Month: November 2014

Pale Moon Review

‘The more we have, the less we have.’ Such is the notion that Daihachi Yoshida’s Pale Moon embodies. Over a 2 hour journey into the deepest reaches of the human psyche, Yoshida’s Pale Moon proves to be one of the most affecting drama films to come out of Japan since perhaps The Kirishima Thing, which is in fact another one of Yoshida’s works. I think I’m seeing a theme here. Irregardless of that it must be said that Pale Moon is simply a captivating film lead by a phenomenal Rie Miyazawa, who plays the role of Rika with true soul and a true sense of pathos. This is one film that most walking into the 18th Japanese Film Festival will not have great expectations for, but much like The Kirishima Thing, it will shake audiences to their very core. After all it does happens once in a while. Pale Moon follows Rika Umezawa, a young banker who leads a rather routine life until she one day decides to ‘break bad’ and betray her client’s trust …

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno Review

The pressure couldn’t be any higher for the first Rurouni Kenshin live action to deliver on the unending popularity of the anime and manga. The 2012 self-titled movie debut managed to deliver on all fronts: the cast, the characters’ mannerisms, the beautifully choreographed fight sequences, all of it coming together in a way that left no fan unsatisfied despite some obvious omissions from the original source material and some creative liberties taken with it. Fans could not have asked for a better live action debut for Kenshin, a first of a trilogy that left us looking forward to more. Two years later in 2014, we have been treated to not one but two follow ups within the same year: Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno and Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends. These two films not only serve as a natural continuation to where the 2012 film ended, but they extensively and faithfully cover the most memorable arc of the anime/manga where Kenshin returns to Kyoto to confront his past, and to challenge a new adversary in Shishio …

Madman Entertainment Acquires “Love Live! School Idol Project”

Another fantastic announcement from Madman Entertainment today is that they’ve just acquired both the streaming and home video licenses for the high-popular, school drama series “Love Live! School Idol Project”. The series will soon be made available through Madman Entertainment’s online Anime streaming service AnimeLab and it will also be receiving a home video release sometime in 2015. No specific date has been detailed regarding both the stream and the physical release but Madman has said that a whole bunch of information regarding release dates will be revealed very soon. Stick around on the site for when that time comes around because we’ll definitely report on it when the time comes. The traditional school Otonokizaka High is situated between the three towns of Akihabara, Kanda, and Jimbocho. This school is also in imminent danger of closing. Because of this crisis, the second year student Honoka Kosaka takes center stage with eight others to do something about it! “To protect the school we love so much, we have to do all we can… We have to …

Madman Entertainment Brings “The Last: Naruto The Movie” To Australian Cinemas in 2015

No, you didn’t read the title wrong. Madman Entertainment, one of Australia’s biggest Anime distributors, has just announced that they have picked up the theatrical license for the upcoming and final “Naruto” film “The Last: Naruto The Movie”. The movie is set for a theatrical release in Japan just before the end of 2014 and in 2015 fans of Anime living “down under” will too be able to finally lay eyes on what will be the official finale to the “Naruto” franchise…apart from a pair of upcoming Manga that have only been “hinted” at. I think we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it though. For now, let’s just say that “The Last: Naruto The Movie” truly is the “last” we’ll see of the hi-vis Ninja. The 17th of January, 2015. Note it down on your calendars because that’s the day “The Last: Naruto The Movie” will be coming to down and I really don’t think you want to miss it. Madman being Madman, there’s a very good chance that, sometime in the future, …

Check Out Hanabee’s January Anime Releases

Hanabee, one of the biggest and young Australian Anime distributors, have just announced a few of the titles that they’re set to release in January of next year and, before giving away too much, they’re so damn awesome! Announced just yesterday, these four new Anime titles are already up for pre-order on the official Hanabee site which you can jump over to by Clicking Here. 2014 is almost over and that means 2015 is on the horzion. With the coming of a new year also comes some new pop culture products like video games and Anime for us all to enjoy and Hanabee are starting off their 2015 release schedule in a big way. The following series’ will each be getting a release on the 7th of January next year and will be made available in both the DVD and Blu-Ray formats. “Problem Children Are Coming From Another World Aren’t They?” – The Complete Series DVD: $59.99 Blu-Ray: $59.99 One person’s problem can be another person’s solution. Bored of their world Izayoi, Asuka and Yo …

Madman Entertainment Set To Release “Sailor Moon” In Its Entirety

Lock yourself in, reader, this is going to be a big one. Australian Anime distributing juggernaut Madman Entertainment yesterday announced that they have gotten their hands on an amazing series acquisition, one that is sure to make new and old Anime fans around the country jump for joy because not only will the newer of this Anime’s series be made available online but the original will be physically brought to local shelves. I’m of course talking about the much-loved Magical Girl Anime series “Sailor Moon”. Two hundred episodes, three feature films and a whole bunch of Anime specials will be released across the great country over the next year or so in both DVD and Blu-Ray formats in it’s original 4:3 aspect ratio. The new release of the old series will be entirely uncut and will feature many of the things that the original dub left out or changed. All names will be the original Japanese and, in fact, the release will feature an entirely new English dub with a brand-new voice cast. If you’re …

Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth – Now Available Across Europe

Well, friends, it is finally here. “Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth”, the much-anticipated “Persona” cross-over title, has now reached the shores of Europe and is now available across the continent. North America got themselves the game sometime last week but now it is the European gamers’ turn to try their hand at some old-school dungeon crawling on a contemporary console. Are you a fan of “Persona 3”? Awesome! Your favorite characters are in this game! Are you a fan of “Persona 4”? Even awesome-er! Your favorite characters from THAT game are also in “Persona Q”! Are you a fan of original characters created for specific cross-over title! Wow! So awesome! Those types of characters are also in this game! “Persona Q” practically has everything and it’s not now across Europe, so heading into your local video game distributor and grab this new Nintendo 3DS title before the limited edition tarot card version gets sold out. If you don’t know what this version is, it’s actually no different from the standard version of the game …

Bump of Chicken’s latest single ‘Parade’ to serve as theme for Live-Action ‘Parasyte’ Film

Legendary J-Rock group Bump of Chicken have released a bump of rock with the preview music video for their latest single ‘Parade’. The video features Bump of Chicken performing in a bizarre alien world. The song is set to serve as the theme for the upcoming live-action Parayste adaptation which is set to release in theaters this month. The music video is said to be set in the proposed ‘world of the Parasites’ an even features a cameo from the iconic right hand parasite Migi who in this interpretation has infested the hand of the lead singer of Bump of Chicken. Check out the preview video for ‘Parade’ below. Bump of Chicken have really outdone themselves this time. Time to get bumpin’ with this heart thumpin’ rock n’ rollin’ tune. -30-

Hip-Hop Idol Group ‘MaGiC BOYZ’ take their inspiration from Harry Potter

The latest idol group from idol manufacturer EBiDAN studios is the all boy group MaGiC BOYZ. This brand new boy band is touted as the first hip-hop idol group with the power of magic. EBiDAN studios are of course the splinter group branched off from Stardust Productions, the people behind Momoiro Clover Z. MaGiC BOYZ are looking to take the hip-hop world by storm with their magic and wizardry but what is most curious about this group is the obvious ties to Harry Potter, most gratuitously shown in the logo for MaGiC BOYZ which is in the same font as the Harry Potter logo. You can check it out for yourself in the MaGiC BOYZ brand new music video for their song MAGIC SPELL. MaGiC BOYZ will no doubt cast a MAGIC SPELL on you with this hypnotic hip-hop song. -30-

Ninja Scroll (Remastered) – Review

Imagine a fifteen year old Frank Inglese walking into a local film retailer and seeing “Ninja Scroll” for the very first time. Back then I had an unjustified love for everything Ninja; I was into “Naruto”, I had just watched “Basilisk” and I was looking for just about anything Shinobi-related to indulge in but I couldn’t get my hands on this film. It was, and in fact still is, rated a hefty R18+ and I couldn’t find a single person to do me a solid and purchase this film for me. A little while later, on a school night, I received a text message from a friend alerting me to the fact that “Ninja Scroll” was being played on late night television. As you may have already guessed; I stayed up very late to finish what I immediately thought was one of the greatest Ninja movies of all time. It’s been about five years since then and it’s been just over twenty years since the movie was first developed and released. Now we’re in 2014; …

Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!! – Review

Oh I love me some fighting games! I’m not that good at them but, for some reason, I continuously find myself attracted to them. I stop to look at the case of the latest “Street Fighter” and “Tekken” games even though I know I wont play them nearly as much as I think will. I also happen to love incredibly niche and semi-unheard of Japanese games that only I, three other Western gamers, and a hundred thousand Japanese arcade-goers know of. Good or bad, I love tackling these games. If they’re bad I can just blame the development crew, if they’re good I can pretend I “discovered” the game and I’ll talk about it until my friends kick me out of what will probably be a moving car. “Arcana Heart 3: LOVE MAX!!!!” was released originally as an arcade game in Japan and then subsequently on home consoles. Well, it’s now reached the West despite the previous titles in the series ever doing the same and, thanks to our wonderful contacts, I’ve been given the …

Pokemon Omega Ruby & Alpha Sapphire Offer Shiny Beldum

Do you like shiny Pokemon but have terrible luck? Then has the Pokemon Company got a Mystery Gift for you. Running from November 21st-January 14th, players of Omega Ruby and/or Alpha Sapphire will be able to pick up a Shiny Beldum for their team. Yeah, a shiny pseudo-Legendary, pretty cool right? The Pokemon also has somewhat of an in-universe back story, with its Original Trainer being listed as Steven. As in Steven Stone of the Devon Corporation Stones. How prestigious. Beldum comes ready to battle with a complete set of moves, being Hold Back, Iron Head, Zen Headbutt and Iron Defence. Which is a vast improvement over its appearance in the original Ruby and Sapphire, where Beldum could only learn Take Down. Additionally, and perhaps most importantly, is holding a special item: Metagrossite. So all you have to do is train the chrome arm/leg guy until level 45, whereupon you will net yourself a sweet new Mega Evolution. So what’re you waiting for? Go pickup your Beldum and enjoy. I did. -30-

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate Review

Witches. A classic of fiction. Evil beings who enjoy nothing more than mixing potions, casting spells and flying around on cleaning implements…at least, that’s what they used to be. Bayonetta is none of these things. Badass, violent, impossibly long legged and oozing sensuality from every pore. Over the top doesn’t begin to cover it. Though, when you take into account what terrors descend to Earth on a daily basis, anything less just wouldn’t cut it. 500 years ago, in an society lost to time, Umbran Witches and Lumen Sages lived in a tenuous peace. Each bestowed a tremendous power by Jubileus, the creator of the Universe, each clan swore upon the balance of existence that neither should cross the other’s path. Unfortunately for, well, everyone, this rule was broken and a child was born of a Sage and a Witch. A single child who threw the world into chaos, not through action mind you, merely it’s existence was enough. With the balance broken, the Sages began an all out war against the Witches, ultimately resulting in the destruction …

Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth Out Now in North America

Welcome to the Velvet Room once more Persona wielders. Look upon this latest instalment with awe and awww, as the cute versions of your favourite characters from Persona 3 and 4 join forces to do what they do best and save the world. Fans of either game will enjoy dungeon crawling, over 80 hours of fully voiced story and some good old fashioned Persona combat. When purchasing Persona Q, you may be interested to know that there are two Editions available that offer a little more than the standard release. Though you receive no in-game extras, there is quite a collection of physical merchandise to enjoy. See for yourself… For those who are more inclined towards gameplay bonuses, perhaps some DLC will interest you? In light of the game’s release, Atlus has listed the pricing for the upcoming downloadable content as follows: Sub-Personas – These additional sub-Personas will show up in the Persona Compendium after purchasing and can be summoned once for free. November 25th – Kaguya (Free) December 2nd – Orpheus Telos (Free) December …

Criminal Girls: Invite Only Set to Launch in Early February

Have you ever wanted to explore the depths of Hell on a journey of absolution? Me neither, because it sounds scary. But now you can anyway! NIS America has just announced that Criminal Girls: Invite Only will hit the PS Vita in February for North America and Europe, on the 3rd and 5th respectively. Seven delinquents, seven sins, and only one way out. Just hired for a new, mysterious job, you soon discover that this isn’t your normal prison gig. You’ve been entrusted with the care of a crew of girls whose sins have damned their souls to Hell and an eternity of punishment… Their only hope of salvation is for you to recognize their unique histories, and to guide them along the path to redemption. Navigate through the four trials of the Redemption Program, and motivate your crew of delinquents to learn the skills to redeem themselves. However, your quest will be met with trials and tribulations from both sides. You see, the Criminal Girls have minds of their own and do not react too kindly to being ignored. So …

Hatoful Boyfriend Spreads It’s Wings on Playstation

Do you like birds? Do you like Japanese dating sims? Congratulations, you have two interests that are in no way connected…or at least never used to be. Welcome to a world in which Hatoful Boyfriend exists, this world, Earth, like the real Earth. Explore the concept of love as you take control of the only human currently attending a prestigious school for those of the avian variety. Learn to feel as a colourful cast of pigeon suitors show you why you shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover. Even if that book has feathers… Regardless of your standpoint on this interspecies saga, you should know that Devolver Digital and Mediatronic are bringing it to both the PS4 and the PS Vitasometime in early 2015, all for the low, low price of $10. Though, can you really put a price on love? When asked about the port, creator Hato Moa said: “I never dreamt when I first made Hatoful Boyfriend I’d see it on PlayStation. Thanks to the amazing fans and Mediatonic, I hope now even more …

Akiba’s Trip Shows Off PS4 Launch Trailer

For those who possess an interest in Japanese gaming and own a PS Vita, you may recall a little game known as Akiba’s Trip that was released not too long ago. If you haven’t heard of it, allow me to elucidate. Players take control of a character known as whatever you want to name him, a boy tricked  into becoming a vampire analogy by an evil guy. He then proceeds to fight said vampire people in the only logical way, by stripping off their clothes…because of the vampire’s weakness to the sun of course. What were you thinking? Anyway, the game is set to receive a bigger screen release on the PS4 and is slated to come with a few additional features. Toybox Mode allows players to begin the game with a bunch of handy items, to give you a little boost before you begin to upgrade the gear you want. The game also contains a number of visual filters that allow you to change how you view good old Akihabara. How you view the …

Dragon Ball Xenoverse – Jaco The Galactic Patrolman Playable Character Announced As Pre-Order Bonus

If you’ve never heard of “Jaco The Galactic Patrolman”, allow me to explain: “Jaco The Galactic Patrolman” is a short Manga series by “Dragon Ball” creator that tells the story of an intergalactic authority figure named Jaco who crash lands on Earth only to discover that, despite what the rest of the universe is saying, the people on this planet aren’t too bad. Throughout the short series he gets up to no good as he tries to figure out the planet as well as its inhabitants. “Jaco The Galactic Patrol Man” isn’t as serious a series as Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” but it does take place in the same universe. In fact, it is thanks to Jaco that young Goku made it to Earth safe and sound. You see, Jaco picks up on an incredible force heading towards the planet but decides against stopping its arrival resulting in the young Saiyan growing up as a good guy rather than as a savage, so Jaco’s just as much to thank as Grandpa Gohan I think. Anyway, it …

Coppelion English Dub Cast Announced

Set to release on Neon Alley and home video, Viz Media has announced the English dub cast for the sci-fi series Coppelion. Said series focuses on three schoolgirls and the mission they have been training for since birth, along with the emotional drama that arises from such a high pressure situation. Ibara Naruse: Erica Lindbeck Aoi Fukasaku: Cassandra LEe Taeko Nomura: Shelby Lindley Haruto Kurosawa: Max Mittelman Kanon Ozu: Cherami Leigh Shion Ozu: Sarah Anne Williams Onihei Mishima: Keith Silverstein Ibuse: Sean Chiplock Mitsuo Kawabata: Kirk Thornton Yukiko Kawabata: Karen Strassman Denjiro Shiba: Taylor Henry Kamata: Michael Sorich Granny Ayame: Barabara Larsen Foreman Kurobe: Richard Epcar Gennai Ishikawa: Geoffrey Chalmers Gojiro Kajii: Marc Diraison Ibuki Kajii: Amanda C. Miller No-sense: Spike Spencer Kunikida: Steve Kramer Natsume: Joe Ochman Ougai: Joe J. Thomas Taro: Kaiji Tang From the team that brought you K comes the new sci-fi action series Coppelion, a story of three youths who vow to save the lives of those forsaken by the rest of the world. In the not-so-distant future, a catastrophic …

Digimon All-Star Rumble Review

Digimon. Digital Monsters. Digimon are the champions. If your read that in tune then congratulations, you’re awesome and we are now friends. If you didn’t, then you must be a newcomer to the Digital World. Which makes me a little sad, but we can still be friends. Anyway, welcome to the Digital World, a place jam packed with wondrous creatures who possess the ability to transform into even more wondrous creatures at will. It’s kinda the coolest. But such a world is not without its problems. Though, they may not be the ones you’d expect… Peace. The ultimate goal of good guys everywhere. If you stand for justice, you stand for peace, you fight for peace, you sacrifice for peace. So, what happens when you actually get peace? I mean, the battle is over, the adventure is done, what’s left? These are all questions that the Digimon now find themselves plagued with. Having defeated evil multiple times, the Digital World is experiencing a long running and well deserved break from chaos and combat…and man is it boring. …

Tears to Tiara II: Heir of the Overlord Review

Empire’s rise, and Empire’s fall. We all know how it goes. Be it in the history books or set far, far away in the reaches of space, these monolithic forces have a certain weakness. A crack in the armour that always sees them topple. The ultimate opponent for armies that have already conquered the land: a ragtag bunch of misfits. After all, everybody knows that personality vastly outpowers training, discipline and a life devoted to combat. It’s just how things work people. That’s why the rebels win. Hispania is a province in distress. Under the reign of the Divine Empire, citizens have been forced into lives of hunger, physical labour and religious uniformity. All of these facts are made readily apparent in the early moments of the game, wherein the young Lord of Hispania is whipped for not dismantling the country’s Sacred Temple fast enough. Seriously, its the ultimate representation of the situation. Anyway, after a rather lengthy exposition sequence that details the great disappointment that is Hamilcar, the should be leader of Hispania who …

20th Century Boys Volume 2 Review

Throw down that T. Rex record and let that familiar riff roar on through to the inner most reaches of your soul. It is very fitting that Naoki Urasawa named this series after that classic song. Much like its namesake, 20th Century Boys strikes you to the core. It reaches deep and grabs a hold of your soul and refuses to let go until the last page is turned. All great songs are ones in which you simply don’t want to end, the same applies to manga and 20th Century Boys just doesn’t have enough pages per volume to satisfy my need for more of this intense masterpiece. Picking up where volume 1 left off, 20th Century Boys volume 2 is right in the thick of things in regards to the mystery of the cult of ‘Friend’. The volume largely deals with Kenji’s attempts to identify the mystery man who seemingly has a connection to his past, although it ventures into a number of interesting side-stories that add a lot of colour to this ever …

SnapThirty Presents: SnapCast Episode 11 – Dog Day Afternoon

In this episode, Kane, Frank and Luke discuss the remarkable progress of the Western anime industry. Also Frank gets rather vocal about the amount of H2O in the world of Pokemon, then Luke and Kane get distracted by an animated dog. Things pretty much deteriorate from there…   Want to download the Mp3 for yourself? Right click the link and choose ‘Save Link As…’ – SnapCast Episode 11 – Dog Day Afternoon You can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes: Click Here -30-

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire Feature One Of The Greatest Video Game Openings Of All Time

Now every gamer, apart from those living in Europe, SHOULD have their hands on the new “Pokemon” video game remakes “Omega Ruby” and “Alpha Sapphire”. The game will be hitting local shelves around Europe within the next couple of days. “ORAS”, as the duo have been abbreviated as, has been one of the most anticipated video game duos of the year and it has arrived without a hitch, delighting new and old fans of the series the world over…once again, apart from Europe. For Now. The games feature a whole line of upgrades both as remakes and as the two latest games in the “Pokemon” franchise to be released. With all these upgrades comes a sense of nostalgia as you look back on what the original games were and how far the series has come. From a high quality Professor Birch being chased by a Poochyena to the updated designs of both Archie and Maxie, everything about this game seems to be bringing smiles to “Pokemon” fans’ faces across the globe but, for me, nothing …

Attack on Titan Season 2 Delayed Until 2016

While originally planned for a 2015 release the second season of the colossal anime success story Attack on Titan is now confirmed for a 2016 premiere meaning fans must wait an extra year for more titan-sized action. The announcement has come through from viewers of the 2nd movie compilation of the series. At the end of the 2nd movie a title card informed audiences that Attack on Titan season 2 will premiere at some point in 2016. I must say this is a bit of a bummer for fans of the series. Considering there is a fair amount of source material available at the moment to continue the adaptation it is a curious thought as to why the second season must be delayed yet another year. Unfortunately fans of the series are left hanging with questions such as: who is the Colossal Titan? What is that titan in the wall? Why didn’t Eren’s parents teach him to use his indoor voice? And of course the question on everyone’s mind: who let the dogs out? Source: …

‘Log Horizon’ and ‘Lupin the 3rd’ licensed by Madman Entertainment

Huge news just made its way through from Supanova Adelaide today with Madman Entertainment making to major title acquisition announcements during their industry panel at the event. During their panel they confirmed that they have acquired the license for the anime series Log Horizon and the live-action film Lupin the 3rd, which is of course based upon the legendary anime series of the same name. Madman confirmed that Log Horizon is slated for release on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital platforms in March 2015. The series follows players stuck in a video-game world and their adventures throughout it. No other details have been revealed for the release as of time of posting. As for Lupin the 3rd, Madman have some rather grand plans in store for the master thief and his cohorts. Not only do they plan to release the film on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital platforms at some point in 2015, they will also be releasing it theatrically in select theaters across Australia and New Zealand. The film is currently screening as part of the …

Madman Bringing Collectable Anime Merchandise Down Under

Aussie anime fans have reason to be excited with the major announcement coming in from Madman Entertainment that they have forged a partnership with the iconic Bandai Namco Games to bring collectable merchandise to Australia and New Zealand. The merchandise in question is none other than anime related items direct from Japanese companies Banpresto, Megahouse, the legendary Tamashii Nations and many more. Madman has confirmed that the first wave of anime merch will be coming directly from Tamashii Nations – Dragon Ball Z ‘Tamashii Buddies’ figures. The ‘Tamashii Buddies’ line of figures for Dragon Ball Z will feature characters such as Son Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta and fan favourite Trunks. These incredible figures are already available for pre-order on Madman’s ‘Tamashi Buddies’ section on their website here. The ‘Tamashii Buddies’ for Dragon Ball Z launch in January 2015. This is of course only the beginning of what looks to be an incredible new direction for Madman Entertainment. Madman promises to release a plethora of other related merchandise from the aforementioned manufacturers throughout 2015. Check out the …

‘Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet’ Review

Gen Urobuchi is undoubtedly one of modern anime’s greatest directors. With countless hit series under his belt, he has made a name for himself on his dark science fiction stories and his habit for bucking convention. His work is known for its tragic turns and philosophical musings, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet is no different in that regard. While Urobuchi is a fantastic writer who proposes some very fascinating ideas, rarely is the resolution as satisfying as the initial idea. It is an issue that plagues almost all of Urobuchi’s works and once again Gargantia is no different. In spite of its flaws however, Gargantia winds up being a rip roaring ride into the future of humanity. Set in the far future, humanity has taken to the stars after the world freezes over with a helping hand of that thing called Global Warming. Humanity finds themselves at endless war against squid like space creatures called Hideauze. Our hero Ledo is one of the soldiers tasked with fighting the good fight. However when a mission goes …

‘The Devil is a Part Timer’ Review

Comedy is subjective. What one person finds hilarious, another may not even crack a smirk at. With that said it almost goes without saying that anime comedy is largely hit and miss especially with Westerners. The cultural divide creates a lot of barriers for humour to be understood and for jokes to land, but there are an elite few anime that destroy all cultural boundaries and prove to be objectively a good laugh irregardless of the audience. The Devil is a Part Timer is one of those anime series. So how does this part time Devil strike up comedic gold? What’s so funny about the Devil getting a part time job? The Devil is a Part Timer comes from White Fox studio, the very same people who brought us the modern classic that is Steins;Gate. While stylistically and story wise these two series have next to nothing in common, comedically they both follow a rather simple formula with universal appeal. The comedy is relatable and it is always underlined by genuine sentiment. It is something …

Tales Of Hearts R – Review

The “Tales Of” series of video games have been around for quite some time. Like “Dragon Quest” and “Final Fantasy”, every once in a while we’re graced with just another fantastic title to add to the already extensive list of “Tales Of” video games. Each time, the games come packed with more than the last and works to excite long time fans of the series and recruit some rookies who’ll soon find themselves masters of the “Tales”. The latest release of the franchise is a remake of a Nintendo DS game titled “Tales Of Hearts R”. Developed and published by the wonderful Bandai Namco Games, “Tales Of Hearts R” hits the PlayStation Vita with full force. Thanks to Bandai Namco Games, us here at SnapThirty have been given the chance to review this new game. I’m going to try and figure out just why it is that this particular “Tales Of” title deserves to land itself a remake. Follow me on our very own tale as we hack, slash and level our way through “Tales …

Tokyo Tribe – Review

I hate musicals. Both the stage kind and the movie kind. I always have and I never once thought I’d ever see one that I’d enjoy, so when the Japan Foundation sent us a screener copy of “Tokyo Tribe” which is playing for a limited time as part of their 2014 Japanese Film Festival lineup you can probably imagine how underwhelmed I was by it. That was only because I knew nothing about this movie apart from that it has a great deal of singing. What I didn’t know about it was that it isn’t exactly singing that takes the spotlight in “Tokyo Tribe”…it’s rapping and it’s freaking awesome. Set in an alternate Tokyo where gangs have risen up and taken rule of most of the capital, “Tokyo Tribe” tells the story of a single night when the tribes of Tokyo drop beats, pick up weapons and fight for ultimate supremacy over a man and his army who threatens to unite Tokyo under his tyrannical rule once and for all. Directed by Shion Sono, this …

Disgaea 5 – Meet The Demon Lords Christo and Zeroken

There’s nothing more powerful than the friendship shared between two or more people. It’s a fact! Every single kids television show has proven to me that without friendship nothing can be accomplished. This is why Killia, the main character of NIS’ upcoming “Disgaea 5” tactical RPG, will accomplish all the goals he sets out for himself. It’s all because of the friends he keeps. Here’s the story of the game so far: Void Dark is a super evil Demon Lord that plans on conquering the entire Netherworld but there are a bunch of other Demon Lords who don’t necessarily want that because, well…this guy is SUPER evil. Killia, the shirtless main character, has some pretty deep beef with Void Dark and has decided to rise up against him. Unfortunately Killia isn’t strong enough to do it on his own so he sets off on a journey around the Netherworld recruiting other Demon Lords who also don’t like the idea of Void Dark being in total control. This is where Christo and Zeroken come in. In …

Ef: A Tale Of Memories and Melodies – Box Set Review

Love. It’s such a fickle, dangerous but ultimately glorious thing. Human beings, big or small, short or tall, dumb or smart, all feel the need for love in one way or another. I believe that we were never to be in complete solitude. Instead, I think each and every individual’s true life work is to find a partner that shares with them the greatest gift of all. Finding that “one and only” can be a journey that may never end. It’s definitely one that’s treacherous. There are ups and downs, danger at every single corner but the reward for completing such a quest is something so much better than any material item. Unfortunately some people search their entire lives for love but never find it. It’s something that, once again, we as human beings each fear. Loneliness. At least, this is what I think now after watching one of Hanabee’s latest Anime releases “Ef: A Tale Of Memories and Melodies”. I always new life and love was supposed to be a little bit of a …

First Character Visuals Released For The Live Action “Attack On Titan” Films

Now THIS is the news piece to lighten up your week! We’re all aware that there are a pair of “Attack On Titan” (Shingeki No Kyojin) live action films set for a theatrical release across Japan in the Summer of 2015. Hype for these films have been slowely building ever since the Anime first aired. It wasn’t that the films had been announced back then but we ARE a part of the pop culture-loving crowd and we ARE the types to jump the gun and get a little excited for things that may or may not necessarily exist. These movies, though, do exist and they’ve got a pretty awesome cast. Readers who aren’t entirely fans of Japanese cinema may not know any of the names you’re about to see. That’s fine though because the main point of this article is not what they’ve done in the past but what they’re doing right now, and that’s “Attack On Titan”. Filming started this year and we’ve actually not seen much regarding what’s to come in the new …

Puella Magi Madoka Magica The Movies: Part One and Two – Limited Edition Box Set Review

Is it weird that – as a twenty year old male that grew up watching things like “Dragon Ball Z” – I never had an interest in “Magical Girl-type” Anime series’? I never used to think I was the odd one out, that is, until “Madoka Magica” came along. The first time I ever laid eyes upon this series was, of course, on Tumblr. As a younger man, I was scrolling through my feed and noticed an abundance of screenshots and gifs of this strange “Magical Girl” series accompanied by ridiculous explanations about just how “deep” and “intelligent” the series is. I immediately disregarded the entire series even though it was apparent that many other young males fell for it hook, line and sinker. It just wasn’t for me: It had cute girls wearing complex-looking dresses who hung around with a fox-like creature playing host to a perpetual smile. It was not my speed at all and now, a little older, I have to say…I still had no interest in watching this series but the …

Yakuza 0 – Kamurocho/Soutenbori Gameplay Footage Released

Sega have today hosted a small raw streaming event wherein which some lucky personalities got a chance to check out the upcoming video game “Yakuza 0”, to be released on the PlayStation 3 and 4, first hand. This new title, serving as a prequel to the entire “Yakuza” series”, will follow a young Kazuma Kiryu and Majima Goro as they go from being petty criminals to becoming two of the most revered Yakuza in fictional history. With updated graphics and a tweaked combat system, “Yakuza 0” is quickly becoming one of the most anticipated games that Western audiences may never get their hands on. Yeah…not many fans of the series out there believe that “Yakuza 0” will be getting a release outside of Japan but I’d like to stay hopeful. Though this was a live stream by Sega meaning many missed out on what went on, they’ve gone ahead and posted it online so that the entire world can get a glimpse of what the upcoming game has to offer. This gameplay footage basically takes …

Disgaea 5 – Character Technique Videos Released

The end of 2014 is just on the horizon and the arrival of 2015 will bring about a whole new list of video games set for a release. One of those games just so happens to be Nippon Ichi Software’s next addition to the critically-acclaimed grid-based RPG series “Disgaea 5” for the PlayStation 4. Now at this point in time, not a lot is known about the upcoming game, just that it revolves around a demon lord named Killia who’s on a mighty quest to unite some of the other demon lords to fight for one cause against a hyper-tyrannical being of pure malevolence but, knowing “Disgaea”, I’m sure it’ll be a whole bunch more than just that. With it getting a release over in Japan on the 26th of March in 2015, there’s still plenty of time to wait before anyone gets their hands on this game. That is why Nippon Ichi Software have released a set of very short videos showing audiences a couple of the techniques you’ll be helping these characters master …

‘The Light Shines Only There’ Review

There are dozens of intriguing films on this year’s Japanese Film Festival line-up but none more quietly captivating than The Light Shines Only There, a film that explores the complicated emotional networks that defines a troubled lower-class family and the aimless depressive that becomes entangled within it. The film moves quietly along pondering many questions on the nature of life, love, death, loss, sex, violence and all of the messy stuff that lies between. So what light shines at the end of suffering? The Light Shines Only There follows Tatsuo, a heavily depressed and unemployed slacker coasting by through life on his savings, slowly widdling it all away at a pachinko parlour. One day while drowning his sorrows in pachinko, Tatsuo meets teen delinquent Takuji, befriending him and ultimately finding himself wrapped up in the struggles affecting Takuji’s family. Tatsuo strikes up a connection with Takuji’s sister Chinatsu, another depressive who has been broken and beaten down by the world around her. Being forced to sell her body at the local brothel and serve as …

Knock-Off ‘Cardcaptor Sakura’ Toy is Evil Incarnate

The face of evil has made itself known. That face comes in the shape of knock-off Cardcaptor Sakura toy wand from a 1 Dollar store in Dayton, Ohio. The toy titled “Evil Stick” comes packaged with imagery from the anime series Cardcaptor Sakura on the box but is of course not official licensed merchandise. While the name “Evil Stick” is pretty frightening in its own regard, what a parent who bough the toy discovered inside of it is far more horrifying. The toy actually opens up to reveal a shocking image of a girl slitting her wrists with the red demonic eyes of Satan himself seemingly having possessed her. Rather than play happy music as advertised, the toy simply cackles maniacally. For the record I do not believe that Sakura would have any part in using a wand such as this and the beast behind this ‘toy’ is a pathetic one indeed. Since news broke about this “Evil Stick” the store selling them in Dayton has apparently sold out of the item with dozens of …

The Snap, Crackle And Pop Culture Show – Censorship In Anime

The boys are back, minus one, for another episode of the Snap, Crackle and Pop Culture Show! This time around, Frank takes a back seat while Luke and Kane man the helm. The duo talk about the ins and outs of Anime censorship and how it, when done drastically, can mean the death of a series. Kane talks real about the unnecessary nature of such a thing as he tries to reel in Luke who’s out to prove a point with his, well…you’ll need to watch the episode! (Note: The image used above is 100% legitimate. Seriously, that’s how they aired the episode. Can you believe that? I mean, as far as I can tell it’s just a bunch of guys taking a nap. Why even bother censoring that?) -30-

Dragon Ball Z 2015 Will Bring With it A Familiar Face

  That’s right Dragon Ball Z fans…he’s back. One of the most iconic foes that Goku has ever faced. The former Tyrant of countless worlds, the destroyer of the Saiyans, the villain who showed us that one transformation just isn’t enough: Freeza. When two of Freeza’s henchman, who have somehow survived unnoticed since the Tyrant’s fall, reappear, they bring with them a plan. A plan which honestly isn’t that special in the world of DBZ, but if it works it works. Sorbet and Togama, the henchman, gather up the once difficult to locate Dragon Balls and make the worst wish in history…like as in bad for everyone, that kind of worst. Because let’s face it, Zarbon wishing for eternal beauty without immortality was a pretty big slip up…   Apparently, Akira Toriyama is also a fan of the band Maximum the Hormone, as it was when listening to their song “F” that he decided to name the film Dragon Ball Z: Revival of F. Which is pretty awesome, considering that the band has stated that “F” is …

FUNimation Wraps Up Free! Eternal Summer Dub Cast Announcement Week

  Admittedly it’s a bit of a mouthful, but the title says it all. FUNimation has, over the past week, been systematically announcing the voice actors who will bring an English voice to the colourful cast of Free! Eternal Summer. So, without further ado, here they are: Seijuro Mikoshiba: Robert McCollum Miho Amakata: Caitlin Glass Goro Sasabe: Christopher R. Sabat Takuya Uozumi: Clifford Chapin Kazuteru Minami: Micah Solusod ADR Director: Jerry Jewell ADR Engineers: Alyssa Galindo/ Kenneth Thompson Adapted Scriptwriter: J. Michael Tatum -30-

Tales of Hearts R Out Now on the PS Vita in Australia and New Zealand

  Do you have a PS Vita? Do you live in Europe, Middle-East or Australasia? Do you like the Tales Of RPG series? If you meet this rather specific criteria, then have I got some good news for you. Tales of Hearts R is now available. Impressed with Kor’s growing skills, his grandfather decides it’s time to pass down to Kor an unusual weapon called a Soma. However, Kor learns that a Soma is not only a tool for destruction, but can also be used to fortify a person’s ailing Spiria. Spiria is the embodiment of the heart and soul and plays an essential role in the world as it is the most powerful force known.However, as powerful as Spiria can be, its force can be disrupted in the face of intense emotions such as anger, hate, fear or even love. As such, Soma users must possess exceptionally strong Spiria in order to withstand such emotions. Players will also encounter the story’s female protagonist, Kohaku Hearts, who is fleeing from a mysterious witch with her …

Gatchaman Crowds Review

Life is an adventure. You know, the thing from all those sayings, the thin that happens when you’re making plans. Of course, those sayings don’t take into account the presence of aliens, or heroes that fight aliens. Which they should, it’d make for some more interesting sayings. Anyway, aliens, champions of earth and one heck of a job orientation. Enjoy. Hajime is just your average, hyper energetic, stationary obsessed high school girl, living her life and singing about it on the regular. And so it was, until some alien God analogy rocked up and tore a book out of her soul. It’s ok though, that gave her superpowers. Why? Because reasons that’s why. Anywho, Hajime takes to her new post with gusto and happily meets all of her new co-workers. The quiet stern guy, the quiet cool guy, the quiet shy girl, the not quiet flamboyant guy and the yelly space panda. Who is also her boss. Though, believe it or not, Hajime is still the weirder of the crew. Partly due to her immediate …

The Snow White Murder Case Review

Ah, social media. The ever growing online behemoth that allows the people of the world to stay in touch with one another. A conglomerate of fact, fiction, opinion and every asinine thought that drifts through the minds of countless individuals. But the world takes to it with gusto, because humans are by nature social creatures, ones who band together when beneficial. But what happens when the collective focuses their efforts? What happens when suppositions clash? What happens when the truth is lost in the noise? Welcome to the present, a world where Twitter is a near inescapable facet of life. Even if you opt to not take part in  it, you will inevitably hear about it from others. Even television pushes the social media app, utilising it in order to boost audience involvement. This is all well and good for fiction, but the news is another story. When millions of people all weigh in on something they have only a passing knowledge of, accusations fly and facts are lost in a storm of words. Thus we …

Tokyo Refugees Review

Life is tough. In between college and all the partying with friends, there’s barely enough time in the day to get some rest. Though, if you’re smart, you’ll split the difference and sleep through class. Genius. But sometimes life has other plans, sometimes it plays out far beyond your control and decides to give you one hell of a wakeup call. Reality. It kinda sucks sometimes. One day you’re an overconfident, arrogant college student coasting through life and the next you’re locked out of your own apartment. At least that’s the case for Osamu Tokieda. It started like any other day, lazy, reluctant and full of all the enthusiasm expected of a college attendee, not student, “attendee”. But, as is the sad truth sometimes, Osamu’s reliance on others changed his life for the worse. A lack of tuition payments naturally led to an expulsion, which led to a confused and considerably irked Osamu discovering that cash flow is crucial. Sounds obvious enough, but when a parent hands out money like it’s going out of fashion, there children …

Blood Blockade Battlefront – First Anime Preview Released

Oh damn! It’s here! It’s finally here! The very first Anime preview of the upcoming Manga series adaptation “Blood Blockade Battlefront” has finally been posted and it…doesn’t exactly preview the Anime BUT it does work well to build hype so it’s doing something right! Yes, Yasuhiro Nightow’s latest Manga masterpiece “B3” is being brought to the small screen thanks to Studio BONES sometime in 2015 and today the world as been delivered the very first preview which introduces audiences to the setting of the story as well as a couple of the main characters. Vaguely. Right now all we know is that the Anime is coming and it’s going to be damn awesome! For more information on it, I wrote up an article regarding its announcement only about a week or so ago which you can check out by Clicking Here. For now, until we get to see more of the Anime, enjoy the preview. -30-

Good Smile Company Announces “Freedom Wars” Beatrice Nendoroid Figure

Yeah, “Freedom Wars” is kind of a stressful game. I know that’s what you were all thinking when you read the title of the article. It’s one the latest and greatest PlayStation Vita titles to be released and it’s making huge waves around the world thanks to just how damn good of a game it is. You can read my review of it by Clicking Here. It’s getting so popular, in fact, that just today Good Smile Company announced through their official blog that they have developed a Beatrice “Lilly” Anastasi Nendoroid figure that will go up for sale sometime in the near future. For those who’ve not played the game; Beatrice is a pivotal character that you as the main character must protect throughout the game. Her life means the difference between prosperity and destruction, and now she’s a cute little figurine for you to have on your desk or on your shelf! So kawaii, right!? Yes, nothing says “let’s fight for our lives” like a cute blonde girl with a smile on her …

Final Fantasy XV – Tech Demo and Walkthrough Videos Released

We’re almost at the end of 2014 which means 2015 is just on the horizon. The new year is exciting not only because we say goodbye to the old but because of the many video games set for a release in the fresh 365 days ahead. One, possibly the most anticipated, is a video game by Square Enix called “Final Fantasy XV”. Maybe you’ve heard of it. I don’t know though, it’s a pretty unheard of series. Yeah…right. “Final Fantasy XV” has been on the mind of JRPG fans every since it was announced which was a lot longer ago than I care to remember only because it has tormented me due to the fact that I don’t yet have it in my hands, but that can be said about many games that haven’t been released. Recently, Paris Games Week played host to a relatively small but booming showcase by Square Enix who chose “Final Fantasy XV” to be their main focus. Shown to a crowd of extremely lucky game lovers were two videos; one …

Otorimonogatari – Review (DVD/Blu-Ray Combo)

We, as simple humans, go through life fulfilling our own prophecies. Ones that, whether or not we like, we’re destined to reach. They may not even be that existential, in fact they’re most likely trivial but that doesn’t make it any less real than the ground you walk on. We’re all products of our own environments meaning that, depending on when and how we were raised, we all turn out different. This is basic self knowledge, I know, just bare with me because I’m getting to a greater point. Some of us have grown up tormented by the negatives of life. Hardship and adversity are very real and they mold people in a limitless number of ways. Some of us grown with a need to be loved, others grown in solitude. Some of us play the part of the victim almost too well, whereas others consider themselves somewhat of a hero. These are the prophecies I speak of, these are the parts of the puzzle we as pieces fit into perfectly. Nadeko Sengoku, she’s always …

AnimeLab adds 13 more titles!

Madman Entertainment have just sent through a press release with some rather massive news. That news being that they have added a whopping 13 anime series onto their anime streaming service AnimeLab. Looks like it’s time for an anime binge. The following series are now available on AnimeLab: Psycho-Pass II Sword Art Online II Soul Eater NOT! Lord Marksman and Vanadis Unbreakable Machine Doll Hyperdimension Neptunia The Animation Persona 4 The Golden Animation D-Frag! Mekaku City Actors Nisekoi False Love World Conquest Zvezda Plot Mushi-Shi: The Next Chapter Nanana’s Buried Treasure Wow, now that is what you call a blockbuster line-up. There is more than a fair share of hit anime on this list and some pleasant surprises as well. It is definitely great to see these anime available for streaming in Australia and it can only be presumed at this point in time that a physical release is somewhere down the pipeline for all of these titles. Stay tuned for more information on that as it comes to light of course. -30-

“Durarara!! Relay” PlayStation Vita Game Gets Its First Trailer

Never have I heard someone say “Oh yeah, I think maybe I’ve seen TOO much Durarara!!”. Never! Those words simply do not make sense in sequence because, really, you can never have TOO much “Durarara!!” which is great because today Kadokawa Games have released the very first trailer for the upcoming visual novel/adventure title “Durarara!! Relay”. This new PlayStation Vita game will take audiences on a wild ride through the busy streets of Ikebukuro, allowing them to experience some of the wonderful city’s stories, the types of stories not seen in the Anime but, from what I can tell, are all very much “canon” to the universe of the series. As a player, you’ll follow a whole bunch of your favorite characters as the dash around town getting into all sorts of trouble and trying to figure their way out of it. So far, the game has only been announced for Japan but I can imagine all “Durarara!!” fans hoping and praying for a release outside of the great country. “Durarara!! Relay” is set to …

Short Peace – Film Review

The very first time I laid eyes upon “Short Peace” was a while ago when I walked into a local video game distributor and its interesting front cover caught my eye. Red and white, like the Japanese flag, this cover featured striking but muddled imagery that forces those looking to take one big step forward just to be able to see exactly what the picture features. I picked it up, I gave the synopsis a read and became somewhat confused by it but it stayed on my mind for quite some time. A video game that’s also a movie which is made up of four mini-movies each telling a wildly different story but each showing a piece of Japanese history and future, fictional or otherwise, that are connected simply by the country they were developed in. Thinking back on it…it’s a little less confusing now that I’ve actually watched the movie. It’s now 2014 and that means the Japan Foundation are spearheading another fantastic Japanese Film Festival with a line up that is just as …

Turn Your PlayStation TV Into A Portable Console With The New DekaVita7…Or Just Buy A PS Vita

I wouldn’t usually write about something like this but, as it turns out, I’m in quite a silly mood and seeing this new item made me chuckle to myself quite a bit. We all know what the PlayStation Vita is, right? It’s a portable console that is currently serving as Sony’s middle child who isn’t quite as good as it’s older sibling and is better than its younger sibling but is getting no attention for it, therefor leaving it in a state of absolute limbo. If you’re a reader of the site who’s constantly reading you’ll know that I happen to love the PlayStation Vita. As of right now, it’s my favorite console, hands down. When I first heard about the PlayStation TV or PlayStation Vita TV, a small system that allows you to play Vita games on your television, you can probably imagine I was quite interested in it. Imagine playing games like “Freedom Wars” or “Persona 4 Golden” on a huge screen, that would be pretty damn sweet. The PlayStation TV just got …

Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire – Deoxys Returns Alongside Something Called The “Delta Episode”

Be honest, reader, have you ever wanted to jump onto the back of a Rayquaza and shoot of into space like an astronaut hitching a ride onto the outside of a speeding rocket ship? Oh, you have?! Well damn, it looks like today is your lucky day! The Pokemon Company, over night, released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Game Freak remakes “Pokemon Omega Ruby” and “Pokemon Alpha Sapphire” that re-introduces audiences to the mighty galactic force known only as Deoxys. Actually, to be honest, it may be known by more names than that but I know it as Deoxys so that’s what I’m going to be calling it. The new trailer confirms that the intergalactic psychic-user will make a return, just in case you didn’t already assume it would, but it also introduces audiences to something brand-new, something called “Delta Episode”. This new storyline will have players fight for not only the safety of the world but for the safety of the Hoenn region but for the safety of the entire world. Pokémon Omega …

One Piece: Grand Battle! X – Ten Minute Gameplay Video Released

Oi! You there! Scurvy sea dog! Did I just hear you say you want to see MORE gameplay of the upcoming Bandai Namco Games 3DS title “One Piece: Grand Battle! X”?! Well that’s good because it turns out Bandai Namco are willing to oblige. It’s a great Thursday because the video game developer/publisher juggernaut has just released a brand-new trailer for the upcoming Shonen Jump video game that goes for a whopping ten minutes. Yep, that means you’ll be seeing ten whole minutes of all new footage from the game and most of it will be gameplay. There’s absolutely nothing better, except for maybe a Western release date which we’re still yet to get. That’s OK though because at least it will be getting a release somewhere and that somewhere just so happens to be Japan…as usual. With a heart full of jealousy I say this; the game is set for a release on the 13th of November which, for those of you following the calendar…is today. This means the video is more for us …

RWBY Volume 2 Review

Welcome to Beacon once more, the prestigious academy that arms minors with tremendous weapons and trains them to combat creatures of pure negativity and malice…it’s pretty standard really. Yet, within this world of danger, a greater threat looms. A foe that possesses something that the thralls of terrifying beasts lack, something that is far worse than teeth or claws: a plan…and lots of guns. Having already tussled with Torchwick and the White Fang in the last volume, we find Team RWBY preparing to return to class, normal life as it where. Of course, being the impetuous girl she is, Ruby insists on one last hurrah, one more moment of fun. Her plans are immediately dashed by an errant pie, resulting in one of the most epic food fights that has ever occurred anywhere. It really doesn’t have any bearing on the plot, I just thought it was worth mentioning. I mean where else are you going to see turkey gauntlets clash with a watermelon sledgehammer? Nowhere, that’s where. Humour aside though, the food fight showcases the …

Gundam 00 Review

The Gundam franchise is the stuff of legend. That isn’t up to debate. The series has changed anime forever and pioneered the mecha concept and laid the foundation for those that have followed it. Gundam has been around so long that every generation for the past 40 years has had a Gundam series to grow up with. There have been dozens of Gundam stories and each has captured the hearts of a generation. Gundam 00 landed mid-way through the 2000s having first aired in 2007, connecting with a generation that had known a world of unrest. Gundam 00 is undoubtedly one of the best Gundam series ever made. The series explores the themes of war, terrorism, peace and the reasons why we fight. At the time of its release the world was baring witness to the Iraq war and a world of terror. Call it perfect timing, call it era appropriate story-telling, but Gundam 00’s war themed story hit very close to home to viewers across the globe. The series is complex to say the …

Psycho-Pass 2 simulcasting now on AnimeLab

Finally! Psycho-Pass 2 has now officially begun simulcasting through Madman’s AnimeLab streaming service. The show has been airing for the past 5 weeks in Japan and many fans had lost hope of a simulcast for the series down under. Thankfully Madman have made it a reality with the first 5 episodes of Psycho-Pass 2 available on AnimeLab in original Japanese with English subtitles. The original Psycho-Pass series is currently available in its entirety on AnimeLab which makes it easier to catch up if you are new to the series. You can check out Psycho-Pass 2 on AnimeLab here. Madman haven’t confirmed whether they have acquired the second series for home video release but given their history of releasing streamed series physically it can be assumed that a DVD and Blu-Ray release are somewhere own the pipeline. -30-

Academy Awards Streams Hayao Miyazaki’s Honourary Oscar Acceptance Speech

The official YouTube channel for the Academy Awards (it’s alright, I didn’t know they had one either) has recently posted a video that showcases Hayao Miyazaki accepting his honourary Oscar at the governor’s Award Ceremony. In his short speech, Miyazaki expressed how lucky he feels to have been involved in the final era of pencil and paper production, as well as the peace he has enjoyed in his life. John Lasseter (Pixar’s Chief Creative Officer) also gave a speech honouring his friend Miyazaki and declared him one of the two most important figures in the film world, alongside Walt Disney. “to honour extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” -30-

Masashi Kishimoto Discusses the End of an Era

Unless you’ve been living under a manga-proof rock somewhere far beyond the Pop Culture-sphere, you’ve heard that Naruto has come to an end after 15 years. Let me reiterate that: 15 years. That’s impressive, there’ no way around that. Naturally, fans from all over the world are curious as to the thoughts of the man behind the series, having finally concluded a story than spanned a large portion of his life. Well, a mere 12 hours after completing the final page, The Asahi Shimbun conducted an interview with Kishimoto and asked him about the manga behemoth that was Naruto. Having so recently finished working on Chapter 700, Kishimoto noted that he had not yet come to terms with his new freedom from a schedule, though that is to be expected when exiting from such a long running pattern “I have had to meet a deadline every week for 15 years, so I feel that there’s a deadline for next week.” Kishimoto also spoke of Naruto’s long run, stating that he was originally instructed, “Continue the series for …

Hozuki no Reitetsu OAD Trailer and Character Designs Shown

Ah, Hozuki no Reitetsu. The series that shows even Hell can be a better place, or worse place depending on where you stand. Anyway, a brief trailer has been released showcasing an OAD (Original Animation DVD) set to be included with Volumes 17-19 of the manga. Images have also been released showing some of the new characters who will join the colourful cast of Hell on their additional adventure. -30-

Super Grand Battle! X Trailer Shows Off the Ladies of One Piece

Bandai Namco Games has begun streaming the fourth trailer/gameplay video for the upcoming, and excitedly titled, One Piece: Super Grand Battle! X. With the game having already promised the chance at dream battles between the expansive cast, said trailer takes the time to focus on the female side of the pirate world. So watch as Nami, Robin, Tashigi and Boa join the Grand Battle and beat some people up. Narrator: Novmeber 13. Powerful! Wonderful! Beautiful! Gather now! A deciding battle between the strongest women in One Piece history! -30-

Eiji Aonuma Comments on Majora’s Mask 3DS Development

With the hype train speeding down the Spirit Tracks onto its stop at Termina, series producer Eiji Aonuma has decided to add some fuel to the proverbial fire (I’ll stop with the train metaphors now, I promise). Posting on the Miiverse, Aomura revealed that the not-just-another-remake of Majora’s Mask has been in development since 2011. So props to them for keeping it under wraps for three or so years. But don’t take my word for it, take his word for it. By reading his words…I’ll stop now. Greetings to everyone in The Legend of Zelda community! Eiji Aonuma from Nintendo here. Since The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was announced during the most recent Nintendo Direct, I’ve noticed that many of you have posted your thoughts in this community. Now, I’d like to say a few words for myself about Majora’s Mask 3D, which is planned for release next spring. The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D was actually in development almost immediately after we finished working on The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of …

FUNimation Begins Announcing Free! Eternal Summer Cast

Having licensed the second season of the aqua-centric Free!, FUNimation has begun their systematic announcement of the English cast. Rather than providing a list of names immediately, the company has decided to reveal one cast member a day from November 10th-November 16th. As such, the following list will continue to grow until week’s end. Rei: J. Michael Tatum For those who may be wondering how they could’ve missed the English dub of the first season, what with the announcement of Season 2 and all, allow me to shed some light on your quandary: There isn’t one. Due to some apparent licensing conflicts, that are well above my pay grade, Season 1 of Free! has yet to receive the dub treatment. Whether it will or not is still up in the air, so all you can really do is sit back and enjoy your Eternal Summer. -30-

Psycho-Pass 2 English Dub Cast Announced

Having recently streamed Episode 1 of their Broadcast Dub, FUNimation have officially announced the English cast of Psycho-Pass 2. More specifically, the new additions to the cast were announced, seeing as much (if not all) of the Season 1 voice actors reprise their roles. Kamui: Clifford Chapin Sakuya Togane: Christopher R. Sabat Sho Hinakawa: Z. Charles Bolton Mizue Shisui: Monica Rial Akira Kitazawa: Duncan Brannan At this point in time, the English dub is only available for those with a FUNimation subscription. Though if you feel like checking out the original Japanese, the first five episodes of the series are now on AnimeLab. That being said, it hopefully won’t be too long until all have the option to hear both versions. Inspector Akane Tsunemori and her comrades at the Criminal Investigation Department return for the mind-blowing continuation of the popular sci-fi series set in a world where the justice system can read your mind – and justice is dispensed from the barrel of a gun. Pick up after the dramatic conclusion to season one, and see what happens to Akane after …

Osamu Tezuka’s Final Diary Entry Gets Film Adaptation

It goes without saying that Osamu Tezuka is one of the greatest minds in manga history. He paved the path for the entire manga industry and set the pace for all that have followed him. Heck even his diary notes have proven to be brilliant pieces of creative thought with one particularly important diary entry now getting a film adaptation set for 2015. The diary note set for the big screen was none other than his final entry ever. In a way this final idea fom Tezuka is his last creation, it jut never got a chance at life… until now. The note reads: I came up with a wonderful idea today! How does “Toile no Pieta” sound… A patient diagnosed with cancer thinks it is unreasonable to die without being able to do anything, so he starts to draw a picture on the ceiling of the hospital room’s bathroom … […] the Purification and the Ascension. This was the challenge to the world by the dying person! It sounds like a very powerful idea for …

SnapThirty Presents: SnapCast Episode 10 – Jumping the Arc

In this episode, Kane is once again blind sided by Frank and Luke as they endeavour to hit it big with the Musicality SnapCast. Much time is also spend discussing the intricacies, or arguably the lack thereof, within the Shonen genre. So naturally ghosts, mafioso, ninjas, monsters and all manner of babies all get a mention.   Want to download the Mp3 for yourself? Right click the link and choose ‘Save Link As…’ – SnapCast Episode 10 – Jumping the Arc You can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes: Click Here -30-

Durarara!!x2 Announces Cast

The upcoming anime instalment in the Durarara!! world has announced some of the vocal talent that will bring the new cast to screen. Including, but not limited to, one particular character who seems awfully friendly with Ikebukuro’s infamous streetfighting bartender. So look forward to checking out the cast in the oddly spaced, three cour series, slated for release in January 2015, July 2015 and January 2016. Not sure why they chose to do it that way, but that’s how it is. Anyway, enjoy the cast information (Now with pictures!) -30-

Yokai Watch 2 Ships Three Million Units In Japan Alone

This game has been on my mind quite a bit as of late. I don’t exactly know what it is that’s keeping thoughts of playing this game thrashing around in my brain. It could be the cute visuals, it could be its similarities to the “Pokemon” franchise, it could even be because it’s a game that focuses on Japanese mythology. Let’s just say, as of right now, it’s a mix of all of those things and it’s driving me crazy because it’s not gotten a release in the West…yet! Level 5, the team behind the game, must be going absolutely bananas over in their development office because this game has taken Japan by storm. Already there are two titles in the series of 3DS games: “Yokai Watch” and “Yokai Watch 2” with a third on the way titled “Yokai Watch 2: Headliner” which is more of an upgrade on the previous title rather than a brand-new game in the series. Similar to how “Pokemon Yellow” is almost the same as “Pokemon Red” and “Pokemon Blue” …

Ocean Supposedly Set to Dub Dragon Ball Z Kai

So Dragon Ball Z is a popular series. For a lot of people, it was one of the first anime they ever watched, before they even knew that anime was different to western cartoons. That’s how it was for me at least. Anyway, fans of DBZ may recall more than one dub existing. Though FUNimation’s dub is the longest running, one cannot look past the original Ocean dub. Thus we are brought to the news at hand. With DBZ Kai bringing the series a new life, it has been revealed via the Twitterverse that a second dub shall come to be. An Ocean dub. As of yet, only two of the supposed cast have supposedly been announced. Richard Ian Cox as Goku and Lee Tockar as Frieza, the latter being the source of the supposition in the first place. After nearly 2 years I’m finally able 2 announce that I M playing Frieza in the new Ocean group version of Dragon Ball Kai coming out soon!! — Lee Tockar (@leetockar) November 4, 2014 Hopefully a more concrete …

Group Teaser Image Released For Upcoming Digimon Adventure Season

Tai, Matt, Sora, Izzy, Mimi, Joe, T.K. and Kari. Agumon, Gabumon, Biyomon, Tentomon, Palmon, Gomamon, Patamon and Gatomon. They’re ready to return to the spotlight and when they do…it’ll be a day to remember for the rest of your lives. Originally we were introduced to these young boys and girls when they fell into a bit of trouble one year at summer camp. Thrown into the “Digital World” they quickly put their differences aside to work for the greater good but with all good comes evil, and this particular force of malevolence has worked hard to earn its title. Meeting their partner “Digimon” and growing to become best of friends, the team save the “Digital World” from impending doom and return to their “normal” lives. Well, it’s been a while now and the time has come for them to get back to what they know best. It’s time for the team to come back together for one last mission. One last battle. One last…adventure. As many of you already know; there’s a new “Digimon Adventure” …

Kishimoto’s Fellow Shonen Jump Mangaka Farewell “Naruto”

It’s not just us, the readers and watchers, who’re saying our farewells to the long-running Shonen series “Naruto”. We’ve read it, we’ve watched it, we’ve experienced all of it but we’re not the only ones. “Naruto” being part of the “Shonen Jump” lineup for many years, you can imagine that the man behind the series Masashi Kishimoto would have gotten very comfortable with his brothers and sisters in arms at Shonen Jump. It is them too that will now mourn the end of a series that has been, according to most readers, at the top of its game for a very long time. We’ve said our part, we’ve critiqued the end, we’ve seen what we’ve needed to see and now it is time for those behind the pages to comment on the end of what was one of the most inspiring contemporary Mangas. The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump features a small but powerful list of comments made by other Shonen Jump Mangakas regarding the end of “Naruto”. They say their goodbyes, they …

The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask N64/3DS Comparison

So by now you’ve all heard the news and are eagerly prepping your 3DS to handle one of the darker instalments in the Legend of Zelda franchise. Good ol’ Termina, that dying world of sadness, fear and time limits. A real holiday destination. That being said, you may notice a difference or two since the last time you visited, a visual upgrade if you will. Curious? I thought so, so too did the folks at ninten2tv who uploaded some handy comparison videos. So check out what 15 years can do. Such as making the moon even creepier than it was before… -30-

Tears To Tiara II: Heir Of The Overlord – Available Now Across Europe

Yep, here it is. Those who are constant readers of the site will know that we’ve been reporting on “Tears To Tiara II” news for quite some time and it is now finally available in Europe. NIS America, with their friends at ATLUS, are very pleased to distribute their latest piece video game excellence across the great land for all the European gamers to indulge in. Exclusive to the PlayStation 3 and available both physically and digitally, “Tears To Tiara II” will take players on a wild fantasy adventure across the fictional country Hispania. You will take up arms as a young laborer named Hamil who, after meeting with a young girl calling herself a God, journeys to the capital to take back the throne that is rightfully his, or so that’s what this God lady is telling him. A Tale of a Forgotten Goddess and an Overlord. The province of Hispania suffers under the cruel dominance of the Divine Empire. In one of its towns within the countryside, a young boy named Hamil toils …

Persona Q – Fuuka, Koromaru, Kanji and Rise Trailers Released

ATLUS are back at it again with the releases of five new characters trailers for their upcoming dungeon-crawler “Persona Q: Shadow Of The Labyrinth”, well…four character trailers and one other one which takes viewers through the party building system. Fans of the series and big followers of Japanese pop culture will know that, every couple of weeks, ATLUS releases new trailers for “Persona Q”, most of which happen to feature singular characters…this week is no different. The characters put on show for this batch of videos are Fuuka and Koromaru of “Persona 3” alongside Kanji and Rise of “Persona 4”, as well as the one I mentioned just above. I’ve provided all of these videos below so sit back, relax, press play and enjoy what ATLUS has to offer. North America will be getting the new 3DS title on the 25th of November, Europe will be getting it on the 28th of November and Australia will be getting it on the 4th of December. That’s not too far away so begin preparing for what is …

Latest Chapter Of “One Piece” Pays Tribute To Fellow Shonen Jump Series “Naruto”

The long-running Shonen Jump series “Naruto” has finally…come to an end. “Goodbye, old friend!” says fans the world over as the final chapter gets released over in Japan but just because it’s yet to be released in the West doesn’t mean fanatics don’t have their ways of finding themselves a readable copy. Legal or…otherwise. Released in the same issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump is the latest chapter of another critically-acclaimed, long-running Manga series called, as you may already have guessed, “One Piece”. Now it’s known that all Mangaka share a sibling-like bond. Some more than others, obviously, but none like the one between Masashi Kishimoto and Eiichiro Oda. How do I know they’re close? Well, just look at the latest chapter of “One Piece” where the title page is one huge tribute to the now-finished Ninja series. Oda packed in just about as much “Naruto” content into the title page of chapter 766 as he could and it warms the heart. Be it Nami’s “Konohagakure-ispired” dress, the bipedal fox serving them their meal, or …

FUNimation To Stream Psycho-Pass 2 English Dub

FUNimation have today announced that they will be streaming the new sequel series “Psycho-Pass 2” online for their premium members in high quality and…in full English dub. That’s twice as exciting! Not only will you be able to watch the series legally but you’ll also be able to watch it in English. As you may know, FUNimation did this previously with the Shinichiro Watanabe series “Space Dandy” and it went swimmingly. My thoughts are that it can only work the same for “Psycho-Pass 2”. Starting on Saturday at 1pm ET/ 12pm CT, this series will be accompanied by a little competition set up by FUNimation just to see how good you are at picking voice actors and actresses. Basically you’re to listen to the dub and guess who voices who, you’ll then submit your answers to FUNimation through their Twitter ( For full info: Click Here) and you may just win yourself a HUGE “Psycho-Pass 2” poster. Tune in and prepare for a wild ride with the FUNimation dub of “Psycho-Pass 2”. -30-  

Freedom Wars – Review

I think it’s pretty safe to say that the PlayStation Vita, at this point in time, isn’t as popular as the West thought it was going to be back when it was first released. That’s not to say that the system itself is bad or that the games released for it aren’t enjoyable, in fact, out of all the consoles I have now the PlayStation Vita would have to be my favorite. Despite this being one of Sony’s own consoles in circulation during the same time as the PlayStation 3 and 4, the technological juggernaut seems as though it’s simply refusing to put any effort into advertising outside of Japan just how great the Vita is. Many games released for the handheld are niche titles that don’t get that much attention outside of their country of origin this is where we see a steep decrease in interest. In Japan, the Vita is still considered one of the members of the royal gaming family. Unfortunately, it’s not the same case in the West but I think …

“The Legend Of Zelda: Majora’s Mask” Is Officially Coming To The Nintendo 3DS

Yes! It’s about damn time! For years and years, fans of the long-running video game series have been ranting and raving about just how great the darker addition to the “The Legend of Zelda” series, “Majora’s Mask”, truly is and finally we’ll be able to experience it in a whole new way seeing as it has now been officially announced to be heading to the Nintendo 3DS sometime in 2015. Nintendo of America announced this with but a tweet today and, well…my heart is racing. As a child, I was always too scared to play the “Legend Of Zelda” games. Hell, I could barely get through “Ocarina Of Time” so there was no chance I’d event think about trying to play “Majora’s Mask”. Now, though, I’m a twenty year old MAN with nerves of steel! This means I can play all the games I used to be scared of…but I can’t handle minor things like stale graphics, so I’ve never attempted to play a game like “Majora’s Mask”. Thanks to Nintendo I, and all my …

These “The Last: Naruto The Movie” Images May Be Fake But They’re Still Pretty Cool To look At

I don’t know how many times I’ve typed this in the past few weeks but…here we go again: “Naruto” is ending! I’m sure you’re very much aware of this already so if you’re sick of hearing it, I apologize. The long-running Shonen series is about to come to an end but not before a final “hurrah!” which will be coming in the form of a feature length movie based upon the lives of the main cast years in the future. We also just found out that there’s going to be another short “Naruto” series which is set to come out next year, but I wont speak about that for longer than I have to because I already did it in THIS article. Coming alongside an event this huge is always a slew of fake screenshots, images, videos and information that only work to excite and then anger the masses. In case this is your first time; welcome to the internet. “The Last: Naruto The Movie” is not impervious to this, in fact, it’s quite the …

There’s A New “Naruto” Series In The Works – “Naruto: The Next Generation”

It doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to figure out that “Naruto”, at this point in time, is the most popular Shonen Anime/Manga series. In fact, it may be the most popular Anime/Manga series, period. Unlike many other series’, right this second, “Naruto’s” all-encompassing popularity has come about due to the fact that the long-running series is just about over forever. Or so we’re told. Now don’t get my words wrong, “Naruto” is also much-loved to its characters, its story and the artwork behind the series but it’s no joke that the prospect of it ending has gotten people in a bit of a stir. This is why all the “Naruto” articles on our site are blowing up like crazy! Well, I’m here to deliver another piece of “Naruto-related” news that, let’s be real here, may or may not be one hundred percent legit. Basically…there’s a new “Naruto” Manga and possible Anime series on the way. As you can see in the title of this article, it will be called “Naruto: The Next Generation” and it …

Valvrave the Liberator Season 1 Review

Never before has an anime series swung so wildly between moments of genuine greatness and outright awfulness. Valvrave the Liberator exists somewhere in between ‘so bad its good’ and ‘offensively bad’ for the majority of its run. It is almost as if Sunrise gave the production team complete creative freedom and what resulted is a unabashed mess of an anime series. Yet somehow, someway, Valvrave makes for an addictive viewing experience. Valvrave is like watching a train wreck; you know you are watching something horrible yet somewhere deep inside a part of you just won’t let you look away. The series has one of the most complicated plots in anime history following students on a floating space school as they battle against an invading Dorssian army (see: Nazi) who are trying to gain control of the legendary ‘Valvrave’ mecha. Unfortunately for the Dorssians, hapless hero Haruto decides on a whim to pilot the ‘Valvrave’, but in order to do that he must sacrifice his humanity and become a ‘Valvrave Vampire’. Things only get more and …

Godzilla Recieves Letter of Appreciation from Setagaya Ward, Tokyo

The King of all Monsters has received a very sincere Letter of Appreciation earlier this week from the Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. That’s right, the local government of Setagaya Ward gave the Letter of Appreciation to Godzilla, the greatest hero in Japanese history. In a rather humble ceremony in Setagaya Ward, Godzilla was celebrated and thanked for his legendary acts to protect the Ward throughout its history dating all the way back in 1932 when TOHO studio first opened in Setagaya Ward. Godzilla is truly the hero that the people of Japan and the world have always needed. The contents of the letter are still unknown at this point in time but it goes without saying that Godzilla is more than deserving of such appreciation. Let us know in the comments section below what you think of this colossal news. -30-  

‘Yokai Watch’ has taken Japan by storm, the nation-wide craze breaks sales records!

It would be an understatement to say that Level 5’s Yokai Watch series is pretty popular in Japan. The franchise has spawned a video-game, manga and even an anime adaptation with the series becoming arguably Japan’s hottest commodity going right now. This past week Oricon released details of the best selling products in Japan and Yokai Watch came in at number 2 behind Disney’s Frozen. This is of course makes Yokai Watch the most successful Japanese franchise today with the series spawning dozens of related merchandise of all manner and variety. The most popular off shoot merch is undoubtedly the ‘Yokai Medals’ a toy which has sold out in nearly every reach of Japan and continues to sell out each time stock hits shelves with parents struggling to get their little ones a precious ‘Yokai Medal’. On top of that the upcoming Yokai Watch film has broken blockbuster records with a whopping 721,422 advance tickets sold ahead of the films release. This makes for an all time record for Japanese cinema and for TOHO. The film …

Urbance Reaches KickStarter Goal

With just under a day left until its conclusion, art company Steambot’s KickStarter campaign has surpassed its funding goal, earning enough to fund its eight minute pilot episode. The series itself will be handled by Franco-Japanese animation company Yapiko Animation, who have teamed up with Hiroshi Shimuzu as animation director. Shimuzu brings a great deal of experience to the project, having taken the same role in series such as Michiko and Hatchin, Monster and Space Dandy. In a post-modern city torn by street violence, sex is prohibited because of a deadly genetical virus infecting the entire population. Men and women have grown apart, hating each other until two young rebels, disowned by their own gangs, are leading the fight to live their love freely.” In the crumbling inner city, sex kills. The urban landscape is split in two — men on one side, women on the other— opposing each other. COEVO seems to be the only hope: a government medical treatment developed to cure every single citizen except that those wearables haven’t produced the expected …

Can We Cross the Uncanny Valley?

Ah science, the application of what was once considered magic. The explanation behind the forces of the Universe and our connection to something greater than ourselves. But amidst the physics, the quantum mechanics, the chemistry, exists a goal that all have been looking towards…at least since sci-fi came to be. Robots. These marvels of machination are, depending on what sci-fi you’ve seen, are either a blessing or the eventual end of us all. But I digress. Allow me to step away from the hypotheticals and the vague philosophy and provide a real example of this concept. To introduce you to the subject of this article. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Asuna. At this years Tokyo Genius Expo, the brains at A-Lab Co. Ltd presented their hyper-realistic creation to the public. Each an every detail of Asuna, from eyes, to hair, to skin were designed with the sole purpose of looking real. Surprisingly enough, public reaction was mixed. Whilst some found themselves creeped out by the “too real” creation, others noted Asuna as cute. Some even went as …

Attack on Titan x Marvel Manga/Comic Announced

No, you didn’t read that wrong. It would seem that Hajime Isayama’s Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) is set to cross over into the epic continuity that is Marvel Comics, in Japan at least. I’ll just let you think about that for a minute… …yeah. The crossover was announced via Twitter by Marvel Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, along with a promotional image. The only promotional image at this point. Though, for those who know both franchises, the image certainly makes sense. After all, the military troops of Titan have already been compared to a certain web slinger when clad in Omni-Directional Manoeuvre Gear. Though who knows if Spidey will be the only Marvel hero to take on these tremendous foes. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see… -30-

Cannon Busters: The Animated Series KickStarter Opens

Once again we find ourselves turning to KickStarter to check out another hopeful crew and the project they are attempting to fund. Thus I introduce Cannon Busters: The Animated series, an endeavour based upon a comic created by TV Animation Producer and Director LeSean Thomas (The Boondocks, Black Dynamite: The Animated Series, The Legend of Korra Book 1). The noteworthy international crew also includes Joe Madureira (character concept artist for Darksiders, to name one), Thomas Romain (mech designer for Space Dandy, to name one) and Producer Tim Yoon (The Legend of Korra). Support has also been noted from Stelight Inc. and Animebooks.com. Cannon Busters is an animated adventure about the value of friendship and just how far one is willing to go to maintain it. If The Wizard of Oz met the Hidden Fortress with influences derived from Escaflowne, hip-hop, and classic RPGs — you get Cannon Busters, one wild ride of fun, suspense, action, and wackiness. It’s a roadshow-style adventure of epic proportions! Follow the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end, royal-class friendship …

Laughing Under the Clouds English Dub Cast Announced

So FUNimation had a little fun with this latest English dub announcement. Way back when on November 1st (otherwise known as 3 days ago), the official site aired the first episode of Laughing Under the Clouds for sponsors. During this, FUNimation asked viewers to play a little game and see if they could guess the cast themselves. Now, since it’s quite difficult to guess voices via text, enjoy the official list: Tenka: Christopher Wehkamp Soramaru: Dave Trosko Chutaro: Terri Doty Shirasu: Robert McCollum Kitamura: Randy Pearlman Tsuchiya: Jarrod Greene In 1878, the Meiji Restoration occurred. Because of this, the country faced many criminals, such as samurai’s rebelling against their fallen positions. Many were arrested, but they soon broke out of their jail cells and rampaged across Japan. Therefore, the government did their best to prevent this by building a giant prison in the middle of Lake Biwa. However, to get these criminals to the prison, they needed a form of transport. In this way, the Kumō brothers were given the responsibility to take these criminals to their final resting place. Directed …

Death Billiards to Receive Full Anime Series

It would seem that Anime Mirai made quite the impact with its 2013 short Death Billiards, leading to the announcement of a full series based upon it, entitled; Death Parade. Journey to the Queen de Kim, a bar frequented by those who have plummeted to the deepest depths of Hell. Within this realm, the Game Master pits person against person in a contest for their very life, betting everything on a single game of Billiards. -30-

The Last: Naruto The Movie – Theatrical Trailer

As my fellow writer Luke Halliday would way; “Naruto mania running wild, blokey!”, and for once in his life he’d be right. ‘Naruto’ mania is definitely running wild thanks to the almost finale of the long-running Manga combined with the immeasurable hype of the final movie of the franchise soon to begin its theatrical run in Japan. Up until this point in time, most of what we’ve seen of the movie has come in the form of short ads or still images of character designes but this time we’ve got the real deal: A full theatrical trailer that has just started playing in Japanese cinemas. Yes, it has been released online for fans all over the world to admire and, well…it’s looking damn good! I’m not even that into ‘Naruto’ anymore and I think it’s looking to be a great movie, I can’t help but imagine current fans’ excitement. it’s probably through the damn roof! The song you’re about to hear in the trailer is provided by Japanese jazz duo ‘Sukima Switch’ and will serve …

The Ambition of Oda Nobuna English Dub Cast Announced

So…history, am I right? Everybody knows about it. Some study it and others make anime franchises out of it. The former rely on intricate details in order to convey the most accurate representation of times past, the latter…not so much. Case in point; The Ambition of Oda Nobuna. Because you don’t have to be a history buff to know that the infamous Oda Nobunaga/Nobuna was not a cute blonde girl. Yoshiharu Sagara thought he knew his Japanese history backwards and forwards, but when he inexplicably finds himself in the past everything he thought he knew was wrong and he’s in a very different history altogether! Not only is this timeline’s version of the legendary (and very male) Oda Nobunaga now the cute (and very female) Oda Nobuna, but one of the first things Yoshiharu manages to accidentally accomplish is getting one of the Sengoku era’s most important historical figures killed! Still, when you’re stuck in the past, have a semi-reliable knowledge of one possible future, and there’s now a vacancy in the history books, what’s …

“Heroic Legend Of Arslan” Anime Adaptation Announced

“Fullmetal Alchemist”…Have I got your attention now? Good Anime/Manga fans will know the name Hiromu Arakawa and if they don’t, well…we can’t exactly call them good fans can we? The creator of “Fullmetal Alchemist” and the more recent series “Silver Spoon” which deals with the daily lives of farm workers, has been working on a new Manga for quite some time now and although it isn’t as well-known as her previous creations it is still one that long-time fans of her work have really been getting into. It’s a Manga that goes by the a name of “Heroic Legend Of Arslan”. You may know this Manga by one of it’s more noticeable front covers which features a white-haired gentleman that just so happens to look like a more stoic Edward Elric. You may also recall the name of this series thanks to it’s lineage; it’s a story that has been told time and time again by different writers over the years. The new Manga hasn’t been around for too long, only about a year or …

Super Smash Bros. For The Wii U Will Be Heading To Australia and Europe Early

Here’s some good news for a Monday morning; over the weekend Nintendo Australia reveal to the world that the upcoming Wii U release of the brand-new ‘Super Smash Bros.’ title will be coming to Australia and Europe a little earlier than originally planned. Initially announced to be hitting local shelves in both Australia and Europe in the early days of December, the highly-anticipated brawler title will now be made available to purchase on the 28th of THIS month with the digital version being released on the 29th. It’s only a slight date change but I don’t think that makes it any less exciting. If there’s one thing video game audiences love it’s an early release and I can’t think of a better game to deliver to gamers early. Everything else regarding the Australian And European release will stay the same. I’m, of course, referring to any special editions of the game you can purchase and things of that caliber. It is strictly the release date that has changed. Head into your local video game retailer, …