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Unboxing and Giving Away the Gorgeous Cupid Parasite LE Set

It’s a grand time to be an otome game fan with the recent slew of releases we’ve been having this year, and we have more on the way, which is definitely cause for celebration. 🎉 Following the long break after releasing Hakuoki: Kyoto Winds and Hakuoki: Edo Blossoms, our friends at Idea Factory International understood the assignment and has delivered to us the wonderful game that is Cupid Parasite for all of us to partake and enjoy! What’s Cupid Parasite about? Don’t worry, I’ve got the deets f

I’m Going Ape Over Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania’s Roster

Gather around y’all, it’s time for experience some marvelous monkey magic in the upcoming Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania! And it’s indeed magical because this release is the HD remaster of not only the first Super Monkey Ball, but also Super Monkey Ball 2 AND Super Monkey Ball Deluxe. With this year being the 20th anniversary of the Super Monkey Ball series, it’s the perfect time for some monkey mayhem! If you’ve yet to experience the world of Super Monkey Ball and have no idea what I’m talking

Make Your Wishes Come True in the New Tears of Themis Event

It’s time to beat the summer heat with a cool and sweet new event in miHoYo’s Tears of Themis! The game’s release was met with high acclaim, with 668,238 folks pre-registering to play. Not bad for miHoYo’s first ever Romance game, huh? To keep the celebrations going, the global version’s first ever event, Summer Breeze, has recently started! There’s a bunch of stuff you can earn that will definitely help out your starting deck if you haven’t downloaded and played Tears of Themis yet (get a move

An Ode to the Reese’s Man

The first time I heard these words, I was having a particularly bad day, which was a common occurrence for me. My relationship with my parents, unfortunately, wasn’t the best, so fights happened pretty frequently. The topic of this particular fight was dealing with my future and what I was going to do with my life. Y’know, the standard “you’re wasting your life” sort of thing you might hear from parents at some point. But in truth, I had no idea what the hell I even wanted to do because I wasn’t

7 Reasons Why You Should Check Out Tears of Themis

The mobile otome gaming world is about to get a serious shake-up this week that will delight many otome game fans. Why is that? My dear reader, let me enlighten you with what will grace our mobile devices this Thursday. miHoYo, the famed developer behind big hits such as Honkai Impact 3rd and Genshin Impact, will be releasing the international version of Tears of Themis, the studio’s first Romance game with a detective twist! Stellis, a city that rose from the clash of civilizations. Modern tec

Striving for Perfection in Guilty Gear -Strive-

It’s no secret that Guilty Gear is one of my favorite fighting game series, and watching the series grow and evolve throughout the years I’ve played the games has been a delight. As I mentioned in my review of the beta, I found a lot of my friends through playing fighting games, and Guilty Gear was a HUGE part of that. The landscape of games, both fighting and otherwise, has changed dramatically since the first time I played a Guilty Gear game, and Guilty Gear -Strive-, arriving on the scene in

Better Run Home to Mama Now! Virtua Fighter 5 Ultimate Showdown is HERE!

First released 14 years ago (yup, THAT long ago!), Virtua Fighter 5 was the latest entry in the storied franchise that introduced many players to 3D fighting games, as well as numerous other historic firsts that today litter the fighting game world. Virtua Fighter is perhaps one of the most historically important fighting game series, but struggled to stand out against flashier titles like Tekken and Dead or Alive, as 3D games became more and more common. Virtua Fighter, in many ways, built a st

Touken Ranbu Online Now Available in English!

That’s right, y’all, it’s finally time to unleash your inner Saniwa and forge these gorgeous swords as you embark in your Touken Ranbu journey. The English version of Touken Ranbu Online is finally available for all to play and enjoy! 🎉 With the game having been first released back in 2015, it really is a joyous occasion to be able to officially play and support the game. As you can imagine, when the English release of the game was announced with a portal to pre-register, Johren got A TON of fo

INTERVIEW: Learn About How ‘Like A Dragon’ Localization Came to be

Let’s face it: Kiryu is a freakin’ LEGEND. Not only is he a badass guy who strikes fear in the hearts of pretty much everyone when he gets serious, but he’s also a very wholesome dad who teaches his kids at the Sunshine orphanage very valuable lessons, and does anything he can to protect them. That being said, there’s no one quite like Yakuza series newcomer, Ichiban Kasuga. With Yakuza: Like a Dragon being released on the PS5 today, new players will get to meet our dear darling dork, as the wor

Carry On My Wayward Son: Guilty Gear Strive Beta Review

The world of fighting games is magical. That feeling when you pick up your controller or fight stick and you find that one character that just *clicks* with you. The countless hours of training with friends as you level up your skills while building a community together. The KOs. The PERFECT KOs. The DOUBLE KOs?! And the growth that comes from the losses to make you stronger… Ah yes, the fighting game world is truly magical. ✨ While I try to play the latest fighting games whenever they release,

The Joker Strikes Again: Persona 5 Strikers is an Action-RPG Romp

Back when Persona 5 Strikers was first announced, and it seemed to be like a “Musou style” game in the Persona series universe, I must admit, I had some mixed thoughts. The various Persona spin-off sequels have been fairly high quality, with Persona 4 Arena, Persona Q and Dancing All Night bringing fun, different twists to the Persona franchise, but I frankly couldn’t figure out how a Musou game would quite work out for the series. After spending time with the game, I’m not sure what I was expec

Touken Ranbu Online to Make Its English Debut!

Starting 2021 with a bang, the beloved Touken Ranbu Online game is finally getting an English version for all to play and enjoy, courtesy of Johren. No, you are not having a fever dream, this is REAL. Touken Ranbu Online English version is FINALLY gonna be a thing on February 23rd! The series recently celebrated its 6th anniversary, and we are getting quite the gift after years of fans asking “So why isn’t there an official English release yet?” despite the game’s wild popularity. If you really

Bright Shades of Grey: Yakuza Like a Dragon’s Heart and Shine + GIVEAWAY

That magical time is here, y’all: Yakuza: Like a Dragon has arrived! And what a magical time it is, because Like a Dragon cast a captivating spell on the masses that has them hooked on the game. Even when I went to Target to run some necessary errands, they were sold out of the game, which is something I haven’t seen any other Yakuza game do (at least in my neck of the woods). Everyone’s hooked, and there’s a convincing reason for that: the game’s just THAT good! I’d already played a bit of the

Preview: Yakuza: Like a Dragon Is a Fun & Addicting Quest

Ah, there’s nothing quite like strolling down the streets of Kamurocho while armed with a bicycle, ready to unleash some mayhem to the poor fools who were itching for a fight. For friends and long-time followers, the fact that I love the Yakuza series is no secret; I’ve built most of my streaming history playing the games, starting with Yakuza 0 and working my way through the series since. Last year I even had a chance to review Judgment, and really enjoyed the chance to see the world of Kamuroc

Vanillaware’s 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim is a Love Letter to Sci-Fi

What time is it? What day is it? What year is it? The passage of time really is a tricky thing. That’s especially true today more than ever as we’re still mostly working and studying from home in this pandemic. Putting around 10 hours into playing 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim, I realized something: this game is a love letter, written by Vanillaware on behalf of science fiction, and sent directly to me personally. This is a love letter for me, to remind me of the things I love about my favorite scienc

How The God of High School Revealed the True, Weird History of Taekwondo

The God of High School has tons of slick action and fight scenes, but one of the more interesting aspects of the series is the way it talks about martial arts, specifically Taekwondo! Jin Mori’s “Renewal Taekwondo” is more than just a fancy made up name, and is instead related to Taekwondo’s turbulent history. Curious to know more about Korea’s martial art export? Hit the jump to find out more in our deep dive!

Why Tite Kubo Giving Characters Personal Songs is So Important

As we get ready for the return of Bleach, it’s worth thinking about why the series has so much staying power, and the most obvious choice is it’s characters! But what makes the characters of Bleach so unique? It isn’t just their powers and aesthetics; it’s also the way in which author Tite Kubo ensured that every one of them was a fleshed out personality. And the cherry on top of that personality? The songs hand-picked by Kubo! Curious as to what we mean? Hit the jump to read on!
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