It's time again for Shonen Showdown, the weekly fighting anime and manga roundup that's opting to use this week's header selection to anticipate the end result of many a successful Valentine's eve! How did your love-love...
Oh Kill la Kill. Just when I thought you couldn't top yourself, you go ahead and give us episode 18.
An explosion of plot progression, action, drama, and even a bit of humor, this week's Kill la Kill epitomizes what this show can be at its very best. Looking at the past five or so episodes (including this one), this is the show I initially expected from director Imaishi and writer Nakashima.
Hell, we even get some Mako and Gamagoori time, which is never a bad thing.
In celebration of Valentine's Day, we've prepared a special gallery for you to share with friends and family. That's right, it's a set of Attack on Titan-themed Valentine's cards! We've been tweeting them out via our @Japanator twitter account since yesterday afternoon and they seem to be a big hit, though some cards more so than others. They can't all be winners. Still, some of the responses we've gotten on twitter have been absolutely priceless. We're just happy everyone's been enjoying them. It certainly justifies the hours I spent mocking them up, at least.
Keep an eye out for other content across the network and if you haven't already, take a moment to read about our favorite anime romances. I'm also told our friends at Flixist might have a set of Robocop-themed Valentine's cards in the works as follow-up to last year's Die Hard set, not that you'll need them after you've printed out all of the ones we've made. After all, nothing says I love you like the intense stare of a Colossal Titan waiting to swallow you whole.
It's Valentine's Day, and love is in the air! Actually, where I am, it's mostly snow in the air, but I have faith that there's plenty of love out there too. This time of year, we at Japanator like to take a moment to look back and remember some of our favorite romantic pairings from anime new and old. Hopefully perusing this list will be a fun thing for you and the special otaku in your life to do while keeping away the winter cold with plenty of fine chocolates and hot cocoa.
Of course, if the special person in your life happens to be a non-otaku, that's fine too (although they may not get the whole hug-pillow thing.) We're not judgmental. And if you happen to be one of the many who is without a significant other at the moment, may this year be the one where you find your very own special someone-- assuming that's actually what you want, not being judgmental! Flying solo has its perks too!
Actually, you know what? I am going to be judgmental of AMBER, and only Amber, because look below to find out what her "favorite" romance is. Seriously girl? Seriously? Oh well. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone. I know this holiday is supposed to be about romantic love, but the truth is that I love you all for reading this little website of ours.
Greetings, listeners! This was a fine week to be watching Kill La Kill if you know what I mean, and I think you do. Or maybe you don't, and you're like, "What is this Kill La Kill thing they keep talking about on my favorite podcast?", in which case I'm not quite sure what your deal is, but you have great taste in podcasts.
On this episode: In the wake of Wonderfest we talk about some toys we probably don't have the money for but will buy anyway, the prospect of an Imocho live-action movie fills LB with a strange curiosity (as opposed to the pure, existential terror you might expect), and the cast of Golden Time is replaced by a group of well-adjusted people we no longer recognize, but probably in a good way. Then, in the most robust installment of our mysterious "Stuff" segment yet, I catch up on Persona 4: The Golden, Ben talks about videogames that are strangely not Japanese, and Tim...shares...something. It was definitely something. That it was a thing, cannot be denied.
Magi is an interesting fantasy work in that familiar, if comfortable context of shounen manga adaptations. The story takes on a One Thousand and One Nights motif, as protagonists Alibaba, Aladdin and Morgiana find their way out of poverty and slavery in a world disturbed by magic and conspiracy. This TV anime adaptation is now on its fourth cour, second season, currently airing in Winter 2014.
To me, the unusual setting is already a big selling point. Much can be said about ninjas or samurais, but what about plain, old fashion fantasy but inspired by mixes of far-East and near-East motifs and concepts, as themes cross between typical character development and international politics and nation-building? Magi is not something you find everyday.
However, strengths aside, Magi is a very long series. So really, the question is, will this series be worth the capital investment both in time and money?
Ah, I can see it now. It's 2015, and people have started to use robots instead of cars. Wouldn't that be awesome? Well luckily for us, a Japanese company built one, and you could be piloting it as we speak.
Sakakibara Kikai has created an 11-foot Landwalker: a real, moving robot that you can pilot. As with most robots we've seen in anime, you pilot it from an area near the chest. It's not programmed to walk once you get in it, nor does it have any special buttons to do something automatic. You literally get to make it move entirely on your own.
If you think there is some requirement to pilot it, don't worry. You don't need any experience whatsoever to do so! At Wonder Festival, where the Landwalker was located, 12 people at random got to try this bad boy out. Damn I'm jealous!
I don't know about you, but after hearing about the Landwalker, all I could think about was Evangelion. If you don't want to be a part of that series, you're lying! It's hands-down my favorite, and I know that's the same for quite a lot of people. Seeing something like this is almost a dream come true for not only Evangelion fans, but also Gundam, Gurren Lagann, and other various mecha anime fans.
Take a look at footage from the event below:
Even though it looks a bit unstable, you have to admit you want one of your own! I know I certainly do. Do you think Shinji would have volunteered to pilot it?
Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably read my tweets hyping up Sega's new crossover puzzle game, Puyo Puyo Tetris. A few folks have expressed confusion toward my excitement, going so far as to wonder if I'm just being sarcastic.
The reality is much more simple than that.
Puyo Puyo Tetris has kept me glued to my Vita screen for over 20 hours at this point. It's just that damn good.
I've got some major love for One Piece. On top of keeping up with it on a weekly basis for about eight years, I've spent a good amount of money on merch. Figures, manga, art: I've sunk a lot of hours into getting all that stuff into my room. The only thing that I haven't really been satisfied with are the One Piece games. In general, they've been sub-par experiences that seem quickly pushed out to make a quick buck on the backs of fans.
The only one I've enjoyed at all was Unlimited Adventure for the Wii. It was a straightforward action game with a stand-alone story that was fun for a while. Unfortunately, it eventually outstayed its welcome with boring level design and little else to do besides run around, switch characters, get lost and punch things.
With some hesitation, I was looking forward to the release of Romance Dawn, an RPG for the 3DS. Hey, I love One Piece and I love RPGs. That's sure to be a great combination, right? Uh, well, let's just say that it leaves a lot to be desired. Hit the jump to find out why.
When Fate/Zero Set 2 starts off, we're thrown right in the middle of a major battle. Caster has created a huge monster and it's up to Saber, Lancer, Rider and Archer to defeat it before it can cause major damage to the general populace. After he is dispatched, it's back to the Grail War and tons of talking, plotting, planning and backstabbing.
To make it clear, I enjoyed the second half of Fate/Zero but there are flaws within it which the audience should be aware of before picking it up. Just how big are the flaws? Join me after the jump to find out.
I'll be honest with you. Before playing Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the first time, I had to dust off my PS Vita, charge it up for a few hours and install a stack of updates. Unfortunately, this isn't the first time I've gone through these motions in order to play a game on this handheld, as the software library just hasn't been that appealing to me. To give you some perspective, the last game I played was Persona 4: The Golden. According to my Backloggery page, I finished it on April 5th, 2013.
Of course, this is just how I've fared, and I'm sure there are loads of games out there that many others have had a good time with. Saying that, there are a fair few titles coming out soon that have my interest, including Mind Zero, Project Diva F 2nd and of course, Danganronpa.
But would this odd-looking bear and his devilish personality ultimately win me over, or would my Vita find itself banished back to a dark corner to patiently await the next game? You're just going to have to read on and find out.
Attention, employees! It's time now for Annotated Anime, the weekly recap that finds the above header quite accurately reflects Japanator's team-building activities.
This sunday we've got a raftload of hot new coverage of the week in anime goodness, including Hozuki no Reitetsu, Yowapeda, Sakura Trick, Onee-chan ga Kita, Pupa, Saki: The Nationals, Engaged to the Unidentified, Tonari no Seki-kun, and World Conquest Zvezda Plot!
Don't forget our usual coverage of top-profile shows as well in the solo recaps!