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The Most Popular Video Games Based on Anime of All Time

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Nov 182020

Anime and video games seem to be the perfect pairing. So, there are a wide variety of games based on anime. Here is a list of the most popular video games based on anime of all time.

Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars

Tatsunoko is a Japanese anime company that has produced many famous animes, dating all the way back to the 1960s. Capcom took the characters, mostly obscure in the west, and made up one of their exciting cross over games.

Like Capcom’s former Marvel vs. Capcom games, in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars, players control two different characters in chaotic over the top action. The Capcom side include Ryu and Chun Li from Street Fighter, Frank West from Dead Rising, and some more. The Tatsunoko side has Casshan from the Casshern, Tekkaman from the Tekkaman: The Space Knight series, and some more.

Jump Ultimate Stars

The Jump game series is based on the Shōnen Jump magazine which provides a single chapter from a variety of anime. It is also the way many anime properties started.

In Jump Ultimate Stars, you can play as one of the different characters from the long history of Shōnen Jump, such as Yugi from Light from Death Note, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Goku from Dragon Ball, Naruto from Naruto, and more. The game plays similarly to the Super Smash Bros. series and also includes a long story based on the characters.

Ghost in the Shell

Ghost in the Shell also started as a manga and was then translated into an anime and an anime movie with its sequel, and a live-action movie starred by Scarlett Johansson.

Ghost in the Shell for the Playstation 1 has full motion anime cutscenes in order to tell the game’s story. There were later games utilizing the Ghost in the Shell license, but none of them had you control the Fuchikoma.

The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 3)

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Oct 222020

8. Suits

Suits is a remake of the original American TV series and it is as good, if not to say better. This 2018 TV series tells the story of skilled lawyer Shogo Kai from one of Japan’s biggest law firms. Shogo prioritizes winning more than anything else. And another character is extremely intelligent young man Daiki Suzuki who has suffered hardships in his past. Shogo hires Daiki as an associate since he is impressed by Daiki’s remarkable memory recall. They later together form an unstoppable team.

9. Mare

This 2015 Japanese drama is a heartwarming story that can lift your spirit. Mare tells a story about a girl of the same name who grew up in a family that is constantly running from debt. They settle in a small village town called Noto where she rebuilds her life. Growing up, Mare chases after her dream of being a patissier since her childhood. The drama follows Mare’s journey from childhood to adulthood, focusing on her struggle to become a world-class patissier – with a little romance for extra spice.

There are hundreds of Japanese dramas in every genre, from action-packed storylines to heartfelt romance. In addition, the drama will also teach you a thing or two about Japan without having to leave the comfort of your own home. For instance, while Todome No Kiss introduces the host culture of Japan, Mare gives an insight to the pastry scene in the country.

10. Kinou Nani Tabeta? (What Did You Eat Yesterday?)

Kinou Nani Tabeta? is not anordinary Japanese drama. It tells a tale of two Japanese men: one is Kakei Shiro, a lawyer at a small law firm, and the other is Yabuki Kenji, a hairdresser working at a salon. Shiro is assigned to keep the food budget to 25,000 yen each month and make dinner usually with rice, soup, and three different dishes. Dinner is particularly important for this couple. It is the time when they talk about almost everything. Yabuki is pretty open about his relationship with Shiro but it’s not the case of Shiro.

The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 2)

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Sep 262020

4. Todome No Kiss (Kiss That Kills)

Airing in 2018, Todome No Kiss (Kiss That Kills)quickly gained wide fame. It tells the story of Dojima Otaro, who is nothing but cocky and only strives for power and money. Suddenly one day, a mysterious lady with a pale face and red lips kisses him. Otaro dies but quickly regains consciousness the next moment but with a big difference: he wakes up seven days in the past.

5. 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima Kara Mina-san Wa, Hitojichi Desu (or Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom)

If you are finding something a little suspense mixed with mystery, 3 Nen A Gumi: Ima Kara Mina-san Wa (or Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom) is the Japanese drama of your choice. The major character, Ibuki Hiiragi, is a teacher to Class three A. While his career started normally two years ago, it was a twist just a few months before graduation day. Hiiragi brings with him all of his students only ten days before graduation and allows none of them to leave or graduate until the truth behind a past student’s suicide is showed out.

6. Good Doctor

The 2018 Japanese drama Good Doctor follows the journey of Minato Shindo, a passionate man with savant syndrome. Due to his older brother’s death when they were young, Minato wants to become a doctor. He has an incredible memory. He can memorize the human organs at the age of seven, which amazes the doctor Akira Shiga. After Minato passes the national exam for medical practitioners, Dr. Shiga recommends him for a position in the pediatric surgery department.

7. 99.9: Criminal Lawyer

Airing in 2016, 99.9: Criminal Lawyer tells the story of Hiroto Miyama, a lawyer who takes on criminal cases. Since the conviction rate for such cases in Japan is 99.9%, Hiroto finds it not easy to make money in his line of work. Teaming up with Atsuhiro Sada, a successful civil lawyer, the duo manages to uncover the truth about the remaining 0.1%.

The Best Japanese Sports Anime Series of All Time (part 2)

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Aug 172020

4. Diamond no Ace

Diamond no Ace is a baseball anime, following the story of Sawamura who is recruited by a strong baseball school due to his moving fastball and deals with his ups and downs in his new team, as well as his rivalries and his journey to win the nationals and then become the ace pitcher of the team.

This is a must-watch series thanks to its fast pace, funny moments, awesome characters, and thrilling matches.

5. One Outs

One Outs is a sports anime like none other since it’s a psychological thriller sports anime. It tells the story of a gambler who is the undisputed king of a gambling form of baseball named One Out and is recruited into the team called Lycaons under a unique contract.

For every batter, he earns 5 million but for every run, he pays back 50 million yen. What happens later is a psychological battle straight out of Christopher Nolan’s movie.

6. Major

Major is another baseball anime. It tells the story of Honda Goro, a young kid who follows his father’s footsteps to become a pitcher and has a dream to play in the Major Leagues.

It follows him from joining little league to high school, to clubs and shows his entire journey that is emotional, heartbreaking, joyful, and overall satisfying. Despite its focusing more on the story of Honda than the technicalities of the game, the story is worth reading.

7. Haikyuu!!

Haikyuu!! is a great volleyball anime with fast pace, fun, great character development, flashy moves, and great animation.

Haikyuu!! follows the journey of the short high school player Hinata, who wants to become a great speaker like his Idol “The little giant” (a short but great volleyball player). To succeed, he makes up his disadvantage in height by explosive jumping power.

The best Japanese dramas to enjoy while practicing social distancing (part 1)

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Jul 232020

We are living in strange times, trying our best to practice social distancing due to the Covid-19 pandemic. For those who find it boring to be stuck at home for the whole long days, the best way to spend our time is to enjoy some TV shows. Japan is not short of entertainment, and there is a variety of Japanese dramas for you to enjoy watching while staying at home.

1. Code Blue

First hitting TV screens in 2008, Code Blue quickly became one of the most popular Japanese dramas. This series has three seasons and a movie, revolving around the “Doctor Helicopter” system, which was placed in Japan in mid-2007. This system dispatches a medical team from a helicopter to patients as quick as possible. The first season of the series follows four newly-assigned young physicians to the system when they encounter different types of medical situations. The series highlights the growth of the characters and the fragility of life.

2. Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

It seems that we don’t need to introduce more about Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) – one of the most popular Japanese dramas ever since it aired in 2005. It follows the only poor student Makino Tsukushi at a school for the rich and privileged, Eitoku Gakuen, which is informally ruled by the Flower 4 (known as the F4) including four boys who are sons of influential families. Makino just wants to get through her school days as peacefully as possible, but unluckily, she gets on the bad side of one of the F4 boys. The drama tells the story of her school life as she battles through bullying and other mishaps in this prestigious school.

3. Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook)

Released in 2015, Tenno no Ryoriban (The Emperor’s Cook) is aJapanese drama that gives an in-depth look into the life of Tokuzo Akiyama, a countryside young man, who is as fickle-minded as anyone can get. He gets obsessed with new things as quickly as he gets into a new hobby and then loses his interest.

However, there’s one exception. After savoring a delicious breaded cutlet, he falls in love with cooking and is quickly inspired to become a chef specializing in Parisian cuisine. Tokuzo goes to Paris to train in the culinary arts, facing a lot of prejudices, discrimination, and other trials along his way. Despite all of these things, he does his best to chase the dream of becoming the personal chef to the emperor of Japan.