Month: November 2015

Tokyo Ghoul Season One Collection (Uncut) – Review

Humanity is a fickle thing, especially when seen through the lenses of media, both factual and fictitious alike. Mired in a sense of arrogance for having broken the hold of nature, humankind is often shown as a force bent on betterment, no matter the cost. But then you get series like this, series that decide to mix up the tentative balance of the world as it stands and posit a rather complex question; What would happen if humanity fell a link in the food chain? As so many anime do, Tokyo Ghoul begins with the average daily exploits of a high school boy, who in this instance is named Kaneki. Unlike most anime however, we open with our protagonist actively making plans to ask out the girl of his youthful dreams. Now, whilst this doesn’t sound too major in text, anime fans will realise that this mindset is but a sign that romance will be the last thing this series will focus on, lest it wishes to be ten minutes long. Lo and behold, not ten …

Food Wars! (Shokugeki No Soma) Volume Eight – Review

  The final pages of Food Wars! Volume seven left readers in a state of anticipation thanks to the cliffhanger ending that saw protagonist Soma finally about to go head-to-head with his Fall Classic arc nemesis Akira Hayama; the self-proclaimed master of curry. Volume seven served as an introductory volume that set up a great deal of the story that leads directly into the confrontation between these two culinary juggernauts. That then transitions almost seamlessly into the next, and possibly final, segment of this tournament-arc. Thanks to Madman Entertainment, once again, for allowing us the opportunity to review the latest release in this much-loved Manga series.   The battle of the Fall Classic preliminaries comes to a thundering close! Can Soma conjure up a curry masterpiece brilliant enough to surpass a dish from the master of fragrance, Akira Hayama? This volume also includes a bonus story about the adventures of a certain someone during her lazy summer vacation! – Madman Entertainment Volume eight took an entirely different approach to story development than volume seven which, …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Gyro Zeppeli Character Battle Trailer Released

In the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure universe there’s this ancient technique called the Ripple that allows any master of the practice to harness the power of the sun to defeat their foes with an array of interesting and incredible weird techniques. Jonathan and Joseph Joestar both know their way around the supernatural art, as well as others like Will and Caesar Zeppeli who, unfortunately, both died for the sake of their individual Joestar family members. After a handful of story arcs, each differing greatly from the last, the world of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is re-written. No longer is there such thing as the Ripple, but there is something that supersedes it…a little technique called Spin. You know what’s going on, right? Come on, surely you do! Bandai Namco Entertainment are super excited for their upcoming JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure title Eyes Of Heaven, and to celebrate it’s almost-release they plan on posting character-specific videos that span the game’s entire roster which, last time I checked, is at least fifty strong. The latest spotlight trailer focuses on the …

Twin Star Exorcists Volume Two – Review

Like it or not; we all have things from our past that we simply cannot escape. Bad memories, bad experiences, things that tested us both physically and mentally; often we wish that they could simply be erased, so we run from them. The problem is…we cannot run forever. Eventually the things we fear so gravely will catch up to us, this is an inevitability. For the Twin Star Exorcists Rokuro and Benio, their pasts are filled with nothing but tragedy; memories they wish they could escape, but never will. Volume two of Twin Star Exorcists has just been released down here in Australia thanks to Madman Entertainment, and with it comes the bombshell of a lifetime that has truly kicked this Shonen Jump Manga into second gear, readying it for the first big arc of the series; something a seasoned Shonen reader knows can make or break a Manga. Hopefully it’s not the latter. Twin Star Exorcists volume two stays in much the same realm as the first volume with it’s Shonen story elements mixed …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Dio Brando Character Battle Trailer Released

I’ve done about seven of these articles at the time of writing this one. I try my hardest to put a little bit of character specific flair into each and every one by referencing their personality types, battle tactics, etc., but with Dio Brando…all I can do is make the same jokes everyone else has already made. You know the whole “it was I, Dio” thing, yeah, it’s kind of gotten old, and yet here I am fighting with myself because, well…damn, I want to make some of those jokes too, so here I go: [Insert Dio Meme Here] Bandai Namco Entertainment are doing this interesting thing wherein which they’re periodically releasing character-specific trailers in the lead-up to their upcoming action title JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven. So far we’ve seen about seven of them, of which I’ll make sure to specify in the latter sections of this article, and we’re only going to be seeing more and more, considering there are over fifty playable characters, and I’m fairly certain they want to get …

Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign Volume Six – Review

It has been a long held saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Now, whilst this is true enough in most scenarios, the waters are noticeably muddied in conflicts containing an ever increasing number of factions. Wherein one moment you may find yourself standing shoulder to shoulder with necessitous allies, the next you may notice a blade placed firmly between your shoulder blades. Such is war in an ever crumbling society I’m afraid although, if you are particularly fortunate, you may just happen upon a few who are allies in the truest sense of the word, and ones who will leave your back remarkably un-stabbed. With vampires being the apparent jerk bags that they are, humanity is in rather swift need of a truly powerful strike force, capable of relieving a certain blood sucking sect of the world of their metaphorically big heads and well over inflated senses of ego. Luckily for this particular fictitious, apocalyptic world, Shinoa Company are here and, by way of protagonistic power, are just the ragtag team …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Joseph Joestar Character Battle Trailer Released

Tank top, check. Headband, check. Loose, flowing scarf…double check. Well damn, now you’re looking like Joseph Joestar! Bandai Namco Entertainment, to celebrate the upcoming release of their newest JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting title Eyes Of Heaven, are periodically releasing different, character-specific gameplay trailers to show audiences just who they’ll be able to play as once the new game comes out and, of course, simply to build hype. The list so far is; Jonathan Joestar, Robert E.O. Speedwagon, Jotaro Kujo, Okuyasu Nijimura, and Bruno Buccellati, with the newest addition to the short but growing list being none other than Battle Tendency’s protagonist; Joseph Joestar. Oh my God! The masterful Ripple user has returned for Eyes Of Heaven stronger and more flamboyant than he’s ever been before! Whether he’s using his faithful tommy gun, his Cracker Volley technique, or the Ripple as a whole, chances are…it’s going to mean a bed time for anyone going head-to-head with this slab of man meat. Strong enough to survive the Pillar Men onslaught as a youngster, Joseph Joestar has had …

As The Gods Will – Review

Life…can be boring sometimes, let’s not kid ourselves. Between work, or study, or just a dreary kind of morning, some days just sort of drag on. Now, films will tell you a million times over that boredom is tantamount to sin in the world we live, with those bowing to monoty simply unable, or unwilling, to see the beauty in every second of existence. But movies, in essence, are fiction, stories born from reality often mired in the extraordinary, or near implausible serendipity. So how about a different approach? An approach that doesn’t so much lay the human condition bare, as it does grab it by the throat and beat you over the head with it. Takahata Shun is your fairly typical student, or at least typical of one sub-section. Less than enthusiastic about everything, Shun drifts through the days at a 1:1 pace, never revelling in excitement to send the hours flying. Heck, he even has procrastinatory plans about one day maybe asking his childhood friend out on a date. The quintessential no rush …

Rodea the Sky Soldier: We Reviewed it Thrice!

It started out as a review for the Wii U version of Rodea the Sky Soldier which, for all intents and purposes, is the primary edition of the game. But it ended up becoming a triple feature where all three versions of Rodea got their own review: Wii U, 3DS, and even the limited Wii release. The reason? They’re all very different games. All three versions may share the same story, levels, and bosses, but in terms of gameplay, mechanics, and design they are substantially different from each other, especially the Wii version. It’s also important to do this because Rodea the Sky Soldier is the biggest release by industry legend, Yuji Naka, in a very,very long time. Shigeru Miyamoto may have achieved more fame and commercial success, but during the great console war of the Nineties between SEGA and Nintendo it wasn’t just about SEGA vs. Nintendo, Mega Drive vs. SNES, Saturn vs. Nintendo 64, and Sonic vs. Mario… it was also about Naka vs. Miyamato: two creative geniuses attempting to outdo each other with innovative and fun video …

Rodea the Sky Soldier – Review (Wii)

Rodea the Sky Soldier was first announced as a Wii title many years ago, and after a slow development process and going through some publishers, it was effectively cancelled until Kadokawa Games, and later NIS America, jumped in to revive the project. In doing so, efforts were made to build an almost completely different the game for the Wii U and 3DS. Fortunately, however, the original incarnation of the game on the Wii received its final finishing touches, and was bundled with the first print copies of the Wii U release as a free bonus disc. So as it stands now, if you want to play the Wii version you need to grab a copy of the Wii U version while the first print stock lasts. As an additional, and very cool extra, you also get a reversible cover art with the Wii U art on one side and the Wii art on the other. The limited availability of the Wii version is a crying shame really, because out of all the releases the Wii version …

Rodea the Sky Soldier – Review (3DS)

It’s almost become customary to have a Wii U and 3DS edition of the same title launch simultaneously, with not only obvious cosmetic differences, but even differences in the controls and the way in which gameplay systems are implemented. We’ve seen this happen to Sonic entries on Nintendo platforms, with games like Sonic Lost World and more recently Sonic Boom. Capcom pulled this off with class when they launched Monster Hunter 3: Ultimate simultaneously on the Wii U and 3DS, with both versions being equally stellar. Rodea the Sky Soldier too joins this trend, as accompanying the main Wii U version is this 3DS version that shares most, if not all, of the gameplay systems and mechanics, albeit a few differences to make the experience more functional on the handheld. For all intents and purposes, Rodea the Sky Soldier on 3DS is the exact same game as the Wii U version, with all flaws and issues intact. That being said, Rodea on the 3DS does not feel like a watered down de-make of the Wii U game, …

Rodea the Sky Soldier – Review (Wii U)

Rodea the Sky Soldier on the Wii U is an unfortunate case of too little too late. For one thing, this was originally intended as a Wii game which then switched to the Wii U and not as a port either, but instead it was completely reworked in terms of gameplay systems and mechanics. Within the first moments into the Wii U release, you can’t help but admit that it looks like something that should have been released 4 years ago. Still, better late than never as the old saying goes, and the release of Rodea the Sky Soldier is most certainly welcome in Wii U’s ever expanding library of unique exclusives. That being said, Rodea the Sky Soldier is a very,very flawed release. It has moments of brilliance for sure, but for every moment of bliss there are at least five moments of irritating frustration to dampen the experience that Rodea the Sky Soldier intended to provide. Rodea the Sky Soldier  tells the story of  a great war between two kingdoms: Naga the Machine Empire …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Bruno Buccellati Character Battle Trailer Released

By now I’m sure you know the story, but I’ll reiterate quickly for the sake of consistence: Bandai Namco Entertainment, in the lead up to the release of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven, are systematically releasing character-specific battle trailers that showcase the abilities of each and every individual addition to the new game’s roster. So far, we’ve seen trailers for Jonathan Joestar, Robert E.O.Speedwagon, Jotaron Kujo, and Okuyasu Nijimura, but today’s video focuses on none other than the zipper man himself; Bruno Buccellati. This young gangster made his first appearance in the one-shot Manga “Jolyne, Fly High With Gucchi” but became a fully fleshed-out character in the pages of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Part 4: Vento Aureo alongside main character Giorno Giovanna. His stand, Sticky Fingers, has the strange but applicable ability to zip open portals into any physical matter by manifesting a zipper over the area he wishes. His ability can be used to hide, making it easy for him to get the drop on his enemy, but it isn’t just this strange …

World Trigger Volume Seven – Review

A Shonen Manga with an engaging storyline and likeable characters is what drives people wild. It’s why series’ like One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach rose to such high levels of fame so early on in their release. World Trigger has all that, if it didn’t, it wouldn’t have gotten it’s own Anime and Video Game. People are absolutely loving it, and so am I, but it’s not just a good storyline accompanied by good characters that makes a Shonen Manga so enjoyable, not even close. A Shonen Manga has to have a certain level of edginess shown through countless battles that highlight the strengths and weaknesses of said characters, driving the story ever forward. A true Shonen staple is memorable battles, and in volume seven of World Trigger, well…we’ve found one of, I assume, many memorable battles. In volume seven, World Trigger takes a huge step forward into the more exciting bulk of it’s story by introducing audiences to a team of antagonists that, while not yet entirely established, show clear signs of hostility, and …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Okuyasu Nijimura Character Battle Trailer Released

I would say “make space for a new character” but it seems as though this particular juvenile delinquent can do that himself. As you know; Bandai Namco Entertainment are building hype for the upcoming release of their latest JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure fighting title Eyes Of Heaven. In the lead-up to the game’s release, the publisher is releasing character-specific trailers that will show most, if not all, of those who will feature on the roster for the new game, making sure to give the proper spotlight to those who maybe don’t often get it. So far, Bandai Namco Entertainment have given us trailers for Jonathan Joestar, Robert E.O. Speedwagon, and Jotaro Kujo. Today’s trailer focuses on one of the main characters from Part 4 of the series Diamond Is Unbreakable; Okuyasu Nijimura. This young man is an asset to anyone fighting by his side. His Stand, The Hand, has the ability to remove space from the universe, meaning that even long-rang fighters can’t get a chance at praying on what they though was this fighter’s weakness. …

Sword Art Online 2: Part Two – Review

The old saying goes; “never bring a knife to a gunfight“, but for Kirigaya Kazuto those words are nothing but empty letter jumbles. Kagemitsu G4 in hand, Kirito takes on each and every single gunslinger in the Bullet Of Bullets tournament with the hope of finding Death Gun; the renegade player killer and former member of the Laughing Coffin guild, stopping his murderous spree once and for all. Part two of Sword Art Online II takes place entirely in the Bullet Of Bullets events as players slowly get whittled away, and the true identity of Death Gun is inevitably revealed. If you’re in need of a quick refresh regarding part one of Sword Art Online II, I suggest taking a read of my review, which you can get to by Clicking Here. It’s worth taking the time, seeing as there will be some direct references to the comments I made in the review of the first volume scattered throughout this here review of volume two. This will be my second time watching through Sword Art Online …

My Hero Academia Is Getting It’s Very Own Video Game!?

Look, it’s no secret that My Hero Academia (Boku No Hero Academia) is quickly becoming one of the most popular Shonen Jump Mangas of recent times. It features an incredibly detailed story with amazing characters and a protagonist that really puts all other who’ve come before him to shame. The Manga has just earned itself an Anime adaptation to be spearheaded by Studio Bones and now, as it has just been announced in this Week’s Shonen Jump over in Japan, the hit Manga will be getting it’s very own videog game for the Nintendo 3DS.  It’s called My Hero Academia: Battle For All and it’s currently in early development stages. It was only a matter of time before this superhero series got itself a video game and that time will surely be in 2016, though nothing was confirmed by Bandai Namco Entertainment who are publishing the game in Japan. Battle For All is said to be a battle title that will feature most, if not all, of the main characters from the Manga series, giving …

One Piece: Burning Blood To Feature General Franky And X Drake

Yeah, I bet you didn’t expect these two One Piece characters to be featured on the roster of the upcoming fighting title One Piece: Burning Blood. So far, the most we’ve heard about this game is that it will feature realistic battles between Devil Fruit and Haki users, with those of the Logia type being able to make themselves invulnerable and those knowing how to use Haki being able to activate and shut said Logia users down, but never once was it mentioned that there would be gargantuan characters like X Drake and General Franky thrown into the mix. The latest issue of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump has just been released over in Japan, and between the pages of this much-loved weekly magazine lies this incredible news regarding the upcoming multi-platform fighter and it’s extended roster. The screenshots featured in the full-page spot shows X Drake in his Tyrannosaurus Rex form going head-to-head with the General Franky confirming that this game will at least have one large-scale battle between two damn big characters. X Drake has …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Jotaro Kujo Character Battle Trailer Released

Bandai Namco Entertainment, to celebrate the upcoming release of their brawler title JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes of Heaven, have been systematically releasing gameplay trailers focusing on specific characters from the series’ long-lineage. The first two that were released highlight the battle prowess of both Jonathan Joestar and Robert E.O. Speedwagon, and the latest character battle trailer to be released focuses entirely on the most popular JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure protagonist, the ever-broody Jotaro Kujo. Now I honestly don’t think I have to explain much regarding the main character of Stardust Crusaders because, well…everyone knows who Jotaro Kujo is. He truly is one of the most well-known Shonen Jump characters of all time and his presence is so impactful, it’s hard not to have his name burned into the side of your brain. With his Stand Star Platinum at his side, this juvenile delinquent can pretty much trump any adversary that stands in his way, even the all powerful DIO, whom he decimated with a single punch…practically. Returning from Eyes Of Heaven’s predecessor All-Star Battle, Jotaru Kujo …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Robert E.O. Speedwagon Character Battle Trailer Released

Let’s be entirely honest, readers; Robert E.O. Speedwagon is everyone’s favorite JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure character. I mean, Jotaro Kujo is pretty damn cool with his rough hat and his long coat, but do you know what’s cooler? Pretty much everything owned by Robert E.O. Speedwagon and, yes, I WILL be referring to Robert E.O. Speedwagon by his full name throughout this entire article. It’s what Robert E.O. Speedwagon deserves. Nothing less. So, considering you’ve already read the title of this here article, I’m sure you are already aware that Robert E.O. Speedwagon will be a playable character in the upcoming Bandai Namco Entertainment brawler title JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eye’s Of Heaven. A few days ago, Bandai Namco released a video highlighting the battle tactics of the long-running series’ original protagonist Jonathan Joestar, but it’s not time to make way for his first ever friend and greatest ally; Robert E.O. Speedwagon. If you’re the type of person who’s wondering how Robert E.O. Speedwagon would fight if he ever had the absolute need to, this is the …

Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie – GIVEAWAY

Get ready to put the pedal to the metal because Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie is racing into the cinemas across Australia for a limited time thanks to Madman Entertainment. The film will hit the silver screen at select cinemas across the country on December 5th and 6th, 2015. You can check out times, dates and details here. With all that said, we are excited to announce that in conjunction with Madman Entertainment, SnapThirty will be giving away a Double-Pass Ticket to see Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie in cinemas. To win a Double-Pass for you and a friend to see Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie all you have to do is answer the following question in the contact form below: Who is your favourite Yowamushi Pedal character and why? Let us know your answer along with your full name and address and you could be the lucky winner of a free Double-Pass Ticket to see Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie! Please Note: Giveaway only available to Australian residents. Competition closes November 27th. -30-

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven – Jonathan Joestar Character Battle Trailer Released

You know that there’s another JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure game coming out right? Yeah, I thought so. Anyone who’s anyone know’s that! It’s called JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Eyes Of Heaven and it’s a follow up to the previously released PlayStation 3 fighting game All-Star Battle. Well it looks as though Bandai Namco Entertainment think that we’ve all forgotten about the characters that appeared in All-Star Battle and are taking this chance to re-introduce us with a series of introduction videos that should highlight some of the new additions to the game’s roster while also taking a look back at some of the old favorites. The very first in this, possible, series of fifty videos (seeing as there are fifty playable characters in the upcoming game) focuses entirely on the very first notable Joestar; Jonathan. Having had to train to defeat his step-brother Dio Brando who, in true Dio fashion, turned himself into a powerful Vampire, Jonathan trained in the art of the Ripple; an ability that uses the power of Solar Energy to vanquish foes, especially …

Xenoblade Chronicles X Shows Its Sense Of Humour In New Trailer

Nintendo Of Europe recently posted a brand-new Xenoblade Chronicles X trailer online that shows both the upcoming video game’s quirkiness and it’s more action-packed side. Titled the “Do Something A Bit More Exciting” trailer, the video showcases just how open world the game is and how unique an experience it will be for individual players the world over by highlighting just a few of the features that, previously, weren’t shown. Catching a sleeping enemy monster, going for a dip in the New Los Angeles bay, catching your friends cooking another of your friends; it’s all a possibly in Monolith Soft’s Xenoblade Chronicles X…but then so is slaying said giant monsters, incredible weapon play, and over-the-top mech battles, so…it’s got a little of something for everyone. Xenoblade Chronicles X will get a release for the Wii U across both Europe and North America on the 4th of December. -30-

First Teaser for My Hero Academia Anime Release, You Can Be A Hero!

As the hype builds for the anime adaptation of Shonen Jump’s latest hit, My Hero Academia, more and more pieces of information have begun trickling out on the upcoming series. Not only have we gotten some cast details for the series we also have now got a teaser trailer showcasing the iconic ‘You can be a hero!’ moment. The teaser which you can see below features protagonist Midoriya as he explains that people in this world are not born equal, only to be told by his idol All Might that he too can be a hero. It was confirmed earlier this week that Midoriya will be voiced by Daiki Yamashita who is reprising his role from the VOMIC (video comic) and also known for voicing Sakamichi Sonoda in Yowamushi Pedal. As for All Might he is to be voiced by Kenta Miyake, famous for voicing Mohammed Avdol in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders. As a fan of the manga myself, watching this trailer gave me chills. I honestly believe that My Hero Academia is the …

Superbeat: Xonic – Review

I know, it’s strange. Those of you who follow the site, and have done so for a while now, will know that we’re all about Japanese pop culture. It’s our thing, it’s what we do, and if you don’t mind me saying…we do it damn well. So to see a review like this on the site; one developed by Korean company Nurijoy, I understand that it can be quite startling, but we aim to please, and seeing as one of our loyal follows (@R0LAN65) has shown great interest in this title, and one of our review copy providers, Mindscape, offered it to us like they do many others, we simply couldn’t say no. Even if that wasn’t the case; Superbeat: Xonic is a rhythm game developed by a company with many years of musical experience, and they’ve, once again, created a video game that has gotten fans of the genre living all across the globe excite for what it has to offer. There’s no way we were going to let that slip by us. No way! Thank …

Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final’s Key Visual Features A Familiar Face

There’s nothing more exciting than a Nintendo Direct presentation. Nothing. Not a single thing. Well, maybe a few things, but it’s definitely close to the top of the list! While everyone is reeling over Cloud’s addition to the Super Smash Bros. roster, or the re-release of Pokemon Red, Blue, and Yellow, there’s a whole bunch of us out there who paid close attention not to the Western presentation but the Japan-only presentation that featured some pretty exciting little additions of which were left out of the stream only made available to us video game fans living outside of glorious Nippon. After going through the motions of a standard Nintendo Direct presentation, the video game juggernaut decided to throw us Shin Megami Tensei fans a little bone in the form of another trailer for the upcoming sequel Shin Megami Tensei IV: Final, which had only been announced a few weeks ago. Alongside this trailer, which doesn’t reveal TOO much about the upcoming game, the Nintendo Direct presentation also gave audiences a nice look at the game’s key visual …

The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess To Hit The Wii U As HD Remake

Usually I begin articles like this with some sort of preamble, detailing the history of the piece of media in question, but for news regarding The Legend Of Zelda…I don’t think any preamble is necessary. By this point in time, everybody’s very much aware that Nintendo hosted one of their Direct presentations today, using it as a chance to blow the minds of gamers all across the world. As a part of the mind-blowing, Nintendo announced that they will be re-releasing the much-loved Wii title The Legend Of Zelda: Twilight Princess, this time as a HD remake to be released on the Wii U. Set for a release in North America on the 4th of March, the Twilight Princess HD re-release will come bundled with the newly-announced Wolf Link Amiibo which depicts the animalistic form of the Hero Of Time as he was shown in the aforementioned video game. As it turns out, the new game will not only allow the use of this particular Amiibo, but all of the other The Legend Of Zelda …

Mother 3 To Be Re-Released On The Nintendo Wii U…But Only In Japan

The latest Nintendo Direct presentation aired online today and, as usual, announced some new additions to the video game world that have brought many gamers worldwide to tears…or close to it. During the presentation, Nintendo revealed that they plan on re-releasing the Japan-only Earthbound sequel Mother 3, this time on the Wii U through the Virtual Console. Much like that of the game’s original GameBoy Advance release, the re-release seems to be only coming out in Japan…for now, or so many Western fans of the series hope. This news is just one of many that have caused countless people to break down like children, crying into their hands, and praying to the only Gods they know that Mother 3 finally gets a Western release. How do I know this? Well, I’m one of the weeping fans of this much-loved series, and I would give anything to have this Japan-only game make it’s way to local shores. Now you’re probably a little confused if you were one of the many people around the world to have …

No Longer Fantasy, Cloud Strife Rocks Up In Smash Bros. For Wii U and 3DS

Have you ever wondered what would happen if Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII were to fight Mario? No? Okay, me neither, but it is pretty cool that you can now pit Cloud off against many of video game’s greatest characters in what is undoubtedly the greatest video game crossover ever made. Cloud Strife has now been added to the roster of Smash Bros, joining the ranks of other legendary characters of the video game world such as Ryu from Street Fighter, Mega Man and even Dr Mario. For many gamers this has for a long time been but a dream. However it is now a reality and Cloud is officially a member of the Smash Bros universe. Nintendo promises further updates for the game in the future and has even revealed the long requested Lucas amiibo as well. You can check out the trailer for Cloud Strife below. Be sure to leave a comment below with some fantasy match up ideas. -30-

Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow Headed to eShop, Can You Feel The Nostalgia?

Almost 20 years on from the first time we were introduced to the wonderful world of Pokemon and in many fans hearts you just can’t beat that first time. The original trilogy of Pokemon games have a great deal of nostalgic value for most Pokemon fans. They were the games where it all began and recapturing that feeling has never quite happened since despite the fact that each Pokemon game is generally always good. Well fear not, you can now relive the classics of Pokemon Red, Blue and Yellow without fear of your cartridge’s internal battery having died like mine did. Nintendo have announced they will be releasing the original trilogy on the 3DS eShop with some added wireless connectivity to make up for the lack of link cable on the 3DS. Get excited PokeFans, its time to head back to Kanto. The journey begins again. -30-

Legend of Zelda Fans Meet Linkle, The Female Version of Link

When the new Legend of Zelda game was first announced for the Wii U, many asked the question ‘Hey, is Link a girl now?’ after examining the very feminine looking protagonist for the new title. Well while Nintendo has neither confirmed nor denied that the new installment in the series will feature a female hero of time, they have however revealed Linkle, a female equivalent of Link who is set to appear in the upcoming Hyrule Warriors Legends on the Nintendo 3DS. Unlike her male counterpart, Linkle fights predominantly with duel-wielded crossbows. Her character design appears to be a half way between Link and Zelda, yet she bares a strong resemblance to the hero seen in the trailer for the new Zelda title, right down to the hoodie rather than the iconic cap. Many are speculating that Nintendo maybe giving us a taste of the new game’s protagonist in Hyrule Warriors Legends but who knows, Linkle may just be a Warriors exclusive character. Decide for yourself and watch the trailer below.

Tales of Zestiria – Review

For years now the Tales franchise has remained the last truly safe bastion of high fantasy JRPG. In a world that has become increasingly fascinated with cyberpunk sci-fi and techno-dystopias, the old guard has fallen to the way side with JRPGs focusing more on sci-fi settings and scenarios over the tradition magic filled fantasy of the genre’s past. The genre’s biggest series like Final Fantasy have shifted gears in recent times to science fiction and so too did the Tales series with the two Tales of Xillia games. Xillia released to a mixed reception with many claiming that some of the magic of Tales had been lost. With Tales of Zestiria, I can say for certain that the high fantasy Tales of old is back and it has never been better. Tales of Zestiria marks a significant return to form for the series as the game tackles a fantasy world once again. With influences of both medieval and biblical nature, Zestiria feels like a breath of fresh air for not only the franchise but the …

Library Wars: The Last Mission – Review

Ask certain people and they’ll tell you that war is a necessary element of existence. Laurell K. Hamilton in her novel Incubus Dreams writes: “They say there is no light without dark, no good without evil, no male without female, no right without wrong. That nothing can exist if it’s direct opposite does not also exist“. This, in and of itself, is an interesting theory, but when used in reference to war as a whole, well…it just becomes even more intriguing. Let’s say that, for the sake of this review, war is indeed a necessity. That maybe without it, the world could truly never be at peace; the direct opposite. Than what is worth fighting for? Some fight for love, others fight for what they believe is justice. Countries battle over land, oil, religious beliefs, and everything in between, but has a modern war ever been fought over…books? Library Wars: The Last Mission is the second in two films based on the Light Novels of the same name. These Light Novels, caused by overwhelming popularity, …

Assassination Classroom (Live Action) – Review

School can be stressful, we know this. Between the tests, memorisation and compressed social experiment that comprises the in-between, the youth of the world are understandably reluctant about the experience. And  that’s talking about a normal school, imagine what it’d be like if your teacher was an alien…and you had to kill them…for the sake of the world…and money. Okay, so it’s a pretty bizarre premise, but not one you have to develop yourself, because it already exists, in manga, anime and now, live action form. Society, whether we like to admit it or not, is often divided into segments. Now, whilst the aim of the righteous minded is to lessen and eventually erase this disparity, there are those who seek to deepen that particular line in the sand. It is from this twisted mantra that Class 3-E was born, and it is in this class that we find our story. Comprised of the lowest scoring children, this class is shunned by student and faculty alike, a living example of what not to become. It’s …

‘Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans’ The Subject of Complaints From Concerned Parents in Japan

If you have watched the new Gundam series, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, you are no doubt acquainted with the no nonsense iron-blooded protagonist Mikazuki, a product of his corrupt environment who has an almost biblical view of the world around him. Fans of the series would no doubt be familiar with the shocking scene in episode 3 in which the young teenage protagonist Mikazuki slays his commanding officers after they had fled battle leaving his comrades to die. While many fans found this to be an utterly compelling scene with immense implications and potential consequences down the line, some parents in Japan felt otherwise. The scene and the character of Mikazuki in particular have become the subject of a series of complaints made to the Japanese Broadcasting Ethics and Program Improvement Organization who claim to have received a cavalcade of complaints from concerned viewers over a scene depicting “several nonresistant prisoners and enemy soldiers are gunned down by the young male protagonist.” Interestingly the parents complaining about the scene feared that it would influence their children …

Reader’s Vote: Japanese Video Game Of The Year 2015

Have your voice heard in SnapThirty’s first ever Japanese Video Game of the Year Awards for 2015. There will be a special Reader’s Vote award for Japanese Video Game of the Year alongside the normal slew of awards. That said, it is time to take up arms and support your favourite Japanese Video Game of 2015. Vote below for your favourite game and if your favourite isn’t on the list add it in with the ‘other’ option. Keep in mind that only games of Japanese origin are in contention here. Enough talk, get voting SnapFans! -30-

Reader’s Vote: Anime Of The Year 2015

Have your voice heard in SnapThirty’s annual Anime of the Year Awards for 2015. This year there will be a special Reader’s Vote award for Anime of the Year alongside the normal slew of awards. That said, it is time to take up arms and support your favourite anime series of 2015. Vote below for your favourite anime and if your favourite isn’t on the list add it in with the ‘other’ option. Enough talk, get voting SnapFans! -30-

Breaking News: Yo-Kai Watch Isn’t Pokemon, So Let’s Stop Comparing Them

As many of you long-time readers would know; us here at SnapThirty set our sights on Level-5 and Nintendo’s “next big thing” Yo-Kai Watch for as far back as we can remember. Ever since it first hit the big time over in Japan, we’ve kept a close eye on it, making sure to keep tabs on the “goings on” of this, at the time, exciting new franchise. It’s now been something along the lines of a year and a half, since the beginning of the website, and only now after all this time has the first of a series of many Yo-Kai Watch video games hit the West. North America is the first Western continent to get their hands on a localised version of Yo-Kai Watch and, like any die-hard fans, us here at SnapThirty have scoured the web in the hopes that the North American gamers who’re currently playing through the new game are enjoying it. Yo-Kai Watch is a Japanese role-playing game that revolves around battling and befriending quirky creatures, and it seems as though many …

Inari Kon Kon – Review

What if you could be someone else? Would you live life in someone else’s shoes? Would it be better if you weren’t you? These are some of the intriguing questions that Inari Kon Kon explores in its shape shifting love story that is just about as off kilter as anime romantic comedies can get. In spite of that, the series strays from ever achieving truly great heights that its core concept promises, choosing instead to play things safe, but even safe can be quite interesting in its own way. Inari Kon Kon follows a girl named Inari Fushimi who shares her name with the famous shrine of the same name. She had grown up around the shrine and as such felt a powerful connection to the holy grounds. She is your typical shojo protagonist – clumsy, hapless and harboring a mad crush on one of the boys at school. While she does gain the power to transform into other people, what really sets Inari apart is her innate self awareness. She knows that she has …

Bakuman (Live-Action Film) – Review

The Manga industry is one of Japan’s largest, and one of the few publications that stands almost at the very top of the popularity ladder is none other than Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump. This weekly collection of new Manga chapters has introduced the world to some of the most popular series’ of all times: Dragon Ball, One Piece, Naruto, Bleach, they have all once called the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump their home. Every Shonen Jump Manga shares common themes, those of which have existed from the very beginning, and those of which continues to burn bright well into the new age of Manga-making. Friendship, Effort, and Victory; these are the key components of any good Shonen Manga, but the positive battle attitude these themes represent aren’t just for the characters, nor are they just for the readers, they also give those behind the scenes the courage and perseverance to continue making the series’ we, more than often, take for granted. Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba are two names any fan of Shonen Jump should know. Not only …

Yo-Kai Watch Dubbed Episodes Heading to Youtube, Oh My Swirls!

Gera Gera Po! It is the battle cry that has captured the hearts and minds of millions of Yo-kai maniacs worldwide who are hungry for anything Yo-kai Watch related! (Maybe Hungramps is about?) Now fans of the series will be able to watch full episodes of the series for absolutely free on the official Youtube channel for the series. Until now it has been exclusive to Disney XD in North America, but it looks like Level-5 Abby have decided to spread the Yo-kai love with episodes beginning to be uploaded onto the channel in full English dub format starting November 5th. You can check out the official Youtube channel for Yo-kai Watch here and jump right on into the wacky world of Yo-kai Watch. We recently interviewed David H. Steinberg, the writer behind the English languge dub of the series. You can check out interview with him here for a bit of extra insight into the series and what you can expect from these mischievous Yo-kai. -30-

Netflix Wants To Make ‘The Animes’ Too

Following the success of simulcasting and streaming of a variety of Aniplex anime series, Netflix has expressed their intention to join the anime business and make ‘the animes’ too. Netflix has seen major success with series such as Seven Deadly Sins, Knights of Sidonia and classics like Gurren Lagann all streaming on the service. They also plan to stream Ajin: Demi Human in 2016 on the service. While CEO Reed Hastings did not elaborate on the idea of producing original anime during his interview with New York Times, he did say that he hopes that they can make a great anime show. We also hope that they can as well because more anime is cool and stuff. What do you think about Netflix potentially being the next new anime studio on the block? What are you thoughts on Westerners making what is ultimately a very Japanese medium? Let us know in the comments below. -30-

They’re Lovers And Fighters – New Kenka Bancho Title Has You Dating Juvenile Delinquents

Any avid reader of this here website will know that I have quite a big “thing” for anything related to the odd but interesting Japanese juvenile delinquent sub-culture. Characters like Jotaro Kujo from JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, Tatsumi Oga from Beelzebub, Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho, and many other characters from your favorite Anime, manga or Video Games all fall under that particular category. Now that you understand exactly what I’m talking about, I’d like to draw your attention to a video game series developed by Spike Chunsoft called Kenka Bancho. This series of brawler video game titles mostly got a Japan-exclusive release, apart from one sole Western traveler; a game called Kenka Bancho: Badass Rumble, maybe some of you out there have heard of it. Well the same company that, in the past, made these incredible action titles have only just announced that they are adding another title to the long Kenka Bancho lineage, but it’s unlike any of the game that came before, this upcoming PlayStation Vita exclusive will not have …

Asian Kung-Fu Generation had a Jam Session with a Robot named Pepper

Asian Kung-Fu Generation are known globally for their particular brand of J-Rock, gaining their notoriety with many of their songs serving as themes for anime series such as Fullmetal Alchemist, Bleach and Naruto. AKG front man Gotch is never afraid to try something new, be it experimenting with new sounds or setting their music to some of the strangest music videos you will ever see. Now Gotch has decided to perform a jam session with a robot capable of interpreting and feeling human emotion by the name of Pepper. Pepper not only has the ability to comprehend the complexities of human emotion, he can also rock out with his special Pepperhythm music system (a built in music creation tool). Pepper has many applications and with thousands of these Pepper robots out in the general public for home use it is only a matter of time before Pepper learns to emotion of kill and the end of days is near. For now however please enjoy Gotch, Pepper and Roy rocking out like the end is nigh. …

Date John Cena in Hilarious New Visual Novel Dating Sim Games

We have had visual novel dating sims about seducing a flock of birds but it looks like things have officially jumped the shark in the world of visual novels. The latest dating sim that has taken the internet by storm is the hilarious bad John Cena’s Sexy High School Adventure, which is more ridiculous than its name implies if you could believe it. The game plays in the traditional Japanese visual novel style, with dialogue guiding the story over imagery, with your decisions taking the story into different directions. If you choose wrong you could get a bad end and if you choose right, well you might just get wrestled by John Cena (wrestling is a euphemism for sex in case you missed it). Not only has this insane visual novel taken the internet by storm but it has already gotten a sequel John Cena’s Sexy High School Adventure 2: AA’s Through Time, which is believe it or not a Back to the Future parody starring an entire cast of John Cenas throughout different time …

Haikyu!! Part Two – Review

If you possess even an ancillary knowledge of sports, then you know one thing; it’s not over until the clock ticks zero. Even when that happens, another game lies in the future, and another after that, such is the path of a player, and such is the path of Haikyu!! Having had their share of victories and losses in the past, the Karasuno Volleyball Club has no intention of slowing down. With preliminary matches, practice matches, and whatever other kind of matches occur in volleyball looming beyond the horizon, the characters of Haikyu!! all possess that never say die attitude that keeps a series going. Jumping off right where we left off (because that’s what happens when  a series is split in half by physical release), we meet the Karasuno team amped as ever to play some volleyball. Of course that’s not all that surprising, but it is the vast majority of this series, at least when they’re not actually playing volleyball. That being said, this is a series that manages to throw in a …

Exploring The History of Kamen Rider – Showa Era (1971-1989)

Kamen Rider is one of the most popular tokusatsu series in history. It goes without saying that Kamer Rider 1 is undoubtedly one of the most iconic characters in Japanese pop culture in general, with his distinctive grasshopper-like costume. However the series has never really made a dent in the Western world, with Saban attempting to cash in on the success of Power Rangers in the 90’s with the cheap imitation of the real deal, a series they called Masked Rider failing to capture an audience and quickly getting cancelled. That said the recent adaptation Kamen Rider: Dragon Knight did fair far better in the West, even winning an Emmy award for its stunt work, but it still failed to capture audience’s imaginations in the way that the series did in Japan. Looking in from the outside, Kamen Rider can be a difficult series to get into for a number of reasons. First and foremost there is no real legal channels in which the series is available however there are those dedicated fan groups who …

Do Androids Dream of Eclectic Sequels? – NieR: Automata Shows off that Platinum Flair

Ah NieR, the little game that looked like it wouldn’t, but then did, achieving success in the hands of the cult fans, an endearment that has led to this, a sequel. Now don’t get me wrong, I am personally a big fan of NieR, though I will admit it took me a while to get around to it. Still, I consider it a mark in the positive column that even five years after its initial release, it remains a fun and thought provoking RPG experience. So, for those of you out there who also underwent journeys through a dying world, relish and resound in the news that a sequel is very much real and very much titled NieR: Automata. Set sometime after the events of its predecessor, Automata tells the story of yet another war, this time between the remnants of humanity and an army of machines…who are from a different planet. That’s right folks, just when you though the quirky couldn’t get quirkier, robot aliens have come down to take over what is left …

Best Buy’s Pre-Order Bonus For Xenoblade Chronicles X Is High On Taste But Low On Nutrition

Most, if not all, video game retailers like to give small gifts as incentive for pre-ordering upcoming games. We call these pre-order bonuses, and they’re usually pretty sweet. Some new titles come with full-sized replicas of in-game weapons, others come with a redeemable voucher that unlocks extra download content for zero the cost. Whatever the case, the extras are usually good enough to entice you into sinking money into a title early. Nintnedo’s upcoming Wii U title, Xenoblade Chronicles X, is an Action/RPG about gigantic mechs fighting grotesque beasts on a planet in the process of being terraformed…so why is it that Best Buy is giving away ten dollar pizza vouchers to those who pre-order the game now? No, you didn’t misread: Best Buys all across North America, as a pre-order incentive, are giving away coupon codes that can only be redeemed through this website: Click Here. Instead of offering players a small figurine, or some extra costumes for characters, Best Buy feels as though the ultimate way to enjoy Xenoblade Chronicles X is by being …

New Single Cover Gives People Just Another Reason To Dislike Chris Brown

I personally have never been a fan of Chris Brown’s music. Being Australian, the only Chris Brown I care about is Oz’s very own star veterinarian who unfortunately shares his name with the infamous recording artist. Usually I would ignore news like this because, not only am I not a fan of his work, but SnapThirty is a website that prides itself on being strictly about Japanese pop culture…not the American music scene. This piece of news caught my eye though, because it seems as though the cover of one of Chris Brown’s upcoming single Zero looks remarkably like a particular illustration by Tsukasa Hojo from his old-school Shonen Jump Manga City Hunter. This comparison was first brought to light by Twitter user @Goldengreg who, as you can see in the link to the Tweet, posted both pictures in question, mentioning that it seems as though the artist of the single cover took great inspiration from that particular City Hunter image. A lot of other people who’ve been commenting around the web are saying that it …

Anne Hathaway’s new film ‘Colossal’ narrowly avoids a lawsuit from Godzilla and Toho

The upcoming Anne Hathaway-starring film Colossal was earlier this year described by it’s director Nacho Vigalondo as a film about ‘Tokyo coming under attack by Godzilla and a giant robot.” Naturally this did not sit well with kaiju overlords Toho, who actually own the rights to the king of all monsters, Godzilla. So with an army of kaiju sized lawyers, Toho began to file a colossal lawsuit against Vigalondo and the production company behind this movie about not-Godzilla and a giant robot of some manner. As it turns out Toho didn’t take kindly to some guy saying he is making a movie about the monster dinosaur thing that they make movies about. Vigalondo only made matters worse for himself when he was quoted in countless interviews proclaiming that Godzilla will be in his movie Colossal. Vigalondo noted that it is “the cheapest Godzilla movie ever” and “a serious Godzilla movie.” Both damning quotes from a man making a movie about Godzilla and a nondescript giant robot without the express consent of Godzilla’s daddy Toho. Be warned aspiring film-makers, kaiju …

South Park Embraces Yaoi Fandom in ‘Tweek x Craig’

If you are an anime fan, you have no doubt encountered the phenomenon known as Yaoi or BL (Boys Love). Well the rest of the world who aren’t initiated into the world of anime have just gotten a healthy injection of Boys Love with the latest episode of satirical cartoon series South Park tackling what happens when the town of South Park become swept up in the Yaoi fandom. The episode is rather clever in the way in which it utilizes Yaoi art to compose a social commentary on the ways in which society’s views on gay relationships has and hasn’t changed. Focusing on the real world yaoi fandom of two side characters Tweek and Craig, the episode explores these two boys becoming the focal point of a yoai fandom in the town of South Park and ultimately accepting amidst utter confusion that they must simply be gay because the Japanese decided so. Interestingly enough South Park uses Yaoi fanart as a way to show that while the world is generally more accepting of homosexual …

Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker – Review

Believing all apocalyptic preachers; the world we live in is perpetually on the verge of utter annihilation. If it isn’t a global zombie scare brought about by drug addicts eating each other, it’s a holy deity coming down from on high to take the chosen people to salvation, leaving us sinners behind for what is essentially Hell on Earth. I couldn’t count on two hands the amount of times, in my lifespan alone, the world has been under threat of complete destruction. Meteors, economic collapse, black holes, Satan’s arrival, the Rapture…all within the short span of twenty years, and that’s only an abridged version of the extensive list. The point I’m trying to make is; depending on who you ask, the eradication of all life on our planet is only ever just around the corner. In one of ATLUS’ many new video game releases, Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2: Record Breaker, you play as a young man thrown into a realm of utter chaos and destruction after coming into possession of a strange new …