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Candy Crush Saga

Candy Crush has a bizarro nationwide ad campaign in Japan


I'm not quite sure what they're saying, but it has nothing to do with candy
Apr 26
[As originally posted at Destructoid.] Candy Crush Saga is coming to Japan in a big way, as developer King has prepared a slew of rather bizarre commercials for its freakishly addictive mobile puzzler. With King ha... read
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Magic Knight Rayearth

Magic Knight Rayearth Mokona prizes headed to Japanese Sega amusement centers


A cuddly plushie for your trouble
Apr 26
Magic Knight Rayearth is a classical magical girl series that should be on your radar if you haven't already taken the plunge, especially since Mokona plush prizes are hitting Sega amusement centers in Japan. The '90s series ... read
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Justin Bieber

Oh, Justin: Bieber in Yasukuni causes international incident


Do you even geopolitics?
Apr 26
I don't have anything against The Bieb. In fact, I find the hate for him somewhat petty. I mean, it's not like he's against vaccines or whatever. That said, causing an international incident is something you really shoul... read
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Video Games

New Persona Q key illustration, fusion details, and guest contributors emerge


One hell of a collaboration
Apr 26
Each new week brings with it a host of new details about Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth, Atlus' Etrian Odyssey-like 3DS Persona game.  I'm completely okay with this. This week we have a new key illustration in the fo... read
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Video Games

2nd Tales of Zestiria trailer hits the net


It looks like a Tales game
Apr 26
Bandai Namco's Tales games will always have a special place in my heart. Not all of them are great, but there's something comforting about knowing they'll always be there. It's one of the few long running RPG series that sti... read
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Video Games

Meiji era Ace Attorney game gets its first trailer


Be right back guys, screaming into a pillow
Apr 23
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 ... read
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Japan

Mt. Fuji-shaped ice goes best with whisky


Adds...I dunno, elevation or something
Apr 21
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,... read
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Japan

Japanese version of Harry Potter theme park opens in July


Get your wands and owls ready!
Apr 21
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... read
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Sword Art Online II

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


Get a double dose of SAOII this year and vote on your favorite SAO stuff!
Apr 19
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... read
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Babymetal

Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK


Lots of babies and lots of metal
Apr 19
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... read
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Video Games

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


No seriously
Apr 19
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... read
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Video Games

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


This is a weird choice
Apr 19
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... read
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Video Games

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


These new girls are totally ready to lady
Apr 18
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... read
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Video Games

New Persona Q trailers explain boost and all-out attacks


Send help! I'm running out of things to say
Apr 18
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... read
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Sony haet Square

Signs of Doom! Sony sells off its Square Enix stock


DOOOOMED!
Apr 16
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... read
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Madness.moe

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


And yes, there are .moe domains now
Apr 12
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... read
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Video Games

New character joins the fight in Neptunia VII


Complete with loud speaker
Apr 12
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... read
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Japan

Japan ready to deal with potential North Korea attack


Well, for the most part
Apr 11
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... read
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Video Games

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


Time to get digital
Apr 09
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... read
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Video Games

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


This is too adorable
Apr 07
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... read
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Longest gattai sequence ever
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 co... read feature

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And they all lived happily ever after
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... read feature

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Pokmon 3DS XL

Man who stole 3DS from grade schooler finally arrested


Like taking candy from a baby and going to jail for it.
Apr 02
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 ... read
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Japan

Tokyo at highest risk to suffer natural disaster


Pretty sure giant monsters would be considered unnatural
Apr 02
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... read
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Video Games

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


All the Final Fantasy music
Mar 31
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... read
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Crimea

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


She seems to be taking it well
Mar 29
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 ... read
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CM

Schwarzenegger & Willis starring in new Kowa coffee ads


POWAHHHHH!
Mar 28
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... read
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Japan

Here's Levi and Mako on a banana


Bananas: The tastiest canvas
Mar 28
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... read
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Video Games

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


Digging the beats
Mar 28
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... read
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Anime

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


Gee wiz, I wonder what this could be
Mar 28
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... read
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Video Games

More fresh Atelier Shallie details surface


Man, this game looks fantastic
Mar 28
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... read
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Japan

Smartphone games make up half of Japan's gaming industry


Wonder what their battery life is like?
Mar 27
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... read






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