Anime art is not static. It is constantly changing with each passing year. Some of those changes are noticeable. Others less so.
Online for the arcade version of Pokkén Tournament is ending in Japan. The game launched in 2015 and online for arcades will cease from March 25. Shame about arcade online play, but the game is very good on the Switch.
Streaming for anime Pastel Memories has temporarily been halted and DVD and Blu-ray releases of the show’s first three episodes have been cancelled. The reason, it seems, could be related to how the show parodies another anime.
Last week, Sega halted sales of PS4 exclusive Judgment after actor Pierre Taki was arrested on alleged drug charges. Taki is being replaced in various roles, and suddenly, the original release of Judgment looks like a collector’s item.
Last week, Super Real Mahjong PV was released on the Nintendo Switch. This week, downloads of the digital game have been temporarily suspended.
The previously delayed Yokai Watch 4 now has a release date in Japan. It will be out on the Switch on June 6. The game was originally scheduled for last winter. No word yet on its international release.
A 37-year-old man has been arrested in Fukuoka, Japan for allegedly committing burglary while dressed in Rei Ayanami’s plugsuit from Evangelion 3.0.
If you’re in Japan, keep this mantra in mind: Never do drugs in this country. Ever.
13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim has a release window for Japan: Fall 2019. No word yet on when it’ll be out internationally. Last year, the Vanillaware-develop game’s PS Vita version was cancelled. It is now PS4 only.
Studio Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki said in a recent interview that he doesn’t believe Hayao Miyazaki, who previously retired and then unretired, will ever stop working.
Actor and musician Pierre Taki, who voices yakuza Kyohei Hamura in Judgment, has been arrested for alleged illegal drug use.