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6:30 PM on 10.01.2014

Taiyo! Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode goes live

I may be late to the festivities again, but I thought that it was interesting to share part one of Fujiyama Ichiban's first episode. To those who aren't familiar with the solar-powered samurai, the show's main character is L...

Salvador GRodiles


5:30 PM on 09.29.2014

This New 3DS commercial shows off Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's Kawaii Touch

I may not be a huge Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fan, but it's hard to say "no" to her style that brings us an abstract take on cute things. Speaking of which, Nintendo made an interesting move when they chose to feature Pamyu in the N...

Salvador GRodiles

10:30 PM on 09.26.2014

Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames' new trailer features more Makai Knight action

Right when I was starting to have some doubts about MAPPA's Garo anime, the show's newest trailer destroyed my main concerns. While the Makai Knights were moving too fast during the last video, the action sequences present i...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Pony Canyon hops on the N.A. anime distribution bandwagon

It looks like Pony Canyon is galloping their way into the North American anime market, as they're planning to release anime to the area's masses. However, the groups only downside at the moment is their name, since PONYCAN US...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 09.25.2014

Of course there'd be a new One Piece: Pirate Warrriors game!

Like death, taxes, and the heat death of the universe, new Warriors games are a thing you can count on, and it looks like Koei Tecmo are readying a veritable fleet of new One Piece-themed mega-brawlers to go alongside t...

Josh Tolentino

7:30 PM on 09.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Whenever Wednesday shows up, it's usually a sign that we're getting closer to Friday. In order to celebrate everyone's accomplishment in getting this far, I figured that one of JAM Project's songs would be perfect for this o...

Salvador GRodiles

4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Anna Tsuchiya

There's nine days left until October rises from the shadows, and Anna Tsuchiya's expressing her light and dark side in her latest song, "LUCIFER." While the music video has nothing to do with All Hallows' Eve, Tsuchiya gives...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 09.23.2014

Go for round two with Mitsuru, Teddie, and Elizabeth in Persona 4 Arena Ultimax

The wait is almost over, as the Persona 4 Arena Ultimax is set to hit English-speaking shores in just under a week. That means Atlus has one last chance to rev up the hype machine for the sequel to one of the more surpr...

Josh Tolentino

7:00 PM on 09.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Luchino Fujisaki

Hiroko has left J-tor's headquarters for a while, so I've decided to post Luchino Fujisaki's ninja-themed song for Monday's Dose. Originally, "Ninja Na No," was featured in a promotional video for the 2014 Iga Ninja Film Fes...

Salvador GRodiles

2:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls anime trailer sure is pretty

The era of warring idols continue with The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls turning into an anime next year. Above is the first real trailer for the TV series with a massively profitable, idol-raising mobile game behind it. It also looks gorgeous.

Jeff Chuang

1:00 PM on 09.22.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 691-692

If you were one of the many readers to think that this end to Naruto and Sasuke's struggle seemed a little bit too convenient, you were right to hold that view: This isn't the end. And really, how could it be?

Josh Tolentino





8:00 AM on 09.22.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 19-23

It looks like Garo: Makai no Hana is on a roll again. As the show begins its final arc, Amemiya and his crew have managed to remain on a solid winning streak for five episodes. Come to think of it, it wasn’t too hard for Garo: Makai no Hana to impress us, as there were a some great bits of comedy and serious moments present in these segments.

Salvador GRodiles

1:00 PM on 09.21.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 596-597

The continuing freak-off that is the Vandenreich army persists in the latest installments of Bleach, as if we weren't yet sure who the good guys were in this fight. Of course, being not-a-freak has never been an especially te...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 09.21.2014

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair

I almost don't want to be writing this review. That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and t...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 09.20.2014

TGS 2014: Devil Survivor 2: Break Record finally gets a trailer

At long last, Atlus has uploaded a new video on Nicaea that covers Devil Survivor 2: Break Record's visuals. Originally, the game was supposed to come out during the Fall Season back in 2013 for the 3DS, but Atlus decided to...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 PM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's console release gets two Valkyria Chronicles characters

For a second, it seemed that Dengeki Bunko: Fighting Climax's Sega characters for the title's PS3 and Vita release were limited to Virtua Fighter. Lo and behold, Selvaria and Alicia are now joining the game's roster. While I...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 09.19.2014

TGS 2014: Sonic and Taiko Drum Master invades Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

As the West continues to wait for Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate's arrival, the people at Capcom have revealed that the game is receiving some items that are based off of Sonic the Hedgehog and Taiko Drum Master. While the former ...

Salvador GRodiles

6:00 PM on 09.18.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Final Fight

Tonight we take a look at GACKT playing one of my favorite games, Final Fight. He doesn't do too bad, and manages to lay some beatings on Poison and beat level one! However, I have to ask... Cody? I guess I would have taken GACKT as being a Guy kind of Guy. Yes, I judge you by the characters you pick in games... Isn't that the best way?

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 09.18.2014

Madan no Ou to Vanadis has a new trailer

This year's hardest to remember anime title award has already been won. Madan no Ou to Vanadis hits the airwaves in October, but you can start practicing your pronunciation now. The cutesy, harem-y, ecchi looking anime has a...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Feast your eyes on the newest Bloodborne trailer

I know, there's all sorts of exciting new games we've never heard of yet being announced at Tokyo Game Show this year. However, any readers that know me at all, know exactly what I was waiting for. New content from From Soft...

Hiroko Yamamura

1:00 PM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Final Fantasy XIII trilogy coming to Steam

I think it's safe to say that I'm in the minority when I say I actually liked the Final Fantasy XIII trilogy. They were flawed and the whole Fabula Nova Crystalis affair smacked of troubling hubris on the part ...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 09.18.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Singing toilets, Transformers, and Perfume are all over this week's commercial roundup from JPCMHD. There's plenty of fantastic music, exciting movie trailers, and video game action. We're finally starting to get caught up o...

Hiroko Yamamura





10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Man, I've been trying to get my hands on this classic for quite a while. Back in 1994, Japanese rock pioneers X Japan was planning to make a full length anime film to put the icing on an enormously successful music career. T...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:15 AM on 09.18.2014

TGS 2014: Oneechanbara wins the TGS booth wars

[Update: A bonus piece of fan art from an animator at Lab Zero games, makers of Skullgirls. - Thanks, 2-D!] D3 Publisher are promoting their new game, Oneechanbara Z2: Chaos, and for that they built a booth at the Tokyo Game ...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 09.17.2014

TGS 2014: So this is Final Fantasy XV

Well, it took 'em long enough - the better part of a decade - but it looks like ordinary players might actually see Final Fantasy XV in playable form before the heat death of the universe. And it might even be fun, judg...

Josh Tolentino

9:00 PM on 09.17.2014

Start your Engine! Kamen Rider Drive's full trailer shifts into overdrive

With two more episodes left until Gaim ends, a new trailer for Kamen Rider Drive has entered the fast lane. Surprisingly, I've come to terms with the show's title, since it occurred to me that Knight Rider's main charac...

Salvador GRodiles



Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days photo
Promoted Community Blog: Break it Down: School Days
by MrRasczak

[Awesome user MrRasczack has a great breakdown of School Days, everybody's favorite "Nice Boat" anime. Want your deep thoughts to get on the front page? Write a cool community blog! -Josh]

When the anime adaptation of School Days, a dating sim developed by interactive fiction maker Overflow, first aired, it quickly gained notoriety for its slowly rising darkness, with an ending so shocking that it is still brought up when discussing particularly violent scenes in anime. The juxtaposition of tone and action, of wanton cruelty and emotional abuse against the seemingly lighthearted face of a common, uninspiring romance series makes School Days just as relevant now as when it first aired.

Unlike so many anime before and after it, School Days was unafraid to look at the terrible and foolish depths that teenagers could sink to when pushed hard enough, and remains one of the most subtle and powerful commentaries on dating sims as a whole and the mentality of those who play them. It is an exercise in tragedy laid out in anime tropes.

(Note: massive spoilers for School Days follow. If you wish to view the series before reading, Crunchyroll has your back.)

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2:00 PM on 09.16.2014

You wish you had these cucumber skills

One of the foods that I never ate before moving to Japan that I now eat daily is cucumber. Japanese cucumbers are delicious, and I especially like working some insta-pickling on 'em and enjoying them on the side with a meal....

Kristina Pino

12:00 PM on 09.16.2014

Funasshi goes for a dive

For some reason Japan just can not get enough of Funabashi City's yuruchara Funasshi. Last year the hyperactive pear was voted the number mascot in land of rising sun, somehow beating out the super popular Kumamon, who seems...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER

Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop produ...

Hiroko Yamamura