Month: September 2015

Soul Eater Not! Review

Stories are about heroes, plain and simple. The champion protagonists who, more often than not, risk it all for the safety and betterment of whatever world they happen to reside in. But what about the other guys? The ones who reside in said worlds all the same. The ones who are protected. Their lives aren’t irrelevant, just often unseen. So what if the viewpoint shifted for once and the audience saw what constitutes an average person? An average person in a not-so-average world. Welcome back to Death City, Meisters and Weapons alike. Yes it’s that wacky town found somewhere in Nevada that teaches the heroes of tomorrow, today. The last time we visited this Halloweenesque city (in Soul Eater), we followed the exploits of Maka and company as they sliced, diced and shot their wat through a surprising amount of mad villains; such as clowns, witches and insanity incarnate. Busy days to be sure. However, as you surely would’ve noticed if you’ve seen said series, the core crew of characters where students at DWMA. Now, …

Metal Gear Series to Continue Without Kojima

Whether you think Hideo Kojima is a genius or that everything he does is actually an accident, it is impossible to deny the impact that his Metal Gear series has had on the history of gaming. It is hard to imagine a version of Metal Gear without the involvement of Hideo Kojima, but that might very well just be the case with the series potentially set to continue without the man behind the series. Konami’s community manager in the United Kingdom may have let slip a rather big scoop when he confirmed in an interview with Game On that the series and brand will continue without Kojima. He cites that there has already been a Metal Gear game without Kojima’s involvement which is of course referring to Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, a game from Platinum Games set after the events of the series and focusing on universally divisive Kojima creation Raiden. Whether you want to take the word of a community manager as gospel or not is up to you. However it is rather difficult to …

Bandai Namco Announces One Piece: Thousand Storm SmartPhone Game

Bandai Namco Entertainment have only just announced their latest One Piece video game title Burning Blood, but it seems as though that is simply not enough because they’ve just gone ahead and announced ANOTHER One Piece title, this time called “Thousand Storm“. This new game, unlike Burning Blood, will not be released on the conventional consoles like most of the One Piece games that have come before it. Bandai Namco Entertainment seem to be, once again, heading into the realm of SmartPhone gaming for the new title labelled a “united Pirates RPG“…whatever that’s supposed to mean. Yes, Thousand Storm will not be released on any of the big consoles, instead it will call the palm of your hand it’s home as it is planned for an iOS and Android release in both Japan and throughout the West sometime in 2016. Thousand Storm will be an RPG heavily based on teamwork. It’s a video game that will urge you to partner up with two of your friends and take on the series’ antagonists as a team rather …

Feelin’ Hot Hot Hot – One Piece: Burning Blood Hits The West In 2016

This is news regarding an upcoming One Piece video game so, chances are, you’ve already heard everything you possibly could’ve about it. That’s just the way promotion works for new titles based on this highly-popular Shonen Jump series. Only recently, Bandai Namco Entertainment revealed the Spike Chunsoft-developed One Piece: Burning Blood, announcing that it will not only be getting a release across Japan but also throughout the West. What we, the pop culture-loving people, were not told was WHEN we would be seeing this title hit local shelves, and today…that’s exactly what Bandai Namco have announced. Lacking specifics, One Piece: Burning Blood is confirmed to be released in the West sometime in 2016 for not only the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita, but also for the Xbox One, making it the first One Piece video game title to cross the console border, previously only being released on Sony systems. Burning Blood will be unlike all the other One Piece video game titles that have come before it, rather than playing as a single character against …

Two Idiots Play: Ushio And Tora (SNES)

Ushio And Tora is one of the most popular Anime series’ of this current season, and rightfully so! A Shonen Manga over twenty years old, the story follows a young boy named Ushio who discovers an ancient demon pinned to the wall of his home’s basement by a legendary spear known for being able to slay Yokai from every corner of the globe. Unleashing this demon, and giving him the name “Tora”, the two head off on an adventure to slay as many evil Yokai as they possibly can, while saving lives in the process, but only after first coming to terms with the fact that they both need each other to continue surviving in the harsh world of myths and legends. In an attempt to discover video game titles for the boys to play, Frank came across an Ushio And Tora video game released only in Japan for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System. It’s taken quite some time but the series has finally earned itself an Anime adaptation and, alongside that, worldwide acclaim for …

Small Screen, Big Screen, All Screens – AnimeLab Now Available On Sony TV

  Let’s be honest, people, you all have some pretty flashy television sets. Television sets? Do they even call them that anymore? Ugh, it doesn’t matter. The point of what I’m saying is that, chances are, if you own a TV…it’s a damn good one. Sony, who love making advances in technology, have their own line of televisions, how crazy is that? Amazing right?! Well a lot of their new televisions have some wonderful features, with most allowing users to some of their favorite apps like YouTube so that they can watch their favorite videos on the big screen, that is…unless your computer monitor is already big. Do you know what’s just as exciting as Sony televisions? Madman Entertainment’s Anime streaming service AnimeLab. Surely you know what AnimeLab is, right? No?! You’re clearly lying, but allow me to explain regardless: It’s an online service that allows us Australians to watch the latest and greatest Anime without having to reach into the darkest depth of the internet for a worthwhile torrent file. So, yeah…it’s pretty damn good! …

Junji Ito Revealed To Have Been Working Alongside Kojima And Del Toro For Silent Hills

How much more upsetting could the cancellation of Silent Hills possibly get? Mid to late last year, a mysterious playable demo for a brand-new game was released on the PlayStation 4. Labelled “P.T.“, nobody really knew exactly what game this was a demo for…until the very end, when it revealed itself to be the love child of modern day pop cultures’ most brilliant minds. The video game was Silent Hills and it brought together video game and silver screen royalty; Hideo Kojima and Guillermo Del Toro, alongside one of the more popular survival-type actors Norman Reedus, most famous as Daryl Dixon from AMC’s The Walking Dead. With these three onboard, and clear evidence of the game’s greatness thanks to the playable demo, Silent Hills was looking be one of the most anticipated games of the near future. That is, until it was cancelled by Konami who seem to be doing some strange stuff as of late. Despite it’s cancellation, Del Toro assured audiences of it’s continuing development process but, since then, we’ve not heard a single …

BlazBlue: Alter Memory (Series Collection) Review

BlazBlue: Alter Memory is based on the popular 2D fighting franchise of the same name. BlazBlue was one of the most important new IPs that emerged in the previous console generation. It shook up the quality and presentation of 2D sprites to bring the fighting experience as close to an anime production as possible. The visual ecstasy was wonderfully complemented by the silky smooth fighting system that made every fight a joy to behold and experience. One of the great things about the BlazBlue series is its emphasis on single player content and a heavily fleshed out premise, something that is becoming increasingly less apparent in the fighting genre. BlazBlue has spared no expense in providing players with an incredibly deep and lengthy story mode, an experience that is part fighting game but mostly a choice-based visual novel experience with a ton of text and dialogue to sit through. Import a copy of BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma Extend (we’re still waiting for that official PAL release, by the way) and you’ll be greeted with the entirety of BlazBlue’s …

Awaken Your Seventh Sense – Saint Seiya: Soldier’s Soul Out Now

Can you see that? That light shining in the night sky. The one right next to the hundred billion other lights…a little to the left…there you go. Got it. What is that light you might ask (if you’ve made it this far through my ramblings), why it’s Saint Seiya. Back again in video game form, the Knights of the Zodiac are bringing justice to your Sony consoles as of now (and Steam eventually). Known as Soldier’s Soul, the game will bring characters from the new series into the Legend of Cosmo and Battle of Gold modes. Draped in new God Cloths and set to face a bigger challenge than their fight against Hades, Seiya and the others really have their work cut out for them. Also, for the more nostalgic among you, Soldier’s Soul promises the “grand premiere” of the Asgard Arc. So have fun with that. Also again, while you’re in an enjoying mood, why not check out the trailer and a few nifty screenshots? -30-

Ping Pong Review

There has been an anime series on just about every sport there is, be it the world game of football, America’s hard hitting grid-iron, professional cycling, sexy swimming, slam dunking basketball, aces of the diamond that is baseball or even the Japanese native pass time of karuta. Sports anime are all about passion and the drive that pushes us to pursue sporting. While some sports fit the mold perfectly, some seem like they would have a harder time fitting into the form and remaining interesting. I never thought in a million years that an anime about table tennis could be so utterly engaging as Ping Pong is but Tatsunoko Productions have made just that. The story follows two ping pong prodigies nicknames Peco and Smile. Peco is plucky and confident until he meets his match in the champion from China aptly nicknamed ‘China’. Smile on the other hand is the silent type and long time friend of Peco, he is completely counteractive to just about everything that Peco is and has some deeper psychological issues …

‘Yo-Kai Watch’ English Dub Footage Released, Featuring ‘Gera Gera Po’ English Version!

Do you like Yo-Kai Watch? Well, of course you do! It is after all just about the greatest thing Japan has made since they invented that toilet that cleans your butt for you. For those out of the know, Yo-Kai Watch is the most popular thing in Japan of the last few years, eclipsing even Pokemon in many’s hearts. Now it is set to make lots of money and make some people at Hasbro and Disney very rich because Yo-Kai Watch is about to begin its all out possession of the West with and English language release. Ahead of its October 5th television premiere several clips and footage of the English version of the series has come out of nowhere and hit the tube of videos that we know as Youtube. Most incredible of them all is the full English language version of the iconic ‘Gera Gera Po’ theme song of the series. Many fans were concerned that the theme would be lost in translation but seeing the full English version is some kind of …

Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance Review

Revenge. We know it well, if not in our actual lives then in those of the fictional characters we follow. Not the most honourable of motivations, it is certainly one of the strongest, or at least the most relentless. Thus within these stories our heroes are often forced to battle the demons that dwell within before facing those that dwell without. But what happens when our hero isn’t alone? When those around him each seek their own, personal form of revenge? Simply put; you get the start of one heck of a fight. Ah Disgaea, the series that takes tactical RPGs and says, “You know what we need? More.” And boy does it deliver. If you’re new to this franchise, first of all welcome, then prepare to be bombarded by numbers. Damage counters, stat screens, weapon mastery, ranks, levels, mana…the list goes on…and on and on and on…then on a bit more, then it loops back around and starts all over again. what I’m getting at here, is that this is the perfect franchise for those …

First Thoughts: Samon The Summoner – Devil In Disguise

Every so often, Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump decide that it may be time to kick off, or “Jump Start“, a brand-new Manga series. One that will delight audiences, one that may be the “next big thing“, and maybe even one that will surpass those who’ve come before it. It’s a great idea, especially considering the amount of people across the globe who’re trying to make it as creators of the medium. The latest Jump Start, the series that premiered in the September 21st issues of the English Weekly Shonen Jump is one by the name Samon The Summoner which, like many Jump Starts that came before it, has been lucky enough to be the main focus of the front cover…but is that focused deserved? The story is simple, very simple: A young girl by the name of Sakura Teshigawara runs into a strange young man named Shosuke Samon who happens to have quite an interesting hobby; he summons demons. A devil of a man, once learning that Sakura is one of the nicest human beings he’s ever …

Digimon Adventure Tri: Reunion – Second Teaser Trailer Released

Chances are, if you grew up with Digimon…you’ll never grow out of Digimon. How do I know this? Because literally everybody I know of that loved Digimon as children still have great feelings for it now, that’s why the prospect of these Digimon Adventure Tri films is so exciting! Now let me ask you a question: Who was the first enemy Digimon the DigiDestined and their partners faced off against when they discovered each other in the Digital World? If you said Kuwagamon, you’d be right. If you said “Who cares! Let’s just see the new trailer!” you’d also be right. Digimon Adventure Tri’s first movie, subtitled “Reunion“, sees the original DigiDestined crew, well…reunite with their long lost digital pals. Fact is; troubles not too far around the corner. Before the group even get a chance to fully embrace each others’ company, they’re attacked by none other than Kuwagamon. The same Kuwagamon? Perhaps, but unconfirmed. Agumon, like he did in the very beginning, springs to action and takes on the gargantuan beetle once again, ending …

Project X Zone 2: Brave New World Hits Australia And New Zealand February 2016

Yeah, it’s fine knowing that a game like Project X Zone 2 exists, but what’s better is knowing exactly when you’ll be able to get your hands on it and experience it for yourself. For a while now, us living outside of Japan have had the privilege of being able to witness this upcoming crossover title from afar; watching Japanese trailers, seeing Japanese screenshots, etc. Bandai Namco Entertainment Australia have decided that Aussie (and Kiwi) fans of the new game and it’s wonderfully-developed predecessor deserve to know exactly when they’ll be able to see this game on local shelves. Unfortunately it’s still a while away…but at least we know when to expect it.  Mark it on your calendars, people! The 19th of February, 2016! That’s the official release date for Project X Zone 2: Brave New World across Australia and New Zealand on the Nintendo 3DS, and the day you’ll be ringing your boss pretending to be sick so that you can get the day all to yourself. Sure, you have plenty of time to play …

Seraph Of The End: The Origin Of Fate To Hit Japan This December

A Manga series, an Anime adaptation, and now a video game. Seraph Of The End truly has it all, thanks to it’s droves of fans making it one of the more popular Shonen Jump titles of the new generation. Despite my aversion to the Anime adaptation that aired only last season, I couldn’t help but imagine that it wouldn’t be too long until the world will be seeing a video game based on the events of the series, and here we are. Revealed a while ago but only now confirmed for an official release date, the upcoming PlayStation Vita title Seraph Of The End: The Origin Of Fate puts players in the shoes of the series’ main character cast as they battle through the story in what we’re being told will be a “dramatical tactical battle” title. Unfortunately not much regarding the game has actually been seen, bar a few screenshots that give nothing away, but from the description given by Bandai Namco Entertainment it’s supposed to be a well-made tactical role-playing game with a …

Noragami Review

Gods are everywhere. Wherever humanity is found, there exists a mythos, a belief in a higher power. Be it one supreme deity or a pantheon of specifically minded beings, the belief exists. Arguably however, in these polytheistic interpretations, not all Gods are created equal, with some residing over more specific, unpleasant tasks. So what happens when one of these Gods decides they’ve had enough? When they decide to mix things up little? They get a new job of course. Set in Japan, as most anime are, we meet a young girl named Hiyori, representing your standard student type. However, through happenstance, luck and a little misfortune, she comes to meet a less-than-dignified God named Yato. Marketing himself as somewhat a jack-of-all-trades deity, Yato charges the barest of pittance with the promise of helping with whatever issue bedevil someone. Be it find their lost cat, clean their bathroom or help discover a way to prevent the sporadic separation of soul and body…ok, so that last one is a little more intense and, not-so-surprisingly, it is also the …

SnapCast Episode 32 – Snake Boss

Just when you though you couldn’t get enough, a shocking revelation is made; the podcast is henceforth a weekly endeavour. Isn’t that great? Please say yes… This new schedule will have an effect on the length of the podcast, vis a vis shortening it by a half hour or so…but not this week. Things were looking to be on schedule, then the Metal Gear timeline came up… -30-

Etrian Mystery Dungeon Review

The video game industry is no stranger to crossovers, and the trend only appears to have become more popular with time as developers bring their respective franchises together for an epic joint production. One of the earliest and most notable crossovers, Capcom and SNK cumulated their heated ‘90s rivalry by creating the ultimate dream battle that was Capcom vs SNK, pitching their celebrated fighting franchises into one mega 2D fighting package. Lately we’ve seen Virtua Fighter combatants make their way into Dead or Alive 5, but outside of fighting games we’ve seen some epic crossovers in the RPG genre with the likes of Project X Zone (Capcom, SEGA, and BandaiNamco), Kingdom Hearts (the still bizarre Disney and Square-Enix crossover), and with some unusual ones on the horizon like Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. Another RPG crossover which only just recently graced the Europe and Australia/New Zealand region is Etrian Mystery Dungeon, a crossover between Etrian Odyssey (by Atlus) and Mystery Dungeon (Spike Chunsoft). A crossover between two niche and brutally challenging RPG makes for …

The Blood Blockade Battlefront Anime Is Finally Coming To An End

Hey, do you guys and girls remember that Anime Blood Blockade Battlefront? The adaptation of Yasuhiro Nightow’s hit Manga series? Yeah, yeah, it had the young guy with the glowing eyes, and the sock monkey. You know which Anime I’m talking about, and I’m sure you know that it’s final episode has been on delay for quite a while now. Everyone was incredibly excited to see the end of Blood Blockade Battlefront and, considering just how damn good an Anime it is, it’s very much justified…then the depression set in, after hearing that the final episode would be put on delay indefinitely. We waited, and waited, and waited some more, but the episode never came. The Blood Blockade Battlefront production staff ensured us that it will be long worth the wait, with a double-length episode and a finale to blow our heads off…but it felt like an eternity away. Some of us came to believe that we’d never bare witness to the final episode of this masterpiece of an Anime. Some even thought it was …

The Twain Shall Meet – Final Fantasy XV TGS 2015 Trailer Revealed

One of the longest awaited Final Fantasy games in quite a while has reveived yet another trailer thanks to the Tokyo Game show of this, the year 2015. Now, whether you believe this game to be awaited due to its content or the delays that saw it jump from a member of the XIII franchise to its own shiny new number is neither hither nor thither, because we’re here to look at a pretty trailer. Graphics away! Rounding out as pretty brief in the ol’ length department, this cinematic trailer shows us glimpses of protagonist Noctis and a semi-imprisoned lady known as Luna. I say semi-imprisoned on account of her simply brushing aside one of the machine guns pointed at her head. Yeah, fully imprisoned people can’t just do that…it gets them shot. Anyway, a thematic flashback of fifteen years reveals that there may lie secrets in Noctis’ past relevant to the event of XV proper. They might not be, but it’d be pretty weird if they made a trailer for something that wasn’t important …

Fight as One – Tales of Zestiria English TGS 2015 Trailer Released

With the pedigree this game has behind it, and the information already circling the internet, I’m not going to spend too long discussing what Tales of Zestiria is. Broken down to its core elements, it’s a JRPG that takes from the Tales Of series, owing to its existence as a Tales Of title, and adds its own little combat tweak. This time around, said tweak just so happens to be combat fusion. Given the title of Shepherd, Zestiria protagonist Sorey possesses the ability to harness the powers of Seraphim. What this means for players is that Sorey can merge with spirits in order to unlock new forms and new powers. Far from spoileriffic, this trailer focuses almost solely on the comat potential of such forms, showing us why even a wyvern should be afraid of this particular band of heroes. Personally, I’m a fan of the fact that Sorey’s overall design changes when fused with a Seraphim, as opposed to merely his weapon changing. That being said, the weapons do look pretty nifty, especially those …

Steal The Night – Persona 5 Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer Released

It’s an unfortunate piece of news but Persona 5 will no longer be getting a 2015 release. Announced at this year’s Tokyo Game Show, ATLUS have revealed that they have decided to delay the game’s release until the Summer of 2016 but, chances are, we’ll see another shift before that time anyway. Director Katsura Hashino stated that the game is almost at full completion but there are certain elements the team would like to tweak and change before it’s full release, just to make sure the fans are happy with the quality level of the new title considering just how anticipated a game it is. To make things a little better, though, ATLUS has taken the chance to use Tokyo Game Show 2015 as more than just a platform to deliver bad news: Being released alongside information of the game’s delay is it’s third trailer which actually shows much more of the upcoming game than what we’ve seen in the past and, in fact, than what we expected. To accompany the new trailer, ATLUS also …

Upper-Class Fighter – Karin Kanzuki Joins The Roster Of Street Fighter V

Tokyo Game Show 2015 has just begun and, in standard open ceremony-style celebration, Capcom have already revealed another character for their upcoming PlayStation 4 and PC exclusive Street Fighter V. To add to the other fighters who’re making a return to the Street Fighter franchise after falling into obscurity after Street Fighter Alpha 3, Karin Kanzuki has just been announced as the latest character to be added to the Street Fighter V roster. Like the rest of the cast, she’s earned herself a visual upgrade, both costume and graphics-wise, so looking at her duke it out with the other new members of the Street Fighter crew will be even sweeter! Alongside the announcement itself comes a trailer featuring the classy girl in all her fancy action, kicking the ever-living crap out of new character Rashid, which we have provided for you just below. Street Fighter V is set for a 2016 release across the world for, once again, the PlayStation 4 and PC. -30-

Michiko & Hatchin Review

Imagine, if you will, two loveable characters making their way across an exotic country, with nothing but a dream between them. Meeting colourful locals in each location, these characters form a bond that can never be broken, as proved by the numerous bond breaking situations they find themselves in. It is a kindly story, an inspiring story, a story about one escaped prisoner and the orphan she kidnapped…did I not mention that? I probably should’ve mentioned that. Yes folks get ready to have your heartstrings tugged by a brash, loudmouth by the name of Michiko Molandro and the far more reserved Hana “Hatchin” Morenos. Not exactly a heavyhanded series, if my previous statement implied, you will nonetheless have a few emotional moments as these two trapse and trek through a number of less-than-idyllic situations. Having lived as an abused child, adopted by one of the most hate inspiring priests in anime, Hana is one day saved by Michiko, who drives her bike onto the breakfast table of said jerkbag priest (and family), before whisking her …

Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth – Kyoko Kuremi Story Overview Trailer Released

The fact that Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth has already been released over in Japan hasn’t stopped Bandai Namco Entertainment from promoting it across the rest of the world. Tokyo Game Show 2015 has only just begun and already we’re catching wind of some amazing new video game announcements and updates. One of the more exciting ones is the new trailer for the upcoming PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 title Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth which is, surprisingly, making it’s way to the West sometime in 2016. Narrated by Cyber Detective Kyoko Kuremi, the trailer’s dialogue is spoken entirely in English and goes on to detail the game’s story; something we’ve seen time and time again in Japanese trailers but never in English. While the trailer doesn’t exactly show anything new about the game, the fact that it was put together just for Western audiences really drives home the point that this game is indeed on it’s way to local shelves. Tokyo Game Show 2015 has only just begun so there’s still plenty of amazing video game …

Capcom Announces Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Anime Adaptation

It’s the Anime adaptation we’ve all been waiting for. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is a series of video games with more titles than you could point at stick at, and enough fans across the world to have kept it alive and well for many years, with no end in sight. Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney is so popular that it’s pop culture reach spreads across many mediums: From Manga to live-action film, the Ace Attorney franchise has it’s hands in it all, except for Anime, oddly enough. That is…until today! Capcom have announced that they are currently producing an Anime series based upon the long-running video game series which is to air across Japan in April of 2016. Judging from the image of the announcement panel from Tokyo Game Show 2015, it looks as though the Anime will cover, at least, the very first Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney video game. Hopes are that the Anime continues long after the events of the first game, covering everything up to date…but that may be a little TOO hopeful. …

Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 – Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer

It wasn’t actually too long ago that Capcom announced Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 and already we’re getting the upcoming game’s very first trailer. Thus is the power of Tokyo Game Show. At this year’s expo, Capcom have pulled out all the stops with their video game revelations as they wow audiences with the very first look at Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6. A fairly sizeable length, the new trailer shows off everything new the upcoming game has to offer. From the unfamiliar characters to the updated courtroom mechanics, everything in this trailer is hugely exciting, especially if you’re a fan of the long-running series. Set for a 2016 release on the Nintendo 3DS for both Japan and the West, the first ever trailer for Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6 has been provided for you just below, so watch and enjoy! -30-

Stand Together and Fight – JJBA: Eyes of Heaven Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer Released

Stand up and be proud fellow JoJo Bizarre Adventurers because the series that spirals ever further down the rabbit hole of insanity is bringing out yet another opportunity for you to take up the mantle of these crazy characters…and beat each other into the ground with them. Heading to the PS3 and PS4, Eyes of Heaven throws you headfirst into battle bot canon and non, as you choose between familiar faces from any number o parts from the JoJo mythos. Max eight…there’s only eight parts. Fan of Jonathan Joestar? Throw down some Sunlight Yellow Overdrives. More of a Caesar fan? Pop some villainous bubble with your own more painful heroic bubbles. Fancy yourself a Speedwagon supporter? Why? I guess he’s got a hammer…and eventually wealth…I think he stole Will’s hat though, that was weird. Oh well, to each their combative own. Not much else to say on the subject really. Gameplay got shown, which is always a nice touch for convention trailers. There appears to be more of a connection between the fighters, with a …

It’s A Dog Beat Dog World – Killing Bites Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer Released

With Tokyo Game Show 2015 well underway, you would not be faulted for expecting a few trailers to see a release. I especially won’t fault you considering that a new trailer is exactly what I am here to talk about. This time around, say hello to Killing Bites. From what was shown, the game centres around some lovely hybrid ladies, who bring some animalistic elements to some kind of fight. Though I’m not exactly sure if they’re fighting each other, or the more complete bestial characters that also exist (such as the wolf seen in the trailer), you can be damn sure that they’ll fight…in one way or another. Ok, so this was one of those cinematic trailers that introduced the idea of a game without actually showing the content. But, popular or not, it is a style of advertisement that has become commonplace in the video game industry. But I digress, at the very least, Killing Bites looks interesting enough to warrant looking a gameplay trailer, whenever it releases. So…that all sounded pretty negative …

Digimon World: Next Order – Tokyo Game Show 2015 Trailer

Tokyo Game Show 2015 has only just begun, but it has done so in quite an explosive way. Japanese pop culture fans know TGS as one of the better video game expos of our generation and there’s a huge reason why; some of the most exciting stuff comes out of it, including the latest trailer for Bandai Namco Entertainment’s upcoming PlayStation Vita title Digimon World: Next Order, stylised as “Next -0rder-“. Running just a little over two minutes long, the trailer showcases what it will be like playing as both the male and female protagonists, with the male having Agumon and Gabumon as his digital companions, and the female having Biyomon and Palmon. The trailer also gives audiences an extensive look at the world of Next Order with some nice throwbacks to the original Digimon World PlayStation 1 title. Set for a Japanese release on the PlayStation Vita sometime in 2016, nothing has been said by Bandai Namco Entertainment regarding a Western release; something that may actually never come. Either way, we have a fantastic …

Terra Formars Volume Seven – Review

The thing about space travel is that it’s quite dangerous, as well as being extraordinarily expensive. Once you leave the gravity of Earth, who the hell knows what is going to happen next. If you’re a crew of half-bug people on your way to Mars, chances are some weird stuff is going to go down…like bipedal cockroach men, but that’s something you’ve been trained to deal with, kind of. What happens when, after almost a week of trying to survive against said cockroach men, you’re then having to deal with the forces of…other humans? Terra Formars is now into it’s seventh volume, and it just continues to get more and more exciting. Madman Entertainment have been doing a fantastic job bringing this thrilling science-fiction story to Australia and New Zealand, and, once again, us here at SnapThirty have been given a chance to review the latest volume which takes a huge stride to the left and begins branching off on a storyline I saw coming a while ago, but I’m very much glad is now …

It’s No Mirage – New World of Final Fantasy Trailer Revealed

As anyone with even an ancillary knowledge of JRPGs would know, Final Fantasy has been around for quite some time, in quite a number of incarnations. Well Final Fanatics, prepare for a new, cuter installment into the franchise that ever drifts away from the meaning of the word final; World of Final Fantasy. Apparently lacking in memory, siblings Reynn and Lann journey into a chibified world known as Grymoire, containing a vast number of unique creatures and characters, like a Cactuar with a day job. On this trip, they unlock the ability to team up with said creatures, dubbed Mirages, utilising them in battle against their less than friendly brethren. Some faces familiar to fans of the franchise also make a lil’ appearance, namely Lightning from FFXIII and the Warrior of Light from the original Fantasy, when the Final was thought to be true. So what do you think about this new world? Is it cute? Too cute? Personally I’m happy that it’s being released on the PS Vita, it just seems like one of …

The Beginning of the End’s Beginning – Kingdom Hearts 2.8 Heads to PS4

With news of Kingdom Hearts 3 still bumping around inside people’s heads, it seems like one more revisit to freshen up some memories might be worth it. If that is a thought that lit the ol’ lightbulb inside your noodle, then it seems like you and Square Enix might be on the same fairytale page. This particular collection will include a HD remaster of Dream Drop Distance, a game that originally came out in 2012, on the 3DS no less. Now I know HD remasters have been all the rage these past few years, but I’m pretty curious to see what kind of jump can be made from 3DS to PS4. At the very least it might let some players enjoy this adventure for the first time, as they may not own the handheld console. Also included in the collection is a HD cinematic titled Kingdom Hearts χ Back Cover, following of the Foretellers, in a time before the Keyblade War. Finally, the collection includes Birth by Sleep – A Fragmentary Passage –, which tells a story that links …

The Despair Continues – Spike Chunsoft Announces Danganronpa V3

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls has finally been released across the globe. Spike Chunsoft, the developers of the Danganronpa series of depressing but enjoyable video games, understand that the world has now been given the chance to thoroughly enjoy their last amazing title, but what they also understand is that, because it was so enjoyable…people want more of it. That is what makes the announcement of Danganronpa V3 at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference so much sweeter! Yes! Danganronpa V3! The despair continues perpetually! Not much about the game was actually revealed at the conference. Although Spike Chunsoft did reveal a teaser trailer for the game…not much was said or shown. All Spike Chunsoft have told the world is that there’s going to be a new Danganronpa game set in a new school, and it will be released not only on the PlayStation Vita like it’s predecessors but also on the PlayStation 4. That is all. Regardless of the lack of information detailed to worldwide audience…I’m sure everyone interested in Danganronpa …

The Past And The Future Collide – Sega Announces Yakuza: Kiwami and Yakuza 6

What could possibly be better than the announcement of a brand-new Yakuza game? How about a complete remake of the original Yakuza game set to be released on both the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4? Yeah, today is a pretty good day for those of you out there who are fans of the action series. Sega announced today, at the Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press Conference, two new titles both of which belong to the long line of Yakuza video games which dates back to 2005 with the release of the very first title in the series. The first is Yakuza 6 which, as you already know, is the latest in the line of numerical Yakuza games which will, once again, follow the crime-riddled story of Kazuma Kiryu. The other announcement, a game titled Yakuza: Kiwami, is the complete remake of the very first Yakuza video game, giving a brand-new definition to the phrase “HD Remake“. While not much is known about Yakuza 6, including overall story and when the game is set to be …

Bandai Namco Entertainment Announces One Piece: Burning Blood

About a week or so ago, I wrote an article regarding Bandai Namco Entertainment and their licensing of a video game name that went by the name Burning Blood. In this article I compared the name to that of the Japanese delinquent fight game Crows: Burning Edge, stating that there was a possibility that the company plan on bringing said game to the West under a new title. As it turns out…I’m dead wrong. The name Burning Blood actually belongs to a brand-new One Piece fighting game set to be released for the PlayStation Vita and the PlayStation 4. How do I know this now? Well Bandai Namco Entertainment announced this alongside a trailer for the upcoming One Piece game at this year’s Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia Press conference. Not much is known about this One Piece game, as of right now, but by judging by the trailer it looks as though it will focus heavily on the adoptive brothers Luffy, Ace, and Sabo; each of which being heavily present showing off their fierce fighting …

Danganronpa Another Episode: Ultra Despair Girls Review

Hope versus despair. Despair versus hope. An ever present, ever shifting conflict that takes place beneath the surface of humanity. Undermining everything, determining how people view the world and those who reside within it. But is it as simple as all that? Of course not. People rarely stop and take the time to think about these driving forces because, in all honesty, it isn’t necessary in day to day life. Stopping and stalling to mull over the truths of the world each and every time you make a choice is woefully inefficient and probably not too good for mental health, existentially speaking. But what about those moments where deep thought rears its head and barrels towards shallower waters? When people are forced to bear all and witness themselves? What happens then? Of course, said situation may or may not also be compounded by a merciless army of mechanical miscreants, throwing yet another wrench into the proverbial, hypothetical machine…but we’ll deal with that if it happens. Sooo…it happened. that thing I mentioned earlier, about the army …

Our Interview With Culture Japan’s Danny Choo – SMASH! 2015

What does it take to become a celebrity in the world of Japanese pop culture? If there’s any man to ask, it has to be Culture Japan’s very own Danny Choo. From humble beginnings, this man worked himself to the bone in order to reach the level of success he currently holds. The curator of an amazingly detailed blog about his life, the creator of pop culture mascot Mirai Suenaga, and the host of his very own Japanese television program, there’s no one who knows more about hard work and dedication than Danny Choo. This year’s Sydney Manga and Anime Show allowed us the opportunity to sit down and have a one-on-one interview with the man himself to talk about, well…pretty much what I detailed above. In a quite room, away from the hustle and bustle of the convention, we sat and spoke about as much as we possibly could within the short time we had with him, but you don’t want to simply read about an interview, you want to see the interview! So enough …

You Thought Two Were Bad, Try Six – New Live-Action Death Note Film Announced For 2016

Almost ten years ago, back in 2006, two live-action films were released that recounted the tragic but invigorating story of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba’s highly-popular Manga series; Death Note. Surprisingly, these two films are known for being faithful adaptations of the original Manga, doing the series justice from the first minute all the way up until the last. Both films also happen to feature the Red Hot Chilli Peppers song “Dani California” for an unknown reason, but it’s presence only works to make the films more enjoyable. Recently, a live-action television series has been airing in Japan that, once again, recreates the events of the Death Note Manga series almost as well as the two movies. The end of said series has just come about and with it the announcement of a brand-new live-action Death Note movie that will tell a continuation of the story never seen before. The upcoming film, simply titled Death Note 2016, will follow best friends Light Yagami and L who, after the events of the first two films, have …

World Trigger Volume Six – Review

World Trigger volume six is the latest volume of the Manga to be released in Australia thanks to Madman Entertainment. Unfortunately, due to mysterious circumstances, our review copy was delivered about a month late…but that’s not a bad thing, not when the cause of which opens your eyes to something quite striking: I’m in love with this Manga. For the last four weeks I have been on the back of fellow writer Luke Halliday regarding the shipment of World Trigger, not through frustration but through excitement. Turns out, despite the series of Bs and B+s I’ve given it in the past, World Trigger is one of my most anticipated contemporary Manga releases, and volume six has finally made me exactly aware of just why it is I’ve fallen for this humble Manga. Story-wise, not a great deal develops in volume six of World Trigger, in fact, by the end of the volume more questions were raised than answered, but that’s to be expected with a set of chapters as combat heavy as the ones in …

From Z to Z – Pokemon Adds Some New Formes to its Numbers

What is it that Pokemon fans love and/or hate the most? What issue is it that divides the fandom into two distinct categories? New Pokemon. That’s right lovers and haters, as this train continues to speed on down the tracks it gathers no small amount of extra passengers But be you a stalwart supporter of numbers 1 through 151, or a catcher of those in the hundred beyond, know this, the Pokemon family has just gotten a little bigger…in some form at least. A few weeks ago, a CoroCoro article was released depicting a mysterious shadow, in no subtle terms hinted at being a new Pokemon (to nobody’s surprise). But what ho, through the mystical art of leaks, said shadow has been revealed in all its glory…along with a few tag alongs. Buried in the post-game of X and Y lies the (not surprising) Z; Zygarde. Serpentine dragon of nature, this powerful being is environmentalism incarnate. But there lies more to this creature than that. To be specific, the potential to transform, to power up …

Imagination And Reality Combine Thanks To Nintendo’s Pokemon GO

Fans of Nintendo’s monster-raising franchise Pokemon have always dreamed of a reality wherein which they could capture and train their very own fighting creatures, living a life revolving solely around travel and adventure. Up until this point in time, barring the actual Pokemon video game releases, we’ve never really gotten close to seeing this dream become a reality, in fact…I personally never thought such an abstract idea could ever become real. Despite this, there’s a company out there who is trying to make it a reality, and that company is, you guessed it, Nintendo. Announced overnight (for us here living in Australia), the upcoming SmartPhone app Pokemon GO combines the forces of ones own imagination with the reality of which we’re all a part of. Nintendo, who has now partnered up with video game developer Niantic, Inc; who you may know is famous for their similar augmented reality video game title Ingress, plan to release this new app, partnered up with a nice wearable peripheral to help with the immersion, sometime next year, but before you get …

Lost Dimension Review

Trust. It’s what binds heroes together during times of strife. For those moments when the task at hand is just too great for any one person to accomplish. For when the fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the chosen few. But what happens when the hand of these chosen few is forced? When trust has no time to even factor into the equation? They save the world anyway, because there is no alternative. They save it, with uncertainty…and a terrible cost to pay. A terrible threat, a single being who possesses the frightening power to bring the world to its knees. But, what ho, hidden under layers of red tape and top secrets, a band of soldiers who possess the grit and fortitude to fight this threat…and a bevy of psychic powers to boot. SEALED is their designation, and bringing down megalomaniacal malcontents is their game…apparently. I mean I think it is, they think it is…they have amnesia…kinda. Yet another devious mystery held by The End, the self proclaimed nom de guerre …

Sentenced to Life – Prison School Gets Live-Action TV Drama on MBS

For those of you who aren’t opposed to a little bit of penis whipping and sneaking into the girls communal shower while taking advantage of your crush’s bad eye sight then do I have some good news for you! Prison School is getting the live-action treatment with MBS commissioning a live-action drama TV series set to premiere on October 25th, 2015 in Japan. Coinciding with such a tease of an announcement, MBS did things the Prison School way and cut to the chase and went for a full measure of sexy domination with a trailer for the drama. Check it out below but be careful you may just wind up sentenced to life between the thighs of one Prison School’s buxom dominatrix’. But then again that is probably not such a bad thing if you’re into that kind of thing. -30-

Sega’s Promotional Character Segata Sanshiro Revealed For Project X Zone 2 

Here’s a real Japanese pop culture knowledge test, one that I failed, and one that I think will put a smile on your face regardless of whether or not you’re aware of this particular character. In Japan, from 1997 to 1998, there was this television marketing gimmick organised by Sega to advertise their powerful new product of the time; the Sega Saturn. Like many advertising campaigns throughout history, this particular Sega Saturn line of comedic commercials featured a legendary, fictional, Judo master that went by the name Segata Sanshiro who, for that two year period, was essentially the face of the Sega Saturn. This hard-core fighter would travel the land, literally punishing those who would not play the Sega Saturn, as if it was by law. This video game vigilante was seen as one hell of force to be reckoned with, and seemingly the perfect promotional character for the Sega Saturn; a system that, apparently, demanded to be enjoyed. It’s now 2015, and there’s a video game sequel on the way called Project X Zone …

Crows: Burning Edge Possibly Confirmed For A European Release

Video game publishers will sometimes do this interesting, and exciting, thing wherein which they will license a certain name, or variation of a name, in North America and Europe months after certain titles have been announced over in Japan. There are people who troll the world wide web waiting for companies to do this, then spreading the word that it has been done, and the latest to be “caught out“, so to speak, are none other than Bandai Namco Entertainment Europe who have recently licensed the video game title Burning Blood. Now, as of right now, Burning Blood means absolutely nothing because, for all intents and purposes…it is nothing. There is no Japanese video game that goes by that name at this point in time and it’s not a name we’ve ever heard of before, but we have heard something similar! Crows: Burning Edge is an upcoming fighting game by Namco Bandai Entertainment based off of the highly popular delinquent Manga Crows which, as you may know, was also the inspiration for the movie trilogy Crows …

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain – Xbox One Review

Last year’s Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes was an impressive offering in its own right, so much so that it’s arguably one of the better action games to come out in recent times. Of course, the game was dubbed as a prologue to Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, a teaser demo if you will. Back when Ground Zeroes landed, it was hard to predict just how much more Phantom Pain was going to add on top of what was already a pretty impressive showcase of game design and technology, and it was also uncertain whether all the talk of “open world” and “biggest Metal Gear game yet” was literal or simply mere marketing hyperbole. Experiencing Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain firsthand, going in with the expectations you would have from a typical Metal Gear title, will truly shock you like no other game will. To put things into perspective, Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes, as impressive as its design and scope was, is merely a molecule when compared with Metal …

SnapCast Episode 31 – Attack on Attack on Titan

In this episode, Kane, Frank and Luke let the vitriol shine through as they discuss Japanese cinema’s latest foray into the world of live action anime adaptations. Your voices have also been heard, as Luke returns to expository form in the sequel to the hit podcast segment: Luke’s Story Time. This time around, hear the story of a samurai named Kenshin, through the words of some guy not named Kenshin. -30-

Onechanbara Z2: Chaos – Review

There is something about underdressed girls with sharp weapons fighting the forces of the undead that just seems to get people going. If that wasn’t the case, then how is it that Onechanbara has a long lineage of over ten games spanning from 2004 all the way up until 2015? Surely Tamsoft, the company behind the series’ development, are doing something right otherwise they wouldn’t have been given the money to continue developing additions to the series for all these years. It must be something primal within us, to want to mix sexuality with brutality…surely. Regardless, it seems to work, so I wont try to dissect it any more than I should. Instead, I should try to enjoy it for exactly what it is: A sexy gore-fest. Mindscape Australia, in conjunction with NIS America (Europe), have recently released Onechanbara Z2: Chaos across both Australia and New Zealand, and us here at SnapThirty have been given the mighty pleasure of reviewing it thanks to said companies. It’s a title I never once thought of playing, having seen …

Third One-Punch Man Anime Preview Introduces Extended Character Cast

Certain contemporary series’ in more recent times mostly go without having to be described. For the most part, everyone knows about the more popular titles, that’s just the way popularity goes, and with Manga series’ like One-Punch man, chances are, if you’ve read any of the countless good Shonen Jump Manga productions…you’re also very much aware of this one. Shonen Jump are great at promoting their up and coming titles, that’s why I’m sure you’ve known about One and Yusuke Murata’s One-Punch Man for quite some time. It’s also the reason you’re here reading this article! Now that the Manga series has been in production for a little while, and the popularity train has picked up some speed, there’s an Anime adaptation of this goofy hero-centric Manga on the way courtesy of animation studio Madhouse. As with any upcoming Anime series, it’s always a good idea for the powers at be to promote the living hell out of it. Usually this is done with trailers introducing audiences to the story of the series, the setting of …

Hyperdimension Neptunia: The Animation Review

Imagine if you will, a world centered around the very concept of video games. A world wherein companies are personified as heroines who fight the good fight for you, me and every other NPC that populates the similarly themed countries of said world. Of course, I ask you to imagine this as a way to draw you into the revelation that this fiction is reality (the fictional kind) vis-a-vis Hyperdimension Neptunia. This time however, the meta game franchise has made the transition to the format of anime, which is ironic in its own kind of way…if you care to think about it that much. But, for those who do not wish to do that, enjoy watching the adventures of your favourite CPUs in a 2D form that doesn’t require any additional controllers or peripherals…except for like, a TV…and a DVD player. Building upon the not-so-hypothetical introductory paragraph that lies just above these current words, Hyperdimension presents us with the magical land of Gamindustri (pronounced just as obviously as it references), which itself is divided into …

Attack on Titan (Live Action) Review

The last thing I ever expected from an Attack on Titan live action film was an entire packed cinema audience causing an uproar of laughter at what they were witnessing unfold on the silver screen, let alone did I expect to find myself succumbing and laughing along with the rest of the audience. Attack on Titan is one of the most darkest, epic and deadset coolest anime stories in recent memory. The fact that Shinji Higuchi’s cinematic take on the story proved to be a B-Grade at best schlocky horror comedy crossed with an awkwardly acted softcore porno flick put together with production values that would make an 1980’s episode of Ultraman look like 2013’s Pacific Rim is utterly baffling. How could this have gone so very wrong? It’s tragic. Tonally Attack on Titan is so far from its source material that it is difficult to even make an honest comparison between the two. If you are a fan expecting to see the tale you love so very much on the big screen, you are going to …

Haikyu!! Part 1 Review

Imagine, if you will, a sport. Team based in nature and just brimming with hopeful up and comers, scorned long timers and the innately gifted. Now imagine that this sport is animated, let’s say in the style of Japanese animation, we’ll call it anime (pending a proper designation). Now you may be thinking to yourself, “But guy who is writing this oddly vague introductory paragraph, that could explain any number of sports.” My immediate response to such a question is, “Of course, but I speak of but one sport this day. Of a sport oft excluded from the forefront of your and my smart brain parts. I speak, my friends, of volleyball.” Now that that discussion is out of the way, and we’re all better friends for it, let us mosey on over to the review proper ( or the nearest facsimile to proper I am capable). Shoyo Hinata is your classic, upbeat protagonist. Measuring nearer 5ft high than further, he nevertheless burns with a passion for the aforementioned sport of volleyball. Unfortunately, during his …

A Phoenix Wright Game Like No Other – Ace Attorney 6 Revealed

Here’s some amazing news for your Wednesday morning: Not only have Capcom just revealed the very next instalment in the Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney series of video games, but they also confirmed it’s Western localisation. This type of thing doesn’t always happen, especially when it comes to Japanese titles like Ace Attorney. Simply titled Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney 6, this upcoming game finds titular character Phoenix Wright heading off-shore to a mysterious country where people insist on believing in the supernatural powers of those deceased. Surely this will come into play during the many long trials ahead for this Ace Attorney who gets roped into a series of cases almost instantly upon arrival in the mysterious land. Much like the other games in the series, Ace Attorney 6 will feature an updated set of gameplay mechanics, none more exciting than that of the Water Mirror feature that, although yet to be properly detailed, is assured to be of great help during most trials. Speaking of help; Wright will make himself a new friend in a …

Pokemon’s Misty: The Tomboy Mermaid Classic Gym Leader Figure Now Up For Pre-Order

It was a while ago but I feel as though you’d all still remember: Bandai, in conjunction with Game Freak and Nintendo, released a nostalgia-inducing figurine that showed Pokemon’s Brock in his original Gym Leader attire…which was barely anything, mostly just pants. Fans of the franchise went wild! Especially those who grew up playing the very first generation of Pokemon video games. Not long after that, the same companies came together and announced a second figurine from the same collection. This time it was Misty; the second Gym Leader from the first set of Pokemon games. Much like Brock, Misty’s classic attire had a serious lack of actual attire, with her being in a simple bikini set. Now, some time after it was announced, those same trie of companies have once again surfaced to reveal that the Misty figurine is now up for pre-order. Alongside alerting the world of it’s purchasability, they also revealed exactly what the figurine will look like, as I’m sure you can already see by the images I’ve provided in this …

Nintendo Releases Xenoblade Chronicles X: Survival Guide Episode One

You may not be entirely aware of this but Nintendo will be releasing a series of five videos across the next five months all detailing the most exciting focal points of the upcoming action-RPG Xenoblade Chronicles X. It’s now the 1st of September which means the very first of this short series has just been released online. I honestly don’t know too much about this title. I’ve been excited about it for a while simply because it’s a Wii U game that doesn’t revolve itself around already established Nintendo characters and that’s basically all I need nowadays to get excited. This new series of short, information-filled promotional videos has been perfectly designed to educate people like myself who’re interested in the game yet not so sure about why they should absolutely get it on release. Episode one details three key features of the upcoming title: The world of the game, the organisation your character will be a part of, and the types of missions you’ll take on throughout the game. To say the very least; there’s …

Total Fender Bender – Production I.G To Remake Classic Anime Series FLCL (Fooly Cooly)

Gainax is, more or less…no more. That’s fine though, because most of the crazy boys and girls who lent their talents to the legendary animation studio have now moved on to bigger and better things. Most notably, a great deal now work for Trigger who you may know is the production studio behind Kill La Kill; everybody’s favorite new Anime series. You may also know of another little production company called Production I.G. who, chances are, are famous for producing your most loved Anime series’. Why? Because they’ve spearheaded some of the best Anime series’ of all time, not once disappointing audiences. So yeah, I’m pretty sure you love them. News has just broken that details the purchasing of certain rights to a certain beloved Anime series called FLCL, or Fooly Cooly, by the heads over at Production I.G. It seems as though Gainax has finally decided to let go of this six episode masterpiece and I.G, who worked on the Anime alongside Gainax, thought maybe it would be a good idea to sweep up …