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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Let's have one last dance with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero


The performance is almost over
Jan 21
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] As we start to get into the rhythm of Shantae: Half-Genie Hero's dance, it seems that the performance will come to an end soon. All that's left for us is to thwart Risk...
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Cons

Deculture: MacrossWorld Con transforms into Super Dimension Convention


The Macross-themed con gets a new form
Jan 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
Whenever an event changes its name, there's a good chance that folks can expect to see some new things around the corner. Speaking of which, the one-day long Macross-themed convention, MacrossWorld Convention, is now off...
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Digimon Adventure tri.

Licensing GET: Shout! Factory grabs Digimon Adventure tri.


Greymon digivolves into Blu-raymon!
Jan 17
// Salvador G Rodiles
It's been a good while since Digimon Adventure tri.'s theatrical event occurred in North America. Luckily, this won't be the last that we'll hear from the original series' new sequel as Shout! Factory digivolves the film's fi...
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JAM Project

Catch JAM Project at Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon '17


August is about to get really hot
Jan 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
With 2017 marking the Otakon anime convention's debut in Washington, D.C., an interesting bit of news drops our way as the event's group join forces with the Anisong World Matsuri to bring us the con's musical performances. T...

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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Shantae: Half-Genie Hero is about to take us on a magic carpet ride


We're about to see a whole new world
Jan 14
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] It's time for us to go back to our time with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero, and we might be going through a segment where we ride on magic carpets. My guess is that it has t...
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Rock-Paper-Scissors

What if rock-paper-scissors and shonen anime collide?


The game to end all games
Jan 14
// Salvador G Rodiles
If there's one debate that is serious business, it's the one to decide on which place to get food at. When you have two people set on two different cuisines, it's important to settle the whole thing in a civil matter; otherwi...
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Gekisou Sentai Carranger

Safety First: Carranger is up for pre-order on Shout! Factory's Website


Who wants to learn about traffic safety?
Jan 10
// Salvador G Rodiles
Now this comes as a surprise. It turns out that Shout! Factory plans to launch Gekisou Sentai Carranger, the show where Power Rangers Turbo got its footage from, on April 25. Just like their previous releases, if you pre...
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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

Watch Kyuranger's heroes strike a cosmic pose


It's Space Time!
Jan 08
// Salvador G Rodiles
At long last, we get to see Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's constellation-themed heroes in action. Thanks to TV Asahi, the first teaser for the show gives us a better look at the team's costumes. While we only get to see the tea...
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Snow Miku

Snow Miku's 2017 music video will take you to a winter wonderland


Cuteness triumphs over frostbite
Jan 08
// Salvador G Rodiles
No matter how cold the winter season can get, but that isn't stopping Hatsune Miku from warming people's hearts. Speaking of Vocaloids, AO FUJIMORI and yuiti hinata team up to bring us an animated music video of n-buna and Or...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Dance through the darkness with Shantae: Half-Genie Hero


You can't go wrong with surprises
Jan 07
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] With this weekend being the first that's not on a major holiday, it's time for me to enter the scene again. Thanks to a close friend of mine, I was able to nab...
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Fafner: The Beyond

Are you there? Fafner's next project gets a trailer


The story continues
Jan 07
// Salvador G Rodiles
To this day, Fafner is one of the shows that I never expected to get a continuation. With a prequel OVA, a sequel film and a second TV series, the anime is an example of a situation where the team is willing to do what they c...

Review: Kaiju Girls

Jan 05 // Salvador G Rodiles
Kaiju GirlsStudio: Studio PuyukaiViewed On: CrunchyrollPremiere Date: September 27, 2016 As a person who’s still new to the Ultra franchise, I found the anime staff’s depiction of some of the giant monsters to be faithful to the original creatures. For example, the anime manage to capture Pigmon’s cute characteristics that make it one of the series’ friendliest beasts. This acts as a neat reward for viewers who’re familiar these monstrosities. At the same time, it contributes to the idea that many of these life forms have their own set of instincts. While Kaiju Girls’ depiction of the monsters as cute ladies is one of its strengths, the show doesn’t do much to take advantage of its ideas. Even though the show’s premise involves a group of called GIRLS that trains women with the souls of large monsters to protect people, the program fails to do anything grand with this concept. Instead, the title focuses on the everyday lives of three heroines who’re based on the Capsule Monsters from Ultra Seven, the third show in the Ultra franchise and the second Ultraman installment. For the most part, the staff’s decision to focus on the daily life of girls with giant monster souls worked decently. The idea of Windom being a closet fujoshi who envies Eleking, another otaku Kaiju Girl, lead to some cute moments that brought a smile to my face, and Pigmon’s tendency to be a cute person while giving off a serious authoritative presence was enough to make me giggle. Even though this format was entertaining at times, most of the skits were hit or miss. The episodes that featured fight scenes fell flat since the show’s three-minute episode timeframe didn’t give Kaiju Girl’s conflicts the chance to shine, such as the Shadow Monsters and the ladies with monster souls who went berserk. Since the series’ strengths lied in its skits between the girls, the story outside of the Capsule Monsters’ training and everyday life segments were weak at times, as they didn’t appear until the show was nearing its end. In any other Ultra show, these sorts of moments might’ve worked, but in a series of small shorts, you need more time to flesh things out. Of course, the cast’s hard work in making the girls sound like cuter versions of their original monster counterparts was one of the primary elements that helped make a few of Kaiju Girls’ segments entertaining. Sora Tokui (Milky Holmes series’ Nero, Is the order a rabbit? series’ Maya) gave off the right tone to make Pigmon sound adorable while showing her authority as one of GIRLS’ leaders, and Yurika Endo (Ace of Diamond series’ Haruno, Sakura Trick’s Rina) contributed to making Windom’s closet otaku personality seem funny. Since Kaiju Girl’s main focus is on the dialogue and the cast’s characteristics, the show doesn’t take advantage of the gang’s powers. The only elaborate part is the magical girl-like transformation sequence where each character is shown in a full-body design when they tap into their monster souls. For the most part, it’s a simple show that aims to bring amusement with the chibi girls’ expressions and the voice actress’ performances. Even though Kaiju Girls doesn’t complement the Ultra franchise’s tendency to feature ridiculous wrestling moves between a Giant of Light and a huge monster, Studio Puyukai uses the show’s simplicity to bring us something that could bring a smile to many folks. Each character almost showcases the right personality that complements their specific monster soul, and it works as a neat spinoff where the Ultra Warriors aren’t the star of the show. Unfortunately, some of the skits can be hit or miss, and the series’ major conflicts are a bit of a letdown; however, the title’s small episode timeframe might be enough for some folks who’re in the mood for some cuteness in short bursts— especially if they’re familiar with the Ultra franchise’s giant monsters and aliens. [This review is based on a streamed version of the series viewed by the reviewer at personal expense.]
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Unleash your inner Monster Soul
When it comes to tokusatsu franchises branching out into other mediums, I’m always open for these types of ideas since they can pull off things that could be hard to pull off in a live-action series. In this case, Tsubu...

Japanator Awards 2016: Sal's Top 5 Anime of the Year

Jan 01 // Salvador G Rodiles
5. Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro If there are two things that I never imagine seeing in the same place, it’s preparing food being and becoming a DJ. Somehow, Tonkatsu DJ Agetaro drags us into a tale where a guy aims to be become a DJ through applying his experience of working at his family's tonkatsu (fried pork cutlets) restaurant to perfect his techniques. For the most part, the show made this whole thing seem ridiculous while making us root for this underdog who just wants to create a fun mix for people to enjoy. Even though the show’s looks wasn’t the best out there, the whole thing blended well with the series’ bizarre combination of themes. With each episode running at ten minutes, it was nice to see how well the tonkatsu theme played a huge role in Agetaro’s journey to become a great DJ. At the same time, I loved how this concept went well with the idea how one can apply their experience from a previous field in one that’s entirely different— in terms of understanding the new path better. Of course, it’s hard to deny a show where food and music go hand-in-hand to create a fun ride. To top it off, it deserves some props for giving a positive outlook on the word “chill out.”   4. Space Patrol Luluco While we’re on the topic of interesting shorts, Space Patrol Luluco served as an example of a series that reward me for sticking with it until the end. Even though the idea of Luluco being a series of shorts made me skeptical at first, the show ended up growing on me. We got to see a surprising origin story that’s relevant to Studio TRIGGER itself, along with a ridiculously over-the-top love story that took us through different worlds and galaxies. However, the big thing about this series was how much the series accomplished with its length. In 12 short episodes, we saw the show go from a tale of a girl following her dad’s footsteps to be a space officer so that she could use the money to free him from being frozen to story that took the idea of romance and used it in a scenario where everyone’s lives were on the line. At the same time, Luluco was a fine example of a project where the team at Studio TRIGGER just wants to have lots of fun while they mix a bunch of random off-the-wall ideas to create something wild. As a person who’s a fan of Hiroyuki Imaishi’s stuff, it was nice to see him make his over-the-top ideas work well in a series made up of seven-minute episodes. To top it off, the idea of seeing M.A.O./Mao Ichimichi (Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger’s Luka/Gokai Yellow) as Luluco and Tetsu Inada (Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger’s Doggie Kruger/Deka Master) as the show’s police chief, Chief Over Justice, felt like a dream come true since they both had solid roles in the Super Sentai franchise.   3. Konosuba – God’s Blessing on this Wonderful World! When it comes to comedic fantasy titles, I do my best to catch them when I can. As a person who enjoys titles with a wacky gang of heroes who get into lots of trouble, such as Slayers and Louie the Rune Soldier, Konosuba quenched my thirst for this genre. The idea of having a NEET who was revived in a fantasy world after experiencing a humiliating death, a goddess who the main guy took with him, a delusional Arc Wizard who’s super obsessed with the explosion spell, and a masochistic Crusader who can’t hit her target joining forces worked well in creating a random cast that made each episode really amusing. This is thanks to series is placing this team in many situations where their quirks contribute to the show’s humor. With moments that range from the gang struggling to slay simple creatures to somehow taking out a powerful boss who works for the main villain that threatens the land, Konosuba made way for many surprises; thus making it one of the funniest trapped-in-another-world shows to grace 2016. Last but not least, Megumin the Crimson Demon might be the show’s best girl, which may nor may not be a factor into Konosuba’s placement on this list. In all seriousness, I had lots of fun with the show’s ten episodes and I hope that its sequel will continue to deliver in the humor department.   2. Mob Psycho 100 As a person who adored One Punch Man, there was zero chance that I would find Mob Psycho 100 to be a disappointment. Lo and behold, this ended up being the case since the series presented us with a powerful hero who only wishes to live life as a normal person that doesn’t rely on his special abilities. While the show focused on the whole “with great power comes responsibility” type of story, it also conveyed the idea of someone who wants to be a competent person outside of their forte. Even when people envy Mob for his powers, the guy only wants to live a normal life without having to worry about his abilities going out of control when he gets pushed to the edge. Because of his drawback, the show is a nice parallel to ONE's One Punch Man since they both present us with different takes on stories with overpowered characters. Of course, his relationship with the supporting characters was another thing that made the series worthwhile. One of the show's most noteworthy aspect was his relationship with his boss, Reigen, who happens to be a con artist that tricked Mob into thinking he’s stronger than him. Then there’s the show’s tendency to make people laugh through subverting signature tropes, such as the one where the lead might save a club from going under. Combined with Bones utilizing sketchy lines in the show’s action to complement ONE’s simplistic designs, we were left with another fine piece that did justice to its source material.   1. Re:ZERO  -Starting Life in Another World- If there’s one thing about life that’s harsh, it’s how things don’t always go your way. Re:Zero took this idea and had its main character Subaru suffer while he fought hard to achieve the best outcome when things went wrong. The idea of him being a shut-in sent to a fantasy world who can relive his life after death somehow was a nice take on the trapped-in-another-world genre of stories. It helps that our main hero is a normal person outside of his ability and that each arc pushes him to push towards discovering the right choice to save those he cares about. No matter how bad he suffered from his attempts to do well, the payoff was always exciting as the fruits of his labor lead to some wonderful confrontations. Hell, I found myself rooting for Subaru when he would find a way to save someone from an impossible situation. Because of the major steps Subaru had to go through, he easily became a great lead since he slowly went from being a shut-in to a person who can bring people together for a great cause. The idea of his ordeal being the fantasy version of reality slapping you in the face really hard was what got me hooked on the series. I wanted to see how his mistakes made things worse and how he would resolve them, which lead to my decision of making Re:Zero my top show of 2016. Honorable Mentions: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable, Keijo!!!!!!!!!, Kiznaiver, Durarara!! X2 Ketsu, Danganronpa 3: The End of Hope’s Peak Academy, Erased, Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt
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Never giving up is the name of the game
With 2016 coming to a close, it’s time for us to reminisce about the stuff that made our year worthwhile. Thanks to this tradition, this gives us the excuse to talk about our favorite anime shows that made our day. Even...

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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

Check out Uchu Sentai Kyuranger's otherworldly cast


This team is out of this world
Dec 26
// Salvador G Rodiles
Ever since Kyuranger's suits were revealed, I was behind the idea of a constellation-themed Sentai team with nine members. With the show's cast and staff announced, the franchise's 41st show is starting to look more interesti...
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Yuri!!! on Ice

Dale North's take on Yuri!!! on Ice's OP is born to make history


Just in time for the holidays
Dec 24
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Disclosure: Dale North wrote for Japanator. No relationships, personal or professional, were factored into this post.] As Yuri!!! on Ice came to a triumphant close, Former Japanator Managing Editor and Destructoid Editor in ...
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Godzilla

Kick off your Christmas weekend with El Rey Network's Godzilla marathon


The gift that keeps on destroying
Dec 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
The holidays may be among us, but that isn't stopping the King of Monsters from wrecking havoc on random buildings. As a special tradition, El Rey Network is hosting third Kaiju Christmas marathon on Friday, Dec. 23, as they ...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Shantae and the Pirate Curse's final boss is about to walk the plank


This voyage is about to end
Dec 17
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] Well, people. There's a good chance that I'll get to send Shantae and the Pirate Curse's main villain back to Davy Jone's Locker soon. Since I'm close to reach...
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Dragon Soul

Derek Padula's Dragon Soul book transforms into a physical release


This wish wasn't beyond Shenron's power
Dec 16
// Salvador G Rodiles
You got to hand it to authors who get their digital books released physically so people can immerse themselves while they turn each page with their hands. In a similar manner to how a Saiyan goes Super, Dragon Soul: 30 Years ...
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Star Wars Samurai

What if Star Wars was a black-and-white samurai film?


Don't underestimate the Blind Jedi
Dec 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
As many folks prepare for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's theatrical premiere, the gang at Beat Down Boogie have prepared a Star Wars fan short, Star Wars Samurai: The Blind Jedi, that's inspired by Akira Kurosawa's stuff and ...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: I Dream of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse


The Pirate Master is in for a nightmare
Dec 10
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Once again, it's time for us to sail through the rest of Shantae and the Pirate's Curse, as we tackle the next set of islands. While we don't have access to the main he...
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Voyeur apprehended

Final Vent: Kamen Rider Ryuki Actor Satoshi Matsuda catches voyeur


Those who commit a crime won't survive
Dec 09
// Salvador G Rodiles
When a hero's battle against evil comes to a close, this doesn't mean that their passion for justice hasn't stopped. Even though it's been a long time since Satoshi Masuda (Kamen Rider Ryuki's Ren/Kamen Rider Knight, Akihabar...
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Uchu Sentai Kyuranger

2017's Sentai series brings us nine space-themed Rangers


Saint Seiya the Tokusatsu
Dec 08
// Salvador G Rodiles
Whenever a franchise does its best to change things up, I'm always down for seeing how they execute these new elements. With December among us, the next Super Sentai series, Uchu Sentai Kyuranger, has unveiled its designs, an...
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Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate

Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate Kickstarter failed to achieve its goal


The sun isn't out yet
Dec 04
// Salvador G Rodiles
Today marks a sad moment for many toku fans, as the Kickstarter for Fujiyama Ichiban Ultimate, the PG-13 film that brings us a different take on Los Angeles' local hero, ended at $7,282. Unfortunately, this means th...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Belly dance like a pirate in Shantae and the Pirate's Curse


Music is one of life's best treasures
Dec 03
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] With the month of December among us, I felt that it's the perfect time to work my way through Shantae and the Pirate's Curse since Risky's Revenge left us with a c...

Annotated Tokusatsu: Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger episodes 4-10

Dec 03 // Salvador G Rodiles
With these set of episodes being the ones that get us better acquainted with the main gang, Zyuohger hit the right notes in making the zyuman characters a fun group to follow. Aside from the show continuing with its fish-out-of-water elements, there was something wonderful about seeing how the crew acts. From Sela’s desire to have Leo spar with her seriously to Tusk’s strict nature in making sure everyone follows their roles, the series did a fine job in using their traits to the fullest during the segments that follow each character. One of the neat surprises from these set of episodes was the truth behind Yamato’s being able to become a Zyuohger. This was due to the slightly tragic nature of how he’s able to utilize this power. Hell, it was this price that showed us the resolve that Larry and the eagle zyuman had when they chose to aid our main zoologist. All in all, this moment shows that Zyuohger can toss in some serious moments when it wants to take a break from its campy comedic segments between Yamato and his comrades. In regards to the new robot power-ups, Zyuoh Wild is a nice addition to the show’s roster, as he resembles an animal version of the Diesel-Oh from ToQger. Of course, its finisher being a series of rocket punches is a great way to give it a nice super robot feel. If Shinkenger’s early robots were able to do some cool things with the origami theme, then Zyuohger does the same with its cube motif. Sure, the look still doesn’t translate well into a toy, but that’s more of Bandai’s toy division’s fault than the folks behind the machines’ designs and suits. With these set of episodes introducing us to the gang and their new abilities, this worked well in making the show’s first big event hit the audience in the right spots. Sure, this is a thing with many Sentai titles, but it’s one of the signs that you’re in for a nice time when your investment pays off with these segments. In fact, the Dethgalien’s leader joining in the game is one of those things that made this arc intense. Compare to the previous hunting games, Genis’ debut as a player shows how one can spice up the weekly formula in these types of shows. The objective before the main fight made you wonder if the team could accomplish this task before any lives are lost, and the odds worked well in testing the gang’s trust in each other. This was thanks to the doubt between the time while they were rushing to complete the main villain's scavenger hunt of doom. Since it made way for a major two-part segment, this increases the possibility of Zyuohger being a wonderful anniversary series. If there was one odd thing about these set of episodes, it’s the segment that featured Kamen Rider Ghost since it felt a bit off. Sure, the franchise started crossing over with Kamen Rider to promote the previous Super Hero Wars films, but those were presented as a 40ish-minute segment that took up the Super Hero Time block. While its purpose was to get people hyped up for Kamen Rider No. 1, the whole thing is almost similar to the Samurai Sentai Shinkenger and Kamen Rider Decade crossover; thus likely making this sequence canon. Since it didn’t distract too much from Zyuohger’s moments that were dedicated to Tusk’s true views on Amu, Takeru’s cameo appearance didn’t cause the show’s quality to vanish. As Zyuohger reaches its first major point, the series continues to be an interesting attraction so far. The main team is being put to the test and things are setting up for an unexpected reunion for the crew that could change the way how the series will flow. One thing for sure, the show is looking to be one that’s worth catching up to. 
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Never take a sacrifice for granted
I may be really late to the party with my thoughts on Zyuohger, but I felt that I should do my best to catch up with the series before it comes to a close next year. Seeing that I dug the idea of a zoologist fighting alongsid...

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The Lawsuit Instrumentality Project
As we continue to wait patiently for Eva 4.0's possible completion, a Studio Khara ends up going through a major turn of event. It turns out that they're suing Gainax for not fulfilling their deal to pay Khara royal...

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Gun Caliber

Huzzah: Gun Caliber heads to Blu-ray, DVD, and VHS next year


Christmas is now officially Bothmas
Dec 01
// Salvador G Rodiles
Ladies and gentlemen. The best bothday celebration of the century has arrived, as Garage Hero teams up with the indie film distribution company, SRS Cinema, to bring Gun Caliber to the whole world in 2017 on Bl...

Rejoice: Cardcaptor Sakura's new anime to premiere in January 2018

Nov 27 // Salvador G Rodiles
Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Arc's returning cast Sakura Kinomoto: Sakura Tange Keroberos: Aya Hisakawa Tomoyo Daidoji: Junko Iwao Syaoran Li: Motoko Kumai Yukito Tsukishiro: Megumi Ogata Toya Kinomoto: Tomokazu Seki
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Sounds like a dream come true
Well, folks. It turns out that the previously announced Cardcaptor Sakura sequel anime hits Japan's NHK channel in January 2018. To top off the icing on this exquisite cake, Madhouse and the original anime's di...

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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Let's take care of Shantae: Risky's Revenge's monkey business


We must not go bananas
Nov 26
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] It looks like I hit a wall in Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Director's Cut, as we need to find a specific power-up to continue the game. From the looks of it, it's connect...
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Garo

Garo's new projects bring us a third anime and more


Sounds like a tasty Golden Feast
Nov 25
// Salvador G Rodiles
If there's one thing that I look forward to every Thanksgiving, it's getting to learn about the new Garo-related announcements. This time around, we're getting two new announcements and an update to two other previously revea...
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PinocchioP

PinocchioP's SAYONARA HUMAN music video hits us with some surreal blue screens


No computers were harmed in this video
Nov 25
// Salvador G Rodiles
As PinocchioP's latest album, HUMAN, came out on Nov. 23, the guy decided to celebrate this occasion with his music video of "SAYONARA HUMAN." Even though the song's title is connected to the word "goodbye," it actually focus...
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Japan Animator Expo

Catch Patlabor Reboot on Animator Expo's Website


This calls for a huge salute
Nov 23
// Salvador G Rodiles
Right when it seemed that the Japan Animator Expo project was finished, the group have uploaded "Mobile Police Patlabor Reboot" on their page. Thanks to this news, we can view a new take on Patlabor's concept of cops with gia...
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Marriage

Congratulations: Gravion Director Masami Obari ties the knot


This calls for a hot-blooded celebration
Nov 20
// Salvador G Rodiles
There's something lovely about two people getting married, as it symbolizes their desire to take their relationship to a new level. On Nov. 14, Masami Obari (Gravion series' Director, Super Robot Wars OG series' Compatible Ka...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Become a magical belly dancer in Shantae: Risky's Revenge


Ret-2-Go!
Nov 19
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Now that I was able to overcome RozenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel's harsh winter, we're going to shake our hips to the music, as we tackle Shantae: Risky's Revenge - Di...
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Hurricane Polymar

Huzzah: Hurricane Polymar changes into a live-action movie


Could it make up for the Gatchaman film?
Nov 15
// Salvador G Rodiles
Well, people: It looks like the 1974 Tatsunoko anime, Hurricane Polymar, is getting the live-action movie treatment. While this news might make many fans of the original series concerned, there's a chance that it could m...
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robots

Live in Orlando? A transforming robot prototype to appear at IAPPA Attractions Expo '16


Spread your wings and transform
Nov 13
// Salvador G Rodiles
If you happen to live in Florida, the J-deite RIDE's prototype, a car that can change into a robot, at Orlando's IAAPA Attractions Expo '16 on Nov. 14. The cool thing about this creation is that folks can get inside of i...
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Japanator LIVE

Japanator LIVE: Let's end RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel's deadly winter


We're freezing over here
Nov 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here and here.] In a miraculous turn of events, I was able to get through a good chunk of RosenkreuzStilette Freudenstachel. This was likely thanks to my decision to use most ...
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Food

This Japanese cat-shaped water cake sounds like a purrfect dessert


It's refreshingly ameowzing
Nov 12
// Salvador G Rodiles
I've always been a sucker for foods that are shaped like other things since their creators took the time to create an edible artistic piece. One of these impressive treats is Mithiruka's water cake that's shaped like a c...

First Impressions: Kamen Rider Ex-Aid

Nov 09 // Salvador G Rodiles
In this case, Ex-Aid’s weakness isn’t its theme, but the way how the team implemented the show’s video game aspects. The staff’s decision to add video game effects in a Scott Pilgrim-esque manner takes away from the action scenes, due to the messages appearing at a speed before the viewer has the chance to register the show’s special touches. Even when the words are viewable, the whole thing feels a bit subpar in comparison to previous Rider shows where the special effects were flashier. For a show that’s doing its best to capture the magic of video games, the special effects in Ex-Aid’s action scenes made the whole thing look like a poorly-made live-action adaptation of an existing title. Thankfully, the series’ choreography is enjoyable when the fights are more focused on the heroes fighting their opponent. While many of Toei’s tokusatsu shows have never had a huge budget, previous Rider shows like Fourze showcased a great mix between its special effects and action to the point where it gives off a better gaming vibe than Ex-Aid. Sure, they got Hironobu Kageyama of JAM Project to voice the series’ transformation belts, but the program can’t keep up with the guy’s energetic lines and songs that cause people’s blood to boil. In fact, the show introducing folks to a dynamic super robot-themed rocket punch can’t make up for it either. Despite this issue, the series still has some promise. As for the show’s combination of medical and video game themes, Ex-Aid manages to make the whole thing work. The main villains were game-related glitches who turned into creatures called Bugsters, and their goal is to infect people with diseases so they can become complete beings. Of course, this adds a bit of intensity to the series since the main Rider has to prioritize in saving the victims before they fully succumb to the bad guy’s diseases. Depending on what the staff does with this idea, the show has the potential to turn this premise into a super serious matter. The other connection is that the show’s main Riders are all different types of doctors, with the program’s lead, Emu, being an Intern Pediatrician. From the looks of it, the series goal might be to use the guy’s status to have him view the medical field in a different way from the pros, as he tends to find a way to balance his patient’s feeling with their condition. Since the show already introduced a total of five Riders, the show’s rivalry angle might serve as a fun way for the audience to see how Emu deals with this outcome. Perhaps the factor that sparks this rivalry between the doctors is that you have an unlicensed doctor who’s a shout-out to Black Jack that wants everyone’s Rider Gashats, the cartridges that act as the source of each Rider’s power, and a guy with an unknown agenda as Riders, which makes you wonder if this will get in the way of the group's goal to stop the Bugsters. Design wise, Ex-Aid is all over the place. The show’s Riders have features that represent various gaming genres, which work well so far.  At first, most of the gang’s tacky choice of colors seem weird on the eyes, but they manage to grow on me as I got to see them in action. As a fan of RPG games, it was nice that Kamen Rider Brave’s knight look was a neat suit from the get-go. Unfortunately, the Bugster’s costumes aren’t as strong as the Rider ones since many of them feel a bunch of rejected Metaroid designs from the Spy-themed Sentai Series Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters. Even though it’s a bit of a step up from Ghost’s early bad guys, there’s something about them that lacks that ferocity that previous Monsters-of-the-Week had. At the moment, Graphite, one of the show’s major villains, sports the best look so I’m hoping that Ex-Aid's later episodes will make way for some cooler looking beasts. Despite its shortcomings, Ex-Aid still isn’t out of the game yet. The chemistry between the show’s four main Riders could lead to some entertaining conflicts, and the series’ latest reveals could take this show to the next level. Since the series is building up to a possible betrayal moment, there’s a high chance that the show’s staff will increase the difficulty and deliver a more exciting product as its development continues further in the week. Who knows, this angle might cancel out the series odd choice of special attack effects and tacky elements.
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