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12:30 PM on 01.14.2015

Fire Emblem returns to the 3DS

Man, I love me some Fire Emblem. As my top game of 2013, Fire Emblem Awakening really checked off the list of things of love in video games, and still keeps me warm just thinking about it. The updated graphics, characters de...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 01.14.2015

SCANDAL prepare to invade North America

Ask and you shall receive my friends. It looks like one of my all time favorite Japanese rock bands is coming back to North America! The always amazing SCANDAL are heading to the United States and Mexico and have announced co...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 01.14.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

I've always been quick to defend against the critics of Ayumi Hamasaki's lengthy career. After a 16 years in the business, there's bound to be a fair amount of ups and downs. However, I have to admit that there hasn't been a...

Hiroko Yamamura



First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! photo
First Impressions: Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE!
by Josh Tolentino

Magical Boys. 

As I mentioned back in our Winter 2015 Preview Guide, just mentioning the concept drives home just how golden it is. There's so much potential in the idea of a Magical Boy show, with all the trappings and tropes that make Magical Girl shows so evergreen, that it might just be a bad indicator of the state of the industry if it took this long for it to happen.

That's not to say that Cute High Earth Defense Club LOVE! gets away on premise alone. True to the legacy of Director Shinji "Daily Lives of High School Boys" Takamatsu and writer Michio "Shirobako" Yokote, the misadventures of the Battle Lovers make for the funniest anime viewing of the season. 

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10:00 AM on 01.13.2015

Streaming GET: Golden Boy heads to Crunchyroll

There's something wonderful about having a Website stream an older title that's dear to one's heart. In this case, one of my favorite perverted comedy anime shows of all time, Golden Boy, has found a home in Crunchyroll ...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 01.11.2015

Toei's Spider-Man series web-slings its way back to Marvel.com

Now that's what you call a perfect timing, people! Right when the Emissary from Hell, "Supaidaman," made his comic book debut in The Amazing Spider-Man issue 12, Marvel has decided to re-upload Toei's 1978 Spider-Ma...

Salvador GRodiles

10:00 AM on 01.10.2015

Licensing GET: Yen Press grabs Durarara!! light novels and more

Alright, people! I might need someone to wake me up from my eternal slumber, because Yen Press' latest announcement is too freaking good to be true. In other words, the company has licensed the original Durarara!! light novel...

Salvador GRodiles

8:00 AM on 01.10.2015

Japan's PSN users sure love them some western games

If there's one stereotype about the Japanese game industry that's more true than not, it's that Glorious Nippon hasn't gotten the hang of The Internet and its many facets quite as quickly or in the same way as the rest of the...

Josh Tolentino

6:00 PM on 01.09.2015

Animator Expo's eighth short is all about daily routines

After a two week break, Animator Expo has returned to the scene, as they stream their eighth short to the public. For a very simplistic piece (in terms of the story), Tomorrow from there delivered a neat take on the concept o...

Salvador GRodiles







PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale photo
PSA: Anime is the name of Steam's weekend game sale
by Josh Tolentino

Of all the geeky trends people took note of in 2014, one of the least appreciated is the Japanese gaming industry's growing embrace of indie development and global digital distribution. Sure, it's been happening for the last couple of years, slowly, but 2014 was a real kick in the pants when it came to seeing the fruits of Japan's "doujin" development scene outside the shadowy confines of Comiket. 

The most notable phenomenon has been the veritable Cambrian explosion of visual novels and other "anime" games on Steam, which is the de facto face of PC gaming, which to most folks is dominated by western-style titles. However, thanks to Steam Greenlight, Kickstarter, and perhaps the decline of the home console market in Japan, more "Japanese-style" games than ever are on the platform.

And if you needed even more evidence of the obvious, here it is: The latest Steam weekend sale is themed all around "anime". More than 40 games in the anime vein, developed both within Glorious Nippon and without, are getting crazy discounts from now until January 12th.

Notable among the offerings are Christine Love's Korean-themed visual novels, Analogue: A Hate Story and Hate Plus, the animal romance sensation Hatoful Boyfriend, Nyu Media's Cherry Tree High Comedy Club, World End Economica from the author of Spice and Wolf, no less than two Naruto Ultimate Ninja Storm games, XSEED's ports of Ys I & II Chronicles, Ys Origins, and Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky, and the dating-sim/travel primer Go Go Nippon! 

All those and more are going for cents on the dollar (or whatever currency Steam makes you pay in), so pick your favorites and possibly spend less than you normally would!

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10:00 AM on 01.09.2015

Japanese Spider-Man always saves the day!

All us normal everyday folks know to call their friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when they get into a jam, but what happens when Spider-Man gets into a jam? If Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott is to be believed, ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 01.09.2015

Digital Manga Inc. forms a Kickstarter to restock Finder

It looks like Digital Manga Inc. has made an interesting move recently. Instead of starting a Kickstarter to fund a license a manga series, the company is starting a campaign to restock Finder's first six volumes. While ...

Salvador GRodiles