Author: Luke Halliday

Pokemon Sun and Moon to do away with EV and IV training?

Good news for the casual trainers and bad news for the hardcore trainers, Pokemon Sun and Moon looks to be heading back to basics and that could very well spell the end of EV and IV training in the series. During an interview with Japanese magazine ‘We Love Pokemon’, Game Freak’s Ken Sugimori spoke about Generation 7 and commented that they plan to revert back to the simpler ways of Pokemon Red, Blue, Green and Yellow, where EV and IV training was but a twinkle in Game Freak’s eye. He commented that the game had become unbalanced with the inclusion of EV and IV training and that there would also be a bit of trimming being done to the number of moves, abilities and items in the game. Furthermore he mentions that while it is at this point impossible to decrease the number of Pokemon, Game Freak’s focus with Sun and Moon is all about going back to basics and making games that can be enjoyed by all. EV and IV training is hard work. …

Street Fighter World Champion Daigo Utterly Defeated By Rapper Lupe Fiasco

Anime fans may be familiar with the rapper by the name of Lupe Fiasco for his various Japanese pop culture references in his lyrics such as the now infamous line “Lupe steal like Lupin the Third”. That said it may have come as no surprise to some that Lupe Fiasco was recently engaged in a game of Street Fighter V with the world champion Daigo Umehara. What began as a friendly match between world champion and rapper quickly turned into a heated competition which ended in epic fashion as Lupe Fiasco defeated the world champion Daigo Umehara at the very game that he has been touted as the world’s best player of. It is chilling to think that it does say in the bible that Lupe Fiasco defeating the world champion of Street Fighter is one of the signs of the impending apocalypse. That said, I for one welcome the end of days with a laugh because this shit actually happened. To reiterate, yes you read that right, a rapper defeated the world champion of Street Fighter. …

Legend of Legacy – Review

The JRPG genre has undergone countless evolution across the years but still to this day whenever the term JRPG is used many immediately think of a certain type of game; a turn-based battle system, a world of magic and an epic quest to journey on. Over the years that iconic image of what a true JRPG is has been largely lost as the genre ventured into a plethora of different styles both successful and unsuccessful ventures alike. Every once and a while a game comes along that brings things back to basics, appreciating the simplicity of the foundations that the entire genre is built upon. Legend of Legacy is one of those games, a throwback to old school JRPG’s such as the original Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy games. Among the overly complex and mind-numbingly deep character leveling systems of the modern JRPG and ridiculously confusing storylines, Legend of Legacy stands out as a refreshingly basic title that focuses more on its core elements rather than extraneous features and revels in simple fun and a …

Winter 2016 Anime Season Watch Guide

Alright folks, Halliday-senpai is back once again to knowledge you up on what to watch this anime season. As always I won’t be commenting on an anime series if it’s not on my personal radar, but if you feel I’ve overlooked something pretty fantastic let me know the error of my ways in the comments section. That said, I will be listing what I think is worth a look in for Winter 2016. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Winter 2016 anime season watch guide. ERASED (A-1 Pictures) Boku Dake ga Inai Machi known in English as ERASED is the latest series to air in the noitaminA anime block. It comes with a lot of expectations for a number of reasons, whether it be that it is an adaptation of a fantastic manga series or that it is airing in such a prestigious timeslot which was shared by many modern anime classics. Fortunately for ERASED it lives up to expectations and blows every other series this season out of the water. With a killer premise and …

The Hentai Prince and Stony Cat – Review

Sometimes a title can serve as a draw to a series and other times it can give off the entirely wrong impression as to what the series is exactly about. What’s in a name? Well a lot actually, it can be the thing that catches your eye and it can prove to be a iconic title that lasts in the minds of those who experience the series it lends itself too. It can also prove to be a destructive force that can hurt a series deterring viewers away from an otherwise good series who think it is something other than what it truly is (see: SKET Dance, Bobobo-bo-bobobo bobo-bo bo, Oreimo: My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). The Hentai Prince and Stony Cat falls under this category as well because the title really is misleading. At first glance you’d come to expect it to be yet another low brow harem with nothing to say other than: “Boobs and panties are pretty fantastic right?” But that isn’t what this series is about and while it …

The Original Kamen Rider Returns for ‘Superhero Year’, Takeshi Hongo Rides Again In New Movie!

It has been 45 years since Takeshi Hongo first became a cyborg after an experiement gone wrong, he then set out in order to combat the evil organization known as Shocker that made him the Kamen Rider. The iconic motorcycle riding cyborg hero in a grasshopper suit ‘rider kicked’ his way into fans hearts and remains ingrained in the Japanese Pop Culture all these years later. This year marks the 45th anniversary of Kamen Rider and the 40th anniversary of Super Sentai, in order to celebrate Toei is releasing a new Kamen Rider film which will see the return of Takeshi Hongo as Kamen Rider 1 for the first time in roughly 40 years! The film is titled Kamen Rider 1 – Go and will be the first of many anniversary celebrations throughout the year. There will be more news posted on those when they come to light. You can check out the trailer for the upcoming 45th anniversary special below. I for one am absolutely stoked to see Kamen Rider 1 ride again and …

‘My Hero Academia’ hits Arcades with Card Game Machine

DETROIT SMASH! PLUS ULTRA! ONE FOR ALL! These are all familiar phrases to fans of the breakout Shonen Jump hit manga series My Hero Academia. These will also likely be heard in the upcoming arcade game from Takara Tomy Arts based on the series, My Hero Academia: Clash! Heroes Battle. The game will be a card game based arcade machine that will produce cards that can be used in battle. The game will be a simple game in the same vein as Bandai Namco’s Animal Kaiser and the arcade version of Yo-Kai Watch. It will feature many of the series’ heroes and villains as they duke it out for ultimate supremacy, or something like that. I personally have been playing Animal Kaiser and I must say that these kinds of card based arcade games are super addictive and I for one would love to play a game of this style based around the My Hero Academia series. The game will feature characters like Izuku Midoriya and Bakugo Katsuki. The arcade cabinet is set to hit …

What If Star Wars: The Force Awakens Was An Anime?

It is not secret that Star Wars takes inspiration from Japanese culture, be it in the kendo influence behind the light saber battles, the samurai-esque look of Darth Vader or even the fact that the first movie is basically a space opera version of Akira Kurosawa’s Hidden Fortress. That said, what if I told you that some wonderful person on the internet has decided to bring Star Wars: The Force Awakens into the anime realm? Well that very thing has happened with a fan putting together an ‘anime opening’ video for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The video plays on all the tropes and even makes use of a song by perrenial anime music makers, J-rock band FLOW. You can check out the Star Wars: The Force Awakens anime opening below. Let us know what you think of this lovely bit of mash up in the comments section. -30-

First Thoughts: ERASED – Sometimes Goodbye is a Second Chance

It’s not often an anime like ERASED comes along. A series that blows all expectations one could reasonably have for an episode of television out of the window, one that so thoroughly reshapes the entire landscape of the medium so much so that it is immediately the benchmark of excellence that everything else is to be held up against. ERASED does that in its all too brief yet utterly breathtaking 23 minute pilot episode, an episode I believe will be held in high regard in years to come as one of the all time best first episodes in anime. ERASED follows Satoru Fujinuma, a down on his luck manga artist who has become disillusioned with the world around him and struggles to explore the heart of his own mind for fear of what may be waiting for him. He has the burden of being subjected to a phenomenon he calls ‘Revival’ which forces him to relive an event until he alters fate in one way or another. How this happened to occur to him is …

Japanese Video Game of the Year Awards 2015

Welcome to SnapThirty’s inaugural ‘Japanese Video Game of the Year Awards’ for the Year of 2015. It has been a hell of a year for Japanese video game fans with long awaited games hitting our shelves and some doing what they do best and remaining unreleased (I’m looking at you Final Fantasy XV and Kingdom Hearts III). We have been enchanted by the wonderful worlds we have visited and the incredible journeys these games have taken us on. So in honor of this year in Japanese video games we present the awards for the best of the best and even a look at some of the most memorable moments in gaming this year. Without further adieu, these are the winners for SnapThirty’s 2015 ‘Japanese Video Game of the Year Awards’: Japanese Video Game of the Year 2015 – Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain In an era where open world epics have become almost commonplace for both role playing games and action games, none rose to the occasion quite like Metal Gear Solid V: The …

Anime of the Year Awards 2015

Welcome to SnapThirty’s second annual ‘Anime of the Year Awards’ for the Year of 2015. It has been a wild ride for anime fans with countless classics making a major impact on the anime community and industry. Over the past year we have seen blood used as a weapon, we have witnessed city wide destruction on multiple occasions, learned how to assassinate our teacher, felt the true force of a single punch, joined the fight with Tekkadan, sang along to Bump of Chicken’s ‘Hello World’ in broken Japanese, saw life unfold from the bar stools of Quindecim and saw a topless doctor perform surgery in the middle of a Vietnam war battlefield. So in honour of this year in anime we present the awards for the best of the best and even a look at some of the most memorable moments in anime this year. Without further adieu, these are the winners for SnapThirty’s 2015 ‘Anime of the Year Awards’: Anime of the Year 2015 – Blood Blockade Battlefront How many Anime compel you to rewatch the current …

Asian Kung-Fu Generation Re-record Classic Song ‘Re:Re:’ for Upcoming Anime About Redoing Things

Any Asian Kung-Fu Generation fan would know the 11 year old classic Re:Re: from their career defining album Sol-Fa. The song is a stand out from the album filled with stand out songs and has been dug up from the past for use in the upcoming anime series ERASED: Boku Dake ga Inai Machi. The series is looking to be one of the most interesting of the Winter 2016 anime season line up and with its time travel concept and mystery elements it looks like front man Gotch and the rest of his Asian Kung-Fu Generation have the perfect anime for Re:Re: which they have now completely rerecorded specifically for ERASED. You can check out the new recording of Re:Re: in the promo video below to get a listen to AKG’s new take on the classic track. Needless to say it bloody rocks. For comparison sake you can check out the original version of the song below: Also just because it is cool and I love Asian Kung-Fu Generation here is a live performance of Re:Re: …

‘ERASED: Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi’ gets anime trailer that you’ll want to ‘rerun’

To say that I am excited for the anime adaptation of Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi, (also known as The Town Where Only I Am Missing or by its official english title ERASED) would be an understatement. I am over the moon that this manga is getting an anime adaptation and seeing the newly released trailer in action I was quick to hit the rerun on it. For those who are out of the know, ERASED: Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi is about a 28 year old struggling mangaka who has the uncontrollable ability (or responsibility?) to relive events in a groundhog day style loop until he changes the course of fate and saves lives in the process. He has little idea of how he gained this ability which he refers to as ‘reruns’ nor as to why he must continue to save lives, it is almost as if he is making up for something? The original manga which serves as the basis for the anime series has received critical acclaim for its complex plotting …

La La La at Rock Bottom – Review

Pain hits us all in different ways. Sometimes it aches slowly over time accumulating as the days go by. Sometimes it hits us with all the force of a baseball bat to the head. Sometimes it hits you without you ever noticing, eating you alive from the inside. When you’re at rock bottom, pain is always a companion. What you do with that pain is what defines you. La La La at Rock Bottom has been on my mind for weeks now since I initially saw it. I just couldn’t put my feelings on this film into words because it all felt so very real. These characters, the lives they lead and the journeys that they take are all a genuine and sincere representation of a side of Japan that is all too often forgotten about it Japanese cinema – the underclass heroes who toil away and suffer under the weight of the world all the while never losing grasp of the glimmer of hope that guides them on in life. Pooch as portrayed by …

Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom Announced for PS4, Dreams Do Come True

What do you get when Level-5 meets Studio Ghibli? The answer: pure magic by the name of Ni No Kuni. Way back when, the two powerhouses teamed up for a little known Nintendo DS title, Ni No Kuni. Soon after the game was upgraded and ported to the PlayStation 3 as Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch. It remains one of the finest games to ever grace the system and many JRPG fans consider it an all time great of the genre. Fans of the game have reason to be excited because over the weekend Level-5 have announced that a sequel to the cult classic is on the way for the PlayStation 4 and it will be titled Ni No Kuni 2: Revenant Kingdom. While the first game saw you play as a child who finds himself transported to the magical world of Ni No Kuni, you now play as the prince of the kingdom in Ni No Kuni who meets a man from the real world who helps him on his quest …

Yo-kai Watch’s Jibanyan was inspired by tragic death of real life cat

Anyone who has watched the Yo-kai Watch anime or played the game of the same name know of cat spirit Jibanyan’s tragic backstory. It is one that is all too familiar to many pet owners out there and series creator Akihiro Hino has just confirmed that the character was inspired by a real life tragedy that he had himself witnessed. Jibanyan is the spirit of a cat that had been hit by a truck when crossing an intersection with his owner Amy. Having passed on, Jibanyan remained at the intersection haunting the spot and fighting trucks as they would pass by relentlessly hoping to one day be strong enough to stop the truck. Hino has confirmed in a recent interview that he once saw a stray cat on the side of an intersection, he played with it, became enamoured by its cuteness and wanted to take it home. Unfortunately didn’t believe he would be allowed to keep the cat so he left it behind. He would later return to that very spot to tragically discover …

Yo-kai Watch has sold over 10 million units globally, Yo-kai is Why

Everybody knows how popular Yo-kai Watch is in Japan and with the series slowly being rolled out to the rest of the world Yo-kai mania has hit a fever pitch with the series now hitting the milestone of 10 million units sold worldwide since launch. Since the first Yo-kai Watch game hit stores across America in early November after just one month the game has topped 1.7 million units sold in America alone. That is indeed an impressive feat considering it is effectively a new IP for Nintendo and Level-5 and it has simply proven to be a colossal success with more units expected to sell as we move into the Holiday season. The game is slated to hit shelves across Australia on December 5th and Europe in early 2016. With Yo-kai Watch breaking sales records across the globe many are left in awe at its success, but the answer to its success is as simple as Nintendo’s slogan puts it: Yo-kai is why. -30-

Yowamushi Pedal: The Movie – GIVEAWAY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tales of Zestiria – Review

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

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

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

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

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

Reader’s Vote: Anime Of The Year 2015

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

Inari Kon Kon – Review

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

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

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

Netflix Wants To Make ‘The Animes’ Too

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

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

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

Date John Cena in Hilarious New Visual Novel Dating Sim Games

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

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

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

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

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

South Park Embraces Yaoi Fandom in ‘Tweek x Craig’

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

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Volume Three – Review

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has always gotten away with how ridiculous and inherently insane it is on one thing: pure commitment to itself. That unbridled commitment to its core concepts and the extreme level of detail to the bizarre makes every single page utterly compelling, demanding you to suspend you disbelief because why not believe that something so insane could happen when it is this fun? That commitment is why Jonathan’s climactic battle with Dio’s decapitated head on a zombie filled cruise liner inferno is so damn good. For all its intricate little details, the declaration fueled dialogue and the sheer passion that flows through every panel, Araki’s Phantom Blood is a masterstroke clearly on accident. This third volume concludes the Phantom Blood arc of the series and it does beg the question, was this how this series was originally intended to conclude or did Araki plan it to span generations? I think that given later plot holes that occur, it is obvious this was the originally intended ending of the manga and it is interesting …

‘My Hero Academia’ Anime In The Works? PLUS ULTRA!

Out of the dark came a raging burst of energy that lit up the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump and shocked the world by becoming the fastest rising manga in recent Shonen Jump history. That manga is My Hero Academia, Kohei Horikoshi’s superhero action adventure series and news has just come through that all signs are pointing towards an anime adaptation being on the horizon for this blockbuster series. Based upon an earlier serialization attempt simply titled My Hero, Horikoshi’s latest work is a tweaked take on his original story of a world of super-powered people. After several failed serializations Horikoshi has hit it big with his tale of a powerless teenage otaku who gains the power of his hero and becomes the successor to a heroic legacy. However he can’t just be a hero right away, this guy’s gotta go to hero school! But class is anything but normal for Izuku Midoriya, in fact it is pretty ‘quirky’ – This is his Hero Academia. So while it is not entirely confirmed at this stage …

The SnapCast is Going LIVE October 25th – Our First Ever LIVE Podcast!

That’s right SnapFans, SnapThirty’s Official Podcast also known as The SnapCast is going LIVE on the 25th of October, 2015. This will be the first time the intrepid crew of SnapThirty will be endeavoring to record a podcast episode LIVE and it could be a complete train wreck or it could be the greatest podcast ever recorded in the history of audio entertainment, only time will tell. So when is it? October 25th, 2015 Sunday Night 7.30PM AEST (Sydney Time) LIVE on the Mixlr App. Don’t know what Mixlr is or are simply confused by this entire thing? Well all you need to do is keep your eyes peeled to SnapThirty’s official Twitter and Facebook pages as we will be sharing out the LIVE stream on Mixlr through those social media channels. Too easy? Too good! We encourage all SnapFans to jump into the SnapThirty chatbox and join in on the discussion live during the epic two hour long recording of our first ever LIVE podcast. Moving forward we will be aiming to do at …

6 Anime That Should Get A Live-Action Adaptation

When someone says ‘anime’ and ‘live-action’ in the same sentence, most people recoil in abject fear and disgust at the thought of what horrors awaits their favourite anime when it enters the realm of live-action cinema. It is a fair reaction when you consider the universally panned Dragon Ball: Evolution, Speed Racer and the straight-to-video schlocky disasterpiece Fist of the North Star, all awful films in their own right. But can Hollywood ever get it right? To the credit of Hollywood, there has been a few anime-inspired films that actually wound up being pretty damn good, Pacific Rim taking nods from Evangelion for example or the All You Need Is Kill inspired Edge of Tomorrrow (aka. Live, Die, Repeat on DVD) being enjoyable action blockbusters in their own right. Both of those films worked well because they adapted concepts and premises of anime and manga to fit the mold of a film. For purpose of this article, we will only be considering anime that have not been adapted into either a live-action Japanese or American film. …

Tales of Zestiria Launch Trailer Lauches, Sorey not Sorry

Tales fans it is time to rejoice because Tales of Zestiria is merely days from release and we have just gotten a launch trailer to take a long gander at thanks to Bandai Namco. The launch trailer introduces us to the game’s protagonist Sorey, who appears to be named after the word that Kanye West’s publicist forces him to use after every time he speaks in a public space. While it is a bizarre name, it is no weirder than the usual for Tales. It pretty much goes without saying that this trailer is all kinds of awesome so I think I will let it speak for itself. ONE MAN VERSUS AN ARMY OF DEMONS. Enjoy. -30-

Fall 2015 Anime Season Watch Guide

Okay so I am a little late to the party this time around with my watch guide but hey I have at least watched some of the series this time so this is a guide of a different kind of flavour. Rather than being based simply on how things look from the outside, this will be more of an inside look after having watched some of the series this season. I will be listing what I think is worth a look in for Fall 2015. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Fall 2015 anime season watch guide.   Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Sunrise) Gundam is back, baby! Iron-Blooded Orphans may just be one of my favourite anime this season, kicking off with a barn burner of a premiere episode that hit all the right notes while setting the stage for what is sure to be one hell of an anime series. Not only does this series showcase all the things that make the Gundam franchise so damn good but it also breaks …

Interview on ‘Yo-kai Watch’ with David H. Steinberg

With the recent debut of the English dub of Yo-kai Watch on Disney XD in North America, the global takeover of the Yo-kai Watch franchise has begun. We were fortunate enough to ask some questions of David H. Steinberg the writer behind the English localization of the anime series and get the inside scoop on the Western take on the Japanese phenomenon. Read on for the full interview: Yo-kai Watch has officially debuted in the West with the anime now airing on Disney XD in America. Can you tell us a little bit about your role and involvement in the series localization? Early last year, the Executive Producer Mark Risley was hired to head up the localization team. I had worked with Mark on several other projects in the past and he brought me and my writing partner Keetgi Kogan onboard. What we do is more than translating but less than pure writing since we’re adhering to the original story. We take the translation of the Japanese and then conform it to the Western speaking …

First Thoughts: Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans – THIS IS GUNDAM!

Now that is what I’m talking about! This is Gundam, pure unadulterated Mobile Suit Gundam and it is about damn time. After a bit of a drought, the Mobile Suit Gundam franchise returns to good form with an uproar and a fist rebellious pumping into the air. Iron-Blooded Orphans is the Gundam series we have been dying for since Gundam 00. This is the series we had wished Reconguista in G could have been. This is Gundam at its finest. Right out of the gate Iron-Blooded Orphans sets the stage and over the course of a glorious 23 minutes builds up to a climactic conflict boiling over all of the political and personal drama in grand fashion. The series takes place in the distant future in which Mars has become colonized and serves as essentially a mining planet for Earth. One of the Martian royals feels that Mars should become an autonomous state separate from Earth’s control and as it often goes in typical Gundam fashion, you know what hits the fan.   Iron-Blooded Orphans …

‘Hunter x Hunter’ Anime To Get English Dub By VIZ Media

For fans of Hunter x Hunter this news has been a long time coming. Not only was the 2011 anime adaptation of the Hunter x Hunter manga a rousing success both artistically and critically it was every Hunter x Hunter fans dream come true. After over a decade having passed since the inception of the awful 1999 anime adaptation the series was rebooted and wound up being one of the greatest shonen anime adaptations of all time in this writer’s opinion. Now we have the news fans have been waiting for, VIZ Media have just announced that they have licensed the series and will be dubbing it into English. This is some fantastic news to say the very least and long overdue. The 2011 anime adaptation has been critically acclaimed and as the years rolled on and the series came to its conclusion in episode 148 many thought that an English dub would never come to fruition. Thankfully we were all wrong and VIZ Media will have the honors of localizing the series. While no …

First Thoughts: ‘The Perfect Insider’ – Thinking About Thinking

Who are you? Where did you come from? Where are you going? These are the three questions that The Perfect Insider poses throughout its talky yet thought provoking premiere. And while those are questions still to be pondered in the context of The Perfect Insider one thing is for certain; this series is challenging its viewers to think, something that is becoming unfortunately a scarcity in the modern anime landscape. Based upon the 1996 mystery novel by Hiroshi Mori and with designs by acclaimed mangaka Inio Asano, The Perfect Insider has barely set the stage for what is to come yet has me utterly compelled to watch more. This first episode played out somewhat like an opening prologue to a novel, introducing some of the components of the story and building intrigue all the while never showing its hand too soon, choosing instead to keep its cards close to its chest. What stood out to me so strongly about The Perfect Insider is that way in which it felt like reading a novel all the …

ONE OK ROCK’s Latest Single ‘The Way Back’ Rocks Hard, Did You Really Expect Anything Less?

When it comes to Japanese Rock, it has hard to dispute that anyone rocks harder than ONE OK ROCK. Not only have they taken their homeland of Japan by storm but that have gained fans across the globe with a series of world tours and of course their now iconic hit ‘The Beginning’ being used as the theme for the live-action Rurouni Kenshin film. ONE OK ROCK are back once more and this time with a song that hits so hard you’ll need a new pair of socks. The single is called ‘The Way Back’ and it may very well be one of the band’s best yet. You be the judge and have a listen for yourself with the music video below. -30-

‘Chihayafuru’ Live-Action Film Trailer Released, Looks Totally Amazing

It is no secret that Chihayafuru is one of my personal favourite anime series. It’s mix of shojo romance with the intensity and passion of a sports anime proved to be a winning combination for me. The series follows a young girl named Chihaya who falls madly in love with the Japanese card game of Karuta making friends along the way on her journey to become the greatest Karuta player in the world. It is far from your ordinary card game and the sheer majesty of the game is a huge part of what makes this such an incredible and beautiful series. But that is just about enough of me gushing over just how great this series is, it is time to take a gander at the live-action cinematic adaptation of the series which is set to be split across two films. The film will star Suzu Hirose as Chihaya alongside Shuhei Nomura and Mackenyu as Taichi and Wataya respectively. The first film which is to be titled Chihayafuru: Upper Phrase will hit the silver …

Japanese Film Festival Returns, Blockbuster Line-Up Locked In

For the 19th year in a row the Japanese Film Festival will take Australia by storm with countless films of Japanese cinema set to the silver screen across the nation. With a nation wide tour taking place from October 14th to December 6th, the festival will stop off at Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. Films on show include the live-action adaptation of wildly popular manga series about making a manga series Bakuman, Takashi Miike’s latest directorial effort As The Gods Will and the adaptation of Shonen Jump action comedy series Assassination Classroom. You can check out the full schedule over at the Japanese Film Festival’s official site. So when does the festival hit your town? Well you can check out the tour schedule below: CANBERRA – 14 to 18 October 2015 at Capital Cinemas, Manuka BRISBANE – 21 to 25 October 2015 at Event Cinemas Brisbane City Myer Centre PERTH – 28 October to 1 November 2015 at Hoyts Carousel & Hoyts Millennium ADELAIDE – 30 October to 1 November / 6 to 8 …

First Look at Hasbro’s Yo-Kai Watch Toys

EB Games Expo 2015 was a big day for Yo-Kai Watch fans with the world premiere of the English dub screening at the event and the game showcased for thousands of attendees to get their hands on. But that wasn’t all that was on show however. Hasbro’s line of Yo-Kai Watch toys were shown for the first time ever at the event and they look every bit as good as their Japanese counterparts. On show were plushies, watches and even medals. First of all I must say that these plushies looked to be of great quality and utterly adorable. There was Jibanyan, Komasan, Robonyan and even Whisper plush toys. They were a medium size and were rather similar to the Japanese plushies but a bit more rounded and shapely compared to the Japanese plushies for the series which were more often toy heavy. As for the Yo-Kai Watch itself, it looks a little bit bigger than the Japanese equivalent and looks to come bundled with 2 medals, one for Jibanyan and one for Whisper. Rather …

Yo-Kai Watch Preview

It is a good time to be a Yo-Kai Watch fan. What with the English dub of the anime just days away from release at the time of posting and the game just over a month away, the Yo-Kai invasion is set to take the rest of the world by absolute storm. However it all must begin somewhere and this past weekend it began at EB Games Expo 2015. Nintendo Australia had the Yo-Kai Watch game available at Australia’s biggest gaming expo alongside the first ever look at Hasbro’s toys and merchandise based upon the series. Not only that but the world premiere of the English dub took place at the event to boot. As a huge fan of the series and seeing just how crazy Yo-Kai fever really was in Japan, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the game at the expo. When I finally got my hands on it after a mad dash to Nintendo’s booth it was like Christmas had just come early for me. We played a demo of …

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 3 Review

When it comes to ‘Warriors‘ games, you are going to have one of two reactions. You are either going to be excited at the thought of demolishing hordes of enemies between crumbs of a story or you are going to loathe the thought of doing just that for fear of sheer boredom. Both viewpoints are valid and if you have played one ‘Warriors’ game you are sure to have quickly formed an opinion one way or the other. In recent times the ‘Warriors‘ franchise has become the Japanese video games equivalent of Call of Duty or Assassin’s Creed. Tecmo Koei and Omega Force crank out multiple games a year under the ‘Warriors‘ banner rarely stopping to do much in way of reinventing the wheel. While admittedly some ‘Warriors‘ games prove to be more interesting than others, it is the One Piece: Pirate Warriors series of games that has a place in my heart personally. As a fan of One Piece, these games are easily the best games based on the franchise ever put together. They …

Metal Gear Series to Continue Without Kojima

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

Ping Pong Review

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

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

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

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

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

Attack on Titan (Live Action) Review

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

Artist Spotlight: Chancake at SMASH! Con 2015

Tucked away in booth #73 at SMASH! Con’s Artist Alley Hall was a lovely young artist by the name of Chancake. With visually striking art bursting with colour and personality, Chancake’s work stood out from the crowd in a room filled with talented artists and their artwork. Infusing a mix of different styles, Chancake’s work was reminiscent of the punkish vibe of video-games like Danganronpa crossed with the pop art sensibilities of Andy Warhol making for almost an Warhol-esque take on anime and manga. It is a bit of a strange comparison to make but one look at Chancake’s art and you will see it to be a truly mind boggling aesthetic experience. Her art work can be described as fan art but her spin on popular characters and series such as Inazuma Eleven and Phoenix Wright feels like so much more than simple fan art. She takes these already larger than life characters and portrays them in a way that is utterly out of this world. In particular I found her Inazuma Eleven art …

5 Things We Learned From One Piece

With over 700 episodes having aired of the epic shonen anime series One Piece, it is bound to have taught us a thing or two right? Despite its high seas fantasy world and eccentric cast of characters, One Piece has a lot of basis in real world scenarios and emotion with more than a fair share of life lessons to dish out. Here are five things that we learned from over 700 episodes of the anime phenomenon that is One Piece. 5. Strength comes in all shapes and sizes. While Luffy may be able to get a boost of strength with Gear Second, strength isn’t always about sheer power and force but the bravery shown and the courage to go on through the hardest of times. Usopp may not be the most physically strong Straw Hat Crew member but when it comes to fighting for what he believes in he puts his fears aside and fights with courage in his heart. 4. People can change. Sometimes people aren’t what they first appear to be. They …

Gunpla Builders at SMASH! Con 2015 – Gundam is Fundam

As has become almost an annual tradition, Gundam has once again invaded SMASH! con in Sydney with the Gunpla model kit building competition taking the event by storm was a massive booth right in the centre of the main convention hall. Many Gunpla fans turned out for a glimpse at the jaw-dropping booth and all the incredible Gundam figures and builders present. Like previous years a special edition Gunpla figure was available at the booth, this time a rare Neon Bear Guy was available. Watching on from the side-lines I found myself utterly fascinated by the passion conveyed by builders and onlookers alike for the Gunpla kits. The level of intricacy and delicate detail that goes into building a kit is incredible and watching on as builders competed against one another to construct their kit was compelling to say the least. These people love Gunpla and that passion is evident simply from the look in their eyes as they connect one piece to the next. Interesting to note was the Gunpla Builders World Championships taking …

Kuroko’s Basketball, Yowamushi Pedal and More Announced by Madman at SMASH! Yes, You Read That Right

Brace yourselves sports anime fans, Madman just made a colossal slew announcements during SMASH! con at Rose Hill Gardens in Sydney. The Australian anime industry’s number one distributor announced the long anticipated and fan requested Kuroko’s Basketball and Yowamushi Pedal. It is truly the era of the sports anime and following Madman’s release and subsequent streaming of Haikyu on AnimeLab, it has proven that series like this do have a place in the West and fans that will support it. This is a particularly special announcement considering that both series have not been released anywhere else in the world in English and no plans appear to be in place outside of Australia for a Western release, making these releases the first of their kind. On top of those two massive title announcements, Madman also announced that they had acquired the rights to all seasons of To-Love Ru and Amagi Brilliant Park. Both To-Love Ru and Amagi Brilliant Park look set to hit AnimeLab for streaming as well as physical mediums. These are some huge announcements …

Inazuma Eleven GO: Light Review

Thank you, Level-5. Thank you so very much. It’s a sentiment I feel compelled to express after playing each and every title this developer produces because they really are just that damn good. Be it the Guild series on the Nintendo eShop providing us with classic games such as Attack of the Friday Monsters and Crimson Shroud or whether it is the unforgettable Professor Layton series or even the PS3 JRPG fantasy epic Ni No Kuni, Level-5 always produce imaginative groundbreaking video-games and Inazuma Eleven is no different. Now before I get into the thick of things, I’d like to preface this review by saying that I am a pretty hardcore Level-5 fan and have experience with the Inazuma Eleven franchise having played previous installments of the game and immersing myself in the anime and even manga iterations of the series. I mean it is pretty great afterall. So this review is coming from the perspective of a fan of these titles and the franchise itself. Right from the get go Inazuma Eleven GO: Light …

Godzilla PS4 Review

When you hear the name Godzilla, there are a few things you are likely to think of. Perhaps it is the classic 1954 monster flick from Japanese film legend Ishiro Honda or maybe it is the 1999 Hollywood recreation that Matthew Broderick felt up for a moment or two. Regardless of your personal memories of the King of the Monsters it goes without saying that Godzilla is a name known the world over as one of the all time greatest characters ever conceived. A misunderstood hero often painted as a villain whose goal is both simple and profound, protect this world from all who mean to do it harm. He is the King of the Monsters and the savior of this planet we call Earth. While Godzilla has had many different evolutions over the years the heart of the monster has always been clear regardless of whether the film in which he was starring was a good one (2004’s Godzilla: Final Wars) or a bad one (1999’s Godzilla). With Godzilla for the PS4, Bandai Namco have …

Nisekoi: False Love Part 2 Review

How do you keep the harem concept interesting? Well it’s tried and true and it works every time; you introduce more romance possibilities. That is exactly what Nisekoi: False Love does in its second half to spice things up a bit yet such introductions ultimately lack gravitas because the viewer knows in their heart of hearts that there are only two real options for hapless Raku and they were both introduced in episode one. It is a tough pill to swallow but all harem series are faced with such a period of stagnation once it sets in with the viewer that no matter how much you may like that cute new girl that was just introduced it just isn’t the way these things work. Raku is fated to be with one of two girls and it makes the show’s concept painfully strained in the latter half. While the characterization is on point and the cast are all very well conceived and remain appealing without needless pandering fan-service sequences and scenarios to titillate the viewer the …

5 Hidden Gems Available For Streaming On AnimeLab

Madman’s streaming service AnimeLab is only a little over a year old but it sports a catalogue of series that is not only filled with titles currently airing in Japan but also a plethora of hidden gems of the past. While the current ongoing seasons of anime are always very exciting, sometimes there are some lesser known or previously overlooked series that are shining brightly waiting for you to discover them. These are a few of the special hidden gems streaming on AnimeLab: Robotics;Notes From the team behind hit series Steins;Gate (which is also available on AnimeLab), Robotics;Notes follows a group of friends as they attempt to build a robot. It’s a simple premise that is underpinned by a complex government conspiracy plot involving a precised solar flare induced apocalyptic cataclysm, not unlike Steins;Gate’s deeper story beneath its intriguing time travel premise. While Steins;Gate is highly regarded and considered by many a modern classic, Robotics;Notes didn’t quite receive the same fanfare for reasons I cannot begin to fathom. Robotics;Notes is a delightful science adventure in the …

Inio Asano’s ‘Goodnight, Pun Pun’ Licensed by Viz Media, I Am Happy Now

Viz Media have made a rather pleasant announcement today that they have acquired the license for Goodnight, Pun Pun, the magnum opus of iconic counterculture modern manga artist Inio Asano. Goodnight, Pun Pun follows a young boy’s journey to adulthood as he experiences love, loss, friendship, pain and all of the things that come with growing up. It is a story about the loss of innocence and the acceptance of the harsh reality that is adulthood. Asano uniquely depicts Pun Pun as a cartoonish bird and as he grows older the cartoonish form becomes a more darker being, serving as a visual representation of his evolution as a person. It is this kind of introspective and thought provoking work that has made Inio Asano a rebellious voice of our generation in the manga world, taking on the issues and topics that most modern manga dares not to. Viz Media have confirmed that they will release the first volume of Goodnight, Pun Pun in 2016. This is great news for Asano fans and I for one …

New ‘Lupin the Third’ 2015 Anime Trailer Leaked, Thanks For That Italy!

You gotta love the Italians. Not only did they give us the give of the calzone, but they also have given us the gift of the first look at the upcoming 2015 Lupin the Third anime series. The leak comes from Italian TV channel Italia 1 who released a promotional trailer for the series which is set to debut in Italy on August 29th several weeks before it does in Japan. The series is set to take place in San Morino which I believe is a place in Italy and will likely feature Lupin getting entangled in all kinds of Italian themed hinjinks like making pizza, being in the mafia, getting angry about things and of course having an unruly moustache. Also I think Rome is in Italy which is also pretty cool. Imagine if Lupin was to go to Rome and do some things that Lupin does in Rome. Do keep in mind though, I failed Geography so don’t take my word for it. But enough of my poor attempts at providing knowledge on …

Kamen Rider Drive D-Solid Heroes Figure Unboxing and Review [Rare Figure]

During my stay in Japan I became pretty fascinated with this wild TV series called Kamen Rider Drive. It is basically about this guy ‘Kamen Rider’ who drives a motor bike and a car and a flying motor bike car and just generally kicks all kind of ass. While I didn’t exactly understand the show I developed a love for it. Now back home in Australia I’ve got my hands on a rare Kamen Rider Drive model (D-Solid Heroes Series Type Speed) that was released exclusively in arcades across Japan in Crane Games. How did I get my hands on this rare model you ask? 20 bucks and a stop in at my local Hobbyco, of course! I decided to film my unboxing of this rare Kamen Rider Drive model and give it a good ole’ SnapThirty review for your viewing pleasure. Check out the video below and if you can please explain how to put on the plastic bit that would be greatly appreciated, thanks! -30-

Takayama Travelogue featuring the Sunset of a Lifetime

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. After a a trip of on the Bullet Train and a stop over at Nagoya, we finally arrive in the quaint mountain town of Takayama. We decide to explore this gorgeous town as the sunsets and wander about in the twilight of the night. Check out all of these adventures and more in the episodes below: #19 Exploring Takayama By Sunset #20 Takayama At Night, Japan’s Unbridled Trust For more videos of Japan journeys check out our Youtube Playlist for more as it releases. -30-

Bullet Train, Yokai Watch Snacks and Nagoya Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. Luke and Suz are heading out of Tokyo on a bullet train but not before reflecting on the wonderful city of tokyo, catching some Japanese TV and taste testing some Yokai Watch snacks. On the stop over to Takayama, the duo have lunch at Soup Stock and check out a Japanese French Bakery. It is a wild ride on the bullet train to Takayama. Check out all of these adventures and more in the episodes below: #17 Tokyo Reflections, Japanese TV and the Bullet Train BONUS: Yokai Watch Snacks, Sweet to Eat #18 Nagoya, Soup Stock and a Japanese French Bakery …

First Thoughts: ‘Ranpo Kitan: Game of Laplace’ – The Game Starts Now!

It has been 50 years since the passing of Japanese literary icon Edogawa Ranpo. To commemorate the time since his passing an anime series has been commissioned based upon his work. That anime series is Ranpo Kitan: The Game of Laplace and it is every bit as genius, forward thinking and utterly captivating as Ranpo’s original work. The game starts now! For these first thoughts I decided it was more appropriate to wait for both the first and second episode to air before I expressed my opinion on this series as the first two episodes cover one shared mystery; The Human Chair. Right from the get go we are introduced to the droll gray scale world of Kobayashi, a young boy who easily passes as a beautiful young girl in the eyes of many. While Kobayashi views the world in shades of gray, with the people around him appearing ingeniously as silhouettes until they pique his interest, he is stricken with a strong urge to fulfill an inexplicable emptiness inside of him. The world around …

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata Passes Away at 55

As I am writing this I feel short of breath because this is not like any other news piece on this website, this news pains me to write. A man who changed gaming for ever and represented something wonderful and larger than life to many gamers around the world has passed away today far too soon at the age of 55. Nintendo President Satoru Iwata has passed away on the 11th of July, 2015, after dealing with illness related to a bile duct growth. Satoru Iwata was a man who lived by the principles of fun, innovative thought and bringing happiness into people’s hearts that Nintendo stood for through and through. To many he was the face of the legendary gaming company and he himself a legendary figure in the gaming industry as such. He stood by the belief that Nintendo should always be about fun first and everything else second. A belief that endeared him to Nintendo fans around the world. The gaming industry and its community are at a stand still today because …

First Thoughts: ‘Classroom Crisis’ – The Ace of Space

Outer space – For centuries humanity has pondered what lies beyond the stars. But what if we were what lied beyond the stars? What if humanity populated the entire solar system? Classroom Crisis toys with the idea for a hot minute and then immediately becomes a fun space romp that doesn’t go all in from the get go, instead almost strategically keeping its cards close to its chest. Classroom Crisis has one hell of a hook in its galactic terraforming, there is no denying that. However despite such a killer hook, this first episde puts it aside in exchange for 23 minutes of fun hanging out with the titular classroom of colourful characters as they squabble over their class budget and things like who will get to fly the ship. It doesn’t sound like stuff that makes for thrilling anime yet Classroom Crisis manages to make every minute of its first episode engaging. What stands out immediately about Classroom Crisis is its quirky cast of characters. The cast feels well established by the time the …

Summer 2015 Anime Season Watch Guide

It’s been a year since I did my first anime season watch guide and I have been gradually tweaking the formula through each of the last 4 installments but I think it is time for a more simplified approach. If you have been reading my previous entries you may have mixed feelings about this approach but I feel it ultimately will give every show covered a fair go in comparison to assumptions and hearsay. This time around I’ll simply be listing the shows that have caught my eye and giving some thoughts on each listed. So without further adieu, here is SnapThirty’s handy Summer 2015 anime season watch guide. Gangsta (Manglobe, July 2nd) Without a doubt the most obvious standout in what is seemingly a rather lightweight season of anime. The Gangsta series is based upon a cult-classic seinen manga series and has received critical acclaim including a series of rave reviews from our site’s own Frank Inglese. The series follows Nic and Worick a pair of ‘Handymen’ who handle the jobs no one else will. In …

Nisekoi: False Love Part 1 Review

What is love? It is a question posed since the dawn of man. It was even the subject of the legendary song ‘What is Love?‘ by Haddaway. But enough references to Trinidadian-German Eurodance songs, this is about an anime and a pretty good one at that – Nisekoi: False Love. Nisekoi: False Love is essentially a harem series (of the softer variety) based upon a Shonen Jump manga of all things. It deals with the many different shapes and forms love can come in all the while managing to weave its own modern spin on a Romeo and Juliet tale. What sets Nisekoi apart from the crop of similar series in the genre is that it has a sense of innocence to it that many discard from the get go. Nisekoi follows Raku Ichijou, an every man who just so happens to be the son of a yakuza boss. Raku is somewhat embarrassed by his family as most teens are but things are taken to another level when he is forced into a ‘relationship’ with …

‘Love Live: School Idol Project’ Review

Idol School – its a bit of a silly concept and Love Live knows that. But what sets Love Live apart from the plethora of other ‘idol’ anime series out their is its commitment to its premise. Even when it borders on outright lunacy, Love Live’s dedication to what it wants to be is admirable and even makes for some of the most genuinely joyous anime in years. There is a reason that Love Live has spawned such an incredible fan base, its wholehearted and passionate approach to the idea of a school of idols is infectious. It is almost impossible to not be swept up in this series and finding yourself rooting for one of these 9 girls. Each girl has a different personality and there is a character for everyone here. Personally I found myself invested in anything that had to do with Nico Yazawa. As a character I found her highly identifiable and a lot of fun to watch. You could even say that I believe her to be the ‘best girl’. This …

SMASH! Announce ‘I LOVE ANISONG’ Anime Music Concert

Big news has come in for Sydney’s Manga and Anime Show, SMASH! convention. The convention has just announced that in conjunction with SOZO and TWH International they will be presenting a special anime music concert ‘I LOVE ANISONG x SMASH’. The event will take place during the weekend of SMASH! in August and will feature a star-studded line-up of anime music idols including GARNiDELiA of Kill la Kill fame, Yaganinagi of Waiting in the Summer and My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU fame. Also to be featured is Vocaloid musician kz(Livetune) and DJ Hello Kitty. Slated for August 8th, the Saturday of SMASH! the I LOVE ANISONG concert looks to be a must see musical event for anime fans and Japanese music fans alike. Check out the preview video below to see what to expect from this concert. -30-

AnimeLab Just Announced A Bunch Of New Titles Both Old and New, Everyone Wins!

During their Periscope streamed AnimeLab press conference at Supanova Perth, AnimeLab announced several brand new titles being added to the popular streaming service. Titles are being added both to the back catalogue of the site as well as some upcoming Summer season simulcasts. As far as adding to the backlog, AnimeLab announced several oldschool and newschool series. Rather interesting was the announcement that the wildly popular shojo series Cardcaptor Sakura would be hitting the service. The series was a huge hit down under and remains a fan favourite all these years on. The series will hit the service in its entirety in sub only with potential for the films at a later date. Also announced is the Rumiko Takahashi fantasy epic, Inuyasha. A classic title in every regard, Inuyasha’s first 165 episodes are hitting the service with the rest to be released periodically until its completion. Again this is another big get for AnimeLab. Sports anime fans also had reason to be excited with the announcement that Haikyuu and Free! Eternal Summer will be joining …

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Volume 2 Review

The bizarre adventure into the heart of gothic darkness continues with the second volume of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s first part, Phantom Blood. While the first volume introduced us into the bizarre domain that is the world of Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando, volume 2 is more focused on paving the pathway for their fated collision. It is evident from the very first chapter of Phantom Blood that this story is going to end in one way and one way only, with Jonathan and Dio duking it out in mortal combat. After Dio had put Jonathan’s father out of commission permanently in the last volume, Jonathan is trying to go on with his life. Eventually Jonathan comes to meet Zeppelli an eccentric man who informs him of Dio’s survival and intentions of building an undead army to conquer the world. Johnathan isn’t having none of that of course and after learning the ancient art of Hamon (or Ripple if you are that way inclinced) he sets out with Zeppelli and the downright hilarious Speedwagon. This volume …

009 RE:Cyborg Review

Rebooting classic series always comes as a double edged sword. It can be a good way to introduce a classic tale to new audiences or it can prove to be something archaic best left in the past. Somehow 009 RE:Cyborg winds up in the middle of that spectrum. It feels torn between its retro roots and a desire to reinvent the wheel for new viewers, never deciding to commit to one direction. Unlike the original manga, 009 RE:Cyborg takes place in the year 2013 rather than the original’s 1964. The world is rocked by countless terrorist bombing attacks and the 00 Cyborgs are entangled in the fray of explosives and conspiracies. The film is thrilling to say the very least but the story is rather half cocked and never fully comes together seemingly there to set up the next big action set piece. The cast are all well realized but the plot never really kicks into gear all the way and leaves the characters with little else to do other than take part in the …

Endless Wonder Approaches With ‘Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness’ Set For Stardate 2016

The legacy of Star Ocean is one that spans light years, one of the most under-rated RPG series, Star Ocean has continuously taken the genre into brave new territory and will look to explore the endless abyss once more with the 5th installment in the series, Star Ocean: Integrity and Faithlessness. The game is currently slated for release in 2016 or more aptly stardate 2016 if you’re a fan of Star Ocean. Integrity and Faithlessness is said to be set between the stories of Star Ocean: The Second Story and Star Ocean: Till The End of Time. You can check out the trailer below for a look at what to expect from the next installment in this legendary sci-fi RPG series. The game will be exclusive to PS4. Stay tuned for more information as it comes to light. -30-

‘Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam’ Folds the Marioverse into an Origami Crossover

In one of the most unlikeliest crossover games in gaming history, Nintendo is crossing over one Mario game with… another Mario game, resulting in what will be called Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam. That’s right, the walls the hold up the Marioverse have been torn in half and the worlds of the Mario & Luigi RPG series and the Paper Mario series have collided in epic fashion. The game is slated for release on the 3DS and will feature gameplay elements of both Mario & Luigi and Paper Mario. The story seems to focus on a literal dimension collapse causing both worlds to collide with one another. The trailer shown at E3 showcases Mario & Luigi teaming up with Paper Mario to take out enemies from both worlds. Check out the trailer below and see how the Marioverse survives such a cataclysmic paper jam. -30-

Metroid Soccer Game Announced, I Can’t Believe I Just Typed That

In perhaps the most shocking turn of events since Jon Snow died on Game of Thrones, whoops spoiler! Nintendo just announced two new Metroid games for the 3DS, one of which is a soccer game. No I’m not running some ill advised bit, Metroid Prime Blast Ball has officially been announced and I do not know why. But it isn’t all bad, Metroid Prime Federation Force was also announced. Federation Force is your more typical Metroid title however with a focus on multiplayer albeit with more chibi characters and a cutesy look that is completely estranged from the known style of Metroid. You can check out both games in the video below. But I really must beg the question, who thought that Metroid would make a good soccer game? Was it you Reggie? Or was it you Iwata? Whoever it was, heed the words of the weird nun from the Game of Thrones finale, SHAME! SHAME! SHAME! Yeah what a bloody right old shame. Also I really am not sure what gutted me more, this …

Nintendo Serves Up ‘Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash’ – Game, Set and Match

It’s been a long time coming for Mario Tennis fans, but Mario and friends will be heading to the Mushroom Kingdom’s Wimbledon once more on home consoles with Nintendo having just announced Mario Tennis: Ultra Smash, which is said to be both ‘ultra’ and ‘smashing’. The game looks to play as the games always have but with the new addition of giant mushroom power ups turning ordinary tennis matches into the Mario Tennis equivalent of Attack on Titan. I mean who doesn’t love a giant Peach? You can check out the reveal trailer below for a gander at the lovely giant Peach and of course a smashing game of doubles tennis. Also here’s a bit more concentrated giant Peach for those with an appreciation for the finer things in life. -30-

‘Fire Emblem Fates’ Announced at E3 2015, Two Versions Two Times The Fun

In case you were wondering what they were going to rename Fire Emblem if, we have our answer and it feels like fate. That’s right the new title is Fire Emblem Fates and it is set to crash land early 2016. Nintendo confirmed that there will be two versions of the game as it is in the Japanese release, however they were reluctant to reveal the full names of each version at this time. Oh well, a reveal for another day I suppose. They did however release a really rad trailer that you can check out below. The game looks like it is going to rock the house to the ground when it launches. Stay tuned for more information on what those two versions names will be once it comes to light. -30-

‘Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem’ to be about becoming an Idol in Shibuya?

Details have emerged on the upcoming Wii U title, tentatively referred to as Shin Megami Tensei x Fire Emblem. In a rather surprising turn of events Nintendo have revealed details of the story and setting which do come as rather shocking. Nintendo described the story as a battle between glamour and darkness, with the player being a ‘Mirage Masters’ who dreams of advancing through the entertainment business by singing, acting and the like. There is an apparent evil dimension converging with the real world that they will have to deal with but more interesting is the fact that screenshots seemingly reveal the games setting to be that of Shibuya, Tokyo. So it goes without saying that this is exactly the furthest thing from both Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem, but I trust that Nintendo and friends know what they are doing here. -30-

‘Yo-Kai Watch’ Announced for English Release December 2015, Nintendo Saves Christmas

As a super crazy Yo-Kai Watch fan, I have been desperately awaiting the English localization of Level-5’s smash-hit RPG game Yo-Kai Watch. For those who have been living under a rock, Yo-Kai Watch is simply the most popular anime, manga and video-game in Japan right now, it is all the rage and it’s about to save Christmas. Nintendo have announced during their E3 2015 press conference that Yo-Kai Watch is going to be bringing the funk December 2015, right in time for Christmas. Probably should get your pre-orders ready because this is the next big thing folks. Don’t believe me? Check out the trailer for the game below and see for yourself why Yo-Kai Watch has captured the imagination of the great nation of Japan and why it is soon going to take over the world. -30-

‘Blood Blockade Battlefront’ Finale Delayed, Recap To Air Instead, Sound Echoing Around World is Collective Groan

Bit of bad news in for Blood Blockade Battlefront fans. The finale of the wildly popular anime series has been delayed until July 4th for reasons currently unknown. Yes groan away B3 fans, it is your given right afterall. But do not fret because Tokyo MX and its affiliate channels have got something that will satisfy your hunger for more blood breed battles – a recap episode. Alright now before you get your pitchforks out, it must be said that although the delay has pushed the finale back until July 4th, it doesn’t seem to explain the conflicting schedule of an episode of Durarara x2 which is also locked in for the same timeslot. Wait that isn’t a pleasing tidbit that will calm down the irate fandom. Well, I guess fans should just deal with it B3 style by going buck wild and a little bit nuts. In related news original creator and author of Blood Blockade Battlefront, Yasuhiro Nightow, has yet to comment on the situation because no one has bothered asking him yet. …

Cosplay Legends Collide! Reika and Kaname Heading to SMASH! 2015

Cosplayers and fans of them have reason to be excited with Sydney Manga and Anime Show more commonly known as SMASH have announced that two cosplay icons of Japan will be appearing as guests at the convention. Reika, who appeared at last year’s event will return after immense fan demand. Reika is famed in Japan for her cosplay of characters such as Levi from Attack on Titan and Rei from Free! Iwatobi Swim Club. Kaname will be appearing for the first time at SMASH!. He alongside Reika are recognized as the two top cosplayers of Japan today and with memorable cosplays of characters like Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy 7 and Hozuki from Hozuki no Reitestu. This is undoubtedly the clash of cosplayer legends that many cosplay fans have long wanted for SMASH! and now the convention is delivering. SMASH! 2015 is scheduled for August 8th and 9th at the Rose Hill Gardens. You can get your tickets now at SMASH.org.au. -30-

Splat! Squid Girl Meets Splatoon’s Inkling In Crossover Inkvasion

It was only a matter of time that someone stood up and said “Hey, that Splatoon thing reminds me of that Squid Girl thing and stuff, man.” Now that that rather giddy young man has made the connection, Nintendo has too. To celebrate the imminent launch of the Wii U title, Nintendo have posted out a plethora of crossover artwork featuring both Squid Girl and the Inklings of Splatoon. Nintendo of Japan have previously hinted at further collaboration with Anbe the creator of Squid Girl with a variety of images surfaces on the internet featuring crossovers between the two. Could there be a potential Squid Girl DLC character for Splatoon in the works? I for one hope so. Check out the rest of the artworks below, they are pretty squidtastic! -30-

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood Volume 1 Review

Whether you love it or you hate it, there is one thing that is undeniable: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is something special. While it is easy to pass off JoJo’s early goings as a Fist of the North Star knock-off at first glance at hulking men drawn with sharp lines and heavy ink. Phantom Blood is brimming with creativity the likes of which are damn near incomparable. That is what JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is, simply unlike anything else in manga. Phantom Blood is the first of eight (and counting) parts of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure series. Originally released back in 1986, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has spanned hundreds of volumes and thousands upon thousands of chapters and remains in serialization today. However this is the first time ever that the Phantom Blood part of the series has been released in English, with Viz Media having only ever dabbled in localizing part three of the series, Stardust Crusaders. Needless to say, this is a release that is a long time coming and Viz Media have not disappointed, giving …

Tokyo Tower, Asakusa, Mt Fuji, Mt Hakone and LAWSON Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. Featured in dozens of anime, manga and Japanese films, Tokyo Tower is globally renowned as a spirit of Japan’s ingenuity, Luke and Suz hit up the tower for a sublime panoramic view of Tokyo. Next up is Asakusa which is a popular tourist destination in Tokyo and it is generally on every tour brochure you’ll ever see of Japan, so we took to the streets to find out what makes Asakusa so special. But the fun doesn’t stop there, Luke and Suz then head to Mt Fuji and Mt Hakone to tackle two parts of Japan’s famed triple volcano. Also …

JAEGAR! ‘Attack on Titan’ Breaks Down The Walls Of 7-Eleven

Do you like Attack on Titan? Do you like 7-Eleven? Well of course you like both of those things. You’d be a bit of a goose not to enjoy the thrilling epic scale of Attack on Titan or the famed convenience of the store known as 7-Eleven. Well in a crossover event that the entire fate of mankind depends upon has begun. Attack on Titan and 7-Eleven will be running a promotion together in Japan. The promotion comes ahead of the live-action cinematic adaptation of the Attack on Titan series and will see life-size figures of characters such as Levi and Eren Jaegar appear in stores. Any customer who spends over 780 yen will go into the draw to win one of these life-size standees which is valued at roughly 1,728,000 yen each. Which is roughly $18,100 AUD. What do you think of this epic crossover promotion. Do you think that 7-Eleven is a fitting partner for the colossal anime and manga franchise Attack on Titan? Let us know in the comments section below. -30-

Nintendo Release Hilarious E3 2015 Promo Video Starring Reggie Fils-Aime and Some Kid Named Tanner

In 1990 Nintendo held the ‘Nintendo World Championships’ gaming tournament. Today almost 25 years to the day, Nintendo have announced that the World Championships will return at this years E3 event. The means in which they made this announcement may very well be one of the best promotional videos any gaming company has put out in quite a while. The promo video for Nintendo’s plans for the E3 2015 event features Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime engaging in a Rocky-style training montage as he gets ready to compete in the Nintendo World Championships. It even features an interim president of Nintendo of America, some kid named Tanner. Check out the video below to get the scoop on Nintendo’s plans for E3 and get ready for a giggle or two as Nintendo’s big bosses flaunt their comedic chops in this silly as can be promo video. -30-

Upcoming ‘noitaminA’ Anime Series ‘Perfect Insider’ To Feature Character Designs By Inio Asano

If you read this site on a regular basis you’d know that it is no secret that I’m a major fan of a little known manga artist by the name of Inio Asano. Asano has produced several cult classic manga over the past decade including the outstanding Solanin, the enthralling anthology that is What a Wonderful World! and the epic coming of age tale Goodnight, Punpun. To date Asano’s work has not garnered any anime adaptations which is quite alright because part of the wonder of his work is the flow of his manga, which arguably wouldn’t translate well to anime form. However his work will make it into anime in the form of character designs for the upcoming anime series Perfect Insider. Perfect Insider is set to hit the noitaminA anime block later this year as part of the Fall 2015 anime season. The series is based upon the novel of the same name by Hiroshi Mori. The series is a mystery anime that revolves around a murder that occurs at a University research …

Ikebukuro, Pokemon Center, J-World Tokyo and Shibuya Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. Having watched the anime series Durarara!! it was a given that I’d want to see how the real world Ikebukuro stacks up to its anime counterpart. To our pleasant surprise Ikebukuro is also home to Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo and a Shonen Jump theme park by the name of J-WORLD TOKYO. We wrapped up the day with a visit to Shibuya to check out the Hachiko statue and the scramble crossing. You can check out the four episodes below covering my trip to Ikebukuro and Shibuya: #9 Ikebukuro, Sunshine City and Idol Hand-Shaking Event #10 Pokemon Center Mega Tokyo #11 J-WORLD TOKYO, Shonen …

‘Cyborg Roggy’ and ‘Gakkyu Hotei’ Manga Axed From Shonen Jump

Remember a little article a little someone wrote about Cyborg Roggy not too long ago and how that someone predicted it would get the axe sooner rather than later? Well I hate to say I told you so but I told you so. Needless to say Cyborg Roggy has been unceremoniously axed from Shonen Jump after failing to capture an audience in the magazine and consistently ranking dead last in the reader rankings. It will end next week and be compiled into two volumes for release in June and July this year. On the other side of the coin a rather surprising turn of events has befallen Gakkyu Hotei, the Takeshia Obata series about the Elementary School Justice System. A strange premise that unfortunately seems to have been the undoing of the series in spite of its legendary mangaka behind it. Luckily for Gakkyu Hotei it is getting a more respectable send off with the series being moved to Shonen Jump+ the digital magazine in Japan to conclude its run properly. The axeman swingeth hard …

Snap Play: Dragon Quest Heroes – Episode 01

Luke (@LAHalliday) went to Japan and brought back a copy of Dragon Quest Heroes for the PS4. Naturally he wanted to crack it open and give it a go but not before his SnapThirty brother in arms Frank (@FrankInglese) joined him. The two complete the games first mission all the while attempting to navigate the Japanese language. Sit back and enjoy the ride as Luke and Frank become the greatest villains in the history of the Dragon Quest world. Dragon Quest Heroes is currently slated for an English language release at some point towards the end of 2015. Stay tuned for more videos of the Japanese version of the game and for more news on the English release as it comes to light. -30-

New Manga To Get a ‘Jump Start’ in Next Week’s Shonen Jump

Viz Media have just revealed in their latest issue of their Shonen Jump digital magazine that they will be ‘jump starting’ several new manga series in the next few issues of the magazine. The series are slated to begin their run in the Japanese edition of Shonen Jump next week as well making for a simultaneously release with the English version with a new series beginning in each of the next 3 weeks. The first manga is Welcome to Shika High’s Competitive Dance Club, a dance manga that is said to take the art form of dance and give it a Shonen Jump makeover complete with dance battles and all. The second manga is Devily Man and the third manga is Lady Justice, little is known about both manga at the current time but they seem both self explanatory but also rather vague. Stay tuned for more details as they emerge. -30-

Tokyo Station Travelogue featuring Shonen Jump Shop

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. If you read this website on a regular basis it would come as no surprise that I am a Shonen Jump fan, so it was only natural that I’d want to seek out the Shonen Jump Shop while in Japan and that desire took my to Tokyo Station’s famed Character Street and what awaited me was more than I could ever have imagined. You can check out the four episodes below covering my trip to Tokyo Station: #5 Japanese Vending Machines, Catching a Train and Tokyo Station #6 Tokyo Station Character Street, Tower Mini and Yokai Watch Store #7 Shonen Jump Shop at …

Journey to the West (Of Japan) – Akihabara Travelogue

SnapThirty’s Luke Halliday recorded his journey over a span of two weeks time as he traveled from East to West of Japan. His trip begins in current capital city Tokyo and his final destination is the former capital of Kyoto. This is his Journey to the West… of Japan. Welcome one and all to my Journey to the West (Of Japan), a video series which will cover my travels across Japan from East to West. As an anime fan upon touching down in Japan I really only had one thing on my mind; going to Akihabara. So that’s what I did and over the first four episode of Journey to the West (Of Japan) I chronicle my journey to Japan and exploration of the Electric Town of Akihabara as day turns into night and my anime dreams come to life. You can check out the first four episodes below covering my trip to Akihabara: #1 Going to Japan and the Pepsi Nex Conundrum #2 Akihabara, AKB48 and the Gundam Cafe #3 Akihabara Maid Cafe and …

‘Sankarea: Undying Love’ Review

I’ve heard of ’til death do us part but this is probably the first time I’ve heard of ’til death bring us together. Sankarea: Undying Love is about as oddball a romantic comedy anime as it gets and with its zombie theme it is sure to intrigue more than a few curious eyes. We have seen vampires and werewolves romanticized dozens of times in Western media but zombies have been given a bit of a raw deal when it comes to some loving. That’s where Sankarea comes in, taking zombies and turning them into the fulcrum of a love story. I guess some loves never really die? Following the hapless Chihiro, a zombie fetishist and his entanglement in a zombie love affair with a girl who is far from the stereotypical depiction of the living dead, Rea Sanka. The two initially bond over the macabre and an attempt to resurrect Chihiro’s dead cat. One thing leads to another and Rea Sanka quickly becomes a zombie, setting into motion a love story between life and death. …