February 2014

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February 27, 2014

Good ole Professor Layton.  We have come to know him as the genius, gentlemanly, archeologist professor who featured in such Nintendo games as "Professor Layton and the Curious Village" and "Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box".  This time it appears that he has come around for yet another helping of puzzles and mysterious.

This title, known as "Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy" will be available for purchase as well as downloadable from the Nintendo e-Shop on February 28th, 2014 (Tomorrow).  With is series being so popular, having sold over 15 million copies already, we can expect good things from this latest iteration.  Hit the jump for screenshots and other goodies.

February 26, 2014

Atlus dropped a massive bomb on everyone with the revealing of FOUR brand spanking new Persona games heading over to North America over the course of 2014 and 2015.  Personally, I was pretty hype because it was COMPLETELY unexpected.

The games we can expect are "Persona Q: Shadow of the Labyrinth" for Nintendo 3DS, "Persona 4: Dancing All Night" for Playstation Vita, "Persona 4 Arena: Ultimax" for Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, and finally "Persona 5" for Playstation 3.

Inside you are going to find screenshots, videos, and general information related to these new Persona games.  Go ahead and hit the jump for all the Shin Megami Tensei goodness.

February 25, 2014

Sorry about the delay everyone, but I have some news delivered from VIZ Media which I was unable to give to everyone simply because I was so hard at work on other things.  I am going to do my best, regardless of how much work I have, to give you news faster (Basically, on the date that I receive the news).

Within this article you are going to find the following things: K as first ever DVD/Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Digital updates for the second half of February, VIZ announces U.S./Japan premiere of new manga series "Stealth Symphony" in Shonen Jump, VIZ partnering with Right Stuf to forge partnership to offer Weekly Shonen Jump memberships, and more!  If you are interested in what VIZ Media has to offer, I suggest you check out the full article.

February 24, 2014

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for Nintendo 3DS requires you to have a lot of Star Children to go into battle for you.  You are able to bring nine of them with you into battle, and you will be setting them up in teams with three to a squad.  You will be constantly producing Star Children, and with that in mind you are going to want to know what classes are available to produce the best possible teams.

In this news reveal for Coneption II: Children of the Seven Stars, we are going to be taking a look at 8 newly revealed classes: Archer, Blacksmith, Bondsman, Diva, Gun Saint, Lancer, Merchant, and Ranger.  Inside you will find screen shots of each class, a brief example of what stats could look like, and a explanation detailing their roles in battle.

February 21, 2014

eing so caught up with work, maintaining this blog, and trying to save-up for next generation gaming consoles, I have lost track of reading manga...and that is a sad thing to say at the least.  While a lot of people I know read "scanlations" and digital copies, I prefer to buy and collect.  Currently I own over 150 books from a variety of series, only nine of which are fully completed.  Nothing really has prompted me to begin getting back to my hobby or to collect anymore...until now that is.

Opening an e-mail from Viz Media, I was immediately taken in by the artwork for the series; not to mention its use of the urban slang terminology for "Gangster".  Seems promising enough, but you cannot judge a book by its cover.  Or can you?  I got my hands on it to find out.  

February 18, 2014

Many people know who Kayane is, as she is one of the most popular Soul Calibur players and the woman who won the Evolution 2009 Women's Invitational for Super Street Fighter  IV.  She is one of the most prominent female figures in the Fighting Game Community.  Having started playing at an early age, she has effectively helped to dissolve the myth that women are unable to compete at high-level in the FGC.

A while ago, Kayane took the time to answer some of my questions after I requested an interview from her, which I want to share with you all now.  Even though this interview is a year old (Completed January of 2013), I feel that it will still be an interesting read for anyone who wants to know a bit about this professional gamer.

February 16, 2014

With me being back active on the site and posting so many new articles (A big influx since I have now begun adding news to my line-up), I need a way for my users to be able to see all of my articles for a single month (Not to mention that it makes it easier for new people who like my writing style to glance over all my work).

The way I will be doing the archive is pretty much the same as I do my articles...sort of.  I will be separating the archive by sections, Gaming, Anime, and Manga; in it will be all things relevant to that particular section: News, Reviews, Interviews, and Editorials.   If something spans multiple categories (Such as it could be considered both anime and manga) then I will list it in the section I feel that the majority of the article is aim towards.

Something else will be "Featured Article".  I will be doing an "Article of the Month" for what I feel is the best article of that month, regardless of the section it is in, this will be first.  I will also list a Featured Article for every single section (Gaming, Anime, and Manga).  Also, no matter which section the "Article of the Month" comes from, I will make sure to choose a DIFFERENT featured article for its section so no repeats will happen.

Every article will have a smaller version of its featured image along with its title, the type of article it is (Gaming News, Anime Editorial, Manga Interview, etc), and the date that it was posted.  It will include a hyper link that goes to that article, opening in a separate window so you do not have to leave the archive.

While I feel that an archive over to the side would have been very easy to do, I feel this will give everyone access to what they want a lot quicker since you may only be looking for anime from the month of February.  Sure, you can click on the tab but you may see something in gaming that catches your eye, I think this is a fine alternative.

Look for it coming very soon.  Archives will be posted on the first day of the next month (February's archive will be posted on March 1st).  I hope you look out for it!

February 15, 2014

Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars for Nintendo 3DS requires you to have a lot of Star Children to go into battle for you.  You are able to bring nine of them with you into battle, and you will be setting them up in teams with three to a squad.  You will be constantly producing Star Children, and with that in mind you are going to want to know what classes are available to produce the best possible teams.

In this news reveal for Coneption II: Children of the Seven Stars, we are going to be taking a look at a few of the newly revealed classes: Cleric, Magic Knight, Thief, Minstrel, Swordis, and Warlock.  Inside you will find screen shots of each classes, a brief example of what stats could look like, and a explanation detailing their roles in battle.  

February 13, 2014

Not too long ago I was introduced to something that I find absolutely amazing, it is something I believe is relevant to everyone that comes to my blog and I want to share it with the masses simply by how cool I find it to be.

Have you ever wondered exactly what all manga is out there?  Have you actually wondered how many people collect it and how it would look once all pieces of a collection are assembled?  Being a manga collector myself, I never realized how many different series there were...but that is where The Collectionary comes in.

I want to give you a little peek on what The Collectionary and how it is trying to archive all known manga for avid collectors to know where to go to buy them!

February 12, 2014

Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4 FES is a Japanese Role-Playing Game that is now being released in Europe. Players are able to join in as a member of "S.E.E.S." or the Gekkoukan High School's Specialized Extracurricular Execution Squad.

This version of Persona 3 is enhanced, containing the full game Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 as well as "The Answer", which is a brand new epilogue that takes place after the events of Persona 3.  Players will have to get ready for a dark, gripping adventure and unleash their Persona on the denizens of the Dark Hour.

Go ahead and hit the jump to read more information and check out screens and trailer for the game.

February 12, 2014

Mony Oum, the creator of the renowned internet videos "Haloid: Master Chief vs Samus Aran" and "Dead Fantasy: Dead or Alive vs Final Fantasy" was set to try his hand at creating his own 3D anime series, a new endeavor he would undergo with Rooster Teeth (Where he worked on a few seasons of "Red vs Blue").  With this, "RWBY" was born.

The anticipation for RWBY was taking their fan base by storm, growing with each new release of teasers for the main four female characters in the form of "Red", "White", "Black", and "Yellow" trailers.  With the first season coming to an end, I will determine if the hype was worth the wait and if Monty could meet the high expectations that everyone had of him going into this new series.

February 11, 2014

Viz Media seems to be launching a bold new initiative with their up coming move.  It seems they will be introducing "Neon Alley", a free streaming archetype for anime, to be debuted on the popular application Hulu as well as Hulu Plus.  In addition to this, Neon Alley is set to become the new home of all VIZAnime.com subtitled simulcasts and anime streaming content; this will place all of Viz Media's streaming content under this single brand.

This in will be be offering those who love to watch anime in the United States a free additional option for doing so.  This move is slated to begin starting April 1st of this year.  You can go ahead and hit the jump to catch the full news regarding VIZ Media and Neon Alley.

February 11, 2014

Here is a very important announcement that is sure to shake things up quite a bit on RoKtheReaper.com; I am going to be adding news for gaming, anime, and manga to the line-up!  What do I mean by that?  Allow me to explain.

Here on RoKtheReaper.com I try my best to give you truly in-depth articles pertaining to the subjects I love the most.  However, I have found that while everyone may appreciate detailed reviews, constant news is what continues to bring people back to sites and fill their needs to stay informed with the latest information.  I want to be able to mix these in with my normally detailed and serious views to maximize viewership and to give those who await posts from me something to look forward to on a daily basis.

I know that me announcing news does bring up the concern about "Hey, if you are going to be posting news, you are going to be just like those other sites!  You are not going to be unique at all!" That is not true.  Unlike most news sites that post only news and things from other people and sources, I will still be posting my own reviews and editorial work, and I will be only posting about games, anime, and manga that I feel are relevant towards everyone's interest.  Needless to say I will not be trying to throw out anything that appears like junk, whether-or-not it is news in any of the industries that I am covering.

With that, I hope you spread the word around about RoKtheReaper.com and keep your eyes peeled about developments that are coming soon.  Please make sure that you also visit the facebook page, and make sure that you follow the twitter account as well.

February 07, 2014

Well, it came that usual time where me and my friend Rasean were looking for another anime we could watch together on Xbox Live in between our bouts of fighting game madness. After trying out several series, we decided on Outbreak Company because the first episode was pretty humorous and delightful, it was promising and made you curious as to where this plot would end up.

After finally buckling down from Xbox long enough to finish this 13 episode series, we finished it (A bit late, but better to have finished than not at all, right?) In this review for the anime of "Outbreak Company", I will be deciding on whether or not this series about a company's ambition to submit a new world to otaku culture is worth the time to watch.  Go ahead and hit the jump to catch for the full review!

February 04, 2014

Top 5 Tuesdays is an article series that focuses on my "top five" anything on a given subject of my choosing that pertains to either gaming, anime, or manga.

With the announcement that there is going to be another Super Smash Bros. game for the Nintendo Wii-U, many people were excited and skeptical (Talk about that in another article) about the next iteration of the series...but this brought about the question everyone is asking, "Who made the cut?".

In this Top 5 Tuesday's post I will reveal the characters that I want to be included in Nintendo's flagship fighter, be they brand new to the fray or a returning veteran.  Hit the jump for the full details!



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