Not even original light novel scribe Reki Kawahara could have predicted how big his Sword Art Online franchise would eventually become. Since the first novel was published in April of 2009, Kawahara's creation has seen 12 seq...
Greetings ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 60th edition of Go West!, your [inconsistently] weekly column about Japanese video games, a foreign guy in Japan, and Idea Factory.
When I first started Go West! nearly two years ago, I had no idea what I was going to do with this column or how long it would last.
I still don't.
That being said, I would never have been able to take GW! this far if it weren't for you beautiful people, and for that I thank you all. I'll be sticking with it until I'm dead in a ditch somewhere, buried in Idea Factory otome games.
Back when Kill la Kill first started airing seven weeks ago, Mako Mankanshoku came as a pleasant surprise to me. Now that we've finally had an episode with the spotlight on her, my opinion remains unchanged.
Mako gonna Mako.
I don't think that episode seven is nearly as strong as the past few entries, but I do believe it does a good job of giving some insight into the type of character Mako is and why Ryuko is so drawn to her and her family.
Greetings, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to yet another edition of Go West!, your [running out of ways to imply not-weekly] column about Japanese video games, a man who has forgotten how to love, and Idea Factory.
This week we feast on gods.
Make of that what you will.
In the meantime, the rest of us will be talking about video games or something.
Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to another riveting edition of Go West!, your [not-at-all] weekly column about new Japanese games, Idea Factory, and a writer who continuously makes bad decisions.
This week I opened myself up to you beautiful people and was met with monsters who just want to see me burn to the ground.
Let it be known that I will happily burn myself down if it means your joy.
Don't panic. Grab a towel. Ben hasn't gone anywhere, like many of you were concerned about -- he's still on deck! I'm sure most of you were thrilled to see the new dawn of Yotsuba comics yesterday, so don't worry! If he were gone, that would be...problematic, since he's helping to show me the ropes! I am, however, going to be handling the Monthly Musings from here on out, so if you haven't yet read over my introductory c-blog as Japanator's new CM, pop over and do so! I'll wait.
There comes a time in most people’s lives where they have the desire to escape from their own personal problems. In some cases, these individuals create a special reality that lets them relax peacefully. While things may seem fine and dandy, the harsh truth is that they're only delaying the inevitable that awaits them in the real world.
Based on this notion, Kyousougiga takes us into a realm where absolute happiness is nothing but a hollow illusion. Depending on the strength of our will, we might get lost in the wacky colors and antics that Mirror Kyoto has to offer.
Witches are fascinating. They enchanted us all the way back to Bewitched, they're creep us out in American Horror Story: Coven, and they're still the subject of near-daily discussion when it comes to Trigger's excellent Little Witch Academia OVA. Seriously, we're still salivating over it.
We've come a long way from pigeonholing these powerful spellcasters into roles where they're only allowed to be present as green, mole-clad filth beasts, and though the origins and powers of witches vary from series to series, one thing remains the same: they're awesome.
Last week, Imaishi and his team brought Kill la Kill to an early climax of sorts. Our main characters had a face off, buildings were destroyed, and people were blown into the sky. This begs the question: how do you follow up something so big in scale, so early on?
The answer is surprisingly simple of course. You simply don't try to in the first place.
Studio TRIGGER instead opts to move in the opposite direction, and the end result is probably my favorite episode of Kill la Kill thus far.
After recovering from a delightfully painful doughnut addiction, I have decided to substitute my cravings for yummy fried pastries with a healthy serving of fruit. By combining my new habit with a well-balanced mix of street dancing and Sengoku Era combat, Kamen Rider Gaim is shaping up to be a nutritious addition to my tokusatsu diet.
Depending on how the story turns out, writer Gen Urobuchi might change the way we see fruit by the time that Gaim reaches its resolution next year. Until then, join me below as we dig into the first two servings.