In return for Ben kindly volunteering to be my official Valvrave: The Liberator therapist, this week I decide to pay him back by becoming his official Samurai Flamenco therapist. Unfortunately for Ben, he's a much better... | subscribe
Happy Cyber Monday, everyone! And for those of you who don't celebrate the most cyberpunk of shopping holidays, a plain old "Happy Monday" to you, too! This is the Annotated Anime Roundup, the bowl of recapping blurbs that......
You've already seen our holiday recommendations for anime, manga, and video games; what could possibly be left? Quite a lot, actually. Not only do we have recommendations for music lovers (and we hope that group includes pretty much everyone), but also suggestions for some odds and ends that didn't fit into any of the other guides, but still make great gifts for the right people.
However, unlike the items in the previous three guides, the products on this list range from difficult to impossible to pick up at retail, so you'd better get your cyber-shopping started now.
Welcome to Japanator's 2013 holiday guide to excellent video games. Just like anime and manga, there's a seemingly endless parade of titles out there vying for your attention, and we're here to ensure you don't swerve off the path into purchasing something like My Baby Girl or Jerry Rice & Nitus' Dog Football. I've played both, and you don't want to go down that road. Really. Now, you may not see all of these popping up as criminally cheap deals, but you can rest assured that you're giving the gift of awesome compared to so many other titles out there. We've scaled down our selections to games we feel that would best cater to the Japanator audience, so keep that in mind when perusing the list. If you're a good girl or boy this year, you might be able to get some of them for yourself if you've cleared out your backlog.
It looks like everyone evacuated the Jtor Arena last week, as Alteisen Riese unleashed the Claymore Overlord on Blodia. Bullets flew everywhere, and Jin wasn't safe from the Plasma Horn and the rain of titanium spheres that pierced his machine. Before he had the chance to recover, Kyosuke rammed Riese's Revolving Bunker through Blodia's chest. Thankfully, a few people remembered that the seating grounds were reinforced to withstand all forms of devastating attacks, which allowed for us to record Kyosuke's victory. Alteisen Riese wins! (2 > 0)
Due to a special occurrence that went on this week, we’re going to have a battle between two canines who know how to fight! However, that doesn’t mean that the action is going to be toned down, since we’re going to have a supernatural Shiba Inu go up against a ninja Great Pyrenees. Of course, this will be a one-on-one battle, so there won’t be any interference from any outside parties.
Black Friday has already come and gone, which means that the days are quickly counting down before you need a gift. Bookstores are still a viable retailer for manga, which saves you with that last-minute gift.
Are you standing in front of the aisle this very minute, unsure of what to buy? Don't worry, we've got you covered.
Manga makes a great gift (much better than anime or videogames) because you can easily add on based on how much you like the person. Secret Santa at your anime club? One volume. College buddy? Three volumes. Your significant other? A complete series.
Follow me after the jump, and we'll delve into all the titles you should buy this season.
Wondering what to pick up for the otaku in your life this holiday season? Well, you should be. If you give someone a bad anime this year, who knows what could happen? Friendships could be lost over the misguided gift of Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc. Your own mother may slap you until you're red as Santa's hat if you try to slip a copy of the Nakaimo: My little sister is among them! under the tree. How can you give the gift of colorfully animated entertainment without fear?
That's where we come in! Just in time for Cyber Monday, here's Japanator's annual guide to some of the better, eminently gift-worthy anime that's come out recently. We aim to help you select premium presents that will elicit huge grins rather than pained groans from your cartoon-loving friends and family. Of course, I'm just playing around here, and your loved ones probably wouldn't really disown you over some bad anime gifts...but I'd still stay far away from that Kenshin OVA, just in case. It's pretty bad.
Hello, and welcome to the weekend! It's time now for Shonen Showdown, the periodic tradition that leaves you in a satisfied slumber, no food required!
To those of you that celebrate the occasion, we hope you had yourselves a happy Thanksgiving! Now, work off all that extra holiday mass with a hearty dose of hot fighting courtesy of Naruto, Bleach, and Hunter x Hunter!
Thanksgiving Day may have come and gone, but the Thanksgiving week is still in effect until this Sunday. Coinciding with Brittany's Monthly Musing topic about fabulous dressers, the week of Thanksgiving has turned into a holiday where we celebrate the accomplishments of the most fabulous people on the planet!
It seems that J-tor's Community Manager had this all planned out when she chose the theme for this month's special blogs. If you don't live in a country where Thanksgiving is celebrated, then you can partake in festivities to commemorate the greatness behind being fabulous! After you're done with recovering from your Thanksgiving food coma, you can restore your energy with my ramblings about the latest episodes of Kyoryuger, Kamen Rider Gaim, and Shougeki Gouraigan.
A girl and her werewolf. It's a tale as old as the setting sun, right? Or at least as old as the twilight.
Mamoru Hosoda has had a solid career so far. He's covered a variety of subjects and each film has been released to critical acclaim. What could he tackle next? Well, Wolf Children is the tale of a single mom, essentially. A woman who's raising her two children in the best way she can despite the world being against her. And it's harder than you'd think, because these two children are part-wolf.
Wolf Children follows a young woman named Hana who falls in love with a man who has been sneaking into her college classes. He's cold at first, but soon warms up to Hana and reveals his deep dark secret to her: he's a werewolf. The myth basically plays no role here-- he's just a guy who can turn into a wolf. They eventually have two adorable "pups" together, Ame and Yuki, who gain his abilities to swap between human and wolf. However, before they're even out of diapers, he passes away in an unexplained accident, leaving Hana to raise the children on her own.
It's that of the year again, when we gather with friends and family around a table laden with all manner of food and feast. Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, corn, bread, cornbread, gravy, and that one dish that your aunt always brings that nobody really likes but you eat it anyway because it's like the only thing she knows how to make. You know what I'm talking about.
So what better way to celebrate the day of stuffing your face than with a comic that is (at best) tangentially related?! Can you think of one? I didn't think so, bub. That's why I write this BS.
In return for Ben kindly volunteering to be my official Valvrave: The Liberator therapist, this week I decide to pay him back by becoming his official Samurai Flamenco therapist. Unfortunately for Ben, he's a much better therapist than I am, so while I'm basically okay with my friendly neighborhood space vampires and their exploits, Ben is still terribly distraught over the whole Guillotine Gorilla situation. Can you blame him?
In other news, Kyousougiga decides to make a surprising amount of sense, Golden Time's Linda is full of it as far as Tim's concerned, and Lafayette from True Blood becomes a giant Durian-themed Roman gladiator because Kamen Rider Gaim is quickly becoming the world's best television program.