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4:00 PM on 08.01.2014

WTF Fridays: The sounds of sorrow

A true artist takes the pains of life, and turns them into beauty. I'm not sure any of that happened here.

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 08.01.2014

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

It's kind of weird. Xevious for the Famicom was actually one of my favorite shooting games, but I never noticed how ugly it looks. Not only that, it has to be the most uninteresting game to watch someone play, even someone a...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 08.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Leo Ieiri

Man, 19 year old Fukuoka native Leo leiri is on fire. She's been churning out hit after hit over the last couple of years, and the inertia doesn't seem to be slowing down. Her newest song, Junjou is the new ending for Dragon...

Hiroko Yamamura

4:00 PM on 07.31.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Sonic the Hedgehog 4

As you probably guessed, GACKT is still on his couch looking cool and gaming. However, you might notice something weird. It looks like he might actually be trying! Even stranger, there seems to be a glimmer of fun peering from his darkened shades. Bring it GACKT!

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 07.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z are back in full swing, and this time it's time to show how proud of the moon you are! That can only mean one thing! It's the video for their new single, MOON PRIDE. As you might guess from the...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 AM on 07.31.2014

Huzzah! Persona 4 Ultimax's Marie DLC to arrive in the Americas

Aw snap. It looks like Atlus is adding another DLC fighter to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's North and South American release. This time around, players'll get to download Marie when the game hits the Americas this Fall. Of course...

Salvador GRodiles







Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4 photo
Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4
by Salvador GRodiles

It may have taken SAO II's story a bit to get this far, but it’s finally time for A-1 to animate Kirito’s Gun Gale Online debut. Seeing that Kazuto’s current character is different from his usual avatars, his new look can either be a great blessing or a burden that’ll turn his GGO experience into a nightmare.

Now that Sword Art Online II's main pieces are set into motion, it's time for the show to begin the Death Gun case.

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Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686 photo
Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686
by Josh Tolentino

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

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Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II photo
Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II
by Salvador GRodiles

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga through Wizard (Gaim didn't exist back then). At the time, Namco Bandai seemed like they had a good tokusatsu video game on their hands. However, the company made a slight error when they commissioned Eighting (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the Kamen Rider Climax Hero series) to develop the game instead of Omega Force (the Dynasty Warriors series).

While Eighting's known for creating many interesting fighting games and multiplayer brawler titles, the team rarely tackles the hack ‘n’ slash genre. Due to Eighting's inexperience in this department, the first Battride War game felt like an underwhelming title. Even though the team managed to almost get each Rider’s fighting style right, the game’s small character and boss roster prevented Battride War from reaching its true Form. Thankfully, the title had a few fun aspects for Kamen Rider fans, which gave players hope that Eighting could learn from their mistakes when they complete Battride War's next installment.

Since the development team have updated a few of game’s key elements, Kamen Rider Battride War II might be the Rider Musou-like adventure that we’ve been waiting for.

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Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21 photo
Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21
by Salvador GRodiles

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fifth day of the week. I guess this has to do with the feeling that comes from triumphing over the past few days in one’s routine-- kind of like beating an evil villain that was giving you trouble. However, Fridays can be a bit tedious when you add the word “Freaky” to the equation.

When you’ve watched more than five Super Sentai shows (maybe more than two), you start to notice that each series shares a few episode themes. One of these tropes is the body-switching segment, which is present in almost every Sentai installment. Based on my experience with the franchise, I haven’t had an issue with these chapters, as they managed to bring a new take on the overused premise.

Considering that ToQger’s having its first Freaky Friday episode, the major characters that partake in this scenario are going to have to go all-out to entertain us this time around. That being said, it’s time to find out if the rainbow train’s still on course.

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Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590 photo
Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590
by Josh Tolentino

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse. 

Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

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