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Kamen Rider Gaim photo
Kamen Rider Gaim

Zawame City's map gets redesigned in Gaim's home release

R.I.P., Gotham City-like map
Oct 16
// Salvador G Rodiles
Do you remember the time when Kamen Rider Gaim featured a map of Zawame City that resembled Gotham City? Well, that moment is now gone, since the Blu-ray/DVD version of the show's 33rd episode contained a different map from t...
Kamen Rider photo
Kamen Rider

Holy Snap! Kamen Rider Gaim's setting resembles Gotham City

Gee willikers, Batman
Jun 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
Have you ever watched a show where you came across an unexpected observation that blew your mind? Well, Kamen Rider Gaim 33rd episode featured a surprising discovery no one saw coming. Long story short, a map of Zawame C...

Podtoid-san 74: We is Alive! Edition

Nov 20
// God Len
This is a triumph, we are still alive! Well, at least for another week we are. Welcome to another brand-spankin’ new edition of Podtoid-san, the internet’s greatest podcast about anime and Japanese pubic hair (or ...

Quick, Robin! Get the Bat-PR to take care of this Bat-controversy!

Nov 11
// Brad Rice
The Internet is ablaze with controversy over Chip Kidd not including Batman manga author Jiro Kuwata on the cover credits for the book. He's mentioned on the inside flap and throughout the book, but not on the cover. Many peo...

Japanator review: Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in Japan

Oct 31 // Brad Rice
Bat-Manga! The Secret History of Batman in JapanOriginal manga by Jiro Kuwata, translated by Anne Ishii and Chip KiddPublished by Pantheon BooksOriginally released in October 2008 Jiro Kuwata's Batman is a beast of a different nature. As much as the series may resemble Adam West's era of Batman with some scenarios, the villains don't reach the level of absurdity that were Batman enemies Kite Man and Crazy Quilt. For the most part, Kuwata created new villains for Batman to fight, each with their own motives and unique powers -- although the first couple stories do take a different twist on Clayface. The stories become more "manga-ish," for lack of a better term, in that Batman's enemies become more fantastical.At the same time, though, Batman has to face new challenges. He can't just leap out of any window he wants and magically get to the ground. Batman's "I'm the goddamn Batman and I can do whatever the hell I want" approach doesn't fly here, and so he actually has to find a way down from the tenth story of a building. Sure, he manages to figure it out within a page, but it's still something completely different compared to what I'm used to. Similarly, the amount of overly-corny Batman dialogue is severely reduced -- instead, as Chip Kidd, the main man behind this whole tome mentions in the book, some of the dialogue just re-iterates what is going on in the panels. I honestly can't praise this book enough. The magnificent and large pages are glorious to look at, and really recreates the feeling of holding the original manga in your hands, except on paper that's hardier than what the original printings were on. It gives you a chance to take in all that's being shown on the page, and it becomes a visual feast, one that your eyes will be grateful for. It's not that there's an extraordinary amount of detail, it's just that, well, it's so prevalent in your face that you can't help but appreciate what you're seeing. Plus, you get color pages reprinted here. Now, isn't that a deal?Like I mentioned before, the book is mainly a collection of Batman manga, with old memorobilia thrown in, and then a short interview with Jiro Kuwata, along with some history behind the creation of the book. If you have any interest in Batman, then it's worth it to pick up this title -- it shows an entirely new side of Batman that is a unique blend of Japan and for the $30, this book is worth every penny, if not more. Go pick this up now. I'll wait.

I've been a longtime fan of the Caped Crusader, ever since my childhood. I grew up watching the animated series, reading Knightfall, and dressing up for him at Halloween. As I've grown and learned more about Batman, I've come...


Tuesday Otaku Debate: Lelouch vs. Batman

Jul 23
// God Len
Last week we had an epic debate between two megalomaniacal leaders who also happen to be fan favorites in villainy; Gendo of Neon Genesis fame vs. Final Fantasy VI’s Kefka. If these two ever fought, you know the world w...

Podtoid-san 67: "I am the Bat" edition

Jul 18
// John Martone
So I'm sure I had plenty of other things I wanted to talk about... but then I watched Batman. Sweet symphonies from serendipitous sirens have descended upon me, so now we're gonna talk about Gotham Knight. For those unaware, ...

The only thing scarier than Batman is Batman on fire

Jun 25
// Brad Rice
  MTV got the exclusive on this clip from the upcoming Batman anime, which you all should be excited about. Otherwise, Batman will come and take your children away, because you're a bad person.Anyways, we've got Bat...

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