From folktales of time-lost fishermen to stories of modern-day shut-ins shunted to magical worlds, the fantastical subgenre known as isekai has a long and storied history stretching from the very beginnings of the anime industry up to modern times. And now an in-depth episode of Anime Explained — a video essay series produced by Crunchyroll — tackles the origins, development, and influences of isekai. Hit the jump to check it out.
.hack//G.U. Last Recode is officially out on PS4 and PC in the west, bringing three classic chapters and the brand new fourth chapter, Reconnection. Celebrate along with Bandai Namco with the launch trailer after the jump.
With just a couple weeks to go before launch, Bandai Namco is here with a new preview for .hack//G.U. Last Recode. The remastered collection includes volumes 1 through the newly-created 4—Rebirth, Reminisce, Redemption, and Reconnection—so dig into the "Rebirth" trailer after the jump.
Crunchyroll has more additions coming to the catalog, starting with .hack//Legend of the Twilight and Dragonaut -THE RESONANCE-. Get the skinny on territories and launch times for both after the jump.
If you're looking forward to the remastered release of .hack//G.U., you'll be excited to know that there's more to it! Bandai and Rice Digital are working together to offer extra gifts in the game's release. Hit the jump to preview the new goods!
The .hack//G.U. Last Recode collection is coming to PlayStation 4 and PC this November, so Bandai Namco is here with a comparison video. See how the newly-remastered PS4 versions stack up against the PS2 originals in the side-by-side study after the jump.
.hack//G.U. Vol. 1//Rebirth is the first part of the series of RPGs represented in the remastered .hack//G.U.Last Recode collection, and Bandai Namco is here with a new preview. This one is all about Rebirth, focusing on its opening ahead of the HD set's November launch on PS4 and PC.
Bandai Namco's updated release of the .hack//G.U. episodes comes with a bunch of new features and improvements, including faster movement, retry mode, and upgraded visuals. It's officially set to launch on PlayStation 4 and PC in the Americas on November 3, and you can dig into the latest footage after the jump.
Announced last month, .hack/G.U. Last Recode celebrates the series' 15th anniversary with a collection that packs in all three .hack//G.U. action-RPGs, including Rebirth, Reminiscence, and Redemption. It's up for pre-order now, and fans in the Americas can also look forward to a physical release on PlayStation 4.
The .hack franchise is 15 years old at this point, which means it's time for a celebration. Bandai Namco is getting in on it with plans to release .hack//G.U. Last Recode in the west. This PlayStation 4 and Steam remaster collects all three .hack//G.U. action-RPGs, including Rebirth, Reminiscence, and Redemption, and it's due out later this year. Read on for a trailer and more.
Game development studio CyberConnect2 was founded on February 16m 1996 (it became CyberConnection2 in 2001), and, to celebrate its 20th anniversary, President/CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama will be travelling across all of Japan's 47 prefectures to meet (and drink with) fans this month. Joining the good-times, Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, character designer for its MMORPG-set .hack// series (also a few things called Evangelion and FLCL) posted a congratulations.