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    Friday December 10, 2021
  • REVIEW: Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX Is A Relic In The Best Way

    These games are here to remind you why "Monsters rule"

    Monster Rancher seems like a franchise trapped in the late '90s, back when CD sales were abundant and the anime aired on Fox Kids. However, Monster Rancher 1 & 2 DX prove that a leap of almost 25 years doesn't remove the series from its sense of fun. Hit the jump for how these games make a comfortable transition!

  • Wednesday November 17, 2021
  • REVIEW: Gintama THE VERY FINAL Is the Very Best of the Wacky Franchise

    Gintoki leads us into the actual finale for the 15-year-old anime series

    Gintama THE VERY FINAL sees Gintoki, Takasugi, and Katsura team up to take on a foe that all three of them are intimately familiar with — making for a very sad reunion for the trio and their former teacher. Read our review of the anime film ahead of its North American release this week!

  • Tuesday November 9, 2021
  • REVIEW: Sword Art Online: Progressive Movie Takes Asuna’s Story On A Shaky New Path

    The latest SAO film brings viewers back to the beginning — the Aincrad arc

    After nearly a decade since the first Sword Art Online anime series graced Japanese TV screens and became a massive hit, the franchise headed back to the first arc in the latest film Sword Art Online The Movie -Progressive- Aria of a Starless Night. Read our Japan Corrospondant's review from the Japanese release of the film after the jump!

  • Friday September 24, 2021
  • REVIEW: Lost Judgment Takes Yakuza To School In Its Most Outlandish Plot Yet

    The sequel to Yakuza spin-off Judgment launches on consoles today

    For the third time this year, fans of the Yakuza franchise get the chance to head to Kamurocho on next-generation platforms in Lost Judgment, the sequel to the spin-off game Judgment which follows lawyer-turned-detective Takayuki Yagami. We got to head deep into Kamurocho and Isezaki Ijincho to uncover the truth and discuss how Lost Judgment stood up against its predecessors, right after the jump!

  • Thursday January 28, 2021
  • REVIEW: Josee, the Tiger and the Fish is a Good (and Familiar) Story

    The new movie from Bones proves that you don’t need to break the mold in order to be good

    From the moment Tsuneo meets Kumiko in Kotaro Tamura’s Josee, the Tiger and the Fish (2020), you can guess exactly how the movie is going to end, but that never stops you from enjoying yourself along the way. Hit the jump button to find out why. 

  • Saturday January 23, 2021
  • REVIEW: The Promised Neverland Live-Action Movie Looks Wrong but Feels Right

    The moral of the story is key

    Yuichiro Hirakawa’s The Promised Neverland does not deliver on the promise of a perfect adaptation of the hit manga and anime, but it's an overall enjoyable film that works hard to capture the moral of the story. Hit the jump to find out more.

  • Wednesday December 9, 2020
  • REVIEW: The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya Light Novel Reminds Us of the Good Times with the SOS Brigade

    We get the first collection of stories from Nagaru Tanigawa's hit franchise in nine years, let's see how they are

    After a nine-year break, The Intuition of Haruhi Suzumiya light novel graced bookshelves of Japan and digital storefronts around the world. The charming tales were hyped up to be a return of the hyperactive God and her disciples of mystery, who exist to make sure Haruhi isn’t bored. Read Daryl Harding's review of the light novel after the jump!

  • Saturday October 10, 2020
  • REVIEW: The Eizouken Live-Action Movie Takes a Hands-Off Approach to the Source Material

    It’s not bad but it’s not Eizouken

    Most live-action adaptations have to change some things because what might work in manga or anime will often not work with real actors. But the new Keep Your Hands Off Eizouken movie doesn’t seem to understand what actually worked in its source material. Hit the jump for more details.

  • Tuesday March 3, 2020
  • Don’t Sleep on Granblue Fantasy: Versus, the Best New Anime Fighting Game

    We follow up our beta preview with a full review of Granblue Fantasy: Versus and why you need it!

    Combining the gacha-RPG might of Granblue Fantasy with the fighting game prowess of Arc Systems Works, Granblue Fantasy: Versus delivers a robust and deep fighting game with gorgeous artwork, smooth netplay, a campaign mode, co-op play, and even a (free!) gacha mechanic! Curious to see what we think of the game? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Thursday February 27, 2020
  • Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore Is Sweet Music to Our Ears

    The Wii U mash-up RPG of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem is FINALLY on the Switch!

    When the collaboration of Shin Megami Tensei and Fire Emblem was originally announced for the Wii U, no one really seemed to expect what we got: an idol based role playing game featuring Fire Emblem characters as pseudo-Personas! Unfortunately, the game was first released at the end of the Wii U life cycle, meaning it didn’t get the attention it deserved. Curious if you should grab Tokyo Mirage Sessions #FE Encore for the first time, or play it again? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Thursday February 20, 2020
  • Persona 5 Scramble Is Everything a Phantom Thief Would Want From a Persona 5 Sequel

    Daryl takes a look at the demo of the Nintendo Switch version of the game

    Diving into a realm not yet covered for the Persona series, the new “action-RPG” sequel to 2016’s Persona 5 is releasing in Japan on February 20 as Persona 5 Scramble: The Phantom Strikers on the PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch. Before the release of the game, a demo was unmasked on the Japanese Nintendo eShop, letting our Japan Correspondent, Daryl Harding, see what we were getting himself into.

  • Tuesday February 18, 2020
  • Why Bayonetta and Vanquish Prove PlatinumGames Are the Best at Action Games

    Bayonetta and Vanquish are back on PS4 and Xbox One to celebrate their birthday

    Two of the craziest action games of the last 10 years are back to celebrate their shared anniversary, with 4k visuals and 60fps gameplay. But do these games still hold up after so many other games have been released since then? We’ve got the answers as to whether your hard earned dollars will be put to good use on Bayonetta and Vanquish after the jump!

  • Wednesday December 4, 2019
  • Trails of Cold Steel III Is a Thrilling Build to a Climactic Ending

    It's time to teach a new version of Class VII kids

    The third entry in The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel series is here with Trails of Cold Steel III and it may leave you with more questions than you had anticipated. Despite that, it provides a good set up for the finale and keeps you hooked all the way until its closing minutes. How is it able to do this and how does that compare to the previous entries in the series? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Tuesday November 26, 2019
  • First Look at Emilia's Past in the Re:ZERO: The Frozen Bonds OVA!

    The second OVA of the hit anime series Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- hit Japanese theaters like a snowstorm

    Seven years before the events of Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-, Emilia and Puck are living ostracised in a wintery forest, forming a frozen bond together. The second Re:ZERO OVA, The Frozen Bonds, was released in Japanese theaters over the last week and our Japan Correspondent, Daryl Harding, faced the bitter winter air to give us his review.

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