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Hokan Lo is a contributing writer and photographer for Nerd Reactor. He likes Pizza Butts and Mello Yellow. You can contact him on twitter @colorinlive. Meet the Nerd Reactor Team

Interview with Expelled from Paradise Producer Koichi Noguchi

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Last week, Aniplex brought one of the Toei Animation’s newest animated films, Expelled from Paradise, to US shores only several days after the Japanese premiere. We were fortunate to have an interview with Expelled from Paradise‘s producer, Koichi Noguchi, at the US premiere in downtown Los Angeles last week. Nerd Reactor: So … Continue reading

Darth Vader action figure doesn’t get any more badass than this

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Square Enix’s Play Arts Kai line of poseable action figures goes to the dark side with the Dark Lord himself. With a meaner looking armor and cape, this version of Darth Vader looks bad to the bone. The craziest thing is the trailing lightsaber and materialized force powers. His armor almost reminds … Continue reading

The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness (film review)

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The name Hayao Miyazaki has sparked praise from audiences around the world. From his directorial debut in Lupin the Third’s Castle of Cagliostro to his swan song, The Wind Rises, Miyazaki, along with Studio Ghibli, have set records in Japanese box offices and even went on to win a prestigious … Continue reading

Street Fighter V confirms cross platform play on PS4 and PC with gameplay trailer

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Yesterday, a leaked trailer of Street Fighter V surfaced on the internet, causing widespread internet hype. Today at the PlayStation Experience event in Las Vegas, Capcom revealed the forementioned trailer along with a never before seen gameplay footage trailer. They also confirmed that both sytstems will feature cross platform play … Continue reading

Sony celebrates Playstation’s 20th anniversary with a PS4 in PS1 colors

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Happy Birthday, Playstation! You’re now 20 years old. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the brand, Sony unveiled a special edition PS4 painted in the original colors of the PS1. According to Sony, it will be limited to only 12,300 units. It goes on sale today in Japan, however North … Continue reading

Duel with your robot fists in NCSoft’s new Project Hon

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NCSoft revealed a brand new PC online game titled Project Hon. The trailer features some really awesome gameplay featuring transforming, boosting, wall-running, and even dueling opposing robots with your robot fist. NCsoft touts it as a Mech MMO, but I see more hints of Platinum Game’s 3rd person shooter Vanquish … Continue reading

First look at HyperDimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation opening and battle screenshots

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Idea Factory continues their streak of ports of HyperDimension Neptunia series with Hyper Dimension Neptunia Re;Birth2 Sisters Generation (try saying that with a mouth full of food). The port will bring a host of new content including extra story, characters and even a revamped battle system. We’ve got a bunch of battle system screenshots … Continue reading

Otorimonogatari Limited Edition Blu-ray review

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We continue the odd and eccentric third arc of Monogatari Second Season with Otorimonogatari. Middle schooler Nadeko Sengoku begins to notice things aren’t right when she finds a new friend in the form of a talking snake god. Story (Possible spoilers ahead) Nadeko makes her most drastic change out of all the … Continue reading

Air New Zealand unveils the one flight safety video to rule them all

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Safety Videos aren’t the most exciting things on a flight, but Air New Zealand is looking to change that. We’ve done some coverage on their continued collaboration with The Hobbit before. Now passengers on Air New Zealand will get to see this nearly 5-minute flight safety instruction video featuring Elijah Woods, Peter … Continue reading

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigame’s Longest Day (PS3 review): Even the title is an oxymoron

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Combining four short films and one video game, Short Peace takes some of Japanese animation’s biggest names and allows them to run free without boundaries. When you have names like Katsuhiro Otomo, a man who we’ve not seen in ten years since Steamboy, there’s certainly expectations to uphold. Centering around … Continue reading

Alien: Isolation review – Hold your breath

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The first time I watched Alien was when I was 13. I wanted to engross myself into Ridley Scott’s space horror masterpiece after experiencing the more action-oriented Aliens from James Cameron. There was a sense of tranquil beauty that Scott’s Alien had that really can’t be explained in words. Certainly it’s not one in the trilogy that easily … Continue reading

Good Smile Company’s Nendoroid Akagi (figure review)

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If there’s something Japan’s been obsessed with lately, it’s personified battleships. Since last year, Kantai Collection (or “Kancolle” for short) has become one of Japan’s most popular online games. Available only in Japan, the game has amassed over 2.2 million users which is impressive when you consider not everyone can register to … Continue reading

Kingdom Hearts III, now built on Unreal Engine 4

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With all the fanfare and hype that Square Enix’s been throwing at its amazing Luminous game engine in recent memory, Tetsuya Nomura, director of Kingdom Hearts III, recently confirmed in a Famitsu article that the KHIII is currently being developed on Unreal Engine 4. In an earlier article reported by Siliconera, the team … Continue reading

Pharrell Williams shows off his otaku side in a new music video

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Pharrell is no stranger to anime culture. Earlier this year, he helped remix Hatsune Miku’s Last Night, Good Night in a music video produced by famous Japanese designer Takashi Murakami and his Kaikai Kiki production company. Today, the duo return with “It Girl”, a five-minute animated musical adventure that combines … Continue reading

The Final Fantasy XV trailer we’ve all been waiting for

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8 years ago, Square-Enix unveiled Final Fantasy XIII Versus, a spin-off title of FFXIII has been compared to the likes of Duke Nukem Forever after being repeatedly scrapped and delayed on multiple occasions. It was only at this year’s E3 that the game was rebranded as the fifteenth installment in the main series … Continue reading