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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:

Best Modern Final Fantasy Protagonists

There’s no denying that Final Fantasy VII on the PSX, despite being a huge departure from the 2D sprite-based format of the series, is the one title that brought the series to people who might not otherwise play a JRPG, much less enjoy one. However, the PSX era also started some sort of a trend: unlikable protagonists.

This is not to say that the characters themselves are universally disliked (many people, me included, actually like Squall) or that the old games had no annoying characters (Edward Chris von Muir, why did you even bother showing up?) but ask any Final Fantasy fan to list his 10 most hated Final Fantasy characters and chances are all of them will be from the Sony era, and chances are most of them will be protagonists – I mean, what the hell, we’re supposed to root for these guys, right?

So on that note, because we love blogging about things that everybody already knows but don’t care enough to blog about, here are 5 modern Final Fantasy protagonists that deserve your love and affection (spoilers galore, so proceed at your own risk):

#5 Cloud Strife – Final Fantasy VII

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Cloud is the poster boy for the silent stoic hero that has become a staple of the series and he has his fair share of haters because of that, but he’s actually one of the modern protagonists that we can easily relate to, or at least deserve our sympathy. Sure, he’s currently the most powerful human in the story and has saved his world countless times from world-breaking evils, but he wasn’t even supposed to be there. He’s just there because he wanted to impress a girl back home. And then Crisis Core happened and instead of being just another random Shinra soldier lying face down in the dirt – he gets his memory wiped out and has to carry the Buster Sword, along with all the things it represents.

Interesting Facts About Disney Movies

I almost used “Things You Didn’t Know About Disney Films” as the title for this post, but I remembered that we’re on the Internet. It’s a little bit difficult to come up with facts that people don’t know yet, so it’s better if we just list some interesting facts about several Disney movies. You probably already know most of these facts as they’ve been floating around on various list type articles, but maybe there’s one or two that are new to you.

Little Known Facts About Your Favorite Cartoon Characters

Once again, I’m basing this on my own experiences. I’ve watched tons of cartoons from different studios since the 80s and when the Internet “happened,” I used it to find out more content related to cartoons. I thought I knew almost everything there is to know about the cartoon characters that I liked, but it turns out there are a few tidbits that I missed. Here are some of the best ones:

10 Interesting Facts About Disney Cartoons

Least Commercially Success Princesses

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In terms of merchandise sales, the least popular princesses on Disney’s roster are the Asian and Native American princesses, Mulan and Pocahontas. Aurora from Sleeping Beauty beat both of them in terms of merchandising success even though she wasn’t even that active in her own movie (she only had 18 minutes of screen time and 18 whole lines.)

Mickey Mouse’s White Gloves

Mickey-MouseWalt Disney originally thought that showing actual mouse nails is too disturbing for children, so he designed Mickey Mouse as always wearing a pair of white gloves. It’s possible that many cartoon characters since then have copied the approach or use gloves for the same reason.

We Believe in Tim Burton

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Very few films based on Alice in Wonderland performed well at the box office and Disney’s first Alice in Wonderland animated movie (1951) was no different. The property was only redeemed in 2010 when Tim Burton’s live action/CG hybrid adaptation broke box office records, even though the director admitted that he didn’t “feel any emotional connection” with the lead character.

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