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9:22 PM on 04.23.2014

Meiji era Ace Attorney game gets its first trailer

Ace Attorney is easily one of my top five favorite video game series. It's weird, it's got fantastic characters, and the music gets my blood pumping at all the right times. I loved Ace Attorney: Dual Destinies, and to say I ...

Elliot Gay


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11:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Mt. Fuji-shaped ice goes best with whisky

I like to collect strange ice molds. I've got some shaped like Tetris pieces, Space Invaders, the symbol for Pi and many more. A new one that popped up in our inbox was this mold for Mt. Fuji. Designed for whisky aficionados,...

Pedro Cortes

10:00 AM on 04.21.2014

Japanese version of Harry Potter theme park opens in July

Come July 15, Harry Potter fans in Japan will be getting their own version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Announced on April 18 in Osaka, the Japanese version of Universal Studios will be opening their Harry Potter l...

Pedro Cortes

3:35 PM on 04.19.2014

Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of...

Brittany Vincent

3:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK

Babymetal, the band the internet is just now getting around to hyping up, will be performing alongside bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden this year in the UK's Sonisphere Festival. It only seems like just yesterday Hiroko h...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 04.19.2014

New Black Heart Noire spin-off game gets an adorable trailer

Having never played a single Neptunia game, perhaps I'm the worst person to be writing anything about a game in this franchise. Be that as it may, the latest trailer for spin-off Vita game Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin...

Elliot Gay

9:00 AM on 04.19.2014

Rejoice?! Akiba's Trip 2 might be coming to PS4 this summer

I played Acquire's open world strip-action game, Akiba's Trip 2, when it came out in Japan this past year. While it wasn't exactly a mind blowing experience one way or the other, I had my fun with it. I think there are defini...

Elliot Gay

8:00 AM on 04.18.2014

The Idolm@ster: One For All to feature DLC Cinderella Girls and Million Live idols

To be quite honest, I wasn't expecting a whole lot from Bandai Namco's The Idolm@ster: One For All. The fact that it's not a numbered game made me suspicious that it'd be a throwaway entry in the series. That may still be the...

Elliot Gay

7:00 AM on 04.18.2014

New Persona Q trailers explain boost and all-out attacks

All right, Atlus. I get it. You're promoting your upcoming 3DS game, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth. But jeezus guys and gals, I'm running out of ways to introduce your nonstop barrage of trailers. Whatever. Let's do thi...

Elliot Gay

6:30 PM on 04.16.2014

Signs of Doom! Sony sells off its Square Enix stock

Fanboys and girls rejoice, for the corporations you've pledged your loyalty to have given you some extra ammo to use in your eternal conflict. It seems consumer electronics giant and PlayStation maker Sony has decided to offl...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 04.12.2014

Dream up a logo for '.moe' domains, win mad bank

Are you ready for .moe to take over the internet? No, not "moe", that weird otaku concept. That's already taken over the internet. I'm talking about ".moe", a new domain being operated by Japanese internet provider Inter...

Josh Tolentino





8:08 AM on 04.12.2014

New character joins the fight in Neptunia VII

With Compile Heart's Neptunia VII (short for Victory II) announced and out in the open, details have started to roll in via the usual rags. This week's Dengeki Playstation magazine has revealed a brand new character, set...

Elliot Gay

5:00 PM on 04.11.2014

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack

Oh, the woes of living close to North Korea. Anybody living close the antagonistic, aggressive dictatorship has to worry about their constant threats of attack. Even if most of these threats are mere political posturing, it's...

Pedro Cortes

11:22 PM on 04.09.2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment trailer #4 is filled with gameplay footage

I may not be terribly fond of giant franchise that is Sword Art Online, but even I can respect something for being ridiculously popular across a wide variety of demographics. With Bandai Namco's Sword Art Online: Hollow Frag...

Elliot Gay

8:00 PM on 04.07.2014

New Persona Q key illustration and the return of team Velvet Room

It's impossible to go a week without new Persona Q information or at least a trailer.  I'm totally fine with that. This time around we have some new info from Famitsu magazine. As it turns out, the entire Velvet Room cas...

Elliot Gay



First Impressions: Captain Earth photo
First Impressions: Captain Earth
by Elliot Gay

I secretly loved Star Driver.

The ridiculously over-the-top posing, flashiness, strange imagery, and the beautiful animation; it all came together to make for an entertaining whirlwind of confusion and glee. That shouldn't come as too much of a surprise when it had such a strong team working on it. With names like Yoji Enokido (writer of Revolutionary Girl Utena), Takuya Igarashi (Sailor Moon), and a host of others attached to the project, it was bound to at least be intriguing...even if incomprehensible.

Enter Bones' new project, Captain Earth.

Sporting a host of alumni from the Star Driver project, this new giant robot anime is Bones' latest attempt at striking gold.

Is the first episode any good? Are the robots appropriately robotic? Do things go boom?

The answer and so much more, after the break.

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Final Impressions: Kill la Kill photo
Final Impressions: Kill la Kill
by Elliot Gay

The final episode of Kill la Kill has come and gone, with the story of the lone transfer student seeking revenge for her father's death having come to its conclusion. 

Things exploded, Gainax references were made, people were cut into tiny pieces, and dramatic speeches were given.

The curtain has finally fell on TRIGGER's first TV anime production since its founding, which means it's time to look back on the whole shebang. Did it deliver? Did director Hiroyuki Imaishi make something worth talking about?

Am I extremely sad that I no longer have Kill la Kill to look forward to every Friday? 

None of these answers and more, after the break!

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7:00 PM on 04.02.2014

Man who stole 3DS from grade schooler finally arrested

In a move that screams "get a job," or if I'm playing devil's advocate "why did this child store such a pricey item in the basket of his bicycle," a Nishinomiya City man was arrested for stealing a child's 3DS XL way back on ...

Brittany Vincent

11:00 AM on 04.02.2014

Tokyo at highest risk to suffer natural disaster

When you think of natural disasters, what cities pop up in your mind? At least for me, I think of places like New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Tokyo. Well, according to a 2013 study performed by insurance company Swis...

Pedro Cortes

11:59 PM on 03.31.2014

Here's 22 minutes of Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call

Many an hour of my life has been lost to the original Theatrhythm Final Fantasy for the 3DS. A rhythm game utilizing music from first Final Fantasy to the thirteenth, it was a great little celebration of the franchise and th...

Elliot Gay

11:00 PM on 03.29.2014

Cri-moe-a: Natalia Poklonskaya responds to getting anime-fied

Depending on where you get your news, the recent actions of the Russian government in the Ukrainian state of Crimea could be a correction of a historical mistake or the violation of a nation's sovereignty...or it could be an ...

Josh Tolentino

10:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Schwarzenegger & Willis starring in new Kowa coffee ads

The latest bit of marketing for Kowa's new "Power" canned-coffee line features aging-action stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bruce Willis getting their hands dirty and shouting power at the top of their lungs. While it's...

Tim Sheehy





12:00 PM on 03.28.2014

Here's Levi and Mako on a banana

When I see a banana, I think of a tasty snack that's full of potassium. When Keisuke Yamada sees a banana, he sees a fresh, untouched artistic medium. That's right, Yamada takes the common banana and turns them into little ye...

Pedro Cortes

11:00 AM on 03.28.2014

First trailer for Vocaloid powered rhythm game IA/VT is trippy

Not content to let Sega hog the Vocaloid powered rhythm game market, Marvelous AQL has stepped into the Vita ring with IA/VT -Colorful-. This new rhythm game uses Vocaloid technology to power its main character, featuring ov...

Elliot Gay

8:00 AM on 03.28.2014

Rejoice?! A Certain Magical Index to get a big announcement on 4/10

I have a huge soft spot for A Certain Magical Index and A Certain Scientific Railgun. I realize that both franchises tend to dip into mind fields of tropes and deus ex machina, but I really do love the world and characters. I...

Elliot Gay

7:00 AM on 03.28.2014

More fresh Atelier Shallie details surface

With Atelier Shallie only recently announced for the PS3, it's about time for Japanese publications to start bursting at the seams with new info and screenshots.  Outside of a gorgeous new illustration of both main chara...

Elliot Gay

1:00 PM on 03.27.2014

Smartphone games make up half of Japan's gaming industry

I knew mobile gaming in Japan was a big thing, but I wasn't aware of just how big. According to CyberZ, a subsidiary of Japanese internet giant CyberAgent, the smartphone game market was worth ¥546.8 billion ($5.4 billion...

Pedro Cortes

12:42 AM on 03.22.2014

New Persona Q Trailers cast the spotlight on Ken and Naoto

The Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth hype train continues this week with another pair of trailers, this time featuring Naoto of Persona 4, and the young Ken of Persona 3. Can't say I'm much of a Ken fan, but hey, you can't...

Elliot Gay



Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 23 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 23
by Elliot Gay

To quote a good friend of mine after watching episode 23, "my body exploded and then came back together."

With Ryuko back on the side of good, Kill la Kill dashes full throttle toward its climactic conclusion, bringing out all the heavy guns.

Our heroes finally unite as one, old characters (and looks) make dramatic comebacks, villains are shown their place, and nobody loses their way. The characters have reached the point of no return.

Let's get this party on the road.

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10:00 PM on 03.18.2014

First trailer for Compile Heart's Makai Shin Trillion has lots of demons

The folks at Compile Heart have certainly been busy over the last few years. It feels like the Japanese game industry barely goes a few months with a new CH announcement. I got to hand it to them, they've been big supporters...

Elliot Gay