What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime... | subscribe
Corpse Party has been on something of a roll lately. With an anime OVA in the works, multiple successful manga series, and a new Vita game scheduled to hit later this year, there looks to be no end in sight for the horror fra...
Class of Heroes 2 is a game with a "wouldn't give up" story. Back in 2012, the game failed to meet its Kickstarter goal. Despite all that, MonkeyPaw Games and GaijinWorks promised to continue working on the game. They finished the title, releasing it initially on the PlayStation Network Store, with physical copies to follow later.
The original Class of Heroes, released in June of 2009, saw a 61% average score -- our own Destructoid gave it an 8.0. Colette cited the sheer volume of game to play and the details to master as plus points, but took some issue with the game's high learning curve.
So, how did the sequel turn out, after all the trouble it went through -- and most importantly, will it be worth your money? Find out after the jump!
When it arrived on the App Store in April, The Idolm@ster Shiny Festa made waves among English-speaking gamers, but unfortunately not for the reasons publisher Namco Bandai was hoping.
Rather than celebrating the first-ever of an Idolm@ster game, fans and the uninitiated alike gawped incredulously. Many were confused that the game had been ported from PlayStation Portable to iOS for its English-language debut, but most were stunned by the app's asking price of $54.99 for each of Shiny Festa's three versions. In an ecosystem where most users balk at the prospect of paying more than a dollar or two for anything, Shiny Festa commanded a price point more common for a triple-A console blockbuster.
But is it worth it?
That's the question I tackled, alongside fellow Japanator staffers Jeff Chuang and Elliot Gay after we each purchased a version of the app. Was the ticket to Shiny Festa money well-spent, or has buyer's remorse has set in?
The long wait is finally over. With almost a decade since the last official installment, Shin Megami Tensei IV has finally made its way to store shelves and, for the first time in the history of its core series, the pockets of gamers everywhere. Following the trend set by its predecessor Shin Megami Tensei: Strange Journey, this latest entry brings the series to the handheld market.
Perhaps a bold move, considering the depth of game play its fans demand. That depth, coupled with its mature themes and difficult game play begs the question as to whether the game can meet our expectations. I'll give you a hint -- it does.
The third season of Natsume Yuujinchou is where the story shifts into the next gear. In similar fashion, NISA's Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3 Premium Edition ups the ante by becoming a Blu-ray/DVD combo release.
This NISA premium line carries, in usual form, two thinpaks and an artbook. But how does Takashi Natsume's third time around hold up against the test of time? Does the series get better? Or worse? Click on.
NIS America has been the go-to guys when it comes to Natsume Yuujinchou, or Natsume's Book of Friends. With season 4 done on the air and the subsequent home video release on the horizon, it's a good time to go back and take a look at the beginning of this well-loved series about a boy and his monster friends.
Click on and take a look at this two-season set, the bonus goods, and why you might want to have them in your collection. And if you are a first-timers, click on find out what this continuing TV series has to offer and why it has seen four seasons (and hopefully, more)!
The moment of truth has arrived, people! It looks like I have crossed path with a certain flame haired hunter that’s been mentioned around these parts in the past. Compare to her previous appearances, she has decided to take the form of a movie, which focuses more on the main essentials of Shakugan No Shana’s first arc. Thus focusing on Shana and Yuji’s first major battle against the Crimson Denizens that threaten the innocent lives of Misaki City.
As we do our best to protect our power of existence, join me below as we take a look at a burning adventure that stars everyone’s favorite red haired tsundere. Also, expect to hear ‘shut up’ many times during your journey through the realm of Shana.
I doubt anybody ever expected 5pb.'s science adventure game, Steins;Gate, to ever reach the level of popularity that it did. While the original game has yet to see an official English release, in Japan it's playable on pretty much every gaming platform available. Hell, I'd argue that the iOS version is the best way to experience Steins;Gate.
The anime adaptation produced by White Fox is where most English speaking fans got their first taste of the franchise. While not exactly bursting at the seams with production values, the anime series did a good job of taking what was special about Steins;Gate and bringing it to life within the limited TV anime structure.
With the original game having blown up into a multimedia franchise, it's not shocking that it ended up getting a sequel film.
This begs the question: was a sequel even necessary in the first place? Perhaps not.
It's not unusual for us to review visual novels, regardless of whether they are family friendly titles like Cherry Tree High School Club, adult-rated stories like Conquering the Queen, or those that remind you that you aren't a heartless human being, like Katawa Shoujo. Because of this, it's really hard to grasp what the content of a visual novel is going to be like until you play it, if you have no prior knowledge of it. This is the situation I found myself in with Saya no Uta.
"A visual novel called Saya's Song. Sounds like a romance to me. Maybe it'll have a dash of erotic scenes thrown here and there, but it'll be one I finish with fuzzy feelings."
That was probably my first mistake. Hit the jump for the first scene you see in the game, as well as my thoughts on why you should check it out.
The Shin Megami Tensei games are known for their engaging stories, deep gameplay, complex demon fusing/summoning systems, etc. You know that when you play any of these games that you'll get a polished, solid experience. However, one aspect that I love about these games is the music and art, especially with the Persona offshoots. Persona 3 & 4 have some of my favorite character designs, not only within its generation but across my experience in the medium.
So when a company releases an artbook that contains not only the game renders of the characters from Persona 4, but also preliminary sketches and insight from the art director of the game, you can bet that it's something that I'm going to be into. Guess what guys: I'm really into it and you should be to. Hit the jump to read my thoughts on the US release of Persona 4's official art book.
The best concert films go out of their way to replicate the experience of actually attending the filmed event. While nothing will ever nail what it was like to hear the pounding speakers and experience an event with hundreds of people, you can get close with good editing and sound design. It also helps when you have a performer that's able to nail every aspect of their performance and keep their crowd pump up the entire time.
So what happens when you host a concert featuring the most popular virtual idol since Sharon Apple on stage with a dozen or so live musicians in front of a crowd full of otaku? Well, you have yourself a pretty good concert flick for , that's what. Hit the jump to find out more!
When I watched Blood C in Summer of 2011, I thought it was a show that had a lot of promise. It started out with the distinct feeling that something wasn't right in an idyllic town that was being pressed upon by nightmarish beasts. Unfortunately, it failed to live up to the promises you thought it was making by delivering tons of boring exposition and drama that has little pay off.
A year and a half later, I get another chance to take a look at the show, as Funimation has put it out for all of us horror fans in the States. One thing that was a disservice to the show was the long wait between interesting battles and revelations, which dragged things out way too much. With the entire set at your disposal, you can power through the bad to get to the good. Well, that's the general idea anyway. Do the best parts of Blood C hold up? Well, hit the jump to find out!