Archive for June, 2010

Remembering The Day Team Rocket Won

June 30, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Using a pirated wifi download signal, the man was able to send out the “Mystery Gift”: A Shiny Gengar named “Nigger” whose moveset included attacks like “Sucker Punch” and “Steal”. Many kids downloaded this Pokemon assuming it was a direct gift from Nintendo for attending the event.

Stories said that it was this man, dressed in Team Rocket regalia, striding through the troops of kids like an evil Pied Pier. Instead of a flute, he had a pirated internet signal.

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Japan Import: Pokemon Black and White arrives in Japan September 18, 2010

June 30, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japan Import: Pokemon Black and White arrives in Japan September 18, 2010

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Handhelds, DS & DSi & DSi XL, Game-Companies, Developers, Publishers, Genres, 2D, 3D, Role-Playing

Pokemon White logoThe future is looking bright for Pokemon fans! Nintendo has just announced the Japanese release date for Pokemon Black and White. If you intend to import one of the latest entries in the DS RPG series, then it’ll be available September 18, 2010.

The September release date is good news for worldwide fans, as it means the Spring 2011 should be right on schedule. You know you can’t keep Pokemon fans waiting. They practically demand a new title every year! Perhaps we’ll see it in the US sometime in May or June, 2011.

There’s also some more good news. A new Pokemon Black and White trailer has just been released. Let’s check it out.

I’m still not overly fond of the new starting pokemon, but I think the little water-otter is starting to grow on me.

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How can I play Japanese games with my PS2?

June 28, 2010 - 6:42 pm 2 Comments
Sobriety asked:

I own a PAL ps2, and I would like to play my japanese Beatmania games. Is there some kind of freeloader for ps2?

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Japanese games

June 28, 2010 - 11:33 am No Comments
kahhwee asked:

see how these Japanese challenge themselves

Translate Japanese games – Because you understand the language

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Pokemon Black and White Trailer

June 28, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Important Importables Review: Nana Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa

June 26, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports Review: Nana Volume 1 by Ai Yazawa

Section: Reviews, Exclusives, Originals, Features, Columns, Japanese Imports, Gear, Comics-and-Graphic-Novels

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Nana Vol 1 Ai Yazawa

Title: Nana Volume 1
Author: Ai Yazawa
Publisher: Viz Media
Release Date: December 6, 2005
Price: $8.99
Rating: Two thumbs up, 95/100, A, * * * * 1/2 out of 5
Pros: Wonderful art, realistic story and dialogue, interesting characters, both funny and dramatic moments, relationships between characters draw readers in.
Cons: Quite a bit of exposition, which may frustrate people who started with the anime or movie adaptation and want to just get into the story.
Note: The manga is rated “T+” for Older Teen readers and up, due to adult situations.

Nana didn’t start out as a worldwide phenomenon. It began simply, as a series running in the manga magazine Cookie. But there was something about the series, which focuses on the friendship between two girls with the same name and what happens when they meet in Tokyo chasing their dreams, that resonated with readers. The characters, the relationships, the interactions and the art connected with people and become something special.

Getting to know the two women named Nana.

The first volume of Nana is really divided into two segments. The first segment looks at Nana Komatsu, a middle child in a happy family who has had a number of failed romances. The most recent of said romances was with a married man, and ends just before her high school graduation. She’s obsessed with the idea of a fantastical demon lord that brings bad luck and punishment, just starting art school and not looking for love. Instead, she wants to recover from her former ways and make her first male friends instead.

In another town, further away, is a young woman named Nana Osaki. She’s the lead singer of a band named the Black Stones (BLAST), and performs with her boyfriend Ren and friends Yasu and Nobu. She comes from a broken home, was raised by her grandmother and all in all, had a pretty rough start to her life. Then, her friend Nobu introduced her to Ren. Their band is doing well and she’s happily living with the love of her life. But Ren has gotten the opportunity to join Trapnest, a band that’s going big, and is heading to Tokyo. So now she has to decide what course her life should follow.

All roads lead to Tokyo.

From reading the first volume of Nana, you’d never get any idea that the two heroines’ stories would intertwine. There’s a slight hint of foreshadowing at the end of each tale, but it’s very subtle and doesn’t even suggest that the two would meet and become friends. While that may sound dismaying, it’s actually quite a clever way of presenting things. This way, you spend volume 1 focusing on Nana Komatsu and Nana Osaki’s separate origins without focusing on their forthcoming friendship. Instead, you get a sneak peek at two girls from totally different backgrounds, with different interests, and see how the two react to relationship changes.

While the writing is quite good, and Viz’s translation well done, what really draws you initially is Ai Yazawa’s art. Nana isn’t created in the typical, shojo manga style. Its presented in a more artistic and realistic manner, with a strong emphasis on style. The characters are fashionable, wearing cutting edge clothing. You could almost it a story, but also a snapshot of popular culture at the time the manga was written.

The first volume of Nana also lets readers know immediately that this is a story about relationships between the characters. It looks closely at friendship, like that between Nana Komatsu and Junko or the members of the Black Stones. It also takes a close at love, new and old, failed and successful. Yazawa uses Nana as a means to explore interactions, and see what people mean to one another.

An extended prologue that provides helpful background information.

The first volume of Ai Yazawa’s Nana is more an extended prologue, by the end of which the heroines and supporting characters feel like old friends. Though the magic of the story really starts to take effect in the second and third volumes, the first does an admirable job of setting the stage for all future events. It’s easy to see, even from this initial introduction, why Yazawa’s Nana has become one of the best known shojo mangas around the world, inspiring an anime, two live action movies, tribute soundtracks and three video games.

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports talks about the Neo Geo Pocket and Neo Geo Pocket Color.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Two weeks ago Hot Japanese Imports reviewed the volume one of Alice in the Country of Hearts, the manga adaptation of the otome Heart no Kuni no Alice. Last week there was no I.I.

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Japanese Import: My Wife the wife simulator for Xbox 360

June 26, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

Japanese Import: My Wife the wife simulator for Xbox 360

Section: Gaming News, Features, Japanese Imports, Consoles, Xbox-360, Genres, Adult

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I love the “land of the rising sun” but even I have to admit that Japan has put out some crazy stuff lately (including those Love Pillows that are printed to look like full-size anime-style girls).  My Wife: A Wife Just for You (Ore no Yome: Anata Dake no Hanayome) by Idea Factory is yet another way young men can avoid actually interacting with the ladies.

In this dating simulator for the Xbox 360, the user meets his ideal girl in high school. Combine this with the new, $7000 state-of-the-art, life-size, life-like silicone Real Doll girlfriend (please note that this link has adult content) and guys will never have to date again. Good thing too, since you can’t design your future mate like in the simulator. 

The user picks his “wife’s” personality and physical characteristics. He names her, picks her voice and even her birthday. 

Here’s where it gets a little weird. The guy can choose from “childhood friend” (who helps with housework and cooking), “little sister” (who is energetic and childish) and “older sister” (who is warm and charming) types.

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I don’t know many guys that would want to marry a girl modeled after his sister.  The “little sister” even calls you “big brother.”  Creepy.  The “big sister” might check if you’ve been cleaning yourself.  Weird. 

Once “married,” the user and his “wife” can enter Dinner Mode or Sleep Together mode.  Now don’t get excited, though. As far as I can tell, it’s just the girl in a bed.

Who actually thinks that sleeping next to a TV or monitor with a created girl on it will get him any closer to physically sleeping next to a real girl?

My Wife comes out August 26, 2010, in Japan for 7329 Japanese Yen (about $80) for the Xbox 360.  There is very little information in English at this point,but keep your eyes peeled for a review August 2010. 

But, honestly, don’t buy a wife simulator. Guys, just get out there and date.  Or get a Love Pillow or Real Doll to hold and pretend it’s your pretend wife. No woman will ever measure up to the one you create with My Wife.

Site [Ore no Yome: Anata Dake no Hanayome (Japanese)]

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Resident Evil Revelations 3DS Trailer

June 24, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

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Can the North American Wii play Japanese games?

June 22, 2010 - 4:32 pm 1 Comment
msslee04 asked:

The U.S.Gamecube could play Japanese games with a Freeloader. So does the Wii need something like a Freeloader to load the games or can it play Japanese games directly without something like the Freeloader?

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Starfox 64 3DS

June 18, 2010 - 2:00 am No Comments

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