Axe of the Blood God Episode 9: Bravely Second and What's Hot in Japan

Axe of the Blood God Episode 9: Bravely Second and What's Hot in Japan

Hands-on impressions of Bravely Second, plus thoughts on Super Robot Wars Z3, Yokai Watch, and other Japanese games.

Axe of the Blood God is our weekly RPG podcast hosted by Kat Bailey. You can find the show notes for previous episodes here.

In this week's episode of Axe of the Blood God (download link here), Elliot Gay shares his initial thoughts on Bravely Second, as well as his perspective on what people are playing in Japan (Spoiler: People over there really love Yokai Watch).

Okay, the real reason I invited Elliot on the show is because he knows quite a bit about the Super Robot Wars series, which definitely comes up during the conversation. What can I say, it's nice not having to pitch people on the series every time it comes up in conversation. Dense robot conversation incoming!

I also brought Elliot on the show because he's been living in Japan for about six years now — he arrived about the time that he left — and is thus a bit more plugged into the gaming scene over there than I am these days. Of course, the more things change, the more things stay the same. Handhelds continue to dominate, and the PlayStation 4 hasn't been able to do much more than scuffle along. But hey, it's nice to hear the Vita is doing okay over there!

When you're finished listening to the show, we'd love to hear your thoughts. If you want to talk about Bravely Second, Super Robot Wars, or just RPGs in general, drop a line in the comments below. Conversely, you can reach me at We may read and discuss comments we like in an upcoming episode of Axe of the Blood God.

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Show Description

Japan correspondent Elliott Gay joins Kat to share his initial thoughts on Bravely Second, Super Robot Wars Z3, and Yokai Watch vs. Pokemon as the pair discuss what's happening in the Japanese RPG scene.

Music from Axe of the Blood God is courtesy of Lena Chappelle, who has also contributed the themes to Active Time Babble and Roleplayers' Realm. I also use music from the RPG Music Pack over at Check it out!

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Kat Bailey

Editor in Chief

Kat Bailey is a former freelance writer and contributor to publications including 1UP, IGN, GameSpot, GamesRadar, and EGM. Her fondest memories as a journalist are at GamePro, where she hosted RolePlayer's Realm and had legal access to the term "Protip." She is USgamer's resident mecha enthusiast, Pokemon Master, and Minnesota Vikings nut (skol).

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