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First Impressions: M3 The Dark Metal

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:00

A unique art style and mysteriously dark premise was beckoning me, telling me that this show had the potential to bring something really interesting to the season. With Junichi Saito at the helm, director of acclaimed Sailor Moon and Princess Tutu, and a script by Mari Okada of Anohana and Toradora!, there was no way I wasn't checking this out. And while this episode wasn't a home run, it established some interesting concepts and carries itself with a unique aura.

 M3 The Dark Metal screenshot

Categories: General Japan News

Naruto And Sasuke Swap Clothes With Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution Day 1 Costumes

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:55

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution will be released for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 this September, Bandai Namco games have announced. (Yes, the game will be released on PC as well.)


Bandai Namco have also revealed Day 1 and pre-order costumes for the game. The Day 1 costumes in look interesting—they feature Naruto and Sasuke with swapped outfits. Meanwhile, the pre-order costumes are more… flamboyant.


Categories: Video Game News

A Pink Discusses Rising Popularity & Love Of Food

J-pop Asia - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:51
With their latest single "Mr. Chu" performing well on music shows and the charts alike, the members of A Pink discussed their rise in popularity and the one thing that always brings them joy: good food.
Categories: General Japan News

New Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn Screenshots Show Its More Realistic Visuals

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:50

Dynasty Warriors: Gundam Reborn is headed to PlayStation 3 in North America as a downloadable title, and Bandai Namco have shared new screenshots to pore over.


Gundam Reborn will contain Official Mode (re-enact battles from the Gundam universe, including famous scenes) and Ultimate Mode (utilize Mobile Suits from any timeline through various missions). There are over 100 different Mobile Suits in the game.


Categories: Video Game News

Dark Souls II Looks Gorgeous On PC, And Here Are Screenshots To Prove It

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:45


Dark Souls II will be available for PC later this week, and Bandai Namco have shared a brand new batch of screenshots from the PC version of the game, alongside a breakdown of the system requirements to play it.


Minimum Requirements:

Categories: Video Game News

Introducing Rise of Incarnates, A 2 vs. 2 Fighting Game The Tekken Staff Made For PC

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:04


Bandai Namco Games announced a new title during Global Gamer’s Day called Rise of Incarnates. This 2 vs. 2 battle arena game is being developed by staff that worked on Tekken and Soulcalibur. Yuichiro Baba from the Gundam Vs. franchise is the executive producer of the project.


Categories: Video Game News

Tales of Xillia 2 Collector’s Edition Comes With A Ludger Figurine And More

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:03

Tales of Xillia 2 is getting a collector’s edition in America, Bandai Namco announced at their Global Gamer’s Day event, which Siliconera attended. The collector’s edition will feature the following items:


  • Tales of Xillia game
  • Ludger Kresnik figurine
  • Elle’s Pocket Watch replica
  • Rollo plush charm
  • Tales of Xillia 2 music selection CD
  • Tales of Xillia 2 art book
  • Tales of costume DLC (Yuri Lowell, Emil Castagnier, and Asbel Lhant)


Categories: Video Game News

Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul Announced For Mobile

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:02

Project Soul, the team behind the Soulcalibur games, is producing a new Soulcalibur title for mobile, named Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul. The game was announced during Bandai Namco’s Global Gamer’s Day, but no other details have been shared aside from the game’s logo


Read Soulcalibur: Unbreakable Soul Announced For Mobile on Siliconera!

Categories: Video Game News

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment Coming To North America This Summer

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:01


Bandai Namco revealed to the press at their Global Gamer’s Days event that Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment is coming to North America as a downloadable title on PlayStation Vita. Now, we’re allowed to let everyone else know.


While Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment features Kirito as your default avatar, you actually have the ability to customize both his looks and his name. You’ll begin your adventure in a town on the 76th floor of Aincrad and begin working your way to the top, fighting bosses and clearing dungeons.


Categories: Video Game News

Fight as Rise Kujikawa in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax?!

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:00

There were rumors scuttling around for a while about Persona 4's Rise Kujikawa being a playable character in the upcoming fighting game Persona 4 Arena Ultimax, and they proved to be true with the recent issue of Famitsu and Dengeki PlayStation.

The rumor spread about when Rise Kujikawa and Persona 3's Ken Amada's name both popped up on Best Buy's product description, which led to fans wondering if it was sloppy editing on the retailer's part or if it was a real, accidental leak. With Rise out of the bag, it seems leaning toward the latter -- so don't be surprised if you see a Ken announcement!

Categories: General Japan News

Man to Be Charged for Cutting Up & Selling K-ON! Trailer Reel

Former projectionist accused of auctioning pieces of trailer's film online
Categories: Anime

Annotated Anime: Captain Earth episode 2 & 3

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:00

I can't remember the last time I watched a mech anime with so much nonsensical techno babble.

Bones' latest stab at the genre, Captain Earth, seems to have no qualms with throwing out made-up words and leaving them undefined for the viewers at home. For some people, this is understandably maddening.

For me, this is just Tuesday.

Categories: General Japan News

Annotated Anime Roundup: Winter 2014 Week 3

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:00

Welcome to the Annotated Anime Roundup for Spring Week 3: as the weather continues to warm and the world is rife with change, there's something comforting about the fact that every single week, without fail, Yowapeda continues to stall for time.

Catch up with us on all the latest happenings in cycling bromance, Tonari no Seki-kun, Is the Order a Rabbit?, The World is Still Beautiful, Baby Steps, One Week Friends, and Riddle Story of the Devil. Damidaler The Sound Robot is MIA this week, but you know what? No one even noticed until right now, so I guess we can do without it.

 Winter 2014 Week 3 screenshot

Categories: General Japan News

Fist of the North Star Gets DVD Magazine

DVD, magazine celebrates 30 years since the broadcast of Hokuto no Ken TV anime
Categories: Anime

The Dose: ClariS

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 07:00

The (supposedly) young ladies of ClariS are back, with plenty of good stuff for their fans. Alice & Clara have returned with STEP, which is the new opening to the anime series, Nisekoi. If you're the kind of person that doesn't like to change up your routine too much, this one might be for you.

The track isn't bad, but I wish I could report some kind of innovation from the once promising duo. While obviously their vocals have matured, their songs have become so incredibly formulaic. I feel like I could  write an algorithm for their songs, with breakdown, build ups, and choruses all in the same place. While I understand having some consistency with a sound, it's just getting a bit extreme.

Categories: General Japan News

Award-Winning Author/Space Dandy Writer Toh EnJoe to Appear in NYC

EnJoe's Self-Reference ENGINE recieved Special Citation honor at Philip K. Dick Awards ceremony
Categories: Anime

Yes, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Makes Rise Kujikawa Playable

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:19


The rumor from Best Buy’s product page is true. Rise Kujikawa is a playable character in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. Famitsu magazine confirmed Rise in this week’s issue and it looks like they have more Persona news to announce too.

Read Yes, Persona 4 Arena Ultimax Makes Rise Kujikawa Playable on Siliconera!

Categories: Video Game News

Review: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day

Japan News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 06:00

As far as bundles go, this is a bit of a strange one. Part-movie collection, part-video game, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is something that could only be pulled off on a home console. I suppose it's not surprising to see that Bandai Namco is the company publishing it, as it wasn't too long ago that they were offering a similar package with Tekken Hybrid, which included Tekken Tag Tournament HD and the Tekken: Blood Vengeance movie. 

Categories: General Japan News

JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: ASB Gameplay Video Features DIO

Combos showcased for April PS3 fighting game with demo now available
Categories: Anime

Looks Like Suikoden II Will Be Re-Released On PlayStation Network

Siliconera - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 05:09


The much loved, but forgotten by Konami RPG series is coming back and this time it isn’t a slot machine. Suikoden II is on deck to be re-released as a PsOne Classic. A rating for Suikoden II popped up on the ESRB as a PlayStation 3 game with Sony Computer Entertainment America listed as the publisher.




Categories: Video Game News
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