Killer is Dead: Heavy on the Action, Light on the Plot

Running through a dark heavy world, wielding a katana and cybernetic arm, and battling shadowy twisted freaks. You are Mondo Zappa, executioner for the Bryan Execution Firm, out to kill criminals and assassins. Welcome to the world of Killer is Dead, the latest game from the mind of Suda 51. The game is currently… » 8/15/13 7:00am 8/15/13 7:00am

A Visual History of Attractive Video Game Characters: The 10s

The past few years produced a huge amount of great games and a surprisingly decent amount of them have well-developed characters that are hard to forget. And, of course, some of them look really attractive. » 5/03/13 6:30pm 5/03/13 6:30pm

First Look at the Upcoming Game from No More Heroes Studio

At the end of January, it was announced that GungHo Online Entertainment would be acquiring Grasshopper Manufacture, developer of artistically unique games like Killer 7, the No More Heroes series, Lollipop Chainsaw, and the upcoming Killer is Dead. Now, roughly two months later, they're working on their first game… » 3/28/13 6:30am 3/28/13 6:30am

Warren Spector Doesn't Think Lollipop Chainsaw Should Have Been Made

Warren Spector, one of the most respected game designers out there and the lead creator of the revered Deus Ex, did something unusual for a game designer today. At a talk at the DICE convention in Las Vegas, he named a name... or at least he let one of his slides name the name of a game that, he says, "should just not… » 2/07/13 4:00pm 2/07/13 4:00pm

Japan's Love Affair with Pigtails

The pigtail, or as they're called in Japan "twintail", is not a new hairdo by any stretch. It's not new in the West, and it's certainly not new in Japan. But in the last few years, it's become more popular than ever. Earlier this year, the Japan Twintail Association was created to promote and celebrate the hairstyle. The … » 12/17/12 4:00am 12/17/12 4:00am

The Story Of a Kotaku Editor And His Lollipop Chainsaw Love Pillow

Like a foamy, flaccid force of nature, she came tumbling into my life. No discernable shape, fluffy, mildly offensive. But somehow, some way—like a tapeworm—she burrowed herself deep into my existence. I know she'll be mine forever. She is indispensible, an irreplaceable part of my world. 2012 has been a big year for… » 9/12/12 4:00am 9/12/12 4:00am

Watch Our Own Tina Amini Talk Lollipop Chainsaw’s Pros and Cons

Maybe you felt like you didn't get all of Tina Amini's thoughts in her excellent review of Lollipop Chainsaw. Well, now you can catch her discussing Grasshopper Manufacture's latest cheerleading zombie apocalypse release on the Revision3 webshow right here. Tina knows her Suda51 so you should watch. » 6/15/12 2:45pm 6/15/12 2:45pm

Lollipop Chainsaw: The Kotaku Review

You could pick Suda51's work—like Killer7 or the more recent No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned—out of a line-up. The art style is cartoonish, as are the characters. Memorable protagonists like the vulgar-mouthed tough guy Garcia "Fucking" Hotspur or the lascivious Travis Touchdown turned juvenile humor into… » 6/12/12 1:00pm 6/12/12 1:00pm

Lollipop Chainsaw Deploys Writhing Zombie Cheerleader Squad to England

After spending months parading about multiple live-action versions of Lollipop Chainsaw heroine Juliet, the game's marketeers dress up four models in cheerleader outfits and bad zombie makeup and have them pile on each other. I can't believe it took this long. » 5/23/12 11:00am 5/23/12 11:00am

The Other Game Starring A Zombie-killing, Chainsaw-wielding Schoolgirl

Zombies. They are everywhere, and Japanese games are no exception. However, while in the West a shotgun blast to the head seems to be the most efficient way of killing them, the Japanese have instead found the "natural enemy" of the walking dead: schoolgirls.

Nowhere is this more prevalent than in Suda51's upcoming… » 5/22/12 6:00am 5/22/12 6:00am

The Two Juliets Reveal the Absurdity of Cross-Pacific Commutes

Lollipop Chainsaw has two image characters: Jessica Nigri for the West and Mayu Kawamoto for Japan. Kawamoto is a black belt in karate, but Nigri has, I guess, a black belt in revealing cosplay. » 5/21/12 7:30am 5/21/12 7:30am