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Grab your lab coats: Steins;Gate 0 gets a more affordable limited edition

Japan News - Tue, 08/23/2016 - 17:00

If you feel that you won't be able to afford Stein;Gate 0's Amadeus Edition for the PS4 and Vita, the gang at PQube have concocted a new option for folks who want something special with their copy of the game.

While this release of Steins;Gate 0 doesn't include the Fairy Upa, the Amadeus Pin and the game's soundtrack, you're still getting the artbook that came with the Amadeus Edition, which isn't too bad. The best part is that this version can be bought at the usual places that carry games in North America and Europe; thus making things a bit more convenient for some folks.

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Uh, Japan's Prime Minister cosplayed as Mario for the Olympics

Japan News - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 08:00

No, this is not an article from The Onion. Apparently, it really happened, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did, in fact, emerge from a giant green pipe at the closing ceremonies of the Rio Olympic Games, dressed up as Nintendo's own plucky plumber Mario. After shedding the costume and raising glowing red ball, Japan's head of state was surrounded by projected images of anime and manga characters like Captain Tsubasa, Hello Kitty, and Doraemon.

Every Olympic closing ceremony includes a "handoff" bit where a representative for the next games' host nation makes an appearance to receive the Olympic flag (Tokyo is scheduled for 2020), but few expected Abe, by most accounts a fairly dour, conservative sort of public figure, to pull this kind of stunt as a promotion of Japan's cultural cachet. It's cute!

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Review: The King of Fighters XIV

Japan News - Mon, 08/22/2016 - 04:00

Since I’ve been writing for Japanator for almost a year now, some of you may already know I’m a big King of Fighters fan and it’s one of the first series I ever played as a child. Even since then I haven’t missed a single entry, even the spin-offs. However I don’t consider myself a hardcore player of the series since I only played it casually among my group of friends.

For the exception of all Maximum Impact games and King of Fighters XII, I haven’t been disappointment in any King of Fighters game. Sadly there’s always a first time for everything. When the game first unveiled during last year’s SCEJA, I was deeply disappointed at the massive graphical downgrade. Both King of Fighters XII and XIII showed a massive improvement in graphic department, and it just left me confused how it took a 180 with this new entry.

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Review: Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV

Japan News - Sun, 08/21/2016 - 08:00

Let's be honest here: Few people were expecting very much from Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV. Not only is it a multimedia tie-in to a game, a JRPG no less, but the long shadow of Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within continues to hang over Square Enix, and likely will hang over any attempt it makes to create non-game media work, be it related to games or otherwise. 

As such, it feels downright unfair for me to review the movie on its own merits alone. Even its title gives it away as something that was never intended to stand apart from the game it's serving to promote. Lucky for it, then, that when it's thought of in that spirit, rather than as an attempt at decent filmmaking, Kingsglaive largely does the job.

 Final Fantasy XV screenshot

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Japanator Live: Turn up the heat with Fortune Summoners

Japan News - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 14:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.]

Summer tends to be one of the hottest seasons in many regions, which results in people trying to find a way to stay cool while they endure the heat. In the case of games, the hot temperatures can refer to a title's segments where it gets really rough.

As Fortune Summoners is forcing me to play as a fire mage without any party support, it might be a while before I could take a breather. At least I get to use the items I found as Arche, which might increase my chances of survival.

Based on the location that I encountered Stella in, I'm likely going to go through a hellish task before I get to play as Arche again. In the meantime, I'll just have to partake in the joy of burning everything that's within my line of fire.

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Strong Style: The Power Struggle is real

Japan News - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 08:00

Hey gang! It's time once again for Strong Style, Japanator's look at New Japan Pro Wrestling on AXS TV. This week we move into the month of November as we visit Osaka once again for Power Struggle. This show takes place on November 7, 2015 and it's narrowing in on the big WrestleKingdom show in January. Let's dive in!

 The Power Struggle is real screenshot

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Weekend Japanatainment - Vending Machine Edition

Japan News - Sat, 08/20/2016 - 06:00

You've probably seen Japanese vending machines in various forms of Japanese media before, it's very much part of daily life in Japan with its highly mobile society that where a good chunk of the population use public transportation every day. It's no wonder that vending machines are common sight in public spaces and are there to provide a quick refreshment or snack for those one the go.

We have vending machines in the US, but the items for sale are often the same old fare of HFCS drinks and boring snacks that just do not offer much variety. Making a meal out of items from a vending machine is often seen as sad or just frowned upon since the items are either lacking nutritional value or lack quality due to the cost.

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Vocaloid Artist DECO*27's new album comes out next month

Japan News - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 16:00

[Update: I added the information about GHOST's other editions.]

Alright, people. It's time for fans of Vocaloid music to rejoice, because DECO*27's fifth album, GHOST, launches on Sept. 28  as a special version for ¥6,000 (around U.S. $59.88). Interestingly, the track's limited edition release comes with a bundle that'll make you want to grab a slice of pizza.

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WTF Fridays: WAKE ME UP

Japan News - Fri, 08/19/2016 - 04:00
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First Impressions: Thunderbolt Fantasy

Japan News - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 08:00

Ever since Urobuchi was involved with Kamen Rider Gaim, my desire to see him tackle other types of mediums outside of his usual things went up since it would be great to see how his writing style would cut up those stories. Since the Butcher was able to change the way how people view fruits, I was down with the idea of witnessing how he’ll change the way how we view stuff that features dynamic fight scenes between gorgeous puppets.

Joining forces with Pili International Multimedia, the team behind the Taiwan’s action-packed puppet series known as Pili, Urobuchi wanted to utilize the franchise’s wuxia themes and other elements to create his own take on the program for Japan.

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MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more

Japan News - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 06:00

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into more traditional visual novel titles, but I still enjoy keeping with the stuff that gets announced for the West. That way, I have an idea on which games to jump on when I get the chance to consume for stuff from this medium.

Continuing their major anime con announcement streak, MangaGamer revealed at Otakon '16 that they nabbed not one but six new titles. From the looks of it, it looks like they're on an amazing roll right now.

MangaGamer announces two Rance titles, Sona-Nyl, and more screenshot

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Introducing Hei Stories: Inspired by Anime & Manga, Welcome to the Universe of Kaleidoscope

Japan News - Thu, 08/18/2016 - 04:00

[Editor's Note: Here at Japanator we work on stuff that's not directly related to the site. this thing here is Yussif's new jam.]

– the sun itself, uncurled and stood. Mountain shadows scattered as she rose. She stood and her crimson-saffron form filled the horizon and reached colossal into the bottomless sky; the world thundered as she raised her head. And just for a moment, the sun, the mighty, impossible miracle of scale incomprehensible, turned to glance at the world she had risen to protect and the little boy was sure, that in that tiny moment, she was glancing at him.  Of all the things on that vast world, she was looking at him. Summer filled his lungs, all the universe his to fall in love with.

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Huzzah: Trails of Cold Steel II hits North America next month

Japan News - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 13:00

To this day, I'm still amazed that we live in a world where the West is almost caught up with The Legend of Heroes Trails series since XSEED and Carpe Fulgur went through some huge ordeals to localize the franchise. Perhaps the most impressive thing about this task is that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel II launches in North America on Sept. 6 for the PS3 and Vita.

Seeing that the first Trails of Cold Steel title landed in North America in December, I'm impressed that Brittany Avery and the rest of game's localization team were able to achieve the goal of releasing its sequel in the fall. Hell, this sounds like a great time to bring out the teriyaki chicken pizza, so we can have a celebration to commemorate the gang's hard work.

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Here's some Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV to salve your pain

Japan News - Tue, 08/16/2016 - 06:00

Final Fantasy XV the game may not be in the cards for another few months, but that won't stop some of the other stuff scheduled to happen. The CGI film Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV is still on track for a late August release (it's currently in Japanese theaters), so fans can still get a taste of the game's blending of modern-day aesthetics and Final Fantasy-style techno-magic.

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Japanator goes to AniMaine Bangor 2016

Japan News - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 08:00

This weekend and era came to a close as Otakon, one of the east coast's biggest conventions, was held in Baltimore for the last time. Since 1999 the convention has been held at the Baltimore Convention Center and had seen its attendance grow for just over 2,000 people to over 35,000 at its peak. Next year the con will move to Washington D.C. to start a new location.

I didn't go to that con. Instead, I went home.

Japanator goes to AniMaine Bangor 2016 screenshot

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Despair: Final Fantasy XV delayed to late Fall

Japan News - Mon, 08/15/2016 - 06:00

One of the most remarkable things about Final Fantasy XV's development isn't its epic length, but how open the process has been over the last couple of years. Since the reins were handed over to director Hajime Tabata (who had previously helped revive Final Fantasy XIV from its disastrous first launch), the team at Square Enix has issued regular updates on progress and usually candid, even heartfelt, assessments of what the game will be like when players finally get their hands on it. It's unusual for Japanese-style development and PR, which tends to control the message, sometimes to the point of suffocation.

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Moonlight Butterfly: Right Stuf to release Turn A Gundam on Blu-ray

Japan News - Sun, 08/14/2016 - 15:00

Right Stuf has been on a good roll with their plan to release the older Gundam titles on Blu-ray. During their Otakon '16, the company mentioned that Turn A Gundam is getting the Blu-ray treatment next year. For those who bought the show's two DVD sets, there's also an option that'll benefit these owners.

According to Minovsky, Right Stuf will allow the folks who own Turn A Gundam on DVD to partake in an exchange program. Overall, it's great that they're implementing this plan since it'll allow for those owners to obtain the best quality version of the series without having to double dip.

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Japanator Live: Destroy the scorching heat with Fortune Summoners' water dungeon

Japan News - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 15:00

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.]

When people said that Fortune Summoners was a bit challenging, they weren't joking around. While I didn't get a "game over" yet, the game encourages the players to take their time with each fight since it's important to counter your opponents attacks.

With the game's second dungeon featuring enemies that poison people, it looks like I'll have to be more careful with how I overcome this task. Considering that first area's boss was pretty fast, I'm expecting the next major fight to be a bit of a nightmare.

Since I'm determined to finish this quest, I'll make sure that Arche awakens her magic stone; however, I'm expecting the magical item to bring chaos and destruction to the land.

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Power Rangers Ninja Steel shows off its cast

Japan News - Sat, 08/13/2016 - 14:00

It's a known fact that the coolest ninjas are the one who don't hide. With Power Morphicon '16 happening as we speak, the actors for the 2017 Power Rangers series, Ninja Steel, have revealed their identity in front of a live audience.

If there's one neat thing about the new team, it's that the show's Blue Ranger is played by Peter Sudarso, the brother of Yoshi Sudarso (Power Ranger Dino Charge's Koda/Blue Dino Charge Ranger). Since Ninja Steel's source material, Shuriken Sentai Ninninger, had an episode where Ao Ninger saved Yoshi Sudarso from danger, I'm hoping that the folks at Saban use that scene in the upcoming series. That way, they could have a nice reference to the connection between the two Blue Rangers.

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Rejoice: Viz Media to release a new Amano art book next week

Japan News - Wed, 08/10/2016 - 12:00

There's something nice about companies releasing art books that feature an artist's older pieces. Not only do you get the chance to see how the person's work has evolved, but it also gives people the chance to see that creator's classic pieces. In regards to this great feeling, the gang at Viz are publishing an Amano art book called Yoshitaka Amano: Illustrations, which hits North America on Aug. 19 for U.S. $19.99/CAN $ 22.99.

The book features a compilation of Amano's works from the various projects he's been involved. Of course, folks can look forward to seeing his stuff from the classic Final Fantasy titles, Gatchaman and Vampire Hunter D. Like with many other art books, Amano: Illustrations will contain interviews and commentaries that'll talk about the guy's work.

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