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Japanator Live: La-Mulana's eighth boss is about to taste defeat

The sweet taste of victory!
Nov 28
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] Get ready, people! After weeks upon weeks of exploration and getting killed by traps, I'm finally close to uncovering La-Mulana's final mystery. Sure, I s...

Week Ender - Summer 2015 Edition

Nov 28 // Red Veron
[embed]34538:5211:0[/embed] "Secret Sky" Anime: Rokka no Yuusha I love the Celtic(?) music inspiration for the song in this one, reminds me of the many Japanese RPGs I played in the past.   [embed]34538:5212:0[/embed] "60 Oku no Tsubasa" Anime: Gatchaman Crowds Insight Really rad ending that's making me go want to finish the first season. I think I'll do that soon. I want that song for my iPod.   [embed]34538:5213:0[/embed] "Glorious Break" Anime: Senhime Zesshou Symphogear GX A great show that combines crazy action with singing and music, I have to catch up on this one.   [embed]34538:5214:0[/embed] "Hey! Smith!!" Anime: Monster Musume no iru Nichijou People like this. Not really my thing but I enjoy seeing people gush over it since the whole premise is ridiculous.   Is there a show from last season that you loved? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Catch up on last season!
It's the weekend after Thanksgiving and Black Friday in the United States and I'm sure many of you out there might have taken this chance to catch up on the anime and manga because of the laid back and chill vibe of this holi...

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Aww yeah: Next year's Garo projects give us more Zero and Leon

All part of a good Thanksgiving dinner
Nov 25
// Salvador GRodiles
You know that the end of November's gonna be amazing when we learn about the new Garo-related announcements. While three projects were announced during this year's Garo: Golden Wolf Thanksgiving festivity, only two of them a...

OP Up! Summer 2015 Edition

Nov 25 // Red Veron
[embed]34532:5207:0[/embed] "Urge" Anime: Prison School Here's a show that I thought would never get an anime because of the content. But it did and it also got a live action adaptation that I imagine is pretty much close to soft core porn. I didn't get to watch this show but I really enjoyed what I read of the manga, watch this intro because it is super hilarious with the male leads singing the theme song.   [embed]34532:5208:0[/embed] "Gate (Sore wa Akatsuki no Yō ni)" Anime: GATE A show that is taking on the latest craze where the modern world is mashed together with a fantasy medieval or past world setting, this one is to please those armchair generals and military otaku along with the fantasy fans. I enjoyed the manga a lot and it takes on interesting issues with such a setting.   [embed]34532:5209:0[/embed] "Bravely You" Anime: Charlotte Now here's a show that I did watch, it's about teens who develop powers and abilities during puberty but lose it after puberty ends. The show centers around a school student council who goes around trying to find ability users and helping them from being abused for their abilities. I enjoyed this one a lot.   [embed]34532:5210:0[/embed] "Core Basis: Metamorphosis!" Anime: Himouto! Umaru-chan One of the most popular shows last season because of the eponymoust Umaru and how much we relate to her in her slovenly habits and all around selfishness that she hides from the public. We are Umaru.   Is there an anime from last season that you loved? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS! I wanna know!
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Chill and Look Back
So it's the holidays for the people in the United States with Thanksgiving followed by the most insane shopping day of the year, Black Friday. So a lot you might by just chillin' in your jammie jams like Umaru pictured above ...

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Valkyria Chronicles

Valkyria Chronicles is reborn on PS4!

Now, where's my Valkyria Chronicles 3?
Nov 25
// Josh Tolentino
I'm not always totally wrong about things, but there are times when I am. It's a good thing that this is one of those times, because Valkyria Chronicles is back, baby! Last week I totally ignored the news that SEGA anno...
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Kamen Rider Ghost

Carve out history with Kamen Rider Ghost's full OP music video

Get ready to shed tears of joy
Nov 23
// Salvador GRodiles
As the single for Kamen Rider Ghost's full opening gets ready to hit Japan on December, the full music video for Kishidan's latest song, "We Think, Therefore We Are," has materialized in front of us. Of course, the tune...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Where does La-Mulana's statues come from?

Class is now in session
Nov 21
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Back when I decided to play La-Mulana, I didn't expect this game to teach us how tiny idol statues give birth to children. Towards the end of last week's segment, I was...

Week Ender - Happy Edition

Nov 21 // Red Veron
[embed]34511:5197:0[/embed] "Okaeri" Anime: Non Non Biyori Repeat This show is part beautiful countryside scenery porn, part slice of life comedy. This ending leans toward the former quite well. Very pretty and just cheerful.   [embed]34511:5198:0[/embed] "Oto no Naru Hō e" Anime: Silver Spoon If happiness was a song and an anime ending. It would be this. Beautiful.   [embed]34511:5199:0[/embed] "Six Same Faces ~Tonight is the Best!!!!!!" Anime: Osomatsu-san I love the Oden art ending with the 70's disco song which is a staple for anime openings and endings. This one makes me happy as well as hungry.   [embed]34511:5200:0[/embed] "Sun" Anime: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou A ridiculous song with the characters performing a ridiculous play during their school's culture festival. I want to watch that play. The strange stupidity of the play just embodies the dumb stuff the kids their age love to do.   What's your favorite happy anime or happy anime ending? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Time to Smile
This weekend, we take a look at some anime endings from anime that made me happy. These anime made me happy in different ways, some are funny while some just provide you with pure joy. I hope you find these endings to enterta...

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WTF Friday: That Place Looks Familiar

What is this I Don't Even
Nov 20
// Red Veron
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Meowgaroo Jumpsuit

This cat jumpsuit lets you bond with your feline purrfectly

Sounds Ameowzing!
Nov 19
// Salvador GRodiles
There's something uplifting about hugging an animal-- especially if they're your pet. In a way, it can help relieve one's stress from a rough day at work, which is one of the best things about taking care of a dog, cat, or a...

OP Up! Happy Edition

Nov 18 // Red Veron
[embed]34504:5187:0[/embed] "Kimi Janakya Dame Mitai" Anime: Gekkan Shoujo Nozoki-kun A fun show about a girl who has a crush on the most oblivious guy ever and the strange and funny people around them at school. Surprisingly fun show that sounded like a typical shoujo romance but turns out to be a comedy.   [embed]34504:5188:0[/embed] "Kachigumi" Anime: Lucky Star A show about nothing. Well, except the normal and funny stuff that happens to some teenage girls.   [embed]34504:5189:0[/embed] "Shiny tale" Anime: Danshi Koukousei no Nichijou The awkward and funny hijinks of high school boys the ridiculous stuff they get into.   [embed]34504:5190:0[/embed] "Hyadain no Kakakata Kataomoi - C" Anime: Nichijou The show's title translates into "Ordinary Life" and everything that happens is anything but ordinary. A hidden underrated gem. Please watch.   So what's your favorite HAPPY anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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We All Could Use A Smile This Week
So I thought we could all use a bit of a different direction this week, not that forgetting any of the bad stuff that happened recently is denying that it happened or making light of the tragedy. Each person has their way of ...

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Japanator Live

Japanator LIVE: Fly High in Sword Art Online: Lost Song

Sing a song
Nov 17
// Red Veron
So after doing normie life stuff for a while, I am now back for some live streaming on the Playstation 4! Tonight I will be checking out the newly released Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the Playstation 4 (Also on Plays...

Week Ender - Post Apocalyptic Edition

Nov 15 // Red Veron
[embed]34487:5171:0[/embed] "Fly me to the moon" Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion A bizarre but appropriate ending in its choice to end each episode of an anime where humanity is trying to survive after a global cataclysm while being attacked by alien monsters. Also there are more weird stuff going on and conspiracies so a Frank Sinatra song is the least odd thing in this show.   [embed]34487:5172:0[/embed] "Human Touch" Anime: After War Gundam X A nice 80's ballad for a post-apocalyptic Gundam show where the earth and the colonies get destroyed with small pockets of humanity survive. Makes me feel that there is hope for the world after such a global disaster.   [embed]34487:5173:0[/embed] "Orarion" Anime: Seraph of the End I love this ending so much. Seeing characters in a normal or different 'what if' setting is always a nice touch. I feel good about the characters seeing them in a setting other than the harsh and dangerous reality they face in their regular lives.   [embed]34487:5174:0[/embed] "Minna no Peace" Anime: Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann While most endings help you wind down, this one just pumps you up the same way like most episodes of this show. What's your favorite post-apocalyptic anime ending or just anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Life leads to Death, Death leads to Life
So I've been playing a lot of Fallout 4, a video game set in a post apocalyptic wasteland and I am loving it so much. I honestly haven't much to say since I don't think anyone reads these things and people just check out the videos below to jam to some music. Enjoy! What's your favorite post-apocalyptic anime ending or just anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!

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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Let's hunt down La-Mulana's sixth boss

Almost there
Nov 15
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here, here, here, here, and here.] It seems that I might be closer to finding a new major boss in La-Mulana. Let's just say that I almost solved one of the guardian area's maj...
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Alodia and AKB48 jam in Manila's Cool Japan Festival 2015

Cosplay and Idols!
Nov 14
// Red Veron
Last November 7 and 8, Team 8 of popular Japanese idol group AKB48 visited Manila, Philippines to perform in Cool Japan Festival 2015. Joining them is idol group AkiShibu along with popular Japanese pop culture-related perso...
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WTF Friday: Bad Luck Assassin

Living up to the Ass in Assassin
Nov 13
// Red Veron

OP Up! Post Apocalyptic Edition

Nov 11 // Red Veron
[embed]34478:5163:0[/embed] "Aoi Hana" Anime: Casshern Sins A dark reboot of a 70's science fiction anime that is all about robot massacre in a world where robots have taken over the world with humanity close to extinction.   [embed]34478:5164:0[/embed] "Brave your truth" Anime: Chrome-Shelled Regios An interesting setting for a post-apocalyptic anime with earth being taken over by giant alien bugs and humanity being forced to survive in roaming domed megacities.   [embed]34478:5165:0[/embed] "The Big O" Anime: The Big O An intriguing setting where people live in a domed city police state surrounded by a wasteland. To make things more complicated (and interesting), 40 years prior to the events of the show, a mysterious thing happened that caused everyone in the city to lose their memories. Oh and there is a giant robot and the visual style is heavily influenced by 60s and 70s.   [embed]34478:5166:0[/embed] "Ai o tomoridose!!" Anime: Fist of the North Star The best post-apocalyptic anime out there where a guy who is basically "Kung-fu Jesus" roams the wasteland. Just watch it, it's so great.   So what is your favorite post-apocalyptic set anime? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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The End is just the Beginning
For many video game players out there, this week is a big one with the release of Fallout 4, one of the biggest and most anticipated games of the year. Fallout 4 is a game set in a post-apocalyptic wasteland of the ...

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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: Sal confronts La-Mulana's Endless Corridor

Why doesn't this area stop looping?
Nov 07
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here, here, and here.] Last time on the stream, I managed to beat La-Mulana's fifth boss, which allowed for me to explore more new areas. Thanks to a special item, I was ...

Week Ender - Hidamari Sketch Edition

Nov 07 // Red Veron
[embed]34457:5155:0[/embed] "Ryusei Record" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x 365 A simple ending for the second season, this one is still full of nice visuals that still shine even in their simplicity.   [embed]34457:5156:0[/embed] "Sakura Sakura Saku: Ano Hi Kimi o Matsu, Sora to Onaji de"" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu This is my favorite ending that is a tie with the one from Honeycomb (the last one below), it features the new characters for the first time and just continues the studio's use of nicely done minimal visuals with great music.   [embed]34457:5157:0[/embed] "Nora" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x SP This is a cute one with Yuno sleeping soundly while her friends drop by. Why doesn't this girl lock her door? What?   [embed]34457:5158:0[/embed] "Yumo Gumo" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb I absolutely love this one. Full of color and a beautiful song, this one has Yuno sleeping again for half of the thing. I really like the lovely kimonos that sway in the wind that makes this ending such a gorgeous sight.   Is there a slice-of-life anime ending you like? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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We Must Go WIDER
Hidamari Sketch is a show I would recommend to people who like SHAFT (Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica) and would want something a bit more subtle than their usual outrageous stuff.  It still has a the...

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WTF Fridays: Office Productivity

How to sell software
Nov 06
// Red Veron

OP Up! Hidamari Sketch Edition

Nov 04 // Red Veron
[embed]34455:5149:0[/embed] "Sketch, Switch" Anime: Hidamari Sketch Here is the original that makes it clear of what this show is, a slice of life comedy with cute girls having fun and doing cute stuff. The colorful opening captures the look that the studio SHAFT was aiming for in this show.   [embed]34455:5150:0[/embed] "Hatena de Wasshoi" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x 365 The second season's opening features much more from the show, not to mention that their budget got bigger. We get to see more of the funny and wacky cast and even some of the lesbian undertones for the yuri fans out there.   [embed]34455:5152:0[/embed] "Dekiru Kanatte Hoshimittsu" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Hoshimittsu My favorite opening from the series. Why? Because it features the new characters for the first time and who happen to be much cuter than Yuno. It also has my favorite song. [embed]34455:5151:0[/embed] "Open Canvas" Anime: Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb The latest season opening with a lot more of the side characters and very beautiful animation. Also that ambiguous hand holding that could be ANY OF THE CHARACTERS! SCANDALOUSSSSSS!    BONUS VIDEO: [embed]34455:5153:0[/embed] "Black and Yellow Sketch" by nakinyko Mashup of: "Black and Yellow" - Wiz Kahlifa "Sketch Switch" by Asumi Kana, Mizuhashi Kaori, Shintani Ryouko, Gotou Yuuko     Which opening from this anime (or some other cute girl anime) is your favorite? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Hidamari Sketch is one of those cute slice of life anime that I just ignored until a friend told me about it. I was slowly starting to like the "cute girls doing cute things" genre and this one was one of the better ones. Muc...

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Cowboy Bebop

Watch this Cowboy Bebop script reading video, Space Cowboy

Toys in the Attic
Nov 03
// Red Veron
Anime purists often argue that subtitled anime is the best kind of anime and snub all dubs, but there is an english anime dub that is almost unanimously loved by all anime fans: Cowboy Bebop. When Cowboy Bebop was brough...
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Raise your flag for Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans' chiptune opening

Mars has gone retro
Nov 01
// Salvador GRodiles
With a new Gundam show airing this season, it was only a matter of time until Studio Megaane would use his amazing skills to give Barbatos a retro upgrade. Once again, the guy did an amazing job with capturing the essen...
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Japanator Live

Japanator Live: It's time for a Trails in the Sky intermission

You can't go wrong with eternal love!
Oct 31
// Salvador GRodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here. Also, you can watch our La-Mulana stream here. Since this week marked the release of The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, I felt that it would be a great time to ...

JapanaTen: Halloween Horror

Oct 31 // Red Veron
[embed]34430:5135:0[/embed] 1.) Blood-C A very bloody show, as the name implies, is all about teen highschooler Saya who goes around her sleepy rural town cutting down human-eating monsters that plague it. It all sounds like typical action show where protagonist fights baddies, but there is more hidden underneath along the very graphic and brutal deaths of both humans and monsters.   [embed]34430:5136:0[/embed] 2.) Tokyo Ghoul College student Ken Kaneki awakens in a hospital and finds himself becoming a monster after an accident. What follows is that Kaneki is introduced to the hidden world of "Ghouls", human eating monsters that live among humans and now Kaneki struggles with his humanity and his new monstrous Ghoul side.   [embed]34430:5137:0[/embed] 3.) High School of the Dead If there is one thing that an anime about zombies needs, is some good old fashioned T and A. HSOTD has that and a lot of zombie gore action with guns, swords, and explosions. While it has all that pervy-ness, it's still a competent zombie show with dealing with the moral issues and situations that arise in such a setting. Also there are physics defying giant boobs in this one, truly terrifying.   [embed]34430:5138:0[/embed] 4.) Shin Kamen Rider A more mature themed movie featuring the late Shotaro Ishinomori's Kamen Rider, this one features more violence and nudity. The first half plays out like a horror movie, and the way that the protagonist turns into the titular Rider is very much something out of a horror movie.   [embed]34430:5139:0[/embed] 5.) Paranoia Agent A show by the late great Satoshi Kon, this one is about a mystery about serial attacks in urban Tokyo by a juvenile in inline skates wielding a bat. What seems to be an act of assault leads to a more mysterious and sinister force at play that sets a series of strange events into motion. I highly recommend this one for those who want something surreal and dark.   [embed]34430:5140:0[/embed] 6.) Ghost Stories You don't expect much when a US anime distribution company buys the rights to a typical supernatural mystery show featuring children that didn't sell that well in Japan. But when the Japanese company gives the US company carte blanche with the show and turn it into a raunchy comedy with some ad-libbing by the US voice actors. Not scary except for those who fear crude sex jokes and being politically incorrect. Please watch the entire show and not just the clip above, it is SO WORTH IT.   [embed]34430:5141:0[/embed] 7.) Perfect Blue Another great movie by the late great Satoshi Kon, this one is about Mima, a pop idol performer who leaves her idol group to become an actress. But wouldn't you know it, she has a stalker who keeps sending her messages and as time goes on, weird occurrences start happening around her. All the strange stuff has Mima questioning what is real and what is not. A great thriller worth watching on Halloween.   [embed]34430:5142:0[/embed] 8.) Corpse Party OVAs When a group of friends perform a ritual to bind themselves together as friends forever. But things go wrong when they perform said ritual in a school building where an elementary school once stood that got torn down after some horrifying events occurred there. Now, that students that performed the ritual are now subjected to terrifying events that defy horror.   [embed]34430:5143:0[/embed] 9.) Hell Girl Have you ever wanted to exact revenge on someone who has done you wrong? How much would you pay for said revenge? In this show, people who have been greatly wronged take revenge on their wrongdoers by giving up their soul to hell. The show consists of short stories and has a great visual style that adds to the creepiness and blurred lines of what is right and wrong.   [embed]34433:5132:0[/embed] 10.) Another A show set in a rural Japanese town about a cursed high school class that tries to keep the curse at bay through a very unusual way. But one day, a new transfer student joins that class and the curse starts to manifest again and people start dying. The most horrifying part of the show? It takes place in 1997 and people rarely have mobile phones and the internet barely exists.   I hope you all enjoyed this list. Don't stare into the mirrors tonight. You might find something else staring back. Good night. [Don't be afraid to share some of your Japanese Horror-themed entertainment in the comments below!]
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Check Out The Horror
It's Halloween weekend here in the United States and around the world, so I'm sure there are plenty of you people who love all things Japanese are looking around for something to watch this weekend. So get ready for some spoo...

Week Ender - True Horror Edition

Oct 31 // Red Veron
[embed]34433:5129:0[/embed] "Taishou A" Anime: Higurashi Kai A nice ending that seems to be the opposite of what the entire Higurashi is all about. A murder mystery that takes place in the early 80's in a rural town in Japan. Truly terrifying.   [embed]34433:5130:0[/embed] "Saints" Anime: Tokyo Ghoul Stylish as hell ending with some snazzy music and nice art. There's a cool facade that hides the darkness in these fashionable looking people.   [embed]34433:5131:0[/embed] "White Hill" Anime: Paranoia Agent A sweet and gentle ending that gives that exact feeling if watched without ever knowing the show's premise and content. If you do watch this ending right after an episode, the ending takes on an entirely different tone. A mind trip of a show that is about urban legends and just a crazy premise that makes no sense at times.   [embed]34433:5132:0[/embed] "-anamnesis-" Anime: Another Continuing the theme of an ending that tries to be different than the show, this one is more bright and light in tone. Though watching it at the end of each episode just gives it an entirely different meaning. This show is a murder mystery in a rural town about a cursed class that does something strange to prevent the curse. The scariest part of the show is that it takes place in 1997 which means mobile phones and the internet are rare.   I'll be asking a question too this week, so please indulge me for a second:What is your favorite scary thing in a horror anime? It can be something serious like gore or some funny observation about something terrible in a horror anime. Is there an anime ending from a horror that I did not include here? SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW (and answer the question if you like). I WANNA KNOWWWW!  
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The Hidden Horror
The scariest horror is the kind that creeps beneath, the one that hides in the shadows, the kind that hides in plain sight. This weekend's selection of endings on Week Ender for Halloween is about that, endings from anime tha...

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Over Your Dead Body

Check out Takashi Miike's next horror film extravaganza

That's happy-looking doll there
Oct 31
// Josh Tolentino
I'm not exactly huge on horror films, but I know more than a few people are, and they seem stoked for Over Your Dead Body, the next J-horror entry from legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike. And just in time for Hallowee...
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One Piece

One Piece: Burning Blood trailer is all flash and dazzle

Some like it red hot
Oct 31
// Anthony Redgrave
I think everyone knows by now that I love me some One Piece. One Piece games have come and gone without any real standouts apart from the Pirate Warrior series. The newest iteration One Piece: Burning Blood is a fighting gam...
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Cannon Busters

Kick off your weekend with Cannon Busters' cool new trailer

Next year's looking hot right now
Oct 30
// Salvador GRodiles
Aw, snap! LeSean Thomas has revealed a new teaser for Cannon Busters, which was released to the pilot's backers on Monday. So far, my excitement for the pilot has gone up even more, since we get to see Fumio Iida/SUEZEN's (B...
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Kamen Rider

Eyes Wide Open: Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis gets a new trailer

Get Ready People!
Oct 30
// Salvador GRodiles
As we get closer to Halloween, the folks at Bandai Namco have channeled their spiritual energy to bring us a new trailer for Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis. Honestly, it looks like it isn't much of an improvement over the ...

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