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

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

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  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Pokemon anime XY tie-in also scheduled for October Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/pokemon-anime-xy-tie-scheduled- october/ By Zenko on July 1st, 2013 With the games releasing October 12 worldwide, the Pokemon anime will be trying to draw viewers in only five days later on October 17. Ash (Satoshi) Ketchum will be setting off on a journey yet again this fall, this time in the new region exclusive to the X and Y games. He will start off in Luminose (Miare) City in the new Kalos region. Pikachu will also be joining him on his journey to become a Pokemon Master, a goal he has not abandoned since setting off from Pallet Town in 1997. (Check out more of our posts on Pokemon at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/pokemon or join in on the community’s discussion at http://forums.sgcafe.com/) In Japan, Kalos region Pokemon have already appeared within the anime, so by the time Ash reaches the region he should be familiar with a few of the Pokemon. The one surprise we can look forward to is which starter he will pick. Here is a list of the past Pokemon he has been given or started each region with to get an idea of the variety: Kanto: Pikachu Johto: Chikorita Hoenn: Treecko Sinnoh: Turtwig Unova: Oshawott With a long history of grass Pokemon behind him and Chespin front and center in the promo, Ash’s next Pokemon could very well be Chespin. Which one would you want to see Ash kick-off his next adventure with? Source: Famitsu (More of our posts on Pokemon here at http://sgcafe.com/ tag/pokemon. Tell us about your favourite Pokemon in the forums over at http://forums.sgcafe.com/) Sueisha’s Miracle Jump magazine goes on hiatus Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/sueishas-miracle-jump-magazine- hiatus/
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By spartanchef on July 1st, 2013 Shueisha Publishing Co. Ltd., publishers of Weekly Shounen Jump!, Jump Square (Jump SQ) and Margaret have announced that their bi-monthly manga magazine Miracle Jump will go on temporary hiatus. This announcement comes in preparation of the magazine’s shift from a bi-monthly magazine to a monthly magazine. Most of the mangas published in the magazine will return on the revamped monthly version next spring . The mangas that will make the move to the revamped Monthly Miracle Jump will include Tiger and Bunny: The comic by Erika Yoshida and Hiroshi Ueda. The mangas that will not make the move will be the Rozen Maiden manga spin-off titled Maite wa Ikenai Rozen Maiden which is drawn by Choboraunyopomi (Ai Mai Mi) as well as the recently concluded Returners – Aka no Kikansha by Sakurako Gokurakuin. The Rozen Maiden spin-off manga will be moved to Shueisha’s manga website Tonari no Young Jump. Bi-Monthly Miracle Jump was once known as Monthly Young Jump until 2011. The magazine mainly targets the older male audience (Seinen) as opposed to the younger male audience in Shounen Jump. The announcement came via Miracle Jump No. 15 which was released last Tuesday, June 25. Source: Comic Natalie World Hobby Fair shows off more of next gen Pokemon game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/world-hobby-fair-shows-gen- pokemon-game/ By Zenko on July 1st, 2013 After hoard and sky battles were shown off behind closed doors during E3, Nintendo showed off some of the new battle
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 features of their latest Pokemon game in public during the World Hobby Fair Summer 2013. At the Makuhari Messe hall in Chiba prefecture over the weekend, the World Hobby Fair Summer 2013 was in full swing, and Nintendo was there to promote the latest installment to the Pokemon series. The booth, which will be open until July 13, was also giving away a specially themed level 100 Mewtwo from the upcoming Extremespeed Genesect movie. As with most events, they even had a Pokemon themed car showing off all the eeveelutions. The real excitement came from the CoroCoro booth which was there to focus on the X and Y games. One of the main features they showed off was the new moves that would be brought to the game. Specifically it looked at some classic moves that are returning to the new games through a set of team battles. Team A featured Noivern, Lapras, Hydreigon and Spewpa while Team B was Lucario, Talonflame, Charizard and Litleo. Noivern and Lapras provided a heavy attack assault, with the new bat Pokemon showing off the move dragon pulse and Lapras utilizing it’s signature ice beam. Hydreigon also learned a new move: fire blast, something this dragon-type was unable to learn before. To buffer their defense, Spewpa provided a boost against the fire-types of Team B with protect. Litleo and Charizard showed off the classic moves flamethrower and dragon claw. Of course, Litleo was also able to use his signature move noble roar to lower the enemies defense, lending some strategy to the battle. Talonflame heightened things farther by bringing in the move Flame Charge, a move that heightens it’s already high speed stat. Lucario brought even more speed to the team with the move Extremespeed, giving Team B quite a speed advantage. More Pokemon game news should be making it’s way public soon, as the Pokemon Company announced on Facebook that Mr. Masuda, the director of Gamefreak infamous for his Masuda method of obtaining shiny Pokemon. But just what could he be announcing to fans this time? Let us know what you think in the comments below. Source: Famitsu ‘Kenshin’ to become a trilogy with two live-action Kyoto Arc movies Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/kenshin-trilogy-live-action-kyoto- arc-movies/ By KaleNagasaki on June 30th, 2013 Last year, the live-action film adaptation of Rurouni Kenshin was one of the highest grossing movies in Japan for 2012. Based off the manga by Nobuhiro Watsuki, Rurouni Kenshin follows Himura Kenshin, an assassin from the Bakumatsu era, who wanders to repent for his sins in the new and peaceful Meiji Era. However, ghosts from his
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 past continue to pose danger to this present peace, and to the friends Kenshin has made along the way. In order to fight these menaces, Kenshin must once again become the Hitokiri Battousai, the legendary manslayer, and fight a two-fold battle: one to defeat his enemies, and another to defeat the killer within. With such a great story line, we really shouldn’t be all that surprised that this month’s Jump Square announced a sequel. What we can be surprised for is the fact that Kenshin is getting not one sequel, but two! The two films will collectively cover the fan-favourite Kyoto Arc, which included the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend’s End stories. Personally, I think Shishio Makoto is one of the greatest manga villains of all time, so I am so excited to see how director Keishi Otomo will portray Kenshin’s successor. The first movie is set to come out next summer, so keep a look out! Takeru Sato will return again as Himura Kenshin, along with the rest of the crew. I really enjoyed the performances of mostly everyone, although, to be honest, I was a little disappointed with the live-action’s rendition of Sagara Sanosuke. While I didn’t care too much for him in the manga, for some reason Sanosuke became my favourite character when I watched the anime. I’m not saying that Munetaka Aoki did a bad acting job, because I thought he performed very well. It’s just that the live-action character of Sanosuke made him appear dumber and more for comedic relief than I think the manga and anime did. What did you think of the first Kenshin movie, and are you excited for the sequels? What do you want to see happen, and what do you think can be done better? There’s a forum that poses the question of what’s the best live-action film, so check it out, give your opinion, and see if Kenshin makes the list. Source: @manganewsjapon Ready your palates for Takumen’s ‘Silent Hill’ ramen, if you can stomach it Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/ready-palates-takumens-silent-hill- ramen-stomach/ By spartanchef on June 30th, 2013 As a chef, I was trained that food should not only taste good but also look pleasing to the eye and that very idea was drilled into my head ever since I started in culinary school. People don’t just eat with their taste buds because other senses are also in play; the aroma, the texture, the temperature and how the food looks like. When you prepare food, it has to be clean and it has to look like something the customer would want to eat. Let’s face it, food nowadays shouldn’t just please the taste buds but also the eyes.
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The Japanese are known for dishes that look like little pieces of art; from sushi to mochi to even their cute and artistic bentos… but then again, there is the Silent Hill Ramen from Takumen. This black-colored miso ramen looks messy and on the center is… I don’t even want to know, they even censored it. The flavor of miso ramen depends on its color with white colored soups being very lightly flavored with only a hint of miso, red colored soups are usually those regular miso ramens you eat and those black ones have the most intense miso flavor, with how this ramen looks like however… The ‘Silent Hill’ ramen is a collaboration by Takumen and the 2012 horror movie ‘Silent Hill: Revelation 3D‘ which was based on Konami’s Silent Hill 3 horror video game. This ramen is most certainly not for the queasy and looks like a perfect fit for the video game and the movie. It certainly has that appeal to adventurous foodies and horror fans alike. It certainly breaks the rules on plating but it does have its certain flair. Maybe you will need to see nurses after eating this. Source: Takumen Death threat made to ‘Shingeki no Kyojin’ author Hajime Isayama on blog Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/death-threat-shingeki-kyojin-author- hajime-isayama-blog/ By spartanchef on June 30th, 2013 ‘Shingeki no Kyojin‘ author Hajime Isayama’s livedoor blog has been flooded by a comment over and over again recently, and that comment was anything but good. The comment stated that the now popular manga author will be beaten to death with a blunt object on June 29. The comment also added that the Japanese police are incompetent so he will never get caught. The comment was clearly meant to provoke the author as well as the police. This threatening message hasn’t been taken down yet as of this moment.
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Isayama has also received A LOT of threatening messages on June 28 as can be seen in this screen shot of a comment in his blog. This message was posted multiple times on Isayama’s blog and was clearly provoking the author. The comment stated that Isayama should just commit suicide and continued to insult him by saying he is a “shitty guy” and that he is just a “dirty piece of trash”. The other commentators reactions after his posts were mixed with some taken by surprise by the message while some just treated him just like any other internet troll. Isayama hasn’t commented on the issue so far and no news hasn’t been released about the police’s action on this matter as of the moment. Source: Rocket News Japan Anime One’s ‘Most Popular Male Voice Actor for the first half of 2013′ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/anime-most-popular-male-voice- actor-2013/ By spartanchef on June 29th, 2013 Female Japanese voice actors are now treated like idols. Some like Nana Mizuki have a hit single with TM revolution titled ‘Preserved Roses’ while some like Kana Hanazawa have legions of adoring fans. Some were even caught up in a big scandal like Aya Hirano. The thing is the girls get a lot of attention, but what about the guys? Japanese anime website Anime One has recently conducted a survey and asked people who their favorite male voice actors are. The voting ended last June 27 and the results are now in. With a total of 9162 votes counted and everyone (including people outside Japan) allowed to vote, here are your most popular male voice actors for the first half of 2013: #21- Nobuhiko Okamoto- 242 votes (Accelerator from ‘To Aru Majutsu no Index’ and Usui Takumi from ‘Kaichou wa Maid-sama!’) #20- Kenichi Suzumura- 248 votes (Shinn Asuka from ‘Gundam Seed Destiny’ and Ash Roller from ‘Accel World’) #19- Takahiro Sakurai- 282 votes (Suzaku Kururugi from ‘Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’ and Bit Cloud from ‘Zoids New Century’) #18- Sugita Tomokazu- 297 votes (Gintoki Sakata from ’Gintama’ and Switch from ‘Sket Dance’) #17- Hiroaki Hirata- 323 votes (Sanji from ‘One Piece’ and Kotetsu T. “Wild Tiger” Kaburagi from ‘Tiger & Bunny’) #15/16- Mamoru Miyano- 330 votes
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 (Rintarou Okabe from ‘Steins; Gate’ and Setsuna F. Seiei from ‘Mobile Suit Gundam 00’) #15/16- Kazuya Nakai- 330 votes (Zoro Roronoa from ‘One Piece’ and Date Masamune from ‘Sengoku no Basara’) #14- Kōji Yusa- 338 votes (Sanosuke Harada from ‘Hakuouki’ and Jolly from ‘Arcana Famiglia’) #13- Junichi Suwabe- 343 votes (Grimjow from ‘Bleach’, Archer from ‘Fate/ Stay Night’ and Ren Jinguuji from ‘Uta no☆Prince-sama☆ Maji Love 1000%’) #12- Ryohei Kimura- 361 votes (Kodaka Hasegawa from ‘Haganai’, Ryouta Kise from ‘Kuroko no Basket’ and L-Elf from ‘Valvrave the Liberator’) #11- Yoshimasa Hosoya- 401 votes (Arata Wataya from ‘Chihayaruru’ and Masrur from ‘Magi’)’ #10- Akira Ishida – 446 votes (Athrun Zala from ‘Gundam Seed’, Gaara from ‘Naruto’ and Chrno from ‘Chrno Crusade’) #9- Yuichi Nakamura- 447 votes (Gray Fullbuster from ‘Fairy Tail’, Kyousuke Kousaka from ‘Oreimo’ and Graham Aker from ‘Mobile Suit Gundam 00’) #8- Ryōta Ōsaka- 455 votes (Haruto Tokishima from ‘Valvrave the Liberator’ and Maou Sadao from ‘Hataraku Maou-Sama!’) #7- Yuuki Ono- 524 votes (Alsiel from ‘Hataraku Maou-Sama!’ and Taiga Kagami from ‘Kuroko no Basket’) #6- Jun Fukuyama- 525 votes (Lelouch Vi Britannia from ‘Code Geass: Lelouch of the Rebellion’ and Mariandale from ‘Ixion Saga DT’) #5- Hiro Shimono- 561 votes (Akihisa Yoshii from ‘Bakatest‘, Shu Kurusu from ‘Uta no☆Prince-sama☆ Maji Love 1000%‘ and Keima Katsuragi from ‘The World God Only Knows‘)
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 #4- Daisuke Ono- 628 votes (Shizuo Heiwajima from ‘Durarara!’, Kuroh Yatogami from ‘K’ and Yuuya Bridges from ‘Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse‘) #3 Yuki Kaji- 639 votes (Issei Hyoudo from ‘High School DXD’, Alibaba Saluja from ‘Magi’ and Haruyuki Arita from ‘Accel World‘) #2 Takehito Koyasu- 683 votes (Kururu from ‘Sargent Keroro’, Mu La Flaga from ‘Gundam Seed‘ and Zechs Marquise from ‘Gundam Wing’) #1 Kamiya Hiroshi- 759 votes (Yuuta Takemoto from ‘Honey and Clover‘, Yuzuru Otonashi from ‘Angel Beats!’, Izaya Orihara from ‘Durarara!’ and Tieria Erde from ‘Gundam 00′) Do you agree? Do you think someone else should be included in the list? Macross: The Museum now open in Hyogo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/macross-museum-open-hyogo/ By spartanchef on June 29th, 2013 1982 marked the debut of the classic science fiction mecha anime ‘The Super Dimension Fortress Macross’. The series was created by Shoji Kawamori and sparked multiple
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 sequels, mangas, spin-off TV series, video games, OVAs and even a musical. The most recent TV series so far is 2008′s Macross Frontier which in itself has gathered a cult following. Now, 31 years after the very first series aired in 1982, a museum dedicated to the Macross franchise has now opened. The museum opened yesterday, June 28 at the second floor of the Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum which can be found in Takarazuka City, Hyogo. The museum will be available from June 28 until October 28. 2013, however, the museum will be closed every Wednesday. One of the highlights of the museum is the life-size cockpit of VF-1. The exhibit also includes photo albums like ”the Legendary Diva Lynn Minmay’s photo album” as well as the costumes and props of Macross characters like Lynn Minmai, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee. Also displayed are several 1/60 scale Valkyrie models as well as other Macross mechs. And of course, what museum can be complete without some artwork? They also had several souvenir items up for sale like T-shirts, flags and other Macross merchandise.
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 There is a 700 yen entrance fee for adults, 400 yen for middle-schoolers and 100 yen for elementary kids. There is also a 1300 yen special ticket with art card available. Macross: The museum is part of the 30th anniversary of Macross. Sources: Macross World and Osamu Tezuka Manga Museum Galileo Galilei to release theme for Anohana animated film Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/galileo-galilei-release-theme- anohana-animated-film/ By SkerryK on June 29th, 2013 It’s official: Hit Hokkaido-grown rock band Galileo Galilei will release “Circle Club Game,” the theme song for upcoming animated film Anohana, on July 21. This tune has served as the new opening theme for the Anohana anime series since August to commemorate the film’s theatrical release. ”Circle Club Game” isn’t the only thing building hype among fans. Go ahead and check out the Anohana trailer on Youtube. It’s intense, exciting, and just a peek at what’s in store! Fans are gushing about it. Some say they already have
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 goosebumps, while others claim that the preview alone has brought them to tears. If you’re planning on buying Galileo Galilei’s new single, you might want to do it quickly. For a limited time, the “Circle Club Game” CD will also include “Aoi Shiori,” Anohana’s original opening theme. Both the extended version and the television version of each song will be included. If that doesn’t sound like enough, don’t worry. The opening movie’s storyboard, as well as preliminary illustrations, will also be enclosed. Limited-edition copies of the CD will cost about 1,600 yen. Regular copies, which will include two other songs in addition to the single, will be priced at 1, 223 yen. Don’t think about the price, though. Think about how you’ll remember Anohana— a riveting story of friendship, loss, and love —every time you play the “Circle Game.” Worth it, right? Source: billboard-japan.com New cast, characters, and PV for ‘Senki Zessho Symphogear G’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/06/cast-characters-pv-senki-zessho- symphogear-g/ By KaleNagasaki on June 29th, 2013 The official website for Senki Zessho Symphogear G has been updated with more characters and cast members, and the additions are making the second season of Symphogear look very promising. While we previously covered a few of the main characters and their respective voice actors, now we have character designs to put the pieces together. Thus, I hope this article will be a great overview for those of you wondering whether or not Senki Zessho Symphogear G should be on your watch list. First we have the principle antagonist, Maria Cadenzavna Eve. As a pop princess, she has legions of fans around
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 the globe. After fusing with a Symphogear outside of the jurisdiction of the Japanese government, she becomes an enemy despite her enchanting voice. Yoko Hikasa (K-ON!‘s Mio Akiyama, Kore wa Zombie desu ka?‘s Seraphim) voices this dangerous diva. In contrast to her older sister, Serena Cadenzavna Eve is of a gentler nature. Although she too has fused with Symphogear, she does not know how to use it in battle. Instead, Serena is more likely to be seen living up to her name by soothing her older sister’s spirited heart. Serena is the reason behind Maria’s dogged perseverance. She is played by Yui Horie (Fairy Tail’s Carla, Dog Days‘ Millhiore Biscotti). Despite her appearance, Shirabe Tsukuyomi is one of Maria’s warriors. Cold and calculating, Shirabe does whatever is necessary to complete an objective. She finds Hibiki Tachibana, the so called hero of the world, to be hypocritical. Shirabe is voiced by Yoshino Nanjou, a main vocalist of FripSide. Next we have Kiriki Akatsuki, another one of Maria’s fighters. Although she possesses the personality you’d expect a young girl to have, Kiriki, like her comrades, was once a test subject in a research lab and labeled a “Receptor Child”. Because of this, she will do anything to protect her friends. Ai Kayano (Guilty Crown’s Inori, Aquarion EVOL’s Mikono) plays Kiriki. Dr. Ver is a part of the American Holy Relic Research Facility’s 2nd Division Mobile Disaster Response Corps. As a biologist, he works to uncover the truth behind the holy relics and analyzes Ryoko Sakurai’s theories. He admires Tsubasa, Chris, and Hibiki for saving the world, and dreams to do the same. Tomokazu Sugita (Gintama‘s Gintoki, The Melancholy of Suzumiya Haruhi‘s Kyon) will voice the scientist.
  • July 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Professor Natassja is the technician behind Maria and her team. Her knowledge of the holy relics is formidable, and while she can be friendly with her partners, she can also quickly turn harsh for the sake of her objectives. Professor Natassja is voiced by Kikuko Inoue (Ah! My Goddess‘s Belldandy, Ikki Tousen‘s Goei). Lastly, we have Masahito Shibata, the vice-minister of the Japanese Ministry for Foreign Affairs. He aims to protect the Symphogear system as it is of national interest, and is one of the few people who understands Genjuro. Masahito works with the Mobile Disaster Response Corps. He is played by Hidekatsu Shibata, whose other roles include Naruto‘s Sarutobi and Mazinger Z‘s Baron Ashura. The opening theme song ,”Vitalization”, will be sung by Nana Mizuki, the voice of Tsubasa. The ending theme song, “Next Destination”, will be sung by Ayahi Takagaki, the voice of Chris Yukine. A CD is also in the making to be released on July 17, and will feature the song “Fushidori no Flamme” and a character song duet featuring Tsubasa and Maria. A few staff members have changed for the second season. Katsumi Ono (Hataraki Man) is replacing Tatsufumi Ito as diretor, and Satoru Fujimoto, the chief animation director, will also take the position of character designer from Satoshi Koike. Hopefully these changes are for the better! Senki Zessho Symphogear G premiers July 4, but until then, check out the first official promo below.
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Neptunia and Go Go Curry add moe to your diet Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/neptunia-girls-curry/ By Zenko on July 3rd, 2013 To help promote the upcoming anime adaptation of the Neptunia games, the girls are teaming up with Akiba’s Go Go Curry! for a tasty experience. Neptunia is building up a lot of anticipation for fans of the series, which features popular gaming consoles turned into fantastic moe girls. They have been going strong in their own game series for some time, and the popularity peeked enough to garnish an anime this summer (more on Neptunia at SGCafe here). To help make sure that as many people as possible not only know about the show, but get a healthy dose of moe in their diet, Akihabara’s Go Go Curry! is collaborating with the Planeptune girls starting July 7. Go! Go! Curry may draw attention to those walking by it for the gorilla on the sign daring you to enter, but it is most famous for it’s katsu curry. Not only that, but they know how to draw in the otaku crowd at their Akiba location; Neptunia isn’t the first anime to collaborate. Cutie Honey and Nyarko- san have also promoted the curry rice chain. As part of the collaboration, when you order the Roast Katsu Curry, you have the opportunity to receive a clearfile with the collaborative illustration on it. If you’ve ever wanted or needed Neptune and Nepgear offering you a plate of curry rice covering your school work, nows your chance. You’ll have to be fast, though, as only 555 are available. Read even more about Neptunia on SGCafe! Love games? Join in the discussion here! Source: News Dengeki HTT decides to go SNK for a day Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/htt-decides-snk-day/ By Zenko on July 3rd, 2013 The girls of Houkagou Tea Time were seen flighting off Titans with their very own 3D maneuver gear on Monday. At least, their figures were. Mugi, Azusa and Mio figmas were all geared up to fight Titans, and with a little papercraft magic and velcro they looked like they could join the ranks of the 104th. Yui and
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Ri-chan most likely made it as well, though as one fan in the comments put it “they were probably eaten.” Even Azusa’s twintails were put to use, donning drills that looked as if they could pierce the heavens to help her swing around, and backing up her already impressive arsenal of a candy red apple Mustang ’69. Mugi, most likely seeing something that set her fujoushi heart ablaze, faces down a Colossal Titan with some makeshift duct tape blades. She’s so battle ready, that as poster 289 remarks, she seems like she could fit right into the show. Even if she looses her blades she’s willing to improvise, using a folding chair as a weapon. (Read more about K-On on SGCafe here). Even Mio trades in her signature jazz bass for a pair of blades as the three remaining HKK members make their final stand. Who will survive? Who will find themselves a snack for a Titan? That much isn’t clear, but they will certainly look as cool as possible doing it. Other commentators on the pictures were quick to point out some other humorous things. 281 points out that they wish they had a butt like Azunyan’s, while another, commentator 292, encourages Mugi to go for the weak-point at the neck. Read more on Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) right here on SGCafe! Also feel free to join in community discussions in the forums! Source: Otanews Adorable key chains for ‘Shingeki no Kyojin’, ‘Gintama x Mamebashi’ crossover Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/adorable-key-chains-shingeki-kyojin- gintama-mamebashi-crossover/ By KaleNagasaki on July 3rd, 2013 With all the lovely merchandise featuring Shingeki no Kyojin that’s been pouring out lately, there’s little surprise that key chains and cell phone charms will arrive as well. However, Cospa is bringing a little humour by creating a “pinched series”. We become the titans as we dangle Eren, Mikasa, and Levi from their precarious posts upon our keys and phones. These key holders and cell phone charms are six-hundred and thirty yen each, and the back of them shows the wings of freedom design of the Survey Corps. Personally, after the epicness of episode thirteen (I’m referring to when Corporal Levi came in at the end like a BOSS), I really want the Levi one! Although I am sure that if we really had him in this position, he’d still find a way to slice his way out. If you’re a little behind on your Shingeki no Kyojin, and if you are, you should be ashamed, catch up here with our other posts at SGCafe.
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 In related news, Gintama has teamed up with an unlikely partner for some more adorable anime trinkets. In commemoration of the upcoming movie Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (Gintama the Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya) that will hit theaters July 6, I give you Gintama x Mameshiba key chains. Cute, aren’t they? Which one is your favorite, and are you planning on seeing the new movie? If you aren’t in the loop, for more on Gintama from us here at SGCafe, click here. Don’t forget to check out SGCafe for more on Attack on Titan and Gintama. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu New LovePlus+ announced for 3DS; will not feature 4th heroine Akira Yukino Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/new-loveplus-plus-announced-3ds- feature-4th-heroine-akira-yukino/ By KarbyP on July 3rd, 2013 In the pages of Weekly Famitsu magazine this week Konami announced New LovePlus+ for the 3DS, a new entry in the popular dating simulation game franchise that’s appeared on the DS, 3DS, arcade and mobile social game platforms.
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The new title is said to be a return to the series’ roots, and will once again feature only three heroines that the player can select to date - Manaka Takane, Rinko Kobayakawa, and Nene Anegasaki. The story scenarios for each of these three heroines will be greatly expanded on in this sequel to 2012′s New Love Plus (also on the 3DS; more of SGCafe’s 3DS games coverage over here). A fourth heroine, Akira Yukino, was introduced last month as a potential date in LovePlus Collection, Konami’s smartphone/feature phone mobile social game that’s based on the dating game franchise. Unfortunately, according to an interview with New LovePlus +’s developers in Weekly Famitsu, the devs currently do not have plans to include Yukino as a fourth heroine in the new 3DS title; although she might appear as a side-character. Apart from greatly expanded story scenarios for all three heroines, New LovePlus+ will also feature a number of new play elements. One of the biggest new additions here are school excursions or field trips where you’ll be able to visit some place faraway with your selected girlfriend in the game. The developers say that these excusions or field trips “will not be like any you’ve experienced before”. In New LovePlus for the 3DS, a number of system interfaces were changed that led to the menus being less intuitive or harder to navigate over the ones in the DS versions. New LovePlus+ will revert those changes back to the way they were in the DS versions of the game – a direct result of feedback developers received from fans. There are tons of other changes and new elements as well, but details on those are scarce at the moment. As for the game’s release date, although nothing is concrete at the moment, the developers hope to bring it out at a time “after the weather has started to get cold, before it begins to get warm again” – so sometime at the end of Winter in Japan, but before Spring arrives in 2014. Hungry for more? Check out more of SGCafe’s game news coverage here: http://sgcafe.com/category/gaming Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu, Image MapleSEA’s 8th anniversary birthday celebration in Singapore [Photos and Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/mapleseas-8th-birthday-celebration- in-singapore/ By KarbyP on July 2nd, 2013 This past weekend, Asiasoft kicked off MapleSEA’s 8th anniversary celebrations with the first round of its Maple Party Bus promotional tour, which brought the party (and exclusive sale items) to their fans in several heartland locations, as well as smiles and cheers to shoppers along downtown Singapore when the party bus pass through the area with the vivacious MapleSEA girls (pictured above) in tow. Apart from roving around the island over the weekend, the party bus made stops at sports stadium caparks in Bukit Gombak, Yishun, and Woodlands, where fans showed up in troves – many had been waiting at the venues before the party bus even arrived - to purchase limited-edition celebratory goods, as well as interact and take pictures with the MapleSEA girls and various mascot cardboard cut-outs.
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Two members from MapleSEA developer Nexon Korea (check back tomorrow for SGCafe’s exclusive interview with them) also made their way down to sunny Singapore to join in the weekend’s festivities, which culminated with a cake-cutting ceremony at the Woodlands venue. But the highlight of the party bus tour had to be a special appearance by the Yeti from MapleSEA, who took “great pains” to come out here and interact with fans, just for the occasion. What do we mean when we say “great pains”? We’ll let you see for yourself:
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 More highlight photos can also be viewed at the official MapleSEA Facebook fan page here. This coming weekend, the party bus will once again be roving around our island-nation, and stopping at the venues and timings listed below to meet and greet MapleSEA fans. If you weren’t able to make it to the pasty last weekend, don’t miss it this time! 6 July 2013 Clementi Stadium Carpark (1030am to 1230pm) Yishun Stadium Carpark (3pm to 5pm) 7 July 2013 Serangoon Stadium Carpark (1030am – 1230pm) Jurong Stadium Carpark (3pm to 5pm) Read more stories about MMO games here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Cherry Credits launches new auction house for Avatar Star Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/cherry-credits-launches-auction- house-avatar-star/ By spartanchef on July 2nd, 2013 Free-to-play MMO operator Cherry Credits, who runs MMOs like Dragon Nest and SD Gundam Capsule Fighter in South-east Asia, have announced today that they will be launching a new auction house for their Multiplayer Online Third Person Shooter game Avatar Star. A new content update which is widely anticipated by the players will be released and it will add features like a daily sign-in gift system and the auction house. (More on MMO games here at SGCafe through this link). With the new auction house, players can now bid on valuable items such as weapons and other items by using in-game money as the trading currency. Non-cash players can now keep up with players who use real money as they will be able to attain cash items by using hard-earned gold they’ve accumulated by playing. In a statement by Addison Kang, CEO of Cherry Credits, he said: The introduction of an Auction system has a dramatic impact on the game economy. On one hand, the game becomes more affordable at the expense of lower revenues for the publisher. Securing the safety of the game economy and auction system also increases the cost of operating the game. In return, however, the game attracts and retains more active players. This is what Cherry Credits and Pearl Digital aims to do. We believe in providing both paying and non-paying players with different benefits, giving them valuable returns on items they hold.” Avatar Star’s daily gifting system also gives players more incentives to enhance their gameplay. Players will not only receive daily gifts (which include consumable cash items)
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 but also additional special gift packs when they sign in for the 7th, 14th, 20th and 25th consecutive day in a month. Avatar Star has a large emphasis on character customization so these new changes will really enhance the game play. So, are you ready for a really personalized gaming experience with lots of cuteness and even more pew pew pew? Read more stories about MMO games here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Cloud Strife’s uniform and buster sword are pre- order bonuses for Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/cloud-strifes-uniform-buster-sword- pre-order-bonuses-lightning-returns-final-fantasy-xiii/ By KarbyP on July 2nd, 2013 Final Fantasy XIII series heroine Lightning has often been described to be like a female Cloud Strife (from FF7) of sorts. Both are always cool, calm and composed – even when the going gets tough. And now, thanks to a very special pre-order campaign, you’ll actually be able to make Lightning cosplay as everyone’s favoruite spiky-haired hero from Final Fantasy VII. (More posts about Final Fantasy here on SGCafe) With this special limted time pre-order DLC offer, you’ll receive with your copy of the game a code to download: • Cloud Strife’s Soldier 1st Class Uniform • Soldier’s Band (equipment) • Buster Sword (weapon) Just in case you haven’t quite been following up on your Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII news, in this game there are no pre-defined classes or “paradigms” (as they were called in previous FF13 games). Instead, you create your own “styles” of play this time around by combining a costume, a weapon, various equipment, and that will determine which attack and support skills you can use. As the video demonstrates, when you have all three pre- order items equipped on Lightning at the same time, the game will also end each fight with a special finishing animation and victory fanfare that should be familiar to anyone who’s played Final Fantasy VII. And that’s about as close as we’ll ever get to a remake of Final Fantasy VII for current-generation consoles. Better luck next generation, I suppose! Read more stories about Final Fantasy games here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com New anime ‘Gundam Build Fighters’ announced, begins airing on Japanese TV October 2013 [Updated w/ PV] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/anime-gundam-build-fighters- announced-begins-airing-japanese-tv-october-2013/
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By KarbyP on July 2nd, 2013 The next big Gundam anime series will not actually be about giant robots fighting in space. Instead, the new series will feature mobile suits that may physically be small in stature, but are nevertheless a a huge deal to fans; we’re talking the world of 1/144 scale Gundam plastic models, also known simply as “Gunpla”. Entitled Gundam Build Fighters, the new series was announced this morning at a press conference held in Odaba’s Gundam Front Tokyo entertainment complex. The new show will begin airing on Japanese broadcaster TV Tokyo, as well as all of its affiliates all over Japan, this October. (More anime news here on SGCafe via this link) Set in a near future where Gunpla models can be pit against one another in Gunpla Battles, Gundam Build Fighters tells the story of Sei Iori, a first-year middle school/junior high student, and the only child to the family who runs Iori Hobby Figure Shop, a mom-and-pop shop that deals in 1/144 scale Gunpla figures. Sei possesses remarkable Gunpla construction skills, possibly due to his parents’ influence. However, when he enters his first Gunpla Battle tournament, he is elminated from the competition right from his very first match. That’s when Sei meets Reiji, a mysterious teenage boy who displays extraordinary skill in remote-operating Gunpla mobile suits. The two decide to form a duo and aim towards qualifying for the worldwide Gunpla Battle championships. As it’s themed around Gunpla, Gundam Build Fighters will feature mobile suit units both old and new. For instance, the original Gunpla unit that Sei puts together – Build Strike Gundam – is a unit that uses parts from Strike Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) as a base. Other such “remixed” versions of past mobile suits include new suits based on parts from Zaku-II (called the Zaku Amazing), Wing Gundam, and Gundam X (Gundam X Maoh/Devil King). Official Gunpla kits for Build Strike Gundam, Zaku Amazing, and Gundam X Maoh will be sold in stores beginning October. One of the key concepts for Gundam Build Fighters is the phrase “All Gundam”, meaning fans can expect to see some of their favourite mobile suit units from past Gundam anime shows make an appearance here as a mobile Gunpla unit.
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Mainichi JP, Otanews, Gundam BF official site Kyary’s new characters make way to iOS app store Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/kyarys-characters-ios-app-store/
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 By Zenko on July 2nd, 2013 Kyary Pamyu Pamyu continues to show up in appearances in commercials for a variety of goods, and this time with Glico’s Ice Fruits she is also making her way to mobile phones. Kyary may have stumped fans when she released a preview of her new song Mi, but Glico provided the solution when she appeared alongside a group of dancers dressed fittingly like fruits. Coming from the same school Tempura Kidz graduated from, their dancing might seem very familiar. The commercial is below, and Kyary’s new character design that started the Mi infection can be seen below. With the commercial out and Glico trying to promote the renewal of their ice fruit as much as possible, they have released a free app on Japan’s App Store for the iPhone and iPad. It features a Mi free talk feature, where Kyary will listen to your best mi-ing to the commercial’s song. There is a minigame for it as well, where you may even have to mi up to one hundred times as quickly as you can. If seeing Kyary’s encouraging smile isn’t enough for you to run out and buy as many frozen fruit treats as possible, Glico is also holding a barcode collection lottery. When you send in three barcodes for an ice fruit and one of their other popular treats you are entered to win a special edition QUO card worth 3000 yen which 3000 people have a chance of winning. For five barcodes you can enter the lottery for a Mi dispenser, as seen in the commercial backgrounds, though the chances are smaller at only 300 people. With a new character image introduced, will we be seeing more of the little Mi’s running about in her other videos in the future? Or are they just too weird? Feel free to let us know what you think in the comments, or join in the discussion of whether everyone’s favorite harujuku girl’s songs are really all that great in the forums. Source: Mantan Web RX-78-2 Gundam marble statue to be unveiled in Odaiba Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/marble-rx-78-2-gundam-statue- unveiled-odaiba/ By spartanchef on July 2nd, 2013 Many of the greatest statues in the art world are made of marble; masterpieces like Gian Lorenzo Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, Alexandros of Antioch’s Venus de Milo and of course, Michelangelo’s David. What the statue should look like when finished Now, another marble statue of an icon is about to be unveiled, and this time, it’s a statue of the legendary and iconic RX-78-2 Gundam (more on Gundam here at SGCafe through this link). This piece is sculpted by the people over at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music for the TOKYO Gundam project 2013 summer Festa which will be held from July
  • July 3rd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 30 until August 22, 2013. The statue was carefully and painstakingly sculpted over a period of six months by the university’s sculpture department. The statue alone measures approximately 1.5 meters tall on its own and 2.7 meters if the base is included. The 1/12 scale statue was made as a symbol to promote sports. This comes as Tokyo is preparing to present its bid for the 2020 Olympic Summer and Paralympic games. According to the official Gundam website, the Gundam statue is purposely posed like an Olympian warrior ready to “start”. Japan is one of the host candidates for the 2020 Olympics alongside Istanbul, Turkey and Madrid, Spain. The announcement for the winning candidate will be made on September 7, 2013. The statue will go alongside the life-sized model of the RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba. Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Gundam.info
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Now you can visit Free! with these real life town setting locations Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/visit-free-real-life-town-setting- locations/ By spartanchef on July 5th, 2013 With all this Free! mania all over the place, it’s really difficult to ignore this anime about male swimmers with rock hard abs. Yes, the anime is really hard to ignore since social media sites like tumblr and facebook have been bombarded with images and screenshots (as well as legions of screaming and nose bleeding fan girls… and boys) of the premiere episode of Kyoto Animation’s sports anime. Free! is everywhere on the internet right now, but what about this certain town in Japan called Iwami where you can say that it’s literally everywhere? (More anime here on SGCafe via this link) Several pictures have surfaced from Iwami town in Tottori prefecture, Japan showing several scenes from the anime as well as several images from the town itself. Both look VERY familiar, don’t you think?
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  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Looks like the people over at Kyoto Animation have painstakingly captured Iwami town’s beauty with such wonderful detail (yes fan girls, I know that’s not the only thing they captured in detail). Iwami town is a small fishing town in Tottori prefecture known for its seafood, rice patties and hot springs. The town is a 30-minute train ride from Tottori city and it’s main source of income is squid fishing as well as the tourism generated from their well-renowned hot springs. From the looks of things, this town is also going to be known for something else too. Well, it’s already official, Free! Mania has begun! Read more on Free! here at SGCafe here Join the SGCafe forum community here Source: Etesuke Lightning and FF13 cosplay items to appear in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/lightning-ff13-cosplay-items-final- fantasy-xiv-realm-reborn/ By KarbyP on July 4th, 2013 At a Final Fantasy Conference presentation in France’s Japan Expo, Square Enix revealed that Lightning from the Final Fantasy XIII games will make an appearance (as an NPC) in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn. Costumes and weapons from Final Fantasy XIII will also be made available in FF14: A Realm Reborn, allowing players’ in-game avatars to cosplay as their favourite FF13 characters… … Yes, I’m using the word “cosplay” very loosely. (More posts on Final Fantasy here at SGCafe) Hailed as an MMORPG that celebrates Final Fantasy’s 25 years of history, A Realm Reborn will also incorporate many other elements of past FF games, including summons such as Behemoth, Titan, Garuda, and Moogle.
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn is currently in beta test. The full version of the MMO is expected to go into service on the PC on August 27, 2013. Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn will also be released for the PlayStation 3 on August 27. A PlayStation 4 version will also be launched after the system has been released. Read more stories about MMO games here on SGCafe! Also, more Final Fantasy stories here! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Japan Expo livestream via Hachima Ragnarok Online 2 update today adds the ‘Noel’ race Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ragnarok-online-2-update-today- adds-noel-race/ By KarbyP on July 4th, 2013 A new update for Asiasoft Online and Gravity Co’s Ragnarok Online 2 MMO has just went live earlier today. (More on MMO games here at SGCafe through this link). Today’s update adds a brand new race – the Noels, who are a race of elves that have developed black wings and tails on their backs, as well as horns on their heads, due to their ability to absorb demon spells - for RO2 players to start their adventures as. All Noel characters will begin their journey in RO2 from the Garden of Yggdrasil, which is the starting town for this race (characters level 1 to 7 can also visit this location). On top of all that, today’s update also brings new monsters, NPCs and quests specific to the Noel race. The introduction of the Noel character race is said to be a major update to Ragnarok Online 2, and to celebrate the occasion Asiasoft is providing players with an additional incentive to play: the first 5,000 players to create Noel characters between now (July 4) and August 5 will stand a chance to win up to 100,000 credits’ worth of RO2Cash. Full details from the press release:
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The History of Noels Noels came about during the time of the Midgard battles. They were once Elves who battled alongside the Human Race against the Goddess Freyja, in which they emerged victorious. However, after that, the Elves began to disappear after they absorbed the demon spells that were casted during the battle. The Elves could only survive by absorbing spells and thus they started to grow black wings and tails on their backs, and the symbol of the demon, horns, also appeared from their heads. Due to the transformation, the Human Race started calling them Noels. The Noel race was saved from extinction by a piece of Ymir, which contain pure and infinite spells, preventing the Noels from transforming into demons when they absorbed demon spells. Even though they would grow into adulthood, they spent their lives as children to reduce the need to consume more spells. New Map: Yggdrasil Garden The Yggdrasil Garden, located on the top of the world tree Yggdrasil, is the home of the Noels. The Noels started building the small town Elenas, and lived there happily and peacefully until one day, the peace was shattered by the Freyjas. The Freyjas’ mission was to destroy the pendant made from Ymir, and the Noels fought bravely to protect it. The Noels won the battle eventually after a long and hard fight and they marked this victory with a celebration. However, it was abruptly ended when a wounded traveler showed up in Elenas town and the story of Noel began. The Journey Begins The Noel starts its journey as an Alter. Upon reaching Level 25, the Noel can choose to continue the path as a Crecentia or a Soul Maker. Each job has their unique support and attack skills that could prove essential and useful for any situation. Visit http://www.playRO2.com to find out more about the Noel race. “We are very excited to launch the new Noel race in the world’s first English service for Ragnarok Online 2!” said Mr Sherman Tan, Chairman for Asiasoft.”We hope that players will be able to explore new experiences and enjoy themselves with the launch of the new content and we look forward to the players’ support as we continue to work closely with the developers to bring in more new content for their enjoyment in the near future.” A Rewarding Gameplay with Ragnarok Online 2 Introduced since April 2013, two new in-game reward systems had been implemented within the game, namely the Daily Attendance Systemand the Hourly Giveaway. For those who had taken a break from the game before then, now would be a wonderful time to make a comeback. With every day of login, the Daily Attendance System will reward the player with an in-game item, and the rewards will get more attractive for each consecutive day of login. Players will start off with a seedling and the seedling will grown into a full bloom after five consecutive days of login, rewarding the player with a rare in-game item which would assist players with their raids and game. Also, players will be rewarded for staying in the game. The Hourly Giveaway promises attractive in- game cash items such as explorer potions and repair spinels. Upon login, the hourly timer is activated and for every hour, the player will receive the reward by clicking on the giftbox that appears on the top right hand corner. Upon reaching the 3rd hour mark, players will be rewarded with a much sought after item that is rare within the game. Players already familiar with both systems would be pleased to know that the top tier rewards will be updated with new items regularly. From 4th July 2013 onwards, the 5th day reward for the Daily Attendance System will be a Special Card Synthesis Stone and for the Hourly Giveaway,they stand to receive one Mysterious Crystal upon reaching the 3rd hour mark. In addition, to mark the launch of Noel race, Ragnarok Online 2 is also giving a chance for players to win RO2Cash! From 4th July to 5th August 2013, the first 5,000 players who create their Noel characters in the game in July and in August will stand a chance to win 100,000 worth of RO2Cash each! Head over to http://www.playRO2.com now for more details and be part of the ever-growing Ragnarok Online 2 community at http://www.facebook.com/ PlayRO2! Read more stories about MMO games here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Attack on Mami-san Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/attack-mami-san/ By hittokiri on July 4th, 2013
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Following Monday’s amusing K-on cross over with Attack on Titan, fans of Puella Magi Madoka Magica has jumped in on the act by re-enacting an iconic scene from Attack on Titan. Humans were reminded that day The terror of Mami-san’s domination… The humiliation when confronted by their largeness… She made a hole in the wall…!? Mami-san has gotten in!! Mami-san has caught us!! Kya~!! Ah~! Sayaka-chan has fallen prey to Mami-san!!
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Read more Attack on Titan (Shingeki no Kyojin) on SGCafe here. Join the SGCafe forum community here Source : Otanews Sadako goes 4D for latest movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/sadako-4d-latest-movie/ By Zenko on July 4th, 2013 The Sadako movie series is still going strong after several sequels, and this time it’s not just going 3D, it’s breaking through to the fourth dimension. Smartphone users that love to be scared are in for a treat with the latest instalment to the Sadako films. If the series doesn’t sound too familiar to you, it was remade overseas as The Ring, with Sadako being the name of the wonderfully creepy little girl that crawls out of the TV after giving you a phone call. Last summer a flash mob of Sadako’s strutted around Tokyo to promote 2012′s Sadako 3D. This summer, with Sadako 3D2 coming out, a promotion is going on in theatres. (For more on horror on SGCafe, click here). Users that download the free app and leave their phone on throughout the film will experience added effects to the already 3D film. This includes things like vibrating, flashing, and even the titular Sadako appearing on your smartphone screen. All of this ties into the previous installment to the film, where a character became trapped within a smartphone. The film will be hitting theatres in Japan on August 30, though there’s no word yet on an international release or if it will also use the smartphone app. If it does, though, it could start a trend in 4D films for smartphone users, much the same way the WiiU set off the tablet integration trend. If you love movies, read about more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions here. Source: Eiga.com High School DxD brings fanservice and demons to the 3DS Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/high-school-dxd-brings-fanservice- demons-3ds/ By hikarucon on July 4th, 2013 It looks like popular ecchi anime and light novel High School DxD will be getting its own game on the 3DS.
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Gamplay:The gameplay for High School DxD for the 3ds will be split up into two parts, a traditional visual novel style and actual fighting that will follow the story of the anime. In the former part, you’ll be conversing with the various girls in the game and racking up affection points to enter relationships with them. As per typical visual novel conventions, players will be offered several choices of what to say during a conversation with a girl at certain points in order to appeal to them and increase your chances of a relationship with them. Going through the routes and accumulating “lust power” will be the key to the battle parts of the game. Within the game, you will do battle with many different types of enemies. To have an easier time in the battle, you will want to save up as much “lust power” as you can. When certain conditions are met the lust power that you have accumulated can be released and used. When released, you’ll be able to do some heavy damage High School DxD style (i.e. destroying their clothes with Issei’s Dress Break move). The rest of the battle is turn based meaning that you’ll select what you want to do once per turn in order to defeat your enemy. You win once you deplete your enemy’s life gauge and conversely lose when yours is depleted. Story:Hyoudou Issei is a second year high school student whose mind is constantly filled with perverted fantasies and desires. He wouldn’t want anything more than for his life to be turned into one where he was surrounded by pretty women all the time. One day he loses his life to a demon who he thought was his girlfriend and is saved by Rias Gremory, the president of the Occult Research Club. In order to save his life, Rias reincarnates Issei into a demon under her control and takes him into the Occult Research Club, a club where every member is secretly a demon and a servant for Rias who is actually a demon of noble birth.
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Issei is on one hand now a demon who must fight for Rias but is also surrounded by beautiful girls. Could death actually have been the best thing for Issei? The 3DS game releases November 28th, 2013 for 6300 yen, but don’t forget that there’s a second season for High School DxD coming out as well. Read more on High School DxD here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero [Movie Review] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/forbidden-super-hero-hentai-kamen/ By Kageshi on July 4th, 2013 Never will you see another movie that features as much groin-and-muscle-grinding action as Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero. This latest Japanese flick to hit movie theatres in Singapore (exclusively at Filmgarde cineplexes) will leave your jaw dropping as you laugh along to the many special attacks uniquely possible only with Hentai Kamen himself. For those who follow the manga series, do not feel deterred from watching as it is just as hilarious with a few new twists of its own here and there. Throughout the movie’s 105-minute runtime you’ll find yourself laughing and being in shock over many of the scenes (pro tip: we’d advise viewers to refrain from consuming a soft drink when you’re watching this movie). Another pro tip, this one provided to us at the start of the film courtesy of the movie’s producers and local film distributor Encore Films: also be advised that when you are watching this movie, do refrain from succumbing to the urge to strip and become Hentai Kamen as that would goes against the rules and regulations of Filmgarde Cineplex. Now that you are sufficiently warned, let’s dive into what the show is all about. A journey to discover one’s inner perverse… for the sake of saving the world! Hentai Kamen follows the story of a young boy by the name of Kyōsuke Shikijō (played by Ryohei Suzuki) who is by far one of the weakest student in his school – or so everybody thought. Everything changes one day, however, when he has to infiltrate a building where Aiko Himeno (played by Fumika Shimizu, whom you might recognise as Yuki Jojima from Kamen Rider Fourze) a newly transferred girl and Kyosuke’s love interest in the movie, and a bunch of office employees are being held hostage by armed robbers on the top-most floor. “Get us a helicopter!” one of the robbers yells to the crowd of passers-by and policemen who have assembled at the base of the building. When Kyosuke urges the police to give in to the armed robbers’ demands, the police chief tells him that it was a stupid demand – the building was not equipped with a helipad. There was nothing that the police could do, even if they very much wanted to do something to calm the robbers down. That’s when Kyosuke decides to take matters into his own hands, and infiltrates the building. Not wanting to be recognised by the robbers, Kyosuke decides to look for something that he could use to disguise himself as one of the masked robbers. Purely by accident, Kyosuke grabs a pair of used woman’s panties, and wears it on his head thinking it was a mask. By the time he realises his mistake, for some
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 reason Kyosuke was unable to remove the pair of panties on his head at will. With that single moment of folly, the genes within Kyosuke – the masochistic senses of his policeman father, and the sadistic tendencies of his hostess mom – are rudely awakened, unlocking 100% of the power that laid dormant within his muscles, transforming the mild-mannered high school student into the not-so-mild-mannered forbidden superhero, Hentai Kamen. With the ability to catch bullets with his bare hands, and movement speeds so fast that to the untrained eye, Hentai Kamen appears to be teleporting from point to point, Kyosuke manages to resolve the hostage situation with ease, and secures Aiko’s safety. Aiko is grateful for Hentai Kamen’s help. However, as HK is, after all, a pervert, initially Aiko is reluctant to adore the man who saved her (she does not know that it is actually Kyosuke in disguise), for she is ashamed of thinking that a pervert – who wears women’s stockings and panties for a mask, and who everyone is making fun of – to be chivalrous ally of justice. However, through a string of hilarious incidents both within and outside of the school that Kyosuke and Aiko attends, our female heroine gradually warms up to the forbidden superhero. Part of the movie’s appeal has to do with getting us, the audience, to realise through Aiko’s vantage point that, just like Hentai Kamen, there are plenty of people in our lives who are really superheroes in their own regard – like, say, your own father – but who we are ashamed to acknowledge our respect and adoration for, because they’re just so lame or embarrassing in front of your friends. There’s definitely a meaningful message in Hentai Kamen somewhere. Hidden behind all the nutsack jokes, and the hilariously obscene action. But let’s not kid ourselves: this movie is 95% about watching Kyosuke ponder over ridiculous (read: hilarious) dilemmas like having to steal somebody’s panties just so he can transform into Hentai Kamen and save the world. Although at some point the movie gets a little too serious for its own good – specifically, right after Hentai Kamen meets his arch-nemesis Fake Hentai Kamen who is so powerful that he succeeds in robbing Kyosuke of his power to transform – there are just so many laugh-inducing moments in the flick that it is hard not to recommend this to anyone and everyone who appreciates slapstick comedy or toilet humour. If you like funny shows, this one-of-a-kind flick will certainly burst your gut. There’s even a bit of fanservice for both male and female viewers alike! Both the lead actor and actress, Ryohei Suzuki and Fumika Shimizu, appear in swimwear at some point in the movie. Ryohei Suzuki, with his rock-hard abs and astounding built, are especially a treat to female viewers – he trained about a year for this role! So do follow through the hilarious adventures of Kyōsuke Shikijō, as he comes to terms with his “cursed” blood (as it turns out, he is a pervert, of sorts) and work behind the scenes to save the world one grind at a time!
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Hentai Kamen: Forbidden Super Hero (R21, for mature content and sexual references) is now screening at Filmgarde Cinemas at Bugis+ and Leisure Park Kallang, for a limited time only. Tickets can be booked online here. ‘Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku’ SO-04E smartphone to launch in Japan late September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hatsune-miku-xperia-phone- docomo/ By KarbyP on July 4th, 2013 Crypton Future Media, NTT DoCoMo and Sony Mobile Communications are teaming up to offer a Hatsune Miku- themed Sony Xperia smartphone that will launch in Japan in late September, 2013. Only 39,000 of the smartphones will be sold. The docomo XperiaTM feat. HATSUNE MIKU SO-04E (or simply, “Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku”) smartphone will run Android 4.2 on a quad-core CPU rated at 1.5GHz, paired with 2GB’s worth of RAM. Its dimensions are 131 x 67 x 10.5mm, and the device is fairly light, weighing in at 141g. The smartphone’s touchscreen is a 4.6″ 720×1280 HD display, and it comes with 32GB of internal storage so there’s enough space for loading all your favourite Vocaloid tunes. There’s a 1.3-megapixel camera mounted on the back of the phone. The device is waterproof and shockproof, and supports NFC, 1seg, and Wi-Fi tethering. For the full specs and more details on the Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone, head over to this page here. The Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone was officially unveiled just moments ago on the teaser site dx39.net. Since it went live on June 16, dx39.net had been teasing some sort of Hatsune Miku announcement by putting up messages and original sound clips composed by various renowned Vocaloid music producers – including livetune and sasakure.UK – on a daily basis. Today the site revealed that all of the original sound clips uploaded thus far will come pre-installed on the Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone. But that’s not all; the professional Vocaloid producers’ sound clips are just the beginning. Starting from today, those professional Vocaloid music producers are passing on the baton to you, Miku fans. NTT DoCoMo along with Piapro are organising a “Find Your MIKU Project” contest where they’re currently soliciting Hatsune Miku-themed “sound logos” (message tones, basically) and background illustrations for use with the Xperia feat. Hatsune Miku smartphone.
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Miku fans who are inclined to participate in the project can find all the details on what they need to submit over here (instructions are in Japanese). Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: dx39.net Tatsuya Fujiwara to play the infamous Shishio Makoto in the new ‘Rurouni Kenshin’ live action movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/tatsuya-fujiwara-play-infamous- shishio-makoto-rurouni-kenshin-live-action-movie/ By KaleNagasaki on July 3rd, 2013 Previously, we let you in on Jump Square’s announcement for a Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy covering the Great Kyoto Fire and Legend’s End arcs. Now, the man chosen to play the infamous assassin of Kyoto has been revealed. Tatsuya Fujiwara will take on the role of Shishio Makoto, one of the most iconic villains in manga history. No pun intended, but Shishio Makoto is the truth when it comes to top level evil, and he is definitely one of the reasons Kenshin became as popular as it did. These are high expectations to live up to, but I don’t believe a better man could have been chosen for the job. Tatsuya Fujiwara’s first major achievement came through his role in the Battle Royale movies as Wild Seven leader Shuya Nanahara. Although’s he starred in numerous movies since then, most people probably remember his stellar acting from the Death Note live-action movies, where he played Light Yagami. Tatsuya Fujiwara is no newbie when it comes to bringing manga characters to life, and I strongly think we can count on him and Takeru Sato to take the Kenshin movies to the next level. For more on Kenshin from us here at SGCafe, click here. And it seems that Tatsuya Fujiwara is just as excited as his fans. Recently, he commented that, as part of the Kenshin generation, he had been watching the show since his childhood and really cannot believe that he got the chance to be in the movie. Not only is Shishio Makoto a primary character in the film, but he is one of the most popular characters in the series. Knowing this, Tatsuya acknowledges that there will be many different opinions about his performance, but he will continue to work hard and not disappoint. Read more about Rurouni Kenshin here, and don’t forget to join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: ComicNatalie
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 New Yoshiyuki Tomino anime and ‘Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin’ anime announced by Bandai Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/yoshiyuki-tomino-direct-gundam- anime-2014-2015/ By spartanchef on July 3rd, 2013 In 1979, Yoshiyuki Tomino created a phenomenon; it was known as Mobile Suit Gundam. The legendary director known for killing off beloved characters (hence the nickname “Kill’em all Tomino“) is announced to return at the helm of a new project some time between 2014 and 2015. This highly anticipated new work by Tomino was revealed in a teaser image presented by Bandai president Kazunori Ueno. The most likely candidate for this new work is codenamed ‘G-Reko‘ which was reported in the October 2012 issue of Gundam Ace. According to the magazine, the Tomino project will be “entering full-fledged production” soon. No further information about the new Tomino series has been further announced. (more on Gundam here at SGCafe through this link) THE Yoshiyuki Tomino is the legendary director who helmed the original Mobile Suit Gundam in 1979 as well as Space Runaway Ideon in 1980. He has then moved on with other legendary Gundam projects like Gundam Zeta, Turn A Gundam and Char’s Counter Attack. He has become the inspiration for other anime directors like RahXephon‘s Yutaka Izubuchi and Neon Genesis Evangelion‘s Hideaki Anno. Another great news is that the anime adaptation of Yoshikazu Yasuhiko’s Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin manga will also be set for release some time between 2014 and 2015. Rumors of the manga’s anime adaptation have been circulating online but were later debunked by Sunrise in an issue of Gundam Ace. With the official announcement however, fans of the manga as well as fans of the Universal Century timeline can now celebrate. Kazunori Ueno announced that the legendary director’s return as well as the anime adaptation of Mobile Suit Gundam: The Origin will be part of the franchise’s 35th anniversary celebrations. Also part of the 35th anniversary celebrations are the previously announced ‘Gundam Build Fighters‘ which is slated for October 2013 and the conclusion to the ‘Mobile Suit Gundam UC‘ series which will be released in Spring 2014.
  • July 5th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: mynavi news
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Summer Anime 2013 returning series & reboot first impressions Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/summer-anime-2013-returning- series-reboot-impressions/ By spartanchef on July 8th, 2013 The red hot summer anime season is here and that means new anime like Free! and Danganronpa, but what about the ones returning for a new season? What about the rebooted Rozen Maiden series? Let’s take a look at some of the impressions left by these returning anime. Let’s begin with the highly anticipated 2013 reboot of Peach Pit’s hit manga series Rozen Maiden. The reboot fired on all cylinders and according to some Japanese blog reviews of the first episode, it was like watching the two entire seasons of the previous series. Right from the opening, it is clear that the anime wants to catch up with the manga as they have revealed the [SPOILER] college Jun Sakurada. Episiode 1 basically felt like a recap episode for both previous seasons and begs the question, is it a remake or just a new season? (More anime here on SGCafe via this link) Compared to to the 2004 anime, the 2013 version looks better from a visual standpoint.
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 From Peach Pit’s Rozen Maiden to the first part of NisiOisin’s Monogatari Series second season titled Nekomonogatari: Shiro. According to some Japanese anime blogs, it was as what you would expect from a NisiOisin work; lots of symbolism, thought provoking dialogue, and a lot of character development… and fan service, definitely some fan service. The episode shows a lot of Hitagi and Hanekawa and a little bit of Mayoi at the beginning. The visuals look nice and definitely still has the Monogatari and NisiOisin feel to it. Now we go to the return of the loli basketball-fest titled Ro- Kyu Bu SS. As expected, this show will definitely induce some HNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNG! with the actions of the main female cast. The new season picks up from where the
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 first season left off and introduces some new characters including a pair of twin little sisters , a rival team (Lolicons rejoice) and Tomoka’s father. As expected, there is still fan service, some shipping and some major trouble brewing ahead (uh-oh).
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Finally, we go to the latest season of Senki Zesshou Symphogear G. Even with it just being episode one, the series has already established that “This is Symphogear” simply by the sheer number of transformation sequences, the over- the-top action sequences, and the playfulness that you will find on every Symphogear episode. The fast-paced action which is predominant in the episode can never be possible without somebody our heroines can fight against; Enter Maria Cadenzavna Eve. The introduction of this musical new villain guarantees that this new season will definitely pack in the action. Expect a lot of BOOM and pew pew pew in this one… … Oh, and the music is nice too.
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Godly magical girls offered as preticket promos Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/godly-magical-girls-offered- preticket-promos/ By Zenko on July 8th, 2013 With preorder tickets on sale for next Madoka movie in October, preorder goods are being released and this time it’s not just Madoka that’s a goddess. Madoka’s goddess form has proven to be popular enough that she’s received several figures just of that. With ticket orders opened recently, she won’t be the only one with a goddess state anymore. Instead, each of the main girls will be receiving their own god form in the preorder bonus posters. (For more on Madoka Magica at SGCafe click here). Homura of course looks rather shy in her elevated form. She’s using the same weapon she uses in the series, rather than the black bow she has been seen with in promos for the latest film. Mami is head-over-heals lovely, hiding her signature rifle in the background day lillies. Her hair is tinted slightly green to match the color scheme of the card. Sayaka give fans a delicate yandere smile as she brandishes her sword. Like Mami, her hair is a slight gradient to yellow to match the colors of the flowers in the background. Kyoko is also on board, holding her chain-spear close in a pensive look. There’s no food present in this poster scene, though, only clouds. The October 26 movie Madoka Magica The Rebellion Story promises to wrap up the trilogy and give fans a new story, something they’ve asked for since the original finale of the show. For more on movies at SGCafe, check out our selection here. Feel free to join in the community discussion here! Source: Yaraon! Check out fantastic Naruto rice field artwork in Okayama Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/check-crazy-naruto-rice-field- artwork-okayama/
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By KaleNagasaki on July 8th, 2013 Artists tend to use a diverse variety of tools to bring their fandom to life. Some use Photoshop, others ink, and some prefer plain paper and pencil. However, I think we all can agree that using a rice field as a creative outlet is something different altogether. The men here are working on what will eventually become an enormous Naruto rice field artwork. This isn’t as random as it sounds, though. Before Okayama prefecture was Okayama prefecture, it was Mimasaka province. To commemorate the one thousand and three hundred years of Mimasaka, this contest was formed. The work of these numerous participants paid off, because this Naruto art piece is phenomenal. (For more on Naruto from SGCafe, click here). If you’re in the area, you better come see this before it disappears. July and August are the best months to see this, although the Naruto work will be there until it is harvested in November. During the summer vacation, you can visit this in style. Not only has Okayama provided us with the amazing artwork, but also with some classy transportation to fulfill all of your fangirl/fanboy needs. Are you on board the Naruto crave-train? Read more about Naruto here at SGCafe. Don’t forget to also check out and join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com/ Source: Otakumode Brace yourselves with these new PVs from ‘Kuroko no Basket 2′, ‘Knights of Sidonia’ & the really cute ‘Fate/Zero cafe’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/brace-pvs-kuroko-basket-2-knights- sidonia-cute-fatezero-cafe/ By spartanchef on July 8th, 2013 The Spring season has ended and summer has now officially begun. While the sizzling hot summer animes like Free!, Danganronpa, Love Lab, Rozen Maiden and others are slowly making their way, let us look ahead to the future with these latest promo videos.
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Let’s start off with the return of one of our favorite sports anime, ‘Kuroko no Basket’. The gang from Seirin High’s Basketball Club (as well as the others from the fabled ‘generation of miracles’) are back and with their latest PV and it’s no surprise that screaming girls can be heard all throughout the video. Kuroko no Basket’s “2nd Quarter” begins this October. (More anime here on SGCafe via this link) The latest PV from the futuristic mecha anime ‘Knights of Sidonia‘ has been released via their official website. The anime is based on Tsutomu Nihei’s manga which is serialized in Kodansha’s Afternoon magazine. The series is Polygon Pictures’ 30th anniversary commemorative work and is directed by Kobun Shizuno (Detective Conan: Private Eye in the Distant Sea). We then go from giant mechs to cute, super deformed servants trying to run a cafe as a brand new PV for Fate/Zero Cafe has been released by the Fate/Zero official website. The new Fate/Zero cafe film is based on the 4-panel manga serialized by Newtype magazine. It basically re imagines the Fate/Zero characters as super deformed characters who try to open up a cafe with Saber being the manager. The film will premiere along with the Kara no Kyoukai 3D movie at the ufotable restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo on July 13. A second series of joint screenings will also be held on August 8 with a new menu inspired by Fate/Zero cafe. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Creator of Hatsune Miku designs two girls for new wine: meet Meu and Yurisu! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/creator-hatsune-miku-designs-girls- wine-meet-meu-yurisu/ By KaleNagasaki on July 8th, 2013 If you happen to stop by the Japanese convenience store Lawson any time soon, why not put in a pre-order for two new wines? Besides the fact that these wines seem delicious – one of them being a plum wine that’s fourteen percent alcohol, and the other a yuzu wine that’s seven percent alcohol – they also feature two bishoujo girls designed by KEI, the creator of the extremely adorable and popular Hatsune Miku (For more on Hatsune Miku, click here.) The first girl, named Meu, will promote the ume or plum wine. In a cute and sparkling kimono, she’s every bit as lovable as what we’d expect of KEI. She reminds me of a dragonfly. The second girl, Yurisu promotes the yuzu wine. She reminds me a little bit of Alice in Wonderland, but what do you think? Do you like the designs of Meu and Yurisu?
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Both wines are brewed by the Nakano Sake Brewery in Handa city located in the prefecture of Aichi. The 720 mL bottles cost 1680 yen each, and will be shipped between August 6 and September 5. Personally, I like plum wine better, and I think that Meu is a more endearing character than Yurisu. However, try out both (responsibly, of course!) and let us know which one you like better. But before you go, one final question: If Hatsune Miku were to become a wine, what flavor would she be? Click here to check out more news on Hatsune Miku from SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com. Source: Crunchyroll ‘Danganronpa’ and ‘Demon Gaze’ to be released in English Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/danganronpa-demon-gaze-released- english/ By SunSoftware on July 8th, 2013 Courtesy of NIS America, the murder mystery game Danganronpa and RPG Demon Gaze are both coming to North America and Europe, for those of you who prefer to read English. The Danganronpa series from Spike Chunsoft has been a hot topic lately, due to the anime airing this season and the newly announced remake of the two PSP games (read about them here on SGCafe). At first glance, Danganronpa may look like a normal visual novel, but it’s not just any visual novel — it’s a mystery game with quick-time events where one mistake can get almost everyone killed. Hence, people who can’t read Japanese very well may have been too scared to try the games. But now, those people will finally get to enjoy the first game along with everyone else. The English version, titled Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc, will be an enhanced version of the first Danganronpa game to be released for the PS Vita. NISA hasn’t elaborated how the game will be enhanced, but since it is being ported from the PSP, it will presumably have improved graphics. So far, we don’t know if it will have the School Mode like 1 & 2 Reload. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the game, Danganronpa is centered around 15 incredibly talented high school students who are trapped inside Kibougamine Academy, where the only way to escape is to kill someone without getting caught. Each time someone is killed, the rest of the students hold a trial where they must find the culprit — or else, the rest of them will be killed! To get a better idea of Danganronpa, you can watch this trailer, featuring the sadistic Monokuma, voiced by Nobuyo Oyama (the voice actress of Doraemon): The other game being localized, Demon Gaze, is a dungeon- crawling RPG developed by Experience and first released in January. The game is centered around a boy named Oz who is a Demon Gazer, a warrior with a magic eye that gives him the power to capture half-machine demons and summon them in battle. Along with the demons, you can create your own characters and customize them by choosing between five races, seven classes, and 45 designs. For a better look at the game, you can read our previous article and watch the trailer below,
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 featuring the theme song, Kakeru Hitomi, performed by the Vocaloid IA. Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc and Demon Gaze are scheduled to be released in early 2014. Are you excited to add these to your Vita library? To see more PS Vita and 3DS news, click here. Also join the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Sega Forums Futuristic crime anime ‘PSYCHO-PASS’ gets second season Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/futuristic-crime-anime-psycho-pass- season/ By SunSoftware on July 7th, 2013 The thrilling crime anime Psycho-Pass was a hit when it aired last fall. Now, thanks to its psychological insights and cyberpunk, dystopian world, the anime is going to make a comeback. At the Anime Expo convention taking place this weekend in Los Angeles, the president and CEO of Production I.G, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, revealed that a second season of Psycho-Pass is in production. No further details have been announced yet (find out more anime news on SGCafe). The futuristic crime anime is set in the near future, in a country where a supercomputer called the Sibyl System is able to measure every person’s personality and mental state. As part of this society, each person carries a Psycho-Pass that indicates how likely the person will commit a crime. The streets are lined with scanners that detect a potential criminal on sight, and the police use hi-tech firearms that automatically regulate themselves depending on the target. The protagonist of the story is Akane Tsunemori, a model citizen who joins the Public Safety Bureau’s Criminal Investigation Division. As part of her job, she works with Enforcers, foot soldiers whose Psycho-Passes are permanently tainted. When Akane gets engulfed in a battle against the criminal mastermind Shougo Makishima, she eventually discovers the truth of the peaceful, yet dystopian society governed by the Sibyl System. The power of science finally uncovered the secret of souls, and this society changed dramatically. However, people’s wills are not part of that assessment. I wonder just what sort of criteria you use to divide people into good and evil. With a script by Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero) and cast including Kana Hanazawa and Tomokazu Seki, Psycho-Pass gained widely positive reception thanks to its psychological and societal themes. Along with the second season, Production I.G. will hold an all-night screening event on September 6, where they will screen all 22 episodes and make an important announcement concerning the future of the anime. Fans have speculated that they will announce the second season, but since it has already been announced, what else could be in store? To see all of SGCafe’s anime news, click here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Crunchyroll, Psycho-Pass HP
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Link Start baits fans with interesting Asuna merchandise & Nerve Gear eye mask Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/link-start-baits-fans-interesting- asuna-merchandise-nerve-gear-eye-mask/ By spartanchef on July 7th, 2013 Asuna Yuuki is called many names; “The Flash”, the “Berserk Healer:, the “Sandwich Queen” and the “Ultimate Waifu”. Now, get ready for these new Asuna themed merchandise. Cospa’s Asuna ball cap is completely reversible with one side sporting grey the Nerve Gear gaming system and the other sporting the lovely Asuna theme. This cap is 100% polyester and has a diameter of 48-50 cm and the size is adjustable. (For more stories on Sword Art Online here at SGCafe, click here) Cospa has also released this Asuna themed neck tie. This new neck tie bathed in the colors of Asuna’s guild, The Knights of Blood looks normal at first, but if you take a closer look at the tip…
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Feeling sleepy and ready to sleep? Link start with this Nerve Gear eye mask. On front is the Nerve Gear used by Kirito and the rest to enter the deadly game and at the back are the words “Sword Art Online Connected”. Like the Asuna cap, this eye mask is also reversible. Read more about anime merchandise here on SGCafe
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Join the SGCafe forum community here Sources: Cospa and Yaraon Dead or Alive to make arcade return after 13 years; New collector’s edition packs announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/dead-alive-arcade-return-13-years- collectors-edition-packs-announced/ By spartanchef on July 7th, 2013 Is it just me or is it getting a little bit hotter in here?! It’s official, Tecmo Koei’s sizzling hot fighting game known for being full of hot, sexy women is coming back to arcades after 13 years. Yes ladies and gents, Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is coming to arcades soon. This would be the first time the franchise will be having an arcade version since 2000′s Dead or Alive 2 Millennium. They have announced that the Arcade edition will be using Sega’s ALL.Net P-ras MULTI Ver. 2 platform. (For more on gaming here at SGCafe, click here) This historic announcement was made by Team Ninja producer Yosuke Hayashi. He said that “DOA is coming back to the place where it was born”. Of course, he was referring to the original Dead or Alive which was first released in arcades way back in 1996. Since then, the series known for fast-paced 3D fighting and um… bouncing breasts has sold over 860 million copies worldwide. The new arcade version of Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate is slated for release Winter 2013. Besides the arcade version, DOA 5 Ultimate will also release some hot special edition packages for their PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 releases. And yes, it won’t be Dead or Alive without the FAN SERVICE and these new special edition packages amp it up big time. The first special edition packs have two variations; Kasumi Blue and Momiji Red. The two editions cost about 16,590 yen each and each include: • Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate game • THE Ultimate sexy costume download code • 3D Oppai Mouse pad (Depends which package you chose, Momiji or Kasumi) • “I’m a Fighter” B2 Poster Set (of 12) • Bath poster • Special Cards • Life-sized tapestry (Depends which package you chose, Momiji or Kasumi) • Dead or Alive 5 original soundtrack CD Vol. 3 And if that wasn’t hot enough for you here’s some images of THE ultimate costume download (which is included in the special edition packages)
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 Now, is that hot enough? The New Dead or Alive 5 Ultimate special edition packs will be released in September 3, 2013 Read more on Dead or Alive here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Sources: 4gamer, Game city Japan and Team Ninja Twitter account Gundam Breaker, Toukiden debut tops of Japan’s weekly video game sales Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/gundam-breaker-toukiden-debut- top-japans-weekly-video-game-sales/ By spartanchef on July 6th, 2013 June 27, 2013 marked the release of games like Bandai Namco’s Gundam Breaker and Digimon World Re:Digitize Decode, Compile Heart’s Date A Live: Rinne Utopia, and Tecmo Koei’s Toukiden in Japan. While it is usually expected for new games to debut on the weekly sales top 10, two video games have stood out by selling more than 100,000 copies each in a period of 4 days; Toukiden which was recently announced to have sold out and Gundam Breaker. The weekly software sales rankings were done by ASCII Media Works which examined the Japanese software sales for the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PSP, Nintendo 3DS, PS Vita, Wii and Wii U. These rankings were done from June 24 until June 30. (For more on gaming here at SGCafe, click here)
  • July 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 PlayStation 3′s Gundam Breaker debuts at the top spot of the sales rankings. It was released last June 27 and sold an estimate of 196,963 units for a period of 4 days. This third person action romp by Bandai Namco allows you to customize your Gunpla and use them in battle. So you want a mobile suit with a Zaku II head on top of a Freedom body with Wing Zero’s angel wings and 00 Gundam’s legs? No problem! Tecmo Koei’s highly rated monster hunting game, Toukiden debuts at the #2 (PS Vita version) and the #4 spot (PSP version). The game which was also released last June 27 sold an estimate of 124,200 for the PS Vita and 68,800 for the PSP. This game has a Monster Hunter kind of feel but looks like Tecmo Koei’s Dynasty Warriors game. Meanwhile, the 3DS remake of Etrian Odyssey titled Etrian Odyssey Untold: The Millennium Girl (Shin Sekaiju no Meikyuu: Millennium no Shoujo) debuts at #3 with an estimated 84,213 units sold. The remake was announced to focus on the story and that a pre-set party of named characters will be used over the player-customized party from the original DS game. Gust RPG game Asha no Atorie Tasogare no Daichi no Renkinjutsushi also made its debut last June 27. The game sold an estimate of 61,120 units and makes it to the list at #5. Meanwhile, 3DS’s Tomodachi Collection : Shin Seikatsu which was released last April, drops from #3 to #6 with an estimate of 39,378 units sold. Bandai Namco’s Digimon-based 3DS game, Digimon World Re: Digitize Decode debuts at #7 in the list with 34,528 while PS3 hit The Last of Us falls from the top spot to #8 with 32,872 units sold. Nintendo’s Donkey Kong Returns 3D is at the #9 spot with 28,750 units sold and Date A Live: Rinne Utopia makes its debut at #10 with 26,275 units sold. Read more stories about video games here on SGCafe! Also more Gundam stories here and more rankings here. Also join the discussions on the forum: http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Dengeki News
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture ‘Little Witch Academia 2′ Kickstarter project reaches $150,000 in 1 day Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/little-witch-academia-2-kickstarter- project-reaches-150000-day/ By SunSoftware on July 10th, 2013 Earlier this year, Studio Trigger (a studio formed by former Gainax members) released the hit animation Little Witch Academia worldwide through YouTube. Now, they’re out to make a sequel, and this time they’d like to involve their fans so as to be able to deliver a better finished product. (Read more anime news on SGCafe). On July 9, Studio Trigger started a project on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter, where they started collecting pledges towards Little Witch Academia 2. Studio Trigger already had funds to create a 20-minute sequel. However, the 20-minute runtime feels a little on the short side, and so Studio Trigger is hoping to use additional money gathered from fans through Kickstarter to expand the episode by 15 minutes longer. The studio had aimed to raise US$150,000 in 30 days. Like with every project on Kickstarter, you can pledge a small amount of money towards the anime, and if the project reaches its goal, your money will be sent to the studio. If 30 days pass and the project hasn’t gathered $150,000, your money stays in your bank account. If you’re a fan of Little Witch Academia, you may want to rush over to their Kickstarter page and pledge money right now. But before you do – They exceeded their goal in less than five hours! Over 15,000 fans have pledged money! Of course, this screenshot was taken yesterday. How about when this article is written? The project is only two days in and they’ve almost reached double their goal! If you aren’t familiar with Little Witch Academia, you might be wondering how in the world the anime has so many fans. Little Witch Academia was produced by Studio Trigger as part of Anime Mirai 2013. The story is centered around a girl named Akko who aspires to become a witch like the famous Shiny Chariot. Following her dreams, Akko enrolls in the prestigious witch academy Luna Nova. However, she can’t ride a broom, often falls asleep during lectures, and is looked down upon for admiring Chariot. Despite all the hardships, Akko finds an opportunity to become a hero. The anime is available on YouTube, where it has received over 700,000 views. You can watch the entire 25-minute anime with subtitles below. Studio Trigger was formed by Hiroyuki Imaishi and Masahiko Otsuka, who both formerly worked at Gainax and worked on titles like Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann.
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Currently, they are producing their first anime series, Kill la Kill, scheduled to air this fall. As for Little Witch Academia 2, the sequel is scheduled to premiere in the winter of 2014. Although the Kickstarter project has already met its goal, you can still pledge money until August 7. As a reward, you can get an artbook, Blu-ray Disc, or even exclusive items straight from the studio. For more details, check the Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter page, where you can watch an introduction video, see pre-production artwork, see all reward tiers, and pledge money. To see all of SGCafe’s anime news, click here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Kickstarter Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd — these are what the 1st 5 new modules/costumes look like Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hatsune-miku-project- diva-2nd-1st-5-modulescostumes/ By KarbyP on July 10th, 2013 Yesterday news broke on the Web that Sega is announcing this week on Thursday, via Weekly Famitsu magazine, Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd for the PS3 and PS Vita, a new instalment in the popular Vocaloid rhythm game series that will feature songs that previously appeared in earlier Project Diva games along with brand new ones. Today, an image of Weekly Famitsu’s scoop on the game has appeared online, giving us a first look at the first five modules (costumes for the Vocaloid stars) revealed for Project Diva F 2nd. (More Project Diva news on SGCafe here; also check out our Hatsune Miku posts) Akatsuki Arrival modules On the left page, that’s Hatsune Miku Avant Garde and Megurine Luka Succesor you’re looking at. Both modules/costumes are designed by the illustrator Kuuma (空空) who was also the illustrator Sega enlisted to work on Akatsuki Arrival’s PV in the game. According to Famitsu, the concept behind these two costumes is to make Miku and Luka evoka a “forward- looking” or “ambitious” vibe. To that end, the costume’s characteristics also give the two Vocaloid stars a form that better accentuate their cool dance. Colorful X Melody modules On the right page you’re looking at Colorful Drop (Hatsune Miku) and Cheerful Candy (Kagamine Rin), designed by
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 illustrator nezuki. The costumes have a candy design motif, which makes sense since the song they’re meant to go with is entitled Colorful X Melody. Romeo and Cinderella module Finally, on the top right-hand corner we see Vintage Dress (Hatsune Miku), the module that illustrator(s) Sakura/Alice designed to match Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd’s version of Romeo and Cinderella. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku Project Diva-related stories can also be found at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/project-diva Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Weekly Famitsu magazine (Image 1, 2, 3) Open Beta started for Kingdom Hearts Ki Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/open-beta-started-kingdom-hearts- chi/ By Zenko on July 10th, 2013 The open beta for Square Enix’s latest browser game and installment to the Kingdom Hearts series Kingdom Hearts Ki is now open. It may be written with the Greek letter “chi”, but is pronounced “ki” as in “keyblade”, what your character will be using to try and restore light to a world where darkness has once again taken over. The title is a reference to past games, where the idea of the ki-blade was introduced. The open beta test will take the testers story wise through the opening movie, tutorial, and of course to the world map where they can fight the darkness. Characters at the beginning are customizable and allow for a choice between male and female characters as well as choosing which house the player starts in. (Read more about Kingdom Hearts here at SGCafe). Players who log-in between July 9 and July 18 will also receive a log-in bonus that will give them a gold ticket to exchange for an in game bonus. When the servers close for maintenance on August 8, players who reach level 20 will receive a special R+ Brave Mode Sora. Some of the other in game cards that players can obtain the Cheshire Cat, Cloud, Chicken Little and of course Donald and Goofy. Those who do enter the beta and complete a survey when it ends will receive a serial code redeemable in the Square Enix eStore for a download of Kingdom Hearts 1.5 HD. The beta testing website can be accessed here, and can be played with a Yahoo Japan account. Like videogames? Read more here on SGCafe!
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Feel free to join in the community discussion in the forums! Source: News Dengeki Newtype Ace magazine ends publication Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/newtype-ace-magazine-hiatus/ By spartanchef on July 10th, 2013 It has been reported that Kadokawa Shouten’s manga magazine Newtype Ace has now suddenly ended its publication. Newtype Ace was launched in 2011 by Kadokawa as a magazine to publish tie-in mangas to popular anime like Sacred Seven and Tiger & Bunny. Kadokawa Shoten also announced that their mangas will be transferred to their other magazines, most of which will be going to Kadokawa Nico Nico Ace. (More about Manga here on SGCafe via this link) Their manga titles ‘Tiger & Bunny‘, ‘Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince‘ and ‘Suisei no Gargantia‘ will be transferred to Kadokawa Nico Nico Ace issue 空94 which will be released on August 20. Kadokawa Nico Nico Ace 空95 due August 27 meanwhile will contain ‘Space Battleship Yamato 2199‘ and ‘Fantasista Doll Mix‘. Kadokawa Nico Nico Ace will also house more “refugees” from the hiatus as Issue 空98 due September 17 will contain ‘Koukaku no Pandora – Ghost Urn’ and Issue 空99 due September 24 will contain “Full Metal Panic! Another’ Comptiq Magazine which will be released on September meanwhile will contain ‘Code Geass: Oz the Reflection‘. Meanwhile, ‘Kidō Senshi Gundam UC: Niji ni Norenakatta Otoko’ will end its final chapters in book form (Tankobon) and ‘The Super Dimension Fortress Macross The First’ manga will be continued on Kadokawa’s own official Macross Website. Read more about Manga here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From: Randal Blog Crypton celebrates Facebook milestone with giveaway Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/crypton-celebrates-facebook/ By Zenko on July 10th, 2013 Hatsune Miku recently reached 1,000,000 likes on Facebook and are thanking their fans with a one of a kind prize. You don’t have to be a fan of Hatsune Miku on Facebook to enter this chance from her parents, Crypton Future Media. On the Miku specific social media site Mikubook, they’re offering all her fans a chance to win a pair of round trip tickets to Yokohama to see the Magical Mirai art event. (If you love Miku, read more here on SGCafe). The event will be held on August 30 at the Yokohama Arena and features a gallery and workshop area detailing the origins of Hatsune Miku. The day of fun will be followed up
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 with a nighttime concert to celebrate Miku’s birthday as she says thank you for five years of allowing her to sing. Of course, the contest comes with a catch and if you win you will be reporting on the concert for the 39Channel on YouTube as well as interviewed for it. If talking to other fans isn’t your thing or you can’t quite free up your schedule, there is also an option to enter a drawing for 39 Hatsune Miku goods. For more on VOCALOID at SGCafe click here. Feel free to join in the community discussions in the forums. Source: MikuBook Win your favorite idol in new iDOLM@STER lottery Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/win-favorite-idol-idol-master- lottery/ By Zenko on July 9th, 2013 The next Number One Lottery by Banpresto will give those who enter a chance to win figures and more from the iDOLM@STER series. Banpresto, who is responsible for a vast array of anime goods during their lotteries, is hosting another round of goods this July. The Number One Premium Lottery IdolMaster Part 1 will offer a chance at a variety of goods of the idol goods for 800 yen a chance. It will run in Circle K Sunkus, Lawson, Hobby Shop and Namco stores across Japan during the entire month of July. (To read about other Banpresto lotteries on SGCafe click here). The top prize is worth it to fans of the show as it offers up figures of the most popular girls. In fact, drawing any of the slips labeled A-D will nab you a figure of Haruka Amami (A), Chihaya Kisaragi (B), Azusa Miura (C) or Mami Futami (D) in the main idol costumes. The E prize comes in two varieties: one is a poster of the girls in nurse outfits, while the second is summer scene with autographs from each of the idols. F also comes into varieties featuring covers of songs and drama, one will be a collection of summer songs by Hibiki and Makoto, the other by Yayoi and Yukiho. The final tier, G prize, comes in ten choices to offer you a chance to win a towel with one of your favorite girls on it. The long towel and cool girls are sure to help keep you sweat-free.
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Of course, a feature of Banpresto lotteries is that it gives you a second chance on their website, and this time the second chance is for either an Azusa and Mami figure or Haruka and Chihaya. Fifty people will win one or the other, so that means 100 people will win this second chance. Love iDOLM@STER? Read more on SGCAfe here! Feel free to join in the community discussion in the forums! Source: Man-tan Web Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd coming to PS3 and PS Vita Spring 2014 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hatsune-miku-project-diva-2nd/ By KarbyP on July 9th, 2013 This week Sega announced via the pages of Weekly Famitsu magazine Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd for the PS3 and PS Vita consoles. Tentatively scheduled for a Spring 2014 release, the new game’s development is currently 39% complete (well, around that level, at least; 39 can be read as “Miku” in Japanese so Sega probably thought it cute to leave it as that), and this sequel’s theme was said to be “an evolution of the series in two simultaneous directions: the Project Diva games thus far, as well as the Project Diva games moving forward.” (More Project Diva news on SGCafe here; also check out our Hatsune Miku posts) No concrete details on the new game’s play mechanics or modes were given, but judging from the three songs that were confirmed to be in the game this week, it’s quite clear what Sega’s two-pronged approach is likely referring to: Akatsuki Arrival (new song) Colourful Melody (previously from Project Diva 2nd) Romeo and Cinderella (also from Project Diva 2nd) Accompanying the three confirmed songs are new modules from illustrators Kuuma (空空),空nezuki, and Sakura/Alice空 (空空空空/空空空… possibly a team of two illustrators). Project Diva F 2nd’s two-pronged approach is quite different from that of the original Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f/F, which had a track list comprising entirely new songs never- before featured in the series thus far. This was good in that this meant fans got to play a lot more new songs. But it sure would have been nice to be able to play some of the older tracks, redone with PVs and note-charts in the latest, most technologically-advanced console version of Project Diva, wouldn’t it? That’s what Sega thought fans wanted, and back in December of last year, the Sega feat. Hatsune Miku development team ran a “sousenkyo” or “featured songs election” poll to find out which past Project Diva songs fans would most like to see redone in F. The voting ended in mid January, and although Sega never actually posted the final results, they did give us a good idea of which songs were popular amongst Hatsune Miku fans who voted, via a mid-term poll result update: Romeo & Cinderella reigned in first place, and Colorful x Melody was somewhere in the middle. Sega had said back when they started the poll that they’d only use the poll results as a reference to see which songs they should put into Project Diva F in some form, meaning when they eventually get to remaking classic Project Diva tracks for the new title, rather than go for the top X number of tunes, they’d pick a well-rounded selection from amongst the top 30. And that’s likely why Romeo and Cinderella as wellas Colorful X Melody was announced with the game. If you’re a fan of a song that made it into the top 30, there’s a chance that you might be able to see it in Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd. For a more concrete look at Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd, check back with SGCafe Wednesday or Thursday when images of the new rhythm game are expected to hit the Web. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Source: Famitsu magazine God Eater 2 X Gintama collaboration brings Gintoki and future Kagura to the hunt in free demo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/god-eater-2-gintama-collaboration- feature-gintoki-future-kagura/ By spartanchef on July 9th, 2013 Imagine that, Gintoki and Kagura fighting gigantic alien creatures. Must be another odd job right? Well… you could say that. The latest scan from Jump magazine has revealed a collaboration between Gintama and the soon-to-be-released God Eater 2. Our favorite 4th-wall-breaking samurai as well as his super strong alien girl buddy will be reproduced in a demo for the much-anticipated monster hunting game in the forum of character costumes. (More about Gintama here on SGCafe via this link) Yes, you can actually make your character look like Gintoki and future Kagura with the Japanese demo version which will be released on July 25 for the PS Vita, and August 1 for PSP. The free demo will be downloadable from the Japanese PSN store. A future Gintama-God Eater 2 collaboration has also been planned for the game’s retail version but no further details have been revealed. Though no exact date has been set as of the moment, Namco Bandai’s God Eater 2 will be released later this year in Japan. God Eater 2 will be available for the PSP and the PS Vita. This collaboration is quite unexpected… or is it? Knowing Gintoki, he might have just transferred dimensions again and ended up in the God Eater universe to fight some Aragami. He’s been known to do that. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe, also, read more on video games here Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Esuteru Phantom Breaker: Extra (PS3, X360) — new characters and opening movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/phantom-breaker-extra-opening- movie-characters/ By SunSoftware on July 9th, 2013 5pb. is releasing an expanded-upon iteration of their bishoujo fighting game for the PS3 and Xbox 360, featuring fancy 2D sprites, quirky characters, and furious combat. Phantom Breaker: Extra is an enhanced version of the fighting game Phantom Breaker which was first released in 2011 in Japan. An English version was supposed to be
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 released in 2012 before it was unfortunately cancelled (read more about Phantom Breaker here on SGCafe). A distinguishing feature of Phantom Breaker is that it doesn’t involve complicated button combinations like most fighting games, and there are two different modes, called Quick Style and Hard Style, which focus on speed and defense, respectively. In this version, there is a new Extra Style. The story is centered around a group of fighters who receive a weapon called a Fu-mension Artifact from a mysterious man named Phantom. The fighters take part in a tournament in which Phantom will grant the champion’s wish. In the opening movie, you can see all 18 fighters, including four new characters and the guest stars Kurisu from Steins;Gate and Rimi from Chaos;Head. The song featured in the video, Blue Moon, is performed by Yumi Hara, who is famous for her role as Takane Shijou from The Idolm@ster. The game also features an ending theme performed by the rock duo Zwei, who performed the opening theme of Robotics;Notes. You already saw the new characters in the opening movie, but if you want a better look, read about them below. Sofia Kalganova (CV: Sumire Uesaka) A cheerful, lively girl who hates losing. Her Twin Blade is an artificial F.A created in a Russian science academy. Her grandfather gave his life to create the weapon, which has left her family unhappy. Because of this, she has a grudge against Phantom. Shizuka Saejima (CV: Ayaka Suwa) A girl who was raised with strong militarist ideals. She is a former follower of Phantom, but she eventually changed paths, leading a coup d’e tat in the process. Ende (CV: Yuu Kobayashi) A calm girl who is a member of Schrödinger, a special force opposing Phantom. She fights using a robot named Nataku, which looks like a big, mechanical hand. She is an acquaintance of another character, Fin. Because of the difference in their personalities, they often get into fights. Gaito and Rin (CV: Kentarou Itou/Yuka Ootsubo) Gaito is a vicious warrior who uses an anti-spirit gem to weild enormous power. Rin is a six-year-old girl and the only person who can restrain Gaito. Phantom Breaker: Extra will be released for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on September 19. If we’re lucky, this game will do what its predecessor didn’t and make its way over to the West.
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 To see more gaming news, click here. Also join the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu Top 10 anime, manga & Japanese video game rankings — poll results for US, Europe, and Asia regions Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/top-10-anime-manga-japanese- video-games-manga-artists-world/ By spartanchef on July 9th, 2013 While the general pop culture scene in Japan died down since the turn of the millennium, its anime, manga and video game markets have maintained its hold among its global fans. A recent poll conducted all over the world from France, England and Poland in the EU, to the US/Oceania and even Asia (including Singapore, Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam) asked anime, manga, and Japanese video game fans which series and creators they liked the most. (More anime news here on SGCafe via this link) The poll was divided into three regions consisting of Asia, Europe and finally The Americas/Oceania. Each region is divided into four categories; Anime, Manga, Video game and Mangaka (Manga artist)/ Directors/ Artists. Here are the results: EUROPE (France, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, the United Kingdom and Russia) ANIME (TV series and Movies) 1. Neon Genesis Evangelion 2. AKIRA 3. Cowboy Bebop 4. Durarara!! 5. K-ON! 6. Mushishi 7. Mononoke 8. Studio Ghibli Works (Princess Mononoke, My neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service) 9. LAST EXILE 10. FLCL Manga 1. Berserk 2. One Piece 3. High School of the Dead* 4. Naruto 5. works by CLAMP (Card Captor Sakura, Chobits, Kobato) 6. BLAME! 7. Ranma 1/2 8. Fushigi Yuugi 9. Death Note* 10. GANTZ * The source’s magazine translation listed Death Note twice but 空3 should really be High School of the Dead Video Games 1. Final Fantasy Series 2. Project Shrine Maiden 3. Pokemon Series
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 4. Silent Hill series 5. Shining Series (Shining Force, Shining Soul, Shining Heart, Shining Blade) 6. The Legend of Zelda series 7. Metal Gear Solid series 8. Persona series 9. Kingdom Hearts series 10. Devil May Cry Series Mangaka (Manga artist)/ Directors/ Artists 1. Makoto Shinkai (Director- ef: A Tale of Memories, Mangaka- Hoshi no Koe) 2. Tetsuya Nomura (Video Game director- Final Fantasy IV-VIII, X, XI, X2, Kingdom Hearts) 3. CLAMP (Mangaka- Card Captor Sakura, Chobits, Kobato) 4. Range Murata (Artist- Last Exile, Shangri-La) 5. Kentaro Miura (Mangaka- Berserk) 6. Shirow Miwa (Mangaka- Dogs, Supercell member) 7. Shunya Yamashita (Mangaka- Attention Please, Artist- Kotobukiya’s Marvel Bishoujos) 8. Masamune Shirow (Mangaka- Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) 9. Yoshitaka Amano (Artist/Character design- Final Fantasy series) 10. Masakazu Katsura (Mangaka- Zetman, Artist/ Character design- Tiger & Bunny) Americas/ Oceania (USA, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Chile, Venezuela, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Honduras, Australia) ANIME (TV series and Movies) 1. Neon Genesis Evangelion 2. Gurren Lagann 3. Revolutionary Girl Utena 4. Code Geass: Lelouch ofn the Rebellion 5. K-ON! 6. Satoshi Kon Movies (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure (1994), Tokyo Godfathers, Paprika) 7. Monogatari Series 8. Durarara!! 9. Dragon Ball 10. Haruhi Suzumiya series Manga 1. Bakuman 2. Death Note 3. Full Metal Alchemist 4. One Piece
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 5. Battle Angel Alita 6. Dragon Ball 7. Hidamari Sketch (known as Sunshine Sketch in North America) 8. Naruto 9. Berserk 10. GANTZ Video Games 1. Final Fantasy series 2. Pokemon series 3. Metal Gear Solid series 4. Tales series (Tales of Xillia, Tales of the abyss, etc) 5. Kingdom Hearts series 6. Legend of Zelda series 7. Persona series 8. Project Shrine Maiden series 9. Disgaea series 10. Street Fighter series Mangaka (Manga artist)/ Directors/ Artists 1. Takeshi Obata (Manga artist (art)- Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru no Go) 2. Hayao Miyazaki (Director- Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away) 3. Akira Toriyama (Mangaka- Dragon Ball, Video game Artist- Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger) 4. Takehito Harada (Video Game artist- Disgaea, Phantom Brave) 5. Redjuice (Artist/ Character design- Guilty Crown) 6. TONY/ Tony Taka (Video Game artist- Shining series) 7. Nagi 8. Makoto Shinkai (Director- ef: A Tale of Memories, Mangaka- Hoshi no Koe) 9. Range Murata (Artist- Last Exile, Shangri-La) 10. Masamune Shirow (Mangaka- Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell) Asia (China, Hong Kong, Macau, Mongolia, Brunei, Thailand, Vietnam, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines and Indonesia) ANIME (TV series and Movies) 1. K-On! 2. Neon Genesis Evangelion 3. Full Metal Alchemist 4. Durarara!! 5. Mobile Suit Gundam 00 6. Mobile Suit Gundam 7. Ghost in the Shell 8. Monogatari series 9. Studio Ghibli works (Princess Mononoke, My neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service) 10. Macross Frontier Manga 1. Full Metal Alchemist 2. One Piece 3. Death Note 4. ARIA 5. Air Gear
  • July 10th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 6. Dragon Ball 7. Bakuman 8. D. Gray-Man 9. Kuroshitsuji 10. Katekyo Hitman REBORN! Video Games 1. Final Fantasy series 2. Metal Gear Solid series 3. Pokemon series 4. Persona series 5. Project Shrine Maiden 6. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva 7. Legend of Heroes VI Sora no Kiseki 8. Monster Hunter series 9. King of Fighters series 10. Mega Man series Mangaka (Manga artist)/ Directors/ Artists 1. Oh! Great/ Itou Ogure (Mangaka- Tenjou Tenge, Air Gear) 2. Range Murata (Artist- Last Exile, Shangri-La) 3. Redjuice (Artist/ Character design- Guilty Crown) 4. Huke (Artist- Black Rock Shooter, Steins; Gate) 5. Takeshi Obata (Manga artist (art)- Death Note, Bakuman, Hikaru no Go) 6. Okama (Artist- Rebuild of Evangelion, Symphogear) 7. Kazuaki (Artist- Starry Sky, Mangaka- kaiyorihito/ kaiyorishiki) 8. Kantoku (Mangaka (art)- Hentai Ouji, to Warawanai Neko.) 9. Shirow Miwa (Mangaka- Dogs, Supercell member) 10. Akira Toriyama (Mangaka- Dragon Ball, Video game Artist- Dragon Quest, Chrono Trigger) Read more about Anime here at SGCafe, also, read more on rankings here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Yaraon
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Attack on Titan OP proves popularity outside fanbase Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/attack-titan-proves-popularity- female-fans/ By Zenko on July 13th, 2013 Linked Horizon’s opening for Attack on Titan has spawned thousands of parodies and now it’s continuing to grow in popularity outside the internet. When it was announced by REVO that something Attack on Titan related would be going on in Shibuya for his birthday last month, fans that managed to decode his cryptic message flocked to the famous Shibuya Scramble to watch on screens. They were greeted with a birthday present from him in the form of the full PV for Crimson Bow and Arrow. However it was not known just what the demographics of the fans were until a recent news report on the popularity of Attack on Titan’s opening. As you can see below, the female fanbase that turned out was female. (Love Attack on Titan? Read more here on SGCafe!) It isn’t just fans of the show that are showing love for the show either, but fans of the song itself as well. Female fans that enjoy the song itself were also interviewed stating that “it’s a really good song” and in relation to the show “it’s amazing how they attack back against the Titans.” And of course, all those interviewed know the biggest impact of the song “Jaeger!”. Interestingly enough, despite the songs popularity among male and female fans alike and it’s number one spot in JoySound since it’s debut at karaoke, the lyrics are a mystery. In fact, apart from the text in the opening, the lyrics were unknown until the album’s release where they were listed in the insert. This is because, until September 30 the lyrics will not appear on screen at karaoke. Despite all that, it seems Crimson Bow and Arrow is making it’s way outside of the Attack of Titan fanbase and into the general community. Love anime? Check out more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on here! Source: Yaraon! New Fate/ Stay Night project announced by ufotable Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/fate-stay-night-project-announced- ufotable/ By spartanchef on July 13th, 2013
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 In January 2006, the anime adaptation for Type Moon’s popular adult visual novel (eroge) Fate/ Stay Night premiered and became one of the most popular anime series of all time. It spawned many spin-offs, mangas, light novels, figures, merchandise, video games and of course, let’s not forget about Fate/ Zero and the currently airing Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya. The anime about mages and their summoned servants trying to kill one another for the Holy Grail was indeed very popular and the visual novel is also one of the highest selling visual novels of all time. Now, anime studio ufotable is having a new Fate/ Stay Night project as announced by the studio’s founder Hikaru Kondo via twitter. (For more stories about the Fate series here on SGCafe, click here, also, for more Type Moon, click here) Kondo however only announced the new project and did not elaborate much on the matter. It is still not clear whether this new Fate project will be a new anime series, a remake, a movie, an OVA or something else entirely. The 2006 anime as well as the 2010 movie Fate Unlimited Blade Works were produced by Studio DEEN while the prequel Fate/ Zero was produced by ufotable and the magical girl spin-off Fate Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya is produced by Silver Link. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com More details on how to raise your sister in ‘OreImo Happy End’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/oreimo-happy-promises-happy- kyousuke/
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By Zenko on July 12th, 2013 For those who look forward to seeing the little sisters show off their best idol skills, OreImo Happy End is showing off even more of its new features. Revealed at the beginning of June, OreImo Happy End promises interactions with Kirino, Kuroneko, Ayase, Kanako and Minami. Each of them has their own little quirks, and each promises their own interactive SNS (social network service) stream. That SNS stream, though, will be what helps to level up the girls as well. All this has to do with how you, as Kyousuke, respond to his idol sister’s messages which will determine their future actions. You can either retort or praise them (“Sounds good!”) By praising them properly, in the example of Kirino, you can raise parameters such as education, otaku, and little sister until they level up. (Check out more OreImo here on SGCafe). Details about the photography portion of the game have also been revealed in more details. Not only will they get angry at you if you try to take an inappropriate photos, but you’re scored on several different parts of the photography. The pictures you take will be uploaded to the idols’ SNS board and saved to the PS3 for your own personal viewing. The sections you will be graded on include: critical (taking the best possible shot of an idol), NG (no good shots), pose (capturing best pose possible that session), time (how well you spent your time during the photo shoot), and number of photos taken. Of course, as you may know from the Kanako-based episodes of the anime, there are other characters surrounding Kyousuke during the times he acts as manager. For one, Bridget, the fellow Meruru cosplayer from Britain will appear in the game, as well as Kouhei Akagi, Kyousuke’s friend whose name he uses as an initial cover in front of Kanako. The game also already has its own set of DLC announce, which is a special costume for the girls. The pack, called “My Little Sister Can’t Be Wearing a Y Shirt!” will feature each of the girls in a Y-style dress shirt for photography and will also trigger a mini event in the game. The downloadable content will be available with pre-orders of the limited edition and discussion with the retailer about it. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions here! Source: News Dengeki Keep dry this monsoon season with Super Sonico, K- On & OreImo umbrellas Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/dry-monsoon-season-super-sonico- k-on-oreimo-umbrellas/
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 By Zenko on July 12th, 2013 Fans of Super Sonico, K-On and OreImo can stay dry this summer with new umbrellas being put out by fan company Seasonal Plants. Just in time for the summer convention season, three types of umbrellas featuring the girls from K-On, Kuroneko and Kirirno from Oreimo and Nitroplus’s Super Sonico are going up on sale. The umbrellas, which take after the same category as itasha and itachari and are called itagasa, are a way for fans to show their love for the series while still staying dry in the summer rains. (read more on SGCafe about K-On and Oreimo). The K-On set of umbrellas is based specifically on the K- On! Movie that premiered last summer. It will come in two sizes: a mini-umbrella that measures 11 centimeters and sells for 1785 yen, and a 58 centimeter version for 9450 yen. It features three different designs, with the mini umbrella showing off the similarities between Azusa and Mio and one version of the larger umbrella features the girls jumping in front of the Union Jack. For fans that want to show off their affection for the girls to the extreme, a version of the 58 centimeter version also features them in dresses, looking out at the camera and cuddling close along the edges of the umbrella. Oreimo fans have the same size options as K-On fans, but two mini-umbrellas to chose from at a slightly higher price of 2100 yen. One will feature Kuroneko by herself, while the other will show off her beach gear alongside Kirino. Summer continues in one of the larger umbrellas, where Kuroneko and Kirino make a victory pose. The other version of the large umbrella forces fans to remember that it rains in winter as well, as Kirino and Kuroneko don their winter uniforms for another photoshoot inspired illustration. The Super Sonico set will have one additional size sold at Comiket and WonderFes this summer: the 75 centimeter parasol that will retail for 12000 yen. At the largest size it also offers the most summer oriented illustration: Sonico in a bikini, strumming away at a melting chocolate guitar. In the next size down she still strums away at her guitar, this time bashfully checking it’s tuning in her headphones. As for the mini umbrella, it features Sonico side by side herself on opposite halves of the umbrella, with a chibi version chewing away at a heart. The umbrellas are being promoted on YouTube and NicoNico as well in a video that shows off their performance and looks on a rainy day. Each of the 58 centimeter umbrellas comes with a carrying case, and can be found for purchase at the Season Plants site. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions here. Source: AnimeAnime Exclusive Madoka Magica vending machines appear in Akihabara, Osaka and Fukuoka Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/exclusive-madoka-magika-vending- machines-akihabara-osaka-fukuoka/
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By spartanchef on July 12th, 2013 With the third movie’s premiere looming, several exclusive Madoka Magica-themed soft drinks and vending machines were seen in the over-the-counter retail stores of hobby manufacturer Kotobukiya. Kotobukiya retail stores in Akihabara in Tokyo, Nihonbashi in Osaka and Fukuoka Tenjin in Fukuoka all have their new Madoka Magica vending machines. Each vending machine sports a unique design different to each store with each vending machine selling limited edition Madoka Magica themed Mitsuya Cider. (For more Madoka Magica here @ SGCafe, click here) These special soft drinks are a result of the collaboration between the anime and Asahi Soft Drinks who manufacture Mitsuya Cider. Each limited edition 500 ml Matsuya Cider can costs 120 yen each. The Mitsuya Cider cans come in four different designs; Madoka Kaname, Kyoko Sakura and Sayaka Miki, Mami Tomoe and Homura Akemi. Mitsuya Cider is a Japanese carbonated soft drink produced by Asahi Soft Drinks. Its taste is described to be a cross between Ginger Ale and Sprite. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Get news Japan J-World Tokyo officially opened! Ride, play, and dine with your favorite anime Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/j-world-tokyo-officially-opened-ride- play-dine-favorite-anime/
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By KaleNagasaki on July 12th, 2013 There are already so many reasons to visit Tokyo, but the opening of Shonen Jump inspired amusement park J- World Tokyo might just make your top ten. Located on the third floor of Ikebukuro’s Sunshine City World Import Mart building, J-World Tokyo sports attractions featuring your favorite anime - Dragon Ball Z, One Piece, Naruto, Gintama, Toriko, Bleach, Hunter x Hunter, Prince of Tennis, and Kochikame to name a few. (For more anime news from SGCafe, click here) With J-World Tokyo, you get the chance to fight Frieza alongside Goku, stow away on a haunted ship with One Piece’s “Soldier Dock” ride, merry- go-round in style with the One Piece “Shiro Mokuba” ride, and unlock the secrets of ninja with the Naruto “Shinobi War Picture Scroll”. If you’re more of an arcade type of person, fear not. J-World Tokyo has tons of arcade games; the only thing you might have to worry about is pushing over all the little kids to get there first! Of course, you’re a sensible adult and knocking kids out of the way is totally not cool, even if Dragon Ball is your favorite show and you’ve been watching it before those little kids were even born and have been practicing kamehameha waves your whole life and… Ahem! SGCafe does not condone child violence.
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 If you’re like me and you love food (especially eating it), then you’ll be excited for this next part. J-World Tokyo’s cafe has delicious specialties sure to awaken your hunger for food and anime. Chow down on Prince of Tennis, Gintama, and Bleach desserts, Majin Buu Buns, Tony Tony Chopper pasta with meatballs, Ichigo vs. Renji curry, Blue Exorcist panna cotta, and much more!
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Check out SGCafe for more anime news. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com ‘Metal Gear’ artist draws poster for ‘Pacific Rim’; Japanese game & anime creators praise film Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/metal-gear-artist-draws-poster- pacific-rim-japanese-game-anime-creators-praise-film/ By KaleNagasaki on July 11th, 2013 It doesn’t come as a surprise to hear that talented director Guillermo del Toro’s newest movie Pacific Rim already has considerable praise before its release date. After all, del Toro did bring us Hell Boy and Pan’s Labrynth, the latter being one of my all-time favorite movies due to the fantastic creatures and vivid imagination behind the film. However, it is a pleasant surprise to know that Pacific Rim has a particularly strong Japanese fan base. Del Toro, who has been a fan of Japanese horror since he was a kid, personally asked Yoji Shinkawa to draw a poster for the film. Yoji is best known for his work on the Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders game series. In his classic ink- brush style, Yoji illustrates the Jaeger mecha Gypsy Danger standing on top of the defeated Kaiju Knifehead. (For more anime news from SGCafe, click here) If you’ve never heard of Pacific Rim and these names sound confusing, allow me to give you a brief summary. Pacific Rim takes place in the future where humans are fighting a war against Kaiju (which is Japanese for “monster”). These Kaiju came to Earth through a portal that opened up in the Pacific Ocean, and have been eradicating humans since their arrival. To fight the Kaiju threat, humans have developed a mecha called Jaeger (which is German for hunter) and prepare to definitively end the war. With that bit of background under your belt, check out Yoji’s poster below.
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 But Pacific Rim has more than just a cool poster. The creator of Metal Gear and Zone of the Enders himself, Hideo Kojima, had some high words for the movie: I have never imagined that I would be fortunate enough to see a film like this in my life. The emotional rush I had inside me was the same kind I had when I felt the outer space via “2001: A Space Odyssey” and when I had touched the dinosaur in “Jurassic Park”. Animation and special effects movies and shows that I loved in my childhood days – they all truly exist in the screen. Director Guillermo del Toro offers this spectacular vision of massive kaijus and robots in PACIFIC RIM. This film is not simply a film to be respected, but most importantly, it let us dream the future of entertainment movies. Pacific Rim is the ultimate otaku film that all of us had always been waiting for. Who are you, if you are Japanese and won’t watch this? I hope you would accept this inspirational love letter that had traveled across the Pacific, written by Director Guillermo del Toro. Go Nagai, who has worked on Mazinger Z, Cutey Honey, and Devilman called the film “fun”, and stated he was “overwhelmed by the intense kaiju vs. giant robot action”. Yoshiyuki Sadamoto, the character designer of Evangelion, called the film a very satisfying feast, with the prime cuts from anime and tokusatsu (special-effects) inspiration. If this isn’t enough to make you want to see Pacific Rim, which by the way comes out in Japan August 8, then perhaps you should check out our previous coverage on SGCafe. The Japanese dub cast for Pacific Rim is pretty impressive since it features major anime voice actors/ actresses, and you can even check out the trailer too. As an unrelated side note, now we know why Eren Jaeger from Shingeki no Kyojin is Eren Jaeger. Now the theme song makes so much more sense! Check out SGCafe for more anime and gaming news. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Mantan Web Fairy Tail anime to resume, mangaka Hiro Mashima confirms through tweet Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/fairy-tail-anime-resume-mangaka- hiro-mashima-confirms-tweet/ By spartanchef on July 11th, 2013 When news came of the Fairy Tail anime’s sudden end, many of the series’ fans were shocked as they did not see that one coming. By the time the anime ended, it was already nearing the climax of the Daimatou Enbou arc and this resulted to a lot of disappointed fans. Many fans have been left wondering if Fairy Tail’s anime adaptation would go down the route of Hiro Mashima’s other popular manga, Rave Master, whose anime also ended abruptly. Let’s put it this way, both anime adaptations for Hiro Mashima’s works have ended when it was just getting
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 good leaving fans severely unsatisfied. (For more Fairy Tail here on SGCafe, click here) But fret not for Fairy Tail’s anime adaptation will indeed be coming back. In his twitter account, Fairy Tail’s manga author himself, Hiro Mashima announced the anime’s much anticipated return. He has been so thankful to the fans since according to him, it is because of them that Fairy Tail will be getting a second series. Mashima even tweeted in English that he will now “start the sequel of the anime”. He is letting the whole world know that the anime is coming back. With Mashima himself announcing it on twitter, there is no doubt we will see more of Natsu, Lucy, Erza, Gray, Gajeel, Wendy, Juvia, Happy, Charle, Lily and the rest of the rowdy Fairy Tail guild in the future. No word as to when the anime will return has been announced as of this moment though. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Hatsune Miku to perform in Sonic Mania — an all-night prelude to Summer Sonic 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hatsune-miku-perform-summer- sonic-2013/ By spartanchef on July 11th, 2013 Sonic Mania, an all-night-long Friday concert that serves as a prelude to to Japanese rock festival Summer Sonic 2013 on August 10 and 11 (Sat & Sun) – is shaping up to be one electrifying event with artistes from all over the world performing. Artistes like The Pet Shop Boys, Steve Aoki and Perfume are all scheduled to perform. Now, a new artist has been announced to join the fray; Enter Hatsune Miku. Yes, one of the most popular vocaloids out there will be performing live along with the biggest names in music for Sonic Mania 2013. (More Hatsune Miku on SGCafe, just click here and also, more about concerts here at SGCafe) The virtual 16-year old artist will make full use of the latest 3D video technology as well as a live band for her performance. It has been reported that she will be donning a futuristic look for the much awaited event. This new announcement of her inclusion certainly makes this big event even larger.
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Sonic Mania is the pre-cursor event to the huge weekend music festival known as Summer Sonic which comes a day later. Summer Sonic 2013 will be held for two days (August 10- 11) in two simultaneous locations; Tokyo and Osaka. The Tokyo location will be held on QVC Marine Field and Makuhari Messe while in Osaka, there will be a special venue known as the Maishima Summer Sonic Osaka special site. The event will be held from August 10- 11 for both sites. International artistes like Linkin Park, Earth, Wind and Fire, John Legend and Metallica are already announced to perform in Summer Sonic 2013 with more performers to be announced in days to come. Read more on Music here on SGCafe! And if you can also read more on Vocaloid here. Feel free to join in the community discussion in the forums! From: Summer Sonic Official news Segawa Electronics’s Power Jacket MK3 is an actual, operational exoskeleton that you can buy for US$124,000 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/japanese-company-exoskeleton- school-girls/ By spartanchef on July 11th, 2013 Have you ever watched the anime ‘IS: Infinite Stratos‘? You know, the one with those girls in powerful, futuristic exoskeletons fighting each other as a sport? Well, it may become a reality one day. Japanese electronics manufacturer Segawa has already fired the first salvo. Sagawa Electronics has recently developed the Power Jacket MK 3, an exoskeleton that looks like it could be the precursor for Izuru Yumizuru’s popular IS: Infinite Stratos light novel series. Some guy covered in scars named Scarface Santaro revealed the new exoskeleton with (what else?) a Japanese school girl. He promised that this will be the very first commercial power suit in the world and they are making FIVE. Yes, five, that’s one for Charlotte Dunois, one for Laura Bodewig, one for Cecilia Alcott, one for Houki Shinonono and one for Rin. (For more stories about tech here at SGCafe, click here) This new powered suit stands 2.25 meters and weighs only 25 Kg. It may not be able to fly and it may not have weapons (yet), but it certainly is intimidating. This new powered suit or exoskeleton can be bought for 12.5 million Yen which would be roughly about US$ 124,000. Yes, this can be yours for that price.
  • July 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Getting inside the power suit is pretty easy, just open the canopy, settle down on the pilot’s seat, close the canopy and smile. This Carbon Fiber suit can run, walk and can even do delicate things like lifting an egg without breaking it. Scarface Santaro has even promised that this suit may even be useful in the kitchen as you will now be able to lift food without touching it thus not getting your hands burned in the process. It even has this feature: See, it can even make girls cuter! The promotional video may have been presented in comedic fashion but Sagawa Electronics is pretty serious about making and selling them. Interested parties can inquire about the Power Jacket MK-3 through their official website. (Ed’s note: This thing is real! Segawa Electronics plans to showcase a working prototype at the upcoming 2013 Wonder Festival (Summer) convention on July 28!) Read more about Japan’s tech news on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Sourse: Sagawa Electronics
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture au shows off love of Ghibli in new campaign Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/au-shows-love-ghibli-commercial/ By Zenko on July 15th, 2013 With The Wind Rises hitting Japanese theatres next week, phone company KDDI-au is teaming up with Studio Ghibli in a new series of commercials. The commercial, which features Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki and famous creator of Evangelion, Hideaki Anno, who voices Horikoshi in the movie, appear within the commercials. They appear in two different types: one will run before the film begins it’s theatrical run, and the other will begin after it’s premier on July 20. (Read more about The Wind Rises here on SGCafe here). There are already two versions of the pre-screening commercial running: one shows Anno stretching a preparing to give his lines in the dubbing studio. The seconds includes this scene, as well as Anno using the Ghibli Forest app. The app itself is au Store exclusive and allows users to purchase various types of goods from the studio. One of these goods, listed on the official crossover site, is an official crossover fan. au has previously had Kyary Pamyu Pamyu feature in several of them, and usually deliver with a series of interesting goods when they do collaborations. After the movie releases, they promise even more fun with Hideaki Anno and surprises on a hidden part of the site. Check out more on Studio Ghibli on SGCafe here! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: AnimeAnime Nana Mizuki to have first ever overseas concert in Taiwan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/nana-mizuki-overseas-concert- taiwan/ By spartanchef on July 15th, 2013
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 2013 has truly been Nana Mizuki’s year; she’s got sold-out concerts left and right, a nendoroid in her likeness, her single with TM Revolution topping the Oricon charts, and now, she will be having her first ever live concert abroad. Last Sunday, during the Osaka leg of her ”Nana Mizuki Live Circus 2013″ held at the Osaka Castle Hall, the voice actress/singer announced that she will be doing her very first overseas concert in Taiwan. The concert titled ”Nana Mizuki Live Circus 2013+” will be held at the Legacy Taipei on November 23 and 24. More details like the ticket prices are to be announced soon. (For more on Nana Mizuki here on SGCafe, click here) Japanese theaters will also be screening a stream of at least one of her concerts. Mizuki, whose ”Nana Mizuki Live Circus 2013″ is still ongoing will have her 29th single “Vitalization” go on sale at the end of the month, July 31. There will also be a special draw for the serial numbers included within her single, with the holders of the lucky winning serial numbers getting tickets to one of her live events. Nana Mizuki is a voice actress and singer responsible for providing the voices of Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha’s Fate Testarossa, Naruto‘s Hinata Hyuuga, Rosario + Vampire‘s Moka Akashiya and Ichigo 100%‘s Yui Minamoto. She is also responsible for singing the soundtracks for Valvrave the Liberator (with TM Revolution), Symphogear G, Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Blood C and Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha. Read more on Music here on SGCafe! And if you can also read more on Concerts and Voice Actors/Seiyuus here on SGCafe Feel free to join in the community discussion in the forums! From Nana Mizuki official website and Nana Mizuki Live Circus + official facebook page Domino’s Pizza serves up more Hatsune Miku delivery designs Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/dominos-pizza-serves-hatsune-miku- delivery-designs/ By KaleNagasaki on July 15th, 2013
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Satisfy your appetite for pizza and Hatsune Miku at the same time – again! Remember that app from a while back that not only features Hatsune Miku but also allows you to order pizza that will be delivered by a (drum roll, please) Hatsune Miku Domino’s vehicle? It’s okay if you don’t – SGCafe can catch you up here. Just to jog your memory though, here’s the first Domino’s x Hatsune Miku collaboration bike. Delivery boys never had so much class. (Read more about Hatsune Miku from SGCafe here) Coming July 16, a new design will be available to the Tokyo Metropolitan area! Due to popular demand (and demand might be too soft of a word), there will now be two Hatsune Miku bikes delivering Domino’s Pizza. If you’re lucky enough to be in Tokyo for a while, it’s a good time to be in the mood for some pizza. Check out the newest design below.
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Which one is your favorite? While I think the first design is super cute, I like the second one more because the darker colors and lightning-like streaks makes for a cooler ride. So much style, they might need an extra permit. Click here for more on Hatsune Miku from SGCafe, then join in on the discussions at our forums! Source: Radiokaikan Ultra Street Fighter IV — That’s what the next version of SF4 will be called [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ultra-street-fighter-iv-version-sf4- called-video/ By KarbyP on July 15th, 2013 The next version of Super Street Fighter IV – an update to Arcade Edition Ver.2012 that will add five new characters, six new stages, and a bevy of new modes and features – is officially called Ultra Street Fighter IV, Capcom announced moments ago live on a livestream for the EVO 2013 fighting game championships in Las Vegas. Catch the SSF4 grand finals in the world championships at this link here: http://www.twitch.tv/srkevo1 (More Street Fighter-related posts here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/street-fighter/) Read more fighting game news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/fighting-games/ Also join the discussion through out forums: http:// forums.sgcafe.com ‘Attack on Titan’ voice cast to do live reading event Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/attack-titan-voice-cast-live-drama/ By spartanchef on July 14th, 2013 When Shingeki no Kyoukin or Attack on Titan first aired, few people could have predicted that it would gain such overwhelming popularity.
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The series was touted as a “dark horse” when the Spring anime season started and a lot of people (including myself) counted it out as “just another shounen anime” even before the series began. But then it premièred and blew everybody away big time. (For more Attack on Titan here on SGCafe, click here) Now, the series will be having a reading and live event scheduled this October. The event is titled “Shingeki no Kyoujin: Attack Sound Experience“ and it will feature most of the anime’s main voice cast. Reading and live events are when voice actors (seiyuus) go up on stage and read out several lines from the anime live in front of the audience with the anime playing in the back ground. Here is an example with Boku Wa Tomodachi Ga Sakunai‘s voice cast: The event will happen on Saturday, October 12, 2013 with live music composed by Sawano Hiroyuki. The announced voice actors participating in the event are Yuki Kaji (as Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (as Mikasa Ackerman), Marina Inoue (as Armin Arlert), Kishou Taniyama (as Jean Kirstein), Yuu Kobayashi (as Sasha Braus) and Hiro Shimono (as Connie Springer). Back row (left to right): Yuu Kobayashi (Sasha Braus), Yuu Shimamura(Annie Leonhart), Shiori Mikami(Christa Lenz) Front row (left to right): Yuki Kaji (Eren Jaeger), Yui Ishikawa (Mikasa Ackerman), Ryota Ohsaka(Marco Bodt), Hiro Shimono (Connie Springer) Priority ticket applications for this event are enclosed within the Attack on Titan BluRay/ DVD volume 2 box which will be released on August 21. The venue for the event will be announced in days to come. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com] From Shingeki no Kyoujin official website Anime trailers round-up (movie edition): ‘Doraemon (2014)’, ‘Lupin III Vs. Conan’ and ‘Dokidoki! Precure’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/check-movie-trailers- doraemon-2014-lupin-iii-vs-conan-dokidoki-precure/ By spartanchef on July 14th, 2013 Be ready to grab your popcorn folks, because these brand new anime movies are sure to tickle your fancy. New trailers have recently been released for the 2014 Doraemon movie, the ‘Dokidoki’ Precure‘ movie and the much awaited ‘Lupin III vs. Conan‘ film. Let’s start off by tickling your funny bones with everybody’s favorite blue cat-like robot from the future. Titled ‘Doraemon Shin Nobita no Daimakyo ~Peko to 5-nin no Tankentai~‘, this movie is a remake of the 1982 film ‘Nobita’s Great Demon‘ which was originally written by 1/2 of the Fujiko Fujio duo who created Doraemon, the late great Fujiko F. Fujio. (For more on Doraemon here on SGCafe, click here) Shinnosuke Yakuwa will be at the movie’s helm as the film’s director as he has worked on the 2005 Doraemon series as an assistant director. Screenplay will be written by Higashi Shimizu who also wrote the screenplay for other Doraemon
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 movies as well as the 2005 series. The movie will be released March 2014 in theaters across Japan. Here is the movie’s first trailer: From one classic anime/manga movie to a clash between two of the most beloved anime characters in history, we take a look at ‘Lupin III vs Detective Conan‘ (For more anime news here on SGCafe, click here) The trailer features some of our favorite characters from both series like Goemon Ishikawa, Daisuke Jigen, Ai Haibara, Fujiko Mine, Kogoro Mori, Inspector Zenigata, and Ran Mori. This epic clash between Conan Edogawa and Lupin III will be directed by Hajime Kamegaki who has worked on the story board for both Conan and Lupin series. He previously did the story board for movies like Detective Conan: The Eleventh Striker and specials like Lupin III: Hemingway Papers. Finally, we will take a look at the Dokidoki precure movie titled ‘Eiga Dokidoki! Precure Mana Kekkon!!? Mirai ni Tsunagu Kibō no Dress‘. (For more Dokidoki Precure here on SGCafe, click here) The film will be helmed by Digimon: Data Squad director Naoyuki Itou and will feature the voices of Hitomi Nabatame (Shakugan no Shana‘s Margery Daw) as Cure Heart, Kanako Miyamoto (Eureka 7 Ao‘s Naru Arata) as Cure Sword, Mai Fuchigami (Girls Und Panzer‘s Miho Nishizumi) as Cure Rosetta, Minako Kotobuki (K-On!‘s Tsumugi “Mugi” Kotobuki) as Cure Diamond and finally the legendary voice actress known as the Queen of tsundere herself, the one and only Rie Kugimiya (Shakugan no Shana’s Shana, Tora Dora’s Taiga, Hayate no Gotoku’s Nagi and Zero no Tsukaima‘s Louise) as the newest precure, Cure Ace. The film will hit Japanese theaters in October 26. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Snatch up these new Studio Ghibli leather cases! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/snatch-studio-ghibli-leather-cases/ By KaleNagasaki on July 14th, 2013 It is pointless to ask you if you are a fan of Studio Ghibli, since Hayao Miyazaki alone probably has an entire legion of fans waiting on his every upcoming film. Don’t lie – we are all looking forward to Kaze ga Tachinu, no? Thus, a more appropriate question would be which Studio Ghibli film is your favorite: My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky, or Kiki’s Delivery Service? (Read more on Studio Ghibli from SGCafe here). Trick question, because you don’t have to choose. Studio Ghibli partnered up with Ojaga Design for a new series of themed leather goods. Ojaga Design is a Tokyo based company that makes handcrafted goods, just the type of care we would expect for such high quality. In business since 2001, Ojaga has helped make Studio Ghibli’s unique leather cases possible. Check out the designs below!
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 All the cases retail at 10,290 yen (approx. SGD$140). A hefty price, but worth it since the cases will probably last a lifetime. Now here’s my new question: which case would you get? Totoro, Kiki, Robot, or Flying Stone? Personally, since Princess Mononoke is my favorite Ghibli film, I wish there was a case for it. But wouldn’t a Noh Face case from Spirited Away also be really awesome (if not a bit creepy)? Between these four choices though, I would have to go with Totoro. You just can’t beat that giant ball of cute. Read more on Studio Ghibli here. Also join the discussion through our forums: http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: 2PM Next Super Street Fighter IV update (PS3, X360, PC, Arcade) to add 5 characters, 6 stages [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/super-street-fighter-iv-add-5- characters-6-stages-partial-details-balance/ By KarbyP on July 13th, 2013 Update 3: It’s official – the new version of SSF4 will be entitled Ultra Street Fighter IV. Watch the first trailer for the game here. Update 2: Video footage of the Street Fighter IV panel added (thanks, MetalMusicMan04) Update: Capcom’s Yoshinori Ono revealed on Twitter one additional detail not mentioned at the EVO 2013 panel – the new update will come to arcades in Japan on top of the PS3, X360, and PC versions. On top of five new characters, six new stages and balance changes to existing characters, Ono also tweeted that the new update will also add new mode(s) – although the word “mode” here might be a typo for “stages” since he did not mention the addition of new stages in the same tweet.
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Original story: Elena, Rolento, Poison, Hugo, a fifth unannounced character, and six new stages will be added to Super Street Fighter IV: Arcade Edition 2012 via a US $15 DLC update early next year, Capcom has just announced at a panel presentation at the EVO 2013 fighting game championships in Las Vegas today. The new updated version, which will be released for the PS3, X360 and PC versions of the fighter, and whose official name will only be announced tomorrow through a trailer right before the EVO 2013 grand finals for SSF4, is said to be compatible both with Super Street Fighter IV as well as SSF4 Arcade Edition Ver.2012. Gamers who do not currently own either version of the game can also grab the entire game, complete with the new update, for US$40 digitally. This full edition will also come with all previously released alternate character costumes included as a bonus. (More Street Fighter-related posts here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/street-fighter/) At the panel Capcom also revealed a partial list of balance changes for the existing characters in Street Fighter IV. Here’s what we know so far (courtesy of EventHubs, who has put together this list based on Twitter updates): General - Capcom is aware of unblockables and attempting to fix them, no details on how yet. - Goals were to decrease the gap between high and low tier characters in SF4 with balance changes. Ken: - Faster walk speed. - Crouching Hard Kick has a shorter start up. - Standing Light Punch combos into Crouching Hard Kick now. - Ultra 1 does more damage when it connections without the full animation playing. Dudley: - Short Swing Blow has throw invincibility. - He’s been given better hit boxes on some of his attacks. - Target combo does more damage. Chun-Li - Health increased to 950. - EX Fireball knocks down on hit. - EX Flip Kick breaks armor. - Increased her damage. T. Hawk - Faster walk speed. - Crouching Medium Kick is special cancelable. - Ultra 2 has been improved. Cammy - Cannon Stride can be done LOWER to the ground now. - Damage reduced on Hard attacks. - Stun reduced on Hard attacks. - They tried to reduce the “2 combos and you’re dead” effect. Balrog (Boxer) - Faster charging of his Turn Punch. - Less Headbutt recovery. - Farther range on his Ultra 2. E. Honda Ultra 2 has more range. Ultra 1 has a faster start up. Jump Toward MP has a smaller hurt box. Ibuki - Less vortex for her.
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 - More defense options. - Soft knockdown now on Neckbreakers, but EX version is still a hard knockdown. - EX DP will have more invincibility. - Spin Kicks have a larger and lowered hit box. Fei Long Rekka Ken range nerfed. Yang - Faster walk speed. - Shorter start up on Standing Light Kick. - Increase in jumping middle throw? Vega (Claw) - Hit stun increased on Crouching Light Punch. - Faster start up on Ultra 1. - Faster start up on Ultra 2. Read more fighting game news here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/fighting-games/ Also join the discussion through out forums: http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: MetalMusicMan04, Rentahamster, and TheKingOfMars [via EventHubs] NIS announces two games at Makai Wars Live – could one of them be Makai Wars? Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/nis-announces-games-makai-wars- live/ By SunSoftware on July 13th, 2013 Nippon Ichi Software, the developer responsible for the famous Disgaea series, has held their 20th anniversary concert today, where they revealed two new games. Could one of them be the mysterious title they teased nine years ago? At today’s “Makai Wars Live episode 1: Asagi’s Counterattack”, some of NIS’s hottest musicians have performed in Yokohama BLITZ in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, as well as Asagi, the “Eternal Hero of the Next Game” (read more about NIS on SGCafe). Asagi first appeared in the summer of 2004, when NIS teased the game Makai Wars. However, the game was never released, and since then, Asagi has been featured as an unlockable character in 18 different games with ten Japanese voice actresses. Now that NIS has themed an entire concert around Asagi, will she finally, at long last, be the hero of her own game? The two games announced today are: • Disgaea 4 Return • Criminal Girls Invitation (tentative title) Wait a minute, neither of them is centered around Asagi! What kind of cruel joke is this? How long does Asagi have to wait to get her own game? Don’t give up hope yet! NIS has also announced that they are working on Asagi’s 10th anniversary project. Could this possibly involve Makai Wars? In addition, Asagi’s online fanclub has recently reached 9,000 members. To celebrate this milestone, they will release a fan book on August 19. Next, once the fanclub reaches its final milestone of 10,000 members, Asagi — might — finally get her own game!
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 As for the games that were actually confirmed, Disgaea 4 Return is a PS Vita port of Disgaea 4. As fans should know, most the console games in the Disgaea series eventually get ported to handhelds. No details have been given yet, but the game will presumably include extra story content and possibly all of the DLC from the PS3 version, including The Fuka and Desco Show, which costs the same as a retail game in Japan. Disgaea 4 Return is scheduled to be released in January of 2014. It will include Asagi. Criminal Girls Invitation is based on the dungeon-crawling RPG Criminal Girls, which was released for the PSP in 2010. NIS has yet to reveal whether this is a sequel or a port, but it will be released for the PS Vita this winter. Asagi isn’t the hero of these games, but don’t lose hope! Next year, there will be Makai Wars Live episode 2, for sure! ( still unconfirmed) To see more gaming news, click here. Also join the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu Akiba Souken: These are final rankings for Spring 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/akiba-soukens-final-rankings- spring-2013/ By spartanchef on July 13th, 2013 Summer is already here and so far, the anime this season have been sizzling hot. But let’s not forget that the Spring 2013 season also introduced some great anime that certainly left fans wanting even more. (More anime news here on SGCafe via this link)
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 With the Spring anime season officially over, Japanese media and pop culture website Akiba Souken has asked the Japanese people which Spring 2013 anime they thought had the best run. The poll however did not include any anime that are continuing their runs into the summer season like Shingeki no Kyoujin, To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S and Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Princev as the poll only asked about the anime which have ended last Spring season. 1,513 anime fans were polled between the time period of June 28 until July 11. The voting is done and tallied and here are your results, from bottom to top. See if you agree: 33 Ousama- 0 votes 32/31/30 Koitabi: True Tours Nanto- 2 votes 32/31/30 Glass no Kamen Desu ga- 2 votes 32/31/30 Otona Joshi no Anime Time- 2 votes 29 DD Fist of the North Star- 3 votes 28 Arata Kangatari- 4 votes 27 /26/25 Hyakka Ryouran: Samurai Bride- 6 votes 27 /26/25 Zettai Bouei Leviathan- 6 votes 27 /26/25 Sparrow’s Hotel – 6 votes 24 Dansai Bunri no Crime Edge- 8 votes 23 Hayate no Gotoku Cuties- 10 votes 22/ 21 Ketsuekigata – Kun!- 11 votes 22/21 Initial D Fifth Stage- 11 votes 20 Karneval- 13 votes 19 Devil Survivor 2: The Animation- 16 votes 18 Aiura- 17 votes 17 Photo Kano- 18 votes 16 RDG: Red Data Girl- 19 votes 15 Uta No Prince-sama Maji Love 2000%- 21 votes 14 Aku no Hana- 24 votes 13 Katanagatari- 30 votes 12 Yondemasu yo, Azazel-san- 34 votes 11 Haiyore Nyaruko-san W- 36 votes TOP 10 10 Date-A-Live – 45 votes 9 Namiuchigiwa no Muromi-san- 54 votes 8 Yuyushiki- 56 votes 7/6 Chihayafuru Season 2- 81 votes 7/6 Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko- 81 votes
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 5 Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai 2- 126 votes 4 Valvrave the Liberator- 141 votes 3 Suisei no Gargantia- 160 votes 2 Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Comedy wa Machigatteiru- 167 votes and the #1 via LAND SLIDE is…. Hataraku Maou-Sama! – 303 votes Did the results surprise you or did you expect it? The top 2 most certainly made some noise this season and introducing us to great characters and good story lines. Did the respective endings of these anime influence the results? One thing is for sure, Spring was certainly a season full of surprises. Not only did Yahari Ore no Seishun Love Come wa Machigatteiru surprise people with its different take on anime romantic comedies, but it proved good enough to take the #2 spot. The anime has wowed the audience with the actions of its main character, Hachiman and showed a well rounded cast of characters which balanced the series out wonderfully. It’s also surprising for short anime like Yuyushiki to place high on the list. The humor presented by that anime short played out well as the anime took the #8 spot. Returning
  • July 15th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 anime like Oreimo and Chihayafuru have proven their staying power as both returnees made it to the top 10. Date-A-Live which is one of the heavy favored anime coming into the Spring season somehow just got #10 even if the anime garnered a solid fan base. But this season belonged to the #1 Hataraku Maou-Sama which won via land slide. The anime about a Dark Lord escaping to modern day Tokyo and working as a part-timer clicked with the audience thanks to its mix of interesting plot (and no, I am not talking about Chiho on this one), colorful characters and darn-good-ol’ fashioned humor… and that other sort of plot as well. Last season certainly gave us some awesome new anime. With summer already here, hopefully, this new season would turn out just as great. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe, also, read more on rankings here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Akiba Souken
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Sega announces Project Mirai 2′s 3DS release date & petite Nendoroids Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/sega-announces-project- mirai-2s-3ds-release-date-petite-nendoroids/ By spartanchef on July 18th, 2013 Hatsune Miku’s return to the Nintendo 3DS stage is imminent as Sega has made several new announcements for their latest 3DS rhythm game. Sega’s newest rhythm game based on cutesy versions of your favorite Vocaloids, now officially named Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2, will be set for release this Fall, November 28 and will cost 6,229 yen. (For more Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe, click here) The new game features new songs, more costumes, and a new touch screen mode. The game will also feature your favorite Vocaloids like Gumi, Kaito, Luka, Meiko, and the twins Rin and Len. And finally, thanks to a collaboration with Good Smile Company, a new Hatsune Miku Nendoroid Petite (Project Mirai 2 version) will also be released. The Nendoroid Petite will be included in the Limited Edition version of the game which will also be released on November 28. The limited edition set costs 7,665 yen.
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Read more about Vocaloid and video games here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Miku Sega page Attack on Titan inspired curry rice gives consumers a choice Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/attack-titan-inspired-curry-rice- consumers-choice/ By Zenko on July 17th, 2013 There’s no big event you have to go to to get this curry, or even big shop, just a store known for it’s titanic portion sizing: Mammoth Curry in Akihabara. Curry rice is a fairly popular food among the otaku of Akihabara, almost as much as shawarma. That means chains like Go Go Gorilla Curry and Mammoth Curry often cater to the audience attending their Akiba stores. Whether this is teaming up with Neptunia or Mammoth’s recent deal, fans stomachs are in for a treat. In the case of Mammoth Curry, though, they will first have to help defend Wall Rose…or rather Wall Rice. (Read more on Attack on Titan here on SGCafe). Attack on Curry is Mammoth Curry’s, known for their curry weighing in at 1 kilo, newest attempt to draw fans in for a taste of the latest version of their Arabic sausage curry. Where Wall Maria once stood is only a sea of slightly sweet curry. It’s up to you to defend mankind’s last line of defense against the Colossal Titan sausage, Wall Rice. Don’t worry though, you shouldn’t be terrified like the cowering townspeople in the center of the ring since you’ll have help defending it. Eren may not have his 3D maneuver gear on, but that isn’t stopping him from launching at attack. If saving isn’t the name of the game for you, then you can of course also let the Titan’s win. That’s what one person did after taking on the role of Titan themselves and eating a townsperson. The curry will only be around until August, and only if you ask for it, so if you’re in Akiba during these hot summer months, check it out. Directions can be found on their website here. Like anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: RocketNews24
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Ansatsu Kyoushitsu,Naruto Shippuden to have exclusive anime episodes at Jump Super Anime Tour 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ansatsu-kyoushitsunaruto- shippuden-exclusive-anime-episodes-jump-super-anime-tour-2013/ By spartanchef on July 17th, 2013 Imagine if your teacher teaching is a weird looking octopus- like alien. Next, imagine if that teacher is a powerful being responsible for destroying 70% of the moon and can move to speeds up to mach-20. Lastly, imagine if your teacher teaches you ways on how to successfully assassinate him, and you and your classmates have to assassinate him before the year ends or their teacher destroys the planet. Now, Weekly Shounen Jump! is announcing that their popular manga, Ansatsu Kyoushitsu, will have an exclusive event-only anime. The anime will be exclusively screened during their Jump Super Anime Tour 2013 which will travel five Japanese cities from October 6 to November 24. (For more stories on Shounen Jump, click here) Ansatsu Kyoushitsu is a popular comedy manga by Yusei Matsui about Kunugigaoka Middle School’s special class 3-E who must assassinate their powerful alien teacher before the year ends or the Earth will be destroyed. The manga started its serialization in Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump in 2012 and has now become one of the magazine’s most popular mangas. Besides the event-exclusive Ansatsu Kyoushitsu anime, the magazine also announced they will also be screening another event exclusive; An original Naruto Shippuden anime story. Jump teases its readers that this event-exclusive Naruto anime will have an ”unbelievable appearance of a certain popular character”. The event will also showcase and promote Kuroko no Basket’s second season as well as give fans a preview of the much awaited Nisekoi anime. Nisekoi will be directed by Bakemonogatari director Akiyuki Shinbo and will showcase the voices of Kana Hanazawa (Oreimo‘s Kuroneko and Infinite Stratos‘s Charlotte Dunois) as Kosaki Onodera , Nao Touyama
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 (Maoyu Maou-Sama‘s Chiho) as Chitoge Kirisaki, and Kouki Uchiyama (Infinite Stratos‘s Ichika Orimura) as Raku Ichijou. Read more manga news here on SGCafe, also read more about anime here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon Bleach to go on a 5-week hiatus to prepare for “Final Battle” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/bleach-5-week-hiatus-prepare-final- battle/ By spartanchef on July 17th, 2013 The anime may have ended but Tite Kubo’s manga about a Shinigami (literally means death gods) named Ichigo is still one of the biggest and most popular mangas out there. Last year, manga author Tite Kubo started the final arc of his beloved shounen manga Bleach. In a special message on Shueisha’s Weekly Shounen Jump!, he announced that Bleach will go on a temporary hiatus lasting a total of five weeks. He explained that the 5-week break is for him to be 100% committed for the series’ much-awaited “final battle” which he calls “Sennen Kessen-Hen – Ketsubetsu-tan“. (For more stories on Shounen Jump, click here) The hiatus will last from issue #35 of Weekly Shounen Jump! until the magazines issue #40. The manga will resume with the magazine’s issue #41 which is due September 9 in Japan. Tite Kubo started the manga in 2001 and has become one of Weekly Shounen Jump!’s most popular manga titles to date. The series had a lot of its ups and downs but still retained its popularity and is still loved by fans the world over. Now that it has entered the final phase, expect for fans of the series to be even more excited. Read more manga news here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com] From Yaraon Tohoku Zunko set to become next VOCALOID Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/tohoku-zunko-set-vocaloid/ By Zenko on July 17th, 2013 SSS LLC, the owners of Zunko, have officially crowd-funded enough money to help a character meant to help the ailing Tohoku region into a VOCALOID. Starting off life as a mascot character and then becoming a VOICEROID, VOCALOID’s sister program for speech input, Tohoku Zunko’s call for a voice has been heard and answered. Because her design is free to use for businesses in the Tohoku area, she’s already received a wide array of goods in the region, from the specialty zunda mochi (soybean mochi) to a zenzai (boiled sweet red bean) dessert. Her design reflects the region itself, her headband being an edamame pod and her bow referencing it’s wealth of
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 historical sites. The cherry blossoms in her design also reflect the late blooming ones in the north and are a major tourist draw. (Read more about VOCALOID here on SGCafe). Using Anipipo, a crowdfunding site similar to KickStarter but designed only for use on projects related to animation, they managed to achieve 104% funding. This means fans that donated can look forward to receiving their Zunko goods in late August. Some of the donation goods, apart from the VOCALOID software when it’s released, include a banner and a set of large magnets with Zunko on them. Her voice provider for the project will be the same as the VOICEROID release: Satomi Sato. The company to develop her will be AHS, who was previously responsible for Yuzuki Yukari. Of course, SSS is aiming big to help the Tohoku region. They aren’t just hoping for a VOCALOID of Zunko, but an anime of her high school adventures as well. PHP Inc, responsible for VOCALOID novels like Senbon Zakura and mothyP’s Kingdom of Evil series has also been recruited to release a set of stories focused on the mascot character. With a variety of plans already in the works for Zunko, she could help restore the Tohoku region, which has been hurting for commerce since the 2011 earthquake and Fukushima disaster. When she joins the ranks of VOCALOID stars Hatsune Miku and Yuzuki Yukari in early 2014, fans will determine just how far she goes. Love VOCALOID and Hatsune Miku? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join the forums here! Source: Anipipo Fuel your ‘Attack on Titan’ fandom with new merchandise: hugging pillows included! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/fuel-attack-titan-fandom- merchandise-hugging-pillows-included/ By KaleNagasaki on July 17th, 2013 Because seeing giant human-like creatures mindlessly devour humanity to the brink of extinction puts everyone in the cuddling mood. I don’t want to spoil anything for you shameless people who’ve yet to get your weekly dose of Attack on Titan, but let’s just say that, after episode fourteen, Eren needs all the hugs he can get. Of course, not from Levi (unless you’re into that kind of thing), who happens to be the other featured character for MOVIC’s second hugging pillow. With his deadpan stare, I feel his coolness knows no end. Easily my favorite character so far, although I still have a soft spot for Armin.
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 (Check out more on Attack on Titan from SGCafe here). The polyester suede pillow covers are each 9,450 yen and will ship starting September 19. MOVIC also emphasizes that these designs are only samples, and original cover art will be drawn for each cover. And if the nerd within still isn’t satisfied, then MOVIC’s next item will really get you excited. I am a bit embarrassed to say, but just yesterday someone told me they want Attack on Titan‘s 3D Maneuver Gear. Well, here you are. MOVIC’s 14 and a half centimeter metal paper blades with the 3D holsters can be yours for 3,675 yen. Also shipping this fall, you can complete the look with COSPA’s Attack on Titan clothing. Earlier this summer, COSPA already showed off their short and long Survey Corps jackets that run for 14,800 yen and 15,800 yen respectively. Now, COSPA is adding T-shirts and mugs to the frenzy. Pre- sales begin this summer, so perhaps you will be able to watch the finale of Shingeki no Kyojin while wearing your Survey Corps jacket, T-shirt, and essential 3D Maneuver Gear. Not that I’d ever do that. Right. The T-Shirts are 3,045 yen, the mug is 840 yen, and the hats go for 3,885 yen each.
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Read more about Attack on Titan from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussions at our forums! Source: ComicNatalie, Otakomu Hatsune Miku holds virtual live in Roppongi Hills Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hatsune-miku-holds-virtual-live- roppongi-hills/
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By hikarucon on July 17th, 2013 Starting from July 16 this year, NTT Docomo will be using its SmartAR technology to give beloved virtual idol Hatsune Miku her very own AR stage at the Metro Hat in Roppongi Hills. This is part of a joint effort between NTT Docomo and Sony Computer entertainment for the promotion of the upcoming Hatsune Miku and Xperia smartphone collaboration. The result is “Hatsune Miku AR Stage” where users of Android smartphones or tablets (sorry iphone users), or a Playstation Vita will be use the AR app to see a live performance of livetune’s song “Packaged.” (more on Miku here at SGCafethrough this link) For those unfamiliar with AR (augmented reality) technology, it is a type of view that takes the real world view that you would regularly see and adds something to supplement or “augment” it. In this case, users will be holding their AR enabled device’s camera to the AR marker and then add the data that’s on that image to your device to combine virtual reality and reality into one. This event also comes with a special deal for the first 1500 people to get there. As thanks to all those Android smartphone or tablet users, in addition to being able to view “Packaged,” the first 1500 people will be able to download a short version of the new remixed version of “Packaged,” “Packaged (Shipping in 2013 remix).” The event is 6 days long and lasts from July 16 to 21, from 7:30pm until 11pm. Be sure to swing by Roppongi Hills if you’re in the area! Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: Famitsu
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Project Diva F 2nd will be playable at Magical Mirai 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/project-diva-2nd-playable-magical- mirai-2013/ By hikarucon on July 16th, 2013 According to a tweet by Sega, the newly announced Project Diva F 2nd will be playable on the Playstation Vita at Magical Mirai 2013. The event will be held at Yokohama Arena on August 30 later this year. In another tweet, Sega states that another big announcement on “Sega feat. Hatsune Miku Project” will be revealed. More details will be revealed on the Magical Mirai 2013 official site in the days to come. (more on Hatsune Miku here at SGCafethrough this link) For those who do not know of Magical Mirai 2013, it’s a one day event all about Hatsune Miku. The name of the event “Magical Mirai” is actually three words- “Maji,” “Karu,” and “Mirai.” In Japanese, Maji means serious, Karu is short for karucha which translates to culture, and then Mirai means future. The name of the event is also an explanation of what the event will be comprised of. The Maji part will be a concert, the culture will explore the past of Miku and put displays of her history, and the Mirai will examine the future of Miku i.e. products and promotions.Presumably the playable version of Project Diva F 2nd will be in the “Mirai” section of the event. Magical Mirai 2o13 will be happening August 30th at the Yokohama Arena. If you’re in Japan, be sure not to miss it! Read more on Hatsune Miku on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: hachimakoubashi Japanese TV show reveals Black Butler live-action movie footage Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/japanese-tv-show-reveals-black- butler-live-action-movie-footage/ By spartanchef on July 16th, 2013 There is no doubt that Black Butler or Kuroshitsuji‘s live- action movie is one of the most highly anticipated movies that will come out of Japan next year. Now, Nippon Television Network (NTV)’s tv show Zip! has given fans of the series something to cheer about because they have recently released some footage from the much awaited movie. They start off by introducing the actor
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 playing Sebastian, Hiro Mizushima as well as Sebastian’s new master, Shiori played by Ayame Goriki. (For more Black Butler stories here on SGCafe, click here) Hiro Mizushima, who plays Sebastian, played Ryusuke Minami from the Beck live-action movie while Ayame Goriki who plays Shiori portrayed Shiratori no Jun from the Gatchaman live-action movie. This will be Mizushima’s comeback movie after a three-year hiatus. The movie is co-directed by Nana live-action director Kentaro Otani and Tiger & Bunny anime director Keiichi Satou. The movie is set in the year 2020, more than 130 years after the original manga’s setting. Shiori, female heir to the Phantom Corporation is forced to wear male clothes since only males can lead the Phantomhive family. Like her predecessor Ciel, she also becomes Sebastian’s master and has a seal in her right eye as a symbol of her contract with Sebastian. Also like Ciel, Sebastian is to protect her at all costs in exchange for letting him feed on her soul. The movie is based on Yana Toboso’s Kuroshitsuji manga which is serialized in Square Enix’s Monthly GFantasy magazine. The manga inspired an anime adaptation in 2008 which became a run-away hit and spawned a second season in 2010. The series even had a musical! The movie will be released to Japanese movie theaters early next year, January 18, 2014. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com] From: 0taku 1st trailer revealed for Suda51 ‘s Short Peace tie-in ‘Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day’ (PS3) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/1st-trailer-revealed-suda51-s-short- peace-tie-in-ranko-tsukigimes-longest-day-ps3/ By SunSoftware on July 16th, 2013 Suda51, the man responsible for cult hits like No More Heroes and Killer is Dead, is teaming up with the director of Akira to kill modern Japan. Short Peace is an omnibus of four animated shorts directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy) and created by some of the top creators in the anime industry. As the fifth part of the project, Suda51 is working with Tokyo Jungle director Youhei Kataoka and No More Heroes artist Yuusuke Kozaki to create the PS3 game Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day (Tsukigime Ranko no Ichiban Nagai Hi). The story is centered around Ranko Tsukigime, an only child whose family owns an underground business conglomerate that controls all of the parking lots in Japan. During the day, she is an average schoolgirl — but at night, she’s a hitman who assassinates anyone who opposes her corporation! (Read more about Suda51′s games on SGCafe) Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is a high-speed side- scrolling action game in which you run from enemies and fight them with “effects”. We’re not quite sure what these effects do, but judging from this trailer, they look… crazy and psychedelic. Ranko’s adventure takes several elements of Japanese culture and mashes them together. Similarly, Short Peace is themed around Japan and includes these animated shorts: Hi no Youjin
  • July 18th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 • Director/Scriptwriter: Katsuhiro Otomo • Character Design/ Visual Concept: Hidekazu Ohara • Music: Makoto Kubota Tsukumo • Director/Scriptwriter: Shuhei Morita • Original Story/Concept Design: Keisuke Kishi Gambo • Director: Hiroaki Andou • Original Story/Scriptwriter/Creative Director: Katsuhito Ishii • Character Designer: Yoshiyuki Sadamoto Buki yo Saraba • Director/Scriptwriter: Hajime Katoki • Original Story: Katsuhiro Otomo • Character Design: Tatsuyuki Tanaka If you’re interested in these animations, you can watch this trailer before it comes to theatres on July 20. To find out more anime news, click here. Also join the discussion through out forums: http://forums.sgcafe.com Source: Namco Bandai YouTube Channel, Famitsu
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Gundam & Zaku II make landfall in Hong Kong Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/gundam-zaku-ii-landfall-hong-kong/ By spartanchef on July 20th, 2013 Remember back in 2009 when a Chinese theme park made that orange Gundam statue? Well, forget about that one because China is now getting an official one, and it won’t be alone. Yes, Char’s Zaku II is coming along as well. These 7 meter, 1/3 scale models may not be as big as “Sichuan Gundam” or the 1/1 Odaiba Gundam but they will certainly draw a lot of people in. (more on Gundam here at SGCafe through this link) The statues will be part of the event called “Gundam Docks in Hong Kong”. The event will take place at the Times Square Shopping Center which is located in Causeway Bay from July 25 until September 1. The event will also feature several cosplayers cosplaying as Amuro Ray, Char Aznable and other beloved Gundam characters. A 1.2 meter green MS-06 Zaku II model is also scheduled to make an appearance during the event.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The Gundam parts were delivered to the Times Square shopping Center via truck (With Earth Federation markings I might add) to the delight of onlookers. I have visited Hong Kong earlier this year and I must say that the people there LOVE Gundam. The ones I have spoken to over there can’t stop talking about the series and from the ones I have met personally, most of them were UC (Universal Century) fans so for them, this is surely an event they cannot wait for. Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Apple Media (Cantonese) and Gundam.info San Diego Comic Con reveals game trailers of a new Strider game & more, plus a peek at Sengoku Basara 4 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/san-diego-comic-cons-video-game- trailers-lightning-returns-strider-game-sengoku-basara-4/
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By spartanchef on July 19th, 2013 Get ready to hack, slash, shoot, jump and button mash with our latest video game trailer round-up. Let’s start off in Sengoku Era Japan with the very first trailer for Capcom’s much awaited Samurai slash-fest Sengoku Basara 4. The game is set during the Muromachi period, which takes place before the events of the original Sengoku Basara game. The trailer introduces us the ever-lovable “One-eyed Dragon”, Date Masamune and a host of other characters like Yoshiteru Ashikaga, Katsuie Shibata, Sakon Shima and Mitsunari Ishida. Sengoku Basara 4 is produced by Hiroyuki Kobayashi and directed by Makoto Yamamoto and will be released next year, 2014 for the PlayStation 3. (For more Sengoku Basara here on SGCafe, click here) The 2013 San Diego Comic Con is now underway and cosplayers, gamers, geeks and otakus from all over the globe are attending this annual event. Now let’s take a look at the video games that are presented during the event. While we have already introduced the game play trailers for Sonic Lost World and Ace Attorney 5 (which were also shown during the event), we now let’s take a look at what else is in store from San Diego. Let’s start off with the return of our favorite cypher- wielding ninja Hiryu who was last seen in Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. His much awaited return was announced earlier by Capcom during the San Diego Comic Con and sure enough, Strider fans are going crazy. STRIDER will be released digitally next year, 2014, for Steam, Xbox Live and the PlayStation Network and will be playable for the PC, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and the Xbox One. (For more on Capcom here on SGCafe, click here) Also introduced in Comic Con is the latest trailer for Square Enix’s Final Fantasy XIII series, Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. This new “13 days” trailer gives us a look at the game’s story line as well as the myriad of costumes Lightning can wear throughout the game. Speaking of Lightning’s costumes, she can also suit up with Cloud’s Soldier uniform. (For more Final Fantasy here on SGCafe, click here) The end has begun, 13 days to find the truth, 13 days to save the innocent, 13 days until the end… Finally, with all this Kaijuu mania going on these days thanks to movies like Pacific Rim and the upcoming 2014 remake of Godzilla, we take a look at Level 5′s kaiju game, Attack of the Friday Monsters! A Tokyo Tale. The 3DS game is introduced by Millennium Kitchen’s Kaz Ayabe and introduces us to a boy named Souta who lives in a world where giant monsters attack every Friday and fights someone who suspiciously looks like Ultraman. The game is now available for download on Nintendo’s e-shop. Read more about video games here on SGCafe
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Keep your pocket money safe with these new Danbo wallet, coin purse & card case Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/pocket-money-safe-danbo-wallet- coin-purse-card-case/ By spartanchef on July 19th, 2013 Let’s see, what should go with that totally cute Danbo bag? How about a new Danbo-inspired wallet and a Danbo card holder or a Danbo purse? Our favorite cardboard robot from Yotsuba&! has inspired yet another product design and it totally goes with that Danbo bag. The new wallet, coin purse and card holder are made by the same people over at Tokyo-based apparel company MirkWood’s “You’re Such a Nerd” brand which made the Danbo bags. (For more Yotsuba&! and Danbo here on SGCafe, click here) Though they might look like they’re made of cardboard, these new Danbo merchandise are made of recycled leather. These new merchandise is now available for pre-order in their “Animation Addict Store”. The wallet costs 2,940 yen and has the size of 13cm X 9.5 cm X 1.8 cm. Meanwhile, the Danbo coin purse costs 1,260 yen and has the size of 8cm X 5.5 cm.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Finally, store your cards with this Danbo Card case which costs 1,680 yen and has the size of 11 cm X 7.5 cm.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Danbo is the cardboard robot from Kiyohiko Azuma’s beloved comedy manga Yotsuba&! . Azama started the manga in 2003 after his popular Azumanga Daioh! manga ended and has become popular with the fans ever since. The manga follows the daily life of a strange 5-year-old girl named Yotsuba Koiwai and introduces us to Danbo when she mistakes her friend Miura (who was concealed in a costume made of cardboard) for a real cardboard robot. Read More on Anime and Manga merchandise here on SGcafe Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Comic Natalie Tiger and Bunny: The Rising shows off new hero Golden Ryan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/tiger-bunny-rising-shows-hero/ By Zenko on July 19th, 2013 It may have been delayed from its original release fall release to early winter, but Tiger and Bunny: The Rising is showing fans the wait is worth it. The previous trailer for the second Tiger and Bunny film gave fans a history lesson on Stern Bild City. That seems to be tying into the new hero’s story as he is interspersed in the trailer with pictures of Stern Bild’s angel statues. Add that to his hero suit and the plot further thickens. (Read more about Tiger and Bunny here on SGCafe) As you may have noticed in the trailer, Kotetsu is surprisingly absent save for a glimpse of him walking in the end with his new character design. That’s because he won’t be partnering up with Bunny for this movie. Instead it will be Golden Ryan, aka Ryan Goldsmith, the new winged hero. He will be voiced by Yuichi Nakamura of Macross F and Oreimo fame, so fans should expect a great new character that meshes into the new storyline. The preorder goods for tickets are also aimed at fans of the original series. Allowing for countless cosplay possibilities, HERO TV ID badges are being given out with, in the example below: Apollon Media’s Ryan and Barnaby. Tiger and Bunny The ising will be hitting theaters in Japan on February 8, 2014, just in time for a Valentine’s Day date. Love anime? Check out more on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussion in the forums! Source: Yaraon! Good Smile brings Strength, Miku 2.0 figmas & Ranka nendoroid preorders up to speed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/good-smile-brings-strength- miku-2-0-figmas-ranka-nendoroid-speed-preorders/
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By Zenko on July 19th, 2013 WonFes is just around the corner, but that isn’t stopping Good Smile from offering preorders and looks at some of their new products. With the Figma and Nendoroid line under their belts, Good Smile keeps itself busy by keeping fans happy. From VOCALOID to Black Rock Shooter, they’re putting up preorders and previews for the wonders at WonFes 2013. (Read more about Good Smile here on SGCafe!) First up is the figma of Strength from the anime version of Black Rock Shooter. She comes bundled with her heavy hitting fists and a normal set of arms, but to fully pose her arsenal it will also bundle with an additional stand. Her hood is also removable so you can see her face better, but if her normal complacent expression is too calm there’s another bonus. Just in case you want to experience all of her crazy rage, her insane expression is a swappable option. She can be preordered on amazon.jp. Ranka Lee from Macross F is also up for preorder now. As can be expected, she comes with her diva microphone to give you a personal concert. To enhance that concert experience, she comes with a special stand to look like her floating stage. Fans hoping to recreate her most famous pose also won’t be disappointed as the face and arms are included to give that perfect “Kira!” look. You can preorder her on Japan’s Amazon or Good Smile website. Finally, they have unveiled the prototype of the Miku 2.0 figma. Close in size to normal figma’s, she will be slightly larger than the original version. As you have probably noticed her hair is also slightly more transparent than the original version and the silver in her outfit has been highlighted. Although not currently up for preorder, Miku should be making an appearance at WonFes. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions in the forums. Sources: Otanews, Mikatan Bandai, Square Enix offer up awesome figures in San Diego Comic Con Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/bandai-square-enix-offer-awesome- figures-san-diego-comic-con/
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By spartanchef on July 19th, 2013 The annual Comic Con in San Diego has always featured some of the hottest toys, figures and plamo from Japan and this time, we take a look at the latest SDCC displays from two of the biggest names in the industry; Bandai and Square Enix. Square Enix isn’t pulling any punches for their presentation in the annual event as they have unleashed some awesome articulated figures for their popular Play Arts Kai line. Of course, some Final Fantasy figures like Yuna, Tidus, Red XIII and Lightning were spotted (it IS Square Enix) as well as Metal Gear Solid’s Snake. They also served up some wonderful offerings for the Western Fans with some new DC, Aliens, Assassin’s Creed, Star Trek and Robocop (The classic one). Yes folks, Square Enix has thrown in a lot of big names in science fiction and comics with this year’s Comic Con and be sure for fans to crave for more. (For more Square Enix here on SGCafe, click here)
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  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Bandai is also offering up some great SDCC goodies with their Figuarts and Tamashi Nations lines. Bandai not only introduces us to their latest Sailor Moon SH Figuarts (new Sailor Jupiter Figuarts spotted!) and SH Monster Arts Alien Vs. Predator, but also presented their popular Dragon Ball, Saint Seiya, Rockman and Power Rangers line-ups. (For more Bandai here on SGCafe, click here)
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 So far, the 2013 San Diego Comic Con certainly hasn’t disappointed, and tune in for more video game, anime and figure news from the event here on SGCafe! Hungry for more figure stories? Read more on Figures here on SGCafe Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Cyber Gundam Blog (Square Enix Booth) (Bandai Booth) Hikari Television to host new program featuring Hatsune Miku Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/hikari-television-host-program- featuring-hatsune-miku/ By Zenko on July 19th, 2013 Everyone’s favorite virtual diva is back on television, though she isn’t bringing CUL along this time. Hikari Television, responsible for airing Attack on Titan, Gintama and Space Brothers, will be tackling this newest show to hit the airwaves. Unlike other shows, the Hatsune Miku First Crowning Show will be formatted so that it runs similar to a musical, and is encouraging fans to participate with the Miku Miku Make Miku project. This will be accomplished by showing off the collaborative work of animators, programmers, and video editors.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Of course, before those entries start coming in, they’ll be focusing on the original works of several VOCALOID producers. It hasn’t been decided which producer will be working with the series, but creators will have access to the model data for a Hikari TV edition of Miku. Once the program starts, those who visit the website will also have access to it for free along with the creator’s own works. For those interested in participating in the program, the registration part of the site will open on August 2 at 23:00 JST. An entrance fee of 105 yen will be charged, while monthly access to the creator’s part of the site will be 305 yen. Hatsune Miku continues to shine throughout Japan, and is now taking another step towards ultimate fame. Love VOCALOID? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Otanew Yumi Matsutoya’s music video for ‘Kaze Tachinu’ sneaks a peek at the movie & Ghibli Museum Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/yumi-matsutoyas-music-video-kaze- tachinu-sneaks-peek-movie-ghibli-museum/ By KaleNagasaki on July 19th, 2013 With Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film Kaze Tachinu (“The Wind Rises”) coming to Japanese theaters this Saturday, EMI Records decided to stream the music video for the movie’s theme song just in time. Titled “Hikouki Gumo”, or “Airplane Cloud”, the video not only reveals bits and pieces of the movie, but also allows you a glimpse into the mysterious Ghibli Museum. If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting this museum before, you’ll remember that no pictures or videos can be taken within the walls of the museum. “Hikouki Gumo” is sung by Yumi Matsutoya, who apparently wrote the song when she was only sixteen. She explains that “songs that have a lot of feelings in them can connect to people’s hearts, and riding on those feelings, people can fly, sweeping across the sky”. (For more on Miyazaki’s upcoming film Kaze Tachinu from SGCafe, click here). You might better know Yumi Matsutoya under her maiden name, Yumi Arai. She performed the theme songs “Rouge no Dengon” and “Yasashisa ni Tsutsumareta Nara” for another Miyazaki film, Kiki’s Delivery Service. The latter song is also the opening theme for Tamayura, although that particular version is covered by fellow talent Maaya Sakamoto.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 On July 31, a limited edition “Hikouki Gumo” album will come out in commemoration of Yumi Matsutoya’s 14th year in the music industry. The first limited edition includes eleven songs, the music video, a creative video remix that compares Yumi Matsutoya now and Yumi Arai then, and a 12 inch art book by Miyazaki. On August 14, a second limited edition will arrive that includes the CD, DVD, art book plus an LP vinyl record. No matter which version you buy though, everyone gets an original file folder. Has “Hikouki Gumo” gotten you excited for the movie? Watch Kaze Tachinu and let us know if it stands up to Ghibli and Miyazaki standards! Read more on Studio Ghibli from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussions at our forums! Source: EMIrecords ufotable will give away Kara no Kyoukai key frames to attendees of the series final movie this September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ufotable-give-kara-kyoukai-key- frames-attendees-series-final-movie-september/ By Zenko on July 18th, 2013 Those attending the 3D screening of The Garden of Sinners: Overlooking View will be receiving a very special set of goods in appreciation from the staff at ufotable. Kara no Kyoukai (The Garden of Sinners) isn’t quite over yet, as the long wait for the next movie, based on the side story The Garden of Sinners/recalled out summer, is coming to an end. The movie is due out on September 28 but for those attending a screening on July 20 of Overlooking View, studio ufotable is giving away something very special. Because the studio is feeling grateful for the fans support and patience throughout the production of not only this film but past ones, they are giving guests a set of two key frames from the Good News movie. (Read more on Garden of Sinners here on SGCafe). Attendees to the first remake aren’t the only one receiving good news though, as the studio has also released the next set of key images to promote the movie. They will feature on the tickets, which are on sale now, as well as the preorder goods. For those purchasing tickets they will have the chance to receive one of two designs. The first is the standard design and larger B2 poster version of it. The second will be an extra chorus version with a black cat featuring dominantly at the front. It will also come with a B2 sized poster, and like the standard set of tickets, cost 1,500 yen. With what looks like the last arc of Garden of Sinners, fans are sure to be treated to everything ufotable has to offer. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions here. Source: Otanews First anime disc release of Attack on Titan bundles volume zero of manga series Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/anime-disc-release-attack-titan- bundles-volume-manga-series/ By Zenko on July 18th, 2013 While the blu-ray and DVD release of Attack on Titan is being promoted in Akiba by Colossal Titan rolling around in an itasha, it’s bundled manga is also turning heads.
  • July 20th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Shingeki no Kyojin, also known as Attack on Titan, was originally a part of the 2006 Magazine Grand Prix which won second place and the fine art awards categories, allowing author Hajime Isayama to continue the series we all love today in Bessatsu Shonen Magazine. Originally he drew it entirely in pen, as opposed to the usual pencil and ink for most works. You can see it most clearly in some of his close up sketches. (Read more about Attack on Titan here on SGCafe!) There’s also a prototype of what the world around Wall Maria originally looked like. The 3D maneuver gear may not have changed all that much, but the forests that can be seen outside the walls are now within them. You may also find it difficult to recognize any of the characters, but that’s because they hadn’t yet been thought up. There is still a character that’s every bit as determined to take down the Titans as Eren, main character from the manga and anime series. The original story for the series may be exactly what fans want to keep their excitement going and hold them over until the next volume is released. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Otanews
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Dates confirmed for ticket sales of ONE OK ROCK 2013 Tour Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/dates-confirmed-ticket-sales- rock-2013-tour/ By Zenko on July 22nd, 2013 The ONE OK ROCK 2013 “Who are you? Who are we??” TOUR has finally added dates for ticket sales, and it will be quite soon. Fans of ONE OK ROCK in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia, good news has arrived from Amuse Inc. Asia. The band will be heading your way as part of their 2013 tour this November. (Read more about ONE OK ROCK here on SGCafe). ONE OK ROCK repaved their way to fans hearts again with last summer’s single THE BEGINNING, which was featured as the main theme for the Rurouni Kenshin live action film. Now their asking fans just who they are and who the band really is as they hit the road. For fans in Singapore, this means they’ll be heading your way on November 23 at the Hard Rock Coliseum. Fans in Malaysia will be able to see them on November 21 at KL Live in Kuala Lumpur while fans in Bangkok, Thailand, can catch them at Central World Live on November 19. For fans in Jakarta Indonesia, the venue has changed from what was previously booked to Lapangan Parkir Kolam Renang Senayan on November 24. Tickets for the tour go on sale soon, and with the band’s popularity it may be better to act sooner, rather than later, especially with early bird ticket deals. Tickets for the Singapore part of the tour will go on sale July 29 here for an early bird price of S$78. They will arrive after tackling a tour in Europe, and the event itself will be handled by LAMC Productions. Full information on ticket sales can be found on Facebook here. Keep up with concerts here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in community discussions in the forums! Source: Amuse Facebook Page OreImo Summer live event sells some interesting character merchandise Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/oreimo-summer-live-event-sells- interesting-character-merchandise/ By spartanchef on July 22nd, 2013 Last night, July 21, the voice cast for hit anime ‘Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga nai‘ took to the stage for an awesome live event filled with music, comedy and some great OreImo merchandise. The cast sang, danced and did a live reading event in front of a sold-out crowd in Maihama Amphitheater, near Tokyo Disneyland. Kana Hanazawa (Kuroneko), Yuuichi Nakamura (Kyousuke), Ayana Taketatsu (Kirino), Satomi Sato (Manami), Saori Hayamo (Ayase) and Hitomi Nabatame (Saori) were all present during the event to the delight of the crowd in attendance. (For more OreImo here on SGCafe, click here)
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The event also featured some great OreImo merchandise from Ayase’s handcuffs and Kirino’s school bag to buttons, towels and T-shirts. Remember what happens whenever Kyousuke pays a visit to Ayase’s house? That’s right, he would get handcuffed by the OreImo‘s resident yandere. This Ayase handcuff comes with a picture of her “yandere face” which has certainly scared Kyousuke countless times. A smaller charm version of the handcuffs (also with her yandere face) are also available. The handcuffs cost 2500 yen while the charm/strap costs 800 yen. The event also sold other merchandise that were featured in the anime like Kirino’s school bag as well as her octopus cushion. The school bag retails for 5,900 yen while the cushion is [priced at 3,000 yen.
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Other merchandise include buttons which retail for 300 yen each, a special autographed replica drawing for a hefty(or worthy) 17,000 yen, a tapestry for 4,000 yen and several festival posters at 500 yen each. The autographed replica is signed by Kirino’s voice actress Ayana Taketatsu. Now, it won’t really be an event without some clothes being sold right? The special Kirino Hapi and head band priced at 6,000 yen, T-shirts at 3,000 yen each, muffler towels at 2,000 yen and the wristbands for 800 yen each.
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The even’t program guide sold during the event featured an interview with the anime’s voice cast, their photos as well as an exclusive interview with the light novel’s author, Tsukasa Fushimi. Finally, the event also offered fans (500 yen, left), special Kuroneko steamed Manju buns (900 yen) and Festival lights (1,500 yen). The steamed manju box contains 9 steamed manjus and has two types; black and white. The festival light meanwhile can turn into seven different colors when pressed. Read more about Anime here at SGCafeAlso join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From OreImo official anime website Godzilla readies up remake with blast-from-the-past showcase at San Diego Comic Con 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/godzilla-readies-remake-blast-from- the-past-showcase-san-diego-comic-con-2013/ By Zenko on July 22nd, 2013 To help promote the new remake of the classic Godzilla film, TOHO teamed up with Legendary Pictures to offer a one of a kind chance for attendees of this year’s event. Although the film is slated for release in May next year, Legendary Pictures is wasting no time in promoting it to the audience it knows it has to pull in: the fans. San Diego Comic Con 2013 pulls in a large audience of American and international fans of pop culture for a weekend of panels and announcements. This year, though, there was an added attraction for fans of Japan’s most famous kaijuu: Godzilla. (Read more about Comic Con here on SGCafe!) After renting out a warehouse and spreading the word online, fans were treated to a sneak peek of what’s to come and a blast from the past. The interior of the warehouse was completely redesigned to look like one of the many Tokyo streets Godzilla destroys during his rampage in the
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 original films. Of course, fans who waited hours in line were probably hungry by the time they reached the indoor exhibit, so Shindo’s Ramen was there to provide, untouched by the carnage around. It wasn’t the only thing untouched in the carnage either, as TOHO, completely supportive of the remake of their fan classic, provided classic props from the first film as well as a complete collection of the Godzilla franchise to put on display. The original oxygen destroyer was also sent to Legendary to use, and was set up among the rubble in the exhibit. If seeing the original end for Godzilla wasn’t enough, the original costume was also loaned for display. It may not look all that intimidating, until you compare it to the unknowing woman in the background. After taking in the classic series and a version of Japan made with respect, something that Legendary knew to handle with care, attendees could take an elevator to the second part of the exhibit designed after a pavillion. While there they were given a first glimpse at the newest incarnation of the classic monster. If you weren’t one of the lucky people to grab a pass to Comic Con 2013 before it sold out in a record 90 minutes, you can view fan reactions and pictures at the Godzilla Encounter website here. Love movies? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: AnimeAnime Town ‘Free!’ anime based on now promotes tourism for anime’s fans Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/town-free-anime-based-promotes- tourism-animes-fans/ By spartanchef on July 22nd, 2013 From the looks of things, a certain Japanese town in Tottori prefecture will be having a major tourism boom.
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Remember when we wrote about a certain town being linked to Kyoto Animation’s swimming anime ‘Free!‘? Well, that town now offers fans tourism based on the anime about muscular boys on swimming trunks. Yes, Iwami town on Tottori prefecture may soon be flocked by legions of fan girls (and some fan boys) because of this. (For more Free! here on SGCafe, click here) According to the town’s official blog, they are now in collaboration with the animation studio responsible for ‘Free!‘, Kyoto Animation and is planning to do a cross promotional event with them in the future. The blog also uploaded a couple of images from the town that were featured in the third episode of ‘Free!‘. Iwami is known for being a fishing town and is ideal for an anime with a great affinity with water. The town is known for its seafood (especially squid), rice cakes and hot springs and has gained some notoriety thanks to ‘Free!‘. It is just a 30 minute train ride from the prefecture’s capital, Tottori City. This new development is already following a new trend in anime tourism as towns like Oarai town in Ibaraki prefecture and Chichibu City in Saitama have experienced a boom in their tourism after anime like Girls und Panzer (for Oarai) and AnoHana (for Chichibu) have started airing. Read more on Free! here at SGCafe here Join the SGCafe forum community here From Iwami town official blog Check out our latest anime PV round-up with ‘Pokemon XY’, ‘One Piece Going Merry special’ and ‘Chuunibyou’ movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/check-latest-anime-pv-round-up- pokemon-xy-one-piece-merry-special-chuunibyou-movie/
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By spartanchef on July 22nd, 2013 Get your eye patches, jolly rogers, pokedex and pokeballs ready as we take a look at our latest anime PV round-up and boy do we have a treat for you guys. Let’s start off with the latest footage from the new Pokemon XY anime. This latest footage shows Satoshi (or Ash as he is known in English speaking countries) and Pikachu as they enter Lumiose City. The latest footage also features the three starter pokemon for the XY series; Froakie (water), Chespin (grass) and Fennekin(fire). The Nintendo 3DS games Pokemon X and Pokemon Y which the new pokemon anime will be based on will be released worldwide on October 12 while Pokemon XY anime will have its Japanese premiere on October 17. (For more Pokemon here on SGCafe, click here) Get ready to have tears flowing down your eyes again as we take a look at the latest One Piece special titled ‘One Piece Episode of Merry: The Tale of One More Friend‘. The special boasts brand new animation which recreates the adventures of Luffy and the rest of the Straw Hat Pirates on board the Going Merry; the very first ship they ever sailed on. The two- hour special will air on August 24, Saturday. (For more One Piece here on SGCafe, click here) Finally, we take a look at the latest trailer for KyoAni’s Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! movie. The movie’s full title is Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!~ The Rikka Takanashi Revision Movie~ (Takanashi Rikka Kai ~Gekijou-ban Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!~) and would be following the original anime’s plot but would be told from Rikka’s point of view instead of Yuta’s. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on September 14. (For more Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! here on SGCafe, click here) Enjoy that round of PV’s? Why not watch more anime PV’s here on SGCafe. You can also read more on anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com L’Arc~en~Ciel to participate in DEAD END’s tribute album Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/larcenciel-participate-dead-ends- tribute-album/ By KaleNagasaki on July 22nd, 2013 After just finishing their world tour last year, L’Arc~en~Ciel has undertaken yet another formidable project. Lead vocalist Hyde and bass player Tetsuya will contribute to a new album that celebrates the 25th anniversary of fellow rock band DEAD END. DEAD END has quite a long history. Formed in Tokyo in 1984, DEAD END was one of the few Japanese rock bands to hit international success in the eighties. Many of the subsequent visual kei artists of the nineties owe their names in part to DEAD END’s influence. However, despite the
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 phenomenal career, after a member left, DEAD END decided to disband in 1990. Nearly twenty years later though, members Morrie, Crazy Cool Joe, and You decided to reunite and in 2009 released the album “Metamorphosis”. This was followed by “Dream Demon Analyzer” in 2012. At the end of last year, DEAD END also held a special concert to celebrate twenty-five years since their first major album debut. And now, over fifty artists will come together to participate in a continuation of the twenty-five year anniversary project. (For more music news from SGCafe, click here). “V.A. / DEAD END Tribute Album” will be released September 4th, and will feature fifty artists covering the legendary band’s classic hits. And L’Arc~en~Ciel will be one of them! Not only will fifty artists cover new and old DEAD END songs in their own units, but they will also mix to create new combinations. That means that we get to see Tetsuya and Hyde perform with our other favorite rock artists! As of right now, only Tetsuya and Hyde have been revealed, so that means there are 48 others that we do not know. To keep up to date and get excited for your favorites, don’t forget to check out this site. For more on music from SGCafe, click here. And don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: http://avex.jp/deadendtribute/index.html Vocaloid GUMI celebrates 4th birthday with a concert event at Shinagawa Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/vocaloid-gumi-celebrates-4th- birthday-concert-event-shinagawa/ By spartanchef on July 21st, 2013 Earlier this year on June 26, popular Vocaloid Gumi celebrated her 4th birthday in front of her adoring fans and she absolutely did not disappoint. Japanese anime merchandise retailer Animate’s official website lets us in with a peek at her concert. The event was held in Shinagawa’s J-Square and like many other concert events, featured several Gumi merchandise. The birthday celebrant took full advantage of J-Square’s digital and sound capabilities to wow the audience and keep them wanting more. She sang songs like “Mosaic Roll” and “Confession Rehearsal” to the cheer of the crowd as the concert became a success. (For more on Gumi here on SGCafe, click here)
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Fellow Vocaloids Kamui Gakupo, Lily and CUL also appeared on stage which excited the audience even more. During the event, the vocaloid also announced her participation in Sega’s Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 3DS rhythm game.
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Gumi is the official image character of singing synthesizer application software, Megpoid. She was first introduced in 2009 and her voice is provided by voice actress Megumi Nakajima. Read more about Vocaloid and concerts here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Animate page 1234 5 Gundam Unicorn Unit 3 Fenix to be unveiled in Gundam Front Tokyo Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/gundam-unicorn-unit-3-fenix- unveiled-gundam-front-tokyo/ By spartanchef on July 21st, 2013 Let’s see, we’ve got the famous White unit 1 piloted by Banagher Links, the black unit 2 called “Banshee” and now, a new Unicorn Gundam is about to be unveiled. The latest Gundam equipped with the NT-D will be unveiled in Odaiba’s famed Gundam Front Tokyo which is located in Diver City Tokyo Plaza. A new animated feature will be shown in Gundam Front Tokyo’s “DOME-G” on August 3 and it will feature the newest Unicorn Gundam, the “Fenix”. (more on Gundam here at SGCafe through this link)
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 To celebrate this event, Gundam Front Tokyo is also selling several new exclusive merchandise including a new HG model kit! The new HGUC will be none other that the Unit 3 itself, the Fenix and this new gunpla kit will be a Gundam Front Tokyo-exclusive item. The HGUC 1/144 Unicorn Gundam Unit 3 Fenix (Destroy Mode) Ver.GFT will be released the same day as the reveal which will be on August 3 and will cost 2,500 yen. Besides the new HGUC kit, Gundam Front Tokyo will also be selling other new exclusive Gundam merchandise like T- shirts (comes in different colors like black, white, and dark blue and costs 2000 yen), Char’s red potato chips (costs 900 yen), Gundam black rice sesame cakes (costs 1000 yen), and sticky notes (costs 350 yen each).
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Read more Gundam stories here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From gundam.info First trailer for Daily Lives of High School Boys Live-Action streamed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/trailer-daily-lives-high-school-boys- live-action-streamed/ By spartanchef on July 21st, 2013 Get ready to roll around the floor while laughing out loud as the very first trailer for the live-action version of the popular comedy anime, The Daily Lives of High School Boys. The trailer features the theme song Maji Kansha by Team Shachihoko and gets us a glimpse as to what to expect… which would usually be Tadakuni, Hidenori and Yoshitake in a very embarrassing situation. (For more Live Action versions of your favorite anime, manga and video games here on SGCafe, click here) The trailer also introduces a new original character named Saino (played by Rui Kurihara) and the movie’s story line which follows a jointly-organized School Festival by our favorite All-Boys High School and a neighboring All-Girls High School. Masaki Suda (Kamen Rider Double from ’OOO, Den-O, All Riders: Let’s Go Kamen Riders’) will be playing the “forgettable” Tadakuni, Shuuhei Nomura (Suzu Kitamura from ‘Shinsengumi: Peacemaker‘ )will be playing Yoshitake and Ryou Yoshizawa (Kamen Rider Meteor from Kamen Rider Fourze) will be portraying Hidenori. The film will be directed by ‘Afro Tanaka’ director Daigo Matsui. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on October 12. The cast also includes Kumiko Shiratori, Sara Takatsuki, Yui Koike, Eita Okuno, Anri Okamoto, Mizuki Yamamoto, Mio Uema and more. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From dannichi-movie.com and eiga Fairy Tail x Rave to receive anime adaptation Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/fairy-tail-rave-receive-anime- adaptation/
  • July 22nd, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 By Zenko on July 21st, 2013 The one-shot crossover one-shot from April 2011′s Magazine Special is finally receiving an anime adaptation, and a PV from Kodansha is ready to show it off. The Fairy Tail and Rave (Rave Master) anime may have ended already, but they will be making one last appearance together on DVD. The PV for it is below, so get ready to get your rave on. (Read more about Fairy Tail here on SGCafe) As you can see, Natsu and Haru are back along with their friends to fight the good fight against evil…or in this case, each other after a misunderstanding about events in a casino lead Natsu to believe Elie is his target. Both Fairy Tail and Rave were written by Hiro Mashima, and the later manga to be published, Fairy Tail, makes several references to it. Mashima makes no attempt to hide that fact in the crossover either, as it only leads to further confusion for the characters. But will that confusion be cleared up? Or will they remain enemies in the end? All of that is set to be revealed on August 16, when the DVD will be released as a bundle with Fairy Tail volume 39. It will retail for 1980 yen, which is a bit more than what the manga usually goes for, but for fans of the mangaka it may be worth it. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: YouTube
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Main characters revealed for new Gundam Builders anime Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/main-characters-revealed-gundam- builders-anime/ By Zenko on July 24th, 2013 After the announcement earlier this month about the series, gaps are being filled in about the latest Gundam anime. Earlier in July, TV Tokyo announced the latest Gundam anime called Gundam Build Fighters. Similar to Danboru Fighters, it features a team of kids building GunPla and then fighting them. Previously we knew about the main character, Sei Iori and his partner Reiji. (Even more Gundam fun here on SGCafe) Now, two new characters have also been revealed, making their way to the promotional poster and website. First, Tina Kosaka is the first female character revealed for the show. Her family runs the Kosaka restaurant, and is in her first year of middle school at Sei Otori Private School. Although she originally held no interest in Gunpla, after seeing Sei’s enthusiasm and his family shop she also decides to join in the battles. It is not known which Gunpla she pilots. The second character, Tatsuya Yuuki, is a third year high school student at the same school as Tina. Incidentally, he is also the student council president and president of the model building club. With this double-whammy of authority, he’s an idol among the students of the school. Although the current world champion of Gundam Build Fights, he works under the pseudonym Renai Comet and pilots the red Zaku called Zaku Amazing. The series premieres this October on TV Tokyo and promises every Gundam as well as a mash up of pre-existing models. Feed your GunPla appetite here at SGCafe!Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Yaraon!, Gundam Build Fighters Official Site Kenji Tsurata, Hatsune Miku article & Moretsu Pirates win in 44th Seiun Awards Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/kenji-tsurata-hatsune-miku-article- moretsu-pirates-win-44th-seiun-awards/ By spartanchef on July 24th, 2013
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Held annually during the Japan Science Fiction Convention or KoiCon, the Seiun Awards celebrates the best science fiction in Japan from the preceding year. Some of the Notable past winners of the awards were Madoka Magica (2012, best media of the year), Full Metal Alchemist (2011, Manga of the Year), Range Murata (2006, Artist of the Year), The Girl Who Lept Through Time (2007, best media of the year) and Card Captor Sakura (2001, Manga of the Year). Koicon 2013 poster Seiun is the Japanese word for Nebula and is quite a fitting name for an award celebrating science fiction though it not only limited to honoring science fiction, but also honors fantasy and other forms of speculative fiction as well. Held last weekend, July 20-21, a host of great stories and artists won big during the awards. With the people who attended KoiCon voting for the winners, here are the results; (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here) Winning Best Media of the Year is the 2012 anime, Moretsu Pirates. The anime adaptation of Yuichi Sasamoto’s Mini- Skirt Uchū Kaizoku light novels may not have been as widely received outside Japan but the voters attending the convention have spoken. This would be a big win for the anime as it beat out the gigantic movie juggernaut known as The Avengers as well as Eureka Seven Ao and Rinne No Lagrange. Winning Non-Fiction of the Year is the article titled ”The Present and Future of CGM: The World Opened Up by Hatsune Miku, Nico Nico Douga, and PIAPRO” from the offprint of the May 2012 issue of IPSJ Magazine. Renowned artist and manga writer Kenji Tsurata once again wins the Best Artist of the Year award. The artist known for his works Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi and Spirit of Wonder has previously won the award twice back in 2000 and 2001. Yukinobu Hoshino’s manga adaptation of Jame’s P. Hogan’s Inherit The Stars meanwhile wins the Best Comic/ Manga of the Year award. The manga beat out Ken Akamatsu’s Negima! Magister Negi Magi which ended last year as well as Kôji Kumeta’s popular Sayonara, Zetsubou- Sensei manga. The Best Japanese Long Story (Novel) went to Tou Enjou’s ‘Shisha no Teikoku (The Empire of Corpses)‘ while the Best Japanese Short Story went to Chōhei Kambayashi’s ”Ima Shūgōteki Muishiki o“.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The awards also honors translated works from other countries. Masayuki Uchida’s translation of John Scalzi’s 2006 science fiction novel “The Android’s Sleep” won Best Translated Long Story (Novel) while the Best Translated Short Story was won by Hiroshi Kaneko’s translation of Paolo Bacigalupi’s “A Pocketful of Dharma“. Want more? Read more on anime and manga here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in on our community discussion forums. From animeanime.jp Yahoo! Japan releases 12 minute teaser clip of Captain Harlock movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/yahoo-japan-releases-12-minute- teaser-clip-captain-harlock-movie/ By spartanchef on July 24th, 2013 Get your Cosmo Dragoon and Gravity Saber ready as we prepare to save the Earth with Captain Harlock and the rest of the Arcadia‘s crew. Just like what they did for other anime movies such as HAL, Yahoo! Japan has posted a clip for the highly anticipated 3D summer blockbuster movie, Space Pirate Captain Harlock. (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here) The 12-minute clip recreates the bar scene from the 2002 OAV, Space Pirate Captain Harlock: The Endless Odyssey. Though it has no subtitles provided, the clip shows some beautiful and breath taking CG imagery that you will expect from the full movie itself. Click here to watch the clip. The movie is currently the most expensive movie Toei Animation has done thus far with a budget exceeding 30 million US dollars. The CG adaptation of Leiji Matsumoto’s 1977 science fiction manga is directed by ‘Appleseed‘ director Shinji Aramaki and is written by Harutoshi Fukui, the writer of ‘Mobile Suit Gundam UC‘ and stars Oguri Shun as the voice of the beloved space pirate himself, Captain Harlock.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Other Japanese actors like Yuu Aoi, Miyuki Sawashiro, Ayano Fukuda, Chikao Ohtsuka, Toshiyuki Morikawa, Arata Furuta, Maaya Sakamoto, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, and Haruma Miura also lend their voices for the anime classic’s CG remake. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on September 7. Want more? Read more on anime and manga here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in on our community discussion forums. From Yahoo! Japan Dragon’s Crown (PS3, Vita): A look at Online, Labyrinth of Chaos, and PvP Arena Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/dragons-crown-ps3-vita-online- labyrinth-chaos-pvp-arena/ By KarbyP on July 24th, 2013 Dragon’s Crown, for those of you not keeping track, is Atlus and Vanillaware’s highly-anticipated 4-player 2D action RPG that’s coming out in Japan tomorrow, July 25, for the PS3 and PS Vita. A US English release is also slated for August 6. Here in Singapore (as well as several other Asian territories), an Asian Japanese version will be released locally tomorrow, July 25. An Asian English release, whose contents will likely be identical to that of the US English version, will also be sold in stores here around August 6. Over the next couple of days, SGCafe will be running a series of posts that are designed to guide gamers through the Japanese version of Dragon’s Crown (for those of you who decide to get that one), but also serve as a preview of sorts for those of you who plan to pick up the English version two weeks from now. We’ll try and keep the spoilers to a minimum – there are some really cool bosses here. The Lost Woods’s B path boss, in particular, needs to be seen for yourself. If there are any questions you have on Dragon’s Crown, I’ll gladly take them here via the comments below, as well as over at the SGCafe forum thread for the game here: http://forums.sgcafe.com/games-cafe/219929- dragons-crown-ps3-ps-vita-faqs-minor-spoilers.html Replay value in Dragon’s Crown Today, we’ll start by taking a look at how deep the game is, in terms of replay value. When you first get your copy of the game, you won’t be able to jump into online games right away – that has to be unlocked first. Specifically, you need to first unlock all nine stages of the game, and fight bosses ranging from Lv1 to Lv 17, in order to get to the part where online play is allowed. Once you’ve played all nine dungeons for the first time, you’ll unlock online mode, as well as B paths for each of the nine stages. All the A path bosses (whom you’ve previously defeated) will also be upgraded to their Lv17 versions. That’s where the game truly begins. Here’s a video of an online session I did, which shows how quickly the difficulty can ramp up in the game. You’ll beat the game for the first time at around Lv30-35 (there is a Lv cap of 35 for Normal mode), at which point you’ll unlock Hard and Inferno difficulties, which have level caps of 65 and 99 respectively. Each mode will also introduce new regular enemies. After beating Normal mode, you also unlock two extra features: the Labyrinth of Chaos, which challenges you to clear three rounds of randomly-generated dungeons for a chance to earn a rare item, as well as the PvP Arena: Labyrinth of Chaos PvP Arena That’s it for now! Check back later today for a brief rundown for all six playable classes in Dragon’s Crown. Also stay tuned here on SGCafe for more coverage on Atlus and Vanillaware’s hot co-op beat- em-up action-RPG whatchamacalit. Read more stories about video games here on SGCafe! Also join the discussions on the forum: http:// forums.sgcafe.com Colossal Titan Nendoroid resurfaces plus a look at some of the latest nendoroids GSC has to offer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/colossal-titan-nendoroid-resurfaces- latest-nendoroids-gsc-offer/
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By spartanchef on July 23rd, 2013 Good Smile Company has always been known for giving us great figures with good detail. They are also known for those really cute super deformed versions of our favorite anime characters, the nendoroids. Now, let’s take a look at what the people over at the Good Smile Company are offering us this time around. Remember that Colossal Titan Nendoroid which surfaced last April? You know, the one where they showed a demonstration on how they build nendoroids using 3D models from a computer to its initial rendering to its scale printing with a 3D printer? It sure did draw in a lot of attention, here are some pictures of it when Mikatan and the GSC Guma twitter account posted some pictures of it. (For more Attack on Titan here on SGCafe, click here) Now, we haven’t heard a word about this new nendoroid in a while, but now, some of the latest magazine scans from Japan have shown that it will surely be released to the market some time in the future. The Colossal Titan nendoroid stands 10 cm and this time, it doesn’t come with a paper wall and smoke, comes with a real smoking wall. No word as to when this Monster nendoroid will be released though so keep posted. Now, besides the Colossal Titan, GSC has also announced one more new nendo, this time, it’s our “super lucky” protagonist from Danganronpa, Makoto Naegi. From the looks of things, he will be coming with a “Classroom Trial” stand and looks really really fierce. GSC Kyojin’s twitter account has announced that more details about this new nendoroid will be announced in the next issue of Hobby Japan magazine which will go on sale July 25. (For more on Good Smile Company here on SGCafe, click here) Now, let’s move on to the latest nendoroid version of our favorite “Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropist” super hero, the Invincible Iron Man. This brand new cutesy version of the MK-47 armor not only comes with some effect parts for some pew-pew-pew action, but also with Tony Stark’s beloved and totally awesome Hall of Armor. The Hall of Armor stand comes with seven Iron Man armors from the Mk-I all the way to the MK-VII which he used in the final battle during the Avengers movie (it’s the one with the jet pack). If you take a closer look at the armors, they are very
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 well detailed and you can really see that they are really different from each other. Of course, like the other Iron Man nendos, the helmet can be opened and taken off. The pre order for this nendoroid starts on July 25.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Now, if you are asking yourself why the only nendoroids presented so far are all GUYS, don’t fret because we are showing you the latest nendoroid pre-order, the totally cute and totally lovable Tsukuko Tsukakishi from Hentai Ouji! This 100 mm PVC figure is produced by Yuta Matsuzawa. She is now available for pre-order and will be released this December. She comes with some effects like cat ears and a cat tail, a plate of curry rice and some meat buns. She also comes with an eating face and her signature poker face as well as the standard nendoroid fair like the nendoroid stand.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Hungry for more figure stories? Read more on Figures here on SGCafe Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Mikatan, Hobby Search, Esuteru and GSC Kyojin twitter account Latest Eva exhibit showcases 1300 movie production images this Summer Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/latest-eva-exhibit-showcases-1300- movie-production-images-summer/ By Zenko on July 23rd, 2013 The newest Neon Genesis Evangelion exhibit in Tokyo is ready to give fans even more of the latest movie You Can (Not) Redo [ヱヱヱヱヱヱヱヱヱヱヱヱ:Q] to ease the wait for the final movie. Starting August 8, over 1300 production images will be on display at Ginza’s Matsuya Department store in the Chuo Ward of Tokyo. Although some of the images will be from the past two films in the series, You Are (Not) Alone and You Can (Not) Advance, many of those on display will be from the 3rd film in the series, which saw its debut in November 2012 and home release in April this year. Because of its recent release date, none of those being shown from this film have been on display previously. (Read more about Evangelion here on SGCafe) Of course, only about 300 pieces from the three films will be features, the rest will be from various other Evangelion sources, such as the original serial anime and manga. To add to the full experience of the Q part of the exhibit, attendees will be able to view one of the clones of Ayaname Rei that appears in the film.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 A special store, Eva Store Ginza, will also be set up for the event. Available for purchase will be a figure of 3.0′s Ayanami Rei, as well as specialty goods related to the Ginza exhibit. The exhibit itself will run until August 26, with adult tickets costing 1000 yen, with advanced bookings going for 700 yen. High school and university students will get a subsidy, with normal rates going for 700 yen or for 400 yen on preorder. For Eva fans this exhibit promises quite a bit and more, especially for those that particularly enjoyed the latest film in the long running series. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions on in the forums! Source: Man-Tan Web Initial D to get new animated movie and final anime series Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/initial-animated-movie-final-anime- series/ By spartanchef on July 23rd, 2013 As the curtain finally closes on popular racing manga Initial D, a new animated film and the anime’s finale have finally been announced. The new animated movie is entitled Shin Gekijō-ban Initial D or New Initial D the Movie, and it’s planned for next summer. Initial footage from the new film will be shown at the Young Magazine Dai Art Genga-ten 2013 event which will be held at Tokyo’s Shibuya Hikarie complex on July 26-29. The official website for the 2014 movie has also already been put up. (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here) With the manga ending with the next issue of Kodansha’s Young Magazine, the manga’s final moments will get animated. The new animated series will be called “Final Stage” and will include the fierce and decisive Kanto final round. Initial D is a popular car racing manga by Shuuichi Shigeno and ran for more than 18 years. The manga follows Takumi Fujiwara, a high school boy with a natural talent for driving. Shigeno started the manga in 1995 and has become extremely popular as it has inspired several anime series, a live-action movie and a popular video game series. The manga is serialized in Kodansha’s Young Magazine and will have it’s final curtain call with issue ヱ34 which will be released next week on July 29. Shigeno has already announced the manga’s inevitable end last March. Want more? Read more on anime and manga here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in on our community discussion forums. From Animate and Comic Natalie
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Attack on Titan X Lawson campaign brings even more goods for fans Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/collaboratiattack-lawson/ By Zenko on July 23rd, 2013 Lawson continues to keep fans cool and happy this summer with anime collaborations. This time Attack on Titan is taking a break from their defence of humanity to enjoy some snacks. As you can see, the promotional image has squad 104 reuniting outside the convenience store chain, with Levi taking the helm and looking rather enthused about the whole thing. Sasha has no problem at all, though, and seems to have taken on a form worse than the looming Colossal Titan over a bag of Calbee potato chips. (Even more on Attack on Titan on SGCafe here) Fans should also show more enthusiasm than Levi as well with the goods available during the campaign. By purchasing two of the specially marked Calbee products, such as those shown on the poster, customers will receive one of four plug charms. If the thought of a little Mikasa on your phone isn’t enough for you, Lawson’s Loppi machine will also be selling a series of Attack on Titan related goods. From a notebook featuring the promotional image to a full sized calendar with Attack on Titan’s own promotional image on it. The campaign starts today and runs until August 23, so if you’re in need of potato chips, Lawson may be a good place to stop in at. Keep up with Lawson campaigns here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions in the forums! Source: Yaraon! Latest Persona 3 movie trailer and key visual posted Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/latest-persona-3-movie-trailer-key- visual-posted/ By spartanchef on July 23rd, 2013 With the movie hitting Japanese theaters on November 23, the movie’s official website has posted its latest trailer, a brand new key visual image and some character designs.
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 The trailer introduces Makoto Yuuki, the main protagonist who can use multiple Personas. He learns about the ”Midnight Hour”, a mysterious hour hidden between midnight and 12:01 during which all action stops. During his first encounter with the Midnight Hour, Makoto learns that he must awaken his persona in order to stop the shadows which awaken during this time. (For more on Persona here on SGCafe, click here) Makoto will be voiced by Akira Ishida who is known for voicing Athrun Zala from Mobile Suit Gundam Seed and Byakuya Togami from Danganronpa the Animation. Archery team member Yukari Takeba will be voiced by Megumi Toyoguchi. She is known for voicing The World God only Knows’ Nora and Danganronpa the animation’s Junko Enoshima. Makoto’s close friend and classmate Junpei Iori will be voiced by Kousuke Toriumi. He has provided the voices of Hajime Saito from Hakuoki and Kiba Inuzaka from Naruto. Student council president Mitsuru Kirijou will be voiced by Rie Tanaka. She is known for voicing Neptune/ Purple Heart from Hyper Dimension Neptunia, Suigintou from Rozen Maiden and Maria from Hayate no Gotoku! Boxing team captain Akihiko Sanada will be voiced by Hikaru Midorikawa. He has voiced anime characters like Kaede Rukawa from Slam Dunk and Seto Kaiba from Yu-Gi- Oh! Shy girl Fuuka Yamagishi will be voiced by Mamiko Noto. Noto has voiced Tiffania Westwood from Zero no Tsukaima, Mavis Vermillion from Fairy Tail, Ai Enma from Jigoku Shoujo and Kimi ni Todoke’s Sawako Kuronuma. Elisabeth, the guide to the mysterious Velvet Room will be voiced by Miyuki Sawashiro. She is known for voicing Beelzebub from Beelzebub, Shinku from Rozen Maiden and Kurapika from Hunter X Hunter (2011). The mysterious upperclassman Shinjirou Aragaki will be voiced by Kazuya Nakai. He is the voice actor known for
  • July 24th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 Zoro Roronoa from One Piece and Hijikata Toushirou from Gintama. Finally, voice recordings from the late Isamu Tanonaka will be used to voice the mysterious master of the Velvet Room, Igor. This will be the first Persona 3 movie and has been named Persona 3: Spring of Birth. Bakuman director Noriaki Akitaya will be at the helm of the movie as the director. The movie series is based on the popular Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 3 rpg game by Atlus for the PlayStation 2 and the PSP. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe, and you can also watch more anime PVs here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Persona 3 official movie website 15 years of ‘Sgt. Frog’ brings us to public baths! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/15-years-sgt-frog-brings-public- baths/ By KaleNagasaki on July 23rd, 2013 Mine Yoshizaki’s comedic creation Keroro Gunsou, otherwise known as Sgt. Frog, is celebrating fifteen funny years with an unexpected companion – Nagai Yakuhin, a famous pharmaceutical company. What do these two unlikely lads have in common? Well, one of Nagai Yakuhin’s many products is called “Kerorin Oke”. It’s a yellow yuoke, or bowl used in public baths for hot water. And it just so happens that this year marks Kerorin Oke’s 15th year. If you haven’t noticed yet, the similarity between Keroro and Kerorin gave Kadokawa and Nagai Yakuhin the brilliant idea to collaborate on the “Okerororin Project”. (Read more anime news from SGCafe here). Now you can bathe with Sgt. Frog, because that’s what we’ve all been waiting for, right? Kadokawa just posted the first video for the “Okerororin Project” on their YouTube channel, so be sure to check it out below. It’s pretty hilarious! Get more anime news from SGCafe here, and then don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: PRTimes
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture It’s time for the 2013 World Cosplay Summit! Watch the live broadcast to find out who’s number one Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/time-2013-world-cosplay-summit- watch-live-broadcast-find-number/ By KaleNagasaki on July 26th, 2013 It’s that time of the year again – twenty countries will gather together in Japan to enter the best of the best into the 2013 World Cosplay Summit. Besides the festive parades and the fun events, the world’s best cosplayers will be chosen. This is something you don’t want to miss. (For more on cosplay from SGCafe, click here). As WCS customarily takes place the first weekend every August, this time is no different. On Saturday, August 3rd from 19:00 hours, representatives from Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Finland, France, England, Indonesia, Italy, Korea, Mexico, Malaysia, Holland, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, the United States, and, of course, Japan will showcase their best anime costumes. For most of us, there’s one problem. We aren’t in Japan, so getting to Oasis 21 in Nagoya is a bit of a problem. But never fear, Niconico is providing a live broadcast of the WCS here. Get an account, and watch your favorite anime come to life! You can also follow WCS’ facebook page to see pictures of all the contestants. For example, Indonesia is ready to represent! Read more about cosplay from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussions at our forums! ‘World of Tanks’ x ‘Girls und Panzer’ dream collaboration announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/world-tanks-girls-und-panzer- dream-collaboration/ By KaleNagasaki on July 26th, 2013
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 In Tokyo earlier yesterday at their establishment party, Wargaming Japan announced that one of its free-to-play titles, World of Tanks, will officially launch on September 5th within the country. World of Tanks is an award-winning game that even holds a world record for having the most players online on one MMO server. With nearly two-hundred and fifty armored truck and tank models to choose from – each historically based off of the models of different countries – you can build your army and face off against other players. Whoever thinks that you have to pay for anything decent clearly hasn’t played World of Tanks. (For more gaming news from SGCafe, click here). Among the packed party, the crowd included representatives from Belarus and Wargaming representative director Kawashima Yasuhiro. But perhaps the greatest news came from Bandai Visual’s Kiyoshi Sugiyama, who revealed a dream collaboration between World of Tanks with the extremely popular anime Girls und Panzer. While no concrete details concerning the collaboration was revealed, we can rest assured that no matter what Wargaming comes up with, it will be amazing. Read more gaming news from SGCafe here, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussions at our forums! Source: GameSpark Anime director Ryutaro Nakamura passes away Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/anime-director-ryutaro-nakamura- passes/ By spartanchef on July 26th, 2013
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The official twitter account of Chibi Neko Tom no Dai Bōken anime has tweeted that the anime’s director, Ryutaro Nakamura has now passed away. He was 58 years old. According to the tweet, the anime director passed away last June 29 after being hospitalized due to his long battle with pancreatic cancer. The announcement was finally made after permission was given by his family. (For more anime news here on SGCafe, click here) Ryutaro Nakamura is the director of the classic anime series, Sakura Wars and Serial Experiments Lain. He was also the director for Chibi Neko Tom no Dai Bōken, Kino no Tabi: The Beautiful World, Rec and Ghost Hound. He also did some key animation for several episodes of Love Hina as well as did the storyboard for episode 5 of Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex. Though the director may have passed on, his work most certainly lives on in the hearts of anime fans everywhere. He will be missed. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Yaraon May’n X jubeat and GITADORA collaboration lets you play arcade rhythm games ViVidly with her latest single Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/mayn-jubeat-gitadora-collaboration- lets-play-arcade-rhythm-games-vividly/ By spartanchef on July 26th, 2013 With her latest single titled ViViD released last Wednesday, July 24, popular J-pop artist May’n has announced on video that she is doing a collaboration with Konami’s popular line of rhythm games.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 At the same day as the single’s release, her song also became playable on three of Konami’s arcade rhythm games, jubeat Saucer, GITADORA GuitarFreaks and GITADORA DrumMania arcade rhythm games. (For more on May’n here on SGCafe, click here) jubeat Saucer has several touch panels which glow to match the music. Players have to hit the panel every time it lights up. GITADORA Guitar Freaks and Drum Mania meanwhile are just like any instrument-based rhythm game. GuitarFreaks has five neck buttons players have to press in perfect timing to match the song’s rhythm while DrumMania has seven “drums” and two foot pedals you have to hit in perfect timing with the rhythm by using the two drum sticks provided. Her 8th single ViViD is the opening song for the shounen anime Blood Lad which is currently airing in Japan. Blood Lad is based on the shounen manga of the same name by Yuuki Kodama and follows a powerful vampire named Staz and the human girl-turned ghost named Fuyumi and a host of other monsters and demons as they find a way to return Fuyumi back to life. Here is the anime’s opening, ViViD by May’n.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Want more? Read more about your favorite Japanese artistes, video games and anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com STGCC to host game producer Hideo Baba, sound producer Yuyoyuppe & cosplayer Aza Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/stgcc-host-game-producer-hideo- baba-yuyoyuppe-cosplayer-aza/ By spartanchef on July 26th, 2013 The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) is almost upon us and before we go to the event’s festivities, let’s take a look at three of the very special guests attending one of Singapore’s most anticipated events. Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) (For more on STGCC here on SGCafe, click here) Let’s start off with one of the biggest names in Japanese gaming, Bandai Namco’s Hideo Baba. Have you ever played Tales of Graces, Tales of the Abyss, Tales of Hearts and Tales of Xillia? Well, Hideo Baba is the general producer of the highly acclaimed ‘Tales of” RPG series. Tales of Xillia is one of his most successful games shipping over 600,000 units On PlayStation 3 alone. A special Bandai Namco booth will be distributing a special D1 edition of Tales of Xillia on STGCC so don’t miss it! The D1 edition will include the game software, a special music selection CD and an artbook featuring the art from the game. View Hideo Baba’s STGCC guest profile here Our next guest started his career as a Vocaloid producer after the formation of his band in Ibaraki, holding on to the ambition that his music could be enjoyed by everyone. His works have been viewed more than 10 million times already and is one of Japan’s most recognized sound producers, Yuyoyuppe, also known as DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING. He has worked with some of Japan’s top artistes, bands, idols and voice actors. Some of his works include: • Sound Producer for BABYMETAL on UKIUKI☆MIDNIGHT, BABYMETAL DEATH, MEGITSUNE, etc. He is also the only DJ who is involved with their official song remix. • Sound Producer of Tsukiuta 6gatsu (☆☆☆☆6☆) for voice actor Aoi Shouta (SHOWTA). • Participated in TRF’s 20th Anniversary Tribute Album as DJ’TEKINA//SOMETHING. • Remixed Denden Passion for Denpagumi Inc. • Arranged BIRTH O BIRTH for Momoiro Clover Z.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 • Involvement in the production of songs for various idol groups such as Dream5, Bad Jyanai mon, and many others. Even with all that work, he also finds time as the vocals/ guitarist of Japanese hardcore emo band Lunetia. View Yuyoyuppe’s STGCC guest profile here Finally, our nest guest is one of South Korea’s most well known cosplayers, Aza. With eight years of Cosplay experience and cosplaying overseas, the famous cosplayer will make her very first Singapore cosplay appearance in STGCC. In a message to the people attending the event, the cosplayer previously known as Miyuko wrote “Hi everyone! I am Aza, a cosplayer from Korea! Everyday I am feeling very excited to be at STGCC this year and I can’t wait to meet everybody in Singapore! See you all at STGCC! >☆< “ View Aza’s STGCC guest profile here Want more events? Read more about them here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Anime PV round-up: Suisei no Gargantia OVA, Code Geass: Akito the Exiled 2 & Captain Harlock Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/anime-pv-round-up-suisei-gargantia- ova-code-geass-akito-exiled-2-captain-harlock/ By spartanchef on July 25th, 2013 Gather around ladies and gentlemen as we head to the future and take a look at our latest anime PV round-up which offers up some pretty futuristic Sci-fi action.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Let’s start off with the PV for Suisei no Gargantia’s OVA. The OVA introduces two new characters, Storia who is voiced by Yui Horie (Zero no Tsukaima‘s Siesta and Fairy Tail‘s Charle) and Ritonaa who is voiced by Yuichi Nakamura (Fairy Tail‘s Gray Fullbuster and Macross Frontier‘s Alto Saotome). The OVA will be included in the anime’s first Blu-ray Disc Box which will be released on August 28. The OVA will follow Ledo, Amy and others as they investigate a derelict fleet known as the “Ghost Fleet“. (For more Suisei no Gargantia here on SGCafe, click here) Suzaku is back, and this time, he will be returning in Code Geass: Akito the Exiled ☆2. The trailer also features new characters as well as the theme song by Layla Malkal’s voice actress, Maaya Sakamoto titled “More than Words“. Vision of Escaflowne director Kazuki Akane not only directs this anime but also wrote the screenplay. Code Geass: Akito the Exiled ☆2 will be released on September 19. (For more Code Geass here on SGCafe, click here) Finally, we take a look at the latest trailer for the much anticipated (and highly expensive) CG Sci-fi action flick, Captain Harlock. This new trailer comes in after Yahoo! Japan streamed the movie’s opening 12 minutes online. The movie is directed by ‘Appleseed‘ director Shinji Aramaki and is written by Harutoshi Fukui, the writer of ‘Mobile Suit Gundam UC‘. It is produced by Toei animation and is their most expensive project to date with a budget of over 30 million US dollars. The movie will hit Japanese theaters on September 7. Enjoy that round of PVs? Why not watch more anime PVs here on SGCafe. You can also read more on anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Become a titan with latest Attack on Titan goods Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/titan-latest-attack-titan-goods/ By Zenko on July 25th, 2013 Leading goods maker Cospa is ready to let fans fill their Colossal Titan needs with their latest line up of Attack on Titan goods. For fans still in need of a Titan fix outside of the show, anime goods maker Cospa is rolling out a new set of goods featuring the cuddliest Titan of them all: Colossal Titan. Their first good is a T-shirt allowing fans to proudly declare their Colossal status as a 60 meter class. The back is there to ensure your friends safety though, reminding them where to slice should you ever rampage. (Even more Attack on Titan at SGCafe here) Of course, it’s not just a declaration, because when you flip the shirt over your head, the Colossal Titan’s appears. It makes the perfect surprise for fans and nonfans who might ask you just what a 60m class is. It comes in extra small to extra large sizes and can be yours for 3045 yen here. If showing off your Titan love with a T-shirt is a little too obvious, you can always use the new Wall Maria mug to recreate your own attack scene, be it Attack on Coffee or Attack on Tea. Featuring the manga rendition of the Titan looking over the wall, he leers at your drink while standing outside to dwarf your mug. Going for 840 yen on the Cospa website, it’s an excellent way to make your morning and afternoon tea times more exciting.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 If you really need to show off your love of Attack on Titan during any occasion, though, a ring featuring the Survey Corps insignia could be just what you need. Designed to look like a class ring, it features the English titles of the corps around the insignia, as well as the mark of Wall Sina on one side and 104′s emblem on the other. Made of silver and available in every other ring size from 15 to 25 it will retail for 12600 yen here. Act quickly though, as much like the Colossal Titan it will disappear as fast as it appears, with only six being put into production. Each of the items are currently up for preorder, and will be available in September. Love anime? Read more here on SGCafe! Feel free to join the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: AnimeAnime Live action Haganai actors confirmed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/live-action-haganai-actors- confirmed/ By Zenko on July 25th, 2013 The live action adaptation of I Have Few Friends (Boku wa tomodachi ga Sukunai), also know by fans as Haganai, is due out summer 2014 and is already heating things up. Spawning several anime adaptations and light novels, Haganai won’t be loosing popularity anytime soon. For fans who were left wanting more when the 2013 adaptation ended in winter, though, more is on the way in 2014 and the leading roles have finally been confirmed. (More on Haganai here at SGCafe). Having previously been guessed at by a fan’s photograph, it has now been confirmed that Kie Kitano and Kouji Seto will be taking on the roles of Yozora and Kodaka respectfully. Despite fan objections on Twitter about the live action adaptation, the director seems to have taken care in selecting two actors that will take their roles seriously. Kie has previously bought an entire series to better prepare herself for her role on Life and judging from the promotional picture seems to be taking it seriously again. What do you think, though? Should these two really be leading the Neighbor’s Club? Let us know in the comments below or feel free to join in the discussions going on in the forums here. Even more anime news on SGCafe here! Source: Yaraon!
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Joysound opens a Yukari Tamura Room complete with a Yukari Tamura menu Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/joysound-opens-yukari-tamura- room-complete-yukari-tamura-menu/ By spartanchef on July 25th, 2013 People just can’t seem to get enough of voice actress and singer Yukari Tamura. The anime characters she voices are popular, her concerts (and her nenodroid) sold out, and her BluRay/DVD has just been released. Basically these days, she is just everywhere. Now, popular Japanese Karaoke dive JOYSOUND is doing a collaboration with the artist as they have put up a special Yukari Tamura room within their Ikebukuro Nishiguchi Koenmae branch. This special campaign will run from July 24 until October 31. The special collaboration however is only limited to one room. (Read more on Yukari Tamura here on SGCafe) The room also comes with a special Yukari Tamura menu. The menu includes the Yukari Apple Juice (Yukaringo juice) which is sold for 680 yen and the Cod Roe pasta with melons which is sold for 1,100 yen a serving. You can also order up a set meal for 1,980 yen.
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Not only that, the first 500 people to avail of the Yukari Tamura room get a free Yukari button. This collaboration with JOYSOUND is to celebrate the release of the ”I’m 17 years old?! Yukari Festival!” Blu-Ray/ DVD which was released yesterday, July 24. It covers her concert on Pacifico Yokohama National University Hall last February which was held on her 27th birthday. Yukari Tamura is the voice actress behind popular anime characters like Tenten from Naruto, Kanako from OreImo, Suzuha Amane from Steins; Gate, Fear Kubrick from C3 and of course, Nanoha Takamachi from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha series. Want more stories from about your favorite voice actors? read more about them here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Joysound shop via Animate Ride the Kyoto Subway, anime style with their latest anime collaborations Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ride-kyoto-subway-anime-style- latest-anime-collaborations/ By spartanchef on July 25th, 2013 The historic city of Kyoto has recently announced that their Kyoto City Subway will be doing a collaboration with several anime series. The four anime series that have made the collaboration with the city’s underground transport system are To Aru Kagaku no Railgun S, Space Brothers, Hakuoki the movie and the upcoming anime Unbreakable Machine Doll. Several Subway trains will be donning anime motifs from the four mentioned anime. This is part of the city’s PR drive for the upcoming ”Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013″. This promotional campaign starts today, July 25 and will run for two months. (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here)
  • July 26th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Seats, doors, windows, as well as the inner and outer walls will contain images of your favorite anime characters from the above mentioned series. Several life-sized versions of some of the anime characters will also be seen on the train’s exterior. The ”Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013″ will be held in Kangyo Hall (Miyako Messe) and will be held from September 7-8. Several big names in Japanese anime, manga, video games and hobbies will all be having booths for the event like Gainax, Capcom, Animate, Shueisha, Kodansha, P.A. Works, Anime One, Lawson, Toei and more. Want more to read more about some great anime travel destinations? Read more about it here on SGCafe! Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Kyoto International Manga Anime Fair 2013, The City of Kyoto and Animate
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Kyousogiga to become a full fledged TV anime series this Fall 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/kyousogiga-full-fledged-tv-anime- series-fall-2013/ By KaleNagasaki on July 28th, 2013 When the legendary Toei Animation studio collaborated with Banpresto for the first time, Kyousogiga was born. Originally a one-episode video on Youtube, Kyousogiga made a modest entry into the world in December of 2011. However, popular reception prompted Toei and Banpresto to create the five-episode net series Kyousogiga Dainidan at the end of last year. And now again, due to popular demand, Toei Animation and Banpresto will come together for a Kyousogiga series this fall. The series is planned to be thirteen episodes consisting of ten regular episodes, two special episodes, and a summary episode. ( For more anime news on SGCafe, click here). The cast and staff from the net version will be returning, and they are something to get excited about. Rie Kugimiya voices the fourteen year old protagonist Koto. You might know Rie as, oh, I don’t know, Alphonse Elric from Full Metal Alchemist, Happy from Fairy Tail, or Kagura from Gintama. Anyway, the story follows Koto and her younger twin brothers A and Un as they find themselves trapped in a mysterious city. A is voiced by Noriko Hidaka, who we all know as My Neighbor Totoro’s Satsuki Kusakabe, Rurouni Kenshin’s Soujiro, and Inuyasha’s Kikyo. Un is voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi (Nisemonogatari’s Yozuru Kagenui). Toei and Banprest will hold two events before the premiere of Kyousogiga - one at Chara Hobby 2013 on September 1st, and the other during the Kyoto International Manga and Anime Fair on September 8. If you want to catch up on this story’s rise to fame, there’s still time to watch all the net episodes. You won’t be disappointed! Read more anime news from SGCafe here, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: animeanime Girls und Panzer artist draws recruitment poster for Japanese Self Defence Force Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/girls-und-panzer-artist-draws- recruitment-poster-japanese-defence-force/ By spartanchef on July 28th, 2013 Japan is probably one of the most peaceful countries on Earth, in fact, they have this policy of non-aggression which was established after their defeat during World War II. However, that does not mean that they can’t protect themselves from threats from other countries, especially from that certain rogue state run by Kim Jong Un who hurl ballistic missiles toward them every now and then. That is why they have the Self Defence Force (自自自 Jieitai).
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Now, the SDF have pumped up their recruitment drive by using the popularity of anime and manga. According to an official Self Defence Force twitter account, they have gotten the help of the renowned anime character designer and artist Humikane Shimada to gather more recruits to defend their beloved Land of the Rising Sun. The artist made several posters for the SDF and have been distributed around Okayama Prefecture. (For more news about Japanese sub- culture here on SGCafe, click here) Here’s one taken from a certain book store in the city of Okayama Humikane Shimada is the artist behind the character designs of several military-related anime like Girls Und Panzer and Strike Witches. He also provided character and armor designs for Busuo Shinki as well as the character designs and mecha designs for Sky Girls. He himself is from Okayama Prefecture so it’s not surprising that he was the one chosen for this SDF recruitment drive in Okayama. This however isn’t the first time the Self Defence Force did a collaboration with Girls Und Panzer. The Japanese Ground Self Defence Force (JGSDF) also released an informational DVD in collaboration with the anime. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From 0takomu LUNA SEA reveals details on upcoming album ‘Thoughts’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/luna-sea-reveals-details-upcoming- album-thoughts/ By KaleNagasaki on July 28th, 2013
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Just yesterday LUNA SEA’s official website updated with more details on the band’s newest album. Earlier this summer, we found out through a Japanese commercial that LUNA SEA was making a new song to be used in the iOS/ android RPG game Master of Chaos (you can catch up on that article by yours truly here). Well, now we know that the song featured in Master of Chaos is titled “Thoughts”, which is also the name of the album. You can check out the cool cover art for Limited Edition Type A, Limited Edition Type B, and the Regular Edition below. (For more on LUNA SEA from SGCafe, click here). The CD has two songs, “Thoughts” and “Lost World”. The Limited Edition Type A includes the CD, plus a blu-ray that includes the music video for “Thoughts”. Limited Edition Type B includes the CD and a DVD with the music video. Type A costs 2,480 yen, and Type B costs 1,890 yen. The Regular edition, which is CD only, can be bought for 1,260 yen. “Thoughts” will be released on August 28th, and will be played for the first time on RYUICHI’s regular radio program “K-POWERS NITE MAGIC”. After the success of LUNA SEA’s last project, “The End of the Dream”, how excited are you for “Thoughts”? Read more on LUNA SEA from SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussions at our forums! Magical girls and sweet loli goth figures: Cure Beauty, OreImo’s Kuroneko, Sayaka Miki, Homura Akemi Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/magical-girls-sweet-loli-goths-latest- figures/ By Zenko on July 27th, 2013 If your figure collection seems to be missing some magical girls or that special sweet loli figure, the latest round of releases from SH Figuarts and Kotobukiya is promising to fill that gap.
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 SH Figuarts is continuing their long line of PreCure figure releases with their latest addition of Cure Beauty from Smile Precure. The only poseable figure in this round-up, she will come with three different faces and five sets of hands to help you recreate your favorite pose, including the Smile pact. (Check out more SH Figuarts here on SGCafe!) For a more graceful combat pose, her ice sword is included as well as an angered face for that full feeling of justice. Preorders for Beauty Cure opened on July 25 for 4,410 yen on Bandai’s website, and she will be available in December. Kuroneko from OreImo is also getting a make over for her latest figure from Kotobukiya. She will be undergoing a change from her usually goth clothing to a sweet loli outfit. If the sweet clothing weren’t enough, her cat girl pose is sure to charm some hearts. She is not available for preorder just yet, but will go on sale for 8,400 yen. Finally, Kotobukiya has also surprised fans with an announcement that Sayaka will be getting her own petite figure. With three faces shown and at least two sets of hands, she shows no signs of loosing her hope just yet. There is also a set of swords to help pose her in her signature attack. Although there’s no sign of witches, she looks more than ready to fight them. She is listed for release in 2014 by Kotobukiya. The second chance prize for the Madoka Magica lottery was also revealed to be a vinyl figure of Homura and Kyubey. If it’s anything to go by, we should be seeing an impressive showing of a Goddess Madoka power endowed Homura in the next movie.
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Keep up with Kotobukiya here on SGCafe! Source: Yaraon!, Otanew, Otanews Take a look at what Good Smile Company has in store for WonFes 2013 (Summer) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/good-smile-company-store- wonfes-2013-summer/ By spartanchef on July 27th, 2013 It’s almost Summer Wonfes and the hard working people over at Good Smile Company can’t help but tease us with what’s to expect. They may also be selling some great GSC WonFes exclusive goods like the 1/8 Kurisu white lab coat ver. and the Mika & Rika Jougasaki figmas, but expect that they will also be giving us a preview of their future line ups during the event which starts tomorrow, July 28. (For more on Good Smile Company here on SGCafe, click here) Now, one of GSC’s most recognizable employees, Mikatan, has posted in her blog several teaser images that will surely get you excited not only for what’s in store during the 2013 Summer Wonfes but also when these figures will actually be released as well.
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 She also revealed that the GSC booth over at Summer Wonfes will also be selling a cute orange plastic model named T.O.T.E.M Thug Suit V.1. This cute little mecha costs 1000 yen and if you want an awesome poster to go along with it, it will cost you 1500 yen. They will also be selling several awesome Shingeki no Kyojin stickers featuring all four military divisions that protect humanity and keep the peace within the walls during Wonfes. Each sticker costs 500 yen and is sold at the GSC goods store which is different from their figure store. Speaking of Shinkgeki no Kyojin, the Colossal Titan is coming and is that… a nendoroid MIKASA?! Looks like a Magical Girl, Madoka Kaname perhaps? Guess who? Clue: Her name is the name of the legendary shield from ancient Greek mythology.
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 It’s not my fault I’m not popular!!! Gee… I wonder who this one is? It’s sooooooo not obvious… Why are you hiding in there little one? Here’s the Makoto Naegi nendoroid we previewed here at SGCafe And check out the other figures that GSC will be displaying during WonFes 2013 (Summer)
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Well, certainly the guys over at Good Smile Company are working really hard and with these teasers from Mikatan. WonFes will surely be a blast! And just in case you guys couldn’t figure any of them out, here’s a tiny hint for some of them
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Hungry for more figure stories? Read more on Figures here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From Mikatan Bushiroad launches new magazine in September Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/bushiroad-launches-magazine- september/ By spartanchef on July 27th, 2013 Without a doubt, Cardfight!! Vanguard and Weiss Schwarz are two of the most popular trading card games in the entire world. Now, the trading card game company that is responsible for these games, Bushiroad, has announced that they are launching a brand new magazine this September. This brand new monthly magazine will feature mangas based on their trading card games as well as other content. The magazine will be released on September 6, 2013 and will be distributed by Kadokawa LTD. (For more trading card games here on SGCafe, click here) The magazine will contain the monthly seralization of Cardfight!! Vanguard as well as other Vanguard spin-off mangas, Cardfight!! Vanguard Gaiden: Hikari no Kenshi and Mini Van. The Magazine will also contain mangas for their other Bushiroad card games and video games like Fire Leon, Neppu Kairiku Bushi Road Side: Suou, Card Game Shiyoko, Bound Monsters and Makeruna!! Aku no Gundan. The magazine’s very first issue will also contain special bonuses like Milky Holmes behind-the -scenes photographs, Bound Monsters illustrations and a special feature on (what else?) Cardfight!! Vanguard. Three special promo cards from Vanguard will also be included in the first issue, which includes one Storm Bring Dragon and the early release of 2 BT 13 cards. The first issue will also contain a very special Milky Holmes poster drawn by Natsuki Tanihara. Read more manga news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Bushiroad official website Mizuki Shigeru to start yet another hauntingly good manga in August Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/mizuki-shigeru-start-hauntingly- good-manga-august/ By Zenko on July 27th, 2013 He may be 91, but Mizuke Shigeru is still youthful enough to start in on another horror manga, this time online. Mizuki Shigeru always seems to be embracing new things; from relearning how to draw with his right hand after losing his left in the war, to starting a new series online. Although a spin-off of one of his older series, Kappa no Sanpei, the latest addition to his works should feel right at home on the Yawaraka Spirits website. (More stories on manga here at SGCafe)
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Kappa no Sanpei: House of God (Kappa no Sanpei Ie no Kami), will continue the adventures of a kappa and his friendship with the boy Sanpei, particularly the jokes they like to play on tanuki. In the original manga, Sanpei is taken in by the kappa for his strong resemblance to them which of course leads to a number of humorous situations. It was popular at the time to merit an anime adaptation. His manga is set to be released on August 27 as part of a special First Reading Festival edition of Yawaraka Monthly. He will be joining other famous manga artists such as Yuuki Masami (Birdy the Mighty), Inio Asano (Solanin) and Oshikiri Rensuke (Sayuri) in the web magazine. Read more on horror here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Mantan Web Check out our latest anime PV round-up with Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio, Yozakura Quartet and AnoHana the movie Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/check-latest-anime-pv-round-up- aoki-hagane-arpeggio-yozakura-quartet-anohana-movie/ By spartanchef on July 27th, 2013 Grab a seat, maybe some popcorn and and enjoy as we offer you our latest anime PV round-up. Let’s start off with the latest PV from one of this year’s most highly anticipated SciFi anime, Aoki Hagane no Arpeggio (Arpeggio of Blue Steel). The futuristic anime about humanity being almost wiped out by the mysterious “Fleet of Fog” attacking from the sea didn’t just release its latest PV but also released the additional female voice cast as well as some character visuals for their characters. (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here) Manami Numakura voices Takao. She has voiced The IdolM@ster’s Hibiki Ganaha. Hibiku Yamamura voices Haruna. She has voiced Kikuri from Arata the Legend Yumi Uchiyama voices Kirishima. She has voiced the goddess of misfortune Momiji from Binbougami-Ga!
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Finally, Yukana voices Kongō. She has voiced Cecilia Alcott from IS: Infinite Stratos The latest Yozakura Quartet anime title Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~ has also released its latest anime PV. The anime based on Suzuhito Yasuda’s supernatural comedy manga premieres this October. And finally, last but not the least is movie trailer for the highly anticipated AnoHana movie. The trailer features Galileo Galilei’s “Circle Game” theme song. The trailer also teases fans about something that happens after the events of the anime, the gang’s reunion one year later. AnoHana the movie will make its Japanese premiere on August 31. Enjoy that round of PVs? Why not watch more anime PVs here on SGCafe. You can also read more on anime here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com NicoNico to stream Laputa as part of Bals Festival Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/niconico-stream-laputa-part-bals- festival/ By Zenko on July 26th, 2013 NicoNico Douga will be bringing back the Bals Festival again this year in an attempt to unite fans of Studio Ghibli across the world and set a new record. The Bals festival was first started in December 2011 when they streamed the thirteenth airing of Laputa as it ran on TV, and plan to do it again this year as it runs on a special Friday night Road Show on TV Tokyo. The reason TV Tokyo is showing it at all is to help promote the name of Ghibli’s number one producer: Toshio Suzuki. The reasons for the streaming will be more fully revealed during the stream itself, which will also look at the ‘secret story’ behind Laputa. (Love Ghibli? Read more here on SGCafe!) The NicoNico Bals Festival is named after the magic words spoken by Pazu and Sheeta during the film’s climax, written as balse in the English versions of the film. If you’re wondering just why they picked that part of film exactly, it goes back to the 2011 festival in December where NicoNico users took to Twitter to stream their comments so as not to crash the servers. They were also challenged to set a new world record of most tweets per second during this part of the film and succeeded with 25,088 tweets per second of the magic word. This year NicoNico is encouraging viewers
  • July 28th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 to take to Twitter and 2chan to spread the word in an attempt to set another world record. Although the film itself starts streaming at 9PM JST on August 2, the interview with Toshio Suzuki will be streamed at 8.30PM that evening, so feel free to join in when the time comes at the NicoNico channel here. More on Nico Nico Douga here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: AnimeAnime, NicoNico Bals Matsuri Privacy Policy Source: http://sgcafe.com/privacy-policy/ By sgcadmin on July 26th, 2013 We collect personal and activity data, which may be linked. We use technologies like cookies (small files stored on your browser), web beacons, or unique device identifiers to identify your computer or device so we can deliver a better experience. Our systems also log information like your browser, operating system and IP address. 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  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture This is ‘Magical Index Library’ from China you’re looking at… NOT ‘A Certain Magical Index’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/magical-index- library-from-china-not-a-certain-magical-index/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=magical-index- library-from-china-not-a-certain-magical-index By spartanchef on July 30th, 2013 When a Chinese theme park in Sichuan made a replica of the RX-78-2 Gundam and painted it orange, it most certainly drew a lot of attention, the theme park even claimed it was an original design. Now, another Japanese series has certainly been copied by a certain park in China. Several posters of “Magical Index Library” have indeed been spotted and the artwork as well as the title most certainly looks like a certain popular light novel series. (More To Aru Majutsu no Index and To Aru Kagaku no Railgun here on SGCafe) See the resemblance? What you see above are the Chinese rip-offs… If you thought that maybbe one of the banners is for To Aru Majutsu no Index/ To Aru Kagaku no Railgun, then do a double-take and look again! The peculiar thing is, most of the characters in the posters look like they are the combination of two characters from Kazuma Kamachi’s beloved light novel series. From the looks of things, only one of them who does not look like she is a combination of characters from the series. This is because she absolutely looks like a xerox copy of only one character, the I.T.E.M. member Frenda.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Another peculiar thing is that one character really looks like Saten wearing a pink-trimmed version of Index’s “Walking Church” nun’s habit. She looks totally like Index with the loli look and the green eyes but has Saten’s hair and her signature white flower hair decoration. Oh, and the name sounds familiar too. To Aru Majutsu no Index means A Certain Magical Index, and as we said earlier, the title of the one from China is Magical Index Library. To make things even worse, one of the two main girls, Index is known as the “Library of Forbidden texts” and she contains within her brain every single book from the magic side. No further news has been made thus far, but it is certain that these images were taken in China and their images posted in twitter. The light novel’s author, Kazuma Kamachi, as well as the series publisher, ASCII Mediaworks have not yet commented on the matter. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com Via Onorocchi twitter account The post This is ‘Magical Index Library’ from China you’re looking at… NOT ‘A Certain Magical Index’ appeared first on SGCafe. ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick (PS3) to launch alongside BlazBlue: Chronophantasma; LE details Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/arc-25th-anniversary-arcade- stick-ps3-to-launch-alongside-blazblue-chronophantasma-le-details/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=arc-25th- anniversary-arcade-stick-ps3-to-launch-alongside-blazblue- chronophantasma-le-details By KarbyP on July 30th, 2013 When Arc System Works’s latest 2D fighting, BlazBlue: Chronophantasma, finally comes home to the PS3 on October 24 in Japan, its release will be accompanied by that of a special ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick that uses full Sanwa Denshi parts and features three interchangeable top panel artwork pieces. (More stories about Arc System Works on SGCafe here) The default top panel art that this arcade fightstick comes in – whose design theme was said to be “the pillar we’ve erected thus far, juxtaposed against the light that will lead us to new challenges” – is said to be a representation of the fighting game maker’s 25 years of history. The pillar (probably referring to the art you see on the left side of the stick) represents the work that Arc System Works has accomplished in building over the past 25 years, and the shining light motif for the stick is represents the vigour with which ASW possesses to tackle on a new generation of fighting games. It’s a real classy piece of art. But hey, if you’d rather just have Noel Vermillion on the top panel of the stick, Arc System Works is making sure that you can do that too; the stick comes with a BlazBlue: Chronophantasma top panel art, as well as one themed after Bururaji, BlazBlue’s official Web radio programme.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick (PS3) will be released on October 24, 2013 in Japan, priced at 21,000 yen. Japanese online retailer Ebten is currently taking pre-orders for the stick. Key features ■All metal (iron plate), housed in a jumbo-sized chassis ■Sanwa Denshi lever and buttons ■Top panel artwork interchangeable, with ease ■Uses the same button-and-lever positioning/layout that most fighting game arcade cabinets use these days. ■The Sanwa Denshi buttons are printed with custom symbols on them Specifications - Input transmitter for digital signals - USB connector terminal - Controller lever x1, digital botons x10 (START/SELECT/ R1/R2/L1/L2/■/×/■/□■■■) - Length: approx. 366mm - Breadth: approx. 292mm - Height: approx. 120mm (including the stick lever) - Weight: approx. 3.7kg - Cable length: approx. 2.5m (can be stored in the back) - Chassis colour: black Stick lever and button specifications - Full Sanwa Denshi parts - Stick lever: JLF-TP-8YT - Main buttons: JLF-TP-8YT - Start button: JLF-TP-8YT BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Limited Box edition (Ebten exclusive) Three different editions of BlazBlue: Chronophantasma will be available at launch: a limited box (cover art as seen in the image above), as well as a regular (below, left) and limited edition (below, right). Gamers who pre-order the BlazBlue: Chronophantasma Limited Box edition from Ebten will receive an extra B2- size tapestry (limited quantities, available on a first-come first-served basis), along with the following goodies that are included in the box: - A box illustrated by BlazBlue producer Toshimichi Mori himself - Nendoroid Puchi: Rachel Alucard (comes with Nago and Gii) - BlazBlue Visual Book II (featuring guest illustrators) - BlazBlue Song Interlude II (special soundtrack that sound producer Daisuke Ishiwatari put together)
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Read more stories about video games here on SGCafe! Also join the discussions on the gaming section of SGCafe forums here: http://forums.sgcafe.com/games-cafe/ Source: Famitsu The post ARC 25th Anniversary Arcade Stick (PS3) to launch alongside BlazBlue: Chronophantasma; LE details appeared first on SGCafe. Super Robot Girls Z takes super to a whole new level Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/super- robot-girls-z-takes-super-to-a-whole-new-level/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=super-robot-girls- z-takes-super-to-a-whole-new-level By Zenko on July 29th, 2013 If Mazinger Z turning forty made you feel a little old, don’t worry because a new series in 2014 will be breathing new life into the series in a strange way. Super Robot Girls Z may not be making its way on air until January 2014, but it’s already giving fans a taste of what’s to come with a four minute preview on YouTube and Nico Nico Douga. The preview, which parodies the first episode of Mazinger Z features the first mechanical beasts in cute moe forms stealing from a ramen shop under Baron Ashura’s command. After Mazinger Z (Zed-chan) shows up and starts to lie the smack down, her super robot companions from the same trilogy Great Mazinger (Gre-chan) and Grendizer (Grenda- san) show up and the villains find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. (More on Toei here on SGCafe) Toei will be airing the show on their own Toei Channel come this January, though it won’t be a full length show. Instead it will follow the recent trend of shorts, with each episode running at ten minutes each. It’s being supervised by Accel World’s Hiroshi Ikehata, with character design being handled by OreImo’s Tetsuya Kawakami. The voice actors for the three Super Robot girls has also been announced. They include Mariko Honda (Nichijou’s Yuuko) as Z-chan, Inori Minase (Occult Academy’s Akari) as Gre-chan and Kazusa Aranami (Penguindrum’s Mario) as Grenda-san. So far, not much else has been announced on the public site, but they will be making an appearance at booth 321 in this summer’s Comiket with Star Plus One. Keep up on all your anime news here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums!
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Source: Man-tan Web, Yaraon! The post Super Robot Girls Z takes super to a whole new level appeared first on SGCafe. Super Sonico enters new dimension in new 3DS game “Sonico in Production” Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/super-sonico-enters- new-dimension-in-new-3ds-game-sonico-in-production/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=super-sonico- enters-new-dimension-in-new-3ds-game-sonico-in-production By Zenko on July 29th, 2013 WonFes 2013 is rolling out not just wonderful figure news, but wonderful Sonico news for fans of NitroPlus’s busty mascot as well. At the Max Factory and Good Smile Wonderful Hobby For You! 18 booth over the weekend, Nitroplus and Joymax took to the stage to talk about the ever popular Super Sonico and the excitement heading fans way in 2014. For those of you unfamiliar with her outside of her figures, her backstory is that she works as a gravure model when she isn’t busy attending her first year of university. Overall she’s a very busy 18 year old girl, with her own figure line and band to add to her list of fame. (Read more about Super Sonico here on SGCafe) Her background gives her plenty of experience for her latest gig, where she’ll drop her guitar and pick up fashion to become the newest idol to hit the 3DS. The game, SoniPro, short for Sonico in Production, will allow players to take on the role of producer and communicate with Sonico. It will also feature several scenarios for players to unlock, which should only add to the fun of the game. If that weren’t enough, the trailer, seen below, shows off several of the costumes you can choose to help her become a top idol. The game itself is being created by Imageepoch (Fate/extra CCC) with supervision by Nitroplus, while Georide will be handling the music aspect. It’s set to be released in winter 2014, which should keep fans plenty to keep toasty with. If 3D isn’t your thing, a rerelease of the 2011 PC game SoniComi is also set to come out in 2014 for the PS3. Featuring updated graphics and an easier difficulty overall, fans should be happy to see her again and again. It will release under the title Motto! SoniComi (More! SoniComi). It wasn’t just games that Super Sonico showed up in at WonFes either. She also had her own corner with figures on display, and a replica of her iconic headphones. Keep up with games here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions about gaming going on in the forums! Source: News Dengeki The post Super Sonico enters new dimension in new 3DS game “Sonico in Production” appeared first on SGCafe. One OK Rock Singapore concert shifts a day earlier, ticket sale date delayed Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/one-ok-rock-singapore- concert-shifts-a-day-earlier-ticket-sale-date-delayed/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=one-ok-rock- singapore-concert-shifts-a-day-earlier-ticket-sale-date-delayed
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By spartanchef on July 29th, 2013 As we have announced here at SGCafe earlier, ONE OK ROCK will be headed to South East Asia, including Singapore. We have also announced that the tickets for their November 23 Singapore concert will go on sale today, Monday, July 29. However, that will not be the case as the ticket sales for the highly anticipated concert will be moved to Thursday, August 1 at 9:00 am, local time. The date for the actual concert has also been changed as the band will now perform on November 22, Friday, instead of November 23 which is a Saturday. According to the official Facebook page of Amuse Inc. Asia, the reason for these changes is due to logistical issues. (For more ONE OK ROCK here on SGCafe, click here) Their Singapore concert will be held at the Hard Rock Coliseum with the early bird price ticket of SG$78. Tickets can be availed on sistic.com.sg ONE OK ROCK will be visiting Bangkok, Thailand on November 19 at the Central World Live while they will be heading to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on November 21 at the KL Live. They will also be heading to Jakarta, Indonesia on November 24 on Lapangan Parkir Kolam Renang Senayan, after their Singapore concert. The tickets for Malaysia and Indonesia are now on sale while the tickets for their Bangkok concert will go on sale on August 8. This South East Asian tour is part of the band’s “Who are you? Who are we??” tour which includes Europe and East Asia. ONE OK ROCK is the band responsible for the Rorouni Kenshin live action movies theme song, The Beginning. They will also be singing the theme song for the highly anticipated Captain Harlock movie. Keep up with concerts here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in community discussions in the forums! From Amuse Inc Facebook page The post One OK Rock Singapore concert shifts a day earlier, ticket sale date delayed appeared first on SGCafe. Conan Edogawa & Sherlock Holmes form mystery dream team for 15 years of AXN Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/conan-edogawa- sherlock-holmes-form-mystery-dream-team/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=conan-edogawa- sherlock-holmes-form-mystery-dream-team By Zenko on July 29th, 2013 It’s the stuff of fanfiction: Conan Edogawa of Detective Conan (Case Closed) and Sherlock Holmes of BBC’s popular Sherlock series are teaming up to offer fans a mystery to solve. The AXN Mystery Channel will be holding a collaborative lottery with Animax featuring Conan and Sherlock in celebration of their latest premieres and 15th anniversary on August 31. The channel, which has been showing off the best mystery has to offer for 15 years is winding up to give back to fans with a special question-based lottery. (Even more Detective Conan here on SGCafe) The lottery questions will be based on a four week run of Sherlock seasons 1 and 2 and special episodes of Detective Conan. Starting at 5 PM on August 31 and running until September 8, it will feature multiple choice questions for fans to answer each week for a max of four chances to win. The questions can be as simple (or difficult) as “How do you say ‘Are you wearing any pants?’” in Japanese to “What is the color of the stone handed down for generations in the Taiga family?”
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 As to what fans will have a chance to win, the top prize is 150000 yen from AXN, something only one lucky fan will win. Three will have the chance to win a Sony Tablet form Animax, the company behind Conan, while ten have a shot to win an plush of AXN’s mascot. If you’re looking for higher chances, one hundred will have the chance to win an AXN QUO card worth 1000 yen. You can’t quite enter your answers yet, but the questions will be posted each week on the collaboration website here. Keep up with all your anime needs on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussion going on in the forums. Source: AnimeAnime The post Conan Edogawa & Sherlock Holmes form mystery dream team for 15 years of AXN appeared first on SGCafe. Registration for CosCom’s cosplay competition closes this August 11 [Updated] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/registration-for-coscoms- cosplay-competition-closes-this-wednesday-july-31/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=registration-for- coscoms-cosplay-competition-closes-this-wednesday-july-31 By KarbyP on July 29th, 2013 Update (10:07PM): Good news for cosplayers – the organisers have decided to extend the registration deadline for CosCom’s cosplay competition to August 11. That’s about 11 more days from the original July 31 date… so get to rounding-up your cosplay groups, go! Original story: CosCom, a cosplay event for the community brought to you by the Punggol Park Youth Executive Committee (YEC), is happening this year on September 15, from 1PM to 7PM at the Sengkang Community Club. One of the key highlights of the event is CosCom’s cosplay competition, where the best cosplayers who registered to compete stand to win great cash prizes — and the closing date for registration is on July 31, 2013 August 11, 2013. So if you’re a cosplayer, consider this a public service announcement: Don’t miss out! Details on the cosplay competition (prizes, etc) can be found at the bottom of this post. To register yourself or your cosplay team, head over to the CosCom Facebook page and PM SephoRa KeiKo. Other than the cosplay competition, other highlights at CosCom will include the Pika Pika Maid Cafe, as well as a booth for Miracle Battle Carddass. CosCom is a ticketed event, and an entry ticket to the event hall costs $3.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 There are a limited number of tickets, so if you’re interested in going down, make sure to check out the CosCom Facebook page and PM SephoRa KeiKo to purchase tickets in advance! ———– Event Details ———– CosCom™ Date: 15 Sep 2013 Time: 1pm – 7pm Venue: Sengkang Community Club Event Hall Entry Ticket: $3 limited tickets, only (800 tickets) available <1st 400 tickets sold entitled to an early bird bonus lucky draw @ the event> Cosplay Competition Entry Fee: $10 Competition Registration closing on 31 July 2013~ 11 August 2013 *Prizes* Cosplay Competition 1st: $300 cash prize 2nd: $200 cash prize 3rd: $100 cash prize Judges: To Be Announced ~ The post Registration for CosCom’s cosplay competition closes this August 11 [Updated] appeared first on SGCafe. Japanese media website Goo released survey results for 90′s anime remake Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/japanese-media- website-goo-released-survey-results-90s-anime-remake/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=japanese-media- website-goo-released-survey-results-90s-anime-remake By spartanchef on July 29th, 2013 As kid growing up during the 90′s, I’ve spent my weekday afternoons and weekend mornings watching some great anime on TV. Now during my time, only a few anime from Japan were shown, but boy did they stick to me good! During my 90′s childhood, I enjoyed such classics like Mobile Fighter G Gundam, After War Gundam X, Gundam Wing, Ranma 1/2 which was my personal favorite, Akazukin Chacha, Yu yu Hakusho, Slayers, Gate Keepers, Neon Genesis Evangelion, Rorouni Kenshin (Which was known as Samurai X at that time), Slam Dunk, Zenki and of course, Pokemon and the original Digimon. For me, the 90′s anime had that certain appeal that most anime nowadays lack. (For more anime here on SGCafe, click here) Now, fast forward to the 2010′s and we are now bombarded with one remake or reboot after another from 2011′s Hunter X Hunter reboot to Space Battleship Yamato. Recently, Japanese media website goo.ne.jp has conducted an online survey that had 1069 respondents. They asked them which 90′s anime do they want to see have a remake. The study period lasted from May 31 until June 6 and here are the top 10 10 Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water 9: Gokinjo Monogatari 8: Hime-chan no Ribbon 7: Marmalade Boy
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 6: Hell Teacher Nube 5: Rorouni Kenshin 4: Slam Dunk 3: Yu Yu Hakusho 2: Ranma 1/2 1: City Hunter The list also includes: 11- Dragon Quest : Dai no Daiboken 12- H2 13- Ping-Pong Club 14- Akazukin Chacha
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 15- Goldfish Warning! 16- Baby and Me 17- Cardcaptor Sakura 18- Legend of the Galactic Heroes 19- Mahojin Guru Guru 20- GS Mikami (Sweeper Mikami Ghost) 21- Ninku 22- Mobile Suit Victory Gundam 23- Kodocha 24- Papuwa 25- His and Her Circumstances 26- Magic Knight Rayearth 27- Master Keaton 28- Mashin Hero Wataru 29- Fushigi Yuugi 30- Martian Successor Nadesico 31- Revolutionary Girl Utena 32- Sexy Commando Gaiden!! Sugoi yo Masaru-san 33- Cowboy Bebop 34- Hoshin Engi 35- Mobile Suit Gundam Wing 36- Kaitou Saint Tail 37- Flame of Recca 38- Tokyo Pig 39- Aoki Densetsu Shoot! 40- Mobile Fighter G Gundam 41- Record of Lodoss War 42- Majutsushi Orphen 43- NG Knight Lamune & 40 44- The Vision of Escaflowne 45- Turn A Gundam 46- Future GPX Cyber Formula 47- Sorcerer Hunters 48- Lost Universe 49- Saber Marionette 50- Violinist of Hameln The 90′s produced some great series and it’s surprising (to me personally) that some big names like Cowboy Bebop and the Gundam series listed above did not even make it to the top 10, however, these are classics and people may just want them to stay as is. Cardcaptor Sakura ranking low on the list is surprising but it may be because there are some speculations circulating around that the classic magical girl anime will indeed be getting a reboot soon. Some of the anime which made it to the top 10 did not come as a surprise as some of them like Slam Dunk and Yu Yu Hakusho have ended before the final arcs of their respective mangas. Rurouni Kenshin meanwhile only followed the manga up to the Shishio arc and featured original anime stories onward. Read more about Anime here at SGCafe, also, read more anime rankings here. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Goo rankings via Nico nico news The post Japanese media website Goo released survey results for 90′s anime remake appeared first on SGCafe.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Good Smile Cafe offers up some titanic Shingeki no Kyojin meals during WonFes Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/good-smile- company-cafe-offers-titanic-shingeki-kyojin-meals/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=good-smile- company-cafe-offers-titanic-shingeki-kyojin-meals By spartanchef on July 29th, 2013 WonFes is now finally under way and of course, one of the biggest hobby events of the year has indeed offered up some awesome figures and merchandise. Now, Good Smile Company (which has been teasing us with their figure goodies even before WonFes has even started) has set-up shop with the Good Smile Cafe and they are offering up some scrumptious and Titanic meals based on the hit anime, Shingeki no Kyojin or Attack on Titan. Each meal comes with a free button and will surely wet your appetite. (For more on SGCafe’s WonFes 2013 coverage, click here) Let’s start off with something you would usually see in a Japanese cafe, an OmuRice or Omelette Rice. OmuRice are usually fried rice served with an omelette and topped with ketchup and are a Japanese cafe staple. However, this special COLOSSAL OmuRice really looks like the face that took down Wall Maria. Packets of ketchup are include and you can play around using the ketchup as the blood of people who got eaten by the titan. One you dig in, some juicy meat can be found within the titan’s head, and if you are looking for the omelette, it’s right underneath the rice. This Colossal Titan OmuRice costs 1000 yen and comes with a special Colossal Titan Button by the Good Smile Company. Do you know who Sasha Braus is? She has been given the nickname “Potato Girl” by the Shingeki no Kyojin fans and the name stuck ever since. It’s because she stole a boiled potato and ate it while their scary drill named Keith was giving them their right of passage. Throughout the series, she has stolen a number of food and was seen eating them, so here’s a dish dedicated to the infamous “Potato Girl”, The Sasha Feast plate! It includes a bread (Which Christa gave her after passing out during training), some meat (which she stole from the officer’s provisions after graduating and before the invasion of Trost), a small bowl of curry and of course, some POTATOES with their skins on. This meal costs 700 yen and comes with a Sasha Braus button.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 12 The menu also contains some cookies printed with your favorite Shingeki no Kyojin characters. This pack contains five cookies, each one printed with a different character. Eren, Mikasa, Armin, Levi and the colossal titan are all included within the cookie pack. The pack costs 500 yen and comes with a Shingeki no Kyojin pin. (For more Shingeki no Kyojin here on SGCafe, click here) And here are all the buttons included with the Shingeki no Kyojin menu The Good Smile Cafe ain’t just offering us Shingeki no Kyojin themed food but also this energy drink. This energy drink is perfect for providing some much needed calories as you go through one figure booth to another and costs 200 yen
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 13 a can. At the back of the can, you can see the Idolm@ster : Cinderella Girls logo. It contains some royal jelly to pump you up big time. Read more anime and manga themed Food here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here From WonFes official website and Gigazine The post Good Smile Cafe offers up some titanic Shingeki no Kyojin meals during WonFes appeared first on SGCafe. Monogatari art exhibit to start in August Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/ monogatari-art-exhibit-start-august/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=monogatari-art- exhibit-start-august By Zenko on July 29th, 2013 Just in time to match up with the batch of Monogatari shows coming out this summer, an art exhibit in Ikebukuro is aiming to give fans even more supernatural romance. Opening in Sunshine City’s World Import Mart on August 29, the Araragi Pavillion will feature a host of artwork from the Monogatari series. It will not only feature original artwork from the series, but also commentary from the individual characters. (Get your fill of Monogatari here at SGCafe) In addition to artwork, famous scenes from the novel and show will also be recreated, such as the starry sky and part of the cultural festival. Of course, a photography spot will also be set up for fans to remember their visit with. For fans hoping for something a little less personal but still awesome to remember the event a special set of goods will also be offered. Just what goods will be available hasn’t been revealed just yet, but will most likely feature the promotional image in someway. Tickets for the event are currently available for preorder starting at 800 yen for a standard ticket to a bundle ticket for 2800 yen. The price will rise at the door to 1000 yen for a standard and 3000 yen for a bundle. It will run until September 1 after opening and tickets can be ordered at Family Mart or ePlus. Even more anime news here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: AnimeAnime The post Monogatari art exhibit to start in August appeared first on SGCafe.
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 14 Shingeki no Kyojin, Zoids, One Piece, IS: Infinite Stratos and other highlights at Wonfest 2013 (Summer) Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/shingeki-kyojin-zoids- piece-is-infinite-stratos-highlight-wonfest-2013-summer/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=shingeki-kyojin- zoids-piece-is-infinite-stratos-highlight-wonfest-2013-summer By spartanchef on July 28th, 2013 One of the most highly anticipated figure and hobby shows, the Wonder Festival 2013 or Wonfes for short, has finally opened its doors, bringing us a bucketload of mouth- watering goodies. The biggest names in toys and hobby goods like Bandai, Good Smile Company, Kotobukiya, Alter, Megahouse, Griffon Enterprises, Kaiyodo and many more have all strut their stuff during the event and boy did they deliver. Each company presented several new figures from some of the biggest and most popular anime, mangas, video games and even western media out there. Figures from series like Sword Art Online, Shingeki no Kyojin, One Piece, Zoids, the Monogatari series, Idolm@ster, Tekken, Evangelion, Magi, Touhou (Project Shrine Maiden), Love Live!, Persona, the Fate series, IS: Infinite Stratos, Girls Und Panzer,Free!, and even DC Comics were all seen and frankly, as a collector, this writer is already drooling. (For more figures here on SGCafe, click here) Last time, we only gave you a teaser from Good Smile Company, now here’s a look at some of the figures and PlaMo displayed during the summer edition of the 2013 Wonder Festival. From figmas to nendoroids to armor girls to SH figuarts to zoids to an assortment of figures, here we go!
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  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 22 And since it is Japan and we are now experiencing Kaijuu mania, here’s the King of monsters with Ghidora and Mothra. Well, all of these figures are awesome, and that is an understatement, but then again, here is one COLOSSAL figma from Max Factory But of course, it won’t be Wonfes if we only feature some figures, so here are some itasha (anime cars) and a life-size Colossal Titan head
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 23 And some titanic shenanigans… desu And here’s a look at what else was there from one of the event’s catalogs, this one is from Good Smile Company. Like that round of anime figures and Plastic models from WonFes? Read more about them here on SGCafe. Also, feel free to join in the community discussions here Pictures taken from Toy is Money facebook page. The post Shingeki no Kyojin, Zoids, One Piece, IS: Infinite Stratos and other highlights at Wonfest 2013 (Summer) appeared first on SGCafe. Create your own Tiro Finale with this replica of Mami’s musket [Madoka Magica] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/07/create-tirol-finale-replica-mamis- musket/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=create- tirol-finale-replica-mamis-musket By Zenko on July 28th, 2013 You won’t have to make a contract to own this latest piece of Madoka Magica merchandise, though you might wish you had. If you’ve ever looked at the ill-fated Mami’s musket with envy, have no fear for you will finally be able to own a 1:1 replica of her weapon. On sale for 15,560 yen with tax included, you may not be able to create your own Tiro Finale without dropping some cash. (Check out even more Madoka Magica here on SGCafe)
  • July 30th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 24 Made out of ABS to better create the feeling and look of her rifle, which measures officially at 113 centimeters, it will be available in December. As a bonus, Rena Matsui of SKE48 and Rina Ikoma of Nogizaka46 cosplayed as Madoka and Homura recently. In the comparison it’s almost as if they’re 1:1 scale as well. For those ready to take the plunge and fight off witches, Mami’s musket is available for preorder here. Keep up with your anime news here on SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums. Source: Yaraon! The post Create your own Tiro Finale with this replica of Mami’s musket [Madoka Magica] appeared first on SGCafe.