FEATURE: Interview with Square Enix Montreal’s Nicolas Verge

Nick shares the secret to Square Enix Montreal’s tremendous success on mobile

Square has a new strategy for their Western market. Inspired by the success of mobile tie-in’s to famous franchise titles in Japan, they have given Square Enix Montreal free reign to develop adaptations of their biggest titles. Their Community Manager, Nicolas Verge, was able to sit down and dish on develeopment, design, and office atmosphere.

“Gintama” OVA Goes On Sale

Two volume release scheduled for August and November

This week, pre-orders have opened for the first half of an OVA adaptation of Gintama’s “Aizen-kou” Arc, in which Tsukuyo comes under the influence of a drug that causes people to fall in love, regardless of if they originally loved or hated the new object of affection (from chapters 492-496 in the manga).  More after the jump.

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“Super Smash Bros.” Adds Bayonetta and Corrin This Week

Both characters will be available on February 3 in NA, February 4 in EU

Nintendo set an official release date for the Bayonetta and Corrin Super Smash Bros. DLC. Both characters will be joining the fight in North America on February 3, with Europe and Japan to follow on February 4. Hit the jump for more.

VIDEO: “Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger” Previewed in Full Trailer

40th Super Sentai series premieres in Japan on February 14

After seeing a handful of brief TV commercials, it’s nice to finally get a lengthy look at Doubutsu Sentai Zyuohger. The 40th Super Sentai series is slated to premiere in Japan on February 14, and while Toei’s YouTube video is region-locked, you can see the version HeroShock posted to Facebook after the jump.

VIDEO: “Final Fantasy XV” ATR 7.0 Shows Off Development of Combat System

Latest entry in long-running JRPG series features Active Cross Battle system

Square Enix has released a series of videos looking at the development of the upcoming JRPG Final Fantasy XV, including the reveal of a new character and new footage of the Active Cross Battle combat system. Hit the jump to check them out.

Odds Are Ever In Fans’ Favor As J-pop ‘No Dating’ Clauses Ruled Unconstitutional

By Kristen Olson Where there’s a will, now there’s an easier way. Previously on “Fantasies That Will Never Happen”, male… Read More

VIDEO: Chandelure Enters the Ring in “Pokkén Tournament” Trailer

Pokémon arcade fighter heads to Wii U on March 18

If the announcement of Chandelure for Pokkén Tournament had you wondering how the ghastly Pokémon would play, we now have footage taken from the Tokaigi 2016 event. Hit the jump for more.

VIDEO: First “Servamp” TV Anime Preview Posted

The” Aoharu x Machinegun” team reunites on summer TV anime

A first preview has been posted for summer’s TV anime adaptation of Strike Tanaka’s Servamp vampire manga. The Aoharu x Machinegun team reunites with Hideaki Nakano directing the Brain’s Base production, along with with Kenji Konuta writing series composition and Junko Yamanaka character designs. Get a look after the jump.

First Look: FAITH #2 – The Breakout Series of 2016 Levels Up in February!

Valiant is proud to present your first look inside FAITH #2 (of 4) – the second stratospheric issue of the year’s most talked-about new series from rising star Jody Houser (Orphan Black) and acclaimed artists Francis Portela (Green Lantern) and Marguerite Sauvage (DC Comics Bombshells)! Launching out of the pages of HARBINGER and into her […]

Valiant Previews: X-O MANOWAR #44 – On Sale February 3rd!

X-O MANOWAR #44 (“THE KILL LIST” – PART 2) Written by ROBERT VENDITTI Art by ROBERT GILL Cover A by PHIL JIMENEZ (DEC151674) Cover B by STEPHEN MOONEY (DEC151675) Variant Cover by STEPHEN SEGOVIA (DEC151676) X-O Manowar and Ninjak cut deep into “THE KILL LIST”! Dispatched by MI-6 to dismantle a Vine terror cell before […]

“Durarara!!” Light Novel Artist Illustrates “Groove Coaster” Soundtrack Cover

Disc and digital release scheduled for March 40th

Taito and Sony Music scheduled a second Groove Coaster soundtrack for March 30th release on disc, as well as digitally on iTunes, Amazon and more. Boost will feature 39 tracks from the Groove Coaster 2: Heavenly Festival and Groove Coaster 2: Original Style smartphone games, with the “Link Link Fever!!” theme sung by voice actress Moe Toyota (Sound Euphonium’s Sapphire Kawashima) and album art by Suzuhito Yasuda.

Hello Kitty Flip-Phones Available in April of 2016

Basic service cell phone in the shape of Sanrio’s world-famous mascot retails for 12,000 yen

Japanese telecommunications company OLA Inc. is teaming up with Sanrio to release a line of standard cell phones shaped like Hello Kitty. Hit the jump to learn more.

“Steins;Gate” Presents Latest Future Gadget 92-Labmem Energy VAPE Liquid Bottles

Marketed with Kurisu Makise on the packaging, it promises the flavor of “An Intellectual Drink, For The Chosen Ones”

Steins;Gate has become the latest adoptor of vaping technology.  With all the buzz around Steins;Gate 0 and the series topping 1 million sales, it’s teamed up with MK Lab to present LABMEM ENERGY-FUTURE GADGET 92. Marketed with Kurisu Makise on the packaging, it promises the flavor of “An Intellectual Drink, For The Chosen Ones” (in other words, the vapors from the electric vaping devices are supposed to taste like Doctor Pepper). 

Pre-orders Available Soon for Limited Edition “Lupin III” Ukiyo-E Prints

Artwork will be available for purchase from February 03 – 08 at Isetan department store in Shinjuku

As part of the ongoing “Lupinissimo in Isetan 2016” collaboration that celebrates the newest iteration of the Lupin III TV series and the 130th anniversary of the Isetan department store, a special limited run of Lupin III themed ukiyo-e prints are being produced. Hit the jump to learn more.

VIDEO: “Baton Pass” Message from Cure Flora to Cure Miracle

Highly anticipated 13th TV series will premiere on February 7

After the moving and satisfying final 50th episode of Go! Princess PreCure today, as expected, a 30-second “baton touch/baton pass” message video from Princess‘ Cure Flora to the next Mahou Tsukai PreCure!/Maho Girls PreCure!‘s Cure Miracle was aired along with the preview for the first episode. Check the video posted by Toei Animation after the jump!

“Love Live!” First μ’s Singles Compared To Final Ones

For a bit more fun, the cast at January 30th LoveLive!μ’s Fan Meeting in Shanghai

An early look at Dengeki G’s Magazine offered a preview of cover art for the final μ’s single. It was reminiscent of ’10’s first, “Bokura no LIVE Kimi to no LIFE,” as the final Printemps’ final, “WAO-WAO Powerful day!” was reminiscent of their first,  “Love marginal,” lily whote’s “Omoide Ijou ni Naritakute” looked like their “Shiranai Love*Oshiete Love” and BiBi’s “Sakkaku CROSSROADS” was a call back to “Diamond Princess no Yuutsu.”

“Tokyo Ghoul” Author Wishes Naki A Belated Birthday

Earlier, he got to Kureo Mado’s birthday on time

Tokyo Ghoul has quite the ardent social media following, and while author Sui Ishida was a little late in posting a tribute to Naki’s birthday, that didn’t stop the art from getting 13 thousand retweets. Check it out after the jump.

“Sekko Boys” Idols Inspire A Set of Stage Trading Figures

This season’s hottest idols are the subject of a set of trading figures, due in May

This season’s hottest idols are the subject of a set of trading figures. St. George, Medici, Hermes and Mars from Sekko Boys are being featured in a set of 4.5cm figures in marble and gold variants.  The assortment of eight ships in May. Get a look after the jump.

“Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?” Celebrates 4-Million Novel Printed and Valentine’s Day

There’s also a new look at the 1/2 scale, 70cm figure from Ginjyujisha, posted by essay manga author Junichi Inoue – and maybe time to start speculating about season 2

With the reprint of volumes 4-8, Fujino Ōmori and Suzuhito Yasuda’s Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? light novel has crossed a milestone of 4 million copies in print. Gree mobile game Cross Istria  is celebrating this and its own milestone of 100,000 registrations with a special campaign, awarding logins February 7-12 with a chance to get ★ 6 Toothpaste Bishoujo Goddess-chan and ★ 6 Toothpaste Shonen, with art based on the J.C.Staff anime opening.