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Tokyo Game Show 2017: Dissidia Final Fantasy NT

Dissidia Final Fantasy, released way back in genuinely-almost-ten-years-ago 2008, was a tough sell for most people. Pitting an entire roster of Final Fantasy characters against each other sure sounds like a good idea on paper, but integrating RPG elements into what clearly aspired to be a brawler was no easy task. It certainly seemed at […]

E3 2017: Playstation Predictions

It’s that time of year again, folks. Hop on-board the hype train and ride it for as long as you can before reality sets back in, because E3 2017 is just around the corner. This year there are 7 major presentations to look forward to, so let’s start by breaking down what Sony and the […]

Persona 5 – Tokyo Game Show 2016

I’m about to admit something that’s going to make me very unpopular; I am not a fan of the Persona series. As enormously popular as they are, and as into JRPG’s as I am, their appeal has always been just beyond my comprehension. Persona 3 was my first. It came highly recommended by a friend […]

World Of Final Fantasy – Tokyo Game Show 2016

Final Fantasy XV may be the talk of Tokyo Game Show right now, but believe it or not, it’s not the only FF game in town. World of Final Fantasy seems to have flown under a few radars and honestly it’s not difficult to see why. Announced at Sony’s E3 event in the summer, seconds […]

Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue – Tokyo Game Show 2016

Ok, let’s get a couple of things straight before we begin this preview. First, I am a Kingdom Hearts fan. Second, the Kingdom Hearts story makes absolutely no sense. Come on. Stop kidding yourselves. Tetsuya Nomura is clearly, and has clearly, by his own admission, been making this shit up as he goes since the […]

Final Fantasy XV – Tokyo Game Show 2016

Tokyo Game Show is a big event. Like, proper huge. Three massive event halls huge. Between all of them, there’s so much to see and do, so much to get blindsided and distracted by, it’s easy to lose hours just wandering around taking it all in. Last year, that’s exactly what I did. This year, […]

Gallery: Summer Wonder Festival 2016

Attention all resident resin junkies! This years Summer Wonder Festival was held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba last weekend. A smaller affair than last years, there was still more than enough geeky goodness to satiate just about any pop-culture cravings you might have. Browse our gallery below, but best keep hold of your credit cards. […]

Pokémon Goes Home – Life In Japan

Japanese people have a strong nationalistic streak. It’s inherent, often unspoken and occasionally unnerving. The commonly held belief among the culture is that anything made in Japan is instantly great and anything not made in Japan has the potential to be not great. Although this occasionally seems ugly, as hardcore patriotism always does, it’s pretty easy […]

The Life of Live – Life in Japan

Regular readers of this column will, in the not so recent past, have read about what it’s like to be a fledgling musician in the land of the rising sun. It’s a difficult path to navigate, with pay-to-play venues and unique pre and post-show rituals, but those who fight through those difficulties will reap the […]

Idolize/Fetishize – Life In Japan

I’ve talked a lot about idols on this site, in this column, other columns, and most recently, in an interview with some idols themselves. If you were to scour those articles with a fine-toothed word-comb, you’d likely notice a pattern of near-psychotic positivity; I’m a big fan of idol music and idol culture, and generally […]