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.

The Best Anime Expo 2019 Artist Alley Table Names, Ranked!

Anime Expo is upon us, and the excitement is in the air as anime fans await the biggest celebration of all things anime. Yeah, sure, there will be long lines to do all the cool stuff, but it’ll be worth it, right? Are y’all done with your prepping your cosplay? If you’re still chugging about, why not take a break and look at the weird table names that artists have chosen for their vending area at Anime Expo’s Artist Alley? Yes, that’s right, we’re doing this again this year!

Celebrate Hirohiko Araki’s Birthday by Learning About the Man Behind JoJo’s!

Born on June 7th, 1960, Hirohiko Araki celebrates his 59th birthday this year! Hailing from Sendai, Miyagi, Japan, the creator of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure has been wowing audiences across the globe with his unique art and storytelling. But aside from JoJo’s, how much else do you know about Araki? Well, whether you answered that with “a lot” or “nothing at all”, we figured there was no better way to celebrate the father of Jotaro, Joseph, Josuke, Giorno, and DIO than with a retrospective look at the man behind the pen. If you’re a long time fan of Araki’s or a newer fan lured in by your friends endlessly talking about JoJo references, we think you’ll find something interesting that you probably didn’t know before!

Show Off Your Anime Collection on Fan Shrine Fridays!

One of the greatest parts of sharing the love of anime with others is fan works, from fan-art to cosplay, but there's another type of devotion that doesn't always get quite as much attention: fan shrines! Longtime readers might remember that Nate Ming used to run a Fan Art Friday column (which ran for a full 5 years!), and starting up this week I'm going to be running a new iteration of that, giving fans a chance to show off their amazing shelves, shrines, and assorted collections devoted to their favorite characters and series! Fan shrines can tell you a lot about someone's personality–from how they like to organize things, to what types of items they like most, to, especially, what they're most proud of. We've got a few examples of what we're looking for, and at the end you'll find all the information you need in order to submit your own Fan Shrine for consideration in our new feature!

Fantastic Fighting Action in Arc System Works’ Granblue Fantasy Versus Closed Beta

When I was a kid, one of the most fun ideas around the lunch table was talking about who would win in a fight between favorite characters from various TV shows, anime, and other media. After discovering my love of fighting games, I started talking with people not just about who would win, but how would they play in a fighting game based around their property; who would have what types of moves, what would the system be like, all of those conversations of what-ifs and if-onlys seemed totally fanciful. After all, fighting games were usually original properties, and the history of most licensed fighting games was generally pretty grim. That all changed when Capcom branched out into their VS. series, bringing comic book characters and video game characters to their fighting game engines, giving us amazing titles like Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Nintendo gave us even more food for thought with the Smash Bros. series, pitting fan favorite Nintendo characters against each other in four player brawls. NetherRealms followed suit, giving us the Injustice series, and recently Arc System Works got in on the action with the Persona 4 Arena titles. The rebirth of fighting games seems to be now, and what better time to reignite those debates of “who would win” than with a game filled to the brim with colorful, unique characters: Granblue Fantasy!

Puzzle Combat Brawls Await in Puyo Puyo Champions!

Puyo Puyo is perhaps one of the longest running puzzle franchises aside from Tetris, but it has never had an easy path to popularity and success outside of Japan. One of the first iterations of the game got renamed to Doctor Robotnik’s Mean Bean Machine, and releases of the series have been somewhat sporadic ever since, finding its home with maniac puzzle game fans who enjoyed a challenge and battling with their friends.

Shield Hero Fans Receive Justice for Their Hero!

This week's episode kicks off with the POPE going absolutely MAD with power, as he seeks to eliminate all of the Cardinal Heroes for having hurt the people inhabiting the world with their reckless actions rather than help them out like they're supposed to. Yeah, sure, Motoyasu, Ren and Itsuki (but ESPECIALLY Motoyasu!) have caused more harm than good, but Naofumi's the one who's been cleaning up after their messes, so what's up with that?!

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,
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