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3:00 PM on 12.20.2014

Final Fantasy XV's really looking nuts

OK, Square Enix, you've got me. Despite my best attempts to remain thin-lipped and cynical about the prospects of Final Fantasy XV, the latest trailer you lot put out at Jump Festa yesterday has officially gotten me hype. Fo...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 12.19.2014

Explore Evangelion's ruined world in Animator Expo's seventh short

It's been two weeks since Animator Expo featured a piece that was based on an existing anime property, and the project is now ready to release another special short. This time around, Tadashi Hiramatsu's (worked on Key Animat...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 12.18.2014

Hayate: Asakusa's Ninja Hero's latest updates strike from above

Man. I don't know about you, but there seems to be a lot of ninjas entering the new year all of a sudden. Thankfully, a majority of them happen to be good, so there's a good chance that the shadow assassins won't burn people ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.18.2014

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episodes 9-10

Our "imprisoned" director finds his creative spark, while Misa finds courage to get out of a prison of a different kind. A week later Aoi might be the key to help these the two to freedom, if she can overcome the most difficult task of them all. Shirobako, finally, gears up to the final episode...of Exodus.

Jeff Chuang



8:15 PM on 12.17.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 11

This is the episode in which things go according to plan. Well, mostly anyway. And where things don't follow the plan, we and our heroes still come out ahead, ready for the next stage.  So, all in all, a raid well-executed.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.17.2014

Rejoice: NIS America reveals Fate Ultimatum's release date and more

As we're getting closer to the holidays, the folks at NIS America have announced that The Awakened Fate Ultimatum hits North America on March 17, 2015, with Europe getting their release on March 20, 2015. Since the game invol...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Tuturu: Steins;Gate's PS3 and PS Vita version go West

Now this is what I call an unexpected turn of events, people. If you've been yearning to play more visual novel titles on your consoles, then you'll be happy to hear that Steins;Gate's PS3 and Vita release are heading to Nort...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 12.16.2014

Sure, why not make game about Mushroom Girls?

Really, why not? The last few years have seen a Cambrian Explosion for weird games, and people are now taking notice of good ol' Japan, which has been doing weird for longer than just about anybody. Of course, I could just be...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.16.2014

Tales of Zestiria unleashes some details about its world

For a good while, we've known that Tales of Zestiria was returning the franchise's roots. Since the game's story involves dragons, it was no surprise that the development team had a medieval fantasy world in mind for the...

Salvador GRodiles



12:05 PM on 12.15.2014

This is what Final Fantasy XV sounds like in English

And here it is, the dub of the long-overdue Final Fantasy XV, aka Riding In Cars With Boys 2. It's a good sign that Square Enix seems to be putting out information about this perennially delayed game on the regular now, afte...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.15.2014

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 takes it to the next-gen

Japan isn't very well-known for the phenomenon of annualized franchises, at least not at the level of top-tier triple-A productions like Call of Duty or Assassin's Creed. There are exceptions to that rule, of course, and...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 9-10

Perhaps I was being premature when I declared that Unlimited Blade Works had finally gotten over its tendency to swing between "boring" episodes and action-packed showcases, because the last two weeks have seen a return ...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 12.14.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapters 607-609

Longtime readers of Bleach will note that this "final" arc of the series - scare quotes here because you can never trust a Jump manga to end on time - has featured a number of breaks from author Tite Kubo's established p...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.13.2014

3rd Super Robot Wars Z Part 2's trailer will heat up your blood

At long last, Bandai Namco has uploaded the first trailer for 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku Hen, and things are looking interesting for Super Robot Wars Z's finale. First and foremost, Diebuster is making its debut in the ...

Salvador GRodiles



1:30 PM on 12.12.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 10

Survival guides teach us that a good way to deal with a bear is to make ourselves look larger, make a bunch of noise, and generally give the impression that you're no easy prey.  But what about Beargguys? More importantly, what about Mama Beargguys?!

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.12.2014

Race through an apartment room in Animator Expo's sixth short

Well. I believe that Animator Expo's most recent short (NSFW) has broken a new record. Going by the name of 20min Walk From Nishi-Ogikubo Station, 2 Bedrooms, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, 2mos Deposit, No Pets Allowed, ...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Rejoice: Lantis Festival gets a JAM Project solo performance concert

For a good while, it's been known that the legendary anison band, JAM Project, were going to be at the Lantis Festival in Las Vegas. However, Lantis Festival has announced that the group'll be doing solo performances througho...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Aw snap, Ninninger's toys reveal Shurikenjin's gimmicks

It's time to look at Ninninger's first set of toys, and things are starting to look even more promising for the upcoming ninja-themed Sentai series. Of course, the best thing out of this toyline is the Shurikenjin, since it's...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 12.10.2014

Tekken 7's producer is NOT happy about what you think of his idol

Another day, another teacup-sized tempest. Today's videogame drama is brought to you by Tekken 7, which began its spate of character reveals by leading with a new girl named Lucky Chloe, a blonde, twin-tailed breakdance-figh...

Josh Tolentino



11:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker has twice the content

It's been a few years, but we've finally gotten word on the status of Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, the updated 3DS re-release of Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2. Last we heard, mysterious "quality issues" had pushe...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 12.10.2014

Streaming GET: Crunchyroll nabs Ultraman 80

It looks like Hell is still frozen, as Crunchyroll has added Ultraman 80 to their collection of Ultra shows. Thanks to the site's recent actions, there's a good chance that we're in for a glorious Toku Christmas this yea...

Salvador GRodiles



8:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Oh man, Suikoden 2 is out, go get it now now now

Oh, finally. It only took, like, sixteen years, but Suikoden II, one of my favorite games of all time and one of the greatest RPGs ever made, to come to downloadable platforms on this side of the pond. Konami's made the thing...

Josh Tolentino



2:30 PM on 12.09.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 10

Are you a raider? Do you have the will, the drive, the bladder control to stomach the toughest raiding game in the MMO wasteland? Then join our guild! It's what we do! Just ask our guild master! Send him a tell!

Josh Tolentino



3:00 PM on 12.08.2014

Attack on Titan maneuvers its way to Universal Studios

I'm usually not one for theme parks. All the kids, lines, and expenses generally keep me away. Add in the fact that I'm scared of heights, and you can understand why I keep my distance. However, now that Universal Studios is...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 12.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

It's back to the dance-floor for ex-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano. The amazingly catchy tune definitely has some K-Pop vibes going on, but still manages to features Tomo-chin's cute energy and inexplicable presence. The message ...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 12.07.2014

Reminder: Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition returns to YouTube this Friday

Don't mind me, I'm just passing by to let everyone know that Gun Caliber: Bootleg Edition's returning to YouTube on Dec. 12. However, Bueno and Garage Hero have decided to give people an early Christmas miracle...

Salvador GRodiles



5:00 AM on 12.07.2014

Persona 5 gets confirmed for 2015...again

The PlayStation experience event is going on right now, and one of the highlights of the keynote was a bit of news we already knew: Persona 5 is coming to both PS4 and PS3, and is dated for 2015. But, as I mentioned, cha...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Bloodborne is looking really fast, really tough

I know I pledged myself to go on a self-imposed media blackout with regards to Bloodborne, but I couldn't help break the exile to see a new trailer from The Game Awards today. And hot damn, does it look good. Look at that sp...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.06.2014

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 9

Y'know, I like Build Fighters Try and all, but in retrospect, it's kind of nuts that it took this long for someone to put the "Burning" in "Build Burning Gundam".  But hey, it finally did happen, and it was awesome.

Josh Tolentino



9:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Update no Jutsu: Ninninger gets a premiere date and more

Hey guys! Do you know what time is it? It's time for us to look at Ninninger's latest updates. This time around, the team has been featured in a higher quality poster along side their giant robot, the Shurikenjin. Overall, I'...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Animator Expo's Gundam Short will please your burning soul

Right when I thought that Animator Expo was only dedicated to showcasing original anime shorts, the project's fifth piece ended up being a tribute to Yoshikazu Yasuhiko (Gundam's Character Designer and Animation Director) and...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 12.05.2014

Idol of the Week: Sayumi Michishige

Name: Sayumi Michishige Birthdate: March 4, 1987 Hometown: Miyazaki, Japan Measurements: 87/58/86 cm  So the doe eyed beauty, Sayumi Michishige is Momusu no more. She finally graduated the band after having the longes...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 12.05.2014

WTF Fridays: I want pizza!

I don't think I've seen people get this excited about a pizza since the Olsen Twins.

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 12.05.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Sora Amamiya

Akame is back! Actually I mean that Sora Amamiya the popular seiyu behind the title character in Akame ga Kill! is back with a lovely new song. Not only does she provide the voice work, she also was behind the original openi...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Licensing GET: Viz obtains Fragments of Horror

Christmas may be around the corner, but isn't stopping Viz Media from making a scary announcement. In regard to this news, the company has announced that they've licensed Junji Ito's (Uzumaki, Gyo) Fragments of Horror ma...

Salvador GRodiles



8:30 PM on 12.04.2014

Wait, what? It's a Dragon Dating Simulator

I'm conflicted about this. On the one hand, it's really cool that designers outside Japan are taking visual novels and relationship-centric games more seriously. More people making more types of games can only be a good thing. On the other hand...Dragon Dating Simulator.

Josh Tolentino



8:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Gundam the Origin's subbed trailer shows off blue-eyed Char

In case you haven't gotten enough Char in your life from the last Gundam The Origin trailer, it's time to have some in a language you can understand! Yep, they've officially subtitled the first trailer in English, which...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Assassination Classroom takes attendance on Viz Manga

Whenever I take informal polls as to which manga I should start covering in the wake of Naruto's closure, one of the most common recommendations I get - besides One Piece, of course - is Yusei Matsui's Assassination Classroom...

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Utada Hikaru releases new video for Beautiful World

We're less than a week away from the Utada Hikaru tribute album, Hikaru no Uta. Quite a few tracks can currently be previewed on her official YouTube channel already. Much to my surprise there was actually quite a treat wait...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Kishimoto gives us a peak behind Naruto's studio

Can you believe Naruto is really coming to a close? It seems like only yesterday the world was under a total Naruto invasion, with most people being unable to run into the spiky haired blonde ninja around every corner. Well,...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 12.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

You know I'm also up for listening to my favorite tunes from Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It is by far my favorite television show ever made. While the animation and music still look great, even by today's standards, it...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 PM on 12.03.2014

Huzzah: Cannon Busters' Kickstarter ends at $156k

Well, people; it's finally happened. Cannon Busters' Kickstarter has ended with a total amount of $156,535.00, which means that, LeSean Thomas' one step closer towards making his adventure series a reality. Since they've mana...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episodes 8-9

Oh geez. Everything you chalked up to mere chuunibyou in this show turned out to be really, truly, real. I guess it's time to shut it down. Inou Battle is over. .

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 12.02.2014

Want Shrimp Tempura in 3 seconds? Take this cannon

You never know where useful information will come from. For example, would you expect to learn a secret technique for preparing fried shrimp in an instant from...a wireless carrier? Yeah, neither did I.  NTT Docomo's pr...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 12.02.2014

YES: Ninninger's suits and logo jump out of the shadows

Good news, everyone. The Shuriken Sentai Ninninger have revealed themselves, and their suits look like a glorious fusion between Hurricanger and Shinkenger's designs. Due to this great combination, I've already fallen in...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 12.02.2014

CineGround unleashes The Akira Project's VFX Behind-the-Scenes video

It's been a good while since CineGround released their live-action take on Akira, and the team is now ready to show everyone the process behind the fan trailer's VFX designs. In regard's to the actual project itself, I agree...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 12.01.2014

Annotated Anime: Log Horizon 2 episode 9

Here's an MMO confession of mine: I was never much of a raider. Even as a high schooler with virtually unlimited free time, I didn't want to give that much of it to any one game, and without the social element guilds provided...

Josh Tolentino



4:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Idolmaster Cinderella Girls begs for your love and fandom

Given that The Idolm@ster was my favorite anime of its year, I feel almost obligated to find something to like about this new adaptation of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls, the mobile game spinoff I gave approximately zero ...

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 11.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 8

After harping on and on about Unlimited Blade Works "odd-numbered episode"-based sense of pacing, it seems that ufotable have seen fit to show me the boot, by implanting some of the tastiest sequences yet in this week's installment, which for all other intents and purposes serves as a pause for place-setting, punctuated by a tragedy of the highest order.

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's&nb...

Salvador GRodiles




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