James Mapley

Dragonar Academy Gets New TV Anime

This weekend, it was revealed that no less than 5 titles on the Japanese light novel label MF Bunko J (affiliated with Comic Alive) have had anime adaptations green-lit. Interestingly, this is the only anime announcement out of the five that has been licensed to have a manga adaptation in English. This particular anime takes the term fiery tsundere a little too seriously. Most anime characters onl...

New Studio Ghibli Film Kaze Tachinu Released in Japanese Theatres

Japanese anime fans poured into theatres in their thousands this past weekend, to watch the latest in a long line of monumental Studio Ghibli films. Ghibli, best known for such classic anime as My Neighbour Totoro, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Spirited Away are widely considered one of the most influential anime companies of all time. Recently, they worked on the Nintendo DS and PS3 game created by L...

Sukitte Ii Na Yo Adapted Into Live-Action Film

The fall 2012 season exhibited some wonderful anime titles, especially in the romance genre which was bursting with quality shows like Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai, Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun. One of the shows that stood out the most in my mind though was Sukitte Ii na yo (Say “I love you”), an adaptation of the shōjo manga now in its eleventh volume. This wonderful ta...

Assassination Classroom to Air Anime Adaptation at Nisekoi Event

After coming out of nowhere to repeatedly challenge the titans of the manga world like One Piece and Naruto, Assassination Classroom is getting its own one-off anime adaptation. The announcement was made in this year’s 34th issue of Shonen Jump where they revealed the return of the Jump Super Anime Tour after its nearly 3 year long hiatus. The event will also feature footage of the upcoming SHAFT ...

SHAFT to Animate Nisekoi Romantic Comedy Anime

Fans of the massively successful Shōnen Jump manga Nisekoi let out a cry of happiness today as the infamous studio SHAFT stepped forward with news that they would be animating its recently announced anime adaption. SHAFT is renowned for its quirky storytelling techniques and distinctive abstract art style made famous by the monumentally successful series Bakemonogatari and Puella Magi Madoka Magic...

Earthquake support mascot brought to life by Vocaloid technology

Just over 2 years ago the world united to raise support for the families of thousands of Japanese citizens either killed or injured on the east coast of Japan in the Great East Japan Earthquake and its resulting tsunami. To help encourage the recovery of the Tōhoku region the adorable mascot Tōhoku Zunko was born. Much like the more popular vocaloids her design is based around food, specifically a...

DOTA 2 out of Beta

Having received staggeringly large support since the beginning of its beta phase DOTA 2 has finally been fully released to the public. This competitive MOBA game was played by over 3.9 million unique players this month and the development staff seem to only see this figure rising. To show their confidence they gave us a glimpse of their new servers that they say can hold an extra 450,000 players s...

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