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A monthly roundup of SGcafe.com news covering anime, manga, cosplay, vocaloid, hatsune miku, otaku, j-pop

A monthly roundup of SGcafe.com news covering anime, manga, cosplay, vocaloid, hatsune miku, otaku, j-pop

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  • 1. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Feast upon Christon Cafe’s special ‘Sunday Without God’ menu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/feast-upon- christon-cafes-special-sunday-without-god-menu/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feast-upon- christon-cafes-special-sunday-without-god-menu By spartanchef on August 1st, 2013 The Japanese restaurant scene has always been known for theme restaurants. Some restaurants have a hospital theme with waitresses dressed like nurses and serve food that looks like something you would expect to eat while being hospitalized while others take inspiration from various cultures all over the world. There is even one with a Christian theme with the restaurant’s interior looking like the inside of a Catholic Cathedral. Now, one of these restaurants are doing a collaboration with one of the most talked about anime this summer, ‘Sunday without God’. (For more Sunday without God here on SGCafe, click here) That restaurant is Christon Cafe in Shinjuku which has a religious theme based on Christianity. The cafe has announced that they will be having this collaboration for the entire month as this limited time menu will last from August 1-31. The first item on the menu is the 47th Semetary. It is an orange-flavored Tiramisu plated to look like a scene from the anime’s first episode. This dessert costs 780 yen per serving.
  • 2. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Next we have Blue and Scarlet eye Macedonia. No, I’m not talking about the country where Alexander the Great was born, I’m talking about a dessert salad made of tiny slices of fruit. This dessert also costs 780 yen per serving. Next we go to the drinks. Let’s start off with the Ai, named after our cute little grave keeper. This drink costs 580 yen per serving and is non-alchoholic. We then go to the drink inspired by the mysterious man who will not die, Humpny. This drink costs 850 yen per serving. Finally, here’s a drink inspired by the older, more experienced grave keeper, Sker (or Scar). This drink costs 750 yen and is served with a lemon garnish. Those who avail of this special collaboration menu will get a Christon Cafe X Sunday Without God collaboration poster and to those who are able to order the entire menu will get a special Sunday Without God poster.
  • 3. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Still hungry? Check out our other food stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Diamond Dining The post Feast upon Christon Cafe’s special ‘Sunday Without God’ menu appeared first on SGCafe. Animate’s Free! character poll plus the latest Comiket 84 exclusives from Free! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/animates-free-character- poll-plus-the-latest-comiket-84-exclusives-from-free/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=animates-free- character-poll-plus-the-latest-comiket-84-exclusives-from-free By spartanchef on August 1st, 2013 Summer has been blazing hot and a certain anime about swimming is proving that it’s really a perfect fit for such a hot season. With Free! still red hot and fans still talking about it, there is no doubt that Free! mania is still running wild, that’s why anime merchandise retail giant Animate has conducted a character poll on their stores, with each store yielding a different result. One peculiar thing came up however, is that one character always stood out. He took first place in three stores and without a doubt, now stands as the series’ most popular character. Can you guess who he is? Here are the results of Animate’s Free! (For more on Free here on SGCafe, click here) character poll on three of their stores: 5-Nagisa Hazuki -822 votes 4- Rei Ryuugasaki- 688 votes 3- Haruka Nanase- 617 votes 2- Rin Matsuoka – 532 votes 1- Makoto Tachibana-515 votes 5-Nagisa Hazuki- 368 votes 4- Rei Ryuugasaki- 294 votes 3- Haruka Nanase-264 votes 2- Rin Matsuoka -240 votes 1- Makoto Tachibana-208 votes 5- Rei Ryuugasaki- 127 v0tes 4- Hazuki Nagisa- 143 votes 3- Matsuoka Rin- 181 votes
  • 4. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 2- Haruka Nanase- 266 votes 1- Makoto Tachibana- 286 votes Speaking of summer, the season also means that it is almost time for Comic Market 84 or Comiket 84 and it is only fitting for one of the hottest anime of the summer take part in one of its most highly anticipated events. That’s right, official Free! merchandise will go on sale during Comiket 84! (For more anime, manga and Japanese video game merchandise here on SGCafe, click here) The first item is a set of Free! character straps. It comes with a two-fold mirror and a Free! summer pouch. These items come as a set and will be sold for 5,000 yen a set. The next set comes with a Free! microfibre towel featuring Makoto, Nagisa, Rei, Haruka and Rin as well as a Free! tote bag and five buttons, each with an image of a Free! character. This set also costs 5,000 yen. These items will be available during Comiket 84 which will be held from August 10-12 at the world-famous Tokyo Big Sight. These goods will be sold on the 4th floor. More on Comiket here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon and Free! official The post Animate’s Free! character poll plus the latest Comiket 84 exclusives from Free! appeared first on SGCafe. Cosmo Youth Parade 2013 highlights Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/cosmo-youth-parade-2013- highlights/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cosmo- youth-parade-2013-highlights By sentinel011 on August 1st, 2013 The Cosmo Youth Parade has been a mainstay event where cosplayers, card players and anime lovers can have a relaxing time at *Scape for the past couple of years. This year, the Cosmo Youth Parade had a lot in store for fans of famed cosplayers King X Mon and Misa from Taiwan, as well as Yui & Saffron from Hong Kong. As part of the International Cosplay Exchange, these cosplayers were there for a meet-and-greet session with their fans and fellow cosplayers, not to mention photobooks and other merchandise on sale. Fans of these cosplayers were there to have their merchandise signed as well.
  • 5. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Cosmo Youth Parade also took pride in having other fringe and stage activities as well. The Pika Pika Maid cafe was there as well as Bushiroad’s Cardfight!! Vanguard tournament held within the *Scape Warehouse. Unfortunately due to the recent haze, many of these activities were shifted into the *Scape building instead of the outdoor areas, which felt rather cramped due to the large number of visitors. Some of the cosplayers present at Cosmo Youth Parade Of course, Cosmo Youth Parade wouldn’t end without having its Cosplay Parade along Orchard Road. Mr Lawrence Wong , Acting Minister for Culture, Community and Youth was there for the opening ceremony of the Parade. We estimated around 300 cosplayers taking part in the Parade. Despite the heat and humidity, the cosplayers enjoyed their time at the event.
  • 6. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Cosplay Parade START!! Will you be taking part in next year’s Cosmo Youth Parade as a card player, a cosplayer or simply as a fan of anime pop culture? Don’t miss out on our exclusive interview with the cosplay guests! Image Credits: SpeedKnight The post Cosmo Youth Parade 2013 highlights appeared first on SGCafe. Newest additions to the Evangelion fragrance mist collection feature Shinji and Kaworu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/newest-additions-to-the- evangelion-fragrance-mist-collection-feature-shinji-and-kaworu/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=newest-additions- to-the-evangelion-fragrance-mist-collection-feature-shinji-and-kaworu By KaleNagasaki on July 31st, 2013 Evangelion. The anime that never dies, despite the fact that in every movie almost all of the characters do. But this doesn’t seem to ever bother anyone, and so the flood of merchandise set to be readily consumed by the Evangelion fandom continues well into the present. After releasing fragrances inspired by popular characters Rei Ayanami, Shinji Ikari, and Asuka Langley this May, Bandai continues the collection with “Cosmetic with EVANGELION 2 WAY Fragrance Mist Type-13″. The aptly named 2 WAY includes a set of 110 mL bottles featured by the famous boys of Evangelion:Shinji and Kaworu Nagisa. (Read more on Evangelion from SGCafe).
  • 7. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 The Shinji version is called “Blue Musk”, while the Kaworu version is called “White Citrus”. For some reason, I feel like these smells fit the characters, so good job Bandai and the cosmetics brand developer Creer Beaute. The bottles are even designed to simulate the boys’ plug suits. You can pre-order the fragrance set here. The cost for the set is 3,150 yen. While the bottles themselves look cool, I can’t help but say that the box is absolutely adorable. The piano detail just brings me back to that scene, which is one of my favorite Evangelion scenes ever. Shinji and Kaworu fans will know what I’m talking about, and if you don’t, make sure you see the new movie! For more news on Evangelion from SGCafe, click here. And don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: PRTimes The post Newest additions to the Evangelion fragrance mist collection feature Shinji and Kaworu appeared first on SGCafe. Tokyo International Film Festival to focus more on anime starting 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/tokyo-international- film-festival-to-focus-more-on-anime-starting-2014/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tokyo- international-film-festival-to-focus-more-on-anime-starting-2014 By spartanchef on July 31st, 2013 Established in 1985, the Tokyo International Film Festival is one of Japan’s most prestigious movie events and the only Japanese film festival accredited by the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films or International Federation of Film Producers Associations). This time around, the event’s organizers have announced that starting from 2014, the prestigious film festival will focus more on one of Japan’s most recognizable pop culture aspects – anime. According to one of the organizers, they wanted to push anime and add an animation category for this year’s festival. However, due to time constraints, the animation category was not added but instead, its addition will be moved to next year’s film festival. (For more anime news here on SGCafe, click here) They mentioned Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu as a great example for the new animation category. Studio Ghibli’s latest movie is currently entered in another prestigious film competition, The Venice International Film Festival, which will be held next month.
  • 8. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 According to Tokyo International Film Festival Director General Yasushi Shiina, Japanese animation is highly recognized and valued internationally and in the same way at the TIFF, the animation, off course that is the start from now, but should have more recognition and importance, significance. Japan is certainly known for animation and now, the organizers have seen that Japanese animation is a huge part of their popular culture. Hopefully, with the addition of an animation category next year as well as the festival turning its focus to anime, we will get to see some good quality anime because of the competition. The 26th Tokyo International Film Festival will be held from October 17-25 at Roppongi Hills. The opening movie will be “Captain Philips” starring Tom Hanks and the closing film will be “The Kiyosu Conference”. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Cinema Today and TIFF press conference. The post Tokyo International Film Festival to focus more on anime starting 2014 appeared first on SGCafe. Momoiro Clover Z cosplay Conan in latest cover of Shounen Sunday Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/momoiro-clover- z-cosplay-conan-in-latest-cover-of-shounen-sunday/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=momoiro-clover-z- cosplay-conan-in-latest-cover-of-shounen-sunday By spartanchef on July 31st, 2013 In the latest issue of Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday, you can see four Conan Edogawas and one Kaitou Kid, but if you look closely… That’s right, they’re the members of popular idol group Momoiro Clover Z and they are on the cover of Weekly Shounen Sunday #35. Members Shiori Tamai, Kanako Momota, Ayaka Sasaki and Momoka Ariyasu are seen cosplaying Conan Edogawa, complate with his signature pose. Reni Takagi meanwhile is seen dressed as Conan’s rival, Kaitou Kid. Detective Conan is one of Weekly Shounen Sunday’s most popular and longest running manga serializations. (For more on Momoiro Clover Z here on SGCafe, click here) This issue of Weekly Shounen Sunday also includes a special “The world God only Knows‘ book as well as a one shot by ‘Sayonara Zetsubō Sensei‘ author Kouji Kumeta. Shogakukan’s Weekly Shounen Sunday is the magazine responsible for serializing popular manga titles like Magi, Detective Conan, Hayate the Combat Butler, Silver Spoon, The World God Only Knows and Denpa Kyoushi. It is considered as the rival to Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump! manga magazine. More of your favorite Japanese artistes and manga here on SGCafe. Feel free to join in community discussions in the forums! From Mantan The post Momoiro Clover Z cosplay Conan in latest cover of Shounen Sunday appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 9. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Creepy Hatsuna Miku Calne Ca & Ca figures spotted during WonFes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/creepy- hatsuna-miku-figure-spotted-during-wonfes/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=creepy-hatsuna- miku-figure-spotted-during-wonfes By spartanchef on July 31st, 2013 The summer edition of WonFes 2013 certainly gave us a lot of awesome figures ranging from the cute to the sexy to the cool to the beautiful to the weird as big names like Bandai, Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya and many more all strut their stuff and gave figure enthusiasts something to look forward to. Hatsune Miku has always been a huge part of Wonfes and WonFes may never be complete without a single Hatsune Miku figure spotted among the hundreds of soon-to-be- released figures. However, there is one Miku figure that particularly sticks out; Union Creative’s Calne Ca. (Read more on our Wonfes 2013 coverage as well as Vocaloid here on SGCafe) The figure of one of Hatsune Miku’s “derivatives” certainly is scary with 6 insect-appendages coming out of Miku’s mouth.Her left hand is presented as a skeleton while her right is presented as a robotic arm with claws. Her red right eye and her robotic left eye as well as her sea louse hair decoration add to the figure’s creepiness appeal. Her legs are also robotic.
  • 10. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10
  • 11. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Another scary Hatsune Miku variant is Ca, and this scary nurse version of Calne Ca also has a figure slated for release. Let’s put it this way, Silent Hill ain’t the only one having a scary nurse.
  • 12. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Both Calne Ca and Ca are created by artist Kotaro Maeda or more popularly known as Deino who is known for his disturbing CG artworks. Calne Ca has officially been recognized by Crypton as a Hatsune Miku derivative. Calne Ca is a mechanized skeleton with a Hatsune Miku skin and appears in several songs like Machine Muzik and Mokuro Attack!! Both the Calne Ca and Ca figures featured during WonFes 2013 (Summer) are manufactured by Union Creative and are set for release during Spring 2014. Like that round of anime figures from WonFes? How about Vocaloid? Read more about them here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Livedoor Geek The post Creepy Hatsuna Miku Calne Ca & Ca figures spotted during WonFes appeared first on SGCafe. Gunpla loses the plastic in latest fan creation Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/gunpla- loses-the-plastic-in-latest-fan-creation/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gunpla-loses-the- plastic-in-latest-fan-creation By Zenko on July 31st, 2013 An ambitious fan has taken on a difficult task recently: taking a standard Gundam figure and recreating it in wood. YouTube user jyujyunosoke recently uploaded his first video to the site, and it certainly has fans buzzing. After all, he recently used wood to recreate a small scale Gundam figure. To put it in perspective, here’s a shot of the Gundam’s head next to a one yen coin (More Gunpla goodness here on SGCafe!):
  • 13. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Now here’s a shot of the gun he sculpted, compared with a toothpick and the original arm to show off just how thin the wood he cut was. Each of the parts that make up the completed Gundam had to be cut and sanded individually from materials like chopsticks and small wooden stakes. Where the darkened parts of the Gundam are, each part was set over a candle until the perfect hue was set. And what did he use his newly built wood Gundam for? To guard his collection of toothpicks from anyone attempting to try the same in his house. You can watch the full build of the wooden counterpart in the video below. More on Gundam here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Otanew The post Gunpla loses the plastic in latest fan creation appeared first on SGCafe. ‘Kizumonogatari’ movie, prequel to Monogatari Series TV anime, to hit theatres in Japan Autumn 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/kizumonogatari- movie-to-hit-theatres-in-japan-autumn-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kizumonogatari- movie-to-hit-theatres-in-japan-autumn-2013 By KarbyP on July 30th, 2013 A tentative theatrical release date for the anime movie adaptation of Kizumonogatari, the third book in Nisio Isin’s popular Monogatari series of light novels and a prequel to the Monogatari Series TV anime (both first and second seasons) has been set: Autumn 2013. That is, if a listing on a catalogue page for all Monogatari series anime on Japanese online music and video store Mora is to be believed. (More stories on the Monogatari series here on SGCafe) The movie was originally slated for a 2012 release, but has since been postponed to an unspecified future release date. Right now if you go to the official site (you can watch the movie’s PV over there), you’ll note that no date or time period for the theatrical release has been released. We’re guessing that Mora accidentally jumped the gun here and revealed the release timing for the Kizumonogatari movie ahead of the official announcement. That said, we’re not ruling out the possibility that maybe Mora just got their facts wrong, although that is quite unlikely since they had to list a bunch of information relating to the Monogatari Series Second Season in general.
  • 14. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Read more about the Monogatari series here on SGCafe! Also, more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Mora via 2ch The post ‘Kizumonogatari’ movie, prequel to Monogatari Series TV anime, to hit theatres in Japan Autumn 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. Toriko enters new food battleground at Sukiya Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/toriko- enters-new-food-battleground-at-sukiya/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=toriko-enters-new- food-battleground-at-sukiya By Zenko on July 30th, 2013 The manga that takes the idea of food and hunting and combines them into one crazy adventure is offering a new unique taste at Sukiya. For those unfamiliar with Sukiya, it’s a fastfood chain in Japan that’s as prominent as McDonald’s; almost every town has one or two. They specialize in serving gyuudon, a bowl of rice served with beef on top. That makes it the perfect place for Toriko, with its own fantastic meals, to appear at. (Keep up with Toriko here on SGCafe!) The special themed bowl for Toriko will be an Okinomi Ushitama Don, a bowl that combines the taste of okinomiyaki and beef, something that usually does not go in the Kansai specialty dish. To match the taste as closely as possible, though, it will include some of the standard ingredients that go into the savory pancake dish. That means, cabbage, okinomiyaki sauce (listed as special sauce), and of course mayonaise, dried bonito flakes and seaweed flakes. Taking care to fully appeal to the usual Sukiya crowd, it is served with a raw egg on top. For those purchasing the dish as part of the campaign, they will be rewarded with a chance to win a mini-size version bowl featuring Toriko. Only 5,000 people will win the bowl,
  • 15. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 which costs 390 yen for the normal size, and only between August 1 and August 8 when the campaign runs. This isn’t the first time Sukiya has teamed up with anime or manga characters to offer a specially themed bowl. Crayon Shin-chan previously appeared in a campaign with a yakisoba themed bowl, and most fittingly with Kin Nikkuman for an especially hearty beef bowl. Get all your news on collaborations here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Otanew The post Toriko enters new food battleground at Sukiya appeared first on SGCafe. Good Smile Company announces new mascot character while Mikatan retires Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/good-smile-company- announces-new-mascot-character-while-mikatan-retires/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=good-smile- company-announces-new-mascot-character-while-mikatan-retires By spartanchef on July 30th, 2013 With their recent success during summer WonFes 2013, Good Smile Company has indeed wowed everyone with their latest line of figures, nendoroids and figmas. During the event, the figure manufacturer didn’t just unveil their latest figures but their newest mascot character as well. While her name has not been revealed yet, she will certainly be one the new faces representing Good Smile Company. (More on Good Smile Company and Wonfes 2013 here on SGCafe) And speaking of the faces of Good Smile Company, one of their most recognized employees, Mikatan has retired after seven years with the figure manufacturer. The announcement of Mikatan’s “graduation” came just today, July 30 via her blog and twitter account. Mikatan’s GSC blog has always been frequented by figure collectors and enthusiasts (including myself) for the latest information on GSC’s upcoming figures and events throughout the years so the news of her departure certainly is a sad one. She said that she had enjoyed her stay with GSC and was happy to have worked there and thanked everyone she has worked with. (read more on Mikatan here on SGcafe) Aki Takanori, president and CEO of Good Smile Company also announced Mikatan’s retirement and thanked her. He also announced that they will be taking over the Mikatan blog and told followers to stay tuned for more announcements.
  • 16. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 The company which was founded back in 2001 has become one of the leading anime figure manufacturers in Japan and from the looks of things, changes are looming in the horizon. Good Smile Company is responsible for several popular figure lines like their nendoroids and Max Factory’s figma as well as Phat! Company’s figure line. Read more about figures here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Mikatan and Aki Takanori twitter account The post Good Smile Company announces new mascot character while Mikatan retires appeared first on SGCafe. Get your anime gear on with Cospa’s Comiket 84 goodies Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/get-your- anime-gear-on-with-cospas-comiket-84-goodies/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-your-anime- gear-on-with-cospas-comiket-84-goodies By spartanchef on July 30th, 2013 The annual Summer Comic Market, which is more popularly known as Comiket, is one of the most highly anticipated Otaku events in Japan. The annual event celebrates doujinshi (fan works), anime, manga, cosplay and video games and has pretty much become a pilgrimage not just for fans all over Japan but also the world. (For more anime, manga and Japanese video game merchandise here on SGCafe, click here) With Comiket 84 looming, anime merchandise retailer Cospa has announced their Summer Comiket line-up. They are selling tons of stuff and they are putting up ten booths during the event, with each booth selling a different item bundles and sets from various series. From classics like Akazukin Chacha to the more recent series like Fantasista Doll, Cospa is certainly not pulling any punches. They are selling caps, bags, shirts, fans, key chains and many more. Here are some of the items in store for people visiting Comiket 84. Love Live! Only 100 neck ties of each Love Live! character were made by Cospa and are going to be sold exclusively during Comiket 84. OreImo
  • 17. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Cospa only made 100 Kirino and 100 Kuroneko neckties so better hurry. They will only be sold during the event. Sword Art Online Remember that Asuna Cap we featured on an earlier article? That one is a limited edition Comiket exclusive and Cospa only made 300 of them.
  • 18. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 HaGaNai Akazukin Chacha This t-shirt is a limited edition item and Cospa only made 100 of them. To Aru Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai Little Busters!
  • 19. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 Hentai Ouji Idolm@ster All IdolM@ster straps are limited edition and they only made 765 sets for each product and are Comiket 84 exclusives. Little Witch Academia Rozen Maiden K-On! Fantasista Doll, Hyperdimension Neptunia and GJ-Bu body pillows
  • 20. August 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 Psycho-Pass and finally, Jormungand Wait, what?! The summer edition of Comiket will surely be packed as it has been every single year as thousands of otakus from all over the world gather for the highly anticipated event. The world’s largest doujinshi fair will be held from August 10-12 at where else? The Tokyo Big Sight. More on Comiket here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Cospa The post Get your anime gear on with Cospa’s Comiket 84 goodies appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 21. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture The world’s best cosplayers to be decided today at World Cosplay Summit 2013 in Nagoya Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/cosplayers-from-all-over- the-world-assemble-in-the-world-cosplay-summit-in-nagoya/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cosplayers-from- all-over-the-world-assemble-in-the-world-cosplay-summit-in-nagoya By Az on August 3rd, 2013 40 cosplay representatives from 20 different countries are at streets of Nagoya’s business district in this hot, hot summer in the World Cosplay Summit. 200 meters of road were closed off for this grand cosplay event which include a red carpet parade, performances by the participants, and a competition to crown the world’s “Cosplay Champion”. The cosplayers, with passion hotter than the Sun, give the onlookers an intense show as they completely become one with their idols from “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sweet Precure”, “Final Fantasy”, and more. Even Nagoya mayor, Takashi Kawamura, shows up in complete costume as historical figure Muneharu Tokugawa as he parades “Muneharu Tokugawa’s Journey”. In addition to the 40 contestants are cosplay representatives from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the Philippines who joined the parade in friendly participation. (Follow cosplay news here on SGCafe!) There are two cosplay representatives from each country, and each two will work as a pair for the competition. The contest is judged on the degree of perfection in the cosplay and the performance they will exhibit. The participating countries are: Germany, Spain, Italy, France, China, Finland, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, South Korea, Denmark, Mexico, USA, Australia, England, Indonesia, and of course, Japan. Previous winners are Brazil (’06, ’08, ’11), France (’07), Italy (’05, ’10), and the defending champions, Japan (’09, ’12). The “Cosplay Champion” will be decided on August 3 and will have their own special parade on August 4. It’s been almost 11 years since the first World Cosplay Summit, and the art of cosplay has only gotten so much better. The level of transformation is getting higher and higher every year, with the cosplayers being able to bring out more of their and their beloved character’s beauty.
  • 22. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 It’s not going to be easy to judge this! Read more Cosplay news here on SGCafe. You could also join the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com/ source: Mantan-Web (check the full gallery here) The post The world’s best cosplayers to be decided today at World Cosplay Summit 2013 in Nagoya appeared first on SGCafe. Patlabor robot for live-action movie spotted in the wild Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/patlabor- robot-for-live-action-movie-spotted/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patlabor-robot-for- live-action-movie-spotted By spartanchef on August 3rd, 2013 Imagine walking around, minding your own business when suddenly you see a giant robot being transported down the street. That’s what a couple of pedestrians in Japan experienced earlier today, when they took the following of a Patlabor mech prop being transported and shared them on twitter. The pictures went viral in a matter of minutes. (For more on the live-action adaptations of your favorite manga and anime here on SGCafe, click here) Twitter users Nobu-G Kadoya and Masa-Shi@Chabachi79 are quick to upload the images they have taken when they saw a certain white robot.
  • 23. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The pictures clearly show a Patlabor being transported in a trailer to a certain location. Whether this mech can actually move or this big white hulk is just a gigantic static prop has not been revealed so far. Also, whether the mech was transported for filming purposes or just for storage has also not been revealed as of the moment. During the Tokyo International Anime fair 2013, the group behind Patlabor, Headgear have announced that they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the series. The movie will be released next year, 2014 and will involve one of the people who have created Patlabor, Mamoru Oshii who directed the animated movie back in 1989. Mobile Police Patlabor is set in the near future (which is at that time 1998-2002) where giant robots known as “Labors” are used to do all sort of jobs from construction, heavy lifting, fighting, etc. They are operated by human pilots who sometimes turn to a life of crime. These criminals use the “Labors” to conduct their misdeeds. Outgunned by the criminals using these powerful robots, the police force have started using these robots to counter these criminals. They are called “Patrol Labor Units” or Patlabors and their sole purpose is to fight crime. The original manga by Masami Yuki (also a member of Headgear) and the OVA’s were released in 1988 while the animated film was released in 1989. A 47-episode TV anime series followed afterwards in October 1988. It also inspired even more adaptations like light novels and video games. Read more Anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Nobu-G Kadoya and Masa-Shi@Chabachi79 twitter accounts The post Patlabor robot for live-action movie spotted in the wild appeared first on SGCafe. Ayako Ishikawa takes on ‘The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku’ with her violin Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/aya-ishikawa-takes- on-the-disappearance-of-hatsune-miku-with-her-violin/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aya-ishikawa- takes-on-the-disappearance-of-hatsune-miku-with-her-violin By Zenko on August 3rd, 2013 What was once thought impossible has been proven possible by famed violinist Ayako Ishikawa as she took on Cosmos at Bousou P’s most difficult VOCALOID song. Although not generally known for her “try to play” videos on Nico Nico, Ayako Ishikawa has recently been gaining more
  • 24. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 and more attention on the site as she attempts difficult songs on her violin. Even before uploading and joining the site, though, she garnered fame worldwide in the music community for being the youngest student accepted at Purcell School in London when she was five and gaining a permanent visa to Australia in recognition of her talent. She’s held several concerts already around the world and is now sharing some of the happiness she shows while playing with even more people on Nico Nico Douga. (Even more VOCALOID news here at SGCafe!) Although she has tackled several other pieces famous to fans of anime and Japanese pop, from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Ninjari Bang Bang! to Laputa’s most famous theme “The Decay of Laputa”. On July 25, as part of a special AyaNico festival streaming series, she took on the fastest Vocaloid song of them all: The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku. At its peak tempo, Miku sings at 240 beats per minute, something Ayako accomplishes easily with a series of tremolo chords. The rest of the song she handles just as beautifully. The originally Nico Nico Douga video is here, so take a look. For those unable to access the video, a mirror is below. The original version of The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku for comparison’s sake: Within five days of uploading, the video has already hit the number one spot on NicoNico with 140,000 views. Fans comments and reactions have been extremely positive as well, the highest compliment perhaps being that Ayako herself looked like a goddess. Others have remarked that even with the violin parts, it’s as if you can still hear Miku, even when the violin sounds drown out the vocal parts altogether. Ayako will be holding another live stream event on August 8 on her Nico Nico Channel, AyaNico. It starts at 10 PM JST, and she will be taking requests for songs in the comments section of the video. In addition to live streaming, she will also be holding another concert on September 12. Called AyaCon volume 2 ~AYA BAND~ it will feature a selection of classical and contemporary pieces. It will be held at the JZ Brat club in the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. For those of you who might be in Tokyo at the time and want to see just how fast she can play live, tickets are on sale at the official website for 4,000 yen in advance and will be 4,500 at the door. Check out more stories on music at SGCafe. Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Otakei, Ayako Ishikawa Official Website The post Ayako Ishikawa takes on ‘The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku’ with her violin appeared first on SGCafe. 80-ton Colossal Titan sand sculpture appears in Enoshima Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/80-ton-colossal- titan-sand-sculpture-appears-at-enoshima/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=80-ton-colossal- titan-sand-sculpture-appears-at-enoshima By KaleNagasaki on August 3rd, 2013 Shingeki no Kyojin has been everywhere – T-shirts, key chains, mugs, pillows, cars, nails, even Starbucks and McDonald’s. And now, the Colossal Titan has appeared again in a another place you would hardly expect. Hiding in plain sight like the mysterious giant he is, Colossal Titan has taken a trip to the beach. An eighty-ton sand statute of the Colossal Titan is now terrorizing Enoshima’s Higashihima beach area, located in Fujisawa, Kanagawa prefecture. Towering at 3 meters tall, 4.2 meters deep, and 5.4 meters long, the sand sculpture looks to recreate the cover of Hajime Isayama’s first volume. (For more on Attack on Titan from SGCafe, click here). Work on the sand Titan began on July 29, as did a film that follows the sand artists’ work. The complete figure should
  • 25. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 be completed by August 15, on which it will be open to the public and lit up for all to see. I’m sure everyone will be impressed with the amount of detail and hard work that went into creating a masterpiece of this magnitude. Without a doubt, Shingeki no Kyojin is as big as the Titans looming within its pages. As of last month, volumes 1-9 have sold over 23 million units. For those of you following the anime (which should be everyone), are you excited for the next episode? Things are about to get real! Read more news on Attack on Titan at SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Mantan-web The post 80-ton Colossal Titan sand sculpture appears in Enoshima appeared first on SGCafe. Stay cool with new ‘Kuroko no Basket’ water bottle and jersey key chain set Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/stay-cool-with-new- kuroko-no-basket-water-bottle-and-jersey-key-chain-set/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stay-cool-with- new-kuroko-no-basket-water-bottle-and-jersey-key-chain-set By KaleNagasaki on August 2nd, 2013 Every athlete knows that you can’t just rush into something – you have to prepare. For those of you waiting in anticipation for season two of popular sports anime Kuroko no Basket, what better way to practice your fan skills than by indulging in some half-time goods? You might also need to exercise some self-restraint though, because this merchandise will make you feel like part of the original Teikou team. Seriously, check out this water bottle! If I actually played basketball, I would bring this bottle down against any enemy team to let them know who’s coming to the court. A foolproof plan, except for the fact that I play tennis and I don’t think the intimidation tactic would achieve the same effect… (For more anime news from SGCafe, click here). If you’re a fan of the “generation of miracles”, but at a more mature age, then don’t worry. The jersey key rings, in addition to the Teikou middle school jersey, also has Kuroko’s high school jersey. And if you root for the opposite team, then you’ll be happy to see rival high school Rakuzan’s Seijuro Akashi has been included.
  • 26. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 In other related news, Fujimaki Tadatoshi’s twenty-third volume of Kuroko no Basket came out today, so you have something to read while October approaches with the second season. For more information on how to obtain one of these goodies for yourself, check out ComicNatalie’s lottery. Read more anime news from SGCafe here, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! The post Stay cool with new ‘Kuroko no Basket’ water bottle and jersey key chain set appeared first on SGCafe. Make your summer even hotter with Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Comiket 84 goodies Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/make-your-summer-even- hotter-with-hyperdimension-neptunias-comiket-84-goodies/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-your- summer-even-hotter-with-hyperdimension-neptunias-comiket-84- goodies By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013 Comiket is definitely one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events in the Otaku calendar. The bi-annual event held every August and December are always flooded with people and is definitely not for the weak of heart. We even wrote a survival guide. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) Hyperdimension Neptunia is one of the hottest anime series currently airing this summer and its only fitting for the series to feature some products in one of the season’s hottest events, Comiket 84! Here’s a peek at what to expect: This Nepgear bath poster from Frontier Works can make you go hnnnnnnnnnnnnng with Nuptune’s cute little sister for 2,000 yen. This poster is limited edition and will only be sold during Comiket 84. Show which side you are on with these new Hyperdimension Neptunia T-shirts by Frontier Works. There are two t-shirt sets, with each set coming with two t-shirts and a wristband. You can cheer for Planeptune and Leanbox with Set A while you can go for Lowee and Lastation with set B. Each set will be sold for 5,000 yen.
  • 27. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Frontier Works will also be releasing these acrylic key chains which will be sold separately. There are two different key chains, Neptune and Purple Heart and each key chain costs 1,000 yen. Limited edition trading cards from the series are also going to be sold during Comiket 84. Each pack contains exactly 9 trading cards and will be sold for 500 yen a pack. Unlike most trading card packs however, the contents of this one are already fixed which means each pack comes with exactly the same cards. Frontier Works ain’t the only ones releasing Hyperdimension Neptunia goods during Comiket 84 as Dezaegg, Cospa and Takara Tomy are also jumping in on the action. You can view Cospa’s Hyperdimension Neptunia offerings as well as their other Comiket 84 merchandise through this link. Dezaegg will be selling these Hyperdimension Neptunia fans for 500 yen each during the event. The fans come in four different designs featuring Vert, Noir (with Uni), Blanc (with Ram and Rom) and Neptune (with Nepgear). The back of the fan features a silhouette of their goddess transformations. They will also be selling this seven-piece badge set featuring Neptune, Nepgear, Noir, Uni, Ram and Rom, Blanc and Vert. The entire set can be purchased for 4,000 yen.
  • 28. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Takara Tomy meanwhile is doing something different with their Hyperdimension Neptunia merchandise. They will be releasing their AR Gacha on the second day, August 11. For 200 yen, you can get an AR code key chain which allows you to download an app for your Android or iPhone. By downloading this app, you can have the image of the key chain you purchased as a wallpaper for your smartphone. More on Comiket here on SGCafe. You can also read more on Hyperdimension Neptunia here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Dengeki Online The post Make your summer even hotter with Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Comiket 84 goodies appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd to make its playable demo debut at Magical Mirai 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-project-diva- f-2nd-to-make-its-playable-demo-debut-at-magical-mirai-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku- project-diva-f-2nd-to-make-its-playable-demo-debut-at-magical- mirai-2013 By KarbyP on August 2nd, 2013 Sega today announced that a playable demo for the PS Vita version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd will make its first public appearance at the forthcoming Magical Mirai 2013 convention in Yokohama Arena. Demo builds of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 for the 3DS as well as Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone will also make an appearance at the highly-anticipated event. (More stories on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) Magical Mirai 2013 attendees who check out the playable demos of each game will also walk away with exclusive stickers, each themed after the game they tried: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2
  • 29. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone Apart from game demos, two Hatsune Miku concerts will be held at at the event – a casual one aimed at families that start at 1.30PM, and a second concert geared towards the hardcore Hatsune Miku fans at 7.30PM – which is held on August 30 in part to commemorate Hatsune Miku’s birthday the following day, on the 31st. For more info about other fringe activities at Magical Mirai 2013, and what the convention is all about, check out our previous story on the subject. You can also find out more about Magical Mirai 2013 at the official website – which has an English page! Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2013 event outline 初初初初初初初初初初初初2013初初初初初 初August 30, 2013 (Friday) from 10:00AM to 10:30PM (last entry at 10:00PM) 初Venue: Yokohama Arena (初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初 3-10) 初Entry ticket price: 500 yen (including tax) - An entry ticket is required to be admitted to the Karu or Culture area (exhibitions and workshops) as well as the Mirai area (partners’ booths). - The entry ticket price does not provide admission to concerts. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku Project Diva-related stories can also be found at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/project-diva Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: 4Gamer The post Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd to make its playable demo debut at Magical Mirai 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. Check out 5pb’s latest offerings for Comiket 84 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/check- out-5pb-s-latest-offerings-for-comiket-84/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=check-out-5pb-s- latest-offerings-for-comiket-84 By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013 For a lot of people in Japan, August usually means it’s time for their annual pilgrimage to the largest doujinshi fair in the world, Comiket. One of the biggest names participating in the bi-annual otaku-fest is 5pb. who are known for their “Science Adventure Games”, Steins; Gate, Chaos; Head and Robotics; Notes. The visual novel maker and multimedia company is setting up shop on the 4th floor, No. 141 west with their own products as well as a few consigned items. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) Let’s start with the Comiket 84-exclusive “Science Adventure Set” featuring Steins; Gate, Chaos; Head and Robotics; Notes. It comes with a Drama CD featuring the three series called “Sousotsu rensa no Triptych” which comes with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations. From Robotics; Notes comes “Manatsu no Hiru no Caprice” and features the voices of Yoshimasa Hosoya as Subaru Hidaka, Ryouhei Kimura as Kaito Yashio, Kaori Nazuka as Kona Furugoori and Sora Tokui as Junna Daitoku.
  • 30. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 From Steins;Gate comes “Gūzō Enju Yume (gū zō ka imu) no Sutēji” and features the voices of Mamoru Miyano as Rintarou Okabe, Tomokazu Seki as Itaru Hashida, Asami Imai as Makise Kurisu and Yuu Kobayashi as Ruka Urushibara. From Chaos; Head comes “Enigmatic Ward” and features the voices of Ui Miyazaki as Nanami Nishijou, Akane Tomonaga as Seira Orgel, Eri Kitamura as Rimi Sakihata and Hiroyuki Yoshino as Takumi Nishijou. This set also comes with a character illustrated clear file and a Steins; Gate lab member badge set. The ”Science Adventure Set” will be sold for 5,000 yen. The Steins; Gate Faris and Itaru Hashida stuffed toys are going to be sold for 3,000 yen each. The Gunegune Gero kaerun stuffed toy from Chaos; Head is also going to be sold for 3,000 yen. As mentioned earlier, the 5pb. booth will also feature some consigned goods like this Hero Senki GOLD rubber strap set which will be sold for 5,000 yen.
  • 31. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 There are also some products from Muvluv Alternative: Total Eclipse which include the Yui Takamura oppai mouse pad which is sold for 3,500 yen. The Âge summer set 2013 contains a Muvluv Alternative: Total Eclipse artbook and a cotton eco-bag. The artbook is drawn by Carnelian. More on Comiket here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From 5pb. The post Check out 5pb’s latest offerings for Comiket 84 appeared first on SGCafe. Family Mart collaborates with Hatsune Miku for ‘Mikkuriman’ chocolate wafers Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/family-mart- collaborates-hatsune-miku-mikkuriman-chocolate-wafers/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-mart- collaborates-hatsune-miku-mikkuriman-chocolate-wafers By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013 Have you ever heard of Bikkuriman? It’s a chocolate-filled wafer that comes with a sticker and is popular with Japanese children. Bikkuriman became really popular to the point that it inspired several anime series as well as a manga during the 1980′s. Some of the stickers that come along with the wafer are now heavily priced and are considered collector’s items. Now, Japanese convenience store chain Family Mart is conducting a collaboration with popular vocaloid series, Hatsune Miku and Lotte to transform Bikkuriman into Mikkuriman. (More on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) This collaboration has been named “Mikkuriman ~ Miku to kimyōna nakama-tachi-hen ~” or “Mikkuriman, Miku and her strange friends“, and by strange friends I mean some of the other vocaloids like Luka, Kaito, Rin and Len. Like Bikkuriman, Mikkuriman are also chocolate filled wafers that come with a card.
  • 32. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 The package is designed by Dayo-San and shows your favorite vocaloid characters in a cute super-deformed manner. Some of the cards included with the wafer are quite common while some cards are rarer than others… much rarer. Which card you’ll get in a pack is completely random. This collaboration begins at the end of August. Here’s Family Mart’s blurred out teaser: Bikkuriman isn’t the only product Family Mart and Hatsune Miku are collaborating with because Morinaga & Co., Ltd is also getting a Vocaloid make-over with their own chocolate wafer, “Hito shizuku P× ya ma △ × suzu no suke Kyōsōkyoku Wafer Choco“. Each package comes with a random story card. These story cards come in 16 designs, each inspired by one of the following vocaloid songs: 01Bad ∞ End ∞ Night 02Crazy ∞ nighT 03Twilight ∞ nighT 04Himitsu ~ kuro no chikai ~ (△△ △△△△△△) 05Karakuri △ Burst (△△△△△△△△△) 06Trickery △ Casino (△△△△△△△△) 07”Synchronicity” series(△Synchronicity△△△△△ ) 08 Haitoku no Hana (△△△△) Like Mikkuriman, this collaboration also begins by the end of August 2013. Both products are going to be exclusively sold in Family Mart branches. Family Mart is one of the largest Japanese convenience store chains in the world with stores not just in Japan but also in the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.
  • 33. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Read more stories about your favorite vocaloid characters here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Family Mart x Miku page Bikkuriman and Morinaga The post Family Mart collaborates with Hatsune Miku for ‘Mikkuriman’ chocolate wafers appeared first on SGCafe. So you want to go to Comiket… Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/so-you-want-to-go-to-comiket/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=so-you-want-to-go- to-comiket By Zenko on August 2nd, 2013 Comiket is now the largest even in Japan dedicated to all things otaku, and can be quite a beast to manage. But fear not, SGCafe readers! Follow our tips and you’ll manage to get around with no problem! Probably. Although it’s easy to find out what the major companies are planning to sell at Comiket, getting there and getting around can be difficult. Luckily, advice from some previous attendees can help you get around like a veteran. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) 1. Getting to Tokyo Big Sight As you may or may not know, the convention itself is held in Odaiba at Tokyo Big Sight. Getting to Odaiba itself can be a little difficult, and navigating it even more so. Luckily, the official site posts directions on how to get there. Going by train is the easiest, and usually the cheapest at 320 yen from Tokyo station. Simply hop on the JR Keiyo Line bound for Shin-Kiba and transfer to the Rinkai line, which will take you straight to Kokusai-Tenjijo station. It’s also possible to get there by taking the Keihin Kyuukou to the Yamanote line before transfering to Rinkai. Either way will get you where you need to go. From there the center is in walking distance, and you will most likely just have to find the crowd to know you’re there. 2. Getting into Comiket Unlike the Comic City events held around Japan the rest of the year which require you to buy the guide book as an entrance ticket, there is no fee to enter Comiket. However, there are two options to get into the building itself: early or late. If you want to get in early as the con opens and snatch up some limited goods, you’ll want to get there as early as possible. That may mean heading out early as you’ll want to be there at around 6 AM, sometimes earlier, if you want an early spot in line. The event itself opens at 10 AM and runs until 4 PM. If you don’t want to wait, though, you can show up at 12 PM and the lines will have cleared enough for you to usually walk right in. 3. Navigating Comiket Here comes the tricky part, and usually one you want to plan pre-Comiket. While you don’t have to purchase the guide book, it’s usually a better idea to do so as it will let you know what fandoms have which day of the convention, which booths you might want to visit, and what members of industry are where. The guide is split into the three days, with circles rotating each day. It will also let you know who is in the east building, and who is in the west, which as we all learned from Lucky Star, is about a one hour walk from one side to the other, so plan accordingly. A good way to do it is by going to the circles you really want to see first before heading to the industry booths and cosplay areas. 4. Cosplay at Comiket Although originally starting off small, cosplay at Comiket has ballooned to include the parking lots outside the center. There are certain rules and regulations, as well as etiquette you need to follow to ensure everyone remains happy. One way is to ask permission before you take a picture and then wait before snapping one. Often times a cosplayer will have a pose they prefer to be photographed in. If one cosplayer
  • 34. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 proves especially popular, the staff will set up a perimeter around them and begin a countdown. After it ends, you are expected to disperse, though if the cosplayer moves to a new location it could start all over again. Overall: stay polite, and you won’t get in trouble. If you plan on cosplaying at the event, keep in mind that it’s prohibited to appear and leave the market in cosplay. Instead you will have to make use of the changing rooms which have a usage fee of 500 yen for the entire weekend. 5. Final Advice If the crowd gets to be too much, you can always head to Diver City, which is a short train ride back to Daiba station. There are concerts by idol groups every so often, and you can always check out the 1:1 Gundam there at Tokyo Gundam Front. If you stay for the whole convention, be it winter or summer, make sure you stay hydrated. That is especially true during the summer Comiket, as it occurs during Tokyo’s hottest days of the year. If you go during winter, keep in mind that trains will be running on a holiday schedule and to double check your train time tables. The website Hyperdia is especially helpful for keeping track of when trains are coming and when you can expect to get where you’re going. Like any convention, it’s also a good idea to take a look at the etiquette pamphlets before hand to prevent yourself from getting into any trouble. If you ever make it to Comiket, let us know about your “spoils of war”. And of course, you can join in the community discussions going on right now in the forums to discuss all your otaku needs until then. Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe! The post So you want to go to Comiket… appeared first on SGCafe. Five current-season anime (Summer 2013) you should watch right now Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/top-5- anime-to-watch-this-season-summer-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-5-anime-to- watch-this-season-summer-2013 By Zenko on August 2nd, 2013 The summer season is just getting started, and a slew of great anime are hitting the airwaves. If you had to choose, though, here are five that you should definitely take a look at. Although there are some anime premiering later in August, most have started airing already. It’s not too late to catch up, and if you still aren’t sure here’s five excellent ones to take into consideration. (Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe) 5. Free! Currently the hot favorite of anime fangirls, Free! is tailor- made for the aforementioned audience and wastes no time in pulling out the fanservice. It’s something KyoAni has always done, though, even in K-On!, which was made for fans of all types. Free! doesn’t have to be just for girls. If you look past the humor you’ll find something else KyoAni is known for: its detailed animation work. The quality of the water scenes and overall smoothness to the animation alone make it worth watching. The little gags and jokes, such as teaching the glasses character how to swim, also give it the same slice- of-life feeling that K-On! was known for. If you enjoyed an anime dedicated to the light music club, there’s no reason you won’t enjoy this romp into the adventures of the swim club either. 4. Fantasista Doll
  • 35. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 One part Cardcaptor Sakura and one part Aikatsu, Fantasista Dolls aims to combine the story of a young girls’ growth with the marketing of dress-up card games. Fantasista Dolls, after all, need a wide variety of outfits and weapons to do combat with. This of course leads to quite a bit of moe moments, not just out of combat but during it. As more cards and abilities are revealed, more of this seems to come into play. It has its own Tuxedo Mask-like character and mystery origin story for the dolls, which has already been hinted at several times. While it’s probably the most childish anime out of those on this list, it’s also the most light-hearted and fun one. 3. Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen If you’re unable to get all your doll needs in Fantasista Dolls, the latest installment to Rozen Maiden is a step above with animation and story. Although there are a few errors every now and again left behind, such as a correction circle in epsiode three, overall it’s just as high quality as the original seasons. On top of that it features a very well organized time- line split scenario. If you were a fan of the original series, then definitely take a look at the latest addition to the trilogy. If you never watched the original, the first episode gives a decent basis as to what it’s about, so you don’t need any background knowledge to enjoy it. 2. Silver Spoon Although there are clubs in this next choice, they aren’t ones you would find at a normal high school. In fact, the closest anime and manga has gotten to covering it before is Moyashimon. Also based off of a manga, it looks at the life of one high schooler as he attempts to discover his agricultural dream. First he has to learn about the world of agriculture though, as he only transfered to the school to get away from home. A-1 and Aniplex have made it clear to fans that the locations exists in real-life, and encourages them to refrain from making a pilgrimage for the animals safety. You can tell they paid quite a pit of attention to the location themselves, as much of it is faithfully recreated, even the animals that appear and oftentimes lend humor to an otherwise serious situation. If you enjoy more realistic anime that you can learn from, Silver Spoon should be your choice this season. 1. Gatchaman Crowds Saving the best for last, Gatchman Crowds is the show you should most watch out of this list. It’s humorous, it’s full of action and suspense, and it breathes new life into the franchise. The power suits themselves are no longer equipment, but equipped in a magical girl like sequence. Speaking of magical girls, the Gatchaman are chosen this time around by a mysterious entity that grants them their powers by ripping out their souls. Don’t let the Madoka-like premise scare you away, as the main villain has yet to fully show their hand, nor does the creator of smartphone app GALAX and her Gatchaman Crowd have a clear role just yet. That leaves plenty of room for development and redemption to fans of the old series who aren’t quite enjoying it just yet. In the mean time, however, a strong set of action sequences spiced up with the enthusiasm of a cute-loving protagonist promise to keep it going strong. If you were a fan of the original, you will immediately notice quite a few differences. Putting the original aside, though, it stands up quite well on its own. Each of these series are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, along with the second season of Attack on Titan should you need to catch up with the goings on of Levi’s Survey Corps. Check out other reviews here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! The post Five current-season anime (Summer 2013) you should watch right now appeared first on SGCafe. Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Sojiro cast for the new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/shinomori-aoshi-and-seta- sojiro-cast-for-the-new-rurouni-kenshin-live-action-films/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shinomori-aoshi- and-seta-sojiro-cast-for-the-new-rurouni-kenshin-live-action-films
  • 36. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 By KaleNagasaki on August 1st, 2013 Jump Square’s September issue revealed who will play favorite characters Aoshi Shinomori and Seta Sojiro in the second and third parts of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy coming out next summer. If you weren’t already excited that Tatsuya Fujiwara (Light Yagami from Death Note’s live-action film) is playing Shishio Makoto, then these next two additions to the crew will definitely pump you up. (For more on Rurouni Kenshin from SGCafe, click here). For those of you who read the manga or watched the anime, I am sure you were just as surprised and confused as I was at Aoshi Shinomori’s absence from the first film. In fact, the whole Oniwanbanshu – the ninja group that Aoshi leads – wasn’t mentioned. Well, I cannot tell you how glad I am that Aoshi Shinomori will be in the second film, and he will be played by none other than Yusuke Iseya. Just last month I watched director Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, a movie in which Yusuke played a very cool but comical fighter. However, you might better know Yusuke from Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western: Django, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Distance, or perhaps from the manga-based Ashita no Joe. He’ll be bringing more than a handsome face to the set, to say the least. Next we have Seta Sojiro, the cold killer that lies behind a cool smile. Shishio Makoto’s right-hand man, Sojiro’s soft and pleasant face belies the murderer within. Ryunosuke Kamiki will be taking this part, and he is more than qualified to do so. Ryunosuke is no newbie to live-action films, and has played in Tantei Gakuen Q, and Honey & Clover. So what do you think? Are these the right people for the job? Personally, as long as I get to see more Sexy Sagara Sanosuke, everything will be alright. And, of course, the acting should be good…and stuff. Read more on Rurouni Kenshin from SGCafe, and then don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! The post Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Sojiro cast for the new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films appeared first on SGCafe. Music Girl Hatsune Miku (iOS) English version released today Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/music-girl- hatsune-miku-ios-english-version-released-today/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=music-girl- hatsune-miku-ios-english-version-released-today By KarbyP on August 1st, 2013
  • 37. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 A localised English version of Music Girl Hatsune Miku – a music player app in which you can listen to tunes stored on your iPhone, play dress-up and interact with the popular virtual idol – has been launched on the iTunes app store today. The app, previously available in the Japanese iTunes app store only, has now been brought out in English all over the world thanks to the efforts of Marza Animation Planet – the same folks who worked on the opening videos for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games, and the Hatsune Miku live concerts. (More stories on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) When it came out in Japan I’ve briefly checked out the app myself, and I must say, if you’re a Hatsune Miku fan who listens to music on your iPhone, you need to get this right away. In Music Girl Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid star will do a little dance as she’s listening to your choice of music with you – the speed of her dance will depend on the song’s beats per minute (BPM). But what’s really cool about this app is that as you’re listening to music, you’re also passively building up stocks in a meter that can be expended to play a trivia game with Hatsune Miku. So don’t just listen to your music on your iPhone passively. With this app you can convert time spent enjoying music on your iPhone into opportunities to find out how well you know Hatsune Miku. You’ll get to know Miku better through the quizzes, too! Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E) is available on the iTunes app store now, available for US$3.99 (S$4.98). The app comes with a complimentary Harukaze costume pack. Other costume packs available as in-app purchases include those for YukiMiku 2013 (Snow Miku 2013). Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku
  • 38. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 Project Diva-related stories can also be found at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/project-diva Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From the press release: Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2013 – MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2013 – MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. is pleased to announce that iPhone/iPod touch App “Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E)” is now available in English on the iTunes App Store. “Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E )”is a hit app that climbed to △2 in the iTunes App Store ranking in just two days after its release. This is a music player app in which the ever so popular IP Character “Hatsune Miku”, not only in her home country Japan, but all over the world, dances to the tunes installed in the user’s music player. By utilizing fully the functions of iPhone/iPod touch, Hatsune Miku’s moves and grooves in exceptionally smooth 3-D graphics. App Features are as follows: - Select a song from iPhone/iPod touch, and listen to the music together with Miku, and If the BPM is acquired then Miku can move to the beat of the song and show various types of movements. - The users can enjoy communication with Miku while listening to music, and if the closeness level rises then the user can receive special presents. - Users can enjoy changing Miku’s fashion by acquiring new hairstyles, accessories and wardrobes available at the store inside the app. More items will be added and available in the future. Who is Hatsune Miku? The virtual singer “Hatsune Miku” is a vocal android = VOCALOID where a Japanese voice actress provides the character voice. It is one of the vocal voice sources that was created by a voice creation system “VOCALOID 2”developed by Yamaha Corporation. By inputting the melody and lyrics, the main vocal and back chorus is automatically created. The software itself is positioned as a virtual idol character, and Hatsune Miku is positioned as a “futuristic idol.” In the USA, Toyota Corolla has used Miku in advertisements since May 2011, and also a live concert was held for the first time outside of Japan in the same year. The rights holder has said that as long as it is non-profit, it can be used freely, allowing the individual users to utilize not only the voice but the character herself for creative activities, and in turn has become a forerunner in the CGM contents field in Japan. About Product Overview: AppStore URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/music- girl-hatsune-miku-e/id652722751?l=ja&ls=1&mt=8 Product Name: Music Girl Hatsune Miku△E △ Sales Company: MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Developing Company: W ROCK GAMES Co., Ltd. Category: Entertainment Copyrights: (C) SEGA / (C) Crypton Future Media, INC. (C) W ROCK GAMES Co., Ltd.△MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Rating: 12+ Requirements: iPhone 3GS△iPod Touch beyond 3rd generation onwards, iOS4.1 onwards required. The post Music Girl Hatsune Miku (iOS) English version released today appeared first on SGCafe. Celebrate ‘Day of Pie’ with High School DXD and Senran Kagura Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/celebrate-day- of-pie-with-high-school-dxd-and-senran-kagura/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrate-day-of- pie-with-high-school-dxd-and-senran-kagura By spartanchef on August 1st, 2013 Ever watched the anime High School DXD or read its light novels? Have you ever played the game Senran Kagura or watched its anime? Now what do these two series have in common? These two series are full of action and excellent fight scenes, yes, that’s true, but that’s not what I am talking about. It’s because these two series are doing a collaboration and are celebrating the “Day of pie”. (More High School DXD and Senran Kagura here on SGCafe) Today, August 1 marks the “Day of Pie” or Pai no hi, also known as Nyuunyuu Festival. So, what does today celebrate?
  • 39. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 Here’s a clue, it’s are not celebrating a baked pastry encasing a filling that’s either sweet or savory, nor is it celebrating a certain mathematical constant. If you are thinking “oppai“, then you are on the right track. High Scool DXD and Senran Kagura are popular for a reason, and they have something to do with um… a woman’s chest area.Yes, “Day of pie” is celebrating “oppai” which in Japanese means… (forgive my French) Boobs. So what are the festivities for today? One is that it celebrates the rebroadcast of the Senran Kagura anime as well as two Senran Kagura games being sold at a discounted price for a month. The digital version of Senran Kagura Burst for the Nintendo 3DS will be sold at half its original price going from 5,980 yen to 2,990 yen while the digital version of Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus for the PS Vita will be sold for 4,980 yen. Another one would be the release of a special limited Katsuragi card for the Senran Kagura New Wave mobile game which is up for digital download for GREE users in Japan. And finally, a collaboration artwork between High School DXD and Senran Kagura will be released for the respective official websites for both series. There are three variants with all three special wallpapers showing the main girls for both series, Asuka and Rias Gremory. Both High School DXD and Senran Kagura are known for copious amounts of fan service, “bouncy stuff” and a whole lot of clothing damage. There hasn’t been any battle in the two series that does not involve female clothing being torn to shreds to reveal what’s underneath. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From High School DXD official and Senran Kagura Shinovi versus The post Celebrate ‘Day of Pie’ with High School DXD and Senran Kagura appeared first on SGCafe. Momoiro Clover Z promotes Pepsi Special in latest ad Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/momoiro- clover-z-promotes-pepsi-special-in-latest-ad/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=momoiro-clover-z- promotes-pepsi-special-in-latest-ad
  • 40. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 By Zenko on August 1st, 2013 Summer time means good food and good music. And for Momoiro Clover Z it also means the delicious taste of yakiniku. Pepsi and Momoiro Clover Z are teaming up for a new promotional campaign called Pepsi Healthy Summer, with the idol group starring in the commercial ad to promote the soft drink. (Even more Momoiro Clover Z here on SGCafe!) In it, the girls are visiting a yakiniku shop and are stopped short as they order juice to drink. A triceratops plaque on the wall, voiced by Testuya Tekeda of Kinpachi Sensei fame, chimes in rudely and says that the Momoiro girls’ drink of choice is stupid. The girls are then encouraged to order Pepsi Special instead, as it has no calories. The special in Pepsi Special is that it’s said to promote weightloss through one of the chemicals in it. Pepsi Nex, another zero calorie Pepsi, will also be featured as part of the campaign to help promote the special Pepsi Live concert, called “Pepsi Presents Momoiro Clover Zero Live~Pepsi as a health food with zero calories, right Z!?”. Fans will have a chance to win tickets to attend the show by purchasing Pepsi Special and Pepsi Nex. If you don’t win a ticket, though, there will also be chances to win special collaborative goods. The campaign itself runs from August 5 to September 1 and was done partially because they wanted everyone to eat healthy together, but also because the group really enjoys the taste of Pepsi. Keep up with all your music needs here on SGafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Man-Tan Web The post Momoiro Clover Z promotes Pepsi Special in latest ad appeared first on SGCafe. Sony sheds more light on the PS4 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sony-sheds-more-light-on-ps4/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sony-sheds-more- light-on-ps4 By Zenko on August 1st, 2013 After watching the debacle that was the fans reaction to the Xbox One (Xbone), Sony, via PlayStationAccess, is answering ten of fans’ biggest questions. Fans weighed in with their questions, and the YouTube channel PlayStationAccess, an official UK-based news channel for all things PlayStation, has taken it upon themselves to answer. (Keep up with all your PS4 news here on SGCafe!) Of course, one of the biggest questions burning in fans minds is just now much room they should make for the eraser- shaped console. That was highlighted briefly in the video with a PS3 set on the table for comparison, but a full PS3 to PS4 one was made as its own video. In it you can see that despite its shape, the PS4 is overall a lot smaller than its predecessor’s launch model. A minor difference pointed out in the later video: the PS4′s launch color will be Jet Black, whereas the PS3′s was Piano Black. Other questions fans asked included whether or not the DualShock3 controller would be compatible at all with the sytsem. Unfortunately it will not be, but don’t sell all your controllers just yet: the PlayStation Move will be compatible with the system. Speaking of compatible, PSN accounts, avatar and all, will carry over to the PS4 and you will be able to customize how much personal information is made public. You will be able to keep up to 2000 friends notified of what you’re up to with PartyChat as it makes a return from the PS Vita.
  • 41. August 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 The Xross Media Bar will also be changing to the new PlayStation Dynamic Menu, which will be customizable in terms of layout and other previous Xross Media features. As you may have noticed, the PlayStation Camera is making a return with the added benefit of AR and a slew of upgrades. It will have 3D depth and utilize the DualShock4 controller to bring out the full potential of the PlayRoom app. It also now includes four microphones to make not only sound input, but output, a possibility. Speaking of 3D, they do have plans in the future to make 3D games available on the console. As far as paying to go online is concerned, they have made it clear that you will only need the PSPlus account to play multiplayer online. You will not need it to access free to play games, Netflix, or single player mode. Read even more on gaming here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions on gaming going on in the forums! Source: PlayStationAccess The post Sony sheds more light on the PS4 appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 42. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Tony Swatton forges the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/tony-swatton- forges-the-master-sword-from-the-legend-of-zelda/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tony-swatton- forges-the-master-sword-from-the-legend-of-zelda By Zenko on August 7th, 2013 Master Swordsmith Tony Swatton becomes a master in more than one way as he forges a sword that transcends time… no, not Soul Calibur, but Link’s Master Sword from The Legend of Tony Swatton Zelda. Continuing a legacy of awesome, from Sora’s Keyblade to Cloud’s Buster Sword, Tony Swatton is answering fans demands for yet another epic masterpiece of metal. The Master Sword has finally been recreated as a fully functioning blade. (Check out Tony Swatton’s recreation of the buster sword from Final Fantasy VII here on SGCafe) Although he had to call in some help from someone skilled at sand molding for the pommel, a technique Swatton points out to be life threatening because “if even a single speck of moisture gets in the mold, it will explode.” Luckily for them, there’s no explosion, nor is there any trouble with the difficult to forge bronze. After adding finishing touches to the blade, it proves itself worthy of the Hero of Time as it slashes through pots and heart containers, and slices threw melons in a way not even a chef’s knife can. Check it out! You can check out the complete Man At Arms series on the AWE me channel on YouTube. Do let him know in the comments of the Zelda video which sword you think he should forge next. Check out more gaming news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. The post Tony Swatton forges the Master Sword from The Legend of Zelda appeared first on SGCafe. Pokemon fan-art inspired by ancient Mayan culture Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fan-does- pokemon-fan-art-inspired-by-ancient-mayan-culture/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fan-does- pokemon-fan-art-inspired-by-ancient-mayan-culture By spartanchef on August 7th, 2013 The Pokemon series have always been inspired by ancient civilizations. Unowns, Regirock, Regice, Registeel are some examples of Pokemon designed with an ancient motif. But Tumblr user Monarobot has taken the ancient motif one step further, with his, with this series of fan-made illustrations of various Pokemon infused with the art style of one of the most mysterious ancient civilizations in history, the Mayans. (More Pokemon here on SGCafe) The Mayan civilization these days are known more for their 2012 doomsday calendar rather than their actual cultural achievements like their literature, art and architecture, most famous of which is the Chichen Itza pyramid in Mexico’s Yucatan region. Here are the various Pokemon artworks done by Monarobot based on the Mayans’ style.
  • 43. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Bulbasaur, Ivysaur and Venusaur Squirtle, Wartortle and Blastoise
  • 44. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Gible, Garbite, Garchomp Is it just me or does Gyarados look a whole lot scarier and his bad-ass scale just went waaaaaaaaaay up?
  • 45. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Nidoran, Nidorino, Nidoking The Legendary Lugia has a lot in common with the mythical Quetzalcoatl, the legendary Mayan god. Quetzalcoatl is often described as a cross between a snake and a bird and is often called the flying serpent. Serpents have always been associated with dragons, and while not a dragon-type Pokemon, Lugia does look like a combination of a bird and a dragon. That ghost Pokemon who likes to mess with unsuspecting humans looks equally mischievous with this Mayan rendition
  • 46. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Oddish, Gloom and Vileplume If you thought Gyrados looked Scary, take a look at these three. Bellsprout, Weepinbell, Victreebell Love video games? You can read more about other Japanese video games here on SGCafe! You can also read more on anime here . Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Monarobot Tumblr account The post Pokemon fan-art inspired by ancient Mayan culture appeared first on SGCafe. Silver Spoon live-action movie rumours are true; stars Kento Nakajima, Alice Hirose Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/silver-spoon-live-action- movie-rumours-are-true-stars-kento-nakajima-alice-hirose/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=silver-spoon-live- action-movie-rumours-are-true-stars-kento-nakajima-alice-hirose By KarbyP on August 6th, 2013 Rumours of a Silver Spoon live-action movie surfaced on the Web last month when eagle-eyed fans noticed that Toho had been quietly recruiting extras and registering a Web domain for a film whose premise sounded suspiciously like the agriculture-themed manga and anime series. Today, those rumours have been confirmed; a 2ch forumer has leaked the first official details of the Silver Spoon live- action movie from an unidentified print publication, along with the following pictorial evidence: (More Silver Spoon-related news here on SGCafe) According to the print article, the movie will star Kento Nakajima and Alice Hirose as Yugo Hachiken and Aki Mikage respectively. “I’d like to play this role to the best of my ability so as to leave no regrets behind, and fully immerse myself into the world of Silver Spoon,” Nakajima said to the Japanese press while cosplaying as Yugo Hachiken, complete with the character’s trademark black spectacles. “With this role I was able to experience life on a dairy farm and horseback riding. Through the movie I’d like to convey the joy of that experience to people who’ve never done these activities before,” he added. Filming for the movie begun on August 3, and is expected to wrap up sometime in mid September. Preparation for the shoot, however, begun way before the August 3 date. For instance, lead actress Alice Hirose said that prior to the start of filming, she had already lived on the dairy farm for about two weeks in order to prepare herself for the role. Other than Nakajima and Hirose, two other cast members were revealed in the print article. Film veteran Ryuhei Ueshima will play the role of Oezo Agricultural High School’s pricipal, while Mikihiro Ogawa (better known as Nakamura Shidou II) has been cast as the equestrian club’s advisor. The Silver Spoon live-action movie is expected to hit theatres in Japan sometime in Spring 2014. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com
  • 47. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Source: 2ch The post Silver Spoon live-action movie rumours are true; stars Kento Nakajima, Alice Hirose appeared first on SGCafe. Part 2 of ‘Fate/Zero’ Ichiban Kuji lottery has got Saber, Emiya Kiritsugu & Lancer figures Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/part-2-of-fatezero- ichiban-kuji-lottery-saber-emiya-kiritsugu-lancer-figures/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=part-2-of-fatezero- ichiban-kuji-lottery-saber-emiya-kiritsugu-lancer-figures By KaleNagasaki on August 6th, 2013 Following the Ichiban Kuji Premium Fate/Zero Part 1 lottery that was released this past February, Part 2 is here for the first ten days of August. So if you happen to be in Japan, make sure to go on down to Family Mart or your favourite hobby shop to take part! For the uninitiated, Ichikan Kuji is not a real lottery – you’re guaranteed to win something upon ponying up 800 yen, on the spot. The way it works is that you hand your money to the Ichiban Kuji reseller, and draw a lot that will determine the rank of your prize. From there, you are allowed to pick any item available at the reseller that corresponds to the rank indicated on the lot you drew. So for instance, if you drew an S or an A lot, then you get to take home the “Saber Premium Figure”, which is approximately 20 centimeters in height. The only differences between the two are that the S rank figure features a golden sword and Saber with her hair down, while the A prize features Saber with her hair tied up wielding a silver sword. (To read more anime news from SGCafe, click here). The B prize is a figure of Emiya Kiritsugu and is about 21 and a half centimeters. Just look at Kiritsugu rocking that trench. I want it already. But let’s not forget about the C prize now. The C prize is a Lancer figure, standing at 22 centimeters tall.
  • 48. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 After the premium action figures come some original posters, which collectively make up the D prizes. The first one is the prettiest, no? While we are all hungry to get the top action figure prizes, we can also satisfy ourselves with prize E art plates. Even though I wouldn’t recommend eating on them, they are appropriate to dish out (heh) at a nerd party. Fine China has never been nerdier.
  • 49. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Making up the F prizes are these awesome clear file folders featuring the characters of Fate/Zero. Of course, Emiya is posing like a boss. But the rest of the gang is doing their best to give you your money’s worth, too.
  • 50. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Nice goodies, right? One go at the Ichiban Kuji lottery costs just 800 yen, and you’ll never walk away with nothing. So what are you waiting for? Better head over to Family Mart, hobby shops, and other resellers before it’s too late! Read more anime news on SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Mantan-web The post Part 2 of ‘Fate/Zero’ Ichiban Kuji lottery has got Saber, Emiya Kiritsugu & Lancer figures appeared first on SGCafe. ‘New Atelier Rorona’ remake coming to PS3 & PS Vita in November Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/new-atelier- rorona-remake-coming-to-ps3-ps-vita-in-november/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-atelier- rorona-remake-coming-to-ps3-ps-vita-in-november By KarbyP on August 6th, 2013 JRPG developer Gust is working on a PS3 and PS Vita remake of Atelier Rorona: The Alchemist of Arland, the latest issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine has revealed. The title was the first game in the well-loved ”The Alchemist of Arland” series of titles, partially due to the fact that renowned illustrator Mel Kishida worked on character designs for the entire series. The second and third games, Atelier Totori and Atelier Meruru, have already received enhanced ports (Atelier Totori Plus and Atelier Meruru Plus) on the PS Vita. Since the game mechanics and character models in Atelier Rorona are quite a bit more dated than the Totori and Meruru games, Gust has decided to do a remake altogether, and release it both on the PS3 and PS Vita. The games will support the PS3 and Vita’s cross-save feature, allowing gamers who own both versions to transfer their save file back and forth. New Atelier Rorona will feature brand new character models redone from scratch and said to be closely adhering to the
  • 51. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 original character illustrations. Mel Kishida himself will be supervising the character modelings for the remake. In terms of story and event scenes, New Atelier Rorona will be quite a bit longer than the original — the in-game timeline has been expanded by about a year, with brand new events added to tell the story beyond what fans played in the original Atelier Rorona. There will be new battle and story characters – perhaps a few familiar faces to fans who’ve played the later games, or so Dengeki PlayStation hints. Mechanics-wise, the gameplay systems here are largely based on those from Atelier Meruru Plus, so fans can expect things like a costume change system, and death blow animations. Other new features include a vegetable farming minigame, and a “Time Capsule” that allows Rorona to seal away items for a period of time to make them better or stronger. Dengeki PlayStation also hints that one of the costumes you can have Rorona change into is not so much a costume, but a character entirely. That character (any guesses?). New Atelier Rorona is slated for a November 2013 release. Gamers who purchase a first-print edition will receive a swimsuit costume DLC for free. There will also be limited edition PS3 and PS Vita packages. The PS3 LE comes with a crystal paperweight, and a skin for your Dual Shock 3 controller, while the PS Vita version will instead come with a mini crystal paperweight (so that you may carry it with you everywhere) and a skin for your Vita. Source: Dengeki PlayStation magazine, image 1, 2, 3 The post ‘New Atelier Rorona’ remake coming to PS3 & PS Vita in November appeared first on SGCafe. Attack on Titan 3DS game currently in development at Spike Chunsoft Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/attack-on-titan- video-game-in-development-for-the-3ds-spike-chunsoft/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attack-on-titan- video-game-in-development-for-the-3ds-spike-chunsoft By KarbyP on August 6th, 2013 Hajime Isayama’s hugely successful manga and anime series Attack on Titan is getting a video game adaptation on the Nintendo 3DS, publisher Kodansha has announced via a page in a special booklet that will be included with the 11th volume of the manga series, slated to go on sale in Japan later this week on August 9. (For more on Attack on Titan from SGCafe, click here). The news comes in from Blogger IEEE802.11, who got early access to a batch of Attack on Titan (also known as Shingeki no Kyojin) volume 11 manga tankoubon and provided the pictures you see below:
  • 52. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 The game is being developed by the fine folks over at Spike Chunsoft, possibly best known for their work on the Dangan Ronpa series. No other details on the Attack on Titan 3DS game was given, but more specifics will be unveiled in the October issue of Bessatsu Shounen Magazine that’s slated to go on newsstands in Japan September 9. The 3DS Attack on Titan game is the first time the manga and anime franchise is appearing as a console video game. Currently, however, there is an Attack on Titan online social game – entitled Attack on Titan: The Wings of Counter- Offense Online (進進進進進 -進進進進- ONLINE) – available for Web browsers, as well as on the Mobage and GREE mobile gaming networks. Apart from the 3DS game announcement, the special booklet also revealed that the manga series has surpassed 23 million copies in total sales, and that an Attack on Titan “Another Story” will begin serialisation in Monthly Shounen Sirius. Read more news on Attack on Titan at SGCafe. Also, more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: IEEE802.11 The post Attack on Titan 3DS game currently in development at Spike Chunsoft appeared first on SGCafe. Rozen Maiden, Danganronpa, and more highlights at Takara Tomy’s Comiket 84 booth Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/rozen-maiden-danganronpa- hakuoki-the-movie-and-more-highlights-takara-tomys-comiket-84- booth/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rozen- maiden-danganronpa-hakuoki-the-movie-and-more-highlights-takara- tomys-comiket-84-booth By spartanchef on August 6th, 2013 Comiket 84 is just a few days away! Can you feel the anticipation in the air? We have already detailed which goodies you can get from a few of the various company booths like those for Cospa and Shaft. Today, we’re taking a look at Takara Tomy’s Comiket goodies. (More on our Comiket 84 coverage here on SGCafe through this link.) Takara Tomy will be setting up shop in Booth 進612 on WEST 4th floor and they will be rocking merchandise from several series like Rozen Maiden, Amnesia, Hyper Dimension Neptunia, Devil Survivor 2 and Hakuoki the movie. And if those series aren’t enough for you, they will also be selling some awesome Danganronpa merchandise as well. The following special Rozen Maiden photography group No. 6 will only be available during Comiket 84 for 200 yen each. This special photography group includes Shinku, Suigintou, Canaria, Kirakishou and Jun Sakurada.
  • 53. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 They will also be selling AR Gatchas. AR Gatchas are basically key chains that come with a special AR code which allows you to download an app for your Android or iPhone. By downloading this app, you can have the image from the key chain you purchased as a wallpaper for your smartphone. Here are their AR Gatchas from Hakuoki the movie, Amnesia, Hyperdimension Neptunia (which we have previewed earlier) and Devil Survivor 2. Danganronpa is currently one of the hottest anime of the summer season and its video game has been very very successful. Takara Tomy is also offering up several Danganronpa merchandise including these Super Danganronpa 2 pantsu pouches which are sold for 300 yen each. Chapter 1 features the guys from the game and has seven varieties to choose from while chapter 2 features the girls and has 8 varieties to choose from. Now, boxers or briefs?
  • 54. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Well, we are certainly not forgetting about the original students attending Monokuma’s “School of Despair”. These Danganronpa key chains will be sold for 200 yen. You can choose either Makoto Naegi, Kyouko Kirigiri, Kiyotaka Ishimaru, Aoi Asahina, Junko Enoshima or you can choose them all. The Takara Tomy booth will also be selling these straps from the upcoming Fall vampire anime Diabolik Lovers. There are 6 varieties to choose from and each one costs 200 yen. The booth will also be taking pre-orders for this “Nobunaga to Ranmaru ~ What should I do? ~” figure for the event. The pre-order price for this figure is 3,300 yen. And speaking of Sengoku Nabe TV, here are several Time Capsule straps. Each strap is worth 300 yen. Takara Tomy is also featuring Kami Usagi Rope, a comedy anime short from Yuuji Uchiyama and the Academy Award- winning anime studio Robot. This Rope and Akira-senpai figure is up for pre-order and costs 3,300 yen. The booth will also be offering these Kami Usagi Rope straps which will be sold for 200 yen each.
  • 55. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 More anime, manga and Japanese video game merchandise here on SGCafe. Also check out the other Comiket 84 merchandise here on SGCafe. You can also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Dengeki Online The post Rozen Maiden, Danganronpa, and more highlights at Takara Tomy’s Comiket 84 booth appeared first on SGCafe. Chinese fan lists fifty common features of anime & manga Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/chinese-fan- lists-fifty-common-features-of-anime-manga/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chinese-fan-lists- fifty-common-features-of-anime-manga By Zenko on August 6th, 2013 One anime fan in China has finally taken it upon himself to point out what every anime fan already knows: many anime and manga series possess recurring features. Each anime may have its own unique plot and characters, but sometimes there’s some overlap in what happens or how main protagonists look or act. Below are 11 of the 50 common features of anime the Chinese blog post pointed out, as translated and mentioned in an article on RecordChina. (Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe!) 1. The protagonist’s hair is usually spiky. 2. The protagonist is usually 15 or younger, and the savior of a group of people. 3. The protagonist has a tendency to be a chibi. 4. There is always a girl or friend that is important to them. 5. There is always a parent, mentor, or coach who is usually a protective character. 6. On occasion a boss character turns out to be someone the protagonist admired. 7. The protagonist’s life is as hard to crush as a cockroach. If not, the protagonist will not make it to the boss. 8. The two will usually deal the final blow simultaneously. 9. The forbidden technique of the show will always have some cost to balance it. 10. The ultimate technique of any Gundam is self destruction. 11. The destruction of a Gundam at the end of war is symbolic.
  • 56. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 So what do you think? Do you agree with any of these? What would you add to the list? Feel free to let us know in the comments or join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Check out manga news here at SGCafe too! Source: Sina blog via RecordChina The post Chinese fan lists fifty common features of anime & manga appeared first on SGCafe. Enter a contract with Kirino in OreImo HappyenD (PS3) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/kirino-as-an-idol-explained/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kirino-as-an-idol- explained By Zenko on August 6th, 2013 OreImo HappyenD (HD) is finally answering a question plaguing some fans: Just why is my little sister an idol anyway? Kirino’s intro is helping shed some light on that matter. By now the premise for OreImo HD is pretty clear: you talk to the little sisters and become their manager as they quest for true idol status. But just why do they want to become idols? These screenshots give some idea of just what happened to set it off. In the first screenshot we see Kuroneko telling Kyousuke she’s not joking around about becoming an idol and for him to choose who should take the audition. Kirino of course debates that she should be the one to take it. All of this started due to Saori mentioning that there’s an amateur idol audition coming up. (If you love Oreimo, check out more at SGCafe!) After the girls have had their say so it’s up to Kyousuke to choose just who should take the audition. You can choose neither, Kirino or Kuroneko. In this scenario, Kirino was chosen. After telling her that she should be the one to take the audition, she’s of course thrilled but also demands quite a bit from you, including entering into an agreement to become her manager. Kirino drives a hard bargain, reminding her older brother about the Meruru event that she would be able to perform at if she passed the audition. After Kuroneko leaves and Kirino takes you to her room for a firm reminder that you’ll be working for her, the introduction ends. But not before she makes Kyousuke sign his life away to her. The Kuroneko scenario likely plays out similarly, but with more angry Kirino in it. How Ayase, Kanako and Manami get pulled into the idol auditions is not yet clear, but it’s bound to be interesting (and likely abusive with Ayase). The game is set to be released on September 26 of this year. Keep up with all your game news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the discussions on gaming going on in the forums. Source: Dengeki News The post Enter a contract with Kirino in OreImo HappyenD (PS3) appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 57. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 Top 10 most memorable Shounen Jump! manga scenes, according to readers from 3 age groups Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/top-10- most-memorable-shounen-jump-manga-series/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=top-10-most- memorable-shounen-jump-manga-series By spartanchef on August 6th, 2013 For a few decades now, Weekly Shounen Jump! has entertained quite a few generations of readers, not only from Japan but also the entire world. A Japanese TV show on Fuji TV named Shōgeki! Sansedai hikaku TV Generation tengoku Bangumi kihon jōhō has recently ranked the ten best Shounen Jump! manga according to the number of impactful or memorable scenes that readers from three different age groups can recall. The three different age groups were termed the “Banana generation” (readers in their 50s or 60s), “Kiwi generation” (30s or 40s), and “Mango generation” (10s or 20s). We have absolutely no clue as to what the deal is with the fruit-based naming convention… But what the heck, this is the country that turned raw fish into a famous delicacy all around the world. I’m sure they have their reasons. (More manga stories here on SGCafe) Let’s start with the oldest generation of readers shall we? Here are their results for the 10 best mangas according to readers from the “banana” generation 10 The Circuit WOlf 9 Cat’s Eye 8 Play Ball 7 Mazinger Z 6 Dr. Slump 5 Otoko Ippiki Gaki Daisho 4 Samurai Giants 3 Kochira Katsushika – ku Kameari-Koen Mae Hashutsujo 2 Dokonjou Gaeru 1 Harenchi Gakuen One of Jump!’s most popular mangas of all time only ranked in at 3rd as Kochira Katsushika gets beaten by a series which was considered waaaaaaaaaay ahead of its time. Harenchi Gakuen or Shameless School won the top spot among the older generation of manga readers for the reason that it started something which is now a trend these days. This manga is by Go Nagai and is considered by many as the very first hentai manga even if it contained no sex scenes. This was serialized in Weekly Shounen Jump! and raised a few eyebrows with its ecchi content which was highly considered as not for kids at that time. Compared to the ecchi series these days however…
  • 58. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Next, we take a look at the “Kiwi” Generation which gave us a whole lot of awesome shounen manga which have stuck with me since childhood 10 Yu Yu Hakusho 9 Capricious Orange Road 8 Jojo’s Bizaare Adventure 7 High School! Kimengumi 6 Captain Tsubasa 5 City Hunter 4 Fist of the North Star 3 Slam Dunk 2 Kinnikuman 1 Dragon Ball Wow! Dragon Ball took first place for this generation, that is soooooo surprising. Well, Akira Toriyama’s masterpiece has always been considered one of the greatest manga of all time and is also loved by the younger generations. These manga have greatly influenced the childhoods of many people, including mine so it comes to no surprise as these mangas have made it to this list. Finally, we go to the current generation of Shounen Jump! mangas. Called the “mango” generation by the show, here are the results: 10 Prince of Tennis 9 Kuroko no Basket 8 Gintama 7 Yu-Gi-Oh! 6 Hikaru no Go 5 Bleach
  • 59. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 4 Toriko 3 Naruto 2 Hunter X Hunter 1 One Piece Even though Hunter X Hunter has been on hiatus for more than a year now, the manga nevertheless managed to obtain the 進2 spot when pitted against other top contenders like Naruto and Bleach. The manga which gained the 進1 spot is not very surprising as One Piece has sold millions of copies constantly and taking in the 進1 spot in manga sales for the first half of 2013. Here is a summary of the results. So? What do you think of these results? Are there any mangas from Jump! that should be on this list? Sure, some of you may disagree with the show’s results, but for me as a fan, this sure brings back a lot of memories as a kid. Read more on Weekly Shounen Jump! here on SGCafe. Also, read more on some of the other rankings here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Yaraon The post Top 10 most memorable Shounen Jump! manga scenes, according to readers from 3 age groups appeared first on SGCafe. Free! voice actors cosplay their characters for magazine cover Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/free-main-voice- cast-cosplay-their-characters-for-magazine-cover/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-main-voice- cast-cosplay-their-characters-for-magazine-cover
  • 60. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 By spartanchef on August 6th, 2013 Free! is definitely one of summer’s hottest shows and the huge fan base in itself proves it. The show has gathered tons of screaming fans (mostly female) and the fandom continues to grow. Well, they better save their squeals for September as the latest issue of Seiyuu Grand Prix magazine features the anime’s main voice cast cosplaying as the characters they are voicing. (For more on Free! here on SGcafe, click here) Though they may not be wearing any tight speedos on the cover, this issue will still turn a lot of heads most certainly. Tsubasa Yonaga (as Nagisa), Mamoru Miyano (as Rin), Nobunaga Shimazaki (as Haruka), Daisuke Hirakawa (as Rei) and Tatsuhisa Suzuki (as Makoto) will surely make a lot of the anime’s female fans squeal with this cover which is inspired by one of the anime’s key visuals. This issue of Seiyuu Grand Prix will be released on September. Ah, I can hear them squealing now. This won’t be the first time a magazine has done something like this though. Back in 2007, Megami magazine did something rather similar with the main voice cast of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha Strikers. Though the voice actresses from that anime did not actually cosplay, they did however pose in the same positions. In the magazine’s back-to-back cover, Nana Mizuki, Yukari Tamura, Kana Ueda, Chiwa Saito and Mai Nakahara were in the same positions as the characters they are respectively voicing which are Fate Testarossa-Harlaown, Nanoha Takamachi, Hayate Yagami, Subaru Nakajima and Teana Lanster. More on your favorite Seiyuus (voice actors) here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon The post Free! voice actors cosplay their characters for magazine cover appeared first on SGCafe. Pre-orders for Sailor Moon jewelry open on Premium Bandai store Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/latest-sailor- moon-goods-will-make-you-feel-like-a-pretty-soldier/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=latest-sailor-moon- goods-will-make-you-feel-like-a-pretty-soldier By Zenko on August 5th, 2013 The Premium Bandai store has another set of Sailor Moon goods that are sure to hurt fan’s wallets – though it may just be worth it. Continuing the line of goods being released as part of the 20th anniversary, a line of Sailor Moon themed jewelry is being released. When paired with the previously
  • 61. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 released Miracle Romance compact, this piece of jewelry accomplishes the daunting task of allowing fans to show off their love for the show – even on the most formal of occasions. (Even more Sailor Moon here at SGCafe!) The first piece is a set of earrings designed after the sailor sign that Serena (Usagi) bears. Made of silver and coated in 18 karat gold, it will help fans feel like they’re triggering their own transformation sequence. The earrings will retail for 9,975 yen and measure 11mm by 21mm, making them a subtle way to show your love. A silver pendant based on the Moon Stick that Sailor Moon uses to attack in the first season of the anime. Based on its final form it sports a silver crystal motif at the top to really help protect you from evil. Made of silver and hanging from a 45 centimeter chain, it will retail for 11,550 yen. The final piece in the latest installment is a silver pendant coated in 18 karat gold to give it a full gold appearance. Styled after the Key of Space-Time, it will certainly help you feel like Chibiusa during times of crisis. Hung from a 45 centimeter chain and featuring Swarovski crystals, it’s the most expensive piece in the set at 13,650 yen. Each piece of jewelry is available for pre-order on August 5 at the Premium Bandai website, and will ship in October. Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe! Fell free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Famitsu The post Pre-orders for Sailor Moon jewelry open on Premium Bandai store appeared first on SGCafe. ‘Ragnarok Odyssey Ace’ (PS Vita) to collaborate with 15 game titles Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/ragnarok-odyssey- ace-ps-vita-to-collaborate-with-15-game-titles/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ragnarok-odyssey- ace-ps-vita-to-collaborate-with-15-game-titles By KaleNagasaki on August 5th, 2013 GungHo Online Entertainment has announced a massive collaboration between the upcoming Ranarok Odyssey Ace (PS Vita) and fifteen different titles from other GungHo themselves and other companies. For three consecutive months starting from August 29, collaborative contents from the following 14 games (a 15th title has yet to be revealed) in the list below: (For more gaming news from SGCafe, click here). Gravity Daze - (Sony Computer Entertainment) – Released February 9 last year for the PS Vita, this action game allows players to manipulate gravity to facilitate freedom of movement.
  • 62. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 Soul Sacrifice - (Sony Computer Entertainment) – came out March of this year, and features high-tension, high-speed, high magic battles. With four-player online multi-play, you not only have the power of your own body, but can tap into the demon power of your comrades as well. Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate - Koei Tecmo Games – will come out September 5, and will feature five new characters on top of an ultimate up-to-seven-players battle mode. Tales of Symphonia Unisonant Pack - Namco Bandai – is coming October 10. The work that celebrates the 10th anniversary of this timeless classic, and includes Knight of Ratatosk 2. Grandia - Game Arts – is an epic RPG that puts your fights on the historical scale as you move through ancient civilizations. Emil Chronicle Online - GungHo Online Entertainment – puts you in a mysterious world where devils, angels, humans, and machines roam. A simple, fun, and heart-warming RPG. Ragnarok Online - GungHo Online Entertainment – In commemoration of ten years of excellent game service, Ragnarok Online will be available for free until December! Keri Princess Sweets - GungHo Online Entertainment – A smartphone game that allows you to gain weapons and armor as you unlock new outfits for the princess. Puzzle & Dragons - GungHo Online Entertainment – A smartphone game with over 650 monsters. This puzzle
  • 63. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 22 adventure RPG game allows you to tag team with friends and assemble the strongest team possible. Sengoku Tenka Trigger - GungHo Online Entertainment – With over 380 warlords, in a battle spanning 36 countries, your aim is nothing less than to rule the world. Crazy Tower - Gung Ho Online Entertainment – A tower management smartphone game where you trade with inhabitants to hunt monsters and build your tower. Dokuro - Gung Ho Online Entertainment – Released last July for PS Vita, Dokuro gives you a world chalk-full of warmth where your inner artist can run wild. Picotto Knights - GungHo Online Entertainment – A free download from PlayStation network, available on PS Vita only. A player-friendly RPG that allows up to four people to complete missions to defeat the enemy. Ragnarok: Princess of Light and Darkness - GungHo Online Entertainment – Filled with overwhelming visuals and scenarios, this PC version of Ragnarok Online introduces original system tactics. Well, there you have it! Are you amped yet? Ragnarok Oddysey Ace will also have new features, like the ability to import save data from Ragnarok Odyssey, new online multi-player communication features, new Ace Skills, and more monsters. A free trial of the game will be available starting August 8. Read more gaming news from SGCafe here, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Famitsu The post ‘Ragnarok Odyssey Ace’ (PS Vita) to collaborate with 15 game titles appeared first on SGCafe. Nippon Ichi Software to bring Disgaea and Asagi goodies to Bushiroad’s Weiss Schwarz 5th anniversary event Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/nippon-ichi-software-disgaea-and- asagi-goodies-during-weiss-schwarz-5th-anniversary-event-bushiroad/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=nippon-ichi- software-disgaea-and-asagi-goodies-during-weiss-schwarz-5th- anniversary-event-bushiroad By spartanchef on August 5th, 2013 Without a doubt, Weiss Schwarz is one of the hottest trading card games around. The TCG encompasses several popular
  • 64. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 23 anime series like Sword Art Online,Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, Madoka Magica, Angel Beats, the To Aru series and much, much, much more. Weiss Schwarz maker Bushiroad will be holding an event to celebrate the TCG’s 5th anniversary. Entitled “Black and White festival ~ WS 5th anniversary ~“, the event will be held from August 10-11 at the Pacifico Yokohama, Hall D. (More on Weiss Schwarz here on SGCafe) Bushiroad will be giving away several cards to event attendees as well as customers who have bought the “Black and White pack”. The event will not only feature the Weiss Schwarz trading cards but also several goodies from Nippon Ichi Software (NIS). The game developer will be setting up a booth during the event to peddle several items of merchandise from their popular Disgaea series. Merchandise like this cute Prinny stuffed toy comes with a cuteness enhancing red muffler. It will be sold for 1,500 yen. You can also spice up your bathrooms with this bath poster featuring Etna and Asagi. It will also be sold for 1,500 yen. These Disgaea rubber stamps come in three different varieties, Laharl, Etna and Flonne. Each rubber stamp costs 500 yen.
  • 65. August 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 24 You can also get your hands on the Asagi vocal album featuring that certain girl forced to become Zetta’s apprentice. It features seven songs, all of which were used in the games Asagi was in. The album costs 2,000 yen. And speaking of Asagi, a fanbook will also be sold in her honor. It contains the “Asagi Diary” which contains a full- year’s worth of memories as well as several beautiful and colorful illustrations. The fanbook costs 1,500 yen. Read more on Disgaea here on SGCafe. You can also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Famitsu and Bushiroad WS 5th anniversary page The post Nippon Ichi Software to bring Disgaea and Asagi goodies to Bushiroad’s Weiss Schwarz 5th anniversary event appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 66. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Sword Art Online anime to get ‘Extra Edition’ end-of-year TV special Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sword-art-online-anime- to-get-extra-edition-end-of-year-tv-special-extra-edition/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sword-art-online- anime-to-get-extra-edition-end-of-year-tv-special-extra-edition By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 A-1 Pictures’s TV anime adaptation of light novel author Reki Kawahara’s Sword Art Online sci-fi franchise has been so popular, and so immensely successful that Japan’s TV stations have decided to give the show its own end-of-year TV special. The SAO TV special is entitled Sword Art Online: Extra Edition. Details on what this programme actually is are scarce at the moment – they are slated to be unveiled in the near future at the anime’s official website, according to the magazine scan you see below. Hopefully this will actually be an extra episode of the anime series. But it could just as easily be a documentary summarising what the Sword Art Online TV anime is about, and charting the series’s immense popularity and influence. In other related news, the Sword Art Online franchise will also be featured in a cross-over collaboration with Nexon’s Mabinogi MMORPG, allowing players to equip items, weapons and character costumes as seen in the anime series. The flight wings from Alfheim Online will also be useable.
  • 67. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Read more news on Sword Art Online here at SGCafe. Also, more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Sword Art Online anime to get ‘Extra Edition’ end- of-year TV special appeared first on SGCafe. Kingdom Hearts: HD 1.5 ReMix — boss battles and updated abilities from KH Final Mix [Trailer] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/kingdom-hearts-hd-1-5-remix- boss-battles-and-updated-abilities-from-kh-final-mix-trailer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kingdom-hearts- hd-1-5-remix-boss-battles-and-updated-abilities-from-kh-final-mix- trailer By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 Square Enix and Disney have shared a new English trailer for Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX today. This particular trailer is focused on the improvements made in Kingdom Hearts Final Mix – such as new abilities that were never found in the original – but is also an excuse to show off the game’s boss battles in glorious high-definition. Kingdom Hearts HD 1.5 ReMIX for the PS3 is a HD remastered title that covers the story and game contents from Kingdom Hearts Final Mix, Kingdom Hearts Re: Chain of Memories, as well as HD cinematics from Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days. The game is slated to be released on September 10, 2013. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Kingdom Hearts: HD 1.5 ReMix — boss battles and updated abilities from KH Final Mix [Trailer] appeared first on SGCafe. Latest PV and key visual image for Ore no Nounai anime published Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/latest-pv-and-key- visual-image-for-ore-no-nounai-anime-published/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=latest-pv-and-key- visual-image-for-ore-no-nounai-anime-published By spartanchef on August 9th, 2013 A new key visual has been published for the upcoming ‘Ore no Nōnai Sentakushi ga, Gakuen Love Come o Zenryoku de Jama Shiteiru‘ anime. The really long title literally means ‘My Mental Multiple- Choice Power Is Completely Ruining My School Romantic Comedy’ and follows Kanade Amakusa who has the power of ”absolute multiple-choice” where a multiple choice quiz appears in his mind and whatever he answers becomes reality. A new key visual image has also been released for the series based on the light novel by Takeru Kasukabe. It features the three main girls Chocolat, Furano Yukihira and Ouka Yuuouji. Why not watch more anime PVs here on SGCafe. You can also read more on anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Latest PV and key visual image for Ore no Nounai anime published appeared first on SGCafe. Infinite Stratos 2: Ignition Hearts game project headed to the PS3 & PS Vita this Winter Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/infinite-stratos-2-ignition- hearts-game-project-headed-to-the-ps3-ps-vita-this-winter/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=infinite-stratos-2- ignition-hearts-game-project-headed-to-the-ps3-ps-vita-this-winter
  • 68. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 Infinite Stratos 2: Ignition Hearts is a PS3 and PS Vita adventure game (which is the term Japan uses for what we know as a “visual novel”) where fans of the anime will play the role of protagonist Ichika Orimura as he spends time with the series’ heroines at the campus festival and make wonderful memories. According to Famitsu, apart from the five main heroines, Tatenashi Sarashiki and other new characters will also be making an appearance in the game. The Ignition Hearts game project is the mystery announcement that 5pb had been teasing earlier this week when it put up a teaser site that had a countdown timer on it. If you go to the site now, you’ll get to see the first key visual for the game, featuring side-by-side the series’s five heroines: Houki Shinonono, Cecilia Alcott, Huang Lingyin, Charlotte Dunois, Laura Bodewig. Infinite Stratos 2: Ignition Heart for the PS3 and PS Vita is slated to be released this coming Winter, several short months after the IS2 anime that begins airing in Japan later this year in Autumn. Read more news on Infinite Stratos here at SGCafe. Also, more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu The post Infinite Stratos 2: Ignition Hearts game project headed to the PS3 & PS Vita this Winter appeared first on SGCafe. Make your summer ‘Meatier’ with these Haganai merchandise Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/make-your- summer-meatier-with-these-haganai-merchandise/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=make-your- summer-meatier-with-these-haganai-merchandise By spartanchef on August 9th, 2013 Comiket 84 begins tomorrow; can you feel the excitement in the air, anime fans? Today we’re going to take a look at the items to be put up on sale for one of Media Factory’s most recognizable series, Boku Wa Tomodachi ga Sakunai or more commonly known as Haganai at the event – said to be the world’s largest doujinshi fair and a mecca for all otakus. A doujin circle will be providing some awesome Haganai merchandise including some works by the anime’s character designer himself, Yoshihiro Watanabe. Found in space A78ab, the Tokyo-gumi taiso-gumi and Frontier Child booth is presenting us with these smoking hot items featuring Kobato, Yozora and Meat… um… I mean Sena One of the items to be sold is this Cheer Illustration Book Vol. 3. It features your favorite Haganai characters with artwork done by various artists like Chiaki Tarou, Keiji Watarai, King Mitsu, Mina Ootaka, Yuuki Rika, Hinata Mutsuki and many more. The art book has 28 pages of full color. Another item to be put up for sale is the 52-page book titled Haganai 2-ki otsukaresama hon by Frontier Child
  • 69. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Speaking of Yoshihiro Watanabe, the artist also illustrates these sexy Sena and Kobato bath posters. And let’s not forget good’ol pudding head. The artwork is also done by Watanabe. But let’s also take a look at some of the series’ items that will go on sale beyond Comiket like these items from Media Factory. These cute and sexy Haganai body pillows will be released later this month and there are three varieties, Kobato, Sena and Yozora. These 100% polyester pillows measure 150 cm x 50 cm and are priced 9,450 yen each. You can also have your Haganai “waifus” close by with these peel-off neck ties. These neck ties come with either Sena, Kobato or Yozora and will be sold for 4,725 yen each.
  • 70. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Finally, these silver Haganai rings are crafted with fine quality and cuteness. You can choose either Sena, Yozora or Kobato and each one costs 8,925 yen. These rings will be released in September. Read more about your favorite anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Tokyocpe and Media Factory The post Make your summer ‘Meatier’ with these Haganai merchandise appeared first on SGCafe. Take a peek at Tokyo Anime Center’s Danganronpa exhibition Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/take-a-peek- at-tokyo-anime-centers-danganronpa-exhibit/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=take-a-peek-at- tokyo-anime-centers-danganronpa-exhibit By spartanchef on August 8th, 2013 Danganronpa is still red hot and its anime adaptation is currently one of the most popular ones this summer season. Sure, the game may induce a lot of despair for the characters involved in the psychotic game of whodunnit – but the franchise itself has a lot to be happy about. The Tokyo Anime Center in Akihabara is currently hosting a Danganronpa exhibition titled “Danganronpa Hope’s Peak Academy enrolment experience” from August 6-18. One of the exhibit’s highlights is the 1/1 scale model of the infamous “Class Trial” court room where the students find out who among themselves is the murderer. You can see Monobear (or Monokuma) sitting smugly in the middle waiting for something to happen.
  • 71. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The exhibit also features several illustrations and set materials from the original game, the anime and the game’s sequel, Super Danganronpa 2. And of course, the exhibit also features some awesome Danganronpa merchandise which are up for sale. These include the Monobear (or Monokuma) nendoroid, some figures, mugs, fans pillows, straps and many many more.
  • 72. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 The exhibit will also be hitting the road soon. From August 31-September 1, the exhibit will be held on the Chiba Makuhari Messe during the Chara Hobby 2013 event. The exhibit will then hit Osaka from September 14-29 on the Gee! Store annex. Admission is free for both the Akihabara and Osaka exhibitions. Read more on your favorite anime and video games here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via 4gamer The post Take a peek at Tokyo Anime Center’s Danganronpa exhibition appeared first on SGCafe. Hunter X Hunter movie, sexy girls in swimsuits & more in this Shounen Jump news round-up Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hunter-x-hunter-movie- sexy-girls-in-swimsuits-and-more-from-shounen-jump/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunter-x-hunter- movie-sexy-girls-in-swimsuits-and-more-from-shounen-jump By spartanchef on August 8th, 2013 Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump! is arguably the most popular Japanese manga magazine around. Let’s take a look at what the magazine has in store for us this time around. Weekly Shounen Jump! #37 has announced that the second Hunter X Hunter movie, Hunter X Hunter: The Last Mission will be premiering this December 27, less than a year after the overwhelming success of the first movie. Hunter X Hunter: Phantom Rouge which premiered last January. The movie will show the “dark” side of the Hunters and the actions of Gon and his friends after the various crimes of Netero and the Hunter’s association are revealed.
  • 73. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Since it’s summer already, why not some of Shounen Jump!’s beautiful heroines in swimsuits?! The next Jump! issue will feature this artwork by renowned artist Saeki Shun who is better known as Tosh. Can you name all of them? Finally, we take a look at two more additions to the much awaited Shounen Jump! cross-over fighting game, J-Stars Victory Vs. The two new additions are Gon from Hunter X Hunter and Yuusuke and both of them have something in common because both of them were created by the same author, Yashihiro Togashi. Gon and Yuusuke will be joining Goku (Dragon Ball), Toriko (Toriko), Naruto (Naruto), Luffy (One Piece), Kenshin (Rorouni Kenshin/ Samurai X), Ichigo (Bleach), Gintoki (Gintama) and Kankichi Ryotsu (Kochira Katsushika-ku Kamearikouen-mae Hashutsujo). Read more manga news here on SGCafe, also read more about anime here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Yaraon, Yaraon The post Hunter X Hunter movie, sexy girls in swimsuits & more in this Shounen Jump news round-up appeared first on SGCafe. Hikari TV to promote Hatsune Miku’s ‘Miku Miku Make Miku’ at Comiket 84 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hikari-tv-to- promote-hatsune-miku-3939make39-at-comiket-84/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hikari-tv-to- promote-hatsune-miku-3939make39-at-comiket-84 By Zenko on August 8th, 2013 As part of their efforts to promote their new Miku Miku Make Miku program Hikari will be bringing a small taste of it to Comiket 84 this weekend. On the West 4th floor of the Enterprise Hall building, Hikari TV will be setting up their booth (Booth 163), and with it a section dedicated to Miku Miku Make Miku (ala known as “3939Make39″). Miku Miku Make Miku is a 15-minute-long variety show where the host, Hatsune Miku herself, interviews various Miku song and video producers. The show begun airing on cable TV channel Hikari TV on August 3, and is scheduled to run for one season (12 episodes). Those who follow the show on Twitter (@3939make39) and retweet about it will be eligible to buy a special DVD and special sticker for the program. The DVD is called Miku Miku Make Miku and features the first episode of the show. That’s not all it has on it though: it also features a secret code for the public site for a special wallpaper and images to be released in the future.
  • 74. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 The DVD will be limited to 1000 people and cost 1,000 yen and is limited to 1500 sets. As for the size of the stickers, it will be a set of three and promise to be a big size. Check out even more Comiket 84 here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums here! Source: Akiba Souken The post Hikari TV to promote Hatsune Miku’s ‘Miku Miku Make Miku’ at Comiket 84 appeared first on SGCafe. Director of ‘Sailor Moon’ and ‘Sgt. Frog’ reveals new original anime: ‘Dangerous Destructive Foolish Girls – Amazing Twins’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/director-of- sailor-moon-and-sgt-frog-reveals-new-original-anime- dangerous-destructive-foolish-girls-amazing-twins/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=director-of-sailor- moon-and-sgt-frog-reveals-new-original-anime-dangerous-destructive- foolish-girls-amazing-twins By KaleNagasaki on August 7th, 2013 The wait is over. Last week, Shochiku created a temporary site counting down the reveal of a “new amazing heroine”. Besides the obvious mystery surrounding this unknown heroine, the fact that Junichi Sato would be involved also raised curiosity levels. Who is Junichi Sato, you ask? Well, for those of you excited about Sailor Moon’s musical, new cosmetic products, and owe your first childhood crush to Tuxedo Mask, then you have Junichi Sato to thank. Not only did he direct Sailor Moon, but he’s also responsible for bringing Sgt. Frog, Kaleido Star, Tamayura, Princess Tutu, Aria, and Umi Monogatari to our lives. (To read more anime news from SGCafe, click here). So, he’s a pretty big deal. And his first original work in ten years is here - Zetsumetsu Kigu Shōjo Amazing Twins (Dangerous Destructive Foolish Girls – Amazing Twins). The official site for the show has unveiled this super heroine as Amane Todoroki. Her character profile tells us that while she is a bit naive, she is honest and takes on every obstacle to her best ability. While little things upset her and she is quite emotional, she says “Even if I am asked ‘Can you do that kind of thing?’ I don’t know. But I want to believe! Because nothing will start if I don’t believe!” She’s adorable, isn’t she? This OVA will come out next year, so until then keep up on the official website. Catch up on anime news from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Via: Otanews
  • 75. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 The post Director of ‘Sailor Moon’ and ‘Sgt. Frog’ reveals new original anime: ‘Dangerous Destructive Foolish Girls – Amazing Twins’ appeared first on SGCafe. One Piece Unlimted World Red Adventure Pack Luffy Red/Chopper Pink 3DS XL headed to Japan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/one-piece-unlimted-world-red- adventure-pack-luffy-redchopper-pink-3ds-xl-headed-to-japan/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-piece- unlimted-world-red-adventure-pack-luffy-redchopper-pink-3ds-xl- headed-to-japan By KarbyP on August 7th, 2013 Namco Bandai Games is releasing a limited edition One Piece Unlimted World Red Adventure Pack – which comes with your choice of either a Luffy Red version or the Chopper Pink version 3DS XL (3DS LL in Japan) – alongside the 3DS action adventure title’s release on November 21 in Japan. (More One Piece stories here on SGCafe) The limited edition pack, which is priced at 25,980 yen, bundles a copy of the One Piece Unlimited World Red game as well as a download code for additional costumes and quests. Meanwhile, a standalone copy of One Piece Unlimited World Red will sell for 5,980 yen. The announcement was made in the middle of today’s Nintendo Direct Japan broadcast, which we’ve embedded below for your viewing pleasure. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post One Piece Unlimted World Red Adventure Pack Luffy Red/Chopper Pink 3DS XL headed to Japan appeared first on SGCafe. Play ‘I Spy’ with the covers for ‘Million ga Ippai: AKB48 Music Video Collection’ DVD/ Blu-ray boxset Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/play-i-spy-covers- million-ga-ippai-akb48-music-video-collection-boxset/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=play-i-spy-covers- million-ga-ippai-akb48-music-video-collection-boxset By Zenko on August 7th, 2013 AKB48 is gearing up for another DVD and Blu-Ray release in September compiling their most popular music videos. A six disc box set featuring AKB48′s top ranking music videos, entitled Million ga Ippai~ AKB48 Music Video Collection~ (##########AKB48###########), is set to be released September 11. Featuring 70 record holding songs and 85 versions, it should be quite a hefty collection. The artwork is just as jam-packed and colorful, featuring Minami Takahashi, Rino Sashihara (HKT48), last month’s graduate Mariko Shinoda among the eight idols featured, while the reverse sides feature Yuuko Ooshima, Mayu Watanabe, and Haruka Shimazaki among the eight featured on the back. (Check out even more AKB48 here at SGCafe!)
  • 76. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Something that’s especially interesting about the covers, though, is the game of I Spy built into them. Props from the various MV’s are scattered among the covers, pressing fans to discover as many as they can find. There are sixteen hidden in all, with one being given away: the bicycle from Everyday Kakyuusha is hidden amongst the idols. If you’re wondering exactly which PVs to look for in the covers, the music videos range from the oldest, Everyday Kakyuusha to the newest Sayonara Crawl. It will also include a special surprise from the group, and unseen footage from events and concerts to help sweeten the deal. To round out the box set, a 56 page booklet containing a discography as well as a random raw photo from a set of five. Keep up with even more music news here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Oricon The post Play ‘I Spy’ with the covers for ‘Million ga Ippai: AKB48 Music Video Collection’ DVD/Blu-ray boxset appeared first on SGCafe. Perfume’s 5th album, Level 3, to be released on October 2 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/perfume-5th- album-level-3-to-be-released-october-2/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=perfume-5th- album-level-3-to-be-released-october-2 By spartanchef on August 7th, 2013 When Perfume announced that they will be releasing a new album this fall, fans all over the world went absolutely ballistic. The upcoming album, entitled 「LEVEL 3「 will be the group’s fifth one and it will be released on October 2. 「LEVEL 3「 will be their first album since JPN which was released back in November 2011 and will also be their first album since transferring to Universal Music Japan. (More on Perfume here on SGCafe) The album will include the song Party Maker which was chosen as the CM song for Eisai’s Chocola BB Sparkling drink. The group also starred in the drink’s commercial where they sang and drank to the tune of Party Maker. The TV commercial made its debut yesterday, August 6 and you can watch their Chocola BB Sparkling commercial here. The trio are fresh off their world tour last month where their London Concert was simulcast to various locations around the world. The group will also be having a string of concerts in December including one in Osaka’s Kyocera Dome which
  • 77. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 will be held from December 7-8 as well as a Christmas concert to be held on the renowned Tokyo Dome from December 24-25. You can also read more on your favorite Japanese artistes here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Natalie The post Perfume’s 5th album, Level 3, to be released on October 2 appeared first on SGCafe. Bandai ranks the 50 best Master Grades (mid-term results for August 6) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/bandai-ranks- the-50-best-master-grades-mid-term-results-august-6/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bandai-ranks- the-50-best-master-grades-mid-term-results-august-6 By spartanchef on August 7th, 2013 In celebration of the release of the highly anticipated Master Grade (MG) RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 3.0, Bandai is currently ranking its best Master Grades with its “Best of My Master Grade” campaign. From the very first MG RX-78-2 to the latest releases like the RX-78-2 3.0 are all ranked within this campaign. (Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe) The ranking is decided based on votes from users – and it’s still on-going! Here are the mid-term results for the rankings as of July 10 and August 6, respectively. The final rankings will be decided on September 1. As you can see, the original RX-79-2, RX-78-2 ver. 2.0, Strike Freedom, Full Armor Unicorn, Nu Gundam Ver. Ka, Turn A Gundam, Dom, Ex-S, Zaku II ver. 2.0 and the Zeta Ver. 2.0 have taken the top 10 spots for the mid-term results dated July 10. Their exact placements however have not been announced – the lists were made in the order of release date. So far, there have been very few changes between the results of the July 10 and August 6 with the Zaku II ver. 2.0 falling into the top 20 and was replaced by another popular Zeon grunt, the Acguy. A new face has also made it to the list in the mid-term results for August 6 with the yet-to-be-released RX-78-2 Gundam making its debut in the top 20. Here are the 50 best Master Grades at the moment : Top 10: RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 1.0 RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 2.0 Full-Armor Unicorn Gundam Dom Nu Gundam Ver. Ka Acguy
  • 78. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Strike Freedom Gundam Ex-S Gundam Turn A Gundam Gundam Zeta Ver. 2.0 The Turn A Gundam may have been viewed as ugly by some but it has become quite a fan favorite for its unique design. It has a high level of articulation and has this certain kind of beauty in its form. The Full-Armor Unicorn on the other hand gives you that feeling of Weapon Over-Kill. I have one of them myself and the Master Grade is just that intimidating. Forget the glowing green Psycho-Frame, this model kit is surely imposing. The Acguy on the other hand dethroned the Zaku II Ver. 2.0 for a reason and that reason is that it’s cute. Come on, admit it, it’s cute. I mean, I have one and I did not buy one for the coolness factor but how many strange and funny poses I can do with it. The Dom has very articulated hands and is quite posable compared to the other kits of its time. I have the it’s space version, the Rick Dom and what impressed me about the kit is how many poses I can make it do despite the fact that its legs are quite wide. The original Zeta Master Grade posed a lot of problems especially on the transformation side but some of those problems were solved the 2.0 upgrade. The Strike Freedom, another one of the model kits I personally have is on the top 10. It’s highly articulated and over-all, it is just beautiful. The Ex-S may not be as movable as much as the others on this list, in fact, the model can’t stand at all without it’s base, but just the sheer mass of the thing is enough to win it a spot. The Nu Gundam Ver. Ka solved a lot of the problems the previous Master Grade had like the articulation and over-all balance so making it to the top 10 is not that surprising. And finally, let’s discuss the two RX-78-2′s, shall we? The first MG started it all waaaay back in 1995 and started a revolution. Sure, it may not be as articulate or as detailed as the others, but just the fact that this very kit started it all was enough to make people vote for it. The 2.0 version on the other hand is quite popular. Not only can it combine with the G-Falcon, but you can make it kneel and do all sorts of poses which was previously thought impossible. Top 20: Wing Gundam Zero Endless Waltz Ver. Ball Ver. Ka Gundam MK-II ver. 2.0 (AEUG) MS-06J Zaku II ver. 2.0 Unicorn Gundam ver. Ka Sinanju Ver. Ka Gundam Exia V Gundam Ver. Ka Aile Strike Gundam Remastered version RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 3.0 Top 50 Gundam Zeta Ver. 1.0 Sazabi Nu Gundam Kampfer Hyakku Shiki Qubeley G Gundam S Gundam RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. Ka Perfect Gundam Wing Gundam Ver. Ka Freedom Gundam RX-78-2 Gundam One Year War ver. Gundam F-91 Crossbone Gundam Full-Cloth Hi-Nu Gundam Char’s Zaku II Ver. 2.0 Destiny Gundam Force Impulse Gundam Zaku II Johnny Ridden Custom Ver. 2.0 Gouf Ver. 2.0 Guntank Gundam Astray Red Frame V-Dash Gundam The O Gundam 00 Raiser Marasai Tallgeese I Endless Waltz Ver. Sinanju Stein Ver. Ka Just like the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One are the latest generation of consoles, the ver. 3.0 represents the latest generation of Master Grades models. It has a higher degree of articulation compared to the previous 2.0 versions and it also comes with LED parts to make the plastic model even more appealing. The RX-78-2 Gundam Ver. 3.0 is set for release on August 10.
  • 79. August 9th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Sure, many people are complaining that Bandai is recycling the RX-78-2 design over and over and over again (including me), but hey, the Gundam has staying power. It has proven its popularity time and time again, even if it has been somewhat reused over and over. Who knows? Maybe the new Master Grades will benefit from this new technology implemented in the 3.0. There have been so many MGs already Bandai has surely made a lot of awesome ones. People are still demanding more new stuff and stop recycling the RX-78-2 and the Zakus, sure, but who knows? Maybe other new Master Grades from other mobile suits are up on the horizon (*ahem* MG Gundam Double X please*ahem*). Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Bandai Hobby, Water Round and Fire Round The post Bandai ranks the 50 best Master Grades (mid-term results for August 6) appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 80. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Clamp art exhibition to be held at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/clamp-art-exhibition-to- be-held-at-the-kyoto-international-manga-anime-fair-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=clamp-art- exhibition-to-be-held-at-the-kyoto-international-manga-anime-fair-2013 By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 Clamp, the all-female Japanese manga artist group responsible for hit manga and anime series Cardcaptor Sakura and Magic Knight Rayearth, will be holding a special art exhibition in Kyoto from September 6 to 8, in conjunction with the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013. It’s been 24 years since Clamp first made their debut, and so this art exhibition is a way to commemorate the well- loved manga artist group. Visitors who come will be greeted with numerous pieces of original picture art from a number of representive works from past (Cardcaptor Sakura, Magic Knight Rayearth) to present (Drug & Drop, xxxHolic Rei). There will also be a few pieces of new art unveiled for the first time at the exhibition. Namely, illustrations that will be used in the social game Cardcaptor Sakura ~Sakura and the Mysterious Cards~, as well as some of the art that Clamp has created for Mizuki Tsujimura’s new novel series Haken Anime. An anime screening will also be held on September 8 where Magic Knight Rayearth (TV anime episodes 19 and 48, OVA episode 1) and Cardcaptor Sakura (the movie) will be shown for free. Some of the voice actors for Magic Knight Rayearth (Hekiru Shiina, Megumi Ogata, Jurota Kosugi) and Cardcaptor Sakura (Sakura Tange, Junko Iwao, Motoko Kumai) will be present for the screening. Naomi Tamura, the artiste behind Magic Knight Rayearth’s OP and Magic Knight Rayearth 2′s second OP themes, is also said to be making an appearance. Event Details 日日日 2013日9日6日日日日日9日8日日日日 10:00日18:00 日日日日日日日日日日日 日日 日日日日日 日日日日日日日日1000日日日日900日 Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: AnimeAnime.JP The post Clamp art exhibition to be held at the Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013 appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 81. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 ‘Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie – Rikka Takanashi full preview’ PV unleashed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/chuunibyou-demo-koi-ga- shitai-the-movie-rikka-takanashi-full-preview-pv-unleashed/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=chuunibyou-demo- koi-ga-shitai-the-movie-rikka-takanashi-full-preview-pv-unleashed By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 Now that Japan is just five short weeks away from the theatrical release of Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie – Rikka Takanashi Revision (日日日日日日日 日日日日 日日日日 日日日日日日日日), Kyoto Animation is driving up the hype factor for the anime film by unleashing a full preview trailer for it on the Web. Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie – Rikka Takanashi is an abridged compilation of the events from the TV anime’s first season. To make things interesting, however, the movie will show events depicted as seen from the eyes of female protagonist Rikka Takanashi, along with several new scenes. The movie comes out in cinemas in Japan September 14. Here are two more short promos for the movie: Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post ‘Chuunibyou Demo Koi ga Shitai! The Movie – Rikka Takanashi full preview’ PV unleashed appeared first on SGCafe. BlazBlue Alter Memory TV anime (Autumn 2013) 1st PV streamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/blazblue-alter- memory-tv-anime-autumn-2013-1st-pv-streamed/?
  • 82. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blazblue-alter- memory-tv-anime-autumn-2013-1st-pv-streamed By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 A first promo video trailer for Arc System Works’s BlazBlue Alter Memory TV anime series has finally surfaced on the Web, posted on the show’s official website today, giving us our first real look at the quality of this fighting-game-turned- anime-series. This PV trailer also reveals that BlazBlue Alter Memory’s opening theme, Blue Blaze, will be performed by Faylan while its ending theme, Reincarnation Blue, is from Yuuki Aira. For more details on BlazBlue Alter Memory, check out our previous posts here and here. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Humberto Saabedra, BlazBlue Alter Memory homepage The post BlazBlue Alter Memory TV anime (Autumn 2013) 1st PV streamed appeared first on SGCafe. Kill Me Baby 27-minute OVA to be bundled with Super best album CD in October Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/kill-me-baby-27-minute- ova-to-be-bundled-with-super-best-album-cd-in-october/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kill-me-baby-27- minute-ova-to-be-bundled-with-super-best-album-cd-in-october By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 Fans of Kill Me Baby/Baby, Please Kill Me rejoice: a brand new 27-minute-long (approximately) episode of the anime will be bundled with the Kill Me Baby Super best album CD when it goes on sale in Japan October 16, the anime’s official Twitter account announced moments ago today. Well, the new episode isn’t really “one episode” per se. Although the runtime of this brand new original video animation (OVA) is 27 minutes, it’s actually split up into 8 different episodes. An announcement PV for the new episode (er, episodes) will be shown at the TBS Anime Festa later today – so expect to see it on the Web sometime in the near future. Kill Me Baby Super best album CD+DVD bundle will be sold for 3,939 yen (including tax) on October 16. Apart from the bundled OVA’s announcement, the show’s official Twitter account also mentioned that a Kill Me Baby Blu-ray box set will go on sale this coming Winter. Details will be announced at the anime’s homepage at a later date.
  • 83. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Kill Me Baby Twitter The post Kill Me Baby 27-minute OVA to be bundled with Super best album CD in October appeared first on SGCafe. The night before Comiket 84: already red hot and rolling Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/the-night- before-comiket-84-already-red-hot-and-rolling/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-night-before- comiket-84-already-red-hot-and-rolling By spartanchef on August 10th, 2013 It’s that time of summer once again where trains are full, the air is hot and thousands of people camp out just to enter a certain building in Tokyo for a certain event that only happens twice a year. That’s right, it is Comiket time once again and from the looks of things, there will still be a whole lot of people attending as usual. Just like big events like that musical extravaganza known as Woodstock, people are shown camping out and eagerly awaiting for the event to actually start. With the use of social media sites like twitter, people attending the event have tweeted images of their experiences as they camp out to await today’s bi-annual anime, manga, video game and cosplay extravaganza. An estimated 3,000 people had been camping out last night just right outside Tokyo Big Sight in Ariake West Pier Park. Most of the campers were up all night unable to sleep with all this excitement. Yes, that’s approximately 3,000 people camping out and it’s just DAY ONE, remember, there are still two more days’ worth of Comiket 84 to look forward to after today. They just can’t wait to get their hands on some of the limited edition and event only items that will be put on sale on what is considered the world’s largest doujinshi (fan works) sale.
  • 84. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 And speaking of Comiket 84, the weather forecast for day one is bright and sunny but it’s also gonna be hot. The temperature may reach more than 37 ° Celsius (98.6 ° Fahrenheit), and with that sea of humanity attending, it’s sure to be even hotter. The event organizers have warned attendees to be careful of heat stroke and dehydration. Good ways to prevent these are to eat breakfast and drinking lots of fluids. Comiket is held twice a year, one during August and one during December. The world’s largest doujinshi fair will not only feature fan works but also features lots of awesome company booths like the ones from Cospa and Takara Tomy. If you are interested to go to the event, you can follow our Comiket survival guide through this link. You can also take a look at some of the awesome event-only goodies that will be on sale here. More on Comiket and other events here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Mantan The post The night before Comiket 84: already red hot and rolling appeared first on SGCafe. Golden Time – from the author of ‘Toradora’ – TV anime (Autumn 2013) PV streamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/golden-time-from-the- author-of-toradora-tv-anime-autumn-2013-pv-streamed/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=golden-time-from- the-author-of-toradora-tv-anime-autumn-2013-pv-streamed By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 The official website for Autumn 2013 TV anime Golden Time, adapted from the light novels of the same name and written by Yuyuko Takemiya (who also wrote Toradora), has put up a promo video for the new show.
  • 85. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Golden Time tells the story of Banri Tada, a newly-admitted student at a private law school in Tokyo. Due to the after- effects of an accidental fall from a bridge shortly after he graduated from high school, Banri lost all his memories from prior to the fall – or so he thought. Matters complicate as Banri meets a stylish, well-dressed girl while on his way to the freshman orientation at the private law school. As it turns out, this girl is Banri’s childhood friend Kouko Kaga – the two had promised to marry each other one day when they were kids; but Banri doesn’t remember. Here’s the list of staff and cast members, according to Crunchyroll News: STAFF Original story: Takemiya Yuyuko (Dengeki Bunko/Ascii Media Works) Original art: Komatsu E-ji Director: Kon Chiaki Series Script: Shimo Fumihiko Character Design: Hasegawa Shinya Sound Director: Aketagawa Jin Sound Production: Magic Capsule Music: Hashimoto Yukari Music Production: Star Child Record Produce: GENCO Animation Production: J.C.STAFF Production: Omaken CAST Kaga Ko-ko: Horie Yui (Kushieda Minori from Tora Dora, Hanekawa Tsubasa from Monogatari Series) Tada Banri: Furukawa Makoto (no major roles yet but will star as Shiren Quartsheart from Gaist Crusher, new CAPCOM game based anime start in October) Hayashida Nana: Kayano Ai (Yamagami Lucy (…) from Servant x Service, Rchi from Senyu) Yanagisawa Mitsuo: Ishikawa Kaito (Ledo from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet) Oka Chinami: Kido Ibuki (Ando Natsuki from Chronicles of the Going Home Club) Nijigen-kun: Hikami Takahiro (Sakurai Makoto from Nichijou) NANA Senpai: Sato Satomi (Young Hazuki Nagisa from Free!, Tamura Manami from Oreimo) Source: Golden Time official website Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Golden Time – from the author of ‘Toradora’ – TV anime (Autumn 2013) PV streamed appeared first on SGCafe. Coppelion TV anime (Autumn 2013) PV streamed; Angela to perform OP and ED themes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/coppelion-tv-anime- autumn-2013-pv-streamed-angela-to-perform-op-and-ed-themes/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=coppelion-tv- anime-autumn-2013-pv-streamed-angela-to-perform-op-and-ed-themes By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 A promo video for the TV anime adaptation of Tomonori Inoue’s science fiction seinen manga series Coppelion has been put up at the show’s official website today. The PV reveals that Angela (who was at AFA Indonesia last year) will be providing both the opening and ending themes to the anime. The official website has other furnished additional details on the voice cast: Yui Horie, Maaya Sakamoto and Rikiya Koyama have joined the cast, playing the roles of Kanon Ozu, Shion Ozo, and Onihei Mishima respectively. Coppelion will begin airing in Japan in Autumn 2013. Plot in Coppelion
  • 86. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 In 2016 a meltdown of a nuclear power plant creates a big catastrophe in Tokyo. 20 years later, the city has become a ghost town due to the high levels of radiation. From that area a distress signal is received, the Self-Defense Forces dispatch 3 girls from the special unit Coppelion to search for survivors. But why aren’t they wearing any protection against radiation? Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Coppelion OHP The post Coppelion TV anime (Autumn 2013) PV streamed; Angela to perform OP and ED themes appeared first on SGCafe. Get ready for the 3rd ‘Madoka Magica’ movie with Ichiban Kuji’s chibi figurines Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/get-ready-for-the-3rd- madoka-magica-movie-with-ichiban-kujis-chibi-figurines/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-ready-for- the-3rd-madoka-magica-movie-with-ichiban-kujis-chibi-figurines By KaleNagasaki on August 10th, 2013 Here’s something interesting for those of you warming up your magical girl powers in preparation for the latest Madoka Magica movie (which you can find out more about in our previous story here). The final instalment in the trilogy, Madoka Magica: The Rebellion Story, is set to come to Japanese theaters October 26. Right on time with this release then is an Ichiban Kuji lottery featuring items themed after the first two movies, Madoka Magica: The Beginning Story and Madoka Magica: The Everlasting Story. Tickets are 600 yen each, and you’re a winner every time. The only thing you’re really trying to pull for is the category of prizes from which you choose your winning. For example, I’d be shooting for prizes A through E, which feature adorable chibi figurines of Madoka, Homura, Sayaka, Mami, and Kyoko.
  • 87. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 However, the other prizes are pretty sweet too. F prizes includes original posters showing the girls in a more tranquil state. Personally, I love when my anime merchandise has some use (because there’s no more room in my house for action figures), so these art glasses are perfect. If you’re in a similar predicament, then prize G is where it’s at.
  • 88. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 As far as the H category goes, there are tons of clear file folders from which to pick a favorite. I think the cat ones are the best (if not a bit creepy).
  • 89. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 As a person whose phone doesn’t have a spot for cell phone charms, seeing the following cute goodies only makes me whimper inside.
  • 90. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11
  • 91. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Tickets not drawn will receive a “Last One” prize, which will be a duplication of an original illustration of the five magical girls. And just because Ichiban Kuji is awesome, you have a chance to win twice. If you keep your ticket stubs, you can apply for the “Double Chance Campaign” where you have the opportunity to be one of one-hundred people who will get a special color version of B prize Homura chibi figure. There’s nothing to lose, so if you’re in Japan head out to a Lawson or HMV starting from the 19th of this month to get your ticket! Read more on Madoka Magica at SGCafe, and don’t forget to join the community discussion at our forums! Source: Mantan-web The post Get ready for the 3rd ‘Madoka Magica’ movie with Ichiban Kuji’s chibi figurines appeared first on SGCafe. Persona 4 franchise expands into the realm of… pachinko machines Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/persona-4-franchise- expands-into-the-realm-of-pachinko-machines/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=persona-4- franchise-expands-into-the-realm-of-pachinko-machines By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 We knew Index Corporation, the parent company of Atlus, was in financial trouble. But we had no idea things were so bad that they decided to make Atlus license out the Persona 4 franchise… to a pachinko slot machine maker. Feast your eyes, ladies and gents, on the next shiny new thing to be considered as part of the Persona 4 franchise… After Persona 4 the original, Persona 4 the Golden, Persona 4 the Animation, and Persona 4 the Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena, comes… *drumrolls* Persona 4 the Slot. Making its stylish slot debut at all good pachinko parlours in Japan October 7, 2013.
  • 92. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 The Persona 4 pachinko machine is made by Newgin, and you can find all the nitty-gritty details over at this page on PachiSlot New Machines Guide. Since I possess zero knowledge when it comes to the realm of pachinko and slot machine games, I have absolutely no clue what the technical description on the machine says – but it sure as hell sounds cool. As far as I can tell, there’s a P4 Seven Rush, and an All-Out Attack Rush phase in the game that allows pachinko players to earn more medals or balls or whatever it is you use to play pachinko (that’s how little I know about the subject). There’s also something called a Last Judge Battle that’s like a jackpot where you pretty much win the game, or something. Can you ever win in pachinko? Is that a thing? Read more about the Persona series here on SGCafe: http://sgcafe.com/tag/persona And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Pachinko Slot New Machines Guide, Persona 4 the Slot official website The post Persona 4 franchise expands into the realm of… pachinko machines appeared first on SGCafe. Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII — Play the game with panache… using this Hori controller Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/lightning-returns-final-fantasy- xiii-play-the-game-with-panache-using-this-hori-controller/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lightning-returns- final-fantasy-xiii-play-the-game-with-panache-using-this-hori-controller By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 Because these days style is more important than substance when it comes to playing a JRPG, amIrite, guys? To capitalise on coincide with the release of Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII in Japan, Hori is launching this rather gaudy-looking Metallic Red Dual Shock 3 controller for the PlayStation 3. The colour and design of the controller was said to be inspired by Lightning’s main costume in the game (the one with the sunglasses). The Hori HPS-170 Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Dual Shock 3 controller will retail in Japan for 3,980 yen including tax. Available on November 21, 2013 – the release date of the Japanese version in Japan and Asia. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: 4Gamer The post Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII — Play the game with panache… using this Hori controller appeared first on SGCafe. Tech behind Perfume’s concert stage effects, costumes, videos to be displayed in Shinjuku exhibition Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/tech-behind-perfumes-concert- stage-effects-costumes-videos-to-be-displayed-in-shinjuku-exhibition/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tech-behind- perfumes-concert-stage-effects-costumes-videos-to-be-displayed-in- shinjuku-exhibition
  • 93. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 Ever wished you could go backstage during a Perfume concert to find out just exactly what sort of bleeding-edge technologies are involved in recreating the mesmerising and often ground-breaking stage effects you see at one of the Japanese technopop unit’s live shows? Now, thanks to a “Rhizomatiks inspired by Perfume” (日日日 日日日日日 inspired by Perfume) exhibition that’s slated to be held at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC, Tokyo Opera City Tower 4F in Nishishinjuku or West Shinjuku) from September 21 to October 20, you can. Rhizomatiks is the group of creators who’ve worked on a number of video clips, stage set-ups and costumes for Perfume, and you’ll find some of their handiwork on display at the ICC showcase. Apart from Rhizomatiks’s advanced stage technologies and costumes, the Perfume “Global Site Project” will also be exhibited at the showcase. An entry ticket to the Rhizomatiks inspired by Perfume exhibition costs 500 yen. Admission is free for Japanese high school students and younger. Read more about Perfume here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/perfume And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Natalie The post Tech behind Perfume’s concert stage effects, costumes, videos to be displayed in Shinjuku exhibition appeared first on SGCafe. Sadako made honourary manager for a day at Lotteria in East Ikebukuro Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sadako-made- honourary-manager-for-a-day-lotteria-east-ikebukuro/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sadako-made- honourary-manager-for-a-day-lotteria-east-ikebukuro By spartanchef on August 9th, 2013 Imagine, going to your local fast food chain to eat lunch… and then, from out of nowhere, a certain vengeful spirit appears… Well, that’s certainly what the dinners at a Lotteria in East Ikkebukuro experienced today, August 9, as Sadako (of “The Ring” fame) was made the store’s honorary manager for the day. Customers got their orders taken and served by the vengeful spirit through a TV.
  • 94. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Fans were most certainly thrilled to get served in such a unique manner by the fast food chain as guests filled the fast food restaurant hoping to catch a glimpse of Sadako. Sadako even did some cleaning to show how serious she is as a manager as she cleaned the windows. This is all happening thanks to a collaboration between Japanese fast food chain Lotteria and the upcoming Sadako 3D 2 movie which will hit Japanese theaters on August 30. Sadako also got a milk shake in her honor as Lotteria is currently serving the Sadako Milkshake. Too bad it’s not ice cream, huh? I scream for ice cream Sadako milkshake? The milkshake kinda looks like Sadako with the long messy “hair” strands which are made of chocolate. This milkshake is a limited time offer and will only last until September 30. This promotion is even supported by Japan’s Ministry of Environment to promote some Global Warming awareness. What a nice vengeful spirit Sadako is indeed, she even cares for the environment. Read more on Japanese movies here on SGCafe. You can also read more on food through this link. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Cinema Today Japan The post Sadako made honourary manager for a day at Lotteria in East Ikebukuro appeared first on SGCafe. Official website realeases new Kabukimonogatari PV Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/official- website-realeases-new-kabukimonogatari-pv/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=official-website- realeases-new-kabukimonogatari-pv By spartanchef on August 9th, 2013 So far, the second season of NisiOisin’s popular Monogatari series has been as popular as ever. With the second part of the series, Kabukimonogatari coming up, the anime’s official website has released the series’ latest PV which focuses on everybody’s favorite snail-themed loli ghost, Mayoi Hachikuji. Your move Araragi-san! A new copy-righted image for the series has also been released and it features Nekomonogatari Shiro’s heroine Tsubasa Hanekawa and Kabukimonogatari’s heroine Mayoi.
  • 95. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 Why not watch more anime PVs here on SGCafe. You can also read more on anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Official website realeases new Kabukimonogatari PV appeared first on SGCafe. Attack on Titan joins the Kyoto International manga anime fair in September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/attack-on-titan-joins- the-kyoto-international-manga-anime-fair-next-month/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attack-on-titan- joins-the-kyoto-international-manga-anime-fair-next-month By spartanchef on August 9th, 2013 With Western Japan’s largest anime trade fair, the Kyoto International Manga Anime Festival only a month away, Kodansha has announced that one of today’s hottest and most popular anime will in fact be participating with this September’s event. The Attack on Titan Exhibit will include the 1/1 scale Colossal Titan balloon head which was previously displayed near the entrance of Kodansha’s headquarters. The exhibit will take place in Miyako Messe’s 3rd floor from September 7-8 with a general admission fee of 1,000 yen per person. Elementary School children (with parent or guardian) and foreign nationals (must present passport) hjowever can get in for free. Advanced tickets to the event can be bought in Lawson stores nationwide. A lottery will also be held from August 26- September 6 for those who also want advanced tickets. The Kyoto International Manga Anime Festival is an annual event celebrating anime. It will be held at Kyoto Kangyo Hall from September 7-8 and will feature anime and manga presentations like the one from Attack on Titan as well as booths from big names like Animate, Gainax, Capcom, Kadokawa, P.A. Works and more. As part of the city’s PR campaign to promote the event, Kyoto’s subway system is currently in collaboration with several anime series. You can read more on your favorite anime and manga series here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Animate and Kyomaf The post Attack on Titan joins the Kyoto International manga anime fair in September appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku V3 English to be released on August 31, 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku- v3-english-to-be-released-on-august-31-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku-v3- english-to-be-released-on-august-31-2013
  • 96. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 Crypton Future Media has finally announced an official release date for the Hatsune Miku V3 English Vocaloid (voice synthesizer) software: August 31, 2013. August 31, of course, was the exact same date six years ago (2007) when the Japanese version of the Hatsune Miku Vocaloid software was released. The date is widely acknowledged by fans to be the birthdate of Hatsune Miku (the character… well, and the software, too). So it’s no surprise at all that the English version would be released on August 31 as well. For a sample of what Hatsune Miku could sound like in English, check out our previous story here. Hatsune Miku V3 English is an all-in-one package that comes bundled with everything you need to start creating songs with the virtual diva right away. It includes: • Piapro Studio VSTI vocal editor • PreSonus Studio One Artist Piapro Edition • Over 200 virtual instruments for your immediate music production The entire software package, which supports both Windows and Mac operating systems, will be sold for US$149 (excluding tax), and available digitally online through the Crypton online store service, Sonicwire. For more information on Hatsune Miku V3 English, check out the official website here. About Hatsune Miku Hatsune Miku is “The First Sound of the Future” – a futuristic voice synthesizer software that allows you to easily create vocal parts from scratch by just entering a melody and lyrics. Add vibrato, dynamics and other effects to change the expression of Miku’s singing voice. Compose songs using Miku as your main singer, demo vocalist, chorus singer or experiment with new vocal styles for remixing and other electronic music projects. Read more Vocaloid news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/vocaloid-2/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Hatsune Miku V3 English to be released on August 31, 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. OreImo 2 OVA episodes 14-16 preview [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/ oreimo-2-ova-episodes-14-16-preview-video/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oreimo-2-ova- episodes-14-16-preview-video By KarbyP on August 9th, 2013 It’s already 6PM on Friday, August 9 here in Singapore (it’s our National Day!) But over in Baltimore, Maryland, USA (where Otakon, one of the biggest anime conventions in the US, will be happening from August 9 to 11) it is only 6AM on a Friday morning, and the day has just barely begun. The halls of the Baltimore Convention Center are still relatively quiet and (probably) unoccupied. But in a couple of hours’ time, thousands of American anime fans will throng through those same halls, eager to be amongst the first in America (and in some cases, the world) to see everything that Otakon has to offer. Like OreImo 2′s episodes 14-16.
  • 97. August 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 Later today, OreImo author Tsukasa Fushimi, along with director Hiroyuki Kanbe and editor Kazuma Miki will be present at a special OreImo2 World Premiere event where Otakon attendees get to watch a screening of OreImo 2′s episodes 14-16, which includes the ending to the anime series’ second season. The three episodes will be streamed online at Crunchyroll later this month (US only) starting from August 17. Until then, here’s a preview PV for the final three episodes, subbed in English. Source: Crunchyroll Read more news on OreImo here on SGCafe! Also, more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post OreImo 2 OVA episodes 14-16 preview [Video] appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 98. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Monster Hunter 4 goodies & more presented in Summer Hunting Test event Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/monster-hunter-4- goodies-and-more-presented-in-summer-hunting-test-event/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=monster-hunter-4- goodies-and-more-presented-in-summer-hunting-test-event By spartanchef on August 12th, 2013 With the highly anticipated Monster Hunter 4 set for release on the Nintendo 3DS on September 14, an event called the “Summer Hunting Test” was held to present some of the game’s new features as well as some collaborations and merchandise. The event, which took place on August 10, not only showcased some Monster Hunter 4 exhibits and merchandise but also looked at some of the new monsters like the dreaded Goa Magara as well as some of the really bad-ass new weapons like the Charge Axe. These were presented by none other than Kaname Fujioka, the game’s director and Ryozo Tsujimoto, the game’s producer. The pair previously presented the Charge Axe in a Capcom event in Odaiba. The duo also presented several collaborations and new merchandise which including this collaboration with Asahi soft drinks.
  • 99. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 A special Monster Hunter 4 Almond-Chocolate Ice Cream bar will also be released by Glico, makers of Pocky. New Monster Hunter 4 eye glasses were also presented. These glasses are inspired by the monsters you can hunt during the game as well as theose cute cat-like humanoids, the Lynians. These custom Monster hunter 4 eye wear are made by Alook. Goa Magara Tigrex
  • 100. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Mad Dragon Tigrex Azure Rathalos Felyne Melynx The first 5,000 to purchase these glasses get a limited edition Felyne-print bag. Finally, other Monster Hunter merchandise include these Mojibakeru transformable characters which you can transform from Monsters to their Kanji format. Also presented are some Monster Hunter jackets, pillows, mats and other merchandise.
  • 101. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Monster Hunter 4 for the 3DS comes out in Japan on September 14, 2013. On the same day, Capcom will also be releasing an Asian version of Monster Hunter 4 (Japanese text/voices in game, supports online play on the same servers in Japan, but comes with a Chinese instruction manual, priced at HK$368) for the Hong Kong and Taiwan markets. Want more merchandise? You can read more about them here on SGCafe. You can also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Dengeki online 1, 2 The post Monster Hunter 4 goodies & more presented in Summer Hunting Test event appeared first on SGCafe. Learn to dance the ‘Angler Fish dance’ from Girls Und Panzer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/learn-to-dance- the-angler-fish-dance-from-girls-und-panzer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=learn-to-dance-the- angler-fish-dance-from-girls-und-panzer By spartanchef on August 12th, 2013 Wave your hands and shake your booties as we dance the “Angler Fish” made famous by Girls Und Panzer. Yes, the anime wasn’t just about tanks, it was also about friendships, becoming whatever you want to be, the determination to win and dressing up in a skin-tight outfit and dancing the “Angler Fish”. And the show sure ain’t just for World of Tanks players (well, they ARE having a collaboration with Girls und Panzer) or tank nerds. A step-by-step instruction manual has been released recently and it shows you how to dance just like the Oarai girls from the anime. The instructions serve as a flyer to promote the sale of the fan disc CD as well as the Girls Und Panzer Heartful Tank disc Blu-Ray/ DVD set.
  • 102. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The CD was released last August 7 while the Blu-Ray/DVD set will be released next month, September 25. Now get ready, put on those tight-fitting pink Angler Fish costumes, get on top of a freaking tank, wave your arms, spin around and shake that booty and Dance the “Angler Fish”! And speaking of Girls und Panzer merchandise, several merchandise from the official Girls und Panzer booth during Comiket 84 have been reported to have sold out as well. More on anime here on SGCafe. You can also read more on Girls Und Panzer here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com The post Learn to dance the ‘Angler Fish dance’ from Girls Und Panzer appeared first on SGCafe. 2.2 meter Red 5 figure from Majestic Prince up at Comiket 84 fails to make a sale Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/2-2-meter-red-5-figure- from-majestic-prince-up-for-sale-during-comiket-84/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=2-2-meter-red-5- figure-from-majestic-prince-up-for-sale-during-comiket-84 By spartanchef on August 12th, 2013 Aliens known as Wulgaru are attacking Earth and they have us on the ropes with their superior technology. Luckily, the more highly advanced MJP or Majestic Prince project is here to stop them.
  • 103. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 At the Comiket 84 doujinshi fair in Odaiba, booth no. 313 is selling something that will surely grab the eyes of any mecha fan or collector. It’s a 2.2 meter tall ASHMBE-005 or more commonly known as the Red 5, piloted by aspiring manga artist and ace pilot Izuru Hitachi, leader of team Rabbits. To transport the Red 5 plastic model to Tokyo Big Sight, a two-ton truck was needed to haul the thing. If bought, the buyer will be the one to shoulder the expenses on taking this massive PlaMo home. This 1/6.5 scale model will only cost you a measly 3,250,000 yen (appx. US$33,735) and it is sculpted in such fine detail. You can surely fight them Wulgaru with this baby. With day 2 now in the wraps and the final day still ongoing, this monster of a plastic model is still yet to be purchased by anyone. Come on people! The Earth needs defending! If that wasn’t enough for you, cosplayers dressed as Tamaki (pilot of Rose 3), Kei (pilot of Purple 2) and their hot commander, Rin are on site to help sell this bad boy. Come on guys, it’s only 3,250,000 yen. Can you say no to this face? If this figure will not be sold by today, this 2.2 meter Red 5 will be used for PR purposes. Because even though the PlaMo failed to sell, it has certainly not failed to make an impression. Suppose you had US$33,735 to burn (plus spare change for transporting costs), would you buy it?
  • 104. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 You can read more on plastic model kits here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Mynavi news and images from Animate The post 2.2 meter Red 5 figure from Majestic Prince up at Comiket 84 fails to make a sale appeared first on SGCafe. Anri Sugihara cosplays as One Piece’s Nico Robin for Jins eyewear event in Akihabara Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/anri-sugihara-cosplays-as- one-pieces-nico-robin-for-jins-eyewear-event-in-akihabara/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anri-sugihara- cosplays-as-one-pieces-nico-robin-for-jins-eyewear-event-in-akihabara By KarbyP on August 11th, 2013 Yesterday, on August 10, while the entire otaku population in Tokyo was gathered over in Odaiba for Comiket 84, Japanese eyewear maker Jins held a very special event in Akihabara as part of a marketing stunt to promote the newly-launched “Anime One Piece: Limited by Jins” set of fashion spectacles. At the event, Jins invited six celebrities who are all fans of the One Piece manga and anime series – gravure idols Anri Sugihara and Tama Mizuki, comedian duos Non Style (Akira Ishida and Yuusuke Inoue) and Peace (Yuuji Ayabe and Naoki Matayoshi) – and had them all dressed up in One Piece cosplay. The cosplaying celebs are then stationed at six human-sized vending machines, hidden behind curtains. Shoppers who attended the special event and purchased a pair of the limited edition Jins eyewear were given special medals for the human-sized vending machines. When inserted into the vending machine, the medals would make one of the six One Piece cosplay celebrities pop out from behind the curtains to interact with shoppers. Pretty nifty marketing stunt, huh?
  • 105. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 I’m not entirely sure if the event attendees were given a choice as to which celebrity cosplayer they wanted to interact with. It’s probably random; because if not, judging from the event photos, I’m pretty sure a ridiculously long line would form just for gravure idol Anri Sugihara, who cosplayed as Nico Robin! The promotional event was held a second time earlier today, but with other One Piece cosplayers involved as opposed to the celebrity guests on the first day. If you’re interested in getting a pair yourself, the One Piece: Limited by Jins fashion spectacles are available now in Japan, sold at the price 4,990 yen (including tax) for one pair. Nine designs are available, each themed after a different One Piece main character. Outside of the nine designs, a few additional colour variations are also available, for a total of 15 colours. Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Animeanime.JP The post Anri Sugihara cosplays as One Piece’s Nico Robin for Jins eyewear event in Akihabara appeared first on SGCafe. Complete your Homura & Madoka cosplay with these Puella Magi Madoka Magica contact lenses Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/complete-your-madoka-homura- cosplay-with-these-puella-magi-madoka-magica-contact-lenses/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=complete-your- madoka-homura-cosplay-with-these-puella-magi-madoka-magica- contact-lenses By KarbyP on August 11th, 2013 Want your eyes to be pink or purple in colour like those of Madoka Kaname and Homura Akemi from Puella Magi Madoka Magica, but not willing to make a contract with a devil cat to get your wish granted? Not to worry, fashion contact lens maker Dolce Contact has got the solution for you: officially licensed Puella Magi
  • 106. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Madoka Magica contact lenses! They’re the perfect way to finish your Madoka cosplay! Two versions of these officially licensed contact lenses are available: Madoka Pink and Homura Purple. Both pairs of contact lenses have a base curve of 8.60mm, and a diameter of 14.5mm. Each pair is sold for 3,980 yen (including tax) standalone, or 4,980 yen if you’d like an official Madoka Magica fan – different designs for Madoka and Homura – thrown in with your purchase. Pre-orders for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica contact lenses have begun, available at the Animax Shop online store in Japan. Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via AnimeAnime.JP The post Complete your Homura & Madoka cosplay with these Puella Magi Madoka Magica contact lenses appeared first on SGCafe. Walkure Romanze (from the makers of Princess Lover!) Autumn 2013 TV anime promo video Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/walkure-romanze-from-the- makers-of-princess-lover-autumn-2013-tv-anime-promo-video/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=walkure-romanze- from-the-makers-of-princess-lover-autumn-2013-tv-anime-promo-video By KarbyP on August 11th, 2013 A new PV for Pony Canyon’s TV anime adaptaion of Walkure Romanze – originally an adult PC game from visual novel Ricotta, who also made Princess Lover! – has been streamed on the Web. The romance anime series will begin airing on Japanese TV stations this coming autumn.
  • 107. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Walkure Romanze’s plot centers around Takahiro Mizuno, a student who attends an academy particularly renowned for the producing jousting athletes. Although Takahiro used to be an astounding athlete in junior jousting competitions, due to an injury he no longer practises the sport, but serves as advisor at the school’s jousting club. There, he spends his school days with anime’s heroines including: Mio Kisaki, a childhood friend of Takahiro’s; Noel Marres Ascot, who is a daughter of a marquess family; Celia Cumani Aintree, a prodigy at jousting and the president of the academy’s student council; and Lisa Eostre, a first-year student and promising rookie. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Walkure Romanze (from the makers of Princess Lover!) Autumn 2013 TV anime promo video appeared first on SGCafe. Unaired Hyperdimension Neptunia episode 13 (OVA) to be bundled with Blu-ray/DVD vol. 7 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/unaired-hyperdimension- neptunia-episode-13-to-be-bundled-with-blu-raydvd-vol-7/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unaired- hyperdimension-neptunia-episode-13-to-be-bundled-with-blu-raydvd- vol-7 By spartanchef on August 11th, 2013 Hyperdimension Neptunia will only be airing 12 episodes this red hot summer season, but don’t fret just yet my dear fans because an unaired episode 13 will be released along with the anime’s Blu-Ray/DVD volume 7. Volume 7 will be released next year, March 26 and will not only come bundled with the unaired episode but also a very cute limited edition Nendoroid version of Neptune by Good Smile Company — if you pre-order or otherwise manage to snag a first-print edition of the release. Volume 7 was also supposed to come bundled with a digest video reel of a live Hyperdimension Neptunia event which was supposed to be scheduled January 12 next year, however, that event was cancelled. The January 12 event was supposed to be held at the Tokyo Dome but was cancelled for safety reasons after a man armed with a knife barged into a Hyperdimension Neptunia promotional event last June which left many, including Neptune’s voice actress, Rie Tanaka injured. Speaking of Hyperdimension Neptunia Blu-Ray/DVD’s, volume 1, which was supposed to come with a random drawing form for advance tickets to the January event is now
  • 108. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 changed to a body pillow cover mail order form. The body pillow contains the exclusive illustration of Neptune/Purple Heart drawn by the original game’s illustrator, Tsunako. Volume 1 is set for release this September 25. Still on the subject of Hyperdimension Neptunia merchandise, an official booth cosplayer dressed as Neptune was spotted in the anime’s Comiket 84 booth. Click here to take a peek at what that booth is selling during the event. More on Comiket here on SGCafe. You can also read more on Hyperdimension Neptunia here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Nep-anime official website and Animate The post Unaired Hyperdimension Neptunia episode 13 (OVA) to be bundled with Blu-ray/DVD vol. 7 appeared first on SGCafe. Kumamon, the Kumamoto prefecture’s official mascot, visits location shoot for ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/rurouni-kenshin-meets-kumamon/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rurouni-kenshin- meets-kumamon
  • 109. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 By spartanchef on August 11th, 2013 Rurouni Kenshin is most certainly one of Weekly Shounen Jump!‘s most beloved manga of all time and its live-action movie adaptation is just as entertaining and successful, boasting over 3 billion yen worth of ticket sales when it was released in Japan last year. With its second and third movies coming up in succession next year, respectively titled Rurouni Kenshin Kyoto Taika hen and Rurouni Kenshin Densetsu no Saigo hen, filming is going smoothly with director Keishi Ohtomo at the helm. The cast and crew have been filming in three locations in Kumamoto prefecture since early August, and they are the Manda mine in Arao, the House of Law in Uki and the Yachiyo seat in Yamaga. All three of these locations are considered cultural heritages on both the prefectural and national levels. While filming, the cast and crew was visited by a very special guest: the mascot of Kumamoto prefecture himself, Kumamon. The mascot took pictures with the main cast, Takeru Sato (Kenshin Himura),Emi Takei (Kaoru Kamiya), Aoki Munetaka (Sanusuke Segara) and Kaito Oyago (Yahiko Myojin). He also presented them with some of Kumamoto prefecture’s finest products like watermelons, pears and grapes. Kumamon was created in 2010 by the Kumamoto prefectural government as a mascot to draw in tourists when the Kyushu Shinkansen line opened. He then gained national attention when he won a national vote against other mascots in a Yuru-Chara event in 2011. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. You can also check out our stories about other live-action adaptations here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From animeanime.jp The post Kumamon, the Kumamoto prefecture’s official mascot, visits location shoot for ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ appeared first on SGCafe. Sell-outs, heatwaves and all sorts of craziness from Comiket 84 Day 1 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sell-outs-heat-waves- and-all-sorts-of-craziness-from-comiket-84-day-1/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sell-outs-heat- waves-and-all-sorts-of-craziness-from-comiket-84-day-1 By spartanchef on August 11th, 2013 The world’s largest doujinshi fair is already up and running and a lot of things have happened at Comiket 84′s first day… crazy things. With more than 210,000 people in attendance during day one, here’s a look at some of the shenanigans (and accidents) from yesterday’s 1st day. On the first day alone, an estimated 11,800 circles dealing with doujinshi, manga and anime exhibited some of their finest works to the staggering number of people attending
  • 110. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 the event. The event, which started yesterday, August 10 and will end tomorrow, August 12 has been one of the biggest geek fests in the world since 1975. Here’s how crazy things were. See that sea of humanity? I have seen a lot of huge gatherings in my time but not like this. We mentioned earlier that the temperature for yesterday, August 10 will be hot right? Like 37 ° Celsius (98.6 ° Fahrenheit)? Well, as this temperature reading shows, it was a lot hotter than that, factor in the sheer number of people and this 40.6 ° Celsius temperature reading just won’t be enough to measure how hot it really was yesterday. And with a record number of people attending, the blazing summer heat was sure to affect a lot of people. Reports have came in that Tokyo Big Sight’s first aid room was jam packed and full of people who have collapsed, dehydrated or suffered from heat stroke. The Comiket organizers have already warned people of the intense heat but with this many people in the same place in such a hot temperature, it is sure to cause some problems.
  • 111. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 But even the heatwave was not able to deter fans from going all out and buying some limited ed. goodies from the circles and company booths. Shaft, one of the big names setting up shop during the event have reportedly sold out all of their merchandise in a matter of hours. Yes, unfortunately, those mouth-watering Shaft goodies have already sold out, sorry guys. And Shaft wasn’t the only one which had a sell out on day 1, some Kiniro Mosaic goodies were also reported to have sold out. It is guaranteed that every geekfest has to have some crazy stuff happening like Deadpool trolling everyone during San
  • 112. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Diego Comic Con, Comiket 84 is no different. If you thought the crowd and the heat were crazy enough… He may be a tough delinquent dude, but damn this is kawaii! Wait, those caps aren’t accurate! I don’t even want to ask… Want to go to the next Comiket? Check out our survival guide. Also, you can look at some of the awesome cosplays from Comiket 84 though this link as well as some of the other stuff on sale during the event. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon, Otakomu, Otakomu 2 and Mantan The post Sell-outs, heatwaves and all sorts of craziness from Comiket 84 Day 1 appeared first on SGCafe. ‘A Certain Scientific Railgun’ X Namco campaign spawns crazy Umaibou ads Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/a-certain-scientific- railgun-x-namco-campaign-spawns-crazy-umaibou-ads/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-certain-scientific- railgun-x-namco-campaign-spawns-crazy-umaibou-ads
  • 113. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 From now to August 27, Namco’s amusement game centres (arcades) are doing a promotional campaign involving the characters from A Certain Scientific Railgun S. During the promotional campaign, arcade goers can win a number of different prizes, ranging from Umaibou sticks that come in a limited edition A Certain Scientific Railgun S promotional wrapper, to alarm clocks and other goodies.
  • 114. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17
  • 115. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 But that’s not all. To promote the promotional campaign, Namco has also put out a bunch of crazy Web commercials that feature the Toaru stars absolutely going bananas over Umaibou. I was going to provide an English transcript of all three commercials below. Then I actually watched the ads, and realised that there’s no point in doing that – it’s completely random, and not supposed to make sense. Not even if you can understand Japanese. It’s slapstick humour! Geddit? SlapSTICK humour… Umaibou… Never mind. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Namco X Railgun S homepage via Crunchyroll News 1, 2, 3 The post ‘A Certain Scientific Railgun’ X Namco campaign spawns crazy Umaibou ads appeared first on SGCafe. Comic Market 84: Otakomu snaps 266 cosplay photos on Day 1 [Gallery] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/comic-market-84- otakomu-snaps-266-cosplay-photos-on-day-1-gallery/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=comic-market-84- otakomu-snaps-266-cosplay-photos-on-day-1-gallery By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 Like they’ve done at every single Comiket for the past couple of years, Otakomu did a photo report on the cosplay scene at Day 1 of the Comic Market 84 event that’s happening this week at the Tokyo Big Sight in Odaiba. Split into two separate posts on their blog, Otakomu has put together an impressive collection of 266 cosplay photos from just the first day of the world’s largest doujinshi fair (and a marquee event for many Tokyo cosplayers). Below we’ve picked out a few of our favourites from Otakomu’s gallery, but ou can check out the full list of photos over at their site here and here, where you’ll find multiple pictures of most of the cosplayers featured.
  • 116. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19
  • 117. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 Read more cosplay stories here at SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/cosplay/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Otakomu 1, 2 The post Comic Market 84: Otakomu snaps 266 cosplay photos on Day 1 [Gallery] appeared first on SGCafe. Sword Art Online: Extra Edition year-end TV special is an abridged compilation — with new scenes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sword-art-online-extra-edition- year-end-tv-special-is-an-abridged-compilation-with-new-scenes/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sword-art-online- extra-edition-year-end-tv-special-is-an-abridged-compilation-with-new- scenes By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 According to an afterword from Sword Art Online light novel series author Reki Kawahara himself at the end of the series’s 13th book (which goes on sale tomorrow in Japan), the Sword Art Online: Extra Edition end-of-year TV special is an abridged compilation of the entire anime series – but with some new scenes added. So if you were holding out hope to see the Gun Gale Online chapter of the light novels in anime form… well, I’m not saying you should completely dash those hopes right now, but that’s quite unlikely to happen. Here’s our full translation of what Kawahara said in his afterword from Sword Art Online light novel volume 13, as far as the SAO TV special is concerned: “I’d like to do a bit of promotional plugging on this page here. You probably already know this from looking at the book’s wraparound jacket band, but at the end of 2013 the Sword Art Online TV anime series will be getting a TV special. Although the year-end TV special is fundamentally a compilation of the Aincrad and Fairy Dance chapters from the 2012 TV anime series, there will be some new scenes added. It’s been almost a year since we’ve all been able to see Kirito move around in animated form on a TV screen, so please do watch the TV special.” Kawahara then ended his afterword by thanking the light novel team’s staff members for coping with production delays on book 13. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/
  • 118. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Yaraon The post Sword Art Online: Extra Edition year-end TV special is an abridged compilation — with new scenes appeared first on SGCafe. Who is your favorite Valvrave the Liberator character? Sunrise wants to know Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/who-is-your- favorite-valvrave-character-sunrise-wants-to-know/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=who-is-your- favorite-valvrave-character-sunrise-wants-to-know By spartanchef on August 10th, 2013 Valvrave the Liberator is most certainly one of the hottest anime from the 2013 spring season and with its second part coming in October, the anime’s official website asks its viewers worldwide who their favorite characters are. What’s good about this poll is that EVERYONE can vote, not just the people back in Japan so you can most certainly let your voices be heard. You can choose from any of the characters (alive and dead) who were seen during the entirety of last season. This official character poll asks five questions, 1. Who is your favorite character? 2. Which female character do you want to BITE the most? 3. Which male character do you want to BITE the most? 4. Which character do you want to share a plate of ham and eggs with? 5. Which character do you not want as a BOSS? Vote for a minor character not often seen in the series? No problem! Scared of having L-Elf as your boss? Sure! Vote against him! It’s all up to you. Unlike some polls however, you won’t be shown the results immediately, but you can most certainly vote as many times as you like. This online poll was asked by the official website yesterday, August 9 and voting ends on September 5, so if you want to vote, better hurry. You can vote on their official website through this link. You can also read more about anime as well as other rankings here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Valvrave official website The post Who is your favorite Valvrave the Liberator character? Sunrise wants to know appeared first on SGCafe. Life-size VF-25 Valkyrie from Macross displayed in Yokohama’s Minatomirai [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/life-size-vf-25-valkyrie- from-macross-displayed-in-yokohama-minatomirai/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=life-size-vf-25- valkyrie-from-macross-displayed-in-yokohama-minatomirai
  • 119. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 22 By spartanchef on August 10th, 2013 Along with other classic mecha anime like Gundam, Mazinger Z and Voltron, the Macross franchise has become one of the most recognizable series from the genre. Yesterday, August 9, a life-size VF-25 Valkyrie was erected at the Minatomirai station in Yokohama. This VF-25 Valkyrie may be as humongous as the RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba, but it is scaled 1/1. The VF-25 will remain in Yokohama’s Minatomirai until September 2 when it will fly off into outer space for actual missions. A wax figure of Lynn Minmay is also present at Minatomirai. Lynn Minmai is the female lead of the original 1982 series and is considered one of the very first anime idols in history. A female representative dressed as Lynn Minmay was also present during the exhibit’s ribbon cutting. This was to commemorate the broadcast of the original anime series titled Super Dimension Fortress Macross which was aired in Japan from 1982-1983. This is a limited-time exhibit and will last only until September.
  • 120. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 23 The unveiling event was attended by officials from the city of Yokohama and it also drew in a lot of people. According to Tetsuya Kishi, chief of the Minatomirai station, “the station looks like a fortress”, and this would be very fitting place to display the Valkyrie as the Macross are somewhat like travelling space fortresses. Another Macross exhibit is scheduled for next month from September 13-29. It will take place in Shibuya Station in a communication space called WOWOW Shibuya Station. The exhibit aims to convey the charms of Macross and it will include several Macross plastic model dioramas.The Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum in Hyogo is also currently exhibiting up a Macross museum which will only last until October 28. More on your favorite anime series here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Mantan The post Life-size VF-25 Valkyrie from Macross displayed in Yokohama’s Minatomirai [Video] appeared first on SGCafe. Infinite Stratos 2 ‘Long Vacation Edition: The Memories of One Summer’ announced for Blu-ray & DVD Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/infinite-stratos-2-long- vacation-edition-the-memories-of-one-summer-announced/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=infinite-stratos-2- long-vacation-edition-the-memories-of-one-summer-announced By KarbyP on August 10th, 2013 Set before the events of the Infinite Stratos 2 TV anime series, which begins airing in Japan from early October, “Long Vacation Edition: The Memories of One Summer” (一 一一一一一一一一一一一) is a 40-minute long OVA that will be sold on Blu-ray and DVD in Japan October 30. Apart from the 40-minute long episode, the Blu-ray and DVD will also contain about 30 minutes’ worth of additional video footage. No details yet as to what the additional footage will actually contain, but this is most likely going to be a collection of trailers, commercials, and other sorts of promotional footage.
  • 121. August 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 24 The Blu-ray version of the release is priced at 5,250 yen (including tax), while the DVD version will be sold for 4,200 yen. On top of the disc’s 70-minute runtime, both the Blu-ray and DVD versions of Infinite Stratos 2 Long Vacation Edition: The Memories of One Summer will come with a special CD, and a 28-page booklet – plus other goodies depending on which store you purchase from. First-print copies of IS2 Long Vacation Edition will also come with a jacket cover illustrated by character designer, as well as a Digipak and clear sleeve jacket set. Full specifications of the release in Japanese below: 一Blu-ray一DVD一一一一一一一一一一EDITION 一一一一一一一一一一一一一一 一一一一2013一10一30一(一) 一一一 [Blu-ray] 5,250一(一一) [DVD] 4,200一(一一) 一一一一一一一一一一一一一一 一一一一一一一一40一一一一一一一一30一 一一一一一一一一一BD&DVD一一 (1) 一一一一一一30一一一一70一一一一一一一 (2) 一一一一一CD (3) 一一一一一一一一(28p一一) 一一一一一一一一一一! 一一一一一一一BD&DVD一一 (1) 一一一一一一一一一一 一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一 (2) 一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一一 Source: Animate TV Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Infinite Stratos 2 ‘Long Vacation Edition: The Memories of One Summer’ announced for Blu-ray & DVD appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 122. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Elizabeth and Theodore hand out Persona goodies during Persona Music Fes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/elizabeth-and-theodore- hand-out-persona-goodies-during-persona-music-fes/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=elizabeth-and- theodore-hand-out-persona-goodies-during-persona-music-fes By spartanchef on August 14th, 2013 Every year, the Persona Music Fes has rocked fans of the Persona series since 2008 and this year’s edition was just as grand. The world-famous Budoukan hosted this year’s event in front of a sold-out crowd numbering more than 10,000. The lucky people who were able to obtain premium tickets to the event were handed limited edition goodies by Persona 3‘s Theodore and Elizabeth. The duo from the Velvet Room handed out black tote bags containing a special staff T- shirt, a premium guest ID card, A Persona Music Fes 2013 play button and a Persona Music Fes card signed by the performers – Yumi Kawamura, Lotus Juice, Shihoko Hirata and Shoji Meguro.
  • 123. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 You can enjoy some of the music from the concert with the button because it is actually a Play Button; listen to songs like Mass Destruction and Your Affection if you attach a headphone to it. Speaking of music from the event, the set list includes Ture Story, Mass Destruction, Brand New Days, P3 Fes, Fog, SNOWFLAKES, the P4U Medley, Reach Out To The Truth, Shadow World and many more. The event can be watched via nico nico live for 2,000 yen.
  • 124. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Besides the goodies handed out by Theodore and Elizabeth to a lucky few, some Persona merchandise were also up for sale. An exhibit containing the autographs of the voice cast as well as some upcoming figures were also seen at the Nippon Budoukan during the event. Read more on your favorite video games and concert events here on SGCafe! Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! From Dengeki Online 1, 2 The post Elizabeth and Theodore hand out Persona goodies during Persona Music Fes appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 125. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Phantasy Star Online 2 English: Asiasoft to publish in 6 Southeast Asian countries in 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/phantasy-star-online-2-asiasoft- to-publish-localized-english-version-in-southeast-asia-in-2014/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=phantasy-star- online-2-asiasoft-to-publish-localized-english-version-in-southeast-asia- in-2014 By KarbyP on August 14th, 2013 Innumerable stars, won’t tell us where to go, to find out what exactly happened to the English version of Phantasy Star Online 2 that Sega North America announced last year for early 2013. But if you want to play an official English localized version of PSO2, guess what? It’s no longer such a long, long run to the palace in the Sun. Can you see the light at the end of this tunnel? Today Asiasoft has officially announced that it will publish the Windows PC version of Sega’s Phantasy Star Online 2 in six Southeast Asian territories: Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. The version of PSO2 available in these regions will be in English, although there might also be support for additional languages – since Asiasoft does do that for a few of the MMOs they operate in the region. But the important thing here is that gamers in all six countries are definitely getting the English version of Phantasy Star Online 2. From the press release: Singapore, August 14th, 2013 – Asiasoft Corporation Public Company Limited (“Asiasoft”) announces that it will publish Japan’s biggest online RPG, PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 (“PSO2″) for Windows PC platform in six Southeast Asian countries; Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. With a history more than 25 years, PSO2 is the latest and the master series of role playing game (RPG) that represents SEGA Corporation. PHANTASY STAR Online (“PSO”) was first published in 2000 and received many awards including the 5th Japan Game Awards, as a pioneer of online RPG in Japan. In July 2012, as a successor of PSO, PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 (“PSO2″) was released for Windows PC platform in Japan. PSO2 is developed to provide unique and innovative gameplay experience in online RPG by offering the following three pillars: ‘infinite adventure’, ‘top-level action for online RPG’ and ‘the ultimate character creation’. In PSO2, player takes an adventurous journey to unknown galactic territories as a member of “ARCS” expedition, an Oracle interplanetary cruise fleet in the infinite universe. Players get to enjoy the exhilarating in-game battles and strategic actions using highly customizable control system. Additionally, PSO2 features an intuitive character creation and customization system that provides comprehensive options that will give unique looks and feels for each character created by the players. As of August 2013, PSO2 service in Japan has reached over 2.5 million registered IDs and 107 thousand concurrent users, both of which are record-breaking numbers for online game in Japan. “Since its first conception in 1987 on SEGA Master System, PHANTASY STAR has been one of the most renowned gaming franchises in the world. In PSO2, SEGA has developed exciting, unique and polished online action RPG experience,” says Sherman Tan, Chairman of Asiasoft. “On behalf of Asiasoft, we are proud to carry on the legacy of PHANTASY STAR franchise to the current generation of gamers and to provide the best online service for this exciting title in Southeast Asian countries.” “Asiasoft has an excellent track record in publishing online games in Southeast Asian countries and this partnership is in line with SEGA’s aspiration to expand our PC online game portfolio,” says Naoya Tsurumi , the president and the COO of SEGA Corporation. “SEGA and Asiasoft will be working closely together to provide the best PSO2 experience for users in Thailand, Singapore Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines by creating localized contents that will appeal to the market in said countries.” PHANTASY STAR ONLINE 2 is slated for release in early 2014 for Windows PC platform in Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines. Asiasoft will make an announcement on the launch plan in the near future. Read more MMO news here on SGCafe: http://sgcafe.com/ tag/mmo Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Phantasy Star Online 2 English: Asiasoft to publish in 6 Southeast Asian countries in 2014 appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 126. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Ultraman manga comes to life in promotional video Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/ultraman- manga-comes-to-life-in-promotional-video/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ultraman-manga- comes-to-life-in-promotional-video By Zenko on August 14th, 2013 As part of the promotion for HEROES magazine’s ongoing Ultraman manga and it’s volume three release, an animated version of one of the chapters was set in motion. It’s not animated in the way you would expect, but the video created to help promote the release of volume three on September 5. Done in a way that follows panels, it adds color and motion to the original manga pages. In it, one of the most climactic scenes from the manga is brought to life. It starts as the original Ultraman, Shin Hayata, is defeated by his old foe Be Mular. His son returns an earlier favor by showing up in the nick of time to protect him. It ends with Shinji powering up his Specium weapons and promising to tear Be Mular apart, utilizing his new power armor. HEROES is a monthly magazine that can be picked up at 7-11′s in Japan. The official website offers a preview of the first volume, so if you’re interested feel free to check it out here! Keep up with your manga news here at SGCafe. Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. The post Ultraman manga comes to life in promotional video appeared first on SGCafe. Cospa releasing bags inspired by Clannad, Air and Kanon Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/cospa- releasing-bags-inspired-by-clannad-air-and-kanon/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cospa-releasing- bags-inspired-by-clannad-air-and-kanon By spartanchef on August 14th, 2013 Whenever you say Key, several heart-wrenching and tear- jerking series come to mind – most notably, Clannad, Air and Kanon. Now, Japanese cosplay apparel and character goods maker Cospa is making three bags that are inspired by three of Key’s most tear-inducing series. All three bags are made polyester and cost 4,410 yen each. They come in three designs, namely Clannad’s Nagisa Furukawa (and Dango), Air’s Misuzu Kamio and Kanon’s Ayu Tsukimiya.
  • 127. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 With the size of 27 x 48 x 16 cm, these bags are most certainly big enough to hold your tablet or notebook computers. These bags are limited edition so better hurry up because ONLY 200 of each design has been made by Cospa and they can only be bought in Gamers Akihabara on September 16 during a special Visual Art’s summer event which features other awesome Visual Art’s and Key merchandise from their
  • 128. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 other series like Angel Beats! and Little Busters!. The event takes place from August 3 until September 16 on the 5th floor of Gamers. Read more anime stories here on SGCafe! Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! From Cospa The post Cospa releasing bags inspired by Clannad, Air and Kanon appeared first on SGCafe. BONES’s Shinichiro Watanabe talks Space Dandy & Cowboy Bebop [Otakon 2013] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/bones-shinichiro- watanabe-talks-space-dandy-and-cowboy-bebop/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bones-shinichiro- watanabe-talks-space-dandy-and-cowboy-bebop By Zenko on August 14th, 2013 At a press conference held on Sunday at Otakon, BONES president Masahiko Minami and Shinichiro Watanabe (Cowboy Bebop, Samurai Champloo) sat down to talk about their new Space Dandy project and answer some questions about what fans can look forward to. Space Dandy is aiming to reunite quite a few staff members from past BONES projects, and during a press conference famed director Shinichiro Watanabe was on board to answer some questions. How much did Space Cobra, among other 70′s anime, influence Space Dandy? Watanabe: I enjoyed it quite a bit when I was younger, but I would say Space Dandy is more influenced by old sci-fi anime and movies, movies between Primitive Planet and the original Tron. How much comedy will be seen in Space Dandy compared to Cowboy Bebop? Watanabe: Whereas Cowboy Bebop was 80% serious story and 20% humor, Space Dandy will be the reverse. Cowboy Bebop’s ratio has been flipped on its head. It’s as far from a serious story as you can get. It will be more light-heartened in nature and more humorous as well. What sort of music can we expect to see in Space Dandy? Watanabe: There will be a lot of different musical composers on board for this project, but I can’t tell you any of them right now. I can tell you that they have all been asked one thing: not to use any instruments invented after 1984. I think the music on the show will make it feel a little old school and retro. What was it like working with Yoko Kanno on Cowboy Bebop? Watanabe: Let me go on the record as saying she does not compose exactly as we tell her to. She builds up her own imagery and comes to me and says “This is the song we need for Cowboy Bebop” and composes something entirely on her own. There were instances where we’d ask for songs from Bebop, and I would get inspired and make new scenes and show them to her, and then she would get inspired and make more music. For example, some songs in the second half of the series we didn’t even ask for. She just made them and brought them to us. Normally this is unforgivable, but with Bebop it was good so it was fine. So it was a game of cat [and mouse] between the two of us the whole time. How did you decide to work with Thomas Romain (Basquash!) on Space Dandy for ship design?
  • 129. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Watanabe: I’ve been interested in his works for some time, but he actually belongs to another studio, Studio Satelight. For Space Dandy we begged and got special permission for him to help us out. The reason we got it is because he’s a fan of Cowboy Bebop. You didn’t have a chance to talk about some of the characters during the BONES panel, what else can you say? Watanabe: With the main character Dandy we were aiming for someone who has no worries. The main character for most anime worry about a lot of things with the main plot centered on them worrying. But what if I had a character with no worries? In everyday life we always have friction with other people and make ourselves worry about a lot of things. Dandy is if what if you had someone that didn’t worry about any of those things at all, sort of an ideal. He operates on the scale of the universe, so he doesn’t worry about such things. Will the easter egg tradition of BONES continue with Space Dandy? Watanabe: Of course! Minami: We plan to still hide secret things, but if we told you what they were, they wouldn’t be a secret anymore. How do you feel about the live action Cowboy Bebop that was in the works, but has been put on hold? And would you make a good Spike? Watanabe: I’d have to go on a diet. Also, as for the live action adaptation…if I say too much Sunrise will get mad at me. Just know that it isn’t at a halt, but it also isn’t moving. As for how I feel about adaptations…it all depends on it. For example, there’s a certain Dragon Something that didn’t suit the style. ————– One last thing Watanabe did say about Space Dandy is that “in each episode the characters will be going to a new planet, so a new style will be used in each episode. Within the staff for every episode, there is a great creator that I respect, but unfortunately I cannot release the [names of the] staff [members] just yet. The creators and designers are usually very busy, but by asking for one episode you can usually get one out of them, so you will see great collaborations across the series.” Keep up with all your anime here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the discussions going on in the forums! The post BONES’s Shinichiro Watanabe talks Space Dandy & Cowboy Bebop [Otakon 2013] appeared first on SGCafe. Gundam X Mastermind Japan: totebag comes with Special Perfect Grade (PG) GunPla Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/gundam-x-mastermind- japan-totebag-comes-with-special-perfect-grade-gunpla/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gundam-x- mastermind-japan-totebag-comes-with-special-perfect-grade-gunpla By spartanchef on August 13th, 2013 Japanese apparel maker Strict G and Mastermind Japan are doing a collaboration with Bandai and Sunrise to release some awesome apparel inspired by the classic mecha anime, Mobile Suit Gundam. One huge part of this collaboration is a 1/60 scale Pergect Grade (PG) RX-78-2 donning the colors and designs of Mastermind Japan. Don’t let the skull and crossbones fool you, this is not a PG Crossbone you are looking at but a special Gundam plastic model made specifically for this collaboration. It comes with a special black tote bag with the Mastermind-Gundam logo emblazoned on it, and costs 31,500 yen.
  • 130. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 This purely black Perfect Grade RX-78-2 looks intimidating considering its size and those crossbone designs. Strict G is also releasing several apparel like these black Mastermind parkas and t-shirts. They come in 3 designs, namely the Mastermind Gundam logo, the Skull and crossbones with the original 1979 anime logo, and the classic “final shot” where a badly damaged Gundam shoots at Char’s Zeong. They come in S / M / L / XL sizes Strict G will also be releasing this black snapback cap which comes when you purchase any of the items listed above. All products listed are going to be released mid-August.
  • 131. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 This will be the second collaboration between Mastermind and Bandai as they have previously released a PG Zaku II with the Mastermind colors and design last year. Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From animeanime.jp The post Gundam X Mastermind Japan: totebag comes with Special Perfect Grade (PG) GunPla appeared first on SGCafe. Squid Girl (Ika Musume) dances on your computer with new Charamin Store download Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/dance-with-ika-musume- on-your-computer-with-new-charamin-store-download/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dance-with-ika- musume-on-your-computer-with-new-charamin-store-download By KaleNagasaki on August 13th, 2013 Love watching Ika Musume/Squid Girl’s titular star bop around in the opening to the anime series (episodes available on Crunchyroll here)? Now there’s another way to make the lively Squid Girl dance on your computer screen. Shinryaku! Ika Musume‘s main character collaborates with Charamin‘s newest version of OMP (onbu, or note), a musical analysis folder that allows you to select your favorite character and bring them to life by having them dance to the music of your choice. The downloadable content is titled ダダダダダダダダダダダダダダ”ダダ ダダ”ダダダダダダダダダ, which translates to “Something like dance isn’t easy! Invade your computer with tentacles!” You can get it at Charamin’s store here. Here’s a demonstration of how it works! The built-in media player, character player, and stage are free, provided to you by Charamin. However, the white dress Squid Girl is wearing in the demonstration is 473 yen, and you can upgrade your stage to a lemon beach side hut for 158 yen. Or, you could get both for only 525 yen. Ika Musume or Squid Girl was pretty much a hit ever since the comic started serialization in 2007. Season one of the anime aired from October to December during 2010, which was followed the same time the next year with season two. It seems we just can’t get enough to Squid Girl, and her tentacles have wormed their way into our hearts. Read more gaming news on SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Animate The post Squid Girl (Ika Musume) dances on your computer with new Charamin Store download appeared first on SGCafe. Free! official character poll comes to fans in the form of Web otome game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/free-official-character- poll-comes-to-fans-in-the-form-of-web-otome-game/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=free-official- character-poll-comes-to-fans-in-the-form-of-web-otome-game
  • 132. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 By Zenko on August 13th, 2013 Thanks to a special character popularity survey that KyoAni for their boys-in-swim-club TV anime series Free!, fans are able to get a taste of what the world would be like if the main characters starred in an otome game adaptation. For those unfamiliar with otome games, they’re essentially the female equivalent of dating sims and visual novels for guys. With shows like UtaPri getting their start in an otome game, it makes sense for Free! to try and become one too: which is likely what the people at the KyoAni Shop thought too, as they used it to help survey fans to gain a better sense of which direction they should go with merchandise. To start off the survey, you enter your name before choosing your favorite character, who you will spend the day with. You can choose from any of the main five characters. They will then spend the day with you after asking what you do, as in are you a student of some sort or in the workforce, and what you enjoy doing on your days off. Depending on your answer it will trigger a new scenario. The movie one, for instance, will trigger you going to the movies with the character you selected and playing a UFO game after. Yes, KyoAni is trying to find what form they should bring Free! to fans in next. Should they make more straps? More figures? A novel or movie? You can help decide in a fun way by taking the survey on the KyoAni shop here! Check out even more Free! here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Via Yaraon! The post Free! official character poll comes to fans in the form of Web otome game appeared first on SGCafe. Various manga artists draw Soul Eater to celebrate the manga’s final chapter Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/various-manga-artists- draw-soul-eater-to-celebrate-the-mangas-final-chapter/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=various-manga- artists-draw-soul-eater-to-celebrate-the-mangas-final-chapter By spartanchef on August 13th, 2013 The Soul Eater manga series has finally ended this month with the latest issue of monthly Shounen Gangan, and to congratulate the manga’s successful and popular run as well as the manga’s author, Atsushi Ookubo for a job well done, various manga artists from both Shounen Gangan and other publications have drawn several commemorative illustrations.
  • 133. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 The illustrations include characters like Edward Elric (Full Metal Alchemist), Index (To Aru Majutsu no Index), Inori (Guilty Crown) and more dressed up like Maka Albarn and holding Soul Eater Evans in weapon form… we even have Blood Lad‘s Staz trying to take Maka away from poor Soul. The mangakas (manga artists) who wrote the congratulatory illustrations and messages to Atsushi Ookubo (ダダダダ) for his success include other Shounen Gangan artists like Hiromu Arakawa (Full Metal Alchemist/ Silver Spoon, though Silver Spoon is serialized in Weekly Shounen Sunday), and Shinta Fujimoto (Red Raven). Other mangakas from other publications also joined in like Yuuki Kodama (Young Ace’s Blood Lad) and Huke (Black Rock Shooter the game/Black Rock Shooter: Innocent Soul).
  • 134. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Soul Eater was serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly Shounen Gangan from June 2004 until August 2013. It inspired an anime adaptation which was not quite loyal to the original manga’s story from 2008-2009. Atsushi Ookubo (ダダダダ) also wrote a spin-off manga titled Soul Eater Not! which does not center around Soul and Maka but Tsugumi Harudori. The manga was also adapted into several video games for the Wii, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2 and PSP. Read more stories on your favorite mangas here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon The post Various manga artists draw Soul Eater to celebrate the manga’s final chapter appeared first on SGCafe. Torne ranks top 20 anime for July: did your favorites make the cut? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/torne-ranks-top-20- anime-for-july-did-your-favorites-make-the-cut/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=torne-ranks- top-20-anime-for-july-did-your-favorites-make-the-cut By KaleNagasaki on August 12th, 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment has used PlayStation 3′s domestic digital recording system Torne to rank the top twenty anime in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The record accounts for shows watched between July 1 and August 4. Some of the results are obvious, but others will surprise you. 20. Kiniro Mosaic 19. Space Battleship Yamato 2199 18. Hunter x Hunter 17. Dogs and Scissors (sounds dangerous…) 16. Sunday without God 15. Ecstatic Family 14. Daybreak Illusion 13. Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class 3 12. Servant x Service 11. Love Lab
  • 135. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 10. Free! 9. Garden of Sinners 8. Go Home Club’s Activity Record 7. Rozen Maiden 6. Monogatari (Second Season) 5. It’s not my Fault that I’m not Popular! (Looks like you’re popular now) 4. A Certain Scientific Railgun S 3. Silver Spoon 2. Danganronpa 1. Attack on Titan Well, there you have it. Are you surprised? To be honest, I would be speechless if Attack on Titan wasn’t number one. Did you see the latest episode?! It’s about to get REAL. Silver Spoon moved up from 6th place last time to 3rd place, while A Certain Scientific Railgun S dropped from 2nd to 4th place. Remember that these results are not to be taken lightly. We are not talking about a few hundred participants – over 100,000 unique users log onto the PlayStation network every weekday. This means that by the end of the month, nearly 330,000 people’s views have been taken into account. And they have spoken: Attack on Titan is a winner. For more anime news from SGCafe, click here. Don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Mantan-web The post Torne ranks top 20 anime for July: did your favorites make the cut? appeared first on SGCafe. Comic Market 84: Otakomu snaps 871 cosplay photos over 3 days [Gallery] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/comic- market-84-otakomu-snaps-871-cosplay-photos/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=comic-market-84- otakomu-snaps-871-cosplay-photos By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013 Comic Market 84 is officially over! Over three sweltering summer days, a grand total of over 590,000 visitors attended the convention in Tokyo’s futuristic district of Odaiba. Many of of these 590,000 visitors were cosplayers, and Japanese blog Otakomu did their utmost to document the cosplay scene at the summer Comic Market this year: they shot a total of 871 cosplay photos in the short span of three days (including the 266 pictures from Day 1). That’s a total of 605 shots on Days 2 and 3, all of which you’ll find split up in four posts here, here, here, and here. Below we’ve picked out a few of our faves:
  • 136. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Otakomu The post Comic Market 84: Otakomu snaps 871 cosplay photos over 3 days [Gallery] appeared first on SGCafe. A look at Love Live! character designer Yuuhei Murota’s 1st doujinshi (C84) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/a-look-at-love-live- character-designer-yuuhei-murotas-1st-doujinshi-c84/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=a-look-at-love-live- character-designer-yuuhei-murotas-1st-doujinshi-c84
  • 137. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013 Earlier today we told you that Magi’s character designer Toshifumi Akai self-published his own doujinshi and brought it to Comic Market 84 to sell at his doujin booth., Well, he’s not the only manga/anime character designer to do that. Yuuhei Murota, who provided the original character designs and did illustration work on the Love Live! manga series, also went to Comiket 84 with his self-published doujinshi – his very first, actually, according to fans from this Love Live! 2ch thread. Murota brought 1,000 copies of his black-and-white, 28- paged doujinshi to distribute at Comic Market 84. Each copy was priced at 500 yen, and attendees were limited to picking up three copies of Murota’s doujinshi per customer. By the second day, August 11, all 1,000 copies were sold out. A few lucky Comiket 84 attendees who managed to snag a copy of Murota’s first doujinshi posted some shots of its contents on a 2ch thread: More sample pictures from Murota’s own Twitter account: Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/
  • 138. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: 2ch, @muromuromurota The post A look at Love Live! character designer Yuuhei Murota’s 1st doujinshi (C84) appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku fans take issue with Asahi Sasaki’s ‘real anime eyes’ Miku cosplay Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-fans-take- issue-with-asahi-sasakis-real-anime-eyes-miku-cosplay/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku- fans-take-issue-with-asahi-sasakis-real-anime-eyes-miku-cosplay By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013 When Hatsune Miku teamed up with Louis Vuitton for Keiichiro Shibuya’s Vocaloid Opera: The End production, some Miku fans cheered (well, there was a life-sized figure of Miku made), while others cried blasphemy. The collaboration was a fairly controversial topic amongst the Vocaloid community. Now, just as controversial is Japanese vlogger Asahi Sasaki’s take on Hatsune Miku cosplay – done with “real anime eyes”. Sasaki, who was also recently in the YouTube spotlight for her cosplay portrayal of Sakura Haruno in Ryan Higa’s live- action spoof of Naruto, posted a tutorial video on how to draw anime eyes on your eyelids (while your eyes are closed, of course) to replicate the look Hatsune Miku had in the Vocaloid Opera: The End. That’s all fine and dandy – to most people, that is. A few Miku fans have complained via the video’s comments that Sasaki’s Hatsune Miku anime eyes are not true to the source material. Specifically, they argued that there should be no corners in Miku’s eyes. Which is, I suppose, in a way true — if they were referring to the official illustration for Hatsune Miku. But unless I’m blind (jury’s still out on that), I believe that the Vocaloid Opera: The End version of Hatsune Miku does indeed have corners in her eyes. The thing with Hatsune Miku is that she is what you make of her – her looks and personality are open to interpretation. Apart from a few staple design motifs that’s common with all interpretations of Miku, there are an endless number of different styles (or “shiki” in Japanese) when it comes to Hatsune Miku’s looks. For instance, in the picture you see below, take a look at the Miku on the bottom-left corner. That Miku clearly has corners in her eyes. These are all Hatsune Mikus. There are even variations when it comes to the “official” illustration for Hatsune Miku; just look at the cover box art for the Japanese and English versions of the Hatsune Miku V3 software, placed side-by-side in the image below.
  • 139. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 So cut Asahi Sasaki some slack, folks! She did her best to replicate the Vocaloid Opera: The End look. I happen to think that it’s incredibly accurate, and that she did a mighty fine job with it. Do you agree? Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via STOMP The post Hatsune Miku fans take issue with Asahi Sasaki’s ‘real anime eyes’ Miku cosplay appeared first on SGCafe. Lawson & Asahi give ‘Madoka Magica’ fans more reasons to stay hydrated this summer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/lawson-asahi-give-madoka- magica-fans-more-reasons-to-stay-hydrated-this-summer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lawson-asahi-give- madoka-magica-fans-more-reasons-to-stay-hydrated-this-summer By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013 Just in case you need another good reason to stay hydrated in the sweltering summer weather while visiting Japan: Convenience store chain Lawson has launched a Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie (Part 3) X Lawson promotional campaign where customers who buy selected Asahi drinks get to bring home premiums themed after the smash-hit anime series. Starting tomorrow, August 13, Lawson shoppers who purchase a 600ml pet bottle of Asahi Jurokucha, or a 470ml pet bottle of Spiral Grape will receive an exclusive original gym/P.E. attire Madoka Magica mini-figurine, one of six available designs. Madoka Kaname: I’ll race you to the cinema theatres to catch my movie! Then, beginning August 20, shoppers who purchase a 6-pack of either Wonda Morning Shot or Wanda Kin no Bitou low- sugar coffee will receive a Madoka Magica mini clear file (one of 10 designs) featuring the Madoka girls in cheerleader outfits and swimwear.
  • 140. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 There’s no end date as to when either promotion will end, but in both cases it’s while stocks last. So if you happen to be a Madoka fan in Japan, remember to stock up on coffee, tea, or… er, Spiral Grape! Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Lawson The post Lawson & Asahi give ‘Madoka Magica’ fans more reasons to stay hydrated this summer appeared first on SGCafe. Magi character designer Toshifumi Akai tweets samples from C84 art book Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/magi-character- designer-toshifumi-akai-tweets-samples-from-c84-art-book/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magi-character- designer-toshifumi-akai-tweets-samples-from-c84-art-book By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013 These days, the Comic Market (or Comiket) isn’t just the world’s largest doujinshi fair anymore. The biannual conventions have grown so big – over 590,000 attendees for Comiket 84 – that they’re a bona fide platform for creators. Regardless if these creators are amateurs or professionals, the Comic Market is a great way to get their excellent work out to the public without having to sell their souls to a corporate publisher (where you’ll have to work as part of a team), or going the route of digital distribution (cos, you know, an art book and a folder of images on your computer are not the same thing). That can be quite appealing to even the most successful illustrations and anime producers. Take, for instance, Magi’s character designer and animation director Toshifumi Akai, who made copies on an art book he had been working on all by himself, and brought them to Comiket 84 to sell. Akai shared some illustration samples from the aforementioned self-published art book on his Twitter account. Pretty neat stuff, huh?
  • 141. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 Other images Akai previously shared on Twitter: Source: @akaiakai1 via Crunchyroll News The post Magi character designer Toshifumi Akai tweets samples from C84 art book appeared first on SGCafe. This Menma cosplayer (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day) doesn’t know how to stay in character Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/this-menma-cosplayer-anohana- the-flower-we-saw-that-day-doesnt-know-how-to-stay-in-character/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=this-menma- cosplayer-anohana-the-flower-we-saw-that-day-doesnt-know-how-to- stay-in-character By KarbyP on August 12th, 2013
  • 142. August 14th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 Spotted at Comic Market 84: a Menma cosplayer (Menma from Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day, not that other Menma) taking a piss… at a urinal in the mens’ room. Here’s a pro-tip, guys: if you’re going to cross-dress for cosplay (crossplay?)… try and be all refined and lady-like. Stay in character. Even when you have to go to the mens’ room to relief yourself. Use a bloody cubicle, for crying out loud! Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: @byako The post This Menma cosplayer (Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day) doesn’t know how to stay in character appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 143. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Fight the Earth Federation with these new Zeon bags from Cospa [Mobile Suit Gundam] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fight-the-earth-federation- with-these-new-zeon-bags-from-cospa-mobile-suit-gundam/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fight-the-earth- federation-with-these-new-zeon-bags-from-cospa-mobile-suit-gundam By spartanchef on August 16th, 2013 Sieg Zeon! Now, you can show your support to the Zeonic cause in Mobile Suit Gundam with these new mobile tote bags from Cospa… just be wary of a certain white Federation Mobile Suit. These bags are inspired by the group of Space Colonies that fight the Earth Federation for independence, the Principality of Zeon. The shoulder bags and and the tote bags proudly fly the Zeon colors and both designs come in either black or olive. The Zeon shoulder bag is made of cotton and measures 30.5 × 40 × 11 cm. It costs 10,500 yen and you can use it at school, for work or just as an accessory to show your disdain of the oppressive Federation dogs! The inside has a burgundy color and will remind you of a certain masked ace fighting for the Zeonic cause. The Zeon tote bags meanwhile measure 39.5 × 48.5cm and are also made of cotton. The insides are also burgundy in color and costs 9,450 yen. They also come with a removable shoulder strap so you can carry the bag easier if you want to.
  • 144. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Both bags are due for release in November so keep up the good fight against those feddies! Sieg Zeon! Read more anime stories here on SGCafe! Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! From Animate The post Fight the Earth Federation with these new Zeon bags from Cospa [Mobile Suit Gundam] appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku sings Whiteberry’s ‘Natsu Matsuri’ in the ED for Watamote EP6 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-sings- whiteberrys-natsu-matsuri-in-the-ed-for-watamote-ep6/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku- sings-whiteberrys-natsu-matsuri-in-the-ed-for-watamote-ep6 By KarbyP on August 15th, 2013 Vocaloid fans who watched the 6th episode of Watamote: were treated to a special surprise at the end of the episode. Entitled Since I’m Not Popular, I’ll Go See the Fireworks, in the episode Tomoko Kuroki (the series’s protagonist who’s a queen at playing otome games and who mistakingly believes that she’d be just as popular with guys in the real world as she is in the games) runs into hygiene issues after a marathon session of gaming, learns about the birds and the bee from… cats and ants, and goes out to see the fireworks at her local summer festival. There, Tomoko discovers Hatsune Miku. Who performs J- pop/rock band Whiteberry’s hit song Natsu Matsuri at the festival. Here’s the original version of the song for reference, complete with English subtitles for its lyrics (turn on closed captioning): WataMote - No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! is available on legal streaming site Crunchyroll.com in the US. Simulcasted every week on the same day as Japan. Source: Crunchyroll News The post Hatsune Miku sings Whiteberry’s ‘Natsu Matsuri’ in the ED for Watamote EP6 appeared first on SGCafe. Exclusive interview with voice actor Crispin Freeman & his take on anime/games [Otakon 2013] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/exclusive-interview-voice- actor-crispin-freeman-take-on-anime-games-otakon-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=exclusive- interview-voice-actor-crispin-freeman-take-on-anime-games- otakon-2013
  • 145. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By Zenko on August 15th, 2013 Crispin Freeman may be known best for his roles in English- dubbed anime and games, but he isn’t just working and enjoying the shows; he’s also looking at how mythological narrative is brought into them. We sat down with him at Otakon 2013 to find out how. For those of you who are not familiar with Crispin Freeman, he is most known for his voice acting, particularly his roles as Tsume in Wolf’s Rain and Kyon in The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, as well as Hector in Castlevania. Recently he’s also been working on showing how various forms of mythology appear within popular games and anime. At the mythology panel you hosted yesterday, you looked at the evolution of pilots from Mazinger Z, Gigantor, Gundam to Evangelion. Have you looked at any other recent mech shows? I haven’t seen any shows since Evangelion with the same sort of innovation in positioning. I mean, obviously I can’t give a retrospective on every giant robot show where the pilot sits somewhere. I wanted to show those innovation points, and I don’t know of any show that has had an innovation in the placement that had the same sort of spiritual message as those four shows did. Have you looked at Sousei no Aquarion (Genesis of Aquarion) and Bokurano? I’m not familiar with either of those shows. Sousei no Aquarion has three pilots and has them combining spiritually. Yea, multiple pilots is sort of its own ball of wax. I was looking at shows that only have one pilot. I do do a presentation on Sentai (Power Rangers) and how they have their roots in anime, specifically Gatchaman and then you have other combining robots like Voltron. In that presentation I talk more about the combining of robots from multiple robots. I also didn’t get into Getter Robo in my presentation at Otakon. I know you also look at video game mythology as well. Right. That’s a little more recent. I haven’t put together a presentation yet, but I hope to in the future. At your Otakon Q and A session you said you don’t get much information about the characters that you are going to voice. That’s right. Video game companies don’t like giving a lot of information because they’re afraid of it getting out. So we all have to sign non-disclosure agreements and we very often don’t even know very much about the game that we’re going to voice the characters in. What video games are you looking at to pursue for your presentations? On your website you list Ico, Journey and the Western RPG versus JRPG. I put a lot of information about the panels I hope to do in the future on my website, but I don’t know if those are exactly the ones I’ll do, because sometimes as I do research I have to reshape my focus. I think it’s possible to talk about video game mythology now in ways that I’m not sure it was possible to in the past, or at least it was a little simpler. Video games are doing more storytelling, as not all video games need storytelling or benefit from it. Tetris doesn’t get any better with a story added to it. Neither does Monopoly either. I’m interested in games that have a coherent mythology, a metaphysical framework they’re working inside of. Team Ico is very much that, they take place in the cursed lands. Ico and Shadow are the ones that really fascinate me right now. If I were to do a big comparison, it would have to be RPG. I don’t know any other genre defined by it’s cultural roots. We don’t say JFPS or Japanese Strategy, but we do say JRPG. When you look at the original Final Fantasy you can see that it’s using a lot of Tolkein tropes, something that hybridizes Anglo-Saxon mythology and Catholicism. I need to look more into Final Fantasy, but it’s my sneaking suspicion that it doesn’t use Catholicism. More on Crispin Freeman’s work in mythology in anime can be found on his website Mythology and Meaning. You can keep up with the rest of his work at his homepage here. Keep up with all your anime needs here at SGCafe! The post Exclusive interview with voice actor Crispin Freeman & his take on anime/games [Otakon 2013] appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 146. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Sony announces ‘PlayStation Vita Pets’, coming in 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sony- announces-playstation-vita-pets-coming-in-2014/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sony-announces- playstation-vita-pets-coming-in-2014 By KarbyP on August 15th, 2013 Introducing: PlayStation Vita Pets, developed by UK- based studio Spiral House (who made EyePet and EyePet Adventures for the PSP, and also previously assisted in the development of MotorStorm and LittleBigPlanet PS3 games.) Although the title is called PlayStation Vita Pets, its debut trailer focuses entirely on dogs (you’ll get to pick from four different puppies to raise). Which begs the questions: will there be other animals you could pick to raise? Or if the naming convention was decided simply because Sony did not want something that sounded too similar to Nintendogs. PlayStation Vita Pets’s dogs are like the ones in Nintendogs… except better – they can talk! And they go out on adventures and explore dungeons with you! And stuff! The game comes out for the PS Vita sometime during 2014. Woah… I bet there’s plenty of stuff to sniff in here! According to Kevin Oxland, creative director at Spiral House: PlayStation Vita Pets is no ordinary pet game! We’ve done our best to really make this feel like a PlayStation game – with ‘game’ being the important word there. We set out to make something that was more than just a pet sim – we wanted to make something that felt like a real game, with characters, fun and adventure, so that’s exactly what we did. We also wanted to focus on the dogs themselves, which may seem an obvious thing to say, but making them move, act and speak (!) in a very convincing way for the scope of the game we had in mind, was not easy. Making humans walk and move realistically in videos games is one thing, but creating truly convincing dogs for today’s demanding younger gamers, really is something else. This, we felt, could only be achieved using the power and features of the PlayStation Vita. In the game you pick from four different puppies, each with their own personality, sense of humour and character traits. Together you and your new friend will be able to do all the things you would do with a real dog or in any other pet sim but in PlayStation Vita Pets we allow you to go further! Once you’ve gotten to know each other and learned the skills needed to venture outside the safety of your home you’ll be able to embark (no pun intended) on the adventure of Castlewood Island!” Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: PlayStation Blog The post Sony announces ‘PlayStation Vita Pets’, coming in 2014 appeared first on SGCafe. Japan’s salarymen weigh in on which ‘Attack on Titan’ character would be best as boss Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/japans-male-workers- weigh-in-on-which-attack-on-titan-character-best-as-boss/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=japans-male- workers-weigh-in-on-which-attack-on-titan-character-best-as-boss By Zenko on August 15th, 2013 In a July survey by My Navi that drew 243 participants, Japan’s male workforce weighed in on which character from Attack on Titan they’d want to be their boss. With Attack on Titan‘s popularity, it’s no surprise that even salarymen have heard of the show or read the manga. What is surprising is who they thought would be the best person to serve as their superior. Take a look at the rankings below. 1. Eren Yeager [22.8] 2. Mikasa Ackerman [17.5] 3. Armin Arlert [6.8] 4. Jean Kirstein [3.8]
  • 147. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 5. Dot Pixis [3.4] / Levi [3.4] Yes, that’s right. The main character of the show, not always the smartest person, was chosen by a majority of participants. According to a 26-year-old professional in the finance line, he chose Eren “because of his motivational attitude, which would make him a good boss.” Mikasa garnered replies that make more sense. A 37 year-old construction worker put it best :”She’d be a beautiful boss to develop an office romance with.” Her looks won over a decent portion of the working Attack on Titan fans, though one 36 year-old temp agency manager said he preferred her for her yandere attitude that would surely make her care about those having trouble in the office. Levi is fairly popular among the ladies, but apparently not as much among the male fans. The 3.4 percent that voted for him, though, seemed to have a good reason for doing so. A 26-year-old metallurgist pointed out that he already has a high level of professionalism about him alongside his leadership abilities, while a 25-year-old software engineer stated “he’d be a dependable leader.” It seems the older fans preferred Mikasa and her looks to the male heroes the younger workforce voted for. Now all that’s left is to see how the female workforce weighs in, though it may predictably lean towards Levi. Keep up with your anime news on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: MyNavi The post Japan’s salarymen weigh in on which ‘Attack on Titan’ character would be best as boss appeared first on SGCafe. After voice acting, Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno tackles… dramas Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/after-voice-acting- evangelion-creator-hideaki-anno-tackles-dramas/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=after-voice-acting- evangelion-creator-hideaki-anno-tackles-dramas By spartanchef on August 15th, 2013 After working as a voice actor in Studio Ghibli’s Kaza ga Tachinu, renowned anime director and Evangelion creator, Hideaki Anno will be entering another completely different field: live-action dramas. Yes, the man who gave us the angst-ridden, action-packed and psychologically-charged mecha masterpiece that is Neon Genesis Evangelion is taking his talents to the “ultimate love story that transcends time and space” – a drama series entitled ANDO-LLOYD: ~A.I. Knows Love?~. The legendary director will also be working with his former Evangelion assistant director, Kazuya Tsurumaki.
  • 148. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The duo will be providing the science-fiction drama’s concept along with Masahiro Maeda and will be working closely with Yumie Nishiogi who will be writing the screen play. ANDO-LLOYD: ~A.I. Knows Love?~ stars Takuya Kimura (Susumu Kodai from Space Battleship Yamato) and Kou Shibasaki who will be appearing in the Hollywood movie 47 Ronin alongside Keanu Reeves. The drama is slated to air on TBS this October. Kimura will be playing 2 roles, namely Ando Lloyd and Reiji Awashima while Shibasaki portraying another Android, Ando Asahi. The drama’s plot is about an android from 100 years into the future named Lloyd, in a story that transcends time. He is sent into the past to protect some important people from what will happen in the future. From the plot alone, one can truly wonder how Hideaki Anno’s style fits into all of this. Will it be psychologically charged and full of angst or will it be action-packed? Or will it be both? Only time will tell. Read more news here on SGCafe. You can also read more on some of your favorite live-action adaptations here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From TBS The post After voice acting, Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno tackles… dramas appeared first on SGCafe. Create a huge splash this summer with these new Free! postcards and coasters Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/create-a-huge-splash- this-summer-with-these-new-free-postcards-and-coasters/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=create-a-huge- splash-this-summer-with-these-new-free-postcards-and-coasters By spartanchef on August 15th, 2013 Planning to visit Japan? You can most certainly make your friends jealous by sending them these brand new postcards from the hit anime Free!
  • 149. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 These postcards are made by Hobby Stock and they come in two different sets with each set containing up to 3 postcards. Both sets cost 420 yen with each postcard measuring 100 x 148 mm. These postcards will be released in September – there is an order deadline which means you can only order them until September 2. SET A SET B
  • 150. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 But wait! There’s more! If you purchase these cards on the Hobby Stock official website, you will get this set of 5 paper coasters absolutely Free! No pun intended! These coasters have rounded edges and measure 90 x 90 mm. This set includes all five of your sexy, muscular swimmers from the anime, namely Nagisa, Rin, Haruka, Rei and Makoto. And speaking of Free! and Hobby Stock, Free! figures will be coming out soon. These 1/8 scale figures are a result of a collaboration between Hobby Stock and figure maker Alter. They were previously announced during WONFES 2013 (Summer), though no figure prototype was presented. More details will come in the future. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. You can also follow some awesome anime, video game and manga merchandise here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Animate 1, 2 The post Create a huge splash this summer with these new Free! postcards and coasters appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 151. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Manga artists draw grafitti illustrations as they say goodbye to Shogakukan’s old building Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/manga-artists-draw- illustrations-as-they-say-goodbye-to-shogakukans-old-building/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=manga-artists- draw-illustrations-as-they-say-goodbye-to-shogakukans-old-building By spartanchef on August 15th, 2013 The Shogakukan building in Chiyoda, Tokyo has witnessed countless classic mangas begin and end inside its hallowed halls for years. Now, the old building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for the construction of a new building. To bid farewell to the old building (and reminisce some old memories in the process), several manga writers (or mangakas) who wrote for the publishing giant have drawn some illustrations featuring some of the characters from some of Shogakukan’s publications like Doraemon, Urusei Yatsura and Pokemon Adventures. The artists involved with drawing these fine images include Fujiko Fujio A (Doraemon), Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys/ Master Keaton), Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Honō no Tenkōsei) and a few other colleagues.
  • 152. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 The illustrations were displayed on the 1st floor main lobby of the Shogakukan building and attracted quite a number of people. Passers-by and visitors even stopped by to take a commemorative photo from the illustrations as well as the old building itself. Shogakukan was founded in 1922 and is responsible for publishing much loved manga magazines like Weekly Shonen Sunday. It’s historic nine-storey headquarters is scheduled to be demolished on September 2 to make way for a new building to be finished in 2016. The company will temporarily make its home on the nearby Hitotsubashi Center. Read more stories on your favorite mangas here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From animeanime.jp The post Manga artists draw grafitti illustrations as they say goodbye to Shogakukan’s old building appeared first on SGCafe. Patlabor live-action visual unveiled in Taiwan International Manga Expo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/patlabor-live-action- visual-unveiled-in-taiwan-international-manga-expo/?
  • 153. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patlabor-live- action-visual-unveiled-in-taiwan-international-manga-expo By spartanchef on August 15th, 2013 Remember those photographs of a Patlabor being transported to a location somewhere in Japan? Well, that huge robot really is for the upcoming 2014 live-action movie titled Next Generation: Patlabor. These two new official visual images were released earlier today during the Taiwan International Manga Expo. The images were distributed to the event goers as visual post cards. The movie’s official website has also updated their image and now features the second image above, even though no new announcements about the movie have been announced. Speaking of the second image above, remember those seaside images of the Patlabor taken by passers-by? No exact release date has been announced so far, but the movie is scheduled for 2014 and it will be produced by Tohokushinsha Film Corporation. The live-action version was announced last March during the Tokyo International Anime fair. Mamoru Oshii, who directed the animated movie back in 1989 has announced that he will be involved in the movie but as to what his role is going to be still remains unannounced to this day. Read more Anime news here on SGCafe. You can also read more on some of your favorite live-action adaptations here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Comic Natalie The post Patlabor live-action visual unveiled in Taiwan International Manga Expo appeared first on SGCafe. Family Mart X Hatsune Miku campaign to launch hand cream, refresh sheet, lip gloss & more Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/family-mart-x-hatsune-miku- campaign-to-launch-hand-cream-refresh-sheet-lip-gloss-more/?
  • 154. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-mart-x- hatsune-miku-campaign-to-launch-hand-cream-refresh-sheet-lip-gloss- more By KarbyP on August 14th, 2013 Plus a look at some other Hatsune Miku goods that Family Mart has announced since the “Mikkuriman“. First things first: Family Mart is about to launch a series of three unisex cosmetic items, targeted at beating the intense heat wave that their customers in Japan are experiencing right now: hand and nail (moisturising cream), refresh sheet, and lip gloss. Hatsune Miku Hand Cream The Hatsune Miku hand and nail cream is tinted with a mild citrus fruity scent, keeps your skin moisturised, and comes in a handy mini-size tube container, for easy portabaility. To be sold for 598 yen (including tax). Hatsune Miku Refresh Sheet In the sweltering weather you’re bound to sweat a lot. And all of that will get your body sticky if you’re out and about for a long day. So Family Mart will also be launching a Hatsune Miku refresh sheet that will allow you to remove that sticky feeling instantly, and feel refreshed even in the unbearable heat. Priced at 378 yen. Hatsune Miku Beauty Lip Gloss Finally, there’s also a Hatsune Miku Lip Gloss you can buy to alleviate dry or cracked lips while under the extreme weather. Other than treating dry lips, the Hatsune Miku Beauty Lip Gloss will also restore a little colour in your lips, to give it a more lively shade of healthy pink. Priced at 598 yen. All three items will be available in Family Mart convenience stores in Japan from late August, 2013. So if you happen to be in Japan, don’t forget to stop by a nearby Family Mart to grab these essential health supplies. Other cool Hatsune Miku things you could get your hands on at a Family Mart in Japan soon (late August): Hatsune Miku Metal Charms Six designs, themed after a marching band. Designed by illustrator 白白mute and manufactured by Good Smilke Company. 300 yen each. Hatsune Miku sticker sets 350 yen each. Designed by illustrator Putidevil (who designed Sakura Miku 2012). Hatsune Miku Para Para Douga Memo Pads Themed after the songs Ievan Polkka, Melancholic, and Piano*Girl respectively. 390 yen each.
  • 155. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 These are “flipbook animation” memo pads, so if you flip the pages really fast… Read more Vocaloid news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/vocaloid-2/ More Hatsune Miku posts here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com
  • 156. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 The post Family Mart X Hatsune Miku campaign to launch hand cream, refresh sheet, lip gloss & more appeared first on SGCafe. Dark Souls II: Forging a Hero live-action teaser trailer kickstarts the hype engine Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/dark-souls-ii-forging-a- hero-live-action-teaser-trailer-kickstarts-the-hype-engine/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dark-souls-ii- forging-a-hero-live-action-teaser-trailer-kickstarts-the-hype-engine By KarbyP on August 14th, 2013 Namco Bandai Games has unveiled a new live-action teaser trailer, entitled Forging a Hero, for Dark Souls II, sequel to 2011′s critically-acclaimed action title from developer From Software. In it, a knight is seen forging his own blade – not unlike Tony Swatton of Man At Arms’s fame, who forged his own Buster Sword (from Final Fantasy VII) and The Legend of Zelda’s Master Sword. In Dark Souls II, you will play as a brand new hero different from the one in the first game. Which, you know, makes a lot of sense since the series is all about brutal (but fair) challenges. By the end of the first Dark Souls, your player character can pretty much stand up to any challenge and kill anything. So naturally this mean it’s time for a new hero to step up to the plate. Thus far, not much has been revealed about Dark Souls II’s story, except that it will star a cursed hero who’s seeking a cure to his predicament. But I get the feeling we’re about to find out more very soon. Dark Souls II for the PlayStation 3, Windows PC and Xbox 360 comes out around March 14 2014. Dates may vary for different regions. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Dark Souls II: Forging a Hero live-action teaser trailer kickstarts the hype engine appeared first on SGCafe. Some madness from the Lawson X Asahi ‘Madoka Magica’ collaboration Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/some-madness- from-the-lawson-x-asahi-madoka-magica-collaboration/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=some-madness- from-the-lawson-x-asahi-madoka-magica-collaboration By spartanchef on August 14th, 2013 Remember that Lawson-Asahi soft drinks collaboration for some free Madoka Magica figures for every 600ml pet bottle of Asahi Jurokucha or a 470ml pet bottle of Spiral Grape purchased? Well, they have gone the way of the Revoltech Woody as people from all-over Japan have displayed their toys in some rather peculiar and funny photos when they were released yesterday, August 13. Lawson and Asahi may have originally may have originally intended to have people do something like this, a proper pyramid with Miki, Sayaka, Mami, Homura, Madoka and Kyuubey… …but instead, we got people making them do stuff like this, and poor Homura is at the receiving end of it all.
  • 157. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 I think Kyuubey just had his own wish granted How’s this for your TIRO FINALE?! Fate: That’s a cute dog! My, someones getting kidnapped. Wait, is that OPTIMUS PRIME?! No escape for you now! Did somebody call HENTAI KAMEN?!
  • 158. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 These of course have a head-swap option, and what the head-swap option does is basically… and yes, these are figma heads Oh Onee-chan! Well, this won’t certainly be the first time people had some fun with Madoka… Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Esuteru The post Some madness from the Lawson X Asahi ‘Madoka Magica’ collaboration appeared first on SGCafe. Exclusive Interview with Studio Madhouse & MAPPA’s Masao Maruyama [Otakon 2013] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/ interview-with-mappas-masao-maruyama/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=interview-with- mappas-masao-maruyama By Zenko on August 14th, 2013 After a long weekend at Otakon, MAPPA’s Masao Maruyama (Paprika, New Kid’s on the Slope) sat down with us to talk about the past and future of potential projects, rotoscope, and his thoughts on crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter. Masao Maruyama previously headed MADHOUSE and helped produced famous works like Paprika and Tokyo Godfather’s alongside Satoshi Kon. A producer who’s always willing to try new things, he’s also served as producer on a vast number of anime. Last year he debuted his new studio MAPAA with Kids on the Slope and continues to be involved with it. On Otakon’s final day, we had a chance to sit down and ask him some questions about what he thinks about some of the anime going on today.
  • 159. August 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Aku no Hana recently used rotoscope to animate a serial anime. Is that something you think could be utilized in the future at MAPPA as well? It takes a lot of time and money to make something like that. While I would like to try and do something like that the resources aren’t there. As a producer and director, although it would certainly be difficult to do so, it’s something I would like to try. If you had to pick something serious to rotoscope would it be something serious, or something more light-hearted? Although I would like to do something light hearted, Aku no Hana is succeeding the way it is right now. To do something light hearted would depend upon the director. What do you think of crowdsourcing sites like Kickstarter and Anipipo? I personally think it’s a very good attempt. I see lots of possibility with it, and would really like to see it succeed more in the future. If you were to do something like that, would you like to see fans help you back something like Pluto or complete Satoshi Kon’s Dream Machine? I really hope it will, but right now the success we’re seeing with Kickstarter and crowdsourcing attempts are not as much as would be needed to see Pluto or Dream Machine. I hope that it’s something that could grow in the future. With the site, if it was that people would be able to wait until crowdsourcing sites built enough funds for something like Pluto and Dream Machine it’s possible. If people have patience, then maybe it’s something that could happen on crowdsourcing sites. What sort of work is MAPAA currently involved in? We’re currently preparing many, but we can’t tell you any due to contracts with producers. Starting next year we will release information on them, so please keep an ear out. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! The post Exclusive Interview with Studio Madhouse & MAPPA’s Masao Maruyama [Otakon 2013] appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 160. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods [movie review] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/dragon-ball-z-battle-of-gods-movie- review/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=dragon- ball-z-battle-of-gods-movie-review By spartanchef on August 18th, 2013 Breath-taking CG visuals, fight scenes that keep you on your toes, comedy antics that will surely tickle your funny bones and an atmosphere that truly, truly takes you back to your childhood are what’s in store for you in the latest Dragon Ball movie, titled Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods. While both the manga and the anime series have both ended long ago, the Dragon Ball franchise still has a very strong and loyal fan base which just shows how legendary the series really is, and the movie remains true to the series with its uniquely Dragon Ball feel. I think a lot of you would agree that you would want to wipe the taste of Dragon Ball Evolution off of your palettes and this movie just might be the right cure. Its sense of humor, unique characterizations and in-your-face fight sequences take you back to why you love Dragon Ball in the first place – the movie is a pure and simple shounen action romp. You also don’t need to be a fan of the series to enjoy this as the colorful characters, action-packed fight scenes and the beautiful CG imagery will draw any person in whether you have watched the original series or not. If you want a deep story line with plot twists and plenty of unexpected turns, this movie ain’t for you because the story is just what you would expect from a Shounen anime: Bad guy awakens, threatens the Earth, shows how strong he is by beating up the good guy easily, Goes to Earth and stirs up trouble, good guys fight him, the end. But (and this is one huge but) what makes this movie enjoyable is the way the characters are presented. Sure, the story is simple, but those relationships between the characters that have developed through the years in Akira Toriyama’s beloved manga series definitely make this movie shine. Another thing that makes this movie a must watch is the villain, Bills the Destroyer. Now, before you laugh at the guy’s name, just know that this guy is a god and that he destroys planets often on just a whim. Heck, the reason he wanted to destroy Earth in the first place is because of PUDDING. But then again, he did this to poor Buu and Gohan: Yes, he looks like a Sphinx cat, that hairless cat from Egypt, but he definitely is powerful enough to take down Goku in Super Saiyan 3 mode… in just 2 moves. One thing about his character is that he is very lovable. I mean, his introduction scene isn’t like how other DBZ movie villains were introduced. Your first impression of him is that he is a funny character and not as intimidating as Cooler or Broly, in fact, he makes you laugh with his antics throughout the movie… and then he beats Super Saiyan 3 Goku in 2 moves. Let’s just put it this way, he’s a lovable villain that’s funny yet one that you should not mess with at the same time. The movie truly did a very good job in showing Bills’ overwhelming strength as well as his lighter side.
  • 161. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Like any respectable DBZ villain, all he wants is a guy who can match up to him. When he learns of Freiza’s defeat, he immediately seeks out the guy who defeated Freiza- Son Goku who he believes to be the Super Saiyan God. After beating Goku, he turns his attention to the other Saiyans on Earth who could be the Super Saiyan God because Goku did not meet his expectations. Upon his arrival, Vegeta recognizes him and then starts panicking and doing all sorts of goofy stuff to try and appease the god. Bills in turn starts enjoying himself with the food and entertainment until he sees Buu eating some pudding… I’ll leave what happens next to your imagination. Another notable mention from the movie would be Vegeta’s antics because Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods truly made his character shine. In fact, aside from Bills, Vegeta stole the show. His antics from trying to appease Bill so he won’t destroy the Earth to going all TSUNDERE with Bulma made the movie worth watching. In the movie, you would definitely roll out laughing with the stuff Vegeta does in the movie. But if I were to mention his crowning moment in the movie, it would be when Bulma got hurt. The guy just went berserk and stood toe to toe with the god who easily beat Goku previously… and then when Bulma thanked her beloved husband, he goes all complete tsundere, complete with the luminescent blush, awwwwwwwwwwwwww. The movie also reintroduces us to the Dragon Ball villain named Pilaf and his two lackeys Mai and Shu who will be remembered as the ones who turn Goku back into a child in Dragon Ball GT. As usual, they try to steal the Dragon Balls only to be seen by Trunks. Trunks in turn unknowingly stops them from stealing all of the Dragon Balls but falls in-love with Mai… comedy ensues. The movie is quite short, with a runtime of only 85 minutes long but Toei animation did one hell of a job by making the movie enjoyable and keeping the audience on the edge of their toes for majority of the movie. The animation was superb and the CG imagery was simply beautiful. The music is quite nostalgic and fits perfectly with all those Dragon Ball mythos. When Flow‘s ”Hero ~Song of Hope~” started playing as Goku and Bills were fighting the “last battle” sequence of the movie, I honestly had goosebumps. If you watch the movie as a fan of the franchise, it would definitely give you a a huge dose of nostalgia as the movie pays absolute homage to Akira Toriyama’s manga. As I mentioned earlier, it remains true to its roots and it will definitely wipe the bad taste of Dragon ball Evolution off of your mouth. Finally, as the end credits roll, several pages from the manga are shown while Flow‘s version of ‘Cha-la- Head-Cha-la‘ is playing on the back ground giving you that sense of wanting more. Oh what the heck, here’s Cha-la- Head-Cha-la. The movie is currently being shown in the Philippines and is exclusively distributed by SM Cinemas. It was released in Japan last March and topped the Japanese box office with US$7,317,313 worth of ticket sales in only two days. In a recent report by Toei Animation, the movie earned more than 2.9 Billion yen in the box office. It is still being speculated that it may hit American theaters in 2014. It’s BluRay and DVD sets will be released on September 13. Read more of our reviews here on SGCafe. Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! The post Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods [movie review] appeared first on SGCafe. Sega announces ‘Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin’, whose main character is historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sega-announces-ryu-ga-gotoku- ishin-whose-main-character-is-historical-figure-sakamoto-ryoma/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sega-announces- ryu-ga-gotoku-ishin-whose-main-character-is-historical-figure-sakamoto- ryoma
  • 162. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By KarbyP on August 18th, 2013 Today Sega announced Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin, the next instalment of the widely-popular (in Japan, at least) Yakuza action-adventure franchise. And it looks like this next instalment is set in the 1800s, during the Bakumatsu period in Japan, as the protagonist was unveiled to be historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma, a leader of the movement to overthrow the Tokugawa shogunate; although the actual character design and look for Sakamoto is based off of Ryu ga Gotoku series protagonist Kazuma Kiryu. As with all Ryu ga Gotoku (龍龍龍龍) protagonists, Sakamoto Ryoma’s name has the kanji for “dragon” in his name (龍龍 龍 龍). The announcement was made moments ago at 5PM Japan time on the gigantic Alta Vision HD display on the streets of Shinjuku, right outside the Shinjuku station’s east exit. The special video announcement first unveiled the results of a Ryu ga Gotoku character poll (check out Famitsu’s story for the results), before teasing the new title Ishin. Which platform(s) Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin will appear on has not been announced yet.
  • 163. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu via Otakomu The post Sega announces ‘Ryu ga Gotoku Ishin’, whose main character is historical figure Sakamoto Ryoma appeared first on SGCafe. Singapore: Pika Pika Matsuri by Pika Pika Meido Cafe at Scape Warehouse on August 18 (tomorrow) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/singapore-pika-pika-matsuri-by- pika-pika-meido-cafe-at-scape-warehouse-on-august-18-tomorrow/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=singapore-pika- pika-matsuri-by-pika-pika-meido-cafe-at-scape-warehouse-on-august-18- tomorrow By KarbyP on August 17th, 2013 Pika Pika Matsuri, organised by the folks who behind the lovely Pika Pika Meido Cafe, is happening at Scape Warehouse tomorrow, August 18, from 11AM to 7.30PM. Admission into the Scape Warehouse for the performances and to browse the merchandise booth is absolutely free. Not only that, but if you confirm your attendance by RSVPing at the Pika Pika Matsuri page, you’ll also be entitled to claim a free Naruto and One Piece poster. If you’re planning to go to CosCom on September 15, you can also get tickets to that at Pika Pika Matsuri – look for the CosCom booth. So what are you waiting for? Go RSVP right this very instance! In my opinion, any event that uses Melancholic as the BGM for their event promotion trailer (at the top of this post) is worth going down to – their choice in music is proof that the organisers have great taste. Here’s the meido line-up for Pika Pika Matsuri tomorrow:
  • 164. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5
  • 165. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Guest Performers: Stage Schedule: Menu & Rules:
  • 166. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 The post Singapore: Pika Pika Matsuri by Pika Pika Meido Cafe at Scape Warehouse on August 18 (tomorrow) appeared first on SGCafe. LOWRYS FARM brings us T- shirts and Totes for ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/lowrys-farm-brings-us- t-shirts-and-totes-for-anohana-the-flower-we-saw-that-day/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lowrys-farm- brings-us-t-shirts-and-totes-for-anohana-the-flower-we-saw-that-day By KaleNagasaki on August 17th, 2013 Anohana, the mercifully simple abbreviation for Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (which is a not that much shorter version of the original Ano hi mita hana no namae wo bokutachi wa mada shiranai) has collaborated with fashion brand LOWRYS FARM to deliver to fans anime- themed T-shirts and canvas tote bags. Coincidence? Of course not. The movie version of Anohana will be released in Japanese theaters nationwide at the end of the month, August 31. The movie will not only retell the events of the anime, but also move forward a year after the story’s end. There are three types of T-shirts, and two types of tote bags, and the prince for all is 4,095 yen.
  • 167. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 In commemoration of the upcoming movie, popular magazine BARFOUT! is also participating. The magazine will have a printout of the logo “Super Peace Busters” and will contain an elaborate design of one of the protagonists in the pocket. Additionally, on the 21st, if you buy BARFOUT! magazine, there will be a four-page special tie-in. Talk about incentive. Anohana is only eleven-episodes, so if you aren’t on this bandwagon yet, there’s plenty of time to make it up. Source: Mantan-web The post LOWRYS FARM brings us T-shirts and Totes for ‘Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day’ appeared first on SGCafe. Luna Haruna ad truck features characters from Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero & Monogatari Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/luna-haruna-ad-truck-features- characters-from-sword-art-online-fate-zero-and-monogatari/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=luna-haruna- ad-truck-features-characters-from-sword-art-online-fate-zero-and- monogatari By spartanchef on August 17th, 2013 Luna Haruna is coming out with her very first album, Oversky, and to promote the album’s release, an advertisement truck will be seen going around Tokyo featuring her as well as some very familiar anime characters – from Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and the Monogatari series. The truck’s right side features Saber (Fate), Leafa (Sword Art Online- ALO) and Tsubasa Hanekawa alongside the singer while the left side features her between the Monogatari series heroines Mayoi Hachikuji and Tsubasa Hanekawa. This is all to advertise her album’s release which is scheduled on Wednesday, August 21.
  • 168. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Luna Haruna performed the ending songs for all three anime series. She made her debut with the single Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau for Fate/Zero‘s second ED and she also sang Overfly for Sword Art Online‘s second ED as well as Ai wo utae for the Monogatari Series second season’s ED. Aside from those three popular singles, the album will also contain 9 other tracks which makes it a total of 12 songs on the album. The regular album CD will cost 3,000 yen while the Limited Edition set A costs 3,700 yen and the Limited Edition set B costs 3,500 yen. Limited Ed. set A contains the CD, a 24-page photo book and a Blu-Ray disc while set B basically has the same contents as set A but has a DVD instead of a Blu-Ray. Read more on your favorite Japanese Artistes as well as your favorite Anime here on SGCafe. Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! From Animate The post Luna Haruna ad truck features characters from Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero & Monogatari appeared first on SGCafe. Gundam Build Fighters concept art revealed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/gundam-build-fighters-concept-art- revealed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gundam- build-fighters-concept-art-revealed By spartanchef on August 17th, 2013 With the newest Gundam anime set to air this October, the staff of the upcoming Gundam Build Fighters anime revealed several rough sketches featuring some mobile suits. These sketches are actually the anime’s concept art and features several of the Gunplas that you can expect to see in the anime. This first rough sketch was made by Abe Munetaka, one of the mechanical animation directors for the anime. It features the Gundam tank which is a combination of the RX-78-2 Gundam and the Guntank. This second concept art sketch was done by one of the animation staff members, Mr. Arazawa. This sketch features the Gundam Heavy Arms which comes from Mobile Suit Gundam Wing. Gundam Build Fighters does not only incorporate mobile suits from the original timeline which is the Universal Century (UC) but also from the other timelines like Gundam X (After War/ AW), SEED (Cosmic Era/ CE) and 00 (Anno Domini/ AD).
  • 169. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 This third concept art features the Gundam GP-01 from Stardust Memory. This sketch was done by two of animation staff members, namely Mr. Kin and Mr. Arisawa who drew the Heavy Arms sketch. These images were released via the Gundam Build Fighters official twitter page. The anime is part of Sunrise and Bandai’s Mobile Suit Gundam 35th anniversary celebrations which include the finale of Gundam UC (Gundam Unicorn), the anime adaptation of Gundam the Origin and the return of Gundam creator Yoshiyuki “Kill’em All” Tomino to anime directing with G no Rekongista. Read more about Anime here on Sgcafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Gunpla Build Fighters twitter account The post Gundam Build Fighters concept art revealed appeared first on SGCafe. Pokemon: The Origin TV anime finally gives fans what they’ve always wanted, airs October Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/pokemon-the-origin- tv-anime-finally-gives-fans-what-theyve-always-wanted/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pokemon-the- origin-tv-anime-finally-gives-fans-what-theyve-always-wanted By Zenko on August 17th, 2013 Big news is coming from the Tokyo Big Site this weekend, as TV Tokyo showed off a new Pokemon series featuring the game’s original cast. A new Pokemon anime is coming this October, and it won’t be staring Ash and Pikachu this time. Called Pokemon: The Origin, it will follow a brand new protagonist in the world of Pokemon generation 1 (Red/Blue/Yellow), who picks Charmander as his starter. The anime’s debut PV shows the new protagonist doing battle with his rival, who chose a Squirtle. His battle against the Pewter City’s gym leader Brock or Takeshi was also shown off in the PV, with one of the many Geodude giving Charmander a solid hit. For fans of the original Red and Green (or Blue for those outside of Japan), it’s a must watch show. Premiering October 2, shortly before X and Y’s release, it will air on TV Tokyo starting at 7PM JST. It doesn’t mean Ash will be hanging up his hat just yet as protagonist, however, as the standard Pokemon XY anime will be starting October 12.
  • 170. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Hopefully in the coming weeks we’ll see even more on the latest project from the Pokemon team, which promises to be faithful to the games fans remember and love. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Dengeki News The post Pokemon: The Origin TV anime finally gives fans what they’ve always wanted, airs October appeared first on SGCafe. UtaPri idols move closer to reality with postcards and alarm clocks Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/utapri-idols-move- closer-to-reality-with-postcards-and-alarm-clocks/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=utapri-idols-move- closer-to-reality-with-postcards-and-alarm-clocks By Zenko on August 16th, 2013 The wide-spread craze for Uta no Prince-sama isn’t over just yet, as another new round of goods is making their way to Animate and online retailers this November. Despite the anime finishing it’s second season in June, Uta no Prince-sama is still going strong, with fans demanding even more of the singing princes. This new batch of goods is set to release to bring the 2D boys slightly closer to real life with a set of 3D postcards. Featuring each of the princes, as well as a postcard dedicated to the sempai, they will be available in individual packs for 367 yen and as a box set for 2940 yen. Produced by Media Factory, they utilize lenticular printing to achieve the 3D effect. Information on where they can be ordered should you be unable to reach an Animate store before they sell out during their November release can be found on the Media Factory Website. If having a 3D print of your favorite prince isn’t enough, another batch of alarm clocks that’s guaranteed to make you 2000% awake is being put out by Broccoli. Unlike the past where the sempai have been grouped together as Poison Kiss or could only be purchased individually at events, Camus, Reiji, Ranmaru and Ai will all be among the choices of alarm clocks. Of course, these aren’t ordinary alarm clocks. They utilize the boy’s voices, so you can also wake up every morning to the sweet voice of your favorite prince. The clocks will also be available on Animate, and can also be imported on HobbyLinkJapan for November release.
  • 171. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Preorders have already sold out on several of the clocks though, so act fast. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: MediaFactory Girl’s Club, Broccoli The post UtaPri idols move closer to reality with postcards and alarm clocks appeared first on SGCafe. Attack on Titan 2nd Ending CD to feature set of illustrations Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/attack-on- titan-2nd-ending-cd-to-feature-set-of-illustrations/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attack-on- titan-2nd-ending-cd-to-feature-set-of-illustrations By Zenko on August 16th, 2013 With Cinema Staff’s Great Escape single due out August 21, more details are being revealed about what sort of special goods fans can look forward to. When it was announced that Linked Horizon would be returning for the opening and Cinema Staff would be tackling the ending of the “titanically” popular Attack on Titan, fans braced themselves for another dose of awesome. They won’t have to wait months for a single to be released this time, though, as Cinema Staff’s ED single will be hitting stores next week. Depending on the store you go to, however, the special illustration you will receive with the release will be different. For those ordering from Animate, Captain Levi will be joining you on your ride home, while Tower Records customers will receive Eren striking an attack-ready pose. Fans of the ever-popular Mikasa will have to make their way to a TSUTAYA Records store to take her home. If you order it at any other store partnered with cinema staff, you’ll net a lovely illustration of Armin. The CD will cost 1,300 yen and is being put out by Pony Canyon. As a reminder of what your ears can look forward to, below is the teaser trailer. Keep up with all your anisong needs here on SGCafe. Feel free to join in the community discussions currently going on in the forums. Source: Kai-You The post Attack on Titan 2nd Ending CD to feature set of illustrations appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku train in Thailand promotes Sapporo tourism Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku- train-in-thailand-promotes-sapporo-tourism/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku- train-in-thailand-promotes-sapporo-tourism By spartanchef on August 16th, 2013 Hatsune Miku is currently on a mission in Thailand. A train designed with Japan’s most famous virtual idol has been seen travelling through the city of Bangkok, to promote Sapporo tourism.
  • 172. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 This special tourism promotion, which started just today, August 16, aims to promote tourism in the city of Sapporo by using the popular vocaloid, Hatsune Miku as their ambassador. This was organized by the Sapporo city government as well as the Hokkaido District Transport Bureau. The train’s design shows Miku dressed in traditional Japanese winter garb promoting the beauty of Sapporo. Inside the train, several other ads also show the beauty of the city as well as some activities like skiing as well as all those food you can eat in Sapporo! These Sapporo tourism ads mainly promote two seasons- Autumn/ Fall and Winter which can never be experienced in a tropical country like Thailand (or any country in South East Asia for that matter). This limited time tourism ad campaign will run only from today, August 16 until September 15. The Hatsune Miku train can be found transporting passengers from Suvarnabhumi International Airport to the Bangkok city center. Read more on your favorite Vocaloids here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From NHK The post Hatsune Miku train in Thailand promotes Sapporo tourism appeared first on SGCafe. Yoko Kanno’s ‘Piano Me’ concert debuts at Otakon 2013 to thunderous applause Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/yoko-kanno-piano-me- concert-debuts-at-otakon-2013-to-thunderous-applause/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=yoko-kanno-piano- me-concert-debuts-at-otakon-2013-to-thunderous-applause By Zenko on August 16th, 2013 Yoko Kanno’s ‘Piano Me’ experimental concert project this past Sunday at Otakon was highly-anticipated by fans, and one of the most difficult to get into. For those who did gain access, though, it was an absolute treat. For those hoping to catch a glimpse of famed composer Yoko Kanno, hailed as a master of all genres, the line for tickets started Friday and Saturday afternoon and were extremely limited. The special pass guaranteed a seat in the main concert hall though, while those without one lined up as early
  • 173. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 as six am outside the convention center on Sunday to get into the hall where it was being simulcast. Before Yoko Kanno took the stage, former See-Saw vocalist Chiaki Ishikawa gave fans a treat, performing several hit songs, including Bokurano’s Uninstall and a techno remix of it. After completing her set she thanked her fans and a fifteen minute intermission began as the stage was prepared for Yoko Kanno’s portion of the concert. When she was announced to be taking the stage, fans were up and cheering, ready to soak up all their favorite music from the anime they loved. Before she appeared, though, her manager took the stage to let fans know that when the piano is soft, they should listen carefully and when it is loud, they should show their enthusiasm. As for when they recognized a song… they were encouraged to sing along of course! The whole concert was meant to be an interaction between Kanno and the fans, and even her piano as it was converted into a screen shortly after the haunting chorus of Gravity from Wolf’s Rain. She needed some help to lift the lid, and had they been allowed fans showed they would have eagerly jumped onto the stage to do so. Shortly after fans were united in song again for a soulful version of Monochrome from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, complete with the beeping of a heart monitor. Other original songs also debuted at Otakon, fans remaining silent and ponderous as birds danced across her piano and planets appeared on screen. Usually upbeat and happy, they helped to balance out the sadder songs like Rakuen (Paradise) from Wolf’s Rain and Apollon Blue from Kids on the Slope. Kanno really tested her fans knowledge, though, when she started up Real Folk Blues, holding up a finger once when they stumbled during the second verse. The complete set list: Tank! Nomad Soul Katarina Innocent Green Resonance of the earth Gravity龍Baltimore special medley Fanelia Monochrome Apollon Blue Rakuen Power of the Light -encore1- Someday My Prince Will Come The Real Folk Blues Wo Qui Non Coin - encore2- Star Spangled Banner - encore3- Tank! (reprise) Each encore was brought about by the fans cheering and filling up her piano with glowing hearts, something they were easily able to do as each song that was recognized was met by a standing ovation after its performance. The piano itself was also something special, having to be shipped from California and reassembled, and then tuned every day for a week to ensure its crystalline quality. As for what Yoko Kanno had to say about the event itself, she said (original Japanese left in at her request): Japanese Version: 龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍 龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍 龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍 piano me龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍龍 English translation:
  • 174. August 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Thank you for not leaving me by myself on the stage. I was very happy we could make music together. To the people who were waiting for me, to the people who gave me this opportunity, to everyone I met through “piano me”, Thank you!- YOKO KANNO Hopefully in the future fans across the world will be able to join in the experience that is Piano Me. More information on it can be found on the projects website, and for those with a song request you can send requests there as well. Keep up with all your music news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! The post Yoko Kanno’s ‘Piano Me’ concert debuts at Otakon 2013 to thunderous applause appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 175. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Oreimo Happy enD (PS3) 4th PV streamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/oreimo-happy-end-ps3-4th-pv- streamed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oreimo- happy-end-ps3-4th-pv-streamed By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 In this 4th PV for Oreimo Happy enD for the PS3, Kuroneko and Ayase talks about what being an idol is like, as well as their concerns with having Kyousuke Kousaka as their idol manager. This game is looking more and more like an Oreimo-themed version of The Idolm@ster (which is also developed by Namco Bandai Games). In the PV, Kuroneko introduces the word “idol” by writing it as the kanji 偶偶, which in Japanese is used to refer to idol statues, not so much idol pop stars. Since idol pop stars are a foreign concept, this is usually written in Japanese in kana – 偶偶偶偶. Kuroneko just has an odd habit of spelling things out in kanji to give a sense of mystique to everything. Although in an odd bit of coincidence, the Chinese name for The Idolm@ster is actually 偶偶偶偶. So according to the people who invented Kanji, Kuroneko didn’t make any mistakes there! Oreimo Happy enD comes out on the PS3 on September 26, 2013. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Oreimo Happy enD (PS3) 4th PV streamed appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 — Sega to release accessory set alongside game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-project- mirai-2-sega-to-release-accessory-set-alongside-game/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku- project-mirai-2-sega-to-release-accessory-set-alongside-game
  • 176. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 In Japan, there is a limited edition of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 (3DS) that includes a special Nendoroid Puchi Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 Ver. alongside a copy of the game. But what if you want to bring that Nendoroid Puchi Hatsune Miku, as well as your 3DS with the game in it everywhere you go? You’d need some kind of protection for your precious Mikus. That’s where the Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 accessory set comes in! The Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 2 accessory set, which will retail for 3,360 yen when it comes out on November 28, 2013 (which is also the date of release for the game), includes: • Two hard protection covers – one sized to fit the Nintendo 3DS, while the other is meant for the 3DS XL (3DS LL, as it’s called in Japan) • Decoration sticker sets for both the 3DS and 3DS XL (2 pieces exterior, 1 piece interior) • A gamaguchi pouch • Nendoroid Puchi Odekake Pouch, which is basically a special pouch designed to fit the Nendoroid Puchi – the word “odekake” means “going out” in Japanese. In addition to the Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 accessory set, Sega will also be selling both the 3DS and 3DS XL hard covers from the set separately. Both hard covers come with a set of decoration stickers intended for your 3DS or 3DS XL, and each standalone hard cover set will retail for 1,680 yen. In other words, if you buy both the 3DS and 3DS XL hard cover sets (1,680 yen each), you are essentially getting the pouches for free, since the accessory set is priced at 2×1,680 yen or 3,360 yen. Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 and the aforementioned accessory set is slated for release in Japan November 28. Read more Vocaloid news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/vocaloid-2/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 — Sega to release accessory set alongside game appeared first on SGCafe. ZUN denies rumored Touhou anime adaptation Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/zun-denies-rumored-touhou-anime- adaptation/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=zun- denies-rumored-touhou-anime-adaptation By Zenko on August 20th, 2013 Although Touhou has received several fanmade anime adapations of Touhou throughout the years, ZUN, the creator of the series, is denying that there will be an official one. Taking to his Twitter account, ZUN debunked some rumors that have been floating around online lately, namely that a Touhou anime was in the works. According to a 2chan thread, ZUN would be officially endorsing an anime for Project Touhou, and that it would be staffed by the people behind YuruYuri. With ZUN’s usual refusal to create an anime, this was somewhat surprising, so when fans approached him about it on Twitter his response was “A Touhou anime? This is the first I”ve ever heard of it lol.” Things were so drastic, in fact, that he is opening up a ustream conference to officially deny such a thing is happening at 8 PM JST.
  • 177. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 As for the future of an official Touhou anime, ZUN just isn’t ready for one to be made, and would announce it himself if it did happen. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Check out the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: All-A, Yaraon The post ZUN denies rumored Touhou anime adaptation appeared first on SGCafe. New Gundam statue to be erected near Haneda airport Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/new-gundam- statue-to-be-erected-near-haneda-airport/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-gundam- statue-to-be-erected-near-haneda-airport By spartanchef on August 20th, 2013 Brace yourselves, another Gundam statue is coming. Yes, a new one is indeed being planned and it is going to measure 20 meters tall. Since this new Gundam will be measured 20 meters, it will be taller than the 18-meter 1:1 scale RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba. This new Gundam statue is planned to stand in a vacant area adjacent to the Haneda Airport in Tokyo as part of a new attraction called project “Cool-J”. The Haneda Airport grounds is also very near the 1:1 Gundam as it is just a 15-minute drive to Diver City Odaiba where the life-size Gundam is located. No further announcements have been made about this new statue. The news report done by ANN news (Asahi) only stated that there will be a new Gundam statue and they did not reveal the statue’s identity. The news report also did not state any date as to which this new statue will be unveiled so expect more news on this in the future. Will this be yet another RX-78-2 like the ones in Odaiba and in Hong Kong? Or will this be a completely different Gundam from a different timeline? The news said that this new statue will be 20 meters tall, so could it be a 1:1 scale Zeta Gundam or a Gundam MK-II, both of which stand at more than 19 meters tall? Or could this be the monstrous Nu Gundam which stands at a whopping 23 meters? Only time will tell. Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Asahi News The post New Gundam statue to be erected near Haneda airport appeared first on SGCafe. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu takes on newspaper delivery and baking in new commercial Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/kyary-pamyu-pamyu- takes-on-newspaper-delivery-and-baking-in-new-commercial/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=kyary-pamyu- pamyu-takes-on-newspaper-delivery-and-baking-in-new-commercial
  • 178. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 After mimicking Singapore’s Merlion, fashion-forward J- pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is off to take on new mimicry challenges. The J-pop performer has been picked to star in a series of new commercials for Japanese part-time employment portal “an” (pronounced “Ahn”), and in the first two parts of the series, Kyary is depicted as a part-time worker at a newspaper firm, as well as a baker, in two different commercials. In the first commercial, entitled ”Part-time job at the newspaper publisher” (偶偶偶偶偶偶), we see Kyary hard at work folding flyers and inserting them, one by one, into singular copies of the day’s newspapers. Kyary then takes a stack of the newspapers, and goes out to delivery it to residents on bicycle. In the second commercial, entitled “Kyary the baker suddenly goes BKB” (偶偶偶偶偶偶偶偶偶偶 偶偶偶偶BKB), a meticulous Kyary is seen carefully partitioning a gigantic piece of sourdough into many smaller pieces, making sure that each single piece is at the correct weight. The second commercial also co-stars comedian Biker Kawasaki Biker, which is apparently one of two meanings the BKB in the commercial’s title stands for. The other meaning? Baito, Kyary, Baito – “baito” being the word in Japanese for “part-time work”. Read more about Kyary Pamyu Pamyu here at SGCafe: http://sgcafe.com/tag/kyary/ Also check out more of SGCafe’s J-pop coverage: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/j-pop/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Kyary Pamyu Pamyu takes on newspaper delivery and baking in new commercial appeared first on SGCafe. 110,000 people registered to attend JSDF live-fire exercises because of Girls Und Panzer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/110000-people-registered- to-attend-jsdf-live-fire-exercises-because-of-girls-und-panzer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=110000-people- registered-to-attend-jsdf-live-fire-exercises-because-of-girls-und-panzer By spartanchef on August 20th, 2013 An expected number of more than 110,000 people are said to be going to watch the live-fire exercises to be held by the
  • 179. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Japanese Self Defence Forces this August 25, Sunday, all because of one particular anime. If you guessed Girls Und Panzer, then you are absolutely correct! The anime about high school girls fighting in tanks has certainly helped the JSDF ever since the anime made a collaboration video with them. Humikane Shimada, the artist responsible to the anime’s character designs even helped the JSDF out by drawing some recruitment posters. The live-fire exercises are called the Fuji General Firepower Exercise and has been held annually since 1961 and is Japan’s largest ground military exercise. Tanks and helicopters are to fire live ammunition in the Fuji training grounds in Shizuoka prefecture. The live-fire exercise will be expecting a sharp increase in attendance from 80,007 people to 110,006 people as more people have applied for tickets to this year’s exercises. According to the Ground Staff Office Public Relations Office, this is attributed to the popularity of tanks these days. One of the biggest factors to this rise in tank popularity (as you may have guessed) is Girls Und Panzer which has caught the hearts of many people across the world. The martial art of Sensha-do practiced in the anime has indeed sparked more interest in tanks as the SDF-Girls Und Panzer DVD topped the Oricon charts and selling more than 10,000 units. The anime also had a positive effect in the town of Oarai in Ibaraki prefecture as the town the anime was based on reported an increase in tourism since the anime aired. A Type-74 tank was previously displayed in the town by the JGSDF or the Japanese Ground Self Defence Force last July. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via MSN 1, 2 The post 110,000 people registered to attend JSDF live- fire exercises because of Girls Und Panzer appeared first on SGCafe. Blast off with Space Dandy January 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/blast- off-with-space-dandy-january-2014/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=blast-off-with- space-dandy-january-2014 By Zenko on August 19th, 2013 After last weeks announcement at Otakon, Space Dandy has begun hyping up fans with character designs and musical goodness. When Shinichiro Watanabe talked about Space Dandy at Otakon fans were excited, and now with two big announcements fans have even more to be excited about. The first is an official release of the character designs for the main cast: Dandy, Meow and QT. Dandy, the titular hero, is an alien hunter trying to find the newest aliens before anyone else so that he can collect on their bounties. He’s somewhere in his twenties, and like Watanabe said, a very easy-going character with no worries. He’s also always surrounding himself with breasts. Meow is listed as one stupid alien. No matter how much he looks like a cat, he’s actually an alien from Betelgeuse’s star system. Like Dandy, he’s a carefree character. As he’s taught
  • 180. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 himself how to use a cellphone, that’s most likely what’s in his pouch. QT is actually a cleaning robot meant to be highly efficient, but is sadly a piece of junk. Unlike Dandy and Meow, he’s a more serious character with a lot of pride. The second announcement is that the opening and ending themes will both be performed by Yasuyuki Okamura. The opening will be Viva Namida and the ending will be Healthy Merci. Both will be released on the album Viva Namida on October 2 by V4 records. To give fans a tease of what animation they can expect in Dandy the series staff will be collaborating with him to create a special animated PV for Viva Namida. The rough sketches give an idea of what the musician will look like in anime form. Space Dandy is set to release January 2014 and reunites BONES with Shinichiro Watanabe once again. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Sources: Moca News, BARKS The post Blast off with Space Dandy January 2014 appeared first on SGCafe. Patlabor movie: life-sized AV-98 Ingram spotted at Saitama film location Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/patlabor-movie-life- sized-av-98-ingram-spotted-at-saitama-film-location/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=patlabor-movie- life-sized-av-98-ingram-spotted-at-saitama-film-location By KarbyP on August 19th, 2013 The gigantic Patlabor AV-98 Ingram film prop that was spotted by passers-by in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture, is now in Saitama, according to eyewitnesses in the area who spotted the conspicuous prop near what is presumed to be the movie’s film location. Naturally, those eyewitnesses performed their civic duty by taking pictures of the incredibly rare sight, and tweeting them for the world to see:
  • 181. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 I’m not exactly a fan of the anime, but the first photo has got me pretty excited about the movie! I mean, just look at it! Look at the scale of that thing! (That’s what she said.) Patlabor, also known as Mobile Police Patlabor, is a 1980s manga and anime series set in the near future – which at the time of its released, was defined as 1998 to 2002. In Patlabor’s universe, mecha robots that are called Labors are utilised to do heavy construction work, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Police has a fleet of special Patlabor robotic police officers who deal with crimes and accidents that involve Labors. A live-action movie adaptaion of Patlabor was first announced at the Tokyo International Anime Fair earlier this year. The movie’s key visual and a full-body picture of the Ingram mecha was unveiled earlier this month at the Taiwan International Manga Expo.
  • 182. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Source: Twitter 1, 2, 3, 4 The post Patlabor movie: life-sized AV-98 Ingram spotted at Saitama film location appeared first on SGCafe. Aikatsu idols team up with AKB48′s Haruka Shimazaki for arcade game promotion Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/aikatsu-idols-team-up- with-akb48s-haruka-shimazaki-for-arcade-game-promotion/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aikatsu-idols-team- up-with-akb48s-haruka-shimazaki-for-arcade-game-promotion By Zenko on August 19th, 2013 With the second season of the show announced to be starting in October, of course the arcade game has to update itself as well, but not until 2014, and not without a special collaboration with a real life idol. Fans of arcade game Data Carddass Aikatsu will have to wait a few months after the anime premieres to enjoy new characters and songs, as its release date isn’t until next year. To help promote the second series, AKB48 member Haruka Shimazaki will come on board. She was chosen to help promote the game and appear in commercials due to her appeal to elementary school girls. Originally released by Bandai in 2012, the arcade game uses data cards to allow players to customize their idol’s looks. Similar to Gyrozetter or the Kamen Rider arcade games, the cards have a QR-based code on them to make each unique to their respective machines and games. Aikatsu, however, specifically targets younger girls to play instead of the usual male demographic that heads to the arcade and toy store fronts. The overall idea of it isn’t something new though, as it’s essentially an idol production game where you choose a girl and dress her up before playing a brief rhythm game section. The 2014 game will not only feature new songs, but also new girls from rival school Dream Academy to take on the first season’s idol group STAR ANIS. Because of the new characters and rivals, the changing sequence will also change to match the anime’s “Constellation” and be called “Constellation Dress” in the game. Keep up with your game news here at SGCafe! Check out the gaming discussions going on in the forums! Source: AnimeAnime The post Aikatsu idols team up with AKB48′s Haruka Shimazaki for arcade game promotion appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 183. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Oreimo Happy enD (PS3) 2nd PV streamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/oreimo-happyend-ps3-2nd-pv- streamed/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=oreimo- happyend-ps3-2nd-pv-streamed By KarbyP on August 19th, 2013 The final three OVA episodes of Oreimo 2 premiered online yesterday in Japan (as well as in the US via Crunchyroll). But just because the season season of the Oreimo anime has concluded doesn’t mean that there’s nothing else for fans to look forward to: Oreimo Happy enD is coming out for the PS3 in September, after all. To remind fans that the story’s not over yet, Namco Bandai Games have streamed today a new promo video for the upcoming PS3 title, which will see the Oreimo heroines make their debut as idols. Oreimo Happy enD comes out on the PS3 on September 26, 2013. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Oreimo Happy enD (PS3) 2nd PV streamed appeared first on SGCafe. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle’s DLC characters will cost 600 yen each Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/jojos-bizarre-adventure- all-star-battles-dlc-characters-will-cost-600-yen-each/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jojos-bizarre- adventure-all-star-battles-dlc-characters-will-cost-600-yen-each By KarbyP on August 19th, 2013 Gamers who purchase the first-print edition of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle will receive a DLC character, Yoshikage Kira from Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable, free with their copy of the game. But Yoshikage Kira won’t be the only DLC character; other memorable heroes and villains from the long-running manga series may also enter this all-star brawl as paid DLC characters. The first of which has been announced to be Shigekiyo Yangu, also from Part 4: Diamond is Unbreakable. He will be voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi (Persona 4‘s Kuma/Teddie, Ranma Saotome from Ranma 1/2). Shigekiyo Yangu will be available at the game’s launch, on August 29 – for the price of 600 yen (US$6.14, S$7.80), according to a leaked magazine scan.
  • 184. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 That’s likely to be the price of all future DLC characters for the game, and it is a little expensive since this is just for a single character. But if you think about it, part of the cost for that has to do with Namco Bandai Games having to cast a voice actor to play the role – the cast in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Part 4 has never been voiced in an anime show before, after all. On the bright side of things, CyberConnect2′s Kento Nakasha revealed on Twitter that DLC data for JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle will not already be included with the disc – you’re not paying 600 yen for an unlock code. Still, would you pay 600 yen for a single DLC character for the game? If so, which character would you want to see join the playable cast via DLC? Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle’s DLC characters will cost 600 yen each appeared first on SGCafe. Have fine and elegant dining with Cure Maid Cafe’s Rozen Maiden menu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/have-fine-and-elegant- dining-with-cure-maid-cafes-rozen-maiden-menu/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=have-fine-and- elegant-dining-with-cure-maid-cafes-rozen-maiden-menu By spartanchef on August 19th, 2013 For a limited time, the renowned Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara will be serving their customers with a very special menu inspired by Peach Pit‘s highly popular Rozen Maiden series. This special collaboration menu will only be available from August 23 until September 8 so if ever you’re visiting Akiba at that time, feel free to drop by the Cure Maid cage which is located on the 6th floor of GEE store. The maid cafe previously served a Fantasista Doll themed menu. Let’s take a look at the cafe’s drinks, shall we? Each drink costs 450 yen and can be ordered as a drink set. The 1st Doll, Suigintou: Blueberry Calpis soda and cola mixture with cranberries The 2nd Doll, Canaria: Kiwi source and grapefruit Calpis soda mixture topped with Vanilla ice cream
  • 185. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 The 3rd Doll, Suiseiseki: Cranberry ginger ale mixed with mint syrup ~desu~ and topped with herbs… ~desu~ The 4th Doll, Souseiseki: Yoghurt drink mixed with blue Hawaii syrup and blueberry source and topped with a cranberry The 5th Doll, Shinku: Rose soda mixed with raspberry sauce and topped with mixed berries The 6th Doll, Hina Ichigo: Yoghurt drink mixed with strawberry syrup and topped with strawberry ice cream “Did not wind” Jun Sakurada: Milk Tea mixed with caramel syrup and topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce “Wind” Jun Sakurada: Milk with chocolate syrup and cocoa powder topped with whipped cream and chocolate sauce Secret Drink: 7th Doll, Kirakishou: Hanijure with Lemon Squash (Non alcoholic syrup) and topped with whipped cream This drink can only be ordered if you present a copy of the new Rozen Maiden anime’s volume 1 DVD/ Blu-Ray Now then, let’s take a look at the food, shall we? Remember that hamburger Jun’s sister Nori made the dolls? Well, the Cure Maid Cafe most certainly replicated Hina Ichigo’s favorite meal of hamburger topped with a lower- shaped egg. This meal is served with rice and veggies on the side and costs 900 yen, 1,100 yen if you order it as a drinks set. The Rose bite: Meat pie served with ham shaped into a rose and a small bowl of salad. This costs 800 yen, and if you buy it with drinks, it will cost you 1,000 yen.
  • 186. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Shinku tea set: any cake available matched with any kind of tea. This set costs 750 yen. The cake presented in the photograph is a strawberry and blue berry cake while the tea is Earl Grey. Hina Ichigo ice cream with strawberry Daifuku. This costs 750 yen if served with drinks and 500 yen if you order it ala carte. If you purchase the items on this special Rozen Maiden menu, you will get these Rozen Maiden postcards. Only one per customer though. The Cure Maid cafe is also offering up some Rozen Maiden goodies like the Rozen Maiden tumbler which is sold for 1,050 yen and the Rozen Maiden Shinku polo shirt which costs 12,600 yen. Both items are also available on Gee! store. Read more on anime-themed food here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Cure Maid Cafe The post Have fine and elegant dining with Cure Maid Cafe’s Rozen Maiden menu appeared first on SGCafe. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle intro video (bonus from Ultra Jump magazine) leaked Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/jojos-bizarre-adventure-all- star-battle-intro-video-bonus-from-ultra-jump-magazine-leaked/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jojos-bizarre- adventure-all-star-battle-intro-video-bonus-from-ultra-jump-magazine- leaked
  • 187. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 By KarbyP on August 19th, 2013 Here’s a quick look at the opening intro to Namco Bandai Games and CyberConnect2′s PS3 fighting game JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All-Star Battle. The footage was included in a bonus disc that came with this month’s Ultra Jump magazine. Also hit the jump to see all of the game’s six PVs. According to CyberConnect2′s CEO and President Hiroshi Matsuyama, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle was first conceptualized seven years ago; he was inspired to make a JoJo game after he played JoJo’s Biarre Adventure: Phantom Blood on the PS2, as he felt that his company could put together a better game. At that point it was still just a dream, however; it would be several years before Namco Bandai Games began to look for a developer to make a brand new game based on Hirohiko Araki’s hugely-successful manga series. In just 10 more days, Matsuyama’s dream is about to come to full fruition, as JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle is released to stores in Japan. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle comes out in Japan and Asia August 29, 2013. Here’s a quick look at all of the game’s PVs, from newest to oldest: Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle intro video (bonus from Ultra Jump magazine) leaked appeared first on SGCafe. Voice actress Iori Nomizu meets her fans over at the Taiwan Comic Exhibition Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/voice-actress-iori- nomizu-meets-her-fans-over-at-the-taiwan-comic-exhibition/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=voice-actress-iori- nomizu-meets-her-fans-over-at-the-taiwan-comic-exhibition By spartanchef on August 19th, 2013 The 2013 Taiwan Comic Exhibition held at the Taipei World Trade Center certainly made a lot of waves the last time when new visual images from the much awaited Patlabor live-action movie was released during the event. Another one of the event’s highlights was the appearance of popular voice actress (or seiyuu), Iori Nomizu. The voice actress who is currently voicing Blood Lad‘s Fuyumi Yanagi has also provided the voices for Heaven’s lost property‘s Nymph and Date-A-Live‘s Yoshino as well as Kore wa Zombie Desuka?‘s Haruna. The voice actress greeted her adoring Taiwanese fans who welcomed her with much enthusiasm. The voice actress was even kind enough to pose with some cosplayers who dressed up as some of her characters namely Yoshino, Nymph, Fuyumi and Shiina Mafuyu from Seitokai no Ichizon.
  • 188. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 The voice actress also captivated the audience with her singing when the fans requested her. The voice actress has been responsible for singing some of the opening songs for the anime she has appeared in like Kore Wa Zombie Desu Ka? and Uppotte!!. The event which featured 22 artists from Japan garnered thousands of visitors. Some of the exhibits featured during the event included a One Piece exhibit which showcased 25 replicas of the illustrations originally done by Eichiro Oda himself. The event also featured some cosplay as well as manga and anime merchandise which were up for sale during the event. Read more on your favorite seiyuus here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From CNA Japan and the Taiwanese Ministry of Culture The post Voice actress Iori Nomizu meets her fans over at the Taiwan Comic Exhibition appeared first on SGCafe. Fans celebrate the birthday of Sanya from Strike Witches in style Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fans-celebrate- the-birthday-of-sanya-from-strike-witches-in-style/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fans-celebrate-the- birthday-of-sanya-from-strike-witches-in-style By spartanchef on August 19th, 2013 Yesterday, August 18 marked the birthday of the Orussian member of the 501st Joint Fighter Wing, Sanya V. Litvak. The Orussian witch armed with a gigantic Fliegerhammer rocket launcher was born in August 18, 1930. To celebrate her birthday, several of her fans treated their favorite Waifu to some cakes, specially designed in her honor. They dined with some of her figures, body pillows and even an Itasha (cars with an anime design) present.
  • 189. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Sanya’s familiar is a black cat. Throughout the anime, she has shown a lot of fascination with cats, so here’s her special birthday cake featuring her familiar.
  • 190. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 Coincidentally, Sanya shares her birthday with the main character, Yoshika Miyafuji. According to the Strike Witches Official Fanbook, the promising rookie from Fuso was born on August 18, 1929. Incidentally, a friend of mine also celebrated their birthday with his Yoshika and Sanya figmas… Hi Justin! From us here at SGCafe, we would also like to wish Sanya and Yoshika a happy happy birthday! Read more about Anime here on Sgcafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From 0takomu The post Fans celebrate the birthday of Sanya from Strike Witches in style appeared first on SGCafe. Puella Magi Madoka Magica full-orchestral concert plays in October Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/puella-magi-madoka- magica-full-orchestral-concert-plays-in-october/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=puella-magi- madoka-magica-full-orchestral-concert-plays-in-october By Zenko on August 19th, 2013 The music in hit TV anime series Puella Magi Madoka Magica is getting the full orchestral treatment; a series of Madoka Magica concerts are scheduled to play in Japan this October. The concert series that will start October 16 is being performed to promote October 26′s Madoka Magica The Rebellion film and will feature some of the pieces from the film. It will be directed by Kenichi Shimura and is being performed by the Tokyo Chamber Orchestra. For fans looking to catch the first performances it’s being shown off at the Shibuya Public Hall before it heads to a yet unannounced venue in Osaka. Previously tested in April at the Hachioji City Art and Cultural Hall at the free Dream of Walpurgis Night concert, it met with a fair deal of success. Due to the popularity and success of the concert, there will be a slight discount to what Shimura’s concerts usually go for. The S area tickets will go for 6000 yen, A for 5000 yen and the low class B seating will go for 4000 yen. It will feature songs like magia, Connect, Credens Justitiam (Mami’s Theme), and of course, the film’s opening theme Luminous.
  • 191. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Doors will open at six, and the concert itself will start at seven. For those who will be in Tokyo in October and are interested in going, tickets can be reserved at the official Aim Village website here. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Sources: AnimeAnime, Aim Village The post Puella Magi Madoka Magica full-orchestral concert plays in October appeared first on SGCafe. Studio Ghibli’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari film release dated in Japan: November 23 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/studio-ghiblis-kaguya-hime- no-monogatari-film-release-dated-in-japan-november-23/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=studio-ghiblis- kaguya-hime-no-monogatari-film-release-dated-in-japan-november-23 By KarbyP on August 18th, 2013 Studio Ghibli and director Isao Takahata’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Story of Princess Kaguya) anime film finally has a firm release date in Japan; it will hit theatres there November 23 this year. Original scheduled to be released in summer alongside Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu (The Wind is Rising), the film’s distributors Toho announced that the movie was being delayed to fall or autumn 2013. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari is said to be about “a princess’s sin and punishment”, and is loosely based around the Japanese folktale Taketori Monogatari (The Tale of the Banboo Cutter), which in turn was about a princess named Kaguya who was found, when she was a baby, inside a glowing bamboo plant’s stalk. The movie is director Takahata’s first new film since My Neighbors the Yamadas a whopping 14 years ago. Production work on the movie alone was said to have taken Takahata approximately eight years (he began making the film in 2005). Although it’s based on a famous folklore in Japan, Kaguya- hime no Monogatari will explore the titular character’s thoughts and emotions, and provide answers to questions such as why Kaguya-hime picked, of all the planets possible, to come to Earth; what did she thought of the land here; why did she have to leave for the moon; what sin did she commit, and what her punishment for it is. The movie is director Takahata’s first new film since My Neighbors the Yamadas a whopping 14 years ago. Production work on the movie alone was said to have taken Takahata approximately eight years (he began making the film in 2005). Although it’s based on a famous folklore in Japan, Kaguya- hime no Monogatari will explore the titular character’s thoughts and emotions, and provide answers to questions such as why Kaguya-hime picked, of all the planets possible, to come to Earth; what did she thought of the land here; why did she have to leave for the moon; what sin did she commit, and what her punishment for it is. Kaguya-hime no Monogatari opens in theatres in Japan November 23. Details regarding the movie’s overseas distribution have not yet been announced. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: CinemaToday.JP The post Studio Ghibli’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari film release dated in Japan: November 23 appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku V3 English demo song #2: ‘Let the Music Speak’ by Dan Corches Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-v3- english-demo-song-2-let-the-music-speak-by-dan-corches/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-miku-v3- english-demo-song-2-let-the-music-speak-by-dan-corches
  • 192. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 By KarbyP on August 18th, 2013 With just 13 more days to the release of the Hatsune Miku V3 English Vocaloid software, Crypton Future Media has released a new promotional video of the software in action, this time featuring a demo song from Munich-based music producer Dan Corches (also known as Fid Rizz). The new demo song is entitled Let The Music Speak. Take a listen below: For comparison’s sake, here’s the first song demo that Crypton Future Media put out: Coming Together from Sapporo-based artiste BSC (also known as “kuni”) Personally I feel that Dan Corches’s Let The Music Speak just sounds a little more natural, a little less like Engrish, than BSC’s Coming Together. What do you think? With that said, in either case, I thought the results turned out to be quite well – a lot better than the English version of Tell Your World (I vastly prefer the Japanese version): The Hatsune Miku V3 English Vocaloid software comes out on August 31, 2013. Now that the software officially supports English language entry, I’m certainly looking forward to seeing what Vocaloid producers outside of Japan (well, the ones within Japan, too) can do with Hatsune Miku V3 English. Read more Vocaloid news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/vocaloid-2/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Crunchyroll News The post Hatsune Miku V3 English demo song 偶2: ‘Let the Music Speak’ by Dan Corches appeared first on SGCafe. One Piece, Dragon Ball, Toriko characters team up for Shonen Jump 45th anniversary T-shirt Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/one-piece-dragon-ball-toriko- characters-team-up-for-shonen-jump-45th-anniversary-t-shirt/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-piece-dragon- ball-toriko-characters-team-up-for-shonen-jump-45th-anniversary-t-shirt By KarbyP on August 18th, 2013 To commemorate the 45th anniversary of Weekly Shonen Jump, Shueisha is releasing a series of T-shirts with collaborative prints featuring characters from One Piece (Eiichiro Oda), Dragon Ball (Akira Toriyama), and Toriko (Mitsutoshi Shimabukuro) – all assembled together in one illustration. Two designs are available. One has the characters from the aforementioned manga and anime series on-board the Going Merry ship from One Piece, while the other sees the well-loved characters cruising around on a Capsule Corporation car from the Dragon Ball franchise. Going Merry design (front) Going Merry design (back)
  • 193. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 Capsule Corporation design (front) Capsule Corporation design (back) Each design is also available in grey or black (pictured below). Priced at 5,040 yen, available at Village Vanguard stores all over Japan. Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Comic Natalie
  • 194. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 The post One Piece, Dragon Ball, Toriko characters team up for Shonen Jump 45th anniversary T-shirt appeared first on SGCafe. Pokemon Game Show event staff cosplays as the games’ major characters Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/pokemon-game-show- event-staff-cosplays-as-the-games-major-characters/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pokemon-game- show-event-staff-cosplays-as-the-games-major-characters By spartanchef on August 18th, 2013 The Pokemon Game Show in Japan over the weekend gave poke’fans plenty to look forward to with demoes of the upcoming Pokemon X & Y games for the Nintendo 3DS as well as a first look at upcoming animes Pokemon XY and Pokemon: The Origin. Another of the event’s highlights was that some of the characters from the games being cosplayed by members of the event’s staff. Heroes like May and Brendan from Ruby/ Sapphire/ Emerald, Ethan and Kris from Gold/Silver/ Crystal, Dawn and Lucas from Diamond/Pearl/Platinum, Hilbert and Hilda from Black & White, and Calem and Serena from the upcoming X & Y games were all cosplayed during the event. Poor Red was left Forever Alone since he had no female counter-part. Don’t worry man, you would still be one of the most bad-ass trainers in my book. Fans lined up for commemorative pictures with their favorite trainers as they enjoyed the event’s festivities.
  • 195. August 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 Pokemon League champions were also represented. Remember this sexy yet bad-ass trainer? That’s right, she’s Cynthia from Diamond & Pearl and fans just could not get enough of her during the event as both men and women lined up to take pictures with her. Speaking of Pokemon Champions, kids and adults who are kids-at-heart were also able to battle their favorite champions during the event. Attendees got to fight Blue, Lance, Steven, Wallace, Cynthia, Alder and Iris via game boy advance, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS or even the Pokemon Trading Card Game. The Pokemon Game Show was held yesterday at the Tokyo Big Sight which previously hosted another epic event- Comiket 84. Read more Pokemon stories here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Inside Games Japan The post Pokemon Game Show event staff cosplays as the games’ major characters appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 196. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Get married gamer style with these Zelda inspired rings Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/get-married- gamer-style-with-these-zelda-inspired-rings/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=get-married- gamer-style-with-these-zelda-inspired-rings By Zenko on August 21st, 2013 Gaming couples no longer have to worry about going out and finding that special ring to use at a wedding, as custom ring maker TAKAYAS has the perfect solution. Whether you’re looking to propose or celebrate the big day, this Zelda inspired set of engagement and wedding rings has gamer couples covered. First, the ring that you will pop the question with: the engagement rings. Made out of white and yellow gold, it features the Master Sword under the band and holding up a diamond. The diamond is flanked on both sides by the triforce in a Hylian crest. For the big day you’ll need a bigger ring, and one loaded up with even more Zelda splendor. One version features the Hylian shield with the master sword sheathed behind it. The Hylian crest and Triforce are the main focus of the ring. The more subtle version is an embedded Hylian crest in gold. TAKAYAS is a company that specializes in customized jewelry and is willing to accommodate orders of all kinds. As for prices of the Zelda rings, they’ve been emailing those that express an interest on the blog post here. Keep up with your gaming news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions goin on in the forums. Souce: Inside-Games The post Get married gamer style with these Zelda inspired rings appeared first on SGCafe. Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Singapore returns to NEX September 21 to 29; details on LE kits Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/gunpla-expo-world- tour-2013-singapore-returns-to-nex-september-21-to-29/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gunpla-expo- world-tour-2013-singapore-returns-to-nex-september-21-to-29 By KarbyP on August 21st, 2013 Date and venue details for this year’s Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Singapore have finally been announced. Like last year, this year’s expo will once again be held in Serangoon at the NEX shopping mall, atrium level 1.
  • 197. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 This time the Gunpla Expo will be held there from September 21 to 29. A launch ceremony will take place on September 21. At Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Singapore, collectors will be able to purchase the following five limited edition Gunpla model kits: • HGUC – PINK BEAR GUY • HGUC 1144 UNICORN GUNDAM -DESTROY MODE GREEN FRAME Ver. • LEGEND BB KNIGHT GUNDAM METALIC Ver. • RG 1144 FREEDOM GUNDAM EXTRA FINISH Ver • RG 1144 ZAK II REALTYPE COROL Ver Details on the fringe activities that attendees can partake in will be announced at a later date. But if Gunpla Expo World Tour 2012 Singapore last year is any indication, this year’s event is bound to be a blast, too. Hopefully we can get those Bandai gals to give us a tour again… sorry, just thinking out aloud! For now, just make a date on your calendar, and make sure to “go NEX” sometime between September 21 to 29 to catch all the action happening at Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Singapore.
  • 198. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Read more plamodel stories here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/hobbyist-cafe/plamodel/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Gunpla Expo World Tour 2013 Singapore returns to NEX September 21 to 29; details on LE kits appeared first on SGCafe. Price drop: PlayStation Vita is now S$299 in Singapore Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/price-drop- playstation-vita-is-now-s299-in-singapore/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=price-drop- playstation-vita-is-now-s299-in-singapore By KarbyP on August 21st, 2013 Both the Wi-Fi only and 3G/Wi-Fi models of the PlayStation Vita, originally priced at S$399 and S$469 respectively, will receive a price drop and be sold here in Singapore at the new recommended retail price of S$299 starting this Friday, August 23. Recommended retail prices for 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB PS Vita memory cards will also be lowered. Across the board, the prices have been slashed by about 25%. Full details of the new prices for the PS Vita and memory cards as follows: The PS Vita’s price drop in Singapore comes just hours after Sony announced a similar price drop for the PS Vita in the US and European markets at its Gamescom 2013 presentation. In those regions, the PS Vita is priced at US$199 and 199 Euros respectively. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Price drop: PlayStation Vita is now S$299 in Singapore appeared first on SGCafe. Anime One’s Attack on Titan character poll: How did your favorite character fare? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/anime-ones-attack-on- titan-character-poll-how-did-your-favorite-character-fare/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anime-ones-attack- on-titan-character-poll-how-did-your-favorite-character-fare By spartanchef on August 21st, 2013 Attack on Titan is without a doubt one of the most successful manga and anime series this year and fans just can’t seem to get enough. Japanese anime website Anime One has recently conducted an online poll asking people who their favorite Attack on Titan character is. The poll was open to everyone, meaning people outside of Japan can also submit their votes as to who their favorite character is. With a whopping total of 62,375 votes, here are the results: 43- Kitts Verman – 73 votes 42- Gustav- 85 votes 41- Anka Rheinberger- 88 votes 40- Samuel- 139 votes 39- Luke Siss- 164 votes 38- Thomas Wagner- 190 votes
  • 199. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 37- Keith Shardis- 192 votes 36- Dazz- 256 votes 35- Grisha Yeager- 312 votes 34- Dita Ness- 385 votes 33- Female Titan- 391 votes 32- Armored Titan- 403 votes 31- Colossal Titan- 404 votes 30- The Horses (as a whole)- 442 votes 29- Military Police (as a whole)- 449 votes 28- Gunter Schulz- 465 votes 27- Dot Pixis- 503 votes 26- Dok Nile- 545 votes 25- Mina Carolina- 556 votes 24- Hannes- 598 votes 23- Erd Gin- 612 votes 22- Ian Dietrich- 660 votes 21- Riko Brzenska- 835 votes 20- Mike Zacharias- 930 votes 19- Eren Titan Form- 1,004 votes 18- Nanaba- 1,168 votes 17- Connie Springer- 1,297 votes 16- Ymir- 1,424 votes 15- Oluu Bossard- 1,448 votes 14- Marco Bott- 1,484 votes 13- Petra Ral- 1,531 votes 12- Annie Leonhart- 1,584 votes 11- Krista Lenz- 1,658 votes 10- Reiner Braun- 2,035 votes 9- Zoe Hanji- 2,203 votes 8- Sasha Braus- 2,409 votes 7- Mikasa Ackerman- 3,026 votes 6- Bertolt Hoover- 3,166 votes 5- Erwin Smith- 3,725 votes
  • 200. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 4- Armin Arlert- 3831 votes 3- Eren Yeager- 5,577 votes 2- Jean Kirschstein- 6,814 votes 1- LEVI- 7,308 votes Well there you have it, Anime One’s Attack on Titan character poll. #1 wasn’t really that surprising since the internet was littered with his MEMES recently. They were absolutely FABULOUS, don’t you agree?’ You can also read more about anime as well as other rankings here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Anime One The post Anime One’s Attack on Titan character poll: How did your favorite character fare? appeared first on SGCafe. PlayStation 4 to launch in the US November 15, Europe November 29; 32 countries this holiday season Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/playstation-4-to-launch-in-the-us- november-15-europe-november-29-32-countries-this-holiday-season/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=playstation-4-to- launch-in-the-us-november-15-europe-november-29-32-countries-this- holiday-season By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment Inc president and group CEO Andrew House announced today at Sony’s Gamescom press conference that the PlayStation 4 will launch on November 15, 2013 in the United States of America, and November 29 in Europe. He also said that worldwide, the PS4 will launch in 32 countries “this holiday season”. Will Singapore be one of those 32 countries? Guess we’ll have to wait a little longer to find out.
  • 201. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post PlayStation 4 to launch in the US November 15, Europe November 29; 32 countries this holiday season appeared first on SGCafe. Persona 4 the Slot has a 43- song tracklist and all these amazing features [6-minute PV] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/persona-4-the-slot-has-a-43- song-tracklist-and-all-these-amazing-features-6-minute-pv/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=persona-4-the-slot- has-a-43-song-tracklist-and-all-these-amazing-features-6-minute-pv By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 Still scratching your head about the existence of that Persona 4 the Slot pachinko slot machine from Newgin that we told you about earlier this month? That’s you and me both! Back when we reported on it, the Japanese source for the story did reveal a bunch of specifications and, er, gameplay details (if you could call it that; this is pachinko slot we’re talking about so I’m not sure if “gameplay details” is the right term). But since I knew absolutely nothing about pachinko and pachinko slot machines, there was no way for me to make heads or tails out of all that info. Thankfully, Newgin has now unveiled a six-minute-long promo video for Persona 4 the Slot, which they say is the first entry in their PachiStar series of boutique pachinko slot machines (for the stylish pachinko slot player in you). The video, which is taken from the machine’s official website (you won’t see it there now – like the Midnight Channel in Persona 4, the site’s contents change daily), shows off quite a few interesting features of the pachinko slot game. For instance, a total of 43 tracks from the franchise will be included! That sounds like a lot of tunes for a pachinko slot game! You can also choose your preferred announcer voice, from one of the nine protagonists in Persona 4. There are role-play scenarios too! At one point you have to… play pachinko slot to save Nanako from her evil kidnapper (who’s not really evil)! Can you line up the 7′s in the nick of time?
  • 202. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Save me, big brother! Dial 777! Persona 4 the Slot makes its stylish debut in Japan’s pachinko parlours October 7, 2013. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Persona 4 the Slot homepage The post Persona 4 the Slot has a 43-song tracklist and all these amazing features [6-minute PV] appeared first on SGCafe. Living Adv Steins;Gate – how did talks on the live-action stage production begin? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/living-adv-steinsgate- how-did-talks-on-the-live-action-stage-production-begin/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=living-adv- steinsgate-how-did-talks-on-the-live-action-stage-production-begin By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 Earlier today Media Plus held a production presentation for its October live-action theatre production of Living Adv Steins;Gate. All nine of the cast members of the stage production were up on stage, as well as the production’s scriptwriter and director, Daisuke Nishida, and Steins;Gate’s creator, Chiyomaru Shikura. During the production presentation, both the play director Daisuke Nishida, and Steins;Gate creator Chiyomaru Shikura shared a few interesting tidbits about how the Steins;Gate live-action stage production came to be. “It all started when I was out drinking with a producer from a different games company. At the time I asked him, ‘which video game, from a company other than the one you work at, is the most interesting title right now?’ And his answer to that was Steins;Gate,” stage director Nishida said. “You’re referring to Kobayashi-san, right?” creator Chiyomaru Shikura chimed in, refering to Hiroyuki Kobayashi, the producer behind Capcom’s Sengoku Basara series which, not-so-coincidentally, was also adapted into a live-action stage production. By Nishida. Chiyomaru Shikura also talked a little about the genesis Steins;Gate’s story. “There was a time when I wished I could have sent an e-mail/ text message back into the past. Since it’s incredibly difficult to create an actual time machine, I sort of fantasized with the idea that what if we could just send e-mails or text messages back into the past?” Shikura said. From that point on, Shikura said that he started fleshing out the scenario and the characters, and eventually got to starting the production phase for Steins;Gate. Shikura was also asked what he thought about Steins;Gate getting adapted into a stage play. “When I was making the game version, this was something I never could have seen coming,” he said.
  • 203. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Living Adv Steins;Gate will be playing at Odaiba’s Zepp Diver City from October 12 to 20 (a total of 13 shows). Production on an English version of the Steins;Gate PC visual novel is underway. Jast USA will release the English version sometime later this year. In the US, the Steins;Gate TV anime series can also be watched online legally at Crunchyroll. Here’s a look at the stage actors who will play the cast of Steins;Gate in the October stage production: Source: Dengeki and Crunchyroll News The post Living Adv Steins;Gate – how did talks on the live- action stage production begin? appeared first on SGCafe. Watamote: Commercial actress who plays Tomoko Kuroki in TV spot turns out to be quite popular Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/watamote-commercial-actress- who-plays-tomoko-kuroki-in-tv-spot-turns-out-to-be-quite-popular/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=watamote- commercial-actress-who-plays-tomoko-kuroki-in-tv-spot-turns-out-to- be-quite-popular By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 Meet 17-year-old Arisa Kanzawa. She’s the face of Tomoko Kuroki in a new live-actionWatamote: No Matter How I Look at It, It’s You Guys’ Fault I’m Not Popular! TV spot that the manga series’s publisher, GanGan Online, is putting together. Here’s a picture from Kanzawa’s twitter feed:
  • 204. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Online comments from 2ch forum goers after they’ve seen these photos range from various forms of expressing “kawaiiii”, to “I’d love to go to the natsu matsuri (summer festival) with her”. What do you think? She’s a pretty cute girl, huh? Well, she’s an artiste, after all. I bet she’s extremely popular with the boys at school. Which, of course, means that you can’t really say that the casting for this TV spot is 100% true to the source material since Tomoko Kuroki in Watamote is supposed to be a socially-inept girl who’s not at all popular with anyone. But can you blame the producers, really? Everything looks better on TV, after all. Besides, the commercial’s producers did try their best to get someone who would be able to portray the part of Tomoko Kuroki well: according to Arisa Kanzawa’s profile description of herself on Twitter, she’s an Otaku-type gal. In the saccharine-sweet, botox-ified realm of television, Arisa Kanzawa might just be the closest we’ll ever get to a real-life counterpart of Watamote’s Tomoko Kuroki. Read more Cosplay stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/cosplay Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Arisa Kanzawa The post Watamote: Commercial actress who plays Tomoko Kuroki in TV spot turns out to be quite popular appeared first on SGCafe. One Piece, Sailor Moon, Gundam and more featured at Gashapon Festa 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/one-piece-sailor-moon- gundam-and-more-featured-at-gashapon-festa-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-piece-sailor- moon-gundam-and-more-featured-at-gashapon-festa-2013
  • 205. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 By spartanchef on August 20th, 2013 Gashapon. Those small and cute toys encased in an egg- like packaging that at first may seem completely random and insignificant to a lot of people. However, to some, they are cheap and affordable toys and merchandise that have managed to capture the imagination of children and collectors for decades now. And they are still going strong. Gashapon are the unsung heroes of hobby toys. This past Saturday, August 17, marked the opening of the annual Gashapon Festa. The event showcased gashapons from all sorts of anime, manga and video game franchises like One Piece, Monster Hunter and Gundam.
  • 206. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 The J-Stars collection celebrating 45 years of Weekly Shounen Jump! Of course, Gashapon ain’t just all about the toys and figures… The event also featured a bit of history as some of the old gashapons from series like Captain Harlock, Saint Seiya, Ultraman, Mazinger Z and Kamen Rider were all featured in various exhibits. They even featured some of the really really old unpainted ones from waaaay back when.
  • 207. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12
  • 208. August 21st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 The Gashapon Festa 2013 is still ongoing and it will only last until August 25 at Ikebukuro Sunshine City, World Import Mart Building, Exhibition Hall A. The exhibition is open from 10:00 a.m until 6:00 p.m. and entrance to the event is absolutely free. Read more about other anime merchandise here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Cybergundam and Gashapon World The post One Piece, Sailor Moon, Gundam and more featured at Gashapon Festa 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. Fields Corporation looking into doing a 2nd season of ‘Majestic Prince’ TV anime Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fields-corporation-looking- into-doing-a-2nd-season-of-majestic-prince-tv-anime/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fields-corporation- looking-into-doing-a-2nd-season-of-majestic-prince-tv-anime By KarbyP on August 20th, 2013 Fields Corporation, who holds the intellectual property rights to TV anime Ginga Kikoutai: Majestic Prince, is thinking about doing a second season of the hit mecha show, according to the its investor relations report. Production has not started on this second season yet – at this point Fields Corporation is simply looking into whether it’s feasible to do so. Apart from a 2nd season of the anime series, Fields Corporation also intends to look into monetising the IP rights through DVD sales, “native” apps (not sure what this is referring to… probably something to do with smartphones), character goods, and – in the future – perhaps pachinko or pachinko slot machines. The report also mentioned that Fields Corporation will also be looking into expanding the Ultraman IP’s appeal in foreign markets. Looks like Majestic Prince is here to stay! Its product roadmap has more or less been fully mapped out! As long as fans would pay for these things, I don’t think there’d be any problems getting a second season of Majestic Prince green- lit! Here’s hoping that the 2.2m tall Red 5 figure from Majestic Prince that failed to sell at Comiket 84, doesn’t throw a wrench into Fields Corporation’s plans! Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Fields Corporation’s IR report via Otakomu The post Fields Corporation looking into doing a 2nd season of ‘Majestic Prince’ TV anime appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 209. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Gamers Akihabara and Animate to hold Hyperdimension Neptunia museum Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/gamers-akihabara- animate-hold-hyperdimension-neptunia-museum/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=gamers-akihabara- animate-hold-hyperdimension-neptunia-museum By spartanchef on August 23rd, 2013 Hyperdimension Neptunia is most certainly experiencing a huge wave of success with their red hot anime doing so well this summer season. Now, a museum dedicated to the video game and anime series is scheduled to simultaneously grace the main office of Gamers in Akihabara as well as Animate. The museum will be located at the 7th floor of Gamers Akiba and the 6th floor of the new Animate annex building. The Gamers exhibition will feature a dubbing exhibition, a panel featuring some scenes from the anime, and some original illustrations. The Animate edition meanwhile will also feature a dubbing exhibition as well as some cosplay featuring your favorite Hyperdimension Neptunia characters. Both venues will also be selling some limited edition and event-only Neptunia merchandise like CDs, DVDs and books. The Hyperdimension Neptunia museum will be simultaneously on both venues from September 21 until October 6. Read more on Hyperdimension Neptunia here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Dengeki Online The post Gamers Akihabara and Animate to hold Hyperdimension Neptunia museum appeared first on SGCafe. Girls Und Panzer helps to call for people to vote for the Ibaraki Gubernatorial elections Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/girls-und-panzer- helps-call-people-vote-ibaraki-gubernatorial-elections/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=girls-und-panzer- helps-call-people-vote-ibaraki-gubernatorial-elections
  • 210. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By spartanchef on August 23rd, 2013 Girls Und Panzer is certainly one of the most active series out there when it comes to helping out the government. Not only are they helping out the JSDF with the increase of attendance for their live-fire exercises, the girls from Oarai Girls’ Academy are also helping out the government of Ibaraki prefecture with their upcoming gubernatorial elections. Girls Und Panzer posters will be posted in various city halls within the prefecture and some Girls Und Panzer goodies will also be distributed to voters. This is all to help increase the voter turn out for the upcoming elections for the prefecture this September 8. Girls Und Panzer is set in the town of Oarai in Ibaraki prefecture. The anime has helped the tourism for the town (and the prefecture) grow. The anime even conducted an event in the town which included a tank exhibit by the JGSDF. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com via Garupan official website The post Girls Und Panzer helps to call for people to vote for the Ibaraki Gubernatorial elections appeared first on SGCafe. Evangelion 3.0 (The New Movie: Q) figure-heavy Ichiban Kuji lottery starts in mid-September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/evangelion-3-0-new-movie- q-figure-heavy-ichiban-kuji-lottery-starts-mid-september/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=evangelion-3-0- new-movie-q-figure-heavy-ichiban-kuji-lottery-starts-mid-september By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2013 If you happen to be visiting Japan sometime in September or October, you might want to head on down to a Lawson, Family Mart or Circle K Sunkus convenience store near you – or any participating hobby figure shop – to try your luck with the Evangelion 3.0 (The New Movie: Q) Ichiban Kuji lottery, which will begin to be offered in those stores sometime in mid-September. Definitely do so, if you’re a figure fan; the odds to winning an Evangelion figure or mini-figurine (for the I and H consolation prizes) are pretty good this time around. In fact, the only time you’d walk away with a non-figure prize is if you somehow draw an F-award lot, which nets you a pathetic character-themed notebook (one of three designs; I’m guessing “F” is for “fail” here), or the slightly better G- award lot, in which case you win a pretty stylish metallic mug. And remember: this is Ichiban Kuji lottery. Meaning, it’s not a real lottery – you’ll always walk away with something when you pony up 700 yen for a go. If your luck is exceedingly well that day, you might just walk away with a stunning Kaworu Nagisa or Mari Illustrious Makinami figure. Here’s the full prize breakdown: A Award Prize: Shinji Ikari figure
  • 211. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 B Award Prize: Kaworu Nagisa figure C Award Prize: Ayanami Rei (tentative name) figure D Award Prize: Mari Illustrious Makinami figure E Award Prize: Asuka Shikinami Langley figure
  • 212. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 F Award Prize: Character-themed notebooks (3 designs available) G Award Prize: Metallic Mug (2 designs available) H Award Prize: Impact Collection (5 designs available) I Award Prize: Situation Vignette (5 designs available) Last One prize: Kaworu Nagisa figure Last One ver.
  • 213. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Double Chance Campaign Bonus: Asuka Shikinami Langley special color ver. This is a bonus prize that will be awarded only to 100 winners; hold on to your ticket subs for this Ichiban Kuji lottery, as the winners will be announced likely only after the lottery has concluded. Read more figure stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/hobbyist-cafe/figures/ Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Rajikan Press The post Evangelion 3.0 (The New Movie: Q) figure-heavy Ichiban Kuji lottery starts in mid-September appeared first on SGCafe. Evangelion ‘Red Earth’ cake open for pre-orders, comes with Rei Ayanami figure Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/evangelion- cake-to-come-with-rei-ayanami-figure/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=evangelion-cake- to-come-with-rei-ayanami-figure By spartanchef on August 22nd, 2013 Premium Bandai online shop has started the pre-orders for these scrumptious Red Earth Evengelion cakes (name is still tentative) which will be ready to ship this December for the Christmas holiday season. The cake is basically strawberry mousse on top of a thin layer of chocolate sponge cake. Raspberry jam is used as a filling and can also be found in the middle of the cake. A thin layer of strawberry-flavored chocolate ganache is sprayed on top with some pieces of strawberry-flavored chocolate bars sticking out to give the cake that desolate Earth look.
  • 214. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 A 13.5 cm Rei Ayanami PVC figure is included when you purchase this cake. The figure also comes with the scythe from her Evangelion Mark .09 from Evangelion 3.0: You Can (Not) Redo and is wearing her black plug suit. The pre order for the cake starts today, August 22 and is available at the Premium Bandai Online shop. The cake costs 4,410 yen and has an additional 735 yen cost for freezing the cake and mailing it to you. Read more on anime-themed food here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Premium Bandai The post Evangelion ‘Red Earth’ cake open for pre-orders, comes with Rei Ayanami figure appeared first on SGCafe. Good Smile Cafe serves up some super treats with their Danganronpa cafe menu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/good-smile-cafe-serves- up-some-super-treats-with-their-danganronpa-cafe-menu/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=good-smile-cafe- serves-up-some-super-treats-with-their-danganronpa-cafe-menu
  • 215. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By spartanchef on August 22nd, 2013 Good Smile Cafe‘s latest collaboration menu may wet your palettes in a super way as they team up with Danganronpa to form this super menu. For starters, let’s take a look at this Monobear (or Monokuma) curry. The white half of course is rice while the black half is black seafood curry and the dish is plated to look like the face of our favorite sadistic and murderous bear. It costs 980 yen and comes with a button place mat. Now, let’s move to dessert shall we? This Naegi melon sorbet costs 780 yen. The following will be some food items that will be only be until September 8 so better hurry. The Hagakure Onigiri (Rice Ball) plate is an Onigiri served with seaweed (nori). It is also served with a bowl of Miso soup with seaweed and some Japanese pickles on the side. This dish costs 880 yen and also comes with a button place mat. This Maizono cupcake is inspired by the super idol and is designed like her idol costume… along with her dying message exposing her murderer! This dessert costs 680 yen. This Kirigiri blueberry tart slice comes served with some blueberry yogurt and some fresh berries and is garnished with some whipped cream. It costs 780 yen per slice. Our final dessert, the Junko Gungnir parfait, is inspired by the super model Junko Enoshima who has sadly ummm… met a fate which resembles the dish. This food item costs 780 yen and is totally NOT Junko (even though it looks like her with those candy twin tails and all). Well then, let’s go to the drinks inspired by the characters shall we? All drinks cost 480 yen a glass and will be available from September 10-29. The first drink is The Monobear. It’s actually black sesame milk and comes with a Monobear coaster. The Makoto Naegi is a mixture of green apple tea and 7-up. It comes with a Naegi coaster.
  • 216. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 The Yasuhiro Hagakure is a mixture of blue curacao and cola and comes with a Hagakure coaster. The Kyouko Kirigiri is a mixture of 7-up and some violet syrup and comes with a Kirigiri coaster. The Kiyotaka Ishimaru is a yoghurt drink with some strawberry jelly at the bottom and it comes served with an Ishimaru coaster. The Junko Enoshima is ginger ale mixed with some cherry syrup and is served with a Junko coaster. The Leon Kuwata is Orangeade mixed with grape tonic and comes with a Leon coaster. The Sayaka Maizono is strawberry milk on the rocks and comes with a Sayaka coaster. The Celestia Ludenberg is sweet milk tea served with a sugar flower. It comes with a Celes coaster. Finally, every time you order a food item, you will get a choice of your favorite button pin to take with you. You can choose from a variety of characters which include Monokuma, Kirigiri, naegi, Junko, Sakura and many many more. This menu will only be available at the Good Smile Cafe from August 20 until September 29. The Good Smile Cafe is located in JK Building 1st floor 14-13 Matsudo, Matsudo City, Honcho, Chiba. Read more on anime-themed food here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Good Smile Cafe The post Good Smile Cafe serves up some super treats with their Danganronpa cafe menu appeared first on SGCafe. Cosplay as super high school students Kirigiri and Ishimaru from Danganronpa Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/cosplay-as-super-high- school-students-kirigiri-and-ishamaru-from-danganronpa/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cosplay-as-super- high-school-students-kirigiri-and-ishamaru-from-danganronpa
  • 217. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 By spartanchef on August 22nd, 2013 Danganronpa the Animation has certainly made a lot of waves recently and its popularity is still growing, and because of that popularity, cosplay costume maker and anime merchandise distributor Cospa will be releasing some new cosplay costumes inspired by the video game and anime series. You can enforce the rules as you cosplay the Super Hall Monitor, Kiyotaka Ishimaru or you can act cold and mysterious as you cosplay Kyouko Kirigiri. The costumes for either character however won’t come as a set and will be sold separately. The Kyouko Jacket will be released on November 30 and comes in three sizes, namely small, medium and large. This item costs 16.800 yen. Her blouse meanwhile costs 11,550 yen and will also be released by the end of November. Meanwhile, her tie will be released on October 31 and costs 4,935 yen.
  • 218. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Finally, Ishimaru’s Hall Monitor armband will be released on early October. It will cost 1,890 yen and comes with a safety pin on the inside so you can attach it to your sleeve and enforce some discipline. Read more on Cosplay here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Animate 1, 2 The post Cosplay as super high school students Kirigiri and Ishimaru from Danganronpa appeared first on SGCafe. J-Stars Victory VS (PS3 & Vita) 1st PV: ‘Hunter X Hunter’ & ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ stars enter the fray Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/j-stars-victory-vs-ps3- vita-1st-pv-hunter-x-hunter-yu-yu-hakusho-stars-enter-the-fray/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=j-stars-victory-vs- ps3-vita-1st-pv-hunter-x-hunter-yu-yu-hakusho-stars-enter-the-fray By KarbyP on August 22nd, 2013 Nine months after it was first announced, Namco Bandai has finally released a first promo video for Shonen Jump’s 45th anniversary commemorative fighting game, J-Stars Victory VS (PS3, PS Vita). In it we see a recap of all the playable characters announced so far – Naruto, Luffy from One Piece, Son Goku from Dragon Ball, Ichigo Kurosaki from Bleach, Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin, Toriko, Gintama’s Gintoki, and officer Kankichi Ryotsu from Kochikame. The PV also announces officially that Gon Freecss from Hunter X Hunter and Yusuke Urameshi from Yu Yu Hakusho will also be joining the game’s playable roster.
  • 219. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 A playable demo of the game will be at the Tokyo Game Show next month. Read more gaming news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Crunchyroll News The post J-Stars Victory VS (PS3 & Vita) 1st PV: ‘Hunter X Hunter’ & ‘Yu Yu Hakusho’ stars enter the fray appeared first on SGCafe. Haganai live-action film: gravure idol Mio Otani will play Sena Kashiwazaki Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/actress-playing- sena-for-live-action-haganai-film-confirmed/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=actress-playing- sena-for-live-action-haganai-film-confirmed By spartanchef on August 22nd, 2013 When some images of the actors for the live-action adaptation of Boku Wa Tomodachi ga Sakunai (or more popularly known as Haganai) surfaced in the internet, fans of the series all around the world only caught a glimpse of the actors playing Yozora and Kodaka. People have been wondering just who would play the role everyone’s favorite MEAT (Sena Kashiwazaki) which, of course, requires an actress who possesses a very specific set of… features. I think fans of the series should know what that is. Today it was unveiled to the Japanese media that the artiste who will be playing the rich, blonde, well-endowed gamer girl will be none other than actress and gravure model Mio Otani. Well, she most certainly fits that ONE REQUIREMENT we were talking about earlier. The Osaka-born model appeared in the Drama series Party of One and she also appeared in the movie Fashion Story: Model in 2012. The 21-year old actress admitted to being a fan of Sena and was quite excited during the auditions. She will be joining Kie Kitano, who will be playing the friendless tsundere, Mikazuki Yozora and Kouji Seto who will be playing the role of the friendless half-British, half-Japanese boy Kodaka Hasegawa. Boku Wa Tomodachi ga Sakunai is based on Yomi Hirasaka’s popular light novel series and has been adapted into an anime. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. You can also check out our stories about other live-action adaptations here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Mantan The post Haganai live-action film: gravure idol Mio Otani will play Sena Kashiwazaki appeared first on SGCafe. Anime fans to K-On!’s Ritsu Tainaka: Happy Birthday! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/anime- fans-to-k-ons-ritsu-tainaka-happy-birthday/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=anime-fans-to-k- ons-ritsu-tainaka-happy-birthday
  • 220. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 By KarbyP on August 21st, 2013 Today was the birthday of Ritsu Tainaka from K-On! So we’re capping off the day’s news with a quick look at how anime fans celebrated the occasion. First up: Ritsu Tainaka birthday character goods you can buy from the TBS store. One anime fan drew this abstract of what Ricchan might have looked like when she was a child – with the rest of the K-On! girls depicted as her pets.
  • 221. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Another fan put together this birthday celebration for Ricchan using items that were showcased at the Wonder Festival earlier this year. This anime fan had dinner with Ritsu and her friends. One particularly creative fan made a stained glass with Ricchan’s likeness on it (well, he made two), and watched the fireworks with her.
  • 222. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 There were also some fans who made special character goods for the occasion. One particularly skilled fan made this Ricchan cushion, which he calls “yuttaricchan cushion” (relaxed Ricchan cushion). More Ricchan goods showcases: A cake! And an army of Ricchans!
  • 223. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Ricchan room! One fan went on an expedition with several Ricchan goods – including a flag!
  • 224. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 More cakes! Let’s eat cake, everyone! That’s what the Light Music Club does, right? Ricchan = Ritz?
  • 225. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Otakomu The post Anime fans to K-On!’s Ritsu Tainaka: Happy Birthday! appeared first on SGCafe. Miku Miku Hockey for the PlayStation Vita is coming to PSN September 10 in Japan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/miku-miku-hockey-for- the-playstation-vita-is-coming-to-psn-september-10-in-japan/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=miku-miku- hockey-for-the-playstation-vita-is-coming-to-psn-september-10-in-japan By KarbyP on August 21st, 2013 Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia announced today that the Miku Miku Hockey PS Vita game app, which was a hit with attendees when it was showcased at the Nico Nico Chokaigi convention, will be coming to the PSN exclusively for PlayStation Plus members in Japan. No word on if this will be a free or paid app. Check out our previous story on Miku Miku Hockey here for the full details of what the app actually does – in short, it’s an augmented reality app where you can play air hockey against Hatsune Miku or her failed-mascot-turned-viral-Internet- gold counterpart, Mikudayo-san. The version of Miku Miku Hockey that’s coming to PSN won’t just be the exact same technical demo that Nico Nico Chokaigi attendees played; some enhancements to the game app will be made. Specifically, there is a now a new spectate mode where you can watch Hatsune Miku and Mikudayo-san (or two Hatsune Mikus or Mikudayos) play air hockey with one another. There will also be some sort of character leveling up mechanic. This new and improved version of Miku Miku Hockey will be distributed on PSN in Japan, exclusively to PlayStation Plus members, from September 10 to November 19. If you’re a Hatsune Miku fan who’s heading down to Yokohama for the Magical Mirai 2013 event happening there, you will be able to play the new version of Miku Miku Hockey ahead of PlayStation Plus subscribers in Japan. Although this announcement is just for Japan at the moment, we’ll check with Sony to see if the app might be coming to PS Plus in Asia as well. Stay tuned. Read more Vocaloid news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/vocaloid-2/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Miku Miku Hockey for the PlayStation Vita is coming to PSN September 10 in Japan appeared first on SGCafe. Casual brand SR’ES RAINBOW’s One Piece Aloha shirt looks slick in Summer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/casual-brand-sres- rainbows-one-piece-aloha-shirt-looks-slick-in-summer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=casual-brand-sres- rainbows-one-piece-aloha-shirt-looks-slick-in-summer
  • 226. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 By KarbyP on August 21st, 2013 The thing about anime shirts is that they tend to be very conspicuous, since a lot of them tend to plaster an anime show’s characters, memorable scene, or logo front and center on the shirt. Well, that’s not the case with this One Piece Aloha shirt from casual fashion brand SR’ES RAINBOW. You might not see it at first, but this Aloha shirt’s floral patterns have actually secretly embedded the One Piece Straw Hat pirates crew’s skull-and-crossbones symbol, hidden in between all the hibiscus prints. These One Piece Aloha shirts come in two colours – white on black, and red on white – and are available in three sizes (S,M and L). Priced at 7,140 yen, available online at the Oricon store.
  • 227. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Comic Natalie The post Casual brand SR’ES RAINBOW’s One Piece Aloha shirt looks slick in Summer appeared first on SGCafe. Tell your significant other you care with THE KISS’s ‘Evangelion’ jewelry Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/tell-your-significant- other-you-care-with-the-kisss-evangelion-jewelry/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=tell-your- significant-other-you-care-with-the-kisss-evangelion-jewelry By KaleNagasaki on August 21st, 2013 Last month brought us Evangelion fragrance mists, where the sweet smell of blue musk and white citrus (not death and psychological despair?) hooked in your crush. Now, get ready to really wow your partner with a little help from fashion accessories company THE KISS. You’ll be looking as fly as Kaworu. The jewelry collection, titled THE KISS COUPLE’S, gets its inspiration from the Rebuild of Evangelion films, specifically the latest movie Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo and Evangelion 13 – the new unit piloted by the Eva boys. First, we have a silver ring engraved with Kaworu’s line “I realize now that I was born to meet you” (boku wa kimi to au tame ni umarete kitan da ne). If that’s not romantic, then I don’t know what is. The ring costs 12,600 yen. A set of necklaces complete with the same angel wing motif will seal the deal if you need something extra to put a smile on your significant other’s face. Another one of Kaworu’s lines, “Good things come when we play together” (futari
  • 228. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 issho ni nara ii koto ga aru yo), adorns the necklaces. The set of necklaces is 13,650 yen. These items will be available starting on the 24th at Evangelion’s online store, the EVANGELION STORE TOKYO-01, and THE KISS’s online and official stores. Time to clandestinely send my boyfriend – ahem! – the link. Read more on Evangelion from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: PRTimes The post Tell your significant other you care with THE KISS’s ‘Evangelion’ jewelry appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku teams up with Red Cross for a blood donation drive at Magic Mirai 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-teams-up- with-red-cross-for-a-blood-donation-drive-at-magic-mirai-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune- miku-teams-up-with-red-cross-for-a-blood-donation-drive-at-magic- mirai-2013 By spartanchef on August 21st, 2013 Hatsune Miku is truly an angel! Though she may not be able to donate blood personally, Hatsune Miku is doing something really angelic as the virtual pop star teams up with the Japanese Red Cross Society to promote blood donation to the younger generation. Her much awaited Magical Mirai 2013 concert, to be held in the Yokohama Arena this August 30, will not only feature some company booths selling Vocaloid merchandise but also an exhibit by the Japanese Red Cross. The aim of the exhibit is to send a message to the young people that blood donation is important and donating blood can and will save a person’s life. The booth will also screen a PR video showcasing some high school students dancing with Hatsune Miku and some Red Cross staff to the beat “Wavefile“. The message and theme of the video is of course Blood Donation. There will also be a Red Cross blood donation bus located in the parking lot so people who want to help can just visit the bus. This was also done by the Red Cross during Comiket 84. Several Hatsune Miku merchandise like postcards and buttons will also be given away by the booth. Ain’t that great? Not only will you be able to save a life with the blood you give but you can also get some awesome Hatsune Miku goodies while you’re at it. The Red Cross booth will be open from 10:30 am until 10:00 pm and the blood donation bus will be open from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm on August 30.
  • 229. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 This however won’t be the first time Miku did something like this. Our favorite virtual pop star also helped the Red Cross out with their blood drives on multiple occasions. Read more on your favorite Vocaloids here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From animeanime.jp The post Hatsune Miku teams up with Red Cross for a blood donation drive at Magic Mirai 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. Akiba Souken’s Summer 2013 anime rankings midterm results Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/akiba-soukens- summer-2013-anime-rankings-midterm-results/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=akiba-soukens- summer-2013-anime-rankings-midterm-results By spartanchef on August 21st, 2013 We’re midway through the summer season and so far it has been red hot! Anime like Free! and High School DXD have amped up the fan service for both genders while others like Monogatari and Watamote have most certainly engaged the audience with wit and humor. Now, Akihabara-based media website Akiba Souken has asked people to rank the anime they think is the best one so far, and with a total of 1,732 votes, here are your results: 39,40,41) Pokemon : Mewtwo – Prologue to Awakening, The Midnight Animal and Penelope (3rd series)- 0 votes 37, 38) Futari Wa Milky Holmes and Nyuru Nyuru!! Kakusen -Kun – - 1 vote each 36) Gifuu Doudou !!: Kanetsugu to Keiji- 2 votes 35) Hakkenden : Eight Dogs of the East (phase 2)- 3 votes 31, 32, 33, 34) Makai Ouji Devils & Realists, Senyuu (phase 2), Maji de Otaku na English! Ribbon-chan: Eigo de Tatakau Mahou Shoujo and Recorder and Randsell- 4 votes each 30) Teekyuu (Second Phase)- 10 votes 29) Yami Shibai- 11 votes 28) Fantasista Doll- 12 votes 26, 27) Kara no Kyoukai and Kimi no Iru Machi- 15 votes each 25) Brothers Conflict- 18 votes 24) Blood Lad- 21 votes 23) Genei Wo Kakeru Taiyou- 22 votes 22) Chronicles of the Going Home Club- 26 votes 21) Senki Zesshou Symphogear G- 27 votes 20) High School DXD NEW-29 Votes 19) Sunday Without God/ Kamisama no Inai Nichiyoubi- 31 votes 18) Stella Women’s Academy, High School Division Class C3/ C3-Bu – 34 votes 17) Inu to Hasami wa Tsukaiyou/ Dog & Scissors- 37 votes 15,16) Ro-Kyu-Bu SS and Tamayura more agressive- 40 votes each 14) Gatchaman Crowds- 46 votes 13) Genshiken Nidaime- 53 votes 12) The World God Only Knows: Goddess Hen- 55 votes 11) Love Lab- 59 votes 10) Fate / Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya- 60 votes 9) Danganronpa The Animation- 73 votes
  • 230. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 22 8) Uchoten Kazoku- 82 votes 7) Servant X Service- 90 votes 6) Kiniro Mosaic- 109 votes 5) Rozen Maiden (2013)- 112 votes 4) Silver Spoon- 119 votes 3) FREE!- 124 votes 2) Monogatari Series Second Season- 142 votes 1) WATAMOTE- 197 votes There you have it, Watamote takes the top spot. Well, looks like Tomoko not being popular is all in her head because the fans sure love to see her… SUFFER. Let’s face it, a lot of people watch the show to see her suffer. She’s kinda like the anime version of Bad Luck Brian. Most of the top 10 is not really much of a surprise. Free! has been making waves even before the summer season has started and Monogatari is well… Monogatari, just one of the most popular series ever. Fate Ilya, Danganronpa, Rozen
  • 231. August 23rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 23 Maiden and Silver Spoon have maintained their fan favorite status and Servant X Service has captured the hearts of fans with its wit and humour. Do you agree with this poll’s results? You can also read more about anime as well as other rankings here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Akiba Souken The post Akiba Souken’s Summer 2013 anime rankings midterm results appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 232. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Danganronpa’s Monokuma & Seth MacFarlane’s Ted team up for a beary interesting collaboration Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/danganronpas-monokuma- seth-macfarlanes-ted-team-beary-interesting-collaboration/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=danganronpas- monokuma-seth-macfarlanes-ted-team-beary-interesting-collaboration By spartanchef on August 26th, 2013 One is known for being sadistic and heartless while the other is actor Mark Wahlberg’s best friend. This “Kumachara” (bear characters) team-up between the hit Japanese anime and the hit Hollywood movie was made to promote the DVD/ Blu-rays for “Ted” and “Danganronpa: The Animation”. Both bears have proven to be very popular as Danganronpa (where the cruel and sadistic Monobear or Monokuma can be found forcing students to kill each other) and Ted (where Mark Wahlberg and his BFF Ted struggle through everyday life) have garnered much success in Japan. The advertisement posters featuring the two teddy bears can be found around JR Ikebukuro station where 11 of them have already been posted. The poster features Monokuma with some salmon next to Ted who is seen chugging away at some beer… oh, Naegi, Maizono, Mila Kunis and Mark Wahlberg are also in the background. The DVD Blu-Ray for Ted has already been released last July but the Volume 1 Danganronpa DVD/Blu-Rays will be hitting the shelves on August 28, Wednesday. Ted has received generally positive reviews and raked in 4.2 billion yen in Japan and a total of $549,368,315 worldwide and was the 12th highest grossing film of 2012. Read more on your favorite anime and movies here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com The post Danganronpa’s Monokuma & Seth MacFarlane’s Ted team up for a beary interesting collaboration appeared first on SGCafe. Weekly FaMiku booklet to be included with Famitsu magazine this week Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/weekly- famiku-booklet-included-famitsu-magazine-week/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=weekly-famiku- booklet-included-famitsu-magazine-week
  • 233. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By Zenko on August 26th, 2013 Making a full return on August 30, the weekly edition of FaMiku will return to give fans a healthy dose of the virtual diva Hatsune Miku. Following up on a magazine series that initially started on March 7, weekly FaMiku will continue its serialization this week. This issue will focus specifically on the Magical Mirai concert that was held in the Yokohama Arena. As part of the report it will look at the Magi Area, CUL Area and Mirai Area that were set up to promote the convention and sell goods to fans that were able to make it. It’s probably clear by the cover that Project Mirai 2 will also feature heavily in this issue. With a November 28 release date, the cover boasts an explosion of songs and costumes. This volume also promises a section on rare goods and, somewhat unfortunately, a gravure section for “popular idol” Mikudayo-san. With sixteen pages of Miku goodness going on sale August 30, FaMiku is certainly aiming to give fans a heavy dose of their favorite VOCALOID star. This special edition of Famitsu will be on sale in stores, and distributed at the Magical Mirai event on the same day. Keep up with all your VOCALOID news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: GetNews The post Weekly FaMiku booklet to be included with Famitsu magazine this week appeared first on SGCafe. Sadako throws the opening pitch for a baseball game… and falls over Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sadako- throws-opening-pitch-baseball-game-falls/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sadako-throws- opening-pitch-baseball-game-falls By spartanchef on August 26th, 2013 Throwing the ceremonial opening pitch in a baseball game has always been a huge honor as American presidents, other politicians, movie stars and star athletes from other sports have all threw the hardball as a sign of honoring them. This time, the latest one to get that honor a select few have ever done is Sadako. That’s right, that vengeful spirit from The Ring threw the opening pitch for a baseball game between the Saitama Seibu Lions and the Fukuoka SoftBank Hawks.
  • 234. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Sadako also promoted her latest movie, Sadako 3D 2 to the audience watching the game live as well as the viewers watching via television. The Seibu Dome crowd went wild and cheered her on as she made her way to the pitcher’s mound. The vengeful spirit was almost in perfect form at the Seibu dome… until she actually threw the ball and fell over.
  • 235. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 She threw a fast ball which was clocked at 103 km per hour which is actually quite a good pitch. After she fell over however, the poor Sadako had to be carried away by some medics with a stretcher… awwwwwwwwww. Sadako will be seen in her newest horror screamfest titled Sadako 3D2 which will hit Japanese theaters on August 30. Read more on Japanese movies here on SGCafe. You can also read more on food through this link. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Cinema Today Japan The post Sadako throws the opening pitch for a baseball game… and falls over appeared first on SGCafe. Director of ‘Silver Spoon’ gives a shout-out to fans in anime questionnaire Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/director-silver- spoon-gives-shout-fans-anime-questionnaire/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=director-silver- spoon-gives-shout-fans-anime-questionnaire By KaleNagasaki on August 25th, 2013 Mantan-web has recently interviewed Tomohiko Ito, the director of summer anime Silver Spoon. If you have been following this farm comedy (which is definitely worth checking out, seeing as how it is one of the top anime to watch), Ito’s answers to the anime questionnaire include a few words to you. 1. Give us an overview of Silver Spoon. What is its charm? This is the story of a dairy farm youth school that is staged in Hokkaido’s Oezo Agricultural High School, nicknamed Ezono. Ezono becomes a space where students who have spent time at a normal school take care of animals in the classroom, make food, and participate in events of which they have no personal experience. Because the main character, Yugo Hachiken, is a kid from the city, he sort of represents the viewpoint of viewers, so to speak. That kind of experience unfolding before you through Hachiken’s eyes is the charm of the world “Wonderland Ezono”. 2. When you were making the anime, what things did you keep in mind? Because this is a story that makes you think ‘Where do the foods we eat come from?’, the contents are prone to be a little shocking, but this is something
  • 236. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 we had to face head on. And the other important point we had to ensure, was to draw food that looks delicious! 3. What things were fun and what things were tough when animating Silver Spoon? I enjoyed collecting data to make the school seem like an actual place. We looked at a real model of the place nearby, and our thought-process was slightly changed. The rice was also delicious (smile). Since eating delicious foods at the model place was part of our research, I ate a lot! The tough part, well, there are a lot of animals to draw in Silver Spoon. Of course, that alone would have been simple but there are also a lot of characters, and there are a lot of scenes where they ate… in terms of the amount of drawing work we had to do there was quite a bit of volume to it, so that was a little tough. 4. Please tell us some future highlights. Summer break is over and Hachiken must make a decision over Tondon (the name of the pig), and this will be the highlight for the first season. Please see with your own eyes how Hachiken comes to terms with that reality. 5. Please say something to the fans. Since a second season will be broadcast from January, please continue to watch! With also support the manga series! Finally, please do not make a pilgrimage to the model place (for reasons explained in the ED for Silver Spoon)! What can we learn from this interview with Tomohiko Ito? Watch Silver Spoon, if only for the sake of Tondon the pig. Read more about Silver Spoon from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! The post Director of ‘Silver Spoon’ gives a shout-out to fans in anime questionnaire appeared first on SGCafe. Foreign anime fans declare their love for their favorite characters Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/foreign- anime-fans-declare-love-favorite-characters/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=foreign-anime- fans-declare-love-favorite-characters By Zenko on August 25th, 2013 From OreImo to Pikachu, foreign anime fans in Akihabara were asked to weigh in on who their favorite anime characters are. A survey of 50 foreigners in Akihabara shows off the diversity of fan-interests, and just how popular certain series are. Below is a sampling of answers. Although not technically an anime character, this American declares his love for Hatsune Miku, stating that she’s really popular in the United States. A Belgian fan likes Kirito because he doesn’t make a big deal out of too many things. Lelouch, as always, is popular with the ladies. This Sweedish fan isn’t after his looks, but because he’s such an interesting character.
  • 237. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Another Sweedish fan, this one male, thinks Mayoi Hachikuji is more interesting, and of course, enjoys the fact that she’s cute. OreImo proves some popularity in Australia with this fan declaring Kirino is her favorite – she is cute due to the the way she acts like a tsundere. This Spanish fan was introduced by his friend to Naruto, and he remains his favorite character. Kaichou wa Maid-sama even makes an appearance on this list, with the main character Misaki Ayuzawa is a Polish fan’s favorite. Pirates are always cool, and that’s why this English fan enjoys Monkey D Luffy so much. Speaking of monkies, this Spanish fan’s favorite Saiyan is Goku for his determination at finding the dragonballs, even since he was a little kid. And it wouldn’t be a real survey unless Pokemon showed up somewhere, and this French fan’s love of the cute character Pikachu helps fill that slot. So, if your favorite character isn’t on the list, what would your answer be? Keep up with all your anime needs here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Yaraon! The post Foreign anime fans declare their love for their favorite characters appeared first on SGCafe. A look at the latest Mobile Suit Variations (MSV) from Gundam UC Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/look- latest-mobile-suit-variations-msv-gundam-uc/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=look-latest-mobile- suit-variations-msv-gundam-uc
  • 238. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By spartanchef on August 25th, 2013 Ever since the original series aired in 1979, there have always been some Mobile Suit variations throughout the Gundam series. These MSV’s like johnny Ridden’s Zaku II, The Perfect Gundam and the Zaku Mine Layer have been well loved by fans ever since they were introduced and some of them have even gotten one of the most royal gunpla treatments: being made into a Master Grade (MG). Now, with the UC series having its much awaited finale next year, Gundam UC is showing us some awesome-looking variations to the expanded UC storyline. All these variations are from the year U.C. 0096, the same year as the events of Mobile Suit Gundam UC which is of course from the original Universal Century timeline. The UNICORN GUNDAM 03 PHENEX certainly made some big waves when it was introduced in dramatic fashion in Gundam Front Tokyo’s Dome-G. Like the other Unicorn Gundams before it, it’s also equipped with the Newtype destroyer (NT-D). The one on top is the Unicorn Mode while the one at the bottom is the Destroy Mode. The AMX-107R Rebawoo was developed by Neo Zeon’s Haman and also has a psycho frame built for New Types. This one is painted Red for the one known as the second coming of Char Aznable, Full Frontal. For those familiar with the UC series, you might know the UNICORN GUNDAM 02 BANSHEE already. Like the other two Unicorns, this one can transform and is also equipped with the NT-D. It has already been made into an HG and an MG.
  • 239. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 The RGZ-95 ReZEL has some variants as well. The Lisl C-type (Defensor unit A) focuses more on missiles while the Lisl (Defensor unit B) focuses more on its beam cannons. Defensor A is the one above while Defensor B is the one below. The Gundam Delta Kai is fitted with the psycommu system and is best piloted by a New Type. It is armed with some fin funnels like the Nu Gundam. It is a variant of the Delta Gundam. The Gold version of the MSN-001 Delta Gundam meanwhile looks a whole lot like the mobile suit it was developed from, The Hyakku Shiki which was once piloted by Char Aznable himself. Unlike Char’s legendary uncharacteristically golden mobile suit however, this one can actually transform. The RGM-89D Jegan may have been developed from the “red shirts” of the Gundam universe, the GMs but these guys pack a whole lot more punch. The one above is the normal Jegan while the one below is a unique MSV known as the EWAC Jegan which has been retrofitted for reconnaissance missions. The ARX-014 Silver Bullet is a prototype Mobile suit by Anaheim Electronics. The one above is the normal Silver bullet which are used to combat the Neo Zeon’s Doven Wolf
  • 240. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 mobile suits while the one at the bottom is the Silver Bullet funnel test type which has been fitted with funnels and is best piloted by a new type. For gunpla enthusiasts, the Sinanju Stein is a familiar mobile suit as this bad boy has been released as a Master Grade (MG) earlier this year. The AMS-119 Geara Doga has been the backbone mobile suit by the Neo Zeonic forces since Char’s Counterattack. The one on top is the normal Geara Doga while the one at the bottom is Angelo Sauper variant fitted with a 20cm Rangebruno gun and of course comes in his custom purple. The AMX-014 Doven Wolf meanwhile is also one of Neo Zeon’s most trusted mobile suits. This Sleeves variation dons the design seen in most Sleeves mobile suits. Finally, the Krake Zulu is a high mobility variation of the Geara Zulu and has a built-in mega particle gun in its shoulders.
  • 241. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Finally, we have the yet-to-be-revealed RX-160S Byarlant custom. Not much has been revealed from this MSV yet aside from the name and the silhouette. Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Gundam UC official The post A look at the latest Mobile Suit Variations (MSV) from Gundam UC appeared first on SGCafe. New ‘A Certain Magical Index’ spin-off manga to focus on Accelerator Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/new-certain- magical-index-spin-manga-focus-accelerator/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-certain- magical-index-spin-manga-focus-accelerator By spartanchef on August 25th, 2013 Move over Touma, Index and Mikoto because Academy City’s #1 lolicon… I mean esper, is about to take center stage with his own To Aru manga series! The new series, titled To Aru Kagaku no Ippotsuko (##### #####) or A Certain Scientific Accelerator will be illustrated by Shin Yamaji and will still be based on the beloved light novels by Kazuma Kamachi, To Aru Majutsu no Index (A Certain Magical Index). The new manga will be serialized monthly in Dengeki Daioh along with Railgun, so that makes two To Aru spin-offs based on two different level 5 espers in Dengeki Daioh. The new manga series will start in the December 27 issue of the magazine. While that other To Aru spin-off, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun (A certain scientific rail gun) may be known for being light hearted and funny, this new series promises to have a much darker tone as compared to Railgun.
  • 242. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 As mentioned earlier, Accelerator will be the main focus and he is bringing along Last Order with him! Accelerator is considered the strongest level 5 esper in Academy City and has the power to alter the vectors of anything he touches. He can affect blood flow, electricity, even information, as long as it has a direction to go to and that makes him extremely powerful indeed. He is highly protective of Last Order (and little girls in general) so that makes people label him as a lolicon. Read more on mangas here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com via ieee80211 The post New ‘A Certain Magical Index’ spin-off manga to focus on Accelerator appeared first on SGCafe. Lovely Angels of OreImo figures greet fans this winter Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/lovely- angels-oreimo-figures-greet-fans-winter/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lovely-angels- oreimo-figures-greet-fans-winter By Zenko on August 25th, 2013 Fans of OreImo‘s number one yandere will be happy to know she’ll be joining the petanko figure line from Good Smile Company January 31 and she’s bringing another lovely angel with her. A school-uniform Ayase and the Holy Angel version of Kuroneko are set to join the ranks of super adorable petanko figures, and they’re bringing along looks to match. Although Ayase may just be in her school uniform, there is no sign of yandere in the smile she offers from her sitting position. Tilting her head just slightly, you can hardly believe she would be the type to punch you in the face. Kuroneko also dons the purer form she showed Kyousuke on their date. Holy Angel Kamineko is ready to bring light into your life too, donning the smaller set of wings and looking up at you happily, she seems ready to accept any task you assign her. Both Ayase and Kamineko are available for preorder on Amazon and will head to homes January 31, 2014. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe!
  • 243. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Souce: Otanews The post Lovely Angels of OreImo figures greet fans this winter appeared first on SGCafe. A look at the graffiti art at the historic Shogakukan building Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/look- graffiti-art-historic-shogakukan-building/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=look-graffiti-art- historic-shogakukan-building By spartanchef on August 24th, 2013 The old Shogakukan building has been a huge part of Japan’s manga history and has been a landmark for anime and manga fans worldwide for 46 years, and now, this old landmark is about to go down. We have previously reported that that historic building would unfortunately get demolished and get replaced by a new Shogakukan HQ, and to commemorate the old memories, some mangakas (or manga artists) have lined the 1st floor lobby with some manga graffiti art.
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  • 246. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 Recognize some of them? Well. starting today, August 24, the old Shogakukan building’s graffiti art will temporarily be open for public viewing. This once in a life-time event however only lasts until tomorrow, August 25, but it does promise to take you back to some really old mangas like Doraemon, Ranma 1/2 and Honō no Tenkōsei. The event, called Graffiti Tournament! Thank you Shogakukan building! started when 25 manga artists led by Doraemon’s Fujiko Fujio A drew some manga art in the hallowed walls of the old building. The artists involved include Naoki Urasawa (20th Century Boys), Kazuhiko Shimamoto (Honō no Tenkōsei), Masami Yuki (Birdy the Mighty/ Patlabor), Mine Yoshizaki (Sgt. Frog), Kuromaru (Shin Kurosagi) and many many more. The viewing time will be from 9:00 am-9:00 pm with ticket distributions starting at 8:15. Photography is allowed but taking videos as well as food and drinks are not. Read more stories on your favorite mangas here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Shogakukan official and Animate 1, 2, 3, 4 The post A look at the graffiti art at the historic Shogakukan building appeared first on SGCafe. Madoka Magica art exhibit opens across Japan this September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/madoka- magica-art-exhibit-opens-across-japan-september/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=madoka-magica- art-exhibit-opens-across-japan-september By Zenko on August 24th, 2013 As part of a roadshow to help promote the Madoka Magica Rebellion movie coming out this October, an art exhibit showcasing pieces from the series will open up across Japan in September. Opening in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Sapporo, and Fukuoka in September, the event will show off artwork from the show and movies. Supervised by Junichiro Taniguchi and Hirogi Yamamura, as well as the animators, it promises to be something for fans to look forward to. Of course, with such a variety of things to choose from, artwork will not be the only thing on display. It will also feature overseas posters and promotional goods. Just what that means isn’t clear, but it may be as simple as this poster that was used to promote the Madoka movies in Mexico. Although there are no images just yet, it also promises an Ultimate Madoka figure cast from two different types of metals, which may be similar to this one released last year. Starting August 30, the public site for the exhibition will open up ticket sales. Considering the first volume of the TV’s Blu-rays managed to sell out in one day, it may be a good idea to reserve your tickets in advance if you plan on going. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: AnimeAnime The post Madoka Magica art exhibit opens across Japan this September appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 247. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013 happening tomorrow, August 25, at *Scape Warehouse Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/international-cosplay-day- singapore-2013-happening-tomorrow-august-25-scape-warehouse/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=international- cosplay-day-singapore-2013-happening-tomorrow-august-25-scape- warehouse By KarbyP on August 24th, 2013 If you love cosplay and the culture surrounding it here in Singapore, then you won’t want to miss International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013, which takes place tomorrow, August 25, at the *Scape Warehouse from 10AM to 8PM. Celebrated Filipina cosplayer and artiste Alodia Gosiengfiao, former World Cosplay Summit Singapore representative Yuanie, and mecha cosplay legend Clive Lee will also be in attendance as special guests. A convention pass (S$5) is necessary for entry into ICDS 2013. Here’s what you can expect to see at the event: Cosplay Talent Showcase A contest where cosplayers will showcase their talents in a dazzling variety of performances, to be judged by guests Alodia, Yuanie, and Clive. Blizzard cosplay Runway Brought to you by Blizzard Entertainment, this runway will see participants showcase their cosplay costumes themed after Blizzard’s three flagship titles – Diablo, Starcraft and Warcraft. Singapore’s 3rd Annual Cosplay Chess An epic battle between the forces of science and magic rages on stage in this two-hour long cosplay performance extravaganza, brought to you by anibee.
  • 248. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Watch as Okabe Rintarou from Steins;Gate attempts to save the world from the destructive machinations of Dr. Doom from the Marvel universe. With more than 60 cast and crew members, this segment is not to be missed! Special guest Yuanie will also join the battle against Doom’s forces, cosplaying as Black Gold Saw in this epic showdown. ICDS attendees will be able to influence the outcome of Cosplay Chess this year by competing a series of tasks to earn the right to vote for the winning side. Will they choose Okabe Rintarou’s forces of science, or the arcane might of Dr. Doom’s army? Visitors who participate will stand to win fantastic prizes from ICDS sponsors, including Necomimi brainwave- activated cat ears, a studio rental package at Camwerkz, and more. Event Outline • Date: August 25, 2013 • Time: 10AM to 8PM • Venue: *Scape Warehouse • Admission price: S$5 International Cosplay Day Singapore is brought to you by The Neo Tokyo Project, with support from the following sponsors: *Scape, Blizzard Entertainment, anibee, Books Kinokuniya, Project Zen cosplay performance circle, Altego, shu uemura, Nescafe, Camwerkz Pte Ltd, Kit Sabers, and Necomimi. The post International Cosplay Day Singapore 2013 happening tomorrow, August 25, at *Scape Warehouse appeared first on SGCafe. Sailor Moon musical cast members appear before fans in Saitama Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/sailor-moon- musical-cast-members-appear-fans-saitama/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sailor-moon- musical-cast-members-appear-fans-saitama By spartanchef on August 24th, 2013 Cast members of the upcoming Sailor Moon musical made an appearance in front of some fans yesterday, August 23 at the Saitama Super Arena’s Kaiyaki Square. The cast members, Satomi Okubo (Sailor Moon), Miyabi Matsura (Sailor Mercury), Kanon Nanaki (Sailor Mars), Yu Takahashi (Sailor Jupiter) and Shiori Sakata (Sailor Venus) all sang and danced together in costume.
  • 249. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 Miyabi Matsura who plays Ami/ Sailor Mercury was the only one who was able to sing a solo number after the other Sailor Warriors asked her “Ami-chan, why won’t you sing?” The event was part of the publicity for the upcoming Sailor Moon: La Reconquista live-action stage musical which features an all-female cast. The musical is all part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Sailor Moon franchise which includes some special merchandise and a new anime. The performances will be held in the AiiA theater in Shibuya, Tokyo from September 13 until September 23. There will be a break day however as there will be no performance on September 17. Tickets are now on sale and they cost 6,800 yen per person.
  • 250. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19 Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Comic Natalie The post Sailor Moon musical cast members appear before fans in Saitama appeared first on SGCafe. New Attack on Titan rubber straps and clear files from Kotobyukiya Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/new-attack- titan-rubber-straps-clear-files-kotobyukiya/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=new-attack-titan- rubber-straps-clear-files-kotobyukiya By spartanchef on August 24th, 2013 Kotobukiya has always been known for their high quality scale figures, but with these new Attack on Titan merchandise, they are proving that their quality goes waaay beyond the figures. These Attack on Titan rubber straps come in 10 different varieties, namely Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Jean, Sasha (AKA Potato Girl), Krista, Zoe, Levi, The Colossus Titan and the child versions of Eren, Mikasa and Armin. These straps are priced 472 yen each and will be released in December. You can also buy all the straps as a box set for 4,725 yen. If you buy the box set, you will get an extra rubber strap absolutely free! And that free rubber strap? It’s our favorite MEMETIC and FABULOUS neat freak, Levi, Cleaning version!
  • 251. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 Kotobukiya will also be releasing some great Attack on Titan clear files. The clear files come in three designs namely the 104th graduating class, the survey corps and the childhood friends. These A4 size clear files will be released in October and will cost 630 yen each. Read more on Anime merchandise here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Comic Natalie The post New Attack on Titan rubber straps and clear files from Kotobyukiya appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku concerts now running daily in Akihabara till August 29 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-makes-summer-miku- mikud/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune- miku-makes-summer-miku-mikud By Zenko on August 23rd, 2013 Featuring a variety of goods and Vocaloid songs, the latest installment to the Angel Project, HATSUNE Appearance ##### (HATSUNE Appearance Natsu Matsuri Hatsune Kagami) is hitting Tokyo this week. The latest Angel Project concert series will make its way to Bellesalle Hall B1 in Akihabara starting August 21 and will run until the 29, two days before Miku‘s birthday. Continuing from the Osaka based HATSUNE Appearance in Knowledge Capital supported by au Summer Festival Hatsune Model it will feature 90-minute virtual concert performed four times a day on weekdays starting at 12 PM and five times a day on weekends starting at 10 AM. Tickets for the concerts will be on sale on the first floor of Bellesalle in a special tent from 10 AM to 730 PM weekdays and 9 AM to 830 PM on weekends. The tickets will cost 4500 yen each. It’s also possible to order tickets in advance for 4410 yen, with sales ending on August 25. If you get hungry during the festivities, Domino’s will also be serving up a hot slice of pizza with a heaping helping of Hatsune Miku on the packaging.
  • 252. August 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 It wouldn’t be much of an event without goods, so a variety will be on sale at a tent inside the venue for concert goers to purchase. Whether rubber straps (600 yen) and wallscrolls (3000 yen) are your thing, Or a concert book (2000 yen) or set of Miku Pack clearfiles for 2013 (1000 yen), Or if you need to wave your love of VOCALOID around with these Senbon Zakura themed towels (1500 yen), the goods booth will have fans covered. Keep up with all your VOCALOID news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Dengeki News The post Hatsune Miku concerts now running daily in Akihabara till August 29 appeared first on SGCafe.
  • 253. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Save humanity from titans with Good Smile Company’s Mikasa Ackerman Nendoroid Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/save-humanity-titans- good-smile-companys-mikasa-ackerman-nendoroid/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=save-humanity- titans-good-smile-companys-mikasa-ackerman-nendoroid By spartanchef on August 29th, 2013 Last WonFes, the people over at Good Smile Company not only revealed the nendoroid version the mighty colossal titan, but also the nendoroid for the lovely yet powerful Mikasa Ackerman. This nendoroid may be small and cutesy but she definitely packs a wallop as she comes armed to the teeth with her 3D maneuver gear as well as some smoke and sword effects for additional posing action! Like all Nendoroids, she comes with a variety of faces including her normal poker face, the additional angry face, distraught face and her “mouth covered up with her signature scarf” face.
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  • 255. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Mikasa’s Nendoroid version will cost 4,000 yen and is now available pre-order online via the Good Smile online shop. The Good Smile Online shop however has a fixed shipping price of 2,000 yen regardless of how many pieces you order. It is scheduled for release January 2014 and pre-order starts today, August 29, 2013. Read more on figures here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Mikatan The post Save humanity from titans with Good Smile Company’s Mikasa Ackerman Nendoroid appeared first on SGCafe. Jazz up your phone and office with DezaEgg’s UtaPri goods Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/jazz-phone-office-dezaeggs-utapri- goods/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=jazz- phone-office-dezaeggs-utapri-goods By Zenko on August 29th, 2013 DezaEgg, makers of most things otaku, are helping fans show off their love of male idols with their UtaPri 2000% phone cases and magnet sets. There’s no denying the popularity of Uta no Prince-sama, after all it’s popularity is enough to net it an astounding number of goods. From alarm clocks to it’s own section in the Namco theme park, it just keeps growing. Now fans are getting one more way to display their love in public with these phone cases.
  • 256. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The cases aren’t limited to just the iPhone, but also are being offered for most Droid phones (Galaxy, Xperia, and HTC). Keeping your phone safe will be the boys of STARISH, and you have your choice of them. A Droid version of the case will cost you 2980 yen. For the iPhone version of the case, a wallpaper download and protective sheet for the front of the phone are included to complete to full STARISH look. Because of the extras the iPhone versions are a little more expensive at 3980 yen. POISONKISS, the band that acted as the mentors to STARISH, are also included among the possible choices if you’re one of the sempai fans. Being a fan of a show that can send you wandering around Shibuya for a glimpse at your favorite character can be tiring, so a set of magnet cushions are being offered. Although they’re a little small measuring 10 cm by 19 cm, the magnets in it can help restore circulation to your legs after a long day out and about. Of course, the fact that the UtaPri boys are there looking up at you as you relax may make it worth the 1470 yen. The cases and magnet seats can both be ordered at AmiAmi, which ships internationally. Right now they’re preorder items and should be available in September. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: AnimeAnime The post Jazz up your phone and office with DezaEgg’s UtaPri goods appeared first on SGCafe. Hunt the Rathalos (cake version) with a Monster Hunting cake cutter Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hunt-rathalos- cake-version-monster-hunting-cake-cutter/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hunt-rathalos- cake-version-monster-hunting-cake-cutter By spartanchef on August 29th, 2013 Premium Bandai has been known for releasing some awesome anime and video game themed cakes and their
  • 257. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 latest one has proven to be monstrous and fiery to say the least. Their latest offering is the Monster Hunter 4 Rathalos cake which is designed much like the majestic and fire breathing flying wyvern, the Rathalos. The cake roll’s “scales” are a combination of strawberry cream (red scales) and chocolate cream (brown scales). The chocolate cream scales are topped with cocoa powder while the strawberry cream scales are topped with raspberry powder to not only add flavor but also a very natural scaly effect. Strawberry cream with fresh-cut strawberries was used as the stuffing for this cake roll. The cake also comes with a Monster Hunting “Epitaph Plate Blade” cake knife which you can use to slay the Rathalos… cake. The cake knife is made of stainless steel and comes designed like the monstrous Epitaph Blade from the game. This “Epitaph Plate Blade” cake knife measures approximately 17 cm and comes with a 7.f cm custom knife stand which is made of ABS. The cake costs 4,980 yen with an additional 735 yen for postage of a frozen product. The Monster Hunter 4 cake set will be released in November. Read more on anime and video game-themed food here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Premium Bandai The post Hunt the Rathalos (cake version) with a Monster Hunting cake cutter appeared first on SGCafe. Explore the verdorous planet with Max Factory’s Amy figma Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/explore- verdorous-planet-max-factorys-amy-figma/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=explore-verdorous- planet-max-factorys-amy-figma
  • 258. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By spartanchef on August 29th, 2013 Max Factory‘s latest figma treat comes in the form of the lively and adventurous Amy from Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet or Suisei no Gargantia. The Gargantia fleet’s tan-skinned angel comes a few accessories including her signature red glider, her back pack and of course, her cute little buddy, Grace the squirrel… or chipmunk… or sugar glider… or whatever it is. Like most figmas, she also comes with different faces which include the normal smiling one, a tense face, and a face showing a toothy grin.
  • 259. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 This sexy beauty sculpted by Asai Masaki will be released on sometime on January 2014 so stay tuned figma fans. This figma will cost 4,800 yen and is now available pre- order online via the Good Smile online shop. The Good Smile Online shop however has a fixed shipping price of 2,000 yen. Read more on figures here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via figma blog The post Explore the verdorous planet with Max Factory’s Amy figma appeared first on SGCafe. Fairy Tail manga writer Hiro Mashima draws covers for Hatsune Miku cd’s Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fairy-tail-manga- writer-hiro-mashima-draws-covers-hatsune-miku-cds/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fairy-tail-manga- writer-hiro-mashima-draws-covers-hatsune-miku-cds By spartanchef on August 29th, 2013 The Fairy-like Hatsune Miku has been drawn by a lot of well known artists and now, another legendary one joins the fray. Mangaka (manga writer/artist) Hiro Mashima who is known for writing and drawing hit mangas Fairy Tail and Rave Master has recently drawn the cover for two of the latest Hatsune Miku CD’s. The famous manga artist drew the famous virtual diva as part of Family Mart‘s “Miku loves Family Mart” campaign which includes some cosmetics and some chocolaty treats. Both singles contain collaboration singles by various artists involved in Vocaloid such as DECO*27, 40mP, Uta-P, OSTER project, ATOLS, Zanio and more. Passing Days contains: • HOME by DECO*27 and 40mP • HOME (instrumental) • Issho ni Ikouyo, Shiawasena Mirai he by Zanio and Utata-P • Issho ni Ikouyo, Shiawasena Mirai he (instrumental) Coming Days meanwhile contains: • Save the Princess by sasakure.UK and OSTER project • Save the Princes (instrumental) • Nakimushi Denki by Kikuo and ATOLS • Nakimushi Denki (instrumental) If you are familiar with Fairy Tail, Rave and Mashima’s art style in general, you might even think that his version of Miku looks a bit like Wendy from Fairy Tail with those twin tails and all, don’t you think? Both CD’s will be released on September 3 and will be available to Family Mart stores all over Japan. There’s no mention whether these CD’s will be available to Family
  • 260. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Mart stores outside Japan such as the ones in America, the Philippines and Thailand. Mashima’s Miku artwork has also been featured in DECO*27 and 40mP’s music video, HOME feat. Hatsune Miku . A sticker sheet based on the artwork by various artists like Nasos and Chakoro will also be provided as part of the promo. Read more on your favorite Vocaloids here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Nlab and Family Mart The post Fairy Tail manga writer Hiro Mashima draws covers for Hatsune Miku cd’s appeared first on SGCafe. UtaPri’s poster boys grabs fujoushi attention at Shibuya 109 building Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/utapris-poster- boys-grabs-fujoushi-attention-shibuya-109-building/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=utapris-poster- boys-grabs-fujoushi-attention-shibuya-109-building By Zenko on August 28th, 2013 Summer may be winding down, but the boys of UtaPri appeared on several shop fronts in Shibuya to remind fans they’re still in full summer swing, and possibly even hint at whats to come. The famous 109 building in Shibuya is helping to advertise the latest installment to the musical otome game, Uta no Prince Sama. Featuring a poster with the tagline “Although I may become an adult, I won’t forget,” the members of STARISH smile at the ladies of Shibuya everyday. The department store Marui also has the boys of UtaPri on display on several pillars outside the store that gives a better look at the idols as they appear on the posters. It’s a clear look at Syo, Shinomiya, Tokiya, Ren, Masato, Otoya, and cat- turned-prince Cecil. One of most notable things about the posters is that they’re all wearing the same bracelet, helping to show off their friendship status, and for fujoushi, their love for each other.
  • 261. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Incidentally, Marui has the posters up to help remind fans that the spin-off rhythm game Uta no Prince-sama Music2 will be available at their store, along with goods from the creator of the series Broccoli. The game, which comes out September 5, will feature the characters in chibimode and a set of songs from the games and anime for fans to play a standard rhythm game to. The announcement for the next project as coming soon has the boys of Poison Kiss blacked out, which may mean the reunion announcement at the end of the second season could come to fruition. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Yaraon! The post UtaPri’s poster boys grabs fujoushi attention at Shibuya 109 building appeared first on SGCafe. Fight virtual monsters with Freeing’s 1/8 scale Asuna figure (Sword Art Online) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/fight-virtual-monsters- freeings-18-scale-asuna-figure-sword-art-online/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=fight-virtual- monsters-freeings-18-scale-asuna-figure-sword-art-online By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 Catch the sub-leader of the Knights of Blood in all her battlefield glory with FREEing’s latest PVC figure! The 1/8 scale figure measures approximately 210 mm tall and is sculpted by Rei Azusa. The figure will be released March 2014 and costs 8,800 yen.
  • 262. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 The figure is now up for pre-order and can be reserved online via the Good Smile Online shop. Fans can also look forward to FREEing’s 1/8 scale Silica which is currently in production. Read more on figures here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Good Smile Company The post Fight virtual monsters with Freeing’s 1/8 scale Asuna figure (Sword Art Online) appeared first on SGCafe. The Colossal Titan stirs up trouble at Animate’s Ikebukuro branch Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/colossal- titan-stirs-trouble-animates-ikebukuro-branch/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=colossal-titan-stirs- trouble-animates-ikebukuro-branch By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 If Wall Maria couldn’t even hold the Colossal Titan, then how could an Animate store in Ikebukuro do it? Well, if there’s anything the staff at Animate Ikebukuro are good at, it’s to turn the dreams or fantasies of anime fans into a reality – and so it was that the creature which almost drove humanity into extinction has magically made an appearance in Animate Ikebukuro on August 23. The not-so-jolly red giant posed for some pictures with the store’s Attack on Titan displays as well as some cardboard representations of Eren, Mikasa, Levi and even Linked Horizon‘s Revo who sang both opening songs for the anime.
  • 263. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 This was all to promote the store’s special “Wall Maria store” which not only features Attack on Titan goodies like the Linked Horizon single and the anime’s volume 1 DVD/ Blu-Ray but also some Attack on Titan exhibits like some photographs from the series. The Wall Maria store would be available in Animate’s Ikebukuro branch only until September 1. Several limited edition Attack on Titan merchandise were also on sale as well as the original manga series by Hajime Isayama. The big guy most certainly seemed to have had a lot of fun as he finally lined up to buy the merchandise he had his eyes on, and from the looks of things, he most certainly had a good haul. Good job big guy!
  • 264. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Read more on your favorite anime and mangas gere on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Animate 1, 2, 3 The post The Colossal Titan stirs up trouble at Animate’s Ikebukuro branch appeared first on SGCafe. Hanamonogatari (Monogatari series) to receive TV anime adaptaion in 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hanamonogatari- monogatari-series-receive-tv-anime-adaptaion-2014/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hanamonogatari- monogatari-series-receive-tv-anime-adaptaion-2014 By KarbyP on August 28th, 2013 Hanamonogatari, a story arc in Nisio Isin’s Monogatari series of light novels that stars Suruga Kanbaru as the heroine, will be adapted into a TV anime and broadcasted in Japan sometime in 2014, the October issue of Dengeki G’s Magazine is reporting. Details on Hanamonogatari’s runtime or episode count were not revealed, but this series will most likely be handled in a manner similar to that for Nekomonogatari (Black), which was a four-episode special that preceded the rest of the Monogatari series second season TV anime that began airing in Japan earlier this year in July.
  • 265. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Hanamonogatari was originally planned to be part of the Monogatari series second season TV anime show, but was excluded from it in the end as the producers had trouble squeezing it into the show’s 26-episode (“two cours” or half-a-year airing schedule) format, according to Aniplex’s Iwakami Atsuhiro. Thus in the end, the Monogatari series 2nd season TV anime would cover only the Nekomonogatari (White), Kabukimonogatari, Otorimonogatari, Onimonogatari, and Koimonogatari arcs. Monogatari series 2nd season is an on-going TV anime series. New episodes are simulcasted on Crunchyroll and Daisuki.net, with English subs, every week (not available in certain countries). Read more anime news here on SGCafe at http:// sgcafe.com/category/anime/ And join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com The post Hanamonogatari (Monogatari series) to receive TV anime adaptaion in 2014 appeared first on SGCafe. Catch Fate/Zero’s Saber… in her jammies! [1/7 scale figure by Wing] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/catch- fatezeros-saber-jammies-17-scale-figure-wing/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=catch-fatezeros- saber-jammies-17-scale-figure-wing By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 Ever wonder what would happen if you caught the mighty King Arthur wearing pajamas? Well, Wing is offering a look at the adorable King Arthuria Pendragon in all her sleepwear glory with their 1/7 scale Saber Pajama ver. This 140 mm PVC figure is sculpted by Ryou Hashimoto costs 8,400 yen and will be released in December.
  • 266. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 The figure is now up for pre-order and can be reserved online via the Good Smile Online shop. Read more on figures here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Good Smile Company The post Catch Fate/Zero’s Saber… in her jammies! [1/7 scale figure by Wing] appeared first on SGCafe. Canon’s Pixus X Gundam Project to launch a custom Char Aznable printer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/canons-pixus-x- gundam-project-launch-custom-char-aznable-printer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=canons-pixus-x- gundam-project-launch-custom-char-aznable-printer By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 Char Aznable seems to be having a lot of stuff customized to his liking from his red Zaku II to his red Z’gok to his red Gelgoog and finally, his Red Toyota Auris. Now, the Red Comet is getting another machine customized to his liking – and this time, Canon will be providing it. Yes, the great Char Aznable will be having his own personalized printer made by the people over at Canon and as expected, it will come in the red comet’s custom colors which is… um… red. All part of a Canon’s PIXUS X Gundam project. The PIXUS MG7130 Char’s Customized Kit Printer is so limited that only 500 units of it will be made. These custom printers come with Zaku II decals and will be released next month, September 27. The campaign is set to end on October 31.
  • 267. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 15 But that’s not all, Gundam is also promoting Canon’s latest line of printers, the PIXUS MG7130 (which you should never confuse with the usual MG‘s that are synonymous with Gundam). These printers come in 4 different colors namely black, white, red and brown. Canon also released a promo video to promote the collaboration and it features The Char Custom printer. To watch the video, click here. Read more anime stories here on SGCafe! Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! Via Canon The post Canon’s Pixus X Gundam Project to launch a custom Char Aznable printer appeared first on SGCafe. Voice actress Yuka Iguchi poses like A Certain Magical Index in gravure photo shoot Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/voice-actress-yuka-iguchi- poses-like-certain-magical-index-gravure-photo-shoot/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=voice-actress-yuka- iguchi-poses-like-certain-magical-index-gravure-photo-shoot By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 The To Aru / A Certain series is certainly giving us a lot of nice things this summer, like that announcement of the new spin-off manga based on Accelerator as well as the ‘A certain summer’ celebrations, not to mention the red hot A certain scientific Railgun S anime series which is currently shaking up the summer anime season. Now, the anime, manga and light novel franchise is bringing us yet another sizzling hot summer treat, this time featuring the main girl, Index and her voice actress, Yuka Iguchi. The lovely nun from England was drawn in several sexy poses which pretty much looks like the poses done by her original Japanese dub voice actress, Yuka Iguchi. The images were based on an earlier gravure shoot done by the voice actress who has been known to voice several loli characters like Index.
  • 268. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 16 A lot of details were used as the backgrounds and costumes look almost identical, take these photos with the monkey for example.
  • 269. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 17 Yuka Iguchi got her break for voicing the cute Index but she is also known for voicing other characters like Haganai’s Maria Takeyeama, Monogatari’s Tsukihi Araragi, Ro Kyu Bu’s Maho Misawa, Sankarea’s Mero Furuwa and Girl’s Und Panzer’s Mako Reizei. Read more on your favorite anime and as well as the voice actors on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Yaraon The post Voice actress Yuka Iguchi poses like A Certain Magical Index in gravure photo shoot appeared first on SGCafe. Attack on Titan X Lawson strikes again in Episode Two: Sasha’s revenge Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/attack-titan- x-lawson-strikes-episode-two-sashas-revenge/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attack-titan-x- lawson-strikes-episode-two-sashas-revenge By Zenko on August 28th, 2013 Lawson is bringing even more Attack on Titan goods to stores in September, and that means even more potato goodness for Sasha Braus. Lawson and Family Mart are notorious for running campaigns with anime and even VOCALOID. Starting September 3 at 7 AM Lawson will be continuing their last Attack on Titan that ended on August 23. This time it will offer up clear files, minicases, and even a chance at a signed poster. The food being offered this time isn’t as easy as all types of Calbee chips. Instead it will be two Attack on Titan themed snacks. One will be a bag of Survey Corps Butter Cookies, and the other will be Sasha’s Potato Chips. Each will cost fans 105 yen, but with how happy Sasha is on the bag that may not matter. A set of writing tablets featuring scenes from the show will also be on sale for 210 yen, with six to collect total. In case you need something to carry your change in, these minicases featuring chibi versions of Armin, Eren, Mikasa, and Levi and will cost 399 yen.
  • 270. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 18 If you purchase at least two of these items you will receive one of five clearfiles as a present. Featuring Mikasa, Eren and Levi on three of them, and the Survey Corps on the other it should provide fans with enough choices to cover all their precious documents. A receipt campaign is also making an appearance in the second half of the campaign, with fans having a chance to win a poster signed by the voice actors. Once the event is active, fans will have a chance to enter using the numbers that print on receipts from in store Attack on Titan purchases. Unfortunately only one lucky fan will win this prize. The campaign will only run until September 16, so be sure to check out Lawson before that. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe. Feel free to check out the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Lawson The post Attack on Titan X Lawson strikes again in Episode Two: Sasha’s revenge appeared first on SGCafe. Rock outer space with GSC’s Nendoroid petit Macross heroines set Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/rock-outer- space-gscs-nendoroid-petit-macross-heroines-set/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=rock-outer-space- gscs-nendoroid-petit-macross-heroines-set By spartanchef on August 28th, 2013 The Macross series has proven to be one of the most popular science fiction mecha anime out there and to celebrate its 30th anniversary, Good Smile Company is bringing us this new Macross heroines Nendoroid Petit set which is now up for pre-order. Each 65 mm figure is made of PVC and ABC and is sculpted by Muruhige. The pre-order price for these are 4,343 yen. The set contains Lynn Minmay, Sharon Apple, Mylene Jenius, Sara Nome, Ranka Lee, Sheryl Nome and one secret character and I wonder who she is? The set will be released in December.
  • 271. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 19
  • 272. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 20 ‘These can be pre-ordered online via Hobby Search. Read more on figures here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via Good Smile Company The post Rock outer space with GSC’s Nendoroid petit Macross heroines set appeared first on SGCafe. Celebrate a certain Summer with Index, Mikoto, Touma and the rest of the gang Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/celebrate- certain-summer-index-mikoto-touma-rest-gang/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=celebrate-certain- summer-index-mikoto-touma-rest-gang By spartanchef on August 27th, 2013 The To Aru series has been riding a huge wave of success with the ongoing A certain scientific Railgun S anime as well as the newly announced spin-off manga which focuses on the #1 level 5 Accelerator. The series is also celebrating summer in a very certain way with their official character popularity elections. The winner of the poll will be featured in a message card illustrated by series illustrator Kiyotaka Haimura. The message card will contain the winner as well as a message from series author Kazuma Kamachi himself. The winner will be determined once the target 103,000 votes have been cast. Voting is open for everyone and the candidates include the main characters including Index, Touma, Accelerator, Mikoto and Kuroko as well as some very not-so-well known ones. You can cast your vote through this link. Today, August 27 will also be a very big day for the To Aru series in general as volume 9 of the Railgun manga, volume 12 of the Index manga and the manga version of the movie A Certain Magical Index: Miracle of Endymion will all be released. Today will also mark the release of the special monthly issue of Dengeki Daioh which features the Railgun herself, Mikoto Misaka. The latest volume of A Certain Magical Index’s second light novel series (aka the main series) will also be released
  • 273. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 21 this summer and it will be on September 10. Dengeki has also released a 50 page teaser for the new book and so far, it features Touma, Index, Lessar, Leivinia Birdway and Mikoto. You can read the teaser through this link (it’s read from right to left and it’s in Japanese). Touma is really about to get hurt in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… Read more on your favorite anime and mangas gere on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Via To Aru summer The post Celebrate a certain Summer with Index, Mikoto, Touma and the rest of the gang appeared first on SGCafe. Animate, Gamers and more collaborate for the Monogatari fair Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/animate- gamers-collaborate-monogatari-fair/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=animate-gamers- collaborate-monogatari-fair By spartanchef on August 27th, 2013 Without a doubt, the Monogatari series second season is currently one of the hottest anime this season and a lot of big name stores are collaborating with the anime. Tora no Ana, Tsutaya, Tower Records, HMV, Animate and Gamers are all collaborating with the series with at least one of the main girls from the anime representing each store. Several ads for the collaboration have been spotted around the train stations for Shinjuku, Shibuya and Akihabara. This promo period started yesterday, August 26 and will last until September 1. Shinjuku Shibuya Akihabara This is all to promote the release of the Volume 1 DVD/ Blu-rays for the anime. Each store will be providing their own promos for BDVD/ Blu-Ray release. Tora no Ana, Animate and Gamers will be giving away Monogatari posters while HMV and Tower Records will be giving away 300 yen discount coupons featuring a Monogatari heroine.
  • 274. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 22 The Volume 1 DVDs and Blu-Rays will be released on October 23 and will cost 8,400 yen for the Blu-Ray and 7,350 yen for the DVDs. Volume 1 will be containing the first 3 episodes of Nekomonogatari Shiro. Read more on your favorite Anime here on SGCafe. Also, Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! via Monogatari official website and Animate The post Animate, Gamers and more collaborate for the Monogatari fair appeared first on SGCafe. SNK announces ‘The King of Fighters Online’ MOBA game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/snk-announces-king-fighters- online/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=snk- announces-king-fighters-online By spartanchef on August 27th, 2013 King of Fighters has always been one of the most successful fighting games of all time. Now, SNK has announced that the popular fighting game is stepping into the realm of MOBA‘s or Massively Online Battle Arenas. The game is currently being developed by Studio Dragonfly from South Korea and is being published in Thailand by True Digital Plus. The game’s official website has also been put up and it already features 5 characters namely Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Iori Yagami, Joe Higashi and Griffon. The website is in Thai. Several game play videos have also been released. The five videos feature Kyo Kusanagi, Terry Bogard, Iori Yagami, Joe Higashi and Griffon. The closed Beta testing is scheduled for next week, September 4, 2013 and the registration has already started. Interested applicants can apply via the official website. This is one MOBA game K.O.F. fans should not miss out on! Read more on Japanese Video games here on SGCafe! You can also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Gamespark The post SNK announces ‘The King of Fighters Online’ MOBA game appeared first on SGCafe. Haruhi Summer Festival 2013 draws fans to Kansai Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/haruhi- summer-festival-2013-draws-fans-academics-alike/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=haruhi-summer- festival-2013-draws-fans-academics-alike
  • 275. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 23 By Zenko on August 27th, 2013 Summer may be coming to an end, but fans of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya are trying to draw it out as long as possible. It may not be another anime adaptation, but the Haruhi Summer Festival is helping fans of the series to relive all the joy of the Haruhi series. First airing in 2006, the anime drew in a large amount of fans for its sci-fi slapstick humor and ridiculous attention to detail on the scenery. Following a second season [2009] and movie [2010] based on the light novels the 2006 series didn’t have a chance to cover, it helped to spur another wave of fans into action. The reason for the detailed backgrounds, one fan discovered, is because it’s based on an actual location: Shukugawagakuin Middle and High School in Nishinomiya. It isn’t the first time an anime has drawn on a real life town, AnoHana and Free! both have done the same. However, it is one of the first places for the Kansai Cultural Promotion Association to support a fan event at. The event itself, organized by the fans, was held on August 25 in the school and is only the second time it has been held. Fans from as close as northern Kyoto and as far away as Kanagawa prefecture united and, for the first time, showed off their cosplay and itasha in special photography areas. Overall, a total of 100 fans were present to celebrate the fourth year of surviving without an Endless Eight trapping them in an endless loop. The tourism agency itself said “the fans who showed up were really interesting, and were really proactive about cooperating with the administration.” Unfortunately they also made it clear that the fate of next year’s festival is as yet undetermined, as pilgrimages have been a point of debate recently, though they would like for it to continue. Hopefully, though, an understanding can be reached among the prefectural board of Commerce and Tourism, and fans can continue to make their way to the sites they love. Keep up with all your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on here! Source: Mantan Web The post Haruhi Summer Festival 2013 draws fans to Kansai appeared first on SGCafe. All aboard Kyoto Subway’s cosplay train! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/aboard-kyoto-subways-cosplay- train/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aboard- kyoto-subways-cosplay-train By spartanchef on August 26th, 2013 The historic city of Kyoto has certainly been really anime friendly recently. Not only are they collaborating with various anime, but yesterday the prefecture’s subway system have also conducted something called “the cosplay train”.
  • 276. August 29th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 24 About 100 male and female cosplayers rode the cosplay train yesterday, August 25. The cosplayers posed for some pictures as the train took them along the Tozai line from Uzumasa station to Rokujizou station. The event was organized by GO-TAN who also organized last year’s cosplay train event. The event was also sponsored by various organizations like the Kyoto Municipal Transportation Bureau. The participants talked about their favorite anime, manga and games as the train arrived in Uzumasa station. Some of the participants who were cosplaying for the very first time during the event have said that it was fun and they were very excited about cosplaying as their favorite characters. Read more on Cosplay here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Kyoto NP and Go-Tan The post All aboard Kyoto Subway’s cosplay train! appeared first on SGCafe.