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Today is the day! The day for what, you might ask? It is the day when several dreaded anticipated anime-themed video games are released in Japan: Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai Portable, Toaru Majutsu no Index PSP, Valkyria Chronicles 3Dream Club Zero, and Galgun.

Kuroneko Index

Do not adjust your monitor, that really is Kuroneko dressed as Index.

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With the release of the Legend of Koizumi DVD coming on February 26th, the TYO Animations team has released a second trailer, which starts with Junior Bush in his crib talking about his Maoist nightmares to Papa Bush. It only gets more politically incorrect and wildly crazy from there, and the only way to understand what I just wrote is to see it for yourself. Trust me. It’s worth it.

Yes, he's based on that Koizumi.

Not pictured: Bush and Bush Jr.

When it comes to anime and manga, there is no subject too sacred, no person too revered for the Japanese to parody. The latest anime to prove this point is Mudadzumo Naki Kaikaku (AKA The Legend of Koizumi) , which is based on a overblown and hilarious manga about world leaders playing mahjong in order to conduct international diplomacy. No one is spared from the artist’s pen – Vladimir Putin, Kim Jong-Il, both Bushes, and a host of other world leaders have shown up pushing depleted uranium mahjong tiles

From a few brief looks through the manga at Kinokuniya, I’m way more interested in this project than I logically should be. It is just too epic and fun to miss out on, and I’m drooling in anticipation of long, loving shots of international bigwigs slamming down mahjong tiles as if this were Hikaru no Go.

The full cast list is after the jump.

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Yeah, it's not that cute. The Japanese were fine with it!

For those of you who are fans of the horror anime Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (AKA “When They Cry”), you’ll be glad to know that the original game is now available in English from MangaGamer. The game, created by famed doujinshi circle 07th Expansion, was released in 2002 to rave reviews. Fans of the taut thriller cited its writing and its compelling mysteries as the game sold over 100,000 copies as an independent release.

The problem with this release is that it’s the original game – the unvoiced version. It’s hard to recommend it, because the product is so raw. The art doesn’t really grab the eye, the lack of voice makes the whole experience very dry, and overall there are very few reasons to play it instead of watching the anime, unless you want to support the company and the original creators.

But hey, if you want to spend your money to download a novel with pictures, feel free – I wholly support the translation effort for such a high-quality series, even though the product itself is lacking.

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This one’s a day late, but it’s weird enough that I had to think about it for an entire night before unleashing it on the possibly unprepared minds of readers.

This is Muscle March, a downloadable Wii game that came out in Japan earlier this year. With the miracle of DLC and the long tail, it’s coming out in English. Simply put, it’s a game where you have to chase down a musclebound, thong-wearing thief who’s stolen your protein shake. You have to use the Wiimote to make the same pose as the thief, who keeps busting holes in walls as he runs from your hot manly justice.

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Rukia... I mean Ruquia and her friends.Konami’s Quiz Magic Academy is getting its second OAV next year. According to Anime News Network, the second DS game based on the popular game series is coming with an original anime episode, similar to the OAV that came out last year.

The first OAV for Quiz Magic Academy was pretty amusing, with a bunch of little comic vignettes loosely strung together by the cast of the arcade trivia game. The series has such a silly premise – a group of student wizards compete in trivia games to “level up” as sages – that any attempt at a story would feel tacked-on and stupid, so hopefully the new OAV is just as light-hearted and short as the last one.

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