When it comes to Japanese pop culture, the most popular franchises branch out beyond their original platform. In Japan and some places in China, you will often see franchises such as Dragon Ball Z, Attack on Titan, Hunter X Hunter, Demon Slayer, Fairy Tail, and Pokemon on a variety of items. These items can range
In this podcast I did on Hacker Noon, I talked to Erin Kim from NIS America. I normally have the pleasure of speaking to the company every year at the annual Tokyo Game Show. Unfortunately, Tokyo Game Show 2020 was canceled due to COVID-19. While I didn’t get the chance to see the marketing team
Learning Japanese from the ground up is a very difficult task. While the grammar structures are not terribly different from English, learning the Japanese alphabet, as well as kanji, is incredibly difficult to master. While in English we have 26 letters, the Japanese hiragana and katakana systems have 46 characters each, for a total of
In an article on KeenGamer, I review Pixel Ripped 1995, which is the best game I’ve ever played in VR. The game takes you back to the 1990’s gaming scene, paying homage to some of the best Japanese games ever made: Super Mario, Star Fox, Zelda, and more! About KeenGamer KeenGamer is a video game website
In this article on ZenMarket, I go over my top picks for the five best JRPGs of all time (games and series) that I think every otaku must try. If you like strategy JRPGs or turn-based JRPGs, then this list has something for you. About ZenMarket Have you ever wanted to buy something from Japan,
In this article on KeenGamer, I talk about how I became a freelance journalist. More specifically, I discuss how I began my career, transitioned into the video game journalism field, and started to make money writing about video games. Currently, I’m a full-time content writer for the marketing team at Gengo (a Lionbridge company) in
Based on recent breakthroughs, it is likely that synthetic voices will greatly affect the gaming industry in the near future.
From Tokyo Game Show 2019, one of my favorite games was The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel 3. This has been my favorite JRPG series over the past decade and possibly even surpasses Persona 4 in my books. Interestingly, the game takes place after the end of a civil war. While most games take place in
In our interview, we discuss what sets Utawarerumono: Prelude to the Fallen apart from other JRPGs, the battle mechanics of the game, and why you should buy it.
At TGS 2019 I had the pleasure of reviewing a 20-minute demo of Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. The game had a smaller showing at the Bandai Namco side of the event with only about 8 demo units available. However, it was also one of the most popular games Bandai Namco had to offer. Thus, it was quite popular