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FLCL's sequel brings out The Pillows goodness on June 2

Japan News - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:00

Whenever a title finishes its run, there's a good chance that its story is complete. As FLCL's new seasons hit us with a cool trailer, I'm still siding with those who think that they aren't necessary.

Aside from the original show having a satisfying conclusion, the other reason behind my stance is that the first series was the result of Gainax wanting to make something happy after being sad from working on End of Evangelion, which likely played a role in the OVA's hyperactive over-the-top nature. Since the sequel's team is lacking the old one's mentality, the new FLCL might not be on a similar level to its predecessor.

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Mob Psycho 100 Season 2 is now a thing

Japan News - Mon, 03/19/2018 - 06:00

So a recap special of the anime, Mob Psycho 100, was shown at an event in Japan and it set the stage for the show's second season to be announced. In other words, another adaptation of ONE's (One Punch Man and Mob Psycho 100's Creator) works is on a roll.

The best news about it is that BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and My Hero Academia's Animation Production) and the first season's original staff are making a comeback, so the quality should be consistent. 

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Licensing GET: Seven Seas nabs a manga about a Magical Girl Delinquent

Japan News - Thu, 03/15/2018 - 06:00

I love it when a story changes things up through having a lead that's different from the genre's usual character archetypes. Speaking of subverting usual things, Seven Seas is bringing the manga Oops! I Messed Up and Made the Wrong Person Into a Magical Girl! to North America. Obviously, the product's name speaks for itself.

Despite it having a long light novel-like title, I love that it's about a magical creature who accidentally turns a delinquent into a magical girl. The kicker is that it assumed that her cute appearance meant that she was an innocent person. While it sounds like it might be a gritty series, the manga is a parody of the genre so we can expect it to drive certain themes into the ground.

The manga's first volume hits North America on Oct. 9, which is a bit of a lengthy wait. Of course, I'm excited to see how the heroine's action will affect the city since she doesn't care about the bystanders who appear during her battles.

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Get drunk with Coca-Cola Japan's upcoming alcoholic drinks

Japan News - Thu, 03/08/2018 - 06:00

I may not be big on Coke, but I enjoy mixing it with rum and a bit of lemon. While we're on the topic of mixing booze with soda, Coca-Cola's Japan branch is planning to release an alcoholic beverage in the region. Interestingly, it's their first one in the country.

While they dabbled in wine business during the '70s, it's interesting that they're going back to this format in a different area. Their beverage is going to be a Chu-Hi, a Japanese alcoholic drink that uses carbonated water in the mix, so we can expect a neat take on this product.

Right now, the thing that comes to my mind is alcoholic variants of Coca-Cola's various sodas. Heck, I wouldn't mind an alcoholic version of Coke that's different from Cuba Liber (Coke with rum), along with one based on Sprite. Who knows, I might get to try this canned booze when I visit Japan for the first time one day. Until then, we'll have to wait until they reveal more information on these drinks. 

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PROMIC has launched the Japan Anime Music Lab

Japan News - Tue, 03/06/2018 - 18:20

Last week, PROMIC, the leading Japanese entertainment industry foundation to support the growth of Japanese music internationally, has launched Japan Anime Music Lab, or JAM LAB for short. 

The website, which you can find here, serves as an official information hub to connect international audiences and entertainment and music industry professionals with the top echelon of Japanese “ani-song” artists and their respective official representatives. 

PROMIC has launched the Japan Anime Music Lab screenshot

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Review: Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Thu, 03/01/2018 - 08:15

Just like Free!, Yuri on Ice is something I wanted to avoid watching, basically, one reason that it’s mostly fanservice for girls (I love Kuroko’s Basketball and that’s basically Yaoi galore), but mostly because I’m not interested in figure skating. However, a few months ago ice skating and men flexibility came into a group conversation among my friends, and with me lacking knowledge about both topics, a friend made me watch Yuri on Ice with her, and honestly, minus the BL between the protagonist, it was an enjoyable watch.

 Yuri!!! on Ice Blu-Ray Set screenshot

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Review: Akiba's Trip: The Animation

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 14:10

I’ve been a fan of the Akiba’s Trip series ever since it debuted on the PSP, especially since it was the “weeb” version of Way of the Samurai, which is by the same developer. While the gameplay isn’t spectacular per se, it’s still really fun, and combining the fact the story is Visual Novel-esque, it adds a lot of replayability, especially when you want to see end girl’s ending. Six years later, the game gets an anime adaptation featuring an original story. Looking at previous series like God Eater, Ace Attorney and especially Danganronpa (Both Persona 4 series were decent, in my opinion), we know that anime based on video games are usually bad news, so the series featuring an original story gave me a little bit of hope. Sadly, that was far from the case.

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Review: Keijo!!!!!!!! Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 13:05

Looking back at my Top 5 of 2016, perhaps Keijo (stylized as Keijo!!!!!!!!) shouldn’t be in the Top 5, especially after catching up with series released during that time, but it still was a very enjoyable watch. Despite its quirkiness, I still viewed it as an enjoyable sports series, because regardless of it’s concept, it still followed tropes that sports series has. Now, I’m not going to lie and say I watched it solely as a sports series. We all know why we watched Keijo, and I’m not ashamed of it.

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Impressions: Dragon Ball Super Part 3 Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:05

With another Dragon Ball Super Blu-Ray release comes another set of 13 episodes, and this time the series finally starts with its own original arc and not bad retellings of the movies. The Universe 6 arc introduces the God of Destruction of Universe 6, Champa, who is Beerus’ twin brother. We also get introduced to Vados, who is Whis’ sister. Right off the bat I really started enjoying this arc when it first aired since it developed the concept of there being other universes in the Battle of Gods movie.

 Dragon Ball Super Part 3 Blu-Ray Set screenshot

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Review: Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection

Japan News - Fri, 02/23/2018 - 14:25

I’m not too familiar with the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series, though I did watch the second film and played some of the games, though don’t remember which. When I recently saw the trailer for Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Reflection by Eleven Arts, it definitely sparked some familiarity, so I had to look it up, especially since it looks really cool. Realizing that it was Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, I really wanted to watch it, and luckily the movie follows its own original story, and it does a good job for the most part at not leaving newcomers lost, minus the level of character interactions, which is common sense that a newcomer would be lost.

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The next Power Rangers season is adapting an old Super Sentai series

Japan News - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 06:00

For a good while, I was certain that the next Power Rangers series will Americanize the 2017 Sentai series, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger. Considering that Bandai of America gave their input on the show's designs, the signs were there. That, and its constellation and space themes could take advantage of the Star Wars trend. Lo and behold, Saban pulled an unexpected move for the upcoming season.

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Review: Mazinger Z: INFINITY

Japan News - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 04:05

So, it has been around 17 years since I watched the original Mazinger Z, so a lot of that has happened in the series is foggy to me, but the movie took 10 years after the original series, and still being familiar with the characters, I was able to enjoy it. For those who aren’t familiar with Go Nagai’s work, he’s also the mangaka for Devilman, otherwise known as DEVILMAN crybaby, which is the Netflix exclusive anime everyone has been watching lately. Though both series are different, I would recommend checking out Mazinger Z and of course, Mazinger Z: Infinity, which is what the review is about.

 INFINITY screenshot

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Type-MOON's Garden of Sinners films are now on Crunchyroll

Japan News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 06:00

As Fate/Grand Order continues to run its Garden of Sinners event, the original movie series has appeared on Crunchyroll in the Americas. All in all, Aniplex made a good move in having the films on there since people who just learned about Ryougi Shiki might be interested in learning more about her. Coincidentally, when I was grinding to obtain Shiki as a permanent servant, the whole segment made me want to rewatch them.

Back when they premiered, I remember loving the way how ufotable (Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works 2014's Animation Production, Tales of Berseria's Opening) handled the lighting and the blood. In fact, The Garden of Sinners made me fall in love with the studio.

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Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle - Characters span all eras of Dragon Ball

Japan News - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 05:00

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Review: Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Sat, 02/10/2018 - 19:25

Mob Psycho 100 was in my top 10 series of 2016. While it it didn’t make it on my Top 5 series of 2016 (which it should have now that I have rewatched it) it was definitely a favorite for me during summer time alongside Shokugeki no Souma: Ni no Sara. Honestly, after rewatching it, I would probably replace Keijo! with it. Keijo was a fun watch but Mob Psycho 100 was definitely more entertaining and epic.

 Mob Psycho 100 Limited Edition Blu-Ray Set screenshot

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Review: The Morose Mononokean Blu-ray Set

Japan News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 15:55

Anime with Japanese folklore, such as yo-kai, as their concept has always intrigued me. From anime such as Yo-kai Watch to Miyazaki’s famous Spirited Away. I’ve always enjoyed it one way or another. Looking through FUNImation’s latest releases, I was happy that I stumbled upon The Morose Mononokean, since it went under my radar.

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Review: Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches Blu-Ray Set

Japan News - Fri, 02/09/2018 - 13:32

Every anime season despite watching between five and six anime, you already know that you’re always missing a hidden gem, in my case that is Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches. It’s been on my watch list for so long, but I just forgot about it. Thankfully FUNimation released the Blu-ray set, so I finally got to watch it.

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Review: Digimon Adventure tri: Loss

Japan News - Mon, 02/05/2018 - 14:20

It was really exciting news for me when I found out that the last three Digimon Adventure tri movies were going to hit theaters. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, I couldn’t watch the first movie in theater, so it made me happy that after so many reasons, I watched my first Digimon movie in theaters. The fourth movie, Loss, must be my least favorite movie out of the five that are out so far, but that really didn’t stop me from enjoying my first experience with Digimon in theaters. I think the cheesy English dub kind of helped too. 

 Loss screenshot

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Indie tokusatsu film Strega is getting a song by a Kamen Rider Drive band

Japan News - Sun, 02/04/2018 - 06:00

Ever since Garage Hero released Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition, it was amazing to see the group improve as time went on. Whether it was training under Kamen Rider Series Suit Actor Seiji Taikawa or releasing their first movie through SRS Cinema, it was amazing to see the team increase their network and allies.

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There's a badass weasel in the next Gundam Build series

Japan News - Sat, 02/03/2018 - 06:00

It looks 2018 will bring us more Gundam Build shows. So why am I leaving the "Fighters" part out of the title?  Well, it turns out that the next anime about Gunpla battles shall be known as Gundam Build Divers. Based on its prologue episode on GundamInfo, the fights take place in virtual reality.

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