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The Seattle video game epic that is known as PAX Prime is now over. All four days were loud and crowded as usual, but what would you expect from a convention that had been spawned from Penny Arcade.
The total amount of things...
A little over two months ago I looked at volume eight of this series, and things were getting pretty good. For those of you who didn't read me then, cliff-notes: Darren, main character, meets a vampire and is turned into one to save his then best friend. Years have passed and he's roped up in some vampire war with other crazy monsters, while his lover from life before vampire-ness and ex best friend are tossed into the mix.
It sounds a bit exciting, doesn't it? I mean, maybe you're over vampires. But, then again, maybe you're not "over them" enough to not be intrigued by something else, like the great art style this manga series has or, as was mentioned in comments after my previous summary, the book series this story is adapted from.
Hit past the jump (warning: the summary/impression is kind of a huge spoiler) to read about volume nine!
[Update: This article originally listed an April start date for the North American open beta, however we've been informed that this is not the case. The international open beta taking place in April will not be open to North America. The article has been changed to reflect that. North America residents may recieve an open beta of their own at a later date -- we'll keep you informed. - Tim]
Two weeks ago, I went ahead and posted a trailer for the game Wakfu. I hadn't heard about it until I got an e-mail from Square-Enix, who are publishing the game for our (well my, anyway) territory, and I was immediately fascinated by it.
Ankama seems to be a much bigger deal of a company than I knew. Wakfu and Dofus (its preceding MMORPG and story), have everything from trading cards/badges, figures to magazines, and even a TV show. It's a whole big world the French nerddom has been enjoying that I was completely clueless of until recently.
The game is currently in the closed beta phase, and I've been fortunate to get my paws on a beta key to test the waters myself! I've spent a lot of time in the past playing MMORPGs, so trying this one out was right up my alley. Click past the jump to check out how Wakfu is shaping up!
When I think of Cirque du Freak, the first thing that comes to mind is that odd-looking movie that sort of came and went, with John C. Reilly as one of the lead actors playing a vampire. Mr Reilly caught my attention, but "high school kid story" plus vampires/supernatural didn't exactly do it for me in 2009 after Twilight became a film epidemic from the previous year. This manga follows the story the Cirque movie did (the story precedes the film), which basically is: kid (Darren) meets vamp and gets turned into a vampire in exchange for saving his best friend, who then turns on him, and on top of it all is hunting to kill a "Vampaneze Dread Lord".
Sounds like a sticky situation, right? Hit past the jump to see how things are going eight volumes in!
I had the great pleasure of giving a look at the previous volumes of the Higurashi When They Cry manga last week, an arc that spun a new outlook on what the Higurashi setting is capable of providing in way of interesting and ...
While the anime adaption of the visual novel Higurashi When They Cry gets a bad wrap because of its animation and horrendous English dub, I still highly regard the franchise as having one of the most thril...
To summarize the story so far in two long sentences, Pandora Hearts is a manga about 15 year old Oz Vessalius, who has been dumped into a legendary "broken toy chest" of a prison called The Abyss. He escapes after b...
[I almost never have any stories to tell, really. I mean, I hardly ever do anything crazy each day, and even when me and other friends decide to roam about town, nothing too extreme comes out of it...just a funny experience and a good time. Since I hardly do much during my free-time outside of being on the computer and lounging around, when I find myself in some grand, elaborate story, complete with drama normally found in television shows, I begin to cherish and take the moment into heart, telling it in an unorthodox way, trying to get the listener to feel what I felt. This is going to be retelling one of those moments, where things perfectly set themselves up to be a story I can happily tell people, complete with twists and themes. And so, I'm really happy to share this one with you all for Ero Week. Enjoy!]
Not too long ago (I think it was in or around autumn time, 2007), there was an incident that happened at my school (then, I was in high school). It wasn't one that had people talking all year long or that was remembered after about a couple of weeks... you know, those kind of stories. Anyway, the story goes that a kid in his sophomore year, who I'll call Benny for now, was caught in the computer lab masturbating to hentai. He was suspended for a short time, then people went on about their lives as normal afterwards. It was a story that wasn't really that very interesting for me to care too much about, however it for some reason stuck to me for two key reasons:
1) This was at a time when anime was still peaking for me and was about to expand itself into what I do now which raised a few questions for me about anime in general later on.
2) I've talked with this kid before. He was far from the usual demographic for hentai. He was known for his school record for Track and Field. He was on ASB, and never once hinted at "geeky" or "nerdy" trends, or at least as far as I could recall.
Benny eventually graduated, and not only did no one confront him again about the incident of him and anime porn again, but it seemed as if it were taboo to even mention it at all. I mention this story not as a statement that all average people like hentai as a universal fetish, but that this incident alone got me interested, and involved, in one of the weirdest projects I ever have and probably ever will be apart of in my entire life.
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I love Kimi ni Todoke, and looking around the community here at Japanator, I figure a lot of you do, too. When trying to describe my feelings towards it, "warmth" is a word I like to use pretty often. It's a sense of security that I feel when reading the manga or, more relatable, watching the anime... it's not necessarily that I feel safe against a burglar when holding the paperback against him, or that I feel I'm bullet-proof when reading, but it's rather a feeling, or the wanting feeling, of having friends who care; of having people like you for you, and finding out you're in love without even knowing it.
This feature will not be about me retelling any events that I can compare to the story of Kimi ni Todoke. Instead, it will be about exactly why Kimi ni Todoke is one of my most beloved and favorite franchises of all time, and why I love and respect Sawako Kuronuma as a character, not in a sexual way, but in a way that we all can relate to even if we believe we share no common personality with her. There really is a science to why this series, and all subsequent anime following it, makes so many people feel happy and warm inside, and I'm going to try to get to the bottom of it.
Summary: Once Upon A Time there were scopophobics, grown-up Taigas, flat chests, Cinderella drop-kicks, a bunch of Railgun alumni, and Neko Neko Knuckles. And they lived happily ever after.
Let's get this bit of semi-relevance out of the way, first: Like Brad Rice, I loved ToraDora!. It was one of the smartest romance anime in years. Even my not-really-an-anime-watcher sister and her boyfriend loved it. The latter two, however, couldn't get over Taiga's looking like an eight-year-old. Caused them much distress, it did.
Ryouko Ookami is the perfect solution to that. Anyone who was ever disturbed by Taiga's loli-liciousness should immediately superimpose her character design onto ToraDora!. Then all will be well and good in the world.
As most of you probably know by now, Rune Factory is a spin-off of the popular Harvest Moon series -- focusing more on action than farming. That's not to say that farming doesn't happen during the series, but it's safe to say...
Before E3 ended, I managed to swing by Natsume's booth to check out their upcoming games. With sequels to both Harvest Moon, and its fantasy based spin-off, Rune Factory, as well as several new titles -- includ...