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3:00 PM on 11.10.2013

Puzzle & Dragons is now crazy popular in the West

Whenever folks talk about the supposed decline of the Japanese game industry, there's always one bright light shining in the gloom and doom. Strangely enough, it's not Monster Hunter, but rather Puzzle & Dragons, the mons...

Josh Tolentino

5:00 PM on 10.12.2013

Rest in peace: Tomoyuki Dan passes away

Another great person departs from the world of the living, and it happens to be someone from Kamen Rider W. Unfortunately, it was too soon for him to leave our side. On October 10th at 11:49 pm, Tomoyuki Dan passed away at th...

Salvador GRodiles

7:00 PM on 10.08.2013

Will gamers decide the fate of the Neo Geo X?

For those of you who haven't kept up with the drama, there's been an on-going dispute between SNK Playmore USA, and publisher Tommo Inc., who manufacture the Neo Geo X Gold portable gaming device. Earlier this month, SNK Play...

Tim Sheehy

10:00 PM on 10.03.2013

Crunchyroll bringing simulcasts to France

Crunchyroll has announced today that they'll be expanding their Simulcast service to France, complete with subtitled French language support. The service will only be launching with a select number of series to start, which i...

Tim Sheehy

3:00 PM on 09.19.2013

RIP, Hiroshi Yamauchi: Nintendo ex-prez passes at 85

When you think of Nintendo, chances are you'll think of a name like Shigeru Miyamoto, creator of Mario and all that good stuff the Big N is known for. But there's another name you should know, one without whom good ol' S...

Josh Tolentino

And the new owner of Atlus is... photo
And the new owner of Atlus is...
by Salvador GRodiles

[Update #2: Sega Sammy have confirmed their acquisition of Atlus. Sega Dreams, a new division formed by Sega, will be the ones to handle Index Holdings.]

[Update #1: Sega Sammy have initially denied reports of the purchase.]

The intense moment that we have been waiting for has finally arrived! That's right, people; it's time to see who the new owner of Atlus is going to be. Ironically enough, the winner happens to be one of the companies from our JapanaTen about Atlus that we did a month back.

Anyways, the highest bidder that won is non other than the main representatives of the House of Sonic. With their finishing bid of 14 billion yen (around US $141,092,000.00), Sega Sammy will be the new owners of Index Holdings -- which includes Atlus -- when the deal is fully sealed during the month of November. 

Well, I guess it's time to be super concerned, since Sega Sammy's ownership of Atlus might affect the amount of Atlus games that get localized in the west. Hopefully, this won't be the case, and Sega Sammy will let Atlus do what they do best -- a man can dream.

On the other hand, the company is denying the reports about their acquisition of Atlus, so we can assume that Atlus' fate might be different from the original news post. And speaking of which, it seems that Atlus' fate will be handled by Sega Dreams, a new division formed by Sega. Since Sega Dreams is an entirely new group that was made to handle Index, there's a slight chance that Atlus will be allowed to continue their great work. Interestingly enough, we might see more of their games on more platforms such as PC, mobile, and Pachinko Machines, since the company will get access to these platforms as well. With that being said, I'm looking forward to seeing how Sega Dreams will handle Atlus. Long story short, my concerns have been calmed for now. 

[via Destructoid, @AnimeNewsdotbiz, image by t0kiwa]

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6:00 PM on 09.05.2013

Watch Hayao Miyazaki on the internet!

In case you hadn't heard, legendary animator and all-time anime great Hayao Miyazaki is retiring. Best shed a tear, and perhaps consider opening your wallet to pick up any of his films you haven't seen yet. "But wait!" you sa...

Josh Tolentino

3:00 PM on 08.19.2013

Comic Book Defense Fund gives an epic speech at Comiket

In case you weren't keeping up, the 84th Comic Market ("Comiket") happened in Japan a few days ago. And on the off chance you don't know what that is, it's pretty much Japan's - and possibly the world's - largest comic c...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 08.04.2013

Pray for the best: 20 companies are now bidding on Atlus

Thing are boiling down to the important moment right now, since the auction that will determine the fate of Atlus is now receiving its bids. At the moment, there are 20 companies fighting for control of Atlus, and the bids ha...

Salvador GRodiles

7:00 PM on 07.30.2013

Kick-Heart gets an award kicked its way

Who says good things don't get recognized in today's society, eh? A definite Good Thing, Kick-Heart, the Kickstarter-funded pro-wrestling anime affair from Masaaki Yuasa and Production I.G., has just gotten the nod from New ...

Josh Tolentino

7:13 PM on 07.25.2013

Rest in Peace: Serial Experiments Lain director passes

Well this is sobering news. Ryutaro Nakamura, who directed the anime adaptations of the classics Serial Experiments Lain and Kino's Journey (as well as Sakura Wars, a series close to my heart), lost his battle with ...

Josh Tolentino

1:33 PM on 07.22.2013

Initial D drifting to the finale, gets new series, movie

Wow, talk about the end of an era. Seems like Initial D, the world's premier manga about never driving in a straight line, is approaching its finale, after eighteen years. 46 volumes, several anime and live-action series, vid...

Josh Tolentino