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12:15 PM on 05.27.2014

Psycho-Pass is getting a game on Xbox One

The Production I.G helmed anime Psycho Pass will be getting a game, it seems. It'll be released on the Xbox One, and will feature an original story with new characters. Creator Urobuchi will be supervising the game,...

Chris Carter



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Review: World End Economica Episode 1
by Brittany Vincent

Visual novels are a finicky medium. It's difficult enough to drum up interest because of their exotic origins, and harder still to find an audience due to their nature -- it's a bunch of reading. And you can't always be sure that the story you're reading is going to be one that you'll want to invest dozens of hours in. On one hand, you've got a menagerie of engaging tales that capture the imagination and ensnare the reader until the very end. On the other, you've got a set of stories with dull, flavorless dialogue and uninteresting protagonists.

Why waste time on a less-than-stellar adventure when there are juicier ones at your disposal? I find myself asking this question and others when it comes to World End Economica Episode 1, Spice and Wolf author Isuna Hasekura's three-part visual novel series that follows a teenager who runs away from home and attempts to make a living for himself in the world of day trading. It's ambitious in scope, but ultimately ends up failing due to a lack of interactivity and a protagonist that's difficult to root for. 

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Just Saiyan: The 'Dragon Ball Raging Blast' saga!  photo
Just Saiyan: The 'Dragon Ball Raging Blast' saga!
by Bill Zoeker

Here is the debut episode of Just Saiyan! A Let's Play series devoted entirely to exploring the very long list of video games based on Dragon Ball, Dragon Ball Z, and Dragon Ball GT.

Today, the Max and myself are playing 2009's Dragon Ball Z: Raging Blast, which is a Dragon Ball fighting game in which Dragon Ball characters... uhh... fight each other. Is it a blast to play? Or will it leave us raging? Let's find out.

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4:30 PM on 05.21.2014

Senran Kagura: Ninja Flash is being localized by FUNimation

Fans of rip-your-clothes-off-while-fighting-to-the-death Senran Kagura Burst should be tickled pink, as the popular ninja girl beat-'em-up is receiving an anime series courtesy of FUNimation. Tamsoft's side-scrolling saga wa...

Brittany Vincent

3:30 PM on 05.21.2014

Hopefully details about the newest Dragon Ball project will come faster than Frieza's defeat

Next time on Dragon Ball Z, a brand new project appears for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360! A teaser site appears with nothing on it aside from the text (in Japanese) "teaser site open," upcoming plans for a trail...

Brittany Vincent



Review: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle photo
Review: JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle
by Brittany Vincent

How do you like your fighting games? Personally, I like mine with a sizable dose of pop culture references and eye-melting color palettes infused with a healthy dose of humor that's hilariously self-aware. That's what you get with JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle, the most gleefully insane anime-inspired fighter the genre has seen in some time.

Distilling a good 25 years' worth of story arcs from the wildly popular JoJo's Bizarre Adventure into an accessible fighter that anyone can enjoy is no easy feat, and yet developer CyberConnect2 has done an admirable job that should be praised. Even if your heart is as black as professional jerk Dio Brando's.

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3:30 PM on 05.14.2014

Another Persona 3 The Movie #2 trailer? Alright, sure

Is it just me or is Akihiko-senpai looking softer and handsomer? The first movie is getting an English (subtitled) release next week, May 20. Part 2, above, is coming to Japanese theaters on June 7. An English dub would be nice for those of us who experienced Persona 3 in English, but I guess pretty animation will have to suffice.

Steven Hansen

10:15 AM on 05.12.2014

A day late: Naruto's mom joins Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution

My apologies for coming in with this a day after Mother's Day. Naruto's mama, Kushina Uzumaki, joins Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution as a fighter. Namco Bandai says that her appearance in the game will ...

Dale North





6:30 PM on 05.09.2014

MangaGamer puts Shuffle! sequel Really? Really! up for preorder

MangaGamer has just announced that Really? Really!, the third game in the heart-wrenching Shuffle! franchise, is now available for preorder for a June 6 release. It's nowhere near the caliber of Steins;Gate, if my review was ...

Brittany Vincent

10:32 AM on 05.02.2014

Persona 4 The Golden anime announced: Persona 4 The Golden ANIMATION

The ridiculous Atlus stream I watched this morning revealed that a Persona 4 The Golden anime is coming this July to Japan. The good folks over at A-1 are behind the animation of this television series. Tomohisa Taguchi is di...

Dale North

7:00 PM on 04.30.2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment releasing with Infinity Moment HD remake

If you're still into Sword Art Online, you probably didn't watch the second half of the first series. Just kidding. I bet you're on pins and needles waiting for the Vita release, Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment. Now, you c...

Brittany Vincent

12:30 PM on 04.22.2014

New One Piece, Naruto games have original characters from series creators

The upcoming Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution and One Piece Unlimited World Red both feature a bit of fan service. For Ultimate Ninja Storm Revolution, series creator Masashi Kishimoto drew an original charac...

Steven Hansen

11:30 AM on 04.22.2014

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn coming to PS3 on July 4

Dynasty Warriors Gundam Reborn, previously announced for a summer digital PS3 release, has a date, July 4. It'll be $40. Nothing says Fourth of July like the laser light show that is exploding hundreds of mobile suits as you...

Steven Hansen

11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

Sword Art Online: Hollow Fragment being localized this summer

Will a bunch of people complain about how I just don't like anime if I say that Sword Art Online doesn't seem very good? Though at least it might make a passable game. Hard to mess up multiplayer monster fighters with bad wr...

Steven Hansen



Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like photo
Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day: A confusing mess of things I like
by Steven Hansen

I finally got to play Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day last week. The lovechild of Suda 51, Tokyo Jungle director Yohei Kataoka, Silent Hill sound director Akira Yamaoka, and a bunch of other Japanese development talent, I've followed Ranko Tsukigime closely. 

So I was excited to finally get to play it. But I couldn't talk about it until today. Despite the fact that it decided to up and release in Europe last week. Even though it doesn't have a firm North American release date.

Whatever. I'm going to go see Short Peace in theatres this Thursday at least.

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Review: Steins;Gate
by Brittany Vincent

Time travel is infinitely more interesting once you leave the trappings of the TARDIS or any one of those familiar (some would say hackneyed) science fiction mainstays behind. Steins;Gate, the visual novel that inspired a 24-episode anime series, film, and several other spinoffs, has woven a masterful tale that explores the trope in a manner not unlike the popular deconstruction of magical girl series, Puella Magi Madoka Magica.

We're all familiar with the philosophy that altering even the smallest detail from a past event could alter the future drastically, but how much damage could a text message do? Could it destroy the hopes and dreams of everyone you love? How far could you go to make things right again?

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