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Ayakashi Zamurai

Garage Hero series Ayakashi Zamurai is now on YouTube


This is my trusty dog Pochi
Aug 07
// Salvador GRodiles
You know, it feels kind of weird to see the Toei ocean wave sequence appear before a Garage Hero project. Nevertheless, it's great to see that Bueno and his group got to team up with them and YouTube Space to create Ayakashi...
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Ayakashi Zamurai

Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai series unsheathes a new trailer


There's plenty of comedy to go around
Jul 03
// Salvador GRodiles
As Garage Hero continues to work hard on their upcoming projects, the group has taken the time to upload a new Ayakashi Zamurai trailer. This time around, we get to see more of the fantasy samurai show's comed...
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Ayakashi Zamurai

Check out Garage Hero's Ayakashi Zamurai teaser


Sounds like a sword-clashing good time
Apr 27
// Salvador GRodiles
Garage Hero's Hayate web series may have been put on hold, but their latest project, Ayakashi Zamurai, has received its first teaser. Based on the trailer's content, it looks like the group's hitting us with another fun proj...
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Rurouni Kenshin

2nd and 3rd Rurouni Kenshin films get a full length trailer


Kyoto is on fire
May 02
// Elliot Gay
I was a big fan of the first live action Rurouni Kenshin film. It had pacing problems, but on the whole, I felt that it did a strong job of capturing the tone of the manga while adapting the material in a way that worked for...

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Miyazaki manga

Miyazaki spinning new yarns, this time about samurai


Onwards, to a new adventure
Nov 12
// Kristina Pino
ANN reports that Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki has spilled the beans on a project Miyazaki is currently working on: a manga set in the warring states period of Japan featuring samurai and badass sword-fighting. I think that d...
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Banzai! XSEED releasing Way of the Samurai 4 on August 21


Aug 05
// Josh Tolentino
Fans of Acquire, XSEED, and awkward-but-compelling Japanese can rejoice, because Way of the Samurai 4 has a release date! And it's soon, too. The world of hilariously exaggerated animations, sword collecting, choice and conse...

Japan Cuts Roundup, Day 1: 7/12/12

Jul 12 // Alec Kubas-Meyer
[embed]23949:1390[/embed] Scabbard Samurai (Saya Zamurai | さや侍)Director: Hitoshi MatsumotoScreening date: Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM Synopsis: Set in the Edo era, Scabbard Samurai is about Kanjuro, a broken-down "scabbard samurai" who wishes to fight no more after the death of his wife. The local lord has branded him a deserter and ordered him to avenge his honor by committing seppuku--or, he can choose what's behind Door Number Two. The lord's young son has not cracked so much as a smile since the death of his mother, and the family is looking to lift his spirits. Kanjuro's mission, should he choose to accept it, is to make the prince smile again--and he has 30 days to do it. If he succeeds before the month is out, his life will be spared. Otherwise, he'll die trying.Scabbard Samurai is Hitoshi Matsumoto's most grounded film to date. Featuring his trademark deadpan humor, it's a side-splitting tearjerker that never takes the easy way out.  Thoughts: Scabbard Samurai sets up a pattern story whose motto might as well be "Make 'em laugh, or die trying." Like the best pattern stories, the interest comes from how Matsumoto is able to play with the constraints of the pattern and make it seem fresh rather than repetitive. One of Kanjuro's stunts is described as "flamboyant and refreshingly stupid," which is also a fitting description for a good portion of the film. Rather than just a collection of slapstick set ups and punchlines, Scabbard Samurai becomes this surprisingly touching look at the difficulties and dignity of making other people happy -- it can be something worth doing; it might even be something that's worth dying for. Verdict: See it. [Read the full review] [embed]23949:1391[/embed] Love Strikes! (Moteki | モテキ)Director: Hitoshi OneScreening date: Saturday, July 14 at 7:15 PM [followed by a party] & Sunday, July 22 at 1:00 PM Synopsis: Hitoshi One's romantic comedy, based on a hugely popular manga and TV series, became a massive hit in Japan and was selected for the Top Films of 2011 by The Japan Times, Kinema Jumpo and Eiga Geijutsu. Love Strikes! is the hopelessly endearing tale of Yukiyo Fujimoto (Mirai Moriyama), a diffident, nowhere guy who suddenly becomes the ultimate hot chick magnet. Yukiyo lands a job at a webzine devoted to pop culture, but his forced celibacy is the butt of all his colleagues' jokes. Yukiyo gives full vent to his self-pity via Twitter feed, and hooks up with a fellow user who seems to share his tastes in pop subculture. They arrange to meet but instead, shockingly cute Miyuki (Masami Nagasawa, who took home the 2012 Japanese Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her part) shows up. Then, as Yukiyo's "moteki"--a Japanese slang term referring to a period of unexplained romantic popularity with the opposite sex--begins to hit full swing, Miyuki might not be as unattainable as he thought.  Thoughts: Love Strikes! should be an amazing movie. It's got an absolutely amazing start (helped along by a wonderful music video/dance number/something featuring the talents of electropop group Perfume), but it quickly ruins itself by focusing on one of the worst characters in cinema history. Everything he does is terrible and selfish, and the total lack of retribution for his actions made me want to kick something cute and then stamp it to death. When the credits rolled, I realized that literally nothing had been resolved, and that made me even angrier. Even so, Love Strikes! is a really funny movie, and the first thirty minutes alone probably make it worth watching. Verdict: Consider it. [Read the full review]
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New Kenshin game unsheathes its first set of screenshots


May 24
// Salvador GRodiles
After losing a one on one duel against the man formerly known as Battosai the man-slayer, I have finally been able to obtain some more information related to Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story Sais...
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Shonen Jump Alpha serializes Rurouni Kenshin: Restoration


May 23
// Bob Muir
The first time I heard of Rurouni Kenshin wasn't from some Samurai X OVA, it was from an extremely early issue of the US Shonen Jump, highlighting popular series from Weekly Shonen Jump. After the anime started airing on Toon...
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New Kenshin manga is a retelling of the original story


May 02
// Bob Muir
If you were hoping for an entirely new Rurouni Kenshin tale when we first heard about a new manga coming, this might disappoint you. (Then again, why do you want more when the 28-volume original manga wrapped up quite nicely?...
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Hiten Mitsurugi Style, Kenshin gets a new game for PSP!


May 02
// Salvador GRodiles
It has been two years since we read about a Rurouni Kenshin game unsheathing its sword on the PSP. Two years have passed since then, and the wandering swordsman is ready wander his way back to the PSP for a new game that is s...
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Learn how samurai did seppuku with this handy diagram


Apr 17
// Bob Muir
Have you messed up so bad that only in death can you reclaim your honor? Ever wonder just how to commit seppuku or harakiri? Thanks to an infographic from Tumblr user error88, now you too can engage in ritualistic suicide![Ed...
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Live-action Ruro-Ken cuts up some behind-the-scene videos


Apr 16
// Salvador GRodiles
August 25th is a long way from now, and there has also been a slight becaon of hope that the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie will have some of the light hearted moments thrown in. For the sake of not confusing people, Ruro-...
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No way! Way of the Samurai 4's going stateside!


Apr 04
// Josh Tolentino
In what is some rather delightful news for fans of quirky Japanese games and samurai culture alike, XSEED has seen fit to localize Acquire's Way of the Samurai 4 for a North American release. Any Acquire fan will know that th...
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Xam'd director & Geass writer creating Fuse Gansaku movie


Mar 20
// Bob Muir
There was some talk a few years ago about an adaptation of Kazuki Sakuraba's Fuse Gansaku: Satomi Hakkenden, a reimagining of Nanso Satomi Hakkenden, a classic Japanese epic by Kyokutei Bakin. The original 19th century novel ...
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New Rurouni Kenshin trailer suggests a more balanced film


Mar 14
// Bob Muir
The latest trailer for Rurouni Kenshin is getting me more interested than the previous trailer. Instead of a string of action shots, we do get a sense that Kenshin is trying to live a more normal life, but keeps getting force...
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DLC for One Piece: Pirate Warriors draws from cover pages


Mar 08
// Bob Muir
In shonen manga, the cover pages are awesome! Most of the time, they show the characters in exotic locales and fancy costumes that wouldn't fit in with the current storyline. Some of my personal favorite cover pages are in Bl...
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Put your guns on for Sengoku Basara leg mouse pad


Feb 22
// Bob Muir
Boob mouse pads still make me laugh a bit inside every time I see them. Maybe it's just the idea that they're real products, maybe it's how classy they try to make some of them look. For whatever the reason, it makes me smile...
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Put ya guns on! Sengoku Basara HD Collection announced!


Jan 30
// Elliot Gay
It's party time, ladies and gentlemen. Capcom, on a roll following their recent barrage of Ace Attorney news, has announced that it will be bringing a Sengoku Basara HD Collection to PS3 in Japan this Summer. Details are pret...
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New Rurouni Kenshin images are pleasing


Jan 04
// Elliot Gay
And the onslaught of Rurouni Kenshin live action shots continues with this new, small set of images. This time around we have Kenshin facing off with Jinei Udo, who should be familiar to fans of Nobuhiro Watsuki's manga. This...
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Wait, WHAT? Nobunaga's Ambition together with Pokemon?!


Dec 21
// Josh Tolentino
I usually hate writing posts with that cliche "What is this I don't even" comment but WHAT IS THIS I DON'T EVEN Wha-what?! How?! Why?! These are the things I think when someone announces that Pokemon, the cute, everlasting ca...
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Guns beat swords in Total War: Shogun 2's new expansion


Dec 06
// Josh Tolentino
Guns are better than swords. Shootin’ a dude is easier than cuttin’ a dude. It’s safer too, at least for the dude doin’ the shootin’. And it seems that Sega and The Creative Assembly are ready to...
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Be enthusiastic! Sengoku Basara Blu-ray has sweet extras!


Sep 02
// Chris Walden
It's time to ready your wallet and put your guns on, as the Blu-ray release of the popular documentary Sengoku Basara: The Last Party will have an absolute wealth of extras. The first pressing is the version receiving all of ...
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Help the samurai rise in Shogun 2's new DLC


Aug 23
// Josh Tolentino
Are you tired of the sengoku period? Most games, books, and media having to do with Japanese history are obsessed with the endless series wars between the Date, the Takeda, the Oda, the Chosokabe, and hundreds of other clans ...
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Samurai Warriors 3: Empires coming to PS3, has 600 dudes


Jun 02
// Josh Tolentino
And I don't just mean "600 people you kill". After all, in the average Warriors game you kill 600 dudes a minute. Instead, the dudes in question are sengoku-era heroes and notables. That's a lot of heroes and notables, consid...
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New Total War: Shogun 2 DLC revea-OMG WARRIOR NUNS


May 26
// Josh Tolentino
Total War: Shogun 2 is a rather excellent strategy game and any would-be rulers of Glorious Nippon would do well to give it a look. Unfortunately, the base game doesn't offer that much for Buddhists of a military bent. Sure, ...
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PSP Sengoku Basara Chronicles Heroes gets a trailer


Apr 28
// Tyler Jones
What little of the Sengoku Basara PS3 game that I played really impressed me. It struck me as a fresh, fash-paced take on the Dynasty Warriors 3D beat-em-up style game that had become a bit stale. It also helps that the chara...
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Watch an epic fight between a samurai and some shadows


Feb 23
// Josh Tolentino
It's the very fight you've dreamed of in all of your favorite action cartoons and CG movies, only, it's in live-action this time, performed by artist Taichi Saotome with the aid of a carefully coordinated "shadowgraph". It's like when you cup your hands together in front of a lamp and make the silhouette of a dog's head barking...except way more awesome.
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Check out Shogun 2's multiplayer options, awesome hats


Feb 21
// Josh Tolentino
War is hell. Hell is other people. So what better kind of hell is there than war with other people? That's like, hell squared. Turns out Shogun 2 knows this, which is why The Creative Assembly have beefed up the game's mult...
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Shogun 2's CG intro says people in castles are jerks


Feb 17
// Josh Tolentino
Well, it doesn't say it outright, but that's certainly the implication. On the surface of it, the video below merely depicts a duel of honor between a samurai of the Takeda clan (the four-diamond crest on red is unmistakable)...

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