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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

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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!

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FUNimation released another clip of the English dub for Attack on Titan today.  This is the third clip they have released and it gets more exciting each time.

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.

Here is the clip featuring primarily Levi:

I’m pretty happy with this clip! It wasn’t what I necessarily expected Levi to sound like, but it still fits him and his personality.  The same goes for Hanji. What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Source: FUNimation Twitter

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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

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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 Tiffany Marshall On 19 Jan, 2014 At 12:54 AM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

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Attack on Titan is a fairly recent anime that has gained a lot of popularity amongst Otaku and others alike.  It’s adapted from a manga series written by Hajime Isayama.  The anime is produced by Wit Studio and Production I.G.  The series is currently only available in Japanese.  I recently watched Attack on Titan courtesy of Netflix and I was not disappointed.  Out of all the years that I’ve watched anime, I have to say Attack on Titan is one of the best.  There’s a good amount of story, drama, action, and it never lets up!  But before I get too carried away with telling you just how much I love this series after binge watching all 25 episodes over the course of 48 hours, there is more to Attack on Titan than my love for it.

As we begin the series, Attack on Titan brings you into a world where humans are scarce.  Why are they scarce?  Titans.  Titans are giant humans of sorts that tower at numerous different sizes.  Through the series, we quite often see titans at the heights of 10-14 meters tall.  No one is quite sure where these titans came from or what their motivation is, but they’re there and they love the taste of humans.  To protect themselves, the remaining humans managed to build towering walls that act both as protection and a cage.  The titans can’t seem to get in, but then the humans can’t go out, unless they want to be massacred.

“On that day, mankind received a grim reminder. We lived in fear of the titans, and were disgraced to live in these cages we called walls.” – Eren

Eren Titan MonsterThe protagonist of the series is Eren Yeager.  As the series starts out, he’s a young boy with dreams of joining the Scout Regiment, a branch of their military.  Eren believes strongly with all his will and being that they can eradicate the world of the titans and be free of the walls he feels trapped within.  His adopted sister of sorts is Mikasa Ackerman.  Although she doesn’t agree with the way that Eren goes about things carelessly and fullheartedly, she supports him with every essence of her being and stands beside him to make sure he doesn’t die in the process.  They’re very close to one another and it’d difficult to tell whether their bond is more than friendship.  There is also Armin Arlert that is a friend to them both.  Armin is the cunning and intelligent character that often serves as providing guidance to Eren, Mikasa, and many others in the series.

The military is split into three branches:  Military Police, Scout or Survey Corp, and the Garrison.  The Military Police protect the king and maintain order within the walls, primarily within Wall Sina, the innermost wall.  The Scout or Survey Corp go out beyond the walls to learn more about the titans and destroy as many titans as they can.  The Garrison or Stationary Guard protect the walls.

As you begin the series, in the first episode, everything happens at a rapid pace.  Things go from a peace that lasted for a century to a titan wreaking havoc, kicking a hole in the outermost wall, and letting many, many titans in.  Though many people are evacuated, there were a far many more that were eaten by the titans.  Eren and Mikasa are traumatized while watching their mother being eaten alive after failed attempts at freeing her from a collapsed building.  Eren’s passion in fighting against the titans and getting revenge is only further ignited.

Speed ahead five years exactly where you have Eren, Mikasa, Armin, and their fellow cadets preparing to pick a military branch.  Before they can, another attack eerily similar to the previous one, wreaks havoc on yet another wall.  This time Eren, Mikasa, and others must fight until people can be evacuated.  In the process of this, many die, including Eren.  Or does he?

If you lose, you die. If you win, you live. If you don’t fight, you can’t win!” – Eren

MikasaAs Mikasa finds out of his death and is fighting, she struggles to fight and even gives up with two titans closing in until a mysterious titan saves her, demolishing the titans.  This mysterious titan shows no interest in eating humans, only in destroying titans.  Towards the end of the battle, it is realized that the titan is Eren.  Somehow Eren can change into a titan. But how? Why?

You’ll have to watch the series to find out!!!

Attack on Titan is such a thrilling and amazing anime series.  I give the series an A+.  I highly recommend it to all that want to watch.  Everything about this anime lives up to the hype.  Attack on Titan has earned a spot as one of my favorite anime series of all time.  It’s just that good.  As long as you have no problems with subtitles, you should thoroughly enjoy the series.

Funimation will bring Attack on Titan to North America for purchase some time this year.

“This world is merciless, and it’s also very beautiful.” – Mikasa

By Inactive or EX ROG Staffer On 12 Nov, 2013 At 09:53 PM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, News, Otaku Events | With 0 Comments
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For the 25th anniversary of Akira, Funimation has really gone out of their way to promote this classic to a new audience and their latest promotional effort is hosting free screenings of Akira across America to the delight of many. The hostees in question are Alamo Drafthouse, a chain of excellent movie theaters. If you fear seats might run out, you can reserve one by buying a $5 voucher which can be used for concession. Out of courtesy attendees are asked to buy concession items to help the theater make up for the cost of screening the movie for free. The theaters will also give attendees a discount code to take 40% off the price of buying the 25th anniversary edition of the movie in Funimation’s online store. The following states will have one or more screenings.

  • Texas
  • Missouri
  • Colorado
  • Virginia
  • Michigan
  • New York

You can get more information by going to Funimation’s announcement page. To those in participating states I really hope you get to experience this movie on the big screen like it should be experienced.

By Charles On 6 Dec, 2012 At 04:03 AM | Categorized As Animation, Featured, Reviews, Reviews | With 0 Comments

No GravatarLast year, the anime world was introduced to a magical girl series by the name of Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Often cited as a refutation of previous mahou shoujo series, a deconstruction of moe/lolicon storytelling, and a turning point within anime on par with Neon Genesis Evangelion, the show reached a huge audience both inside and outside of Japan, garnering acclaim, respect and legions of dedicated fans.

The series was the brainchild of one Gen Urobuchi, and like much of the reviews and accolades suggested, it was a new direction for magical girl series. Fast forward one year, and a new product created by the same Gen Urobuchi is airing on Fuji TV in Japan. But anyone expecting frilly dresses and kawaii shoujo lolis will be in for a rude awakening, because it is as far from Madoka as one could feasibly get.

Psycho Pass is equal parts character study, crime drama, and science fiction horror show. Blending together elements of modern police procedurals (“Criminal Minds” fans take note) and dystopian SF realities (ditto, “Matrix”-heads), Urobuchi and the rest of Production I.G. have managed to create the most revolting, “controversial,” but completely addictive, series of the Fall season.

In a future where the world is under constant surveillance by a near-omnipotent AI called the Sibyl system, ordinary citizens are at the mercy of their “hue-” a multi-colored “aura check” symbolized by the Psycho Pass, an all purpose identification and sanity-measurement system meant to monitor their “crime coefficient,” or the likelihood that they will commit a violent action. People who’s coefficient rises above a “normal” state, whether through criminal action or strong emotion, are at the mercy of police units composed of investigators and enforcers, whose job it remains to detain or execute those with unacceptable “criminal tendencies.”

Enter into this fray Akane Tsunemori, a young and “idealistic” inspector fresh off her exams, who entered the police force simply because her aptitude tests placed her at the top rungs of society. Believing she can enact real change, she is teamed up with veteran enforcer Shinya Kougami, a former inspector who lost his position- and his freedom- when his pursuit of a single case caused his psycho pass to indicate him as a threat. As Tsunemori struggles to understand the world she has chosen to jump into, Shinya continues his obsession towards a lost partner, and a shadowy force hiding just behind the surface of crimes he finds himself investigating.

Creepiest villain since Johann Liebert

And lording over the crime and brutality that Akane and Kougami repeatedly find themselves surrounded by is one Shougo Makishima, a veritable “consulting criminal” on par with Moriarty himself. Not since Orihara Izaya has a villain come along content to just be a villain, and watch others carry out their schemes using his assistance. Meticulous, charismatic and savage in the extreme, Makishima plays his “allies” to their utmost, until their hubris (or mistakes) leads to their downfall, ultimately withdrawing his support and watching them be consumed by their building insanity.

One of the first striking aspects of this series is how dark it is. From rape in the pilot to murder, vivisection, retribution and internet anonymity, the show covers many of the same topics that are viewed as taboo or controversial within our own world. Not willing to shy away from the details, this is a series where bad things happen to ordinary people, often with no chance for last-second rescues or intervention by law abiding forces. It is common for story characters to disappear at the end of an episode, only to have their fates revealed in the following one. Trust is almost non-existent, as the enforcers themselves are often viewed as criminals who cannot be trusted (a fact that is explained in the first episode, when Akane is told her “Dominator,” the gun she uses to expediate action, can be fired at any enforcer at any time, and kill them), and inspectors can be seen as little more than “ticking time bombs,” just waiting for the stress of their job to take its “inevitable” toll.

As an exploration into the darker aspects of humanity, Psycho Pass is an excellent study of character: villains are not one-dimensional killing machines, but often multifaceted human characters, driven to crime through stress or the desire for “perfection.” Humanism, the idea that man alone represents the utmost perfection, is a powerful theme, whether exploring the motivations to kill or the motivations for justice. Watching a noble hero lose themselves to base instinct, or a drive bordering on obsession- normally a taboo subject itself- becomes part of the narrative, as characters come to the realization that the world is a dark, dark place, and one can only survive by accepting it, or ignoring it (and there are enforcers that do both).

Be forewarned, this series is not for the faint of heart. Like the aforementioned “Criminal Minds,” it is easy for a viewer to be repulsed by what they see. Urobuchi pulls no punches this time, and despite the show having elements of dystopian science fiction, the situations and actions of the characters are very much rooted in reality. There are scenes depicting violence against women, violence against teenagers, and bodily explosions on par with Gantz.

But looking beyond the blood and depravity, you will find a deep, psycho-philosophical narrative about justice, hubris, duty and degeneration that will keep you hooked long after the credits role. Much like Madoka, this kind of show comes along rarely, and while I disdain using the term “required viewing,” Psycho Pass is one of those shows that anime fans should watch. It is a splendid depiction of character, atmosphere and storytelling that one would come to expect from Production IG, and especially Urobuchi. This series is easily the best one I’ve seen all year, and likely in years to come.

Watch Psycho Pass online at Funimation

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 Charles On 25 Oct, 2011 At 08:24 PM | Categorized As Animation, Editorials, Featured, Tales of Real Otaku | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThis editorial is the second of a two-part series. The first half was published on October 17th, and can be found here.

6: Durarara and Baccano!- Because these two shows are essentially the same. Drrr/B! managed to do for me the same thing FMA did back in 2007- they taught me how to have fun again. Much like the earlier series broke me from a glut of heavy mecha series, Drrr showed me that large casts can in fact be a good thing. And B! managed to include a cast so colorful that it was impossible to ignore any of them. But most important of all, these two series were shows I devoured, and devoured quickly. It’s rare these days that I can marathon episodes of anything, but B! took me just 2 days and a long train ride to chain through, and left me wanting more long after it was done.

Now these two series are far from flawless. Both have anticlimactic endings. Both lose track of what they want to say at times. And both jump around relentlessly during the narration, to the point where you can skip an episode and not even realize it until three down the line. But these are small prices to pay for shows with incredible entertainment potential, that will linger with you long after the last episode ends. And make you beg for a second season.

7: Death Note/Hell Girl/Bleach- Wow look, another multiple series entry. Three this time. Well, actually, these chosen three could have been joined by so many more. Because I’m not referencing these shows in particular, but what they all have in common. Aside from good storytelling and suspense. They all have shinigami.

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Shinigami are something of a passion of mine. One of my oldest, and most potent, interests lies in ghosts, monsters, death and the supernatural. So when I got the idea last year to do a panel on Death Gods, it was these series that I turned to first, alongside Gundam Wing, Princess Mononoke and others to look into the phenomenon of the shinigami in Japanese media. Eighteen months, and some 1000 attendees, later the panel , “Dead Like Us,” is one of my most recognized and requested at conventions, and the one that has allowed me to research and lecture on something wholly my own. More than any other recent series or game, the shinigami-based anime have given me the chance to give back to the medium in ways that I never had considered when I started my work back in 2009. And for that, I am eternally grateful.

8:  The films of Hayao Miyazaki- I’m sure a bunch of my readers were wondering when I was going to get around to Miyazaki-sama. Much like the shinigami in the previous entry, I owe a lot to him, in terms of enjoyment, awareness and furthering my own reputation as a lecturer and academic. Unlike the shinigami, Miyazaki has also had a profound impact on my life through the films themselves.

I discovered Miyazaki-sama through Princess Mononoke, way back in 2000, when I found a VHS copy of the dub at Coconuts (remember them?) for $6.99, and recalling the name from an anime club meeting. I watched the film maybe 4 or 5 times that weekend, I could not look away. It was little surprise then, that when Spirited Away came out the following year, I of course made time to venture to the only movie theatre in Queens showing it just to see it. Or that I changed my weekend plans when I found out Howl’s Moving Castle was showing near where I was going to be that night.

Miyazaki-sama speaks to me through his films. Unlike any other anime I have seen (with the possible exception of Usagi Drop), his films have caused me to look at my life and examine who I really am inside. Unlike any other anime, his are the films I watch the most, and share the most. Miyazaki-sama has a gift with storytelling and crafting that is nearly unmatched in the industry. There is little wonder, then, that he is so respected and loved by so many. Watching just one of his films can uplift the spirit and add to the experience of life. Sound a bit pretentious, or idealized? Possibly, but only if you have never seen a Miyazaki film before. Watch just one, and you will understand.

9: Eden of the East and Summer Wars- Seeing a trend here: this list is a lot more than just ten anime. Which, I suppose, is fitting, seeing how hard it would be to distill over a decade of fandom into just ten series or movies.

I watched Eden of the East and Summer Wars over the spring this year, and the thing they share in common, is they blew my mind. Not just enjoyable or entertaining, but literally mind-blowing. Summer Wars had the same effect on me as Mononoke did a decade earlier, making my jaw drop open and forcing repeated watchings over the weekend. Eden was the latter half of the long train rides to and from Anime Mid Atlantic back in June. Both made me think while they were busy rewriting my idea of what anime was. Both got me excited to be a fan and viewer again. Both left me wanting more.

This is what a mind**** looks like.

I suppose what separates these two from other, similar entires into this list (read: Drrr/B!, FMA) is the emotional connections they formed. The other series taught me how to have fun. These two made me think while I was having fun. They others were very open to marathoning. So were these, but I kept noticing more and more things, and making long lists of notes of other things to look into. The others made me laugh. These made me say “Wow!” And that, in the end, is worth mentioning. Because a lot of series are fun. Precious few make you say “wow.”

10: Gundam Seed- This was the Gundam that changed Gundam for me. Prior to Seed, I had a love for Wing and it’s military-rebellion storyline. I thought G was quirky with it’s take on tournament fighting. War in the Pocket made me cry. And 0083 had some beautiful suit designs, but was over too fast. Then came Seed, and a whole new world opened up to me.

Seed rewrote what Gundam should be, at least from my point of view. Beautiful suit designs, interesting characters, and a story that was close enough to the UC to nostalgic, but different enough to still be compelling. Seed brought Gundam into the 21st century, and set the bar for what could be accomplished in a Gundam series. Dual narratives, counterplots, intrigue and self-discovery- these were what Seed set out to do, and did wonderfully. And while the series (and its sequel, Seed Destiny) left a sour taste in the mouths of some veteran fans, it brought new fans into the series with its flash and flare. I doubt I would be the Gundam fan I am now if not for Seed.

This is my list. What’s yours?