Month: March 2016

Uncovered: Final Fantasy XV Delivers on It’s Promise

Well, well, well. It certainly has been a trip hasn’t it? Ten years,a decade, since that little Versus XIII announcement that sparked one of the longest running pre-release windows since Duke Nukem Forever. But those days are very slighlty behind, and just a little in front, of us my friends as Square Enix has finally delivered us some definitive information regarding the oh so elusive Final Fantasy XV. I know, cray right? Nevertheless, it is the truth and it’s coming at you like a speeding train. Let the uncovering commence! From the purple lit Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Square Enix let loose the most information about the FFXV universe to date. Fans cheered, creators bowed and co-host Greg Miller swooned over the car so heavily featured in promotional material. From the onset, the showcase promised fourteen brand new reveals, though it was not too hard to determine even then that one final showing would be added to that list, bringing the final count to fifteen. Get it? Because of the number? Anywho, why don’t …

Senran Kagura’s Daidoji Joins The Male-Dominated Roster Of Uppers

Behind ever powerful man is an even more powerful woman preparing to lock said man in a sleeper hold, making him question his own mortality as he quickly, and sometimes quietly, goes for a long trip to sleep land the likes of which he may never return from. Uppers is an upcoming beat-em-up title developed and produced by the incredible video game development studio Marvelous who introduced the world to one of it’s, now, most popular brawler series’ Senran Kagura. Considering Uppers is being looked at like the cross gender equivalent of Senran Kagura, it only makes sense that one of the girls would make their way onto the roster, right? Well they have! During the first-print run of the game’s release, Daidoji will be added to the roster for free as a downloadable character. According to Marvelous, it seems as though Daidoji’s appearance on the Last Resort island is a cause of her extensive travel for the sake of training. While on the road one day looking for another exciting place to hone her skills, she …

It Was Only A Matter Of Time – Live-Action Fullmetal Alchemist Movie Now In Production

“Human kind can not gain anything without first giving something in return. To obtain, something of equal value must be lost. That is Alchemy’s first law of equivalent exchange“. For those of you who have watched the original Anime series of Fullmetal Alchemist, it is this quote that is burned into the very walls of your mind. Before the start of any new episode, it was these words that greeted you, making sure that you understood one of the fundamental rules of the practice known as Alchemy. This rule, though odd, is actually good to keep in mind as you go through life; taking nothing without first giving something. A cosmic force similar to this in many ways is that of Karma; what goes around comes back around, do good and that good shall be done unto you, etc. A live-action film adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa’s Fullmetal Alchemist has just been announced, now despite what everyone else is focussing on, I seem to have my eyes locked on something a little more, let’s say, metaphysical. …

A Nostalgia-Driven Trip To The 90s: Hands-On With Bandai’s Tamagotchi Friends

It’s 1996 and a team of visionaries working for Bandai have come up with an interesting idea: To make a device that allows children the opportunity to raise their own pets, without the real-life responsibility that comes with actual pet ownership. This idea gave birth to the very first of it’s kind; the Tamagotchi, who’s name comes from the amalgamation of the Japanese word for egg, tamago, with the English word watch. The Tamagotchi, thanks to it’s incredible rise in popularity, then gave birth to the well-known Digimon, which, in and of itself, spawned a countless number of handheld video games that took the world by storm. For the West, this virtual pet craze was short-lived, piquing in popularity during the late 90s, leading up to the early 2000s. Over in Japan, as is usually the case, the love for Tamagotchi never saw as steep a decline, with a new model being released periodically since the original made it’s mark on the world. The funny thing about us as human beings is that, while we …

Import Duty – Raiden V (Xbox One)

When the subject of the Xbox brand in Japan is discussed, the word “failure” often comes up. Looking purely at sales statistics and market share, there is no question that the Xbox has struggled in Japan since its inception. The original Xbox performed poorly, and the Xbox 360 had a few moments of triumph before hitting a permanent slump. The Xbox One in Japan is, for the lack of a better word, hopeless… utterly hopeless. Despite the commercial failures, there is still a glimmer of silver lining in form of the Japan exclusive line-up of Xbox games. Now two genres dominate Japan’s Xbox library: visual novels and SHMUPS (i.e. shoot ’em ups or scrolling 2D shooters). Now if you don’t speak or read Japanese, you’re not going to get much out of the text heavy visual novels (such as that Psycho Pass game on Xbox One) but there is literally no language barrier in a genre of games where you control a space ship and blast anything on the screen. Sounds simple enough on paper, …

Gundam Reconguista in G (Part One) – Review

For as long as words have graced the ears of those intelligent enough to understand them, so too have stories. Those yarns spun of fiction and facts that teach all lifelong lessons or simply grant a respite of joy. From this incalculable run, it is also quite easy to believe that form has been honed and that certain stories have come to be known far beyond their point of origin. However, complacency is tantamount to sin in the eyes of some and so tales never told continue to be born from the foundations created by those who came before. Yet, despite the twisting of form and alteration of lessons, there is one law that should always remain standing; in its own way, a story should make sense. For a story to break this unspoken rule comes at its own detriment. After all, what point is there to lesson that none can learn? To a message that cannot be understood? The short answer is none. The long answer is the same, with an example. Oh boy, …

FLCL is coming back for 2 more seasons co-funded by Toonami

FLCL is considered by many Western anime fans as one of the most innovative, bizarre and wildly engaging anime OVA series ever released. Weighing in at 6 episodes in length it was the perfect crash course in the weird and wonderful world of anime, serving as a gateway series for many back in the early 2000’s. Many consider it a perfect 6 episodes of anime. So with that said, lets get right down to the big news that brought you here; FLCL is getting another 2 seasons 15 years after it concluded. That’s right we will be getting another 2 seasons of 6 episodes each totaling 12 new episodes of the series. So why is this coming about? Well Toonami have footed the bill for a brand new stretch of episodes with Production I.G. getting back to work on the continuation. Furthermore it appears that legendary J-Rock band The Pillows will be back to supply the series with its iconic soundtrack once more. Toonami describes the continuation’s story as: In the new season of FLCL, …

Rumour Has It THIS Is The Controller For The Nintendo NX

Supposedly, the next Nintendo console to be released has been titled the NX, well…not officially, but that’s what many people in the industry are currently running with. We’re all excited for it. Not just us here at SnapThirty, I’m saying that the world is excited for what Nintendo has to offer with their next console, not just because it is a brand-new home console release but because of the rumoured possibilities of it’s ground-breaking potential. Most of the information revealed regarding the Nintendo NX, at this point in time, is simple speculation. Word is that, sometime this year, Nintendo will be officially revealing the system and either confirming or denying most of what has been said about it. It appears as though, depending on your level of belief, that a certain Reddit user has posted a small set of images that shows what looks to be an early development model of the console’s controller which, to me, looks more like the rearview mirror of your standard sedan rather than that of a console controller. The …

First Combo Characters Revealed For Upcoming 3DS Game Dragon Ball: Fusions

The last time I wrote a news piece regarding this particular video game, it’s official name hadn’t even been revealed. All we knew about it is that it happened to be a Dragon Ball video game for the Nintendo 3DS that revolved around the varying fusions of many characters. With the announcement of the game came an interested piece of promotional art that showed series protagonist Goku partaking in the Fusion Dance with sworn enemy Broly, who happens to be one of my favorite characters. Bandai Namco Entertainment have revealed more about the game in the latest issue of V-Jump magazine that not only shows the product of Goku and Broly’s fusion, but also a few others, each of which happen to be a combination featuring Krillin…of all characters. Starting off; it has been revealed that you will be able to create and customise your very own character, choosing from five different races much in the same vein as the previously released Dragon Ball: Xenoverse. The races are as follows; Namekian, Spirit Worldian (Majins and …

Madman Entertainment Announce Their Very Own Anime Festival For 2016

Madman Entertainment are THE leading distributor for both Anime and Manga across our great land; Australia. It only makes sense that, now in 2016, they will be hosting their very own Anime Festival to celebrate all things Japanese pop culture, focussing on, as you have already guessed, Anime as well as Manga, Video Games, Cosplay, and everything else pop culture fans absolutely adore. Originally founded in 1996, Madman Entertainment quickly rose to an incredible level of popularity thanks to it’s absolute dedication to all things Anime. After dominating the market, Madman Entertainment moved on to bigger and better things as they added Manga, and international movies to their already extensive catalogue in a successful attempt to corner the market. Now that it’s the company’s twelfth birthday, a celebration must be had to not only honour the company but the media that made it the juggernaut it is today. Set to be held on across the 3rd and 4th of September this year, the festival will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition centre. Madman …

Dragonar Academy – Review

As contradictory as it may sound, the abnormal is pretty standard fare whenever you venture into the world of fiction. Be it far flung societies from the depths of space, the lost legacies of cities fallen to time’s ravage, or tales of champions from worlds unknown, all is possible. With all of this known, there are a few stories that have been told time and time again, their figures becoming varied as their interpretations became ever varied. One particularly recognisable visage is that of the dragon, winged creatures known for both their terrifying might and, in those less horrific accounts, their intense loyalty to those who would tame them. This is a story of the latter, of a world where dragons and humans coexist, their bonds strengthening each other and fostering understanding between the two species. For the most part at least. Ansarivan Dragonar Academy, a prestigious  alma matter that teaches young dragon tamers (officially referred to as breeders) all they will need to know to best bond with their Pals and utilise their abilities to …

Viz Media Reveals Partial English Dub Cast For Hunter X Hunter Anime

The year 1999 was a wonderful one at that; Bill Gates was officially announced as the world’s wealthiest individual, hit HBO series The Soprano’s made it’s television debut, the Sega Dreamcast was released across America alongside Sonic Adventure, and Nippon Animation tried their hand at making a Hunter X Hunter Anime series. Many, many years later, in 2011, Studio Madhouse did something that Nippon Animation simply could not; produce a Hunter X Hunter Anime that will blow audiences away like none have done before it. Standing as one of the greatest Shonen Jump Anime adaptations, the more recent Hunter X Hunter Anime series follows the story of Gon Freecss; a Hunters searching for his estranged father. Sticking as close to it’s source material as possible, the Anime rocked audiences week to week from October of 2011 to September of 2014. Ever since the series began streaming through Western Anime distribution service Crunchyroll, English-speaking fans have been waiting for a dub of the series that will, hopefully, do it justice. Not too long ago it was announced …

Pokken Tournament – Review

Pokemon Stadium on the Nintendo 64 was an awesome concept back in the day, given that the main games were confined to a tiny 8-bit handheld, having a console game that allowed you to engage in glorious 3D battles was godsend, allowing players to transfer their Pokemon team onto the N64 for some visually dazzling battles that pretty much played out the exact same way as the traditional turn based battles. Still, it was nice to see Pokemon come to life and fully animated. Now this concept probably has lost its appeal in this day and age given that the 3DS has provided gamers with a fully 3D Pokemon adventure in Pokemon X and Y, with the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Mon hopefully raising the bar higher. Still, back in the day we dreamed up a Pokemon game where battles would be a lot more versatile and free flowing than the restrictions of turn-based, something that would be more akin to the way battles were depicted in the Pokemon anime. When it was first announced that …

Infinite Stratos 2 – Review

To be the object of everyone’s desire, that, as most anime characters will attest, is the dream. But, like most dreams, when put through the filter of reality this comes across as a touch shallow and a whole heaping handful of stupid. However this isn’t reality, it’s an anime, so why don’t we just hang our disbelief up in the closet, right next to that shirt you never wear, and just enjoy ourselves. After all, what is fiction if not escapism? This is especially the case regarding those that deal in concepts of love, what with not having to explicitly rely on things like plausibility or any form of emotional awareness? Of course, this particular double edge sword often has a way of striking twice and those that do not find the balance between fiction and non often don’t get back up. Welcome once more to the world of Infinite Stratos (IS), that one harem series that stopped and though, “You know what this genre needs? Mech-suits.” Naturally everyone thought this was a marvelous idea …

Taking It To The Streets – Latest One Piece: Burning Blood Trailer Takes Place In Shibuya

Us Shonen fans are a whimsical bunch, that much is for sure. We read and watch Hunter X Hunter, Shaman King, My Hero Academia, and all the other greats while thinking to ourselves; “Man…what I would give for all of this to be real“. It’s nice, feeling as though you can escape from the humdrum of everyday life by burying yourself in your favorite series, but you know what isn’t nice? The realistic implications that come with Shonen heroes and villains existing in our realm. Do you understand the level of destruction such characters would cause? Bandai Namco Entertainment do, and they’ve given us a glimpse into that reality with the latest trailer for their upcoming fighting game title One Piece: Burning Blood! By now, you should know exactly what One Piece: Burning Blood is, but for those of you who don’t; One Piece: Burning Blood is an upcoming fighting game that pits One Piece characters against each other in one-on-one bouts of strength. Unlike most, if not all, of the previous One Piece video …

Being a Hunter x Hunter Fan and the Reality of Hiatus x Hiatus

Big news broke for fans of Yoshihiro Togashi’s infrequently published yet utterly brilliant shonen manga epic, Hunter x Hunter. After roughly 2 years having passed since the series last went on hiatus due to ‘intense back pain’, Togashi is slated to return this April continuing with the Dark Continent arc which he began 2 years and about 5 chapters ago. Fans of the series are no stranger to Togashi’s frequent hiatuses, even spawning the affectionate nickname for the series ‘Hiatus x Hiatus’. There is even a website dedicated entirely to tracking the series many hiatuses in a series of detailed graphs and charts. Here is one of them: As you can see the red indicates the hiatuses, which actually surpass the amount of time the series was actually printed in Shonen Jump. Fascinating stuff. You can check out more fascinating hiatus charts at http://hiatus-hiatus.rhcloud.com/ It does raise the interesting question though; how does one sustain their love for a series that is on break more than it isn’t? Being a fan of the Hunter x Hunter series …

Tomodachi x Monster Volume One – Review

Imagine the absolute devastation that a Pokemon roaming around in our reality could cause simply by existing. While in the realm of the Pokemon franchise most Pocket Monsters wouldn’t dare attack a human, but add their variable to the equation we call “real life” and what you’ll find is chaos, death, and destruction. While the Fire Blast of a Charizard may cause a Venusaur to faint in-game, it’s effects in our dimension would be much more dire: Not only would that poor creature simply burn to death, but the environment surrounding it as well! I wont even bother going into detail regarding the varying nature of these monsters, the likes of which could result in many human deaths. We often hear about domestic animals like a family dog attacking someone due to a variety of reasons, and while that canine can leave you with a nasty bite wound, it is nowhere near as bad as a Hyper Beam to the chest. In Yoshihiko Inui’s latest Manga masterpiece Tomodachi x Monster, licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment here …

The Stars Align As The Hunter X Hunter Manga Returns From Hiatus Once Again

Just before we move on; does anyone know if a new Dragon Quest game is about to be released? I only ask because it’s a known fact that Hunter X Hunter Mangaka Yoshihiro Togashi happens to adore those games and, in the past, their release has lead to many a hiatus for this long-running series. No, it doesn’t look like it, and seeing as though Dragon Quest Builders has already been released over in Japan, I think we’re in the clear! All jokes aside, the reason why Hunter X Hunter has been on hiatus since 2014 is not because of Togashi-sensei’s addiction to the award-winning JRPG series, it is in fact due to lower back pain that he has been unable to continue with the series. Originally, back in 2014, this hiatus was not meant to be such, but instead a two week break while he recovers. Unfortunately it seems as though the issue only got worse as time went on, leading to the two year break fans of the series have had to endure. …

Danganronpa the Animation – Review

Ever had one of those days? You know the one, when nothing goes your way, when the seconds slowly tic toc away all of your energy and you just wish for that timely pal night to roll around. Everyone has had at least one twenty four hour block like that. But then there are those other days, the ones that bleed into each other and cause your bad day to become a bad week, then a bad month, then further and further up the temporal scale until the bitter end. Be they forces external or in, the ends most assuredly outweigh the means. But don’t get to glib on me friendos, because as cliche as despair is within the collective psyche of the world, so too is hope, the older brother of negativity who turns up to whip people back into a forward stride. Sure he might not be on time and sure he could use a little work in the tact department, the fact remains that hope still turns up eventually. Of course fiction …

Vagabond (VIZBIG Edition): Volume Ten – Review

Each of us, every single human being, has a path to walk. Wrong or right, it is a path regardless, and what must be known is that with every step forward comes incredible change. Some say that there are many paths to take, which can often instil a sense of anxiety in an individual: Where to go next? What to do now? Have I made the right choice? These are but only a few of the questions that come with a life of choice, but what if I was to say that the choices are not our own, that are lives have been predetermined by some higher power? Pose this question to Monk Takuan and what he’ll tell you is that such a belief allows for us to be completely free. Instead of thinking, pondering, wondering what comes next, we walk forward with determination, facing what comes in our way only when it does so, all the while staying true to ourselves on an instinctual level. Such freedom is a gift few of us have …

Aquarion EVOL Complete Series – Review

Aquarion EVOL is set 12,000 years after the events of the original Aquarion anime, and with such a huge time gap there’s not really a direct connection between the two series, but rather a strong spiritual connection. You could very easily watch Aquarion EVOL without watching the prequel, and that’s not to suggest that the original Aquarion was not a good anime, in fact Aquarion was a really solid series that succeeds for the most part at offering something new in the mecha anime genre, with a strong fixation on characters and their relationships, and using human emotions as a driving force for all the mecha action. Aquarion EVOL is consistent with that original vision, but this time the execution is so much better. Aquarion EVOL feels like a maturity of Aquarion’s vision, and is a much better show in every way in terms of the characters, pacing, visuals, music, and overall story delivery. While Aquarion can be considered to be good, Aquarion EVOL on the other hand can be considered to be something special. It …

One-Punch Man Volume Four – Review

Superheroism is a dangerous game. More often than not, these (optionally) caped crusaders stand toe to toe with titanic terrors that threaten the very safety of humanity or, to a slightly lesser extent, the stability of society and must stand their ground for the benefit of all. Of course this is nothing new and these exploits of championhood have bolstered stories and legends throughout the ages. What doesn’t often make the tale however is the innate uncertainty that dwells within certain heroes, nor does the selfishness and danger that comes with making oneself an icon. However, as we spiral ever further into the investigation of the flawed individual, we come to find that even those who stand out as the best are sometimes born from intentions which are far from the same. Yet still we must question the benefit of such and endeavour, as peering beneath the mask defeats its purpose and throws one of the world’s most tries and true tropes into chaos. As down time is an almost alien concept within Cities A through …

Tokyo Ghoul Volume Four – Review

I love watching the cooking channel, this is something all my family and friends already know. Now, just because my nightly routine has me following the tasty exploits of Jamie Oliver and Anthony Bourdain, that doesn’t mean I’m any kind of gourmand. I like food, obviously, and I enjoy watching people cook it, but I don’t know what it means to be a lover of fine cuisine. Unfortunately for Tokyo Ghoul protagonist, Kaneki Ken, he has just been introduced to a man who considers himself quite the culinary connoisseur, but seeing as this man is more a devilish Ghoul than that of an actual man, it is very much like him to take things to the absolute extreme. Shun Tsukiyama, a Ghoul titled “The Gourmet“, is known for causing trouble for both humans and Ghouls alike, and now he’s set his sights on one Kaneki Ken; a half-human half-ghoul hybrid with a mouth-watering odour…apparently. With Shun’s sights set on him, Kaneki will quickly come to understand what it feels like to be the main ingredient …

Aquarion Complete Series – Review

Mecha anime has a few legends that nearly everyone knows about and nearly every anime creator tries to emulate. Gundam and Neon Genesis Evangelion are timeless classics and every time you try to watch some other mecha anime, you can’t help but feel like they try too hard to capture their magic instead of trying something new. Of course that’s a generalisation, there’s been some cool standout series like Gurren Lagann but not every mecha anime dares to be so unique and daring. Aquarion was a fairly ambitious project to create something that would become a legend in its own right, and while the sands of time haven’t been as kind to Aquarion as they have been to Gundam and Neon Genesis, Aquarion still manages to deliver a mecha anime that stands out in its execution. Gundam was all about overarching politics and technology, Neon Genesis was very much character driven and placed the onus on the mental condition of its cast. Aquarion feels like a mix of the two, as there is a self aware world …

Class Starts Now! – Funimation Acquires International Rights To My Hero Academia

What do you know about being a hero, huh? Being a hero takes guts, it takes bravery, it takes courage, it takes…wait, those are all kind of the same thing right? Damn, I don’t have any of those things, but do you know who does? A young man named Izuku Midoriya! Despite the fact that he doesn’t have any natural-born superhuman abilities, and most of the world around him does, he still dreams of one day being a great hero to rival that of All Might; his personal idol, and the world’s most powerful superhero. My Hero Academia, the Manga written by Kohei Horikoshi, follows Izuku Midoriya’s story as he trains to become the greatest hero under the tutelage of All Might. The Manga that has taken the world by storm is about to have it’s very own Anime adaptation which, until just recently, was only going to be shown across the great country of Japan. Thanks to the wonderful people of Funimation, this series is now going to be broadcast in the West alongside that of …

World Trigger Volume Eight – Review

Last we saw of World Trigger, back in volume seven; our world was at war with the invading Neighbours. Unfortunately for Border, the organisation created specifically to defend against such forces, the Neighbours are no longer simply sending through their monstrous soldiers. The appearance of what the series is calling Humanoid Neighbours has raised the stakes of this war ever higher, because with their introduction comes the true motive of this invasion. The true enemy have revealed themselves, and they’re from a world called Aftokrator. Their purpose; to collect as much Trion energy as possible, and if that means they have to take a few of our Border agents with them, then that’s just what they will do! In the previous volume, we saw one of their toughest soldiers, Ranbanein, taken down by a small team of A-Rank agents in a life-or-death situation that could not only mean the end of them, but the end of the world we know it as a whole. Unfortunately, despite the retreat of one soldier, there are more Humanoid Neighbours to …

Meet The Seven New Digimon Headed To Bandai Namco’s Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth

Bandai Namco Entertainment recently did the West a huge solid by releasing the incredibly popular PlayStation Vita title Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, this time on both it’s original console and on the PlayStation 4. Released in Japan quite some time ago, this game is not only a fantastic Digimon video game title, but simply a great Japanese role-playing game in general which brings a tear to my eye because I’ve been waiting for this title ever since it was first announced for Japan. Almost sixty hours in, I’m still finding more and more to do within the detailed realm of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth. Not only is there plenty to do within the game’s main story, but it also has an incredibly high number of side quests, making this one of the longer games I’ve played in recent times, but Bandai Namco Entertainment have been doing something to elongate our experience with this long-awaited game; they’ve been releasing free downloadable content that add more intriguing side missions to the game, and I’m not just talking …

Twin Star Exorcists Volume Three – Review

Who the hell do you think you are, huh? Going around saying things like; “A Shonen Manga can’t have shocking revelations so early on in it’s run“. It makes me sick to my stomach knowing that there are people like you making such-oh, wait…you didn’t say anything like that? Seriously? Geez, well, I’m so sorry, I kind of flew off the handle there for no reason. It just scares me to think that maybe somewhere out in the big, bad world people might be saying things of this kind, especially because of how much I’m liking Shonen Jump’s latest Manga hit Twin Star Exorcists, which just so happens to feature it’s fair share of shocking twists. Volume two of the Manga left off with one heck of a cliffhanger: It was revealed that Rokuro was at the very center of the Hinatsuki tragedy, and as a cause of it was cursed with his Kegare-like right arm. Volume three of Twin Star Exorcists decides that one twist was not nearly enough. In fact, it was just the …

Pokemon meets Blood Blockade Battlefront in epic fan mash-up video

  Fans of Pokemon and fans of Blood Blockade Battlefront at first seem to be a different breed but to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, fans of both series have come together to create the ultimate mash-up of the two: a Pokemon version of Blood Blockade Battlefront’s famous ending theme song. The fan made video places many characters from the Pokemon series in place of the Blood Blockade Battlefront characters in the popular Unison Square Garden theme video. The song by Unison Square Garden is of course ‘Sugar Song to Bitter Step’, however in this video we see an 8 bit version of the tune employed to fit in with the style of Pokemon. It’s a great watch whether you’re a fan of Pokemon or not. So kick back, check it out below and enjoy yourself. -30-  

There’s No Escaping Lady Law – One Piece’s First Gender-Swap Figure Released

When you look at a character like One Piece’s Trafalgar Law I bet the first thing you think to yourself is; “Holy hell, this here is one good-looking man!“…I know I do. Every time I see a new One Piece figure portraying “The Surgeon of Death” himself, I’m always blown away by just how damn handsome he is, and you know what they say; “Behind every handsome man…is a hyper sexy gender-bend just waiting to be seen“. Is that a saying? I’m fairly certain that’s a saying. Now, One Piece, like all Shonen Manga series, is not merchandise shy. No way, no how! Almost every single character has his or her own figure, and that even includes ones that don’t necessarily exist within the canon of the series. MegaHouse, a development company that prides itself on high quality figures, has begun releasing a series of One Piece figures that just so happen to portray your favorite characters in their gender-swapped forms. The first of the series just so happens to be Trafalgar Law, but he is …

Cheesy But Charming – Live-Action Terra Formars Film Full Trailer Released

In my humble opinion; Japanese director Takeshi Miike is one of the greatest filmmakers to ever exist. What makes him so good? Well, there are many different factors, as there usually is, but the most defining is his ability to adapt abnormal stories from Anime, Manga, and Japanese Pop Culture as a whole into worthwhile live-action films that not only do the source material justice, but that keeps audiences glued to screens regardless of their history with said source material. His upcoming film, a live-action representation of the hit Manga series Terra Formars written and illustrated by Yu Sasuga and Kenichi Tachibana respectively, is already exciting fans of the series the world over, and it only just got it’s first full trailer. Thus is the power of a Takeshi Miike’s illustrious career as an award-winning filmmaker. Up until today, audiences had only seen short teasers of the film showing glimpses of what’s to come, which, as it usually does, worked well to accumulate some hype that will only serve this movie well. Then again…I am a …

Sailor Moon (Season One) Part Two – Review

Usagi Tsukino has only just been reminded of her true identity, that she is Princess Serenity; heiress to the Moon Kingdom, and she’s discovered that, while there’s no rabbit pounding rice cakes on the Earth’s moon…there once was a prosperous kingdom lead by the kind-hearted Queen Serenity, who sacrificed her own life for the safety of her people. In the second part of Sailor Moon season one, it looks as though things are beginning to shift in huge ways: Usagi and the Sailor Scout gang are no longer just super-powered teenagers, they’re something much more than that…they’re galactic royalty! Madman Entertainment’s Australian release of Sailor Moon (Season One) Part Two sets the series on a straight and narrow path towards it’s end, and despite it’s continued “monster of the week” style episode layout, the ending of season one truly does go off with a bang: One the likes of which has stayed in the hearts of fans for many years, and will continue to remain there for many years to come. Thank you, once again, …

Naruto: Seventh Hokage And The Scarlet Spring – Review

The Last: Naruto The Movie, despite what the name suggests, was not the last Naruto…anything. In fact; it was the film that kicked off not only another short Manga run but another theatrical film titled Boruto: Naruto The Movie. Between the events of those two films lies the events of this here Manga; Naruto: The Seventh Hokage And The Scarlet Spring, which tells the tale of Sarada Uchiha’s search for who she believes to be her true mother. After the events of The Last: Naruto The Movie, it seems as though the the once-innocent child Ninjas of The Village Hidden In The Leaves all decided to begin procreating with their significant others almost immediately after the great war’s end. I suppose the removal of fear must be replaced with emotions just as powerful, and Lust…now that’s a big one! The issue with Sarada, the offspring of Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno, is that, well…she doesn’t believe any of this! After discovering a photograph of Sasuke’s old Taka teammate Karin, Sarada begins to believe that the …