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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

9:00 AM on 03.17.2014

Adidas hearts Pokémon with their latest promotion

As we get closer to the 2014 World Cup, expect to see a ton of sponsorship announcements in your local news. Let's face it: one of the world's largest sporting events is a great time to promote your product. That of course go...

Pedro Cortes





9:35 PM on 03.15.2014

Rejoice! New Durarara!! TV anime announced

[Edit: According to the Official Durarara!! Twitter, Studio Shuka was formed by a producer on the previous Durarara!! series, which explains why so many familiar faces are present.] A brand new Durarara!! TV anime was announc...

Elliot Gay

4:30 PM on 03.14.2014

Man travels across Japan on a series of stolen bikes

There's something romantic about leaving what's comfortable and just going. Whether on foot or in a vehicle, the idea of the open road and adventure is seductive and will pop into the mind of most people in our most restless ...

Pedro Cortes

8:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Meet Fuuko of Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars

The promotional materials for Atlus' upcoming Vita JRPG, Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars continue to roll in. This time around is a video introducing Fuuko, one of the main heroines in the game who can help you ac...

Elliot Gay

6:00 AM on 03.14.2014

New Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth scans surface

I'm a sucker for RPGs that take place in modern settings. I get it, we all want to visit strange new worlds and unfamiliar places, but there's something utterly captivating about looking at normality through a less than norma...

Elliot Gay

5:00 AM on 03.14.2014

Huzzah! New Persona Q illustration and FOEs

With every new bit of information that Atlus drops, Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth sounds more and more like a must-have. Much like the Etrian Odyssey games, Persona Q will in fact feature cartography elements in its dung...

Elliot Gay

2:00 PM on 03.13.2014

Burger King Japan wants you to eat their giant sausage

What do you do when your competition announces something special? Usually, you find something similar and ride their coattails into the land of profit. In the case of Burger King Japan, you show everybody your giant wiener. A...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 PM on 03.10.2014

Jump in the Wayback Machine to watch old-timey kendo

Watching films from the infancy of the medium is an interest of mine. It's neat to see how people lived back in that time and how they reacted to this new device that not only captured their image, but their movement as well...

Pedro Cortes



Go West! Sixty-Five: A Surge of Sacrifices photo
Go West! Sixty-Five: A Surge of Sacrifices
by Elliot Gay

Welcome back to Go West!, your [yet again not] weekly column about Japanese video games, sushi, and longingly gazing outside at the soon-to-blossom cherry trees.

This entry is coming to you folks a bit late, but at least there were two big-ish releases this time around! That's got to count for something, right?

In any case, follow me as I take you on an incredibly brief but magical journey through the new games of the past week.

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Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 21 photo
Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 21
by Elliot Gay

Last week's Kill la Kill predictions proved to be true.

I think ultimately the last thing anybody wanted was for this particular mini-arc to get dragged out for longer than a handful episodes. In a show that is often very fast paced, it was especially important that we didn't get stuck with a renegade Ryuko for too long. With the show coming up on its climax, Imaishi and his team needed to bring her back to the side of light and make her a contributing member of the party again sooner rather than later.

Thank goodness it turned out to be sooner.

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10:00 AM on 03.05.2014

World's oldest living person celebrates another year

[Editors note: This story was originally published as "World's oldest person celebrates another year." Our headline has been updated for the sake of clarification. Naturally, we apologize for any mental anguish this may have ...

Pedro Cortes

11:12 PM on 03.04.2014

New story trailer for Freedom Wars brings the drama

A joint development product by Sony Computer Entertainment Japan, Dimps and God Eater developers Shift, Freedom Wars is one of the biggest upcoming releases for the Vita here in Japan. It takes place in a future where much o...

Elliot Gay





10:14 PM on 03.04.2014

IN FLUX: Brand new east-meets-west musical collaboration now available

Ever wonder what it'd be like if Japanese video game music composers worked together with western composers? Wonder no longer. Brave Wave Productions latest album, IN FLUX, features a host of big and lesser known names in the...

Elliot Gay

3:00 PM on 03.04.2014

Let Manga 4 Movies recap the Oscars in hilarious Engrish

I'll admit it: I love Engrish. Yes, I know it's not exactly PC to say it that way, but there's no better way to characterize Japan (and some other countries') unique approach and use of English language, to amusing effect for...

Josh Tolentino

10:09 PM on 03.03.2014

Drakengard 3 DLC gets a trailer full of crazy

Square Enix's Drakengard 3 is one of the weirdest games I've played in recent memory. It's full of bugs, jank, is graphically unimpressive, and generally feels like a very early PS2 game.  Drakengard 3 is also filled wi...

Elliot Gay

12:00 PM on 03.01.2014

New Project Diva F 2nd trailer shows off all 36 tracks

Sega's Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd hits Japanese Vita and PS3 consoles on March 27. If you're a fan of rhythm games, I have no doubt that you probably already have that date marked on your calender. This series is popul...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Soul Sacrifice Delta launch trailer is action packed

The first Soul Sacrifice for the Vita was an interesting take on the hunting game genre. Fast paced and a bit more easy to grasp for people new to the house that Monster Hunter built, it was dark, had a fantastic soundtrack,...

Elliot Gay

9:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Is this an advertisement, or just a strange video?

Oh, the wonders of Facebook. Some of the things I find on there are beyond strange, and I recently came across this gem. A lot of people were talking about it, so I knew it was going to be weird nonetheless. But I'm not reall...

Amber Hunt

1:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Host club shut down, forced 90 women into prostitution

There's been a lot said about the vicious circle of host clubs in Japan. How female hosts prey on the salary men, how male hosts prey on their lonely wives, how the female hosts then go to the male hosts for the same services...

Pedro Cortes

12:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Yup, Ar no Surge definitely has fields and battles in it

When it comes to videogame ads, I always find the Japanese marketing apparatus amusing, particularly for anything below the triple-A tier of development. Reason being, besides the endearing awkwardness of indie and mobile de...

Josh Tolentino

12:00 PM on 02.26.2014

Valhalla Knights 3 Gold gets an inexplicable trailer

I was so tempted to just post this video without comment, but that would be unprofessional, and I pride my professionalism when it comes to posting complete bullcrap. Well, "bullcrap" is a harsh word, and there are no words ...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 02.26.2014

Yay Consumer Electronics: PS4 sells 322,083 in Japan

In case you didn't know, the PS4 has just launched in Glorious Nippon, three months after its North American and European debuts, and the numbers are in for the new platform's first two days of Japanese sales: The console ha...

Josh Tolentino

11:45 PM on 02.22.2014

Come on and get down with Capcom's new Deep Down trailer

Surprisingly for a game that's had four trailers so far and is due out on the PS4 sometime this year, we still don't know a lot about Capcom's Deep Down. We know it's some kind of action game apparently in the vein of From S...

Josh Tolentino





3:30 PM on 02.21.2014

New Persona Q trailer gets English subs

Ok Atlus. I'm as hyped for Persona Q as much as the next person, but this onslaught of new media needs to stop. By which I mean it needs to continue every week until the game's release. Ok? Thanks. New Persona Q trailers hit...

Elliot Gay

1:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Are you lady?! New Idolmaster: All For One details

I'm a secret Idolmaster fan. Ok, maybe it's not so secret since I'm publishing that fact on the internet, but oh well. The reality is that I'm pretty excited for the new PS3 game, The Idolmaster: All For One. Players wil...

Elliot Gay

4:00 PM on 02.18.2014

Blue Dragon's Haruka releases new album

When an artist leaves a major record label and disappears from the industry, it takes a lot of drive and ambition to mount a comeback, let alone your own record label, but that's exactly what singer-songwriter Haruka has don...

Tim Sheehy

10:00 AM on 02.18.2014

Mcdonald's Japan is getting funky

Continuing the American Vintage campaign, McDonald's Japan have revealed the next wave of sandwiches, which are released this week and represent the era of funk (the '80s). Behold: the American Funky BBQ beef and chicken burg...

Kristina Pino

12:00 PM on 02.17.2014

An overview of Hinamatsuri and some speed snacking

As Japan gears up for Spring, there are plenty of new snacks to enjoy. But this time, I'm changing things up a little bit. Instead of just taunting you with the awesome treats available to me all the time (including a Misdo ...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 02.16.2014

Misdo is meeting Spring with strawberries

I'm pretty much over Winter at this point. I mean, I've been over it. But nowadays, with all this stupid snow, I'm feeling the desire to see Springtime more than ever. And in an effort to get people like me even more in the m...

Kristina Pino