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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

Josh Tolentino . Jul 30

First Impressions: God Eater episodes 1-3

I've said time and again that God Eater is one of the best - if not the best - attempt yet by competing publishers to take a sip out of Capcom's giant Monster Hunter milkshake. With God Eater, developer Sh...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jul 23

First Impressions: GATE episodes 1-3

Confession time: When I first set out to write about GATE, I was actually prepared to defend it. That's a weird stance to take with regards to a program I had yet to even watch, I'll admit, but I really was about to get all p...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jul 17

Nier, of all things, gets a musical tribute (and a sequel)

One of the least-expected bits of news out of E3 came from Square Enix, who were on a roll with that Final Fantasy VII remake announcement. Of course, that particular project had long been rumored and treated as somethi...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jul 16

Final Impressions: Unlimited Blade Works

And so the hero's journey begins. That's actually the weird thing here, as in these kinds of stories, most heroes are "born" at the beginning of the tale. A Link To The Past's hero is born when a green-clad youth leaves ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jul 09

Final Impressions: Plastic Memories

Plastic Memories ended well. For a show that's all about what people leave behind, about legacy, about leaving the world with a lot of good memories, and about literally ending on an up note, that's the best outcome one could ask for.    0

Josh Tolentino . Jul 04

Japanator's Summer 2015 Anime Preview Guide!

The Summer is nigh and the sun is out, and you know what that means, folks: Huddle indoors and watch Japanese cartoons! Well, come to think of it, that's our solution to every season, but hey, we're probably biased. After all...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 29

Blame the music industry for this rhythm game not going west

Any true fan of the Vocaloid scene will tell you that it's not all about Hatsune Miku and her Crypton-sponsored friends. After all, Vocaloid itself is a "neutral" platform, allied to no one character. That's a roundabout way...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 29

Steins;Gate finally gets a US release date on console

Dust off your lab coats, American nerds: Steins;Gate is coming.  Wait, what? Wasn't it already out in April? Indeed, it was out on the PC, but thanks to the folks at PQube, the game is coming to PS Vita and PS3...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 27

Japanator supports love!

In a historic decision Friday, the United States Supreme Court ruled that state barriers to same-sex marriage were unconstitutional, effectively legalizing the institution for same-sex couples nationwide. Naturally, social me...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 25

But of course Lelouch is in Persona 5 trailer!

[Update: Courtesy of Gematsu, an alternate link to the trailer has been found. Check it out below!] Much to some fans' disappointment, Persona 5 didn't make a huge splash at E3 this year. Rather than put Atlus' lat...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 16

Summer Lesson is everything right about VR

Virtual Reality's a thing, right? The prospect of really putting players "somewhere else" in a more substantial way is just too appealing to dismiss completely. That said, for most of the tech demos out there, that "somewher...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 16

Quick Fund Event: Yu Suzuki's Shenmue III kickstarter already funded

E3 usually isn't the biggest thing to look forward to for fans of Japanese games, but there are always exceptions. This year is one of those exceptions, and Nintendo hasn't even begun its broadcast yet! Everyone brought some ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 15

This is Metal Gear Solid V's big trailer, and its thesis

No matter what you might think of Hideo Kojima and the series that made his name, there's no doubting that each one is something of an event, and it looks like Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain won't be an exception ...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 15

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 23

Putting aside the fact that the last five episodes of Unlimited Blade Works could easily have been cut down to about three without any appreciable loss, it's still gratifying to see the show take time out to include abso...   0

Josh Tolentino . Jun 14

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 46-47

I really didn't want to have to do this recap, because we're right up against Stardust Crusaders' endgame, which means that the bodycount has to rise. And really, who likes to watch people die? Don't answer that!   0

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