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SGcafe Anime News For Otaku Jan 2013 Issue

  1. 1. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Summer-themed ‘Yotsuba&’ cell phone strap mascots coming out in Winter Source: strap-mascots-winter/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013 Revoltech maker Kaiyodo must have missed the note about February being a Winter month in Japan. For the company is planning to release in February a set of five character straps themed after Kiyohhiko Azuma’s (Azumanga Daioh) manga series Yotsuba&, depicting protagonist Yotsuba Koiwai in all manners of apparels worn during Summer. Or maybe that’s their strategy all along, to strike while the iron is hot the weather is still cold: Maybe fans of the comedy and slice-of-life manga are more likely to buy these Summer- themed Yotsuba& straps in Winter, so that it may serve as a portable source of warmth in the blistering cold. A pillar of strength that encourages the strap owner to hold out and bear the cold weather for just a little longer, for Summer is just around the corner (actually, no, Summer’s a long ways off). In any case, Yotsuba’s cutesy appearance is bound to keep fans’ moods evergreen all year round, those fickle things we call “weather” and “season” be damned. Kaiyodo’s Yotsuba& strap mascots will go on sale in Japan starting February 15, for the price of 500 yen per box, or 6,000 yen for a case of 12 boxes. Five designs are available, but which of the five you get from a single box is completely random. Natsu Matsuri (夏夏夏) T-shirt (T夏夏夏)
  2. 2. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 In the Rain (夏夏夏) At the Beach (夏夏夏) Cicada Style (夏夏夏夏夏夏夏) Source: Natalie Free Nanoha poster from Comiket 83 gets sold for $316 Source: sold-316/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 In this day and age, a Warashibe Choja-esque (Straw Millionaire) episode – where a peasant makes a series of trades, starting with a piece of straw, to eventually becoming wealthy – would be deemed unimaginable. But the events in this Japanese folk tale unexpectedly came to pass in a modern day setting — at the Comiket 83 this past weekend. This time, of course, the trade did not start with a straw stalk, and there weren’t too many successive trades. It started with a blood donation instead. As most of you are aware, otakus that frequent the Comiket at the Tokyo Big Sight would do anything to possess the
  3. 3. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 rarest of items. That would include paying a high sum of money for a limited edition poster which can be obtained for free. At the event, the Japanese Red Cross Society held a blood donation drive where they offered a free poster in exchange for a 400 ml of blood. The prints featured characters from Minato Soft, Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha, AQUAPLUS and Overdrive. Only 3000 posters were given by the organization. So the disappointed otakus who failed at getting the Nanoha poster saw their chance at obtaining it in an online auction. The bid closed at an overwhelming price of 27,500 JPY (316 USD). So if you want to become a modern age Warashibe Choja, trade your blood for a free limited edition poster at the next Comiket (if’ they’re doing it again) and start your own Straw Millionaire legend from there. Source: RocketNews24 Flow gets busy this 2013 with an album, a single and a nationwide tour Source: nationwide-tour/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 It will be a busy year for Flow, the J-rock band known for performing theme songs for popular anime titles (including Naruto, Code Geass and Eureka Seven), as they launch an album and a single this coming March. Aside from the new releases, their nationwide tour will commence in April. The details of the album and single haven’t been revealed entirely, but the exact dates of both releases were already announced. The double A-side single is slated for a March 20 release. It includes a new track plus Flow’s rendition of CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA (the theme song for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie). On the other hand, Flow’s 8th album, FLOW THE MAX!!!, will launch on the 27th on the same month. FLOW LIVE TOUR 2013: Tour THE MAX!!! is a two- part nationwide tour: LAST MAX!!! and MAX!!! no Mukou Gawa. Tickets for the first part of the tour can be reserved through the band’s official website starting January 24. The nationwide tour has 48 shows all in all. Below are the tour dates and venues: FLOW LIVE TOUR 2013: Tour THE MAX!!! ~LAST MAX!!! ~ • Chiba: April 12 at Chiba LOOK • Gunma: April 20 at Takasaki club FLEEZ • Kanagawa: April 21 at F.A.D YOKOHAMA • Ibaraki: April 26 at Mito Lighthouse • Hokkaido: April 29 at Sapporo cube garden • Aomori: May 1 at Aomori Quarter
  4. 4. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 • Iwate: May 3 at Morioka Club ChangeWAVE • Yamagata: May 4 at Yamagata Showa SESSION • Tochigi: May 6 at HEAVEN’S ROCK Utsunomiya VJ-2 • Osaka: May 11 at Shinsaibashi BIG CAT • Aichi: May 12 at Nagoya Electric Lady Land • Saitama: May 18 at HEAVEN’S ROCK Saitama Shintoshi VJ-3 • Yamanashi: May 19 at Kofu KAZOO HALL • Toyama: May 25 at Toyama MAIRO • Nagano: May 26 at Nagano Live House J • Kyoto: May 28 at Kyoto MUSE • Okayama: May 30 at Okayama IMAGE • Fukuoka: June 1 at Fukuoka DRUM Be-1 • Miyazaki: June 2 at Miyazaki SR-BOX • Oita: June 4 at Oita DRUM Be-0 • Ehime: June 6 at Matsuyama Salon Kitty • Tokushima: June 8th at Tokushima club GRINDHOUSE • Hyogo: June 9 at Kobe VARIT • Mie: June 11 at Matsuzaka M’AXA • Okinawa: June 22 at Ginowan HUMAN STAGE • Tokyo: July 2 at LIQUIDROOM ebisu FLOW LIVE TOUR: 2013 Tour THE MAX!!! ~MAX!!! no Mukou Gawa • Miyagi: July 5 at Sendai CLUB JUNK BOX • Akita: July 7 at Akita LIVE SPOT 2000 • Fukushima: July 9 at Koriyama CLUB夏9 • Niigata: July 10 at Niigata GOLDEN PIGS RED STAGE • Ishikawa: July 12 at Kanazawa vanvan V4 • Gifu: July 13 at Gifu Club-G • Wakayama: July 15 at Wakayama GATE • Tottori: July 17 at Yonego AZTiC laughs • Shimane: July 18 at Matsue AZTiC canova • Kochi: July 20 at Kochi X-pt. • Kagawa: July 21 at Takamatsu DIME • Yamaguchi: July 23 at Shunan TIKI-TA • Nagasaki: July 25 at Nagasaki DRUM Be-7 • Kumamoto: July 27 at Kumamoto DRUM Be-9 V2 • Kagoshima: July 28 at Kagoshima SR HALL • Saga: July 30 at Saga GEILS • Hiroshima: August 1 at Hiroshima Namiki Junction • Nara: August 3 at Nara Neverland • Shiga: August 4 at Shiga U-STONE • Fukui: August 6 at Fukui CHOP • Shizuoka: August 7 at Live House Hamamatsu Madowaku • Chiba: September 7 at Maihama Amphitheater [UPDATE] Here’s a preview of Flow’s version of CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA aired by Tokyo FM. Source: tokyohive and Crunchyroll Banpresto holds Hunter x Hunter Scarlet Eyes figure lottery in promotion for the upcoming movie Source: scarlet-eyes-figure-lottery-promotion-upcoming-movie/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 Ichiban Kuji, a lottery by the Japanese toy company Banpresto, is now increasing the excitement of Hunter x Hunter fans as they begin this month’s lottery. The major prize is a Kurapika Scarlet Eyes figure which is related to the main plot device of the upcoming Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge movie. Lottery tickets can be bought at 7-Eleven convenience stores for 500 JPY (5.75 USD). Here are the prizes of the lottery: Prize A
  5. 5. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Prize B Prize C Prize D Prize E Last Chance Prize: Second Change Prize On Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge Phantom Rouge follows the story of Kurapika’s revenge on the Phantom Troupe, a Class-A crime group that killed the people of his clan for their unique eyes—the scarlet eyes. The eyes of the fallen Kurta clan are considered one of the world’s most beautiful treasures. Whenever a person of the Kurta clan becomes agitated or angry, his eyes turn scarlet.
  6. 6. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 As Kurapika continues his search for the Phantom Troupe, an unknown group steals his scarlet eyes. Killua, Leorio and Gon come to Kurapika’s rescue, saving his life. Unfortunately, they were hindered by the Phantom Troupe. In this movie, the real identity of the person with the 夏4 spider tattoo will be revealed. Hunter x Hunter Phantom Rouge is directed by Yuzo Sato, with the script written by Shoji Yonemura. The chief animation directors include Satoshi Tasaki, Takahiro Umehara and Haruhito Takada. Sources: Crunchyroll and MyAnimeList Zippo lighters: Featuring Studio Ghibli films Source: ghibli-films/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 Lo and behold! Studio Ghibli classics may be for the younger audiences but the renowned anime film studio has taken its merchandising strategies on a different level: having their anime feature films engraved on Zippo lighters. From old films to recent ones, a variety of designs are available online. Now, it shouldn’t be a problem for Studio Ghibli’s co- founder Hayao Miyazaki—he is one hell of a chain smoker after all! In fact, he even reveals in an interview that his parents were heavy smokers and that he had his lungs checked only to find out that there were no problems. Check out the different designs below:
  7. 7. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Not all fans of Studio Ghibli films are smokers, but with the sleek and elaborate designs of these merchandise, even non- smokers might just be enticed to purchase a lighter or two. The prices of these Studio Ghibli Zippo lighters range from 100 USD to 210 USD. Source: Crunchyroll Maaya Sakamoto to return with her 8th studio album this March Source: album-march/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 Seiyuu and singer Maaya Sakamoto has previously worked with prominent composers such as Yoko Kanno in her previous tracks and albums. No wonder her songs are always amazing. And if you have been patiently waiting for her return since the release of You can’t catch me in January 2011, rejoice and be glad! She will be back with her own songs for her 8th studio album, Singer Songwriter, to be released on March 27. The upcoming album will feature eight tracks—all written, composed and produced by Sakamoto Maaya herself. Aside from her self-produced songs, a remix of Everywhere (from her third compilation album) and a rearrangement of Chikai (from her second mini-album) will be included. The song arrangements are by Kouno Shin and Watanabe Zentaro (Fate/stay night). A limited edition DVD will also be released. It will include the music video of the lead track as well as a documentary that features the recording and songwriting of Maaya Sakamoto. A few days after the album’s launch, Sakamoto Maaya will be holding hall tours in three cities. Tentative Maaya Sakamoto Hall Tour Dates: March 30 and 31- Osaka International Convention Center Main Hall April 19 and 21 – Aichi-ken Geijutsu Gekijou Dai Hall April 24 and 25 – Bunkamura Orchard Hall (in Tokyo) Source: tokyohive Comics Fiesta 2012: Bless4 interview Source: By sentinel011 on January 4th, 2013 When Comics Fiesta suddenly announced that they have gotten bless4 as a guest performer on the last week leading to the event, SGCafe managed to gather up this exclusive interview with the quartet. From left: Aiki, Kanasa, Akino, and Akashi
  8. 8. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 1) Welcome to Malaysia! I understand that you performed at Taipei a couple of days ago before Comics Fiesta, how do you find the crowd? They were really nice and wild! They were really honest, like when Akino asked “Do you love anime?”, everyone responded with “suki desu!”, and Akashi joked saying that “Thank you for saying you love me so much!” They were really fun. We’re looking forward to the concert tonight too! 2) Everyone loves bless4 here, and everyone loves the Aquarion series! Have you watched Sousei no Aquarion or Aquarion EVOL? We watched Sousei no Aquarion, as for Aquarion EVOL we were watching it real time, we were travelling around many countries but we had it recorded. We haven’t watch till the end yet, but we really want to watch it! We really like it because it has a lot of important messages inside of it. The visuals and the fight scenes just stands out. 3) Who is your favourite character in the most recent Aquarion anime, Aquarion EVOL and why? Akino: I really like Fudo Zen because he’s strange. He makes you go “What is he trying to say?” but in the end, there’s always a message all the time that makes you realize “oh, I need to think more!” Akashi: I’d like to say, Mikono. She’s cute! Kanasa: I kinda like Jin and Yunoha, that was like my favourite episode. Aiki: I like Andy, Andy’s cool. Kagura is cool too. Amata is okay but usually guys that waits for the girls are called “herbivores” in Japan, and I think Amata is a herbivore. Maybe if he’s a bit of a carnivore then…maybe. But nah I’m just kidding! 4) How long did you guys take to learn Japanese? I guess you can understand the language within 6 months if you live there, but speaking it actually depends on the person. At the 6 months point you can probably tell people what you want, like it’s not very fluent but you can get through the people. 6 months is a good mark! 5) Any messages to your fans out there? Akashi: Thank you very much, it’s our first time here in Malaysia, we’re just happy to be here and we’re looking forward to meeting everybody here! My message is that, just stay true to yourself and be cool, just have fun! Aiki: It’s our first time in Malaysia and we’re really having a blast. The food is great, the people are really nice. We still want to have a lot more fun with you guys, like jump together, sing together. We haven’t finished our performance yet but we’ll love to come back. Kanasa: Like everyone said, it’s our first time here, and we have a positive impression of Malaysia and definitely wants to know more about the country and all of you, and also the anime here, the culture, etc. And in order for us to do that we want to have fun with all of you so we’ll get ourselves ready for that! Akino: We’re just having so much fun, it doesn’t feel like a first time because everyone’s so warm. We don’t really know Malay but the next time we come, we’ll like to speak a little bit more! So we’ll work on that. Ganbarimasu! Yoroshiku onegaishimasu! —– We are glad that the energetic bless4 didn’t disappoint during that night’s performance – well, how could they ever? Look out for more of our CF2012 posts soon! LiSA wishes fans a Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year — in several languages Source: year-in-several-languages/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013
  9. 9. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 English, Chinese, Indonesian, and Portugal – those are languages that anisong artiste LiSA isn’t exactly fluent in. But that didn’t stop the spirited performer from wishing fans – many of whom love her songs despite not being fluent in Japanese either – her warmest seasons’ greetings in their native languages via a number of videos that Kawaii Girl Japan has been publishing all week long. The 25-year-old singer-songwriter, best known for singing the OPs to TV anime series Fate/Zero (Oath Sign) and Sword Art Online (crossing field), first graced our shores here in Singapore in 2011 as part of Anime Festival Asia’s “Rock Your Soul!” concerts. In 2012, the energetic performer appeared at both the Singapore and Indonesia legs of Anime Festival Asia. LiSA’s third album, Lover”S”Mile, came in at 夏1 on Tower Records Shinjuku’s list of best-selling anisong CDs for the year of 2012. New Year Message to Indonesian fans X’mas Message to Indonesian fans X’mas and New Year Message to English-speaking fans X’mas Message to Chinese- speaking fans X’mas and New Year Message to Portugese-speaking fans Source: Kawaii Girl Japan ‘Street Fighter X Mega Man’ getting an updated V2 release in January Source: v2-release-january/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013 An updated “V2″ iteration of Singaporean fan developer Seow Zong Hui’s (also known as DM MCZ Sonic) Street Fighter X Mega Man free-to-download PC game will be released soemtime in January, according to Capcom’s Online/Community Manager Brett Elston (Brelston). Although Capcom has not officially announced yet exactly what’s been changed in the new V2 iteration, community manager Brelston said on the Capcom-Unity forums that it will address at least some of the issues that forum user gatordile pointed out in the thread he started, entitled “Glitches in SFxMM”: 1. If you lock your computer or close your screen with game running the video doesn’t want to come back. You have to close the game and restart. I think it’s an issue with your computer needing to refresh the screen. 2. If you get killed at the same time as you kill the last boss in the boss rush you can’t re-enter their tube. You are stuck in the level. I’m not sure if this is a problem with any boss during boss rush or if it’s just the last boss you fight. 3. The top of ladders don’t seem to want you to grab them. Some full jumps are awkward. 4. Esc key should have a yes or no menu to safely close the game. I’ve exited on accident a couple times. 5. (Not really a issue since I don’t do it, but) Urien can be easily killed by pausing game with mine sweeper explosion over him. Since Capcom first released Street Fighter X Mega Man last month on December 17, creator DM MCZ Sonic has been monitoring player response to his work, along with any bugs or serious problems that he hoped to be able to fix and release as an updated version of the game – if Capcom would allow him an avenue to do so. As the game was a one-off deal, there was no guarantee that an update to the title would happen, especially since Capcom is distributing the game for free. Street Fighter X Mega Man was a collaboration between Capcom and DM MCZ Sonic made possible only by the stars aligning on one fateful day back in July 2012, when Sonic ran into Capcom USA’s Senior Vice-President Christian Svensson at EVO, the world’s biggest fighting games tournament event, and promptly showed him a half- finished build of the PC title. According to Svensson, normally Capcom’s legal team is forced to shut down any such fan game creation, no matter
  10. 10. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 how amazing it might be (which Zong Hui’s work no doubt was), simply because it might interfere with the global video games conglomerate’s rights in holding on to their intellectual properties in certain territories. Fortunately for Sonic (and Mega Man and Street Fighter fans all over the world), Capcom happened to be looking for something big to launch their plans to celebrate the Mega Man franchise’s 25th anniversary, and Sonic’s fan game was not only impressive, but doubly more apt because it involved Street Fighter – whose 25th anniversary ends right around the start of Mega Man’s 25th birthday bash. Street Fighter X Mega Man V2: bug fixes… plus more? Street Fighter x Mega Man is a game full of easter eggs for fans to discover. For instance, by entering a code in the menu, you can replace the game’s entire soundtrack with just one song (that will now play in every single situation): an 8-bit remix of Guile’s theme from Street Fighter 2, entitled “Goes with Anything”. Which begs the question: now that Capcom has green-lit an update to the title, will V2 simply contain bug fixes, or will the development team be implementing a couple more special easter eggs, if only to get those who’ve already cleared the game to revisit it? Of course, given that the game itself has only been released for about two weeks, chances are outside of bug fixes, the development team may not have had any extra time to include something special for the fans. So we’re not holding our breath here. That said, last week, Capcom producer Yoshinori Ono did tweet the following image to DM MCZ Sonic Capcom’s Brett Elston, asking that it be “joined” into Street Fighter X Mega Man: Of course, chances are Ono’s simply jesting (as usual; he’s not called “Trollono” by his fans online for no reason), but you never know. [Update] The 8-bit Ono pixel art that you see above was actually drawn by DM Sonic himself, as a gift to the venerable producer. We were mistaken in thinking that Ono came up with the drawing and sent it to SFxMM creator DM Sonic and Capcom’s Brelston, as Team DM’s Samuel Ong (Shen Ou) points out to us. Thanks for the clarification! Will there be anything extra? We’ll just have to find out later this month when the updated version of Street Fighter X Mega Man is released. Until then, we leave you with this link of Singapore sponsored player and Canadian Cup SSF4 champ Ho Kun Xian (DM Xian) failing badly at Street Fighter X Mega Man. If, like me, you previously thought SFxMM was too difficult for your gaming aptitude, all it takes is a couple minutes with Xian’s contrived attempt at clearing the game to realise that you’re not alone in your plight. In fact, if anything, watching Xian play the game (badly) is a good way to re-invigorate your fighting spirit, so that you’ll be prepared to square off against 8-bit world warriors when the new version of the fan game drops. Source: Eventhubs Cast for ‘Magical Suite Prism Nana’ revealed at Comiket 83 Source: revealed-comiket-83/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013
  11. 11. January 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 From studio Shaft, the makers of Puella Magi Madoka Magica, comes yet another highly-anticipated mahou shoujo anime: Magical Suite Prism Nana. The story has yet to be revealed, but what we know for certain is that it will focus on three female elemental magic users (fire, earth and water). At the Comiket 83 this past weekend, Shaft sold DVDs that included seven pilot shorts of the upcoming anime as well as its original soundtrack. The voice cast for the three main characters of Prism Nana was also confirmed. Itaru Washioka (the red-haired girl on the picture above) is voiced by Suzuko Mimori (Nanami Momozono from Kamisama Hajimemashita). Kotone Oribe (the blue- haired girl) is voiced by Eri Kitamura (Karen Araragi from Nisemonogatari). Lastly, Asuka Asagi (the green- haired girl) is voiced by Asami Imai (Kojuurou Katakura from Sengoku Collection and Chihaya Kisaragi from The Idolm@ster). The original character designs were provided by Kantoku (Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko). Aside from the confirmation of the cast, Nendoroid prototypes of the three main characters were also exhibited. Although Prism Nana’s pilot shorts were already streamed on the net, the release date has not been announced yet. The project was initially revealed last August and it was showcased at Comiket 82 on the same month. Sources: Crunchyroll, MyAnimeList and Otakomu
  12. 12. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama: ‘We’ve got 3 new games in the pipeline’ Source: ceo-hiroshi-matsuyama/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013 2013′s going to be a busy year for game development studio CyberConnect2. Not only are they working on the finishing touches for Naruto Shippuuden: Ultimate Ninja Storm 3(March 2013), they’ve also been concurrently working on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure All-Star Battle (PS3), as well as GREE smartphone action game Night Runner (Working Title) and additional contents for its other smartphone title, Guilty Dragon. And that’s not all. The Fukuoka-based developer has apparently got pretty big plans for 2013. In a New Year’s message YouTube video that just went live today, CyberConnect2 CEO Hiroshi Matsuyama teased that the game developer plans to unveil three more unannounced titles later this year in 2013. Matsuyama-san described these three new titles as “original new works” (オオオオオオオ), which is Japanese-game-industry speak for “brand new IP”. So I suppose that means right off the bat we can cross out Asura’s Wrath 2 and anything .hack related from our list, huh? (No, wait, Matsuyama did not say that these three games will be the only new titles they’d be announcing in 2013, after all.) Since the video’s meant as a New Year’s message, Matsuyama decides to close off by doing a kakizome calligraphy, writing out one of his favourite character quotes from Takahiro Ozawa and Asako Seo’s manga series Giga Tokyo Toybox: “Besides my hopes and dreams, the other weapons I’m armed with include diligence! And guts!” Giga Tokyo Toybox, a sequel to Tokyo Toybox (also by Ozawa and Seo), is about a group of young protagonists chasing their dreams and coping with the struggles of working in the video games industry. When the manga series developed from Tokyo Toybox into Giga Tokyo Toybox, several new regular characters were added to the story. One of those characters added was Momo Momota, whom the character quote Matsuyama wrote out belongs to. “Momo Momota is a female protagonist who’s a newcomer to the video games industry. As she’s a newcomer, she doesn’t really have much of anything apart from her hopes and dreams. So when she needed to draw from a source of strength to embrace the challenges ahead, she realises that the only weapons she’s armed with are diligence and guts. And that’s how her story begins in Volume 1,” Matsuyama explains. This is something Matsuyama says that he can relate to, especially in recent years, during which the games industry has underwent numerous changes that presented various new difficulties. For instance, console games are getting harder and harder to make (due to production costs, etc) and so people often question what’s going to happen to the future of the console games business. “Well, something like that [difficulties a developer faces when making a console game, the future of console gaming being questioned], actually that’s been a part of the video games industry all along since the very beginning. The path towards creating a product isn’t always smooth-sailing, and it’s not always fun and games. Naturally there are tough battles to overcome too.” “But it’s just like what the main protagonist of Giga Tokyo Toybox Taiyou Tenkawa says: ‘this line of work is tough, but it’s also a lot of fun’. I feel that he’s absolutely right, and that, especially in light of today’s challenges in the games industry, we as developers need to meet them with diligence and guts. Well, it’s been like that in the past too, but now more than ever, we need to re-examine the meaning of those words [even though CyberConnect2 are no longer newcomers to the industry].” Matsuyama, who’s a big fan of the manga series, says that in the story there is a scene where the character quote is taken one step further: you start with “hopes and dreams”, arm yourself with “diligence and guts”, and then after that, you stand your ground and brace yourself for the harsh impact (オ オオオ). It’s a scene that Matsuyama says is a tear-jerker, and
  13. 13. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 he recommends that gamers check out the manga - pretty much everyone in CyberConnect2 is a fan of the series. Source: Excite News Kyary secretly arrives in Singapore Source: announcing-twitter/ By sentinel011 on January 7th, 2013 While it was previously reported that Kyary will be having a concert in Singapore, the dates are still unknown, even till today. However, the eccentric artiste tweeted on her arrival at Singapore’s Changi Airport just moments ago. In Kyary’s twitter message posted about an hour ago, she said ” In Singapore now. Really hot.” in Japanese. A lucky fan managed to catch Kyary at the international airport, and even took a picture of her fan and tweeted about it. Below is the excerpt of the tweet post: pamyurin: When I arrived at Singapore’s airport I was surprised to find someone (the girl pictured here) waiting to greet me☆ suzuluv_xoxo: Kyary-chan is nice and cute and cute and cute I love her! Thank you very much for shaking my hands and signing an autograph for me! o(>☆<)o Kyary’s arrival is highly suspected to be related to her upcoming World Tour. Of course, a little touring around the Lion City might follow. Her unannounced trip will surely create a bigger hype amongst the local fans in Singapore. [Update @ 16:15PM] Munching on Sarpino’s Pizza along Orchard Road outside Lucky Plaza? Source: Kyary’s Twitter Nyanko-sensei on a little teapot, short and stout Source: By ellehaym on January 6th, 2013
  14. 14. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Nyanko-sensei, from Natsume Yuujinchou by Yuki Midorikawa, gets painted on a teapot and cup set along with the other series of LaLa magazine. The other designs are based from Gakuen Babysitters by Hari Tokeino, Ookami- heika no Hanayome by Mato Kauta and Akagami no Shirayuki-hime by Sorata Akiduki. Each set is conveniently designed with the teapot placed atop the cup. When you hear about Takashi Natsume’s cat spirit partner, I would bet that the first thing that comes to your mind is his shape as round as the maneki neko’s. And that’s exactly how the creator designed the teapot. It retains the stoutness of Nyanko-sensei. One teapot and cup set costs 1200 JPY (14 USD). It’s a part of a pre-order campaign which runs until March 9. We have previously reported that Natsume Yuujinchou will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. As a special give away for fans of Midorikawa’s supernatural shoujo manga series, LaLa magazine’s February issue comes with a free squishy Nyanko-sensei strap. The display of Nyanko-sensei’s cuteness doesn’t end with a tea set and a strap. has teamed up with Animax in offering limited edition Natsume Yuujinchou goods. A Nyanko-sensei saucepan which costs 3580 JPY (41 USD) and a Nyanko-sensei Reversi board game which costs 3150 JPY (36 USD) can now be pre-ordered. Sources: Natalie, natsume-blog and Makoto Shinkai to release ‘Kotonoha no Niwa’ this spring Source: niwa-spring/ By ellehaym on January 6th, 2013 One man army anime filmmaker, Makoto Shinkai, has announced that he’s working on Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words—no official English title as of today), a new anime movie scheduled for release in Spring 2013. In a blog post by Shinkai, he wrote that it’s his first time taking on a love story movie. However, the story of Kotonoha
  15. 15. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 no Niwa isn’t something that focuses on the typical meaning of love. Shinkai writes that the concept of romance (オオ) did not exist in the Japanese language before the modern period. オ (love), was written as オオ (solitary sadness) since the 8th century. He adds that the present concept of love (オ) was imported from the West. Now, with all of Shinkai’s historical background on the word love, you would probably think that Kotonoha no Niwa will be a historical romance. Actually, that’s not the case. Shinkai has emphasized that Kotonoha no Niwa is set in the present day. The story will interpret the ancient meaning of love—“an emotion of longing for someone that can only be felt in solitude.” Makoto Shinkai’s previous works include Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. Sources: Otaku USA and MyAnimeList Forum Anime studio Shaft to issue a second batch of Madoka Magica the Movie ‘Key Animation Note extra’ art book Source: madoka-magica-movie-key-animation-note-extra-art-book/ By KarbyP on January 5th, 2013 One of the most coveted items at Comic Market 83 last weekend was anime studio Shaft’s “Madoka Magica the Movie Key Animation Note extra” art book which, like all good things at Comiket, was promptly sold out at the event… …Only to be found available again shortly afterwards on Yahoo! Japan Auctions and other similar sites where the book is now listed for some far-fetched price several times its initial going rate. Because normally such event-specific items are sold only at Comic Market and never again re- issued. Fortunately for Madoka Magica fans who weren’t able to make it to Comiket 83, however, Shaft has decided to issue a second batch of the Key Animation Note extra art book, now slated to hit book stores all across Japan at the end of February, with pre-orders beginning from January 7. Talk about a kick in the teeth for those blood-sucking, money- grabbing, greedy online auctioners. The 368-paged A4-size art book contains over 1,000 pieces of original sketches and illustrations, all of which centered on the new scenes featured in the pair of Madoka Magica movies – like the intro sequence that visually accompanied the movie’s new opening theme Luminous, and the various heroine’s Mahou Shoujo “henshin” sequences. Additionally, the cover of the art book (pictured below) was illustrated by Junichiro Taniguchi specially for this release.
  16. 16. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 For the most part, the pair of Madoka Magica movies were really an abridged “director’s cut” re-telling of the TV anime series’ story with new scenes inserted here and there, so the fact that the “Key Animation Note extra” art book doesn’t contain any illustrations from the TV anime series is pretty reassuring, since there was already an art book released for that. Although the art book was previously sold for 4,000 yen at Comiket 83, when it’s sold at book stores all across Japan in February it will now be priced at 4,200 yen instead. This second-press edition will also not come with the bonus “Rakugaki Note” (a collection of messages and sketches from the anime movie’s staff, including Gen Urobuchi and Junichiro Taniguchi) mini-booklet that was given out to fans who bought the book at Comiket; it just wouldn’t be fair to those who lined up otherwise. Outside of the Madoka Magica art book, Shaft also had on sale exclusively at Comiket 83 new art books for Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb and Bakemonogatari, as well as a Magical Suite Prism Nana “Prism Box” set that contains the show’s pilot animations and a CD soundtrack. Although today’s announcement is only for the Madoka Magica art book, Shaft says on its website that they are looking into possibly doing a second batch of these other goods as well. Hidamari Sketch x Honeycomb Production Note オオオオオオオオオ×オオオオオオオオオオオオオオオ Contains reference materials (characters, settings) used in the production of the anime. The form factor of the book is designed to resemble the Hidamari Apartments that Yuno and her friends reside in. Specifications • Cover illustrated by creator Ume Aoki • B5-Size • 288 full-colour pages • Includes a case Bakemonogatari Key Animation Note prologue オオオオ KEY ANIMATION NOTE prologueオ Contains original illustrations for part of episode 1 in the Bakemonogatari TV anime series. Specifically, the materials here cover the start of episode 1 all the way until right before the OP begins (from the part where protagonist Koyomi Araragi meets up with Tsubasa Hanekawa, until the part where he catches a falling Hitagi Senjougahara)
  17. 17. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Specifications • Cover illustrated by Akio Watanabe • Size: 195x200mm • 208 full-colour pages • Includes a case Magical Suite Prism Nana PRISM BOX オオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオ PRISM BOXオ Set Contains: • Pilot PV Animation PV (all 7 animations, a total of 14 minutes’ runtime) • Original soundtrack (all 7 tracks) • Special booklet • Size: 297x297mm Comiket attendees who purchased any of the aforementioned books (the Prism Nana box set didn’t count, as it was sold at a partner’s booth, instead of at Shaft’s) also received special paper bags with Sasami@Ganbaranai illustrations printed on them to take home their merchandise in; I don’t think we can expect to see these reproduced even if Shaft decides to re-issue every other item they sold at Comiket 83. Here’s what the illustrations on the paper bag looked like: Source: Shaft Saki Episode of Side A: ‘bonus episodes’ PV runs through DVD/Blu-ray release and on-air dates Source: pv-runs-dvdblu-ray-release-on-air-dates/ By KarbyP on January 5th, 2013 The TV anime adaptation of Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A (a spin-off of the original Saki series, which you can watch for free on legal streaming site Crunchyroll) was originally planned as a 12-episode series that finished its run on Japanese TV back in July 2012. Shortly before the end of the TV anime series, however, the show’s producers announced that they would be putting out a couple more bonus episodes. The first one, episode 13, already aired on December 24, 2012. Episode 14 is slated to premiere on Japan’s AT-X channel on January 29 this year. This week the show’s producers have put out a new PV that includes clips from the upcoming 14th episode, along with various dates with regards to when and on which channels
  18. 18. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Japanese viewers will be able to watch episodes 13 and 14, or otherwise purchase it on Blu-Ray and DVD. Outside of Japan, anime fans worldwide can catch the entire series at the Saki Achiga-hen episode of Side-A show page on Crunchyroll. Unlike Saki (2009), which is available for viewing online even for free members, Achiga-hen episode of Side-A will require a premium Crunchyroll membership subscription to watch. Episode 13 or the first bonus episode of Saki Achiga- hen episode of Side A is already on Crunchyroll, and the legal streaming service announced previously that it will be streaming the second one “simulcast” (at the same time) when it airs in Japan. Source: Crunchyroll DmC Devil May Cry: get psyched as Eurogamer walks us through Missions 8 and 9, new CG trailer [Video] Source: walks-missions-8-9-video/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013 Publisher Capcom and developer Ninja Theory’s DmC Devil May Cry comes out in a little more than a week from now. Still not convinced that the new title, a series reboot that’s being outsourced to England-based Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword), would live up to the original games’ reputation? Then you’ve absolutely got to check out these two videos Eurogamer has just put up, offering an in-depth look at a middle portion of the game – Missons 8 and 9, to be specific – after Dante’s got access to an additional few weapons and powers in his arsenal that he didn’t have in the brief demo that’s currently available for download from the Xbox Live Marketplace and PlayStation Network. What’s different in this DmC is that protagonist Dante is no longer half-demon, half-human son of devil knight Sparda. Instead, Dante’s mother is apparently an angel in this game, making his lineage one that’s half-demon and half-angel – which explains why the Dante here has access to special powers from both factions, Like Eurogamer’s Ian Higton explained in the Mission 8 preview video you saw, certain enemies in DmC Devil May Cry will only be susceptible to attacks from one faction – either the demon side or the angel side – which I’ve got to admit, is a pretty refreshing idea when seen in the greater context of the Devil May Cry series, although it would be incredibly easy to point fingers and speculate that the guys over at Ninja Theory are probably big fans of Treasure’s Ikaruga or Ubisoft’s Outland. Althought DmC Devil May Cry is considered a series reboot, it’s not without elements that fans of the series will be familiar with. For instance, right from the get-go Dante is armed with his trusty sidekicks the Rebellion longsword and Ebony & Ivory pistols (if you haven’t had a chance to go hands-on with these returning weapons in DmC, we highly recommend checking out the demo). Dante’s long-lost twin brother Vergil is also back in the rebooted franchise. In fact, he’ll have his own playable chapter – only available for free to gamers who pre-order the title, however (check with your local retailer on details, and make sure you do it soon… did we say the game comes out in a little more than a week?) DmC Devil May Cry for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 comes out January 15. A PC port is also slated to be released January 25. Shounen Jump celebrates recent “Kuroko’s Basketball” milestones by releasing 32 character wallpapers Source: basketball-milestones-with-32-character-wallpapers/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013 One new wallpaper, each focusing on a different character from Tadatoshi Fujimaki’s hit manga and anime series Kuroko’s Basketball, to be released on every day – starting from today (January 4) with Tetsuya Kuroko – as part of a web campaign meant to commemorate a series of recent milestones for the series.
  19. 19. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 What milestones are we talking about? Well, for starters the TV anime adaptation of Kuroko’s Basketball has just recently received the green light for a second season (like we reported last month). This month, the series is getting a 19-page full-colour chapter in the new issue of Weekly Shounen Jump (WJ) that just went on sale today (January 4). Finally, on February 4, tankoubon (trade paperback compilation of the chapters serialised in Weekly Shounen Jump) volume 21 of the series is slated to be released. Not exactly gigantic milestones here, but given the string of terrible Kuroko’s Basketball news lately (by no fault of the series creator Tadatoshi Fujimaki or anyone else involved in the manga and anime production), I’d say any cause is a good cause for fans to celebrate. The campaign will last all the way till the day volume 21 comes out, February 4, and a total of 32 such character wallpapers will be released. Will your favourite character make it in the list of 32? To grab these desktop wallpapers, simply head over to this link here and click on the various dates on list of available character wallpapers somewhere in the middle of the page. Apart from desktop wallpapers, Shounen Jump will also release a slew of 32 iPhone wallpapers that users can access and download through a free app, available from the iTunes App Store. 32オオオ!! 32オオオ!!オオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオオ!!オオオオオオオオオ オオオオオオオオオオ Cable broadcaster WOWOW to turn Pasela Resorts Shibuya’s B1 floor into Yuko Ichihara’s shop from ‘xxxHolic’ Source: shibuyas-b1-floor-yuko-ichiharas-shop-xxxholic/ By KarbyP on January 4th, 2013 If watching the live-action drama adaptation of Clamp’s xxxHolic, which begins airing on Japanese cable channel WOWOW in February 2013, isn’t good enough for fans to visualise what the atmosphere within witch Yuko Ichihara’s store must be like, then maybe going into a real-life replica of the store will. Cable broadcaster WOWOW today announced that it has teamed up with Karaoke chain Pasela Resorts to turn the B1 floor of the chain’s Shibuya branch (note: there’s a Pasela Resorts Shibuya, and also a Pasela Resorts Grande Shibuya; in this case we’re referring to the former) into a xxxHolic Cafe Mise – “mise” being Japanese for “shop” – conceptualised after the store operated by the manga and anime series’s heroine, Yuko Ichihara. The xxxHolic Cafe Mise (xxxHOLiCオオオオオ) will feature tableware and props lifted directly from the live-action TV series. The actual costume that actress and model Anne wore in her portrayal of the Yuka Ichihara will also be displayed within the store.
  20. 20. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Fans who’ve always dreamt of visiting Yuko’s shop from the series will have about a month or so to make their way to SHibuya and drop by the replica cafe; the xxxHolic Cafe Mise will begin operations on January 21, and will operate till March 30. xxxHolic the live-action drama adaptation airs on WOWOW in Japan beginning February 24. A total of eight episodes are planned for the series. xxxHolic Cafe Mise (xxxHOLiCオオオオオ) Period:January 21, 2013 (Monday) to March 30, 2013 (Sunday) Operating Hours: 11:30AM to 11:00PM (Sundays to Thursdays, and Public Holidays), 11.30AM to 6:00AM the following day (Fridays and the eve of Public Holidays)オオオオ オオオオ11オ30オ6オ00 Address: Pasela Resorts Shibuya B1F (オオオオオオオオ1-22-9 オオ オオオオオオオオ) Source: Excite News Moe Shochu in Japan now features Vocaloid Lily Source: lily/ By ellehaym on January 4th, 2013 From smart phone cases to PS3 accessories, a variety of items and products sold in Japan have already gone through a Vocaloid makeover. And now, alcoholic drinks are no longer an exception. So if you’re a wine-collecting Vocaloid fan, a Moe Shochu Lily is something worth adding to your growing collection. Alcoholic drinks with moe girls on the bottle labels are increasingly popular in Japan. And the latest offering is the Moe Shochu Lily designed with the Vocaloid Lily wearing her oiran outfit. The illustration on the Moe Shochu Lily label was created by the original character designer himself, KEI, who also drew Hatsune Miku, Megurine Luka, Kagamine Rin and Kagamine Len. Lily’s voice was provided by m.o.v.e’s vocalist, yuri.
  21. 21. January 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Moe Shochu Lily has an alcohol volume of 12%. It is lighter compared to regular shochu’s that have 25 to 35% alcohol volume. The 300 ml bottle costs 1200 JPY (13.70 USD). Source: Crunchyroll
  22. 22. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Koda Kumi to release a cover album for commemorating her 13th anniversary in the recording industry this year Source: album-13th-anniversary-2013/ By ellehaym on January 10th, 2013 Koda Kumi’s lucky number is one that’s usually considered unlucky: 13. She was born on November 13. And on top of that, her music career’s 13th anniversary falls on this year, 2013! To celebrate her 13th anniversary in the Japanese music industry, the ero-kakkoii (sexy-cool) icon will be launching her second cover album on February 27. We have yet to hear the title of this upcoming release, but the track listing information is already out. In addition, the singer herself has revealed that it has an “entertainment cover album” concept. “I widened the selection of music and challenged myself to various tastes of arrangements,” says the Jpop singer. The cover album is to be launched two in regular editions (CD-only and CD with DVD) and a limited edition (DVD and photo booklet included). Below is the info on the cover album: CD • Pink Spider (originally sung by hide with Spread Beaver) • Lovely (originally sung by Ozawa Kenji) • Shake Hip! (originally sung by Kome Kome CLUB) • Dounimo Tomaranai (originally sung by Yamamoto Linda) • Jounetsu (originally sung by UA) • Blue Velvet (Kudo Shizuka) • Otoko (originally sung by Kubo Ruriko) • Koyoi no Tsuki no You ni (originally sung by Elephant Kashimashi) • One more time, One more chance (originally sung by Yamazaki Masayoshi) • Alone (originally sung by Okamoto Mayo) Regular Edition CD with DVD • Pink Spider (MV ~Album Version~) • Lovely (MV) • Shake Hip! (MV) • Lovely (MAKING VIDEO) • Shake Hip! (MAKING VIDEO) Limited Edition DVD • Documentary • Pink Spider (MV ~Album Version~) • Lovely (MV) • Shake Hip! (MV) • Lovely (MAKING VIDEO)
  23. 23. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 • Shake Hip! (MAKING VIDEO) Source: tokyohive Kyary in Singapore for television program “Catherine the Third” Source: catherine-third/ By sentinel011 on January 9th, 2013 Many KPP, or Kyary Pamyu Pamyu fans were guessing that the artiste and fashion celebrity was in town earlier this week to settle details for her upcoming Live Tour in Singapore, but that is not the case. Apparently, Kyary is also one of the hosts for a variety show in Japan called Catherine the Third, and her other 2 co-hosts were featured in a photo uploaded in her twitter account. Thus, it is highly speculated that the trio was in town to film and host a special segment in the variety show. Kyary commented “Catherine the Third in Singapore loca(tion)!” in her twitter photo post. Although Kyary was in town for less than 2 days, she managed to dine local delicacies like cereal prawns, visit the world famous Night Safari, as well as lounging at Marina Bay Sands’ Skypark. Source: Kyary’s Twitter page Know your Metal Gear Rising moves and combos with these videos Source: videos/ By sentinel011 on January 9th, 2013
  24. 24. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 So you got your grubby hands on the Metal Gear Rising Revengeance demo released on the PS3. Are you finding it tough to take down your enemies? Don’t fret, as we trawled the internet to find some gems to make your game play a little bit more fulfilling with these combos. This comprehensive list of moves show you what each move does and how to execute it on your gamepad. The moves recorded in the video also tells you roughly what each move does, such as a Devil May Cry style “Stinger” move as well as air combo moves. The end of the video also shows one of the many challenging combos you can do to your enemies in the game. With the move list in mind, the next step is to play like a pro with several combos under your belt. One such player, Master LL, records his playthrough with a list of combos. Here, you can watch how a skillful player does 2 air combos in a row. Unfortunately, there isn’t exactly a move list recorded from the video, but you will get the rough gist of it as you play more of the game. Master LL also shows us how to be a sadistic Raiden, by decapitating the limbs of his enemies first before finishing them. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance is slated to release for the PS3 and Xbox360 on 19 and 21 February 2013 for the North America and Japan region respectively. For more Metal Gear Rising goodness, check these out. Hiro Mizushima to make a comeback on the big screen with Kuroshitsuji Source: screen-kuroshitsuji/ By ellehaym on January 9th, 2013 Hiro Mizushima is not yet done with showbiz. After a three-year hiatus, he is returning with the movie adaptation of Yana Tanaboso’s popular action and fantasy manga, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler). In the upcoming film, Mizushima will be playing Sebastian Michaelis, Ciel’s bodyguard and the demon butler of the Phantomhive estate. The movie adaptation will take place 130 years after the events on the manga, which means we’ll be witnessing a completely different storyline. Mizushima was last seen on the big screen when he played the role of Ryusuke Minami in the movie adaptation of Beck (2010). He also acted in live-action series adapted from anime and manga titles including Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (where he played Minami Namba), Absolute Boyfriend (where he played Soshi Asamoto) and Gokusen 2 (where he played Hiro Misawa). His popular lead role is Souji Tendou/ Kabuto from the sentai series Kamen Rider Kabuto. Mizushima left showbiz to pursue his writing career (with Tomohiro Saito as his pen name). His debut work, KAGEROU, was selected as the 5th Poplar Publishing Grand Prize for Fiction. Now that he has made his comeback as an actor, Mizushima is losing weight for the role and is currently in training for the actions of the character he’ll be portraying. The filming for the movie starts in April. Kuroshitsuji will be directed by Otani Kentaro (Nana) and Keiichi Sato (Tiger & Bunny). The film is slated for a release this year. Sources: tokyohive and JEFusion Pre-orders for Nendoroids Kagamine Rin: Append and Kagamine Len: Append commence Source: rin-append-kagamine-len-append-commences/ By ellehaym on January 8th, 2013 It’s a double treat for fans of the adorable Vocaloid twins. Good Smile Company has begun accepting pre-orders for the soon to be launched Kagamine Rin: Append and Kagamine
  25. 25. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Len: Append. These Nendoroids will be released together on June 30. Each sold separately. Both Nendoroids are 100mm in height and will each sport three different facial expressions. Rin comes with a happy expression, a winking face and a pleading face. The last one allows you to make it seem like Rin is begging something from Len. The Kagamine Rin: Append Nendoroid gives off a more mature appeal. The Kagamine Len: Append, on the other hand, displays a more modern look. Just like Rin, he has a cheerful expression and a winking face. Len also comes with a confident expression that exhibits his coolness. Each package includes a background board, allowing you to easily take photographs of Rin and Len. Although these latest offerings from Good Smile Company won’t be sold in a set, they are designed in such a way that they can have great poses together. They can be arranged back-to-back. The charming twins can even hold hands while winking.
  26. 26. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 With a variety of features offered by these Nendoroids, let your imagination fly and create different poses of the Kagamine twins. Sources: Crunchyroll and Mikatan’s Blog (English Version) ‘Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home’ anime film’s story revealed Source: story-revealed/ By ellehaym on January 8th, 2013 Last month, we were teased with a short clip of Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home, but we heard nothing about the plot of the movie. Finally, a new movie listing has revealed the story of the upcoming anime film. The story of the HSH anime film (according the listing) goes like this: Ohana is getting used to her lifestyle in Kissuisou, the hot springs resort managed by her grandmother. One day, the successor of Kissuisou’s rival inn, Yuina, arrives at Kissuisou to learn how to become a landlady. As Ohana watches Yuina in training, she discovers -a certain item- while cleaning up the storage room. Now, most people who have watched the entire series are probably assuming (or hoping) that the upcoming movie will be an epilogue—something that shows us what happens to Ohana Matsumae [SPOILER ALERT] after her grandmother closed down the Taishou era hot springs inn, Kissuisou. Unfortunately, it won’t be as we expect it to be. Based on the summary provided by the listing, the film takes place at a time when Ohana is getting used to her life in Kissuisou. Here’s a short recap on what happened in the series: The story revolves around Ohana, a teenager living with her single-parent mother in Tokyo. She was left under her estranged grandmother’s care after her mother decides to elope with a boyfriend. She arrives at Kissuisou and discovers that the hot springs inn is owned and managed by her grandmother. Ohana starts working at Kissuisou at her grandmother’s imposition. Although she tries her best, things don’t run smoothly for her. She is at odds with the customers and her fellow employees. Ohana becomes disheartened at first, but eventually sees all the hardships as opportunities to make herself better. She works harder to improve her relationship with her co- workers and for a brighter future. While the movie may not be an epilogue of the TV anime like what fans expected, do not be too disappointed. The series, after all, ended in a satisfying manner. Plus, if you’re
  27. 27. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 fond of Yuina Wakura (Ohana’s dialect switching friend), the HSH movie is gradually shaping up to be something fans can eagerly anticipate. Sources: @ultimatemegax via Crunchyroll Babymetal: ‘We’ll conquer the world in 2013′ [Video] Source: video/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013 With just two more days to go to the release of Babymetal‘s major debut single, Ijime Dame Zettai, Kawaii Girls Japan has put together a short video interview with the teenage trio, who talk a little about the song and the music video for it (which was shot in a cave; check it out for yourself in the second video embedded below), as well as their ambitions for the new year ahead of them. A trio comprising leader Suzuka Nakamoto (Su-Metal; formerly a member of Karen Girl’s, the unit that performed Zettai Karen Children’s first OP, Over The Future), Mizuno Yui (YUIMETAL), and Kikuchi Moa (MOAMETAL), Babymetal is part of a greater girl idol group called Sakura Gakuen that was formed in 2010. Units within the Sakura Gakuen group are each considered a bukatsu (部部) or co-curricular club within Sakura Gakuen. There’s the Baton Club (Twinklestars), Newspaper Club (SCOOPERS) Science Club (Kagakubu Kagaku Kyumei Logica?) and more. As for Babymetal, well, you’ve heard of the keionbu (部部 部, literally “light music club” in Japanese) in K-On!. right? Well Babymetal is sort of like an antonym of K-On – within Sakura Gakuen the trio is referred to as the Heavy Metal Club (部部部). Babymetal’s major debut single, Ijime, Dame, Zettai (部部部部 部部部部部部部) hits CD stores in Japan January 9, 2013. For more information on the various editions of the release, refer to Kawaii Girl Japan’s story. Source: Kawaii Girl Japan A romantic treat from Premium Bandai: Barnaby White Day Cake Source: barnaby-white-day-cake/ By ellehaym on January 7th, 2013 How sweet it would be to receive a Barnaby White Day Cake. The day when men give women romantic presents (in return for the chocolates they received) may be two months away, but as early as now, Premium Bandai is already accepting pre-orders for the White Day Cake with a design inspired by Barnaby Brooks Jr. from Tiger & Bunny. The Tiger & Bunny White Day Cake from Barnaby follows the previous Premium Bandai Valentine’s Day offering, the Tiger & Bunny Valentine Cake from Kotetsu. This cake is considered as Barnaby’s present to his fans. The interior is a white sponge cake, a strawberry mousse with raspberry sauce atop. The exterior is a cream cheese mousse glazed with nappage and topped with raspberry sauce. It comes with a gorgeous figure of Barnaby wearing a patissier uniform, holding a cake knife and a small replica of the White Day cake.
  28. 28. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Premium Bandai’s White Day cake costs 3990 JPY (46 USD). The pre-order doesn’t have a deadline. It will continue until supplies last. The cake ships in March this year. Sources: Crunchyroll and Premium Bandai Monogatari series’ second season to begin airing July 2013 Source: july-2013/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013 According to a magazine scan posted anonymously on Japanese forum 2ch, studio Shaft’s anime adaptation of the second season in NisiOsin’s Monogatari light novel series will begin airing on Japanese TVs sometime in July 2013. What’s more, the new anime show will apparently stay on the air for a total of six months (2部部部 in Japanese), although it’s not mentioned if there will be a break at some point between the broadcast dates. Before we go on, it’s important to clarify one thing: “first season” and “second season” of the Monogatari series are the terms used specifically to refer to volumes 1 to 6, and volumes 7 to 12, respectively, of the original light novel series. The anime adaptation of the Monogatari series’ second season (light novels) will comprise some 20-odd episodes that covers the stories told in volumes 7 to 12 of NisiOsin’s popular light novel series of the same name. • Nekomonogatari (White) (部部部(部)) • Kabukimonogatari (部部部) • Hanamonogatari (部部部) • Otorimonogatari (部部部) • Onimonogatari (部部部) • Koimonogatari (部部部) As for the Monogatari series’ first season — that’s where it gets real confusing. First season (light novels volume 1 to 6) was actually split up into several anime shows: Bakemonogatari (2009), Nisemonogatari (2012), and the recent Nekomonogatari (Black)which was streamed on Nico Nico Douga and will be making its way to TV channels soon. There is also an upcoming anime film, Kizumonogatari, that will cover the story told in Volume 3 in the original light novels. All-told, the first season of NisiOsin’s light novel series are titled in the following manner (from top to bottom, volumes 1 to 6): • Bakemonogatari (volume 1) (部部部(部)) • Bakemonogatari (volume 2) (部部部(部)) • Kizumonogatari (部部部) • Nisemonogatari (volume 1) (部部部(部)) • Nisemonogatari (volume 2) (部部部(部)) • Nekomonogatari (Black) (部部部(部)) Outside of the first and second seasons, the light novel series also comprises a “final season”: • Tsukimonogatari (部部部) • Owarimonogatari (部部部)
  29. 29. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 • Zokuowarimonogatari (部部部部) Anime adaptations of the final season in the Monogatari series’ light novels have not yet been announced. Source: 2ch, Wikipedia Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint dated for April 25 Source: restraint-dated-april-25/ By KarbyP on January 7th, 2013 Visual novel Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint (PS3, X360) now has a confirmed release date. Publisher 5pb today announced that the title, a psuedo-sequel to the original Steins;Gate (2009), will go on sale in Japan April 25 instead of the previously vague “Spring 2013″ release period. The regular edition of the game will go for 7,140 yen in Japan, while a limited edition – which includes a replica of the “SG001″ phone that protagonist Rintarou Okabe uses in the series – will sell for 11,550 yen. Although the replica is not a fully-functional mobile handset, it will actually play back some character voice samples when a certain button on the device is pressed. No details were given as to which characters’ voices would be featured here.
  30. 30. January 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 For more details on Steins;Gate Phenogram of Linear Restraint (STEINS部GATE 部部部部部部部部部部部), including what two of the visual novel’s character-focused scenarios will entail, read our previous story here. Source: Famitsu
  31. 31. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Create your own logo, Dragon Ball Z style! Source: By ellehaym on January 12th, 2013 Do you want to see your name written just like the logo of Dragon Ball Z? That’s easy! And I tell you, mad Photoshop skills aren’t necessary. All you need to do is visit, Toei Animation’s official website for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie and use their MOJI MAKER Z app. The page is in Japanese so I’ll give you a bit of a walkthrough. In step 1, you need to type your first name and last name in the two separate fields. Note that these fields do not accept spaces. If you type your name with a space, an error message pops up. So if your first name consists of two names, just pick the best one or you can do it like this: JohnMark (the final result of the logo tightly packs all the letters together, anyway). The fields only accept roman letters. I tried typing my name in katakana, but it gave me an error message. In step two, just choose from among the four backgrounds. After typing in your name and selecting your preferred background, hit the dragon ball that says “GO!” Wait for it to generate the logo. Afterwards, you’ll be taken to a page where you can see your name written in Dragon Ball Z font style. The app generates a rectangular and square banner, so pick whichever you like (or get both!). You can share the logo you’ve created through Facebook and Twitter. The site doesn’t limit you with one background. You can try all four backgrounds available. And that’s precisely what I did! Here are the logo designs I got:
  32. 32. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 For more information on Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods movie, just read our previous post. BoA to return to the Jpop scene with ‘Only One’ (with unique promotions) Source: By ellehaym on January 11th, 2013 After more than a year of hiatus in Japan, Korean singer BoA is going to make a comeback with a single that includes the Japanese version of her self-composed song, Only One. The multilingual singer has previously announced in her website that the single will be launched on February 20. But the last minute editing on the single has delayed it for a week. Its new release date will be on February 27. The single will also contain The Shadow, another song written by BoA herself. Below is the tracklist information: CD+DVD CD tracks: 1. Only One 2. The Shadow 3. Only One (Instrumental) 4. The Shadow (Instrumental) DVD: 1. Only One (Music Video) 2. The Shadow (Music Video) 3. Only One (Making Video) 4. The Shadow(Making Video) (25 minutes total) CD-only: 1. Only One 2. The Shadow 3. Only One (Instrumental) 4. The Shadow(Instrumental) Only One was part of BoA’s 7th Korean studio album (of the same title). It gained popularity because it was BoA’s original song. In promotion for BoA’s Japanese single, a campaign called “Only One Cocktail” was launched. Selected cafes in Tokyo are selling a cappuccino and a cocktail drink topped with a QR code. Once a smart phone has scanned the code, a site that lets people listen to BoA’s new songs can be accessed. The campaign perfectly suits the upcoming single because the drama version of the Korean Only One MV was set in a cafe. While I’d love to go to Tokyo and scan the codes before I take a sip of these drinks (because I am a BoA fan), reality slaps me in the face, telling me I have no money for such luxury. Luckily, I found a preview of the Japanese version of Only One on YouTube. Check it out below: Sources: KpopStarz, BoA’s Twitpic account, tokyohive and Oricon SCANDAL officially releases ‘Playboy’ music video Source: music-video/
  33. 33. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By ellehaym on January 11th, 2013 You have probably listened to SCANDAL’s Playboy during their performances (either live or on YouTube). This track was written back in their indie days. They’ve been performing the song since their debut, but it wasn’t officially released in any of their albums or singles.If you have been endlessly hoping for an official release of this track, then your long wait is over. SCANDAL has released their MV of Playboy. The song will also be included in their soon to be launched compilation album “ENCORE SHOW”. Check out the music video below: SCANDAL’s second compilation album comes out on February 6. It will be released in two editions: A Regular Edition CD and a Limited Edition CD+DVD. The upcoming album will include B-Side songs from their singles. If you pre-order from CDJapan today, a free sticker will be given as a bonus treat. Below is the ENCORE SHOW’s track list information: 1. S.L. Magic 2. TOKYO 3. Natsu Neiro 4. FUTURE 5. SO EASY 6. Hoshi no Furu Yoru ni 7. KOSHI-TANTAN 8. Midnight Television 9. Shining Sun 10. CUTE! 11. Emotion 12. Satisfaction 13. Want you 14. Kimi ni Shitto Chuu 15. Hikare 16. PLAY BOY ENCORE SHOW limited edition jacket cover: ENCORE SHOW regular edition jacket cover: Sources: JEFusion and tokyohive Solid launch date revealed for the North American release of Naruto Powerful Shippuden Source: shippuden-north-american-revealed/ By ellehaym on January 11th, 2013 The announcement on the North American release of Naruto Powerful Shippuden with the 3DS as its battlefield was good news indeed. But the lack of a launch date left us hanging. Finally, Namco Bandai Games America has
  34. 34. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 announced that the Naruto spin-off is coming out on March 5, so mark your calendars now! Fans of all ages can enjoy the side-scrolling gameplay of Naruto Powerful Shippuden. The characters are designed in their miniature appearance, or most commonly known to us, anime fans, as the chibi form. Below are the features of the game: • Explore two different stories—you can either play as Naruto or Rock Lee. Enjoy the different campaigns each story has to offer. • Two modes of gameplay. Beat up enemies nonstop in the endless battle mode or complete the story mode. • Amusing graphics and comical character actions and expressions. • Dynamic gameplay. Strengthen your characters by earning experience points. You can also ask help from other characters during battles or raise the power of your special attacks using the touch screen function. • QR code feature. Access other bonuses from the game by scanning QR codes. The release date is about two months away. That’s a bit of a long wait. So in the meantime, just enjoy Naruto Powerful Shippuden’s trailer below: Sources: Gaming Unwrapped, Nintendo Life and Namco Bandai Games Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger: 2nd season green-lit for production Source: By KarbyP on January 11th, 2013 A second season of “tokusatsu” or special effects TV show Hikounin Sentai Akihabaranger (非非非非非非非非非非非非非; “Hikounin Sentai” translates to “The Unofficial Power Rangers”) has been green-lit for production, according to the official website for the show. Simultaneously, Akibaranger’s second season was also announced at the tail end of a “Kamen Rider X Super Sentai Live & Show 2013″ event, held earlier tonight at the Tokyo International Forum in Japan. The show’s official website did not provide any specifics as to what Akibaranger’s new season would entail, choosing only to tease that more information on the new season would come soon. Who are the Akibarangers? Hikounin Sentai Akibaranger tells the story of three civilians – bike courier and Super Sentai fanboy Nobuo Akagi (played by Masako Wada), student and martial artist Mitsuki Aoyagi (Kyoko Hinami), and cosplayer Yumeria Moegi (Karin Ogino) – hand-picked one day by a certain Professor Hiroyo Hakase (played by voice actress Maaya Uchida, who’s Rea Sanka in Sankarea) to form a new Power Rangers squad assembled specifically to protect Akihabara from evil-doers. The trio were picked specifically for their uncanny ability to fantasize delusions, which serves as a source of power after our heroes “henshin” or transform into the mighty morphin’ Akibarangers – or so Akagi and gang believed. After the newly formed Akibaranger squad defeats their first monster, however, it’s revealed that the Akibarangers are not considered official Super Sentai heroes. There are stringent requirements – such as having your own network- broadcasted TV show – that have to be met before they could register as an official squad. Not only that, but apparently all the fighting that Akagi and gang thought they did was actually one grand delusion – shared by all three of them – that occurred only in their heads. Net idol Kozue Aikawa (formerly of the group “Danceroid”) and current Danceroid leader “Itokutora” also have bit roles on the show, playing assistants in a Super Sentai- themed cafe that Professor Hakase runs. Certain Ranger
  35. 35. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 characters from the official Super Sentai series also make cameo appearances. Unlike TV Asahi’s Sunday morning Power Rangers or “Sentai” tokusatsu shows which are meant for audiences of all ages, Hikounin Sentai Akihabaranger is instead aimed at mature audiences and aired on a late-night timeslot. Source:, @techwin009 Raiden cosplays as Gray Fox and his MGS4 self in this new Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailer Source: raiden-cosplays-gray-fox-custom-body-trailer/ By KarbyP on January 11th, 2013 Raiden masquerades as MGS1′s cyborg ninja Gray Fox in this new trailer for Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance that was uploaded to the Web today. The so-called “Custom Body chapter” trailer also offers a brief look at four other DLC custom body suits – namely, the “White Armor”, “Inferno Armor”, “Command Armor”, and “MGS4 Raiden” costumes. Ganers in Japan receive the Gray Fox skin as long as they snag a first-print copy of the game in any edition – including the digitally-downloadable version sold through the PlayStation store. Konami Japan describes availability for the Gray Fox body suit DLC codes as ”while stocks last”. Additionally, Japanese gamers who pre-order a copy of the game from certain participating retailers will also receive one of the aforementioned three “Armor” skins – each exclusive to specific retailers (for details on that, check out our previous story here). These “Armor” body suits will confer upon Raiden the ability to carry slightly more items of a certain category: White Armor lets you carry more health replenishing item, Inferno (red) increases your grenade capacity, and Command (green) does the same for missiles. The last of five DLC skins mentioned is the Metal Gear Solid 4 Raiden (MGS4 Raiden) body suit. Codes for MGS4 Raiden are issued out in Japan only to gamers who tweeted their impressions of the game’s demo (downloadable now on the Japanese PlayStation store) in a Twitter campaign organised by Konami. Although currently the MGR:R demo is downloadable only on the Japanese PSN Store (but otherwise made available worldwide as a bonus included with Zone of the Enders HD Collection), Kojima Productions have said that they’re planning to make the demo downloadable on PSN and Xbox Live in the Western world sometime in January. As for the body suit DLC codes, in the US and Europe they will be doled out in similar pre-order campaigns for the highly-anticipated action title. The details vary per region, but in general gamers will receive different body suit DLC codes depending on which retailer they pre-order from, as well as the edition of MGR:R they’re buying. METAL GEAR RISING: REVENGEANCE OFFICIAL WEBSITE Megpoid the Music♯: 2nd gameplay video, 3 new songs unveiled Source: gameplay-video-3-songs-unveiled/
  36. 36. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By KarbyP on January 11th, 2013 Watch Vocaloid Gumi strut her stuff to Megu Megu Fire Endless Night in this second Megpoid the Music非 gameplay video that developer ParaPhray has uploaded today. Also shared today: the titles of three more songs from the game’s featured track-list. Music videos embedded after the jump. Megu Megu Fire Endless Night (非非非非非非非非非非非非非非非非非非) Song lyrics, composition and arrangement by Vocaloid producer samfree. Note: the following three music video seen below are self- published works first uploaded to Japanese video-sharing site Nico Nico Douga, and not representations of what players will see in Megpoid the Music非 Ama no Jaku / A Born Coward (非非非, song by “164″) A powerful song about unrequited love from renowned Vocaloid producer”164″, that’s seen over two million views on Nico Nico Douga. Illustrator Takumi Torigoe provided the illustration seen in the video below. Kiritorisen / Cutting Line (非非非非非非. song by “40mP”) In 40mP’s (read as 40-meter-P) Kiritorisen, Gumi sings about the bitter-sweet subject of love to a tune composed of light-hearted melodies. Everything – lyrics, song, and illustrations – you see and hear in the video below were done by 40mP. Raid of Glass (song: “maya”) A song about the pains of falling in love. Song produced by “maya”. Illustrations in the original music video you see below were done by Kanae Fujishiro (非非非), and the video itself was put together by “Nyto”. Megpoid the Music♯ (read as “Megpoid the Music Sharp”) for the PSP comes out in Japan on March 28, 2013. Megpoid the Music非 Official Site First trailer of Gundam Unicorn Episode 6 released, expect more battle scenes Source: released-expect-battle-scenes/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013 Nearing the climax of the Gundam Unicorn saga, episode 6 has its first trailer released yesterday on Bandai’s AnimeChannel youtube page. The movie, titled Two Worlds, Two Tomorrows, features their first trailer with Banshee having new equipment, and Minerva is spotted wearing the Neo Zeon military attire. The movie will have a worldwide premiere broadcast over Playstation Network on 2 March 2013. Countries covered are USA, Canada, United Kingdom and France. For Zune/Xbox Live, it covers a greater area, on top of the countries mentioned earlier, viewers from Ireland, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Spain, Sweden and Mexico will be able to catch the movie. For Singapore, Bandai South Asia has released a campaign for fans to catch the movie for an exclusive 1 time only
  37. 37. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 screening by purchasing selected gunpla. More information within their facebook post. DVD and Blu-ray sales will commence from 22 March 2013. Fans can expect to purchase Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom by end 2013 Source: char-aznable-custom-2013/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013 Toyota has announced earlier this Wednesday on 9 January on commercializing the production of the Toyota Auris. It is no ordinary production, as it is a collaboration between Mobile Suit Gundam’s iconic antagonist, Char Aznable and his trademark red. Decked out in custom fins, vents and a Zaku II styled antenna, the Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom will also have custom decals and styling on the chassis. The both the interior and exterior will have the Toyota logo replaced by the iconic Zeon logo from the anime series. The original voice actor for Char Aznable, Shuichi Ikeda, graced the product announcement as well, together with a model dressed as the character. The Toyota Auris Char Aznable Custom is scheduled to be on sale within Japan by end 2013. It is still unknown if this particular model will have a limited run, or if the car will be launched globally. Char Aznable fans with driving licences will surely put the Toyota Auris into their check list of items to purchase, granted that this is arguably their most expensive to date.
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  39. 39. January 12th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Source: Response Details of Yuki Kajiura’s 10th concert “Kaji Fes 2013″ released Source: kaji-fes-2013-released/ By sentinel011 on January 11th, 2013 Many Anison fans would have heard of artistes like Kalafina, Fictionjunction, and Yuuka Nanri. Yuki Kajiura, the matriarch who composes all of the artistes’ music, will be having her 10th concert this coming May. The famed composer produced many soundtracks of anime titles such as .//Hack, Madoka Magica, Mai HiME, Kara no Kyoukai and Fate/Zero. Her past concerts have set lists that include both theme songs and soundtrack titles. The concert will feature many singers who have collaborated with Kajiura. The concert will be held at Tokyo International Forum, Hall A on 11 May 2013. Ticket sales will commence from 7 March, and are priced at 8,400 yen per ticket. Full details as follows: Yuki Kajiura LIVE Vol.非10 “Kaji Fes.2013″! Date: 11 May 2013 Location: Tokyo International Forum, Hall A Time: Doors open 14:00, concert begins 15:00 Ticket price: 8400 yen (begins selling March 7) Singers: Yuki Kajiura/FictionJunction (Kaori Oda, Yuriko Kaida, Wakana, Keiko) Kalafina (Wakana, Keiko, Hikaru) FictionJunction YUUKA (Yuuka Nanri) Emily Bindiger (Fiction II, Pandora Hearts OST, SIGN OST, Anime Expo 2003) Yuri Kasahara (Noir OST, Mai-Otome OST, Fiction, Rekishi Hiwa Historia OST) Hanae Tomaru (RHH OST, Mai-Hime OST, Kara no Kyoukai OST, Kalafina background chorus) Eri Itou (Tsubasa OST, RHH OST, Xenosaga OST, YK live vol. ♯2) Musicians: Flute: Rie Akagi Guitar: Koichi Korenaga Drums: Kyoichi Satou Bass: Tomoharu “Jr” Takahashi Violin: Hitoshi Konno Keyboard: Hirotaka Sakurada Manipulator: Yoshio Ohira Source: FictionJunction
  40. 40. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture SeaA’s 1st album to be released in Japan March 27 Source: By KarbyP on January 15th, 2013 Southeast Asia-based Anisong unit SeaA is cutting its first album, record label Lantis announced today. The four-girl unit’s first album will be released in Japan on March 27. SeaA’s first album will feature all four of their singles released so far, as well as a couple of additional songs thus far only included in editions released outside of Japan. In all, this album release includes a total of 10 songs. Three of the four members in SeaA – Beryl, Valerie and Estelle – were born and bred in Singapore. The three of them are joined by Malaysian gal Wynnie, and all four of them were scouted to form the Anisong unit when they were working at the maid cafe booth at Anime Festival Asia 2008 here in Singapore. Since then, their songs have been featured as opening or ending themes to anime titles such as Cardfight!! Vanguard and Toriko. Here at SGCafe we previously did an interview with SeaA’s girls back in 2011. Source: Natalie Fate/Extra CCC’s 6th short movie: Caster returns from the first game, finds herself strapped in a new costume Source: caster/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013 Caster is one of five selectable Servants in Imageepoch and Type-Moon’s upcoming and oft-delayed PSP JRPG Fate/
  41. 41. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Extra CCC, a sequel to the original Fate/Extra in which Caster was also a selectable Servant. In both games, the story is set in a virtual world where you, the Main Character (name and gender up to you) must team up with a Servant in order to fight against the dangers in the computer world – including other similar Masters and their Servants. Fate/Extra CCC’s new short movie, which we’ve embedded below, reveals that Caster returns in this sequel in a costume that’s way more revealing than before. Why is that? Well, Caster doesn’t really know – in the video she says that she found herself strapped in this new costume from the moment she was summoned into this world and awoke. Fate/Extra CCC for the PSP is scheduled to be released in Japan on March 28. These Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- Twitter icons are not IP-blocked Source: icons-ip-blocked/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013 In Japan, Net anime Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- is streamed daily (each episode is only about two minutes long) on Nico Nico Douga and Animate TV – both of which are IP- blocked and accessible only from within Japan. In the US, FUNimation announced that they will be streaming the Idolm@ster spin-off series, starting today, January 14. But again, the streamed episodes with English subtitles are accessible only in the States – they’re IP- blocked. But you know what’s not IP-blocked? Twitter. Also, Dengeki Online, where you can go to download these awesome Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster- (ぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷ ぷぷぷぷぷぷぷ) Twitter icons. There’s 14 of them in total – petite idol versions of all 13 of the series’ main stars, plus that of Kotori Otonashi, the office clerk in 765 Productions (pronounced “Namco Productions” due to an alternate reading for the numbers in Japanese). If you want to download the entire zip file containing all 14 Twitter profile icons, head over to Dengeki Online’s story, and hit the giant pink button that has funny moon language on it. Alternatively, we’ve listed the icons here in our gallery, and titled them accordingly – just in case you don’t know the names of these petite Idolm@ster creatures (they’re kept as pets by the characters in the main series), and you’d like to find out.
  42. 42. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 There are also a couple more screen captures from the actual Puchimas! anime series over at Dengeki’s story, so go there if you want to check those out. For more information on Puchimas! -Petit Idolm@ster-, check out our previous coverage of the series here. Source: Dengeki Online Get physical with Oda Nobuna no Yabou-inspired cycling jerseys Source: inspired-cycling-jerseys/ By ellehaym on January 14th, 2013 The Oda Nobuna no Yabou (The Ambition of Oda Nobuna) anime franchise is targeting cyclists with its latest merchandise. AmiAmi has begun taking pre-orders for their red long- sleeved and green short-sleeved cycling gears. Both jerseys are designed with Oda Nobuna at the front part and the characters of the anime series at the back. The long-sleeved one costs 11,730 JPY (around 131 USD). The short-sleeved gear, on the other hand, costs 9,980 JPY (about 112 USD). Both unisex cycling gears come with thee pockets at the back. The character and hobby online shop has also commenced pre-orders for bicycle wheel and frame stickers that you can use to pimp your ride and transform it into an itachari (a bike with anime or game inspired designs usually seen in Akihabara). The sticker for the wheel costs 7,540 JPY (around 84 USD) and comes in two designs, while the bike frame sticker set costs 2,500 JPY (28 USD).
  43. 43. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 All products are slated for a late April release. Oda Nobuna no Yabou is a historical comedy anime that retells the Sengoku era of Japan. The series, however, replaces the powerful landlords and warriors with beautiful female characters. It was adapted from a light novel by Mikage Kasuga with illustrations by Miyama-Zero. The anime series ran from July to September last year. Source: Crunchyroll Tales of Hearts R’s (PS Vita) first-print edition comes with ‘Infinite Evolve’ bonus game [Video] Source: bonus-game-in-first-print-edition/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013 You get both the old and new schools of “Tales of” RPG gameplay in one package. That is, if you pick up a first-print edition copy of PS Vita JRPG Tales of Hearts R on day one. The first-print edition comes with a download code for Tales of Hearts R Infinite Evolve, a reworked version of the 2D battle system from the original DS game Tales of Hearts whose gameplay is more similar to that of the older Tales games in the 90′s. In later titles, however, when the Namco Tales Studio development team decided to switch to 3D graphics for its games, they also added the ability for the player to move around in the 3D field during enemy encounters, although the fighting is still locked to a 2D plane. The Tales of Hearts R main game, a remake of the DS JRPG, is built on this second style of play. For comparison’s sake, here’s what the 2D gameplay in Tales of Hearts (2008) on the Nintendo DS used to look like: What’s especially interesting about Tales of Hearts R Infinite Evolve is that characters included in this bonus game do not simply stop at Hearts. From the video above you can clearly see that Infinite Evolve will include gues characters such as Lloyd Irving (Tales of Symphonia, PS2/ GameCube), Yuri Lowell (Tales of Vesperia Ps3/X360), Jade Curtiss (Tales of the Abyss, PS2/3DS), and Stahn Aileron (Tales of Destiny, PS1/PS2). Who else would you want to see included as selectable party members in Infinity Evolve? Tales of Hearts R for the PlayStation Vita comes out in Japan and Asia on March 7, 2013. Evangelion’s Unit-01 and Angels go under a Sanrio makeover Source: makeover/
  44. 44. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By ellehaym on January 14th, 2013 It’s impressive how the Japanese never ever run out of exotic ideas. I mean, who would have thought that the terrifying EVA Unit-01 could turn into something… so kawaii? Legendary anime franchise Evangelion is collaborating with Sanrio to offer fans a variety of extraordinarily cute merchandise. Without further ado, I now present to you their latest offering: here’s Hello Kitty as EVA Unit-01! This plushie can be pre-ordered from ZOZOTOWN. It costs 2,100 JPY (around 23 USD). And if you can’t get enough of this purple Hello Kitty plushie, you can get its miniature version in a form of a keychain which costs 1,050 (about 12 USD). Shipping of both products will commence around mid-March. That’s not the only result of the unlikely collaboration. We all know that Sanrio is famous for turning anything into something cute. And now, even the monstrous Angels have become adorable. Strap-ya, an online shop offering mobile phone accessories based in Kanagawa, is currently offering iPhone 5 cases with designs of Hello Kitty as EVA Unit-01 together with chibi versions of the Angels wearing Hello Kitty’s red ribbon. Goodness! Even the Spear of Longinus, which crashed into was displayed in Tokyo last month, has a ribbon tied on it. Check them out: Each polycarbonate casing costs 1,980 JPY (around 22 USD). This isn’t the first time an Evangelion x Hello Kitty collaboration has happened. Last year, boxer briefs were offered by the official Evangelion store. The underwear designs featured Hello Kitty as Rei and Asuka. Source: ぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷ, RocketNews24 Kyary appears in self- designed ‘Furisode’ kimono at Shibuya’s Coming-of-Age ceremony Source: furisode-kimono-shibuya/ By KarbyP on January 14th, 2013 Today’s a public holiday in Japan. Specifically, it’s “Coming- of-Age Day”. A day when the entire nation congregates at coming-of-age ceremonies held at local or prefectoral offices to congratulate those who would be turning 20 – the age of adulthood over there – in the new year.
  45. 45. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 As one of those would-be-twenty-year-olds, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - who turns 20 on January 29 this year – was invited to perform at the coming-of-age ceremony in Tokyo’s Shinjuku ward (ぷぷ25ぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷぷ), held at the ward’s town hall. Before the ceremonial rites began, there was also a brief press conference where Kyary greeted Japanese media in a shocking-pink furisode (a long-sleeved kimono) that she designed herself, and spoke at length on a number of topics. First, the media asked Kyary to share what the concept behind her furisode dress design was. “Its image is themed after the cosmos,” the bubbly performer said. “And there are planets on the obi sash’s design (note: an obi sash being the cloth belt that fastens the kimono). As I’ll be going on a world tour beginning in February, it feels like I’m spreading my wings and flapping them all across the universe. So there’s a unicorn pattern on it. [To sum it up, the motif is] ‘unicorn’ and ‘cosmos’. Once that was decided, I wanted to go with my favourite shocking pink colour, and aimed to design it in a way that would make me stand out as the flashiest ‘new adult’ in Japan!” Kyary cheekily said. Turning 20 and becoming a full-fledged adult is clearly a big deal to her. “Wearing a furisode is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so right now I’m extremely elated just being able to wear it!” Kyary continued with a sparkling smile on her face. At the same time, however, the 19-year-old performer also expressed her regret in not being able to participate in the day’s after-hours drinking parties, since there’s still two more weeks to go before she’s officially 20 years old, the legal age at which the Japanese can buy and consume alcoholic drinks. “I can’t go to drinking parties yet, so later on I’ll just be attending the after-event party, and head home after that. Which is too bad, because I’m no good around strangers, and I’d really like to borrow the power of sake (alcohol) so that I can talk with them more! *Laughs*” Kyary also commented briefly on her look and costume for her upcoming single Furisodation. “Up till now I’ve had a lot of looks where I’m sporting twin- tails. “But this time around it’s my first-time going with a ponytail. Personally for me, that in itself [the change in hairstyle] is my first step as an grown-up.”
  46. 46. January 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Speaking of grown-ups, the press wanted to know who Kyary feels is the one female grown-up (keep in mind that in the Japanese context, “grown-up” or “adult” basically means “over 20-years-old”) that she admires the most. To that, Kyary responded by naming female artiste Yuki, formerly the lead vocalist of Japanese punk-rock band Judy and Mary and who’s currently pursuing her solo singing career. “Even after she got married and gave birth to a baby, she’s nonetheless still shining brightly as a star and solo artiste as before, continuing to exude that charm of hers which I love.” Lastly, when asked about her outlook for the new year, Kyary said: “In 2012, I was invited to go on Kouhaku [NHK Red And White Year-End Song Festival], appear in commercials, and as a result many people got to know through watching the TV that this person called Kyary Pamyu Pamyu exists, or so I think that was how 2012 went. “As for 2013, as a solo artiste I want to focus even more on my music, and give it my all with that.” Kyary Pamyu Pamyu‘s new double-A-side single, Kimi ni 100 Percent/Furisodation, comes out on January 30. The accomplished fashion blogger, model, and TV host will also be here in Singapore sometime in 2013 as part of her musical world tour. Source: Natalie Perfume official world fanclub starts payment registration, receives Doraemon styled versions of themselves Source: starts-payment-registration-receives-doraemon-styled-versions/ By sentinel011 on January 14th, 2013 Fans of Perfume all over the world can now officially take part in Perfume’s fanclub registration, or at least, be able to make payment for their membership. In the official P.T.A world fanclub site, one can begin their annually membership subscription payment starting from today. However, the official commencement of the membership will begin on 13 February 2013, 9PM, GMT +9. If in the event that you are already a P.T.A fanclub member, you need not register again, as the fanclub’s perks and privileges remain the same, if not better. The yearly membership is priced at 1,200 yen. Ironically, fans who have pre-registered on the site last year did not receive any information about the commencement of the subscription payment. At press time, 330 fans have made payment to their membership. On a recent Doraemon episode, a snippet of Perfume’s upcoming single Mirai no Museum was featured as the ending theme, with the girls being portrayed in Doraemon’s art style. Perfume has mentioned that it was a dream for them to be featured in a childhood anime, especially one such as Doraemon. [EDIT] Thanks to a fan in the local community for clarifying the pre-registration, and that it was only to declare interest. The actual benefit was an email to tell fans about the details of the implementation of the worldwide fanclub wallpaper. It stated on the site itself at the bottom of the page that the actual registration will open on 14 January onwards, and if fans register before 13th February, they will be able to watch the P.T.A. TV Live 5 hour special broadcast online on the 13th of February. In short, anybody can register and pay for P.T.A. World fanclub starting from today, and not just applicable to those who pre-registered. Registrants will receive a member ID