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10:00 AM on 07.25.2014

Check out Kamen Rider Drive's gadgets and four-wheeled vehicle

Man. What's with all of these heroes getting cars all of the sudden? First it was Ghost Rider, and now 2015's new Rider, Kamen Rider Drive, is following this trend. Are motorcycles going out of style? Whatever the case may be...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.25.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episodes 14-15

Don’t you hate it when a show releases a recap episode after impressing you with a solid segment? Well, Garo: Makai no Hana has fallen into this category, as we’re exposed to a chapter that almost wastes our time ...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 PM on 07.24.2014

First Impressions: Terror in Resonance

A new, original anime series directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music from Yoko Kanno?Whose hand do I shake for making this happen? Terror in Resonance was a wildcard since it was announced,  featuring a relatively unknown studio (MAPPA) and a story that revolves around teenage terrorists with some frightening plans.  

Dae Lee



1:00 PM on 07.24.2014

Akiba's Trip gets a release date, PS4 version crossing pond

XSEED games are really going all-out with their upcoming release of Akiba's Trip: Undead & Undressed. Not only have they ported the Acquire's open-world Akihabara cosplay vampire-stripping game to the English language, t...

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 07.24.2014

Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 2

All your green tea snacks are belong to me. All your green tea snacks are belong to me. All your green tea snacks are belong to me.

Josh Totman



9:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 3

Sword Art Online II sure loves to take its sweet time with presenting its story to the audience. In all seriousness, SAO II’s pacing isn’t a bad thing, as it gives us some time to soak in certain aspects that the ...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3

Reporting live from New Jersey: There are no uprising of Yosakoi, blonde teenage kids wanting to start clubs, or anything out of ordinary from Princeton. Not that I know what's going on down in that part of south-central...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Cheers! Trails in the Sky's PC version gets a release date

As XSEED Games and Carpe Fulgur continue to work on The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC, the awesome folks at XSEED have announced that the first Trails in the Sky game's hitting Steam and GOG on July 29th (next Tuesda...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.23.2014

Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation episode 2

Now that the semi-obligatory introduction is out of the way, time to go wild! Skipping entire characters, plot points, and any redundant mainline story, we're taken on a jaunty ride to the stuff Persona 4 the Golden fans have been waiting for.  

Dae Lee



4:00 PM on 07.22.2014

So I guess the Ninja Turtles are Japanese Kappa, now?

That seems to be the story Paramount have gone with in their new "Legend of the Yokai" trailer for this year's big Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, opening on August 8th. According to the stylized animations and ster...

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 07.22.2014

Sony invokes dongs to sell the new PS Vita

Remember that time in middle school you and your friends would get naked in the locker room and compare genitals? Me neither, but Sony does. This Japanese ad for the PS Vita calls up youthful PS-envy as young boys remark on ...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 07.22.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 20

Normally I don’t repeat a pun during my segments, but I couldn’t resist using another “orange” pun, since it’s relevant to ToQger’s 20th episode. That, and I guess this pun is sort of a las...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 07.21.2014

Huzzah! Three Zyuranger actors are attending Power Morphicon '14

Alright, people; it's time to pull out your Morph... er, I mean Dino Bucklers, because Yuuta Mochizuki's (Geki/Tyranno Ranger from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger) attending Power Morphicon 2014! Aside from the original T-Rex-th...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 07.20.2014

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 13-16

One of the things I've grown to love about Stardust Crusaders is that it passes by quickly. It's amazing how I can basically leave the series for weeks on end and then catch up with all of them and remark "Wow, that was ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 07.19.2014

Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game

I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes o...

Josh Tolentino



7:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Queen Beryl and Jadeite devise an evil scheme in Sailor Moon's third dub clip

It seems that my prediction about Viz uploading a new Sailor Moon-related video everyday was incorrect, as the company chose to post their third dub clip today. Either way, it's still nice of Viz to show off Sailor Moon's ne...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 07.18.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Devil's Path, The Pinkie, and Greatful Dead

It's been a little while since my last one of these, and I'm sorry about that. But I haven't actually died or anything, and there's still more to come! With just three days left in the festival (tonight included), some of the...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



8:00 AM on 07.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 2

"Operation Earthfall" has been begun, igniting war on planet Earth. Launching massive structures called "landing castles" all over the world, they strategically destroy every communications resource they find on land, sea, and space. I guess it's up to a group of teenagers to set things right!  

Dae Lee



4:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 685

Welcome again to your weekly dose of Association Ninja Soccer coverage. In today's update from the Interdimensional Ninja Cup 2014, and top-tier striker, Sasuke Uchiha, is ninja-running at speed toward his goal! Will he make it? Or will humanity lose against the rabbit goddess in a crushing 7-1 final tally? Check out our detailed pitch analysis below!

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 37

Are you looking for a more exciting soccer match than the World Cup?  If so, then you’re in luck, my friend. It turns out Kamen Rider Gaim is taking a break from their main story to deliver the All Rider Cup, a soc...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 07.17.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 589

Y'know, when Urahara said that getting transport ready to take Ichigo and crew to the Royal Palace would take "a minute or sixty", he wasn't kidding. Or maybe he was kidding, since I took him about two weeks worth of chapters...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 AM on 07.17.2014

Vocaloid concert coming to Phantasy Star Online 2

Sometimes when you're out killing hundreds of monsters for XP in a MMO you think to yourself, "Gee, I sure wish I could take my character to go see a show of some sort." Well fear not, my friends. Sega has just announced that...

Josh Totman



10:00 PM on 07.16.2014

Sailor Moon's second dub clip shows off Luna's new English voice

After giving us a quick sample of Usagi and Mamoru's new English voices for the new Sailor Moon dub, Viz  has uploaded a new video that features Michelle Ruff's take on Luna. Since I've enjoyed most of Ruff's roles, I t...

Salvador GRodiles



8:30 PM on 07.16.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kanpai Senshi After V episode 9

Things are getting difficult for the After V again, as Pink has to deal with her comrades crying over their recent loss. Considering that they’re short on one member again, the team’s going to have to restructure ...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 AM on 07.16.2014

Shonen Showdown: One Piece Episodes 647 - 653

As we’re in the thick of a pretty serious arc, the pace for One Piece has slowed to a crawl. Not only that, but there are so many different things going on that it’s taking forever for major plot points to deal wi...

Pedro Cortes



11:00 PM on 07.15.2014

Let's take a quick look at Sailor Moon's new dub

Back when Viz Media announced the English voice actors for the new Sailor Moon dub at Anime Expo 2014, I couldn't help but to be intrigued by their choices. With the first Sailor Moon boxset getting ready to hit North Americ...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 AM on 07.15.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 2

After going through an exposition-filled episode, you’d think that Sword Art Online II would start Kazuto’s main mission already. Instead, the series chose to introduce the viewers to Sinon, a player who happ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 07.14.2014

First Impressions: Momo Kyun Sword

As the site’s official “boob anime connoisseur”, it is my duty to watch all the boob anime each season.  It’s a filthy dirty job most of the time, but there are times when it can pay off beyond the bounce and deliver a good engaging story. This season, I’m afraid to say, will not be one that I see paying off...

Josh Totman



4:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 19

The ToQ 6 Saga's about to wrap up, and ToQger’s ready to unveil Akira’s signature machine. Since our rainbow-loving hero repairs railroads for a living, the man’s blessed with a train that suits his position...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 07.14.2014

Japanator Eats: Green Tea Snacks Part 1

Green tea snacks are so lovely. If there is a green tea version of any food, I will undoubtedly get that version of it. I'm drawn into the bitterness of the green tea matched with the sweetness of anything else that it is with. For this first part, I have some green tea Pocky variations by the names of Pocky Crush and Pocky Midi.

Josh Totman



10:00 AM on 07.14.2014

New grapefruit flavor will make you pucker this summer

Coming to convenient stores across Japan is a new sour popsicle from the maker of the Gari Gari-kun Soda popsicle. Their new flavor puts your sourness to the test by combining lemon and grapefruit together. The bar itself is ...

Josh Totman



8:00 AM on 07.14.2014

First Impressions: Hanayamata

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata. After doing a few Google searches...

Jeff Chuang



11:00 PM on 07.13.2014

Tekken 7 announced with teaser trailer

During this year's EVO fighting tournament, Tekken producer Katsuhiro Harada revealed that the latest installment in the Tekken series is in development at Bandai Namco.  The teaser trailer doesn't show any gameplay and...

Josh Totman



2:00 PM on 07.13.2014

Japan's Frozen PS4 would've looked better in white

Frozen may have pretty much taken over the world, but that won't stop companies trying to cash in on its popularity with tacky, cheap branded merchandise. No, that doesn't make sense, because that's exactly why companies...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 07.13.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 36

Holy moly! Did Kamen Rider Gaim just do what I think it did? Since the show's plot has developed in a depressing way recently, I think we can all agree that there's no hope for anyone in this series. In fact, there’s no...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.12.2014

First Impressions: Glasslip

I've become a large fan of P.A. Works in the past year or two. The Eccentric Family and Nagi-Asu both proved to be among the top shows of their respective seasons, providing grounded drama in the midst of well-realized fantastical settings.  

Dae Lee



7:00 PM on 07.11.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: More River City Ransom

So, this dude's still going at this. I've figured it out. He's probably played like 3 games total, and they are chopping them up, to milk this as long as they can. I don't think I can keep going. How about I check in once in a while, and only post if there's a new game? Honestly these are killing me to watch...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.11.2014

Idol of the Week: Sano Hinako

Name: Sano HinakoBirthdate: October 13, 1994Hometown: Tokyo, JapanMeasurements: 84/51/87 cm  This week's amazing idol is talented actress an model Sano Hinako. She's sporting a killer smile and lips that just don't quit. She's a super charming babe, that I would share a meal with anytime. However I just have to ask. What's with the knit hat in the tropical pictures? Is that a thing now?

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 07.11.2014

First Impressions: Persona 4 the Golden Animation

Persona 4 is among the most addictive and stubborn video game properties of the past 4 years -- you couldn't get rid of it if you wanted to! A lightning in a bottle that continues to hook us in with spin-offs and now, a second anime retelling. But this time, we're going full-on New Game Plus.  

Dae Lee



4:30 PM on 07.11.2014

Rejoice! Urobuchi to attend Japan Expo USA

Are you sad that you didn't get to meet Urobuchi at Anime Expo 2014? Well, now you're in luck, because Gen the Butcher's attending Japan Expo USA. Not only that, you'll also get the opportunity to get the guy's autograph whil...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.11.2014

WTF Fridays: It's potty time!

Yeah, these kind of things happen, and the world keeps turning. Everything is wrong.

Hiroko Yamamura



3:30 PM on 07.11.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 588

I was reading through a bunch of my old recaps for Bleach - reading your old writing is a great way to make sure you don't get too full of yourself - and realized that I spend a lot of time talking about Bleach in generalities, rather than tackling the specifics of a given chapter or episode. Let's do that again for a bit, shall we?

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 07.11.2014

AKB48's Tomomi Itano joins San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

If for some reason you've had second thought about attending next week's J-Pop Summit in San Francisco next week, this should push you over the edge. The former AKB48 duck-face diva and mega pop-star Tomomi Itano now joins t...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 AM on 07.11.2014

Japan Cuts Roundup: The Mole Song's Snow White Murder Case

Japan Cuts has officially begun. Last night, the festival kicked off with the latest Takashi Miike film to hit our shores, The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji, and then Sion Sono's Why Don't You Play in Hell, which I've alr...

Alec Kubas-Meyer



10:00 AM on 07.11.2014

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



11:30 PM on 07.10.2014

What if Doctor Who were a 70s/80s tokusatsu show?

Have you ever wondered what your favorite show would be like if it was made into a toku show? Well, Joshua Kahan managed to answer this question for many viewers with his latest video, Japanese Doctor Who. As a person who's ...

Salvador GRodiles



9:30 PM on 07.10.2014

Rejoice! Persona 4 Ultimax will be region free in North and South America

Back when Persona 4 Arena was announced to be region locked, many players were saddened from the outcome, since it limited most folks from playing the game as soon as possible. With Persona 4 Arena Ultimax hitting North Amer...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 07.10.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 684

It's time to consider what would actually happen if the above panel was more a certainty than a bait-and-switch. What if Naruto died? Well, for one, we'd probably have to change the title to Obito or Sasuke or even Team 7 if they wanted to honor the whole crew. And then the ending would probably be pretty dark.

Josh Tolentino



9:30 PM on 07.09.2014

Yamaha wants you to be the Master of Torque

We all strive to master something, be that mastering our destiny, mastering a foreign language (odds are it's Japanese if you're reading this), or even just mastering the art of killing time. Now motorcycle and keyboard make...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 07.09.2014

Gundams, Riders, and Ultra Warriors join forces in Super Hero Generation

It's been a year since Bandai Namco's released a Compatible Hero game, as Heroes VS came out in 2013. Lo and behold, the team's ready to have the heroes from the Kamen Rider, Gundam, and Ultra series reunite in a new adv...

Salvador GRodiles




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