Hanamonogatari Is Little More Than Two Hours of Philosophical Dialogue

While delayed for several months, Hanamonogatari, the latest tales from the sprawling Monogatari franchise, has finally aired in Japan. Sadly, this six-episode series lacks much of what makes the rest of the franchise so enjoyable—and may be the densest anime I have ever seen. » 8/22/14 6:00am Today 6:00am

The Saturday Morning Stream Plays Hyrule Warriors [All Done]

While not out for another month in the West, Hyrule Warriors—the lovechild of The Legend of Zelda and Dynasty Warriors—was released in Japan this past Thursday. And since I'm here in Japan with my Wii U all ready to go, Fahey has graciously allowed me to stream for you all this fine Saturday. » 8/16/14 11:00am 8/16/14 11:00am

Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Is a Throwback to Classic JRPGs

Tied together by a beautiful Japanese watercolor art style, Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines mixes RPG dungeon crawling and multi-generational breeding to create a gaming experience that will have classic JRPG fans giddy with joy. » 8/15/14 8:00am 8/15/14 8:00am

Dragonar Academy is Fanservice Schlock ...But it Has Dragons, You Guys

Dragonar Academy was not one of the stand-out anime of last season. In fact, it ranges from mediocre to terrible in just about every aspect. Yet from the moment I learned of its existence, I knew I'd have to watch it: It's an anime about a dragon riding academy, you guys. » 8/15/14 7:00am 8/15/14 7:00am

Why Oreshika: Tainted Bloodlines Is a Game Made of Memories

Let me tell you a story. There once was a girl name Hiko. She was the first child born under her family’s curse. Her father was, well, me. Her mother was a low level fire goddess. In her first few months of life, I trained her to use my own weapon: a naginata. » 8/15/14 5:30am 8/15/14 5:30am

The Five Anime of Summer 2014 You Should Be Watching

We are now six weeks into the summer anime season, and with 44 new anime on the air it can be more than a little difficult to know which ones to watch. Luckily, we at Kotaku East are here to help with our recommendations. » 8/12/14 7:00am 8/12/14 7:00am

Brynhildr in the Darkness Plays with Clichés to Make a Thrilling Story

Take all those overused rom-com anime clichés, throw them into a sci-fi thriller with dark themes and a liberal helping of ultra-violence, and you get one of the most entertaining and well-written anime of this year's spring season. » 8/05/14 8:00am 8/05/14 8:00am

The Second Kenshin Film is Just as Good as the First

Two years ago, classic 90s anime/manga Rurouni Kenshin made its way to the big screen. It was an excellent live-action adaptation—easily one of the best I have ever seen. The second film, Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno, is equally as well done—something even more impressive given the amount of story it has to cover. » 8/04/14 7:30am 8/04/14 7:30am