New Series By The Creator Of OTOMEN Set In Medieval England Is Based On Shakespeare’s Political Drama Richard III

San Francisco, CA, February 26, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga (graphic novels) and anime in North America, delivers an engrossing new series from one of the most exciting voices in contemporary manga with the launch of REQUIEM OF THE ROSE KING on March 10th.

Published in Manga Industry
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 23:29

Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen Review Up

And so for a review that's been bugging me to be written for awhile (and ironically after I finish Dragon Age Inquisition), we have the review for the good yet deeply flawed game Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen.

Published in New Reviews
Thursday, 03 April 2014 18:56

Ixion Saga DT (TV, 2012)


Ixion Saga DT is your generic story of a man summoned to another world to save the...

Wait, did he just DO that?! OH! That shit looks like it hurt! Holy shit, dude, that dude just got....and the hits just keep on coming! Oh the pain! The fuck?! He just...that's wrong dudes, that's wrong! Mercy! For fuck's sake, mercy!

Published in Anime Reviews
Monday, 09 November 2009 19:40

Dragon Age: Origins (PC, 2009)


Dark times have come to the nation of Fereldan. Having recently freed itself from a century of occupation by a neighboring country, now a new, ancient threat has begun to move in the southern reaches of her lands. The darkspawn, a twisted mockery of life created when the mages of old attempted to breach the Maker's city, are rising. So evil that just being splattered by their blood can be enough to corrupt you and turn you into one of them when it doesn't just kill you, they are legion – and man alone is not enough to fight them. Enter the Gray Wardens, an order of heroes who appeared when all hope seemed lost during the first invasion by the darkspawn so long ago. Men and women of all race and creed, immune to the taint, and gifted with unheard of strength and power and... Oh, sod it, we've heard this story before, let's just get on with the review.

Published in Video Game Reivews
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 23:17

Spice and Wolf (TV, 2008)


The way that I figure it, you can divide every season of anime into three sets of series. There's the Generics - the ones that are there every season, in some form. The series that are the same story, with a different name, in other words. Then there's the Brand Names - the series that make the season. Often these are sequels, or else eroge conversions, but they share a common trait with the Generics in that it's still stuff that you've seen before. Now, needless to say, I'm after the third group, the Wild Ideas... These are the series that try a really new spin on something. They might be based on a manga, or eroge - but not the sort of 'seen it before' material shared by the first two groups. It's hard to do, and be successful - the sad thing is, it seems like most viewers want either the Generics, or the Brand Names... In short, they want stuff that they're comfortable with. Get to the point, JC, I can hear you saying. Alright - it's this season's Wild Idea that I'm taking a look at today, Spice and Wolf.

Published in Anime Reviews
Sunday, 06 January 2008 22:57

Night Wizard (TV, 2007)


After all the heavy romance, drama and tragedy-esque series that have popped up this season, I thought I'd take the time to look at something a bit easier on the emotional roller coaster - a more or less straight action/humor series by the name of Night Wizard. At first glance, the title seems like it'd tell you everything you need to know about it - there's gonna be magic, there's gonna be explosions, and it's gonna be good vs evil. Eh... not quite so fast, kids. It does have all those things in there, but as with all things that come with the night, there's a lot of shades of gray that pop up. Oh - watch out for falling men...

Published in Anime Reviews
Wednesday, 29 August 2007 20:54

Murder Princess (OVA, 2007)


Let's take the time to tell a little fairy tale, shall we? Once upon a time, there was a little castle in a little country, which was under attack by an evil scientist with two cute, pint-sized robots. The country's princess was able to escape, though, and went running away into the forest at the insistence of her guardians. The princess ran as hard as she could, until she came upon something wicked in the forest, but a hero arrived just in time to save her... or she would have, if the princess hadn't panicked and stumbled, knocking them both off a cliff. The end. Well, almost, anyway, because it wouldn't be much of a series if Murder Princess had ended in the first fifteen minutes.

Published in Anime Reviews
Tuesday, 28 August 2007 00:00

Kaibutsu Oujo (TV, 2007)


There's an old proverb that goes something like this: "No good deed goes unpunished." Sort of the bane of all Boy Scouts, but it can be, at times, remarkably accurate... Sometimes, the good deed just plain ain't worth the trouble that follows in its wake. Consider, if you will, the main character in Kaibutsu Oujo, Hiro Hiyorimi. Hiro lives up to the homonym of his name... and winds up dead for taking the trouble. Like I said, "No good deed goes unpunished." Unfortunately for our dearly departed hero, the punishment is only just beginning... he does, though, make for a very nice corpse.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 19 April 2007 00:00

Claymore (TV, 2007)


Some characters just have it all. Tall. Cute. Silver eyes... and a sword that would make the CLAMP girls drool. For those that don't recognize the general description of Clare, I'm talking about Claymore this week. I picked this one up off of the Froth-Bite feed. Up until the last week, my watch list has been getting alarmingly small, with Ghost Hunt, Ah! My Goddess: Sorezore No Tsubasa, and Red Garden all having wrapped up their runs right about the same time. It was time to try out some new series, and after looking up the basics on ANN, I decided that Claymore would be a good candidate for the spring season.

Published in Anime Reviews
Thursday, 19 October 2006 00:00

Utawarerumono (TV, 2006)


As I mentioned in my first Dragon's Den article, there's been a recent trend of Eroge to Anime conversions coming out of Japan, and that they have, for the most part, been very good series. Today I'm taking a look at one of this summer's releases, which just wrapped up last week, Utawarerumono, or The One Being Sung. Uta follows the life of a man with amnesia and a silver, horned mask that he can not remove as he wakes up in the care of the village elder Tsusukuru, and her two granddaughters, Eruru and Aruru. It seems that Eruru found him laying unconscious in the forest after an earthquake, and brought him to her grandmother, who is a widely known healer. Needless to say, it doesn't take long for events to be set into motion that are sure to shatter that apparent peacefulness of their existence.

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