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Japanator LIVE - 428: Shibuya Scramble
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '18 at 06:33 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
I remember many years ago while browsing through a catalog of Wii games online, I stumbled upon 428: Shibuya Scramble. From the description, it really looked interesting to me. I actually had the means to play it, but the problem is that the game was in Japanese. While I have played many games in Japanese before, this game would have been difficult to play with my limited Japanese knowledge. Eventually, I forgot the game existed.

Fast forward many years later, Spike Chunsoft announced that the game was finally coming to PlayStation 4 and PC in North America and Europe. I was really delighted. I forgot how much I wanted to try out this game. The plot was really interesting to me, especially being a fan of Vantage Point.

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Review: My Hero Academia: Two Heroes
Posted by News Fetcher on September 25 '18 at 07:54 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It certainly feels like forever since the announcement of the My Hero Academia movie. A lot of plot speculation rose from the fandom, one thing being between what arcs would the movie’s plot fall in. However, aside from a few major details here and there, I haven’t really kept up with the movie until it was announced that it would premiere during Anime Expo this year as well as Horikoshi’s first North American appearance in San Diego Comic Con. I was really bummed that I missed out on it. To see such a deserving franchise finally getting its movie treatment, it was really satisfying.

However, one thing that I was a bit disappointed with was that the movie took place between Season 2 and Season 3, so in other words – between the Final Exams Arc and Forest Training Camp Arc. It meant that a lot of the development we saw during Season 3 wasn’t going to be present. While that in a way is a downside, the bigger upside meant that All Might still had his powers thus, he was still in action. The news ever got better when it was announced that fans would witness All Might during his prime days. This meant a lot to the fandom. Including myself. With more reason. I couldn’t wait to watch the movie.



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Releases of the Week: Increase your blood levels with Getter Robo Devolution
Posted by News Fetcher on September 19 '18 at 03:43 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
Once again, we hit a period where the anime releases are slowing down and the manga stuff is coming out in droves. During this scenario, the second volume of Getter Robo Devolution arrives to satisfy those who want to see some over-the-top robot action. I haven't read it myself, but its main draw is that it's the Linebarrel of Iron and Ultraman manga duo's take on the first combining mecha. Since they have a good track record of coming up with cool stories with detailed mechanical designs, it's nice that this series crossed the pond.

Speaking of manly things, Golden Kamuy Vol. 6 landed in North America, so you can keep up with the main cast's progress on their gold hunt. I heard from Japanator Writer Christian Chiok that its first book rocked, and I love the idea that the pieces of the treasure map are tattooed on the bodies of prisoners.

To lighten things up, City's third entry brightens our day again. Keiichi Arawi, the person behind Nichijou, created it so its one that'll make readers smile. Christian Chiok dug its early chapters so it should still be going strong.

Overall, there's a good variety of reading material for people to check out. From giant robots to virtual gaming, comedy, and supernatural stuff, it looks like we hit the jackpot this week. Who knows, if Getter Robo Devolution does well, it could increase the chances of the original Getter Robo manga heading West.



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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Set 2 Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on September 17 '18 at 11:46 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
A year following the release of Season 1’s Blu-Ray set, Viz Media has released the first half of the Stardust Crusaders anime on Blu-ray as limited edition packaging and DVD. Just like last year’s release of Season 1, the Stardust Crusaders boxset is packaged in an amazing looking box, which contains six art cards and a 104-page booklet in addition to the first 24 episodes of Season 2.

Stardust Crusaders introduces us to Jotaro Kujo, the grandson of the previous protagonist, Joseph Joestar. The anime starts with Jotaro incarcerated as he discovered that an “evil spirit” possessed him during a school fight with four delinquents. Later we are introduced to a much older Joseph Joestar, who already had knowledge of the “evil spirit” that possessed Jotaro when Holy mentioned it to him over the phone. This “evil spirit” is known as Stand, which will become the de facto power throughout the series. A stand us a powerful apparition created by one’s energy and because it stands next to the user, it’s called a “Stand.”



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Releases of the Week: Cheer Fruits unleashes the tokusatsu references
Posted by News Fetcher on September 12 '18 at 06:13 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
As we get ready for another segment, I think it's time for us to grab our nearest transformation device. So why are we making this part flashy? Well, it turns out that Action Heroine Cheer Fruits is out, and it features shout-outs to various tokusatsu shows. Aside from the references, it involves a cast aiming to become local heroes so they can improve their area's popularity.

Even though I missed out on its broadcast, Naruhisa Arakawa (Hikonin Sentai Akibaranger and Tokusou Sentai Dekaranger's Writer) being involved in it made me want to give it a go. Other than his experience with writing Japanese hero shows, he worked on anime programs like Martian Successor Nadesico and Outbreak Company.

Speaking of multiple colors, Splatoon's manga takes us back to seeing the Inklings involved in another turf battle. I remember that Japanator Writer Christian Chiok found it to be decent, so it could continue to be a great companion piece to the game. Since I'm hooked on the second title for the Switch, I may have to read it one of these days.

For the last one that caught my eye, Dragon Goes House-Hunting sounds like one of the best manga premises of the year. Part of it has to do with a fire-breathing reptile searching for a new home since his parents kicked him out. The wonderful thing about it is that he's depicted in a serious style, which opens the door for some hilarious moments.

While only 28 things came out this week, there's still some stuff that can appeal to different people. So far, I noticed this pattern is a recurring thing, regardless of the amount of entertainment that launches anywhere. Are you all looking forward to picking up any of these releases?

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Releases of the Week: New Game!! kicks off September's amazing gaming month
Posted by News Fetcher on September 05 '18 at 04:54 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
I hope everyone in North America had a great Labor Day as we get ready to look at the stuff that came out during the week. This marks New Game!!'s (a.k.a. New Game Season 2) North American release, which is a great way to spend more time with the staff at Eagle Jump.

Even though it didn't tackle game development in the way how Shirobako handled creating anime, I found the series and its first season to be funny. In fact, I'm hoping we can get a third season in the future. That way, we can see the rest of the manga in animated form. Also, I found it neat how it came out in the month where stuff like Dragon Quest XI launched in the West.

Seeing that it's a recurring thing for me to list a title that's on my queue list, Sound Euphonium 2's first Blu-ray volume launches. Then again, I am behind on a majority of Kyoto Animation's productions so I need to fix that one day. From the looks of it, it seems to handle school bands in a way that'll make the viewers feel various emotions.

As I was browsing the list, I saw a manga that Japanator Writer Christian Chiok talked about in a previous post. So far, Dr. Stone Vol. 1 gave us an interesting premise with its tale about a guy using science to start a new civilization. To top it off, he's in a world where everyone is now a statue.

Surprisingly, September didn't start with an overwhelming roster. Nonetheless, there's a good amount of stuff to keep people occupied.



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Releases of the Week: Aura Battler Dunbine's mecha bugs are back
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '18 at 04:53 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
We hit the final week of August and an older shows returns from the Anime Graveyard. One of these revivals happens to be Aura Battler Dunbine, which features insect-themed giant robots. Even though I never got around to checking out ADV's release of it, I dug the way the machines fought in the Super Robot Wars games. Heck, the cast made an appearance in Super Robot Wars X.

Other than that, Cat Girl Nuku Nuku gets the resurrection treatment. The first thing that came to my head was my memories of seeing it at an anime club during my high school days. While I saw one episode, I found it silly that the leading girl is a robot with the brain of a cat.

Another great thing about this occasion is that we get not one but two Go Nagai titles as the Devilman OVA and the original Cutie Honey manga hit North America. Since the latter brought us the first magical girl transformation, people can look forward to owning a piece of anime and manga history.

In the end, the pile of new goodies came out well and I look forward to seeing what September will have in store for us.



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Ao Haru Ride to be released on October 2
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '18 at 12:53 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Viz Media has announced that Ao Haru Ride, otherwise known as Blue Spring Ride in English, will be releasing both physically and digitally under the Shojo Beat imprint via the official Viz Media website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. The series is created by Io Sakisaka, who was also responsible for STROBE EDGE. Additionally, Io Sakisaka made her professional debut with Sakura, Chiru. Ao Haru Ride was adapted into an anime series in 2014.



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Ao Haru Ride To Be Released On October 2nd
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '18 at 11:34 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Viz Media has announced that Ao Haru Ride, otherwise known as Blue Spring Ride in English, will be releasing both physically and digitally under the Shojo Beat imprint via the official Viz Media website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. The series is created by Io Sakisaka, who was also responsible for STROBE EDGE. Additionally, Io Sakisaka made her professional debut with Sakura, Chiru. Ao Haru Ride was adapted into an anime series in 2014.



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Ao Haru Ride To Be Released October 2nd
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '18 at 10:13 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Viz Media has announced that Ao Haru Ride, otherwise known as Blue Spring Ride in English, will be releasing both physically and digitally under the Shojo Beat imprint via the official Viz Media website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. The series is created by Io Sakisaka, who was also responsible for STROBE EDGE. Additionally, Io Sakisaka made her professional debut with Sakura, Chiru. Ao Haru Ride was adapted into an anime series in 2014.



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Grisaia: Phantom Trigger Anime Kickstarter Adds An English Dub Stretch Goal
Posted by News Fetcher on August 29 '18 at 07:33 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Around two months ago, Tokyo-based Visual Novel developer Frontwing has announced an anime adaptation for their visual novel series Grisaia: Phantom Trigger. Today they have introduced an English dub stretch goal, which will happen if the campaign reaches $120,000 or 700 backers before Monday, September 3rd, which is when the campaign closes. They promise that it will come on-disc if it reaches either goal if not, they expect it to reach during the BackerKit phase.



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ISLAND to get both anime and game physical box release
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '18 at 08:55 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
If you have been keeping up with this season's batch of anime, you have probably heard of Island. While the anime isn't favorable among the anime community, the visual novel is actually very enjoyable, which is something that is very common among visual novels adapted into anime. The visual novel is now available on Steam so make sure to check it out. Additionally, you can check out the Island anime here.



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ISLAND To Get Both Anime & Game Physical Box Release
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '18 at 11:34 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
If you have been keeping up with this season's batch of anime, you have probably heard of Island. While the anime isn't favorable among the anime community, the visual novel is actually very enjoyable, which is something that is very common among visual novels adapted into anime. The visual novel is now available on Steam so make sure to check it out. Additionally, you can check out the Island anime here.



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Releases of the Week: Bring on the good times with more Baccano
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '18 at 11:34 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
Things are starting to pick up, as the releases go into full overdrive. Perhaps the greatest thing about this occasion is that we received a new volume of the original Baccano! light novel. Even though I only caught the anime, I loved its take on the United States during the '30s, along with its immortality and gangster elements. Also, Ryohgo Narita did a fantastic job in connecting the various story points covered in it as we jumped across different periods in time.

While we may never see a new anime season, the source material is the next best thing. To this day, I'm impressed with the author connecting the series with his other works. Seeing that it's in the same universe as Durarara!!, Vamp!, and Etsusa Bridge, I'm amazed at his ability to manage multiple tales.

As we wait for Gundam NT to come out, another issue of Gundam Thunderbolt launched. It may not feature the lovely jazz music from the anime adaptation, but it won't stop it from being a solid story in the Universal Century timeline.



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Releases of the Week: Magi shows us a whole new world
Posted by News Fetcher on August 28 '18 at 11:34 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
It looks like we hit a slow week today as the batch is smaller than usual. Sure, we have 23 things coming out, but the other times provided us with a large amount of Japanese entertainment.

If you missed out on its earlier run, FUNimation gave Outlaw Star the "Classic" box set treatment, which makes it cheaper than its previous Blu-ray release. To this day, it's one of my favorite sci-fi anime shows and I loved how it blended space with Eastern elements. I mean, this show had magical space pirates, samurai, ships with arms, and a gun that shoots spells. Who knows, it might've been one of the inspirations for the series known as Firefly since they share a similar setting. If that isn't the case, then I guess it could be a coincidence.

Speaking of things that are similar, Magi Vol. 31 is out. While I never got to read or watch it, my love for Disney's Aladdin got me interested in it. Considering that it's loosely based on the original story from The One Thousand and One Nights, it sounds like it'll bring a different spin on the source material. From the looks of it, the manga may blend elements from the other classic tales, which may result in a good combo.

In terms of other adaptations, Planetarian hit North America and it comes with the ONA and the film so people can witness the original visual novel's major scenes animated. Since the source material went West, I'll have to play it one day. That way, I go through the various emotions people feel when they play Key's stuff.

Despite there being fewer items than usual, it looks like we got some good things, along with some re-releases of solid products.



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Viz Media is Streaming Jojo's Bizzare Adventure Right Now via Twitch TV
Posted by News Fetcher on August 13 '18 at 12:53 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
If for some very insanely odd reason you still have Jojo's Bizarre Adventure in your anime backlog, then right now is the perfect chance to catch up on the series. Viz Media, the master distributor of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, will be streaming all three season of the series via Twitch TV for two weeks.



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Dr. Stone and Radiant launch this September in North America
Posted by News Fetcher on August 11 '18 at 11:33 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Earlier this week, Viz Media has announced that they will be releasing manga adventure DR. STONE on September 4th with an MSRP of $9.99 USD and $12.99 CND. For those unfamiliar with it, the series it's written by Riichiro Inagaki, who previously worked on EYESHIELD 21, and drawn by Boichi.

It will be available digitally as well on September 4th via Viz Media's official website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Check out the series' summary below:

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In DR. STONE, one fateful day all of humanity is suddenly turned to stone. Many millennia later, high school student Taiju frees himself from the petrification and finds himself surrounded by statues. The situation looks grim—until he runs into his science-loving friend Senku! Together they plan to restart civilization with the power of science!



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Dr. Stone and Radiant Will Launch This September in North America
Posted by News Fetcher on August 09 '18 at 10:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Earlier this week, Viz Media has announced that they will be releasing manga adventure DR. STONE on September 4th with an MSRP of $9.99 USD and $12.99 CND. For those unfamiliar with it, the series it's written by Riichiro Inagaki, who previously worked on EYESHEILD 21, and drawn by Boichi.

It will be available digitally as well on September 4th via Viz Media's official website and the VIZ Manga App, as well as from the Nook, Kobo, Kindle, iBooks, comiXology, and Google Play stores. Check out the series' summary below:

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In DR. STONE, one fateful day all of humanity is suddenly turned to stone. Many millennia later, high school student Taiju frees himself from the petrification and finds himself surrounded by statues. The situation looks grim—until he runs into his science-loving friend Senku! Together they plan to restart civilization with the power of science!



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Releases of the Week: Garo continues to cut evil in half
Posted by News Fetcher on August 09 '18 at 07:33 AM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
A week has passed and we're hit with another glorious tokusatsu release. This time, the second season of the late-night series, Garo, arrives to free us from the darkness. At this point, I hope that Kraken Releasing's releases of the franchise continue to do well. That way, we can get the rest of them in North America.

Honestly, I'm still wrapping my head around this since there was a time when people were talking about these titles never leaving Japan. Now that we're seeing more of them coming over, I'm glad that I can support them officially. Best of all, it gives others the chance to see what makes these shows fun.

Aside from the live-action special effects stuff, we have some Gundam goodies as Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 and the rest of Gundam 00 ignite the flames of battle. On a different note, the second volume of the original Toradora novel came out. Since the original creator of this segment, Former Japantor Editor-in-Chief/Founder Brad Rice, loved the anime, I know he's rejoicing somewhere in the world.

With Golden Knights, Robots and romance appearing in this week's batch, this is a great time for the month of August. When you add Devilman vs. Hades, My Hero Academia and One Piece to the equation, one's ability to save money becomes hard to control.



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Releases of the Week: Timeranger ushers in a new era
Posted by News Fetcher on August 01 '18 at 03:32 PM
By Salvador G Rodiles from Japanator:
So I leave this segment for a week and a miracle happens when I return. It turns out that Mirai Sentai Timeranger arrived in our time period from the year 3000. Looking back, it's amazing that Shout! Factory managed to get this far with its Super Sentai releases. As for this piece's absence during last week, let's just say that we were going through an under-construction phase.

If you watched Power Rangers Time Force, I heard that the source material is similar. However, its differences involve how the team's story started, along with the fate of a certain character. Of course, this aspect pleases my appreciation for seeing two franchises tell a different story with the same suits, robots and monsters.

We also have FUNimation's release of Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which serves as a great example of how to remake a show while staying true to its roots. From my experience with its early episodes and my playthrough of Super Robot Wars V, it was a solid space opera that left me in tears.

Speaking of reimaginings of classic stuff, Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact Rocket Punches its way to Blu-Ray in North America. Sure, it came out on DVD in the past, but we can now see Yasuhiro Imagawa's (G-Gundam's Director) glorious homage to Go Nagai in HD.

Overall, I'm happy that we were blessed with a large wonderful offering of new things. Since most of these products came out during the final day of July, it looks like the month ended in a beautiful bang.



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