Month: July 2016

Level-5 Reveal New Cross-Media Project: Megaton Musashi

Overnight, Level-5 held a press conference titled “Vision 2016 -New Heroes-” wherein which they revealed to the world a couple of new projects that the company is currently developing, as well as brand-new strands of information regarding already-established franchises like Yo-Kai Watch. Level-5 attempted to break out into the mech market with their previous video game series Little Battlers Experience, and whilst it did quite well in Japan (yet not so much in the West) it was not the most well-received of their cross-media developments. The great thing about Level-5 is that they’re constantly changing, evolving, and developing, creating video games that blow audiences of all different ages away with just how engaging and enjoyable they are, so it only makes sense that they would, once again, try to take over a landscape such as science-fiction robot fighting. Revealed through their “Vision 2016 -New Heroes-” livestream is another cross-media endeavor titles “Megaton Musashi“. Revealed through a  thirteen minute pilot episode at their live event, Megaton Musashi that revolves around three young men piloting a robot …

Level-5 Deliver A Huge Snack World Update As Part Of Their Vision 2016 Livestream

Overnight, Level-5 held a press conference titled “Vision 2016 -New Heroes-” wherein which they revealed to the world a couple of new projects that the company is currently developing, as well as brand-new strands of information regarding already-established franchises like Yo-Kai Watch. Snack World, which has been in development for quite some time now, is arguably the most exciting new project to be spearheaded by Level-5 games in recent times. If I know one thing for sure, it’s that I’m absolutely enamoured by this game, the new information revealed at the most recent Level-5 livestream has only made me come to love it all the more. Alongside the screening of a brand-new trailer for the game, that adds on to footage released previously, Level-5 also revealed that Snack World will not only be getting a release on the Nintendo 3DS but also on iOS-run SmartPhones. The iOS version of the game, alongside the television series, are set to be released/aired (TV Tokyo for the series) in the April of 2017, followed up by the release …

Level-5 Reveals Inazuma Eleven: Balance Of Ares Video Game And Anime Series

Overnight, Level-5 held a press conference titled “Vision 2016 -New Heroes-” wherein which they revealed to the world a couple of new projects that the company is currently developing, as well as brand-new strands of information regarding already-established franchises like Yo-Kai Watch. As many of you may have guessed when, a few months ago, Level-5 CEO hinted at the development of a new Inazuma Eleven game, said game was revealed as a part of the exciting presentation. Titled “Inazuma Eleven: Balance Of Ares“, this game will be a direct yet alternate sequel to the original Inazuma Eleven game. Much like the chronology of The Legend Of Zelda, “Balance Of Ares” marks the first time that the series has branched off into another storyline, with this new universe never being confronted by the Soccer-loving extra terrestrials. Centred around new protagonist Asuto Inamori and his friends, the new game will, once again, take place at Raimon Junior High as the new cast of characters are forced to move from their home to play soccer after their local …

Resurgence of The King of Monsters: Godzilla

July 29 2016 marks the landmark release of Godzilla Resurgence, and in case you missed the memo, Funimation has picked up localisation rights which means we’ll get a subtitled release very soon in 2016… just in time for the Japan Film Festival in Australia if I am being realistically optimistic. It may be another few months for us, but it’s exciting to see a brand new Godzilla flick from Japan as a glorious reboot of the historic and iconic monster movie franchise. This is the first Godzilla film by founding studio, Toho, since 2004’s Final Wars. It may be some time before you see a review of Godzilla Resurgence grace front page of Snap Thirty, but in the meantime we’d like to present to you with a tribute to all things Godzilla: the movies, the video games, and the culture itself. Return of an icon: Godzilla Resurgence  Godzilla Resurgence looks to be the movie that fans always wanted, and it certainly has very high expectations to live up to. Billed as a reboot, everyone is naturally …

Where In The World Is Serpente’s Body? – 91 Days Episode Three – Season’s Writings

Episode two left us on quite a cliffhanger, but the start of episode three revealed that it was nothing more than a red herring. After confronting Nero about the death of his best friend Vanno at the hands of Serpente, or so Avilio says, it looked as though our “hero” wasn’t going to be put to rest somewhat prematurely. As it turns out, pointed a gun at someone’s head is just the Italian way of expressing anger, the grieving Nero was never going to fill Avilio with lead, but he did almost send him to his death at the hands of Fango after “requesting” that he finds Serpente’s body. Why is that so important? Well, the rest of the organised crime world doesn’t necessarily care about the details of this double murder, all they know is that a member of the Vanetti crime family killed one of the Orcos, which is more than enough to ignite the flames of war, turning Lawless from a simple corrupt town full of bootleggers and thieves into a battlefield…come to think …

Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE – Review

Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei are two long-running Japanese Role-Playing Game series’ that I never thought would meet each other in this capacity, and yet I’m overjoyed that such a conglomeration has taken place. I remember, in the May of 2014, it was announced that these two beloved series’ would come together to form a singular video game for the Nintendo Wii U. Simply called Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei, my mind raced in anticipation of what this game would be. Alas, none of my assumptions lead me down the road of what we in the West now know to be a video game called “Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE“. It has been a long two years since the announcement of Fire Emblem X Shin Megami Tensei but, like all of us, it is a video game that has come quite a long way. Now released worldwide, fans of both franchises are able to explore the combined wonder of both Fire Emblem and Shin Megami Tensei as they do battle with creatures who’ve come …

Vocaloid DJ Hachioji P To Perform At SMASH!’s 10th Anniversary Event

When you get to my age, you stop celebrating certain things. This is why I havn’t been to a proper party in over a decade. Oh, in my hay-day I was quite a sight to behold; I was king of the dance floor! They used to call me “The Charleston Kid“, and I would swing and bop my way through all kinds of musical tracks. T’was quite the time to be alive. Now, just because I’ve retired, and no longer have the strong enough bones to go to shindigs, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t! Listen up, kids, as Grandpa Frank let’s you in on something pretty cool that’s coming up this August. We all know what SMASH! is, right? Surely! SnapThirty has been attending the Japanese Pop Culture event ever since the sight started up, so if you’re a keen follower of us then surely you’d know. Well did you know that this year marks SMASH!’s 10th anniversary? Oh ho ho! Well, to celebrate said anniversary, SMASH! are preparing a few grand guests who will …

Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters – Bandai Namco Introduces The World To Two More Appli Monsters

As a twenty-two year old living in an age of cynicism, it’s not often that I wake up of a morning, catch wind of an exciting piece of news, and am rendered giddy in delight as a cause of it, but it is franchises like Digimon that have a certain grasp on me that I feel will never let go. Overnight, Bandai Namco Entertainment have updated the official Japanese site for their upcoming video game based upon the multi-media franchise expansion; Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters. This update, whilst insignificant to some, introduces audiences to two more Appli Monsters based on both Online and Offline gaming, whilst also re-introducing us to those who were first revealed alongside this cross-media project. The screenshots featured below are taken from the upcoming Nintendo 3DS title that will use the same name, Digimon Universe: Appli Monsters, but the Digimon shown will not be exclusive to said game, they will appear in every facet of the project. Onmon: Onmon is a Game-Type Appli Monster that adores not only online gaming but anything that …

Pokemon Sun and Moon – Game Freak Introduces Six New Pokemon In Latest Trailer

This article’s title is, unfortunately, a small lie. There isn’t six new Pokemon because, well, technically there’s only four, but that’s only because two were revealed through leaked scans of the latest issue of Japan’s CoroCoro magazine a week or so ago. Regardless, that doesn’t make this new trailer released by Nintendo and Game Freak any less exciting! Hitting the net overnight, this new English trailer for the upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon games introduces audiences to some divisive new Pokemon in great detail as Game Freak also updated the game’s official website to include detailed explanation of just who these brand-new creatures are. Alongside information regarding the recently-introduced lineup, Nintendo and Game Freak have also taken the opportunity, through this trailer, to reveal a new mechanic that allows for players to host their own Global Link Competitions. Also returning to the upcoming games is the option to Hyper Train your Pokemon through fun mini-games. Below I have provided for you said explanations, followed up by the official trailer, so make sure to have yourself a …

Eureka Seven AO – Review

When you try to follow up one of the most innovative and ground breaking anime series of this century you will always struggle to replicate that kind of quality. Such is the case with Eureka Seven AO, a series tasked with following up the painfully underrated masterpiece that was Eureka Seven. In all honesty, Eureka Seven was never a series crying out for a sequel or follow up considering its truly conclusive finale, however that doesn’t seem to stop Eureka Seven AO disregarding that almost completely in favour of creating continuity contradictions and dispensing of the original’s environmentalism message and themes for schlocky action and a fluff filled plot lacking a modicum of the original’s creativity. What an unfortunate mess this series is, it is a classic example of a cheap cash in sequel that really has no right or reason to really exist. Even as a stand alone piece Eureka Seven AO ties itself too firmly to the original series to ever escape comparison or connection. The series follows Ao, a young boy who …

On This, The Day Of My Daughter’s Wedding? – 91 Days Episode Two – Season’s Writings

There are few things synonymous with mobster movies, and they conform to this across the board: Guns, Suits, Italian Sweets, and Weddings. The Godfather featured each of these four, and that is a film seen as the pinnacle of the sub-genre, so it only makes sense that an Anime series based upon films of this kind would also feature those same components. In episode two of 91 Days, “Phantom Of Falsehood“, the audience is taken on a wild ride as we follow the short-lived story of Vanetti mafioso Vanno Clemente who, at first introduction, quickly became my favorite character of the series. It’s just too bad that he, well…I really shouldn’t say. Opening up with a job gone wrong, episode two of 91 Days gives audiences a front-row seat to the inner-workings of the Vanetti family told in a way reminiscent of The Godfather, as mentioned above. It’s the wedding day of Nero’s little sister, and in true Italian matrimonial festivity a fight breaks out between our “hero” Avilio and the groom which, if it’s …

Sailor Moon R (Season Two) Part Two – Review

Like Dragon Ball Z, Pokemon, and Cardcaptor Sakura, Sailor Moon is a series that was enjoyed by many back in the later years of the 1990s. Driven by pure nostalgia, it is a series that, to this day, still retains the same fans it once had all those years ago, and for what reason? Well, there’s no denying that it is a groundbreaking series the likes of which changed both the Anime and Manga landscape, allowing for more contemporary series’ like it to blossom in the gardens it tirelessly developed, but it’s now 2016 and those same flourishing series’ are now Sailor Moon’s main competitors, so what has kept it afloat for so long, and what is it that will keep it high above the rest for years to come? As someone who uses nostalgia to fan the fires of past passions constantly, I very much understand that it is a power source unlike any other…but is it enough to drive an entire fandom years after a series’ peak? The answer is; yes, but does …

The Mikono Effect – When One Character Ruins It All

Snap Discussion is the weekly round table discussion on a topic relating to Japanese pop culture as selected by the almighty Snapodile. Each week the SnapThirty team will weigh in with their thoughts on that week’s topic all with the hopes of providing some interesting and perhaps even conflicting view points on the matter at hand. This week’s topic is The Mikono Effect – When One Character Ruins It All. For this topic we each looked back on series that were ruined by one problematic character. Maybe they were annoying or had no redeeming qualities. Perhaps they were.a frustration point that the series focused way too much on. Whatever it may be here are some of our own personal picks for character that ruined their respective show. Luke Halliday: For many in the anime community it has become almost a running gag that Shinji from Neon Genesis Evangelion is a terrible character. So at the risk of sounding cliche my pick for character who ruins it all is Shinji, a self absorbed depressive who only …

Pokemon Sun and Moon – CoroCoro Leaks Reveal Kiteruguma and Mimikkyu

We’re at a critical point in Pokemon Sun and Moon’s pre-release stage wherein which you have to consider that, despite how legitimate sources seem, perhaps the leaked Pokemon you are looking at could be entirely false. In the past, many of us have been fooled by “leaked scans” from mysterious sources, and it has conditioned us to doubt everything we see on first glance, especially when what we’re looking at isn’t exactly what we thought the minds at Game Freak would produce. Take, for example, the two newly-revealed Pokemon, Kiteruguma and Mimikkyu, who have just been introduced to the world thanks to leaked scans of the latest CoroCoro magazine. Now, one of these Pokemon looks like something you’d find in a Japanese claw machine, whilst the other looks as though it was designed for nothing more than a gag. Despite this, it looks as though these new Pokemon have been confirmed as legitimate additions to the new generation, and no matter how odd I personally think they look, it seems as though they’ve taken the internet …

Grand Kingdom – Review

For as long as kings and queens have reigned, there have been those who defend them. Valiant warriors who defend the realm from invaders, armies and demons (depending on the kind of realm) in order to keep the peace. However, there is another type of warrior who thrives in this same kind of environment, a less valourous type who places their loyalty within whomever possesses the most coin. I speak of mercenaries and, in a world wherein mercenaries now run rampant, they are integral to the foundation of peace, war and all that resides in between. A tenuous balance to be sure, but it sure is amazing what a splash of colour and stylised characters can do. Journey, if you will, to the land of Resonail, a grand kingdom (*wink wink*) that is home to four great nations; Landerth, Valkyr, Fiel and Magion. Born from the tumult of war, these kingdoms rose from the ashes of the Uldein Empire, a force which once claimed dominion over the entire continent. Having existed in a state of …

“Nero Vanetti…Is Me! – 91 Days Episode One – Season’s Writings

From the creative minds that brought you Hozuki’s Coolheadedness, ERASED, Durarara!!, Baccano!, Haikyu!!, and many other beloved contemporary Anime series’ comes a Mafia story set during the Prohibition which will remind you that Anime is the literal conglomeration of various forms of art, making it more than just a half-interesting way to kill twenty-two minutes week to week. Licensed for distribution in the West by none other than Crunchyroll, this series was one that, until it’s release, flew stealthily under my radar. Unable to deny my cultural heritage, being an Italian, I felt that it was my duty to experience an Anime set, arguably, amid the peak of organised crime…and it was a good thing that I did. No bleaker an opening, 91 Days introduces itself to the audience with a gang-related family murder that includes a man, his wife, and his young child, with another unrelated adolescent being the only one escaping from the massacre. Not the best way to celebrate your birthday, but I suppose he is somewhat to blame for not leaving with …

A Poison Paradise – Salandit Revealed for Pokemon Sun and Moon

Poisoners prepare! That’s right Pokemon Trainers, another lovely little face has joined the slowly expanding roster of Sun and Moon. Who might this particular entry be you ask? Why, none other than Salandit, a devious little ragamuffin that will surely infuriate you to no end when these games roll around. Why you ask, yet again? Well, Salandit possesses a sneaky little ability that allows it to poison Pokemon…doesn’t sound special, does it? I mean, all Poison types can do that…but not quite like this. You see, Salandit is able to spread this toxic love to those types previously immune; Poison and Steel. Now do you understand? Because I sure as heck do and now I sure as heck want one of these guys. Ability aside, this guy looks awesome. A toxic lizard? Yes please. Also, it’s Poison/Fire? Even more yes please. Of course, I don’t necessarily want to fight one… Salandit CATEGORY Toxic Lizard Pokémon TYPE Poison/Fire HEIGHT 2’00” WEIGHT 10.6 lbs. ABILITY Corrosion Salandit emits toxic gas, together with flames, from the base of …

Interview With The Development Team Of Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom

Ever since Hajime Isayama’s brutal Manga was adapted into it’s very own Anime, courtesy of Wit Studio, fans have wondered what it would be like to be in complete control of their very own multi-dimensional manoeuvre gear, having to use it for the sole purpose of slaying giants that threaten the safety of humanity’s remains. This has been attempted, but never successful. Even to this day, fans still long for a well-made Attack On Titan action game that will give them the same, if not greater, thrill than that of the series’ Anime. Koei Tecmo and Omega Force have come together, once again, to answer the call of the fans with their upcoming multi-platform title Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom. Using development assets from their more recent titles, Omega Force have come to create an Attack On Titan game that fans can be proud of, and us here at SnapThirty have been given the grand opportunity to interview just a few of the key players behind this game’s development. Hajime Isayama, the creator of …

Watch Levi, Erwin, and Hange Carve Up Flesh In New Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom Trailers

Koei Tecmo have done fans of Hajime Isayama’s Attack On Titan a great service by developing a game that accurately emulates the difficulty of combating titanic humanoid creatures with nothing but a pair of blades and sturdy grappling hooks. Not only this, Koei Tecmo have never left us for too long without bringing is something new to sink our teeth into, and now that we have to wait until the Summer of 2017 to catch the second season of the Anime, we definitely need something to scratch our Attack On Titan itch in the period between now and then. Overnight, Koei Tecmo have updated the official English website of their upcoming game Attack On Titan: Wings Of Freedom to now feature four brand-new trailers, each of which focus on another aspect of the game. The first of the four showcases some more of the in-depth battle mechanics that’ll help you in a pinch or when you need to partner up to take down enemies larger than usual. The other three each focus on specific character, …

The Weepinbell Tolls for Thee – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 70

Well what do you know, another live episode. Who’da thunk it? No really, who? Live broadcasts are usually reserved for breaking news and bleeding edge information. What is this one about you ask? Attractive anime women and the immutable appeal of Pokemon Number 70. To be fair however, brand new Pokemon are mentioned and perhaps the current anime season is delved into a little. Still, this is a pretty chill one, so lay back, grab yourself a drink and be lulled to peace by the musings of three with a very loose grasp on sanity…or improv…or news. -30-

Attack On Titan Season Two Set To Begin Airing In Spring 2017, Main Visual Released

Now, I’m no time wizard (though I wish I were), so I’m not too sure exactly how long audiences have been waiting for the next season of Attack On Titan, but according to the internet; the first season came out in 2013…it is now 2016…and we wont be getting season two until 2017. Let that sink in for just a few minutes before continuing with the article. If you’re one of those die-hard Attack On Titan fans; maybe just bookmark this page, meditate on it for a little while, then return here to continue reading. I know, Anime is hard sometimes…really, really hard. Fact is; it has felt like a Millenia since we last saw Attack On Titan, so it doesn’t matter if it was only three years ago because, if you ask the aforementioned die-hard fans of the series, countless galaxies have dissolved into nothingness since the last time we saw a terrified teenager get devoured by a fifty-foot tall woman, and even though that sounds like a pretty fun fetish, it’s actually incredibly …

Volume Seventy-Four Marks The End For Tite Kubo’s “Bleach” Manga

If it’s me you’re asking; Bleach ended many years ago. Ichigo Kurosaki had defeated Aizen, his Shinigami powers had been stripped, he no longer could communicate with the deceased, and he was placed neatly back into his regular life as an angst-filled teen. That was…until the story continued indefinitely. As we all know; Shueisha’s Shonen Jump produces some of the world’s greatest Manga, but with such greatness comes heavy editing, and constant monitoring of individual series’ by the publication’s team of critical editors. Goku’s continued life was not the fault of Akira Toriyama’s bad writing but at the behest of the series’ editor that explained the series would not be as popular if it’s protagonist were to change. Looking at Bleach’s elongated tale; I feel as though Tite Kubo is going through something quite similar with Bleach. Regardless, the series still has fans across the world. If it did not, then Shonen Jump would not bother with it’s continuation, so there’s something to be said about what this Manga provides to audiences even this long into it’s run, …

Welcome to Erion

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir has landed in Australia on the PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PlayStation 3, and despite it being a remaster of a game that was released 9 years ago on the PS2, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is every bit a landmark release in 2016 just as the original Odin Sphere was back in 2007. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir comes from Vanillaware, a studio that really made waves in 2007 when they released the 2D action RPG Odin Sphere and the 2D real time strategy game GrimGrimoire (not many people remember it but it was pretty neat). Later they would create the blistering fast 2D action game Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii, followed by the Dungeons and Dragons inspired brawler Dragon’s Crown on the PS3 and Vita. In between those games there was a promising PSP RPG called Grand Knights History which unfortunately barely missed an English localisation. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is their latest and is far from just an ordinary remaster of a PS2 game because it goes above and beyond in so many ways. What does the …

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir – Review (PS3)

Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is the latest by Vanillaware for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation Vita. The title is billed as a remaster of the original Odin Sphere which was released for the PlayStation 2 back in 2007 (2008 in PAL territories). To call Odin Sphere Leifthrasir a mere HD remaster of a nearly 9 year old game  is putting it very,very loosely, and it is in fact is a huge disservice to what the game really is. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is more than just a HD update to suit modern TV resolutions, more than just being the very best version of Odin Sphere (dare I say, perfection), and is more than just an expanded and enhanced re-release. Odin Sphere Leifthrasir is truly a whole new game altogether. In fact, I feel they could have gotten away with calling it Odin Sphere 2 and no one would have argued otherwise. Whether you’re a fan of the original or a sceptical newcomer who is tired of seeing sloppy HD remasters, Odin Sphere Leifthrasir proves to be a truly a one of a kind experience that even …

Retrospective: Odin Sphere (PS2)

2007 was an interesting year for video games. The Xbox 360 was in its second year, the PlayStation 3 had just started its first year in the gaming market… and yet despite the hype surrounding High Definition gaming and next-gen visuals, the PlayStation 2 was still performing strongly despite its (by then) dated hardware. The interesting thing about the PS2 was that despite it launching before its immediate competition, it outlasted the clearly superior Xbox and GameCube. Not only that, it was barely phased by the presence of far superior competition in the Xbox 360 or even by its replacement in the PS3. Even as a gamer back then, and having an Xbox 360 with the likes of Blue Dragon in my hands, my PS2 was still getting plenty of usage. Instead of being placed in a closet as soon as I got my shiny new Xbox 360, I actually found myself getting more enjoyment out of a last generation system that year than I did from my new next-gen system. I wasn’t even compelled to …