King of Fighters: Destiny Episode 3

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SNK has released the third episode of their King of Fighters: Destiny animated series on YouTube, with the rest of the 24-episode season being added through the remainder of the summer.

You can head over here to check out the first two episodes that were previously posted, or hit the jump to watch the third episode.

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New Trailer for Thor: Battle Royale

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If you’re unsure of the film I’m talking about, well, it’s actually the official title of Thor: Ragnarok in Japan. Thor: Battle Royale sounds way cooler, so I am intensely jealous of that update. With that in mind, Thor: Battle Royale has a new trailer with a new glimpse of Doctor Strange in the film, and plenty of new footage.

You can hit the jump to check out the full trailer, which Avengers’ Japan social media accounts posted to Twitter this afternoon, in their awesome, localized Japanese formats.

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Yoko Taro Saved Platinum Games

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Platinum Games has long been a fan-favorite studio, with a love for innovative franchises and new ideas, they’ve never shied away from making the quirky but lovable title. From Bayonetta, to The Wonderful 101, they’re an absolute favorite. However, after the studio put millions into Scalebound, only to have it cancelled, they were in trouble. Enter Yoko Taro, and the little game that could, NieR: Automata.

After the game’s release, it has outsold and outshone all expectations, becoming a merchandising giant, and one of the best games of the year. Platinum’s Hideki Kamiya has taken to Twitter to formally credit NieR producer Yoko Taro, with single-handedly saving his studio from bankruptcy. Hit the jump to check out the message.

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Gal*Gun VR Now Available

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If you already know what Gal*Gun is, then this story won’t surprise you. Gal*Gun VR is now available on Steam for use with the HTC Vive. Gal*Gun is a popular Japanese rail shooter, that involves you, the protagonist, shooting a pheromone gun gifted to you by Cupid at various anime girls in an attempt to make them fall in love with you. It’s just as ridiculous as it sounds.

Now, the addition of VR adds an entirely new level of ridiculous, as in addition to the standard rail shooter VR experience, you can also move your head around in an attempt to look up their anime skirts, as well. Japan… you’re crazy. I love you.

King of Fighters: Destiny on YouTube

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SNK recently started a new anime series, available on Steam and YouTube, in Japanese with English subtitles called, The King of Fighters: Destiny, that follows the story of the popular fighting game franchise. The first two episodes are also available now.

The new CG anime series has a story that centers on characters such as Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Mai Shiranui, Geese Howard, Ryo Sakazaki, and others. You’ll recognize many of their voices, as many voice actors from the games reprise their roles for the series. Hit the jump to watch the first two episodes in Japanese with English subs.

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BAPE x Pokémon Announced

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Well-known Japanese department store, Isetan, has announced that they’ll be hosting a capsule collaboration between A Bathing Ape and Pokémon for a limited time between August 16 – 21. The collab features Charmander, Bulbasaur, Squirtle, and Pikachu getting the BAPE treatment, along with a pattern of the characters with some Poké-Balls.

The collection will be getting a wider Japan release across BAPE stores in Harajuku, Shibuya, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Sapporo, as well. Hit the jump for a look at the full line of shirt designs.

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Nintendo Announces Samus Edition New Nintendo 3DS XL

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To celebrate the upcoming release of the much-anticipated Metroid: Samus Returns for the Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo has announced a new “Samus Edition” of the New Nintendo 3DS XL that will hit select retailers on September 15th, alongside the game.

The new system features dueling front and back faceplates featuring iconic artwork of Samus aiming her plasma cannon. Hit the jump to get a full look at the system, and the box art.

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R.I.P. Haruo Nakajima

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Haruo Nakajima, the suit actor who played Godzilla from 1954’s Godzilla to 1972’s Godzilla vs. Gigan, has passed away, after contracting pneumonia. He was 88 years old. The man most famous for originally donning the suit that created one of the most famous film characters in history, initially did not receive his due respect, but after several years, he has since become a legend among fans of the franchise.

He will be greatly missed, and my thoughts and love go to his family and loved ones.

A New Itadaki Street is on the Way!

You’d be forgiven for having never heard of Itadaki Street before. The wonderfully charming and original concept takes popular Square Enix characters from Final Fantasy and Dragon Quest, and places them in a Monopoly-style board game. The character designs are wonderful, and the game is incredibly fun.

Fortunately, Square Enix knows that also! During their recent live-stream, Itadaki Street: Dragon Quest and Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary was announced for PlayStation 4 and PS VITA. The game is set to release in October in Japan.

Dragon Quest Builders 2 Coming to Nintendo Switch

Over the weekend, Square Enix hosted a massive live-stream with a slew of news for fans of the Dragon Quest franchise. The biggest piece of news being that the much-lauded Dragon Quest Builders 2 is coming to the Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4. Builders is a game that takes the Minecraft formula and gives it a charming story, with a Dragon Quest backdrop.

The new release also adds underwater diving, hang-gliding, and even local multiplayer for up to 4 players. Local multiplayer! There’s no release date set for the title, but hopefully we get a North American release.

Netflix Announces its Upcoming Anime Lineup

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At an event in Tokyo this morning, Netflix has revealed their massive lineup of anime, and it’s quite a showcase of top talent, and franchises. Netflix outlined a slate of 13 movies and series that it plans to bring to the service in Japan and over the next couple of years.

This includes revivals of Go Nagai’s legendary anime/manga series Devilman and Masami Kurumada’s Saint Seiya, as well as the previously announced Godzilla: Monster Planet. Hit the jump for the full lineup, as well as trailers of select properties that are available.

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Persona Q2 Announced

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It’s a big day for the Persona franchise, as the Persona Live Sound Bomb has been an explosion of spin-off titles for the series, which has already had a banner year. Persona Q2 has been announced by Atlus, with an official teaser website being put online featuring a Persona 5 inspired “Take Your Heart” message.

No other information is currently available, but we should expect to hear more soon. Keep an eye on Ph LEVEL, or the Official Persona Twitter account for more.

Mothra and More Added to City Shrouded in Shadow

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The upcoming title, City Shrouded in Shadow, is becoming a dream come true for fans of Kaiju and Tokusatsu films. It’s been announced that Mothra, Battra, and Ultraman Tiga are joining the already star-studded cast of monsters in the game.

These new monsters join a cast that already  includes Godzilla, Gamera, Ultraman, Evangelion Unit-01, King Ghidorah, Nise Ultraman, Alien Zarab, the Fourth Angel from Neon Genesis Evangelion, Legion, and Soldier Legion. In the game, you take control of a normal person tasked with surviving, and escaping the city during various giant monster attacks.

Raiden V: Director’s Cut Coming to PS4 and PC

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Moss and UFO Interactive announced that Raiden V: Director’s Cut is heading to Japan on September 14 for PS4 and PC, with a North American release date coming later this fall. The game will release in digital and physical versions, priced at ¥6,800, with a Limited Edition version including the game’s soundtrack and an artbook for ¥8,800.

Raiden V: Director’s Cut features full 1080p support, with a two-player cooperative mode for the first time in a Raiden game.

Pokémon Returning to Theaters with I Choose You!

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Pokémon’s 20th anniversary animated film, Pokémon: I Choose You!, will receive an international theatrical run this November through Fathom Events. The much-anticipated film will screen for two days in theaters around the world, The Pokémon Company announced, giving longtime Pokémon fans the chance to see the re-telling of Ash’s origin on the big screen.

The new film features some key differences from Ash’s initial introduction, with new Pokémon, new characters (replacing Brock and Misty, strangely), and an entirely new take on the story. Pokémon: I Choose You! hits theaters Nov. 5-6, throughout the U.S. and elsewhere. Hit the jump to check out the official key-art in full.

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