The best way to support the anime industry is to purchase DVD/Blu-ray copies of all the shows, but that isn’t quite financially feasible for most. The next best thing would be to purchase a subscription to a streaming service, but those come at a cost too. While some may turn to other unofficial sources on the web, it is worth considering that there are free and legal options available for those who are willing to watch some advertisements in exchange for their dose of quality Japanese animated entertainment. While this certainly will not rescue the struggling industry, the people who help create and deliver this content to you will still earn something from the ad revenue. At the very least, streaming from official sources will keep your conscience happy. Continue reading
I first discovered J-Subculture when I ordered from them through Amazon. They had included a flyer for their Auction service inside the package, so I decided I’d check it out. I’ve had an excellent experience with them so far, so if you would like to get some stuff from Japan I think you should consider giving them a try. Continue reading
Developer: Square Enix | Year: 2013 | List Price: 19.99 | Buy from Amazon
The other day, there was a sale at the local EB Games and I found a copy of Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD for only $15. So I ignored the fact that I already had about a dozen games in my backlog and took the plunge. 3 weeks later, and with over 40 hours lost, I’ve finished the Final Fantasy X HD and thought I should do a review on just the one game. I’ll make sure I cover X-2 separately when I play it later on. Note that I didn’t play the original FFX (I was only three when it came out!) and the only other Final Fantasy games I’ve played are FFVI and FFVII.
Developer: SCE Japan Studio | Year: 2014 | List Price: $29.99 | Buy from Amazon
Upon hearing that Freedom Wars may be the very last first-party triple-A PS Vita game, I decided to give it my $30 when it came out two weeks ago. There was a super cool trailer as well as a healthy amount of hype on IGN, and after spending a fair amount of time on Borderlands 2, which was ported (badly) to the Vita, I really wanted to try an action game that was built from the ground up for the trusty portable. While it does suffer from its flaws, Freedom Wars really does show off the Vita’s capabilities and provides a mighty fun time all the while.
Developer: Millennium Kitchen Co., Ltd. | Year: 2013 | List Price: $7.99
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Fresh off my first ever paycheck, I added $40 to my 3DS’ eShop account and proceeded to buy many things. I got this game along with Shovel Knight, SteamWorld Dig, Super Mario Bros. 3, and, with the awkward $5.02 remaining that can’t quite afford a proper NES game, I got Dragon Crystal (sorry Defenders of Oasis, I’ll get you another time!). Because I read that Attack of the Friday Monsters was the shortest game, I decided to play it last night after dinner, and I finished it before bedtime. It’s that short.