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6:00 PM on 03.07.2014

The Bestsellers List: Top music, movies, and manga for March 7

It's Rock the Charts with a new name. We highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. Kiki's Delivery Service (the live-action version) made its debut this we...

Brad Rice

10:00 AM on 03.06.2014

Pokemon XY second movie trailer looks impressive

Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of c...

Chris Walden

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

9:00 AM on 03.01.2014

Godzilla stops destroying cities to eat a delicious Snickers

What is it about this chocolate treat that could sedate such a terrifying monster? The caramel? The peanuts? The remaining half of the plastic wrapping? And what does this mean for the original film and the painstaking work ...

Chris Walden

5:00 PM on 02.28.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/28

I'm impressed that after 10 weeks, The Eternal Zero still holds a grip on Japanese audiences. The film cleared $75 million in revenue, which is certainly a feat for any film in Japan. I doubt that the film will keep its curre...

Brad Rice

5:00 PM on 02.25.2014

Holy crap: the new Godzilla movie looks amazing

I love Godzilla and I'm so excited that the upcoming Hollywood adaptation is actually respecting the source material. I don't mean that it's rigidly adhering to the old films -- I mean that it really understands what makes G...

Ben Huber

7:00 PM on 02.22.2014

Kiki actress takes broom flight to promote upcoming film

They're really serious about promoting the upcoming Kiki's Delivery Service live-action film. So serious, that the studio had its star actress Fuka Koshiba suspended 15 meters in air from a crane while dressed in costume...

Tim Sheehy

12:00 PM on 02.21.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/21

It took a naked man strapped to a car to unseat The Eternal Zero at the Japanese box office. Takashi Miike's The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of Noboru Takahashi's manga by the same name, which sells lik...

Brad Rice



Super Toku Time: Brought to you by O.J. Sprite photo
Super Toku Time: Brought to you by O.J. Sprite
by Salvador G Rodiles

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After performing series of experiments, I have discovered that mixing orange juice with Sprite, 7 Up, or any type of lemon soda results in a delicious concoction that pleases the taste buds. With all of this talk about mixing liquids, I think I’m going to grab a quick drink before I start this segment.

Now that I’ve quenched my thirst, let’s catch up on my latest thoughts on Kyoryuger and Kamen Rider Gaim. Before we begin, I would like to point out that I’m not depressed anymore-- at least for now. Crocodile Sunshine’s getting used to his new magical abilities, and I’m ready to test my powers with a double serving of the Fruity Warlord. Hopefully, I’ll adjust to using magic soon. That way I don’t misuse my spells when the going gets tough.

In order to be a little more up to date, I’m doubling up my Gaim recaps, so that we can be ready for the next wave! Also I would like to apologize for my huge delay, since I’ve been overcoming some unknown forces at the moment-- curse you, mysterious entities.

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Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth photo
Impressions: Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth
by Elliot Gay

To say that Persona 3 changed the RPG landscape in significant ways is no overstatement.

Atlus' PS2 RPG arrived late in the life cycle of the console, yet miraculously managed to find dedicated audiences on both sides of the Pacific. It paved the way for its successor, Persona 4, and a sizable amount of other games that would take cues from its odd combination of school life simulation and dungeon crawling fun.

Persona 4 would go on to get various spin off projects, including a full TV series, various novels, and even sequels via the Arena fighting games. Persona 3 on the other hand seemed destined to play second fiddle to its sibling.

That's all geared to change with the release of Persona 3 The Movie #1: Spring of Birth; the first in a series of films set to adapt the entirety of P3, Spring of Birth faces the difficult hurdle of trying to fit hours upon hours of material into a 90-minute block.

Spring of Birth follows Makoto Yuki, an orphaned high school student who moves to Tatsumi Port Island for school. Aloof and alone, he arrives at his new dorm in the middle of the night, surrounded by coffins and strange Shadow creatures prowling about. Here he meets his fellow dorm mates, members of the Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad, S.E.E.S.. They wield the power to summon Personas, powerful beings that represent their inner selves. S.E.E.S. has but one goal: to rid the world of the Shadows.

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11:00 AM on 02.14.2014

Rock the Charts for the Week of 2/14

I think Japan's just about ready for Valentine's Day, with something like Back Number's Fish, a song about lost love. Watch the music video above if you want to see a guy singing about losing his love. Because what gets you ...

Brad Rice

4:00 PM on 02.13.2014

NIS America licenses Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress

The latest anime film to hit Western shores will be TMS Entertainment's Fuse: Memoirs of a Huntress. TMS is best known for handling production on Akira, and based on watching the trailer for Fuse, they didn't slack on this mo...

Brad Rice