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Making Gravity Rush Real With Practical Effects

[GIF via PlayStation] Sony has also released a behind-the-scenes look at how it turned the world of Gravity Rush into reality. Advertisement Here’s the original Gravity Rush 2 ad. And how it was done. What’s cool is that a lot of it was done with practical effects, like a giant rotating room! Kotaku East is your slice of Asian internet culture, bringing you the latest talking points from Japan, Korea, China and beyond. Tune in every morning from 4am to 8am. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!




Mirror Gundam.


Isle of Skye.




Your Winter 2017 Anime Guide 

Who’s ready to watch some anime? You? Yes, that’s right, you. Advertisement It’s winter, which means it there is a new anime season with new anime to watch. This time, there are over forty shows to check out. Have a look and hit us up in the comments about which ones you are keen on. ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Dept. Studio: Madhouse Genre: Drama Premiere Date: January 10 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation What It’s About in One Sentence: An inspector in a large government organization known as ACCA keeps tabs on what his fellow bureaucrats are up to across the kingdom. Ai-Mai-Mi Surgical Friends Studio: Seven Genre: Comedy, Slice of Life Premiere Date: December 24, 2016 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll What It’s About in One Sentence: The manga-loving girls of Ai-Mai-Mi are back for the third season of this short anime. Akiba’s Trip: The Animation Studio: Gonzo Genre: Action, Battle, Comedy Premiere Date: January 4 Where to Watch: Crunchyroll, Funimation What It’s About in One Sentence: The video game series in which enemies are defeated by stripping them is now an anime. BanG Dream! READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!


After stepping away from game development, Hidetaka Suehiro (aka Swery) of Deadly Premonition and D4


Shanghai Market.


Nice Butt Pun, Nintendo

[Image: Brian Ashcraft | Kotaku] Right now, I’m playing Miitopia. It’s cute, fun, and silly. There is also one pun I can totally get behind. Advertisement The above enemy character is called “Shiritori” (シリトリ) and appears in the middle of the game. That’s right, it’s a bird (a turkey?) with a butt face. In Mittopia, an evil baddies keeps taking people’s faces and sticking them on enemies you must fight to free their faces. Advertisement So, here, you must battle to releases these faces from a fowl. But now you might be asking, where’s the pun? For this character called “Shiritori,” we have a butt or “尻” (shiri) and a “tori” (鳥) or “bird.” The enemy in the middle is “Kuchi Tomato” (Mouth Tomato), a pun on “puchi tomato” or “little tomato” in Japan. [Image: Brian Ashcraft | Kotaku] But shiritori (しりとり) is also the name of a famous Japanese children’s word chain game, which loosely translates as “taking the rear.” Yes, “shiri” here still refers to butt, and but “tori” refers to “taking” as in “toru” (取る), meaning “to take.” Here’s READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!



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This week, Nippon Ichi is announcing a new adventure game called Tsuihou Senkyo (Expulsion Election)


Okochi Sanso Garden.


Atlus has launched a special Shin Megami Tensei site.


An official Yokai Watch shop is finally opening in Japan’s Kansai region, joining an outlet in Tokyo