Month: May 2015

Choo On This! – Danny Choo Announced As Guest For SMASH! 2015

The Sydney Manga and Anime Show, also known as SMASH!, is right around the corner and us here at SnapThirty couldn’t be more excited! It’s one of the few times throughout the year that we get to directly connect with our kin; fans with the same love for Japanese pop culture as us, and the celebrity guests that create all the content we so dearly treasure. Every year the hard-working people at SMASH! do their darnedest to bring the biggest and bests guests down to our neck of the woods, and every year they find ways to surprise us all with the calibre of guests on their list of celebrity attendants. Already announced this year are cosplayers Reika and Kaname, voice actor Noriaki Sugiyama, and now…Danny Choo. Talking directly to you ladies out there, and some of the men: I bet you know who Jimmy Choo is right? He’s a very successful fashion designer that has made his mark on the world designing women’s shoes, well…Danny Choo is his son and he clearly shares the …

Music to Your Ears – Hiroaki Yura to Attend SMASH! 2015

With SMASH! drawing ever closer around the proverbial corner, it might be considered a wise idea to take a little refresher read on some of the guest who will grace the convention this 2015. For those of you who have an ear for the strings, you may be happy to note that Hiroaki Yura is one of the names rounding out the SMASH! attendance roster. Having founded Eminence Symphony Orchestra, the world’s first animation and gaming focused orchestra, back in 2003, Yura has put forth a number of creative musical series. His directing talents also saw his name added to projects such as Diablo III, Soulcaliber IV and V, along with Steins;Gate (a personal favourite of mine). 2010 saw the birth of a new company under Yura’s direction, Creative Intelligence Arts Inc. Now if that name sounds at all familiar, it might be due to the fact that it is the company behind the upcoming Project Phoenix, the first Japan-based videogame to live amongst the ever growing halls of Kickstarter. Their most recently announced project, an animated …

Cosplay Legends Collide! Reika and Kaname Heading to SMASH! 2015

Cosplayers and fans of them have reason to be excited with Sydney Manga and Anime Show more commonly known as SMASH have announced that two cosplay icons of Japan will be appearing as guests at the convention. Reika, who appeared at last year’s event will return after immense fan demand. Reika is famed in Japan for her cosplay of characters such as Levi from Attack on Titan and Rei from Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Kaname will be appearing for the first time at SMASH!. He alongside Reika are recognized as the two top cosplayers of Japan today and with memorable cosplays of characters like Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7 and Hozuki from Hozuki no Reitestu. This is undoubtedly the clash of cosplayer legends that many cosplay fans have long wanted for SMASH! and now the convention is delivering. SMASH! 2015 is scheduled for August 8th and 9th at the Rose Hill Gardens. You can get your tickets now at SMASH.org.au. -30-

Yo! – One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Western Release Date Announced

Having possessed only a vague release window until now, fans of the Straw Hats might be happy to know that the game now has an official release date…fans of other pirate crews can also be happy about this fact, it’s not just as Straw Hat exclusive. For those who live in the Americas, August 25th is the date to mark, with those in Europe, Australasia and the Middle East having to wait an additional three days, making August 28th the dawn of this third pirate warrior endeavour. Now, whilst it’s certainly beneficial to know this, it is still quite a wait until this game begins its life in our respective collections. So, to tide you over (that’s a little nautical humour for you) why not enjoy the latest trailer? It’s the one just down the page a little bit…the one that’s currently staring at you with its piercing, shark eyes. -30-

A Melancholic Meet-Up – The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan English Dub Reunites A Familiar Cast

Whether you’ve watched it or not, chances are high that you’ve heard the name Haruhi Suzumiya. Most likely owing to this widespread knowledge, along with the fact it had more than its fair share of fans, a recently released anime bears the distinct distinction of being a spin-off of Suzumiya and the series from which she hails. The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan (the series of which I speak) is also the latest in an ever growing line of FUNimation’s Broadcast Dubs, the cast of which has just been released. Now, the reason I not-too-previously brought up the series from which Yuki-chan was spun is because those in the know may recognise the cast members that make up this dub, otherwise knwon as the names I’m just about to list. Cast Nagato: Michelle Ruff Kyon: Crispin Freeman Asakura: Bridget Hoffman Haruhi: Wendee Lee Mikuru: Stephanie Sheh Tsuruya: Kari Wahlgren  Crew ADR Director: Christopher R. Sabat Lead Writer: Bonny Clinkenbeard It’s the same names…that’s why people might recognise them. They got the cast back. So…enjoy. -30-

Let it Rip? – Beyblade Set to Go Live Action

That’s right fellow Bladers, the long standing franchise that revels in top on top violence is set to transition to the big screen. Not only that, but the Western version of said screen of big size, courtesy of Paramount Pictures. Production wise, the film-to-be will be handled by Mary Parent and her company Disruption Entertainment. Now, in case you are wondering, “How will they capture the immense immensity that comprises the spinning science of the Bey?”, you may find it interesting to know that Parent has produced films that depict similar clashes of creatures. Namely I speak of Pacific Rim and Godzilla. Now, whatever you thought of these films, you cannot deny that they features some truly titanic terrors going toe to toe in battles to the bitter end. Now, whilst I don’t recall Beyblades ever destroying environments to such a considerable extent, it doesn’t hurt to have some familiarity with battles that are so ludicrous in inception, that they loop back on themselves and become cool. No word has been said on exactly what the …

Splat! Squid Girl Meets Splatoon’s Inkling In Crossover Inkvasion

It was only a matter of time that someone stood up and said “Hey, that Splatoon thing reminds me of that Squid Girl thing and stuff, man.” Now that that rather giddy young man has made the connection, Nintendo has too. To celebrate the imminent launch of the Wii U title, Nintendo have posted out a plethora of crossover artwork featuring both Squid Girl and the Inklings of Splatoon. Nintendo of Japan have previously hinted at further collaboration with Anbe the creator of Squid Girl with a variety of images surfaces on the internet featuring crossovers between the two. Could there be a potential Squid Girl DLC character for Splatoon in the works? I for one hope so. Check out the rest of the artworks below, they are pretty squidtastic! -30-

Promotional Stand Reveals Dragon Quest Heroes North American Release Date

Isn’t it funny how sometimes even cardboard cutouts can do a better job breaking news about a new video game than actual publishers? A promotional stand sitting in the back room of a video game retailer over in North America advertising the release date for the much-anticipated Dragon Quest Heroes: The World Tree’s Woe And The Blight Below has been shared online thanks to Twitter user @Wario64 who got a snap of his flat friend taking a break before actually being placed out into the store to promote the game’s release. The date is the 13th of October so mark it on your calendars just incase you’re prone to forgetfulness! Though Square Enix hasn’t come out with any official announcement of the release date, if you check out the Dragon Quest Heroes page on Best Buy’s website, it features the same date which can only mean it is official…right? I’m sure we’ll hear from Square Enix soon enough with an official statement. Until that happens and until the actual game is released, why don’t you check out …

Check Out The New Team 7 In This Boruto: Naruto The Movie Magazine Scan

Yosh! The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has just hit shelves over in Japan and, with every weekly release, comes some awesome news about out favorite Shonen titles. This week, the pop culture world gets another great look at the upcoming film Boruto: Naruto The Movie. Now that our heroes (Naruto and his pals) have grown up, gotten married, and had kids, it’s up to the next generation of Shinobi to get strong enough to defend the village. It seems as though most of the characters from the original Naruto series all got together and started having children at the exact same time because most of their kids are now in the same class. In Boruto: Naruto The Movie, we will follow the new Team 7 which is now made up of Boruto who is Naruto and Hinata’s son, Sarada who is Sasuke and possibly Sakura’s daughter (read the Manga), and Mitsuki who looks oddly a great deal like the antagonist of The Last: Naruto The Movie. Whether or not there’s a connection …

Final Fantasy X | X-2 HD Remaster – PlayStation 4 Review

My history with Final Fantasy X, and by association Final Fantasy X-2, is one that stretches all the way back to my high school days. Having a friend utterly obsessed with the duo of games, it was hard for me to avoid hearing about the ins and outs of what many consider to be the greatest Final Fantasy title ever released…and it’s less-than-great sequel. I once tried my hand at Final Fantasy X but, thanks to my borderline-ADD, I couldn’t find it in myself to properly appreciate what it had to offer. Years later, Square Enix decides that it is time to bring the pair of games into the new year and they release the HD Remaster of both on the PlayStation 4. I decide that it’s time for me to have one last crack at them before I close the book for good. I feel as though I owe it to my friend, and all lovers of both FF X and FF X-2, to properly immerse myself in the story that has stayed in …

Mega Man X Kidrobot Vinyl Figures Hitting Shelves This Summer

There’s nothing that says “retro” more than some vinyl merchandise. We live in a modern age wherein which vinyl is no longer used to house musical tracks. Though actual vinyl albums still do exist, the soft plastic is now used for much more decorative purposes, namely the creation of figures and figurines. Your favorite characters from your favorite movies, television shows, comics, Anime, Manga, video games are all now immortalised in vinyl. Walk into any store that sells pop culture merchandise and you’re sure to be overwhelmed by the sight of just so much vinyl. I’m getting a little overwhelmed simply typing the word “vinyl” so many times in this article. Kidrobot, one of the modern day’s leading producers of designer toys, announced a year ago that they’re going to fuse their vinyl stylings with another old-school favorite who is, funnily enough, made entirely from metal. Kids, Mega Man is a small, blue robot who was created to fight against a bunch of other, sometimes small robots who’re programmed to send the world into a state …

The Great Splatoon Heist Of 2015 – Shipment Of New Title Stolen Before Reaching UK Retailer

When you’ve been waiting for a video game as long as a lot of us have been waiting for Splatoon, you tend to get a little crazy with excitement and anticipation. Most gamers will trust that their pre-orders will be fulfilled on the day of release but certain individuals, me included, tend to worry a little bit as the day gets closer. Though not usually the case, it’s thoughts of inability to provide that which we’ve already paid for that plagues our thoughts. In the UK, this worry is all too real for those who have pre-ordered the Splatoon + Squid Inkling Amiibo pack from certain Game stores seeing as, well…shipments of it have been stolen. A truck containing a huge quantity of this item has gone missing between Nintendo’s European warehouse and many Game stores across the UK, sending the game-loving population across the sovereign state into a frenzy. Nintendo has already made their first statement: “We regret to inform you that the lorry transporting the Splatoon stock from Nintendo’s European warehouse to Game …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Volume 1 Review

Whether you love it or you hate it, there is one thing that is undeniable: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is something special. While it is easy to pass off JoJo’s early goings as a Fist of the North Star knock-off at first glance at hulking men drawn with sharp lines and heavy ink. Phantom Blood is brimming with creativity the likes of which are damn near incomparable. That is what JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is, simply unlike anything else in manga. Phantom Blood is the first of eight (and counting) parts of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. Originally released back in 1986, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has spanned hundreds of volumes and thousands upon thousands of chapters and remains in serialization today. However this is the first time ever that the Phantom Blood part of the series has been released in English, with Viz Media having only ever dabbled in localizing part three of the series, Stardust Crusaders. Needless to say, this is a release that is a long time coming and Viz Media have not disappointed, giving …

Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed Review

For as long as there has been more than one console in the marketplace, there has been a certain type of rivalry between the purchasers of said consoles. Be it a friendly, personal opinion regarding the benefits one possesses over its competitors, or a more combative, stalwart argument regarding the superiority of their console of choice. The Console War is a constant my friends, a never ceasing conflict between sides that are neither good, nor evil…just opinionated. Hyperdimension Neptunia long ago decided to personalise this conflict by personifying these gaming machines as cute anime girls, all whom band together to fight greater evils. Perhaps we could all learn something from this series…or we could just say forget it and hit stuff with big weapons. Hyperdimension Neptunia U: Action Unleashed is the latest instalment in the ongoing journeys of the CPUs, and CPU Candidate younger sisters, of the mystical land of Gameindustri. However, if you are at all concerned with story progression, you might be happy to learn that this is a non-canonical journey. How do …

Clash of Characters – Project X Zone 2 Adds Some New Faces

In the ever so popular realm of cross over titles, Project X Zone 2 has recently made it known that a few newbies will be joining the worl blending fray. Well, they’re not newbies per se, in fact they’ve been around for quite some time…just not in the X Zone world. But now they are. Thus, with little to no further ado, I shall list these characters below. SEGA Sakura Wars Sakura Shingujio Gemini Sunrise Streets of Rage Axel Stone CAPCOM Street Fighter Ryu Ken Masters Ace Attorney Phoenix Right Maya Fey Bandai Namco God Eater Ciel Alencon Nana Kazuki Summon Night Aty So there you have it, some new allies to help you fight evil come 2015 (the as of now vague release date for the game). In the mean time, why not enjoy some scenic shots of the nifty locales you are sure to visit on your series hopping quest. Can you guess where they’re from? -30-

AnimeLab Premium Launches With Plenty Of Swag

So chances are if you’re an anime fan residing Down Under you’ve already signed up for Madman “it’s too good to be true”, but it really is true” AnimeLab streaming service. If you haven’t then what are you waiting for!? It’s only the best way to watch Blood Blockade Battlefront right now. Anime Lab is free and there is a wealth of shows you can check out, with most of it being restricted to original Japanese dubs with subtitles, and just a small selection of shows offering English dubs. Now if you’re an anime hipster you probably won’t care too much about English dubs in any case. As of now, Anime Lab Premium has launched. Upgrading to the premium membership will give you access to a wider selection of English dubs, and also allow to watch more content in HD. Furthermore it will mean simulcasts without delays and complete removal of ads. If you’re not sure if you wan’t to fork out the money for the upgrade, then you can give a free test drive …

Power Meal – DBZ’s Vegeta Appears In New Commercial For Cup Noodles

Japan produces it’s fair share of weird stuff. In fact, I’d go as far as to say that they produce the weirdest crap the world has ever and will ever see. Japan saw the birth of a SchickXEvangelion collaboration that has lasted for years. Only in Japan do shaving products and an alien armageddon come together so gracefully. With this in mind, there’s absolutely no way you can deny Japan’s tendency to come up with some insane promotional campaigns. In comparison to what I’ve just detailed, the commercial I’m about to introduce is actually somewhat tame…but still so damn funny! We all love Dragon Ball Z, fact. Even those who aren’t really into Dragon Ball Z still love Dragon Ball Z. Yeah, my words are inconsostent but that doesn’t make them any less true! Dragon Ball Z breaks all kinds of mental and physical boundaries so ny crazy writinf is fine. Well Cup Noodles, the well-known brand of…cup noodles, recently released a commercial for it’s brand-new flavour which just so happens to be…Vegeta. Yep, it’s …

Keep Friends Close And Enemies Closer – Lost Dimension Hits Australia/New Zealand In August

In Francis Ford Coppola’s film sequel The Godfather: Part II, Al Pacino’s character Michael Corleone speaks the all so true words “keep your friends close and your enemies closer“. This saying has been passed down throughout recent history as something of a mystical saying, often being attributed to military strategist Sun Tzu who you may know wrote the book The Art Of War. This…is not true. It is simply a line from the movie The Godfather and although it is only this, it does indeed have some worldly truth. In the upcoming tactical RPG Lost Dimension players will fill the shoes of a psychic working within a sub-government agency called S.H.E.I.L.D whose only goal is Earthly defence from enemies of immeasurable power. Too bad one of your very own teammates is a traitor, too bad you don’t know which one. The upcoming PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita title developed by Lancarse and published by NIS America, is one of the more exciting video games of this year thanks to its interesting gameplay that, mixes both action, RPG and …

What’s Old Is New Again – Introducing Cyber Gadget’s “Retro Freak”

Get ready to change your underwear, retro gamers, because this new console will have you far too excited to control yourself. Have you ever heard of a company called Cyber Gadget? Maybe yes, maybe no. They’re a Japanese video game peripheral developer and manufacturer that have only recently decided to begin creating their very own video game console but, oddly enough, it’s not to compete with the current generation juggernauts like the Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. This new console, titled the Retro Freak, is not so much for fans of new games, rather it is for those of you out there who’re more at home in the past. This upcoming console will feature eleven cartridge ports that each represent a different old-school video game system and the games that were playable on them. Yes, this big, white slab of a video game console will have more holes than a block of swiss cheese but unlike that of the dairy product each will be more than just wasted space. In short; this new …

Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Mt Fuji, Mt Hakone and LAWSON Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. Featured in dozens of anime, manga and Japanese films, Tokyo Tower is globally renowned as a spirit of Japan’s ingenuity, Luke and Suz hit up the tower for a sublime panoramic view of Tokyo. Next up is Asakusa which is a popular tourist destination in Tokyo and it is generally on every tour brochure you’ll ever see of Japan, so we took to the streets to find out what makes Asakusa so special. But the fun doesn’t stop there, Luke and Suz then head to Mt Fuji and Mt Hakone to tackle two parts of Japan’s famed triple volcano. Also …

Good Smile Company’s Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade Figure Now Up For Pre-Order

This is literally THE figure I’ve been waiting for ever since I first started watching the Monogatari Anime series. The greatest character of all time; Shinobu Oshino, also known as Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade, is almost always seen in a form that is less womanly and more childish than what she’s used to, but only due to the fact that she’s not quite the vampiress she used to be. Now attached to a half-breed, she spends her days lurking in the shadow of Koyomi Araragi and feasting on donuts, but it is her past life that is the most intriguing and, in fact, the most exciting. Most, if not all, of the Shinobi Oshino figures or figurines on the market right now are of her in her child form but the awesome people over at Good Smile Company are changing that today by opening up pre-orders for a new figure that shows the buxom Kiss-Shot Acerola-Orion Heart-Under-Blade in her full iron-blooded, hot-blooded, cold-bloodedness! Standing at an almost fourteen centimetres tall and setting you back roughly $126, this …

Guns Out! – Gangsta. Anime Official Website Releases Preview 1.5

The official website for the upcoming Anime adaptation of Kohske’s hit crime noir Manga Gangsta. has been updated overnight to now include a new preview that, although like the three-minute one that came before it, shows us a little more of what the upcoming Anime series has to offer. Cut down to a quick minute and a half, this new preview simply works to inflate hype for the series that is already at immeasurable heights. Much like what Blood Blockade Battlefront has done to the current season, I can see Gangsta. absolutely blowing the competition out of the water. I know this for sure as someone who’s read the Manga and knows exactly what to expect from the Anime…though the few previews released also help determine just how incredible it’s going to be. Good thing is…the series is set to premier in July so, granted some Western distributor picks up the rights, we won’t be waiting too long to actually see this series episode by episode. Anyway, enough writing, enough typing, enough reading…just watch the …

More Mystery, More Dungeons – Nintendo Announces Pokemon Super Mystery Dungeon For The 3DS

Work sucks right? Yeah, it totally does. Imagine, if you can; you’re a standard human being making his or her way to your workplace on a Monday morning…the WORST work day of the week. You sit on the train, maybe make small talk with some of the other commuters, and come to the realisation that normal life kind of sucks. Immediately you’re teleported into a magical world wherein which you’re no longer the normal human you once used to be…you’re a Pokemon! Maybe you’re even a Pikachu; the most loved Pokemon of all! Other monsters confront you, some looking for a fight, others looking for help. Of course you choose to lend a hand and in that moment you officially become one of the good guys. If you’ve ever played a Pokemon Mystery Dungeon game you’d know that’s exactly there way it usually goes. You’re a human-turned-Pokemon that must set off on a mission to save the world you’ve just entered. Well Nintendo have just announced that you’ll be able to do this all once …

Good Grief – NIS America Reveals Danganronpa: Another Episode Limited Edition Pack

The Danganronpa series of despair-inducing video games is all about gruesome murders, heart-pounding trials, and watching the people you’ve come to call friends slowly betray you in every single way they possibly can…so why the hell are we always so excited for another game in the series to come out? All it ever does is bring is pain, but I guess it’s that good kind of pain, the one you feel when you get punched in the face by someone you love; it hurts a whole bunch but you still love them so you let it slide. NIS America have today revealed the Limited Edition pack for the upcoming Danganronpa Spin-off Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls which takes a nice break from the usual court-based gameplay of your standard Danganronpa game and replaces it with some pretty rad-looking third person shooter mechanics. It’s kind of hard to hate that right? Look, you should know about all this already because it was announced a long time ago and ever since then Nippon ichi Software have delivered …

JAEGAR! ‘Attack on Titan’ Breaks Down The Walls Of 7-Eleven

Do you like Attack on Titan? Do you like 7-Eleven? Well of course you like both of those things. You’d be a bit of a goose not to enjoy the thrilling epic scale of Attack on Titan or the famed convenience of the store known as 7-Eleven. Well in a crossover event that the entire fate of mankind depends upon has begun. Attack on Titan and 7-Eleven will be running a promotion together in Japan. The promotion comes ahead of the live-action cinematic adaptation of the Attack on Titan series and will see life-size figures of characters such as Levi and Eren Jaegar appear in stores. Any customer who spends over 780 yen will go into the draw to win one of these life-size standees which is valued at roughly 1,728,000 yen each. Which is roughly $18,100 AUD. What do you think of this epic crossover promotion. Do you think that 7-Eleven is a fitting partner for the colossal anime and manga franchise Attack on Titan? Let us know in the comments section below. -30-

When Marnie Was There – Review

Studio Ghibli films explore a range of genres and themes, but if there is one consistent trend, its the exploration of what it means to be a child in this complicated and downright cruel world. Studio Ghibli films are all about the thoughts and feelings that one experiences in their childhood, and the power of using imagination to make sense of, and if not to ease, the harshness of reality. While these films may explore the ins and out of child’s mind and perception, you need to be an adult to fully understand and appreciate their message. So in essence, Studio Ghibli films are about what it means to be a child but are made for the viewing pleasure of adults. Make sense? When Marnie Was There has just received a theatrical release in Australia, and it joins Princess Kaguya and The Wind Rises as one of Studio Ghibli’s latest efforts, and it may be a while before we see them produce anything else. Not that it’s a bad thing, because creating a masterpiece takes …

Coppelion Review

Science. Humanity’s ever going pursuit towards understanding and utilising the forces and element that comprise the planet Earth. Unfortunately, whilst this endeavour may conjure up visions of a progressive, utopian ideal, theory and practice are also the domain of mistake and miscalculation. If one is luckily, these missteps merely cause a minor setback, a reason to re-calibrate and try again. If not, they can spell disaster for the masses and leave destruction in their wake. In a world mirror to that of our own, a choice was made, innocuous in its inception and hopeful in its implementation. Though met with criticism from wary parties, a power plant of nuclear origin was constructed in Tokyo regardless, owing to the benefits of energy production. Unfortunately, after activation, the plant suffered a critical malfunction, loosing its radioactive materials upon the surrounding area, irradiating Tokyo and rendering 90% of the metropolis uninhabitable. 20 years later, and a number of scientific leaps forward, the Japan Ground Self-Defence Force makes its boldest attempt in investigating the polluted area through the deployment of the Dispatch …

Unbreakable Machine Doll – Series Collection Review

Human beings are creatures of legacy. This is something that I’ve believed in ever since I could recall past thoughts. Why is it that we do the things we do as citizens of this Earth when, sooner or later, we will breath our last breath and be taken from this world? It is the idea of legacy; leaving something behind, that fuels ambition, that fuels momentum, and that fuels advancement. We live for what came before us and we use that to push forward into the future. As a man who lost his father at a young age, this is all too real for me. I wear his necklace in remembrance and I do what I do thanks to what he left behind; a passionate and hopefully everlasting fire. A legacy can be literally anything, that’s what’s amazing! It doesn’t have to be a piece of jewellery or money or anything materialistic like that, though it can be. A legacy is similar to a memory, the difference being that it attains a life of its own …

SnapCast Episode 23 – The Adventures of the Baffling Gaijin

In this episode, Kane, Frank and a well travelled Luke discuss the ins and outs of international travel. Mention of J-Stars Victory VS also sparks a discussion of Shonen series both old and new, along with theories of the ultimate crossover roster. Also be very careful when searching Splatoon…the internet can be a perilous place. Want to download the Mp3 for yourself? Right click the link and choose ‘Save Link As…’ – SnapCast Episode 23 – The Adventures of the Baffling Gaijin You can also subscribe to our podcast on iTunes: Click Here -30-

Nintendo Release Hilarious E3 2015 Promo Video Starring Reggie Fils-Aime and Some Kid Named Tanner

In 1990 Nintendo held the ‘Nintendo World Championships’ gaming tournament. Today almost 25 years to the day, Nintendo have announced that the World Championships will return at this years E3 event. The means in which they made this announcement may very well be one of the best promotional videos any gaming company has put out in quite a while. The promo video for Nintendo’s plans for the E3 2015 event features Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime engaging in a Rocky-style training montage as he gets ready to compete in the Nintendo World Championships. It even features an interim president of Nintendo of America, some kid named Tanner. Check out the video below to get the scoop on Nintendo’s plans for E3 and get ready for a giggle or two as Nintendo’s big bosses flaunt their comedic chops in this silly as can be promo video. -30-

Upcoming ‘noitaminA’ Anime Series ‘Perfect Insider’ To Feature Character Designs By Inio Asano

If you read this site on a regular basis you’d know that it is no secret that I’m a major fan of a little known manga artist by the name of Inio Asano. Asano has produced several cult classic manga over the past decade including the outstanding Solanin, the enthralling anthology that is What a Wonderful World! and the epic coming of age tale Goodnight, Punpun. To date Asano’s work has not garnered any anime adaptations which is quite alright because part of the wonder of his work is the flow of his manga, which arguably wouldn’t translate well to anime form. However his work will make it into anime in the form of character designs for the upcoming anime series Perfect Insider. Perfect Insider is set to hit the noitaminA anime block later this year as part of the Fall 2015 anime season. The series is based upon the novel of the same name by Hiroshi Mori. The series is a mystery anime that revolves around a murder that occurs at a University research …

Kaiyodo Previews Blood Blockade Battlefront Revolmini Figures

Every once in a while, an Anime like Blood Blockade Battlefront comes along and takes your breath away with things like incredible animation, an addictive soundtrack, a compelling storyline, and some incredibly likeable characters. With any series that features such charismatic and unique characters, those who watch it will quickly discover which of the cast is their favorite. With Blood Blockade Battlefront it’s almost impossible to find yourself a preferred character simply because each and every one of them gives you a reason to be loved. Now as a true Japanese pop culture fan you cannot simply SAY you like a certain character, you must SHOW it, and that’s when you start searching for some merchandise to get your hands on. Well Blood Blockade Battlefront has only recently reached high levels of popularity thanks to the new Anime adaptation so there hasn’t really been anything in terms of purchasable merchandise…until now.  Japanese figurine manufacturer Kaiyodo has been posting some exciting Tweets lately that happen to feature images of the first real Blood Blockade Battlefront figurines to …

J-Stars Victory Vs+ – Toriko, And Reborn! Vs Rurouni Kenshin English Trailers Released

There’s nothing that can revitalise a love for something more than a well put-together video game trailer. Bandai Namco Games has today released two more English trailers for their upcoming crossover fighting title J-Stars Victroy Vs+, both of which make me want to sit down and engulf myself in what both modern day and past Shonen Jump has to offer. The first trailer features Toriko’s titular character facing up against his eternal rival Zebra in what is described as not only a quest for the perfect food but for the perfect battle. The second trailer spans across two series’; Reborn! and Rurouni Kenshin, both of which feature young protagonists who fight only for the sake of peace, but will battle each other because, well…J-Stars Victory Vs+ really has no rules! Fight to your heart’s content! These trailers look so great, they’ve made me want to go back and re-watch Reborn!, they’ve made me want to start reading Toriko, they’ve made me want to experience Rurouni Kenshin like many people before me already have. THAT’S the power …

Za Furu! – Iggy Returns In JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven

The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has been released and with it always comes some juicy news about the young man’s genre and the series’ that call it home. This time around, Bandai Namco Games have revealed (through the magazine of course) four more characters set to appear in the upcoming fighting title based on the long-running and highly popular JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series; Eyes Of Heaven. This new title will bring back what we all enjoyed about Bandai Namco’s previous JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting title All-Star Battle but will also feature some huge updates to both gameplay mechanics and character roster. As mentioned in the article title; Iggy the Boston Terrier will return as a playable fighter in the new game as well as Dio Brando from the Phantom Blood arc of the series. The two characters NOT seen in the previous game who will be joining the cast this time around are Joseph Joestar and N’Doul, both from the Stardust Crusaders arc of the series. Dio, much like the last game, will …

We’re Going Digital – New Digimon Figurines Revealed For Franchise 15th Anniversary

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Fifteen years later, Digimon: Digital Monsters is still going as strong as ever and while it’s presence here in the West isn’t as solid as it was back in the late 90’s, over in Japan it remains as one of the top monster taming franchises of all time. It’s no lie that other series’ similar to it like Pokemon and Yokai Watch are indeed taking over in terms of popularity, but Digimon still has one hell of a large fan base, and I feel as though it always will! At least…I hope it does. Most fans of Japanese pop culture will know that we’re currently celebrating the series’ 15th Anniversary, which seems as though it has been going on for longer than you’d usually celebrate something of this type. Because of this momentous occasion, many manufacturers out there have decided that now is the perfect time to release some brand-new merchandise lines. Smart! Ever since the anniversary celebrations began we’ve seen things like new figurines, …

Begin at the End – Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Broadcast Dub Announced

Dubs, dubs everywhere, so let’s all have a listen. Bringing up alongside their other projects this anime season, FUNimation has announced that the post apocalyptic Seraph of the End has also netted itself a Broadcast Dub. With never-give-up humans, corruption tempting demons and, you guessed it, pompous vampires filling out the roster of characters, this upcoming dub should certainly bear its fair share of colourful moments. As well as ones that just make you want to punch the smug vampires right in their smug vampire faces. But I digress. Cast Yuichiro: Micah Solusod Mikaela: Justin Briner Ferid: Eric Vale Guren: Dave Trosko Yoichi: Chris Burnett Shinoa: Felecia Angelle Yamanaka: Seth Magill Crew ADR Director: Jerry Jewell Lead Engineer: Stephen Hoff Asisstant ADR Engineer: Gregory Taylor The dub in question will air as part of FUNimation’s Dubble Talk streaming block this coming Wednesday at 8:30pm EDT, with the usual delays present before it is available to the rest of the world. OH well, we know it’s coming, that’s the main thing. In the meantime, and if …

Triple Threat – The Disgaea Triple Play Collection Is Coming To Europe

Yo, scrub! Did I just hear you say you’ve never played Disgaea? Yeah, you know the video game series I’m talking about; it’s a tactical role-playing game published by NIS America, and you’re saying you’ve never played it? How is that even possible?! Oh wait…you’ve played the first few games? I apologise, I misheard you. I guess that’s okay, but do you maybe want to play some of the other titles in the series but can’t really afford to buy each of the games individually? Awesome, dood! I got some good news for you! NIS America…Europe has today announced a new video game collection that brings together three of the newer Disgaea titles all on one PlayStation 3 release. Yep! The Disgaea Triple Play Collection has just been announced and it will be getting a European release on the 10th of July. This collection will feature Disgaea 3: Absence Of Justice, Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten, and Disgaea D2: A Brighter Darkness. It’s perfect for those of you out there who need to play a little …

The Fog Has Lifted – Blood Blockade Battlefront Broadcast Dub Cast Announced

First things first, I am officially excited. Like, a lot. In case you’ve been living under a rock in a cave on Mars, Blood Blockade Battlefront is a new series from this current anime season that is, in my opinion, one of the best anime to come out in a while. It’s not even close to finished yet and I feel that way, so take from that what you will. But enough of my personal opinions, let’s get down to the facts. As they do, FUNimation has revealed that a Broadcast Dub will shortly grace the airwaves for this particular series, amidst their other endeavours. Thus, a cast list has been revealed detailing just who will bring these characters to life in English. Cast Leonardo Watch: Aaron Dismuke Klaus Von Reinhartz: Phil Parsons Chain Sumeragi: Trina Nishimura Zapp Renfro: Ian Sinclair Steven A. Starphase: J. Michael Tatum Gilbert F. Alstein: Francis Henry Sonic: Monica Rial K.K.: Stephanie Young Femt: Josh Grelle White: Megan Emerich  Crew ADR Director: Mike McFarland Assistant ADR Director: Felecia Angelle Lead …

Assassination Classroom Volume Three – Review

As an Australian who got his education at an Australian school, taught by Australian teachers, surrounded by Australian friends and Australian environments…it has always been hard relating to the average Anime or Manga student seeing as, well…they’re Japanese, and the two cultures don’t have much crossover. I’ve never had a fellow student take roll call, I’ve never eaten lunch on the school roof, I’ve never had to change into sports gear midway through the day, and I’ve never been introduced to a transfer student. In comparison to the Japanese school lifestyle…my education days were terribly boring. Volume Three of Yusei Matsui’s Assassination Classroom finishes off the small arc that started midway through Volume Two, which saw Class-E head off on a trip to Kyoto only to promptly run into trouble…typical of students from the Assassination Classroom. Unlike what I experienced in Volumes One and Two, what I was reading in Volume Three simply didn’t hit me in the same way. Especially the first half of the volume. The great jokes that once made me chuckle out loud, …

El Psy Congroo – Steins;Gate Headed For Europe This June

I feel as though I wont be alone when I say that Steins;Gate is, in fact, the greatest time travel story of our generation. The most tragic thing about it is that most of our generation don’t even know what the hell it is, let alone just how emotional and complex the story can be. I first experienced this journey through time thanks to the Anime that was released a few years ago. Contrary to popular belief; this video game adaptation very much lived up to the game that preceded it and almost forced me into an interest in time travel and the legend that is John Titor. 5pb., the developers of the highly-revered title, today announced that the game will be making a return to consoles, this time in Europe. I’d like to say “this time in the West” but unfortunately until further notice…North America aren’t lucky enough to get it. Chances are the USA WILL be getting a Steins;Gate release but it’ll be a little dekayed thanks to submission problems that the publishers …

Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 – First Look At Obito Uchiha 

Be honest; how well do you know Obito Uchiha? My guess is…not that well, which is fine because nobody knows him all that well. It’s kind of part of his charm as a bad guy. The problem with mystery is that, for the quizzical types like you and I, not knowing something about a character can be like a living hell! A week or so ago when Bandai Namco Games revealed that a gruesome Obito Uchiha fused with the plant man Zetsu would appear as a playable character in the upcoming fighting game Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4. I found myself somewhat excited but also somewhat confused: What the hell will this guy be like to use? Will he fight like an Uchiha? Will he fight like a plant…man? I have no idea! Bandai Namco Games have today released a handful of screenshots alongside a nice character model of the new fighter that dont necessarily divulge any real information but they do show us what he’s going to be like in the game, which …

Guess Who’s Back, Back Again – Dragon Quest VIII Announced For The 3DS

How’s this for a resurrection story: Dragon Quest VIII was released on the Sony PlayStation 2 some eleven years ago and was met with legendary success. Yep, audiences absolutely adored the Dragon Quest title but it took Square Enix and the team behind the great series a decade or so before they even thought about re-releasing it. It’s initial revival came not too long ago when Square Enix released a more condensed version of the highly-revered title for both Android and Apple smart devices. Ditching things like the voice acting and an actual engaging control system, this game still did very well…somehow. I suppose, despite what it lacked, it was still mostly the same game people enjoyed all that time ago. Well Square Enix have gone and done it again, today announcing that they now plan to bring the title to the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike the last time it was re-released, this iteration of the game will bring about certain upgrades like updated visuals, soundtracks, new storylines and even a new character. Set to hit …

World Trigger Volume Five – Review

It’s so strange to me; Daisuka Ashihara’s World Trigger isn’t nearly as popular as I imagined it was months ago. I saw this Manga turned Anime and thought to myself; “surely this is what’s leading the popularity polls in Japan”. I can’t honestly say I know why I thought that, it just had a look about it that I couldn’t help but shake. It was a huge surprise to me when fellow writer and friend Luke Halliday explained that it is a Manga that has constantly been on the verge of being axed, which is sad but also wonderfully uplifting. Think about this: World Trigger calls the chopping block it’s home. It’s always on the very edge of continued publication yet somehow always remains in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump and author Daisuke Ashihara is still employed to keep up with production. This means that, although World Trigger is almost always one foot in the grave, it fights on to live another day. This hasn’t just happened once…this has happened many times, and …

Building a Helping Hand – Japanese Company Strives to Create Affordable Prosthetic Arm

No, this isn’t the plot for a film. Technology is pretty amazing people and it is progressing in leaps and bounds to what we once thought was impossible. Now, prosthetic limbs have been around for a while now, with newer iterations bringing increases in capability and function. Whilst still far from a fully articulate replacement limb, one Japanese company is at least trying to bring the technology that does exist down to a lower price point. exiii Inc. (the aforementioned company) is attempting to combine the concept of robotic prostheses with the rather newly popularised medium of 3D printing. With the intention of utilising open-source code, the company aims to create a market of varied, affordable prosthetic arms, currently dubbed handiii. Kazuki Nagata of The Japan Times held an interview with exiii Inc. co-founder Genta Kondo, regarding their processes and vision. Source: The Japan Times -30-

Mascot Overload – John Oliver Explores a Distinctly Japanese Trend

As fellow fans of anime, manga and all things Japanese pop culture, it can be rather easy to forget one simple fact; not everyone shares the same passion. As such, it can be a moment of crisp realisation when one not versed in the labyrinthian world of Japanese marketing decides to peer in. Such a moment occurred recently on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, via a segment that focused on the cultural powerhouse that is Japanese mascots. These myriad creatures born of dream and nightmare are a mainstay in the companies and prefectures of Japan, lending faces to less-than-personable concepts; such as a railway. Whilst the norm in the wonderfully weird country of Japan, the majority of the globe shares a noticeably different view, one far from presenting a cute visage for a prison. But let’s not get too serious here people, this is a comedic look at a harmless and cute practice…unless you count Melon Kuma. So sit back, relax and laugh a little as you question how so many mascots can possibly …

It’s Time to (Action) Duel! – Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V English Opening Revealed

From Pharaohs, to human/card hybrids, to warriors from beyond the stars, Yu-Gi-Oh! has certainly provided us with quite the colourful cast. So you can only imagine what might happen when such a series decides to completely embrace its flair for the dramatic…and flair. With the release of Arc-V, the latest instalment in the Yu-Gi-Oh! franchise, comes the concept of Entertainment Duelists. As the title may suggest, these characters combine their passion for Duel Monsters with a desire to excite an audience, a natural economic progression in a world such as this. A new technology known as Solid Vision also allows duelists to give their monsters actual physical form, which has always been a bit of an unclear area in previous series, especially during the creation of the original Duel Disk (still not sure why that was such a dangerous technology to build, what with the monsters being holograms and all). Of course, as per the norm, our protagonist possesses a mystically powered necklace and is inevitably drawn into a conflict much larger than themselves. But enough …

Oh My God! – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Season One DVD to Release with English Dub

You read correctly JJBA fans, apparently the North American DVD release of the PHantom Blood/Battle Tendency hybrid that was Season One is set to ship with an English dub. Whilst this is far from unusual for an anime home release, this particular dub is remarkably light of detail as of now. In fact, the only information regarding an English audio version come from Season Two, of which three dub teaser episodes were released. Regardless, Right Stuf (an online anime store) has officially updated its description of the upcoming release to include English as a selectable audio option, following confirmation from publisher Warner. Unfortunately, that’s all of the information that is known at this point, with the actual list of voice actors remaining elusive. Regardless, look forward to the upcoming vocals and relive the beginning of one of Japanese pop cultures longest running and most flamboyantly masculine of series. -30-

Get Xcited – Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster PS4 Launch Trailer Posted

Also the game itself was launched. I know I kind of buried the lead on that one, but I though I’d rectify it immediately. Coinciding with the launch trailers release, X/X-2 HD Remaster hit North American shelves with a $49.99 price tag. European gamers however, will have to hold on for just alittle longer until they can dive back into the adventure. One day to be precise. Having already received a collective release on PS3 and PS Vita not too long ago, players will be happy to note that this latest version will feature a cross-save function, rendering your previous progress relevant and ready to go. Or you can just start anew once more and enjoy FFX, FFX: Eternal Calm (video), FFX-2 and FFX: Last Mission, along with bonus audio and, of course, credits…also re-mastered visuals, re-arranged background music…what I’m getting at here is that there’s a whole lot of stuff. Oh, I also mentioned a launch trailer in the title didn’t I? Well here it is, right under this. Enjoy. -30-

Jackpot! – Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition Receives Release Date

As one might expect from a game that has received a fair share of pre-release trailers over the past few weeks, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is receiving a release. The new, enhanced version of the game will hit the PS4, Xbox One and PC, via digital copy only, in both Europe and North America on June 23rd for $24.99 (which equates to €24.99 or £19.99). Those who pre-order said game will gain a bonus costume for both Lady and Trish, whilst PS4 pre-orderers will also receive a custom theme. Bonus. In the meantime, whilst you’re deciding how quickly you wish to pre-order DMC4: Special Edition, why not check out the nifty gameplay trailer that lies just below these words that you are currently reading. -30-

Ikebukuro, Pokemon Center, J-World Tokyo and Shibuya Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. Having watched the anime series Durarara!! it was a given that I’d want to see how the real world Ikebukuro stacks up to its anime counterpart. To our pleasant surprise Ikebukuro is also home to Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo and a Shonen Jump theme park by the name of J-WORLD TOKYO. We wrapped up the day with a visit to Shibuya to check out the Hachiko statue and the scramble crossing. You can check out the four episodes below covering my trip to Ikebukuro and Shibuya: #9 Ikebukuro, Sunshine City and Idol Hand-Shaking Event #10 Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo #11 J-WORLD TOKYO, Shonen …

Dressed to Impress – Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition Showcases Playable Trish

If there’s one thing Devil May Cry has going for it, apart from the chaotic combat, it’s style. From the characters to the actual fighting mechanics, this franchise wants you to dispatch demons with flair. To help with said goal, Devil May Cry 4: Special Edition is providing a larger roster of playable characters who all possess their own definitions of style. In this vein, Capcom has released a nice little demo video that showcases a few of the combos that the near ever present Trish will bring to the battlefield. Slice and dice foes with the Sword of Sparda, dole out some long range justice with Luce and Ombra, or keep it nice and personal with some lightning charged dive kicks. There’s more than enough there for you to mix and match your carnage. The Devil Trigger also remains when playing as Trish although, instead of transforming her into a demonic reflection of herself, it simply gives her a power boost and sweet pair of shades. Still cool though. An earlier demo video also provided …

Hands-On With The Splatoon Global Testfire Demo

Having only had the Nintendo Wii U for maybe a month at this point in time, I still find myself not used to the flashing of the home button on the system’s controller. It usually wakes me up from my sleep and forces me to begrudgingly turn the system on just so I can turn it straight back off out of frustration. There has really only been two times wherein which the flashing has alerted me to something that I actually care about: The first is when Mewtwo was released as a playable character for the new Super Smash Bros., and the second time is when the Splatoon Global Testfire demo got released…that was today (the day of writing this article). I first played Splatoon at Australia’s own EB Expo a year ago and I immediately fell in love. In fact, the main reason I bought myself a Wii U was to solely play Splatoon, but as usual that quickly changed when I remembered Virtual Console titles like Earthbound and Megaman Battle Network were available. …

Terra Formars Volume Five – Review

This may seem somewhat outlandish but I beg that, before you jump to aggressive conclusions, you think about just what it is that I’m about to say: We live in a strange age that glorifies and celebrates mediocrity, especially in the world of pop culture. I’ve seen countless Anime and Manga rise to stardom undeservedly, I’ve seen many characters who’ve risen to an unjustified level of popularity, I’ve seen what I consider to be the downfall of story/character writing and now I’m seeing one hell of an overall shift. In recent months I’ve been able to experience some of the most exciting Anime and Manga of all time thanks to my role here at SnapThirty. Before we started this website, I thought the industry was at an all-time low…and I truly think, even now, that it was. Since then things have been looking up. I was introduced to Manga like World Trigger, Assassination Classroom, Gangsta, and yes, Terra Formars. I then came to realise that an overall storyline is not just what makes a series …

‘Cyborg Roggy’ and ‘Gakkyu Hotei’ Manga Axed From Shonen Jump

Remember a little article a little someone wrote about Cyborg Roggy not too long ago and how that someone predicted it would get the axe sooner rather than later? Well I hate to say I told you so but I told you so. Needless to say Cyborg Roggy has been unceremoniously axed from Shonen Jump after failing to capture an audience in the magazine and consistently ranking dead last in the reader rankings. It will end next week and be compiled into two volumes for release in June and July this year. On the other side of the coin a rather surprising turn of events has befallen Gakkyu Hotei, the Takeshia Obata series about the Elementary School Justice System. A strange premise that unfortunately seems to have been the undoing of the series in spite of its legendary mangaka behind it. Luckily for Gakkyu Hotei it is getting a more respectable send off with the series being moved to Shonen Jump+ the digital magazine in Japan to conclude its run properly. The axeman swingeth hard …

Japanese Voice Of Sasuke Uchiha Noriaki Sugiyama Revealed As Guest For SMASH! 2015

Can you hear that? Seriously, listen. Can you hear the screaming of all the Sasuke Uchiha fan girls echoing around the great country of Australia. For real, if you do listen hard enough I guarantee you’ll at least hear a “squee” or two. SMASH!, one of Australia’s most exciting Japanese pop culture events, have just announced that Noriaki Sugiyama will be attending the event as another one of it’s guests thanks to The Japan Foundation who’re flying him down here to meet all his adoring fans. The talented voice actor has lent his mastery to some incredibly likeable roles like the aforementioned Sasuke Uchiha from Naruto, Uryu Ishida from another Shonen series Bleach, England from Hetalia, and so many others! Like the other guests attending SMASH! and those from the past, Mr. Sugiyama will be spending a great time of the convention meeting fans and hosting his own panels. It’s looking to be, once again, one hell of an amazing event! Last year was absolutely brilliant but I truly think this year will outdo the …

Obito Uchiha Revealed As Playable Character For Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4

With any new fighting video game release comes some brand-new combatants to choose and throw down with. It’s exponentially more exciting when the fighting game series in question has been going on for many years and is based off of a series that has more unique characters than I’ve had hot meals. I bought my very first console with my own money thanks to the original Naruto Ultimate Ninja which had me captivated at first glance and despite my dislike for what Naruto has become I still find myself getting excited for every new release of the series so, as you can imagine, talk of Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 still gets me just as excited as it always has. Bandai Namco Games have been slowly but surely unveiling some of the upcoming game’s new characters and combat systems, and thanks to the latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump it has been revealed that Obito Uchiha will indeed feature as a playable character. We’ve seen him in the past as Tobi and even further in …

First Trailer Released For World Trigger: Borderless Mission

A while back, Bandai Namco Games revealed to the pop culture world that a PlayStation Vita game based on the semi-popular Shonen Jump Manga World Trigger was currently in production. Now, months later, with no more information than that revealed up until this point, Bandai Namco Games have released the very first trailer for the upcoming semi-open world action game which, seeing as how little information was previously revealed, can be also seen as something of a reveal trailer. The PlayStation Vita title will closely follow the story of the series, both Anime and Manga, and will have you controlling some of it’s more predominant characters. Judging only by the trailer, it seems as though a few different character types will be usable; from Snipers to Swordsmen. Though looking a little unpolished, I have to say I’m very much excited for the release of this game despite there being no word on whether it’s set for a Western localisation. Actually, at this point in time we don’t even know when it’s hitting Japan. Well…we know it’s …

Madman Entertainment Releases English-Subtitled Dragon Ball Z Resurrection F Trailer

Australian audiences have only ever really been subjected to the English dub of Dragon Ball Z. As young ones we’d wake up early, grab ourselves a bowl of Wheat Bix, start getting ready for school, only to then get distracted by the tasty sounds of a guitar lick follower by the lyrics; “dragon, dragon, rock the dragon“, it was what we lived for at the time! In fact, to a certain degree, it’s what I still live for now. Madman Entertainment, one of Australia’s leading Anime and Manga publishers, has always had the distribution license for the great series “down under” and recently it was announced that they will be bringing the film down to Australia and New Zealand for a limited theatrical release. Well to build the hype for what’s to come, Madman have today released an English-Subtitled trailer for the film that’ll surely get all you Aussies ready to rock the dragon something fierce. I’m sure the rest of the world will enjoy it but seeing as I’m an Australian citizen…I’m kind of …

Check Out What’s Changed In The New JJBA: Eyes Of Heaven Fighting Game

Please tell me you havn’t forgotten about Bandai Namco Games’ upcoming fighting title JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven?! You couldn’t have! Not yet! I know it’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about the game but that doesn’t mean we can just forget it! Bandai Namco Games, the past Wednesday, released a brand-new gameplay trailer for the upcoming game that spotlights some of the new changes that have been made in recent development months. These changes have come about thanks to a demo that they released a few months ago. Those who got their hands on a copy took the initiative and detailed to Bandai Namco just what it was they thought the game was lacking and how they thought the company could fix it. Being the kind developers and publishers they are, Bandai Namco Games took all of that into account and started fixing the game according to the words of the fans. The new trailer that’s just been released shows off all of these changes and allows for us all to …

Snap Play: Dragon Quest Heroes – Episode 01

Luke (@LAHalliday) went to Japan and brought back a copy of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4. Naturally he wanted to crack it open and give it a go but not before his SnapThirty brother in arms Frank (@FrankInglese) joined him. The two complete the games first mission all the while attempting to navigate the Japanese language. Sit back and enjoy the ride as Luke and Frank become the greatest villains in the history of the Dragon Quest world. Dragon Quest Heroes is currently slated for an English language release at some point towards the end of 2015. Stay tuned for more videos of the Japanese version of the game and for more news on the English release as it comes to light. -30-

New Manga To Get a ‘Jump Start’ in Next Week’s Shonen Jump

Viz Media have just revealed in their latest issue of their Shonen Jump digital magazine that they will be ‘jump starting’ several new manga series in the next few issues of the magazine. The series are slated to begin their run in the Japanese edition of Shonen Jump next week as well making for a simultaneously release with the English version with a new series beginning in each of the next 3 weeks. The first manga is Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club, a dance manga that is said to take the art form of dance and give it a Shonen Jump makeover complete with dance battles and all. The second manga is Devily Man and the third manga is Lady Justice, little is known about both manga at the current time but they seem both self explanatory but also rather vague. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge. -30-

The Rage Burns On – Rage Of Bahamut Second Season Confirmed

Hey, gang! Remember that super awesome Anime series that was released a while back but bever picked up by any legal Anime distributor? Yeah! That one! It’s the one that we all said we didnt watch because of that reason but did so anyway because we were told it rocks so damn hard. You know exactly what I’m talking about! Cygames released their cardgame Rage Of Bahamut a very long time ago, and last year it got adapted into an Anime series that worked so damn well it had people breaking the law just to watch it. Well it justified a second season which has just been announced through, now bear with me; a live concert dedicated to the music of the series. Now THAT’S a flashy announcement! At this point in time no information was released in regards to an airing date or episode count so, for the most part, we’re pretty much in the dark. Not for long I’d hope! Usually at times like these we see even a little more info closely …

Digimon Adventure Tri – First Anime Preview Released

It’s taken months of hype-building and a release delay but today marks a wonderful time in the lives of all Digimon fans the world over because we’ve just been gifted the very first look of what the actual Anime production is going to be like! Up until now all we saw were teaser images and videos that worked very well to get the hearts of the fans pumping, but left them wanting so much more…I suppose that’s the whole point of a teaser, right? It doesn’t matter! When I comes to Digimon, I’m the type of guy who wants all or nothing! The great country of Japan has been hosting a television marathon of the original Digimon Adventure Anime which ended with the preview that I’ve provided for you just below this post. Shocking audiences and causeing some to even break down and cry, this preview shows off the entire main cast, their Digimon pals, and the voice talents who will be lending their mastery to their respective characters. It was also revealed that this …

The Godfather Of Shinobi – Masashi Kishimoto Announced As Guest For New York Comic Con

I cannot stress this enough but…Naruto will simply never die! I know for a fact that I’ve written many articles in the recent past regarding the series and most of those articles start in, more or less, the same way. I usually talk about how Naruto, despite the main storyline Manga being finished and the Anime being on it’s way out, is still one of the most popular Shonen series’ of all time. This time around…I’m not going to worry about explaining that because, let’s be honest; if you don’t already know this by now than you’re simply not as big a Naruto fan than you think you are. We just saw the Western release of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump’s latest issue, which is published by Viz Media outside of Japan, and within the new edition comes a nice piece of news that sees the creator of Naruto, Masashi Kishimoto himself, taking a trip out to North America for the New York Comic Con festivities. Yes, you read correctly! Masashi Kishimoto has just been announced to be …

Tokyo Station Travelogue featuring Shonen Jump Shop

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. If you read this website on a regular basis it would come as no surprise that I am a Shonen Jump fan, so it was only natural that I’d want to seek out the Shonen Jump Shop while in Japan and that desire took my to Tokyo Station’s famed Character Street and what awaited me was more than I could ever have imagined. You can check out the four episodes below covering my trip to Tokyo Station: #5 Japanese Vending Machines, Catching a Train and Tokyo Station #6 Tokyo Station Character Street, Tower Mini and Yokai Watch Store #7 Shonen Jump Shop at …

Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Release Date Accidentally leaked By Microsoft

Oh I absolutely love when things like this happen. True or false, fact or fiction, real or otherwise, I simply love when a big company like Microsoft fumbles just a little bit and releases certain pieces of information early. It’s happened once again; this time the upcoming Bandai Namco Games title Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 has gotten it’s release date leaked early by Microsoft who have made the game available to pre-order online. Hitting up the Microsoft Store and going for a bit of a wander trying to find the game will eventually bring you to a page that’ll tell you all the usual stuff; price, console, rating and, event though it hasn’t been officially announced…the release date. Yes indeed, it seems as though the Microsoft Store has provided the pop culture world with a little too much information, and it comes in the form of an unofficial release date. I say unofficial because, well, in this day and age it’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not. Because of how simply a …

Omega Quintet – Review

Obsessions with musical icons has always been such a predominant thing in the history of the known world. As far back as records go, there was always a standout musical talent or act that caught the hearts and minds of the people of the generation. Like anything else that stretches so far back into the past, it is a social phenomenon that has only continued to grow. In this day and age we have young girls self-harming for the sake of proving a point simply because one particular member of a boy band decided that the life of a young star was way too much for him to handle, so I think I’m safe to say it’s reached somewhat of a destructive point. We look at Japan and it’s pop idol obsession like it is something so foreign to us but if you just think about it for more than a split second you’ll come to realise that…no, it’s not that different to the way us living in Western countries like North America and Australia act. …

Journey to the West (Of Japan) – Akihabara Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. As an anime fan upon touching down in Japan I really only had one thing on my mind; going to Akihabara. So that’s what I did and over the first four episode of Journey to the West (Of Japan) I chronicle my journey to Japan and exploration of the Electric Town of Akihabara as day turns into night and my anime dreams come to life. You can check out the first four episodes below covering my trip to Akihabara: #1 Going to Japan and the Pepsi Nex Conundrum #2 Akihabara, AKB48 and the Gundam Cafe #3 Akihabara Maid Cafe and …

Leading Man Cast For Takashi Miike’s Live-Action Terra Formars Film

Let’s think back for a hot minute: When was the last time any news broke about the upcoming live-action adaptation of Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana’s hit Manga Terra Formars? I think the last time we heard anything about this movie was all the way back when it was actually announced. That was a few months ago at this point in time but today we’ve been given a little bit more information on this exciting new movie and it comes in the form of the very first confirmed cast member. If you don’t know what Terra Formars is…please stop reading this article and go do your research. It’s crazy that you wouldn’t know about this incredible Manga and it’s less-than-incredible Anime adaptation so I’m just going to assume that you do. Well a while back it was announced that legendary Japanese director Takashi Miike – famous for movies like Ace Attorney, Ichi The Killer, and Crows Zero – has started with the early production stages of his very own live-action adaptation about the trained killers who’re …