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By Koji Ford On 18 Jul, 2015 At 02:24 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s four o’clock in the morning. I should be sleeping, but my mind won’t stop buzzing. The only sound you can hear is the sounds of rapid typing as my hands shake from the overload of caffeine. I tell myself, “I need to get some sleep,” as I type in the URL for Crunchyroll in search of a good anime. There’s been some buzzing going about the Tumblrverse that a certain anime has come swooping in and grabbing the attention of many pastel-cute bloggers, and I decided to investigate.  I prepared strawberries for a snack and a couple of water bottles for the binge watching session. I was ready. I turned out the lights, plugged in my headset, cranked the volume up to eleven (yes, it goes to eleven), and pressed play.

Right away I’m greeted by cherry blossoms drifting through the air and a soft tune.  Three girls stood before me in school uniform. Then, singing. The camera pans upwards onto the singers face, and the next thing you know the previously soft tune turns into an up beat poppy melody as the girl runs towards the camera and throws off her school jacket. Was there a point in doing that? I don’t know. All I know is that the sun is peeking through my window, and I can hear colors. Anyway, the camera starts twirling around in circles as the young lady continues to run across the street towards it, then she jumps over some stairs, freeze framing. How does she plan on landing that jump? What was the point in that? Was she so filled with joy that the consequence of jumping over a set of stairs and injuring herself not phase her? Kids these days. That’s when her monologue starts. She introduces herself as Honoka Kosaka, a second year high school student. She goes on to tell how her school, Otonokizaka High School, is in trouble and will be closing down as the camera shows a shot of the three girls from earlier (including Honoka) surround the billboard with the official statement of school closure…or something official like that. All three look horrified, and Honoka falls backwards fainting, claiming her life as a high school student is over. I mean I guess I can relate; if something I  enjoyed and spent most of my life doing that had no effect on my skills as a person whatsoever suddenly came to a stop I’d be devastated.


What’s better than gals being pals?

And that’s when the intro started.

The intro was the silent messenger that informed me, “Koji, this anime is going to ruin your life,” as cute high school girls danced around a stage and sang. I was captivated by a particular short haired girl who came across as the tomboy of the group. At this point I’m so sleep deprived and running on so much caffeine my head felt light and heavy at the same time, and my eye wouldn’t. Stop. Twitching. But no. I must watch this anime, as a service to my country. I downed my fifth cup of coffee, and continued to watch. The intro ends, and the sudden urge to purchase Nenderoids of the girls came to me, but it was such a small urge at the time that I was able to shake it off. The episode continues as Honoka awakens in the nurses office, brushing off the encounter with the school notice as a dream and skips merrily down the hallway while her fellow classmates look on in concern. She then finds herself back where she fainted, in front of the notice board, and exclaims in disbelief. Later on, her friends start plotting a way to gather enough attention to the school so that more students want to enroll there. She goes home, unsure of what to do, when she notices a pamphlet for a popular school among young girls called UTX. She then takes it upon herself to visit the school, where she’s greeted by a massive display of three girls greeting the new coming students. The girls on the display, as it turns out, are school idols, students that partake in the activity of song and dance while gaining immense popularity on the internet. It was then that Honoka decided that’s what her school needed, and runs off to find her friends.


Throughout the first season of the show Honoka, Kotori, and Umi recruit various girls for their idol group, Muse, further gaining popularity on the internet and thus having more students enroll in their school as well as competing in live competitions. Now, my opinion on this anime is as follows; it has ruined my life and I cannot stop talking about it, 10/10 would recommend it. But beware: it gets a little gay sometimes and one of them likes to casually grope the other members boobs. So if you’re not into girls being platonic and gropey and just a little gay with each other, I wouldn’t watch it. But if you’re like me and love girls in platonic close friendships, then watch it. Sure, the ending made me cry, but at least I have this Rin Hoshizora body pillow to talk about it to, and this Nozomi Tojo Nenderoid to stare at. Oh, by the way, they also have a smartphone game called School Idol Project that, if you’re into rhythm games, I highly recommend. I myself can’t get a hang of the hard levels, but maybe after I actually fall asleep and sleep off this caffeine I can finally feel my hands well enough to play it. They also have a movie premiering in various theaters across the country, so if you’re interested in that click here.

I guess that’s the end of my first review, I hope you all enjoyed it. I’m going to pass out now.

Peace out.

By Garrett Green On 29 Apr, 2015 At 11:11 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, International News, News, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments

No GravatarIt’s been 18 years since the last Dragon Ball anime, Dragon Ball GT, concluded in Japan. And let’s be honest, a lot of fans would like to forget that series ever aired. The series is not considered to be canon and had very little input from the original series creator. A few years ago the Kai series began, which cuts out much of the fluff and filler from Dragon Ball Z and also redraws many scenes to give the show a shiny new coat. But not we are about to get an all new anime titled Dragon Ball Chou. Chou can be translated to “super” and it seems that the english title will infect be “Dragon Ball Super.”


Dragon Ball Chou will take place after the events of the Majin Buu saga, the last saga in the Dragon Ball Z series. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will take place before or after the recent movies Battle of Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, which are considered cannon. But like the movies, series creator Akira Toriyama will over see the new series and be heavily involved.

In an official press release from Toei Animation, Masako Nozawa, voice actress for Goku, Gohan, Gotten, and Bardock, had this to say. “I’ve used the word ‘cho’ (super) in so many commercials, games and other media, it is fantastic that the long awaited Dragon Ball Super will finally begin. I hope that this series will last a long time and have the same impact around the world as its predecessor.”


Osamu Nozaki, a producer at Fuji TV said, “As I read the plot I’ve a;ready received from Akira Toriyama, my dreams for this begin to expand. An enemy even stronger than Buu or Freeza may appear…”

Dragon Ball Chou is set to air this July on Fuji TV on Sundays at 9:00 am.



No GravatarWhen I was first asked to play Conception II I haven’t played an RPG in quite sometime. Going into this game I didn’t expect an extremely fantastic title or anything remotely interesting…mainly because I didn’t know anything about the title or series for that matter. Then I realized that the more of it I play the more intrigued I became. Then the experience became a little more jaded. While the game wasn’t bad it became slightly repetitive and more so cumbersome than anything.


The game takes place in the World of Aterra where they worship the Star God where they prosper through the power of Star Energy. You are known as God’s Gift who trains at an academy for disciples which is a special group of people who are summoned to fight against monsters who come from Dusk Circles. As God’s Gift you and a collective of females perform a ritual for the church known as Classmating to generate Star Children. Why is this important? The Star Children assist you in combat along with you and a female partner and they all have a particular class and several set of set of skills.

Defense Pose Conception II

I’ve never been so confused and befuddled with confusion quite like I have been while playing the game. I’m not so much confused into the depth of the world as I am with why some of these things are especially necessary. For a lack of better words, classmating is essentially having sex to produce children who can fight. It is blatantly obvious considering the underlying tone of everyone and the way each girl presents themselves before and after it occurs. Doing it just makes you feel slightly more dirty. Even more so when you are forced into doing classMANting which while really funny is in a way kind of perverse.


Engaging enemies is where the game gets even more unique. Once you encounter an enemy inside one of the games many labyrinth’s you are forced to choose between normal JRPG actions such as attack, skill and defense. The most interesting aspect is the combat system in which you choose the side to attack your foe. Every enemy has a weak side and the choice of each side benefits you during combat. My only main concern with the battle system is that you are given the option to guard and yet it does nothing. It states that you will take less damage but you still take just as much as if you weren’t defending. I have also noticed that for a JRPG it’s pretty easy. I have played much easier games but I never really felt as if I there was too much going on and the difficulty made matters worse.


Graphically the game is rather impressive as it features fully animated anime style cut scenes and moves at a silky smooth 60 FPS. The in game engine isn’t bad as it looks more like an above average PlayStation 2 title with a few more bells and whistles. The thing I was more impressed with was the music and the character design. These two things were probably my main drive for playing this game as I was more intrigued just to see what the next monster would look like. To be quite honest the designers seem to draw heavily from the Persona series as the music and monsters seem as if they came straight from that source.

Overall the game is like “Goldie Locks and the Three Bears” as it doesn’t do anything overall really impressive nor does it do anything really bad. Although it’s themes may not be quite suitable for everyone it’s still interesting enough with it cool soundtrack and character design. The game may not be for everyone but I do feel as if it worth a play through for anyone who is itching for a new RPG to play for their Vita. It hits the mark at being just right.


AoT everyone

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FUNimation has been releasing clips from the Attack on Titan English dub to get people excited about the release of the first half of the season in June and for Anime Boston, which is going on right now.

Here is the latest clip:

With each and every clip, I get more and more excited for when I can get my hands on Attack on Titan – Part 1 with the English dubbing. Whether I get the Collector’s Edition, Limited Edition, or Standard Edition is still up in the air.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

What did you think of this latest clip? Let us know in the comments!

Source: FUNimation Twitter

By Tiffany Marshall On 20 Mar, 2014 At 05:50 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, International News, News, News, Previews, ROG News, Videos | With 0 Comments
Mikasa in Action

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FUNimation released another clip today for the Attack on Titan English dub! This time we get a glimpse at Mikasa, one of the main characters.  Here it is:

I absolutely love it! I think it sounds very much like I’d imagine Mikasa to sound.  What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

Mikasa in Action

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FUNimation released another clip folks! This time we get some more core characters, not our main ones but better than the last clip! Here it is:

I’m happy so far! I’m a little iffy on Conny’s voice but this is a short clip so I’ll reserve judgment.

Attack on Titan will be releasing Part 1 of the series in English and Japanese through FUNimation on June 3, 2014.  The Collector’s Edition will run at $96.74, Limited Edition will run at $67.49, and the Standard Edition will run at $37.49.

According to the FUNimation website the Collector’s Edition will include:

4-pin collection (Military Police Regiment, Scout Regiment, Garrison Regiment, and Cadet Corps), a replica of Eren Jaeger’s key necklace, a sword necklace featuring the Titan flesh paring blades, a 3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers

TheLimited Edition will include:

3-D lenticular Art Card, Notes From Beyond the Wall: Part 1 (24 page digibook), and 104 minutes of on-disc extras including: The Making of Attack on Titan, Chibi Theater: Fly, Cadets, Fly! Days 1-13, Episode 3 & 13 Commentaries, Eyecatch Gallery, Textless Songs, Trailers

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Sources: FUNimation Tweet, FUNimation website

Attack on Titan Eren Titan

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Anticipation killing you, waiting to see what the English dub for Attack on Titan will be like?  Well, you’re in luck! FUNimation released this clip for a first look:

Well, it’s not much, but it’s a little something. It seems good, but I’d prefer to hear more in regards to Eren, Mikasa, Armin, etc. All we can do is wait for more!

What do you think of this clip? Let us know in the comments.

By NightingaleSilva On 14 Mar, 2014 At 11:49 PM | Categorized As Editorials, Featured, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

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I remember my very first gaming console: A Sega Master System. I was about 8 years of age when I had received it. That right there was my gateway into the realm of gaming. My favorite games to play were ‘Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ and ‘Alex Kidd In Shinobi World’. From there, I got my very first NES and SNES. I was done for after that. Those two systems started what would become a life-long obsession for me. I got those two Nintendo systems when I was about 9 or 10…I’m almost 27 now, and I’m still obsessed with Nintendo, and it’s an obsession that I am proud of and will never quit obsessing over.

Mario Bros. was my first game, then there was The Legend of Zelda. That game is what created the gamer within me. The Legend of Zelda sparked a fire in me so fierce, I could hardly contain it. Still to this day I play the original Legend of Zelda for the NES and all of the ones that came after it. It was the story behind the game, the fantastical world of Hyrule, that drew me in deeper and deeper as the series carried on. Hands down, I can say that The Legend of Zelda is my all-time favorite game series.

As a little girl, you’d expect me to be playing with dolls and ponies. Instead, I was busy adventuring, saving the land of Hyrule, and defeating Mother Brain in Super Metroid. Gaming has molded me to be who I am today. Today, I have found passion in a career that is based around a world I love so dearly: Video Games. I am a gaming journalist for several websites, and as time goes by, I can only hope to branch out further into the world of gaming journalism. I am ambitious, and know that I will reach my goals one day!

So who am I you ask? Well, the name is Felisha, but I go by Nightingale . I am an avid gamer, cosplayer, anime enthusiast, artist, writer, blogger, sculptor, mother, and a wife. I have many responsibilities and many titles. But what is it that defines me as a gamer, anime enthusiast, and so forth? As I’ve mentioned previously in the beginning of this short novel, you see why I consider myself a gamer. I never out-grew gaming, and it never out-grew me.

Life-long Gamer Addict: 

Today, I own a Nintendo GameCube, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, 3DS XL, and PSP Go. Not to mention the multitudes of emulators and roms on my smartphone. I will always be partial to Nintendo because that is what I grew up with and loved, but I love my many other consoles as well, and game on each and every one of them in my free time.

Part of my gamer set-up!

Part of my gamer set-up!

As a child, video games helped me escape a world I didn’t really care for at times, and helped me sink into a world where I felt I belonged, and where I was most happy. They hold a special place in my heart and always will till the very end.

Anime Enthusiast: 

I didn’t get into anime until much later on in life. I remember my first introduction to it being Sailor Moon and Dragon Ball. Later that moved on into Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Witch Hunter Robin, Fullmetal Alchemist, and so many others. Still to this day I watch anime…some of my favorites are Attack On Titan, Soul Eater, Hare+Guu, Elfen Lied, Spice & Wolf, Fruits Basket, Ouran High School Host Club, and Rosario+Vampire. I even read manga too! As it is just the comic version of all my favorite animes!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Current Anime/Manga Obsession: Attack On Titan

Current Anime/Manga Obsession: Attack On Titan

 Cosplayer In The Making: 

I have a long ways to go when it comes to cosplaying, with only a few under my sleeve. I think the most elaborate one I did was one of Midna, from The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess in her human form. I made everything by hand…I even hand painted all of the intricate designs on her cloak, her sleeves and on her skirt. It took me at least 3 months to complete it all. Someday, I’ll revamp it, making it better and more professional. My last cosplay was Saya Takagi from the anime High School of the Dead, the only thing I hand made from her costume was the pleated skirt…First project on a sewing machine, and I just had to go and make a pleated school girl skirt…

My human-form Midna Cosplay

My human-form Midna Cosplay


My Saya Takagi Cosplay

Everyday Nightingale: 

Most days you will find me in my comfy pajamas, typing away on my computer while video game sound tracks play in the background, with my 3DS XL at my side. And while doing all of this, I also tend to my baby girl who is almost 2 years old while I’m missing her 5 year old sister who is away at kindergarten. Amidst all of that chaos, I add more fuel to the fire by working some days for my apartment complex, and babysitting three others kids about 4-5 days a week. Luckily, through it all, I have an equally geeky gamer of a husband to keep me somewhat sane through everything I do. I am a busy woman, and that at times gets in the way of my ‘otaku-ness’, but I’m still a super geeky otaku gamer at the end of each and every day!

Everyday Otaku, Nightingale

Everyday Otaku, Nightingale

Whoever said you can’t do what you love for living was dead wrong! I do what I love everyday and make somewhat of a living off of it! I can only hope to continue using my Otaku Gamer wit to get me far in life, and make an awesome living for my two beautiful girls and my loving fellow-otaku of a husband. Peace, love, & Video Games! Nightingale, out!

By NightingaleSilva On 7 Mar, 2014 At 07:15 PM | Categorized As Animation, News, Otaku Music, ROG News, Television | With 0 Comments
Current Anime/Manga Obsession: Attack On Titan

No GravatarNews came about just a few days ago that Anime Limited has gained the license for the original soundtrack for the popular anime series Attack on Titan. The soundtrack contains 16 tracks, both inserts and background music, from the anime all composed by Hiroyuki Sawano, who has also composed songs for Gundam Unicorn, Guilty Crown and Kill la Kill. Songs include Attack On Titan, The Reluctant Heroes, Call Your Name, Eye-Water, Counter Attack-Mankind, and Rittaikidou.

We can expect a physical CD release later this summer, but as of right now, you can buy and download the entire soundtrack from all of the popular digital music stores, such as iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.

[Source: Anime News Network]


By Isabel On 24 Feb, 2014 At 06:52 PM | Categorized As Animation, Comics/Manga, Reviews, ROG Fashion, ROG News | With 0 Comments
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No GravatarI stumbled upon a little documentary while I roamed around Youtube and while it’s far from perfect I think it gives a balanced overview of otakus. It’s so well made in fact I think it’s the one documentary to show any questioning parents so they have a good understanding of our little subculture.

The piece True Otaku: The Documentary is an amateur documentary that explains the otaku fandom by going straight to the source, questioning regular fans and industry professionals in Otakon and Anime USA about many different topics related to the subject.

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Looks like our old banner!

It explains the anime boom that occurred in the US and how it led to the surge in anime fans that created such large conventions, lolita fashion, fan groups, and cosplay. Granted, they focused too much on cosplay and not enough on anime and manga, nor popular otaku video games such as visual novels and the unbelievably popular shooter Touhou nor fighting games like Persona 4, and not even on collectors of anime merchandise, but it’s a good introductory film to any questioning individual and I believe if  everyone saw it they’d have more respect for the otaku community.

You can see the film for free on Youtube where it’s split into 3 parts: You can watch the first part here and see the rest at leisure. Happy watching!

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