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8:00 AM on 08.16.2014

Impressions: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition

Being a hero can be a very tough job, since you’re forced to be on the look out for villainous activities at all times. On top of that, vacations are nonexistent, due to evil's inability to sleep. While these policies c...

Salvador GRodiles


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.






Impressions: L'Arc~en~Ciel Live Concert Viewing photo
Impressions: L'Arc~en~Ciel Live Concert Viewing
by LB Bryant

I've known about the Japanese singer Hyde ever since hearing his theme song to the anime Blood+ and I've known about the band L'Arc~en~Ciel since hearing their theme for the anime Moribito. Over the years, I haven't heard much more than that, but I've always been curious. When the opportunity arose to attend a live screening of one of their concerts from National Stadium in Japan, I jumped at the opportunity and I can now gladly say that this was one of the best decisions I've made all year. 

Over the course of almost three hours, L'Arc~en~Ciel put on a show that covered multiple albums and two stages for a packed house in Japan. If only the theater where I saw the concert was packed as tightly as that stadium. 

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First Impressions: Nobunaga the Fool photo
First Impressions: Nobunaga the Fool
by Hiroko Yamamura

The newest series by Satelight, created by Macross mastermind Shoji Kawamori is pretty much a history buffs dream come true, or their worst nightmare. Being that my history knowledge is quite bad, I can’t tell you all that much about the characters in play, but I’m pretty sure this isn’t an accurate retelling. With a couple shows based on the late, great shogunate Oda Nobunaga, I wonder if this season can handle so much of his presence. Odd timing on the studios’ part.

Beyond Macross, I haven’t totally been in love with Kawamori’s works, asides from his amazing mechanical designs. Nobunaga the Fool is actually just a part of a larger franchise known as The Fool, that also includes a stage play of the anime series. The show has plenty of promise, including larger than life action scenes, a well known cast of characters, and of course robots. I decided to take in the first couple episodes before sharing my impressions. So what does the ultimate Macross fan think of Kawamori’s latest outing?

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Impressions: AnoHana the Movie photo
Impressions: AnoHana the Movie
by LB Bryant

In 2011 I, along with many others around the world, discovered and fell in love with a little series known simply as AnoHana. It tells the tale of a group of estranged friends who are reunited by the ghost of their dead childhood friend in order to grant her final wish, and send her to the afterlife. By the end of the series, I was left a blubbering mess of tears. Partially because it was just that good and emotionally powerful, but partially because I had grown attached to the characters and thought I would never get to spend time with them ever again.

Fast forward to the beginning of 2014. The series I loved so much had been adapted into a feature film, and I once again found myself in that same teary state as I watched the movie in a small theater in Seattle. Was my experience as good as the first or, dare I hope, better than the original? Read on to find out.

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Impressions: Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Rebellion photo
Impressions: Puella Magi Madoka Magica - Rebellion
by Tim Sheehy

Last week, fans finally had an opportunity to attend screenings of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie: Rebellion, the third and final chapter of the trilogy. Given the ending of the previous film -- or the series itself, seeing as the previous two films were merely recaps -- one might wonder what's left to tell. The confrontation with Walpurgisnacht and Madoka's choice to bring an end to the conflict in her own way seemed like the perfect, yet bittersweet, ending we had all hoped for. With that in mind, it's hard to imagine how Rebellion would continue where the previous films left off, especially without Madoka herself to contend with.

Surprisingly, Studio Shaft managed to pull it off by delivering over two hours of content aimed at tying up some loose ends by focusing almost entirely on Homura Akemi. Whether or not they ultimately succeeded remains debatable, and some might even argue -- myself included -- that the film created more mysteries than it solved. Read on for my thoughts on the film, and the premiere event itself.


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10:30 PM on 09.05.2013

PAX: General impressions

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...

Josh Totman



A look at: Cirque du Freak #9 photo
A look at: Cirque du Freak #9
by Kristina Pino

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!

[header image via Darren Shan Manga]

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First Impressions: Wakfu photo
First Impressions: Wakfu
by Kristina Pino

[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!

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A look at: Cirque du Freak #8 photo
A look at: Cirque du Freak #8
by Kristina Pino

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!  

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5:00 PM on 03.07.2011

A look at Higurashi When They Cry #11

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 ...

OxKing

11:00 PM on 02.28.2011

A look at Higurashi When They Cry #9-10

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...

OxKing





1:00 PM on 02.05.2011

A look at Pandora Hearts #4

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...

Kristina Pino