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By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 2 Feb, 2013 At 06:31 AM | Categorized As Featured, Otaku Music, Toys and Merchandise | With 0 Comments

No GravatarGFF is in session and found some pretty sweet figures that should be in high demand and sold out within a few days, I begin with….

Arkham City Play Arts Kai Batman and Robin

Remember seeing Robin in Arkham City and having your jaw drop because he became one of the sexiest things ever? I know I do. But back onto figures they made one of Robin and his former boss Batman.

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They’re both articulate and have extra parts. Robin has two hands and his famous baton while Batman has only one versatile grappling hook and three hands, one of which comes with claws.

Robin figure

It’s a bit sad Batman doesn’t come with loads of gadgets, remember when he had the most awesome utility belt one the planet? My only complain with Batman is he looks very bulky, even for modern Batman. Other than that we have another round of beautiful Square Enix masterpieces.

Maker: Square Enix  Average online price: $55.91

Super Sonico: Tiger Hoodie Version (Limited Edition Nendoroid)

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The figure is rather new, and I don’t know what its parts exactly are but it does come with a microphone and a guitar with at least three interchangeable faces.

Maker: Good Smile Company  Average online price: $78.13

GUMI Nendoroid

The Megpoid mascot finally gets her own Nendoroid figurine to the joy of Vocaloid fans everywhere. It surely resembles he lineness, except tinier and cuter.

Gumi

She has other faces and changeable hands. There you see her winking while flashing a rock on sign!

Winking Gumi

There’s she’s putting her goggles on, not sure why she even has them in the first place but it looks cool.

Gumi with goggles on

And now for the ultimate adorableness she’s riding her character prop, a carrot with….. I don’t even know what to call that face but it WORKS.

Gumi on carrot

Maker: Good Smile Company  Average online price: $38.56

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 9 Aug, 2012 At 02:59 PM | Categorized As Conventions, Otaku Events, Otaku Music | With 0 Comments
August 17-19

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August 17-19

This convention is a can’t miss for geeks in Miami! The convention prides itself as an anime convention, but has expanded to include many fandoms including gaming, tabletop, and American pop culture. Panels to suit any tastes are abundant, but there are too many to cover. So all you need to know is yours truly will be hosting ROG panels the Saturday and Sunday of the con. Freebies will be given out to the lovely people who attend so I suggest you all come and enjoy yourselves, you might get something.

Saturday

10-11 AM: The Birthday Panel

7:30-8 PM: Otaku on a Budget

Sunday

1:30-3 PM: The History of Vocaloids

One of the main events this year is a new Masquerade Ball that will be held the Friday of the weekend. Saturday will also be host to a pool party and a cosplay contest, and while Sunday is the shortest day in convention time, it usually is the most relaxed one, perfect after two days of excitement so you can just lay back, chill with other fans and perhaps catch a few panels. Mizucon 2012 will be fun, so plan your days ahead of time to make the most of what it has to offer and just have fun!

The list of all the panels and events that will occur can be seen here.

No GravatarWith a new year in full swing, it’s time for us to step back and assess our faults and weaknesses, as well as how we can improve ourselves. However, if you’re making the same old resolutions year after year and nothing’s changing maybe it’s time to make some new resolutions. So instead of promising to lose weight or get a boyfriend/girlfriend (again), it’s time for some REAL change. Here are my recommendations.

 

1. Watch an anime a day: By that I mean watch an episode everyday. The busy person needs a chance to relax, and a 30 minute break is a good way to recharge and get back into action. Plus, if you have more free time or nothing to do, instead of wasting time scrolling through Facebook you can do something you actually enjoy. Plus most of the time, it’s FREE! Funimation and Anime Network have YouTube channels you can watch entire seasons of anime from, with sub and dub options and sometimes high definition. And if there’s something you can’t find, some libraries have many anime options.

 

Those are just the DVDs that make up an entire season. And all the ones available are nothing compared to legal anime on Youtube.

 

2. Read a manga per week: Don’t forget about manga! Read a manga in your free time or before going to bed. Surprisingly, some libraries have a wide selection of manga, mostly really popular manga but also some lesser known but nonetheless great manga. Or pay homage to the culture and buy some for yourself.

 

3. A change of clothes: By that I mean if you’ve worn the same shirts for more than three years, it’s time to buy some new ones. With Internet shopping and after Christmas sales it’s easy to overload on pop culture and video game shirts without breaking the bank.

 

HA! Obscure references.

 

4. Redo your room: Buy posters of your fave anime characters. Get some shelves to display those figurines. Arrange your video game collection and get those clothes off the floor. And maybe let some natural light in before you forget natural light exists.

I would post a picture of my real room, but I don't want to traumatize innocent people.

 

5. Go to a real life nerdy event once a month: You only live once, so make this the year you begin truly breaking out of your shell. By going somewhere where people like you are gathered, you open yourself up to new encounters. Plus you have fun! When I began participating in the nerd scene, I realized how much I was missing out on, and I wanted to tell everyone I knew they had to get out there. So get out there and attend conventions, Nerdcore concerts, zombie walks, collectibles shows, the possibilities are endless! Look for events on social media, check out events other nerdy friends talk about, check out the Animecon website to look for cons, Google for events, whatever you do just do it. This might just become the best promise you’ve ever made to yourself, but you won’t know until you’ve tried it.

 

The joys of living. I'm in there, somewhere.

 

Happy New Year everyone! I truly hope the next year is your best and following also, on behalf of everyone here at Real Otaku Gamer.

 

 

 

 

 

By otakuman5000 On 3 Dec, 2011 At 08:25 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Otaku Music | With 0 Comments

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Over the last few years, alot of hip-hop artist have been making some of there biggest hits, cult classic tracks and even mixtapes based off of Video game titles.

Tyga: Well Done

Tyga hooked up with Lex Luger to give us a Mortal Kombat inspired track unlike any other and then linked with DJ Drama to give one of the years best mixtapes.

RedMan ft Oh-No: Lay you out

When Capcom Announced Super Street Fighter Turbo HD II, they reached out to the hip-hop community by the way of DJ Qbert to craft a mixtape with all the OG’s in hip-hop. Red-man and Oh-no gave the track a Ken and Ryu style K.O.

Dorrough ft Fat Pimp: Street Figther

The man who brought you Ice Cream Paint job inlist the help of a indie down south legend to make a smooth club street fighter song.

Jace Hall-Mortal Kombat

We posted this video a few months back but it still is a classic brought to us by Jace hall

Hip-Hop Gamer-Mafia II and This is Halo

The HHG along with 2k and bungie brings the heat on the official video to his mafia 2 and Halo Reach theme songs

Halo 3 Rap The Greatest Ever

JT Machinima aka Machinima rap phenom, enough said.

The TruthMVP Uncharted 2 GOTY Theme Song

The TruthMVP went in over UC2’s Machinima mode after the game won GOTY from the Spike VGA awards and numerous other websites and publications, this is one of the most slept on gaming hip-hop tracks of all time.

Ludacris-Press the Start button

Luda brings his A-game to this original track, making references to classic gen to current gen games and not wasting anytime dealing with the haters and the noobs. This has to be arguably the best video game track ever.

No GravatarWhat is Chibi-Pa Moto? That question can be answered with a few simple key ingredients for a convention such as this. It’s what happens when you take the combined voice acting talents and careers of Lord Zedd from Power Rangers, Batuo form Ghost in the Shell, Dita from Vandread, Spain from Hetalia and mix them all together. Then to add a bit more soul and flavor, you drop in an Otaku Comedian group, a unique musical band, some hardcore gangsta Otakus, and a guy who built his own GUNDAM armor as cosplay. And the result you get from that combination is Chibi-Pa Moto 2011, which is by far one of the most fun cons I have ever been to. The people were fun to hang around with, the guest were just as fun and cool to talk with, and the Otaku power level is far and beyond 9000.

 

Below is the gallery of pictures I and the rest of the R-O-G staff had took while exploring the convention that was Chibi-Pa Moto. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, not amount of words could describe the fun experience and atmosphere of actually being at Chibi-Pa Moto. My compliments to the staff and others who made this con what it was, a fun experience that ever Otaku out there should witness. Check out all the pictures and see the EPICness that we saw.

 

 

 

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No GravatarWhat is Chibi-Pa Moto? That question can be answered with a few simple key ingredients for a convention such as this. It’s what happens when you take the combined voice acting talents and careers of Lord Zedd from Power Rangers, Batuo form Ghost in the Shell, Dita from Vandread, Spain from Hetalia and mix them all together. Then to add a bit more soul and flavor, you drop in an Otaku Comedian group, a unique musical band, some hardcore gangsta Otakus, and a guy who built his own GUNDAM armor as cosplay. And the result you get from that combination is Chibi-Pa Moto 2011, which is by far one of the most fun cons I have ever been to. The people were fun to hang around with, the guest were just as fun and cool to talk with, and the Otaku power level is far and beyond 9000.

 

Below is the gallery of pictures I and the rest of the R-O-G staff had took while exploring the convention that was Chibi-Pa Moto. Even though a picture is worth a thousand words, not amount of words could describe the fun experience and atmosphere of actually being at Chibi-Pa Moto. My compliments to the staff and others who made this con what it was, a fun experience that ever Otaku out there should witness. Check out all the pictures and see the EPICness that we saw.

 

 

 

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No GravatarThis year, I had a chance to go check out Chibi-Pa Moto over in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Since this was my first time ever attending, I had no idea what to expect and was a little uneasy about what I might find. What I did not expect was how overwhelmingly I enjoyed my time there zipping through the convention floor, hanging with the con attendees, interviewing the many guest that showed up, and experiencing Chibi-Pa Moto in all of its EPICness.

 

Below are the videos of which I shot while spending time at Chibi-Pa Moto. This includes all the interviews and coverage of everything that went down this year at Chibi-Pa, including the Real Otaku Gamer Panels I hosted this year.

 

Real Otaku Gamer Panel (Excerpt)

 

Richard Epcar Interview

 

 

Julie Maddalena Interview

 

 

David Trosko Interview

 

 

Robert Axelrod Interview

 

 

Pika Bella Chu Interview

 

S.S Hanami Interview

 

 

Aaron Pabon Interview

 

HD Ninja Interview

 

 

 

A big thanks and shout out to the staff that allowed me to check out the con. You all rocked and made the weekend absolutely EPIC.

 

— VFM

 

 

 

 

 

No GravatarCanada’s most attended comic con is a place for people with hobby interest in Anime, Comics, Sci-Fi, Horror, or Video Games. Held in the heart of Toronto at the Metropolitan Convention Center August 25-28th2011, Hobby Stars’ Fan Expo Canada featured local and international artists, celebrity photo-ops, autograph sessions and Q&A opportunities plus multiple Game tournaments and cosplay awards. Conventions are always an adventure of inspiration and learning about whats new and good in fandom. Here’s a taste of my adventure at Fan Expo Canada 2011! 

First things first: I played in Canada’s Largest 3D Gaming Tournament featured by LG playing Call Of Duty: Black Ops to promote 3D gaming and television – although I didn’t win the match, the 3D experience is certainly worth mentioning. It definitely does enhance the immersion by creating depth to the visual of the familiar maps of COD and raises the degree of intensity of watching someone run towards you with their AK in your face. But is that enough to make 3D gaming last?  Later, during G4’s Panel featuring the cast of Electric Playground, Host Reviewer Jose Sanchez explained why he loves his 3D TV and games while the rest of the panel shakes their head in disagreement. He cleverly reminded Creator/Host Victor Lucas of how psyched he is when playing 3D games when Host Miri Jedeikin cleared the air reminding everyone that 3D is indeed an incredible achievement in movies and games as long as it is used to somehow enhance the narrative experience mentioning that some movies and games don’t “need” 3D using David Ellis’ Shark Night 3D as an example of where 3D works. Other video games featured at the Fan Expo were Ubisoft Montreal`s Assassin’s Creed Revelations, Just Dance 3, Rayman Origins, Rocksmith, Driver: San Francisco and Tom Clany`s Ghost Recon Future Soldier. And in case you missed the news of this badass game check out They Bleed Pixels with music by DJ Finish Him – Electric Playgrounds’ own Shaun Hatton who performed live in Toronto after the expo on Friday night. 

Rin (Voiced by Colleen Clinkenbeard)

 

After eating ridiculously overpriced pizza (then realizing there is cheap food across the street and easy re-entry) we made our way over to another most mentionable highlight of Fan Expo Canada; Colleen Clinkenbeard (Rin, Daughters of Mnemosyne) and Caitlin Glass (Winry Rockbell, FullMetal Alchemist: Brotherhood) sharing the panel Voice Acting 101. This Q & A style duo answered questions from the audience that focused on learning how to get into the business of Voice Acting, performance tips for English Anime- Dubbing, memorable studio moments, and favourite character experiences. 

Winry Rockbell (Voiced by Caitlin Glass)

Underlying everything they said – it all came down to experience as an actor. They encouraged ambitious voice actors to explore all areas of acting because when it comes to audition time you will need to read right off the page with emotion and character. But how do Winry and Rin really get into their characters? By recording while experiencing the emotive imagery of original work and studying the voices of the original Japanese cast. They treated the audience to the reasons why its easy for them to cry when its required by their character. Besides not having to physically have tears run down their face being a voice actor, Glass and Clinkenbeard praise the Japanese versions giving them the credit for making them have such strong connection and response to characters they voice. Glass’ co-star Vic Mignogna (Edward Elric) also made an appearance at the Fan Expo along with other American Voice Stars like the recongizable Veronica Taylor ( Ash Ketchum, Pokemon ), Chris Sabat (Piccolo and Vegeta, Dragon Ball) and John Stocker from all our favorites including The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! and Adventures of Sonic the hedgehog. You can find the full list of Anime guests and their work at Fanexpocanada.com.

More FanExpo Cosplay

Browsing hundreds of pieces of art, admiring the most amazing cosplay I’ve ever seen and making friends in lines for autographs from a few favorites like the Cast of Lost Girl, Tom Felton (Draco, Harry Potter), Tom Savini (From Dusk till Dawn), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Marina Sirtis (Matriarch Benezia,Mass Effect and Deanna Troi, Star Trek TNG) we had a chance to catch up with Matt Fraction and his panel about whats coming in the Marvel Fear Itself series.

Portal Cosplay

I’m personally looking forward to the plans for Hulk and Banner separating once again for quite a different adventure and relationship. An audience member asked Fraction how they feel and deal with the way some people don’t consider comic books as serious fictional art. Although I think most people are well aware of the integrity of comic books and graphic novels Fraction said it best “We are not movies, we are not TV, we are not regular books. We are comics and this is our art, our medium and we should be proud of what we do.” an argument justified and familiar by the games industry and fan communities.

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All in all this years Fan Expo was a success offering entertainment and quality fan goods catering to all your hobby needs. Last years fan expo was a disappointment in terms of organization when they failed to book the larger part of the two building convention centre but redeemed themselves this year staying organized and efficient with both buildings booked and 4 days of expo rather than the usual 3 day duration like previous years. I can’t wait to see what they bring to the table at next years Fan Expo especially since the 501st Star Wars Legion – a professional cosplay charity group drawing the biggest Star Wars crowds – will not be attending next year due to a conflicting Star Wars Celebration in Florida.  I’m dying to know what genre is going to land the big attraction in their  sci-fi absence. Will horror fans steal the show? Or will Ubisoft take the opportunity to expand the gaming expo? I vote for some console release information. Hopefully I’ll see you there! 

 

By otakuman5000 On 11 Sep, 2011 At 05:50 PM | Categorized As Featured, News, News, Otaku Music, PlayStation, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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It seems Ubisoft, has reached out to the recent Shady Records/Interscope Signee, Yelawolf to provide a theme song for the latest in their Driver Series, Driver San Francisco, in exchange for shooting the video for the song which will appear on his debut Shady Records Album Radioactive. You’ll see in this behind the scenes video below, why YelaWolf is riding around in the Driver Car featured in the game along with him stopping by several San Fran Landmarks and key locations.

Driver: San Fransisco is available now for PS3, Xbox-360 and PC in addition YelaWolf’s Radioactivate is set to drop on October 25th of this year.
Its do or die time for the Driver Series as Ubisoft has both Assassins Creed along with Ghost Recon set to drop later this year. Yelawolf well also has to prove himself as he has big shoes to fill being on the same label as Eminem, one of the biggest selling hip-hop artist of all time. Enjoy the video and remember to check back for news on Pax, TGS and all your fall/winter releases on Real Otaku Gamer!

No GravatarHere is Part 4 of our pictures from Mizucon Miami. Here, there are tons of photos we took from the convention floor. Checking out everything from the cosplay, to the booths, to the panels, the concerts, and of course, the stars.

 

This past weekend, the ROG staff and myself got to go to Mizucon 2011 and check out all the cool things present there. What occurred was a truly EPIC festival of Anime goodness. A place where fans of anime from all over Florida, and even some far away places around the US, came together to celebrate their beloved hobbies and media. There were so many great and awesome people there, as well as so many cool looking and ambitious costumes worn by many of the con’s attendees.

 

But check it out for yourself. Check out our main gallery of pictures from the showroom floor of Mizucon 2011. The Anime Mecca of Miami.

 

 

 

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