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Sentai Filmworks licenses the original Casshan
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Ben Huber from Japanator:
Casshan has returned! The original 1973 anime series, from famed Tatsunoko Productions, will be arriving here in the US on both DVD & Blu-ray in 2014, as well as a "select digital outlets" this year. That means you'll finally be able to own this classic series on Blu-ray! Also, if I'm not mistaken, this is also the first time the series is on Blu-ray at all, so I'll be interested in seeing how the transfer is. Sentai Filmworks has a deal with Tatsunoko to bring over more of their titles, so I'm excited to see how things turn out.

If you're not up on Casshan, here's a little refresher: the 1973 series was made by Tatsuo Yoshida, the badass who founded Tatsunoko. He also made such classics as Speed Racer, Gatchaman, and Tekkaman: The Space Knight. Casshan follows the titular character, who is a human consciousness placed into an android body. He then hunts down the robots that have taken over the world and works to avenge his father along with his robotic dog, Friender. Many of you have probably seen the Madhouse reboot called Casshern Sins, which was also excellent.

I'm glad to see these classics see new light here on western shores. Are any of you excited to see Casshan arrive here? Will we ever decide how to romanize his or Friender's name? Or is there a Tatsunoko show you'd rather see? Sound off in the comments!

[Press Release]

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Japanator Arena: Gene Starwind vs Vash the Stampede
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Well, what can I say? You can't mess with Jack Frost, and Blaze the Cat's flames were not enough to melt the ice. Since this Jack Frost was fused to resist fire, our ‘Hee-Ho’ shouting fairy only had to use only one Bufu spell to put out Blaze's fire. Jack Frost wins! (14 > 1)

Lots of guns have been blazing this week, so I have decided to go with another battle two iconic heroes that wield a firearm with special properties. However, the real credit goes to Baron Von Vogl for coming up with this match up when we were hanging out. But anyways, let's introduce our fighters!

He's traveled across the far ends of the galaxy to find the Galactic Leyline with the Outlaw Star, and he is now ready to test his Caster Shells in what might be his most challenging battle yet! Since he managed to come across some new Shells, Gene Starwind is ready to test them out!

Sixty Billion Double Dollars is a lot of money when you do the math. Despite the huge bounty, Vash the Stampede doesn’t look like a wanted criminal. However, his gunman skills and his love for doughnuts are a force to be reckoned with, so he won’t be holding back this time around.

Both fighters wield special firearms, so this battle will be based on the way how each fighter uses their weapons. Your votes and persuasion skills will act as the real bullets in settling this showdown. Make sure that you add a +1 to the person that you side with, since it well let us keep tabs on the bullets fired in combat. Gene and Vash will fight from today till Thursday, so do your best to vote on time. Once the battle comes to a complete end, you can drop by during the beginning of the next match to see who wins. Before the guns go off, I recommend that you head to your seats as soon as possible.

*ding, ding, ding*

Begin the Showdown!

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Falcom Gakuen to receive anime adaptation
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:
Japanese game studio Nihon Falcom (Ys, Trails in the Sky) confirmed on Friday that an anime adaptation of their Falcom Gakuen 4-koma manga is in the works.

What exactly is Falcom Gakuen, you ask? It's a gag series that combines characters from Falcom's various games into one universe, where wacky hijinks ensue. It's super goofy, cute, and a whole lot of light hearted fun.

Save for the announcement itself, we have zero details on the project and what form it will take. Given the source material, I'm imagining some kind of OAD or OVA release. There's not really enough material or a large enough audience for a full blown TV series.

As a huge Falcom fan, I can't begin to describe how excited I am to see characters like Ys' Adol and Trails in the Sky's Estelle interact with one another onscreen. Hopefully we'll see more details in the coming weeks.

[via Hachima]

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Dungeon crawl for delicious curry in Sorcery Saga
Posted by News Fetcher on September 28 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
Over the last couple of years, a lot of my gaming time has been dedicated to dungeon crawlers, particularly on portable systems. Something about lying back on the couch and ransacking a dungeon for treasure simultaneously relaxes me and keeps me engaged. So when any portable dungeon crawler is announced, I'm already interested. But when said dungeon crawler is all about curry, is frequently referred to as "scrumptious" and lets you power up by making stat-boosting meals right in the middle of the dungeon floor, I'm sold.

Sorcery Saga: Curse of the Great Curry God is a dungeon crawler roguelike for the PS Vita, developed by Idea Factory and localized by Aksys Games. The plot appears to be about some sort of turf war between two curry restaurants, so it's obvious the game is going for a lighthearted, quirky sort of feel. I'm a bit concerned about the roguelike element, since I've only played a couple of roguelikes, and they can be punishing. Sorcery Saga follows the classic roguelike formula of taking away all your items and levels whenever you fall in a dungeon, which is...okay, as long as the game isn't too hard. I'm worried I'll love the gameplay and charm but be frustrated by the difficulty, but I'll give Idea Factory the benefit of the doubt here.

You can get a plain old regular copy, but I'm thinking of going all out for the “Hot and Spicy, Everything Nicey Limited Edition," which comes with actual kitchenware. You get a plate featuring companion-critter Kuu, a matching spoon, and a bib featuring the cuisine-inspired monsters from the game. I think you're supposed to use the set specifically to eat curry, but you can probably eat other things with it too and Aksys Games won't mind.

< article continued at Japanator >

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Karen's Also Back!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 06:00 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
Bwah hah hah, Ben thinks he can hog all the spotlight. Not so fast, kiddo.


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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 27th
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
Sure enough, we're seeing the start of a new animated film to take over the charts. Despicable Me 2 came out this week, and if it's anything like the original, it'll be around for a while to come. While showing moderate numbers this week, the film will likely hold strong at a few million dollars each weekend.

Otherwise, we're looking at a lot of Attack of Titan once again, thanks largely to a slow week on the manga release charts. When Black Butler Vol. 1 re-appears, that means it's a slow week. The music charts, meanwhile, saw a near complete turnover on the heels of a slew of hot new releases.

Let's take a look at the top titles from each list:
Oricon's Top Three Songs

1. Exile Pride by Exile
2. I Don't Need A Time Machine by Atsuko Maeda
3. Galaxy Supernova by Girls Generation

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Sailor Moon Short Stories Vol. 1
2. Attack on Titan Vol. 1
3. Attack on Titan Vol. 6

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. Despicable Me 2
2. Ataru
3. The Wind Rises
Check out the full lists after the jump!


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Angel Beats! game officially announced
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:
When Angel Beats! was first revealed to the public back in 2009, it was billed as a cross media franchise. Given visual novel studio Key's involvement, it was generally assumed that there would be a game adaptation of some kind somewhere down the line.

A little over four years later, we finally have official confirmation of an Angel Beats! game via the cover of November's Dengeki G's Magazine. As the rag isn't actually available yet, we have literally nothing in the way of details beyond the fact that the game exists. For some people though, I'm sure that's enough.

Who's excited? I can't help but wonder if fans who would have been excited years ago don't care so much anymore. Sound off below!

[via Hachima]

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Crunchyroll to Simulcast Samurai Flamenco, Yowapeda
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
Crunchyroll has just announced that they'll be adding two more simulcasts to their upcoming Fall line-up, namely Samurai Flamenco and Yowapeda. Like all their simulcasts, the shows will be made available first to premium subscribers, with the first episode of Samurai Flamenco airing October 10th at 10:30 AM, PST and Yowapeda on October 7th at 11:00 AM PST. Free users will be able to catch each episode one week after their initial broadcast.

If you're not sure which one of these will interest you most, Samurai Flamenco is a action-comedy about a male model who decides he's want be a superhero and fight crime despite his lack of super powers or high-tech gadgetry -- sort of like Kick-Ass, or like a poor-man's Bruce Wayne. He's joined in his efforts to fight crime by a police officer who accidentally discovers his true identity. The series is directed by Takahiro Omori, who's previous work includes some of our favorite shows, such as Durarara!!, and Baccano! so I'm looking forward to covering it for Annotated Anime.

If sports is more you thing, Yowapeda is high school drama about three teens who end up joining a competitive cycling club. Like Prince of Tennis or Slam Dunk, I'm expecting the series to feature over-the-top action, and numerous training montages. Maybe it'll even teach us a thing or two about cycling, though I can't imagine there's more to it than pedaling. I guess we'll find out.

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Japanator Discusses: The future of Atlus
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
It's only been a week since Sega Sammy has revealed that they have acquired Atlus. Obviously, this announcement has caused some concern over most Atlus fans, which leads to our recent segment. Me and Josh have decided to pull a "Double-Boiled Extreme" by sharing our thoughts and predictions about Atlus' future.

In our posts, we take a look at some of the various outcomes that can occur out of Atlus being under Sega Sammy's wing. Once you're done reading our take on the situation, you could tell us your thoughts and predictions about Atlus in the comments section!


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More live action Haganai key visual hits the net
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:

Of all the popular light novel series to adapt into a live action film, Haganai is probably the last one I would ever consider. Yet here we are, looking at images for the upcoming movie. What a world we live in, eh?

This time around we have the key visual for Yukimura Kusunoki and Rika Shiguma, played by Sara Takatsuki and Mao Kanjou respectively.

Like the rest of the stuff we've seen from the Haganai live action film, I have no idea what to think of this. On the one hand, both actresses look fine, but the whole thing just feels like some cheap cosplay video.

In case you missed it the first time, I've included the announcement trailer above. Feel free to comment below. I'm curious as to how folks are feeling about this one.

[via MSN Entertainment]


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What new Persona Team game is Atlus teasing?
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Wow, they're really carting 'em out now that someone's back in charge, aren't they? Fresh on the heels of Atlus' announcement of Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold (best name ever!) is a brand new...thing that I assume is game related.

They've opened a new teaser site at, and the above image is all that's on it at the moment. A date teasing something for November 24th, 2013, along with a series of Japanese cities, three boxes, and the logo for Persona Team?

What could it be?! Is it a teaser for Persona 5? A next-gen game from Atlus (though the PS4 won't be out in Japan by then)? Some kind of event taking place in the listed cities? I must know!


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Superhero Time: Laser tag is better when played outside
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
If there's one thing that I've learned my current adventures into tokusatsu, it's that laser tag is a funner activity when you have the option to move freely across the battlefield. Based on my experience with the game, I never liked the idea of playing laser tag in an indoor battlefield, since it's hard to move freely in the paths present in each room.

Depending on the environment, people can hide in bushes, climb trees, or take advantage of any landmark in the vicinity; thus giving the game a more realistic feel. While you're waiting for the next match to begin, you can watch me test out my marksman skills on Kyoryuger, Kamen Rider Wizard, and Garo Season 3.


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Dance Party Friday!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 27 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Josh Totman from Japanator:

I feel so alive! Happy Friday everyone!

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A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 06:30 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:

I've been waiting for an excuse to post this video for awhile now. It's a performance by Japanaese jazz fusion-virtuosos T-Square. The footage appears to be from an 80s variety show, though I'm not really sure which. You probably wouldn't guess it by this track alone, but these guys, despite their awesomely bad haircuts and outfits, are some of the most talented musicians to ever grace the Japanese jazz scene. If you don't believe me, feel free to look them up on YouTube.

If you're curious as to what instrument that wind player is rocking, it's a Lyricon -- the first electronic wind controller to hit the market. It eventually paved the way for modern midi breath controllers like the Akai EWI, or the Yamaha WX7. It's a sweet little piece of technology, and a real shame we don't see so many these days.

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Wolf Children to open in LA theaters this Friday
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 04:00 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:

For those of you in the Los Angeles area, Mamoru Hosoda's animated feature Wolf Children will be making limited theatrical run at the Laemmle Town Center 5 on September 27th, courtesy of Tugg Inc. It should be noted that the film will not be subtitled, and will instead feature the English dub. Tickets can be purchased online by clicking here.

If you're not already familiar with the film, Wolf Children brings us the tale of a woman named Hana, who falls in love with a Wolf Man -- sort of like the guy from Teen Wolf, but not nearly as emo -- and ends up giving birth to a pair of half-human, half-wolf anthromorphs. I'm sure many of you are ready to stop reading right there, but bear with me, it's actually a pretty good film. A tragic series of events shortly follows and the woman finds herself having to raise her offspring alone. It's a bit of a tearjerker.

If you'd like to see the film screened in your city, click here for more info. Wolf Children will be available on DVD or Blu-Ray, November 23rd.

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TGS 2013: Saint Seiya gets new English trailer
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:

Want to see some rather fabulous guys with names nabbed from the zodiac beat the stuffing out of each other? Better yet, want to be able to do that yourself come the 22nd of November? Well, you're in luck! Saint Seiya: Brave Soldiers is the latest game to spawn out of the popular shounen series, and it certainly looks like fans of the show are soon to be spoiled.

But I'll admit, I've never actually seen this show! Certainly seen plenty of it, as the Knights of the Zodiac manga has been out for quite some time. Those of you who are familiar, would you recommend giving it a read/watch?

Still, a good beat-em-up is a good beat-em-up, so here's hoping that the game plays as fabulously as it looks.

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All Aboard! The next Super Sentai show gets trademarked
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
Now that we've entered the Fall Season, it's time to learn about the new Sentai series that will premiere in 2014! Crossing the rails of glory, Toei has decided that the next show will be called Ressha Sentai Tokkyuger. From the looks of it, we might be getting a Sentai show with a train motif.

If trains are going to be Tokkyuger's main theme, I'm curious to see how they'll incorporate it into the show's story. Seeing how I loved Travelion from Magiranger, a team that uses five combining train robots sounds like it could go in a great direction. One idea that comes to my mind is that each Ranger could be based off of trains from different eras.

Considering that 'ressha' translates to a pun word that sounds like 'train;' however the phrase uses the kanji symbols for 'vehement' and 'car' instead of 'line car.' That said, I'm going to assume that we're going to get a wonderful fusion that mixes locomotive engines with a hotblooded cast of heroes. While we're patiently waiting for new details about Tokkyuger, you can check out Toei's database on the trademark below.

[via JEFusion]


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Get some Ghost in the Shell: Arise glasses for your face
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Ben Huber from Japanator:
It seems Tokyo Game Show had some extra little surprises! Maybe you've wanted some glasses inspired by Ghost in the Shell but haven't found the ones perfect for you. It's an oddly specific situation, I'm sure. Thankfully, JINS PC has collaborated with Ghost in the Shell: Arise to bring you some cool-looking glasses called "JINS PC for HACKERS." Stylings aside, I appreciate that these are designated for HACKERS. Otherwise, think of all the normal people out there who could be fooling folks into thinking they are really hackers!

I do honestly like the design of these glasses, though. I'm just not sure if I can pull them off. But maybe you can!

They displayed and sold the linear-profile glasses in special GitS: Arise-branded packaging featuring Makoto Kusanagi herself. Don't fear about missing out, though! While this promotional offer was only at Tokyo Game Show, you can still buy the regular glasses online, here, for ¥9,990. Then, and only then, are you a true HACKER. Thanks, JINS.

via ANN


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I'm Back!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Ben Huber from Japanator:
Hello everyone! It's me, Ben Huber. I'm back! If you're a longtime reader of the site, you may remember me from long passed days of writing at Japanator. I've returned, not only because I was bored of spending my days watching videos on YouTube of cats falling off of things, but because I'm here to give you guys a kick in the teeth! I'm the new Managing Editor here, which means you better shape up or else. Thankfully, my wrath is pretty tame compared to Tim's, so stay on my good side and you'll be fine.

I must also note that there will be some cool changes coming to Japanator soon. Most of them are incredibly top-secret and while I'd love to tell you, if I did, I'd have to -- well, glare angrily at you. There's not much killing going on here. That's typically someone else's ballgame. But thankfully she's not here right now!

Or so I thought...?


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Celebrate Totoro's 25th anniversary with books and art
Posted by News Fetcher on September 26 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Kristina Pino from Japanator:
VIZ Media's Studio Ghibli Library imprint is celebrating 25 years of the beloved My Neighbor Totoro by releasing a new novel as well as a brand new edition of the My Neighbor Totoro Picture Book. Both titles will be available on October 1st and are appropriate for all ages.

My Neighbor Totoro: The Novel will be a hardcover featuring watercolor paintings by Hayao Miyazaki and is written by Tsugiko Kubo. It is an adaptation of the film we know and love, and is priced at US$17.99 ($21.00 in Canada).

The Totoro picture book is a film companion with artwork straight from the screen, and this new, updated edition will take you through the entire film via illustrations and character dialogue. Its cover has also gotten a spiffy new look. This book is priced at US$19.99 ($22.99 in Canada).

Check out the gallery for a look at the covers for both of these wonderful releases, which will be hitting all major retailers soon.


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