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The 700 Club: Naruto manga ending on November 5th, 2014

I guess Masashi Kishimoto really wasn't kidding when he claimed that his baby and brainchild Naruto would be seeing its end sometime this year. That time is in six weeks or so, as the final chapter of the decade-and-a-half-long super-n...

 
 
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Report: Power Rangers co. Saban sues indie Sentai game

I love the story of Chroma Squad, a little indie game from Brazilian outfit Behold Studios. They took something they loved - tokusatsu and Super Sentai - and made it into a unique game concept - putting players in the shoes of a producer ma...

 
 
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Woah: JManga shuts down operations

Wow. This came straight out of the blue. It seems that JManga, the Japanese publisher-backed digital manga portal, will cease operations, according to an announcement from the company. As of midnight tonight the site will halt sales and dis...

 
 
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I called it: AKB rage video a hoax

Remember when that one AKB48 fan seemed to go a little bit crazy in video format at the news of Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi's alleged indiscretions? Back in that post, I wrote that I "sincerely hope that this an attempt to parody the hardest-...

 
 
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D'oh: No PS Vita price cut outside Japan yet

Sorry, North Americans, it looks like you might want to wait a bit before shelling out for a spiffy new PS Vita to Remote-Play your PS4 games with. Sony Worldwide Studios honcho Shuhei Yoshida has stated that the price cut that just happene...

 
 
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Sigh: PlayStation 4 can't transfer your PSN purchases

While most of the news surrounding the PlayStation 4's official reveal has been positive - or at least neutral - the new console's first genuine bummer has just hit. Sony has just confirmed that current-generation PSN game purchases th...

 
 
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I really hope this Wota's reaction to AKB48 is a joke

Unsurprisingly, the rain of "scandals" continues to pour on AKB48, this time due to Yuki "Yukirin" Kashiwagi having the temerity to attend a group party with *gasp* men in it, just days after the now-infamous "Mii-chan Affair". To be fair,...

 
 
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Cosplayer Protip: Don't let bigots ruin your hobby

You'd think that we'd have had enough of nerd "facepalm" moments in the last few days, but it's always worth calling out internet jerks. To shrug and say "Meh, internet" is letting them win. That's the case with one Chaka Cumberbatch, ...

 
 
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AKB48's manager responds to Minami Minegishi scandal

An eventful week for idol megagroup AKB48 continues. In case you haven't been following, Minami "Mii-chan" Minegishi was humiliated in rather medieval fashion for reasons that no one should ever have cause to feel ashamed about. Naturally, ...

 
 
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AKB's Minami Minegishi humiliated for being a human being

[Update: The apology video has been removed following an official response by AKB management. An English-translated transcript of Minegishi's statement is available at the bottom of this post.] Ah, an "Oh, Japan" moment. Or rather, an ...

 
 
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Some jerk's vendetta gets Kuroko's Basket banned

Never underestimate the power of otaku. Now, I'd like to say that that phrase is some kind of testament to nerd ingenuity or some other super cool thing, but the tone I must adopt this time is one of warning, that this is once more proof th...

 
 
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Despair, Gundam Seed Destiny is getting an HD remaster

It's been two years since I got the chance to experience the Gundam streamapalooza that was going on ANN, Youtube, Bandai's official Gundam page, and Crunchyroll. Thanks to this rare privilege, I was given the honor to watch all of Zet...

 
 
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Facepalm: Demon's Score is way cheaper in Japan

Here's another entry for you to put in the annals of "What the hell, Square Enix?!": It looks like the company that gave us Final Fantasy and a ton of strange decisions, has made yet another one, for it seems like they really don't wan...

 
 
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Despair, for the Wii U will be region-locked

Turn up your despair dials, importers. Nintendo surprised few but disappointed many nonetheless when it confirmed officially that its new hotness, the Wii U (due this November), will have the devil known as "region-locking" inflicted upon i...

 
 
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Eureka Seven: AO put on hold, new episodes in November

Did you enjoy the newest episode of Eureka Seven: AO? Yeah, I thought so. Look on the bright side, though: you don't have to see it again for a whole, entire month! This series has taken a few breaks before, but none nearly as long as ...

 
 
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Despair, Monster Hunter 3U for the 3DS will not be online

Capcom did a great job in surprising us with the Wii U version of Monster 3 Ultimate for the west, which will allow 3DS players to play with Wii U players. Unfortunately, this piece of information comes with a helping of bad news. Ladies an...

 
 
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Bandai Entertainment's anime titles to go out of print

It's been eight months since Bandai Entertainment decided to stop its localization of anime and manga titles. According to the news from Robert's Anime Corner Store, Bandai Entertainment is going to close down its distribution on March 1, 2...

 
 
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Importers Beware: New PS Vita firmware locks memory cards

Hold it right there, person about to update his or her PS Vita's firmware to the latest version, which is v1.80! Ask yourself the following questions: 1. Do you have another PSN account located in a different region (say, Japan, Europe or ...

 
 
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Final Fantasy Dimensions is going to be really pricey

Like, really pricey. Like, "Most Expensive Single App I've Ever Seen" pricey. Specifically, Square Enix's old-school-lookin' Final Fantasy Dimensions will run players roughly $29 to buy the whole thing, which is technically a discount,...

 
 
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Uh-oh: Japan passes SOPA-alike, Youtube could be outlawed

Urk. I've always resisted (sometimes illogically), the characterization of Japan as a backwards country ruled by out-of-touch old people and shady corporate special interests. After all, it's easy shorthand for "Crazy Japan" stereotypes and...

 
 
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Good news: Valkyria Duel's a new Valkyria Chronicles game

The somewhat less-good news? Valkyria Duel is a free-to-play, browser-based, card-battling strategy game. It'll have base-building elements, territory control, 3D battle scenes (ala Advance Wars), and, of course, a ton of cards based on ch...

 
 
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Media Blasters in financial trouble with New York State

Things have been a little fishy with Media Blasters lately. They had to cancel the rerelease of Record of Lodoss War, and they didn't get the license for Queen's Blade Rebellion like they did with the previous series. Right Stuf also recent...

 
 
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Phi Brain puzzles Crunchyroll users by disappearing

It seems there is a bit of trouble over at Crunchyroll, as their Phi Brain season 2 episodes disappeared yesterday without warning, leaving the fan of the show... intrigued. There have apparently been some issues behind the scenes, though t...

 
 
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Ouch: Sega takes a bath, faces deep cuts

Happy times are definitely not the state of being at Sega right now, as it seems like the publisher that does what Nintendon't is about to do something else Nintendon't: Take a huge loss, to the tune of some 7.1 billion yen (about $87 ...

 
 
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Canada sights fishing boat swept to sea by Tohoku tsunami

It had to happen eventually, and just past a year following the devastating earthquake and tsunami that wrecked Tohoku, one of the largest single pieces of debris from the disaster has crossed the ocean, a full-sized commercial fishing traw...

 
 
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Media Blasters will not rerelease Record of Lodoss War

Back in 2010, there was much rejoicing when Media Blasters announced that they had acquired the license for a rerelease of Record of Lodoss War. And then, there was a whole lot of nothing. It's been two years and the rerelease still isn't o...

 
 
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Despair: Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei manga is almost over

Well, here is some news that you probably didn't want to see. According to Weekly Shōnen Magazine, the manga for Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei will be ending in nine chapters time. It'll end on a very impressive 301 chapters, having been s...

 
 
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Have 13 shameful minutes of Touch Shot! Love Application

Still trying to decide if you're secure enough in your nerdhood to play Touch Shot! Love Application? Well, Compile Heart have opted to make it thirteen minutes and twenty-ish pictures easier, with a big ol' video and gallery of shame avail...

 
 
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Well played, Paradox Interactive

Pirates of the Black Cove is a game published by Paradox Interactive. On the left is the box art for the game as seen on store shelves in Europe and North America. On the right is the box art as seen on shelves in Japan. Larger versions of ...

 
 
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FFFUUU- Gravity Rush English ver. might be out in May

Oh, man, do I hope this rumor isn't true. It seems that while Sony is listing the release date of Gravity Rush (aka Gravity Daze) for the PS Vita as "TBD", retailers like Amazon and Gamestop are listing the anti-Newtonian action game as a l...

 
 
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Man's plan to create a radioactive idol group thwarted

Normally I'd find attempts to exploit Japan's ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis rather disgusting, but this one strikes me as more funny than abhorrent. An enterprising entertainment producer was apparently looking to capitalize on the situa...

 
 
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FUNimation suspending Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray releases

This will be sad news for some people, and just plain news to those who weren't aware it was even a thing. FUNimation has announced that they are suspending the production of any future Dragon Ball Z Blu-ray releases, including Level 2.1 (e...

 
 
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New One Piece magnet grants you the power to make despair

Just when you thought that the events of Thriller Bark have ended, think again. Perona's Hollow Hollow Ghost returns in magnet plushie form with the help of PlayOne and PushOne. For only 924 yen (Should be around US $12.), you can now have ...

 
 
 
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Bandai Entertainment to stop localisation

[Update: Further titles are now confirmed as cancelled. The lists have been updated to reflect this.] Here is the first bad news of 2012, and it's a doozy. Bandai Entertainment have announced that they will stop releasing new anime and mang...

 
 
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Satoshi Kon's The Dream Machine may be dead

[As originally posted on Flixist] Satoshi Kon's death in August 2010 was a sad blow to fans of 2D animation. The anime director died at the age of 47, leaving behind a short body of work: Perfect Blue, Millenium Actress, Toky...

 
 
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Carry on, Metal Gear Solid 5 is NOT a thing that exists

Oh, print magazines, you and your misleading teaser lines that get people to buy issues ahead of time, only to make all the bloggers that reported the teasers look bad when it turns out to be misleading! It turns out that the cover story o...

 
 
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Despair: PETA just doesn't 'get' Mario's Tanooki Suit

Now, otaku often feel compelled to come to Glorious Nippon's defense when it comes to foreigners indulging in the pastime of indicting "wacky" Japan for one cultural issue or another. That said, sometimes the foreigners have a point. Some a...

 
 




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