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Josh Tolentino . Nov 29

Metal Gear Solid V opens the race to total nuclear disarmament

Metal Gear's never been shy about having an anti-nuclear message (despite arguably glorifying most other types of military violence), but for the most part, the series has put making the world a nuke-free place out of the han...   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 26

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 8

If last week's installment of One Punch Man was about complicating the world of heroism for our man Saitama - and to an extent, for us as observers of the show's world, this week's episode is all about intensifying it. In a word, things get real this week.   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 25

Valkyria Chronicles is reborn on PS4!

I'm not always totally wrong about things, but there are times when I am. It's a good thing that this is one of those times, because Valkyria Chronicles is back, baby! Last week I totally ignored the news that SEGA anno...   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 22

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episodes 6 and 7

The last couple of weeks of One Punch Man have delivered a couple of big hits, and neither courtesy of the titular "man" himself, Saitama. One hit is more psychological/philosophical than anything else, and the second is literal in a way that befits a show as straightforward as to have a title like One Punch Man.   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 15

Clannad gets its first official English release next week

If you told me even three or four years ago that visual novels would be one of the fastest-growing game genres in 2015, I'd have laughed in your face. But you'd have been right: Ever since it came out that people would be wil...   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 13

Review: Sword Art Online: Lost Song

Ask most folks who watched the Sword Art Online anime series, and they'll likely tell you that the show's weaker moments usually coincided with events set in ALfheim Online (ALO), a fairy-themed virtual re...   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 10

Annotated Anime: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans episodes 4-5

It's been a little while since we last checked in with Iron-Blooded Orphans, and as a result, we're a little behind. Stuff is definitely happening, though, from table-setting in cornfields to the beginning of what is clearly the Tekkadan's rise to power. Now, won't you take these sweets as a form of apology?   0

Josh Tolentino . Nov 05

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 5

Things start to pick up in the animated chronicle of the man who Belive In Justice and Hold A Determination To Fist*, as the theme of this week's episode is "testing", whether against bureaucracy, your teacher, or yourself. Let's get some udon when we're done! *Symphogear is the 2nd best punching anime this year *Sorry, Symphogear reference   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 31

Check out Takashi Miike's next horror film extravaganza

I'm not exactly huge on horror films, but I know more than a few people are, and they seem stoked for Over Your Dead Body, the next J-horror entry from legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike. And just in time for Hallowee...   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 27

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 4

So, it turns out that Madhouse's big twist in their adaptation of the wildly popular One Punch Man would be to turn Saitama into the villain! Who'd have thunk it?! No true hero would stoop so low as to punch a vulnerable enemy in the junk, after all. Dick strikes are the preserve of craven knaves alone!   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 21

Have your first lengthy look at the next episode of Gundam: The Origin

It looks like the hot, shirtless boys of Iron-Blooded Orphans aren't the only game in town when it comes to Gundam. There's also the undying chronicles of the Universal Century, which Bandai will never abandon so long a...   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 20

Annotated Anime: Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans episode 3

Back when first wrote about Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, I noted that the show's more morally ambiguous, grittier approach seemed to set it apart from its peers in mainline Gundam fiction. As of the latest episode, that sentiment continues to hold true.   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 19

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 3

One Punch Man? More like One Punch Per Week Man, am I right? The Fall season's prettiest show continues into its third week, as Saitama and Genos head out to confront their first real enemy, the House of Evolution. Will this be the week that Saitama needs more than a single blow to fell his foes? Spoiler Alert: Nope!   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 15

Annotated Anime: One Punch Man episode 2

Welcome to the latest recap of One Punch Man, the only anime series that probably doesn't need a recap, for so obvious is the plot, am I right? As it turns out, not quite. A fair bit goes on in today's installment, and while deviations from the source are few, newer viewers may find the latest developments engaging.     0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 11

First Impressions: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans

Another year, another new Gundam series. My interest in Sunrise and Bandai's flagship has waxed and waned over the years, but I'll be the first to admit that I'm rarely attracted to the "mainline" shows that make up the core ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 07

First Impressions: Heavy Object

Stop me if you've heard this before, but this show is about a piece of military hardware, invented at some undetermined time in the future, that changes the very nature of warfare forever. Practically invincible on the battle...   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 04

First Impressions: One Punch Man episode 1

One Punch Man is easily the most anticipated anime series of this Fall, and for good reason. ONE and Yusuke Murata's manga is a heavy hitter in the pages of Shonen Jump, and its lead character, Saitama, is the heaviest h...   0

Josh Tolentino . Oct 03

Review: Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls

When it was first announced that Spike Chunsoft's third Danganronpa game wouldn't be a visual novel, a lot of folks, including yours truly, were understandably apprehensive. Trigger Happy Havoc and its fantastic seq...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 29

Review: Attack on Titan Part II: End of the World

Broken down, point by point, Attack on Titan: End of the World is far closer to what Attack on Titan fans claimed to want from a live-action adaptation of their beloved manga. It delves deeper into the mysteries beh...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 28

Ouch, that's harsh, Bandai Namco

I guess it's time for Tales fans to give up on the dream. Even Bandai Namco's Twitter account is quick to put the kibosh on any hopes these last few holdouts had. Then again, it has been years and years since Tales of Ve...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 22

Final Fantasy XII HD remake all but confirmed by strategy guides

If you told me last year, when I bought my PS4, that a goodly number of the titles I'd be hearing about in the coming years would be ones from the previous generations, I wouldn't have believed you. Alas, I would've been...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 22

Woah: 4chan now owned by 2channel's founder

Well, this is a surprise. The internet hive known as 4chan has just been sold to none other than Hiroyuki Nishimura, the founder of 2channel (aka 2ch), Japan's most influential message board and the direct inspiration for the...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 20

Summer Lesson becomes a real thing

I remember back at E3, when Katsuhiro Harada and the Tekken team updated their little VR experiment, Summer Lesson. I remarked that the little tech demo featuring players nodding their heads at young teens represented p...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 11

Ryo Katsuji knows best how to recruit a Destiny fireteam

It's not entirely baseless to say that Japan's gamers haven't been quite as taken with the shooter genre as their comrades in America and Europe, but Glorious Nippon does house a small but dedicated fanbase for the genre. An...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 10

Behold your next look at God Eater Resurrection

God Eater might be the hot new anime this season, but in the world of gaming, God Eater 2 is already a couple of years old. What Bandai Namco has on its hands is a problem of synergy. After all, folks turned on to ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 09

Of course there's a PS4 rerelease of Kingdom Hearts II coming

I love LinkedIn. It might not be terribly helpful with getting me a day job, but the way folks still feel obligated to update their resumes anyway in a public manner gives up a lot of fun little tidbits for this whole "games ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 02

Watch Hideo Kojima say goodbye to Metal Gear

Whatever you might think of the series that defined his career, there's no doubting that Hideo Kojima is one of the most prominent figures in gaming history, and arguably the closest a major game developer has come to matchi...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 02

Make it Steamier: MangaGamer gets an uncensored game on Steam

Well, here's a surprise: It looks like Steam is about to get its first true adult game...of sorts. MangaGamer have just announced that they've managed to prevail on the PC's premier game market to allow an uncensored version ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Sep 01

Go on a Sunday drive with Final Fantasy XV

Based on what we've seen so far, the most interesting parts of Final Fantasy XV  are looking less like "epic adventure" and more like "awesome road trip". And I'm totally down with that notion. Riding in a car with...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 30

Metal Gear Solid V's last commercial gives the bride away

Everyone knows Japanese commercials are delightfully zany, often bordering on surreal in a way that usually doesn't help much to sell the product itself. Thankfully for the world, Metal Gear is just as zany, perhaps mor...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 24

IMDB's list of top anime reads like 'Ask an American'

There's nothing like a big ol' debate about what counts as "the best", and even anime - perhaps especially anime - are no stranger to this particular type of nerd catnip. Everyone's got their own little "toplist", including t...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 22

Review: Attack on Titan: Part I

Attack on Titan is not much like Attack on Titan. Less confusingly, Shinji Higuchi's live-action adaptation of Hajime Isayama's smash hit manga is not a very faithful one. Though there are superficial similarities,  in m...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 21

Avenge your pores with Marvel superhero skin-care masks

The heroes of Japanese anime and manga have it easy. Thanks to the typical art style of the medium, most protagonists never have to worry about facial blemishes or the state of their pores, because they have none! Real people...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 16

Kingdom Hearts III goes peak Disney, includes Big Hero 6 world

Let's face it: Kingdom Hearts III has been in development for so long that it's practically associated with a now bygone period of Japanese game development, dominated by the dread spectre of Square Enix at the height of...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 14

Send out a '39' for Miku in Persona 4: Dancing All Night

No bones about it: Persona 4: Dancing All Night is a weird game. Sure, Atlus has a long history of milking the Shin Megami Tensei franchise like it was Audumbla, the live-giving cow of Norse myth, but making a danc...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 11

Go nuts for doujin games with Steam's Summer Comiket Sale

If there's one thing otaku like more than otaku things, it's otaku things bought for cheap, which makes Steam's latest excuse to have a sale especially relevant. Y'see, Summer Comiket is happening right about now, and the ota...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 10

Some madmen want to bring Gal Gun: Double Peace overseas

Far be it from me to play "cultural gatekeeper" when comes to deciding which products warrant the privilege being adapted for overseas consumption, but I think it's not a controversial opinion to think that some things are be...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 09

Oh, finally, a proper Attack on Titan game

What's that, you say? There's already been a proper Attack on Titan game? Well, that is technically true, and Atlus USA even brought it to English-speaking shores as Attack on Titan: Humanity in Chains. Unfortunately, that t...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 07

Behold the glory of Splatoon's Squid Girl gear

It's happening! Everyone's favorite cephalopod-children combat painting simulator, Splatoon, is getting the long-awaited crossover with everyone's favorite cephalopod-conquest documentary, Squid Girl. Scans from the latest is...   0

Josh Tolentino . Aug 01

Annotated Anime: GATE episodes 4-5

I like GATE so far. Far from earlier rumors seemingly trumpeting it as "Japan's Tea Party: The Anime", the show has been a thoughtful and interesting take on a topic close to my nerdy heart. And with some of the action r...   0

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