A Link to My Past: Phantasy Star Online Part 1

As many of you probably already knew, the Sega Dreamcast is one of my absolute favorite consoles. What many of you probably don’t know that the Dreamcast was a first of many things for me.

  • It was the first disc-based gaming console I ever owned.
  • It was the first console to get me into online gaming.
  • It was the first to introduce me to the Phantasy Star series.

On October 1, 2001, I got a Sega Dreamcast for my 16th birthday. At the time, my most current console was a Nintendo 64. I didn’t own a PlayStation or a Saturn because once the 32-bit/64-bit era came into full swing, my brother and I were only allowed one console per generation. By this point, Sega had announced several months before that they were dropping out of the console race, so Dreamcasts were dropping in price. The Dreamcast was bordering between $50 to $75 at this point, with retailers trying to get rid of whatever stock they had left over. Obviously this was also to make room for the upcoming PlayStation 2. Among the first games I ever got for my Dreamcast was an RPG titled Phantasy Star Online. Continue reading


“VIZ needs better quality translations!”

One thing I noticed since the recent events is that a lot of people like to claim that VIZ’s translations of their various releases just don’t match up with Manga Stream. The claim is that VIZ either makes some censorship changes, gets translations wrong or is just outright slow. I can’t answer for all of these. However, I would like to remind these folks that fan translations are not flawless and as perfect as they like to think they are. Continue reading

By Tsukento Posted in Anime

Viz’s “War on Manga”

Think the title is a little silly? Unfortunately, it’s an accurate portrayal on the exaggerations some fans are going as far as to make over on Viz’s Facebook page. Why is that? On February 11, 2012, manga scanlating group, Manga Stream, published a statement on their website that said they would be no longer doing fan scans of Weekly Shounen Jump manga due to demands from Viz. The following series’ were affected:

  • Bleach
  • Claymore
  • D.Gray-man
  • Hunter × Hunter
  • Katekyo Hitman Reborn!
  • Naruto
  • One Piece

Needless to say, as soon as fans read this, the internet seemed to explode. Continue reading

By Tsukento Posted in Anime