Articles tagged with anime

Posted by Mark at 14:55
As part of Scotland Loves Anime.

If you fancy subjecting yourself to two of the three CGI Resident Evil films, you'll soon be able to do so on the big screen.

Screening at The Edinburgh Filmhouse as part of the regular Edinburgh leg of the Scotland Loves Anime film festival, 2008's Resident Evil: Degeneration will be shown on the 18th of October at 8:45, and this year's Resident Evil: Vendetta the day after at 8:30.

When Ben reviewed it back in the Loading Screen days, he said
it's not exactly a classic, but it is fun and thatís all you can ask for. Definitely worth a watch
It's screening alongside classic anime films such as Tokyo Godfathers and Venus Wars as well as the more recent critical darlings Your Name and A Silent Voice, so may be worth a look if you're already in town.

As the Glasgow films are yet to be announced, it's not known if the Resi films are going to be shown there as well.
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Posted by Mark at 10:54
Yes, they still use the term 'Home Video'.

Announced at their first Panel at the MCM London Comic-Con, Anime Limited will be releasing the four movies which spun out of Persona 3 in the UK, reports

There are few details knocking about, but we can safely assume they'll be out on Blu-Ray and will probably include an English dub. No date seems to have been set as yet.
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Posted by Mark at 18:10
As announced at TGS last year, the Ace Attorney anime has begun airing in Japan, and is currently being simulcast by Crunchyroll.

The first episode, which aired last week and becomes available to non-paying Crunchyroll users at around lunchtime on Saturday, mainly re-tells the first case from the first game, introducing the characters and sets up the overarching plot.

Interestingly, Crunchyroll are trialling an alternate subtitle feed with this series, where the default English subtitles reflect the original Japanese names of the characters, while the alternative one uses the names created for the Western localizations of the games, which may make the series easier to follow for people more familiar with those.
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Posted by Mark at 17:12
At this year's TGS and the flurry of sideshows which come with it, two games series were announced to be getting animated adaptations.

The first is Ace Attorney, which is getting a TV series to air in April. There were no other meaningful details announced apart from that Phoenix Wright, Miles Edgeworth and Maya Fey would be the main characters.

This isn't the first adaptation for the series, as it had a number of manga adaptations, some of which have made it to The West.

The other is Persona 5- the latest in a series known for its spinoffs- whose adaptation was announced at the Persona Special Stage event.

Siliconera points out that this has been described as a "Special Program" anime, suggesting that this might be a promotional or one-off production, rather than the two TV series Persona 4 got, or the movies Persona 3 was made into.
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Posted by Ben at 13:53
I'm not bitparade's resident One Piece expert, so bare with me on this! One Piece Pirate Warriors 3, the anime inspired brawler, headed to PS3, PS4, Vita, and Steam on the 28th August, has got a new Dressrosa trailer, posted below, which shows Luffy facing off against Doflamingo amongst others

Doflamingo is also available as a figurine in the collectors edition of One Piece Pirate Warriors 3

Bandai Namco have also announced a couple of dlc packs for the game, with each pack containing 4 exclusive missions, 4 exclusive costumes, and 5 costumes returning from the previous game

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Supercharged Robot
Posted by Ben at 15:24

A good chunk of my early play time with Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser was spent with a grin on my face. As someone whoís watched his fair share of old Japanese cartoons, it really is a well observed little thing. From the slightly cheap looking splash screens, the pompy music, even the loading screens and level title cards, itís chock full of character. Then thereís the game itself, youíre a giant red robot who can fire his fists like missiles and combine with his co-pilots like Power Rangers.

Itís not all just for colour either, which pilot you combine with affects your type of attack. Take Rocket Kaiser for example, combine with him and your shots will be accompanied by powerful missiles, with the charged weapon essentially being a huge bomb, great for taking down powerful enemies, but a spread of enemies could easily swarm you. In that case youíd be better off with Needle Kaiser, a wide shot type, but sheís weak both in terms of armour and damage dealt. Drill Kaiser is hugely powerful, but her range is tiny, meaning youíre putting yourself in danger every time you attack. Thunder Kaiser is something of a mix, his standard attack has decent range, his charge shot is powerful, but his bomb is feeble

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser has a peculiar kind of difficulty, the most notable thing is that it must be beaten on a single credit, thereís no continues to be had. Playing on the easy difficulty Iíve raced to the end of the game, once not even really trying whilst capturing our First Play video. The step up to the next difficulty level though made me hit a wall Iíve struggled to get past. Iím not sure what it is thatís stopping me from getting better at the game, it could just be that Iím not the gamer I used to be. I do sometimes feel a bit blind to the incoming bullets, but no more than any other shooter, but I think itís actually more to do with the shame of Vulkaiser. Your hitpoint is fairly small, still easy to hit, but only a tiny part of your giant mech, but because youíre essentially controlling a giant line whilst looking at the enemy, itís very easy to drag it in to incoming fire.

Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is a little sparse in terms of modes. Thereís the story mode and Ďtrainingí, which is just the main missions there for you to retry. Iím not sure Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is the game to spend hours practising, learning patterns. The training mode does allow you to complete stages though, opening up the next one you couldnít reach in a single run. Itís not a bad way to see the later levels on the harder difficulties, which at least helps keep things interesting. If you are chasing score then it does separate them by difficulty, and I think the scoring system works by rewarding you for destroying enemies as quickly as possible as they appear on screen, so maybe there is something to be said for spending the time learning patterns.

In terms of presentation, the game has no resolution options. As soon as you hit play though youíre presented with the option to go full screen, which may seem like a small thing, and does cause some problems on a 2 screen set up, as it merely changes your resolution to match the gameís. Itís welcome though, weíve reviewed a couple of games in the past year or so that havenít had that option. One of the drawbacks though, and this is kind of funny if youíre not playing seriously, is it means that when you unlock an achievement, or a friend signs in to Steam, you canít see a third of the screen. So if you are planning a serious run at the game, maybe turn off notifications.

Thereís no doubting Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser is fun, but a lot of that comes from its charm. It does a great job of harking back to old-school anime, both in tone and theme. Iím less sure the game itself rates as highly or holds up to repeated playthroughs. Which is a shame, I really like the mecha gimmick of combining with the other pilots, and their strengths and weaknesses do add a level of strategy to the game, itís just a shame the level design doesnít build on it, instead feeling more like a shooting gallery. Still, for the price itís a fun bit of nostalgia, hard to dislike, and not something youíll have seen too often
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Supercharged Robot VULKAISER!
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Posted by Ben at 02:11

Not the most memorable name, but one that is pretty fun to play

Supercharged Robot VULKAISER is a side on shooter, the kind you used to get, and the kind that's having a bit of a resurgence on Steam. What marks it out is that it's inspired by the classic robot animes of the 1970's and 80's

There's a gameplay video below where I play through the game, it's worth watching for the post-final boss alone.

There'll be a review of Supercharged Robot VULKAISER a little later in the week, it's released on 4th June, so I'm aiming for then (it's priced at the not unreasonable £3.99 too fact fans)

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Posted by Mark at 11:30
So last month Atlus promised the west a release of the tie-in game to popular anime series Attack On Titan, and have bought both good and bad news this week.

The good news is that the US now has a release date for 3DS eShop of May 12th.

The bad news, depending on your viewpoint, is that in Europe, the game will be partially reverting to its Japanese name of SHINGEKI NO KYOJIN: Humanity in Chains, presumably all in capitals.

Atlus hasn't gone into much detail on the matter, only mentioning in a Facebook post that "Unfortunately, there's a copyright claim in Europe", preventing them from using the AoT name.

There's still no release date for Europe, but all western buyers will recieve a free 3DS theme for their troubles.
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Posted by Ben at 07:01
I'll be honest, Senran Kagura doesn't mean a lot to me, but it's a name I keep seeing posted around the internet. A bit of reading around and it turns out it's a hyper fast brawler about high school ninja girls, and that it is coming to the west at all is a bit of a surprise.

As you can probably tell from the EU retail version boxart (our header image) Senran Kagura Burst, the new 3DS game, is fairly obsessed with titillation. Boobs bounce, you can alter underwear colour, clothes get torn during fights, it's not exactly demur.

Hence the surprise that it's getting a boxed retail release, as it is eshop only in America, but it is and it will be available on the 28th February

I'll be honest, I'm a little surprised it's getting a retail release, but hopefully that I've heard of Senran Kagura Burst is indicative that there's a bit more to the game. My advice though, if things like this, and Killer is Dead, Dead or Alive, Dragon's Crown etc raise your ire, stay away from it, for your sake as much as everyone else's
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Posted by Ben at 11:27
If you're of a certain age, and it's worrying how often I say that as the years encroach, you'll remember an old anime that made its way on to British television called Mysterious Cities of Gold.

I'll be honest, that it had been recommissioned after twenty-odd years was a complete surprise to me, but it did go some way to explain why there was a game based on Mysterious Cities of Gold (Secret Paths) up on Steam, and the WiiU eshop

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