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  • 13Oct

    Batman’s 75th Anniversary Celebration and Exhibit at NYCC 2014

    This year mark’s the 75th Anniversary of Bob Kane and Bill Finger’s iconic character Batman, and New York Comic Con decked the halls of the Javits Center in the spirt of the Dark Knight himself with a wide array of Batman related guests, content and exhibits. The official 75th Anniversary Panel featured Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment, along with Neal Adams, Scott Snyder, Greg Capullo, Jim Lee, and everyone’s favorite Batman himself, Kevin Conroy in my personal favorite Batman role ever, Batman: The Animated Series. Batman: TAS artist, Bruce Timm and writer and artist Darwyn Cooke each created their own Batman short for the celebration. For anyone not lucky enough to score a seat in the panel, fear not, as both animated shorts are easy enough to find on the web now. In addition to the panel, Warner Brothers Comics, DC Entertainment and the United States

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  • 14Nov

    Interview With “Tales of” Producer Hideo Baba, at New York Comic Con

    Hideo Baba made an appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con to connect with fans and promote the upcoming Tales of Symphonia Chronicles and Tales of Xillia 2. As a fan of the series, I was fortunate enough to sit down and touch base with him about the series he’s extremely proud to be apart of. VB: How do you feel about the record breaking success of the Tales series here in the states, Tales of Xillia especially? HB: We are extremely pleased that more and more fans are picking up the series! I’ve been visiting the states more, and we’re very proud that the series has maintained it’s level of quality across so many generations and could appeal to a wider audience of gamers! VB: How has the Tales series stayed so popular in the West with increasing volume in sales, while interest in JRPGs has been on

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  • 11May

    Dragon’s Crown: Two Big Bouncing Problems for Gaming?

    About a month ago, Atlus confirmed the localization of Vanillaware’s Dragons’ Crown for North America. Many gamers like myself, who loved Odin Sphere for the Playstation 2, and Muramasa: The Demon Blade for the Wii were absolutely thrilled. Vanillaware’s character designer, George Kamitani has always had a very distinct style, which I have personally loved since as far back as Princess Crown for the Sega Saturn. Dragon’s Crown most noticeably features an evolution of his usual art style; The characters are more dramatically proportioned, with ridiculously mythologized body types. Rather than the daintier frames of Gwendolyn and Oswald, we now have the obscenely muscled Dwarf, and the notoriously buxomed Sorceress. And this has caused quite a bit of controversy amongst gamers with very vocal opinions. It all started with Kotaku’s Jason Schrierer stating Kamitani’s work embodied the “drawings of a fourteen-year-old-boy.” Kamitani fired back on his Facebook, with this image;

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  • 23Oct

    Heroines of Gaming: Samus Aran

    Welcome to the second entry of Heroines of Gaming! Last week we discussed the late, great RPG Cetra, Aeris Gainsborough. But this week, we’ll be covering a character who was introduced to the world in a gender-concealing Power Suit way, way back in 1986. Samus Aran [Metroid] There would be no way for me to continue another chapter of this column in good taste without giving Samus her fair due. She is virtually the poster child of badass women in gaming. Back in the 1980s, a female character being the primary hero of a video game was extremely rare. On top of that, when female characters became more prevalent as the star of a title, they usually had to be sexualized to varying extents for the game to be marketed to fans. Samus managed to dodge all of these stereotypes, and her series of games went on to be hugely

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  • 09Oct

    Heroines of Gaming: Aeris Gainsborough

    Throughout the entirety of my history with video games, one thing as stayed fairly consistent for me–I generally gravitate toward my female characters. And it’s not that I don’t appreciate male characters, (who tend to be the “star” of the game in the vast majority of titles) it’s that in most cases, I relate to the heroines more. Though most video games tend to have male writers and creators, I actually find the female characters they’ve created to be infinitely more interesting, and in a lot of cases, better developed than the heroines you’d see whose origins are in television or film. Growing up with a mother who exposed me to soap operas from a young age left me rather traumatized in regards to female imagery in the media. (Sleeping with your friend’s husband, and then throwing her in a pool while ripping her dress off makes you shed a

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  • 17Apr

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (April 11th – April 24th)

    New People Presents Artist Village Vol. 5 to Celebrate Cherry Blossom Festival Eclectic Art Market Takes Over Dynamic J-Town Venue For Two Consecutive Weekends This Month With Works From A Talented Mix Of Local Asian And Western-Influenced Artists NEW PEOPLE, the dynamic San Francisco entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, teams up with BAZAAR BIZARRE SAN FRANCISCO to celebrate the 45th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival and present the NEW PEOPLE ARTIST VILLAGE Vol. 5 – a fun and festive vertical arts and crafts show to be stationed throughout the spacious Japantown venue for two consecutive weekends – April 14th / 15th and April 21st / 22nd from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day. The free event extends the Bay Area’s yearly celebration of Asian tradition with a dozen unique artists and merchants, stationed in colorfully decorated kiosks throughout the building, offering an eclectic

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  • 02Apr

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (April 3rd – April 10th)

    VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint releases author Natsuki Ikezawa’s surrealistic novel, THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATIAS GUILI! A Modern Classic Of Magical Realism And Political Satire That Reinvents Myths Of 20th Century Japan VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint has announced the release today of author Natsuki Ikezawa’s surrealistic novel, THE NAVIDAD INCIDENT: THE DOWNFALL OF MATIAS GUILI. The book is published by the company’s Haikasoru imprint and carries an MSRP of $24.99 U.S. / $28.99 CAN / £16.99 UK. An eBook edition is also available on the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, the Barnes & Noble’s Nook Books Store, and the Sony Reader™ Store. Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation. In this sweeping magical-realist epic set in the fictional south sea

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  • 20Mar

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (March 12th – March 27th)

    Japanese Game Event Comes to S.F.’s New People on March 23rd NEW PEOPLE about the first-ever U.S. installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th. NEW PEOPLE is located in San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. NEW PEOPLE invites visitors to become amateur detectives for a very special event as it welcomes the first-ever U.S. installment of “The Real Escape Game: The Escape From The Werewolf Village,” beginning Friday, March 23rd thru Sunday March, 25th. NEW PEOPLE is located in San Francisco’s Japantown at 1746 Post St. “The Real Escape Game” is an inventive live game event originally created in Japan that requires players to cooperate and use their detective skills to solve multiple mysteries to locate a hidden key in order to escape from a locked room within a limited time. The U.S. edition, “The Escape

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  • 06Mar

    Pray For Japan: Nationwide Charity Theatrical Engagement

    Pray For Japan Special Nationwide Charity Theatrical Engagement on March 14, 2012 Honors One-Year Anniversary of Japanese Tsunami Tragedy!! On March 11, 2011, Japan’s Tohoku coastal region was destroyed by a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and devastating tsunami that followed. PRAY FOR JAPAN takes place in the devastated region of Ishinomaki, Miyagi – the largest coastal city in Tohoku with a population of over 160,000 people. Filmmaker Stu Levy – an American living in Japan – filmed the tsunami aftermath during his trips to Tohoku as a volunteer and over a period of 6 weeks, captured over 50 hours of footage. PRAY FOR JAPAN focuses on four key perspectives of the tragedy – School, Shelter, Family, and Volunteers. With each perspective we meet victims who faced significant obstacles and fought to overcome them. Through these four vantage points, the audience is able to understand the vast ramifications of this large-scale natural

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  • 05Mar

    Turning Japanese Weekly News (February 22nd – March 11th)

    VIZ Media & Warner Brothers To Develop Bleach Live Action Movie VIZ Media’s Mega-Hit Franchise Continues To Expand Across All Entertainment Channels, Win In Ratings, And Top Best Seller Lists VIZ Media announced today that Warner Bros. Pictures has acquired the live-action feature film rights to the hit manga and anime property BLEACH. The announcement comes after another successful year for BLEACH in print, digital publishing, cable television, streaming video, consumer products and video-on-demand. “BLEACH has built a huge international following in its manga and anime formats, and we’re excited that Warner Bros. shares our belief that BLEACH can also become a fantastic live-action film,” said Jason Hoffs of VIZ Productions, VIZ Media’s Hollywood-based production company. “BLEACH is an exciting opportunity to mix Japanese and Hollywood storytelling to create something new for the big screen, and we’re thrilled for the opportunity to further expose its unique characters and story to

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