This Week in CRNews: Unexpected Journey Edition

Hot news, big features, and stories you may have missed!

Well, Peter Jackson's return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit is officially in theaters now, so naturally we're curious about what our fine readers think about the first chapter in Bilbo's unexpectedly extended journey. Anyone see it this weekend? Let us know in the comments after you check out the weekly news recap! 


Below you'll find a bevy of hot stories, features and video posted throughout the week. But that's not all. We've also compiled a few stories we missed, so be sure to check those out, as well. 


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Studio Ghibli Announces Next Anime Movies from Co-Founders Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata

"Dragon Ball Z - Battle of Gods" Anime Movie Full Trailer in HD!

"Fist of the North Star" Condoms Hit Japanese Stores

The Crunchyroll Store is Open for Business!



Is Square Enix Teasing a New "Star Ocean?"

Second Season of "Mortal Kombat" Web Series Scheduled for Mid-2013

New Cast and Images Revealed for "Hunter x Hunter" Greed Island Arc

Latest "Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT" Visual

Kamen Rider Beats James Bond in Japanese Box Office

"One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2" Visual Revealed and Plans Announced

Meet the Characters and Mecha From Upcoming Sci-Fi Anime "Suisei no Galgantia"

Official "Pokédex" iOS App Now Available for North America and Europe

Good Smile Company Previews "Sword Art Online" Kirito Nendoroid

Latest "One Piece Film Z" Anime Movie Promo Blitz

Crunchyroll Adds "Wooser's Hand-to-Mouth Life" to Anime Lineup

Flow to Cover "Cha-La-Head-Cha-La" for Dragon Ball Anime Movie

Namco Bandai Registers "[email protected] Shiny Festa" Trademark in U.S.

"Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory" Set for March 2013 Release on PS3

"Project Versus J" Takes Shonen Jump Brawlin' to PS3 and PS Vita

G-Shock Collaboration Models with Katsuhiro Otomo's "Akira"

XSEED Sets "Unchained Blades" Release Date on Nintendo 3DS

10 Finalists Selected for "My Most Favorite Anime Heroine" Contest

"Power Rangers" Theme Performed on Eight Floppy Drives

"Naruto Shippuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3" Unleashes More Jinchūriki

"One Piece Film Z" Breaks Franchise Opening Day Record




YATTAR NEWS: A Real Life Transformer!

Fanart Friday, Winter Wonderland Edition



Dracula Unleashed in "Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2" Trailer

Japanese Take on Clint Eastwood's "Unforgiven" Gets Teaser

"BlazBlue: Chrono Phantasma" Clip Introduces Izayoi

Voice Actress Mikako Takahashi Presents "Girls und Panzer" Monkfish Dance

Cosplay 2012 Highlights!

Bandai Celebrates "Mazinger Z" 40th Anniversary with Special Figure

Battle Between Idols and Fascism Returns in "AKB0048 next stage" Preview

Latest "Kotoura-san" Anime Preview

AKB48 Celebrates "Totteoki Christmas" in New PV

The Rocket Punching Glory of the First "Pacific Rim" Trailer

"Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe" Game Preview

Bandai Showcases Cho Gattai Robo Mickey and Friends Mech

Latest "Vividred Operation" Character Preview

"Gundam" Studio Shows Off New Mecha Anime "Valvrave the Liberator"

First "Suisei no Galgantia" Sci-Fi Anime Preview

First " One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2" Promo

"Dragon Quest VII" Shines on Nintendo 3DS

Nintendo of America Introduces "Fire Emblem: Awakening"

Japan Unveils Smartphone Controlled Toilet!



Here's the Gears of War: Judgment campaign trailer [Destructoid]

Professor Layton vs. Ace Attorney Will Have DLC for the Next 24 Weeks [Siliconera]

Unannounced Hitman trilogy sighted on Amazon [Destructoid

Square Enix offers discounts on everything Square Enix [Joystiq]


As always, thanks for tuning in to CrunchyNews and hanging out with us this week. Let your voice be heard if you have any suggestions, or just general comments for us!



Joseph Luster is the Games and Web editor at Otaku USA Magazine. His blog can be found at subhumanzoids. Follow him on Twitter at @Moldilox.

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