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Final Impressions: Saki: The Nationals

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 18:00

The final episode of Saki: The Nationals doesn't really feature much in terms of climatic wrap-up. The series end with a giant standing nod to the other half of the story: the Episode of Side A. And maybe that's for the best.

Saki is the sort of sports-like anime where intense moment-to-moment moves turn the tides of the story, from Richii, Ron and Tsumo. Mythical powers and solid statistical play are the rules of the day. But at the same time, a large contingent of us are watching Saki for the inter-character sub-plots. Who befriended who? What's this girl's story? And in that sense, Saki tells a story no different than what you might find on a sports program on TV. So in that sense, the last episode felt like a behind-the-scenes video of what happens in this world's premium sport, appropriately.

Categories: General Japan News

RoViN's Hayato Departs

J-pop Asia - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:16
Visual Kei band RoViN announced that bassist hayato has left the band.
Categories: General Japan News

Toradora's Junji Majima Gets Assassination Order... On Himself

Fan of other seiyuu tells voice of Disgaea's Prinny squad, Chaika - The Coffin Princess's Tohru to assassinate himself
Categories: Anime

In This Wacky Dating Sim Game, You Avoid Love Or You Blow Up

Siliconera - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:00

In This Wacky Dating Sim Game, You Avoid Love Or You Blow Up screenshot

So, we’ve had countless love-sims where your goal is to win your favorite girl’s heart. Kemco’s Wii U visual novel game, Death Match Love Comedy, does the exact opposite, as having a girl fall in love with you could mean your death. The game’s official website shows us more on the game.


Categories: Video Game News

Director Gareth Edwards Talks About Signing On For Godzilla 2014

The film will open with stars Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, on May 16
Categories: Anime

Sakura-Con 2014 to host Titan, SAO, Magi guests and more

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:00

Sakura-Con, the big spring-time anime con based out of Seattle, runs next weekend from April 18th to April 20th. We at Japanator will try our best to bring you coverage from the event covering the usual cosplay, news and guest info.

Categories: General Japan News

Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 17:00

Alright everyone, it's time for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting manga and anime recap that gets it, OK, we know about the whole duality thing in Naruto's themes. Gaawhhhd

Anyway, we've got it all for you this fine evening, including the latest from Naruto, Hunter x Hunter, One Piece and Bleach! Catch it all below after you read the latest round of First Impressions from all the new Spring anime series!

Shonen Showdown 4-12-2014 screenshot

Categories: General Japan News

The Seven Deadly Sins manga gets an anime series

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 16:00

Nanatsu no Taizai, or better known as The Seven Deadly Sins, is a manga by Nakaba Suzuki. It's about a princess who discovers the truth about her king guards, and is forced to run away. She is trying to find the sins to help her regain her kingdom back.

Well, Kodansha's Weekly Shonen Magazine just announced that this lovey manga is finally getting its own anime adaption. The manga itself has about 3 million copies in circulation, which is a lot if you ask me! So there is no doubt that the anime is getting quite some hype, especially from fans of the manga. Kodansha's magazine will be publishing the eighth book compilation, which will have a bonus story with the Fairy King. You can catch that next Thursday! 

No word on when the show will premiere, but I'm sure it won't be long before we know!

Categories: General Japan News

Half Minute Hero II: The Second Coming – More Isn’t Better

Siliconera - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:30

It’s been five years since the original Half Minute Hero released.  Five years is a long time to wait for a sequel, and an especially long time to wait for the sequel to a portable game that used simple sprites.  Five years is a long time to wait for the sequel to one of the best JRPGs on the PSP.  Or maybe one of the best action games on the PSP.  For a while it didn’t look the sequel was going to be localized at all, another casualty of the Sony handheld’s western market woes.


Categories: Video Game News

Daiju Yanauchi's Gaki Rock Manga Gets Live-Action Film

Manga by Gang King author gets new 1-shot in Young King this month
Categories: Anime

Unity Game Engine Gets Its Own Open Source Heroine

Unity-chan helps bring together the best that Unity Technologies Japan has to offer.
Categories: Anime

Burlesque show inspired by Cowboy Bebop premieres early May

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 15:00

I love me a good burlesque show. Artful stripping to themes that are close to my heart? Please, give me more! It's one of the reason why I loved both Cosplay Burlesque shows when they were featured at Otakon several years back.

If you're in Seattle on May 2, you'll have the opportunity to watch a burlesque show inspired by Cowboy Bebop. Titled "The Real Folk Blues," the show is produced by Unnatural Redhead Productions, a company that focuses on bringing amusingly themed burlesque shows to the Seattle area. If you're interested, tickets will run you $12 on pre-sale and $15 at the door. VIP tickets, which include priority seating and special grab bags, go for $20 & $25. There's a showing at 7 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m.

Categories: General Japan News

Mamoru Miyano Joins Tokyo Ghoul Anime's Cast

Katsuyuki Konishi, Takayuki Sugo, Sumire Morohoshi also join cast for July series
Categories: Anime

Canadian Valkyria Chronicles Singer Himeka Searches for New Label

Anison winner & Night Raid 1931 performer recorded under 5pb. since 2012
Categories: Anime

Impressions: Bodacious Space Pirates: Abyss of Hyperspace

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 14:00

I firmly believe that Satelight's scifi space opera, Bodacious Space Pirates, is a series that deserves a better name. Even the original novel's title (Miniskirt Space Pirates) betrays the actual content of the show. Hell, I was more than ready to write this franchise off entirely because the title screamed raunchy. The only reason I gave it a shot was because Tatsuo Sato's involvement. Many of you are probably most familiar with him from his work on the fantastic Martian Successor Nadesico series and film.

I'm glad I gave Bodacious Space Pirates a fair shot, because it ended up being one of my favorite TV anime from 2012. Just the right mix of great characters and scifi edge, BSP was a show that played its subject matter completely straight. It took the time to flesh out its world and cast rather than focus on action, resulting in a wonderfully epic coming of age tale.

Categories: General Japan News

PIERROT To Comeback After 8 Years

J-pop Asia - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:13
PIERROT member are Kirito, Kohta and Takeo from Angelo, together with Aiji from LM.C and Jun of ALvino. The band had their major debut in 1998 and disbanded on 2006. Now theiy're back with a brand new official site and Twitter, along with several good news for the fans.
Categories: General Japan News

Pokémon's Original Designer To Release 1st Art Book

Pokémon's fans, rejoice! Ken Sugimori, the original character designer behind the successful Pokémon video game franchise, will finally release his first...
Categories: Anime

Part 1 of Attack on Titan film compilation duology releasing this winter

Japan News - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 13:00

Had enough of Attack on Titan yet? I didn't think so, but just in case, here's a bit of news that'll either have you squealing your head off in fangirlish glee or shaking your head in disappointment that yet another series is being piledriven directly into the ground after having already saturated the industry with spinoffs, OVAs, and merchandise. Ready?

A theatrical version of Attack on Titan is hitting theaters, split into two parts. Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 1: Crimson Bow and Arrow, and Attack on Titan the Movie: Part 2: Wings of Freedom will be compiling the 25-episode anime series into two films, with the first releasing this winter and the second in 2015. The first movie, Crimson Bow and Arrow, will span episodes 1-13, with the second movie collecting 14-25. Footage will be re-edited with a new dub and 5.1-channel remaster, but what's going to change, really?

Categories: General Japan News

Aldnoah.Zero TV Anime's 1st TV Ad Outlines Space War Story

Series written by Madoka Magica's Urobuchi will premiere in July
Categories: Anime

Online 2D Social RPG Dragon Blaze Heading West This Year

Siliconera - Sat, 04/12/2014 - 12:31

Online 2D Social RPG Dragon Blaze Heading West This Year screenshot

At GDC earlier this year, we got to take a look at Korean social 2D online game Dragon Blaze. The game’s big draw is your ability to manage and handle different skill cooldowns for your party. Publisher KOG Games is looking to bring it to the West by the third quarter of this year.


Categories: Video Game News
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