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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
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The cross-media series is scheduled to have a 3DS game,
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Born under the Prophet’s Shadow Star, Kali’s destiny had
been foretold by the Grea...
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Kyoto Animation announces
anime ‘Kyokai no Kanata’
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programmers in the studio would have had high quality
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YUI returns to singing career
with new band ‘Flower
Flower’
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is the only edition that includes DRAMATIC and two other
untitled songs.
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Directed by: Kazuya Murata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The
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This is Suzuki Youhei’s first time as a full director
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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
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A CD will be released for the new version of the theme song,
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Souce: famitsu
Nationwide Kalafina LIVE
TOUR 2013 & “Consolation”
album info
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By SunSoftware on April 8th, 2013
It has been forty years since Osamu Tezuka, the ...
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In case you haven’t been keeping yourself up to date and
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The Japanese like their video games and fashion, and Sega
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this time through a national tour of her phenomenal
costumes!
Previously in Roppon...
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in eighteen different games since then (getting a little
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The Moekanji cards feature the mascots of Culture Japan
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AKB48 Lineup announced for
Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore
2013
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7. Ami Maeda
8. Natsumi Matsubara
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Gatchaman’s live action film was confirmed last year. Now,
the official movie web...
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megaphones and speakers in battle, and can use ‘orders’ to
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• New sounds exclusive to the M01 on 3DS
• Master effects: reverb and delay
• 8 t...
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5. Fly High!
6. Purple Energy
Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle
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Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon
Portable AR Posters at
Musashi’s 8 Stations + 1
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With the concept of an event attempting to reproduce
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grandmother’s grave unexpectedly. Before that, he retorts,
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pair down, forcing them to actively fight their way through
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Hilarity soon ensued when the male guests were asked to try
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Miyano Mamoru has provided the voice for numerous
popular characters including Su...
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Date A Live: Rinne Utopia also has the same voice actresses
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Dengeki Bunko, the publisher responsible for many of
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exhibition, as well as posters, trading cards, and
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outside of Japan. Since you can’t play the game, would you
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Zero no Tsukaima’s author, Yamaguchi Noboru has passed
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VIP tickets are sold in the same manner as WORLD TOUR
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17. Romance Privacy
18. Yokaze No Shiwaza
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Tokyo Auto Salon tries to bring out the original experience
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Henneko’s 1st Bluray Special
Edition Delusion Pack Comes
With Bedsheet
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ticket for a future Henneko event. Both Bluray Editions will
also have a sleeve c...
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Laharl’s Character Drink and Clione Kudzu Manjuu
Dessert
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Girls und Panzer featured in
DVD about tanks
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Ikimonogakari to sing theme
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  1. 1. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Amuse announces their 35th Anniversary concert Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/amuse-announces-35th-anniversary- concert/ By bj0rN on April 4th, 2013 To celebrate their 35th anniversary, Amuse will be holding a live event called “Amuse 35th Anniversary BBQ in Tsumagoi Bokura no Beat wo Kurae Kora!~“ in July at Tsumagoi, Shizuoka. Popular artistes such as Porno Graffiti, Perfume, ONE OK ROCK, NICO Touches the Walls, flumpool, WEAVER, Takahashi Yu will come together for the celebration. Every year, Amuse holds a BBQ party hosted by Porno Graffitti. Since they will be celebrating a turning point this year, it will be held as a big open-air event. The event’s title was suggested by Porno Graffitti’s Shindo Haruichi, who came up with the analogy for BBQ, “(B) Bokura no, (B) Beat wo, (Q) Kurae Kora!”. Regarding the event, Porno Graffitti’s Okano Akihito commented, “With so many wonderful musicians, I wish to celebrate the 35 years with everyone.” Shindo added, “The forest in Tsumagoi is a great location to match music, so I want to enjoy it together with everybody!” FLOW also commented, “We feel that our stage performances will be a lot more exciting since we will be able to do it together with our seniors and juniors and we’re looking forward to it.” Finally, the ladies of Perfume said, “It’s hosted every year by our most senior Porno Graffiti. Getting to BBQ with our seniors and friends of the same generation whom we love, our relationship will gradually get stronger.” The event will be held on July 13th and 14th. Source: Oricon Capcom to Release Geist Crusher for Nintendo 3DS Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/capcom-release-geist-crusher- nintendo-3ds/ By Kai on April 4th, 2013 Interested in playing a new series for kids? For the first time in five years, Capcom is back with a new game developed specifically for children. The game company has recently announced that they would like to start a new series called Geist Crusher.
  2. 2. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The cross-media series is scheduled to have a 3DS game, a manga, an anime series, and a special line of toys from Bandai (called Gaimetal). With a terrific story line, superb fighting gear and special attacks, the 3DS game will instantly remind you of the Mega Man and Monster Hunter series. The Geist Crusher game for Nintendo 3DS will be released in Japan in Winter this year. And if you fancy watching shounen anime, then you will also love Geist Crusher’s animated series. Thanks to the brilliant Studio Pierrot, gamers and anime lovers all over the world will better appreciate the beautiful world of Geist Crusher. The entire storyline revolves around deep friendship, sorrow and exciting rivalry as each charming character’s personalities unravel before your eyes. Personally, who wouldn’t want to play another game that requires you to banish evil monsters and go through a lot of levels? I’d love to arm myself with some “Geist gear” like “Flame Fenrir”, and even watch the entire anime series and buy a few Geist Crusher goodies from Bandai. Source: 4Gamer Little Battlers eXperience starts its broadcast on OKTO Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/battlers-experience-starts-broadcast- okto/ By bj0rN on April 4th, 2013 Little Battlers eXperience is a science fiction Japanese anime television series based on the Little Battlers eXperience role- playing video game by Level-5 started its run on OKTO last night at 7:30pm on OKTO. Danball Senki tells the story of a world where kids battle one another using little robot figures called LBX (Little Battler eXperience). Yamano Ban, a young boy who desires to become an LBX Fighter like his friends, is forbidden by his mother from owning an LBX as his father was taken from them in an accident relating to LBX years ago. One day a mysterious woman approaches Ban with a suitcase and tells him the hopes and fears of humanity lie inside it, and when Ban opens it, he finds a strange new LBX Robot. He is soon attacked by organizations who want the data inside this robot, and Ban and his friends are dragged into a corporation war that spreads all the way up to the highest political positions of power in Japan, and the true origins behind LBX Battling which could change the entire political structure of Japan. It also has a decent voice cast with notable seiyuus such as Marina Inoue (Yozora Mikazuki from Haganai) playing as Ami Kawamura and Daisuke Namikawa (Waver Valvet from Fate/Zero) as Kazuya Aoshima. Megumi Kobuta is playing her first debut major role as Yamano Ban. The series has a cult following among Japanese primary school kids for the past couple of years, much like Digimon in the yesteryears. Kali Class Arrives in Dragon Nest SEA Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kali-class-arrives-dragon-nest-sea/ By bj0rN on April 4th, 2013 Dragon Nest SEA will be introducing a new spiritual fighter into its current 5-class line-up (Warrior, Cleric, Sorceress, Archer & Academic). Players will be able to experience new skills and further unravel the lore of Dragon Nest SEA with Kali!
  3. 3. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Born under the Prophet’s Shadow Star, Kali’s destiny had been foretold by the Great Sage Arno when he visited the elusive Hermit’s Village many years ago. Back then, the Great Sage Arno told the villagers of Hermit’s Village that a special baby would be born into the village. The fate of this child would be to aid and guide the Prophet of Lagendia after the village is blazed to the ground. Great Sage Arno then passed on the battle skills and knowledge of the Ancients to the villagers of Hermit’s Village so they could be entrusted to the child in turn. Years passed, and true enough, a baby girl was born just as Great Sage Arno predicted. Following Arno’s instructions, the villagers named the child Kali, which meant the “Watcher”. Kali’s life journey as the Prophet’s Shadow Star was meant to be a tough one, with her mother’s death following her birth. An androgynous stranger named Gaharam in the village adopted the infant Kali and taught her the battle skills she would require in future. Kali deals damage to her opponents using twin fans which complement her graceful combat style. Her mesmerizing dance-like moves can prove fatal to her enemies as her twin fans unleash a devastating force to knock down enemies. Harnessing her supernatural prowess, Kali can also summon the power of spirits to aid her in combat or provide support for her allies. As Kali levels to 15, players can choose to progress her into a Screamer with powerful long-ranged dark spiritual magical attacks, or a Dancer who unleashes short ranged havoc in battle with her chakram and spiritual attack combo. Come level 45, players can further fine-tune her specialties to create a formidable character in battle. A Screamer can progress into a Soul Eater who places nasty curses and debuffs on enemies to strengthen her own attacks, or a Dark Summoner who can heal herself with every attack delivered. For players who chose the Dancer route in level 15, they can now progress to Spirit Dancer who specializes in devastating AOE (Area of Effect) attacks with the help of various dead spirits, or the Blade Dancer who deals powerful short-ranged combo attacks on the battlefield.
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  5. 5. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Kyoto Animation announces anime ‘Kyokai no Kanata’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyoto-animation-announces-anime- kyokai-kanata/ By SunSoftware on April 4th, 2013 Kyoto Animation, the studio behind hits like K-ON! and Tamako Market, is working on a new anime. It’s not related to the swimming commercial, but it still looks exciting. The anime, titled “Kyokai no Kanata” (Beyond the Boundary), is an adaptation of the light novel series of the same name. The story is a dark fantasy in which humans called Ikaishi fight creatures called Yomu. The protagonist, Akihito Kanbara, is a high school boy who meets the girl Mirai Kuriyama when she is about to jump off the school roof. Akihito is a half-Yomu who recovers from wounds quickly, whereas Mirai has the rare ability to manipulate blood. As Akihito decides to save the lonely girl, ominous events occur around them. The novel series, written by Nagomu Torii and illustrated by Chise Kamoi, received an honorable mention in the second Kyoto Animation Awards in 2011. The first volume was released last June, and was accompanied by this animated commercial. While you wait for the anime to be aired, you can visit Kyokai no Kanata’s official website, where you can see the main characters. Along with Akihito and Mirai, there are Mitsuki and Hiromi Nase, siblings from a family of Ikaishi. Source: Kyokai no Kanata website Disney to close LucasArts, cancels all related projects Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/disney-close-lucasarts-cancels- related-projects/ By sentinel011 on April 3rd, 2013 It came as a shock among the gaming industry when Kotaku reported their decision to shut down LucasArts earlier today. The sister company to LucasFilms, practically all of its 150- strong staff were laid off, with the studio’s projects Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313 canned. While there is a chance where the projects might be picked up by another publisher, Kotaku’s sources thought that this route was “unlikely”. It was really unfortunate too, especially when Star Wars 1313 looked spectacular in its E3 trailer release last year. How would the staff survive? Who would hire them now? SGCafe lists down the routes that they can potentially take from here on: 1. Teach - Probably the safest and most common decision. Most of the game illustrators, designers and
  6. 6. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 programmers in the studio would have had high quality degrees or portfolio behind them. Most universities would be glad to accept them into their roles into future game developers. 2. Join – The second alternative that comes to mind. Joining other studios with similar backgrounds. Programmers, designers and the marketing department may have an easier trying to dive back into the gaming industry, but the illustrators and concept artists might have slightly more difficult time finding a job they would be satisfied working in due to the difference in art direction. A few developers and studios we felt would be most suitable are probably Rockstar games. 3. East – It might be a good time to spice up the Japanese gaming industry with their presence and experience. But the catch would be to quell these gaming companies and their strict rules on hiring foreigners. However, we remembered that Kojima Productions is looking to hire senior gaming programmers and designers. Heck, maybe even the mobile gaming side would be interesting to tap into their talents. 4. Write – Journalism would be a great way to tap onto their industry network, especially its marketing department. Or vent off steam on their predicament like how Gametrailers’ Annoyed Gamer does it. 5. Switch – There’s a chance that some of its employees are looking for a chance to quit their jobs and do their dream jobs, yet can’t bear to leave due to whatever reasons. Well, here’s a very good chance for them to do a completely different job that they are used to, perhaps starting their own business or something. 6. Recharge – Holidaying seems like a good pick-me- up after you’ve been told to bugger off. Recharge and re-think your options, not before you contact your industry buddies if there are any openings within their company. 7. Solo – Start your own gaming firm with your colleagues, just like many other gaming studios out there who have done the same thing. A great chance to start producing their own My Little Pony third person adventure game, perhaps? (we kid.) What do you think LucasArts staff should do from here on? Which company should they join, and what sort of new projects do you think they can create? Source: Kotaku Perfume to perform at Ultra Music Festival 2013 in South Korea Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-perform-ultra-music- festival-2013-south-korea/ By sentinel011 on April 3rd, 2013 The electropop trio pull no stops at global domination. The official website has announced the girls’ involvement with this year’s Ultra Music Festival. For those who are clueless about this music festival, UMF originated in Miami, USA as an event to celebrate electronic music and DJs. Think of it as a global scale Zoukout, for those residing in Singapore. Big names such as Afrojack and Carl Cox will be performing this year’s Festival in South Korea. Fans of the electronic music genre will surely know Ultra Music Festival. Big name DJs and electronic artistes from all over the world will perform at the two-day festival, held in South Korea this year. The event, titled “Ultra Korea”, will be held at Jamsil Olympic Complex come 14 and 15 June 2013. The first two phases of ticket sales have already sold out. It is a big deal for Perfume to be among the global performers, as the majority of Perfume’s songs are quite different from the rest of the invited performing artistes in the list. Aside from the few “heavy” tracks like GAME, One Room Disco, edge and FAKE IT, most other tracks are targeted towards mainstream pop audiences. However, it is still a feat for the ladies to be able to perform at a global scale event. Perhaps one day they can be invited to perform at Singapore’s very own Zoukout? We shall see. Perfume is scheduled to perform on Friday, 14 June 2013. Source: UMFKorea, Perfume Official Site
  7. 7. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 YUI returns to singing career with new band ‘Flower Flower’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yui-returns-singing-career-band- flower-flower/ By SunSoftware on April 3rd, 2013 J-pop fans should be familiar with YUI, the star who went on hiatus last year. Now, she’s back in the music business, and she has friends. YUI is now the lead vocalist of the four-man band Flower Flower, who have held secret performances across the country during the last month. The band will make their formal debut at Japan Jam 2013 in Shinkiba’s Studio Coast on May 4, followed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Rock Festival 2013 in Shinkiba Park on May 26. As you can tell from this picture, YUI has also cut her hair short and dyed it blonde. As for Flower Flower, she formed the band with artists that she respects. As she says, “I thought I could feel pure enjoyment if I listened to these members. I can also grow naturally, since with each idea and performance, I get another insight or possible song.” About the name of the band, she says, “I wanted a name that sounds natural and not arrogant. I had a desire to freely express something powerful and interesting.” YUI has been performing for nine years, and many of her singles have ranked number one on Oricon’s charts. Anime fans may recognize her for her songs “Rolling Star” and “Life” from Bleach and “Again” from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood. When YUI announced her hiatus near the end of last year, she posted a hand-written message on her website saying, “I am searching for a new challenge. For that reason, I am taking a break.” If you’re excited to see YUI making a comeback, you can follow her band’s official website. Although it’s currently empty, it will be more active after their debut performance, so be sure to show your support in the future. Source: Natalie, Mantan-Web KAT-TUN’s 21st Single FACE to Face details released Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kat-tuns-21st-single-face-face- details-released/ By Crest on April 2nd, 2013 KAT-TUN, through the official Johnny’s and J-STORM websites, has released information about their upcoming single titled FACE to Face. FACE to Face will be released on May 15, 3 months after Expose, their 20th single. Their previous single maintained KAT-TUN’s unbroken streak of consecutive number one singles, a record that is shared by fellow Johnnys’ Kinki Kids. FACE to Face contains the titular song FACE to Face which is the theme song to the movie, Ore Ore, that features Kamenashi Kazuya in a leading role. Besides FACE to Face, the single contains DRAMATIC which is the theme song for NTV’s Dramatic Game 1844 where Kamenashi Kazuya is a recurring guest on it. The last named song in the single, FLASH is a solo by Junnosuke Taguchi. This continues a trend where KAT-TUN singles feature a solo by one of the members. The PV to FLASH will be included in the first print of the regular edition. There will be three versions of the single, the limited edition first print which will include the PV to FACE to Face and two untitled songs. The first print of the regular print includes a special video. The regular edition
  8. 8. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 is the only edition that includes DRAMATIC and two other untitled songs. Credits: J-STORM SGCafe’s top 5 series picks – Upcoming Spring Anime 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/sgcafes-top-5-series-picks- upcoming-spring-anime-2013/ By bj0rN on April 2nd, 2013 You know Spring is here when Sakura trees bloom. Of course, that also means that Spring 2013 anime season is coming up, and SGCafe picks the top 5 series which you are likely to watch. Date A Live Many light novels have been adapted into anime series these days, and it doesn’t take long for Date A Live to be adapted into one. The rom-com (short for romantic comedy) takes place thirty years after the story’s setting, whereby a strange phenomena called a “spacequake”, that devastated the center of Eurasia, taking the lives of about 150 million people. These spacequakes continue to happen throughout the world on a irregular basis, but on a much smaller scale. The male protaganist Shidou Itsuka, comes across a mysterious girl at the ground zero of a spacequake and learns from his sister Kotori that this mysterious girl is actually one of the “Spirits” who manifest themselves in this world, causing the spacequakes. He also learns that Kotori is the captain of the airship Ratatoskr and recruits him to make use of his mysterious ability to seal the Spirits’ powers and stop them from being a threat to mankind. To do so, he has to seal a Spirit; by making her fall in love with him. Animation by: AIC+ Directed by: Keitaro Motonaga (School Days, Jormangand) Voice CastTohka Yatogami - Marina Inoue (Mikazuki Yozora from Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Laura Bodewig from Infinite Stratos)Shidou Itsuka - Nobunaga Shimazaki (Kirishima Kaito from Ano Natsu de Matteru, Tanaka Taichi from Tari Tari) AIC is a company known to create exceptional animation productions, and with Director Keitaro Motonaga helming this series, Date A Live is set to be a series enjoyed by teenagers and young adults. Given that the source material and setting exudes the typical harem rom-com vibes, it would definitely be exciting to see how AIC+ and Keitaro Motonaga tackle this issue. The voice cast have veteran voice actress Marina Inoue, who recently reprised her role in Boku ha Tomodachi ga Sukunai. She is also known for her role as gutsy sniper Yoko Rittner from Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. As for Nobunaga Shimazaki, his role as Shidou Itsuka will probably be his first harem lead role, but voiced a couple of memorable male characters such as Ryou Sakurai from Kuroko’s Basketball and Kirishima Kaito from Ano Natsu de Matteru. If you yearn for an enjoyable romantic comedy anime series with a touch of sci-fi this season, Date A Live might just be the series for you. Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet The Human Galactic Alliance has been constantly fighting for its survival against a grotesque race of beings called “Hidiaasu.” During an intense battle, the young lieutenant Red and his humanoid mobile weapon Chamber are swallowed up into a distortion of time and space. After waking up from a long artificially induced hibernation, he finds himself trapped on a planet, with human residents talking in an unknown form of language and using inferior technologies. Red realizes that he has arrived on Earth, the planet on the lost frontier. On this planet that was completely flooded by the seas, people live in fleets of giant ships, salvaging relics from the seas’ depths in order to survive. Red arrives on one of the fleets called Gargantia with no knowledge of the planet’s history or culture. Under unforeseen circumstances, he is forced to live alongside Amy, a 15-year-old girl who serves as a messenger aboard the Gargantia fleet. In the midst of an unknown environment and a language he doesn’t understand, he starts communicating with the people of Gargantia in order to survive, and slowly he begins to have a change of heart. Animation by: Production I.G
  9. 9. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Directed by: Kazuya Murata (Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos) Script by: Urobochi Gen (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, PSYCHO PASS) Voice Cast Red - Ishikawa Kaito Amy - Kanemoto Kisako (Ika Musume from Ika Musume, Asteria Lizamarie De Roschefall from Rinne no Lagrange) The fact that Urobuchi Gen is doing the script for this series is a very huge draw considering his previous works such as Fate/Zero and PSYCHO PASS were well recieved. C0nsidering his involvement, this series would probably take a very nice twist in terms of plot somewhere in the middle of the story. The show could easily lure us in with something that looks peaceful and then throws us into a wild roller coaster ride. Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai (Season 2) The second season of Oreimo will take continue off the end of Season 1. Kosaka Kyousuke lives a very normal life and is like any normal person. One day he finds out that his sister, Kosaka Kirino, apart from being smart, pretty, and popular, is also actually an obsessive consumer of anime and eroge, which predominately feature little sister characters in them. Kirino pleads for him to not to reveal her hobby. Along the way, many other trials comes along as Kyousuke tries to look after his sister and assures her that this secret will be keep discreet while Kirino faces several problems herselfs, as she tries to keep the appearances and balance her exemplar school life with her hobbies. Unaware, Kyousuke didn’t expect that the whole situation would eventually suck him into Kirino’s world. Animation by: A1 Pictures Directed by: Hiroyuki Kanbe (Strike Wtiches Movie)Voice Cast Kousaka Kyousuke - Nakamura Yuuichi (Okazaki Tomoya from CLANNAD, Oreki Houtaro from Hyouka) Kousaka Kirino - Ayana Taketatsu (Leafa from Sword Art Online, Nakano Azusa from K-ON!)Gokou Ruri (Kuroneko) – Kana Hanazawa (Akane Tsunemori from PSYCHO PASS, Hasegawa Kobato from Haganai) Season 2 is brought to you by another production company A1 Pictures instead of AIC Build and continuing the story off from Season 1 of Oreimo. Long awaited by many, it has finally returned after two and a half years to complete the story. Season 2 will continue off the “True End” route left off and is expected to bring an end to the series, following the story up to the last volume of the light novel at Volume 12 This upcoming season will have more development outside of Kirino and Kyousuke. To many Kuroneko fans out there, Kuroneko willl also start to have more character development with Kyousuke. With about 12 episodes to wrap up the series, hopefully they are able to pace it out nicely from start to end. At the very least, this is what most Oreimo fans have been looking for to. Youto Yokodera is just like every teenage boy, with perversion is in his nature. However, in his case, every time he does something perverted, it somehow gets turned around and misunderstood as something positive for the community. Sick of being so perverted, he tries to shake free of it by going to a special part of town. On top of a hill, away from the town and at the foot of a large tree, there is a wooden sculpture of a beckoning cat that is said to have special powers. Instead of bringing a wish to the user like a typical beckoning cat, it takes something from the user, and, in Youto’s case, his perversion. Still doubtful, he uses the beckoning cat thinking that it couldn’t hurt to try, but, little does he know, his life is about to make a turn to the unexpected. As the rumors suggest, by wishing upon the statue and giving an offering, one can wish to remove a personality trait from yourself that you do not wish to have anymore. What they do not realize at the time is that it will remove the unwanted trait and give it upon to someone who does need it. As he’s making his offering to the statue, a girl, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi, arrives at the same place. Tsukiko also hearing of the rumors of the beckoning cat, was there to make her wish. She wishes to be able to be more like an adult and not show her emotions so easily. To their surprise the next day at school, Youto is unable to tell a single lie, and Tsukiko is unable to show any sign of emotion. After realizing that they do not like the change that happened, they work together to try and find out who has received their trait that was taken away in order to get it back. Animation by: J.C Staff Directed by: Youhei Suzuki (Toradora)Voice Cast Youta Yokodera - Yuuki Kaji (Haruyuki Arita/Silver Crow from Accel World, Alibaba Saluja from Magi – The Labyrith of Magic, Subaru Hasegawa from Ro-Kyu-Bu!,) Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi – Yui Ogura (Takenaka Hanbee from Oda Nobuna no Yabou, Alice from Kamisama no Memochou, Hinata hakamada from Ro-Kyu-Bu! )
  10. 10. April 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 This is Suzuki Youhei’s first time as a full director and so I suppose fans of the light novel will be wondering how well the show will adapted. The theme of personality swapping makes it rather interesting with some romantic comedy elements. Considering how J.C. Staff did Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo, this show should be able to show very strong personality of the individuals. Apart fromthat Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo just happened to have ended just before Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko begins, so fans who likes their romantic comedy will have something to look forward to. Valvrave The Liberator In an era where the development of space cities, also known as “Dyson Sphere”, have seen over 70% of the human race migrate to space. The world was split into two major powers, the Dorushia Military Alliance, a power which grew out of a military alliance, and the Atlantic Ring United States (ARUS), which grew in power as it expanded its trade agreements. In between the two powers lies Jiouru, a neutral and prosperous country home to high school student Tokishima Haruto. With the sudden invasion of the Dorushia military however, Tokishima finds his life thrown into chaos. Ultimately, a sequence of events leads him to the discovery of a humanoid weapon known as “Valvrave,” which may hold the key to the nation’s liberation. Animation by: Sunrise Directed by: Kou Matsuo (Rozen Maiden)Voice Cast Haruto Tokishima – Ryota Osaka (Akito Himenokouji from Onii-chan Dakedo Ai Sae Areba Kankei Nai yo ne, Eita Kidou from Ore no Kanojo to Osananajimi ga Shuraba Sugiru) L-elf – Ryohei Kimura (Kodaka Hasegawa from Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai, Kaito Yashio from Robotics;Notes) Shouko Sashinami – Asami Seto (Lan from Rinne no Lagrange, Konatsu Miyamoto from Tari Tari) Saki Rukino – Haruka Tomatsu (Asuna from Sword Art Online, Morgiana from Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic) So from the studio that brings you Gundam and Code Geass, now brings you another sci-fi and mecha series for the fans. Having produced countless mecha related series since their founding, Sunrise has proved to have a forte in doing mecha series and also leads to making Valvrave worth watching due to its reputation. Not too sure if it is going to be another “stumble upon a mecha” type of anime somewhat like Gundam or a more deeper type like Code Geass type of show. Regardless, mecha fans should keep a lookout and check this out. ====== Of course, there are other noteworthy series like Ketsuigata- kun, which is a popular 4-panel manga about blood type character stereotypes and their reactions towards certain situations; and of course there are some series catered to the young ladies like Uta no Prince-Sama. We reckon there will be a few dark horse titles as time goes by, when each series fleshes out with each passing episode.
  11. 11. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Nana Mizuki added to Yamato 2199’s Singer Lineup “Dream Team” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nana-mizuki-added-yamato-2199s- singer-lineup-dream-team/ By Ryo on April 9th, 2013 Initially announced with only 11 members, 24 others were added onto Space Battleship Yamato 2199’s singer lineup, and amongst those 24 was Nana Mizuki. Aside from being part of the “dream team”, Nana Mizuki was also specially requested by the creators to sing the ending theme for the seventh and final installment of Yamato 2199’s film. The other 34 singers include: 1) Aira Yuki 2) Aki Misato 3) Chiaki Ishikawa 4) Chihiro Yonekura 5) Choucho 6) CooRie 7) Eir Aoi 8) Faylan 9) GRANRODEO 10) Hideaki Takatori 11) Hiromi Sato 12) Ichiro Mizuki 13) Isao Sasaki 14) JAM Project (Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endo, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, Yoshiki Fukuyama) 15) Kenichi Suzumura 16) Kenta Harada from Rey 17) Maon Kurosaki 18) Minami Kuribayashi 19) Minori Chihara 20) Mitsuko Horie 21) Miyuki Hashimoto 22) Natsuko Aso 23) Sayaka Sasaki 24) Shoko Nagakawa 25) Shuhei Kita 26) Takayoshi Tanimoto 27) Yoko Ishida 28) yozuca* 29) Yui from Yousei Teikoku 30) ZAQ
  12. 12. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 A CD will be released for the new version of the theme song, and a percentage of the sales will be taken to help regions that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 is now being aired in Japan as an anime series as of 7th April (or 6th , for those who own Family Gekijo, a Japanese cable TV station), replacing Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic in the 5:00 p.m. slot in MBS/ TBS. The latest fifth installment of Yamato 2199, featuring Hironobu Kageyama as the singer of the ending theme, will premiere in theatres in Japan on Saturday, 13th April. The Blu-ray and DVD will subsequently be released on 28th May. Source: Daily Sports Online Metal Gear Rising: Samuel’s past to be revealed in Jetstream DLC Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/metal-gear-rising-samuels-revealed- jetstream-dlc/ By Ryo on April 9th, 2013 In this upcoming, action-packed Jetstream DLC set to be released later today for the XBOX and PS3, we get to play as Samuel Rodriguez, a cyborg, codenamed “Jetstream”, involved with the Desperado PMSC group as well as a nemesis to Raiden in Metal Gear Rising. The DLC appears to take place in Denver, Colorado (and Sam’s hometown?), where players would be able to explore past locations, learn about Sam’s origins, and perhaps recapping some of Raiden’s events from the core game. Jetstream will also feature around 5 VR Missions; however, there was only a short preview of this in the trailer. Whether or not they are all side-scrolling missions, that is something we have to find out. In case you have forgotten about the second DLC Bladewolf, fret not, we are here to remind you. Following Jetstream, you will take control of the titular AI bot equipped with a rail gun and even a chainsaw on its back. Oh, not forgetting the spring-loaded HF knives and claws. Any updates on that? Sadly, not yet. But we are sure that it will definitely be as interesting and action-packed as Jetstream, so be sure to look forward to it! Below is a trailer for Jetstream: Jetstream and Bladewolf DLC will be priced around $6.99 for both the XBOX and PS3. However release date for the latter has not been confirmed yet.
  13. 13. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Souce: famitsu Nationwide Kalafina LIVE TOUR 2013 & “Consolation” album info Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/release-event-held-kalafinas-newest- album-consolation/ By Ryo on April 8th, 2013 Just 2 days ago on the 6th of April at the Tokyo Dome City Hall, Kalafina held a commemorative release event for their fourth album titled “Consolation”. However, this performance was only limited to the audience in Japan; what about their overseas fans? Sadly, there has not been any news regarding a worldwide concert. Starting on the 8th of June, Kalafina will begin their live tour over 9 different cities of Japan with over fifteen performances for their album Consolation, starting with the Tohoku region. If you’re currently residing or planning to go Japan, this is certainly not something to be missed out! Kalafina was produced by the talented Kajiura Yuki, many of their singles were well-known anime tie-ins, including “to the beginning” as well as “Hikari Furu”, both which are part of Consolation. Don’t recall which anime it was featured in but sounds familiar? The answer is Fate/Zero as well Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part II: Eternal . “to the beginning” was used as Fate/Zero’s second season, while “Hikari Furu” was featured in the second anime movie for Puella Magi Madoka Magica. During its first week of release, Consolation has already snatched the third position on the Oricon Weekly Albums chart (3/18 – 3/24), selling a total of 19,578 copies. Want to lay your hands on their album? You can order them from CD Japan right now, choosing from the three different editions that they provide. Type A of the limited edition is priced at 3, 800 yen while Type B is priced at 4, 000 yen (both including tax). Both editions contains the audio CD, postcard(s), a booklet, a second disc with a PV for “Yume no Daichi” as well as a documentary featuring Kalafina’s visit at Animagic 2012. The only difference between Type A and B is the disc type – Type A is your standard DVD disc, while Type B is for those who prefer to enjoy the PV and more in a Blue-ray disc. The standard edition, which only includes the CD, is priced at 3, 000 yen (tax included). Below is the song list for the audio CD: 1. al fine 2. consolation 3. moonfesta~ムムムムムムム~ 4. Door 5. ムム (MIRAI) 6. ムム (HANATABA) 7. signal 8. obbligato 9. ムムムムムム (KIICHIGO NO SHIGEMI NI) 10. ムム (MANTEN) 11. to the beginning 12. ムムムムム (HIKARI FURU) 13. ムムムム Arina Tanemura and other artists pay tribute to Black Jack and Pinoko Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/arina-tanemura-artists-pay-tribute- black-jack-pinoko/
  14. 14. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 By SunSoftware on April 8th, 2013 It has been forty years since Osamu Tezuka, the pioneer of manga, created the classic series Black Jack, and some of today’s mangaka pay homage to the manga and its bubbly heroine, Pinoko. The monthly magazine Princess has started a series of tributes to Black Jack. In the recently published May issue, Arina Tanemura (Full Moon wo Sagashite), Sawa Sakura (Manmakoto), Yumi Unita (Usagi Drop), and Hiko Yamanaka (Oujisama to Haiiro no Hibi) have all drawn the character Pinoko. The original Black Jack, a series about a mysterious doctor who deals with strange medical cases, may feel out of place in a shoujo magazine like Princess, but the artists have done a great job of depicting the doctor’s little sidekick. Tanemura and Sakura have each drawn a short manga featuring Pinoko, while Unita and Yamanaka have drawn an illustration of her with one of their own characters. Here is a glimpse of Tanemura’s short manga, “Pinoko no Kekkonshiki” (Pinoko’s Wedding Ceremony). This panel is from Sakura’s short manga, “Kimi no Te Boku no Te, Mizu no Naka” (Your Hand, My Hand, in Water). The next four issues of Princess are scheduled to feature more tributes to Black Jack from several different artists. Fans of Black Jack should also check out Black Jack Sousaku Hiwa, the manga that gives authentic production stories told by people who worked with Tezuka, as well as the prequel Young Black Jack by Yoshiaki Tabata and Yuugo Okuma, which tells the story of Black Jack while he was still in medical school. Source: Natalie, Akita Shoten New information released for Pokemon X and Y – Could it be Mewthree? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/information-released-pokemon- mewthree/ By Ryo on April 8th, 2013
  15. 15. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 In case you haven’t been keeping yourself up to date and you’re a big Pokemon fan, here’s the latest news about the upcoming game Pokemon X and Y, which is set to be released worldwide in October 2013 for the Nintendo 3DS. Just yesterday on TV Tokyo, an update was released on Pokemon Smash!. Fans of the long-running Pokemon series will surely find the resemblance between the new Pokemon (Mewthree, perhaps?) and the well-known iconic Mewtwo; sharing similar body structure as well as color scheme, this newest addition may or may not surpass the psychic prowess of the Mew duo. If you are not satisfied with just a new Mew-like Pokemon, two additional legendaries – Xerneas and Yveltal, are also set to appear in X and Y. Figured out why they are called Xerneas and Yveltal yet? Here’s a hint: look at the starting letter for their names. The white, horned Pokemon above on the left is Xerneas, while the red, winged Pokemon on the right is Yveltal. If you own a 3DS and is prepared to add X and Y to your Pokemon collection, be sure to catch them all and not miss out on these three exciting new additions! Segakawaii to release Dreamcast-themed backpack Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/segakawaii-release-dreamcast- themed-backpack/ By SunSoftware on April 6th, 2013
  16. 16. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The Japanese like their video games and fashion, and Sega has combined them into one with Segakawaii. Sega has created the new brand Segakawaii to make merchandise aimed at woman based on Sega’s licenses. For their first product lineup, they are working with the popular apparel brand “galaxxxy” to produce this snazzy backpack based on Sega’s swan song. Just in case you don’t recognize it, this backpack’s design is based on the controller for the Sega Dreamcast, the game console Sega created in 1998. Many of you probably have fond memories of the controller and its miniature screen, even though the way the wire stuck out between your legs may have been annoying. The backpack is scheduled to come in three different colors and cost 13,860 yen. Along with the backpack, Segakawaii’s first lineup will include a short T-shirt with a nice, simple drawing of the Dreamcast, as well as a tank top themed on the Mega Drive (aka Sega Genesis) with the words “16-bit”, for those who want to go even more retro. The T-shirt and tank top will each cost 4,725 yen. All three products will be released on April 25. In honor of Segakawaii’s debut, galaxxxy’s Shibuya store will hold a Segakawaii exhibit from April 25 to May 6. Of course, there are plans for more Segakawaii items in the future. Are there any Sega-themed merchandise you want to see? Source: Dengeki Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s first large-scale outfit exhibition to tour around Japan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyary-pamyu-pamyus-large-scale- outfit-exhibition-tour-japan/ By slayedoll on April 6th, 2013 Despite the ongoing world tour, J-pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu continues spreading Japan’s kawaii culture actively,
  17. 17. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 this time through a national tour of her phenomenal costumes! Previously in Roppongi Hills, the Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum pop-up exhibition gathered about 20,000 people over a span of 3 weeks and has been very well-received. This spring, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s first large-scale outfit exhibition, ‘Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum’ would be making a tour around Japan, starting with Osaka and Nagoya. On display are costumes worn in Yasutaka Nakata produced music videos such as “Fashion Monster”, “Tsukema Tsukeru”, “Furisodeshon”, the gigantic costume worn at Kohaku Uta Gassen which generated immense hype, and even stage sets of Kyary’s one-girl live shows. Audio guides with Kyary’s recorded voice in the form of headsets attached with big ribbons(also known as ‘MoshiMoshi’) enhance the tour experience and allow both the young and old to immerse themselves into the charm of Kyary’s unique and exciting world. With the increasing awareness and interest of Singaporeans towards Harajuku fashion, let’s hope that one day, we will see this exhibition right on our shores! Kyary Pamyu Pamuseum ム Osaka Venue ム Location: Hotel New Otani Osaka Exhibition Period: 4/28(Sunday) to 5/6(Monday) 1200hrs~2000hrs(Last entry at 1900hrs) Entrance Fee:Advance booking 600yen/On the day 800yen/Audio Guide 500yen(Includes tax) For Enquires:Hotel New Otani Osaka 0570-00-2345 (1000hrs:1900hrs) ム Nagoya Venue ム Location:Nagoya Parco:Parco Gallery Exhibition Period:5/16(Thursday): TBC 1000hrs: 2100hrs(Last entry at 2030hrs) Entrance Free:600yen/Audio guide 500yen(Includes tax) For enquiries:Parco Gallery 052-264-8370 (1000hrs: 2100hrs) For more information: Kyary Museum Homepage Source: Fashionsnap.com, barks.jp Makai Wars Live event coming this summer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nis-holding-makai-wars-live- summer/ By SunSoftware on April 5th, 2013 Remember how on April Fool’s Day, NIS teased the game Makai Wars coming this summer? Well, it wasn’t a joke — no, the game still isn’t coming out, but there will be a concert featuring NIS’s biggest stars. Nippon Ichi Software, the developer responsible for the massively popular strategy-RPG series Disgaea, will hold the concert ”Makai Wars Live episode1: Asagi’s Counterattack” on July 13 at Yokohama BLITZ. As the name implies, this event is themed around Asagi, the hero of the game Makai Wars. NIS first revealed a teaser of Makai Wars in the summer of 2004, but it was never released, and Asagi, still waiting for her game, has appeared as an unlockable character
  18. 18. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 in eighteen different games since then (getting a little less patient each time). However, that will all change this summer, when Asagi makes her move and finally secures her own game. How she will do that, we will have to wait and see. Also, the event will feature some of the best musicians from NIS’s works, such as these: • Tenpei Sato (music composer of the entire Disgaea series, plus other games) and his band, MissKiss • Yousei Teikoku (performed the opening theme of The Guided Fate Paradox) • Maria Kawamura (voice actress of Kururu from Little Princess: Doll Princess of Marl Kingdom 2) • Suzuko Mimori (voice actress of Asagi in Disgaea D2) • Ultra-Prism (dressed up as Asagi and performed in last year’s Asagi’s National Tour) Makai Wars Live episode1: Asagi’s Counterattack is part of NIS’s 20th anniversary celebration. Earlier this year, they released the games The Guided Fate Paradox (KamiPara) and Disgaea D2. With all of the work they have been doing, who knows what NIS will do next? Asagi has been on a roll, as well. Last year, NIS collaborated with the vocalist of Ultra-Prism, Usagi Tsukimiya, to hold “Asagi’s National Tour” in Okinawa and Fukuoka, and Asagi was voted the most popular female NIS character by readers of Dengeki Online. With a massive fanbase on her side, will Asagi finally get her own game this summer? Asagi fans, keep your hopes up! Source: Nippon Ichi Software homepage Culture Japan & Good Smile Company releases Japanese Kanji Learning cards “Moekanji” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/culture-japan-good-smile-company- releases-japanese-kanji-learning-cards-moekanji/ By bj0rN on April 5th, 2013 Danny Choo, producer of the worldwide TV series “Culture Japan” and Director of Mirai.inc, has announced his collaboration with Japanese hobby maker Good Smile Company to release “Moekanji” – a set of 87 illustrated cards to help individuals learn first grade Japanese Kanji which include the “On” and “Kun” readings written in Hiragana. Moekanji is the second product in the “Moe” learning series and follows on from the hit product “Moekana” which teaches individuals the basic Japanese syllabary Hiragana. Even though Moekana was aimed at non Japanese to learn Hiragana, Moekana became the 2nd best selling anime product in the Amazon Japan sales rankings.
  19. 19. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 The Moekanji cards feature the mascots of Culture Japan which include “Mirai Suenaga” and characters of the TV show and website “Culture Japan” and are illustrated by the Japanese illustrator Ikkyuu. Moekanji also has collaboration cards which include the Nitroplus mascot character Super Sonico. Pre-orders are open for Moekanji which retails for 2500 yen and is due to be released at the end of May 2013. Danny is also collaborating with Japanese online Hobby Retailer AmiAmi where a Kanji Wallscroll will be given away with all pre-orders taken at AmiAmi.
  20. 20. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 AKB48 Lineup announced for Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/akb48-lineup-announced-tokyo- auto-salon-singapore-2013/ By bj0rN on April 5th, 2013 The list of the 16 members of Japan’s number one girl group, AKB48 that will be performing and meeting their fans at the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013 have been announced. The 16 members from AKB48 are: 1. Maria Abe 2. Sayaka Akimoto 3. Rina Chikano 4. Nana Fujita 5. Rina Kawaei
  21. 21. April 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 6. Ayaka Kikuchi 7. Ami Maeda 8. Natsumi Matsubara 9. Sakiko Matsui 10. Tomomi Nakatsuka 11. Amina Sato 12. Sumire Sato 13. Haruka Shimada 14. Shihori Suzuki 15. Juri Takahashi 16. Yuuka Tano Also the time schedule for the Meet & Greet Session and the Live Performance have also been announced. They will all be held at the Performance Stage at Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore 2013. Here are the details as followed: AKB48 Meet & Greet Session 12 Apr 2013 | 1515hrs 13 Apr 2013 | 1630hrs AKB48 One Hour “Live” Performance 13 Apr 2013 | 1800hrs Do remember that fans are entitled to watch AKB48′s performance with any purchase of the Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore tickets. 500 passes available each day on a first come first serve basis for those who are keen to get to the priority area/mosh pit area to get up close with AKB48. To be amongst the 500 people with these passes, each attendee must bring along their online purchase confirmation email to the redemption booth inside the event hall. Redemption of the passes are only valid for that day only. Sale for the online ticket purchase will close on 8 April 2013 at 2359hrs. The organizers have also included that attendees are not allowed to redeem Saturday’s live performance priority area/moshpit pass on Friday, 12 April 2013. For more past details to check out our previous post here and here.
  22. 22. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture More details on the T.M.Revolution and Nana Mizuki collaboration revealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/details-t-m-revolution-nana-mizuki- collaboration-revealed-draft/ By Az on April 11th, 2013 T.M.Revolution and Mizuki Nana has just opened a special website for their collaboration single, “Preserved Roses”, to be released in May 15. The CD jacket of the single and the artwork that comes with it has also been revealed. This powerful collaboration single is the opening theme for the anime “Kakumeiki VALVRAVE”, which is aired today, April 11, by MBS and TBS broadcast stations. The TV SPOT for the collaboration single “Preserved Roses” and the promotional video for “Kakumeiki VALVRAVE” can also be watched in the site. It has been decided that new content will be uploaded to the site, so fans of this collaboration should definitely check it out. The said website is here. image and news source: natalie Gatchaman live action movie: watch the first trailer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/gatchaman-live-action-movie-watch- trailer/ By ellehaym on April 11th, 2013 If you’ve been watching anime since you were little, you probably had the chance to watch the TV series Kagaku Ninjatai Gatchaman. This year, fans of the franchise will be able to watch a live action adaptation of this sci-fi action anime on the big screen.
  23. 23. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Gatchaman’s live action film was confirmed last year. Now, the official movie website has revealed its first trailer and a new image. The upcoming Gatchaman movie is set in a futuristic Tokyo, where the world faces a new nemesis called the “Galactor”. This technologically advanced terrorist group has seized control of half of the world. Nambu Kouzaburou, a scientist, decides fight against mankind’s new threat by forming the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. The group consists of five young heroes with excellent ninjutsu skills. They are dressed in costumes called G Suits. Cast: • Tori Matsuzaka as Owashi no Ken • Go Ayano as Condor no Joe • Ayame Gouriki as Shiratori no Jun • Tatsuomi Hamada as Tsubakuro no Jinpei • Ryohei Suzuki as Mimizuku no Ryu • Goro Kishitani as Dr. Nambu KozaburoMitsuishi Ken as Dr. Kirkland • Eriko Hatsune as Naomi • Shido Nakamura as Iriya The G Suits are something noteworthy in this movie production. According Matsuzaka, these costumes fit them perfectly. It was also revealed that the suits were designed to withstand the harsh demands of the movie’s action scenes. Of course, this comes with a price. All in all, the suits cost 20 million yen (that’s 248,424 SGD!). On top of that, the creation of the suits took more than one year. The live action movie is directed by Toya Sato, with its screenplay written by Yusuke Watanabe. Gatchaman is slated to premiere on August 24 in Japan. Sources: JEFusion and tokyohive What’s New In 7th Dragon 2020-II Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/w/ By Xak on April 11th, 2013 7th Dragon 2020-II is the sequel to the game released in 2011 that has you create a team to hunt the dragons that threaten humanity’s survival. It was notable for Hatsune Miku singing the OP and appearing in the game, and for the vast array of voice actors that you could choose for creating each character in your team; it had a total of 30 different voices to choose from, 15 for male characters and 15 for female characters. So what is actually new about 7th Dragon 2020-II? First off, they’ve expanded on that the already-impressive seiyuu cast to a total of 40 different voices, and many of the names they’ve added are very notable seiyuus too. Abe Atsushi Ono Daisuke Sakurai Takahiro Nakamura Yuuichi Itoue Kanae Sawashiro Miyuki Tange Sakura Hikasa Youko Ishida Akira Kaji Yuuki Shimono Hiro Hirata Hiroaki Katou Emiri Taketatsu Ayana Chihara Minori Horie Yui Egawa Hisao Kamiya Hiroshi Sugita Tomokazu Fukuyama Jun Kuwashima Houko Tanaka Atsuko Toyoguchi Megumi Mizuki Nana Ootsuka Akio Kimura Ryouhei Takeuchi Ryouta Miki Shinichirou Saitou Chiwa Tanaka Rie Toyosaki Aki Yuuki Aoi Okamoto Nobuhiko Kuroda Takaya Nakai Kazuya Miyano Mamoru Satou Rina Tamura Yukari Hanazawa Kana Yukana Secondly, there’s a new character class you can choose when making a character: the Idol. Idols have S rank charisma, use
  24. 24. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 megaphones and speakers in battle, and can use ‘orders’ to buff and control your party. Other than choosing your character’s class, you can also choose the model used for the character. And 7th Dragon 2020-II has two new additions for this. The first one is that there is a new, non-human model available called Lucier. They are a race that sacrificed themselves to stop the first Dragon invasion 12000 years ago in Atlantis, and are revived in Tokyo in 2021. The other new addition for character creation is that you can now choose from 3 different colour variations of the models for your characters, giving you more choices, and making it easier to visually recognise the characters in your party, especially when they all have the same model, as this video shows. The last couple of items that are new about 7th Dragon 2020- II both involve Hatsune Miku. Firstly, she will be appearing in the game as the NPC “Hatsune Miku TYPE 2021″. The other piece of news is that when you meet certain conditions in the game, you will unlock the option to change the BGM mode to “DIVA Mode”, a version where Miku sings the BGM. 7th Dragon 2020-II is scheduled to release on 18th April for the PSP, and has a price of 6279yen for the UMD version, and 5600yen for the download version. Make music on your 3DS with KORG M01D Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/music-3ds-korg-m01d/ By SunSoftware on April 11th, 2013 Have you ever wanted to make music, preferably on a portable device with software that cost less than $100? Then you’ll want to read about this robust music workstation built for your 3DS. KORG M01D is the 3DS version of the popular music workstation M1, which you probably never heard of unless you’ve already produced music before. M01D is a powerful music synthesizer that makes music creation easy with a touchscreen interface and the ability to save songs onto your SD card and share them through the Internet. In case that doesn’t sound exciting in words, here’s a video that gives you a glimpse of how it works. Here are some of the features in more technical detail, for those who are music production-savvy: • 8-part multi-timbral synth with 342 sounds, for a maximum of 24 voices • Selected sounds from the 01/W
  25. 25. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 • New sounds exclusive to the M01 on 3DS • Master effects: reverb and delay • 8 track step sequencer with up to 64 steps per scene and up to 99 scenes • Sound browser, mixer, and keyboard • KAOSS mode that uses the popular KAOSSilator layout so you can input notes, chords, and drums easily from the touchscreen KORG M01D will be available on Japan’s Nintendo eShop this May and in other countries this summer. It will cost 3,000 yen, which is expensive for an eShop title, but at least it’s cheaper than Logic Pro 9 for the Mac ($199) or Pro Tools 10 ($699). Just to prove that even professional musicians can work with a 3DS, here is a sample song by the duo CT+X. And to drive the point even further, here is Sano Nobuyoshi, the founder of Detune and composer who has made music for Tekken and Ridge Racer. Source: Create Digital Music Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP — details on story and CD series Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/hyperdimension-idol-neptunia-pp- details-story-cd-series/ By SunSoftware on April 11th, 2013 It has been a while since Compile Heart officially revealed their upcoming idol raising game, but now they’ve given some back story and even revealed a dedicated CD series. Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP is a PS Vita spin-off of the popular Hyperdimension Neptunia RPG series. Like the previous games, the story takes place in the world of Gamindustri, which is guarded by cute, game console-based goddesses. However, this game is set in a parallel universe where an idol boom has risen, and one idol group named MOB48 (isn’t there another idol group that ends in “48″?) is taking shares, putting the goddesses in danger of bankruptcy. In order to fight against MOB48, the goddesses form their own idol unit. The game lets you control Neptune, Noire, Blanc, and Vert, while their younger sisters have not been confirmed as playable characters. When you perform in concerts, you earn Stage Points, and your audience will have a different number of fans and haters who are divided into categories like “guts” and “stress”. You can customize the goddesses’ costumes, and they can transform during performances, which obviously changes their appearance and voices. Idol Neptunia PP will be released on June 20, but the goddesses’ conquest of the idol world won’t stop there. Compile Heart has also announced a CD series titled “Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP: Complete Bundle Processor”. These CDs will feature dance arrangements of songs from the game, as well as codes that let you download the songs to use in the game. Here is a list of the CDs currently scheduled to be released: Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.1 ~Neptune x Purple Heart (CV: Rie Tanaka)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HP∞L♡VE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear… every day (idol dance ver.)
  26. 26. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 5. Fly High! 6. Purple Energy Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.2 ~Vert x Green Heart (CV: Rina Satou)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HP∞L♡VE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear… every day (idol dance ver.) 5. HP∞L♡VE Power 6. Koi wa U la ♡ LOVE 2 Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.3 ~Noire x Black Heart (CV: Asami Imai)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HP∞L♡VE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear… every day (idol dance ver.) 5. with confidence 6. goddess of victory Hyperdimension Idol Neptunia PP Complete Bundle Processor vol.4 ~Blanc x White Heart (CV: Kana Asumi)~ 1. Fly High! (idol dance ver.) 2. with confidence (idol dance ver.) 3. HP∞L♡VE Power (idol dance ver.) 4. Dear… every day (idol dance ver.) 5. Dear… every day 6. MY RULE The first two volumes will be released on June 26, and the third and fourth volumes on August 28. They will each cost 2,310 yen. In addition to the idol simulation game, there are two more Hyperdimension Neptunia games coming to the Vita and the anime series airing this summer. Clearly, the goddesses of Gamindustri are not slacking off. Source: Amaebi, Dengeki New Yozakura Quartet TV Anime announced, designs revealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/yozakura-quartet-tv-anime- announced-designs-revealed/ By hittokiri on April 11th, 2013 A new TV anime adaptation of Yozakura Quartet has been announced last week. The new series will be titled Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ This week, the official website released the new character designs by the series’s manga artist Yasuda Suzuhito. Yozakura Quartet is a manga by Yasuda Suzuhito currently serialized in the monthly magazine Gekkan Shounen Sirius. The manga is a supernatural series revolving around 4 teenagers with unique abilities who undertake the task of helping and protecting the inhabitants of their town who consist of humans and demons. It was previously adapted into a 12 episode TV anime in 2008. In 2010 an OVA adaptation was released consisting of 3 episodes. Volume 13 of the manga was released on the 9th of this month. Currently no other information regarding the new TV anime has been announced. Source : TV Anime Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ Official Website
  27. 27. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable AR Posters at Musashi’s 8 Stations + 1 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kyoukai-senjou-horizon-portable-ar- posters-musashis-8-stations-1/ By Xak on April 10th, 2013 As a promotion for the Kyoukai Senjou no Horizon Portable game for the PSP that release on 25th April, Kadokawa Games will be putting up posters at 8+1 railway stations in Tokyo corresponding to the 8 ships that together make up Musashi, the giant ship where many of the main characters reside. These posters include an AR marker that will show a character suspended in mid-air when viewed with a specific app. The characters shown at each station are different, and different characters will be shown at the same station at random. Also, at the JR Akihabara station, which is the +1 station, limited amounts of PR cards will be given away. The PR card giveaway and posters at Akihabara will only be from 22nd April to 28th April, while the posters at the other 8 stations (Shinagawa, Fuchuu, Takao, Kokubunji, Okutama, Asakusa, Ogawa and Haijima) will be up from 22nd April to 5th May. Source: Dengeki Online Nico Nico Super Conference 2 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/nico-nico-super-conference/ By hittokiri on April 10th, 2013 Nico Nico Super Conference makes a return this year with Nico Nico Super Conference 2. The event will be held at Makuhari Messe on the 27th and 28th of April.
  28. 28. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 With the concept of an event attempting to reproduce (almost) all of Nico Nico Douga’s content into real life (♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡), the event will feature Nico Nico Douga’s staple contents such dance (♡♡♡♡♡ ♡), video games (♡♡♡♡♡♡♡), vocaloids (♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡) to niched contents such as trainspotting (♡♡♡♡♡♡) and Billy Herrington (♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡) The event will feature stage performances by idol groups such as Idoling and ♡-ute, as well as visual kei bands such as Alice Nine and ViViD. Anisong fans will not be left out as there will also be performances by Aoi Eiru, Kitadani Hiroshi and ZAQ to name but a few. Last year, Nico Nico Super Conference was attended by 92,000 on site attendees while a reported 347,000 streamed the event live vie it’s Nico Nico Douga website. Source : Nico Nico Cho Kaigi Further details for “Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram” announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/details-steinsgate-linear-bounded- phenogram-announced/ By Ryo on April 10th, 2013 Just earlier today, MAGES released a promotional video for the soon-to-be released Steins;Gate game, Steins;Gate Senkei Kōsoku no Phenogram, or better known as Steins;Gate: Linear Bounded Phenogram. Available on the PS3 and XBOX, the promotional video featured an alpaca wearing a superhero costume; despite this pretty hilarious opening in the video, the game isn’t as happy and comedic as you think. In two recent gameplay videos release by 5pb, you get to experience an extremely poignant moment between Rintaro Okabe as well as Kurisu Makise when playing as Mayuri Shiina. In the first scenario, Mayuri tells Okabe that he hasn’t been acting like himself recently after meeting up with him at her
  29. 29. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 grandmother’s grave unexpectedly. Before that, he retorts, saying that Mayuri wasn’t a burden to him at all when she started a small talk and then wanting to bring up the topic of her a liability; in turn causing him stress. Okabe eventually requests that Mayuri should stop asking him anymore questions, and once the time is right, he promises to tell her what is necessary. Mayuri agrees reluctantly, but in an attempt to lighten the mood, she offers to go get some sweet dango; Okabe agrees after making a joke about Mayuri being a glutton, and the two leaves for the said dessert. In the second scenario, a more emotional scene compared to the first, Mayuri finds herself gathering enough courage to ask Kurisu about her and Okabe when she realizes that they were both acting strangely, and not just Okabe. Hesitantly, Kurisu explains that no matter what happens, either one of them were going to die because of the warped world line, and because Kurisu herself was destined to die in their current and original timeline, she convinced Okabe to save Mayuri instead; with a smile, she tells Mayuri to accept what is to come. Mayuri however, refuses to accept this as she did not want a world where her friend is fated to die, and she blames herself for being ignorant. The standard edition’s suggested retail price is 7, 140 yen for both the PS3 and XBOX, but Amazon Japan is listing it at 5, 836 yen at the moment. Both limited editions of Linear Bounded Phenogram for PS3 and XBOX will include Okabe’s cell phone; the suggested retail price is 11, 550 yen, and 9, 445 yen on Amazon Japan’s listing. Both editions will be released on April 25th . Source: 4gamer The Last of Us – Thoughts about the game and video log on “Wasteland Beautiful” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/thoughts-game-video-log-wasteland- beautiful/ By Ryo on April 10th, 2013 Amidst the dark, post-apocalyptic world lies a stunningly beautiful realm; despite the buildings and structures being a shadow of its previous splendor, there’s this unknown wonder about nature reclaiming its territory, especially when almost all of humankind are lost to the deadly plague. This is The Last of Us. Created by the very same team that brought you the Unchartered series, The Last of Us is an upcoming PS3- exclusive game set to be released on 14th June, 2013. In case you haven’t heard about The Last of Us yet, it was unveiled during last year’s E3, and crowned as one of the most anticipated and best game of 2012. The game tells a story of Joel and his female companion Ellie as they journey through the U.S., escaping the quarantine zones the military has kept them in to avoid any infection from a Cordyceps fungus. In order to fulfill an oath he made, Joel runs away with Ellie in an attempt to bring her to a resistance group called Fireflies, causing the military to chase after the duo. However, the military isn’t their only threat; scavengers, and even the infected will all hunt the
  30. 30. April 11th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 pair down, forcing them to actively fight their way through the cities in order to survive. In the latest video log recorded by the Naughty Dog team, we explore what went into design and concept of The Last of Us’s universe. Their keyword for the creation of the world is contrast – almost every aspects of the game has a counterpart, bringing the players both ends of the spectrum as they immerse themselves in the scenic world of the game, to see what we’ve built and what we’ve lost. In addition, The Last of Us also features pretty realistic killing. And when I say realistic, I mean the sense of regret that overwhelms you almost immediately when you take a swing at the infected or even opening fire at a helpless enemy that tried to murder you seconds ago, even if it is just a virtual kill. There is no doubt that The Last of Us will not just be a game filled with adventure and survival; it will be a game with a somber tale, the dialogue deep and emotional as the player gets strung into the immersive world of The Last of Us. And you have to admit; even though The Last of Us isn’t advertised as a horror game, it can easily be passed off as one. The infected looks terrifying, and with just one glance, you know that they’re not to be trifled with. So far all the videos and screenshots have not failed my expectations – their level designs were consistent, and you can see that both the human enemies and infected are equally threatening. But of course, the latter proves to be scarier. Who can deny that? That being said, if you’re a fan of the Unchartered series, this is not a title to be missed; or if you haven’t gotten a PS3 yet, this may be a wise time to invest into one, especially if you love survival games with a touch of horror. The Last of Us will be released on 14th June 2013 as a PS3- only title. Source: 4gamer
  31. 31. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Perfume to simultaneously release “Magic Of Love” single and “Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st” DVD Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-simultaneously-release- magic-love-single-perfume-world-tour-1st-dvd/ By Az on April 13th, 2013 Perfume, who has just announced a second world tour, will simultaneously release their second single for 2013, Magic Of Love, and Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD (Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore) this coming May 22. Magic Of Love was created for the “Pure Gummy” CM, with its theme of casting the magic of love. It is a song about a girl who daydreams about starting her ideal romance and described as a song that will capture your heart with its catchy tunes and sweet singing voices. The regular version of the single will contain the title track, “Magic Of Love” and a yet untitled coupling track. Those who bought the limited version will receive a special DVD with the music video. Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD will contain Singapore’s version of the concert and a documentary on the girls’ experiences on their first overseas tour. The lives for the tour were all on all-standing live houses: the type of venues Perfume performed on during their rise to fame. Aside from the live footage and the documentary, Perfume WORLD TOUR 1st DVD first press edition will contain a replica sticker of the staff pass. Those who bought either regular or limited version of the single along with the world tour DVD will be able to join a lottery for a special present. More details on the special present will be announced on the official website. Source: Perfume Official Website Miyano Mamoru’s first ever appearance on NHK’s Music Japan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/miyano-mamorus-appearance-nhks- music-japan/ By hittokiri on April 13th, 2013 Miyano Mamoru made his first ever appearance on NHK’s music variety show Music Japan this week. Introduced as the Most Popular Ikemen Voice Actor among women, he was there to promote his latest single Kanon. The episode aired on the 11th of April also featured guests Yuusuke (遊遊), KARA and the telephones. In line with Japan’s current recruitment and orientation season, this week’s episode featured a segment where guests are introduced to methods to liven up parties.
  32. 32. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Hilarity soon ensued when the male guests were asked to try out one of the methods.
  33. 33. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Miyano Mamoru has provided the voice for numerous popular characters including Suou Tamaki from Ouran High School Host Club, Yagami Light from Death Note and Setsuna F. Seie from Kidou Senshi Gundam OO. This season he can be heard in Uta no Prince-sama as Ichinose Tokiya and in the anime Carnival as Yogi (遊遊). Music Japan is currently hosted by Perfume and Yoshida Kazutaka. Narration on the show is done by Mizuki Nana. Source : Yaraon!, Seiyu Fan ACE Promo Video, New Character for Date A Live PS3 Game by Compile Hearts Revealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ace-promo-video-new-character- date-live-ps3-game-compile-hearts-revealed/ By Xak on April 13th, 2013 The official website for the Date A Live PS3 game by Compile Hearts and Sting revealed the promotional video that was shown at Anime Contents Expo a couple of weeks ago, and most importantly, a new character that was not in the original novels has been shown! Her name is Sonogami Rinne, the same Rinne that is in the subtitle of the game, Rinne Utopia. Which suggests straight off that the game will be focusing around her. From the description given, she’s a childhood friend of the protagonist, Itsuka Shidou. Since Date A Live is a story whose premise consists of a guy who ends up dating various Spirits in turn in order to save the world, there seems to be much more to this character than meets the eye, and that it is very likely that you would end up dating her at some point or another. However, not much more is known about this game, other than being described as a ‘Spirit Conquest Adventure’, which suggests that at least one aspect of the game will involve dating the various Spirits, which can lead up to scenes such as these.
  34. 34. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Date A Live: Rinne Utopia also has the same voice actresses for the various Spirits, and has Hanazawa Kana voicing Rinne, and from the promotion video it sounds like she’s going to be hard at work to steal Shido’s heart, as well as the hearts of her fans. Date A Live: Rinne Utopia is scheduled for a 27 June release for the PS3, with prices of 7140yen for the normal edition, 9240yen for the limited edition and 6300yen for the download edition. Namie Amuro’s Asia Tour Singapore Leg cancelled Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/namie-amuros-asia-tour-singapore- leg-cancelled/ By Crest on April 12th, 2013 The official site for Namie Amuro’s Asia Tour 2013 has released an announcement that the Singapore leg of the tour has been cancelled due to ‘ issues concerning the local promoter’. Such ‘issues’, while not explained further in the announcement, they are likely to revolve around relatively poor ticket sales. The steep ticket prices, ranging from $138 to $268, places the cancelled concert at the price range of the more expensive acts that come to Singapore. Namie Amuro’s billing as a top Japanese artiste is beyond doubt but her local popularity may not be sufficient, in my opinion, to justify such pricing. Midas Promotions, the promoter and organizer for the Singapore leg for Namie Amuro’s tour, is not a new company and has handled many concerts in the Southeast Asia region. On a related note, they were one of the organizers for L’Arc~en~Ciel’s concert in Singapore. While we may never know the real workings of what happened, we can only hope that Singapore may be able to witness a Namie Amuro concert in the near future. At the point of writing, there is no information on the refunds of tickets on Sistic’s website but this should be rectified soon. Credits: namie amuro ASIA TOUR 2013 Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition opening on April 27 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/grand-dengeki-bunko-exhibition- opening-april-27/ By SunSoftware on April 12th, 2013
  35. 35. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Dengeki Bunko, the publisher responsible for many of today’s hottest light novels, will be celebrating their 20th anniversary with an event that fans will not want to miss. The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition will be held from April 27 to May 6 in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City. There will be amazing features at this event, and here are some detailed descriptions from Dengeki’s official website. Artist Illustrations The artists of Dengeki’s novels will produce exclusive artwork to be displayed at the exhibition. The pictures will be divided into three categories: scenes — both scenes out of novels and completely original scenes — cosplay drawings, and swimsuit drawings. Here is an incomplete list of titles that will be featured (yes, incomplete). How many do you recognize? • Sword Art Online • Hataraku! Maou-sama • Ro-Kyu-Bu! • To Aru Majutsu no Index • Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei • Accel World • Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai • Golden Time • Strike The Blood • Baccano! • Shakugan no Shana • Sakurasou no Pet na Kanojo • Durarara!! • Spice and Wolf • Toradora! • Black Bread • Magdala de Nemure • Seiraku Shoujo • Nareru! SE • Heavy Object • C3 -C Cubed- • Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan • Kantan na Monitor Desu • Shitsuren Tantei Momose • Yome ni Shiro to Semaru Osananajimi no Tame ni xx Shitemita • Idolizing! • Shinigami no Ballad • Sayonara Piano Sonata • Alice Reloaded: Hello, Mister Magnum • Ashita, Boku wa Shinu. Kimi wa Ikikaeru. • Eiko to “Tooru” to Bukatsu no Jikan. Autograph Sessions In addition, throughout the week, these popular authors and artists will come to the the exhibition in person to give their autographs to lucky attendees: • April 28: “Ore no Imouto ga Konnani Kawaii Wake ga Nai” author Tsukasa Fushimi and artist Hiro Kanzaki • April 29: “Golden Time” author Yuyuko Takemiya and artist Eeji Komatsu • May 3: “Ro-Kyu-Bu!” author Sagu Aoyama and artist Tinkuru • May 5: “Hataraku Maou-sama!” author Satoshi Wagahara and artist 029 • May 6: “Sword Art Online” author Reki Kawahara and artist abec Dengeki Bunko’s 20th Anniversary Special Store As you may have guessed, there will be products on sale at the event. Here’s a preview of the some of the items which will be available nowhere else. • The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition Official Book, containing some of the illustrations displayed at the
  36. 36. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 exhibition, as well as posters, trading cards, and exclusive stories from Dengeki’s authors. • Trading card set • T-shirts Autographed Tapestries Lastly, people who buy a ticket before April 27 can also buy these three tapestries based on light novels that you should recognize on sight. The regular price of each ticket is 1,000 yen, whereas the three tapestries cost 2,000 yen more. The best part is that these tapestries are signed by their respective author and artist, which makes them a must- buy for fans of the series. The Grand Dengeki Bunko Exhibition will be an important event held by one of the major players in Japan’s entertainment industries, so anyone who can attend should get their tickets immediately. Source: Dengeki Voice actresses of The Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls want their own anime Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/voice-actresses-idolmster-cinderella- girls-anime/ By SunSoftware on April 12th, 2013 The Idolm@ster CInderella Girls has become quite popular in Japan, even though the mobile game isn’t available
  37. 37. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 outside of Japan. Since you can’t play the game, would you like to see the more recent idols in an anime? On April 10, there was an event in Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City to celebrate the release of The Idolm@ster’s newest single, “Onegai! Cinderella”. The voice actresses of the eleven idols featured in the CD made an appearance, including: • Ayaka Ohashi (voice of Uzuki Shimamura) • Minami Tsuda (Miho Kohinata) • Yuka Ootsubo (Kanako Mimura) • Ayaka Fukuhara (Rin Shibuya) • Ruriko Aoki (Riina Tada) • Maaya Uchida (Ranko Kanzaki) • Sayuri Hara (Mio Honda) • Haruka Yoshimura (Mika Jougasaki) • Nozomi Yamamoto (Rika Jougasaki) • Rei Matsuzaki (Kirari Moroboshi) • Hiromi Igarashi (Anzu Futaba) Just like in the game, the singers were divided into three groups: Passion, Cool, and Cute. The idols they represent are pictured below. Despite the fact that the event took place in the middle of a weekday, over two thousand people came to see the idols. After several performances and talk sessions, the idols discussed the future development of the Cinderella Girls. When asked what their wishes were, the Passion group replied, “An anime!”, whereas the Cool group said, “An anime, plus individual albums, covers, and duets,” and the Cute group, “We want to perform in a huge auditorium with all of the Cinderella Girls.” Those are some big wishes from the idols. Unlike the main line Idolm@ster games, Cinderella Girls focuses on “collecting” idols, who are represented by trading cards instead of 3D models, and there are over 100 idols in the game. Animating all of them would be a gargantuous project, although Namco Bandai could hold a poll to pick just a handful of idols to animate. Speaking of polls, Japan Columbia Records will hold the second official Cinderella Girl election, in which the five idols with the most votes will form a new unit. The election will be held from April 25 to May 8, and the new unit will release their debut album on May 22. Another announcement is that the first volumes of the three Cinderella Girls manga “New Generation”, “Rocking Girl”, and “Shuffle!” will be released on April 25. With the help of manga, elections, and other feedback, maybe Namco Bandai will feature some of the Cinderella Girls in Idolm@ster 3, and then an anime. Could the Cinderella Girls become the stars of their own Cinderella Story? Source: Yaraon, Famitsu Zero no Tsukaima’s Author Yamaguchi Noboru lost battle against cancer at age 41 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/tsukaimas-author-yamaguchi- noboru-passed-away-age-41/ By hittokiri on April 12th, 2013
  38. 38. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Zero no Tsukaima’s author, Yamaguchi Noboru has passed away on the 4th of April 2013 after a 2 year battle with cancer. He was 41 years old. His death was announced on the the Media Factory website by MF Bunko J’s chief editor. The announcement caught many by surprise as he was still updating his tweeter account on the 31st of March. Yamaguchi Noboru debuted as a writer in 2000 with Sneaker Bunko magazine. In 2004, Zero no Tsukaima started serialization in the MF Bunko magazine. It was to be his most successful work. Zero no Tsukaima spans 20 volumes with another 5 volumes of side stories. It has been adapted into 4 seasons of anime, the last of which was Zero no Tsukaima F which aired in January 2012. In July 2011, he announced on the Media Factory website that he was diagnosed with cancer following a check up done in February of that year. It was deemed inoperable at the time of diagnosis but by August of that year an operation was done after it was found that conditions had improved. He had tweeted the success of the operation at that time. His funeral was held on the 10th of April 2013. Source : Media Factory,Yaraon!,RBBToday Perfume WORLD TOUR 2nd details released Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/perfume-world-tour-2nd-details- released/ By sentinel011 on April 12th, 2013 Earlier at noon, Perfume’s official site released details on its second world tour. The ladies will be performing in Germany, UK and France come July 2013. As Amuse probably has learnt that the ladies were visibly tired spreading their first world tour throughout four Asian countries, arrangements has been made for them to perform at these 3 countries within the first week of July 2013. Not to mention that ticket sales were also made available at the point of announcement. As for every other fan out there, they have a chance to ballot for a chance to purchase General Admission tickets. Sadly, it only applies to the Japanese and World account holders. Here’s the concert details for the respective countries:
  39. 39. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 VIP tickets are sold in the same manner as WORLD TOUR 1st, which means the first ticket holder gets to pick their perfect place first. Perfume’s management probably felt that it was a great idea to have them perform in a region where electropop is widely accepted. They have probably eyed on France, since the country is reputed for being the most Japan-centric country in Europe; just look at the guest lists of the long running Japan Expo. As for Germany, what better country than to perform in the grand-daddy of all electronic music. UK had it covered, especially when Kyary and Utada Hikaru had performed there. Source: Perfume World Tour website Kashiwagi Yuki releases 2nd solo Live on Blu-Ray and DVD Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/kashiwagi-yuki-releases-2nd-solo- live-blu-ray-dvd/ By Az on April 12th, 2013 AKB48′s Kashiwagi Yuki is set to release her 2nd solo live, “2nd Solo Live Nete Mo Samete Mo Yukirin WORLD ~Muchuu Ni Sarechauzo 遊~ on DVD and Blu-ray on June 19. For her second live, which was held in Tokyo International Forum Hall A, 5000 fans have been chosen by lottery amongst approximately 70,000 that applied. She gave her all with a total of 18 songs in the live, including her debut single “Shortcake” and the acoustic version of “Sakura No Ki Ni Narou”, featuring the guitarist Oshio Kotaro, who has also played for her last December in the AKB Kouhaku and for her coupling track. During the live, Kashiwagi rode atop a 10-meter crane and expressed her gratitude to the fans while holding back her tears. The fans also cheered loudly and excitedly at Kashiwagi’s goal of going international. Aside from footage of the live itself, bonus footage consisting of live-preparation documentary and rehearsal will be included. A random special photo will also be included in the first press edition. Track List + Encore (15-18): 1. Kuchiutsushi No Chocolate 2. Enkyori Poster 3. Shonichi 4. Dragon Fruit No Tabegoro 5. GIVE ME FIVE! 6. Shortcake 7. Sakura No Ki Ni Narou Acoustic Ver. feat. Oshio Kotaro 8. Sore Demo Nakanai 9. Kazanbai 10. Jealousy Punch 11. Class-kai No Ato De 12. Miraibashi 13. Temodemo No Namida 14. Gingham Check 15. Eien Pressure 16. Iiwake Maybe
  40. 40. April 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 17. Romance Privacy 18. Yokaze No Shiwaza For those not familiar with Kashiwagi Yuki, check out the short version of her debut single, “Shortcake”. 16 members of AKB48 is also set to appear on Marina Bay Sands for Tokyo Auto Salon 2013. Though Kashiwagi will not be appearing there, popular members Akimoto Sayaka and Sato Amina will appear. Check this article for the complete member list and more details. Source: oricon EXILE member TAKAHIRO to release his first solo single Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/exile-member-takahiro-release-solo- single-time/ By ellehaym on April 12th, 2013 If TAKAHIRO happens to be your favorite EXILE vocalist, then you will soon hear the individual charms of his voice. The EXILE member will release his first solo single entitled Issen Ichibyou this June. The single’s title track is about a maddening love and was also described as a “forbidden love ballad”. Odake Masato (the lyricist behind EXILE’s Bloom) was the one who wrote the lyrics for Issen Ichibyou. TAKAHIRO himself also offered help in writing the lyrics of the title track. While waiting for the release of the single, here’s a short version of Issen Ichibyou streamed via Avex’s YouTube Channel: (Yep, that’s a short PV right there. It’s almost 5 minutes long, though) TAKAHIRO’s solo single will also include with…, the song currently used for the “050plus” commercial by NTT Communications. The single will be available in two editions: Single + DVD CD only Track Information: CD 1. Issen Ichibyou 2. with… 3. Futsukazuki 4. Yakusoku no Sora 5. Issen Ichibyou [Instrumental] 6. with… [Instrumental] 7. Futsukazuki [Instrumental] 8. Yakusoku no Sora [Instrumental] DVD 1. Issen Ichibyou (music video) 2. Issen Ichibyou (making of the MV) Source: tokyohive
  41. 41. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Guest cosplayers Neneko & Momo to grace Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/guest-cosplayers-neneko-momo- grace-fuwa-fuwa-run-maid-cafe/ By sentinel011 on April 16th, 2013 Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe, a new maid cafe concept not unlike Anime Festival Asia’s Moe Moe Kyun Maid Cafe, will be having it’s début event this coming Saturday, 20 April. According to its press release, the event “will see specially trained maids who will serve guests with different personas such as Tsundere, Gothic Lolita, Boukko, Meganekko and Chunnibyou.” Part of the proceeds from the sales of its set meals will be donated to the Singapore Children’s Society. The organizers have invited Neneko and Momo as special guests to compliment the maid cafe concept. The two bubbly and cute cosplayers who did Tamako Market and Sword Art Online photoshoots together will offer free Polaroid opportunities for all patrons at the Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe. They will also be selling exclusive glossy A4 photo prints not yet sold elsewhere, even in their home country. Their DVD-ROM collection, featuring their cosplay works in Taiwan, will also be sold at the event. To get to the Fuwa Fuwa Run Maid Cafe held at Casie & Mum’s, check out the following link. Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore’s highlights & observations Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/tokyo-auto-salon-singapores- highlights-observations/ By sentinel011 on April 16th, 2013 SGCafe attended last weekend’s Tokyo Auto Salon in Marina Bay Sands exhibition halls to check out itashas and hot race queens. When we were there on Friday, its opening day, the crowds were few before lunch, but it gained momentum with more people walking to the event. Hardcore AKB48 fans queued since early morning, some coming down from Changi Airport as the girls arrived only in the wee hours of that morning. The race queens at the various booths didn’t appear until noon, 2 hours after opening. Most of them were local and Malaysian, with a couple from Taiwan. Saturday and Sunday saw more race queens per booth, though, but that is to be expected since many would be unable to make it on Friday due to work commitments, and the organizers would know that.
  42. 42. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Tokyo Auto Salon tries to bring out the original experience from Japan, held mostly in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe. In almost every sense, the Singapore counterpart was a mere fraction of the original. Cars and custom body kits were generally less impressive, and mostly with local modding flavours. We had hoped that the Tokyo Auto Salon brand name would drive custom body kit workshops to bring out more sleek and impressive mods to the car displays. Another letdown would be the grandeur and prestige Tokyo Auto Salon is mostly known for. Booths felt tame and unexciting, a far cry from the original. It felt more like an Automotive Expo in almost every aspect. There was a lack of itashas as well, and the only one we spotted was a locally modded car spotting Miku Racing decals. However, what’s great is that the organizers managed to cater to Japanese idol fanatics, especially those who came down especially for AKB48. The mosh pit pass – right in front of the main stage – had optimal viewing angle and distance. Yet there were a couple of times where the angle was too good; from our photographer’s perspective anyway. We let you guess on what we mean by this ‘too good’ angle. The short live performances by the girls were typical AKB48 flavour, as seen in the previous years back when they performed monthly at *SCAPE Warehouse. And about the cars and the various mods, we do spot a couple of great ones showcased at the event. Concept cars currently not officially in production yet were nice to ogle and drool over, not to mention spotting the beautifully painted Lamborghini Aventador, in a shade of yellow that gives off a slight aurora sheen when light reflects on it. Very nice. Singaporeans, especially middle age men were down mostly for the babes. While the J-Girls were of similar standards to the female promoters we have spotted at last year’s Tokyo Game Show, the rest weren’t half bad either. Children below 12 years of age have to pay S$10 to enter, but there wasn’t anything to occupy their young minds with within the hall! Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore’s content caters exactly for the middle age men, of which some of them are car enthusiasts. We were surprised that the S$25 entrance ticket did little to ‘deter’ guys from the event, given that how Singaporeans typically complain about rising prices everywhere. All in all, Tokyo Auto Salon Singapore was a decent experience for local males looking to have a visual feast of cars and babes, but for practically everyone else, the show just need slightly more polish over its rough surface to attract more visitors over. Without further ado, here’s some coverage photos for you to drool over.
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  46. 46. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Henneko’s 1st Bluray Special Edition Delusion Pack Comes With Bedsheet Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/hennekos-1st-bluray-special-edition- delusion-pack-bedsheet/ By Xak on April 16th, 2013 The official website for the Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko anime has updated with the specials for the 1st Bluray and DVD releases, and there are 2 different special editions for the Bluray. The Delusion pack will come with a ‘Sleeping Together’ sheet of Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko, with original art drawn by the character designer Kantoku. Both the Delusion Pack and the normal Special Edition of the Bluray will also come with a Tsukiko character song and soundtrack compilation CD, as well as a priority preorder
  47. 47. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 ticket for a future Henneko event. Both Bluray Editions will also have a sleeve case with original art by Kantoku. And all editions, including the DVD edition, will contain a short novel by the author of the original work, Sagara Sou, as well as a short comic done by Okomeken, the artist for the Henneko manga. Both the normal Bluray Special Edition and the DVD edition will have an illustration sheet of Tsukiko featuring original art by Kantoku. The jacket art for all editions is also an original illustration by Kantoku. The Henneko 1st Bluray and DVD editions are scheduled to release on 26th June, with a price of 9800yen for the Bluray Delusion Pack, 6800yen for the normal Bluray Special Edition, and 4800yen for the DVD edition. Good Smile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe’s Disgaea D2 Cafe Menu and Novelty Items Revealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/good-smile-karaoke-tetsujin-cafes- disgaea-d2-cafe-menu-novelty-items-revealed/ By Xak on April 16th, 2013 Good Smile x Karaoke no Tetsujin Cafe is having a collaboration with Disgaea D2 by Nippon Ichi, and the Disgaea D2 cafe will be running from 16th April to 6th May. And this is its special menu! Etna Active Volcano Mapo Tofu with Mandaragora (Mandrake) Salad Set And the special main course is a fiery dish with Etna’s name in it. Fitting for a demon with a temper like hers. To ease the pain it comes with a salad set to help soothe your taste buds. Unless you are the type that prefers them to keep burning.
  48. 48. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Laharl’s Character Drink and Clione Kudzu Manjuu Dessert Laharl’s colours are blue and red, so that drink looks really good and fizzy and cooling, something you might need after Etna. And for dessert, you can have some of Clione’s Manjuu. And as the norm, when you order items from the special menu you will be able to get some novelty items along with the meal. And first up are these coasters of Etna, Laharl and Flonne, all returning characters from the original Disgaea. And next we have can badges of Barbara and Sicily, both new characters. Barbara is a challenger for the title of Overlord, while Sicily is Laharl’s little sister. And the last item is a luncheon mat featuring Etna, Laharl and Flonne once again Source: 4Gamer.net
  49. 49. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Girls und Panzer featured in DVD about tanks Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/girls-und-panzer-featured-japan- defense-forces-informational-dvd/ By SunSoftware on April 16th, 2013 It’s not every day that you hear the words “Japan Ground Self-Defense Force” associated with anime, but the military faction has managed to make the news with an unusual collaboration with Girls und Panzer. The video publisher Liverpool recently announced three new titles in the Self-Defense Force educational DVD series. Titled “Yoku Wakaru!” (Understand Well!), there are three videos for Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Force, Maritime Self-Defense Force, and Air Self-Defense Force. While you may prefer one military branch over another, the best DVD out of these three is the Ground Self-Defense Force’s — solely because it includes audio commentary by the character Yukari Akiyama from Girls und Panzer. As fans of the anime know, Yukari, voiced by Ikumi Nakagami, is a passionate tank fanatic, and in this 65-minute video, she finally gets to advocaate tanks to her heart’s content. In addition, people who buy all three Yoku Wakaru! DVDs can receive the movie “Kizuna no Kioku” and a chance to win a photograph of a Type-10 autographed by Nakagami. Girls und Panzer, for those who don’t know, is an anime about girls who fight in tanks as a school sport. The Yoku Wakaru! titles will be available in Lawson and Sankus stores across Japan on May 13 for 1,980 yen, so fans of Girls und Panzer who are curious about real tanks should give them a try. As odd as it may seem, this isn’t the first time the military collaborated with Girls und Panzer. On March 24, the town of Ooarai (which served as a model of the characters’ home in the anime) held the Girls und Panzer Kairaku Festa, where the JGSDF brought an actual Type-74.
  50. 50. April 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Source: MoeOtanews, Liverpool Ikimonogakari to sing theme song for Pokemon movie, plus a new album and tour Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/ikimonogakari-sing-theme-song- pokemon-movie-album-tour/ By Az on April 15th, 2013 It has been decided that Ikimonogakari will sing the theme song for “Pokemon the Movie: Shinsoku no Genesect / Mewtwo Awakens”, to be shown in theaters on July 13. Furthermore, they will be releasing their sixth album on July 24 and will have a nationwide tour that will start on September. The new song for the Pokemon movie is “Egao”, a song composed and written by the guitarist Mizuno Yoshiki and arranged by music producer Kameda Seiji. The song has an emotionally moving melody with its positive and encouraging message delivered by vocalist Yoshioka Kiyoe with her bright and comforting voice. The chaku-uta version of “Egao” will be released on April 20 and will be released as the 26th single on July 10. The first press edition will contain a CD for “Pokemon Tretta”, a Pokemon arcade game. This is the first time this has been done for a single. Furthermore, Ikimonogakari will release the Calpis CM song “1 2 3~Koi Ga Hajimaru~” on June 5, making it a two-month consecutive single release with “Egao”. For more details on the June single and the CM, refer to this article. It will be the first time in Ikimonogakari’s eight years that they will release an album in summer so it is interesting to see how different it will be. And with album in hand, they will have a tour that will start in September and end in December. They will have a total of 25 performances and are expected to draw a total of 200,000 people. source: natalie Kyary Pamyu Pamyu sings and dances with a crowd of 2100 in New York live Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/04/enjoy-kyary-pamyu-pamyu- attracts-2300-york-live/ By Az on April 15th, 2013 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just held a successful live in Best Buy Theater, New York as part of her world tour, “100%KPP WORLD TOUR”. Coming fresh from her Los Angeles live last April 12, for her second US live, she has just performed in New York in front of 2100 people. She appeared in her red and white “Furisodeshon” dress and greeted the crowd, in mixed English and Japanese. “Hello! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Are you all having fun? ENJOY! It will only be a short live but I’ll sing many songs for you!”, says Kyary. In the middle part of the live, Kyary changes to a lavender outfit and sings song from her first album, “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Revolution”. Right after songs from that album, she sings her new song, “Invader Invader”. Though the single is yet to be sold, the crowd was still able to the choreography because of its catchy yet easy to mimic movements. The joyful crowd dances along as one as Kyary sings. During the encore, Kyary returns to stage wearing the world tour shirt and takes a picture with the crowd, and performs “Tsukematsukeru” as the last song. The venue echoes with the Kyary and the crowd’s voices singing the

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