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Gundam Musou 3 heading to North America!

Posted in Video Games with tags , , , , on February 5, 2011 by Pirate

Namco Bandai announced on their Facebook page that Gundam Musou 3 (Known in America as Dynasty Warriors: Gundam 3) will be heading to North America. Gundam Musou 3 is the third game in the Gundam Musou beat ’em uo video game series.

The first game was released in Japan on March 2007 for the PS3, PS2, and Xbox 360. The second game was released in Japan on December 18, 2008 for the PS2, PS3, and Xbox 360. Both games were later released in North America.

This game was released in Japan on December 16, 2010 for the PS3 and Xbox 360, and will be released in North America this summer.

As a fan of the game series, I am pretty pleased by this turn of events. I will be buying!

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Sengoku Basara film to open June 2011!

Posted in anime, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2011 by Pirate

The as-of-now unnamed Sengoku Basara anime film will open in Japanese theaters on June 4, 2011. The anime film is based on the anime series Sengoku Basara, which is in turn based on the video game series of the same name.

The video game series is published by Capcom, with the first game being released in Japan and North America in 2005 for Playstation 2. In America, the game received controversy due to a not-so-great dub, including the name, which was changed from Sengoku Basara to Devil Kings. The series is a fantasy beat ’em up.

The second game, Sengoku Basara 2, was released in 2006 for the Playstation 2 and Nintendo Wii. The game was never released in North America. The third game, Sengoku Basara 3, (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes in North America) was released in 2010 for the Playstation 3 and Nintendo Wii.

The first anime series, Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings, aired in Japan from April 2009 to June 2009 with 13 episodes. It was animated by Production I.G. (Ghost in the Shell, Blood+, Moribito) and directed by Itsuro Kawasaki (Arc the Lad, Chrono Trigger). The second series, Sengoku Basara II, aired in Japan from July to September 2010 with 12 episodes. The series was also animated by Production I.G., but this time was directed by Kazuya Nomura.

The upcoming film will also be animated by Production I.G.,  and will be also directed by Kazuya Nomura. The franchise follows various generals in the Sengoku Period as they go into war.

In North America, FUNimation has licensed both anime series, and is expected to license the film, too.

Underrated, un-popular games that I own part 1

Posted in Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 19, 2010 by Pirate

As a game collector, I have played and bought many games that would make people ask “What then heck is that game? I have never heard of it, so it must be really suckish!”. Well, that isn’t always the case. Unknown games can be fun, too. To be fair, when it comes to games, I am not very picky at all. I will enjoy and game short of puzzle games. Anyway, here is the list:

1. Draglade. Known in Japan as Custom Beat Battle Draglade, this game for the Nintendo DS mixes fighting, anime-ish RPG, and even…music. Yes, you heard right. Music. This game was released in North America by Atlus USA, and I am glad too. The game takes place in a post-modern world where everyone has this device called a G-Con. G-Cons are toys/weapons that people use in friendly competition, but like many toyetic anime, the villains also use these for their evil goals. The game is pretty fun, and I would reccomend it to anyone who like fighting games that make you use musical combos. It has a sequel, but a US release seems not-so-likely.

2. Mystic Heroes. Mystic Heroes is a Japanese beat ’em up video game based on a Chinese novel, Fengshen Yanyi. The game was released for the Nintendo Gamecube, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation 2. It was published by Koei. The game is just like Dynasty Warriors for a younger age. Imagine all the characters smaller and younger, and the game not as long, and there you have it. If you like beat ’em ups like Dynasty Warriors, GET THIS GAME. Don’t let the “For younger audiences” thing scare you, this is almost as hardcore as beat ’em ups get. P.S. I got the Gamecube version.

3. Transformers. No, not the games based on the films. Everybody knows about those. No, I mean the 2004 PlayStation 2 video game published by Atari based on the Transformers: Armada anime series. This game trumps all the film-based video games. There are no annoying humans. There are no levels that have nothing to do with the plot. There are no annoying side-missions. The graphics are actually better, and I loved the cutscenes. If you are a Transformers fan with a PS2 and you don’t have this game, then hurry and get it.

4. Spyborgs. Spyborgs is a sci-fi beat ’em up for the Nintendo Wii, and was published by Capcom. This game is surprisingly good, although the plot left alot to be desired. This game is from some of the same creators as some of the Ratchet and Clank games, so the battle style is similar. You blast things, these things drop colorful orbs, its chaotic, and its crazy. Still, I liked it, and I hope it sells well. This game is begging for a sequel.

Thats it for today. I’ll have some more soon.

ANN now streaming Birdy the Mighty DECODE and Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom

Posted in anime with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 4, 2010 by Pirate

ANN, AKA Anime News Network has added some more subbed anime to their online streaming site: All 26 subbed episodes of Birdy the Mighty DECODE and all 26 subbed episodes of Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom.

Birdy the Mighty DECODE is a sci-fi anime that is a remake of an OVA, which is based on the manga one-shot by Masami Yuki. The manga ran in Shonen Super Sunday from 1985 to 1988, and was canceled. In 1996, it was turned into a four-episode OVA, animated by Madhouse. In 2003, the author remade the manga, which ran in Weekly Young Sunday and Big Comic Spirits from 2003 to 2008 with 20 volumes. Then in 2008, the anime was remade to this one, animated by A-1 Pictures. Then, in 2008, the author made a third manga, which premiered in Weekly Young Sunday, where it is still going with over 4 volumes.

In North America, the OVA is licensed by Central Park Media. The new anime is licensed by FUNimation. The manga has yet to be licensed.

Phantom – Requiem for the Phantom is a action/drama anime series based on the OVA which is based on the Nitroplus video game Phantom of Inferno. Phantom of Inferno was released in Japan on February 25, 2000 for the PC and Playstation 2. It was adapted into a three-episode OVA, Phantom – The Animation,  in 2004, and was animated by KSS. It was remade into an anime series 2009, and finished Fall 2009, and was animated by Bee Train. It was also later turned into a manga series.

 

In North America, the OVA is licensed by Media Blasters, and the anime series was licensed by FUNimation. The video game was never licensed.

ANN is also now streaming:

One more subbed episode of Cross Game from Viz Media

One more subbed episode of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan from Viz Media

Two more subbed episodes of Hikaru no Go from Viz Media

One more subbed episode of Kaasan – Mom’s Life from Crunchyroll

Bandai licensed Turn A Gundam and Tales of the Abyss

Posted in anime, Video Games with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 23, 2010 by Pirate

Today, Bandai announced that they had licensed two more anime: Turn A Gundam and Tales of the Abyss. This announcement made many fans happy.

Turn A Gundam is yet another anime in the Gundam franchise. In Japan, it aired from April 1999 to April 2000 with 50 episodes. It was animted by Sunrise, who has animated pretty much every single Gundam anime. It spawned three manga series, two of them in 1999, and the third in 2004. It also made two anime films, both in 2002.

As of today, no one has licensed any of the manga or anime films. No one had licensed the anime before Bandai.

Tales of the Abyss is a fantasy anime based is based on the Namco Bandai video game for the PS2. The game came out in Japan on 2005, and in the US the next year. The anime series ran in Japan from October 2008 to March 2009 with 26 episodes. It was also animated by Sunrise. It also spawned three manga.

The game has been released in North America, but none of the manga have been licensed yet.