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Kyoto Animation studio attacked by arsonist, dozens hurt
Posted by News Fetcher on July 18 '19 at 05:33 AM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Late on the morning of July 18th, Japan time, an arsonist spread an unknown liquid around the "Studio 1" building of famed anime production company Kyoto Animation (also known as "KyoAni"), and ignited it, setting the building alight. The building, located in Fujimi Ward of Kyoto City, was where most mainline production from the studio was carried out (KyoAni had other buildings in neighboring cities and other locations). It hosts over 70 people on a normal workday.

The fire spread, and damaged or destroyed multiple floors before firefighters stopped the blaze. Over 25 people were pronounced dead, with dozens of others injured or hospitalized. The arsonist was taken into custody after injuring himself in the attempt, and no information has been released about his motives. Even with details still developing, the incident is shaping up to be one of Japan's deadliest cases of arson, as well as mass murder, since World War 2.

Founded in 1981 by Yoko and Hideaki Hatta, KyoAni had been producing animation for sixteen years, including popular shows like Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu, Lucky Star, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-On!, Sound! Euphonium, Violet Evergarden, and Free!, as well as feature films like A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird. The studio also gained a reputation in the anime industry for treating its employees well.

Though the company has made no public statement as of this writing, unofficial fundraisers are currently underway, including one by overseas anime distributor Sentai Filmworks.

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the attack, as well as to the friends and family of those at Kyoto Animation. We will update this post with further details as they come in.

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Japanator Exclusive: A few questions with Crystar's Fuyuki Hayashi & RIUICHI
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '19 at 12:12 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Even though it's due out on console and PC in less than a month, you'd be forgiven for not knowing what the deal is with Crystar, Spike Chunsoft's new JRPG.

That's because it was developed by what right now is the lesser-known team at Gemdrops, including Producer/Director Fuyuki Hayashi and character designer RIUICH. Thankfully, I had a chance to speak to both of them about their careers and the game itself at this year's Anime Expo!



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Japanator Exclusive: An Interview with Too Kyo Games' Kotaro Uchikoshi
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '19 at 08:12 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Kotaro Uchikoshi is a legend among Japanese game designers. A director and writer best known for his visual novel and adventure game work - particularly the Infinity and Zero Escape series - Uchikoshi was an institution at veteran publisher Spike Chunsoft. He also wrote the concept for the anime series The Girl in Twilight. As of last year, though, he's gone indie, forming Too Kyo Games alongside Danganronpa series luminaries members and his Infinity co-writer Takumi Nakazawa.

And there are few signs he's stopping, with directing work under his belt for AI: The Somnium Files at Spike Chunsoft and writing for two new projects at Too Kyo. I was lucky to catch up with this busy guy at this year's Anime Expo, and we got to discussing his work, and what to expect next!



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Japanator Exclusive: Granblue Fantasy Producer Yuito Kimura Talks Season 2, Versus & Mobile Game
Posted by News Fetcher on July 11 '19 at 06:52 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
After conquering Japan and a sizeable portion of import-friendly otaku, Cygames and its crown jewel Granblue Fantasy are ready to push deeper into mainstream gaming with Granblue Fantasy Versus, a fighter developed by top-line studio Arc System Works. Of course, with Versus poised to be many non-Japanese players' first-ever exposure to Granblue Fantasy as a whole, we were left with a few questions about how the company planned to put its best foot forward, as well as a few posed by hardcore GBF players.

To that end, we caught up with Cygames executive Yuito Kimura (Granblue Fantasy's lead Producer), and Creative Director Tetsuya Fukuhara at Anime Expo 2019 to get the goods! Read on for our exchange, plus a bit of helpful advice from Kimura himself about the best way to get started with GBF!



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One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4 Announced For PS4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch
Posted by News Fetcher on July 05 '19 at 08:12 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced One Piece: Pirate Warriors 4, the fourth installment in the Pirate Warriors series developed by Omega Force, for PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch during this year's Anime Expo event. This is the first entry of the Pirate Warriors series on the Xbox family consoles.



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Impressions: Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction Volumes 4-5
Posted by News Fetcher on June 13 '19 at 09:13 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
It’s been two months since my last Dead Dead Demon's Dededededestruction, so the consistency has improved. I will try to review every volume as they come form now on, too, especially since the story has progressed well in these two volumes, with new plot and character developments that separates the series from your average slice of life but still keeping the wacky character interactions from always.

The volume starts off with Futaba, who is going to Tokyo for University. However, due to the incidents that are currently having in Tokyo, her father is against it and says, “Only Losers Go To Tokyo.” She ends up going and encounters her friend Makoto, who is dressed as a girl. While in their flight, they counter one of the invader’s spaceship. As the story progresses, it tackles more the morality over fighting the invaders, with citizens protesting weapons that kill the invaders.



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Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch Coming to PC, PS4 & Nintendo Switch On September 20th
Posted by News Fetcher on June 11 '19 at 09:13 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that the beloved action role-playing game Ni no Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch will get remastered featuring upgraded graphics on PS4 and PC. Additionally, the original version that released on 2013 exclusively on PS3 will come to the Nintendo Switch. Both versions are scheduled to release on September 20th, 2019.



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Raiden V: Director's Cut Coming to the Nintendo Switch On July 25th
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 07:54 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
UFO Interactive Games has announced Raiden V: Director’s Cut, the latest addition to the Raiden franchise—the popular shoot'em up series, will be releasing on the Nintendo Switch on July 25th digitally and physically via a one-time limited print run package.



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Exclusive Screening of "Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution" To Be Shown At Anime Expo 2019
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 07:54 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) will be showing an exclusive screening of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution during Anime Expo 2019. The newest animated Pokémon movie will make it's debut at 3:30pm. on July 4 in the Main Events Hall B.at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Bluefin Unveils Their New Tranformers Collectibles From Flame Toys
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 06:33 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bluefin, a Bandai Namco group company and the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, has revealed their new Transformers collectibles expanding its line with a pair of stunning new model kits from Flame Toys.

Based on IDW’s Transformers acclaimed comic series, Flame Toys’ officially licensed releases of the Bumblebee Furai model kit and the Megatron Furai model kit will add eye catching and unique additions to any ardent fan’s personal collection. The Flame Toys Bumblebee Furai kit is available now while the Megatron Furai kit will will be releasing in July.



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Code Vein Will Finally Release On September 27th
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 05:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that Code Vein will be releasing on September 27th for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. They also released a trailer which covers the thirst for vengeance the Revenants and Lost have against each other in a fight for survival against a crumbling world.



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VIZ Media Reveals Their Special Guests & Activities For Anime Expo 2019
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 05:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Viz Media has revealed their plans, along with special guests and retail exclusives, for Anime Expo 2019, which will take place from July 4th toJuly 7th in Los Angeles.One of Viz Media's Special Guest of Honor is Bisco Hatori who is the creator of the bestselling Ouran High School Host Club, Behind the Scenes, and Millennium Snow will have a dedicated panel and host autograph sessions throughout the event. Other special guests include voice actors Zach Aguilar, known for One Punch Man’s Genos and Billy Kametz known for Josuke of Jojo's Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable will join in the discussion on the SHONEN JUMP panel.



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Viz Media Announces Cat Lady
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 03:53 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Viz Media has revealed Cat Lady during Licensing Expo 2019, the world’s largest and most influential annual licensing industry event. Cat Lady is currently in development by Rose City Games, who released The World Next Door on PC via Steam and Nintendo Switch this year. Just like the former, the game will be published VIZ Media continuing the partnership between the companies to develop, produce and release original indie video games.



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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Will Be Releasing on September 24th in North America & September 27 In Europe for PS4
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 01:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
NIS America has announced that The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, the third entry in the Trails of Cold Steel series, will launch for PlayStation 4 on September 24 in North America and, September 27 in Europe, and on October 4th in Australia and New Zealand, according to the game's English official website.



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Elden King Revealed During E3 2019; A FromSoftware Game Written By George R.R. Martin & Hidetaka Miyazaki
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 10:33 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced Elden Ring, an expansive fantasy Action-RPG game developed by FromSoftware, known for their Dark Soul games,a nd recently Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. The game will be directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, the creator of the influential and popular Dark Souls franchise and will create the game's world alongside George R.R. Martin, author of The New York Times best-selling fantasy series, A Song of Ice and Fire, or Game of Thrones as known by many. The following are comments by Hidetaka Miyazaki and George R.R. Martin respectively.

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“Collaborating with George R.R. Martin to create the ELDEN RING mythos has been a genuinely delightful experience and a source of wonderful inspiration. The team is working hard to ensure that the world of ELDEN RING will be a fascinating place for players to explore, filled with peril and wonder from its furthest reaches to its lowest depths. This is a FromSoftware title through and through, rich in fantasy and RPG action. We sincerely hope you look forward to it.”

“Building the world of ELDEN RING with Miyazaki-san and his team was a treat! The graphics, mythos, and action-RPG gameplay will deliver an unforgettable experience. I can’t wait for people to see what ELDEN RING has in store for them.” Said George R.R. Martin.



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New Tales Of Game 'Tales of Arise" Announced
Posted by News Fetcher on June 10 '19 at 07:53 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Bandai Namco Entertainment America has announced Tales of Aris, the latest entry in their popular JRPG franchise—Tales Of. Yusuke Tomizawa, who is head of the God Eater franchise, will be in charge the Tales Of development team as well as the franchise and its latest chapter promises to deliver new storylines, gameplay dynamics, and worlds for players to explore in this new entry. Tales of Arise will be releasing in the west in 2020 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Dragon Ball Game: Project Z Revealed As Dragon Ball Z Kakarot
Posted by News Fetcher on June 09 '19 at 09:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
Dragon Ball Game: Project Z, which was initially announced earlier this year, has been showcased in this year's Microsoft E3 briefing and revealed as Dragon Ball Z Kakarot. The CyberConnect2 developed game is an all-new Action RPG that will feature the most accurate, dramatic, and epic telling of the Dragon Ball Z canon storyline, from Goku's perspective, or as the game's title suggests, Kakarot's.

Players will be able to experience frantic battles and challenging quests while developing life-long friendships as they take on the journey to protect Earth from fearsome villains. Additionally, Dragon Ball Z Kakarot will also present resolutions to long unanswered questions from the Dragon Ball Z storyline through light-hearted side quests.



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Review: Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Set 3 Blu-Ray Set
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '19 at 01:13 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
I don't think I have to repeat myself on how much I love Jojo's Bizarre Adventure. Stardust Crusaders was part of my Top 5 in 2015 and Diamond is Unrbreakable was part of of my Top 5 in 2016. To reiterate why I loved the Stardust Crusaders anime, or rather, the Battle in Egypt arc, the anime adaptation was highly enjoyable and it was very pleasing that it finally got the animation treatment it deserved. The animation was great and it definitely has a great set of characters.



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Review: Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Posted by News Fetcher on May 22 '19 at 11:53 AM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
When the first trailer for Detective Pikachu dropped, I was left speechless. Not because a live action Pokémon movie was made, but rather because of the CGI. It wasn’t bad by any means—I personally liked the realism in all the Pokémon, but that ones the thing. While there was a few that look really cute or cool just like their anime or video game designs, some of them look really creepy, but not in any terrible way or anything—but rather in a good way, giving us a good representation of what they would look in real life.

Detective Pikachu is based on the Nintendo 3DS video game which released in 2018, which I was hoping it wasn’t since the story itself in the game is somewhat recycled with the concept of “evil substances makes people evil and stronger and it must be stopped.” While It was done better in the game (from what I was told about the game’s plot), the movie’s iteration was pretty average.



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Review: Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen (NS)
Posted by News Fetcher on May 19 '19 at 11:50 PM
By Christian Chiok from Japanator:
A lot of games are making its way into Nintendo’s home console-portable hybrid system and Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen is no exception. Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen originally released on PS3 and Xbox 360 in April 2013, a year later than the vanilla version, then on PC on January 2016 and PS4 and Xbox One in October 2017. The Dark Arisen brought technical improvements and additional content, which critics praised when the game originally released.

I wasn’t really following much about the game until I read an article about Capcom doing a collaboration with Berserk, bringing Guts and Griffith costumes based on the Berserk Golden Age Arc film series into the game. As a Berserk fan, that really caught my interest. Also, the more I followed the game, the more I realized that the game could pass as a Berserk game, too. Although Capcom doesn’t have much history with the RPG genre aside from a few titles, including Monster Hunter and Breath of Fire, I was still confident about this one.



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