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SGCafe : Cosplay | Vocaloid | Otaku | Pop Culture
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The world’s best cosplayers to be decided today at World Cosplay Summit 2013 in Nagoya
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/cosplayers-from-all-overthe-world-assemble-in-the-world-cosplay-summit-in-nagoya/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=cosplayers-fromall-over-the-world-assemble-in-the-world-cosplay-summit-in-nagoya By Az on August 3rd, 2013

40 cosplay representatives from 20 different countries are at streets of Nagoya’s business district in this hot, hot summer in the World Cosplay Summit. 200 meters of road were closed off for this grand cosplay event which include a red carpet parade, performances by the participants, and a competition to crown the world’s “Cosplay Champion”. The cosplayers, with passion hotter than the Sun, give the onlookers an intense show as they completely become one with their idols from “JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure”, “Sweet Precure”, “Final Fantasy”, and more. Even Nagoya mayor, Takashi Kawamura, shows up in complete costume as historical figure Muneharu Tokugawa as he parades “Muneharu Tokugawa’s Journey”. In addition to the 40 contestants are cosplay representatives from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, and the Philippines who joined the parade in friendly participation.

There are two cosplay representatives from each country, and each two will work as a pair for the competition. The contest is judged on the degree of perfection in the cosplay and the performance they will exhibit. The participating countries are: Germany, Spain, Italy, France, China, Finland, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Brazil, South Korea, Denmark, Mexico, USA, Australia, England, Indonesia, and of course, Japan. Previous winners are Brazil (’06, ’08, ’11), France (’07), Italy (’05, ’10), and the defending champions, Japan (’09, ’12). The “Cosplay Champion” will be decided on August 3 and will have their own special parade on August 4. It’s been almost 11 years since the first World Cosplay Summit, and the art of cosplay has only gotten so much better. The level of transformation is getting higher and higher every year, with the cosplayers being able to bring out more of their and their beloved character’s beauty.
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Patlabor robot for live-action movie spotted in the wild
It’s not going to be easy to judge this!
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Imagine walking around, minding your own business when suddenly you see a giant robot being transported down the street. That’s what a couple of pedestrians in Japan experienced earlier today, when they took the following of a Patlabor mech prop being transported and shared them on twitter. The pictures went viral in a matter of minutes. (For more on the live-action adaptations of your favorite manga and anime here on SGCafe, click here) Twitter users Nobu-G Kadoya and Masa-Shi@Chabachi79 are quick to upload the images they have taken when they saw a certain white robot.

Read more Cosplay news here on SGCafe. You could also join the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com/ source: Mantan-Web (check the full gallery here)
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Mobile Police Patlabor is set in the near future (which is at that time 1998-2002) where giant robots known as “Labors” are used to do all sort of jobs from construction, heavy lifting, fighting, etc. They are operated by human pilots who sometimes turn to a life of crime. These criminals use the “Labors” to conduct their misdeeds. Outgunned by the criminals using these powerful robots, the police force have started using these robots to counter these criminals. They are called “Patrol Labor Units” or Patlabors and their sole purpose is to fight crime. The original manga by Masami Yuki (also a member of Headgear) and the OVA’s were released in 1988 while the animated film was released in 1989. A 47-episode TV anime series followed afterwards in October 1988. It also inspired even more adaptations like light novels and video games. Read more Anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Nobu-G Kadoya and Masa-Shi@Chabachi79 twitter accounts The post Patlabor robot for live-action movie spotted in the wild appeared first on SGCafe.

Ayako Ishikawa takes on ‘The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku’ with her violin
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/aya-ishikawa-takeson-the-disappearance-of-hatsune-miku-with-her-violin/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=aya-ishikawatakes-on-the-disappearance-of-hatsune-miku-with-her-violin By Zenko on August 3rd, 2013

The pictures clearly show a Patlabor being transported in a trailer to a certain location. Whether this mech can actually move or this big white hulk is just a gigantic static prop has not been revealed so far. Also, whether the mech was transported for filming purposes or just for storage has also not been revealed as of the moment. During the Tokyo International Anime fair 2013, the group behind Patlabor, Headgear have announced that they will be releasing a live-action movie based on the series. The movie will be released next year, 2014 and will involve one of the people who have created Patlabor, Mamoru Oshii who directed the animated movie back in 1989. What was once thought impossible has been proven possible by famed violinist Ayako Ishikawa as she took on Cosmos at Bousou P’s most difficult VOCALOID song. Although not generally known for her “try to play” videos on Nico Nico, Ayako Ishikawa has recently been gaining more
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and more attention on the site as she attempts difficult songs on her violin. Even before uploading and joining the site, though, she garnered fame worldwide in the music community for being the youngest student accepted at Purcell School in London when she was five and gaining a permanent visa to Australia in recognition of her talent. She’s held several concerts already around the world and is now sharing some of the happiness she shows while playing with even more people on Nico Nico Douga. (Even more VOCALOID news here at SGCafe!)

contemporary pieces. It will be held at the JZ Brat club in the Cerulean Tower Tokyu Hotel. For those of you who might be in Tokyo at the time and want to see just how fast she can play live, tickets are on sale at the official website for 4,000 yen in advance and will be 4,500 at the door. Check out more stories on music at SGCafe. Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Otakei, Ayako Ishikawa Official Website The post Ayako Ishikawa takes on ‘The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku’ with her violin appeared first on SGCafe.

80-ton Colossal Titan sand sculpture appears in Enoshima
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/80-ton-colossaltitan-sand-sculpture-appears-at-enoshima/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=80-ton-colossaltitan-sand-sculpture-appears-at-enoshima By KaleNagasaki on August 3rd, 2013

Although she has tackled several other pieces famous to fans of anime and Japanese pop, from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Ninjari Bang Bang! to Laputa’s most famous theme “The Decay of Laputa”. On July 25, as part of a special AyaNico festival streaming series, she took on the fastest Vocaloid song of them all: The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku. At its peak tempo, Miku sings at 240 beats per minute, something Ayako accomplishes easily with a series of tremolo chords. The rest of the song she handles just as beautifully. The originally Nico Nico Douga video is here, so take a look. For those unable to access the video, a mirror is below. The original version of The Disappearance of Hatsune Miku for comparison’s sake: Within five days of uploading, the video has already hit the number one spot on NicoNico with 140,000 views. Fans comments and reactions have been extremely positive as well, the highest compliment perhaps being that Ayako herself looked like a goddess. Others have remarked that even with the violin parts, it’s as if you can still hear Miku, even when the violin sounds drown out the vocal parts altogether.

Shingeki no Kyojin has been everywhere – T-shirts, key chains, mugs, pillows, cars, nails, even Starbucks and McDonald’s. And now, the Colossal Titan has appeared again in a another place you would hardly expect. Hiding in plain sight like the mysterious giant he is, Colossal Titan has taken a trip to the beach. An eighty-ton sand statute of the Colossal Titan is now terrorizing Enoshima’s Higashihima beach area, located in Fujisawa, Kanagawa prefecture. Towering at 3 meters tall, 4.2 meters deep, and 5.4 meters long, the sand sculpture looks to recreate the cover of Hajime Isayama’s first volume. (For more on Attack on Titan from SGCafe, click here).

Ayako will be holding another live stream event on August 8 on her Nico Nico Channel, AyaNico. It starts at 10 PM JST, and she will be taking requests for songs in the comments section of the video. In addition to live streaming, she will also be holding another concert on September 12. Called AyaCon volume 2 ~AYA BAND~ it will feature a selection of classical and Work on the sand Titan began on July 29, as did a film that follows the sand artists’ work. The complete figure should
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be completed by August 15, on which it will be open to the public and lit up for all to see. I’m sure everyone will be impressed with the amount of detail and hard work that went into creating a masterpiece of this magnitude.

Every athlete knows that you can’t just rush into something – you have to prepare. For those of you waiting in anticipation for season two of popular sports anime Kuroko no Basket, what better way to practice your fan skills than by indulging in some half-time goods? You might also need to exercise some self-restraint though, because this merchandise will make you feel like part of the original Teikou team. Seriously, check out this water bottle! If I actually played basketball, I would bring this bottle down against any enemy team to let them know who’s coming to the court. A foolproof plan, except for the fact that I play tennis and I don’t think the intimidation tactic would achieve the same effect… (For more anime news from SGCafe, click here).

Without a doubt, Shingeki no Kyojin is as big as the Titans looming within its pages. As of last month, volumes 1-9 have sold over 23 million units. For those of you following the anime (which should be everyone), are you excited for the next episode? Things are about to get real! Read more news on Attack on Titan at SGCafe, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! Source: Mantan-web The post 80-ton Colossal Titan sand sculpture appears in Enoshima appeared first on SGCafe.

Stay cool with new ‘Kuroko no Basket’ water bottle and jersey key chain set
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/stay-cool-with-newkuroko-no-basket-water-bottle-and-jersey-key-chain-set/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=stay-cool-withnew-kuroko-no-basket-water-bottle-and-jersey-key-chain-set

If you’re a fan of the “generation of miracles”, but at a more mature age, then don’t worry. The jersey key rings, in addition to the Teikou middle school jersey, also has Kuroko’s high school jersey. And if you root for the opposite team, then you’ll be happy to see rival high school Rakuzan’s Seijuro Akashi has been included.
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summer-even-hotter-with-hyperdimension-neptunias-comiket-84goodies By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013

Comiket is definitely one of the biggest and most highly anticipated events in the Otaku calendar. The bi-annual event held every August and December are always flooded with people and is definitely not for the weak of heart. We even wrote a survival guide. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) Hyperdimension Neptunia is one of the hottest anime series currently airing this summer and its only fitting for the series to feature some products in one of the season’s hottest events, Comiket 84! Here’s a peek at what to expect: This Nepgear bath poster from Frontier Works can make you go hnnnnnnnnnnnnng with Nuptune’s cute little sister for 2,000 yen. This poster is limited edition and will only be sold during Comiket 84.

In other related news, Fujimaki Tadatoshi’s twenty-third volume of Kuroko no Basket came out today, so you have something to read while October approaches with the second season. For more information on how to obtain one of these goodies for yourself, check out ComicNatalie’s lottery. Read more anime news from SGCafe here, and don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! The post Stay cool with new ‘Kuroko no Basket’ water bottle and jersey key chain set appeared first on SGCafe. Show which side you are on with these new Hyperdimension Neptunia T-shirts by Frontier Works. There are two t-shirt sets, with each set coming with two t-shirts and a wristband. You can cheer for Planeptune and Leanbox with Set A while you can go for Lowee and Lastation with set B. Each set will be sold for 5,000 yen.

Make your summer even hotter with Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Comiket 84 goodies
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Frontier Works ain’t the only ones releasing Hyperdimension Neptunia goods during Comiket 84 as Dezaegg, Cospa and Takara Tomy are also jumping in on the action. You can view Cospa’s Hyperdimension Neptunia offerings as well as their other Comiket 84 merchandise through this link. Dezaegg will be selling these Hyperdimension Neptunia fans for 500 yen each during the event. The fans come in four different designs featuring Vert, Noir (with Uni), Blanc (with Ram and Rom) and Neptune (with Nepgear). The back of the fan features a silhouette of their goddess transformations.

Frontier Works will also be releasing these acrylic key chains which will be sold separately. There are two different key chains, Neptune and Purple Heart and each key chain costs 1,000 yen.

Limited edition trading cards from the series are also going to be sold during Comiket 84. Each pack contains exactly 9 trading cards and will be sold for 500 yen a pack. Unlike most trading card packs however, the contents of this one are already fixed which means each pack comes with exactly the same cards.

They will also be selling this seven-piece badge set featuring Neptune, Nepgear, Noir, Uni, Ram and Rom, Blanc and Vert. The entire set can be purchased for 4,000 yen.
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Takara Tomy meanwhile is doing something different with their Hyperdimension Neptunia merchandise. They will be releasing their AR Gacha on the second day, August 11. For 200 yen, you can get an AR code key chain which allows you to download an app for your Android or iPhone. By downloading this app, you can have the image of the key chain you purchased as a wallpaper for your smartphone.

Sega today announced that a playable demo for the PS Vita version of Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd will make its first public appearance at the forthcoming Magical Mirai 2013 convention in Yokohama Arena. Demo builds of Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2 for the 3DS as well as Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone will also make an appearance at the highly-anticipated event. (More stories on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) Magical Mirai 2013 attendees who check out the playable demos of each game will also walk away with exclusive stickers, each themed after the game they tried: Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd

More on Comiket here on SGCafe. You can also read more on Hyperdimension Neptunia here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From Dengeki Online The post Make your summer even hotter with Hyperdimension Neptunia’s Comiket 84 goodies appeared first on SGCafe.

Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd to make its playable demo debut at Magical Mirai 2013
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/hatsune-miku-project-divaf-2nd-to-make-its-playable-demo-debut-at-magical-mirai-2013/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=hatsune-mikuproject-diva-f-2nd-to-make-its-playable-demo-debut-at-magicalmirai-2013 By KarbyP on August 2nd, 2013

Hatsune Miku: Project Mirai 2

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初Entry ticket price: 500 yen (including tax) - An entry ticket is required to be admitted to the Karu or Culture area (exhibitions and workshops) as well as the Mirai area (partners’ booths). - The entry ticket price does not provide admission to concerts. Read more Hatsune Miku stories here on SGCafe: http:// sgcafe.com/tag/hatsune-miku Project Diva-related stories can also be found at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/project-diva Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com Source: 4Gamer The post Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd to make its playable demo debut at Magical Mirai 2013 appeared first on SGCafe. Hatsune Miku: Project Diva Arcade Future Tone

Check out 5pb’s latest offerings for Comiket 84
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/checkout-5pb-s-latest-offerings-for-comiket-84/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=check-out-5pb-slatest-offerings-for-comiket-84 By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013

Apart from game demos, two Hatsune Miku concerts will be held at at the event – a casual one aimed at families that start at 1.30PM, and a second concert geared towards the hardcore Hatsune Miku fans at 7.30PM – which is held on August 30 in part to commemorate Hatsune Miku’s birthday the following day, on the 31st. For more info about other fringe activities at Magical Mirai 2013, and what the convention is all about, check out our previous story on the subject. You can also find out more about Magical Mirai 2013 at the official website – which has an English page! Hatsune Miku Magical Mirai 2013 event outline 初初初初初初初初初初初初2013初初初初初 初August 30, 2013 (Friday) from 10:00AM to 10:30PM (last entry at 10:00PM) 初Venue: Yokohama Arena (初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初初 3-10)

For a lot of people in Japan, August usually means it’s time for their annual pilgrimage to the largest doujinshi fair in the world, Comiket. One of the biggest names participating in the bi-annual otaku-fest is 5pb. who are known for their “Science Adventure Games”, Steins; Gate, Chaos; Head and Robotics; Notes. The visual novel maker and multimedia company is setting up shop on the 4th floor, No. 141 west with their own products as well as a few consigned items. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) Let’s start with the Comiket 84-exclusive “Science Adventure Set” featuring Steins; Gate, Chaos; Head and Robotics; Notes. It comes with a Drama CD featuring the three series called “Sousotsu rensa no Triptych” which comes with beautifully hand-drawn illustrations. From Robotics; Notes comes “Manatsu no Hiru no Caprice” and features the voices of Yoshimasa Hosoya as Subaru Hidaka, Ryouhei Kimura as Kaito Yashio, Kaori Nazuka as Kona Furugoori and Sora Tokui as Junna Daitoku.
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From Steins;Gate comes “Gūzō Enju Yume (gū zō ka imu) no Sutēji” and features the voices of Mamoru Miyano as Rintarou Okabe, Tomokazu Seki as Itaru Hashida, Asami Imai as Makise Kurisu and Yuu Kobayashi as Ruka Urushibara. From Chaos; Head comes “Enigmatic Ward” and features the voices of Ui Miyazaki as Nanami Nishijou, Akane Tomonaga as Seira Orgel, Eri Kitamura as Rimi Sakihata and Hiroyuki Yoshino as Takumi Nishijou. This set also comes with a character illustrated clear file and a Steins; Gate lab member badge set. The ”Science Adventure Set” will be sold for 5,000 yen.

The Gunegune Gero kaerun stuffed toy from Chaos; Head is also going to be sold for 3,000 yen.

The Steins; Gate Faris and Itaru Hashida stuffed toys are going to be sold for 3,000 yen each.

As mentioned earlier, the 5pb. booth will also feature some consigned goods like this Hero Senki GOLD rubber strap set which will be sold for 5,000 yen.

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Family Mart collaborates with Hatsune Miku for ‘Mikkuriman’ chocolate wafers
There are also some products from Muvluv Alternative: Total Eclipse which include the Yui Takamura oppai mouse pad which is sold for 3,500 yen.
Source: http://sgcafe.com/2013/08/family-martcollaborates-hatsune-miku-mikkuriman-chocolate-wafers/? utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=family-martcollaborates-hatsune-miku-mikkuriman-chocolate-wafers By spartanchef on August 2nd, 2013

Have you ever heard of Bikkuriman? It’s a chocolate-filled wafer that comes with a sticker and is popular with Japanese children. Bikkuriman became really popular to the point that it inspired several anime series as well as a manga during the 1980′s. Some of the stickers that come along with the wafer are now heavily priced and are considered collector’s items. Now, Japanese convenience store chain Family Mart is conducting a collaboration with popular vocaloid series, Hatsune Miku and Lotte to transform Bikkuriman into Mikkuriman. The Âge summer set 2013 contains a Muvluv Alternative: Total Eclipse artbook and a cotton eco-bag. The artbook is drawn by Carnelian. (More on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) This collaboration has been named “Mikkuriman ~ Miku to kimyōna nakama-tachi-hen ~” or “Mikkuriman, Miku and her strange friends“, and by strange friends I mean some of the other vocaloids like Luka, Kaito, Rin and Len. Like Bikkuriman, Mikkuriman are also chocolate filled wafers that come with a card.

More on Comiket here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From 5pb.

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Each package comes with a random story card. These story cards come in 16 designs, each inspired by one of the following vocaloid songs: 01 Bad ∞ End ∞ Night 02 Crazy ∞ nighT 03 Twilight ∞ nighT 04 Himitsu ~ kuro no chikai ~ (△△ △△△△△△) 05 Karakuri △ Burst (△△△△△△△△△) 06 Trickery △ Casino (△△△△△△△△) 07 ”Synchronicity” series(△Synchronicity△△△△△ ) 08 Haitoku no Hana (△△△△)

The package is designed by Dayo-San and shows your favorite vocaloid characters in a cute super-deformed manner. Some of the cards included with the wafer are quite common while some cards are rarer than others… much rarer. Which card you’ll get in a pack is completely random. This collaboration begins at the end of August. Here’s Family Mart’s blurred out teaser:

Bikkuriman isn’t the only product Family Mart and Hatsune Miku are collaborating with because Morinaga & Co., Ltd is also getting a Vocaloid make-over with their own chocolate wafer, “Hito shizuku P× ya ma △ × suzu no suke Kyōsōkyoku Wafer Choco“.

Like Mikkuriman, this collaboration also begins by the end of August 2013. Both products are going to be exclusively sold in Family Mart branches. Family Mart is one of the largest Japanese convenience store chains in the world with stores not just in Japan but also in the United States, China, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand.

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Read more stories about your favorite vocaloid characters here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From Family Mart x Miku page Bikkuriman and Morinaga The post Family Mart collaborates with Hatsune Miku for ‘Mikkuriman’ chocolate wafers appeared first on SGCafe.

2. Getting into Comiket

So you want to go to Comiket…
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Unlike the Comic City events held around Japan the rest of the year which require you to buy the guide book as an entrance ticket, there is no fee to enter Comiket. However, there are two options to get into the building itself: early or late. If you want to get in early as the con opens and snatch up some limited goods, you’ll want to get there as early as possible. That may mean heading out early as you’ll want to be there at around 6 AM, sometimes earlier, if you want an early spot in line. The event itself opens at 10 AM and runs until 4 PM. If you don’t want to wait, though, you can show up at 12 PM and the lines will have cleared enough for you to usually walk right in.

Comiket is now the largest even in Japan dedicated to all things otaku, and can be quite a beast to manage. But fear not, SGCafe readers! Follow our tips and you’ll manage to get around with no problem! Probably. Although it’s easy to find out what the major companies are planning to sell at Comiket, getting there and getting around can be difficult. Luckily, advice from some previous attendees can help you get around like a veteran. (Keep up with all your Comiket news here on SGCafe!) 1. Getting to Tokyo Big Sight

3. Navigating Comiket

Here comes the tricky part, and usually one you want to plan pre-Comiket. While you don’t have to purchase the guide book, it’s usually a better idea to do so as it will let you know what fandoms have which day of the convention, which booths you might want to visit, and what members of industry are where. The guide is split into the three days, with circles rotating each day. It will also let you know who is in the east building, and who is in the west, which as we all learned from Lucky Star, is about a one hour walk from one side to the other, so plan accordingly. A good way to do it is by going to the circles you really want to see first before heading to the industry booths and cosplay areas. 4. Cosplay at Comiket Although originally starting off small, cosplay at Comiket has ballooned to include the parking lots outside the center. There are certain rules and regulations, as well as etiquette you need to follow to ensure everyone remains happy. One way is to ask permission before you take a picture and then wait before snapping one. Often times a cosplayer will have a pose they prefer to be photographed in. If one cosplayer

As you may or may not know, the convention itself is held in Odaiba at Tokyo Big Sight. Getting to Odaiba itself can be a little difficult, and navigating it even more so. Luckily, the official site posts directions on how to get there. Going by train is the easiest, and usually the cheapest at 320 yen from Tokyo station. Simply hop on the JR Keiyo Line bound for Shin-Kiba and transfer to the Rinkai line, which will take you straight to Kokusai-Tenjijo station. It’s also possible to get there by taking the Keihin Kyuukou to the Yamanote line before transfering to Rinkai. Either way will get you where you need to go. From there the center is in walking distance, and you will most likely just have to find the crowd to know you’re there.

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proves especially popular, the staff will set up a perimeter around them and begin a countdown. After it ends, you are expected to disperse, though if the cosplayer moves to a new location it could start all over again. Overall: stay polite, and you won’t get in trouble.

Five current-season anime (Summer 2013) you should watch right now
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If you plan on cosplaying at the event, keep in mind that it’s prohibited to appear and leave the market in cosplay. Instead you will have to make use of the changing rooms which have a usage fee of 500 yen for the entire weekend. 5. Final Advice The summer season is just getting started, and a slew of great anime are hitting the airwaves. If you had to choose, though, here are five that you should definitely take a look at. Although there are some anime premiering later in August, most have started airing already. It’s not too late to catch up, and if you still aren’t sure here’s five excellent ones to take into consideration. (Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe) 5. Free!

If the crowd gets to be too much, you can always head to Diver City, which is a short train ride back to Daiba station. There are concerts by idol groups every so often, and you can always check out the 1:1 Gundam there at Tokyo Gundam Front. If you stay for the whole convention, be it winter or summer, make sure you stay hydrated. That is especially true during the summer Comiket, as it occurs during Tokyo’s hottest days of the year. If you go during winter, keep in mind that trains will be running on a holiday schedule and to double check your train time tables. The website Hyperdia is especially helpful for keeping track of when trains are coming and when you can expect to get where you’re going. Like any convention, it’s also a good idea to take a look at the etiquette pamphlets before hand to prevent yourself from getting into any trouble. If you ever make it to Comiket, let us know about your “spoils of war”. And of course, you can join in the community discussions going on right now in the forums to discuss all your otaku needs until then. Keep up with all your anime news here at SGCafe! The post So you want to go to Comiket… appeared first on SGCafe.

Currently the hot favorite of anime fangirls, Free! is tailormade for the aforementioned audience and wastes no time in pulling out the fanservice. It’s something KyoAni has always done, though, even in K-On!, which was made for fans of all types. Free! doesn’t have to be just for girls. If you look past the humor you’ll find something else KyoAni is known for: its detailed animation work. The quality of the water scenes and overall smoothness to the animation alone make it worth watching. The little gags and jokes, such as teaching the glasses character how to swim, also give it the same sliceof-life feeling that K-On! was known for. If you enjoyed an anime dedicated to the light music club, there’s no reason you won’t enjoy this romp into the adventures of the swim club either. 4. Fantasista Doll

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One part Cardcaptor Sakura and one part Aikatsu, Fantasista Dolls aims to combine the story of a young girls’ growth with the marketing of dress-up card games. Fantasista Dolls, after all, need a wide variety of outfits and weapons to do combat with. This of course leads to quite a bit of moe moments, not just out of combat but during it. As more cards and abilities are revealed, more of this seems to come into play. It has its own Tuxedo Mask-like character and mystery origin story for the dolls, which has already been hinted at several times. While it’s probably the most childish anime out of those on this list, it’s also the most light-hearted and fun one. 3. Rozen Maiden Zurückspulen

one high schooler as he attempts to discover his agricultural dream. First he has to learn about the world of agriculture though, as he only transfered to the school to get away from home. A-1 and Aniplex have made it clear to fans that the locations exists in real-life, and encourages them to refrain from making a pilgrimage for the animals safety. You can tell they paid quite a pit of attention to the location themselves, as much of it is faithfully recreated, even the animals that appear and oftentimes lend humor to an otherwise serious situation. If you enjoy more realistic anime that you can learn from, Silver Spoon should be your choice this season. 1. Gatchaman Crowds

If you’re unable to get all your doll needs in Fantasista Dolls, the latest installment to Rozen Maiden is a step above with animation and story. Although there are a few errors every now and again left behind, such as a correction circle in epsiode three, overall it’s just as high quality as the original seasons. On top of that it features a very well organized timeline split scenario. If you were a fan of the original series, then definitely take a look at the latest addition to the trilogy. If you never watched the original, the first episode gives a decent basis as to what it’s about, so you don’t need any background knowledge to enjoy it. 2. Silver Spoon

Saving the best for last, Gatchman Crowds is the show you should most watch out of this list. It’s humorous, it’s full of action and suspense, and it breathes new life into the franchise. The power suits themselves are no longer equipment, but equipped in a magical girl like sequence. Speaking of magical girls, the Gatchaman are chosen this time around by a mysterious entity that grants them their powers by ripping out their souls. Don’t let the Madoka-like premise scare you away, as the main villain has yet to fully show their hand, nor does the creator of smartphone app GALAX and her Gatchaman Crowd have a clear role just yet. That leaves plenty of room for development and redemption to fans of the old series who aren’t quite enjoying it just yet. In the mean time, however, a strong set of action sequences spiced up with the enthusiasm of a cute-loving protagonist promise to keep it going strong. If you were a fan of the original, you will immediately notice quite a few differences. Putting the original aside, though, it stands up quite well on its own. Each of these series are currently streaming on Crunchyroll, along with the second season of Attack on Titan should you need to catch up with the goings on of Levi’s Survey Corps. Check out other reviews here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! The post Five current-season anime (Summer 2013) you should watch right now appeared first on SGCafe.

Although there are clubs in this next choice, they aren’t ones you would find at a normal high school. In fact, the closest anime and manga has gotten to covering it before is Moyashimon. Also based off of a manga, it looks at the life of

Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Sojiro cast for the new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films
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Django, Hirokazu Koreeda’s Distance, or perhaps from the manga-based Ashita no Joe. He’ll be bringing more than a handsome face to the set, to say the least. Next we have Seta Sojiro, the cold killer that lies behind a cool smile. Shishio Makoto’s right-hand man, Sojiro’s soft and pleasant face belies the murderer within. Ryunosuke Kamiki will be taking this part, and he is more than qualified to do so. Ryunosuke is no newbie to live-action films, and has played in Tantei Gakuen Q, and Honey & Clover.

Jump Square’s September issue revealed who will play favorite characters Aoshi Shinomori and Seta Sojiro in the second and third parts of the Rurouni Kenshin live-action trilogy coming out next summer. If you weren’t already excited that Tatsuya Fujiwara (Light Yagami from Death Note’s live-action film) is playing Shishio Makoto, then these next two additions to the crew will definitely pump you up. (For more on Rurouni Kenshin from SGCafe, click here).

So what do you think? Are these the right people for the job? Personally, as long as I get to see more Sexy Sagara Sanosuke, everything will be alright. And, of course, the acting should be good…and stuff. Read more on Rurouni Kenshin from SGCafe, and then don’t forget to join in on the community discussion at our forums! The post Shinomori Aoshi and Seta Sojiro cast for the new Rurouni Kenshin live-action films appeared first on SGCafe.

Music Girl Hatsune Miku (iOS) English version released today
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For those of you who read the manga or watched the anime, I am sure you were just as surprised and confused as I was at Aoshi Shinomori’s absence from the first film. In fact, the whole Oniwanbanshu – the ninja group that Aoshi leads – wasn’t mentioned. Well, I cannot tell you how glad I am that Aoshi Shinomori will be in the second film, and he will be played by none other than Yusuke Iseya.

Just last month I watched director Takashi Miike’s 13 Assassins, a movie in which Yusuke played a very cool but comical fighter. However, you might better know Yusuke from Takashi Miike’s Sukiyaki Western:
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A localised English version of Music Girl Hatsune Miku – a music player app in which you can listen to tunes stored on your iPhone, play dress-up and interact with the popular virtual idol – has been launched on the iTunes app store today. The app, previously available in the Japanese iTunes app store only, has now been brought out in English all over the world thanks to the efforts of Marza Animation Planet – the same folks who worked on the opening videos for Hatsune Miku: Project Diva games, and the Hatsune Miku live concerts. (More stories on Hatsune Miku here on SGCafe) When it came out in Japan I’ve briefly checked out the app myself, and I must say, if you’re a Hatsune Miku fan who listens to music on your iPhone, you need to get this right away.

But what’s really cool about this app is that as you’re listening to music, you’re also passively building up stocks in a meter that can be expended to play a trivia game with Hatsune Miku. So don’t just listen to your music on your iPhone passively. With this app you can convert time spent enjoying music on your iPhone into opportunities to find out how well you know Hatsune Miku. You’ll get to know Miku better through the quizzes, too! Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E) is available on the iTunes app store now, available for US$3.99 (S$4.98). The app comes with a complimentary Harukaze costume pack. Other costume packs available as in-app purchases include those for YukiMiku 2013 (Snow Miku 2013).

In Music Girl Hatsune Miku, the Vocaloid star will do a little dance as she’s listening to your choice of music with you – the speed of her dance will depend on the song’s beats per minute (BPM).

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Project Diva-related stories can also be found at http:// sgcafe.com/tag/project-diva Also join in on the community’s discussions at http:// forums.sgcafe.com From the press release: Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2013 – MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Tokyo, Japan – August 1, 2013 – MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. is pleased to announce that iPhone/iPod touch App “Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E)” is now available in English on the iTunes App Store. “Music Girl Hatsune Miku (E )”is a hit app that climbed to △2 in the iTunes App Store ranking in just two days after its release. This is a music player app in which the ever so popular IP Character “Hatsune Miku”, not only in her home country Japan, but all over the world, dances to the tunes installed in the user’s music player. By utilizing fully the functions of iPhone/iPod touch, Hatsune Miku’s moves and grooves in exceptionally smooth 3-D graphics. App Features are as follows: - Select a song from iPhone/iPod touch, and listen to the music together with Miku, and If the BPM is acquired then Miku can move to the beat of the song and show various types of movements. - The users can enjoy communication with Miku while listening to music, and if the closeness level rises then the user can receive special presents. - Users can enjoy changing Miku’s fashion by acquiring new hairstyles, accessories and wardrobes available at the store inside the app. More items will be added and available in the future. Who is Hatsune Miku? The virtual singer “Hatsune Miku” is a vocal android = VOCALOID where a Japanese voice actress provides the character voice. It is one of the vocal voice sources that was created by a voice creation system “VOCALOID 2”developed by Yamaha Corporation. By inputting the melody and lyrics, the main vocal and back chorus is automatically created. The software itself is positioned as a virtual idol character, and Hatsune Miku is positioned as a “futuristic idol.” In the USA, Toyota Corolla has used Miku in advertisements since May 2011, and also a live concert was held for the first time outside of Japan in the same year. The rights holder has said that as long as it is non-profit, it can be used freely, allowing the individual users to utilize not only the voice but the character herself for creative activities, and in turn has become a forerunner in the CGM contents field in Japan. About Product Overview: AppStore URL: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/musicgirl-hatsune-miku-e/id652722751?l=ja&ls=1&mt=8 Product Name: Music Girl Hatsune Miku△E △

Sales Company: MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Developing Company: W ROCK GAMES Co., Ltd. Category: Entertainment Copyrights: (C) SEGA / (C) Crypton Future Media, INC. (C) W ROCK GAMES Co., Ltd.△MARZA ANIMATION PLANET INC. Rating: 12+ Requirements: iPhone 3GS△iPod Touch beyond 3rd generation onwards, iOS4.1 onwards required. The post Music Girl Hatsune Miku (iOS) English version released today appeared first on SGCafe.

Celebrate ‘Day of Pie’ with High School DXD and Senran Kagura
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Ever watched the anime High School DXD or read its light novels? Have you ever played the game Senran Kagura or watched its anime?

Now what do these two series have in common? These two series are full of action and excellent fight scenes, yes, that’s true, but that’s not what I am talking about. It’s because these two series are doing a collaboration and are celebrating the “Day of pie”. (More High School DXD and Senran Kagura here on SGCafe) Today, August 1 marks the “Day of Pie” or Pai no hi, also known as Nyuunyuu Festival. So, what does today celebrate?

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Here’s a clue, it’s are not celebrating a baked pastry encasing a filling that’s either sweet or savory, nor is it celebrating a certain mathematical constant. If you are thinking “oppai“, then you are on the right track. High Scool DXD and Senran Kagura are popular for a reason, and they have something to do with um… a woman’s chest area.Yes, “Day of pie” is celebrating “oppai” which in Japanese means… (forgive my French) Boobs. So what are the festivities for today? One is that it celebrates the rebroadcast of the Senran Kagura anime as well as two Senran Kagura games being sold at a discounted price for a month. The digital version of Senran Kagura Burst for the Nintendo 3DS will be sold at half its original price going from 5,980 yen to 2,990 yen while the digital version of Senran Kagura Shinovi Versus for the PS Vita will be sold for 4,980 yen.

Another one would be the release of a special limited Katsuragi card for the Senran Kagura New Wave mobile game which is up for digital download for GREE users in Japan. Both High School DXD and Senran Kagura are known for copious amounts of fan service, “bouncy stuff” and a whole lot of clothing damage. There hasn’t been any battle in the two series that does not involve female clothing being torn to shreds to reveal what’s underneath. Read more anime news here on SGCafe. Also join in on the community’s discussions at http://forums.sgcafe.com From High School DXD official and Senran Kagura Shinovi versus The post Celebrate ‘Day of Pie’ with High School DXD and Senran Kagura appeared first on SGCafe. And finally, a collaboration artwork between High School DXD and Senran Kagura will be released for the respective official websites for both series. There are three variants with all three special wallpapers showing the main girls for both series, Asuka and Rias Gremory.

Momoiro Clover Z promotes Pepsi Special in latest ad
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healthy together, but also because the group really enjoys the taste of Pepsi. Keep up with all your music needs here on SGafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions going on in the forums! Source: Man-Tan Web The post Momoiro Clover Z promotes Pepsi Special in latest ad appeared first on SGCafe.

Summer time means good food and good music. And for Momoiro Clover Z it also means the delicious taste of yakiniku. Pepsi and Momoiro Clover Z are teaming up for a new promotional campaign called Pepsi Healthy Summer, with the idol group starring in the commercial ad to promote the soft drink. (Even more Momoiro Clover Z here on SGCafe!) In it, the girls are visiting a yakiniku shop and are stopped short as they order juice to drink. A triceratops plaque on the wall, voiced by Testuya Tekeda of Kinpachi Sensei fame, chimes in rudely and says that the Momoiro girls’ drink of choice is stupid. The girls are then encouraged to order Pepsi Special instead, as it has no calories.

Sony sheds more light on the PS4
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After watching the debacle that was the fans reaction to the Xbox One (Xbone), Sony, via PlayStationAccess, is answering ten of fans’ biggest questions. Fans weighed in with their questions, and the YouTube channel PlayStationAccess, an official UK-based news channel for all things PlayStation, has taken it upon themselves to answer. (Keep up with all your PS4 news here on SGCafe!) Of course, one of the biggest questions burning in fans minds is just now much room they should make for the erasershaped console. That was highlighted briefly in the video with a PS3 set on the table for comparison, but a full PS3 to PS4 one was made as its own video. In it you can see that despite its shape, the PS4 is overall a lot smaller than its predecessor’s launch model. A minor difference pointed out in the later video: the PS4′s launch color will be Jet Black, whereas the PS3′s was Piano Black. Other questions fans asked included whether or not the DualShock3 controller would be compatible at all with the sytsem. Unfortunately it will not be, but don’t sell all your controllers just yet: the PlayStation Move will be compatible with the system. Speaking of compatible, PSN accounts, avatar and all, will carry over to the PS4 and you will be able to customize how much personal information is made public. You will be able to keep up to 2000 friends notified of what you’re up to with PartyChat as it makes a return from the PS Vita.

The special in Pepsi Special is that it’s said to promote weightloss through one of the chemicals in it. Pepsi Nex, another zero calorie Pepsi, will also be featured as part of the campaign to help promote the special Pepsi Live concert, called “Pepsi Presents Momoiro Clover Zero Live~Pepsi as a health food with zero calories, right Z!?”. Fans will have a chance to win tickets to attend the show by purchasing Pepsi Special and Pepsi Nex. If you don’t win a ticket, though, there will also be chances to win special collaborative goods.

The campaign itself runs from August 5 to September 1 and was done partially because they wanted everyone to eat

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The Xross Media Bar will also be changing to the new PlayStation Dynamic Menu, which will be customizable in terms of layout and other previous Xross Media features.

As you may have noticed, the PlayStation Camera is making a return with the added benefit of AR and a slew of upgrades. It will have 3D depth and utilize the DualShock4 controller to bring out the full potential of the PlayRoom app. It also now includes four microphones to make not only sound input, but output, a possibility.

Speaking of 3D, they do have plans in the future to make 3D games available on the console. As far as paying to go online is concerned, they have made it clear that you will only need the PSPlus account to play multiplayer online. You will not need it to access free to play games, Netflix, or single player mode. Read even more on gaming here at SGCafe! Feel free to join in the community discussions on gaming going on in the forums! Source: PlayStationAccess The post Sony sheds more light on the PS4 appeared first on SGCafe.

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