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.
Japanese retailers have started accepting pre-orders for Penguin Parade's new eight Puchikko trading metal charm straps featuring the characters from the Sword Art Online II TV anime series: Kirito/Kazuto Kirigaya, Asuna/Asuna Yuuki, Sinon/Shino Asada, Silica, and Lisbeth. Check the details after the jump.
Anime magazine Newtype's August issue is out this weekend with rankings that show that Fate/stay night's brief reign at the top of the character top 10's has ended. Sure, Saber still rules the list of ladies, but a familiar face has regains his #1 spot on the male side. Also grabbing attention is the debut of RWBY, in the series top 10. Get a look after the jump.
Max Factory is releasing a figma of Asuna from Sword Art Online depicted in her "Alfheim Online" avatar. Hit the jump to check it out.
Highlights of Yen Press' Anime Expo announcements include plans to release much-requested light novel series My Youth Romantic Comedy is Wrong as I Expected (and the manga) and Ryohgo Narita's (Durarara!!) Baccano! in 2016. Check out the manga plans, Sword Art Online and Log Horizon spin-offs and more after the jump.
Big news for dub fans! Crunchyroll has added the English dubs of Sword Art Online (season 1), Fate/Zero, and Puella Magi Madoka Magica to its catalog of streaming anime. All the episodes of each series are available to Crunchyroll members in the US and Canada, and are all available now. More after the jump.
You'll notice a certain pattern in the latest Newtype character rankings. While Sword Art Online's leads are still clinging to upper slots, both follow Fate/stay night's principal Servants and Masters, with at least one other Fate character sandwiching their bronze spots. See who ranked in the latest issue of the high-profile anime magazine after the jump.