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


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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-Zone 6 By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Namco Bandai has recently released Bakemonogatari’s new game demo. The Official Youtube channel features the story demo for the PSP game Bakemonogatari Portable on last Friday. The demo previews the game’s recreation of the Hitagi Crab storyline from the anime adaptation and the supernatural light novel written by NisiOisin. Bandai Namco has also aired several other promotional videos and commercials for the game. Here you can watch the other videos: The game will be released in Japan on 23rd August. There are two editions, regular and limited. The regular version will be priced at 6280 yen (approx. SGD$100) while the limited will be 9980 yen (approx. SGD$159). The limited edition also comes with an exclusive box that included a back-pack inspired pouch, a special contents DVD, a voice custom CD, a custom theme and a booklet. The Limited Edition bonuses (Source: ANN, Bakemonogatari Official site) Sakurakagura novel by Naoki Hisaya and Kishida Mel Source: and-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Naoki Hisaya, known for working on the story for Sola and co-planning Kanon with Key’s Maeda Jun has announced a new novel project titled Sakurakagura, with illustrations by Kishida Mel. It will be his first new project in 5 years. With such talents working on this novel, an anime adaptation could be expected in the future. It will be published privately by Infinite, and will only be available for purchase at events and partner shops. The site is looking for interested shops willing to carry the novel for sale. Official site. Guilty Crown Lost Christmas 3rd Promo Trailer Aired Source: promo-trailer-aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Nitroplus has began streaming the third promotional video the computer adventure game prequel, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas based on the anime Guilty Crown on Sunday. Watch the trailer here! The video promo features the song “Planetes”, is sung by the anime’s in-story band EGOIST. The song is the theme for 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
  • 2. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Jin (writer for Nitroplus’ popular game Demonbane) will be writing the original scenario for the game and Chuuouhigashiguchi is the creator for the original artwork. Both are involved in the anime itself, which premiered on Fuji TV’s late-night Noitamina programming block last October. The regular version is set to release for 5,040 yen (approx. SGD$80), while the limited edition will be priced at 7140 yen (approx SGD$114). Nitroplus posted the first game trailer in January and began streaming the second one in April. (Souce: ANN, Guilty Crown Official Site) Nippon Ichi Software’s Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox official site open Source: unmei-kakumei-no-paradox-official-site-open/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Game company Nippon Ichi Software has announced a new game title in commemoration of it’s 20th anniversary, titled Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox. The official site is open now, with more details coming on the 19th of July. The game features the art of illustrator Noizi Ito, and the Disgaea team will be planning/producing the project. The opening theme and music is by Yousei Teikoku. The synopsis reveals that the story is about a high school student who suddenly becomes a god one day, and goes around fulfilling wishes with 7 angels, and develops as a person along the way. There has been talks of an anime adaptation, and speculation that the game may be for the PS VITA (As spotted on the HTML source code on the page, though it has been since removed.) Source: Temple Knights Unchained Blades EXXIV Trailer featuring guest character designers Source: featuring-guest-character-designers/ By Kyoka on July 16th, 2012 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.
  • 3. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Dark Knight by Yoshitaka Amano Zodiac by Kia Asamiya Source: Andriasang
  • 4. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Evangelion Moon Cake Source: By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Part 3 of the Evangelion Cake series features character Kaworu Nagisa, and is created in the image of the moon. The cake is a mango flavored sponge, with a white chocolate coating. It will come with a Kaworu figure (roughly 11cm in height), and a replica of the Mark.06 spear from the second movie. 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 first module here is designed by popular illustrator nagimiso (Who did the character designs for the Meltdown PV). As shown above, the costume worn by Miku is called “Agitation”, while Kaito’s costume is “General” and Len’s costume is “Badboy”.
  • 5. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 This module is designed Ichiyou Moka (pixiv artist). The costumes for Miku is known as “Innocence”. For Kaito it is “Guilty” and for Luka it is “Amour” respectively. Lastly, we get the lovely girls in new swimsuit modules for the 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” bikini respectively. (Source: My Game News Flash blog) Awaodori in Tokushima features Fate/Zero, Tales of Xillia Source: fatezero-tales-of-xillia/ By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 If you attend the Awaodori (Awa Dance Festival) in Tokushima, there will be two posters of Fate/Zero and Tales of Xillia available. 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! Fate/Zero side But if you really, really want the posters, you can purchase them from Nico Nico Shopping. The set, called the Awaodori course, come with other bonuses, such as a sticker, a card, a wristband, a fan and a hand towel.
  • 6. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Tales of Xillia side (Source: Yaraon) Radio Kaikan to collaborate with Steins;Gate for 1/1000 scale model Source: steinsgate-for-11000-scale-model/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Radio Kaikan’s online shop, Hobby Kaikan has opened preorders for a 1/1000 scale model of the iconic Radio Kaikan, but with a Steins;Gate flavor to it. It will come with a ‘satellite’ crash on the roof, just like in the world of Steins;Gate. The windows are separate plastic parts for added realism. The scale model is available for preorder on Hobby Kaikan, and will ship out from the 1st of August. Site here. 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.
  • 7. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 In commemoration of the release of this book, there will be an event called WakamuraP’s Video Recipes Extra ~The Making of Sweet Devil~, to be held on the 3rd of August, at 7pm in Akihabara Shosen Book Tower. The event is open to the first 50 people to preorder the book at Shosen. The book will come with sample effect clips and NiVE project files. You can see more sample images and videos at the official site here. Space Brothers gets Apo dog plush Source: By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 Japanese hobby goods maker, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai, will be releasing an Apo pug plush inspired by the anime/manga Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai). The plush is an “almost life-size” plush and will cost 6090 yen (approx. SGD$97). The release date will be around the end of August. The plush will measure 35 centimeters long and 33 centimeters tall. The plush also features wrinkles on its forehead and back, a curly pug tail and Apo’s trademark heart shoulder marking. The anime adaptation of Koyama Chuya’s Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai) manga premiered in Japan on April 1. There is also a live-action film adaptation that was screened in theaters in Japan on 5th May. (Source: ANN, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai site) Zettai Karen Children gets 3rd anime season Source: anime-season/
  • 8. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 Zettai Karen Children, about a group of teenage girls who fight crime with their ESPs, will see a third anime season, Shukan Shonen Sunday (published by Shogakukan) revealed in its latest issue, which goes on sale today. The Sci-Fi comedy series takes place in a futuristic Japan where ESPers – people with special abilities – are appearing with increasing regularity. ESPers are appraised and ranked by levels, and enlisted by the Japanese government as a means to stop criminal activity committed through the use of special abilities. The series’ protagonists, Kaoru (psychokinesis), Aoi (teleportation), Shiho (telepathy) are three teenage girls who stand at the forefront of the entire ESPer community, having been appraised as Level 7s – the highest possible level. Together, the three form a special unit known as “The Children”. First seriealised in Shukan Shonen Sunday in 2005, the Zettai Karen Children comics has had a 30-volumes run thus far, with over six million copies sold. In 2008 and 2009 the series was adapted into an anime series that ran for two seasons or 51 episodes, broadcasted on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. An OVA was also released in 2010. To commemorate the occasion, a poll is being conducted over at the series’ official website to determine which of seven illustration pieces will be used as the basis of a poster- towel to be sold in the near future. Source: Mantan-web Hunter X Hunter movie, subtitled “Phantom Rouge”, hits theatres in Japan January 2013 Source: phantom-rouge-hits-theatres-in-japan-january-2013/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 An official logo, subtitle, and release date for the forthcoming Hunter X Hunter movie was unveiled today. The movie’s full title reads “Gekijouban Hunter X Hunter Hiiro no Genei (Phantom Rouge)” [###
  • 9. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 HUNTER×HUNTER #################], and it will be hit theatres in Japan January 12, 2013. Despite the manga and anime series’ long-standing history, with over 60 million copies of the original comics sold, Phantom Rouge is Hunter X Hunter’s first feature-length animated film. Although the movie’s plot will be an original story, Hunter X Hunter series creator Yoshihiro Togashi has stated his inclination to write the script. Details of the movie’s plot at the moment are scarce. All that’s been revealed is that the story has something to do with Kurapika Kuruta (whose eyes turn scarlet red when he gets excited), as well as the Phantom Brigade Genei Ryodan. Hence the subtitle “Phantom Rouge” or “Hiiro no Genei”. More concrete details about the movie will be revealed in next week’s issue of Shuukan Shonen Jump (issue 34), on sale July 23. Source: Mantanweb PlayStation Vita moves 790,633 units in Japan; Persona 4 the Golden tops Vita sales charts Source: units-in-japan-persona-4-the-golden-tops-the-platforms-software-sales- charts/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 790,633 PlayStation Vita units have been sold in Japan since its launch in December last year, this week’s Famitsu magazine reveals in a mid-year sales summary for the platform. In the same report, Famitsu also revealed sales figures for the top 10 selling PS Vita software, as follows: 1. Persona 4 the Golden (188,782 copies) 2. Minna no Golf 6 (118,985 copies) 3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (89,390 copies) 4. Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush (74.785 copies) 5. Shin Sangoku Musou Next (74,718 copies) 6. Tales of Innocence R (71,463 copies) 7. Lord of Apocalypse (69,162 copies) 8. Ragnarok Odyssey (65,318 copies) 9. Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (55,527 copies) 10. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (54,902 copies) Speaking to Famitsu magazine, Sony Computer Entertainment said that software sales were within expectations. On average, a best-selling PS Vita at this point moves approximately 70,000 units. That said, Sony expects to see more PS Vita games sell at levels closer to Persona 4 the Golden’s figures, as an increasing number of highly-anticipated titles come closer to being released. In particular, August’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, and Winter 2012′s Soul Sacrifice were cited as two potential high-flyers. Sony also added that gamers looking forward to the PS Vita’s next wave of titles can expect to hear about a major boost to the line-up come this September at the Tokyo Game Show. Source: Sinobi Famitsu magazine headlines: Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition, Oda Nobunaga & Liu Bei in Inazuma Eleven, and more Source: yakuza-12-hd-edition-oda-nobunaga-liu-bei-in-inazuma-eleven-and- more/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 The Ryu ga Gotoku announcement Sega’s been teasing turns out to be a re-release of the first two games in HD. Final Fantasy III for the PSP (Japanese version) will feature full English text. All this and more in this week’s Famitsu gaming news in brief. Note: If you live in Singapore and are interested in picking up a copy of this week’s issue, Kinokuniya Books here usually receives their shipments on Fridays. Fantasy Life Platform: 3DS Release date: Sometime in 2012 Price: Undetermined Project development: Level 5 Game developer: Brownie Brown
  • 10. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Music: Nobuo Uematsu Image Illustration: Yoshitaka Amano Will support Street Pass, as well as local multiplayer. Expect a release date in next week’s issue of Famitsu. New Super Mario Bros. 2 This week’s feature spread introduces gold rings and enemies 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 after being blasted out from a giant cannon at the very beginning. Movement is automatic, so you’ll have to guide Mario through to the end of the level with precise jumps. Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition Platform: PS3 Release date: November 1 (although apparently if you do a search online, a December 1 date is listed instead) Price: 5,290 yen Load times will be short. You’ll be able to manage your item box inventory even in phone booths. At restaurants, dishes you’ve eaten will be checked so it’s easier to complete a challenge that involves having tried all foods. The pre-order bonus for Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD edition will be a special Blu-ray case modelled after the PS2 games’ original packaging. 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. 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) Some new modules are also introduced. We should have more on this later today. Toki to Towa ~Tokitowa~ Release date: October 11
  • 11. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Two new characters are introduced. Makimona (CV: Aya Endo) is a fortune-teller who sees a vision of a wedding ceremony being interrupted by some sort of attack. Bicode (CV: Tomokazu Sugita) is the leader of an assassin guild. The theme song for the game, entitled Rewind, will be performed by May.J (#####). Tekken Tag Tournament 2 New characters: Alex, Forest Law, P.Jack, and Tiger Jackson. Project X Zone Lady (Devil May Cry) and Lindow Amamiya (God Eater) will join the playable cast. Idolmaster Shiny Festa Songs featured in the title will include: Kyun! Vampire Girl Next Life Kazehana Yakusoku Tonari ni… Smoky Thrill Marionette no Kokoro Jibun Rest@rt During play, when your rhythm/life meter is maxed out, shooting star icons will begin to appear. Clear these icons with well-timed button presses and you’ll eventually achieve a Shining Boost, which activates a cutscene. Cross Review scores: Cave Story 3D: 8, 8, 7, 7 Kobito Zukan: 7, 6, 6, 6 Dangan Ronpa 2: 10, 9, 9, 9 Nayuta no Kisek (pictured below)i: 8, 8, 8, 8 New Super Mario Bros. 2: 9, 9, 9, 9 Persona 4 Arena (PS3): 9, 9, 9, 9 Persona 4 Arena (Xbox 360): 9, 9, 9, 9 That’s it for now, but do expect to hear more about some of the games covered here later this week, as new details emerge. Source: Tales Source
  • 12. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture 1st trailer for Kami Jigen Game Neptune V offers a brief glimpse into the world of G.C1989 Source: neptune-v-offers-a-brief-glimpse-into-the-world-of-g-c1989/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Compile Heart has finally released the first trailer for forthcoming PS3 JRPG Kami Jigen Game Neptune V, the third game in the Hyperdimensional Neptunia series. I say fianlly because they’ve actually released quite a number of promotional videos for the game, mostly starring Izawa the former chief of a fictional Xbox 360 Special Forces Division (this is a series of commercials; it’s not an actual division at Xbox Japan) summoning various creators (Nobuo Uematsu for music) and various elements (Keiji Inafune ship???) for the game. Now we finally get to see some actual gameplay. The Hyperdimensional Neptunia JRPG series are parodies inspired by real-world events that occurred in the games industry. The first two games depicted a war between the platform holders (represented by Goddesses) against piracy – specifically the R4 or Magic-Con flash cartridge for Nintendo DS, represented by a villain who’s literally named Arfoire in the English version. Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is set in G.C1989 (in the eventual English released this will probably be translated as “Gameindustri 1989), and is inspired by real-world events during the Sega Mega Drive and Famicom era. Series protagonist Neptune (CV: Rie Tanaka) somehow fell into a wormhole in time that takes her back into the past. There, she meets Pururut, voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is due on August 30 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan. Source: NeoGAF 1st trailer for Ano Hana PSP game re-introduces the Peace Busters (main characters) Source: trailer/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Mages has released the 1st trailer for the PSP game of 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 unfulfilled wish that she has forgotten and hopes that Jinta can fufil it. The limited edition will come with a Special case, Drama CD, Dialogue book for the Drama CD a “Menma” and “Anaru” poster. Ano Hana PSP is developed by Mages/5PB and will be out on sale August 30, 2012. The normal/limited edition costs 6,090 yen and 10,290 yen respectively. Source : Siliconera, Ano Hana PSP OHP Ascii MediaWorks leaks new Ro-kyu-bu Game for PSP Source: bu-game-for-psp/
  • 13. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By shia on July 19th, 2012 Ascii Mediaworks might have actually leaked news of a new Ro-kyu-bu PSP game in its lineup for its Comiket 82 sales booth. While the image is of low quality, the text in the bubble does indicate a new PSP Ro-kyu-bu game in the works and it will be out in 2013. Ro-Kyu-Bu is a romance comedy about Hasegawa Subaru, who becomes the coach of a team of elementary school’s female basketball team by trying his best to bring up the standard of the team. Ro-Kyu-Bu was originally conceived from a Novel and is in its 10th book. It also has an animation that was produced by studio Blanc and the first PSP game was produced by Bandai Namco. It was an adventure game most noted for having a Loli gauge and a sports gauge, where the player would try to improve the team or relationship with the girls.(You get a bad end of being arrested under certain circumstances) Update: Looks like Ascii Mediaworks has changed the picture and it is no longer available on the Comiket Goods preview site. Source : ANN, Hachimaki Blog Pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition For Exclusive Access to Battlefield 4 Beta Source: warfighter-limited-edition-for-exclusive-access-to-battlefield-4-beta/ By GermanSausage on July 19th, 2012 Exclusive access to the sequel of award winning FPS, Battlefield 3, will be packaged with Medal of Honor Warfighter. Despite having three remaining DLCs in the pipeline, with the final being End Game, due in March 2013. EA has officially confirmed that Battlefield 4 is in the works and the beta will be launching in “fall 2013”. That said, EA is “not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet”. At any rate, Swedish game studio, DICE, is going to be hard at work this Christmas. Source: EA Battlefield, EA Medal of Honor The world that God only Knows Limited Edition 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 unravel the truth of the world. There has been 2 season of the animation but the story has not progressed to the current arc where Tenri and Diana are featured. 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 the Tenri and Diana who are not in the main animation series. The book is expected to be out on the 18th October 2012. No price has been announced as of press time. Source : Comic Natalie Ono Daisuke & Kondou Takayuki weighing scale announced Source: weighing-scale-announced/
  • 14. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By shia on July 19th, 2012 Ever wanted to have a voice actor telling you your weight? Bunka Housou is collaborating with Tanita to create a weighing scale that will be voiced by Ono Daisuke and Kondou Takayuki who hosts a radio show called “Dragon and Tiger” on Bunka Housou. The scale will be on early bird sale at Comiket 82. The base model will be “Inner Scan Voice BC-202″, it will be able to track your daily weight and measure your body mass index. The voices are specially taken from popular lines that 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 gotten slimmer). The package and the weighing scale itself will be specially designed and the weighing scale will have the radio show’s logo engraved on it. On top of that, a special audio CD containing a exercise regime will be provided, the exercises are certified by a proffessional and will be narrated by either Ono Daisuke or Kondou Takayuki. The retail price of the scale is 13,000 Yen. Pre-orders have begun and the expected date of delivery is in September, those that are unable to wait until then will be able to buy it at Comiket 82 which is happening on the 10th of August 2012, at the A&G booth in Comiket. Source: Kotaku, A&G Tiger & Dragon Radio show, Annoucement Link VA20th Anniversary Celebrations: Mascot Voice Actresses and Live Goods Announced Source: mascot-voice-actresses-and-live-goods-announced/ By Mycstea on July 19th, 2012 Announced over the weekend, much information regarding the event has been released again! Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year with a bang! As previously reported, famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions, Visual Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event at Yokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert 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 put up for naming by fans, as well as the voice actresses of the characters. The verdict is out! The voice actress of Shion is non other then famous voice actress Tomoe Tamiyasu! Also responsible for enchanting voices of Rin Natsume and the original voice actress of Sasami Sasegawa and Riki Naoe from the game Little Busters!, Tomoe Tamiyasu has always been a crowd favourite in many Visual Art’s and Key events for her energy and adorable voice! Shion’s twin counterpart Kanon is voiced by yet another prominent voice actress, Keiko Suzuki! Known for her multiple roles in VA Key works including Yumemi from planetarian ~reverie of a little planet~, Haruka Saigusa/ Kanata Futaki from Little Busters!, she is also known for her latest work as Shizuru Koibana from Key’s latest games Rewrite! This addition is sure to captivate more audiences as well! Readers may look at the official announcement page here. Last Friday, the event official website updated the entire list of live goods to savour for!
  • 15. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 VA20th Anniversary Event Official Goods Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Official Phamplet (With 2 CDs) Price: 3 500 yen (with tax) This official phamplet of the event does not only offer the chronology of Visual Art’s 20 years of history, it also features full coloured pages of illustrations with their signatures, not forgetting information regarding all performing artistes in the live! Much more content are available within! With this phamplet, there is no doubt this event will be a fun one! 神B4 Size神36 pages Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Kanon・Shion ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A shirt featuring the two mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神 and 神Shion神. Let’s wear this T-shirt and enjoy the 5 hour live together! 神Sizes: S神L神XL Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Little Busters! ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original shirt printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Rin神 and 神Komari神 from the game 神Little Busters!神. Fire up the spirit of the festival with a taste of Japanese style T-shirts! 神Sizes: S神L神XL Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Limited Sales after 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XL
  • 16. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Muffler Towel (20th Logo ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel featuring the adorable designs of the Visual Art’s Big Thanks official logo, please leave it to the towel and sweat it out this summer! 神Size神1050mm×220mm Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Muffler Towel (Rewrite ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Kotori神 and 神Shizuru 神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Feel cool while wearing this refreshing blue and white design towel! 神Size神1050mm×220mm Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Wrist Band Price: 1 000yen (with tax) Embroidered with the official logo of Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, there shouldn’t be any worries about sweat during the 5 hour live!? Original Pin Badge Set (Visual Art’s Logo ・ 20th Anniversary Logo ver.) Price: 1 500yen (with tax) On sale are pin sets containing Visual Art’s and 20th Anniversary logo pins!
  • 17. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 KSL Original Cyalume Pouch Price: 2 500yen (with tax) A cyalume pouch printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Shizuru神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Capable of holding 8 sticks of chemical light sticks. 神This product does not include chemical light sticks. Big Nendroid Plushie (Kanon ver.) Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神! Bring home a giant size Kanon! Big Nendroid Plushie (Shion ver.) Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shion神! Bring home a giant size Shion! Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Messenger Bag Price:7 500yen (with tax) An original messenger bag printed using the mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. The front cover of the bag is also inter-changeable. A possibility of new products to come!? Size: H270×W300×D160mm
  • 18. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Nyatsume Brothers Price: 2 000yen (with tax) Released in visualstyle,Nyatsume Brothers have finally been decided for book form! 164 pages in full colour, the book will contain content from 神visualstyle神 and 神Web Visit version神! Furthermore, as a bonus, the book comes along with Mini Mini figures of the Nyatsume Brothers!! Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Remixes Price: 3 000yen (with tax) To commemorate Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, it’s history and birth, it’s many many masterpieces along the way, collaborations and networks, the world’s forerunners of the most current creators from every scene gather to create a transformation of dance music that everyone will be talking about! In addition, the works included in these 2 discs are definitive versions of music composed based on those from Key and 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 Hosoi Price: 2 000yen (with tax) An evolutionary break ball remix album produced by Soshi Hosoi (hosplug). 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! 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. Original Shopping Bag (No image available) Price: 500 yen (with tax) Original shopping bag to be printed with design. 神Black and Dark Blue are available. 神On the day itself, shopping bags will not be provided. Please bring a shopping bag in advance, or purchase a shopping bag.
  • 19. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Goods will be available from 10am while the formation of queues will commence from 9am on the day itself! Although the sales of goods might commence ahead of schedule, the timing for formation of queues will not be changed, thus visitors are advised to come at the specified timing. Holders of tickets would not determine priority in queue as customers without a live ticket will also be allowed to purchase goods without a ticket. Readers may visit the official goods release page here. VA20th Anniversary Event Special Talk Shows Held at the event, the following interesting talk shows will be going on during the event proceedings! ・Visual Art’s Seiyuu Talk Show ・We’re blunt because it’s the 20th Anniversary Special・ Start timing神 Scheduled for 10:30神12:30 MC神 Keiko Suzuki, Tomoe Tamiyasu Event description神 Guest seiyuus from VA works such as Yoshitomo Tanaka, Kumiko Okugawa and Ryoko Tezuka talk about the unknown side of VAworks!? Listen to their talks to your heart’s content at this recording time. ・Kine-book Presentation & Popular Writers Talk Show Start timing神 Scheduled for 14:30神15:30 Guest神 Ichiro Sakaki, Hideyuki Niki, Yu Miyamura, Tenhime Ame (In no particular order) Event description神 First unveiling of “Kine-book”, a new presentation of traditional Kinetic Novel storytelling! Also, MCfor the talk will be conducted by Miyu Inoue, featuring a host 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 area from 10am to 1pm as well as 2pm to 8pm! Readers may read about the exhibition and view the floor map here. As reported earlier as well, SGCafe will be covering the event on site! Please look out for the full report after the event! Source: VA20 Official Website All image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B’s July songs update isn’t very exciting [trailer] Source: ver-bs-july-songs-update-isnt-very-exciting-trailer/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Tomorrow, July 19, shall mark the first new-songs update for Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Four “new” songs will be added in this July update… which is good news, right? Not exactly. All four songs are not exactly “new” per se. Specifically, they hail from Project Diva Extend on the PSP. That said, this is the first time we’re seeing these songs rendered in HD resolution. The Dreamy Theatre PS3 app for Project Diva Extend has not yet been released, after all. How do you feel about this month’s songs update? Are they worth making a trip down to your favourite arcade tomorrow for? Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Twitter Confirmed: Fuuka Yamagishi will indeed make an appearance in Persona 4 Arena as a “navi-voice” Source: indeed-make-an-appearance-in-persona-4-arena-as-a-navi-voice/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Last week we ran a piece that discussed the possibility of Persona 3′s Fuuka Yamagishi being featured in Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan and Asia). Speculation on Fuuka’s inclusion began when some sharp- eyed Persona fans noticed that a particular screenshot of the game’s gallery mode released to Japanese media featured tiny snippets of what appeared to be character portraits for Fuuka and Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima. This week we finally got some form of official confirmation: according to Weekly Famitsu magazine, Fuuka Yamagishi
  • 20. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 will indeed be selectable in Persona 4 Arena as an announcer voice (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 sold as DLC. Fans should also be pleased to see that Fuuka’s grown a pigtail and changed her look in the time gap between the end of Persona 3 and the beginning Persona 4 Arena (approximately three years): We still do not know for sure if the voice of Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima will also be available as a navi-voice in the game as well. But since Nanako’s character portrait is located right next to Fuuka’s, the obvious conjecture is that developer Arc System Works should be making a similar announcement for Nanako soon. Who else would you like to see featured as a navi-voice in Persona 4 Arena? Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) will hit stores in Japan and Asia on July 26, and in the US on August 7. Read more about Atlus’s Persona franchise here on SGCafe! Source: Hachima Singapore: Come meet MCZ| Tokido at Sony and Capcom’s Street Fighter Anniversary Tournament next weekend Source: sony-and-capcoms-street-fighter-anniversary-tournament-next-weekend/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 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: So come on down to Wisma Atria, Level 1 Atirum next weekend – July 28 and 29 - to catch Tokido in action at the tournament grounds. Better still, if you’ve confident of your Street Fighter skills, take the Murder Face on. Go on, challenge him to a match (if you dare). We’re not sure if you’ll actually have to spot him at the event and ask politely to have a match, or if there will be a line formed just for getting your turn against Tokido. Just keep a look out for exuberant “oooh”s and “aaah”s from the crowd at the location, and you shouldn’t be too far away from the action. Oh, and just in case you’re actually a participant in the any of the 25th Anniversary tournaments, don’t worry, Tokido won’t actually be competing in them. He’s just here as a guest.
  • 21. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Bakemonogatari Ending Illustration Figures Source: figures/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 Popular 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 two non-scale painted ABS which are 180mm in height. Both figures, the Bakemonogatari Senjougahara Hitagi Ueda Hajime Version and Bakemonogatari Hachikuji Mayoi Ueda Hajime Version will be scheduled to release in November and will cost 4400 yen (approx. SGD$70) each respectively. You can view some of the images to see what the figure looks like!
  • 22. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Check out quesQ’s website for more images! (Source: quesQ’s Official Site) Imageepoch’s PS3 Tokitowa RPG Trailer with “Hand- Drawn Animation” Source: trailer-with-hand-drawn-animation/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 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 Manabi Straight: Hidamanabi Project Source: straight-hidamanabi-project/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 The creators of of Hidamari Sketch and Manabi Straight are coming together for a new collaboration called Hidamanabi Project. 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.
  • 23. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 More details about the collaboration will probably come after the event. Source: Hidamari Sketch OHP JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: A Key Visual Art Released Source: art-released/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 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 of the first half in 2000. Not only that, the manga’s Part 1 also inspired the film, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. The official website for the anime adaptation has also been opened. Not much information is shown yet so stay tune for more updates! (Source: ANN, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Website) New Kyoto Animation Shop CM uses scenery from 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.
  • 24. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Here are some comparisons- If you are planning to visit Kyoto in future, why not drop by the KyoAni Shop? 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
  • 25. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 ・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 fashion item. The screen protective pads, used to protect the PlayStation®Vita screen (touchscreen), fit perfectly between the left stick and right stick of the console to protect the screen from scratches. If you’re just joining us for the first time, and have absolutely no clue what in the world this game is, well, we’ve already covered a heck of a tonne about Hatsune Miku ProjectDivaF so check those links out. Sony expects the rhythm-action title to be the next big seller on the PS Vita. The Hatsune Miku LE PS Vita is similar to a regular Crystal White PS Vita in all ways but one – an image of the virtual idol is embedded on the Vita’s rear touch panel. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s only available in 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 as “The Girl of the Old School Building”.
  • 26. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Details from the official site states that the game Kyuukousha no Shojo is set in the town of Nanafushi Ootsgichou, a town known for its lush beautiful scenery, amidst its urban legends. Apparently at a school in town, stories of certain urban legend pertaining to seven mysteries has been spreading amongst the students. The as of yet unnamed main character of the game is particularly interested in a rather peculiar mystery, one which leads to a door in the school library that does not open. The game revolves around her search for clues that might help solve this mystery. Arc System Works has yet to reveal the game’s official release date. Source: 4gamer Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection celebrates iPhone support with an in-game event Source: celebrates-iphone-support-with-an-event/ By shia on July 20th, 2012 After a long wait of five months, Mobage social game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” now supports iPhones. To celebrate that, Crypton Future Media(the people who brought us Vocaloids) are celebrating it with an event in- game. It was announced by Crypton Future Media on the 21st June 2012, that they would be working with DeNa, using their Mobage open platform system to extend support to include iPhone users for their popular card collection/nurturing simulation game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” since its release in February 2012. 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. The efforts come from a plethora of illustrators across multiple genres; whom some of them are drawing Miku and the rest of the Vocaloid characters for the first time. This is all for the sake of enabling and enhancing player experience through expanding their card collection and to reach the goal of completing their card collection libraries. Crypton expects to add more cards as an ongoing effort to showcase new artists. How is the gameplay like? The game system requires the player to build a deck of 6 cards which he begins with.To increase the number of cards, the player must do quests or use the gachapon(mini lottery) to try their luck at getting new/rarer cards. A social game must have some form of social interaction, for this game, players will be able to interact with each other via a battle system. Players can pit their deck of cards in a 1 vs 1 situation and the side with the higher numbers of wins will win the overall match. While having strong cards will increase the chance of winning, players can apply tactics such as rearranging the deck order in such a way that their stronger cards are pitted
  • 27. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 against the opponent’s weaker cards and thus gaining an overall victory through careful planning. Some cards have additional abilities that activate on certain conditions(Sun Graze: +300 singing/charisma only on Sundays) that might turn a lost cause into a stunning victory. Winners of this battle will gain XP and snatch a portion of their money and items of which can be used to further their goals of completing their collection of cards. Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection is now available for iPhone users and Android users alike on Mobage over here. A QR- Code link is also available just below. Source: 4Gamer, PC OHP Every song in Idolm@ster Shiny Festa has 2 PVs, switchable mid-song through “Shining Burst” Source: has-2-pvs-switchable-mid-song-through-shining-burst/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Also: package illustrations for each of the three different versions. What are you wanting for? Hit the jump to the full story! Earlier this week we reported that Idolm@ster Shiny Festa will feature a “Shining Burst” play mechanic that will let you activate a special cutscene mid-song, if you do well. We had thought this to be similar to climax scenes in Hatsune Miku Project Diva F. But as it turns out, Idolm@ster Shining Festa‘s implementation is quite different: each song in the game will actually feature two different accompanying music video clips. You can choose to start the song with either playing in the background. There is also an option to disable Shining Bursts completely, so that you’ll stick to the same music clip for the entire song. During play, as you rack up combos through well-timed button presses, your “・ (Kirameki) meter” will begin to fill. This meter is no different from the life or pass/fail meter in other rhythm action titles. When it’s completely filled, at specific points in a song, a “Shooting Star” note will appear on the screen. Clear the note with a well-timed button press, and you’ll activate Shining Burst, which will change the currently playing clip to the other one, and vice-versa. Although this may sound gimmicky in theory, it may in fact lead to some meaningful moments for Idolm@ster fans. For instance, for Chihaya Kisaragi’s (CV: Asami Imai) Yakusoku, you may choose to start playing with the following clip in the background: Then, when you hit the high point of the song, a Shooting Star note could change the clip to the following one, which depicts Chihaya’s childhood memories. Another example. In the song Gero Gero Kitchen, a Shooting Star appears right after Chihaya yells “I’ve got it, gero!” (・・ ・・・・・). With a well-time button press you could swap clips and have Chihaya appear in an elegant stage costume.
  • 28. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Famitsu also notes that during a Shining Burst it’s much easier to increase your score as well. 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 different versions (which will all come with different track-lists). Tonari ni… A ballad about a deceased loved one. What sort of scenes will follow after a Shining Burst, we wonder. Marionette no Kokoro First unveiled in the 13th episode of the anime series. Smoky Thrill Unit Ryuguu Komachi’s signature song. From training wear to… nekomimi (cat ears) and shippo (tail) cosplay? Jibun Rest@rt A song that signifies the 765Pro idols’ growth. ——————– Package shots ——————– Honey Sound
  • 29. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Funky Note Groovy Tune 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, 2012 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. 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.
  • 30. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Clear file PS3 dummy boxart Source: Ryu ga Gotoku HD Edition Website
  • 31. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Ao no Exorcist Movie Release Date Revealed Source: revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The popular shounen manga by Kazue Katoh, anime adaptation, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) movie date has been revealed. The movie, stated on the official website on Monday is slated to premiere on 28th December in TOHO cinemas throughout Japan. If you pre-order the tickets which will be going on sale on the 25th August, for the first 30000 tickets, you can get a limited set of 3 different types of postcards. (Source: ANN, Ao no Exorcist website) New Menu at Noitamina Cafe Theater Source: theater/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The Noitamina Cafe Theater at Aqua City, Odaiba now has a menu inspired by the series Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (or AnoHana for short) as well as the new Moyashimon Returns anime. Also, there is a menu for the new anime, Natsuyuki Rendenvouz as well. For the AnoHana menu, you can try out: Jin-tan’s Egg Ramen or Menma’s Egg Drop ramen Also on the menu, you can try the steamed cake that Menma made in Episode 3! Another item on the menu you can try out is the Gari-Gari- kun Popsicle that was featured in the anime as well. Also, when you order the food items, you will get a random sticker that features Jin-tan’s shirts logo from the anime.
  • 32. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 For fans of Moyahimon, the cute microbes are found all in the food items! Most of the food include fermented food ingredients so it’s definitely a healthy set! You can try the Triple Kamosu don, a rice bowl with kimchi, natto and pork miso soup Mix and Kamosu! Oryzae Face Pasta: Japanese-style Yogurt de gozaru Sundae: And finally, for dessert, there is Natsuyuki Kakigori(shaved ice), from Natsuyuki Rendezvous Seems like its kakigori with edible flowers. (Source: Noitamina Cafe Theater website) Mawaru Penguindrum: Hoshino Lily Gallery Artwork Source: gallery-artwork/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Mawaru Penguindrum’s character designer, Hoshino Lily is having 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 entrance fees for this gallery is 500 yen per person. 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) 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, 2012 The fictional convenience store in JoJo’s Bizarre 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.
  • 33. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The Lawson store’s front will be changed to be read as “Owson” just like in the manga. The store will also be selling exclusive “Owson” items such as notebooks, permanent markers, ballpoint pens, all only at the Sendai branch. The store will be exhibitng a miniature diorama recreation of Owson. And lastly, the first 10,000 people to purchase any JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures goods at the store will receive an original Owson plastic bag. The Owson Store will be open for business from 28th July (Saturday) till the 30th September. 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) Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas: 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.
  • 34. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The front of the box: Inside: It comes with an autographed card by illustrator Chuou Higashiguchi! The card is for Nitro+ Card Masters. Inside the box, you get a special OVA DVD, and the game disc: 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. There is also an alternative jacket cover, with the option of redjuice’s or Kadowaki Satoshi’s illustration. 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!
  • 35. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas goes on sale in another three days. In the meantime, be sure to check out the countdown voices and the daily top illustrations at the official site! Yuruyuri Live-Action RPG to be Hosted at Amusement Park Source: hosted-at-amusement-park/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Popular comedy, slice-of-life anime, Yuruyuri based on Namori’s manga, will be having a live-action role-playing game (RPG) that will be hosted at Tokyo’s Toshimaen Amusement Park on the 18th and 19th August. The RPG will be operated by the PK Theater “creator team”, and visitors can get to play the role of students from the series’s Nanamori Middle School and take on various missions that involve solving puzzles, using items and searching for lost items. You can watch their promotional trailer here: The four members of the “Nanamori-Chu Goraku- Bu” (Nanamori Middle School’s Amusement Club), the voice actress team,Tsuda Minami, Ookubo Rumi, Mikami 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 for Rinne no Lagrange at the Tokyo Anime Fair this March as well. (Source: ANN, PK Theater website) RDG gets anime by PA Works, character designs by Kishida Mel Source: character-designs-by-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 RDG (Red Data Girl) is getting an anime adaptation by PA Works (true tears, Hanasaku Iroha, TARI TARI), with revised character designs by illustrator Kishida Mel (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, with humanity at stake. The author, Ogiwara Noriko, expresses her excitement at being able to see the characters move on screen. She also mentions that the anime was planned before the novels reached a conclusion, but says that things have settled down since, and that she is looking forward to the anime. This will also be the second collaboration between Kishida Mel and PA Works, the first being Hanasaku Iroha.
  • 36. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Official site here: Is Final Fantasy Versus XIII cancelled? Source: By GermanSausage on July 23rd, 2012 We last heard about Final Fantasy Versus XIII quite some months ago in March. It went missing during E3 and we have not heard of it since. That is until Kotaku found some sources suggesting “that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is officially cancelled”. Kotaku also had another source suggesting that resources used to produce Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been folded into the sequel, Final Fantasy XV. With Final Fantasy XV gracing E3 instead of Versus XIII, will Final Fantasy XV be taking center stage once more at Tokyo Game Show (come September) while Versus XIII walk the same lonely path as Starcraft Ghost? Sources: Kotaku, IGN Asia: Yes, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F will come with the protective skin pre-order bonus Source: f-will-come-with-the-protective-skin-pre-order-bonus/ By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 Whenever a game maker announces that their latest title will come with a cool pre-order bonus item, gamers in Singapore and other regions outside Japan alike worry about if they’ll receive the bonus item when they purchase the title in retail stores in Singapore. That’s especially the case with the Hatsune Miku PS Vita protective skin that’ll be offered to gamers who pre-order Sega’s Project Diva F in Japan – especially since you won’t be able to buy this protective skin anywhere else, and since the skin is designed to match one of the game’s loading screens. Will folks who purchase the game in Asia be subjected to the same deal? As it turns out, yes! We’ve just received word from New Era, the distributor for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F in Asia that the protective skin will indeed be presented to gamers who pre-order at stores 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 not under New Era’s distribution for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F Read more stories about Hatsune Miku and Project Diva here on SGCafe! Robotics;Notes anime PV synced to Kanako Ito’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu Source: to-kanako-itos-sora-no-shita-no-soukanzu/ By 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 through a series of events that eventually lead to the building of a life- sized giant robo that will save the world. Itou Kanako’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu is used as the background music for this PV. It is also the ending theme for the game. We’ll have more on Robotics;Notes soon. In the meantime, check out our previous coverage on the title. Source: JAMguru, RoboticsNotes.TV
  • 37. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Joysound x Evangelion: U- Style Evangelion Karaoke Source: evangelion-karaoke/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 At Joysound, an Evangelion experience is waiting for you! Recently opened, it features Evangelion rooms which doubles as a karaoke lounge, where fans can enjoy karaoke in an Eva-tastic style, at U-Style Tsudanuma! The main lobby of the place has been decorated to look like the NERV Headquarters, and the rooms have been given a make-over in the style of Evangelion, with rooms dedicated to each character. There is also a huge Eva-01 statue at the front desk. The karaoke machines are transformed into Eva-like machines too! Some of the rooms at U-Style, Tsudanuma! There is also an Evangelion-themed menu to complete the experience! Some of the food items you can try at the karaoke!
  • 38. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Food No.01: NERV Burger Food No.10: Eva 01 Parfait Food No.07: Angel Hamburger Don To get to this awesome karaoke lounge, the U-STYLE TSUDANUMA is located between two stations, “Tsudanuma Station” at JR SOBU Line and “Shin-Tsudanuma Station” at Shinkeisei Line. The location of the karaoke lounge is situated at: 1-2-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba 13 Build. 4F, 5F Tel: 047-403-7227 Business Hour: 11:00am-6:00am (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, 2012 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. 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 access to online storage for save files, full game trials, trophy auto- syncing, and other exclusive offers. Free games offered under the PS Plus programme are playable until you choose to stop renewing your subscription to the programme. This month, Singapore and Hong Kong PS Plus subscribers are treated to a free copy of Echochrome II, The Last Guy, and Ape Escape! (PS1 title, Japanese), among other offers. In Singapore, PlayStation Plus membership is offered on two subscription bases – monthly and annually. A 30-day subscription costs S$6.99, while an annual pass (365 days) will run you $42.99.
  • 39. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Source: Sword Art Online Preorders Open? Source: By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Animate has been holding a Sword Art Online fair at their outlets, and every purchase of any Sword Art Online novel or manga entitles you to redeem a special three page booklet, the Argus’s Sword Art Online 2022 Promotion Pamphlet. According to the pamphlet, the game will go on sale on the 6th of November, 2022. The game itself will cost 39800 yen, while the game with the Nerve Gear hardware will set you back 129800 yen. While ten years before may too early as a preorder period, considering Sword Art Online’s revolutionary system and technology, it may be wise to preorder your copy early. It is limited to a run of 10000 copies. 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, 2012 A recent magazine scan that revealed the key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation of Hiroyama Hiroshi’s Fate/ Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya manga was posted online. The project will be directed by Oonuma Shin at SILVERLINK. You can check out the official site: http:// 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
  • 40. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 one during summer and the other during winter. This year’s Comiket or C82 will be held on 10th August till 12th August at the Tokyo Big Sight. For this year’s C82, the Pixiv booth will be selling two different illustration books. The first illustration book is “pixiv girls collection Futari no Jikan”. The illustration book comes 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.
  • 41. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Here are some sample pages from the book itself! For purchasers of the TYPE-MOON illustration book you will get a different shopping bag! 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. (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 exclusive goods available at Lawson stores.
  • 42. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Buying selected drinks from Ito En will give you a code on the receipt which entitles you points you can accumulate to participate in a draw! For the A course: A Kyubey sofa B Course: Original 3D poster C Course: Kyubey Bath set D Course: Petanko Figure E Course: Clear File There is also a bonus wallpaper image for all participants of the campaign. The Lawson tie-ins include: Sweet tablets with a 3D illustration box
  • 43. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 And a cream and blueberry jam bread The bread also comes with bonus skill cards which can be used for the Madoka Magica Online game. Source: Lawson Final Fantasy Versus XIII Still Alive – Yoichi Wada Source: yoichi-wada/ By GermanSausage on July 25th, 2012 On his Twitter, Square Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, denies thatFinal Fantasy Versus XIII has been quietly axed. The game has teased fans since May 2006 at E3. This year, the game has gone mysteriously missing from the game showcase at Los Angeleus. In its place, a CGI teaser trailer of Final Fantasy XV entertained the crowds. A similar maneuver was used in 2006 when Blizzard quietly killed off Starcraft Ghost while everyone were distracted by World of Warcraft. 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 Wizards 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. Wizard: Step 1: Select Teleport – Fracture. Bind it to a key Step 2: Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon Step 3: Hover your mouse over or near your charcter Step 4: Press Teleport Step 5: QUICKLY(!) Press Archon Barbarian (Thanks to YouTube user MetaSerge, and on Blizzard Forums): 1. Have Furious Charge with Dreadnought Rune 2. Charge into a certain opening cinematic (before it begins, 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)
  • 44. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 “Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena” to be adapted into manga series Source: mayonaka-arena-to-be-adapted-into-manga-series/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 The official Persona publicity blog announced today that Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (also known as “Persona 4 Arena” in the West), due to be released in Japan and Asia this Thursday, will be adapted into a manga series and serialised in Persona Magazine, beginning with issue #10. This adaptation is a straight-up “comicalization”, which is industry lingo for “the comic or manga series will follow after the story as detailed in the original work” which, in this case, would refer to the 30 to 40-hour long story mode in Persona 4 Arena. Although both the game and manga series will essentially be telling the same story, Atlus says that the manga series will render the story’s intense moments with a sense of action that’s only possible in manga format. Aiya Kyuu, the manga artist and author for Monthly Comic Gene’s Antimagia, will illustrate the P4U manga series. Persona Magazine #10, published by Dengeki, will go on sale in 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 on July 26, this Thursday, and is due to be released in the US August 7. Source: Persona publicity blog Capcom to release chess set as part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary Source: of-street-fighters-25th-anniversary/ By shia on July 25th, 2012 As part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary, The cool folks at Capcom are releasing a set of chess pieces cast in the shapes of your favourite street fighter characters. 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 storage case doubles as a chessboard and will be made of high quality black wood with a glass surface for collectors to display the chess pieces. The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set will retail at US$299.95 with an expected release date in August 2012 and it will be a Capcom store exclusive.
  • 45. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Source: Kotaku JP , Capcom Store
  • 46. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Idolm@ster 2 PS3 DLC Catalog 10 trailer streamed Source: trailer-streamed/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Famitsu reports that Bandai Namco has released the trailer for their latest DLC catalog for their hit game Idolm@ster 2 . This is the 10th set in their series of DLC for the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Is there no end to this DLC madness? My poor wallet … DLC Catalog 10 returns the song “Colorful Days” , the 765 girls theme song from their “Idolm@ster SP”(PSP) games, to the high definition screen of the PlayStation 3 console along with 5 costumes and 4 accessories. All of these will be available at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 . The details are as follows : Song – Colorful days – 1,200 yen Costume – Colorful Ballerina and 765 White School Swimsuit – 1,200 yen each Costume – Weeping Wisteria, Burning Performer and Stratos Butterfly – 750 yen each / full pack available at 1,980 yen Accessories – Whole Cake Hat, Lolipop Brooch, Cookie Ring and Sweet Short Boots. – 300 yen each / full pack available at 980 yen And for buying the whole set above, Bandai Namco will throw in a free Haruka Confectionery set. The IdolM@ster DLC Catalog 10 will be available at a PSN 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, 2012
  • 47. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The Digital Comic Association, in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan will be organizing a Manga translation competition on their facebook site. The grand winner will walk away with a trip to japan and a grant as a professional translator. Runners-up will win new iPads. JManga, claims the competition will have no limitations to nationality, age and place of residence when judging and the competition is open for anyone that wants to have a go at it. The competition will be running from 26 July 2012 to 26 September 2012. Aspiring translators can try their hand at translating over at their facebook web application here. Source : Manga Translation Battle 2012 Koei to Release Hugging Pillow Covers: Samurai Warriors Source: covers-samurai-warriors/ By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 Japanese game developer Tecmo KOEI Games revealed that they will be offering Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou in Japan) “hugging pillow covers” (dakimakura) at the end of September. Three different warriors will be featured on these covers: Date Masamune: Sanada Yukimura: Ishida Mitsunari: It’s obvious that these pillows are targeted to the female players of the game. Fans can preorders the covers at the Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ōgi 2012 Aki event in Tokyo on September 1, as well as at the Neo Romance Festa 13 event for games aimed at female players. (Source: ANN, KOEI’s Twitter) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Promo Videos Streamed Source: 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 Law 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
  • 48. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 America, it will be on 11th September, and Europe, it will be released on 14th September. The arcade version has been released in Japan last September. (Source: ANN) Project Diva Arcade July 2nd round of modules Source: of-modules/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Diva station Weekly(Project Diva Official Blog) announces the inclusion of 4 new modules for popular arcade music game , Project Diva Arcade. The 4 modules that they will be releasing on 31 July 2012 are, “Americana”, “Gothic Purple”, “Club activities girl” and “Nostalgic” “Americana” was first released on this year’s Miku no Hi celebration and the other 3 debuted in Project Diva Extend as usable modules. The 4 modules that will be available are as follows : Americana – 300 VP Gothic Purple – 250 VP Club Activities Girl – 250 VP Nostalgic – 250 VP
  • 49. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The 4 modules will be out on 31 July 2012 on Project Diva Arcade. Americana will cost 300 VP and the rest 250 VP each. 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/
  • 50. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By shia on July 27th, 2012 4Gamer reports that Phantasy Star Online 2 has passed the 73,000 user mark as of 26 July 2012, and that it had the highest simultaneous login of 91,513 user connections on 07 July 2012 at 2300HRS JST. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be launching their summer campaign that will consist of 3 updates across the month of August. They will happen on the 01 August, 08 August and the last is slated for the second half of August. 4Gamer reports that summer update 1 will have new monsters, costumes/accessories and that the monument in the lobby will be updated to reflect the summer changes. The full list of changes are as below : 1. New monsters 2. New costumes/accessories • Costumes o Bum swimwear o Bikini swimwear o Hayes sorcerer – Male Human/Newman o Candy crown – Female Human/Newman o Magus Series – Male Cast
  • 51. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 o Illusion Series – Female Cast • Hairstyle o Short regent o Skinhead • Accessories o Hibiscus & pink shu shu o Red inflatable tube o Hayes sorcerer hat o Candy crown headgear 3. Lobby monument will be updated to reflect the summer season.
  • 52. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Phantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG the latest in the series of the Phantasy Star Online series which started in December 2000, the official service for PSO2 began on 4th July 2012 on the PC and Sega is in the process of releasing it for the mobile phones in spring 2013 and PSVita at a later date. Sega expects to have a English version so as to cater to the international crowd in 2013. Do read up on our previous posts on PSO2 on SGCafe here. Source : 4Gamer PS02 Server records, 4Gamer Summer update 1, PSO2 Japan OHP, PSO2 international teaser site Singapore: Don’t have Persona 4 Arena? Try these stores, or play at Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe Source: arena-try-these-stores-or-play-at-tough-cookie-gaming-cafe/ By KarbyP on July 27th, 2012 And if you do have a copy of Persona 4 Arena, come on in and join the SGCafe Mayonaka Arena Investigation Team (list of players’ PSN IDs)! Max out your Social Links! We’ve received word from a number of readers that even though Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Persona 4 Arena in the West) is supposed to be released today, a number of retailers here in Singapore have apparently not received their copies yet. Here at SGCafe, we definitely feel your pain (i.e. I don’t have mine either). So we’ve called up a bunch of retailers to see if we might be able to help you (and me) score a copy before the weekend. Gamescore at Funan has completely sold out of their allotment, and told us that they expect the next batch of copies to come in next Tuesday or Wednesday. When we contacted FunzCentre (Orchard branch), a representative told us that their allotment is currently tied 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. Even if you don’t manage to land a copy of Persona 4 Arena right now, don’t fret. Just because the stocks have yet to arrive at your favourite games retailer, doesn’t mean you can’t play the game. 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. And since TCGC is the console LAN cafe in Singapore that’s geared towards fighting games enthusiasts, every single PS3 in the shop is hooked up with two or more arcade joysticks – so you won’t have to bring yours. Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe is located within Parklane Shopping Mall, level 2 (35 Selegie Road #02-25B, Singapore 188307). Its opening hours are from 11AM to 3AM on most 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 day For more information on Tough Cookie, visit their Facebook page. Cosplay – An Interview : Kirisaki Source:
  • 53. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By sakurazaki on July 27th, 2012 Introduce yourself Hello! I’m Kirisaki from Singapore. Forever a poor student saving up for cosplay stuff and eating grass one day at a time. Ive been cosplaying for a few years. Perhaps about 4 to 5?, I can’t really remember the specifics but anyway nice to meet ya! Why do you cosplay? For fun, interest and everything nice. 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 was soooooooooooo bad. How do you choose the characters that you cosplay? They usually come from the series that I like, it might not necessarily be my favorite characters, but they are just likeable. I take into consideration costume difficulty and whether or not I’m suited for the character, looks and portrayal wise. What is your most memorable cosplay experience? I will give it to one of my first cosplay photoshoots I had quite some years ago. Woke up at 4am just to prepare and leave the house to capture the sunrise. Turns out me and my partner sacrificed our sleep for nothing because it started raining around 6am. The one thing I learnt from cosplay shoots would be “Never trust the weather forecast!” What was your silliest cosplays moment? 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. Where do your costumes come from? Do share! Self made! Can’t recall when was the last time I bought a 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 Japanese cosplayers on cure as well! Just too many to name them all ):
  • 54. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Were there any changes in your life after cosplay? Not in particular, except for the fact that while my schoolmates are out having fun and chilling, I’m stuck at home sewing costume and hoping that my props will make themselves. Is there anything that you would like to say to all your fellow Cosplayers out there? Hello and hello again. Nice seeing you all 8D Hopefully I can get to meet new people at every event! Do say hi if you see me hanging around at events <3 ~ ~KiriSaki For more information, check out the following links Deviantart : World Cosplay : 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. (Above) Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada and Tekken Project Senior Game Designer Michael Murray The event started off to an already enthusiastic crowd by 7pm in the evening. Organised by Namco Bandai Partners Singapore, the meet-and-greet was held at exactly right where any fighting game enthusiast would dream of, in the heart of the arcade itself. Amongst a row of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arcade machines a special one-day-only mini- 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 console version of Tekken Tag 2 Tournament for fans to try out.
  • 55. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Mr Harada arrived together with Tekken Project’s Senior Game Deisgner Michael Murray, who also translated on behalf of Harada for this segment of the day, where fans get a chance to ask any questions about Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Ranging from questions like the game’s balancing of characters, to gameplay systems it was indeed time to quiz Harada. Harada himself offered detailed answers for each and every one of the fan questions. In fact, Harada had more than just an answer to every fan’s question. This next segment has the Namco Bandai staff offering an autographed Tekken Tag Tournament 2 poster to 8 lucky fans who answers a question from Namco Bandai staff correctly, the questions themselves test the in depth knowledge of a Tekken enthusiast. Nonetheless the responsive crowd got the answers and the lucky ones got the giveaway posters home. Autographs are one of the main attraction in most meet and greet sessions, a good memorabilia for many enthusiasts. Fans mostly have their own something for a signature by Harada. From Tekken games to stickers, cards, posters, Harada was generous enough to sign on anything, and as for me I got my special flag inked by Harada. 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.
  • 56. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Harada could not stay for long in Singapore but despite his short visit it sure made his life long fans and many more new gamers appreciate the visions of Harada’s efforts in his work for the future of the Tekken franchise. Be sure to also preorder your copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 slated for a PS3 and Xbox360 release this September 13 in Japan, 11 in North America, 13 in Europe and 10 in Australia respectively.
  • 57. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Persona Music Live 2012 Goods at Animelo Source: animelo/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Missed a chance to get your loot at the Persona Music Live early this year? Well then, here’s another chance: at Animelo! According to the Persona 4 Animation site, they are re-selling the goods and merchandises from the Persona Music Live 2012 in early April this year, so if anyone is going to Japan, do check them out at Animelo! Goods details: T-shirt, Black version Price: 2,500 yen It comes in 3 sizes, S, M and L respectively. T-shirt, Yellow version Price: 2,500 yen Bath towel with hood, Yellow version Price: 3,000 yen Original multi-case, black version Price: 2,000 yen iPhone 4 /4s cover, Black version Price: 2,000 yen (Source: Persona 4 Animation Site) 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!
  • 58. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 First up is a 90cm x 40cm microfiber sports towel featuring Aoko from Mahoyo. The illustration is the same as the one used for the recent issue of Rurihime. Mahou Tsukai no Yoru tapestry set, packaged in the same way as the TYPE-MOON Fes tapestries so collectors can put them together! And Mahou Tsukai no Yoru metal character charms, illustrated by CHAN×CO! Komadori plush strap Mahou Tsukai no Hako Drama CD 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.
  • 59. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 148 pages, each staff member gets a page. Cute shot glasses with SD illustrations of the Fate/Zero characters! 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 mats Coaster file case Badges a
  • 60. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Lastly, there will be a Fate/Zero cafe recipe book, featuring the recipes of the character-inspired food items available at the cafe. Source: TYPE-MOON C82 Hentai Ouji to Warawanaineko: Green-lit for anime adaptation Source: green-lit-for-anime-adaptation/ By mijumijuchu on July 30th, 2012 Light novel by Sou Sagara, Hentai Ouji to Warawanaineko (The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat) has been green-lit for an anime adaptation! The news was announced at MF Bunko’s 10th anniversary event Natsu no Gakuensai and the official Twitter account confirmed it on Sunday (29th July). The story centers around a 2nd year high school boy named Yokodera Yoto. Yokodera is always thinking about his “carnal desires” but yet no one acknowledges him as a 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 in Media Factory’s Monthly’s Comic Alive magazine last year, and the manga has two volumes so far. (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. At the moment, no date or additional cast information has 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, 2012 Yesterday (29th July) was the eventful Wonder Festival 2012 held at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo Japan! Wonder Festival or WonFes usually showcases many anime figurines and sculptures, sometimes other comic characters, and
  • 61. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 this post will feature several figurines from popular figurine 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!
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  • 63. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 (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
  • 64. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 From the same series, Akaza Akari Princess of the Crystal from Mawaru Penguindrum Amane Suzuha from Steins;Gate Matsumae Ohana from Hanasaku Iroha Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos
  • 65. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Sengoku Nadeko from Bakemonogatari From Altair, Waver Velvet (Fate/Zero) Accelerator from To Aru Majutsu no Index
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  • 67. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Source: and white garage Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Trailer Source: trailer/ By Kyoka on July 30th, 2012 Long touted as a new fresh rehash of Square Enix’s mmorpg Final Fantasy XIV, given a temporary name as it seems we now know today that Square Enix has boldy ventured forth and their efforts have reestablished Final Fantasy XIV 2.0 into a new finalised title: Final Fantasy XIV A Realm Reborn. Debuting with a new trailer along with a relaunched new website, relive the world of Eorzea for the Playstation 3 console and PC. 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. This is not the first time rumours of a Monster Hunter for PS Vita have surfaced. While Capcom has confirmed a Monster Hunter 4 for release in Spring 2013 on the Nintendo 3DS, a PS Vita edition was unheard of until now. We can only hope that the rumors will prove true and that there will be a upcoming Monster Hunter game for the PS Vita. The Monster Hunter series of games are a series of action based RPG developed by Capcom, The player takes the role
  • 68. July 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 of a hunter in a fantasy environment and completes quests by seeking out monsters to hunt or capture and has enjoyed immense popularity in Japan and US. Source : Oreteki, Monster Hunter OHP SUMMER CAMP4 Streams on NicoNico Live Source: niconico-live/ By Meirin on July 30th, 2012 Minori Chihara’s annual summer music event SUMMER CAMP will have a live stream this year! Tune in NicoNico Live on August 4th (4:30PM JST) to watch the concert! 完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP 4″ 完完完完完 MINORI CHIHARA LIVE 2012 “SUMMER CAMP 4″ Minori Chihara is a prolific seiyuu, known for roles such as Mikaze Nakagawa from Occult Academy, Coopa from The Tower of Druaga series, Kagura Tsuchimiya from Ga- Rei: Zero, Chiaki Minami from Minami-ke series, and Yuki Nagato from The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya. She has also sung opening/ending themes of many of the series she voiced in and holds a successful J-pop career, with her latest album D-Formation peaking at 完3 on the Oricon album chart. SUMMER CAMP is Chihara’s annual open-air summer concert since 2009. Her repertoire include theme songs that she has sung as well as her own album music. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 4th songs trailer recaps all of the game’s unveiled tracks so far Source: songs-trailer-recaps-all-of-the-games-unveiled-tracks-so-far/ By KarbyP on July 30th, 2012 Well, well. Looks like somebody’s in a good mood today. Somebody from Sega’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F development team, that is. 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. And yet today they’re back for more mind-share, by unleashing a 4th songs trailer that features 17 of the announced tracks (by my count; looks like opening theme Odds&Ends was somehow left out of this one) so far, 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. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F for the PlayStation Vita goes on sale in Japan and Asia August 30. Read more stories about Sega’s Project Diva series of rhythm-action games here on SGCafe!
  • 69. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Zone of the Enders HD Collection’s opening is breathtaking; left out of Konami’s pre-E3 show Source: opening-is-breathtaking-left-out-of-konamis-pre-e3-show/ By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Although Konami’s pre-E3 show announced that early access to a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo would be available to folks who buy Zone of the Enders HD Collection, for some reason they didn’t think to include this amazing animated opening scene – produced by Sunrise – in their show. Possibly because said animated opening is almost six minutes long. They did, however, include this Metal Gear Rising parody video made by the awesome guys over at Mega64. It was buried 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 where he talks about the Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders series respectively – but these are in Japanese without subtitles, so we recommend watching the interviews as part of the pre-E3 show instead. Source: Konami Channel on YouTube Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds – first trailer and screenshots Source: trailer-and-screenshots/ By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds’s sprite-based graphics aren’t the only thing retro about this game – even the music 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. For more details on Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds and what it has to do with Castle Crashers and Guardian Heroes, see our previous story here. Today Famitsu also published a story on the game, with a fresh batch of screenshots (some of them you’ll find below, but head over to their site for more), as well as additional 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 I guess unlike Guardian Heroes’s crazy 12-player battle royale mode, it’s limited to just four players here.
  • 70. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Phantom Breaker: BattleGrounds is scheduled for a 2013 release on Xbox Live Arcade. Source: Famitsu Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R location tests begin this weekend Source: By Mycstea on June 1st, 2012 Takeshi Yamanaka of Arc System reveals awesome poster art for the upcoming game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R, which will be released in the arcades as well as digitally for PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. As Japan awaits the new Guilty Gear continuation, producer of Blazblue Takeshi Yamanaka has tweeted about a poster illustrated specially by Ishiwatari for arcades running the location tests of Arc System’s new game Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R. Guilty Gear Accent Core Plus R is the latest installation in the franchise. It was originally released on the PSP, but never made its way to the arcades or any other platforms – until now. According to their official website, the game is to conduct its first location testings in specific arcades this Saturday. The website has also revealed a trailer, as well as information 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/
  • 71. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 As with last year, GameTrailers is hosting on the web Konami’s pre-E3 announcements show. Over here we’ll be rounding up all the big news from Konami today. In Konami’s Pre-E3 show, Masuda Kei the lead developer for Pro Evolution Soccer 2013 talks about developments made in the next game, and Metal Gear chief Hideo Kojima runs through the history of Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders. Kojima also announced that gamers who buy Zone of the Enders HD Collection will gain early access to a Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance demo. There’s also a hilarious parody for Metal Gear Rising somewhere in the middle, an announcement trailer for Castlevania: Lords of Shadows 2, and… a new Frogger. Frogger Pinball. Konami Pre-E3 Show Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2 For more, go over to GameTrailer’s YouTube page or New screenshots and trailers for K-On! After School Live!! HD Ver. (PS3) Source: on-after-school-live-hd-ver-ps3/ By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Three more weeks to the PS3 release of “K-On! After School Live!! HD Ver.” (けけけけけ けけけけけけけけ HD Ver.) Today Sega has released a bunch of screenshots trailers for the HD- remaster of “K-On! After School Live!”
  • 72. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 K-On! After School Live!! HD ver. will be released in Japan June 21. Source: 4Gamer YouTube comes to PS Vita end of June Source: june/ By KarbyP on June 1st, 2012 Finally! YouTube! No more going to your PC whenever you get stuck in a PS Vita game; just YouTube the solution! Don Mesa, Director of Handheld Consoles Product Planning and Platform Software Innovation over at SCEA, brings word today that the YouTube app for PS Vita will come out on 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 be launching a Crystal White one on July 10, as well as the Hatsune Miku Limited Edition on August 30 (which is the same day the game is coming out) here in Singapore. From now till the launch, buy or pre-order a PS Vita, and Sony will throw in a download voucher for WipEout 2048 and Touch My Katamari for free. For more news and updates on PlayStation Vita, stay tuned to SGCafe. 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, 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. Head into the site, click on the scratch card icon on the left, and you’ll go into a status page for this mini-game. Marie explains the rules of the contest (what we already told you), and then after that it’s off to the card hunting.
  • 73. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Just randomly look through any page on the website, and soon enough you’ll find a scratch card wedged along somewhere, like so: Each scratch card will bestow upon you a random number of character-specific points that goes towards the unlocks. Three points are required to unlock card illustration け1, six total points for card け2, nine for け3, and twelve for a character wallpaper. Persona 4: The Golden comes out for the PS Vita in Japan on June 14. An English US release is also slated for sometime later this year. Official website: けけけけ4 けけけけけけけ. Source: 4Gamer First Details: Tokushu Houdoubu, Nippon Ichi’s 20th anniversary PS Vita game Source: nippon-ichis-20th-anniversary-ps-vita-game/ By Mello on June 1st, 2012 Nippon Ichi has recently revealed that a new PlayStation Vita game is in development as part of their 20th anniversary celebration. Now we know what the game’s called – Tokushu Houdoubu, meaning “Special Report Division” – and who the main characters will be voiced by. The game revolves around television news reporting. The television station in the Tokushu Houdoubu VS. the real Nagoya TV Station. Nippon Ichi has also received help from Nagoya television studio to assist in creating a more accurate game setting. The game will allow gamers to experience television production like it is done in a real studio, allowing some parts of 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. 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.
  • 74. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The main characters for the game are as listed: Ryo Yuzuhara (CVけTomoaki Maeno) A new assistant director of the special report division after passing an interview. He has recently been transferred to the special report division to do a specific interview. Mamoru Sumi (CVけYoshimasa Hosoya) A mysterious character with long hair, he is 23 years old and excels at judo, kendo and shooting. Aya Tanahashi (CVけMiyuki Sawashiro) Director of the special report ministry, she is 25 years old. She believes that unique ladies are what a man looks out for. Kaede Watarai (CVけAsami Seto) A 16-year-old high school student who has previously appeared on the map, she began working the division as an assistant after passing an interview. The game will be released on August 23 and sold at a price of 6,090 yen in stores and 5,000 yen online. Source: Acfun Pixiv Hosts Worldwide Mascot Illustration Contest for SUNTORY C.C. Lemon Source: illustration-contest-for-suntory-c-c-lemon/ By magnetic_rose on June 1st, 2012 SUNTORY C.C. Lemon and Pixiv are organizing a contest to pick the next mascot for C.C. Lemon — the famous Japanese lemon soda. Entries are accepted from 28th May 2012 to 25th June 2012 at 23:59 JST. The contest is open to overseas artists who are members of Pixiv. Rules You may enter as may times as you wish, but each entry must be unique. All winning contestants will be required to submit a high resolution version of your submitted entry. All submissions must be original character designs for C.C.Lemon only. Use the tag “C.C.けけけけけけけけけけ” when submitting your entry. Entries without the tags attached will be not be counted as entries. Prizes Most Prestigious Award (1 Winner) - ¥200,000 in prize money - The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon can featuring their winning artwork. - The selected work will also appear in promotional billboards for C.C.Lemon, as well as appearing in promotional material at Comiket 82. - A year’s supply of C.C.Lemon (500ml bottles) 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)
  • 75. June 1st, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Official C.C. Lemon Official App Character Award (1 Winner) - ¥200,000 in prize money - The selected work will be featured as the official mascot character for a C.C.Lemon App, as well as appearing in promotional material at Comiket 82. - A case of C.C.けけけ (500ml bottles) - The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon can featuring their winning artwork. Selected Works (200 Winners) - The winner will be presented an original C.C.Lemon can featuring their winning artwork. - Selected works will appear in promotional billboards for C.C.Lemon, as well as appearing in promotional material at Comiket 82. For complete listing of rules and contest conditions, visit GSC Opens Shanghai Office, Re-releases Vocaloid Nendo for Chinese Market Source: releases-vocaloid-nendo-for-chinese-market/ By magnetic_rose on June 1st, 2012 Good Smile Company — in its continuing effort to bring the best of Japanese figures and toys to the rest of the world, has officially launched its China office in Shanghai. GSC has also put up an official Chinese website via popular portal Weibo. To celebrate and publicize the move, they are re-releasing three Vocaloid Nendroids via their official Chinese online shop Tmall. The figures slated for re-issue are Miku, Rin, and Len. GSC has also recently opened an English-site for its Nendroid line, ensuring that their English-speaking market is kept up to date with the latest from Good Smile’s factory line. Source: Mikatan Blog
  • 76. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture British war machines to invade World of Tanks soon Source: world-of-tanks-soon/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 So maybe you’ve played World of Tanks, which was launched in Southeast Asia back in April. Maybe you’ve played a lot of World of Tanks, extensively exploring all the vehicle upgrade paths and trying to unlock as many of the 150 historically- accurate vehicles – hailing from countries like America and France, to the Soviet Union and Germany – as you can, ever since the game kicked off here. But, you haven’t truly played World of Tanks, until you get your hands on the brand new British armoured vehicles that will be added to the game soon. It’s the British Empire, good grief! 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 too many hits themselves, and a slow-and-steady ones with lots of heavy plating but also way lower damage. “The British tanks are by far the most intriguing models we’ve come across over the course of World of Tanks development, said Sergey Burkatovskiy, lead producer over at “In giving the players two distinct, yet very different types of vehicles, the development team has worked very carefully to make sure that balance not only fits into the current game, but is also one that’s extremely fun. We can’t wait for our players to experience it for themselves.” And judging from these stunningly detailed screen renders and teaser trailer sent us, we bet WoT players can’t wait as well.
  • 77. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Hatsune Miku Project Diva F demos to appear in 740 stores around Japan; game package shots Source: to-appear-in-740-stores-around-japan-game-package-shots/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 Over at the official blog for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, Sega has uploaded some pictures showing off the box-art for the upcoming rhythm-action title, as well as the contents in the Hatsune Miku PS Vita limited edition bundle. What you see above is the final design of the protection film that’ll be distributed to folks who pre-order the game from a retail store; you might notice that it’s quite a tad different from the sample pic previously shown. Sega also brings word that from tomorrow onwards (June 6), you’ll be able to try out a demo version of the game at 740 participating electronics stores all over Japan. So if you’re a Miku fan who happens to be going over there on vacation, do drop by a Bic Camera/Yodobashi Camera/Sofmap/Tsutaya nearby and who knows, you might just get lucky. Do note that certain outlets will be getting the trial units late 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. For details and addresses on participating stores, go to this page here (warning: it’s full of Japanese text). And now, for the images you’ve been waiting for (click on the image to open it in a new tab, then click on the image on that page again for a bigger version). Box-art Everything in the Hatsune Miku PS Vita bundle Just the box AR card included in the package
  • 78. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Shuukan Diva Station STGCC 2012: First line-up of pop culture personalities announced Source: culture-personalities-announced/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 This September, get ready for a weekend loaded with activities and pop culture showcases from both the East and West hemispheres. Yes, The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) is back, this time happening at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Marina Bay Sands from September 1 to 2! And the organisers have announced some of the pop culture personalities you will be able to meet at the event – said to be the coolest event of the year! From the press release: 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 top cosplay magazine Cosmode, Tadaaki ‘Jacky’ Dosai.“ (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 30,000 visitors and saw media coverage from some 176 outlets hailing from eight countries. For more information about the event, go to Online ticketing has opened for STGCC 2012. Entry passes can be purchased over at: buy-tickets Model of Evangelion’s Spear of Longinus Forged by Master Craftsman Source: longinus-forged-by-master-craftsman/
  • 79. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 By magnetic_rose on June 5th, 2012 The Bizen Osafune Japanese Sword Museum in Setouchi, Okayama Prefecture is holding a special exhibition — featuring swords made by craftsmen based on weapons featured in various anime. The crown jewel of the exhibition is a 3.3-meter, 30- kilogram model of the Spear of Longinus that appeared in the Evangelion series. A master craftsman of 40 years from Hiroshima Prefecture took about 6 months and 20 swords worth of steel to make the spear. The exhibition will be open to the public in July. Source: Asahi Shinbun Benchmark your Android with this Hatsune Miku app [video] Source: hatsune-miku-app-video/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 Even if you don’t own an Android device, hit the jump to watch Hatsune miku dance along to the Nyan Cat song! MikuMikuBench is a free Android app that lets you benchmark your device by watching Hatsune Miku dance in sync to that infectiouslyaddictivesong (note: all three links are videos containing the Nyan Cat song, differing only in length. Please don’t click on any of them; curiosity won’t kill the Nyan Cat. No, it will only feed the cat). 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. 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 other Androids anyway, Japanese blog Octoba has listed the MikuMikuBench scores for quite a few of them (mostly Japan-only). イIS03 … 1946 イMOTOROLA PHOTON … 2347 イIS04 … 2361 イDesireHD … 3093
  • 80. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 イGalaxy NEXUS … 3277イGPU rendering ONイ イXperia arc … 3884 イARROWS Z … 3933 イGalaxy Note … 4531 If you’re going to give MikuMikuBench a whirl, do let us know what device you have and how high it scored via comments below. Source: Octoba Hori Real Arcade Pro.V3 SA Kai & VX SE Kai announced in Japan, exclusively from Amazon Source: se-kai-announced-in-japan-exclusively-from-amazon/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 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 choices that’s been implemented based on user feedback . Both sticks will be sold in Japan exclusively from Amazon – the V3 SA Kai (top row of thumbnails) from June 28 onwards, and the VX SE Kai (bottom row) from July 26. Hori Real Arcade Pro.V3 SA 改 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
  • 81. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Price: 15,800 yen (tax included) Stick lever unit: LS-32-01 8 face buttons: PS-14-G0 Start button: PS-14-D Dimensions: Approx. 430mm x 240mm z 125mm (including stick lever) Weight: Approx. 2.2kg Cable length: Approx. 3m Changes made from VX SE to VX SE 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, with the artwork is printed on PET materials. - An anti-slick sheet, made of metal, has been attached at the bottom. - Start and Back buttons can be disabled. - LB and RB buttons can be toggled for left-stick and right- stick presses. Again, useful for specific 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. - A port has been added for you to plug in a wired headset. Source: Famitsu Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate OP revealed Source: revealed/ By Mycstea on June 5th, 2012 The opening theme of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate has been revealed in a radio show on HiBiKi Radio Station. 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. One can clearly see the resemblance to TV anime Amagami, evident of the character re-designer’s work . Read about our previous updates about Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate here and here. Source: Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate Official Website, Yaraon Strike Witches PSP demo to be released on PSN June 14 Source: released-on-psn-june-14/ By KarbyP on June 5th, 2012 Play as Miyafuji, Sakamoto, and Lynne in this demo for the upcoming Strike Witches PSP 2D bullet-hell shooter!
  • 82. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Strike Witches -Wings of Silver- (イイイイイイイイイイイ-イイイイ- ) for the PSP is a port of last year’s Xbox 360 Strike Witches shooter of the same name that comes complete with all previously released DLC (sans the X360 dashboard themes and gamer pics, of course): additional character Hayate Nakajima and her story scenario, plus a Time Attack mode. The demo that’ll be released on June 14 contains one episode from the story mode (Miyafuji, Sakamoto, Lynne). In this game, you take control of three characters at once (in a triangular flight formation), and battle your way through bullet hell five stages and an original story – fully voiced and with multiple endings – that’s different from the other Strike Witches media properties. (Above) Gameplay footage from the Xbox 360 version of the game. In case you’re unfamiliar with the light novel, manga and anime series this game is based on, Strike Witches is set in an alternate-history 19XX universe where all the nations in the world have banded together to fight an alien threat, instead of fighting amongst themselves during World War II. To aid their war efforts, young women with high magical potential are enlisted into military. Strike Witches -Wings of Silver- is slated for a June 28 release on the PSP. Source: 4Gamer Tales of Nendoroid Petits make an appearance at the Tales of Festival 2012 Source: appearance-at-the-tales-of-festival-2012/ By Mello on June 5th, 2012 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. Nendoroid Petit Estelle and Yuri (Tales of Vesperia) Nendoroid Petit Sophie and Asbel (Tales of Graces)
  • 83. June 5th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Nendoroid Petit Jude and Milla (Tales of Xillia) The release schedule and the price of these Nendoroid Petits have yet to be announced. What do you think of these Nendoroids? Would you want to be one of the first few to preorder them? Stay tuned for more information. Source: Gsc_saccyan For pre-order: Persona Music Live 2012, Mayonaka TV in Tokyo International Forum DVD & Blu-ray Source: live-2012-mayonaka-tv-in-tokyo-international-forum-dvd-blu-ray/ By Mello on June 5th, 2012 A DVD and Blu-ray of the Persona Music Live 2012 event held on April 8 at the Tokyo International Forum will be released August 22. It will be released in two editions – the normal edition (only available for DVD) and the completely limited production edition. 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″ • Shuhei Kita – “Persona Trinity Soul”/ “Persona 3 Portable” • Shoji Megura (Index) The completely limited production edition will include an additional CD with the songs: 1.イReach Out To The Truthイ 2.イkey plus wordsイ 3.イBeauty of Destinyイ 4.イWe Are One and Allイ 5.イThe Way of Memories-イイイイイイイ-イ The normal edition (DVD) is priced at 4,725 yen and the 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: PersonaLive
  • 84. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Sega taps gravure idol Ai Shinozaki for Samurai & Dragons “Play for Free” PV Source: for-samurai-dragons-play-for-free-pv/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 To drive home the message that Samurai & Dragons is free- to-play on the PS Vita, publisher Sega has enlisted the help of gravure idol Ai Shinozaki, seen cosplaying here as a mage in a new promotional video that was released today. The five-minute long PV has Shonozaki wandering around nature listlessly, seemingly waiting for her Samurai & Dragons play pal – a creepy ninja who’s lurking in some of the scenes – to come online. If you don’t recognise the character Shinozaki is cosplaying as, that’s because it’s based on an original design by manga artist Yokusaru Shibata (of Air Master fame) for Samurai & Dragons: Some stills from the PV:
  • 85. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Samurai & Dragons is a multi-genre, free-to-play online title produced by Masayoshi Kikuchi, previously the director on Jet Set Radio Future. Kikuchi has also worked on the Yakuza or Ryu ga Gotoku series. The game itself hat has four main parts: action, card battles, simulation (SimCity style), and RPG. Players pick from one of five professions – Swordsman, Ranger, Mage, Ninja, Samurai – and simultaneously begin to plan and construct an Edo period Japanese city as its lord. Then, players raise a squad of monsters, and wage war against neighbouring cities for territory and war spoils. Like Diablo 3, there is no offline mode to Samurai & Dragons; you have to stay connected even during solo play. Thankfully, the game supports both 3G and Wi-Fi. In multiplayer, you can explore dungeons in the RPG part with other players in a party, or join forces with friends in the simulation part to defend your cities from enemy invasions. 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 Asia Major 2012, to be held on June 9 and 10 at the Clementi Community Club. If you’re a true fighting game fan, you know you have to make plans to come down. Amazing game moments are bound to happen. But first, watch 8-bit Daigo be a beast in this amazing trailer for the Road to EVO SEA Major, taking out Cross Counter Asia‘s Zhi and Xian with two Ultra Combos in a row. Then you can start making plans to come meet the real deal this weekend. If you’re going to be there, you might as well sign up to play in some of the tournaments at the event itself (pre-register through this link). A total of six games will be played in the tournaments: 1. Super Street Fighter 4 Arcade Edition 2. FIFA 2012
  • 86. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 3. Marvel vs Capcom 3 4. King of Fighters XIII 5. Street Fighters X Tekken 6. Soul Calibur V There will also be free-play stations for Gran Turismo 5 (PS3) and Xbox 360 Kinect titles. For location and tournament registration details, visit the Clementi Game Festival 2 Facebook page. Go hands-on with the Crystal White PS Vita at PC Show 2012 Source: ps-vita-at-pc-show-2012/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 At E3 Sony announced a few more reasons why you should pick up a PS Vita. But if you’re still not entirely convinced, why not go hands-on with the system yourself to see how you like it? You’ll be able to do just that at the PC Show 2012 this week, happening from now till this Sunday (June 7 to 10), 12noon to 9PM daily at the Suntec Singapore International Convention and Exhibition Centre. SingTel, Sony’s preferred mobile operator for the PS Vita, is showing off the new Crystal White unit – to be launched on July 10 – as well as the latest games for the portable games device over at its booth (Suntec Hall 6/601). So even if you already know you’re going to pick one up soon, it’s a good idea to swing by their booth and check out the differences between the white and black units. Pro-tip: if you decide to buy one, don’t forget to ask for a free special voucher code for the games WipEout ™ 2048 and Touch My Katamari™, part of a promotion that’s running from now till the Crystal White Vita’s release, while stocks last. PS Vita public trial @ PC Show 2012 Date: 7-10 Jun 2012 Venue: SingTel booth, Suntec Hall 6, Hall 601 Time: 12nn-9pm Specifications of PlayStation®Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Model (Crystal White) Product Name PlayStation®Vita 3G/Wi-Fi Model (Crystal White) Serial No. PCH-1106 ZA02 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 of bringing Street Fighter X Tekken over to the iOS [video] Source: street-fighter-x-tekken-over-to-the-ios/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 Although the PS Vita version will undoubtedly be the definitive Street Fighter X Tekken experience on portables when it comes out later this year, it appears that Capcom is nevertheless looking into more ways to get a version of this controversial crossover fighter into gamers’ hands.
  • 87. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 At E3 they’ve silently brought out a demo for an iOS adaptation, likely using the event as an opportunity to gauge interest (like what Sega is doing). According to Famitsu, Capcom currently does not have plans to release Street Fighter X Tekken iOS. Yet. This is only a tech demo. But if it does come out, Street Fighter X Tekken would be the fourth Capcom fighting game to be ported over to the iOS, following Street Fighter II, Street Fighter IV, and Marvel vs Capcom 2. The tech demo shown at E3 only allows you to play as Ryu and Kazuya on one team, and Chun-Li and Nina on the other, boys-versus-girls style. Judging from the YouTube video above, SFxTK on iOS controls very similarly to Street Fighter IV Volt, with a virtual joystick on the bottom-left corner of the screen, and four buttons – Punch, Kick, Special (SP), and Switch (denoted by a giant “X”) – on the bottom right. And just like in SF4 Volt, each character’s special moves can be performed using easy commands (SP button plus a specific direction). As an example, pressing or holding down the SP button with no directional input when playing as Ryu will result in a Hadouken. But if you hold forward on the virtual joystick and hit SP, a Shoryuken will be unleashed instead. What do you think, should Capcom release an iOS version of Street Fighter X Tekken? How much would you pay for it? Source: Famitsu Electronic Cat Tail for Humans Now in Development Source: in-development/ By magnetic_rose on June 7th, 2012 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・
  • 88. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Sega’s official blog for the game posted up some photos of the demo unit on display at E3: Since we first broke the story, Joystiq’s JC Fletcher has also posted some brief thoughts on the game. Unfortunately, so far none of the other media outlets covering E3 have taken a look at it. Although Hatsune Miku Project Diva F and the limited edition PS Vita bundle will be released in other Asian territories outside Japan (Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc), it’s not confirmed if the game will cross borders and see a release in the West. But, once again, here’s hoping it will. Fingers crossed. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe. Today: Catch the AKB48 General Election streamed live on Google Plus Source: election-streamed-live-on-google-plus/ By KarbyP on June 7th, 2012 The AKB48 General Election is set to begin a couple hours from now, at 5.20PM JST (GMT+0900) or 4.20PM Singapore/Philippines/Central Indonesia time (GMT+0800), and Google Plus will be streaming the whole event live – with simultaneous interpretation in English, to boot! At 11PM JST (10PM Singapore time) the winner of this year’s AKB48 Senbatsu Sousenkyo (Front-member General Election) will also come on the live stream and give a speech. Since 2009, every year AKB48 has held a general election 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: 1) Yuko Oshima 2) Mayu Watanabe 3) Mariko Shinoda 4) Yuki Kashiwagi 5) Rino Sashihara Let us know yours in the comments below! AKB48 Grand Prix Search for the ・1 Fan. Agni’s Philosophy – a Final Fantasy real-time tech demo – offers a glimpse of next-gen Source: 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 survey you can fill up; Square Enix would like to know if you found the heroine Agni and the world depicted in the tech demo appealing, as well as any other impressions or thoughts you might have. The site also offers some stills from the demo, and – if you’re a top-notch programmer/CG artist – a banner at the bottom reveals that Square Enix is hiring. Or you could just go to the recruitment page from here.
  • 89. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Agni’s Philophy FINAL FANTASY REALTIME TECH DEMO. Nintendo E3 press con highlights: Pikmin 3, New Super Mario Bros U, Batman, WiiFitU Source: pikmin-3-new-super-mario-bros-u-batman-wiifitu/ 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).
  • 90. June 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Tiger & Bunny: cinema-goers to decide “King of Movie Hero” Source: king-of-movie-hero/ By Mello on June 7th, 2012 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 theaters on 22 September 2012 in Japan. A second movie is in the works and is scheduled to be released in 2013. A roadshow to promoted the movie will begin in September as well. The voting website will be announced at the Tiger & Bunny official website on 5 June. Who would you vote for? Source: LivedoorNews
  • 91. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Persona 3 theatrical release announced after the credits in Persona 4 movie Source: announced-after-the-credits-in-persona-4-movie/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 This just in: Persona 3 will be getting a movie! According to tweets from movie-goers who’ve seen the Persona 4 movie (released in Japanese cinemas today), at the end of the movie’s credits or staff roll there was a short clip announcing that Persona 3 would be getting a theatrical release as well. In the announcement clip, a calendar is shown being navigated back in time to two years before Persona 4, to the start 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
  • 92. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Nippon Ichi has finally officially revealed the characters of Tokushu Houdoubu, their newest PS Vita game. Players can look forward to investigating mysteries such as UFO sightings and mysterious beings with ESP powers as well as being tasked with conducting interviews to get the whole scoop. The Special News Division is producing and broadcasting “Special News”, a news flash program that highlights and investigates the strange phenomenons happening in the city. To get to the bottom of the truth, staff of the department are required to do interviews and discuss the findings meticulously day and night. Occasionally, you may encounter situations where having common sense is crucial. The choices you make and questions you choose while you are conducting interviews will influence the “truth” broadcasted to the public. The staff’s findings will be broadcasted as a program appearing on every television across the country. Through this program, you can reveal the “truth of the world” to the public. The types of paranormal phenomena you will encounter include doppelgangers, mysterious abductions, UFOs, ESP encounters and more. (List of content is tentative and may differ in the actual game) Here are the official introductions of the characters: (From left to right) Ryo Yuhara, 23 year old – Assistant Director ( CV: Tomoaki Maeno) This rookie Assistant Director has graduated from college and was in the News Division dealing with normal news before he was transferred to the Special News Division. He has an extremely keen sense of curiosity which could turn out to be a good or bad thing. He feels a strong sense of responsibility as part of the media team to convey the truth to the public and makes it his life mission. When you play as his character, you can control the camera on your own when conducting interviews as well as edit the manuscript. Mamoru Sumi, 25 years old – Assistant Director (CV: Yoshimasa Hosoya) A man of few words, he is shrouded with a mysterious charisma. Such is shown when he does interviews alongside Yuhara. He excels at Judo and Kendo and has some knowledge of handling shoots. He is also loyal and seems to have previous experience in the industry. However, he prefers not to talk about it. Kaede Watarai, 16 years old – Assistant (CV: Asami Seto) She is in still studying in high school and joins the Special New Division as a part-timer. She is strong willed but open to other’s opinions at times. She speaks with a grown-up tone and is tasked with being the timekeeper and one of the interviewers of the team. She also does any odd jobs that needs to get done. 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.
  • 93. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Although a teaser has been released for the two other characters, the producer (silhouette on the left) and announcer (on the right) of the Special News Department, we have found a screen that shows the announcer. More information on these characters will be released soon. Pior to the release of the game, a web comic will be released every 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 the charms of each character of the “Special News Division” in the comic. Here are the manga artists who will be drawing each chapter: Chapter 1 – Touya Nakamura Chapter 2 – Secco Chapter 3 – Seira Yugen Chapter 4 – Nami Yoshii Chapter 5 – Masaki Sano & Kyo Watanabe More screenshots of the game are revealed below. Do stay tuned for more information on Tokushu Houdoubu!
  • 94. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Source: Famitsu Sega announces pricing structure for Phantasy Star Open 2, pre-open beta dates Source: for-phantasy-star-open-2-pre-open-beta-dates/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 When a publisher – any publisher – announces that the next instalment in a well-loved, monumental video game franchise would be free-to-play – like what Sega did to Phantasy Star Online 2 – most fans would naturally be worried. Would Sega be able to make enough profits through premium items for them to justify keeping the servers up? Would players be forced to pay an arm and a foot for features 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 be completely usable without having to pay Game updates, story developments, new areas and enemies will all be covered under the free level of service. 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 goods - Music discs - Additional lobby actions (gestures/animations) - Limited trials of certain paid features/items (example: a 3- day pass for “My Room” or “My Shop”)
  • 95. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Premium level The aforementioned “My Room” and “My Shop” are paid features. Specifically, they are part of a Premium Set comprising the following: 1) My Room 2) My Shop 3) Premium storage (additional 300 slots) 4) Ability to trade items (you will, however, be able to trade basic recover items in a quest even on the free level) 5) Access to premium blocks/lobbies in a server 6) The rate you earn FUN points at is higher *Features (3) to (6) are premium-only, so you won’t be able to earn limited trials for those features through FUN lottery. Scratch and Scratch Gold cards will also be offered at 200AC and 500AC respectively. These let you unlock additional costumes and customisation parts at random; the 200AC scratch cards have other items mixed in as well, while the 500AC “Scratch Gold” lottery will only contain costumes and customisation parts. Other paid items include consumables (prices start at 150AC), system expansion items (starting from 300AC), and the right to create an additional character or to change your existing character’s looks (500AC). ————————- In addition, Sega has also announced dates for a pre-open beta that they will run to stress test their servers before the official 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 of Japanese is required to register, or you could just refer to PSU Fan Blog’s handy guide here). Source: 4Gamer New Time Travelers trailer demonstrates cinema events, time travel chart navigation Source: demonstrates-cinema-events-time-travel-chart-navigation/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 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 visual novel sufficiently demonstrated the merits and detriments of time travelling, think again. Judging from what’s been revealed so far, it looks like you’ll have to make many hard decisions, and go back in time to possibly reverse some – such as a young boy’s decision to sacrifice himself so his father can save his mother and younger brother – and reverse previously reversed decisions. Of course, there are some seemingly casual ones, like choosing whether or not female lead Mikoto Shindo (played by Miyuki Sawashiro) kisses schoolmate Yuri 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.
  • 96. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 We’ll just have to wait till the game’s July 12 release to find out. YouTube on PS Vita has a neat interface, supports pinch-to-full-screen [video] Source: interface-supports-pinch-to-full-screen-video/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 I want to say that it supports pinch-to-zoom (because that’s technically what you’re doing), but unfortunately it looks like pinching only lets you switch between mode full-screen and windowed modes. So pinch-to-full-screen it is. Still, YouTube on PS Vita is looking pretty neat. Thanks, xlogicalzx, for bringing us this great video from E3. Source: YouTube user xlogicalzx New Madoka Magica Online trailer showcases gameplay, customisation and original art Source: showcases-gameplay-customisation-and-original-art/
  • 97. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 Puella Magi Madoka Magica Online is a browser game. Yet, it just might be several magnitudes better than the Madoka Magica PSP game that was released a while back. I got shivers from watching this new 2nd trailer for the game. Now if only fans outside of Japan can play it; you’ll need a Japanese IP address to access the game’s official site in order to sign up for a beta. 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, 2012 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.
  • 98. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 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.
  • 99. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 After you’re done picking your top three, if you scroll down there’s a fun little activity you could partake in as well: guess which position the blue robin from Mahou Tsukai no Yoru will come in (enter a number in the box). If you guess right, you stand a chance to win a pair of Type-Moon Fes tickets or an autographed brochure for the event. Don’t give too much thought to it though – chances are you’ll need an actual residential address in Japan for Type-Moon to mail your prize to you. And that’s if you’re the lucky winner picked out from the pool of voters who guessed correctly. You have from now till June 24 to make your vote. The top 20 positions will be announced on July 7 and 8 at Type- Moon Fes and subsequently posted on the polling site after the event. The full list, however, would only be published later in a commemorative artbook – “TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Phantasm” – to be released on August 10. May Saber the best Type-Moon character win! 10そそそそ TYPE-MOONそそそそそそそそそそそそそ [via Otanews] Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade: Four new songs for June Source: four-new-songs-for-june/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 Location tests for Project Diva Arcade ver.B starts today! But just because ver.B is in the works, doesn’t mean that Sega has abandoned ver.A. Quite the contrary, in fact: today they’ve unveiled four new songs that’ll be added on June 14. The first two songs are from Project Diva Extend on the PSP, while the other two are a first for the series. In the order they appear from the trailer above: 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) そそそ (Tsugai Kogarashi) Music, Lyrics and Jacket picture designed by そそそそP (ShigotoshiteP) そGothic and Loneliness そI’m the very DIVAそ Music & Lyrics by そそそそそそそ (Narushimatakashi) Movie & Illustration by そそそそ (Rin Sakuraba) そslump Music by そそそそ (Shiba Inu) / Lyrics by そそそ (Ayatori) Movie & Illustration by RefinedDium The songs will be added to Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade ver.A Revision 4 June 14. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe!
  • 100. June 9th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Source: Shuukan Diva Station Yakuza 5 – Kiryu Kazama’s prologue story revealed Source: story-revealed/ By KarbyP on June 9th, 2012 The once almighty Dragon of Dojima has now been reduced to a mild-mannered cab driver? What has the world (of Yakuza / Ryu ga Gotoku 5) come to? In Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono (Yakuza 5: Those Who Fulfil Dreams), set in 2012 or two years after Yakuza 4, peace between the Tojo clan and the Omi Alliance is threatened as the 7th Chairman of the latter – one of two men instrumental to the peace treaty between the clans – is on his deathbed. In order to prevent war, the current head of the Tojo Clan, Daigo Dojima, swallows his pride and travels to meet with the Omi Alliance. However, it’s already too late – unbeknownst to him, the “sleeping players” from within the Tojo Clan had already begun to move. As an all-out war between the East and the West breaks out, Yakuza 5′s five protagonists – four men and a girl – across various cities in Japan are once again thrust into this whirlwind of conflict. Kiryu Kazama is one such protagonist. His chapter in Yakuza 5 is set in Fukuoka – specifically, the fictional district of Nagasugai. Kiryu, the former 4th-generation head of the Tojo Clan, had chosen to leave it all behind, washing his hands off all matters in the underground world, and settling down in Okinawa, running an orphanage with Haruka, the daughter of Kiryu’s love who sacrificed herself to save them both. But one day Kiryu decides to leave Okinawa for Kyushu, after a mysterious woman visits him at the orphanage. In Kyushu, he’s taken on a psuedonym and makes his living as a law-abiding cab driver who would bow his head to even the most despicable of men – as long as they’re his customers. It’s a sight friends and acquaintances would not believe. But when the current head of the Tojo Clan suddenly goes missing, Kiryu Kazuma – a man who’s abandoned and discarded his dreams – will once again act for the dreams of those he cares about. The legend of the Dragon shall rise once more. Ryu ga Gotoku 5: Yume Kanaeshi Mono comes out for the PS3 later this year. Source: 4Gamer
  • 101. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Idolmaster to join Rewrite Harvest Festa and Mahou Tsukai no Yoru themes at Good Smile Cafe Source: festa-and-mahou-tsukai-no-yoru-themes-at-good-smile-cafe/ By KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 Good Smile & Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe (Guttetsu Cafe for short) in Akihabara will run an Idolmaster-themed cafe between June 25 to August 13, Good Smile Company’s Mikatan announced on her blog today. It’s unknown if the menu items for Guttetsu’s Idolmaster Cafe will be different from the ones featured in November last year at Cure Maid Cafe and Wonder Cafe. Also, oddly enough there are already two themed cafes concurrently going on at Guttetsu at the moment: a Rewrite Harvest Festa Cafe (June 8 to July 8) and a Mahou Tsukai no Yoru Cafe (May 29 to July 8). This would mean that between June 25 to July 8 the Good Smile Cafe will actually run three themed cafes simultaneously. One must wonder, “is there really enough floor space in the cafe to fit all three themes?” (Unfortunately I’ve never been there before; if you have, please let us know in the comments below). Update: A virtual tour of the Good Smile & Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe is offered here. Below you’ll find the respective food menus for the Rewrite and Mahou Tsukai cafes at Guttetsu. As The Idolm@ster Cafe menu at Guttetsu Cafe has not yet been released yet, we’ve attached an image from last year’s Idolmaster Cafe – held elsewhere – to give you an idea of what you might be able to expect (note: this menu may not be indicative of the new one at Guttetsu’s). Bon Appetit! Rewrite Harvest Festa! Cafe [June 8 to July 8] Mahou Tsukai no Yoru Cafe [May 29 to July 8] (Mahou Tsukai is also known as “Witch on the Holy Night”)
  • 102. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The 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/
  • 103. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 Initially released only for feature phones, social game SNK Dream Battle has finally made its way to the Android and – this month – iOS smartphone platforms through Japanese social network service Gree. In SNK Dream Battle players amass an army of character cards featuring fighters from a variety of SNK games series – King of Fighters, Fatal Fury, Samurai Spirits, etc – and put together decks composed of 10 cards each (over 200 cards are available) to do battle with. In each deck you also have to set one fighter card as the leader of the pack; the longer you set a specific card as the leader, the more “trust points” that character accumulates. During battles, players can turn the tides by powering up their deck with a “Kakusei” or “Awakening (ググ) ability, and this ability grows stronger as you gain trust points with your deck leader. Apart from a single-player Quest mode where you’ll fight bosses from time to time, there are also one-on-one Gachinko Battles amongst players, and periodic KOF Battle Stadium events. Unfortunately, to play the game it looks like you need to own either a Softbank or Vodafone email address (at least, that appears to be the case when I tried to sign up for a Gree account). If you do have one, you can access the game by pointing your iOS or Android device’s Web browser over to http:// (on your desktop browser it won’t take you to the app). The game is free to play with optional paid items. Source: Gree [via Famitsu] Keio University developing method for virtual avatars mirroring facial expressions real-time using webcam Source: 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 :
  • 104. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 It’s official: Street Fighter X Tekken Mobile is coming to the iOS Source: coming-to-the-ios/ By KarbyP on June 14th, 2012 Last week we were the first English source on the Web to report that Capcom silently brought out a Street Fighter X Tekken iOS tech demo at E3. uploaded a video of the app in action on YouTube, while Japan’s gave us a brief hands-on report and said that this was not official yet – Capcom had yet to announce concrete plans to roll out an iOS version, so the tech demo might not come to fruition. Meanwhile, most of the media folks at E3 did not even stumble upon the little gem (haha! Get it? Gem? Gem syste.. never mind) at Capcom’s booth at E3. Well, it’s official now. Capcom USA has just announced that Street Fighter X Tekken would indeed come to the iOS. From the press release: Capcom is pleased to confirm that Street Fighter x Tekken Mobile will be released for iOS this summer. Based on the critically acclaimed home console release, but with a complete redesign of controls and UI with mobile devices in mind, Street Fighter x Tekken Mobile also features brand new modes and a new take on the tag team mechanic. The balanced character roster includes Ryu and Chun-Li from the Street Fighter series, and Kazuya and Nina from the 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 version of Street Fighter X Tekken won’t have gems, huh? Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Mascots Named, Special Page for Orpheus ~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~ Opens Source: mascots-named-special-page-for-orpheus%E3%80%80%EF%BD%9E %E5%90%9B%E3%81%A8%E5%A5%8F%E3%81%A7%E3%82%8B %E6%98%8E%E6%97%A5%E3%81%B8%E3%81%AE %E3%81%86%E3%81%9F/ By Mycstea on June 14th, 2012 The competition winners to name the mascots for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival has finally been announced, and a special page for VA20 Anniversary commemoration single Orpheusグググググググググググググ is now open. Previously reported on SGCafe, Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th Anniversary by holding an event on July 29th. Read the full story here. As the build up for the event steadily increases, the mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival has finally been revealed as ググ/Shion and ググ/Kanon. The winning entry is submitted by グググググググググ. Character designer Itaru Hinoue comments: Thank you very much for all the support and entries for the twins naming competition!! It’s been
  • 105. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 very very hard selecting the names from so–oo many names haha. There were beautiful names, interesting anmes, and even names with my name on it (laughs). Amongst these, I recall and eventually chose a pair of names which were not only cute, but 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 pair was chosen. The winner will be given a pair of tickets for the event, along with an assortment of live goods and a special event pamphlet with the signatures of every performing artiste of the event. As a consolation, 20 other participating entries are also given a 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) ( グVioletta ググ Arianna) • ググググ – グ ググググググ グググ (グNatane Toudou グ グ Shizuku Toudou) • グググ – グ グググググググググ グググググググググ (グ Stayzeroorudoグ グMejizerokkuiin) • ググググ – グ ViVi(ググ)ググ lAlA(ググ) (グ Vivi グ グ Rara) • ググググ – グ ググググ ググ (グ No. 1 (Ichigou) グ グ No.2 (Nigou)) • 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 Jeal Kenjoグ グ Ash Kenjo) • グググ(21) – グ ググググググ ググググ (グSakon Kimura グ グ Ukon Kimura) • グググググ – グ VAググググ3グググ VAググググ4グ (グVA 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 グ グ Kurokoググ Demonlord (Sasaki) グ グ Moustache Genie (Igarashi)) • doRo – グ グググググググググ ググ(グググ) (グ Hyori グ グ Hikage) • 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 Moratta!)) • 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 Kaede Tenjou グ グ Kanna Tenjou) • Luciphel – 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 GreatグPotemkin グYuugaググ Bibyurireenari グBoririren グYuuga) • 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Momo Fujikiググ Kyuu Fujiki) • ググ – グ ググググググ グググ (グ Choco ググ Milk) You may view the official results here. The website for special commemorative single Orpheusググ 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, KOTOKO, Kaori Utatsuki, Chata, Rita and LiSA. The song is written by none-other then Visual Art’s CEO Baba Takahiro and famed composer Shinji Orito. Pre- order is now ongoing with various online merchant sites including Amazon, Sofmap, Rakuten, Bachyuya, Sapashop, Toranoana, Medio!, Honnekitouhan, Trader PCGAME Kan, and PC Free Direct. Singaporean fans may order their copy from CD-Japan at 1000yen (without shipping cost, SGD$16) instead and will be on sale from June 29th 2012. You may also visit the special website here. Source: VA20 Official Website All image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Cosplay A Day : Macross Frontier Universal Bunny Source: universal-bunny/ By sakurazaki on June 14th, 2012 I am your white bunny, Jumping and diving it’s almost innocent, The milky way spills in the galaxy, Hey, I want to eat that candy star. The Attractive, Adorable & Alluring. That’s what we refer to this trio as. Their eye catching cosplay was in relation to the catchy song, Universal Bunny. The song, sung by May’n’ and produced by
  • 106. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Yoko Kanno was featured as one of the major tracks in the movie Macross Frontier The False Songstress. Just who are these gorgeous cosplayers you may ask, well they are none other than Astellecia, also known as Skye, Intricatia aka. Jill and of course the beautiful Hiyuki who we have once featured in Sgcafe’s Cosplay An Interview! Their shoot, was inspired by the song and video, Universal Bunny. The song was featured in a Sheryl Nome concert scene as the powerful opening number. With a background filled with gears, similar to the movie and the red and black backdrop that closely symbolizied the colors of the Black Bunny the pictures look as if they were taken from the concert itself! All three cosplayers are not new to the characters of Macross Frontier at all! All three are fans of the series and have cosplayed many different versions of Sheryl Nome, Ranka Lee and even Alto Saotome! It was not a surprise that both Astellecia and Hiyuki cosplayed as Sheryl Nome while Intricatia cosplayed Ranka Lee. You have to agree, they do suit the characters to a T. 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 from this amazing trio! Cosplayer : Astellecia Series : Macross Frontier Character : Sheryl Nome Country : Singapore 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 : Call for Student Entries to TBS DigiCon6 Source: digicon6/
  • 107. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By magnetic_rose on June 14th, 2012 Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) are accepting entries to the new Student Category at the annual TBS DigiCon6 Singapore. The student winner will get the opportunity to go to Tokyo, Japan in November to witness the showdown between winning creations from all over Asia – Japan, China, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, etc – at the Grand Finals. TBS DigiCon6 Awards is an annual competition held with the objective of seeking and recognizing talented creators throughout Asia (past participating regions include: Japan, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand) and rewarding them for their outstanding works. DigiCon6 furthermore provides these creators with opportunities to expand their creative ground by supporting their innovative minds and activities year-round. All submitted Works will be reviewed and judged by TBS DigiCon6 Awards organization members and a panel of industry experts – based on the quality of work, ideas, and originality. TBS DigiCon6 Awards is sponsored by Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings, Inc. and Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and organized by the TBS DigiCon6 Headquarters. Apart from the competition, creators will come together to share their skills and hear from some of the brightest stars in the field in a series of workshops organised by NYP for Digicon6 Singapore from March to June. These include animators, writers and creature creators from leading industry players Lucasfilm Singapore and Animagine. Workshops are open to students and members of the public. More workshops have been lined up before the closing date for the 14th Digicon6 Singapore submission deadline on 31 August. For more information, please “Like” the Digicon6 Facebook page at There are 2 categories to the local leg. The winner of the Open Category will compete in the Grand Finals in Tokyo, Japan against country winners from all over Asia in November. Winner of the Student Category will get to attend the Grand Finals in Tokyo. Winners will also receive the following prizes: Open Category 1st Prize: SGD 4000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTK650 Medium (worth SGD 559) 2nd Prize: SGD2000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTH450 Touch (worth SGD 429) 3rd Prize: SGD 1000 + Wacom Intuos5 PTK450 Small (worth SGD 379) Student Category 1st Prize: SGD 1500 + Wacom BambooFun Pen & Touch (worth SGD 335) 2nd Prize: SGD 1000 + Wacom Bamboo Pen & Touch (worth SGD 185) 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) STGCC 2012 updates media release with guest cosplayers Hibiki Touya , Kousaka Yun Source: with-guest-cosplayers-hibiki-touya-kousaka-yun/ By sentinel011 on June 14th, 2012 Popular Japanese cosplayers Hibiki Touya and Kousaka Yun will grace this year’s STGCC. MONOMIND, a DJ group heavily influenced by Touhou, will be coming as well. Hibiki Touya Hibiki Touya’s popularity is well-known in Japan, as her portrayals of male characters gathered fans all across the world. Here repertoire of characters include Ichinose Tokiya (Uta no Prince Sama), Vocaloid character Kaito, Shiraishi Kuranosuke (Prince of Tennis), Kamui and Okita (Gintama) as well as Alto Saotome (Macross Frontier). Touya became familiar not just because of her awesome cosplays, but also through her involvement as a staff Cosplayer in events such as Miku Party (Mikupa) and Comic Market (Comiket), amongst many other events held in Japan. Hibiki Touya will be in Singapore for the first time as a guest Cosplayer in STGCC.
  • 108. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Kousaka Yun Known for her great cosplays of cute and innocent cosplays, Kousaka Yun has attracted fans from across the globe as well, with characters such as Kobato Hasegawa (Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai), Kagura (Gintama), Madoka Kaname (Madoka Magica) and Yamada (Working!). Many fans of Kousaka Yun have come to like her because of Vocaloid cosplays of Hatsune Miku as well. Yun and Touya have had photoshoots of the same series before, with popular anime and game series such as Gintama and Uta no Prince-sama. MONOMIND If you are a fan of the Touhou franchise, MONOMIND will be out there, one of the top DJ groups in your playlist of Touhou music. MONOMIND is a popular Japanese electronic music label. Made up of DJ haLRu and guest artists, MONOMIND takes pride in spreading its fusion of Otaku and Club culture to all parts of the world. Known as the mastermind behind Japan’s much-raved about Touhou club event “Onban Yakoh” (Monster Party),DJ haLRu is famed for being the Mastering Engineer for popular Doujin releases such as Anime House Project Series and Enigmatic Lia 4. 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 Sands Expo and Convention Center, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. For more information, go to More K-On! After School Live!! HD screenshots to “drum up” buzz for next week’s release Source: 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 almost over. Here’s the rundown on which songs and costumes are featured in the screenshots released this week. Scroll down to the end of this post for the full screenshot gallery.
  • 109. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Fuwa Fuwa Time [グググググググググググ] Main vocals: Yui Hirasawa Stage: Auditorium (ググ) Costume featured: Chinese clothing (グググググ) Watashi no Koi wa Hotchkiss [グググググググググ] Main vocals: Yui Hirasawa Stage: 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 Tainaka Stage: In front of the school gate (グググ) Costume featured: Active (グググググ) Mezase Happy 100% [グググググググ100%グググ] Main vocals: Ritsu Tainaka Stage: Big Drum [ググググググ] Costume featured: Summer B [グググB ]
  • 110. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 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
  • 111. June 14th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Game and anime-themed food items are not exactly uncommon in Japan – you can buy Kamen Rider-themed fish sausages over there - so I’m not exactly taken aback that Namco Bandai’s official shopping portal in Japan, Premium Bandai, is launching today a second series of Idolmaster- themed wafer biscuits. What I’m surprised by, is that each pack of Idolmaster Wafers 2 will not only include a tasty (I hope) cocoa- cream wafer biscuit and an Idolmaster clear card (one of 30 designs; “clear” cards are made of plastic, which makes it easy 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 idol characters at random. Namco Bandai claims that through Voice World you’ll actually be able to hold a conversation with these virtual idols. Using voice recognition technology, the service will playback 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 you’ll be able to check a schedule for when which idols will be available. Conversation topics will also differ depending on the time of your call, and these are listed on the schedule as well. Unfortunately, the Voice World service appears to only work with mobile lines in Japan. You’ll have to foot any bills incurred for the outgoing call to Voice World, but otherwise the service itself is free, limited to one call per day. 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
  • 112. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Get the latest updates on Kalafina with this official Android app (it’s free!) Source: with-this-official-android-app-its-free/ By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 Do you have an Android device? Want to stay on top of the latest updates on Kalafina? Then you need to download the 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 the three-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 recent announcements – anything from live appearance on Nico Nico Douga or Japanese TV, to upcoming concerts and new CD releases. And if you ever get nostalgic, you can also relive some of Kalafina’s best moments in the past by watching video clips through the Music Video tab. A Discography tab runs allows you to listen to audio clips, and brush up on your Kalafina fan-trivia as well, just in case you forgot which year fairytale was released in. If you like what you hear, you can purchase digital copies of Kalafina songs directly from within the app, under the “Songs” tab, and download them straight to your Android device. 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. The Kalafina Official Artiste App requires Android OS 2.1 or above (note: a small number of devices may not be
  • 113. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 compatible), and is free to download from the Google Play store. Read more about Kalafina through our coverage here on SGCafe! Korea legislates to ban real money trading Source: trading/ By shia on June 16th, 2012 According to the Korea Times, Korea’s Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism has announced that it will be stopping all virtual item trades with a new law that will be announced in July. “The main purpose of the games is for entertainment and should be used for academic and other good purposes,” said Kim Kap-Soo, head of the ministry’s content policy division. He stresses that item collection for commercial use is a serious hindrance to creating a healthy game culture. Korean law already prohibits users from using programs that allow in-game characters to hunt and collect items without the need of player intervention(botting). Offenders will face up a fine of up to 50 million won, and 5 years in jail. How will this affect Diablo III’s auction house in South Korea? Should real money trading be banned in other countries as well? Source : Korea Times, EuroGamer Gackt to star as Oda Nobunaga in live-action TV adaptaion of Capcom’s Sengoku Basara Source: live-action-tv-adaptaion-of-capcoms-sengoku-basara/ By KarbyP 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 — Gackt Sanada Yukimura — Kohei Takeda
  • 114. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Date Masamune — Kento Hayashi Katakura Kojuro — Hidenori Tokuyama 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
  • 115. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Atelier Ayesha video blast: “Equipment Strengthening” chapter, and more – Update: now with 13-minute play video Source: strengthening-chapter-and-a-few-more/ By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 Update: Right after we posted this story, 4Gamer uploaded a 13-minute-long digest video of the game, as well as a fresh batch of screenshots: For more screenshots, head over to 4Gamer’s story. Original story: In Atelier Ayesha, you can strengthen weapons and various equipment items by sharpening them with whetstone. Not only that, you can strengthen the strengthening whetstones through synthesis, which will add new skills and perks to your equipment. It’s a multi-step process. But through it, as the following demonstration video shows, you’ll be able to buff even a fragile-looking Floral Staff and give it traits like Skill enhancement Lv1, HP + 15, Price – 10%, Skill Cost – 10%, and Attack Strength + 3. Also, since our last update on Atelier Ayesha, Gust has released a couple more demonstration videos for the game. Here they are on a single page for your viewing pleasure. Check out the great in-game BGMs! ~”World Exploration chapter”~ ~”Episode Introduction” chapter~ ~”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. Today the official Project Diva blog announced that Sega will be showcasing a new Hatsune Miku Project Diva F demo – this time with four songs included, which is markedly different from the demo currently available at 740 electronic stores across Japan – in a trial-play event to be held at select locations on very specific dates between June 23 and August 4 (full location details and schedule here). If you make it to one of these trial-play events, and you’ll get a Project Diva F-themed A4 clear file for participating.
  • 116. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Here’s what the clear file looks like (don’t scroll down too quickly): 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%: Take a close look at the keyboard in the image above… does that look like CG to you? Could this be… an image of Hatsune Miku Project Diva F being played in AR mode? We don’t know for sure yet, of course; the picture is way too blurry for us to tell if that’s a keyboard from the real world we’re looking at. For all we know, the keyboard and other items in the background could actually be CG and are part of the PV for one of the new songs in the game. If this turns out to a screenshot from AR mode, however, then this – actually playing the game, O and X markers and all, with your chosen Vocaloid module performing in AR mode instead of via a PV – would be a first for the series. In Hatsune Miku and Future Stars: Project Mirai on the 3DS, there was an AR Live mode that allowed you to take pictures and watch your favourite Vocaloids shake their SD behinds as a song played in the background. However, you could not actually play the game while in AR Live mode. We’ll keep you updated as more information on Hatsune Miku Project Diva F emerge. The game is slated for an August 30 release in Japan and Asia. In the meantime, read more Hatsune Miku stories on SGCafe here! Source: Shuukan Diva Station 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!. 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 “megane charm”, a spectacle cleaning cloth, as well as a spectacle box to enclose everything. The producers wish to re-create Nodoka Manabe’s signature red spectacles to the highest accuracy, so as to bring the highest level of realism and likeliness to the original work. Needless to say that fans of K-On! and it’s characters will wish to own a set of these attractive spectacles, as well as enthusiastic Manabe cosplayers wishing for the highest accuracy. Who doesn’t want a pair of Azunyan glasses? More details to be announced later. Source: Mynavi News Man plays a single game of Civilization II for 10 years Source: civilization-ii-for-10-years/ By Xharky on June 16th, 2012 Anyone remember Civilization II? Released back in 1996, and re-released in 2002 for newer operating systems like
  • 117. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Windows 2002 and XP, it is a predecessor of the more recent and possibly better known Civilization V. There is a person(Lycerius) who has played the same game on and off over 10 years since the re-release in 2002, and he has 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. He decided to continue playing the game as he was already well into the distant future by the time Civilization III was 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) due primarily to the many nuclear wars. As a result, every inch of land in the world that isn’t a mountain is inundated swamp land, useless to farming. Most of which is irradiated anyway. -As a result, big cities are a thing of the distant past. Roughly 90% of the worlds population (at it’s peak 2000 years ago) has died either from nuclear annihilation or famine caused by the global warming that has left absolutely zero arable land to farm. Engineers (late game worker units) are always busy continuously building roads so that new armies can reach the front lines. Roads that are destroyed the very next turn when the enemy goes. So there isn’t any time to clear swamps or clean up the nuclear fallout. -Only 3 super massive nations are left. The Celts (me), The Vikings, And the Americans. Between the three of us, we have conquered all the other nations that have ever existed 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. 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 infinite war (due to the previous point), an ever present and all knowing leader making the decisions of the nation…” Lycerius’s goal is to try to end the war, and use engineers to clear fallout and swamps throughout the world to resume farming. He intends on rebuilding the world, and has asked for advice from Reddit. This request has spawned an entire section dedicated to the savegame, and plenty of fanfiction
  • 118. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 based on this future story. For any interested players, the save file can be obtained here. Source: Reddit, The Eternal War Persona 4 Illustration Contest Results Source: results/ By bj0rN on June 16th, 2012 The winners of the Persona 4 Illustration Contest held by pixiv and Atlus have been announced. The recently concluded Atlus x pixiv’s “Persona 4 Illustration Contest held between March 30, 2012 and May 15 has over 1000 submissions. The contest was held in conjunction with Atlus 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’
  • 119. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 requirements and implementation of a Real Money Auction House (RMAH). From the Korean Times: “We are planning a class action lawsuit against Blizzard Korea, as users and PC room owners are suffering from constant server malfunctions and server check-ups for Diablo 3 while the company avoids responsibility,” “We have something like 700 to 800 members in our cafe. We have received numerous complaints since early June from PC room owners and users, and decided to represent them. “Korea accounts for a large percentage of Blizzard’s total revenue, and considering how much domestic users contribute to the firm’s profit, its consumer services are severely disappointing.” Head of Internet PC Culture Association (IPCA) Kim Chan- kuen. Now, most people might be wondering, why are Net cafe owners so riled up over server issues? This is because Blizzard Korea monetizes the game differently there. In Korea, instead of the cafe owners buying individual copies of Diablo III, Blizzard Korea provides them with free copies of the game (unknown if they are boxed or digital) and the cafe owners must pay a monthly royalty fee for each copy that is installed on a different computer. Although Diablo III is extremely popular in South Korea, news from the Asia servers and Korea’s IPCA representative statements reveal that gamers on the Asian Diablo III servers are unable to play the game at all, causing net cafe owners to lose money, as they still have to pay the royalty fees regardless of whether they turn a profit on it. Not only that, the IPCA claims that Blizzard Korea has been miscalculating the royalty fees that are collected from the cafe owners. The most recent outburst was caused by a server maintenance that started on Sunday (10th June) and lasted all the way to late Monday (11th June). It was initially supposed to be only 2 hours long. Blizzard Korea claims that these extended delays are due to them having to wait for word from their headquarters in North America before taking certain actions. PR-wise, Blizzard does not seem to be doing well in Korea, with this class-action following up a raid on their offices by the Korean FTC over claims that they (Blizzard) were not offering refunds to consumers who tried to play the game, but were unable to due to server outages and overcrowding. With all these issues appearing, maybe Blizzard should have released an offline mode after all? Source: Korea Times, Forbes Persona 4: The Golden will be localised in Chinese… and yes, it will have Japanese voice-overs! [Updated] Source: localised-in-chinese-but-will-it-have-japanese-voice-overs/ By KarbyP on June 16th, 2012 Update: We’ve received confirmation from SCE Asia that the Chinese version of Persona 4: The Golden will indeed feature Japanese voice-overs (and text in Traditional Chinese). As to the possibility of a version with English/Chinese text + Japanese voice-overs, SCE Asia has noted that fans in Southeast Asia would be interested in it, but at the moment they do not have any updates on that front. Again, if you really want to see a version of Persona 4: The Golden with English/Chinese text and Japanese voice-overs, make yourself heard on the Internet! Original story: If you’re a fan of playing games with Chinese text (instead of Japanese), then you’re probably aware that Sony Computer Entertainment Asia (SCE Asia) has been pulling out all the stops lately to localise as many popular PlayStation titles in Traditional Chinese as possible: Final Fantasy XIII-2, Gravity Rush, Street Fighter X Tekken, etc. And they’re just getting started. Today SCE Asia announced that they the next big PlayStation title to be localised in Chinese will be Persona 4: The Golden, which came out today in Japan. No price or date has been determined for the Chinese version of the game yet. There’s a good chance that the Chinese version of the game will use Japanese voice-overs, but we don’t know that for sure yet – we’re currently awaiting for confirmation from SCE Asia. Even if you’re not exactly thrilled at the idea of playing Persona 4: The Golden in Traditional Chinese, this announcement might still be a big deal: it opens up the possibility for an Asian version of the game that comes with English text and Japanese voice-overs. Again, this is not confirmed, and should not be taken for granted. But so far that’s been the case with most of PS titles localised in Chinese so far. Do you want to see a version of Persona 4: The Golden (Persona 4: Golden in the US) with English text and Japanese voice-overs? Tell us via the comments below – or heck, start a petition and let us know. If this is something that a lot of gamers want, SCE Asia just might do it.
  • 120. June 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Oh, and just in case you have no idea what Persona 4: The Golden 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!”
  • 121. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture BandaiNamco announces Idolm@ster jelly Source: jelly/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 Bandai is on a roll today, after announcing their new Idolm@ster game for the PSP they have just announced that they will be selling Idolmaster themed jelly on their Premium Bandai shopping site. There will be 12 flavors representing the the characters. They are : • Haruka : Apple • Miki : Pear • Chihaya : Blueberries • Makoto : Passion Fruit • Yayoi : Orange • Yukiho : Plum • Ami/Mami : Pineapple • Iori : Melon • Hibiki : Lime • Azusa : Grape • Ritsuko : Kiwi • Takane : Mango 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. The jellies will cost 3150Yen each(Exclude shipping/ handling). Pre-order of the Jelly starts today until it is sold out. The expected delivery date will be in August 2012. The Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever since its proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011.
  • 122. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 New games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 and the PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record. Source : Premium Bandai BandaiNamco announces new SD Gundam Generations game for the PSP Source: gundam-generations-game-for-the-psp/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 BandaiNamco has announced that they will be coming out with a new SD Gundam Generation game for the PSP SD Gundam Generation Overworld will be out on sale on 27th September 2012 for the PSP. It will feature the following series : Gundam 0079/MSV/MSX/08MS Team/MSIGLOO Series/ Blue Destiny/Zeonic Front/War in a pocket/Z-MSV/ Sentinel Battle Field Record U.C. 0081/Stardust Memory/Zeta/ Advance of Z/Zeta A new translation/Double Zeta Char’s Counterattack/CCA-MSV/M-MSV/UC/UC-MSV/ Hardway’s Glory(?)/F91/F91-MSV/Crossbone Series/ Victory G Gundam/Gundam Wing/Endless Waltz/Gundam Wing G-Unit/Gundam X/Gundam Seed/Seed-MSV/Astray/X Astray Seed Destiny/Destiny-MSV/StarGazer/Gundam OO(S1&2)/Awakening of the Trailblazer/OOP/OOF/OOV Gundam Age/Gunpla Builders Beginning G/Gundam Secret Weapons Phantom Blade/Turn A Gundam and many more. There will be a new Master Skill system where the leader units can use. Examples are : Tension up, Map heals, 100% dodge chance(SD Gundam games has a normal maximum dodge of 95%), Gundam Killer(Gundam Units take more damage), Awaken(Units that finished their movement can move again). SD Gundam Generation Overworld will be out on sale on the 27th June 2012 at the retail price of 6280 Yen. The G Gundam Franchise is a series of S-RPG games that features super deformed models from many different gundam series. It has over 20 games in the series across a wide series of platforms from the Super Famicom to the PSP. Players are drawn towards its S-RPG genre that features Mobile Suits/Armors from different gundam series. New PSP Game THE IDOLM@STER Shiny Festa Revealed Source: festa-revealed/ By Mycstea on June 20th, 2012 Recently leaked magazine photo reveals new games for THE IDOLM@STER franchise, Shiny Festa. 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■
  • 123. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 • Unknown release date ■PSP■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■■■ ■IDOLMASTER Shiny Festa Funky Note■ • Unknown release date ■PSP■■■■■■■■■■ ■■■ ■■■■■■ ■■■■■■■■■■■ ■IDOLMASTER Shiny Festa Groovy Tune■ The game will feature songs from the TV anime THE IDOLM@STER. From the screenshots observed, the game will likely have gameplay similar to ■Theatrhythm Final Fantasy■ and ■Hatsune Miku: PROJECT DIVA■. Below are the 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 local game shops via special order, or pre-order directly from online merchants such as amiami and Playasia when they open. It is likely that most players will eventually buy all 3 games as apparently, all 3 versions of the game contains different instrumentals for every song in the game. Source: Shinobi Blog AFA MY: Interview with FLOW Source: By sentinel011 on June 20th, 2012 Anisong singers of the 90s have passed their 10 year mark, and no doubt FLOW is one of them. SGCafe is honoured to be able to have an interview with the five awesomely rocking guys, telling us about their music, preferences and experiences. From left: Keigo Hayashi (vocal) [KEIGO] Yasutarō Gotō (bass) [GOTS] 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? KOHSHI: Our band emphasizes on keeping fresh, like flowing water, and thus we chose ‘FLOW’ as our band name. 2. Do you enjoy writing songs for popular anime series like Naruto & Eureka Seven? What do you consider when writing theme songs for such anime genre? TAKE: As we collaborate with the anime series creators, we do some research on it. Of course, we ensure that the lyrics match the anime in terms of atmosphere, which we feel that it is one of the most important criteria to consider. 3. Are there any anime/manga series you enjoy outside of the titles you have performed for? TAKE: Our bassist is the pro in anime and otaku culture (points) 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 song lyrics? KOHSHI: Yes. Our song, ‘Sign’, was adapted from my experience at a massage parlour. The masseuse explained to me that feeling pan during the massage is a good thing, as the pain helps in knowing what needs to be cured. 5. Do you prefer performing in a small venue with an engaged audience, or a large scale concert for the mainstream audience? IWASAKI: It is the same to us. 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 excitement for their upcoming concert at the Yokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012.
  • 124. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Visual Art’s is a Japanese publishing company specializing in the publishing and distribution of visual novels for a large list of game developers. In addition to games, Visual Art’s also releases music CDs for video game music. Of special note among the artists sold under this label is I’ve Sound, a techno/trance music production group who was the first in the adult game industry to perform at the Nippon Budokan in October 2005. Mycstea has a good write up on what to expect from their 20th anniversary celebrations here. Source : Nicovideo, Key’s 20th Anniversary HP Sega-Sammy wants to create a Hatsune Miku Slot machine, gets refused by copyright holders Source: hatsune-miku-slot-machine-gets-refused-by-copyright-holders/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 According to a interview with Sega-Sammy by Makonako , Sega-Sammy had expressed interest in making a Hatsune Miku slot machine, only to be turned away by the copyright holders whom Sega-Sammy felt were too conservative. While Sega-Sammy is unable to do it now, they believe in time they should be able to convince the copyright holders to let them make a slot machine for Miku. Sega Sammy Holdings Inc. is a Japanese holding company formed from a merger of Sega and Sammy. They were both very involved in the arcade business (Sega with video games, Sammy with Pachinko). My personal opinion is that while it would be fantastic to see another Hatsune Miku game, doing a Pachinko/Slot game would lead to more social ills that might come along with such games of chance. 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 Tanaka Rie’s official fanclub 「Cafe de Rie「closes Source: %E3%80%8Ccafe-de-rie%E3%80%8Dcloses/ By 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 dated Source: dated/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 Sega has announced that open beta for Phantasy Star Online 2 will begin on the 21st of June 2012 at 1600Hrs JST.
  • 125. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Interested applicants can sign up on their official site here. Phantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG sequel to the original Phantasy Star Online game that was on the Sega Dreamcast 12 years ago. It will be released as a free to play MMO with microtransactions. Sega is giving away a Rappi mini doll for players who sign up before the 20th of June 2012 2359 Hrs JST. It is unknown how long the open beta will be running as of press time. Source : 4Gamer, PSO2 OHP WorldCosplay is looking for overseas cosplayers for special edition of COSMODE Source: overseas-cosplayers-for-special-edition-of-cosmode/ By shia on June 20th, 2012 According to, WorldCosplay is currently looking for submissions from non Japanese cosplayers for a special edition of cosplay magazine COSMODE. COSMODE plans to release “COSMODE NationS” for sale in August 2012 and thus they are accepting submissions from now until 25th June 2012. They will be considering characters from the following series. • Vocaloid • Final Fantasy • Sailor Moon • Clamp To enter all you need to do is to upload the photo onto WorldCosplay and tag the photo with either of the following tags. • 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 enjoy looking at high-quality cosplay photos from around the world. COSMODE is a Japanese magazine about cosplay. Each issue contains color images of cosplayers from conventions and various events. It also includes information and hints on costume construction, hair styling, makeup and other cosplay-related tips. Featured Image is taken from WorldCosplay’s page over here. Photo is by AnD Yamasaki. Source : WorldCosplay 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.
  • 126. June 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 WorldCosplay will be taking in submissions of Gumi cosplay. If the picture is selected, it will appear in the promotional video that will be presented at the event. Details can be found here . For those who are inclined towards illustrations, Nicovideo is also taking in illustration works for the event, which will also be used for the promotional video that will be presented at the event. More details can be found here. The Video production will be done by “■■■■”, who is the producer of “■■■”. There will be a free live streaming of the event by Nicovideo. The event will feature her doing first solo live event and Nicovideo promises the appearance of some special guest(No Information as of press time). The event can be viewed here on Nicovideo. The event will begin on the 26th of June 2012 at 1845HRS GMT+9(JST). Source : Nicovideo, WorldCosplay Blog, Megpoid OHP
  • 127. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Additional Lineup for VA20th Anniversary Concert: Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival ・ Shift: Next -> Generation! Source: anniversary-concert-visual-arts-big-thanks-festival-%E3%83%BBshift- next-generation/ By Mycstea on June 23rd, 2012 As the event closes in, more artistes have been updated for VA 20th anniversary concert: Chata, karuta and Ayaka Kitazawa! Recently updated on Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary commemoration event website, 3 artistes have joined the event. As previously reported, famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions such as their 20th anniverary game 「Hatsukoi 1/1「, Visual Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event at Yokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert features the many vocal talents from it’s subsidiaries I’ve Sound and Key Sound Label including Mami Kawada, KOTOKO, Lia, LiSA and euphonius. For more information about the event, visit here and here. On June 22nd, along with announcing the news that the live would be available to niconico live viewers via net ticket, the official event website also updated the singing artistes for the concert Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 「 Shift: Next - > Generation! For local fans who would want a seat in niconico live may visit their website here. Joining the celebrations will be Chata (KSL), karuta (I’ve) and Ayaka Kitazawa. Chata Chata is a singer born in the Fukushima prefacture, born on Noevember 21st. Blessed with an outstanding voice quality, Chata captivated many during her short screentime during both Key Sound Label Lives in 2008 and 2010 (The writer’s personal experience would attest to that). Her talents have been recognized from a long time ago by her works and activities as a doujin singer and performer. She is mainly responsible for many anime and game opening themes and ending themes including her rendition of 「Nagisa’s theme「 into a vocal song, 「Dango Daikazoku「 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 contributions ever since. She is currently a member of singing group Veil and is very active in their appearances as well. During 2010, karuta performed the insert song 「Ichiban no Takara Mono「 for hit TV Anime 「Angel Beats!「 Readers can visit her website here. Ayaka Kitazawa A recently discovered talent by Shinji Orito, she has few prior works. Kitazawa has performed a special version of Visual Art’s 20th anniversary commemoration song 「Orpheus「 Kimi to Kanaderu Ashita he no uta「「 . A great piece of news for SGCafe readers is that we will be covering the event as much as possible, on site! Yes, SGCafe will be visiting the event on July 29th itself! Do look forward to our coverage of the event! Source: VA20 Official website
  • 128. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 More details for IM@S Shiny Festa, WS IM@S TD 7/14 on sale Source: ims-td-714-on-sale/ By Mycstea on June 23rd, 2012 More details on the recently revealed THE iDOLM@STER Shiny Festa! Idol producing video and arcade game THE iDOLM@STER (or IM@S) franchise has just revealed its new instalment Shiny Festa via Famitsu magazine a while ago. Reported yesterday exclusively on Famitsu online, more details of the game has also just been revealed! Players once again reprise the role of the Producer, in charge of grooming lovely idols to the top! As previously reported all 13 idols are split into 3 different versions, Honey Sound, Funky Note and Groovy Tunes as below: 「「Honey Sound「 Members Chihaya Kisaragi (「「「「) (16 years old)「VA「 Imai Asami「 Haruka Amami (「「「「)(17 years old)「VA「 Eriko Nakamura「 Akitsuki Ritsuko (「「「「)「19 years old「「VA「 Naomi Wakabayashi「 Azusa Miura (「「「「「)「21 years old「「VA「 Chiaki Takahashi「 「「Funky Note「 Members Hibiki Ganaha (「「「「)「16 years old「「VA「 Manami Numakura「 Yayoi Takatsuki (「「「「「)「14 years old「「VA「 Mayako Nigo「 Ami Futami, Mami Futami (「「「「「「「)「13 years old「「VA「 Asami Shimoda「 Iori Minase (「「「「)「15 years old「「VA「 Rie Kugimiya「 「「Groovy Tunes「 Members Miki Hoshii (「「「「) (15 years old)(VA: Akiko Hasegawa) Yukiho Hagiwara (「「「「)「17 years old「「VA「 Azumi Asakura「 Takane Shijou (「「「「)「18 years old「「VA「 Yumi Hara「 Makoto Kikuchi (「「 「)「17 years old「「VA「 Hiromi Hirata「 ■ New Presentation of Idols With the addition of a big portion of TV Anime 「The iDOLM@STER「 songs, a new song 「MUSIC「「 will be the theme song of Shiny Festa. Along with traditional IM@S style stage performances, there will be multiple modes of music clip presentations. 「 Live Performance Style Live stage performance with direction according to the Producer’s game performance (The traditional IM@S MV style). 「 Anime Style Extracting famous scenes from TV Anime 「The iDOLM@STER「 and re-edited to fit the music. 「 Drama Style Music video with slice of life videos to compliment, just like a real life MV. 「 Band Style MV with the idols as band members.
  • 129. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 ■ Bite-size Rhythm Games Similar to other rhythm games like 「Hatsune Miku: Project Diva「, there will be rhythm games for players to enjoy. By pressing the corresponding buttons at the right timing. As you 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 Weiβ Schwarz for THE iDOLM@STER will also be released soon on July 14th! Featuring the TV anime 「THE iDOLM@STER「 artwork, the new add-on for the Weiβ Schwarz IM@S Neo-standard will be released in coming months! The Trial Deck will be a great starting deck for eager producers not yet into the game! Each Trial Deck includes 50 pre-determined cards, with a 1/6 possibility to get either 2 types of variant foils or a Eriko Nakamura (Haruka Amami) signed card. The booster boxes of TV Anime THE iDOLM@STER Weiβ Schwarz will also be released on August 4th 2012. Eager producers can pre-order from your closest Bushiroad card game merchant now! More Information will be announced soon. Source: Famitsu
  • 130. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Ragnarok Odyssey (English/ Chinese edition) to launch in Summer 2012 Source: edition-to-launch-in-summer-2012/ By KarbyP on June 23rd, 2012 We still don’t know when – if ever - Capcom’s Monster Hunter franchise will finally make its way to the PS Vita. In the meantime if you’re looking for some solid 4-player co-op giant monster-slaying action, check out Game Arts‘s Ragnarok Odyssey. From the makers of Lunar: Silver Star Story and the Grandia RPG series. In Ragnarok Odyssey, you take up one of six different combat professions – Sword Warrior, Assassin, Cleric, etc – team up with other players (up to four in a group) and go on quests, fighting against mighty giants and various monsters – including creatures from Ragnarok Online – so as to “preserve peace in the human world”, according to the press release. Although this game is set in the same universe as Ragnarok Online, the gameplay here is really more akin to Monster Hunter/God Eater/Phantasy Star Online 2. SCE Asia announced this week that the English/Chinese edition of this Monster Hunter-inspired title – which comes with full online multiplayer support - will launch later in Summer 2012, complete with all three expansion updates that Japanese version players currently enjoy. The Japanese version of Ragnarok Odyssey has already been released in Asia (you can buy a digital copy on the PlayStation Store). Since its release, I’ve been hearing nothing but good things from folks who’ve been playing it here in Singapore, one of whom told me that a group of hardcore RO players used to meet up in Bedok almost every week for group play sessions back when the game did not have online multiplayer (this was added via the Expansion 1: MultiPlay Update patch). Expansions 2 and 3 (“Sograt Desert Update” and “Epic Weapons Update” respectively) subsequently added new bosses, quests, maps, and various game balance changes. You can find the full list of update changes from this page here (Japanese only) - even if you can’t read the language, just scroll up down and look at how far the lists go; the sheer amount of additional content they’ve made for the game in these updates is just staggering. Although the price and final release date for the English/ Chinese edition of Ragnarok Odyssey has yet to be determined, we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything. The Nintendo 3DS just got bigger Source: By GermanSausage on June 23rd, 2012 Meet the Nintendo 3DS LL, the big brother to the Nintendo 3DS. 3DS LL will be spotting a 4.88-inch 3D display screen, as compared to the smaller 3.53-inch display on the 3DS. The touch screen will also be upgraded from 3.02-inch to 4.18-inch. Nintendo president Satoru Iwata revealed that the 3DS LL is packaged with a 4GB SD card. Iwata also said that the battery life will be see some slight improvement. While an AC charger will not be included (sold separately), the 3DS LL will be compatible with existing 3DS and DSi XL adapters. The 3DS LL will be available in Japan from July 28 onwards at the price of JPY18,900. The US set will be re-branded as 3DS XL and will be on sale on 19thAugust for USD200. The 3DS will come in three colours: White, Red and Black, and Silver and Black. If you are still holding on tight an old DS, this might be the time for a super-sized upgrade.
  • 131. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Source: Nintendo, KOTAKU, THE VERGE Korean gamers offered olive branch by Blizzard: Refunds will be given Source: by-blizzard-refunds-will-be-given/ By Xharky on June 23rd, 2012 Although Blizzard has initially refused to give refunds to South Korean gamers who had bought their always-online game Diablo 3, they have recently changed their policy due to pressure from South Korea’s Fair Trade Commission. Under South Korea’s consumer protection law, companies must guarantee a refund if there is a problem with the product that is not caused by consumers. Diablo 3′s issues started from Blizzard’s own mistake in judging the amount of users from Asia, causing frequent crashes and slow connectivity to their servers. Approximately 2/3 of all players on Diablo 3′s asia servers originate from South Korea. From a translated post on Blizzard’s official Korean website: Diablo III players who are less than Level 40, about two-thirds of the way through the program can 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, Kotaku Mitsui Sumitomo to release Zaku Visa Card Source: visa-card/ By shia on June 23rd, 2012 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. The illustration of the card is done by Ookawara Kunio, the mecha designer for the original Gundam series. For the 1st 30000 Yen spent using the card, the card holder will get a HG 1/144 RX-78-2 Original Gundam (Mitsui Sumitomo Visa Card Ver.). If the card holder spends more than 50000 Yen, he will also get a RG 1/144 MS-06 Mass produced Zaku, a Zaku T-shirt and other assorted goodies.
  • 132. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Source : , OHP Blizzard: New Diablo 3 digital owners have to wait up to 72 hours for full access Source: owners-have-to-wait-up-to-72-hours-for-full-access/ By Xharky on June 23rd, 2012 Blizzard has recently announced that all new Diablo III players who purchased the game from their online store, or through their Battle.Net account management system, will be restricted to the Starter Edition of the game for up to 72 hours/3 days (Sometimes less, they claim). All Starter Edition players are limited to these: • Act I up to the Skeleton King is available • Level 13 cap • Matchmaking available only with other Starter Edition players • No Auction House access (Real Money or Gold) • Global Play is not available. Players attempting to connect to Diablo III Starter Edition in a region other than their Account’s home region will 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. 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 Steam network. Read our reviews of Diablo III and Max Payne 3 now! 3rd trailer for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F reveals 8 more songs – including a theme song by Ryo (Supercell) Source: project-diva-f-reveals-8-more-songs-including-a-theme-song-by-ryo- supercell/ By KarbyP on June 23rd, 2012 ; Sega released today a third trailer for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F (PS Vita), unveiling eight more songs – and
  • 133. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 accompanying Vocaloid modules (character costumes) – for the upcoming PS Vita title. This number includes two original songs produced specially for Project Diva F – Odds&Ends by Ryo (Supercell), which will serve as the game’s theme song, and Weekender Girl from kz (of Tell Your World fame) and Hachiouji-P (「「「P) – as well as six fan-favourites that first appeared on Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga: Odds&Ends Artiste: Ryo (Supercell) ; Weekender Girl Artiste: kz & Hachiouji-P (「「「P) Module: Pansy (Hatsune Miku), designed by TNSK ; Time Machine (『『『『『『『『) Artiste: 1640mP (164×40mP) Module: Summer Memory (Hatsune Miku), design by Gita (「「) ; Freely Tomorrow Artiste: Mitchie M Module: Star Voice (Hatsune Miku), design by NIL ; Fire@Flower Artiste: halyosy Module: Starmine (Kagamine Len), design by Yuu (「) ; DYE Artiste: AVTechNO! Module: Eternal White (Megurine Luka), design by Kitajima Shizuka (「「「「「) ; Haihahaini (『『『『『『『『) Artiste: Tennen (「「「「) Module: Requiem (Kaito), design by Umu (「「)
  • 134. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 ; Nostalogic Artiste: yuukiss Module: 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). All songs and their respective PVs in Project Diva F are brand new to the series, so don’t expect to see Project Diva Extend (PSP) tracks here. Which is your favourite song in Hatsune Miku Project Diva F so far? And which other Vocaloid songs would you like to see featured in the game? Let us know via comments below.
  • 135. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 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.
  • 136. June 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 The advertise video song is entitled nATALIE in White World, and is based on the original nATALIE. Both songs were produced by Vocaloid producer Lemm. In case you’re new to SGCafe or otherwise haven’t exactly been catching up on all of our Hatsune Miku updates, Project Diva Arcade is a rhythm-action title starring Hatsune Miku, a virtual idol created by Crypton Future Media whose voice is synthesized using samples provided by voice actress Saki Fujita. The game is played predominantly by pressing on four gigantic Pop’n Music style buttons – each marked with a 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 Vocaloid fans on popular Japanese video site Nico Nico Douga – are added to Project Diva Arcade every month. It is unknown at this point if an arcade operator would be required to purchase a ver.B upgrade kit for Project Diva Arcade – should they decide to do so – or if ver.B is a free update that’s pushed out digitally through the network- linked machines. Arcades in Singapore and other parts of Asia may not see ver.B for a while – we’ll let you know as soon as we hear anything on this front. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu
  • 137. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture New footage of Tales of Xillia 2 event scenes, ahead of price and release date announcements tomorrow Source: event-scenes-ahead-of-price-and-release-date-announcements- tomorrow/ By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 Tomorrow the price and release date details for Tales of Xillia 2 will be announced on a Bandai Namco Live TV Game Wednesday webcast from 10:00PM JST (GMT+0900 hours). But that’s tomorrow. Today, Famitsu – being the Japanese media powerhouse they are – got Namco Bandai Games to give them a world- exclusive, allowing them to reveal three new clips of the game (which will most likely be included as part of the broadcast tomorrow). These short clips show off some event scenes that are centered around Elle, the 8-year-old heroine in Tales of Xillia 2. Although the three clips are not much, they do come as a surprise since Tales of RPG series fans all over the world thought that they would have to wait till tomorrow, June 26, to see more of the wildly anticipated title. Consider this a refreshing starter course to the main feast that shall be served tomorrow. Source: Famitsu DJ Max Technika Tune goes on sale September 27 in Japan, features Kara songs, Facebook integration Source: september-27-in-japan-features-kara-songs-facebook-integration/ By 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 on September 27 over there. In Japan, Technika Tune will be offered in two packages: a norma edition at 6,090 yen, and a limited one at 8,190 yen. The limited edition will include a special visual book, original soundtrack CD (2CDs containing 72 tracks, and this number will include songs not featured in the actual game), a lyrics booklet, and an original cleaner strap. There’s no guarantee if a limited edition would also be offered in Asia or the rest of the world, but we’ll let you know if we hear anything. The official website for the game has also been refreshed, and a new trailer (old one here) streamed: (Also: scroll down for 40 screenshots from the game) DJ Max Technika Tune builds upon Korean developer Pentavision’s best-selling rhythm-action series, but changes up the play formula by having players tap on notes on the PS Vita’s touchscreen (the touch panel on the Vita’s back will also be supported; this was hinted at in the previous trailer), 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
  • 138. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Portable games on the PSP – to make it into Technika Tune via DLC. In addition, K-pop girl group Kara will see five of their songs featured in the game: Jumping, Lupin, Mister, Pretty Girl and Step (Korean version for all songs). Other key features in Technika Tune include always-live internet rankings (as long as you’re connected to the Net), Facebook integration with which you’ll be able to unlock customisation options and play items, as well as different game modes tailored for players of every skill level: Star Mixing for beginners, Pop Mixing for intermediate and advanced players, and the Club Mixing mode for elites.
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  • 140. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Source: 4Gamer Reflect Beat Colette and Pop’n Music Sunny Park go on location tests in Japan this week Source: sunny-park-go-on-location-tests-in-japan-this-week/ By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 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: Famitsu Evangelion X Schick Collaboration new 2 variants Asuka, EVA-01 Source: 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.
  • 141. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The list of items are as follows: 1. Figure stand set 2. Shaving cream can set 3. Stickers 4. Mobile phone straps 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 10th anniversary with a wide variety of activities to participate, and goods to purchase from! 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, 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.
  • 142. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Live Concert As previously reported, this celebration includes a special live concert featuring the singers who have performed for their franchise works. Performing artistes includes: • Kalafina (Kara no Kyoukai, Fate/Zero) • LiSA (Fate/Zero) • Aoi Eir (Fate/Zero) • Runa Haruna (Fate/Zero) • LR Harmony – Sayaka Sasaki, Miyuki Hashimoto, Feiran, Aki Misato, yozuca* and rino (From New World, see Special Goods section) Seiyuu Appearances Special appearance by seiyuu who have voiced for their franchise works will be present as well, with big names such as: • Ayako Kawasumi (Saber/Fate) • Kana Ueda (Rin Tohsaka/Fate) • Mai Kadowaki (Illyasviel von Einzbern/Fate) • Rikiya Koyama (Kiritsugu Emiya/Fate) • Noriaki Sugiyama (Shiro Emiya/Fate) • Jouji Nakata (Kirei Kotomine/Fate) • Ryouka Yuzuki (Arcueid Brunestud/Tsukihime) • Kumi Sakuma (Ciel/Tsukihime) • Kenji Nojima (Shiki Tohno/Tsukihime) • Rio Natsuki (Sion/Melty Blood) More guests are promised, but TYPE-MOON is keeping these names under wraps. TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Goods To those in attendance, a great variety of special goods and merchandises to be purchased by fans of their work. These products are available for purchase the day before the event, as well as on the days themselves. TYPE-MOON Fes. Official Phamplet Price: 2000 yen (with tax) Size: 297mm x 297mm Specifications: 100 pages The official pahmplet for the event, it records the 10 years of TYPE-MOON by chronological order. It also contains the many comments from the staff, as well as special contributions from invited writers and illustrators as well. TYPE-MOON Fes. 10TH ANNIVERSARY SET Price: 4000 yen (with tax) Exclusive event goods such as mugs, key chains, leather straps, mini charm, micro-fiber towel packaged in a unique box. These goods are produced with the event key visuals as well as super-deformed artwork by CHANxCO. TYPE-MOON Fes. PRINT COOKIE (EVENT EXCLUSIVE) 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.
  • 143. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 TYPE-MOON Fes. Event T-Shirt Price: 4500yen (with tax) Sizes: S/M/L/XL Available in red and blue, these CHOU COOL~ T-shirts will surely bring together the atmosphere for the event. TYPE-MOON Fes. Character T-Shirt Price: 5500 yen (with tax) Sizes: S/M/L/XL T-shirt printed using the adorable illustrations by CHANxCO. Bring out the fun and cute in the event with this full-print tee! TYPE-MOON Fes. Muffler Towel Price: 3500 yen (with tax) 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 Set 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 world 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.
  • 144. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 TYPE-MOON Fes. Shopper Bag (EVENT EXCLUSIVE) Price: 1500 yen (with tax) Size: 48cm x 55cm A big bag produced using the image of the ball (key visual), this bag can not only help to carry all the exclusive goods, but also in other occasions after the event. TYPE-MOON Fes. Charity Items (EVENT EXCLUSIVE) Price: 1000 yen (with tax) As an effort to help the needy and rebuild the damage caused by the Touhoku Earthquake disaster last year, exclusive “Cat-can” T-shirts (presumed free size) can be purchased. Two colours are offered, red and blue. All proceeds are to be donated to Red Cross in the effort to relief those affected by the disaster. Fate/Zero Mini Charm Set Master Set ・ Servant Set Price: 2000 yen per set (with tax) All dressed up for the occasion, ufotable has illustrated the masters and servants exclusively for the event. All 14 masters and servants are illustrated into deformed versions and split 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. 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 win spectacular and exclusive prizes with a lucky draw dip ticket! Each ticket gives a chance for that one prize you really wish to get. To celebrate TYPE-MOON’s 10th anniversary, there will be a pre-sale of this Kuji at TYPE-MOON Fest.! 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
  • 145. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Manufacture Origin: GoodSmile Company Exclusively re-engineered to celebrate TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary, an entirely new, sparkling glossy 東Nendroid Saber – Super Movable Edition東 will be available at TYPE- MOON Fest.! Along with 3 different expressions (Happy, Angry and To-Hell-With-You), this adorable Nendroid comes with an Excalibur, Caliburn, Invisible Air, Avalon, and other optional parts! Recreate your favourite comedic scenes with this extremely flexible Nendroid Saber. – There are no changes to optional parts compared to previous releases. Carnival ・ Phantasm Original Set Carnival ・ Phantasm Original Goods Set Price: 10 000 yen (with tax) 東Storyboard Collection (Part 1 & 2) + Goods set Specifications: Entire package includes both Storyboard Collections. Goods will also not be sold seperately Manufacture Origin: Ichijin Inc. Limited stock at the event, the set includes a huge tote bag (65cm x 48cm) along with a B2 size 東Printed on Washi (special paper) tapestry東, 東C.P Original Curry東 and a special hand fan, all illustrated by Eri Takenashi! Also, a special gift will also be included exclusively for those who purchase this set at the event! Carnival ・ Phantasm Storyboard Collection (Part 1 & 2) Price: 3000 yen (with tax) for both parts Manufacture Origin: Ichijin Inc. Storyboards of the Anime 東Carnival 東Phantasm東, all within 1 package! Each part contains 6 volumes with all 12 episodes are included within these 2 parts! Ticketing Unfortunately, It is not possible to attain any more tickets via the recommended retail sources at this point of time. However, you may still attend the many live broadcasts available throughout Japan theatres! Visit e+ here to attain your last minute tickets! Not able to attend the event? You may still purchase the goods at the event site without any tickets. Alternatively, some items will be available for online purchase, to be announced again later. Source: TYPE-MOON Fest. Official Website This Idolmaster 2 (PS3) DLC Catalogue No.9 trailer is brought to you by the letters L.O.B.M. Source: no-9-trailer-is-brought-to-you-by-the-letters-l-o-b-m/ By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 Namco Bandai’s The Idolm@ster series has sure been on a roll lately. Two weeks ago fans were offered a chance to talk to their favourite (virtual) idols with wafer biscuits and jelly purchases. Last week, Namco Bandai announced Idolmaster Shiny Festa on the PSP, and rolled out not one, but two trailers for the game over the weekend. And now, just in case you haven’t had your fill, here’s yet another trailer – this time showing off the DLC Catalogue No.9 items for Idolmaster 2 on the PS3. L.O.B.M. is your DLC song of the month, and the costumes Cutie Insect, School Mizugi (swimsuit), and Vivid Bikini take centrestage. 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.)
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  • 148. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 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.
  • 149. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 13 1. (To Tasha) As an experienced cosplayer of more than 10 years since you begin cosplaying in 1999, what do you think of the progression of cosplay from South Korea as well as countries all over the world? Cosplay in South Korea originally started out as a hobby, with a few people doing simple photo shoots. As it gradually got bigger over the years, it evolved to doing plays and skits. As for events around the world, I felt that there were many events and sponsors are starting to be receptive and accept Cosplay as part of a culture. 2. (To Tasha) Being well-known in the gamer and cosplay community, people are bound to want to get to know you better. In what situation or condition would you consider exchanging contacts with your fans, say, via instances like exchanging battletag gaming accounts? In 2010, Spiral Cats went live online, as well as Facebook. I freely exchange gaming contacts with fellow cosplayers and anime fans who contacted me but so far it has been within South Korea. However, due to my career, I wasn’t able to do much of that as I haven’t gamed much recently. We hope to expand in the future, all around the world even. 3. (To Miyuko) As the youngest member of SPCats, are there any challenges or difficulties you face? I have encountered quite a few challenges, but with the mentors in SPCats guiding me (on Cosplay), it is thanks to them that my difficulties weren’t as great as it would have been, and I have much to learn from them. 4. (To Miyuko) You have cosplayed many characters since you have joined SPCats. Which character do you relate to the most personally? There are 2 characters. First one would be Kuroneko (from My Little Sister Can’t Be This Cute). The second was Ahri from League of Legends. Kuroneko was my first group cosplay with other members of SPCats, so it’s very memorable and I gained a lot of experience from it. Ahri’s costume was difficult (to create), and a lot of preparation was done together as a team. 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. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F opening theme “Odds&Ends” gets CD single release; LE comes with Miku GraFig Source: opening-theme-odds-le-comes-with-miku-grafig/ By KarbyP on June 26th, 2012 Can’t get enough of Odds&Ends, the opening theme to Hatsune Miku Project Diva F produced by Ryo (Supercell)? Soon you’ll be able to own it on CD. Sega announced today that Odds&Ends will receive a CD single release under the Sony Music Direct label, to go on sale August 29. That’s one day before the game itself! Odds&Ends may or may not be a split-single CD release, like the previous two Project Diva opening theme CD singles. Although Sega did not exactly announce this on the Hatsune Miku blog, Famitsu brings word that the other song contained in this CD release will be a yet-to-be-named kz/ livetune song. We think this is most likely Weekender Girl, which was unveiled alongside Odds&Ends in Project Diva F’s third PV last week. But it could just as easily be another new track from the talented producer, who’s best known for the Google X Hatsune Miku CM song Tell Your World.
  • 150. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Just 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 a row that Ryo, songwriter and leader of the J-Pop group Supercell, has worked on. Previously Ryo also composed the themes for Project Diva 2nd 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 saw the ”ryo(supercell) feat. 東東東東” namesake. The Odds&Ends single or split-single CD will be sold in a normal edition (CD only) for 1,050 yen, as well as two limited ed packages that bundle a Hatsune Miku GraFig along with your choice of CD+BluRay (1,995 yen) or CD+DVD (1,785 yen). Jacket illustrations for both normal and limited editions were done by manga artist Atsuya Uki (who wrote, designed, directed and animated the 2009 animated sci-fi anime film Cencoroll). Here’s the jacket cover for the normal edition: And this is the one for the limited edition: Again, both the normal and limited editions of Odds&Ends will go on sale in Japan August 29. 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? Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu, Shuukan Diva Station AFA MY Interview: Tomohiko Ishii Source:
  • 151. June 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 15 By sentinel011 on June 26th, 2012 One of the more recent influential producers in Production I.G with his work Eden of the East and the upcoming 009 RE:CYBORG, Tomohiko Ishii shares with us his work as a producer and hints of his next anime. 1. Overseas anime fans are not clear as to what role a producer in an anime does. Share with us of your role as an anime producer. My role is to work with the director, create and manage a team to make an animation, as well as come up with promotions and avenues to sell the animation. 2. As a producer, what is your work relation to other major roles in a production, such as the director and animators? My working relation involves being the liaison between the director and the team, to boost their morale as well as to create harmony in the entire animation production team. In short, I’m the ego booster of the team. 3. What did you hope to achieve when you started working in Production I.G.? Are there any differences with working with Studio Ghibli? As you may know, Studio Ghibli revolves Hayao Miyazaki’s works. Hence, I worked only with Miyazaki. In Production I.G., there are various directors with different working and directing styles. If I were to choose, I feel that working in Production I.G. brings about more satisfaction, since I have the chance to try out different production styles. 4. What do you think of working with various companies around the world, and not just within Japan? Have you worked with companies outside of Japan before? Yes, I have. In fact, 009 re:Cyborg involves that aspect. The character CG team is from Vietnam, and the streets of the setting in the movie involve cooperation from Google’s staff, which provided us with detailed pictures for reference to re- create the backgrounds in the animated movie. 5. What sort of anime will your next project be? 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, 2012 KOTOKO has sang for countless games and numerous popular anime titles, most recently for Accel World’s ending theme, ‘-unfinished-’. We spoke to her about her career, music and working with fripside’s music producer, Satoshi Yaginuma. 1. You are known to fans as a veteran anisong singer of more than 10 years. What inspired you to take on singing/song writing as a career? A: I have always loved the scenarios games and anime portray, with its unlimited potential in this whole new world. This feeling inspires my song writing. 2. I understand that you have written lyrics for some of your own songs. What got you interested in lyrics writing? A: I was a quiet child, and not very sociable and don’t make much friends. I preferred being at home, which eventually got me to writing song lyrics. 3. What were your feelings and thoughts when writing and singing for your first anime series, Onegai Teacher? I love anime and its songs, and was excited to be involved. The plot of the anime was very touching, and it really makes my heart soft. 4. How do you cope with singing fast-paced tongue-twister songs like, for example, the game theme Princess Bride? Sometimes during emcee sessions, I do actually get tougue tied. For songs, I pace myself and match the rythm and beat of the song itself with its lyrics. 5. On your recent release of -unfinished- single, Accel World’s anime ending theme, what are your thoughts on working with fripside’s Sato-san? I have been friends with Sato-san, and we have always talked about working together. We greatly respect each other, and hoped to creat a great song. Of course, I was happy to finally be able to work with him!
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  • 153. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Vocaroom2525, a Tokyo- based invite-only bar for Vocaloid producers and fans, begins operations in July Source: only-bar-for-vocaloid-producers-and-fans-begins-operations-in-july/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 Starting July, Vocaloid producers and fans who reside in Tokyo (or are otherwise touring the area on holiday) will be able to hang out at a new nightspot that’s dedicated exclusively to their sub-culture. Kotaku Japan reports that Vocaroom2525, a bar for Vocaloid producers and lovers alike, will kick off its operation next month with an opening party on July 16. The bar will play Vocaloid songs exclusively, serve as a space for Vocaloid producers to introduce new compositions to an audience, and in general offer these producers (or aspirants) an opportunity to exchange information and network with one another. Admittance to Vocaroom2525, in its current form, is strictly invite-only. Not only that, but the bar will apparently operate on sporadic days, with no fixed schedule in mind at least initially (they do hope to operate with a fixed schedule in the near future), operating mostly for special events and gatherings. Folks who’d like to make it for the opening party – to be held at a rental space in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo – can register their interest via Twitter, as follows (in Japanese): Basically you’d have to first follow @Voca2525 on Twitter, and send them an inquiry (through a tweet or a Direct Message) before you’re able to RSVP on a first-come, first- served basis. If the event ends up getting over-subscribed, admission will be awarded to applicants on a random lottery basis. Cutting-off date for applications is July 7, 23:00 hours JST (GMT+0900). There’s a cover charge of 2,000 yen (inclusive of two drinks) for the opening party, but the price is knocked down to 1,500 yen if you’re a Vocaloid producer (i.e. someone who makes Vocaloid-related content on Nico Nico Douga or elsewhere). Source: Kotaku Japan Project X Zone news blast: new characters, price, release date and pre-order details Source: characters-price-release-date-and-pre-order-details/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 Namco Bandai has announced pricing and release details for its forthcoming 3DS super-mega-cross-over RPG Project X Zone (read as Project Cross Zone). The game will be released on October 11 for 6,280 yen. Retailers in Japan have already begun to accept pre-orders for the title. Folks who do so will have their purchase automatically upgraded, at no extra cost, from the normal edition of the game to an early-birds-only “Special Box” package that includes a “Cross-over Soundtrack CD” that contains as many of the game’s numerous BGMs as they could possibly fit within a single CD, as well as an illustrated booklet that introduces players to the various characters and game universes that they’ll come across in Project X Zone. Cross-over soundtrack CD
  • 154. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Illustrated booklet 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 the game included Street Fighter‘s Ryu and Chun-Li, Sakura Taisen‘s Ichiro Ogami and Sakura Shinguji, and Tales of Vesperia’s Yuri Lowell and Estelle. In April six more characters were announced – two each from Namco Bandai’s God Eater, Sega’s End of Eternity/ Resonance of Fate RPG, and an unlikely pairing of a Chinese zombie and a zombie-outbreak survivor from Capcom. Finally, this week we’re getting details from Famitsu on seven more characters in Project X Zone, two of which are actually originals designs – possibly the protagonists of this cross-over title. Capcom Arthur (Ghosts ‘n Goblins) Devilot (Cyberbots) Sega Imca (Valkyria Chronicles 3) Rikiya Busujima (Zombie Revenge) Namco Bandai Flynn Scifo (Tales of Vesperia) Originals Kogorou Tenzai (CV: Toshihiko Seki) Mii Kouryuuji (CV: Yukari Tamura)
  • 155. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 … … Am I the only one who thinks that Kogorou looks a lot like Xenogears‘ Fei Fong Wong? The Project X Zone developer blog mentions that they’re currently putting the finishing touches to a second trailer (first trailer here) for the game. Until then, here are some screenshots Famitsu shared:
  • 156. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Source: Famitsu, PXZ blog Animelo Summer Live 2012 Lineup Source:
  • 157. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By shia on June 28th, 2012 Its that time of the year again where it is summer again in Japan. Animelo Summer Live has been going on since 2005 and it is the biggest annual anime songs concert in Japan. This year the event will be held over two days at the Saitama Super Arena on the 25th and 26th of August. This year the theme is Infinity∞, it is to represent the infinite possibilities that anime songs can bring. The theme song for this year is “INFINITY~1000~~~~”(INFINITY~1000 Year dream~) The line up for this year is unsurprisingly stellar. The line up is as follows : 25th August (Saturday) • Aoi Eir(Fate/zero S1 ED ) • Akino with bless4(Sousei no Aquarion/Evol OP/ED) • Afilia Saga(Steins;Gate PSP/PS3 OP) • Ali Project(Another OP) • Altima(Shana Final ED) • Kawada Mami(Jorgamund OP) • StylipS(Highschool DxD ED) • Tamura Yukari(C3 ED) • Nanri Yuuka(Sacred Seven ED) • Nomizu Iori(Kore ha Zombie Desuka OP) • Haruna Luna(Fate/Zero S2 ED) • Persona4 Music Band(Persona 4 Anime OP/ED) • May’n(Accel World OP) • Yui Kaori(Kiss X Sis ED) • LiSa(Fate/Zero OP) 26th August(Sunday) • Ishikawa Chiaki(Kamisama Dolls OP/ED) • Ushiro kara Haiyori Tai G(Haiyori Nyaruko OP) • Ono Daisuke • 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) • Miyano Mamoru • Milky Holmes(Detective Opera Milky Holmes OP/ED) • Ray(Ano Natsu de Matteru 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 guests as we get closer to the event. Until the event, SGCafe will keep our readers updated on this Mega anisong concert. Source: Animelo 2012 HP Pepsi X Gundam Front Tokyo Collaboration Source: collaboration/ By shia on June 28th, 2012 Suntory International, the holder for the licence to Pepsi in Japan is doing a tie-up with Gundam Front Tokyo and will be releasing 8 different specially designed cans to commemorate the event.
  • 158. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The cans will feature mobile suits from the series “Gundam 0079″, such as the “RX-78-2 Original Gundam” and the “MS-06S Char’s Custom Zaku II” and many more. The full list are as follows : 1. RX-78-2 Gundam 2. RX-77-2 Guncannon 3. RX-75 Guntank 4. SCV-70 White Base 5. MS-06F Zaku II Mass produced 6. MS-06S Zaku IIS(Char’s Custom) 8. MS-07B Gouf(Not a Zaku) 9. MS-09 Dom The cans are will be sold until the 7th August at the price of 115Yen. Source : Narinari Kevin Durant, Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose are your cover athletes for NBA 2K13 Source: derrick-rose-are-your-cover-athletes-for-nba-2k13/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 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 “New Dynasty”. For the cover of NBA 2K13, 2K Sports is tapping on on three rising stars in the basketball world for its cover: Oklahome City Thunder’s Kevin Durant, Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin and the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose. 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
  • 159. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 playoff season, earning the Thunders their first NBA Finals appearance since 1996. ”Being crowned as one of the NBA 2K13 cover athletes is a huge honor and something I always dreamt about,” Durant added. Los Angeles Clippers’ Blake Griffin shared similar sentiments. “There’s so much young talent around the NBA, so it’s very exciting to be chosen for NBA 2K’s ‘New Dynasty’ alongside Kevin and Derrick,” Griffin said. “The NBA 2K series has always been my first choice when I want to get a game in.” As for Derrick Rose, being crowned cover athlete is not only a dream come true, but also a way for him to uphold tradition for the Chicago Bulls. “I’m honoured to follow in the footsteps of Michael Jordan as the latest Chicago Bull to be featured on the cover,” Rose said. NBA 2K13 (PC, PlayStation 3, PSP, Wii, Xbox 360) is scheduled for an October 5 release in Singapore. This is what the next Kamen Rider, Wizard, looks like Source: wizard-looks-like/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 Every year Toei Company produces a year-long Kamen Rider show (alongside a Power Rangers or “Sentai” show, which also runs for a whole year) for TV Asahi’s Sunday morning “Superhero Time” programming block in Japan. Sometimes the character designers behind a new Kamen Rider know what they’re doing. This was the case with 2010′s W (read as “Double”), who had so much panache that the material used for his suit looks more like metal than spandex. Other times, like with the currently-airing Kamen Rider Fourze, the designers seem to have drawn their inspirations from an overgrown squid or something equally ridiculous. Then there’s Kamen Rider Decade, who started out looking pretty slick, but somehow ends up getting a bunch of cards plastered all over his power suit (what were they thinking). Thankfully, the next Kamen Rider – Wizard – appears to be designed by folks belonging to the first category. Here’s a picture snapped by a netizen who managed to stumble upon a Toei filming for the new series at Ikebukuro Nishiguchi park: 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: Everybody It’s Space Time, so not too much is known about him yet. Rumour has it that Kamen Rider Wizard “henshins” (that’s Japanese for “it’s morphin’ time!” or just “transform”) by 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:
  • 160. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 The Kamen Rider Wizard tokusatsu (that’s Japanese for “special effects”) TV show will air sometime in September this year on TV Asahi, shortly after the finale of Kamen Rider Fourze. Source: Matomate [via CSICON] Going to Type-Moon Fes? Drop by the Type-Moon 10th Anniversary Museum at Gamers (Akihabara) Source: the-type-moon-10th-anniversary-museum-at-gamers-akihabara/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 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’re not even on sale yet. The exhibition, Banpresto Prezents Type-Moon 10th Anniversary Commemorative Museum in Gamers (~~~ ~~~~~~~~ TYPE-MOON 10~~~~~~~~~~ in GAMERS), officially opened its doors to customers last Friday. While we couldn’t be there, could. So go over to their site for a photo-filled coverage – but before you do, here are a few of our favourites (more at their site):
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  • 162. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Students of Round: The Eternal Legend (PSP) announced; 1st trailer emphasizes art, voice cast Source: legend-psp-announced-1st-trailer-emphasizes-art-voice-cast/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 The lands in which JRPGs dwell in are vast and mystifying. Somewhere within these murky grounds lies a small- time Japanese dungeon RPG developer that calls themselves Experience (really an apt name since they’ve been making nothing but dungeons RPG). If you don’t know who they are, maybe their best-known work – a 2011 Xbox 360 JRPG entitled Students of Round – might ring some bells. No? Well, that’s okay, because if you’re intrigued by the Knights of the Round-sounding title you will be able to play it on the PSP instead later this year in October, when an upgraded version – Students of Round: The Eternal Legend - is released. The PSP version will receive a few interface tweaks, a 16:9 resolution to fit the PSP’s screen and – apparently for the first time (this was not in the X360 version) – will star three AAA-tier voice actresses: • Miyuki Sawashiro as Elsa • Ryou Hirohashi as Marlin • Eri Kitamura as Loumi Students of Round: The Eternal Legend (PSP) is slated for an October 2012 release, to be sold for 6,090 yen (retail UMD) or 5,040 yen (digitally through the PlayStation Store). Apart from Students of Round, Experience co. also announced a new Xbox 360 RPG, “Ken no Machi no Ihoujin” (~~~~~~~) which roughly translates to Stranger in the Town of Blades, and a yet-to-be-shown PS Vita dungeon RPG. Not much has been shown for Stranger in the Town of Blades too. All we have to go on is this key visual image, which shows a schoolgirl carrying a haversack on her right arm, and a longsword on her left. Source: 4Gamer
  • 163. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 “Main visual” poster for Rurouni Kenshin live-action movie is full of life (and colour) Source: kenshin-live-action-movie-is-full-of-life-and-colour/ By KarbyP on June 28th, 2012 Warner Bros. Japan this week unveiled a “main visual” poster for its upcoming live-action adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin – also known as Samurai X in the West – for the big screen, starring Takeru Sato (Kamen Rider Den-O) as protagonist Kenshin Himura. “No matter what happens, I will come back,” the tagline goes. The new poster is in full-colour and features all the main ensemble 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 famed photographer Kazumi Kurigami, that Warner Bros. Japan originally revealed back in March.
  • 164. June 28th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Rurouni 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-release Source: By magnetic_rose on June 28th, 2012 The HD version of Capcom’s visually stunning action RPG Okami will hit streets in Japan on 1st November. Okami HD features HD graphics and full support for Sony Move controllers. The remastered PlayStation 3 version is titled Okami Zekkei- ban (~~~~~), and will retail for JPY ¥3,990. The game will also be sold for USD 19.99 over the Playstation Network. Source: Crunchyroll
  • 165. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Sega Gets You Dancing With New maimai Dance Game Source: maimai-dance-game/ By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 Sega has announced the release of a new rhythm game with a front facing touchscreen and a camera that records the player’s performance. The new game is called “maimai” — “mai”, incidentally, is the Japanese word for “dance”. To play, you need to press the eight buttons surrounding the main display, or slide your finger across the touchscreen, in time with the music. There’s also a camera near the top of the console, which can record the player and the screen at the same time. Sega plans to add the ability to upload player videos to NicoNico Douga — which would work well within the culture of NND users who like to show off their gaming prowess online. maimai will be available in July 2012, and will be available overseas shortly after. Source: Bleach Ends TV Run, Hollywood Adaptation Considered Source: adaptation-considered/ By 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- Power Ninden starting April 3. In other news, Hollywood entertainment magazine Variety is reporting that Warner Bros. has purchased the rights to Bleach and is working on a live-action movie adaptation. Dan Mazeau of the Clash of the Titans remake will be in charge of the screenplay, and Peter Segal of the Get Smart remake will produce and possibly direct the film. Source: ANN Sony Computer Entertainment official PS Vita launch in Singapore Source: official-ps-vita-launch-in-singapore/ By sentinel011 on February 26th, 2012 Portable gaming takes the next step with the PS Vita, with Singapore the third country to be launched outside of Japan.
  • 166. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 With more gamers in Singapore wanting a new experience in portable gaming, the PS Vita certainly lives up to the hype. It’s going for a suggested retail pricing of $399. Below are the game titles available for purchase at all authorized Sony retail outlets and participating shops: Title Name Publisher Genre Format SRP (SGD) Army Corps of Hell™ (English Version) SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd. Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD51.99 ASPHALT : INJECTION Ubisoft Limited Racing PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD56.90/ SGD44.69 BLAZBLUE CONTINUUM SHIFT EXTEND (English/ Japanese voice version) ARC SYSTEM WORKS Co.,Ltd. 2D fighting game PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD45.49 DISGAEA3 Return NIPPON ICHI SOFTWARE INC. Simulation RPG PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD69.90/ SGD58.49 DUNGEON HUNTER ALLIANCE Ubisoft Limited RPG PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD56.90/ SGD44.69 Dynasty Warriors NEXT (English version) TECMO KOEI GAMES Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD46.79 EA SPORTS FIFA Football Electronic Arts Sports PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD54.90 (DL) Escape Plan (Chinese + English Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Puzzle PS Store Download Version SGD19.49 Everybody’s Golf 6 (Asian Chinese + English Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Golf Game PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD46.79 F1 2011™ CODEMASTERS Ltd. Racing PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD59.00/ TBD(DL) GRAVITY RUSH ) ))))) (Chinese Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Action Adventure PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD46.79 Hustle Kings™ Sony Computer Entertainment Sports PS Store Download Version SGD14.5 Little Deviants™ Sony Computer Entertainment Action PS Store Download Version SGD32.49 LORD of APOCALYPSE™ SQUARE ENIX Co., Ltd. Action RPG PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD69.90/ SGD62.39 Lumines : Electronic Symphony Ubisoft Limited Puzzle PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD59.90/ SGD51.39 ModNation Racers: Road Trip (Asian English + Chinese Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Racing PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD39.90/ SGD35.09 MotorStorm™ RC Sony Computer Entertainment Racing PS Store Download Version SGD9.89 MICHAEL JACKSON THE EXPERIENCE HD Ubisoft Limited Rhythm/ Dancing PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD56.90/ SGD44.69 NINJA GAIDEN Σ PLUS (English voice version) TECMO KOEI GAMES CO., LTD. Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD46.79 Puzzle by Nikoli V Sudoku HAMSTER Corporation Puzzle PS Store Download Version SGD3.89 Ragnarok Odyssey (Japanese version) GungHo Online Entertainment, Inc. Action PS Store Download Version SGD58.49 Rayman Origins Ubisoft Limited Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD59.90/ SGD51.39 Reality Fighters (Asian English Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Fighting Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD39.90/ SGD35.09 Shinobido 2: Revenge of Zen Spike Co.,Ltd. Ninja Stealth Action PS Vita Card / SGD69.90/ SGD58.49
  • 167. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 (Japanese version) PS Store Download Version STAR STRIKE™ DELTA Sony Computer Entertainment Shooting PS Store Download Version SGD12.99 SUMIONI (Japanese version) ACQUIRE Corp. INK ACTION PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD46.79 Touch My Katamari NAMCO BANDAI Games Others PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD59.90/ SGD53.91 ULTIMATE MARVEL VS. CAPCOM 3 (English Version) CAPCOM CO., LTD. Fighting Action PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD44.69 Uncharted: Golden Abyss (Chinese +English Version) Sony Computer Entertainment Action Adventure PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD69.90/ SGD58.49 Virtua Tennis 4 SEGA Sports PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD54.90/ SGD40.59 WipEout™ 2048 Sony Computer Entertainment Racing PS Vita Card / PS Store Download Version SGD39.90/ SGD35.09 PlayStation ® Vita Peripheral & Accessory Product Name Model No. Release Date SRP (SGD) Memory Card (4GB) PCH-Z041G 22nd Feb, 2012 SGD27.90 Memory Card (8GB) PCH-Z081G SGD39.90 Memory Card (16GB) PCH-Z161G SGD77.90 Memory Card (32GB) PCH-Z321G SGD129.00 USB Cable PCH-ZUC1 SGD11.90 AC Adaptor PCH-ZAC1H SGD11.90 Cradle PCH-ZCL1G SGD19.90 In-Ear Headset PCH-ZHS1G SGD19.90 To celebrate the launch of the PS Vita in Singapore, Sony Computer Entertainment is having a roadshow on the ground floor of 313 Somerset in Orchard Road. The roadshow will be held from today till Sunday, 26 February. At the opening launch, Mr Tetsuhiko Yasuda, Chairman of Sony Computer Entertainment Hong Kong, gave a speech on the development kit for the PS Vita and the Playstation 3 established in Singapore since last year, with some games currently in development locally. Nanyang Polytechnic is involved in this development. Mr Michael Humphrey, Designer of WipeOut 2048, was present to give a demonstration of the game using the PS Vita’s intuitive features. Other guests include Media Development Authority and Nanyang Polytechnic. People can experience the PS Vita’s features at the roadshow, with games such as Fifa Football and WipeOut 2048. Picture source: Vr-Zone One Piece: Pirate Warriors PV 4 is out Source: out/ By shia on February 26th, 2012 The 4th Promotional Video for One Piece: Pirate Warriors is out. One Piece: Pirate Warriors in a nutshell is basically a Dynasty Warriors game set in the One Piece universe. The story is follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a young boy who organizes a crew of pirates and sets off to find the legendary treasure “one piece”. Luffy while he was young had ingested the Gum-Gum fruit that lets him become as stretchable as rubber.
  • 168. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Pirate Warriors comes in a few flavours , Normal Edition , Treasure Box, Gold Edition The Treasure Box, a collector’s edition which includes the game’s soundtrack, 15 collectible pins, a serial code to download nine custom themes featuring individual members of the Straw Hat Pirates, and a book featuring character and CG-rendered artwork and environments from the game’s production and a rare collectible for the Social game , One Piece Grand Collection The gold Edition includes what is in the Treasure Box Edition and a Limited Skinned PS3 plus an exclusive custom theme of the Straw Hat Pirates and another exclusive rare collectible for One Piece Grand Collection. Game Information:Japanese Name : ))))) )))) (one piece kaizoku musou) Genre : Action Maker : Koei Tecmo , Published by Bandai Namco Release Date : 1st of March 2012 Price : Normal-8190yen , Treasure-12890yen , Gold-38170yen Source : Bandai Namco Kingdom Hearts 10th Anniversary Box Out March 29th Source: box-out-march-29th/ By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 Square Enix and Disney’s Kingdom Hearts series will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a limited edition boxed set — out 29th March in Japan. 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 Conception for the PSP Source: psp/ By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 Feast your eyes on Cancer, Leo, and Virgo (yes, she is also a regular high school student trapped in the alternate world).
  • 169. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Click here for more on Conception: New PSP Game “Conception” Ups Ante on Dating Sims, Heads Straight to Childbirth Source: Conception OHP and Famitsu Kochi Indies Manga Magazine Open to Overseas Submissions Source: to-overseas-submissions/ 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, 2012 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 to their distributor Bandai Namco. Ni no Kuni will include both English and Japanese voice tracks in the English-language release. According to Level 5, it was such an honor to work with Studio Ghibli, as well as with acclaimed animation soundtrack composer Joe Hisaishi, that they wanted to do
  • 170. February 26th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 their best to bring a rich gaming experience to both Japanese and overseas gamers. Source: Crunchyroll Otome Game “Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku” Gets Anime Source: ichizoku-gets-anime/ By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 As announced on the cover of Enterbrain’s B’s-Log magazine that was mistakenly leaked by its editors (it has since been recalled), otome PSP game “Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku” will have an animated version very soon. “Hanayaka Nari, Waga Ichizoku” is set during Japan’s Taishō era (1912-1926), where you play as a naive young house-maid, caught up in the struggle for succession of a powerful and wealthy family. Source: ANN “EinHerjar” Singapore Beta Now Open Source: By magnetic_rose on February 26th, 2012 Free-to-play Japanese browser game “EinHerjar” opens the doors to its English Beta, with the aim of attracting users from Singapore and the rest of South East Asia. EinHerJar is set in “a vast and wild Nordic land where a human race has proclaimed themselves as descendants of the Gods. Each player will play as a chieftain of a Viking clan… [and] will be in charge of many tasks such as managing resources, finding new areas, constructing buildings, etc. in order to build up the mightiest Viking kingdom.” 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. To sign up and play, visit: Source: EinHerJar OHP
  • 171. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Now Streaming: Singapore’s finest SoulCalibur players vie for $10,000 in prizes Source: soulcalibur-players-vie-for-10000-in-prizes/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 Catch Singapore’s finest SoulCalibur players in action at E2Max from now to 12midnight today, as they vie for a chance to represent our sunny island in the grand finals of SoulCalibur Impact 2012, a global SoulCalibur V tournament to be held in Newcastle, London on March 17. Watch live video from on The action is fiercer, Pyrrha’s 236+B stab move more visceral if you catch it live at E2Max, of course. And there are free-play SoulCalibur V terminals for folks to try the game, or (if you’re familiar with the game) play some casual matches with members of the community too. But if you can’t make it to the event venue, local SoulCalibur community and co-organiser of the tournament (in conjunction with Namco Bandai Partners Singapore) “Soul Singapore” has got your back: they’re streaming the tournament live. Top 8 starts from 7.30PM, and for everything else you can refer to the event schedule posted here. This is the first time Namco Bandai Partners Singapore has worked with a local games community to organise a fighting game tournament of this scale. “Fighting games have always been a key part of Namco Bandai’s business and with important franchises such as Soul Calibur and Tekken under our belt, our next steps are to grow these licenses organically,” said Mr Kelvin Seah, General Manager of Sales & Marketing at Namco Bandai Partners Singapore. “We have seen the passion and dedication of the local gaming community, and are fully committed to raising the profile of Singapore’s gaming scene and giving it the support and attention it deserves.” New Street Fighter X Tekken alternate costumes, Godsgarden tournament unveiled on Japanese livestream Source: costumes-godsgarden-tournament-unveiled-on-japanese-livestream/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 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) -Paul (as… Blanka?) -Law (as Fei Long -Xiaoyu (as Chun Li) -Jin (erm… no idea; let us know in the comments)
  • 172. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 -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) But that’s not all; on the stream Capcom also announced that they will be collaborating with Godsgarden on a Street Fighter X Tekken tournament very soon. We’ll bring you more details on the new arrange costumes as well as the Godsgarden tournament when they are made available. 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.
  • 173. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Persona 4: Arena casuals streamed live, more details on Labrys, instant-kill moves Source: live-more-details-on-labrys-instant-kill-moves/ 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”. These instant-kill moves are similar to the Astral Heats in BlazBlue and Destroyed in Guilty Gear in that if you land it on your opponent you’ll win the match immediately, no questions asked. According to Famitsu, the activation conditions include: you must be on match-point, and you have 100 SP points to burn. Unlike Astral Heats, it looks like you can use these instant-kill moves even with 100-percent health (as seen in the following screenshots).
  • 174. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena is slated for a Summer 2012 release on consoles (PlayStation 3/Xbox 360). Miku Flick, an iOS game from Sega, comes out on Miku’s Day Source: comes-out-on-mikus-day/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 A new Hatsune Miku rhythm action game from Project Diva publisher Sega is coming to the iOS! reports that 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.
  • 175. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Due to the nature of the game, a basic understanding of Japanese Hiragana may actually be required to play Miku Flick. Although from the screenshots it sure looks there are markers on the virtual keyboard to help players who may not be able to pinpoint the right Kana in the nick of time. Miku Flick supports the iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod Touch (4th generation), iPad, and the iPad 2. For more information, head over to Sega’s official site. Source: AKB48′s Mayu Watanabe and Shizuka Oya on FujiTV music quiz show Source: shizuka-oya-on-fujitv-music-quiz-show/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 Can you guess the name of the song AKB48′s Mayu Watanabe is humming in this video? Here’s a hint: it was one of the most popular tracks featured in Guitar Freaks and DrumMania. The answer is revealed from 0:35 onwards. This clip is from variety show Quiz DoReMiFaDon, which aired last night on FujiTV. Contestants on the show – comedians, TV talents, and idols like AKB48′s Shizuka Oya – 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). This is what Persona 4 Ultimate’s new character, Labrys, looks like Source: new-character-labrys-looks-like/ By KarbyP on March 3rd, 2012 Earlier today the Net was abuzz with news of Labrys, a 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. But thanks to the power of the Internet, you’re hearing about it one day in advance. And now that scans from the magazine have also appeared online, you’re seeing it early too. Here’s your first look at the silver-haired heroine and her “steely” charms.
  • 176. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 According to the scans, Labrys is the student council president at Yasogami High School (which the Persona 4 characters go to). Not much else is known about her except she speaks Kansai-ben, and wants Kuma to put a stop to his Mayonaka Arena tournament. We’re not sure if Labrys is an original character exclusive to this game, although Japanese forum-goers have pointed out that she may have made her first appearance in a Persona 3 drama CD. If you’re a fan of the franchise with more information on Labrys you’d like to share, do let us know in the comments below. Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena hits arcades and consoles later this year. Source: Hachima 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! Fist of the North Star – Hara Tetsuo Prince of Tennis – Konomi Takeshi
  • 177. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 One Piece – Oda Eiichirou Hikaru no Go/Death Note – Obata Takeshi Eyeshield 21 – Murata Yuusuke JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure – Araki Hirohiko
  • 178. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Naruto – Kishimoto Masashi Bleach – Kubo Tite Katekyo Hitman Reborn – Amano Akira Slam Dunk/Vagabond – Inoue Takehiko
  • 179. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Dragon Ball – Toriyama Akira Gintama – Sorachi Hideaki 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, 2012 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
  • 180. March 3rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 still scarce, but fans should watch out for it in the coming months. Source: Crunchyroll Square Enix Announces Guardian Cross for the iOS Source: cross-for-the-ios/ By magnetic_rose on March 3rd, 2012 Square Enix will be releasing a new game entitled Guardian Cross — for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Guardian Cross is a free-to-play card-battling game, with special options that can be purchased with cash. Guardian Cross was developed by the same team who created Knights of the Crystals for Facebook. The iOS version will be released in the first quarter of 2012, with an Android version following soon after. Source: Crunchyroll.
  • 181. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Miku Flick: Can you clear the hardest song in Break the Limit mode? Source: hardest-song-in-break-the-limit-mode/ By KarbyP on March 17th, 2012 The answer is “No”. It is, quite literally, unpossible. But before we get to that, let’s first take a look at how Miku Flick actually plays. Contrary to my initial speculation, it seems like you really don’t need to be well-versed in the ways of Japanese hieroglphyics (or just hiragana) to play the game. Oh, make sure you stop at the 03:10 mark (when you get to the “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 Limit mode (this is footage from the same video, beginning from 03:10) Yep, in Break the Limit mode you’re expected to type out every single syllable in the song. And in the case of “The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku”, the final (and hardest) song you unlock in Miku Flick, that’s simply not humanly possible. Not every song is as unscalable in Break the Limit mode. As this next video from YouTube user Yuuki7oct proves, Break the Limit is perfectly playable – he cleared “moon” with an “A” ranking (over 15,000 points). Although it will no doubt test your skills. Miku Flick is available on the Japanese iTunes store for 1,200 yen, and supports the iPhone (3GS and up), iPod Touch (3rd Generation and up), and iPad. Tell Your World EP debuts #4 on Oricon Daily Ranking, full MV released on YouTube Source: oricon-daily-ranking-full-mv-released-on-youtube/ By KarbyP on March 17th, 2012 The full EP album for Hatsune Miku X Google Chrome “Tell Your World“, was released earlier this week on March 14, debuting at number four on the Oricon Daily ranking charts, amongst the likes of SDN48, 2PM, and miwa. #1 “NEXT ENCORE” SDN48 #2 “2PM Best ~2008-2011 in Korea” 2PM #3 “guitarium” miwa #4 “Tell Your World EP” livetune feat. Hatsune Miku #5 “Ramune no Nomikata” SKE48(team K II)
  • 182. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 #6 “PLAYGIRLZ” Afterschool #7 “YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz I” YELLOW FRIED CHICKENz #8 “Kono Koe” Takahashi Yuu #9 “NEWTRAL” Ikimonogakari #10 “nanoir” Nano To commemorate the release, livetune has uploaded the full music video to Tell Your World on his official YouTube channel (video embedded up top). Here are some stills taken from the music video: Apart from the titular single, Tell Your World EP also includes the full versions of “Far Away”, “Star Story”, and “Fly Out”, which are tracks that fans have often requested to be released on a CD. Source: Ota-suke Street Fighter X Tekken Blog: patch for infinites & bugs forthcoming Source: for-infinites-bugs-forthcoming/ By KarbyP on March 17th, 2012 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.
  • 183. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Kuro’s infinite loop should be a thing of the past once the game gets patched. Screenshot taken from this video by the venerable Desk. Win One of Six Pairs of Tickets to L’Arc~en~Ciel Live in Singapore! Source: larcenciel-live-in-singapore/ By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 Win one of six pairs of tickets to L’Arc~en~Ciel Live in Singapore, from Animax Asia’s Hunter x Hunter Watch and Win Contest! Watch Animax Asia every day from 12th March to 8th April 2012 at 7PM to 9PM and again at 10PM to 12AM. One of four characters from the Hunter x Hunter series will be randomly shown at a corner of the screen. Log into the Animax Asia website and answer the questions: 1) “Which Hunter character appeared on the Channel today?”; 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 Animax Asia website. Source: Animax Asia Latest Images for Conception for the PSP Source: the-psp/ By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 Last batch of images — features Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces. More after the jump!
  • 184. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 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/
  • 185. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 A massive new cosplay photo studio has opened in Osaka, Japan just last 29th February 2012. Dubbed “Haco Stadium Osaka”, the studio — which spans several floors, has spaces decked out in different themes that you can use as backdrops for your cosplay shoots. Definitely more eye-catching backgrounds than some random people at a convention hall! Reception and Community Space Rental Lockers and Change Rooms Schoolroom Industrial Jail Cell
  • 186. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Ancient Japan Morrocan-inspired Renaissance Cosmopolitan Modern Minimalist 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? :) Source: Haco Stadium and Haco Studio Hotel Promotes Worldwide Subscriptions with Promo Source: subscriptions-with-promo/ By magnetic_rose on March 17th, 2012 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
  • 187. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 members who sign up for the USD 10 (approximately SGD 12.50) monthly plan will get an additional USD 10 worth of store credit, while users who sign up for their USD 25 (approximately SGD 31.40) monthly plan will get an additional USD 25 worth of store credit. Members who would like to sign up for free subscriptions are not left out of the party! Close to 200 titles have been opened up for free previews, up ten-fold from the standard twenty- title free preview allowance. Manga fans who have trouble getting their hands on their favorite titles should definitely take advantage of these promos, which run until 14th March only. JManga is an online manga portal that releases manga from different publishers on a number of genres such as shounen, shoujo, seinen, josei, and kids. The site stemmed from industry efforts to curb online piracy from file-sharing and “free” manga sites. Source: JManga Brief of Last Miku Day Thanks Giving Live 2012 Source: giving-live-2012/ By shia on March 17th, 2012 I would like to bring you on some coverage of of the just concluded Last Miku Day Thanks Giving Live 2012 While the Thanks Giving Live 2012 was terrific, somehow after the previous day’s MikuPa 2012 new additions ,Thanks Giving Live 2012 felt less satisfying compared to MikuPa. Also the models used are the previous year’s models, with less depth due to the lack of specularity(reflective surfacing) and no translucent models. The only new model I noticed was the American Miku. While on the Visual front Thanks Giving Live 2012 was bland, The live band was in my humble opinion better due to having a live string quintet and saxophone trio which was not in the previous day’s MikuPa 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 Vocaloid 5. Clover Club 6. Po Pi Po 7. Romeo and Cinderella 8. Finder 9. Uramote Lovers 10. StargazeR 11. Moon 12. The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku 13. Change me 14. Butterfly on Your Right Shoulder 15. Just Be Friends
  • 188. March 17th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 16. Magnet 17. World’s End Dancehall 18. Meltdown 19. Kodoku no Hate 20. Promise 21. Time Limit 22. Puzzle 23. 1/6 24. SPiCa Encore 1 1. Ai Kotoba 2. Melt 3. Hajimete no oto Encore 2 1. Project Diva desu. 2. World is Mine Will keep everyone here updated once they announce the DVD/BDs . Source : OHP Source : Set List Click on “HATSUNE MIKU Concert Final 39′s Giving Day” LIVE SET LIST Brief of Hatsune Miku Live Party 2012 Source: party-2012/ By shia on March 17th, 2012 I would like to bring you on some thoughts of the just concluded Hatsune Miku Live Party(Mikupa) 2012 Please bear with the horrible quality images, as the stream was of quite poor quality. The Visuals have been given quite a boost this year. Main things to note this year’s concert are : 1. There is more depth perception this year. 2. Movement is more Fluid compared to previous year’s Mikupa. 3. With more Fluid movements there comes more close shaves to closet malfunctions. 4. Most important was the addition of specular (light reflection) effects(Note the sleeves.). 5. Rainbow Sparkles in the song Marginal. 6. Uta Ni Katachi ha nai keredo – Wedding dress miku. Tranclucent alpha blending effect. 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 here and here. Source : OHP Source : Set List for MikuPa
  • 189. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 releases teaser trailer, to air in Japan in May Source: teaser-trailer-to-air-in-japan-in-may/ By shia on March 23rd, 2012 The teaser trailer for Unicorn Episode 5 is out. The Theme song is BROKEN MIRROR and will be performed by BOOM BOOM SATELLITES. Gundam Unicorn Episode 5 will be in Japan Cinemas on the 19th of May 2012. Pre-orders for the BD/DVDs will begin on the same day. The expected release date for the BD/DVDs will be on the 8th of June 2012 @ 6090Yen/5040Yen respectively. Winners of Tokyo Anime Fair Awards 2012 Source: awards-2012/ By Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012 The Tokyo Anime Fair (TAF) recently announced the winners of the 11th annual Tokyo Anime Awards in the respective nominated categories. Animation of the Year: From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) Television Category: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Tiger and Bunny Domestic Feature Film Category: From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) International Feature Film Category: Tangled
  • 190. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Original Video Anime Category: Mobile Suit Gundam UC Best Director: Akiyuki Shinbo – Puella Magi Madoka Magica Best Screenplay: Gen Urobuchi – Puella Magi Madoka Magica Best Art Direction: Takumi Tanji – Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below (Hoshi wo Ou Kodomo) Best Character Design: Masakazu Katsura – Tiger and Bunny Best Voice Actor/Actress: Hiroaki Hirata – Tiger and Bunny [Kotetsu T. Kaburagi/ Wild Tiger] Best Music: Satoshi Takebe – From Up on Poppy Hill (Kokuriko-zaka Kara) Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Tiger and Bunny top the awards by gathering 3 awards each. The awards ceremony will be taking place during TAF, which runs from March 22 to March 25 2012 at the Tokyo Big Sight event center. 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, 2012 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. 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). Macross fans can also pick up a limited 30th anniversary edition, that includes a 90 minute bonus video, booklet, film, mini theater pamphlet, mini poster, mini art book, and anime song archive for 13,800 yen (SGD $210).
  • 191. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Steins;Gate: Hen’i Kuukan no Octet (an 8-Bit Retro Visual Novel) Source: an-8-bit-retro-visual-novel/ By Sakamoto on March 23rd, 2012 Another of Nitroplus and 5pb’s genius creations, Steins;Gate: Hen’i Kuukan no Octet (or more commonly known as Steins;Gate 8bit) was released for Windows PC on 28 November 2011. Hen’i Kuukan no Octet (transliterated as Variant Space Octet) basically takes place in an alternate timeline from the original game. While not necessary, it is recommended that you play the original Steins;Gate and also Chaos;Head (which already have English translations) to understand the story more. The story is a continuation from the true ending of Steins;Gate (which I won’t spoil right here, for obvious reasons). Basically, Okabe Rintarou realizes the world line has changed once again. He receives a D-mail from his future self from the year 2025, and the divergence meter is off by 0.000132%. He is told by his future self that the IBN5100 has been stolen once again this time by a man named Knightheart and he must take it back to save the world from falling into chaos. He’s still the same ol’ crazy Hououin Kyouma otherwise. The graphics and music for this game are completely reproduced to simulate the feel of the retro computers in the 80′s era. The moment you start the game, you can choose to emulate the game between 5 different computer settings, whose names are parodies for their real-life counterparts: NEC PC-8801 NEC PC-6001 Sharp X1 Sharp MZ-2000 Fujitsu FM-7 If you recognize any of these, you’re highly likely to be a geek, 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 be excruciatingly slow, but that’s how long the games of that era took to load. Fortunately, there is also a skip mode where you can skip the graphics loading. The game emulates the retro noises down to the last bit, instead of streaming an mp3 file. There’s even “sound chipping”, which is common with 8-bit games. For instance, when other sounds beep on screen, parts of the music will be silenced for the duration of the sound. 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. You can view the translated demo here (MAJOR S;G SPOILERS ALERT). The full English translation is in this blogger’s site as well:
  • 192. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Coverage on Nipponbashi(Osaka) Street Festival on 20th March 2012. Source: street-festival-on-20th-march-2012/ By shia on March 23rd, 2012 The 8th Nipponbashi’s Street Festival just concluded yesterday and here is some cosplay coverage from various sites that covered the event. Nipponbashi is a shopping district in Osaka, Japan. It is also known as “Den-Den Town” as it is home to “Otaku” interests and it is often compared as the Akihabara of Osaka. The event had a street parade that consisted of cosplayers walking down the street. The Event Attracted over 220,000 people and was featured on the news.
  • 193. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Source: OHP , 1 , 2 Mahoutsukai no Yoru : Master up! Source: By shia on March 23rd, 2012 2012/3/21 INFO Mahoutsukai no Yoru disk has been finalized! To the Japanese, “Master up” Means the DVD/CD has been finalized and it has been sent for printing and most likely the release date will be revealed soon. Source: OHP 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; 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. 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. Most who have played or watched the series will remember her as Tohno Shiki’s redhead sensei from his past and the 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
  • 194. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 with her teacher and friend Alice Kuonji. Other familiar faces such as Aoko’s sister, Aozaki Touko from Kara no Kyoukai, also makes an appearance in her student days. The demo is really amazing, even though playing time is about 1 to 2 hours at most. It isn’t that long and doesn’t really reveal the plot except for the fact that there’s something strange afoot with the secluded house atop the mountain that’s Konjuo’s state. It’s clear that the original two inhabitants are Alice and Aoko and it’s going to be a journey to find out how a no-good, almost villager-looking Soujuurou ends up rooming with them. Aoko does complain about him not knowing much and almost wasting her whole day in touring the school. Alice on the other hand might be a student from the same school; however, there’s no official proof as the uniform in not identical, though it can be explained away with the difference of a decade. The timeline is messed up here, much like the Kara no Kyoukai OVAs. It probably won’t have the 5 chapters back- to-back, but you never know till the full version comes out, since this is Nasu’s writing we’re talking about. You can really see Aoko in a different light, with her many expressions being shown in this demo, from her serious face 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#095 Perfume goes global, hosts MTV Video Music Awards Japan Source: video-music-awards-japan/ By sentinel011 on March 23rd, 2012 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. MTV Video Music Awards is an international award show held yearly where voters and/or fans can vote for their favorite artist’s music videos. 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.
  • 195. March 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 They’ll be starting slowly with Perfume, first promoting the girls in Asia, before heading out on a “small showcase tour” in other territories. Perfume will also be releasing their latest single, ‘Spring of Life’, on April 11 under their new label. CDJapan’s pre-orders of Perfume’s First Press limited edition of the single were sold out merely 2 days after its release. In addition to updating their official website, Perfume has launched an official global website aimed at overseas fans. The global site features an interactive page where you can pan 3D dancers made out of Triangles, presumably using Perfume as a template. The site also features tweets using the Twitter hashtag #Perfume_um. The official Perfume facebook page has also been released. The group has launched an official YouTube channel. The Kirin website also has video clips of the new Hyoketsu commercial and some making-of footage. Source: natalie, natalie, tokyohive, 6theory Evangelion Store Tokyo-01 Hosts Evangelion Racing Week Source: evangelion-racing-week/ By magnetic_rose on March 23rd, 2012 The Evangelion Store Tokyo-01 in Harajuku will be holding a special “Evangelion Racing Week” from 16th to 31st March 2012. The highlights of the event include special appearances by the Eva Race Queens and the Evangelion Super GT bikes. Special re-issues of limited edition track-only merchandise will also be made available for purchase at the Eva Tokyo-01 store during the campaign period. Source: Tokyo Walker Madoka Magica Film Slated for Fall 2012 Source: fall-2012/ By magnetic_rose on March 23rd, 2012 The Chūnichi Shimbun has published a special feature with Puella Magi Madoka Magica director Akiyuki Shinbo. The feature includes information that the Madoka Magica movie is slated for release in fall of 2012. Source: ANN.
  • 196. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Super Bride Wars pits “mai waifu” against yours Source: against-yours/ By KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 Sorayume’s Super Bride Wars (Cho-Yome Taisen) is a card battle RPG that features characters – especially those you’d want to call “mai waifu” – from various game, manga, and anime series. Players collect character cards to use as avatars, and power them up with item cards before sending them out on quests and combat. As characters level up, the costumes they wear and other personal artifacts will change. Delve deeper into the game, and you may gain access to ways of play that take advantage of the “cross-copyright” nature of Super Bride War’s content. 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 Kawaii Wake ga nai (added in February), and Omamori Himari (March). A new series is added to the game every now and then, but the cards contained in each series are offered for a limited time only.
  • 197. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Originally beginning life as an exclusive on 10game (pronounced “Jugem”), a social game portal for feature phones, Super Bride Wars has since been ported over to mixi, Mobage, GREE, and – earlier this month – Hangame. Interestingly, you can actually play the Hangame version on the PC via emulation in addition to on feature phones and smartphones – just as long as you have a Hangame account. On the other platforms, Super Bride Wars only work on handsets (in fact, only on feature phones for mixi and Mobage). Super Bride Wars is free-to-play (with paid premium content) and available on Hangame via the following URLs: ◇Feature phone version guid=on&appId=O_ECU ◇PC emulated version appId=O_ECU ◇Smartphone version Check out 4Gamer’s story here for direct URLs to the game on the other Japanese social game portals. Sources: 1, 2, 3, OHP Idolmaster 2 March DLC and Gravure 4 You trailers Source: gravure-4-you-trailers/ By KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 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’s story for a look at all the drool-worthy wardrobe loveliness. Imas G4U! (PS3) Play Video VOL.9 Then there’s volume 9 of the Idolmaster photography mini- game spin-off series Gravure 4 You. This new volume has a Yukata/sailor swimsuit theme, and puts the spotlight on cover girl Chihaya Kisaragi, as well as Ryo Akizuki from Idolmaster: Dearly Stars (Nintendo DS). For those of you unfamiliar with Idolmaster: Dearly Stars, Ryo Akizuki is Ritsuko Akizuki’s cousin… and is actually a guy. Growing up, the ever-so-effeminate Ryo had often been mistaken for a girl. So he aspired to join show- business, believing that by becoming an idol he would one day develop boyish charms and become suave like Makoto (who, ironically, is a gal). His wish was eventually granted when he joined talent agency 876 Productions, where Ryo was supposed to debut as a male idol. Unfortunately, when he went to understudy 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. 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.
  • 198. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Anime & G4U! Pack VOL.9 goes on sale in Japan on June 28, for the price of 9,980 yen. Some screenshots from Gravure 4 You! VOL.9 (for more, go to 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
  • 199. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Sega has announced the release date for K-On ! After School Live!! HD Ver for the PS3. The game is a port and visual upgrade of the K-On Psp game that released in 2010. The Special that comes with the game includes a set of 6 IC cards and stickers. Game Data ================ Title : ◇◇◇◇◇◇ ◇◇◇◇◇◇!! HD Ver.◇(K-On ! After School Live!! HD Ver.) Maker : Sega Platform : PS3 Genre : Music Release date : 21st June 2012 Recommended sales price : 5229 yen SingTel to offer 3G and Wi-Fi version of PSVITA with plans Source: of-psvita-with-plans/ By shia on March 30th, 2012 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 BroadBand 7.2 Plan Mobile BroadBand 7.2 Plan MultiSim Price of PSVITA SGD$99 SGD$288 SGD$419 Monthly subscription SGD$40/mth SGD$17.90/ mth SGD$10.70/ mth Bundled local data usage 50GB 1GB N/A 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 , OHP Phantasy Star Online 2 Closed Beta to release in April 2012 Source: to-release-in-april-2012/ By shia on March 30th, 2012 Sega has announced a sequel to one of their bigger properties, “Phantasy Star Online 2″
  • 200. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The game will be available on the PC, VITA and iOS/ Android. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be free to play with microtransactions. The smartphone version will be different from the PC and Vita version, while the PC and Vita versions have some form of multi platform play. Only the data is shared with the smartphone version. The release dates are as follows PC : Summer 2012 Phone : Winter 2012 Vita : Spring 2013 The beta test will start this April and Sega is accepting close beta users from the 26th of March 2012 1600HRS JST. Source : Andriasang , Jin115 Sea☆A to sing for anime Arashi no Yoru ni Source: arashi-no-yoru-ni/ By Sakamoto on March 30th, 2012 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. 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 – the very last one – from anime series Source: insert-song-the-very-last-one-from-anime-series/
  • 201. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By KarbyP on March 30th, 2012 According to a leaked magazine scan, the insert song from episode 25 of the Idolmaster anime series, “Watashitachi wa Zutto… Desho?”, is making its way to Idolmaster 2 (PS3) as DLC next week. This song is also known as “Itsumademo, Dokomademo”, which was a temporary working title for the song accidentally left unchanged in the anime series, due to miscommunication on Columbia Japan’s part. The title for the song was corrected when it was released as a track on The Idolm@ster Anim@tion Master 07 CD. Apart from the song itself, the costume featured in episode 25 – Forever Star – will also be available as DLC, as well as a number of other additional costume parts – we’ll find out more when Bandai Namco Games releases the official Idolmaster 2 March DLC trailer, which should be hitting the Internets sometime between now and next week. Do check back next week for the trailer. Also coming next week: expect some sort of Idolmaster- related announcement from Anime Contents Expo 2012. Like we mentioned in the headline, Watashitachi wa Zutto… Desho?/Itsumademo, Dokomademo is the very last insert song from the Idolmaster anime series. And the DLC comes out one day before Anime Contents Expo 2012… coincidence much? The DLC will hit the PS3 version of Idolmaster on March 30. It is unknown if Xbox 360 users will be able to purchase the content for use in Idolmaster 2 on Microsoft’s platform (certain DLC items are PS3-exclusive). “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, 2012 Arc System Works today announced Xblaze (working title), a new game and the first title in what the BlazBlue, Guilty Gear and Persona 4: Arena developer is calling the “Adventure Project” series. This means that Xblaze is most likely a visual novel, like the majority of ADV-genre games in Japan – Steins;Gate is part of 5pb’s “Science Adventure series”, for instance. No platform has been named, but Xblaze is currently scheduled for a 2012 Winter release in Japan. A brief teaser trailer was shown at BlueRevo, an official BlazBlue: Continuum Shift II tournament where the best players from all over Japan (and overseas; at least one team was from the US) competed in teams of 3. The full tournament and announcement was streamed live over Nico Douga as a pay-per-view feed earlier today. 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):
  • 202. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 The teaser says that Xblaze is yet another story about the “Azure” (the crux of BlazBlue’s story revolves around a weapon known as the Azure Grimoire). However, according to 4Gamer, Xblaze may or may not be directly related to the BlazBlue games as we know it – BlazBlue producer Michi Moritoshi was rather coy when he went on stage to unveil the game. Moritoshi also mentioned that a second title in the Adventure Project series is also in the works. As for actual BlazBlue news, he hopes to be able to announce something at another major event soon. Source: 1, 2, 3, 4 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. Will players be affected too? Qisahn is now asking its customers and blog viewers to use their price to muscle a better deal and suggesting it is going to import the title from distributors elsewhere. Qisahn has already made a name for itself in Singapore and Malaysia, 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.
  • 203. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Source: NGNT Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Debut CD release in April Source: release-in-april/ By shia on March 30th, 2012 BandaiNamco will be releasing their first batch of singles for the game Idolmaster Cinderella Girls. Idolmaster Cinderella Girls is a spin off social mobile game from the original Idolmaster series of games. Idolmaster is a series of games that put the player in the position of a producer of a group of new idols and turning them into superstars. There will be 5 singles debuting in this batch. 1. Shibuya Rin(CV. Fukuhara Ayaka) Song: Never Say Never 2. Futaba Anzu(CV. Igarashi Hiromi) Song: Anzu no Uta 3. Mimura Kanako(CV. Ootsubo Yuka) Song: Shokora Tiara 4. Takagaki Kaede(CV. Saori Hayami) Song: Koikaze 5. Jougosaki Riko(CV. Yamamoto Nozomi) Song: Doki Doki Rhythm
  • 204. March 30th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 All 5 CDs will be out on the 18th of April 2012 and will be priced at 700 Yen each. QR code for the link to Idolmaster Cinderella Girls: Source: Idolmaster Cinderella Girls Game OHP, Idolmaster OHP, Official Blog, ColombiaMusic Japan
  • 205. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Bushiroad to sell Milky Holmes Curry Source: curry/ By shia on May 7th, 2012 Bushiroad has announced the sale of “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) While it is quite normal for companies to sell character goods along with food products like instant curries, what differentiates it from others is that it only comes in cartons of 20 packs(loose packs not announced). Each of the pack will have its own bromide and there will be 6 designs to collect(Samples below). Notes from the manufacturer state that as the bromides are sealed in the packs they will be random. It is possible that even if you buy a carton you might not get the full set. “Detective Opera Milky Holmes ‘Curry for useless living’” will be on sale June 2012 at the manufacturer recommended sales price of 16,800 Yen per carton. AmiAmi and rakuten are currently taking pre-orders at 14240 Yen. 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) Maker : 探探探探探探探探 Sale date : June 2012 Price : 16800 Yen Copyright : (C) bushiroad / Project MILKY HOLMES (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 Society X ufotable collaboration : Fate/Zero blood donation drive Source: ufotable-collaboration-fatezero-blood-donation-drive/ By shia on May 7th, 2012 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, ufotable collaborated with the Japanese Red Cross Society to try to get people to donate blood. It turned out to be very successful venture.
  • 206. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By 1300hrs they had to stop accepting donations as the response was too good. In exchange for their donations of blood, the participants got an exchange receipt for a limited edition Fate/Zero Blood donation drive poster which they could redeem from the 5th of May until the end of July. On the 4th of May, the blood donation drive started again at 1300hrs, over 100 participants were lined up and by 1320hrs, due to the overwhelming response , they had to 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 Smile Company 11th anniversary CM 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,
  • 207. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 manufacture and marketing of Japanese character figures from anime and manga series, as well as originals such as Hatsune Miku, Madoka Magica, K-On!! and many others. Source : Mikatan English Blog, oreteki Max Payne 3 Multiplayer preview Source: By sentinel011 on May 7th, 2012 We have tried the single player a couple of weeks ago, so how did the multiplayer fare? We find out today. Fans of the first two Max Payne games which like heavy dialogue, story and the Noir-ish landscapes will not like the multiplayer aspect of Max Payne 3. But that isn’t to say that the multiplayer isn’t fun – in fact, it’s way too fun. The original fans might just be influenced at how fun this multiplayer concept might be once they get their hands on it. First up, let us touch on the basics of the game. The multiplayer can accommodate 16 players at any time. If you have a console like XBOX360 or the PS3, you won’t be able to play split screen. We will touch more on that further on. Defeating players by gunning them down or complete objectives lets you earn XP. You can earn XP via small in- game objectives too, such as looting corpses. Looting gives you certain items that will allow you to recover health, extra ammo or a couple of grenades. XP gained allows you to level up, gaining in-game cash to purchase weapons and weapon upgrades, items such as grenades or painkillers to regain health, as well as special abilities known as Bursts. There are up to 3 target levels to gain. Like I mentioned in my previous article, Bullet Time can be used in multiplayer. The only condition is that it doesn’t apply automatically to anyone or right from the get-go in the beginning of the session. This is what sets the multiplayer apart from many other third-person multiplayer shooters on the market currently. With it, you can dodge a heated gunfire much more easily, kill your opposing team members more efficiently. The only issue is planning out your teamwork with your party members. 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 Burst abilities. You can choose your favourite Burst ability at the multiplayer lobby, which also enables you to purchase or pick your favourite weapon(s) before each session. There are tons of Burst abilities to choose and unlock in the multiplayer. Of course, the same can be said for weapons as well as other special add-ons that increase your XP gain by two, or absorb more damage, amongst many others. The following videos describe on the three different game modes of Max Payne 3, namely Team Deathmatch, Payne Killer and Gang Wars. There are other subtle interfaces and systems that Max Payne 3′s multiplayer mode has included, such as Fireworks, which act like signal flares that help weed out ‘campers’ or let other team members know of your location if you are far 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 content
  • 208. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Also, the more weapons your character carries, the slower your character moves. Very similar to Mass Effect 3′s system, but this still this takes the cake. Here are some of the available weapons and items you can equip: WEAPONS • .38 • Pt92 • M 01 • 1911 • M972 • DE.50 • MPK • M500 • Mini-30 • SAF .40 • M4 super 90 • Ak47 • FAL • RPD • SUPER SPORT • M82A1 • LMG.30 • Grenade launcher • Flash grenade • Frag grenade • Tin can • Smoke grenade • Tear gas ITEMS • Ammo Pouch • ARMOUR – STANDARD • SPECIAL STEALTH BOOTS • HELMET • WALKIE TALKIE • HYPO • URBAN CAMP • BOUNTY ORDERS • GAS MASK • BALACLAVA • LOCKBOX • MILITARY GOGGLES • FIELD BANDAGES • Adrenaline auto injector • ID CARD • MANUFACTURER GUARANTEE • WALKIE TALKIE More powerful weapons in your inventory requires more weight, which in turn will make your character slower in speed and health regeneration. There are 5 item slots for your characters head, chest and three pieces of “gear”. Each of these items will give you abilities like spotting your enemy’s location for a couple of seconds, to increased armour and replenishing your spent adrenaline bar. We feel that the game is fairly easy to pick up and play once you get your basic manoeuvring techniques right. But at higher levels, the right weaponry, item and play style will surely rise your levels quicker than ever. If you are looking for the Noire-style environment from Max Payne 1 and 2 in the multiplayer, look elsewhere. However, if you want to associate Max Payne’s Bullet Time sequences 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 almost feels as though you are playing 2 different games. We sure hope the final retail version can be as good, if not better than this preview build of the game. Look out for our review on Max Payne 3 soon! Persona 4 The Golden heads to North America Source: north-america/
  • 209. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By Kyoka on May 7th, 2012 Yes Persona fans have probably assumed it and Atlus has now confirmed it, Persona 4 The Golden will indeed be making its western PS Vita debut. Scheduled for a fall 2012 release in North America, Persona 4 The Golden is a polished port of the Playstation 2 hit rpg Persona 4 game which will include new animation, more Persona, a new character named Marie, new voice acting as well as wireless support and more. Players can soon travel by motorbikes to reach various areas in P4 The Golden Atlus has put up an Official English Site for the game, for now its a bit low on content, or you can head over to their Official Japanese Site for more details. Persona 4 The Golden’s Producer reveals some gameplay details. Source: Kotaku New Trailer for AKB0048 Anime Released Source: released/ By magnetic_rose on May 7th, 2012 A new trailer for the AKB0048 anime still currently in production has been released. The anime is being developed and produced by Kawamori Shouji and Satelight of Macross Frontier fame. The series is about a group of idols who were branded as terrorists by a post-apocalyptic government who banned “entertainment which corrupts people’s minds”. The girls then take arms to protect themselves and their fans. It is currently airing on Japan TV Station Kanagawa (tvk) on Sunday evenings at 11pm, GMT+9. Source: Crunchyroll 2012 Gunpla Builders World Cup Slated Source: slated/ By magnetic_rose on May 7th, 2012 The finals of the 2012 Gunpla Builders World Cup will take place in December at the Gundam Front Tokyo mini-theme 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 for Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines are yet to be released. Source: ManTanWeb Nyaruko to get Nendroid and Figma figures Source: figures/ By shia on May 7th, 2012 According to Good Smile Company’s Twitter, Haiyore! Nyaruko-san will be getting Nendroid and Figma figurines.
  • 210. May 7th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Haiyore! Nyaruko-san revolves around Mahiro, who was saved from being kidnapped by aliens by Nyarlathotep(Nyaruko) and she lives in with Mahiro on the pretext of protecting him from further harm. As the story progresses, more and more “evil gods” from the Cthulhu mythology join in and turns Mahiro’s life upside down. No pricing or release date details were provided for the figurines. Source : ANN , GSC Twitter Rurouni Kenshin PSP game announced along with smartphone application Source: announced-along-with-smartphone-application/ By shia on May 7th, 2012 Jump Square Magazine(June Edition) has announced a new Rurouni Kenshin PSP game in one of their special feature articles along with a official Rurouni Kenshin smartphone application. While no additional information has been given about the new psp game judging by the copyrights on the game, it would be produced by Namco Bandai and might be a fighting game. 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. Source : 探探探探 mynavi, OHP, Square Enix Teaser for New Game on iOS and Android Source: on-ios-and-android/ By bj0rN 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 Enix
  • 211. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Spec Ops: The Line demo now on Xbox Live Marketplace and soon on Playstation Network Source: xbox-live-marketplace-and-soon-on-playstation-network/ By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012 Spec Ops: The Line Playable Demo is out now for Xbox LIVE Gold members. Of course, it is only redeemable via XBOX360. Xbox LIVE Silver members will be able to redeem it on 15 May, while gamers on the PlayStation Network will be able to do the same on 17 May for the PS3. Spec Ops: The Line is set in Dubai, and you play as Captain Martin Walker, who searches for Colonel John Konrad and his missing battalion, The Damned 33rd. The demo allows you to play through the game’s earlier two chapters of the full game. Multiplayer will be an essential part of the gaming experience Spec Ops: The Line has for players,and apart from its squad based system, you are able to use the environment to your advantage such as using sand to bury your enemies. The full game will be out on stores on 29 June for both consoles and the PC. Pre-order the game now to get a free upgrade to the ‘Fubar Pack’, which enables you to unlock special skins for your characters, stats advantage at Rank 1 in multiplayer, and many other upgrades. More details here. The standard retail price for the game are as follows: • Windows PC $59.90 • PlayStation®3 $79.90 • Xbox 360® $69.90 Game Review Digest – Conception, Cherry Tree High School Comedy Club and Xenoblade Chronicles Source: cherry-tree-high-school-comedy-club-and-xenoblade-chronicles/ By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012 Sometimes, highly anticipated games fall flat, whereas the 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. You were summoned into Granbania by the King, Shangrila , who was trying to summon the “Maribito”(Messiah) , that would save the world from the corrupting influences of the “Kegare” monsters that spawn from the negative energies of the world. You realise the only way to get back to your original worlds to reopen the rift that summoned you and the only way is for you to save Grandvernier and halt the “Kegare”, thus you agreed to help. The game is mainly a dungeon crawler with love simulation elements in it. The player will run down the dungeon to progress with the story, get Kizuna Points to “Concieve” Children with the mikos, these children will become your party members. In between running down the dungeons the player will meet the mikos to further their relationships. Deeper bonds will lead to children with better abilities.
  • 212. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 All in all, it is an average RPG with run of the mill storyline(Save the world so that you can go home). Decent battle system, great voice acting. YAY: Solid voice acting | Interesting concept | Funny dialogue NAY: Story is too short | Lack of variety in skills Full review here. – Cherry Tree High School Comedy Club Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (developed by Doujin Circle 773 and will be downloadable on Steam soon) follows high school student Miley Verisse, a comedy fanatic, on her journey to revive her school’s comedy club. Once known to produce a famous comedy duo, the Cherry Tree High Comedy Club (CTHCC) dissolved after the duo left. The indie game makes use of the basic yes/no along with keyboard directional controls which on first impression, gives you the feeling that it would do much better off on a mobile phone or tablet. The lack of a mouse input can also be frustrating in places where you would think of actually clicking instead of holding down the arrow keys waiting for 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. A relaxing game with good dialogue, some interesting 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. – Xenoblade Chronicles Xenoblade Chronicles (XB) doesn’t suggest greatness at first. Being on the Wii, its opening areas are graphically decent, but uninspired. Oh hey, robots. Oh hey, strong,
  • 213. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 swarthy Japanese RPG trope characters. This doesn’t look good. Thankfully, it gets past that quickly. We’re introduced to Shulk, the classic orphaned boy, who can somehow wield The Blade of True Power™ called the Monado, one of the only ways to truly put down the evil Mechron robots invading their Titan. Titan? XB decided that it would be a fantastic idea to set their world on the backs of (and inside of) two gigantic Titans that have frozen themselves in time. While exploring, XB shows off one of the first innovations it has happily stolen – no random battles. Enemies are clearly telegraphed on the overworld as Shulk runs around, and players can choose to engage them or avoid them as best they can. Some enemies are even simply there for décor – neutral, shy, they might even seek to avoid combat or simply ignore you completely. Get into battle, and you’re introduced to some melding of Final Fantasy XIII’s action gauges and the Tale’s series of real-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 fulfill specific conditions. One, for instance, lets Shulk deal more damage if he backstabs an opponent, while another from Reyn might flip an armored opponent on its back. All these quality-of-life touches breath a sort of joyous sense into Xenoblade Chronicles. You don’t want to stop wandering around the world because of all the nooks and crannies. You don’t want to stop fighting because the battle system is actually bloody good. You don’t want to stop questing because it’s so easy and unlocks so much more things. You don’t want to stop tinkering with your gear because there’s a wealth of options to tailor Shulk and his pals out just the way you want them. In short, if you own a Wii, and you’re reading this on SGCafe home of all things Japanese-related, why are you even still here? Go. Go now. Buy this game. YAY: Gives the Wii a run for its money | Amazing English translation | Voice-overs aren’t terrible | Fantastic battle system | Great, in-depth systems without overcomplicated controls | Open-world concept is really, an actual open- world NAY: Some graphics still have obvious fuzz and clipping | It’s pretty easy to get lost in the overworld | JRPG character tropes still exist 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. Slated to premiere this July, TV anime Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate is an anime based on game maker sprite’s hit visual novel of the same name. 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 (Haruka Amami – THE IDOLM@STER) • Mifuyu Kiba played by Kaori Mizuhashi (Mami Tomoe – Puella Magi Madoka Magica) • Michiru Morishita played by Asami Imai (Kurisu Makise – Steins;Gate) • Isara Aomi played by Mai Kadowaki (Illyasviel von Einzbern – Fate/stay night) • Satsuki Shinonome played by Yuu Asakawa (Rider – Fate/stay night) As some people would have pointed out that the anime casts’ names are different from the game’s voice cast, they are
  • 214. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 all essentially the same people with different voice actress names. Elements Garden is again charged with the music direction of the TV anime. Also tasked with the following positions are the 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 July 2012. Source: Jamguru New Vocaloid Character Mayu Introduced Source: introduced/ By Mello on May 10th, 2012 Music label, EXIT TUNES (previously released Vocaloid related CDs and albums in the past for Crypton Future Media and INTERNET Co.,Ltd Vocaloids. ) recently announced their own Vocaloid character, MAYU, at it’s 10th anniversary EXIT TUNES ACADEMY event in Saitama. Mayu is an upcoming Vocaloid3 character. A teaser website has been released for the new vocaloid character which currently offers wallpaper downloads for computers and smartphones as well as icons. The website also has usage guidelines and a link to Mayu’s official Twitter account. Mouseover Mayu’s face and she shows you her “yandere” expression. Behind the original design and illustration of Mayu is Hidari, who has worked with EXIT TUNES on album covers, as well as providing original character visual concepts for Fractale. (a sci-fi shonen anime television series) Mayu showing her “yandere” face. DJ UTO, head of EXIT TUNES, and Hidari introduced Mayu as a yandere junior high school girl, seperating her from the other Vocaloid characters who are portrayed as kind and gentle. Fans online have noted about her appearance, that she has a hat with a speaker attached and earrings styled like Bluetooth headsets, as well as the buttons on her dress resembling amplifier buttons and knobs. There 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, plastic protectors, cases, games, cosplay, cosplayer photographs, coasters, stickers, handphone straps, towels, tumblers, leaflets, T-shirts, doujinshi, stuffed toys, computers, music sheets, figures, hats, posters, computer mice, mouse pads, mugs, robots, CDs, DVDs, augmented reality, virtual reality, and MikuMikuDance models. The promotional music video for Mayu’s first song “Kami Uta” (feat. 164, composed by DJ UTO), which Hidari had a hand in, was screened at the EXIT TUNES ACADEMY event. The song will be released on an upcoming Mayumi Morinaga CD. According to fans who have attended the event, Exit Tunes is planning something for summer Comiket. The announcement video played during the even was also known to be uploaded along with an announcement tweet by Exit Tunes and then deleted. In it consists of a portion of MAYU singing 164′s Ama no Jaku (originally a GUMI song). 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
  • 215. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The Idolm@ster pachinko game announced Source: announced/ By shia on May 10th, 2012 Bandai Namco in collaboration with Sammy has announced “The Idolm@ster Live in Slot” While not much details have been revealed there will be a press conference on NicoNicoDouga on the 13th of May(Sunday). The Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever since its proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011. New games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 and the PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record. Source : OHP Japan to stop “Completion Gachapon” Source: By shia on May 10th, 2012 Japan’s Consumer Affairs Agency(CAA), has announced that they have requested that social game companies to stop with “Completion Gachapon” and will be issuing a official statement soon. Companies that do not comply would be sent court orders. What is “Completion Gachapon”? “Gachapon” in this context is the usage of micro- transactions to get a chance at a random item from a predetermined group of items. “Completion Gatchapon ” would be, “To get rare item, you must have obtained two or more items from a ‘Gachapon’ to exchange for said rare item” Why is “Completion Gachapon” being banned? According to FNN, social games is going through a boom phase now, with an estimated of 350 billion yen in networth up 70 time from 4 years ago. Although 1 “Gatcha” chance might cost a few hundred yen , it would take tens of thousands of yen to get the rare items through “Completion Gachapon” which some people have done it without realizing the gravity of situation. Thus the request to stop “Completion Gachapon” was sent out. Response from social game companies Gree : We accept the recommendations from the CAA, for the sake of our customers we would like an environment where the consumers can feel safe with our service. We strive for a better environment and are open to suggestions. (From : 4Gamer) Even if “Completion Gachapon” was completely banned , we are confident it would not hurt our foundations in this industry(From : Japan CNet) What else could it affect? While the current action by CAA is limited only to social games, there is some chatter on 2ch that compares this method of doing business to be very similar to trading card games. Where players have to buy packs and open them for a chance of a rare card that they want. While the CAA is not targeting anything else, it could mark the beginning of a slippery slope down legislation in this area. Source: FNN , Yomiuri, 4Gamer, Japan CNet Nakagawa Shouko Asia Tour – Singapore tickets on sale now Source: tour-singapore-tickets-now-available-on-sistic/ By sentinel011 on May 10th, 2012 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. Below shows the seating plan for the concert
  • 216. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 There is also a facebook event page for the concert, which is convenient to check out if your friends are going. Japanese fans of Nakagawa Shouko also have a package tour catered for them, travelling together their idol. Puffin Entertainment is no stranger to the J-Pop industry around Asia, having produced several concerts for artistes like Scandal, LOVE PSYCHEDELICO, Luna Sea, L`arc~en~Ciel, Lisa Ono and the list goes on. Since 1999, they have produced numerous J-Pop and Anison concerts in Hong Kong. The venue, Kallang Theater, used to be Singapore’s largest cinema in the 1980s. It has since turned into a 1700-seat auditorium. Source: ani-culture | Kallang Theater | Puffin Entertainment | Shouko Asia Tour 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. Jun Maeda, composer and writer responsible for famous tunes such as Tori no Uta (AIR OP Theme, 2004), Toki wo Kizamu Uta (CLANNAD After Story OP Theme, 2008 ), Doll (Gunslinger Girls S2 ED Theme, 2008) and My Soul, Your Beats! (Angel Beats! OP theme, 2010). He is mainly in charge of overall production, composing and lyrics for the entire album. Also known for his writing, he has been responsible for the storyline and script for most main Key visual novel games.
  • 217. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Famous singer Nagi Yanagi has been working with Supercell before this current collaboration, providing the vocals for Supercell’s debut hit single Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari (Bakemonogatari OP). She also provided more vocals for Supercell in his singles Sayonara Memories and Utakata Hanabi (Naruto: Shippuden 14th ED Theme, 2011) / Hoshi ga Matataku Konna Yoru ni (TYPE-MOON’s Mahoutsukai no Yoru, 2011). Also lending their talents for the project are famous illustrators Goto-P and ZEN. Providing the cover images for both the normal and limited edition, Goto-P sets the feel of the album with grace. ZEN is responsible for the image cover of Killer Song. Both artists, along with mangaka Yuriko Asami (Angel Beats! – Heaven’s Door mangaka), light novel illustrator Nanakusa (Shinigami no Ballad), light novel illustrator Hamayumiba Sou, mangaka Juri Misaki (CLANNAD Official Comic), illustrator Na-Ga (Angel Beats!) and Pixiv illustrator yae provide the artwork that accompany every song in the album . For preview images, please visit Flaming June’s official website listed at the end of the page. Owari no Hoshi no LoveSong contains 14 tracks, listed below. 1. Owari no Sekai Kara – 終終終終終終終終 2. Futari dake no Ark – 終終終終終終Ark 3. Killer Song 4. Flower Garden 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 Song 3. Muteki no Soldier – 終終終Soldier 4. Last Smile 5. Hifuki Yama no Mahoutsukai – 終終終終終終終終終 A sample of all songs are available on Flaming June’s Youtube channel. 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 Edition Hatsune Miku PS Vita this coming Summer. This Limited Edition PS Vita was produced in collaboration with SEGA and its next Project Diva game release titled tentatively as “NEXT HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA”, which will go on sale from 30 August 2012. Both the set and the game will be released on that day. In addition the special design on its back touch screen panel, a special front panel Miku-designed protective film, a 4GB memory stick and a set of specially designed AR cards will be included in the Limited Edition Hatsune Miku PS Vita set.
  • 218. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 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 fitting Crystal White IEM earbuds on sale for 2800 yen, also tax inclusive. The “Limited Edition Hatsune Miku PS Vita” will be in stores on August 30. Of course, it is limited within Japan, and retails for 39,980 yen for the 3G/WIFI version. The WIFI only version retails for 34,980 yen. All prices are tax inclusive. Source: News Dengeki All Main Cast of K-On! Now Performing in Hyouka Source: performing-in-hyouka/ By Mycstea on May 10th, 2012 Ayana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki are now cast in hit Japanese TV anime Hyouka. Updated last Friday on it’s official website, Ayana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki are now cast in hit Japanese TV anime Hyouka. 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. 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. The rest of the K-On! cast are however acting as side or minor characters. Aki Toyosaki and Youko Hikasa, who played Yui Hirasawa and Mio Akiyama respectively now play Rie Zenna and the Quiz Study Group Chairperson.
  • 219. May 10th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Ayana Taketatsu and Minako Kotobuki, who also played as Azusa Nakano and Tsumugi Kotobuki respectively now play manga club members Kimura and Henmi. Hyouka is now on air every Sunday at 2430 on Chiba Television. Limited Edition Blu-Ray and DVD of all 11 episodes are scheduled to be released on June 29th 2012. Source: Ota-suke
  • 220. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture AnoHana Menma Figure by ALTER Source: By Mycstea on May 15th, 2012 High quality figure making company ALTER opens pre- orders for their new figurine 「Menma「 from hit TV anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha Mada Shiranai on May 16th 2012 (Tomorrow). Widely considered to be one of the best figurine producing companies ALTER has a great history of sculpting and producing some of the greatest figures in the past decade. Previewed of it’s sculpt several months ago in Wonderfestival 2012, ALTER has displayed 「Menma「 as a figurine to look out for. TV anime Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi ha Mada Shiranai is an original story animated by A1-Pictures and distributed by Aniplex. The plot revolves around six friends, drifted apart following a tragedy. Years pass and the sudden return of their deceased friend’s spirit marks the beginning of a string of emotional events and a touching finale that has sent tears streaming down the cheeks of even the manliest of men. Fully coloured for release preview, 「Menma「 is a spectacular 1/8 scale figure with details fans would recognize and admire. Depicted with her usual naive and romantic expression, Menma is wonderfully depicted sitting on the upper ledge of the group’s Secret Base.
  • 221. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The vaguely semi-translucent material used to make Menma’s clothings wonderfully depicts the light weight and fluffiness of her clothing. One of the things I found really appropriate was the inclusion of Menma’s diary, one of the artifacts that stir the heartstrings of viewers. Also sculpted in are the random rubbish and ornaments left behind by Poppo during his stay in the Secret Base, such as an umbrella and a tribal looking sling bag. The zinc plates that make up the walls of the Secret Base was skillfully and wonderfully painted, with effects to simulate rust and aging.
  • 222. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Some last touches I really appreciate is the inclusion of the flower logo from the logo as well as the Super Peace Busters carving that is on the wooden plank, a homage to the original Secret Base as seen in the image below. 「Menma「 is available from tomorrow for preorder. Source: ALTER Kaihatsubu Oshigoto Blog Diabloical laughter fills your mind… Diablo 3 servers overloaded and crashing Source: diablo-3-servers-overloaded-and-crashing/ By Neubronner Eugene on May 15th, 2012 For those lucky members who’ve got their Diablo 3 all primed and ready. For those who took off from work/school/ life to hook themselves up ready for the “Big One”. Sorry, error 9001. Reports are streaming in from all over the Internet that few – if any – are able to log into Blizzard’s hotly anticipated game Diablo 3 as it launches worldwide due to server crashes and general error overflows. If you’re one of those stuck waiting, Blizzard has this to say on their Facebook page: 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 or create characters, please wait and try again. We’ve temporarily taken our websites offline and launched more servers to accomodate for the 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 While everyone is going nuts waiting for the launch of Diablo 3 in a few hours, here’s a little something RPG purists will take note of. Japanese RPG fans will surely have heard of the Disgaea franchise, and this latest iteration doesn’t fall short. People 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
  • 223. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 something for you to spend time on. The soundtrack is rather decent since it plays along with the quirky comedic storyline and you can have Japanese dubs along with English subs. There are also countless ways of how you can go about by completing the stages, so if you’re looking for a game that you can spend a lot of time with, this is the thing for you. Read the full review here! K-On! Voice Actress Yoko Hikasa Expresses Interest in Mahjong, TV anime Saki Source: expresses-interest-in-mahjong-tv-anime-saki/ By Mycstea on May 15th, 2012 In a rare confession of interest, voice actress Yoko Hikasa expresses her interest for the popular working class hobby, Mahjong. Known for her role as bassist Mio Akiyama in hit TV anime K-On!, Yoko Hikasa is a prominent voice actress recognized for her girl-next-door voice but yet powerful vocals. However, little is known about her secret admiration for the game Mahjong. In a rather interesting chain of articles released recently, Hisako not only expresses intense interest in the game, but also hinting her desire for a role in the TV anime 「- Saki. In the short columns featuring her thoughts, 「「「「「「 「「「「「「「「「「 (「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「「 in furigana), Hikasa pleasantly talks about the game as an interesting, yet unpredictable game. In the first article, Hikasa begins with a self introduction to writing her first column articles. She continues by commenting on gaming, and specifically moves on to the TV anime 「 – Saki -, marveling at the character designs and how cute the show is (at this point, probably hinting on her desire to voice for a role in the anime). 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 console and her eventual desire to play against real players. 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. Last but not least, her last article shows her graduation from digital medium to playing against real Mahjong with players in Mahjong Centers and the conclusion of her short but eventful columns. It is indeed rather interesting to see Hikasa’s gradual descent 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
  • 224. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Following our post here on a new IdolM@ster IP, Sammy has revealed it to be a slot machine. The 2nd PV after the jump. One of its unique selling points would be the ability to save records and data and to load it using the user’s mobile phone and the ability to customize the contents in the game. The IdolM@ster Live In Slot! will be available in Japan Summer 2012. The Idolm@ster franchise has been stepping up ever since its proper anime adaptation was broadcast in Summer 2011. New games has since been made for the PS3, XBox360 and the PSP and have gathered a very decent sales record. Source : The Idolm@ster , Sammy, Original Article Giant God Warrior Figure and Figma announced Source: announced/ By shia on May 15th, 2012 According to GSC‘s Mikatan‘s blog, Giant God Warrior from Studio Ghibli’s latest film titled ‘Giant God Warrior Appears in Tokyo’ will be made into a figure and figma. The Figures will be on sale at the “Anno Hideaki’s Special Effects Museum – View Techniques of the Showa Period in Miniature” exhibition that was announced a few days ago here from the 10th of July 2012 to the 8th of October 2012. 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 blog Sony posts March PlayStation Vita Sales at 600,000 Units Source: sales-at-600000-units/
  • 225. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By shia on May 15th, 2012 Sony has revealed that worldwide PlayStation Vita sales to be at 1.8 million at the end of March 2012 according to Eurogamer . While the numbers were not included in their annual earnings report, Sony’s CEO Kaz Hirai announced, “In the past year, 1.8 million units were sold in US,Japan, Asia and Europe.” Sony had announced 1.2 million worldwide Vita sales at the end of Feb 2012. Taking the total sales since March and the Sales figures in February, March would be about 600,000 Units. Of that 600,000 figure, the Vita has only managed 52,492 sales in Japan in March according to Eurogamer. The PlayStation Vita launched in December in Japan, February in Europe , US and Singapore. Source : Eurogamer Event-exclusive Pikachu distributed at the Pika Pika Carnival Source: at-the-pika-pika-carnival/ By Mello 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. The event-exclusive Pikachu is distributed at level 100, will hold a Light Ball and know of the attacks Volt Tackle, 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. Each received Pikachu has a different temperament, so be sure to compare yours with your friends to see what you get. Apart from that, the event also boasts Japan exclusive Pokemon merchandize for sale carnival such as plushies, stationary, bags, bento boxes, and the exclusive Pokemon Battle Chess. Plushies sold at the event include Pikachu, 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:
  • 226. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By bj0rN on May 15th, 2012 Accel World have updated their website with preview images of the upcoming Nendoroid Kuroyukihime by Good Smile Company. Apparently Haruyuki also comes along with Kuroyukihime so that she has a nice little piggy companion to hug with. Preorder opens on 15th May 2012 and is expected to be released later in September. Accel World is staged in a world which in the year 2046, neuro-synchronization enables people to launch themselves into a virtual world. Kuroyukihime is a virtual avatar inside Accel World. Source: Accel World Nendroid Gakupo Out September, On Pre-order Now! Source: pre-order-now/ By magnetic_rose on May 15th, 2012 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.
  • 227. May 15th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Source: Tomopop
  • 228. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Pokemon Black & White 2 SP Anime Movie Source: movie/ By bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 The Pokemon Black & White 2 animated movie has been officially 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] N主主主主主 N – Kamiya Hiroshi » Izaya[Durarara!], Miyazi[Starry Sky] 主主主主主主主 Bianca – Taketatsu Ayana » Ayumi[The World Only God Knows], Azusa[K-On Movie] 主主主主主主主主主 Cheren – Kimura Ryouhei » Shoma[Penguin Drum], Yoshiya[The World Ends With You] 主主主主主主主主主 Rival – Minagawa Junko » Ryoma[Prince of Tennis], Joshua[Chrono Crusade] 主主主主主主主主主主 Elesa – Sawashiro Miyuki » Celty[Durarara!], Dead Master[Black Rock Shooter] 主主主主主主主主主主 Akuroma/Achrome[that professor guy] – 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 Pokemon Black & White 2. Gaming Giants Collaboration Production: Project X Zone Source: production-project-x-zone/ By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012 A joint collaboration between CAPCOM, SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO Games, Project X Zone is a strategy RPG game exclusive to the Nintendo 3DS. Creators of numerous titles and franchises, CAPCOM, SEGA and BANDAI NAMCO are perhaps one of the most famous Japanese game creators. A new game produced by Monolith Soft, 主Project X Zone主 attempts to bring the essence of all three companies and create the ultimate crossover strategy RPG game. According to an earlier report by Andriasang , 主Project X Zone主 (read as Project Cross Zone) is a collaboration initiated by BANDAI NAMCO Games with CAPCOM, of which SEGA followed later. Much information regarding certain aspects of the game are not yet revealed. However, a great deal of information regarding the participating cast and game system have been revealed so far. 主Project X Zone主 will feature a fully voiced cast, including in-battle and out of battle sequences. 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Advance Wars主, players first adapt an overview of the battleground with miniatures representing a party. Once a battle commences, the game will shift into a special battle screen. During this mode, players will be able to create special combos by utilizing the D-Pad and A-button. This gives the player the flexibility to create different combos and combinations, of which the game will reward the player heavily for. Currently revealed so far, the list of characters from the various game makers and games are listed below:
  • 229. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 • Resident Evil franchise: Chris Redfield & Jill Valentine • Devil May Cry franchise: Dante • Darkstalkers franchise: Demitri Maximoff, Rei Rei & Morigan • 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 • Shining Force EXA: Touma & Cyrille主 • Space Channel 5: Ulala • Resonance of Fate: Zephyr & Leanne • Dynamite Deka: Bruno Delinger • 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. Readers can check out their website (Japanese) here for more information. Source: Andriasang Persona 4 The Golden: Kujikawa Rise’s Evolved Persona Source: rises-evolved-persona/ By bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 Famitsu has posted new updates for Persona 4 The Golden. The latest evolved Persona, Rise Kujikawa’s Kouzeon and her new abilities. Featuring you Rise Kujikawa’s evolved Persona, Kouzeon. Apparently she does have a few new abilities in the game. • Battle Support – Rise will now provide healing to your team during certain moments in the battle. • Rise-chi Check – Rise will do a scan on your enemies 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.
  • 230. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Rise Kujikawa, also known by her stage name Risette (or Rise-chi) is a famous teen idol. Rise is well-known amongst teenagers and adults, but quit her job suddenly, citing health reasons. In Persona 4 The Golden, during the winter time, she will wear a snow suit with pink sunglasses on top of her head, high collar with pink and white stripe with her matching pink snow jacket that says “Lovers”, purple gloves, darker navy snow pants, and light purple shoes. Source: Famitsu Persona 4 The Golden: New Dailies Added Source: added/ By bj0rN on May 18th, 2012 Famitsu has added some details and new screenshots with regards to the new dailies that are added to the new installment of Persona 4 The Golden. New components like bug catching, fishing and omikuji are now added. Some of the component interacts with each other. For example, the bugs that you net in the bug catching component can be used as bait to be used for the fishing component. Next Tales Title to be Announced on 2nd June 2012 Source: on-2nd-june-2012/ By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012 To be announced officially in Tales of Festival on June 2nd 2012, the next 主Tales主 title will be formally unveiled.
  • 231. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 A recent article in Jump magazine leaked on 10th May to reveal a sneak peak of a new sequel in video game franchise 主Tales主 series. As fans have eagerly awaited for news of a sequel since the previous installment Tales of Xillia last year, NAMCO BANDAI is keeping news of the new game under wraps until it’s official unveiling. NAMCO BANDAI’s 主Tales主 is a franchise of role playing games with it’s history starting from as far back as 1995. The first of it’s franchise, Tales of Phantasia and following titles revolve a theme of “high fantasy”, mostly involving swordplay, magic and lore. Recently interviewed by Famitsu, 主Tales主 franchise producer Hideo Baba let loose small tidbits about the new game. The next 主Tales主 series is definitely a new entry into the franchise as a “Mothership” title, not escort titles such as Tales of Tempest or upcoming Tales of VS. The game now explores a completely new world of human civilisation, slightly distant from it’s “high fantasy” origins. The environments are slightly modern and robotic. The storyline and game system will also revolve around the theme 主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主主, or translated 主Are you prepared to destroy a world for the sake of a girl?主. However fans of the series need not worry as the game preserves the feel of the 主Tales主’s gameplay system, while trying to bring the franchise to a new level. Fans would not want to miss the official unveiling of new content on June 2nd. Do catch the announcement and unveiling of the next 主Tales主 series online by simply registering to 主Tales of Channel主 and view it live as it streams. NAMCO BANDAI has set up a special teaser website for the countdown of the next 主Tales主 title. Visit the website here. Source: Game News, Game Talk 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.” From that point on, Kirito’s life was turned into a death game where his only hope is to clear the dungeon and get out alive. Sword Art Online chronicles Kirito’s journey in his one and only chance of getting back into the real world. The music composition for the animation will be done by renown composer Kajiura Yuki, her works consists of major hits such as Madoka, .hack//, Fate/Zero and many others. Sword Art Online is currently selling in the form of a Light novel , Volume 10 of the novel will be releasing this July 2012. The animation will begin airing in July 2012. Source : OHP , Featured Image Sadako 3D Gets Asia Release Source: By magnetic_rose on May 18th, 2012 In a press conference held in Tokyo on 12th May, it was 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.
  • 232. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Sadako 3D will star Ishihara Satomi, Seto Kôji, and Hashimoto Ai, and will be directed by Hanbusa Tsutomu of Koukou Debut fame. Source: Tokyo Hive Persona 4 Amagi Yukiko Figure Available for Pre- order! Source: available-for-pre-order/ By magnetic_rose on May 18th, 2012 As part of Megahouse’s Priestess line, a 1/8th scale figure of Persona 4′s Amagi Yukiko is now available for pre-order at online shops and import toy stores. She will come with at least two separate faces, two sets of glasses, and a small Japanese fan that you can pose or remove at will. Yukiko will go for JPY 7600 and will start shipping in August. More pics below~
  • 233. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Source: Tomopop Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations Source: celebrations/ By Mycstea on May 18th, 2012 Famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary with a host of exciting celebrations. Publishing company of visual novel companies such as Key, Ocelot, Spray and 130cm Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary with a host of exciting events this coming July 29th at Yokohama Arena. 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 Anniversary Commemoration Event 主Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 主 Shift: Next -> Generation! – The Song Played Together With You For the Future -. 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. Exclusive performance of club remix label OTSU will also be performing on site from 10am – 3pm. Entrance is free. Page 1 – Description of Festival, goods and OTSU Page 2 – I’ve + Key Sounds Label/ Kaori Utatsuki/ Mami Kawada/ KOTOKO Page 3 – C.G mix/ Eriko Shimamiya/ Larval Stage Planning Page 4 – Miyako Suzuta/ eufonius/ Rita/ NanosizeMir Page 5 – Lia/ Aoi Tada/ marina/ LiSA and other details While we wait: Diablo 3 cosplay shots from South Korea’s launch Source: shots-from-south-koreas-launch/
  • 234. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By Neubronner Eugene on May 18th, 2012 If you’re annoyed by our previous post and sitting there screaming at the Lords of Hell “TO JUST LET ME IN!” and need a sweet, sweet timeout, we here at SGCafe have just the ticket. South Korea’s Blizzard fansite Inven has posted pictures of their launch, and wow, what a launch. Invited to the event were Spiral Cats, one of South Korea’s top pro cosplay teams, to strut their stuff. They had almost the entire cast going too, with a Witch Hunter, Sorceress, Witch Doctor and suitably clad Tyrael. Only missing were the Barbarian and Monk classes. As usual, the costumes were drop dead gorgeous, with incredible detailing and some sweet-as personal styling. It probably helps that the team, made up of members like Tasha and Miyuko, are very pretty as well.
  • 235. May 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 via Inven