SGcafe Anime, Manga, Cosplay, Vocaloid News For Otaku 2012 Issue 1

Uploaded on

A monthly roundup of News covering anime, manga, cosplay, vocaloid, dollfie, hatsune miku, otaku, akb48, jpop

A monthly roundup of News covering anime, manga, cosplay, vocaloid, dollfie, hatsune miku, otaku, akb48, jpop

  • Full Name Full Name Comment goes here.
    Are you sure you want to
    Your message goes here
    Be the first to comment
No Downloads


Total Views
On Slideshare
From Embeds
Number of Embeds



Embeds 0

No embeds

Report content

Flagged as inappropriate Flag as inappropriate
Flag as inappropriate

Select your reason for flagging this presentation as inappropriate.

    No notes for slide


  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  • 21. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7
  • 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. April 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone For the following scans, click on them for a closer look: 9
  • 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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
  • 30. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHatsune Miku *might* be Music: Treow (looks like this video was directed by Masatakaopening for Microsoft Japan too)event Source: HachimaSource: KarbyP on April 17th, 2012 Anime Contents Expo 2012: In Pictures Source: pictures/ By magnetic_rose on April 17th, 2012Update: A tweet from the event’s official twitter account hasclarified that the opening movie MasatakaP is working onwill be showcased during Windows Developer Days’ keynoteaddress on the second day, Wednesday (April 25), and noton Tuesday as we previously thought. We’re still trying toascertain if Hatsune Miku will be involved.Update No.2: MasatakaP has confirmed to us on Twitterthat the WDD 2nd Day keynote opening video that he’s Anime Contents Expo was held for the first time this yearworking on will, in fact, not feature Hatsune Miku. However, on 31st March and 1st April, at Makuhari Messe in Chibaminutes after, the talented MMD maker and director also Prefecture. Last year’s inaugural event was cancelled at thetweeted that he feels compelled to make another PV starring last minute due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. It drewMiku-san, so we may be seeing a new Miku MMD from him over 50,000 guests in the course of two days, and hostedsoon. We’ll keep you posted. exhibitions from companies such as Kadokawa Shoten, NicoOriginal story: Two renowned Vocaloid producers – music Nico Douga, and Aniplex.composer Treow and Miku Miku Dance (MMD) video The event was conceptualized by what was known as themaker MasatakaP – have revealed through their respective Comic 10 Society — a loosely-based group of animationtwitter accounts that they’ve been commissioned to work producers, manga publishers, and game developers. Theon an opening song (Treow) and accompanying music video group was protesting against Tokyo Anime Fair and its ties(MasatakaP) for Microsoft Japan’s Windows Developer to the government (more specifically, Governor ShintaroDays event next week, to be held on April 24 and 25. Ishihara and the Tokyo Youth Development Ordinance).Treow and MasatakaP are best known for their HatsuneMiku videos (two of which are appended at the end of thispost). So chances are, this is a Miku song and music videothey’re working on.But there’s no guarantee that everyone’s favourite virtualidol will actually grace the event – Miku’s name was notmentioned in the tweets.It should be noted, however, that long before there wasHatsune Miku X Google Chrome, there was Hatsune MikuX Microsoft’s Nico Nico Messe (a version of WindowsMessenger that played Nico Douga videos).So, will Hatsune Miku be opening for Microsoft Japan’sWindows Developer Days event? Chances are, yes… but untilthere’s official confirmation, don’t get your hopes up.We’ll find out for sure next Tuesday Wednesday. HopefullyMicrosoft will stream the opening on the Web.In the meantime, here’s a quick look at some of Treow andMasatakaP’s handiwork:Directed by MASATAKA 6
  • 31. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Although much smaller in terms of floor space and attendance compared to TAF, ACE had a more carnival- like atmosphere, with lots of cosplayers, ministage events, 7
  • 32. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneand booth activities. ACE also had two additional paid areas— Red Stage and White Stage, that hosted fan events forspecific titles. Overall, ACE 2012 was a great start to whatpromises to be another long-lived anime convention series.Source: magnetic-rose.netTokyo Anime Fair 2012: InPicturesSource: magnetic_rose on April 17th, 2012The 2012 Tokyo International Anime Fair (TAF) is one ofthe biggest and most well-attended anime conventions in theworld.This year’s convention was held on the 22nd to the 25th ofMarch at Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba, after last year’s eventwas cancelled due to the Great East Japan Earthquake. 8
  • 33. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Although this year’s event was still huge compared to other conventions — with a turnout of close to 100,000 attendees, this figure represents a huge drop from their peak attendance of about 140,000 back in 2010. This may be due to the withdrawal of several anime, manga, and gaming companies who opted to exhibit at Anime Contents Expo 2012 instead. Source: AKIBA’S TRIP Plus announced Source: By shia on April 17th, 2012 Acquire has just announced a renewal to their hit game “AKIBA’S TRIP” What is AKIBA’S TRIP ? AKIBA’S TRIP is an action game set in Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan that features you, the player, who was attacked and almost killed by a vampire but saved by another female vampire – by turning you into one. You are embroiled in a 9
  • 34. April 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonebattle between several factions for the control of Akihabarawhile trying to find out who saved you and why.The vampires in this game look like normal people, exceptthat you are unable to see them in reflections and in photos.The only weakness an vampire has is to sunlight. They willturn to dust after being exposed to too much sunlight. Todefeat the other vampires you have to strip them of theirclothes and once they are down to their undergarments theywill turn to ash. The player included.Depending on the player’s choices and actions takenthroughout the story. There are quite a huge amount ofendings that the player can acquire.What’s new in AKIBA’S TRIP Plus?1. Full Voice – the original game was voiced only duringmajor cutscenes. Now there are voices for everyone.2. Updated areas of Akihabara, new areas added.3. Secret live performance segments fully animated insteadof 3d Models.4. Update of 3D models.5. Data continuation from original AKIBA’S TRIP6. New missions, weapons, apparel and more7. More fluid motion and reduction in load timesThe game is set for a release date of 21st of June 2012 , pricedat 3,990 yen.Title: AKIBA’S TRIP PLUSGenre: Action-AdventureConsole: PlayStationPortableCERO: C(For teens aged 15 and above)Players : 1Source : OHP AKIBA’S TRIP Plus , OHP AKIBA’S TRIP 10
  • 35. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureIdolm@ster 2 DLC Catalogue7 is about Vampires and Ryo • Azeria bride : 750 YenAkitsukiSource: shia on April 21st, 2012 • Lizard queen : 750 Yen • Inter-stellar flyer : 750 YenBandai Namco has revealed details for the 7th DLC forIdolm@ster 2 for the PlayStation 3. Full PV after the jump.The theme for Catalog 07 is “vampires”. If you find some ofthe content here familiar, such as the song “Kyun~! VanpireGirl”, that’s because this was already released for the Xbox360 version of the game (released in February 2011), in themonths leading up to the PS3 version of the game (October • Pack that contains Azeria bride, Lizard queen and2011). Inter-stellar flier : 1980 YenWhat’s new here, and exclusive to the PS3 version of thegame, is Ryo Akitsuki from Idolmaster: Dearly Stars. Who isa guy cross-dressing. For a good reason (okay, maybe not).In the “true” ending for Ryo Akitsuki in the Nintendo DSImas title, the cross-dressing idol does a coming-out onstage, and sings the “male version” of the song DazzlingWorld (done in a lower key)… which I’m guessing might have  Accessoriesbeen a little too much to ask for DLC, huh? Two versions of Vampire set :the same song.Here’s what Catalogue 07 includes : • Vampire mouthpiece : 300 YenSong • Kyun~! Vampire girl(きききききききききききききき) : 1800 Yen • Heart of vampire : 300 YenApparel • My dear vampire : 1500 Yen 1
  • 36. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Gothic set is required for the trophy “Best 10″ • Sold as a set : 1480 Yen • Bloody nail : 300 Yen • Toro plushie : Comes free. • Flying bat : 300 Yen Others • Akizuki Ryou (Stage4You) + Costume + Song”Dazzling World” : 1600 Yen • Sold as a set : 980 YenGothic set : • 300k Monies(In game currency) : 450 Yen • Gothic headdress : 450 Yen • 600k Monies : 800 Yen • Gothic rose corsage : 450 Yen Special If you complete the full set, you will get a ”Sticky Hamuro” • Gothic frill bracelets : 450 Yen free. Read more stories about Idolmaster on SGCafe here. • Gothic frill anklets : 450 Yen Source : OHP 2
  • 37. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Which specialisation would you go for? Let us know inNew “Academic” class the comments below, or at our Facebook page (http://cannon-blasts her way into Nest SEA Also, if you can’t wait to go hands-on with play as the cutesy Academic, visit Dragon Nest SEA’s FacebookSource: page ( where they’reher-way-into-dragon-nest-sea/ counting down to the new character’s unlock.By KarbyP on April 21st, 2012 Oh, and just in case you’re deeply invested in Dragon Nest’s lore, here’s a brief synopsis of the Academic’s back-story.When you mess with time travel, time travel messes with you– that’s one lesson the Academic’s professors clearly never From the press release:taught her. A lesson the rest of us know all too well, owing to The Academic class hails from the future, at a timethe wonderful world of anime. where Lagendia has been completely destroyed byBut I digress. Meet the Academic, a brand new profession the evil Red Dragon. Many of the great heroes havethat’ll be unlocked in Dragon Nest SEA come Tuesday (April perished in the great battle, and survivors are few24). A time traveller who hails from Lagendia fifty years and far the future, she’s been sent back in time on a mission to Feelings of despair and hopelessness run rampantrewrite history and prevent a doomsday scenario. in the lands, and survivors decide to abandon theirDuring the course of time travel an unknown accident current world and create a new one, to prevent theoccurred, causing the Academic’s physique to regress back imminent destruction and death. In order to do so,to when she was a young sapling. they will need to go back in time to save Prophet Rose and activate Goddess Altea’s Monolith.But if you think that’ll make the Academic a push-over incombat, well, don’t judge this bookish gal by her cover; check Spearheading the mission is Academic Jasmine,out the giant cannon she’s packing! Players also have the the Chief Developer of Berlin Corporation and theoption to equip a Bubble Gun. granddaughter of Kelvin and Lily. After fixing her grandfather’s Apocalypse airship, which is capableApart from being well-versed in ranged combat, this expert of travelling through time and space, she sends herstrategist can also demolish multiple enemies at a go with younger sister (Playable Character) to the past, toarea-of-effect (AOE) attacks, and summon her loyal robo- complete the mission of creating a new world.buddy Alfredo to act as a tank, perform crowd-control duties,or simply to further increase this class’ damage-per-second However, during the course of the time travel,(DPS) potential. Academic Jasmine’s sister is struck by an unknown accident and she ends up in current Lagendia.“The introduction of the Academic gives players a whole Having travelled 50 years backwards, to the presentnew level of game play,” said Mr Addison Kang, Vice- time, her physical form has taken on that of a child.President and Producer of Shanda Games International,who described the Academic as a versatile class with a Now in order to save Lagendia from its impendingunique skill set that makes her an ideal tanker or healer in future, Academic Jasmine’s sister will have toa party. unravel which time period she has ended up in andTwo sub-class specialisations are available when the race to save the prophet to complete her mission.Academic reaches level 15: the offensive-oriented Engineer Her only means of communication with Jasmine,gives you increased damage output and the ability to who is in the future, is the Academic Station.summon multiple Mechaduck familiars, while the Alchemist With Lagendia on the brink of chaos, time is ofis an all-rounder armed with elemental attacks and healing the essence. Now young Academic, the future ofbuffs for your team-mates. 3
  • 38. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Lagendia is in your hands! Go forth and light the Game Information beacon of hope for the people of the future! Name : Project X Zone(Pronounced as Project Cross Zone ) Platform : Nintendo 3DSFirst Project X Zone trailer Sale date: 2012streamed – and it’s epicSource: Price : unconfirmedstreamed-and-its-epic/By shia on April 21st, 2012 Players : 1 Cero : unconfirmed Source : OHP. God Dimension NeptuniaIt’s finally here: the first trailer for Namco Bandai Games X V(Victory) unveiledCapcom X Sega’s Nintendo 3DS simulation RPG, Project X Source: (read as “Project Cross Zone”) . And it sure is epic! announced/Scheduled for release in Japan later this year, Project By shia on April 21st, 2012X Zone features heroes and heroines from all thethree aforementioned companies joining forces to combatsome yet-to-be-unveiled great evil. Battle and animationsequences are similar to those in Mugen Frontier.A quick recap of some of the characters unveiled so far (moreto come, the trailer teases) :Capcom Compile Heart has just announced their latest game in • Bio-Hazard revelations : Chris Redfield, Jill Valentime the Neptunia Series, God Dimension Neptunia V(Kamijigen Game Neptune Victory きききききききききききき ききききき) and has • Devil may Cry : Dante put up some screenshots for our viewing pleasure. More • Vampire Series (Dark Stalkers Series of games): screenshots after the jump. Demitri Maximoff The official site is now open with screenshots of the game. • Street Figher : Ryuu, Ken • Rockman X : Exe and ZeroSega • Valkyrie Chronicles 3: Kurt Irving, Riela Marceris • Sakura Taisen Series : Ogami Ichiro, Shinguji Sakura • Virtual Fighter 5 : Yuuki Akira, Pai Chen • Shining Force EXA : Toma, Cyrille • Space Channel 5: UraraBandai Namco • Tales of Vesperia : Yuri Lowell, Estellise • Tekken 6 : Kazama Jin, Ling Xiaoyu • .Hack// Series : Kite, Blackrose • Xenosaga Series : KOS-MOS, T-elos • Super Robot Taisen OG Series: Sanger ZonvoltDo check out the official webpage here for more screenshotsand voice samples. 4
  • 39. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Story After a few years of peace since defeating the Arfoire group in Neptunia MK2, the Gameindustri world was relatively peaceful and the goddesses went around their business without much trouble. One day, the goddess of Planeptune, Neptune had a strange encounter and was sucked into another dimension. The dimension felt old and retro , just like the Gameindustri of the 1980′s. But unknown to Neptune, the dimension was being targeted by a mysterious organization known as the “Seven Sages”. To return to her original dimension, Neptune must once again protect this alternate Gameindustri and so a new adventure begins for our heroine… Additional Information The game will be released summer 2012 for the Playstation 3, available in both a ”god premium” and normal versions. The god premium version features an additional two figurines, an original soundtrack CD and a voice CD: “What if a goddess became your wife and gave you lots of love.”(ききき ききききききききき’きききき’きききききききききき). For those who are pre- ordering the game, Compile Heart will throw in a Visual Guide book filled with goodness from the game. Compile Heart has brought in funnyman Izawa, who did the Xbox 360 promotional marketing videos, to promote the game. You can watch some of his promotional videos for the game here. A sample of his work for the Xbox 360 in Japan can be found here(Safe) and here(Warning: Watch at your own eye scarring risk) Product information • Name : God Dimension Game Neptunia V(Kamijigen Game Neptune Victory きききききききききききき ききききき) • Platform : Playstation 3 • Genre : RPG • Date : Summer 2012 • Price : 7329 Yen(Normal)/10479 Yen(Premium) Source : OHP 5
  • 40. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePersona 4 Arena Game Modesand Story ScreensSource: bj0rN on April 21st, 2012More updates on the upcoming console port of Persona4 Arena (PS3/Xbox 360) have been released, along withscreen captures of the various game modes and storyscreens.The title screen shows the following options: • Lesson Mode • Story Mode • Arcade Mode • Score Attack Mode • Training Mode • Challenge Mode • Versus Mode • Network Mode • Contents Market • Replay Theater Source: Famitsu • Gallery Mode • OptionIn Story Mode, you have four characters to choose from to Persona 4 Arena to beplay. Yuu Narukami, Chie Satonaka, Yosuke Hanamura andYukiko Amagi. You’ll gain access to the other characters as released on PS3/360 withyou play on while unlocking them. Here are also some of the new Story Modescreen captures from the story mode. Source: ps3360-with-new-story-mode/ By bj0rN on April 21st, 2012 6
  • 41. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe PS3/Xbox 360 port for Persona 4 Arena has been By magnetic_rose on April 21st, 2012announced to be released on August 2 at ¥7,329. Along withthe announcement, screens of the new story mode has alsobeen released. Even new characters like Labrys, voiced byTakatatsu Ayana, has her own story now.A Famitsu DX Pack version of the game will also be releasedby Enterbrain at ¥9,480. It includes a visual pamphlet with One of the biggest Vocaloid-only events in Japan will be heldan original drawing from Soejima, a rubber card case and a at Nico Nico Douga’s Chokaigi event, on 28th and 29th April“multi cloth” featuring the game’s concept art. 2012 at Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. Over six hundred Vocaloid doujinshi circles and song producers will take part — the highest number so far for the quarterly event. Participating circles have already posted promotional videos on NND and YouTube. Source: Crunchyroll “Steins;Gate” Themed Cafe to Open in Osaka Source: osaka/ By magnetic_rose on April 21st, 2012Source: FamitsuTHE VOC@LOiD M@STERSlated for Nico Nico’sChokaigi Event A three-month-only limited “Steins;Gate” themed cafe willSource: open in Osaka’s Nipponbashi district. The menu will featurenicos-chokaigi-event/ Future Gadget Laboratory inspired dishes to complement the decor, exhibits, and merchandise. More pictures after the jump. 7
  • 42. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By shia on April 21st, 2012 Part 2 of the technical overview will be on camera motion blur. The current picture was taken at a shutter speed of 1/20th of a second while the train was passing by. “Hajimete no Koi Owaru Toki” by Ryo(Supercell) intro, normal without motion blur. In “Ver A Rev.2″ the additional song “Hajimete no Koi ga Owaru Toki” starts with a camera view rushing down the platform. The game camera will not blur even while moving at high speeds. It will look like a still picture because the shutter speed is zero. Watching the animation, it would have looked like as if the platform was moving in reverse. To avoid this, camera blur was added.The cafe will be open from 14th April to 14th July 2012(weekdays 15:30 to 22:30 and weekends 11:00 to 22:30).Source: Afilia Official WebsiteTechnical overview ofHatsune Miku Project Diva The same cut, Camera Blur has been added to simulate the shutter speed to be at 1/120 of a second.Arcade systems Part 2 A blur in the direction of movement is now added, and the“Camera Motion Blur” picture looks more fluid. The movement in the animation looks normal now.Source: Not all scenes are currently added with the camera blur but, it will be upgraded in the next version up. 8
  • 43. April 21st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAdditional information By bj0rN on April 21st, 20121. When you take a photo without firmly gripping to yourcamera and it may turn out blurred.But nowadays, digitalcameras have sensors that can reduce blurring due toshaking are very common.2. Seemingly going in reverse or if the tires looks like theyare going reverse are the products of insufficient samplingand is a form of aliasing, “temporal aliasing”.3. As the game is going at 60 Frames per second, the psudoshutter speed was at 1/120 seconds.In reality in a dark station at 1/120 of a second shutter speedwould be quite dark. But as it is just a a game it looks fine.4. Camera blur was actually covered in the 1st article, eachsingle pixel will seek the previous frame and multiply it intoa blur by interpolating between the position of the currentframe and the previous frame.5. While in the first article it was explained that during thetest in “Virtual Fighter 5″, the processing power was notsatisfactory and camera motion blur was dropped. “ProjectDiva Arcade” uses Sega’s RINGEDGE arcade board whichcan process motion blur at quite .As hardware improves we are able to use techniques thatused to be too intensive. We plan to upgrade the technologiesused as we continue on.-End First look at AKB48+Me from this week’s Weekly FamitsuPart 3 of this series will be about “Miku Thanks Giving featuring your favorite AKB48 members in Mii form.Festival” and “Virtual Fighter 5″. AKB48+Me places players in the role of a prospective AKB48You can look in this video at 00:35-00:37 to see the candidate. Within three year period, you get need to interactmotion blurring action. with the AKB48 girls, trying to be the same as them andSource: Original article being a member eventually. Things like AKB events, including television appearances and hand shake meets are also featured in the game. The stage events is like a rhythm game, with the AKB48 memberAKB48+Me Miis dancing and singing.Source: Upon achieving the Success Story, the game includes a Theater Mode, where you become your own director by creating your own stage. There is also a mode where you can enjoy trying on new outfits. AKB48+Me will be released on the 3DS within this year. Source: Famitsu 9
  • 44. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture their opponent’s fields. Similar colored blocks explode, while A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku gathering similar colored gems creates a Power Gem. Chain and Japanese Pop Culture attacks and special moves are included, a staple for most falling blocks puzzle games.Airu Puzuru/Felyne Puzzle Airu de Puzuru/Felyne Puzzle will be released for the PlayStation Portable system (PSP) on July 19, priced ¥2,990game announced! in UMD format and ¥2,700 on digital download format fromSource: Sony Entertainment Network.announced/By Kyoka on April 30th, 2012 News source: mynavi World of Tanks Rumbles Through South East Asia Source: south-east-asia/ By magnetic_rose on April 30th, 2012Everyone’s favourite monster hunting pet cats are back intheir very own puzzle game!Capcom has released a trailer for the game Airu De Puzuru, Tank battle MMO World of Tanks roars through South Eastwhich translates to Felyne Puzzle. Asia with the opening of their SEA servers in Singapore! The award-winning and Guiness World Record-holdingThe game begins as everyone in the village (cats in the game can now be accessed by players based in Singapore,Monster Hunter series behave more like humans)receives Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Best of all, the gamea letter from the village chief, announcing a puzzle festival is free to play — guaranteed!taking place in the town plaza. The winning cat of the festivalwill be granted a wish from the elder. A special press event was held by World of Tanks creators at Fort Canning Park’s The Battle Box —A competitive game at heart, players guide falling blocks an underground bunker used by British forces during theinto place, all the while properly organizing stacks of colored 2nd World War. At the event, CEO Victorblocks and gems. Destroying gems enable players to attack Kislyi walked everyone through the basics of the game, and 1
  • 45. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneexplained why World of Tanks has a lot of potential in theSouth East Asia online gaming market. The good news is, the paid options are especially designed not to break the game — even at the higher levels. As CEO Victor Kislyi puts it, “We are truly free-to-play. If 80% of our players decide not to pay us anything, we’re happy with that. If the remaining 20% decide to purchase something, it will only cost the same as a movie ticket. There is no $10,000 item you can buy that will kill everyone!” The game’s creators are also working hard on making the player community vibrant and engaging. They are working on special in-game events such as clan wars and coop missions. They are also in the process of having World of Tanks included in e-sports events, where the best players can win thousands of dollars in cash prizes.World of Tanks puts you at the helm of a WWII-era tankfrom either the Allied or Axis sides of the battle. You have achoice of tanks (light, medium, and heavy), tank destroyers,and artillery to lay waste the enemy’s defenses. In the game’spopular Random Battle Mode, you can engage in one-on-one tank battles as part of a squad of fifteen tanks, taking onfifteen other players in intense five-minute battles.World of Tanks is completely free to play — it is possible toadvance to the higher levels without spending a dime, simplyby playing the game and playing it well. However, for thosewho want more options, micro-transactions are available foritems such as cosmetic customization for their tanks, EXPtransfers between tanks in your garage, or special shells andrepair kits. World of Tanks is poised to attract over one million new users in South East Asia — a modest start on the road to matching their impressive numbers in Europe and the US. Who knows — South East Asia may be the one to break the 2
  • 46. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneGuinness World Record the game currently holds for MostPlayers Online Simultaneously on One MMO Server (FYI, itwas 250,000 players on their Russian server).Feel the tank power! Play World of Tanks today!Nico Nico Chokaigi 2012: Day1 cosplay round-upSource: KarbyP on April 30th, 2012Today marked the first day of Dwango’s Nico Nico Chokaigievent! What’s Nico Nico Chokaigi, you ask? Think back toall the crazy but awesome stuff you’ve ever seen on popularJapanese video site Nico Nico Douga, and imagine whatit’d be like if all of it materialised into the real world… inother words, yes, Vocaloid cosplay. Lots and lots of Vocaloidcosplay.While we couldn’t be there, a number of Japanese mediaoutlets made it to the otaku mecca and covered the event,documenting the state of Japanese cosplay today for thebenefit of the rest of us.We’ve picked out a few of our faves from their galleries.Without further ado, here’s a quick cosplay round-up fromDay 1 of Nico Nico Chokaigi! 3
  • 47. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone In the meantime, visit these Nico Nico Chokaigi cosplay galleries for more: [ nico超2012 ]超超1超超超超超超超超 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 超chokaigi : Kotaku JAPAN. [ nico超2012 ]超超超超超超超 超超超超超超超RQ超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 超超超超超超超超超 超chokaigi : Kotaku JAPAN.Check back tomorrow evening for more photos from Day 2of Nico Nico Chokaigi, as well as some highlights from theevent in general. 4
  • 48. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: NERV Keitai OHP Maon Kurosaki’s Nico Nico Douga LIVE/Ticket sales 3rd May Source: liveticket-sales-3rd-may/ By Neubronner Eugene on April 30th, 2012超超超超超超超 超超超超超超超超超1超超超超超超 | 超超超超超超超超. Fans of Maon Kurosaki take note – You may have to end up deciding between her and KOTOKO. On the same night KOTOKO’s off to South Korea, fans of Kurosaki-san will want to tune in to Nico Nico Douga’s live stream television segments for a full on interview about her own upcoming album “HELL:ium”. News on her official website indicates that they fully expect – and will even answer – a barrage of questions from the usual sources. The album itself goes on sale on the 9th of May the week after that. On the same day, ticket sales for her concert featuring the songs go on sale from 10am at Pia. Concert details below. Where: Nico Nico Douga Channel: 超超超超超 Date: 3rd May 2012超超超超超 超超超“超超超超超超超”超超超超 – 超超超超超超超超超. Time: 8-9pm GMT+9 (7-8pm Singapore time)Evangelion Phone Teaser: The track list for HELL:ium features four songs: 01.超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超You Can (Not) Drop Calls 超超超超超超超超超3超超超超超Source: 02.I’m still breathing…By magnetic_rose on April 30th, 2012 超超超超超超超超超4超超超超超 03.Just believe. 超超超超超超超超超5超超超超超 04.超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 -instrumental- 05.I’m still breathing… -instrumental- 06.Just believe. -instrumental- Tour listing (All in Japan, at United Cinema)After countless photos of the soon-to-be released Evangelion 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超phone from NTT Docomo, we finally have a teaser video on 超超超超超超超超超超 (P超超超超559-853)how the (customized Android) phone interface will work. 超 超超5超12超超超超10超00超11超35 超超超超 11超40超12超00 超超超超The concept of the special Evangelion-NTT Docomosmartphone is that the device is the same as the government- 超 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超scn2超issued phones carried by NERV operatives. The phone isscheduled to hit the streets in June 2012. 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超(超超超超超超超超超超超超超 5
  • 49. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone超 超超超超超超超95超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 The ‘I Love Anisong’ segment of Anime Festival Asia has always been one of the main highlights of the event. Now超超超超超超超2,000 超超超超超超超超超 available to fans in Malaysia, here are some of the artistes that will be performing:超超超超超超超超超超 (P超超超超559-854)超 超超5超19超超超超10超00超10超20 超超超超 10超20超11超35 超超超超 FLOW超 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超scn2超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 超超超超超超超75超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超2,000 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 (P超超超超559-855)超 超超5超26超超超超10超00超11超14 超超超超 11超15超11超35 超超超超超 超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超scn2超 Having performed in Singapore twice, including at the previous Anime Festival Asia, FLOW is set to rock the I超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 Love Anisong segment with tunes from anime series such as Naruto, Eureka Seven, Code Geass and many more. FLOW超 超超超超超超超74超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超超 has released over 23 singles, 7 albums and 3 compilations since their début in 1998. They have also performed at超超超超超超超2,000 超超超超超超超超超 several anime conventions in USA.Source: Official site KOTOKOWe’re not finished with that!“unfinished” by KOTOKO’snew single launchSource: Neubronner Eugene on April 30th, 2012While we mentioned that KOTOKO will be making anappearance at Anime Festival Asia Malaysia, we nearly No stranger to Anison fans and Visual Novel gamers outforgot to mention that the singer will also be releasing there, KOTOKO has been performing since 1999 as part ofa new single titled “unfinished” on the 16th of May. The the I’ve Sound music production group.Since then, she hassingle is the ED song for Accel World and you can check sung for numerous Visual Novel games such as Muv Luvthe video out above. If you really, really, really can’t wait Alternative and fighting games such as Blazblue.for her though, and fancy your chances against nuclear KOTOKO has also sang for anime titles such as ShakuganArmageddon, KOTOKO will also be live in South Korea next no Shana, Hayate the Combat Butler, Onegai Teacher,week May 5th in Seoul, South Korea as part of her continued Kannazuki no Miko and most recently, Accel World. With 17travails on her Asia tour. singles and 5 albums under her belt since she joined GeneonOf course, if you happen to be in Japan during its hellish in 2004, there’s bound to be a song any Anison fan can relateGolden Week next week, you may want to skip out of Tokyo to, and love.and head to Chiba on the 3rd (A Thursday, yes, but part ofGolden Week’s national holiday schedule) instead for her Maon Kurosakilocal leg.To keep up to date with the rest of her schedule, check herofficial site hereAnime Festival Asia –Malaysia details upSource: sentinel011 on April 30th, 2012 Maon Kurosaki has been active in the Anison scene of late,Just moments ago, there was a press conference going on ever since her first album release, “H.O.T.D” from the animefor Anime Festival Asia – Malaysia. What new artistes and adaptation of Highschool of the Dead. Her subsequentprograms can we expect from the event? first single, ”Magic∞World” got her into 20th place in 6
  • 50. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneoricon weekly charts, an achievement of a start-out Anison The song also marks the first time any Anisong artistesinger. ”Magic∞World” was sung for the anime Toaru recorded the same song in Japanese, English and Chinese.Majutsu no Index II. She had her first one-man “live” The name Sea☆A is made of three parts. SEA is shortin Harajuku last year, as well as performing at Animelo for South-East Asia, as all four members who come from2011, which is considered as the biggest Anison concert South-East Asia. The star represents the stars that theyin Japan. With Move’s Mototaka “Motsu” Segawa and hope to be. And finally, A is for their passion for Japanesefripside’s Satoshi “Sat” Yaginuma, Kurosaki formed the band anime and the wish to spread their songs throughout AsiaAltima, of which they have produced for both ending themes with their activities.”of Shakugan no Shana Final. We feel that the quartet have great potential, and can onlyKalafina get better. After performing in Singapore during AFA11, it is great that they are able to perform in Malaysia as well, since it is Winnie’s hometown. – Following up are the other distinguished guests that will grace AFA MY. Mitsuhisa Ishikawa President, Production I.G Originally created to sing for the anime adaptation of TypeMoon’s Kara no Kyoukai – Garden of Sinners- which beganin 2008, the trio continued to sing the opening and endingtheme songs for anime such as Kuroshitsuji, Sora no Oto,Puella Magi Madoka Magica and more recently, Fate/Zero.They have also performed numerous one-man “lives” withinJapan and several large ones such as Animelo and AnimaxMusix.Sea☆A Formally from Tatsunoko Production, Ishikawa went on to establish his own company and produced many game works and animations. His many notable works include Ghost in the Shell, otherwise known as Koukaku Kidoutai in Japanese. The animation, which was produced in 1995, ranked 1st on the U.S. Billboard charts, and was the herald for many anime titles to come. Other award-winning animations include Innocence (2004), and one of his works, BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE (2000), was reference to documentary film Last Blood in 2009.The following was taken from AFA MY’s official site: Danny Choo“From Anime Festival Asia’s very own Moe Moe Kyun maid AFA hostcafe comes the latest Anisong idol unit to debut in Japan,Sea☆A! Made up of Winnie, Beryl, Valerie and Estelle,Sea☆A hopes to capture the hearts and minds of anime fans,both in Japan and overseas, with their own special brandof appeal.Their first single, Dream Shooter, has been featured asthe third ending theme of the hit TV anime, ‘Cardfight!!Vanguard’. Their next single, ‘DELI-DELI☆DELICIOUS’,will be the ending theme of Toriko. Last November, thegirls performed at the prestigious Animax Musix 2011, inYokohama Arena, alongside names such as May’n, Shoko There isn’t a person who has attended Anime Festival AsiaNakagawa and angela. who hasn’t known Danny. In addition to his blogs, he runsTheir latest single, “Friendship Birthday -Arashi no Yoru MIRAI Inc., an Internet solutions provider, and producesni-” is the opening theme of the animated TV series and hosts Culture Japan, a weekly program on Japanese“Arashi no Yoru ni -Himitsu no Tomodachi-” (“One Stormy culture on Tokyo MX. He will be the official host of AFA MYNight – Secret Friends “). Not ony has the show started for many of its main stage segments.its broadcast in Japan, it will be shown in over fifteencountries in the Asia, Europe, North and South America! 7
  • 51. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKANAME☆ Atelier Royale Butler CaféAFA Cosplay Ambassador This summer, Atelier Royale Café will grace the very firstEasily one of the most popular male cosplayers in the Anime Festival Asia Malaysia. From what we at SGCafeworld, KANAME超 pulls off the characters he cosplays with know, Malaysian guys are better at grooming themselves tostriking resemblance every time, having cosplayed Ichigo look better. Perhaps standards will be higher than usual?from Bleach, Cloud Strife from Final Fantasy VII, Benten Only the fangirls – and us – will find out.from Zone 00, amongst many other characters. A magnet forfangirls and (some) fanboys alike, he is set to appear in AFA MoekanaMY this time.–Other attractions include the following:Ultraman Zone The brainchild of Danny Choo, Moekana is a set of cards that helps to teach the basic Japanese syllables and their symbols, hiragana. Learning Japanese will be more fun and intuitive, unlike those place cards that students use to remember Japanese vocabulary.Ultraman Live Show 2012 will take place during the Anime Regional Cosplay ChampionshipFestival Asia Malaysia. It will be a big blast for all the Malaysia Preliminary 2012Ultraman fans, come and be the first to watch it ‘LIVE’ InMalaysia.Fans of nostalgia might want to lap this up, we think.Moe Moe Kyun Maid Café The most coveted cosplay competition in Southeast Asia (aside from the worldwide World Cosplay Summit) is back, and this time preliminaries are held earlier, thanks to AFA MY. Which team will be chosen to represent Malaysia in the finals in Singapore? What we know is that standardsAfter going back to the basics in AFA11 to bring out the cafe’s will only be higher, as cosplayers don’t just look like theiroriginal theme of “Moe 超超”, Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe is character, they come up with interesting and engagingheading to AFA Malaysia this June. Can we expect some of scenarios to gather points for the best cosplay team inthe original MMK maids from 2009 to make an appearance Southeast Asia!there? 8
  • 52. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBushiroad By KarbyP on April 30th, 2012No details yet for Bushiroad, but we believe more details willbe updated in the near future.– Some of you may be familiar with the “Chance Time” mechanic in the PSP Project Diva games – or maybe you’veTicketing seen it in the game, but didn’t quite understand what it does. Basically, in each song there is a Chance Time segment (usually during the apex of the song) where the top and bottom strips on the screen – which displays your score and rhythm meter – suddenly gets blackened out, which gives the PV a more cinematic look. During this segment, if you manage to land a full combo, you’ll receive a massive amount of bonus points. But drop the combo once or twice, and the bonus you receive gets significantly lowered. In previous games Chance Time served solely as a high-score mechanic. In Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva, however, the PV for the song will actually be modified depending on how well you perform during Chance Time. Here’s an example from World’s End Dancehall (by wowaka). During Chance Time, a star-shaped meter appears in the bottom-left corner of the screen. Fill this up, and a giant star-shaped target will appear at the end of the segment (read our previous report if you’re curious about the star-shapes). At this point, what you want to do is tap on the touchscreen and give it a good rubbin’… and then something good’ll happen! Just like in real life!For the full details, please visit the link here.Source: AFA MYChance Time in Next HatsuneMiku Project Diva will haveon effect on PVsSource: This is usually what happens after Chance Time finishes (ifproject-diva-will-have-on-effect-on-pvs/ you didn’t do particularly well)… 9
  • 53. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By bj0rN on April 30th, 2012 A joint campaign between razor blade brand Schicks and “Evangelion:3.0 – You Can (Not) Redo” is currently on, featuring your favourite characters with shavers. There’s a purchase bonus consisting of 7 different kinds of Evangelion puchi keychains whenever your purchase their products.But if you do really well during Chance Time…Holy Miku! The number of back-up dancers increase two-fold!One other new mechanic Sega has revealed this week is theaddition of a graph that charts your progress on the resultsscreen. Apart from the puchi keychain promotion, there’s also a special package that bundles a Rei Ayanami figure and shaver stand along with a Schtick Hydro 5 razor and shaving gel, available in limited quantities. The site also teases a second run for this figure stand + shaver package that will feature Asuka Langley Soryu.In addition, Sega has also gave a little more detail on theshocking reveal we mentioned earlier today, that should becoming in next week (early May, they say): it’s about somekind of merchandise related to Next Hatsune Miku ProjectDiva.Any good guesses? Let us know in the comments or via ourFacebook page ( There’s also a daily horoscope reading at their website along with some movie trailers.Read more stories about Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe! Source: Shicks X EvangelionNEXT HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA(超超). It’s official: Next HatsuneSchicks X Evangelion Miku Project Diva releaseCampaignSource: date and preorder bonus Source: project-diva-release-date-and-preorder-bonus/ 10
  • 54. April 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on April 30th, 2012That, my fellow Vocaloid fans, is the pre-order bonus forNext Hatsune Miku Project Diva you’re looking at: a Miku-themed protection film (design not yet final) for your PSVita, the game’s home page revealed today along withconfirmation on the August 30 release date we previouslyreported.That’s one day before Hatsune Miku’s birthday on August 31!As much as the developers would love to have the game comeout on Hatsune Miku’s birthday itself, new games in Japantypically go on sale on a Thursday, so we’ll have to make dowith August 30 instead of 31 – think of it as getting the gameearly! A similar scheduling conflict happened with HatsuneMiku Project Mirai and Future Stars, which came out onMarch 8, one day before Miku’s Day (Miku no Hi, March 9).According to the site, the protection film’s design is not yetfinal, but it’ll definitely revolve around Hatsune Miku. Andyou won’t be able to buy this anywhere – it’s only availableas a freebie when you pre-order from a Japanese retail store.The retail version of Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva will besold for 7, 329 yen (including tax), while a digital copy willbe sold through the Sony Entertainment Network store for6,600 yen.That’s it for Next Hatsune Miku Project Diva news today!But do check back with us early next week (Golden Week inJapan), as Sega is teasing some kind of reveal so shockingthat it’ll make Miku and Luka go wide-eyed like in thisimage:In the meantime, if you happen to be in Tokyo, make sureyou swing by the Nico Nico Chokaigi event, where you’ll beable to go hands-on with a demo build of Next Hatsune Mikucontaining Catfood and World’s End Dancehall.Read more stories about Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe!NEXT HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA(超超). 11
  • 55. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku - Retailers such as The Card Geeks and Toy Coin will and Japanese Pop Culture be attending to satisfy your craving for anime goods! Last but certainly not least, registrations for doujinshiArma 2 glitch provides booths are now officially open with booths available while slots last. Please read and download the Booth Terms andhilarious dance off Conditions and Registration Forms from the following links:Source: ACMEIV-dance-off/ TermsConditions.docBy Xharky on August 3rd, 2012 ACMEIV-Some weird glitch present in the landscape of a vanilla BoothRegistration.docinstallation of Arma 2 provides an impromptu stage for a All applications must be signed and mailed to (or droppeddance off between several players…hilarity ensues. off at): Kareshi Kanojo no Mise (The Anime House) 1 Selegie Road,Arma 2 is a First Person Shooter game which differs from PoMo #B1-17, Singapore 188306CoD or Battlefield by realistically simulating all ballistics Please note that cosplaying in A.C.M.E IV is highlyin the game. Rounds will travel in parabolic trajectories discouraged by the management of Singapore Expo. Moreand are affected by bullet drop tendencies based on their information will be available in the coming weeks, so staycalibre. Bullets will also ricochet from surfaces based on the tuned!angle which they impact, along with material penetration,with rounds suffering from velocity and directional changes.The game also allows extensive mods to be created, with a Corpse Party OVA in thecomplete toolset for developers who intend on making theirown content. works Source: apparently, not just attempting to be a realistic version By shia on August 3rd, 2012of CoD or Battlefield, even the player models have savvydance moves!A.C.M.E IV first wave ofhighlights revealedSource: sentinel011 on August 3rd, 2012A.C.M.E will be returning for its 4th year, this time in abigger and better location! Here are the important details ofA.C.M.E IV that you should take note of. Mages, the company that brought to us Corpse Party announced today 02 August 2012, that they will be producing a new OVA for Corpse party. The new anime, Corpse Party: Tortured Souls will serve as a sequel to Corpse Party: Missing Footage, which wasDate: 25th August 2012 packaged with the limited edition of “Corpse Party HystericTime: 10am to 6pm Birthday 2U”.Location: Singapore Expo, Garnet Rooms The original Corpse Party game follows a high school student who are trapped in an elementary school thatAnd here are some of the highlights of A.C.M.E IV that you was later demolished and turned into their high school.should watch out for: The elementary school is haunted by children who had- Bushiroad Trading Card Game tournaments, brought disappeared to grisly murders. In “Corpse Party Hystericto you by Bushiroad SEA and Genesis Frontier Birthday 2U”, an anthology game based off the original, several writers tell the story of the birthday of unfortunate- Touhou Hisoten tournament, brought to you by Sachiko, one of the students who cursed the school after herHisoutenSEA community and KKnM. grisly death. 1
  • 56. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMages has not given a date or price on the release of the OVAas of press time.Source : ANNMiku Flick 2 to release with 0day DLCSource: shia on August 3rd, 2012Famitsu reports that there will be 3 new songs added to MikuFlick 2 as a DLC that will be released on the same day as therelease date of Miku Flick 2.Miku Flick is a music game that uses flick, the typing methodof choice for the Japanese language for the iPhone to typeout the lyrics as she sings along.Miku Flick 2 comes with other vocaloid characters, such asRin/Ren and Luka and there will be duet songs. Sega plans Sega might want to look at how things turned out whento release these 3 songs as a additional DLC pack that will be Mass Effect 3 released with Day 0 DLC contents, the generalreleased on the same day as Miku Flick 2. The date and price opinion was very negative and to some people it felt like aare unconfirmed as of press time. cash grab. In my humble opinion, Sega should just packageCantarella by WhiteFlame it into Miku Flick 2 and charge more or at least delay the DLC for a few weeks so as to not ruffle the feathers of consumers.. Information Title : Miku Flick 2 Maker #Sega Date of release#Soon Price#Undecided Platform#iPhone#iPod touch#iPad#iOS 5.0### Copyright##C)SEGA #C) Crypton Future Media, Inc Source : Famitsu Kyuubey asks if you wouldGemini by Dixie Flatline like to sign a credit card contract Source: sign-a-credit-card-contract/ By shia on August 3rd, 2012 Kyuubey here has a interesting preposition for you, it asks if you would like to sign for a Madoka Magica Credit card.Colorful X Sexy by Team MOER 2
  • 57. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKotaku Japan reports that the Orient corporation will bebringing Madoka Magica Mastercard to the market and itwill feature the 5 ill-fated magical girls from Madoka Magicain collaboration with the launch of the movie. The card isnamed “Mahou Shoujyo Madoka#Magica Mastercard UPty”Card Benefits • No yearly fee • As long as card is used once a year, there will not be a card fee. • if you sign up before 20th August 2012 , 200 lucky winners will get tickets to the Madoka Movies(part 1&2) • 8 different original premium cards will be randomly sent to you At the conference, Festival Directors Mr Haruhiko Miyano from Dentsu and Mr Shawn Chin from SOZO spoke towardsWith such benefits I would like to sign up too! But there must an audience of sponsors, partners, media and bloggers,be some catch right ? sharing what’s in store for us in Singapore this year.Well, it is a revolving credit card and might have a very highinterest rate on the credit you use and hence fall into a debttrap , as expected of Kyuubey that devious little thing!Mahou Shoujyo Madoka#Magica Mastercard UPty is nowavailable for contract on their official site. Would you like tobe contracted too?Source : Kotaku Japan, OHPAnime Festival Asia 2012 Mr Haruhiko Miyano spoke of the increased response ofcontents and guest line up content partners, and introduced a new concept that will be replacing the Cool Japan segment in the previous AFAsrevealed in today’s press called Japan Future Entertainment.conferenceSource: sentinel011 on August 3rd, 2012Southeast Asia waits in anticipation as to what would be theguest list and programs for this year’s Anime Festival Asia inSingapore will be like. The first venue of the very first AFA,Singapore is looking to end the year with an awesome firstrelease line-up.AFA is known for many things, and one of it is its uniquecontent creation. The Anime Festival Asia held in Singaporeis AFA’s flagship event, and we are promised that only thebest will be available in Singapore. Partners such as Amuse, A-Sketch, Horipro and King Records are currently in the list. If you do not know who they are, they are the managing companies of past, present and future artistes performing in Anime Festival Asia and J- Live Asia. These companies will be having booths showing exclusive content at AFA12. More companies are currently 3
  • 58. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonein the works, so we can expect to see more in the next waveof updates from AFA.Without further ado, we present to you the special guestsannounced earlier this afternoon.Special GuestsShinichiro Watanabe Danny Choo has definitely branched out and worked in tandem with AFA over the years, having supported the event with his Mirai Millennium as we as being the event’s official host. The jovial host’s own content has spawned out a web portal, TV show and products about Japanese pop culture! Featured Content “K” anime showcaseEasily one of the most influential directors of the animeindustry to incorporate music heavily into his works,Watanabe has worked on many hit anime series such as“Macross Plus”, “Cowboy Bebop” and “Samurai Champloo”.The director has also worked together with Yoko Kanno onthe recently concluded anime series “Sakamichi no Apollon”,with the last time working with the musical matriarchsince “Cowboy Bebop”. We thoroughly enjoy the musicalproductions and direction he has done with his anime, andcan’t wait to see what he has to say on his journey in animedirecting.Go Nakanishi Upcoming anime “K” will be featured in AFA this year! The visuals and camera directions of this anime were outstanding, based on the short clip shown to us during the press conference. To further up the ante with content, there will be a separate cosplay competition focusing on the title, with the grand prize sending the winner to Japan for a future “K” event as an official cosplayer! In addition, AFA’s guest cosplayers will be cosplaying as characters of the anime series. Do look out for them! Anime KARAOKE MA’☆ (pronounced as ‘Master)Go Nakanishi is no stranger to AFA, having attended last The latest iOS app specializing in Japanese Anime openingyear. This year, the top anime producer will share and and ending theme songs will be showcased in AFA12! thefeature his latest work, “K” in AFA. More details as we app allows you to adjust various options such as volume,explain further down below! pitch and tempo controls on top of its main karaoke function. You can post scores on Twitter once you are done. The app also allows one to practice their Japanese as it displays bothDanny Choo phonetic English and the original Japanese lyrics. 4
  • 59. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneGuest CosplayersKANAME☆ T.M. RevolutionKANAME# has been with AFA since its second year, havehave attended every available AFA ever since, includingthe past Malaysia and the upcoming Indonesia AFAs. Hiscosplay still astounds many current cosplayers, and hisvision and advice still inspires both cosplayers and animefans alike.SINGI T.M Revolution, also known as “Takanori Makes Revolution“, is no stranger to both the Japanese pop scene as well as the Anison scene. Takanori Nishikawa is no stranger to singing for anime titles, as Rurouni Kenshin’s third ending theme “Heart of Sword (Yoake Mae)” was also Nishikawa’s third single. His fanbase has soared since then, and TMR has since sang for numerous anime titles, such as Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, Darker than Black, Sengoku BASARA, Soul Eater, Bleach, and many more.We can’t help but to be captivated by SINGI’s cosplays.Simple characters are portrayed with aplomb, depending Nishikawa is also no stranger to attending and performingon the character’s personality. We are looking forward to overseas conventions, having been to Taiwan, New York, andher elaborate cosplay showcases and attendance at this other various conventions in USA.year’s AFA12. Fans not only from Singapore, but Southeast Asia will surely anticipate TMR’s high octane performance come November at Anime Festival Asia!I Love Anisong – Electric Groove Sphere 5
  • 60. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone titled “Blayblue”. FLOW has performed the first series’ first opening theme, “Days”. They have performed for AFA Malaysia earlier in June this year, and will return later in the year to perform for their fans and Anison lovers this coming November! fripsideFour popular voice actresses who are selected to becomeAnison’s idol unit are made even bigger through Sphere! Composer Satoshi Yajinuma (SAT) and voice actressSphere consists of the following voice actresses: Yoshino Nanjo made up this synthpop group. Fans of the- Haruka Tomatsu (Nagi from Kannagi, Naruko Anjo from current fripside will definitely know that they have producedAnoHana, Ichika Takatsuki from Ano Natsu de Matteru, theme songs for popular anime series “To aru Kagaku noAsuna Yuuki from Sword Art Online) Railgun”. Under their belt are 5 singles (three which hit the- Minako Kotobuki (Mugi from K-On!, Rika Dobashii from top 5 Oricon weekly charts) and 2 albums. The duo haveHatsukoi limitied, Yuko from A Channel, Karina Lyle/Blue performed at Animelo Summer Live twice. Check them outRose from Tiger & Bunny ) at AFA this year!- Ayahi Takagaki ( Feldt Grace from Mobile Suit Gundam00, Noe Isurugi from True Tears, Touko Zaizen fromInazuma Eleven, Wakana Sakai from Tari Tari) SEA*A- Aki Toyosaki (Yui from K-On!, Momo Deviluke fromMotto To Love-Ru, Momoka Oginome from MawaruPenguindrum, Chiyuri Kurashima from Accel World)Anime fans will rejoice that not one, not two, but four voiceactresses are coming to Singapore! Not to mention, two ofthem have attended AFA’09 with the rest of the K-On cast.Sphere has performed numerous concerts in Japan and alsoat the largest Anison concert in the world, Animelo SummerLive!FLOW The wonderful local girls of SEA*A will be performing at their fourth AFA, their second time in Singapore! We are especially proud of local talent, and SEA*A’s songs are no slouch, with DREAM SHOOTER being one of the theme songs for Cardfight! Vanguard anime series! Do not miss out on their bubbly dances and songs! May’nSoutheast Asia will never get enough of FLOW’s electrifyingperformance, and this will be the third time performing inSingapore! We sure hope that FLOW will be performingtheir latest song from the recent Eureka Seven AO series, 6
  • 61. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMay’n has grown together with Anime Festival Asia since2008, from a young artiste to a veteran performer, holdingregional concert tours as well as large localized concerttours. Her most recent song, “Chase the World”, was sungfor the hit anime series “Accel World”. Singapore will onceagain be fired up by May’ns performance.—–After the press conference, media guests had a photo op withthe butlers and maids from all three AFAs, as well as its firstRegional Cosplay Championship winner-turned-judge CliveLee in his wonderful Unicorn Gundam costume. With such an awesome line-up and contents for the fans, they will no doubt be elated. As this is the first round, there is no mention of the ticket pricing nor when will the online ticketing sales be launched for its I Love Anisong segment. Check out our article at a later time as we continue to update more on AFA12′s first wave of contents! More information can be accessed through Anime Festival Asia’s facebook and official site. Star Wars: The Old Republic officially going Free2Play Source: going-free2play/ 7
  • 62. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy Xharky on August 3rd, 2012 01 August onwards. From 6th August to 19th August, BandaiTurns out all the speculations were true, and player hopes Namco plans to put up more posters of different designs athave been fulfilled. EA|Bioware has officially announced more locations. A small sample of posters are available in thethat their hulk of a MMO; Star Wars: The Old Republic, will gallery transitioning to a Free2Play model sometime later this IdolM@ster Cinderella Girls is a spin-off social game basedyear. off the wildly popular game “The Idolm@ster” that is on theFree2Play players will be able to reach the current level mobile phone platform. Bandai Namco has invited over 10050 cap in the game, and will also have access to all 8 popular artists to draw the illustrations of the idols in theclasses. However, there will be minor restrictions that have form of cards. Players can collect cards of the idols and trainto be removed through microtransactions (so you still have them to become the No.1 top idol pay…something). When new content and level caps areintroduced, Free2Play players will have to purchase them,either through subscribing, or through individual purchases.For existing subscribers however, they will receive anallowance of the new cash shop currency ‘Cartel Coins’ forevery month that they have subscribed to the game since itslaunch, until the Free2Play release date.After the Free2Play launch, existing subscribers cancontinue their subscription, and they will receiveunrestricted access to all ingame features, content and anyfuture updates. They will also be given a certain amount ofCartel Coins every month for spending in the cash item store.A bonus amount of Cartel Coins will be given based on thenumber of months they have subscribed to SWTOR beforethe Free2Play launch.Star Wars: The Old Republic will also be going on sale thismonth, for US$14.99 including a 1 month subscription.Sources: Official Press Release, SWTOR Free2Play PageIdolM@ster Cinderella Girlsto “hijack” Akihabara trainstation advertisement spotsSource: Source : 4Gamer, OHPakihabara-train-station-advertisement-spots/By shia on August 3rd, 2012 Piko to attend this year’s STGCC Source: By sentinel011 on August 3rd, 2012 Famed nico singer Piko announced at a live concert in Hong Kong yesterday evening that he will be attending STGCC this September.Bandai Namco has announced on the 31st July 2012that they would be promoting their mobile social game“Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls” for the iPhone/Docomomarket by running advertisements at both the JR Akihabarastation and Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line’s Akihabara station.Bandai Namco has named the campaign “Akihabara Station At the 14th ACGHK with an estimate of 700,000 attendees,Advertisement Hijack” and will be putting up posters from Piko mentioned to the 5,000 strong audience that he will be 8
  • 63. August 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneattending Singapore Toys, Games, and Comics Convention2012 on the 1st and 2nd of September. It is not known if hewill be there for a performance, or purely a meet-and-greetsession, or maybe both. Nonetheless, Utaite fans will rejoicewith Piko’s appearance at STGCC.While confirmation has come from Piko’s side, no publicword has been confirmed from STGCC as yet. We expect fanseagerly waiting for more details to be revealed by STGCC.Source: musicman-netOniAi to air in October, 1sttrailer streamedSource: shia on August 3rd, 2012Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne, alsoknown as OniAi in short, will be airing this October and theproduction company T.O Entertainment has released the 1sttrailer for our viewing pleasure.The story revolves around Akito, who was separated fromhis twin sister, Akiko while they were young, and after somecircumstances, they are living together again and going tothe same high school. Akiko has a severe brother complexwhile Akito fends off his younger sister’s advances in a lighthearted romance comedy.Daisuke Suzuki, whom is the author of the series, launchedthe series in 2010 with illustrations by Gekka Uruu. The lightnovel series has over 430,000 copies in print.Suzuki’s previous works include the hilarious Goshuushou-sama Ninomiya kun, that lead to the animation adaptationof the series with the same name.Our previous news about the series can be found here.Source : ANN, OHP 9
  • 64. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku Steins;Gate skin released for and Japanese Pop Culture Feel On “comics experience” Twitter appGame Review: Record of Source: War Mariage PSP comics-experience-twitter-app/ By KarbyP on August 8th, 2012Source: sentinel011 on August 8th, 2012 Feel On! for Twitter by Japanese app developer LisB (read “L is B”) is an iPhone Twitter client that lets you frame your thoughts in comic or manga-style panels, and publish themGratuitous fan service, annoyingly hard bosses and to the popular social network.inter-generational relationships, Record of Agarest WarMariage[アアアアアアア Mariage] (Agarest M)(Yes it is written as The app was released throughout the world in the regional th iTunes app stores of 139 countries last year.“Mariage” ) is the 4 in the series of Adventure RPG thatCompile heart has put onto the market. But the version you really want is the one from the Japanese iTunes store.Record of Agarest War Mariage was released on 19 July 2012by compile heart and goes for 6,090 yen for the normal That’s the only one that has access to a Steins;Gate skin foredition and 8,190 yen for the limited edition. the app, released earlier today as an in-app purchase for existing users of Feel On! for Twitter in Japan. The Steins;Gate skin costs 350 yen from the iTunes app store, while the app itself is free to use. This is the first in-app purchase – ever – for the Feel On! Twitter client, and we get the feeling that it won’t be the last. Especially since 5pb and MAGES head honcho Shikura Chiyomaru is a pretty big fan of Twitter.The limited edition also includes a pencil board, a materials Plus, Twitter plays a pretty heavy role in Robotics;Notes,book and a set of posters of the heroines. 5pb and Nitroplus’s latest entry in the Science AdventureIf you like blatant fan service, grinding levels and brutal boss series of visual novels that takes place in the same universefights in a J-RPG this is the game for you. as Steins;Gate, in the year 2020.Read our full review here! This is just speculation on our part, but we think that at some point in the future – say, sometime after Robotics;Notes begins its TV anime run on Fuji TV’s Noitamina time slot later this year in October – LisB and MAGES will probably work on releasing a Robotics;Notes skin for the Twitter 1
  • 65. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneclient as well. It’d make perfect sense – but again, all of thatis pure speculation right now.It’s not like we have access to an actual time machine, or theability to receive D-mails from the future, after all.… Or do we? Source: Feel On, 5PB Mobile site Miku Flick 02 30-second trailer recaps all of the sequel’s new features Source: recaps-all-of-the-sequels-new-features/ 2
  • 66. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 8th, 2012“Hatsune Miku is baaaack on the iPhone!” the playful voiceof Saki Fujita teases in this new 30-second promotionaltrailer for the soon-to-be-released iPhone game app, MikuFlick 02.Like its predecessor, this rhythm-action sequel has playersperform taps and flicks on a Japanese-style smartphonekeyboard in sync to a number of popular Vocaloid songsperformed by digital singer Hatsune Miku. This time round,her friends Kagamine Rin, Len, and Megurine Luka will alsojoin in on the fun. Some of the songs here will be duets.This new trailer is nowhere near as satisfying to watch as theprevious, two-and-a-half-minutes-long play video that Segareleased for the app.For the most part the new trailer is a recap on all the newfeatures Sega is adding to Miku Flick 02. Apart from theaddition of an “Extreme” difficulty level, which is a notchabove “Hard”, there will also be three new modes of play:Replay, Karaoke, and Climax.Only one of the modes is clearly defined on the game app’sofficial website: Replay mode is where you go to view yourbest hi-score or “super play” performances.Karaoke mode is pretty self-explanatory, which leaves uswith Climax mode, which we’re not entirely sure refers towhat exactly. Could this be the new name for the nigh-impossible “Break the Limit” mode in the original MikuFlick?The official website has also been updated with a list of songs(nine tracks + one hidden… any good guesses on what thehidden track might be?) that will be included in the game.Like we previously reported, the game will also support DLCsong packs, the first of which contains three duet songs. 3
  • 67. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The game will feature voice samples and photos of idols simulating Valentine’s Day, Xmas, Wedding and other red carpet events. The “Super Deluxe Box” is to include • 1 copy of AKB 1/153: Love Election (2UMD for the PSP edition) • 4 making of DVDs with AKB 48 idols totaling 400 mins • 3 making of DVDs with SKE 48 idols totaling 300 mins • 2 making of DVDs with NMB 48 idols totaling 200 mins • 1 making of DVDs with HKT 48 idols totaling 100 mins • A 150 pages swimsuit photobook featuring all 153 idols • 10 Photos of the idols • Code for downloadable contentMiku Flick 02 for the iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad (iOS 5.0and above) will be released on the iTunes App Store soon(date is to be determined), to be sold in Japan for 900 yen. The “Super Deluxe Box” will be on sale for 14,679 JPY. TheAs with the first Miku Flick, an English international version standard edition will be priced at 7,329 JPY. The pre-ordersof the app is also planned for release in the near future. will come with an additional three idol photos. AKB 1/153: Love Election will be on sale in Japan on December 20.Source: Miku Flick/02 -アアアアアア/02-アアアアアアアアiPhoneアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアアア Source: ANN, SiliconEra, Jefusion, Japandman, アアア The next Final Fantasy XIIIAKB48 3rd Dating Sim now Sequel will be announced onfor PSP & PS Vita September 1stSource: Source: will-be-announced-on-september-1st/By GermanSausage on August 8th, 2012 By GermanSausage on August 8th, 2012More cheers for getting a PSP or a Vita this Christmas. On September 1, the next Final Fantasy XIII title will be announced at the Final Fantasy Anniversary event at Shibuya. According to Famitsu, Square Enix’s Yoshinori Kitase has confirmed with the gaming magazine that work on the sequel has “just begun”. More information will be revealed by the publisher during the anniversary event at the “Final Fantasy XIII Lightning Saga: New Development Presentation”. Square Enix has been constantly intheheadlines with good and bad news, as well as many floating rumours about its games. Source: Kotaku, AndriasangFor AKB, this will be it’s 3rd dating simulation game. AKB1/153: Love Election is published for the PSP and Vita. Thedating simulation to be published by Namco Bandai will Arc System Works hasfeature idols from AKB48, SKE48, NMB 48 and HKT 48.Making a total of 153 idols for players to meet, date and unveiled the new Blazblueprogress all the way to the nuptials. Chrono Phantasma Source: new-blazblue-chrono-phantasma/ 4
  • 68. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy Kyoka on August 8th, 2012 Amane = NeshikiArc System Works has just revealed their new successorto the fan favourite Blazblue franchise. Known as BlazblueChrono Phantasma, was announced at Arc System Works’syearly event “BlueFes 2012 -Riot Summer Again-” justyesterday.The game has new updates and features, and introduces 3new characters to join the fray. The game is scheduled tolaunch in Japanese arcades by winter 2012, while locationtests will take place at Akihabara’s Hey arcade from August6 through August 12. So if you’re in Japan, do have a sneakpreview of the game. Arc System Works has a promotionalvideo shown below, also screend during its sunday event. AzrealNew updates: Source: 4Gamer • Renewed background graphics • Character design drawn by Mr. Toshimichi Mori Ano Hana theatrical release ( Director and Producer of the Blzablue series) • New game BGM music dated for Summer 2013 Source: • 3 new characters “Amane = Nishiki”, “Barrett” and for-summer-2013/ “Azrael” By shia on August 8th, 2012 • Changes to the design parts of existing characters Oreteki reports that the theatrical release for “Ano hi mieta hana no namae wo bokutachi ha mada shiranai”(Ano • Added new moves to existing characters Hana) has been dated for Summer 2013. Unfortunately it is • Configurations and screen changes ( guard primer now unknown as of press time if there will be any changes in the not shown) staff producing it.Barret Ano Hana is follows the story of 5 kids who have grown up after growing apart due to a unfortunate accident that claimed the life of one of their friends, in which the main protagonist, Jinta has become a shut-in after the accident, until one day he starts seeing the ghost of Meiko , the girl who had died in the accident. She returns with an unfulfilled wish that she has forgotten and hopes that Jinta can fulfill it. 5
  • 69. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMages is developing the game for Ano Hana and it will be onthe PSP and it will be release on the 30th August 2012. Readmore about it from our earlier post here.Source : oreteki , Ano Hana Movie OHPSony releases 5th ColorsAnniversary Hatsune Miku SSeries WalkmanSource: Kyoka on August 8th, 2012 Walkman Neck Strap Special interview with Arisaka Mika Source: By bj0rN on August 8th, 2012 Early last month, jazz singer Mika Arisaka was in town for the grand opening of KAWARA Cafe & Bar. We are happy to be able to meet up with her for a little chat and interview.Its been five years since the huge success of the ever popular For those who are unaware of who she is, Mika Arisakavocaloid idol Hatsune Miku sang to the hearts of fans sang for one of the Gundam SEED ending themes, titledeverywhere, and to commemorate its 5th anniversary Sony “Life Goes On”. She is also pretty well-known amongsthas released its Limited Edition series of Hatsune Miku S the Japanese Jazz community; SGCafe dropped by herWalkman. performance at The Still Bar prior.Limited to only 3939 units per walkman design, it comesin Black or Turquoise. Why the strange limited quantitynumber you ask? It appears to be a word play on Miku’sname, “Mi” refers to the number 3, or “Mitsu” and “Ku”meaning the number 9 in japanese, which is properlypronounced as “kyu”, hence the term Mikumiku “3939″.This special walkman is only available in Sony Japan pricedat 12,800 Yen without speakers, and 15,800 Yen withspeakers.Features: • Original 5th Anniversary Hatsune Miku Walkman wallpaper art • Shipped with Pre-installed full version of “Fragments How’s your stay in Singapore so far and what do you think of the star” of it? • Official numbered serial number engraved on back of It has been wonderful! There’s good food and I had Ginger Walkman with original art Chicken and Bak Kut Teh. There was some Garden Festival • Bonus Hatsune Miku Walkman neck strap at the Orchid Garden now but I can’t attend it sadly even though I like flowers. I haven’t been to much Asian countries, only Bali and Thailand. Too bad the Merlion is under construction so I couldn’t get to see the real thing. I thinkSource : Hatsune Miku Project F Official website Singapore is amazing. There’s so many things to see and all here and I hope I do have enough time to explore more. I’ll definitely would love to come back again. Great show on Friday at Still Bar with DJ Takizawa Kentaro, I would presume it’s your first performance in Singapore? Yes, it’s my first time in Singapore however it’s not my first time to perform with Kentaro. We’ve collaborated onBack Design numerous occasions in Japan for a long time. I also have a choir with about a hundred children called the Sun Showers. 6
  • 70. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMore about yourself, so what got you into music and I’m trying to get the Sun Showers together and go to Tohokuperformance? You even went to pursue studies in America region to get the children from both there and Tokyo to getat Berklee College of Music. together to make a live album. I would like to make my own jazz album and have guest to collaborate together. I’m moreI was born in Japan with two elder brothers and an elder interested in teaching nowadays rather than doing my ownsister. They are a lot older than I am and as I grew up, I listen stuff. It’s great to see my student have their own releases andto various kind of music, such as Reggae, Rock, R&B, Funk, watch them go far. I still sing with Reggae Disco Rockers butClassical as well. I also play the classical piano as a child. I we’re probably gonna make something next year.then decided to go to the States to live with my sister when Iwas 15 and spent about 10 years there and went to Berklee —–College of Music. I was heavily involved in Jazz there and We hope she will be back in sunny Singapore for moreeventually I decided that I want to be a vocalist. local delicacies as well as spreading the love for jazz and allHow was life in America for you during the times you pursue things good. SGCafe wishes Mika Arisaka continued successmusic there? and fulfilment with her career and life ahead.It’s been 12 years since I’ve been back so it was before the9/11 when I was there. It was interesting with a lot of things [By: Bj0rN; Editor: sentinel011]like cultural influences, racial and political issues. I tried tofind my identity there as an Asian and a Japanese, so it wasa refreshing experience there. World Cosplay Summit 2012 Results Source: results/ By sakurazaki on August 8th, 2012 This year’s World Cosplay Summit has shown a myriad of cosplayers from all over the world with beautifully crafted armor and costumes. What makes this year’s WCS different from last year’s? Let’s find out! The “World Cosplay Summit” also known as WCS, was created to promote international exchange through the Japanese youth culture of manga and anime. The cosplay event sponsored by TV Aichi has grown from a weekend event in 2003 to an international event comprising of the parade and championship. The event is now held annually on the Saturday and Sunday of the first weekend of August since 2006.So you’ve also sang for some animes along the way, how The World Cosplay championship began in 2005 andis it different to sing for an anime compared to what you is designed to determine a Grand Champion throughnormally do? stage performances by representative teams from eachIt was different in a way. They have all sorts of theme, participating country. The championship is graded on theespecially Gundam. There’s like a written image for it where finish of the costume design and the teams performance onI was to try write the song to fit the theme of the series and stage.had to do my research. I also added in some homage to it with This year, England, Indonesia and Russia have joinedthe first Gundam series with ” moeagare” and i used that in to bring the total participating nations to 20. The‘Life Goes On’ to try to make a connection. championships held on the 4th of August 2012 has just comeWhat are your source of inspiration and motivation to be a to an end and indeed it has been one of the most excitingsinger? years. With amazing performances and fabulous costumesWith music, I can communicate with people and its like that one will only witness once every few years!an international language that I can connect people with.That really inspires me to encourage a lot of children tosing especially with a live band. It’s somewhat different fromkaraoke but the feeling of performing with a live band is awhole new experience for them too. It’s one of my lifetimework to provide these opportunities for them.It’s been quite awhile since your last album release. Anyfuture plans of releasing new singles or albums? Or do youplan to do more live performances like what we saw onFriday at Still Bar? 7
  • 71. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The Best Wig award went to team BrazilRepresentatives waiting for the results to be announcedTeam Japan won the top prize clinching the Championshiptitle for the World Cosplay Summit 2012! The Brother award went to Team Singapore once againTeam Singapore placed second with a breath takingperformance and commendable costumes Italy claims the prize for faithfulness to the original seriesTeam Indonesia placed third with their amazing costumesand well-choreographed performance 8
  • 72. August 8th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePerformances from the other countries For more information check out the following websites WCS Official Website : e/WCS Twitter Main Site : cosplay_summit 9
  • 73. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku A.C.M.E IV: Bushiroad and Japanese Pop Culture announces TCG tournament schedule, groups releaseMiku Flick 02 released in information of their waresiTunes Japan and Singapore, Source: 60-second trailer tcg-tournament-schedule-groups-release-information-of-their-wares/ By sentinel011 on August 10th, 2012features “Just Be Friends” More exciting news ahead, with A.C.M.E IV announcingSource: their Bushiroad tournament schedule of their card games,japan-and-singapore-new-60-second-trailer-features-just-be-friends/ while doujin groups Colleteral Damage Studios andBy KarbyP on August 10th, 2012 Metronome dish out new wares for sale at the venue. Bushiroad TCG Tournament schedule and details at A.C.M.E IVSega has just released Miku Flick 02 on the iTunes app store This is the day that all Bushiroad TCG fans have been waitingand – guess what – it’s available to Singapore iTunes account for! Today we will be revealing the format and schedule ofholders! I kid you not: you can buy the app right now for S all Bushiroad TCG tournaments at A.C.M.E this year, so all$13.98! In Japan it’s sold for 900 yen. Bushiroad fans, sit tight and start reading!We’ve also checked the US iTunes app store, and it appearsthat currently Miku Flick 02 has not gone live over there yet. Weiss Schwarz TournamentKeep in mind, though, that the iTunes app store updates atdifferent times for different regions; so US readers, if you Time: Registration starts from 10am to 10.45am,check back with Apple later in the day, who knows, you might tournament starts from 11am to 3pmindeed be able to spend your day happily Miku-flicking. Number of participants: 256To commemorate the game’s release, Sega has also put out a Format: Double elimination, random pairingnew 60-second trailer, this time featuring Megurine Luka’sJust Be Friends.Like the previous trailer, this one also recaps all the new Cardfight!! Vanguard Japanese tournamentcapabilities added in 02. This new trailer also offers a good Time: Registration starts from 1pm to 1.45pm, tournamentlook at what we believe to be Climax Mode. starts from 2pm to 6pmWe’re not hundred-percent certain of this yet, but pay Number of participants: 128attention to the new trailer and you’ll see that at one pointSega shows the game being played with a single virtual Format: Double elimination, random pairingbutton (with a musical note on it), as opposed to thetraditional Japanese virtual keyboard. Cardfight!! Vanguard English tournamentThat, we think, is Climax Mode – a super-easy mode whereyou can focus on taking in the sights and sounds rather than Time: Registration starts from 2pm to 2.45pm, tournamentworry about typing the wrong Kana and what not. starts from 3pm to 6pm Number of participants: 64Head over to the iTunes app store today to get it, pronto!Source: Miku Flick 02 Format: Double elimination, random pairing 1
  • 74. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneChaos TCG tournamentTime: Registration starts from 2pm to 2.45pm, tournamentstarts from 3pm to 6pmNumber of participants: 32Format: Double elimination, random pairing Superscenic 2 collects the original works from the nine active artists within the CDS team along with someVictory Spark tournament commissioned works that we have done in the past overTime: Registration starts from 2pm to 2.45pm, tournament 80 pages of A4 prettiness. Xeph, WaHa, Tragic Comedy,starts from 3pm to 6pm Haimerejzero, GreenTeaNeko, JUN, IdleErrant, SetsuriNumber of participants: 32 and Semi-Shigure. Some of them had been with the team since its formation while others had only joined as recentFormat: Double elimination, random pairing as last year.Of course, the tournaments will be held at A.C.M.E, at thefollowing date and location:Date: 25th August 2012Location: Singapore Expo, Garnet Rooms Check out what lurks beneath the minds of these artistsHopefully this information will help all TCG players to plan when left un-inhibited by fandom. Enjoy their individualitytheir schedule in advance. Have fun in your games, and good and their styles as they illustrate their imaginary worlds.luck! Learn from the team’s experience of working with each other and working with clients to create some really pretty—– artworks.Continuing on, we have the doujin groups Colleteral The book itself will be officially launched at SingaporeDamage Studios and Metronome teasing us of what’s in store Toys Games Comics Convention 2012 (STGCC) on 1st-2ndfor us: September 2012 at Marina Bay Sands Convention Hall atColleteral Damage Studios: Superscenic 2: The Definitive the price of $50. If you buy at STGCC, you will get theCollateral Damage Studios Artwork Collection – Pre-order book and two postcards, all within a specially designed bagyour copy at A.C.M.E IV! to carry them in. The preorder price is $46 and it comes with an extra print. To preorder, simply drop by the CDS booth at either ACME (EXPO on 25 Aug) or ICDS (Ngee Ann Polytechnic on 26 Aug) and leave your name/contact number and email. As a promise, you will also need to leave behind a $1 deposit. Yes, just one gold-looking coin. Then collect it on the day of STGCC itself. If you are unable to collect, we can make arrangements for you to collect yourThe first Superscenic, #CDS0001, was put together by the pre-ordered copy at another event.original Collateral Damage Studios (CDS) artists back in2007. It was announced during the first Kaleidoscope anddebuted at EOY of the same year. A compilation artbookfeaturing the work of various artists in the group and someguest art, it was unlike anything else the doujin communityhad offered then. It captured the spirit of the young groupthen; the raw skills and talents along with an earnest desire Subsequently, Superscenic 2 will be available at futureto showcase their works to the public. events that CDS goes to and, if we are lucky, someFive years on, thanks to all the support the community bookstores.had given the group, CDS had grown to be popular andmore importantly, better. Going by product number, wehad produced about thirty products by now. It was time totest our limits and do something memorable to mark theoccasion, something both familiar and different from whatwe usually do.It was time for another Superscenic 2. We are also giving away two fully autographed copy of the book for only $1 for anyone who helps us spread the word around. Just follow some simple steps. 1. Share our posts on Superscenic 2 on Facebook or retweet any Superscenic 2 related posts on Twitter. 2
  • 75. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone2. Bonus points if you include a short write-up on why you product will look like. The final design may be subjected towant the book yourself in your report. change.3. ‘Like’ or ‘Follow’ CDS on either Facebook or Twitter More information to come as the clock ticks to A.C.M.E IV!(obviously)4. Pre-order the book.5. Lucky draw closes on 31st Aug, 2359 and two lucky Concert overview: Nakagawawinners will be chosen randomly. You will get theautographed book upon collection during STGCC itself. Shoko Asia Tour in Singapore Source: | Facebook asia-tour-in-singapore/ By sentinel011 on August 10th, 2012Metronome: Kuroyukihime (Accel World) Last weekend was a blast, with Nakagawa Shoko performing in Singapore for the second time. What’s the difference between her own solo performance compared to the one at AFA09, and was it any better? Read on! Nakagawa Shoko, or Shokotan as her beloved fans call her, was in town last Saturday on the 4th of August to perform her last leg of her ASIA TOUR at Singapore’s Kallang Theatre. An estimate of about 600 fans and attendees came, with a few of them in costumes and fanclub outfits.Would you like to do some accelerating together withKuroyukihime? Link up with her at the upcoming ACME! The concert was scheduled for an 8pm performance, butPlease email us at with your only until 8.15pm did the concert begin. Shokotan startedname, contact number, item name and sizing, to place your her concert with a bang with tunes from popular animeorders. Thank you! series Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, wearing a colourful neon UV reactive dress. Performing ‘Sorairo Days’ as a starting song immediately got the audience pumping, followed by 2 other popular tunes from Occult Gakuen and Shokotan’s on variant of Saint Seiya opening theme. Her first emcee was lively as she introduced herself. A large screen behind provided the audience some background information about Nakagawa Shoko, switching between English and Chinese text. The theatre had this very warm and fuzzy atmosphere as Shokotan tried her best to express herself to the audience in a mix of English and Japanese.##08- KUROYUKIHIME#Series: ######### (Accel World)#Price: $30.00#Color: Black#Size: S / M / L / XL#Silkscreen#Cotton T-shirt#Design & Art Works By bj0rN / CDS Disclaimer: Thisdigital image is intended to give an idea of how the actual 3
  • 76. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneA medley of tunes of favourite anime titles soon followed, 13. calling locationfrom series such as K-On!, Macross Frontier, Sousei noAquarion and Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu . Shokotan 14. 空空空空空 Horizonbelted a few more classic songs before performing herown original songs. The Interlude that came after kept 15. 空空空空 Tsuzukusekaithe audience hyped up, while Nakagawa Shoko blasted outin a shimmery red and black outfit. Her second emcee 16. 空空空空 Tsuyogarisegment had bits of Singlish inside, with one particular Encore:sentence saying “Is everyone feeling shiok? (“Shiok” means 17. 空空空空空空空空 Moonlight Densetsugreat/awesome in English). She also taught her famouscatchphrase for awesome – “GIZA!” 18. 空空空空空-空空空ver.- Sora iro Days Chinese Ver.More hard hitting tunes followed, ending the concert with We feel that all otaku should experience Nakagawa Shoko’sBeezelbub’s ending theme “Tsuyogari”. But….. concert, to get the feel of an otaku performing for her fellow….the concert ain’t over till the lady said so! Calls of encore otaku friends. Her live performance gives off much bettercalling out “SHOKO!!” resonated the hall for 5 minutes, with vibes than what you can experience from her DVD footage.Nakagawa Shoko dressed as Hatsune Miku! She proceed to That said, Shokotan hopes to perform in Singapore again insing a classic Sailormoon theme song “Moonlight Densetsu”, the future, so keep your fingers crossed and wait for her nextfollowed up by a Mandarin variant of “Sorairo Days”. The live! All in all, it is a very satisfying 90 minute concert for all,live concert came to an end as Shokotan’s band members especially for those who are new to her live experience.came foward to be introduced to the audience. A special Special thanks to Akiba no Hoshi for the photos and ani-message appears at the end for the audience, expressing her culture for the set-list information.thoughts and wishes of this ASIA TOUR. Watch 150 people dance to Weekender Girl in this Hatsune Miku Project Diva f promo video Source: weekender-girl-in-this-hatsune-miku-project-diva-f-promo-video/ By KarbyP on August 10th, 2012With that, here’s the song list:1. 空空空空空 Sora iro Days2. 空空空空空空空空空空空空 Flying Humanoid3. 空空空空空空 ver.Ω Pegasus Fantasy Ver.Ω4. Medley: Don’t say “lazy”(K-On!) + 空空空空Seikanhiko(Macross Frontier) + 空空空空空空空空空 Sō Sei No A while back Sega announced that they were looking for 150Aquarion (Aquarion) + God Knows… (Haruhi Suzumiya no volunteers to appear in a Hatsune Miku Project Diva f promoYuutsu) video, where they’d be dancing to the beat of kz[livetune] and Hachiouji-P’s Weekender Girl.5. 空空空空空空空空空 Cruel Angel Thesis Well, the PV’s finally done – here it is!6. 空空空空空空空空 Namida no Tane, Egao no Hana There are guys. There are gals. Professional dancers. Office workers. Hipsters. Otaku. Fashionistas. A cafe barrista. A7. CAT Life waiter. Socialites. Famous Vocaloid creators. And, of course, Saki Fujita (pictured above), the voice of Hatsune Miku…8. souffle secret Everyone’s here for Miku! Will you be there for Miku, too, when her game (Hatsune9. rainbow forecast Miku Project Diva f) drops August 30 in Japan and Asia?10. pretty please chocolate on top Oh and in case you’re looking for the original dance tutorial videos, so that you may join in on the fun at home:11. ARENA (band solo) Read more about Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe!12. TYRANT too young 4
  • 77. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Will your favourite character make an appearance in ToaruHalo 4 Developer 343 Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki (The Miracle ofIndustries release video of Endymion)? Find out in this minute-and-a-half PV trailer, the first for the forthcoming movie.UNSC weapons In addition to returning ensemble characters, the movieSource: will also see three new characters in a plot, penned byBy Xharky on August 10th, 2012 series author Kazuma Kamachi, revolving around Endymion which is a newly-constructed space elevator in Academy City. One of the new characters is Arisa Nago (pictured above), a Level 0 girl who Index and Kamijou meets at the outset of the movie, and is subsequently revealed to be targeted by Stiyl Magnus and his team of magicians. The movie’s synopsis, according to Mangahere: Academy City’s space elevator Endymion. One day as its completion nears, Kamijou and Index meet a Level 0 girl named Nago Arisa. Index and Arisa have a mysterious connection in their ravenous appetites. While the three are enjoying their time after school, Stiyl (who has brought in some other magicians) suddenly attacks. His target is Arisa.For all FPS buffs out there, Halo 4′s developer 343 Industries Why is a member of the science side like her beinghas released videos of UNSC weapons in action, along with targeted by the magic side? With the attack formrebuilt sound effects for them. the magic side underway, Academy City deploys a unit meant to maintain order led by its female leader Shutaura. As the situation developing aroundHalo 4 will be the first game in a new trilogy (named the Kamijou, Index, and Arisa grows more and more‘Reclaimer Trilogy’) in the Halo universe of games. It begins confused, Stiyl says, “That girl could likely cause afour years after the ending in Halo 3, and features the return war between the magic side and the science side.”of the Master Chief and Cortana. When science and magic cross paths, the storyThe game itself will be released in the usual Standard and begins with Endymion as its stage!Limited Editions. The limited edition will include access to J.C. Staff, the studio that produced the TV anime series, willfuture DLC in the form of competitive multiplayer maps, and once again take up production roles for the movie. Directordigital items for avatars and customization of the player’s Hiroshi Nishikiori, who was involved with both the Index Iin-game Spartan IV characters. An extended version of the and Index II TV anime series, also returns as director for theseries ‘Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn’ and a special Briefing film.Packet will be included. A Certain Magical Index (空空空空空空空空空空空空空空 空空空空空空空空 空空空) the movie will begin playing in cinemas in Japan 23 February 2013.A Certain Magical Indexmovie’s subtitle – Endymionno Kiseki (The Miracle ofEndymion) – revealed inSummer Comike PVSource: KarbyP on August 10th, 2012 5
  • 78. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By Xharky on August 10th, 2012 Recently, according to an officially published report from Activision Blizzard that World of Warcraft has currently 9.1 million subscribers, down from the 10.2 million from the last report in May. This has brought up much discussion over on reddit on whether this giant in the world of MMOs is finally going down. However, with upcoming AAA+ title Guild Wars 2 releasing a month before WoW’s upcoming expansion Mists of Pandaria, will this giant finally be toppled? Guild Wars 2 builds on AreaNet’s well received and editor’s choice award-winning Guild Wars, by extending the lore and world of Guild Wars approximately 200 years into the future. With new mechanics like dynamic events, an updated combat system, the game is set to welcome players into the world of Tyria on August 28th (25th for preorder headstarts) Some information on the new stuff: • Dynamic Events: This replaces the MMO tradition of fixed quest elements by allowing players to complete quests in different ways, and changes the types of quests given based on what is happening in the area.[Via Hachima] For example, if you defend a village from invaders, they may return with siege weapons to resume the attack,World of Warcraft loses 10% or regroup in nearby caves which forces you to explore and clear them out. You can choose between defendingof subs in 3 months, will a town’s water supply, or help workers repairing the damaged pumps later on. Every action by players carryGuild Wars 2 dethrone it? a consequence, whether it is intended or not.Source: • Updated combat system: Environments will affectin-3-months-will-guild-wars-2-dethrone-it/ skill damage, and tactics are rewarded. Most skills benefit from positional play, and environments will provide additional weapons from flammable objects, to catapults and even siege golems. Players can also team up to combine skill effects, such as firing arrows through a firewall will create a rain of fire, and combining necromantic dark magic and weapon attacks to be able to life-steal from enemies. Will Guild Wars 2 overtake WoW in playerbase? Or will this titan continue to roll? Guess it’ll just have to wait till pandas invade Warcraft. 6
  • 79. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone1st Maoyuu Maou Yuusha PVis curiously described as “ver0″Source: KarbyP on August 10th, 2012 Source: Yaraon Shoko Nakagawa plays Ragnarok Odyssey, PersonaDoes this mean there’ll be a “ver1″ that’s going to blow our on her PS Vita, wants to seeminds even more than this 1st 0th trailer already has? God Eater and FF10 remakePony Canyon streamed on the Web today a first trailer forMaoyuu Maou Yuusha, an anime adaptation of the fantasy on it Source: novel series about a hero (“yuusha” in Japanese) and a odyssey-on-her-playstation-vita-wants-to-see-god-eater-and-ff10-demon queen (“maou”) becoming friends after she explains remake-on-it/to the young hero that the war between humans and demons By KarbyP on August 10th, 2012is a complete farce. Not all demons are evil, not all humansare good, and the ongoing war was apparently forged forsocial and economy reasons.For instance, if the war were to end, soldiers would lose theirjobs, and the economy would descend into recession.The story told in Maoyuu Maou Yuusha began life aspostings in a 2Ch message board thread. Japanese TV personality and popular Anisong singer Shoko Nakagawa is a gamer. Not only that, she’s a platform-agnostic gamer. Although Shoko-tan is a presenter on the Nintendo- affiliated TV-Tokyo kids show Pokemon Sunday (read all about her thoughts on Pokemon in our interview with her here), the 27-year-old talent also plays games on her Xbox 360, PS3 and – most recently – the PlayStation Vita. So, what does Shoko-tan think of the PS Vita? In a blog post yesterday, she said: I’ve been playing a lot of Ragnarok Odyssey ever since I took the Vita out of its packaging. The graphical fidelity is amazing almost to the point of disbelief, and I like the inclusion of a touch panel too. 7
  • 80. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2nd Madoka Magica TPS Android game app stars Mami Tomoe; 1st game (Homura Akemi ver.) ported to iOS Source: game-app-stars-mami-tomoe-1st-game-homura-akemi-ver-ported-to-ios/ It’d be heavenly to see God Eater, Resident Evil, or By KarbyP on August 10th, 2012 a Final Fantasy on this screen! If only! And what about that HD remake of FF10, there’s still no word on if it will really come out on the Vita? It’s shame that right now there aren’t too many software titles, even though there’s such great potential in the hardware. I want to get Persona 4 because I’ve heard it’s good… but wait, I also want more time in general! (^ω^;) (;^ω^) And also the update for archives [support for PlayStation Archives, or PS1 games on PS Vita], it’s not ready yet, huh…”That was yesterday. In another blog post earlier today: Frontier Works today released Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Tomoe Mami (空空空空空空空空空空空 TPS FEATURING 空 空空), the second entry in their series of Madoka Magica-themed third-per-shooter game apps. The game has you looking over the shoulder of Mami Tomoe, almost as if you were tagging along behind her, as the firearm-equipped Mahou Shoujo ventures forth into danger, dropping foes like flies until she gets to the witch lurking in the dungeon’s deepest pits. Got a red Vita case, a less-bulky AC adaptor, and Initially Mami is only equipped with a single-shot pistol. Persona 4 Golden today!! I want to try and make But there are also stronger weapons that will be unlocked time in my schedule to play the game~~~!!! (###) whenever Mami falls in combat (to make the game easier), At first I was worried that the red case might be a or whenever Mami manages to take down a witch. tight fit, but as it turns out it’s roomy enough to store Apart from shooting, Mami can also use magic to help her 3 game cards [on top of the PS Vita] as well as the vanquish her enemies. Tapping on the Soul Gem icon on the compact AC adaptor, hurray! (###) Why the heck upper-left-hand corner of the screen will cast a spell that was the original PS Vita AC adaptor that came in the stops all enemies in their tracks. Each use of magic will, box so ridiculously big anyway? however, cause the Soul Gem to gradually lose its shine. Looking forward to finally playing Persona! (###) When it’s completely shrouded in darkness, you won’t be “ able to use magic any longer (although that’s a pretty fair consequence, compared to what actually happens in theYou and everybody who’s waiting eagerly for Persona 4 critically-acclaimed anime series).Golden’s English release (or the Chinese localised version,which comes out next week on August 16), Shoko-tan.—Shoko Nakagawa’s new album, nsum – Nakagawa Shoko gaUtatte Mita! (nsum # #############), goes on sale inJapan August 15.Shoko-tan is also a guest vocalist in DECO*27′s latest album,Love Calender, available now both at retail stores in Japan,and internationally through iTunes.Here’s the official music video for Shoko-tan’s trackin the album, TAKING SWEET SHELTER feat. ShokoNakagawa / ### feat. ####:Source: Shoko Nakagawa’s official blog [via Kotaku] 8
  • 81. August 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMahou Shoujo Madoka Magica TPS Featuring Tomoe Mamisupports Android devices running version 2.2 or above, andis available from the Google Play store now, priced at 630yen.The first entry in the series, Mahou Shoujo MadokaMagica TPS Featuring Akemi Homura (空空空空空空空空空空空 TPSFEATURING 空空 空空空), is also available for Android and –starting today – for iOS devices on firmware 4.3 and above.Available from the Google Play and iTunes app stores (Japanregion) for 630 and 600 yen, respectively.Source: Famitsu 9
  • 82. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureSleeping Dogs: launch trailervs live-action fight film vsscreenshot gallerySource: KarbyP on August 13th, 2012Sleeping Dogs, arguably the biggest video game title inAugust, comes out tomorrow, August 14.In this open-world cop drama set in Hong Kong, you play asChinese-American undercover cop Wei Shen, who infiltratesand gets in deep with the triad organisation known as “SunOn Yee” (it’s a reference to a real-life triad gang).Expect chopsocky fisticuffs that mixes martial artswith improvisational fighting styles. Expect blazinggunfights on the streets of Hong Kong where someunfortunate fruit-seller’s stall may be the only cover foryou to duck under for a brief respite, before you jump outand shoot bad guys in the head mid-dive. Expect moralambiguity, in a storyline whose missions will sometimesrequire you to be a bad guy in order to be the good guy.Also expect top-notch voicing work, from an internationalcast that includes Will Yun Lee, Edison Chen, Emma Stone,Kelly Hu, and more.Take a listen in the launch trailer for the game:Apart from the launch trailer, Square Enix has also put outa live-action fight film based on the game – which is itselfinspired by Hong Kong cinema.Warning: This short film contains drug use, violent content,and strong language which may be pretty intense for someviewers. Viewer discretion is advised.Which did you like better?Sleeping Dogs is available for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation3 consoles August 14 in Singapore and the United States,available at all good video games retailers. 1
  • 83. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Singapore: VS Arashi starts tonight, 8pm on Channel U; “J-Dorama” Full Throttle Girl premieres Saturday Source: tonight-8pm-on-channel-u-j-dorama-full-throttle-girl-premieres- saturday/ 2
  • 84. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 13th, 2012 from the clutches of three Hunters – agents dressed in black – for 60 minutes. The rules? Stay within the pre-defined game zone – which is usually a famous Tokyo hang-out spot like Shibuya – and safety-first: those who are caught in any sort of minor accidents are disqualified. Should the participants succeed, a handsome prize money of some 600,000 yen awaits them. But it’s not as easy as it sounds; some of the participants are friends who are likely to travel together and, as the saying goes, “when chased by a bear, you only need to run faster than the person beside you.” The things people do to not get eaten by a bear for money. Expect thrills, spills, and heartless acts of betrayal in Run for Money, Tuesdays 8PM on Channel U.Two variety shows and one J-dorama: This August, ChannelU has prepared quite the treat for fans of Japanese televisionprogramming. J-dorama: Full Throttle GirlVS Arashi (Zenkai Girl) Finally, J-dorama fans can look forward to Full ThrottleThe J-Wave on Singapore TV starts tonight with VS Arashi, Girl, an 11-episode love comedy starring Yui Aragaki, Ryoa game show where a guest team of celebrities take on Nishikido (from Kanjani Eight or 関関関関∞), and HirokoArashi, the enigmatic J-pop group that has taken Japan by Yakushimaru.storm since their debut (“Arashi” literally means “Storm”),in a number of wacky physical-challenge attractions: Kicking Here’s the synopsis from Fuji TV:Sniper, Bound Hockey, Giant Crusher, and more. Devoted to becoming an international lawyer,What in the world could “Giant Crusher” possibly entail? Wakaba Ayukawa (Yui Aragaki) is full of ambition.You’ll just have to watch to find out! Her hard work pays off when she lands a job at an international law firm, but to her disappointment,VS Arashi airs every Monday 8PM on Channel U. the first prestigious assignment that is given toRun for Money her is to babysit the boss’ (Hiroko Yakushimaru) 5 year old daughter, Hinata. Wakaba loathes kids and nursing, but unwillingly takes on the job as she is fixated on wealth and success. One day when she goes to a preschool to pick up Hinata, she meets a man named Sota Yamada (Ryo Nishikido). Sota is a man without higher education, wealth, or a future goal, someone that Wakaba absolutely cannot stand, the complete opposite of her ideals. Once again, contrary to her will, she ends up looking after Hinata and a few other kids along with Sota. Despite being exhausted from all the first-time experiences in child care, Wakaba begins to realize what is truly important to her. A heart-warming comedy about work, relationships and love.”Then tomorrow, August 14, watch Japanese TV personalities Full Throttle Girl premieres on Channel U Saturday, Augustand regular folks alike push their limits in Run for Money, 18, at 11.30PM.a reality game-show where participants are told to escape 3
  • 85. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Xin MSN Hatsune Miku projected in aGran Turismo 6 is in different “light” in this musicdevelopment… but Yamauchi video for Project Diva f themewon’t say when it’s coming song, Odds&Ends Source: different-light-in-this-music-video-for-project-diva-f-theme-song-Source: oddsends/but-yamauchi-wont-say-when-its-coming-out/ By KarbyP on August 13th, 2012By KarbyP on August 13th, 2012 Earlier today the full music video for ryo (supercell)’s Odds&Ends was leaked onto the interwebs, depicting what we assume to be ryo and his band mates rocking out to theGran Turismo 6 as well as further GT5 DLC are in the Project Diva f theme song. Hatsune Miku also appears in thisworks. But When can we expect them to be released? Series video, but not in the sort of form you’re used to seeing.producer and CEO of developer Polyphony Digital Kazunori And no, we’re not talking about the 2D animated versionYamauchi wouldn’t say. of Miku, as seen in the picture above. It’s something else. Something pretty mind-blowing. You’ll know what we’re talking when you see it. I don’t want to spoil it for you. If for whatever reason you really need to skip to the moment of truth (serious, why would you? Watch the whole thing!), the awe-inspiring sight begins right around the 04:30 mark. The CD single for Odds&Ends also features Sky of Beginning“If I carelessly talk about when it’s coming out, what by Jin feat. Hatsune Miku (and not a kz/livetune track,will happen is people will claim that we’ve fallen behind which Famitsu and ourselves previously speculated on), andschedule if we ever decide to change the release date, so will be released in Japan on August 29 – one day beforeI won’t ever speak of such things (unofficially at events or Hatsune Miku Project Diva f for the PlayStation Vita goes oninterviews) ever again,” Yamauchi explained with a bitter when fans asked him the million-dollar question on A limited-edition version of the CD single also comes with aeverybody’s mind, in a talk session at the Gran Turismo Blu-ray or DVD containing the music video, plus a HatsuneAsian Championship 2012 grand finals held in Japan’s Miku Grafique – that squarish, cardoard-like plushie thatKanagawa prefecture on Saturday. appears in the music video. For more details on that, readIn 2009, prior to the release of Gran Turismo 5, Yamauchi our previous story.revealed in an interview with Eurogamer that “we’ve actually Source: Crunchyrollreached a point where we can probably release [GT5]anytime, except that you can also keep working as long asyou want to as well, it’s just a matter of timing.” In the Tsukihime remake is amongstend, a release date was only decided upon consultation with“various parties at Sony”, and after additional features like the topics covered in Type-YouTube replay sharing in HD were implemented. Moon’s 10th AnniversaryGT5 was in development for a total of five years, and was Phantasm art bookfinally released on 24 November 2010. Source:’s still early days for now, but when Gran Turismo 6 comes topics-covered-in-type-moons-10th-anniversary-phantasm-art-book/out, what features do you hope to see in it? By KarbyP on August 13th, 2012Souce: 4Gamer [via My Game News Flash] 4
  • 86. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneType-Moon 10th Anniversary Phantasm is not simply just anillustration book or a collector’s item. Nope.To fans of the visual novel maker, it might as well be a holybible, what with over 400 pages covering everything fromFate/Prototype to the upcoming Tsukihime remake, and allthe stuff in between: the original Tsukihime, Canaan, MeltyBlood, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru, etc.What you see above is an image – courtesy of Akibablog(same pic as this watermark-less one Japanator found)– of some of the concept art from the Tsukihime visualnovel remake, announced way back in 2008. Now thatMahou Tsukai no Yoru is finally out, Type-Moon is finallyproceeding with the remake, full speed ahead.Apart from your first look at new Tsukihime, the bookalso contains interviews with voice actors, profiles andcommentary from key staff members, and numerousgalleries for all manners of Type-Moon things: April Fool’sDay 2005-2012, Ichiban Kuji Premium Illust Art Gallery,and – in my opinion the highlight of the book – a freakingSaber Gallery.The book is out now in Japan (released on August 10,2012), but has already been sold out at various places online,including Amazon Japan – which lists a bunch of second-hand copies for nearly twice the price of a brand new one.Readers in Singapore who’d like to pick a copy up shouldcheck with Kinokuniya Books.Tell us in the comments below if you know where else folkscan go online to grab a copy of this much-coveted holy bible,or any thoughts you might have on the new look in theTsukihime remake. 5
  • 87. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6
  • 88. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Akibablog (warning: NSFW) (Above) AKB48 at the Music Station Super Live 2010Next week’s Music Station broadcastwill be Atsuko Maeda’s final The idol group has planned a special AKB48 medley for the August 17 broadcast of Music Station. For her finalAKB48 TV performance TV performance with the group, Maeda says she’s aimingSource: for perfection and wants to finish her it gracefully andatsuko-maedas-final-akb48-tv-performance/ beautifully – without any slipping or tripping over, of course.By KarbyP on August 13th, 2012 AKB48 first went on Music Station back in June 9, 2006. At the time the group was still part of an indies label, and Maeda was only 14 years old. The group performed Skirt, Hirari on their maiden appearance.Next week’s Music Station, to be aired on August 17 in Japan,will be Maeda’s final AKB48 TV performance, Japanesemusic news site Natalie reports.The 21-year-old, regarded by many as the “face” of AKB48, (Above) AKB48 on the June 9, 2006 broadcast of Musicwill be leaving the popular Japanese idol group on the 27th Stationthis month, after a 3-day live concert performance at theTokyo Dome from August 24 to 26. Since then, AKB48 has been on the programme a total of 22 times. Of those, Maeda has appeared in 21 ofIn a statement released to Japanese media, Atsuko Maeda the performances – she had not been part of the “Uesaid that her most memorable Music Station moment was kara Mariko” TV performance as the front-lining members“when I tripped over during the Super Live performance on of that single were determined by a rock-paper-scissors2010 December 24. ‘Yabai (Oops)’, everybody made fun of” In addition to appearing as an AKB48 “senbatsu” (front- liner) member, Maeda also has had two solo appearances on the show. 7
  • 89. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Natalie Family Mart X Hatsune Miku presents: Kagamine Rin’s Omelette Napolitan Source: group performing Manatsu no Sounds good! (真真真 presents-kagamine-rins-omelette-napolitan/Sounds good !) for the first time on Music Station on 25 May By KarbyP on August 13th, 20122012. Plus a look at the final packaging for the Hatsune Miku PoApart from reminiscing about past Music Station Pi Po vegetable juice. It costs less than 200 yen!appearances, Maeda also aired her thoughts on theupcoming AKB48 Tokyo Dome concert: Rin’s Omelette Napolitan“I’m really glad to be able to participate in our Tokyo Domeconcerts from August 24 to 26. To me, it [the significance ofperforming at Tokyo Dome] feels like, ‘we started out as asmall group but look how far we’ve come!’Performing at Tokyo Dome has always been a goal for themanagement behind AKB48, and so all of us performers inthe group wanted to live up to that and achieve the goal – buthonestly, we never dreamed that this day would really come.So if I were to have graduated from the group before we wereable to perform at the Dome, I think I would have regrettedit.” Finally, a Kagamine Rin themed item! It’s a perfect match for her image colour (yellow)! From August 14 to September 10 Family Mart outlets in Japan will carry a Rin’s Omelette Napolitan (真真真真真真真真真 真) as part of the Hatsune Miku 5th Anniversary Miku Loves FamiMa campaign (関関関関関 関th Anniversary 関関 LOVES 関関関関関関関関関関関関). Judging from the pictures alone you might think that this to be a regular plate of omelette rice. That’s not the case, however. In an attempt to switch things up a bit (since omu rice is so blatantly common), Family Mart decided to go with Spaghetti Napolitan covered under that fluffy omelette instead of fried rice. Two slices of cheese garnished on top evoke Kagamine Rin’s trademark head-ribbon. Customers are also advised to use the ketchup that sits on the side to draw their favourite sayings or a face on the omelette. Also worth noting: this dish, Rin’s Omelette Napolitan, is made and produced under the supervision of Good Smile Cafe. Only 40,000 packs will be available throughout the promotional period nation-wide. 8
  • 90. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Mad Catz test-launches a new line of low-noise joysticks in Japan; pre-orders for the PS3 version begin today [video] Source: of-low-noise-joysticks-in-japan-pre-orders-for-the-ps3-version-begin- today-video/ By KarbyP on August 13th, 2012Miku Vegetable JuiceThis week the Family Mart X Hatsune Miku blog also shareda little more detail on the previously-reported vegetable juicethat’s themed after the song Po Pi Po.The final name for the drink is Po Pi Po Mirai Yasai (真真真真真真 真真真真). It will be sold at all Family Mart outlets betweenAugust 14 and September 10, available in two form factors:a 350ml pet bottle (158 yen), or a 200ml juicebox (105 yen).I’m a little surprised that the drink would be sold for wellunder the 200 yen as “advertised” in the Po Pi Po song, Only in Japan for now: Mad Catz has launched throughbut that’s Family Mart for you. Competitive, mass-market Amazon Japan a new line of PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360pricing for all. joysticks – the Team Mad Catz Arcade FightStick VersusIn case you’re wondering, FamiMe is keenly aware of the 200 Series SH – that are similar in construction to the Streetyen meme from the song, but decided to price it lower to Fighter X Tekken FightStick V.S., but fitted with low-noiseencourage sales. So now you don’t have an excuse to pick one Sanwa parts.up. Pre-orders for the PS3 SH stick will start later today (AugustA total of six designs are available for the illustrations that 11), at 13:00 hours Japan Standard Time (GMT+0900adorn both the pet bottle and juicebox containers. hours) exclusively from the Mad Catz shop on Amazon Japan. The stick will be sold for the special “test-launch” price of 19,800 yen (US$253) to monitor market demand. 4Gamer notes that this is 4,000 yen cheaper than Mad Catz’s Street Fighter X Tekken VS Edition sticks in Japan (23,800 yen). As the market price for a set of low-noise joystick parts and buttons from Sanwa alone is roughly 7,000 yen, 4Gamer believes that Mad Catz will adjust the price of the stick accordingly for future batches. Expected shipping date for the PS3 stick is tentatively August 30. An Xbox 360 version of the stick (pictured below) will ship sometime in September. Mad Catz is not ready to announce pre-order details for the X360 stick at this point, but the test- launch price will be the same.Source: Family Mart X Hatsune Miku 9
  • 91. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone noise buttons provide an advantage in tournament matches, due to the fact that you are less likely to telegraph your combo inputs to your opponent in such situations. There may be some truth to the notion that low- noise joysticks can lead to improved chances of winning. In a Daigo Umehara column published in Arcadia magazine a while ago, renowned Japanese Sagat player Bonchan revealed that Ryan Hart, a top European Street Fighter IV who plays Sagat, uses the negative edge technique (performing special moves by releasing buttons instead of hitting buttons) when throwing out Tiger Shots so as not to telegraph his fireballs. But just how much quieter is the new SH series joystick, and is it quiet enough to give you a competitive advantage? 4Gamer took an SH stick to the test in this video, performing back-dash cancels in Tekken and comparing it to a second joystick loaded with regular Sanwa parts: What do you guys think? Are low-noise joysticks something you’d consider when it’s time to get a new one? Keep in mind, however, that a microphone sensor’s audio sensitivity is different from that of the human ear, so the SH stick may in fact be quieter than as heard in the video. Source: 4Gamer, Famitsu New system announced for the selection of Singapore WCS representatives Source: selection-of-singapore-wcs-representatives/ By sakurazaki on August 13th, 2012 Singapore has been a faithful participant of the World Cosplay Summit since the year 2006 and now to up the excitement of the competition, a new system has been introduced to determine the representatives. The World Cosplay Summit began its prestigious World Cosplay Championship since year 2005, and was designed toWhy launch the stick in Japan first? According to Famitsu, determine a Grand Champion through stage performancesMad Catz’s decision for the Japan test-launch is due to by representative teams from each participating country.consumer demand there for a quieter joystick solution that The new system will aid in the selection of Singapore’s Worldwould not annoy family members or neighbours during Cosplay Summit Representatives for the year 2013!play, especially at night. Apartment complexes in Japan arenotorious for their thin walls. The following information is adapted from Cosfest Asia:In addition, Mad Catz sponsored pro players Daigo All interested cosplayers/non cosplayers willUmehara, Hajime “Tokido” Taniguchi, and Kenryo “Mago” register with us first as individuals. You will beHayashi have also reportedly told the company that low- interviewed and auditioned by us. We will also 10
  • 92. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone explain to you what is required to join the World an all-ages PS2 port of the PC visual novel Fate/stay night – Cosplay Summit. At this point, you are not required back when it was still a rumour. to have any costumes ready yet. We will then Since then, the game has been officially announced at announce the shortlisted group of cosplayers who Type-Moon Fes, and now Crunchyroll brings word that will then go on to the next phrase. Bear in mind that the official website for the game has been updated with a lots of physical stamina is required to be the WCS batch of screenshots taken from Realta Nua’s opening intro Singapore National Team because you will have to (produced by ufotable, the studio behind Fate/Zero) – which go around in many costumes at Nagoya during the will be on display on actual PS Vita demo units at this Championship! weekend’s Comic Market event in Japan. After that, the WCS Singapore manager team will hold a session where all who have signed up to be considered for WCS Singapore draw lots to decide who they have been paired up with. In this system, you do not form your own ready teams but instead, be paired up with another cosplayer. Only after you are paired up, then do the both of you start on costume discussion, performance planning and costume making. The purpose of this is to encourage more interaction between various cosplayers and for you to make more friends. If you are interested, message us here at the Cosfest To view the screenshots, go to the official site through this Facebook with your: link. Full name Nick name Birthday Also in today’s update, Type-Moon has provided a little Contact number: more detail on the bonus “Hanafuda” digital card game that Series you would like to cosplay to enter the World folks who pre-order will receive a product code for; it’s a Cosplay Summit Selection rounds downloadable PSP title that supports Game Sharing and local ad-hoc wireless play. Let’s have a great WCS Singapore 2013 National selection round!” For more information visit the following sitesCosfest Asia Mainpage : Fate/stay nightRealta Nua, receive a bonusHanafuda game that tellsthe story of the “Holy GrailOnsen”Source: KarbyP on August 13th, 2012 This downloadable game is a sequel to the bonus included with the original Realta Nua on the PS2 that was called Tobidase! Trouble Hanafuda Travel Journal (真真真真真 真真真真真真真真真). Although the PS Vita/PSP Tobidase! sequel had a working title that simply added a “2″ to the original’s ridiculous long moniker, Type-Moon had a change of heart, announcing today that the downloadable game will instead be called Tobitate! Chojikuu Toraburu Hanafuda Daisakusen (関関関関関関関関関関関関関関関関関, which translates into something like Take off! Super Dimensional Trouble Hanafuda AttackWe first told you about a PS Vita port of Fate/stay night Plan).Realta Nua (apparently Irish for “a new star”) – originally 11
  • 93. August 13th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTobitate! will feature a “Seihai Onsen” or “Holy Grail Onsen”story scenario penned by various creators: Kinoko Nasu, GenUrobuchi, Hoshizora Meteo, and Yuichiro Higashide.It’s also said that Fate/Zero’s Archer, Rider, and Berserkercamps will also play a part in the Holy Grail Onsen scenario.Source: Fatevita [via Crunchyroll] 12
  • 94. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture By KarbyP on August 15th, 2012 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CulturePerfume releases World Tour1st site and ticket pricingSource: sentinel011 on August 15th, 2012SGCafe has previously reported on Perfume’sannouncement of their first overseas live tour, and todaythey have released a comprehensive site, complete with Brace yourself, Guild Wars 2 pre-purchasers, for yet anotherticket pricing and more! chance to play The Game before it officially comes out next week. Developer ArenaNet has just announced on their Facebook page that they will be conducting a server stress-test later today/tomorrow (depending on your timezone). It’s scheduled to start on Pacific Time (GMT-0700 hours) August 15 from 12:00 noon to 4PM, which translates to Singapore time (GMT+0800 hours) August 16, 3AM to 7AM. If you’ve participated in any of the previous weekend betas or server stress-test events, your save data will carry over. If you’ve only participated in weekend betas, but never a stress-test, and are contemplating taking leave tomorrow soGranted that the locations are all in the Asian region, makes you can take part in this one, fair warning from us: they reallyyou wonder why it isn’t called Asia Tour instead. As of now, mean it when they say this is a stress test. There have beenthe only additional information that is shared on the site is reports of players not being able to log-in at all when thethe ticket pricing and the live commencement timing. The servers were overloaded during these tests.Tour Goods list has yet to be updated, though. Besides, Guild Wars 2 comes out two weeks from now,VIP – SGD$128 August 28. And all gamers who’ve pre-purchased the gameGeneral Admission – SGD$88 will access it three days earlier, on August 25 (all dates given relate to Pacific Time). So let someone else do the stressDoors open: 18:30 (SGT) testing, and improve the game experience for you, two weeksShow time: 19:00 (SGT) from now.We have also heard that a good percentage of VIP tickets are Even if this is the game that critics expect to finally dethroneallocated for P.T.A fanclub members through their official World of Warcraft, there’s really no rush!site. (Check their news post on 9 August!) Guild Wars 2 can be pre-purchased from https://Links: J-live ASIA facebook, Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st site If you’ve pre-purchased Guild Wars 2, let us know which server you and your friends are planning to play on in theGuild Wars 2 pre-purchasers: comments below.get ready to stress test some Source: Guild Wars 2 Facebook page [via Guild Wars 2 Guru]servers later todaySource: Tekken Tag Tournamentready-to-stress-test-some-servers-later-today/ 2: Spruce up your pre-fight VS screens with illustrated “character panels” Source: your-pre-fight-vs-screens-with-illustrated-character-panels/ 1
  • 95. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 15th, 2012What you see above is not an actual Tekken Tag Tournament2 screenshot, but an artist’s (*cough*mine*cough*)impression of what your pre-fight VS screens in the gamecould look like, should you decide to use custom “characterpanels”.Once you unlock them with fight money, you can swapout the default 3D character panels with 2D ones. Threedesigns are available for each character in the game, eachillustrated by Tomio, Fujisawa, Shunya Yamashita, andJUNNY respectively.Before we take a look at what each illustrator’s characterpanel designs look like, here’s an actual example usingpictures that did not come out of MS Paint:Tomio Fujisawa (フフフフフフフ)A graphic designer and a part of Spooky Graphic, a team ofartists whose work in videogames includes Metal Gear SolidPortable Ops and Peacewalker, and Sega’s Kurohyo: Ryu gaGotoku Shinsho (Yakuza New Chapter on the PSP).Fujisawa previously worked with Project Tekken on a line offantastic Tekken 5 Dark Resurrection posters that you’ll seebelow. 2
  • 96. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Shunya Yamashita (フフフフフフ) Did weapons and NPC design for Final Fantasy X, card illustrations for Square Enix’s Lord of Vermillion arcade game, etc. Has some fascinating video games and anime-based artwork over at the illustration gallery on his blog. To get to the gallery, click on “イイイイイイイイイ” (WARNING: NFSW). 3
  • 97. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneJUNNYDid the cover illustrations for the two SoulCalibur novels (イイイイイイイイ イイイイイイイイイイイイイ) that came out in Japan inJanuary this year, a poster for the Mastercup 4 5-on-5Tekken 6 BR tournament in Japan sometime last year, andway too many other non-video-games-related projects tolist.More of his amazing work can be found on his blog (again,NFSW). 4
  • 98. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale adds DmC’s Dante to roster; buy PS3 version, get Vita port free [video] Source: adds-dmcs-dante-to-roster-buy-ps3-version-get-vita-port-free/ By KarbyP on August 15th, 2012 Update: now with video. Original story: When PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale ships in November 20 this year (delayed from its original October 16) its roster DmC Devil May Cry’s Dante, Little Big Planet’s Sackboy, Spike from Ape Escape, and Ratchet & Clank from, well, make a guess. The four characters were announced today at a Sony Computer Entertainment Europe press conference at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany. Today’s roster announcement brings us one step closer to realising what’s rumoured to be the final roster for the game, which Eventhubs reported on last month. There was also a leak on the official website. But that’s not all the PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale newsCharacter profiles are a feature that’s actually already coming out of Germany the arcade version of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 (click onthe links to see your favourite TTT2 characters drawn in the SCEE also announced that the PlayStation 3 and PlayStationstyles of each of the three illustrators), which was why we Vita versions of the game will be included with every copydidn’t include Famitsu’s information on character panels in purchased, in something called the “Cross Buy” programme.our earlier story on collaboration costumes. What this means is that if you buy the PlayStation 3 version,But we figure there might be a lot of folks who do not already you’ll automatically get the Vita port for free – and vice-know about the character panels functionality, since TTT2 is versa.the only fighting game (as far as I can recall) that has such a Sony is currently doing a similar thing with Sound Shapes,feature. Although custom character portraits in SoulCalibur a downloadable rhythm-based platformer available digitallyV and SoulCalibur: Broken Destiny are somewhat similar to through PlayStation Store. Buy the game, and you’rethis. automatically entitled to download both the PS3 and PS VitaAlso, I wanted to take the opportunity to show off my mad versions.MS Paint skills. Could Sony’s generosity encourage the fighting games“…………….” community to pick up PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale as a competitive title? We’ll find out when the game launchesTekken Tag Tournament 2 for PlayStation 3 and the Xbox in November.360 is scheduled for a September 11 release in Singaporeand the US. A private beta for the game is currently being conducted for PlayStation Plus subscribers.Pre-order details for Southeast Asia can be found at the endof this post. Source: DestructoidRead more about the Tekken series here on SGCafe!Source: Famitsu, Gamersyde 5
  • 99. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTekken Tag Tournament 2:Extra costumes designed byvarious illustrators, includingUK’s Simon BisleySource: KarbyP on August 15th, 2012That’s Alisa, Heihachi, and Anna you see in the imageabove, donned in a set of special “collaboration” costumes –designed by various illustrators in Japan (and one abroad) –that will be featured inTekken Tag Tournament 2.Famitsu revealed images for six of these collaborationcostumes today. Some of which were designed by illustrators Alisawhom the Project Tekken team worked with for extra Design: Shigeto Koyama (イイイイイイ), who’s credited forcostumes in previous games. design works on Eureka Seven AO, Gurren Lagann movie,Which is your favourite? Evangelion 2.0 movie, and more.JayceeDesign: Mutsumi Inomata (イイイイイイイ), who designed Jinand Xiaoyu’s extra costumes in Tekken 5, and Zafina’s in6. Has also worked on the Tales of series, and Mobile SuitGundam Seed and Seed Destiny. Miguel Design: Ryouji Minigawa (イイイイ), who did Lee Chaolan, Marshall Law’s extra constumes in Tekken 5, Roger Jr.’s in 6. 6
  • 100. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAnna KunimitsuDesign: Ito Oogure (イイイイ), better known as Oh! great (Air Design: Katsuya Terada (イイイイ), character designer forGear, Tenjho Tenge). Did Asuka Kazama’s third costume in Blood the Last Vampire. Also did creature designs forTekken 5, Lili’s third costume in Tekken 6. Also designed Kamen Rider W.Ashlotte for SoulCalibur IV. Read more about the Tekken series here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu Tekken Tag Tournament 2 opening intro has Angel, demons, and fearless fight spectators Source: intro-has-angel-demons-and-a-fearless-fight-spectators/Heihachi By KarbyP on August 15th, 2012Design: British comic-book artist Simon Bisley. 7
  • 101. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNamco Bandai posted the new opening intro for the consoleversion of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 this week. Hit thejump to see it: it’s got Angel, demons, and a fight audiencewho’s not afraid of anything. Pretty cool guys (and so is theopening).Why aren’t the spectators spooked at all by Ogre and Angel’sunconventional ring entrances?Aren’t they worried at all if they might get hurt in the clash Read more about the Tekken series here on SGCafe.between Ogre’s flaming breath and Angel’s laser attack? Source: Eventhubs, @Harada_TekkenTekken producer Katsuhiro Harada, who decides on many ofthe minor details within the Tekken universe, has the answeron his Twitter stream: Vergil is in DmC: Devil May“The spectators are American!” he replies in Japanese to a Cry [Gamescom 2012 trailer]fan who was impressed by the audience’s bravado. (It’s a Source:, of course.) gamescom-2012-trailer/ By KarbyP on August 15th, 2012The opening CG you see above won’t be the only onestored on the console release of Tekken Tag Tournament 2.Responding to fans who were disappointed to see that theirfavourite character wasn’t featured, Harada explained thatthe original TTT2 opening will also be included:Also on Twitter, another fan in the fighting gamescommunity recently asked Harada which member of K-On!is Tekken sumo wrestler Ganryu’s favourite.For those of you who have been wondering: Vergil, Dante’s long-lost twin brother appears in this new Gamescom 2012 trailer for Capcom and Ninja Theory’s DmC Devil May Cry – a reboot for the series. The silver-haired older twin appears before dark-haired Dante to recuit him for The Order, an organisation that seeks to free the human world from grasp of demons – who apparently ran the orphanage where Dante was raised. Vergil’s bio in DmC Devil May Cry: Vergil is Dante’s twin brother. While Dante was put into an orphanage run by demons and ended up a street kid, Vergil was adopted into a rich, educated and very privileged home. A highly intelligent and gifted individual, he wrote a security encryption program that eventually made him a multi-millionaire before he even finished school. Vergil hates the demons for having killed his mother and enslaved his father and uses his riches in the single minded pursuit to bring them down. Calculating and dispassionate, Vergil’s decisions are always logical, strategic and never emotional. He formed the underground organisation known as 8
  • 102. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The Order to research the demons with the goal of toppling their hold over humanity.The trailer also contrasts Vergil’s cold, calculative nature,with Dante’s hot-headed brashness, when one of their own– Kat, a female psychic – is trapped in Limbo. Vergil optsto abandon her lest risk the fate of humanity, but Dante isunwilling to leave without her. Source: Xbox360GamerSA Shoko Nakagawa to host 24- hour-long live broadcast to mark new CD release; guests include kz and sasakure.UK Source: long-live-broadcast-to-mark-new-cd-release-guests-include-kz-and- sasakure-uk/ By KarbyP on August 15th, 2012 To commemorate the release of her new album tomorrow, Shoko Nakagawa is hosting a very special episode of her regular Nico Nico Live broadcast that will run for 24 hours long. The broadcast will begin August 15, 12-midnight JST (GMT +0900) – which is August 14, 11PM Singapore time (GMT +0800) – all the way till the same time the following day. The stream is entitled: Shoko-tan’s Nico-user Live (in Harajuku): Shoko Nakagawa tries to sell her new mini-album nsum~ 9
  • 103. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneExclusive 23-hour TV – You can save Nakagawa with your Alternate CD jacket illustration, forpurchase of a copy the regular CD (without DVD) version(イイイイイイイイイイイイイイイnsumイイイイイイイイイイイイイ イイ24イイイイイ -イイイイイイイイイイイイ-) . Here’s the link to the livestream: it will include a music video showcase of past Shoko watch/lv102717479Nakagawa songs, a live feed of various fans’ meet-and- Nico Nico Douga regular and premium users alike can hitgreet handshake sessions throughout the day, as well as talk the yellow button that says イイイイイイイイ to DVR the entiresessions with invited guests Hyadain (イイイイイ), Hachiouji-P broadcast, so that you can skim through the entire 24-hour(イイイP), Merochin (イイイイ), kzイlivetune), sasakure.UK, and long video to get to the parts you want to see.Hyakka Ryoran (イイイイ). Full program schedule as follows: 00イ00—Music videos and selected live footage 12イ00—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 1) 12イ45—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 2) 13イ30—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 3) 14イ15—Guest appearance! Hyadain (イイイイイイイ) plays a game live on streamイ 15イ00—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 4) 15イ45—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 5) 16イ30—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 6) 17イ30—Guest appearances! sasakure.UK talks about the albumイ Hyakka Ryoran-san (イイイイイイ) tells us about his occasional visits to the Nico Nico Douga siteイ 19イ15—Guest appearances! kzイlivetuneイand Hachiouji- P (イイイP) talks about the albumイ Merochin (イイイイイイ) 中中中中中nsum中中中中中中中中中中中中中中中CD+DVD中 choreographs for a song live on streamイ 21イ00—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 7)During the broadcast Shoko-tan will somehow attempt to 21イ45—Fans’ handshake session live-feed (session 8)sell 3,000 copies of her newly released mini-album from herlive location (it’s not stated how fans are supposed to buy 22イ30—Special Talk Sessionイイa copy that will count towards this tally; probably only the Can Shoko-tan sell 3,000 copies of her new mini-albumイcopies sold at the Harajuku location will count). What will happen to Shoko-tan if she doesn’t sell 3,000Even if you can’t tune in to the the full 24-hour broadcast, copiesイat least try to tune in near the end to find out if Shoko-tanmanages to accomplish her goal or not. A final spurt for the goal in this 24-hour broadcastイイShoko Nakagawa’s new mini-album, nsum~Nakagawa 24イ00—Results announcement イBroadcast OverイShoko ga Utatte Mita! comes out tomorrow, August 15. イ Schedule times are a rough approximation. イ Events might be moved forward or back, depending on circumstances. Source: Natalie, Barks Hatsune Miku X Family Mart campaign starts today [commercial videos & photo tour] Source: campaign-starts-today-commercial-videos-photo-tour/ 10
  • 104. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 15th, 2012The Miku Loves FamiMa campaign (イイイイ 5th Anniversaryイイ LOVES イイイイイイイイイイイ) start today!All those Hatsune Miku food items we’ve been telling youabout are finally available on store shelves!To get the word out, the convenience store chain put out atelevision commercial:There are some hilarious outtakes too:Crunchyroll’s Scott Green notes that FamiMa’s HatsuneMiku CMs are similar in nature to the Corolla + Miku “BaconWrapped Hotdog” commercials from a while ago:Do we have places that sell bacon-wrapped hotdogs inSingapore? I kinda want one now, thanks to Miku (althoughI think the intention of the Corolla commercials was to sellcars).Well, they don’t sell bacon-wrapped hotdogs in Family Martin Japan either. But you know what they do sell?Bread that’s shaped like leeks (イイイイイイイイ):Family Mart East Ikebukuro SeikoBuilding Branch (photo tour)During the campaign period (39 days, from August 14 toSeptember 10), a particular branch of Family Mart locaedin the Seiko Building in East Ikebukuro (イイイイイイイイイイイイイイイイイイ) will also be plastered with Miku loves FamiMadecorations, including illustrations from Miku designer Keiand other artists.Famitsu visited the store and did a photo tour: 11
  • 105. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMore (decorations, food items sold at the store, and aHatsune Miku X Family Mart smartphone app): 12
  • 106. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Crunchyroll, Famitsu Shakugan no Shana illustrator Noizi Itou tweets on coming to Singapore for STGCC Source: itou-tweets-on-coming-to-singapore-for-stgcc/ By sentinel011 on August 15th, 2012 Last year STGCC invited Hanasaku Iroha’s illustrator, Kishida Mel to give a talk about his works and a meet-and- greet session. This year’s special guest has been officially announced – or not? Famed illustrator Noizi Itou tweeted the following: Speaking of which, I will be heading to Singapore end August for an event called STGCC. I am both nervous and thrilled, since this is my first time in Singapore. The image below is a screen capture of her twitter account: 13
  • 107. August 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe quote is highlighted in redSTGCC has not officially announced yet, but luck has beenour side so far with our discovery of Utaite artiste Pico beforetheir official announcement as well.Noizi Itou is a manga and game artist who draws for severalhigh profile anime series, which includes The Melancholyof Suzumiya Haruhi, Shakugan no Shana, Another andmore. She has released almost 10 illustration art books todate.Source: Noizi Itou’s Twitter 14
  • 108. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureMetal Gear Rising:Revengeance and DmC DevilMay Cry demo play videosfrom Gamescom 2012Source: Borderlands 2, the video game, is done. Development workBy KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 on it has been completed, and now Gearbox Software is busy making that awesome Mechromancer DLC character that gamers who pre-order the game will get. Borderlands 2, the awesome 20ft wall mural, on the other hand, is not quite done yet. But it will be, in about 13 hours from the time this post is up. Until then, you can watch UK graffiti artists Sam Hope and Dave More go at it at Gamescom in Germany in this live feed: Stay tuned to SGCafe over the next couple of days, where we’ll bring you loads and loads of Borderlands 2 coverage.Can’t get enough of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance and We’ve played quite a lot of the four-player co-op shooter-DmC Devil May Cry from just the official Gamescom trailers slash-RPG when Gearbox Software CEO Randy Pitchfordalone? was in Singapore this week, so expect more details on theThen watch Raiden and Dante go at it (separately) in Mechromancer, skill trees, cool character skins, and much,these play videos captured on cameras from the Gamescom much more very soon.showfloor in Germany. Borderlands 2 comes out in Singapore September 21.Raiden’s robot friend sadly doesn’t make an appearance atthe Gamescom demo (maybe at TGS?). Still, you get to watchRaiden slice up some poor sod’s car, and some other poor DJMax Technika Tune 9-sod (who’s probably not the owner of that classy car) like minute-long “Let’s Play” trailer kicks off “Summer Fes’sashimi.DmC Devil May Cry’s Dante makes some sashimi too. But 2012″ campaign Source: prefers to use only fresh, live demons from the world of lets-play-trailer-kicks-off-summer-fes-2012-campaign/Limbo for ingredients. If you were worried that this series By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012reboot might stray too far from the core gameplay experiencethat Devil May Cry’s been known for, this video below shouldput you at ease.Borderlands 2: Watch “live”as UK graffiti artists SamHope and Dave More createGamescom wall muralSource: Find out howDJMax Technika Tune is played on a PS Vita in this 9-minute-long trailer, hosted by popular Niconico “Let’s Play” video-maker Gacchiman (ガガガガガ). 1
  • 109. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThis is but only the first in a series “DJMax SummerFes’ 2012″ campaign trailers that features various popularNiconico users singing, dancing, and otherwise doingsomething with DJMax Technika Tune.Next week’s trailer, to be released on August 24, featuresNiconico user Yuge (ガガ) – renowned for his “Let’s trysinging” videos – who will perform Keys to the world fromthe game. DJMax Technika Tune for the PlayStation Vita goes on sale September 27 in Japan. Source: 4Gamer Niconico Live to stream Animelo Summer 2010, 2011 performances; Hatsune MikuAugust 31′s video is a “songs introduction” trailer hosted by a special guest in 2012Vocaloid producer KagomeP (ガガガ P). The tracks Ooh La La, Source: NEW Days, and RockSTAR will be covered. summer-2010-2011-performances-hatsune-miku-a-special-guest- in-2012/ By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012And finally, two “Let’s Try Dancing” videos featuringBoutou (ガガ) and Apricot* (ガガガガガガガ) will be streamed on This year’s Animelo Summer, codenamed Infinity, will takeSeptember 7 and 14, respectively. Again, these are folks who place at the Saitama Super Arena on August 25 and 26. Toare famous on Japanese video upload site Niconico Douga get fans of the annual anison event hyped up for the actualfor their dance videos. concert, Niconico Live will be broadcasting concert footageBoutou will dance to A Song of Sixpence, while Apricot* from 2010 and 2011, viewable for free, on three consecutiveperforms to the beat of Shining My Boy. nights. The fun begins August 22 (Wednesday), 9PM JST (GMT +0900 hours) or 8PM Singapore time, starting with Day 1 of the Animelo Summer Live 2010 -evolution- concert (looks like this is the entire thing, as seen on DVD and Blu-ray). August 23 (Thursday) night, 9PM JST’s broadcast will feature the Day 2 concert of Animelo Summer Live 2010. Each day’s concert features entirely different artistes, so you might want to catch both. Finally, on August 24 (Friday) night, a digest video of Animelo Summer Live 2011 -rainbow- will be streamed online. It’s not the entire concert because the DVDs and Blu- rays for that are still on sale. As usual, Niconico users free and premium alike can click on the ガガガガガガガガ button to DVR the broadcasts, so that they may watch it any time after the broadcasts. 2
  • 110. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTo go to each day’s broadcast page, click on the respective Been a while since we’ve heard news of a Pokemon-themedlinks below: limited edition Nintendo portable. Between August 25 to September 14, Pokemon Center Tokyo will be taking pre-ガガガガガガガ2012ガガガガSPガガガガ Animelo Summer Live 2010 - orders for a Pikachu Yellow version of its 3DS LL (3DS XLevolution- 8.28 in the West) handheld.ガガガガガ2012ガ8ガ22ガ(ガ) 21:00ガ26:00(ガガ)>>ガガガガガガガ Quantities for the Nintendo 3DS LL Pikachu Yellow edition will be limited. Nintendo does not plan to put this on retailガガガガガガガガ2012ガガガガSPガガガガ Animelo Summer Live 2010-evolution- 8.29 shelves; it’s only available to those who pre-order. If you do, you’ll get one September 15.ガガガガガ2012ガ8ガ23ガ(ガ) 21:00ガ26:00(ガガ)>>ガガガガガガガ As with any regular 3DS LL sold in Japan, one of these babies will run you 18,900 yen (price not including AC adaptor; inガガガガガガガガ2012ガガガガSPガガガガ Animelo Summer Live 2011 regions outside Japan an adaptor is included).-rainbow – ガガガガガガガガガガガ2012ガ8ガ24ガ(ガ) 21:00ガ24:30(ガガ)>>ガガガガガガガHatsune Miku in Animelo Summer2012 -INFINITY∞-Apart from today’s news on the Niconico broadcasts, we’djust like to take a brief aside to tell folks that Hatsune Mikuwill be a performer at Animelo Summer 2012 -INFINITY∞-.She’s an artiste for Day 2 (August 26, Sunday).Nothing like a good Hatsune Miku live performance to makeyour summer all mellow-mellow (heh… geddit? Animelo…nevery mind).Source: AnisamaNintendo 3DS LL PikachuYellow edition launched,sold exclusively at PokemonCenter stores in JapanSource: KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 Those of you lucky enough to be in Japan in the aforementioned period, try and get one from a Pokemon Center store in these branches: Sapporo, Tohoku, Tokyo, Yokohama, Nagoya, Osaka, Fukuoka (we’re not sure if that’s all of the Pokemon Center store branches in Japan). Better yet, go to all of the aforementioned stores, and tell us if there’s a Nurse Joy at every branch to heal your Poke- manhood. Source: 4Gamer 3
  • 111. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOne OK Rock’s “The By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012Beginning” – theme song forlive-action Rurouni Kenshinmovie – posted on YouTubechannelSource: KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 Geddit? WTF? That the acronym you can use to refer to Tekken Tag Tournament 2‘s expanded online functionality, and it’s really quite apt, given the staggering amount of free content - all DLC characters, stages, and techniques - Namco Bandai is giving away to fans. (Seriously, folks, you’re missing out on a lot if you don’t pre-order.) On top of the basic online functionality (6-player lobbies, replays; game updates that will add even more modes like 50-player lobby arenas and 16-player lounges), a “WorldHere’s the music video for One OK Rock‘s 7th single, The Tekken Federation” service will let you track detailed playerBeginning, taken from the J-rock band’s official YouTube stats, leaderboard rankings, and create teams – this ispage. essentially clan support in Tekken Tag Tournament 2.Comprising four members – Taka (vocals), Toru (guitar), Just don’t get hung up on the phrase” a new premiumRyoto (bass), Tomoya (drummer) – the enigmatic J-rock service” when the emcee says it in the trailer. Many inband was formed in 2005 and was recently here for the the fighting games community were concerned, since theSingapore stop of their Start Walking the World Tour. word “premium” usually means “paid” content in MMOs andOne OK Rock’s The Beginning, set to be released August other free-to-play titles, but in Tekken Tag Tournament 2′s22 in Japan, is also the theme song for the live- case, it’s really not used in that context.action Rurouni Kenshin movie that’s headed to cinemas The World Tekken Federation service is free to all players,there August 25. according to Mad Catz’s Mark “Markman” Julio whoA set of hi-res movie trailers, putting the spotlight on the responded to a query on Twitter asking if WTF wasvarious ensemble cast members in the movie, surfaced on something that had to be paid for monthly or annually.the Interwebs this week. Between the seven clips, you’re Oh, and in case you were wondering, the emcee’s Corissalooking at over three minutes of footage from the movie, Furr, who played Lili in the “Bad Girls” “Girls Power” trailerwhich we can’t help but get excited about. for TTT2:Kenshin Tekken Tag Tournament 2 is scheduled for release on September 11 in Singapore and the US. Kaoru Read more about the Tekken series here on SGCafe!Sanosuke Source: EventhubsSaito Project Diva developerMegumi teasing Hatsune Miku onKanryu Android announcementJine [speculation] Source: Crunchyroll hatsune-miku-on-android-announcement-speculation/ By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Expect some kind of video, relating either to Hatsune Miku“World Tekken Federation” on Android, or Project Diva f’s AR functionality – later today from Sega’s Project Diva development team latertrailer: Don’t get hung-up on today. Possibly Android-related (and Hatsune Miku-related,the word “premium” of course).Source: 4
  • 112. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone now that the series is on PS Vita, it’d make perfect sense to release the older PSP entries for smartphone devices. Check back with us later today to find out for sure. Source: Twitter Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge film synopsis revealed – Kurapika’s scarlet eyes “stolen” from him Source: film-synopsis-revealed-kurapikas-scarlet-eyes-stolen-from-him/ By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 Kurapika goes blind in the plot for the upcoming HunterSega’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva team loves the iPhone. Or X Hunter: Phantom Rouge movie, when a mysteriousdeveloping for the iPhone. One or the other. Maybe both. malevolent party assaults and robs him of his prized eyes -And that’s probably why they’ve already put out not one, but which have the ability to turn crimson red when Kurapikatwo Hatsune Miku game apps for the iOS platform – Miku gets emotional.Flick, and Miku Flick/02. It’s a trait all Kurta clan members have, which makes theirWe hear it all the time from our readers: “Why iOS? Why eyes one of the seven most beautiful wonders in the world.can’t it be for Android? I’d gladly buy the app right away if it But it’s also the reason why the entire clan was nearlywere available for Android!” decimated (Kurapika is the sole surviving member) by the Phantom Troupe, a gang of pirates who committed theWell, folks, it looks like the Project Diva team may finally massacre because they wanted those eyes.have gotten to work on something on Android… We don’treally know yet; this is all just rumours and speculation for And Kurapika would have ended up dead just like the rest ofnow. his clan, had it not been for intervention from the rest of the Hunter X Hunter heroes (Gon, Killua, Leorio), who managedLate last night, the Twitter account for one of the members to retrieve the last-remaining Kurta member from death’son the development team posted the image you see above, of door before it was too late.Hatsune Miku being displayed on an Android device. Just as our heroes manage to save Kurapika and catch aChances are, that’s not Miku Flick or Miku Flick/02. Which breather, the Phantom Troupe appears before them.doesn’t feature a landscape mode (can someone confirm thisfor us? Tell us in the comments). As it turns out, our mysterious big band is a member of the troupe.What is it then? Your guess is as good as mine. Specifically, the one with the No.4 spider tattoo – allBut we’ll find out soon enough. Earlier on the developer’s members of the Phantom Troupe are marked with a spidertwitter stream, it’s mentioned that they’ve prepared some tattoo bearing a different number (do you see the tattoo insort of video announcement they’d like to share with the first and third images below?).fans, but declined to because the Hatsune Miku lovesFamiMa campaign had just started. They didn’t want their Who is this mysterious assailant? How did they manage toannouncement to detract from that. So they’ve decided to entrap Kurapika – and why now?release the video on Thursday. And will Kurapika ever regain his sense of sight? Find out in Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge, when it hits theatres in Japan January 12 (and subsequently on Blu-ray and DVD).The video may or may not necessarily be connected to theAndroid image. It could also be another Hatsune MikuProject Diva f trailer, this time centered on its AugmentedReality (AR) functionality.But given the timing of these hints, as well as Sony’sPlayStation Mobile announcement – over 30 “PlayStation-like” titles will be released for supported Android devices –yesterday at Gamescom in Germany, we’re hoping it’s notProject Diva f-related.What do you think? Could we be hours away to a HatsuneMiku Project Diva on Android announcement? You know, 5
  • 113. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Hachima Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has a final release date, Gamescom trailer expands upon E3′s Source: a-final-release-date-gamescom-trailer-expands-upon-e3s/ By KarbyP on August 17th, 2012 Kojima Productions and Platinum Games’s lightning-bolt- action blockbuster title Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance gets a release date at Gamescom: February 19, 2013 for US, February 21 in Japan. Also, Raiden gets a pet in a new Gamescom trailer that expands upon the one you saw from E3 in June. The new stuff starts from 03:18. Players assume control of katana-wielding cyborg ninja Raiden in this Metal Gear Solid spin-off that’s less on tactical espionage, and more about confronting your foes in the most stylish way possible, giant sword in hand. 6
  • 114. August 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe game was at one point cancelled by Kojima Productions(like Sleeping Dogs once was), but subsequently resurrectedwhen the studio outsourced development to PlatinumGames – hence the “Revengeance” in the title.Why feature a robo-dog in the game? That’s probably adecision on Platinum Games’s part. Several NeoGAF forumusers noted that a robot dog was originally planned to beincluded in Platinum Games’s Vanquish, but was ultimatelycut out.All that research on a controllable robo-dog is now goinginto Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance… with a vengeance.It could also be a homage to Casshern, some other forum-goers noted.We’ll try and get information on an Asian release date on thishighly-anticipated PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 action title.In the meantime, enjoy these beautiful stills: Source: NeoGAF 7
  • 115. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CulturePersona’s Elizabeth & Aigis,characters from FantasyEarth: Zero and Sora noKiseki are also guests in Lordof VermillionSource: KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Fantasy Earth: ZERO () Free-to-play MMORPG Fantasy Earth: Zero‘s joining the fight too. Lyle and Tivarece, who are both rulers in the game’s universe, are your FE:Z guest characters.Over the past weekend, Square Enix announced at a Lordof Vermillion national tournament in Japan that the nextversion of the game, to be released in arcades there Autumn2012, would feature guest characters from the Persona series– and possibly more.Only one character, Yu Narukami, was detailed at the event.Now, courtesy of the latest issue of Weekly Famitsumagazine, we finally have details on a couple more of thoseguest characters that will be added in Lord of Vermillion The Legend of Heroes: Trails in theRe:2 ~Saisei~ (ロロロ ロロ ロロロロロロロRe:2 ロロロロ). Sky / Sora no Kiseki ()Persona series () Estelle Bright, the heroine in Falcom’s The Legend ofFrom Persona, Elizabeth and Aigis will be joining the Heroes: Trails in the Sky RPG is the final guest characteraforementioned Sister-Complex Kingpin of Steel (that’s Yu’s announced in this week’s Famitsu reveal.“nickname” in Persona 4 Arena, for those of you who didn’tpick up the amazing fighting game). 1
  • 116. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNow, if only arcades in Singapore would bring in thisexcellent tabletop collectible-card-game, which is based on Kamikyoku / 神神the same technology as seen in Sega’s Sangokushi Taisen Artiste: AnyuuP (ロロロロP)series.Source: 1, 2, 3 Kagamine Hachi Hachi Hana Gassen / 神神神神神神神Hatsune Miku Project Diva f: Artiste: MojyaP/Niregiru (ロロロP/ロロロロ)five more songs revealed inthe latest issue of Famitsu Tengaku / 神神magazine Artiste: Yuuyu (ロロロ)Source: KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Stay with me Artiste: shu-tFive more songs from Hatsune Miku Project Diva f arerevealed in the latest issue of Weekly Famitsu magazine, (We weren’t able to find any clips for shu-t’s Stay with me…which brings us to a grand total of 30 known tracks so far. could this be an original?)Only two more to go! Sadistic.Music∞Factory Artiste: cosMo@BousouP (cosMo@ロロP) (No clips for this track too… let us know if you’ve heard this track before; we’ll update this story accordingly as soon as we have more) Hatsune Miku Project Diva f for the PlayStation Vita goes on sale in Japan and Asia August 30. Source: Imagebam Hatsune Miku Project Diva f, Diva Arcade merchandise part of September & October’s Sega Prize line-up Source: arcade-merchandise-part-of-september-octobers-sega-prize-line-up/ By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012Which songs are you hoping will fill those final two slots inHatsune Miku Project Diva f’s song roster? Back in June, Hatsune Miku Project Diva f’s producer,Expect a proper trailer from Sega sometime later this week Seiji Hayashi, had refused to talk about merchandising tie-introducing the five new songs Famitsu revealed. For now, ups when asked about it by 4Gamer, as they were stillhere are some samples taken from YouTube: brainstorming for ideas. 2
  • 117. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNow that the PS Vita rhythm-action title is on the verge ofrelease, those merchandising ideas have finally been filtered Hatsune Miku and Future Starsthrough and materialised – the first batch of which will be Project mirai Mascot Cleaner Vol.4included in the October line-up of Sega Prizes. Features the Vocaloid stars in costumes relating to theMiku fans can attempt to capture and win these Sega Prizes song Sakasama Rainbow (逆逆逆逆逆逆逆逆). 10cm in length,from UFO Catcher machines, or buy them directly from eight designs in total.places like Amazon.October’s Sega Prize line-up also includes some Projectmirai themed items.There’s also something for Project Diva Arcade fans. Butunlike the rest of the items mentioned here, these will comemid-September.Which of these items tickle your fancy? Let us know in thecomments below.Hatsune Miku Project Diva f Multi-PouchA 20cm-long pouch for your PlayStation Vita (also has spacefor a couple of small items). Two designs are available. Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Dedicated IC Card Case VersionB Three designs in all, these 8cm-long card cases are the perfect way to keep your Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B IC card in pristine condition.Hatsune Miku Project Diva f Hatsune Miku Project Diva ArcadeCleaner Strap Micro-fibre TowelA cleaner strap and cloth perfect for wiping the PS Vita’stouchscreen after play. Three designs available, all of which Two designs, 70cm in length.are 10cm in length. Source: 4Gamer 3
  • 118. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBorderlands getting afour-part comic series inNovemberSource: KarbyP on August 22nd, 20122K Games and Gearbox Software’s Borderlands is gettingthe comic-book treatment this November, with the releaseof the first issue in a four-part series from publisher IDW.Entitled Borderlands: Origins, the series is illustrated byAugustin Padilla, written by Mikey Neumann (who served aswriter for the first game; Anthony Burch is penning the storyfor Borderlands 2), and provides an insight into the originsstories for Roland, Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick – the originalvault hunders from Borderlands 1 who will return as non-playable characters in the sequel.Here’s a plot synopsis for the first issue: “Roland.” For the millions and millions of fans of the smash-hit video game BORDERLANDS, a lingering question exists: how did the Vault Hunters get on the bus with Marcus in the first place? Find out how Roland got on the bus with Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick in this exciting look at the soldiers of the Crimson Lance and what made him leave their ranks and search for the Vault. Surprises abound in the first part of a four-issue series chronicling where Borderlands began.”Two covers will be available for this first issue: one featuringRoland, and a variant cover – a piece of fan-art fromrenowned comic-book artist Ray Dillon – that has theplayable cast of Borderlands 2 on it. 4
  • 119. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone As you can see, Toy Coin will be bringing in theAn insert ad for Borderlands: Origins will be included with Ichiban Kuji for OreImo and Angel Beats!, so fansevery copy of Borderlands 2, which is slated to hit PC, of these two highly popular series better startPlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on September 21 (pre-order preparing for the Toy Coin booth!details here). Singapore Toys,Games and Comics ConventionSource: Newsarama [via GameInformer and VG24/7] (STGCC) in conjunction with A.C.M.E IV will also have their own promotion within the event!A.C.M.E. IV reveals Basically, buy your STGCC tickets at A.C.M.E IV and stand a chance to win a Hatsune Miku VN02 Mixmerchandise from retailer toy! The lucky draw will be conducted at 5.45pm andToy Coin the lucky winner will collect the prize on the spot!Source: We would also like to announce several new featuresfrom-retailer-toy-coin-goods/ of A.C.M.E IV that would cater to their respectiveBy sentinel011 on August 22nd, 2012 fanbases:More news on merchandise to be released at A.C.M.E. IV this - Show Dolls will be attending the event, socoming Saturday! The committee reveals some upcoming look out for a display of beautiful dolls from variousgems and exclusives to be sold at the event. anime and manga series!There will be exclusive figurines such as Nendoroids and - Garage Sales Booth: Check out nifty itemsexclusive Ichiban Kuji items up for sale. Below is the write- like artbooks, games, Nendroids, PVC figurines allup of A.C.M.E. ‘s press release: looking for a new home at unbelievable prices! Once again, we have several updates for you. As you And finally, in response to enquiries about our might know, A.C.M.E IV is on this coming Saturday. Gundam vs Gundam tournament format, the We hope you are prepared for it! tournament will be held in 1 v 1 format, with single elimination and the winner decided by the Anyway, first up is an announcement for Toy Coin. best of 3 rounds. We are only preparing for a 16 As previously announced, Toy Coin is one of the player tournament, so interested Mobile Suit pilots, retailers who will be present in A.C.M.E IV, so let’s please send your registration to the following email take a closer look at the items that they will be address: bringing in to the event! 5
  • 120. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone That’s all we have for this round of announcements! We are certainly saving the most important information for our last article, so stay tuned and visit our website ( regularly!Persona 4: The Ultimate inMayonaka Arena skins foryour iPhone 4/4S, PS3, andDual Shock 3 controllersSource: KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 PS3 Dezaskins Two designs are available for the PS3 skins, which also goes for 3,980 yen. Note that the price does not include any Dual Shock 3 skins – those are sold separately.Tell the world which character you “main” in Persona 4: TheUltimate in Mayonaka Arena with these iPhone 4/4S casesfrom maker Dezaegg. 13 designs are available in all, eachcorresponding to a different fighter.Also available: Persona 4 Arena-themed PS3 and Dual Shock3 skins.Pre-orders from Dezaegg’s official website starts today. Thecases and skins go on sale September 28.This is not the first time Dezaegg has made Persona-themediPhone 4/4S cases; back in July a groovy set of Persona 4:The Golden-themed cases was released.iPhone 4/4S “Deza Jacket”Each case comes with a protective film for your iPhone’sfront bezel, as well as a matching digital wallpaper. Priced at3,980 yen.Scroll down to the end of this post to view all designs. Dual Shock 3 Dezaskins Like with the iPhone 4/4S cases, 13 designs are available for the Dual Shock 3 skins. Each skin will run you 980 yen. 6
  • 121. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7
  • 122. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Dezaegg Atsuko Maeda’s final performance at the AKB48 theatre to be live-streamed August 27 on YouTube and Google+ Source: at-the-akb48-theatre-to-be-live-streamed-august-27-on-youtube-and- google/ By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Atsuko Maeda graduates from the idol group AKB48 August 27. On that day, she will be performing live at the AKB48 theatre in Akihabara for the last time, and it – as announced by the group’s management earlier today – will be streamed live on YouTube and Google+. 8
  • 123. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Arc System Works has refined the release date for the console version (PlayStation Network / Xbox Live Arcade)The broadcast begins at 6PM Japan time (GMT+0900 of Guilty Gear XX ΛCore Plus from a vague “Summer 2012″hours) or 5PM Singapore time. To catch it, go to the official to a slightly more concrete “late October, 2012″.AKB48 YouTube channel, or Atsuko Maeda’s Google+ page. Guilty Gear XX ΛCore Plus (read as “Accent Core Plus”) wasThe decision to live-stream Maeda’s final performance at the originally released on the PS2 in 2008 and featured Kliff andAKB48 theatre was made due to an overwhelming number Justice as playable – but overpowered – boss characters.of applications for tickets to see AKB48‘s “absolute ace” forthe last time: a whopping 229,096 fans entered the ballot for In a press release, Arc System Works says that theAugust 27′s 250 “premium tickets”. The odds of landing one forthcoming PSN and XBLA release of Guilty Gear XX ΛCoreof these tickets were 1:916.38. Plus will contain everything as seen in the 2008 PS2 release, with the addition of online mode (if you’re played BlazBlue,This was the biggest number of ticket applicants since Arcana Heart 3, or Persona 4 Arena you should know whatthe 250-seat theatre opened in December 2005. Thus the to expect for online).management’s decision to live-stream the entire event, inpart of appease fans who were not able to obtain one of the At launch, it will not feature the balance tweaks (especiallymuch-coveted premium tickets, despite their best efforts. those for Kliff and Justice) that were made in Guilty Gear XX ΛCore Plus R, a new version that’s coming out in JapaneseApart from the live-stream, the AKB48 management will arcades September 20.also be running a Google+ campaign where fans can attemptto get their messages to Maeda. However, at some point in the future a patch will be released for Guilty Gear XX ΛCore Plus on PSN/XBLA that willBeginning August 21, fan messages posted on Google+ update it to reflect the changes made in R – just take notewith the hashtag “ロmaeda0827″ will be compiled and that this won’t be at launch.subsequently printed on flower petals, to be sprinkledon the AKB48 theatre like confetti during the August 27performance. Guilty Gear Low-Noise Stick -Additionally, fans can also collaborate on an Atsuko Maedagradauation album through the social network by sharing Sanwa Edition- 神神神神神神神 神神神神神神神-their photos with one another. SANWA EDITION- 神Source: OriconGuilty Gear XX ΛCore Plusto hit consoles late October;low-noise GG joystick inSeptemberSource: Although the game itself will only be available from October, Arc System Works will be bringing out a Guilty Gear-themed PlayStation 3 joystick that’s fitted with low-noise parts from Sanwa on September 6, to be sold at Enterbrain’s Ebten store. For 15,540 yen including tax, the stick comes with a special poster illustrated by Guilty Gear creator Daisuke Ishiwatari. Alternatively, you can opt for a poster-less version of the stick for 13,980 yen. 9
  • 124. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe parts used in this stick from ASW are the same ones asthose featured in Mad Catz’s SH series. Persona characters to come in as guests in Lord of Vermillion Source: tsukai-no-yoru-characters-to-come-in-as-guests-in-lord-of-vermillion- re2-saisei/ By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Persona 4 Arena’s Sister-Complex Kingpin of Steel, Narukami Yu, will be the first in a new line of guest characters featured in Lord of Vermillion Re:2 ~Saisei~ (ロロ ロ ロロ ロロロロロロロRe:2 ロロロロ), an expansion to the current LoV Re:2 that will be released in Japanese arcades Autumn 2012, Square Enix announced yesterday at a national tournament. In LoV Re:2 ~Saisei~, Narukami’s special technique is Ziodyne, which does lightning-based damage to one enemy unit within his attack range, and lowers the target’s defense and movement speed for a set amount of time. Although Narukami (which the Japanese has taken to calling “Bancho” or ロロ as he was the nameless main character in Persona 4) was the only character announced at yesterday’s event, Square Enix said fans can expect to see more characters from Persona 3, Persona 4, as well as Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena to make an appearance in this card-based, tabletop arcade game that plays similar to Sega’s Sangokushi Taisen.Source: 4Gamer Outside of the Persona series, Square Enix also announced that characters from TV anime Black Rock Shooter and Type-Moon’s visual novel Mahou Tsukai no Yoru will be making guest appearances. Keeping in mind that Lord of Vermillion is essentially about a war between mythological creatures, who do you think will be featured as guests? Update: Black Rock Shooter and Mahou Tsukai no Yoru guest characters were already part of a previous version of Lord of Vermillion Re:2. 10
  • 125. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFinally, Square Enix announced that five cards from the design protector sheet, AR card, and a PS Vita Trooper Packoriginal LoV that didn’t make it into Re:2 will return in the pouch.Saisei expansion. One of which features Izanami – but notthe same one as seen in Persona 4: According to Engadget China, a glossy screen protector is part of the Hatsune Miku protector sheet; the entire thing comes as a single piece, so you won’t be able to remove the glossy screen protector part and replace it with your own matte screen protector, unless you decide to cut it out yourself. They also appeared to be surprised that you’ll have to apply the protector sheet on by yourself (only the illustration on For more images of these five cards, head over to 4Gamer’s the back panel comes pre-attached on the PS Vita unit). Butreport. not to worry: the protector sheet comes with an instructionSource: 4Gamer card that shows how you’re supposed to align the whole thing properly.Engadget China goes hands- This was something we already knew about quite a while back – Sega chose to do it this way as the protective sheeton with Hatsune Miku limited is a pre-order bonus for the regular version of the game, foredition PlayStation Vita those who already own a PlayStation Vita.Source: KarbyP on August 22nd, 2012 Due to the method of printing used on the sheet, its surface is smooth and slippery to the touch, which could be a minorColour us envious: The lucky, lucky folks from Engadget concern for some.China were able to go hands-on with a final retail unit of the Compared to that, the bigger concern Engadget had wasHatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita a whopping the fact that the Hatsune Miku protector sheet – like mosttwo weeks before it goes on sale (if you want one of these other protective films of such nature – was susceptible tobabies, better pre-order before they’re gone). scratches. There was already a demo unit at the event theySo they’ve done their due diligence by giving us a first look were at that had plenty of scratches on it. If your fingernailsat the much-coveted handheld in a detailed hands-on report are long, you’re bound to scratch it at some point, theythat includes comparisons with a regular Crystal White PS explained. If it were a regular protective film, that wouldVita. have been fine, but this is a one-of-a-kind design that’s not for sale.Sold for HK$3,488 in Hong Kong, the Hatsune Miku limitededition Vita comes with a 4GB memory card, an original- 11
  • 126. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOur advice: you might want to consider applying a secondprotective film to keep the Hatsune Miku protector sheetpristine.Finally, Engadget China added that the rear touch panel onthe Hatsune Miku limited edition PS Vita, despite sportinga special illustration, has the exact same texture as a regularCrystal White PS Vita. Apart from the special illustration,the limited edition Vita is no different from a regular CrystalWhite. 12
  • 127. August 22nd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Engadget China 13
  • 128. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture AR Live The above video interview you see above is actually theHatsune Miku Project Diva f second of a two-parter. Here’s the first part, which has the developers discussingdevelopers talk Dreamcast the process they took with creating character modules, and& Phantasy Star Online 2 a brief demonstration of the game’s AR Live function.references in this video Dead or Alive 5 will have 2-interviewSource: player online training & 16-developers-talk-dreamcast-phantasy-star-online-2-references-in-this-video-interview/ player tournament modes Source: KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 online-training-16-player-tournament-modes/ By KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012The Dreamcast controller makes a cameo in the PV forRemoCon (リリリリ). Did you notice that from watching any of takes a look at the online modes in Koeithe previous songs trailers for the game? Tecmo’s Dead or Alive 5. Other than standard rankedIn the following video interview, the Hatsune Miku Project matches, a two-player online training (which was firstDiva f development team says that as much as possible introduced in the genre by Street Fighter X Tekken) and 16-they’ve tried to include interesting parodies or references player tournament modes will be and there throughout the game for players to find. There’s also text chat support, for those of you who don’t feelSome of it will be obvious, some of it won’t. The Dreamcast like putting on a headset and chatting with your opponentcontroller falls under the former category – it’s an actual when you’re about to slaughter them in the 3D fighter.item that you’ll be able to use as decoration in the My Roomfeature of the game.The developers also talked about the story behind thePhantasy Star Online 2 tie-in as seen in the PV for thesong Online Game Addicts Sprechor (リリリリリリリリリリリリリ).When it was decided that Online Game AddictsSprechor would make it into Project Diva f’s track list, theteam really wanted to have actual MMOG references in thePV for it. Which means they would have to approach anactual MMOG maker to ask for permission to include anysuch recognisable elements.Fortunately, Sega already has a current MMOG property:Phantasy Star Online 2.So they approached the PSO2′s producer Tabata Sakae, whotold them “well, since within Sega we’re pretty much the onlyMMOG property… and since it’s Hatsune Miku, sure, we’llgo along with it.” 1
  • 129. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFamitsu also has a batch of images that shows Brad Wong,Elliot, Helena and La Mariposa (Lisa) slugging it out. The Dead or Alive 5 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles isfour characters were the latest to be confirmed for Dead or scheduled for release on September 25. Like with TekkenAlive 5, which comes some seven years after the previous Tag Tournament 2, pre-orderers are entitled to a set ofnumbered title in the series, 4. swimsuits for the characters: Source: Famitsu Spec Ops: The Line adds 2- player co-operative mode in free DLC pack Source: operative-mode-in-free-dlc-pack/ By KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 Thought you finished your tour of duty in Dubai as Colonel John Konrad in 2K Games’s Spec Ops: The Line, didn’t you? Well, think again, pardner. Developer Yager has just added four brand new 2-player co- operative missions to the game, available via a 200+MB DLC pack. These co-op missions are playable online as well as offline via system-link. 2
  • 130. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHere’s what each of the four new missions entail. Considerthis your mission briefing: • Carpark Extraction – Reach the chopper before a devastating sandstorm prevents your extraction • Gorge Top – Locate and assassinate the 33rd VIP. Get out of there once the target is down before reinforcements arrive! • Refugees – You are a part of a refugee insurgency in an encampment held by Konrad soldiers. Your objective is to get out of there alive! • Graveyard Sabotage – Hack the Com Stations in order to scotch communication with Enemy-HQEach mission can be played on four difficulty levels, with thehardest being FUBAR (F***ed Up Beyond All Recognition).Even on the easiest difficulty level, these missions are nocakewalk. In Graveyard Sabotage, for instance, you start themission by going into a firefight with unidentified targetsthat you can’t see, due to a sandstorm, and ends with aheavily fortified area filled with tangos who are trying toflush you out with rocket launchers.The co-operative mode DLC pack is available now, free to allSpecs Ops: The Line players.Kyubey from Puella MagiMadoka Magica: “make acontract with me, eat myface cake”Source: KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012I bet this was exactly what Mami Tomoe had in mind whenshe told Madoka Kaname to “wish for a cake” if she didn’tknow what to do with her wish.(In the world of Puella Magi Madoko Magica, the magicalcreature Kyubey offers to grant talented individuals a wish –anything they desire – on the condition that they enter intoa contract with him to fight demons as a Mahou Shoujo orMagical Girl.)Bandai’s official online store Premium Bandai has beguntaking pre-orders today for a “Kyubey Face Cake”, made withvanilla mousse and cranberry sauce, that will ship out inNovember to fans of the anime series who’d love nothingmore than to take a bite into the villainous magical cat’slikeness. 3
  • 131. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThis is not the first time Premium Bandai has offered a cake Source: Comic Natalie, Premium Bandaibased on the critically-acclaimed anime series from 2011.A Mami Tomoe-themed “Mou Nani mo Kowakunai” (“I’m Tales of Xillia 2′s Rowen J.not afraid of anything anymore”) cake with pineapple andpeach fruit bits in it was made available earlier this year. Ilbert has really fast fingersTo commemorate the forthcoming theatrical release of two [character intro video]Puella Magi Madoka Magica films, Premium Bandai will Source: again take pre-orders for the Mami Tomoe-inspired really-fast-fingers-character-intro-video/cake later this year in October. 4
  • 132. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 Late last night (in the AM), the organisers for A Certain Magical Event dropped a massive bombshell upon unsuspecting fans on their Facebook page. Nagi Yanagi, who performed songs like Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (Bakemonogatari ED) and Sayonara Memories while she was a guest vocalist with the music group Supercell (led by Odds&Ends‘ Ryo) between 2009 and 2011, will be coming to Singapore for A.C.M.E. IV. Apart from the aforementioned two singles, Yanagi also provided vocals for the majority of Supercell’s second album Today is A Beautiful Day (2011); for their first album, Supercell’s leader Ryo had relied on Hatsune Miku forDon’t let his mild-mannered, refined appearance fool you. vocals.Tales of Xillia 2′s Rowen J. Iibert – one of your party Yanagi also has a solo career, and was the artiste behindmembers from the first game returning for the sequel – is a songs like Vidro Moyou (リリリリリリ, the ED for Ano Natsu demaster at typing text messages on mobile handsets. Matteru) and Ambivalentidea” (ED for Jormungand).I’d love to see him go toe-to-toe with Steins;Gate’s Shining Outside of anime, she’s also worked with visual novel makerFinger, Moeka Kiryu. Key on two songs for Rewrite, and a concept album (aHeck, this guy might even be able to clear the hardest song collaboration with Key’s Jun Maeda) entitled Owari noin Miku Flick in Break the Limit mode. Hoshi no Love Song. To meet Yanagi in person and receive her autograph, all you have to do is purchase one of her CDs at A.C.M.E IV fromWatch Rowen (CV: Makoto Terada) fight alongside the Cantaria booth. The autograph session will take place atprotagonist Ludger Will Kresnik in these two following clips, the venue 3PM.also published today: From A.C.M.E.’s Facebook page: ********SPECIAL NEWS ALERT********Tales of Xillia 2 is set one year after the original Xillia, and itsstory revolves around 20-year-old Ludger Will Kresnik (CV: We have just confirmed an appearance of a veryTakashi Kondou) and 8-year-old Elle Mel Mata (CV: Mariya special guest!!!..and that person is none other thatIse). Yanagi Nagi-san!!In many of the promotional materials it is hinted that at Well, unfamiliar with that name? But we believesome point in the game the player may have to be prepared you will not be unfamiliar with songs like “Kimi noto “destroy the entire world for the sake of one girl”. Shiranai Monogatari” and “Sayonara Memories” by supercell. Indeed, she is the lead vocal for theseOther characters returning from the first game songs under the alias “nagi”.include Alvin. She produced her first single under her ownTales of Xillia 2 for the PlayStation 3 is slated for a name “ビビビビビビ” (ED theme for Ano Natsu deNovember 1 release in Japan. Matteru), followed by “Ambivalentidea” (ED ThemeNamco Bandai Games will release an English version of the for Jormungand). That is not all, she sang for twooriginal Tales of Xillia sometime in 2013. songs in the OST of Key’s visual novel, Rewrite and collaborated with Jun Maeda of Key to produce theSingapore: Former supercell original concept album “Owari no Hoshi no Love Song”.vocalist Nagi Yanagi will be worked with visual novel maker Key on two songs for Rewrite, and a concept album (a collaborationhere for A.C.M.E. IV with Key’s Jun Maeda) entitled Owari no Hoshi noSource: Love Song.nagi-yanagi-will-be-here-for-a-c-m-e-iv/By KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 Yanagi-san would be having a signing session at 3PM. You would only need to buy 1 of her CDs in A.C.M.E. and you would be able to get a free autograph by Yanagi-san in person! (hmm maybe we should change the conditions, this seems too easy >.<) The autograph session and sales of her CDs would be at the Cantaria booth. (they would also be the ones selling Suzuhira sensei works >.<) So see you all there!!” 5
  • 133. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePersona 4′s Jiraiya & Izanagino Ookami, Fatal Fury’s TerryBogard are the next BandaiD-Arts action figuresSource: KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012Jiraiya (Yosuke’s Persona) and Izanagi no Ookami (theevolved form of Yu Narukami’s Izanagi) from Persona 4,and Fatal Fury’s Terry Bogard are the next in line to receiveBandai’s D-Arts movable-parts PVC figure treatment.Feast your eyes on these glorious images of the figures invarious poses, courtesy of scroll down for pricing and availability details. 6
  • 134. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Persona Jiraiya is available in stores sometime in September, to be sold for 3,675 yen including tax. The figure is about 160mm tall. Comes with a pedestal for Jiraiya to stand on. Izanagi no Ookami is about 170mm tall, comes with his trademark spear, interchangeable hand parts, and a pedestal. Available mid-November for the price of 3,990 yen. Apart from Jiraiya and Izanagi no Ookami (white), a previous line of the D-Arts figures featured regular Izanagi (the black Izanagi as seen in the image above) and Konohanasakuya (Yukiko’s Persona). Fatal Fury Terry Bogard comes with a ridiculous number of interchangeable parts: hair, power wave, burning knuckle, power geyser, facial expressions, and three types of interchangeable hand parts for both the left and right arms. Plus a haversack accessory part that’s tied to a specific hand part. This guy’s roughly 150mm tall, and will be sold for 4,410 yen (what a deal, considering the crazy amount of accessories you’re getting). Available late-November. Source: Famitsu Little Battlers Experience W delayed to October Source: to-october/ By KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 Level 5 today announced that the next entry in their miniaturised robot combat video game series, Little Battlers Experience W (リリリリリリリW) will have its September 27 release date delayed to October 18. 7
  • 135. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFans of the Little Battlers Experience (known as DanboruSenki in Japanese) franchise -there’s an anime series as well– will just have to wait slightly longer before they can finallyget their hands on this latest installment, which is beingreleased simultaneously for the PSP and the PS Vita. Cross-platform multi-play is supported in W.In typical Japanese-developer fashion, no real reason wascited as to why the game’s being delayed for three moreweeks, other than that publisher Level 5 is doing it to ”furtherimprove the game’s quality, provide an even more fulfillingamount of content, and ultimately ensure a great userexperience for all customers.”But you know, developers do not simply wake up one dayand decide they’re going to delay a game’s release just to“make it better”. Unless the game you’re making is, well,Gran Turismo. In which case the delays are justified.Little Battlers Experience is set in a futuristic universewhere teenagers and adults alike collect combat-readyminiaturised robots called “Little Battlers” that they dobattle with, Pokemon style.All’s swell, until a mysterious terrorist group suddenlyhijacks all of the Little Battlers in the world, and sets themto attack innocent bystanders.……You’d think the folks who made all these robots would haveseen this coming a mile away. That maybe it’s not such agood idea to equip these robots with tiny machine vulcans.Ludicrous plot mechanics aside, the game itself looks likea blast to play. Guess we’ll find out when Little BattlersExperience W ships October 18.Source: 4GamerMinami-ke Omatase’s (OVA)ensemble cast prepares forHalloween in this PVSource: KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012The tenth volume of slice-of-life gag manga Minami-ke willcome bundled with a special original video animation DVDcontaining a one-off episode, Minami-ke Omatase, thatfeatures scenarios in depicted in five chapters from series.Publisher Kodansha today uploaded a promo video for theOVA. For those of you who’ve been following the manga series, these are the five specific chapters that will be featured in the OVA: • Chapter 179: リリリリリ / Because the weather’s hot 8
  • 136. August 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Chapter 181: リリリリリ / For some reason been the prompt for the mass account purge on Monday, in an attempt to dwindle the figures and restore investor • Chapter 185: リリリリリ / Words of Magic confidence. • Chapter 189: リリリリ / Ambience It is unclear, however, why Facebook has chosen to target • Chapter 192: リリリリ / On a whim specifically user accounts with the word “cosplay” in it.The Minami-ke Volume 10 + Minami-ke Omatase OVA DVD Oddly enough, it would seem that users who had the wordlimited edition set is scheduled for an October 5 release, to “cos” – a term that many Japanese cosplayers include inbe sold for 3,700 yen including tax. Pre-orders begin August their cos names – were not affected at all.28.Prior to the Omatase OVA, the series has seen three TVanime seasons - Minami-ke (2007), Minami-ke Okawari(2008), and Minami-ke Okaeri (2009). There was alsoanother OVA released in 2009, entitled Minami-keBetsubara.Source: Yaraon It could very well be that the term “Cosplay” is simply the most frequent term employed in Facebook usernamesFacebook mass-deletes (possibly the sole silver lining to this gloomy story:cosplayer accounts without “cosplay” could be the most popular term included in Facebook usernames).warning postulates that other common terms found inSource: user account like “photography”, “gamer”, and “sports”, areaccounts-without-warning/ likely to be targeted next.By KarbyP on August 23rd, 2012 Our hearts go out to cosplayers affected by Facebook’sIf you’re a cosplayer who goes under an alias on your thoughtless, extremist measure.Facebook profile, it might be a good idea to go to yourAccount Settings – right now – and click on “Download Source:, copy of your Facebook data”.Also, try to avoid commonwords in your username. It might potentially save you froma lot of trouble and heartache.Several cosplayers found themselves in for a rude shockwhen they accessed the popular social network serviceFacebook earlier this week, only to discover that their useraccounts – along with years of accumulated personal dataincluding photos, videos, and hundreds if not thousands ofcontacts – had been deleted.According to news site, their accounts weredeleted due to a mass purge Facebook performed on Mondaythat targeted usernames containing the word “cosplay”, inan attempt to clamp down on “duplicate” or “fake” accountsthat go by an alias rather than the users’ real names.These “duplicate accounts” were said to compriseapproximately 8.7 percent of Facebook’s monthly activeusers.When the social network revealed this 8.7 percent figure ina regulatory filing made earlier in August, the informationdid not sit well with investors and caused a dip in thepublicly traded company’s stock price. This might have 9
  • 137. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture However, for this performance I did not want to let myself A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku get carried away. I mustn’t let it feel like a dream [I told and Japanese Pop Culture myself]. It’s a joy to be able to perform on stage, and I was able to experience and savour that sense of joy for real this time.Atsuko Maeda’s final AKB48 —Moving forth what do you think AKB48 will be like withoutinterview: “I might try your presence? How would you like the group to evolve?studying abroad in New I’d really like for the AKB48 to remain as a group and maintain its own identity regardless of whomever isYork” [full transcript] graduating.Source: Yesterday, after everyone came to see me off [before I madeBy KarbyP on August 27th, 2012 my way here to Akihabara], I turned and saw a bunch of new AKB songs on the monitors behind me. And that made me ponder. As I would be graduating today, yesterday I began to see myself as someone outside of the loop, as someone who could view AKB48 from an objective viewpoint. Looking at everything around me, [when I saw how wonderful it was] gradually a smile began to form on my face. And when I saw everyone else’s faces, it put me at ease too. From now on I’ll be supporting everybody’s activities from a spectator’s point of view. And I look forward to seeing their growth.Earlier today Atsuko Maeda held her final AKB48 pressconference at the AKB48 Theatre in Akihabara, Tokyo, —Maeda, in the past you’ve often blogged about about thewhere she will be performing for the last time as an AKB splendourous breakfasts you allow yourself to indulge inmember (streamed live today from 5PM Singapore time; from time to time (note: two weeks ago the AKB48 CAFE &YouTube link here). SHOP announced that it will introduce a new breakfast item based on something Atsuko Maeda has blogged about, to beAt the press con she spoke about future showbiz plans, about voted on by fans). How was your breakfast today?AKB48′s iron-clad “no-romance” rule (which she’s no longersubjected to beginning tomorrow), and the possibility of Ah, I didn’t manage to grab a bite this morning. In fact Istudying abroad – by herself – in New York. haven’t had anything yet. During the 3-day Tokyo Dome concert period, althought there was time allotted for sleep, IThe full transcript from the session, as follows: was so anxious that I woke up super early for the past three- days in a row. Now that the concert’s done, I was able to feel at ease, and as a result I overslept this morning. So there wasn’t time to eat breakfast (laughs). —Once you’ve graduated from AKB48, that means a romantic relationship is no longer forbidden, right? I wonder about that. As a joke I told Akimoto-sensei (producer for AKB48) that as soon as today’s over, at 0:00 midnight on the 27th, I’ll go and fall in love, or something like that. But in reality I don’t have any such person in mind. Even within my inner thoughts, it feels like romance is something that’s still a ways off, so I don’t know about that.–The dream-like 3-day Tokyo Dome concert has finallyconcluded.This concert was really the one I’ve been happiest with, in allof my almost seven years [with AKB48]. Whenever I go onstage to perform, I get so anxious that my mind simply goesblank, and so I never got to truly take in the entire experience[of performing on a big stage]. It always felt to me like, “isthis a dream?” 1
  • 138. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on August 27th, 2012 Hit the jump if you’re interested to find out what the game’s trophies are. You’d have to guess what the conditions to unlocking these trophies are, however; it’s not specified in—Once you’ve had some time to unwind and settle down, the trophy description.what would you like to do? All of the trophies have to do with unlocking profile titles inI’d like to go to various places, if there’s time for that. But I the game. The sole exception is the Platinum Trophy, whichwant to go to all those places by myself. is unlocked when all other trophies are.Maybe I should live and study abroad in New York, which is Although the conditions for unlocking these titles/trophiesthe one place I’m most interested in amongst all the various are not specified, you do get a sense of what you’re supposedcountries. But if I do that I’d like to do it by myself. Not to do simply from the name of the title.having an insider’s perspective to the place, I think I’d be Here’s the list of trophies in Japanese, followed by a roughable to challenge myself in many interesting ways. translation of all the titles you’re required to obtain to unlock—How about taking your former stint with being in AKB48 Bronze, Silver, and Gold trophies in the game. Note that theas a title, and continuing your career in showbiz as “Atsuko first item on the English list (Bronze-Silver-Gold-PlatinumMaeda”? order) is the very last one on the Japanese list (Platinum- Gold-Silver-Bronze order).Hmmm… If I were to think about it [and weigh the pros andcons] calmly, I think if I were to go into showbiz that way it Hatsune Miku Project Diva f comes out in Japan and Asiawould make me very uneasy. (including Singapore) August 30.However, if Akimoto-sensei and everyone with AKB48,including the members, staff, and fans, think that I should doit and would support that endeavour, then at the very least,I wouldn’t want to let everybody down. I’d try my best.—After leaving AKB, how about taking on the path of anaspiring actress with the goal of one day walking down thered carpet at the Academy Awards?Although I’ve considered becoming an actress and aimingfor that sort of lofty dream before, eventually I felt that Ididn’t quite have the conviction to work hard for that sortof goal yet. So not right now, but someday I might aspiretowards that.Atsuko Maeda’s final greeting at the photo-session:Actually I cried quite a lot yesterday, so I’m sorry if my facelooks less photogenic than before (laughs). I’m really gladthat so many of you have come. Today is my last day withAKB48… but since I already did all the crying yesterday,I’m hoping that today I’ll be able to finish everything allsmiles. I’d like for everyone to have a good time today, mysincerest thanks to everyone. Please continue to support us,both AKB48 and Atsuko Maeda. Thank you very much.Source: Oricon StyleHatsune Miku Project Diva f’slist of trophies leaked [minorspoilers]Source: 2
  • 139. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Silver Shooting Star If it’s for you… Beautiful furniture A place to rest (こここここ) EditP MEIKO’s Manager KAITO’s Aibo (partner) Luka’s Tea Buddy Len’s Friend Rin’s Play Buddy (こここここここ) Miku’s Partner Hobby: PV Appreciation Gold Memories Album Module Collector Entertainer Super Player (こここここここ) Expert Player (こここここここ) Source: Jin The World Ends With You - Solo Remix- out today for iPhone and iPad Source: remix-out-today-for-iphone-and-ipad/This is who I am (ここここここ) By KarbyP on August 27th, 2012That’s good!Begun making EditsLive tourGood morning (こここここここここ)ItadakimasuEsperHome interview One of the best games to ever grace the Nintendo DS is getting an iOS port. Square Enix’s The World Ends WithArt Colection You (Subarashiki Kono Sekai or ここここここここここ) was a stylish action RPG set in real-world Shibuya.I love DIVA Not only that, but it had a killer soundtrack and an intriguing storyline as well: as an amnesiac Neku Sakuraba, you haveWelcome to DIVA! to work with a partner to try and clear seven missions on seven consecutive days, in a cruel “Shinigami Game”; fail 3
  • 140. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneany of the missions, and Neku ceases to exist. Clear all the Outside of the core game there is also a Beyblade-likemissions, however, and an unspecified reward (well, you’ll multiplayer mini-game where you slide a pin badge aroundfind out halfway through what this “reward” is) is yours. attempting to knock others’ pin badges off the playing field.Above all, The World Ends With You featured a unique If you didn’t have the chance to pick up this cult classic on thecombat system that required you to take control of DS, I heartily implore you to check it out. This game was sotwo separate characters, simultaneously, fighting on two amazing that even if you’ve finished the original DS version,separate screens. enough time has passed since it came out that it might be a good idea to revisit it again on iOS – I know I will be. The World Ends With You -Solo Remix- is now available on the Singapore iTunes app store for S$ 22.98. That may seem a little pricey for an iOS game, but this was originally a DS RPG about 30~40 hours in length – now with its graphics redrawn in HD. “Madoka Magica” movie trailer features a new theme from ClariS Source: theme-by-claris/ By IceTea on August 27th, 2012 A new trailer for the upcoming Madoka Magica movies were recently aired in Japan, featuring a new theme song “Luminous” by the teenage female duo, ClariS, who also performed the OP “Connect” for the anime series. “Luminous” will be the theme song for the first movie, Gekijou-ban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no Monogatari and the CD single is expected to go on sale on October 10. Producer Atsuhiro Iwakami had revealed that the film trilogy will begin with a two-part compilation of the TV series, followed by the first movie Gekijou-ban Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Zenpen: Hajimari no MonogatariIn enemy encounters, you and your partner are teleported which will open on October 6. The 2nd movie, Gekijou-baninto different realms but fight the same enemies (an enemy Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica Kohen: Eien no Monogatri,defeated on one screen will disappear on the other). will follow on October 13 as well.On the DS’s lower screen, you controlled Neku by slashing, Kalafina is expected to be returning to perform a theme songtapping, dragging, and rubbing away at the touchscreen. for the films too.Simultaneously, you also controlled Neku’s partner with thed-pad, who performs combo attacks (hit the left or right d-pad directions) that can be modified by hitting up or down.For The World Ends With You’s iOS port, however, SquareEnix has reimagined the combat system so all of it takesplace on one screen now (hence the subtitle -Solo Remix-). Borderlands 2: play this “16- Your partner now appears to be AI-controlled, but to make bit demake” while you waitup for the lack of multi-tasking, there are new combatelements as well (as seen in the trailer from 1:10 onwards). for the full game Source: the way, even though the trailer below is in Japanese, the demake-while-you-wait-for-the-full-game/game is out now internationally in English as well. 4
  • 141. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 27th, 2012 By KarbyP on August 27th, 2012Borderlands 2 developer Gearbox Software has put out a Ever wondered how the cast of Puella Magi Madokabrowser-based game – entitled “The Border Lands”, a 16-bit Magica would look like in yukatas? The 13-episode anime“demake” of their successful FPS/RPG franchise – as part of series never got the chance to dress its cast of characters uptheir promotional efforts for the highly-anticipated sequel. in any sort of fan-service costumes.And guess what, folks, it’s actually pretty good! But thanks to Mobage’s Puella Magi Madoka Magica socialYou pick from one of four characters – Salvador, Maya, Zero, game, we’re finally able to take a look at Mami Tomoe’sor Axton (who are also the playable cast of Borderlands 2) yukata sugata (Japanese for “yukata appearance”).– each with different stats, and proceed to slug away at the As long as you’re not actually spending any time or moneymyriad foes of 16-bit Pandora. playing these bloodsucking excuses for a video game, theseSlain enemies will occasionally drop a weapon chest, which social game thingamajigs are actually pretty awesome! Inlets you swap your currently equipped weapon for one of two terms of the amount of eye-candy they provide, that is.options, including: a twin-shot that cover your front andyour back simultaneously, rocket launchers that can pierce Card Illustrationsthrough terrain, and even a spread-shot that fires in random,uncontrollable directions.Here’s the official game description according to a pressrelease: The Border Lands’ is a 16-bit lo-fi game which offers a tantalizing glimpse into the origins of many elements still present in today’s hit franchise. It may not have 87 bazillion guns, or dynamic online co- op but it does fit on five floppy disks! For those who perhaps unsurprisingly no longer have a working floppy disk drive, the game can also be played online for free online.”The web-based game is accessible from the URL sure to let us know how far you got and what your besthigh scores are in the comments below!Borderlands 2 for the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360gaming platforms comes out internationally on September21.For Borderlands 2 price and pre-order campaign details inSingapore, click here.“Madoka Magica” girls put onsummer yukatas for Mobagesocial gameSource: 5
  • 142. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Event cutscenes If for some reason you’re interested in picking up the social game, then you might be happy to learn that – like many Mobage social games – there isn’t an IP block or any such other means being employed to keep non- Japanese players out (pity the same can’t be said of Madoka Magica Online). As long as you’re able to register for a Mobage account through your smartphone (a fair amount of Japanese literacy is required), then you’re in. That said, paid content for the social game will only be available to players who can authenticate their account with a Japanese mobile number. Even on the free level of service, many of the promotional items and in-game campaigns cannot be accessed unless you’re verified. Source: Crunchyroll 6
  • 143. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone ~Tip sent in by SGCafe reader Luvmichan.Start your weekend withthese Hatsune Miku music Atsuko Maeda’s AKB48videos: “Weekender Girl” and graduation parade on August“Fake Doll” 27 cancelledSource: Source: in-akihabara-on-august-27-cancelled/By KarbyP on August 27th, 2012 By KarbyP on August 27th, 2012Music videos for kz/livetune and HachioujiP’s feel-goodHatsune Miku song Weekender Girl, as well as HachioujiP’selectro-ballad Fake Doll are up now on video sites YouTube A “graduation parade” event where fans lining up on theand Niconico Douga. streets of Akihabara could catch a glimpse of Atsuko Maeda prior to her final performance at the AKB48 Theatre hasBoth are original tracks written and composed specifically been cancelled, AKB48′s management announced today.for Sega’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva f. The event was born out of a request from Atsuko MaedaWhich do you like better? herself after she heard that the odds of landing one of theNot that you’d have to choose between them: Fake Doll is the premium tickets to her final performance at the AKB48coupling track for Weekender Girl in a CD single that will be Theatre had been 1:916.38.released in Japan August 29.Two versions of the single will be available: a regular editionCD priced at 1,050 yen, as well as a limited first-print CD+DVD+bonus gift: Hatsune Miku keyholder [こここここ:CDこDVDこここここここここここここここここここWeekender Girlここここ] thatwill be sold for 1,785 yen. Prices include tax. “Can we somehow arrange for me to meet more of my fans in person?” Maeda reportedly asked the management, who had assented to it after consulting with both the local police as well as residents on safety measures. However, today the management had a change of heart, and announced the event’s cancellation to allay safety concerns posed by a potential overcrowding situation on the streets of Akihabara reminiscent to the 500,000-man parade at Ginza this past Monday, when Japan’s 71 Olympic medalists rodeReaders in Singapore might want to check with HMV; there’s through the metropolitan Tokyo area on five double-deckera good chance they’ll bring it in, but it may not be the CD buses. In the interest of public safety, police had advised for+DVD version. For that you might have to order online. the graduation parade to be cancelled.A digital copy of the CD single will also be sold on iTunes On the AKB48 official blog, the popular Japanese idolSingapore on August 29 for the low, low price of S$4.98. A group’s management apologised for the unfortunate turn oftotal of four tracks are included – Weekender Girl, Fake Doll, events.and their respective karaoke (instrumental) versions to do Fans, however, can still watch Atsuko Maeda perform at theyour own covers with. AKB48 Theatre for the last time on August 27 via a liveiTunes has started taking pre-orders for Weekender Girl/ broadcast on YouTube, Google+, and the Fuji TV channel inFake Doll, so if you want to be amongst the first to download Japan.the songs, head to the iTunes store online today! 7
  • 144. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: AKB48 official blog [via Natalie] Here are the details for the Ichiban Kuji: ~~~~~Yanagi Nagi appearance Time 3:00pmdetails, merchandise Ticket Price: $16.00 each tickets *No Reservations of Kuji ticketsexclusives from KKnM at this *No Pre Sales would be doneSaturday’s A.C.M.E IV *First come first serve only, limited amount ofSource: tickets per purchase round for each title.By sentinel011 on August 27th, 2012 (e.g. Typemoon 10th Anniversary – 3 tickets onlyOur previous article has mention of guest Yanagi Nagi. Now per purchase round, Puella Magi Madoka Magicato wrap things up, the A.C.M.E committee has shared with Part 2 – 3 tickets only per purchase round)SGCafe some very exclusives for all to salivate over.Of course, more details of Yanagi Nagi’s appearance are *No Discounts would be given, all prices at fixedalso featured below. Gundam VS Gundam and Tohou pricetournaments’ rules and regulations are also featured. Of ~~~~~course, for those who intend to queue overnight, comiketstyle; there are also details about that too! Sheng Tai Toys has the following promotion at A.C.M,E IV as well:All these and more are explained in the press release below: In the last article of our A.C.M.E series, the spotlight shall be on the products that will be on sale at the event, along with a special guest that we will be announcing shortly. So without any further ado, head over to the KKnM website to see the items that will be on sale: ACME%20IV/KKnMacme2012.htm In addition to the items in the above link, KKnM is also happy to present the following two sets of Ichiban Kuji: English Version of One Piece Carddess Promotion specially at ACME at KKnM booth! Buy 3 packs and flash your cards to receive a One Piece Before Meister Vol. 2 mini figurine!! ~~~~~ The entire list of items looks tempting, yes? But that is not all! Cantaria, in conjunction with Suzuhira Hiro, has also brought us a whole slew of products that are illustrated by Suzuhira-sensei herself. Here’s a picture for your reference: 8
  • 145. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone overnight for their desired item, fear not! You can look for our friendly overnight queuemaster Chin Yong at the Changi Point MacDonalds. He will be holding A.C.M.E IV signage and he will be equipped with queue numbers to be given to fans who are queuing overnight. Please note that Chin Yong will be at Changi Point MacDonalds at 10pm, so basically the first person to contact him personally at that time will be first in the entire A.C.M.E queue. And finally, we would like to send a friendly reminder to the gamers out there who are participating in A.C.M.E IV’s Touhou Hisouten and Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus tournaments. Here are the links to the rule, regulations and timing The price list for these items would be released on for the respective games: the day itself as there could be more items arriving, even as we speak. So worry not! Touhou Hisouten: touhou2012.php There’s also an autograph session for Suzuhira- sensei! Conditions for the autograph session would Mobile Suit Gundam Extreme Versus: http:// be a minimum purchase of SGD100.00 worth of Suzuhira-sensei’s works and items. That’s all for now. All that is left is to attend the event A limit would be imposed, and please note that the on 25th August, and be at Singapore Expo’s Garnet autograph session would be at 1.30pm at Cantaria’s Room at 10am. See you then! booth. Us at SGCafe feel that there’s a need to point out to all Cantaria also has something to say about the interested merchandise hunters and Yanagi Nagi fans on other special guest that they have specially invited how to get to A.C.M.E IV. We have provided the site map and for this event. The following except is lifted layout from their facebook page: straight from the A.C.M.E Facebook page (http:// ~~~~~ We have just confirmed an appearance of a very special guest!!!..and that person is none other that Yanagi Nagi-san!! Well, unfamiliar with that name? But we believe you will not be unfamiliar with songs like “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari” and “Sayonara Memories” by supercell. Indeed, she is the lead vocal for these songs under the alias “nagi”. She produced her first single under her own Site Map name “ビビビビビビ” (ED theme for Ano Natsu de Matteru), followed by “Ambivalentidea” (ED Theme for Jormungand). That is not all, she sang for two songs in the OST of Key’s visual novel, Rewrite and collaborated with Jun Maeda of Key to produce the original concept album “Owari no Hoshi no Love Song”. Yanagi-san would be having a signing session at 3PM. You would only need to buy 1 of her CDs in A.C.M.E. and you would be able to get a free autograph by Yanagi-san in person! (hmm maybe we should change the conditions, this seems too easy >.<) The autograph session and sales of her CDs would Event layout be at the Cantaria booth. (they would also be the ones selling Suzuhira sensei works >.<) So see you Look out for SGCafe as well, as we are having a special all there!! activity for all our forum members! Take a picture of yourself with your loot of the day at A.C.M.E and post it up onto our ~~~~~ forum and win special prizes from us! For more information, Ok, that is a lot of new information for a post. head over to our forum thread. Now, for A.C.M.E attendees who would like to queue 9
  • 146. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKami Jigen Game Informants System (見見見見見見)Neptune V’s 6th PV details“Informants”, “Disc Make”,and “Nepstation” gamemechanicsSource: KarbyP on August 27th, 2012 Some of the NPC characters in the game – IF, Famitsu-chan, Dengeki-chan (Famitsu and Dengeki are two of Japan’s biggest video games magazines, by the way) – are informants that you can send on expeditions to find out more about the dungeons you’ll be visiting. The more they go on expeditions, the faster they’ll level up. Informants will return from each expedition with credits, items, and occasionally information that may or may not beYou can make your own game discs in PS3 JRPG Kami Jigen helpful to you. For instance, in the PV Famitsu-chan claimsGame Neptune V (ここここここここここここV), the third entry in the to have found a great way for increasing the amount of EXPHyperdimension Neptunia series. you accrue in combat. If you choose to believe her, you’ll earn 1.4x the amount of EXP on your next trip to a specificHowever, as this 6th PV shows, there’s a chance that your dungeon. Keep in mind, however, that sometimes believingcreation might be certified as a “Sh*t Game” by people a piece of information can lead to your detriment.who’ve never even played it.Watch the promo video, then scroll down for the full play-by-play to find out what’s going on.DungeonsFight monsters to level up, search for rare items, jumpover obstacles. That’s the basics of dungeon exploration inNeptune V. While an informant is still out on an expedition, you can increase the chance that she returns with rare information for you by going into the same dungeon and triggering/ disabling flags. That said, fair warning: sometimes triggering a flag might summon an enemy that’s tougher than even the dungeon’s boss. 10
  • 147. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneDisc Make CombatIn the world of Neptune/Hyperdimension Neptunia series, In combat you can build up an Exe Drive gauge to unleashgame “discs” are what your party members use to conjure EX Finish and ExeDrive moves.spells and other actions.New in Neptune V is the ability to make your own game discsby picking out three “Idea Chips” – which can be anything Nepstationfrom game genre (“RPG”, “Simulation”) and mechanics(“Synthesis”), to other means of elevating a gane’s status(“Have a popular actor be part of your voice cast”, “Pre-orderCampaign”, “Famous Game Creator”) – combining theseideas, and burning the finished product onto a Blank Disc.Then the game is promptly certified by people who’ve neverplayed the game as either a Godly Game (こここここ) or a Sh*tGame (ここここここここ), which will have an effect on the skill’sstats.Just like in real life. Get your play style rated by a panel of judges. Score well, and you may be rewarded with an otherwise unobtainable item. This is clearly a parody of Sony’s Weekly Toro Station, which is hosted by the PlayStation mascot cats Toro (white) and Kuro (black). Character Challenge How deep is your love for the game’s characters? Character challenges are goals you can attempt to clear while in control of specific playable characters. Examples of these challenges include “Jump 10 times” and “Travel 1,500″ while in a dungeon. Clearing challenges will not only buff a character’s stats, but unlock bonus voice samples. 11
  • 148. August 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKami Jigen Game Neptune V (ビビビビビビビビビビビビV) for thePlayStation 3 comes out in Japan August 30.An English release has not yet been announced. 12
  • 149. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureHatsune Miku Project DivaArcade: Songs for September,new modules released todaySource: KarbyP on August 31st, 2012Three songs originally featured in Hatsune Miku ProjectDiva Extend will be making their way to Project Diva Arcadeon September 6. • Nekomimi Switch / Cat Ears Switch (ねねねねねねねね); Music & lyrics by daniwell, illustration by Miro (ねね) • Rin Rin Signal -Append Mix- (ねねねねねねねね -Append Mix-); Music & lyrics by Dios/SignalP (ねねねねP), Illustration by Watarinarumi (ねねねねねね) • Lovers Suicide in Oblivion / Boukyaku Shinjuu (ねねね ね); Music by OPA, lyrics by Asaki No’9, illustration by Ichika (ねね)The new songs will be selectable once Project Diva Arcade ispatched on September 6.There’s actually an update for Project Diva Arcade today aswell, but it’s not for new songs.Instead, three new modules have been released: • TYPE2020 – 250vp, designed by Supercell’s Shirow Miwa (ねねねね) • Sonic Style (ねねねねねねねね) – 250vp, designed by Sega’s Yuji Uekawa (ねねねね) • Loreley (ねねねねね) – 250vp, designed by Anko (ねねね) 1
  • 150. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Square Enix and Sony announces a Final Fantasy XIII/ XIII-2 Dual Pack for Asia just one day before the Final Fantasy makers are set to unveil to the world “new information about the direction of Lightning’s story“ at the series’ 25th Anniversary Event in Tokyo tomorrow. The two-pack compilation for PlayStation 3, officially called “”Final Fantasy XIII/Final Fantasy XII-2 Dual Pack” features both games with Japanese voices and interchangeable English or Chinese text, and will be available in Singapore and other Asian regions on September 12, to be sold for the recommended retail price of S$99.90 (although Play-Asia is listing it at a much higher price). On top of both games, the set also comes with a a set of post cards: the “Final Fantasy XIII & XIII-2 Post Card Best 8 Selection”, as it’s called.Asia: Final Fantasy XIII/XIII-2Dual Pack announced as partof series’ 25th AnniversarycelebrationsSource: KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 If tomorrow’s announcement does indeed turn out to be a Final Fantasy XIII-3, then it might be a good idea to grab the dual pack so that you have a good idea on the story so far. Although no official pre-order campaign has been announced yet, readers in Singapore who’d like to make a pre-order should head down to their favourite PlayStation partner shop. We recommend enquiring with Gamescore or FunzCentre. Persona 4 The Card Battle social game launches in September Source: game-launches-in-september/ 2
  • 151. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 Source: Famitsu Marvel vs. Capcom Origins launches September 25 (PSN), 26 (XBLA) Source: september-25-psn-26-xbla/ By KarbyP on August 31st, 2012You’ve played the Persona 4 RPG. You’ve played the Persona4 fighting game. Now play Persona 4 The Card Battle, asocial game for smartphones and feature phones that Atlusannounced today.Persona 4 The Card Battle will be released on the GREEsocial platform in late September, but pre-registration forthe free-to-play title starts today. Players who pre-registerwill receive a bonus Rare card, at random (you might endup with a Super Rare or an Ultra Rare), at the outset of thegame.All told, Persona 4 The Card Battle will boast some over 400character cards based on the RPG franchise. Capcom today has announced a concrete release dateIn the game, players explore the rural town of Inaba as they forMarvel vs. Capcom Origins, a compilation of two gamesgather increasingly powerful Persona cards. As they do so – Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs Capcom – updatedthey will run into many of the characters from the original with HD remastered graphics and GGPO-enabled onlineRPG series. play.Apart from the typical social game “player vs. player” The compilation will be released on the PlayStation Networkcombat, Persona 4 The Card Battle appears to also feature first on September 25, a Tuesday, priced at US$14.99/a co-operative “player vs. environment” mode. Specifically, €14.99/£11.99/AUD23.95. A price for Singapore has not yetthere will be rival boss battles in this social game that you been announced.won’t be able to defeat alone; the only way is to communicate Subsequently, Marvel vs Capcom Origins will be broughtwith other players, and work together. out to X360 owners via Xbox Live Arcade on the following day, September 26, to be sold for 1,200 MS Points. If you’re wondering why PlayStation 3 owners will be getting the game one day earlier than their Xbox 360 counterparts, the explanation is really quite simple: PlayStation Network releases usually come out on a Tuesday, while Xbox Live Arcade releases are scheduled for Wednesdays. Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs. Capcom were released as arcade titles in 1995 and 1998 respectively. Two other instalments – X-men vs. Street Fighter, and Marvel Super Heroes vs. Street Fighter – also came out in between those years. Capcom went with MSH and MvC for this particular compilation because they felt these two were the most iconic titles in the series. Despite requests from the fighting games community for a re-release of X-men vs. Street Fighter, Capcom Senior VP Christian Svensson has gone on record to say that “anything ‘X-men’ specific is off the table due to licensing reasons.” 3
  • 152. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Hatsune Miku Project Diva f: all 82 character “modules” in one video Source: character-modules-in-one-video/ By KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 Plus official pictures for Black Rock Shooter and the rest of yesterday’s reveal, such as Border Break, Shining Blade, and Puyo Puyo collaboration costumes. Now that the game’s finally out (released today), Sega’s not holding back! “Hatsune Miku Project Diva f All Modules” trailer If the homage to Niconico Douga at the beginning didn’t put a smile on your face, then the rest of this trailer, which showcases all of Hatsune Miku Project Diva f‘s 82 modules (character costumes), probably will. Sega also mentions in the description of the video that a Project Diva f demo is out now on the PlayStation store. Do check it out, those of you who aren’t quite convinced if this is something you’ll want to pick up yet (we obviously think it’s a killer app for the Vita). This Week’s Songs Reveal Yesterday we reported that Black Rock Shooter and Yume no Tsuzuki were the final two songs included in Hatsune 4
  • 153. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMiku Project Diva f, as revealed in the latest issue of WeeklyFamitsu magazine.Today Sega has brought out some images from the respectivesongs’ PVs… not that it matters any more since you’ll be ableto get a better look in-game anyway!Black Rock Shooter The cover illustration was done by KEI, who was the original illustrator that decided on Hatsune Miku’s look. Singapore readers who’d like to pick a copy up should checkYume no Tsuzuki with Kinokuniya Books, who usually brings them in on Friday (check with them tomorrow). This Week’s Modules Reveal As usual we’ll do a simple roll call for all the modules Sega has revealed this week. Many of these modules should be familiar to Miku fans, but there are quite a few surprise costumes as well, including collaborations with Sega’s arcade third-person shooter Border Break, PSP RPG Shining Blade, and puzzle series Puyo Puyo. Hatsune Miku Append (ねねねね ねねねね) Design: Masaki Asai (ねねねね)This Week’s Famitsu WeeklySpeaking of Famitsu Weekly, guess who’s gracing the coverof this week’s issue? 5
  • 154. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKagamine Rin Append (ねねねね ねねねね) Racing Miku 2012Ver (ねねねねねねね 2012Ver)Design: Osamu (ねねね) Design: GANKagamine Len Append (ねねねね ねねねね) Sorcerer Apprentice / Madoushi no Tamago (ねねねねねねね orDesign: Osamu (ねねね) literally: Egg of Sorcerer) From: Puyo Puyo series (ねねねねねねねねねねねねね) 6
  • 155. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneElf Princess of the Forest / Mori no Yousei Hime (ねねねねね) Hatsune Miku SW School Competitive Swim / School KyoueiFrom: Shining Blade (ねねねねねねねねねねねねねねねね) (ねねねね SW ねねねねねね) Design: Sega (no particular designer was mentioned for all of the swimsuit modules here)BB Operator (BBねねねねねね)From: Border Break (ねねねねねねねねねねねねね) Kagamine Rin SW School (ねねねね SW ねねねね) 7
  • 156. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKagamine Len SW Boxers (ねねねね SW ねねねね) KAITO SW Half-spats (KAITO SW ねねねねねねね)Megurine Luka SW Competitive Swim Type / Kyouei Type MEIKO SW Waterpolo (MEIKO SW ねねねねねねね)(ねねねね SW ねねねねね) 8
  • 157. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By Neubronner Eugene on August 31st, 2012 If you adore famous cross-player Touya Hibiki then you’d best make your way down to STGCC this weekend. She’s announced a special, extremely limited run of her 2012 winter ROM release at her booth at the event held at Marina Bay Sands Expo halls on September 1st and 2nd. The cd-rom full of awesome photos (See her preview pictureSakine Meiko (ねねねねね) above) will be released at 6pm at her booth in the event hallDesign: daigoman on a “first-come, first-served” basis. We recommend lining up well in advance because it’s sure to sell out. These goods, according to her twitter, were meant to be released for Winter, but “as a special service” she’s bringing down an extremely limited run (Numbers unknown) to the event! Be sure to check her out there, and we’ll be sure to bring you the reports with our hands-on showfloor presence. Source: Twitter Hatsune Miku Project Diva f: Black Rock Shooter and Yume no Tsuzuki are your final two tracks [video] Source: rock-shooter-and-yume-no-tsuzuki-are-your-final-two-tracks-video/ By KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 Plus a look at a batch of new character modules, courtesy of this week’s Famitsu Weekly magazine.Hatsune Miku Project Diva f is out now in Japan and Asia,available from all good video game stores and digitallythrough the PlayStation store.Limited special release ofTouya Hibiki’s winter ROM atSTGCC Last week Weekly Famitsu revealed the titles of all but theSource: final two tracks in Hatsune Miku Project Diva f.hibikis-winter-rom-at-stgcc/ 9
  • 158. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneInfo on the final two tracks is finally “unlocked” this week,now that we’re less than 24 hours away from the official Shoko Nakagawa is playingrelease of the game (for those of you who’re planning to buy Final Fantasy VII on herthe download version, the PlayStation store usually updatesaround 12 to 2PM, going by experience). PlayStation Vita Source: final two tracks are: fantasy-vii-on-her-playstation-vita/Black Rock Shooter (ブブブブブブブブブブブブブ); artiste: ryo By KarbyP on August 31st, 2012Yume no Tsuzuki (ブブブブ); artiste: Dixie FlatlineAs a bonus we were able to find a video of Project Diva f’sversion of Black Rock Shooter running in PV appreciationmode.Unfortuantely, as the Vita doesn’t allow for any form of videooutput (unless you have very specialised equipment), thevid maker shot the footage on a handycam. So pardon thevideo quality (or lack thereof); it’s just going to look infinitelybetter when you finally get your own copy of Hatsune MikuProject Diva f. The 27-year-old voice actress, anisong singer, and presenter TV Tokyo programme Pokemon Sunday is thrilled byAccording to the vid maker, he used Hatsune Miku’s default her PlayStation Vita’s newfound ability to run PlayStationmodule for the PV as there is no “matching module” so as to Classics, thanks to yesterday’s firmware 1.80 upgrade.speak. Or at least, he wasn’t able to unlock it despite havingcleared Black Rock Shooter on all difficulty levels. On her official blog, Shokotan shared these pictures of Final Fantasy VII running on her PS Vita, and had the followingAnd here’s Yume no Tsuzuki. Note that the video here isn’t to say:the one in Project Diva f.New modules ()Apart from the song reveals, Famitsu also had a full spreadon a bunch of new modules from the game revealed for thefirst time. These including Racing Miku and Hatsune MikuAppend.Expect to hear more about these modules and songstomorrow (possibly with a hi-quality video), as new HatsuneMiku Project Diva f is usually revealed officially everyThursday.Hatsune Miku Project Diva f for the PlayStation Vita comesout in Asia and Japan August 30. Super! Lololololol God-like hardware lololololA Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita + game amazingggg!bundle is also available. Downloading FF56789 [through PlayStation Classics/Archives] and PSP software [from theSource: Imagebam PlayStation store] was pretty quick, and I like the way all these game app icons line themselves up neatly on the homescreen, all on my Vita! Now I want to see FFT, Chrono Trigger, Tactics Ogre on 10
  • 159. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone my Vita too!!! If we can have the FF4 remake on it your memory card before it can be used by another PSN as well that would be heavenly!! ID. Alternatively, just remove the memory card prior to restoring to factory defaults, and insert a second one for your FF7′s finally hereeeee! It was refreshing to see other PSN ID. Midgar as rendered on the Vita’s screen, which is so much more vivid than the original Playstation [playing on my TV], just so awesome that I can bring it everywhere with me, kyaaaa that really PlayStation Classics cheers me up! What a blast of nostalgia, seeing Aeris We’re not going to list all of the 221 titles available from Cloud Barret aaaaaah! the Asia PlayStation store; just go on your Vita and browse Oh it’s still in the process of being downloaded [onto through all the good stuff! my Vita] so I guess I’ll go attend to some work. That said, we do understand that a lot of the PlayStation To be able to play these many games just with a set Classics games on the Asia PlayStation store are in Japanese, of Vita, that’s really awesome. I’m glad to have lived which can be quite frustrating if you’re just looking for to experience this, so much that it brings tears of joy something to play with that doesn’t require JLPT lessons. to my eyes! So here we’ve put together a partial list of gems that gamers Written from my iPhone” from all walks of life should be able to play comfortably – even if the only Japanese words you know are “sushi” andFinal Fantasy Tactics, Chrono Trigger, and Tactics Ogre? “moe”.One step at a time, Shokotan! Games that do not require Japanese language proficiencySource: Shoko Nakagawa official blog (our top picks): • Crash Bandicoot (platformer)Asia: 221 “PlayStation • Cyberbots (fighting)Classics” now playable on • Darkstalkers 3 (Vampire Savior EX Edition, fighting)your Vita thanks to firmware • Dead or Alive (fighting)1.80 • Dodonpachi (2D plane shooter)Source: • DonPachi (see above)playable-on-your-vita-thanks-to-firmware-1-80/By KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 • Everybody’s Golf 2 (sports) • Fatal Fury Wild Ambition (fighting) • GuiltyGear (fighting) • Gunners Heaven (2D side-scrolling shooter, similar to Metal Slug) • Metal Slug, Metal Slug X • Mr Driller (action/puzzle) • Plasma Sword (fighting) • Pocket Fighter (fighting) • R4 Ridge Racer Type 4 (racing)The long-awaited PlayStation Vita 1.80 firmware update has • Real Bout Fatal Fury Special (fighting)finally been released today, allowing gamers access to over200 “PlayStation Classics” from the Asia PlayStation store • Rockman 1 to 5 (platformer)(600 in the Japanese store). • Samurai Shodown 1 to 4 (fighting)Apart from adding support for PlayStation Classics, 1.80 • Silent Bomber (action)also boasts a long list of upgrades, including the ability tonavigate menus on the Live Arena homescreen and various • Tekken 2 (fighting)system apps with the Vita’s physical buttons (previously it • The King of Fighters 95 to 99 (fighting)was touchscreen only). • The Last Blade (fighting)For details on all the shiny new upgrades, watch thisintroduction trailer: • Um Jammer Lammy (rhythm-action)Important: Do note, however, that beginning with firmware • XI[sai] JUMBO (puzzle, download the free trial1.80, memory cards in your Vita are now “locked” to your version)current PSN ID. Previously it was possible to store contentdownloaded using various PSN IDs on one memory card;this is no longer possible. And here’s a list of our top picks for those of you who can read the language:For those of you who’ve been swapping PSN IDs around onyour Vita by going into Settings and choosing to restore your • Arc The Lad I to III (RPG)system to factory defaults, you will now have to reformat 11
  • 160. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Atelier Elie, Atelier Marie Plus (RPG) • Biohazard 1 to 3 (survival horror) • Bokujou Monogatari Harvest Moon (simulation) • Breath of Fire IV (RPG) • Grandia (RPG) • Klonoa: Door to Phantomile (platformer) • Legend of Dragoon (RPG) • Metal Gear Solid (tactical espionage action) • Popolocrois (RPG) • Silhouette Mirage Reprogrammed (side-scrolling shooter) • Spectral Force 1 and 2, Spectral Tower 1 and 2 • The King of Fighters Kyo (turn-based… RPG?) • Wild Arms (RPG)For a partial list of games from the UK and UK PlayStationstores, check out’s story here.Hyperdimension NeptuniaJRPG series to receive animeadaptationSource: Set in a fictional universe known as Gamesindustri that’sBy KarbyP on August 31st, 2012 split into four regions – Lastation (a parody on Sony’s PlayStation), Leanbox (Xbox), Lowee (Wii), and Planeptune (Sega Saturn) – the games’ stories are based loosely on real- world gaming events. For instance, the original Hyperdimension Neptunia began as a parody on the console wars and Sega’s eventual exit from the hardware business, but later had all the console makers regions’s goddesses unite against a common threat: piracy Arfoire the witch, who’s named after the infamous Nintendo DS flash cartridge. The second game – Hyperdimension Neptunia Mk.II – was still about combating piracy, but featured the goddesses’ younger sisters – the personification of portable gamingIdea Factory and Compile Heart’s Hyper/Ultradimension devices from all four hardware makers – as playableNeptunia series of JRPGs is getting an anime adaption, this characters instead.week’s Dengeki PlayStation magazine revealed. The latest instalment in the series, Ultradimension NeptuniaNo further details are available at this point; we don’t know if V or Kami Jigen Game Neptune V (ねねねねねねねねねねねねV) is setthis will be a TV anime series, or an original video animation. to come out for the PlayStation 3 in Japan this Thursday onA production studio has not been named as well, although August 30, and will have the protagonists travel back in timethe voice cast will likely feature the same ones as heard in to “Gameindustri 1989″ where they will meet new charactersthe game. based on 16-bit consoles.The games’ voice cast includes: Rie Tanaka (Maria For more info on this third game’s new mechanics – suchfrom Hayate no Gotoku) as Neptune or Purple Heart as the ability to make your own “game discs” by combining(the goddess of Sega-inspired country Planeptune) and Idea Chips such as “Genre: RPG” and “Pre-order Campaign”Imai Asami (Steins;Gate‘s Kurisu Makise, Idolm@ster‘s or “Employ Famous Voice Actor” – read our previous storyChihaya Kisaragi) as Noire or Black Heart (Sony-inspired here.Lastation), and Eri Kitamura (Lollipop Chainsaw) as Uni(the PlayStation Portable, personified). Although there’s no word yet on an English version, given that the previous two games were given the full localisation treatment, chances are we’ll see Ultradimension Neptunia V on store shelves sometime in the future too. 12
  • 161. August 31st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Flickr 13
  • 162. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku COSMO Youth Parade and Japanese Pop Culture interview: Taiwanese cosplayer, NenekoMonster Hunter 4 officially Source: on Nintendo 3DS, taiwanese-cosplayer-neneko/ By Mello on July 1st, 2012Spring 2013Source: Kyoka on July 1st, 2012Hunting season opens next year on Nintendo 3DS, Capcom’sSummer Jam event in Odaiba has unveiled a new trailerfor its flagship portable game we’ve come to love, MonsterHunter 4. COSMO Youth Parade‘s Parade Ambassador, Taiwanese teen cosplayer Neneko, was in town to grace the event.Shown at the event’s Monster Hunter Special stage, the This teen star has participated in numerous cosplaytrailer has a date listed in the end of it, Spring 2013. competitions and even appearing on a Taiwansese varietyOf course each new entry to the Monster Hunter series show on television. We managed to grab an interview withcomes with new monsters, levels, and new hunting her to find out more about her and hear what she has to saymaneuvers for players to handle whatever’s coming. From about cosplaying. This interview was done in Mandarin andwhat the trailer reveals, familiar monsters like Rathalos, translated for your reading pleasure.Rathian and Tigrex are still present, plus at least 2 new 1. What type of characters do you look for when choosing amonsters for now, an agile strange wombat like-monster, character to cosplay?and one thats a mystery, only seen in a large silhouette form I tend to cosplay “blur” or sensual characters. Like Yui fromat the end. K-ON for example, but I do cosplay other types of charactersAnd yes the hunter’s pet Felynes are back! as well, not just those two.With news of Monster Hunter 4′s release on the horizon, to 2. Do you have a pet peeve about cosplaying?top it off the recent announcement of Nintendo’s upcoming I dislike people who will cause harm to others, other thanbigger screen sized 3DS LL, (or 3DS XL in America) this year, that I feel that cosplayers should have to freedom to haveit looks like the portable world of Monster Hunter has just fun while cosplaying, provided it does not intrude into othergot larger. people’s personal space. 3. We have noticed that quite a number of your photos areSource: 4Gamer of you cosplaying alone. Do you prefer to cosplay alone or with others? There are benefits from doing it both ways. When I cosplay in a group, it usually organize it myself and the group 1
  • 163. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonewill consist of around 10 people. Cosplaying together with 7. Do you feel that a lot of money has to be spent to make afriends is not bad too because we can interact with each good costume?other and it is quite fun to do so, so I quite like cosplaying To me it is not necessary, cosplay is being creative, so it iswith friends. However, unlike other cosplayers from other part of using one’s creativity and skill to to save money to getcountries, most cosplayers in Taiwan prefer to cosplay alone the costume made. You don’t need to spend a fortune on it.instead of in a team. If you can do it and save money, you can use that money to make your next cosplay costume, I think that is pretty good. 8. You mentioned that you like to play games, what kind of games do you like to play? Umm, how do I put this. Games that boys like to play. (laughs) But recently I like to play Queen’s Blade & Queen’s Gate. K-On! x Zoff Collaboration Details Source: By Mycstea on July 1st, 2012 Images and details of K-On! and Zoff’s merchandise collaboration has finally surfaced!4. How were you introduced to cosplay?It’s through my drawings, I like to draw manga characters.I think it is faster for me to express myself through mydrawings rather than by talking.5. In cosplay, it takes alot of effort to create a very goodcosplay, worthy to compete in competitions, do u agree? Fans of moeblob anime K-On! have been showered withActually, no. I just want to do a good cosplay for others to see. images of the actual products to be released in September,For example, with Arhi from League of Legends, I discussed with pre-order purchases beginning July 20th 2012.with the photographer what shots we want to achieve. The Previously reported on SGCafe, details are much clearertails were all done digitally as they were supposed to be much now with regards to release dates and prices. As reportedbigger than the character’s body. earlier, there are 6 spectacle frame variants, 1 each for every character. Each frame will be fitted with a non-degree lenses (without UV protection). An option is also given to fit the frames with glasses fit to the owner’s own lens degrees for a price of additional 3150yen. 1 mini “megane charm” of tea cups and glasses for each variant will also be given, along with metallic parts of each motif to include the representation of each character (their instruments). A spectacle cleaning cloth with printed illustration will also be included in a specially designed spectacle box with K-On! logo. Each set will be available for pre-order on July 20th 2012 noon at 5250 yen (with tax), while a limited 200 special sets of all 6 glasses will be available for a very limited time and exclusivity. The set will also contain 1 box to specially encase all 6 glasses. These special sets will only be sold on TBSishop online. Readers can have a look at the available designs below!6. What other hobbies do you have besides cosplaying?Recently, I really like sewing my own cosplay costumes. Iused to commission others to sew my costumes, but now Ifeel a sense of satisfaction sewing them on my own. 2
  • 164. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Narinari, Yaraon Little Busters! Anime Gets Release Period? Source: period/ By Mycstea on July 1st, 2012 Leaked for a few moments on the internet, Tomoe Tamiyasu’s blog updates on Little Busters! TV anime. 3
  • 165. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By shia on July 1st, 2012As previously reported , news of Little Busters! anime hasbeen scarce. However, the blog of Tomoe Tamiyasu updatedtoday stating that Little Busters! anime will be on air this“Autumn”. Tomoe Tamiyasu became famous for performing Digicraft has announced that they will be making a total of 4 both the role of heroine and protagonist in Key’s Idolm@ster 2 themed notebooks and netbooks for a limited “Little Busters!”, time. and will once again be performing as its heroine in the “Little Busters!” anime scheduled to air this Fall The key features that they will have are : in Japan. 1. Full cover skin featuring the girls from Idolm@ster 2. 民民民民民民Key民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民 民 民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民民The above text was available on her blog (link here) beforepromptly being taken down. Currently it states that Tomoe Tamiyasu became famous for performing 2. System voice of Kotori Otonashi (3 different versions: both the role of heroine and protagonist in Key’s within office, outside office and delusional) “Little Busters!”, and will once again be performing as its heroine in the “Little Busters!” anime scheduled to air in Japan.A slip up such as this has caused a great deal of disturbance inthe Key fanbase as fans begin to clamour for more news. TheEnglish text was supposedly to introduce and welcome newfans of “Tammy”, who is visiting Anime Expo this weekend. 3. Idolm@ster wallpapersHopefully, this announcement proves to be true, to stem thehuge curiosity and demand for more LB news.Source: Yaraon, Otanews 4. Special carrying case.Idolm@ster 2 originalnotebook/netbook announcedSource: The models will be priced from 79,800 Yen to 160,000 Yen. 4
  • 166. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone so that you may earn duplicates of cards you’ve already got, for levelling or other gameplay purposes. During each loop there will also be a separate leaderboards ranking, and the top scorers in each story loop will receive special in-game prizes.Source : Digi-Tsuhan, PCwatchSuzumiya Haruhi gets asocial gameSource: KarbyP on July 1st, 2012Just about every major video games or anime franchise inJapan has got its own social game these days.The latest to hop on the bandwagon? Noizi Ito’s TheMelancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi light novel and animeseries.Nexon Co. – you know, the guys who published Maple Storyand a bunch of other leading online games – announced thisweek that they are launching Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei(涼涼涼涼涼涼涼涼, The Reincarnation of Suzumiya Haruhi) onsocial network service (SNS) and Web gaming platformGree.Normally when we say “launch”, we really mean that acompany has announced a product but it won’t be availableto consumers until such-and-such release date.In Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei’s case, however, the game isactually live right now, pretty much moments after NexonJapan made the announcement yesterday.Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei, like most other such socialtitles in Japan, is a card battle game where you earn variouscharacter cards by progressing through a story missionmode.When you reach a certain point in the story mode, a “loop”will occur – not unlike the infamousEndless Eight storychapter in The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi – allowingyou to re-visit events you’ve already experienced in the game 5
  • 167. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 through 14, staff commentary on episode 10 and – curiously enough – illustrations for four characters from the “Mankenbu” (Manga Studies Club) cosplaying as Vocaloids Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Len, Kagamine Rin, and Megurine Luka. It’s not mentioned specifically which episode these characters will appear in, but since today’s update covers content that will appear in the anime series from episodes 11 to 14, it won’t be long before the mankenbu guys appear on-screen. The Hyouka anime series (涼涼, which literally means “frozen treat”), produced by Kyoto Animation and directed by Yasuhiro Takemoto, is based on a mystery novel by Honobu Yonezawa about four high school students who belong to the Classic Literature Club (kotenbu) in their school. The anime series began airing in Japan from January 26 of this year, and will feature a total of 21 episodes, 10 of which have already aired.To play Suzumiya Haruhi no Tensei, you will need a Greeaccount (which requires an email address from a Japanesetelco) and either an Android smartphone running 2.2 andabove, or an iPhone on iOS4 or above. If you meet therequirements, point your smartphone’s Web browser overto to start playing; the link will notwork on a regular PC Internet browser.Source: 4Gamer“Hatsune Miku” to appearin an upcoming episode ofKyoto Animation’s Hyouka?Source: KarbyP on July 1st, 2012Eh? Hatsune Miku’s going to be featured in KyotoAnimation’s Hyouka TV anime series? As Konata Izumifrom Lucky Star (another KyoAni production) would say,“dondake?!”The official website for Hyouka was updated earlier today. Source: YaraonGo over to the site and you’ll find, among other things,a new piece of artwork (right), synopses for episodes 6
  • 168. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMuv-Luv artist fired overtracing incidentsSource: Xharky on July 1st, 2012Artist Sou Miyata was officially dismissed from his positionat animation production company Ixtl on the 10th of June.Ixtl’s press release states that the artist will not have anyfurther involvement with the company, and does not givea specific reason for dismissal. Ixtl, a new animation startup, is in charge of producing the upcoming anime “Muv-LuvAlternative: Total Eclipse”. In this case, the artist has used Polyphonica’s crimson- haired character Corticarte as the trace subject. Her adult form was traced over and used for the Muv-Luv dakimakura on the left. In this case however, there are slightly more discrepancies between the two, and generally most people wouldn’t notice it. The poses used are completely identical, however the shadows are not exact. Some may argue that instead of this being a direct trace, it may have been a quick sketch duplicate of Corticarte being used as the base of the Muv-Luv character.Several Japanese blogs have reported that promotional More detailed comparisons are present below:artwork and dakimakura covers by this artist have beenfound to be exact traces from other series.Note the near-identical poses, completely matching models,and the shadow application on both the Infinite Stratoscharacter and Muv-Luv’s. Not only is the body shape outlinean obvious trace in the case of the Muv-Luv character, theshadows used are exactly the same, with only tiny changesand color swaps.Not just satisfied with tracing for promotional material, theartist apparently has also done the same thing for art that isto be used for a dakimakura. 7
  • 169. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Here’s a new trailer for Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena from Atlus, courtesy of who’s been given exclusive rights to air it first, being the Japanese videogames media powerhouse they are and all. This second trailer offers quick summaries of what each character in the game is fighting for, in a story set two months after the epilogue in Persona 4. Yu Narukami returns to visit his friends in Inaba, Yukiko makes a new friend through her new hobby (making bentos), Naoto Shirogane plays undercover cop, infiltrating into the Kirijo Group (from Persona 3), and Kuma tries his best to protect Labrys – a new character introduced in Arena – who’s been trapped in Midnight Channel. Simultaneously, three characters from Persona 3 - Mitsuru Kirijo, Akihito Sanada, and Aigis – have entered the world of the Midnight Channel, and are searching for the truth in their own way. The trailer also shows off snippets of various animated cutscenes from the game.Sources: Yaraon, ANN, SeventhStyle2nd PV trailer for Persona 4:The Ultimate in MayonakaArena offers a glimpse ofall character-specific storyepisodesSource: KarbyP on July 1st, 2012 8
  • 170. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena comes out for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 in Japan July 26. An English version, Persona 4 Arena, is due August 7 in the West. Read more Persona stories here on SGCafe! 9
  • 171. July 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: FamitsuLittle Busters! AnimeMagazine LeaksSource: Mycstea on July 1st, 2012As eager fans await more news of Little Busters! anime,take a peak at leaked photographs of the anime redesignmagazine images!As the previously released trailer from Visual Art’s Keyofficial website declared the imminent existence of LittleBusters! anime on the 1st of April, fans were skeptical aboutit’s authenticity due to the date of the trailer’s release.However, after multiple magazine confirmations, the newsof Little Busters! TV anime adaptation is indeed true.SGCafe has not ran an article about the anime, thus thisarticle serves as an information article about the anime aswell.So far, the only information available is that it is currently inthe works, by famed animation studio J.C. STAFF, directedby Yoshiki Yamakawa (Kill Me Baby), screenplay andcomposition by Michiru Shimada (One Piece), productionby Kohei Kawase (Toaru Kagaku no Railgun) and animationcomposition & character redesign will be handled by HarukoIizuka (Inu x Boku.Also, news of the voice cast have also surfaced. The followingare confirmed reprising their role in the anime version: • Natsume Rin (涼 涼)涼 Tomoe Tamiyasu (涼涼涼涼涼涼涼) • Natsume Kyousuke (涼 涼涼)涼 Hikaru Midorikawa (涼涼 涼) Rin sure does look amazingly cute in those images doesn’t • Inohara Masato (涼涼涼 涼涼)涼 Nobutoshi Kanna (涼涼 涼涼) she? • Miyazawa Kengo (涼涼 涼涼)涼 Yuusei Oda (涼涼涼涼, Same Source: Yaraon person as 涼涼涼, just using a different actor name) • Kamikita Komari (涼涼 涼涼)涼 Natsumi Yanase (涼涼涼涼涼 涼) • Saigusa Haruka (涼涼 涼涼涼)涼 Keiko Suzuki (涼涼涼涼涼涼) • Noumi Kudryavka (涼涼 涼涼涼涼涼涼)涼 Naomi Wakabayashi (涼涼 涼涼 , the same voice actor as the original Kud, Suzuta Miyako, using her THE iDOLM@STER seiyuu name) • Kurugaya Yuiko (涼涼涼涼涼): Ryouko Tanaka (涼涼 涼涼) • Nishizono Mio (涼涼 涼涼): Shiho Kawaragi (涼涼涼 涼涼, same person as 涼涼涼涼涼 and 涼涼涼涼… both used as Mio’s voice actress names from before)The roles of Sasami Sasasegawa and protagonist however,would not be reprised again by seiyuu Tomoe Tamiyasu.There has been no news of the participation of the characterSaya, from most sources, although her back was seen shortlyin the trailer movie above.The Opening and Ending theme has been confirmed to be涼Little Busters!涼 and 涼AliceMagic!涼 respectively by singerRita.Today, a series of photographs were leaked on to theinternet, with preview images of character redesigns by J.C.Staff. Click on the gallery below to view. 10
  • 172. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureCivilization V : Gods & KingsReviewSource: sentinel011 on July 3rd, 2012When it comes to Turn-based Strategy PC games, any gamerwill instinctively think of the Civilization series. Does thislatest DLC hold up on its own, apart from the parentCivilization V game? We find out more. 07th Expansion has announced a new visual novel; game just a few months ago and now they have finally revealed their release date! Rose Guns Day’s pre-order for the game starts 7th July and the game is set to be released on the 11th August for 1780 yen (approx. SGD$30). If you pre-ordered the game, it also comes with a bonus which includes a 32-pages book containing the character designs! Not only that, a new PV is set to come out soon. So check out their website for more information and details! Watch their first PV here! 07th Expansion is famous for their Higurashi no Naku Koro ni (Higurashi: When They Cry) and Umineko no Naku Koro ni (When They Cry) games series. Not only that, severalWith 27 new units, 9 new civilizations, 21 new buildings and novels and other games for different consoles were put out3 additional scenarios, Civilization VL: Gods & Kings also for these two titles since they were successful, with followhas a reworked religion and espionage system. Gods and ups of other games, with Umineko being the third title inKings add 9 new playable civilizations and repackaged one the When They Cry series, preceded by Higurashi no Nakufrom a earlier DLC release. Our full review talks more on its Koro ni and Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai, and followedmany scenarios and units available. by Umineko no Naku Koro ni Chiru.All in all, the game receives 7 out of 10, and Civilization V:Gods & Kings is a much needed expansion that reworks some To aru Majutsu no Indexof the missing elements that was not in Civilization V, itsnew scenarios add more variety to its already high replay Movie datedvalue. It’s a good to have for any Civilization V player and Source: players alike. dated/07th Expansion’s new game:Rose Guns Day release dateconfirmedSource: mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012 1
  • 173. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy koppepan on July 3rd, 2012 Whether there will be an announcement for sequels to the Index and Railgun series after the movie is still open to speculation. For overseas fans, it will be a long wait till the BD/DVD releases. (Source: Otaku News) New Project X Zone PV trailer is over 10 minutes long, showcases every character announced Source: minutes-long-showcases-every-character-announced/ By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012The To Aru Majutsu no Index film is set for premiere on the23rd of February, 2013, in 29 theaters in Japan.The movie will be based on an original story by KamachiKazuma, and there will be new characters, content, and newstory details in the film. In our Project X Zone news blast last week we told you that the developers were putting the finishing touches to a brand new trailer for the game. Well, it looks like they’re done. On Sunday, Namco Bandai Games released this humongous 10-minute-long trailer that showcases every single character that’s been announced so far. So if you thought the previous trailer was epic, wait till you get a load of this. On top of characters and their special move animations, the trailer also details a unit edit mode, and tells you how to get five characters fighting on the screen simultaneously. This part is a little complicated, so let’s take it step by step. Basically, characters in Project X Zone either fight in pairs (pair unit) or alone (solo unit). However, in the unit editList of theaters in Japan showing the film: mode, you can add a solo unit to a pair, resulting in a three- man unit. In such three-man teams, during combat you will take control of the pair unit. At any point, however, you can hit the L trigger to summon your solo unit character to come in for an assist. But that’s not all; solo units are not the only characters who can support you in combat. A pair unit can assist you in combat as well, but the conditions for this to happen are different – the pair unit must be adjacent to the unit you’re controlling on the field. This will open up the option to call in a “Support Attack” by hitting the R trigger. During combat you can call in your solo unit and support attack unit to come in simultaneously, resulting in five characters ganging up on the enemy. Project X Zone for the 3DS is slated for an October 11 release in Japan. 2
  • 174. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAn English version of the game has yet to be announced.Phantasy Star Online 2begins service in Japanthis Wednesday; premium Although the game’s service will begin only on Wednesday,package to come in to avoid server congestion players are recommended toSeptember download and install the PSO2 client software prior to the actual launch. Sega recommends doing so between 2AM andSource: 4PM Japan time.service-in-japan-this-wednesday-premium-package-to-come-in-september/ To download the PSO2 game client, go to this page here. TheBy KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012 client is roughly 3GB big. If you’re currently enrolled in the open beta for PSO2 (which is still ongoing, until July 3 11AM JST), you will not need to re-download the game client again. The open beta version will be updated prior to the start of service. Like we previously reported, PSO2 is free-to-play and supported through paid premium items (go to our previous story for exact pricing details). Players who’d like to start the game with a stash of virtual money (called “Arkz Cash” in PSO2) can begin purchasing credits from July 3 at 3PM Japan time. Other than on the PC, Phantasy Star Online 2 is also expectedPhantasy Star Online 2 has a final release date! to launch on the PlayStation Vita and smartphones at a later date.The free-to-play PC title will officially begin service in Japanthis Wednesday, July 4, at 2PM JST (GMT+0900 hours). Source: 4GamerIn addition, Sega will offer a premium package for the gamethrough retailers in Japan beginning September 13 for 6,279yen. Sega to hold Hatsune MikuThe premium package will include an installation DVD, pluscodes for a number of premium items: five sets of original live concerts in Hong Kong,weapons, 30-Day Premium Set, 1000 FUN points ticket,Mag evolution device, colour change item, Scape Doll x5, Taiwan Source: item set, etc. concerts-in-hong-kong-taiwan/Sega has also shared a new trailer for the game today: By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2012 Hatsune Miku fans in Hong Kong and Taiwan are in for a treat; Sega announced today that the Vocaloid star will be going on tour in those locations next. The tour – entitled Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First Concert “Mikupa” in English – will be held in October of this year, as part of the virtual idol’s 5th anniversary celebrations. This is the first time Sega has held a Hatsune Miku concert – which has numerous projectors focusing light on a mostly- transparent glass screen to make the virtual idol pop out like a 3D hologram (refer to the embedded video below) – in Hong Kong and Taiwan. Although thus far, fans over there have been able to catch Miku no Hi: Dai Kanshasai (March 2012) and July 2011′s Sapporo Mikupa concerts “live” through proxy viewing sessions held in cinemas. 3
  • 175. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneApart from Japan, Sega has also held Hatsune Miku concerts <<< 14:00<15:00<<<<<<in Los Angeles, USA (July 2011′s Mikunopolis) and here inSingapore (November 2011′s Mikupa). The Hong Kong & <<< 19:00<20:00<<<<<<Taiwan tour will be Miku’s third overseas performance. <<<<<<< A<<680HK$<B<<480HK$<C<<280HK$ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <A<B<<<<<<<<<<<<C<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<HKTICKETING ( WWW.HKTICKETING.COM < <<<<<<<<<<<2012<07<12<(<) 10:00 <<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< <<<<<TRiKS <<<<<BBH/JELLYFISH <<<<<Crypton Future Media, Inc. <<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<“<<<<” <<<< 2012<10<6<<<< <<<Taipeishow<<<<<<<<( http:// ) <<<<<<<< <<< 13:00/14:00<<<<<< <<< 18:00/19:00<<<<<< <<<<<<< A<<2900TW$<B<<2200TW$<C<<1500TW$ <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Each location will see two shows held on a single day. <<<<<<<<<<<<<The Hong Kong performances will be held at the KITECStar Hall on October 2 (Tuesday), at 3PM and 8PM local <<<<<<<<<<< ( )time respectively, while the Taiwan concerts will take place <<<<<<<<<<<2012<07<12<(<) 10:00 <<<<October 6 (Saturday) at the Taipeishow exhibition centre, at <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<2PM and 7PM Taipei time. <<<<<<<<<<Concert ticket pre-sales for either location will begin July <<<< <<<<< <<<<<<<<<< “<<<<”12 (Thursday) at 9AM Singapore / Hong Kong / Taiwan <<<<<<<<<<<<<A4<<<<time (GMT+0800 hours). Tickets can be purchased online <2012<07<31<(<) 23:59 <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<through the following links: <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Hong Kong Mikupa – Mikupa – <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<Note: As a bonus, all show-goers who pre-purchase tickets <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<before July 31, 23:59PM will be entitled to a Hatsune Miku <<<<<BBH/JELLYFISHHong Kong & Taiwan First Concert “Mikupa” original clear <<<<<Crypton Future Media, Inc.file (A4 size), to be distributed on the day of the concert. Source: 4GamerFrom the press release: <<<<<<<<< <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< “<<<<” Concert Review: ONE OK <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< “MIKUPA<” ROCK Singapore Start << <<Hatsune Miku Hong Kong & Taiwan First Walking The World Tour 2012 concert “MIKUPA<” Source: <<<<<< singapore-start-walking-the-world-tour-2012/ <<<< << <<<<<<<<<< “<<<<” By bj0rN on July 3rd, 2012 <<<<2012<10<2<<<< On 30th June 2012, the air of anticipation was tight for the <<<KITEC Star Hall ( ) whole afternoon before the start of the concert at SCAPE* <<<<<<<< Warehouse. People were queuing for almost half a day ahead 4
  • 176. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneprior to the start of the concert and even the rain didn’t prove Drummer Tomoya was great throughout the concert with histo be much of an obstacle for them. The area was robust with performance while Guitarist Toru impresses everyone withfans of various ages and ethnicity. his powerful rush of chords with Ryota doing a great job on the bass. Taka’s stage presence was great as he interacts with the fans. Unlike other concerts where I’ve been to where fans will keep to their spirit with colourful light sticks that sway to the rhythm of the songs, the fans here would keep their arms raised high and pump their fist into the air and jump along. It’s nice to get fans to partake and sing along with the performance for “Answer is Near”. Fans were singing in harmony for this song as they called for encore later on during the concert. “Wherever you are” brought tears to my eyes as I stood there and listened to the nice guitar play by Toru while Taka sang, putting in a lot of feelings into it.© Amuse / J-LIVE ASIAThe fans turned out in full force to see their favourite band,not only from Singapore but from Taipei and even Korea,many of whom had flown over just to see the band on itsWorld Tour or followed them from their previous location.Fans were singing out to show their love and appreciationfor One OK Rock’s visit while they interact with each other.Fans of the Japanese rock band queued to get their hands onOne OK Rock’s live goods such as T-shirts, towels, iPhonecases and stickers.One Ok Rock is a Japanese rock band formed in 2005, © Amuse / J-LIVE ASIAcomprising of Taka (vocalist), Toru (guitarist), Ryota The peak of the performance was probably during “NO(bassist), and Tomoya (drummer). The name of the band SCARED” as the fans starting lifting off the ground highermeans “One o’clock”, which is the time the band used to and higher. It finally came to an end with “Kenzen Kankakustart for the regular jamming sessions. They try to stylise Dreamer” but the fans wanted more and chanted for anthe name by changing “o’clock” to “o’krock”, which was then encore. Their calls got reciprocated when One OK Rock cameseparated to become “OK Rock”. back on for another two more encore songs, ” Jibun Rock” and “Naihi Shinsho”. One OK Rock, without a doubt rocked their audience at SCAPE* Warehouse. Many fans went home with ringing in their ears, yet with gleeful smiles, knowing that the band promised to be back in the future.© Amuse / J-LIVE ASIAMinutes after seven, Singapore fans of One OK Rock finallygot their chance to meet and rock together with theirfavourite Japanese rock band at the SCAPE* Warehouse.The lights dimmed out to cue the fans to be ready and theywere treated to an impressive performance on stage.Like the other fans, it was my first time attending the concertand to be honest, I have not heard a single song of theirsprior to attending it. My initial impression was that theyare very unique group, with strong American alternate rockinfluences. Bands such as Jimmy Eat World and BACK-ON was one of the groups I could relate to with strongcomparisons. 5
  • 177. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By sentinel011 on July 3rd, 2012 Starting this Summer, SGCafe will be featuring 10 anime titles that will attract anime fans! If you are undecided as to which anime to watch this upcoming season, you may wish to consult SGCafe’s seasonal anime recommendations! Before we begin, we must highlight that all anime titles featured here does not constitute anime that fans must watch. It is a list of recommended anime that we at SGCafe feel will of interest to most anime fans. Not all of the titles featured will be on streaming sites like Niconico or Crunchyroll either. Title:Rinne no Lagrange Season 2( 輪輪輪輪輪輪輪輪輪 season 2) Studio: Xebec Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fi Voice cast:Ishihara Kaori (Kanna from Ano Natsu de Matteru)Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru) Kayano Ai (Honma Meiko from Ano Hana) Why Recommend? The second season of this typical shounen anime overrun by girls, subtle drama and pretty cool mecha fight scenes, this light hearted anime also has obvious hints of serious drama splattered all over the first season, and we are expecting the second season to wrap things up, as well as clear up the mystery of the ‘Blossoming of Rinne’. Watch this if you like: Mecha, spiffy fight scenes, cute girls with drama —–SGCafe Recommends: 10anime of Summer 2012Source: Title: TARI TARIsummer-2012/ Studio: P.A Works Genre:Drama, Slice-of-Life Voice cast:Takagaki Ayahi (Grace Feldt from Gundam 00)Seto Asami (Chihaya Ayase from Chihayafuru) 6
  • 178. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHayami Saori (Aragaki Ayase from OreImo)Why Recommend?The producer, character designer and composer of Spring2011 anime Hanasaku Iroha return for TARI TARI, and thepremise of the lives of three high school girls each have theirown goals and troubles. While a slice-of-life anime can berather dreary in plot on occasions, P.A Works might be ableto produce something that will differentiate itself from itsHanaIro. That said, P.A Works has been consistent in theiranimation quality.Watch this if you like: Great art, cute girls, slice-of-life—- Title: Moyashimon Returns Studio: Shirogumi, Telecom Animation Genre:Comedy, Slice-of-Life Voice cast:Sakaguchi Daisuke (Fukube Satoshi from Hyouka)Nishimura Tomomichi (Richard Mardukas from Full Metal Panic!) Ohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/ Zero)Touma Yumi (Urd from Ah! My Goddess) Why Recommend? One cannot say no to the cute talking microbes, so much so that a sequel was eventually made. Interesting aspects about microbiology, fermentation and cultivation continues with the veteran voice cast. Despite the setting being in university,Title: Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse various antics and stupidity amongst the characters popStudio: Satelight, lxtl up frequently. We bet Biology students from Secondary,Genre:Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi Polytechnic and University students will find this bothVoice cast: Nakahara Mai (Furukawa Nagisa from interesting and amusing to watch.Clannad)Nabatame Hitomi (Makishima Saori from Watch this if you like: Cute mascots, comedy, crazinessOreImo)Ono Daisuke (Sebastian Michaelis from Kuroshitsuji) —-Why Recommend?The previous game-to-anime adaptationfrom âge was popular emotional train wreck drama Kimiga Nozomu Eien, and it was popular enough to be airedon local television channels in Singapore. But this time, theadaptation is from the game’s spinoff light novel. Plot-wise,one can expect the first half of the anime to be a genericSci-Fi anime of humans defending Earth from aliens withgigantic robots, but when it comes to âge, the plot is neverthat simple. Satelight has proved that they can animatedecent mecha fight scenes with the recent Aquarion3 EVOL,but can they stay true to the plot and pacing of the lightnovel? Nevertheless, if all things go smoothly, this animemight just be this season’s blockbuster hit, like Muv-LuvAlternative did in the visual novel category.Watch this if you like: Mecha, busty girls in skin tight suits,engaging plot Title: Natsuyuki Rendezvous Studio: Dogakobo—- Genre: Drama, Slice-of-Life Voice cast:Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou from Hyouka) Oohara Sayaka (Irisviel von Einzbern from Fate/Zero) Fukuyama Jun (Panda from Shirokuma Cafe) Why Recommend? Noitamina’s other offering this season is Natsuyuki Rendezvous, a josei manga by Kawachi Haruka, animated by studio Dogakobo (Yuruyuri, 11eyes). It features a stellar voice cast of familiar names, and has a quirky plot befitting of the noitaminA programme block. The story involves a young man who falls in love with the owner of the floral shop he 7
  • 179. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneworks at, only to meet the spirit of her dead husband in her to the show. Director Fujita Youichi has also previouslyapartment. worked on other shounen series such as Gintama and Kekkaishi, so fans of shounen anime can look forward to this.Watch this if you like: Romance, josei, supernatural The opening song will be sung by Pico (a popular utaite from—- Nico Nico Douga). Watch this if you like: Comedy —-Title: Koi to Senkyo to ChocolateStudio: AIC BuildGenre: Harem, RomanceVoice cast:Nakamura Yuuichi (Oreki Houtarou from Title: Dakara Boku wa, H ga Dekinai.Hyouka) Studio: feelImai Asami (Makise Kurisu from STEINS;GATE) Genre: Comedy, RomanceNakamura Eriko (Amami Haruka from IDOLM@STER) Voice cast:Endo Aya (Sasako in Shirokuma Cafe)Why Recommend?Love, Election and Chocolate is an anime Shimono Hiro (Kasugano Haruka in Yosuga no Sora)adaptation of the visual novel of the same name by sprite. Ishihara Kaori (Kyono Madoka in Rinne no Lagrange)Known for its beautiful backgrounds and CG, it will be Why Recommend?From the studio who brought us Papa nointeresting to see how the original character designs will iu koto wo kikinasai!, Mayo Chiki and Yosuga no Sora, comesbe reflected in the animated version. The voice cast is an adaptation of the light novel series, Dakara Boku wa, H gaalso something to look forward to. The plot is set around Dekinai. Fans can expect love-comedy and fanservice fromthe student council elections, in which the main character this title, as the premise is about the main character, KagaOojima Yuuki participates in, and finds out about issues Ryousuke losing his sex drive to an elite death god (Lisarasurrounding the school in the process. Restall).Watch this if you like: Harems, school-life stories Watch this if you like: Comedy—- —-Title: Binbougami ga! Title: Sword Art OnlineStudio: Sunrise Studio: A-1 PicturesGenre: Shounen, Comedy. Genre: Fantasy, Sci-fiVoice cast:Hanazawa Kana (Sengoku Nadeko from Voice cast:Tomatsu Haruka (Nagi in Kannagi)Bakemonogatari) Itou Kanae (Saten Ruiko in Railgun)Inoue Kikuko (Belldandy in Aa! Megami-sama) Taketatsu Ayana (Nakano Azusa from K-On!)Uchiyama Yumi (Nagi from A-channel) Why Recommend?Fans of Accel World will probably wantWhy Recommend?Sunrise’s offering for the upcoming to catch Sword Art Online, as they share the sameseason is an adaptation of Sukeno Yoshiaki’s manga which author, Kawahara Reki. A-1 Pictures (Tsuritama, Theran in Jump SQ. The main character is voiced by popular IDOLM@STER) will be creating this adaptation, and theseiyuu Hanazawa Kana, and the voice cast is a definite draw music will be by acclaimed composer Kajiura Yuki. 8
  • 180. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneWatch this if you like: Science Fiction For the Fate/Zero Next Encounter, social game, the full set of teaser images of the master/servant pair has been revealed—- just recently. Here are the “suggested pairings” from their official site:Title: Kokoro ConnectStudio: Silver LinkGenre: School Life, SupernaturalVoice cast:Mizushima Takahiro (Takamatsu from AngelBeats!)Aki Toyosaki (Hirasawa Yui from K-On!)Sawashiro Miyuki (Kanbaru Suruga fromBakemonogatari)Hisako Kanemoto (Ika Musume from Shinryaku! IkaMusume)Takuma Terashima (Apollo from Sousei no Aquarion)Why Recommend?School life will never be the same againfor the five friends who mysteriously switch bodies with eachother. The best thing is, it happens only between people ofthe opposite gender. As the five of them slowly realize thatthis phenomenon not only happened to them, but everyoneelse in their school.Kokoro Connect has released a pre-season teaser of their Kotomine Kirei/Saberfirst episode, that surprisingly feels like a supernatural-ish K-On! with guys. Nevertheless, the anime will proveentertaining with many hilarious situations from the fivemain characters who find themselves in numerous awkwardsituations.Watch this if you like: K-On, Supernatural, Comedy —-Tell us what are your anime picks for Summer 2012!Social Games: Fate/Zero andGuilty CrownSource: Waver Velvet/LancerBy mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012According to Crunchyroll, the Conteride game brand, agroup of three companies consisting of Strategy & Partners,DIGITURBO, and Good Smile Company has revealed thecharacter visuals for their up-coming social games based intwo popular anime series Fate/Zero and Guilty Crown.Both games are scheduled to launch on feature phones andsmartphones including Android and iOS in July this year.Conteride is a new game company dedicated to charactercontents business such as online games based on anime andmanga. 9
  • 181. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Kayneth Archibald/Berserker and lastly,Matou Kariya/Caster Tousaka Tokiomi/Rider As for Guilty Crown’s social game, not much is known about it yet. But there is an official website, so please do check it out for more updates and information! Here are some images up for on their official site though:Emiya Kiritsugu/Archer Tsutsugami Gai Yuzuriha InoriUryuu Ryuunosuke/Assassin and… Ouma Shu (Source: Crunchyroll, Fate/Zero Next Encounter official site, Guilty Crown official site) 10
  • 182. July 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone2ch Internet Novel GetsAnime Adaptation: MaoyuMao YuushaSource: mijumijuchu on July 3rd, 2012According to, light novel “Maoyu Mao Yuusha”was announced to get a TV anime adaptation. Maoyu wasoriginally created as an impromptu play-style novel byTouno Mamare and posted on 2channel BBS in 2009.Touno Mamare, (his site) the author of Maoyu Mao Yuusha,is an internet novelist who writes and posts mainly on the2channel news vip board. He is known to references populargames such as Dragon Quest, anime in his stories.Not only that the cast from the theater reading willmost likely be re-use anime. Notable names of the castsare: Kamiya Hiroshi, Fukuyama Jun, Sawashiro Miyuki,Koshimizu Ami and Tomatsu Haruka.There are also several manga adaptations that has beenpublished.(Source: My Anime List) 11
  • 183. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture With additional reporting by KarbyP. A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Magi: Anime AdaptationFan-made Idolm@ster Dearly Announced Source: “anime OP” might as By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012well be the genuine articleSource: shia on July 4th, 2012 The official website for World Hobby Fair 2012, has recently published the cover of Weekly Shounen Sunday magazine,A video of a fan-made Idolm@ster Dearly Stars anime video revealing the TV anime adaptation of Ohtaka Shinobu’shas been making its way around Nicovideo and Youtube. fantasy-adventure manga series, Magi- Labyrinth of Magic.The vid-maker, who goes by “Com”, says that he (or possibly Ohtaka, the creator of Sumomomo Momomo, has serializedshe) did it to commemorate the 7th Anniversary Live and the Magi in Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday magazinerelease of all 9 Blu-ray/DVD volumes. since 2009 and the 13the volume is published last month.In fact, work on this short video begun right after he finishedmarathon-ing through the entire anime series in one shot. A short synopsis of the story:Watching simply wasn’t enough. This story is about the flow of fate and the battleCom-san said that this was the first Idolm@ster video he’s to keep the world on the right path. Aladdin is aever worked on, and that most of the animation frames were boy who has set out to explore the world after beingtraced directly from the Idolm@ster anime series rather trapped in a room for most of his life. His best friendthan drawn from scratch, so it didn’t take as much work as is a flute with a djinn in it named Ugo. Soon enough,you might have thought. Aladdin discovers he is a Magi, a magician whoBut that’s just Com being modest. chooses kings, and he was born to choose kings whoKotaku Japan’s Takeshi Kamio notes that even if one were will follow the righteous path, battling against thoseto create cells from the Idolm@ster anime series, trace who want to destroy fate. Follow his adventures asthem out, change the characters, and align everything to the he meets others from 1000 Arabian Nights, like Alimusic, that’s really way too much work for the average fan; Baba and Sinbad, and fights to keep the balance ofit’s something that only a true Im@s fan could endeavour. world in check!Com is indeed a true blue Im@s fan – the type referred to The video and the website confirmed that this 90thamongst the community as a DD (“Daredemo Daisuki” or anniversary project from Shogakukan will premiere on 7th“Likes Every Character”). In the description for his video on October 2012 and run every Sunday at 5:00 p.m. on MBS,Nico Nico Douga, Com says that he hopes to see a season two TBS and their network of affiliates.for the Idolm@ster anime series, and that hopefully it will A short PV has also been released and you can watch it here:feature not only the 765Pro stars, but also the gals (well, twogirls and a guy) from Dearly Star’s 876Pro.Source : Kotaku Japan (Source: Moetron, Anime News Network)Read more Idolm@ster stories here on SGCafe! 1
  • 184. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Family Mart X Miku Blog, Vocaloid BlogFamily Mart collaborateswith Miku for Miku themed Anime Revolution to Hoststeamed buns Voice Actor Nakata JoujiSource: Source: actor-nakata-jouji/By shia on July 4th, 2012 By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 The organizers of Anime Revolution announced on June 22 that voice actor(seiyuu) Nakata Jouji will be attending the August 17th to 19th convention in Vancouver, British Columbia.Family mart is currently on its way to put out their firstfood project collaboration with Hatsune Miku. Uncensored Nakata’s many casting credits include animepictures after the jump. Hellsing’s Alucard, Fate/Stay Night and the most recent anime, Fate/Zero’s Kotomine Kirei, and Corporal Giroro in Keroro Gunso (or also known as Sgt. Keroro). Nakata-san will be reprising his role as Pope Innocentius in the upcoming Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere II. He will also be starring in one of the upcoming anime/game series as Dr. Crodo in Chousoku Henkei Gyrozetter, which starts this October. This will be Mr. Nakata’s first appearance at a Canadian convention, and he is very excited to join Anime Revolution. Anime Revolution will be held at the Vancouver Convention Center on the 17th to 19th August. (Source: Anime News Network)They will be using steamed meat buns as their firstcollaboration project. Hayate no Gotoku new season announced for this fall Source: announced-for-this-fall/ By shia on July 4th, 2012Miku + NikuMan = Mikuman ミミ+ミミミ=ミミミミ (Yes, a verybad pun/pan(ミミ|bread).)The price and date of sale has not been announced as of presstime. According to Sunday Magazine’s webpage, a new season of the parody butler anime Hayate no Gotoku is under production and will be airing this fall. 2
  • 185. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone plasmacluster ion generator for air purification and a voice recognition function. The collaboration model vacuum will also use Haro’s voice to respond to users.Hata Sensei has clarified that the anime will not be the 3rdseason of his popular anime but it would be a completely newanime after some confusion that it would be the 3rd season. The Gundam Front Tokyo opened on the seventh floor of the of Diver City Tokyo Plaza on Tokyo’s Odaiba island next to the newly rebuilt 1/1-scale Gundam statue in April. The complex’s features include a collection of plastic models from throughout the franchise’s history and a hemispherical dome theater. The Gundam Front Tokyo shop also offers a variety of exclusive souvenirs and promotional items. (Source: Anime News Network) Sword Art Online Cute Figures! Source: By mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012Hayate no Gotoku is a light hearted love comedy about a veryunlucky boy who starts a job as a butler who has workedsince childhood as his parents are totally irresponsible. Hisparents decides to sell his organs off to the Yakuza for moneyafter leaving behind a massive debt on him. While escapingaway from the yakuza, he meets Nagi Sanzenin, the sole heirof the wealthy Sanzenin estate, and she ends up falling forhim due to a series of misunderstandings. After he rescueNagi from some kidnappers , she hires him as a a butler.The manga is done by Kenjiro Hata and has been running inWeekly Shounen Sunday since October 2004.Source : Shounen Sunday OHP , Kenjiro-Hata’s Sundaybackstage blogSharp to Make Gundam HaroRobot VacuumsSource: Seems that the new summer anime “Sword Art Online” is allvacuums/ ready to release cute figures! The anime is not out yet butBy mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012 the production company, Ascii Media Works has started toEver fancy yourself a Haro to help you? Now fret showcase the little petite nendo sized “niitengo” more! Japanese electronics maker Sharp, togetherwith the Gundam Front Tokyo entertainmentcomplex are Sword Art Online is definitely one of the most anticipatedcollaborating together to produce Haro robot vacuums. The anime this season, from the same author of Accel World!robot character Haro, appears frequently in many Gundam So if you’re a fan of Accel World, you’ll definitely enjoy thisanime and video games, and not only that, it has become series as well.a mascot character for the Gundam franchise as well asSunrise anime studio. To start things off, Ascii Media Works are releasing a figure of the main hero, Kirito in his SAO gear, complete with aThe latest edition in the Cocorobo line of robotic vacuum very minor spoiler if you haven’t read the books or mangacleaners will be available in green “Haro type” and red“Haro (Char ver.) type” versions. Each unit features a 3
  • 186. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneyet! Accompanying our hero, we have not one, not two butTHREE different versions of the main heroine, Asuna.The three different versions of Asuna are: • Asuna in her guild combat uniform, • Asuna in her casual “at home” wear • And Asuna handcuffed as Titania during the second major story arc.Here are some images of the figures: 4
  • 187. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone But it appears that, in spite of what may have seemed like a mega reveal, Capcom had actually been holding out on us. They were saving the best scraps of information for respected video games media powerhouse, Famitsu magazine. The new issue of Famitsu, which officially goes on sale in Japan tomorrow, July 5, puts the spotlight on Monster Hunter 4 (as you can see in the cover image on the right) and doles out everything you didn’t hear about over the weekend in massive scoop. Although the magazine would only go on sale tomorrow, certain folks in Japan were able to grab their hands on an early copy, and were kind enough to share with the rest of the world a few morsels of info from Famitsu’s mega-scoop. Here’s a summary of what they’ve revealed so far:From Tomopop, we can guess that the anime will most • Local Wi-Fi players 1-4. Online play is not mentioned.probably cover up to at least the second story arc, so lookforward to the anime if you are a fan the books/manga! • Development for Monster Hunter 4 was done(Source: Tomopop) alongside MH3G. • Ground terrain will feature different levels of elevation or altitude. You’ll be able to use take advantage of these altitude differences to sneak up on a monster, orMonster Hunter 4 will perform jump attacks by going up to higher ground andintroduce smarter monsters, descending in one fell swoop. • Monsters will also be aware of these new altitudejump attacks, and a new differences on the ground terrain, and use them forweapon type [Updated x2] tactical advantage.Source: • There won’t be any underwater monster hunting thissmarter-monsters-jump-attacks-and-a-new-weapon-type-famitsu/ time around.By KarbyP on July 4th, 2012 • When certain conditions are met you will be ableUpdate: now with pictures/scans, appended below. to climb onto a monster and cling on them (like inUpdate 2: even more scans. Dragon’s Dogma).Original story: This past weekend Capcom showed off a • A new weapon type that’s secret for promotional trailer and shared new details – the first • Felynes will be able do something new, and – as within a long while – for 3DS mega-hit-in-the-making Monster Monster Hunter 3G – you will be able to bring up toHunter 4 at Capcom Summer Jam in Odaiba. two of them on solo quests. • Camerawork: free-camera (whatever that means… every single Monster Hunter game I’ve played has had a free-camera, after all). • You will no longer begin quests from a fixed position – the base camp – on the map; instead, you’ll be shipped out to the location by means of a caravan (which should mean that the starting point for quests will be different each time). • New armour designs. 5
  • 188. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Look forward to a story that’ll feature the most number The caravan’s boss-man (bigger) of Non-Playable Characters in the series yet.New armour designs (bigger)New monster: “Kechawacha” (ミミミミミミ) (bigger) Your starting armour and companion Felyne (bigger)Caravan and NPC designs (bigger) 6
  • 189. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone yet? Including the nigh-impossible The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku on Break the Limit mode? Hope you did, ‘cos Sega’s prepping a sequel to the game. Today Sega announced via Twitter that a Miku Flick 02 is under development. An official website for the game went live as well – interestingly, there’s a Japanese site, and one for an English international version (the URL to which we found in the description for Miku Flick in the iTunes store). The difference? Not much (for now) – the English site goes “iPhone Rhythm Action Game” where it says “iPhoneミミミミ ミミミミミミミミミ” in the Japanese one. If you haven’t had a chance to check out the original Miku Flick, Sega is also dropping the price in the US and Japan iTunes app store from US$13.99/1,300 yen to US $10.99/900 yen. The price drop doesn’t apply to regions like Singapore, however, primarily because over here we were already getting a deal to begin with: Miku Flick has been sold for S $13.98 (about US$10.99 or 900 yen) since day-one. No release date has been announced for Miku Flick 02, but it shouldn’t be too long before the game-app comes out – the announcement-to-release time period for the original was just a couple of weeks. What songs would you most like to see in Miku Flick 02? Project Diva F songs, perhaps?Sega: Miku Flick 2 is in theworks – and yes, it will seean international (English)releaseSource: KarbyP on July 4th, 2012 Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Kotaku Japan K-ON!: 7 inch Vinyl “Donuts” BOX Source:’s been four months since the release of Miku Flick on iOS.Did you clear all the 13 songs in the game on all difficulties 7
  • 190. July 4th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy mijumijuchu on July 4th, 2012Popular moeblob anime K-ON! is going to be releasing theircharacter songs on vinyl! The K-ON! 7inch Vinyl “Donuts”BOX, is only available through order on Canime for the site’sfirst year anniversary. Not only that these records are alsoavailable exclusively at the Canime Summer Festival. Thereare currently no plans to sell these vinyls in other shops, soif you’re a hardcore fan, these vinyls are vintage!There will be seven records that are set to be released: • Ever-popular Cagayake!GIRLS, • Don’t say lazy, • as well as Yui, Mio, Ritsu, Mugi and Azusa character songs.These records are on 7″ analog records and comes witha box. Pricing seems really pricey, selling at 10000 yen(approx. SGD$158). 8
  • 191. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureHatsune Miku Project DivaArcade Ver.B spotted inSingaporeSource: KarbyP on July 6th, 2012If you checked out the comments in our post yesterdayabout Project Diva Arcade Ver.B then you already know this:arcades here in Singapore have it!SGCafe reader ShinRa sent us an email and some pictures ofthe updated cabinet at Serangoon NEX: I saw them update to Version B in Singapore after ShinRa also mentions that the Divanet page has been watching Spiderman at Serangoon NEX. And boy, updated to accomodate the new features like snapshot its a huge improvement on the update!! New loading downloading (costs 30VP per shot) and Twitter integration: BGM, new loading screens and all !! And yes, ID card works! Snapshot shop (画画画画画画) I just wanted to play the game after the movie (Played Version A for hours before the movie) where I saw the tech guy update it. And when I went closer to take a look, it says VERSION B!!! So I just stood there, all excited like a child waiting for candy. And that 30 minute wait was so worth it!Pictures: Twitter integration 1
  • 192. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Read more stories about Project Diva (arcade and consoles) here on SGCafe! Fukuyama Yoshiki unable to join Jam Project in Latin American Concert Tour Source: jam-project-in-latin-american-concert-tour/ By koppepan on July 6th, 2012ID Card info page Kageyama Hironobu has posted on his facebook that Jam Project member Fukuyama Yoshiki will be unable to join the band for their Latin America tour. Fukuyama Yoshiki has recently recovered from a subarachnoid hemorrhage, and has been discharged from the hospital. His condition is better now, but will not be able to sing until September under doctor’s orders. JAM Project formerly had six members since 2003, but after 2008 member Rica Matsumoto left for an indefinite hiatus to ‘focus on her solo work’, the group has been performing all over the world with 5 members. They have a strong fanbase in South America, and have performed numerous times in Brazil and neighbouring countries. JAM Project has performed in Singapore at Anime Festival Asia X in November 2010, and Yoshiki Fukuyama has performed in Singapore twice, once also as a solo artiste in AFA09 and another as part of his solo tour. Source: Kageyama Hironobu Facebook Page Hyouka to get new ending sequence Source: sequence/ By koppepan on July 6th, 2012So what are you waiting for? Run out now to your nearestarcade (that has Project Diva Arcade), join the line of playersqueueing up for Miku, and start accumulating those VPs!If you use the snapshot feature, share your pictures ofHatsune Miku with the rest of us over here in the ProjectDiva Arcade thread on SGCafe forums! Or just head overthere and talk about your impressions with Ver.B, find folksto register as your rival in the game.Thanks for sharing, ShinRa-P!Kudos also to Liu Woon Yung for letting us know thatVirtualand Bugis also has Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Oreki Houtarou as Arsène Lupin 2
  • 193. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Yaraon!New character designs for the next ending sequence of KyotoAnimation-produced Hyouka have been released! This time,we get mystery fiction themed clothes for the members of the Live-Action Sengoku BasaraClassics Club. Trailer aired Source: aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012Chitanda Eru as Sherlock Holmes The official website for Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party-, the first live-action television show based on CAPCOM’s historical action game franchise, Sengoku Basara, began streaming a trailer on Wednesday. The video shows the Fukube Satoshi as Moriarty ending theme song “Hakuro” sung by singer/actor GACKT. Watch the video here: Hayashi Kento (Arakawa Under the Bridge) and Takeda Kohei (Hana Zakari no Kimi-tachi e or HanaKimi, Ikemen Paradise, Kamen Rider Kiva) are the lead cast as Date Masamune and Sanada Yukimura, respectively. In addition to providing the ending theme, singer/actor GACKT stars as Oda Nobunaga as well. The series will premiere on 12th July on MBS and will run every Thursday night as 1.25 am (12.25 am, Singapore time) respectively.Ibara Mayaka as Hercule Poirot (Source: ANN) Tiger & Bunny Movie’s First Footage Aired Source: aired/These designs were released with an announcement ofthe titles for the new opening and ending themes. Thenew opening theme will be titled 画画画画画画画画, or MikanseiStride (Incomplete Stride), and the ending theme will be 画画画画画画画画画画画, Kimi ni Matsuwaru Mystery (The MysterySurrounding You). The ending theme single will be releasedon the 22nd of August. 3
  • 194. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 only that, following up is a PS3 game called “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle” was also announced. You can watch the game trailer here: The last half of the manga’s part 3 already inspired an original anime video project in 1993, followed by an adaptation of the first half in 2000. In addition, the manga’s part 1 inspired the film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. The PS3 game is to be developed by CyberConnect2. Not only that, the official website for the game has been opened, so please do check it out it out if you’re a fan of the series! The Mainichi Shimbun paper’s Mantan Website reports that the fighting game will be confirmed with a to be announced price. (Source: ANN)Fans of Tiger and Bunny, get ready to be excited! The first Hyouka ‘Episode 11.5′ Animefootage of the movie, “Tiger & Bunny- The Beginning-” hasbeen aired on Thursday morning on the morning television Ad Streamed Source:, Mezamashi Terebi. The footage includes part of streamed/the “Linear Blue o Kikinagara”, the new theme song that By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012will be performed by Unison Square Garden, the rock bandbehind the anime’s first theme song.You can catch the video footage here:The full trailer will run in theaters starting this Saturday.The film itself will be premiered in Japan, on the 22ndSeptember. In the second part of the segment, KawanishiYu, a publicist for the movie, said that the action and battlescenes appeal to the male audiences, while for the femaleaudiences, the relationship between the main leads, Kotetsuand Barnaby will develop more, compared to what wasabsent from the 25 episode long series anime.A producer, Ozaki Masayuki, at the anime studio, Sunriserevealed during the Tiger & Bunny panel at Anime Expo(USA) on Saturday that a new NEXT character will beappearing in the first movie! The new NEXT character hasbeen designed by Katsura Masakazu, the character designer.(Source: ANN) The official website for Hyouka anime series has begun streaming a commercial for the anime’s “Episode 11.5″ onJoJo’s Bizarre Adventures to Thursday. Like the anime, the ad features the theme songget anime and PS3 game “Yasashisa no Riyuu by Chouchou.Source: You can watch the video here:anime-and-ps3-game/By mijumijuchu on July 6th, 2012 Yonezawa Honobu’s original Hyouka novel follows anRejoice JoJo fans! An anime adaptation of Araki Hirohiko’s energy-saving boy named Houtarou (Seiyuu: NakamuraJoJo’s Bizarre Adventure manga has finally been green-lit Yuichi) who was ordered by his elder sister to join the classicfor an October airing! literature club (kotenbu). In the all-new episode, “MotsuThe announcement of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: The Beki Mono wa”. Chitanda (Satou Sataomi), Mayaka ( KayanoAnimation was made during the Thursday press conference Ai) and Satoshi (Sakaguchi Daisuke) run around the publicfor the upcoming “Araki Hirohiko Jojo Exhibition”. Not swimming pool. 4
  • 195. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAs the episode number implies, the story’s setting is betweenepisode 11 and 12. The director, Takemoto Yasuhiro,based his script for this episode on a plot by Yonezawa(the author). Ota Rika, story boarded and directed thisepisode with animation director Horiguchi Yukiko.The episode will be aired on the official Kotenbu UStreamstream on Sunday at midnight (11 pm for GMT Singaporetime). Kadokawa Shoten will include the same episode on anoriginal Blu-ray Disc that will be bundled with the limitededition of Task Ohna’s third Hyouka manga volume in thecoming 13th January 2013.(Source: ANN)Marvel vs Capcom Origins –a compilation of two games –coming to XBLA and PSN I have to admit it’s a little on the pricy side, but the upside toSource: it is there you’re essentially getting two games for the pricecompilation-of-two-games-coming-to-xbla-and-psn/ of one. More important, since Capcom didn’t announce anyBy KarbyP on July 6th, 2012 new fighting games at E3… what’s a Street Fighter fan toHD versions of Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vs Capcom spend his money on, other than this? It’s turning out to be a(One) are headed to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation really odd year for Capcom fighting game fans.Network in one package! Hit the jump to find out how find if Today’s Marvel vs Capcom Origins release announcementit’ll feature GGPO and what other online features are in stall. also begs one more question: does this mean that at someBoth games will support 8-player lobbies, with GGPO- point we might see X-Men vs Street Fighter and Marvelenhanced netcode and spectator mode, dynamic challenges, Super Heroes vs Street Fighter (the two games that wereand replay saving. released between Marvel Super Heroes and Marvel vsIn other words, Marvel vs Capcom Origins is getting the Capcom) on XBLA and PSN? If all of these games can beStreet Fighter III: Third Strike Online Edition. republished now that Capcom has a new licensing agreement with Marvel, that is.Hopefully Marvel vs Capcom will include some sort of trialchallenge based off of Justin Wong’s competitive career; if I Why did Capcom pair MvC specifically with MSH? Yourecall correctly, Justin said in an interview that his first ever have to think that another double pack, with X-Men VS andtournament was for Marvel vs Capcom – and that led him MSH VS, are coming at some point. It’s the only plausibleto get into the rest of the Street Fighters. explanation.Marvel vs Capcom Origins will be released in September.The Xbox Live Arcade version will be sold for 1,200Microsoft Points, while the PlayStation Network version willcost US$14.99/€14.99/£11.99/AUD23.95. New trailer for Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B shows off Excellent Trials, additional modules Source: project-diva-arcade-ver-b-shows-off-excellent-trials-additional-modules/ 5
  • 196. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on July 6th, 2012Ver.B of Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade went into servicein Japanese arcades today. To commemorate the occasion,Sega released a new trailer for Ver.B that shows off all theshiny new things players can do in the game now. This traileris different from the “advertise” video previously shown.We’ve already wrote about all the new features in Ver.B ingreat detail in a previous post. The only feature that we didn’talready mention is that there are now Excellent Trials, whichallow you to wager even more VP (a digital currency used Silence (Megurine Luka, 250VP)within the game to unlock content like additional modules/skins). Clear an Excellent Trial for a song, and you may earn designed by meolaas much as 30VP - 画画画画画画画画画画画画画画 Version B 画 画画画画画 画Project DIVA Arcade画Four new modules (character skins) are also available withVer.B, as follows:Shiny (Hatsune Miku, 250VP)designed by 宇宇宇宇 (Uki Atsuya) Strange Dark (Kagamine Len, 250VP) designed by 宇Sumire (Kaito, 250VP)designed by 宇 (Yuu) 6
  • 197. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Although we’re not sure if Ver.B has already or will make its way here to Singapore (or to any other region outside of Japan, for that matter), we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed. If you’ve seen Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B in operation anywhere outside of Japan, please let us know via the comments below. Maple Story Japan to receive “Sengoku Jidai” update beginning this month Source: sengoku-jidai-update-beginning-this-month/ 7
  • 198. July 6th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on July 6th, 2012Nexon announced today that Maple Story players in Japanwill be getting original content in the form of a Sengoku Jidai(Sengoku era) update later this month. They’ve also releaseda trailer that shows fans what they can expect from the newupdate.As with theMaple Story: Legends update (which is whatMaple Story SEA players are getting right now), the SengokuJidai content is split into three parts, starting with July 11′sAkatsuki patch, which will add a Japan-exclusive map tothe game as well as a “Sengoku Daigassen” (画画画画画) system,which sounds like you’ll be able to do large-scale country-versus-county battles.July 25 will see a Shippuu no Yaiba (画画画画, The HuricaneBlade) patch that adds a new “Hayate” character class.Finally, on August 11 the Shiyou no Okina (画画画画)patch will add the “Kanan” character class, and a“Ranmaru Enseitai” (画画画画画画画 or Ranmaru ExpeditionForce) gameplay system.Maple StoryJapan players will be able to create customHayate and Kanan characters until the end of October.Although the Sengoku Jidai update is Japan-only for now,given that the Sengoku-based games and media are prettypopular outside of Japan, Nexon might decide to roll it outto the game in other regions. We’ll just have to wait and see.画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画画 | 画画画画画画画画画画画Source: 4Gamer 8
  • 199. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture revolve around imaginative and unexpected encounters, A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku we want players to consistently be surprised as they explore and Japanese Pop Culture dungeons and undertake quests,” added Satoshi Sakai, Phantasy Star Online 2 Producer at SEGA of Japan.Phantasy Star Online 2 – Over ten years have passed since the release of the boundary-breaking Dreamcast hit, Phantasy Star Online,Western Release Confirmed and SEGA is poised to continue the Phantasy Star series’Source: multiplayer legacy on PCs worldwide with Phantasy Starrelease-confirmed/ Online 2. In the Year 238, the New Era of Light, playersBy Xharky on July 9th, 2012 will join a new band of Arcs in the fight against mysterious D-Arkers, embarking on another epic adventure of infiniteSega has officially announced that the online multiplayer possibilities!sequel to their hit series Phantasy Star Online, PhantasyStar Online 2, will be receiving a western release in North Phantasy Star Online 2’s features include:America and Europe in early 2013. The official informationand teaser site will be located at, and there • Deep sci-fi fantasy universe filled with lushwill be a teaser trailer on YouTube (Here). The Japanese landscapes, extraordinary creatures, and epicversion of their PR Site can be found here, and trailer here adventuresTheir official press release follows: • Revolutionary real-time combat and third-person action with devastating combos and counters to master • Flexible, class-based leveling system that lets players define their own play-style with distinctive melee, ranged, and magic weapon types • Randomized dungeon maps and unexpected mid- quest encounters that ensure each quest is different for each player • Deep character creation system with a nearly limitless number of potential appearances • Three degrees of humanity to experience across three unique races: the versatile Humans, spiritually- powered Newmen, and artificial CAST. For more information about Phantasy Star Online 2, visitSEGA ANNOUNCES THE WESTERN RELEASE OF the official site at STAR ONLINE 2 SEGA’s Epic Free-to-PlayMultiplayer Action RPG Coming to North America and For more news, follow SEGA on Twitter @SEGA (http://Europe in Early 2013 or “like” us on Facebook ( FRANCISCO & LONDON – July 9th, 2012 – SEGA®of America, Inc. and SEGA® Europe Ltd today announced About SEGA® of America, Inc. SEGA® of America,that free-to-play multiplayer action RPG Phantasy Star Inc. is the American arm of Tokyo, Japan-basedOnline 2 will be coming to North America and Europe in SEGA® Corporation, a worldwide leader in interactive2013. For a first look at this new entry in the legendary entertainment both inside and outside the home. ThePhantasy Star series, check out the official Phantasy Star company develops, publishes and distributes interactiveOnline 2 teaser site at entertainment software products for a variety of hardware platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those“Phantasy Star Online was a revolutionary game when it manufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony Computerwas released, and we want to make sure that its successor Entertainment. SEGA® of America’s Web site is locatedin the series is every bit as ambitious,” said Chris Olson, Vice at of Digital Business at SEGA of America. “We lookforward to introducing Phantasy Star Online 2’s unique, About SEGA® Europe Ltd. SEGA® Europe Ltd. iseasy-to-access multiplayer action to the rest of the world the European Distribution arm of Tokyo, Japan-next year!” based SEGA® Corporation, and a worldwide leader in interactive entertainment both inside and outside the“The number one thing we want to provide players in home. The company develops and distributes interactivePhantasy Star Online 2 is an adventure that changes every entertainment software products for a variety of hardwaretime they log in. Just as great table-top RPG experiences platforms including PC, wireless devices, and those 1
  • 200. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonemanufactured by Nintendo, Microsoft and Sony ComputerEntertainment Europe. SEGA’s global website site islocated at who enjoyed the first online game will definitely findPhantasy Star Online 2 to be just as interesting, carrying onthe tradition of real-time combat and gear customization.Screenshots from the Japanese Alpha/Beta versions: Source: PSOWorld, PSO2 JP TYPE-MOON FES- 10th Anniversary report Source: report/ By mijumijuchu on July 9th, 2012 On the 7th and 8th July, another event was being held in Pacifico Yokohama Kokuritsu Dai hall. TYPE-MOON FES was attended by over 12000 people over the course of the two days. 2
  • 201. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By mijumijuchu on July 9th, 2012 Just recently held on the 7th and 8th July, the Nishioshin Tanabata event in Akihabara to celebrate what else–Is this the final battle?! Tanabata!TYPE-MOON is popular with series such as Mahou Tanabata-七七, meaning “Evening of the seventh” is aTsukai no Youru, Fate/Stay Night, Fate/Zero and other Japanese star festival, originating from the Chinese Qixipopular games/anime brand. The event started off by Festival. It celebrates the meeting of the deities Orihimeintroducing what TYPE-MOON FES was about then they and Hikoboshi (represented by the stars Vega and Altairmoved on to having a talkshow segment. Then there respectively). According to legend, the Milky Way separateswere performances that include the Fate/Zero opening and these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year onending and acts such as LiSA, Aoi Eir, Kalafina and Haruna the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolarRuna. It was also the first time for the four artists to perform the same event together. The date of Tanabata varies by region of the country, but the first festivities begin on July 7 of the Gregorian calendar. The event is often celebrated by hanging tanzaku and decorations on bamboos. Not only that, since Tanabata varies from different regions, they do include some of the most common activities such as: Tanabata decoration competitions, decorated parades, Miss Tanabata contest, stalls that provide carnival games and definitely stalls that sell lots of yummy food! What are tanzaku, you ask? Well they are basically: Small strips of papers that people write their wishes on them and hang them up on bamboo together with other decorations. The bamboo with the tanzaku and decorations are then set afloat on a river or burned after the festival, around midnight or on the next day.The event was also streamed live throughout Japan. The tanzaku here, are mostly drawn by Watanabe (Source: Akio the character designer as well as the animator of Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari! You can check themNishioshin Tanabata Event at out below!AkihabaraSource: 3
  • 202. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source: Wikipedia, Akibablog) Strolls with Miku now a close reality Source: reality/ By shia on July 9th, 2012 Using a mixture of technologies such as augmented reality with Kinect fusion and a few others, a nicovideo user has succeeded in using augmented reality without markers to do a tech demo of getting Miku to do strolls in the park with him. The video shows how the user takes Miku on a walk in the park and usage of gestures to interact with Miku in his house. The user uses a Asus Xtion(Kinect like device) and a pair of Wrap920 VR video glasses for the full immersion effect. Will home-brew programmers take one more step into making 2D characters a reality? Share with us your views. Featured art from : Psycho(Pixiv) 4
  • 203. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource : Esuteru, Original Nicovideo link By Mycstea on July 9th, 2012 Announced yesterday July 7th, the animation for popularTYPE-MOON Fes. visual novel franchise Da Capo, D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is getting a TV anime next year, along with other excitingAnnouncements projects for the franchise!Source: Released early this year, D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is the latest ofBy Mycstea on July 9th, 2012 the long series of visual novel Da Capo from game companyHaving past the first day of the event, a great deal of Circus. In their D.C. ~Da Capo~ 10 Year Project announcedinformation has been announced about new and upcoming yesterday, there will be numerous projects revolving the newprojects for TYPE-MOON! D.C. III content.As previously reported, TYPE-MOON is celebrating their D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ is a visual novel released in late Apriltenth anniversary this year with a big event at on the 7th 2012, following the protagonist Kiyotaka Yoshino and hisand 8th of July at Pacifico’s National Convention Hall of friends in the Journalism Club of Kazami Academy in theYokohama. island of Hatsunejima. It is an indirect sequel of D.C. II ~ Da Capo ~ as the plot swerves in a completely new direction,The event, TYPE-MOON Fes. is a special event by the game even though the main theme of magic and school romancemaker to celebrate and give appreciation to it’s fans for the is continued over.past ten years. With a host of special guests, content, musicand merchandise, the event is definitely a treasure trove of So far, 3 of these projects have been made, namely:new information as well as reminiscence of their past work. • D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ TV AnimationAs expected, TYPE-MOON has also taken the chance torelease and also confirm news for it’s products, and they are • D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ USB versionlisted below: • D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ Project Touched • Fate/Realta Nua to be ported to PSVita, with animated sequence animated by ufotable. (Previously reported D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ TV Animation here) • Fate/Extra Sound Drama to be produced and will begin in 2012 Winter • Corals of the Moon, 七七七七 in Japanese, will be produced into manga, with the illustration by Sasaki Shounen. • The Garden of Sinners: Recalled Out of Summer, or 七 七七七 七七七七 in Japanese, is slated to be animated • Fate/Apocrypha in the works, with new content coming Winter 2012 • New Fire Girl in the works, penned by Hoshizora Meteor (七七七七七), TYPE-MOON staff and author of Few information with regards to this project has been Room of the April Witch (Published by Seikaisha). announced so far, except that it has begun production and • Tsukihime remake confirmed, with PV released in the will be broadcast in January 2013. event with big changes to visual design of Ciel. Fans may visit the official website for the TV anime here. • UPDATE:Fate/ kaleid liner PRISM七ILYA scheduled for TV anime production (2013), animated by Silver D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ USB Version Link. Directed by Shin OunumaSo far, these news have been only reported on tweets andhave yet to be put on the official websites of TYPE-MOONitself.Fans better look out, because a barrage of battles are coming.Source: Otaku.comD.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ AnimeAnnounces With a Host ofOther ProjectsSource: Bring the magic of Da Capo wherever you are! D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ will be available in USB flash drives from 5
  • 204. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSeptember 28th 2012. This new version is version 1.3, a By KarbyP on July 9th, 2012further upgraded and so far latest version of the game.It comes with added Ultimate Battles, and new storybranches! The game would not require installation and willallow players to play from the USB drive on the go.No price announcements have been released so far however,so fans would need to sit tight for pre-orders. Fans may visitthe specially made website here.D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ ProjectTouched The biggest fighting games tournament in the world is well underway! And you can catch all of the action right from within the comforts of your very own bedroom. Hit the jump to find the link to the live-streams, and a full schedule of all the festivities. Important announcement: Before we move on, we’d like to ask all readers who’ve registered for the Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament to please check once again that they’re registered for the right game(s). When our story was first posted, the registration link for Street Fighter IV in particular was wrong, but it’s been fixed now so please double-check to avoid disappointment. We apologise for the inconvenience. Also, gamers who’ve registered for the Street Fighter III tournament should note that the date for the qualifiers has been changed from July 26 (Thursday) to July 28 (Saturday).Other then the TV animation, Circus invites it’s fans to sharewith them which part of D.C. III touched them the most, thuscompiling them into CMs to be possibly broadcasted. Local Overviewfans may also submit their entries in the special site Circusset up here. Each day’s EVO streams will typically start from 11PM Singapore time (GMT+0800), for Friday and SaturdayAs few information is currently available, we can only guess nights (pool stages for the various games) and last all the waywhat Circus has in store for it’s fans. Circus has a special till early afternoon the following day. Day 1 streams startedwebsite dedicated to this 10 year project, so interested fans last night, and will last till at least 1PM Singapore time today.please visit it here. Day 2 streams – for Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mortal Kombat 9, and King of Fighters XIII – begin tonight at 11PMSource: D.C. III ~ Da Capo ~ Official Website and will go on till past 3PM Sunday. Grand finals for all tournament games will begin Monday 1AM.EVO 2012 livestreams: Street If you miss the action for any of the livestreams, no worries, everything’s DVR-ed for you in the video archives of theFighter IV and SoulCalibur V respective stream pages.craziness, Persona 4 Arena(English voices), and more Stream linksSource: Go to this page here if you’d like to see the three main EVOiv-and-soulcalibur-v-craziness-persona-4-arena-english-voices-and- streams laid out nicely in a single page like so:more/ 6
  • 205. July 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNote: you can change the stream layout via the menus at thetop of the stream.If you miss any of the action on the livestream you can alwayscheck out the video archives for the recorded footage. • Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition Ver.2012