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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





9:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Persona 4 Ultimax's English Story trailer enters the ring

We've reached September's halfway point, and Atlus is ready to localize a few more trailers for Persona 4 Arena Ultimax. The first one covers the game's story about the mysterious red fog that has engulfed the entire area. O...

Salvador GRodiles

12:00 PM on 09.15.2014

Aniplex finally brings Gurren Lagann to Blu-Ray in the United States

If you ended up buying the imported version of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann last year, I'm sorry. It looks like Aniplex USA has heard our wishes, and is finally bringing the beloved anime series Stateside, with a muli-part rele...

Hiroko Yamamura