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BESM 4th Edition

BESM stands for Big Eyes, Small Mouth, named after the art style common in anime and manga. The first edition of the game came out in the mid-90s, the project eventually landing in the lap of White Wolf, who recently licenced it back to Dyskami Publishing for this beautifully put together 4th Edition. We’ve reviewed Dyskami’s Sailor Moon Crystal games in the past, and several contributors to earlier BESM editions are back for this new edition. In short, there’s some great experience behind this game.

Interestingly, there are two parallel editions of BESM. The full 4th Edition rulebook we are looking at here, and a streamlined and stripped down version entitled BESM Naked. (Stripped down. Naked. Get it?) We’ll be looking at Naked in a few weeks, but for now, we’ll focus on the full version.

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Batman Ninja

T’was the night before GenCon,
And all through the halls,
Many people were stirring, because the setup was still happening and 70,000 people would be descending on the Indianapolis Convention Center in the morning and stuff wasn’t done yet.

(Hey, when I started writing this I’d just gotten back from a 3-day drive and was back on the road a day later. If you want poetry you’re in the wrong place.)

Anywhoo, there I was chatting with people and the setup crew was working away, coordinating 2 lifts to put up this giant 20′ x 30′ banner. They were having some technical difficulties, so we had sort of stopped to watch. What was on this giant banner, you may wonder? Well my rambling usually brings us to a point, so the banner was for Batman Ninja.

Eventually, I made it around to Bush...

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Lupin the 3rd Part 5 Available for Digital Purchase

50th Anniversary Special “Is Lupin Still Burning?” Included as Exclusive Bonus Content
with Season 1 Bundle

US Premiere of “Is Lupin Still Burning?” to Take Place at Anime NYC on November 17th

LOS ANGELES, CA – TMS Entertainment USA today announced LUPIN THE 3rd PART 5: Season 1 (12 x 30-minute episodes), the latest installment of the long-running anime series, will be made available for purchase for the first time in US on all major digital distribution services including Apple iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Digital starting November 18th.

Included as an exclusive bonus content for the Season 1 bundle is the special 50th anniversary episode that had never been made available in the US. The anniversary episode, “Is Lupin Still Burning?” commemorates the 50 year anniversary ...

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Tsurucon Roundup

Tsurucon

Anime is not really my jam.  It hasn’t been since the days of trading VHS tapes to find it.  That being said, I have really enjoyed the handful of anime conventions I have attended.  Tsurucon was no exception, so much fun.  The experience of going to a bigger con like Seattle or Calgary is very different than smaller ones.  Tsurucon is a smaller event, with so much potential for growth.  Nestled halfway between two larger cities, each with their own decently large anime con, Red Deer is a growing market.

The main hall had some fun programming, like the Last Minute Cosplay Challenge in which teams turn random stuff into costumes. There was a Maid Cafe, and an artist/vendor hall, all the things you would expect to find at this sort of event...

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Animethon 22

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I have a confession to make.  Actually I’ve made it before: I’m not really an anime guy.

That being said, anime conventions are an interesting sort of event.  They seem to have, overall, a more relaxed atmosphere.  If there’s an outside space, it’s full of cosplayers quite literally dancing and having a good time, unlike some conventions, where you dare not leave the venue for fear of not being able to get back in.

In the olden days, Animethon used to start mid-day on a Friday but, as it grew and people started showing up earlier and earlier, they started programming earlier.  As a result, I missed most of the first day due to the real world, but I was able to get there in time for the big Flow concert.

For those who are like me and like pictures, sorry, you’re out of luck...

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