Month: August 2015

Simmer Down! Episode 2 – Cooking Alice Nakiri’s Milkshake from Food Wars: Shokugeki No Soma

On episode one of Simmer Down!, good chef and bad chef Frank Inglese and Luke Halliday did something many people thought impossible; they made a dish from the hugely popular Food Wars!, also known as Shokugeki No Soma. It wasn’t that the dish was hard to make, this much has been proven by countless other YouTube videos, it was actually the coming together of two idiotic forces that had people in an almost unshakable state of disbelief. How can these two men ever work in synchronicity? Only under the guidance of Chef Ramsay is such a thing possible! Frank and Luke take to the kitchen for another episode of the SnapThirty cooking show Simmer Down!. This time around they’ve decide to prepare another dish from Food Wars! (Shokugeki No Soma) that actually doesn’t involve any cooking, instead only intricate preparation. Alice Nakiri, a talented but arrogant and annoying chef from the series, created this egg-based milkshake to wow judges chosen to critique new and exciting buffet dishes. Frank and Luke also want to wow audiences …

Wanna Be The Strongest In The World – Series Collection Review

What is Shoot Wrestling? Well, for one, it’s not the type of wrestling you’ll see in a standard WWE bout. Shoot Wrestling is a full-contact style of the professional sport that hit it big in Japan in the 70s which allowed wrestlers to partake in matches not as heavily scripted than what we see in the Western circuit today. Fighters hit each other hard with not a single punch being pulled, and what went on throughout the match was not as predictable. There are certain things in life, this being one of them, that are perfect appropriation material for an exciting Anime. The last time we saw a worthwhile series about full-contact wrestling was with Ultimate Muscle (Kinnikuman) which made it’s debut back around the same time as Shoot Wrestling itself…and I feel like that hasn’t changed, even with the release of Wanna Be The Strongest In The World. The eye-popping world of women’s professional wrestling is sweaty, sadistic, and savagely sexy. Famous Japanese pop idol Sakura Hagiwara is better suited for the dance floor …

Rainbow Mika Revealed As Playable Character For Street Fighter V

I’ll let you in on a little secret, reader; back when I was a young man and I had just gotten my hands on a copy of Street Fighter Alpha 3 Max…I had a serious crush on the bodacious professional wrestler Rainbow Mika. Maybe it was her long blonde hair, maybe it was her revealing outfit, or maybe it was her signature technique the Flying Peach, whatever the case, this fictional character stole my young heart and, since then, I’ve made sure to always leave a place open for her when she chooses to make her return to the fighting arena…which is now. Capcom have just announced the return of R. Mika for Street Fighter V with a fantastic and exciting trailer that shows off her next generation looks as well as her devastating wrestling style that seems to now involve getting a helping hand from another powerful grappler. What’s better than a single Flying Peach? How about two?! Alongside the announcement trailer, Capcom also released a fairly detailed explanation of not only her character …

Shovel Knight Amiibo Announced Thanks To Leak Courtesy Of GAME Brighton

We all know what Shovel Knight is. Even if you’re someone like me who hasn’t played it, it’s kind of hard not to know about this hugely-popular indie platforming title which has just risen to an incredible level of worldwide fame thanks to, well…who the heck knows. I just suppose it goes to show that if you make a good enough game, people will indeed play it. The game has recently been picked up by Nintendo for a release on both the 3DS and Wii U, and like most Nintendo titles it has now received it’s very own Amiibo…which has been accidentally leaked thanks to a UK GAME store’s website. Yes, the GAME in Brighton over in the United Kingdom Tweeted from their official account that Nintendo have just announced a Shovel Knight Amiibo that already has a release date, that being the 27th of November this year. Not long after this mishap, the GAME store deleted the Tweet and made no statement to rectify what they had done, choosing to instead sweep it under …

Oran Con – The Mini Con With The Big Heart

Over this weekend past, in an up and coming suburb somewhere South West of Sydney City, an event was held. Humble in personality and modest in size, this young convention proved itself to be just as promising as the place in which it was held. From the title, some of you will already know what it is that this article is about, but to others it is something that has clearly piqued your curiosity. Otherwise, why else would you be here? Regardless, seeing as you are here, how about we all get properly acquainted with what will hopefully be the next big thing in the celebration of popular culture. Engineered by the enthusiastic and hard-working team of United Cosplayers Australia, 2015 saw the genesis of what I’ve grown to call the first ever cosplay-centric convention held right here in Sydney, Australia. It’s name is Oran Con, and the collective hope of all who attended very much hope that it is here to stay. Despite it being one of the hotter Sydney days as of late, …

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Launch Trailer Released

Hideo Kojima and Konami have been prominent figures in the video game industry ever since the first Metal Gear Solid rose to fame in mid 1998. Ever since then, the two have grown together with Kojima at the helm of each and every Metal Gear Solid title, proving to the world almost single-handedly that there’s no such thing as a “bad sequel“. It’s too bad that, as of late, the two juggernauts of the video game industry have been at odds, with Kojima’s name being taken off of most promotional imagery of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain in a suspicious act of defiance against the man who made this all possible. Either way, The Phantom Pain is very close to getting a full release, in fact, it will hit shelves local to all of you reading on the 1st of September this year as a part of a worldwide release. To celebrate the almost-release of what is looking to be a true Hideo Kojima masterpiece, Konami have posted an early launch trailer …

Jushin “Thunder” Liger Stuns Wrestling World with Impressive WWE Debut

On WWE’s NXT TakerOver: Brooklyn PPV, wrestling fans were graced with the presence of a legendary Japanese performer and for the very first time too. Many great things have happened in the WWE, and many Japanese wrestling legends have performed and been honoured by the biggest wrestling company in the world,  but to see the legendary Jushin “Thunder” Liger perform in front of a sold out Brooklyn (New York) crowd in 2015 was unreal. If you were a complete newcomer to Japanese wrestling, and just casually watching the NXT product, you would have thought that this mysterious wrestler, dressed in a superhero (almost Ultraman) like garb was just one of the young performers on the card… well then you’d be wrong. Jushin “Thunder” Liger has been been a professional wrestler for nearly three decades, of course this is merely a persona and character, surely different wrestlers have assumed the persona over the last 30 years? Nope. Jushin “Thunder” Liger (even to my own surprise) has always been portrayed by the one wrestler who is now …

Savour The Flavour – SnapThirty Versus Bizarre Japanese Candy

Two men and a box of obscure Japanese candy. It seems as though that’s all you need to make an entertaining video, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. Our new camera girl has a cupboard full of candy she imported from Japan but forgot about it for quite some time…until Frank discovered the sweet bounty for himself. After a hard time recruiting Kane, the two embark on a short and fairly breezy journey to try each and every treat from this mystery box, discussing the flavours along the way which, at times…simply couldn’t be done. Do you like videos about two buffoons eating obscure, foreign candies? Then this is definitely the video for you! -30-

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Preview

The future of Kojima Productions and Metal Gear franchise may raise a few questions among longtime fans, but there is one thing for sure: Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is on track for its mega release on September 1, and Hideo Kojima is on the front lines as always. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was an interesting release that not only set the scene for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, but was a fine showcase of the drastically revamped graphics engine and gameplay systems. It’s been offered for free to PlayStation Network subscribers, and it’s currently a free download to Xbox Live Gold subscribers on Xbox One. It’s certainly worthwhile to pick up and sit through Ground Zeroes if you haven’t already, as all the heat regarding its apparent short length is exaggeration, because there’s definitely a lot of content to keep you busy, and more importantly it will make the wait for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain a little easier. We had the chance to sit through the …

Sword Art Online 2: Part One – Review

Sword Art Online is, in case some of you out there don’t know, one of history’s most popular Anime series. Now even though my words may seem a touch on the exaggerated side, go to any single pop culture-related event and you’ll see that what I’m saying is entirely accurate. In fact, if you have access to a time machine, how about you head back to each and every pop culture convention from 2012 onwards, only then will you truly understand the might of the Sword Art Online fandom. The Anime adaptation, released in 2012, breathed new life into the light novels that preceded it, with hardcore fans going back and actually reading over the same events of which they’ve just watched. Alongside it’s very own manga series and a bunch of new light novel continuations of the story, the series gave birth to a handful of video game titles that attempted to recreate the world of an MMORPG, much like in the series…without making the games MMORPGs. I’m having quite a hard time writing …

Food Wars! (Shokugeki No Soma) Volume Five and Six – Review

Madman Entertainment continue to roll out fantastic releases each and every month, but none more exciting than that of Food Wars! (Shokugeki No Soma). Why though? Not only is it a fantastic Shonen Anime that somehow relates the culinary world with that of a treacherous battlefield…but Madman are releasing two volumes at a time! Don’t you get what this means? It means we’re getting double the usual amount of Food Wars! media which means I’m spending double the time being engulfed by this fantastic series. Calling it a “fantastic series” shouldn’t be too much of a review-spoiler by now seeing as I’ve already critiqued each and every volume up until this point in time and have loved it all the way. We’re now up to volumes five and six; a pair of volumes that, together, perfectly set up the coming arc which I’m lead to believe wont come and go as all the others have done in the past. This is the calm before the proverbial storm…and it isn’t even that peaceful. I guess that’s …

Save The Date – Yo-Kai Watch Hits North America This November

The West has been waiting for Yo-Kai Watch to hit local shelves ever since it first became popular over in Japan, so you’ll excuse me for skipping the formalities of an informational article, going straight to the news at hand which is…Level-5 announced an official North American released date for the very first Yo-Kai Watch Nintendo 3DS title, and it’s the 6th of November. Nintendo and Level-5 have only just revealed that the game will be getting a full release short of the Christmas holidays this year, which works for me seeing as I’d actually sell my soul to the devil to get my hands on this game even sooner than that. Originally Yo-Kai Watch was set to be released “Holiday” of this year but thankfully the powers at be have decided that the general public are in need of some specificity right about now. Thank the S-Rank Yo-Kai that they did because I don’t think I could have handled another month of mystery. The game’s release comes at a perfect time too: Not only …

Female Protagonist Revealed For Digimon World -Next 0rder-

Yes, back when the Digimon line of virtual pets were first released they were marketed towards young boys, but it’s now 2015 and a lot has changed between then and now. Not too long ago, Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed their next Digimon video game title, Digimon World -Next 0rder-, for the PlayStation Vita and since it’s reveal we really havn’t gotten much in terms of extensive information. Yeah, Bandai Namco Entertainment released a teaser trailer and some fairly uninteresting screenshots, but that’s about it…until now. The latest issue of Shueisha’s V-Jump magazine features a nice spread revolving around the new game that has introduced audiences to it’s Female protagonist; a young girl named Shiki. Like a lot contemporary additions to game series’ of this type (Pokemon, Yo-Kai Watch, Etc.), Digimon World -Next 0rder- will too allow you to choose between a Male and Female protagonist, both of which are looking damn funky! Also revealed in the magazine is another character from the upcoming game who you’re NOT in control of. Kota Hirose is another young …

Fight Alongside The Big Hero 6 Team In Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III

My assumption is that you all saw this coming, right? I mean, how couldn’t you?! Disney comes out with one of it’s most enjoyable movies to date, and there’s a new Kingdom Hearts video game just on the horizon, destiny dictates that these two things are meant to come together! Of course! Straight from Disney’s D23 Expo 2015 comes the exciting news that players will be able to experience the exciting cross-culture city of San Fransokyo from the hit film Big Hero 6 in the upcoming Square Enix title Kingdom Hearts III. The events of the game’s crossover will take place a little while after that of the movie and is apparently set to feature Dark Baymax as the antagonist of the Big Hero 6 world. A Dark Baymax? That’s impossible! No, from what has been said, the game’s true antagonist will bring bag the Baymax left on the other side of the interdimensional portal which you may remember only help Hiro’s combat chip in lieu of Tadashi’s medical-centric one. It’s a good thing the …

Tokyo Ghoul Volume One – Review

There’s a few fairly obvious reasons as to why you’re all here reading this review. Although I’d like to think it’s because you’re a fan of the website and, more importantly, a fan of my writing…I don’t think it has anything to do with that, not when the subject is Sui Ishida’s Tokyo Ghoul. A psychological thriller revolving around the collision of two worlds, Tokyo Ghoul quickly became one of the most popular contemporary Anime titles as of late, much like that of Hajime Isayama’s Attack On Titan which went through a similar popularity spike after just the first episode. Chances are, you’re not that big a fan of the Anime. If you were, you probably would have already bought the Manga for yourself before reading any reviews, that’s just how dedicated the fan base of Tokyo Ghoul is. I’d like to think you’re more like me; someone who watched the Anime all the way through and was left somewhat unsatisfied. Being told that the Manga is much more in-depth and therefor more enjoyable than the Anime, you …

Twin Star Exorcists Volume One – Review

Everyone’s good at something, this much I’m sure of. Even if you think you’re not good at anything, chances are you’re pretty good at something. Rokuro, well, he’s really good at slaying demons. He’s been that way ever since he can remember, but a certain tragedy stopped him from doing what it is that he once did best. Imagine you’re really good at soccer: You’re the star player on your team, everybody thinks you’re great, and your opponents are actually pretty scared of you, even though they come across as being fearless. What if one day one of the opposing teams slaughtered each and every single member of your crew…bar you. Chances are, you’re not going to want to play soccer again, right? Now replace soccer with demons, and teammates with the closest thing you’ve got to a family…now you’re on your way to understanding the life of our young hero. One of Madman Entertainment’s latest Manga publications, Twin Star Exorcists, has just hit shelves around Australia and New Zealand, and we at SnapThirty have …

The Attendees of SMASH! 2015 – Cosplay Compilation

The cosplay community is a large, thriving collection of incredibly dedicated and hard-working fans of pop culture. Preparing months (sometimes even years) in advanced, these men and women put countless hours into constructing costumes modelled after their favorite characters from the world of pop culture, but…come on, you know this already, right? Cosplay has been around for many, many years. It’s so popular in the modern age that I honestly cannot imagine it ever dulling in popularity…nor should it. At every pop culture convention, one of the more amazing sights is that of a crowd of cosplayers not only enjoying their own costumes but the costumes of others and the convention itself. When it comes to prime cosplayers, it seems as though SMASH! truly is the place to be. Each and every year the quality of cosplay you see on the show grounds continues to grow ever higher, with those living the dedicated cosplay lifestyle continuing to develop as craftsmen and craftswomen. SMASH! 2015 was no different. Each and every cosplayer present put clear effort into their …

Jailhouse Rock – FUNimation Announces Prison School English Dub Cast

I’m sure the humour of an Elvis reference in the article title will be lost on many of you reading this but just know one thing…the warden will throw no parties at this jail. Another one, probably lost on many of you. That’s okay though, because it’s not the main point of this article, the main point of this article is that FUNimation have just revealed the cast and crew who have been working on the Prison School English dub which is set to premier tomorrow night in North America at 8:30/7:30pm CT. I seem to be one of the only people I know who is actually watching Prison School which is fine because I’m not sure it’s a series I exactly want to take the time to dissect episode by episode like I usually do with a lot of other simulcasts. The story is simple: Five boys attending a school filled entirely by female students are sent to an on-campus prison for trying to perve on their lady classmates. This prison, run by some …

Ian Sinclair Announced As English Voice For Gangsta’s Worick Arcangelo

The subs vs dubs argument is slowly being phased out nowadays, and that’s thanks to production companies like FUNimation who are constantly preparing for an English release of the most popular new shows. The latest to get the dubbing treatment is none other than Studio Manglobe’s Gangsta. Based off of a Manga by the same name, Gangsta follows the life of two neutral men living in a time plagued by crime. That’s not the worst part though; there’s a war on the horizon, and as the only impartial party…they’re in the center of it all. FUNimation has today announced just a few of the names of those who’re working on the English dub of the series with Ian Sinclair at the tip of the spear as series lead Worick Arcangelo. CAST  Ian Sinclair – Worick Arcangelo Brandon Potter – Nicolas Brown Felecia Angelle – Alex Benedetto John Swasey – Chad Adkins Aaron Roberts – Cody Balfour CREW  Christopher Bevins – ADR Director Jeremy Inman – Asst. ADR Director Domonique French – ADR Engineer Greg Taylor …

Playing With Our Decks – Learning To Play Future Card Buddyfight At SMASH! 2015

Long-time readers of the site will know that the SnapThirty crew are particularly fond of modern trading card games. While we’ve not got the time nor money to experience each and every different series, we take every chance we get to try and learn something and partake in something new. Last year’s Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!) introduced us to the wild world of Bushiroad’s Cardfight!! Vanguard, but this year we decided to try something a little different; another of Bushiroad’s popular series’, a game called Future Card Buddyfight, and thanks to the wonderful hosts of the weekend-long workshop…it was hard not to fall in love with. SMASH! always accommodates for the TCG-loving community of Sydney. Not a year goes by wherein which Trading Card Games are left out of the celebrations of the young convention, and the stage is always set up for the enjoyment of the masses; both new and season card gamers alike. Us, being casual adopters of the TCG lifestyle, were made to feel perfectly welcome despite the number of …

Artist Spotlight: Chancake at SMASH! Con 2015

Tucked away in booth #73 at SMASH! Con’s Artist Alley Hall was a lovely young artist by the name of Chancake. With visually striking art bursting with colour and personality, Chancake’s work stood out from the crowd in a room filled with talented artists and their artwork. Infusing a mix of different styles, Chancake’s work was reminiscent of the punkish vibe of video-games like Danganronpa crossed with the pop art sensibilities of Andy Warhol making for almost an Warhol-esque take on anime and manga. It is a bit of a strange comparison to make but one look at Chancake’s art and you will see it to be a truly mind boggling aesthetic experience. Her art work can be described as fan art but her spin on popular characters and series such as Inazuma Eleven and Phoenix Wright feels like so much more than simple fan art. She takes these already larger than life characters and portrays them in a way that is utterly out of this world. In particular I found her Inazuma Eleven art …

5 Things We Learned From One Piece

With over 700 episodes having aired of the epic shonen anime series One Piece, it is bound to have taught us a thing or two right? Despite its high seas fantasy world and eccentric cast of characters, One Piece has a lot of basis in real world scenarios and emotion with more than a fair share of life lessons to dish out. Here are five things that we learned from over 700 episodes of the anime phenomenon that is One Piece. 5. Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. While Luffy may be able to get a boost of strength with Gear Second, strength isn’t always about sheer power and force but the bravery shown and the courage to go on through the hardest of times. Usopp may not be the most physically strong Straw Hat Crew member but when it comes to fighting for what he believes in he puts his fears aside and fights with courage in his heart. 4. People can change. Sometimes people aren’t what they first appear to be. They …

Gunpla Builders at SMASH! Con 2015 – Gundam is Fundam

As has become almost an annual tradition, Gundam has once again invaded SMASH! con in Sydney with the Gunpla model kit building competition taking the event by storm was a massive booth right in the centre of the main convention hall. Many Gunpla fans turned out for a glimpse at the jaw-dropping booth and all the incredible Gundam figures and builders present. Like previous years a special edition Gunpla figure was available at the booth, this time a rare Neon Bear Guy was available. Watching on from the side-lines I found myself utterly fascinated by the passion conveyed by builders and onlookers alike for the Gunpla kits. The level of intricacy and delicate detail that goes into building a kit is incredible and watching on as builders competed against one another to construct their kit was compelling to say the least. These people love Gunpla and that passion is evident simply from the look in their eyes as they connect one piece to the next. Interesting to note was the Gunpla Builders World Championships taking …

Yu-Gi-Oh! Legacy of the Duelist Review

It’s time to duel. Get your game on. Feelin’ the flow. At one time or another, these phrases have carried with them the promise of victory, the affirmation that hope remains alive until the very end. Throughout stories of ancient pharaohs, high school turmoil and wars between dimensions, one hero after the other has taken up the mantle to show that a simple card game is anything but and that a single draw can save worlds…also that no hairstyle is too bizarre. In case the nostalgia hasn’t struck a chord with you, then I’ll assume you are either super young or particularly averse to card based series. Regardless, this is Yu-Gi-Oh! people, a franchise whose name relates strongly to the initial series and has come to serve as an artifact banner for those who proceeded it. For clarification, Yu-Gi-Oh isn’t the name of the card game, that’s Duel Monsters, or the main character, though Yugi is remarkably close…wait a minute, maybe they meant it to be. Those clever ducks. Regardless, whether you knew from the …

Kuroko’s Basketball, Yowamushi Pedal and More Announced by Madman at SMASH! Yes, You Read That Right

Brace yourselves sports anime fans, Madman just made a colossal slew announcements during SMASH! con at Rose Hill Gardens in Sydney. The Australian anime industry’s number one distributor announced the long anticipated and fan requested Kuroko’s Basketball and Yowamushi Pedal. It is truly the era of the sports anime and following Madman’s release and subsequent streaming of Haikyu on AnimeLab, it has proven that series like this do have a place in the West and fans that will support it. This is a particularly special announcement considering that both series have not been released anywhere else in the world in English and no plans appear to be in place outside of Australia for a Western release, making these releases the first of their kind. On top of those two massive title announcements, Madman also announced that they had acquired the rights to all seasons of To-Love Ru and Amagi Brilliant Park. Both To-Love Ru and Amagi Brilliant Park look set to hit AnimeLab for streaming as well as physical mediums. These are some huge announcements …

Hands-On With One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 At SMASH! 2015

Bandai Namco Entertainment has a fairly sizeable presence at most, if not all, good pop culture conventions, and that includes Sydney’s very own SMASH! (Sydney Manga and Anime Show). The convention plays host to an abundance of great upcoming additions to Japanese pop culture and there’s nothing more loved in Japanese pop culture than that of Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece; a series that has been running since 1997 and still continues to run in the modern age of Anime and Manga. Bandai Namco Entertainment, this year, had somewhat of a smaller booth, but it was constantly filled to the brim with people wanting to get even the slightest glimpse of a couple of the publisher’s upcoming games, one of them being One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3, which I was lucky enough to get a chance to experience first-hand. What’s there to say about One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 that hasn’t already been said about the first two games? Honestly…nothing, but I think I’ve come to realise that it’s not really a bad thing. The way I …

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ Review

Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’ is the latest feature film of the eternally popular Dragon Ball Z franchise and if this blockbuster release is any indication, then this franchise is nowhere near to losing any steam, and creator, Akira Toriyama, is still laughing on his way to the bank. The great thing about the Dragon Ball universe is that anything and everything can happen, and no matter what happens it’s always plausible and it always fits into the lore and continuity. The glue and pillar that holds the insurmountable mass of ethos together lies within the title itself: Dragon Ball. The seven mythical orbs, upon being assembled, summon the Eternal Dragon that is Shenron, who can make anything happen. This franchise was clearly planned ahead, and the 7 Dragon Balls are the ultimate foolproof contingency plan that can repair any plot hole. No other anime franchise can hold itself strongly with such simplicity quite like Dragon Ball. Honestly, that’s the endearing appeal of the franchise in general… it’s sheer simplicity which allows its audience to …

Another Reminder – Teaser Trailer Released For Omega Force’s Attack On Titan Game

On that day, mankind received a grim reminder…and since that day we’ve been reminded time and time again that Attack On Titan is one of the modern age’s most popular Anime series’, that’s why a brand-new game based on the horrifyingly gory series has just been announced. Now I’m sure you’ve all played the already-released Attack On Titan video game Humanity In Chains, right? No? Seriously? You at least know about it then. Surely. It was released exclusively for the Nintendo 3DS not too long ago and was met with a mediocre response. Yeah…not many people liked it, unfortunately. I guess that’s why developers Omega Force have decided to try their hand and making an enjoyable Attack On Titan game. The upcoming game, which was teased about two days ago to then be swiftly confirmed today, will hit shelves sometime in 2016. At least, that’s what Koei Tecmo America have assured the pop culture world. The game doesn’t even have an official title, yet we have a release year. Something is a little fishy about all this, …

Inazuma Eleven GO: Shadow Review

I’m an Italian man, it’s true. With a last name like Inglese (the Italian word for English), it’s kind of hard NOT to tell that my cultural origin is that of the mediterranean variety. Being Italian, many people expect a certain few things of me: They expect me to express my words with the motions of my hands, which I do, they expect me to be an expert when it comes to the country’s cuisine, which I’m not, and they expect me to be good at soccer, which is understandable seeing how enjoyed the sport is over in the country shaped like, well…a big boot. Fact is…I’m not that big a fan of the game. Never have been and, until I started playing Inazuma Eleven GO, I never thought I would be, but here I am writing a review of the soccer video game that, without giving too much away, will most likely be my personal video game of the year, so long as Level-5‘s other title Little Battlers Experience (set for a release in …

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light Review

Thank you, Level-5. Thank you so very much. It’s a sentiment I feel compelled to express after playing each and every title this developer produces because they really are just that damn good. Be it the Guild series on the Nintendo eShop providing us with classic games such as Attack of the Friday Monsters and Crimson Shroud or whether it is the unforgettable Professor Layton series or even the PS3 JRPG fantasy epic Ni No Kuni, Level-5 always produce imaginative groundbreaking video-games and Inazuma Eleven is no different. Now before I get into the thick of things, I’d like to preface this review by saying that I am a pretty hardcore Level-5 fan and have experience with the Inazuma Eleven franchise having played previous installments of the game and immersing myself in the anime and even manga iterations of the series. I mean it is pretty great afterall. So this review is coming from the perspective of a fan of these titles and the franchise itself. Right from the get go Inazuma Eleven GO: Light …

Pre-Order Jutsu – Naruto Shippuden Ultimate Ninja Storm 4 Exclusive Editions Revealed

Considering that this is Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, I’m going to go ahead and assume you have the basics of this franchise down. So allow me to skip over the introductions and get straight to the point here; pre-order bonuses, this game has them. Quite a few in fact. Being a fighting game, most of said bonuses take the form of new characters and costumes, useful for adding variation to the multiple ninja beatdowns that will ensue. More specifically, the new characters pre-order added to the roster are Boruto and Sarada, tying in with the new arc of the anime (represented as a movie). Stepping back a few years in-universe, the previously mentioned costumes grant Kakashi, Naruto, Sasuka, Sakura and Hinata their clothes from The Last movie. Which is nice. For those more interested in physical bounty, a collector’s edition is also up for pre-order purchase, containing within an artbook, metal case and 17cm Naruto The Last figure. So, if you feel like grabbing some new duds and a pair of next-gen ninjas, pre-order sometime before …

Godzilla PS4 Review

When you hear the name Godzilla, there are a few things you are likely to think of. Perhaps it is the classic 1954 monster flick from Japanese film legend Ishiro Honda or maybe it is the 1999 Hollywood recreation that Matthew Broderick felt up for a moment or two. Regardless of your personal memories of the King of the Monsters it goes without saying that Godzilla is a name known the world over as one of the all time greatest characters ever conceived. A misunderstood hero often painted as a villain whose goal is both simple and profound, protect this world from all who mean to do it harm. He is the King of the Monsters and the savior of this planet we call Earth. While Godzilla has had many different evolutions over the years the heart of the monster has always been clear regardless of whether the film in which he was starring was a good one (2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars) or a bad one (1999’s Godzilla). With Godzilla for the PS4, Bandai Namco have …

Nisekoi: False Love Part 2 Review

How do you keep the harem concept interesting? Well it’s tried and true and it works every time; you introduce more romance possibilities. That is exactly what Nisekoi: False Love does in its second half to spice things up a bit yet such introductions ultimately lack gravitas because the viewer knows in their heart of hearts that there are only two real options for hapless Raku and they were both introduced in episode one. It is a tough pill to swallow but all harem series are faced with such a period of stagnation once it sets in with the viewer that no matter how much you may like that cute new girl that was just introduced it just isn’t the way these things work. Raku is fated to be with one of two girls and it makes the show’s concept painfully strained in the latter half. While the characterization is on point and the cast are all very well conceived and remain appealing without needless pandering fan-service sequences and scenarios to titillate the viewer the …

Uzumaki Heads To Hollywood – Lionsgate To Make A Live-Action Naruto Film

Let’s be honest, reader…who the hell DIDN’T see this one coming? Of course there’s a live-action Naruto film in the works and of course it’s being made by a non-Japanese crew, thus is the fate of any popular Shonen series. Lionsgate Films, the well known studio, has recently announced that they’re currently in the process of making a live-action Naruto film. As of right now, production is very early on in the process, so early on that really only a director and producer have been attached to the project, alongside a few unimportant others. Yes, Masashi Kishimoto’s highly popular Shinobi-centric Manga series will, in due time, be hitting the streets of Hollywood with it’s very own live-action film set to be directed by Michael Gracey; a man I’m certain you don’t know or, at least, don’t know enough to be excited about. Gracey is being backed by producer Avi Arad who’s name you’ve surely heard thanks to his Marvel film-filled resume but, looking at the specific movies he produced…I can’t say it makes me any more …

It’s Time We Head Back – First Trailer Released For Digimon World: Next Order

My experience with the original Digimon World video game is that of an odd one: I never had a PlayStation therefor I never owned the game, but my next door neighbour had both and, as a fan of the series, you could imagine I spent most of my time there playing it…but I had no idea what I was doing. Battles were impossible for me, my Digimon would constantly die, the town wouldn’t expand, it was a video game that was simply too difficult for my tiny brain to comprehend and yet I stuck with it for so long. Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan recently revealed that there is a brand-new Digimon World video game on the horizon; Digimon World: Next Order. When I first heard of the news I simply thoughts this was just another Digimon game that would fail to reach Western shores and therefor only work to disappoint me; a huge fan of the Digimon franchise. Bandai Namco Entertainment North America and Europe recently announced that they will be bringing the previous PlayStation Vita …

New Video Shows What The Digimon Adventure Tri Complete Selection Animation Digivice Can Really Do

About a week ago, I brought you news of Premium Bandai’s latest and greatest piece of Digimon merchandise; The Digimon Adventure Tri Complete Selection Animation Digivice. Yes, the name IS unnecessarily long, but that doesn’t make this product any less exciting, that’s for sure! Though it does make it hard to write a concise article title. Over in Tokyo, the powers at be held their very of Digimon Adventure Festival wherein which they celebrated everything Digimon Adventure, much like what the event’s title states. During this festival, Bandai elaborated on just what it is this new device can do by releasing a full video literally showing what it can do! Contrary to what was once thought about this Digivice, it is unlike the 15th Anniversary version announced months ago which actually features a video game function much like the Digivices released all those years ago. Despite the Complete Selection Animation Digivice not being “playable”, it does have a set of functions unique to this “proplica”. If you’d read the previous article you’d already know that …

See An Iconic Battle Revisited In The First Full Trailer For Digimon Adventure Tri Part One

Over this past weekend, Tokyo held it’s very own Digimon Adventure Festival that, as a Digimon fan and a guy who writes about Japanese pop culture, I was very surprised to find out about. Never before had I heard of the Digimon Adventure Festival, but I’m damn glad it exists because, thanks to it, we (the fans) have been given a nice look at the first of six Digimon Adventure Tri movies through a full trailer rather than more teasers, which I couldn’t handle for much longer. With a distinct lack of dialogue, the trailer features the movie’s theme song “Butter-Fly” by Koji Wada; the theme song of the original Japanese dub of the series which will make a return for the new films. It also features scenes from the first film, obviously, that show the re-igniting of a battle between our hero Greymon and the mysteriously evil Kuwagamon which you’ll remember was the first big battle in the original Digimon Adventure Anime series, going down in history as one of the most iconic Digimon …