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Bob has been hanging around ModernMethod for years and and somehow writes almost everywhere, including Destructoid and Flixist. He was once lit on fire, but it's not as cool as you'd think.
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Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors

I've never really paid attention to Dynasty Warriors, as Chinese history usually isn't something that grabs my attention. Besides, I didn't think that I was missing much more than a whole lot of button mashing. Then Namc...   more

Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors photo

Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Unchained Blades

I'm not the biggest RPG nut, but over my last decade of gaming, I have appreciated most of the RPGs I've played. After starting on Pokemon, I've played a Final Fantasy or two, and even delved into Persona. But until recently,...   more

Japanator Doesn't Recommend: Unchained Blades photo

Watch the trailer for the Little Busters! anime

Here's the trailer for J.C. Staff's next anime, Little Busters! It's an adaptation of the romance visual novel by Key about high schoolers and some other weird stuff. The anime will start airing in October 2012 and feature m...   more

Watch the trailer for the Little Busters! anime photo

Trailer streamed for Madhouse's Ninja Scroll Burst

Woah, check this out! Madhouse has streamed a trailer for an in-development anime that resurrects a legendary property: the 1993 movie Ninja Scroll. Titled Ninja Scroll Burst, the "3-episode short animation" is a "challenge"...   more

Trailer streamed for Madhouse's Ninja Scroll Burst photo

New trailer for Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time

Damn Atlus, you sure know how to show an aging system some love! We heard that Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time was coming back in April, but it's still pretty surreal to see new PSP games getting released on UMDs. (That's not a...   more

New trailer for Growlanser: Wayfarer of Time photo

Avex auditioning juvenile delinquents for idol group

It's another entry in the ongoing saga: "What's the Next Distinctive Idol Group?" This time around, Avex is looking to audition juvenile delinquent girls -- a.k.a. "yankees" -- for a new idol group to be managed by Bari Bari ...   more

Avex auditioning juvenile delinquents for idol group photo

Persona 4 Arena is going to be a manga

Atlus sure loves putting out Persona 4 media! There's the original game, the PS Vita remake (Persona 4: Golden), the manga, the anime, the play, the fighting game (Persona 4 Arena), and countless merchandise for fans to buy. ...   more

Persona 4 Arena is going to be a manga photo

Barefoot Gen draws criticism for use in Hiroshima schools

Keiji Nakazawa's Barefoot Gen has long been considered a classic, telling the semi-autobiographical story of how Nakazawa survived the Hiroshima bombing. The Hiroshima Board of Education has plans to use the manga into its pe...   more

Barefoot Gen draws criticism for use in Hiroshima schools photo

Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president

Another day, another Morning Puppy post! Wait, that's not a running feature? Why the hell not? Japan's latest prime minister Yoshihiko Noda recently met with Vladimir Putin in Mexico. Eventually, Noda promised to deliver an ...   more

Japan sending Akita puppy as gift to Russian president photo

First teaser for Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge

The first teaser is out for Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge, and as you'd expect, it is certainly a tease. There's not much shown in the scant fifteen seconds, but it does seem pretty serious, with all that dramatic music and...   more

First teaser for Hunter x Hunter: Phantom Rouge photo

AKB0048 graced with second season in 2013

AKB0048 is one of the kind of ridiculous concept you'd hear of in the 80s, like fusing Gem with G.I. Joe. Fans of thinly veiled propaganda anime will be pleased to know that a second season is in the works, as announced by th...   more

AKB0048 graced with second season in 2013 photo

Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope

No one can deny that Kids on the Slope had fantastic pedigree. It's the adaptation of Yuki Kodama's award-winning josei manga, directed by Shinichiro Watanabe and with music by Yoko Kanno. Based on the pairing of Cowboy Bebop vets Watanabe and Kanno, I expected another anime heavily influenced by jazz, as I imagine many viewers did. This couldn't have been farther from the truth.   more

Final Impressions: Kids on the Slope photo