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June 23, 2015

Interview with Screenwriter Chiaki J. Konaka

This week APGNation was lucky enough to sit down with screenwriter Chiaki J. Konaka, the man behind such works as Serial Experiments Lain, Texhnolyze, and Digimon Tamers, to talk about such diverse topics as his style of writing, the horror genre, and his return to writing for anime.  In addition to his work in the anime industry, he has also penned several films, novels, and live-action Tokusatsu shows. His most recent work in the world of anime was 2007’s Ghost Hound.

APGNation: First of all, thank you for speaking with us at APGNation. Would you tell our readers who might not know your work a little about yourself and what you’ve written in the [...]

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May 20, 2015

CC2 Celebrates 10 Years of .Hack/GU

Cyberconnect2, the developer of .Hack/GU, celebrated the ten-year anniversary of its beloved franchise on Monday. .Hack/GU, the second games series in the multimedia franchise of the same name, was first revealed way back at E3 in 2005. While the game would later be officially released in Japan in 2006, the occasion nevertheless marks an important event in the history of the .Hack universe. To mark the occasion, the developer passed out a special bonus to players who logged into their currently Japan-only .Hack-themed mobile game Guilty Dragon.

.Hack, which debuted in 2003, would go on to become a full-fledged multimedia franchise that would span two game series, four [...]

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May 19, 2015

Another Round of Red Truths with Ryukishi07

This weekend I had the honor of attending Anime Central, one of the largest anime conventions in the Midwest, as a press representative for APGNation. While this was my first time acting as press at a convention, everyone involved in ACEN’s Press Department was incredibly kind, and everything went extremely smoothly. However, I will speak more about that in my recap of the con. Today I’d like to talk about one of the guests of honor: Ryukishi07, founding member of 07th Expansion and the author of popular visual novels like Umineko, Higurashi, and Rose Gun Days.

Some of readers may remember the first interview with Ryukishi07 back in [...]

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April 13, 2015

Anime Review: High-Score Girl

Title: High Score Girl

Author: Rensuke Oshikiri

Publisher: Square Enix

Anime and gaming have always been hobbies that are, more or less, linked at the hip. Many popular gaming franchises will often spawn anime of their own while numerous popular anime will find their way to the digital realm sooner or later. Even the fandom side of things, which so often converge at anime conventions and other gatherings of nerdy types, tend to meld as well. Leading to things like small-scale fighting game tournaments at anime conventions and the recent upswell in visual novels and other related games appearing on Western shores in the form of titles like Steins;Gate and Dangan [...]

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January 18, 2015

Video Game and Anime Singer Origa Passes Away at 44

Japanese Voice Actress Jenya reported on her Twitter account this morning that singer Origa (birth name Ol’ga Yakovleva) has passed away at the age of 44 from lung cancer. Originally born in the town of Kochenevo, Origa graduated from Novosibirsk Musical College in 1990 and traveled to Japan in 1991. It wasn’t long before Japan’s EMI Music label took notice and signed her.

Origa has had a lengthy career appearing in video game and anime soundtracks. Working alongside famed composer Yoko Kanno, Origa has performed in the original soundtracks for various anime, notably in Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. Fans of anime will recognize her instantly from [...]

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December 11, 2014

NIS America Confirms: JRPG Developer Not in Financial Danger

In a previous article, APGNation reported on a statement made by NIS (Nippon Ichi Software) President Niikawa Sohei that was translated by a fan at NeoGaf. We reached out to a representative of NIS America for confirmation and were delighted with their response that the post was actually a mistranslation!

Taken from the official response:

As is very typical of him, Mr. Niikawa’s original statements in Japanese were in jest, which unfortunately doesn’t quite come across when taken out of context and in translation.

Mr. Niikawa’s original comment during a live interview with Nico Nico was actually that he might be fired, however, this was somehow turned into [...]

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October 31, 2014

Our Nation’s Review of Hi-sCool Seha Girls Episode 3

It’s that time of week again, good citizens of the APGNation, as our heroines once more grace the small screen in the newest episode of Hi-sCool Seha Girls! This week Dreamcast, Mega Drive, and Saturn discuss their job prospects after graduation, the life of a weather girl, and we learn that it is not a good idea to make a geeky girl dance if she doesn’t want to. So, lets dive in, shall we?

This week’s episode opens with the girls wondering what they will be doing after highschool. Dreamcast then suggests to Saturn that she should become a weather girl, as it would give her a place that she could use her looks and personality to attract a huge audience. [...]

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