Catch an International Thief

November 15, 2018

Essen SPIEL is the world’s largest event based around table-top gaming; held over four days in Germany.  Tons of game companies come from all over the world, both big multinational ones and small family run ones.  It is usually a great time for all but this year six small companies had money, products, and personal items stolen.  One person was arrested but his accomplice who had the goods was not caught.  One of those companies to be hit was Japanime Games, who had $10,000 in cash stolen along with some electronics and personal items.  They are running a quick fundraiser to recoup the loss.

Everyone who donates will featured on a “Wall of Fame” with the names of the supporters and some thank you gifts for some donation levels.

For $10 you will be mailed an “I Love Japanime Games” patch and a pack of Tanto Cuore: International promo cards.  For $25 you get the patch and cards also get a free copy of Kemomimi Panic with promo cards.  For $50 you get the patch, cards, game, and a Tanto Cuore: international foil pack and pack of 10 Arisa promos with foil Arisa.  Donating $100 gets you the patch, Tanto cards, game, Arisa cards and one special limited edition SPIEL steins and Anja oversized cloth playmat/towel.

You can donate on their site or via PayPal.  Any money over the goal will be given to the five other companies that were stolen from.  They have already raised over $5,000 over their goal with no end date for this fundraiser.  You should still get your money in soon though.

This is a chance to help out a company that brings out great games and pic up some limited items for yourself.

You can read more about the robberies here.

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Press Release: 2018 Beyblade Burst World Championship Winner Crowned

November 8, 2018

On Saturday, November 3, thousands of people came to cheer on their countries’ national champions in a whole day of fierce competition featuring 24 talented, young Bladers from all around the world. The 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship, which took place at Kidexpo in Paris, France, crowned its winner after 6 hours of epic battling. The victor, Latvia’s “Balanced Defender,” earned the ultimate victory.

Balanced Defender, who took home a gleaming trophy, a participatory medal and a personalized illustration done by the author of the BEYBLADE BURST manga series from Corocoro Comic magazine, Hiro Morita, was joined by 2nd place winner Shin Sang Hyeon from South Korea and 3rd place winner Shuai Shuai from Taiwan. All three champions were thrilled to represent their countries on the podium after traveling thousands of miles to complete on the grand stage. The epic finale of the World Championship featured appearances by YouTube stars Swan & Neo, as well as BEYBLADE BURST manga artist Hiro Morita, delighting fans of all ages and nationalities.

In addition to the 2018 BEYBLADE BURST World Championship competition, Kidexpo, which took place from October 31-November 4, featured a BEYBLADE BURST booth where fans of the brand got to participate in free battles, not only with each other, but against known YouTube influencers and special guests like the official World Championship MCs Storm & Light and judge Blader Ken.

About Nelvana
Nelvana is a world-leading international producer and distributor of children’s animated and live-action content. Nelvana produces a stable of award-winning and globally renowned brands that focus on comedies, preschool and boys action series and ancillary consumer products programs.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS, INC. is AN Entertainment rights management company backed by one of the top advertising agencies in Japan, Asatsu DK, and the trading conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp. Located in New York City, SUNRIGHTS directly manages the development of intellectual property globally outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. It is recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Tomy Company, Ltd.
TOMY is a comprehensive toy and content company that produces a wide variety of products and characters for people of all ages and nationalities, and has more than 90 year of history since its founding. Generations of families have enjoyed our all-time favorites such as Plarail, Tomica, and Licca, and such toy lines as Beyblade and Transformers have become genuine global phenomena.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, BABY ALIVE and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands.

Press Release: English Edition of Cooperative Japanese Dungeon-crawler Testament Coming to Kickstarter This Winter

October 21, 2018

In 2019, Japanese board game localization studio LionWing Publishing will be publishing the English version of the hit Japanese dungeon-crawling card game Testament. From designer Yasushi ‘Kuro’ Kuroda—creator of Unicornus Knights, Ars Alchimia, and Alicematic Heroes—Testament is a fully cooperative, card-based dungeon-crawler that features deep character customization, tactical battles, and tough boss fights.

Taking inspiration from MMORPGs, and in particular, Final Fantasy XIV, Testament’s core design is built around the “trinity” system found in such games, which emphasizes party combat roles like tanks, damage-dealers, and healers.

In Testament, players team up and control individual heroes to battle through six stages, first fighting through smaller monsters and then facing off against a massive stage boss that mimics the complex “raids” for which MMORPGs are best known.

Testament comprises six stages in total, with each one taking about an hour to complete (if the players’ party isn’t wiped out completely, that is) and provides players with the ability to play single, one-off scenarios or string several together to create a campaign, with characters leveling-up after the completion of each stage. Testament supports up to four players but can be played entirely solo as well.

Do beware, however: the game’s level of difficulty is not for the faint of heart. In fact, Testament is so punishing that less than twenty percent of players will clear all of its stages on their first attempt, with many failing on the very first stage. If they can survive long enough, though, they will fight the game’s final boss, the man-made god known simply as Testament.

A Kickstarter for the English edition of Testament is set to launch this coming winter before its planned release next year. A presskit has been created to allow for a closer look at the game’s features and its components .

About LionWing Publishing

LionWing Publishing is an American localization company whose focus is on translating and publishing the best tabletop games that Japan has to offer. They launched their first Kickstarter campaign, Sainome Colosseum R, this past summer to roaring success, and publish games that are dynamic, engaging, and aesthetically striking. For more information about LionWing Publishing, see our website. Follow LionWing Publishing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Channel A: Alpha Genesis Edition

September 11, 2018

Channel A is a party game where you create (based on random words in your hand) and pitch new anime series and try to convince other players to vote for it by Ewen Clueny formally put out by Asmadi.  Now you can back a Kickstarter for the new Alpha Genesis edition of the game from Evil Hat, with 70 new cards with new and updated chibis and will be printed on high-quality card stock.

The game comes with 272 title cards to build show titles with, 112 premise cards (12 with inspirational chibi characters), 16 blank cards to add your own cards, a Producer card to pass around, and a rule book.  You can download the rule book right now to give it a look over.   A print-and-play version of the game is available, with about a third of the cards for free.

The game will meet its goal at $15,000, so far they have raised over $8,000 and have eight days to go.

For a $1 you get updates on the game and a look at the rule book.  For $30 you a copy of the game, any extra copies you want are just $30 each.  Retailers can back at $90 to get six copies of the game; you will also be able to add more games and other rewards at 50% MSRP.

Stretch Goal 1 is Chibi Stickers at $21,500.  All backers of $30 or more will get a set of four vinyl stickers of chibis from the game.  Stretch Goal 2 is the Second Season Expansion at $37,500.  The expansion comes with 100 new cards and will cost $13 to add-on.  There are an additional four stretch goals that have yet to be announced.

Shipping will be $10, no matter how many games you order, but will not be charged till after the project finishes.

A fun party game for fans of anime to enjoy.

Press Release: Sainome Colosseum R Smashes Funding Goal on Kickstarter with 2 Weeks Still Left to Go

July 22, 2018

LionWing Publishing is excited to announce that Sainome Colosseum R (English Edition) has been fully funded on Kickstarter! With two weeks still left to go, we have unlocked one stretch goal and are closing in on our second! Sainome’s community is already flourishing as well, with fantastic backer engagement and comments expressing excitement over the game. Don’t miss out on supporting this accessible tabletop battler, tailor-made for those who love anime and video games! Be sure to head on over to the campaign page here for all the details!

The English edition of an anime-themed Japanese tabletop game, Sainome Colosseum R is an ultra-accessible combat game for 2-4 players where opponents fight for glory in free-for-all battles, duos matches, or intense one-on-one duels. It’s as flexible as can be and allows players of all ages and skill levels to jump right into the action without ever sacrificing gameplay depth and strategy.

Incorporating distinct Japanese visual elements and innovative mechanics, Sainome Colosseum R features a roster of 10 playable heroes—each possessing two forms and multiple unique abilities—and 100 “Sainome Cards,” which comprise the game’s many items, spells, weapons, and armor. With a brief run-time of just 15-30 minutes, players need only cunning tactics and the ability to utilize the cards they’ve drawn to grasp victory.

Using action selection, hand management, card drafting, and dice rolling, Sainome Colosseum R expertly blends strategy, luck, and balanced replayability to create a streamlined and fast-paced PvP experience that is sure to delight veterans and newcomers alike.

Learn more about Sainome Colosseum R by going to its website here!

About LionWing Publishing
LionWing Publishing is an American publishing company whose focus is on translating and publishing the best tabletop games that Japan has to offer. Sainome Colosseum R is the company’s first project and perfectly encapsulates the types of games LionWing will be publishing in the future: games that are dynamic, engaging, and aesthetically striking. For more information about LionWing Publishing, see our website. Follow LionWing Publishing on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Press Release: Konami Showcases Its Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG an Much More at San Diego Comic-Con

July 19, 2018

Comic-Con International: San Diego attendees will want to make booth #3713 their first stop to see what’s new from Konami Digital Entertainment Inc. during the world-renowned five-day show July 18th to July 22nd. Year after year KONAMI is right in the thick of things, offering pop culture fans the latest and greatest from the world’s best-selling Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG as well as other new booth features and fun activities.

Always a fan favorite, KONAMI will once again have the green screen photo booth. A Comic-Con must-have, fans can create their own exclusive one-of-a-kind Yu-Gi-Oh! Token Card. They can choose from 7 different card backgrounds, with Dueling legends Yugi, Jaden, Yusei, Yuma, Yuya, and Playmaker or the 2018 Comic-Con International: San Diego logo – suitable for use during Duels!

Looking for a Con exclusive and the latest Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products? Head over to the booth’s retail counter early in the show to get KONAMI’s Comic-Con International Exclusive Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG game mat before it sells out! Available for just $30, this collectible game mat features awesome imagery of Jaden Yusei along with Elemental HERO Nebula Neos!

There will be plenty of products for sale too. Fans wanting to add to their card portfolio can purchase new and popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG products every day of the show while supplies last, including the recently released Battles of Legend: Relentless Revenge, Flames of Destruction Special Edition, Dark Saviors, and Starter Deck: Codebreaker, releasing July 19!

With over 70 million downloads to date, the gaming app Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Links continues to be enjoyed by fans worldwide on iOS and Android devices, as well as PC Steam, and San Diego Comic-Con attendees can experience this exciting game. Choose from a selection of pre-generated Characters, including a new, unreleased character, to Duel with their signature Decks, and battle your way to Dueling victory! For attendees that have Duel Links installed on their phones, they will be given a special Duel Links-branded lanyard, while supplies last!

Attendees wanting to learn the game can take a seat at a game table to get a Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG demonstration from the experts! Those completing a demo will receive a show exclusive coupon good for one (1) free booster pack with the purchase of any sealed Starter Deck! (Redeemable only at KONAMI’s booth during Comic-Con.) Players wanting to tweak their Deck-building strategies can get helpful hints from KONAMI’s many Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG experts on-hand throughout the show. Plus, players feeling lucky and confident in their Dueling skills can spin the wheel to Duel the Master as he sits on his royal throne, for a chance to take home some other prizes!

Duelists looking for more opportunities to show off their Dueling techniques can visit the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG Organized Play Room #16B on the Mezzanine level where KONAMI will host a variety of Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG events from Thursday through Sunday including Win-A-Mats, 2019 Regional Qualifiers, ATTACK OF THE GIANT CARD!!, Duel Links tournaments and more! Dragon Duel Tournaments, for children born 2006 or later, will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. And best of all – these tournaments are free to Comic-Con attendees, so make sure to bring your pre-constructed Deck!

Comic-Con International: San Diego hours:
Friday, July 20: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21: 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 22: 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

About The Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG
The Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME is the #1 trading card game in the world with over 25 billion cards sold. It is a game of strategy, where players create individual Decks of cards collected from Structure Decks and Booster Packs. Two players engage in a Duel while using cards that represent powerful monsters, magical Spells and surprising Traps.  Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is the exclusive licensee and rights holder to the Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG in North America and Latin America.

About KONAMI
KONAMI is a leading developer, publisher and manufacturer of electronic entertainment properties and traditional trading card games. KONAMI’s software titles include the popular franchises Metal Gear Solid, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top sellers. KONAMI is also the manufacturer of the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide.

Press Release: Shinobi 7 Announces My Hero Academia The Card Game

July 11, 2018

Shinobi 7, LLC. is delighted to announce My Hero Academia: The Card Game, an all-new tabletop game based on the wildly popular anime My Hero Academia.

In this super-powered, tactical game meant for 2–4 players, each player must recruit super-powered Students to their Hero Agency. Select the Students with the best combinations of Quirks (superpowered abilities), to complete challenging Missions and become the mightiest Agency around!

The game will include 60 Student Cards, 60 Action Cards, 40 Mission Cards, 10 Recruiter Cards, and a full-color Rulebook. My Hero Academia: The Card Game will be available November, 2018 and will be distributed exclusively to all channels by Diamond/Alliance. MSRP is $24.99.

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Contents

• 60 Student Cards
• 60 Action Cards
• 40 Mission Cards
• 10 Recruiter Cards
• 1 Rulebook

Shinobi 7, LLC. is a tabletop game company dedicated to producing and publishing high quality games based on hit pop culture brands. Formed in 2016, Shinobi 7 is an independent subsidiary of Seven Seas Entertainment, LLC. Shinobi 7 products are distributed by Diamond/Alliance.

Kamigami Battles: A Reimagining of Kanzume Goddess

November 15, 2017

Japanime Games is releasing a new version of their Kanzume Goddess board game as Kamigamai Battles: Battle of the Nine Realms on Kickstarter.  The game is a PVP deck-building game, with new mechanics and content from the previous version.  They are also offering a stand-alone expansion called Kamigami Battles: River of Souls with Egyptian and Babylonian pantheons and myths.

Play as a God of mythology fighting to rule over all.  Recruit warriors and disciples to fight battles for you and kill the other Gods.  Play team match or free for all.

The pledge levels for this campaign include get either Battle of the Nine Realms or River of Souls for $40; get both games, a playmat, and exclusive god card for $100; after that the next two levels of $300 and $1,000 just throw in a whole bunch of awesome extras, like GenCon party tickets, personalized cards, foil cards, and test game, but are of limited quantities.  For those with the original Kanzume game who do not want to buy a whole new game there is the $10 Acolyte level.  It comes with new upgraded God and Temple cards to use with any future expansions.

Add-ons available for project include extra sets of either version of the new game, card upgrades for Kanzume Goddess, regular and oversize card sleeves, expansion God sets, foil God cards, playmats, and metal counters with bag.
The initial funding goal of $25,000 has already been met and several stretch goals have been met too.  Now if you back at $40 level or above you will get several promo cards, an upgraded box, new Temples, and several add-ons unlocked.  There are still more goals to be met to unlock cards, expansions.
Another deck building game from Japananime to add to your collection or start one.

Press Release: Make Way For Gen Bey: Beyblade Burst Fans Can Participate In An All-New Official Online Campaign

October 9, 2017

Giving the next generation of BEYBLADE fans a whole new level of interaction with their favorite TV show, tops and characters, SUNRIGHTS INC. has launched GEN BEY, an official online campaign created exclusively for them. GEN BEY is a special connection to all things BEYBLADE BURST that’s also loaded with benefits.

Beginning today, BEYBLADE BURST fans can sign on to the official GEN BEY Facebook to score access to new product, sneak peeks, clips from upcoming episodes, and exclusive giveaways of cool BEYBLADE BURST swag. They can also sign up for a dedicated monthly newsletter and many more extras to follow, such as the GEN BEY Birthday Club and a soon to be announced, must-enter sweepstakes. GEN BEY members are encouraged to challenge their best Blader buddies to join in on the action, with special incentives for those who spread the word and visit GEN BEY often.

“With GEN BEY, our goal is to engage the brand’s loyal fan base while reaching, connecting with and activating a whole new generation of BEYBLADE fans,” explained Natasha Gross, TV Sales, Marketing & Licensing Director of SUNRIGHTS INC. “This is a campaign that represents the fans’ voice, their way to find a special identity among their fellow Bladers while enjoying some pretty amazing perks along the way.”

The BEYBLADE BURST animated series, produced by TV TOKYO and d-rights Inc., introduces viewers to Valt Aoi and his friends, who are all crazy about Beyblade, the phenomenally popular spinning top that has been fueling competitions from schoolyards to global tournaments for over a decade. The series’ exciting story follows their quest to become the best Bladers in the world.

All GEN BEY registrants under 18 must have permission from their parents.

About SUNRIGHTS INC.
SUNRIGHTS INC., the fast growing New York based entertainment arm of Japanese production company d-rights Inc., will handle the distribution of broadcast, non-toy merchandising and promotional rights for BEYBLADE BURST outside of Asia.

About d-rights Inc.
d-rights, Inc. is a key player in international production of animated content for families and children globally. They are recognized for brands such as Beyblade, B-Daman, and Scan2Go. d-rights manages every aspect of content creation from production to distribution, financing, marketing and product licensing.

About Hasbro
Hasbro is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens.

Last Chance Tanto Cuore: Winter Romance Kickstarter

September 13, 2017

Japanime Games and Archlight Games is back with another Kickstarter.  This time with Tanto Cuore: Winter Romance, the maid deck building games adds butlers to the mix this time. The expansion adds to previous versions of Tanto Cuore.  New rules and cards allow you to create couples with maids and butlers to earn more points or you can try to break up other players couples.

Now with the original goal of $20,000 met long ago, not only will you get the game (plus plenty of bonuses items based on your pledge), but there are a whole bunch of stretch goals already met.  Meaning free stuff added to your pledge.  These include a metal pin, alternate are and text cards, and cardboard tokens for use.  There are still three stretch goals to meet for more alternative cards and promos.

Add-ons for this project include card sleeves, sets of Tanto Cuore (comes with free tote bag), extra Winter Romance sets, foils cards, acrylic token set, randomizer deck, deck boxes, playmats (oh so many playmats), calendar, spin-off two player game Doki Doki Beach Volleyball, and artbook,

You have less than one day to get in on this project, cause I procrastinate too much about writing.  With the addition of butlers this expansion feels a bit more welcoming than past sets.  Free shipping in the US.

There is also a buy one get one free offer on playmats going on at the Japanime store through the end of September.