Author Archives: Adam Capps

Netflix Announces Death Note Release Date

Netflix has released the trailer for their adaptation of Death Note. Along with the trailer comes a release date of August 25. The trailer highlights Nat Wolff as Light Yagami Turner, as he discovers the titular notebook. Willem Dafoe makes a brief appearance as Ryuk, the mischievous shinigami with a penchant for apples. Reception to the trailer has been mixed. Many fans are questioning the direction of the film, which seems to be more action-focused than previous adaptations of the series. One thing that fans can agree on however, is Willem Dafoe’s portrayal of Ryuk. We will reserve judgment until the film is released in August, but based on audience reception, things...


Hikaru Utada to Return for Kingdom Hearts III Theme

If you’ve played through the main entries in the Kingdom Hearts series. then you know that Hikaru Utada is a big part of the games. Her music has been featured throughout the series, but majority of the games outside of Kingdom Hearts and Kingdom Hearts II use remixes of the music from those games. It’s a bit of a tradition. If you’ve seen Rogue One recently, then it’s an apt comparison to say that it’s similar to the way Disney is handling the Star Wars franchise. Hikaru Utada is a bit like the crawl and a John Williams score for Kingdom Hearts, which is to say that when Hikaru Utada gets...


Ghost in the Shell Trailer Offers a Glimpse at Scarlett Johansson as the Major

We’ve seen bits and pieces of what Scarlett Johansson will look like as the Major, but now we finally have a full trailer for the upcoming Hollywood adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Visually, the film looks surprisingly good, although it’s hard to say whether Scarlett Johansson can do the role justice or not. One thing worth noting that seems to be making a lot of buzz today with the trailer’s release is that this film is not an adaptation of Stand Alone Complex. Instead, the film will follow the narrative of the 1995 film. For fans of the television anime, that might be somewhat jarring, but it’s good to see Hollywood attempting...


Kingdom Hearts HD Remix Series Coming to PS4

The Kingdom Hearts HD Remix series is about to make the jump to PS4, which is great news for both new fans of the series and fans who want to relive the franchise before jumping into the third main entry in the series. Rather than port over Kingdom Hearts HD Remix 1.5 and 2.5 separately, Square Enix will be releasing the games together for the PS4 as Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 + 2.5 Remix. Both games will come on one disc, and include the same content as the PS3 versions. So if you’re satisfied with your PS3 copy of the game, then no need to upgrade, although there’s probably a...


Exploring the Academic Panels of Anime Expo 2016

There are a lot of things to do at Anime Expo, which takes places every year around the 4th of July. You can wander the hallways and admire some beautiful cosplay, shop for some cool and exclusive merchandise, or visit any number of panels covering a variety of subjects. Last year, I spent a lot of my time covering industry panels, but this year I decided that I wanted to do something different. If you’ve never been to Anime Expo before, the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) who operates the convention started a new initiative in 2011. The goal of which was to bring academic discussion to an otherwise pop...


The Video Games of Anime Expo 2016

Last year when I visited Anime Expo, I didn’t have the time to set down and play the video games on display because my focus was on attending panels. For Anime Expo 2016, I decided to correct that mistake, and so I set out to play as many of the games on display as possible. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get to all of them, but I played as many as I could. Many of them had short demos, which would cut you off after a certain period of time, so I didn’t get the full experience. Rather than go through and preview each and every game individually, I thought it would be...


The Beginner’s Guide to Anime Expo

So you’re thinking about attending Anime Expo for the first time, huh? While it can seem a bit overwhelming first, especially if you’ve never been to any other conventions, it’s actually not too bad. The goal of this guide is largely to give new attendees tips for their journey to the Los Angeles Convention Center over the 4th of July weekend, but veterans might find some use with this guide as well. So, let’s get into it. The Basics What is Anime Expo? Anime Expo is the largest anime convention in the United States, having reached 100,000 attendees in 2016. The convention typically takes place in Los Angeles at the Los...


One Piece Burning Blood Review

Over the past few years, I’ve been revisiting the anime and manga of my youth. One of the titles that I revisited and have since stuck with is One Piece. There’s a simple reason for that, it’s a damn good story, with damn good writing. The world of One Piece is vast, and so too the breadth of its characters. The story might feature a massive cast of characters, but each and every one of them seems to have a purpose in their grand world. It’s rather fitting, then, that One Piece Burning Blood — the latest video game outing for One Piece fans — would feature a large number of those characters as combatants. By now, you’ve no...


Witchcraft Works Volume 8 Review

I thought that entering into a new arc would present some interesting moments in Witchcraft Works volume 8, but I was severely mistaken. One of my gripes with the last volume of the series was that the story seemed to have slowed down a bit. With a message introducing the next arc, you’d think we’d be in for something special here, but unfortunately that doesn’t seem to be the case. It seems to me that this particular arc is more about exposition of the characters, and while that’s fine every now and then, I really hope to see a worthy payoff at the end. The jealousy between Honoka and his sister continue into Witchcraft...


Why Blizzard Should Avoid World of Warcraft Legacy Servers

Last week, a beloved World of Warcraft private server offering players a chance to relive the magic of vanilla World of Warcraft announced their plans to cease operation thanks to legal notice from Blizzard. That server was Nostalrius, and it only lived for about a year. Naturally, the closure has generated a discussion around legacy servers. There’s no question about whether or not Blizzard was right to pull the plug on a service that allowed players to play an older version of the game for free. Blizzard owns World of Warcraft, and regardless of whether or not the private server resulted in a loss of profits, Nostalrius represented an infringement on that trademark....


SUPERHOT Review

Before SUPERHOT, there was the SUPERHOT demo, created at a gamejam in 2013. I never played the prototype, but I read a lot about it. It was a first person shooter game where you did more than shoot. The end goal might be the same, but the way that you get there was something different. It wasn’t a game about mowing down your enemies, but a game about patience. Instead of running through levels, you had to stop to slow down time so you could make decisions and dodge bullets. Between the media buzz and the prototype, SUPERHOT garnered enough attention to successfully complete a kickstarter and turn the demo into...


Deadly Tower of Monsters Review

When Deadly Tower of Monsters was announced, it had a lot going for it. There was plenty of charm, and even more b-movie references. As a film buff, I was excited to see what ACE Team could do with in their latest outing. After all, there’s so much you can do when you’re working with a classic science fiction style. Unfortunately, it takes more than charming humor to make a good game. To have a good game, you need to have good gameplay. While Deadly Tower of Monsters has a compelling setting, that’s about all it has going for it as the rest of the game is brought down by its many faults. As soon as you...


My Hero Academia Volume 2 Review

When I started reading My Hero Academia with the first volume, I had high hopes for the series. It seemed almost as if it was made specifically to close the gap between Japanese and American comics, and that’s something that I felt gave it more appeal to western audiences, especially with the comic book craze in full effect. In My Hero Academia volume 2, I started to have my doubts. My Hero Academia is a story centered around superheroes, but it’s also a story centered around school. While I don’t mind a good story now and then, it’s tough to pull off a classroom setting outside of the slice of life...


What Does 2016 Have in Store for Destiny?

Destiny’s final expansion, The Taken King, has been out for a few months now. Most people have probably worked their way through a majority of the base content, and for a game that’s heavily inspired by MMOs, that can become a problem. Destiny might not exactly be an MMO, but thanks to the way that the game is designed, a lot of people like to think of it as one. I’m one of those people. Ever since the game was originally demonstrated at E3 back in 2013, it was touted as being a hybrid FPS-MMO for consoles. To what extent was unknown at the time, but just over a year...


New Assassination Classroom Game on the Way for 3DS in March

Namco Bandai announced the release date for the latest Assassination Classroom video game today, and the game will be out in March, if you live in Japan. The game, titled Ansatsu Kyoshitsu: Assassin Ikusei Keikaku!! (Assassination Classroom: Assassin Raising Project!!) will task the player with taking on the role of a student of 3-E class, where you’ll have to take on the daily school life at Kunugigaoka Junior High. That will include taking tests, in addition to trying to assassination Koro-sensei while training with Nagisa, going on missions with Karma, and mingling with the rest of the class. According to ANN, the first run of the game will include codes for four exclusive...