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SGcafe Anime, Manga, Cosplay, Vocaloid News For Otaku 2012 Issue 2


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

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  • 1. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012Namco Bandai has recently released Bakemonogatari’s newgame demo. The Official Youtube channel features the storydemo for the PSP game Bakemonogatari Portable on lastFriday.The demo previews the game’s recreation of the Hitagi Crabstoryline from the anime adaptation and the supernaturallight novel written by NisiOisin.Bandai Namco has also aired several other promotionalvideos and commercials for the game.Here you can watch the other videos:The game will be released in Japan on 23rd August. There With such talents working on this novel, an animeare two editions, regular and limited. The regular version adaptation could be expected in the future.will be priced at 6280 yen (approx. SGD$100) while thelimited will be 9980 yen (approx. SGD$159). The limited It will be published privately by Infinite, and will only beedition also comes with an exclusive box that included a available for purchase at events and partner shops. The siteback-pack inspired pouch, a special contents DVD, a voice is looking for interested shops willing to carry the novel forcustom CD, a custom theme and a booklet. sale. Official site. Guilty Crown Lost Christmas 3rd Promo Trailer Aired Source: promo-trailer-aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012The Limited Edition bonuses(Source: ANN, Bakemonogatari Official site)Sakurakagura novel by Naoki Nitroplus has began streaming the third promotional videoHisaya and Kishida Mel the computer adventure game prequel, Guilty Crown: LostSource: Christmas based on the anime Guilty Crown on Sunday.and-kishida-mel/ Watch the trailer here!By koppepan on July 16th, 2012Naoki Hisaya, known for working on the story for Sola andco-planning Kanon with Key’s Maeda Jun has announced a The video promo features the song “Planetes”, is sung by thenew novel project titled Sakurakagura, with illustrations by anime’s in-story band EGOIST. The song is the theme forKishida Mel. It will be his first new project in 5 years. the Production I.G’s 12 minutes original video anime short bundled with the game’s limited edition. Summary of the game: The game is set in a decade before the anime, Guilty Crown takes place, on 25th Decemeber 2029. On that day, the “Apocalyse Virus” devastated the land in an incident known as “Lost Christmas”. Against this scenario, the game will reveal a previously untold story of the events that lead up to the anime. The cast of the game includes: Sakurai Takahiro as the hero: Scrooge, Asumi Kana as the main heroine: Carol, Takagaki Ayahi as Past and Kobayashi Yu as Present. Haganeya 6
  • 2. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneJin (writer for Nitroplus’ popular game Demonbane) There has been talks of an anime adaptation, andwill be writing the original scenario for the game and speculation that the game may be for the PS VITA (AsChuuouhigashiguchi is the creator for the original artwork. spotted on the HTML source code on the page, though it hasBoth are involved in the anime itself, which premiered been since removed.)on Fuji TV’s late-night Noitamina programming block last Source: Temple KnightsOctober.The regular version is set to release for 5,040 yen (approx.SGD$80), while the limited edition will be priced at 7140 yen Unchained Blades EXXIV(approx SGD$114). Nitroplus posted the first game trailer inJanuary and began streaming the second one in April. Trailer featuring guest character designers Source: ANN, Guilty Crown Official Site) featuring-guest-character-designers/ By Kyoka on July 16th, 2012Nippon Ichi Software’sKamisama to Unmei Kakumeino Paradox official site openSource: koppepan on July 16th, 2012Game company Nippon Ichi Software has announced a newgame title in commemoration of it’s 20th anniversary, titledKamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox. The official siteis open now, with more details coming on the 19th of July.The game features the art of illustrator Noizi Ito, and theDisgaea team will be planning/producing the project. Theopening theme and music is by Yousei Teikoku. The new teaser trailer for upcoming PSP and Nintendo 3DS rpg Unchained Blades EXXIV, a sequel to Unchained Blades Rexx (known as Unchained Blades in the west) features guest character design works, the two designers recently revealed were Yoshitaka Amano and Kia Asamiya. Yoshitaka Amano designed the game’s Dark Knight, while Kia Asamiya designed Zodiac. The trailer below list’s the game’s release date, in Japan on October 18th and info of the Premium Dvd set. The trailer’s music is provided by famed Nobuo Uematsu and the Earthbound Papas.The synopsis reveals that the story is about a high schoolstudent who suddenly becomes a god one day, and goesaround fulfilling wishes with 7 angels, and develops as aperson along the way. 7
  • 3. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: AndriasangDark Knight by Yoshitaka AmanoZodiac by Kia Asamiya 8
  • 4. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureEvangelion Moon CakeSource: koppepan on July 18th, 2012Part 3 of the Evangelion Cake series features characterKaworu Nagisa, and is created in the image of the moon. Preorders open on the 19th of July, at 11am. Site here. New Project Diva f Modules Source: By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 The new PSVita game, Project Diva f has released new modules for the game! This time, there are several costumes for each and everyone.The cake is a mango flavored sponge, with a white chocolatecoating. The first module here is designed by popular illustrator nagimiso (Who did the character designs for the MeltdownIt will come with a Kaworu figure (roughly 11cm in height), PV). As shown above, the costume worn by Miku is calledand a replica of the Mark.06 spear from the second movie. “Agitation”, while Kaito’s costume is “General” and Len’s costume is “Badboy”. 1
  • 5. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThis module is designed Ichiyou Moka (pixiv artist). Thecostumes for Miku is known as “Innocence”. For Kaito it is“Guilty” and for Luka it is “Amour” respectively. The posters themselves are B1 sizes, and when both the posters are combined together, you get a whole picture of the Fate/Zero cast and Tales of Xillia cast enjoying themselves at the festival!Lastly, we get the lovely girls in new swimsuit modules forthe the song by OSTER project, Summer Idol! From the left,Miku is in a “Polka-dot Bikini”, Rin in a “Striped Bikini”,Luka in a “Resort Bikini” and Meikoin a “Long Valeo” bikinirespectively.(Source: My Game News Flash blog) Fate/Zero sideAwaodori in Tokushima But if you really, really want the posters, you can purchasefeatures Fate/Zero, Tales of them from Nico Nico Shopping. The set, called the Awaodori course, come with other bonuses, such as a sticker, a card,Xillia a wristband, a fan and a hand towel.Source: mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012If you attend the Awaodori (Awa Dance Festival) inTokushima, there will be two posters of Fate/Zero and Talesof Xillia available. 2
  • 6. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The windows are separate plastic parts for added realism.Tales of Xillia side(Source: Yaraon)Radio Kaikan to collaboratewith Steins;Gate for 1/1000scale modelSource: The scale model is available for preorder on Hobby Kaikan,By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 and will ship out from the 1st of August.Radio Kaikan’s online shop, Hobby Kaikan has opened Site here.preorders for a 1/1000 scale model of the iconic RadioKaikan, but with a Steins;Gate flavor to it. WakamuraP to release PV creation book Source: book/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 WakamuraP, known for his PVs of 8#Prince songs such as Sweet Devil and Electric Love, and previously a popular producer of IDOLM@STER MADs, will be releasing a book through Shoeisha titled WakamuraP’s Video Recipes: Challenging Nicovideo and Youtube with free tools. In this book, WakamuraP will introduce some of his methods to create video effects and video editing tricks, mainly with free software like NiVE2 and AviUtl.It will come with a ‘satellite’ crash on the roof, just like in theworld of Steins;Gate. 3
  • 7. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneIn commemoration of the release of this book, there will The plush will measure 35 centimeters long and 33be an event called WakamuraP’s Video Recipes Extra ~The centimeters tall. The plush also features wrinkles on itsMaking of Sweet Devil~, to be held on the 3rd of August, at forehead and back, a curly pug tail and Apo’s trademark7pm in Akihabara Shosen Book Tower. The event is open to heart shoulder marking.the first 50 people to preorder the book at Shosen.The book will come with sample effect clips and NiVE projectfiles.You can see more sample images and videos at the officialsite here.Space Brothers gets Apo dogplushSource: The anime adaptation of Koyama Chuya’s Space BrothersBy mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 (Uchuu Kyodai) manga premiered in Japan on April 1. ThereJapanese hobby goods maker, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai, will is also a live-action film adaptation that was screened inbe releasing an Apo pug plush inspired by the anime/manga theaters in Japan on 5th May.Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai).The plush is an “almost life-size” plush and will cost 6090 (Source: ANN, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai site)yen (approx. SGD$97). The release date will be around theend of August. Zettai Karen Children gets 3rd anime season Source: anime-season/ 4
  • 8. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on July 18th, 2012Zettai Karen Children, about a group of teenage girls Source: Mantan-webwho fight crime with their ESPs, will see a third animeseason, Shukan Shonen Sunday (published by Shogakukan)revealed in its latest issue, which goes on sale today. Hunter X Hunter movie,The Sci-Fi comedy series takes place in a futuristic Japan subtitled “Phantom Rouge”,where ESPers – people with special abilities – are appearingwith increasing regularity. hits theatres in Japan January 2013 Source: phantom-rouge-hits-theatres-in-japan-january-2013/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012ESPers are appraised and ranked by levels, and enlistedby the Japanese government as a means to stop criminalactivity committed through the use of special abilities.The series’ protagonists, Kaoru (psychokinesis), Aoi(teleportation), Shiho (telepathy) are three teenage girlswho stand at the forefront of the entire ESPer community,having been appraised as Level 7s – the highest possible An official logo, subtitle, and release date for thelevel. Together, the three form a special unit known as “The forthcoming Hunter X Hunter movie was unveiled today.Children”.First seriealised in Shukan Shonen Sunday in 2005, theZettai Karen Children comics has had a 30-volumes run thusfar, with over six million copies sold.In 2008 and 2009 the series was adapted into an animeseries that ran for two seasons or 51 episodes, broadcastedon TV Tokyo and its affiliates. An OVA was also released in2010.To commemorate the occasion, a poll is being conductedover at the series’ official website to determine which ofseven illustration pieces will be used as the basis of a poster-towel to be sold in the near future. The movie’s full title reads “Gekijouban Hunter X Hunter Hiiro no Genei (Phantom Rouge)” [### 5
  • 9. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHUNTER×HUNTER #################], and it will 9. Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (55,527be hit theatres in Japan January 12, 2013. copies)Despite the manga and anime series’ long-standing history, 10. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (54,902 copies)with over 60 million copies of the original comics sold,Phantom Rouge is Hunter X Hunter’s first feature-length Speaking to Famitsu magazine, Sony Computeranimated film. Entertainment said that software sales were within expectations. On average, a best-selling PS Vita at this pointAlthough the movie’s plot will be an original story, Hunter moves approximately 70,000 units.X Hunter series creator Yoshihiro Togashi has stated hisinclination to write the script. That said, Sony expects to see more PS Vita games sell at levels closer to Persona 4 the Golden’s figures, as anDetails of the movie’s plot at the moment are scarce. All increasing number of highly-anticipated titles come closer tothat’s been revealed is that the story has something to do being released.with Kurapika Kuruta (whose eyes turn scarlet red when hegets excited), as well as the Phantom Brigade Genei Ryodan. In particular, August’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, and Winter 2012′s Soul Sacrifice were cited as two potentialHence the subtitle “Phantom Rouge” or “Hiiro no Genei”. high-flyers.More concrete details about the movie will be revealed in Sony also added that gamers looking forward to the PS Vita’snext week’s issue of Shuukan Shonen Jump (issue 34), on next wave of titles can expect to hear about a major boost tosale July 23. the line-up come this September at the Tokyo Game Show.Source: Mantanweb Source: SinobiPlayStation Vita moves Famitsu magazine headlines:790,633 units in Japan; Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition,Persona 4 the Golden tops Oda Nobunaga & Liu Bei inVita sales charts Inazuma Eleven, and moreSource: Source: yakuza-12-hd-edition-oda-nobunaga-liu-bei-in-inazuma-eleven-and-charts/ more/By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 The Ryu ga Gotoku announcement Sega’s been teasing turns790,633 PlayStation Vita units have been sold in Japan out to be a re-release of the first two games in HD.since its launch in December last year, this week’s Famitsu Final Fantasy III for the PSP (Japanese version) will featuremagazine reveals in a mid-year sales summary for the full English text.platform. All this and more in this week’s Famitsu gaming news inIn the same report, Famitsu also revealed sales figures for brief.the top 10 selling PS Vita software, as follows: Note: If you live in Singapore and are interested in picking 1. Persona 4 the Golden (188,782 copies) up a copy of this week’s issue, Kinokuniya Books here usually receives their shipments on Fridays. 2. Minna no Golf 6 (118,985 copies) 3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (89,390 copies) Fantasy Life 4. Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush (74.785 copies) Platform: 3DS 5. Shin Sangoku Musou Next (74,718 copies) Release date: Sometime in 2012 6. Tales of Innocence R (71,463 copies) 7. Lord of Apocalypse (69,162 copies) Price: Undetermined 8. Ragnarok Odyssey (65,318 copies) Project development: Level 5 Game developer: Brownie Brown 6
  • 10. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMusic: Nobuo UematsuImage Illustration: Yoshitaka AmanoWill support Street Pass, as well as local multiplayer.Expect a release date in next week’s issue of Famitsu. Final Fantasy III (for the PSP) The Japanese version of FF3 will have full English text – simply set your PSP’s system language to English to access it.New Super Mario Bros. 2This week’s feature spread introduces gold rings andenemies in NSMB2.When Luigi touches a Gold Flower, he turns into Silver Luigi(Mario turns into Golden Mario).There will be stages where Mario will run non-stop afterbeing blasted out from a giant cannon at the very beginning.Movement is automatic, so you’ll have to guide Mariothrough to the end of the level with precise jumps. Inazuma Eleven GO2 Chrono Stone Historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Kinoshita Tokishiro, Jeanna D’Arc and Liu Bei will appear as playable characters. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F New songs introduction: Acute (KurousaP or ###P) Unhappy Refrain (wowaka) Summer Idol (Oster Project)Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition Some new modules are also introduced. We should havePlatform: PS3 more on this later today.Release date: November 1 (although apparently if you do asearch online, a December 1 date is listed instead)Price: 5,290 yenLoad times will be short. You’ll be able to manage your itembox inventory even in phone booths. At restaurants, dishesyou’ve eaten will be checked so it’s easier to complete achallenge that involves having tried all foods.The pre-order bonus for Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD editionwill be a special Blu-ray case modelled after the PS2 games’original packaging. Toki to Towa ~Tokitowa~ Release date: October 11 7
  • 11. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTwo new characters are introduced.Makimona (CV: Aya Endo) is a fortune-teller who sees a Persona 4 Arena (Xbox 360): 9, 9, 9, 9vision of a wedding ceremony being interrupted by some sortof attack.Bicode (CV: Tomokazu Sugita) is the leader of an assassinguild.The theme song for the game, entitled Rewind, will beperformed by May.J (#####).Tekken Tag Tournament 2New characters: Alex, Forest Law, P.Jack, and TigerJackson.Project X ZoneLady (Devil May Cry) and Lindow Amamiya (God Eater) willjoin the playable cast.Idolmaster Shiny FestaSongs featured in the title will include:Kyun! Vampire Girl That’s it for now, but do expect to hear more about some of the games covered here later this week, as new detailsNext Life emerge. Source: Tales SourceKazehanaYakusokuTonari ni…Smoky ThrillMarionette no KokoroJibun Rest@rtDuring play, when your rhythm/life meter is maxed out,shooting star icons will begin to appear. Clear these iconswith well-timed button presses and you’ll eventually achievea Shining Boost, which activates a cutscene.Cross Review scores:Cave Story 3D: 8, 8, 7, 7Kobito Zukan: 7, 6, 6, 6Dangan Ronpa 2: 10, 9, 9, 9Nayuta no Kisek (pictured below)i: 8, 8, 8, 8New Super Mario Bros. 2: 9, 9, 9, 9Persona 4 Arena (PS3): 9, 9, 9, 9 8
  • 12. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Source: NeoGAF A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture 1st trailer for Ano Hana1st trailer for Kami Jigen PSP game re-introducesGame Neptune V offers a the Peace Busters (mainbrief glimpse into the world characters) Source: G.C1989 trailer/Source: By shia on July 19th, 2012neptune-v-offers-a-brief-glimpse-into-the-world-of-g-c1989/ Mages has released the 1st trailer for the PSP game ofBy KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 the popular animation, “Ano hibi mita hana no namae wo bokutachi ha mada shiranai”(Ano hana) on 18th July 2012. The game will be a adventure game with multi-route splits and will delve into the story more than the animation did. Completely new story content will be added in and there will be a mode where players can interact with Menma. 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 unfulfilledCompile Heart has finally released the first trailer for wish that she has forgotten and hopes that Jinta can fufil it.forthcoming PS3 JRPG Kami Jigen Game Neptune V, the The limited edition will come with a Special case, Drama CD,third game in the Hyperdimensional Neptunia series. Dialogue book for the Drama CD a “Menma” and “Anaru”I say fianlly because they’ve actually released quite a poster.number of promotional videos for the game, mostly starringIzawa the former chief of a fictional Xbox 360 SpecialForces Division (this is a series of commercials; it’s not anactual division at Xbox Japan) summoning various creators(Nobuo Uematsu for music) and various elements (KeijiInafune ship???) for the game.Now we finally get to see some actual gameplay.The Hyperdimensional Neptunia JRPG series are parodiesinspired by real-world events that occurred in the gamesindustry. The first two games depicted a war betweenthe platform holders (represented by Goddesses) againstpiracy – specifically the R4 or Magic-Con flash cartridge forNintendo DS, represented by a villain who’s literally named Ano Hana PSP is developed by Mages/5PB and will be outArfoire in the English version. on sale August 30, 2012. The normal/limited edition costs 6,090 yen and 10,290 yen respectively.Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is set in G.C1989 (in theeventual English released this will probably be translated as Source : Siliconera, Ano Hana PSP OHP“Gameindustri 1989), and is inspired by real-world eventsduring the Sega Mega Drive and Famicom era. Seriesprotagonist Neptune (CV: Rie Tanaka) somehow fell into a Ascii MediaWorks leaks newwormhole in time that takes her back into the past. There, Ro-kyu-bu Game for PSPshe meets Pururut, voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Source: Jigen Game Neptune V is due on August 30 for the bu-game-for-psp/PlayStation 3 in Japan. 1
  • 13. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The world that God onlyBy shia on July 19th, 2012Ascii Mediaworks might have actually leaked news of a newRo-kyu-bu PSP game in its lineup for its Comiket 82 sales Knows Limited Editionbooth. volume 19 to come with Tenri’s Arc OVA Source: edition-vol19-to-come-with-tenris-arc-ova/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Comic Natalie site reports that volume 19 of “神神神神神神神神 神”(The world that God only knows) limited edition will be packaged with an animation short of the Tenri arc. Keima Katsuragi is a gal-game otaku that would want nothing but to just chase after skirts in games. He answers a message from an unknown sender and finds himself chasing down real girls in an attempt to help Else, a demon to capture “lost souls” that have escaped from hell, lest he loses his head due to a collar that would swiftly end his life if he fails to do so. The story follows Keima as he capture girls and unravelWhile the image is of low quality, the text in the bubble does the truth of the world.indicate a new PSP Ro-kyu-bu game in the works and it willbe out in 2013. There has been 2 season of the animation but the story has not progressed to the current arc where Tenri and Diana areRo-Kyu-Bu is a romance comedy about Hasegawa Subaru, featured.who becomes the coach of a team of elementary school’sfemale basketball team by trying his best to bring up thestandard of the team.Ro-Kyu-Bu was originally conceived from a Novel and is inits 10th book. It also has an animation that was produced bystudio Blanc and the first PSP game was produced by BandaiNamco. It was an adventure game most noted for having aLoli gauge and a sports gauge, where the player would tryto improve the team or relationship with the girls.(You get abad end of being arrested under certain circumstances)Update: Looks like Ascii Mediaworks has changed thepicture and it is no longer available on the Comiket Goodspreview site.Source : ANN, Hachimaki BlogPre-order Medal of HonorWarfighter Limited EditionFor Exclusive Access toBattlefield 4 Beta On the 18th of July, book 17 and 18 of the manga was released where the Tenri arc begins. The OVA will be focusing on theSource: Tenri and Diana who are not in the main animation series.warfighter-limited-edition-for-exclusive-access-to-battlefield-4-beta/By GermanSausage on July 19th, 2012 The book is expected to be out on the 18th October 2012. No price has been announced as of press time.Exclusive access to the sequel of award winning FPS,Battlefield 3, will be packaged with Medal of Honor Source : Comic NatalieWarfighter. Despite having three remaining DLCs in thepipeline, with the final being End Game, due in March 2013. Ono Daisuke & KondouEA has officially confirmed that Battlefield 4 is in the worksand the beta will be launching in “fall 2013”. That said, EA is Takayuki weighing scale“not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet”. announcedAt any rate, Swedish game studio, DICE, is going to be hard Source: work this Christmas. weighing-scale-announced/Source: EA Battlefield, EA Medal of Honor 2
  • 14. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy shia on July 19th, 2012 features the many vocal talents from it’s subsidiaries I’ve Sound and Key Sound Label including Mami Kawada, KOTOKO, Lia, LiSA and euphonius. Read our previous reports here: • Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations • Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Mascots Named, Special Page for Orpheus 神神神神神神神神神神神神神 Opens • Visual Art’s Kumikyouku special to be streamed on Nicovideo as part of 20th anniversary celebrations • Additional Lineup for VA20th Anniversary Concert: Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shift: Next -> Generation! As reported earlier, the mascots of the event has been putEver wanted to have a voice actor telling you your weight? up for naming by fans, as well as the voice actresses of theBunka Housou is collaborating with Tanita to create a characters. The verdict is out!weighing scale that will be voiced by Ono Daisuke andKondou Takayuki who hosts a radio show called “Dragonand Tiger” on Bunka Housou. The scale will be on early birdsale at Comiket 82.The base model will be “Inner Scan Voice BC-202″, it willbe able to track your daily weight and measure your bodymass index. The voices are specially taken from popular linesthat they speak on the radio show, such as “神神神神神神神神神神神”(Please get on, My lady) and “神神神神神神”(You have gottenslimmer).The package and the weighing scale itself will be speciallydesigned and the weighing scale will have the radio show’slogo engraved on it. The voice actress of Shion is non other then famous voiceOn top of that, a special audio CD containing a exercise actress Tomoe Tamiyasu! Also responsible for enchantingregime will be provided, the exercises are certified by a voices of Rin Natsume and the original voice actress ofproffessional and will be narrated by either Ono Daisuke or Sasami Sasegawa and Riki Naoe from the game LittleKondou Takayuki. Busters!, Tomoe Tamiyasu has always been a crowdThe retail price of the scale is 13,000 Yen. Pre-orders have favourite in many Visual Art’s and Key events for her energybegun and the expected date of delivery is in September, and adorable voice!those that are unable to wait until then will be able to buyit at Comiket 82 which is happening on the 10th of August2012, at the A&G booth in Comiket.Source: Kotaku, A&G Tiger & Dragon Radio show,Annoucement LinkVA20th AnniversaryCelebrations: Mascot VoiceActresses and Live GoodsAnnounced Shion’s twin counterpart Kanon is voiced by yet another prominent voice actress, Keiko Suzuki! Known for herSource: multiple roles in VA Key works including Yumemi frommascot-voice-actresses-and-live-goods-announced/ planetarian ~reverie of a little planet~, Haruka Saigusa/By Mycstea on July 19th, 2012 Kanata Futaki from Little Busters!, she is also known forAnnounced over the weekend, much information regarding her latest work as Shizuru Koibana from Key’s latest gamesthe event has been released again! Rewrite! This addition is sure to captivate more audiencesVisual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year with as well!a bang! Readers may look at the official announcement page here.As previously reported, famous visual novel publishing Last Friday, the event official website updated the entire listcompany Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary of live goods to savour for!this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions,Visual Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event atYokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert 3
  • 15. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Let’s wear this T-shirt and enjoy the 5 hour live together!VA20th Anniversary Event OfficialGoods 神Sizes: S神L神XLVisual Art’s Big Thanks FestivalOfficial Phamplet (With 2 CDs) Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Little Busters! ver.)Price: 3 500 yen (with tax)This official phamplet of the event does not only offer the Price: 2 000 yen (with tax)chronology of Visual Art’s 20 years of history, it also features An original shirt printed with art specially drawn for Visualfull coloured pages of illustrations with their signatures, not Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Rin神 and 神Komari神forgetting information regarding all performing artistes in from the game 神Little Busters!神.the live! Much more content are available within! Fire up the spirit of the festival with a taste of Japanese styleWith this phamplet, there is no doubt this event will be a fun T-shirts!one!神B4 Size神36 pages 神Sizes: S神L神XL Visual Art’s Big Thanks FestivalVisual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Limited Sales afterOriginal Tee shirt (Kanon・Shion ver.) Event Live) (No Image available) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A T-shirt only available exclusive after the live, please do purchase it! 神Sizes: S神L神XLPrice: 2 000 yen (with tax)A shirt featuring the two mascots of Visual Art’s Big ThanksFestival 神Kanon神 and 神Shion神. 4
  • 16. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneVisual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Visual Art’s Big Thanks FestivalOriginal Muffler Towel (20th Logo ver.) Original Wrist BandPrice: 2 000 yen (with tax) Price: 1 000yen (with tax)An original muffler towel featuring the adorable designs of Embroidered with the official logo of Visual Art’s 20ththe Visual Art’s Big Thanks official logo, please leave it to the Anniversary, there shouldn’t be any worries about sweattowel and sweat it out this summer! during the 5 hour live!?神Size神1050mm×220mm Original Pin Badge Set (Visual Art’s LogoVisual Art’s Big Thanks Festival ・ 20th Anniversary Logo ver.)Original Muffler Towel (Rewrite ver.) Price: 1 500yen (with tax)Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) On sale are pin sets containing Visual Art’s and 20thAn original muffler towel printed with art specially drawn Anniversary logo pins!for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Kotori神and 神Shizuru 神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Feel cool whilewearing this refreshing blue and white design towel!神Size神1050mm×220mm 5
  • 17. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKSL Original Cyalume Pouch Big Nendroid Plushie (Shion ver.)Price: 2 500yen (with tax) Price: 30 000yen (with tax)A cyalume pouch printed with art specially drawn for Visual A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s BigArt’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Shizuru神 from the game Thanks Festival 神Shion神!神Rewrite神. Bring home a giant size Shion!Capable of holding 8 sticks of chemical light sticks.神This product does not include chemical light sticks. Visual Art’s Big Thanks FestivalBig Nendroid Plushie (Kanon ver.) Original Messenger BagPrice: 30 000yen (with tax) Price:7 500yen (with tax)A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big An original messenger bag printed using the mascots ofThanks Festival 神Kanon神! Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. The front cover of the bagBring home a giant size Kanon! is also inter-changeable. A possibility of new products to come!? Size: H270×W300×D160mm 6
  • 18. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNyatsume Brothers other music under the wings of Visual Art’s 20 years, specially for Visual Art’s x Dance Music!! KEYNOTE -Key Sounds Remix Album- / Soshi HosoiPrice: 2 000yen (with tax)Released in visualstyle,Nyatsume Brothers have finally beendecided for book form!164 pages in full colour, the book will contain content from Price: 2 000yen (with tax)神visualstyle神 and 神Web Visit version神! An evolutionary break ball remix album produced by SoshiFurthermore, as a bonus, the book comes along with Mini Hosoi (hosplug).Mini figures of the Nyatsume Brothers!! A new sound born from the colourful works of Key. Also includes a newly written song by a collaboration between Shinji Orito and Soshi Hosoi!Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Remixes Silver Accessories (No image available) Price: 14 500yen (with tax) Accessories engraved with Kotori from 神Rewrite神. By wearing it in a certain method, choker and bracelet can be used together. A chance to look cool and classy! Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Cyalume Sticks (Ultra Orange) (No image available) Price: 200 yen (with tax) Chemical light bearing the logo of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. 1 stick of Ultra Orange will be sold at a time.Price: 3 000yen (with tax) Original Shopping BagTo commemorate Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, it’s history (No image available)and birth, it’s many many masterpieces along the way,collaborations and networks, the world’s forerunners of the Price: 500 yen (with tax)most current creators from every scene gather to create a Original shopping bag to be printed with design.transformation of dance music that everyone will be talking 神Black and Dark Blue are available.about!In addition, the works included in these 2 discs are definitive 神On the day itself, shopping bags will not be provided. Pleaseversions of music composed based on those from Key and bring a shopping bag in advance, or purchase a shopping bag. 7
  • 19. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneGoods will be available from 10am while the formation of By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012queues will commence from 9am on the day itself!Although the sales of goods might commence ahead ofschedule, the timing for formation of queues will not bechanged, thus visitors are advised to come at the specifiedtiming. Holders of tickets would not determine priority inqueue as customers without a live ticket will also be allowedto purchase goods without a ticket.Readers may visit the official goods release page here.VA20th Anniversary Event SpecialTalk Shows Tomorrow, July 19, shall mark the first new-songs update for Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Four “new” songsHeld at the event, the following interesting talk shows will will be added in this July update… which is good news, right?be going on during the event proceedings! Not exactly.・Visual Art’s Seiyuu Talk Show ・We’re All four songs are not exactly “new” per se. Specifically, theyblunt because it’s the 20th Anniversary hail from Project Diva Extend on the PSP.Special・ That said, this is the first time we’re seeing these songs rendered in HD resolution. The Dreamy Theatre PS3 app forStart timing神 Scheduled for 10:30神12:30 Project Diva Extend has not yet been released, after all.MC神 Keiko Suzuki, Tomoe Tamiyasu How do you feel about this month’s songs update? Are theyEvent description神 Guest seiyuus from VA works such as worth making a trip down to your favourite arcade tomorrowYoshitomo Tanaka, Kumiko Okugawa and Ryoko Tezuka for?talk about the unknown side of VAworks!? Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe!Listen to their talks to your heart’s content at this recording Source: Twittertime.・Kine-book Presentation & Popular Confirmed: Fuuka YamagishiWriters Talk Show will indeed make anStart timing神 Scheduled for 14:30神15:30Guest神 Ichiro Sakaki, Hideyuki Niki, Yu Miyamura, appearance in Persona 4Tenhime Ame (In no particular order) Arena as a “navi-voice” Source: description神 First unveiling of “Kine-book”, a new indeed-make-an-appearance-in-persona-4-arena-as-a-navi-voice/presentation of traditional Kinetic Novel storytelling! Also, By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012MCfor the talk will be conducted by Miyu Inoue, featuring ahost of popular and prominent writers!!Exhibition area will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm.Live ticket holders are allowed to enter the exhibition areafrom 10am to 1pm as well as 2pm to 8pm!Readers may read about the exhibition and view the floormap here.As reported earlier as well, SGCafe will be covering the eventon site! Please look out for the full report after the event!Source: VA20 Official Website Last week we ran a piece that discussed the possibility ofAll image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Persona 3′s Fuuka Yamagishi being featured in Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in JapanHatsune Miku Project Diva and Asia).Arcade Ver.B’s July songs Speculation on Fuuka’s inclusion began when some sharp- eyed Persona fans noticed that a particular screenshot of theupdate isn’t very exciting game’s gallery mode released to Japanese media featured tiny snippets of what appeared to be character portraits for[trailer] Fuuka and Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima.Source: This week we finally got some form of official confirmation: according to Weekly Famitsu magazine, Fuuka Yamagishi 8
  • 20. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonewill indeed be selectable in Persona 4 Arena as an announcer By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012voice (called a “navi-voice” in the game).It’s not entirely clear from the cut-off text in the image below(bigger), but it appears that Fuuka’s navi-voice will be soldas DLC.Fans should also be pleased to see that Fuuka’s growna pigtail and changed her look in the time gap betweenthe end of Persona 3 and the beginning Persona 4 Arena(approximately three years): Mad Catz-sponsored fighting games pro Taniguchi Hajime – better known as “Tokido” or “The Murder Face” to the fighting games community at large – will be coming down to Singapore next weekend (July 28 & 29) as part of the festivities here for Sony and Capcom’s Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament! Although the multi-faceted pro gamer, who’s based in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture and team-mates with Daigo Umehara, is most well-known for his achievements at Street Fighter tournaments, Tokido also plays Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and Tekken at a highly competitive level. His talents in such games have led to fans christening him as one of the five fighting game gods in Japan (Daigo, Nuki, Haitani, Sako, and Tokido… in case you’re wondering, Mago the 2D God is not part of the quintuplet, because Mago’s title is self-asserted), and has also earned him nicknames like “The Murder Face” and “Ice Age” for his cool, calculated but ultimately devastating play. Here’s an example:We still do not know for sure if the voice of Persona 4′sNanako Dojima will also be available as a navi-voice in So come on down to Wisma Atria, Level 1 Atirum nextthe game as well. But since Nanako’s character portrait is weekend – July 28 and 29 - to catch Tokido in action at thelocated right next to Fuuka’s, the obvious conjecture is that tournament grounds.developer Arc System Works should be making a similar Better still, if you’ve confident of your Street Fighter skills,announcement for Nanako soon. take the Murder Face on. Go on, challenge him to a matchWho else would you like to see featured as a navi-voice in (if you dare).Persona 4 Arena? We’re not sure if you’ll actually have to spot him at the eventPersona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PlayStation 3, and ask politely to have a match, or if there will be a lineXbox 360) will hit stores in Japan and Asia on July 26, and formed just for getting your turn against Tokido. Just keep ain the US on August 7. look out for exuberant “oooh”s and “aaah”s from the crowd at the location, and you shouldn’t be too far away from theRead more about Atlus’s Persona franchise here on SGCafe! action.Source: Hachima Oh, and just in case you’re actually a participant in the any of the 25th Anniversary tournaments, don’t worry, TokidoSingapore: Come meet MCZ| won’t actually be competing in them. He’s just here as a guest.Tokido at Sony and Capcom’sStreet Fighter AnniversaryTournament next weekendSource: 9
  • 21. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureBakemonogatari EndingIllustration FiguresSource: mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012Popular anime Bakemonogatari will be getting more figures!And this time they are based on the ending illustrations,Senjougahara Hitagi and Hachikuji Mayoi by Ueda Hajime.The company maker, quesQ will be releasing these twonon-scale painted ABS which are 180mm in height. Bothfigures, the Bakemonogatari Senjougahara Hitagi UedaHajime Version and Bakemonogatari Hachikuji Mayoi UedaHajime Version will be scheduled to release in Novemberand will cost 4400 yen (approx. SGD$70) each respectively.You can view some of the images to see what the figure lookslike! 1
  • 22. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Namco Bandai Games has begun streaming the first regular promotional trailer for Imageepoch, Namco Bandai Games and Satelight’s Tokitowa role-playing game for the Playstation 3 (PS3) on Friday. Watch the trailer here: The promotional trailer showcases the highlights of ”hand- drawn” animation of the characters interacting in a 3D world, and even in battle and travelling scenes. Known as the Playstation 3′s “First animation RPG”, the game summary revolves around an 18-year old knight, played by Yonaga Tsubasa (Chihayafuruas Tsutomu, Big Windup! as Mihashi Ren). The knight is to be married to the Kamuza Kingdom’s 16 year-old sorcerer princess named Toki, played by Hanazawa Kana (Steins;Gate as Mayuri, Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari’s Nadeko Sengoku). However, Toki learns from a fortuneteller, that someone will be assaulting them during their marriage ceremony. The producers who are in charge of the game are: Hirano Kay (Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) and Tsukanaka Kensuke (Super Robot Taisen OG Saga). While Koshiro Yuzo (7th Dragon 2020) is the main sound producer. The anime studio Satelight, (Macross Frontier, Aquarion EVOL) will be collaborating in the in-game animations with the production company Bandai Namco Games and popular Japanese role-playing game developer Imageepoch (Fate/Extra, 7th Dragon 2020). Also the illustrator of Bakemonogatari VOFAN, will be contributing to the game as well. Check out the official website for more details! The game will be releasing on the 11th October. (Source: ANN, Andriasang) Hidamari Sketch and ManabiCheck out quesQ’s website for more images!(Source: quesQ’s Official Site) Straight: Hidamanabi Project Source: straight-hidamanabi-project/Imageepoch’s PS3 Tokitowa By koppepan on July 20th, 2012RPG Trailer with “Hand- The creators of of Hidamari Sketch and Manabi Straight are coming together for a new collaboration called HidamanabiDrawn Animation” Project.Source: mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 The first event will be a talk show (Hidamanabi Night), to be held on the first of August, at Shinjuku Loft Plus One. King Records’s Yamanaka Takahiro and Aniplex’s Takahashi Yuuma will be co-hosting the event. 2
  • 23. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The August issue of Shueisha’s Ultra Jump magazine has published a piece of their key visual art for the upcoming anime series on Thursday! The art features Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando from Araki Hirohiko’s original manga’s Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure: Part 1: Phantom Blood. The anime will be premiering in Japan this October. The last half of the manga’s Part 3 has inspired an original anime video (OVA) in 1993, followed by an adaptation ofMore details about the collaboration will probably come the first half in 2000. Not only that, the manga’s Part 1 alsoafter the event. inspired the film, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood.Source: Hidamari Sketch OHP The official website for the anime adaptation has also been opened. Not much information is shown yet so stay tune for more updates!JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: AKey Visual Art Released (Source: ANN, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Website)Source: New Kyoto Animation Shop CM uses scenery fromBy mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 Rokujizou, Kyoto Source: scenery-from-rokujizou-kyoto/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 Kyoto Animation has released a commercial for their shop, rendered in the animation we have come to expect of KyoAni. The commercial shows a schoolgirl who boards a plane in her trip to the KyoAni shop. On first glance, it may look like a fantasy setting, but a closer look reveals that most of the video is set in Kyoto, more specifically, the area around the KyoAni studio. 3
  • 24. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone If you are planning to visit Kyoto in future, why not drop by the KyoAni Shop?Here are some comparisons- Source: Nuruwota ga kiru Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita finally has a price in Singapore dollars Source: playstation-vita-finally-has-a-price-in-singapore-dollars/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Sony has finally put a price on the Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi pack in Singapore. It will be released in Singapore and other Asian regions on August 30, alongside Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, for the price of…S$588. Here’s what the pack will include: PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition 3G/ Wi-Fi Model (Model No. ! PCHAS – 1106K) ・PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition (Crystal White) ×1 ・PS Vita Exclusive software HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA f ×1 ・Memory Card 4GB ・Origin! al Design Protective Film ・Original Design AR Card 4
  • 25. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone・Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita (Green)(MSY Co.Ltd.)**・USB Cable ×1・AC Adaptor ×1・Power Cord ×1・Booklet ×1**Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita is a townbag-like pouch that is perfect as a unisex, casual fashionitem. The screen protective pads, used to protectthe PlayStation®Vita screen (touchscreen), fit perfectlybetween the left stick and right stick of the console to protect And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s only available inthe screen from scratches. white. If, however, you really, really want a Hatsune Miku limited edition PS Vita in black, you’re not entirely out of luck. All you need to do is track down this guy in Japan. Quantities are limited for the pack, so if you’re interested in picking one up, make sure you pre-order at your favourite PlayStation partner stop in Singapore. Arc System Works reveals its new mystery game title: Kyuukousha no Shojo Source: mystery-game-title-as-kyuukousha-no-shojo/ By Kyoka on July 20th, 2012 Arc System Works has finally revealed its new Nintendo 3DS game which they have teased online a few weeks ago. The teaser site has now updated details about the new mystery game titled Kyuukousha no Shojo, translated in english asIf you’re just joining us for the first time, and have “The Girl of the Old School Building”.absolutely no clue what in the world this game is, well,we’ve already covered a heck of a tonne about Hatsune MikuProjectDivaF so check those links out.Sony expects the rhythm-action title to be the next big selleron the PS Vita.The Hatsune Miku LE PS Vita is similar to a regular CrystalWhite PS Vita in all ways but one – an image of the virtualidol is embedded on the Vita’s rear touch panel. 5
  • 26. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone To celebrate the milestone, iPhone users will be getting 10 of “Stamina recovery Max” and “Tension recovery Max” items instead of the normal 3 of each once they complete the tutorial. On top of that, all users who start the game within this period will get a 7 day double XP and in game goods, making it an enticing preposition to begin the game now. What is “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection”? “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” is a dream collaboration realized by many creators that is the second set of Japan’s first CGM(Consume Generated Media) social game.Details from the official site states that the game The efforts come from a plethora of illustrators acrossKyuukousha no Shojo is set in the town of Nanafushi multiple genres; whom some of them are drawing Miku andOotsgichou, a town known for its lush beautiful scenery, the rest of the Vocaloid characters for the first time.amidst its urban legends. This is all for the sake of enabling and enhancing playerApparently at a school in town, stories of certain urban experience through expanding their card collection and tolegend pertaining to seven mysteries has been spreading reach the goal of completing their card collection libraries.amongst the students. Crypton expects to add more cards as an ongoing effort toThe as of yet unnamed main character of the game is showcase new artists.particularly interested in a rather peculiar mystery, onewhich leads to a door in the school library that does not open.The game revolves around her search for clues that mighthelp solve this mystery.Arc System Works has yet to reveal the game’s official releasedate.Source: 4gamerHatsune Miku GraphyCollection celebrates iPhonesupport with an in-gameeventSource: shia on July 20th, 2012 How is the gameplay like? The game system requires the player to build a deck of 6After a long wait of five months, Mobage social game cards which he begins with.To increase the number of cards,“Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” now supports iPhones. the player must do quests or use the gachapon(mini lottery)To celebrate that, Crypton Future Media(the people who to try their luck at getting new/rarer cards.brought us Vocaloids) are celebrating it with an event in- A social game must have some form of social interaction, forgame. this game, players will be able to interact with each other viaIt was announced by Crypton Future Media on the 21st June a battle system. Players can pit their deck of cards in a 1 vs 12012, that they would be working with DeNa, using their situation and the side with the higher numbers of wins willMobage open platform system to extend support to include win the overall match.iPhone users for their popular card collection/nurturing While having strong cards will increase the chance ofsimulation game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” since its winning, players can apply tactics such as rearranging therelease in February 2012. deck order in such a way that their stronger cards are pitted 6
  • 27. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneagainst the opponent’s weaker cards and thus gaining an Clear the note with a well-timed button press, and you’lloverall victory through careful planning. activate Shining Burst, which will change the currently playing clip to the other one, and vice-versa.Some cards have additional abilities that activate on certainconditions(Sun Graze: +300 singing/charisma only on Although this may sound gimmicky in theory, it may in factSundays) that might turn a lost cause into a stunning victory. lead to some meaningful moments for Idolm@ster fans.Winners of this battle will gain XP and snatch a portion of For instance, for Chihaya Kisaragi’s (CV: Asami Imai)their money and items of which can be used to further their Yakusoku, you may choose to start playing with the followinggoals of completing their collection of cards. clip in the background:Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection is now available for iPhoneusers and Android users alike on Mobage over here. A QR-Code link is also available just below.Source: 4Gamer, PC OHPEvery song in Idolm@sterShiny Festa has 2 PVs, Then, when you hit the high point of the song, a Shooting Star note could change the clip to the following one, whichswitchable mid-song through depicts Chihaya’s childhood memories.“Shining Burst”Source: KarbyP on July 20th, 2012Also: package illustrations for each of the three differentversions. What are you wanting for? Hit the jump to the fullstory! Another example. In the song Gero Gero Kitchen, a Shooting Star appears right after Chihaya yells “I’ve got it, gero!” (・・ ・・・・・).Earlier this week we reported that Idolm@ster Shiny Festawill feature a “Shining Burst” play mechanic that will let youactivate a special cutscene mid-song, if you do well.We had thought this to be similar to climax scenes inHatsune Miku Project Diva F.But as it turns out, Idolm@ster Shining Festa‘simplementation is quite different: each song in the gamewill actually feature two different accompanying music video With a well-time button press you could swap clips and haveclips. Chihaya appear in an elegant stage costume.You can choose to start the song with either playing inthe background. There is also an option to disable ShiningBursts completely, so that you’ll stick to the same music clipfor the entire song.During play, as you rack up combos through well-timedbutton presses, your “・ (Kirameki) meter” will begin to fill.This meter is no different from the life or pass/fail meter inother rhythm action titles.When it’s completely filled, at specific points in a song, a“Shooting Star” note will appear on the screen. 7
  • 28. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFamitsu also notes that during a Shining Burst it’s much Jibun Rest@rteasier to increase your score as well. A song that signifies the 765Pro idols’ growth.Apart from detailing the game’s Shining Burst mechanic,Famitsu has also published screenshots for a couple of songs,as well as package iluustrations for each of the three differentversions (which will all come with different track-lists).Tonari ni…A ballad about a deceased loved one. What sort of scenes willfollow after a Shining Burst, we wonder.Marionette no KokoroFirst unveiled in the 13th episode of the anime series. ——————– Package shots ——————– Honey SoundSmoky ThrillUnit Ryuguu Komachi’s signature song. From training wearto… nekomimi (cat ears) and shippo (tail) cosplay? 8
  • 29. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone For more on Idolm@ster Shiny Festa, pick up a copy of this week’s Famitsu magazine. Read more Idolmaster stories here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu First look: Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza 1&2 HD edition (trailer) Source: hd-edition-trailer/ By Kyoka on July 20th, 2012Funky Note Sega has finally debuted a first real look of the upcoming PS3 rerelease hit game Ryu Ga Gotoku/Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition along with its announcement. The official website has been launched, containing details of the game’s new features such as the phone box item storage system. More importantly the game will allow for data install, which will help to improve loading times, as well as Trophy support. The game has a release date of November 1 in Japan. For those of you keen to spot the major visual difference between the original Playstation 2 and the HD remake Playstation 3 version, Sega has kindly offered a comparison picture as shown below.Groovy Tune The game’s box art and preorder bonuses have also been detailed. For those who are eager to preorder will get a clear file featuring the box art from the original PS2 titles, and a dummy PS3 packaging also with the original box art, as shown below. 9
  • 30. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneClear filePS3 dummy boxartSource: Ryu ga Gotoku HD Edition Website 10
  • 31. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureAo no Exorcist Movie ReleaseDate RevealedSource: mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Jin-tan’s Egg Ramen orThe popular shounen manga by Kazue Katoh, animeadaptation, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) movie date hasbeen revealed.The movie, stated on the official website on Monday isslated to premiere on 28th December in TOHO cinemasthroughout Japan. Menma’s Egg Drop ramen Also on the menu, you can try the steamed cake that Menma made in Episode 3!If you pre-order the tickets which will be going on sale on the25th August, for the first 30000 tickets, you can get a limited Another item on the menu you can try out is the Gari-Gari-set of 3 different types of postcards. kun Popsicle that was featured in the anime as well.(Source: ANN, Ao no Exorcist website)New Menu at Noitamina CafeTheaterSource: mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012The Noitamina Cafe Theater at Aqua City, Odaiba now has Also, when you order the food items, you will get a randoma menu inspired by the series Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae sticker that features Jin-tan’s shirts logo from the anime.o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (or AnoHana for short) aswell as the new Moyashimon Returns anime. Also, there is amenu for the new anime, Natsuyuki Rendenvouz as well.For the AnoHana menu, you can try out: 1
  • 32. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFor fans of Moyahimon, the cute microbes are found all inthe food items! Most of the food include fermented foodingredients so it’s definitely a healthy set!You can try the Triple Kamosu don, a rice bowl with kimchi,natto and pork miso soupMix and Kamosu! Oryzae Face Pasta: The gallery will be showcasing Hoshino-sensei’s artworks from her most recent works: Mawaru Penguindrum. Visitors can also pre-order an autographed copy of her Works artbook from the gallery. There will also be a janken event where three winners will receive posters. (Source: GoFa website) Japanese-style Yogurt de gozaru Sundae: JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Fictional Convenience Store to be Recreated in Real Life Source: convenience-store-to-be-recreated-in-real-life/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012And finally, for dessert, there is Natsuyuki Kakigori(shaved The fictional convenience store in JoJo’s Bizarreice), from Natsuyuki Rendezvous Adventures, “OWSON” will be recreated in real life. The LAWSON convenience store chain, will be transforming one of its Sendai City branches into the fictional “Owson” store as seen in Part 4 of Araki Hirohiko’s manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures.Seems like its kakigori with edible flowers.(Source: Noitamina Cafe Theater website)Mawaru Penguindrum:Hoshino Lily Gallery ArtworkSource: mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012Mawaru Penguindrum’s character designer, Hoshino Lily ishaving an art gallery at the GoFa (Gallery of Fantastic Art)which is held at Shibuya, at the Aoyama Oval Building.The gallery will be opened from 12PM till 6PM and entrancefees for this gallery is 500 yen per person. 2
  • 33. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Not only that, the “Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition” will also be opening on the same day in Sendai to celebrate the manga’s 25th anniversary. (Source: ANN, LAWSON’s website)The Lawson store’s front will be changed to be read as“Owson” just like in the manga. The store will also be sellingexclusive “Owson” items such as notebooks, permanent Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas:markers, ballpoint pens, all only at the Sendai branch. First Press Limited Edition preview Source: press-limited-edition-preview/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 Nitro+’s latest game, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas will be released on the 26th of July. Today, the Nitro+ staff blog updated with preview pictures of the game package and limited edition specials. The game discs come in a clear box case, made in the same way as the cases for the BD/DVD version of TV anime Guilty Crown.The store will be exhibitng a miniature diorama recreationof Owson. And lastly, the first 10,000 people to purchaseany JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures goods at the store will receivean original Owson plastic bag. The Owson Store will beopen for business from 28th July (Saturday) till the 30thSeptember. 3
  • 34. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe front of the box: For the first-press limited version, the game comes with a 40 page book of sketches and concept details, the LOST XMAS Artworks. It comes sealed because of spoilers, so you can enjoy looking at it after completing the game.Inside: There is also an alternative jacket cover, with the option of redjuice’s or Kadowaki Satoshi’s illustration.It comes with an autographed card by illustrator ChuouHigashiguchi! The card is for Nitro+ Card Masters.Inside the box, you get a special OVA DVD, and the gamedisc: Additionally, if you purchase the game from Nitro +Direct, you get a bonus three B2-sized posters of the cover illustrations by Chuou Higashiguchi, Redjuice and Kadowaki Satoshi! 4
  • 35. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Shiori and Otsubo Yuka, will be making appearances at the Amusement Park for the two-day event. Also, after the visitors finish the game, they are entitled to meet the voice actresses. Exclusive Yuruyuri goods and merchandise will also be available at the event! Here are the event details! Yuruyuri♪♪ -PK Theater: Sensational School RPG Sagashite♪Summer Daijiken!! Tickets on sale: 20th July Price: 3200 yen (with limited goods) Event opens on: 18-19 August 16 performance slots (8 per day) The PK Theater group previously hosted a similar event forGuilty Crown: Lost Christmas goes on sale in another three Rinne no Lagrange at the Tokyo Anime Fair this March asdays. In the meantime, be sure to check out the countdown well.voices and the daily top illustrations at the official site! (Source: ANN, PK Theater website) Live-Action RPG to RDG gets anime by PA Works,be Hosted at Amusement character designs by KishidaPark MelSource: Source: character-designs-by-kishida-mel/By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012Popular comedy, slice-of-life anime, Yuruyuri based on RDG (Red Data Girl) is getting an anime adaptationNamori’s manga, will be having a live-action role-playing by PA Works (true tears, Hanasaku Iroha, TARI TARI),game (RPG) that will be hosted at Tokyo’s Toshimaen with revised character designs by illustrator Kishida MelAmusement Park on the 18th and 19th August. (Original novel artwork is by Sakai Komako). The story is about a girl, Suzuhara Izumiko, who was born and raised in a shrine in the mountains. She lives quietly with her father, who is the head priest. In her third year of middle school, she is unexpectedly sent to a school in Tokyo, Houjou Gakuen. There, she is reconciled with her childhood friend Miyuki, who is extremely popular in class. Miyuki doesn’t acknowledge her at first, but due to family circumstances, he is ordered to become Izumiko’s slave for life. The two of them are then wrapped up in the strange happenings at school,The RPG will be operated by the PK Theater “creator with humanity at”, and visitors can get to play the role of studentsfrom the series’s Nanamori Middle School and take on The author, Ogiwara Noriko, expresses her excitement atvarious missions that involve solving puzzles, using items being able to see the characters move on screen. She alsoand searching for lost items. mentions that the anime was planned before the novels reached a conclusion, but says that things have settled downYou can watch their promotional trailer here: since, and that she is looking forward to the anime.The four members of the “Nanamori-Chu Goraku- This will also be the second collaboration between KishidaBu” (Nanamori Middle School’s Amusement Club), the Mel and PA Works, the first being Hanasaku Iroha.voice actress team,Tsuda Minami, Ookubo Rumi, Mikami 5
  • 36. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOfficial site here: Will folks who purchase the game in Asia be subjected to the same deal?Is Final Fantasy Versus XIII As it turns out, yes!cancelled? We’ve just received word from New Era, the distributor for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F in Asia that the protective skinSource: will indeed be presented to gamers who pre-order at storesBy GermanSausage on July 23rd, 2012 in the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Indonesia. For more details, check with your local games retailer. Even if they don’t know whether they’ll receive the PS Vita skin or not, check with them if they’re getting their copies from New Era or elsewhere. Only the New Era copies will come with the pre-order bonus. Other pre-order bonuses that New Era has brought in for gamers include a Sonic-themed notepad and pin badge that came with purchases of Sonic Generations (Xbox 360, PS3). [UPDATE] Hong Kong and Taiwan are the countries notWe last heard about Final Fantasy Versus XIII quite some under New Era’s distribution for Hatsune Miku Projectmonths ago in March. It went missing during E3 and we Diva Fhave not heard of it since. That is until Kotaku found Read more stories about Hatsune Miku and Project Divasome sources suggesting “that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is here on SGCafe!officially cancelled”.Kotaku also had another source suggesting that resourcesused to produce Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been foldedinto the sequel, Final Fantasy XV. Robotics;Notes anime PVWith Final Fantasy XV gracing E3 instead of Versus XIII, synced to Kanako Ito’s Sorawill Final Fantasy XV be taking center stage once moreat Tokyo Game Show (come September) while Versus XIII no Shita no Soukanzuwalk the same lonely path as Starcraft Ghost? Source: to-kanako-itos-sora-no-shita-no-soukanzu/Sources: Kotaku, IGN By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012Asia: Yes, Hatsune MikuProject Diva F will come withthe protective skin pre-orderbonusSource: KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 A new promotional video for Robotics;Notes, which will air on FujiTV’s NoitaminA time slot come this October, has been unveiled on the show’s official website. Robotics;Notes is the third entry in 5pb and Nitroplus’s Science Adventure series of visual-novel games and anime franchise. Set in 2019, it tells the story of a group of otakus – a fighting game otaku, an anime otaku, a robot otaku, urban legend otaku, and a 2ch otaku – who band together throughWhenever a game maker announces that their latest title will a series of events that eventually lead to the building of a life-come with a cool pre-order bonus item, gamers in Singapore sized giant robo that will save the world.and other regions outside Japan alike worry about if they’ll Itou Kanako’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu is used as thereceive the bonus item when they purchase the title in retail background music for this PV. It is also the ending theme forstores in Singapore. the game.That’s especially the case with the Hatsune Miku PS Vita We’ll have more on Robotics;Notes soon. In the meantime,protective skin that’ll be offered to gamers who pre-order check out our previous coverage on the title.Sega’s Project Diva F in Japan – especially since you won’t beable to buy this protective skin anywhere else, and since the Source: JAMguru, RoboticsNotes.TVskin is designed to match one of the game’s loading screens. 6
  • 37. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureJoysound x Evangelion: U-Style Evangelion KaraokeSource: mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012At Joysound, an Evangelion experience is waiting foryou! Recently opened, it features Evangelion rooms whichdoubles as a karaoke lounge, where fans can enjoy karaokein an Eva-tastic style, at U-Style Tsudanuma!The main lobby of the place has been decorated to look likethe NERV Headquarters, and the rooms have been given amake-over in the style of Evangelion, with rooms dedicatedto each character. Some of the rooms at U-Style, Tsudanuma! There is also an Evangelion-themed menu to complete the experience!There is also a huge Eva-01 statue at the front desk.The karaoke machines are transformed into Eva-likemachines too! Some of the food items you can try at the karaoke! 1
  • 38. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source: Goboiano, animate) PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta available now for Hong Kong and Singapore PS Plus subscribers Source: beta-available-now-for-hong-kong-and-singapore-ps-plus-subscribers/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012Food No.01: NERV Burger is reporting that a beta for PlayStation All- Stars Battle Royale is available now to PS Plus members in Singapore and Hong Kong. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a frantic four-player fighting game that stars characters from various PlayStation first-party properties, such as Parappa the Rapper and God of War’s Kratos, as well as characters from third-party franchises: Heihachi from Tekken, Bioshock’s Big Daddy, and more.Food No.10: Eva 01 Parfait Judging from the description of the item on the PlayStation store, it looks like the beta will include online play: The goal of the Beta is to allow the developers to test the servers and Match Making features. Of course, to do that we need lots of people on the servers so please come along and battle your favourite characters!” Although the beta will probably make its way to the PS Plus in other regions eventually, currently there is no information on when that will happen. For now the beta is a timed- exclusive for Singapore and Hong Kong users. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, PlayStation Plus is a premium service for PS3 users that gives them free games (selected titles) every month, as well as accessFood No.07: Angel Hamburger Don to online storage for save files, full game trials, trophy auto-To get to this awesome karaoke lounge, the U-STYLE syncing, and other exclusive offers.TSUDANUMA is located between two stations, “Tsudanuma Free games offered under the PS Plus programme areStation” at JR SOBU Line and “Shin-Tsudanuma Station” at playable until you choose to stop renewing your subscriptionShinkeisei Line. to the programme. This month, Singapore and Hong KongThe location of the karaoke lounge is situated at: PS Plus subscribers are treated to a free copy of Echochrome II, The Last Guy, and Ape Escape! (PS1 title, Japanese),1-2-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba among other offers.13 Build. 4F, 5F In Singapore, PlayStation Plus membership is offered onTel: 047-403-7227 two subscription bases – monthly and annually. A 30-day subscription costs S$6.99, while an annual pass (365 days)Business Hour: 11:00am-6:00am will run you $42.99. 2
  • 39. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Shoryuken.comSword Art Online PreordersOpen?Source: koppepan on July 25th, 2012Animate has been holding a Sword Art Online fair at theiroutlets, and every purchase of any Sword Art Online novel ormanga entitles you to redeem a special three page booklet,the Argus’s Sword Art Online 2022 Promotion Pamphlet. This is a joke pamphlet in collaboration with the Sword Art Online series, and a lot of attention to detail has been put in to make it look convincing! Even as just a promotional flyer, it has collector’s value. Source: Itsuka baito wo yamete yaru! Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Anime Visual Revealed Source: visual-revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012According to the pamphlet, the game will go on sale on the A recent magazine scan that revealed the key visual for the6th of November, 2022. upcoming anime adaptation of Hiroyama Hiroshi’s Fate/ Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya manga was posted online.The game itself will cost 39800 yen, while the game with theNerve Gear hardware will set you back 129800 yen.While ten years before may too early as a preorder period, The project will be directed by Oonuma Shin atconsidering Sword Art Online’s revolutionary system and SILVERLINK. You can check out the official site: http://technology, it may be wise to preorder your copy early. It is to a run of 10000 copies. Also, you can follow Illya’s and Hiroyama-san’s twitters as well for more updates! (Source: ANN) Comiket 82 Pixiv Goods Source: By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 The popular Japanese art site has released information about their goods for this coming Comiket 82! Comic Market or Comiket, takes place twice a year, the first 3
  • 40. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneone during summer and the other during winter. This year’sComiket or C82 will be held on 10th August till 12th Augustat the Tokyo Big Sight.For this year’s C82, the Pixiv booth will be selling twodifferent illustration books. The first illustration book is“pixiv girls collection Futari no Jikan”. The illustration bookcomes with a B5 size clear pencil board.Here is the main cover for the illustration book.Here are some sample illustration from the book! The second illustration book is a collaboration between the Fate series and pixiv. The illustration book, called “pixiv x TYPE-MOON Illust Collection 10th Anniversary Special Edition” will be A3 in size. The book has approximately 80 pages and it features illustrations from their recently held contest, “TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Contest”. The front cover. 4
  • 41. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Also if you purchase both the books, you can get a free “pixiv- tan” paper bag! The booth will also be selling a Pixiv phone strap for 50o yen.Here are some sample pages from the book itself! (Source: Lawson x Ito En Madoka Magica Campaign Source: campaign/ By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Madoka Magica is Lawson’s next collaboration target, with its summer joint promotion with Ito En. Prizes can be won when you buy Ito En drinks, and there will be exclusiveFor purchasers of the TYPE-MOON illustration book you goods available at Lawson stores.will get a different shopping bag! 5
  • 42. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBuying selected drinks from Ito En will give you a code onthe receipt which entitles you points you can accumulate toparticipate in a draw!For the A course: A Kyubey sofa E Course: Clear FileB Course: Original 3D poster There is also a bonus wallpaper image for all participants of the campaign.C Course: Kyubey Bath set The Lawson tie-ins include: Sweet tablets with a 3D illustration boxD Course: Petanko Figure 6
  • 43. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone With pressure on mounting on Square Enix to produce results, we can expect Final Fantasy Versus XIII to make a sneak appearance at Gamescon or Tokyo Game Show. If we hear naughts, we might just nominate Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the next Wired News Vaporware Awards. Sources: IGN, Twitter Diablo III’s Invulnerability exploits found for WizardsAnd a cream and blueberry jam bread and Barbarians Source: By Xharky on July 25th, 2012 Not satisfied with having server issues and other ‘fun’ events for players, Diablo III has now come up with invulnerability exploits for both Wizards and Barbarians.The bread also comes with bonus skill cards which can beused for the Madoka Magica Online game. Wizard:Source: Lawson Step 1: Select Teleport – Fracture. Bind it to a key Step 2: Select Archon, tested with Improved ArchonFinal Fantasy Versus XIII Still Step 3: Hover your mouse over or near your charcter Step 4: Press TeleportAlive – Yoichi Wada Step 5: QUICKLY(!) Press ArchonSource: Barbarian (Thanks to YouTube user MetaSerge, and onyoichi-wada/ Blizzard Forums):By GermanSausage on July 25th, 2012 1. Have Furious Charge with Dreadnought RuneOn his Twitter, Square Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, denies 2. Charge into a certain opening cinematic (before it begins,thatFinal Fantasy Versus XIII has been quietly axed. details on forum and youtube links) For the barbarian exploit, it certainly isn’t as strong as the Wizard one, but comes close enough that you shouldn’t be able to die at all. Since players who knew about these exploits are only just ‘releasing’ it to the public, goodness knows how much cash they have earned off the RMAH. Blizzard has announced that they will be attempting to hotfix the wizard exploit as soon as possible, but there has been no announcements about the barbarian one. Sources: Blizzard Forums, Youtube (Wizard), Forums (Barb), Youtube (Barb)The game has teased fans since May 2006 at E3. Thisyear, the game has gone mysteriously missing from thegame showcase at Los Angeleus. In its place, a CGI teasertrailer of Final Fantasy XV entertained the crowds. A similarmaneuver was used in 2006 when Blizzard quietly killed offStarcraft Ghost while everyone were distracted by World ofWarcraft. 7
  • 44. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone“Persona 4: The Ultimatein Mayonaka Arena” to beadapted into manga seriesSource: KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set is limited to 5000 sets, each of the chess pieces are resin pieces painted with silver and pewter colored paints. The Roster(Using their American names) includes Ryu & M.Bison as kings, Chun-Li and Juri as queens, Ken, Guile, Balrog & Vega as bishops, E. Honda, Blanka, Rolento & Akuma as knights, Dhalsim, Zangief, Sagat & Seth as rooks and Ryu’s fist & Shadaloo winged skull as the pawns.The official Persona publicity blog announced today thatPersona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (also known as“Persona 4 Arena” in the West), due to be released in Japanand Asia this Thursday, will be adapted into a manga seriesand serialised in Persona Magazine, beginning with issue#10.This adaptation is a straight-up “comicalization”, which isindustry lingo for “the comic or manga series will follow afterthe story as detailed in the original work” which, in this case,would refer to the 30 to 40-hour long story mode in Persona4 Arena.Although both the game and manga series will essentially be The storage case doubles as a chessboard and will be madetelling the same story, Atlus says that the manga series will of high quality black wood with a glass surface for collectorsrender the story’s intense moments with a sense of action to display the chess pieces.that’s only possible in manga format. The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set will retailAiya Kyuu, the manga artist and author for Monthly Comic at US$299.95 with an expected release date in August 2012Gene’s Antimagia, will illustrate the P4U manga series. and it will be a Capcom store exclusive.Persona Magazine #10, published by Dengeki, will go on salein Japan August 10 for 840 yen.Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena the game(PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) comes out in Japan and Asia onJuly 26, this Thursday, and is due to be released in the USAugust 7.Source: Persona publicity blogCapcom to release chess setas part of Street Fighter’s25th AnniversarySource: shia on July 25th, 2012As part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary, The cool folks atCapcom are releasing a set of chess pieces cast in the shapesof your favourite street fighter characters. 8
  • 45. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Kotaku JP , Capcom Store 9
  • 46. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureIdolm@ster 2 PS3 DLCCatalog 10 trailer streamedSource: shia on July 27th, 2012Famitsu reports that Bandai Namco has released the trailerfor their latest DLC catalog for their hit game Idolm@ster 2 . Accessories – Whole Cake Hat, Lolipop Brooch, Cookie RingThis is the 10th set in their series of DLC for the PlayStation and Sweet Short Boots. – 300 yen each / full pack available3 version of the game. Is there no end to this DLC madness? at 980 yenMy poor wallet …DLC Catalog 10 returns the song “Colorful Days” , the 765girls theme song from their “Idolm@ster SP”(PSP) games,to the high definition screen of the PlayStation 3 consolealong with 5 costumes and 4 accessories. All of these will beavailable at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 .The details are as follows :Song – Colorful days – 1,200 yen And for buying the whole set above, Bandai Namco will throw in a free Haruka Confectionery set.Costume – Colorful Ballerina and 765 White School The IdolM@ster DLC Catalog 10 will be available at a PSNSwimsuit – 1,200 yen each store near you on 02 August 2012 . Source : Famitsu , OHP Manga Translation Battle 2012, Win a trip to Japan or an iPad Source: a-trip-to-japan-or-an-ipad/ By shia on July 27th, 2012Costume – Weeping Wisteria, Burning Performer andStratos Butterfly – 750 yen each / full pack available at 1,980yen 1
  • 47. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Digital Comic Association, in collaboration with the Ishida Mitsunari:Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan will be organizing aManga translation competition on their facebook site. Thegrand winner will walk away with a trip to japan and a grantas a professional translator. Runners-up will win new iPads.JManga, claims the competition will have no limitations tonationality, age and place of residence when judging and thecompetition is open for anyone that wants to have a go atit. The competition will be running from 26 July 2012 to 26September 2012.Aspiring translators can try their hand at translating over attheir facebook web application here.Source : Manga Translation Battle 2012Koei to Release HuggingPillow Covers: Samurai It’s obvious that these pillows are targeted to the femaleWarriors players of the game. Fans can preorders the covers at the Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ōgi 2012 Aki event in Tokyo onSource: September 1, as well as at the Neo Romance Festa 13 eventcovers-samurai-warriors/ for games aimed at female players.By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 (Source: ANN, KOEI’s Twitter)Japanese game developer Tecmo KOEI Games revealed thatthey will be offering Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou inJapan) “hugging pillow covers” (dakimakura) at the end of Tekken Tag Tournament 2September. Promo Videos StreamedThree different warriors will be featured on these covers: Source: Masamune: videos-streamed/ By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 The Tekken fighting game franchise’s official Youtube channel began streaming four new character promotional videos and another four new stage introduction trailers for their new game, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Thursday. The videos feature previously revealed new characters, Prototype Jack, Alex, Tiger Jackson and Forest Law, as well as the new stage areas, France, Spain, Philippines and Holland. Watch the trailers here! Prototype Jack Alex Tiger Jackson Forest LawSanada Yukimura: The stage arena trailers! France Spain The Philippines Holland Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be featuring more than 50 playable characters from the Tekken franchise. Pre-orders for the North American version will include access to the bonus Snoop Dogg stage, Big Bikini Bundle with more than 100 swimsuits and XBLA Yoshimitsu and Raven Avatars or Playstation Network Tempest Theme, as well as early access to the characters Kunimitsu, Ancient Ogre, Michelle Chang and Angel. The game will be released for the Playstation 3 (PS3) and Xbox360 consoles in Japan on 13th September, North 2
  • 48. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAmerica, it will be on 11th September, and Europe, it willbe released on 14th September. The arcade version has beenreleased in Japan last September.(Source: ANN)Project Diva Arcade July 2ndround of modulesSource: shia on July 27th, 2012Diva station Weekly(Project Diva Official Blog) announcesthe inclusion of 4 new modules for popular arcade musicgame , Project Diva Arcade.The 4 modules that they will be releasing on 31 July 2012are, “Americana”, “Gothic Purple”, “Club activities girl” and“Nostalgic” Club Activities Girl – 250 VP“Americana” was first released on this year’s Miku no Hicelebration and the other 3 debuted in Project Diva Extendas usable modules.The 4 modules that will be available are as follows :Americana – 300 VP Nostalgic – 250 VPGothic Purple – 250 VP 3
  • 49. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe 4 modules will be out on 31 July 2012 on Project DivaArcade. Americana will cost 300 VP and the rest 250 VPeach.Source : Weekly Diva Station Fate/Extra CCC Trailer posted Source: By koppepan on July 27th, 2012 PSP game Fate/Extra CCC has released it’s first trailer today! The game is set for release in 21st February, 2013. Fate/Extra CCC is a sequel to Fate/Extra. Gilgamesh has been added as a playable character, and you can see him following the main character around in the trailer! A video preview of the Saber figma that will come with the limited edition of the game has also been uploaded: youtube id=”M0FDKu6J8Po” width=”600″ height=”350″] There is also a video comment by Saber Nero’s voice actor, Sakura Tange! Source: Yaraon! Phantasy Star Online 2 Tops 73,000 players and summer update news Source: players-and-summer-update-news/ 4
  • 50. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy shia on July 27th, 2012 2. New costumes/accessories4Gamer reports that Phantasy Star Online 2 has passed the • Costumes73,000 user mark as of 26 July 2012, and that it had thehighest simultaneous login of 91,513 user connections on 07 o Bum swimwearJuly 2012 at 2300HRS JST. o Bikini swimwearPhantasy Star Online 2 will be launching their summer o Hayes sorcerer – Male Human/Newmancampaign that will consist of 3 updates across the monthof August. They will happen on the 01 August, 08 Augustand the last is slated for the second half of August. 4Gamerreports that summer update 1 will have new monsters,costumes/accessories and that the monument in the lobbywill be updated to reflect the summer changes.The full list of changes are as below :1. New monsters o Candy crown – Female Human/Newman o Magus Series – Male Cast 5
  • 51. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone o Illusion Series – Female Cast o Red inflatable tube • Hairstyle o Hayes sorcerer hat o Short regent o Candy crown headgear o Skinhead 3. Lobby monument will be updated to reflect the summer • Accessories season. o Hibiscus & pink shu shu 6
  • 52. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone up at chain video games boutique’s head office, and will be distributed to branches tomorrow (Friday, July 27). Certain branches of Comics Connection might still have copies. Give your local branch a call, and who knows, it might be your lucky day. If you know of any other retailers that still have copies of Persona 4 Arena on sale, please let us know via the comments below.Phantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG the latest in theseries of the Phantasy Star Online series which started inDecember 2000, the official service for PSO2 began on 4thJuly 2012 on the PC and Sega is in the process of releasingit for the mobile phones in spring 2013 and PSVita at a laterdate. Sega expects to have a English version so as to cater to Even if you don’t manage to land a copy of Persona 4 Arenathe international crowd in 2013. right now, don’t fret. Just because the stocks have yet toDo read up on our previous posts on PSO2 on SGCafe here. arrive at your favourite games retailer, doesn’t mean you can’t play the game.Source : 4Gamer PS02 Server records, 4Gamer Summerupdate 1, PSO2 Japan OHP, PSO2 international teaser site Our good friends over at Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe have relayed word that they’ve brought in four copies of the game for patrons to take on each other in a lag-free environment.Singapore: Don’t have And since TCGC is the console LAN cafe in Singapore that’sPersona 4 Arena? Try these geared towards fighting games enthusiasts, every single PS3 in the shop is hooked up with two or more arcade joysticksstores, or play at Tough – so you won’t have to bring yours.Cookie Gaming Cafe Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe is located within ParklaneSource: Shopping Mall, level 2 (35 Selegie Road #02-25B, Singaporearena-try-these-stores-or-play-at-tough-cookie-gaming-cafe/ 188307). Its opening hours are from 11AM to 3AM on mostBy KarbyP on July 27th, 2012 days. Rates are as follows (subject to change beginning August): CONSOLE $2 per person per hour (you’re not tied to a single console, so feel free to mingle) $10 whole day LAN $2 per person per hour $12 whole dayAnd if you do have a copy of Persona 4 Arena, come on in andjoin the SGCafe Mayonaka Arena Investigation Team (list of For more information on Tough Cookie, visit their Facebookplayers’ PSN IDs)! Max out your Social Links! page.We’ve received word from a number of readers thateven though Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena Cosplay – An Interview :(Persona 4 Arena in the West) is supposed to be releasedtoday, a number of retailers here in Singapore have Kirisakiapparently not received their copies yet. Source: at SGCafe, we definitely feel your pain (i.e. I don’t havemine either). So we’ve called up a bunch of retailers to see ifwe might be able to help you (and me) score a copy beforethe weekend.Gamescore at Funan has completely sold out of theirallotment, and told us that they expect the next batch ofcopies to come in next Tuesday or Wednesday.When we contacted FunzCentre (Orchard branch), arepresentative told us that their allotment is currently tied 7
  • 53. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy sakurazaki on July 27th, 2012Introduce yourselfHello! I’m Kirisaki from Singapore. Forever a poor studentsaving up for cosplay stuff and eating grass one day at a time.Ive been cosplaying for a few years. Perhaps about 4 to 5?, Ican’t really remember the specifics but anyway nice to meetya!Why do you cosplay? What was your silliest cosplays moment?For fun, interest and everything nice. Well it ranges from nearly tripping over your own gown to having your wig blown into unrecognizable styles to climbing over obstructions just to shoot at inaccessible places. I will consider the last one as somewhat an achievement though LOL XD. What is your most favorite character to cosplays as? I don’t think I have one. But I like running around in big gowns and glorious looking costumes just to impress myself with my own inadequate costume making skills ROFL.What and when was your first cosplay?It was princess princess, somewhere back in 2007/2008?I don’t even want to remember anymore, it wassoooooooooooo bad.How do you choose the characters that you cosplay?They usually come from the series that I like, it mightnot necessarily be my favorite characters, but they are justlikeable. I take into consideration costume difficulty and Where do your costumes come from? Do share!whether or not I’m suited for the character, looks and Self made! Can’t recall when was the last time I bought aportrayal wise. costume from somewhere. As far as I can remember I’ve been tailoring my own costumes since 2-3 years ago. Self made costumes are much more cheaper haha, and that’s my main motivation to sew! 8D Do you have any Cosplayers that you look up to? YEEEESSSSSS. I’m biased towards Korean cosplayers. I like Kotaro in particular! <3 Other than that I really admire their costume making skills and complexion and figure and shoot location and yea you get the idea. I follow a lot of JapaneseWhat is your most memorable cosplay experience? cosplayers on cure as well! Just too many to name them all ):I will give it to one of my first cosplay photoshoots I hadquite some years ago. Woke up at 4am just to prepare andleave the house to capture the sunrise. Turns out me and mypartner sacrificed our sleep for nothing because it startedraining around 6am. The one thing I learnt from cosplayshoots would be “Never trust the weather forecast!” 8
  • 54. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Tekken Director Meet and Greet session at Bugis Junction TKA Virtualand Source: session-at-bugis-junction-tka-virtualand/ By Kyoka on July 27th, 2012 Famed Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada graced our shores recently, stopping by Singapore’s Bugis Junction shopping mall for a fan-anticipated meet-and-greet session held in the mall’s TKA Virtualand Arcade, a place well known by the local fighting game community. Directors of Harada’s stature rarely visit Singapore, but for this eventful day we were eagerly there to meet the man that made Namco Bandai’s Tekken series an icon in the gaming world.Were there any changes in your life after cosplay?Not in particular, except for the fact that while myschoolmates are out having fun and chilling, I’m stuck athome sewing costume and hoping that my props will makethemselves. (Above) Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada and Tekken Project Senior Game Designer Michael Murray The event started off to an already enthusiastic crowd byIs there anything that you would like to say to all your fellow 7pm in the evening. Organised by Namco Bandai PartnersCosplayers out there? Singapore, the meet-and-greet was held at exactly rightHello and hello again. Nice seeing you all 8D Hopefully I can where any fighting game enthusiast would dream of, in theget to meet new people at every event! Do say hi if you see heart of the arcade itself. Amongst a row of Tekken Tagme hanging around at events <3 ~ Tournament 2 arcade machines a special one-day-only mini-~KiriSaki stage set-up stands tall for all to see. With a table ready for an autograph session later on in the day, it also came along with an Arcade Machine setup that had a demo of the consoleFor more information, check out the following links version of Tekken Tag 2 Tournament for fans to try out.Deviantart : Cosplay : 9
  • 55. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Autographs are one of the main attraction in most meet andMr Harada arrived together with Tekken Project’s Senior greet sessions, a good memorabilia for many enthusiasts.Game Deisgner Michael Murray, who also translated on Fans mostly have their own something for a signature bybehalf of Harada for this segment of the day, where fans get a Harada. From Tekken games to stickers, cards, posters,chance to ask any questions about Tekken Tag Tournament Harada was generous enough to sign on anything, and as for2. Ranging from questions like the game’s balancing of me I got my special flag inked by Harada.characters, to gameplay systems it was indeed time to quizHarada. Harada himself offered detailed answers for eachand every one of the fan questions.In fact, Harada had more than just an answer to everyfan’s question. This next segment has the Namco Bandaistaff offering an autographed Tekken Tag Tournament 2poster to 8 lucky fans who answers a question from NamcoBandai staff correctly, the questions themselves test the indepth knowledge of a Tekken enthusiast. Nonetheless theresponsive crowd got the answers and the lucky ones got thegiveaway posters home. Harada is not known to shy away from his fan’s requests, and what better way to share with his fans then posing for photos with his own characters cosplayed by our talented local duo. Tekken characters Alisa and Marshall Law turned up for the event much to the delight of many fans ending the day with a myriad of photos. 10
  • 56. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHarada could not stay for long in Singapore but despite hisshort visit it sure made his life long fans and many morenew gamers appreciate the visions of Harada’s efforts inhis work for the future of the Tekken franchise. Be sureto also preorder your copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2slated for a PS3 and Xbox360 release this September 13 inJapan, 11 in North America, 13 in Europe and 10 in Australiarespectively. 11
  • 57. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CulturePersona Music Live 2012Goods at AnimeloSource: mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Bath towel with hood, Yellow versionMissed a chance to get your loot at the Persona Music Price: 3,000 yenLive early this year? Well then, here’s another chance: atAnimelo! According to the Persona 4 Animation site, theyare re-selling the goods and merchandises from the PersonaMusic Live 2012 in early April this year, so if anyone is goingto Japan, do check them out at Animelo!Goods details: Original multi-case, black version Price: 2,000 yen iPhone 4 /4s cover, Black version Price: 2,000 yenT-shirt, Black version (Source: Persona 4 Animation Site)Price: 2,500 yenIt comes in 3 sizes, S, M and L respectively. Comiket 82 TYPE-MOON goods Source: By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 TYPE-MOON has updated their Comiket 82 page with a lineup of limited goods from their latest game, Mahou Tsukai no Yoru and the Fate series. Also included are the products from the ufotable booth which will carry exclusive items from Fate/Zero!T-shirt, Yellow versionPrice: 2,500 yen 1
  • 58. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFirst up is a 90cm x 40cm microfiber sports towel featuringAoko from Mahoyo. The illustration is the same as the one Komadori plush strapused for the recent issue of Rurihime. Mahou Tsukai no Hako Drama CDMahou Tsukai no Yoru tapestry set, packaged in the sameway as the TYPE-MOON Fes tapestries so collectors can putthem together! Purchases from the booth will come in a special shopping bag, illustrated by Koyama Hirokazu. From the ufotable booth, an Uchiage set! It comes with a book with Fate/Zero animation staff comments and illustrations, prints, and three shot glasses for your uchiage needs.And Mahou Tsukai no Yoru metal character charms,illustrated by CHAN×CO! 2
  • 59. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone148 pages, each staff member gets a page. There will also be a Fate/Zero cafe goods set, made to express their thanks to the support for the F/Z themed ufotable cafe. It contains a set of birthday lunch mats, a special zipper case for the A3 sized lunch mats, a file case for the ufotable cafe coasters, and can badges. Birthday lunch mats, A3 sized Zipper clear case for the matsCute shot glasses with SD illustrations of the Fate/Zerocharacters! Coaster file case Badges a 3
  • 60. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone pervert. He then learns about a cat statue that supposedly grants wishes. He goes to pray to it that he will be able to express his “lustful thoughts”, whenever and wherever he wants. But at the statue, Yokodera encounters a girl named Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko, from the same high school as him with her own wish as well, that she would not display her “real intentions” so readily. Sagara released the light novel series last year (2011) with illustrations by Kantoku, and Media Factory will be publishing the sixth volume next month. Okomeken provides the art for the manga adaptation that launched inLastly, there will be a Fate/Zero cafe recipe book, featuring Media Factory’s Monthly’s Comic Alive magazine last year,the recipes of the character-inspired food items available at and the manga has two volumes so far.the cafe. (Source:, ANN) Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai gets second season Source: second-season/ By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 At MF Bunko’s 10th anniversary event Natsu no Gakuensai, a second season of Boku no Tomodachi ga Sukunai (known among fans as Haganai) has been announced.Source: TYPE-MOON C82Hentai Ouji toWarawanaineko: Green-lit foranime adaptationSource: mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012Light novel by Sou Sagara, Hentai Ouji to Warawanaineko(The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat) has been green-litfor an anime adaptation! The news was announced at MFBunko’s 10th anniversary event Natsu no Gakuensai and the At the moment, no date or additional cast information hasofficial Twitter account confirmed it on Sunday (29th July). been given. Below is the tweet from the official Haganai anime twitter account regarding the news: こここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここここ こMFここJ_10thこhaganai — haganai_animeここ (@haganai_anime) 7こ 29, 2012 Source: @haganai_anime Wonder Festival Summer 2012: Good Smile Company and Others Figure Roundup Source: smile-company-and-others-figure-roundup/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012The story centers around a 2nd year high school boy Yesterday (29th July) was the eventful Wonder Festivalnamed Yokodera Yoto. Yokodera is always thinking about 2012 held at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo Japan! Wonderhis “carnal desires” but yet no one acknowledges him as a Festival or WonFes usually showcases many anime figurines and sculptures, sometimes other comic characters, and 4
  • 61. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonethis post will feature several figurines from popularfigurine makers, such as Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya,MegaHouse and others! So enjoy the photo spams!Here are the images from the event itself!GSC’s Ultimate Madoka! 5
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  • 63. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone (Source:, AmiAmi FB, Hobby Search, Wonder Festival 2012 Summer – Alter roundup Source: roundup/ By koppepan on July 30th, 2012 It’s been an eventful Sunday over at the Makuhari Messe, where Wonder Festival Summer 2012 was held. This post will round up the booth displays and upcoming releases from the Alter Booth. Majokko Mirakurun from Yuruyuri 7
  • 64. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFrom the same series, Akaza Akari Matsumae Ohana from Hanasaku IrohaPrincess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum Laura Bodewig from Infinite StratosAmane Suzuha from Steins;Gate 8
  • 65. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSengoku Nadeko from BakemonogatariFrom Altair, Waver Velvet (Fate/Zero)Accelerator from To Aru Majutsu no Index 9
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  • 67. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn Official Website Rumor: Monster Hunter for the PS Vita Source: psvita/ By shia on July 30th, 2012 Oreteki reports rumors of a Monster Hunter game for the Playstation Vita, while there are screen shots of what might be a Monster Hunter game, there is no additional information as of press time.Source: and white garageFinal Fantasy XIV: A RealmReborn TrailerSource: Kyoka on July 30th, 2012 This is not the first time rumours of a Monster Hunter for PS Vita have surfaced.Long touted as a new fresh rehash of Square Enix’s mmorpg While Capcom has confirmed a Monster Hunter 4 for releaseFinal Fantasy XIV, given a temporary name as it seems we in Spring 2013 on the Nintendo 3DS, a PS Vita edition wasnow know today that Square Enix has boldy ventured forth unheard of until now.and their efforts have reestablished Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 We can only hope that the rumors will prove true and thatinto a new finalised title: Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn. there will be a upcoming Monster Hunter game for the PSDebuting with a new trailer along with a relaunched new, relive the world of Eorzea for the Playstation 3 The Monster Hunter series of games are a series of actionconsole and PC. based RPG developed by Capcom, The player takes the role 11
  • 68. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneof a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests Well, well. Looks like somebody’s in a good mood seeking out monsters to hunt or capture and has enjoyed Somebody from Sega’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva Fimmense popularity in Japan and US. development team, that is.Source : Oreteki, Monster Hunter OHP Just yesterday the developers gave us a new “retail-display” PV for the game – which features clips of Project Diva’s opening intro in action.SUMMER CAMP4 Streams on And yet today they’re back for more mind-share, byNicoNico Live unleashing a 4th songs trailer that features 17 of theSource: announced tracks (by my count; looks like opening themeniconico-live/ Odds&Ends was somehow left out of this one) so far,By Meirin on July 30th, 2012 including Positive-Negative Continues by Sasakure.UK We’ll have more info on which new songs and modules are showcased in this 4th songs trailer (come back to this post much later today… or tomorrow)! But for now, without further ado, ladies and gents, I give you… Hatsune Miku (and friends)! Not enough? Check out the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st songs tailer Sega put out for the game.Minori Chihara’s annual summer music event SUMMERCAMP will have a live stream this year! Tune in NicoNico Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for the PlayStation Vita goesLive on August 4th (4:30PM JST) to watch the concert! on sale in Japan and Asia August 30.完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP Read more stories about Sega’s Project Diva series of4″ rhythm-action games here on SGCafe!完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP4″Minori Chihara is a prolific seiyuu, known for roles suchas Mikaze Nakagawa from Occult Academy, Coopa fromThe Tower of Druaga series, Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga-Rei: Zero, Chiaki Minami from Minami-ke series, and YukiNagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She hasalso sung opening/ending themes of many of the series shevoiced in and holds a successful J-pop career, with her latestalbum D-Formation peaking at 完3 on the Oricon albumchart.SUMMER CAMP is Chihara’s annual open-air summerconcert since 2009. Her repertoire include theme songs thatshe has sung as well as her own album music.Hatsune Miku Project Diva F4th songs trailer recaps all ofthe game’s unveiled tracks sofarSource: KarbyP on July 30th, 2012 12
  • 69. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds’s sprite-based graphics aren’t the only thing retro about this game – even the musicZone of the Enders HD harkens back to the good old days of 8-bit side-scrolling beat’em-ups! Check it out in the first trailer of the game.Collection’s opening is For more details on Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds andbreathtaking; left out of what it has to do with Castle Crashers and Guardian Heroes, see our previous story here.Konami’s pre-E3 show Today Famitsu also published a story on the game, with aSource: fresh batch of screenshots (some of them you’ll find below,opening-is-breathtaking-left-out-of-konamis-pre-e3-show/ but head over to their site for more), as well as additionalBy KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 details we didn’t pick up on. The Battle Royale mode, Famitsu explains, will let you set up fights such as 1 vs 3. So IAlthough Konami’s pre-E3 show announced that early guess unlike Guardian Heroes’s crazy 12-player battle royaleaccess to a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo would be mode, it’s limited to just four players here.available to folks who buy Zone of the Enders HD Collection,for some reason they didn’t think to include this amazinganimated opening scene – produced by Sunrise – in theirshow. Possibly because said animated opening is almost sixminutes long.They did, however, include this Metal Gear Rising parodyvideo made by the awesome guys over at Mega64. It wasburied somewhere in the middle of the Konami pre-E3 show,so here it is again – and now with Japanese subtitles!There’s also two interviews done with Hideo Kojima wherehe talks about the Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Endersseries respectively – but these are in Japanese withoutsubtitles, so we recommend watching the interviews as partof the pre-E3 show instead.Source: Konami Channel on YouTubePhantom Breaker:BattleGrounds – first trailerand screenshotsSource: 1
  • 70. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePhantom Breaker: BattleGrounds is scheduled for a 2013release on Xbox Live Arcade.Source: FamitsuGuilty Gear XX Accent CorePlus R location tests beginthis weekendSource: Mycstea on June 1st, 2012Takeshi Yamanaka of Arc System reveals awesome poster artfor the upcoming game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R is the latest installation inwhich will be released in the arcades as well as digitally for the franchise. It was originally released on the PSP, butPlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. never made its way to the arcades or any other platforms – until now. According to their official website, the game isAs Japan awaits the new Guilty Gear continuation, producer to conduct its first location testings in specific arcades thisof Blazblue Takeshi Yamanaka has tweeted about a poster Saturday.illustrated specially by Ishiwatari for arcades running thelocation tests of Arc System’s new game Guilty Gear XX The website has also revealed a trailer, as well as informationAccent Core Plus R. that the game will feature 25 characters, currently listed here. The new game will likely make its appearance in local arcades after a full launch in Japan; but if not, you’ll be able to buy it on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade – complete with online play – in the near future. Source: ANN, Takeshi Yamanaka’s Twitter New trailers for Metal Gear Rising, Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 in Konami’s pre-E3 show Source: castlevania-lords-of-shadows-2-in-konamis-pre-e3-show/ 2
  • 71. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Three more weeks to the PS3 release of “K-On! After SchoolAs with last year, GameTrailers is hosting on the web Live!! HD Ver.” (けけけけけ けけけけけけけけ HD Ver.) Today SegaKonami’s pre-E3 announcements show. Over here we’ll be has released a bunch of screenshots trailers for the HD-rounding up all the big news from Konami today. remaster of “K-On! After School Live!”In Konami’s Pre-E3 show, Masuda Kei the lead developer forPro Evolution Soccer 2013 talks about developments madein the next game, and Metal Gear chief Hideo Kojima runsthrough the history of Metal Gear Solid and Zone of theEnders.Kojima also announced that gamers who buy Zone of theEnders HD Collection will gain early access to a Metal GearRising: Revengeance demo.There’s also a hilarious parody for Metal Gear Risingsomewhere in the middle, an announcement trailer forCastlevania: Lords of Shadows 2, and… a new Frogger.Frogger Pinball.Konami Pre-E3 ShowMetal Gear Rising: RevengeanceCastlevania: Lords of Shadow 2For more, go over to GameTrailer’s YouTube page orGameTrailers.comNew screenshots and trailersfor K-On! After School Live!!HD Ver. (PS3)Source: KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 3
  • 72. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: US PlayStation blog Play a scratch card game on Persona 4: The Golden website, unlock character illustrations, wallpapers Source: persona-4-the-golden-website-unlock-character-illustrations-wallpapers/ By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012K-On! After School Live!! HD ver. will be released in JapanJune 21.Source: 4GamerYouTube comes to PS Vitaend of JuneSource: KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Here’s a fun little activity for fans: Atlus is running a scratch- card mini-game on the official website for Persona 4: The Golden where every day, one scratch card will be hidden somewhere on the site. Find the card, scratch it, and you’ll earn points randomly for one of the characters in the PS Vita title. Earn enough points, and you’ll unlock special illustrations (in the form of cards) and wallpapers for that character.Finally! YouTube! No more going to your PC whenever youget stuck in a PS Vita game; just YouTube the solution!Don Mesa, Director of Handheld Consoles Product Planningand Platform Software Innovation over at SCEA, bringsword today that the YouTube app for PS Vita will come outon the portable gaming device later this month: Coming at the end of June, YouTube will be available as a free downloadable application for PS Vita via the PS Vita Store. With the YouTube application on PS Vita, you can watch millions of YouTube videos on the stunning 5” OLED screen, from comedy to gaming tips to today’s viral trends. The YouTube application features many of the functions you’re already familiar with – you can easily search for videos, choose favorites and make comments, and your personal YouTube account is available right on your PS Vita.”If you haven’t already picked up a PS Vita, Sony will belaunching a Crystal White one on July 10, as well as theHatsune Miku Limited Edition on August 30 (which is thesame day the game is coming out) here in Singapore. Fromnow till the launch, buy or pre-order a PS Vita, and Sony will Head into the site, click on the scratch card icon on the left,throw in a download voucher for WipEout 2048 and Touch and you’ll go into a status page for this mini-game. MarieMy Katamari for free. explains the rules of the contest (what we already told you),For more news and updates on PlayStation Vita, stay tuned and then after that it’s off to the card SGCafe. 4
  • 73. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneJust randomly look through any page on the website, the main characters will be voiced by. The game revolvesand soon enough you’ll find a scratch card wedged along around television news reporting.somewhere, like so: The television station in the Tokushu Houdoubu VS. the real Nagoya TV Station.Each scratch card will bestow upon you a random number Nippon Ichi has also received help from Nagoya televisionof character-specific points that goes towards the unlocks. studio to assist in creating a more accurate game setting. TheThree points are required to unlock card illustration け1, game will allow gamers to experience television productionsix total points for card け2, nine for け3, and twelve for a like it is done in a real studio, allowing some parts ofcharacter wallpaper. the game to be played from the perspective of a reporter’s camera viewfinder. While it is listed as an “adventure” game, Nippon Ichi is intending to combine other elements with the interactive visual novel style of gameplay.Persona 4: The Golden comes out for the PS Vita in Japan onJune 14. An English US release is also slated for sometimelater this year.Official website: けけけけ4 けけけけけけけ.Source: 4GamerFirst Details: TokushuHoudoubu, Nippon Ichi’s 20thanniversary PS Vita gameSource: Mello on June 1st, 2012 Hiro Kiyohara (he worked on the Another manga, as well as production cooperation on the anime) will be the character designer and the background music for the game will be composed by Elements Garden.Nippon Ichi has recently revealed that a new PlayStationVita game is in development as part of their 20th anniversarycelebration. Now we know what the game’s called – TokushuHoudoubu, meaning “Special Report Division” – and who 5
  • 74. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By magnetic_rose on June 1st, 2012The main characters for the game are as listed:Ryo Yuzuhara (CVけTomoaki Maeno) SUNTORY C.C. Lemon and Pixiv are organizing a contest toA new assistant director of the special report division after pick the next mascot for C.C. Lemon — the famous Japanesepassing an interview. He has recently been transferred to the lemon soda. Entries are accepted from 28th May 2012 tospecial report division to do a specific interview. 25th June 2012 at 23:59 JST. The contest is open to overseas artists who are members of Pixiv.Mamoru Sumi (CVけYoshimasa Hosoya)A mysterious character with long hair, he is 23 years old and Rulesexcels at judo, kendo and shooting. You may enter as may times as you wish, but each entry mustAya Tanahashi (CVけMiyuki Sawashiro) be unique. All winning contestants will be required to submitDirector of the special report ministry, she is 25 years old. a high resolution version of your submitted entry.She believes that unique ladies are what a man looks out for. All submissions must be original character designsKaede Watarai (CVけAsami Seto) for C.C.Lemon only. Use the tag “C.C.けけけけけけけけけけ” whenA 16-year-old high school student who has previously submitting your entry. Entries without the tags attached willappeared on the map, she began working the division as an be not be counted as entries.assistant after passing an interview. PrizesThe game will be released on August 23 and sold at a price Most Prestigious Award (1 Winner)of 6,090 yen in stores and 5,000 yen online. - ¥200,000 in prize moneySource: Acfun - The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon can featuring their winning artwork.Pixiv Hosts Worldwide - The selected work will also appear in promotionalMascot Illustration Contest billboards for C.C.Lemon, as well as appearing in promotional material at Comiket 82.for SUNTORY C.C. LemonSource: - A year’s supply of C.C.Lemon (500ml bottles)illustration-contest-for-suntory-c-c-lemon/ Excellence Award (3 winners) -¥50,000 in prize money -The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon can featuring their winning artwork. - The selected works will appear in promotional billboards for C.C.Lemon, as well as appearing in promotional material at Comiket 82. - A case of C.C.Lemon (500ml bottles) 6
  • 75. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOfficial C.C. Lemon Official App Character Award (1Winner)- ¥200,000 in prize money- The selected work will be featured as the official mascotcharacter for a C.C.Lemon App, as well as appearing inpromotional material at Comiket 82.- A case of C.C.けけけ (500ml bottles)- The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon canfeaturing their winning artwork.Selected Works (200 Winners)- The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon canfeaturing their winning artwork.- Selected works will appear in promotional billboards forC.C.Lemon, as well as appearing in promotional material atComiket 82.For complete listing of rules and contest conditions, Opens Shanghai Office,Re-releases Vocaloid Nendofor Chinese MarketSource: magnetic_rose on June 1st, 2012Good Smile Company — in its continuing effort to bring thebest of Japanese figures and toys to the rest of the world, hasofficially launched its China office in Shanghai. GSC has alsoput up an official Chinese website via popular portal Weibo.To celebrate and publicize the move, they are re-releasingthree Vocaloid Nendroids via their official Chinese onlineshop Tmall. The figures slated for re-issue are Miku, Rin, andLen.GSC has also recently opened an English-site for itsNendroid line, ensuring that their English-speaking marketis kept up to date with the latest from Good Smile’s factoryline.Source: Mikatan Blog 7
  • 76. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureBritish war machines toinvade World of Tanks soonSource: KarbyP on June 5th, 2012So maybe you’ve played World of Tanks, which was launchedin Southeast Asia back in April. Maybe you’ve played a lot ofWorld of Tanks, extensively exploring all the vehicle upgradepaths and trying to unlock as many of the 150 historically-accurate vehicles – hailing from countries like America andFrance, to the Soviet Union and Germany – as you can, eversince the game kicked off here.But, you haven’t truly played World of Tanks, until you getyour hands on the brand new British armoured vehicles thatwill be added to the game soon. It’s the British Empire, goodgrief! They practically invented tanks!In terms of gameplay, the new tanks (Crusader, Black Prince,Centurion and Conqueror) are divided between two styles:fast and heavy-hitting tanks that can’t afford to take toomany hits themselves, and a slow-and-steady ones with lotsof heavy plating but also way lower damage.“The British tanks are by far the most intriguing modelswe’ve come across over the course of World of Tanksdevelopment, said Sergey Burkatovskiy, lead producer overat“In giving the players two distinct, yet very different types ofvehicles, the development team has worked very carefully tomake sure that balance not only fits into the current game,but is also one that’s extremely fun. We can’t wait for ourplayers to experience it for themselves.”And judging from these stunningly detailed screen rendersand teaser trailer sent us, we bet WoTplayers can’t wait as well. 1
  • 77. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHatsune Miku Project DivaF demos to appear in 740stores around Japan; gamepackage shotsSource: KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 Everything in the Hatsune Miku PS Vita bundleOver at the official blog for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F,Sega has uploaded some pictures showing off the box-art forthe upcoming rhythm-action title, as well as the contents inthe Hatsune Miku PS Vita limited edition bundle.What you see above is the final design of the protection filmthat’ll be distributed to folks who pre-order the game froma retail store; you might notice that it’s quite a tad differentfrom the sample pic previously shown. Just the boxSega also brings word that from tomorrow onwards (June6), you’ll be able to try out a demo version of the game at 740participating electronics stores all over Japan. So if you’re aMiku fan who happens to be going over there on vacation, dodrop by a Bic Camera/Yodobashi Camera/Sofmap/Tsutayanearby and who knows, you might just get lucky.Do note that certain outlets will be getting the trial unitslate by a couple of days – for instance, the Ion Tsudanuma(イイイイイイイ) store in Chiba will only get it on June 13. Fordetails and addresses on participating stores, go to this pagehere (warning: it’s full of Japanese text).And now, for the images you’ve been waiting for (click on theimage to open it in a new tab, then click on the image on thatpage again for a bigger version).Box-art AR card included in the package 2
  • 78. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Fans in Southeast Asia can look forward to meeting Marvel Comics illustrator Mark Brooks, well- known for his stunning illustrations for Marvel, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic illustrator Mark Torres and recognised kaiju (Japanese monsters) illustrator and toy designer, Mark Nagata. Fans can also expect more exclusive STGCC collectibles at this year’s event. Cult toy designers Tristan Eaton and The Beast Brothers, well-known for their distinct urban art style as seen on the infamous Dunny and Munny toys by designer toy label, Kidrobot, will be in Singapore for the first time at STGCC. Tokidoki creator Simone Legno, a huge fan favourite, will also be creating limited edition collectibles only available at STGCC. From Asia, Japanese pop culture fans can look forward to meeting Chibi art illustrator CHANXCO and DJ Zanio from popular Japanese vocaloid group, ZANEEDS, and Chief Editor of Japan’s topRead more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! cosplay magazine Cosmode, Tadaaki ‘Jacky’ Dosai.“Source: Shuukan Diva StationSTGCC 2012: First line-upof pop culture personalitiesannouncedSource: KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 (Above) Artwork from CHANXCO, who is part of popular Japanese vocaloid group, ZANEEDS Co-organised by Reed Exhibitions Singapore and ReedPOP in the US (they organise New York Comic Con), STGCC is an annual exhibition that unites the worlds of comics, anime, manga, toys, collectibles, games and movies to showcase the latest and greatest in pop culture today, here in Southeast Asia. Over two days last year, STGCC was attended by over 30,000This September, get ready for a weekend loaded with visitors and saw media coverage from some 176 outletsactivities and pop culture showcases from both the East and hailing from eight countries. For more information about theWest hemispheres. Yes, The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic event, go to (STGCC) is back, this time happening at the Online ticketing has opened for STGCC 2012. Entry passesSands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands can be purchased over at: September 1 to 2! And the organisers have announced buy-ticketssome of the pop culture personalities you will be able to meetat the event – said to be the coolest event of the year! Model of Evangelion’s Spear of Longinus Forged by Master Craftsman Source: the press release: longinus-forged-by-master-craftsman/ 3
  • 79. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy magnetic_rose on June 5th, 2012 A frames-per-second count on top lets you know how well your device handles 3D rendering in real-time, and at the end of the song-and-dance you also get a benchmarking score that makes it easy to compare performance between devices. When not running the benchmark test, you can also freely spin Hatsune Miku around, zoom in and out on the 3D model through “pinch” gestures, and put her in one of a variety of still poses or animated sequences by selecting something from the scrolling menu at the bottom. Apart from Hatsune Miku, there is also a Kagamine Rin version of this app, called RinRinBench, which is also free to download.The Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Setouchi,Okayama Prefecture is holding a special exhibition —featuring swords made by craftsmen based on weaponsfeatured in various anime.The crown jewel of the exhibition is a 3.3-meter, 30-kilogram model of the Spear of Longinus that appeared inthe Evangelion series. A master craftsman of 40 years fromHiroshima Prefecture took about 6 months and 20 swordsworth of steel to make the spear.The exhibition will be open to the public in July.Source: Asahi ShinbunBenchmark your Android withthis Hatsune Miku app [video]Source: KarbyP on June 5th, 2012Even if you don’t own an Android device, hit the jump towatch Hatsune miku dance along to the Nyan Cat song! Of course, nobody really expects MikuMikuBench to be reliable for benchmarking purposes. But just in case you’d like to know how well your device does compared to otherMikuMikuBench is a free Android app that lets you Androids anyway, Japanese blog Octoba has listed thebenchmark your device by watching Hatsune Miku dance in MikuMikuBench scores for quite a few of them (mostlysync to that infectiouslyaddictivesong (note: all three links Japan-only).are videos containing the Nyan Cat song, differing only in イIS03 … 1946length. Please don’t click on any of them; curiosity won’t kill イMOTOROLA PHOTON … 2347the Nyan Cat. No, it will only feed the cat). イIS04 … 2361 イDesireHD … 3093 4
  • 80. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneイGalaxy NEXUS … 3277イGPU rendering ONイ Both sticks will be sold in Japan exclusively from AmazonイXperia arc … 3884 – the V3 SA Kai (top row of thumbnails) from June 28イARROWS Z … 3933 onwards, and the VX SE Kai (bottom row) from July 26.イGalaxy Note … 4531If you’re going to give MikuMikuBench a whirl, do let us Hori Real Arcade Pro.V3 SA 改know what device you have and how high it scored viacomments below.Source: OctobaHori Real Arcade Pro.V3 SAKai & VX SE Kai announcedin Japan, exclusively fromAmazonSource: KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 Price: 13,800 yen (tax included) Stick lever unit: JLF-TP-8YT-SK 8 face buttons: OBSF-30 Start button: OBSF-24 Dimensions: Approx. 430mm x 240mm z 125mm (including stick lever) Weight: Approx. 2.2kg Cable length: Approx. 3m Changes made from V3 SA to V3 SA Kai: - The space between the joystick and buttons will be widened in both sticks, allowing for a “roomy” feel and generally more comfort. - Top sheet is more durable, and the artwork that adorns each of the two joysticks are printed on PET materials. - An anti-slick sheet, made of metal, has been attached at the bottom. - Start and Select buttons can be disabled. - L1 and L2 buttons can be toggled to perform the functions for L3 and R3 instead, which can be useful for certain games. - By default the stick lever is set to enter d-pad commands; now you can switch it to control the left or right analog stick instead. Hori Real Arcade Pro.VX SE 改Hori announced today that it will be selling “Kai” or“modified” versions of the existing Hori Real Arcade Pro.V3/VX joysticks, featuring a number of revamped design choicesthat’s been implemented based on user feedback . 5
  • 81. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Heavily anticipated anime Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate has recently put up a sample of the anime opening theme in HiBiKi Radio Station. Catch it before the next installment updates! Also updated on the anime official website, a wonderfully illustrated wallpaper of Satsuki Shinonome has also been released. Right click and open link on new tab/window for a higher resolution.Price: 15,800 yen (tax included)Stick lever unit: LS-32-018 face buttons: PS-14-G0Start button: PS-14-DDimensions: Approx. 430mm x 240mm z 125mm (includingstick lever)Weight: Approx. 2.2kgCable length: Approx. 3mChanges made from VX SE to VX SE Kai:- The space between the joystick and buttons will be widenedin both sticks, allowing for a “roomy” feel and generally more One can clearly see the resemblance to TV anime Amagami,comfort. evident of the character re-designer’s work .- Top sheet is more durable, with the artwork is printed on Read about our previous updates about Koi to Senkyo toPET materials. Chocolate here and here.- An anti-slick sheet, made of metal, has been attached at the Source: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Official Website, Yaraonbottom.- Start and Back buttons can be disabled. Strike Witches PSP demo to- LB and RB buttons can be toggled for left-stick and right-stick presses. Again, useful for specific games. be released on PSN June 14 Source: By default the stick lever is set to enter d-pad commands; released-on-psn-june-14/now you can switch it to control the left or right analog stick By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012instead.- A port has been added for you to plug in a wired headset.Source: FamitsuKoi to Senkyo to ChocolateOP revealedSource: Mycstea on June 5th, 2012The opening theme of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate has beenrevealed in a radio show on HiBiKi Radio Station. Play as Miyafuji, Sakamoto, and Lynne in this demo for the upcoming Strike Witches PSP 2D bullet-hell shooter! 6
  • 82. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneStrike Witches -Wings of Silver- (イイイイイイイイイイイ-イイイイ- ) By Mello on June 5th, 2012for the PSP is a port of last year’s Xbox 360 Strike Witchesshooter of the same name that comes complete with allpreviously released DLC (sans the X360 dashboard themesand gamer pics, of course): additional character HayateNakajima and her story scenario, plus a Time Attack mode.The demo that’ll be released on June 14 contains one episodefrom the story mode (Miyafuji, Sakamoto, Lynne). In thisgame, you take control of three characters at once (in atriangular flight formation), and battle your way throughbullet hell five stages and an original story – fully voiced andwith multiple endings – that’s different from the other StrikeWitches media properties. A set of Tales of Nendoroid Petits were on display at the annual Tales of Festival this year held at the Yokohama Arena. Since the first Tales of Festival five years ago, the festival has been held yearly to celebrate the games and release new information on upcoming games and merchandise. This year, Good Smile Company has participated in the festival by showcasing the unpainted prototypes of six Nendoroid Petits of the protagoinsts from the following Tales Of games – Tales of Vesperia, Tales of Graces and Tales of Xillia. (Above) Gameplay footage from the Xbox 360 version of the game.In case you’re unfamiliar with the light novel, manga andanime series this game is based on, Strike Witches is set in analternate-history 19XX universe where all the nations in the Nendoroid Petit Estelle and Yuri (Tales of Vesperia)world have banded together to fight an alien threat, insteadof fighting amongst themselves during World War II. To aidtheir war efforts, young women with high magical potentialare enlisted into military.Strike Witches -Wings of Silver- is slated for a June 28release on the PSP.Source: 4GamerTales of Nendoroid Petitsmake an appearance at theTales of Festival 2012Source: Nendoroid Petit Sophie and Asbel (Tales of Graces) 7
  • 83. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The DVD and Blu-ray’s length is two and a half hours long consisting of 29 songs played live, some of which are from the various Persona games while others are new songs composed for upcoming releases. New anime footage previewed at the event will also be included the disc. Artists that participated in the concert include: • Yumi Kawamura – “Persona 3″/ “Persona 3 Fes”/ “Persona Trinity Soul”/ Anime “Persona 4″ • Lotus Juice – “Persona 3″/ “Persona 3 Fes”/ “Persona Trinity Soul”/ “Anime “Persona 4″ • Shihoko Hirata – “Persona 4″/ Anime “Persona 4″Nendoroid Petit Jude and Milla (Tales of Xillia) • Shuhei Kita – “Persona Trinity Soul”/ “Persona 3 Portable”The release schedule and the price of these Nendoroid Petitshave yet to be announced. What do you think of these • Shoji Megura (Index)Nendoroids? Would you want to be one of the first few to The completely limited production edition will include anpreorder them? Stay tuned for more information. additional CD with the songs:Source: Gsc_saccyan 1.イReach Out To The Truthイ 2.イkey plus wordsイFor pre-order: Persona MusicLive 2012, Mayonaka TV in 3.イBeauty of DestinyイTokyo International Forum 4.イWe Are One and AllイDVD & Blu-ray 5.イThe Way of Memories-イイイイイイイ-イSource: The normal edition (DVD) is priced at 4,725 yen and theBy Mello on June 5th, 2012 completely limited production edition for DVD and Blu-ray is priced at 5,250 yen and 6,300 yen respectively, all of these versions can be preordered through AmiAmi. Source: PersonaLiveA DVD and Blu-ray of the Persona Music Live 2012 eventheld on April 8 at the Tokyo International Forum will bereleased August 22. It will be released in two editions – thenormal edition (only available for DVD) and the completelylimited production edition. 8
  • 84. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureSega taps gravure idol AiShinozaki for Samurai &Dragons “Play for Free” PVSource: KarbyP on June 7th, 2012To drive home the message that Samurai & Dragons is free-to-play on the PS Vita, publisher Sega has enlisted the helpof gravure idol Ai Shinozaki, seen cosplaying here as a magein a new promotional video that was released today.The five-minute long PV has Shonozaki wandering aroundnature listlessly, seemingly waiting for her Samurai &Dragons play pal – a creepy ninja who’s lurking in some ofthe scenes – to come online.If you don’t recognise the character Shinozaki is cosplayingas, that’s because it’s based on an original design by mangaartist Yokusaru Shibata (of Air Master fame) for Samurai &Dragons: Some stills from the PV: 1
  • 85. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Japanese Sony Entertainment Network account holders can download the game from the PlayStation Store for free and start playing right away (Sega makes money from optional DLC). For folks who prefer to own a physical copy of the game (or if you don’t use a Japanese SEN account on your PS Vita), there is also a 3,990 yen retail package of Samurai & Dragons that includes a number of exclusive in-game items not offered elsewhere. Both the retail and digital versions of Samurai & Dragon have already been released. Source: 4Gamer, Samurai & Dragons homepage Watch 8-bit Daigo be a beast in this Road to Evo trailer, come meet the real deal this weekend Source: this-road-to-evo-trailer-come-meet-the-real-deal-this-weekend/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 No, I don’t mean Singapore’s Real Deal, the legendary Street Fighter II HD Remix player who took first place away from American SF champ Justin Wong at Canada Cup last year (although Real Deal will likely be there as well, so bring your autograph markers). I’m talking Daigo Umehara – quite possibly the biggest name in competitive Street Fighter – who will be visiting Singapore this weekend for the Road to EVO South East AsiaSamurai & Dragons is a multi-genre, free-to-play online title Major 2012, to be held on June 9 and 10 at the Clementiproduced by Masayoshi Kikuchi, previously the director on Community Club. If you’re a true fighting game fan, youJet Set Radio Future. Kikuchi has also worked on the Yakuza know you have to make plans to come down. Amazing gameor Ryu ga Gotoku series. moments are bound to happen.The game itself hat has four main parts: action, card battles, But first, watch 8-bit Daigo be a beast in this amazing trailersimulation (SimCity style), and RPG. Players pick from one for the Road to EVO SEA Major, taking out Cross Counterof five professions – Swordsman, Ranger, Mage, Ninja, Asia‘s Zhi and Xian with two Ultra Combos in a row. ThenSamurai – and simultaneously begin to plan and construct you can start making plans to come meet the real deal thisan Edo period Japanese city as its lord. Then, players raise a weekend.squad of monsters, and wage war against neighbouring citiesfor territory and war spoils. If you’re going to be there, you might as well sign up to playLike Diablo 3, there is no offline mode to Samurai & in some of the tournaments at the event itself (pre-registerDragons; you have to stay connected even during solo play. through this link).Thankfully, the game supports both 3G and Wi-Fi. A total of six games will be played in the tournaments:In multiplayer, you can explore dungeons in the RPG partwith other players in a party, or join forces with friends in the 1. Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Editionsimulation part to defend your cities from enemy invasions. 2. FIFA 2012 2
  • 86. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone3. Marvel vs Capcom 34. King of Fighters XIII5. Street Fighters X Tekken6. Soul Calibur VThere will also be free-play stations for Gran Turismo 5(PS3) and Xbox 360 Kinect titles.For location and tournament registration details, visit theClementi Game Festival 2 Facebook page.Go hands-on with the Crystal Specifications of PlayStation®Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Model (CrystalWhite PS Vita at PC Show White)2012 Product Name PlayStation®Vita 3G/Wi-FiSource: Model (Crystal White)ps-vita-at-pc-show-2012/ Serial No. PCH-1106 ZA02By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 Release Date 10th July, 2012 Suggested Retail Price SGD469 Contents ・PS Vita 3G/Wi-Fi model ×1 ・USB Cable ×1 ・AC Adaptor ×1 ・Power Cord ×1 ・Booklet ×1 Capcom is thinking ofAt E3 Sony announced a few more reasons why you should bringing Street Fighter Xpick up a PS Vita. But if you’re still not entirely convinced, Tekken over to the iOSwhy not go hands-on with the system yourself to see how youlike it? [video] Source:’ll be able to do just that at the PC Show 2012 this street-fighter-x-tekken-over-to-the-ios/week, happening from now till this Sunday (June 7 to 10), By KarbyP on June 7th, 201212noon to 9PM daily at the Suntec Singapore InternationalConvention and Exhibition Centre.SingTel, Sony’s preferred mobile operator for the PS Vita, isshowing off the new Crystal White unit – to be launched onJuly 10 – as well as the latest games for the portable gamesdevice over at its booth (Suntec Hall 6/601). So even if youalready know you’re going to pick one up soon, it’s a goodidea to swing by their booth and check out the differencesbetween the white and black units.Pro-tip: if you decide to buy one, don’t forget to ask for a freespecial voucher code for the games WipEout ™ 2048 andTouch My Katamari™, part of a promotion that’s runningfrom now till the Crystal White Vita’s release, while stockslast. Although the PS Vita version will undoubtedly be thePS Vita public trial @ PC Show 2012 definitive Street Fighter X Tekken experience on portablesDate: 7-10 Jun 2012 when it comes out later this year, it appears that Capcom is nevertheless looking into more ways to get a version ofVenue: SingTel booth, Suntec Hall 6, Hall 601 this controversial crossover fighter into gamers’ hands.Time: 12nn-9pm 3
  • 87. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAt E3 they’ve silently brought out a demo for an iOS What do you think, should Capcom release an iOS version ofadaptation, likely using the event as an opportunity to gauge Street Fighter X Tekken? How much would you pay for it?interest (like what Sega is doing). Source: FamitsuAccording to Famitsu, Capcom currently does not have plansto release Street Fighter X Tekken iOS. Yet. This is only atech demo. But if it does come out, Street Fighter X Tekken Electronic Cat Tail forwould be the fourth Capcom fighting game to be ported overto the iOS, following Street Fighter II, Street Fighter IV, and Humans Now in Development Source: vs Capcom 2. in-development/ By magnetic_rose on June 7th, 2012The tech demo shown at E3 only allows you to play as Ryuand Kazuya on one team, and Chun-Li and Nina on the other,boys-versus-girls style.Judging from the YouTube video above, SFxTK on iOScontrols very similarly to Street Fighter IV Volt, with a virtualjoystick on the bottom-left corner of the screen, and fourbuttons – Punch, Kick, Special (SP), and Switch (denotedby a giant “X”) – on the bottom right. And just like in SF4Volt, each character’s special moves can be performed usingeasy commands (SP button plus a specific direction). Asan example, pressing or holding down the SP button withno directional input when playing as Ryu will result in aHadouken. But if you hold forward on the virtual joystickand hit SP, a Shoryuken will be unleashed instead. After the success of the Necomimi electronic cat ear, another Japanese company is working on a prototype cat tail to be worn by humans. Although still in development, the cat tail works pretty much the same way as the cat ears: it reacts to emotions given off by the wearer, and moves in particular ways to show happiness, anger, etc. Here’s a demo video of the cat ears, from Nico Nico Douga. ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・・ Source: Rocket News. First look: Hatsune Miku Project Diva F tech demo at E3 [video and pictures] Source: diva-f-tech-demo-at-e3-video-and-pictures/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 Yesterday, we were the first on the Web to report that Hatsune Miku Project Diva F would be making an appearance at E3 in the form of a playable demo. Now, we’ve got video (courtesy of Niconico) and – surprise, surprise – the menus are in English! ・・・・・・・・・・・・・・E3 ・・・・ -Project DIVA- f・E3 2012・ 4
  • 88. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSega’s official blog for the game posted up some photos of Since 2009, every year AKB48 has held a general electionthe demo unit on display at E3: to determine which of its numerous members will go into the Media Senbatsu – the top 12 members who will appear centre-stage in most of AKB48′s mass media engagements. Members who place higher will also be featured in CD singles more often, so fans are motivated to vote for their personal favourites. For instructions to catch all of it live on Google Plus, go to this page. Alterntively, watch the following tutorial video for tips on how you can best immerse yourself in the experience: Like we previously reported, current AKB48 front-runner Atsuko Maeda will not be participating in the General Election this year, as she will be leaving the Japanese idol group soon. Her “graduation” date from the group has been announced to be August 27. This means that Yuko Oshima, who won in the second general election in 2010 (Atsuko Maeda won in 2009 and 2011), will probably take the top spot this year. Who do you think will clinch the top 5 positions in the AKB48 General Election? Here are my personal predictions:Since we first broke the story, Joystiq’s JC Fletcher has alsoposted some brief thoughts on the game. 1) Yuko Oshima 2) Mayu WatanabeUnfortunately, so far none of the other media outletscovering E3 have taken a look at it. Although Hatsune Miku 3) Mariko ShinodaProject Diva F and the limited edition PS Vita bundle will bereleased in other Asian territories outside Japan (Singapore, 4) Yuki KashiwagiHong Kong, Taiwan, etc), it’s not confirmed if the game willcross borders and see a release in the West. 5) Rino SashiharaBut, once again, here’s hoping it will. Fingers crossed. Let us know yours in the comments below!Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe. AKB48 Grand Prix Search for the ・1 Fan.Today: Catch the AKB48General Election streamed Agni’s Philosophy – a Finallive on Google Plus Fantasy real-time tech demoSource: – offers a glimpse of next-gen Source: KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 real-time-tech-demo-offers-a-glimpse-of-next-gen/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 Behold: Agni’s Philosophy, a real-time tech demo powered by Square Enix’s Luminous Studio engine. This is what a next-gen Final Fantasy could look like. For now, Agni’s Philosophy is just a tech demo (like the Final Fantasy 7 PS3 tech demo that never materialised as a full game). But it may turn into a full-fledged game some day – that’ll depend on what you make of it. Over at Square Enix’s site for the tech demo, there is a surveyThe AKB48 General Election is set to begin a couple you can fill up; Square Enix would like to know if you foundhours from now, at 5.20PM JST (GMT+0900) or the heroine Agni and the world depicted in the tech demo4.20PM Singapore/Philippines/Central Indonesia time appealing, as well as any other impressions or thoughts you(GMT+0800), and Google Plus will be streaming the whole might have.event live – with simultaneous interpretation in English, to The site also offers some stills from the demo, and – if you’reboot! a top-notch programmer/CG artist – a banner at the bottomAt 11PM JST (10PM Singapore time) the winner of this reveals that Square Enix is hiring. Or you could just go to theyear’s AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo (Front-member General recruitment page from here.Election) will also come on the live stream and give a speech. 5
  • 89. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 ‘ Pikmin 3! New Super Mario Bros. U! WiiFitU! Just some of the games that have been announced at Nintendo’s E3 press conference, going on right now (Nintendo’s official stream here). So far Nintendo has also unveiled that the WiiU console will support up to two tablet gamepads (although games in the immediate launch period will only support one). We’ll update this post later to give you a summary of all the announcements from Ninty’s press con. For now, however, here are some pictures to look at. And if you’re still up – it’s Singapore/Philippines time 12.40AM right now as I’m writing this – join in the fun on the stream (GameSpot’s stream I find to be the most stable).Agni’s Philophy FINAL FANTASY REALTIME TECHDEMO.Nintendo E3 press conhighlights: Pikmin 3, NewSuper Mario Bros U, Batman,WiiFitUSource: 6
  • 90. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Beginning on September 12, fans who have purchased tickets to watch the Tiger & Bunny movie in Japan can vote for their favorite hero, or whoever they predict to be crowned King of Movie Hero in the film. A webpage will be set up for voting, fans can vote on the site be entering the serial number on their movie tickets followed by clicking on their chosen hero’s name. The top five heroes voted will receive around one to three minutes of extra screen time relative to all other characters. A special surprise is also being planned for the winning King of Movie Hero. He or she will be honoured with a surprise exclusively for the fans who have voted. The voting webpage will also include a Weekly Hero Countdown”, revealing the hero with the highest votes each week. The first Tiger & Bunny movie will be released in theatersTiger & Bunny: cinema-goers on 22 September 2012 in Japan. A second movie is in theto decide “King of Movie works and is scheduled to be released in 2013. A roadshow to promoted the movie will begin in September as well.Hero” The voting website will be announced at the Tiger & BunnySource: official website on 5 June.king-of-movie-hero/ Who would you vote for?By Mello on June 7th, 2012 Source: LivedoorNews 7
  • 91. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CulturePersona 3 theatrical releaseannounced after the creditsin Persona 4 movieSource: KarbyP on June 9th, 2012This just in: Persona 3 will be getting a movie!According to tweets from movie-goers who’ve seen thePersona 4 movie (released in Japanese cinemas today), atthe end of the movie’s credits or staff roll there was a shortclip announcing that Persona 3 would be getting a theatricalrelease as well.In the announcement clip, a calendar is shown beingnavigated back in time to two years before Persona 4, to thestart of P3. No further details were given, but we’ll let you know as soon as we find out. In the meantime, read more Persona stories here on SGCafe! Source: Otakomu More information on Tokushu Houdoubu, plus a web comic in the works Source: houdoubu-plus-a-web-comic-in-the-works/ By Mello on June 9th, 2012 1
  • 92. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNippon Ichi has finally officially revealed the characters of A man of few words, he is shrouded with a mysteriousTokushu Houdoubu, their newest PS Vita game. Players charisma. Such is shown when he does interviews alongsidecan look forward to investigating mysteries such as UFO Yuhara. He excels at Judo and Kendo and has somesightings and mysterious beings with ESP powers as well knowledge of handling shoots. He is also loyal and seemsas being tasked with conducting interviews to get the whole to have previous experience in the industry. However, hescoop. prefers not to talk about it.The Special News Division is producing and broadcasting“Special News”, a news flash program that highlightsand investigates the strange phenomenons happening inthe city. To get to the bottom of the truth, staff of thedepartment are required to do interviews and discuss thefindings meticulously day and night. Occasionally, youmay encounter situations where having common sense iscrucial. The choices you make and questions you choosewhile you are conducting interviews will influence the“truth” broadcasted to the public. The staff’s findings willbe broadcasted as a program appearing on every televisionacross the country. Through this program, you can reveal the“truth of the world” to the public. Kaede Watarai, 16 years old – Assistant (CV: Asami Seto) She is in still studying in high school and joins the SpecialThe types of paranormal phenomena you will encounter New Division as a part-timer. She is strong willed but openinclude doppelgangers, mysterious abductions, UFOs, ESP to other’s opinions at times. She speaks with a grown-upencounters and more. (List of content is tentative and may tone and is tasked with being the timekeeper and one of thediffer in the actual game) interviewers of the team. She also does any odd jobs that needs to get done.Here are the official introductions of the characters:(From left to right) Aya Tanahashi, 25 years old – Director (CV: Miyuki Sawashiro) As the director of the Special News Division, she is highly skilled in gathering information and getting the biggest scoops. She has a very positive outlook and relies on Yuhara alot to help her with her work. She regards “getting romantically involved with a man” as a paranormal situation.Ryo Yuhara, 23 year old – Assistant Director ( CV: TomoakiMaeno)This rookie Assistant Director has graduated from collegeand was in the News Division dealing with normal newsbefore he was transferred to the Special News Division. Hehas an extremely keen sense of curiosity which could turnout to be a good or bad thing. He feels a strong sense ofresponsibility as part of the media team to convey the truthto the public and makes it his life mission. When you play ashis character, you can control the camera on your own whenconducting interviews as well as edit the manuscript.Mamoru Sumi, 25 years old – Assistant Director (CV:Yoshimasa Hosoya) 2
  • 93. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAlthough a teaser has been released for the two othercharacters, the producer (silhouette on the left) andannouncer (on the right) of the Special News Department,we have found a screen that shows the announcer. Moreinformation on these characters will be released soon.Pior to the release of the game, a web comic will be releasedevery Thursday beginning on July 26 at Flex Comix Web.Each volume is set to focus on one character. Chika Nagi,who is in charge of pacing the story hopes to present thecharms of each character of the “Special News Division” inthe comic.Here are the manga artists who will be drawing each chapter:Chapter 1 – Touya NakamuraChapter 2 – SeccoChapter 3 – Seira YugenChapter 4 – Nami YoshiiChapter 5 – Masaki Sano & Kyo WatanabeMore screenshots of the game are revealed below. Do staytuned for more information on Tokushu Houdoubu! 3
  • 94. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone or items they couldn’t really go without – like a storeroom for items? Well, it’s time to find out; Sega has announced a pricing structure for several key features and items in PSO2. If you don’t want to go through all the details below, the long and short of it all is that you will definitely not need to spend a single cent in order to have a good time, if my personal experience from playing the closed beta can be used as an indication. But if you’d much rather go through the cold, hard details: *Note: in-game items will be paid for using AC (Ar kz Cash), at the exchange rate of 1AC = 1 yen Free level of service What does “basic service” refer to? Sega is promising the following: - All story cutscenes and quests will never require AC - There will be no caps placed on your maximum character level, or play time - No paid quests, no over-powered weapons to be sold either directly or indirectly through scratch card lottery - All chat functionality (signs, gestures, etc) will beSource: Famitsu completely usable without having to pay Game updates, story developments, new areas and enemiesSega announces pricing will all be covered under the free level of service.structure for Phantasy StarOpen 2, pre-open beta datesSource: KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 All free users will also be able to accumulate FUN points by communicating and interacting with other players (commending each other after a successful quest, for instance). FUN points is used exclusively in a special scratch card lottery that may confer any of the following: - Room goodsWhen a publisher – any publisher – announces that the - Music discsnext instalment in a well-loved, monumental video gamefranchise would be free-to-play – like what Sega did to - Additional lobby actions (gestures/animations)Phantasy Star Online 2 – most fans would naturally beworried. - Limited trials of certain paid features/items (example: a 3- day pass for “My Room” or “My Shop”)Would Sega be able to make enough profits throughpremium items for them to justify keeping the servers up?Would players be forced to pay an arm and a foot for features 4
  • 95. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePremium level New Time Travelers trailerThe aforementioned “My Room” and “My Shop” are paidfeatures. Specifically, they are part of a Premium Set demonstrates cinema events,comprising the following: time travel chart navigation1) My Room Source: My Shop demonstrates-cinema-events-time-travel-chart-navigation/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 20123) Premium storage (additional 300 slots)4) Ability to trade items (you will, however, be able to tradebasic recover items in a quest even on the free level)5) Access to premium blocks/lobbies in a server6) The rate you earn FUN points at is higher*Features (3) to (6) are premium-only, so you won’t beable to earn limited trials for those features through FUNlottery. Here’s a new trailer for Time Travelers (3DS, PSP, PS Vita), which is scheduled for a July 12 release in Japan. In this new trailer, you’ll see how most of the gameplay in Time Travelers will work. Like some of Time Travelers director Jiro Ishii’s previous games (428: Fusa Sareta Shibuya de, Machi: Unmei no Kousaten), you navigate through different characters’ story lines using a time chart. Time Travelers is set in the future – specifically, 28 April 2031 – and its story revolves around five characters whose decisions on that day will ripple through the time chart and affect not only one another, but the rest of the game world. So if you thought that 5pb and Nitroplus’s Steins;Gate visualScratch and Scratch Gold cards will also be offered at 200AC novel sufficiently demonstrated the merits and detrimentsand 500AC respectively. These let you unlock additional of time travelling, think again.costumes and customisation parts at random; the 200ACscratch cards have other items mixed in as well, while the Judging from what’s been revealed so far, it looks like500AC “Scratch Gold” lottery will only contain costumes and you’ll have to make many hard decisions, and go back incustomisation parts. time to possibly reverse some – such as a young boy’s decision to sacrifice himself so his father can save his motherOther paid items include consumables (prices start at and younger brother – and reverse previously reversed150AC), system expansion items (starting from 300AC), and decisions.the right to create an additional character or to change yourexisting character’s looks (500AC).————————-In addition, Sega has also announced dates for a pre-openbeta that they will run to stress test their servers before theofficial open beta.Pre-open beta test Day 1: June 15 (Friday) 19:00~24:00(Japan Standard Time or GMT+0900 hours)Pre-open beta test Day 2: June 16 (Friday) 19:00~24:00(Japan Standard Time or GMT+0900 hours)Pre-open beta registration has started (some level ofJapanese is required to register, or you could just refer toPSU Fan Blog’s handy guide here). Of course, there are some seemingly casual ones, like choosing whether or not female lead Mikoto Shindo (played by Miyuki Sawashiro) kisses schoolmate YuriSource: 4Gamer Fukase (Yoshimasa Hosoya). Although given the amount of emphasis that’s been placed on this particular kiss scene, there’s a good chance that it’s a choice that’ll lead to consequences far greater than we can imagine. 5
  • 96. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneWe’ll just have to wait till the game’s July 12 release to find pinching only lets you switch between mode full-screen andout. windowed modes. So pinch-to-full-screen it is. Still, YouTube on PS Vita is looking pretty neat.YouTube on PS Vita has aneat interface, supports Thanks, xlogicalzx, for bringing us this great video from E3.pinch-to-full-screen [video] Source: YouTube user xlogicalzxSource: KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 New Madoka Magica Online trailer showcases gameplay, customisation and original art Source: showcases-gameplay-customisation-and-original-art/I want to say that it supports pinch-to-zoom (because that’stechnically what you’re doing), but unfortunately it looks like 6
  • 97. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 Read more Puella Magi Madoka Magica stories here on SGCafe! Source: 4Gamer Nexon’s Dungeon Fighter Live is like the D&D Live Arcade port you never got from Capcom Source: the-dd-live-arcade-port-you-never-got-from-capcom/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online is a browser game. Yet,it just might be several magnitudes better than the MadokaMagica PSP game that was released a while back. I gotshivers from watching this new 2nd trailer for the game.Now if only fans outside of Japan can play it; you’ll need aJapanese IP address to access the game’s official site in orderto sign up for a beta. Ask any side-scrolling beat-em-up fan what is the one game they’ll absolutely kill to see ported over to Xbox Live Arcade and PlayStation Network, and chances are they’ll tell you: any of Capcom’s two Dungeons and Dragons arcade titles. Well, looks like years of petitioning won’t solve anything. Capcom still isn’t bringing those classics over. Let’s find something else to play, for now. Something like Dungeon Fighter Live: Fall of Hendon Myre, which Nexon – the publisher of Maple Story – will bring over to XBLA sometime this year. If you ask me, this looks like it has all the makings of a great Capcom D&D title, plus a little something extra: support for four-players co-op. Dungeon Fighter Live is a port of a free-to-play beat-em- up already released on the PC sometime back. It’ll be sold for 800 MS points when it comes out later this year, which may not seem like a fair price initially for something that you can supposedly play for free (like Samurai & Dragons on PS Vita). But according to 4Gamer, you’ll be getting a more streamlined experience on the XBLA version, simply because the business model is different – in the PC version you get billed for certain consumable items, which you won’t have to pay for here. Although it’s not exactly a brand new title like Phantom Breaker: Battle Grounds, as long the game properly takes advantage of Xbox Live’s features, I think it’ll do just fine. 7
  • 98. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: 4Gamer Vote for your favourites: Type-Moon’s 10th Anniversary All-Character Popularity Poll commences Source: moons-10th-anniversary-all-character-popularity-poll-commences/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 Vote for your favourite Type-Moon character in the company’s 10th Anniversary All-Character Popularity Poll! Go on, do it, your waifu/husbando needs you! It’s been a while since Type-Moon has done one of these, huh? Not since the release of Fate/Hollow Ataraxia in 2006, Type-Moon’s site for the poll says. Regardless if you’re long-time fan from the Tsukihime or Kara no Kyoukai days, or if you only came to know about Type-Moon through the Fate/Zero anime series, your vote counts! Go to the polling site, click on the big yellow button, and pick the series and character names for your top three choices. Everything is written in Japanese, of course, so you might have to consult a fellow Type-Moon fan or do a little digging to make sure your votes go to the right characters. If the character you’d like to vote for is not included in the lists, you may pick “そそそ” and fill in his/her name yourself. However, Type-Moon warns that if the character you named was actually listed, then your vote will be voided. 8
  • 99. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone そそそそそそそそそそそ (Musunde Hiraite Ratsetsu to Mukuro) Music, Lyrics and Jacket picture designed by そそ (Hachi)After you’re done picking your top three, if you scroll downthere’s a fun little activity you could partake in as well: guesswhich position the blue robin from Mahou Tsukai no Yoru そそそ (Tsugai Kogarashi)will come in (enter a number in the box). If you guess right, Music, Lyrics and Jacket picture designed by そそそそPyou stand a chance to win a pair of Type-Moon Fes tickets or (ShigotoshiteP)an autographed brochure for the event.Don’t give too much thought to it though – chances are you’llneed an actual residential address in Japan for Type-Moonto mail your prize to you. And that’s if you’re the lucky winnerpicked out from the pool of voters who guessed correctly.You have from now till June 24 to make your vote. The top20 positions will be announced on July 7 and 8 at Type-Moon Fes and subsequently posted on the polling site afterthe event. The full list, however, would only be publishedlater in a commemorative artbook – “TYPE-MOON 10thAnniversary Phantasm” – to be released on August 10.May Saber the best Type-Moon character win! そGothic and Loneliness そI’m the very DIVAそ Music & Lyrics by そそそそそそそ (Narushimatakashi)10そそそそ TYPE-MOONそそそそそそそそそそそそそ [via Otanews] Movie & Illustration by そそそそ (Rin Sakuraba)Hatsune Miku Project DivaArcade: Four new songs forJuneSource: KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 そslump Music by そそそそ (Shiba Inu) / Lyrics by そそそ (Ayatori) Movie & Illustration by RefinedDiumLocation tests for Project Diva Arcade ver.B starts today! Butjust because ver.B is in the works, doesn’t mean that Segahas abandoned ver.A.Quite the contrary, in fact: today they’ve unveiled four newsongs that’ll be added on June 14. The songs will be added to Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade ver.A Revision 4 June 14.The first two songs are from Project Diva Extend on the PSP,while the other two are a first for the series. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe!In the order they appear from the trailer above: 9
  • 100. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: Shuukan Diva StationYakuza 5 – Kiryu Kazama’sprologue story revealedSource: KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 Kiryu, the former 4th-generation head of the Tojo Clan, had chosen to leave it all behind, washing his hands offThe once almighty Dragon of Dojima has now been reduced all matters in the underground world, and settling down into a mild-mannered cab driver? What has the world (of Okinawa, running an orphanage with Haruka, the daughterYakuza / Ryu ga Gotoku 5) come to? of Kiryu’s love who sacrificed herself to save them both.In Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (Yakuza 5: Those But one day Kiryu decides to leave Okinawa for Kyushu, afterWho Fulfil Dreams), set in 2012 or two years after Yakuza a mysterious woman visits him at the orphanage.4, peace between the Tojo clan and the Omi Alliance is In Kyushu, he’s taken on a psuedonym and makes his livingthreatened as the 7th Chairman of the latter – one of two as a law-abiding cab driver who would bow his head tomen instrumental to the peace treaty between the clans – is even the most despicable of men – as long as they’re hison his deathbed. customers. It’s a sight friends and acquaintances would notIn order to prevent war, the current head of the Tojo believe.Clan, Daigo Dojima, swallows his pride and travels to meet But when the current head of the Tojo Clan suddenly goeswith the Omi Alliance. However, it’s already too late – missing, Kiryu Kazuma – a man who’s abandoned andunbeknownst to him, the “sleeping players” from within the discarded his dreams – will once again act for the dreams ofTojo Clan had already begun to move. those he cares about.As an all-out war between the East and the West breaks The legend of the Dragon shall rise once more.out, Yakuza 5′s five protagonists – four men and a girl –across various cities in Japan are once again thrust into this Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono comes out for thewhirlwind of conflict. PS3 later this year.Kiryu Kazama is one such protagonist. His chapter in Yakuza Source: 4Gamer5 is set in Fukuoka – specifically, the fictional district ofNagasugai. 10
  • 101. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture Rewrite Harvest Festa! Cafe [June 8 to July 8] A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureIdolmaster to join RewriteHarvest Festa and MahouTsukai no Yoru themes atGood Smile CafeSource: KarbyP on June 14th, 2012Good Smile & Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe (Guttetsu Cafe forshort) in Akihabara will run an Idolmaster-themed cafebetween June 25 to August 13, Good Smile Company’sMikatan announced on her blog today. It’s unknown if themenu items for Guttetsu’s Idolmaster Cafe will be differentfrom the ones featured in November last year at Cure MaidCafe and Wonder Cafe.Also, oddly enough there are already two themed cafesconcurrently going on at Guttetsu at the moment: a Rewrite Mahou Tsukai no Yoru Cafe [May 29 to July 8]Harvest Festa Cafe (June 8 to July 8) and a Mahou Tsukai (Mahou Tsukai is also known as “Witch on the Holy Night”)no Yoru Cafe (May 29 to July 8).This would mean that between June 25 to July 8 theGood Smile Cafe will actually run three themed cafessimultaneously. One must wonder, “is there really enoughfloor space in the cafe to fit all three themes?” (UnfortunatelyI’ve never been there before; if you have, please let us knowin the comments below). Update: A virtual tour of the GoodSmile & Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe is offered here.Below you’ll find the respective food menus for the Rewriteand Mahou Tsukai cafes at Guttetsu.As The Idolm@ster Cafe menu at Guttetsu Cafe has not yetbeen released yet, we’ve attached an image from last year’sIdolmaster Cafe – held elsewhere – to give you an idea ofwhat you might be able to expect (note: this menu may notbe indicative of the new one at Guttetsu’s).Bon Appetit! 1
  • 102. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe Idolm@ster Cafe in Cure Maid Cafe (November 2011) For more info, visit: ググググググググググググググググググ Read more Idolmaster stories here on SGCafe! Source: Good Smile Company’s Mikatan SNK Dream Battle social game comes to smartphones (Android, iOS) Source: comes-to-smartphones-android-ios/ 2
  • 103. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 Unfortunately, to play the game it looks like you need to ownInitially released only for feature phones, social game SNK either a Softbank or Vodafone email address (at least, thatDream Battle has finally made its way to the Android and – appears to be the case when I tried to sign up for a Greethis month – iOS smartphone platforms through Japanese account).social network service Gree. If you do have one, you can access the game by pointingIn SNK Dream Battle players amass an army of character your iOS or Android device’s Web browser over to http://cards featuring fighters from a variety of SNK games series (on your desktop browser it won’t take you– King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Spirits, etc – and put to the app).together decks composed of 10 cards each (over 200 cardsare available) to do battle with. In each deck you also have The game is free to play with optional paid set one fighter card as the leader of the pack; the longer Source: Gree [via Famitsu]you set a specific card as the leader, the more “trust points”that character accumulates.During battles, players can turn the tides by powering uptheir deck with a “Kakusei” or “Awakening (ググ) ability, and Keio University developingthis ability grows stronger as you gain trust points with yourdeck leader. method for virtual avatarsApart from a single-player Quest mode where you’ll fight mirroring facial expressionsbosses from time to time, there are also one-on-one real-time using webcamGachinko Battles amongst players, and periodic KOF Battle Source: events. for-virtual-avatars-mirroring-facial-expressions-real-time-using-webcam/ By shia on June 14th, 2012 Associate Professor Yasue Mitsukara from Keio University, has developed a method to detect how facial expression changes using a ordinary computer and a usb/web camera. The system is able to detect and track faces using a technique called time-series signal processing. It will basically track features of the face such as the eyes, nose and mouth at high speeds with great accuracy. The system is also able to analyze a person’s expression by analyzing the patterns of the user, it is able to detect whether a person is laughing, angry, or surprised. Yasue believes that it can be used for games that detect and react to changes in people’s faces. He hopes to release the system to CG animation hobbyists, he thinks that it could have applications such as showing a fluid character for web dialog systems or used for making characters move in real time at events. There are systems out there that can track human facial expressions but I that this is the first system that does not require users to stick markers on their faces to operate. I hope to hear more developments from them. Kudos to them for using the TDA Miku model. Source : 3
  • 104. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneIt’s official: Street Fighter XTekken Mobile is coming tothe iOSSource: KarbyP on June 14th, 2012Last week we were the first English source on the Web toreport that Capcom silently brought out a Street Fighter Visual Art’s Big ThanksX Tekken iOS tech demo at E3. uploadeda video of the app in action on YouTube, while Japan’s Festival Mascots Named, gave us a brief hands-on report and said that Special Page for Orpheus ~~this was not official yet – Capcom had yet to announceconcrete plans to roll out an iOS version, so the tech demo ~~~~~~~~~~~ Opens Source: not come to fruition. mascots-named-special-page-for-orpheus%E3%80%80%EF%BD%9EMeanwhile, most of the media folks at E3 did not even %E5%90%9B%E3%81%A8%E5%A5%8F%E3%81%A7%E3%82%8Bstumble upon the little gem (haha! Get it? Gem? Gem syste.. %E6%98%8E%E6%97%A5%E3%81%B8%E3%81%AEnever mind) at Capcom’s booth at E3. %E3%81%86%E3%81%9F/Well, it’s official now. Capcom USA has just announced that By Mycstea on June 14th, 2012Street Fighter X Tekken would indeed come to the iOS. From The competition winners to name the mascots for Visualthe press release: Art’s Big Thanks Festival has finally been announced, and Capcom is pleased to confirm that Street Fighter x a special page for VA20 Anniversary commemoration single Tekken Mobile will be released for iOS this summer. Orpheus グググググググググググググ is now open. Based on the critically acclaimed home console Previously reported on SGCafe, Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s release, but with a complete redesign of controls 20th Anniversary by holding an event on July 29th. Read the and UI with mobile devices in mind, Street Fighter x full story here. Tekken Mobile also features brand new modes and As the build up for the event steadily increases, the mascots a new take on the tag team mechanic. The balanced of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival has finally been revealed character roster includes Ryu and Chun-Li from the as ググ/Shion and ググ/Kanon. The winning entry is submitted Street Fighter series, and Kazuya and Nina from the by グググググググググ. Tekken series. Street Fighter x Tekken Mobile will be compatible with iOS 5 or higher, and will be playable on iPhone 4 and 4S, iPod touch 4th Gen or later, iPad 2 and the New iPad.”“The balanced character roster”? So I guess the iOS versionof Street Fighter X Tekken won’t have gems, huh? Character designer Itaru Hinoue comments: Thank you very much for all the support and entries for the twins naming competition!! It’s been 4
  • 105. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone very very hard selecting the names from so–oo • ググググ – グ ググ グググググ グググ ググ ググ グググググ ググググ many names haha. There were beautiful names, (グMomo Fujikiググ Kyuu Fujiki) interesting anmes, and even names with my name • ググ – グ ググググ グ グ グググ (グ Choco ググ Milk) on it (laughs). Amongst these, I recall and eventually chose a pair of names which were not only cute, but You may view the official results here. also suit the characters very much. Thank you very much!Since the start of the competition from March 2nd 2012,there has been over 2000 entries and finally a winning pairwas chosen. The winner will be given a pair of tickets for theevent, along with an assortment of live goods and a specialevent pamphlet with the signatures of every performingartiste of the event.As a consolation, 20 other participating entries are also givena pair of tickets to the concert event. Their respective names,entries and romanized/translated names are as follows: • グググググググ – グ グググググググググググ グ グ グググググググググググ (グ Natallie Shirogane グ グ Sylvie Shirogane) • グググググ – グ ググググググ (Violetta) グ グ グググググ (Arianna) The website for special commemorative single Orpheus ググ ( グVioletta ググ Arianna) グググググググググググ is now open. Performed by various artists including Lia, Aoi Tada, Kawada Mami, Eiko Shimamiya, • ググググ – グ ググ ググ グ グ ググ グ (グNatane Toudou グ グ KOTOKO, Kaori Utatsuki, Chata, Rita and LiSA. Shizuku Toudou) The song is written by none-other then Visual Art’s CEO • グググ – グ グググググググ グ グ グググググググググ (グ Baba Takahiro and famed composer Shinji Orito. Pre- Stayzeroorudo グ グ Mejizerokkuiin) order is now ongoing with various online merchant sites • ググググ – グ ViVi(ググ) グ グ lAlA(ググ) (グ Vivi グ グ Rara) including Amazon, Sofmap, Rakuten, Bachyuya, Sapashop, Toranoana, Medio!, Honnekitouhan, Trader PCGAME Kan, • ググググ – グ ググ グ グ ググ (グ No. 1 (Ichigou) グ グ No.2 and PC Free Direct. (Nigou)) Singaporean fans may order their copy from CD-Japan at • ググググググググ – グ ググ(グググググ)ググググ グ グ ググ(グググググ)ググ 1000yen (without shipping cost, SGD$16) instead and will グ (グ Jeal Kenjoグ グ Ash Kenjo) be on sale from June 29th 2012. You may also visit the • グググ(21) – グ ググ ググ グ グ ググ ググ (グSakon Kimura グ special website here. グ Ukon Kimura) Source: VA20 Official Website • グググググ – グ VAググググ3グ グ グ VAググググ4グ (グVA All image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Sister the Thirdググ VA Sister the Forth) • グググググ – グ ググ グ グ ググ – グ ググググ グ グググ – グ ググググググ ググ グ グ グググググググググ (グ Inoki グ グ Baba グ グ Gureko Cosplay A Day : Macross グ グ Kuroko ググ Demonlord (Sasaki) グ グ Moustache Genie (Igarashi)) Frontier Universal Bunny Source: • doRo – グ グググググググ グ グ ググ(グググ) (グ Hyori グ グ universal-bunny/ Hikage) By sakurazaki on June 14th, 2012 • グググググ – グ グググググググググググググググググググググググググ ググ グ ググググググググググググググググググググググググググ” (グ Vivageグ グ Antandi) • ググググググググググ – グ ググググググググググ グ グ ググググググググググ (グMel グDevigrabet グ グ Al グDevigrabet) • グググググググ – グ グググ グググググググ ググググ ググ グググ ググググ グググ ググググ (グ Koharu Sakanoe グ グ Hyori Sakanoe) • kore – グ グググ グ グ グググ (グ Ponikoググ Potako) • ググググ - グ ググググ グ グ ググググググググ (グ I WON! (Katta) ググ I GOT THIS MATCH DONE! (Kono Shoubu I am your white bunny, Moratta!)) Jumping and diving it’s almost innocent, The milky way spills in the galaxy, • グググ – グ ググ ググ (グググググ グググ) ググ ググ ググ ググググググ グ Hey, I want to eat that candy star. ググ) (グ Kaede Tenjou グ グ Kanna Tenjou) The Attractive, Adorable & Alluring. That’s what we refer to • Luciphel – グ ググググググググググググググ ググ ググググググ this trio as. グググググググググググ (グ Great グPotemkin グYuugaググ Their eye catching cosplay was in relation to the catchy song, Bibyurireenari グBoririren グYuuga) Universal Bunny. The song, sung by May’n’ and produced by 5
  • 106. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneYoko Kanno was featured as one of the major tracks in themovie Macross Frontier The False Songstress. Overall, the photos are an absolute delight to look at and the cosplay, gorgeous. For more information check out the links below and look forward to more incredible cosplays fromJust who are these gorgeous cosplayers you may ask, well this amazing trio!they are none other than Astellecia, also known as Skye,Intricatia aka. Jill and of course the beautiful Hiyuki who wehave once featured in Sgcafe’s Cosplay An Interview! Their Cosplayer : Astelleciashoot, was inspired by the song and video, Universal Bunny.The song was featured in a Sheryl Nome concert scene as Series : Macross Frontierthe powerful opening number. With a background filled with Character : Sheryl Nomegears, similar to the movie and the red and black backdropthat closely symbolizied the colors of the Black Bunny the Country : Singaporepictures look as if they were taken from the concert itself! Photography : Deviantart : Cosplayer : Hiyuki Series : Macross Frontier Character : Sheryl Nome Country : Singapore Photography : Deviantart : Cosplayer : Intricatia Series : Macross Frontier Character : Ranka Lee Country : Singapore Photography : Deviantart : three cosplayers are not new to the characters of MacrossFrontier at all! All three are fans of the series and havecosplayed many different versions of Sheryl Nome, RankaLee and even Alto Saotome! It was not a surprise thatboth Astellecia and Hiyuki cosplayed as Sheryl Nome whileIntricatia cosplayed Ranka Lee. You have to agree, they do Call for Student Entries tosuit the characters to a T. TBS DigiCon6 Source: digicon6/ 6
  • 107. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy magnetic_rose on June 14th, 2012 3rd Prize: SGD 500 + Wacom Bamboo Pen (worth SGD 135) Creative Awards for using Stop-Motion Technique 1st Prize: Canon Powershot SX240HS (worth SGD 499) 2nd Prize: Canon IXUS 230HS (worth SGD 349) 3rd Prize: Canon Powershot A2300 (worth SGD 179)Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Tokyo Broadcasting System(TBS) are accepting entries to the new Student Category atthe annual TBS DigiCon6 Singapore. The student winner STGCC 2012 updateswill get the opportunity to go to Tokyo, Japan in November media release with guestto witness the showdown between winning creations fromall over Asia – Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, cosplayers Hibiki Touya ,Malaysia, etc – at the Grand Finals. Kousaka YunTBS DigiCon6 Awards is an annual competition held with Source: objective of seeking and recognizing talented creators with-guest-cosplayers-hibiki-touya-kousaka-yun/throughout Asia (past participating regions include: Japan, By sentinel011 on June 14th, 2012China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Popular Japanese cosplayers Hibiki Touya and Kousaka YunSingapore, Taiwan and Thailand) and rewarding them for will grace this year’s STGCC. MONOMIND, a DJ grouptheir outstanding works. DigiCon6 furthermore provides heavily influenced by Touhou, will be coming as well.these creators with opportunities to expand their creativeground by supporting their innovative minds and activitiesyear-round.All submitted Works will be reviewed and judged by TBSDigiCon6 Awards organization members and a panel ofindustry experts – based on the quality of work, ideas, andoriginality. TBS DigiCon6 Awards is sponsored by TokyoBroadcasting System Holdings, Inc. and Tokyo BroadcastingSystem Television, Inc., and organized by the TBS DigiCon6Headquarters.Apart from the competition, creators will come togetherto share their skills and hear from some of the brighteststars in the field in a series of workshops organised by NYPfor Digicon6 Singapore from March to June. These includeanimators, writers and creature creators from leadingindustry players Lucasfilm Singapore and Animagine.Workshops are open to students and members of the public.More workshops have been lined up before the closing datefor the 14th Digicon6 Singapore submission deadline on 31August. For more information, please “Like” the Digicon6Facebook page at Hibiki TouyaThere are 2 categories to the local leg. The winner of Hibiki Touya’s popularity is well-known in Japan, as herthe Open Category will compete in the Grand Finals in portrayals of male characters gathered fans all across theTokyo, Japan against country winners from all over Asia in world. Here repertoire of characters include Ichinose TokiyaNovember. Winner of the Student Category will get to attend (Uta no Prince Sama), Vocaloid character Kaito, Shiraishithe Grand Finals in Tokyo. Winners will also receive the Kuranosuke (Prince of Tennis), Kamui and Okita (Gintama)following prizes: as well as Alto Saotome (Macross Frontier).Open Category Touya became familiar not just because of her awesome1st Prize: SGD 4000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTK650 Medium cosplays, but also through her involvement as a staff(worth SGD 559) Cosplayer in events such as Miku Party (Mikupa) and2nd Prize: SGD2000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTH450 Touch Comic Market (Comiket), amongst many other events held(worth SGD 429) in Japan. Hibiki Touya will be in Singapore for the first time as a guest Cosplayer in STGCC.3rd Prize: SGD 1000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTK450 Small(worth SGD 379)Student Category1st Prize: SGD 1500 + Wacom BambooFun Pen & Touch(worth SGD 335)2nd Prize: SGD 1000 + Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch (worthSGD 185) 7
  • 108. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone If you think that is all, there is more! An additional special segment was announced, bringing Touhou and Vocaloid music together. DJ battle @ STGCC: DJ haLRu, MONOMIND vs DJ Zanio, ZANEEDS Japanese pop culture fans can also look forward to an electrifying DJ battle as DJ Zanio from ZANEEDS battles MONOMIND’s DJ haLRu at this year’s STGCC. This will turn out to be an ultimate Touhou vs Vocaloid showdown that fans will not want to miss. STGCC 2012 takes place 1-2 September 2012 at the SandsKousaka Yun Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For more information, go to for her great cosplays of cute and innocent cosplays,Kousaka Yun has attracted fans from across the globeas well, with characters such as Kobato Hasegawa (Boku More K-On! After Schoolwa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Kagura (Gintama), MadokaKaname (Madoka Magica) and Yamada (Working!). Many Live!! HD screenshots tofans of Kousaka Yun have come to like her because ofVocaloid cosplays of Hatsune Miku as well. “drum up” buzz for nextYun and Touya have had photoshoots of the same series week’s releasebefore, with popular anime and game series such as Gintama Source: Uta no Prince-sama. screenshots-to-drum-up-buzz-for-next-weeks-release/ By KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 Just eight more days to the release of K-On! After School Live!! HD Ver. on the PS3! To “drum-up” buzz for the game’s release next Thursday, Sega has released a fresh batch of screenshots depicting Yui and gang performing on “Big Drum” (that’s seriously the name of the stage, I kid you not) and three other locations. No new trailers this time (read our previous story for that), but hey, the game’s coming out next week! The wait is almostMONOMIND over.If you are a fan of the Touhou franchise, MONOMIND will be Here’s the rundown on which songs and costumes areout there, one of the top DJ groups in your playlist of Touhou featured in the screenshots released this week. Scroll downmusic. to the end of this post for the full screenshot gallery.MONOMIND is a popular Japanese electronic music label.Made up of DJ haLRu and guest artists, MONOMIND takespride in spreading its fusion of Otaku and Club culture toall parts of the world. Known as the mastermind behindJapan’s much-raved about Touhou club event “OnbanYakoh” (Monster Party),DJ haLRu is famed for being theMastering Engineer for popular Doujin releases such asAnime House Project Series and Enigmatic Lia 4. 8
  • 109. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFuwa Fuwa Time [グググググググググググ] Mezase Happy 100% [グググググググ100%グググ]Main vocals: Yui Hirasawa Main vocals: Ritsu TainakaStage: Auditorium (ググ) Stage: Big Drum [ググググググ]Costume featured: Chinese clothing (グググググ) Costume featured: Summer B [グググB ]Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss [グググググググググ]Main vocals: Yui HirasawaStage: Bus stop (グググ)Costume featured: Summer A (グググA)Girly Storm Shissou Stick [Girly Storm ググ Stick]Main vocals: Ritsu TainakaStage: In front of the school gate (グググ)Costume featured: Active (グググググ) 9
  • 110. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone K-On! After School Live!! HD Ver. ((グググググ ググググググググ HD Ver.) for the PS3 hits retail stores in Japan on June 21. Read more K-On! stories here on SGCafe! Source: 4Gamer Buy an Idolmaster wafer biscuit, register serial codes to talk to virtual idols, Siri- style Source: serial-codes-to-talk-to-virtual-idols-siri-style/ By KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 10
  • 111. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneGame and anime-themed food items are not exactlyuncommon in Japan – you can buy Kamen Rider-themedfish sausages over there - so I’m not exactly taken aback thatNamco Bandai’s official shopping portal in Japan, PremiumBandai, is launching today a second series of Idolmaster-themed wafer biscuits.What I’m surprised by, is that each pack of IdolmasterWafers 2 will not only include a tasty (I hope) cocoa-cream wafer biscuit and an Idolmaster clear card (one of 30designs; “clear” cards are made of plastic, which makes iteasy for you to rinse off any cream or crumbs stuck to it),but also a “Voice World” serial code that, once registered,will let you “call” one of the anime and game series’ 13 idolcharacters at random.Namco Bandai claims that through Voice World you’llactually be able to hold a conversation with these virtualidols. Using voice recognition technology, the service willplayback different dialogue clips over the phone to you,depending on your response to questions from the idol.When you register serial codes on the Voice World website Unfortunately, the Voice World service appears to only workyou’ll be able to check a schedule for when which idols will with mobile lines in Japan. You’ll have to foot any billsbe available. Conversation topics will also differ depending incurred for the outgoing call to Voice World, but otherwiseon the time of your call, and these are listed on the schedule the service itself is free, limited to one call per well. Premium Bandai will begin taking pre-orders for Idolmaster Wafers 2 from today, 4PM Japan time (GMT+0900 hours). Each pack is sold for 105 yen, and a box of 20 is priced at 2100 yen (prices include tax). The actual release/delivery date is near the end of July. Source: 4Gamer, Premium Bandai 11
  • 112. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture And if you ever get nostalgic, you can also relive some of A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku Kalafina’s best moments in the past by watching video clips and Japanese Pop Culture through the Music Video tab. A Discography tab runs allows you to listen to audio clips,Get the latest updates on and brush up on your Kalafina fan-trivia as well, just in case you forgot which year fairytale was released in.Kalafina with this official If you like what you hear, you can purchase digital copiesAndroid app (it’s free!) of Kalafina songs directly from within the app, under theSource: “Songs” tab, and download them straight to your Androidwith-this-official-android-app-its-free/ device.By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 Finally, a Blog tab lets you stay connected with Kalafina at all times. You’ll be the first to know whenever one of Kalafina’s members post something interesting about their day – it’ll be pushed directly to your smartphone through the app.Do you have an Android device? Want to stay on top ofthe latest updates on Kalafina? Then you need to downloadthe Kalafina Official Artiste App (Kalafina 公公公公公公公公公公公),launched by Sony Music Network this week, pronto!With this app you’ll always be in the know whenever thethree-member anisong group – known for hits like Magia(Puella Magi Madoka Magica ED) and to the beginning(Fate/Zero 2nd Season OP) – makes an announcement.Under the Information tab, you’ll find a list of recentannouncements – anything from live appearance on NicoNico Douga or Japanese TV, to upcoming concerts and newCD releases. The Kalafina Official Artiste App requires Android OS 2.1 or above (note: a small number of devices may not be 1
  • 113. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonecompatible), and is free to download from the Google Play By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012store.Read more about Kalafina through our coverage here onSGCafe!Korea legislates to ban realmoney tradingSource: shia on June 16th, 2012 Capcom’s Sengoku Basara (公公Basara) series of Dynasty- Warriors-esque hack-and-slash games, set in feudal Japan, is getting a live-action TV drama adaption with Gackt starring as Oda Nobunaga. Entitled “Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party-”, the TV adaptation will also star Kohei Takeda as Sanada Yukimura, Kento Hayashi as Date Masamune, and Hidenori Tokuyama as Katakura Kojuro. Oda Nobunaga — GacktAccording to the Korea Times, Korea’s Ministry of Culture,Sports and Tourism has announced that it will be stoppingall virtual item trades with a new law that will be announcedin July.“The main purpose of the games is for entertainment andshould be used for academic and other good purposes,” saidKim Kap-Soo, head of the ministry’s content policy division.He stresses that item collection for commercial use is aserious hindrance to creating a healthy game culture.Korean law already prohibits users from using programs thatallow in-game characters to hunt and collect items withoutthe need of player intervention(botting).Offenders will face up a fine of up to 50 million won, and 5years in jail.How will this affect Diablo III’s auction house in SouthKorea? Should real money trading be banned in othercountries as well?Source : Korea Times, EuroGamerGackt to star as OdaNobunaga in live-actionTV adaptaion of Capcom’sSengoku BasaraSource: Sanada Yukimura — Kohei Takedalive-action-tv-adaptaion-of-capcoms-sengoku-basara/ 2
  • 114. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Katakura Kojuro — Hidenori TokuyamaDate Masamune — Kento Hayashi Rest of the ensemble cast: Sarutobi Sasuke — Yuuki Izawa Uesugi Kenshin — Mayuko Arisue Kasuga — Kyoko Ochiai Nouhime – Nao Nagasawa Akechi Mitsuhide — Yuki Higuchi Mori Ranmaru — Taizou Shiina Takeda Shingen — Hiroaki Iwanaga This is not the first time the Sengoku Basara series has been adapted into another media format. In 2009 and 2010, Production I.G produced two seasons of a Sengoku Basara anime adaptation (“Sengoku Basara: Samurai Kings” in the West), as well as an animated feature film in 2011 (Gekijouban: Sengoku Basara -The Last Party-). The series has also been adapted for live theatre in the past. Sengoku Basara -Moonlight Party- will air on MBS in Japan every Thursday at 1.25AM (Wednesday late-night 25:25 hours) starting July 12. Source: CinemaToday, Famitsu 3
  • 115. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone a fragile-looking Floral Staff and give it traits like SkillAtelier Ayesha video blast: enhancement Lv1, HP + 15, Price – 10%, Skill Cost – 10%,“Equipment Strengthening” and Attack Strength + 3.chapter, and more – Update: Also, since our last update on Atelier Ayesha, Gust hasnow with 13-minute play released a couple more demonstration videos for the Here they are on a single page for your viewing pleasure. Check out the great in-game BGMs!Source: KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 ~”World Exploration chapter”~Update: Right after we posted this story, 4Gamer uploadeda 13-minute-long digest video of the game, as well as a fresh ~”Episode Introduction” chapter~batch of screenshots: ~”Alchemy Competition” chapter~ Atelier Ayesha: Alchemist of the Ground of Dusk comes out for the PlayStation 3 on June 28 in Japan. Read more stories about Gust’s Atelier series of JRPGs here on SGCafe. 公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公公 Hatsune Miku Project Diva F clear file hints at unannounced AR functionality Source: file-hints-at-unannounced-ar-functionality/ By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 Back when we first reported that Hatsune Miku Project Diva F (PS Vita) would let you take pictures with the game’s Vocaloid stars through an augmented reality (AR) mode, we noted that Japanese magazine Weekly Famitsu’s description of the feature hinted that there’s more to AR in this game than Sega was willing to reveal. Now it looks like Sega may have accidentally let the cat slip out of the bag.For more screenshots, head over to 4Gamer’s story. Today the official Project Diva blog announced that Sega will be showcasing a new Hatsune Miku Project Diva F demoOriginal story: In Atelier Ayesha, you can strengthen – this time with four songs included, which is markedlyweapons and various equipment items by sharpening them different from the demo currently available at 740 electronicwith whetstone. Not only that, you can strengthen the stores across Japan – in a trial-play event to be held at selectstrengthening whetstones through synthesis, which will add locations on very specific dates between June 23 and Augustnew skills and perks to your equipment. 4 (full location details and schedule here).It’s a multi-step process. But through it, as the following If you make it to one of these trial-play events, and you’ll getdemonstration video shows, you’ll be able to buff even a Project Diva F-themed A4 clear file for participating. 4
  • 116. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneHere’s what the clear file looks like (don’t scroll down too Source: Shuukan Diva Stationquickly): Movie version K-On! and Zoff Collaborates Source: collaborates/ By Mycstea on June 16th, 2012 Fans of K-On! would be excited to find out of a very interesting collaboration between spectacle maker Zoff and the Movie version K-On!.Do you see what we see?You might want to look at a bigger version of the image here.……Give up?Here’s what we’re talking about, magnified by about 300%: This coming summer, K-On! fans will be able to wear glasses representing their favourite characters from K-On! in the near future. Earlier today, Movie version K-On! and Zoff will collaborate and create spectacle frames on sale July 20th this year. These spectacles will be on sale at the Zoff Online Store and TBSishop. There will be a grand total of 6 spectacle frame variants, one each for each character. Each package will include 1 set of spectacle frame, a pair of non-degree lenses for those who do not require any eyesight correction, 1 mini “meganeTake a close look at the keyboard in the image above… does charm”, a spectacle cleaning cloth, as well as a spectacle boxthat look like CG to you? to enclose everything.Could this be… an image of Hatsune Miku Project Diva F The producers wish to re-create Nodoka Manabe’s signaturebeing played in AR mode? red spectacles to the highest accuracy, so as to bring theWe don’t know for sure yet, of course; the picture is way too highest level of realism and likeliness to the original work.blurry for us to tell if that’s a keyboard from the real world Needless to say that fans of K-On! and it’s characters willwe’re looking at. For all we know, the keyboard and other wish to own a set of these attractive spectacles, as wellitems in the background could actually be CG and are part of as enthusiastic Manabe cosplayers wishing for the highestthe PV for one of the new songs in the game. accuracy.If this turns out to a screenshot from AR mode, however, Who doesn’t want a pair of Azunyan glasses?then this – actually playing the game, O and X markers andall, with your chosen Vocaloid module performing in AR More details to be announced later.mode instead of via a PV – would be a first for the series.In Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai on the 3DS, Source: Mynavi Newsthere was an AR Live mode that allowed you to take picturesand watch your favourite Vocaloids shake their SD behindsas a song played in the background. However, you could not Man plays a single game ofactually play the game while in AR Live mode. Civilization II for 10 yearsWe’ll keep you updated as more information on Hatsune Source: Project Diva F emerge. The game is slated for an civilization-ii-for-10-years/August 30 release in Japan and Asia. By Xharky on June 16th, 2012In the meantime, read more Hatsune Miku stories on Anyone remember Civilization II? Released back in 1996,SGCafe here! and re-released in 2002 for newer operating systems like 5
  • 117. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneWindows 2002 and XP, it is a predecessor of the more recent have conquered all the other nations that have ever existedand possibly better known Civilization V. and assimilated them into our respective empires. -You’ve heard of the 100 year war? Try the 1700 year war. The three remaining nations have been locked in an eternal death struggle for almost 2000 years. Peace seems to be impossible. Every time a cease fire is signed, the Vikings will surprise attack me or the Americans the very next turn, often with nuclear weapons. Even when the U.N forces a peace treaty. So I can only assume that peace will come only when they’re wiped out. It is this that perpetuates the war ad infinitum.There is a person(Lycerius) who has played the same gameon and off over 10 years since the re-release in 2002, and hehas reached the year 3991 A.D. The results? • The world is a hellish nightmare of suffering and devastation. • There are 3 remaining super nations in the year 3991 A.D, each competing for the scant resources left on the planet after dozens of nuclear wars have rendered vast swaths of the world uninhabitable wastelands. What makes this so uncanny is that Lycerius has somehow recreated a world that resembles George Orwell’s dystopian science-fiction novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, where the world has degenerated into three superpowers that control the entire world. A commenter on Reddit writes: “Parallels to 1984 off the top of my head: Three superpowers, a “communist” leadership in which technology has reached as far as it needs to go (end of technology tree), barbarian (resistance) uprisings constantly being stomped out by the totalitarian government, nuclear war rendering most farmland useless, constant breaking and reassembling of treaties between the three superpowers, seemingly infiniteHe decided to continue playing the game as he was already war (due to the previous point), an ever present and allwell into the distant future by the time Civilization III was knowing leader making the decisions of the nation…”released. Curious about how far into the future he could get,and what ramifications there would be, he continued on-and-off through the years.According to him:-The ice caps have melted over 20 times (somehow) dueprimarily to the many nuclear wars. As a result, every inchof land in the world that isn’t a mountain is inundatedswamp land, useless to farming. Most of which is irradiatedanyway.-As a result, big cities are a thing of the distant past.Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it’s peak 2000years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilationor famine caused by the global warming that has leftabsolutely zero arable land to farm. Engineers (late gameworker units) are always busy continuously building roadsso that new armies can reach the front lines. Roads thatare destroyed the very next turn when the enemy goes. So Lycerius’s goal is to try to end the war, and use engineersthere isn’t any time to clear swamps or clean up the nuclear to clear fallout and swamps throughout the world to resumefallout. farming. He intends on rebuilding the world, and has asked-Only 3 super massive nations are left. The Celts (me), The for advice from Reddit. This request has spawned an entireVikings, And the Americans. Between the three of us, we section dedicated to the savegame, and plenty of fanfiction 6
  • 118. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonebased on this future story. For any interested players, thesave file can be obtained here.Source: Reddit, The Eternal WarPersona 4 Illustration ContestResultsSource: bj0rN on June 16th, 2012The winners of the Persona 4 Illustration Contest held bypixiv and Atlus have been announced.The recently concluded Atlus x pixiv’s “Persona 4 IllustrationContest held between March 30, 2012 and May 15 has over1000 submissions. The contest was held in conjunction withAtlus to celebrate the recent release of Persona 4 the Golden(P4G) for PlayStation(R)Vita. It was met with great success,with over 1000 submissions.Below are the 10 winners in no particular order: If you want to check out the artist page for each respective artwork, you can head over here. Remember that you’ll need a pixiv account to gain access to more stuff. Source: Pixiv Diablo III faces Class-Action Lawsuit in Korea Source: in-korea/ By Xharky on June 16th, 2012 Blizzard’s Diablo III has faced many problems since its launch, with constant disconnects (Error 37) and hacked accounts. Now it faces another challenge; not online, but in Korean courts. Korean internet cafe owners are launching a class action lawsuit against Blizzard Korea over Diablo III’s many server-side issues, which are due to its ‘always-online’ 7
  • 119. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonerequirements and implementation of a Real Money Auction By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012House (RMAH).From the Korean Times:“We are planning a class action lawsuit against BlizzardKorea, as users and PC room owners are suffering fromconstant server malfunctions and server check-ups forDiablo 3 while the company avoids responsibility,” “Wehave something like 700 to 800 members in our cafe.We have received numerous complaints since early Junefrom PC room owners and users, and decided to representthem. “Korea accounts for a large percentage of Blizzard’stotal revenue, and considering how much domestic userscontribute to the firm’s profit, its consumer services are Update: We’ve received confirmation from SCE Asia that theseverely disappointing.” Chinese version of Persona 4: The Golden will indeed feature Japanese voice-overs (and text in Traditional Chinese). AsHead of Internet PC Culture Association (IPCA) Kim Chan- to the possibility of a version with English/Chinese textkuen. + Japanese voice-overs, SCE Asia has noted that fans in Southeast Asia would be interested in it, but at the momentNow, most people might be wondering, why are Net cafe they do not have any updates on that front.owners so riled up over server issues? This is because Again, if you really want to see a version of Persona 4: TheBlizzard Korea monetizes the game differently there. In Golden with English/Chinese text and Japanese voice-overs,Korea, instead of the cafe owners buying individual copies of make yourself heard on the Internet!Diablo III, Blizzard Korea provides them with free copies of Original story: If you’re a fan of playing games with Chinesethe game (unknown if they are boxed or digital) and the cafe text (instead of Japanese), then you’re probably aware thatowners must pay a monthly royalty fee for each copy that is Sony Computer Entertainment Asia (SCE Asia) has beeninstalled on a different computer. pulling out all the stops lately to localise as many popularAlthough Diablo III is extremely popular in South Korea, PlayStation titles in Traditional Chinese as possible: Finalnews from the Asia servers and Korea’s IPCA representative Fantasy XIII-2, Gravity Rush, Street Fighter X Tekken,statements reveal that gamers on the Asian Diablo III servers etc. And they’re just getting started.are unable to play the game at all, causing net cafe owners Today SCE Asia announced that they the next bigto lose money, as they still have to pay the royalty fees PlayStation title to be localised in Chinese will be Persona 4:regardless of whether they turn a profit on it. Not only that, The Golden, which came out today in Japan. No price or datethe IPCA claims that Blizzard Korea has been miscalculating has been determined for the Chinese version of the game yet.the royalty fees that are collected from the cafe owners. There’s a good chance that the Chinese version of the gameThe most recent outburst was caused by a server will use Japanese voice-overs, but we don’t know that formaintenance that started on Sunday (10th June) and lasted sure yet – we’re currently awaiting for confirmation fromall the way to late Monday (11th June). It was initially SCE Asia.supposed to be only 2 hours long. Blizzard Korea claimsthat these extended delays are due to them having to wait Even if you’re not exactly thrilled at the idea of playingfor word from their headquarters in North America before Persona 4: The Golden in Traditional Chinese, thistaking certain actions. announcement might still be a big deal: it opens up the possibility for an Asian version of the game that comes withPR-wise, Blizzard does not seem to be doing well in Korea, English text and Japanese voice-overs.with this class-action following up a raid on their offices bythe Korean FTC over claims that they (Blizzard) were not Again, this is not confirmed, and should not be taken foroffering refunds to consumers who tried to play the game, granted. But so far that’s been the case with most of PS titlesbut were unable to due to server outages and overcrowding. localised in Chinese so far.With all these issues appearing, maybe Blizzard should have Do you want to see a version of Persona 4: The Goldenreleased an offline mode after all? (Persona 4: Golden in the US) with English text and Japanese voice-overs? Tell us via the comments below – or heck, start a petition andSource: Korea Times, Forbes let us know. If this is something that a lot of gamers want, SCE Asia just might do it.Persona 4: The Golden willbe localised in Chinese… andyes, it will have Japanesevoice-overs! [Updated]Source: 8
  • 120. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOh, and just in case you have no idea what Persona 4: TheGolden is, here’s a description from the press release: Ever since its debut in 2009, “Persona 4” on PlayStation®2 has not lost an ounce of its popularity. Like a midnight TV program which has been revamped into a primetime hit show, the new Persona 4 is now on new hardware with brand- new elements. “Persona 4 The GOLDEN” is a high school themed RPG, with a story revolving around a mysterious urban legend of a midnight TV program. You will play the role of a high school student who lives in a world that is a mixture of everyday reality and dark fantasy. This is the custom-made RPG experience you’ve always wanted. Together with friends and allies, you will venture inside the TV world in order to solve a mysterious crime. The graphics and sound are both modern and catchy, while the charismatic characters will create an authentic feel of high school life. The series is known for its battle system with “Persona” playing a vital role in every aspect of strategy-making. Now it has been meticulously overhauled, with various other elements, such as daily events, added to broaden the gaming experience. Even those who have played “Persona 4” on PlayStation®2 are in for some new surprises!” 9
  • 121. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureBandaiNamco announcesIdolm@ster jellySource: shia on June 20th, 2012Bandai is on a roll today, after announcing their newIdolm@ster game for the PSP they have just announcedthat they will be selling Idolmaster themed jelly on theirPremium Bandai shopping site. With each jelly bought, BandaiNamco is giving away a serial code that allows the user to call in to a voice service, which the user is able to listen to the voice of the characters from the idolm@ster series of games. They promise that it will all be new content, and that all of the girls will have their own original dialog and story. The character will change their dialog according to the user’s responses to the users dialog over the phone.There will be 12 flavors representing the the characters. Theyare : • Haruka : Apple • Miki : Pear • Chihaya : Blueberries • Makoto : Passion Fruit • Yayoi : Orange • Yukiho : Plum • Ami/Mami : Pineapple • Iori : Melon • Hibiki : Lime The jellies will cost 3150Yen each(Exclude shipping/ • Azusa : Grape handling). Pre-order of the Jelly starts today until it is sold • Ritsuko : Kiwi out. The expected delivery date will be in August 2012. The Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever since • Takane : Mango its proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011. 1
  • 122. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNew games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 andthe PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record.Source : Premium BandaiBandaiNamco announcesnew SD Gundam Generationsgame for the PSPSource: shia on June 20th, 2012BandaiNamco has announced that they will be coming out SD Gundam Generation Overworld will be out on sale on thewith a new SD Gundam Generation game for the PSP 27th June 2012 at the retail price of 6280 Yen.SD Gundam Generation Overworld will be out on sale on The G Gundam Franchise is a series of S-RPG games27th September 2012 for the PSP. that features super deformed models from many differentIt will feature the following series : gundam series. It has over 20 games in the series across a wide series of platforms from the Super Famicom to the PSP.Gundam 0079/MSV/MSX/08MS Team/MSIGLOO Series/ Players are drawn towards its S-RPG genre that featuresBlue Destiny/Zeonic Front/War in a pocket/Z-MSV/ Mobile Suits/Armors from different gundam series.SentinelBattle Field Record U.C. 0081/Stardust Memory/Zeta/Advance of Z/Zeta A new translation/Double Zeta New PSP Game THEChar’s Counterattack/CCA-MSV/M-MSV/UC/UC-MSV/ IDOLM@STER Shiny FestaHardway’s Glory(?)/F91/F91-MSV/Crossbone Series/ RevealedVictory Source: festa-revealed/G Gundam/Gundam Wing/Endless Waltz/Gundam Wing By Mycstea on June 20th, 2012G-Unit/Gundam X/Gundam Seed/Seed-MSV/Astray/XAstray Recently leaked magazine photo reveals new games for THE IDOLM@STER franchise, Shiny Festa.Seed Destiny/Destiny-MSV/StarGazer/GundamOO(S1&2)/Awakening of the Trailblazer/OOP/OOF/OOVGundam Age/Gunpla Builders Beginning G/Gundam SecretWeapons Phantom Blade/Turn A Gundamand many more.There will be a new Master Skill system where the leaderunits can use. Examples are :Tension up, Map heals, 100% dodge chance(SD Gundamgames has a normal maximum dodge of 95%), GundamKiller(Gundam Units take more damage), Awaken(Unitsthat finished their movement can move again). In a very recent leaked photograph of the latest Famitsu magazine, a new THE IDOLM@STER game is going to be released under the PSP gaming console under 3 different versions. Much like their previous venture, the idols are split into 3 different versions to accommodate all 13 idols. Currently, only preliminary details are out but no concrete gameplay details and release dates have been announced. So far, the three different versions are listed below with minimal details: • Unknown release date ■PSP■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■ ■■ ■■■■■■■■ ■IDOLMASTER Shiny Festa Honey Sound■ 2
  • 123. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Unknown release date ■PSP■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■ KOHSHI: Our band emphasizes on keeping fresh, like ■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■■■ ■IDOLMASTER Shiny Festa flowing water, and thus we chose ‘FLOW’ as our band Funky Note■ name. • Unknown release date ■PSP■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■ 2. Do you enjoy writing songs for popular anime series like ■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■■■■■ ■IDOLMASTER Shiny Festa Naruto & Eureka Seven? What do you consider when writing Groovy Tune■ theme songs for such anime genre? TAKE: As we collaborate with the anime series creators, weThe game will feature songs from the TV anime THE do some research on it. Of course, we ensure that the lyricsIDOLM@STER. From the screenshots observed, the game match the anime in terms of atmosphere, which we feel thatwill likely have gameplay similar to ■Theatrhythm Final it is one of the most important criteria to consider.Fantasy■ and ■Hatsune Miku: PROJECT DIVA■. Below arethe idols’ participating divisions: • ■Honey Sound■ Chihaya Kisaragi (■■■■)■Haruka Amami (■■■■)■Ritsuko Akitsuki (■■■■)■Azusa Miura (■■■■■) • ■Funky Note■ Yayoi Takatsuki (■■■■■)■Hibiki Ganaha (■■■■)■Iori Minase (■■■■)■Ami Futami, Mami Futami (■■■■■■■) • ■Groovy Tune■ Miki Hoshii (■■■■■Yukiho Hagiwara (■■■■)■Makoto Kikuchi (■■■)■Takane Shijou (■■■■)Local fans should be able to pre-order their copy off localgame shops via special order, or pre-order directly from 3. Are there any anime/manga series you enjoy outside ofonline merchants such as amiami and Playasia when they the titles you have performed for?open. TAKE: Our bassist is the pro in anime and otaku cultureIt is likely that most players will eventually buy all 3 games (points)as apparently, all 3 versions of the game contains differentinstrumentals for every song in the game. GOTS: Yes, in fact many series that the artistes will be performing tonight are some of those that I enjoy. 4. Do you draw from personal experiences when writing songSource: Shinobi Blog lyrics? KOHSHI: Yes. Our song, ‘Sign’, was adapted from myAFA MY: Interview with FLOW experience at a massage parlour. The masseuse explainedSource: to me that feeling pan during the massage is a good thing,By sentinel011 on June 20th, 2012 as the pain helps in knowing what needs to be cured.Anisong singers of the 90s have passed their 10 year mark, 5. Do you prefer performing in a small venue withand no doubt FLOW is one of them. SGCafe is honoured an engaged audience, or a large scale concert for theto be able to have an interview with the five awesomely mainstream audience?rocking guys, telling us about their music, preferences and IWASAKI: It is the same to us.experiences. Visual Art’s Kumikyouku special to be streamed on Nicovideo as part of 20th anniversary celebrations Source: be-streamed-on-nicovideo-as-part-of-20th-anniversary-celebrations/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 Visual Art’s will be having a special program that will be streamed on Nicovideo as part of their 20th anniversary celebrations. It will feature non-stop hits from I’ve sound and Key. The purpose of the event is to drum up excitementFrom left: Keigo Hayashi (vocal) [KEIGO] for their upcoming concert at the Yokohama Arena on theYasutarō Gotō (bass) [GOTS] 29th of July 2012.Takeshi Asakawa (lead guitar) [TAKESHI]Hiroshi Iwasaki (drums) [IWASAKI]Kōshi Asakawa (vocal, rhythm guitar) [KOHSHI]1. What are the origins of your band name, FLOW? 3
  • 124. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Readers, I would like to get some comments and thoughts through the comments or on our facebook page about whether Sega-Sammy should or should not make a Miku Pachinko/Slot machine. Source : Yaraon Blog, Sega-Sammy OHP Visual Art’s is a Japanese publishing companyspecializing in the publishing and distribution of visual Tanaka Rie’s official fanclubnovels for a large list of game developers. In addition togames, Visual Art’s also releases music CDs for video game 「Cafe de Rie「closes Source: Of special note among the artists sold under this label %E3%80%8Ccafe-de-rie%E3%80%8Dcloses/is I’ve Sound, a techno/trance music production group who By shia on June 20th, 2012was the first in the adult game industry to perform at theNippon Budokan in October 2005.Mycstea has a good write up on what to expect from their20th anniversary celebrations here.Source : Nicovideo, Key’s 20th Anniversary HPSega-Sammy wants to createa Hatsune Miku Slot machine,gets refused by copyrightholdersSource: shia on June 20th, 2012 ■Cafe de Rie■ , the official fanclub for Tanaka Rie has officially announced that it would be closing “due to various circumstances”. Tanaka Rie and fellow voice actor Yamadera Kouichi announced on Monday that they had registered their marriage on Sunday. While the details were vague, the coincidence of her marriage and the closure of her official fanclub just a day between makes one wonder. Source : Cafe de Rie Official Blog Phantasy Star Online 2 open beta datedAccording to a interview with Sega-Sammy by Makonako Source:, Sega-Sammy had expressed interest in making a Hatsune dated/Miku slot machine, only to be turned away by the copyright By shia on June 20th, 2012holders whom Sega-Sammy felt were too conservative. Sega has announced that open beta for Phantasy Star OnlineWhile Sega-Sammy is unable to do it now, they believe in 2 will begin on the 21st of June 2012 at 1600Hrs JST.time they should be able to convince the copyright holdersto let them make a slot machine for Miku.Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is a Japanese holding companyformed from a merger of Sega and Sammy. They were bothvery involved in the arcade business (Sega with video games,Sammy with Pachinko).My personal opinion is that while it would be fantastic to seeanother Hatsune Miku game, doing a Pachinko/Slot gamewould lead to more social ills that might come along withsuch games of chance. 4
  • 125. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone • Vocaloid : VOCALOID-COSMODE • Final Fantas : FF-COSMODEy • Sailor Moon SailorMoon-COSMODE • Clamp CLAMP-COSMODE For more information about the event, you can visit WorldCosplay’s Blog page here or visit their webpage over here. WorldCosplay is a free website for submitting cosplay photos and is used by cosplayers in countries all around the world. Even if the user not a cosplayer, the user can still enjoyInterested applicants can sign up on their official site here. looking at high-quality cosplay photos from around thePhantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG sequel to the original world.Phantasy Star Online game that was on the Sega Dreamcast COSMODE is a Japanese magazine about cosplay. Each12 years ago. It will be released as a free to play MMO with issue contains color images of cosplayers from conventionsmicrotransactions. and various events. It also includes information and hintsSega is giving away a Rappi mini doll for players who sign up on costume construction, hair styling, makeup and otherbefore the 20th of June 2012 2359 Hrs JST. It is unknown cosplay-related long the open beta will be running as of press time. Featured Image is taken from WorldCosplay’s page overSource : 4Gamer, PSO2 OHP here. Photo is by AnD Yamasaki.WorldCosplay is lookingfor overseas cosplayers forspecial edition of COSMODESource: shia on June 20th, 2012According to, WorldCosplay is currently Source : WorldCosplaylooking for submissions from non Japanese cosplayers for aspecial edition of cosplay magazine COSMODE. Nicovideo to hold Megpoid 3rd Anniversary 2012 event @ Nicofarre Source: anniversary-2012-event-nicofarre/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 Nicovideo will be hosting Megapoid, affectionately known as “Gumi” 3rd Anniversary event at the Nicofarre on 26/06/2012.COSMODE plans to release “COSMODE NationS” for salein August 2012 and thus they are accepting submissionsfrom now until 25th June 2012. They will be consideringcharacters from the following series. • Vocaloid • Final Fantasy • Sailor Moon • ClampTo enter all you need to do is to upload the photo ontoWorldCosplay and tag the photo with either of the followingtags. 5
  • 126. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneWorldCosplay will be taking in submissions of Gumicosplay. If the picture is selected, it will appear in thepromotional video that will be presented at the event. Detailscan be found here .For those who are inclined towards illustrations, Nicovideois also taking in illustration works for the event, which willalso be used for the promotional video that will be presentedat the event. More details can be found here.The Video production will be done by “■■■■”, who is theproducer of “■■■”.There will be a free live streaming of the event by Nicovideo.The event will feature her doing first solo live eventand Nicovideo promises the appearance of some specialguest(No Information as of press time). The event can beviewed here on Nicovideo.The event will begin on the 26th of June 2012 at 1845HRSGMT+9(JST).Source : Nicovideo, WorldCosplay Blog, Megpoid OHP 6
  • 127. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureAdditional Lineup for VA20thAnniversary Concert: VisualArt’s Big Thanks Festival ・ ChataShift: Next -> Generation! Chata is a singer born in the Fukushima prefacture, born onSource: Noevember 21st. Blessed with an outstanding voice quality,anniversary-concert-visual-arts-big-thanks-festival-%E3%83%BBshift- Chata captivated many during her short screentime duringnext-generation/ both Key Sound Label Lives in 2008 and 2010 (The writer’sBy Mycstea on June 23rd, 2012 personal experience would attest to that).As the event closes in, more artistes have been updatedfor VA 20th anniversary concert: Chata, karuta and Ayaka Her talents have been recognized from a long time ago byKitazawa! her works and activities as a doujin singer and performer. She is mainly responsible for many anime and game openingRecently updated on Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary themes and ending themes including her rendition ofcommemoration event website, 3 artistes have joined the 「Nagisa’s theme「 into a vocal song, 「Dango Daikazoku「event. from the hit TV Anime 「CLANNAD: After Story「. Recently, she has worked on Visual Art’s 20th anniversary visual novel, 「Hatsukoi 1/1「. She sings the image song of character Yukino Morino titled 「Otome Kami Try-Angle「. Readers can visit her blog here. karuta karuta is a female singer who has a long and rich history in the performing arts. At first the star actor of opera 「Yuzuru「, she was then approached to perform the musical 「Aoi Tori「 sponsored by TEPCO in 1997. She began writing songs the year after. karuta released her first album in 2007 and has subsequently been involved in live performances and album contributionsAs previously reported, famous visual novel publishing ever since. She is currently a member of singing group Veilcompany Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary and is very active in their appearances as well.this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions During 2010, karuta performed the insert song 「Ichiban nosuch as their 20th anniverary game 「Hatsukoi 1/1「, Visual Takara Mono「 for hit TV Anime 「Angel Beats!「Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event at YokohamaArena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert features the Readers can visit her website here.many vocal talents from it’s subsidiaries I’ve Sound and KeySound Label including Mami Kawada, KOTOKO, Lia, LiSA Ayaka Kitazawaand euphonius. A recently discovered talent by Shinji Orito, she has few priorFor more information about the event, visit here and here. works. Kitazawa has performed a special version of VisualOn June 22nd, along with announcing the news that the live Art’s 20th anniversary commemoration song 「Orpheus「would be available to niconico live viewers via net ticket, the Kimi to Kanaderu Ashita he no uta「「 .official event website also updated the singing artistes forthe concert Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 「 Shift: Next - A great piece of news for SGCafe readers is that we will be> Generation! covering the event as much as possible, on site! Yes, SGCafeFor local fans who would want a seat in niconico live may will be visiting the event on July 29th itself! Do look forwardvisit their website here. to our coverage of the event!Joining the celebrations will be Chata (KSL), karuta (I’ve) Source: VA20 Official websiteand Ayaka Kitazawa. 1
  • 128. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneMore details for IM@S ShinyFesta, WS IM@S TD 7/14 onsaleSource: Mycstea on June 23rd, 2012More details on the recently revealed THE iDOLM@STERShiny Festa!Idol producing video and arcade game THE iDOLM@STER(or IM@S) franchise has just revealed its new instalment 「 Live Performance StyleShiny Festa via Famitsu magazine a while ago. Reportedyesterday exclusively on Famitsu online, more details of the Live stage performance with direction according to thegame has also just been revealed! Producer’s game performance (The traditional IM@S MV style).Players once again reprise the role of the Producer, in chargeof grooming lovely idols to the top!As previously reported all 13 idols are split into 3 differentversions, Honey Sound, Funky Note and Groovy Tunes asbelow:「「Honey Sound「 MembersChihaya Kisaragi (「「「「) (16 years old)「VA「 Imai Asami「Haruka Amami (「「「「)(17 years old)「VA「 ErikoNakamura「Akitsuki Ritsuko (「「「「)「19 years old「「VA「 Naomi 「 Anime StyleWakabayashi「 Extracting famous scenes from TV Anime 「TheAzusa Miura (「「「「「)「21 years old「「VA「 Chiaki iDOLM@STER「 and re-edited to fit the music.Takahashi「「「Funky Note「 MembersHibiki Ganaha (「「「「)「16 years old「「VA「 ManamiNumakura「Yayoi Takatsuki (「「「「「)「14 years old「「VA「 MayakoNigo「Ami Futami, Mami Futami (「「「「「「「)「13 years old「「VA「Asami Shimoda「Iori Minase (「「「「)「15 years old「「VA「 Rie Kugimiya「 「 Drama Style「「Groovy Tunes「 MembersMiki Hoshii (「「「「) (15 years old)(VA: Akiko Hasegawa) Music video with slice of life videos to compliment, just like a real life MV.Yukiho Hagiwara (「「「「)「17 years old「「VA「 AzumiAsakura「Takane Shijou (「「「「)「18 years old「「VA「 Yumi Hara「Makoto Kikuchi (「「 「)「17 years old「「VA「 Hiromi Hirata「■ New Presentation of IdolsWith the addition of a big portion of TV Anime 「TheiDOLM@STER「 songs, a new song 「MUSIC「「 will be thetheme song of Shiny Festa. Along with traditional IM@Sstyle stage performances, there will be multiple modes ofmusic clip presentations. 「 Band Style MV with the idols as band members. 2
  • 129. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone■ Bite-size Rhythm GamesSimilar to other rhythm games like 「Hatsune Miku: ProjectDiva「, there will be rhythm games for players to enjoy. Bypressing the corresponding buttons at the right timing. Asyou time the buttons right, the song will increase in tempo,and so will the fanbase and support for your idols.Excited fans need not fret! The new Trial Deck for WeiβSchwarz for THE iDOLM@STER will also be released soonon July 14th!Featuring the TV anime 「THE iDOLM@STER「 artwork, thenew add-on for the Weiβ Schwarz IM@S Neo-standard willbe released in coming months!The Trial Deck will be a great starting deck for eagerproducers not yet into the game! Each Trial Deck includes 50pre-determined cards, with a 1/6 possibility to get either 2types of variant foils or a Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami)signed card.The booster boxes of TV Anime THE iDOLM@STER WeiβSchwarz will also be released on August 4th 2012. Eagerproducers can pre-order from your closest Bushiroad cardgame merchant now!More Information will be announced soon. Source: Famitsu 3
  • 130. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneRagnarok Odyssey (English/Chinese edition) to launch inSummer 2012Source: KarbyP on June 23rd, 2012We still don’t know when – if ever - Capcom’s MonsterHunter franchise will finally make its way to the PS Vita.In the meantime if you’re looking for some solid 4-playerco-op giant monster-slaying action, check out Game Arts‘sRagnarok Odyssey. From the makers of Lunar: Silver StarStory and the Grandia RPG series.In Ragnarok Odyssey, you take up one of six differentcombat professions – Sword Warrior, Assassin, Cleric, etc– team up with other players (up to four in a group) and The Nintendo 3DS just gotgo on quests, fighting against mighty giants and various biggermonsters – including creatures from Ragnarok Online – so Source: to “preserve peace in the human world”, according to the By GermanSausage on June 23rd, 2012press release. Meet the Nintendo 3DS LL, the big brother to the NintendoAlthough this game is set in the same universe as Ragnarok 3DS. 3DS LL will be spotting a 4.88-inch 3D display screen,Online, the gameplay here is really more akin to Monster as compared to the smaller 3.53-inch display on the 3DS.Hunter/God Eater/Phantasy Star Online 2. The touch screen will also be upgraded from 3.02-inch toSCE Asia announced this week that the English/Chinese 4.18-inch.edition of this Monster Hunter-inspired title – which comeswith full online multiplayer support - will launch later inSummer 2012, complete with all three expansion updatesthat Japanese version players currently enjoy.The Japanese version of Ragnarok Odyssey has alreadybeen released in Asia (you can buy a digital copy onthe PlayStation Store). Since its release, I’ve been hearingnothing but good things from folks who’ve been playing ithere in Singapore, one of whom told me that a group ofhardcore RO players used to meet up in Bedok almost everyweek for group play sessions back when the game did nothave online multiplayer (this was added via the Expansion1: MultiPlay Update patch). Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the 3DS LL is packaged with a 4GB SD card. Iwata also said that theExpansions 2 and 3 (“Sograt Desert Update” and “Epic battery life will be see some slight improvement. While anWeapons Update” respectively) subsequently added new AC charger will not be included (sold separately), the 3DS LLbosses, quests, maps, and various game balance changes. will be compatible with existing 3DS and DSi XL adapters.You can find the full list of update changes from this pagehere (Japanese only) - even if you can’t read the language, The 3DS LL will be available in Japan from July 28 onwardsjust scroll up down and look at how far the lists go; the sheer at the price of JPY18,900. The US set will be re-branded asamount of additional content they’ve made for the game in 3DS XL and will be on sale on 19thAugust for USD200. Thethese updates is just staggering. 3DS will come in three colours: White, Red and Black, and Silver and Black.Although the price and final release date for the English/Chinese edition of Ragnarok Odyssey has yet to be If you are still holding on tight an old DS, this might be thedetermined, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything. time for a super-sized upgrade. 4
  • 131. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By shia on June 23rd, 2012Source: Nintendo, KOTAKU, THE VERGEKorean gamers offered olivebranch by Blizzard: Refundswill be givenSource: Xharky on June 23rd, 2012Although Blizzard has initially refused to give refunds toSouth Korean gamers who had bought their always-onlinegame Diablo 3, they have recently changed their policy dueto pressure from South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission. Mitsui Sumitomo is continuing their line of Gundam 0079 Visa cards. Following a great response on the release of the Gundam Visa Card in December 2010, they will be releasing the Zaku Visa card.Under South Korea’s consumer protection law, companiesmust guarantee a refund if there is a problem with theproduct that is not caused by consumers.Diablo 3′s issues started from Blizzard’s own mistakein judging the amount of users from Asia, causingfrequent crashes and slow connectivity to their servers. The illustration of the card is done by Ookawara Kunio, theApproximately 2/3 of all players on Diablo 3′s asia servers mecha designer for the original Gundam series. For the 1storiginate from South Korea. 30000 Yen spent using the card, the card holder will get aFrom a translated post on Blizzard’s official Korean website: HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Original Gundam (Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Card Ver.). If the card holder spends more than 50000 Yen, Diablo III players who are less than Level 40, about he will also get a RG 1/144 MS-06 Mass produced Zaku, a two-thirds of the way through the program can Zaku T-shirt and other assorted goodies. apply for a refund from June 25 to July 3. Blizzard will also accept returns from any players less than Level 20, around a third of the way through the program within 14 days of purchase from now on.Source: WSJ, KotakuMitsui Sumitomo to releaseZaku Visa CardSource: 5
  • 132. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone receive Error 12. See the Global Play support article for more information. This change was supposedly made to ‘combat fraud and other malicious activities’ and players should be grateful! Looks like you’ll be better off buying a physical copy than risk waiting up to 3 days for your copy to start working. Battle of the Three – Diablo III and Max Payne 3 reviews Source: max-payne-3-reviews/ By sentinel011 on June 23rd, 2012 If you haven’t got your grubby hands on either of these games, you have been missing out. A lot.Source : , OHPBlizzard: New Diablo 3 digitalowners have to wait up to 72hours for full accessSource: Xharky on June 23rd, 2012 To put it simply, these 2 games can easily win Game of the Year awards, despite their various little kinks. How are both games similar? Diablo III had fans and gamers alike waiting for 12 long years since the last iteration, as with Max Payne 3. Well, almost. Both are awesome games of their own right, with Diablo 3 providing impressive and fluid game play to practically any PC system or laptop not over 3 years of age. Max Payne 3 raises the bar of third person shooters with its unique engine that allows you and your enemies to react fluidly and realistically, such as swapping weapons to the other hand when you aim from left to right. If you are stuck at home, bored senseless, and you have either a console or a PC, you can pick either up from your local games store or online through Blizzard or SteamBlizzard has recently announced that all new Diablo III network.players who purchased the game from their online store, or Read our reviews of Diablo III and Max Payne 3 now!through their Battle.Net account management system, willbe restricted to the Starter Edition of the game for up to 72hours/3 days (Sometimes less, they claim). 3rd trailer for Hatsune MikuAll Starter Edition players are limited to these: Project Diva F reveals 8 more • Act I up to the Skeleton King is available songs – including a theme • Level 13 cap song by Ryo (Supercell) Source: • Matchmaking available only with other Starter project-diva-f-reveals-8-more-songs-including-a-theme-song-by-ryo- Edition players supercell/ • No Auction House access (Real Money or Gold) By KarbyP on June 23rd, 2012 • Global Play is not available. Players attempting to ; connect to Diablo III Starter Edition in a region Sega released today a third trailer for Hatsune Miku other than their Account’s home region will Project Diva F (PS Vita), unveiling eight more songs – and 6
  • 133. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneaccompanying Vocaloid modules (character costumes) – forthe upcoming PS Vita title.This number includes two original songs produced speciallyfor Project Diva F – Odds&Ends by Ryo (Supercell), whichwill serve as the game’s theme song, and Weekender Girlfrom kz (of Tell Your World fame) and Hachiouji-P (「「「P) –as well as six fan-favourites that first appeared on Japanesevideo site Nico Nico Douga:Odds&EndsArtiste: Ryo (Supercell) ; Fire@Flower Artiste: halyosy Module: Starmine (Kagamine Len), design by Yuu (「);Weekender GirlArtiste: kz & Hachiouji-P (「「「P)Module: Pansy (Hatsune Miku), designed by TNSK ; DYE Artiste: AVTechNO! Module: Eternal White (Megurine Luka), design by Kitajima Shizuka (「「「「「);Time Machine (『『『『『『『『)Artiste: 1640mP (164×40mP)Module: Summer Memory (Hatsune Miku), design by Gita(「「) ; Haihahaini (『『『『『『『『) Artiste: Tennen (「「「「) Module: Requiem (Kaito), design by Umu (「「);Freely TomorrowArtiste: Mitchie MModule: Star Voice (Hatsune Miku), design by NIL 7
  • 134. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone;NostalogicArtiste: yuukissModule: Bluecrystal (Meiko), design by Anko (「「「)So far a total of 12 songs have been unveiled for the game(including those featured in the first and second trailers). Allsongs and their respective PVs in Project Diva F are brandnew to the series, so don’t expect to see Project Diva Extend(PSP) tracks here.Which is your favourite song in Hatsune Miku Project DivaF so far? And which other Vocaloid songs would you like tosee featured in the game? Let us know via comments below. 8
  • 135. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Read more stories about Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe! Source: Shuukan Diva Station Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade ver.B to debut July 5 in Japan ["advertise" video] Source: ver-b-to-debut-july-5-in-japan-advertise-video/ By KarbyP on June 23rd, 2012 Wasn’t able to make it to one of the Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade ver.B (see what’s new in ver.B in our previous story) location tests that Sega began running in Japan two weeks ago? Well fret not, my fellow Miku fans, for soon you’ll be able to play Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade ver.B whenever you visit the land of the rising sun. Sega announced today that ver.B will head to Japanese arcades July 5. Scroll down to see an “advertise” [sic] or video for the game that’s been made public this week. This is the video you’ll see playing from time to time on the machine’s screen when left alone. 9
  • 136. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe advertise video song is entitled nATALIE in WhiteWorld, and is based on the original nATALIE. Both songswere produced by Vocaloid producer Lemm.In case you’re new to SGCafe or otherwise haven’t exactlybeen catching up on all of our Hatsune Miku updates, ProjectDiva Arcade is a rhythm-action title starring Hatsune Miku,a virtual idol created by Crypton Future Media whose voiceis synthesized using samples provided by voice actress SakiFujita.The game is played predominantly by pressing on fourgigantic Pop’n Music style buttons – each marked witha familiar PlayStation button symbol: (from left to right)Triangle, Square, X, O – in sync to the beat. New songs –mostly commissioned tracks originally created by Vocaloidfans on popular Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga – areadded to Project Diva Arcade every month.It is unknown at this point if an arcade operator would berequired to purchase a ver.B upgrade kit for Project DivaArcade – should they decide to do so – or if ver.B is afree update that’s pushed out digitally through the network-linked machines. Arcades in Singapore and other parts ofAsia may not see ver.B for a while – we’ll let you know assoon as we hear anything on this front.Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe!Source: Famitsu 10
  • 137. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku DJ Max Technika Tune goes and Japanese Pop Culture on sale September 27 in Japan, features Kara songs,New footage of Tales of Facebook integrationXillia 2 event scenes, ahead Source: price and release date september-27-in-japan-features-kara-songs-facebook-integration/ By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012announcements tomorrowSource: KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 Cyberfront, the Japanese publisher for Neowiz and Pentavision’s DJ Max Portable games in Japan, announced today that the next instalment of the series – DJ Max Technika Tune for the PS Vita – will be released onTomorrow the price and release date details for Tales of September 27 over there.Xillia 2 will be announced on a Bandai Namco Live TVGame Wednesday webcast from 10:00PM JST (GMT+0900 In Japan, Technika Tune will be offered in two packages: ahours). norma edition at 6,090 yen, and a limited one at 8,190 yen.But that’s tomorrow. The limited edition will include a special visual book, original soundtrack CD (2CDs containing 72 tracks, and thisToday, Famitsu – being the Japanese media powerhouse number will include songs not featured in the actual game),they are – got Namco Bandai Games to give them a world- a lyrics booklet, and an original cleaner strap.exclusive, allowing them to reveal three new clips of thegame (which will most likely be included as part of the There’s no guarantee if a limited edition would also bebroadcast tomorrow). offered in Asia or the rest of the world, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything.These short clips show off some event scenes that arecentered around Elle, the 8-year-old heroine in Tales of The official website for the game has also been refreshed, andXillia 2. a new trailer (old one here) streamed:Although the three clips are not much, they do come as a (Also: scroll down for 40 screenshots from the game)surprise since Tales of RPG series fans all over the worldthought that they would have to wait till tomorrow, June DJ Max Technika Tune builds upon Korean developer26, to see more of the wildly anticipated title. Consider this Pentavision’s best-selling rhythm-action series, but changesa refreshing starter course to the main feast that shall be up the play formula by having players tap on notes on theserved tomorrow. PS Vita’s touchscreen (the touch panel on the Vita’s back will also be supported; this was hinted at in the previous trailer),Source: Famitsu as opposed to hitting physical buttons in sync with the tune. The Technika line of games began life as arcade titles – this is the first time it has made it to a home console. Cyberfront claims that Technika Tune will see the most number of songs ever recorded in any version of DJ Max ever released in Japan. Previously it was also announced that fans of the series can expect to see older songs – from the DJ Max 1
  • 138. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZonePortable games on the PSP – to make it into Technika Tunevia DLC.In addition, K-pop girl group Kara will see five of their songsfeatured in the game: Jumping, Lupin, Mister, Pretty Girland Step (Korean version for all songs).Other key features in Technika Tune include always-liveinternet rankings (as long as you’re connected to the Net),Facebook integration with which you’ll be able to unlockcustomisation options and play items, as well as differentgame modes tailored for players of every skill level: StarMixing for beginners, Pop Mixing for intermediate andadvanced players, and the Club Mixing mode for elites. 2
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  • 140. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone We don’t usually report on Konami’s Bemani line of music games, mostly due to the fact that we won’t even know if arcades in Singapore (or the greater Asian region outside of Japan) will even bring in the newer machines. But hey, if you’re a fan of rhythm-action games (such as Project Diva or The Idolm@ster), there’s a good chance that you might be interested in the latest versions of Reflect Beat and Pop’n Music, right? Both Reflect Beat Colette and Pop’n Music Sunny Park will go on location test at the Akihabara no.2 branch of Tokyo Leisureland (東東東東東東東東東東東東2東東), which is located in the same building as Don Quixote and the AKB48 Akiba theatre, from June 28 until July 1. Pop’n Music Sunny Park (the 21st instalment of the long- running 9-button rhythm-action series) will also be going on location test in Osaka, namely at the Umeda branch of Round 1 (東東東東東東東東東) from June 29 to July 1. Little has been unveiled of the two new Bemani titles; this is the first time they’re going on location tests. If you’re a fan of either franchise, expect to see some videos and field reports over this coming weekend.Source: 4GamerReflect Beat Colette and Source: FamitsuPop’n Music Sunny Park go on Evangelion X Schicklocation tests in Japan this Collaboration new 2 variantsweekSource: Asuka, EVA-01sunny-park-go-on-location-tests-in-japan-this-week/ Source: KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 By shia on June 26th, 2012 Schick Japan has just tied up with Evangelion for the 2nd time to bring Evangelion themed shavers. Schick offers a limited Asuka and Eva Unit-01 razor holder set, protection stickers and Eva mobile phone straps. The promotion will run till September 30th. 4
  • 141. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The 3rd Evangelion movie, “Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo, will be out in theaters in Japan this fall. Source: Narinari, Schick’s Eva Promotional HP TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Event: TYPE-MOON Fes. Source: type-moon-fes/ By Mycstea on June 26th, 2012 Famous game maker TYPE-MOON is celebrating it’s 10thThe list of items are as follows: anniversary with a wide variety of activities to participate,1. Figure stand set and goods to purchase from!2. Shaving cream can set As the days to TYPE-MOON Festival drives close, the website has updated the list of special goods to get at the event. TYPE-MOON is a game making company famous for it’s captivating visual novels. Since it’s start in 2002, TYPE-MOON has continuously produced memorizing and stunning franchises which has long captivated many,3. Stickers including the Tsukihime franchise, Fate franchise, Kara no Kyoukai and so on. This year, TYPE-MOON is celebrating it’s 10th anniversary with a massive celebration. To be held on the 7th and 8th of July at Pacifico’s National Convention Hall of Yokohama, the event is promised to be a night to be remembered by fans and enthusiasts alike. Read about our previous articles relating to TYPE-MOON Fest. here, here and here.4. Mobile phone straps 5
  • 142. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Specifications: 100 pagesLive Concert The official pahmplet for the event, it records the 10 yearsAs previously reported, this celebration includes a special of TYPE-MOON by chronological order. It also containslive concert featuring the singers who have performed for the many comments from the staff, as well as specialtheir franchise works. Performing artistes includes: contributions from invited writers and illustrators as well. • Kalafina (Kara no Kyoukai, Fate/Zero) • LiSA (Fate/Zero) TYPE-MOON Fes. 10TH ANNIVERSARY • Aoi Eir (Fate/Zero) SET • Runa Haruna (Fate/Zero) • LR Harmony – Sayaka Sasaki, Miyuki Hashimoto, Feiran, Aki Misato, yozuca* and rino (From New World, see Special Goods section)Seiyuu AppearancesSpecial appearance by seiyuu who have voiced for theirfranchise works will be present as well, with big names suchas: • Ayako Kawasumi (Saber/Fate) • Kana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka/Fate) • Mai Kadowaki (Illyasviel von Einzbern/Fate) Price: 4000 yen (with tax) • Rikiya Koyama (Kiritsugu Emiya/Fate) Exclusive event goods such as mugs, key chains, leather • Noriaki Sugiyama (Shiro Emiya/Fate) straps, mini charm, micro-fiber towel packaged in a unique • Jouji Nakata (Kirei Kotomine/Fate) box. These goods are produced with the event key visuals as well as super-deformed artwork by CHANxCO. • Ryouka Yuzuki (Arcueid Brunestud/Tsukihime) • Kumi Sakuma (Ciel/Tsukihime) • Kenji Nojima (Shiki Tohno/Tsukihime) TYPE-MOON Fes. PRINT COOKIE (EVENT • Rio Natsuki (Sion/Melty Blood) EXCLUSIVE)More guests are promised, but TYPE-MOON is keepingthese names under wraps.TYPE-MOON Fes. Official GoodsTo those in attendance, a great variety of special goods andmerchandises to be purchased by fans of their work. Theseproducts are available for purchase the day before the event,as well as on the days themselves.TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Phamplet Price: 1000yen (with tax) Specifications: 1 box includes 15 cookies Printed on delicious cookies, 20 extremely adorable TYPE- MOON characters will be packaged at random within a box. Of which one of the following characters will be featured in an exclusive vinyl strap sealed within the box – Saber, Shiki, Arcueid and Aoko.Price: 2000 yen (with tax)Size: 297mm x 297mm 6
  • 143. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTYPE-MOON Fes. Event T-Shirt Printed using extremely comfy material, these mufflers add to the atmosphere as they are printed using event key visuals. 2 variants are available, 東Saber & Arcueid東 and 東Shiki & Aoko東. TYPE-MOON Fes. Tapestry SetPrice: 4500yen (with tax)Sizes: S/M/L/XLAvailable in red and blue, these CHOU COOL~ T-shirts willsurely bring together the atmosphere for the event.TYPE-MOON Fes. Character T-Shirt Price: 3000 yen (with tax) Size: 364mm x 364mm Specifications: 1 set includes 3 pieces Produced using the art from invited illustrations included within the Official Phamplet, 6 variant types of tapestries are included in two different sets. Each set would include pre- determined sets of 3 tapestries. From new worldPrice: 5500 yen (with tax)Sizes: S/M/L/XLT-shirt printed using the adorable illustrations byCHANxCO. Bring out the fun and cute in the event with thisfull-print tee!TYPE-MOON Fes. Muffler Towel Price: 1200 yen (with tax) Special gift: Jacket illustration poster Performed by singing unit “LR harmony”, the image song of the event is called 東From new world東 and is available for purchase at the event. Special gift will be given for patrons who purchase this single at the event.Price: 3500 yen (with tax) 7
  • 144. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneTYPE-MOON Fes. Shopper Bag (EVENT Fate/Zero Mini Charm SetEXCLUSIVE) Master Set ・ Servant SetPrice: 1500 yen (with tax) Price: 2000 yen per set (with tax)Size: 48cm x 55cm All dressed up for the occasion, ufotable has illustrated theA big bag produced using the image of the ball (key visual), masters and servants exclusively for the event. All 14 mastersthis bag can not only help to carry all the exclusive goods, and servants are illustrated into deformed versions and splitbut also in other occasions after the event. into two sets: 東Masters東 & 東Servants東. Each charm can be used for a variety of occasions as they are can be used independently.TYPE-MOON Fes. Charity Items (EVENTEXCLUSIVE) Ichiban Premium Lucky Draw Ichiban Premium Lucky Draw TYPE- MOON ・10 Year Anniversary・ Price: 800 yen per try (with tax) Manufacture Origin: Branpresto Inc. Ichiban Kuji, or Ichiban Lucky Draws are a chance to winPrice: 1000 yen (with tax) spectacular and exclusive prizes with a lucky draw dip ticket!As an effort to help the needy and rebuild the damage caused Each ticket gives a chance for that one prize you really wishby the Touhoku Earthquake disaster last year, exclusive to get. To celebrate TYPE-MOON’s 10th anniversary, there“Cat-can” T-shirts (presumed free size) can be purchased. will be a pre-sale of this Kuji at TYPE-MOON Fest.!Two colours are offered, red and blue. All proceeds are to bedonated to Red Cross in the effort to relief those affected bythe disaster. Nendroid Saber Nendroid Saber 10th ANNIVERSARY Edition Price: 4000 yen (with tax) Scale: Non-scale, with special display stand, will stand at approximately 100mm Original Sculpt: Oda Tsuyoshi, Akira Takano 8
  • 145. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Not able to attend the event? You may still purchase theManufacture Origin: GoodSmile Company goods at the event site without any tickets. Alternatively, some items will be available for online purchase, to beExclusively re-engineered to celebrate TYPE-MOON 10th announced again later.Anniversary, an entirely new, sparkling glossy 東NendroidSaber – Super Movable Edition東 will be available at TYPE- Source: TYPE-MOON Fest. Official WebsiteMOON Fest.! Along with 3 different expressions (Happy,Angry and To-Hell-With-You), this adorable Nendroidcomes with an Excalibur, Caliburn, Invisible Air, Avalon, This Idolmaster 2 (PS3) DLCand other optional parts! Recreate your favourite comedicscenes with this extremely flexible Nendroid Saber. – There Catalogue No.9 trailer isare no changes to optional parts compared to previous brought to you by the lettersreleases. L.O.B.M. Source: no-9-trailer-is-brought-to-you-by-the-letters-l-o-b-m/Carnival ・ Phantasm Original Set By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012Carnival ・ Phantasm Original Goods SetPrice: 10 000 yen (with tax)東Storyboard Collection (Part 1 & 2) + Goods setSpecifications: Entire package includes both Storyboard Namco Bandai’s The Idolm@ster series has sure been onCollections. Goods will also not be sold seperately a roll lately. Two weeks ago fans were offered a chance to talk to their favourite (virtual) idols with wafer biscuits andManufacture Origin: Ichijin Inc. jelly purchases.Limited stock at the event, the set includes a huge tote Last week, Namco Bandai announced Idolmaster Shinybag (65cm x 48cm) along with a B2 size 東Printed on Festa on the PSP, and rolled out not one, but two trailers forWashi (special paper) tapestry東, 東C.P Original Curry東 and the game over the weekend.a special hand fan, all illustrated by Eri Takenashi! And now, just in case you haven’t had your fill, here’s yetAlso, a special gift will also be included exclusively for those another trailer – this time showing off the DLC Cataloguewho purchase this set at the event! No.9 items for Idolmaster 2 on the PS3. L.O.B.M. is your DLC song of the month, and the costumesCarnival ・ Phantasm Storyboard Cutie Insect, School Mizugi (swimsuit), and Vivid Bikini take centrestage.Collection (Part 1 & 2) All of it comes to your PS3 June 29. Check out the trailer and over 50 screenshots below. (Xbox 360 Idolmaster 2 players don’t get jack-squat, because L.O.B.M. and most of the costumes were already released on the platform last year.)Price: 3000 yen (with tax) for both partsManufacture Origin: Ichijin Inc.Storyboards of the Anime 東Carnival 東Phantasm東, all within1 package! Each part contains 6 volumes with all 12 episodesare included within these 2 parts!TicketingUnfortunately, It is not possible to attain any more ticketsvia the recommended retail sources at this point of time.However, you may still attend the many live broadcastsavailable throughout Japan theatres!Visit e+ here to attain your last minute tickets! 9
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  • 148. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Read more Idolmaster stories here on SGCafe! Source: 4Gamer AFA MY Interview: Tasha & Miyuko Source: By sentinel011 on June 26th, 2012 The Spiral Cats cosplay team from South Korea has gathered many cosplayers and fans alike who appreciate high quality cosplays, and so far, they have an awesome gallery of great cosplays on their site and Facebook page. We get to interview with the ladies at the recent AFA Malaysia to share their cosplay experiences with SGCafe. 12
  • 149. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5. (Both) As a cosplayer, you understand the amount of effort put in to immerse yourself in the character you cosplay, both in looks as well as mannerisms. As such, are you against, for, or neutral towards cosplayers who result in modifying their bodies via methods such as plastic surgery or photoshop to look like the characters they cosplay? Tasha : I would like to clarify rumours about SPCats first before answering this question; none of the members have undergone any form of plastic surgery. In terms of modification, I feel that Photoshop is part of Cosplay experience. As for plastic surgery, I’m neutral towards it, as it is one’s individual freedom to do so (for their character). While I’m not against the idea, I feel that cosplay is not just about looks, but portraying the character at the time. This question is very delicate (towards cosplayers), but does question (a cosplayer on) ‘do u really want to do that’ kind of thing. Miyuko : I share similar thoughts with Tasha on Photoshop and plastic surgery. A cosplayer can make high quality clothes, plan out a stellar performance, but even if (the cosplayer) wants to be extreme, (plastic surgery) can be risky for health, and I don’t recommend it if plastic surgery does more harm to the person’s health.1. (To Tasha) As an experienced cosplayer of more than 10years since you begin cosplaying in 1999, what do you think Hatsune Miku Project Diva Fof the progression of cosplay from South Korea as well ascountries all over the world? opening theme “Odds&Ends”Cosplay in South Korea originally started out as a hobby, gets CD single release; LEwith a few people doing simple photo shoots. As it graduallygot bigger over the years, it evolved to doing plays and comes with Miku GraFig Source: As for events around the world, I felt that there were opening-theme-odds-le-comes-with-miku-grafig/many events and sponsors are starting to be receptive and By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012accept Cosplay as part of a culture.2. (To Tasha) Being well-known in the gamer and cosplaycommunity, people are bound to want to get to know youbetter. In what situation or condition would you considerexchanging contacts with your fans, say, via instances likeexchanging battletag gaming accounts?In 2010, Spiral Cats went live online, as well as Facebook.I freely exchange gaming contacts with fellow cosplayersand anime fans who contacted me but so far it has beenwithin South Korea. However, due to my career, I wasn’table to do much of that as I haven’t gamed much recently.We hope to expand in the future, all around the world even. Can’t get enough of Odds&Ends, the opening theme to3. (To Miyuko) As the youngest member of SPCats, are there Hatsune Miku Project Diva F produced by Ryo (Supercell)?any challenges or difficulties you face? Soon you’ll be able to own it on CD.I have encountered quite a few challenges, but with the Sega announced today that Odds&Ends will receive a CDmentors in SPCats guiding me (on Cosplay), it is thanks to single release under the Sony Music Direct label, to go onthem that my difficulties weren’t as great as it would have sale August 29. That’s one day before the game itself!been, and I have much to learn from them. Odds&Ends may or may not be a split-single CD release,4. (To Miyuko) You have cosplayed many characters since like the previous two Project Diva opening theme CDyou have joined SPCats. Which character do you relate to the singles. Although Sega did not exactly announce this on themost personally? Hatsune Miku blog, Famitsu brings word that the other songThere are 2 characters. First one would be Kuroneko contained in this CD release will be a yet-to-be-named kz/(from My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). The second livetune song.was Ahri from League of Legends. Kuroneko was my first We think this is most likely Weekender Girl, which wasgroup cosplay with other members of SPCats, so it’s very unveiled alongside Odds&Ends in Project Diva F’s third PVmemorable and I gained a lot of experience from it. Ahri’s last week. But it could just as easily be another new trackcostume was difficult (to create), and a lot of preparation from the talented producer, who’s best known for the Googlewas done together as a team. X Hatsune Miku CM song Tell Your World. 13
  • 150. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneJust in case you missed last week’s trailer, here it is again(jumps right to Odds&Ends and Weekender Girl):Odds&Ends is the third Project Diva opening theme in arow that Ryo, songwriter and leader of the J-Pop groupSupercell, has worked on.Previously Ryo also composed the themes for Project Diva2nd and Project Diva Extend, Kocchi Muite Baby (ここここここBaby) and Sekiranun Graffiti (こここここここここ), respectively.Famitsu notes that it’s been about a year since fans last sawthe ”ryo(supercell) feat. 東東東東” namesake.The Odds&Ends single or split-single CD will be sold in anormal edition (CD only) for 1,050 yen, as well as two limiteded packages that bundle a Hatsune Miku GraFig along with Again, both the normal and limited editions of Odds&Endsyour choice of CD+BluRay (1,995 yen) or CD+DVD (1,785 will go on sale in Japan August 29.yen). New Hatsune Miku Project Diva F box-art As a bonus, Sega has also shared an updated design of the Hatsune Miku Project Diva F box-art – they did mention before that the previous design was a work in progress and could be subject to change… Or so they claim, I don’t recall if they actually did (seriously, PjD team, make up your damn mind already). Well, the box art’s final now (I think). Can you tell what’s been changed from the previous design?Jacket illustrations for both normal and limited editionswere done by manga artist Atsuya Uki (who wrote, designed,directed and animated the 2009 animated sci-fi anime filmCencoroll).Here’s the jacket cover for the normal edition: Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu, Shuukan Diva StationAnd this is the one for the limited edition: AFA MY Interview: Tomohiko Ishii Source: 14
  • 151. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy sentinel011 on June 26th, 2012 My next anime will be very similar to Eden of the East. Look out for it. AFA MY Interview: KOTOKO Source: By sentinel011 on June 26th, 2012One of the more recent influential producers in ProductionI.G with his work Eden of the East and the upcoming 009RE:CYBORG, Tomohiko Ishii shares with us his work as a KOTOKO has sang for countless games and numerousproducer and hints of his next anime. popular anime titles, most recently for Accel World’s ending1. Overseas anime fans are not clear as to what role a theme, ‘-unfinished-’. We spoke to her about her career,producer in an anime does. Share with us of your role as an music and working with fripside’s music producer, Satoshianime producer. Yaginuma.My role is to work with the director, create and manage 1. You are known to fans as a veteran anisong singer of morea team to make an animation, as well as come up with than 10 years. What inspired you to take on singing/songpromotions and avenues to sell the animation. writing as a career?2. As a producer, what is your work relation to other major A: I have always loved the scenarios games and animeroles in a production, such as the director and animators? portray, with its unlimited potential in this whole new world. This feeling inspires my song writing.My working relation involves being the liaison between thedirector and the team, to boost their morale as well as to 2. I understand that you have written lyrics for some of yourcreate harmony in the entire animation production team. own songs. What got you interested in lyrics writing?In short, I’m the ego booster of the team. A: I was a quiet child, and not very sociable and don’t make3. What did you hope to achieve when you started working much friends. I preferred being at home, which eventuallyin Production I.G.? Are there any differences with working got me to writing song lyrics.with Studio Ghibli? 3. What were your feelings and thoughts when writing andAs you may know, Studio Ghibli revolves Hayao Miyazaki’s singing for your first anime series, Onegai Teacher?works. Hence, I worked only with Miyazaki. In Production I love anime and its songs, and was excited to be involved.I.G., there are various directors with different working and The plot of the anime was very touching, and it really makesdirecting styles. If I were to choose, I feel that working in my heart soft.Production I.G. brings about more satisfaction, since I have 4. How do you cope with singing fast-paced tongue-twisterthe chance to try out different production styles. songs like, for example, the game theme Princess Bride?4. What do you think of working with various companies Sometimes during emcee sessions, I do actually get touguearound the world, and not just within Japan? Have you tied. For songs, I pace myself and match the rythm and beatworked with companies outside of Japan before? of the song itself with its lyrics.Yes, I have. In fact, 009 re:Cyborg involves that aspect. The 5. On your recent release of -unfinished- single, Accelcharacter CG team is from Vietnam, and the streets of the World’s anime ending theme, what are your thoughts onsetting in the movie involve cooperation from Google’s staff, working with fripside’s Sato-san?which provided us with detailed pictures for reference to re-create the backgrounds in the animated movie. I have been friends with Sato-san, and we have always talked about working together. We greatly respect each5. What sort of anime will your next project be? other, and hoped to creat a great song. Of course, I was happy to finally be able to work with him! 15
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  • 153. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture admission will be awarded to applicants on a random lottery A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku basis. Cutting-off date for applications is July 7, 23:00 hours and Japanese Pop Culture JST (GMT+0900). There’s a cover charge of 2,000 yen (inclusive of two drinks)Vocaroom2525, a Tokyo- for the opening party, but the price is knocked down to 1,500 yen if you’re a Vocaloid producer (i.e. someone who makesbased invite-only bar for Vocaloid-related content on Nico Nico Douga or elsewhere).Vocaloid producers and fans, Source: Kotaku Japanbegins operations in JulySource: Project X Zone news blast:only-bar-for-vocaloid-producers-and-fans-begins-operations-in-july/By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 new characters, price, release date and pre-order details Source: characters-price-release-date-and-pre-order-details/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012Starting July, Vocaloid producers and fans who reside inTokyo (or are otherwise touring the area on holiday) willbe able to hang out at a new nightspot that’s dedicatedexclusively to their sub-culture.Kotaku Japan reports that Vocaroom2525, a bar for Vocaloidproducers and lovers alike, will kick off its operation nextmonth with an opening party on July 16.The bar will play Vocaloid songs exclusively, serve as a spacefor Vocaloid producers to introduce new compositions to an Namco Bandai has announced pricing and release details foraudience, and in general offer these producers (or aspirants) its forthcoming 3DS super-mega-cross-over RPG Project Xan opportunity to exchange information and network with Zone (read as Project Cross Zone). The game will be releasedone another. on October 11 for 6,280 yen.Admittance to Vocaroom2525, in its current form, is strictly Retailers in Japan have already begun to accept pre-ordersinvite-only. Not only that, but the bar will apparently operate for the title. Folks who do so will have their purchaseon sporadic days, with no fixed schedule in mind at least automatically upgraded, at no extra cost, from the normalinitially (they do hope to operate with a fixed schedule in edition of the game to an early-birds-only “Special Box”the near future), operating mostly for special events and package that includes a “Cross-over Soundtrack CD” thatgatherings. contains as many of the game’s numerous BGMs as they could possibly fit within a single CD, as well as an illustratedFolks who’d like to make it for the opening party – to be held booklet that introduces players to the various characters andat a rental space in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo – can register their game universes that they’ll come across in Project X Zone.interest via Twitter, as follows (in Japanese): Cross-over soundtrack CDBasically you’d have to first follow @Voca2525 on Twitter,and send them an inquiry (through a tweet or a DirectMessage) before you’re able to RSVP on a first-come, first-served basis. If the event ends up getting over-subscribed, 1
  • 154. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Rikiya Busujima (Zombie Revenge)Illustrated booklet Namco Bandai Flynn Scifo (Tales of Vesperia)Project X Zone, developed by Monolith Soft (Xenosaga,Namco X Capcom), features characters owned by Sega,Capcom, and of course, Namco Bandai Games themselves.Some of the initial batch of characters announced for thegame included Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Chun-Li, SakuraTaisen‘s Ichiro Ogami and Sakura Shinguji, and Tales ofVesperia’s Yuri Lowell and Estelle.In April six more characters were announced – two each Originalsfrom Namco Bandai’s God Eater, Sega’s End of Eternity/ Kogorou Tenzai (CV: Toshihiko Seki)Resonance of Fate RPG, and an unlikely pairing of a Chinesezombie and a zombie-outbreak survivor from Capcom. Mii Kouryuuji (CV: Yukari Tamura)Finally, this week we’re getting details from Famitsu onseven more characters in Project X Zone, two of which areactually originals designs – possibly the protagonists of thiscross-over title.CapcomArthur (Ghosts ‘n Goblins)Devilot (Cyberbots)SegaImca (Valkyria Chronicles 3) 2
  • 155. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone……Am I the only one who thinks that Kogorou looks a lot likeXenogears‘ Fei Fong Wong?The Project X Zone developer blog mentions that they’recurrently putting the finishing touches to a second trailer(first trailer here) for the game. Until then, here are somescreenshots Famitsu shared: 3
  • 156. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Famitsu, PXZ blog Animelo Summer Live 2012 Lineup Source: 4
  • 157. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy shia on June 28th, 2012Its that time of the year again where it is summer again inJapan. Animelo Summer Live has been going on since 2005and it is the biggest annual anime songs concert in Japan.This year the event will be held over two days at the SaitamaSuper Arena on the 25th and 26th of August. This year the 26th August(Sunday)theme is Infinity∞, it is to represent the infinite possibilitiesthat anime songs can bring. The theme song for this year is • Ishikawa Chiaki(Kamisama Dolls OP/ED)“INFINITY~1000~~~~”(INFINITY~1000 Year dream~) • Ushiro kara Haiyori Tai G(Haiyori Nyaruko OP)The line up for this year is unsurprisingly stellar. The line up • Ono Daisukeis as follows : • Kitamura Eri(Nisemonogatari OP1) • Kuribayashi Minami(Infinite Stratos OP) • Grandrodeo(IGPX OP) • Komatsu Mikako(Bodacious Space Pirates guest ED) • Suzumura Kenichi • ST~RISH(Uta No Prince Sama OP) • Minori Chihara(Horizon OP) • Nanamorichuu~Gorakubu(Yuruyuri OP/ED) • Horie Yui(Dog days ED)25th August (Saturday) • Miyano Mamoru • Milky Holmes(Detective Opera Milky Holmes OP/ED) • Aoi Eir(Fate/zero S1 ED ) • Ray(Ano Natsu de Matteru OP) • Akino with bless4(Sousei no Aquarion/Evol OP/ED) • Afilia Saga(Steins;Gate PSP/PS3 OP) This by all means is not the final list of artistes that will be in the event, the event organizers will most likely add more • Ali Project(Another OP) guests as we get closer to the event. • Altima(Shana Final ED) Until the event, SGCafe will keep our readers updated on this • Kawada Mami(Jorgamund OP) Mega anisong concert. • StylipS(Highschool DxD ED) Source: Animelo 2012 HP • Tamura Yukari(C3 ED) • Nanri Yuuka(Sacred Seven ED) Pepsi X Gundam Front Tokyo • Nomizu Iori(Kore ha Zombie Desuka OP) Collaboration • Haruna Luna(Fate/Zero S2 ED) Source: collaboration/ • Persona4 Music Band(Persona 4 Anime OP/ED) By shia on June 28th, 2012 • May’n(Accel World OP) Suntory International, the holder for the licence to Pepsi • Yui Kaori(Kiss X Sis ED) in Japan is doing a tie-up with Gundam Front Tokyo and will be releasing 8 different specially designed cans to • LiSa(Fate/Zero OP) commemorate the event. 5
  • 158. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Last year, Visual Concepts’ NBA 2K12 basketball sim put the spotlight on three NBA legends – Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, and Magic Johnson – enlisting them as the cover athletes for game. It was the first game in the series to feature three cover athletes instead of one. The cover oozed with star power, and made an impression – alongside the game’s steadfast mechanics – on both critics and fans alike. Fast-forward back to the present. Now that we’re mere months away from NBA 2K13′s October release, publisher 2K Sports is faced with a very enviable problem on their hands. How do you kick things up a notch for 2K13′s cover? Larry Bird and the basketball world’s two MJs are a tough act to follow. Well, you look to new blood, of course. If 2K12 marked the end of an era, then 2K13 shall hail as the beginning of a “NewThe cans will feature mobile suits from the series “Gundam Dynasty”.0079″, such as the “RX-78-2 Original Gundam” and the For the cover of NBA 2K13, 2K Sports is tapping on on three“MS-06S Char’s Custom Zaku II” and many more. The full rising stars in the basketball world for its cover: Oklahomelist are as follows : City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake1. RX-78-2 Gundam Griffin and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose.2. RX-77-2 Guncannon3. RX-75 Guntank4. SCV-70 White Base5. MS-06F Zaku II Mass produced6. MS-06S Zaku IIS(Char’s Custom)8. MS-07B Gouf(Not a Zaku)9. MS-09 DomThe cans are will be sold until the 7th August at the price of115Yen.Source : NarinariKevin Durant, Blake Griffinand Derrick Rose are yourcover athletes for NBA 2K13Source: KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 All three are past winners of the NBA Rookie of the Year award. And between them, they have garnered a total of eight All-Star berths, three scoring titles, and one MVP award, amongst other accolades. “It’s definitely humbling to grace the cover after the likes of Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, and Larry Bird, said Kevin Durant, who recently led the Thunder franchise in knocking the San Antonio Spurs out of the NBA 6
  • 159. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneplayoff season, earning the Thunders their first NBA Finals Thankfully, the next Kamen Rider – Wizard – appears to beappearance since 1996. designed by folks belonging to the first category.”Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a Here’s a picture snapped by a netizen who managed tohuge honor and something I always dreamt about,” Durant stumble upon a Toei filming for the new series at Ikebukuroadded. Nishiguchi park:Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin shared similarsentiments.“There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s veryexciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongsideKevin and Derrick,” Griffin said.“The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when Iwant to get a game in.”As for Derrick Rose, being crowned cover athlete is not onlya dream come true, but also a way for him to uphold traditionfor the Chicago Bulls.“I’m honoured to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordanas the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover,” Rosesaid.NBA 2K13 (PC, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360) isscheduled for an October 5 release in Singapore. Kamen Rider Wizard is not slated to make his official debut until August 4 this year, when he’ll be making a cameo appearance in the film Kamen Rider Fourze The Movie:This is what the next Kamen Everybody It’s Space Time, so not too much is known about him yet.Rider, Wizard, looks likeSource: Rumour has it that Kamen Rider Wizard “henshins” (that’swizard-looks-like/ Japanese for “it’s morphin’ time!” or just “transform”) byBy KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 inserting five power rings – called Wiseman Rings – into his belt, the Wizard Driver. At the filming it is said that Wizard chants some nonsensical saying – something resembling “chichinnpuipui” – as part of a spell to conjure fire. This guy here dressed in a monster suit is whom I presume he was trying to set ablaze:Every year Toei Company produces a year-long Kamen Ridershow (alongside a Power Rangers or “Sentai” show, whichalso runs for a whole year) for TV Asahi’s Sunday morning“Superhero Time” programming block in Japan.Sometimes the character designers behind a new KamenRider know what they’re doing. This was the case with2010′s W (read as “Double”), who had so much panache thatthe material used for his suit looks more like metal thanspandex.Other times, like with the currently-airing Kamen RiderFourze, the designers seem to have drawn their inspirationsfrom an overgrown squid or something equally ridiculous.Then there’s Kamen Rider Decade, who started out lookingpretty slick, but somehow ends up getting a bunch of cardsplastered all over his power suit (what were they thinking). 7
  • 160. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Maybe you’re one of those lucky sods who managed to score a Type-Moon Fes ticket before they were completely sold out. Or maybe you weren’t so lucky, but will be visiting Tokyo with friends or family anyway, between now and July 16. In either case, if you’re even mildly familiar with Type- Moon’s excellent, excellent work, then make sure you swing by the 7th floor of the Gamers store in Akihabara. That’s where Banpresto is currently holding a special Type- Moon 10th Anniversary Commemorative Museum at, which has on exhibit all the cool swag you’ll be able to purchase during Type-Moon Fes itself. Although you can buy a great deal of merchandise at the museum itself, you won’t be able to buy everything you see. Some of the items are purely for exhibition only, as they’reThe Kamen Rider Wizard tokusatsu (that’s Japanese for not even on sale yet.“special effects”) TV show will air sometime in September The exhibition, Banpresto Prezents Type-Moon 10ththis year on TV Asahi, shortly after the finale of Kamen Rider Anniversary Commemorative Museum in Gamers (~~~Fourze. ~~~~~~~~ TYPE-MOON 10~~~~~~~~~~ in GAMERS),Source: Matomate [via CSICON] officially opened its doors to customers last Friday. While we couldn’t be there, could. So go over to theirGoing to Type-Moon Fes? site for a photo-filled coverage – but before you do, here are a few of our favourites (more at their site):Drop by the Type-Moon 10thAnniversary Museum atGamers (Akihabara)Source: KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 8
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  • 162. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneStudents of Round: TheEternal Legend (PSP)announced; 1st traileremphasizes art, voice castSource: KarbyP on June 28th, 2012The lands in which JRPGs dwell in are vast and mystifying.Somewhere within these murky grounds lies a small-time Japanese dungeon RPG developer that callsthemselves Experience (really an apt name since they’vebeen making nothing but dungeons RPG). If you don’t knowwho they are, maybe their best-known work – a 2011 Xbox Students of Round: The Eternal Legend (PSP) is slated for360 JRPG entitled Students of Round – might ring some an October 2012 release, to be sold for 6,090 yen (retailbells. UMD) or 5,040 yen (digitally through the PlayStation Store).No? Apart from Students of Round, Experience co. also announced a new Xbox 360 RPG, “Ken no Machi noWell, that’s okay, because if you’re intrigued by the Knights Ihoujin” (~~~~~~~) which roughly translates to Stranger inof the Round-sounding title you will be able to play it on the the Town of Blades, and a yet-to-be-shown PS Vita dungeonPSP instead later this year in October, when an upgraded RPG.version – Students of Round: The Eternal Legend - isreleased. Not much has been shown for Stranger in the Town of Blades too. All we have to go on is this key visual image,The PSP version will receive a few interface tweaks, a 16:9 which shows a schoolgirl carrying a haversack on her rightresolution to fit the PSP’s screen and – apparently for the arm, and a longsword on her left.first time (this was not in the X360 version) – will star threeAAA-tier voice actresses: • Miyuki Sawashiro as Elsa • Ryou Hirohashi as Marlin • Eri Kitamura as Loumi Source: 4Gamer 10
  • 163. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone“Main visual” poster forRurouni Kenshin live-actionmovie is full of life (andcolour)Source: KarbyP on June 28th, 2012Warner Bros. Japan this week unveiled a “main visual”poster for its upcoming live-action adaptation of RurouniKenshin – also known as Samurai X in the West – for thebig screen, starring Takeru Sato (Kamen Rider Den-O) asprotagonist Kenshin Himura. “No matter what happens, Iwill come back,” the tagline goes.The new poster is in full-colour and features all the mainensemble cast members, in stark contrast to a black-and-white teaser poster for the movie, carrying the catch-copy “Beware of the nice guy” and created by famedphotographer Kazumi Kurigami, that Warner Bros. Japanoriginally revealed back in March. 11
  • 164. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneRurouni Kenshin opens in theatres across Japan August 25.Here’s a list of cast members for the movie.Source: Natalie [via Crunchyroll]Okami Gets HD Re-releaseSource: magnetic_rose on June 28th, 2012The HD version of Capcom’s visually stunning action RPGOkami will hit streets in Japan on 1st November. OkamiHD features HD graphics and full support for Sony Movecontrollers.The remastered PlayStation 3 version is titled Okami Zekkei-ban (~~~~~), and will retail for JPY ¥3,990. The game willalso be sold for USD 19.99 over the Playstation Network.Source: Crunchyroll 12
  • 165. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureSega Gets You Dancing WithNew maimai Dance GameSource: magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 A TV guide published in Japan inadvertently leaked the news that the Bleach anime will end its broadcast run on March 27. Its 6:00 PM Tuesday time slot on TV Tokyo will be taken over by the new weekly Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full-Sega has announced the release of a new rhythm game with Power Ninden starting April 3.a front facing touchscreen and a camera that records theplayer’s performance. The new game is called “maimai” — In other news, Hollywood entertainment magazine Variety“mai”, incidentally, is the Japanese word for “dance”. is reporting that Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to Bleach and is working on a live-action movie adaptation.To play, you need to press the eight buttons surrounding themain display, or slide your finger across the touchscreen, in Dan Mazeau of the Clash of the Titans remake will be intime with the music. There’s also a camera near the top of charge of the screenplay, and Peter Segal of the Get Smartthe console, which can record the player and the screen at remake will produce and possibly direct the film.the same time. Source: ANNSega plans to add the ability to upload player videos toNicoNico Douga — which would work well within the cultureof NND users who like to show off their gaming prowess Sony Computeronline. Entertainment official PS Vitamaimai will be available in July 2012, and will be available launch in Singaporeoverseas shortly after. Source: official-ps-vita-launch-in-singapore/ By sentinel011 on February 26th, 2012Bleach Ends TV Run,Hollywood AdaptationConsideredSource: Portable gaming takes the next step with the PS Vita, with Singapore the third country to be launched outside of Japan. 1
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  • 167. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone(Japanese PS Store At the opening launch, Mr Tetsuhiko Yasuda, Chairman ofversion) Download Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong, gave a speech Version on the development kit for the PS Vita and the PlaystationSTAR Sony Shooting PS Store SGD12.99 3 established in Singapore since last year, with some gamesSTRIKE™ Computer Download currently in development locally. Nanyang Polytechnic isDELTA Entertainment Version involved in this development.SUMIONI ACQUIRE INK PS Vita SGD54.90/ Mr Michael Humphrey, Designer of WipeOut 2048, was(Japanese Corp. ACTION Card / SGD46.79 present to give a demonstration of the game using theversion) PS Store PS Vita’s intuitive features. Other guests include Media Download Development Authority and Nanyang Polytechnic. Version People can experience the PS Vita’s features at the roadshow,Touch My NAMCO Others PS Vita SGD59.90/ with games such as Fifa Football and WipeOut 2048.Katamari BANDAI Card / SGD53.91 Games PS Store Download VersionULTIMATECAPCOM Fighting PS Vita SGD54.90/MARVEL CO., LTD. Action Card / SGD44.69VS. PS StoreCAPCOM Download3 (English VersionVersion)Uncharted: Sony Action PS Vita SGD69.90/Golden Computer Adventure Card / SGD58.49Abyss Entertainment PS Store(Chinese Download Picture source: Vr-Zone+English VersionVersion)Virtua SEGA Sports PS Vita SGD54.90/Tennis 4 Card / SGD40.59 PS Store Download One Piece: Pirate Warriors PVWipEout™ Sony Racing Version PS Vita SGD39.90/ 4 is out Source: Computer Card / SGD35.09 out/ Entertainment PS Store By shia on February 26th, 2012 Download VersionPlayStation ® Vita Peripheral & AccessoryProduct Model No. Release Date SRP (SGD)NameMemory Card PCH-Z041G 22nd Feb, SGD27.90(4GB) 2012Memory Card PCH-Z081G SGD39.90(8GB)Memory Card PCH-Z161G SGD77.90(16GB) The 4th Promotional Video for One Piece: Pirate WarriorsMemory Card PCH-Z321G SGD129.00 is out.(32GB)USB Cable PCH-ZUC1 SGD11.90AC Adaptor PCH-ZAC1H SGD11.90 One Piece: Pirate Warriors in a nutshell is basically aCradle PCH-ZCL1G SGD19.90 Dynasty Warriors game set in the One Piece universe.In-Ear PCH-ZHS1G SGD19.90 The story is follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, aHeadset young boy who organizes a crew of pirates and sets off to find the legendary treasure “one piece”. Luffy while he wasTo celebrate the launch of the PS Vita in Singapore, young had ingested the Gum-Gum fruit that lets him becomeSony Computer Entertainment is having a roadshow on as stretchable as rubber.the ground floor of 313 Somerset in Orchard Road. Theroadshow will be held from today till Sunday, 26 February. 3
  • 168. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The boxed set includes Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance for Nintendo 3DS, Kingdom Hearts re:Coded and Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days for Nintendo DS, a 3DS cover, and a set of 12 postcards. The Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Box will be priced at JPY 15,000. Source: Siliconera New Images for ConceptionPirate Warriors comes in a few flavours , Normal Edition , for the PSP Source: Box, Gold Edition psp/The Treasure Box, a collector’s edition which includes By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012the game’s soundtrack, 15 collectible pins, a serial codeto download nine custom themes featuring individualmembers of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a book featuringcharacter and CG-rendered artwork and environments fromthe game’s production and a rare collectible for the Socialgame , One Piece Grand CollectionThe gold Edition includes what is in the Treasure BoxEdition and a Limited Skinned PS3 plus an exclusive customtheme of the Straw Hat Pirates and another exclusive rarecollectible for One Piece Grand Collection.Game Information:Japanese Name : ))))) )))) (onepiece kaizoku musou)Genre : Action Feast your eyes on Cancer, Leo, and Virgo (yes, she is also aMaker : Koei Tecmo , Published by Bandai Namco regular high school student trapped in the alternate world).Release Date : 1st of March 2012Price : Normal-8190yen , Treasure-12890yen ,Gold-38170yenSource : Bandai NamcoKingdom Hearts 10thAnniversary Box Out March29thSource: magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012Square Enix and Disney’s Kingdom Hearts series will becelebrating its 10th Anniversary with a limited edition boxedset — out 29th March in Japan. 4
  • 169. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 Kochi Indies Magazine is an independent publication whose main purpose is to nurture young artists with aims of joining the manga industry. Kyoko Yasuoka, the editor in chief said, “We, as manga editors, advise them how to create manga on the professional level. Once they reach a certain level, we publish their manga in our magazine and distribute it through the book stores in the region and our online store.” The good news is, Kochi Indies Magazine is open to illustration submissions from foreign artists. For inquiries and to submit your manga illustration to the magazine, email them at kochi- indiesmagazine[AT]chime[DOT]ocn[DOT]ne[DOT]jp Source: Crunchyroll Studio Ghibli and Level 5′s Ni no Kuni in English by End of 2012 Source: kuni-in-english-by-end-of-2012/ By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012Click here for more on Conception: New PSP Game“Conception” Ups Ante on Dating Sims, Heads Straight toChildbirthSource: Conception OHP and Famitsu Ni no Kuni — an RPG for the PS3 created with the collaborative efforts of Studio Ghibli and Level 5, will see an English-language release by the end of the year, according toKochi Indies Manga their distributor Bandai Namco.Magazine Open to Overseas Ni no Kuni will include both English and Japanese voice tracks in the English-language release.Submissions According to Level 5, it was such an honor to workSource: with Studio Ghibli, as well as with acclaimed animationto-overseas-submissions/ soundtrack composer Joe Hisaishi, that they wanted to do 5
  • 170. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonetheir best to bring a rich gaming experience to both Japanese buildings, etc. in order to build up the mightiest Vikingand overseas gamers. kingdom.”Source: Crunchyroll Registration is currently open and — as previously mentioned, the game is free to play. However, you can also purchase power-ups and items via micro-transactions. ToOtome Game “Hanayaka Nari, sign up and play, visit: EinHerJar.comWaga Ichizoku” Gets Anime Source: EinHerJar OHPSource: magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012As announced on the cover of Enterbrain’s B’s-Log magazinethat was mistakenly leaked by its editors (it has since beenrecalled), otome PSP game “Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku”will have an animated version very soon.“Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku” is set during Japan’sTaishō era (1912-1926), where you play as a naive younghouse-maid, caught up in the struggle for succession of apowerful and wealthy family.Source: ANN“EinHerjar” Singapore BetaNow OpenSource: magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012Free-to-play Japanese browser game “EinHerjar” opens thedoors to its English Beta, with the aim of attracting usersfrom Singapore and the rest of South East Asia.EinHerJar is set in “a vast and wild Nordic land wherea human race has proclaimed themselves as descendantsof the Gods. Each player will play as a chieftain of aViking clan… [and] will be in charge of many tasks suchas managing resources, finding new areas, constructing 6
  • 171. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture “We have seen the passion and dedication of the local A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku gaming community, and are fully committed to raising the and Japanese Pop Culture profile of Singapore’s gaming scene and giving it the support and attention it deserves.”Now Streaming: Singapore’s New Street Fighter Xfinest SoulCalibur players vie Tekken alternate costumes,for $10,000 in prizesSource: Godsgarden tournamentsoulcalibur-players-vie-for-10000-in-prizes/By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 unveiled on JapaneseCatch Singapore’s finest SoulCalibur players in action at livestreamE2Max from now to 12midnight today, as they vie for Source: chance to represent our sunny island in the grand costumes-godsgarden-tournament-unveiled-on-japanese-livestream/finals of SoulCalibur Impact 2012, a global SoulCalibur V By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012tournament to be held in Newcastle, London on March 17. Watch live video from on www.twitch.tvThe action is fiercer, Pyrrha’s 236+B stab move morevisceral if you catch it live at E2Max, of course. And there arefree-play SoulCalibur V terminals for folks to try the game, or(if you’re familiar with the game) play some casual matcheswith members of the community too.But if you can’t make it to the event venue, localSoulCalibur community and co-organiser of the tournament(in conjunction with Namco Bandai Partners Singapore)“Soul Singapore” has got your back: they’re streaming thetournament live.Top 8 starts from 7.30PM, and for everything else you canrefer to the event schedule posted here. Capcom just unveiled several new character “arrange costumes” (that’s Engrish for “alternate costumes”) for Street Fighter X Tekken at the grand finals of the Super Street Fighter IV Arcade Edition ver.2012 3v3 national tournament in Japan, streamed live on Nico Nico Douga right now. Tekken side: -Asuka (cosplaying as Ibuki) -Lili (as Poison)This is the first time Namco Bandai Partners Singapore hasworked with a local games community to organise a fighting -Paul (as… Blanka?)game tournament of this scale.“Fighting games have always been a key part of Namco -Law (as Fei LongBandai’s business and with important franchises such asSoul Calibur and Tekken under our belt, our next steps are -Xiaoyu (as Chun Li)to grow these licenses organically,” said Mr Kelvin Seah,General Manager of Sales & Marketing at Namco Bandai -Jin (erm… no idea; let us know in the comments)Partners Singapore. 1
  • 172. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone-Ogre (as Gill)Street Fighter side:-Vega/Claw (as… again, let us know in the comments)-Balrog/Boxer (as Steve)-M.Bison/Dictator (as Yoshimitsu)-Juri (don’t know this one either)-Akuma (as Heihachi) Source: Jin’s My Game New Flash Latest episode of Cross Counter Asia features an all- new 8-bit intro Source: features-an-all-new-8-bit-intro/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 Local Street Fighter champs Xian and Zhi are back with more excellent online ranked-match adventures – and a brand new intro done in 8-bit style – in the latest episode of Cross Counter Asia. It looks like this will be the last episode to focus exclusively on Super Street Fighter IV, at least for a while, as the dynamic duo takes a break from the game to play some Street Fighter X Tekken, which comes out next Tuesday.But that’s not all; on the stream Capcom also announcedthat they will be collaborating with Godsgarden on a StreetFighter X Tekken tournament very soon. We’ll bring youmore details on the new arrange costumes as well as theGodsgarden tournament when they are made available. 2
  • 173. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 Arc System Works’ and Atlus’s long-awaited fighting game Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Persona 4: Arena for short) was finally released in Japanese arcades today. To commemorate the occasion, the Naka city (Ibaraki prefecture) branch of arcade chain Plabi Joy Com is streaming a bunch of P4:Arena casual matches live on their Ustream channel. Now that the game is out, we also have more concrete information about Labrys, the new character we reported on yesterday. According to Japanese arcade-goers, the robo- chick is not a playable character at this point. Instead, you face off against her in the latter half of story mode. Win one round against Labrys, and Kuma/Teddie appears to stop the match. Players then proceed to fight the “true form” of Kuma/Teddie as a final boss. Go to this story if you’d like a closer look at the official Labrys character artwork. In the same story you’ll also find screenshots detailing character colour variations in the game (14 in total, but only 8 accessible at the start; the rest you’ll have to unlock through the arcade game’s Player’s Guild card system) as well as “instant-kill special moves”.Persona 4: Arena casuals These instant-kill moves are similar to the Astral Heats in BlazBlue and Destroyed in Guilty Gear in that if youstreamed live, more details land it on your opponent you’ll win the match immediately,on Labrys, instant-kill moves no questions asked. According to Famitsu, the activation conditions include: you must be on match-point, and youSource: have 100 SP points to burn. Unlike Astral Heats, it looks likelive-more-details-on-labrys-instant-kill-moves/ you can use these instant-kill moves even with 100-percent health (as seen in the following screenshots). 3
  • 174. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Miku Flick will be released on the Japanese iTunes App Store on March 9, also known as Miku’s Day, for 1,200 yen. In Miku Flick, players will tap and flick on a Japanese- style virtual keyboard and type out the lyrics of well-loved Vocaloid songs (such as “Stargazer” and “World is Mine”) to the beat. Tapping any of the virtual keys on your iPhone is good enough for first-vowel consonants like “a”, “ka”, “sa”, and “ta”. But to access the syllables “ki”, “ku”, “ke” and “ko” you will need to tap “ka” and flick to the left, upwards, right, or downwards respectively. As an example, one of the screenshots shows what appears to be a line from World is Mine, requiring the player to type in “i de” just as Miku is about to sing those syllables. To accomplish this, you first tap on the key for “a” and flick to the left, then tap on “ta” and flick to the right – in two quick, successive strokes.Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is slated for aSummer 2012 release on consoles (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360).Miku Flick, an iOS game fromSega, comes out on Miku’sDaySource: KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012A new Hatsune Miku rhythm action game from Project Divapublisher Sega is coming to the iOS! reports that 4
  • 175. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone scored points by correctly guessing the title of a song purely from the first few seconds of its intro. Mayu Watanabe made a brief (pre-recorded) appearance on the show to promote her solo debut single, Synchro Tokimeki, which came out today. Shizuka Oya’s idol/actors team (Oya, renowned model Rola, comedian Bibiru Ooki, and D☆DATE’s Shunji Igarashi) eventually clinched first place on the show, no doubt in part due to Oya’s uncanny ability to recognise Shinryaku no Susume (the theme of Ika Musume) and Sousei no Aquarion almost immediately after the intros were played. See it for yourself in the following Shizuka Oya highlight reel on YouTube, starting from the 04:50 mark. Oddly enough, however, she wasn’t quite as quick to the batting post when it came to her own music, and even hilariously mistook Ue Kara Mariko (the song in which Oya made her first senbatsu or “front-line member” appearance) for Everyday Kachusha (beginning of the highlight reel).Due to the nature of the game, a basic understanding of This is what Persona 4Japanese Hiragana may actually be required to play MikuFlick. Although from the screenshots it sure looks there are Ultimate’s new character,markers on the virtual keyboard to help players who may not Labrys, looks likebe able to pinpoint the right Kana in the nick of time. Source: Flick supports the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod new-character-labrys-looks-like/Touch (4th generation), iPad, and the iPad 2. For more By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012information, head over to Sega’s official site. Earlier today the Net was abuzz with news of Labrys, aSource: new character in Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena who’s voiced by Ayana Taketatsu (Azusa in K- On!!). The information was published in Weekly Famitsu, which technically only goes on sale in Japan tomorrow. ButAKB48′s Mayu Watanabe and thanks to the power of the Internet, you’re hearing about it one day in advance.Shizuka Oya on FujiTV music And now that scans from the magazine have also appearedquiz show online, you’re seeing it early too. Here’s your first look at theSource: silver-haired heroine and her “steely” charms.shizuka-oya-on-fujitv-music-quiz-show/By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012Can you guess the name of the song AKB48′s MayuWatanabe is humming in this video? Here’s a hint: it wasone of the most popular tracks featured in Guitar Freaks andDrumMania. The answer is revealed from 0:35 onwards.This clip is from variety show Quiz DoReMiFaDon, whichaired last night on FujiTV. Contestants on the show –comedians, TV talents, and idols like AKB48′s Shizuka Oya – 5
  • 176. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Pixiv Artists Draw Final Fantasy Characters in Shounen Jump Styles Source: characters-in-shounen-jump-styles/ By magnetic_rose on March 3rd, 2012 Check out the gallery after the jump!According to the scans, Labrys is the student councilpresident at Yasogami High School (which the Persona 4 Fist of the North Star – Hara Tetsuocharacters go to). Not much else is known about her exceptshe speaks Kansai-ben, and wants Kuma to put a stop to hisMayonaka Arena tournament.We’re not sure if Labrys is an original character exclusive tothis game, although Japanese forum-goers have pointed outthat she may have made her first appearance in a Persona3 drama CD. If you’re a fan of the franchise with moreinformation on Labrys you’d like to share, do let us know inthe comments below.Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena hits arcadesand consoles later this year. Prince of Tennis – Konomi TakeshiSource: Hachima 6
  • 177. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneOne Piece – Oda Eiichirou Eyeshield 21 – Murata YuusukeHikaru no Go/Death Note – Obata Takeshi JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Araki Hirohiko 7
  • 178. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneNaruto – Kishimoto Masashi Katekyo Hitman Reborn – Amano Akira Slam Dunk/Vagabond – Inoue TakehikoBleach – Kubo Tite 8
  • 179. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneDragon Ball – Toriyama Akira Black Cat/ToLoveRu – Yabuki Kentarou Source: Pixiv Hakuouki Gets New OAV, Third Season, *AND* Full- lenght Film Source: and-full-lenght-film/ By magnetic_rose on March 3rd, 2012Gintama – Sorachi Hideaki Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan is having a landmark year. Not only is the Playstation and PSP game franchise releasing a sixth OAV, but a third season for the TV animation is in the works, and a feature-length film has also been announced. Phew! A special arc for the Hakuouki Sekkaroku OVA will be released in June 2012; this 6th OAV will cover the Shimabara arc from the first five OAV releases from Kazama’s point of view. The new TV animation Hakuouki Reimeiroku is scheduled to air this summer; it follows the arc from the first two seasons and tells the story of the rise of the Shinsengumi. Lastly, a two-part movie will premiere early next year featuring an original screenplay. Details on the film are 9
  • 180. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonestill scarce, but fans should watch out for it in the comingmonths.Source: CrunchyrollSquare Enix AnnouncesGuardian Cross for the iOSSource: magnetic_rose on March 3rd, 2012Square Enix will be releasing a new game entitled GuardianCross — for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. GuardianCross is a free-to-play card-battling game, with specialoptions that can be purchased with cash.Guardian Cross was developed by the same team whocreated Knights of the Crystals for Facebook. The iOSversion will be released in the first quarter of 2012, with anAndroid version following soon after.Source: Crunchyroll. 10
  • 181. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureMiku Flick: Can you clear thehardest song in Break theLimit mode?Source: KarbyP on March 17th, 2012The answer is “No”. It is, quite literally, unpossible.But before we get to that, let’s first take a look at how MikuFlick actually plays. Contrary to my initial speculation, itseems like you really don’t need to be well-versed in theways of Japanese hieroglphyics (or just hiragana) to play thegame.Oh, make sure you stop at the 03:10 mark (when you get tothe “results” screen… we’ll let you know why in a bit).Seems manageable, even though it’s on Hard, right?Now here’s the same song again, this time in Break the Limitmode (this is footage from the same video, beginning from Tell Your World EP debuts #403:10) on Oricon Daily Ranking, fullYep, in Break the Limit mode you’re expected to type outevery single syllable in the song. And in the case of “The MV released on YouTubeDisappearance of Hatsune Miku”, the final (and hardest) Source: you unlock in Miku Flick, that’s simply not humanly oricon-daily-ranking-full-mv-released-on-youtube/possible. By KarbyP on March 17th, 2012Not every song is as unscalable in Break the Limit mode. As The full EP album for Hatsune Miku X Google Chrome “Tellthis next video from YouTube user Yuuki7oct proves, Break Your World“, was released earlier this week on March 14,the Limit is perfectly playable – he cleared “moon” with an debuting at number four on the Oricon Daily ranking charts,“A” ranking (over 15,000 points). Although it will no doubt amongst the likes of SDN48, 2PM, and miwa.test your skills. #1 “NEXT ENCORE” SDN48Miku Flick is available on the Japanese iTunes store for #2 “2PM Best ~2008-2011 in Korea” 2PM1,200 yen, and supports the iPhone (3GS and up), iPodTouch (3rd Generation and up), and iPad. #3 “guitarium” miwa #4 “Tell Your World EP” livetune feat. Hatsune Miku #5 “Ramune no Nomikata” SKE48(team K II) 1
  • 182. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone#6 “PLAYGIRLZ” Afterschool Street Fighter X Tekken Blog:#7 “YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz I” YELLOW FRIED patch for infinites & bugsCHICKENz forthcoming#8 “Kono Koe” Takahashi Yuu Source: for-infinites-bugs-forthcoming/#9 “NEWTRAL” Ikimonogakari By KarbyP on March 17th, 2012#10 “nanoir” NanoTo commemorate the release, livetune has uploaded thefull music video to Tell Your World on his official YouTubechannel (video embedded up top).Here are some stills taken from the music video: In his latest entry on Capcom Japan’s official Street Fighter X Tekken blog, assistant producer Tomoaki Ayano announced that the development team is currently working on a patch (or possibly, several patches) that will address – among other game glitches – sound effects and voices not playing back correctly during online matches, infinite combos for a subset of the cast, and a glitch where certain characters are frozen in place after activating a Quick Combo. The development team is currently looking into the causes behind infinite combos and the Quick Combo glitch. Both issues will be fixed accordingly. As for sound effects and voices not playing back correctly, Ayano AP once again explains that the audio glitch has to do with the way the netcode is written – sound effects are sometimes cut off during “roll-backs” that allow multiple players to connect to one another with minimal lag (KarbyP’s note: this is similar to GGPO technology, which was implemented in Street Fighter III 3rd Strike Online Edition) – and that the team will do its best to improve the online experience with regards to audio. The audio issues were the topic of discussion in Ayano AP’s previous blog post last week. As a minor update, he says that the team should be ready to announce a release date for a patch in mid-April. Apart from the bug-related announcements, Ayano AP also urges Street Fighter X Tekken players to check out the official Capcom USA blog next Tuesday, March 20 at 8AM Japan time (7AM Singapore time) where some additional Street Fighter X Tekken game elements (probably DLC) will be unveiled.Apart from the titular single, Tell Your World EP alsoincludes the full versions of “Far Away”, “Star Story”, and“Fly Out”, which are tracks that fans have often requested tobe released on a CD.Source: Ota-suke 2
  • 183. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneKuro’s infinite loop should be a thing of the past once the Last batch of images — features Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius,game gets patched. Screenshot taken from this video by the Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. More after the jump!venerable Desk.Win One of Six Pairs ofTickets to L’Arc~en~Ciel Livein Singapore!Source: magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012Win one of six pairs of tickets to L’Arc~en~Ciel Live inSingapore, from Animax Asia’s Hunter x Hunter Watch andWin Contest!Watch Animax Asia every day from 12th March to 8th April2012 at 7PM to 9PM and again at 10PM to 12AM. One of fourcharacters from the Hunter x Hunter series will be randomlyshown at a corner of the screen.Log into the Animax Asia website and answer the questions:1) “Which Hunter character appeared on the Channeltoday?”; and 2) “Why do you want to be a Hunter?”.Six winners will be selected from all the correct entries.Winners will be announced on 9th April 2012 via the AnimaxAsia website.Source: Animax AsiaLatest Images for Conceptionfor the PSPSource: magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 3
  • 184. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Click here for more on Conception: New PSP Game “Conception” Ups Ante on Dating Sims, Heads Straight to Childbirth Source: Conception OHP and Gamer. Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- To Hit Singapore Cinemas Source: singapore-cinemas/ By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 Sunrise has confirmed that there are plans to screen the Tiger & Bunny film in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei, upon its release in the latter half of this year. Gekijō-ban Tiger & Bunny -The Beginning- will act as a sort-of prequel for the TV show, and will introduce new characters not shown in the original series. A second film featuring all-new characters and plot is also slated for 2013. Source: ANN Giant Cosplay Photo Studio Opens in Osaka Source: in-osaka/ 4
  • 185. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012A massive new cosplay photo studio has opened in Osaka, SchoolroomJapan just last 29th February 2012.Dubbed “Haco Stadium Osaka”, the studio — which spansseveral floors, has spaces decked out in different themes thatyou can use as backdrops for your cosplay shoots.Definitely more eye-catching backgrounds than somerandom people at a convention hall! IndustrialReception and Community Space Jail CellRental Lockers and Change Rooms 5
  • 186. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAncient Japan Modern MinimalistMorrocan-inspired If you plan to fly to Japan and experience Haco for yourselves, do check out the Beginners Guide and the Ticket Reservations (Japanese only) ahead of time. Alternative Options If you’re nowhere near Osaka and are flying to another part of the country, Haco also has a service that can help you! Haco Studio Hotel will help you get in touch with local hotels in your immediate vicinity, that will cater to your photoshoot needs. This service is available all throughout Japan, with the goal of matching photographers and cosplayers, with hotels that can provide them with themed rooms for their shoots. Definitely a novel concept! So, do you think a similar service will prosper in Singapore? :)Renaissance Source: Haco Stadium and Haco Studio Hotel Promotes Worldwide Subscriptions with Promo Source: subscriptions-with-promo/ By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012Cosmopolitan Starting 29th February 2012, online manga portal has opened subscriptions to manga fans worldwide. The service was previously only available to readers in North America. To celebrate this event, is currently running a promo for new subscribers with paid accounts! New 6
  • 187. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonemembers who sign up for the USD 10 (approximately SGD to having a live string quintet and saxophone trio which was12.50) monthly plan will get an additional USD 10 worth not in the previous day’s MikuPa 2012.of store credit, while users who sign up for their USD25 (approximately SGD 31.40) monthly plan will get anadditional USD 25 worth of store credit.Members who would like to sign up for free subscriptions arenot left out of the party! Close to 200 titles have been openedup for free previews, up ten-fold from the standard twenty-title free preview allowance. Manga fans who have troublegetting their hands on their favorite titles should definitelytake advantage of these promos, which run until 14th Marchonly.JManga is an online manga portal that releases mangafrom different publishers on a number of genres such asshounen, shoujo, seinen, josei, and kids. The site stemmedfrom industry efforts to curb online piracy from file-sharingand “free” manga sites.Source: JMangaBrief of Last Miku DayThanks Giving Live 2012Source: shia on March 17th, 2012I would like to bring you on some coverage of of the justconcluded Last Miku Day Thanks Giving Live 2012 All in all, It was a great live with excellent music and good visuals . Today’s Set List 1. Tell Your World 2. Yume Yume 2. World Is mine 3. Electric Angel 4. Koi Suru VocaloidWhile the Thanks Giving Live 2012 was terrific, somehowafter the previous day’s MikuPa 2012 new additions ,Thanks 5. Clover ClubGiving Live 2012 felt less satisfying compared to MikuPa.Also the models used are the previous year’s models, with 6. Po Pi Poless depth due to the lack of specularity(reflective surfacing)and no translucent models. The only new model I noticed 7. Romeo and Cinderellawas the American Miku. 8. Finder 9. Uramote Lovers 10. StargazeR 11. Moon 12. The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku 13. Change me 14. Butterfly on Your Right ShoulderWhile on the Visual front Thanks Giving Live 2012 wasbland, The live band was in my humble opinion better due 15. Just Be Friends 7
  • 188. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone16. Magnet17. World’s End Dancehall18. Meltdown19. Kodoku no Hate 3. With more Fluid movements there comes more close shaves to closet malfunctions.20. Promise21. Time Limit22. Puzzle23. 1/6 4. Most important was the addition of specular (light reflection) effects(Note the sleeves.).24. SPiCaEncore 11. Ai Kotoba2. Melt3. Hajimete no otoEncore 21. Project Diva desu.2. World is MineWill keep everyone here updated once they announce theDVD/BDs .Source : OHPSource : Set List Click on “HATSUNE MIKU Concert Final39′s Giving Day”LIVE SET LIST 5. Rainbow Sparkles in the song Marginal.Brief of Hatsune Miku LiveParty 2012Source: shia on March 17th, 2012 6. Uta Ni Katachi ha nai keredo – Wedding dress miku.I would like to bring you on some thoughts of the just Tranclucent alpha blending effect.concluded Hatsune Miku Live Party(Mikupa) 2012 The Full Set List can be found here. There will still be another concert currently airing, on the 9th of March 2012 @ 1900 JST. There will be Net Tickets for the Event on Nicovideo going for 2000Yen, or if you want to get for both(yesterday and today). It will be for 3500yen. More details can be found herePlease bear with the horrible quality images, as the stream and here.was of quite poor quality. Source : OHPThe Visuals have been given quite a boost this year. Main Source : Set List for MikuPathings to note this year’s concert are :1. There is more depth perception this year.2. Movement is more Fluid compared to previous year’sMikupa. 8
  • 189. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture The Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF) recently announced the A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku winners of the 11th annual Tokyo Anime Awards in the and Japanese Pop Culture respective nominated categories. Animation of the Year:Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara)releases teaser trailer, to airin Japan in MaySource: shia on March 23rd, 2012 Television Category: Puella Magi Madoka MagicaThe teaser trailer for Unicorn Episode 5 is out.The Theme song is BROKEN MIRROR and will beperformed by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES.Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 will be in Japan Cinemas on the19th of May 2012.Pre-orders for the BD/DVDs will begin on the same day. Tiger and BunnyThe expected release date for the BD/DVDs will be on the8th of June 2012 @ 6090Yen/5040Yen respectively.Winners of Tokyo Anime FairAwards 2012Source: Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012 Domestic Feature Film Category: From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) International Feature Film Category: Tangled 1
  • 190. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Macross: My Boyfriend is a Pilot PS3 game slated for July 2012 release Source: ps3-game-slated-for-july-2012-release/ By Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012Original Video Anime Category:Mobile Suit Gundam UC Namco Bandai is hot on its heels after releasing Tekken Hybrid, which included Tekken Tag Tournament and the film Tekken: Blood Vengeance. Now it has done something similar with the original Macross: Do You Remember Love.Best Director:Akiyuki Shinbo – Puella Magi Madoka MagicaBest Screenplay:Gen Urobuchi – Puella Magi Madoka MagicaBest Art Direction:Takumi Tanji – Children Who Chase Lost Voices from DeepBelow (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo) According to famous gaming magazine Famitsu, the Macross Hybrid Pack is slated for release on 26 July this year, for the Playstation 3 only. It includes the movie and a game titled ‘My Boyfriend is a Pilot’ for 7,140 yen (SGD $108).Best Character Design:Masakazu Katsura – Tiger and BunnyBest Voice Actor/Actress:Hiroaki Hirata – Tiger and Bunny [Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/Wild Tiger]Best Music:Satoshi Takebe – From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zakaKara) Macross fans can also pick up a limited 30th anniversary edition, that includes a 90 minute bonus video, booklet,Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Tiger and Bunny top the film, mini theater pamphlet, mini poster, mini art book, andawards by gathering 3 awards each. anime song archive for 13,800 yen (SGD $210).The awards ceremony will be taking place during TAF, whichruns from March 22 to March 25 2012 at the Tokyo Big Sightevent center. 2
  • 191. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSteins;Gate: Hen’i Kuukan no Sharp X1Octet (an 8-Bit Retro Visual Sharp MZ-2000Novel)Source: Fujitsu FM-7an-8-bit-retro-visual-novel/ If you recognize any of these, you’re highly likely to be a geek,By Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012 or a nerd. Graphics-wise, each pixel and line is rendered one by one and takes time to load as if you were playing it on a 8bit CPU running on 1Mhz of processing power. It can beAnother of Nitroplus and 5pb’s genius creations, excruciatingly slow, but that’s how long the games of that eraSteins;Gate: Hen’i Kuukan no Octet (or more commonly took to load. Fortunately, there is also a skip mode whereknown as Steins;Gate 8bit) was released for Windows PC on you can skip the graphics loading. The game emulates the28 November 2011. Hen’i Kuukan no Octet (transliterated retro noises down to the last bit, instead of streaming anas Variant Space Octet) basically takes place in an alternate mp3 file. There’s even “sound chipping”, which is commontimeline from the original game. While not necessary, it is with 8-bit games. For instance, when other sounds beep onrecommended that you play the original Steins;Gate and screen, parts of the music will be silenced for the durationalso Chaos;Head (which already have English translations) of the understand the story more.The story is a continuation from the true ending ofSteins;Gate (which I won’t spoil right here, for obviousreasons). Basically, Okabe Rintarou realizes the world linehas changed once again. He receives a D-mail from hisfuture self from the year 2025, and the divergence meteris off by 0.000132%. He is told by his future self that theIBN5100 has been stolen once again this time by a mannamed Knightheart and he must take it back to save theworld from falling into chaos. He’s still the same ol’ crazyHououin Kyouma otherwise. This game is less or a visual novel and more of a text adventure game, where you sometimes have to interact with the game through typing commands such as “talk”, “move” etc. It may be difficult for an average gamer, as you’ll have to work out which ones to use in a particular scenario. You have to pay attention to the text and know the characters and preceding storyline which generally offers hints on what to try out. But sometimes the game can really evil, like making you type “wait” a few times before you can actually proceed. This game takes from the actual difficulty found in early text adventure games, such as games from Infocom.The graphics and music for this game are completely You can view the translated demo here (MAJOR S;Greproduced to simulate the feel of the retro computers in the SPOILERS ALERT). The full English translation is in this80′s era. The moment you start the game, you can choose blogger’s site as well:to emulate the game between 5 different computer settings,whose names are parodies for their real-life counterparts:NEC PC-8801NEC PC-6001 3
  • 192. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneCoverage onNipponbashi(Osaka) StreetFestival on 20th March 2012.Source: shia on March 23rd, 2012The 8th Nipponbashi’s Street Festival just concludedyesterday and here is some cosplay coverage from varioussites that covered the event.Nipponbashi is a shopping district in Osaka, Japan. It is alsoknown as “Den-Den Town” as it is home to “Otaku” interestsand it is often compared as the Akihabara of Osaka.The event had a street parade that consisted of cosplayerswalking down the street. The Event Attracted over 220,000people and was featured on the news. 4
  • 193. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Mahoutsukai no Yoru: An Overview Source: By Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012 Mahoutsukai no Yoru is a kinetic novel developed by Type- Moon, set for a release date of 12 April 2012, for the Windows PC. Originally written as a novel by co-founder Kinoko Nasu on 28 July 1996, the demo was released as a bundled extra in Volume 7 of Type-Moon Ace. Koyama Hirokazu will be featured as the lead artist instead of Takeshi Takeuchi, who has worked on Type-Moon’s previous works, such as Tsukihime and Fate/Stay Night. Unlike standard visual visual novels, Mahoutsukai no Yoru (also referred to as Mahoyo) has no choices and no routes;Source: OHP , 1 , 2 only a linear story. Also, like Type-Moon’s other PC works, the characters will not be voiced. One thing to note is that there will be no ero-scenes as well.Mahoutsukai no Yoru : Masterup!Source: shia on March 23rd, 2012 Mahoyo is set in the Showa Era, around the late 1980s. Depicted as a prequel to Tsukihime, this story involves Soujuurou Shizuki, a boy who stumbles upon a mansion sometime in winter, which houses two witches. Thus, a strange communal life begins with these three people. This game also focuses on Aozaki Aoko.2012/3/21 INFO Mahoutsukai no Yoru disk has beenfinalized!To the Japanese, “Master up” Means the DVD/CD has beenfinalized and it has been sent for printing and most likely the Most who have played or watched the series will rememberrelease date will be revealed soon. her as Tohno Shiki’s redhead sensei from his past and theSource: OHP one who gave him his glasses to seal off his Mystic Eyes of Death Perception. She was already a sorceress then, but in Mahoyo, Aoko is still a student magus in training together 5
  • 194. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonewith her teacher and friend Alice Kuonji. Other familiar faces You can really see Aoko in a different light, with her manysuch as Aoko’s sister, Aozaki Touko from Kara no Kyoukai, expressions being shown in this demo, from her serious facealso makes an appearance in her student days. to her ‘dere’ face. The transitions are also unlike what is seen in their usual Type-Moon works. Run using the KiriKiri2 engine and in 16:9 widescreen format, it allows for plenty of cinematic scenes. Screenshots don’t do this game justice; you have to play it and see for yourself. An English fan-translated patch has already been released shortly after the demo was available, you can get it in the link below: 1-10-0-00000006-000-150-0#095The demo is really amazing, even though playing timeis about 1 to 2 hours at most. It isn’t that long and Perfume goes global, hostsdoesn’t really reveal the plot except for the fact that there’s MTV Video Music Awardssomething strange afoot with the secluded house atop themountain that’s Konjuo’s state. It’s clear that the original Japan Source: inhabitants are Alice and Aoko and it’s going to be a video-music-awards-japan/journey to find out how a no-good, almost villager-looking By sentinel011 on March 23rd, 2012Soujuurou ends up rooming with them. Aoko does complainabout him not knowing much and almost wasting her wholeday in touring the school. Alice on the other hand mightbe a student from the same school; however, there’s noofficial proof as the uniform in not identical, though it canbe explained away with the difference of a decade. Perfume has been making waves throughout Japan with their electro-pop tunes and catchy dance moves, and has gathered enough attention to host this year’s MTV Video Music Awards Japan.The timeline is messed up here, much like the Kara no MTV Video Music Awards is an international award showKyoukai OVAs. It probably won’t have the 5 chapters back- held yearly where voters and/or fans can vote for theirto-back, but you never know till the full version comes out, favorite artist’s music videos.since this is Nasu’s writing we’re talking about. The show will be held in Chiba at Makuhari Messe Hall on June 23rd, and it is its eleventh year in Japan, with performances by domestic and international artists. Also just a few weeks ago, Perfume announced that they will be going global, after changing their record company from Tokuma Japan Communications to Universal J, the Japanese division of Universal Music. “We want to sell the package as they are now,” said Kimitaka Kato, managing director of Universal International at the label’s Japanese division. “I won’t get them to sing 100 percent in English and not Westernize them at all unless they ask us to,” he continued. “I think with Perfume it’s all about that futuristic Japanese image.” He accurately described Perfume as, “mysterious, futuristic, robotic, doll-type girls, well choreographed with laser beams,” and said that UMG will be playing off of that image. 6
  • 195. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThey’ll be starting slowly with Perfume, first promoting the By magnetic_rose on March 23rd, 2012girls in Asia, before heading out on a “small showcase tour”in other territories.Perfume will also be releasing their latest single, ‘Spring ofLife’, on April 11 under their new label. CDJapan’s pre-ordersof Perfume’s First Press limited edition of the single weresold out merely 2 days after its release. The Evangelion Store Tokyo-01 in Harajuku will be holding a special “Evangelion Racing Week” from 16th to 31st MarchIn addition to updating their official website, Perfume has 2012.launched an official global website aimed at overseas fans. The highlights of the event include special appearances by The global site features an interactive page where you can the Eva Race Queens and the Evangelion Super GT bikes.pan 3D dancers made out of Triangles, presumably using Special re-issues of limited edition track-only merchandisePerfume as a template. The site also features tweets using will also be made available for purchase at the Eva Tokyo-01the Twitter hashtag #Perfume_um. The official Perfume store during the campaign period.facebook page has also been released. Source: Tokyo Walker Madoka Magica Film Slated for Fall 2012 Source: fall-2012/ By magnetic_rose on March 23rd, 2012The group has launched an official YouTube channel.The Kirin website also has video clips of the new Hyoketsucommercial and some making-of footage.Source: natalie, natalie, tokyohive, 6theory The Chūnichi Shimbun has published a special feature withEvangelion Store Tokyo-01 Puella Magi Madoka Magica director Akiyuki Shinbo. The feature includes information that the Madoka MagicaHosts Evangelion Racing movie is slated for release in fall of 2012.Week Source: ANN.Source: 7
  • 196. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureSuper Bride Wars pits “maiwaifu” against yoursSource: KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 For bigger screens, go to GREE’s page for Super Bride Wars. Anime series featured include Shin Koihime Musou, Shuffle!, D.C. ~Da Capo~, Boku wa Onee-sama ni Koishiteru, Disgaea, Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni KawaiiSorayume’s Super Bride Wars (Cho-Yome Taisen) is a card Wake ga nai (added in February), and Omamori Himaribattle RPG that features characters – especially those you’d (March).want to call “mai waifu” – from various game, manga, and A new series is added to the game every now and then, butanime series. the cards contained in each series are offered for a limitedPlayers collect character cards to use as avatars, and power time only.them up with item cards before sending them out on questsand combat. As characters level up, the costumes they wearand other personal artifacts will change. Delve deeper intothe game, and you may gain access to ways of play that takeadvantage of the “cross-copyright” nature of Super BrideWar’s content. 1
  • 197. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone This week NBGI has graced us with not one, but two delectable Idolmaster trailers. Why, thank you, NBGI! That’s a surefire way to put a smile on anyone’s face… even the eternally-blue Chihaya Kisaragi! PS3 Idolmaster 2 Catalog No. 06 PV The first is a promotional video for DLC that will be making its way to both the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions of Idolmaster 2 this Friday (March 30). Like we previously reported, most of Catalog No. 06′s content originate from episode 25 of the Idolmaster anime: insert song “Watashitachi wa Zutto… Desho?” (also known as “Itsumademo, Dokomademo” in the anime), the costume “Forever Star”, and performance stage “Eternal Big Tree”. There is also a “Love Sign” amulet that gives you a different Burst Appeal animation (as seen in the video), as well as several costumes and accessory sets. Head over to 4Gamer’sOriginally beginning life as an exclusive on 10game story for a look at all the drool-worthy wardrobe loveliness.(pronounced “Jugem”), a social game portal for featurephones, Super Bride Wars has since been ported over tomixi, Mobage, GREE, and – earlier this month – Hangame. Imas G4U! (PS3) Play Video VOL.9Interestingly, you can actually play the Hangame version Then there’s volume 9 of the Idolmaster photography mini-on the PC via emulation in addition to on feature phones game spin-off series Gravure 4 You. This new volume hasand smartphones – just as long as you have a Hangame a Yukata/sailor swimsuit theme, and puts the spotlight onaccount. On the other platforms, Super Bride Wars only cover girl Chihaya Kisaragi, as well as Ryo Akizuki fromwork on handsets (in fact, only on feature phones for mixi Idolmaster: Dearly Stars (Nintendo DS).and Mobage). For those of you unfamiliar with Idolmaster: Dearly Stars,Super Bride Wars is free-to-play (with paid premium Ryo Akizuki is Ritsuko Akizuki’s cousin… and is actuallycontent) and available on Hangame via the following URLs: a guy. Growing up, the ever-so-effeminate Ryo had often been mistaken for a girl. So he aspired to join show-◇Feature phone version business, believing that by becoming an idol he would one day develop boyish charms and become suave like Makotoguid=on&appId=O_ECU (who, ironically, is a gal).◇PC emulated version His wish was eventually granted when he joined talent agency 876 Productions, where Ryo was supposed to debutappId=O_ECU as a male idol. Unfortunately, when he went to understudy◇Smartphone version a female idol, said idol fell ill and Ryo was asked by his producer to perform in her place to resolve the situation. In the end, Ryo did his job so well that he was forced to debut as a female idol instead.Check out 4Gamer’s story here for direct URLs to the gameon the other Japanese social game portals.Sources: 1, 2, 3, OHPIdolmaster 2 March DLC andGravure 4 You trailersSource: KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 Don’t be fooled… it’s a trap! But I digress. For those of you interested in the list of BGM tracks and backdrops included for this volume of G4U, check out 4Gamer’s story here. Like previous volumes, Idolmaster Gravure 4 You! VOL.9 will be sold only as part of the “Anime & G4U! Pack VOL.9″ bundle which also includes the ninth volume of the Idolmaster anime on Blu-Ray (episodes 24 and 25, plus an extra OVA episode that never aired on TV). A copy of the fictitious Idol Gravure Monthly magazine (◇◇◇◇◇◇!! VOL.9), plus several other premiums are also in the package. 2
  • 198. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAnime & G4U! Pack VOL.9 goes on sale in Japan on June28, for the price of 9,980 yen.Some screenshots from Gravure 4 You! VOL.9 (for more, goto 4Gamer’s gallery): Source: 4Gamer K-On ! After School Live!! HD Ver. Release date set on 21 June Source: release-date-set-on-21-june/ By shia on March 30th, 2012 3
  • 199. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSega has announced the release date for K-On ! After School By shia on March 30th, 2012Live!! HD Ver for the PS3.The game is a port and visual upgrade of the K-On Psp gamethat released in 2010. According to VR-Zone Singtel will be offeringoffering the PSVITA with plans soon. The current PSVita on sale in the Singapore market is the Model with only Wi-Fi. There was no official 3G with WiFi for Singapore until now. Singtel will start selling the 3G with Wifi Version SingTel is bringing in the 3G/WiFi version of the PS Vita handheld game console which will begin retailing from 14 April. Mobile Mobile MultiSim BroadBand BroadBand 7.2 Plan 7.2 Plan Price of SGD$99 SGD$288 SGD$419 PSVITA Monthly SGD$40/mth SGD$17.90/ SGD$10.70/ subscription mth mth Bundled local 50GB 1GB N/AThe Special that comes with the game includes a set of 6 IC data usagecards and stickers. Customers may pre-order the PS Vita online at http:// from 28 March and Singtel will be throwing in SGD$20 Sony Playstation Network Credits if you preorder with them. Source : VR-Zone , OHPGame Data================ Phantasy Star Online 2Title : ◇◇◇◇◇◇ ◇◇◇◇◇◇!! HD Ver.◇(K-On ! After School Closed Beta to release inLive!! HD Ver.) April 2012 Source: : Sega to-release-in-april-2012/ By shia on March 30th, 2012Platform : PS3 Sega has announced a sequel to one of their bigger properties, “Phantasy Star Online 2″Genre : MusicRelease date : 21st June 2012Recommended sales price : 5229 yenSingTel to offer 3G and Wi-Fiversion of PSVITA with plansSource: 4
  • 200. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Sea☆A to sing for anime Arashi no Yoru ni Source: arashi-no-yoru-ni/ By Sakamoto on March 30th, 2012The game will be available on the PC, VITA and iOS/Android. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free to play withmicrotransactions. The smartphone version will be differentfrom the PC and Vita version, while the PC and Vita versionshave some form of multi platform play. Only the data isshared with the smartphone version. Sea◇A, anison’s first South-east Asian female idol group that had recently performed at the Anime Festival Asia 2011, will have an upcoming song used in anime “Arashi no Yoru ni ~Stormy Night Secret Friends~”, which tells a tale of a goat and a wolf in search of an “emerald forest” to escape from their clans and live free from persecution.The release dates are as followsPC : Summer 2012Phone : Winter 2012Vita : Spring 2013 You can catch their new anime song at 5:30 Japan time, every Wedensday evening beginning April 4 2012. Sea◇A has recently performed songs for other animel such as “Cardfight!! Vanguard” and “Toriko”. Idolmaster 2 March DLC includes an insert song – theThe beta test will start this April and Sega is accepting close very last one – from animebeta users from the 26th of March 2012 1600HRS JST. seriesSource : Andriasang , Jin115 Source: insert-song-the-very-last-one-from-anime-series/ 5
  • 201. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 “Watashitachi wa Zutto… Desho? (We’re Forever… Right?)” Source: 1, 2 Arc System Works announces Xblaze at BlazBlue tournament Source: at-blazblue-tournament/ By KarbyP on March 30th, 2012According to a leaked magazine scan, the insert song fromepisode 25 of the Idolmaster anime series, “Watashitachi waZutto… Desho?”, is making its way to Idolmaster 2 (PS3) asDLC next week.This song is also known as “Itsumademo, Dokomademo”,which was a temporary working title for the songaccidentally left unchanged in the anime series, due tomiscommunication on Columbia Japan’s part. The title forthe song was corrected when it was released as a track onThe Idolm@ster Anim@tion Master 07 CD.Apart from the song itself, the costume featured in episode25 – Forever Star – will also be available as DLC, as wellas a number of other additional costume parts – we’ll find Arc System Works today announced Xblaze (working title), aout more when Bandai Namco Games releases the official new game and the first title in what the BlazBlue, Guilty GearIdolmaster 2 March DLC trailer, which should be hitting the and Persona 4: Arena developer is calling the “AdventureInternets sometime between now and next week. Do check Project” series. This means that Xblaze is most likely a visualback next week for the trailer. novel, like the majority of ADV-genre games in Japan –Also coming next week: expect some sort of Idolmaster- Steins;Gate is part of 5pb’s “Science Adventure series”, forrelated announcement from Anime Contents Expo 2012. instance.Like we mentioned in the headline, Watashitachi wa Zutto… No platform has been named, but Xblaze is currentlyDesho?/Itsumademo, Dokomademo is the very last insert scheduled for a 2012 Winter release in from the Idolmaster anime series. And the DLC comesout one day before Anime Contents Expo 2012… coincidence A brief teaser trailer was shown at BlueRevo, an officialmuch? BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II tournament where the best players from all over Japan (and overseas; at least oneThe DLC will hit the PS3 version of Idolmaster on March team was from the US) competed in teams of 3. The full30. It is unknown if Xbox 360 users will be able to purchase tournament and announcement was streamed live over Nicothe content for use in Idolmaster 2 on Microsoft’s platform Douga as a pay-per-view feed earlier today.(certain DLC items are PS3-exclusive). But if you just want to check out the teaser trailer for XBlaze, well, you’re in luck – uploaded some direct- feed footage of the teaser, embedded here below for your viewing pleasure: Some stills from the trailer (from 4Gamer): 6
  • 202. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Asiasoft “Bans” Qisahn Over Diablo 3 Pricing Source: pricing/ By Sakamoto on March 30th, 2012 Singapore-based game distributor has waged war with Blizzard’s Southeast Asia distributor Asiasoft over an alleged “ban” on Qisahn selling Diablo III in Singapore. Asiasoft is a big-name distributor in Southeast Asia, hosting a large share of other MMO titles in the region, the latest being Trion World’s RIFT. In a blog post titled “Preorder Diablo III at S$65.90/RM $160“, Qisahn alleged that Asiasoft turned off any sort of negotiations regarding news about pre-order prices along with the launch party and goodies. Quoted by Qisahn in their blogpost, “For the past one week, we tried calling / SMS-ing daily but the manager is either too busy, on leave, in Malaysia or I don’t know, just not responding.” Details seem to be very limited at best, but it seems to suggest that Qisahn was ready to sell Diablo III below the suggested retail price set by Asiasoft. Not too happy about the alleged situation, Asiasoft have “banned” Qisahn from their supply list.The teaser says that Xblaze is yet another story about the“Azure” (the crux of BlazBlue’s story revolves around aweapon known as the Azure Grimoire). However, accordingto 4Gamer, Xblaze may or may not be directly related to theBlazBlue games as we know it – BlazBlue producer MichiMoritoshi was rather coy when he went on stage to unveilthe game. Will players be affected too?Moritoshi also mentioned that a second title in theAdventure Project series is also in the works. As for actual Qisahn is now asking its customers and blog viewers to useBlazBlue news, he hopes to be able to announce something their price to muscle a better deal and suggesting it is goingat another major event soon. to import the title from distributors elsewhere. Qisahn has already made a name for itself in Singapore and Malaysia,Source: 1, 2, 3, 4 as an online company that usually has better deals on their products compared to other retailers. However, Qisahn is not free from controversy itself, having admitted to falsely selling Hong Kong PSP Vita sets as Singapore sets only a couple of weeks ago. More news to develop as this saga unfolds. 7
  • 203. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSource: NGNT 3. Mimura Kanako(CV. Ootsubo Yuka) Song: Shokora TiaraIdolmaster Cinderella GirlsDebut CD release in AprilSource: shia on March 30th, 2012BandaiNamco will be releasing their first batch of singles forthe game Idolmaster Cinderella Girls.Idolmaster Cinderella Girls is a spin off social mobile gamefrom the original Idolmaster series of games.Idolmaster is a series of games that put the player in theposition of a producer of a group of new idols and turningthem into superstars.There will be 5 singles debuting in this batch.1. Shibuya Rin(CV. Fukuhara Ayaka)Song: Never Say Never 4. Takagaki Kaede(CV. Saori Hayami) Song: Koikaze2. Futaba Anzu(CV. Igarashi Hiromi)Song: Anzu no Uta 5. Jougosaki Riko(CV. Yamamoto Nozomi) Song: Doki Doki Rhythm 8
  • 204. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAll 5 CDs will be out on the 18th of April 2012 and will bepriced at 700 Yen each.QR code for the link to Idolmaster Cinderella Girls:Source: Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Game OHP, IdolmasterOHP, Official Blog, ColombiaMusic Japan 9
  • 205. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Basic Information Product Name : “Detective Opera Milky Holmes ‘Curry for useless living’”(探探探探探 探探探探探探探探 探探探探探探探探探探探探)Bushiroad to sell Milky Maker : 探探探探探探探探Holmes Curry Sale date : June 2012Source: Price : 16800 YenBy shia on May 7th, 2012Bushiroad has announced the sale of “Detective Opera Milky Copyright : (C) bushiroad / Project MILKY HOLMESHolmes ‘Curry for useless living’”(探探探探探 探探探探探探探探 探探探探探探探探探探探探) (C) bushiroad All Rights Reaserved. illust:探探探探探探探 探EDENS’NOTES探 (C) bushiroad All Rights Reaserved. illust:探探探探探探 Additional Information : Contains 20 packs of curry in a carton. Each pack will contain a pack of unflavored curry(no main ingredient like pork/chicken/beef) and a bromide. Source : Amiami and Rakuten , OHP Japanese Red Cross SocietyWhile it is quite normal for companies to sell character X ufotable collaboration :goods along with food products like instant curries, whatdifferentiates it from others is that it only comes in cartons Fate/Zero blood donationof 20 packs(loose packs not announced). driveEach of the pack will have its own bromide and there will be Source: designs to collect(Samples below). ufotable-collaboration-fatezero-blood-donation-drive/ By shia on May 7th, 2012Notes from the manufacturer state that as the bromides aresealed in the packs they will be random. It is possible thateven if you buy a carton you might not get the full set. As part of the 探探探探探探探 vol.8探(Machi探Asobi/Street play Vol.8) festivities in Tokushima starting from the 3rd of May,“Detective Opera Milky Holmes ‘Curry for useless living’” ufotable collaborated with the Japanese Red Cross Societywill be on sale June 2012 at the manufacturer recommended to try to get people to donate blood. It turned out to be verysales price of 16,800 Yen per carton. AmiAmi and rakuten successful venture.are currently taking pre-orders at 14240 Yen. 1
  • 206. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone On the 4th of May, the blood donation drive started again at 1300hrs, over 100 participants were lined up and byBy 1300hrs they had to stop accepting donations as the 1320hrs, due to the overwhelming response , they had toresponse was too good. stop accepting anymore blood donors. What is 「「「「「「「「? Machi Asobi is an annual entertainment event held in Tokushima to promote tourism in Tokushima, more information can be found on its website here. This year the event is held from the 3rd of May until the 5th. Other sponsors/organizers of note are , Nitroplus, Bushiroad, Cospa and many others. Source : Hatsune Miku (Cheerful Ver.) the star of Good SmileIn exchange for their donations of blood, the participants gotan exchange receipt for a limited edition Fate/Zero Blood Company 11th anniversarydonation drive poster which they could redeem from the 5th CMof May until the end of July. Source: of-good-smile-company-11th-anniversary-cm/ By shia on May 7th, 2012 Good Smile Company(GSC) turned 11 on the May 1 and to commemorate that, they have created a short commercial… starring Hatsune Miku (Cheerful Ver.)! Good Smile Company 11th anniversary marks the transition from a limited company to a public company . Good Smile Company is the worldwide leader in Japanese hobby products and service including the design, 2
  • 207. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonemanufacture and marketing of Japanese character figures the market currently. With it, you can dodge a heated gunfirefrom anime and manga series, as well as originals such as much more easily, kill your opposing team members moreHatsune Miku, Madoka Magica, K-On!! and many others. efficiently. The only issue is planning out your teamwork with your party members.Source : Mikatan English Blog, oretekiMax Payne 3 MultiplayerpreviewSource: sentinel011 on May 7th, 2012We have tried the single player a couple of weeks ago, so howdid the multiplayer fare? We find out today. The learning curve was pretty steep, but it does make a difference once you are adept to using the shootdodge and Bullet Time. I hardly use shootdodge unless I plan out my route ahead, so most of the time I learn my basic flanking combat skills, which garnered me quite a few kills in the first round. Unfortunately, my other team mates manage to get the hang of shootdodge and Bullet Time, so their scores end up higher during the second. We mentioned the abilities called Bursts earlier, and the more you use it, the more XP you gain to level up your BurstFans of the first two Max Payne games which like heavy abilities. You can choose your favourite Burst ability at thedialogue, story and the Noir-ish landscapes will not like the multiplayer lobby, which also enables you to purchase ormultiplayer aspect of Max Payne 3. But that isn’t to say pick your favourite weapon(s) before each session. Therethat the multiplayer isn’t fun – in fact, it’s way too fun. are tons of Burst abilities to choose and unlock in theThe original fans might just be influenced at how fun this multiplayer. Of course, the same can be said for weapons asmultiplayer concept might be once they get their hands on it. well as other special add-ons that increase your XP gain by two, or absorb more damage, amongst many others.First up, let us touch on the basics of the game. Themultiplayer can accommodate 16 players at any time. If you The following videos describe on the three different gamehave a console like XBOX360 or the PS3, you won’t be able modes of Max Payne 3, namely Team Deathmatch, Payneto play split screen. We will touch more on that further Killer and Gang Wars.on. Defeating players by gunning them down or complete There are other subtle interfaces and systems that Maxobjectives lets you earn XP. You can earn XP via small in- Payne 3′s multiplayer mode has included, such as Fireworks,game objectives too, such as looting corpses. Looting gives which act like signal flares that help weed out ‘campers’ oryou certain items that will allow you to recover health, extra let other team members know of your location if you are farammo or a couple of grenades. away from them. There are many scenarios where Fireworks is very useful in the game. Other systems such as Motion Comics and Kill Panels give the player great satisfaction after gunning down enemies, or stylishly getting gunned down. Sounds weird, but hey, it does actually give a great feeling even though your character gets shot. Vendettas are a system in the game that allows you to gain more XP by gunning down the opponent that just shot your character to death in the next re-spawn. XP gained also allows you to gain up to 50 ranks, which allows you to earn in-game cash. The cash can also be used to unlock contentXP gained allows you to level up, gaining in-game cashto purchase weapons and weapon upgrades, items such asgrenades or painkillers to regain health, as well as specialabilities known as Bursts. There are up to 3 target levels togain.Like I mentioned in my previous article, Bullet Time canbe used in multiplayer. The only condition is that it doesn’tapply automatically to anyone or right from the get-go in thebeginning of the session. This is what sets the multiplayerapart from many other third-person multiplayer shooters on 3
  • 208. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAlso, the more weapons your character carries, the slower • BOUNTY ORDERSyour character moves. Very similar to Mass Effect 3′ssystem, but this still this takes the cake. Here are some of the • GAS MASKavailable weapons and items you can equip: • BALACLAVAWEAPONS • LOCKBOX• .38 • MILITARY GOGGLES• Pt92 • FIELD BANDAGES• M 01 • Adrenaline auto injector• 1911 • ID CARD• M972 • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE• DE.50 • WALKIE TALKIE• MPK• M500 More powerful weapons in your inventory requires more weight, which in turn will make your character slower• Mini-30 in speed and health regeneration. There are 5 item slots for your characters head, chest and three pieces of• SAF .40 “gear”. Each of these items will give you abilities like spotting your enemy’s location for a couple of seconds, to• M4 super 90 increased armour and replenishing your spent adrenaline bar.• Ak47• FAL• RPD• SUPER SPORT• M82A1• LMG.30• Grenade launcher• Flash grenade We feel that the game is fairly easy to pick up and play once you get your basic manoeuvring techniques right. But• Frag grenade at higher levels, the right weaponry, item and play style will surely rise your levels quicker than ever.• Tin can If you are looking for the Noire-style environment from Max• Smoke grenade Payne 1 and 2 in the multiplayer, look elsewhere. However, if you want to associate Max Payne’s Bullet Time sequences• Tear gas with great multiplayer systems, then this multiplayer might just be the thing. For us, we feel the game’s a lot of fun, and is a different category with its single player mode. It almostITEMS feels as though you are playing 2 different games.• Ammo Pouch We sure hope the final retail version can be as good, if not• ARMOUR – STANDARD better than this preview build of the game. Look out for our review on Max Payne 3 soon!• SPECIAL STEALTH BOOTS• HELMET Persona 4 The Golden heads• WALKIE TALKIE to North America• HYPO Source: north-america/• URBAN CAMP 4
  • 209. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy Kyoka on May 7th, 2012 Source: Crunchyroll 2012 Gunpla Builders World Cup Slated Source: slated/ By magnetic_rose on May 7th, 2012Yes Persona fans have probably assumed it and Atlus hasnow confirmed it, Persona 4 The Golden will indeed bemaking its western PS Vita debut.Scheduled for a fall 2012 release in North America, Persona4 The Golden is a polished port of the Playstation 2 hit rpgPersona 4 game which will include new animation, more The finals of the 2012 Gunpla Builders World Cup will takePersona, a new character named Marie, new voice acting as place in December at the Gundam Front Tokyo mini-themewell as wireless support and more. park, in Tokyo’s Odaiba Aqua City Diver. This is the second year the Gunpla Builders World Cup will be held, and the first time in Japan; the inaugural event was held in Hong Kong, where Ho Yick Yin of Malaysia bested eleven other regional finalists and won the open category. Representatives from Japan, Italy, Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, North America, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Thailand will be competing for the honor of being then best Gunpla builders for 2012. This year’s competition will follow last year’s format: an open category will be available for contestants aged 15 and older, and an open category will be open for contestants aged 14 and younger. Information on regional competitions forPlayers can soon travel by motorbikes to reach various areas Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines are yet to be P4 The Golden Source: ManTanWebAtlus has put up an Official English Site for the game, fornow its a bit low on content, or you can head over to theirOfficial Japanese Site for more details. Nyaruko to get Nendroid andPersona 4 The Golden’s Producer reveals some gameplay Figma figuresdetails. Source: figures/Source: Kotaku By shia on May 7th, 2012 According to Good Smile Company’s Twitter, Haiyore!New Trailer for AKB0048 Nyaruko-san will be getting Nendroid and Figma figurines.Anime ReleasedSource: magnetic_rose on May 7th, 2012A new trailer for the AKB0048 anime still currently inproduction has been released. The anime is being developedand produced by Kawamori Shouji and Satelight of MacrossFrontier fame.The series is about a group of idols who were branded asterrorists by a post-apocalyptic government who banned“entertainment which corrupts people’s minds”. The girlsthen take arms to protect themselves and their fans. It iscurrently airing on Japan TV Station Kanagawa (tvk) onSunday evenings at 11pm, GMT+9. 5
  • 210. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The smartphone application will contain manga, wallpapers, movie trailers and other specials and will be available in the Android app store and Apple app store. It would tentatively come out in May.Haiyore! Nyaruko-san revolves around Mahiro, who Source : 探探探探 mynavi, OHP,was saved from being kidnapped by aliens byNyarlathotep(Nyaruko) and she lives in with Mahiro on thepretext of protecting him from further harm.As the story progresses, more and more “evil gods” from the Square Enix Teaser for NewCthulhu mythology join in and turns Mahiro’s life upsidedown. Game on iOS and Android Source: pricing or release date details were provided for the on-ios-and-android/figurines. By bj0rN on May 7th, 2012Source : ANN , GSC TwitterRurouni Kenshin PSP gameannounced along withsmartphone applicationSource: shia on May 7th, 2012 “How do I become a true maiden?” Square Enix planning on releasing a new title for iOS and Android. You can check out the website of the new game here. No other details have been given, though one might associate it with as an Otome game, with emphasis on the player becoming an “Otome”. An Otome game is a romance game targeting at female players. The new Square Enix game is set to release this summer. Source: Square EnixJump Square Magazine(June Edition) has announced a newRurouni Kenshin PSP game in one of their special featurearticles along with a official Rurouni Kenshin smartphoneapplication.While no additional information has been given about thenew psp game judging by the copyrights on the game, itwould be produced by Namco Bandai and might be a fightinggame. 6
  • 211. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Game Review Digest –Spec Ops: The Line Conception, Cherry Tree Highdemo now on Xbox Live School Comedy Club andMarketplace and soon on Xenoblade Chronicles Source: Network cherry-tree-high-school-comedy-club-and-xenoblade-chronicles/Source: By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012xbox-live-marketplace-and-soon-on-playstation-network/ Sometimes, highly anticipated games fall flat, whereas theBy sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012 lesser known games turn out surprisingly more fun. Here are some of our recent reviews. CONCEPTION The story beings with the you, the protagonist living with your female cousin Mahiru as your parents had died in an accident while you were young. You have been called by Mahiru to the roof top and there she reveals that she might be pregnant. While you are shocked by this turn of events(wondering whose child was that…) you are sucked into a rift that appeared in the sky, when you came to your senses , you realised that you are in another world known as Granbania.Spec Ops: The Line Playable Demo is out now for Xbox You were summoned into Granbania by the King, Shangrila ,LIVE Gold members. Of course, it is only redeemable via who was trying to summon the “Maribito”(Messiah) , thatXBOX360. would save the world from the corrupting influences of the “Kegare” monsters that spawn from the negative energies ofXbox LIVE Silver members will be able to redeem it on 15 the world.May, while gamers on the PlayStation Network will be ableto do the same on 17 May for the PS3. You realise the only way to get back to your original worlds to reopen the rift that summoned you and the only way isSpec Ops: The Line is set in Dubai, and you play as Captain for you to save Grandvernier and halt the “Kegare”, thus youMartin Walker, who searches for Colonel John Konrad and agreed to help.his missing battalion, The Damned 33rd. The demo allowsyou to play through the game’s earlier two chapters of thefull game.Multiplayer will be an essential part of the gamingexperience Spec Ops: The Line has for players,and apartfrom its squad based system, you are able to use theenvironment to your advantage such as using sand to buryyour enemies.The full game will be out on stores on 29 June for bothconsoles and the PC. Pre-order the game now to get a freeupgrade to the ‘Fubar Pack’, which enables you to unlockspecial skins for your characters, stats advantage at Rank 1in multiplayer, and many other upgrades. More details here. The game is mainly a dungeon crawler with love simulationThe standard retail price for the game are as follows: elements in it. The player will run down the dungeon to progress with the story, get Kizuna Points to “Concieve” • Windows PC $59.90 Children with the mikos, these children will become your party members. • PlayStation®3 $79.90 In between running down the dungeons the player will meet • Xbox 360® $69.90 the mikos to further their relationships. Deeper bonds will lead to children with better abilities. 1
  • 212. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Miley to stroll from one place to another. On first glance, the game’s colorful graphics and small screen resolution resembles those free browser based flash games. The screen cannot be expanded to full screen so you will be playing the game on a window smaller than half the size of an average laptop screen which may seem a tad annoying to some since most PC games have the option of a full screen mode.All in all, it is an average RPG with run of the millstoryline(Save the world so that you can go home). Decentbattle system, great voice acting.YAY: Solid voice acting | Interesting concept | FunnydialogueNAY: Story is too short | Lack of variety in skillsFull review here.–Cherry Tree High School A relaxing game with good dialogue, some interestingComedy Club characters and a colourful and upbeat graphic style. If you’re wanting to spend a couple of hours playing a one-shot, this game is definitely worth your time. The game is currently available via their homepage, but will be available over the coming weeks through major digital distributors including GamersGate, GameTap, Impulse and Steam. YAY: great dialogue | cute and colorful characters NAY: full screen mode not avaliable | no mouse input | spelling errors Full review here.Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (developed by Doujin Circle –773 and will be downloadable on Steam soon) follows highschool student Miley Verisse, a comedy fanatic, on her Xenoblade Chroniclesjourney to revive her school’s comedy club. Once knownto produce a famous comedy duo, the Cherry Tree HighComedy Club (CTHCC) dissolved after the duo left.The indie game makes use of the basic yes/no along withkeyboard directional controls which on first impression,gives you the feeling that it would do much better off on a Xenoblade Chronicles (XB) doesn’t suggest greatness atmobile phone or tablet. The lack of a mouse input can also first. Being on the Wii, its opening areas are graphicallybe frustrating in places where you would think of actually decent, but uninspired. Oh hey, robots. Oh hey, strong,clicking instead of holding down the arrow keys waiting for 2
  • 213. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneswarthy Japanese RPG trope characters. This doesn’t look YAY: Gives the Wii a run for its money | Amazing Englishgood. translation | Voice-overs aren’t terrible | Fantastic battle system | Great, in-depth systems without overcomplicatedThankfully, it gets past that quickly. We’re introduced to controls | Open-world concept is really, an actual open-Shulk, the classic orphaned boy, who can somehow wield worldThe Blade of True Power™ called the Monado, one of NAY: Some graphics still have obvious fuzz and clipping |the only ways to truly put down the evil Mechron robots It’s pretty easy to get lost in the overworld | JRPG characterinvading their Titan. Titan? XB decided that it would be a tropes still existfantastic idea to set their world on the backs of (and insideof) two gigantic Titans that have frozen themselves in time. Full review here. Production Staff and Cast of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Announced Source: senkyo-to-chocolate-announced/ By Mycstea on May 10th, 2012 The official website of TV anime Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate has released it’s voice acting cast as well as production staff.While exploring, XB shows off one of the first innovations it Slated to premiere this July, TV anime Koi to Senkyo tohas happily stolen – no random battles. Enemies are clearly Chocolate is an anime based on game maker sprite’s hittelegraphed on the overworld as Shulk runs around, and visual novel of the same name.players can choose to engage them or avoid them as best theycan. Some enemies are even simply there for décor – neutral,shy, they might even seek to avoid combat or simply ignoreyou completely.Get into battle, and you’re introduced to some melding ofFinal Fantasy XIII’s action gauges and the Tale’s series ofreal-time movement. While there’s a basic attack option,battles feel more akin to MMO’s with special “Talent Art”skills to utilize. These skills can be activated at any time,dealing a base set of damage before recharging for re-use.Each skill though, does something special if players fulfillspecific conditions. One, for instance, lets Shulk deal moredamage if he backstabs an opponent, while another fromReyn might flip an armored opponent on its back. Released in 2010, the visual novel Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate follows the protagonist Yuuki Oojima as he attempts to win the election as a student council president. Originally from the Food Research Club, Yuuki was forced to join the election in an effort to save his club from being abolished. The voice acting cast has held on to the original cast of the PC game. Listed below are the full cast list for the voice acting staff. • Yuuki Oojima played by Yuiichi Nakamura (Okazaki Tomoya – CLANNAD, Gray Fullbuster – Fairy Tail) • Chisato Sumiyoshi played by Eriko Nakamura (HarukaAll these quality-of-life touches breath a sort of joyous Amami – THE IDOLM@STER)sense into Xenoblade Chronicles. You don’t want to stop • Mifuyu Kiba played by Kaori Mizuhashi (Mami Tomoewandering around the world because of all the nooks and – Puella Magi Madoka Magica)crannies. You don’t want to stop fighting because the battlesystem is actually bloody good. You don’t want to stop • Michiru Morishita played by Asami Imai (Kurisuquesting because it’s so easy and unlocks so much more Makise – Steins;Gate)things. You don’t want to stop tinkering with your gear • Isara Aomi played by Mai Kadowaki (Illyasviel vonbecause there’s a wealth of options to tailor Shulk and his Einzbern – Fate/stay night)pals out just the way you want them. • Satsuki Shinonome played by Yuu Asakawa (Rider –In short, if you own a Wii, and you’re reading this on SGCafe Fate/stay night)home of all things Japanese-related, why are you even stillhere? Go. Go now. Buy this game. As some people would have pointed out that the anime casts’ names are different from the game’s voice cast, they are 3
  • 214. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zoneall essentially the same people with different voice actressnames.Elements Garden is again charged with the music directionof the TV anime. Also tasked with the following positions arethe production staff of the anime version. • Director – Toru Kitahata (Boku ha Tomodachi ga Tsukunai episode director, Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai episode director) • Series Composition and Script – Katsuhiko Takayama (e.f. series, Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu) • Character Re-design and Overall Animation Art Director – Hiroaki Gouda (Amagami series, Onegai series)Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate will be airing in Japan from July2012. Mayu showing her “yandere” face.Source: Jamguru DJ UTO, head of EXIT TUNES, and Hidari introduced Mayu as a yandere junior high school girl, seperating her fromNew Vocaloid Character the other Vocaloid characters who are portrayed as kind and gentle. Fans online have noted about her appearance,Mayu Introduced that she has a hat with a speaker attached and earringsSource: styled like Bluetooth headsets, as well as the buttons onintroduced/ her dress resembling amplifier buttons and knobs. ThereBy Mello on May 10th, 2012 are also speculations that the rabbit doll she holds is an Animaloid as it has a microphone at the top of it’s head. From the reflection of her images, she looks like she is using the toy rabbit as a mircophone. It is also noted that she is carrying an axe with a red bow, in line with her yandere characteristics. With exception of the original illustration and logo, fans are allowed to use Mayu’s image and name for derivative works such as goods and merchandise for free without needing to apply for copyright permission from Exit Tunes. Individuals and doujin circles can freely use her as long as distribution is limited in scope or is one of the “noted distribution methods,” regardless of whether the created product is being sold or not. Furthermore, commercial entities can freely use the voice without prior approval from EXIT TUNES. The noted ways one could use the character includes of car decals (itasha), playing cards, candy, key chains, plasticMusic label, EXIT TUNES (previously released Vocaloid protectors, cases, games, cosplay, cosplayer photographs,related CDs and albums in the past for Crypton Future Media coasters, stickers, handphone straps, towels, tumblers,and INTERNET Co.,Ltd Vocaloids. ) recently announced leaflets, T-shirts, doujinshi, stuffed toys, computers, musictheir own Vocaloid character, MAYU, at it’s 10th anniversary sheets, figures, hats, posters, computer mice, mouse pads,EXIT TUNES ACADEMY event in Saitama. mugs, robots, CDs, DVDs, augmented reality, virtual reality, and MikuMikuDance models.Mayu is an upcoming Vocaloid3 character. A teaser websitehas been released for the new vocaloid character which The promotional music video for Mayu’s first song “Kamicurrently offers wallpaper downloads for computers and Uta” (feat. 164, composed by DJ UTO), which Hidari had asmartphones as well as icons. The website also has usage hand in, was screened at the EXIT TUNES ACADEMY event.guidelines and a link to Mayu’s official Twitter account. The song will be released on an upcoming Mayumi MorinagaMouseover Mayu’s face and she shows you her “yandere” CD. According to fans who have attended the event, Exitexpression. Tunes is planning something for summer Comiket. The announcement video played during the even was also knownBehind the original design and illustration of Mayu is Hidari, to be uploaded along with an announcement tweet by Exitwho has worked with EXIT TUNES on album covers, as well Tunes and then deleted. In it consists of a portion of MAYUas providing original character visual concepts for Fractale. singing 164′s Ama no Jaku (originally a GUMI song).(a sci-fi shonen anime television series) No information has been released yet on who will voice Mayu. Additional information about Mayu will be announced at a later date. Source : 4Gamer, Hatsune Miku Miku, Vocaloidism 4
  • 215. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone a better environment and are open to suggestions. (From :The Idolm@ster pachinko 4Gamer) Even if “Completion Gachapon” was completelygame announced banned , we are confident it would not hurt our foundationsSource: in this industry(From : Japan CNet)announced/ What else could it affect?By shia on May 10th, 2012 While the current action by CAA is limited only to socialBandai Namco in collaboration with Sammy has announced games, there is some chatter on 2ch that compares this“The Idolm@ster Live in Slot” method of doing business to be very similar to trading cardWhile not much details have been revealed there will games. Where players have to buy packs and open them forbe a press conference on NicoNicoDouga on the 13th of a chance of a rare card that they want. While the CAA isMay(Sunday). not targeting anything else, it could mark the beginning of aThe Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever since slippery slope down legislation in this area.its proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011. Source: FNN , Yomiuri, 4Gamer, Japan CNetNew games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 andthe PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record.Source : OHP Nakagawa Shouko Asia Tour – Singapore tickets on saleJapan to stop “Completion nowGachapon” Source: tour-singapore-tickets-now-available-on-sistic/Source: By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012By shia on May 10th, 2012Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency(CAA), has announcedthat they have requested that social game companies tostop with “Completion Gachapon” and will be issuinga official statement soon. Companies that do not complywould be sent court orders.What is “Completion Gachapon”? Sistic has released tickets on sale for Nakagawa Shouko’s “HELLO! I‘M SHOKO NAKAGAWA ASIA TOUR” for Singapore. Hong Kong based Puffin Entertainment has released ticket sales via Sistic during Mid-April, a couple of weeks earlier. The “live” venue will be held at Kallang Theatre on 4 August, 8pm. Tickets are priced at SGD$150 for VIP tickets. Standard tiers are priced at SGD$120 and SGD$90.“Gachapon” in this context is the usage of micro- Below shows the seating plan for the concerttransactions to get a chance at a random item from apredetermined group of items. “Completion Gatchapon ”would be, “To get rare item, you must have obtained two ormore items from a ‘Gachapon’ to exchange for said rare item”Why is “Completion Gachapon” beingbanned?According to FNN, social games is going through a boomphase now, with an estimated of 350 billion yen innetworth up 70 time from 4 years ago. Although 1 “Gatcha”chance might cost a few hundred yen , it would taketens of thousands of yen to get the rare items through“Completion Gachapon” which some people have done itwithout realizing the gravity of situation. Thus the request tostop “Completion Gachapon” was sent out.Response from social game companiesGree : We accept the recommendations from the CAA, for thesake of our customers we would like an environment wherethe consumers can feel safe with our service. We strive for 5
  • 216. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Jun Maeda x Nagi Yanagi Album Owari no Hoshi no LoveSong On Sale Now Source: owari-no-hoshi-no-lovesong-on-sale-now/ By Mycstea on May 10th, 2012 A joint collaboration album between Visual Art’s Key composer Jun Maeda and singer Nagi Yanagi titled Owari no Hoshi no LoveSong is now on sale Released on April 25th, collaboration concept album Owari no Hoshi no LoveSong is now on sale at 3 675 yen (with tax) for Limited Edition, and 3150 yen (with tax) for regular edition. Famed composer of Visual Art’s Key, Jun Maeda had been working on a joint project with famed singer Nagi Yanagi since last year, having both worked on Visual Art’s Key game Rewrite in the year 2011. An earlier preview single called Killer Song, had been released in Comic Market 81 last December. Since then, the couple has been working on this collaboration album which later released under the record label Flaming June last month.There is also a facebook event page for the concert, which isconvenient to check out if your friends are going. Jun Maeda, composer and writer responsible for famous tunes such as Tori no Uta (AIR OP Theme, 2004), Toki woJapanese fans of Nakagawa Shouko also have a package tour Kizamu Uta (CLANNAD After Story OP Theme, 2008 ), Dollcatered for them, travelling together their idol. (Gunslinger Girls S2 ED Theme, 2008) and My Soul, YourPuffin Entertainment is no stranger to the J-Pop Beats! (Angel Beats! OP theme, 2010). He is mainly in chargeindustry around Asia, having produced several concerts for of overall production, composing and lyrics for the entireartistes like Scandal, LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, Luna Sea, album.L`arc~en~Ciel, Lisa Ono and the list goes on. Since 1999, Also known for his writing, he has been responsible for thethey have produced numerous J-Pop and Anison concerts in storyline and script for most main Key visual novel games.Hong Kong.The venue, Kallang Theater, used to be Singapore’s largestcinema in the 1980s. It has since turned into a 1700-seatauditorium.Source: ani-culture | Kallang Theater | PuffinEntertainment | Shouko Asia Tour 6
  • 217. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5. Muteki no Soldier – 終終終Soldier 6. Kouru no Yume – 終終終 7. Executioner no Koi – Executioner終終 8. Toaru Kaizokuou no Kimagure – 終終終終終終 終終終終終終終終終 終終 9. Yuki no Furanai Hoshi – 終終終終終終終 10. Hifuki Yama no Mahoutsukai – 終終終終終終終終終 The Limited Edition also includes a DVD with illustration music videos for some of the songs included in the album. 1. Owari no Sekai Kara – 終終終終終終終終 2. Killer SongFamous singer Nagi Yanagi has been working with Supercell 3. Muteki no Soldier – 終終終Soldierbefore this current collaboration, providing the vocals forSupercell’s debut hit single Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari 4. Last Smile(Bakemonogatari OP). She also provided more vocals forSupercell in his singles Sayonara Memories and Utakata 5. Hifuki Yama no Mahoutsukai – 終終終終終終終終終Hanabi (Naruto: Shippuden 14th ED Theme, 2011) / Hoshi A sample of all songs are available on Flaming June’sga Matataku Konna Yoru ni (TYPE-MOON’s Mahoutsukai Youtube Yoru, 2011). Owari no Hoshi no LoveSong is now on sale. Source: Flaming June official website PS Vita to have Crystal White and Miku Limited Edition versions Source: miku-limited-edition-versions/ By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012 Your hands will literally be all over Hatsune Miku now. Sony Computer Entertainment will release Limited EditionAlso lending their talents for the project are famous Hatsune Miku PS Vita this coming Summer.illustrators Goto-P and ZEN. Providing the cover images forboth the normal and limited edition, Goto-P sets the feel ofthe album with grace. ZEN is responsible for the image coverof Killer Song.Both artists, along with mangaka Yuriko Asami (AngelBeats! – Heaven’s Door mangaka), light novel illustratorNanakusa (Shinigami no Ballad), light novel illustratorHamayumiba Sou, mangaka Juri Misaki (CLANNAD OfficialComic), illustrator Na-Ga (Angel Beats!) and Pixiv illustratoryae provide the artwork that accompany every song in thealbum .For preview images, please visit Flaming June’s officialwebsite listed at the end of the page. This Limited Edition PS Vita was produced in collaboration with SEGA and its next Project Diva game release titledOwari no Hoshi no LoveSong contains 14 tracks, listed tentatively as “NEXT HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA”,below. which will go on sale from 30 August 2012. Both the set and1. Owari no Sekai Kara – 終終終終終終終終 the game will be released on that day.2. Futari dake no Ark – 終終終終終終Ark In addition the special design on its back touch screen panel, a special front panel Miku-designed protective film, a 4GB3. Killer Song memory stick and a set of specially designed AR cards will be included in the Limited Edition Hatsune Miku PS Vita set.4. Flower Garden 7
  • 218. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Updated last Friday on it’s official website, Ayana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki are now cast in hit Japanese TV anime Hyouka.A Crystal White version of the PS Vita will also be released,but at an earlier date on 28 June. It will retail for 29,980 yen and 24,980yen for the 3G/WIFI and 3G sets respectively,all tax inclusive. In addition, PS Vita will have a set of fittingCrystal White IEM earbuds on sale for 2800 yen, also taxinclusive.The “Limited Edition Hatsune Miku PS Vita” will be instores on August 30. Of course, it is limited within Japan,and retails for 39,980 yen for the 3G/WIFI version. TheWIFI only version retails for 34,980 yen. All prices are taxinclusive. Hyouka (終終) is a late night anime produced by acclaimed anime studio Kyoto Animation. Adapted from novel of the same name by Hobobu Yonezawa, the animated version boast rich visuals, animation and high production values. For such reasons and beyond, Hyouka is now one of the most anticipated anime of the season. In the story, lead character Houtarou (Yuiichi Nakamura) is ordered by her elder sister to join the Classic Literature Club. As the plot progresses, Houtarou and his friends begins unraveling a mystery buried for 33 years.Source: News Dengeki Interestingly the entire main cast of TV anime K-On! is now performing in Hyouka. Cast as Classic Literature Club member Eru Chitanda, Satomi Satou previously voiced as Ritsu Tainaka.All Main Cast of K-On! Now The rest of the K-On! cast are however acting as side or minor characters. Aki Toyosaki and Youko Hikasa, who played YuiPerforming in Hyouka Hirasawa and Mio Akiyama respectively now play Rie ZennaSource: and the Quiz Study Group Chairperson.performing-in-hyouka/By Mycstea on May 10th, 2012Ayana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki are now cast in hitJapanese TV anime Hyouka. 8
  • 219. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneAyana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki, who also played asAzusa Nakano and Tsumugi Kotobuki respectively now playmanga club members Kimura and Henmi.Hyouka is now on air every Sunday at 2430 on ChibaTelevision. Limited Edition Blu-Ray and DVD of all 11episodes are scheduled to be released on June 29th 2012.Source: Ota-suke 9
  • 220. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop CultureAnoHana Menma Figure byALTERSource: Mycstea on May 15th, 2012High quality figure making company ALTER opens pre-orders for their new figurine 「Menma「 from hit TV animeAno Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha MadaShiranai on May 16th 2012 (Tomorrow).Widely considered to be one of the best figurine producingcompanies ALTER has a great history of sculpting andproducing some of the greatest figures in the past decade.Previewed of it’s sculpt several months ago inWonderfestival 2012, ALTER has displayed 「Menma「 as afigurine to look out for. Depicted with her usual naive and romantic expression, Menma is wonderfully depicted sitting on the upper ledge ofTV anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha the group’s Secret Base.Mada Shiranai is an original story animated by A1-Picturesand distributed by Aniplex. The plot revolves around sixfriends, drifted apart following a tragedy. Years pass andthe sudden return of their deceased friend’s spirit marks thebeginning of a string of emotional events and a touchingfinale that has sent tears streaming down the cheeks of eventhe manliest of men.Fully coloured for release preview, 「Menma「 is aspectacular 1/8 scale figure with details fans would recognizeand admire. 1
  • 221. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneThe vaguely semi-translucent material used to makeMenma’s clothings wonderfully depicts the light weight andfluffiness of her clothing. The zinc plates that make up the walls of the Secret Base was skillfully and wonderfully painted, with effects to simulate rust and aging.One of the things I found really appropriate was theinclusion of Menma’s diary, one of the artifacts that stirthe heartstrings of viewers. Also sculpted in are the randomrubbish and ornaments left behind by Poppo during his stayin the Secret Base, such as an umbrella and a tribal lookingsling bag. 2
  • 222. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Welcome to Diablo III! The fight for Sanctuary has begun. Please note that due to a high volume of traffic, login and character creation may be slower than normal. If you’re unable to login to the game orSome last touches I really appreciate is the inclusion of the create characters, please wait and try again. We’veflower logo from the logo as well as the Super Peace Busters temporarily taken our websites offlinecarving that is on the wooden plank, a homage to the original and launched more servers to accomodate for theSecret Base as seen in the image below. traffic. We hope to resolve these issues as soon as possible and appreciate your patience. In short, sit tight folks, it’s gonna be a long night in hell… Game review – Disgaea 3 for PS Vita Source: By sentinel011 on May 15th, 2012「Menma「 is available from tomorrow for preorder.Source: ALTER Kaihatsubu Oshigoto BlogDiabloical laughter fills yourmind… Diablo 3 serversoverloaded and crashingSource: Neubronner Eugene on May 15th, 2012For those lucky members who’ve got their Diablo 3 allprimed and ready. For those who took off from work/school/life to hook themselves up ready for the “Big One”. Sorry,error 9001. While everyone is going nuts waiting for the launch of DiabloReports are streaming in from all over the Internet that few – 3 in a few hours, here’s a little something RPG purists willif any – are able to log into Blizzard’s hotly anticipated game take note of.Diablo 3 as it launches worldwide due to server crashes and Japanese RPG fans will surely have heard of the Disgaeageneral error overflows. If you’re one of those stuck waiting, franchise, and this latest iteration doesn’t fall short. PeopleBlizzard has this to say on their Facebook page: who do not know Japanese yet prefer their voice packs over the English ones may sigh a breath of relief as Disgaea 3 for the Vita enables you to switch in between languages and subtitles, including to what most otaku would love – Japanese voice with English subtitles! In short, if you’re a fan of strategy games then this is the game for you with a lot of things to experiment with and 3
  • 223. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonesomething for you to spend time on. The soundtrack is rather In the first article, Hikasa begins with a self introductiondecent since it plays along with the quirky comedic storyline to writing her first column articles. She continues byand you can have Japanese dubs along with English subs. commenting on gaming, and specifically moves on to the TVThere are also countless ways of how you can go about by anime 「 – Saki -, marveling at the character designs and howcompleting the stages, so if you’re looking for a game that cute the show is (at this point, probably hinting on her desireyou can spend a lot of time with, this is the thing for you. to voice for a role in the anime).Read the full review here! She continues by elaborating on her match in Mahjong Battling Club (「「「「「「「) on her Nintendo DS. She then elaborates on about her games within her portable consoleK-On! Voice Actress Yoko and her eventual desire to play against real players.Hikasa Expresses Interest inMahjong, TV anime SakiSource: Mycstea on May 15th, 2012In a rare confession of interest, voice actress Yoko Hikasaexpresses her interest for the popular working class hobby,Mahjong. Her second article shows her progress as she moves on to playing in Mahjong machines in Gaming Centers and eventually plays online games with players across the country.Known for her role as bassist Mio Akiyama in hit TVanime K-On!, Yoko Hikasa is a prominent voice actressrecognized for her girl-next-door voice but yet powerfulvocals. However, little is known about her secret admirationfor the game Mahjong.In a rather interesting chain of articles released recently,Hisako not only expresses intense interest in the game, but Last but not least, her last article shows her graduation fromalso hinting her desire for a role in the TV anime 「- Saki. digital medium to playing against real Mahjong with players in Mahjong Centers and the conclusion of her short butIn the short columns featuring her thoughts, 「「「「「「 eventful columns.「「「「「「「「「「 (「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「 in furigana),Hikasa pleasantly talks about the game as an interesting, yet It is indeed rather interesting to see Hikasa’s gradual descentunpredictable game. into Mahjong addiction, as well as her slight but significant hint at pursuing a role in the TV anime 「 -Saki-. Source: Otanews The IdolM@ster Live In Slot! More details revealed Source: details-revealed/ By shia on May 15th, 2012 4
  • 224. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneFollowing our post here on a new IdolM@ster IP, Sammy has The Figures will be on sale at the “Anno Hideaki’s Specialrevealed it to be a slot machine. The 2nd PV after the jump. Effects Museum – View Techniques of the Showa Period in Miniature” exhibition that was announced a few daysOne of its unique selling points would be the ability to save ago here from the 10th of July 2012 to the 8th of Octoberrecords and data and to load it using the user’s mobile phone 2012.and the ability to customize the contents in the game. The figma and the figure will also be on sale in the GSC’s Online shop here after the 8th of October 2012 until the 22nd of October 2012. The prices have yet to be confirmed. Source : Good Smile Company Mikatan’s English blogThe IdolM@ster Live In Slot! will be available in JapanSummer 2012.The Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever sinceits proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011.New games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 andthe PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record.Source : The Idolm@ster , Sammy, Original ArticleGiant God Warrior Figure andFigma announcedSource: shia on May 15th, 2012According to GSC‘s Mikatan‘s blog, Giant God Warrior fromStudio Ghibli’s latest film titled ‘Giant God Warrior Appearsin Tokyo’ will be made into a figure and figma. Sony posts March PlayStation Vita Sales at 600,000 Units Source: sales-at-600000-units/ 5
  • 225. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy shia on May 15th, 2012 Isetan Scotts is hosting the Pika Pika Carnival from the 11th to 20th of May 2012, the first ever event of its kind here in Singapore. Pokemon trainers who own the Pokemon Black or White cartridges are eligible to receive a free in-game Pikachu when you show up at the carnival. Distribution is limited to one per cartridge and is done by WIFI at the area. When you arrive at the carnival, simply follow the instructions on a signboard at the entrance to receive your gift.Sony has revealed that worldwide PlayStation Vita sales tobe at 1.8 million at the end of March 2012 according toEurogamer .While the numbers were not included in their annualearnings report, Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai announced, “In thepast year, 1.8 million units were sold in US,Japan, Asia andEurope.”Sony had announced 1.2 million worldwide Vita sales at theend of Feb 2012.Taking the total sales since March and the Sales figures inFebruary, March would be about 600,000 Units.Of that 600,000 figure, the Vita has only managed 52,492sales in Japan in March according to Eurogamer.The PlayStation Vita launched in December in Japan, The event-exclusive Pikachu is distributed at level 100, willFebruary in Europe , US and Singapore. hold a Light Ball and know of the attacks Volt Tackle,Source : Eurogamer Thunder, Grass Knot and Quick Attack. It is said that it is the very same Pikachu that was handed out last month at the Tohoku Pokemon Center Pikachu Festival in Japan. EachEvent-exclusive Pikachu received Pikachu has a different temperament, so be sure todistributed at the Pika Pika compare yours with your friends to see what you get.Carnival Apart from that, the event also boasts Japan exclusive Pokemon merchandize for sale carnival such as plushies,Source: stationary, bags, bento boxes, and the exclusive Pokemonat-the-pika-pika-carnival/ Battle Chess. Plushies sold at the event include Pikachu,By Mello on May 15th, 2012 Chikorita, Oshawott, Lugia, Tepig, Minccino, Scraggy, Emolga and more. There are also three different Pokemon carnival games at the event in which you can win attractive prizes. Each game costs $3/$5 per try. Pichu visors are given out for free at the event as well, so do make your way to payment counter to get your hands on one. And if you can’t get enough of the yellow furball, there are also Meet and Greet sessions with Pikachu on 12, 13, 19 & 20 May at 1 pm, 3 pm & 5 pm. Nendoroid Kuroyukihime Preview Source: 6
  • 226. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy bj0rN on May 15th, 2012 Nendroid Gakupo Out September, On Pre-order Now! Source: pre-order-now/ By magnetic_rose on May 15th, 2012Accel World have updated their website with preview imagesof the upcoming Nendoroid Kuroyukihime by Good SmileCompany.Apparently Haruyuki also comes along with Kuroyukihimeso that she has a nice little piggy companion to hug with. Another Vocaloid is set to join the line-up with the new Gakupo Nendroid — now available fro pre-order! Accessories will include a Japanese fan, two swords, three faces, and an eggplant horse. If you have no idea what that little bit is all about, we suggest trolling through PIXIV or NICO NICO~ The Gakupo Nendo will retail for JPY 3,334; check out more pics below.Preorder opens on 15th May 2012 and is expected to bereleased later in September.Accel World is staged in a world which in the year 2046,neuro-synchronization enables people to launch themselvesinto a virtual world. Kuroyukihime is a virtual avatar insideAccel World.Source: Accel World 7
  • 227. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Source: Tomopop 8
  • 228. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012 A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku A joint collaboration between CAPCOM, SEGA and BANDAI and Japanese Pop Culture NAMCO Games, Project X Zone is a strategy RPG game exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS.Pokemon Black & White 2 SP Creators of numerous titles and franchises, CAPCOM, SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO are perhaps one of the most famousAnime Movie Japanese game creators. A new game produced by MonolithSource: Soft, 主Project X Zone主 attempts to bring the essence of allmovie/ three companies and create the ultimate crossover strategyBy bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 RPG game.The Pokemon Black & White 2 animated movie has beenofficially release by Pokemon Co.View the nearly five minute clip below.Here’s the casting list:主主主主主主主主Main character – Irino Miyu » Sena[Eyeshield 21],Syaoran[most CLAMP series], Daisuke[D.N. Angel] According to an earlier report by Andriasang , 主Project X Zone主 (read as Project Cross Zone) is a collaborationN主主主主主 initiated by BANDAI NAMCO Games with CAPCOM, ofN – Kamiya Hiroshi » Izaya[Durarara!], Miyazi[Starry Sky] which SEGA followed later.主主主主主主主 Bianca – Taketatsu Ayana » Ayumi[The World Much information regarding certain aspects of the gameOnly God Knows], Azusa[K-On Movie] are not yet revealed. However, a great deal of information主主主主主主主主主 Cheren – Kimura Ryouhei » Shoma[Penguin regarding the participating cast and game system have beenDrum], Yoshiya[The World Ends With You] revealed so far. 主Project X Zone主 will feature a fully voiced cast, including in-battle and out of battle sequences.主主主主主主主主主 Rival – Minagawa Junko » Ryoma[Prince ofTennis], Joshua[Chrono Crusade] As mentioned earlier, 主Project X Zone主 is a strategy RPG game. Similar to the likes of 主Super Robot Wars主 and主主主主主主主主主主 主Advance Wars主, players first adapt an overview of theElesa – Sawashiro Miyuki » Celty[Durarara!], Dead battleground with miniatures representing a party. Once aMaster[Black Rock Shooter] battle commences, the game will shift into a special battle主主主主主主主主主主 Akuroma/Achrome[that professor guy] – screen.Suwabe Junichi » Atobe[Prince of Tennis], Ren[Uta Puri]主主主主主主主主主主主主 DarkTrinity – Ishida Akira »Athrun[Gundam Seed Destiny], Mizuki[Prince of Tennis]This movie is a preview to introduce players to PokemonBlack & White 2. During this mode, players will be able to create specialGaming Giants Collaboration combos by utilizing the D-Pad and A-button. This givesProduction: Project X Zone the player the flexibility to create different combos and combinations, of which the game will reward the playerSource: heavily for.production-project-x-zone/ Currently revealed so far, the list of characters from the various game makers and games are listed below: 1
  • 229. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Persona 4 The Golden: Kujikawa Rise’s Evolved Persona Source: • Resident Evil franchise: Chris Redfield & Jill Valentine rises-evolved-persona/ By bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 • Devil May Cry franchise: Dante Famitsu has posted new updates for Persona 4 The Golden. • Darkstalkers franchise: Demitri Maximoff, Rei Rei & The latest evolved Persona, Rise Kujikawa’s Kouzeon and Morigan her new abilities. • Street Fighter franchise: Ryu, Ken & Chun-Li • Megaman franchise: X & Zero • Dead Rising franchise: Frank West • Valkyria Chronicles 3: Kurt Irving & Riela Marcellis • Sakura Wars franchise: Sakura Shinguji, Ichiro Ogami, Erica Fontaine & Gemini Sunrise • Virtual Fighter franchise:Akira Yuki & Pai Chan Featuring you Rise Kujikawa’s evolved Persona, Kouzeon. Apparently she does have a few new abilities in the game. • Shining Force EXA: Touma & Cyrille主 • Space Channel 5: Ulala • Battle Support – Rise will now provide healing to your team during certain moments in the battle. • Resonance of Fate: Zephyr & Leanne • Rise-chi Check – Rise will do a scan on your enemies • Dynamite Deka: Bruno Delinger at the beginning of the battle. • Assistance – Rise being able to revive your main character if he falls at certain moments? • Cheer up! – When all of your opponent is down, you’ll gain an all out attack. Rise will also support in the all out attack sequence. • Tales of Vesperia: Yuri Lowell & Estellise Sidos Heurassein • Tekken franchise: Jin Kazama & Ling Xiaoyu • .hack franchise: Kaito & Black Rose • Xenosaga franchise: Kos-Mos & T-elos • Super Robot Wars OG: Sanger Somvold • God Eater Burst: Soma Schicksal & Alisa Ilinichina Amiella • The Legend of Valkyrie: Valkyrie • Super Robot Wars OG Mugen no Frontier: Haken Browning & Kaguya Nanbu主Project X Zone主 is slated to be released this year. Readerscan check out their website (Japanese) here for moreinformation.Source: Andriasang 2
  • 230. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneRise Kujikawa, also known by her stage name Risette (orRise-chi) is a famous teen idol. Rise is well-known amongstteenagers and adults, but quit her job suddenly, citing healthreasons. In Persona 4 The Golden, during the winter time,she will wear a snow suit with pink sunglasses on top ofher head, high collar with pink and white stripe with hermatching pink snow jacket that says “Lovers”, purple gloves,darker navy snow pants, and light purple shoes.Source: FamitsuPersona 4 The Golden: NewDailies AddedSource: bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 Next Tales Title to be Announced on 2nd June 2012 Source: has added some details and new screenshots with on-2nd-june-2012/regards to the new dailies that are added to the new By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012installment of Persona 4 The Golden. New components like To be announced officially in Tales of Festival on June 2ndbug catching, fishing and omikuji are now added. 2012, the next 主Tales主 title will be formally unveiled.Some of the component interacts with each other. Forexample, the bugs that you net in the bug catchingcomponent can be used as bait to be used for the fishingcomponent. 3
  • 231. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone Sword Art Online 2nd trailer streamed Source: streamed/ By shia on May 18th, 2012 The second Sword Art Online trailer has been released. Sword Art Online is an animation adaptation of a light novel of the same name. The story revolves around the Virtual life of Kazuto “Kirito” Kirigaya. It is set in the future where full immersion of virtual reality is possible. Kazuto joins a MMORPG called “Sword Art Online”, where the goal is to get to the top of the castle that forms the virtual world of Sword Art Online, Aincrad. Tragedy struck on the first day of it’s official service. The gamemaster/creator of the game announced : “Until the players have cleared the Castle, they will be unable to log out. Anyone that dies in the game would also die in real life, if they were forcefully disconnected, the players would also die in real life.”A recent article in Jump magazine leaked on 10th May to From that point on, Kirito’s life was turned into a death gamereveal a sneak peak of a new sequel in video game franchise where his only hope is to clear the dungeon and get out主Tales主 series. As fans have eagerly awaited for news of a alive. Sword Art Online chronicles Kirito’s journey in his onesequel since the previous installment Tales of Xillia last year, and only chance of getting back into the real world.NAMCO BANDAI is keeping news of the new game under The music composition for the animation will be done bywraps until it’s official unveiling. renown composer Kajiura Yuki, her works consists of majorNAMCO BANDAI’s 主Tales主 is a franchise of role playing hits such as Madoka, .hack//, Fate/Zero and many with it’s history starting from as far back as 1995. Sword Art Online is currently selling in the form of a LightThe first of it’s franchise, Tales of Phantasia and following novel , Volume 10 of the novel will be releasing this Julytitles revolve a theme of “high fantasy”, mostly involving 2012. The animation will begin airing in July 2012.swordplay, magic and lore. Source : OHP , Featured ImageRecently interviewed by Famitsu, 主Tales主 franchiseproducer Hideo Baba let loose small tidbits about the newgame. The next 主Tales主 series is definitely a new entry into Sadako 3D Gets Asia Releasethe franchise as a “Mothership” title, not escort titles such as Source: of Tempest or upcoming Tales of VS. By magnetic_rose on May 18th, 2012The game now explores a completely new world of humancivilisation, slightly distant from it’s “high fantasy” origins.The environments are slightly modern and robotic.The storyline and game system will also revolve around thetheme 主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主, or translated 主Are youprepared to destroy a world for the sake of a girl?主.However fans of the series need not worry as the gamepreserves the feel of the 主Tales主’s gameplay system, whiletrying to bring the franchise to a new level.Fans would not want to miss the official unveiling ofnew content on June 2nd. Do catch the announcementand unveiling of the next 主Tales主 series online by simplyregistering to 主Tales of Channel主 and view it live as itstreams.NAMCO BANDAI has set up a special teaser website for thecountdown of the next 主Tales主 title. Visit the website here. In a press conference held in Tokyo on 12th May, it wasSource: Game News, Game Talk announced that the newest film from The Ring series entitled “Sadako 3D” will be released all over Asia. Key cities include Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong, and Singapore. To advertise the film, gigantic ad trucks depicting the main antagonist Sadako climbing out of a television screen have been driving around Central Tokyo. 4
  • 232. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneSadako 3D will star Ishihara Satomi, Seto Kôji, andHashimoto Ai, and will be directed by Hanbusa Tsutomu ofKoukou Debut fame.Source: Tokyo HivePersona 4 Amagi YukikoFigure Available for Pre-order!Source: magnetic_rose on May 18th, 2012As part of Megahouse’s Priestess line, a 1/8th scale figure ofPersona 4′s Amagi Yukiko is now available for pre-order atonline shops and import toy stores.She will come with at least two separate faces, two setsof glasses, and a small Japanese fan that you can pose orremove at will. Yukiko will go for JPY 7600 and will startshipping in August.More pics below~ 5
  • 233. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone The event includes a live concert and sales event but in short it can be said to be a Visual Art’s themed festival. Other then the concert, the event will host a series of galleries, depicting the colourful paths of VA’s 20 years of glory. Namely, • 主主主主主主主主主20主主主主主主主主 – Exhibit of Visual Art’s 20 Year Commemoration Mementos • 主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主 – Corner Jammed Pack with Staffs’ Interesting Ideas • 主主主主主主主主主主主主主 – Full Display of all VA Characters • 主主主主主主主主主主主主 – Reconstruction of Staff Workroom • 主主主主主主主主主主 - Corner of Rare Original Artworks • 主主主主主主主主主主主 – Commemorative Illustration Exhibit There will also be exclusive merchandise on sale at the event including Live Goods, Event Exclusive merchandise, Hight Tier Commemorative Goods (laptops and giant LCD panels), Fun Sets and Special CD with Phamplets.Source: TomopopVisual Art’s 20th AnniversaryCelebrationsSource: Exclusive performance of club remix label OTSU will also becelebrations/ performing on site from 10am – 3pm. Entrance is free.By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012Famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is Page 1 – Description of Festival, goods and OTSUcelebrating it’s 20th anniversary with a host of exciting Page 2 – I’ve + Key Sounds Label/ Kaori Utatsuki/ Mamicelebrations. Kawada/ KOTOKOPublishing company of visual novel companies such as Key, Page 3 – C.G mix/ Eriko Shimamiya/ Larval Stage PlanningOcelot, Spray and 130cm Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th Page 4 – Miyako Suzuta/ eufonius/ Rita/ NanosizeMiranniversary with a host of exciting events this coming July Page 5 – Lia/ Aoi Tada/ marina/ LiSA and other details29th at Yokohama Arena. While we wait: Diablo 3 cosplay shots from South Korea’s launch Source: shots-from-south-koreas-launch/Formally named VA20主主主主主主主主 主 主主主主主主主主主主主主主主 Shift: Next ->Generation! 主 主主主主主主主主主主主主主主 主.Losely translated, it means: Visual Art’s 20th AnniversaryCommemoration Event 主Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 主Shift: Next -> Generation! – The Song Played Together WithYou For the Future -. 6
  • 234. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-ZoneBy Neubronner Eugene on May 18th, 2012If you’re annoyed by our previous post and sitting therescreaming at the Lords of Hell “TO JUST LET ME IN!” andneed a sweet, sweet timeout, we here at SGCafe have justthe ticket. South Korea’s Blizzard fansite Inven has postedpictures of their launch, and wow, what a launch.Invited to the event were Spiral Cats, one of South Korea’stop pro cosplay teams, to strut their stuff. They had almostthe entire cast going too, with a Witch Hunter, Sorceress,Witch Doctor and suitably clad Tyrael. Only missing werethe Barbarian and Monk classes. As usual, the costumeswere drop dead gorgeous, with incredible detailing and somesweet-as personal styling. It probably helps that the team,made up of members like Tasha and Miyuko, are very prettyas well. 7
  • 235. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zonevia Inven 8