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

  1. 1. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Namco Bandai has recently released Bakemonogatari’s new game demo. The Official Youtube channel features the story demo for the PSP game Bakemonogatari Portable on last Friday. The demo previews the game’s recreation of the Hitagi Crab storyline from the anime adaptation and the supernatural light novel written by NisiOisin. Bandai Namco has also aired several other promotional videos and commercials for the game. Here you can watch the other videos: The game will be released in Japan on 23rd August. There are two editions, regular and limited. The regular version will be priced at 6280 yen (approx. SGD$100) while the limited will be 9980 yen (approx. SGD$159). The limited edition also comes with an exclusive box that included a back-pack inspired pouch, a special contents DVD, a voice custom CD, a custom theme and a booklet. The Limited Edition bonuses (Source: ANN, Bakemonogatari Official site) Sakurakagura novel by Naoki Hisaya and Kishida Mel Source: and-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Naoki Hisaya, known for working on the story for Sola and co-planning Kanon with Key’s Maeda Jun has announced a new novel project titled Sakurakagura, with illustrations by Kishida Mel. It will be his first new project in 5 years. With such talents working on this novel, an anime adaptation could be expected in the future. It will be published privately by Infinite, and will only be available for purchase at events and partner shops. The site is looking for interested shops willing to carry the novel for sale. Official site. Guilty Crown Lost Christmas 3rd Promo Trailer Aired Source: promo-trailer-aired/ By mijumijuchu on July 16th, 2012 Nitroplus has began streaming the third promotional video the computer adventure game prequel, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas based on the anime Guilty Crown on Sunday. Watch the trailer here! The video promo features the song “Planetes”, is sung by the anime’s in-story band EGOIST. The song is the theme for the Production I.G’s 12 minutes original video anime short bundled with the game’s limited edition. Summary of the game: The game is set in a decade before the anime, Guilty Crown takes place, on 25th Decemeber 2029. On that day, the “Apocalyse Virus” devastated the land in an incident known as “Lost Christmas”. Against this scenario, the game will reveal a previously untold story of the events that lead up to the anime. The cast of the game includes: Sakurai Takahiro as the hero: Scrooge, Asumi Kana as the main heroine: Carol, Takagaki Ayahi as Past and Kobayashi Yu as Present. Haganeya
  2. 2. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Jin (writer for Nitroplus’ popular game Demonbane) will be writing the original scenario for the game and Chuuouhigashiguchi is the creator for the original artwork. Both are involved in the anime itself, which premiered on Fuji TV’s late-night Noitamina programming block last October. The regular version is set to release for 5,040 yen (approx. SGD$80), while the limited edition will be priced at 7140 yen (approx SGD$114). Nitroplus posted the first game trailer in January and began streaming the second one in April. (Souce: ANN, Guilty Crown Official Site) Nippon Ichi Software’s Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox official site open Source: unmei-kakumei-no-paradox-official-site-open/ By koppepan on July 16th, 2012 Game company Nippon Ichi Software has announced a new game title in commemoration of it’s 20th anniversary, titled Kamisama to Unmei Kakumei no Paradox. The official site is open now, with more details coming on the 19th of July. The game features the art of illustrator Noizi Ito, and the Disgaea team will be planning/producing the project. The opening theme and music is by Yousei Teikoku. The synopsis reveals that the story is about a high school student who suddenly becomes a god one day, and goes around fulfilling wishes with 7 angels, and develops as a person along the way. There has been talks of an anime adaptation, and speculation that the game may be for the PS VITA (As spotted on the HTML source code on the page, though it has been since removed.) Source: Temple Knights Unchained Blades EXXIV Trailer featuring guest character designers Source: featuring-guest-character-designers/ By Kyoka on July 16th, 2012 The new teaser trailer for upcoming PSP and Nintendo 3DS rpg Unchained Blades EXXIV, a sequel to Unchained Blades Rexx (known as Unchained Blades in the west) features guest character design works, the two designers recently revealed were Yoshitaka Amano and Kia Asamiya. Yoshitaka Amano designed the game’s Dark Knight, while Kia Asamiya designed Zodiac. The trailer below list’s the game’s release date, in Japan on October 18th and info of the Premium Dvd set. The trailer’s music is provided by famed Nobuo Uematsu and the Earthbound Papas.
  3. 3. July 16th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Dark Knight by Yoshitaka Amano Zodiac by Kia Asamiya Source: Andriasang
  4. 4. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Evangelion Moon Cake Source: By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Part 3 of the Evangelion Cake series features character Kaworu Nagisa, and is created in the image of the moon. The cake is a mango flavored sponge, with a white chocolate coating. It will come with a Kaworu figure (roughly 11cm in height), and a replica of the Mark.06 spear from the second movie. Preorders open on the 19th of July, at 11am. Site here. New Project Diva f Modules Source: By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 The new PSVita game, Project Diva f has released new modules for the game! This time, there are several costumes for each and everyone. The first module here is designed by popular illustrator nagimiso (Who did the character designs for the Meltdown PV). As shown above, the costume worn by Miku is called “Agitation”, while Kaito’s costume is “General” and Len’s costume is “Badboy”.
  5. 5. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 This module is designed Ichiyou Moka (pixiv artist). The costumes for Miku is known as “Innocence”. For Kaito it is “Guilty” and for Luka it is “Amour” respectively. Lastly, we get the lovely girls in new swimsuit modules for the the song by OSTER project, Summer Idol! From the left, Miku is in a “Polka-dot Bikini”, Rin in a “Striped Bikini”, Luka in a “Resort Bikini” and Meikoin a “Long Valeo” bikini respectively. (Source: My Game News Flash blog) Awaodori in Tokushima features Fate/Zero, Tales of Xillia Source: fatezero-tales-of-xillia/ By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 If you attend the Awaodori (Awa Dance Festival) in Tokushima, there will be two posters of Fate/Zero and Tales of Xillia available. The posters themselves are B1 sizes, and when both the posters are combined together, you get a whole picture of the Fate/Zero cast and Tales of Xillia cast enjoying themselves at the festival! Fate/Zero side But if you really, really want the posters, you can purchase them from Nico Nico Shopping. The set, called the Awaodori course, come with other bonuses, such as a sticker, a card, a wristband, a fan and a hand towel.
  6. 6. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Tales of Xillia side (Source: Yaraon) Radio Kaikan to collaborate with Steins;Gate for 1/1000 scale model Source: steinsgate-for-11000-scale-model/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 Radio Kaikan’s online shop, Hobby Kaikan has opened preorders for a 1/1000 scale model of the iconic Radio Kaikan, but with a Steins;Gate flavor to it. It will come with a ‘satellite’ crash on the roof, just like in the world of Steins;Gate. The windows are separate plastic parts for added realism. The scale model is available for preorder on Hobby Kaikan, and will ship out from the 1st of August. Site here. WakamuraP to release PV creation book Source: book/ By koppepan on July 18th, 2012 WakamuraP, known for his PVs of 8#Prince songs such as Sweet Devil and Electric Love, and previously a popular producer of IDOLM@STER MADs, will be releasing a book through Shoeisha titled WakamuraP’s Video Recipes: Challenging Nicovideo and Youtube with free tools. In this book, WakamuraP will introduce some of his methods to create video effects and video editing tricks, mainly with free software like NiVE2 and AviUtl.
  7. 7. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 In commemoration of the release of this book, there will be an event called WakamuraP’s Video Recipes Extra ~The Making of Sweet Devil~, to be held on the 3rd of August, at 7pm in Akihabara Shosen Book Tower. The event is open to the first 50 people to preorder the book at Shosen. The book will come with sample effect clips and NiVE project files. You can see more sample images and videos at the official site here. Space Brothers gets Apo dog plush Source: By mijumijuchu on July 18th, 2012 Japanese hobby goods maker, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai, will be releasing an Apo pug plush inspired by the anime/manga Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai). The plush is an “almost life-size” plush and will cost 6090 yen (approx. SGD$97). The release date will be around the end of August. The plush will measure 35 centimeters long and 33 centimeters tall. The plush also features wrinkles on its forehead and back, a curly pug tail and Apo’s trademark heart shoulder marking. The anime adaptation of Koyama Chuya’s Space Brothers (Uchuu Kyodai) manga premiered in Japan on April 1. There is also a live-action film adaptation that was screened in theaters in Japan on 5th May. (Source: ANN, Aoshima Bunka Kyozai site) Zettai Karen Children gets 3rd anime season Source: anime-season/
  8. 8. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 Zettai Karen Children, about a group of teenage girls who fight crime with their ESPs, will see a third anime season, Shukan Shonen Sunday (published by Shogakukan) revealed in its latest issue, which goes on sale today. The Sci-Fi comedy series takes place in a futuristic Japan where ESPers – people with special abilities – are appearing with increasing regularity. ESPers are appraised and ranked by levels, and enlisted by the Japanese government as a means to stop criminal activity committed through the use of special abilities. The series’ protagonists, Kaoru (psychokinesis), Aoi (teleportation), Shiho (telepathy) are three teenage girls who stand at the forefront of the entire ESPer community, having been appraised as Level 7s – the highest possible level. Together, the three form a special unit known as “The Children”. First seriealised in Shukan Shonen Sunday in 2005, the Zettai Karen Children comics has had a 30-volumes run thus far, with over six million copies sold. In 2008 and 2009 the series was adapted into an anime series that ran for two seasons or 51 episodes, broadcasted on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. An OVA was also released in 2010. To commemorate the occasion, a poll is being conducted over at the series’ official website to determine which of seven illustration pieces will be used as the basis of a poster- towel to be sold in the near future. Source: Mantan-web Hunter X Hunter movie, subtitled “Phantom Rouge”, hits theatres in Japan January 2013 Source: phantom-rouge-hits-theatres-in-japan-january-2013/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 An official logo, subtitle, and release date for the forthcoming Hunter X Hunter movie was unveiled today. The movie’s full title reads “Gekijouban Hunter X Hunter Hiiro no Genei (Phantom Rouge)” [###
  9. 9. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 HUNTER×HUNTER #################], and it will be hit theatres in Japan January 12, 2013. Despite the manga and anime series’ long-standing history, with over 60 million copies of the original comics sold, Phantom Rouge is Hunter X Hunter’s first feature-length animated film. Although the movie’s plot will be an original story, Hunter X Hunter series creator Yoshihiro Togashi has stated his inclination to write the script. Details of the movie’s plot at the moment are scarce. All that’s been revealed is that the story has something to do with Kurapika Kuruta (whose eyes turn scarlet red when he gets excited), as well as the Phantom Brigade Genei Ryodan. Hence the subtitle “Phantom Rouge” or “Hiiro no Genei”. More concrete details about the movie will be revealed in next week’s issue of Shuukan Shonen Jump (issue 34), on sale July 23. Source: Mantanweb PlayStation Vita moves 790,633 units in Japan; Persona 4 the Golden tops Vita sales charts Source: units-in-japan-persona-4-the-golden-tops-the-platforms-software-sales- charts/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 790,633 PlayStation Vita units have been sold in Japan since its launch in December last year, this week’s Famitsu magazine reveals in a mid-year sales summary for the platform. In the same report, Famitsu also revealed sales figures for the top 10 selling PS Vita software, as follows: 1. Persona 4 the Golden (188,782 copies) 2. Minna no Golf 6 (118,985 copies) 3. Uncharted: Golden Abyss (89,390 copies) 4. Gravity Daze/Gravity Rush (74.785 copies) 5. Shin Sangoku Musou Next (74,718 copies) 6. Tales of Innocence R (71,463 copies) 7. Lord of Apocalypse (69,162 copies) 8. Ragnarok Odyssey (65,318 copies) 9. Kidou Senshi Gundam Seed Battle Destiny (55,527 copies) 10. Disgaea 3: Absence of Justice (54,902 copies) Speaking to Famitsu magazine, Sony Computer Entertainment said that software sales were within expectations. On average, a best-selling PS Vita at this point moves approximately 70,000 units. That said, Sony expects to see more PS Vita games sell at levels closer to Persona 4 the Golden’s figures, as an increasing number of highly-anticipated titles come closer to being released. In particular, August’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, and Winter 2012′s Soul Sacrifice were cited as two potential high-flyers. Sony also added that gamers looking forward to the PS Vita’s next wave of titles can expect to hear about a major boost to the line-up come this September at the Tokyo Game Show. Source: Sinobi Famitsu magazine headlines: Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition, Oda Nobunaga & Liu Bei in Inazuma Eleven, and more Source: yakuza-12-hd-edition-oda-nobunaga-liu-bei-in-inazuma-eleven-and- more/ By KarbyP on July 18th, 2012 The Ryu ga Gotoku announcement Sega’s been teasing turns out to be a re-release of the first two games in HD. Final Fantasy III for the PSP (Japanese version) will feature full English text. All this and more in this week’s Famitsu gaming news in brief. Note: If you live in Singapore and are interested in picking up a copy of this week’s issue, Kinokuniya Books here usually receives their shipments on Fridays. Fantasy Life Platform: 3DS Release date: Sometime in 2012 Price: Undetermined Project development: Level 5 Game developer: Brownie Brown
  10. 10. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Music: Nobuo Uematsu Image Illustration: Yoshitaka Amano Will support Street Pass, as well as local multiplayer. Expect a release date in next week’s issue of Famitsu. New Super Mario Bros. 2 This week’s feature spread introduces gold rings and enemies in NSMB2. When Luigi touches a Gold Flower, he turns into Silver Luigi (Mario turns into Golden Mario). There will be stages where Mario will run non-stop after being blasted out from a giant cannon at the very beginning. Movement is automatic, so you’ll have to guide Mario through to the end of the level with precise jumps. Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD Edition Platform: PS3 Release date: November 1 (although apparently if you do a search online, a December 1 date is listed instead) Price: 5,290 yen Load times will be short. You’ll be able to manage your item box inventory even in phone booths. At restaurants, dishes you’ve eaten will be checked so it’s easier to complete a challenge that involves having tried all foods. The pre-order bonus for Ryu ga Gotoku 1&2 HD edition will be a special Blu-ray case modelled after the PS2 games’ original packaging. Final Fantasy III (for the PSP) The Japanese version of FF3 will have full English text – simply set your PSP’s system language to English to access it. Inazuma Eleven GO2 Chrono Stone Historical figures Oda Nobunaga, Kinoshita Tokishiro, Jeanna D’Arc and Liu Bei will appear as playable characters. Hatsune Miku Project Diva F New songs introduction: Acute (KurousaP or ###P) Unhappy Refrain (wowaka) Summer Idol (Oster Project) Some new modules are also introduced. We should have more on this later today. Toki to Towa ~Tokitowa~ Release date: October 11
  11. 11. July 18th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Two new characters are introduced. Makimona (CV: Aya Endo) is a fortune-teller who sees a vision of a wedding ceremony being interrupted by some sort of attack. Bicode (CV: Tomokazu Sugita) is the leader of an assassin guild. The theme song for the game, entitled Rewind, will be performed by May.J (#####). Tekken Tag Tournament 2 New characters: Alex, Forest Law, P.Jack, and Tiger Jackson. Project X Zone Lady (Devil May Cry) and Lindow Amamiya (God Eater) will join the playable cast. Idolmaster Shiny Festa Songs featured in the title will include: Kyun! Vampire Girl Next Life Kazehana Yakusoku Tonari ni… Smoky Thrill Marionette no Kokoro Jibun Rest@rt During play, when your rhythm/life meter is maxed out, shooting star icons will begin to appear. Clear these icons with well-timed button presses and you’ll eventually achieve a Shining Boost, which activates a cutscene. Cross Review scores: Cave Story 3D: 8, 8, 7, 7 Kobito Zukan: 7, 6, 6, 6 Dangan Ronpa 2: 10, 9, 9, 9 Nayuta no Kisek (pictured below)i: 8, 8, 8, 8 New Super Mario Bros. 2: 9, 9, 9, 9 Persona 4 Arena (PS3): 9, 9, 9, 9 Persona 4 Arena (Xbox 360): 9, 9, 9, 9 That’s it for now, but do expect to hear more about some of the games covered here later this week, as new details emerge. Source: Tales Source
  12. 12. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture 1st trailer for Kami Jigen Game Neptune V offers a brief glimpse into the world of G.C1989 Source: neptune-v-offers-a-brief-glimpse-into-the-world-of-g-c1989/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Compile Heart has finally released the first trailer for forthcoming PS3 JRPG Kami Jigen Game Neptune V, the third game in the Hyperdimensional Neptunia series. I say fianlly because they’ve actually released quite a number of promotional videos for the game, mostly starring Izawa the former chief of a fictional Xbox 360 Special Forces Division (this is a series of commercials; it’s not an actual division at Xbox Japan) summoning various creators (Nobuo Uematsu for music) and various elements (Keiji Inafune ship???) for the game. Now we finally get to see some actual gameplay. The Hyperdimensional Neptunia JRPG series are parodies inspired by real-world events that occurred in the games industry. The first two games depicted a war between the platform holders (represented by Goddesses) against piracy – specifically the R4 or Magic-Con flash cartridge for Nintendo DS, represented by a villain who’s literally named Arfoire in the English version. Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is set in G.C1989 (in the eventual English released this will probably be translated as “Gameindustri 1989), and is inspired by real-world events during the Sega Mega Drive and Famicom era. Series protagonist Neptune (CV: Rie Tanaka) somehow fell into a wormhole in time that takes her back into the past. There, she meets Pururut, voiced by Kana Hanazawa. Kami Jigen Game Neptune V is due on August 30 for the PlayStation 3 in Japan. Source: NeoGAF 1st trailer for Ano Hana PSP game re-introduces the Peace Busters (main characters) Source: trailer/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Mages has released the 1st trailer for the PSP game of the popular animation, “Ano hibi mita hana no namae wo bokutachi ha mada shiranai”(Ano hana) on 18th July 2012. The game will be a adventure game with multi-route splits and will delve into the story more than the animation did. Completely new story content will be added in and there will be a mode where players can interact with Menma. Ano hana is follows the story of 5 kids who have grown up after growing apart due to a unfortunate accident that claimed the life of one of their friends, in which the main protagonist, Jinta has become a shut-in after the accident, until one day he starts seeing the ghost of Meiko , the girl who had died in the accident. She returns with an unfulfilled wish that she has forgotten and hopes that Jinta can fufil it. The limited edition will come with a Special case, Drama CD, Dialogue book for the Drama CD a “Menma” and “Anaru” poster. Ano Hana PSP is developed by Mages/5PB and will be out on sale August 30, 2012. The normal/limited edition costs 6,090 yen and 10,290 yen respectively. Source : Siliconera, Ano Hana PSP OHP Ascii MediaWorks leaks new Ro-kyu-bu Game for PSP Source: bu-game-for-psp/
  13. 13. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By shia on July 19th, 2012 Ascii Mediaworks might have actually leaked news of a new Ro-kyu-bu PSP game in its lineup for its Comiket 82 sales booth. While the image is of low quality, the text in the bubble does indicate a new PSP Ro-kyu-bu game in the works and it will be out in 2013. Ro-Kyu-Bu is a romance comedy about Hasegawa Subaru, who becomes the coach of a team of elementary school’s female basketball team by trying his best to bring up the standard of the team. Ro-Kyu-Bu was originally conceived from a Novel and is in its 10th book. It also has an animation that was produced by studio Blanc and the first PSP game was produced by Bandai Namco. It was an adventure game most noted for having a Loli gauge and a sports gauge, where the player would try to improve the team or relationship with the girls.(You get a bad end of being arrested under certain circumstances) Update: Looks like Ascii Mediaworks has changed the picture and it is no longer available on the Comiket Goods preview site. Source : ANN, Hachimaki Blog Pre-order Medal of Honor Warfighter Limited Edition For Exclusive Access to Battlefield 4 Beta Source: warfighter-limited-edition-for-exclusive-access-to-battlefield-4-beta/ By GermanSausage on July 19th, 2012 Exclusive access to the sequel of award winning FPS, Battlefield 3, will be packaged with Medal of Honor Warfighter. Despite having three remaining DLCs in the pipeline, with the final being End Game, due in March 2013. EA has officially confirmed that Battlefield 4 is in the works and the beta will be launching in “fall 2013”. That said, EA is “not ready to talk about Battlefield 4 yet”. At any rate, Swedish game studio, DICE, is going to be hard at work this Christmas. Source: EA Battlefield, EA Medal of Honor The world that God only Knows Limited Edition volume 19 to come with Tenri’s Arc OVA Source: edition-vol19-to-come-with-tenris-arc-ova/ By shia on July 19th, 2012 Comic Natalie site reports that volume 19 of “神神神神神神神神 神”(The world that God only knows) limited edition will be packaged with an animation short of the Tenri arc. Keima Katsuragi is a gal-game otaku that would want nothing but to just chase after skirts in games. He answers a message from an unknown sender and finds himself chasing down real girls in an attempt to help Else, a demon to capture “lost souls” that have escaped from hell, lest he loses his head due to a collar that would swiftly end his life if he fails to do so. The story follows Keima as he capture girls and unravel the truth of the world. There has been 2 season of the animation but the story has not progressed to the current arc where Tenri and Diana are featured. On the 18th of July, book 17 and 18 of the manga was released where the Tenri arc begins. The OVA will be focusing on the Tenri and Diana who are not in the main animation series. The book is expected to be out on the 18th October 2012. No price has been announced as of press time. Source : Comic Natalie Ono Daisuke & Kondou Takayuki weighing scale announced Source: weighing-scale-announced/
  14. 14. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By shia on July 19th, 2012 Ever wanted to have a voice actor telling you your weight? Bunka Housou is collaborating with Tanita to create a weighing scale that will be voiced by Ono Daisuke and Kondou Takayuki who hosts a radio show called “Dragon and Tiger” on Bunka Housou. The scale will be on early bird sale at Comiket 82. The base model will be “Inner Scan Voice BC-202″, it will be able to track your daily weight and measure your body mass index. The voices are specially taken from popular lines that they speak on the radio show, such as “神神神神神神神神神神 神”(Please get on, My lady) and “神神神神神神”(You have gotten slimmer). The package and the weighing scale itself will be specially designed and the weighing scale will have the radio show’s logo engraved on it. On top of that, a special audio CD containing a exercise regime will be provided, the exercises are certified by a proffessional and will be narrated by either Ono Daisuke or Kondou Takayuki. The retail price of the scale is 13,000 Yen. Pre-orders have begun and the expected date of delivery is in September, those that are unable to wait until then will be able to buy it at Comiket 82 which is happening on the 10th of August 2012, at the A&G booth in Comiket. Source: Kotaku, A&G Tiger & Dragon Radio show, Annoucement Link VA20th Anniversary Celebrations: Mascot Voice Actresses and Live Goods Announced Source: mascot-voice-actresses-and-live-goods-announced/ By Mycstea on July 19th, 2012 Announced over the weekend, much information regarding the event has been released again! Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year with a bang! As previously reported, famous visual novel publishing company Visual Art’s is celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this year. Along with it’s various activities and promotions, Visual Art’s is holding it’s massive celebration event at Yokohama Arena on the 29th of July 2012. This live concert features the many vocal talents from it’s subsidiaries I’ve Sound and Key Sound Label including Mami Kawada, KOTOKO, Lia, LiSA and euphonius. Read our previous reports here: • Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations • Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Mascots Named, Special Page for Orpheus神神神神神神神神神神神神神 Opens • Visual Art’s Kumikyouku special to be streamed on Nicovideo as part of 20th anniversary celebrations • Additional Lineup for VA20th Anniversary Concert: Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shift: Next -> Generation! As reported earlier, the mascots of the event has been put up for naming by fans, as well as the voice actresses of the characters. The verdict is out! The voice actress of Shion is non other then famous voice actress Tomoe Tamiyasu! Also responsible for enchanting voices of Rin Natsume and the original voice actress of Sasami Sasegawa and Riki Naoe from the game Little Busters!, Tomoe Tamiyasu has always been a crowd favourite in many Visual Art’s and Key events for her energy and adorable voice! Shion’s twin counterpart Kanon is voiced by yet another prominent voice actress, Keiko Suzuki! Known for her multiple roles in VA Key works including Yumemi from planetarian ~reverie of a little planet~, Haruka Saigusa/ Kanata Futaki from Little Busters!, she is also known for her latest work as Shizuru Koibana from Key’s latest games Rewrite! This addition is sure to captivate more audiences as well! Readers may look at the official announcement page here. Last Friday, the event official website updated the entire list of live goods to savour for!
  15. 15. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 VA20th Anniversary Event Official Goods Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Official Phamplet (With 2 CDs) Price: 3 500 yen (with tax) This official phamplet of the event does not only offer the chronology of Visual Art’s 20 years of history, it also features full coloured pages of illustrations with their signatures, not forgetting information regarding all performing artistes in the live! Much more content are available within! With this phamplet, there is no doubt this event will be a fun one! 神B4 Size神36 pages Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Kanon・Shion ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A shirt featuring the two mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神 and 神Shion神. Let’s wear this T-shirt and enjoy the 5 hour live together! 神Sizes: S神L神XL Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Little Busters! ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original shirt printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Rin神 and 神Komari神 from the game 神Little Busters!神. Fire up the spirit of the festival with a taste of Japanese style T-shirts! 神Sizes: S神L神XL Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Tee shirt (Limited Sales after Event Live) (No Image available) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) A T-shirt only available exclusive after the live, please do purchase it! 神Sizes: S神L神XL
  16. 16. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Muffler Towel (20th Logo ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel featuring the adorable designs of the Visual Art’s Big Thanks official logo, please leave it to the towel and sweat it out this summer! 神Size神1050mm×220mm Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Muffler Towel (Rewrite ver.) Price: 2 000 yen (with tax) An original muffler towel printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Kotori神 and 神Shizuru 神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Feel cool while wearing this refreshing blue and white design towel! 神Size神1050mm×220mm Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Wrist Band Price: 1 000yen (with tax) Embroidered with the official logo of Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, there shouldn’t be any worries about sweat during the 5 hour live!? Original Pin Badge Set (Visual Art’s Logo ・ 20th Anniversary Logo ver.) Price: 1 500yen (with tax) On sale are pin sets containing Visual Art’s and 20th Anniversary logo pins!
  17. 17. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 KSL Original Cyalume Pouch Price: 2 500yen (with tax) A cyalume pouch printed with art specially drawn for Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival featuring 神Shizuru神 from the game 神Rewrite神. Capable of holding 8 sticks of chemical light sticks. 神This product does not include chemical light sticks. Big Nendroid Plushie (Kanon ver.) Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Kanon神! Bring home a giant size Kanon! Big Nendroid Plushie (Shion ver.) Price: 30 000yen (with tax) A huge plushie featuring the mascot of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival 神Shion神! Bring home a giant size Shion! Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Original Messenger Bag Price:7 500yen (with tax) An original messenger bag printed using the mascots of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. The front cover of the bag is also inter-changeable. A possibility of new products to come!? Size: H270×W300×D160mm
  18. 18. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Nyatsume Brothers Price: 2 000yen (with tax) Released in visualstyle,Nyatsume Brothers have finally been decided for book form! 164 pages in full colour, the book will contain content from 神visualstyle神 and 神Web Visit version神! Furthermore, as a bonus, the book comes along with Mini Mini figures of the Nyatsume Brothers!! Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary Remixes Price: 3 000yen (with tax) To commemorate Visual Art’s 20th Anniversary, it’s history and birth, it’s many many masterpieces along the way, collaborations and networks, the world’s forerunners of the most current creators from every scene gather to create a transformation of dance music that everyone will be talking about! In addition, the works included in these 2 discs are definitive versions of music composed based on those from Key and other music under the wings of Visual Art’s 20 years, specially for Visual Art’s x Dance Music!! KEYNOTE -Key Sounds Remix Album- / Soshi Hosoi Price: 2 000yen (with tax) An evolutionary break ball remix album produced by Soshi Hosoi (hosplug). A new sound born from the colourful works of Key. Also includes a newly written song by a collaboration between Shinji Orito and Soshi Hosoi! Silver Accessories (No image available) Price: 14 500yen (with tax) Accessories engraved with Kotori from 神Rewrite神. By wearing it in a certain method, choker and bracelet can be used together. A chance to look cool and classy! Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival Cyalume Sticks (Ultra Orange) (No image available) Price: 200 yen (with tax) Chemical light bearing the logo of Visual Art’s Big Thanks Festival. 1 stick of Ultra Orange will be sold at a time. Original Shopping Bag (No image available) Price: 500 yen (with tax) Original shopping bag to be printed with design. 神Black and Dark Blue are available. 神On the day itself, shopping bags will not be provided. Please bring a shopping bag in advance, or purchase a shopping bag.
  19. 19. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Goods will be available from 10am while the formation of queues will commence from 9am on the day itself! Although the sales of goods might commence ahead of schedule, the timing for formation of queues will not be changed, thus visitors are advised to come at the specified timing. Holders of tickets would not determine priority in queue as customers without a live ticket will also be allowed to purchase goods without a ticket. Readers may visit the official goods release page here. VA20th Anniversary Event Special Talk Shows Held at the event, the following interesting talk shows will be going on during the event proceedings! ・Visual Art’s Seiyuu Talk Show ・We’re blunt because it’s the 20th Anniversary Special・ Start timing神 Scheduled for 10:30神12:30 MC神 Keiko Suzuki, Tomoe Tamiyasu Event description神 Guest seiyuus from VA works such as Yoshitomo Tanaka, Kumiko Okugawa and Ryoko Tezuka talk about the unknown side of VAworks!? Listen to their talks to your heart’s content at this recording time. ・Kine-book Presentation & Popular Writers Talk Show Start timing神 Scheduled for 14:30神15:30 Guest神 Ichiro Sakaki, Hideyuki Niki, Yu Miyamura, Tenhime Ame (In no particular order) Event description神 First unveiling of “Kine-book”, a new presentation of traditional Kinetic Novel storytelling! Also, MCfor the talk will be conducted by Miyu Inoue, featuring a host of popular and prominent writers!! Exhibition area will be open to the public from 10am to 1pm. Live ticket holders are allowed to enter the exhibition area from 10am to 1pm as well as 2pm to 8pm! Readers may read about the exhibition and view the floor map here. As reported earlier as well, SGCafe will be covering the event on site! Please look out for the full report after the event! Source: VA20 Official Website All image and property copyright belong to Visual Art’s Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B’s July songs update isn’t very exciting [trailer] Source: ver-bs-july-songs-update-isnt-very-exciting-trailer/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Tomorrow, July 19, shall mark the first new-songs update for Hatsune Miku Project Diva Arcade Ver.B. Four “new” songs will be added in this July update… which is good news, right? Not exactly. All four songs are not exactly “new” per se. Specifically, they hail from Project Diva Extend on the PSP. That said, this is the first time we’re seeing these songs rendered in HD resolution. The Dreamy Theatre PS3 app for Project Diva Extend has not yet been released, after all. How do you feel about this month’s songs update? Are they worth making a trip down to your favourite arcade tomorrow for? Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe! Source: Twitter Confirmed: Fuuka Yamagishi will indeed make an appearance in Persona 4 Arena as a “navi-voice” Source: indeed-make-an-appearance-in-persona-4-arena-as-a-navi-voice/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Last week we ran a piece that discussed the possibility of Persona 3′s Fuuka Yamagishi being featured in Persona 4 Arena (Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan and Asia). Speculation on Fuuka’s inclusion began when some sharp- eyed Persona fans noticed that a particular screenshot of the game’s gallery mode released to Japanese media featured tiny snippets of what appeared to be character portraits for Fuuka and Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima. This week we finally got some form of official confirmation: according to Weekly Famitsu magazine, Fuuka Yamagishi
  20. 20. July 19th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 will indeed be selectable in Persona 4 Arena as an announcer voice (called a “navi-voice” in the game). It’s not entirely clear from the cut-off text in the image below (bigger), but it appears that Fuuka’s navi-voice will be sold as DLC. Fans should also be pleased to see that Fuuka’s grown a pigtail and changed her look in the time gap between the end of Persona 3 and the beginning Persona 4 Arena (approximately three years): We still do not know for sure if the voice of Persona 4′s Nanako Dojima will also be available as a navi-voice in the game as well. But since Nanako’s character portrait is located right next to Fuuka’s, the obvious conjecture is that developer Arc System Works should be making a similar announcement for Nanako soon. Who else would you like to see featured as a navi-voice in Persona 4 Arena? Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) will hit stores in Japan and Asia on July 26, and in the US on August 7. Read more about Atlus’s Persona franchise here on SGCafe! Source: Hachima Singapore: Come meet MCZ| Tokido at Sony and Capcom’s Street Fighter Anniversary Tournament next weekend Source: sony-and-capcoms-street-fighter-anniversary-tournament-next-weekend/ By KarbyP on July 19th, 2012 Mad Catz-sponsored fighting games pro Taniguchi Hajime – better known as “Tokido” or “The Murder Face” to the fighting games community at large – will be coming down to Singapore next weekend (July 28 & 29) as part of the festivities here for Sony and Capcom’s Street Fighter 25th Anniversary Tournament! Although the multi-faceted pro gamer, who’s based in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture and team-mates with Daigo Umehara, is most well-known for his achievements at Street Fighter tournaments, Tokido also plays Guilty Gear, BlazBlue and Tekken at a highly competitive level. His talents in such games have led to fans christening him as one of the five fighting game gods in Japan (Daigo, Nuki, Haitani, Sako, and Tokido… in case you’re wondering, Mago the 2D God is not part of the quintuplet, because Mago’s title is self-asserted), and has also earned him nicknames like “The Murder Face” and “Ice Age” for his cool, calculated but ultimately devastating play. Here’s an example: So come on down to Wisma Atria, Level 1 Atirum next weekend – July 28 and 29 - to catch Tokido in action at the tournament grounds. Better still, if you’ve confident of your Street Fighter skills, take the Murder Face on. Go on, challenge him to a match (if you dare). We’re not sure if you’ll actually have to spot him at the event and ask politely to have a match, or if there will be a line formed just for getting your turn against Tokido. Just keep a look out for exuberant “oooh”s and “aaah”s from the crowd at the location, and you shouldn’t be too far away from the action. Oh, and just in case you’re actually a participant in the any of the 25th Anniversary tournaments, don’t worry, Tokido won’t actually be competing in them. He’s just here as a guest.
  21. 21. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Bakemonogatari Ending Illustration Figures Source: figures/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 Popular anime Bakemonogatari will be getting more figures! And this time they are based on the ending illustrations, Senjougahara Hitagi and Hachikuji Mayoi by Ueda Hajime. The company maker, quesQ will be releasing these two non-scale painted ABS which are 180mm in height. Both figures, the Bakemonogatari Senjougahara Hitagi Ueda Hajime Version and Bakemonogatari Hachikuji Mayoi Ueda Hajime Version will be scheduled to release in November and will cost 4400 yen (approx. SGD$70) each respectively. You can view some of the images to see what the figure looks like!
  22. 22. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Check out quesQ’s website for more images! (Source: quesQ’s Official Site) Imageepoch’s PS3 Tokitowa RPG Trailer with “Hand- Drawn Animation” Source: trailer-with-hand-drawn-animation/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 Namco Bandai Games has begun streaming the first regular promotional trailer for Imageepoch, Namco Bandai Games and Satelight’s Tokitowa role-playing game for the Playstation 3 (PS3) on Friday. Watch the trailer here: The promotional trailer showcases the highlights of ”hand- drawn” animation of the characters interacting in a 3D world, and even in battle and travelling scenes. Known as the Playstation 3′s “First animation RPG”, the game summary revolves around an 18-year old knight, played by Yonaga Tsubasa (Chihayafuruas Tsutomu, Big Windup! as Mihashi Ren). The knight is to be married to the Kamuza Kingdom’s 16 year-old sorcerer princess named Toki, played by Hanazawa Kana (Steins;Gate as Mayuri, Bakemonogatari and Nisemonogatari’s Nadeko Sengoku). However, Toki learns from a fortuneteller, that someone will be assaulting them during their marriage ceremony. The producers who are in charge of the game are: Hirano Kay (Macross Frontier: Sayonara no Tsubasa, Mobile Suit Gundam Seed) and Tsukanaka Kensuke (Super Robot Taisen OG Saga). While Koshiro Yuzo (7th Dragon 2020) is the main sound producer. The anime studio Satelight, (Macross Frontier, Aquarion EVOL) will be collaborating in the in-game animations with the production company Bandai Namco Games and popular Japanese role-playing game developer Imageepoch (Fate/Extra, 7th Dragon 2020). Also the illustrator of Bakemonogatari VOFAN, will be contributing to the game as well. Check out the official website for more details! The game will be releasing on the 11th October. (Source: ANN, Andriasang) Hidamari Sketch and Manabi Straight: Hidamanabi Project Source: straight-hidamanabi-project/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 The creators of of Hidamari Sketch and Manabi Straight are coming together for a new collaboration called Hidamanabi Project. The first event will be a talk show (Hidamanabi Night), to be held on the first of August, at Shinjuku Loft Plus One. King Records’s Yamanaka Takahiro and Aniplex’s Takahashi Yuuma will be co-hosting the event.
  23. 23. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 More details about the collaboration will probably come after the event. Source: Hidamari Sketch OHP JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: A Key Visual Art Released Source: art-released/ By mijumijuchu on July 20th, 2012 The August issue of Shueisha’s Ultra Jump magazine has published a piece of their key visual art for the upcoming anime series on Thursday! The art features Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando from Araki Hirohiko’s original manga’s Jojo’s Bizzare Adventure: Part 1: Phantom Blood. The anime will be premiering in Japan this October. The last half of the manga’s Part 3 has inspired an original anime video (OVA) in 1993, followed by an adaptation of the first half in 2000. Not only that, the manga’s Part 1 also inspired the film, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood. The official website for the anime adaptation has also been opened. Not much information is shown yet so stay tune for more updates! (Source: ANN, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Website) New Kyoto Animation Shop CM uses scenery from Rokujizou, Kyoto Source: scenery-from-rokujizou-kyoto/ By koppepan on July 20th, 2012 Kyoto Animation has released a commercial for their shop, rendered in the animation we have come to expect of KyoAni. The commercial shows a schoolgirl who boards a plane in her trip to the KyoAni shop. On first glance, it may look like a fantasy setting, but a closer look reveals that most of the video is set in Kyoto, more specifically, the area around the KyoAni studio.
  24. 24. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Here are some comparisons- If you are planning to visit Kyoto in future, why not drop by the KyoAni Shop? Source: Nuruwota ga kiru Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita finally has a price in Singapore dollars Source: playstation-vita-finally-has-a-price-in-singapore-dollars/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Sony has finally put a price on the Hatsune Miku limited edition PlayStation Vita 3G/Wi-Fi pack in Singapore. It will be released in Singapore and other Asian regions on August 30, alongside Hatsune Miku Project Diva F, for the price of…S$588. Here’s what the pack will include: PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition 3G/ Wi-Fi Model (Model No. ! PCHAS – 1106K) ・PlayStation®Vita HATSUNE MIKU Limited Edition (Crystal White) ×1 ・PS Vita Exclusive software HATSUNE MIKU Project DIVA f ×1 ・Memory Card 4GB ・Origin! al Design Protective Film ・Original Design AR Card
  25. 25. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 ・Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita (Green)(MSY Co. Ltd.)** ・USB Cable ×1 ・AC Adaptor ×1 ・Power Cord ×1 ・Booklet ×1 **Trooper Pack for PlayStation®Vita is a townbag- like pouch that is perfect as a unisex, casual fashion item. The screen protective pads, used to protect the PlayStation®Vita screen (touchscreen), fit perfectly between the left stick and right stick of the console to protect the screen from scratches. If you’re just joining us for the first time, and have absolutely no clue what in the world this game is, well, we’ve already covered a heck of a tonne about Hatsune Miku ProjectDivaF so check those links out. Sony expects the rhythm-action title to be the next big seller on the PS Vita. The Hatsune Miku LE PS Vita is similar to a regular Crystal White PS Vita in all ways but one – an image of the virtual idol is embedded on the Vita’s rear touch panel. And in case you’re wondering, yes, it’s only available in white. If, however, you really, really want a Hatsune Miku limited edition PS Vita in black, you’re not entirely out of luck. All you need to do is track down this guy in Japan. Quantities are limited for the pack, so if you’re interested in picking one up, make sure you pre-order at your favourite PlayStation partner stop in Singapore. Arc System Works reveals its new mystery game title: Kyuukousha no Shojo Source: mystery-game-title-as-kyuukousha-no-shojo/ By Kyoka on July 20th, 2012 Arc System Works has finally revealed its new Nintendo 3DS game which they have teased online a few weeks ago. The teaser site has now updated details about the new mystery game titled Kyuukousha no Shojo, translated in english as “The Girl of the Old School Building”.
  26. 26. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Details from the official site states that the game Kyuukousha no Shojo is set in the town of Nanafushi Ootsgichou, a town known for its lush beautiful scenery, amidst its urban legends. Apparently at a school in town, stories of certain urban legend pertaining to seven mysteries has been spreading amongst the students. The as of yet unnamed main character of the game is particularly interested in a rather peculiar mystery, one which leads to a door in the school library that does not open. The game revolves around her search for clues that might help solve this mystery. Arc System Works has yet to reveal the game’s official release date. Source: 4gamer Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection celebrates iPhone support with an in-game event Source: celebrates-iphone-support-with-an-event/ By shia on July 20th, 2012 After a long wait of five months, Mobage social game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” now supports iPhones. To celebrate that, Crypton Future Media(the people who brought us Vocaloids) are celebrating it with an event in- game. It was announced by Crypton Future Media on the 21st June 2012, that they would be working with DeNa, using their Mobage open platform system to extend support to include iPhone users for their popular card collection/nurturing simulation game “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” since its release in February 2012. To celebrate the milestone, iPhone users will be getting 10 of “Stamina recovery Max” and “Tension recovery Max” items instead of the normal 3 of each once they complete the tutorial. On top of that, all users who start the game within this period will get a 7 day double XP and in game goods, making it an enticing preposition to begin the game now. What is “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection”? “Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection” is a dream collaboration realized by many creators that is the second set of Japan’s first CGM(Consume Generated Media) social game. The efforts come from a plethora of illustrators across multiple genres; whom some of them are drawing Miku and the rest of the Vocaloid characters for the first time. This is all for the sake of enabling and enhancing player experience through expanding their card collection and to reach the goal of completing their card collection libraries. Crypton expects to add more cards as an ongoing effort to showcase new artists. How is the gameplay like? The game system requires the player to build a deck of 6 cards which he begins with.To increase the number of cards, the player must do quests or use the gachapon(mini lottery) to try their luck at getting new/rarer cards. A social game must have some form of social interaction, for this game, players will be able to interact with each other via a battle system. Players can pit their deck of cards in a 1 vs 1 situation and the side with the higher numbers of wins will win the overall match. While having strong cards will increase the chance of winning, players can apply tactics such as rearranging the deck order in such a way that their stronger cards are pitted
  27. 27. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 against the opponent’s weaker cards and thus gaining an overall victory through careful planning. Some cards have additional abilities that activate on certain conditions(Sun Graze: +300 singing/charisma only on Sundays) that might turn a lost cause into a stunning victory. Winners of this battle will gain XP and snatch a portion of their money and items of which can be used to further their goals of completing their collection of cards. Hatsune Miku Graphy Collection is now available for iPhone users and Android users alike on Mobage over here. A QR- Code link is also available just below. Source: 4Gamer, PC OHP Every song in Idolm@ster Shiny Festa has 2 PVs, switchable mid-song through “Shining Burst” Source: has-2-pvs-switchable-mid-song-through-shining-burst/ By KarbyP on July 20th, 2012 Also: package illustrations for each of the three different versions. What are you wanting for? Hit the jump to the full story! Earlier this week we reported that Idolm@ster Shiny Festa will feature a “Shining Burst” play mechanic that will let you activate a special cutscene mid-song, if you do well. We had thought this to be similar to climax scenes in Hatsune Miku Project Diva F. But as it turns out, Idolm@ster Shining Festa‘s implementation is quite different: each song in the game will actually feature two different accompanying music video clips. You can choose to start the song with either playing in the background. There is also an option to disable Shining Bursts completely, so that you’ll stick to the same music clip for the entire song. During play, as you rack up combos through well-timed button presses, your “・ (Kirameki) meter” will begin to fill. This meter is no different from the life or pass/fail meter in other rhythm action titles. When it’s completely filled, at specific points in a song, a “Shooting Star” note will appear on the screen. Clear the note with a well-timed button press, and you’ll activate Shining Burst, which will change the currently playing clip to the other one, and vice-versa. Although this may sound gimmicky in theory, it may in fact lead to some meaningful moments for Idolm@ster fans. For instance, for Chihaya Kisaragi’s (CV: Asami Imai) Yakusoku, you may choose to start playing with the following clip in the background: Then, when you hit the high point of the song, a Shooting Star note could change the clip to the following one, which depicts Chihaya’s childhood memories. Another example. In the song Gero Gero Kitchen, a Shooting Star appears right after Chihaya yells “I’ve got it, gero!” (・・ ・・・・・). With a well-time button press you could swap clips and have Chihaya appear in an elegant stage costume.
  28. 28. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Famitsu also notes that during a Shining Burst it’s much easier to increase your score as well. Apart from detailing the game’s Shining Burst mechanic, Famitsu has also published screenshots for a couple of songs, as well as package iluustrations for each of the three different versions (which will all come with different track-lists). Tonari ni… A ballad about a deceased loved one. What sort of scenes will follow after a Shining Burst, we wonder. Marionette no Kokoro First unveiled in the 13th episode of the anime series. Smoky Thrill Unit Ryuguu Komachi’s signature song. From training wear to… nekomimi (cat ears) and shippo (tail) cosplay? Jibun Rest@rt A song that signifies the 765Pro idols’ growth. ——————– Package shots ——————– Honey Sound
  29. 29. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Funky Note Groovy Tune For more on Idolm@ster Shiny Festa, pick up a copy of this week’s Famitsu magazine. Read more Idolmaster stories here on SGCafe! Source: Famitsu First look: Ryu Ga Gotoku/ Yakuza 1&2 HD edition (trailer) Source: hd-edition-trailer/ By Kyoka on July 20th, 2012 Sega has finally debuted a first real look of the upcoming PS3 rerelease hit game Ryu Ga Gotoku/Yakuza 1&2 HD Edition along with its announcement. The official website has been launched, containing details of the game’s new features such as the phone box item storage system. More importantly the game will allow for data install, which will help to improve loading times, as well as Trophy support. The game has a release date of November 1 in Japan. For those of you keen to spot the major visual difference between the original Playstation 2 and the HD remake Playstation 3 version, Sega has kindly offered a comparison picture as shown below. The game’s box art and preorder bonuses have also been detailed. For those who are eager to preorder will get a clear file featuring the box art from the original PS2 titles, and a dummy PS3 packaging also with the original box art, as shown below.
  30. 30. July 20th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Clear file PS3 dummy boxart Source: Ryu ga Gotoku HD Edition Website
  31. 31. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Ao no Exorcist Movie Release Date Revealed Source: revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The popular shounen manga by Kazue Katoh, anime adaptation, Ao no Exorcist (Blue Exorcist) movie date has been revealed. The movie, stated on the official website on Monday is slated to premiere on 28th December in TOHO cinemas throughout Japan. If you pre-order the tickets which will be going on sale on the 25th August, for the first 30000 tickets, you can get a limited set of 3 different types of postcards. (Source: ANN, Ao no Exorcist website) New Menu at Noitamina Cafe Theater Source: theater/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The Noitamina Cafe Theater at Aqua City, Odaiba now has a menu inspired by the series Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae o Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai (or AnoHana for short) as well as the new Moyashimon Returns anime. Also, there is a menu for the new anime, Natsuyuki Rendenvouz as well. For the AnoHana menu, you can try out: Jin-tan’s Egg Ramen or Menma’s Egg Drop ramen Also on the menu, you can try the steamed cake that Menma made in Episode 3! Another item on the menu you can try out is the Gari-Gari- kun Popsicle that was featured in the anime as well. Also, when you order the food items, you will get a random sticker that features Jin-tan’s shirts logo from the anime.
  32. 32. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 For fans of Moyahimon, the cute microbes are found all in the food items! Most of the food include fermented food ingredients so it’s definitely a healthy set! You can try the Triple Kamosu don, a rice bowl with kimchi, natto and pork miso soup Mix and Kamosu! Oryzae Face Pasta: Japanese-style Yogurt de gozaru Sundae: And finally, for dessert, there is Natsuyuki Kakigori(shaved ice), from Natsuyuki Rendezvous Seems like its kakigori with edible flowers. (Source: Noitamina Cafe Theater website) Mawaru Penguindrum: Hoshino Lily Gallery Artwork Source: gallery-artwork/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Mawaru Penguindrum’s character designer, Hoshino Lily is having an art gallery at the GoFa (Gallery of Fantastic Art) which is held at Shibuya, at the Aoyama Oval Building. The gallery will be opened from 12PM till 6PM and entrance fees for this gallery is 500 yen per person. The gallery will be showcasing Hoshino-sensei’s artworks from her most recent works: Mawaru Penguindrum. Visitors can also pre-order an autographed copy of her Works artbook from the gallery. There will also be a janken event where three winners will receive posters. (Source: GoFa website) JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure’s Fictional Convenience Store to be Recreated in Real Life Source: convenience-store-to-be-recreated-in-real-life/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 The fictional convenience store in JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures, “OWSON” will be recreated in real life. The LAWSON convenience store chain, will be transforming one of its Sendai City branches into the fictional “Owson” store as seen in Part 4 of Araki Hirohiko’s manga, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures.
  33. 33. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 The Lawson store’s front will be changed to be read as “Owson” just like in the manga. The store will also be selling exclusive “Owson” items such as notebooks, permanent markers, ballpoint pens, all only at the Sendai branch. The store will be exhibitng a miniature diorama recreation of Owson. And lastly, the first 10,000 people to purchase any JoJo’s Bizarre Adventures goods at the store will receive an original Owson plastic bag. The Owson Store will be open for business from 28th July (Saturday) till the 30th September. Not only that, the “Hirohiko Araki JoJo Exhibition” will also be opening on the same day in Sendai to celebrate the manga’s 25th anniversary. (Source: ANN, LAWSON’s website) Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas: First Press Limited Edition preview Source: press-limited-edition-preview/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 Nitro+’s latest game, Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas will be released on the 26th of July. Today, the Nitro+ staff blog updated with preview pictures of the game package and limited edition specials. The game discs come in a clear box case, made in the same way as the cases for the BD/DVD version of TV anime Guilty Crown.
  34. 34. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The front of the box: Inside: It comes with an autographed card by illustrator Chuou Higashiguchi! The card is for Nitro+ Card Masters. Inside the box, you get a special OVA DVD, and the game disc: For the first-press limited version, the game comes with a 40 page book of sketches and concept details, the LOST XMAS Artworks. It comes sealed because of spoilers, so you can enjoy looking at it after completing the game. There is also an alternative jacket cover, with the option of redjuice’s or Kadowaki Satoshi’s illustration. Additionally, if you purchase the game from Nitro +Direct, you get a bonus three B2-sized posters of the cover illustrations by Chuou Higashiguchi, Redjuice and Kadowaki Satoshi!
  35. 35. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Guilty Crown: Lost Christmas goes on sale in another three days. In the meantime, be sure to check out the countdown voices and the daily top illustrations at the official site! Yuruyuri Live-Action RPG to be Hosted at Amusement Park Source: hosted-at-amusement-park/ By mijumijuchu on July 23rd, 2012 Popular comedy, slice-of-life anime, Yuruyuri based on Namori’s manga, will be having a live-action role-playing game (RPG) that will be hosted at Tokyo’s Toshimaen Amusement Park on the 18th and 19th August. The RPG will be operated by the PK Theater “creator team”, and visitors can get to play the role of students from the series’s Nanamori Middle School and take on various missions that involve solving puzzles, using items and searching for lost items. You can watch their promotional trailer here: The four members of the “Nanamori-Chu Goraku- Bu” (Nanamori Middle School’s Amusement Club), the voice actress team,Tsuda Minami, Ookubo Rumi, Mikami Shiori and Otsubo Yuka, will be making appearances at the Amusement Park for the two-day event. Also, after the visitors finish the game, they are entitled to meet the voice actresses. Exclusive Yuruyuri goods and merchandise will also be available at the event! Here are the event details! Yuruyuri♪♪ -PK Theater: Sensational School RPG Sagashite♪Summer Daijiken!! Tickets on sale: 20th July Price: 3200 yen (with limited goods) Event opens on: 18-19 August 16 performance slots (8 per day) The PK Theater group previously hosted a similar event for Rinne no Lagrange at the Tokyo Anime Fair this March as well. (Source: ANN, PK Theater website) RDG gets anime by PA Works, character designs by Kishida Mel Source: character-designs-by-kishida-mel/ By koppepan on July 23rd, 2012 RDG (Red Data Girl) is getting an anime adaptation by PA Works (true tears, Hanasaku Iroha, TARI TARI), with revised character designs by illustrator Kishida Mel (Original novel artwork is by Sakai Komako). The story is about a girl, Suzuhara Izumiko, who was born and raised in a shrine in the mountains. She lives quietly with her father, who is the head priest. In her third year of middle school, she is unexpectedly sent to a school in Tokyo, Houjou Gakuen. There, she is reconciled with her childhood friend Miyuki, who is extremely popular in class. Miyuki doesn’t acknowledge her at first, but due to family circumstances, he is ordered to become Izumiko’s slave for life. The two of them are then wrapped up in the strange happenings at school, with humanity at stake. The author, Ogiwara Noriko, expresses her excitement at being able to see the characters move on screen. She also mentions that the anime was planned before the novels reached a conclusion, but says that things have settled down since, and that she is looking forward to the anime. This will also be the second collaboration between Kishida Mel and PA Works, the first being Hanasaku Iroha.
  36. 36. July 23rd, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Official site here: Is Final Fantasy Versus XIII cancelled? Source: By GermanSausage on July 23rd, 2012 We last heard about Final Fantasy Versus XIII quite some months ago in March. It went missing during E3 and we have not heard of it since. That is until Kotaku found some sources suggesting “that Final Fantasy Versus XIII is officially cancelled”. Kotaku also had another source suggesting that resources used to produce Final Fantasy Versus XIII had been folded into the sequel, Final Fantasy XV. With Final Fantasy XV gracing E3 instead of Versus XIII, will Final Fantasy XV be taking center stage once more at Tokyo Game Show (come September) while Versus XIII walk the same lonely path as Starcraft Ghost? Sources: Kotaku, IGN Asia: Yes, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F will come with the protective skin pre-order bonus Source: f-will-come-with-the-protective-skin-pre-order-bonus/ By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 Whenever a game maker announces that their latest title will come with a cool pre-order bonus item, gamers in Singapore and other regions outside Japan alike worry about if they’ll receive the bonus item when they purchase the title in retail stores in Singapore. That’s especially the case with the Hatsune Miku PS Vita protective skin that’ll be offered to gamers who pre-order Sega’s Project Diva F in Japan – especially since you won’t be able to buy this protective skin anywhere else, and since the skin is designed to match one of the game’s loading screens. Will folks who purchase the game in Asia be subjected to the same deal? As it turns out, yes! We’ve just received word from New Era, the distributor for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F in Asia that the protective skin will indeed be presented to gamers who pre-order at stores in the following countries: Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Indonesia. For more details, check with your local games retailer. Even if they don’t know whether they’ll receive the PS Vita skin or not, check with them if they’re getting their copies from New Era or elsewhere. Only the New Era copies will come with the pre-order bonus. Other pre-order bonuses that New Era has brought in for gamers include a Sonic-themed notepad and pin badge that came with purchases of Sonic Generations (Xbox 360, PS3). [UPDATE] Hong Kong and Taiwan are the countries not under New Era’s distribution for Hatsune Miku Project Diva F Read more stories about Hatsune Miku and Project Diva here on SGCafe! Robotics;Notes anime PV synced to Kanako Ito’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu Source: to-kanako-itos-sora-no-shita-no-soukanzu/ By KarbyP on July 23rd, 2012 A new promotional video for Robotics;Notes, which will air on FujiTV’s NoitaminA time slot come this October, has been unveiled on the show’s official website. Robotics;Notes is the third entry in 5pb and Nitroplus’s Science Adventure series of visual-novel games and anime franchise. Set in 2019, it tells the story of a group of otakus – a fighting game otaku, an anime otaku, a robot otaku, urban legend otaku, and a 2ch otaku – who band together through a series of events that eventually lead to the building of a life- sized giant robo that will save the world. Itou Kanako’s Sora no Shita no Soukanzu is used as the background music for this PV. It is also the ending theme for the game. We’ll have more on Robotics;Notes soon. In the meantime, check out our previous coverage on the title. Source: JAMguru, RoboticsNotes.TV
  37. 37. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Joysound x Evangelion: U- Style Evangelion Karaoke Source: evangelion-karaoke/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 At Joysound, an Evangelion experience is waiting for you! Recently opened, it features Evangelion rooms which doubles as a karaoke lounge, where fans can enjoy karaoke in an Eva-tastic style, at U-Style Tsudanuma! The main lobby of the place has been decorated to look like the NERV Headquarters, and the rooms have been given a make-over in the style of Evangelion, with rooms dedicated to each character. There is also a huge Eva-01 statue at the front desk. The karaoke machines are transformed into Eva-like machines too! Some of the rooms at U-Style, Tsudanuma! There is also an Evangelion-themed menu to complete the experience! Some of the food items you can try at the karaoke!
  38. 38. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Food No.01: NERV Burger Food No.10: Eva 01 Parfait Food No.07: Angel Hamburger Don To get to this awesome karaoke lounge, the U-STYLE TSUDANUMA is located between two stations, “Tsudanuma Station” at JR SOBU Line and “Shin-Tsudanuma Station” at Shinkeisei Line. The location of the karaoke lounge is situated at: 1-2-1 Tsudanuma, Narashino-shi, Chiba 13 Build. 4F, 5F Tel: 047-403-7227 Business Hour: 11:00am-6:00am (Source: Goboiano, animate) PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale beta available now for Hong Kong and Singapore PS Plus subscribers Source: beta-available-now-for-hong-kong-and-singapore-ps-plus-subscribers/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 is reporting that a beta for PlayStation All- Stars Battle Royale is available now to PS Plus members in Singapore and Hong Kong. PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale is a frantic four-player fighting game that stars characters from various PlayStation first-party properties, such as Parappa the Rapper and God of War’s Kratos, as well as characters from third-party franchises: Heihachi from Tekken, Bioshock’s Big Daddy, and more. Judging from the description of the item on the PlayStation store, it looks like the beta will include online play: The goal of the Beta is to allow the developers to test the servers and Match Making features. Of course, to do that we need lots of people on the servers so please come along and battle your favourite characters!” Although the beta will probably make its way to the PS Plus in other regions eventually, currently there is no information on when that will happen. For now the beta is a timed- exclusive for Singapore and Hong Kong users. If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, PlayStation Plus is a premium service for PS3 users that gives them free games (selected titles) every month, as well as access to online storage for save files, full game trials, trophy auto- syncing, and other exclusive offers. Free games offered under the PS Plus programme are playable until you choose to stop renewing your subscription to the programme. This month, Singapore and Hong Kong PS Plus subscribers are treated to a free copy of Echochrome II, The Last Guy, and Ape Escape! (PS1 title, Japanese), among other offers. In Singapore, PlayStation Plus membership is offered on two subscription bases – monthly and annually. A 30-day subscription costs S$6.99, while an annual pass (365 days) will run you $42.99.
  39. 39. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Source: Sword Art Online Preorders Open? Source: By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Animate has been holding a Sword Art Online fair at their outlets, and every purchase of any Sword Art Online novel or manga entitles you to redeem a special three page booklet, the Argus’s Sword Art Online 2022 Promotion Pamphlet. According to the pamphlet, the game will go on sale on the 6th of November, 2022. The game itself will cost 39800 yen, while the game with the Nerve Gear hardware will set you back 129800 yen. While ten years before may too early as a preorder period, considering Sword Art Online’s revolutionary system and technology, it may be wise to preorder your copy early. It is limited to a run of 10000 copies. This is a joke pamphlet in collaboration with the Sword Art Online series, and a lot of attention to detail has been put in to make it look convincing! Even as just a promotional flyer, it has collector’s value. Source: Itsuka baito wo yamete yaru! Fate/Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya: Anime Visual Revealed Source: visual-revealed/ By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 A recent magazine scan that revealed the key visual for the upcoming anime adaptation of Hiroyama Hiroshi’s Fate/ Kaleid Liner Prisma Illya manga was posted online. The project will be directed by Oonuma Shin at SILVERLINK. You can check out the official site: http:// Also, you can follow Illya’s and Hiroyama-san’s twitters as well for more updates! (Source: ANN) Comiket 82 Pixiv Goods Source: By mijumijuchu on July 25th, 2012 The popular Japanese art site has released information about their goods for this coming Comiket 82! Comic Market or Comiket, takes place twice a year, the first
  40. 40. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 one during summer and the other during winter. This year’s Comiket or C82 will be held on 10th August till 12th August at the Tokyo Big Sight. For this year’s C82, the Pixiv booth will be selling two different illustration books. The first illustration book is “pixiv girls collection Futari no Jikan”. The illustration book comes with a B5 size clear pencil board. Here is the main cover for the illustration book. Here are some sample illustration from the book! The second illustration book is a collaboration between the Fate series and pixiv. The illustration book, called “pixiv x TYPE-MOON Illust Collection 10th Anniversary Special Edition” will be A3 in size. The book has approximately 80 pages and it features illustrations from their recently held contest, “TYPE-MOON 10th Anniversary Contest”. The front cover.
  41. 41. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Here are some sample pages from the book itself! For purchasers of the TYPE-MOON illustration book you will get a different shopping bag! Also if you purchase both the books, you can get a free “pixiv- tan” paper bag! The booth will also be selling a Pixiv phone strap for 50o yen. (Source: Lawson x Ito En Madoka Magica Campaign Source: campaign/ By koppepan on July 25th, 2012 Madoka Magica is Lawson’s next collaboration target, with its summer joint promotion with Ito En. Prizes can be won when you buy Ito En drinks, and there will be exclusive goods available at Lawson stores.
  42. 42. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Buying selected drinks from Ito En will give you a code on the receipt which entitles you points you can accumulate to participate in a draw! For the A course: A Kyubey sofa B Course: Original 3D poster C Course: Kyubey Bath set D Course: Petanko Figure E Course: Clear File There is also a bonus wallpaper image for all participants of the campaign. The Lawson tie-ins include: Sweet tablets with a 3D illustration box
  43. 43. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 And a cream and blueberry jam bread The bread also comes with bonus skill cards which can be used for the Madoka Magica Online game. Source: Lawson Final Fantasy Versus XIII Still Alive – Yoichi Wada Source: yoichi-wada/ By GermanSausage on July 25th, 2012 On his Twitter, Square Enix CEO, Yoichi Wada, denies thatFinal Fantasy Versus XIII has been quietly axed. The game has teased fans since May 2006 at E3. This year, the game has gone mysteriously missing from the game showcase at Los Angeleus. In its place, a CGI teaser trailer of Final Fantasy XV entertained the crowds. A similar maneuver was used in 2006 when Blizzard quietly killed off Starcraft Ghost while everyone were distracted by World of Warcraft. With pressure on mounting on Square Enix to produce results, we can expect Final Fantasy Versus XIII to make a sneak appearance at Gamescon or Tokyo Game Show. If we hear naughts, we might just nominate Final Fantasy Versus XIII for the next Wired News Vaporware Awards. Sources: IGN, Twitter Diablo III’s Invulnerability exploits found for Wizards and Barbarians Source: By Xharky on July 25th, 2012 Not satisfied with having server issues and other ‘fun’ events for players, Diablo III has now come up with invulnerability exploits for both Wizards and Barbarians. Wizard: Step 1: Select Teleport – Fracture. Bind it to a key Step 2: Select Archon, tested with Improved Archon Step 3: Hover your mouse over or near your charcter Step 4: Press Teleport Step 5: QUICKLY(!) Press Archon Barbarian (Thanks to YouTube user MetaSerge, and on Blizzard Forums): 1. Have Furious Charge with Dreadnought Rune 2. Charge into a certain opening cinematic (before it begins, details on forum and youtube links) For the barbarian exploit, it certainly isn’t as strong as the Wizard one, but comes close enough that you shouldn’t be able to die at all. Since players who knew about these exploits are only just ‘releasing’ it to the public, goodness knows how much cash they have earned off the RMAH. Blizzard has announced that they will be attempting to hotfix the wizard exploit as soon as possible, but there has been no announcements about the barbarian one. Sources: Blizzard Forums, Youtube (Wizard), Forums (Barb), Youtube (Barb)
  44. 44. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 “Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena” to be adapted into manga series Source: mayonaka-arena-to-be-adapted-into-manga-series/ By KarbyP on July 25th, 2012 The official Persona publicity blog announced today that Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (also known as “Persona 4 Arena” in the West), due to be released in Japan and Asia this Thursday, will be adapted into a manga series and serialised in Persona Magazine, beginning with issue #10. This adaptation is a straight-up “comicalization”, which is industry lingo for “the comic or manga series will follow after the story as detailed in the original work” which, in this case, would refer to the 30 to 40-hour long story mode in Persona 4 Arena. Although both the game and manga series will essentially be telling the same story, Atlus says that the manga series will render the story’s intense moments with a sense of action that’s only possible in manga format. Aiya Kyuu, the manga artist and author for Monthly Comic Gene’s Antimagia, will illustrate the P4U manga series. Persona Magazine #10, published by Dengeki, will go on sale in Japan August 10 for 840 yen. Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena the game (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360) comes out in Japan and Asia on July 26, this Thursday, and is due to be released in the US August 7. Source: Persona publicity blog Capcom to release chess set as part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary Source: of-street-fighters-25th-anniversary/ By shia on July 25th, 2012 As part of Street Fighter’s 25th Anniversary, The cool folks at Capcom are releasing a set of chess pieces cast in the shapes of your favourite street fighter characters. The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set is limited to 5000 sets, each of the chess pieces are resin pieces painted with silver and pewter colored paints. The Roster(Using their American names) includes Ryu & M.Bison as kings, Chun-Li and Juri as queens, Ken, Guile, Balrog & Vega as bishops, E. Honda, Blanka, Rolento & Akuma as knights, Dhalsim, Zangief, Sagat & Seth as rooks and Ryu’s fist & Shadaloo winged skull as the pawns. The storage case doubles as a chessboard and will be made of high quality black wood with a glass surface for collectors to display the chess pieces. The Street Fighter® 25th Anniversary Chess Set will retail at US$299.95 with an expected release date in August 2012 and it will be a Capcom store exclusive.
  45. 45. July 25th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Source: Kotaku JP , Capcom Store
  46. 46. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Idolm@ster 2 PS3 DLC Catalog 10 trailer streamed Source: trailer-streamed/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Famitsu reports that Bandai Namco has released the trailer for their latest DLC catalog for their hit game Idolm@ster 2 . This is the 10th set in their series of DLC for the PlayStation 3 version of the game. Is there no end to this DLC madness? My poor wallet … DLC Catalog 10 returns the song “Colorful Days” , the 765 girls theme song from their “Idolm@ster SP”(PSP) games, to the high definition screen of the PlayStation 3 console along with 5 costumes and 4 accessories. All of these will be available at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 . The details are as follows : Song – Colorful days – 1,200 yen Costume – Colorful Ballerina and 765 White School Swimsuit – 1,200 yen each Costume – Weeping Wisteria, Burning Performer and Stratos Butterfly – 750 yen each / full pack available at 1,980 yen Accessories – Whole Cake Hat, Lolipop Brooch, Cookie Ring and Sweet Short Boots. – 300 yen each / full pack available at 980 yen And for buying the whole set above, Bandai Namco will throw in a free Haruka Confectionery set. The IdolM@ster DLC Catalog 10 will be available at a PSN store near you on 02 August 2012 . Source : Famitsu , OHP Manga Translation Battle 2012, Win a trip to Japan or an iPad Source: a-trip-to-japan-or-an-ipad/ By shia on July 27th, 2012
  47. 47. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 2 The Digital Comic Association, in collaboration with the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Japan will be organizing a Manga translation competition on their facebook site. The grand winner will walk away with a trip to japan and a grant as a professional translator. Runners-up will win new iPads. JManga, claims the competition will have no limitations to nationality, age and place of residence when judging and the competition is open for anyone that wants to have a go at it. The competition will be running from 26 July 2012 to 26 September 2012. Aspiring translators can try their hand at translating over at their facebook web application here. Source : Manga Translation Battle 2012 Koei to Release Hugging Pillow Covers: Samurai Warriors Source: covers-samurai-warriors/ By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 Japanese game developer Tecmo KOEI Games revealed that they will be offering Samurai Warriors (Sengoku Musou in Japan) “hugging pillow covers” (dakimakura) at the end of September. Three different warriors will be featured on these covers: Date Masamune: Sanada Yukimura: Ishida Mitsunari: It’s obvious that these pillows are targeted to the female players of the game. Fans can preorders the covers at the Sengoku Musou Seiyuu Ōgi 2012 Aki event in Tokyo on September 1, as well as at the Neo Romance Festa 13 event for games aimed at female players. (Source: ANN, KOEI’s Twitter) Tekken Tag Tournament 2 Promo Videos Streamed Source: videos-streamed/ By mijumijuchu on July 27th, 2012 The Tekken fighting game franchise’s official Youtube channel began streaming four new character promotional videos and another four new stage introduction trailers for their new game, Tekken Tag Tournament 2 on Thursday. The videos feature previously revealed new characters, Prototype Jack, Alex, Tiger Jackson and Forest Law, as well as the new stage areas, France, Spain, Philippines and Holland. Watch the trailers here! Prototype Jack Alex Tiger Jackson Forest Law The stage arena trailers! France Spain The Philippines Holland Tekken Tag Tournament 2 will be featuring more than 50 playable characters from the Tekken franchise. Pre-orders for the North American version will include access to the bonus Snoop Dogg stage, Big Bikini Bundle with more than 100 swimsuits and XBLA Yoshimitsu and Raven Avatars or Playstation Network Tempest Theme, as well as early access to the characters Kunimitsu, Ancient Ogre, Michelle Chang and Angel. The game will be released for the Playstation 3 (PS3) and Xbox360 consoles in Japan on 13th September, North
  48. 48. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 3 America, it will be on 11th September, and Europe, it will be released on 14th September. The arcade version has been released in Japan last September. (Source: ANN) Project Diva Arcade July 2nd round of modules Source: of-modules/ By shia on July 27th, 2012 Diva station Weekly(Project Diva Official Blog) announces the inclusion of 4 new modules for popular arcade music game , Project Diva Arcade. The 4 modules that they will be releasing on 31 July 2012 are, “Americana”, “Gothic Purple”, “Club activities girl” and “Nostalgic” “Americana” was first released on this year’s Miku no Hi celebration and the other 3 debuted in Project Diva Extend as usable modules. The 4 modules that will be available are as follows : Americana – 300 VP Gothic Purple – 250 VP Club Activities Girl – 250 VP Nostalgic – 250 VP
  49. 49. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The 4 modules will be out on 31 July 2012 on Project Diva Arcade. Americana will cost 300 VP and the rest 250 VP each. Source : Weekly Diva Station Fate/Extra CCC Trailer posted Source: By koppepan on July 27th, 2012 PSP game Fate/Extra CCC has released it’s first trailer today! The game is set for release in 21st February, 2013. Fate/Extra CCC is a sequel to Fate/Extra. Gilgamesh has been added as a playable character, and you can see him following the main character around in the trailer! A video preview of the Saber figma that will come with the limited edition of the game has also been uploaded: youtube id=”M0FDKu6J8Po” width=”600″ height=”350″] There is also a video comment by Saber Nero’s voice actor, Sakura Tange! Source: Yaraon! Phantasy Star Online 2 Tops 73,000 players and summer update news Source: players-and-summer-update-news/
  50. 50. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By shia on July 27th, 2012 4Gamer reports that Phantasy Star Online 2 has passed the 73,000 user mark as of 26 July 2012, and that it had the highest simultaneous login of 91,513 user connections on 07 July 2012 at 2300HRS JST. Phantasy Star Online 2 will be launching their summer campaign that will consist of 3 updates across the month of August. They will happen on the 01 August, 08 August and the last is slated for the second half of August. 4Gamer reports that summer update 1 will have new monsters, costumes/accessories and that the monument in the lobby will be updated to reflect the summer changes. The full list of changes are as below : 1. New monsters 2. New costumes/accessories • Costumes o Bum swimwear o Bikini swimwear o Hayes sorcerer – Male Human/Newman o Candy crown – Female Human/Newman o Magus Series – Male Cast
  51. 51. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 6 o Illusion Series – Female Cast • Hairstyle o Short regent o Skinhead • Accessories o Hibiscus & pink shu shu o Red inflatable tube o Hayes sorcerer hat o Candy crown headgear 3. Lobby monument will be updated to reflect the summer season.
  52. 52. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Phantasy Star Online 2 is a MMORPG the latest in the series of the Phantasy Star Online series which started in December 2000, the official service for PSO2 began on 4th July 2012 on the PC and Sega is in the process of releasing it for the mobile phones in spring 2013 and PSVita at a later date. Sega expects to have a English version so as to cater to the international crowd in 2013. Do read up on our previous posts on PSO2 on SGCafe here. Source : 4Gamer PS02 Server records, 4Gamer Summer update 1, PSO2 Japan OHP, PSO2 international teaser site Singapore: Don’t have Persona 4 Arena? Try these stores, or play at Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe Source: arena-try-these-stores-or-play-at-tough-cookie-gaming-cafe/ By KarbyP on July 27th, 2012 And if you do have a copy of Persona 4 Arena, come on in and join the SGCafe Mayonaka Arena Investigation Team (list of players’ PSN IDs)! Max out your Social Links! We’ve received word from a number of readers that even though Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena (Persona 4 Arena in the West) is supposed to be released today, a number of retailers here in Singapore have apparently not received their copies yet. Here at SGCafe, we definitely feel your pain (i.e. I don’t have mine either). So we’ve called up a bunch of retailers to see if we might be able to help you (and me) score a copy before the weekend. Gamescore at Funan has completely sold out of their allotment, and told us that they expect the next batch of copies to come in next Tuesday or Wednesday. When we contacted FunzCentre (Orchard branch), a representative told us that their allotment is currently tied up at chain video games boutique’s head office, and will be distributed to branches tomorrow (Friday, July 27). Certain branches of Comics Connection might still have copies. Give your local branch a call, and who knows, it might be your lucky day. If you know of any other retailers that still have copies of Persona 4 Arena on sale, please let us know via the comments below. Even if you don’t manage to land a copy of Persona 4 Arena right now, don’t fret. Just because the stocks have yet to arrive at your favourite games retailer, doesn’t mean you can’t play the game. Our good friends over at Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe have relayed word that they’ve brought in four copies of the game for patrons to take on each other in a lag-free environment. And since TCGC is the console LAN cafe in Singapore that’s geared towards fighting games enthusiasts, every single PS3 in the shop is hooked up with two or more arcade joysticks – so you won’t have to bring yours. Tough Cookie Gaming Cafe is located within Parklane Shopping Mall, level 2 (35 Selegie Road #02-25B, Singapore 188307). Its opening hours are from 11AM to 3AM on most days. Rates are as follows (subject to change beginning August): CONSOLE $2 per person per hour (you’re not tied to a single console, so feel free to mingle) $10 whole day LAN $2 per person per hour $12 whole day For more information on Tough Cookie, visit their Facebook page. Cosplay – An Interview : Kirisaki Source:
  53. 53. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By sakurazaki on July 27th, 2012 Introduce yourself Hello! I’m Kirisaki from Singapore. Forever a poor student saving up for cosplay stuff and eating grass one day at a time. Ive been cosplaying for a few years. Perhaps about 4 to 5?, I can’t really remember the specifics but anyway nice to meet ya! Why do you cosplay? For fun, interest and everything nice. What and when was your first cosplay? It was princess princess, somewhere back in 2007/2008? I don’t even want to remember anymore, it was soooooooooooo bad. How do you choose the characters that you cosplay? They usually come from the series that I like, it might not necessarily be my favorite characters, but they are just likeable. I take into consideration costume difficulty and whether or not I’m suited for the character, looks and portrayal wise. What is your most memorable cosplay experience? I will give it to one of my first cosplay photoshoots I had quite some years ago. Woke up at 4am just to prepare and leave the house to capture the sunrise. Turns out me and my partner sacrificed our sleep for nothing because it started raining around 6am. The one thing I learnt from cosplay shoots would be “Never trust the weather forecast!” What was your silliest cosplays moment? Well it ranges from nearly tripping over your own gown to having your wig blown into unrecognizable styles to climbing over obstructions just to shoot at inaccessible places. I will consider the last one as somewhat an achievement though LOL XD. What is your most favorite character to cosplays as? I don’t think I have one. But I like running around in big gowns and glorious looking costumes just to impress myself with my own inadequate costume making skills ROFL. Where do your costumes come from? Do share! Self made! Can’t recall when was the last time I bought a costume from somewhere. As far as I can remember I’ve been tailoring my own costumes since 2-3 years ago. Self made costumes are much more cheaper haha, and that’s my main motivation to sew! 8D Do you have any Cosplayers that you look up to? YEEEESSSSSS. I’m biased towards Korean cosplayers. I like Kotaro in particular! <3 Other than that I really admire their costume making skills and complexion and figure and shoot location and yea you get the idea. I follow a lot of Japanese cosplayers on cure as well! Just too many to name them all ):
  54. 54. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 9 Were there any changes in your life after cosplay? Not in particular, except for the fact that while my schoolmates are out having fun and chilling, I’m stuck at home sewing costume and hoping that my props will make themselves. Is there anything that you would like to say to all your fellow Cosplayers out there? Hello and hello again. Nice seeing you all 8D Hopefully I can get to meet new people at every event! Do say hi if you see me hanging around at events <3 ~ ~KiriSaki For more information, check out the following links Deviantart : World Cosplay : Tekken Director Meet and Greet session at Bugis Junction TKA Virtualand Source: session-at-bugis-junction-tka-virtualand/ By Kyoka on July 27th, 2012 Famed Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada graced our shores recently, stopping by Singapore’s Bugis Junction shopping mall for a fan-anticipated meet-and-greet session held in the mall’s TKA Virtualand Arcade, a place well known by the local fighting game community. Directors of Harada’s stature rarely visit Singapore, but for this eventful day we were eagerly there to meet the man that made Namco Bandai’s Tekken series an icon in the gaming world. (Above) Tekken Director Katsuhiro Harada and Tekken Project Senior Game Designer Michael Murray The event started off to an already enthusiastic crowd by 7pm in the evening. Organised by Namco Bandai Partners Singapore, the meet-and-greet was held at exactly right where any fighting game enthusiast would dream of, in the heart of the arcade itself. Amongst a row of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 arcade machines a special one-day-only mini- stage set-up stands tall for all to see. With a table ready for an autograph session later on in the day, it also came along with an Arcade Machine setup that had a demo of the console version of Tekken Tag 2 Tournament for fans to try out.
  55. 55. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Mr Harada arrived together with Tekken Project’s Senior Game Deisgner Michael Murray, who also translated on behalf of Harada for this segment of the day, where fans get a chance to ask any questions about Tekken Tag Tournament 2. Ranging from questions like the game’s balancing of characters, to gameplay systems it was indeed time to quiz Harada. Harada himself offered detailed answers for each and every one of the fan questions. In fact, Harada had more than just an answer to every fan’s question. This next segment has the Namco Bandai staff offering an autographed Tekken Tag Tournament 2 poster to 8 lucky fans who answers a question from Namco Bandai staff correctly, the questions themselves test the in depth knowledge of a Tekken enthusiast. Nonetheless the responsive crowd got the answers and the lucky ones got the giveaway posters home. Autographs are one of the main attraction in most meet and greet sessions, a good memorabilia for many enthusiasts. Fans mostly have their own something for a signature by Harada. From Tekken games to stickers, cards, posters, Harada was generous enough to sign on anything, and as for me I got my special flag inked by Harada. Harada is not known to shy away from his fan’s requests, and what better way to share with his fans then posing for photos with his own characters cosplayed by our talented local duo. Tekken characters Alisa and Marshall Law turned up for the event much to the delight of many fans ending the day with a myriad of photos.
  56. 56. July 27th, 2012 Published by: VR-Zone 11 Harada could not stay for long in Singapore but despite his short visit it sure made his life long fans and many more new gamers appreciate the visions of Harada’s efforts in his work for the future of the Tekken franchise. Be sure to also preorder your copy of Tekken Tag Tournament 2 slated for a PS3 and Xbox360 release this September 13 in Japan, 11 in North America, 13 in Europe and 10 in Australia respectively.