Toradora! – Avalanche!

Of emotions, not snow. We do get a snowstorm, however.

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Hetalia Axis Powers – Pasta, Pasts and more Pasta.

As we seen in the last episode, our heroes Italy, Germany and Japan went on some southern island. While at first, you’d think it’d be a decent vacation for all 3…

..This SOS message says otherwise.

..This SOS message says otherwise.

In a jarring change of pace, however, we then get to see Italy’s preperations to be Germany’s ally.

Which was a baggage of food. With lots of pasta, of course.

Which was a baggage of food. With lots of pasta, of course.

As for Italy’s weapon of choice?

A surrender flag. Apparently, works great with girls.

A surrender flag. Apparently, works great with girls.

Well, at least he’s got a backup weapon.

...I don't think Machiavelli's any better, though.

...I don't think Machiavelli's any better, though.

We go back to the island as Germany and Japan notice Italy’s “chart for understanding the world’s relations” via a number of chibi heads. A few moments later, we witness another form of Italy’s creative talents.

A pasta sandcastle. The guy sure loves his pasta, doesn't he?

A pasta sandcastle. The guy sure loves his pasta, doesn't he?

Yet another change of pace as we head into the regular Chibitalia segment, where we have an earlier look at chibi Italy’s creative prowess.

He was born to draw, I tell ya.

He was born to draw, I tell ya.

In the last scene, Japan suggests a team name for our trio – Suujiku, which means “tying our houses together, as the world revolves around us”. The rest of the teammates approve, with Italy’s vision of the term being rather imaginative.

He's sure happy being the center of the world's attention.

He's sure happy being the center of the world's attention.

Seems like the next episode will introduce the rest of the countries, wonder how weird/funny they’ll be.

Gintama – Tosshi strikes again.

...and he started an otaku fight on TV.

...and he started an otaku fight on TV.

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Toradora! – Ryuuji pressed Start to continue.

With the help of a certain palmtop tiger.

With the help of a certain palmtop tiger.

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Hetalia Axis Powers – Meet Japan

Episode 4 is more or less an introduction episode – and this one features one of Germany (and at the same time, Italy, considering how he’s still hanging around Germany)’s allies – Japan.

After a brief introduction, we get to see how Japan proves it’s worth as an ally by providing the construction of U-boats to aid them during the way. They can’t pull off the real deal, but…

..he does offer them a limited time only mini boat collection!

..he does offer them a limited time only mini boat collection!

But that’s not all! The little boats can then transform into a massive robot that can probably do some generically cool massive robot type stuff.

Japan continues to impress.

Japan continues to impress.

After a somewhat disturbing onsen scene, we get into the Chibitalia segment of the show – which more or less features an emo Spain and the start of the Italian Wars.

Austria's sure got that little guy good.

Austria's sure got that little guy good.

The episode later on ends with Germany overlooking Japan’s calm characteristics and Italy’s constant blaring of the wotd “pasta” – and will seem to continue into next week’s episode, as it becomes apparent that the trio are stuck in some kind of southern island.

Street Fighter IV – Flashback Romhacks

Checking out the unreleased/beta/cancellled game infoblog Unseen64.net – it apparently turns out that the idea of the 4th installment of the Street Fighter series has been pitched before producer Yoshinori Ono did, which went by the apparent name of Street Fighter IV Flashback – and which has never seen the light of day.

Which is totally understandable, once you actually read the article itself. This goes especially true with the time-rewinding mechanic they were trying to implement named “Flashback”, which is used for reversing mistakes you’ve performed during your fight.

If you thought that sounded wrong, well, there’s much wronger than that in the form of an NES romhack bearing the name of Street Fighter IV; and which is nothing short of being hilariously bad.

So we now have bald monks, bunny girls and Ryu is now named Cliff.

CLIFF.

I said wow.

Toradora! – Have an unmerry Christmas.

The conclusion of the X-mas arc turned out to be a…not so happy one.

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Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation – Starring Presidents, Cyborgs and Death Metal Artists. Oh and Ryu, too.

So, Street Fighter Online: Mouse Generation has been slowly morphing from a bizarre experiment of using a traditional computer mouse for a fighting game (and sharing very simple looking models) to having one of the most diverse and awesome casts ever.

Not only because of the additions of both Cyborg 009 and Cyborg 004 from the much underrated Cyborg 009 action manga/anime series, but because of the inclusion of current US president Barack Obama and the incredibly vulgar and grotesque death metal singer Johannes Krauser II from the comedy Detroit Metal City.

Unfortunately, though, we probably might not see this heading into the english territories anytime soon, seeing as to how the game now has licensed characters from different manga publishers in the US.

Still, I’m curious as to how crazy the game will go from here. Perhaps we may find Kogarashi from Kamen no Maid Guy or Rambo as the game’s newest challengers.

Gintama – Loser Otaku Swords

Only in Gintama.

A sight for sore eyes you are, Hijikata.

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MadWorld – Shoving stop signs in the head.

So cheesy, yet so brilliant at the same time.

It seems like Sega has been going in full force in promoting MadWorld, whom many have dubbed as the spiritual sequel to God Hand . It does, after all, share the same producer (Atsushi Inaba) and features the over-the-top violence that made it a cult favorite. Except that in MadWorld, the violence just gets even more bloodier and more ridiculous – Man-darts, anyone?

IGN is also running a number of articles as a special “MadWorld month”, so those who are curious should definetely check them out.