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Into JRPGs? Know the History Behind the JRPG Classic, Dragon Quest!

The Dragon Quest franchise is one of the longest running and most important JRPG franchises of all time. Its effect on the entire genre of video games cannot be overstated. The original Dragon Quest on NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) essentially created the JRPG, without it, there would be no Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Pokemon, or…

Anime ‘Laughing Under the Clouds’ Goes Live-Action Film!

Donten ni Warau (曇天に笑う), or Laughing Under the Clouds, is a manga series by Karakara-Kemuri (唐々煙). Like many other manga series, it has been adapted into an anime series. And the latest news is that the manga series will be getting a live-action film adaptation! No Swords For Samurai 『#曇天に笑う』最新チラシのビジュアルがついに解禁!! 天火の男らしさとかっこよさを全面に押し出し、武器となる赤い鉄扇からのぞく凛々しい表情と和洋折衷の衣装から、映画の世界観がビシビシ伝わるビジュアルになりました! pic.twitter.com/Pd5wJMjMfG — 映画『曇天に笑う』 (@donten_movie)…

The Sanrio Boys Are Having Their Own Smartphone Game Soon!

The popular brand Sanrio has a large number of characters from their extensive list to introduce to all of us. But within that list, the closest that would represent anime characters would be their group of five “ikemen” (good-looking) guys, the Sanrio Boys. Background of the Sanrio Boys The Sanrio Boys consists of five high…

Are Japanese RPGs Finally Making a Comeback?

If you grew up in the 1990s like I did, you might remember how we all thought, “Only Japan makes great games.” Most of the great game companies were Japanese and they were exporting their best games all over. For me, I love old-fashioned Japanese role-playing games (JRPG) in the vein of Final Fantasy, Dragon…

‘A Silent Voice’ – a Japanese Anime Made to Accommodate the Deaf

It rarely happens for an animation to feature a deaf character until the upcoming Japanese animation called “Koe no Katachi” or “A Silent Voice” which literally means “The Shape of Voice” in English. This is going to be an emotional character animation which will be shown nationwide in Japan this coming September 17, 2016. It…

Which Anime is the Latest to Get Its Own Live-Action Film Adaptation?

Usually, when a manga or anime series achieves popularity, a live-action film or series will follow suit. It has already happened to many series such as ‘Great Teacher Onizuka’, ‘Ouran High School Host Club’, and ‘Rurouni Kenshin’, and now it is Gintama (銀魂)’s turn to get its own live-action film adaptation! Synopsis of Gintama In…

“Mamma Mia!” The Super Mario Brothers Are Now on Uno Cards with a Twist!

One of the undeniable things in life is how everything is much more fun with our friends around. We all go through countless memories with our friends whether these may be some of the happiest, saddest, or even the stupidest times around. Most of us have also enjoyed our time with our friends by hanging…

Tokyo Ghoul Announces Lead Casts in Its Upcoming Live Action Film!

We all saw this coming. The much-awaited anime Tokyo Ghoul season 3 might be having some production delays. Fret not! Sui Ishida, the man behind the creation of the popular manga series brings you some exciting news. Recently, Ishida confirmed that a live-action adaptation of Tokyo Ghoul is definitely on its way! So even if…

Meet Chibatman – Japan’s Own Dark Knight

Batman is the greatest hero in the DC Comics universe. He rides around the city of Gotham fighting crime and bringing justice to the citizens. Sadly, Batman does not exist in real life. While in Japan, the very last thing you would expect while driving around would be to see Batman driving next to you,…

Who Are Anime’s 5 Most Popular Magic Girls?

Mahou shojo, or magical girls, are a common theme in manga and anime series that go on to be highly successful. The first series that comes to mind is Sailor Moon, which has a large fan base all over the world. Japanese ranking site Charapedia conducted a survey in May 2016 to find out who…