One Piece x Pokemon Go collab?

This is an odd collaboration, but then again, this is Japan we are talking about and it’s pretty common to see collaborations like this. It’s been announced today that there is plans of a Pokemon Go and One Piece collaboration. From July 22 to 29, players who are playing Pokemon Go will get exclusive items referencing the manga/anime series One Piece. If fortunate, players will be able to catch a Pikachu wearing a Straw Hat and players will also be able to wear Luffy’s iconic straw hat. I am not sure if it’s only going to be Japanese exclusive, but based on sources, it doesn’t say anything that anywhere it’s excluded. If it’s global, it is good news for us.

source:

Crunchyroll

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[May 2019 Blog Tour] Anime/Manga – Seeking Your Inner Happiness

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May 1, 2019

5th Monthly Topic: “Happiness”

Happiness is subjective. We all have different definitions of what happiness means to us and we also feel happiness in varying degrees. This month we will be exploring several questions describing our happiness in our fandoms, communities, and hobbies. Why do we find enjoyment watching anime or reading manga? Why did we decide to join the anime or pop culture communities? Why do we blog about our hobbies or cosplay as our favorite characters? This topic is all about the passions we have for our interests and why they are important to us.

Examples:

Cosplaying

Anime blogging community

Massive otaku collections

Fanfiction junkie

 

Please be sure to read BeckNaja’s post on Happiness!

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Masashi Kishimoto new manga is here!

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It has been a while since the original Naruto manga has ended. Currently running, we have the Boruto manga which is being supervised by the original creator. However, if you want more Naruto-esque series, I got good news! If you have a Shonen Jump account, Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto has just revealed and released the manga of his next work Samurai 8: The Tale of Hachimaru. The manga story was created by Masashi Kishimoto and the art is being done by Akira Okubo. According to the Wiki, he is one of the seventh assistance in Kishimoto’s job and he helped do the Naruto manga in volume 16. If you’re wondering, Mikio Ikemoto is also one of Kishimoto’s assistance but he is also in charge of the manga Boruto: Naruto Next Generation.

Shonen Jump describes the series:

Samurai 8: Hachimaruden is a sc-fi manga that follows a weak boy named Hachimaru, who can’t survive without a life-support system and has never left his house. While dreaming about becoming a “Samurai” that has a machine body and power beyond human, he has spent his days only by playing online games. The story starts moving when a cat, calls himself a “Samurai,” appears in front of him.

Here is what Masashi Kishimoto said when talking to Viz:

Masashi Kishimoto comments:

Q. “If you give an abbreviated name or nickname for Samurai 8: Hachimaruden…?”

 

Kishimoto: “I want some part of the word ‘Samurai’ to be included. I know it is a bit difficult title to be

shortened. Let’s see…, well, please call it ‘SamHachi!’ I think it is just right. However, it is only my hope.

Please use any abbreviated name that is easy for you to call (laugh).”

 

Q: “Message to the readers.”

 

Kishimoto: “As announced at the Jump Festa at the end of last year, I have been struggling to exceed my

previous work Naruto!! (laugh). Because I had taken hiatus from a weekly serialization work, my sense is

now as same as that of amateur artists. However, the pressure from around is so strong (laugh). I want

them to go easy on me. …But I understand if I keep talking so complacently, any manga can be cancelled

so easily in Shonen Jump, so I brace myself to do my best. Then all I can do left is to send it to the readers.

Its serialization starts this week. So everyone, please read my latest work ‘Samurai 8 Hachimaruden’!

Thank you very much!”

 

 

Masashi Kishimoto

 

Go check out the manga at Shonen Jump website.

source:

Crunchyroll

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Bandai Namco DLC news: Zoro DLC in One Piece World Seeker and Full DLC cast for Jump Force

If you are enjoying the Bandai Namco video games Jump Force and One Piece: World Seeker, I got some news that will make you want to take the day off to play these games. It might be or not be impressive than Super Smash Bros Ultimate DLC but it might be intriguing. Bandai Namco announced today that a DLC mission is going to be added to the game One Piece: World Seeker. Players will be able to buy and download the mission called “The Void Mirror Prototype” in which will allow players to play as Luffy’s strongest swordsman Zoro in a stealth mission. The mission will be available in early summer 2019 for PS4. X1 and Steam.

Also already announced, Bandai Namco revealed online of the upcoming DLC characters for the game Jump Force. It’s already announced that Seto Kaiba and All Might will be joining the game.

Here is the following remaining characters:

  • Biscuit Krueger
  • Majin Buu
  • Madara Uchiha
  • Trafalgar D. Water Law
  • Hitsugaya Toshiro
  • Grimmjow Jeagerjaquez
  • Katsuki Bakugo

These are confirmed characters but there is no gameplay of them or screenshots yet. Here is what the characters look like based on what I listed above:

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Persona 5 news: Joker gameplay in Smash update trailer and Persona 5 manga!

Move over Piranha Plant, a new fighter joins Smash.

Before we get to the meat of the news, I got some news in regards to Super Smash Bros Ultimate. Nintendo is releasing a 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros Ultimate and it is going to give gamers a whole new experience. Players can finally create stages and even share them online. Players will also be able use the Nintendo Switch online app to chat and view gamer’s videos and pictures. It will be an awesome online gaming experience and it’s going to be out on April 17th/18th.

Now let’s keep the news going and you been waiting for this for a long time. It’s been revealed that Joker from Persona 5 will also be joining in the update. In order to play as Joker, players will either have to buy separately in a DLC or as part of the Fighter Season Pass. Players will be able to use Joker and use his Rebellion powers and his persona spirit Arsene. Joining him is his stage called Mementos. This world is almost like Battlefield but the stage can alter its appearance and the colors can change based on the music being played. Music from Persona 5, 4, and 3 will be included in the game and it will affect the colors of the world. Persona costumes will be added for your custom Mii. Last but not least, Super Smash Bros Ultimate will also be adding spirits based on Persona characters.

If you like the video game and the anime, I got something for manga readers. It’s been confirmed by Viz Media that they got the license to publish the manga adaptation of the hit JRPG game Persona 5. The manga is set to be released in winter 2020.

Lupin III manga creator passes away

Sad news for Lupin the 3rd or Lupin III fans, it’s been reported by news site that the manga of the Lupin III manga Monkey Punch (real name is Kazuhiko Katou) passed away on April 11th. The cause of death was pneumonia and he was the age of 81.

Kazuhiko Katou was born Hamanakka, Hokkaido, Japan on May 26, 1937 and he began his manga career in 1965. His first manga published was Playboy School. He created the manga Lupin III in 1967 and the series got into anime format in 1971. Lupin has appeared in many movies, TV anime episodes and specials, spinoffs, and live action movies.

sites:

Crunchyroll

Anime News Network

Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha manga review

Rightstuf describes it:

Dragon Ball: That Time I Got Reincarnated as Yamcha! Manga Volume 1 features story from Akira Toriyama and art by dragongarow LEE.

A Japanese high school student is on his way to a Dragon Ball event and makes a detour to hit on a cute girl. Unfortunately, he meets with an unfortunate and fatal accident before he reaches her and, to his great surprise, wakes up in the Dragon Ball universe as Yamcha! Being a Dragon Ball fan, he knows exactly what misery awaits him as Yamcha, so he takes matters into his own hands and vows to make Yamcha the strongest Dragon Ball character ever!

*This review is spoiler-free. I won’t spoil anything!

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JoJo Bizarre Adventure’s Part 4 manga release date revealed!

Oh my gosh, we finally get the release date for the fourth act of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures in manga format! Just announced today, the English manga company Shonen Jump just revealed the release date for the fourth part of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable manga will be releasing this year in May. Amazon lists the manga on May 7th.

Diamond is Unbreakable is currently on Toonami on Saturdays at Adult Swim with English Dub. The protagonist, or new JoJo character, is Josuke Higashikata who is the illegitimate son of Joseph Joestar. Taking place after the events of Part 3: Stardust Crusaders, Jotaro visits the town of Morioh and finds out that Josuke has a Stand. Together, they are trying to find out who is giving people Stands.

Izuku Midoriya joins Jump Force! Story Mode trailer revealed!

Look who’s joining Jump Force with Renji, Hancock, Trunks and Asta!

It’s been revealed by Bandai Namco that Izuku Midoriya “Deku” will be joining the Shonen Jump crossover game Jump Force. Midoriya is a young student who wants to be a superhero like his idol All Might. He’s also from the insane popular superhero anime My Hero Academia, Also revealed today is story mode! Revealed in a trailer, players will create their original character and use Shonen Jump accessories like Yugi’s hair or Luffy’s strawhat and even use special attacks in order to save the world from the game’s antagonist.

Who do you want to be in this game?

Here is the now updated roster including Deku:

My Hero Academia

  • Izuku Midoriya/Deku 

One Piece

  • Luffy
  • Zoro
  • Sanji
  • Sabo
  • Blackbeard
  • Hancock

Naruto

  • Naruto
  • Sasuke

Bleach

  • Ichigo
  • Rukia
  • Renji

Dragon Ball

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Frieza
  • Piccolo
  • Cell
  • Trunks

Yu-Gi-Oh!

  • Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi

YuYu Hakusho

  • Yusuke
  • Younger Toguro

Hunter x Hunter

  • Gon
  • Killua
  • Kurapika
  • Hisoka

Rurouni Kenshin

  • Kenshin Himura
  • Makoto Shishio

City Hunter

  • Ryo

Fist of the North Star

  • Kenshiro

Saint Seiya

  • Pegasus Seiya
  • Dragon Shiryu

Black Clover

  • Asta

Jump Force news: Hancock, Trunks and Renji joins the game

If you guys thought that Asta joining Jump Force was cool, get ready for some more exciting news!

Announced by Bandai Namco, we are going to get three different characters from the series One Piece, Dragon Ball and Bleach. From One Piece, we have the Empress and one of the Seven Warlords of the Sea Boa Hancock. With the power of the Love-Love Fruit, Hancock can use her lovely charms and attacks to turn her enemies into stone. She is the coldest pirate in the seas, but her weakness is the rubber pirate Monkey D. Luffy and she is in love with him and she can’t help but not say no to him. Joining her is the son of the Saiyan Prince Vegeta named Trunks Briefs. Sent from a dark future, Trunks is sent to the past to help Goku and his friends from Earth’s destruction from the hands of the Androids and save their future. In Bleach, make way for Renji Abari. Renji is Rukia’s childhood friend while becoming Soul Reapers at the academy. Renji later became a vice captain to Rukia’s brother Byakuya. Renji was also Ichigo’s rival when they first met, but after their fight, these two became great friends and allies against evil threats. In this version, players will be able to play as Renji during the Thousand-Year Blood War (final arc in the manga).

Jump Force is set to be released on February 15, 2019 for PS4, X1 and PC.

Renji (Bleach)

Trunks (Dragon Ball)

Boa Hancock (One Piece)

Currently, here is the roster with the updated playable characters (Light Yagami and Ryuk from Death Note are in this game but non-playable):

One Piece

  • Luffy
  • Zoro
  • Sanji
  • Sabo
  • Blackbeard
  • Hancock

Naruto

  • Naruto
  • Sasuke

Bleach

  • Ichigo
  • Rukia
  • Renji

Dragon Ball

  • Goku
  • Vegeta
  • Frieza
  • Piccolo
  • Cell
  • Trunks

Yu-Gi-Oh!

  • Yugi Muto/Yami Yugi

YuYu Hakusho

  • Yusuke
  • Younger Toguro

Hunter x Hunter

  • Gon
  • Killua
  • Kurapika
  • Hisoka

Rurouni Kenshin

  • Kenshin Himura
  • Makoto Shishio

City Hunter

  • Ryo

Fist of the North Star

  • Kenshiro

Saint Seiya

  • Pegasus Seiya
  • Dragon Shiryu

Black Clover

  • Asta