What time is it, everybody? GOLDEN TIME!!!
Actually it isn't, it's time for the latest episode of Jtor AM, but Golden Time is involved, so it's kind of true. This week: the Toonami people try to get us hyped about a new anime... | subscribe
If you've been in the mood to listen to a different take on some of your favorite shonen anime opening themes, Me-gaane has remixed a series of songs based off of various anime adaptions of Weekly Shonen Jump's man...
In 2013 terms, newspapers as a medium is passé and becoming a tradition of the past. But it's always really neat to see a crazy stunt pulled off when some giant anime or manga character take up a full page of it, ...
I've been looking for a reason to buy a 3DS and I may have finally found one: One Piece: Romance Dawn, the One Piece RPG, is coming to the Americas on February 11. A European release date of November 29 was previously announc...
Most long-running shonen franchises have theatrical releases to supplement their ongoing stories. Dragon Ball has 18 flicks between the original and Dragon BallZ, Naruto has nine movies, Bleach has four and so on. Being one of the most popular series of all time, One Piece itself has 12 entries.
See, but here’s the problem: Most of the time, they're terrible, throwaway bits of fluff. Their stories are rarely written by the original creators, so they’ll sometimes have contradictions with the original work. At the very least, these movies will have better animation, as it’s easier to dump a bunch of money toward a two-hour movie as opposed to a multi-hundred episode show. One Piece is no different, as the quality between movies has varied drastically. Some are pretty good (Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle), some are pretty bad (Chopper’s Kingdom on the Island of Strange Animals) and some are awful rehashes of much better arcs from the show (Adventures of Alabasta and Episode of Chopper Plus). The thing is, all of these movies were left to the whims of whoever was writing and directing.
That changed with the tenth movie, Strong World. Originally released in December 2009, it was the first film in the franchise to be overseen by Eiichiro Oda, One Piece’s creator. He also provided a ton of designs, so if any movie was going to be consistent with the original universe, this was going to be the one. Now, four years later, FUNimation has finally brought it over for us to watch. Does Oda’s involvement make this a better flick than its predecessors? Hit the jump to find out!
Fans looking for their One Piece-fix will have to look no further than Crunchyroll, as the streaming service is set to pick up the latest season of the on-going series starting Saturday, November 2nd. Episode #619 -- yea...
Hello and welcome to Shonen Showdown, your weekly roundup of the best, brightest, and most badass fight anime and manga around!
With Naruto Shippuden on break today we've got a hot three-to-two ratio of manga-to-anime, with Pedro's recap of One Piece carrying the torch alongside Chris's ready coverage of Hunter x Hunter and my own recaps of Naruto and Bleach!
As a fan of Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, any news about the upcoming J-Stars Victory VS makes me salivate. Well, I better get a napkin, because we've got some new info. According to Gematsu, the latest issue of J...
Like reading manga on your Kindle? If your response is "what manga?," I feel your pain, but the e-reader manga drought ends today. Viz Media has just announced that its entire digital manga catalog is now available for Kindle...
I wrote a short preview for J-Stars Victory VS earlier today, and now I have video of the game in action.
This is a complete single player match that I think does a good job of showing what J-Stars is all about. Check ...
It wouldn't be a stretch to say that nearly three quarters of Namco Bandai's Tokyo Game Show booth is composed of Shonen Jump games.
Perhaps the biggest of the bunch is J-Stars Victory VS for the PS3 and the Vita. A four player versus game, J-Stars takes a bunch of characters from the past and present of Jump and throws them together in destroyable environments. Sadly, I wasn't able to play with other people, so my 15 minute demo was against three different CPU players.
My immediate impression upon sitting down with the PS3 version of J-Stars is that while it certainly doesn't look bad, it almost feels like it was developed for the Vita first and the PS3 second. On the flip side, energy blasts are colorful, and the fact that environments can take visual damage does a lot to spice things up. I was playing as Goku, so using a kamehameha blast to toss my opponent through a building felt especially satisfying. The controls reminded me a lot of the Gundam VS series, with a dash button and multiple attack buttons that when pressed together produce different kinds of attacks.
Each player can select a sub-character that supports you in battle when you press L2 (I might be mistaken about the button). In my case, I chose Luffy, who would dash out ahead of me to attack my opponent, leaving him open to further follow-up attacks. It was messy and frantic, but a ton of fun, especially when you have four fighters on the field throwing out support characters every which way.
One concern I do have is the camera and its tendency to get lost when the action goes close quarters. Any time I found myself up against a wall, I had difficulty tracking my character. It only got worse when I was under attack, and the target I was locked onto was moving around further confusing the camera. These are problems I'm familiar with through the Gundam VS series, so I'm not all that hopeful that this'll be fixed before release.
That being said, I can see J-Stars being a popular game in groups of people. It's fun, the controls are fairly simple, and there's nothing like seeing Goku and Luffy butt heads with Yusuke Urameshi and Kenshin.
"A fusion of Dynasty Warriors and One Piece? Sign me up!"
That was my reaction to the news that One Piece: Pirate Warriors (reviewed) was in production, sometime near the end of 2011. It was one of the titles topping my "games to import" list for a long time, until Namco Bandai decided to release it outside of Japan. A crazy move if you ask me, but hey, I wasn't complaining! Until I played the game, anyway.
It was one of those titles that had so much promise, yet failed to deliver in so many areas. The coin system was interesting but just wasn't being used to its full potential, and the dialogue was a very boring recap of existing One Piece story arcs. There were also those awful quick time events slapped into the maps themselves.
Toshiro's ice abilities have no effect on Kuzan, so he had to resort to his Kido skills. Unfortunately, Toshiro's non ice abilities couldn't damage Kuzan. After converting the J-tor Arena into a winter wonderland, Kuzan gives Toshiro an Ice Age that he will never forget. Kuzan wins! (14 > 3)
The time to unveil the next phase of Totsu’s plan is now in motion! Unlike the other battles, this one is going to pit the winners against each other in a team battle! For the first matchup in this new fight, it’s going to be a showdown between western swords and katanas!
Representing the glory of swords wielded by knights and warriors, Saber from Fate/Stay Night and Guts from Berserk are fighting side by side to vanquish any obstacles that get in the way of their main goals. With the combined might of Excalibur and Gut’s special weapons and gear, we might end up with a serious combo on our hands.
In the katana side, Crono from Chrono Trigger and Roronoa Zoro from One Piece have join forces in an unlikely manner when Zoro accidently wandered back into the J-tor Arena. Since the timing was perfect, we decided to have him participate in the match. And who knows, the combined power of a hero of time and a pirate samurai could result in an unstoppable force.
Both teams have their own unique perks in using their weapons, so it will be interesting to see how this turns out. Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the winning team. Please make sure that you add a +1 to the team that you vote for, since it will let us keep track of the swords and skills flying around. If you don’t feel like mentioning the characters in your comment, you can write Team A (Saber and Guts) or Team B (Crono and Zoro) in your vote instead. Both teams will fight from today till Thursday, so make sure that your vote on time. Once the battle comes to an end, be sure to drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins! Due to the abilities of our competitors, I recommend that you head to your seat as soon as possible.