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Salvador GRodiles . Feb 05

Rest in Peace: Creature Artist Yasushi Nirasawa passes away

Sad news, everyone; it turns out that the great creature illustrator Yasushi Nirasawa passed away at the age of 52 on Feb. 2. According to his Twitter page, his passing was caused by kidney failure. In case this is your first...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Feb 05

Impressions: Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash episodes 1-4

There’s something great about playing anime roulette when one chooses a show to cover—especially if it’s a title that one isn’t too familiar with. Before I jumped into the anime adaptation of the light...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Feb 04

What's that? Kakuranger pre-orders have revealed their location

If there's one thing that I've learned in my life, it's that you never underestimate a ninja's ability to strike from the shadows. As I was rejoicing over Shout! Factory's plans to release Kakuranger this year, the group caug...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Feb 01

Zyuohger's full trailer shows off its blocky gimmicks

Whenever I get to see Dobutsu Sentai Zyuohger in action, my interest in the show starts to rise slowly. With Toei uploading a three-minute trailer of the program on their YouTube channel, they manage to hit us...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 30

Japanator Live: Let's bring happiness to Gurumin's monsters

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Most monsters may be immortal beings, but that doesn't mean that they're free of life's problems. With three major bosses down, it looks like I'm closer to rescuing all...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 29

Get shipwrecked with some new Ys VIII screenshots

It almost feels like it was yesterday when Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of Dana's key details were revealed to the public, as my experience with the series has changed from then. Right now, I was able to go through a majority of the ca...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 28

Grab your potions: Gust-Chan enters Nights of Azure's realm

It's been a really long time since I played a Gust game. The last one that I went through was Mana Khemia: Alchemist of Al-Revis, which restored my faith in their alchemy-themed titles after Atelier Iris: Eternal Mana left a...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 24

Evil gets slashed: Kakuranger heads to North America

You know that Shout! Factory's Super Sentai releases are doing fine when they throw a big surprise announcement at our faces. During their special Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger streaming event on Saturday, Jan. 23, t...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 23

Japanator Live: Pierce the heavens with Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Due to a majority vote during my final Ys-related stream, Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure ended up taking the lead, with Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale and Ys ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 22

Get Pumped: The next Super Robot Wars game gets an amusing teaser

No matter what type of mood I'm in, a new Super Robot Wars trailer always manages to lift my spirits. I guess this just has to do with my love for seeing cool-looking machines doing badass things. Speaking of which, it turns...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 18

What if Darth Vader and Kamen Rider Black RX crossed swords?

Ever since Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens hit theaters last month, I was in the mood for seeing someone do a video where a Jedi or Sith fights one of the various heroes from tokusatsu who wields an energy sword. Lo...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 17

Watch indie toku studio Garage Hero train in the ways of wire action

There's something awesome about seeing a production team honing their own techniques on their own time, Seeing their regimen gives people the chance to see the hard work they put into mastering their skills, and it work...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 16

Japanator Live: Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim's last boss is about to get sunk

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here. Also, I started a Gurumin: A Monstrous Adventure, which can be watched here.] So I managed to get to Ys VI's final boss last week, but I felt that it would be better for...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 15

Shift into high gear with Nitroplus Blasterz's gameplay trailer

I may not have gotten the chance to dive into Nitroplus' visual novel games, but their stuff has always been something that I've been interested in checking out (such as Demonbane and Full Metal Daemon Muramasa). However, I ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 15

Review: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel

It’s hard to believe that we live in a world where The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC and Trails of Cold Steel went West during the same year. This outcome has made me believe that Hell has frozen over, as this ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 12

Final Impressions: Ultraman X

This might just be me, but 2015 felt like an average year for tokusatsu. The usual stuff ranged from average to enjoyable, and only one of them was consistently fun. However, things weren’t too bad, as I discovered the ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 10

Check out Japan's recent 'Lucky Man' race event

When it comes to receiving good luck, most of the requirements for this blessing usually require a prayer or a special type of offering. However, there are some cases where you'll have to compete against a large group of peo...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 09

Japanator Live: Did Sal break Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim?

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Ladies and gentlemen. There's a small chance that I went against Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim's natural order. Long story short, I ended up clearing a certain dunge...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 08

Prepare to unite with Gecco's glorious Ultraman statue

I haven't gotten the chance to pick up Viz's release of the Ultraman manga by Linebarrels of Iron's creators yet, but it's hard not to notice the amazing detail that was placed into collectibles company Gecco's ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 07

Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis' opening will turn the world into your stage

After hearing Kamen Rider Girls in the first two Kamen Rider Battride War titles, it feels a bit strange that the group didn't return to sing Battride War Genesis' theme. My guess is that it might have to do with their album...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 06

Beat Down Boogie's newest video gives the spotlight to the kids

There's something wonderful about getting the chance to share a hobby with one's own kid. It acts as a way for the parents to bond with their children in a whole new way, and their teamwork gives off a warming aura to those ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 03

Strike: Animals go bowling in the new Zyuohger trailer

With one month left until the 40th Sentai series' premiere, another wild Zyuohger trailer has appeared. Right now, I'm still on a neutral position on how I feel about the show; however, the series' idea of having four of the...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 03

Here's a nice extra helping of the Memories of Phantasm doujin anime series

As the old year goes away, the gang at Manpukujinja have uploaded the sixth episode of their Touhou doujin anime, Fantasy Kaleidoscope ~The Memories of Phantasm~, on their YouTube page. Just like the previous episode, t...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 02

Japanator Live: It's time to enjoy Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim's island life

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] Due to some circumstances last time, it turns out that my adventure through Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim has started sooner than expected. With this game being the first...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Jan 01

Let's kick off the 2016 year with a sweet new Mythos trailer

This might sound weird of me to say this, but one of the things that I'm excited the most about the 2016 Tokusatsu Year is that we might see more independent toku projects enter the scene. In regards to these indie prod...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 31

The Japanator Awards 2015: Sal's Top 5 Anime of the Year

It felt like it was only yesterday that we started 2015 with a bang. I guess that’s what happens when one loses track of time. While I had the great luck of catching more shows this year, it turns out that most of them ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 26

Japanator Live: Let's crush Ys: The Oath in Felghana's last boss

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here. The Gigantic Army stream can be watched here, and the beginning of my Ys VI: The Arc of Napishtim stream can be seen here. Don't you hate it when you have to leave an im...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 25

Kamen Rider Ghost's chiptune opening will brighten your soul

If there's one thing that I love about watching Kamen Rider Ghost each week, it's the show's opening by the ouendan group Kishidan. On a joyous Christmas day, Megaane has used his Retro Eyecon to turn "We Think, Therefore We...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 22

Bon appetit: God Eater Resurrection and Rage Burst go West

Ever since I got addicted to the Monster Hunter series, I've been hoping to play a hunting title on a home console instead of a portable system. Thanks to Bandai Namco's efforts, it seems that this will finally happen, as Go...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 20

Japanator Live: Embrace the cold with Ys: The Oath in Felghana

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] If there's one thing that's always consistent in many games, it's that their ice worlds tend to be filled with slippery floors. Because of these designs, this makes it ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 19

Aw, yeah: Trails of Cold Steel hits us with its best S-Craft attacks

I may not be too far in The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky but its prologue chapter has already made me a fan of the game already. Since Estelle and Joshua's great chemistry pulled me in, I guess you could say that...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 17

Pokemon and Digimon go head to head in Death Battle's season finale

I may be a fan of the Pokémon game series, but I've always been a loved Digimon more-- at least in anime form. When Ben Singer/Wiz and Chad James/Boomstick announced that they were going to pit Red's Charizard against...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 17

Awaken your inner beast with two minutes of Tales of Berseria

From day one, I was on board with Tales of Berseria's idea of letting the players sail through the game's world on a pirate ship. However, I didn't expect to see the game's latest trailer hitting us with werewolf-like creatu...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 16

Land Ho: Ys VIII sails to Japan next Summer

For a long time, the two main colors used in Christmas are red and green. Of course, white happens to be another one that's used during this occasion. Speaking of holiday colors, it turns out that Falcom has revealed new deta...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 16

Annotated Tokusatsu: Ultraman X episodes 14-20

It’s been a while since we took a look at Ultraman X’s progress. Let’s just say that a few obstacles got in the way of this segment. Aside from being treated to a nice finale to the Gua Army Arc, a bunch of ...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 13

Boomslank's "Long Distance" piece evolves into a nice shirt

Don't you love it when an artwork transforms into a sweet apparel? I know that I do. While we're on the topic of this wonderful phenomenon, our friends at Boomslank have turned their piece called "Long Distance" has been turn...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 12

Japanator Live: Get warmed up with Ys: The Oath in Felghana

[Update: The stream is over, but you can watch it here.] When the cold begins to dominate many areas on the planet, it's usually time for people to find a way to keep themselves warm. Luckily, there are still warm places in o...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 11

Kamen Rider Battride War Genesis' five minute trailer is filled with Segata Sanshiro goodness

You know that the universe is about to explode when Segata Sanshiro appears in not one but two games. Besides his appearance in Project X Zone 2, the legendary mascot of the Sega Saturn is reprising his role as Takeshi Hongo...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 10

Impressions: Kamen Rider Ghost episodes 1-9

If there’s one thing that’s scary about an ongoing franchise, it’s when the latest series gets a budget cut. In some cases, this scenario won’t stop the team from delivering an entertaining program; ho...   0

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Salvador GRodiles . Dec 09

Check out the 40th Sentai series' animal-themed suits and robot

Ever since I watched the Go-Busters V-Cinema, a part of me wished to see an actual series was similar to the alternate Go-Busters featured in Tokumei Sentai Go-Busters v.s. Dobutsu Sentai Go-Busters. My wish may not have...   0




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