Spiraken Manga Review

15
Apr

Spiraken Game Review: Persona 5

Hello ladies and gents, boys and girls, reds, blues and all you good folk of the Spiraken community! We’re back discussing your eventually go-to devices for all the entertainment you could want. In this episode, Xan gets to review arguably the greatest RPG of all time in Altus's latest installement in the Shin Megumi Tensai Series, "Persona 5"

Persona 5

From the unique combat/ negotiation system to the amazing character social link system and the revitalized fusion system, Xan gives an in depth review of this amazing PS4/PS3 game.

Phantom Thieves

Besides talking about the awesomeness of Persona 5, Xan discusses the history of the Persona Franchise, the origin of the term picaresque and the hypocracy of certain elements in the confidant/social link system

Arsene

If you want to join Xan in the Phantom Thieve Association and help him out, Xan's PSN ID is Xan_ Spiraken. If you want to play Simpsons Tapped Out with Xan, his friendiD is "Alexdvillan". Please add him.  If you want to recommend what games we should review next, just shoot us a message or ten on twitter or at our email accounts! Game on!

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12
Apr

Ep 209: Haven’t You Heard? I’m The Coolest

In this cool episode of the podcast, Xan give into the fandom and geeks about one of the coolest slice of life manga series to come out in the last 4 years.. So sit back and enjoy as Xan reviews "Sakamoto desu ka? / Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto" by Nami Sano

 

While this episode is short, Xan tries his best to go over why the main character is cool. If you don't believe him, check out the first volume and comment below. Also check out our Anime Boston Photos here. Either way  Hope you enjoy

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11
Apr

Spiraken Book Club: The Amazing Crafty Cat

In this Spiraken Book Review, Xan gets artistic as he reviews Charise Harper's "The Amazing Crafty Cat"

 

Besides geeking out over the DIY Projects in the book, Xan talks about the art style and his favorite parts of this book. if you like our book reviews and want more, email me at xan@spiraken.com Anyway Hope you enjoy

 
8
Apr

Spiraken Con Review: Anime Boston 2017

In This episode of the podcast, Xan reviews his experiences at 

 

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 Anime Boston 2017 from March 31-April 2nd in Boston MA.

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besides talking about his experiences at the convention, he also talks about the various pros and cons of this retro themed anniversatry convention. From the stalled elevators and increased security to the awesome tech staff and goodies that panelists receive.

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there is also discussion about how retro times were 15 years ago. Old memories of old series and how you had to order anime from a magazine as oppose to downloading it online or streaming it.

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There is also debate on what the best cosplay was at the convention. Personally I say it was that dashing Lupin in the Blue Jacket. Either way, check out all the cosplayers on Our Spiraken Flickr Anime Boston Photos Hope you enjoy

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2
Apr

20 Retro Manga Recommendations For Grown Ups List

Hey Everyone, Just got back from Anime Boston and I had a very memorable time. I'll be releasing a proper con review soon but before that I want to post the list of manga i recommended in my 22 Retro Manga Recommendations for Grown Ups Panel. For those of you who attended, thank you for being there, I had a great time talking with you,(even though we had to cut it short due to schedule conflicts.) Anyway, hope you check these manga series out and if you  have any questions about these manga, where to get them or have comments about my panel. you can email me at xan@spiraken.com or comment below on the post. Thank you

22 Retro Manga for Grown Ups

Lupin the III by Monkey Punch (Released in the US by Tokyopop Comics) Check Out Our podcast review here

Golgo 13 by Takao Saito (Released in the US by Viz Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Black Jack by Osamu Tezuka (Released in the US by Vertical Comics) Check out our podcast review here

From Eroica With love by Yasuko Aoike (Manga not available in the US)

Path of the Assassin by Kazuo Koike (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Domu: A Child's Dream by Katsuhiro Otomo (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics)

Cooking Papa by Tochi Ueyama (Manga not available in the US, Anime not available in the US) Check out our podcast review here

Ghost in the Shell by Masamune Shirow (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Mad Bull 34 by Kazuo Koike (Manga not availalbe in the US, Anime is Availalbe) Check out our podcast Review here

You're Under Arrest by Kosuke Fujishima (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Ah My Goddess by Kosuke Fujishima (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Dance Til Tomorrow by Naoki Yamamoto (Released in the US by Viz Comics)

Pink by Kyoko Okazaki (Released in the US by Vertical Comics)

Tropic of the Sea by Satoshi Kon (Released in the US by Vertical Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Gunsmith Cats by Kenichi Sonada (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Golden Boy by Tatsuya Egawa (Manga not currently available in the US, Anime is available)

Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura (Released in the US by Dark Horse Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Helter Skelter by Kyoko Okazaki (released in the US by Vertical Comics Check out our podcast review here

Salaryman Kintaro by Hiroshi Motomiya (Manga not currently available in the US, Anime is available) 

GTO (Great Teacher Onizuka by Tohru Fujisawa (Original Series Released in the US by Tokyopop, Sequels released by Vertical Comics) Check out our podcast review here

Uzumaki by Junji Ito (Released in the US by Viz Comics) Check out our podcast review here

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa  (Released in the US by Viz Comics) Check out our podcast review here

2
Apr

From Under The Bed retro Horror in Anime & Manga Panel List

Just finished the Retro Horror in Anime and Manga panl at Anime Boston 2017 and it was pretty good despite some difficulties. For those of you who checked out the panel, thank you for coming and i hope you learned about some fun and amazingly scary series. so as promised. here is the list of anime and manga i talked about at the panel

 

List of horror series Xan talked about at the Retro horror in anime and manga panel at Anime Boston 2017

Gegege no Kitaro

Berserk

Perfect Blue

Guyver

Call Me Tonight

Genocyber

Nightwalker

Vampire Hunter D

Demon City Shinjuku

Wicked City

Lilycat

3x3 eyes

Midori

Barefoot Gen

Series that I was unable to show at the panel but talked about

Domu: A Child's Story

Gegege no Kitarou

Judge

Hell Target

Vampire Princess Miyu

Demon Lorde Dante.

 

If you would like to know about more manga and anime series that are horror, you can email me at xan@spiraken.com or leave a comment below

also check out the review for several manga here