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    Tuesday October 9, 2012
  • VIDEO: Mecha Anime "Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince" Debut Promo

    "Majestic Prince" manga features another story in the same world

    The first video of an original anime featuring genetically engineered youth fighting invaders from outer space was released today in conjunction with the opening of the official site. Get the scoop on Ginga Kikōtai Majestic Prince after the break!

  • Monday October 8, 2012
  • "Sword Art Online" Fairy Dance Arc Character Designs Revealed

    Check out some of the people and avatars who will appear in imminent episodes of SAO

    Dengeki Online published new character art for the upcoming Fairy Dance arc of Sword Art Online, including examples of the Cait Sith and Sylph races. You can check them all out past the break!

  • Sunday October 7, 2012
  • "Oreimo" Season Two to Premiere in April 2013

    A-1 Pictures to animate

    The future of the Oreimo anime's second season was decided on stage at Dengeki Bunko Autumn Festival 2012 today by Ayana Taketatsu (voice of Kirino), Kana Hanazawa (Kuroneko), creator (author Tsukasa Fushimi), as well as staff from both Aniplex (who animated the first season) and Dengeki Bunko (who publishes the light novels). Hit the break for details! 

  • "Cardcaptor Sakura" Card Battle Mobile Game Announced

    "Cardcaptor Sakura and the Mysterious Cards" coming soon to Mobage

    Just when Sakura thought she had all the Clow Cards in her deck, somehow they managed to whisk themselves away again. The work of a Cardcaptor is never finished, apparently, and so CLAMP's manga becomes a mobile game set to launch "in a few days" on Mobage. Bump the jump for the trailer and details on the Arika-developed Cardcaptor Sakura and the Mysterious Cards!

  • Saturday October 6, 2012
  • Japan Flavor Report: Haro Pork Bun at Akihabara's Gundam Café

    New snack available starting this week

    To veteran Gundam fans' delight and/or horror, mascot mecha Haro has been turned into a pork bun (aka nikuman). The appropriately green "Haro-man" went on sale yesterday at Gundam Café, so Emily swung by Akihabara for a bite. Read on for impressions of this fresh creation plus some old guard menu items!

  • Wednesday October 3, 2012
  • Level-5 Launches "Black Box" Teaser Site

    Although Level-5 is fresh from showing off the latest in the Professor Layton and Inazuma Eleven series, Fantasy Life, and more at this year's Tokyo Game Show, it seems like they had something chilling up their sleeve. Hit the jump to read more!

  • Monday October 1, 2012
  • Eva Pilot Named Customers Get Discounts in Monteroza Campaign

    If Shinji Ikari and Rei Ayanami went out together, they'd get 77% percent off

    To commemorate topping 1,950 stores, izakaya operator Monteroza is running a tie-up campaign with Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (called "Q" in Japan). Hit the jump for details!

  • PS Vita "Muramasa" to Feature Four New Protagonists

    Short stories coming as DLC to the upcoming port

    We heard a few days ago that there would be new downloadable content for the PS Vita version of Muramasa: The Demon Blade, but now we have some idea of what. Read up on that, plus check out screens of the port, after the break!

  • "Valhalla Knights 3" Game Gets Website

    See screens of the fantasy-action series' Vita debut

    Marvelous AQL unveiled the next Valhalla Knights game's website, which includes the tag-line, "A fallen paradise called Prison." Check out some Valhalla Knights 3 screens and art after the break!

  • Sunday August 19, 2012
  • CRN Interview: Matt Alt Ain't Afraid of No Japanese Ghosts

    The co-author of "Yurei Attack!" explains what makes Japanese nights so bumpy

    Summer may conjure up scenes of beaches and BBQs, but if you're in Japan you need to watch your back. That’s because summer is the season when yokai and yurei (monsters and ghosts) are most active. We caught up with Matt Alt, co-author of the recently released Yurei Attack! ghost guide for more info that you can peep after this jump!

  • Saturday July 7, 2012
  • Hands-On Impression: Tapping Our Feet to "Magical Beat"

    Arc System Works gives puzzle gamers a new musical challenge

    All I want for Christmas is a PlayStation Vita version of Magical Beat. It's true; I even asked Arc System Works to make one—that is how much I'm hooked on this game. I've been commuting to an arcade in Shinjuku to pour in my time (and 100 yen coins), so I feel qualified to tell you that the experience is indeed groovy. Read on after the jump!

  • Tuesday June 19, 2012
  • "Ixion Saga" Game Teased as TV Anime

    Details coming July 5th

    Capcom's online battle game Ixion Saga is not even officially out yet (even in Japan), but a TV anime treatment was revealed today. Hit the jump for all the details we have so far!

  • Sunday June 17, 2012
  • CRN Interview: Kando Bando Rocking to a Unique Beat in Tokyo

    Multicultural band crossing languages and genres as they find their way

    The first thing you notice immediately about Kando Bando is that their lead singer is white. The second thing you notice is that he's singing Japanese. That's not something you come across very often in Japan, so I wanted to get the details. The following is an exclusive (and first ever) interview with Kando Bando, a talented group of guys you may very well find performing an anime theme song someday!

  • Thursday June 14, 2012
  • VIDEO: Vita "Earth Defense Force 3" to Feature Online 4-Player Co-Op

    Pocket-sized planet saving coming to Japan this fall

    The first promo for the PS Vita port of Earth Defense Force 3 was revealed today, along with the news that this will be the first game in the series to have up to four player online co-op or versus play. Check out the video after the break!

  • Monday June 11, 2012
  • Brag About Your Waifu on New Pinterest-Like Otaku Site

    "Ore no Yome wo Jiman Suru Saito" is brazen in many ways

    As if we don't have Facebook, Twitter, channels 2 and 4, and a host of other ways to exchange images and info about our favorite anime, manga, and videogame characters—I mean the 2D loves of our lives—a Japanese service has appeared to push that behavior to the forefront. Check out Ore no Yome wo Jiman Suru Saito after the break!