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Top 5 Anime Games That Should Have Been Released Outside of Japan

The thing about a lot of anime franchises, particularly shonen ones, is that they lend themselves well to video game adaptations. When a guy in a suit wants to milk more money from a show about spiky-haired people shooting lasers from their swords while kicking each other into mountains, the first thing he thinks of is video games (or poetry, if it’s the guy that will be fired within minutes of stating his bright idea.) So most anime franchises do get their own videogame adaptations.

And since the rest of the world has already become a lucrative market for these things, the anime games eventually find their way to our consoles and handhelds, with a language we can understand slapped on top. Unfortunately, there are things that fall through the cracks – games that didn’t get any localization for some reason even though they have an audience overseas. Here are 5 of the best ones that come to mind:

Digital Weekly Shonen Jump to Publish Rurouni Kenshin Spin-Off

The English version of Viz’s digital Weekly Shonen Jump magazine will be publishing the first chapter of Nobuhiro Watsuki’s “Honō wo Suberu -Rurouni Kenshin: Uramaku-” (Controlling Flame -Rurouni Kenshin: Hidden Chapter-) spinoff manga on its July 14th issue. The second and final chapter will then run a month later.

Rurouni Kenshin One-Shot Will Focus on Shishio Makoto

Just in time for August’s Rurouni Kenshin – The Kyoto Fire and September’s The Legend’s Conclusion live action adaptations, Nobuhiro Watsuki will be revisiting his iconic manga series for a one-shot that delves into the backstory of the villain Shishio Makoto. The one-shot is planned for the August issue of Jump Square, which goes on sale in July.

5 Best Fight Scenes in Anime

Personally, I almost always prefer manga over its anime adaptation. You’re getting the better art and story because you’re getting something that’s closer to what the author and artist originally had in mind, and you usually get better pacing – manga chapters come out faster and you can slog through an entire volume in a single day if you’re not a ridiculously slow reader. On the other hand, you’re at the mercy of an anime episode’s runtime. Fast-forwarding an episode isn’t the same as skimming a chapter – you tend to lose the beat and momentum on the former.

However, I don’t believe that the manga is inherently better than its anime adaptation. There is a place for anime even if you don’t count the times when they go off on tangents or change the story completely. For one thing, it shows fight scenes better. A really good anime fight scene takes what already looks good on paper and brings it to life with sound, well-choreographed movements, and of course: colors.

I’m not exactly an anime connoisseur, as I only watch mainstream ones but for what it’s worth, here are 5 of my favorite fight anime fight scenes:

Top 5 Best Anime/Manga Live Action Adaptations

Most of the time, when news about a new live action adaptation of a popular manga or anime franchise surfaces, fans groan collectively. If the studio and creative staff behind said adaptation are credible, fans might give it a chance but on the whole, every single new live-action adaptation makes fans feel that we’ll get another Dragonball: Evolution on our hands.

Below are some of the rare cases where the live action adaptation actually managed to please fans of the source material (and in some cases managed to turn out as films that can be appreciated even by people who are not familiar with the original manga/anime):

5 Unexpectedly OP Side Characters in Anime

When it comes to anime, particularly mainstream shonen ones, it’s pretty much a given that the main character will become overpowered at some point. Increasing the protagonist’s power beyond everyone else’s is a workable, easy way of showing progress and resolving conflicts. Villains, especially main ones, need to be overpowered for obvious reasons. However, there are times when a side-character on the protagonist’s side ends up being overpowered as well, in some ways surpassing the main character. Here are the top 5 on my list:

Crunchyroll to Stream Rurouni Kenshin in English and Japanese

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If you can’t get enough of older anime – especially anime featuring guys fighting other guys – this is news that you may want to note. Crunchyroll announced the release of Rurouni Kenshin in both English and Japanese. People who use Crunchyroll may view the anime on their PC or a tablet. Unfortunately, if you didn’t pay to become a premium member, you’ll have to wait until January to whet your battosai appetite. It’s not a big deal, though, since January is right around the corner. Yes, 2014 is that close. You may want to start grumbling now and save yourself time in the long run.

First Preview Video for J-Stars Victory VS

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A new preview video for the upcoming J-Stars Victory VS has just been released, showing off some of the characters that will be playable in the 3D fighter. For those not in the know, J-Stars Victory VS. is created in honor of Shonen Jump’s 45th anniversary, and will feature some of the iconic manga franchises that were born from its pages. The video shows off characters from Dragon Ball, One Piece, Bleach, Naruto, Dragon Ball, Bleach, Rurouni Kenshin, Toriko, and Kochikame.

Live Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel in Development

Live Action Rurouni Kenshin Sequel in Development

The live-action Rurouni Kenshin movie adaptation has done well commercially, managing a $36.7 million cume in Japan and $25 million cume internationally, as well as garnered critical acclaim, so it’s not really that surprising that a sequel is being readied. While not officially confirmed, the news came from a reputable source – the movie’s Spanish distributor Mediatres Studio, which told a crowd at XVIII Salon del Manga de Barcelona recently.

Preview Trailer for Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Anime

Preview Trailer for Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen Anime

In support of Rurouni Kenshin: Shin Kyoto-Hen’s June 23 screening, a new preview trailer for the second half of the anime has been released. The Shin Kyoto-Hen OVA is a remake of Rurouni Kenshin’s Kyoto story arc, directed by Kazuhiro Furuhashi (of the original Rurouni Kenshin anime and Getbackers) and animated by Studio DEEN (Rurouni Kenshin, Fruits Basket).

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