Welcome to the latest and greatest Go West!, your [why-do-I-even-try-to-be-timely] column about Japanese games, life in Japan, and Idea Factory.  Ladies and gentlemen, this week is actually a very special one. The latest... read feature

BRS The Game

Rejoice: Black Rock Shooter The Game hits PSPs this month

Years and years later
Apr 10
This slipped under Japanator's easily-distracted radar array last week - why, oh why did we hire cats to man the monitoring stations? - but it's pleasant to know either way: NIS America has, after a long enough del... read

Shaft's Fate/Extra CCC opening is very Shaft-like

Jan 24
Despite my feelings toward Imageepoch, I'm actually reasonably excited for their upcoming PSP game, Fate/Extra CCC. The first title was a solid dungeon crawl with a fantastic story, so I'm looking forward to jumping back int... read
As much as I dislike Japanese game developer Imageepoch, I respect the fact that they just don't seem to give up despite how below average their games tend to be. Their track record in the States has been decent; Fate/Extra a... read feature

Following my most recent update on image epoch's Black Rock Shooter: Discover the Mystery of the Sexy Planet, I said I would be playing the game myself and this is where I deliver.  BRS is featured chibi-style in an acti... read feature

Update on image epoch's Black Rock Shooting game for iOS

Released, international, universal!
Sep 14
Recently I wrote up a post about the Petite Black Rock Shooter: Discover the Mystery of Planet Sexy game, and I wasn't sure whether it was going to be available internationally or not. Today I've learned that it is indeed ava... read

Sold yet? Here's more Tokitowa anime battlin' footage

This time featuring the blonde one
Sep 06
Despite our misgivings about Tokitowa (Time and Eternity), one can't deny that Imageepoch are trying something utterly unique in terms of visuals. Really, the world's first "HD Anime RPG" (with its potential English rel... read

Black Rock Shooter: Pursue the Mystery of the Sexy Planet

An action/puzzle game featuring petite Black Rock Shooter for iOS
Sep 05
Take petite Black Rock Shooter (designed by CHANxCO) for a spin as she battles against the denizens of Sexy Planet. BRS is after treasure, and she'll knock down everyone in her path! This game, created by Imageepoch, is free ... read

Sol Trigger's 5 minute OP movie brings the drama

Sep 04
This is your last chance, Imageepoch. I've given you all the opportunities in the world to impress me with a truly great game, and you've missed the mark every single time. Sol Trigger is your last game for the PSP and report... read

Huzzah?! Tokitowa on its way to an English release

Aug 13
By this point I'm sure you all know how I feel about Imageepoch's upcoming HD 2D animation RPG, Tokitowa. In screens it looks fantastic, but in motion I'm left wanting. It certainly doesn't help that the in-game character des... read

Tokitowa's Towa knows how to kick ass and take names

Aug 02
Imageepoch's upcoming HD animation PS3 RPG, Tokitowa, has me concerned for a lot of reasons. I think the idea behind the project is extremely cool; a game in which all the characters are hand animated. The problem I have is t... read

Black Rock Shooter: The Game still being localized

Jul 24
We heard mumblings of seeing this game in the west almost a year ago, though it seems not all of us had forgotten all about it! Ryoei Mikage, CEO of Imageepoch, responded to a fan enquiring about the status of the game. ... read

Tokitowa has a gameplay trailer and it... uh... yeah

Jul 20
Looks like Imageepoch and Bandai Namco Games are ready to finally start promoting their upcoming PS3 RPG, Tokitowa. After months of waiting to see real gameplay from this sort-of hyped "HD Animation RPG", we finally get to ta... read

Cheers, Tokitowa may be heading west after all

Jul 08
It was a sad day indeed when we all found out that Tokitowa was probably not going to get localized in the west. Today we can kiss those tears goodbye as Imageepoch's CEO Ryoei Mikage drops a few tweets th... read

Imageepoch's Sol Trigger gets delayed

May 16
About a week ago, Imageepoch's upcoming PSP RPG Sol Trigger got smacked with a release date; August 30th. This week, it gets smacked with a delay pushing it back to October 4th. Huh? Yeah, I'm as confused as you are. I could ... read

Imageepoch JRPG Sol Trigger gets a Japanese release date

May 07
A few months back, Imageepoch announced their final PSP game, Sol Trigger. Supposedly their biggest budget title up until now, Imageepoch has been pushing the game as the last truly epic RPG on the system. Whether that's the ... read

Toki to Towa not getting a Western release

Mar 21
Look at these beautiful screens of Imageepoch's "HD anime JRPG" Toki to Towa (Time & Eternity) for PS3. Now look at this header image. Now look back to those screens. Now look to once more to this header image. This heade... read

Here are some gorgeous new Time and Eternity screens

Mar 14
Imageepoch's PS3-bound JRPG opus Time and Eternity (aka Tokitowa), is looking rather beautiful and quite a bit unique. Where other games emulate 2D "anime-style" graphics using techniques like cell-shading and speci... read

Imageepoch reveals Sol Trigger, its last grand PSP JRPG

Mar 07
I gotta hand it to imageepoch. Even in an environment where the tide seems like it's running against Japanese games in general, and the "Japanese-style" RPG in particular, the folks behind Fate/Extra, Black Rock Shooter The G... read

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