Jouki no Jutsu!
Rejoice, ninja fans, because Naruto has come to Steam! And no, I'm not referring to the bountiful slate of Ultimate Ninja Storm releases, but instead to a raftload of honest-to-goodness anime, courtesy of ...
A Tale of Two Dimensions
The last time we checked in with GATE, A-1 Pictures' chronicle of the Japan's encounter with nothing less than an entire other world, I noted that the show was considerably less, well...controversial than I had been led to be...
Show them your Kindred Spirit
Are you into lesbian ghosts?
If not, how about a free game? All you've got to do is tell MangaGamer, publisher of far more than lesbian ghost games, about what you want to see from them, by filling out this handy survey...
Getting chanbara all up ins
The Raid was one of the coolest martial arts films of all time, and a lot of that was due to the expert choreography of director Gareth Evans and his crew. So count me as interested when he puts out a kick-ass samurai-themed...
Stand up for some sit-down
If you've ever held the opinion that the medium of Japanese anime could stand to see more mature stories for adults, you absolutely owe it to yourself to at least try watching Shouwa Genroku Rakugo Shinjuu.
You CAN go home again
If there's anything universal to the experience of being an adult, it's probably regret. Or more specifically, regretting the mistakes of childhood.
Come on, you've done it before, too, I'm sure. Perhaps you've lost touch wit...
Falling with style
Gravity Rush is and remains one of the coolest games on the PS Vita, even three years after its original 2012 release. Unfortunately for fans of cool games, the PS Vita didn't get into nearly as many hands as Sony was ho...
Hack some knowledge into your cyberbrain
It's been more than two decades since the original Ghost in the Shell film came out, and the name still resonates as one of the most well-known examples of Japanese anime around.
At the same time, it's been quite a while...
Eat it, Evil Ryu!
Most fighting games may not have an especially strong connection to real-life martial arts, but that doesn't mean they're completely unrealistic or impossible to "do" in meatspace. The trick is in finding the right game to r...
Mighty Morphin' Power Rozzers
If you held a gun to my head and demanded I tell you my favorite anime series of all time (you could've just asked, jeez!), Patlabor: The Mobile Police would definitely be on that list. Though I encountered it relatively...
Cool device, uncool dude
Here's a new one to file under "Why We Can't Have Nice Things": Tone-deaf marketing stunts. Like this one, for a neat little thing called the "ili" Wearable Translator.
It's a little white slab about a bit smaller than an Ap...
A Fistful of Honors
With this year on the wane and a new year imminent, it's time to reflect on what came before: Our life choices, the state of the world, and most importantly: The Japanese cartoons we watched! It's time for 2015's Japanator Aw...
Hey, wait a minute! I think he punched that guy, like, three times! At least!
I feel deceived.
Naruto, One Piece, and more besides
Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can ch...
A Christmas Miracle for the Solo Set
[This review was originally posted on Destructoid.]
When it comes to holiday traditions, Christmas-themed video games aren't as common as Christmas movies or television specials. For whatever reason, be it development times, ...
Snaps and shots from the show floor
Jump Festa, Shueisha's yearly celebration of all things Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, and whatever else it publishes, happened last week, and our pal Lindo Korchi was on hand to observe the proceedings. You can check out hi...
An event for the best of Shonen Jump
Editor's Note: If you're in Japan and a manga fan, Christmas comes early each year, as Jump Festa, Shueisha's celebration of all things Shonen JUMP, takes place shortly before the big day, promoting manga, anime, video g...
The Bald Man and the Sea (King)
One Punch Man might be a comedy, but just as even the grimmest, darkest fiction isn't completely free of levity, this satirical send-up of all things superheroic can sometimes swing things straight and earnest.
And from the pace of proceedings, the showdown with the Sea King is the place to do it.
Talk about a tough cookie
About the worst insult one can usually level at an RPG final boss fight is that the boss is nothing more than a "brick" of hit points, a big ol' thing whose primary attribute is having a huge health bar. Such a boss isn't in...
Won't you help a fallen vamp?
It's finally happening. The now venerable and celebrated Monogatari Series may be coming to a conclusion with Owarimonogatari, but it won't really be over until we return to the beginning with the movie adaptations of K...
To be whole, you must divide, apparently
For the better part of the last decade or so (perhaps even longer), Final Fantasy fans have demanded that Square, and later Square Enix, remake Final Fantasy VII, arguably their most iconic game. And for years they've pu...
The Ancient YEEART! of Ninjutsu
I am Reviewer. NINJA must be slain.
Talk to the Thousands Of Hands
Naruto may have ended more than a year ago, but nothing keeps a good franchise down. Between the lagging anime series, books, more manga, and several feature films, Masashi Kishimoto's world of superpowered ninja is far ...
V3 has come to
We all knew that the saga of Danganronpa would continue. Though excellent and relatively self-contained, Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair left a few threads from Trigger Happy Havoc dangling. The shooter spinoff...
Now with word from Koei Tecmo
If you're a Dead or Alive fan who prefers poolside partying to fisticuffs, your fortunes this February will largely depend on your location. That's because Dead or Alive Xtreme 3, the latest in Koei Tecmo's unabashedly ribal...
Consoles in the lead to Peace
Metal Gear's never been shy about having an anti-nuclear message (despite arguably glorifying most other types of military violence), but for the most part, the series has put making the world a nuke-free place out of the han...
S-Class Went To The Sea Sea Sea (King)
If last week's installment of One Punch Man was about complicating the world of heroism for our man Saitama - and to an extent, for us as observers of the show's world, this week's episode is all about intensifying it.
In a word, things get real this week.
Now, where's my Valkyria Chronicles 3?
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...
That Feel When No One Knows You
The last couple of weeks of One Punch Man have delivered a couple of big hits, and neither courtesy of the titular "man" himself, Saitama.
One hit is more psychological/philosophical than anything else, and the second is literal in a way that befits a show as straightforward as to have a title like One Punch Man.
Sad Girls on Steam
If you told me even three or four years ago that visual novels would be one of the fastest-growing game genres in 2015, I'd have laughed in your face. But you'd have been right: Ever since it came out that people would be wil...
A Familiar Tune
Ask most folks who watched the Sword Art Online anime series, and they'll likely tell you that the show's weaker moments usually coincided with events set in ALfheim Online (ALO), a fairy-themed virtual re...
The Candy Man Can
It's been a little while since we last checked in with Iron-Blooded Orphans, and as a result, we're a little behind. Stuff is definitely happening, though, from table-setting in cornfields to the beginning of what is clearly the Tekkadan's rise to power.
Now, won't you take these sweets as a form of apology?
Passing the test
Things start to pick up in the animated chronicle of the man who Belive In Justice and Hold A Determination To Fist*, as the theme of this week's episode is "testing", whether against bureaucracy, your teacher, or yourself.
Let's get some udon when we're done!
*Symphogear is the 2nd best punching anime this year
*Sorry, Symphogear reference
That's happy-looking doll there
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...
The Lowest Blow
So, it turns out that Madhouse's big twist in their adaptation of the wildly popular One Punch Man would be to turn Saitama into the villain! Who'd have thunk it?!
No true hero would stoop so low as to punch a vulnerable enemy in the junk, after all. Dick strikes are the preserve of craven knaves alone!
That Artesia, she sad
It looks like the hot, shirtless boys of Iron-Blooded Orphans aren't the only game in town when it comes to Gundam. There's also the undying chronicles of the Universal Century, which Bandai will never abandon so long a...
When Iron Flowers Bloom
Back when first wrote about Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, I noted that the show's more morally ambiguous, grittier approach seemed to set it apart from its peers in mainline Gundam fiction.
As of the latest episode, that sentiment continues to hold true.
Get Fit with Saitama
One Punch Man? More like One Punch Per Week Man, am I right?
The Fall season's prettiest show continues into its third week, as Saitama and Genos head out to confront their first real enemy, the House of Evolution. Will this be the week that Saitama needs more than a single blow to fell his foes?
Spoiler Alert: Nope!
Convenient Signage in the Aftermath
Welcome to the latest recap of One Punch Man, the only anime series that probably doesn't need a recap, for so obvious is the plot, am I right?
As it turns out, not quite. A fair bit goes on in today's installment, and while deviations from the source are few, newer viewers may find the latest developments engaging.
Gundam Iron Blood Orphans
Another year, another new Gundam series. My interest in Sunrise and Bandai's flagship has waxed and waned over the years, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm rarely attracted to the "mainline" shows that make up the core ...