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Japanator Recommends: Etrian Odyssey IV
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
On paper, Etrian Odyssey IV: Legends of The Titan may sound more like a chore than anything else. The concept of having to map out every nook and cranny of a dungeon sounds like something that shouldn’t be a main feature in a modern game. Developers can give players the option to pull up a map whenever they need to see where they are, so forcing people to map out their own games is seemingly redundant, and menial by comparison.

However, despite my somewhat negative introduction to the Etrian Odyssey system, drawing your own maps can actually give you a surprising feeling of accomplishment. In case you've never played any of the Etrian Odyssey games, each installment in the series focuses on exploring labyrinths filled with unspeakable horrors, with a party of characters made by the players themselves. By unspeakable horrors, I’m talking about the monsters and bosses that lurk in each area. Just like other dungeon crawlers, this series doesn't hold your hand, so you’ll have to become intimately familiar with your characters and their capabilities.

Since Etrian Odyssey IV is my first entry into the series, you might guess that I suffered a painful experience that left me in tears long before I finished the last dungeon. That said, join me below to see how I fared with Etrian Odyssey IV’s hardcore gameplay.



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AquaPazza US cover art revealed, website launched
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
Today, Atlus unveiled the North American box art and have launched the official website for their highly-anticipated fighter, AquaPazza. The game, of course, featuring a cast comprised of popular characters from different eroge and visual novels such as ToHeart, White Album, Tears to Tiara and so on. It's been out for well over a year in Japan, and will be finally making its way to store shelves in North America on November 19th for the PlayStation 3, but there's still no word on a European release date.

The website comes packed with screenshots and move lists for each character, along with an explanation of the game's mechanics, but no videos have been added yet. Of course, seeing as the game's been out for awhile over seas, you can simply head over to YouTube if you're curious to see it in action. As far as cover art goes, it's not half-bad. I'm just surprised they managed to squeeze the entire roster in there.



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A Bearguy appears in Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Pedro Cortes from Japanator:
For me, the best thing to come out of Model Suit Gunpla Builders Beginning G was Bearguy. Designed as a cross between the Zeon Acguy and...a bear...it's cute, it's cuddly and it'll zap you with a beam cannon shaped like a recorder. No, I'm not making that last part up.

Fans of the ursine suit will be pleased to know that it'll be making an appearance in first print editions of Shin Dynasty Warriors Gundam, according to Siliconera. Famitsu also said that the Legend Gundam and the Destroy Gundam will be appearing in the game, coming to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita on December 19th.

Seriously though, why would you bother playing as anything else but Bearguy? I mean, just look at him. The potential for adorable destruction is in the palm of your paw.



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Kyoji Asano art gallery opens today in Koga City
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 11:00 AM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
If you happen to be visiting Japan this week, you may want to stop by the Koga Machikado Art Gallery in Koga City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Starting today, the gallery will feature the works of Studio Wit's Kyoji Asano who, in addition to his role as character designer for Attack on Titan, has worked on a number of popular series and films such as Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Prince of Tennis, Sengoku Basara and Kimi ni Todoke.

Unfortunately, the gallery will only be featuring pieces from Attack on Titan, Psycho-Pass, as well as illustrations from the opening sequence of a late night variety program he worked on. That said, those who attend will walk away with two gifts featuring illustrations of by the artist -- one of Eren from Attack on Titan, and one of Kogami from Psycho-Pass respectively. The gallery will be open each morning from 9 AM to 5 PM, and admission is free of charge.



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Final Impressions: Genshiken Nidaime
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:
Six years. That's how much time passed between Genshiken 2 and the confusingly named sequel Genshiken Nidaime, otherwise known as Genshiken Second Season. However, while fans of the show can certainly ponder the reasoning behind such a delay (it probably has something to do with the three year break of the manga,) there's no reason to expect this instalment would deviate from the quality of the previous offerings.

And it didn't. A few alterations were made due to the ending of the original manga and the time skip between school years, which means we have new members joining the cast this time around. But don't worry, there's plenty of familiar faces still in the club, and even the graduates even show up from time to time.

But is this really necessary? With Sasahara, Kousaka and Madarame leaving the school, all of the characters you could label as the protagonist are no longer around. Instead, it's Ogiue who takes control as the president of Genshiken, leading a club that is now largely female. Is this what we wanted?

Pretty much, yes.



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Kill la Kill USA Official Website launches
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 08:45 AM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:
I'm perhaps unreasonably hyped for Trigger's first original TV anime, Kill la Kill.

My love for their OVA Little Witch Academia knows no bounds, and the projects that the core staff worked on prior to creating Trigger are all personal favorites of mine. I jumped at the chance to cover Kill la Kill for this season of Annotated Anime, and I'm just biding my time till the first episode airs.

Fortunately, Aniplex and their partners seem to be giving the show plenty of attention in the west, as they just launched the USA Official Website for the show on September 30.

The page features character profiles, a staff list, and the most recent trailers. There are spaces for music and products as well, so here's to hoping that folks out in America-land also get some cool stuff.

Who else is super jazzed for Kill la Kill?

Kill la Kill starts streaming on October 3 over at Crunchyroll, Daisuki, Hulu, and the Aniplex Channel.

[Kill la Kill USA Official Website]



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New Akiba's Trip 2 trailer highlighting Shion Kasugai
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 06:00 AM
By Elliot Gay from Japanator:


Akiba's Trip was a strange game.

Players spent the game as an otaku running around a fairly realistic (for the PSP) version of Akihabara, fighting vampires in hand to hand combat and stripping off their clothes. The upcoming PS3/Vita sequel looks to bring more of the same, only with more authentic Akiba locations and much sharper visuals.

This latest character trailer highlights Shion Kasugai, the young CEO of a major corporation that plays a large part in the game's story.

She also has a ridiculous walk cycle. Don't believe me? Check out the video above and check for yourself.

Anybody thinking of importing Akiba's Trip 2? It coming west seems like a bit of a stretch, but it's hard to tell these days.

[via 4Gamer]



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Here's the cover of the 3DS Attack on Titan game
Posted by News Fetcher on October 02 '13 at 04:00 AM
By Eric Koziol from Japanator:
Here's the cover of the 3DS Attack on Titan game. Seems that the game is rated CERO D, which is 17 and up. All of that that I have been hearing from people who seem to be big fans of the series are seemingly not impressed with the game, though. Even on the bottom of the Hachima post you can see them saying that they would have preferred it on the Vita.



That said, the popularity of Attack on Titan is going to move quite a few copies, I think. We shall see how it goes from that. Anyone importing this one?

[via Hachima]



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Simulcast GET! Crunchyroll grabs Beyond the Boundary
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 08:00 PM
By Salvador G-Rodiles from Japanator:
I don't know about you, but I think that Crunchyroll is going all out with their new simulcasts for the Fall Anime Season. Now that they have announced that Kyokai no Kanata will be streamed under the name of Beyond the Boundary, I think we can rest assured that a good majority of the heavy hitting shows for the Fall Anime Season will be streaming online. The best part is that it will be available on October 2nd, which means that the waiting time will be short!

Since Mirai's powers remind me of the blood abilities from Deadman Wonderland, I will admit that this is one of the various aspects that interests me about the series. Besides that, KyoAni is going back to a side that we haven't seen in ages. Hopefully, this will be a sign that the company will experiment with other genres in the far out future. And speaking of experimenting, could this mean that the chances of seeing a new Full Metal Panic! series later on has increased? Only time will tell whether or not this will be the case, so I'll have to prepare myself for whatever outcome that appears.

For now, let's rejoice over the fact that KyoAni's next series is getting the simulcast treatment, as we wait for the first episode to arrive on Crunchyroll's Webpage for Beyond the Boundary.



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Gundam.info to simulcast Build Fighters
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 07:00 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:


If any of you have been holding out hope for a Gundam Build Fighters simulcast, your prayers have been answer. It's been announced that the upcoming series will be streamed in select regions via Gundam.info, with new episodes airing every Monday. Much like the Gunpla Builders Beginning G OVAs released back in 2010, Build Fighters takes place in the near future, where Gunpla collectors can build fully-functional models with which the compete.

Maybe it's just me, but this whole concept sounds awfully Saturday morning-cartoonish, as if Gundam, Yugioh, Beyblade, and Pokemon had some kind of bizarre love child. I suppose it doesn't help that the series is being directed by No. 6's Kenji Nagasaki, but on the other hand, the animation itself looks pretty great. I guess we'll just have to see how it all plays out when the series airs October 7th!



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Monthly Musings: remake-worthy anime
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 06:00 PM
By Ben Huber from Japanator:
Guess what I have cooked up this time? A Monthly Musing! That's right, we're resurrecting our monthly feature and we want to get you guys involved! In case you haven't taken part in a Monthly Musing before, here's the gist: we have a topic each month that we toss out to you, dear reader! Then, just blog about it in our Community Blogs (cblogs!) and you'll have a chance to be promoted to the front page! It's that easy.

So for all of October our fresh topic is: what is the most remake-worthy anime? What anime really deserves to be revisited? Which show needs a fresh coat of paint and some extra-pretty animation? Do you have a certain studio you really want on the job? Just begin a blog post, include "Remake-Worthy" in the title, and then go to town! Your post can be as long or as short as you'd like, but if you want to get to the front page it should at least be interesting (and being well-written helps too)!

Best of all, we have something special for you. While we'll be picking cblogs throughout the month to promote to the front page as always, this time one cblog will be the one the rule them all! One cblog will be chosen at the end of the month and win a prize from the site's pile of goodies. I had Tim rummage around and we found something cool: Gungrave: The Complete Series on Blu-ray. So get those keyboards warmed up, and join in!



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Releases of the Week: Tiger & Bunny the Movie
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 05:00 PM
By Brad Rice from Japanator:
We all know Tiger & Bunny The Movie: The Beginning is waiting at your doorstep. I mean, you've already bought how many volumes of Tiger & Bunny doujinshi, and own how many figures of the series? Not that there's anything wrong with that.

If you're not in the Tiger & Bunny club, then there are plenty of manga volumes to pick up this one. A hefty Bakuman box set will put you back $120, while new volumes of Slam Dunk, Claymore, and Toriko will all be considerably cheaper.

Also worth noting, the novelization of My Neighbor Totoro is out! A great read if you're looking for a bedtime story with your children.

Check out the full list of releases after the jump and let us know what you're picking up.



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A new Ryogi Shiki figure preorder is future good news
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 04:15 PM
By Jeff Chuang from Japanator:
Back in 2008, Good Smile Company released a figure of Shiki Ryougi from Type-Moon's Garden of Sinners. It was a hot purchase back then and one of the few re-released by GSC through their 10th anniversary popularity ranking. In some ways it's a mystery why there are so few Shiki figures out in the wild when the demand is clearly there. It's not as if Type-Moon properties are rare counts for the figure collector industry, given Fate/stay Night's Saber being a prime target of complaint from people who just can't stop buying the countless Saber figures out there.

This time around, a new Shiki figure has emerged from Kotobukiya, in conjunction with the release of the Kara no Kyoukai: Mirai Fukuin movie. She is up for preorder. Regardless of how you feel about figure manufacturers, it is good news for fans of the franchise looking to pick up Shiki once again, or those who found the GSC's figure a little too subdued for their liking.

It's understandable why it may be difficult to produce and sell more than just a couple high quality figures of Shiki, given her nature as a supernatural assassin who has obtained a sense of emptiness that deeply pierces her psyche and granted her those special eyes. It's tough to put her in out-of-character settings so often seen with other Type-Moon characters, nor does it feel right to do the generic, "put a swimsuit on her" treatment. It's good news for some people that the wait is about to end after more than 5 years. Anyway, check out Tomopop for more details, images and links to preorders!



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Read Viz Manga on your Kindle
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 03:00 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
Like reading manga on your Kindle? If your response is "what manga?," I feel your pain, but the e-reader manga drought ends today. Viz Media has just announced that its entire digital manga catalog is now available for Kindle, effective immediately. That means Naruto, Bleach, One Piece, Bakuman, Toriko and a whole slew of other titles are now available for the world's favorite ereader. Over 1,500 volumes of manga can now be purchased and downloaded to your Kindle Fire, Kindle Paperwhite, Kindle Red Velvet Cake, and whatever other kind of Kindles they make these days. I have an old Kindle and I don't understand these newfangled thingies.

Checking out the list of titles at Amazon, there's a variety of price points, but most of the popular series seem to be priced at $5.59, with some of the more obscure ones costing between $8 and $10. This may seem like a Captain Obvious statement, but I'm so glad that Viz made the Kindle versions cheaper than their print counterparts; one of the things that bugs me about ebooks is that they so often cost just as much as buying the physical book, which just seems wrong. I really hope they offer some kind of bulk discount for the likes of One Piece and Naruto though. These shonen epics are longer than Proust's In Search of Lost Time.

I'm pleased that this announcement means that more people will be reading some great manga, but personally I'm a bit conflicted. I like owning actual books, but my apartment is already overflowing with them and it would make a lot of sense to switch to Kindle. Maybe I should only buy physical copies for titles that have particularly beautiful releases? Or is every manga beautiful in its own way? Manga fans, let me know if you're going through a similar existential crisis here.

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Yui Horie bot Miss Monochrome to stream her new anime
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 02:00 PM
By Jeff Chuang from Japanator:


Yui Horie, the prolific voice actress from Japan, is probably best known for her roles in a line of romantic comedies such as Love Hina or Toradora! Out here, fewer know about her singing career, and fewer still know that there's now a vocaloid based on Horie's voice data in the form of Miss Monochrome. The video above comes from one of Horie's recent live shows where Monochrome's hologram sings on stage like how Crypton's vocaloids do.

Unlike Miku, who is mostly a musical instrument or open development platform, Miss Monochrome is being produced like an idol--she's got her own anime short with the same name, Miss Monochrome, coming up this Autumn. You can catch it on Crunchyroll every Tuesday, starting today.

The description of Miss Monochrome is a little tongue-in-cheek, but it had me at the "in the ever growing competitive market" line, describing the role of this self-aware android idol trying to make it big. So self-aware, this little show. Click on the jump and check out the even more mind-boggling, uncanny valley dancing ending sequence.



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Shin Megami Tensei IV gets discounted for limited time
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 01:00 PM
By Tim Sheehy from Japanator:
Great news for those of you who've been frugal enough to wait. Starting today through October 14th, Shin Megami Tensei IV will receive a special $10 price drop, retailing for just $39.99. The discount is being applied to both digital and retail copies of the game.

As Atlus was quick to point out, it's the first discount the game has received since its release back in July, and while it's not quite as awesome as the $30 credit fans had received for purchasing the title along with a copy of Fire Emblem Awakening, the $10 is still a decent chunk of change. If you've yet to get your hands on a copy, I encourage you to check out our review. Who knows, you might even fall in love with the series like the rest of us.



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Final Impressions: FREE!
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 12:00 PM
By Karen Mead from Japanator:
Free! was the show we were all kind of making fun of, right? Instead of Kyoto Animation's typical "Cute girls doing cute things" formula, they switched it up with cute boys who kind of act like girls, except for the fact that they're constantly shirtless. A show clearly designed to pander to fangirls who enjoy looking at pretty pictures of half-naked dudes, tied up in a neat little bow with some trite themes about teamwork and the power of friendship. Clearly not worth the time of the discriminating anime fan, right?

Well, the hell with that, I loved this show. It is everything I said above, but you know what? Doing it all really, really well counts for something. The fantasy dolphin in the last episode was just the icing on the cake.



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Japanator Unboxes: Gurren Lagann DVD box set
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 10:00 AM
By Pedro Cortes from Japanator:


Some time back, you may remember that Aniplex rescued Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann from the depths of license limbo. This meant two things: the release will come with a bunch of extra stuff and it will be pricey. Based off Sal's post, both of those assertions were correct. Both the DVD and Blu-ray versions came with a lot of bonuses and both cost an arm and a leg. That meant that a good amount of people weren't going to get a chance to see all these bonuses.

Lucky for ya'll, I got my hands on Aniplex's DVD release. Being a huge fan of Gurren Lagann, I couldn't just keep this to myself. I decided to open that sucker up and show you what's inside Enjoy the unboxing!



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Studio WIT to ravage London this October
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 09:00 AM
By Chris Walden from Japanator:
The London MCM Expo is without a doubt the largest convention in the UK that caters to those with a taste for anime, and while it frequently attracts some big names in the English dub world, it's not all that often that we get a big name Japanese guest show up. It seems that the trend is being bucked, as following in the footsteps of Cowboy Bebop director Shinichiro Watanabe in May is three key members of Studio WIT, the folks behind the Attack on Titan anime.

Appearing for both Saturday and Sunday will be Katsuhiko Kitada (animation director for Attack On Titan), Tetsuya Nakatake (animation producer for Attack On Titan) and Ryotaro Makihara (director of HAL). They will primarily be showing off their latest movie HAL, but will also be participating in a live panel and signing sessions.

I think it's safe to say that there will be plenty of Titan cosplay come October 25th, so I do hope this trio is prepared for some crazy photo ops. If you're planning to snag a signature, be sure to keep an eye on the official website for the event, because you'll want to get in that queue as early as possible!



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Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy guide in development
Posted by News Fetcher on October 01 '13 at 08:00 AM
By Kristina Pino from Japanator:
UDON Entertainment has recently announced that they'll be designing and releasing an official Mighty No. 9 artbook and strategy guide. UDON will be working closely with Keiji Inafune and his team to bring fans the best, and it's going to be released in digital, softback, and hardcover formats. Little information beyond that has been revealed at this time.

If you were a backer for US$40 or more in the Mighty No. 9 Kickstarter, then you've already got yourself a copy. The game was already successfully funded in just over a day after going live, and for those unfamiliar, you can check out their page, or our sister site Destructoid's coverage of developments throughout its campaign.

Mighty No. 9 is a Japanese action side-scroller in which you get to play as Beck, a robot kid and sole survivor of a virus that turned all other robo-folk (and robo-critters) bad. Though it was originally developed just for PC, via stretch goals it will now be playable for Mac/Linux, PS3, Wii U, XBox 360, PS4, and XBox ONE. Depending on how things go between the time of writing this post and the end of the Kickstarter, it might also end up on PS Vita and 3DS.



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