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  1. 1. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureProject Diva Arcade: newSakura Miku is all pretty inSpringSource: KarbyP on April 5th, 2012Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Version A Revision 4 isreleased in Japanese arcades today! The upgrade introducesa new Sakura Miku module along with some additional Rinand Ren ones, as well as several new features, like the abilityto change the volume of button sound effects.Sakura Miku module (for 300vp)The star of Revision 4 is none other than Sakura Miku,of course, who’s sporting some spiffier threads since herappearance in Project Diva Extend – artist Putidevil (pixivpage here) made some refinements to her costume. 【【【【【【【【【Project DIVA Arcade【【【【【【【【【【【PV【【【【【 Kagamine Rin Suou & Kagamine Ren Aitetsu (150vp each) Also new this month are Rin Suou and Ren Aitetsu modules for Project Diva Arcade. These look pretty much like the ones in Project Diva Extend, except now there’s also a “fox spirit” version of both modules. 1
  2. 2. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Not April Fools: Shoko Nakagawa to star in Madoka Magica live-action parody Source: star-in-madoka-magica-live-action-parody/ By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012Kagamine Rin Suou & Kagamine Ren Aitetsu “Magica Shirabe”, a 15-minute Madoka live-action parody(Youko or “fox spirit” version; 200vp each) unveiled on April 1 not a joke, will actually be shown at Nico Nico Chokaigi later this month as the fifth entry in the Nico Nico the Movie series. The tagline for this parody? “Form a contract with me, and become a premium member.” 【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【【 Originally unveiled as part of a “special” Nico Nico Douga (NND) news bulletin on midnight, April 1, most viewers – even those in Japan – assumed that this was all just a very funny joke. After all, in the same news bulletin the newscaster claimed that NND users could now “play back videos on the site simply by tapping on the screen (even non- touchscreens)”, and “improve visual quality by up to 100 times through a slider bar” . Also in the same bulletin: Shoko Nakagawa joins Nico Nico Douga as an employee, will host a regular show on Nico Live Broadcast (this part is apparently true – Shokotan herself said so during the very first broadcast, held earlier today). Shoko Nakagawa, of course, stars as Madoka in this parody film, which takes the popular characters from Puella Magi Madoka Magica and casts them into a classic rakugo tale, “Daigu Shirabe” (“Carpenter Investigation”). Actress and gravure idol Hatsune Matsuhima (Akihabara@DEEP’s genius programmer Izm) will play the role of Sayaka, while Hamar@Killer (Hamar【【【【; real name Akira Hamamoto), a popular Nico live broadcast host will play the role of Mami.Source: (Sega) Shuukan Diva Station 2
  3. 3. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone the NND guys, it will unfortunately not be streamed on the popular Japanese video site – at least for the time being. Source: Gadget Tsuushin, Magica Shirabe’s official homepage Hilarious Idolmaster M.U.G.E.M. mash-up references PS3 game, anime,As for Akemi Homura…. well… she’s being played bysomeone called Hiroyuki Nishimura. and… Umineko?! Source:“Who’s that,” you ask? mash-up-references-ps3-game-anime-and-umineko/A master at trolling, that’s who Hiroyuki Nishimura is. By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012Also: the director of Niwango, Inc, and a founder of Japaneseforum 2ch. Yesterday, April 3, was the birthday of Idolmaster’s HarukaKyubey is played by Takeshi Natsuno, a professor at Keio Amami. To celebrate, one fan (going by the handle-name,University, and the former Senior Vice President of NTT “haloveli“) decided to update his previous work on a HarukaDoCoMo. Natsuno is also credited as being the inventor of playable character for M.U.G.E.N.i-mode. Called “Haruka-san REST@RT version”, it’s loaded withFinally, veteran Japanese newscaster Souichirou Tahara references from the recent anime series, as well as someplays the part of a magistrate in this film. moments from the Idolmaster 2 game (PS3, Xbox 360). While he was at it, he decided to turn Mujin Gattai Kisaragi (【【合合合合合合 or “Endless Combine Kisaragi”; refer to YouTube video at the bottom) into a playable character as well. Nico Nico Douga user IEnai made a special match video between the two aforementioned Idolmaster characters. As a bonus, he throws in some additional fight footage featuring Hatsune Miku, Ange Ushiromiya from Umineko, and a few Hokuto no Ken and Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure characters as well. Needless to say, hilarity ensues. Check out the Nico Douga video below. (Note: if you didn’t watch the Idolmaster anime series, you might want to check the YouTube video below for a brief introduction to what in the world Mujin Gattai Kisaragi is first) Source: haloveli’s Twitter accountMagica Shirabe will be shown exclusively on April 28 and 29at Nico Nico Chokaigi, to be held in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe,from 11AM to 6PM daily. Although the short film is made by 3
  4. 4. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAtsuko Maeda talks aboutgraduation, withdrawing fromAKB48 elections on YouTubeSource: KarbyP on April 5th, 2012In a heartfelt video address to fans on AKB48′s officialYouTube channel unveiled today, Atsuko Maeda announcedthat she will be withdrawing from the AKB48 Senbatsuelections this year.This announcement comes slightly over one week afterMaeda shocked fans on March 25, the final day of AKB48′s 合合合合合合合合合合合合 Don’t cry, Acchan!Saitama Super Arena concert, by announcing that she willbe graduating from the pop idol group soon. No concretereasons have yet been given with regards to why she decided Idolmaster Cinderella Girlsto leave. tracks for your (trial) listeningHowever, in the YouTube video, Maeda – or Acchan, as fans pleasureaffectionately call her – does talk a little about her decision. Source: says that she’s had thoughts about leaving since quite for-your-trial-listening-pleasure/a while back. Naturally, she couldn’t really tell the other By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012members in the group, but she did consult with Team Acaptain Minami Takahashi, other Team A members, andAKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto.“At the time, all the talk felt incredibly unreal… if I didn’thave AKB48 in my life, what else is left? All of it made mefeel very queasy,” Maeda said.A member who’s been with AKB48 since the verybeginning, Maeda goes on to reminisce on the idol group’saccomplishments over the years. Winning the Japan RecordAward (for the single “Flying Get”). Announcing their firstTokyo Dome concert (to be held later this year). Beinginvited to perform on NHK’s end-of-year music program, theKouhaku Utagassen, for the very first time. These were allonce nothing more than mere hopes and dreams the AKB48members held. But now that these dreams have turned intoreality, Maeda says that she feels like it’s time for her to move Like we previously reported, this month Nippon Columbia ison to the next phase in her life. releasing a series of five CD singles based on the characters of Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, a trading card-esque socialMaeda also mentions that the date for her graduation has not game for smartphones and feature phones that does notyet been decided. In the meantime, she will withdraw from actually feature a single line of voiced dialogue (other thanthe upcoming AKB48 Senbatsu elections, to be held on June in the TV commercial, of course).6 – putting to rest fan speculation that the AKB48 star mightgraduate before the elections. Of the five characters, only two of them are attached to renowned voice actresses – Kaede Takagaki is played byThe actual graduation date will be one with delicate timing, Saori Hayami (Love Plus’s Manaka Takane), while Anzuwith input from various relevant parties. Futaba is played by Igarashi Hiromi (Papa no Iukoto“I’m sorry [about withdrawing from the AKB48 elections, Kikinasai’s Hina Takanashi). The rest of the cast appears toand the sudden graduation announcement]. I really wanted be voiced by convey my apologies to fans myself, and so we arranged So, how do they stack up against the regular Idolmasterfor this little video here, as an avenue for me to do so. members? This week we finally get to find out, as Nippon“Although I won’t be an AKB48 member for much longer, Columbia has uploaded some sample clips on the Idolmasterafter my graduation, yoroshiku onegaishimasu. I would be Cinderella Master official website.incredibly humbled if my fans would continue to support me. Go to and click on theAnd, above all else, please continue to support AKB48.” CD cover of the idol whose song you’d like to sample. Then let us know what you think of these new idols, via the comments below. Should Nippon Columbia release more Idolmaster Cinderella Master CDs? 4
  5. 5. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone and two DLC packs (“Echo Scrapyard Rifter” and “Maw of Despair Outcast” packs).Of the five, Kaede Takagaki’s my favourite. Who’s yours?Source: Idolmaster official blogPreorder Starhawk, download The offer is only valid while stocks last, however, on a first-Warhawk (PSone), DLC packs come, first-served basis. So if you’ve been thinking about picking up Starhawk on day-one, well, better lock down yourfor free preorders fast! You won’t want to be the only one who can’tSource: access the Maw of Despair Co-Op Mission (or have to pay towarhawk-psone-dlc-packs-for-free/ get it) at launch. If you play multiplayer games on the PS3,By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012 make sure to tell your online buddies about the deal too, don’t leave them in the dark! Starhawk hits stores in Singapore May 8. Gaming Review Roundup – The Darkness II, Mario Party 9 and Street Fighter x Tekken! Source: darkness-ii-mario-party-9-and-street-fighter-x-tekken/ By Neubronner Eugene on April 5th, 2012Preorder the upcoming PS3-exclusive third-person shooternow, and receive over US$20′s worth of DLC for free!A while back Sony announced that gamers in the US whopreorder Starhawk would automatically be upgraded to a“limited edition” and receive about US$20 worth of DLC forfree - if they preordere from GameStop.Since then, there’s been no news on if a similar deal wouldbe making its way to gamers outside the US – until now.Today, Sony announced that gamers in Singapore whopreorder the standard Chinese+English edition of Starhawkat $69.90 from PlayStation partner shops in Singapore willstand to receive a free Deluxe DLC Pre-order Bundle, Have you guys checked out last month’s reviews? They’re offcontaining the original PSone classic Warhawk, a Starhawk there, to the right on the sidebar. This month, we’re bringingconcept art PS3 theme, a digital soundtrack to to the game, you a wide range of titles. From the niche nuances of Street 5
  6. 6. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFighter x Tekken throwing things wide open for newcomers,to party game Mario Party 9, and even some M18 content in Today: May’n, LiSA,The Darkness II (Don’t let your kids read the article folks!) Idolmaster & moreCheck them out, and leave a comment on your thoughts! livestreaming from ACE2012 Source: Itou’s Latest Album livestreaming-from-ace2012/ By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012Released!Source: Sakamoto on April 5th, 2012 It’s the first day of Anime Contents Expo 2012! Can’t be there? No worries, Nico Nico Douga has got you covered with a series of livestreaming programmes all day long. The fun starts early in the morning with May’n, and ends at night with performances from LiSA and the Idolmaster voice actresses! From 9AM Japan time (8AM Singapore time) on Saturday morning all the way till 6PM in the evening, Nico Nico DougaKanako Itou’s 5th full album, “spark!”, has just been released will stream a special 9-hour broadcast featuring hosts andon 28 March 2012. guests from all over the anime spectrum. May’n is the top-Featuring a collaboration with ZIZZ BAND, this album batter here, playing host to guests Kaori Ishihara and Asamifocuses on the past, present and future of Kanako Itou’s Seto from Rinne no Lagrange as well as Moretsu Spacecareer as a singer. “【【【【【【” (“Niji ga Deru Made”), a Pirates’ Mikako Komatsu, so be sure to tune in right away!song featured during the 1st Anniversary of the Tohoku 【【【【【【【【【【 ANIME CONTENTS EXPO 2012 9【【SP 【【Earthquake Charity Concert, a few unreleased songs, and 【【【【【【【also a cover version of a song that was featured in the anime (Anime Contents Expo 9-hour Special ~From Makuhari to“Andromeda Galaxy Express 999″! The limited edition also the world~)features an extra CD which includes 4 songs featured in PC URL: as well. Some highlights (full program schedule here):You can find more information about her latest album here. 09:00~09:50 (8:00AM~8:50AM Singapore time)Here’s a list of the songs featured on the album: Radio Wave Research Society (【【【【【)1.【【【【【 MC: May’n, Takeshi Washizaki2.spark! Guests: Kaori Ishihara and Asami Seto from Rinne no Lagrange, Mikako Komatsu from Moretsu Space Pirates3.【【【【【【【 11:00~11:50 (10:00AM~10:50AM Singapore time) ACE2012 Special Collaboration Program ~The First4.【【【 Chikichiki ACE Cup Gachinko Battle~ Performers:5.【【【【【【 Idolmaster (Eriko Nakamura, Akiko Hasegawa, Azumi Asakura, Manami Namakura)6.【【【【【【 Milky Holmes (Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mirai Sasaki,7.【【【【【【 Izumi Tachibana)8.【【【【【 Nanamorichu Gokurakubu (Shiori Mikami, Yuka Ōtsubo, Minami Tsuda, Rumi Okubo)9.Lullaby 12:00~12:50 (11:00AM~11:50AM Singapore time)10.【【【【【【 Radio Wave Research Society (【【【【【) MC: Satomi Akesaka, Sayaka Sasaki11.【【【【【【【【999-SAYONARA- (cover) Guests: LiSA, Marina Kawano 6
  7. 7. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on April 5th, 2012 The good news: the Idolmaster Mobile i app is totally free to download, and just by downloading and launching the app, you’ll be able to play with an interactive Haruka Amami 3DApart from the Nico Douga 9-hour special, there will also character model – without even having to log into the gamebe individual livestreams for various stage shows at the Red service proper.and White Stages at ACE2012, including live performancesby LiSA and other artistes. Go here for the full schedule. The bad: unfortunately you literally have to be in Japan to actually play this, or even access most of the non-gamingSome highlights: features (like the augmented-reality photo-taking mode).10:10~10:40 (9:10AM~9:40AM Singapore time) (Unless you can trick your iOS device’s GPS sensor byMilky Holmes & D.C.III Talk Show & Mini-live spoofing your location, that is… a little bird – no, not 765′sPerformers: Milky Holmes, yozuca, Momoka Ariyasu Kotori Otonashi [【【【【] – tells me there’s an app for that inURL: Cydia for jailbroken devices).16:25~16:55 (3:25PM~3:55PM Singapore time)Moretsu Space Pirates & Rinne no Lagrange Special StagePerformers: Director Sato, Mikako Komatsu, Kaori Ishihara,Ai Kayano, Masami SetoURL: (5:30PM~7:20PM Singapore time)ACE Special Live StagePerformers: LiSA, Idolmaster (Eriko Nakamura, AkikoHasegawa, Azumi Asakura, Manami Numakura), Zwei, Ray,Ayane, Marina KawanoURL: also check out and “Like” or subscribe to ourFacebook page (,where we’ll be posting reminders throughout the day forsome of the special stage shows!Source: Nico Nico Douga ACE2012 pageIdolmaster Mobile i appreleased in iTunes App Store(Japan)Source: Anyway, there’s a very good reason why Idolmaster Mobile i is, quite literally, Japan-only: the developer calls this an 7
  8. 8. April 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone“area game”, and what it means is that you, as a humbleproducer for one of 765 Productions’ aspiring idols, aresupposed to schedule work for your idol in various locationsin Japan – any of the 505 areas within the country’s 47prefectures – and physically travel to that location by acertain date in order to “clear” the assignments.If that sounds a little preposterous to you, well, you don’treally have to go out of your way to clear these assignments.Suppose if you live in Ueno and travel to, say, Shinjukufor work. Along the way you’re going to pass by Akihabara,Akasaka, central Tokyo, etc – if you picked up any jobs offersfor your idol in those locations, one train ride will clear all ofthose jobs in one go – provided you’re lucky enough to findoffers in those areas on the same day. Apart from the main “area game” itself, there’s also a built- in Twitter client, an augmented-reality photo-taking mode, and a clock feature – tap on the time to have the idol you’re currently managing tell you the time. Unfortunately, none of these features are actually accessible until you’ve logged into the game service proper – which you can’t access unless your iPhone’s GPS coordinates say that you’re in Japan (I’ve tested this myself). Why the developers weren’t generous enough to at least offer a taste in some sort of “attract mode”, I’ll never understand. Regardless, Idolmaster Mobile i is a pretty novel app, and one that series fans should certainly check out – if you’ll be visiting Japan anytime soon. The app is compatible with the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, and iPod Touch (4th generation) running iOS5.0 and up. Source: 4Gamer, iTunes App StoreThat said, you will eventually want to have cleared jobassignments in all 505 areas of Japan for trophies andimproving your idol and producer ranks – although, again,players are not actually expected to physically go to all 505areas. Instead, producers can entrust job offers in out-of-reach areas to other producers. An in-game message boardfunctionality will help facilitate such exchanges. 8
  9. 9. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture <a href=” A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku sm17407141″>#########MMD#Perfume and Japanese Pop Culture #######</a>Mine… craft…? (Yes, Minecraft.)The best of “Perfume Global” <a href=” sm17432528″>#########Minecraft#dance motion videos Minecraft x Perfume_GlobalSource: #prfm_global_site</a>Which ismotion-videos/ your favourite? Let us know in the comments below, or at ourBy KarbyP on April 10th, 2012 Facebook page ( Perfume’s new single, Spring of Life, comes out on April 11. Tiger & Bunny On-Air Jack heads to the small screen: PSP Source: the-small-screen-psp/ By KarbyP on April 10th, 2012Late last month, as part of the promotional materials fortheir upcoming single, “Spring of Life”, Perfume releaseda graphic motion data file containing a minute-long danceroutine performed and motion-captured from the trio – thesame data used for the 3D animation that you see when youvisit their official website.The team behind this project – Perfume global site project#001 – encourages fans to be creative: You’re allowed to usethe data however you like, just as long as you link back to theproject site. Naturally, most of the hobbyist 3D animatorsout there took this to mean “let’s feed the data into MikuMiku Dance (MMD), apply some skins to the dance data, and Not too long ago we heard that Sunrise’s Tiger & Bunnythrow something quick together.” Like the very last video was headed to the big screens. Today, thanks to a leakedfeatured in Engadget Japan’s article here. magazine scan, we’re learning that it’s also headed for theAnd while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that, a small screen: as a PSP game!small subset of these hobbyists decided to go the extra mile, Players take control of Wild Tiger in this “TV Show Action”playing around with backgrounds, and camera and lighting game on the PSP where you’ll go on dangerous missionseffects – or just a really funny concept (oh, you’ll see). while being filmed on live TV in Tiger & Bunny’s uniqueHere’s a look at some of them. setting: superheroes participate in a reality TV show and compete with one another to earn points, in order to appeaseVocaloids each hero’s sponsors.<a href=” The scenarios in this game mostly follow after those depictedsm17418023″>######## in the anime series, according to the leaked Dengeki#Perfume#perfume-dev#BVH#VMD###</ magazine scan. However, if you do well on missions, anda>Idolmaster appeal to your fans every chance you get, you just might be<a href=” able to make Wild Tiger the King of Heroes – something thatsm17493593″>######## never happened in the original anime series.#MMD#Perfume_Global#Idolm@ster#</a>Tiger & Bunny 1
  10. 10. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTiger & Bunny On-Air Jack is scheduled for a 2012 Autumn By KarbyP on April 10th, 2012release on the PSP. Not much else is known about this game,except that the dialogue will be fully-voiced.Speculation: Sega’s newHatsune Miku game could befor the PS3Source: KarbyP on April 10th, 2012 This is one up-and-coming Anison singer you ought to look out for: 15-year-old Konomi Suzuki debuts this month with the CD single “Choir Jail”, the opening theme for the anime series Tasogare Otome X Amnesia (also known as: Dusk Maiden of Amnesia), which began airing in Japan this past Monday.. Konomi Suzuki was the winner of the 5th All-Japan AnisonThe new Hatsune Miku game Sega is set to reveal this Grand Prix last year, beating 10,233 other hopefuls forThursday could be for the PS3, if a recent trademark filing a chance to be produced as an Anison artiste, underthat the Project Diva publisher made is to be believed. Here renowned lyricist Aki Hata’s watchful eye. Hata – the lyricistare the titles registered in the filing: behind Idolmaster’s “Watashitachi wa Zutto… Desho?” – MJ Salon also wrote the lyrics to Choir Jail. Hatsune Miku virtual LIVE featuring maimai At a press conference where both were present, Hata said that her first impression of Suzuki was one of “an adorable Hatsune Mku -Project DIVA- complete HD Ver. girl with barely any defence mechanisms. But soon she was able to stand for herself and take flight, with the vivacity of §SSSSSSSSSSSS a cheerful little chick (laughs).” Hageshii KAZAAAN!! “Because of that cheeriness I gave a lot of thought on how to bring out the sorrowful melancholy of the song from her,So chances are the new game will be either a complete HD since it didn’t quite match up with her natural personality,”version of Project Diva (likely on the PS3), or something to Hata continued, delving a little into her process with writingdo with that maimai game we reported on a while back – this the Choir Jail’s lyrics.could either be the maimai arcade game being rebranded, oradapted for a gaming device that has a touchscreen interface As for Suzuki, the young artiste says that she found the lyrics(PS Vita, 3DS, or smartphones). “to be immensely profound and well-steeped in Amnesia’s universe.”Place your bets, ladies and gents, what’s the new game gonnabe? “It’s a song that one can sing to bring out and expressSource: Hachimaki the innermost hopes and dreams that lay dormant in one’s heart.”Konomi Suzuki, Anison Grand When asked if she has any artistes in particular that she looks up to, Suzuki said: “”I’m a big fan of May’n-san! The otherPrix winner, to debut this day I was finally able to attend one of her live concerts for the very first time, and it left a very deep impression in me… If Imonth with “Choir Jail” could ever sing as well as her I’ll definitely try my best to!”Source: Konomi Suzuki’s debut single comes out in Japan on April 25, to be sold for 1,260 yen. Here’s a clip of her performing Choir Jail on-stage at Anime Contents Expo earlier this month: ############×##### CHOIR JAIL##### ##### Source: Web Newtype 2
  11. 11. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMiss Yakuza 5/Ryu Ga By KarbyP on April 10th, 2012Gotoku 5 Promoter NomineesRevealed!Source: Kyoka on April 10th, 2012It’s that time of the year again for Yakuza/Ryu Ga GotokuFans Nae Tennouji from Steins;Gate (the daughter of YuugoOut of the thousands that entered, Sega has selected Tennouji or “Mr Braun”) is all grown-up in 5pb and15 finalists for the Miss Yakuza 5 / Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 Nitroplus’s upcoming visual novel and anime seriescompetition. Three finalists each from Sapporo, Tokyo, Robotics;Notes, set about a decade after the events ofNagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka have made it to the final round, Steins;Gate, a leaked scan from this month’s Comptiqand from this point on it’s up to us to choose one for each magazine (May 2011 edition) Update: Here’s a closer look at the two-page spread.The final five will be promoting the upcoming gameYakuza 5/Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 later this year through variouscommercials and events. The final results will be announcedin July.Cast your vote in the Official Yakuza5/Ryu Ga Gotoku 5Audition site. From there, you’ll also get to know more aboutthe finalists such as their hobbies, blogs and others, as wellas view a short interview video on each finalist. Be sure toalso like the Official Audition Facebook Page.Here’s a compiled audition video of all the girls.Source: Andriasang, ryu-ga-gotoku-studioScoop: Steins;Gate’s NaeTennouji is all grown up inRobotics;NotesSource: 3
  12. 12. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on April 10th, 2012According to the magazine scan, Nae is a new researcherworking over at JAXA Chofu Space Center (currentlycalled: JAXA Chofu Aerospace Center). Although she usuallyputs on a bright and smiling face, occasionally she lashesout with a bit of a poison tongue. When she’s determined toaccomplish her goals, it appears that she becomes a “wildand reckless girl” who’ll use whatever means necessary.I guess that means we won’t be seeing Nae right from thevery beginning, as Robotics;Notes’ story is set primarily in Fuji TV has a very conspicuous building in Odaiba, Tokyo,Tanegashima and the JAXA Tanegashima Space Center. where you can go to purchase memorabilia tied to any of aStill, it’s good to know that Nae didn’t grow up to be a… well, number of J-doramas they produce.go to this link and click on the “show spoiler” button if you But if you’re looking for goods based on their noitaminA late-want to know – this sequence of events appeared only in the night anime time-block, it’s a better idea to head on downoriginal visual novel, and was heavily altered for the anime to Parco (part I) in Shibuya instead, the home of the officialseries. noitaminA store.In the scans it’s also mentioned that this is but one of two (Or you could just order everything online throughRobotics;Notes scoops featured in this very issue of Comptiq noitaminA’s web store and have them send it to your hotel…magazine (May 2012) – which goes on sale in Japan April but where’s the fun in that?!)10. Do pick up a copy for the full Robotics;Notes coverage Crunchyroll’s Mikikazu Komatsu recently visited thefrom your local import books store (Singaporean readers noitaminA shop in Shibuya and brought us a quick look atshould call and check with Kinokuniya; it should be coming what’s in store at the around April 13~16).Source: Yaraon, MyAnimeList, ow.lyCrunchyroll visits the officialnoitaminA store in Shibuya,TokyoSource: 4
  13. 13. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone This image – possibly a scan from a magazine – appeared on the Internet earlier today courtesy of an anonymous Japanese forum-goer. Fan reactions to the alarm clock have been rather mixed: “If only the clock featured Saber and Airi instead… I’d buy it right away.” “That sure is one pompous way of waking oneself up, lol.” “I’d buy it if it were Gil instead… Berserker would have been good too!” “Woah, do want!” “How flatulent! I’ll take one!” “What the heck… sure, judge me or whatever but I really want one! Although the price is a little much…” The Fate/Zero Archer/Rider alarm clock will go on sale in Japan this summer. Speciality shops in Japan should be accepting pre-orders any time now. Source: Yaraon Sega to unveil new Hatsune Miku project on April 12 Source: project-on-april-12/ By KarbyP on April 10th, 2012Head over to Crunchyroll for the rest of the pictures.Would you buy this Fate/Zeroalarm clock?Source: KarbyP on April 10th, 2012 Sega may have had a terrible fiscal year in 2011, forcing them to do some corporate restructuring in their American and European offices. But none of that bad news appears to have affected their development studios over in Japan – in particular the Hatsune Miku Project Diva & Mirai team, who announced on their blog today (well, the announcement is dated tomorrow, since it’s technically April 9 in Japan now) that they will be ready to unveil a new project later this week on April 12. You can check out a teaser image at the new project’s official home page here. Will it be a new Project Diva? Perhaps one on the PS Vita (the 3G version of which is launching in Singapore this Saturday)? It can’t possibly be another 3DS game so soon, right?For 7,140 yen (~S$110), this Fate/Zero alarm clock will Could it be related to the Next Hatsune Miku: Project Divasummon the dignified voices of Fate/Zero’s Archer (CV: teaser video that was published on Christmas Eve last year?Tomokazu Seki) and Rider (CV: Akio Ohtsuka) to wake youup for a glorious start to your day, every morning. 5
  14. 14. April 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAny good guesses? (Let us know in the comments, eitherbelow or via our Facebook page). And do check back with uson Thursday, April 12, for the answer.Please, whatever it is, please don’t let it be another iOS app.At least let it be an Android one.Source: Shuukan Diva StationThis is how Hatsune Mikumight look like in PhantasyStar Online 2Source: KarbyP on April 10th, 2012If Hatsune Miku were in Phantasy Star Online 2, here’s whatshe might look like.This image comes courtesy of the folks behind iOS appMiku Flick; they decided to take a stab at making a Mikulook-alike in the Phantasy Star Online 2 character creationdemo after Sega released the benchmarking tool earlier thisweek.Click on the image for a closer look.“Kyou no, watashi wa kawaii no yo!”Like what you’re seeing? Fancy giving PSO2 charactercreator a shot? Download the creation tool from the game’sofficial homepage here. You might need to refer to thistranslation guide here for help.Phantasy Star Online 2 is scheduled for release on the PC, PSVita, and iPhone and Android devices in Japan sometime in2012. A closed beta will begin later this month. Sega has notannounced any plans for an English version yet. 6
  15. 15. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture ■■NEOPASA■■■■■■■■■ 2012■4■14■■■■OPEN A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku ■ ■ ■■■■■■■■■■■1258 and Japanese Pop Culture ■■■■ ■8■00-21■00Got 150 dollars or more to Source: Kotaku Japanburn on Gundam Chic?Source: Watch Miku Emerald and Luka Ruby square off in NextBy Neubronner Eugene on April 13th, 2012 Project Diva trailer Source: square-off-in-next-project-diva-trailer/ By KarbyP on April 13th, 2012Ever thought sometimes you wanted to be a bit more…discrete… with your love for all things Gundam? The tres-cool people at Bandai Namco have got you covered. Two newstores called “Strict-G” are opening in both downtown Tokyoand Shizuoka featuring Gundam-inspired wear that won’tstress out non-fans. Featuring works from famous brandslike jeans-making Edwin (I swear by their stuff), Swan’sglasses and Jam Home Made’s men’s accessories, beautiessuch as the above. When Sega opened its official website for Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva, I thought it weird that there was no PVIn the press release (In Japanese here) Bandai Namco are trailer released. As it turns out, Sega was just holding out onalso stating they will release their own line of clothes that will us; last night they finally put the trailer out.start at prices of US$100 and up later. The trailer shows off the Miku Emerald and Ruby RukaThe shop details are as follows: modules as the two Vocaloids engage in a dance-off inTokyo – 19th April World’s End Dancehall, as well as offer a brief taste ofDiversity Plaza, 7th floor, Pierretta Miku in the music video for Catfood. We also get to see in action the new “Scratch” mechanicFree zone area we detailed yesterday – when star-shaped targets overlap on star icons, tap the screen. The trailer notes that thisMondays to Fridays: 10am to 9pm mechanic is only present in the Vita version of the game and not the PS3 one, for obvious reasons.Weekends: 9am to 10pm As a bonus, Sega has also put up a “How to Play” movie forShizuoka – 14th April the English version of Miku Flick:Shizuoka City Source: ANNAoiku WardIn front of the food area (I don’t make this up) 1258■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ 2012■4■19■■■■OPEN Tekken Tag Tournament 2■ ■ ■■■■■■■■■1■■1■10■ comes home to consoles in■■■■■■■■■ ■■■7■ ■■■■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■ September Source:■■■■ ■■■ 10■00-21■00 ■■■■ 9:00■22:00 home-to-consoles-in-september/ 1
  16. 16. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on April 13th, 2012 thought it was a better idea to tackle the existing problem at its root. At first the Tekken team tried simply giving players the option to pick two of the same characters. “We tried this out, and it turned out to be extremely discomforting! (Laughs) For instance, if Lili were to launch her opponent and tag out, in comes Lili again… what the?! (Laughs) Also, suppose all four characters on both teams were Lili, we don’t even know what’s going to happen anymore,” Harada told 4Gamer. “To be sure, we had a bunch of test players come in to give this [duplicate characters on a team] a go. The feedback received was unanimous: ‘this is just not very fun…’ So we had them try 1-vs-1 instead. As this format was pretty similar to past Tekken games, naturally it played well.”Home version to be based on Tekken Unlimited Tag Once 1-vs-1 was included, Harada had the testers tried 1-Tournament 2 (you can find the game in certain arcades vs-2. All the testers found this to be incredibly interestingin Singapore) which lets players choose between jumping after about five minutes of play, he said. “Tag players whointo the fight with a team of two characters (Tag) or just couldn’t beat their opponent would switch to Solo play. Andone (Solo). There is also a “Pair Play” mode also allows two then when they lose as a Solo player, they go back to Tag.”players to fight on the same team; up to four can rumble at Harada also talked a little about Pair Play, claiming that thisonce. will allow two gamers in a team to defeat stronger opponentsWhen you play Solo and go up against Tag teams, your health that neither can defeat on their own, due to the switching ofregenerates, your attacks hit harder, and you have more play styles in the middle of a match. Although initially thechances to go into Rage mode during which you dish out two team mates would likely step on each other’s toes (notsignificantly more damage. unlike Asuka and Lili).Conversely, each character on a Tag player’s team has lesshealth than their Solo counterparts. However, Tag playersbenefit from having more options at their disposal – likeextended combos and a defensive manoeuvre called “TagCrash”, where your benched partner will dive in from the topto save your point character from taking heavy damage.In Solo vs Solo and Tag vs Tag matches, the game willfunction similarly to Tekken 6 and the original incarnationof Tag Tournament 2 – which came out in Japanese arcadesSeptember 2011 – respectively. Tekken Unlimited Tag Tournament 2 cabinets in Singapore arcades do not appear to support Pair Play at this moment – they are hooked up in head-to-head set-ups – so we’ll just to wait till the console version is out to verify if Harada’s claim is true. The console version will feature more characters – over 50 as opposed to Unlimited’s 44 – as well as the usual overload of modes you’ve come to expect from TekkenIn a previous interview with 4Gamer, Tekken series home conversions. One mode that’s been revealed so farproducer Katsuhiro Harada said that the decision to is Fight Lab. In it, according to the press release, “playersintroduce the option to go Solo in Unlimited was prompted can customize the moves and appearance of new trainingby fan feedback character, Combot.” Sounds like the create-a-ghost-data feature in the PSP versions of Tekken 5 and 6, albeit in“When we did a survey on Tekken players, the responses upgraded form.returned were split in half. One half absolutely loved TagTournament 2, while the other half said that they couldn’t Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be released for the PS3 andremember the move sets for two separate characters and Xbox 360 in September this year – almost exactly one yearasked for the home conversion to be released soon so they from the original arcade release (September 2011), and halfcan practice,” he said. a year after Unlimited (March 27).Rather than simply acquiescing with fan requests and Source: Joystiq, 4Gamerrelease a console version right away, Harada said that he 2
  17. 17. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone HASSHA! Super Robot Wars busts the bank on week one salesNew Little Busters anime in Source: bank-on-week-one-sales/the works, KyoAni “too busy” By Neubronner Eugene on April 13th, 2012to work on itSource: Neubronner Eugene on April 13th, 2012 With over 60(!) games under its storied series belt, Bandai- Namco’s unstoppable Super Robot Wars series is probablyFor those in love with (mind-screwing) Key’s Little Busters! one of the few titles the publisher can rely on to make daywe have some good news, and some bad news. You may want one be sitting down, arms firmly wrapping your favorite girlright now. And Day One profits it made in spades, selling well over 265 THOUSAND copies of the latest PlayStation Portable title –The good news: The series is finally getting an anime Dai-2-ji Super Robot Taisen Z Saisei-Hen in its first weekadaptation. Rita’s opening song “Little Busters!” as well as of sales alone. To put things in perspective here, Square-the original game’s ending theme “Alicemagic” are slated Enix’s latest Kingdom Hearts 3D for the 3DS sold “just” 213to be included as the show’s OP and ED respectively. thousand titles in its debut week the week before. If you wantKey also quickly noted that there would be no anime- to rub salt in it, even including second week sales, Kingdomonly characters, sometimes an incredibly divisive subject Hearts 3D still can’t beat the robots, edging in just under atamongst fans (Though there seem to be very few coming 255 thousand inclusive of its second week of sales.from the Eva camp at the inclusion of Mari…) and that theanime will “strictly adhere” to the game’s story plots. Dai-2-Ji Super Robot Taisen Z Saisei-Hen should be available at your local import stores now.Seiyuu fans will be happy to note that Recorder andRandsell’s Tomoe Tamiyasu has signed on to voice main Source: 4Gamerschick Rin Natsume, while Fate/Zero’s Hikaru Midorikawawill be voicing Kyousuke Natsume, the elder brother. Therest of the cast is also seeing the return of the original game’s Next Hatsune Miku Projectvoice cast, which in and of itself is probably worth writing Diva’s official website openshome about already. Source: the bad news. Many fans were seriously hoping that official-website-opens/KyoAni would be the ones behind the anime when rumblings By KarbyP on April 13th, 2012were first heard on the possibility of a Little Buster’s animeadaptation. Unfortunately, according to Key’s CEO in aTwitter response to fans, KyoAni was apparently “too busy”to work on the title. Fear not however! J.C. Staff is takingover the reigns here, with direction by Hatsukoi Limited’sYoshiki Yamakawa, story by Michiru Shimada and characterdesigns by Haruko Iizuka.Source: Animenewsnetwork Go on, take a look inside. We’ll wait for you right here. …Back? 3
  18. 18. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneYesterday we reported that the Next Hatsune Miku ProjectDiva would take advantage of the PS Vita’s capacitivetouchscreen by allowing you to rub on it during certainsegments.What we didn’t know was that the game officially callsthis gameplay element a “Scratch”, and that these segmentswill happen during the instrumental parts of the song,as opposed to button presses when your chosen Vocaloidmodule is singing. Star-shaped targets will appear, and whenthey overlay a similarly star-shaped icon, that’s when youperform a scratch to continue your combo.In addition, there’s also something called “Technical Zone”,which awards you with bonus points if you manage to land afull combo during specific phrases in a song.Sega also mentions that all the modules (costumes) in thisnew game have been designed from scratch. Today thedeveloper is ready to talk about three particular modules:Pierretta (designed by “nezuki” specifically for the songof the same name), Hatsune Miku Emerald (designed by“bob”), and Megurine Ruka Ruby (designed by “bob).Miku Emerald is a matching costume for World’s EndDancehall (by “wowaka”). As for Ruka Ruby, well, they justwanted to have Ruka in a Chinese dress… to complementMiku Emerald.Source: Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva homepageNamco Namja Town toserve Bakemonogatari, As part of a “Bakemonogatari Nisemonogatari in NamcoNisemonogatari treats Namja Town” collaboration, the East Ikebukuro theme parkSource: will be serving up an entire menu of food items inspired bybakemonogatari-nisemonogatari-treats/ Nisio Isin’s anime and light novel series, for a limited timeBy KarbyP on April 13th, 2012 period between May 18 and July 8. Yesterday, Namja Town revealed two of the items that will appear on the special menu via tiny thumbnail images on their homepage: a Bakemonogatari-themed cold dessert, and a Nisemonogatari hot sandwich. has the scoop (pun unintended) and bigger pictures. Ararararagi-san! Soft Cream Parfait desu yo! (tentative title) “Fire Sisters’ Sunny-Side-Up Hot Sandwich” (tentative title) Original: “Fire Sisters no Medamayaki Hotto Sando” 4
  19. 19. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneYou might wanna stop by if you’re planning a trip to Tokyo,Japan during those dates!■■■ ■■■ in ■■■■■■■■■■■.■■■■ ■■■ in ■■■■■■■■■■■■■5■18■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■GamerMiku Flick now available iniTunes app store worldwideSource: KarbyP on April 13th, 2012 If you have a Singapore iTunes account (that’s the one I’ve got logged into my iPhone right now), the app will run you S$13.99. International readers, feel free to let us know how much Miku Flick is priced at in your region. Miku Flick is compatible with the following devices (must be running on iOS 4.3 or above): iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhoneHatsune Miku’s hit song, “Tell Your World”, may not be 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation)available for digital purchasing in the iTunes store for users and all versions of the Asia (outside of Japan) – it never will, unless Apple finally Source: MikuFlick Official Site■Hatsune Miku comes to thedecides to extend iTunes music store access to all of us over iPhone! via residing in Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Malaysiaand our neighbouring countries.But at least now there’s a way to officially buy someMiku loveliness for your iOS device: Sega has released the Shin-sg’s Anime Contents“English” version of Miku Flick for global audiences in theapp store this week. Expo 2012 cosplay photos Source:“English”…? Don’t worry, folks, the songs themselves are cosplay-photos/still in Japanese. There’s no funky dubbing business to dealwith here. Just menus that are completely in English, andan option to swap out the Japanese keyboard input methodin the game for a “Romanized Lettering” (aka: Romaji)variation.For a full list of songs and modes, check out Miku Flick’sofficial homepage. 5
  20. 20. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on April 13th, 2012The inaugural Anime Contents Expo was held at theMakuhari Messe earlier this year from March 31 to April1. user shin-sg was there, and he was courteousenough to bring the rest of us a nice lil’ omiyage: some of thebest ACE 2012 cosplay photos you’ll find on the Net.Here are a few of our faves: 6
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  22. 22. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone First Look: Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva (PS Vita, PS3) Source: working-title-comes-to-ps-vita-in-2012-ps3-in-2013/ By KarbyP on April 13th, 2012 Like we reported earlier this morning on our Facebook page, Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva (working title) is coming to the PlayStation Vita Summer 2012, and will subsequently make its way to the PS3 in 2013. Now we have the scans to prove it! Update: and now with pictures of Hatsune Miku Emerald and Megurine Ruka Ruby modules! Staff from both the Project Diva Arcade and Project Diva (PSP) development teams have converged to work on this title. Sega’s Seiji Hayashi, who’s overseen development on the entire series, will serve as Producer for this game,Head on over to shin-sg’s post for the rest of his excellent while Project Diva Arcade’s Makoto Osaki will serve as R&Dwork. And do check out his previous photo-blog on ACE2012 Producer.for a good look at the annual anime mecca. Gameplay-wise, Next Hatsune Miku won’t be too different from previous titles. That said, the game will make use of the Vita’s capacitive touchscreen: rubbing on it during specific “Chance Time” segments of a song will allow you to continue your combo and earn bonus points. Three songs and two modules were unveiled in Weekly Famitsu (which goes on sale in Japan tomorrow): Songs Catfood (doriko) Pierretta (nezuki) World’s End Dancehall (wowaka) Modules Hatsune Miku EmeraldSource: Megurine Ruka RubyAnime Contents Expo CosplayAnime Contents Expo 2012 8
  23. 23. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone For the following scans, click on them for a closer look: 9
  24. 24. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSega is set to unveil the game officially tomorrow afternoonat 1PM Japan time (12noon Singapore time). Check backwith us then for more details.Source: Hachima 10
  25. 25. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureGod Eater Burst Alicia figureannouncedSource: Kyoka on April 17th, 2012Although there’s been a few keychain-sized, super-deformed(SD) figures of the characters from Namco Bandai’s hit PSPhunting action game God Eater Burst (if you’ve never heardof this game, think Monster Hunter except with a story andgenerally better gameplay, but is otherwise less popular),there hasn’t been one done in non-SD dimensions — untilnow.Alicia Amiella, one of the main heroines, has been beenannounced as a new 1/7 figure that’s part of the PLUM series(Pretty Lovely Unique Mechanism), due to be released inJuly priced at ¥8,190. 1
  26. 26. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Fans can vote for up to five different figures in each category. In addition, voters can fill out a survey for which figure they want GSC to create. Nendroid Voting Page Figma Voting Page Scale Model Voting Open Requests Page To respond to the Open Requests Page, type on your request in this format: [Series Title] [Character Name] [Figure Type]. For example: [Uta no Prince-sama] [Masato Hijirikawa] [Nendroid]. The voting will take place between 10th April and 1st May 2012. The results of the voting may or may not affect the outcome of the re-releases. Although GSC will do their best that all the top-voted items will receive a re-release, they are requesting the fans’ understanding and cooperation in case their favorite figures are passed over. Source: Mikatan Blog Manga University to Open in Osaka Source: By magnetic_rose on April 17th, 2012Vote to Get Your FavoriteGood Smile Figure Re-released!Source: magnetic_rose on April 17th, 2012 Japan’s Ministry of Education is discussing the approval of a future “Osaka University of Manga Arts & Design”. The university is focusing on developing individuals who can work in the field of manga/comic art globally. Kyoto Seika University in nearby Kyoto is well-known for its manga studies course, but the new Osaka University of Manga Art & Design will be the first Japanese university which has manga creation as its core subject. The private university is scheduled to be opened in April 2013 at in the Nanko district of Osaka. The quota of their “Digital Manga/Digital Comic Art” department is limited to ninety students.To celebrate their 10th anniversary, Good Smile Company Contact information:(GSC) is asking fans to vote on which figures released in the “Osaka University of Manga Arts & Design”previous year they want the company to re-release. Address: 1-10-12 Nanko-kita, Suminoe-ku, Osaka-Nendroids, Figmas, and scale models released in the past city, Osaka, JAPANtwelve months up to April of this year are eligible for theresell vote. Phone: 06-6376-2100 2
  27. 27. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: SponichiKotobukiya to ReleaseKashiwazaki Sena Ani*Statuein AugustSource: magnetic_rose on April 17th, 2012Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕僕僕僕僕僕僕僕) is a Japaneselight novel series written by Yomi Hirasaka and illustratedby Buriki. It tells the story of several misfits at St. Chronica’sAcademy who have a hard time making friends due todifferent circumstances. They decide to create a club to learnsocial skills.One of the members of the club is the lovely but abrasiveKashiwazaki Sena, who has no female friends because oftheir jealousy over her many suitors. Sena is brought to lifeby sculptors Takaku & Takeshi (epoxy parfait), in perfect1/8th scale. 3
  28. 28. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By Kyoka on April 17th, 2012 Need for Speed could be racing to a cinema near you. Most of us have, at some point in the past, played with EA’s signature racing series Need For Speed. Heck, some of you may even have played every single title in the series (or at least have a few favourites). If you’re one such fan, then this next EA project may be just the thing you need to stay glued to your steering wheel. According to Hollywood news magazine Variety, Electronic Arts (EA) has hired George Gatins and John Gatins (who did the screenplay for “Real Steel”) to adapt “Need for Speed” into a feature film. John Gatins along with EA will be producing the movie. United Talent Agency (UTA), being a long time representative for EA since 2008, assembled the package and so far interested studios include Warner Bros., Sony and Paramount. Since 2008 EA has contracted the agency (UTA) to reach out to film and TV audiences, with EA’s mainstream titles like Mass Effect, Dead Space and The Sims being reportedly in the spotlight for film. EA’s latest in the series of games, Need For Speed The Run was designed to be different from the rest by implementing a plot and main characters, and it looks like this project follows that idea. Source: Variety Technical Overview of Hatsune Miku Project DivaThe figure’s necktie is a cast-off, allowing you to view Sena’s Arcade systems Part 1 “Anti-charms without any interference. Sena will be released inAugust in Japan for a retail price of JPY 7,140. Aliasing” Source: Kotobukiya. project-diva-arcade-systems-part-1-anti-aliasing/ By shia on April 17th, 2012Need for Speed: The Movie?Source: Sega’s official Hatsune Miku Project Diva Blog has just been updated with the third instalment of their “technical brief” 4
  29. 29. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneseries of blog posts that describe how they bring out theclarity of the Vocaloids in the arcade game. I will be goingthrough each of the articles here in a series of posts.1. Anti-Aliasing The picture above shows Miku after the application of Temporal AA and MLAA . As you can see along the edges are now more smooth. How MLAA works in a nutshell is by blending the neighbouring pixels to form a “gradient” to give it a moreAs you can see from the above image Miku above has lots of natural smooth. (More on MLAA here)jagged edges as pixels on any screen are square in shape andthese artifacts are known as aliasing effects/noise.So to remove this “noise”.The solution is to use a technique known as “Anti-Aliasing”Anti-Aliasing is the technique of minimising the distortionartifacts known as aliasing when downscaling a high-resolution image at a lower resolution.Until Version A of Project Diva Arcade, an AA method knownas “Temporal Anti-Aliasing” (Temporal AA), which was alsoused in Virtual Fighter 5 , was used. More Facts and explanations. 1. While it’s now nice and smooth, you will notice that Miku seems to be oversmoothed till some of the edges can’t be seen. Thus a sharpening filter is used to sharpen the edges. 2. The basics of Anti-Aliasing is to draw the image on the buffer a few times and then “smooth” out the edges by blending all of them. But as this is a real-time rendering ofFrom the image above you can see that the “noise” on Miku the game , to draw it into the buffer many times per framehas been reduced by quite a bit and the sharp edges are now is too computationally expensive. Thus the previous framesless prominent. were used as a guide.Temporal AA uses frame data from previous frames 3. Temporal AA with Camera Blur can still keep up with theand “blends” them with the current frame, to achieve a camera motions but, in the test with Virtual Fighter 5 , There“gradient”. While this method significantly reduces jaggies were cases where there was image glitches where the imagein still frames, if there is high rate of motion, Temporal AA was uncompleted. Thus we dropped Camera Blur.will be less effective as the rate of change will be too fast to 4. The video card has Multi Sampling Anti-Aliasing (MSAA)“smooth” the image. Which was a problem for Project Diva functions built in, While MLAA produces a great effect,itArcade (PDA) as the series uses lots of zooms and panning is also very computationally intensive, thus during theof the camera. Thus the effects of Temporal AA are quite song selection screen where it does not require such greatlimited. rendering, MSAA (NVIDIA’s CSAA to be precise) is used.And thus in Version A Revision 1, Morphological Anti- -EndAliasing(MLAA) was implemented. Part 2 of this series will be about Camera Motion Blur. Source: Original Article 5