Sunday, August 31, 2014

Cardfight!! Vanguard Legion Mate (Season 4) - Episode 189 - Omega's Return

Quatre Knights traitor and evil mastermind Serra is all set to fight Aichi in his weakened condition in a bid to host the powerful Link Joker seed, but he's interrupted at the last second by Kai and company. Gaillard feels responsible and steps up to stop his former comrade, but can anyone beat Serra when he uses his true Link Joker deck, with Omega Locks?

Folktales from Japan - Episode 125 - The Bean and the Priest Statue / The Reed Spring / White Bird Pass.

Ace of the Diamond - Episode 46 - Pitching of Despair

Rowdy Sumo Wrestler Matsutaro - Episode 19

The Importance of Marketing Bayonetta 2 – Article

The Importance of Marketing Bayonetta 2 – Article

Nintendo’s marketing for its Wii U console has been met with little positivity thus far. One of the biggest impediments to the system establishing its identity early on was that many people thought that the Gamepad was merely an add-on peripheral for the original Wii console. Nintendo has made strides to rectify this problem, but many would still agree that their advertising regarding software remains scarce.

Mario Kart 8′s promotion earlier this year, including plentiful TV ads, a free game offer, and even a McDonald’s campaign, was certainly a step in the right direction, but Nintendo needs to keep the momentum going forward. Aside from their big holiday title, Super Smash Bros., no upcoming game for Wii U this year is in more need of a proper advertising campaign than Platinum Games’ Bayonetta 2.

Back in September of 2012, the internet exploded when Nintendo announced that Bayonetta 2, the sequel to the original Xbox 360/PlayStation 3 title, was officially a Wii U exclusive. The first Bayonetta sold just over 2 million copies between both consoles and seeing as how so many vocal fans of the original game lamented the sequel’s existence on a console that some of them never intended on purchasing, it’s safe to say that the series has amassed a pretty passionate fan base. This presents an added challenge for Nintendo to not only advertise the mature-rated title accordingly, but also successfully lure the game’s established fan base over to Wii U.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here – The Importance of Marketing Bayonetta 2 – Article

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Labor Day Weekend Gaming Deals

Labor Day Weekend Gaming Deals

It may not be a major deals event like Black Friday or Christmas, but Labor Day weekend does have a handful of good deals for gamers. We’ve scoured retailer websites and deals forums and rounded up some of the best offers we found. Did we miss anything? Let us know in the comments below. And remember, deals often come and go–but we’ll do our best to update this page frequently.

Groupon: 10 percent off almost everything with coupon code LABOR10 (via Dealzon):




GameStop PC digital sale (via Slickdeals):

Amazon PC digital sale (via Slickdeals):

Humble Bundle:

  • PAX 10 Humble Flash Bundle–Pay what you want for Badland, Solar 2, Containment: The Zombie Puzzler, and Jamestown: Legacy of the Lost Colony; pay more than the current average to unlock Fez and The Swapper; pay $15 or more to get Canon Brawl and Life Goes On.

  • Adult Swim Humble Bundle–Pay what you want for Fistpuncher, Soundodger+, and Super Puzzle Platformer Deluxe; pay more than the current average to unlock Volgarr the Viking, Super House of Dead Ninjas, Adult Swim Games DLC, Westerado: Double Barreled; pay $13 or more to get Jazzpunk and Super Comboman.

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Four Things I Learned About Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Mutiplayer

Four Things I Learned About Dragon Age: Inquisition’s Mutiplayer

Yesterday when I strolled onto the show floor of PAX Prime 2014 and picked up an Xbox One controller to play Dragon Age: Inquisition’s new multiplayer mode, I felt like I had a pretty good idea of what to expect. I knew this was BioWare’s attempt to take some of the co-op ideas it toyed around with on

It’s just plain fun

I don’t know how much longevity Dragon Age: Inquisition’s multiplayer will have, or how rewarding the crafting and loot systems will be, or whether playing through its various environments will eventually feel repetitive. But one thing I can say after a little bit of hands-on time is that it’s just fun. The combat feels good, the visual effects add a nice sense of atmosphere, and the pacing keeps things flowing. Will there be enough to the multiplayer to pull me away from the allure of exploring a big open world with all its storytelling and characters? Maybe, maybe not. But it certainly makes a good first impression.

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Nintendo Offers “Super Smash Bros.” OST for Registering Both Versions

Nintendo Offers “Super Smash Bros.” OST for Registering Both Versions

Nintendo has a special offer in the works for anyone who plans on buying both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. You’ll get a Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Collection soundtrack if you register them both on Club Nintendo in the United States or Europe.

Packed with music both from and inspired by Super Smash Bros., Nintendo will have more details on the soundtrack later.

Super Smash Bros. hits Nintendo 3DS on October 3, followed by Wii U this winter.

Via Siliconera


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

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POLL: Japanese Otaku Vote For The Top 20 Meanest Characters In Anime History

They are bad to the bone and people love to hate them or hate them but can't stop loving them. Japanese anime poll site Charapedia recently posted the results of a recent poll to decide the top 20 anime characters with bad/nasty personalities. The vote was collected during the period of August 21st - 27th from internet users, made up of 52.3% male and 47.7% female voters. The points are calculated with the number of votes, rank and the number of comments received were also considered in the final tally.


Top 20 Meanest Characters In Anime History


#20 Gendou Ikari from Neon Genesis Evangelion  209 points

#19 Marshall D Teach from ONE PIECE  216 points

#18 Kirino Kousaka from Oreimo 221 points

#17 Sho Midosuji from Yowapeda 227 points

#16 Eliza Leagan from Candy Candy  278 points

#15 Suneo Honekawa from Doraemon  287 points

© Fujiko Production, Shogakukan, TV Asahi, Shinei, ADK



#14 Hachiman Hikigaya from My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU  302 points

#13 Dio Brando from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure  305 ponits

#12 Shoichi Imayoshi from Kuroko's Basketball  326 points

#11 Toru Oikawa from Haikyu!!  350 points

#10 Katejina Loos from Mobile Suit Victory Gundam 351 points

 © Sotsu / Sunrise




#9 Kyubei from Puella Magi Madoka Magica  425 points

#8 Musuka from Castle In The Sky  457 points

#7 Light Yagami from DEATH NOTE  489 points

#6 Sougo Okita from Gintama  609 ponits

#5 Nobuyuki Sugou from Sword Art Online  659 ponits

#4 Frieza from Dragon Ball  711 points

 © Bird Studio/Shueisha, Fuji TV, and Toei Animation






#3 Makoto Ito from School Days  785 points


 © 2012 STACK, JAST USA - All Rights Reserved




#2 Makoto Hanamiya from Kuroko's Basketball  1,106 points

 © Tadatoshi Fujimaki/Shueisha/Kuroko's Basketball Production Committee





#1 Izaya Orihara from Durarara!!  1,158 points

(C)成田良悟/アスキー・メディアワークス/池袋ダラーズ・MBS (C)2010-2011 ASCII MEDIA WORKS Inc. (c) KADOKAWA CORPORATION 2014





Let's celebrate Izaya's win by this old fan-made video of Renai Circulation performed by Limone Sensei, Nico Singer. 



Do you agree with the results? There is a possible cultural difference in what is considered a mean or bad personality, but I feel the top 3 is very convincing. Makoto Hanamiya ranked #1 in the female voting results and Makoto Ito ranked #1 in the male voting results while Izaya ranked #2 in the female results and #4 in male results. Is there anyone missing from the list?


Source: Charapedia

Upcoming "New 3DS" Will Filter Internet Content Unless You Pay

Nintendo's upcoming "New 3DS" handheld comes with a built-in feature that will block offensive content in order to "prevent children from looking at harmful websites," but in order to surpass it parents and gamers without children must pay a small fee via credit card. 



The handheld will come pre-installed with a special internet filter that can be deactivated after users register a valid credit card, during which time the card will be charged 30 yen (about $0.29). According to Nintendo, this is a mechanism in place to ensure children cannot turn off the filter without parental consent, but it seems as though not forcing a fee upon those who purchase one of the units might have been a better course of action. 


via Kotaku



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Nintendo Offers "Super Smash Bros." OST for Registering Both Versions

Nintendo has a special offer in the works for anyone who plans on buying both the Nintendo 3DS and Wii U versions of Super Smash Bros. You'll get a Super Smash Bros. Nintendo 3DS & Wii U: Premium Sound Collection soundtrack if you register them both on Club Nintendo in the United States or Europe.


Packed with music both from and inspired by Super Smash Bros., Nintendo will have more details on the soundtrack later. 



Super Smash Bros. hits Nintendo 3DS on October 3, followed by Wii U this winter. 


Via Siliconera



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

VIDEO: Tomokazu Sugita Makes a Very Special Appearance on "Persona Stalker Club" Show

The Persona Stalker Club, voice actress Tomomi Isomura and freelancer writer Kajita Mafia, welcomed special guest Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama's Gintoki, Haruhi's Kyon, the second part of JoJo's Joseph Joestar) to promote Persona 4: The Ultimax Ultra Suplex Hold. He was nice enough to cosplay for the occasion, but not as Daisuke Nagase, the character he voices.




You might remember what happened last time Sugita and Mafia Kajita met...


via nijimen


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

Captain Earth - Episode 22 - The Operation Summer

The Irregular at Magic High School - Episode 22 - Yokohama Disturbance Part IV

Tatsuya has brought the Relic to FLT. The lab is hacked by the Great Asian Alliance. An insider attempts to go through the personal belongings of Tatsuya at the Robot Research Club. Will the Relic be safe?


Aldnoah Zero - Episode 9 - Darkness Visible

Slaine wakes up in the Landing Castle of Count Saazbaum and learns the true intentions of the Count. Rayet and Lt. Marito must deal with with their individual memories of those they have lost to the Martians.

How Is NARUTO Like DOCTOR WHO? Catching Up with SHIPPUDEN #371 - 373

The gang's all here.
The gang's all here.

I experienced two blasts from the past this week, one a tad
more literal than the other. First were episodes 371 – 373 of NARUTO SHIPPUDEN,
some of the last of the franchise. The original NARUTO not only took the world
of shonen series by storm, it reignited my own interest in anime during my
college years. I ended up dropping the show for one reason or another shortly
after Naruto started training with Jiraiya and haven’t really checked in since.

The second was Peter Capaldi’s premiere episode as the
titular Doctor in the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO series. This was another show that I had
dove into head first, watching episodes from all the various incarnations of the
character to bone up on lore. I hadn’t watched a single episode of Matt Smith’s
last season, though, as the novelty of a pulp science hero who always wins had
worn out.

As long running shows with extensive canons, these two franchises have a lot more in common than you’d think. Checking
in after such long breaks, I was pretty surprised – but not by how much things
had changed. I was surprised, really, by how much they hadn’t.

== TEASER ==

I noticed the big changes first, of course. SHIPPUDEN began
after a large time skip in the original NARUTO series, so all the kid ninjas
had naturally done some growing up. Also, hey, Naruto’s made of fire now. Having reconciled with the Nine-Tailed Fox demon
sealed within him, he’s unlocked a bevvy of new powers and now has more chakra
than you can shake ten tails at – which is good because every ninja ever is fighting the Ten Tails Cactus demon.


And I do mean ever
ninja ever
. We’re not just talking all the Hidden Leaf ninjas, or even all
their allies. Recognizing the Ten Tails as a threat to all ninja-kind, even freakin’
Sasuke shows up. Sasuke – the one who abandoned the concept of friendship by becoming the pupil of evil snake-dude
Orochimaru. Orochimaru’s probably gonna show up and help too! And then probably
kill everybody!

And then there’s the fact that they’ve brought back all four
of the previous Hokages back from the dead. It’s like the yearly Ninja Scout

Even these guys.
Even these guys.

Capaldi’s WHO similarly brings back a trio of popular
characters, all of who somehow know more about Time Lord regeneration than
Companion Clara (this is very convenient, as the Doctor’s in no state to tell
her anything about it). They behave precisely how you’d expect if you’d seen
them before: Strax the Sontaran nurse is gruff, but well-intentioned; lizard
woman Madam Vastra is wry and eats someone offscreen; and Jenny the human says
“ma’am” a lot. The whole gang, back together!

A rehash of an old villain even makes an appearance. The
Clockwork Men from the “Girl in the Fireplace” episode are in Victorian London
now, running about stealing body parts for the exact same reasons they did in
their first appearance. Their origin is even the sister ship of one that produced the first versions. All the while,
the new Doctor struggles to remember details from that first adventure, which
of course leads to lots of overt references to it.

"Girl in the Fireplace" Clockwork Man for reference.
"Girl in the Fireplace" Clockwork Man for reference.

I find his sort of pandering nostalgia a cheap substitute
for actual content. They try to get you to relive positive memories of the past
so that you associate the feelings you had then
with the content you’re watching now.
Wasn’t that guy with the long scarf great? Wasn’t that Sontaran silly? Remember
how cool “The Girl in the Fireplace” was when you first saw it? Apply those
feelings to this show, please, so we don’t have to make up anything new.

SHIPPUDEN is simultaneously less shameless and better at this than WHO. Naruto and
Sakura both have extended flashback montages, reaching all the way back to
fighting Zabuza (the first real story arc of the franchise). And sure there’s
sappy music playing, and sure they’re monologuing about the power of friendship
and marveling at how much they’ve grown as shinobi, but dangit at least something’s new. The shonen flashback is
an overused trope, sure, but you know at least the insight the character is
having that will immediately bring
them a huge boost in power – something big is going to come from that saved
animation budget.

Yet, the characters behave just as they always did. Sasuke
is standoffish and cool. Sakura cares more about Sasuke than Naruto and gets
angry when called out on it. Naruto is a blowhard who really just wants to
impress his peers (and make out with Sakura). They even make a big deal of how
Team 7 is finally back together again, just like old times. Even Sai shows up
(seemingly out of nowhere) in case anyone ever liked Sai.

Then everyone uses
their signature moves -- the Hokages, the Rock Ninjas, all of Naruto’s
ex-classmates and of course Team 7 – only now they’re of course supercharged
with ninja mastery. In a rare moment of turnaround, Sakura is even allowed to
be badass as she attains a new level of strength on the battlefield. She’s “finally
keeping up with” Naruto and Sasuke which, truth be told, felt more like an apology
than character development.

But at least that’s something.
Clara big change in character seemed to be accepting the fact that her
boyfriend is now an old man.

Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO
Peter Capaldi as the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO

It all comes down to one simple concept that I think
everyone on Anime Vice will be familiar with: fan service. While in anime
circles it’s usually shorthand for ecchi, that’s really only one shade of it.
It more broadly refers to anything that fans of the show – your most devoted
viewership – want to see or see again. In the case of DOCTOR WHO, it was a lot
of inside jokes and pleas for nostalgia, and the problem with those is that if
you don’t get the joke or haven’t seen the show, you feel excluded.

Sure these SHIPPUDEN eps are fan service. Naruto meets his
, for crying out loud! But at least they do so in a way that doesn’t require
you to have seen every one of the hundreds of episodes of the show to enjoy it.

And as standalone episodes, I did enjoy this look back into
SHIPPUDEN. You can go along for the ride, even if it is toward the end, by
being swept up in the shonen cool. DOCTOR WHO felt more like a pulpy hodgepodge
of elements clumped together for maximum fanbase effect. While I wouldn’t say
either was an example of stellar storytelling, SHIPPUDEN certainly entertained


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VIDEO: Trailer for “Mobile Police Patlabor” Live-action Film Chapter 5

VIDEO: Trailer for “Mobile Police Patlabor” Live-action Film Chapter 5

A full trailer for the fifth chapter of The Next Generation -Patlabor- live-action film series, which contains the eighth episode “Enkyori Sogeki 2000″ (Long-distance sniping 2000) and ninth episode “Crocodile Dungeon” is now online with its promotional poster featuring Kasha/Ekaterina Krachevna Kankaeva played by Rina Ota holding a sniper rifle.

As the fans of the series know well, an underground watercourse was used twice in the old anime series: the 38th episode of the TV anime series and 13th episode of the second OVA series, and Shigeo Shiba played by Shigeru Chiba actually mentions these incidents in the trailer. So the ninth episode is a kind of sequel to these episodes with a taste of POV films?

The eighth episode is directed by Takanori Tsujimoto (ep.2,4) and the ninth by Kiyotaka Taguchi (ep.0, 10).

The fifth chapter hits selected Japanese theaters on October 18 for a limited time of two weeks.

The fifth chapter trailer (episode 8 and 9)

The fifth chapter poster

The fourth chapter trailer (episode 6 and 7)

The third chapter trailer (episode 4 and 5)

The second chapter trailer (episode 2 and 3)

The first chapter trailer (episode 0 and 1)

© 2014 ”THE NEXT GENERATION -PATLABOR-” Production Committee

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Manga Author Presents Yakiniku Day Celebration Art for “Koufuku Graffiti” TV Anime

Manga Author Presents Yakiniku Day Celebration Art for “Koufuku Graffiti” TV Anime

Yesterday August 29 was the official Yakiniku (grilled meat) Day in Japan, which was established by the All Japan Yakiniku Association in 1993. So Makoto Kawai, the original creator of the cooking girls-themed manga Koufuku Graffiti, drew the protagonist Ryo Machiko’s Yakiniku-eating illustration for the official site for the upcoming TV anime adaptation. The anime’s official Twitter also posted the art.

やばい!焼き肉食べたくなる~! 川井先生のイラストは本当においしそうですね!! #koufukug

— TVアニメ「幸腹グラフィティ」 (@koufuku_g) August 28, 2014

The TV anime is animated by Shaft (Sayonara Zetsubo Sensei, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Monogatari series),

and Akiyuki Shinbo (Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Hidamari Sketch, Madoka Magica) serves as the general director.

It is scheduled to premiere on TBS and BS TBS in the winter of 2015.

Anime key visual

Manga 1st volume cover

2nd volume cover

3rd volume cover

Source: “Koufuku Graffiti” anime official site

© Makoto Kawai, Houbunsha/Koufuku Graffiti Production Committee

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