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KPP ready to PonPonPon around the world in 2014
Posted by News Fetcher on September 10 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Josh Totman from Japanator:
Looks like there is no rest for Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. That's because Warner Music Japan has just announced that she will be going on another world tour in 2014. This year's tour entitled "The 100% Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2013" started all the way back in February of this year and had 13 concerts in eight cities around the world like the US, Europe, and Asia.

Apparently, this was just a warm up for the Harajuku superstar. Next year's tour entitled "Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Universal Theater" will be stopping at a whopping 21 different venues and performing 23 shows in all. The tour will be making stops in England, France, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and North America (Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, and Toronto)

Since Seattle is on this list, I'm jumping up and down as we speak, you know good and well that I shall be there through hell or high water to see her perform live and report back to you guys on my findings. That is if I don't get beat up by the KPP fan girls that will be littered around me.

[via Japan Today]

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Atelier Meruru Plus is on PlayStation Network
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 07:15 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
It seems Tecmo Koei has demonstrated its mastery of PR-Ninjutsu by once again slipping past our radar. Last week marked the release of Atelier Meruru Plus: The Apprentice of Arland, the PlayStation Vita-port of Gust's final entry in the Arland saga. However, and here's the depressing part, nobody seemed to notice, and this isn't the first time its happened. The previous installment in the series, Atelier Totori Plus met a similar fate when Tecmo Koei released the game digitally with absolutely no marketing whatsoever.

To be fair, Tecmo Koei mentioned their intent to localize Atelier Meruru Plus, were even kind enough to announce its September release date back in May, but to be honest, that was the extent of it. We hadn't received a single press release, or announcement leading up to its release, and while I'd like to say I totally remembered its release date announced back in May, it took me stumbling across it while browsing the Vita section of the PlayStation Network for me to even realize it had been released. By contrast, I've received plenty of e-mails from PR relating to the recently released Dead or Alive 5: Ultimate. Suffice to say, this is more than a little embarrassing.

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Nice! Project Phoenix and GSC team up to make a new prize
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 03:30 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
As Project Phoenix enters the final countdown in its Kickstarter campaign, a new prize enters the battlefield. Joining forces with the Good Smile Company, backers that pledge at least $950 will get a 1/8 figurine of Sylrianah, the Elven Princess and Pathfinder that's aiding Ruffles in her quest. The best part is that the folks who pledged below $950, they would have the option to get the figure if they add $250 to their pledge.

Even though the Slyrianah figure is a limited edition item for the Kickstarter, I hope that the team's collaboration with Good Smile results in more figures being made for the game in the far out future. Hell, I wouldn't mind seeing figmas of the game's main cast, along with a nendoroid of Ruffles. If anything, I will continue to wish Hiro and his team the best during their quest to give the Phoenix an actual form. With over 800k at their side, anything can happen during these final hours.

On the side note, it's been confirmed that the folks that pledged for the Treasure Hunter Tier will be able to get the special items on the PS4 and Vita version of Project Phoenix as well. With thatsaid and done, I look forward to hearing about the rebirth's finale!

For more information on the new updates, you can check out the press release below!


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Review: Pandora's Tower
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
Just when you thought that the Wii has sang its last song; the system breaks free from the chains that control its life. Formally known as the last piece of the Triforce in Operation Rainfall’s goal, Pandora’s Tower has achieved its link with North America! Despite the game being part of the group’s goal, I doubt that XSEED’s decision was affected by their actions, due to XSEED's amazing track record in localizing many great niche titles.

Interestingly enough, Pandora’s Tower is also one of Ganbarion’s first original titles, since they were mostly known for making the JUMP Stars fighting games and a couple games based off of One Piece – such as the Grand Battle games and the Unlimited series. With that introduction out of the way, let’s venture into the Thirteen Towers to save a young girl from a deadly curse.


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Psycho-Pass will continue!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:

One of my highlights of this past year was definitely the gritty sci-fi series, Psycho-Pass. The Production I.G. hit brought a lot of Western sensibility as well as some lovely gory moments to the mysterious show. While things wrapped up quite tidy after the first season, it looks like the world of Pyscho-Pass and the ominous Sybil System will continue!

It has been confirmed that Psycho-Pass will not only be getting a second season, but also a film! Seeing how amazing the show looked with a television budget, I'm interested to see the fruits of a high budget film. There'a lot of material they could answer from the first season, I'm just hoping they work on the pacing of the show a bit. It was entertaining til the end, but the show often lost focus, making some of the story's payoffs jarring.

We'll make sure to let you know as soon as we get solid details of future releases.

[Via Crunchyroll]

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PlayStation 4 gets Japanese date, games, lotsa Vita stuff
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Well, that was exciting! TGS is still weeks away, but Sony's already bringing the thunder.

The electronics giant has pulled an unprecedented move (for Sony, at least), and officially announced the release date for the PlayStation 4 to take place after the west. The PS4 will release in Glorious Nippon on February 22nd, 2014, almost six months after the western release. One of the reasons given for the delay was the desire to have as many of the PS4's western launch games - which include a gaggle of high-profile indie titles - localized for the Japanese release.

Sony also revealed the console's Japanese launch lineup, which includes the usual triple-A suspects like Battlefield, Watch Dogs, Killzone Assassin's Creed, FIFA, and Call of Duty, but also some more Japan-centric titles like Dynasty Warriors 8: Xtreme Legends, a new strategy title from Kadokawa Games called Natural Doctrine, hostess-dating sim Dream Club, and Yakuza: Ishin, a new Yakuza spin-off set during Japan's Meiji Restoration period.

< article continued at Japanator >

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The newest Madoka movie commercial brings the excitement
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:

Oh man, the wait for the October 26th release date of Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion, just got even more difficult. Besides showing some footage of a new character, there are a few other new tidbits not shown in the previous trailer. Like... who's chowing down on some soul gems?

While the first two Madoka movies were mostly a compilation of the television series, the new film will be a completely new story, hopefully tying up many of the mysteries of the series. Personally, I liked how the series ended and don't see the need to continue things, but I guess there's enough questions I have that I wouldn't cry about getting answered. I know we're all waiting on knowing the fate of Homura, and perhaps finally getting an answer to the question on all our lips.

Who is Walpurgis Night?

I was lucky enough to catch the films when they came through Chicago soon after the second films release. I'm hoping since the films were well attended that we might be treated to local screening again. Please please!

[Via Crunchyroll]

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A Daily Dose of Anime: The show that made us fall in love
Posted by News Fetcher on September 09 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Hiroko Yamamura from Japanator:

Remember when you first started watching anime? Perhaps your friends in high school or college were whispering about some incredibly provocative show, or swapping bad copies of VHS tapes behind the bleachers. Maybe you had caught a few shows after school, or on a Saturday morning? Nowadays pretty much everyone has watched anime in some form or another.

However, most of us had that one moment, or show that changed our world forever. That moment that caused an animated television show or film to transcend the screen and spear right into our hearts. Yes, for this very special edition of The Daily Dose, we present to you the anime that made us super fans. I know your Japanator Editors are not alone here, we are all united under the mighty roof of Japanator to celebrate our undying love for anime. So, be sure to share in the comments below!

Brittany Vincent - Sailor Moon

"As cliched as it sounds, Sailor Moon was my gateway drug into heavy anime viewing. It's a hell of a drug, apparently, too -- bleeds you dry, gives you horrible bags under your eyes from long nights of repeated viewings, etc. School came way too early for me every morning, as I liked to stay up with my dad and watch cheesy horror movies -- even back then, in elementary/middle school. I'd find myself waking up on the sofa to a local channel that showed reruns of Princess Gwenevere and the Jewel Riders and this beautiful, magical series known only to me as Sailor Moon.

< article continued at Japanator >

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Annotated Anime: Summer 2013 Week 10
Posted by News Fetcher on September 08 '13 at 07:30 AM
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator:
Hello, again, and welcome to the latest edition of Annotated Anime, the weekly Japanese cartoon recap that knows exactly how to respond when a attractive, older woman that outranks you offers you candy: With blank, expressionless silence.

While that might be the proper response to cougar sweets, we also know correct protocol for watching hot anime from Glorious Nippon: Watch, Enjoy, and Write About It! See the results below, for the latest from The World God Only Knows, Sundays Without God, Servant x Service, Day Break Illusion, Danganronpa, Watamote, Uchouten Kazoku, Genshiken, Rozen Maiden, Majestic Prince, Railgun S, High School DxD New, Love Lab, Silver Spoon, and Hyperdimension Neptunia!


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Stream, Please! Toei to create a toku channel for the US
Posted by News Fetcher on September 07 '13 at 06:30 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
Man, I never expected to see this happen in my lifetime. Heck, I almost thought that I was thrown into a wormhole when Toei and Cool Japan's new announcement slapped me in the face. While I'm still coming to my senses over this news, Toei's surprising new move is that they're going to create a pay channel known as the Toei Japan Channel, which is dedicated to streaming tokusatsu shows in the United States. Before you call up your cable or satellite provider, this channel is only going to be accessible through the Internet.

While the channel was originally meant to appeal to the 400k Japanese residents in the US, Toei has plans to add shows with English subs after one year. In case you're not too big on toku shows, Toei will begin their next step with the channel by adding new content like movies and other types of TV shows after the channel picks up. Not only that, they might start simulcasting their current airing shows in the far out future!

At the moment, they haven't announced any specific info about the channel's launch date, so it's best for one to be on the look out for that special transformation. Anyways, one of the possible things that can come out of this is the chance to see some of the older Kamen Rider and Super Sentai shows that most US residents haven't been able to watch yet. Until more details surface, I will continue to wish Toei the best in making this thing work.

[via Henshin Justice, image by maru1105]

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Rock the Charts for the Week of September 7th
Posted by News Fetcher on September 07 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
The Wind Rises just can't be stopped. Now in its seventh week, the film is showing an uptick in revenue over last week. There's a steep drop-off between that and the next title on the list, but if you follow the recent trends, Ghibli's latest venture should fall off the top of the charts in just a week or two. Sadako might hold onto the top of the charts as Halloween rolls around in the near future, but I think it's a bit too early.

On the manga side, Attack on Titan is still holding strong, and the rest of the manga chart looks pretty familiar. On the music side, we're seeing a lot more songs hold onto a top ten slot for more than a week. There's even some enka in there.

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

1. Wagamama, Kinomama, Ai no Joke by Morning Musume
2. Fall In Love Fortune Cookie by AKB48
3. What's Going On? by B1A4

New York Times' Top Three Manga

1. Naruto Vol. 62
2. Attack on Titan Vol. 6
3. Judge Vol. 1

Japan's Top Three Box Office Films

1. The Wind Rises
2. Man of Steel
3. Sadako 2 3D
Check out the full lists after the jump!


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Review: One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2
Posted by News Fetcher on September 07 '13 at 07:00 AM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:
"A fusion of Dynasty Warriors and One Piece? Sign me up!"

That was my reaction to the news that One Piece: Pirate Warriors (reviewed) was in production, sometime near the end of 2011. It was one of the titles topping my "games to import" list for a long time, until Namco Bandai decided to release it outside of Japan. A crazy move if you ask me, but hey, I wasn't complaining! Until I played the game, anyway.

It was one of those titles that had so much promise, yet failed to deliver in so many areas. The coin system was interesting but just wasn't being used to its full potential, and the dialogue was a very boring recap of existing One Piece story arcs. There were also those awful quick time events slapped into the maps themselves.

One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2, to my surprise, also made it out of Japan. Please, video game, let me love you.


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Japanator Arena: Mr. Satan vs Don Kanonji
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 07:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
*ding, ding, ding*

It's Over!

Gurren Lagann was being knocked around by Asura to the point where the entire universe trembled! The Tengen Toppa was tossing galaxies back and forth, which resulted in Asura deflecting them with his pure strength and power. Even when the Super Tengen Toppa entered the fight, Asura was still able to fight toe to toe with the giant blue spiral energy Kamina. In the end, the rage of Asura and the spiral energy of Gurren Lagann were cancelling each other out; therefore, this match is a draw. No one wins! (11 = 11)

After having a ridiculous fight last week, we’re going to change things up a bit by having a showdown between two fighters that are seen as a joke by many viewers and readers. And for the sake of giving credit where credit is due, the idea behind this battle was created by my good friend Baron Von Vogl.

He supposedly defeated Cell in the Cell Games in Dragonball Z, but this guy is actually a huge joke in comparison to the real heroes of the series. The public may see him as a great hero, but we all know him for who he really is. The time to see him enter has come, so let’s make way for Mr. Satan!

This guy is apparently an amazing spirit medium in the world of Bleach. In fact, he always manages to have a good encounter with the unknown. Actually, this guy is a joke when you put him next to Ichigo and his comrades, so his status is nothing but a fluke. Now it’s time to cross your arms and laugh, because Don Kanonji is entering dynamically into the ring.

< article continued at Japanator >

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Launch those trailers! Trails in the Sky SC is going west
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 05:15 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
Actually, when I meant trailers, I was talking about using a catapult to launch a bunch of trailers into the sky as a way to celebrate XSEED's new accomplishment. With the help of Carpe Fulgur, the awesome group that localized Recettear, Chantelise, and Fortune Summoners, have teamed up with XSEED to tackle the ginormous monstrosity known as The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky SC.

As for the system that it will be heading to, Trails in the Sky SC will be arriving as a digital title for the PSP. But that's not all, folks! XSEED and Carpe Fulgur are going all out by releasing the game on the PC as well! Both versions will be out in 2014, which means that you have plenty of time to play the first Trails in the Sky game for the PSP. And speaking of which, XSEED has decided to add some extra bacon grease to the news by announcing the PC version of The Legend of Heroes, which will be landing in the west during the Winter Season!

While I haven't played any of The Legend of Heroes games, I'm impressed with the dedication that XSEED and Carpe Fulgur put into bringing over the second game. The best part is that I'll get to play them finally, since the lack of a PSP has prevented me from playing the first Trails in the Sky game.

< article continued at Japanator >

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Go Rebirth! Project Phoenix will be on the PS4 and Vita
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 02:15 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
I guess that's another burning fragment that will go inside of the Rebirth Furnace, because Hiro and his crew were able to achieve their goal of having Project Phoenix on the PS4 and the the PS Vita! In a way, this is a nice piece of news for the people that would prefer to help Ruffles discover her true identity and name on a home console or portable game system.

With four days left on their Kickstarter, it's going to be an interesting turn of events for the team, since anything can happen right now. Azuregard has went through some phenomenal changes over the past few days. The best part is that they'll still be accepting funds through PayPal after the Kickstarter comes to a close, which will still contribute to Project Phoenix's stretch goals.

As always, I would love to give the gang another congratulations -- I got plenty of them to go around! For more information on Project Phoenix's new update, you can check out the press release below.


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Review: 100 Masters of Bishoujo Painting vol. 2
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Kristina Pino from Japanator:

Check out my video review of this awesome release by BNN, 100 Masters of Bishoujo Painting Vol. 2 (the first one came out back in 2009), which was just released in Japan on August 9th. It's going to see a wider release in the UK and Europe, USA, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Korea, China, and Thailand later on.

This art book uses a new, special ink process in order to really make the illustrations look vibrant and perfect on its pages. There are 100 artists, of which about 30 we called back after the first volume - the rest are completely fresh in the series. It's only ¥2,380, and you don't need to know how to read Japanese in order to enjoy it because a) it's art, and b) all the explanations, names, and other text are printed in both Japanese and English.

As promised in the video, here are links to various artists' websites you could visit to get a preview of the kind of art that made it into this book (some of whom you might recognize): Komeko Amazio, wingheart, Seiji Kikuchi, Shigure, Tony, Santa Tsuji, Range Murata, and Noizi Ito.

< article continued at Japanator >

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Rock Party Friday!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 05:00 AM
By Josh Totman from Japanator:

It's finally a Friday that there is not a convention going on for me to go to! I'm not gonna die because it's Friday!

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Superhero Time: The Dino-samba Carnival is finally back!
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 01:00 AM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
The lonely week is finally over, and things are back to normal. It's a bit of a nice relief, since it was one long torturous week without the fun company of Super Hero Time to keep me safe from the harsh realities of life. Seeing how I'm doing fine, I'm happy to be partaking in the special carnival that went on this week. While I could do without the doughnuts and magic, it's still good to see them back again.

As things go back to normal, you can head outside and participate in the celebration where I do an expressive dance about my thoughts on the latest episodes of Kyoryuger, Kamen Rider Wizard, and Garo Season 3.


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First Neptunia Re;Birth1 PV hits the net
Posted by News Fetcher on September 06 '13 at 12:00 AM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:

The Vita remake of Compile Heart's first Neptunia game hits Japanese store shelves next month, and the first PV has finally hit the net.

The video gives a rundown of Neptunia Re;Birth1's core features as well as the changes made from the original title. Series fans should note that this is in fact a full on remake, with re-recorded voice acting, a new battle system, updated graphics, and all sorts of other goodies.

Watch the video above and let us know what's up in the comments below. I'm actually considering nabbing this.

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PAX: Cosplay
Posted by News Fetcher on September 05 '13 at 11:00 PM
By Josh Totman from Japanator:
At every convention that I go to the first thing I normally scope out are cosplayers. Why, you may ask? Well, to be frank, cosplayers are the people that literally wear their passion on their sleeves. It’s something that I know that I personally can’t do and applaud them for being able to bring characters to life with just some fabric and materials.
PAX always has its fair share of cosplayers running around, but this year’s seemed a bit low from last year’s. This is not to say that there weren’t any good cosplayers, far from it, but just the amount of cosplayers was low. I walked around the halls countless times and was able to pick up some good shots here and there. The only thing I wish I could have done was take more of them.
Well, there is always the next con.


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