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Review: Oreshura

Oreshura, or Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru, is an elaborate reimagining of a simple idea. Short for "My girlfriend and my childhood friend argue a lot," the shortened name makes marketing and looking up the show on search e...

 
 
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Review: Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers

I was really excited to play Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers, as it seemed like a great way to finally learn all about this famous, zodiac-inspired series. While I had some knowledge of the show from the odd video and passing mention, I'd never...

 
 
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Review: The Wind Rises

Hayao Miyazaki's latest movie, The Wind Rises, is a story about a historic person: the project lead on the Mitsubishi A6M Zero fighter plane. It's decidedly unlike the imaginative, family-friendly adventures that Studio Ghibli is best known...

 
 
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Review: High School DxD Season 1

Sometimes, companies like FUNimation license certain titles that meet a certain kind of demand. And there’s no beating around the bush for these shows: sex sells. Although these fanservice-heavy anime rarely feature actual sex; usuall...

 
 
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Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo

One of the very best experiences I've ever had traveling in Japan was visiting Hiroshima. It is one of the most peaceful places on the planet, and the message that beautiful city conveys to all who pass through is one I'll never forget. It'...

 
 
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Review: Godannar Complete DVD Collection

The robot genre has changed in many ways over the years. For one thing, the stories have become more complicated, incorporating social commentary in an effort to appeal to wider audiences beyond children who are impressed with shiny metal t...

 
 
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Review: Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of The Titan

On paper, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of The Titan may sound more like a chore than anything else. The concept of having to map out every nook and cranny of a dungeon sounds like something that shouldn’t be a main feature in ...

 
 
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Review: Pandora's Tower

Just when you thought that the Wii has sang its last song; the system breaks free from the chains that control its life. Formally known as the last piece of the Triforce in Operation Rainfall’s goal, Pandora’s Tower has achieved...

 
 
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Review: Phi Brain volume 1

Over the years that I've been an avid anime viewer, I ran across my fair share of strange shows. Some of them are very remarkable, in that usual freakish Japanese way that all of us are familiar with. Then there are the plain weird ones. Ph...

 
 
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Review: Tales of Xillia

The Tales of series has been a rather odd one for me to dip into. From Symphonia to Vesperia, and to some extent the Abyss as well, these games have reeled me in with their gorgeous artwork, interesting premise and quirky battle systems. Fo...

 
 
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Review: Black Lagoon Roberta's Blood Trail

Black Lagoon remains one of my guiltiest pleasures. The series shares so much in common with v-cinema, from its harsh take on the human condition, to its unapologetic depictions of violence, and buried beneath, stories worth telling -- twis...

 
 
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Review: Attack on Titan Volume 1-5

It's nearly impossible to go to any bookstore in Japan without seeing a display of some kind for Hajime Iseyama's Attack on Titan. A break out success, Iseyama's manga series about giant humanoid monsters doing battle with soldiers who can ...

 
 
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Review: Shakugan No Shana S

No matter where I go, I just can’t get that Flamed Haired girl off my back! Thankfully, she’s here for a short time, so the ‘shut ups’ won’t be as frequent. Compare to the movie and the TV series; Shakugan No S...

 
 
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Review: Dragon's Crown

Fittingly for a game clearly patterned after classical fantasy role-playing games, Dragon's Crown has walked a long, eventful road towards release. Beginning life as a Dreamcast game and after being punted between multiple publish...

 
 
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Import Review: Corpse Party 2: Dead Patient Chapter 01

Corpse Party has been on something of a roll lately. With an anime OVA in the works, multiple successful manga series, and a new Vita game scheduled to hit later this year, there looks to be no end in sight for the horror franchise. Corpse ...

 
 
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Review: Class of Heroes 2

Class of Heroes 2 is a game with a "wouldn't give up" story. Back in 2012, the game failed to meet its Kickstarter goal. Despite all that, MonkeyPaw Games and GaijinWorks promised to continue working on the game. They finishe...

 
 
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Review: The Idolmaster Shiny Festa

When it arrived on the App Store in April, The [email protected] Shiny Festa made waves among English-speaking gamers, but unfortunately not for the reasons publisher Namco Bandai was hoping.  Rather than celebrating the first-ever of an...

 
 
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Review: Shin Megami Tensei IV

The long wait is finally over. With almost a decade since the last official installment, Shin Megami Tensei IV has finally made its way to store shelves and, for the first time in the history of its core series, the pockets of gamers everyw...

 
 
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Review: Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3

The third season of Natsume Yuujinchou is where the story shifts into the next gear. In similar fashion, NISA's Natsume's Book of Friends Season 3 Premium Edition ups the ante by becoming a Blu-ray/DVD combo release. This NISA premium line ...

 
 
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Review: Natsume's Book of Friends Season 1 & 2

NIS America has been the go-to guys when it comes to Natsume Yuujinchou, or Natsume's Book of Friends. With season 4 done on the air and the subsequent home video release on the horizon, it's a good time to go back and take a look at the be...

 
 
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Review: Shakugan No Shana: The Movie

The moment of truth has arrived, people! It looks like I have crossed path with a certain flame haired hunter that’s been mentioned around these parts in the past. Compare to her previous appearances, she has decided to take the form ...

 
 
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Import Review: Steins;Gate: Fuka Ryoiki no Deja Vu

I doubt anybody ever expected 5pb.'s science adventure game, Steins;Gate, to ever reach the level of popularity that it did. While the original game has yet to see an official English release, in Japan it's playable on pretty much every gam...

 
 
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Review: Saya no Uta

It's not unusual for us to review visual novels, regardless of whether they are family friendly titles like Cherry Tree High School Club, adult-rated stories like Conquering the Queen, or those that remind you that you aren't a heartless hu...

 
 
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Review: Persona 4 Official Design Works

The Shin Megami Tensei games are known for their engaging stories, deep gameplay, complex demon fusing/summoning systems, etc. You know that when you play any of these games that you'll get a polished, solid experience. However, one as...

 
 
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Review: Mikunopolis in Los Angeles

The best concert films go out of their way to replicate the experience of actually attending the filmed event. While nothing will ever nail what it was like to hear the pounding speakers and experience an event with hundreds of people, you ...

 
 
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Review: Blood-C

When I watched Blood C in Summer of 2011, I thought it was a show that had a lot of promise. It started out with the distinct feeling that something wasn't right in an idyllic town that was being pressed upon by nightmarish beasts. Unfortun...

 
 
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Review: Kojiki by Keith Yatsuhashi

Kojiki is the title of an old Japanese text which attempts to explain where the islands of Japan came from. Among other things, it recounts the stories of the gods and their part in creating the land. I found that, while reading Keith Yatsu...

 
 
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Review: 100 YEN: The Japanese Arcade Experience

It's saddening to admit that because of my age, the arcade boom in the west was long over before I was playing games. The idea of hanging out in a smoky room filled with bleeps and hums may not be too appealing to most people either, but it...

 
 
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Review: Happy Family Plan

Every day, I have counted down the hours until I get the chance to officially review a live-action movie or series for Japanator. All of the sudden, that day has come, and it appears in a form that I did not expect. Using an actual game sho...

 
 
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A Look At: Ahoge Chanbara

Developed for iOS devices by M2, Ahoge Chanbara is a story of justice, love, and the ahoge way. It's a tale of revenge, redemption, and a stirring reminder of what makes us human. It's an experience that pats you lovingly on the head, only ...

 
 
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Review: Ys I & II Chronicles+

You may not realize this, but Ys I & II are video game classics that the action RPGs of today owe a helluva lot to.  Up until XSEED's partnership with Falcom, the developers of Ys, North America's exposure to the franchise had...

 
 
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Review: Devil Survivor Overclocked

Devil Survivor Overclocked has certainly seen a rocky release here in Europe, finally landing in the laps of desperate Atlus fans well over a year after the rest of the world. What's more, the eventual launch was hampered with negative pres...

 
 
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Review: A Certain Magical Index Season 1

Before I took on the task of watching A Certain Magical Index, I was told that the series evolves into one giant convoluted mess. With the exception of a few terms, the show’s first season doesn't feature anything that would...

 
 
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Review: Little Witch Academia

The Young Animator Training Project launched in 2010, designed to help push younger animators to stretch their muscles a bit and put their skills on display. This year's program, dubbed Anime Mirai 2013, featured entries from Trigger, Gonzo...

 
 
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Import Review: Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney

Even after watching the end credits roll, it's hard to believe that Professor Layton vs Ace Attorney even exists. I don't think anybody could have ever expected Level-5 and Capcom to collaborate on a crossover game featuring two of their mo...

 
 
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Import Review: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods

I spent a good portion of my childhood devouring anything with the Dragon Ball Z brand on it. School would end, and I'd rush home to catch the latest episode of the Cell Saga on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Everyday meant another n...

 
 
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Review: Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings - The Last Party

Under normal circumstances, it’s not advisable for one to jump into a continuing series without experiencing its earlier installments. While I broke this rule with Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings - The Last Party, my experience wit...

 
 
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Review: Mugen Souls

I've had some great luck when it comes to review material for Japanator, especially within the last few months. Ni no Kuni was a fantastic and memorable RPG that I poured well over seventy hours into, and the recent Naruto Shippuden Ultimat...

 
 
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Review: Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3

It’s safe to say that the Ultimate Ninja Storm series of Naruto games have been some of the finest games the franchise has received. Sure, Generations may have been a little wobbly in comparison to the prior two installments, but with...

 
 
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Review: Berserk Golden Age Arc III: Descent

Based on the arc of the same name in Kentaro Miura's original manga, the Berserk Golden Age Arc films have adapted and streamlined the series, no doubt in an effort to expose more people to the franchise. With a ton of ground to cover (volu...

 
 




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Little Witch Academia (Season 1) "My name is Akko and I love to get Wakko"

 

Japanator Unboxing: TokyoTreat - February 2017"Sweet Strawberry, Savory Seafood"

 

Digimon Adventure tri: Reunion Blu-Ray Set"A New Digi-Adventure Emerges!"

 

Boruto: Naruto the Movie Blu-ray Set"The New Generation hits Blu-Ray!"

 

Your Name. (Kimi No Na Wa)"Can I ask you your name?"

 

Ghost in the Shell"Cyber-Bodied"

 

Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale"Is this the (Augmented) Real Life?"

 

One Piece Film Gold"Welcome to Grand Tesoro!"

 

Kaiju Girls"Unleash your inner Monster Soul"

 

Orange"Would you change your past?"

 

God Eater 2: Rage Burst"New Look, Same Great Taste"

 

A.W. Phoenix Festa"Bland Stories & Battles"

 
 
 
 
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