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A fun outing with some old friends.
I loved Sunrise's super hero TV anime, Tiger & Bunny. Despite the quality of writing dropping in the last few episodes, I was truly fond of the main cast and had a great time just watching them interact with another. When... read feature

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A shiny, hard-as-nails tactical game built for the dedicated
The Growlanser series has had a slightly inconsistent release schedule in the West. The second, third, and fifth games made it out --while the first and sixth never did. Now the PlayStation Portable version of the fourth game... read feature

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Act like a tool in period Japan
There's no doubt that the Way of the Samurai franchise is an intriguing series, but is nearly opaque to those unfamiliar with the franchise. One's enjoyment of such games can depend significantly on prior experience with Acqu... read feature

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Optic Blast!
You know, it has been a while since I have gotten the opportunity to experience anything related to the X-Men franchise. The last time that I got to watch something related to X-Men was when I saw X-Men: The First C... read feature

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Totally radical, dudes
WayForward Technologies is responsible for a glut of some of the best reboots available over the past few years, including the excellent A Boy and His Blob and BloodRayne: Betrayal. Revitalizing classic franchises is a lucrat... read feature

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PS3 release forth-coming
I don't think I need to tell you just how massive the Vocaloids are, so it's absolutely no surprise that the popular Project DIVA series would see a fourth portable release. However, Project DIVA F isn't on the PSP like the t... read feature

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A classic rivalry, explored.
For the record, as many of you may well be aware, I'm a bit of a Vegeta fangirl. We're talking massive amounts of fanfiction, being banned from the school library back in 6th grade for printing 100 pages of Vegeta pictures, a... read feature

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GDHSFHSDHGDH
You may remember Nyu Media from some of the other games they have localised, namely Cherry Tree High Comedy Club and the eXceed Collection. The games were pretty darn good, so we just had to check out what their latest offeri... read feature

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Welcome to the Velvet Room
You could devote every bit of 200+ hours to completing Persona 4, as I did with Persona 3, but sometimes life gets in the way -- you know, that thing that bugs you in between work, games, anime, leisure, and sleep? High school doesn't last forever (that's how I was afforded so much time for Persona 3) and we have to devote time and attention to other pursuits, too. read feature

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Chicks be crazy
Ah, high school: tests, cute teachers, culture festivals, crushes, maniacal students, and terrifyingly infatuated students. Er, wait. That's not the high school we remember. That sounds more like the goings-on at Sakakino Aca... read feature

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Ring a bell
The original Tales of Vesperia, released in 2008 on the Xbox 360, was something of a break through for the current generation. In many ways one of the first big JRPGs to hit an HD console, Vesperia got a lot of things correct... read feature

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Live action adaptations of long running manga are more miss than they are hit. A great majority of filmmakers attempt to condense years of story and character development into a relatively short runtime, typically leading to ... read feature

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Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt was, without a doubt, a unique venture by Gainax. Unlike all their other shows about giant robots and emotional teenage boys, this one featured two hyper-sexualized angels looking to earn th... read feature

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As a newcomer to the Atelier series, I wasn't quite sure what to expect from the cheery art style, gorgeous pastels, and sunny disposition exhibited in the game's trailers. It surely resembled a rollicking good time, but comi... read feature

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Most of you remember that time when I lost against Michelle when I attempted to grab Cherry Tree High Comedy Club. Little did she know, I manage to come across another game that fell out of her purse when she knocked me out. ... read feature

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The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya achieved something wonderful with its deliberate swapping of chronological episodes and the order in which each serial was broadcasted. Once viewers pieced together the puzzle it was a joy to... read feature

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While light novels are a relatively new concept stateside, they've been around for ages in Japan. They've been the source of many popular franchises, including Slayers, Boogiepop Phantom, Kara no Kyokai, A Certain Magical Ind... read feature

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I'm not the biggest RPG nut, but over my last decade of gaming, I have appreciated most of the RPGs I've played. After starting on Pokemon, I've played a Final Fantasy or two, and even delved into Persona. But until recently,... read feature

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On the surface, a series like Oreimo may appear to be saturated with silly gimmicks and sexual hijinks with a hint of incest. When you get to know eroge-obsessed Kirino and all those important to her, it morphs into somethin... read feature

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The Dirty Pair series has proven a mainstay over the years when it comes to the girls with guns genre, and for good reason: it brings laughs, slapstick comedy, action, and gorgeous women like Yuri and Kei together in a neon-c... read feature

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When it comes to sweet stories with feel-good endings, Juné Manga always deliver the right kind of boys love. Flutter is a one-book story about two men that work for the same company, but generally not together. Asada ... read feature

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Well well well, looks like I have something new to fill my ear holes with. Now I might be a little biased in this review because I had the great pleasure in seeing these lovely ladies live at Sakura-con last year. It was a wo... read feature

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Japanator Recommends: Calpis


Aug 05
It's been a hot summer for most of us. What goes good with summer? A nice cold drink. Now normally this is where "cold frothy beer" would be the absolute correct answer, but I am pretty sure most readers either are under age ... read
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Overdrive's ongoing theme of "rock epics" continues with Deardrops, which is the follow-up to the decidedly popular Kira Kira. Kira Kira was quite exciting and pretty popular at that, crossing rock and roll with cutesy J-pop ... read feature

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When I opened up my package from Funimation, I admittedly frowned. Oblivion Island: Haruka and the Magic Mirror did not sound like something something I was going to jive with. Even if is a children's movie, it's a pretty gen... read feature

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Starry Sky, the manga adaptation of the popular otome game of the same name, is a bittersweet tale of young love that is simultaneously heartwrenching and saccharine, and while it occasionally dips into stereotypical trope te... read feature

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Fractale got some interesting press leading up to its release. Yutaka Yamamoto, production director of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and director of Kannagi, said that he was going to retire if Fractale didn't do well. Th... read feature

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Japanator Recommends: Caramel Corn


Jul 29
One thing that kind of strikes me as funny is the name of this snack. Now we here in the US think of the name caramel corn and instantly think of caramel cover popcorn. Which is awesome by the way. So when I got to the store ... read
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I didn't start off as a fan of horror. When I was a kid, I was terrified of the Friday the 13th and Nightmare on Elm Street franchises. I hated monsters of just about any kind and stuck to safe and happy things. While my stan... read feature

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Square Enix's highly anticipated entry to rhythm games has finally arrived for the Nintendo 3DS. Pushing the already fully charged hype train is one of the most beloved of franchises, the Final Fantasy series. The series has ... read feature

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Ever since The Girl Who Leapt Through Time hit Japanese theaters in 2006, the film world has kept their collective eyes on director Mamoru Hosoda. His follow up work, Summer Wars, garnered similar critical praise and fans fou... read feature

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Japanator Recommends: Ramune


Jul 22
Next up on our world wind tour of snacks we have one of the main staples in an otaku's fridge, ramune. There is not a place that you can go nowadays that doesn't carry the stuff. Which to me, is a very good thing. If I get a ... read






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