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9:59 PM on 02.22.2015

Review: htoL#NiQ: The Firefly Diary

[This post originally appeared on] No, that isn't an encoding error up there in the headline: "htoL#NiQ" is indeed this PS Vita game's title, and is essentially a very stylish way to type "The Firefly Diary" i...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Rejoice: NIS America reveals Fate Ultimatum's release date and more

As we're getting closer to the holidays, the folks at NIS America have announced that The Awakened Fate Ultimatum hits North America on March 17, 2015, with Europe getting their release on March 20, 2015. Since the game invol...

Salvador GRodiles

Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair photo
Review: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair
by Josh Tolentino

I almost don't want to be writing this review.

That's because Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Despair is quite a lot like its predecessor, Trigger Happy Havoc. That means it's one of the few games where "spoilers" really matter, and the more I say about it, the more I risk lessening the experience for potential players. 

Here then, is the quick advice: If you played and enjoyed Trigger Happy Havoc, go get Danganronpa 2 now. It's everything the first one was, and more.

But if you're new to the series, get the first game and play through that before starting off with this one, for despite a premise and cast that's friendly to series newbies, Goodbye Despair works best when taken as sequel to Trigger Happy Havoc

And if you're still hungry for more info, keep reading. No spoilers, of course. That path leads only to despair.

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2:00 PM on 08.12.2014

Natural Doctrine prides itself on killing you, apparently

It looks like Natural Doctrine is really attempting to introduce strategy players to the cruelty of natural selection, if the latest trailer for NIS America's new PS4, PS3, and Vita game is to be believed.  Though ...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 AM on 07.04.2014

AX '14: NIS America to localize three new games

Anime Expo 2014 is among us, and NIS America has revealed three new titles that they're planning to localize in the west. If you happen to be a Vita owner, then you'll enjoy the first game on the list, since htoL#NiQ: The Fir...

Salvador GRodiles

9:00 AM on 05.08.2014

Play Battle Princess Arcadias this June in NA and Europe

Some of you may have been following the NIS-developed Battle Princess Arcadia, a side scrolling action RPG for the PS3. We've been treated to a few screenshots and videos, but NISA just dropped the release date for the locali...

Dae Lee

Review: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Blu-ray Season 1 Set Premium Edition photo
Review: Nyaruko: Crawling With Love! Blu-ray Season 1 Set Premium Edition
by LB Bryant

Originally released in 2012, Nyaruko: Crawling With Love is a bizarre little romantic comedy which takes a typical harem anime set up and inserts tons of references to Lovecraft into the mix. The end result is a weird series that will make some people laugh and some people run for cover. 

The story is pretty simple; while out and about one day, the hero Mahiro is attacked by a monster only to be saved by a Nyarlathotep who goes by the name Nyaruko. After being saved, Mahiro learns that his life is in danger and Nyaruko moves in to protect him at all costs. Along the way he meets more aliens including a Cthugha named Kuko (who is in love with Nyaruko despite the fact that they're supposed to be enemies) and the wind deity Hastur. 

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Review: Demon Gaze photo
Review: Demon Gaze
by Dae Lee

There's something comforting and satisfying about Japanese turn-based RPGs, growing your party and exploring the unknown in the name of loot and power. Every progressive inch forward is one step closer to realizing your ultimate demolition team, and along the way are formidable opponents that continually challenge you to step up your game. I'm admittedly a little picky with my RPGs, but when I find one I enjoy, it's just like curling up with a good book -- and Demon Gaze is undoubtedly one of them.

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NISA rescues Cardcaptor Sakura, Blu-rays a go photo
NISA rescues Cardcaptor Sakura, Blu-rays a go
by Jeff Chuang


While pinching myself, I'm here to share with you the great news that NISA has licensed Cardcaptor Sakura the TV series for home video release. The series was originally licensed by Geneon and sat in licensing hell for quite some time, so you will have to forgive me why I am so excited about this license rescue. What's even more exciting is that NISA is planning both a series of DVD Regular Edition releases and a separate Premium Edition Blu-ray release for August 5th. The premium edition will have a hard-cover art book as you can see in the top image, adding up to 76 pages of illustrations and new content.

But you know, while I appreciate that the Blu-ray discs are "metallic gloss" I just want the darn show on Blu-ray. The seminal magical girls show has long captured the fascination of a generation of oversea anime fans (and domestic as well). I'm guessing they will use the latest Blu-ray content from the Japanese remaster, which is a notable step-up from the latest DVD material. Last but not least, NISA's Cardcaptor Sakura will have a dub, too. The Premium Edition will go at the sticker price at around $250 while the DVD version will be released in three seasons, about $60 a piece. The various retailers of course will be giving discounts if you know where to look.

August can't come fast enough.

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Review: Wagnaria!!2 Blu-ray Complete Box Set Premium Edition photo
Review: Wagnaria!!2 Blu-ray Complete Box Set Premium Edition
by LB Bryant

Before I was a professional writer, my primary source of income was working in the customer service industry. Every single day I would deal with customers face to face and while most of them were perfectly fine, there were some that were less than pleasant. The same could be said for my co-workers. While some of them were great, some of them could be classified as difficult or just plain strange. This is why Wagnaria has always spoken to me in a way that very few other anime ever have. While I might not have ever worked in a restaurant, I can still identify with the characters of the series who are dealing with their own issues, hassles and oddities. 

When the first season was released in 2010, I was absolutely floored by just how good it was. Always quirky and hilarious, I connected with it very quickly and when it disappeared I was very sad. Then the second season came along and it was like meeting an old flame and falling in love all over again. Once again though, the series eventually ended and my heart was broken.

Now, the series is back in a special premium NIS America release and is ready to be served up just like a tasty entree. Does it stand the test of time? Join me after the jump to find out!

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1:00 PM on 04.08.2014

NIS America announces home video rights for Love Live Season 2

Last year NIS America surprised damn near everyone when they revealed that they had licensed the series Love Live for home video release. Now, a little more than a year later, they sent out a press release which falls in the ...

LB Bryant

Review: The Witch and the Hundred Knight photo
Review: The Witch and the Hundred Knight
by Chris Walden

Diablo 3 was disappointing. That might be an odd way to start a review on a game from Nippon Ichi Software, but while I and many others await the Reaper of Souls expansion to complete the many Diablo 3 renovations, the urge to dive into a good dungeon crawler is only rising. I had no idea what The Witch and the Hundred Knight was a week ago, but after hearing that it might just satiate my hunger for hoarding loot, I had to get in on that.

What awaited was an interesting take on a tried and tested genre, with many new mechanics that seek to innovate. However, for every positive this game has on offer, there's an unfortunate negative. 

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11:00 AM on 03.12.2014

NIS America announces Toradora blu-ray release with English dub

A few months ago, NIS America revealed at a convention panel that they were looking in the possibility of dubbing some of their anime releases. Since that time fans have been speculating on which title would be the first from...

LB Bryant

7:00 PM on 02.14.2014

NIS America bringing Danganronpa 2, Disgaea 4 to PS Vita

At yesterday's NIS America press event, the game localizer announced four new titles for 2014 for the US and European markets. If you're a Vita owner, then you've got two sequels to look forward to: Danganronpa 2: Goodbye Des...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 02.13.2014

NIS America licenses Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress

The latest anime film to hit Western shores will be TMS Entertainment's Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress. TMS is best known for handling production on Akira, and based on watching the trailer for Fuse, they didn't slack on this mo...

Brad Rice

9:27 AM on 02.11.2014

Danganronpa 2 accidentally confirmed for localization?

If today's release of Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc in North America isn't enough to get you excited, then what about the news that the sequel may be following it? Kyle Hebert, a voice actor who has previously worked on an...

Chris Walden

Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc photo
Review: Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc
by Chris Walden

I'll be honest with you. Before playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the first time, I had to dust off my PS Vita, charge it up for a few hours and install a stack of updates. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've gone through these motions in order to play a game on this handheld, as the software library just hasn't been that appealing to me. To give you some perspective, the last game I played was Persona 4: The Golden. According to my Backloggery page, I finished it on April 5th, 2013. 

Of course, this is just how I've fared, and I'm sure there are loads of games out there that many others have had a good time with. Saying that, there are a fair few titles coming out soon that have my interest, including Mind Zero, Project Diva F 2nd and of course, Danganronpa

But would this odd-looking bear and his devilish personality ultimately win me over, or would my Vita find itself banished back to a dark corner to patiently await the next game? You're just going to have to read on and find out.

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4:00 AM on 01.16.2014

Nippon Ichi's new game has the best title

Yep, the best title. Here it is: "ハーレム天国だと思ったら、ヤンデレ地獄だった". Didn't ...

Josh Tolentino

5:30 PM on 01.15.2014

NISA licenses Nyaruko-san as she crawls home with love

NISA deploys its anime licensing tentacles once again and snatches 2010 TV anime adaptation of similarly named light novel, The Crawling Chaos: Nyaruko-san. Now titled Nyaruko-san: Crawling with Love, the NISA title will come...

Jeff Chuang

5:00 PM on 01.04.2014

New screens, video from The Witch and the Hundred Knight

I haven't been paying too much attention to coverage about The Witch and the Hundred Knight, but these new screens and video have put it on my radar. It looks like a cutesy Diablo or Torchlight. My fondness for those games c...

Pedro Cortes

3:00 PM on 12.14.2013

NISA grabs Nagi no Asukara

NIS America has just netted (oh ho!) this season's anime Nagi no Asukara, to be released under the title Nagi-Asu: A Lull in the Sea. Now, the show lovingly referred to on Jtor AM as Snorks and That Show With No Underwat...

Karen Mead

9:00 AM on 12.11.2013

The Witch and the Hundred Knight to be released in March

For a second, I almost forgot that The Witch and the Hundred Knight was a thing. If anything, I should be ashamed of myself, since the title features Takehito Harada's artwork (character designer for the Disgae...

Salvador GRodiles

11:00 AM on 12.06.2013

First English Danganronpa trailer emerges

Having played the original Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc a total of two times, I can't wait to see how folks new to the series will react when NIS America releases its localization out west next year. It's a glorious lit...

Elliot Gay

2:00 PM on 11.20.2013

NISA's Demon Gaze and Danganronpa to have dual audio

This news may only interest some of you, but as someone who lived through the anime dub/sub debate before dual audio DVDs made the issue moot, I wish more games have the option of both Japanese and English dubs available to p...

Jeff Chuang

7:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Hyperdimension Neptunia V hits PSN this month

If you've been craving more Hyperdimension Neptunia, NIS America have announced the North American and European release dates for their PlayStation 3 JRPG, Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory. This latest installment of the serie...

Tim Sheehy

5:00 PM on 11.12.2013

Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc out west in February

NISA has a date for Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc: February 11th for North America, and February 14th for Europe. There's also a delicious physical copy cover art out now, after the jump. Trigger Happy Havoc will also be a...

Jeff Chuang

4:00 PM on 11.02.2013

Ys: Memories of Celceta bound for Europe in early 2014

Gamers in the United States will be able to play the latest installment in the long-running Ys series before the holidays, with Ys: Memories of Celceta set to drop on November 26th. However, Europeans needn't feel too left ou...

Karen Mead

7:00 PM on 10.31.2013

Disgaea 4 Return gets a new trailer

The Disgaea games are great fun, but it's becoming an increasing problem to find some good time to sit down by the TV and play some console games. In fact, it's the commute to work where I get most of my gaming fixes, so the...

Chris Walden

3:00 PM on 10.29.2013

Love Live: Watch the μ's reach for the stars on Hulu

The school idol teenage drama anime Love Live, while licensed by NISA a while back, is now on Hulu. NISA is really on a roll with uploading things to Hulu, and this latest show features the story about an idol group, &mu...

Jeff Chuang

8:00 AM on 10.25.2013

First English screens for Danganronpa emerge

Spike Chunsoft's Dangan Ronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc is a fantastic game. A combination of Ace Attorney-like trials and investigation, and 999/VLR-like atmosphere and plot progression, Dangan Ronpa is rich with personality. I p...

Elliot Gay