CONTEST! Win a Digital Copy of Despicable Me 2!



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So who wants a digital copy of Despicable Me 2? (Yes I know it is not anime related, but it is animation related)

I am giving away ONE code on my twitter @DuoMatrix. The contest is very simple. Go onto twitter and follow me. Once you've followed me answer this question: Who is my favorite tsundere character?

Tsun + Dere REBIRTH

Tis I DuoMatrix... Huh? You are wondering who I am? I guess you could say that I am a figment of your imagination...or not. No. I am the long time absent writer of SUTORAIKUanime. You might even say that I am a myth. A story told to Akinari to get his "hopes" up, if you know what I mean. If you were to go and look in the archives you might just find a tresure trove of articles written by the illusive DuoMatrix...but I digress.
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Welcome to the REBIRTH of TSUN+DERE! Give a listen, leave comments and questions below! Enjoy the show! Please?

Tsun+Dere Episode 01: ReBirth

Host: DuoMatrix

Date Recorded: 12/02/2013

Topics: Tsundere and Questioning who was truly the first Tsundere.

Tsun+Dere is looking for a CO-HOST! If you think you have what it takes hit DuoMatrix up on his twitter account: @DuoMatrix

Japanese Company Offers Hourly Friend Rentals

Have you ever wanted to watch a movie with a friend, or simply share your thoughts with a certain someone, but they're always busy and you never seem to get a chance to meet up? Or perhaps you have no friends? Look no further, because a Japanese company is now offering a remedy for your loneliness.

Photo Kano Final Impressions

Photo Kano, the so-called spiritual successor of Amagami SS, has come to the end of its 13-episode journey. While those who have played the visual novel may comment on how great it was to play, unfortunately I have to say that the anime sadly did not meet my expectations, and it certainly was not anything like Amagami SS aside from its minimalist omnibus format. While the show itself was somewhat entertaining to watch, it was simply far too rushed and much too compressed to thoroughly enjoy.


Hello Kitty x The Simpsons Anniversary Collaboration

Perhaps the quirkiest collaboration has just been announced by Sanrio and Twentieth Century Fox that will commemorate the 40th anniversary of everyone's favourite cat Hello Kitty and The Simpsons celebrating their 25th anniversary. A limited edition run of special products are set to launch in 2014.

NTT DoCoMo's New Smart Glasses Feature Real-Time Translation

Have you ever wanted to read a manga or play a JRPG that just wasn't available in English, or you became so tired of waiting for an English adaptation that you simply gave up all intentions of reading the manga or playing the JRPG? Fear no more, the wait is over, and Japanese telecommunications corporation NTT DoCoMo has created a solution with a whole new array of smart glasses, one of which interestingly enough, is able to translate Japanese text in real-time. More after the jump.

Adapting JRPGs into English Is More Difficult than It Sounds

This is an interesting and rather relevant article I stumbled upon while browsing through Kotaku, shedding some light on the much-talked-about issue of English-speaking regions not having access to those epic JRPGs that we simply wish we could play, or understand for that matter. Getting a JRPG out in English may sound like a straightforward task, but unfortunately that is not the case. A translation that's too literal will create a highly niche foreign market and a less-immersive gaming experience, whereas a non-literal translation would prove to be very difficult and time consuming for translators. Read on to find out the process of how localization actually works!


SUTORAIKUanime Exclusive: Interview with Yamaguchi Kappei

SUTORAIKUanime is pleased to share our exclusive interview with the highly versatile and legendary voice actor Yamaguchi Kappei at Anime Revolution 2013. His visit to Vancouver was surely one to remember for both his fans, and all of us here at SUTORAIKUanime.


SUTORAIKUanime Exclusive: Interview with Furuya Toru

SUTORAIKUanime is pleased to share our exclusive interview with highly prolific and timeless voice actor Furuya Toru at Anime Revolution 2013. Sometimes classified as the one classic Gundam voice, being able to talk with one of the most respected voice actors in the Japanese voice acting circle was certainly an experience to remember.


Hayao Miyazaki Retires at Age 72

Studio Ghibli President Hoshino Koji announced Sunday that the highly acclaimed, world-renowned Oscar-winning director will retire from making feature-length films after The Wind Rises (風立ちぬ), his final film currently competing in the Venice Film Festival.


Mother of Singer Utada Hikaru, Keiko Fuji, Passes Away. Suicide Suspected.

It is a sad day in the Japanese music industry as we learn that Utada Hikaru's mother, Fuji Keiko, has died after falling from her apartment building in Shinjuku on Thursday morning. The police are calling her death a suspected suicide.


Anime Revolution 2013 - We're Back!

It's been an exhausting non-stop three days of fun at AniRevo 2013, and we have nothing but exciting content to share with everyone. AniRevo's second year in action did not disappoint, and the quality of special guests, panels, cosplayers and exhibitors certainly did not either. The special guests this year included the highly prolific Yamaguchi Kappei, and the legendary Furuya Toru, both of whom we managed to exclusively interview! This post serves as a brief summary of what to expect in the coming weeks as we post updates on our exclusive interviews and photos.

SUTORAIKUv3 Beta is Live!

Welcome to SUTORAIKUv3 Beta, a brand-new relaunch of SUTORAIKUanime, completely re-imagined from the bottom up.


Anime Review Roundup: Weeks 3-4

Stripping things down as the original format was proving to be too much to handle. Sorry for lateness!


Anime Review Roundup: Week 2 (July 7-13)

With this week's premieres getting the season fully underway, the question on everybody's minds is the same: which anime are worth watching this season, and which ones would be better left unwatched? Well, good thing I'm here, because this summer I watch it all so you don't have to! (All apologies for lateness, sometimes things don't go the way you had planned.)


Joint Review - Rozen Maiden - First Impressions

Akinari
Hello all! Akinari here, warmly welcoming all of our readers to the first post of our Rozen Maiden joint review series!

DMC
And I'm DMC, "the other SUTORAIKUanime anime reviewer."

Akinari
That's a rather humbling title DMC, perhaps we should come up with a new title for you one of these days.

DMC
It's certainly better than "that idiot who decided to watch every single new show this season."

Akinari
I hear you, especially with the number of strangely vague shows this season, there's really quite a large number of genres to dip our toes into.

DMC
Everything from workplace comedy to today's subject, Rozen Maiden: Zurückspulen (editor's note: German for "rewind")

Anime Review Roundup: Week 1 (July 1-6)

Well, here I am with week one of SUTORAIKUanime's Summer Anime Review Roundup! While regular episodic reviews will be given for Rozen Maiden and Monogatari Series season 2, here is where I will be rounding up the rest of the shows with brief capsule reviews - where I watch it all, so you don't have to. Hope you like it! (Also, as an aside, Recorder to Randosel Mi episode 1 would appear to have been delayed - hopefully that one will go up next week. Similarly, as I am following these shows on Crunchyroll, Fate/kaleid liner, Kami-sama no Inai Nichiyoubi and Stella Jogakuin won't be reviewed until next week)


Studio Ghibli 16 Film Retrospective Ticket Giveaway

Due to popular request, The Cinematheque is bringing back the smash-hit retrospective Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli! We have teamed up once again with The Cinematheque to offer a pair of tickets to see a Studio Ghibli film in theatres, part of the 16-film, all-ages GHIBLI series taking place July 4th to August 5th.


We're going to Anime Revolution 2013

After bringing our readers exclusive coverage and having a blast at last year's Anime Revolution, the first one ever, we find ourselves once again attending Anime Revolution 2013. From August 16-18, SUTORAIKUanime will be present at Anime Revolution located in Vancouver, beautiful British Columbia, Canada. We're excited to catch up with fellow comrades, meet new people, and all in all bring our readers the best content we possibly can.


Summer 2013 Anime Coverage

As the summer anime season draws near, myself and DMC will be making a comeback. With some interesting new shows and a few highly anticipated sequels, this summer is sure to be a good one. Click on to get a taste of what summer has in store!


Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli

By popular demand, The Cinematheque is back with the return of the smash-hit retrospective, Castles in the Sky: The Return of Studio Ghibli. From JULY 4th to August 5th, a total of 16 Studio Ghibli films will be shown in theatres, including Castle in the Sky, My Neighbour Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, and Howl’s Moving Castle.


ICANN Approves .moe Domains

Are you tired of websites using the same ".com" and ".net" domains? Well, look no further, as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just approved the adorable ".moe" domain.


SUTORAIKUanime 4th Anniversary Reader Appreciation Giveaway Event

It's hard to believe that we've already been on the net for four years. From our small beginnings as a simple and casual anime meta-review blog, year after year, we face new challenges and are pushed into new horizons, further expanding our presence in both the aniblogosphere and in our local community.


Summer 2013 Anime Season Preview

As we're busy running our giveaway event, along with a sudden spike in real-life events, it is unfortunate to say that we, including myself, have been guilty of the inevitable laziness that often comes with following anime. Of course, without a doubt the majority of shows in the Spring 2013 anime season are above par, with some being rather stunning such as Shingeki no Kyojin, Henneko, and Photo Kano just to name a few that I am currently following. 


Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! Anime 2nd Season Gets Green Light

It seems like Chuunibyou fans can rest easy now, with more Rikka on the way.


New Sailor Moon Anime Delayed

Osano Fumio, the Kodansha's Sailor Moon manga editor, confirmed on April 26th that the new Sailor Moon anime has been delayed. The previous announcement stated the anime was slated for release this summer.


Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko - First Impressions

Every anime season, there's always one or two shows that possesses a massively difficult to remember title that makes all of us wonder why they couldn't simply have gone with a more straightforward name. Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko. (変態王子と笑わない猫。), or Henneko for short, is one of those shows this season, aside from Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru. (やはり俺の青春ラブコメはまちがっている。) and Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai. (俺の妹がこんなに可愛いわけがない。) which actually seem to have even more ridiculous titles. But putting all that madness aside, besides Henneko's longer than usual title, it's also a rather strange one. The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat? What is this show about, some perverted prince driven by delusions of a deity with a stoner girl who likes wearing cat outfits? You may be thinking to yourself right now, given the vast array of subjects anime in general covers, this may be a possibility. Alas, unfortunately that is not what this show is about. J.C. Staff's latest romantic comedy brings us an uncontrollable pervert, an emotionless girl, and a tsundere ojou-sama.


Kyoto Animation's Swimming Anime Now Official: Introducing Free!

TheWrongAnswer is back from "retirement", and bringing you a report on a new anime called "Free!"

Details after the jump...


Live Action Kiki's Delivery Service Green-Lit

After much speculation and rumours about a live action adaptation of Kadono Eiko's popular children's novel series Kiki's Delivery Service (Majo no Takkyuubin - 魔女の宅急便), the Sports Hochi and Sports Nippon newspapers have confirmed that the novel would be receiving a live action adaptation.


Photo Kano - First Impressions

As promised, the first post of the few shows I'm covering this season is up! The comments on Photo Kano are based on the first three episodes of the show, essentially the introduction, which is arguably the most important, deciding factor which determines whether or not viewers will continue to watch or drop the show. Read on to find out how Photo Kano fared!

Sakura-Con 2013 - Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna

This year's musical guests featured Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna, both having a role in the anime Sword Art Online singing its opening and ending themes.


Zero no Tsukaima Author Noboru Yamaguchi Passes Away at 41

We are saddened to announce that Yamaguchi Noboru, author of Zero no Tsukaima has passed away at the age of 41. Yamaguchi had been battling with advanced-stage cancer since 2011.


Interview with Aoi Eir & Haruna Luna

SUTORAIKUanime joined several other media outlets in a press conference conducted at Sakura-Con 2013 with musical artists Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. Part of the Sakura-Con 2013's "Sword Art Online Mega Pack" guest lineup, Aoi sang the anime's second opening, "INNOCENCE," and Haruna sang the third ending "Overfly." Find out what these two talented young individuals have to say!

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Interview with Kawahara Reki

SUTORAIKUanime joined several other media outlets in a press conference conducted at Sakura-Con 2013 with Accel World and Sword Art Online novelist Kawahara Reki. We are pleased to share this interview with our readers, as it was a rather amusing session to take part in, and we hope some of the answers provided may serve to quench your own curiosities regarding Kawahara Reki and his works.


Sakura-Con 2013 - Special Guests

Being the huge Sword Art Online fan I am, realizing that the creator of the entire SAO franchise would be featured as a guest at Sakura-Con 2013 made me absolutely ecstatic. Not only did we get a chance to interview Kawahara Reki at the convention, we also got to meet the artists who sung the second opening and  third ending theme of the SAO anime, Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna, and exclusively record footage of their first concert in North America with high-definition multi-track recorded audio.


Sakura-Con 2013 - We're Back!

Every year for the past three years, we have ventured out of Vancouver, driving two hours south of the border to attend the oldest and most well attended anime convention in the Pacific Northwest. This year was an especially busy year for us at Sakura-Con, but definitely well worth it. We were very lucky this year to be graced by the presence Japanese guests such as highly acclaimed Sword Art Online and Accel World novelist Kawahara Reki, voice actor Fujimura Ayumi, BONES founder Kawamoto Toshihiro, Psycho-Pass producers and directors Motohiro Katsuyuki, Shiotani Naoyoshi, Wada Joji, and last but not least, artists Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. Aside from meeting up with new and old comrades, we had a chance to interview Kawahara Reki, as well as interview both Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna. Regarding Aoi Eir and Haruna Luna, we are very excited to share footage from their first North American concert at Sakura-Con featuring SUTORAIKUanime exclusive high-definition multi-track recorded audio. This post serves as a brief summary of the events we attended at Sakura-Con 2013.


Spring 2013 Anime Coverage

The upcoming spring season will be a busy one for us at SUTORAIKUanime as we our workload increases in the real-life. However, anime still continues and a new season brings us a whole new array of shows to look forward to. Get a preview of them right here!


We're going to Sakura-Con 2013

From March 29-31, SUTORAIKUanime's akinari-kun will be present at Seattle's Sakura-Con covering the event. This year, we've managed to secure a new sponsor Kurohi Photography who will be accompanying us on our trip providing us with their photography and filming expertise. We'll be attending most of the major events at the con and making sure to take lots of pics so be on the lookout for us!


Izakaya, what's the big deal?

I'll admit it, I love food. But more importantly, I love eating trying out different cuisines from all around the world. One of them is obviously Japanese food. Whether it be sushi or yakiniku, Japanese food simply possesses a mouth-watering attraction for everyone. It has been quite awhile since I've written up a WTBD post, so we'll be focusing on a popular type of Japanese restaurant, known as an izakaya.


Pentax releases EVA-themed cameras in Japan

Sick and tired of the usual black-coloured DSLR cameras? Pentax has just the thing for you, with a limited 1,500 unit run of their Q10 camera in three different EVA-themed colours.


Sakura-Con to Host Sword Art Online Mega Pack Guest Line-Up

Being the huge SAO fans we are, we were absolutely ecstatically delighted and rather surprised to discover that Sakura-Con would be hosting several musical guests and voice actors from SAO, as well as the creator of SAO. It may not be April yet, but fans of SAO may want to begin stocking up on merchandise for autographs.


Japanese Valentine's Day Limited Edition Chocolate Beer

Spending Valentine's Day alone in Japan this year? No worries! Kanegawa-based brewery Sankt Gallen Brewery has just the thing to sweeten up your Valentine's this year.


Toyota and Zeonic debuts MS-186H-CA Toyota Auris

Toyota has teamed up with the fictional Gundam corporation Zeonic to bring a special edition of their popular Auris hatchback to market before the end of the year.


Singer Elisa Resumes Music Career in 2013

J-pop singer Elisa announced on her official website on Tuesday that she will be resuming her singing career later this year after an approximate one year hiatus.

Sukitte Ii na yo Review

Sukitte Ii na yo is easily one of the best romance-themed shows I've ever watched. In a vast sea full of generic comedy romance series full of the usual predictable clichés, Sukitte Ii na yo brings to the table a realistically sweet, romantic fairy tale that reminds us how much of a journey young love can be. Through trust and doubt, warmth and coldness, this show takes us on an emotional roller coaster ride that will not be forgotten.


Winter 2012/2013 Official Sneak Peek

The year 2012 went by so quickly, it's as if it pulled a fast one on us. The level of quality of most shows in 2012 were above average to say the least, and I for one thoroughly enjoyed watching them. The upcoming season brings us a whole array of new shows for our viewing pleasure. Get a preview of them right here!


Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai Review

Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai was a show which I chose not follow, simply due to the fact that the first impression was too vague for my liking, too vague to be covered episodically as far as I was concerned. However, KyoAni successfully pulled a fast one and completely and utterly made me regret that I did not provide episodic coverage of this show. This show was unlike anything KyoAni, or any production company had ever done before, both thematically and character-wise. The entire story is so elaborately thought out and intricate to the finest details. Chu2koi is the perfect combination of romance, drama, and humour of all sorts, and is definitely worth watching.


Sony PlayStation 3-shaped Bento Lunch Boxes being released by Sony

Sony has done something no other console-manufacturing corporation has done, and that is, creating a bento box shaped like their latest gaming console, the PlayStation 3.


Macross 30 Game's Four-minute Trailer Released

The first four minute promotional trailer for Macross 30: Ginga o Tsunagu Utagoe for the PlayStation 3 has been released by Namco Bandai Games. Combining multiple Macross characters from the entire Macross chronology, this game is sure to attract Macross fans, young and old. The opening theme song titled "Planet Cradle" and ending theme titled "Wandering" by Chisuga Haruka, the winner of the Miss Macross 30 contest, are definitely enjoyable to listen to.