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SGcafe Anime News For Otaku Feb 2013 Issue

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SGcafe Anime News For Otaku Feb 2013 Issue

  1. 1. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Second sneak preview of One Piece film: Z now available for booking Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/sneak-preview-piece-film-booking/ By sentinel011 on February 1st, 2013 If you missed out on the first sneak preview session of One Piece film: Z, take note that the second preview session is now available for booking only at Cathay Cineleisure. The S$20 movie package includes - 1 movie ticket - regular popcorn combo set - Limited edtion A4 size One Piece clear folder - Exclusive One Piece red packets The movie is currently available for booking on movie sessions from 8 February to 20 February. Only 2 time slots are available, one scheduled in the afternoon at 3PM, the other at 7.15PM. Its official screening starts from 21 February at all Cathay Cineplexes. If you have been a fan of One Piece, don’t miss out this chance to catch the movie during this festive season. Read up on our review, then book your tickets! Gears of War: Judgement — pre-order for exclusive GOW T-shirt, in-game content pack Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/gears-war-judgement-pre-order- details/ By KarbyP on February 1st, 2013 Game retailers in Singapore have officially begun taking pre- orders for upcoming Xbox 360 blockbuster title Gears of War: Judgement, slated to hit store shelves on March 19, 2013. The M18 game will be sold at the standard retail price of S $69.
  2. 2. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 From now till March 18, gamers who pre-order the Xbox 360 third-person shooter from participating retailers in Singapore will be entitled to a G.O.W. metal keychain as well as five in-game content tokens: 1. Classic Hammerburst 2. Marcus characters skin 3. Dom character skin 4. Anya character skin 5. Alex Brand character skin But that’s not all! Fans who rush out to the game stores and make their pre- orders as soon as possible will also be entitled to an early bird pre-order premium – an exclusive GOW T-shirt – on top of the metal keychain and in-game content pack. The shirts will be given out on a first-come, first-served basis, while stocks last. Gears of War: Judgement is a prequel to the GOW trilogy, and stars former supporting characters Damon Baird and Augustus Cole as the new protagonists of the game. Outside of an engaging story campaign that will depict the events that happened in the Gears of War universe shortly after Emergence Day (when the Locsts monsters started attacking humanity), Gears of War: Judgement will also introduce two new multiplayer modes – OverRun and Free- for-All ‘Azurite Blue’, ‘Garnet Red’ 500GB PS3s to launch late February; ‘Ice Silver’ PS Vita in March Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/azurite-blue-garnet-red-500gb-ps3- late-february-ice-silver-vite-in-march/ By KarbyP on February 1st, 2013 If you’re looking to buy a brand new PlayStation 3 or a PS Vita console, you may want to hold out a little longer for these brand new colours – “Azurite Blue” and “Garnet Red” for the PS3, “Ice Silver” for the Vita – and be amongst the first in Singapore to own one. Azurite Blue, Garnet Red PS3s Inspired by the precious gems azurite and garnet, these PS3s are brightly coloured in deep hues, and well-poised to be the cornerstone the interior decor of any self-respecting gamer’s entertainment or living room.
  3. 3. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Interestingly, unlike the Azurite Blue and Garnet Red PS3 models announced for the Japanese market, the units available in Asia will come with 500GB of HDD storage which is twice the amount packed into the Japanese edition (250GB HDD). Both PS3 colours will hit retail stores here in Singapore from February 26, to be sold for S$399. These colours will be available in retail stores for a limited time only. Product specifications:  Ice Silver PS Vita Ice Silver is the fifth official colour for the PlayStation Vita (not including limited edition specials, like the Soul Sacrifice set), and it is a colour exclusive to the Wi-Fi only model – at least for now. 3G/Wi-Fi PS Vita units will not come in Ice Silver. The Ice Silver Ps Vita Wi-Fi model will retail for S$399, available in stores beginning March 4, 2013. Product specs are as follows: AKB48 member Minegishi Minami shaves head as act of apology due to ‘sex scandal’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/akb48-member-minegishi-minami- shaves-head-act-apology-due-sex-scandal/ By sentinel011 on February 1st, 2013 As queer as Japan’s entertainment industry goes, AKB48 member Minegishi Minami shaved her head as an act of apology to her fans and management due to a recent sex scandal. As far as Japanese society’s rules go, the act of girls shaving their heads as an act of apology is nothing new. Young girls are usually made to shave their heads by their families to signify their sense of guilt and acknowledge the shame the girls put onto their family. For Minegishi’s case, the shame she brought upon would be to her idol management as well as the rest of AKB48′s members, as Japanese idols often had to sign contracts dictating that they are not allowed to have romantic relationships.
  4. 4. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Fans of such Japanese idols often fantasize about their favourite idols, as such having such idols ‘untouched’ romantically (apart from segments done on variety shows or TV dramas and movies) would further drive the hardcore fans to continue to support the idols by purchasing tons of CDs and merchandise. When Minegishi was involved in the scandal, fans were angered and demand apology for ‘cheating’ them. To allay her fans and the management Minegishi took matters in her own hands through shaving her head bald. Her management has released the following statement in reply to the publication Shunkan Shinbun that released Minegishi’s scandal article and photos: This is regarding Minami Minegishi’s scandal that was reported on a weekly magazine that was released today. We decided what her punishment will be and so, I want to take this opportunity to inform the fans about it. We had decided to demote Minami Minegishi to become a member of team Trainee as her punishment for causing nuisance to the fans because of this scandal. This demotion will take effect on February 1, 2013. Moreover, we will give more information about her schedule as soon as details have been decided. This is a sudden announcement, and I apologize to all the fans. Please keep giving your support to AKB48. AKB48 Theater General Manager, Tomonobu Togasaki Minami Minegishi has a message to the fans, and you can watch it on AKB48’s Official YouTube Channel. The following is a translation of Minegishi’s statement: I’m Minegishi Minami from Umeda team B of AKB48. I’m very sorry to have caused enormous worry to members, fans, staffs, my families and a lot of other people with the article in the weekly magaizne that is published today. (Deep Bow) As the 1st generation member of AKB48, the group that has formed in 2005, it’s my responsibility to always behave as a good role model to juniors. I deeply regret what I did this time. It was a thoughtless deed and I was completely lacking self- awareness as a senior member. My brain blanked out and I’m still unable to figure out what to do, what I can do. But after I saw the magazine a little ago, I couldn’t help but doing something. And I decided to shave my head without consulting any member or staff at my agency. Although I don’t think I would be forgiven by doing this, the first thing that I went through my head was that “I don’t want to leave AKB48.” This is a place where my dear members, who I spent my blossom of youth together, are. And it’s unimaginable to even think about leaving the group where I’m with so many wonderful and sweet fans. I understand it’s wishful thinking, but if it’s possible, I would like to still be AKB48′s Minegishi Minami. This is all my fault. I’m truly sorry. I will leave my hereafter to the hands of Akimoto- sensei and management. Though I haven’t been able to tidy my mind up, but I just wanted to tell my current feeling to you. Thank you so much for listening to me. (Deep Bow) Despite shaving her hair and being demoted, there might be a chance where fans are still not satisfied. The sad fact is that by shaving, Minegishi unknowingly devalued herself as an idol despite wanting to continue to be one in her statement. It is unfortunate that young girls who wish to continue as idols but wish to be engaged in a romantic relationship are unable to do so due to the pressures of the Japanese idol industry. Source: akb48wrapup.com, tokyohive Grand Theft Auto V comes out September 17, 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/grand-theft-auto-iv- september-17-2013/ By KarbyP on January 31st, 2013 Initially scheduled to come out sometime in Spring 2013, today Rockstar Games has issued an official statement saying that Grand Theft Auto V’s release has been delayed. It will arrive on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 platforms on September 17 instead. Along with the announcement, Rockstar’s GTA Team posted an official apology to fans, in which they promise that the short delay will be “worth the extra time”. Due to the scale of of this particular title – GTA V’s world of Los Santos was said to be bigger than the settings in
  5. 5. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Red Dead Redemption, GTA: San Andreas, and GTA IV combined – the GTA team said that the game needed the extra time for it to be polished to the standards that fans expect of RockStar Games. Dear all Today, we have an official release date to share with you: Grand Theft Auto V will arrive in stores on September 17, 2013. We know this is about four months later than originally planned and we know that this short delay will come as a disappointment to many of you, but, trust us, it will be worth the extra time. GTAV is a massively ambitious and complex game and it simply needs a little more polish to be of the standard we and, more importantly, you require. To all Grand Theft Auto fans, please accept our apologies for the delay, and our promise that the entire team here is working very hard to make the game all it can be. We are doing all we can to help ensure it will meet if not exceed your expectations come September – we thank you for your support and patience. Yours, The GTA Team Source: Kotaku Watch the full trailer for the ‘To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki’ movie (plus two TV CM) [video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/watch-full-trailer-to-aru-majutsu- index-endymion-kiseki-movie-plus-tv-cms-video/ By ellehaym on January 31st, 2013 The newly streamed full trailer of the To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki now gives viewers a clearer idea of what the movie is all about (unlike the previews showcased last year). Aside from the trailer, the film’s official YouTube channel also streamed two TV ads. The movie is scheduled to premiere on February 23 in Japan. As we have reported, the first moviegoers to watch the film will receive a free copy of To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki’s light novel version. You can browse our previous post to read the synopsis of the upcoming film. The three videos lets you listen to Shining Star-☆-LOVE Letter, Index’s image song sung by Yuka Iguchi (the CD will be released on February 6). Full trailer TV commercials One Piece: Pirate Warriors 2′s 2nd PV re-introduces the Straw Hats Pirates crew Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/piece-pirate-warriors-2s-2nd-pv-re- introduces-straw-hats-pirates-crew/ By KarbyP on January 31st, 2013 Planning on watching One Piece Film Z (our review here), but not entirely familiar with what the nine individual members in the Straw Hat Pirates crew can do? Here, watch this One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 (Pirate Warriors 2), which briefly shows off what the members in the powered-up Straw Hat Pirates crew can do in this sequel. Both the movie and game are set in the New World (second half of the Grand Line) ocean route – basically the most dangerous seas in the world of of One Piece, so the two aren’t exactly unrelated. In fact, gamers who pre-order the game in Japan will receive a One Piece Film Z costume DLC for protagonist Monkey D. Luffy. We’re not too sure if the pre-order bonus would apply to Singapore and the rest of Asia at the moment.
  6. 6. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The trailer also offers a sneak peak at the “Dream Story for Pirates Log”, an extra mode – featuring an original story, to boot – in which gamers can play through a series of dream matches never before seen in the manga and anime series. A similar “dream match” mode was also included in the first One Piece: Pirate Warriors, but it appears that Pirate Warriors 2‘s mode will focus more on Devil Fruit ability users. The Japanese version of One Piece Kaizoku Musou 2 is slated to be released for the PS3 and PS Vita in Japan and Asia (including Singapore) March 20, 2013. Tank type pork cutlet from Girls und Panzer exists in real life Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/tank-type-pork-cutlet-girls-und- panzer-exists-real-life/ By ellehaym on January 31st, 2013 Remember that tonkatsu eatery called Tonkatsu Restaurant Cook Fan seen in Girls und Panzer’s 10th episode? The place actually exists in real life! And on top of that, the restaurant staff has officially announced that they’ll be adding the tank type pork cutlet (seen above) in their menu. Here’s how the real version looks like: Looks delicious, right? Tonkatsu (☆☆☆☆) Restaurant Cook Fan in the anime: In real life: The cook in the anime: In real life:
  7. 7. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 (I wonder if he also does the “katsu katsu” word play in real life like what he does in episode 10) So if you’re hanging around the Ibaraki prefecture this February, you might want to drop by ☆☆☆☆Restaurant Cook Fan and treat yourself with a humongous serving of the tank type pork cutlet. The special Girls und Panzer real version tonkatsu will be offered starting this weekend. Source: ☆☆☆☆Restaurant Cook Fan via Japan Otaku Channel Fate/Extra CCC’s 7th short movie: Meltlilith has sadistic tendencies Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/fateextra-cccs-7th-short-movie- meltlilith-sadistic-tendencies/ By KarbyP on January 31st, 2013 Meltlilith (voiced by Saori Hayami) is the last of three Sakura Matou lookalikes to be introduced in Type-Moon and Imageepoch’s forthcoming PSP JRPG Fate/Extra CCC, and in terms of personality she is the exact opposite of Passionlip the pacifist. Come to think of it, that much should have been obvious the moment back when Meltlilith’s character illustrations were first revealed – she’s got sharp, pointed needles for legs, for cripes’ sake! Whatever the hell does she need that for? “Do you feel like submitting yourself wholeheartedly to me? I’m asking you, yes or no? Would you rather be in heaven or hell?” Meltlilith asks in a cold, refined, and slightly holier- than-thou voice “Tell me. Depending on your answer, I may or may not think about the fun things we’ll do after dinner,” Meltlilith she goes on. There’s almost a tinge of nobility in her voice. But her true colours only emerge when she gets to talking about what she’ll do to an opponent. She lets her sadistic intentions seep into her voice. You can almost hear ecstasy. “To be able to utterly and completely obliterate a detestable enemy, honestly I can never get enough of that senstation. It’s like tearing off the wings of a little bird.”
  8. 8. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 You, too, can submit yourself to Meltlilith’s… sadistic tendencies, when Fate/Extra CCC (PSP) comes out on March 28 in Japan. Snow Miku 2013 comes to Hatsune Miku: Project Diva f (PS Vita) February 5; new Edit Data parts March 7 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/01/snow-miku-2013-hatsune-miku- project-diva-ps-vita-february-5/ By KarbyP on January 31st, 2013 A DLC pack containing both of the Snow Miku 2013 modules (character skins) that Sega unveiled late last year for the PS Vita’s Project Diva f will be released on the Japanese PlayStation Store next Tuesday, February 5, to be sold for the price of 300 yen. This is the third DLC pack for the PS Vita rhythm game. Will it come to Asia? We don’t know for sure, but we’re guessing that it likely will. The first pack made it safely onto Asian shores PS Stores, but the second pack - featuring a collaboration between Sony’s PlayStation mascot cats Toro and Kuro, and Sega’s Hatsune Miku game – was sold exclusively on the Japanese store. If the new pack is sold in Asian territories, we’re guessing that the prices for it in Singapore and Hong Kong are S$5.45 will be HK$34 respectively, based on the pricing structure set for the first DLC pack. Again, this is just speculation on our part, and we won’t know for sure until we check the PS Store on February 5 itself. Project Diva f Additional Item Set Pack (free) Other than the release date for the Snow Miku 2013 DLC pack, Sega also announced today that a “Project Diva f Additional Item Set Pack” will be released for the Vita version of Project Diva on March 7, the same day that the PS3 port comes out. This DLC pack is free to download, and will include the following customise and Edit Mode items: • Customise items (18 items; these are basically accessories for the head, back, arms, etc) • Special effects for use in Edit Mode (16 items)
  9. 9. February 1st, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 • 3D stages for use in Edit Mode (51 items) • 2D illustrations for use in Edit Mode (26 items) • Hand items for use in Edit mode (21 items; I think these are like poseable hands and fingers and such… can someone clarify in the comments?) • Dance motions for use in Edit mode (46 items) In the PS3 version of the game, Sega has made some enhancements to the Edit Data mode, which allows creative players to make their own custom stages and promo videos for songs – and not just for the ones featured in-game; players can also transfer MP3 files of the songs they own digitally into the Vita, and create stages for those tunes. And so in order to ensure that all of the new Edit Data files that players create in the PS3 version will be compatible with the Vita one, Sega has decided to release all of the extra content to Vita players for free.
  10. 10. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Scandal Asia Tour LIVE IN SINGAPORE 2013 Message Video released Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/scandal-asia-tour-live- singapore-2013-message-video-released/ By sentinel011 on February 4th, 2013 Earlier today the local organizers of Scandal’s Asia Tour 2013 have released a video message to all Singaporean fans. This will be the third time the ladies performing in Singapore, the first being at AFA X on November 2010, and the second in Lasalle SIA Theatre on September 2011 as part of their Baby Action Tour. As with most Japanese artistes, they can’t resist the allure of Singapore’s chicken rice. The ladies were also mesmerized by the night scenery at the Merlion Park. We are thinking it could be the view from the Merlion Park facing Marina Bay Sands, where a periodic laser show will beam from the top of Marina Bay Sands. Look forward to Scandal performing all their new songs and old favourites this coming March! Pre-order tickets are now available through Sistic! Snow Miku snow sculpture for Sapporo Snow Festival 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/snow-miku-snow-sculpture-sapporo- snow-festival-2013/ By bj0rN on February 4th, 2013 Photographs of the completed Snow Miku snow sculpture at this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival have been revealed.
  11. 11. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 At night, it is also illuminated by beautiful coloured lights and every hour, a light show will play with Hatsune Miku music. Snow scluptures of Kasane Teto and Sekka Yufu were also done. Here are some images of the snow sculpture that was done for last year. Source: Hachima Kikō Washin to release Hatsune Miku gaming glasses Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/washin-release-hatsune-miku- gaming-glasses/ By bj0rN on February 4th, 2013
  12. 12. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Washin, a eye glass store chain has revealed its Hatsune Miku Project Diva glasses for gamers during the Niconico Live stream of Sega’s Puyo Jikan TV. This gaming glasses are designed to reduce the strain on eyes from prolonged staring at the monitor screen. It will retail for 13,900 yen. Source: Hachima Kikō Girls Und Panzer ‘Survival War OVA’ Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/girls-und-panzer-survival-war-ova/ By Hakuro on February 4th, 2013 Bandai Visual announced that the second Blu-Ray release for the Girls Und Panzer series will include a 14 minute short original video animation titled ‘Survival War’ as well as several other extras to spice up their second volume release. Apart from the 14 minute short. The Blu-ray is stocked full with extras such as a lecture by Yukari Akiyama and an audio commentary conducted by cast members regarding the series itself. The Limited Edition blu-ray release will have a three episode sound drama as well as include promotional videos and military commentaries by the staff! If that wasn’t enough, what about a 24 page Panzer IV tank manual, character cars and a Girls Und Panzer booklet signed exclusively by the character designer Isao Sugimoto! For more news on Girls Und Panzer, follow us on SGCafe! Monorails in Tokyo get the To Aru Majutsu no Index treatment Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/monorail-tokyo-aru-majutsu-index- treatment/ By ellehaym on February 3rd, 2013
  13. 13. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 The To Aru franchise is gearing up with promotions for the To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki movie. The anime franchise, which recently streamed a full teaser of its upcoming film, has made a collaboration project with the Tama Toshi Monorail Line to operate the To Aru Majutsu no Index themed transportation service. Every To Aru fan will surely be delighted in using the monorail service in Tama Center station which is located in Tama City (south-western part of Tokyo). The station and the monorails are decorated with images of the characters from To Aru Majutsu no Index. A departure ceremony was held at the Tama Center station. A total of 150 participants, including the fans and the seiyuus Atsushi Abe and Rina Satou (wearing monorail staff outfits), attended the event. So if you’re a big fan of Kazuma Kamachi’s To Aru Majutsu no Index and you’re visiting Tokyo soon, the To Aru themed monorail is a must-see. Since a variety of images can be seen inside the monorail, make the most out of this attraction: don’t stay in one area.
  14. 14. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 The To Aru Majutsu no Index: Endymion no Kiseki movie is slated to premiere on February 23 in Japan. Source: Animeanime.jp Steins;Gate film’s premiere date announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/steins-gate-movie/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013 April is a big month for the Steins;Gate franchise. The official website of the Steins;Gate movie has announced that Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu is scheduled to premiere on April 20 in Japan. The movie will introduce a brand new story which happens after the true end. So it’s recommended that viewers finish the entire TV anime series before watching the movie. Steins;Gate Fuka Ryoiki no déjà-vu’s opening date is close to the release date of the franchise’s upcoming visual novel entitled Phenogram of Linear Restraint. The fully-voiced adventure game developed by 5pb will be released for the Xbox and 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 25. Steins;Gate: Phenogram of Linear Restraint will be available in two editions: • The regular edition costs 7,140 JPY (about 78 USD) • The limited edition comes with a replica of Okabe’s mobile phone. It is priced at 11,550 JPY (around 125 USD). Sources: Crunchyroll and Official Steins;Gate Website – Product Page Sony to make a big announcement about PlayStation 4 on February 20 [video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/sony-big-announcement- playstation-4-february-20-video/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013 Sony has streamed a video which showed nothing but the four signature PlayStation buttons being electrified, but what makes gamers ecstatic about it is that at the end of the video, the console giant has revealed that it will announce something big on February 20. So what will be revealed on the 20th? According to the sources of The Wall Street Journal, Sony will talk about its next-gen console on the PlayStation 2013 press event. The upcoming gaming platform will be battling head-on with its competitor, Microsoft’s Xbox, in the latter of 2013.
  15. 15. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 PlayStation’s manufacturer previously considered the removal of the system disc drive in the effort to create a fully- digital console. However, the plan did not push through because of the issues on slow internet access and file size. The new system will integrate social gaming features. Furthermore, Sony will be more focused on changes in user- machine interaction rather than hardware enhancements. The press event happens in less than three weeks. Are you excited? Source: The Wall Street Journal via gematsu Hanasaku Iroha’s upcoming movie will reveal the past of Ohana’s mom Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/hanasaku-irohas-upcoming-movie- reveal-ohanas-mom/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013 When Hanasaku Iroha: Home Sweet Home’s premise was revealed last month, I kept on wondering what that -certain item- was. Finally, it was shown in the TV ad streamed by Pony Canyon in their official YouTube Channel. In the video, we see Ohana opening a box that contains a notebook. Suddenly, the scene shifts to what seems like Ohana’s mom (in her younger years) about to run away from home. I’m guessing that the notebook is connected to her mom’s past. The video also features Kage Fumi by nano.RIPE (the pop rock band that previously performed songs for Hanasaku Iroha’s TV anime). For more details on the upcoming movie, just read our previous post. Bandai Channel streams the first PV for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled chapter 2 [video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/bandai-channel-streams-pv-code- geass-akito-exiled-chapter-2/ By ellehaym on February 1st, 2013 The words uttered by Hyuuga Akito during the last scene of the first episode have indeed made viewers excited for Code Geass: Akito the Exiled’s next chapter (in other words, the final scene was a huge cliff hanger). While it has been announced that the second episode will be pushed back from spring to summer, Bandai Channel has already streamed the first PV. The channel has a region lock so viewers outside Japan won’t be able to see it. Fortunately, a concerned fan has uploaded the video on YouTube: Code Geass: Akito the Exiled is a side story of the original Code Geass series which takes place in 2017 a.t.b (when Zero, along with his Black Knights, has risen). The main protagonist is Hyuuga Akito, a young pilot and member of the W-0 unit. His superior is Leila Malkal, a former Britannian Aristocrat serving the E.U. Army as a military officer. The story is about a fight for freedom in order to have a “home” they can return to. Haven’t seen the first episode yet? Go ahead and watch it already! The story may have a simple premise, but it’s as promising and exciting as the original series. Sources: Japan Otaku Channel, @Yuyucow and Code Geass Wiki Garena Talk Gaming DJs League of Legends Challenge Party Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/garena-talk-gaming-djs-lol- challenge-party/
  16. 16. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By bj0rN on February 1st, 2013 The first ever Garena Talk Gaming DJs League of Legends Challenge Party begin earlier today, and we took a sneak peek at its programs and activities. Fellow LoL players from the community met and play with the Garena Gaming DJs, as well as the players from Singapore Sentinels at the Garena Stadium. Attendees also stand to win from a large pool of prizes ranging from key-chains, League of Legends T-Shirts, Garena Shells, and even plushies from their Garena Stadium Shop. All they had to do is participate in their challenges and hang around to socialise with other players to participate in the Lucky Draw! For those who are unable to join the party, there were able to tune in at the Gaming DJs room on Garena Talk (Room ID:57) to watch the live streaming. Here are some of the activities that are still ongoing at press time: DJ vs DJ Challenges - Gaming DJs Liljaguar and NYM SexyBoy will each lead a team to play against each other in Proving Grounds, Summoners Rift and Dominion. Players who performed well are rewarded with prizes. Legend vs Legend Slayer - A face off between SGS.hyhy with Glxy.Reina, as they face off in a Draft Mode Best of 3 in Proving Grounds. SGS & DJ Showcase match - There is also an exhibition game between the Gaming DJs and the Singapore Sentinels in a very special version of the game in Summoner’s Rift. SGS + DJ ARAM and Twisted Treeline Challenge - Join your favourite Gaming DJs and SGS in a match of Proving Grounds and Twisted Treeline! Stand to win prizes by attaining victory with their team in this challenge! Lucky Draw + Phototaking Session - Of course those who werent able to participate in the challenges, they could still be walking away with lucky draw prizes such as key-chains, cups, T-shirts and Plushies in their Lucky Draw event! Moreover, fans can get up close and personal with their favourite DJs and SGS members for photo-taking during the event. Do head on down to catch a glimpse of the event, especially if you are around the area and catch this article after work! The event, managed by the Gaming DJs to promote the game, held great vibes as it brings players closer together. We hope to see more of the event in the future.
  17. 17. February 4th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 Don’t miss our upcoming interview with the fabulous Ahri cosplayer whom is also one of the DJs, Liljaguar at the event!
  18. 18. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture PlayStation 4: price and release date rumours Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/playstation-4-price-release-date- rumours/ By ellehaym on February 7th, 2013 Last week, we witnessed a video from Sony revealing that something big will happen on the 20th, and according to the sources of The Wall Street Journal, the Japanese console giant will talk about PlayStation 4. The said event is fast approaching and rumours about the price and release date have been spreading. According to the Asahi Shimbun, one of the leading newspapers in Japan, Sony’s next-gen console will cost over 40,000 JPY (almost 530 SGD). If this is true, then it would be cheaper compared to the cost of the PlayStation 3, which was initially launched at 50,000 JPY (and 72,000 JPY for the 60GB system). The newspaper also claims that PlayStation 4 will finally be out in Japan and the USA before 2013 ends. There is no word, however, on a European launch date. Asahi Shimbun also adds that PS4’s controller (currently unnamed), will almost have the same shape as the PlayStation 3’s DualShock 3 with the addition of a touchpad. IGN is currently waiting for Sony’s comment on the report. Given that these rumours are true, will you purchase the PlayStation 4 this year? For now, let’s just hope that every question we have about Sony’s upcoming console will clear up on February 20. Sources: IGN and Gizmodo New Dragon Quest VII Live- Action commercials Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/dragon-quest-vii-live-action- commercials/ By weiq on February 7th, 2013 Dragon Quest’s official homepage had streamed promotional videos for the remake of Dragon Quest VII: Warriors of Eden. The live-action commercials are titled “Town Square,” “The Mysterious Stone,” “The Adventure Begins,” and a 56-second web long version that combines the three titles together. The live action ads features Prince Kiefer and Wolf boy Gabo, in their amusing attempts to shake off the red-headed ritual dancer, Aira. Fans will remember Dragon Quest VII (or also known as Dragon Warriors in the North American release) for its huge game play, which can took hundreds of hours to complete. With the remake for the Nintendo 3DS, visible enemy encounters will be feature, instead of random encounters. Currently released only in Japan, Warriors of Eden will have brand-new 3D graphics, and players can wirelessly exchange art with each other using the StreetPass feature of the 3DS. source: blog.esuteru.com, dragonquest.jp
  19. 19. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Watch these impressive stop motion animation videos featuring a variety of action figures Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/watch-impressive-stop-motion- animation-videos-featuring-variety-action-figures/ By ellehaym on February 6th, 2013 For YouTube user Counter656 (Dali Taichung aka John Huang in real life), action figures are more than just for display in his room—they can be as dynamic as originally seen in their respective anime series. You don’t believe me? Then here are some videos created and released by Counter656 Productions: My personal favorite: Gundams getting owned by Fate series’ Saber For these videos, Huang uses figures that are highly interchangeable and poseable (usually, the ones from S.H.Figuarts) and Photoshop. A multitude of still photos are edited and special effects are added. The final result is an impressive battle scene of character/mecha figures. Currently, Counter656 Productions is holding its “2013 Most Wanted Stop Motion” video survey. Visit Huang’s blog and vote for your favorite character (poll is located on the left side of the page). The most voted character will be prioritized for his next set of projects (just so you know, Dragon Ball characters are leading the poll). Want to see more stop motion animation videos from Counter656 Productions? Head over to their Official YouTube channel! Sources: RocketNews24 and Counter656 Productions Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic adapted into 3DS game; hits stores in Japan this month Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/magi-labyrinth-magic-adapted-3ds- game-hits-stores-japan-month/ By ellehaym on February 6th, 2013 Magi’s dungeon clearing scenario sounds good for an action RPG. And that’s precisely why the Arabian Nights-themed manga by Shinobu Ohtaka will be released as a Nintendo 3DS RPG in Japan this month. Three video commercials, including a full promo clip and two short ads, have been streamed by Bandai Namco Games in their official YouTube channel. Watch all three below: Latest ad: In this game, players plunge into maze dungeons and explore them with a party of characters from the anime and manga including Aladdin, Alibaba, Morgiana, Sinbad, Judal, Cassim and more. During battles, players have the freedom to switch between characters. Furthermore, the abilities of the characters can be customized once a player has gathered rukh. According to the video commercials, the first copies of this upcoming RPG game for the 3DS will have special items including a three-sticker set with images of Sinbad, Masrur and Jafar in chibi form and a download code to get Morgiana wearing her Household Vessel. The Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic game will be out in Japan on February 21. This 3DS RPG is priced at 5,800 JPY (about 77 SGD). Sources: Crunchyroll and Otaku USA Magazine Unmanned Gears, Boss weapons, Augment mode featured in Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance trailers Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/unmanned-gears-boss-weapons- augment-mode-featured-metal-gear-rising-revengeance-trailers/
  20. 20. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 By sentinel011 on February 6th, 2013 It is two weeks to the release of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, and Konami & its partners have released more trailers introducing the various modes, enemies and weaponry. To further prove the point that there are elements of stealth within Revengeance, Konami released a trailer featuring Augment Mode, one of the abilities Raiden will be able to use. See your enemies through walls and objects, allowing you to use various strategies and tactics. In previous Metal Gear games, placing Playboy magazines will distract humanoid cyborgs; this time, holographic variants come to play. Talk about moving with the times indeed. Swords and katanas aren’t the only weapons Raiden can use. Like the weapons the bosses used? Raiden can use it too, but it is unknown as to how to obtain these weapons. I wonder if Jetstream Sam’s blade is usable, enabling Raiden to dual- wield the HF blades. Konami also released trailers introducing the different grunt variants; the normal foot soldiers and the Unmanned Gears. There’s a Heavy Soldier wielding a hammer bigger than Raiden’s body, but at the hands of a skilled player, the hammer can be deflected easily. Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance will release for the PS3 and Xbox360 on 19 and 21 February 2013 for the North America and Japan region (PS3 only) respectively. Kyary hits #3 in weekly Oricon charts with latest single release Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/kyary-hits-3-weekly-oricon-charts- latest-single-release/ By sentinel011 on February 6th, 2013 Perhaps it might be due to Crayon Shin Chan, but no doubt Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is gaining popularity amongst many Japanese pop fans. The eccentric Harajuku Lady got 3rd in the Oricon weekly charts for her latest single CD release. Her latest single, Kimi ni 100 Percent / Furisodeshon is currently the theme song of the wacky kid’s anime, and released exactly a week ago on 30 January. At press time, Kyary had about 21,000 copies of her single sold, ahead of Coda’s BLOODY STREAM. Being among the top 3 artistes to garner a spot within Oricon’s weekly charts is surely a prestigious one, similar to USA’s Billboard charts. Unfortunately, Kyary got very strong competitors from both male and female idol groups, especially from EXILE and SKE48. GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE gathered 72,000 in weekly sales for their single ANIMAL, while SKE48′s Choco no Dorei topped off the rankings with over 530,000 copies sold. It has been almost a month since Kyary came to Singapore to film for variety show Catherine the 13th. Kyary’s tweet caught a local fan’s attention, and managed to get an autograph. Her upcoming world tour, while having Singapore as one of the selected countries to hold her tour concert, haven’t had any additional details such as date and location as well as ticket prices. Source: oricon.jp See the girls of Tamako Market in their swimsuits Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/girls-tamako-market-swimsuits/
  21. 21. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 By ellehaym on February 5th, 2013 In almost every school life anime, there is always an episode where the characters are having fun either at the beach or pool. That means you get to see the girls wearing their swimsuits. Tamako Market is no different. In fact, the upcoming episode is set at the beach. To give a bit of a teaser, KyoAni has released illustrations of the female characters in their swimwear. For now, we won’t be seeing them in full colour because that would just kill the excitement for the next episode, right? Tamako Kitashirakawa Midori Tokiwa Kanna Makino Shiori Asagiri Aren’t they cute? Tamako Market episode 5 web preview: Source: ぐぐぐ Studio Ghibli’s ‘Kaguya-hime no Monogatari’ pushed back to fall Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/studio-ghiblis-kaguya-hime- monogatari-pushed-fall/
  22. 22. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By ellehaym on February 5th, 2013 And I thought that Studio Ghibli will finally have a back to back release of their magnificent films this 2013. Unfortunately, it has been announced that Isao Takahata’s Kaguya-hime no Monogatari won’t make it to theatres this summer. The movie is rescheduled for a premiere this fall. Don’t be too disappointed, though. Hayao Miyazaki’s Kaze Tachinu opens this summer in Japan as scheduled. Here’s the statement released by Toho, the distribution company of Takahata’s upcoming feature-length film, regarding the delay: We received a report from Studio Ghibli that the storyboard has not been completed yet, though its progress was almost as same as ‘Kaze Tachinu’. After considering various situations, it’s been decided to postpone the release to this fall. We apologize to all of the fans who have been waiting for the release of the movie, and please wait and look for ‘Kaguya-hime no Monogatari’, which will be even more attractive when it’s released. Read our previous post about the upcoming Ghibli films this 2013 here at SGCafe. Source: tokyohive Scream to play Dead Space 3 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/scream-play-dead-space-3/ By weiq on February 5th, 2013 Own a Xbox 360 and a Kinect? Finally, you have a legitimate reason to literally scream out loud for help while playing Dead Space 3. Dead Space 3, which we had reviewed the demo back in January, now offers players the ability to engage the game using their voice, in both the Single and Co-Op with Kinect.
  23. 23. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 More than forty intuitive voice commands helps you to navigate through the various game levels, interface menus, and activating commonly used actions such as Reload or Switch weapons. Pretty handy, while immersing yourselves with the bone-chilling (literally) moments as the Necromorphs comes running towards you in the dark. Or, when your Xbox 360 controllers’ battery suddenly went dead. The PDF “cheat sheet” for the voice commands, which is released by Electronic Arts, can be downloaded here, or from the link below. Sadly, “Auto-aim and shoot all the Necromorphs” does not seems to be included in the voice commands. Source: majornelson.com Cofesta presents Manga Festival in Singapore, to be held in Kinokuniya Orchard Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/cofesta-presents-manga-festival- singapore-held-kinokuniya-orchard/ By sentinel011 on February 5th, 2013 Japan International Contents Festival, also known as CoFesta, will be organizing a Manga Festival this month, and will be held from 15 February to 17 February. The Manga Festival consists of several components, mainly - Keynote lectures - Business matchmaking - Autograph session - Exhibition Keynote Lectures 15/02/2013, 2pm – 6pm Mandarin Orchard, Grand Mandarin Ballroom 1 The lectures will be held on the 15th at Mandarin Orchard, Grand Mandarin Ballroom 1 and will feature some of the leading figures of the manga industry. You can only apply one lecture per application; though you can apply thrice to go for all three lectures. Scheduled tentatively at 2pm is Mr. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, Chairman of Kadokawa group Holdings, Inc and he will speak on “Coming of age for Full-fledged e-book”. The chairman was originally the Vice President and founder of the former Media Works, before it combined with ASCII. Mr. Yoshiaki Koga, India Project Director of Kodansha will touch on the business model of Suraj The Rising Star at 3.15pm. Finally, Mr. Yarou Abe, author of Shinya Shokudo will speak on the development of comics in Asia via his manga together with Mr. Makoto Oshima and Mr. Nobutaka Hirooka, Producer of The Third Edotorial Division and Editorial Staff of “Big Comic Original’ magazine respectively. The lecture is scheduled to start at 4.30pm. Mr. Abe was nominated for the 2nd Manga Taisho Award in 2009 and won the 39th Japan Cartoonist Awards Grand Prize in 2010. Business Matchmaking 15/02/2013, 6pm - Mandarin Orchard, Grand Mandarin Ballroom 2 The business matchmaking session is a good chance for many related media and TV broadcasting stations to discuss on future business liaisons. It will be held on the 15th at Mandarin Orchard, Grand Mandarin Ballroom 2 at 6pm.
  24. 24. February 7th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Autograph session 16/02/2013, 1pm – 7pm Books Kinokuniya Orchard The autograph session will be held at Books Kinokuniya Orchard Branch, and will have the following authors and industry leaders to autograph your related items: 1:00pm – Mr. Yarou Abe, Manga artist (Shinya Shokudo) / Publisher: Shogakukan 2:30pm – Mr. Masayuki Ishikawa, Manga artist (Moyashimon: Tales of Agriculture) Publisher: Kodansha 4:00pm – Mr. Mine Yoshizaki, Manga artist (Sgt. Frog – Keroro Gunso) Publisher: Kadokawa Shoten 5:30pm – Mr. Hiroyuki Ito, President (Crypton Future Media Pte. Ltd) / Danny Choo, Producer (Culture Japan/ Mirai.inc) – Moderator Exhibition 16/02/2013, 17/02/2013 10am – 10pm The Art House, 1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429 There are 5 areas exhibited, featuring some experience corners; they are: 1 – “Comic 10 Social Recommended Comics ” Exhibition About 400 of the newest and most popular manga displayed, spanning 60 titles with 20-30 visuals. 2 – E-Comics product showcase & experience corner Experience reading popular manga digitally via 3 types of e-readers with about 20 units of e-readers exhibited. 3 – Survey corner Voice your opinions about the local manga piracy situation to the publishers themselves (souvenirs will be presented upon survey completion) 4 – Anti-piracy & copyright message board What do you think about the piracy situation with regards to manga? Leave a message here (supported by: CODA) 5 – Consumer Generated Media showcase Showcasing and introducing examples of user generated content from Japan and its strength For more updates and information, check out their official website.
  25. 25. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Lucky Star characters to teach organic chemistry Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/lucky-star-characters-teach-organic- chemistry/ By weiq on February 8th, 2013 Chemistry students, don’t you ever wish your bland and boring chemistry textbooks be filled with your favourite anime characters, teaching and explaining the fundamentals? Chukei Publishing to the rescue! The Company had published “Lucky☆Star - Impressive learning Chemistry (Organic Chemistry)”. It is the second collaboration study book following the previous “Lucky☆Star - Impressive learning Chemistry (Theories) ”. Inside the book, characters from “Lucky Star” will be taking chemistry classes with you via manga panels and conversations. You will learn about Organic Chemistry (hydrocarbons, ester, amino acids and more) from the very beginning with Konata, Tsukasa and other girls. With many new illustrations by author Kagami Yoshimizu, Kawai-juku top class popularity and skilled teacher Takashi Matsubara explains point by point. Some preview pages from the book: Plus, you’ll not only find a poster by Kagami Yoshimizu on the back side of the book cover, but also a reversible B4 chart of reaction pathways to support you! The book will be priced at 1,575 yen. source: chukei.co.jp
  26. 26. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 Rayman Legends announced for PS3 and Xbox 360 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/rayman-legends-announced-ps3- xbox-360/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013 If you have been waiting for Rayman Legends for your Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3, now is the time to rejoice! The highly anticipated platformer of 2013, which was originally announced for the Wii U, is also coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3. The game is slated for release on all platforms this September. Rayman Legends, a game being developed by Ubisoft for the three gaming systems, is adored for its marvelous graphics and cutting-edge gameplay. Just like its predecessor, Rayman Origins, the fantasy appeal remains, with the addition of new characters, environments, soundtrack and tons of exciting gaming modes. The story of Rayman Legends goes like this: While wondering through an enchanted forest, Rayman, Globox, and the Teensies come across a tent with a series of fascinating paintings. They closely observe the paintings that seem to tell a story of a mythical world. Suddenly, they get sucked into the painting, and that’s how the adventure starts. The whole gang must explore each world and unearth the secrets of each legendary painting. You can watch a sample of it’s gameplay here: And here are some screenshots from the game: For more information, just access the official website of Rayman Legends. Check out these new updates for the Miiverse Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/check-updates-miiverse/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013
  27. 27. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Nintendo has taken a step towards protecting young children from the dangers in and beyond the cyber world. Within the last 24 hours, Wii U players below 12 years of age are no longer allowed to directly send or receive friend requests. However, they can still add friends outside the Miiverse by exchanging Nintendo Network IDs with people in their Friend List. The move is to prevent young players from exchanging Nintendo Network IDs and 3DS Friend Codes through the Miiverse. To sum it all up, this Wii U update will only permit the young ones to be friends with the people they know in Miiverse. The Code of Conduct section of the Miiverse has also received some updates: • Mods will be stricter in terms of deleting posts that are unrelated to the specific game of a community. • Users can only add posts after every five minutes in Miiverse. Previously, players can post as much as they wanted to. The comments, however, are not included in this update. Here are the other small updates: • Users will get a notification whenever there’s a new follower. • Users will no longer be notified if there are new comments on a post, unless the comment comes from the original poster. This update is in response to user complaints of receiving too many notifications. Source: IGN ‘Valvrave the Liberator’ characters introduced, angela to perform the series’ ED song Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/valvrave-liberator-characters- introduced-angela-perform-ed-song/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013 Last year, Sunrise revealed its upcoming mecha anime Valvrave the Liberator through promotional videos. However, very little information was disclosed. Finally, Valvrave’s official website has been updated with more info on the anime series including its characters (with illustrations) and the artiste performing the ED song. Below are the 14 characters revealed by the official site: Haruto Tokishima (seiyuu: Ryota Ohsaka) L-elf (seiyuu: Ryohei Kimura) Shoko Sashinami (seiyuu: Asami Seto)
  28. 28. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 Saki Rukino (seiyuu: Haruka Tomatsu) Kyuma Inuzuka Aina Sakurai Marie Nobi Yusuke Otamaya Raizo Yamada
  29. 29. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 Satomi Renbokoji Takahi Ninomiya Akira Takumi Kibukawa Rion Nanami Illustration of the humanoid weapon Valvrave:
  30. 30. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 The site has also streamed the anime’s latest commercial. This time, we can hear the voices of the two male leads. The ad also reveals that the ED song, Boku Janai, will be performed by angela, the Jpop band celebrating their 10th anniversary this May. You can watch the latest CM below: So far, Valvrave the Liberator’s exact premiere date has not been revealed. The website merely mentions “2013.4 On Air.” You can check back on this post for updates on this upcoming TV anime. For a brief synopsis on the series, just read our previous post on Valvrave the Liberator. Source: Official Valvrave Website InuYasha returns in a one- shot feature of Shonen Sunday Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/inuyasha-returns-one-shot-feature- shonen-sunday/ By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013 InuYasha concluded with a sweet and happy ending five years ago, but its creator Rumiko Takahashi, with a big heart, still has a story to tell. In Shonen Sunday’s 10th issue launched last February 6, a 34-page one-shot special has been featured. Aside from Takahashi, other Shonen Sunday mangakas will revive their popular series for the Heroes Come Back anthology including: • Takashi Shiina (popular for Ghost Sweeper Mikami) • Hiromu Arakawa (popular for Fullmetal Alchemist) • Kazuhiko Shimamoto (popular for Honou no Tenkouse) • Fujihiko Hosono (popular for Gallery Fake) • Masami Yuuki (popular for Mobile Police Patlabor) • Kazuhiro Fujita (popular for Ushio to Tora) The InuYasha one-shot special is part of the “Heroes Come Back” charity project by the weekly shonen manga magazine. The royalties earned will support the restoration of the devastated areas caused by the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami disaster which occurred on March 11, 2011. Source: Crunchyroll Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2013 dates announced Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/singapore-toy-games-comic- convention-2013-dates-announced/
  31. 31. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By ellehaym on February 8th, 2013 Earlier yesterday, the official dates are out for “the coolest event of the year!” It is none other than the Singapore Toy, Games & Comic Convention 2013 (STGCC) happening from August 31 until September 1. The two-day event will be held at the Marina Bay Sands. From what we know, its 2012 convention featured the following attractions: • New products and exclusives • DJ Battle • Booth giveaways and promotions • Exhibitors and Artist Alley • Attendees will even have the chance to get spotted by Cosmode Magazine For more information on this event, check out STGCC’s official Facebook page. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s next single: Ninjyari Ban Ban [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-next-single- ninjyari-ban-ban-video/ By KarbyP on February 7th, 2013 Harajuku pop princess Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s next single, entitled Ninjyari Ban Ban, is a song written specifically for a new commericial for Japanese telco au that will hit TV airwaves in Japan starting February 15. Today the Japanese telco has uploaded a 30-second version of the TV spot on the Net. Take a look at it below:
  32. 32. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 The TV commercial was filmed at a special live concert held at Tokyo’s Doujouji (a Buddhist temple) on January 29 to commemorate Kyary’s 20th birthday. Concert-goers were asked to participate in a slew of activities involving their smartphones, such as vigorously shaking it up and down to light up Tokyo Tower, and waving it around with an app that keeps the phone’s touchscreen lit up in a bright, neon colour – like a glow stick – as Kyary performed Ninjyari Ban Ban for the very first time. Details on when Kyary’s new single will be released are due to be announced at a later date. Source: Natalie If you were an anime character, who would your seiyuu be? Find out with ShindanMaker! Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/anime-character-seiyuu-be-find- shindanmaker/ By ellehaym on February 7th, 2013 The World Wide Web is a great place to express your fandom and love for anime and games. And I would bet that you’ve tried quizzes such as “Which <insert anime/game title here> character are you?” However, tables are turned with the “joke web service” ShindanMaker, which allows users to create ridiculous (not to mention often anime-inspired) personality test quizzes whose results are based on the name or username entered. In this particular one, you are an anime character and the diagnosis/fortune-telling quiz gives you a name of a Japanese seiyuu based on the name you typed in. I played with it for a bit and got some interesting and crazy results. First, I tried typing in my nickname, and it generated a male seiyuu (I’m a girl for goodness’ sake!). Unsatisfied with previous outcome, I typed in my full name. This time, I’m satisfied. I love Marina Inoue’s (Guren Lagann’s Yoko) voice and it would be a great pleasure to be voiced by her, if I was an anime character. I also tried “ellehaym”…
  33. 33. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 …and got a male seiyuu again. Ugh! I was curious about the other results generated by ShindanMaker so I typed our administrator’s username: According to ShindanMaker, sentinel011 will be voiced by Daisuke Ono, the seiyuu behind Kuroshitsuji’s Sebastian Michaelis. I was having so much fun so I also tried our editor’s username. ShindanMaker says KarbyP will be voiced by Kazuya Nakai, the seiyuu who lent his voice to One Piece’s Roronoa Zoro. And so, if SGCafe becomes an anime and we have to hire seiyuus, I would surely use this post as a reference. Try ShindanMaker as well and share your results below! Tiger & Bunny: Hero’s Day features has time-limited choices that might impact the game’s ending Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/tiger-bunny-heros-day-features- time-limited-choices-impact-game-ending/ By KarbyP on February 7th, 2013 Unlike Namco Bandai’s Tiger & Bunny: On-Air Jack, D3 Publisher’s Hero’s Day lets you pick to play as any of the anime series’ eight protagonists. At the moment it’s not confirmed if each character in the game will have his or her own individual ending, but at the very least, the game’s developer have confirmed that Hero’s Day will feature multiple endings – depending on the choices you make throughout the adventure. Choices in Hero’s Day largely falls under two categories: adventure part choices, and time-limited “Battle Choices”. Note that just because it’s called Battle Choices, doesn’t mean that a fight against a supervillain will break out right after you make a choice (although there are those as well). For the most part, these time-limited choices are so-called because they’re a battle against time. Here’s an example of each. Adventure-part choices
  34. 34. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 In the images you see above, Antonio Lopez (Rock Bison) has some time to kill, and is deciding whether to go hang out with Kotetsu (Wild Tiger), or to go meet up with Fire Emblem. Things don’t always go as planned in Hero’s Day, however, so if you picked to go spend time with Kotetsu, what happens is that Antonio ends up calling Agnes Joubert, producer for Hero TV, by mistake. Suffice to say, if you’re a fan who has to know everything about your favourite characters in Tiger & Bunny, you’d want to play through each character’s scenario multiple times to see and learn everything. Battle choices Battle choices are a little more complicated than the regular type. In some events, up to four possible responses will be listed on the screen while a timer is counting down, and it’s up to you to find the right answer to potentially diffuse a complicated situation. For instance, in the screenshots you see above, Kotetsu had apparently made a promise to his daughter Kaede the night before, but he can’t remember what the promise was, when Kaede reminds him about it the very next day. At this point, the following four choices appear on the screen: • Which promise was that? • Crap, I didn’t think Kaede would actually remember it. • Ask about Kaede’s mood today • Ah, I drank a little too much yesterday, huh… To be honest, in this case I don’t see how things could go well for Kotetsu regardless of which option he picks. I guess the right option here would probably be to admit that Kotetsu forgot about it (so probably the first option). In any case, two screenshots depict what Kaede’s responses to this scenario might be, depending on what you pick: • … What kind of an excuse is that? • … So this is how you’re plan on hoodwinking me into thinking you remember, huh? Fanservice Outside of the main game itself, Tiger & Bunny: Hero’s Day will also come loaded with oodles of fanservice. One prime example of fanservice here is something that the game’s developer is calling “eyecatch”. These are boot- up loading sequences that feature character illustrations along with a meaningful voice message from the character depicted, that changes depending on what time it is when you start up the game. (Condition: have not played the game for over two weeks) Yo, it’s sure been a while huh? How’ve you been (Early afternoon) What, there’s a small test today? I didn’t hear about it… what do I do now?!
  35. 35. February 8th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 11 (Winter) Heroes don’t need to whine that the weather is cold or that they might lose under such cold conditions. If you don’t like it, it’s okay if you quit, you know? (Morning) …….Mor…….ni…….ne? Tiger & Bunny: Hero’s Day comes out for the PSP March 20 in Japan. Source: 4Gamer LUNA SEA’s arrival at the Singapore Changi Airport Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/luna-seas-arrival-singapore-changi- airport/ By ellehaym on February 7th, 2013 LUNA SEA, the Japanese rock band performing live for their “The end of the dream- Asia Tour 2013” in Singapore, arrived yesterday at the Singapore Changi Airport. Some ecstatic fans were lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the members. Here’s a short clip uploaded by YouTube user shinobi11: According to shinobi11, the members were friendly, and he even got acknowledged when he called out to them. LUNA SEA will be performing at the The Star Theatre tomorrow. Read our coverage on the band’s press conference here.
  36. 36. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle (PS3, X360) comes out August 29 in Japan Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/jojos-bizarre-adventure-star-battle- ps3-x360-august-29-japan/ By KarbyP on February 13th, 2013 The release of Namco Bandai Games and developer CyberConnect2′s JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: All Star Battle has been dated. According to this week’s issue of Jump magazine, the PS3 and X360 3D fighting game will be released in Japan on August 29 this year. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: ASB will come in regular and limited editions. The regular edition will be sold in Japan for 7,980 yen including tax, while the limited edition is priced at 16,980 yen, which is more than twice the admission price to the standard version, but not exactly something fans would likely scoff at – especially given what you’re getting in the limited edition box. The text in the scan we have is a little too scrambled for me to make out all of the details, so I’ll have to furnish the full details later, but at the very least you’re getting: • A sculpted figure of Jotaro Kujo from Part 3 • A gold plate featuring an illustration drawn by JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure author Hirohiko Araki • Soundtrack disc • (And a few other objects) Apart from the price and release date announcements, Jump magazine’s feature on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: ASB also reveals that Part 8: Jojolion’s protagonist, Josuke Higashikata, will also be included in the game as a playable fighter (the headline for the feature reads “All-Star BattLion”… har har, very charming, Shueisha). In combat Josuke wields the stand Soft & Wet. Source: Jump magazine scan Ghost in the Shell: Arise’s 1st PV and OP trailers preface the 4-part series Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/ghost-shell-arises-1st-pv-op-trailers- preface-4-part-series/
  37. 37. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 By KarbyP on February 12th, 2013 Earlier tonight studio Production I.G. held a Ghost in the Shell: Arise event at nicofarre event hall in Roppongi, giving its live audience – and fans watching at home via a livestream – their first look at the upcoming four-part anime film series. A first trailer for the series, as well as what appears to be its OP, was shared on the Web: The new four-part series, with each part having a runtime of 50 minutes long, will be made available to consumers on Blu-ray and DVD. In addition to the Blu-ray and DVD releases, the first part of the series, entitled Ghost Pain (攻攻攻攻攻ARISE border攻1 Ghost Pain), will also be shown in cinema theatres in Japan for two weeks, beginning June 22. It is unclear at the moment if the remaining three parts will also see theatrical releases. Oddly enough, cinema-goers who head out to watch Ghost Pain at theatres will also be amongst the first to own Ghost in the Shell: Arise on Blu-ray, as the Blu-ray home release for part one will be sold at theatres in advance of its general sales period, which will commence July 26. Apart from going to the theatres, from June 22 anime fans in Japan will also be able to watch the film online via paid streaming services like the Docomo Anime Store (d攻攻攻攻攻 攻). In Ghost in the Shell: Arise, Maaya Sakamoto will voice lead character Motoko Kusanagi, who’s younger now due to the four-part series being a prequel to the rest of the GitS anime franchise. Although Atsushi Tanaka had previously helmed the leading role in past Ghost in the Shell anime works, Sakamoto is no stranger to her new role; she had previously played an even younger version of Motoko in the first GiTS movie. The rest of its cast revealed thus far are as follows: • Batou - Kenichirou Matsuda (Prince of Tennis II‘s Ryūji Tsuge) • Togusa - Tarusuke Shingaki (Fate/zero’s Kariya) • Ishikawa - Tomoyuki Dan (Japanese voice of Batman in recent movies) • Saito - Nakakuni Takuro • Paz - Youji Ueda (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure‘s Speedwagon) • Borma - Kazuya Nakai (One Piece’s Roronoa Zoro) • Daisuke Aramaki - Ikkyu Jyuku
  38. 38. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Source: Mainichi News, Crunchyroll News Slam Dunk is coming back… as a social game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/slam-dunk-coming-back-as-social- game/ By KarbyP on February 12th, 2013 Put together the strongest high school basketball team in all of Japan, by recruiting players the likes of Hanamichi Sakuragi and Kaede Rukawa, in Slam Dunk ~Mezase! Saikyo Team~ (SLAM DUNK攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻!!攻), a social game based on Takehiko Inoue’s popular manga and anime series. Launched today on DeNA’s Mobage games platform, the new Slam Dunk social game was co-developed between DeNA’s in-house team and KLab Inc., in conjunction with Toei Animation, and is playable on Android and iOS smartphones as well as good ol’ feature phones (which many consumers in Japan still use today). So how does one put together a solid basketball team in Slam Dunk ~Mezase! Saikyo Team~? Like with the majority of mobile social games in Japan, this task involves collecting tons and tons of illustrated cards, and picking out those that work well together in order to assemble an unbeatable deck. Cards in this social game come in four varieties. First, at the forefront of any deck here are Player cards featuring characters like Sakuragi and Rukawa. Complementing Player cards are Skill, Support (this is where characters like Sakuragi’s love interest Haruko Akagi come in), and Tactics (Coach Anzai) cards. In an attempt to further infuse some of the real sport’s flavour here, in this game it matters not only which cards you choose to put into your deck, but also the positions in which you placed them in. Depending on those card positions, a variety of Skill Links (攻攻攻攻攻) – mirroring plays as seen in the Slam Dunk anime series – may activate. And you’ll want to activate as many Skill Links as you can, as they are the key to winning matches against other players.
  39. 39. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 With each victory you covet, you’ll earn yourself a videotape, an in-game item that’s actually quite useless all on its own. I suppose in the context of the game world these videotapes contain recorded match footage that you then sit down to review in order to formulate your game plan for the next match. But collect enough of these tapes, and you’ll eventually unlock something called Memorial Film, which are brief clips or scenes taken directly from the Slam Dunk anime series. You don’t really see that in a lot of social games, but this is possible here thanks to Toei Animation’s involvement. There is also apparently a story of some sort in this game, said to be taking place in parallel with the main storyline from the anime series. It’s not mentioned anywhere if Slam Dunk author Takehiko Inoue has had a hand in the writing here, however. So it’s best not to expect anything but the most rudimentary of plotlines here. Slam Dunk ~Mezase! Saikyo Team~ is free to play, with optional paid content, and accessible now on the Mobage games platform via your smartphone (iOS and Android) or feature phone Web browser. URL for use on smartphones: http:// sp.pf.mbga.jp/12012891 URL for use on feature phones: http://pf.mbga.jp/12012891 To play the game, however, you will first need to be registered with Mobage. The registration is free and not region-blocked, but you will need to go through a ton of instructions written entirely in Japanese, and send an empty e-mail from your phone. [Via 4Gamer] Actor Osamu Mukai debuts as a seiyuu in Doraemon Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/actor-osamu-mukai-debuts-seiyuu- doraemon/ By ellehaym on February 12th, 2013 To us anime fans, Osamu Mukai is known for his roles in the live-action adaptations of Beck, Honey and Clover, Nodame Cantabile and Paradise Kiss. This time, he took on the challenge of being a seiyuu. It has been announced that the Japanese actor will lend his voice for the TV anime, Doraemon. And you know what’s interesting? Osamu Mukai will be playing Osaru Mukai, an action star with monkey-like stunts (saru is the Japanese word for monkey). Sounds like his name, right? Osaru appears in the episode entitled “Saikyou! Korobashiya Z” which airs in Japan on March 1. Although Mukai finds voice acting challenging, he says that he was happy to receive the role. The actor relates that he has been watching Doraemon since he was young and he never imagined that one day he’ll be given a role in the anime series. What he finds difficult about the voice acting is that expression lies entirely on his voice. Whereas for acting, he can freely express with his face and body. Aside from the anime series, Mukai will also take part in Eiga Doraemon: Nobita no Himitsu Dougu Museum which is slated for release on March 9. He is the third actor to make a cameo appearance in Doramon films. Previously, Masaharu Fukuyama and Shun Oguri were given roles in Doraemon: Nobita and the New Steel Troops: ~Angel Wings~ (2011) and Doraemon: Nobita to Kiseki no Shima ~Animal Adventure~ (2012), respectively. Source: tokyohive Luna Sea “The End of the Dream” Live review Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/luna-sea-the-dream-live-review/
  40. 40. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 By sentinel011 on February 12th, 2013 Luna Sea kicks up a storm with its last leg of its concert tour in Singapore, with suitable weather to match. When LUNA SEA disbanded in the year 2000, many J- Rock fans were devastated. With the disbandment, the dream of seeing LUNA SEA perform live in Singapore was diminished as well. However, a glimmer of hope came on August 31 2010, when the band officially announced their reunion and announced their first concert tour for the first time in ten years. Fast forward to 2012, LUNA SEA announced the aptly titled concert tour “The End of the Dream”. Besides touring in their native country, the band will also do an Asia tour to Taiwan, Hong Kong, Bangkok and finally on February 8 2013, their first ever concert in Singapore. Singapore fans showed their love for LUNA SEA by going to the Star Theatre as early as 7am to start queuing for concert goods & merchandise. Local fans also took part in the fan activities organized by the local fan groups LUNA SEA Singapore Street Team and SLAVE Singapore. Many fans signed & left their messages on the specially prepared banners which were later presented to LUNA SEA personally at the concert. Much like their concerts in Japan, English rock music was played through the PA system while fans eagerly awaited the start of the concert. At around 8pm, the music suddenly became louder and all fans stood up & cheered in excitement, as this was a sign that the concert was starting. The lights were dimmed and LUNA SEA members walked on to the stage one by one and took their position. LUNA SEA started the concert by performing LOVELESS, a fan favorite opening song which got the crowd going crazy. Throughout the two hour concert, LUNA SEA performed many of their fan favorite hits such as End of Sorrow, True Blue and STORM. Each individual member also dazzled fans with their unique showmanship, with vocalist Ryuichi doing a captivating dance during the song Gravity and Guitarist Sugizo’s beautiful violin solo during the song Providence. Even though this is the first time that LUNA SEA is performing at Singapore, the fans were really “high” as you could hear them singing along and doing the hand actions throughout the whole concert. Some of the highlights of the concert have got to be during the song ROSIER, where bassist J did his signature “Mic throw” after his rap. Drummer Shinya also did his signature Drum solo, which had fans shouting out his name whenever he hit the drums. For their encore, LUNA SEA performed I FOR YOU, arguably one of their most famous song which was used as the theme song for the very popular drama God, Please Give me more Time. At the end of the concert, Guitarist Sugizo said to the audience that he promised LUNA SEA will come back again for another concert. If that wasn’t enough, he
  41. 41. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 ended his speech with an “I LOVE YOU SINGAPORE” which made everyone go crazy. With this concert, LUNA SEA certainly fulfilled the dreams of many fans. It was truly “The End of the Dream”. Credits: Photographers - Chen Jinfu, Peter Mcdonnell, More Than Good Hooks Written by: Emerson Yang Over 100 Hatsune Miku figures displayed at Wonder Festival 2013 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/100-hatsune-miku-figures- displayed-festival-2013/ By ellehaym on February 11th, 2013 For avid fans of Crypton Future Media’s twin-tailed virtual diva, the Winter Wonder Festival 2013, which took place at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba Prefecture yesterday, was a Hatsune Miku wonderland. Over 100 Miku garage kits were displayed and sold at the event. From cute to sexy, interesting to outright weird, attendees were able to see various interpretations of Hatsuke Miku from different figure manufacturers. Photos of these Hatsune Miku figures were shared by a user on the popular Japanese image board, Futaba Channel. Check them out:
  42. 42. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 Sources: Futaba Channel via Japan Otaku Channel Neptune Collection, a Hyperdimension Neptunia card game, comes to iOS and Android later this month Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/neptune-collection-hyperdimension- neptunia-card-game-ios-android-february-2013/ By KarbyP on February 11th, 2013 JRPG maker Compile Heart, who just recently published the controversial PS Vita moe card battle game Monster Monpiece (that was met with an astounding sell-out success during its launch weekend in Japan), announced today that they’re about to launch yet another moe card battle game. This time sporting one of its hotter properties: Hyperdimension Neptunia. Entitled Neptune Collection, the new card battle game app for iOS and Android devices (limited to devices launched in Japan only; also, not supported on Android tablets) will feature over 300 illustrated cards based on the popular JRPG and soon-to-be-anime series, and sees players finishing quests in order to raise the share value of the faction or world that they pick to be affiliated to. Well, that and to collect cards with moe on them, of course. Other key features of the game include interacting with Hyperdimension Neptunia’s goddess characters in events, and changing the costumes worn by card characters by merging them cards together. Players will also be able to equip goddess character avatars on card decks to power them up , and customise these goddess avatars to some extend. Neptune Collection will be free to download and play – supported by optional paid content – when it’s released for smartphones later in February. The game app will support Apple devices running iOS 4.3 and above, as well as Android devices (again, region-locked to those from Japan only) running firmware 2.3 and up. Source: 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 ‘Macross Crossover Live 30′ announced at Wonder Festival Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/macross-crossover-live-30- announced-wonfes/
  43. 43. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By ellehaym on February 11th, 2013 Are you headed to Japan this July? If you’re a die-hard fan of the Macross franchise, then you might want to save up for a ticket to watch the “Macross Crossover Live 30″ on July 13. At the Tokyo Wonder Festival held yesterday, it has been announced that the musical mecha anime franchise is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a concert featuring songs from various Macross series. A teaser ad was revealed on a break between the performances of Yoshiki Fukuyama and Haruka Chisuga (the contestant who won the 30th Anniversary Miss Macross idol search). The concert will be staged at Halls 1 and 2 of the Makuhari Messe in Chiba prefecture. Performers will include: • Megumi Nakajima (Macross Frontier’s Ranka) • May’n (Sheryl’s singing voice in Macross Frontier) • Chie Kajiura (Mylene’s singing voice in Macross 7) • Yoshiki Fukuyama (provided Basara’s singing voice and guitar work in Macross 7) • Mari Iijima (Macross’ Minmay) • and more! The first batch of tickets will be given to the members of the Macross fan club in a raffle draw. Winners will be announced on March 3. Then on March 26, tickets will be offered by Joysound (a karaoke company in Japan). Advanced ticket sales will start on April 27 and regular ticket sales will commence on May 25. Sources: Macross Live 30 Official Site and Macross World Perfume’s ‘Mirai no Museum’ PV features the techno-pop group’s members as androids from the year 20XX [Updated] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/perfumes-mirai-no-museum-pv- features-techno-pop-groups-members-androids-year-20xx/ By KarbyP on February 11th, 2013 Update: Universal Music Japan has shared a 15-second spot for the new music video. Original story: Production work on the music video for Japanese techno-pop group Perfume’s 17th single, Mirai no Museum, has been finished. The newly-minted MV, a computer-generated animation with the group’s members inserted via chroma-key, was shown today for the first time to the Japanese press. Hopefully that means we’ll get to see it on the Web any day now. Fingers crossed! In the meantime, Perfume fans may find it interesting to know that the music video – described as a collaboration with anime, which is said to be a first for a Perfume MV – does not feature any of the snappy dancing or choreography work that the Japanese techno-pop group is renowned for. Instead, the video focuses purely on Perfume’s acting skills, as the unit’s members Ayaka Nishiwaki (A-chan), Ayano Omoto (Nocchi) and Yuka Kashino (Kashiyuka) play three “human-type robots” from the year 20XX who travel back in
  44. 44. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 9 time to the 19XXs, where they meet a timid young box named “P-ta” (P攻 in Japanese). The trio takes P-ta out on an adventure, during which the boy discovers something important to him, and inadvertently changes his future fate for the better. The boy’s name “P-ta”, of course, is a reference to Perfume’s official fan club, PTA, as well as Nobita, the main character from Doraemon. Heck, the entire scenario itself is practically a parody of Doraemon which makes sense since Mirai no Museum is the theme song to the 2013 Doraemon movie, after all. All of the acting in the music video had to be done in front of a bluescreen, since apart from the members and the actor playing P-ta, everything in the music video is CG animation, which Perfume says they hope has brought out a different side to them for fans to see. “This time around there aren’t any dancing parts, so it’s focused entirely on us acting! Furthermore we’ve finally got lasers coming out of our eyes (laughs)! “It’s the kind of development only possible since this [music video] is a collaboration with anime, so we think it’s really interesting, and that even kids might enjoy themselves watching the video. So please do look out for it!” the members of Perfume said. Other highlights that fans can look forward to in the new MV include the appearance of the costume Perfume’s members wore back in their Spring of Life MV (released in April 2012), as well as the ESP ability they were depicted using in the MV for Spending all my time (August 2012). Mirai no Museum‘s MV also ends with a cool comic book page-flipping visual effect that caps off with a shot of the book’s cover illustration – the very same one used for the single’s limited edition CD jacket. Perfume’s 17th single, Mirai no Museum, goes on sale on February 28 in Japan. For more details on the CD single, check out our previous story here. Source: Oricon ‘The Idolm@ster Movie’ announced; here’s a 1st PV and key visual illustration Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/idolmster-movie/ By KarbyP on February 10th, 2013 The Idolm@ster. It started out as a pretty cool idea for a video game. Then came the anime (the one with robots in it). Then the manga. Then more games. More manga. And then another anime – a more literal take, this time without robots. Then three versions of the same game, with different original video animation episodes in them. And now, the Idolm@ster franchise is finally ready to take the next step forward in its quest to dominate all possible media formats.
  45. 45. February 13th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 10 Today at a “The Idolm@ster Music Festiv@l of Winter” concert held at the Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Namco Bandai Games’s Yozo Sakagami (the producer overseeing the entire Im@s franchise) took the stage to announce that The Idolm@ster Movie, an anime film featuring a brand new storyline with never-before-seen aspects of the series characters fans know and love, is currently in production. A promotion video for the movie was then shown at the event, revealing that A-1 Pictures, the studio behind the recent Idolm@ster anime series, is back to helm production on the movie. The movie’s script will be co-written by Atsushi Nishigori and Tatsuya Takahashi. Nishigori will also be taking director and character design roles on the movie. No other specifics on the movie were given. For more on the movie fans might want to pick up the next issue of Megami Magazine (on store shelves February 28), which will feature a one-on-one interview with the movie’s director Atsushi Nishigori. Outside of the new anime film, Sakagami overall producer also teased that Idolm@ster fans can expect to see various other new developments for the game and anime franchise later in 2013. 攻STAFF攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻A-1 Pictures 攻CAST攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻 攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻攻攻攻攻攻攻 攻 Source: Dengeki, Famitsu
  46. 46. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 1 SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture A daily publication about Cosplay, Vocaloid, Otaku and Japanese Pop Culture Nendoroid Snow Miku, Homura Akemi (You Are Not Alone), Cinderella Girls figures open for pre-orders till Feb 18 Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/nendoroid-snow-miku-homura- akemi-you-alone-cinderella-girls-figures-open-pre-orders-feb-18/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013 Just because you (and us) weren’t physically at the Wonder Festival 2013 convention held in Chiba’s Makuhari Messe this past Sunday, doesn’t mean there’s absolutely no way you could pre-order anything that was shown at the event. Take Good Smile Company’s WonHobby exclusives, for instance. These figures – which include Nendoroid Snow Miku and Homura Akemi (You are not alone version) – were showcased at Wonderful Hobby Life for You! 17 booth at the event, and available for pre-order on the Web through the Good Smile Online Shop – they ship internationally!
  47. 47. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 2 For more information, pictures, and pricing details on the 10 respective WonHobby exclusive figures, head over to the online store’s Wonderful Hobby Life for You! 17 splash page, where you’ll also be able to make a purchase directly. Before you do, just keep in mind that all the merch you see here will only be open to pre-orders until February 18 (next Monday) at 9.00PM JST (GMT+0900 hours). You have until then to decide! International shipping (via EMS… the good sort of shipping) from Good Smile Online Shop to your neck of the woods is charged at 2,000 yen, which may sound like a lot at first, but keep in mind that it’s 2,000 yen flat per order regardless of how many items you order. So find a few friends, pick out a few more extra items, and split that flat shipping fee. It’s really quite a deal; I wished more stores could do that. GOODSMILE ONLINE SHOP [ WONDERFUL HOBBY LIFE FOR YOU!! ] Wonder Festival 2013 (Winter) pre-painted PVC figure highlights: Sheryl Nome, Saber Lily and Killua Zoldyck Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/2013-pre-painted-pvc-highlights- sheryl-nome-saber-lily-killua-zoldyck/ By ellehaym on February 15th, 2013 Are your pockets ready for the upcoming figures this 2013? The ones that will be shipped around the second half of the year are already available for pre-order. Others had just been revealed at the Wonder Festival held in Japan this past Sunday. If you are fond of collecting PVC figures of popular anime characters, these are the ones that you might want to check out. Max Factory’s Sheryl Nome While people are experiencing the cold winter weather during the WonFes, Max Factory has revealed their hot figure: a 1/7 scaled Sheryl Nome PVC. This figure sculpted by Chieri was inspired by Sheryl’s sexy pose during her concert seen in the Macross Frontier: Itsuwari no Utahime movie. We have yet to hear about the release date of the Galactic Fairy’s upcoming figure.
  48. 48. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 3 Alter’s Saber Lily Alter has exhibited two Saber figures at the WonFes. The one in bikini is not yet painted. On the other hand, the Saber Lily Dress Code 1/7 Complete Figure is already available for pre- order. This figure is so pretty, you might end up forgetting that she’s actually a “king”. Alter’s Saber Lily PVC was inspired by TYPE-MOON’s 10th anniversary illustration. Figma Killua Zoldyck The previously announced figma Gon Freecss finally has a companion! And just like the Gon figure, figma Killua Zoldyck will also be shipped in June. Pre-orders are already available. So if you’re a Hunter x Hunter fan, don’t miss these posable figures from Max Factory which allows you to recreate the scenes from the anime. Now, if only they’d make a Leorio and Kurapika versions, things would be more interesting, don’t you think? Sources: Gigazine via Crunchyroll, AmiAmi and Good Smile Company Official Site Watch Hatsune Miku transform into Fei-Yen HD in Super Robot Wars UX’s 2nd PV Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/watch-hatsune-miku-transform-fei- yen-hd-super-robot-wars-uxs-2nd-pv/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013
  49. 49. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 4 If you’re a mecha anime fan, you’ll probably enjoy this new Super Robot Wars UX PV way more than I have - why, it’s over 10 minutes long! I’m really not that up to date with my Gundams and my Mazingers. So the highlight of this brand new PV for me is really just watching Hatsune Miku (voiced by the lovely Saki Fujita in this game) go “gyungyungyungyungyungyungyungyun… Heart Beam!” and transform into Fei-Yen HD. Someone needs to make a looped video clip of that; I could watch it for 10 hours. Only four more weeks to go before Super Robot Wars UX for the 3DS comes out in Japan, on March 14! Megpoid the Music♯: 3rd gameplay video, 3 more songs unveiled Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/megpoid-music%E2%99%AFs-3rd- gameplay-video-3-more-songs-unveiled/ By KarbyP on February 15th, 2013 Juu-Mensou (十十十/Ten-Faced), Zutto Kono Mama (十十 十十十十十), and Rappa-Fuki no Shounen (十十十十十十十十/ The Trumpet-Playing Boy) join the featured tracklist in ParaPhray’s Vocaloid Gumi-themed PSP rhythm game Megpoid the Music♯. In addition to announcing these three new tracks, this week ParaPhray has also shared a new gameplay video that offers fans a look at the choreography for Juu-Mensou in the game. Juu-Mensou Also known as: 十十十 / Ten-Faced Lyrics, composition and arrangement: YM Zutto Kono Mama Also known as: 十十十十十十十 Lyrics, composition and arrangement: Rerulili (十十十十) Rappa-Fuki no Shounen Also known as: 十十十十十十十十 / The Trumpet-Playing Boy Lyrics, composition and arrangement: PIPOSARU Megpoid the Music十 (read as “Megpoid the Music Sharp”) for the PSP comes out in Japan on March 28, 2013. Watch the opening movie to Megpoid the Music♯ here, and read more about the game here on SGCafe! Megpoid the Music十 Official Site Aya Hirano makes a comeback with this short PV for TOxxxIC Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/aya-hirano-comeback-short-pv- toxxxic/ By ellehaym on February 14th, 2013 Seiyuu and J-pop singer Aya Hirano has revealed a short PV for her latest song TOxxxIC.
  50. 50. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 5 This time, Hirano flaunts her sexy and womanly charms in her first full-length dance video. She does it a la Lady Gaga, minus the exceedingly unconventional outfits. You may even be reminded of Just Dance upon hearing the song’s intro. TOxxxIC is part of Hirano’s upcoming single of the same title. The single was produced by Steve Diamond, Britney Spears and Michael Jackson’s songwriter. Hirano’s upcoming single will be out in two versions: Regular Edition (CD only) Tracklist information: 1. TOxxxIC 2. 十十十十十十十 (MIRAI VOYAGER) 3. 十十十十十十十十 -十十 Ver.- 4. TOxxxIC -Instrumental- 5. 十十十十十十十十 -Instrumental- Limited Edition (CD + DVD) Tracklist information: Disc 1 1. TOxxxIC 2. 十十十十十十十十 (MIRAI VOYAGER) 3. 十十十十十十十十 -十十 Ver.- 4. TOxxxIC -Instrumental- 5. 十十十十十十十十 -Instrumental- Disc 2 1. TOxxxIC – Music Video 2. TOxxxIC – Music Video Making Both editions will be released on the 20th of this month. Sources: Musicman-net and CDJapan Nintendo Direct’s February 14 US broadcast highlights Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/nintendo-direct-february-14- broadcast-highlights/ By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013 A release date for Luigi Mansion: Dark Moon (3DS), and its multiplayer component detailed. Mario & Luigi RPG: Dream Team (3DS) announced. Mario Golf: World Tour (3DS), as well. Free Fire Emblem: Awakening DLC. All that and more in the latest Nintendo Direct broadcast for North American gamers. If you own a US 3DS or Wii U (which are the sets commonly sold here in Singapore), you don’t want to miss this. Check this post again shortly for a brief summary of everything announced in this Nintendo Direct broadcast – the whole thing is, like, 37 minutes long, after all. Nintendo Direct’s February 14 Japan broadcast contains a tiny tidbit on Band Brothers [Video] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/nintendo-direct-february-14-japan- broadcast-highlights/ By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013
  51. 51. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 6 Unlike the 37-minute-long US Nintendo Direct livestream broadcast that was going on simultaneously, Japan’s ND broadcast was a lot shorter, coming in at just under 20 minutes. Although both broadcasts featured a lot of the same info, there were a few pleasant surprises here. For starters, only in the Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast did gamers get to see Shigeru Miyamoto “cosplaying” as Luigi (pictured above), complete with a vacuum cleaner that’s… probably not the Poltergeist 5000 from Luigi’s Mansion. The same new game (and DLC) announcements were made here for the most part. Like their American counterparts, Japanese gamers were told that they’d get Mario & Luigi: Dream Team (Mario & Luigi RPG 4: Dream Adventure, as it’s called over there) and Mario Golf: World Tour on the 3DS this summer. Similarly, it was also announced that New Super Luigi U, a major DLC pack for New Super Mario Bros. U for the Wii U, would be arriving on the Japanese Nintendo e-shop around the same period. But what was completely left out of the American broadcast was mention of the upcoming Daigassou! Band Brothers game for the 3DS, which I suppose means that as with the previous version on the DS, it’s quite unlikely that this new Band Brothers would show up in English on Western shores. No concrete information on the new game was given. Instead, Nintendo showed a brief clip of Barbara chewing out (via written dialogue contained within speech bubbles) Nintendo’s president Satoru Iwata and the rest of Nintendo for calling 2013 the “Year of the Luigi”. She reminds Iwata that they promised gamers a new version of Band Brothers this year, but have yet to talk about it. And so tonight, president Iwata shared a tiny tidbit for the upcoming 3DS rhythm game: they are planning to make it backwards compatible with player-created songs – some 9,000 tracks to date – from the older Nintendo DS version. However, as all of the tracks from the previous version have to be re-entered manually – by hand – into the 3DS version, Iwata says that at launch they may only be able to convert a portion of those user-created tracks, but that they will try to include as many as possible. Following that, Iwata took a moment to speak about the Legend of Zelda MiiVerse community that will be added to the Wii U console, as well as Donkey Kong Country Returns 3D for the 3DS – you’ll find the same info on both titles in the English broadcast. And that’s about it for the Japanese Nintendo Direct broadcast. Before bidding viewers farewell for now, however, president Iwata did mention that next week there will be another Nintendo Direct broadcast for Japan that focuses exclusively on games that will only be released there. So if you own a Japanese 3DS or Wii U, you might want to keep an eye out next week for announcements. In the meantime, watch the full almost-20-minute broadcast archived below: LovePlus Production’s new project revealed to be ‘Fu- Un! Nadeshiko Collection’ — a social game Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/loveplus-productions-new-project- revealed-fu-un-nadeshiko-collection-social-game/
  52. 52. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 7 By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013 This GREE social game from Love Plus producer Akari Uchida and artist Mino十Taro, in which players collect, er, Japanese beauties whose character designs are based on the 47 different prefectures or cities in Japan, was officially launched today. On Valentine’s Day. Konami sure knows their target market well. And that about sums up fun — er, I mean, Fu-Un! Nadeshiko Collection. Watch these trailers, then tell me in the comments what you think. It’s a GREE social game playable on smartphones and feature phones anyway, so unless you already have a Japanese GREE account (these things are region-locked), you won’t be able to access it. In Fu-Un! Nadeshiko Collection, a group of mysterious female antagonists have turned things in Japan topsy turvy – Osaka Castle suddenly made to appear in Tokyo, Mt. Fuji transmogrified into a giant pudding. It’s an unprecedented national crisis. But not to worry! The prime minister has a plan! Call forth the Nadeshiko! Japanese beauties who love their homeland more than anyone, and are thus well-equipped to… combat weirdness! The art is appealing, and the game’s ridiculous plot is pretty intriguing, the voice work stellar. I’m in love with it. But damnit, I can’t play it! Seriously, LovePlus Production: Go back to making New New Love Plus, guys. 十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十十 Fairy Tail Manga to Bundle 5th Original Animation DVD Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/fairy-tail-manga-bundle-5th-dvd- poolside-anime/ By weiq on February 14th, 2013 Fairy Tail’s creator Hiro Mashima has announced on his twitter account that the series will see a fifth OAD (original anime DVD bundled as a bonus included with a manga tankoubon release). The animation will bring to life the series’ 298th chapter, “Dokidoki Ryūzetsu Land,” and Mashima teases on his tweet that it will be “sexier than the regular anime series.” The story is set during the Grand Magic Games when various guilds gather at the pool for some fun (and the chaos that ensues). Mashima has also posted an original concept sketch of Natsu from the animation project, to demonstrate the care that the project director is taking with drawing the characters’ faces. More details about the OAD will be provided in a flyer included with 36th tankōbon when it hits the shelves in Japan this Friday, February 15. Source: @Hiro_Mashima JRPG maker Gust may be teasing a new Atelier game with this character silhouette [Picture] Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/02/jrpg-maker-gust-teasing-atelier- game-character-silhouette-picture/
  53. 53. February 16th, 2013 Published by: VR-Zone 8 By KarbyP on February 14th, 2013 In this week’s issue of Dengeki PlayStation magazine, Gust is teasing fans with a silhouette of a female character who’s wearing a miniskirt and holding in her right hand a magical cane; she could very well be the star of the JRPG maker’s next Atelier game. The tease is a plug for Dengeki Thanksgiving Festival 2013, which will take place once again this year in Akihabara’s Belle Salle event hall (and expanding into the UDX building) on March 17 and 18. All will be revealed at a “Gust presents ‘Atelier 2013′ presentation stage’ on the 17th. Apart from explaining what the silhouette is all about, the presentation will also discuss Atelier Meruru Plusjust before its March 20 Japan release date, with Apprentice of Arland trilogy’s character designer Mel Kishida (Red Data Girl, Hanasaku Iroha) attending as a guest. If the silhouette is indeed a tease for a new Atelier game, this wouldn’t be the first time Gust has chosen to unveil their next game at Dengeki Thanksgiving Festival. Last year they pulled off a similar stunt, teasing fans with a silhouette of an Atelier-esque character for a new game that was at that point referred to as A14, before taking the stage at Dengeki Thanksgiving Festival 2012 on March 18 to announce the new this to be Atelier Ayesha: The Alchemist of Twilight Land, the 14th game in the long-running JRPG franchise. Source: Dengeki PlayStation

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