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2:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Otakon 2014 charms Baltimore this weekend

The biggest East Coast anime con, Otakon, happens this weekend. It'll be, for once, not deathly hot and humid in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, perhaps, but the weather wasn't ever going to stop anyone. As per usual a lot of gue...

Jeff Chuang



12:00 PM on 08.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Persona 4 Golden Animation 3 & 4

An Akira homage? What show am I watching?! The further into Persona 4 the Golden Animation we go, the better I think of it -- the stranger the better. There is one consistency though, and that lies with Marie's storyline.  

Dae Lee



8:00 AM on 08.07.2014

Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 4-5

If you survived the initial three episodes, Hanayamata goes straight for the jugular using its array of fantastic visuals and adorable middle schoolers talking about adorable things. Things like hopes, aspirations, and what it means to go out on a limb and accomplish something as a team of friends are at the heart, and Hanayamata, like Hana's gaijin antics, shows it off, bears it all, whatever.

Jeff Chuang



6:00 PM on 08.06.2014

S.H. Figuarts Gaim Pine Arms and Baron Mango Arms give off a nice tropical vibe

I probably don't say this around here too much, but I'm a huge fan of pineapples and mangoes. Actually, my passion for the latter is bigger than the former, as I find ananas to be great on certain occasions. That said, I woul...

Salvador GRodiles



3:00 PM on 08.06.2014

Finally: Japan simulates the lap-pillow in VR

If Japan and tech-savvy otaku continue to apply their peculiar brand of innovation to the latest tech, we may get the 2D-loving world we've always dreamed of sooner rather than later. The latest blow against the tyranny of 3...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.05.2014

Aw snap, Viz is hosting a Sailor Moon event at Otakon

Yikes! I almost forgot that Otakon's happening this weekend. Anyway, if you're planning to attend the con, Viz is having another Sailor Moon Day event, which happens to be almost similar to the one from Anime Expo '14. This t...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Garo: Makai no Hana episode 16

Congratulations, Garo: Makai no Hana. You’ve managed to remind me that it’s been a long time since I’ve ridden on a roller coaster, let alone a motion simulator. Oh great. Now a part of me wants to experienc...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 08.04.2014

Sunrise unveils its new dragon-hunting anime

It's August now, dear readers, and you know what that means: Getting hyped for anime that's not due out until October! Yay! First up on the block is a new show from Sunrise, maker of Gundam and a lot of stuff that'...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 08.04.2014

Kantai Collection anime PV shows us how these girls surf

With the news that the popular mobile game Kantai Collection, or Kancolle, becoming an an anime, fans have been anticipating how they will turn these girls who wear ship parts into some sort of traditional animation concept....

Jeff Chuang



9:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Studio Ghibli shutting down...sort of

It looks like a number of rumors swirling around the internet have just been confirmed: The legendary production house Studio Ghibli - they of a large proportion of anime films worth watching - might shutting down. The announ...

Josh Tolentino



6:00 PM on 08.03.2014

So some guy has 13 Idolm@ster character standees

So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rare...

Jeff Chuang



4:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 591

This week's chapter of Bleach is all about endings. Not about the ending, of course, but about the endings of the fights that much up this big, dumb manga, and how they can, on occasion, not be the end.

Josh Tolentino



2:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Anime: Aldnoah Zero episode 5

The plot thickens and the cast gets larger as we get to know the minds behind the Vers Empire. While the latest episode serves as a brief respite from the tireless slaughter being dished out by Martians, things seem to be turning for the worse.

Dae Lee



12:00 PM on 08.03.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 687

Well, that was sort of a long goodbye.  Obito meets his end this chapter, and thanks to the magic of conveniently slow death-curses, he gets a chance to say his goodbyes.

Josh Tolentino



1:00 PM on 08.02.2014

Annotated Anime: JoJo: Stardust Crusaders episode 17

When last we left Stardust Crusaders, a hostage situation was afoot. Steely Dan and his Stand, The Lovers, held poor old Joseph's brain hostage, with Jotaro turned into a 7-foot-tall punching bag, stripped of the ability to return the favor.  Boy, thank goodness payback's a b*tch, innit?

Josh Tolentino



9:00 AM on 08.02.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 39

Man. Time sure flies when you’re watching the world end. One moment, we're listening to a bunch of characters spouting out random lines about their ideals and what not. Then things break out into an all-out Fruity Warfa...

Salvador GRodiles



6:00 PM on 08.01.2014

Idol of the Week: Asuka Kishi

Name: Asuka Kishi Birthdate: November 4th, 1991 Hometown: Osaka, Japan Measurements: 90/58/88 cm  I actually know very little about this week's idol, Asuka Kishi. When I was looking online for the gal who ...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 08.01.2014

WTF Fridays: The sounds of sorrow

A true artist takes the pains of life, and turns them into beauty. I'm not sure any of that happened here.

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 08.01.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: XEVIOUS

It's kind of weird. Xevious for the Famicom was actually one of my favorite shooting games, but I never noticed how ugly it looks. Not only that, it has to be the most uninteresting game to watch someone play, even someone a...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Leo Ieiri

Man, 19 year old Fukuoka native Leo leiri is on fire. She's been churning out hit after hit over the last couple of years, and the inertia doesn't seem to be slowing down. Her newest song, Junjou is the new ending for Dragon...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 07.31.2014

So yeah... let's watch GACKT play video games: Sonic the Hedgehog 4

As you probably guessed, GACKT is still on his couch looking cool and gaming. However, you might notice something weird. It looks like he might actually be trying! Even stranger, there seems to be a glimmer of fun peering from his darkened shades. Bring it GACKT!

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.31.2014

It's awesome Japanese commercial time!

Buy buy buy bye.

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z are back in full swing, and this time it's time to show how proud of the moon you are! That can only mean one thing! It's the video for their new single, MOON PRIDE. As you might guess from the...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 AM on 07.31.2014

Huzzah! Persona 4 Ultimax's Marie DLC to arrive in the Americas

Aw snap. It looks like Atlus is adding another DLC fighter to Persona 4 Arena Ultimax's North and South American release. This time around, players'll get to download Marie when the game hits the Americas this Fall. Of course...

Salvador GRodiles



11:00 PM on 07.30.2014

Annotated Anime: Sword Art Online II episode 4

It may have taken SAO II's story a bit to get this far, but it’s finally time for A-1 to animate Kirito’s Gun Gale Online debut. Seeing that Kazuto’s current character is different from his usual a...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Annotated Manga: Naruto chapter 686

And now it's time for everyone's favorite cowboy manga recap! Mosey on down to this 'ere ranch and let's get caught up in the tales of rootin'-est, tootin'-est cowboy that ever fought in the Fourth Ninja World War!

Josh Tolentino



12:00 PM on 07.29.2014

Review: Kamen Rider Battride War II

Back when Kamen Rider Battride War was first announced, many toku fans were excited over the fact that they were getting a Dynasty Warriors-like game that featured their favorite Heisei Riders from Kamen Rider Kuuga...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 07.29.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ressha Sentai ToQger episode 21

I love Fridays. Whenever this day arrives, I can’t help but to rejoice over the fact that the weekend has started. Even if I have to work during that time frame, there’s something refreshing about reaching the fif...

Salvador GRodiles



9:30 PM on 07.28.2014

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 590

What is it with Quincy and creepers? I mean, every army has one or two creepy types, but it seems to me that when Ywach summoned all the "true" Quincy to his side the only place that had them was the madhouse.  Well, whatever the reason for the Sternritter's unusually high nutball quotient, it seems that Kubo is grooming young Giselle "Gigi" Gewelle for a top spot.

Josh Tolentino



2:00 AM on 07.28.2014

Ufotable's take on Fate/stay night UBW looks hot

In what can only be described as a "oh wait, really?" kind of moment, Ufotable revealed this past Sunday that their upcoming new Fate/stay night TV series would be adapting the Unlimited Blade Works route of the video game. ...

Elliot Gay



7:30 PM on 07.27.2014

Feast your eyes on two new Sailor Moon dub previews

Well played, Viz Media. Right when you've gotten us used to checking YouTube for the latest Sailor Moon-related dub previews, the company decided to upload their newest videos on Hulu instead. Despite Viz's unexpec...

Salvador GRodiles



9:00 AM on 07.27.2014

Annotated Tokusatsu: Kamen Rider Gaim episode 38

It’s time to go back to Kamen Rider Gaim’s main story, and things are about to get fierce again. Is there no more hope for our heroes to triumph over evil? Well, I guess there’s one option that Gaim’s ...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 PM on 07.26.2014

SDCC '14: Shout! Factory to release Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger on DVD

Ladies and gentlemen. I would like to announce that hell has frozen over. Why you say? Well, it turns out that Shout! Factory has plans to bring Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger to North America. As a person who's been ...

Salvador GRodiles



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




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