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10:00 AM on 07.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura


3:00 PM on 06.26.2014

Fan poll selects most powerful robot

The argument about the strongest robots in anime is one that will continue in perpetuity. I mean, it's hard to get any sort of consensus about what to even include on the list. Giant robots are one thing, but do you include a...

Pedro Cortes

3:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Gundam: Reconguista in G gets way more info

Sunrise dropped a ton of new info on the official Gundam: Reconguista in G website. In addition to a newly available trailer, we now have updated info on staff and cast, as well as several of the main 'bots you'll be seeing ...

Pedro Cortes

2:00 PM on 06.17.2014

Discotek Media licenses Super Dimension Century Orguss

Continuing in their bid to license and/or rescue all the awesome old properties, Discotek Media will release Super Dimension Century Orguss sometime next year. All 35 episodes will be available with the Japanese language trac...

Pedro Cortes

11:00 AM on 05.06.2014

Dragon Ball Z's Androids names revealed

Did you ever feel like you didn't know enough about the young, hip Androids 17 & 18 from Dragon Ball Z? Well, thanks to Akira Toriyama answering questions in a Q&A column, we finally know the names of our favorite and...

Pedro Cortes



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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Ever wanted to pilot a robot? photo
Ever wanted to pilot a robot?
by Amber Hunt

Ah, I can see it now. It's 2015, and people have started to use robots instead of cars. Wouldn't that be awesome? Well luckily for us, a Japanese company built one, and you could be piloting it as we speak.

Sakakibara Kikai has created an 11-foot Landwalker: a real, moving robot that you can pilot. As with most robots we've seen in anime, you pilot it from an area near the chest. It's not programmed to walk once you get in it, nor does it have any special buttons to do something automatic. You literally get to make it move entirely on your own. 

If you think there is some requirement to pilot it, don't worry. You don't need any experience whatsoever to do so! At Wonder Festival, where the Landwalker was located, 12 people at random got to try this bad boy out. Damn I'm jealous! 

I don't know about you, but after hearing about the Landwalker, all I could think about was Evangelion. If you don't want to be a part of that series, you're lying! It's hands-down my favorite, and I know that's the same for quite a lot of people. Seeing something like this is almost a dream come true for not only Evangelion fans, but also Gundam, Gurren Lagann, and other various mecha anime fans.

Take a look at footage from the event below:

Even though it looks a bit unstable, you have to admit you want one of your own! I know I certainly do. Do you think Shinji would have volunteered to pilot it? 

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11:00 AM on 02.10.2014

Robotech Movie gets fan remaster

As much as I've loved any franchise, I don't think I've put as much work into anything as much as Robotech Motion Comics has in this video they posted back in November of 2013. In it, they remastered Robotech: The Movie by pu...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 01.22.2014

New Mobile Suit Gundam Side Story announced

In the last couple of years, the only two types of Mobile Suit Gundam games I've seen come out are either part of the Musou series or of the Extreme variety. You're either crushing a ton of chump units in space or you're duki...

Pedro Cortes

11:30 PM on 01.18.2014

Anime-style robot on science journal causes rage

When you think of robotics, what's the first thing to come to mind? For me, I think of the killing machines from the Terminator series. For most others that aren't hellbent on seeing a robot apocalypse, they might think of cu...

Pedro Cortes



Review: Aquarion: EVOL - Season 2, Part 1 photo
Review: Aquarion: EVOL - Season 2, Part 1
by Pedro Cortes

When you think Shoji Kawamori, his work on Macross immediately comes to mind. It's been one of the most influential properties in Japan since it's debut. However, another major show that Kawamori worked on is Aquarion. You might know it as the show where the mecha pilots had some rather...interesting...reactions whenever the robots would combine. I haven't seen it, but from what I heard it was a ratings success in Japan despite some problems with its story and pacing.

Years later, Kawamori came back to his hit franchise and made a pseudo-sequel, called Aquarion Evol. Considering my love of Kawamori's work on Macross and my passion for all things robotic, I decided to give Evol a whirl. The big questions were, will I be able to follow what's going on? Does Evol require extensive knowledge of the previous show in order to understand the nuances of the characters and story? In short, no. However, prior knowledge definitely wouldn't hurt.

Hit the jump to find out more!

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12:00 PM on 12.09.2013

Nobunaga the Fool is looking like a good time

I was getting worried about what anime I would be watching this Winter season. For some reason nothing was really lining up with my tastes, until my buddy Jeff Chuang mentioned that Macross's Shoji Kawamori was behind the up...

Hiroko Yamamura

7:00 PM on 11.27.2013

Brooklyn Robotworks brings your favorite bots to life

There's always some guy at a convention that tries to look like a robot. Whether there's a bit of effort or a simple Cardboard Gundam, you're bound to find somebody clomping around in a suit. While that's all well and good, t...

Pedro Cortes

1:00 PM on 11.07.2013

Chogokin Hello Kitty will shoot you with her rocket paw

There's a Chogokin Hello Kitty figure in the works. That's huge news for people who know what Chogokin means, but for the rest of you this means soon you would be able to purchase a Hello Kitty toy with rocket punch.  Ro...

Jeff Chuang



Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection photo
Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection
by Pedro Cortes

The robot genre has changed in many ways over the years. For one thing, the stories have become more complicated, incorporating social commentary in an effort to appeal to wider audiences beyond children who are impressed with shiny metal things. Writers will (usually) attempt to give their characters motivations that extend past hot blood, bromances and revenge. Animation has also generally improved, making it possible to have more complicated robot designs that can do more than occasionally leap into the air and drill their flaming limbs into the gooey innards of their opponents.

Godannar is what happens when you get kids that grew up watching those old robot shows and put them in a position of creative power. In a desire to pay homage to the best of classic giant robot shows, the creators also added a good plot, meaningful character development, a solid budget and voice actors that know when to go for camp and when to play it straight.

Oh, and several metric tons of fanservice.

 

 

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3:00 PM on 10.02.2013

A Bearguy appears in Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam

For me, the best thing to come out of Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G was Bearguy. Designed as a cross between the Zeon Acguy and...a bear...it's cute, it's cuddly and it'll zap you with a beam cannon shaped like a rec...

Pedro Cortes

7:00 PM on 08.14.2013

Japan sent a talking robot to space

In a move that could only be described as either totally awesome or fiscally irresponsible, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency -- or JAXA for short -- has delivered a talking robot to the International Space Station. It'...

Tim Sheehy

12:00 PM on 08.13.2013

Pacific Rim faces off with Gundam

After becoming a living mecha god after his recent Pacific Rim movie, you'd think that director Guillermo del Toro would be hard to impress. A news crew followed the visionary around Tokyo, making a few stops to buy stuff, a...

Hiroko Yamamura

2:00 PM on 07.01.2013

What's with Optimus Prime's new look?

Transformers fans may or may have a reason to get excited with the upcoming direct to video release of Transformers GO!, in Japan. There's some pretty slick looking 3D animation going on, the usual twanging guitars, and new&...

Hiroko Yamamura

6:50 PM on 05.07.2013

Super Robot Wars OG: Masoukishin 3 coming to PS3/Vita

A leak from this week's Famitsu magazine has revealed that Namco Bandai will be releasing Masoukishin: Pride of Justice on August 22 for the PS3 and Vita. The second game in the Masoukishin saga, Revelation of Evil God, ...

Elliot Gay



Friday Night Fights: KOS-MOS vs Nono photo
Friday Night Fights: KOS-MOS vs Nono
by Salvador GRodiles

*ding, ding, ding*

It's over! 

Despite Bit and Liger Zero's slow turning speed, the duo's ability to adapt to any situation was put into place. Knowing that the Strike had the advantage in mobility, Bit attempts to counter with the proper armor pack. Schneider tried to go toe to toe with Sword Strike, but Schneider's limited strikes were no effect. Taking speed into account, Jager manages to use its speed to take down Sword and Launcher Strike. Down to one last pack, Mu uses Aile's mobility to destory Jager. With one pack left for both sides, Bit switches to Panzer mode. However, Mu somehow manage to block and/or dodge most of Panzer's projectiles. As Liger Zero suffers from overheating, Mu fires his last shot. Strike wins! (10 > 7)

Because of an important piece of news that went on during this week, Nono is going to show us her true abilities as a Buster Machine. And what better way to test these skills by having her go against KOS-MOS Version 4. These two robot girls are equipped with weapons that can obliterate the entire J-tor Arena, so I advise that you find a good spot to avoid the debris.

Your votes and persuasion skills will be the key in determining the stronger female robot. Make sure that you add a +1 to the android that you side with, since it will allow us to keep track of the destruction at hand. KOS-MOS and Nono will fight from today till Wednesday, so make sure that your vote goes up on time. Hurry up and find your seat, because things are going to get chaotic.

*ding, ding, ding*

Fight On! 

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9:00 AM on 01.08.2013

Discotek Media licenses Gunbuster 2: Diebuster

Long time readers may remember that I reviewed Diebuster a couple years back. I fellated the show, and with good reason. It's one of my favorite OVAs, only topped by it's predecessor, Gunbuster. The only problem is that ...

Pedro Cortes





1:00 PM on 01.04.2013

Robotech fans, prepare to be amazed what love can do

Remember that fan made Robotech project we got a peak at a while ago? It looks as though this Spanish speaking group isn't messing around, and has some amazing progress on the project. You can really feel the love ...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 12.06.2012

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

If you know anything about me, you probably know I am totally obsessed with Transformers. Especially, G1 figures. Today we go far back to the Japanese dub of the Transformers opening theme. The whole lineage of Transformers ...

Hiroko Yamamura



Japanator Recommends: Ergo Proxy photo
Japanator Recommends: Ergo Proxy
by Kristina Pino

Ergo Proxy is an anime I've enjoyed since it first aired, and I was more than willing to grab this review when it came up. Thanks to FUNimation, Ergo Proxy (previously licensed by Geneon) has been rescued and re-released in full as a Classics DVD box set.

Ergo Proxy follows the story of Re-l (or Real) Mayer and Vincent Law as they uncover truths about their existence. Re-l lives in Romdo, a domed city attempting to keep humanity going as they wait for the devastated Earth to become inhabitable again. In Romdo, everyone has an Entourage (a companion robot). Suddenly, they start contracting this virus, called cogito, and become self aware. As mysteries mount, and Vincent seems to be in the middle of it all, Re-l ventures outside her domed city's walls.

Click through the jump for a brief summary with analysis, and my full thoughts on this DVD release.

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JapanaTen: The Valkyries of Macross photo
JapanaTen: The Valkyries of Macross
by Pedro Cortes

Why does anybody really watch a mecha show? Is it for the deep stories that examine the relationships between people? How about the destruction that war causes and how it impacts the soldiers in the middle of it all?

Nope, it's none of those things. Sure, those things help make a show good, but a lot of people are there for the robots. Now, it just so happens that most of the series in the Macross franchise are quite good, but it also helps that there are some damn fine mecha designs. I mean, take the Valkyrie. You take a plane, which has its own charm. Then, you make that plane transform into a bi-pedal robot. That is quite awesome. On top of that, you can make said plane/robot turn into an in-between version of the two. It's easy to see why people would fall in love with a design like that.

So considering this is Macross Week, I'm going to show you guys ten different Valkyries across the entire franchise that rock my boat. Hit the jump to see which 'bots make it onto my list!

[Info and pics from Macross World and MAHQ. Show them some love!]

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6:00 PM on 09.27.2012

Hop in the 1/1-scale Gundam bust like a real pilot

If you've ever dreamed of the day you could hop into a Gundam, a real life-sized Gundam, then you might want to take the next flight out to Tokyo and hit up the Gundam Front. The 1/1-scale Gundam Bust of Destiny's Strike Free...

Kristina Pino

4:00 PM on 07.12.2012

Clean that Gundam mess up!

The geniuses behind the Gundam franchise always find a way to pull at my heart strings, and even more importantly, empty my wallet. Sharp electronics has joined the Federation this time, and now he amazingly cute Ha...

Hiroko Yamamura

6:00 PM on 07.06.2012

Friday Night Fights: Battle Angel Alita vs Major Kusanagi

*ding ding ding* IT'S OVER!! Looks like the killer instinct was too much for Rally. Revy is the winner! (13 > 10) Next up, we have two women androids stepping into the arena. These battle ready androids can do some serious...

Josh Totman



First Impressions: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse photo
First Impressions: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse
by Pedro Cortes

Back in 2005, I remember being in the mood for a light-hearted show. I was pretty bummed out, things weren't going so well, so I looked around for something to watch. I saw that a show called Kimi Ga Nozomu Eien, or Kiminozo to fans, had some pretty cute girls in it and that it was based off a popular eroge. Back then, I equated that with laughs and chuckles, so I went ahead and started watching it. As anybody who has ever seen that show knows, it takes a rather drastic turn at the end of its second episode, going from your typical romantic comedy into a depressing drama about how people's lives have been wrecked by a single accident. While I thought the show was well done, it definitely was not what I was looking for and I knew from there on out to watch out for anything done by the original makers of the eroge, a company called âge.

Years later, I was randomly searching what âge had been up to and found out that they worked on a science fiction spin off of one of their eroge series called Muv Luv Alternative. From what I read, it had aliens, giant mechs, cute girls and various alternate universes that had the Earth in various states of destruction. I hoped that somebody would eventually turn it into an anime and it seems somebody finally listened to my wishes.

How did it turn out? Well, you'll have to hit the jump to find out!

 

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