street Fighter V and her move set has grown since her anime-inspired first appearance.
I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. But it's been such a long time since I've been drawn to a romantic anime since they've all pretty much become the same thing. It's either an inappropriate relationship, an appropriate but boring relationship, or a single guy (or girl) is surrounded by several members of the opposite sex vying for attention. It's always a toss up with these shows, so I like to base my choices off of interesting concepts.
Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is treading into climatic territories that make us think that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.
At this rate, the show’s rising action segments are only going to get higher right now. Perhaps that peak has been reached right about now.
Once again, Garo: Gold Storm Soar is threading into territory that makes us believe that we’re in for a final clash. Obviously, these moments are only meant to set the stage for the true finale, but the climatic goodness behind each scene continues to toy with our expectations.
I love when anime directly references stuff in real life and Himouto! Umaru-chan is one of the better titles to do it. They don't go for the subtle nod or the direct reference with the name bleeped out. Nope, this show goes all in with no subtlety in referencing Capcom (Gapcom) and Street Fighter (Space Stream Fighter). They even copy the logo, font and color scheme allowing no mistaken identity possible. This is great as Himouto! Umaru-chan references a lot of geeky stuff throughout the episodes.
Boobs, crotch shot, potions, bra, string bikini, hero's journey, slime monster, tentacles, grinding, objectification, RPG trope, and nudity.
If you disagree with three or more of the above words then Bikini Warriors is sadly not for you. If you agree with all of the words above then Bikini Warriors was made for you.
If you've ever wanted to experience a small slice of urban Japan from the comfort of your own home, the Yakuza video game series has always been known to be the best game for the job. I find myself excited for big AAA games like Metal Gear Solid but surprisingly enough, I am also excited for Yakuza 5, which an older game on the PS3 that is only coming out this year.
Japanese mobsters, whom we call in the west as "The Yakuza" is referred to in Japan as 'violence groups' by normal people and are not seen in a favorable manner. Though that hasn't stopped Japanese entertainment in portraying them as other than just criminals, some even to show them that they have honor and principle despite... you know, the illegal crimes they are involved in.
This week's selection features Mobsters, those who are in organized crime gangs but usually the ones in anime are most often portrayed as anti-heroes so we'll be seeing a bunch of them below. So it's time for crime! (Please don't arrest me for that joke).
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Japan's anime artists have a knack for turning ordinary, everyday things into a hit. You see, cartoons in the U.S. are all about superheroes trying to save the world. But in Japan? There are so many creative genres that enjoyed instant success among anime fans (read: The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya).
Apart from the super successful superhero types like Naruto and Bleach, there are Akagi and Saki – anime that revolve around popular table games in the country and not heroes battling evil.
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