Month: September 2016

Naruto Spin-Off: Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals – Review

In what may very well be the most bizarre entry into the iconic ninja series, Rock Lee and His Ninja Pals takes the world of Naruto and rings out every bit of humour it can from the legendary series. While it proves to be a hilarious romp and gives some of Naruto’s lesser known characters a chance in the spotlight, it is decidedly a series for Naruto fans by Naruto fans. Following Rock Lee, Naruto’s true forgotten hero, the series goes from one comedy skit to the next. Through the eyes of Rock Lee and his team mates Tenten and Neji we see a side of the Naruto world that the main series rarely explores, the trivialities of day to day life in the wild world of ninjas. Be it failed romantic conquests, dealing with trivial missions, trying to outdo Naruto or even just hanging out with friends, the series relishes finding the funny in Naruto in a way that the original series never could. It plays with tropes of the original series all the …

Psychic School Wars – Review

If you were to have one super power, which would you choose? This question, I feel, is one that continues to be asked long into our lives. It, like many other ice breakers, is a great way to loosen tension between strangers, and learn a little more about the person to which the question is directed. I, personally, have answered this question more times than I care to remember, and my answer is always the same; I would love to be a Psychic. Since a young age, I’ve always had this strange love affair with Psychic Abilities. There’s just something about the possibility of lifting something with nothing but your mind, or being able to control fire with your thoughts, or being able to understand another persons mentality without any verbal interaction that just deeply interests me. It’s my longing for this that draws me to certain things. Often, I am unable to control my action when it comes to the opportunity to experience something related to Extrasensory Perception, almost as if I am the …

Digimon Adventure Tri. D-3 Digivice Now Up For Pre-Order Courtesy Of Bandai

Heck, I could’ve been a Digidestined, you know? Had I believed hard enough…and taken enough mind-altering hallucinogenic drugs to the point wherein which I was locked in a perpetual state of disconnection from the real world. That could’ve been me saving the world, dammit! Still, despite my regrets, I do want to be a Digidestined, and thus I take alternative routes. Quite some time ago, Bandai released a “proplica” (prop/replica) of the original Digivices held by Tai and Matt of Digimon Adventure. These Digivices, different from the working video game Digivices, light up and play sounds recognisable from the original series and also, because of it’s release, from the new set of films; Digimon Adventure Tri. Well, because they sold so darn well, Bandai are planning on releasing another version of those Digivices, this time though they will be modeled after the devices seen in the series’ second season. You know, with Davis, and Ken, and Cody, and T.K., and Kari…again. That one! Those Digivices, also known as the D-3, have now been put up on …

Make Enough Noise And Square Enix May Just Localise Dragon Quest X

Now, you may not know this, reader, because up until about ten minutes ago…I didn’t know it myself, but the release of Dragon Quest VII: Fragments Of A Forgotten Past in Western regions was not done on a whim like other games. No way. Square Enix and Nintendo came together to localize the game thanks to the many fans outside of Japan who questioned whether or not it was going to be released outside of it’s home country. This, in turn, lit a fire under the arses of the companies in power and gave them quite an indication regarding how well it will sell outside of Japan. Interesting, right? We’ve seen this a few times in recent years. The biggest, in my opinion, being the Western release of Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth which, like DQ VII, was practically demanded by Western audiences. At this year’s Penny Arcade Expo, a panel was held celebrating the release of Dragon Quest VII for the Nintendo 3DS, with Noriyoshi Fujimoto of Square Enix as special guest. After being questioned by …

A new ZOIDS project is coming soon and once again all is right with the world

Takara Tomy the masterminds behind the iconic ZOIDS mecha anime franchise and its various other media and merchandise have released a teaser today on their official website confirming the long awaited return of the franchise in a new upcoming project. While no major details have been confirmed about what we can expect from the project, they have released a graphic showcasing the Shield Liger ZOID and a mysterious soldier crouching besides it and the phrase “A new ZOIDS project is coming soon”. One could presume that this may be hinting at a future anime series, I for one would love to see that happen. That is all the information we have to go on for now but I am sure for ZOIDS fans like my fellow writer here at SnapThirty, Kane Bugeja, are incredibly excited at the promise of a new project in the ZOIDS franchise. Source: 4gamer -30-

The Heroic Legend of Arslan – Review

There are few anime that come packaged with such a ridiculous pedigree as The Heroic Legend of Arslan. Not only is it based upon the iconic fantasy novel series of the same name which is damn near paperback royalty in Japan, this anime series is based upon the fantastic manga adaptation by acclaimed author of Fullmetal Alchemist and Silver Spoon, Hiromu Arakawa. It is hard to get any more of a pedigree than that. That said it is a mighty reputation to live up to and fortunately for the anime adaptation of The Heroic Legend of Arslan it does just that. Following titular hero Arslan, The Heroic Legend of Arslan is a fantasy epic ala Berserk albeit significantly less gory. Arslan is the crown prince who must become the savior of his people after a skirmish gone wrong leaves the Kingdom of Pars overtaken by the cult-like fanatics of the Lusitanian army. With his father King Androgoras III held captive and his mother in the clutches of the mad leader of Lusitania, Arslan must gather …

Complete and Utter Science – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 82

Did you know that light is actually quite heavy? Or that humans were the 74th species to exist on Earth? Or that the preceding 73 species are the only ones capable of flight? Well sit back and buckle up, because Professor Luke Halliday is about to take you on a wild scientific journey through time and space, whilst also explaining why you should never destroy the moon. It’s as educational as it is entertaining. -30-

The Fabled “Second Punch” – One-Punch Man Anime To Get A Second Season

The titular One-Punch Man, Saitama, has had quite a firm grasp on the Anime-loving community ever since the debut of the series’ adaptation last year. As with any popular Anime series, One-Punch Man’s television success trickled over and landed firmly onto the original Manga series which also gained quite a level of popularity. One-Punch Man is so beloved, in fact, that original creator ONE’s other Manga series, Mob Psycho 100, was also adapted into an Anime series. Thus is the sheer force of One-Punch Man. Literally the moment the final episode of what will now be referred to as “Season One” ended, fans demanded more from Saitama, to which Madhouse simply could not deny. It was obvious from the very moment this series hit the air, but it wasn’t just going to have the one season. No way. Over in Japan, a special event was held to commemorate all things One-Punch Man. This celebratory affair, titled the “One Punch Man Fall Festival“, featured many exciting things, but none more than the reveal that it’s Anime adaptation …

Dragon Quest VII: Fragments Of A Forgotten Past – Review

My level of historical knowledge is…trivial, to say the very least. It boggles my mind to think about the countless descendants of human kind, all of which made certain decisions that set our race on a path that lead us directly to this point in time and into the future as it continues ever on like a speeding locomotive. We, with the decisions we make in the present, will effectively become key factors in the world’s development, eventually become a historical point of interest for those in the distant future wishing to learn more about our time. There’s a saying that goes; “history is written by the winners“. As a result of my whimsical nature, this quote interests me to no end. Let us say that, yes, history is indeed written by the winner; the winner being the one to emerge victorious from, perhaps, a battle or farce that would have changed the records of time. One, when writing, has the freedom of interpretation and composition. They have the ability to delve into factual detail or, to …

Dragon Ball Fusions Confirmed For Western Release In February 2017

Reader, you’re very much aware of this particular video game, right? Us at SnapThirty have been following it ever since it was announced for Japan, and we’ve been hoping for a Western release ever since. Dragon Ball is one of the most popular Anime of all time in Western regions so most games based on the much-loved series does indeed make it to local shores, but when we’re talking about a strange game like Dragon Ball Fusions it’s always hard to determine whether or not the same can be said for it. If you’re not aware of this game; basically it’s an RPG set in the world of Dragon Ball, with a strong emphasis on “Fusion“, meaning that most characters you will be able to encounter and recruit throughout the story can be fused together. Exciting, right? Heck yeah, it is! Bandai Namco Entertainment, being such a great company, have done us Western Dragon Ball fans a huge favour by today announcing that they will be localising Dragon Ball Fusions and releasing it in Europe, …

Hideaki Anno Film SHIN GODZILLA To Hit Australia And New Zealand This October

Hmmm, there’s this strange taste in my mouth. It’s not a bitter flavour, it’s not a sour flavour, it’s not even a salty flavour, it has an almost…uncomfortably disappointing accents. It’s strange. It’s definitely left over from the last Godzilla film I watched, but it’s flavours are so subtle it’s hard to exactly define what it is I’m experiencing. I suppose this is much the same for many of you. It’s no mystery that the West cannot produce a Godzilla film. Period. Thankfully Japan still know’s exactly what it’s doing when it comes to The King Of Monsters, and it’s latest film, Hideaki Anno’s SHIN GODZILLA, is a testament to exactly that. Fans across the world have been anticipating this film ever since it was first revealed, and while it’s been released across Japan, it is the film’s Western audience that has yet to experience it. That’s where Madman Entertainment come in. The Australian distribution company, known for all things Japanese pop culture, have just announced that they plan on bringing this film to Australian …

Nanana’s Buried Treasure Complete Series – Review

Nanana’s Buried Treasure is a lot of things, but it isn’t predictable. This short 11 episode anime takes you into an utopian paradise of an island where people can live up to their potential and follow their dreams. On this island, a young person can get a new lease on life… but at the same time this lease must always be paid. Nanana’s Buried Treasure is an odd couple drama, an Indiana Jones style adventure, and even a murder mystery, all wrapped up into an interesting and unpredictable journey where the moment you feel like you’re about to get some answers, the questions suddenly change. In Nanana’s Buried Treasure the titular character is already dead… but her spirit lives on (not to mention, trapped) inside the room of a student accommodation where she plays video games all day and night, and is also somehow able to consume pudding. Now that’s an afterlife we can all hope for right? The SEGA fan in me just has to mention the fact that Nanana is shown playing real video games …

New Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer Reveals Passimian and Oranguru

Game Freak have today released another trailer for their upcoming Pokemon Sun and Moon duo of games that, as well as formally introducing us to two previously-revealed Pocket Monsters, give audiences a look at the Pokemon Passimian and Oranguru. Ever since the infamous “Pokemon Sun and Moon Chinese Leaks” fans have been waiting on bated breath to see just how accurate they are, and as more official information has been revealed it has begun to seem as though the details present in said leak are almost all correct. With the reveal of Passimian, the “rugby monkey“, just another feature of the “Chinese Leaks” is confirmed to be completely legitimate. Alongside Passimian, audiences are introduced to Oranguru, and both forms of Rockruff’s evolutions, now called Lycanroc. Passimian and the Midday version of Lycanroc will be exclusive to Pokemon Sun, whereas Oranguru and the Midnight version of Lycanroc will be exclusive to Pokemon Moon. The trailer also features a look at the game’s character customisation capabilities which are far more extensive than the previous games, and also …

Sins Of The Brother – 91 Days Episode Ten – Season’s Writings

The search for Corteo continues as the Vanetti’s ship Avilio off to Chicago to meet with Galassia representatives and to continue promoting Lawless Heaven. Little do they know that this mission will double as witness protection with Ganzo and Avilio now working together for the same cause; to kill the Vanetti’s. Sporting a new haircut, Corteo escapes alongside Avilio so as to lay low until this all blows over. Too bad it never will. Barbero, the single Vanetti to still be doubting Avilio’s allegiance, does everything in his power to prove that Corteo and Avilio are in cahoots, which he almost does…that is until Corteo makes a grand entrance declaring that it was he alone who fed information to Fango and that it is he alone who should be punished for it. “Kill him yourself” says Nero, handing Avilio a hot piece and leaving the room. The rest follow, but not before Barbero shoots Avilio one last judging glance. All parties know the unsavoury nature of this exchange, but at this point in time…nothing can be …

Log Horizon Season Two: Part One – Review

There is little difference between that of a good storyline and that of a bad storyline, but it’s success lies within it’s delivery and just how believable it can be whilst still managing to pique audience interest and flare the imagination. Whilst Log Horizon is a series, like many others, that has characters teleported into the world of their favorite video game, having to survive the perils of constant hoard combat and quest completion, it is unlike those that came before it in the way that it is heavily deep-rooted in the realm of reality. Intellectual, mature, and yet light-heartedly fun-loving, Log Horizon is, arguably, the pinnacle of it’s sub-genre…though many will choose an alternative like Sword Art Online instead of it. Madman Entertainment have just released the next for of the two season series, this time bringing the first part of season two to retailer shelves across Australia and New Zealand. I must extend a special thanks to Madman Entertainment for their continuous support and, once again, the opportunity to review the latest release of …

Anime Oz Style – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 81

After briefly drawing from the unending well that is Pokemon Sun & Moon leaks, the guys cast pretense aside and stroll down memory lane. So if you wanted close to three hours of nostalgic cartoon discussion, topped off with personal introspection regarding sleep and possible OCD tendencies, you’ve come to the right place…and have a very specific set of wants. -30-

Psycho-Pass The Movie – Review

Psycho-Pass The Movie hit theatres across Japan in the January of 2015 to what can only be described as a resoundingly positive reception. Fans of the original series flooded the cinemas in droves to catch the film that was hyped to be the series’ resurrection, especially after the mythos-crushing events of the Anime’s second season. Gen Urobuchi, once again, returns as this film’s head writer to reclaim the series that many critics consider to be his best and, without giving too much away…I think he’s done exactly that. Funimation Entertainment acquired the wholehearted rights to the film some time ago but, due to mostly mysterious reasons, it was delayed for quite some time…though now it’s here, and it is solid proof that, sometimes, things truly are better experienced late than never at all. A special “Thank You“, as always, must be extended to Madman Entertainment for allowing us the opportunity to review one of modern day Anime’s most anticipated feature films. Psycho-Pass The Movie is set in a futuristic Japan. The Sibyl System is charged with …

‘Detective Conan’ anime celebrates 20 years of closing cases with TV special

Detective Conan (Case Closed in English localization) is one of the longest running anime series of all time, clocking in at 20 years this year after having begun way back in 1996. Over the 20 years since the anime adaptation began, Detective Conan has featured over 800 episodes, over 20 movies and even crossover specials with Lupin the Third. That’s just Conan in animated form, the manga has spawned 90 volumes since its debut in 1994 an incredible feat to be sure. In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the iconic detective anime, TMS Entertainment have announced they will be returning to the series roots for a special TV movie adaptation of the first few episodes of the series. It is set to be titled ‘Detective Conan: Episode “One” – The Great Detective Who Shrank’ and will of course detail how Shinichi Kudo was transformed into a child by the sinister Black Organization becoming the titular Conan Edogawa. The special TV event will run for 2 whole hours and is set to hit Japanese …

An Old New World – Digmon World: Next Order Set to Head Overseas in 2017

The Digital World, home to programs, annoying pop-up advertisements and an assortment of monsters who range from cute hairballs to titanic dragon knights whose very existence threatens the stability of whichever world it lives in. So, knowing that, of course you want to visit it…right? Of course you do, so let’s go! Back to a world we all (obviously) remember from the days of old when PlayStations had no number after their names and controllers had an option to turn off analog sticks. It was a weird time. Still, it was one that bore the original Digimon World, a game which allowed us to live our dreams of venturing into a plane unlike our own, travel with an ever changing friend and build an awesome city that absolutely had a shop that specialised in slabs of meat and another that was a tournament legal fighting ring. Every child’s dream. Well, get ready to dream again, because we’re going back, perhaps to the very same world which we once left behind. Having not extensively researched the …

Tokyo Game Show 2016 – Capcom Low-Key Announces Live-Action “Monster Hunter” Film Adaptation

I write articles like this all the time, with most of them beginning much the same way as this. I address how ridiculous the concept of a live-action film related to the specific subject is, I then discuss, simplistically, what a film of this calibre would be like, and then I make sure to reiterate that nobody saw this coming, and yet here I am legitimately baffled by the idea that Capcom have given a Hollywood film studio the rights to adapt this long-running series of monster-slaying video games in a live-action full-length film. Truly, we never saw this one coming. In all honesty, there isn’t a great deal of meat to this news considering, well…it doesn’t actually seem like it was meant to be revealed, at least not in this manner. Tokyo Game Show 2016 is currently being held and, like with previous years, each company has their time in the spotlight and is given a chance to excite crowds with news on upcoming games, by revealing new projects, by confirming release dates, etc. …

Beauty and the Ultra Beast – Pokemon Sun & Moon Trailer Details UB-02

Ultra Beasts; the new hotness that are taking the world of Pokemon by storm…maybe, I can’t corroborate that, but it sure does sound exciting doesn’t it? With the jellyfish/hat that is UB-01 already as revealed as mystery allows, it is time to numerically move on. UB-02, that’s where it’s at. That being said, this number is one that exists twice over and does so in two very different forms. Split between Sun and Moon as version differences, it seems as if the twain shall never meet and these two forms will retain plot device distance from each other. For the bright inclined, UB-02 takes the form of Absorption, a buff Mosquito man that looks as if it could punch through anything stupid enough to get in its way. For those leaning towards darkness, UB-02 appears as Beauty, a lithe mantis woman who is said to outrun lightning should it so be inclined. So pretty tough customers, not that you could gather that from a name like Ultra Beast. As far as their role in the …

School’s In for Summer – Pokemon Sun & Moon Anime Reveals First Trailer

Throughout the wonderful world of Pokemon, there exists an institution thats influence spreads far and wide…within a single town in any given region. I speak of course of school. Placed within the main series games as a source of knowledge, which is admittedly only useful if you have never played Pokemon before, these buildings are rarely story relevant and can often be skipped past entirely. However, this is no longer the case in the anime we all know, love and have watched at some point. Casting off his successes in the Kalos region, Ash has set his sights on the brand spanking new Alola region and all that lies within (or at least he will once the anime reaches that point). However, rather than continuing his journey as per the norm, our rambunctious, perpetually ten year old protagonist is picking up the books and entering the hallowed halls of education…or something. Look, it’s Pokemon, classes will most definitely revolve around battle theory, battle practicality and battle experience, considering how little else there is to do …

The Mysterious Pilot of Unit-02 – Interview with Tiffany Grant at MadFest 2016

During the first ever Madman Anime Festival (or MadFest as it is more summarily entitled), we we lucky enough to get the chance to talk to the one and only Tiffany Grant. Known the world over for her performance as Asuka in every rendition of Neon Genesis Evangelion these past bundle of years, this particularly joyous interviewee was more than happy to discuss the role, a fact immediately evidenced by her Unit-02 inspired wardrobe. That being said, discussion swiftly moved beyond said unbelievably successful anime franchise and turned to script writing, the rise of anime popularity and another brash, German, eyepatched mech pilot who just so happens to be voiced by one Tiffany Grant. I wonder who it could be…   -30-

Pokemon Company Reveals Youtube-Exclusive Anime Series “Pokemon Generations”

Three years ago, Pokemon Generations was seen for the very first time on Japanese television. Exploding in popularity, this short series reminded Pokemon fans of all ages just how epic and heart-pounding the events of the original games were, so it only makes sense that, a few years later, Pokemon would once again attempt to bring such events to the Anime medium albeit on quite a larger scale. The Pokemon Company International have just revealed their new Youtube-exclusive, for now, Anime series titled “Pokemon Generations” that will take key moments from the games spanning all generations and showcase them to anyone willing to watch. This series will consist of eighteen episodes, each ranging from about three to five minutes long, starting with events from the original generation of games and making their way up to the more recent titles. The Pokemon Company International had this to say: Pokémon Generations looks back at each generation of the Pokémonvideo game series, diving into the stories of the games more deeply and getting to know characters and Pokémon better. …

One Piece: Grand Pirate Colosseum and DBZ: Extreme Butoden Go Head-To-Head In Crossover Update

Because it was actually released outside of Japan, many people living in the West would have, at least, seen the Nintendo 3DS exclusive Dragon Ball Z: Extreme Butoden. It’s a fighting game developed by Arc System Works that is very much reminiscent of older Dragon Ball Z handheld titles. Well something you may not be entirely aware of is the existence of another Arc System Works fighting game based on another Shonen Jump staple of equal popularity; One Piece. This game, which is so far unreleased even in Japan, is titled One Piece: Grand Pirate Colosseum and features a similar gameplay design to that of Extreme Butoden. This game is also an exclusive for the Nintendo 3DS. Bandai Namco Entertainment Japan have recently revealed that, sometime in November, Arc System Works is set to release a free update for both games that will allow them to interact in huge ways. How huge? Well, huge enough that you will be able to cross-title battle, meaning Goku can go up against Luffy, Vegeta against Zolo, Piccolo against …

Naruto SUN Storm 4 Expansion “Road To Boruto” Set To Hit The West February 2017

I’ve said this countless times but some things truly never die, and one of them just so happens to be Masashi Kishimoto’s Shonen great Naruto. Despite the fact that the Manga ended quite some time ago, and the Anime is on it’s way out, people can’t seem to get enough of Naruto, and I totally understand why; it’s a pretty damn good series, despite it’s tendency to become too much of itself, but only in later story arcs…somebody stop me before I inject more personal bias into this article. The latest Naruto video game to be released was Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 4, also known as Naruto SUN Storm 4. This game, like it’s predecessors, came packed to the rafters with newly-added characters, story arcs, gameplay developments, and superior graphics, but the one thing it was missing was something many fans of the series truly hoped would be featured; Boruto. Now, before you begin attacking me; Boruto and Sarada were indeed released as playable DLC characters later on in the game’s early life, but that …

Yours Truly, A Regretful Old Man – 91 Days Episode Nine – Season’s Writings

What’s done has been done, and at the very epicentre of what is looking to become a great tragedy is mild-mannered Corteo. Though I would still consider him a mild and gentle man, descriptive words of that nature would have befit him more about two episodes ago. After killing Fango running on nothing but primal rage alone, Corteo is captured by the Vanetti family who have recently discovered that it was he who was working as Fango’s informant, albeit for only a short period of time. Episode Nine focuses on the “discipline” of Corteo for his action which, if not for some sort of miracle, would have been a swift death. Escaping from the Vanetti’s and now in the hands of another, more mysterious, third party; Corteo is forced to contact Angelo delivering to him only a verbal ultimatum; “Kill Nero, or they kill me“. The episode ends on quite the cliffhanger with [Insert Character Name Here] revealed to be the sender of that, metaphorically, bloodstained letter. Once again, 91 Days has undergone another huge …

[UPDATE] Pokemon Sun and Moon – September CoroCoro Leaks Reveal Rockruff Evolutions

Of course! Here we have another batch of leaks straight from the unreleased pages of Japan’s own toy and video game magazine CoroCoro. Before I officially move on to detail the contents of the most recent link, may I just mention that CoroCoro is the greatest source of any news, Pokemon or otherwise, because it’s most recent, unreleased issues clearly aren’t kept in as tight a vault as they should. Like water in a colander; it’s contents never stay contained. Ever since the introduction of the resent Alolan dog Pokemon, Rockruff, many news sources have explained that there’s much to be learned about it’s evolutionary tree, which today has been confirmed to have at least two branches, how about that? Yes, these particular leaks happen to focus on Rockruff and it’s dual evolutions; one which is altered because of the effects of the sun, and the other because of the effects of the moon. As many have speculated; Rockruff does indeed have a Werewolf-like evolution when exposed to the Moon’s rays, and a more “tame” …

The Fiery Rei Hino: Sailor Mars! – Interview with Cristina Vee at MadFest 2016

The inaugural Madfest Japanese Pop Culture Festival, run by Australia’s own Madman Entertainment, featured many guests. Out of them all, we at SnapThirty were given the opportunity to interview many, including the lovely Cristina Vee who, as you may know, is the voice of Sailor Moon’s own Rei Hino, also known as Sailor Mars. Alongside that huge role Cristina also lends her talents to Killua Zoldyck (Hunter X Hunter), Homura Akemi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica), Riruka Dokugamine (Bleach), Mamejiro (Blood Lad), Rei Hououmaru (Kill La Kill), Hawk (Seven Deadly Sins), and many, many more! We sat down to talk about all things Sailor Moon, Hunter X Hunter, and Pokemon as she attempted to catch herself an elusive Kangaskhan before leaving Australia, not knowing when she’ll next return. Spoiler alert: Sometime after the interview…she caught one! Woo hoo! Below is the video featuring the entire interview so sit back, relax, and enjoy our talk with the lovely Cristina Vee. -30-

An Oak By Any Other Name – Lost in Mistranslation Episode 80

The more things change, the more they stay the same and boy how things are changing. Ultra Beasts, restrained chimeras and cellular collection now populate the wonderful world of Pokemon, turning the wonderful world of Pokemon on its head. However, one familiar face is here to remind trainers everywhere that Pokemon are pretty awesome…although he may subsequently question his grandnephew’s name is… -30-

New Pokemon Sun and Moon Trailer Features A Vacational Professor Oak

As of late, the Pokemon-loving audience have been forced to digest quite a lot of Sun and Moon-centric information, especially with the release of the last International trailer which introduced us all to Type: Null, Ultra Beasts, and the Aether Foundation; things never before seen in any other previous Pokemon title. Well, with so much information to store in your long-term memory, it’s sometimes hard to fully grasp all of what Pokemon Sun and Moon has to offer, at this point in time, so Nintendo have decided to release a new trailer that, more or less, revises everything we have seen up until this point in time. A fresh region, a lack of Gyms, a new team of antagonists, and a whole bunch of new Pokemon; Sun and Moon is set for a worldwide release this November and despite everything that HAS been revealed, we still have so much left to discover. Featured, ever so briefly, in this compilation trailer is a character yet to receive a formal introduction, but many of us veteran Trainers …

Talk Is Cheap, Like Your Loyalty – 91 Days Episode Eight – Season’s Writings

Last week disappointed audiences with an episode dedicated to recapping the series’ story events, but this week’s episode more than made up for the last’s lake of new content. Lawless is in grave trouble; this is something both the audience and the characters that make up 91 Days’ cast know is nothing less than an undeniable fact. While, before the beginning of the series, it was still a town filled with the utmost vile gangsters, it is now in a state of almost-war, perhaps being referred to as something along the lines of “the calm before the storm“. Episode Eight centres itself around the true beginning of a mafia war, with Corteo at the very centre. Having had enough of being pulled from left to right, time and time again, Corteo digs deep and gives in to his primal instincts to do something neither Nero nor Avilio could, setting into motion a series of events far more powerful than he has the ability to control. Corteo, despite being a pivotal player in the story of 91 …

Plus Ultra Beasts! – Pokemon Sun and Moon Reveal Some Interesting New Characters

Since its reveal, Pokemon Sun and Moon have been doing some new things with the tried and true formula of the Pocket Monster universe. No gyms, new forms and some of the strangest naming conventions to date have polarised Pokemaniacs the world over. However, in its latest release, Sun and Moon may have just one upped themselves. With a whole new faction joining the fray and two Pokemon who are tenuously described as such, this upcoming adventure in Alola may just be the strangest one yet. And there’s been a shapeshifting alien virus in the canon for years, so you know this is seriously off kilter. Alolan Raticate CATEGORY Mouse Pokémon TYPE Dark/Normal HEIGHT 2’04” WEIGHT 56.2 lbs. ABILITY Gluttony/Hustle Because urban areas are their main habitat, their diet is higher in calories than ordinary Raticate. As a result, they have become hefty. Alolan Raticate prefers to eat only fresh fruits and high-class ingredients. There are rumors that a certain top-notch restaurant takes advantage of Alolan Raticate’s taste buds by bringing it along when choosing …

Totally Ghoul – Wandering Through MadFest 2016’s Tokyo Ghoul Art Exhibition

If you have payed any degree of attention to the Tokyo Ghoul franchise, you have long since knows what goes bump in the night. Ghouls, unsurprisingly. Horrific offshoots of humanity that subsist by eating poor, innocent civilians and possess strength and abilities beyond the kin of mortal men. However, that’s not why we’re here. To showcase the series, MadFest 2016 decided to hold a little boothbound exhibition, one centered upon the artwork of the aforementioned ghoulish series. Character sheets, frame sketches, completed frames, there was more than a little art lining the walls for those who wandered into its walls. Now, I could go on and on about how neat the art was and how crowded the booth got with people stopping to take photos, but none of that will help you see the pictures for yourself. What will help you see them however is scrolling down slightly. Go on, it’s pretty cool…and I guess slightly spoilerish if you haven’t watched both series, so be careful. -30-

Interview with Shingo Natsume the director of One Punch Man

During the first ever Madman Anime Festival, we were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Shingo Natsume the director of the mega hit anime series One Punch Man. We discuss his work on the series and thoughts on Yusuke Murata’s original artwork in his adaptation manga as well as talking about the ins and outs of directing an anime series. Read on for our full interview with Shingo Natsume. SnapThirty: Given One Punch Man’s status as a fan favourite, what sort of pressures were involved in its adaptation? Natsume: As you can imagine with the quality of Murata’s art style it was hard to imagine how it would be in animation, however Kubota-san the character designer for the series did a really good job and was able to achieve the same quality of design. Also the animators were really great people. We were lucky to have such skilled and passionate people that were able to reflect the animation really well. SnapThirty: How much discussion went into creating the signature style of …

Interview with Tomohiko Ito and Shingo Adachi

During the first ever Madman Anime Festival, we were lucky enough to get the chance to sit down with Tomohiko Ito the director of series such as ERASED and Sword Art Online and Shingo Adachi the man behind the art design of Sword Art Online. We discuss all things Sword Art Online and ERASED as well as exploring the inner workings behind the scenes of an anime series at A-1 Pictures. Read on for our full interview with Tomohiko Ito and Shingo Adachi. SnapThirty: Sword Art Online has become one of the most popular anime in recent memory. Did you ever think it would become as popular as it has and what does it feel like to have worked on such a colossal hit? Ito: I didn’t think that it was at all and I’m really actually happy about it. Is it popular in Australia? SnapThirty: Very popular! Adachi: Really? How do people see it? SnapThirty: There is online distributors and its played on TV as well. Adachi: How do they analyze how many viewers …

Hands-On With Tekken 7 at MadFest 2016

For many fighting game fans there are two mega series that will duke it out for all of eternity, Tekken and Street Fighter. Both play differently and feature vastly different characters and worlds, but at their heart they embody the same spirit: the spirit of fighting. While Street Fighter has chosen to update itself countless times over with 5 main series games under its belt, Tekken has moved onto the next battle and putting all upgrades into a brand new full title with soon to be 7 games to its name. At MadFest 2016 we were able to get our hands on the upcoming installment of the iconic fighting game franchise thanks to Bandai Namco’s preview booth at the event. The demo didn’t feature a lot of different modes but we did get to try out the arcade mode and VS mode. We did however notice there was a story mode of some kind that will no doubt play a big role in the finished game. When I jumped into the arcade mode I immediately …

A Look At The Bushiroad TCG Battleground At MadFest 2016

Bushiroad are continuing to prove themselves as the global champions of trading card games with the ongoing success of franchises like Cardfight Vanguard and Weiss Schwartz alongside the newfound breakout hits of Future Card Buddyfight and Luck & Logic. At MadFest 2016, Bushiroad were one of the major sponsors of the event and even held the annual Bushiroad Global Championships right here at the event in Melbourne. The championships saw hundreds of cardfighters enter the fray with hopes of becoming the global champion of their respective TCG, be it Vanguard, Buddyfight, Weiss Schwartz or Luck & Logic. For those uninitiated in the variety of TCG that Bushiroad produce they also had a ‘how to play’ booth where experts from Bushiroad would teach you how to play any of the games you were interested in. The most popular game this time around seemed to be Luck & Logic which of course is coming hot on the heels of the brand new anime tie-in currently streaming on AnimeLab. Not only that but Bushiroad’s booth had a lot …

Taking On Madfest 2016’s One-Punch Man Experience

It doesn’t take a genetically-modified cyborg with heightened processing capabilities to understands that One-Punch Man has taken the world by storm, quickly becoming one of the most popular Anime titles in recent years, so it makes sense that, for the very first Madfest Japanese Pop Culture Expo, Madman Entertain would feature an incredibly unique “One-Punch Man” experience. As just a few of the many to attended the brand-new festival, we at SnapThirty were able to be a part of the four part One-Punch Man experience, and, for your reading pleasure, I’m about to take you through it one step at a time! The Titular “One Punch”: Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve been to an Arcade. Surely. Well as sure as I am of that, I’m just as sure that you’ve seen a machine titled “Dragon Punch“; a “game” wherein which you’re given the chance to punch a speedball a single time in an attempt to get the high score. Quite on the nose, don’t you think? You get literally one punch, so it …

‘Love Live’ takes over MadFest 2016

Love Live well and truly took over Madman’s Anime Festival this year with hundreds of Love Live fans attending the event in cosplay and spending hours lining up at Bushiroad’s booth for event exclusive Love Live merchandise. Not only that but Madman had two separate Love Live exhibit booths featuring cut outs of the girls of Love Live and Love Live Sunshine respectively with fans jumping in for a picture with their favourite idol or idols. Having popped over to the Bushiroad booth to see what all the fuss was about I was amazed to discover that within only an hour of opening time on the first day of the event most of the Love Live merchandise was now sold out. It was utterly incredible how many people were here for Love Live and it was almost impossible to not being bombarded with the happy go lucky school idol girls. Love Live was so present that it was almost impossible to not be greeted by the plethora of Love Live cosplayers who had come to …

Hands-On With Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization At Madfest 2016

As an experienced yet begrudging “follower” of the long-running multimedia franchise Sword Art Online, I have never experienced anything from it more than that of it’s video game adaptations. While the series, in my humble opinion, leaves much to be desired in terms of character and story development, the game’s allow one to create their own adventure accompanied by familiar faces from the series. Knowing how popular the series and it’s offshoots still are in recent times, Bandai Namco Entertainment, as a part of their gameplay area at this year’s Madfest, featured a short demo of the upcoming Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization PlayStation 4 title. A fitting addition to the showroom floor, this game was never without a player regardless of the time of day, and that also includes myself…of course. At it’s very core; Hollow Realization isn’t too different from previous Sword Art Online video game titles which, despite what you may think, is actually more a positive than a negative. Unfortunately no story segments were present in the demo featured at the …

Cosplayers of MadFest 2016

This past weekend for the first time ever Madman Entertainment held their Madman Anime Festival event or MadFest for short. The event as expected became the stage for many anime fans here in Melbourne to showcase their incredible cosplay skills. Be it characters from Sword Art Online, Love Live, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure or even My Hero Academia, cosplayers brought their A-Game to MadFest and we were on the floor to photograph many of these cosplayers in action. You can check out our full gallery of cosplay photos below. Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for more coverage from MadFest as we continue our rolling coverage of the event. -30-

Hands-On With Final Fantasy XV At Madfest 2016

It has been quite a while since Square Enix gave us the opportunity to preview Final Fantasy XV, and since then the game’s release has been delayed for seemingly unknown reasons. This, to all those who have been anticipating the game ever since it’s reveal, is something they hope does not plague them for longer than it has to, but Square Enix are doing everything in their power to expose it’s audience to FF XV in whatever form they can. At the inaugural Madfest Japanese Pop Culture Festival, Square Enix’s sizeable gameplay area featured several consoles running a brand-new build of the upcoming game, albeit only playable in twenty-minute segments. I can’t say that the game has changed too much from the last time I was able to get my hands on it, but certain tweaks and changes, though minor, are very much recognizable. Perhaps the biggest change that I was able to notice was that of the altered combat system. As a whole, it’s very much the same, but there was one key striking …

Hanging out with Sonic 25th Anniversary Plush (Toys R Us)

I don’t usually browse Toys R Us, especially since they stopped carrying video games several years ago, but today I stumbled upon some pretty sweet Sonic merchandise. Among them was a pretty fine official Sonic 25th Anniversary plush the was just recently released (had a “New” label on it) in the store, and it was just too good to pass by. Sonic’s 25th anniversary may not have been commemorated with an actual video game release, but SEGA and Sonic Team did announce and reveal not one but two huge Sonic games for 2017: an all new 2D adventure title Sonic Mania, and an all new 3D adventure that looks to be a follow up to the excellent Sonic Generations. In the meantime, some classic Sonic merch will satisfy until those games land. For a RRP of AUD $39.99, I was pretty pleased with my purchase, not to mention Mr. Sonic made himself feel right at home.   -30-

Import Duty: Waku Waku 7 (SEGA Saturn)

In an era where Capcom and SNK reigned supreme with 2D fighting games, other developers wanted to have a go at creating something different, but more often than not ended up making something that was kinda like Street Fighter or kinda like The King of Fighters. Among the wealth of fighters that were gracing different platforms and consoles, there was a little game called Waku Waku 7. Back then, it was hard to take Waku Waku 7 seriously as it would be the type of game you’d try once for curiosity’s sake. I had always seen this game around, it got a little bit of exposure thanks to it being a NeoGeo powered title, and back then you couldn’t go wrong with the crisp,detailed 2D that NeoGeo could produce. At most, Waku Waku 7 was a silly looking fighter with not much to offer in terms of roster or content, but years and decades down the road I wish I hadn’t taken games like it for granted. Look at the 2D fighting landscape of 2016, …

Poochy Takes Center Stage in ‘Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World’ for 3DS

When Yoshi’s Woolly World was originally released, the introduction of yarn version of that crazy doggie Poochy set aflame the Nintendo fandom as he became the unlikely breakout character in what was meant to be a game about Nintendo’s resident dino, Yoshi. Now with Nintendo bring the Woolly World series to the 3DS, they have also made quite an interesting announcement, that Poochy will be the star and get first billing in the title, Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World. Also set to feature in the game are the new ‘Poochy Puppies’ which are exactly what they sound like. Furthermore Poochy will also be getting his own woolly amiibo similar to that which Yoshi previously got. He is the underdog hero that nobody knew they wanted, Poochy the yarn doggie with an unbreakable spirit and true love of adventure. Check out the trailer for Poochy and Yoshi’s Woolly World below. -30-

Olimar is Back, Baby! Pikmin Side Scroller Heading to 3DS

During their 3DS Direct conference, Nintendo revealed a brand new Pikmin game for the 3DS, a first for the series which has traditionally been a home console game. On top of that, the game will also be challenging the formula of the series in a rather intriguing way. Unlike previous Pikmin games this title will be a side scrolling adventure game. It will still feature the core elements of the Pikmin series but it will now take place in a 2D field. You can check out the trailer for the new Pikmin game below. It currently has no official title with Nintendo simply referring to it as Pikmin for the 3DS. Let us know what you think in the comments section below. -30-

Rattata Embraces The Dark Side in Pokemon Sun and Moon, Munchlax Rocks Up

The allure of the dark side was too great for Rattata in Alola to overcome after the introduction of the Rattata killing Yungoos, sending Rattata fleeing into the dark of the night seeking salvation in the shadows. During Nintendo’s 3DS Direct conference they revealed that Rattata would be receiving an Alolan form much like other Kanto Pokemon that spread to the region. The Rattata will be dark type and will indeed feature a radical moustache. On top of that reveal, Nintendo also confirmed that earlier adopters of the Sun and Moon games will be able to receive a free event Munchlax with Snorlax Z stone held item. The Munchlax event will run through until January. No details were revealed on a dark Raticate but one would presume a dark Rattata wouldn’t evolve into any old normal Raticate. That said we may as well consider the supposed ‘chinese leaks’ to be gospel at this point. Bring on the rugby monkey! -30-