Thanks to this week's Wizard Barristers, Tim and I have learned that Boston is actually in California; I bet all those people who signed up for PAX East are in for a rude awakening in the spring. However, due to the show's bl... | subscribe
I always say that the best part of Space Dandy is seeing the individual talents of each director and animator every episode. Variety is the spice of space, and Dandy visits just about everywhere. Even the plants are alive thi...
No, really. WHAT IS GOING ON? Samurai Flamenco, how can your writing be so good? It has no right being this excellent, given your material. This is probably the best episode of SamuMenco yet, but if you haven't followed the s...
Space Dandy wants to pull at your heartstrings. They want to make you laugh and cry. That's a tough line to walk. Can they succeed at doing both? Well, "The Lonely Pooch Planet, Baby" does a lot of things right. I've got my full thoughts below.
Dandy, you're going to get yourself in trouble some day. Actually, I take that back -- you're in trouble all the time. How about... his antics will eventually get everyone killed! Wait, that happened too. Hmm, now I'm not sur...
Samurai Flamenco, I can always count on you to surprise me.
This was actually one of the best episodes yet, because it combined so many of the things I've come to love about SamuMenco into one giant ball of bright colors, yelling, and silliness. In addition to just being entertaining, we're sticking with our favorite characters too, which makes everything more compelling.
I've got some major love for One Piece. On top of keeping up with it on a weekly basis for about eight years, I've spent a good amount of money on merch. Figures, manga, art: I've sunk a lot of hours into getting all that stuff into my room. The only thing that I haven't really been satisfied with are the One Piece games. In general, they've been sub-par experiences that seem quickly pushed out to make a quick buck on the backs of fans.
The only one I've enjoyed at all was Unlimited Adventure for the Wii. It was a straightforward action game with a stand-alone story that was fun for a while. Unfortunately, it eventually outstayed its welcome with boring level design and little else to do besides run around, switch characters, get lost and punch things.
With some hesitation, I was looking forward to the release of Romance Dawn, an RPG for the 3DS. Hey, I love One Piece and I love RPGs. That's sure to be a great combination, right? Uh, well, let's just say that it leaves a lot to be desired. Hit the jump to find out why.
Variety is the spice of life, right? Every episode of Space Dandy is a bit different from the last one. Sometimes it's totally different! Each installment is a special snowflake that either flounders or stands tall above the rest -- which is episode 6? Is it a mess like episode 1 or a hilarious romp like 5? I'll tell you... right... now!
It's time for the time in every superhero's life when they have to face the most trying time of their career: being a fugitive and escaping the government! This week we have an entire episode devoted to Hazama's impressive escape skills, as he dodges the police and authorities on his way to find help. The big problem: he doesn't have anyone to turn to. Or does he?
Before we take a look at the latest volumes of Fairy Tail, let’s take a look at where we’re at in the story. The members of Fairy Tail are in the midst of the Grand Magic Games. Held to determine which guild is the strongest, Fairy Tail has been at the bottom of the rankings for the last several years due to all of the strongest members being shifted through time in prior volumes. In order to restore their reputation, the time-displaced members gather together and challenge the world, though things are quite a bit different from when they last were around.
After barely squeaking by the first portion of the competition, the members of Fairy Tail have not been performing well in the one-on-one fights. Lucy and Mystogan both lost their matches, leaving both Fairy Tail teams dead last. They’re going to have to make some points quick or they risk falling too far behind to catch up. However, if there’s one thing you can bet on, it’s that Fairy Tail will find some way to come out on top.
Once again, The Eternal Zero is showing little signs of stopping its domination of the Japanese box office. Japan has a habit of latching on to a film and keeping it in the #1 spot for 10 weeks or so, shrugging off all other ...
By now you may have seen the videos floating around the internet. If you're a visitor to 4chan, you've most certainly caught a glimpse of the casual, laid-back battle that has been waged since December of last year, where two well-dressed men argue about anime. Intrepid internet users had discovered Fiverr.com, a site that let's you pay $5 to another person for services or goods. Many of the most popular products on here are testimonial videos, where actors or ordinary folks looking to make a quick buck record themselves reading a provided script in front of a webcam. It's simple, effective, and rife for mischief. What do you think happened when 4chan got a hold of it?
As Mitsuki and Yuya are forced to spend their time together in the bathroom, we learn a little bit more about why Mitsuki is so withdrawn and angry all the time. It turns out her "father" was a no-good loser and abused her as well as her mother. Mitsuki weaves a tale of her mother's irresponsibility and how she chases after men instead of worrying about her own daughter, needing someone to keep her from being lonely.
There's a heartfelt moment between Yuya and Mitsuki that fills up a bit of Mitsuki's belt, but just as things are getting a little sweet, someone arrives to help the brother and sister out of the bathroom. Of course, the floor is slippery and the two end up on top of each other as someone arrives to open the door.
After approximately four hundred bajillion hours of travel across the world, I'm back in Japan.
I'm still alive.
That's right folks. Welcome back to Go West!, your one and only [insert-time-frame-here] column about new Japanese video games, bad puns, and a cynical man living in Japan. This week marks the first GW! of the new year, and while I wanted to do something special, the lack of releases leaves me with very few options.
Still, three new games are better than none. This is especially the case when one of them is a relatively high profile cross-media release.
I'll be honest: the last two episodes of Samurai Flamenco were good, but they didn't really grab me. This, though... this episode grabbed me. SamuMenco is best when it takes your happy expectations of tokusatsu adventures and...
I hate little sisters. But I like perverse storylines. As Tim and the others on the latest podcast will probably attest, the fact that an anime series combines a chastity belt with a teenage girl having to do the pee-pee dance has me intrigued. I missed out on Valvrave, so I'll be darned if I miss out on the biggest trainwreck of the season again. Karen described it as one of the worst things of the season, if not ever, I believe, and I knew I had to get in on it. Such is life.
"Boring" isn't a criticism I tend to use a whole lot. For starters, I often find that stuff other viewers consider boring is still interesting to me on some level. Furthermore, the term gets used too often as a synonym for "slow-paced," but slow-paced doesn't necessarily equal "uninteresting," you know? Many slow-paced shows use their languid tempo to explore nuances that more action-oriented shows don't have time for, and I appreciate that when it's done well; sometimes, I think I appreciate the attempt to do that even when it's done badly. I'm pretty keen on slow-paced stuff, all in all.
All that said: If even I think The Pilot's Love Song is boring, it must be pretty damn boring.