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A Daily Dose of Music: Hello Sleepwalkers

It's been a little while since I checked in with Japanese rocks Hello Sleepwalkers, but their newest single has me doubting my choices. The high energy track, Hyakkiyakou is full of some really incredible vibes, really showcasing everything great about the band. Show More Summary

This is what a Final Fantasy VIII HD remake might look like

I don't think Square Enix are ever going to make the much-demanded HD remake of Final Fantasy VII, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of how awesome a beloved game can look when done up in modern technology. For artist Scott Honeycutt, the beloved game in question might be Final Fantasy VIII. Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Inou Battle episode 7

Yes, it is a bit odd for barely a day to have gone by since the last Inou Battle recap, but this latest episode upends the show's status quo in a great way that's hard not to want to talk about. Better still, it casts many of my previous comments about Inou Battle's "true nature" in doubt. And in this case, I'm quite glad to be wrong. Read more...

It's time to listen to Sailor Venus' new English voice

Wow. That was fast. I didn't expect Viz to release another Sailor Moon dub clip so soon. At least this means that we can finally see Minako/Sailor Venus' new voice in action. Overall, Cherami Leigh knocked it out of the ball park, which...Show More Summary

Post-work Tokyo beers

At the end of a long day, after another long week, post-work beers are always a well-earned treat before the last leg of what could also be a long journey home.

Streaming GET: Crunchyroll grabs Ultraman Leo

Ladies and Gentlemen. Once again, I'd like to remind everyone that Hell has officially frozen over. With Ultraman Leo now streaming on Crunchyroll, I think it's safe to say that the underworld has become a winter wonderland. Thanks to...Show More Summary

Watch One Piece's creator doodle, and get advice from Zoro

If you've got a property as popular as One Piece floating around, it's a good idea to give it a place to weigh anchor in the unfriendly seas of the internet. I'm sure that's what Eiichiro Oda and company were thinking when they opened...Show More Summary

Autumn colours in a Tokyo alley

The red autumn foliage in this alleyway may well be fake, but there’s no doubting the colourful character of the fella passing through it. A man whose smile is big, and his summer wear bold.

Sailor Jupiter brings down the thunder in Sailor Moon's new dub clip

As Viz prepares for the release of Sailor Moon's second box set, the company has uploaded a new preview that shows off Makoto/Sailor Jupiter's new voice. Also, it seems that Viz's going back to YouTube again, which might have to do with...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Gundam Build Fighters Try episode 6

Though we took quite a break between installments of our coverage of Gundam Build Fighters Try last time, I'm not about to let a good battle pass by, especially not as things are beginning to heat up for Team Try Fighters. Plus, this week's engagement, though short, is a lovely treat for anyone who loved the Universal Century's more realistic spinoffs. Read more...

A Daily Dose of Music: Lovendo?

The news of Sayumi Michishige's graduating from Morning Musume '14 sure got me bummed out. Just when I was feeling bad, fellow Hello! Project member, and ex-Morning Musume member Reina Tanaka has returned with a new single from her rock project, Lovendo?. Show More Summary

Final Fantasy XIII-2 time-warps to Steam soon

Ever since Final Fantasy XIII hit the PC way back in the halcyon days of last month, it was pretty much a foregone conclusion that the rest of Square Enix's grand, ill-fated trilogy would eventually make it over as well. And now theShow More Summary

Annotated Manga: Bleach chapter 604

When last we checked in with Bleach, Quincy big boss and mutton chop aficionado Ywach had pulled a real jerk move by regifting a whole buttload of power from his Sternritter on the ground. The intended destination of this "take from the poor, give to the rich" approach to group dynamics was clear enough, and in this chapter, we deal with the repercussions. Read more...

Preview Durarara!!x2's opening song

We only have to wait until January until we return to the mean street of Ikebukero, but for those who can't wait there's a new version of the Durarara!!x2 trailer. This version features the new song HEADHUNT, by Japanese garage rockers OKAMOTO. Show More Summary

New Utada Hikaru's cover album will feature video by Eva team

There's an official cover album on its way December 9th, called Utada Hikaru no Uta. As the title suggests, it will feature prominent musicians giving their take on some of the Queen of J-Pop's finest songs. Confirmed artists include,...Show More Summary

Boomslank comes at us with an epic new poster

Our friends over at Boomslank finally have some new work to share, and this time it's an amazing new poster. The print entitled OLYMPUS stirs memories of everything I love about Gundam, Five Star Stories, and giant mechs in general.Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Your Lie in April episode 5

This is really the kind of show you have to watch alone, due to the crazy emotions that tug at you during viewing. Everything is so subtle and delicate, you feel like any distraction might take away from the experience. The music, color pallets, and those eyes! Yes, I still love Your Lie in April. It feels weird going so gaga for a show. Show More Summary

A Daily Dose of Music: EGOIST

Oh man, this one is straight fire. Originally conceived as a fictional band for the anime series Guilty Crown, the amazing group EGOIST luckily continued past its original engagement. Made up by supercell's ryo and vocalist Chelly, they...Show More Summary

Annotated Anime: Shirobako episode 5

The story this week on Shirobako is complicated otaku-level hand wringing. Again. It's not particularly engaging unless you have a stake in the overall evolution of animation styles and methods in Japan. As someone who has lived through...Show More Summary

The Last: Naruto The Movie will be 'a love story'

The main plot of Naruto may be over, but that won't be stopping this ninja train. No, sir. After all, there's still the upcoming film, The Last: Naruto The Movie to take into account. And if you're in the crowd that ignores the animated...Show More Summary

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