June 19, 2024

2021 Is The Year Of Japans Best Entertainment

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Japan is the home of innovation and fun. Things like DVDs, Playstations, and video cameras to karaoke have brought people across the world great joy. Japan has consistently delivered quality entertainment, and 2021 is no different. Even though we’re still in the pandemic, there are many things to look forward to this year. 

What’s been gaining popularity

It’s been popular in Japan for a while, but recently it has been making its way across the internet. Online claw machines are controlled on an app by users to try their luck at winning a prize. Once a prize is won, they then ship it to your door. What is a reward without some risk? More and more people are starting to avoid a live casino and using an online casino in Japan. Japanese people are no foreigners when it comes to spending money online. Last year they came in at 22% of mobile game players spending money in the App Store and GooglePlay globally.

E-sports has also made giant leaps in growth, with tournaments gaining popularity in other genres. Earlier this year, Dead by Daylight hosted their first official Japanese tournament, where winners took home the grand prize of three million yen. Dead by Daylight is a 4v1 survival horror game created by Canadian Company Behaviour. They recently reached an all-time high in players when Dead by Daylight partnered with Capcom to make a Resident Evil Chapter. Featuring iconic game characters, you can play like Nemesis, Jill Valentin, and Leon S. Kennedy.  

Since the early 1990s, anime has been trending with adults and children alike. Recently Japanese anime has seen a rise in popularity, thanks to Hulu, Netflix, and Crunchyroll. Some anime titles such as Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, and Fairy Tail have even been made into video games. Manga, Japanese comics have been taking over sections at book stores and comic shops. They’re often cheaper than comics from DC and Marvel and have longer chapters. You can also buy and read manga online for free. 

What Japanese entertainment is coming out now

For sports lovers, currently, japan is hosting the Olympics, which will continue until the 8th of August. The next Sumo Tournament will be held at the Kokugikan venue in September from the 12th to the 26th. Japan will also be hosting the Fifa Club World Cup in December, and the day is yet to be determined. Unfortunately, the World Baseball Classics is still being postponed due to the pandemic, so look for any changes.

For all things media, Nintendo recently revealed the new OLED model for the Nintendo Switch. The latest version of the Switch is coming on October 8th for 38,546 yen. On September 10th, the long-awaited WarioWare: Get It Together! will finally be available to purchase. Fans are also anticipating the latest release of the Final Fantasy series, Final Fantasy XIV: Endwalker. It is due to be released this year in November. 

No matter what Japan continues to produce, we can expect it will entertain and delight you. 

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Bernard - Side-Line Staff Chief editor
Bernard Van Isacker is the Chief Editor of Side-Line Magazine. With a career spanning more than two decades, Van Isacker has established himself as a respected figure in the darkwave scene.

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