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6:00 PM on 02.01.2014

Go West! Sixty-Three: Gundam in your Gundam on the Gundam

Welcome to the latest and greatest Go West!, your [why-do-I-even-try-to-be-timely] column about Japanese games, life in Japan, and Idea Factory.  Ladies and gentlemen, this week is actually a very special one. The latest...

Elliot Gay


Updated! Panel details revealed:

Hironobu Sakaguchi Reflection: Past, Present, Future of RPGs

The father of Final Fantasy, Hironobu Sakaguchi, has announced his PAX Prime 2014 panel where he will discuss his history developing role-playing games, along with revealing more about his new RPG, Terra Battle. Find out more info at PAX Prime website.




4:00 PM on 04.10.2013

Rejoice: Black Rock Shooter The Game hits PSPs this month

This slipped under Japanator's easily-distracted radar array last week - why, oh why did we hire cats to man the monitoring stations? - but it's pleasant to know either way: NIS America has, after a long enough del...

Josh Tolentino

2:54 AM on 01.24.2013

Shaft's Fate/Extra CCC opening is very Shaft-like

Despite my feelings toward Imageepoch, I'm actually reasonably excited for their upcoming PSP game, Fate/Extra CCC. The first title was a solid dungeon crawl with a fantastic story, so I'm looking forward to jumping back int...

Elliot Gay



Import Review: Tokitowa photo
Import Review: Tokitowa
by Elliot Gay

As much as I dislike Japanese game developer Imageepoch, I respect the fact that they just don't seem to give up despite how below average their games tend to be. Their track record in the States has been decent; Fate/Extra and the Luminous Arc titles were relatively solid games.

Yet in Japan, Imageepoch struggles time and time again to release a decent game. Trailers for their latest release, Tokitowa, did little to arouse excitement within me.

Still, I held some glimmer of hope that maybe this time they'd get it right. Perhaps after all the failures and harsh criticisms, Imageepoch would finally dig deep and make something special.

Tokitowa is not special.

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A Look At: Chibi Black Rock Shooter for iOS photo
A Look At: Chibi Black Rock Shooter for iOS
by Kristina Pino

Following my most recent update on image epoch's Black Rock Shooter: Discover the Mystery of the Sexy Planet, I said I would be playing the game myself and this is where I deliver. 

BRS is featured chibi-style in an action game in which you get to shoot things. It really is as simple as it sounds, and the fifth stage of every section of the game ends up being a battle with one of the Sexy Planet denizens: Isa, Kusa and Ata. 

See the rest of my thoughts and a run-through of the basic game mechanics after the jump. 

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2:00 PM on 09.14.2012

Update on image epoch's Black Rock Shooting game for iOS

Recently I wrote up a post about the Petite Black Rock Shooter: Discover the Mystery of Planet Sexy game, and I wasn't sure whether it was going to be available internationally or not. Today I've learned that it is indeed ava...

Kristina Pino

6:00 PM on 09.06.2012

Sold yet? Here's more Tokitowa anime battlin' footage

Despite our misgivings about Tokitowa (Time and Eternity), one can't deny that Imageepoch are trying something utterly unique in terms of visuals. Really, the world's first "HD Anime RPG" (with its potential English rel...

Josh Tolentino

8:00 AM on 09.05.2012

Black Rock Shooter: Pursue the Mystery of the Sexy Planet

Take petite Black Rock Shooter (designed by CHANxCO) for a spin as she battles against the denizens of Sexy Planet. BRS is after treasure, and she'll knock down everyone in her path! This game, created by Imageepoch, is free ...

Kristina Pino

8:00 AM on 09.04.2012

Sol Trigger's 5 minute OP movie brings the drama

This is your last chance, Imageepoch. I've given you all the opportunities in the world to impress me with a truly great game, and you've missed the mark every single time. Sol Trigger is your last game for the PSP and report...

Elliot Gay

11:00 AM on 08.13.2012

Huzzah?! Tokitowa on its way to an English release

By this point I'm sure you all know how I feel about Imageepoch's upcoming HD 2D animation RPG, Tokitowa. In screens it looks fantastic, but in motion I'm left wanting. It certainly doesn't help that the in-game character des...

Elliot Gay

2:00 AM on 08.02.2012

Tokitowa's Towa knows how to kick ass and take names

Imageepoch's upcoming HD animation PS3 RPG, Tokitowa, has me concerned for a lot of reasons. I think the idea behind the project is extremely cool; a game in which all the characters are hand animated. The problem I have is t...

Elliot Gay





5:00 PM on 07.24.2012

Black Rock Shooter: The Game still being localized

We heard mumblings of seeing this game in the west almost a year ago, though it seems not all of us had forgotten all about it! Ryoei Mikage, CEO of Imageepoch, responded to a fan enquiring about the status of the game. ...

Chris Walden