In recent years, the anime scene has exploded with shows set inside video games and video game-like worlds. Besides the obvious commericial reasons, why has this "trapped in an MMO" genre become such a popular genre in anime? Hit the jump to link start straight into Isaac's thoughts on the matter.
Today we're kicking off a new column called Monster Mondays, where we'll showcase a specific youkai, ghost or piece of Japanese folklore and where it appears in anime and manga. This week we dive into the world of the Kappa - this shelled, scaly creature is the most famous youkai, even with its "questionable" food preferences. Learn all about the Kappa in today's MONSTER MONDAYS!
Bandai Namco makes worlds collide by bringing together the Jump universe in J-Stars Victory VS+. Any way you look at it, this is title is a hugely ambitious undertaking. Hit the jump to find out what worked and what still needs more training!
Hopefully it's a lovely summer day where you are--Fanart Friday is going into full positive, inspirational mode with the CHARACTERS WE LOOK UP TO! From inspiring role models to characters we feel kind of begrudged to admire, check out fan-made masterpieces featuring famous faces from Gatchaman Crowds, Food Wars, One Piece, Love Live, and much more!
The King of the Monsters is back, storming his way onto PS3 and PS4 in the appropriately-titled Godzilla alongside plenty of famous and not-so-famous kaiju! But Godzilla doesn't have the best track record when it comes to video games... what does this new installment bring? Hit the jump for our full review!
When developing characters for your action-packed sports anime, it can be pretty handy to take inspiration from some of the real-life, all-time greats. This week, Shane takes a closer look at the cast of Kuroko's Baskteball and tries to pin down just who or what might have given rise to these basketball demigods. Sink the jump-shot for all the basketball goodness!!
Let's say you're new to the anime fandom. Or maybe you're not. Either way, you've been hearing these wild rumors about a girl called Moe who's been rampaging her way through Animeland with a vegenance. And, despite her seemingly unstoppable charge the people love her! It's like the rapture...or something. Hit the jump to learn moe!
Combining old-school RPG gameplay with a sci-fi anime world, Operation Abyss: New Tokyo Legacy hopes to carve out its niche in the PS Vita's role-playing library. But is this dungeon crawler one to be explored or a quest better left abandoned? Hit the jump for Shane's full review!!
HYPERSONIC music club is Crunchyroll’s original webcomic drawn by Hiroyuki Takahashi, an artist who recently did a live drawing event at a high energy DJ event in Tokyo, Japan. After the jump, enjoy video footage of Takahashi’s legendary skills in action, enjoy some great new sounds, and get the latest updates from team HYPERSONIC music club!
It's fair to take credit for the good you do, but it's a whole 'nother level of cool to live life as an UNSUNG HERO! In celebration of the small-scale adventures of Ant-Man, Fanart Friday takes a look at unsung heroes! Hit the jump to check out fan-made masterpieces featuring your favorite spotlight-avoiders from Rokka, Sword Art Online, My Love Story, Dragon Ball Z (?!), and much more!
Artist Mugi Tanaka’s new storytelling project, PARK Harajuku: Crisis Team!, continues to expand this week with bonus material as we get a look inside the mind of the gang’s resident Lolita MARI. Also, new three background items get unlocked as well, including the fearsome Harajuku Bubble Burrito. Enjoy after the jump!
Since beginning his career with Blame! in 1997, Tsutomu Nihei has gone from a post-cyberpunk mangaka with a cult following in Germany to writing a limited comic series for one of Marvel's most popular characters and seeing a major anime license. Hit the jump to check out our spotlight on his origins, style, and the series that hit it big.
There are a lot of good arguments for why rating shows is something of a pointless endeavor—but is there something worthwhile about differentiating between a 7 and an 8 beyond personal satisfaction? Hit the jump to get a taste of Isaac's philosophy on rating anime!
Chapter One of Hiroyuki Takahashi’s HYPERSONIC music club races towards its inevitable conclusion as VAL throws down in a last ditch effort to save her friends from the Extra Dimensional Demon Girls. Enjoy a new double page spread of eye popping art after the jump!