J Geeks gets new website

25 03 2011

The J Geeks website has gotten a new look and address.

The new site is www.jgeeks.com.

The site will also be undergoing a change in format, focusing more on original content like reviews, and also on Japanese study. A little less emphasis will be placed on news items, as much as it will be a site yo hopefully bring something new to reader’s eyes.

The look of the site is not necessarily final, and will be undergoing tweaks in the coming weeks. As of now, all new posts will appear on www.jgeeks.com.

Updated: More relief efforts available for Japanese tsunami/earthquake victims

13 03 2011

Ships collide in Miyagi prefecture.


In the wake of disaster in Japan, relief efforts are popping up to help victims.

The latest news reports more than 5,000 people are dead from an earthquake and resulting tsunami that left a large portion of Japan in ruins and affected much of the country.

New York-based Japan Society is hosting a disaster relief fund. Information on donating to help victims of the tragedy can donate here: (Disaster Relief).

The site includes information on services related to the disaster. Google launched a people finder to search for family and friends.

Capital One recently added a site dedicated to helping tsunami victims. Find it here: (Capital One).

Help is also available through Red Cross. You can donate $10 through your cell phone by texting REDCROSS to 90999. For more info, click here: (Red Cross).

Give2Asia has an Artists Help Japan relief fund set up. Click here: (Artists Help Japan).

Catholic Relief Services also has a fund set up. Click here: (Catholic Relief Services).

If you know of other relief efforts, please post links to the comments section so we can get as much help to our Japanese friends as possible. J Geeks will continue to update this post as more relief efforts are found.

Earthquakes, tsunami hit Japan

11 03 2011

Earthquakes and their resulting tsunamis have left more than 350 people dead and much destruction in many parts of the Japan NHK reports Friday.

Tokyo residents reported to J Geeks feeling tremors throughout the day Friday. One resident, Miki, said it was like riding on a boat. Trains all over the city are down, and many Japanese workers are stuck in their office buildings.

Even in Osaka, residents there said they could feel the devastation.

United States President Barack Obama extended his sympathy to the Japanese people, and offered whatever assistance from the U.S. the Japanese might need.

J Geeks staff extends their sympathy to the victims of the earthquake and the people of Japan. For more information on how you can contribute to the relief efforts, click here: (Tsunami relief)

Image courtesy of NHK news.

Gantz tops Japanese box office

1 02 2011

All the buzz paid off for the Gantz film, which debuted at the top of the Japanese box office in its opening weekend.

Gantz debuted in the U.S. January 20th, a bit before the film’s Japanese debut.

The film took in 590 million yen in its first weekend, drawing 454,000 moviegoers to 410 screens across Japan.

Based on a seinen manga series, Gantz is the story of two college students killed in a train accident, but are forced to join with several other recently deceased people in order to fight aliens in a chance to regain their lives.

The second film is scheduled to come out April 32, 2011.

Comic Rush manga mag moves to all digital

26 01 2011

Comic Rush Magazine announced Wednesday that the anthology would be moving from print to 100 percent online starting in April. The March issue will be the last print issue.

Issues will be available on computer, ipad and iphone, and Android devices for 450 yen on the 1st of every month. The March issue is available now for free here: (Comic Rush).

Comic Rush is probably most known for printing manga series Clannad and Galaxy Angel.

Martial Arts film KG English sub trailer posted

23 01 2011

The official Youtube channel for the Rina Takeda film KG has posted a new trailer with English subtitles.

Takeda, who played the female lead in “High Kick Girl,” somewhat resumes her role in “KG,” which revolves around a 200-year old black belt that was owned by famous karate master Soujirou Kurenai. Passed down for generations, the belt is now at the center of a battle that stars the high-kicking Takeda.

The film is set to release Feb. 5 in Japan.

Click here to read review of High Kick Girl: (J Geek’s review)

The trailer (after the jump): Read the rest of this entry »

Final Fantasy XIII-2 sequel announced

19 01 2011

A sequel to the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game Final Fantasy XIII, has been announced by Square Enix.

Square Enix has said it hopes to launch the Final Fantasy XIII-2 sometime in 2011 in Japan. No word yet on a North American release. The game is to be a direct sequel to Final Fantasy XIII.

The game’s possibility entered the spotlight last week when it was discovered that the domain name FinalFantasy13-2Game.com was registered.

After the jump is a trailer for the PS3 game. Be warned, it’s supposed to contain spoilers: Read the rest of this entry »

New Pokemon manga will run in Shonen Sunday

16 01 2011

A new Pokemon manga series will run in Shonen Sunday, according to Jisedai World Hobby Fair 2011 posters and ads.

The series had previously run in Corocoro magazine, an anthology aimed at younger audiences. The move is aimed at garnering an older audience for the series.

Corocoro is one of the few magazine anthologies to buck the recent slump in manga sales. The move is presumably to help boost sales for Shonen Sunday, which sold 678,917 copies in 2010. Corocoro sold 950,834.

No title for the series has been announced.

New Suzumiya Haruhi trailer streamed

10 12 2010

Bandai Namco Games began streaming Thursday a teaser promo video for an upcoming Suzumiya Haruhi PS3 game.

Called The Reminiscence of Suzumiya Haruhi, the game will take place after the 2010 Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi movie, and the film’s production committee oversaw the game’s story.

Players take on the role of Kyon, who returns to the Kita High School Festival in a world where the S.O.S. Brigade does not exist.

The game is due out March 24. A PSP version is also planned.

Also, rumor has it the Haruhi movie will release in Japan Dec. 18. The closest confirmation of this is a listing on CD Japan’s website: (The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi)

Amazon Japan also lists the street date as Dec. 18. Check it out here: (The Disappearance of Suzumiya Haruhi).

Check out the teaser below: Read the rest of this entry »

Kodansha, Shueisha to join J-Comi website

7 12 2010

Kodansha and Shueisha plan to collaborate with Ken Akamatsu’s J-Comi online manga website, Akimatsu reported Monday on his site.

The company plans for a second beta test before the end of the year. Shueisha will make available a 2007 unnamed Shonen Jum Series and a seinen series Kootsuu Jiko Kanteinin Tamaki Rinshirou by Kengo kagi, and Kodansha will bring a one-shot Shojo manga from Mayu Shinjo.

As of Tuesday, the site has had nearly 2 million downloads.

The full site will launch on Jan. 10, 2011. Akamatsu said in a press conference Monday that he feels free distribution of manga paid for by advertising is the only way to combat illegal distribution.