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    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.

  • Friday November 8, 2019
  • Monkey Mayhem Awaits in Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD!

    After a huge absence, Monkey Ball is back!

    AiAi, MeeMee, and the rest of the monkeys are finally back! It’s been 7 years since the last regular Super Monkey Ball game, and Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD is a revamp of a 13 year old Wii title. Is it enough to revive the fun and frantic golf-race-balance action series? We’ve got some thoughts, so grab a banana and hit the jump to find out!

  • Luigi's Mansion 3 Provides A Ton of Charm, Variety, and Gooigi

    Don't worry Luigi, you've got some help to take down all of these ghosts!

    Luigi has returned to vacuuming up ghosts in the latest installment of his franchise. With the help of the Polterpup and his slimy doppleganger, Gooigi, Luigi has plenty of new ghosts to track down. Does Luigi's Mansion 3 have enough charm to carry itself as a game you should seek out or will you be haunted by a lackluster game? Hit the jump to find out!

  • Monday November 4, 2019
  • Thirteen Girls and Frustrations Await You In Conception Plus: Maidens of the Twelve Stars

    Get ready for a lot of grinding. In dungeons, that is!

    You may remember last year that Conception was an anime, but now, the original game has finally left Japan for the first time with a new remake! Creating Star Children is back in vogue, but is it as entertaining and fun as you'd hope? Will the gameplay lead to fun or loads of frustration? Hit the jump to find out the answers to these questions and more!

  • Tuesday November 5, 2019
  • Mario & Sonic at the Olympics: Tokyo 2020 Offers a Few New Twists

    Mario, Sonic and friends are back at it again at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics!

    As the Olympics approach, Mario and Sonic are already deep into the competition! Hit the jump to check out our review on their latest Olympic outing in Tokyo!

  • Thursday October 31, 2019
  • Live Your Best Farm Life with Doraemon: Story of Seasons!

    Harvest Moon meets vintage anime in the new release for Switch and Steam

    A new Story of Seasons game is available now, and it stars everyone's favorite futuristic robo-cat! Doraemon: Story of Seasons sends the cast of the classic series to the world of Natura to harvest, build, and explore. But how does it stack up as a game? We take a look after the jump!

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