Nicole Mejias

Hi, I'm Nicole! I'm a passionate writer and editor at Crunchyroll specializing in anime and video games. I've also worked in the gaming industry for almost 2 years doing PR and marketing. For fun, I stream myself playing games, binge watch shows, read manga, and work out and dance at the gym.

BTS is Conquering the World, and They’ve got Anime on Their Side!

It’s hard to escape the pull of BTS; even if you aren’t a K-Pop fan or don’t know what it means when someone says that they’re ARMY, you’ve still probably heard of this top selling group. BTS has become inescapable, appearing in Time magazine, Saturday Night Live, and even winning 2 Billboard Music Awards yesterday along with doing an amazing performance with Halsey at the awards show! "But why am I reading about them on Crunchyroll?" you might be asking yourself. Well, as you may have guessed,

Squared Circle Otaku: How Anime Inspired Wrestlers

Two rivals stand across from each other, ready to throw down. This is the culmination of weeks of blood, sweat, and tears of high emotion and raw power. Everything fans have been waiting for is about to happen in an explosive, no holds barred battle, where only the strongest survives! If you had to pick whether that passage described your favorite anime action series or professional wrestling, you might have a hard time picking between the two of them; the fact of the matter is that wrestling an

THE GREAT CRUNCHYROLL NARUTO REWATCH Heats up with the Legendary Sannin Battle in Episodes 92-98!

It's that time, y'all. It's time for the GREAT CRUNCHYROLL NARUTO REWATCH! I'm Nicole Mejias, and I'll be your host this week as we make our way through all 220 episodes of the original Naruto. Last week, we tackled episodes 85-91, introducing us into the arc of Tsunade's path to becoming the next Hokage. This week, we've got episodes 92-98 on the docket, so let's get to it! Last week we started to learn more about Tsunade, the woman who may become the next Hokage. This batch of episode leads u

The History of Anime and Manga in Brazil

If you were to guess the country that has some of the longest history with Japan and Japanese culture, you might guess the United States, but you’d be wrong. One of the oldest relationships between Japan and Western countries actually falls to Brazil, home to one of the most vibrant and active anime and manga fandoms in the world. But how did that come about, and what lead to the rise of anime in Brazil? The story of anime in Brazil is one that spans over a hundred years of international relatio

Master of Horror Junji Ito Thrills Fans at Gallery Meet-up!

This past weekend, fans were able to tour through a gallery of the works of Junji Ito, and even meet up with the master of horror himself! This event took place in a small venue, but fans absolutely packed it to the gills, with people coming from not only Japan, but also Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Norway, France, and Dubai to get a chance to meet one on one with Ito himself and walk away with a one of a kind sketch! Guests were able to tour through a showing of Ito’s works, and finally meet up wi

Hold it!! Ace Attorney is Back, and We’ve Updated the Court Records!

When Capcom offered me a chance to review Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Trilogy, I have to admit that I did a little fist pump at my desk. Ace Attorney is a series that’s very dear to me, and in many personal ways is responsible for where I am today; without it, I would have probably never met many of the important people in my life, or maybe even be working here! So it was with excitement that I jumped back into the original trilogy of games on the PS4 to take a look at how the games have held u

Mob Psycho 100 II is Over, Long Live #RedrawReigen!

In 2016, we were gifted with the precious treasure that was Mob Psycho 100. Viewers soon found an amazing mixture of animation styles, psychic battles, comedy, and touching, heartfelt emotional messages about kindness, being honest with oneself, and friendship. While Mob might be the star of the show, the questionable morals (at least, in business) and charisma of his mentor Reigen caught many other fans by surprise, making him a key player in the series and the fan works surrounding the show.

Mob Monday Preview: It’s Over! Or is it?!

It seems like it was only a few short weeks ago that we were starting these previews, but now we’re at the very last episode of the season. Personally, I’m not ready for Mob Mondays to end, but if they have to end, then this is the way I want them to go out! This battle seems like it’s going to really show off the amazing animation skills BONES has been puttin on display this entire season, and I’m also excited to see this character arc of Mob’s growth come to an end. Toichiro sure seems quite p

Kotobukiya and How Hime Came to Life in Figure Form!

When it comes to showing one’s love for their favorite anime character or series, there are a lot of great merchandise options: charms, pins, badges, pillowcases, posters, and clothing are just some of the tips of the iceberg! But the overall reigning champion of anime merch is the figure. Nothing quite captures the charm and excitement of our favorite characters like a sculpted, scaled figure, ranging from the small and adorable chibi-style figurines to large scale plastic and PVC figures like

Devil May Cry 5 is Back with Amazing Smokin’ Sexy Style Gameplay!

This review might have taken quite a while to put together, but that’s because I’ve had such a hard time pulling myself away from Devil May Cry 5 to write this that I’m really spending the time writing this thinking about going back to it and working on my combos, working my rankings, wondering if I can actually beat the prologue boss… There’s so much about this game swirling in my head that I feel I could probably write this review in chunks for months and not say enough about it. While it may

Mob Monday Preview: 2 Episodes Left, and a Showdown Looms!

Before we even get started with thinking about the preview for episode 12 of Mob Psycho 100 II, I think we really need to take a moment to talk about episode 11! When we started last week, we really thought that the fireworks would be going off in some amazing battle scenes, and while we got them, it was sort of amazing how… simply each one of them ended. And yet despite how simple these battles resolved, so many things happened in episode 11 that are setting us up for the finale that are pretty

THE GREAT CRUNCHYROLL NARUTO REWATCH Crashes the Chunin Exams in Episodes 64-70!

Come one and come all to THE GREAT CRUNCHYROLL NARUTO REWATCH! I'm Nicole Mejias, and I'll be your host this week as we make our way through all 220 episodes of the original Naruto. Last week, we covered episodes 57-63, and we continue this week with episodes 64-70. So the Chunin exam finally comes to a close in an explosive way, as Sasuke and Gaara face off! This was quite the rollercoaster batch of episodes, with the debut of Sasuke's Chidori attack, the hints about Sasuke's true abilities to pow

It's Spring Break Time and We’ve Got 10 Great Bingeable Anime to Watch!

The middle of March is a magical time; the season of Winter officially comes to a close, and Spring arrives with warmer temperatures, nature’s renewal, and for those of you lucky to enjoy it, Spring Break! But what do you want to do with your week off from responsibilities? Well, whether you’re hitting the beach or staying home, I've got 10 great shows for you to binge-watch wherever you’re relaxing. Whether you’re looking for suspense and mystery or action and comedy, this list of shows has a

Mob Monday Preview: Only 3 more episodes to go…?

It’s hard to believe that we’re already in the home stretch of episodes, with only 3 remaining for the rest of the season! It seems like Mob Psycho 100 II started just a few days ago really, and it seems like we have so much more left to cover… Well, while we can save the speculation for another season for a different day, today we’ve got to consider: how will Mob and company deal with Claw, whose plans not only seem to be working, but seem to be one step ahead of everybody else? Although Mob ca

Heeding the Call: Cthulhu and Japan

Depending on your interests, the name Cthulhu may stir feelings of some strange familiarity, or an excited, nearly existential sense of horror to come. Despite the fiction that birthed much of the “Cthulhu Mythos” being moderately popular, the cosmic horrors introduced by H.P. Lovecraft have morphed into a life of their own thanks to the work of his protege, August Derleth, leaving future generations to encounter the unknowable in various forms spanning video games, tv shows, movies, and perhaps

Mob Monday Preview: Things Are Maybe More Normal, but Still Weird!

I, for one, am glad that we can all breathe a big sigh of relief after that last Mob Psycho 100 II episode; not that this episode really answered the question for us up front, though, and it took almost most of the episode to find out the fact that Mob's mom, dad and Ritsu were okay! I was really dreading what might have been the reality if Dimple were lying to Mob, but thankfully it seems like we don’t have to worry about that. However, it has been nice to see Dimple’s constant evolution over s

Is STEINS;GATE ELITE Worth Risking the Timeline For?

Growing up in Puerto Rico, learning English was something of a challenge for me when it inevitably reared its head; thanks to Pokémon Red, my reading skills improved dramatically thanks to an interest in video games and wanting to understand them as I played along. Fast forward many years after that fact, and I found myself deeply in love with visual novels and sound novels, playing titles like Higurashi and Umineko, those kinds of games (especially otome games!) becoming one of my favorite to p

Anime on the Big Screen in 2019

Anime movies take us to a special place we don't often get to enjoy our hobby in: the movie theater! Whether based on popular series or original, cinema only stories, anime in the movies is always a great time. There were a lot of wonderful movies last year, and this year seems like we'll be getting a pretty nice crop of new films to check out while enjoying some popcorn and watching with other anime fans together! So, without delay, here's a list of anime movies scheduled to be released in 2019

Mob Monday Preview: Everything Is DEFINITELY Not Normal!

What is even happening anymore?! Okay, so, when we asked last week how long things might be normal or calm, I didn’t think that was an invitation for this show to go totally off the rails! In fact, I have to seriously wonder if everything is real or not, because this just seems too cruel and too unlike the Mob Psycho 100 that we've seen, know and love. And if it's real, what possible ending could we be moving towards in the last few episodes of the show here? After all, there seems to be only ab

Lacing up My Running Shoes: Revisiting My Journey to Be the Very Best This Pokémon Day!

Come one, come all! It's that exciting time of the year where fans come together to celebrate the love of their beloved series: Pokémon! Pokémon Day is here once more, and fans all over have been getting ready to join in the festivities through various activities, like playing some of the classic games, sharing some Pokémon-themed baked goods with friends, or watching countless episodes of the anime all day long. Some fans have even started fun initiatives, like the #PokemonDayCountdown challeng
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