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One confirmed, four teased games from Nippon Ichi


Aug 09
// Tyler Jones
Like all good Japanophile video gamers, I'm going to assume that you guys like Nippon Ichi. You better, because they have a lot in the pipeline right now. Already confirmed is a PS Vita re-release of Disgaea 3, tentatively ca...
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PSP RGP 7th Dragon 2020 looks adorable


Aug 04
// Tyler Jones
Two new trailers have surfaced today for Imageepoch's upcoming handheld RPG 7th Dragon 2020. The first shows a quick bit of character creation, while the second shows the unspeakably cute chibi battle characters fighting some...
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Banpresto planning a huge mash-up game


Aug 03
// Tyler Jones
No, they're not doing the Smash Bros. thing with different licenses; that would be so last year. Heroes Fantasia is going to be a PSP RPG. No less than ten series will be represented, including such fan favorites as Sgt. Frog...
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Senran Kagura girls have special attacks, spirit animals


Aug 01
// Tyler Jones
We already know that everyone has a special attack in 3DS booby brawler Senran Kagura. What's just coming to light is the fact that each character's abilities are fueled not only by super meters and costume changes, but by an...

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Senran Kagura combat trailer brings the action


Jul 29
// Tyler Jones
The latest gameplay trailer for bouncy 3DS ninja game Senran Kagura finally shows some juicy combat action. In it, you can see a character wielding a large katana charging up her ninpo meter and unleashing a powerful cinemati...
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Fan-made Catherine covers feature everyone but Catherine


Jul 29
// Tyler Jones
Hang on, folks, it seems the Catherine cover has achieved full-blown art meme status. Some fine Japanese artists have taken it upon themselves to switch out all sorts of characters for Catherine, Katherine, and Vincent and th...
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ClariS sings theme song for... Nendoroids?


Jul 28
// Tyler Jones
I had to read that headline a couple of times, thinking that I was about to see the theme song for Nendoroid Generations. It turns out the song "Anata n FIT" is just for Nendoroids themselves! It brings me back to the days of...
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Final Class of Heroes game headed to PSP


Jul 27
// Tyler Jones
The Class of Heroes series has had several entries on the PSP and PS3 system, but the next handheld game will be the last, according to developer Acquire. The title, Ken to Mahou no Gakuenmono: Final Shinnyusei wa Ohimesama, ...
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Irem to pull all PSN offerings, get them while you can


Jul 22
// Tyler Jones
It's a sad day whenever classic games have to get pulled from an online marketplace, and today is such a day. All of Irem's games will be taken down on August 11th, including PSP downloadable games and PS1 classics. All of th...
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Grasshopper's upcoming Lollipop Chainsaw is very Suda51


Jul 21
// Tyler Jones
Grasshopper Games is quickly defining itself as a company that keeps it's fanbase guessing, while at the same time assuring them that they will always stay strange. To that end, their next game Lollipop Chainsaw features a ch...
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Choya umeshu turns Japanese into racist caricatures


Jul 20
// Tyler Jones
You know this enormous nose I have? An my light colored hair? They go so well with my big round eyes to reinforce my Western-ness to Japanese viewers. Oh wait, I don't have any of those things. Maybe it's because I don't drink enough Choya, because it seems to be doing the trick for these Japanese ladies. But seriously don't laugh because it's racist. [via Japan Probe]
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Atsumete! Kirby on DS features ten-Kirby swarm


Jul 16
// Tyler Jones
A new site for the upcoming DS Kirby game went up yesterday complete with loads of gameplay videos. It seems the player will take control of a swarm of up to ten Kirbies simultaneously. Even if you can't read the Japanese, it...
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A lone blurry photo of Ace Attorney movie set appears!


Jul 15
// Tyler Jones
For those of you that haven't heard, Ace Attorney is getting the live-action film treatment courtesy of director Takashi Miike. Now that you've heard, check out this photo! It looks like the Judge on the far right, but it cou...
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Arashi promote Japan tourism, prance around like idiots


Jul 13
// Tyler Jones
Japan's tourism industry is doing pretty poorly this year due to the disaster. A new video called "Message From Japan" is meant to promote tourism by featuring the pop group Arashi, who will welcome tourists to their nation a...
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First Impressions: Manyuu Hikenchou


Jul 12
// Tyler Jones
I'm a fan of the occasional ecchi series. Girls Bravo is one of my favorite comedies. I un-apologetically enjoyed Queen's Blade. Be it zany comedy, harem, drama, or action, the addition of nude ladies just makes a good show b...
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BakaTest is back and I am so ready. Returning this season are the abstract and semi-abstract backgrounds complete with toner shading and bright colors. Just like the first season, the style can jump between it's usual anime l...

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First Impressions: Nyanpire


Jul 09
// Tyler Jones
When I first saw the preview of Nyanpire, I thought it looked like a cutesy show meant to promote a cutesy mascot to sell some cutesy merchandise. While I'm pretty sure this is the case (and there's nothing wrong with that), ...
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Video: Japanese cat learns spoken commands


Jul 08
// Tyler Jones
A cat named Leon belonging to a woman in Shizuoka can apparently differentiate between several very similar sounding commands. Leon will eat when given the owner says "yoshi," but not "yoshiko" or any similar words. He also w...
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Tohoku gets some love from top New York chefs


Jul 07
// Tyler Jones
In a move that I would dare to call 'badical,' several top New York chefs have flown to Japan to prepare some of their signature dishes for those affected by the recent earthquakes. Daniel Boulud led a group of renowned chefs...
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Senran Kagura gets new PR group, lots of details emerge


Jul 04
// Tyler Jones
Yesterday's press conference from Marvelous Entertainment brought much news to light on the upcoming 3DS bouncy ninja game Senran Kagura. The first is of the formation of a PR group made of five girls, who each represent a ch...
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Grand Knights History kicks off series of 10 trailers


Jul 01
// Tyler Jones
Today we get the first of ten daily trailers for Marvelous Entertainment's upcoming PSP RPG Grand Knights History. It sheds some much needed light on the "Sphereal Battle" system and while there is no explanatory text it's ea...
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Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos has extra long trailer


Jun 30
// Tyler Jones
Queen's Gate Spiral Chaos, the sequel to Queen's Blade Spiral Chaos, is shaping up to be a pretty bonkers PSP game. It's a strategy RPG like it's predecessor with cinematic attack animations, and true to form they generally r...
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Hendane to sell Little Hands charity doujinshi


Jun 30
// Tyler Jones
If you've ever been to a dealers room in an anime convention, you are probably aware of Hendane. They're the guys shouting "YAOI!" at the top of their lungs and selling everything from paddles to computer games. Actually, I g...
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Touch your friends


Jun 28
// Tyler Jones
Go on. You know you want to.
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Senran Kagura news streaming July 3rd


Jun 27
// Tyler Jones
I would hate for a whole month to go by without me reminding you of the upcoming big-breasted ninja action game on the 3DS, Senran Kagura. You know, the one upcoming game that makes me want a 3DS (that domestic 3DSs won't pla...
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Let's Go Island 3D arcade shooter hits next month


Jun 27
// Tyler Jones
Let me tell you a story about Let's Go Jungle. It's an arcade shooting game where you sit in a little enclosed cabinet made out to look like a safari jeep and you shoot all kinds of enemies with swivel guns mounted to the das...
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Impressions: Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition DLC


Jun 23
// Tyler Jones
Street Fighter IV has been credited with revitalizing 2D fighters, and this is a fair assessment. When the upgraded Super Street Fighter IV was released it was widely (though not quite universally) welcomed as a needed and de...
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Pranking Indonesians makes them... not get mad


Jun 21
// Tyler Jones
Apparently the Indonesians are among the slowest to anger. After reading an international study on the subject, a Japanese TV show sent comedian Udo Suzuki to Indonesia to do his best to piss people off and see what would hap...
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Banpresto releases do-it-yourself bath bomb maker


Jun 20
// Tyler Jones
Combining the Japanese love of bathing and of novelty devices is an something I can get behind. Banpresto is taking a break from churning out anime goods so they can sell this sweet looking custom bath bomb maker. For those n...
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Grand Knights History to use asynchronous multiplayer


Jun 17
// Tyler Jones
That's right. Asynchronous. As I pat myself on the back for using that word, allow me to explain further: the multiplayer component of Grand Knights History will not be played in real time. Rather, you will periodically synch...

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