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PAX East 2018: Travis Strikes Again No More Heroes Preview

Travis Strikes Again No More Heroes left a lasting impression on me at PAX East 2018. Here's hoping that it isn't just more of the same that we're used to by now. Travis Strikes Again may disappoint some hardcore No More Heroes fans out the...

PAX East 2018: The Pinnacle of Gaming

This year's PAX East has come and gone, bringing with it a slew of indie game developers, board game makers, and publishers together under one massive roof. It served as a reminder of how far gaming has come in the decades since its incepti...

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Why Doki Doki Literature Club Is My Personal GOTY

It's almost 2018 and I still can't get this game out of my head. Doki Doki Literature Club by Team Salvato is something akin to an internet sensation. This seemingly innocuous dating simulator set in an average high school isn't too out...

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Anime MMO Closers’ Open Beta is Out Now

This MMO action RPG has opened up its Open Beta to the public to test out its servers more. MMO action RPG Closers is now allowing the public to access its Open Beta, developer En Masse Entertainment recently announced. The title is availab...

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Catherine: Full Body Gets Loads of New Info

The upcoming PlayStation 4 and Vita remake got a whole lot of new information today, including new details of this mysterious third new girl we keep hearing about. Upcoming PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita remake Catherine: Full Body got ...

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Dancing Moon Night and Dancing Star Night Info Coming Sunday

New information for the dancing game spin-offs is coming this Sunday via an official live stream. More information for dancing spin-off titles Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Person 5: Dancing Star Night is coming this Sunday, publisher A...

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Anime NYC 2017: The First of Many

New York City has had its share of nerd-centric events in the past, notably in the form of New York Comic Con and Play NYC, but Anime NYC marks the first Manhattan convention dedicated exclusively to Japanese pop culture. We delve into how ...

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Anime NYC: Fate/Grand Order Introduces Scáthach Event

Scáthach, mentor to Cú Chulainn and wielder of Gae Bolg, will be joining the game on Thanksgiving Day. Photo courtesy of Kanon KurosakiHit mobile title Fate/Grand Order will be receiving a new best girl later this week here in the United St...

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Anime NYC: TappyToon Has Ambitions to Lead Digital Comics

TappyToon is a mobile-centric platform for premium webtoons and digital comics that's set to take the marketplace by storm. TappyToon has recently announced significant growth in the North American digital comic market – just in time ...

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Otakon 2017: A Fleeting Memory

Otakon in 2017 managed to build on the foundation that its Baltimore iterations cemented. It's too bad that dwindling attendance numbers overshadow an otherwise significant improvement. Photo by Digital Photography Review Otakon had a lot t...

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A Silent Voice Theater Tickets Available Right Now

Based on the manga series of the same name, A Silent Voice focuses on themes like acceptance of other people's shortcomings and learning how to respect one another. Known for her work on K-On!, Naoko Yamada's newest film, A Silent Voice...

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Dissidia Final Fantasy NT Release Date Announced

The all-star Final Fantasy fighting game's North American release date, box art, special editions and season pass were all announced today courtesy of publisher Square Enix. The highly fan-anticipated brawler Dissidia Final Fantasy NT's...

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Sword Art Online the Movie -Ordinal Scale- Coming to Blu-ray

The feature film that grossed $1.35 million during the first four days of its North American theatrical release is finally getting a Blu-ray and DVD home release just in time for the holiday season. Sword Art Online the Movie –Ordinal...

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Anohana English Dub Announced At Otakon 2017

The critically acclaimed series that made every anime fan everywhere cry is finally getting an English dub and Blu-ray release here in the West. Best yet: we won't have to wait long until it comes out. A Blu-ray box set for anohana – ...

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Fate/Grand Order Seasonal Event Announced At Otakon 2017

The hit mobile game is getting a new seasonal event very soon on August 17, set to offer players a limited time 5-star Heroic Spirit of the Archer class and a myriad of new goodies. Photo courtesy of Chono Black. Aniplex announced anime mob...

Ranking The Kingdom Hearts Games From Worst To Best

With Kingdom Hearts III coming over the horizon, we've decided to take a look at the fantastic entries of this powerhouse of a franchise. Which games will be recognized as action RPG gods, and which will be left in the dust? Let's find out....

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One-Punch Man Illustrator Reimagines Spider-Man: Homecoming

One-Punch Man's illustrator drew a new poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming and its pretty badass, if I do say so myself. In Japan, the promotional poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming wasn't received so well. In fact, it was taken as somewha...

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.hack//G.U. Remaster Gets New Story Info and Screens Galore

A better look of the upcoming trilogy remaster slated for later this year was shown off by publisher Bandai Namco via press release today. Publisher Bandai Namco Entertainment has revealed new looks into the .hack//G.U. trilogy remaste...

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KonoSuba Gets Another Anime Project

The popular anime comedy (that's actually pretty funny) is getting a new animated project, the series' voice actors and official Twitter page announced earlier today. Rest assured: there will probably be fan service. Image courtesy of Nenek...

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.hack//G.U. Remaster’s New Form and Premium Edition Detailed

Protagonist Haseo's new 5th form and the game's premium edition were given further explanation courtesy of an Amazon Japan listing. Following yesterday's reveal that .hack//G.U. Last Recode will include a fourth story, Amazon Japan...

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.hack//G.U. Remaster Gets New Episode And Release Date

A new episode, premium edition, and release date have all been announced for the upcoming trilogy remaster and I am just so, so excited. The .hack//G.U. remaster .hack//G.U. Last Recode is getting a new episode – titled "The Drea...

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A Steins;Gate 0 Anime Adaption Is On The Way

The visual novel sequel to one of the most critical and fan acclaimed anime stories ever is getting an animated adaption. There's no word yet as to when it will debut, but a good guess would be sometime next year. A Steins;Gate 0 anime...

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Monster Hunter World Features A Living, Breathing World

Information on the game's AI system, environments, monsters, designs, and maps were revealed at San Diego Comic Con this past weekend. A bevy of new information was shared from this past weekend's Monster Hunter World panel at San Diego...

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This Akira 35th Anniversary Manga Box Set Is Incredible

This $130 box set includes all six volumes of the critically acclaimed Japanese graphic novel plus an Akira Club hardcover art book and the pill design patch. Image courtesy of RKADELABS Our first image of the Akira 35th Anniversary Ma...

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Gurren Lagann 10th Anniversary Event Coming To Otakon 2017

A special anniversary event commemorating the classic anime franchise will be held at Otakon in Washington D.C. this year. Aside from special guests, the panel will feature audience giveaways as well. Aniplex of America has announced today ...

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.hack//G.U. Last Recode To Get NA Physical Release

The upcoming remaster of the .hack//G.U. trilogy (Rebirth, Reminisce and Redemption) will have a physical release when it launches later this year for PlayStation 4 and PC. .hack//G.U. Last Recode, a remaster of the .hack//G.U. trilogy...

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Lovely Harley Quinn Play Arts Figure Revealed By Square Enix

This DC Comics Variant Harley Quinn Play Arts Kai figure is sure to make a beautiful addition to your collection. Though Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake director Tetsuya Nomura is no stranger to taking on DC Comics character...

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AnimeNEXT 2017: A Work In Progress

AnimeNEXT's community is its greatest potential. Its staff needs to figure out a way to better keep up with it. Photo courtesy of NeoHazard A crowd cheering on Luffy boxing Peter Griffin in a wrestling ring deafened me as I entered the Atla...

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Anime Expo 2017: Now This Is How You Anime

A mecca for otaku that's nothing short of an experience. Photo courtesy of LA Weekly As I was walking down the halls of the Los Angeles Convention Center with a friend, I mentioned that one of the best ways to describe Anime Expo is that it...

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AX ’17: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue Review

The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA that premiered at Anime Expo this year is a blissful reminder of why we all love this magical girl so much. Though manga readers can surmise what happens during  the Cardcaptor Sakura: Cle...

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Ranking Final Fantasy Protagonists From Worst To Best

With the recent release of Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age, we want to look back at all of the heroes that have taken us on some (mostly) breath taking adventures through wonderful worlds. Here are our rankings of all13 Final Fantasy prot...

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AX ’17: Aksys Announces New Otome Games For PS4 And Vita

A plethora of new PlayStation 4 and Vita exclusive Otome games have been announced for a Western release by publisher Aksys Games at Anime Expo this weekend, including Collar X Malice, Bad Apple Wars, 7’sCarlet, Code: Realize – Future Bless...

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AX ’17: Resident Evil: Vendetta Review

A movie that'll make you want to play it as a game. Though it suffers from the occasional hiccup, Resident Evil: Vendetta captures the franchise's cheesy, over-the-top action pretty well in just below 2 hours. The film follows the likes...

AX ’17: Gal Gun VR Early Look

New information on the upcoming VR entry in the franchise was revealed at Anime Expo 2017, including a new weapon and enhanced capabilities to explore both the world and the girls in them. An early version of Gal*Gun VR was shown off a...

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Anime Expo 2017 – Fate/Grand Order Launches This Sunday

Fate/Grand Order, the free-to-play mobile title that's been downloaded over 9 million times in Japan so far, will be launching very soon here in the west. In celebration, a launch party will be held for the game at Anime Expo 2017 next week...

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Space Patrol Luluco Designer Drew AnimeNEXT’s Program Cover

Studio TRIGGER's very own artist Mago revealed via Twitter that AnimeNEXT's program cover was actually drawn by himself. Mago served as Space Patrol Luluco's character designer and ending illustrator, an anime known for its distinct style. ...

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Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue Premieres July 1st

The next iteration of the Cardcaptor Sakura series will be premiering at Anime Expo in just over a week! The Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA will be premiering at Anime Expo in just over a week from today on July 1...

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Why You Should Care About In This Corner Of The World

With a screening set for this year's Anime Expo featuring director Sunao Katabuchi, find out why critically acclaimed In This Corner Of The World is worthy of your attention. Whether you're into anime or not, this movie is worthy of you...

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.hack//G.U. HD Remaster Revealed For PC and PS4

A remaster of the cult classic celebrating the 15th anniversary of the .Hack series was revealed earlier today. The title will include brand new elements that weren’t present in the original game, with original designer Hiroshi Matsuyama re...

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Rem Sidestory Anime Could Be Funded By Oculus Rift Founder

A Re:Zero Rem IF anime adaption could be brought to the world by way of Palmer Luckey, if a recent Twitter exchange is any indication. Photography by Lazy Lounger  Palmer Luckey, the founder of Oculus VR and designer of Oculus Rift, co...

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