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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Josh Tolentino . Jun 12

Transform and Ink-Roll Out: Splatoon gets a Transformers homage

Nintendo's friendly shooter Splatoon is definitely looking to be the mimetic flavor of the moment, judging from the amount of buzz it's been generating online, but hey, if it somehow results in awesome art and whatnot, I...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 09

Wait, what? Final Fantasy XV demo and Type-0 getting patched

Hearing the news that a console game is getting a patch shouldn't be the kind of thing that makes a man feel old, but for some reason the announcement that Final Fantasy Type-0 HD and its accompanying Final Fantasy XV d...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 08

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 22

This one's likely to be a short recap as Unlimited Blade Works downshifts, in preparation for the final two episodes. Instead, I invite viewers whose main experience with the Fate franchise is via Fate/Zero to ...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 05

Ain't Squiddin': Splatoon x Squid Girl is the crossover to watch

It looks like Splatoon's the game to take the world by storm this year. Nintendo's paint-themed squid-kid shooter's quickly barged its way into the gamer hivemind on a spray of bright paint, and you know what that means: Cros...   0

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Josh Tolentino . Jun 02

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 20-21

And here we are: The fight that defines the whole of Unlimited Blade Works: The final battle between Shirou Emiya...and Shirou Emiya, or rather, Shirou Emiya's future self, as Archer, the embittered hero. It goes about as wel...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 31

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episode 45

As well as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure has held up after all these years, there are occasionally moments when you realize just how old it is. It could be a general feeling, like the absence of some more post-modern tricks o...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 29

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episodes 7-8

This face right here. That was pretty much what I looked like when episode 7 opened, with the ever so interesting gag of seeing Tsukasa freak the eff out about Isla doing his laundry for him. It's an amazing scene, one unprecedented in Japanese animated romance stories, surely!   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 25

Annotated Anime: Stardust Crusaders episodes 38-44

Well, it's been weeks since we last checked in with the Stardust Crusaders, a group name, which, come to think of it, doesn't make all that much sense in the grand scheme of things. I mean, sure there's a "Star" in "Star Platinum", and Egypt has a lot of dust, as well as a few Crusades, but...well, I guess it does make sense, after all. So let's carry on, then!       0

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Josh Tolentino . May 17

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episode 19

Ufotable's take on Unlimited Blade Works may be in many ways the Fate/stay night adaptation fans always wanted, but it's not without its sticking points. Besides the usual caveats that can be attached to a prop...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 12

Behold, the Attack on Titan and Marvel crossover nobody asked for

I've been getting back into reading comic books of late, the fabled "ame-comi" from across the Pacific, and one fun part of American comic book culture is the practice of "Free Comic Book Day", when comic stores and publisher...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 11

Annotated Anime: Unlimited Blade Works episodes 16-18

The last time we checked in with Unlimited Blade Works, we'd seen the lengths Ufotable was willing to go to give the passing of Ilya and Berserker the gravitas that moment deserves. It worked, for the most part, though t...   0

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Josh Tolentino . May 10

Annotated Anime: Plastic Memories episodes 4-6

A month and change. That's actually a very short time, when you think about it. For example. I haven't written a recap of Plastic Memories in almost three weeks. That's about half the time Isla's got left on her android clock, and with the latest three episodes, we're just about ready to start plumbing the show's potential depths.   0




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