Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dance in the Vampire Bund vol. 1 DVD Impression

Vampire, human and more living side-by-side; will peace or trouble follow?

With the popularity of creative works such as the Twilight Saga there’s no shortage of vampire tales surfacing but not every tale is a copy-cat. As vampire stories go, FUNimation’s Dance in the Vampire Bund does an excellent job of mixing action and intrigue along with solid character design and animation. It’s anything but a copy of the formula seen in Twilight but fans of vampire stories should definitely checkout this Blu-ray/DVD combo pack for a number of reasons. Let’s take a look why.

Power Rangers Samurai Activities

Enjoy another side of Power Rangers: Samurai with a coloring sheet, recipe and exercises

Love them or not, there is no denying the staying power of the Power Rangers. The most recent iteration is Power Rangers: Samurai follows yet another group of young adventures and has impacted yet another generation of young TV viewers so in order to take the fun off the TV set we’ve got a few features for fans to enjoy. Check out the included coloring sheet, ready to print and enjoy and dealing with the food groups. Also we’ve got one egg-tastic recipe and a handful of exercises to help Power Rangers fans train like the Samurai.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

X-Men: Destiny Character Bio: Grant Alexander

Grant Alexander joins the X-Men: Destiny crew.

Gamers have already been introduced to Aimi Yoshida and now it’s time to meet the next member of the crew in X-Men: Destiny video game hitting consoles this September. Grant Alexander goes from the football field to battling alongside Aimi and others in the third-person action/RPG. The concept of controlling ones evolution will add an unique twist as these characters are not locked into an already established doctrine of moves, nope; the sky is indeed the limit. More to come as additional characters are introduced.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Reveal Trailer

Need I say more; it's Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 reveal trailer

Friday, May 20, 2011

Army of Darkness Defense on iPhone Impression

The cult classic and one-liner-rific makes its mobile debut with Defense

Its castle defense time as Ash must defeat waves of Deadites to protect the Necronomicon in Army of Darkness: Defense. Fans know what this means but for those not familiar with the excellent action of Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) in Army of Darkness of the Evil Dead trilogy, well this is Plants vs. Zombies revamped with a great license. The concept is simple, defend a book from enemies, but the question is how does it play out? Let’s take a look.

Bleach: Soul Resurreccion coming to PlayStation 3

Bleach fans finally get a true next-generation gaming treat

While video games for hit titles Naruto and Dragon Ball Z have fared well on recent gaming systems there is another equally solid and stylish anime which has failed to receive the gaming love its fans deserve. Bleach is the title and while it’s been seen on Nintendo Wii in a ni-fu, ni-fa experience and on DS in older-school RPG and fighting game formats it’s still lacking in that solid, next generation experience.

Bleach: Soul Resurrección will hit PlayStation 3 this August and will be published by NIS America. Tite Kubo’s manga and anime follows the character Ichigo Kurosaki as he becomes a Soul Reaper (deputy actually) and the battles that follow with lost souls called Hollows and their various forms.

Catherine video game character bios part 2

Vincent and his sultry ladies are not the only characters in the upcoming Catherine video game

What would a guys dilemma be without a group of buddies to get him drunk and feed him muy macho advice on sticking with the solid girlfriend or going with the sexy vixen. Oh, a flirtatious waitress also helps … right?

El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron images

Stylistic but how will El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron play?

The art style and coloring is like something out of a dream. In the upcoming El Shaddai: Ascension of the Metatron gamers take control of Enoch, a young man chosen by God to go to heaven and serve as a scribe on the Council of Elders. He is soon tasked with preventing Gods plan to flood the earth by becoming an arbiter and pursuing the Grigori, a group of fallen angels. That’s the setting; Enoch must save humanity from a great flood by capturing the Grigori who were originally appointed to watch over earth. The action is from a side, 2D view at times, playing like a platformer while other times its third-person with a Devil May Cry feel and utilizes a style that seeps religious. The sound, the look and feel is all so relaxing and the religious themes may not spark the debates and objections of years past but there will still be some who object.

AnimeSentinel has now gone mobile!

Giving this a try, an easy to create so very curious to see how it goes. We shall see, and please chime in with impressions of similar products.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Tokyopop is dead, long live Tokyopop

With Tokyopop closing its doors, what happens to all our favorite running manga?

With Tokyopop shutting down publishing operations in the US manga fans will now be left wondering what’s next? What now for those titles that hooked us, made us fans? I have a few, listed below, that I love to follow and now I’ll be wondering if a publisher like Viz or Bandai can pick up the slack? Recently the industry has seen Borders file for bankruptcy which means no more reading (and sometimes purchasing) of manga by kids, teens and adults alike, nope, the content is harder to find. Manga is going mobile with tablets and when there are series such as Naruto spanning 40+ volumes it tough to purchase at $10-15 a pop so a lower price online makes sense, but this brings us back to Tokyopop.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan Impression

Rikuo Nura will be the Third Heir of the Nura Clan … or will he? His answer depends on it being night or day.

Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan from Viz Anime is rock solid and fun to watch (and read, it’s subtitled). Fans of anime set in modern-ish day Japan with a heavy spiritual angle should check out Nura. Rikuo Nura tries to be a normal junior high student but when you’re the Third Heir of the Nura Clan of yokai, well it’s not always easy. With over 20 episodes available online fans get devour many hours biting into this delicious anime, but is it worth the time? Let’s take a look at the first four episodes as seen on Viz Anime.

Gods Eater Burst on PSP Impression

How many games let you eat some tasty gods?

Gods Eater Burst has got to be one of the oddest titles in a long time for a video game. The box art is equally as busy and … interesting but don’t let that hide this addictive PSP experience. In the vein of Monster Hunter, Gods Eater Burst puts gamers in control of a custom created character tasked with saving the remnants of humanity and doing mucho weapon and equipment customization while killing monsters, in this case ones called Aragami. What makes Burst an enjoyable gaming experience, let’s take a look.

Ridge Racer 3D Impression

A Nintendo system launch; Ridge Racer enter stage left

Ridge Racer 3D for the Nintendo 3DS is the perfect launch title. It delivers solid gameplay that’s familiar and fun while showing off a bit of what the new system is all about. There is nothing truly new or revolutionary under this hood, just a reliable, dependable game that delivers the goods yet again.

Giving Mobile a Try

Giving this a try, an easy to create so very curious to see how it goes. We shall see, and please chime in with impressions of similar products.

AnimeSentinel has now gone mobile! Go to to get an app for your phone.

It's free and it has alerts so that you'll know whenever AnimeSentinel has anything new. What could be better?

Tomb Raider Trilogy on PS3 Impression

Lara may have lost some luster over the years but this trilogy shows Ms. Croft at her finest.

Before Lara goes back to her past in the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise it’s time for gamers to get caught up with the future of the past. The new Tomb Raider is set to follow a younger Lara, one growing into her adventuring and while the future of this Lara is not set it is possible for gamers to get some older Lara adventuring in with Tomb Raider Trilogy. This collection takes two PlayStation 2 titles in Legend and Anniversary and combines them with PlayStation 3 Underworld in one incredible package. Incredible is the word to use form a value standpoint as these are three recent, relevant games that have been cleaned nicely. What’s to love in re-visiting Lara’s most recent adventures? Let’s take a look.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pavane for a Dead Girl vol. 1 Impression

Who would you sacrifice for a heart’s desire?

Pavane for a Dead Girl volume 1 from Tokyopop is unlike any manga I’ve had the chance to take in. It has a very innocent look in its design leading one to think it will skew younger but the core of the story is anything but. This tale of violin prodigy Takenomaru Sagami holds many secrets that justify the OT (older teen, 16+ rating) but no secret is of the perverted or sick for sick sake, not here. This is a solid story of tough decisions.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Evangelion 2.22 You Can Not Advance Blu-ray Impression

Euro pilot Mari is not the only thing all new (& hot) in Evangelion 2.22

Evangelion 2.22 You Can (Not) Advance is simply stunning. As an anime and blu-ray, the story, animation and voice work is worth savoring more than once. The original Evangelion was quite a piece of work but this re-imagining is all that was to love the first time around amped to the nth degree. It’s not just the animation quality and the story pacing but the changes from plug suites to new characters and settings. It’s a whole new Eva folks, so forget all you knew about Shinji, Rei, Asuaka and Angels and get ready for a visual feast that’s all new.

Radiant Historia on Nintendo DS Impression

Change gaming history with Radiant Historia … really

Before there were RPG’s there were true RPG’s. No online, massive multiplayer. No pretty boys and girls with lush graphics and deep menu systems. No HD gaming. No, these RPG’s were 2 dimensional (barbaric right?) with 8-16-bit graphics and turn based gameplay that consumed the gamer. These RPG’s laid the groundwork for what fans enjoy today and in some instances have still not been surpassed. Radiant Historia on the Nintendo DS is a link back to these days of classic, incredible, role-playing. It’s twist and turns, gameplay features are unique and new yet hold ties to the past (Chrono Trigger) that both old and young gamers will dig. What is this RPG gamer ranting about exactly … let’s take a look.

Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game box shots

A look at the cover art for each game as well as a handful of new gaming images

More screenshots reveal a bit more about Transformers: Dark of the Moon video game which puts players into a prologue storyline leading into this upcoming feature film. Gamers can expect a solid experience similar to that seen in War for Cybertron but with a nice amount of tweaks and additions. A third mode, between robot and vehicle mode, called Stealth Force, sees Transformers jump into a vehicle mode jacked up with weapons and features. Transformers meets car combat. The excellent online mode seen in Cybertron also gets a makeover and will give fans hours of online gameplay, full modes are to be revealed. The best feature yet is the story, for fans of the franchise finding out more about Shockwave, he’s an assassin, neat!

With release set for June 14th, 2011, gamers don’t need to wait much longer for unique gaming on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii, DS and 3DS (whew!)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Dungeon Siege III Web Comic Available

Check in with Dark Horse Digital to get the free web comic now

Continuing the trend of comics as a prequel storytelling device for video games Dark Horse has released the Dungeon Siege III web comic at Learn more about the epic role-playing saga in three stories by writer Jeremy Barlow (Star Wars: Rebellion) and artists Iban Coello (Iron Man: Iron Protocols) and Sergio Abad (Transformers: Prime). The story goes as follows … “The 10th Legion has fallen, but heroism is not dead in the kingdom of Ehb, even as the Azunite faction continues their control …” Not the biggest description but get on over and checkout the full tale now. Also from Square Enix and Dark Horse, “The three comics will be released weekly, each introducing one of the four playable heroes from the upcoming game, making this an absolutely essential experience for players.”