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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

3:00 PM on 02.15.2014

'Chicken Cordon Blue' at Freshness Burger looks amazing

I can't explain the meaning of changing around two letters of the name of this sandwich, but I will absolutely accept it on the grounds that it looks absolutely delicious. Freshness Burger, one of the various burger chains th...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 02.15.2014

Huzzah! New gameplay footage for Monolith Soft's X

I love Monolith Soft. I've been following the company ever since it was founded by Tetsuya Takahashi and Hirohide Sugiura after they left Square Co. in the late 90s. I dug the Xenosaga titles, adored Xenoblade, and even like...

Elliot Gay

9:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Starbucks Japan is ready for cherry blossom season

Starting tomorrow, February 15, Starbucks will be stocking all kinds of cherry blossom-themed goods in their stores. The attractive themed drinks of this campaign are a sakura (white) chocolate latte and frappuccino, which wi...

Kristina Pino

2:29 AM on 02.14.2014

Aigis and Teddie get their own Persona Q trailers

I'm unreasonably hyped for Atlus' upcoming Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth for the Nintendo 3DS. I love me some Etrian Odyssey, and I also adore the Persona games, so this seems like a pretty great marriage of concepts as...

Elliot Gay

8:00 PM on 02.13.2014

Watch Sony's latest Japanese PlayStation 4 ad

Check out Sony's latest commercial for the PlayStation 4, set to launch in Japan on February 22nd. The ad features a multi-cultural cast of gamers and cosplayers who, rather than actually play anything, jump around and pose ...

Tim Sheehy

2:00 PM on 02.12.2014

Japanese govt Twitter account unleashes the moe

Love it or hate it, moe has seemingly invaded just about every aspect of Japanese life from pop culture to the government. A case in point would be the office of Ministry of Public Management, Home Affairs, Posts and Tel...

LB Bryant







Import Preview: Puyo Puyo Tetris photo
Import Preview: Puyo Puyo Tetris
by Elliot Gay

Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably read my tweets hyping up Sega's new crossover puzzle game, Puyo Puyo Tetris. A few folks have expressed confusion toward my excitement, going so far as to wonder if I'm just being sarcastic.

The reality is much more simple than that.

Puyo Puyo Tetris has kept me glued to my Vita screen for over 20 hours at this point. It's just that damn good.

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4:00 PM on 02.08.2014

The cutest Kendo players should wear Hello Kitty armor

A Twitter pic snapped by Ayatan at a recent Hello Kitty expo caught the cutest kendo bogu I've ever seen. I wonder whether it's fully functional? The most customizing I ever see on these pieces are in the stitching or occasio...

Kristina Pino



Go West! Sixty-Four: You got Puyo all up in my Tetris photo
Go West! Sixty-Four: You got Puyo all up in my Tetris
by Elliot Gay

Welcome to another riveting, awe inspiring, and emotionally draining edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games and some masochistic idiot.

This week, the game of all generations hits store shelves. 

Ok, maybe that might be a wee bit hyperbolic, but the reality is that I'm super duper hyped. We also have a handful of other important-ish releases for pretty much all of the major consoles, so hang onto your butts.

It's time to dance.

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1:00 PM on 02.08.2014

Some upcoming film releases in Japan for 2014

For those of us who enjoy going to the movies now and again and live in Japan, it can be frustrating to have to wait ages for some international films, but not so long for others. Keeping track of their releases can get confu...

Kristina Pino

10:00 PM on 02.07.2014

Misdo serving up churros after my own heart

So it looks like today, Mister Donut Japan released some heart-shaped churros in their continued Valentine's Day-themed treat-making. There are three different kinds, with chocolate, strawberry, and "white" flavors, and they ...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 02.06.2014

Annotated Anime: Kill la Kill episode 16

And just like that, the curtain has been pulled back from many of Kill la Kill's ongoing mysteries. The exposition episode has come and gone, leaving behind a wealth of new information and revelations. Things on the show will likely never be the same, and it would appear as though the gears in the big machine are finally moving. Also glowing neon nipples. Let's do the thang.

Elliot Gay